Archives: June 2011

  • Thursday, June 30, 2011

    Reupholstering furniture is not only a lot of fun, but also easier than it looks. Today we're going to show you how you can reupholster a chair with materials you probably already have in your house.

     

     

    Materials:
    Chair - we found ours on the side of the road
    Old Shirt - we're using a thrifted shirt that just doesn't get enough love
    Staple Gun - you can buy one for around $15
    Screw Driver 
    Pen
    Scissors

     

    Directions:
    Step 1.
    Gather all of the materials. Clean off chair.

     

    Step 2.
    Start by unscrewing the seat from the rest of the frame.

     

    Step 3.
    Using your screwdriver, carefully pry apart staples/studs holding together the old upholstery.

     

    Step 4.
    Place the seat face down on the fabric you are going to use to re-upholster. Draw an outline of your seat on the fabric giving yourself a 2 inch margin all the way around. Cutting outside the line, cut out the seat outline.

     

    Step 5.
    Choose the side you wish to start with. Pull the fabric tight and staple right in the middle of the chosen side. Moving to the left of your 1st staple, continue pulling the fabric tight and stapling at 1inch intervals, stop at the corner. Repeat on the right side of your initial staple stopping at the corner. Now repeat the process for the remaining 3 sides.

     

    Step 6.
    Carefully fold in the remaining fabric left around the corners and staple. Add extra staples to all sides to ensure everything stays put.

     

    Step 7.
    Screw on the top and pat yourself on the back, you've successfully re-upholstered your 1st chair.

     

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Thursday, June 30, 2011

    Hi, everyone! It's Jen from Jen Loves Kev. I am super excited to share one of my new favorite recipes with you today. I love appetizers, but in the summer months traditional appetizers seem so heavy to eat. The thought of eating mozzarella sticks, potato skins, etc. in 90 degree weather just doesn't seem to go together. When I found this recipe for strawberry-kiwi summer rolls, I couldn't wait to try it out. It is perfect for summer eating. Enjoy!

     

    Thank you for the amazing recipe, Jen! We can't wait to try it out ourselves. Ruche ladies, make sure you stop by Jen Loves Kev! You'll find more recipes, stylish fashion posts, motherhood musings, adventure, and more. ♥
     

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, June 29, 2011

    Planning a 4th of July wedding? An outdoor venue and simple decor is calling your name. Search vintage shops for unique accents and mix-and-match your patterns and textures. Decorate with vibrant reds, whites, and blues and add to the summer vibe with a soft yellow. Dress your wedding party in lightweight cottons, treat your guests to fresh lemonade, add a pair of red shoes and viola! ♥

     

    Images via Style Me Pretty and Ruffled.

    xo,
    Ruche

    Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!


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  • Wednesday, June 29, 2011

    There's nothing we love more than a whimsical wedding that embraces the quirky and unexpected. Here are two weddings bursting with originality and off-beat charm.

    Embracing Color

    In the Woods

    (images via Green Wedding Shoes)

    Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!


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  • Tuesday, June 28, 2011

     Planning a red, white, and blue party this weekend? Don't stress. We've put together the ultimate mix and match menu for your big 4th of July bash.

     
    Appetizers
     
    Salads

    Side Dishes
     
    Entrees 
     
    Desserts & Drinks

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  • Monday, June 27, 2011
    Image via Pinterest
    ...we would look like this. ♥
    xo,
    Ruche

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  • Monday, June 27, 2011

    Lomo refers to certain types of analog cameras that became popular in the 80s. Originating from Russia, the Lomo camera became popular for the deep saturation and vignettes that created quirky and offbeat images, and for it's "shoot from the hip" shooting technique.

     

    Today we're going to show you how to make your photos look a la Lomo.

     

    Step 1.
    First we're going to create a vignette. Take the lasso tool and draw a circle around the main objects in your photo. Next go to Select > Inverse. Go to your Adjustment Layers icon and  add a Levels Layer. Slide the middle arrow towards the right up until you're satisfied. You will see the corners of your image become darker as you move the slider.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Step 2.
    Next go to Layers > Flatten Image. Next add a Curves Layer and create a slanted S shape on your curve. This will increase the contrast in your image. 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     

     

    Step 3.

    Now add Black Solid Color layer from the Adjustment Layer Menu. Set to Hue and adjust the opacity to below 50% (adjust to your liking).

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Step 4.
    The final step in this process is to sharpen the image. Go to Layers > Flatten Image.
     
    Next go to Image > Mode > Lab Color. Switch over to the Channels view and select the Lightness channel. Now go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp mask. Set the Amount to 50%, Radius to 70-80, and Threshold to 0 (this is all up to you, so adjust until you're satisfied). Click Ok. Go to Image > Mode > RGB Color. Save.
     
     
    Enjoy your cool new photo!
     

    (tutorial sourced via Digital Photography School)

     
     
    Learn more about Lomo photography here.

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  • Saturday, June 25, 2011


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  • Saturday, June 25, 2011

    “I was nauseous and tingly all over. I was either in love or I had smallpox” – Woody Allen

    I wish I could tell of you of a love that started out purely and classically romantic. But I can’t. No romance, no cute flirty sayings, just a girl who really needed to use the bathroom and a boy who just happened to be using it at the same time. Now you’re probably all wondering why I was in the men’s bathroom to begin with, but they were cleaning the women’s bathroom on my dormroom's floor and I thought I could sneak into the men’s bathroom quickly without anyone noticing. I pushed the bathroom door to go in and he pulled it from the other side to leave. I froze, stared at how cute he was for a second, and managed to stupidly blurt out, “I’m sorry. Can I pee with you?” Very classy, I know. He then said something like, “Uh... okay...” It was a little traumatizing to say the least.

    As awkward as this encounter was, I’m glad that it happened. We shared a laugh at how awkward the situation was at our next run-in and it led to hello’s in the hallway, talks in the common area, and eventually walks around our campus and dates at the dining hall. Soon we were hanging out every chance we got and now four years later, we are still going strong and getting ourselves into as many silly situations as possible. We’ve had countless picnics in Central Park. We’ve watched too many marathons of House and Law & Order SVU. We’ve spent a ridiculous amount of hours walking around New York City. We’ve had our fights, cries, and laughs, but I couldn’t picture doing any of this with anyone else.

    He is my best friend, my rock, and the person I want to spend the rest of my life with, god willing. We have been there for one another through endless amounts of finals, library days, and LSAT and GRE freak outs. We have graduated from our university and are in the process of getting our lives together, bit by bit. I will be starting law school in September and he will start going for his PhD a year from now. Though we will be farther away from one another, our love will always bring us together and I couldn’t have asked for a better man to spend these last crazy four years with. We’ll be starting a new scary journey, but I know we’ll be fine as long as we have one another… and lots of good food. We’re pretty big on eating. ♥

    See the first Love Stories entry here! If you would like to submit your story, please send an e-mail to lovestories@shopruche.com. You may attach up to 5 photos, and we welcome creativity! Please try to keep your stories to a 1200 word limit. You will receive an e-mail when your story is selected. 

    Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!


  • Friday, June 24, 2011

    Dive into a summer daze full of sunshine, celebrations, and relaxation. Soak up the summertime allure and shop the outfits inspired by every occasion. ♥

    xo,
    Ruche


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