Archives: October 2013

  • Thursday, October 31, 2013

    The last day of the month has finally arrived, and we couldn’t be more excited for All Hallow’s Eve. Bring on the jack o’ lanterns, the haunted houses, and our favorite Halloween tradition, trick or treating! Dressing up is of course de rigueur. In the office this year we have an equestrian, a witch, Peter Pan and the lost boys, Mr. and Mrs. Fox, and Frida Kahlo, amongst others! What are you dressing up as this year? We would love to hear all about your costume, tell us in the comments below. And if you’re still looking for a last minute costume idea that doesn’t require a trip to the costume shop, take a peek at our blog post from last year for inspiration.

    Whether you’re trick or treating, entertaining, or baking spooky French macarons, we hope you have a fun and safe Halloween, filled with sweet treats and ghostly frights!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, October 30, 2013

    We love fashion, so we are easily captivated by a beautiful print or intricate piece of jewelery the same way one can be captivated by a stunning painting or statue carved from marble. Imagine our excitement when Enid Rebeca turned some of our favorite fall pieces into beautiful drawings!

    We love how Enid transformed pieces from our vintage inspired fall lookbook, One Fine Day, and one of the looks from our layering feature, Keep Cozy, into these darling illustrations! She captured the warm fall hues and outfits perfectly while integrating her own unique and charming style.

    To see more of Enid's work, visit her Facebook! If you're well versed in Spanish, you also want to check out her blog, "La Caja Oxidada" or "The Rusty Box", where she features her darling works of art, fashion, and more!

    xo,
    Ruche

    Do you love art and fashion and want your pieces to be featured on our blog? Email your artwork featuring Ruche to blog@shopruche.com!


  • Tuesday, October 29, 2013

    Calling all Pinterest addicted gals! We're giving you the chance to win a $100 gift card with a fun and easy giveaway. The rules are super simple, so don't miss out on the chance to pin and win – enter the contest here! And if you’re an avid pinner, make sure you're following us on Pinterest for the loveliest of inspiration. 

    PS: The image is a sneak peek from our winter lookbook! Don't worry - it's launching soon. ♥

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Tuesday, October 29, 2013

    The most eerie day of the year is almost upon us, which means it’s time to don a costume and satisfy your sweet tooth! As much as we can’t wait to reach into the candy bowl for some fun-sized treats, when we came across these twists on a classic cookie we knew we had to share them. Now, these are not your typical fancy French macarons, and that’s what makes them so fun! Whether you’re a baking expert or newbie to whipping egg whites, these macaron recipes will delight and surprise your friends. And if you're making them for a Halloween party, be sure to take a peek at our 5 tips for Halloween entertaining too.

    1. Frightening zombie macarons: The zombie apocalypse came sooner than we thought with this macaron recipe!

    2. Spooky pumpkin and ghost macarons: You’ve carved your jack o’lantern, put up spidery webs, and whipped up some festive fall cocktails. So the last ghoulish touch your All Hallow’s Eve needs are mischievous macarons in the shape of spooky pumpkins, creepy crawly spiders, and ghosts that drifted into your kitchen from the foggy graveyard.

    3. Sweet n' classic candy corn macarons: This last macaron recipe was sure to win us over because of the candy corn, ever a classic Halloween treat.

    We can’t wait to try baking these spooky spins on one of our favorite confections! And if you’re wondering why these macarons aren’t chewy mounds of coconut, be sure to read our post on the difference between macarons and macaroons. Happy Halloween!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Monday, October 28, 2013

    Our business to casual collection is filled with the kinds of wardrobe staples that are perfect for the office Monday through Friday, and then, styled differently, just right for weekend afternoons. You might not expect the versatility of formal 9-5 wardrobe staples, so our feature is full of outfit inspiration showing how you can transition from afternoon PowerPoint presentations to happy hour with just a few clothing and accessories swaps.

