I had so much fun taking over Ruche’s Instagram over the weekend! I got to share lyrics of one of the most personal songs I’ve written, what I do when I have writer’s block, and host a giveaway! Here’s a little recap of how I #livebeautifully.
Hello! My name is Hayley, singer-songwriter, creative soul, and hopeless romantic I’m so excited to be back on Ruche’s lovely blog today! From writing a song for their fall lookbook to performing at their 7th Birthday Party, I always have so much fun with Ruche.
Today is no exception as I’ll be taking over their Instagram to share how I #livebeautifully - and hosting a giveaway!! Head over to @shopruche on Instagram to learn how to win a pair of tickets to see me open for Kate Voegele & Tyler Hilton (who else is a One Tree Hill fan?!) and a $100 gift card to Ruche!
How could we ever forget one of our favorite vintage showcases, the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show? We'll tell you - we haven't! The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show is New York's greatest collection of high styles from the last century that inspired today's fashion trends, and it's happening again in the first week of February with their Fargo inspired collection. If you haven't visited their previous showcase last fall, then here's another opportunity to witness something absolutely inspiring. Every year, the show is shopped by top designers, celebrities, and stylists including Mara Hoffmann, Dannijo, Tory Burch, Brian Atwood, Lulu Frost, Jemima Kirke, Vogue, and other big names. Whether you're a New York local or a California native like us, we urge you to check it out!
When: Friday, Feb 5th - 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM Saturday, Feb 6th - 11:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street between 6th & 7th Ave.)
Tickets: On sale here: http://manhattanvintage.com/shop/tickets/manhattan-vintage-clothing-show-sale-02-0506-2015
It has only been 12 days since New Years Day - have you been keeping up with your resolutions? We surely hope so! There is no surprise that healthy eating is normally the first box to check on everyone's list, but that doesn't mean you have to shy away from baked goods just yet. We're bringing back a hearty recipe from 2013 that has not lost one ounce of its deliciousness. Prepare to be mystified.
When we think about the perfect morning pick-me-up, the image of hot steaming coffee and stacks of doughnuts fill our minds. Now, if you can imagine a vegan and gluten free doughnut that tastes just as good as its conventional counterpart - well, who wouldn't want to get their hands on that recipe?! Guess what...ta da! We have just that for you with these vegan AND gluten-free espresso banana doughnuts.
Baked instead of fried, these doughnuts are a healthier breakfast option than their glazed counterpart. The bananas and espresso create a lovely flavor combination suitable for perking you up on the sleepiest of mornings. And, if you feel like going the decadent route, you can always use the optional glaze provided below.
Ingredients: Makes 6 regular doughnuts ¼ cup sorghum flour ¼ cup brown rice flour ¼ cup oat flour ¼ cup arrowroot flour 1 tsp baking powder ¼ tsp sea salt 1 tsp espresso powder ½ tsp cinnamon ½ tsp flaxmeal ⅓ cup sucanat or natural cane sugar 2 tbsp safflower oil or coconut oil ¼ cup coconut milk ½ cup mashed ripe banana (about 1 small banana)
For the glaze: 1 c. powdered sugar 3 tbsp. coconut milk ¼ tsp. vanilla
Directions: 1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and grease a standard doughnut pan.
2. Mix together the banana, oil, coconut milk, and sultanate until smooth and combined.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients until combined, then add them to the wet ingredients.
4. Stir the mixture until a smooth batter forms. It may look slightly lumpy depending on how well you mashed the banana.
5. Spoon the batter into the doughnut molds, making sure to only fill them up 2/3 to 3/4 full. Smooth out the batter in each mold.
6. Bake the doughnuts for 12 to 15 minutes until they are puffed, golden, and pulling away from the sides of the pan. A tester inserted into the middle should come out clean.
7. Cool the doughnuts for about 10 minutes in the pan before un-molding them.
For the glaze: 1. Whisk together 1 cup powdered sugar, 3 or so tbsp. of coconut milk, and ¼ tsp. of vanilla extract until smooth.
2. It should be thick but pourable. If it's too runny, add more powdered sugar. If it's too thick, add a bit more coconut milk.
