• Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    Christmas morning is one of the most treasured times of the entire year. We relish in the Christmas decor, scent of fallen pine needles, and twinkling lights that fill our homes during the holiday season. While the memories of waking up before the sun rises to discover what has been placed under the tree are something we cherish, today we love surprising loved ones with hand-picked gifts, spending extra time with family and friends, and making the season count. Make your Christmas morning even more special with these decadent breakfast treats that will make even the Grinch smile! 

    Citrus and Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls by Bakers RoyaleCranberry-and-Citrus-Cinnamon-Rolls-via-Bakers-Royale2

    4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
    3 tablespoons orange zest
    1/3 cup sugar
    2 packets Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast
    1 teaspoon salt
    1-1/2 cups water
    6 tablespoons butter
    1 egg
    3/4 cups fresh cranberries

    1/3 cup sugar
    2 teaspoons Spice Islands® Ground Saigon Cinnamon
    3 tablespoons butter OR margarine, very soft

    2-1/2 cups powdered sugar
    2 to 4 tablespoons milk
    1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract


    Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, dry yeast and salt in a large mixer bowl and stir until blended. Place water and butter in a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave on HIGH in 15 second increments until very warm but not hot to the touch  (120° to 130°F.  Butter won’t melt completely). Add to flour mixture with egg.

    Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add 1 cup flour and citrus zest; beat 2 minutes at high speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in just enough remaining flour so that the dough will form into a ball.

    Knead  on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic and dough springs back when lightly pressed with 2 fingers, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cover with a towel; let rest for 10 minutes.

    For filling, combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Set aside.

    Roll dough into a 15 x 10-inch rectangle using a rolling pin.  Sprinkle cranberries on top and press into dough. Spread 3 tablespoons  butter over dough stopping at least 1/2-inch from the edges on the long sides. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture. Beginning at long end of each rectangle, roll up tightly.  Pinch seams to seal.  Cut into 12 equal pieces.  TIP:  Use unflavored dental floss instead of a knife to cut rolls.  To do, cut a piece of floss about 12 inches long.  Slide floss under the roll; bring the ends up and cross over to cut each slice.  Place, cut sides down, in greased  13 x 9 inch baking pan . Cover with towel; let rise in warm place  until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

    Bake in preheated 350ºF oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until rolls are golden brown. Cool on wire rack for at least 20 minutes.

    Combine all frosting ingredients (start with 2 tablespoons milk and add more if needed) in a large bowl and beat until creamy.  Spread over rolls.

    Cranberry Walnut Challah Bread by Topped With Cinnammon Cranberry-Walnut-Challah-Bread-062


    Cranberry Filling:
    150 g Cape Cod Select cranberries
    40 g granulated sugar
    125 ml water

    Place ingredients into a small pot and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring often, until it is very thick. Spread the mixture out onto a lightly oiled plate and place in the fridge to cool and set.

    a 7g packet of fast acting dried yeast
    60 g granulated sugar
    250 ml warm water
    625 g plain or bread flour, plus more for dusting
    1 tsp salt
    250 ml milk
    3 eggs
    60 ml vegetable oil or 50 g melted butter, plus a bit extra for the bowl
    1 recipe of Cranberry filling (recipe above)
    60 g walnut halves, chopped

    To finish
    1 egg, beaten
    a handful of pearl sugar or roughly crushed white sugar cubes (optional)

    Dissolve the yeast in the water with 1 tbsp of the sugar. Set aside.

    In a large bowl combine the remaining sugar, flour and salt.

    Make a well in the center of these dry ingredients and pour in the yeast mixture, milk, oil and crack in the eggs.

    Stir together until a few floury patches remain.

    Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for about 10 minutes until it is smooth and slightly sticky.

    Pour a little bit of oil into the bowl you were using before and use your hands to coat the inside of the bowl with it. Place the dough into the oiled bowl, cover loosely with cling film and leave in a warm place for an hour to rise.

    Once the dough is doubled in volume, tip it out onto a lightly floured work surface.

    Divide into three equal pieces. Roll one piece of dough out into a 30 cm long oblong.

    Scatter 1/3 of the cranberry filling and the walnuts evenly over the surface of the dough then roll it up (like a Swiss roll) into a 30 cm long snake. Repeat with the other two pieces of dough.

