• Saturday, November 22, 2014

    While we love tradition, sometimes it's nice to spice it up! Thanksgiving is filled with the same foods we expect to see each and every year. Fluffy mashed potatoes, a tasty turkey, and stuffing are just a few of the dishes we look for each year. While pumpkin pie is near the top of our favorite Thanksgiving foods, we're exploring alternatives to the expected pumpkin pie this holiday season. Whether you're not a fan of pumpkin, or ready to try something new, these recipes will certainly have you inspired! 

    The Walnut Variation: A Cake2014-0520_finalist_walnut-variation-cake-189

    Ingredients:
    1 ½ cups heavy cream
    ½ vanilla bean
    10 ½ tablespoons butter, softened
    2/3 cup brown sugar
    1 1/3 cups flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    4 teaspoons espresso powder
    1 teaspoon salt
    5 egg yolks
    1/3 cup milk
    5 egg whites
    1 cup granulated sugar
    2 teaspoons cinnamon
    ½ cup walnuts, chopped and toasted
    1 tablespoon maple syrup

    Directions: 

    1. The night before: Separate eggs and let egg whites sit on the counter overnight, covered with a clean cloth. Pour cream into a saucepan. Split and scrape vanilla bean into the cream and heat until just boiling. Remove from heat and let cool. Cover and chill overnight.
    2. The next day: Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare a 9 x 12-inch cake pan with buttered parchment. (Alternatively, you can prepare two 9-inch round cake pans.)
    3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter and brown sugar until creamy and fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes.
    4. Whisk together flour, baking powder, espresso powder, and salt. Add mixture to butter and sugar in 3 increments, mixing fully between additions.
    5. Whisk together egg yolks and milk. Add to batter in 3 increments, incorporating fully each time. Scrape batter into prepared pan.
    6. In a clean mixing bowl (I wipe down my bowl and whisk attachment with vinegar), whip egg whites until foamy. Add sugar and cinnamon and whip to soft peaks.
    7. Spread the meringue over cake batter, cover with toasted walnuts and bake 35-40 minutes, until the meringue is crackly. Let cake cool completely.
    8. Meanwhile, remove vanilla bean from cream. Add maple syrup and whip cream to soft peaks. Cut cake in half and place one half on a cake plate, meringue side up. Cover with whipped cream. Top with remaining half, meringue side up. You will end up with a 2-layer square cake from your single-layer rectangular cake. (If you're doing this in two round cake pans, just top one with the other.) Let sit 1-2 hours.
    9. To go completely over-the-top, serve with a dark chocolate sauce punched up with a few dashes of walnut bitters.

    Sweet Potato Flan2014-0429_nicholas_sweet-potato-surprise-003

    Ingredients:
    The Flan
    1 cup mashed sweet potato
    ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
    ¼ cup maple syrup
    4 eggs
    1 cup buttermilk (or yogurt)
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    Sea salt

    Caramel Pecans and Maple Yogurt
    1 teaspoon butter
    ½ cup pecans, broken or whole
    1 teaspoon sugar
    Sea salt
    1 cup yogurt
    1 tablespoon maple syrup

    Directions: 

    1. Heat the oven to 325° F. In a blender, combine the sweet potato, spices, maple syrup, eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon salt and purée until smooth. Divide the purée among six custard dishes.
    2. Put the custard dishes in a large baking pan and pour hot water into the pan until it reaches at least an inch up the sides of the dishes. Bake in the center of the oven for 45 minutes. The flans should be set and barely quiver when shaken. Let cool.
    3. While the flan is cooling, melt the butter in a small pan over low heat. Then add the pecans, sprinkle with sugar, and turn to coat evenly. Cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar coats and caramelizes the nuts. Remove to a plate and sprinkle with salt. Chop as finely or coarsely as you want.
    4. In a small bowl, combine the maple syrup and the yogurt. Taste, and add more maple syrup if you want. Serve the flan topped with a spoonful of maple yogurt, garnished with chopped caramel pecans.

