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Archives: February 2012

  • Thursday, February 23, 2012
    Perfect for spring accessories, take a peek at this lovely DIY bracelet tutorial.
     
    Supplies Needed:
    -- Sewing machine or needle and thread
    -- Plastic bracelets (I thrifted these two for $1)
    -- 1" strips of fabric
    -- A dry double-sided adhesive (this is what I used)
    -- Mini glue dots for touch-ups

    Instructions:

    Attach fabric strips together with a sewing machine or a needle and thread. Be sure to experiment with your fabrics! Try wrapping the bracelet first just to see if you like the spacing and length of the fabrics. Adjust accordingly.

    Add a generous amount of adhesive to the bracelet and then slowly wrap the sewn fabric strip around the bracelet. Add adhesive as you wrap the fabric.

    Inspect the bracelet and add glue dots to the spots that seem loose or unfinished. And then you're done! Stack them together and love!

    -- Mandi, Thinking About Pretty

     

    See more DIY projects here! If you would like to join our Ruche Blogger Family, please send an e-mail to blog@shopruche.com and attach photos. You will receive an e-mail if your post is selected. Thank you!

     

    P.S. Do you have any spring projects and recipes that you'd like to share? Here is your chance to be featured on Ruche! See the details for our spring/summer guide here.


  • Wednesday, February 22, 2012
    To celebrate our spring lookbook, we asked two fashionable ladies about their spring styling secrets. Here are their recommendations!
     
    Blair, Atlantic-Pacific  ♥
     
    Kendi, Kendi Everyday

    What are your favorite spring styling tips? Do you adore any of these outfits?

     

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Wednesday, February 22, 2012
     
    Meet Veronika from Tick Tock Vintage. ♥ She married her husband on August 21, 2010 and when we asked her about marriage, she said, "You know, not much has changed since we got married! We lived together for awhile before we got married and have always been a team."
     
    As the perfect team, the love they share shines through their photographs. Reminiscent of their wedding day, this styled shoot celebrates their relationship and we can't help but swoon over the romantic details.

    Photography credit: Amber, from Live It Out
     

    xo,
    Ruche

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


  • Wednesday, February 22, 2012
    Our spring lookbook sent us into a daydream and we became enchanted with this photographer's prints on Etsy. ♥
    All photos from Sixth and Main.
     
    xo,
    Ruche

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  • Tuesday, February 21, 2012
     
    Hello, I'm Shannon from Little Luck Tree. Here's a fun photoshop tutorial for adding digital washi tape to your images. For this tutorial, I used a great Tape Strip Freebie from Pugly Pixel found here.

     

    The first thing you need to do is open your image in photoshop and make the canvas bigger to make space for your tape.

     
    Select "Image" --> "Canvas Size" and add space just to the "Height". In the "Anchor" box, click the bottom center box. (Note: If you'll be adding tape to different sides of your image, leave the "Anchor" box centered, and add space to both the "Height" & "Width")
     
    Open the washi tape image you want in a new photoshop file. Select the "Magic Wand" tool and check the "Contiguous" box. Then click on the washi tape image you want. (Note: You may have to adjust the tolerance level or click a few places until the entire strip is selected.)
     
     

    Once you've selected the tape, copy it and paste it onto your original photo.

    Now adjust the size and location of your tape. I like to use the Command+T (Control+T for PC users) shortcut; it will allow you to size and rotate the tape. I like to make it slightly tilted--it gives it more of a messy-tape feel!

     

    In the "Layers" tab, adjust the Opacity of the tape to show a hint of the photo underneath.

    That's it! Play with using different colors and textures of the tape, layer pieces, and have fun! It's such an easy way to jazz up your image.

    For more tips and tutorials, come visit me at Little Luck Tree!

    --Shannon

     

    See more DIY projects here! If you would like to join our Ruche Blogger Family, please send an e-mail to blog@shopruche.com and attach photos. You will receive an e-mail if your post is selected. Thank you!

     

    P.S. Do you have any spring projects and recipes that you'd like to share? Here is your chance to be featured on Ruche! See the details for our spring/summer guide here.


