Archives: July 2012

  • Tuesday, July 31, 2012

    Inspired by our One Skirt, Four Ways feature, we decided to see how some of our favorite bloggers restyled their most-loved pieces for different seasons and occasions!

    Sydney's maxi skirt: one, two, three

    Jen's polka dot skirt: one, two, three

    Emily's lace mini skirt: one, two, three

    Kendi's lime green pencil skirt: one, two, three

    As you can see, skirts are the perfect closet staple to remix time and time again. For more styling inspiration, check out how we styled our lovely peach pleated skirt four different ways here.

    Happy styling!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Tuesday, July 31, 2012

    Three vintage-inspired dresses, one dancer, and a day on the town. ♥

    photographs by Elise Williams

     

    We adore Elise Williams' beautiful dance photography. It captures the fun and playfulness of summer, and makes us want to take advantage of the last day in July by throwing on a cute summer dress and dancing in the street!

     

    To see more of Elise's photography, view her blog here.

     

     

    Have photographs that you would like to share? We'd love to see them! See our Ruche Blogger Family for details and your chance to become published on our blog.

     

    xo,

    Ruche


  • Monday, July 30, 2012

    View Mai's maternity-friendly outfit: ruffle top, pleated skirt, aqua platforms, bow belt, white bangle set

    This week, my baby girl has been moving around quite a bit in there. I can feel her especially when I'm sitting or laying down. It is the strangest feeling and so exciting at the same time. It feels like butterflies fluttering inside and has reassured me that there really is a baby in there! For a while when I couldn't feel her, we'd have to wait for our monthly checkups to hear her heartbeat to see that she's okay. But now, feeling her move is just so relieving and comforting. It also make us feel that much closer to her; it's like we can communicate with her! She even kicks Josh in the head from time to time. :

    xo,
    Mai

    See Mai's maternity-friendly clothing picks and previous maternity posts! ♥

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  • Monday, July 30, 2012

    With a constantly changing body, many women find it difficult to maintain their personal style during pregnancy. However, it seems Taza and Sydney--two of our favorite bloggers--managed to preserve their classic and chic style all nine months of pregnancy. We can't get enough of these stylish ladies' feminine maternity looks and absolutely adore their baby bump style!

    Taza: 1 & 2 / Sydney: 1 & 2

    For more fashion inspiration for a growing belly, follow Mai's pregnancy and see how she styles regular clothes in her maternity-friendly outfits.

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Monday, July 30, 2012

    We styled our of our favorite "must-have" skirt into four different outfits to maximize your wardrobe possibilities.  For all the looks and individual pieces, shop our feature here.

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Monday, July 30, 2012

    Chocolate Cinnamon Cupcakes recipe adapted from cooks.com

    Measuring spoons from Ruche

     

    Ingredients:
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/4 cup Cinnamon Sugar Butter (add 1 TBSP of cinnamon/sugar to one stick of butter, beat together)
    1/4 cup buttermilk
    1 (1 ounce) square unsweetened chocolate, melted
    1 egg
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 cup boiling water
    1 package cream cheese frosting
     
    Directions:
    1) Heat oven to 350°F. Place foil or paper baking cups into muffin pan cups.  Makes about 14 regular sized chocolate cinnamon cupcakes.

     

    2) Combine sugar and 1/4 cup Cinnamon Sugar Butter Spread in large bowl; beat at medium speed until well mixed.

     

    3) Add buttermilk, 1 ounce melted chocolate, egg and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed.

     

     

    4) Reduce speed to low; add flour, baking soda and salt. Beat until well mixed. Add boiling water; continue beating until smooth.

     

    5) Spoon about 1 tablespoon batter into each prepared muffin pan cups. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

     

     

    6) Pipe on the cream cheese frosting (We used a Ziploc bag and cut the tip to add the frosting) and colorful sprinkles to your heart's desire.  Enjoy!

     

     

    xo,

    Ruche

     

     


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  • Sunday, July 29, 2012

    image sources: one, two, three, four

     

    Anne Hathaway, now one of Hollywood's leading ladies, has come a long way from her youthful roots in The Princess Diaries. The Dark Knight Rises star has developed a classic and sophisticated style and shines bright in everything she wears. We adore Anne's effortlessly chic style, and simply can't get enough of her feminine lace dresses or her elegant evening looks.

