Archives: November 2011

  • Thursday, November 24, 2011

    Our official Black Friday sale started today and for two days only, all regular priced items are 15% off. Get an early bird start and use code "BFSALE15" for a Black Friday discount. Take a peek at our amazing markdowned items too. ♥ Happy shopping and have a great Thanksgiving weekend!


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  • Wednesday, November 23, 2011
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    Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!

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  • Wednesday, November 23, 2011

    These cozy, winter wedding ideas were inspired by our new lookbook, Cherished.

    Sources one, two, three, four, and five

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

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  • Wednesday, November 23, 2011

    All three giveaways ended today and we're excited to announce the winners! Drum roll please...

    A Homemade Holiday Giveaway
    For a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Ruche, we asked you to make one of the DIY projects or recipes included in our holiday guide, submit a photo of the completed project, and tell us how you plan on using it for the holidays. The winner is...
    The beautiful things I have made for this year's Homemade Holiday Contest are the burlap table runner as a beautiful table covering for all of our family to enjoy, the old script papers, and the felt flowers (as napkin rings). These things are all special and I will be using them as a centerpiece for my dining room table this holiday season.
    My 5 year old daughter and I spent a fall afternoon creating the "old paper" together. This paper was made from old song books that were my daughter's great grandparents Christmas songbooks. As we made them my daughter would help me tear out and age each piece, put them in the oven, and roll them up. Now each time I look at the scrolls, I will cherish and remember that afternoon just the two of us got to enjoy together.
    All of these will be able to be enjoyed by the sweet family that surrounds us, the blessed time we'll have and the conversation that will all take place around our dining room table this holiday season!

    We were impressed by all of the creative submissions and we're happy to show you some of our favorites below. Thank you, everyone!

    Cherished, a Romantic Winter Giveaway

    To celebrate our winter lookbook, we asked you to describe your favorite lookbook scene and tell us about a cherished memory inspired by the photograph for a chance to win a $50 gift card. Every entry was simply amazing and it was difficult to choose our favorite, but the winner is...


    I absolutely adore the scene where they are drinking hot tea outside under all the forest greenery, she is wearing this amazing oversized sweater and the simplicity and joy of the moment that is captured in this photo is breathtaking.... This entire scene reminds me of our family holidays. We live in a log home on 8 acres of country and many of my favorite memories take place outside on our back deck drinking coffee. Thanksgiving and Christmas especially all my distant family and some close friends come home and gather together, after a delicious homemade meal many end up out back snuggled up on the deck in chairs around the outdoor fireplace catching up and sharing stories and laughs. The happiness and warmth that this photo brought to my memory was unmistakable.
    To everyone who participated, thank you for warming our hearts with your cherished memories.
    Winter Lookbook Video Giveaway
    In our most recent giveaway, we asked you to share our lookbook video on any (or all) of your social media accounts. We cannot thank everyone enough for participating and sharing our winter vision! We chose a winner at random and the winner is...
    Megan {ShabbyBlogs}
    Thank you so much for sharing our lookbook video on your Facebook, twitter, and pinterest accounts!


    Thanks again, everyone! Stay tuned for future giveaways.

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  • Tuesday, November 22, 2011

    After all that turkey, green beans and mashed potatoes, give thanks and enjoy a few good movies.

      Ruche's 6 Best Thanksgiving Day Movies
    1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving 
    2. Hannah and Her Sisters 
    3. Home for the Holidays
    4. Miracle on 34th Street
    5. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
    6. Pieces of April

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  • Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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    ...we would look something like this. We hope you had a beautiful Monday!


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  • Monday, November 21, 2011
    Guest post by Bonnie
    I went to Paris this year with my hubby and we spent 10 beautiful days in Paris. Springtime in Paris is magical. These are a few of my favorite photos that I took whilst there.
    To see more from Bonnie, take a peek at her blog. ♥ If you'd like to submit your own photos for our Picture This series, please visit our Ruche Blogger Family page for details. Thank you!
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  • Sunday, November 20, 2011

    Book Recommendations from Tania, What Would a Nerd Wear.

    *Psst! She's wearing our Hudson River Knitted Sweater.

    When winter comes knocking at the door, there’s no place I’d rather be than inside a good book. On snowy afternoons this winter, I’m going to get cozy on the couch with wool socks, peppermint tea, and these books:

    The classic:

    Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. Not for the squeamish,  Nabokov’s most famous novel is the story of the despicable-yet-compellingly-sympathetic Humbert Humbert, who falls in love with a schoolgirl. Lolita is a favorite of banned book lists, but is less widely read than many of its fellow deviants. It’s hilarious and dark, and Nabokov is masterful with language. If you haven’t read it, you must.