    Mixed Apple Pie2013-1119_CP_mixed-apple-pie-006

    Ingredients:
    For the pie:
    1 cup old-fashioned oats
    ½ cup flour
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    ¾ cup toasted hazelnuts, finely chopped
    ½ cup butter, melted
    6 cups mixed apples, cut into 1/4-inch slices
    3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus 1/2 teaspoon zest
    ¼ cup maple syrup
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    ½ teaspoon allspice
    ¾ cup plus 3 tablespoons flour
    ½ cup brown sugar
    5 tablespoons cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

    Tangy Maple Cream
    ½ cup heavy whipping cream, chilled
    ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
    1 teaspoon maple extract

    Directions: 

    1. Combine oats and next 5 ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Drizzle butter over top and mix well. Press mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom and sides of a 9- or 10-inch greased pie plate to form a thick crust.
    2. Preheat oven to 375° F. Place a medium-sized glass or stainless steel bowl in the freezer to chill. Place apples in a large bowl and drizzle with lemon juice and maple syrup; mix well. In a small bowl, combine lemon zest, cinnamon, allspice, and flour. Sprinkle mixture over apples and toss to coat. Evenly distribute filling into unbaked crust.
    3. Place apples in a large bowl and drizzle with lemon juice and maple syrup; mix well. In a small bowl, combine lemon zest, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, allspice, and 3 tablespoons flour. Sprinkle mixture over apples and toss to coat. Evenly distribute filling into unbaked crust, taking care to layer the apples. This will ensure your pie desn't fall apart when you cut into it.
    4. For the topping, combine remaining flour, brown sugar, and butter in a medium bowl. Using a pastry cutter or your fingertips, rub in the butter until moist clumps form. Sprinkle topping over filling and pat neatly into place.
    5. Bake pie for 45 to 60 minutes, or until the apples are soft and the crust is browned on the edges. This takes about 50 to 60 minutes in a convection oven and slightly longer in a normal oven. If the top seems to be browning too quickly while baking, loosely cover with aluminum foil. Remove pie from oven and allow to sit for at least 2 hours.
    6. While the pie is baking, make the Maple Cream. Pour cream into chilled bowl and beat with a whisk or hand mixer until stiff peaks form. Beat in yogurt and extract until just combined. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge until ready to serve.
    7. Once pie has cooled, cut into slices and top with a dollop of Maple Cream before serving.

    We can't wait to see what you'll be crafting in your kitchen this holiday! Don't forget to see more of our favorite recipes here

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Friday, November 21, 2014

    Brisk days call for lots of layers, cozy styles, and the perfect accessories to keep you toasty! While you engage in your favorite fall-to-winter activities like apple picking, cooking up a Friendsgiving feast, or shopping for holiday gifts, the perfect outfit can make all your events even more special! Whether you're making an entrance in a sparkling party dress or having a cozy night in, you can always find inspiration from other Ruchettes. Here are the charming outfits a few of our favorite Ruchettes wore this week! 

    In this understated yet chic outfit, Signe of Signeroo looks absolutely darling! We love how she plays with proportions with her high waisted jeans and long printed cardigan. Wintery hues like navy blue and deep mustard yellow perfectly complement the other neutral tones in her ensemble, and her outfit leaves us inspired. cozy

    Rebecca of The Clothes Horse looks perfectly retro in this sweater dress adorned with wintery tones and a geometric print. Her sweet side braid, beret and B.A.I.T Footwear oxford style pumps keep this ensemble perfect vintage-inspired. We're swooning!

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    In an outfit that perfectly balances femininity with edge, Adri Lately stuns by pairing a printed drop waist dress with a moto jacket. We think this pairing is the perfect way to bring even the most summery dress into the cooler months. On extra chilly days, we would add tall socks and boots for a cozy touch. 

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    We can't wait to see what Ruchettes will be wearing next week. Don't forget to tag your photos #ShopRuche or #Ruchette for a chance to be featured! 

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    If this is the first time you're hosting Thanksgiving, or you're planning on having a few friends over for an intimate dinner, a traditional place setting adds a classy touch to your celebration. We still can't believe that the holidays are just around the corner (where does the time go?!), but nevertheless, we are preparing for a busy season of wining and dining! In addition to any season decor you place at your table, we've illustrated a handy guide for a simple, yet proper place setting that even your mother-in-law will approve of! 

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    We know that between finding the perfect gift and making sure your guests are enjoy themselves, it can be a challenge to get a little "me" time. Once you've set your table, don't forget to slip into a sparkling party dress, or a floor-grazing maxi dress to make your evening of hosting even more special! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    Shop: Beaming Sky Necklace

    Just when we didn't think the girls of 31 Bits couldn't out do themselves, they did! Last year's holiday collection was filled with gorgeous pieces adorned with tons of sparkle and shine, and we couldn't wait to see more glimmer in this year's pieces. Stepping it up, they collaborated their holiday shoot with the queen of glitter herself, Taylor Sterling of The Glitter Guide. This year's collection is filled with even more sparkle and there's quite a few new shapes and designs to swoon over. Start adding to your wishlist Ruchettes, the 31 Bits Holiday Collection featuring Taylor Sterling of Glitter Guide is beyond amazing!

