Archives: September 2013

  • Monday, September 30, 2013

    To hit the right fashion tone this fall, we are dressing from head to toe in one rich autumn hue. There’s just something so easy and yet daring about choosing one color when trying to put together an outfit in the morning. We recommend trying our favorite seasonal colors: green, red, yellow, and blue. If you’re dressing in all blue or all yellow, you can spend less time figuring out which colors and patterns work together and be out of the door and on your way in no time. Since we love the monochromatic trend for fall but know that this trend can be intimidating at first, here are three tips for putting together effortlessly chic monochromatic outfits.

    1. Mix and layer varying shades and textures of pieces in the same color. For example, you might pair a mustard yellow top with a lemon yellow skirt, or a faded blue chambray button up with dark blue skinny jeans. And choosing pieces in different fabrics and textures keeps your outfit from being too one-dimensional. 

    2. To break up the monochromatic look just a bit, try incorporating one neutral accessory, like sleek black pumps, tan fall boots, or a leather satchel.

    3. And lastly, don’t forget to add embellishment. A statement necklace with gems and stones in the same sparkly hue as your outfit is the finishing touch to a monochromatic outfit for fall.

    Now that we’ve broken down the steps to getting the monochromatic trend just right for fall, we hope you’ll daringly go all blue one day and all green the next! Shop our monochromatic collection for beautiful fall style.

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Sunday, September 29, 2013

    As college midterms and the holidays inch closer, it is easy to become caught up in daily obligations and forget to be in touch with the beauty of our natural surroundings. Try exploring your local landscapes this fall season: wrap yourself in a cozy cardigan and read a book in the park, embark on a hiking adventure to witness the grandeur of fall foliage up close, or take a weekend camping trip with your best friends. As you watch the leaves flutter from the trees, let the simple joy of being outdoors rejuvenate you for the autumnal season.

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Saturday, September 28, 2013

    The hand lettered, whimsically illustrated book is a charming guide to bringing sustainability into your life and home. A book of tutorials by DIY queen Raleigh Briggs. Conversational, helpful, inspiring. This book is never preachy, it emphasizes making the right choices for your health and body and home, while sharing tips and tutorials. It makes you realize that there are so many natural alternatives for market consumer items. The idea that reduced consumption is better than conscious consumption. Promotes living an intentional, sustainable existence. If you have been wanting to live more simply, value sustainability, and appreciate DIY, this book is the best place to start.

    Make Your Place is divided into three sections, each filled with fun, conversational writing and easy to follow tutorials. In the natural health and herbal remedies section, there are instructions on how to make salves, tinctures, and infusions for an alternative approach to healing many common ailments. While conventional medicine is important in many scenarios, there are times when you can solve a tummy ache with the right herbs as opposed to immediately reaching for a pill. If you have been wanting to make the switch to natural cleaning, the second section on natural housekeeping and body care has cheap and easy ideas. Learn the ingredients for natural cleaners, so your walls, windows and floors will be squeaky clean without the need for harmful chemicals in your home. The body care section may have you rethinking your shampoo and conditioners, and leaving the expensive face wash and scrubs at the department store for natural alternatives. After reading this section you may find yourself leaving the conventional cleaners at the supermarket and making your own. Home-made cleaners are less expensive, gentler for the earth, and not harmful to the nervous and respiratory system since they are made without neurotoxins.

    This is the perfect introduction as well as a quick reference you will definitely want to keep on hand. The simple skills we should all have for our homes, health, and families.

    Don't miss out on the rest of other wonderful books too!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Friday, September 27, 2013

    The first signs of fall have finally arrived: cooler temperatures, changing hues of leaves, and (most importantly) pumpkin spice lattes. The days are beginning to shorten, and the search for the perfect Halloween pumpkin to carve is just around the corner. The autumnal season always comes with a few wardrobe challenges for bridging the gap between the warmer months of summer and the crisp weather of fall. If you aren’t quite ready to retire your favorite summer dresses, transition them easily for fall by layering them over some warm tights and adding a cute pair of fall boots.