    The new:

    Julian Barnes’s Sense of an Ending. By sheer force of habit, I feel compelled to read Barnes’s new novel, which won the Man Booker Prize in October. As a graduate student, I get so involved in my own research that I have trouble keeping up with new releases. However, I try to read at least a few of the novels on the short list for the Man Booker Prize, which chooses among the best novels published each year in the UK, Ireland, and the commonwealth. Many winners rank among my favorite novels, so I look forward to diving into a new one each winter.

    The dog-eared favorite:

    Anne Fadiman’s essay collection Ex Libris. My family likes to joke that we are single-handedly keeping food on the Fadiman family table, because we’ve bought this collection of essays for any friend who’s had a birthday in the past ten years. It’s a hilarious and touching collection of essays about reading and the love of books. My favorite essay is called “Marrying Libraries” which is about the author finally merging libraries with her husband—an act of commitment they treat as even more binding than marriage or children.

    The rib-cracking:

    David Sedaris’s Holidays on Ice. Sedaris’s collection of essays centered around his time working as a holiday elf at Macy’s is uproariously funny and perfect for dramatic readings around the fire. The stories are laugh-so-hard-you-cry funny, whether you are a Grinch (like me) or a holiday-fiend (like my mother).

    Be sure to stop by What Would a Nerd Wear for more book recommendations!


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  • Saturday, November 19, 2011

    We adore seeing our customers style their favorite pieces. Take a moment and see what these fabulous Ruche customers think about their purchases. ♥

    Last week while online shopping at Ruche, I fell head over heels (no pun intended) with these pretty shoes that now fit my feet. When the time came to pick my shipping method I noticed that store pick up was an option. WHAT? I sure didn't know that was an option. Better yet, it was very close to my house! The next day I went into their shop to pick them up and I was greeted by the kindest customer service and a sweet pup they have on board there! I'm counting my experience as a win win win. Price, customer service, and happy feet.   --Meg, from That's a Wrap
    I gotta say, Ruche is quickly becoming one of my go-to places for online browsing. Not only am I now addicted to their jewelry, and especially their rings, but I continue to find a few pretty fantastic clothing items from their curvy plus line as well. This top, the Cape Mead Top, is one such gem, and so "me." I love its shades of blue (a color that always looks fabulous on me), its elasticized waist band, its bateau neckline and its kimono-like elbow-length sleeves. Often kimono sleeves look off-balance on me, but these have just the right proportion. It's also a perfect length that hits me just below the hips with the right amount of flare. I'm looking forward to wearing the top with everything from skinnes to more pencil skirts (thinking about a blue pinstripe or yesterday's grey tweed for next time), to olive jackets and yellow cardigans.   --Jessica, from Surely Sonsy


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  • Friday, November 18, 2011

    This love story was written for my daughter, born on September 3rd. She was our first baby, and we wanted to keep her gender a secret and be surprised on her birth day. The day she was born contained some of the sweetest moments of my life, and I'm forever in love with this little life we've been given.

    The Day I Fell in Love with Rose.

    She was born in the still hours of the night, in the midst of a thunderstorm. Bright accents of lightning lit the dim birth room in spectacular flashes. Deep rumbles of thunder vibrated into the music of falling, falling rain. She was in a hurry to be born, and the labor happened suddenly, quickly. The transition from wondering if she will come tonight to knowing she was nearly here was brief, but strong.

    Her father caught her as she entered this world. Strong hands cradled her head as she felt his touch for the first time. He cried as he placed her onto her mother's chest, and his voice trembled as he announced, "It's a girl, sweetheart. She's our girl."

    And the soft feeling of knowing who this baby was, the quivering certainty of this little girl, became a reality in her mother's heart as she looked into her baby girl's lake blue eyes for the first time. This small being was so familiar, someone she already knew.. The feeling of her hummingbird heart, the smoothness of her petal-soft skin - it was all there in reality. A girl - her little girl.

    And there has never been a sweeter moment.

    They named her Rosemary Katrina. Because her mother always wanted a little girl with a flower for her name, and because her father wanted the blessing of having a name straight from their most beloved book. "Rose" and "Mary" combined to create a name whose meaning evoked feelings of sweet romance - "dew of the sea".

    Her middle name was passed down as a namesake. "Katrina", meaning "pure", brings the gentle, loving spirit of a most beloved mom - her grandmother Kate.

    In the instant it took to for her to become Rosemary, it was impossible to imagine she could have been anyone else. This was right, it was good, and it was holy.

    Perfection culminated into the most beautiful day of all. The day we met and fell instantaneously in love with our sweet Rose.

    --Becki O'Brien

    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. 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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