3. Either drizzle the glaze over the doughnuts or dip the doughnuts into the glaze.
These sweet and easy doughnuts are not only vegan, but also gluten-free! After stuffing ourselves with holiday meals, it'll be nice to wake up to a healthy breakfast, disguised as an indulgence. A big thanks to Courtney for contributing to our cookbook and bringing vegan and gluten-free espresso banana doughnuts to our tables!
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Making even the smallest of changes to our humble abode feels really good. This month, we're welcoming Ruchette mommy and wife, Tori Swaim's, fully renovated nook next to the beaches of Florida. Her adorable home is one worth sharing, and she is letting us in on this finished journey:
"Several years ago, we embarked on making a few changes to our home. Three years later, we found ourselves with almost a brand new home! Our renovation included: painting the entire interior and exterior of our home, adding one new bathroom, gutting our other 3 bathrooms, adding walk-in closets to 2 of our bedrooms, turning our front porch into a foyer, turning an office into a master closet, gutting and expanding our kitchen and laundry room, and redesigning the exterior. And finishing just in time to host our oldest son's rehearsal dinner for his wedding in the beginning of June :)! Whew!
Our home is nestled in Atlantic Beach, Florida just a few steps from the beach, in the “Oceanwalk” subdivision. Oceanwalk is a beach side community with over 250 homes and is a quick bike ride away from the Beaches Town Center - a collection of fun shops and amazing restaurants.
My husband and I bought an empty lot in 1990 and constructed our new home. Our first child was 6 months old when we moved in. 19 years later, we knew it was time for a refresh (actually way past time!).
I hope you enjoy a tour of our newly renovated home."
Thank you for the inspiration, Tori!
To see more of her beautifully remodeled home, visit her blog:
Have you heard? The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show is New York’s greatest collection of high styles from the last century that inspire today’s fashion trends, and it's happening next weekend. As lovers of vintage inspired clothing, we wish we could make it to Manhattan Vintage this year. Every year the show is shopped by top designers, celebs and stylists including Mara Hoffmann, Dannijo, Tory Burch, Brian Atwood, Lulu Frost, Jemima Kirke, Vogue and more. As a regularly shopped location for top wardrobe stylists including shows like Girls, Vinyl, and Boardwalk Empire –the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show is a must attend event! Check it out if you're in the area.
When: Friday, Oct 23rd - 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM Saturday, Oct 24th - 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion (125 west 18th street between 6th & 7th ave)
We teamed up with Leonora of Yellow Heart Art for our 7th Birthday Party, and we've completely fallen in love with this talented lady. Not only do we love her artwork, she has a larger-than-life personality, that never fails to make us laugh (and that's only been over email!). Everything is handmade by me in New York. She started Yellow Heart Art back in 2011 as a way for me her have a creative outlet when she still had, what she calls, a terrible corporate 9-5 job. She handmakes everything in New York, and has been seen in Kourtney Kardashian and Mindy Kaling's homes, Lauren Conrad's events, The MTV Movie Award Celeb gift bags and more! Read on to learn more about Leonora, and prepare for a few laughs along the way! Visit our instagram to win a personalized portrait of you by Leonora. Ends 9/28!
Tell us a little bit about yourself! I'm an over thinker and am always rockin' a scarf. I love statement necklaces and will always be a backstreet boys fan (tell me whyyyyyyy) I park my car better in reverse than forward and I love me a good cucumber and avocado roll. My husband bought me a website as a birthday gift and it was the most romantic gesture in this history of ever (you can go to YellowHeartArt.com to see it, it's a hot mess but he tried!)
What does your creative process look like? My creative process goes 1 of 2 ways with out fail. I either nail what I am trying to do right away, or I work on something for days and days and day and it's still not where I want it to be. This is usually followed by curse words, tears, trips to starbucks for a cake pop (or 3) to help clear my mind. I first think of a bunch of quotes that I want to use, and then from there figure out which of the words I want to be emphasized in the print. My custom portraits happened totally by accident. I had made a custom portrait of my husband and I for our engagement party invites. Our friends and family complimented me on our little doodle that I thought I would give them a try in my shop. They are a huge hit and so many people love having a custom portrait of them in their home!
What kind of food helps fuel your creativity? A bowl of salted almonds and baking chocolate chips. I convince myself it's healthy because, like, almonds.
