Archives: April 2012

  • Monday, April 30, 2012


    In honor of Mother's Day, we're celebrating mothers all week! ♥ To enter this contest:


    1. Email one photo (old or new) of your mother or any mother your know (it could even be of yourself!) in her most stylish attire to by Friday, May 4th (noon PST).


    2. We will upload each photo onto our Facebook page and the voting will begin. Be sure to have your friends and family vote by clicking "like" on your photo. Voting ends on Friday, May 11th (noon PST).


    3. The Most Stylish Mom (the photo with the most votes) wins! The winning photo will become our Facebook page's cover photo for Mother's Day and you will receive two $50 gift cards to Ruche.





    Contest Disclaimer: No purchase necessary. We reserve the right to close the contest early or late without warning. Any negative comments on photographs will immediately be deleted from Facebook. We will post the name of the winner by May 11th, 2012 evening. Upon winning, you agree that your name can be published on this blog and on our Facebook page at the close of the contest. You must contact us via within 7 days after the winner has been announced to claim your prize.

  • Monday, April 30, 2012

     image source: A Beautiful Mess

    ...we would look something like this. ♥ Happy Monday, Ruchettes! If you need a little outfit inspiration, see our spring outfits inspired by sorbet!


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  • Sunday, April 29, 2012

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    My goal is to promote an inspired lifestyle through fashion, handmade and pretty things. I believe in making everyday life special, so that's what I try to inspire through handmade projects, fashion tutorials, hairstyling tips, recipes and more. I love teaching projects that make life a little bit sweeter!


    --Elsie Larson

    If you haven't been introduced to Elsie Larson (a designer, boutique owner, and A Beautiful Mess writer), you're in for a treat! Explore her blog for DIY projects, outfits, easy recipes, beauty tips, photography, vintage-inspired decor, and more. We visit her blog daily for inspiration. ♥




  • Saturday, April 28, 2012

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     Happy Weekend! May it be filled with spring colors and sweet treats. ♥


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  • Friday, April 27, 2012

    For everyday in May, we will be pinning a Ruche-inspired picture to our Pinterest board, "A Pin a Day in May". We invite you to create your own "A Pin a Day in May" board and complete the challenge with us! Each day will have a theme, which will be announced daily and can be seen on the calendar above. At the end of the month, submit your completed boards (31 images total) to for a $10 gift card. Each completed Ruche-inspired board will win.* ♥





    *Disclaimer: Completed boards must be emailed to by Thursday, May 31st @ 11:59 pm PST. Any boards submitted after this date will not receive the $10 gift card.

  • Friday, April 27, 2012

    I moved to London, England from native Germany in summer 2004. I was young, single and dead set on having a great old time. Even before my actual moving date, I had checked out some personal ads on a website that I knew travellers and expats used to network and meet other people in order to make life in the big city fun, sociable and less lonely. I already had my good friend Christina, who had moved to London a few years before me, but I also wanted to make new friends. 


    I emailed with a few guys and girls who sounded nice to organize some meet-ups. I had seen an ad by this one Canadian guy, Marco, who was looking for people to do "normal" things with, like going to the movies, or meeting for a chat over coffee. He said he enjoyed travelling and hiking. I thought that maybe he was a bit old (nine years my senior, would you believe it?!), but I had always been a big fan of all things Canadian, so he had that going for him, and I replied.