    Jessica of The Steele Maiden, has perfected playing with fall colors wearing our Desert Canvas Printed Dress with brown accessories. This dress is a timeless canvas for playing up seasonal looks all year round. Jessica channels rustic charm and we are simply smitten!

    Andrea of Momma in Flip Flops, looks positively darling in our Take My Heart Chevron Dress and brown boots. The flirty silhouette and cinched waist of this pretty frock help balance out her rustic knee-high boots. The brilliant shades of grey and yellow are the perfect colors for transitioning to fall!

    Ellen from Thrify and Chic Mom, pairs our bright patterned Trail Blazer Printed Dress with neutral tights and boots. The dress is the perfect pop of color against her darker accessories and is a flawless look for those still warm days early in the autumn season. Plus, how adorable are her matching teal earrings?

    Each adorable outfit our Ruchettes shared with us exemplifies a unique perspective on fall style with a common thread; whether it’s rustic inspired or a more casual approach to fall fashion, pairing boots with the summer pieces you aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to is a way to simplify your transitioning fall style.  

    xo,
    Ruche

    Are you a fashionable blogger too? Join our Blogger Family! Send your Ruche outfits to blog@shopruche.com for a chance to become featured. *Please note that all outfits must include at least one Ruche item.


  • Friday, September 27, 2013

    We recently caught up with the talented singer-songwriter Alyssa Bernal for a short interview to introduce her to all of you! Alyssa is a down to earth songstress and a girl after our own heart. Her sweetly melodic song “You and Me” was recently featured in our fall lookbook video and its beautiful essence fit with the inspiration of our lookbook, a perfect crisp autumn day. Read her interview below to learn more about her creative writing process, favorite music, and the highlight of her music career to date.

    When did your love for playing music begin?
    When I was about 4! Grew up with musicians so music was all I knew and wanted.

    Tell us about the creative writing process behind “You & Me”, the song featured in our lookbook video. (e.g. Where did you find the inspiration? Did you sit down at a desk to write or scribble lyrics on a napkin at a diner?)
    I actually did sit down at a desk in Irvine, with my guitar and the note pad on my macbook. I began with a cool chord progression which reminded me of being carefree during the Fall! So I based the song on that concept

    When it comes to writing and performing music, do you favor one over the other?
    Definitely performing music, because your song comes to life, and you get to see the response the song gets from the crowd. And best thing you could expect is the crowd knowing your lyrics.

    If we were to take a ride in the car with you, what music would you most likely play for us?
    Regina Spektor, Karmin, The Civil Wars, Jason Mraz, songs from Glee! lol, Karmin and Glee were just thrown in that mix!

    What has been one of the most exciting opportunities you’ve experienced within your musical career?
    Definitely going on tour with Lifehouse because I got to see the country and play my music for so many people. Also recording my album in London! My music career in general allows me to travel so much and I love that.

    How would you describe your music?
    Versatile, easy going, melodic, relatable, funky.

    This or that:
    Chips or cookies? Chips!
    Jeans or dresses? Jeans!
    Summer or winter? Winter!
    Coffee or tea? Coffee!
    Plaid or polka dots? Plaid

    Watch our fall lookbook video and shop out collection here!

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Thursday, September 26, 2013

    Sure, we watch awards shows because it’s fun to see whose hosting and we like to guess who is going to win Best Supporting Actress, but what really had us tuning in last week for the Emmys was a chance to glimpse all the gorgeous red carpet looks. We tend to ooh and ahh most over the looks that are sleek and modern or vintage-inspired (we can’t get enough of old Hollywood glamour!) So many of our favorite stars wore absolutely beautiful gowns, but here are the Emmy dresses that were true style moments in our book:

    Allison Williams Emmy dress wasn’t trying to push the fashion envelope, but we were definitely fans. She looked lovely in a simple, sophisticated blue Ralph Lauren dress, proving that simple and sleek will always be the definition of classic. Blue was a big color on the red carpet this year, and she led the pack.