How does your personal style influence your artwork? I love playing around with different color palettes and patterns with my clothes. I have always been really into "umphing" up an outfit by adding either a really cute hat, a giant statement necklace or a scarf. I do the same thing with my prints because I don't just want to slap some words on a page and call it a day. I want to take those art quote prints to the next level by making them out of gold foil or adding some fun decorative elements like geometric shapes or water color marks.
Where do you look for inspiration during your creative process? Actually I go to fashion trends. I see what color palettes are popular and what patterns people are drawn to. I then try to incorporate those pieces into my designs. I'm working on getting some floral patterns into my prints, I'll let you know how that goes!
How do you come up with the sayings in your artwork? From my own head ha! Basically I always try to make a print relatable. If I am selling my items in person somewhere and someone walks by and goes "ha! I've totally felt that!" then I know I succeeded. One of my best selling prints is "Take on today like you just aced your eyeliner" because I know for me the days where I have a perfectly symmetrical cat eye (on the first try) I feel like I can legit stop a moving train with my bare hands (note: don't do that, you'll ruin your eyeliner) so instead of saying something like "take on the day!" I try to amp it up with some humor and quirk.
Our motto here at Ruche is #LiveBeautifully. How do you live beautifully? I #LiveBeautifully by embracing my flaws. It took me a LONG time to be ok with them (and honestly, some days those insecurities still creep back up) but I've come to realize people are not as critical of me as I am of myself. I hate smiling too wide for photos because I Have 3 fake front teeth (thank you 14 year old me for fainting face first down some stairs) when I tell people this they are shocked to hear I have fake teeth. My thighs rub together when I walk and I am rocking some crazy stretch marks on my upper arms but ya know what? No one cares, and if they do then that's their problem because I am still going to wear tank tops and smile as big as I can because life is too short to constantly worry about how other people view you.
Do you have any advice for anyone interested in a similar career path? Yes! It's ok to fail. It's ok to make things that suck. It's ok if people don't like what you do. Not everything you try to put out there is going to be a winner, if it was that easy we would all be gagillionares living in pent house suites while flying around in our private jet that have our faces painted on the outside of them. Don't get discouraged, if you are truly passionate about what you're doing you'll make it work and rally!
Thanks Leonora! Visit her Etsy to purchase her beautiful artwork and enter our giveaway to win a personalized illustration of you our instagram!
If you love illustrations as much as we do, you are in for a treat! This month's wallpaper was designed by illustrator Emily Poulin. Emily just graduated from the California Baptist University in May and is now designing at Krochet Kids in Costa Mesa, CA. Not only do we love her illustrations but we love her style! In this post we talk about her artwork and creative process.
How did you get started in illustration and graphic design? I thoroughly enjoy challenges and realized that I wanted a job that was creative problem solving. Graphic design demands that you think on your feet and process quickly! You never know what project you are going to get or what kind of constraints you have to work within. I also am drawn to details and how they can flesh out a message in its entirety. I love the finishing touches that subtly add to an overall design!
How does your personal style influence your artwork? I'm very detail oriented in my own personal style. I love braids and tiny accents. I am drawn to things that are unique and show someone else's passion and creativity. I try to incorporate that in my own work-- take things from my daily life or things I find amusing and share it!
Where do you look for inspiration when channeling your creativity? I don't often look for inspiration out right. I try to take notice of things in my day to day activities and almost catalog them in my brain. If you go on Pinterest or look other places you're letting someone else solve the problem for you! I try to engage with people outside of my creative bubble and immerse myself in their passions and ideas. I am constantly reading something or trying a new technique to keep me learning.
Do you have a favorite piece of artwork that you’ve created? I don't have a favorite piece of work honestly
Our motto here at Ruche is #LiveBeautifully. How do you live beautifully? I try to live a life that is encouraging and considerate of others. I find there is such joy in investing in other people and helping them in their journey and growth process. I think life is a lot about growing alongside one another, posing questions, and actively engaging with the world around you that creates meaning.
Where can we find you when you aren’t creating swoonworthy art? Well when I'm not swooning haha -- You can probably find me baking something or biking around my city! I'm always on the lookout for a good spot to read or undiscovered local gems!