    Shop: Rio Wrap Bracelet

    Shop: Starlet Glow Necklace & Rio Wrap Bracelet

    Shop our collection of 31 Bits here and read our first interview with the founders here!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, November 17, 2014

    When it comes to our favorite things, dresses are definitely near the top of our list (after puppies and sweet treats, of course). There is something about wearing a cute dress while exploring a local flea market or getting gussied up for a holiday party that makes us feel a little extra special. Discover 30 looks we love featuring 30 of our favorite cute dresses. Perfect for day or night; winter or summer, these dresses are essential for adding a touch of femininity to your everyday wardrobe. Shop the looks we love now! 

    We have another treat for you! Spend $1-$199 and get 20% off with code LIKEIT and any order over $200 gets 30% off with code LOVEIT until 11/19 at 11:59 PM PT. Find a new favorite dress to style over and over again now

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Saturday, November 15, 2014

    While Thanksgiving is traditionally spent with family, we certainly can't forget about the friends we hold near and dear! Thanksgiving is all about feasting and reflecting on what you're thankful for, and Friendsgiving is the perfect way to share all the best parts of this glorious day with your friends! Hosting a Friendsiving shindig is simple, and it's truly a great way to share a few laughs and indulge on a feast if you don't have the means to make it home for the holidays. Here are a few steps to get your Friendsgiving celebration started! 

    friendsgiving-feast

    Invite Guests: Choose a date and send your guests an invite. You can opt to keep it casual with an online event invite, or go the extra step with mailed invitations. Whether you're keeping it close knit or going all out, try not to stress about accommodating everyone's schedules. The holidays are a busy time, and no matter how hard you try, the date you pick may fall on a day where a friend is out of town or has a previous engagement. Do your best to choose a date that works for the majority of your guests and try not to stress if everyone is not able to attend! 

    Friensgiving Menu: When it comes to the menu, you have to ask yourself one question: Exactly how much do I want to cook? It's perfectly acceptable to organize a potluck-style celebration where you can take on main dishes that require a little extra attention and time in the kitchen, like the turkey and gravy. In your invite, you can divvy up food responsibilities by allowing your guests to respond what they'll be bringing when they RSVP. If this is the case, make sure to include foods that adhere to guests' diet restrictions. This could be anything from a vegan pumpkin pie to gluten-free stuffing! If you're ready to cook your very own Thanksgiving feast, you can also craft your own dishes and request your guests bring hors d'oeuvres and desserts. 

    thanksgiving-with-friends

    Delightful Libations: The key to choosing the perfect libation to accompany your Friendsgiving feast is knowing your guests. If your friend group is always exploring new breweries and they discuss craft beer like it's a science, provide a selection of delicious brews in lieu of wine. You can always craft a seasonal sangria and keep it in a pitcher for easy serving.

    Entertainment: While you treasure the time you spend together, you still want to keep your guests entertained, especially if there are a few guests that don't know each other very well! Keep the mood light with a casual game or two. Music is also an essential, and even if you don't want to stick to the traditional sounds of the holidays, you can still curate your own playlist, or have a few vinyl records on hand to play! 

    friendsgiving-drinks

    Leftovers: Instead of worrying about lending out your plastic containers, we love the idea of buying simple paper take-out boxes so your guests can pick and choose what leftovers they'll be taking home with them. This way, you can easily write names on them so your vegetarian best friend doesn't end up taking your college roommate's turkey and gravy home! 

    Lastly...Enjoy! Don't fret if the mashed potatoes aren't quite mashed enough or if you don't have enough desserts to go around - the most important thing is to sit back, relax, and enjoy time with your friends! It is called Friendsgiving, after all! 

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    Have you hosted your own Friendsgiving? We would love to hear your tips! Last but not least...don't forget to stop by our selection of cute dresses to find the perfect holiday attire for hosting all your soirees this season! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Friday, November 14, 2014

    Each passing day grows a little more chilly, and we are loving embracing lots of layers and bundling up! With a chill in the air comes our favorite cozy sweaters, tights, boots, and hats, and don't forget essentials like printed coats and long cardigans! Of course, one of our favorite cool-weather accessories is a steaming cup of hot cocoa (with extra marshmallows, of course!). As the days grow colder, we love seeing Ruchettes grow more creative with styling and layering. See a few of our favorite outfits from a few gorgeous Ruchettes this week! 