    Plait the three snakes of dough together into a loaf and place onto a baking tray lined with baking paper (you'll probably have to lay it down diagonally across the tray to fit). Leave in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes whilst you preheat the oven to 180 C.

    Brush the risen dough with the beaten egg to glaze it and scatter on the pearl sugar. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 180 C until well risen and deep golden.  Leave to cool completely before slicing.

    Carrot Cake Pancakes with Vanilla Mascarpone by Topped With CinnamonCarrot-Cake-Pancakes-067

    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tbsp sugar
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    1/8 tsp grated nutmeg
    1/8 tsp ground ginger
    1 cup finely grated carrots
    1 large egg
    1 cup buttermilk
    1/2 cup mascarpone, room temp
    2 tbsp sugar
    1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (double cream)
    1 tsp vanilla (I used vanilla paste)
    3 tbsp desiccated or shredded coconut

    In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and carrots. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and buttermilk.

    Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just
    combined. Let batter sit for 10 minutes while making the vanilla mascarpone. In a bowl, cream together the mascarpone and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. 

    In a separate bowl, whip up the whipping cream until it thickens and holds medium peaks (when you lift the whisk from the cream, the tip of the peak will curl over on itself). Gently fold together the mascarpone- sugar mixture with the whipping cream and mix in the vanilla. Set aside in the fridge.

    Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium-low heat. Brush a thin layer of butter or oil on your pan. Drop the batter a tablespoon at a time into the pan.Cook until tiny bubbles appear on the surface, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes. Keep the pancakes in the warm oven until you’re done with the batter.

    In the still-hot frying pan, toast the coconut over a low heat, stirring often until golden brown (1-2 minutes). Remove from the pan and set aside.

    Top the pancakes with vanilla mascarpone and toasted coconut.

    Now that you've prepared the perfect menu, stop by today's Style Steals and find the perfect sweater, blouse, or comfy tee shirt to spend Christmas morning in! Select blouses are 35% off when you use code BLOUSE at checkout - today only! Shop now before the deal ends tonight at 11:59 PM PT.



  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    One of our favorite parts of the month of December is being immersed in the sounds of the holiday season. Few things go better with admiring the twinkling holiday lights during a relaxing walk or wrapping gifts in pretty paper and ribbons than our favorite holiday songs. In our Holiday Sounds playlist, we've included some of the crooning classics and a few new alternative favorites for you to hum along while you're baking an apple pie for your holiday party or spending the night trimming your tree.

    For more soothing sounds during a drizzling afternoon, visit our Rainy Day Playlist or if you're sipping on a mocha at your local cafe, tune into our Coffee Shop Playlist!


    This post originally appeared on December 12th, 2013

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  • Monday, December 15, 2014

    We all know this moment - you've received your invite to a soiree, wedding, or work event in your mailbox or inbox. You excitedly open your invitation and scan the details of the party and your eyes suddenly halt - Cocktail attire? Dressy casual? You want to dress to impress, but these dress code terms are puzzling! Instead of fretting and avoiding making eye contact with your closet, decode the dress code with our handy guide! Whether your wedding invitation says semi-formal or your office suggests business formal, we've simplified the most common dress codes so you'll always know what to wear. If your soiree is fast-approaching and you're in a sartorial pinch, don't forget to stop by today's Style Steals and take 50% off over 200 dresses! Hurry - it ends tonight at 11:59 PM PT! 


    Business Formal: The key to business formal is tailoring. Whether it's a structured dress, pantsuit, or separates, it's important to keep your look clean and business-appropriate. Dresses or skirts can be paired with tights or a blazer, and finish off your outfit with a clutch and necklace

    Casual: Some may argue that when it comes to a casual dress code, anything goes, but even when the event dress code calls for casual, we still like to keep our ensembles polished by mixing casual and tailored pieces. Pair pants with a blouse and stay cozy in booties and a coat

    Cocktail attire: Cocktail attire is one of our favorites when it comes to dress codes! To dress appropriately, choose a dress that is party-ready. You can wear something with a little sparkle, or dress up a little black dress with a statement necklace or daring earrings. Don't forget pumps and a clutch

    Dressy Casual: Dressy casual is simple - it's a dressed up version of your casual attire! Trade your everyday flowy top or dress for a more structured blouse. We love playing with fun pieces with pops of color, like a mint skirt. To complete your look for the dressy casual dress code, keep it polished with accessories like a watch or pendant necklace

    Semi-Formal: a semi-formal outfit should be classy, but not overdone. Try a cocktail dress or little black dress paired with heels and a touch of sparkling jewelry for a look that's appropriate for an upscale event. A good rule of thumb is the later the event, the dressier you should be! 