Do you have any advice for anyone interested in a similar career path? I'd say it's important to be dedicated. Design can be exhausting at times-- it seems there's always anther revision! It's important to be diligent in your work and practice creative endurance. Keep a notebook around to jot down sketches or ideas at any time. I also find it therapeutic to make checklists to visualize project progress!
I had no clue where design was going to take me when I began-- I didn't even know what Adobe programs were. The journey has been a lot of being thrown in the deepend and learning to swim on my own. But through that process I've learned a lot about myself and the importance of community. I've met so many rad people as a result of my career and I can't wait to see what comes next!
We recently celebrated Ruche's 7th birthday with our biggest party yet. It was a memorable night filled with delicious food, tasty popsicles, cute clothes, live music and fun activities at our warehouse. We felt so incredibly overwhelmed by all the love and excitement shown to us that night and we couldn't be happier with the turnout. We brought along a few of our wonderfully talented friends from local businesses to help out and we definitely couldn't have pulled off this party without them. In case you weren't able to make it, here's a recap of the night:
Ruchettes were all over our pop up shop. Utterly Engaged even curated a special collection just for the shop!
Found Vintage Rentals absolutely blew our minds with the decor! The party was filled with stunning vintage furniture and amazing chambray installations.
Each floral piece by Inessa Nichols Design was breathtaking. Inessa transformed the event into a captivating piece of art with beautiful arrangements tucked into life-sized water color installations weaved through do-it-yourself vertical wall gardens.
Our friends oh, hello friend. hosted a Write A Letter to Someone Special station with their adorable stationary. Owner Danni, came prepared with stamps, decorative embellishments and more! It truly was a special station for everyone.
Everywhere you looked you could see Letter Sparrow's beautifully handwritten calligraphy. Her work was featured on our music stage, Live Beautifully wall, and more! Everyone loved getting personal calligraphy to take home.
Delicious appetizers & drinks were provided by Colette's Catering & Events. They were a big hit! Appetizers and drinks nearly disappeared in the blink of an eye. Colette's team kept everyone happily fed with their tasty creations. Our favorite was the herbed fig crostini with goat cheese mousse. Mmm!
Our cocktail menu would be nothing without Wodka Vodka and Perrier. The special Ruche Mule and Lavender Lady was one of our favorites!
Ruchettes lined up for the Braid Bar! TING Makeup & Hair transformed our Ruchette's silky locks into beautifully braided up-dos and elegant styles.
Our baby Ruchette Amelie, couldn't resist an adorable up-do!
Mom and Pop Shop showed up with delicious all natural popsicles made with only the freshest ingredients. A summer staple is the Cha Cha Cha! Must have.
Our neighborly friends Share & Do Good, created a special fair trade gift basket with proceeds going back to each community. We love the African Market fair trade basket, Zen Zen oven mitt, Pepper Project serving set and Sustainable Threads kitchen towel. Share & Do Good is a boutique in Downtown Fullerton aiming to curate great designs made by great causes that tell amazing stores of hope from around the world.
Once word spread that The Burnt Truck arrived, eager and hungry guests lined up for some mouth watering sliders. With such a huge cult following, the cheeseburger sliders and pork belly sliders completely lived up to the hype.
As the night went on our wall filled up with unforgettable moments captured during our party. Josh & Monica's Studio were ready to capture and print pictures using their handy Insta Party Box.
Alyssa Bernal kept the night going on stage with her upbeat tunes. Everyone was dancing and singing along to her single, "Wasted Love" and cover of Lordes, "Royals."
Of course, this wouldn't have been a show without Sound & Stage by DJZ Productions.
Ellex Bree graced us with the sweetest melodies. Her harmonious tunes made for a memorable performance.
Our guests swooned over songstress Hayley Solano. The crowd swayed along to her mesmerizing voice and danced along to her cover of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off."
Last but certainly not least, none of this would have been possible without our wonderful founders, Josh, Mai and Vu. Over the course of only seven years, Ruche has become every modern girl's destination for everything Fresh, Eclectic and Sophisticated.
Our loyal Ruchettes, vendors and community made this day truly special and we couldn't have done it without you. We are looking forward to even more celebrations with everyone soon!
You can view our recap video here:
See more of the fun on Instagram using hashtag #RucheTurns7!