  • Monday, February 20, 2012

    ...we would look something like this. ♥ Let's explore a vision of spring composed of melodic notes and sunshine musings. Welcome to an enchanted wonderland, our vision of spring: http://bit.ly/zE4wAA.

     

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Sunday, February 19, 2012
    “Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it.”
     
    Remembered for performances on Broadway and in films such as Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews is another true inspiration. As a talented singer and actress, she has won note-worthy awards and has become a true starlette. Fun fact: she is also an author of children's books. ♥
     
    Who is your inspiration?
     
    xo,
    Ruche

  • Saturday, February 18, 2012
    --Candice, from Jonathan and Candice
     
    I was a freshman in college at Oklahoma State University when I met Jon. I was hanging out in a mutual friend’s dorm room, and Jon lived down the hall. He briefly came into the room while we were all watching a movie, but I barely noticed him.
     
    Soon after, he found me on Facebook, which creeped me out a little. I’m such a private person and, as a Facebook novice, was surprised that he could find me so quickly. We started exchanging messages, and it didn’t take long for me to notice how nice he was. He always asked about my day and seemed genuinely concerned if I said it was a less-than-great one. Eventually, he asked me to have lunch with him in OSU’s Student Union.
     
    I’ll never forget our first lunch. The conversation flowed much more smoothly than I anticipated, and it seemed like I had known him for years. But when we had to leave to get to our next classes, Jon ambushed me with a goodbye hug. I was not a “hugging person,” so it’s an understatement when I say that his hug caught me off-guard. I awkwardly hugged him back and secretly wondered if I should nix future communication.
     
    After exchanging more Facebook messages and realizing how much I enjoyed  conversation with him, Student Union lunches became a weekly tradition for us. We were both in a relationship at the time, so our lunches were always just friendly and innocent. I noticed that he was a great listener and that we had a lot in common, but I never really looked at Jon in a romantic light. We were good friends, but that was it.
     
    I transferred to a different college about two hours away, but Jon and I remained in contact. We would spend hours on the phone or instant messaging each other about our lives. He always made me laugh, and he had the ability to make me feel better about everything in an instant. I referred to him as “my best guy friend.”
     
    Finally, after two years of friendship, we were both single at the same time. He suggested we try to “be more than friends.” I was skeptical but willing to give it a shot for him.
     
    The relationship moved quickly, even though I resisted at first. I was still hurt from my last relationship and unwilling to experience that pain again. But Jon’s perpetual kindness and patience finally wore me down. The night we started dating, our conversation went something like this:
     
    Jon: “You just let me know when you’re ready to be an official couple. I’ll wait.”
    Me: “Maybe we should have a code word. When I say the code word, that means I’m ready.”
    Jon, laughing: “Sure.”
     
    We never decided on our “code word,” but twenty minutes later....
     
    Me: “Elephant! Yellow! Oklahoma! Whatever our ‘code word’ is, I’m saying it!”
     
    I feel the beginning of our romantic relationship fits us perfectly; it is a little weird and awkward, just like we are!
     
    We met at O-State, had our first date there (at the on-campus steakhouse), got engaged in front of the Student Union (during homecoming 2010), and got married on campus on June 11, 2011.
     
     
    It has been a blissful (and orange!) journey, and I am so joyous to spend the rest of my life with my better half. I call him my puzzle piece because I can think of no other person who “fits” with me as well as he does. 
     
    --Candice

     

    See the previous Love Stories here! If you would like to submit your story and join our Ruche Blogger Family, please email it to blog@shopruche.com. You may attach up to 5 photos and you will receive an email if your story is selected.

     

    P.S. Have you seen our wedding announcement yet?

     

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


  • Friday, February 17, 2012
    Sheer chiffon and lace will beautifully transform your outfits.
    Included in our sheer elegance collection, Kendi, from Kendi Everyday, looks casually fashionable in our chiffon skirt.

     

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Friday, February 17, 2012
    Do you remember our holiday guide? We adored everyone's submissions and we're excited to create another guide!
     
    Perhaps you have a summer lemonade recipe? Or how about a crafty decor project for a spring tea party? We'd love to see it!
     
    For your chance to be included and credited in our feature, please submit your projects and recipes to blog@shopruche.com by April 10, 2012. Images must be included at hi-res attachments.
     
    xo,
    Ruche

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