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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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  • Thursday, April 17, 2014

    With Mother's Day just around the corner, we're thrilled to celebrate the inspirational women in our lives! To receive a surprise discount code to Ruche, email us your favorite photo of any mom you know (it can even be yourself!) along with her best piece of advice, and we'll feature her in our Mother’s Day Facebook album. ♥

    Please send submissions to blog@shopruche.com with the subject line, "Mother's Day Album: [Your Name]" before May 9. We will upload the photos throughout the month – just in time for Mother’s Day. We look forward to all your submissions!

    xo,
    Ruche

    P.S. The first picture above is of our founder, Mai Olivo, as a toddler posing with her mom, and the second is of Amber Borycki of The Granny Girls and her mother. To see more of Mai and Amber, check out our Mother's Day video, The Definition of Motherhood.


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  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    If you've been following Sam and Sarah's Wedding Series or have seen our post on wedding registry, you'll know that our Marketing Coordinator, Sam, is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to wedding planning. This tech-savvy gal is extremely organized and utilizes the best sites to keep her guests, family, and wedding party informed. Before planning your own wedding website, read on for Sam's helpful information on creating your wedding website.

    The first thing you have to decide on is which wedding site you want to build your own site through. There are two well-known and reliable free sources I'd recommend -- The Knot and Wedding Wire. If you're willing to pay and have the budget for it, The Appy Couple, SquareSpace & Sitting In A Tree are all wonderful options. Once you sign up for your website, you can include the link in your wedding invite, though I'd suggest sharing it on the backside or on a separate slip so it doesn't ruin the design flow of the invitation.

    Wedding Website Pros:
    There are so many pros to building a wedding website! First, you can save money on the invites you send out, as you don't have to include as much information in the mail and have the freedom to make changes if need be. Second, you can link your registry to you website, which keeps it all in one place. Third, you can include additional information that isn't typically included in invitations, which will keep you from receiving lots of emails and calls inquiring about those details. Fourth, your site will show up in search engine results, which is helpful in the event a guest loses their invitation or is out somewhere without the link on hand, wanting to access information. Fifth, you can link directly to a map to help guests locate the venue. The list goes on and on -- you have endless possibilities when you create a wedding website!

    Wedding Website Pages:
    Now that you've decided to create a wedding website, it's time to plan the pages! Here are the various pages I recommend including on your site.

    Welcome:
    This page is pretty simple. You can include a cute little blurb about how excited you are for your guests to join you on your special day and a reminder to keep checking back for updates on the site.

    About Us: Not everyone will know both the groom and the bride. Some guests may know one of you well and only have briefly met the other, so you can use this space to elaborate more on yourselves. Include information such as where you graduated, your hobbies, where you work, and any other fun facts that best show off your personality.

    The Proposal Story: Similar to the above, not everyone who is invited to your wedding will know the proposal story. I think I've recited mine at least 17 times now, and the last thing I want at the wedding is people asking me how it happened while I'm eating, dancing, or cutting the cake. I figured it would be best to have this on our page so everyone would be able to read it before the wedding.

    The Wedding Party: This is a great way to announce who is in the wedding. You could even go into detail about the friendships and relationships you share with those in your party!

    The Ceremony + The Reception: This page is very important. Here you can add the start times for both events, along with the addresses. We also included a nice description about each location so that guests would know what to expect. This page will include some of the most vital information, so make sure to explain things clearly to avoid any mix-ups or confusion.

    Guest Information: This page can include anything else that guests will need to know. I included the hotels where I blocked out rooms, the dress code, weather prediction, and a very important notice from our venue that they required we shared with our guests. I also included our email addresses and my cell number in case anyone had questions. You can also include a list of possible questions that your guests might have (see below for possible guest questions to include).

    Registry:  To practice proper etiquette, it's best to not mention your registry in your invite and only include it on your wedding site. This page should auto-generate after you've added where you are registered; I made our wedding website through The Knot and it automatically pulled all the stores and products we registered for right onto our site. You can also include if you would rather have gift cards or money to help with a down-payment on a house. See my Registry Recommendations for more information!

    Honeymoon: Unless you are asking for honeymoon funds via your registry, I don't think this page is completely necessary other than announcing where you plan to jet off to after the big day. Since my fiance and I haven't decided yet, I just filled in this page to say we are still debating, but Portland, OR is at the top of our list. Your guests (especially family) might love to know this kind of information.

    RSVP: This isn't a feature on all wedding websites, but some have the option to allow guests to electronically respond via their site. I personally prefer the old-fashioned snail mail insert, but this is definitely a way to save you money by not adding the RSVP insert, an envelope, and a stamp to your physical invite.

    Possible Guest Questions To Include:
    While it might seem a bit overly-informative to include this section on your website, I know I'd rather have all the information available for anyone who might have additional questions. You can even use your question section to try to avoid potential negative situations. For example, include a question like, "Do you have colors you don't want us to wear?"  to make sure that guest won't match the bridal party. Perhaps you didn't consider that situation before, and accidental matching would bother you! Having this question and answer available on your site will ensure that only your bridesmaids will be in blush pink on your big day.

