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  • Thursday, June 23, 2011

    This is the perfect DIY project to do when you have no supplies and time to kill.

     

    Materials:

    *5/6 inch long twigs
    *Twine

     Instructions:
    1. Clean up your branches and lay them out in the shape of your coaster.

     

    2. Grab some colorful twine and cut 2 pieces that are about twice the length of your coaster.

     

    3. Fold each string in half. Place a loop at each end of your 1st twig and tie two knots. Continue the process until all of your twigs are tied together.

     

    4. On your last branch, tie 4 knots and trim the twine

     

    5. Enjoy your brand new coaster, (or mini raft as we like to call it)

    (idea sourced from http://www.thursdaynightdinner.org/)


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  • Wednesday, June 22, 2011

    Have some fun with your wedding guests! Photo booths are a great addition to a celebration, and they can bring tons of laughter and memories. Print the photos for a fun photo album or on the spot for keepsake wedding favors. ♥

    Create the simple backdrop with paper or pretty fabric:

     
    Purchase these adorable vintage-esk props from an Etsy shop, Little Retreats:
     
    Or create your own with this DIY tutorial:
     
    And don't forget the chalk boards!
     
     
     
    xo,
    Ruche

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


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  • Wednesday, June 22, 2011
    Planning a wedding can be incredibly overwhelming, even for the most inspired and organized bride. With so much to take care of and decide on, it's easy to get into a creative slump and even easier to overlook a crucial factor, like lighting.
    But don't fret girls, we've got you covered. We've scoured the web and came up with our favorite lighting ideas.
     
    Candle Centerpieces
    Make every table glow by adding candles to compliment your flower arrangements. Or step outside the box and create an elegant centerpiece using only candles.

     

    Paper Lanterns

    Line your pathways with simple paper bag lanterns, or hang paper lanterns from the ceiling.
     

     Sparklers
    Light up your exit with sparklers. Hand them out to guests during the reception for added photo fun.
     

    (images via Pinterest)

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


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  • Tuesday, June 21, 2011

    Remember Keiko? We swoon over her vintage style and how she previously styled one of our crop tops and a pair of our oxfords. We're also in awe with her passion and talent for reconstructing clothes and her business savvy self. ♥ Enjoy the interview!

     Image by Alice Rutherford

    Were you born and raised in Brooklyn?
    I was born and raised in South Florida. I moved to Central Florida for college, and then to New York shortly afterward. I've been here for over four years and don't plan on leaving anytime soon, but I doubt I'll find myself retiring in Brooklyn. I have a little bit of country in me and would love to have my horses in my backyard at some point.

    What’s a day in your life like?
    I spend most of my day sewing and talking to my animals like a crazy person (I work from home). I blog and edit photos during breaks in my day, and always have music or tv on in the background. I watch an embarrassing amount of television while I'm sewing.

    What do you love most about blogging?
    Though it is primarily focused on personal style and general happenings in my life, I also use my blog as a platform for causes I truly believe in. I'm lucky to have extraordinary readers with big hearts. Together, we are making a difference, whether by raising funds or spreading awareness. Every little bit counts.

    You mentioned that getting dressed everyday boosts your mood and helps you concentrate. How so?
    When I'm dressed too comfortably or sloppily, I tend to get in a rut. All I want to do is relax or sleep! Since I work from home and I'm my own boss, I have to keep myself in check. Getting dressed up gets me in the right mindset.

    What inspires your clothing line, Postlapsaria?
    I had no intentions of working in fashion - I went to school for musical theatre. I always enjoyed expressing myself through my personal style and when I was in school, I was on a tight budget. I started reconstructing thrifted finds and pieces from my own closet. People started commissioning pieces from me and I decided to turn it into a business.

    Any fun facts you’d like to share?
    My favorite fun fact to share is that my mom's name is Barbie and my dad's name is Ken. People always think I'm fibbing, but it's absolutely true!

    What items are on your Ruche wishlist?
    This lace jacket is the perfect topper for summer dresses:
    http://www.shopruche.com/lacey-lullaby-lace-jacket-p-7345.html?zenid23=1816be99a84c638db670bf4fc0cccb5e

    I love the bright florals and flattering skirt of this trench:
    http://www.shopruche.com/within-the-garden-walls-floral-trench-jacket-by-ark-co-p-7340.html

    Blush pink is my favorite color to wear:
    http://www.shopruche.com/make-me-blush-ruched-blazer-p-7332.html

    This lace bralette would look great beneath a cutaway blouse:
    http://www.shopruche.com/lacey-touch-scalloped-bralette-in-black-p-7249.html

    A nipped in waist and full skirt is such a flattering silhouette:
    http://www.shopruche.com/breakfast-in-bed-floral-dress-p-7228.html

    I'm a sucker for lace, florals and feminine hues - can you tell?

     Thank you, Keiko! If you haven't yet, be sure to stop by her blog and her online shop for vintage style, beautiful makeup tutorials, thoughtful musings, and inspirations. ♥

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Tuesday, June 21, 2011

    Happy 1st Day of Summer!