    A pleated midi skirt in a classic print for work is perfectly paired with a bold blue cropped blazer and statement necklace for a sophisticated 9-5 ensemble. But when you’re meeting a friend at a cafe, you can style it more casually with a knit sweater and longer pendant necklace. The key is to balance out a tailored work piece with more relaxed clothes and accessories. For example, cropped trousers look dressed up with heels, a jewel toned blouse, and a polished coat, but less work and more play when paired with ankle boots, neutrals, and a cozy scarf! Shop our business to casual feature to effortlessly transition between work and play.

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Sunday, October 27, 2013

    Isn't it always the easiest when you don't have to really think about it? Waking up in the morning and throwing on the first thing that fits with your mood is always the way to go. Style is a choice, an opinion, and a personal declaration! The best person you can be is only and ever yourself, living in accordance with your values, your dreams, and your heart.

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Saturday, October 26, 2013

    When you truly love something, you write a poem about it, right? Just as Keats wrote an ode to autumn, as Shakespeare wrote beautiful sonnets about romantic love, and Robert Frost wrote about New England, we felt the proper way to declare our undying love for sweater weather would be in verse! So we wrote this little sonnet, dedicated to the crisp fall air and the drawers full of cardigans, pullovers, and chunky knits that make this the coziest of seasons. Enjoy!

    Summer ends as summer must, skies once blue
    Turn foggy gray. But joy to crisp fall air,
    Joy to changing leaves in every rich hue -
    Joy, especially, to the sweaters we can now wear!

    Sweater weather, you arrive in the cool fall mist
    And Pumpkin Spice Lattes couldn’t come too soon
    Bring on the hot cocoa, bring on every autumn wish,
    Let’s cuddle up in cashmere on a rainy afternoon.

    As fallen leaves crunch beneath our feet,
    Cardis and knits and capes keep us toasty warm,
    We’re prepared for any cold front we might meet,
    With cute sweaters in top cozy form.

    Every season has a place in our heart
    But, Sweater Weather, with you we’ll never, ever part.

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Friday, October 25, 2013

    For the final installment of Friday Frocktails, Natalie of The Soho blog has mixed up a delicious sage and pear cocktail that may just be our favorite happy hour libation yet! Every week this month Natalie has been using our Frocktober dresses to create a cocktail, taking inspiration from the palette and style of the dress. So we wondered, what would a chic midi-length frock with a classic polka dot pattern in sweet cream and green inspire? And here it is – an irresistible combination of an aromatic herb, the crisp fall sweetness of pear, and the effervescent loveliness of a splash of bubbly!

    For my final frocktail this month, I came up with a sage and pear sipper to go along with this darling green dress. The flavors are subtle and earthy and would make a perfect addition to a fall brunch ... as would the dress.

    Ingredients:
    2 1/2 oz. pear juice
    4 sage leaves
    3 oz. Prosecco or Champagne

    Directions:
    Add pear juice to a cocktail shaker along with 3 torn sage leaves. Add 1/2 a cup of ice and shake until the outside is frosty. Pour the liquid through a strainer into your glass and top with Prosecco or Champagne, approximately 3 ounces. Garnish with a sage leaf.

    -- Natalie, The Soho

    A huge thank you to Natalie for hosting this delicious cocktails series for us, you have been every inch the charming Southern hostess, and these recipes have inspired us to creatively shake up our cocktail routine! Natalie is not only a stylish mixologist, but a fantastic lifestyle blogger, so be sure to follow along on her blog for her adventures and lifestyle inspiration. Lastly, in preparation for a season of holiday parties, we recommend finding a gorgeous frock for every occasion, keeping in mind that a cocktail shaker is as essential an accessory as a statement necklace, and that nothing says dinner party ready like a perfectly styled and stocked bar cart.

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Friday, October 25, 2013

    As the temperatures dip even cooler and tree branches become more bare, our celebration of Frocktober comes to a close. With each day came an adorable dress selection and we loved seeing how Ruchettes styled their favorite frocks!

    Caitlin of Voguish at Best has fall layering down to a simple science! She styled this printed dress with the essential fall accessories: a scarf, tights, cardigan, and our adorable cut out booties. We love how the soft hues of her dress and boots pop against her neutral tights and cozy cardigan!

