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  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    Welcome to our third installment of Sam & Sarah's Wedding Series! In the past two entries, we had the chance to meet these lovely ladies and learn how they're organizing their wedding planning pursuits. This week, we're focusing on engagement party plans! Read on to learn what the gals have in mind for their engagement celebrations.

    1. Will you have an engagement party?

    Sam: Having an engagement party is actually not at the top of my list right now! Since we decided to go for a 9 month engagement, planning the wedding party has taken priority. If we do one, it will be small and with close friends when I have the time to arrange it.

    Sarah: We are planning a small engagement party for next month, when my sister is in town. She hasn’t been back to California since I got engaged, and I couldn’t imagine not having her there!

    2. If so, when and where? What do you envision for it?

    Sam: In my front yard this summer because I have a huge grass lawn. I’d want to keep it small and simple - a BBQ with good beer and time spent around our fire pit.

    Sarah: We don’t have any concrete plans yet, but we are thinking something small at a restaurant. Italian food is at the top of my list!

    3. Which Ruche dress will you wear?

    Sam: Something casual and flattering, like the Vista Trails Embroidered Dress and a cute panama hat (why not? It's warm out!). Shift dresses are my go-to look right now and a hat is a necessity when I'm out in the sun.

    Sarah: I'd definitely go with something chic, like the Waiting For You Crochet Dress.

    For more engagement styling ideas, take a look at our helpful guide. We'll see you in two weeks will the next part of the series, so check out our past installments if you need to catch up!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    Happy Earth Day, Ruchettes! In the spirit of the holiday, we thought we’d share a few eco-friendly DIYs with you. We know there are plenty of wine bottle repurposing DIYs out there, but we love the following ideas as they don’t involve cutting glass or any other advanced techniques. The hardest part may just be removing the label -- soak the bottle in hot water and use the rough side of a sponge to scrub it away if the sticker is stubborn. If you’ve been looking for new ways to give your empty wine bottles or other glass bottles a quick and useful makeover, try one of these simple DIY ideas.

    1. Candle Holder: Wine bottle candle holders lend a romantic, vintage-inspired effect to any room or table display. To make your own, purchase taper candles, break them off at the desired height, and glue them securely to the opening of the bottle. Once you light the candles, the wax will melt down the sides of bottle, creating an antique feel that will stay with the candle even once you blow out the flame. They can get a bit messy though, so be careful about leaving them lit for too long or on a surface that can't be easily cleaned!

    2. Water Carafe: We've noticed that many restaurants will leave a carafe of water on the table once the initial round of water has been served, making refilling your glass extremely convenient. Mimicking this concept is great for home entertaining, as it adds a cute touch to the table while simplifying life in the process. And the best part is, once you've removed the label and washed out the bottle, your new carafe is ready to go!

    3. Flower Vase: A gal can always use extra vases in the springtime! Create a chic and simple look by filling your wine bottle with water and sliding a single blossom or sprig of tiny buds into the opening. This pretty vase makes an effortless centerpiece and adds minimalistic accent to any room in the house.

    4. Infused Olive Oil Holder: Use your old wine bottle to store infused oil or homemade salad dressing -- it's always nice to keep extra balsamic on hand! After whipping up your dressing of choice, use a funnel to transfer it to the wine bottle. Then seal it with the original cork or purchase a new stopper to keep it air tight. Why not begin your homemade oil and dressing collection with this yummy recipe for roasted garlic oil?

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    We hope these DIY options will help you make the most of those empty wine bottles! What's your favorite way to repurpose glass bottles? We'd love to hear your ideas!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, April 21, 2014

    Sometimes less is more, and our latest feature, Simple Expression, proves just that. The clean lines, tailored silhouettes, and classic details found in this collection create a variety of effortless looks that make a statement all on their own.

    To achieve this minimal look, build your outfit on solid color and unique textures, accenting sparingly with details like prints and embellishments. This combination will highlight the details and draw attention to the shape and feel of each item.

    As much as we'll always love our vibrant prints and statement accessories, it's nice to switch things up by incorporating more tailored basics into our collection. How do you feel about this minimal look? Shop our Simple Expression feature to add these crisp essentials to your wardrobe.

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, April 21, 2014

    Image via Style Me Pretty

    ... we'd certainly look like this! Macarons are one of our favorite sweet treats to test out whenever we discover a new cafe or bakery. In addition to loving their pastel hues, delicate texture, and artisanal flavors, we adore how each bite reminds us of springtime in the City of Lights. Do you have a favorite macaron flavor? Share with us below!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Sunday, April 20, 2014

    There are those moments where gratitude surges through us, a part of an involuntary reaction to our circumstances. But on a daily basis, gratitude is something we must practice and orient ourselves around. The more we reflect on and take note of the little blessings life brings our way, the easier it becomes to find satisfaction in what we have. May you give thanks for each new day and cherish the people, opportunities, and experiences that cross your path until contentedness becomes second nature.

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Sunday, April 20, 2014

    As lovers of cute animals and flora alike, it's no wonder that we're smitten with the imaginative designs of Katie Vernon. Based in Indiana, this illustrator manages to capture adorable and majestic qualities in the same work of art. We love Katie's calculated use of color and attention to detail, and think her designs would add a magical touch to any room in an office or home.