    With holiday parties just around the corner, being able to decode any dress code is essential. We know that whether your event is filled with glitz and glam, or you need to impress at the next corporate event, your outfit will be stunning! 


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  • Sunday, December 14, 2014

    We're counting down the last week of holiday shopping with a week of Style Steals! We're kicking off each and every day this week with a new deal, so be sure to check back with us to see if the cute dress, pair of shoes, or home decor at the top of your list is now on sale! Today's Style Steal? 30% off all gifts! Find that perfect something for your perfect someone. 


    What will tomorrow's deal be? Check back with us and find out! 


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  • Saturday, December 13, 2014

    We enjoy the simple pleasures that come with staying in. We love relaxing to the sounds of a vintage vinyl record, sipping on a cup of coffee, or doing a little redecorating to our kitchen or office. Don't get us wrong - we love to pop the champagne and enjoy a night out on the town, but there is something very comforting about being in your own space. If you are looking to treat yourself to a little something special for the home, or are looking for the perfect gift for the homebody in your life, here are a few of our favorite and unique gifts for the home! 

    We don't know whooo could resist this darling teapot and mugs featuring one of our favorite creatures - the owl! Perfect for brewing your favorite tea and serving with a breakfast pastry or after-dinner treat, we love this quirky set featuring rustic shades of green, red and mustard. owl-mug-teapot

    Rifle Paper Co. never fails to amaze, and these notebooks are no exception! Each piece of Rifle paper Co. artwork, whether it's printed on a journal, Iphone case, or on a greeting card, is handmade by founder Anna Bond and printed on eco-friendly paper. We love keeping these notebooks close by just in case inspiration strikes, we need to jot down a quick list, or feel like working on our sketching skills. rifle-paper-co-notebook

     Even if you can't hear the sweet song of a canary or dove, these vintage-inspired bird cages add a delightfully rustic touch to any space. We adore the intricate wiring and weathered look, and love keeping these up on a shelf with our favorite trinkets or hanging outside in a garden!bird-cages

     These labeled stakes are perfect for the gal with a green thumb (or is working on improving her gardening skills!). Keep your herbs organized with these wooden stakes that complement any garden - large or small! These stakes come in a gorgeous glass-topped box so you can still keep them close by when there is a blanket of snow on the ground. garden-stakes

    Cute and quirky, we love these veggie candles! Perfect for adding a little mood lighting to your kitchen or just keeping as an adorable display, these candles will make anyone who loves spending time in the kitchen smile! In varying hues of red, yellow, orange and green, these veggie candles are at the top of our wishlist. veggie-candles

    We can't wait to spend a little extra time with family and friends this season, and sprucing up our space with a few cute new items is just the trick for refreshing our space! Which of these gifts for the home is your favorite? 


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  • Friday, December 12, 2014

    To finish off a week of rain, sleet, and snow, we're dedicating this Style Files post to the lovely ladies who kept their style cozy with gorgeous outerwear this week! When there's a downpour, we generally try to avoid leaving the comfort of our couches, novel and cup of tea in hand, but sometimes we just have to brave the elements. Luckily, we have the cutest coats, beanies, scarves, and boots to keep us stylishly warm! 

    Love Lola Blog's Lauren looks colorful and cozy in our anorak jacket! She is battling a wintery chill with a pretty patterned scarf, tall boots, and knit beanie. We love anorak jackets for the winter months - they pair wonderfully with everything from cute dresses to tailored skirts and pants! Her outfit is definitely one we'll be drawing inspiration from on extra-cold days. lolo-love-blog

    Finishing off your ensemble with a cape is the perfect way to add a relaxed, yet sophisticated touch to any oufit. We love how Laura of Walking in Memphis in High Heels paired our Travel Diaries Oversized Cape with laid-back jeans and a crisp button up blouse. Her plaid scarf is also a must-have! walking-in-memphis

    How lovely and polished is Emily of The Sweetest Thing's look? We love her layered minimal jewelry and her bright red blouse that complements her lip color perfectly. This outfit brightens up any grey day, especially with our Luton Jacket by King. Plaid is essential for the colder months, and we simply adore it when it gives a pop to outerwear! sweetest-thing

    Whether you're braving holiday shopping crowds or meeting a friend for a relaxing cup of coffee and conversation, we hope your weekend is filled with laughter, fun, and too-cute outfits! 