    Looking like a chilly weather beauty, Amber of Barefoot Blonde shines in our Evening Glow Metallic Sweater! She keeps her ensemble neutral and cozy with black skinny jeans and a wide brim hat. Her bright blue purse is perfect for adding a sunny touch to this winter outfit! amber-barefoot-blonde

    A vintage-inspired print can brighten up and dreary day, and Lacy of Lacy Rose XO adds a colorful pop to the season with our Esme Printed Dress. We firmly believe that florals are perfectly acceptable all year round, and we love how she keeps warm by pairing this printed dress with tights and boots. lacey-rose-xo

    The Dainty Darling's Courtney looks ready for a brisk day in our Varsity Club Plaid Jacket. Plaid is certainly a must-have for fall, and we adore her perfectly preppy attire! We can't get enough of this outfit featuring our favorite fall hues like burgundy, forest green, and chocolate brown. the-dainty-darling

    What's the weather like in your neck of the woods? We would love to see how you're wearing your favorite Ruche styles this season. Tag your photos #Ruchette or #ShopRuche for a chance to be featured, and see more of our past Ruchettes in their favorite Ruche outfits here! 

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Thursday, November 13, 2014

    Welcome to the Ruchette Gift Guide! The holidays can be a stressful time, and we all want to find the gift that will make our loved ones gasp in excitement. We've curated a selection of gifts that will impress every personality on your list, so instead of spending hours wandering around a mall trying to find that one special thing you know will make your sister, mom, best friend, or mother-in-law smile, you'll have a little extra "me" time (and maybe find a little something for yourself!). 

    The Chef: Know a gal that's a pro in the kitchen? If your dear one is a budding food blogger or loves to bake, stop by our collection of treats perfect for any chef! From printed aprons to cookbooks and sweet touches for a garden, spending time in the kitchen will be even more special with your thoughtful gift!trendsetter

    The Trendsetter: We all have the friend that's always in the know when it comes to the latest trends and must-haves. We are always in awe of her ability to achieve effortless chic! Give your fashionable friend a gift from our favorite brands like 31 Bits or Lollia and watch the lovely trendsetter light up!gifts-for-chef

    The DIY-er: Any cute and crafty gal will appreciate sweet supplies or a new DIY to conquer! While not all of us are as clever when it comes to making homemade creations, a girl with an artful eye will always appreciate a unique gift with a handmade touch. diy-gifts

    The Classic Woman: Know a modern maven with an appreciation for all things sophisticated? Find the perfect gift with a vintage-inspired touch for the classic woman on your list with an air of elegance. gifts-for-mom

    The Animal Lover: It's no secret that we are all animal lovers over here, so we simply can't resist pet-friendly gifts! Whether it's a water bowl in a quirky print or a darling dog sweater, the animal lover (and their pet!) will be enchanted. gifts-for-animal-lovers

    Holiday shopping has never been easier! We all end up doing a little shopping for ourselves along the way, so don't forget to enter our Win Your Wishlist contest. Two winners will win the contents of their wishlist (up to $250 each) so see if a little holiday magic heads your way!

    xo,
    Ruche 

     


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  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014

    Dreaming of dresses? Swooning over skirts? Enter our Win Your Wishlist giveaway now and you just might be one of two winners who will receive $250 toward their favorite Ruche pieces. See the full details for entering here and good luck!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014

    There is only one thing we love more than our winter lookbook, Away We Go, and that is this dreamy illustration by Shy Davis of Eternal Tresor! Shy fell in love with Away We Go, and used the images of glamorous outfits, sparkling accessories, and cute dresses as inspiration for this darling drawing of a Ruchette outfit! We adore how Shy captured the intricate details of our Lady in Waiting Red Coat and floral lace of our Evening With You Clutch. Even our Rita Plaid Dress is replicated in perfect detail. We're using this fashion illustration as inspiration for all of our holiday attire!

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    In love with this talented gal? You can see more of Shyleen's illustrations here! See this outfit and more romantic styles come to life in Away We Go

    xo,
    Ruche

    Do you love art and fashion and want your pieces to be featured on our blog? Email your artwork featuring Ruche to blog@shopruche.com!


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