    Here are some other great questions to answer on your site:

    When is the RSVP deadline? You can even include that they should expect a call if the deadline isn't promptly met!

    How do I get to the venue? Link to your Ceremony and Reception page with the listed address.

    Will there be parking? If the venue doesn't have its own parking, you can include local parking options.

    Will I have to pay for parking? Will there be valet? Let your guests know if the parking is free or if you have already covered the cost. Also specify if guests should tip the parking attendant or if that has been covered as well.

    What should I wear? What is the dress code? Take into account the weather -- will they need a jacket or sunscreen? Will the event be taking place on hardwood, grass, or dirt?

    Are there any colors you don't want guests to wear? As we talked about earlier, this is the place to address that your guests should aim to stay away from the bridal party colors, and to mention any other colors you don't want at your wedding.

    Are children welcome?

    May I bring a date? Specify how strict your guest policy is. Are you only allowing guests who were listed on the invite?

    Will dinner/food be served? What kind of food will be served? What if I have a dietary restriction?

    Will there be alcohol? Here you can specify is the wedding is dry or if you will be having an open or cash bar.

    Will there be dancing? Can I request a song?

    Can I bring a camera and take pictures? If you want guests to take pictures, this is a good place to include your email if you would like them to email you afterwards. Also, do you want to have an Instagram hashtag? You can announce it here!

    Are the ceremony and reception locations wheelchair accessible?

    Happy website-making,
    -- Sam, Marketing Coordinator

    Images via Style Me Pretty

    We hope this post will help you create a truly informative and easily accessibly wedding website. Is there anything else you're making sure to include on your site?

    For more helpful wedding information and to be notified when we launch new wedding-related blog posts, "like" our bridal page on Facebook!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    When it comes to interior design, we've been especially drawn to airy spaces, clean whites, and wood paneling this spring. We love how white paint opens up any space for a fresh, peaceful feel and creates the perfect contrast for spring blossoms and colorful accents in the form of art, furniture, and bedding. If you're looking to give your home (or even just a single room) a makeover, consider brightening up your space with a relaxing shade of white and make sure to check out our Home Inspiration Pinterest board for additional crisp ideas.

    Images via Creeping FigMy Scandinavian Home, APD Architects

    Have you opted for this airy aesthetic in your home or office? We'd love to give our kitchens a wash of white for a more spacious feel!

    xo,
    Ruche

     


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  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    We're always looking to our favorite blogs for early morning pick-me-ups, creative ideas, and inspiring musings. While our blog reading list is quite extensive and we could spend ages listing our favorites, there are a handful of lifestyle, design, writing, and food blogs that we can't help but recommend to our readers time and time again. If you're looking for new sites to add to your reading list, here are five blogs that never fail to lift our spirits and introduce us to new ideas.

    1. Design Love Fest: Based in LA, Bri is a talented art director with an amazing eye for design. Her blog includes wonderful recipes in addition to cool DIYs, interior design tips, and the prettiest desktop backgrounds. Bri also hosts blogging and social media workshops, which look absolutely beautiful and informative; we'd love to join in on one someday! If you're unsure where to begin, some of our favorites of Bri's posts include The Art of Cheese, Dress Your Tech, and Florals in Your Space.

    2. Meg Fee: Whenever we're in the mood for thoughtful, text-based reflections, we'll end up re-reading our favorite posts from The Wild & Wily Ways of a Brunette "Bombshell." Written by Meg, a Texan turned New Yorker, this blog contains poetic gems, lovely photographs, and deep, moving musings on relationships, health, and growing up. Meg has the ability to capture in words the familiar, nuanced feelings we all experience but cannot verbalize, making her blog a source of introspection, therapy, and self-understanding. Some of our favorite posts of hers include say yes. and yes. and yes again., these are the ways to love yourself. (to forgive), and words and what needs to be said.

    3. Bleubird: A Jane-of-all-trades, James leads an inspiring and laidback lifestyle. She's filled with love for her kids, has an impeccable eye for product and interior design, and shares some truly delicious recipes with her readers. We can't get enough of her bartending and vanity series, and love that she provides helpful, first-hand how-tos on homeschooling children for those interested. Some of the many posts and series we've fallen in love with on Bleubird include Sunday's Cake, Knit 101, and A Maker Series.

    4. A Beautiful Mess: This pick should come as no surprise since we've worked with Elsie and Emma before (they're so sweet!) and check their blog on the daily. These girls can't be stopped; they have an amazing blog full of DIYs, recipes, beauty posts, and life hacks, in addition to a top-of-the-charts smartphone app, online workshops, and books. We're always surprised and inspired by these busy bees and love turning to their site for ideas before parties and events. Some of our favorite posts of theirs include Baked Brie, Make Your Own Braided Rug, Strawberry Angel Food Ice Cream, Tips for Pet Photography, How To Style A Side Braid and Homemade Oatmeal 9 Ways.

