Archives: April 2013

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2013

    These delicious mini-cupcakes were delivered to us yesterday from our April Ruchette of the Month, Hayley! Only 5 minutes after they were delivered, all the cupcakes had been eaten and "Can I have the recipe?!" was asked more than once.


    We want to give a big THANK YOU to Hayley for not only being oh-so-sweet with her hand-delivered treats, but for sharing the cupcake recipe too. Trust us, you'll want to try them! After you've made a batch, send Hayley a tweet @hayleysolano to let her know how they turned out!


    (yields about 2 dozen cupcakes)

    4 eggs (I have 5 chickens at home so I was able to use fresh eggs!)
    1 cup of brown sugar
    1 cup of granulated sugar
    1 ½ cups of olive oil
    2 cups of flour (I use wheat flour - more guilt-free!)
    2 teaspoons of baking soda
    2 teaspoons of baking powder
    2 teaspoons of cinnamon
    1 ½ teaspoons nutmeg
    3 cups of grated carrots (a food processor works great for this)
    1 cup of coconut
    1 8-ounce can of crushed pineapple (make sure to drain!)
    1 cup of pecans (this can be substituted for any other nut - walnuts are great too!)

    Cream Cheese Frosting:
    - 1/2 cup of butter (soften)
    -1 8-ounce package of cream cheese (soften)
    -1 1-pound box of powdered sugar (sift)
    -2-teaspoons of vanilla (optional)
    -You can always add food coloring for fun

    Pre-heat oven to 350
    1. Beat 4 eggs
    2. Add in brown and granulated sugars
    3. Add in olive oil
    4. Add flour, baking soda, and baking powder
    5. Add remaining ingredients (carrots, nuts, pineapple, cinnamon, nutmeg, and coconut)
    6. Bake for 20 minutes

    -- Hayley Solano

    In case you missed her Ruchette of the Month interview, see it here! In addition to being an amazing baker, she's a fashionable Ruchette AND a talented musician.





    P.S. Try not to eat all the cupcakes at once! :) If you have a recipe you'd like to share too, email it (along with unedited images) to We'd love to include you in the Blogger Family!

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  • Tuesday, April 30, 2013

    We love the darling monochromatic trend that has sprouted up this spring, especially when we find that a few of our favorite bloggers have joined in on the fun.

    Bee, From Atlantic Pacific shows off her monochromatic style in lovely hues of mint and pink. We adore the way she paired her sweet dresses with a similar-toned jacket and sophisticated accessories to finish the look.


    Our stylist, Mara, from M Loves M looks springtime fresh in head to toe blue and mint. We love how she shows us that the monochromatic trend can be both casual and formal with her differing ensembles for day and night.


    Shop our monochromatic looks to attain this spring style too!


    Are you a fashionable blogger too? Join our Blogger Family! Send your Ruche outfits to for a chance to become featured.

  • Monday, April 29, 2013

    It's springtime! In addition to the flowers and sunshine, we swoon over the soft colors of the season and a new spring trend -- monochromatic styling! With our three styling tips, you can look chic and fashion-forward with monochromatic outfits. Take a peek at our monochromatic feature and create the perfect monochromatic ensemble.


    Which monochromatic outfit would you wear?




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  • Sunday, April 28, 2013

    We hope your weekend has been filled with sunny spring weather!


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  • Friday, April 26, 2013

    Here are some of our favorite recent photos from our Instagram feed!


    A DIY fabric hanger from our Zooey Magazine event and a beautiful chair for sale at the Rose Bowl flea market.


    Our buyers, Bea and Mara, sharing a few laughs during a sunny outdoor meeting (we're not all work and no play around here) along with a swoon-worthy little white dress.


    A delicious cobb salad and tomato soup for lunch at a local cafe and one of the newest Ruche puppies, Balou.


    Don't forget to follow us on Instagram to see our office outfits, daily musings, and of course -- our Ruche puppies!




  • Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    We were so delighted when we stumbled across Tiffany Mitchell's darling illustrations on Instagram (@tifforelie), that we had to share them with our Ruchettes!  Inspired by our feature, The Sunshine List, we adore how she styled and illustrated the pieces together.