    Oh Christina Hendricks, how can we ever thank you enough for celebrating your curves and inspiring other women to embrace the feminine beauty of their hourglass shape?! Christina Hendricks Emmy dress was a structured black number by Christian Siriano, complete with vintage-y delicate sleeves and a nipped in waist. Her red carpet look is beautifully finished with 1930’s inspired waves and a retro red lip.Kerry Washington stepped out in a romantic blush dress from Marchesa and won our hearts once again. Then again, the star of Scandal never disappoints. While Kerry Washington’s Emmy dress is sweet with its empire waist and tulle skirt, floral appliques and hints of gold lace in the bodice, it has a sophisticated edge and modern flair.

    Kiernan Shipka’s Emmy Dress embraced the flower power circa 1960’s. She looked sweet and charming in a floral tea length Delpozo gown, with a dash of modern quirkiness that completely suited her. At 13, she has certainly mastered the art of age-appropriate and stylish dressing for the red carpet!  Our favorite nerd on The Big Bang Theory certainly surprised us with her glamorous red carpet look! Mayim Bialik’s Emmy dress was a rich emerald green gown by Oliver Tolentino. With a sweetheart neckline, sheer sleeves, and an embellished waistline, this dress was just the right mix of modern sophistication and vintage-inspired elegance.

    Smitten as we are with Lady Mary of Downton Abbey, we’re almost bound to love any style choice she makes for the red carpet! Michelle Dockery’s Emmy dress was a two-toned burgundy and red Prada gown that took colorblocking to new heights. Let’s just say, she had us at the bow.

    Image Source: Refinery 29

    What were some of your favorite Emmys dresses and red carpet looks? Tell us in the comments section below!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Thursday, September 26, 2013

    What’s our favorite kind of sale? A surprise sale! Take 30% off our collection of shift dresses with the code SHIFT30 from September 26 to September 27 (at 11:59 pm PST).

    Shift dresses are an everyday autumn essential, so take this opportunity to make your closet and your wallet happy! Depending on how you style it, you can slip into a shift dress for work, after-work drinks, and weekend outings. Shift dresses are one of our favorite vintage-inspired silhouettes for being effortless and universally flattering. This season we are updating our wardrobe with shift dresses in bold colors and retro prints for a truly 1960’s kind of chic. Shift into shopping gear and take advantage of our surprise sale!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Thursday, September 26, 2013

    We had to do more than scout the right locations and put together vintage-inspired outfits to channel the retro chic of the 1950’s and mod 1960’s for our fall lookbook. No 60’s inspired look would be complete without taking a page from the glamorous beauty routines of that era! But don’t get us wrong, we’re not suggesting you copy them exactly. It’s all about taking inspiration from your favorite decade and making it modern and fresh for today.

    As with all the beauty tutorials we share, hopefully these inspire you to try something new and shake up your usual beauty routine. Whether it’s trying the winged eyeliner look, but going a little less dramatic than was the standard during the days of Mad Men, or playing with a retro updo but keeping it current with a messier and undone feel, our lookbook inspired tutorials are here to show you how fun it can be to take a beauty cue from the 50’s and 60’s.

    Be sure to view our fall lookbook, One Fine Day, for more retro inspiration, and head over to our YouTube channel for more of our beauty tutorials.

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    There is something about the crisp fall air and turning leaves that makes us daydream about rustic weddings. So this rustic engagement shoot from Marie of Marie Skerl Photography was exactly what we wanted to look at all morning with a cup of coffee in hand. Speaking of coffee, how cute is it that Maia and Mark grabbed a cup of coffee at Starbucks during their engagement session!? We think more couples should consider stopping for a Pumpkin Spice Latte in between all the kissing and holding hands that an engagement session requires! We hope you enjoy these autumn-drenched photos – they are the best inspiration for welcoming the coziest of seasons.