    5. How Sweet It Is: Jessica's food posts never fail to inspire us due to the unconventional flavor pairings and fun combinations she explores (Cranberry Ginger Margaritas!?). She's a quirky and honest writer, so even though the focus of her blog is the food, we can't help but read each post from top to bottom. We love that she includes Crumb posts on her site, which focus on cute tidbits of her everyday life both inside and beyond her kitchen. And we have to admit, we've made more than a few of her dishes! Some of our favorites include Blackberry Summer Pizza, Cinnamon Sugar Sourdough French Toast Bake, Fontina and White Cheddar Skillet Brussels Bacon Mac, Chipotle Beer Shrimp Quesadillas, Spicy Queso With Chorizo and Black Beans and her Thai Crunch Chicken Salad. Since Jessica doesn't post photos of herself, we're including a picture of one of her delicious recipes (and no, she's not a quesadilla)!

    Do you read any of these amazing blogs? We hope you'll add these lovely reads to your Bloglovin' feed!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Monday, April 14, 2014

    How would you describe your Ruchette style? Are you drawn toward rustic aesthetics, or do you favor retro-inspired silhouettes? Post an Instagram picture showcasing you in your favorite Ruche outfit, and let us know more about your style in the caption. Tag #Ruchette and @shopruche to make sure we find your look, and you just might win $50! The contest ends Wednesday, April 16 at 11:59 PM, PDT, so make sure to get your entry in ASAP. We can't wait to learn more about our Ruchettes!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, April 14, 2014

    One of our favorite indie brands, Dear Creatures, has released an adorable Spring/Summer 2014 collection that infuses their signature retro look with a sporty twist that's aptly fit for warm weather. Rendered in the clothing line's classic 60s color scheme, these polka dots, stripes, and vintage silhouettes will be our go-to for greeting the sunshine in the coming months. Here are a couple of our favorite photos from their latest campaign (and we're carrying both dresses on our site)!

    Photos via Zooey Magazine

    If you can't get enough of this stunning vintage aesthetic, shop our Dear Creatures selection to find your dream dress of the season and support this indie brand!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Monday, April 14, 2014

    ...we would certainly look like this! We can’t resist a rustic tart filled with fresh ingredients and seasonal fruit, especially at this time of year. The finishing touch of honey or powdered sugar always perfects a delicious spring dessert. If you also have a weakness for homemade tarts, try making the fig tartlets with herbs and honey, peach tray tart, or onion and apple galette pictured above; they'd be ideal for a spring picnic or brunch. Enjoy!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Sunday, April 13, 2014

    Print via Jennet

    We’re making it a goal to stop saying “someday” and begin taking the small, necessary steps towards the dreams we want to accomplish. Whether we wish we’d work out regularly to keep our heart healthy, or dream of the day we’ll finally around to painting again, our goals need to be broken down into manageable steps that we can complete Monday through Sunday. What have you been putting off for someday? We hope you’ll feel inspired to start laying out tangible steps towards your desires!

    If you’re having difficulty narrowing down which goals you want to work towards, try creating a manifesto to help you center on your values. Our blog post will guide you through the process!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Friday, April 11, 2014

    While there's a certain beauty found in pushing oneself through heady classic literature, there's also nothing like unwinding with a clever graphic novel. If you're on the hunt for a relaxing read that you can revisit time and time again, here are some of our current favorites in the graphic novel department.

    French Milk by Lucy Knisley: The perfect read for Francophiles, this illustrated journal documents Knisley's six-week trip to Paris with her mom. Filled with thoughts of her boyfriend back home, her relationship with her mother, and her milestone birthday, Knisley weaves in these deeper topics with commentary on delicious food and tourist spots.

    Ghost World by Daniel Clowes: This 90s graphic novel features the oddly dark and humorous adventures of two best friends who are worried about growing apart. Adapted to the screen in 2001, this curious graphic novel explores those daunting social changes that haunt the reality of adulthood.

    Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh: A collection of blog posts and new comics from Brosh's blog of the same name, this graphic novel explores everything from grammatical errors to heavier topics like depression and adulthood. Hyperbole and a Half is a hilarious read that you'll fly through whether or not you've kept up with Brosh's blog.

    Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi: Now an animated film, this novel is a memoir of a young girl's daily life in Iran during the Iranian Revolution. A lesson on history and politics in addition to a coming-of-age tale, this graphic novel is a must-read for those exploring the genre.

    Obsessive Consumption by Kate Bingaman-Burt: Perfect for a gal on a budget, this book is the result of the author's personal project to pay off her debt after university by drawing each item she purchased, as well as her credit card bills, until the debt was paid off. While this book is more of a collection of cute doodles than a graphic novel, the pictures included tell a story in their own right, as they follow Bingaman-Burt through her wedding planning, as well as everyday experiences.

    Fun Home by Alison Bechdel: Capturing the combination of humor, depth, and sadness that laces our everyday experiences, this memoir focuses on Bechdel's relationship with her now-deceased father. The name of the book itself, which is derived from the family's nickname for the funeral home where the father once worked, illustrates the tragicomedy nature of this impactful read.

    Have you read any of these graphic novels? Which one is next on your list?

    xo,
    Ruche


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