Archives: January 2012

  • Tuesday, January 31, 2012
    We simply adore these indie made cards designed by Abigail de Jesus. The unique designs are ideal for letting your loved ones know just how much you care!  Join us for our interview with the creative mind behind Completely Gail.


    Can you tell us how Completely Gail got started?
    Ever since college, the dream of having my own greeting card / stationery business was always brewing in my mind. I would always make cards for friends out of any kind of paper I could find and they seemed to like them. Completely Gail, however, was officially born in 2009, after a friend of mine recruited me to make her cousin’s wedding programs. Since then, I’ve been doing wedding invitations, greeting cards, and the like.

    Describe a typical day for you.
    I usually start my day by going to church. Two reasons – it forces me to wake up (mass is at 8am) and gives me a clear head. After mass, I go back to my home office and dream away. =)  Most days I work on filling orders, but I am trying to spend more ‘working’ days out of the house and do more designing.

    When you left your previous job to pursure Completely Gail full time, did you face any challenges in the transition?
    The biggest challenge I faced (and am still facing) is being my own boss. There’s no one around to tell me what to do and when I should be doing it. I work from home and there are so many things that distract me…the tv, my bed, chores…you’ve got to be self-disciplined and self-motivated to do this kind of thing.

    When you’re not busy creating cute new designs or fulfilling orders, what can we find you doing?
    There are usually a few places where you’ll find me when I’m not at home…

    Church – My husband, Mark, and I are the youth ministers at Holy Family Church in Artesia, so that keeps us busy. We love being able to share our experiences with God & ministry to the youth.

    Disneyland - We love to take walks around Disneyland (it’s great to have annual passes!). Whenever either of us is stressed out, we’ll usually make our way over there to loosen up.

    Costco – We wander dangerously through the aisles of Costco and love to eat all the samples!

    A National Park  - Mark and I are starting to fall in love with the national parks. We plan to visit some this year – Grand Canyon, Zion, etc.  He’s forcing me to hike more! Just kidding, I love it.

    With Family & Friends – They’re my biggest supporters so the least I could do is hang out with them as much as I can!

    Tell us about your latest collection! What were your inspirations for these designs?
    The Toujours  (French for ‘always’) 2012 Collection is one of my favorite collections so far. I did a collection for Valentine’s Day last year, but this one had more focus. I started with a soft, romantic color scheme and from there it blossomed. I was inspired by the French and little quirky things that remind me of my hubby. I love it because you can give them any time of the year!

    Coming soon to Ruche! (See here: http://bit.ly/wu89QU)


    You also make personalized invitations. Can you tell us more about them? What sort of events do you make invitations for?
    I actually started by making personalized wedding invitations & programs. I’ve also made invitations for baby showers, birthdays, baptisms, graduations…anything worth celebrating! The idea behind Completely Gail is making things ‘completely you’ – using what you love and adding that into the design. My inspiration when I design usually comes from personal things and experiences, so I figured why not share that concept with others.

    Do you have any advice for people who have hopes to pursuing more creative careers like you did?
    It’s never too late to do what you love. I have plenty of friends that don’t figure out their passion until after they’ve spent years in their careers. I feel so blessed to be able to do what I do at this time in my life and best of all, my family and friends support me in it!


    Do you adore Completely Gail as much as we do? Follow more of her work here:


    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Tuesday, January 31, 2012

    Whether you're going to brunch with friends or enjoying a romantic evening, you will be simply smitten with these affordable Valentine's Day dresses. Every girl needs the perfect dress, after all. ♥

    xo,
    Ruche
    P.S. If you have a love story, we want to hear it! Send your story to blog@shopruche.com for a chance to be featured on our blog during Valentine's Day week!

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  • Tuesday, January 31, 2012
     
    Learn how to create a vignette photo effect in Photoshop with these simple steps. ♥

     

    1.       Open Image in Photoshop

     
     
    2.       Select the Elliptical Marquee tool (if it isn’t visible, click and hold the marquee icon which will show a menu of options, including the Elliptical Marquee) and draw an oval shape around the center area of your photo. (Any area you don’t select is going to be shaded.)