    Maia and Mark wanted to incorporate some of the things that matter most to them as a couple in their engagement session. With a love for Starbucks and rustic farms, it only made sense to include both of these locations! Most of their engagement photos were taken at a beautiful site in Surrey owned by A Rocha, a farm style conservation organization that Maia used to work for. A big yellow barn, an open field, and even a llama set the scene for this sweet couple who look happily in love in every shot.

    Choosing what to wear to an engagement session can be so difficult, but Maia put together a charming outfit that fits perfectly with the rustic outdoor setting. She is wearing 2 of our favorite timeless trends: mustard yellow and lace. And a rustic ensemble would not be complete without fall boots! We also love how she coordinated the colors with Mark’s outfit without it being matchy-matchy (see how the yellow in her cardigan ties in with his plaid shirt?)

    Congratulations to both Maia and Mark on your engagement as well as a big thank you to Marie Skerl for sharing your beautiful photographs with us.

    xo,
    Ruche

    We want to know, how does the rustic style of autumn inspire you?


  • Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    A gorgeously styled wedding shoot can inspire us to no end. And with venue/event design from Pineola Farms and photography by Dannielle of Elle Puckett Photography, we knew we were in for a special treat! But this styled wedding shoot, with its elegant 1920’s aesthetic and heaps of Southern charm, completely exceeded even our highest hopes of wedding inspiration. We loved seeing how our drop-waist lace wedding gown created a vintage-inspired bridal look that fit in seamlessly with the vision of the shoot. With spot on 1920’s trends and a modern approach to vintage, a classic Art Deco color palette and stunning florals, this is quite simply a styled shoot we could gaze at all day long. Hear Dannielle explain all of the beautiful details that went into the perfectly charming shoot.

    Three southern ladies all sat down together to discuss an idea for a styled-shoot and all three had brought notes that led to the same idea “a hint of 1920's inspiration for today's southern bride”. We wanted to create something unique but it was also important to us that it be something achievable and affordable.

    We had researched 1920's wedding trends and made notes of the things we loved the most including ribbons hanging from bouquets, mercury glass, crystal, art deco design, fringed lamp shades, and handkerchief hemlines.

    We began to set the scene with a vintage saxophone and an old piano that someone wanted to throw out. We chose a color palette of gold, silver, white and black. Then we added the southern touches!  The floral arrangements and bride’s bouquet were made from flowers that most any southern girl would have in her backyard.  Two garden statues and a magnolia tree served as the altar and a vintage bottle of Southern Comfort sat upon the piano.

    Our bride wore a lace, drop-waist, handkerchief-hemline gown from Ruche.  For hair, we went with a sophisticated 1920’s up-do adorned with lace hair pins and covered with a timeless veil by Violet Bells. Finally, her look was modernized by a pair of t-strap rhinestone-embellished Gianni Bini heels.

    There are some more surprises and the shoot even goes into the evening. I think it looks like a speakeasy once the sun goes down!

    -- Dannielle

    As seen on Trendy Bride, Sweet Violet Bride and Hey Wedding Lady.

    Venue + Floral design + event styling: Pineola Farms , Photography: Elle Puckett Photographer, Cake + Chocolates: LisaMae Cakes, Lighting: Kevin Nichols, DKH Entertainment, Makeup: Brooke Wood Makeup Artistry, Hair: Sheila Aycock of Serenity Salon and Spa, Wedding dress: Ruche, Veil + Hairpiece + hair pins: Violet Bells, Purse + Fan: Vintage Bling, Earrings: Charming Charlie, Rings: Dennis Herbert, Herbert Jewelers, Fort Valley, GA, Stationary: Jessica Clark with ECRU Stationery & Design, Charm: J Muncaster Designs, Atlanta, GA

    xo,
    Ruche

    Do you have a styled shoot or wedding photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your photos to blog@shopruche.com. Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account for even more wedding inspiration too!


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