    Lacy Rose of Lacy Rose XO looks like she stepped out of the mod 1960's in our Geometric Shift Dress. She beautifully channels 60's icon Twiggy and flaunts her fabulous fall style with a colorful turtleneck and opaque tights. And the scattered golden leaves provide the perfect autumnal backdrop for this stunning ensemble!

    Kaity of Brownie Diaries stuns in our Across the Pond dress and Butter Toffee dress. The classic patterns and light hues of these frocks are perfect for any occasion year round, but Kaity pairs both darling dresses with boots to suit the transitioning weather between seasons.  Whether it's stripes or polka dots, a pretty patterned dress is perfect for an afternoon stroll or date!

    And so the month of Frocktober comes to an end. We loved featuring only frocks in all of our customer Style File roundups for this month, and our Ruchettes looked positively pretty in every dress. We also celebrated the month dedicated to dresses with the Frocktails series on our blog (graciously hosted by Natalie of The SoHo blog), by pairing creative cocktails with our darling frocks. Be sure to take a peek at each stylish libation in order to inspire your next happy hour!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Thursday, October 24, 2013

    When the spookiest night of the year arrives amidst an atmosphere of fog and the dark cover of night, it’s time to host an eerie evening soiree! Sure, Halloween once meant going door to door gathering candy from yourneighbors, and hoping for that rare full size Snickers bar, but just because you’re all grown up doesn’t mean you can’t have a little ghoulish fun. Gather your friends for Halloween festivities that balance the silliness of being a kid (think gummi worms in the punchbowl!) with the entertaining savvy of a grown-up (à la your chic bar cart). So here we have gathered 5 Halloween party ideas to make your festive gathering a spooky success!

    1. Create a signature Halloween cocktail: One of our favorite Halloween party ideas is serving a signature cocktail for the evening. Naming suggestions: any cocktail that is red should include the word “bloody”, any drink that is purple can include “nightshade”, and any white drink can be “ghostly”…so have fun mixing up your eerie libations and creatively naming them! We're particularly loving this Black Magic Frocktail from our friend, Natalie, of the SoHo blog! (Remember her Friday Frocktails series?!)

    2. Make a dessert bar of critters and cupcakes: Who says cupcake decorating bars are just for kids? Bake the cupcakes but leave the toppings for your guests to decide. Lay out frosting in assorted colors in icing bags, and provide toppings like Halloween colored sprinkles, candy corn, M and M’s, and a variety of creepy candy. It combines two things your guests will love: creativity and a satisfied sweet tooth! And let the bats swoop down on your cupcake bar with these cute printables from A Beautiful Mess for an adorably eerie finishing touch!

    3. Get festive with the tablescape and decor: Your tablescape and party décor can range from a simple harvest theme with pumpkin and squash, branches and berries, to something a bit more playful or darkly gothic. One fun way to incorporate the witching hour is with your place cards! Candles and lowered light are an essential way to create atmosphere, whichever theme you choose. Or try adding a rustic touch to your table with this cute DIY burlap runner from HGTV.

    4. Think seasonally: With the arrival of autumn comes a harvest of seasonal bounty! Serving fall favorites like spiced cider, apple crisp, and pumpkin baked goods will ensure happy party guests. Instead of serving a full on dinner, you can stick to small dishes with seasonal produce as well, like butternut squash, eggplant, and brussel sprouts, and also consider doing a few cheese pairings with wine (don’t forget a baguette!). We're especially partial to these pumpkin muffins and mini apple pies from Bakers Royale, and baking them before your party will fill your home with the most delicious of autumn scents!

    5. Costume party: One thing we wouldn’t change from childhood is donning a costume! On one day of the year you get to be anyone and anything you want. You can consider suggesting a fun theme for the evening to your guests, like “classic movies”, “literary characters and authors”, or let your guests come in any costume they want.  And if you end up running out of time to hit the costume shop, see some of our fun costume ideas that you can put together with clothes that are already in your closet.
    xo,
    Ruche


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