    15 Ideas to Celebrate the First Day of Summer

    * Instead of sitting inside, take your lunch break out into the sunshine.
    * Treat yourself to your favorite frozen snack.
    * Grab a friend and head to the beach.
    * Eat your dinner outside.
    * Fall asleep with the windows open.
    * Roll around in fresh-cut grass.
    * Make fresh lemonade.
    * Eat a fruit salad.
    * Start a summer scrapbook.
    * Pick flowers.
    * Go backyard camping with your friends.
    * Have a beach bonfire and make s'mores.
    * Catch fireflies.
    * Watch the sunset.
    * Bake a homemade pie.


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  • Monday, June 20, 2011

    You'll sparkle and dazzle in our version of red, white and blue. Be sure to watch the fireworks and celebrate the 4th of July in our Pretty and Patriotic outfits!

    Pair this coral blazer with a smart necktie blouse and a fun pair of blue tiered shorts. Add the heels and white bag for a sophisticated and classy look. The coral, white, and teal bracelet adds the final touch!

    Wear a blue striped top with these coral color-blocked shorts for a fun outfit. The red necklace stands out for pop of color. Complete the casual and effortlessly fashionable look with the cross-body bag and cute oxfords.

    For a sweet look, wear this dress with a light blue-grey vest. Compliment the red stripes with these wedges, and add feminine details with a white floral purse and bracelet.

    For curvy plus ladies, look gorgeous in this delicate top over a coral maxi dress! Add the deep teal belt for texture and the wedges and purse for classy touches. Finalize the outfit with this pretty turquoise ring.

    Shop all the Pretty and Patriotic pieces here! What does your red, white, and blue outfit look like?

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Friday, June 17, 2011

    I was fresh on U.S. soil from a summer working in Ireland. I had just graduated college and used my summer abroad as an excuse to post-pone “real life”. I was in search for a job while aiding in the care of my grandma. When the announcement came that she would make it home from the hospital in time for Thanksgiving, my family was elated and began to hustle to make her house wheel-chair accessible. My aunt and uncle called a young man from Wisconsin they had met a few years earlier. He quickly built a wheel chair ramp sturdy enough for a sumo-wrestler and was thanked with an invitation to the family Thanksgiving celebration.

    In all honesty, I was reluctant to meet this “single guy” that was coming to Thanksgiving. I was tired of people trying to set me up, when I wasn’t interested in dating. (I had this crazy idea that the excitement of all relationships fizzles into a mediocre contentment and I was willing to wait as long as I needed to meet the man that would take those fears away. Call it a trust issue, I’m not sure, but it was certainly cynical and fearful.) And then enters the cute, charming, contractor named Erik. My world just about stopped, although I would have NEVER admitted it.

    Erik’s charm followed me through the next couple of months. We saw each other at random family events until he became a regular attendee at my church. He pursued, and to everyone’s surprise, I let him. We both began working with the church youth group and spent many late hours in the church parking lot talking and laughing together. It didn’t take long before he taught me how to trust that my heart was better kept in his hands than in my own (yes, the romantic is coming out!).

    Soon after, he knelt to the ground on a cliff overlooking the San Francisco skyline while we were celebrating my birthday. His question was returned with an immediate “yes,” the easiest question I’ve ever answered! We are two years in and can’t wait for a hundred more.

    There has never been a point where we have needed our own space. We aren’t perfect, but we love to experience life together… as one. He is the sweetest gentleman, the most dedicated provider, and, well, to put it plainly, the hottest man I know. I certainly am blessed and wouldn’t change a single page in our love story. It wouldn’t be much of a story without a thrilling adventure, a few tears along the way, and copious amounts of laughter. Thankfully, our story is still being written.

    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 17, 2011

    Get to know us through Instagr.am! We're sharing daily behind the scenes pics from our office, lookbook sneak peaks, upcoming new arrivals and employee style.

    Instagr.am is our newest obsession. Snap a pic with your phone, apply one of their professional filters, and share! It's like Twitter for photos and we're totally hooked.

    *Helpful Hint*
    You can use Webstagr.am to browse our pics on your computer.


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  • Thursday, June 16, 2011

    Meet Mandy, the voice behind Harper's Happenings. We adore how she paired our free spirited floral top with cuffed jeans and sandals. It's a perfect casual outfit. ♥

    Be sure to check out her blog for mother musings, humorous stories, pretty photographs, and fashion.

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Thursday, June 16, 2011

    Today we bring a quick and easy idea for taking your braids to the next level.
    All you need is a light scarf (we're using our Lantana Blossoms Floral Scarf), medium to long hair, and a hair tie.

     

    Step 1
    Brush all of your hair to one side and separate into 2 sections.

    Step 2
    Take a small strand from one of the sections and tie the end of your scarf around the strand.

    Step 3
    Using the scarf as the 3d section, braid your hair as usual.

    Step 4
     Tie the remainder of the scarf around the ends of your hair and secure with a hair tie.

     

    Voila! You've got yourself a fun new hairstyle.

     

    xo,
    Ruche

     
     

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