    We exchanged emails and we arranged a meeting on a mid-August afternoon, in front of the Virgin Mega Store on Tottenham Court Road. We went on to a lovely Italian café that I knew and chatted. We then went on to a pub in Covent Garden and chatted. After closing time, he walked me to Leicester Square tube while we chatted. And chatting, I'll have you know, does not come easily to me - not with complete strangers. But this stranger was funny. And interesting. And tall. And he had gorgeous brown eyes. I felt at ease around him. More than at ease. In fact, when I came home to my friend Christina's house, where I was staying while I was looking for place of my own, I established that I had met the man I was going to marry. No joke! Christina can confirm! I stayed up all night and watched Four Weddings And A Funeral, because I was too exhilarated to sleep.
    Lucky for me, Marco seemed to like me too, as we kept emailing and texting and met up a few more times. I just had to find out if he maybe also felt more than friendly towards me. I bought new outfits to wear to our dates. I cooked for him. I took him to the movies and to live music venues. Nothing. I wrote him a late night email after one of our outings and more or less confessing that I saw more in him than a buddy. Nothing.
    I thought that maybe he really just wanted to be friends, because that had been what he was looking for. But still, I thought he was sending out all the right vibes. If he had not been sending those vibes, I would probably just have declared defeat. After all, I had sworn to myself never to make a move on a guy again, after one too many heartbreaks in the past.
    In September, 6 weeks after our first meeting, we were out together again, looking for an Irish pub with live music somewhere in West London. We never actually found the pub, but had a great evening nonetheless, just walking the streets and talking. I was growing more and more desperate, especially as my Canadian was to depart on a trekking holiday to Nepal in two days time. I feared he might chance upon a sexy lady backpacker or a sweet Nepalese beauty and forget all about his German friend in the UK. So, here is what happened on the way home.
    We had some part of the way to go together and were sitting next to each other on the Underground. I swallowed all my pride and rested my tired head on Marco's shoulder. Surely, any guy who was interested in the girl would put his arm around her, take her hand? No, not this one. 
    So the girl, not believing that all the signs could have been wrong, asks him, "Is this okay?" And he says, "Yes!" So simple. 
    We had to change onto different trains at Leicester Square. Which is where we then had our first kiss when saying goodbye, on the Southbound Northern Line platform. And the rest is history, as they say.
    It turned out that Marco had been falling in love as well, but was also a master of self-restraint. He had not wanted to get too close to me, knowing that he would have to leave me behind for a while to go on his trip. So, he went to Nepal for 3 weeks, and that was the last time we were ever apart for any amount of time. We moved in together a year later, got a cat, got married in 2010 (yay!), travelled together, and now have two cats. And the moral of all this? Love will hit you when you're not looking. Or: If it feels right, make the first move! Or: The shy girl's guide to winning the heart of a timid boy.




    See the previous Love Stories here! If you would like to submit your story, please see our Ruche Blogger Family page for details.

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

  • Thursday, April 26, 2012

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    How to Plan the Party:
    1) Schedule a dinner party with a group of friends.
    2) After you have confirmed who can come, send out cute homemade cards with the party details and assign each person what they should bring - whether it be a craft or a specific food dish.  
    3) Tell your guests to try to pick the simpler Pinterest projects so you and your friends aren’t spending hours on each craft or dish.
    4) Create a Pinterest board where your friends can pin what they are going to bring on a collaborative board (make sure to check the box under the board edit options that allows others to pin to the board).


    Pinterest Party Time:
    1) After all your friends have arrived at your house, make the appetizer and begin the first craft.
    2) After the appetizer is eaten and the first craft is finished, start making the menu! Soup, salad, main course, drink, dessert, etc. and then enjoy.  
    3) After dinner is finished, make the last 1 or 2 crafts while enjoying the dessert.
    4) Make sure to take a lot of pictures so you and your friends will have lots of memories to remember. Don't forget to pin your completed projects to the Pinterest Party board!


    For more ideas and inspiration, check out our Pinterest boards!