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  • Thursday, December 11, 2014

    Once the holidays begin to wind down, don't banish your sparkling dresses, metallic tops, and glimmering shoes and accessories to the back of your closet! Even though confetti and champagne will be scarce, there's no reason to make every day special with a little sparkle. With a few key pieces, it's easy to take your holiday-ready styles from a soiree to the office, brunch, and beyond! Click "play" on the video below for a peek at our stylist-approved tips for taking your outfits from Classy to Casual!

    We love any reason to celebrate, so naturally we love adding a dash of cheer to our outfit any time of the year! Get more mileage out of your holiday attire and don't forget to stop by our collection


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  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014

    'Tis the season to sparkle! You may have seen sneak peeks here and here, and the much anticipated giveaway has finally arrived! Outfit your home and closet with the most stunning styles of the season from us and eclectic decor by Lulu & Georgia.  Making your holiday even more festive has never been easier with our Very Merry Giveaway - enter now for a chance to win a $500 Ruche gift card and a $500 Lulu & Georgia gift card! 

    Founded in 2012, Lulu & Georgia has quickly become a favorite in homes everywhere, including a few of our favorite bloggers like Pink Peonies and M Loves M! From mid-century styles to cutting edge and contemporary, we are swooning over Lulu & Georgia's collection of pieces for the home. We were so excited to collaborate with the up-and-coming home outfitters with this holiday photoshoot brimming with seasonal inspiration. From the boldest hues of red and green to sweet touches of metallic copper, silver and gold, we loved creating the perfect holiday soiree complete with frosted sugar cookies and too-cute pups Lily and Olive.

    We're simply enamored with the perfect tidings and trimmings provided by Lulu & Georgia and we definitely are looking forward to adding textured dresses, metallic cardigans, and sequin pants to our holiday wardrobes. To see all these gorgeous images in action, press "play" on the video below! 

    If you enter the giveaway, be sure to share it with us by tagging #LGxRuche! Click here to enter now, and make sure to follow Lulu & Georgia on their beautiful Instagram for endless amounts of inspiration for the home. Happy holidays, Ruchettes! 


  • Tuesday, December 9, 2014

    The much anticipated moment before the new year has arrived - Pantone has announced the official 2015 Color of the Year! Hues from past years include Emerald and Radiant Orchid, but 2015's shade is a "subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth." We would describe Marsala as a brick red with earthy undertones, reminiscent of red wine. This hue is definitely going to be spicing up our wardrobes in the form of textured dresses, ankle boots, and sophisticated blouses. In honor of the 2015 Color of the Year, we picked a few of our favorite pieces reminiscent of this rich color! marsala-clothing

    Marsala is the perfect way to add a bold, yet refined touch to your outfit. Complementary to all skin tones, we love the idea of dressing up a pair of Marsala ankle boots with a neutral shift dress, or cinching a casual cardigan and blouse with Marsala belt. If you want to make a statement, throw on a coat or jacket in this elegant hue or don a Marsala dress or lounge pants! We love this color paired with soft grey and blue tones as well as other warm reds like golden oranges, soft coral, and apricot shades.MARSALA-OUTFIT

    Whether you're adding this color to your wardrobe, wearing it in the form of lush lipstick or blush, or integrating it into your home decor the possibilities are truly endless - we can't wait to start wearing this gorgeous color! How are you planning on wearing this hue in 2015? Let us know! 


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  • Monday, December 8, 2014

    Be whisked away to a Holiday in the City! We dreamed up our latest lookbook with inspiration from metropolitan cities like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles in the romance of winter. Sparkling city lights colliding with holiday decor serve as the perfect backdrop for wandering city streets in colorful coats, full dresses, and cozy boots. We're enamored with the notion of hailing a cab, donning our holiday best, and heading over to the party of the season with the fading cityscape to our backs. 

    If you're ready to escape into our very own cosmopolitan winter wonderland, stop by Holiday in the City now! Don't forget to take 10% off $50 with code LIKE, 25% off $100 with code LOVE, and 40% off $200 with code NEED! 


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