    If you're as enchanted by these whimsical prints as we are, support Katie by purchasing one in her Etsy shop, Chipmunk Cheeks. You can also check out her other creative designs in her second store!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Saturday, April 19, 2014

    If you’re having a difficult week, freewriting can be a simple and beneficial form of self-therapy. While it’s often helpful to reflect on your day by releasing bottled-up emotions in a serious, emotional journaling session, sometimes the best way to lift your spirits is to take the humorous approach. If you’re in need of cheering up, are struggling with a lot of excess stress, or are just looking to think outside the box, try freewriting to one of the following silly prompts.

    Print via Mary Rose Hall

    1. Imagine you are Tina Fey. What would you write in your diary today?

    2. Write from the perspective of a pet with a secret second life. What if your cat was in the FBI? What about a yorkie who hangs out with A-listers? Describe the animal’s thoughts as they sneak out from their family’s home to tend to their alternate reality.

    3. “And that wasn’t even the strange part...” Use this phrase to inspire your story! Begin your prose with it or weave the phrase into your piece later on.

    4. Freewrite in the voice of a self-entitled teenager. Describe your surroundings, a situation that annoys you, or come up with an entirely fictional scenario. Just make sure to channel a snobby, whining tone!

    5. Dream up the most absurd vacation possible. Did you just win two tickets to Mars? Are you going to participate in an underwater circus off the coast of Iceland? Write about the experience!

    We hope these writing prompts have sparked your creativity! Have you ever tried humor writing as a form of stress relief? Now’s the time!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Friday, April 18, 2014

    Some people wear their heart on their sleeve, but others may wear their heart on their fit-and-flare dress, maxi skirt, or ankle booties! The pieces we choose to fill our wardrobes and showcase our style each day are not only representative of our personal taste, but a reflection of our daily disposition. A pretty print or pastel hue can be a way to smile at the world through our choice of ensemble, and we love the way some of our favorite Ruchettes crafted these cheery, uplifting outfits. 

    Brownie Diaries is a vision in shades of blue! She shows off her knack for creating ensembles that are perfectly balanced between structure and femininity by pairing her chambray top with our delicately pleated maxi skirt. We love how this picture captures how gorgeous our skirt looks billowing in the spring breeze.

    Hello Luvvy looks positively darling in an outfit borrowed from our Spring Social feature. An embroidered, cropped tank and printed midi skirt makes this Ruchette-approved ensemble perfect for daytime occasions, such as a Sunday morning brunch or garden party. We also can't get enough of the dainty teacup she's holding!

    Art of the Heart looks ready for spring in our pastel purple dress! The casual silhouette makes this frock perfect for a picnic day at the park, and we love how her bold pink locks pop against the subtle hue of this relaxed ensemble.

    If we were dreaming of an outfit perfect for a spring adventure, Lacy Rose XO has made it come to life! Her ensemble has us pondering sunny days spent in a botanical garden or exploring local antique shops. From the dainty blossoms on our floral maxi skirt to the delicate nature of her ankle strap sandals, she looks simply stunning.

    Style Rhapsody looks adorable in a coastal-inspired outfit. Paired with our black and white striped flats, her chambray top and maxi skirt make this outfit worthy of a day out on the water! We love the contrast created by the asymmetrical hem of her skirt when paired with a classic button-up and sunglasses.

    We're so inspired by these eclectic mixes of springy patterns and colors! What combinations are you dreaming of this spring?

    xo,
    Ruche 


  • Friday, April 18, 2014

    One of the best things about Easter Sunday is the celebratory tradition of an elaborate breakfast or brunch. Whether you're hosting family this Easter or are spending a quiet morning with a few friends, we're pretty sure you'll want your get-together to include a delicious meal. Here are some amazing breakfast recipes to feature on the menu this Sunday (or any other weekend you gather loved ones for brunch).

    1. Gooey Chocolate Pull Apart Rolls: Be still our beating hearts! This recipe from Flourishing Foodie is the perfect treat to satisfy the sweet tooth, and it'll fill your home with the scent of freshly-baked pastries. What could be better?

    2. Spring Onion Fritatta: One way to make sure everyone is satisfied at your brunch is to include a vegetarian and gluten-free option. Try your hand at this fritatta from Love and Lemons for the perfect savory accompaniment to all of that Easter chocolate!

    3. Peanut Butter and Jam Bubble Waffles: These amazing waffles will cheer up any children attending your brunch, and it's no secret you'll love them too! Follow this recipe from A Beautiful Mess for a fun twist on an old favorite, and experiment with the filling if you're not one for PB&J (strawberries and whipped cream, anyone?).

    4. Chorizo, Ricotta, and Greens Rolled In French Dough: A wonderful appetizer or savory side, these gourmet pinwheels make a creative and easy-to-make addition to any brunch. Test out this recipe from What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today and prepare extras to save for the next morning!

    5. Baguette French Toast: Brunch is never complete without a serving of French toast! This baguette version from Dash and Bella can be made in a casserole dish, making it easy to serve to a larger group on Easter. Finish it off with extra powdered sugar -- Easter is all about celebration!

    We hope you have a lovely Easter, Ruchettes! Do you have any go-to recipes for Easter breakfast?

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Thursday, April 17, 2014

    In honor of Mother's Day, we talked with some Ruchettes about motherhood, exploring different stages of the mother-daughter relationship. We even got the chance to chat with The Granny Girls about Amber's pregnancy, and spent some time with our founder Mai and her precious daughter, Amelie. We hope you enjoy this heartwarming video and take time to reflect on the mother-figures in your life who have helped shape you into the beautiful woman you are today.

    xo,
    Ruche


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