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  • Thursday, April 26, 2012

    Host the perfect garden party with milk, sugar, honey, and a dash of creativity. Our guide, A Cup of Tea, introduces a selection of ideas for the menu, charming decor, and gifts for your guests to take home. Explore our spring and summer DIY projects and have a fanciful afternoon! ♥




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  • Wednesday, April 25, 2012
    Doug Greaves and I were married at the Manor House at Commonwealth in Horsham, Pennsylvania on September 25, 2011.  We got engaged on Valentine's Day of that year so we had a short engagement, just about 7 months.  This seems like a ridiculous time frame, as more and more couples are opting for lengthy engagements, but we knew we wanted an Autumn wedding, and we also knew we couldn't wait until 2012 to say "I do."  We were off and looking at venues within the first week of our engagement, and decided on the Manor House by the second week.  The Manor House is a beautiful 18th century fieldstone farmhouse that sits on a golf course, and while Doug and I desperately wanted to avoid a "country club wedding," this place was far from that.  The Manor House is charming, elegant, home-y, and truly the perfect place for a not-too-big, not-too-small, wedding.
    From there the details fell into place.   We already knew that we wanted to book M2 Photography as our photographers, and they were miraculously available on the date of our wedding.  This husband and wife duo shot my friends' wedding in May 2010 and we were blown away by the images captured from that day.  The emotion portrayed was real and tangible, both humbling and larger than life, exactly the way that true love is.  And the talent between the two photographers, Michael and Melissa McManus, is evident in each shot.  We were so thrilled to have them capture our special day, every tear, deep breath, nervous laugh, kiss, and minute of it. (To see more photos, check out M2's blog here.)
    I had always wanted a blue and yellow wedding, with romantic, vintage touches, and while I didn't want to get carried away with tiny, incessant details, I wanted our wedding to have lots of special touches.  The bridesmaids wore bright blue cocktail-length dresses and carried bouquets of multiple shades of yellow.  I carried an all-white bouquet filled with different varieties of roses, and the stems were secured with a vintage blue and white handkerchief.  Doug's boutonniere was a white rose plucked from my bouquet, and the groomsmen wore yellow flowers from the girls' bouquets.  These were all done by An Enchanted Florist in Doylestown, PA as were our center pieces and the flower arrangement on the arbor that we stood under for the ceremony.  Kathy, who we worked with there, was fantastic.  She perfectly executed my not-so-perfectly articulated vision.  When we arrived at the Manor House on the wedding day I felt like a kid on Christmas morning, running around excitedly and taking it all in.  Doug and I had spent the seven months of our engagement combing over every thrift shop in a 30 mile radius, collecting over 70 vintage glass bottles, mason jars, and bud vases, which Kathy expertly arranged on each table top.  It was beyond beautiful, and considering all she had to go by was a magazine cut-out, it was beyond impressive.
    We used a black bird cage for cards, and vintage floral notecards as our guestbook.  Our beautiful invitations where white with a yellow and white damask border and charcoal font.  We placed framed pictures of us around the front rooms of the Manor House, as well as stacks of my favorite books (I'm a literature nerd).  And our tables were named after places that Doug and I have traveled together (we spent the first two years of our relationship long distance).  I have sloppy, left-handed writing but I wrote the table names myself and affixed them to map backdrops, which were held up by photo clips on stands.  These little touches personalized our wedding and made it even more special.
    We had an outdoor ceremony followed by a traditional reception with a four-course dinner and dancing.  Our DJ was courtesy of Silver Sounds.  We had Danoff String Quartet play for our ceremony and they added a completely lovely touch.  We wrote our own vows, Doug's sister read a poem we had chosen, and our friends who were married in May 2010 prayed at the beginning of the ceremony.  We had the judge who married my older sister and her husband, as well as my mom and step-dad, officiate the ceremony.  It was only about 25 minutes long, but packed with emotion, and just perfect for us.
    The wedding went by in a blur, as everybody told me it would, but I wouldn't have changed any part of it.  There's a lot to be said about planning the perfect wedding, but planning it with the right person, and your friends and family around you throughout the engagement and the big day, is pretty much a guarantee of that perfection. :)


    Would you like to share your wedding on our blog? Send it to us for a chance to be featured! See our Ruche Blogger Family for more details. Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!

  • Tuesday, April 24, 2012

    Esteemed photographer, Elizabeth Messina, created The Luminous Portrait, her first book. Released today, the book contains Elizabeth's "heart and soul" along with "lessons and secrets" she has learned throughout her career. Become inspired with us and purchase your copy here.




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