    Shop: Classic Floppy Hat, Collared Blouse, Chambray Skirt, Coral Mini Clutch, Strappy Sandals, Pastel Sunnies

    Shop: Retro Swim Suit, Pastel Sunnies

    Shop: Bird Print Dress, Colorful Shoulder Bag

    Don't forget to take a peek at The Sunshine List to shop the individual pieces from her drawings.  You can also buy these illustrations as prints and iPhone cases in her shop. We just might have to get one for ourselves!


    To all artists, if you'd like to be featured, please send your artwork to

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2013

    When we first listened to Honeypie, their songs instantly put a smile on our faces. With their cheerful vocals, we knew their sound was perfect for our latest spring lookbook, Tea for Two, and we couldn't wait for the rest of our Ruchettes to fall in love with them, too. Continue reading learn more about Ryan and Trisha, the adorable duo behind Honeypie.

    What is the story behind Honeypie? How did you come up with the name?
    We met in 2006; we were both in a band called Venus Infers. "Honeypie" is the name of a song from an album by one of our favorite bands.

    Describe the other in 3 words.
    To describe Ryan: ambitious, playa, yarp
    To describe Trisha: prankster, songbird, fawn

    What is your favorite thing about being a musician?
    It's a way to communicate with people on a unique level. Also, it's fulfilling to work on a craft.

    What’s one of your fondest band memories?
    It was a great feeling listening to the final mixes of the album we put out last year, after working on it over a period of six months.

    Who/what provides you the most inspiration during your song writing process?
    Like most people, a combination of brand new music and classic favorites inspire us.

    What’s your favorite original song?
    Our favorite song of the last album is Della. It is the last song we wrote for the album, so it feels the freshest.

    Name a song you can’t stop listening to right now.
    Ryan: Swim and Sleep Like a Shark - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
    Trisha: Pink Matter by Frank Ocean. I like rapping along with Andre 3000

    What do you do when you’re not playing music?
    Trisha: Eating cream puffs, painting, and decorating cakes.
    Ryan: Drinking tea and eating Mexican food.

    Any upcoming plans for 2013?
    We're going to record again at the end of the year. We're also looking forward to the new season of Arrested Development. The rest is top secret.

    Adore Honeypie as much as we do? See more!
    Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | YouTube | MySpace


    Are you a musician too? If so, we'd love to feature you! Click here for more details.

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  • Monday, April 15, 2013

    If you love 1950s fashion as much as we do, you’re in for a treat! Our stylist has curated a 1950s inspired fashion collection filled with full skirts, skater dresses, and other 1950s fashion essentials to channel the decade this spring.

    For ideas on how to style your picks and create a 1950s outfit with your current wardrobe, browse through our brand new illustrated vintage guide!



  • Sunday, April 14, 2013

    Don’t allow a little rain in your life to keep you from seeing the beauty ahead! ♥


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  • Thursday, April 11, 2013

    Ruchettes, learn how to recreate this beautiful DIY that we used in our bridal lookbook, Forever and A Day.


    Hula Hoop








    1. Cut out a few long strips of fabric (about 2-3 inches wide). The fabric will be used to cover up the design of the hula hoop.


    2. Tie one end of a fabric strip onto the hula hoop. Start wrapping it tightly around the hula hoop. Once you reach the end, secure the fabric strip by tying it into a knot. Continue until the entire hoop is covered.


    3. Place the hula hoop onto the lace and start cutting around it. Make sure to leave 3-4 inches of extra fabric around the hula hoop when you cut. 


    4. To secure the lace, fold the edges over the back side of the hula hoop. Use a needle and thread to start stitching the lace into place. You can cut or tuck in the excess lace into the back of the hula hoop. 


    5. Continue stitching and tucking all the way around the hula hoop until the lace is tightly secured, and then you're done!




    Have a DIY project that you are interested in sharing? We'd love to see it! Send your instructions and unedited photos to for a chance to join our Ruche Blogger Family and become published.

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