     

    xo,

    Ruche


  • Friday, July 27, 2012

    We recently partnered with Unleashed Beauty, an online health and beauty publication, to style their model for their latest issue.  One of our favorite photographers, Stephanie Williams, shot the photos and we are smitten with how beautiful they turned out.  To see the article and full issue, you can purchase a copy from their site

     

    shop: flowy gown, bow collar dress, gray lace dress

     

    xo,

    Ruche

     


  • Thursday, July 26, 2012

     

     

    Second to diamonds, shoes may very well be a girl's best friend. Almost every girl has that lucky pair of shoes that carries special memories and can makeover almost any outfit. Below, a few of our Ruche Girls have shared their love stories about their favorite pair of shoes that have been with them through thick and thin!

     

    Although I love wearing heels at times, I feel the most comfortable in flats.  If I do end up wearing heels, I always bring a back up pair of flats with me.  I love my pair of coral loafers so much that I have them in multiple colors, hehe.  I just love poppy colors,  especially in shoes because they add so much to an simple outfit.   A pair of jeans and a t-shirt looks that much better with a pair of poppy colored flats! 

     

    When I had to think of picking a favorite shoe I thought it would be impossible. You see, shoes and I we go way back. I’m more than a fan. We’re involved. I try to love them all pretty equally, but who doesn’t play favorites sometimes? I remember when I first saw this pair of pink bow heels. Major sigh.  I knew I had to have them, hold them and wear them as much as possible, but not too often that they’d get beat up! I’ve worn these shoes on some special days, like date nights, my bridal shower and my first day working at Ruche. I've worn them here, here, here, and oh yeah here too! These shoes have served me well and I really love them for carrying me through some important and special days. They make me feel confident, feminine, and they’ve never ever given me a blister. I think it’s a mutual love! 

     
    For me, picking my favorite pair of shoes was a no-brainer.  I found these beautiful leather wedges my sophomore year of high school at a major discount.  I have worn these shoes for many important memories in my life, which is why I love them so much.  I wore them to many different functions and events in high school and to my first few outings in college.  They were even the shoes I wore on my first date with my boyfriend three years ago.  I can walk in them for hours without my feet getting sore or tired.  My wedges have been the perfect pair of shoes, getting compliments wherever I go.  I think I wear them too much and I will be heartbroken the day that I have to retire them.
     

    We can't even begin to express how much we love our nude leather shoes.  Both of us are the two girls that always wear high platforms around the office.  Between Laura and I, we must wear our shoes at least 3 to 4 times a week, whether it's to work or for a weekend outing.  When we first got our shoes, we couldn't believe how comfortable they were!  We have worn these shoes everywhere and even pulled off full day shopping sprees in them!  One of the main reasons we love our shoes so much is the platform height elongates our legs, and who doesn't love longer legs?  We cannot even imagine having to live without these perfect platforms. 

    Side Note: Tiffany is on her third pair of these shoes - she was not kidding.

     

     

    To start your own shoe love story, browse our full selection of shoes here

     
    xo,
    Ruche

  • Thursday, July 26, 2012

    Guest Post by Mavyn Mom

     

    1) Cut 2/3 yard of fabric in half and create two rectangle pieces. Stack them on top of each other and fold the rectangles vertically. Cut a rectangle from the corner.

     

    2) For the neck and waist ties, cut 4 strips of coordinating fabric about 5" by 16". Fold each piece vertically and iron them. Make sure the fabric is inside-out.

     

    3) Sew each piece inside-out and stitch along the long side and one end. Keep the other end open on each piece. Push a wooden spoon through the open ends to turn the fabric strips right-side-out.

     

    4) Pin the four strips in place (line up the raw edges) and sew onto one apron piece. Tip: Wen using the sewing machine, pin the strips in the middle to keep them out of the way.

     

    5) Take the second apron piece and lay it face-to-face with the first apron piece and sew around the top and sides. Turn the apron right side out and iron down the seams.

     

    6) Hem the bottom. Fold the fabric up 2” and then fold in half again. Pin to keep the fabric in place and sew near the bottom fold and near the top.

     

    7) Cut another piece of coordinating fabric for a pocket. Fold in the edges and iron all the sides. Pin the pocket onto the apron and sew along the bottom and sides.

     

    8) Pat yourself on the back because you just made an adorable little apron!

     

    Have a DIY project that you would like to share? We'd love to see it! See our Ruche Blogger Family for details and your chance to become published on our blog.

     

     

    To see our own collection of DIY-inspired matching aprons, browse our Mommy and Me aprons here.

     

     

    xo,

    Ruche


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