     

    3.       Next choose “Select > Select Inverse” in the top Menu. Then enter “Quick Mask” mode by clicking the camera icon on the bottom left.

     

    4.       On the top menu bar, select “Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.” A menu box will appear where you can make your adjustments. The more blur you add, the more smooth the transition of light to dark will be in your vignette. Exit Gaussian Blur (click “Ok”) and Quick Mask (Click the camera icon again) when you’re done. (The edges should already be selected when you exit “Quick Mask.”)

     

    5.       At the top menu again, select “Image > Adjustments > Levels.”  In your Levels box, use the top center arrow to darken the outside of the image, making your vignette. Moving the slider to the right will darken the edges, and moving it to the left will lighten it. Make sure “Preview” at the bottom right of your Levels box is selected so you can see what your image will look like.

     
     
    6.      Hit “Ok”and Deselect the image (“Select > Deselect” or Ctrl + D) and you’re done! Enjoy you’re beautiful vignette image.
     
    Before & After
     
    xo,
    Ruche

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  • Monday, January 30, 2012
    (Source: one, two, and three)

     ...we would look something like this ♥ Have a happy Monday!
     
    xo,
    Ruche

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  • Sunday, January 29, 2012
     
     "Please know I am quite aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others." 
    --Amelia Earhart

     
    image sources: Amelia Earhart and Museum of Flight
     
    Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean. Truly inspirational, she was an active women's rights supporter and she wrote captivating books about her experiences. Fun fact: she also created her own fashion line. She is remembered today for her remarkable determination, courage, groundbreaking achievements, and adventurous spirit.
     
    Outfit inspiration: trousers, jacket, scarf, and shoes

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Saturday, January 28, 2012

    As a casually fashionable addition to your wardrobe, these comfortable leggings are perfect for early morning tea, quiet afternoons, and cozy weekend getaways. ♥ See more details here and here.
    xo,
    Ruche

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  • Friday, January 27, 2012

    Steven and I met in Okinawa, Japan. I was 14, he was 16, and we were neighbors. A year after awkward hellos and high fives in the high school hallways, we exchanged numbers (on myspace, mind you) and out of the blue started talking constantly. Sun-up to sun-down. Our first date was to the sea, where we picked up shells, and I fell asleep for the first time in a boy’s arms next to the crashing waves. And I swore I was falling in love.

    However, my family had orders to move to America just a month after we started getting close - and we were scared… so we agreed to just be friends, even though we both (and everyone around us) knew we were unstoppable.

    So I ended up moving away, and we couldn't help but to love as deeply as the seas and as tall as the mountains for as long as they separated us. Which was 642 days to be precise. I was blessed enough to visit Japan twice before he joined the military and was stationed just over 60 miles away from me. About a year after he moved to America, we were married surrounded by an ocean of the people we love in the snowy city of Salt Lake.

    And today, we are simply newlyweds. Residing in the rolling northern California hills with both a puppy and a kitten, and we are as crazy about each other (and of course a little more) as we were that first night along that Okinawan shore.

    love, n'tima
    from ntimajoy.blogspot.com

     

    See the previous Love Stories here! If you would like to submit your story and join our Ruche Blogger Family, please send an e-mail to blog@shopruche.comand add photos as attachments. 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, January 27, 2012
    These fabulous ladies are a constant source of inspiration. Be sure to stop by their blogs for more beautiful photos, creative ideas, and loving adventures. ♥

     
    Mara from M Loves M in our knit cardigan.

     

    Mandy from Harpers Happenings in our lace top.

    Tieka from Selective Potential in our gray dress and midi skirt.

     

    For more style inspiration, view our longer length hemlines, pastels collection, and colorful recommendations. ♥ Happy Friday, everyone!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Friday, January 27, 2012

    If you're looking for transitional coats to wear from season to season, we have them! Pair these seasonless coats with cozy winter knits and transition them into spring with floral dresses. With a little mix-and-match creativity, these coats will become your go-to gems.  ♥  

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Friday, January 27, 2012
    We stumbled across this charming handmade dollhouse and we simply adore the vintage-inspired aesthetic. Visit Hart & Sew for more photos and detail! ♥

     

    xo,
    Ruche


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