Archives: July 2011

  • Thursday, July 7, 2011

    Etsy, Etsy, Etsy... We're in love once again! This Etsy artist, Jessica Designs, creates hand-stamped designs on vintage silverware. You can order her designs or personalize them with sayings, names and dates. Give them as keepsake gifts, use them for dessert, or add them to your charming decor. ♥




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  • Wednesday, July 6, 2011

    Forget flowers! Grab your imagination and check out these unique ideas for DIY wedding bouquets.

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  • Tuesday, July 5, 2011

    Hello! I'm the blogger behind The Clothes Horse, a personal style blog that features my outfits and other inspirations on a daily basis.

    When I began blogging, I was in college full-time and working part-time as a cashier. My funds were limited and I built much of my wardrobe from thrift store finds. Since my closet wasn't very large, I challenged myself to wear pieces again and again, but never the same outfit head-to-toe. As time went on and my blog grew, I started to enjoy looking through the archives to see how I had worn a dress in the past; it became great inspiration to stay creative and really helped me stick with my goal of stretching every piece of my wardrobe.

    Now, I run a little feature called "Saturday Remix" where I show 4-7 different outfits based on one clothing item. Some dresses get tucked into skirts or even safety-pinned into new shapes, so the outfits all end up looking unique. Recently, Ruche asked to sponsor a remix and sent me the "nautical love story striped dress". It was the perfect piece for a remix, and I easily built 7 different outfits around it without even breaking into tights and heavy layers (it's too hot here for those right now anyway!).

    ~Rebecca, The Clothes Horse

    Thank you, Rebecca! ♥

    Here is how she remixed our nautical love story striped dress:

    Pair with a cardigan or jacket for casual wear. Cute with flats or heels!

    Turn the dress into a stylish top, and tuck it into a skirt or shorts for sunny days.

    Perfect for unique layering! Add cozy pieces for the fall or dress it up for a special occasion.

    What's your favorite remixed outfit? We'd love to know how you would remix this dress too!


  • Tuesday, July 5, 2011

    No summer is complete without a great book. Pack a picnic, head for the shade, and let yourself get lost in one of our summer reads.

    1. She's Come Undone - Wally Lamb
    2. A Small Hotel - Robert Olen Butler
    3. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
    4. Bomboozled - Susan Roy
    5. Bossypants - Tina Fey
    6. I Knew You'd Be Lovely - Alethea Black
    7. One Summer - David Baldacci
    8. Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith
    9. Sister - Rosamund Lupton
    10. A Great Night - Chris Adrian


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  • Monday, July 4, 2011
    Give your pooch the Ruche treatment with our adorable new Puppy Crush Dog Collars in bow or flower options.

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  • Friday, July 1, 2011

    “It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return, but what is more painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let that person know how you feel.” --Anonymous

    Some lessons can only be learned through experience and this quote is one of them. Our story probably won’t end up in the “happily ever after” section of any love story collection, but it's enough to make its claim and space.  

    We couldn’t be more mismatched as a pair. He is cynical and logical, while I’m idealistic and creative. He is in the Air Force and lives in the small town of Del Rio, Texas, where his daily life is regimented and disciplined. I, on the other hand, am a working Interior Design student in Arizona. I relish in the chaos and barely sleep because I am a slave to my craft. He likes stability and controlled situations, which is probably a byproduct of being in the service. Everything that he likes and is, is so different from everything that I like and am. As if being complete opposites wasn’t an uphill battle already, he and I live 800 miles away from each other… 856.86 miles to be precise. To develop feelings for each other was improbable and just plain silly.

    But the heart has a mind of its own.  The heart wants what it wants.  

    Daily instant message chats turned into phone calls that turned into video chats…. Until one day, to much hesitation from both of us, we decided to go to California together. I went on vacation with a guy I had never met. Prior to leaving for our vacation, my concern was how long this trip was going to last, but what I didn’t anticipate was that six days was never going to be enough.

    In those six days, I managed to fall for someone with whom I never saw coming. I never had a chance. You see, I have spent the last three years focusing on myself and my family. I’ve built a wall higher than the Great Wall of China and no one has managed to get over it, let alone tear it down.  All it took was six days, and he managed to find the me that I hid for so long. He didn’t do it with romanticized grandeur gestures. He did it through small acts of kindness that probably would have gone unnoticed by most. 

    Six days ended and reality sunk in. He and I went back to our respective cities – he in Del Rio, Texas, and me in Mesa, Arizona. I understand now that circumstances and wrong timing sometimes cannot be overcome. He will be going off to Indiana to attend school and I will be going off to pursue my design career elsewhere. We have exciting things ahead of us, and even though I wish those exciting things were headed in the same direction, I am still so happy for the both of us. He taught me to care deeply for someone without asking anything in return. I don’t know if he ever fell for me as deeply as I did since he is a man of very few words, but that is irrelevant in my book. I learned to be open and giving and to share the part of me that I suppressed. Truth be told, I miss our friendship the most. And as much as I loved holding his hand or good morning kisses, it's the way he could make me smile when I'm reminded of an inside joke that still lingers. I wish him nothing but the best in love and in life. He is deserving of it. I can only hope that I brought him just as much light and care into his world as he has with mine, and that he wishes the same great things for me as I do for him.

    See the previous Love Stories here! If you would like to submit your story, please send an e-mail to 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. 

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  • Friday, July 1, 2011

    Get in the holiday spirit with our favorite 4th of July decorating ideas. We hope you all have a fun, safe holiday weekend!

    (images via A Bit of Sunshine, Pinterest, Design Sponge, Better Homes and Gardens)

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