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  • 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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  • 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, Riley & Grey, SquareSpace and 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 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


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