Archives: November 2013

  • Saturday, November 30, 2013

    There's nothing better than waking up to the smell of waffles on a crisp, cool morning. It's nostalgically reminiscent of childhood days and running down the stairs to plates piled high with freshly cooked waffles. Now you can prepare some yourself - and be sure to ready the syrup!

    This is probably my children's favorite breakfast. For birthdays at our house we serve breakfast in bed and Overnight Yeast Waffles are always requested by all four children. Now that my children are young adults and no longer living at home, when they come home for a visit I ask them what they would like for me to fix them. The first response is always "Overnight Waffles!"

    -- Leigh Anne Wilkes, of Your Homebased Mom

    Ingredients:
    ½ cup warm water
    1 package dry yeast
    2 cups milk, warmed
    ½ cup butter (1 cube), melted
    1 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. granulated sugar
    2 cups flour
    2 eggs
    ¼ tsp. baking soda

    Directions:
    1. Using a large mixing bowl, place water in bowl and sprinkle in the yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes while the yeast dissolves. The batter will rise to double its original volume.

    2. In a medium saucepan, warm the milk on the stove and add the butter so that it can melt as the milk warms. Be careful not to let the milk boil or get too hot.

    3. Add the milk and butter, salt, sugar and flour to the yeast mixture and stir until blended. Consistency should be smooth. A hand beater can be used if necessary to get rid of lumps.

    4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let stand overnight at room temperature.

    5. Just before cooking the waffles, beat in the eggs, add the baking soda, and stir until well mixed. The batter will be very thin.

    6. Pour about 1/2 to 3/4 cup batter into a very hot waffle iron.

    7. Bake the waffles until they are golden and crisp. Serve and enjoy!

    Courtesy of Leigh Anne Wilkes, of Your Homebased Mom, we bring to you the overnight yeast waffle! This ever-so-easy recipe is perfect for a winter morning or even a delightful breakfast-for-dinner. Find it in our holiday cookbook, Sugar and Spice, and share our tasty delights with family and friends!

    xo,
    Ruche 

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


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  • Friday, November 29, 2013

    Image Source: California Cafe's Flickr

    Whether you're sipping on a cappuccino or spiced chai, your time at the coffee shop is meant for catching up on paperwork, reflection, and relaxation. Like the clouds of cream mixing with a shot of espresso, sophisticated sounds and cafes blend together effortlessly. To make your time at the coffee shop that much more enjoyable, we've composed a playlist of thoughtful and soothing sounds to accompany your cup of joe.

    Music can make even the most mundane things that much more enjoyable. For a soundtrack for a rainy day, visit our other playlist here!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Thursday, November 28, 2013

    Save yourself from the crowds of pushy people this Black Friday and steal a deal with our 20% off regular price (excludes buckets) sitewide sale! We'll even give you a head start by opening our virtual doors now. No code needed, the discount is automatically applied at checkout. Hurry and grab the goods before they're gone. This deal only lasts until Friday, November 29th, at 11:59 PM PST.

    xo,
    Ruche 


  • Thursday, November 28, 2013

    Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you are celebrating with a bountiful autumn feast, surrounded by family, food, and love! This holiday is such a good time to pause and reflect on the past year and give thanks for the blessings in our lives. Let your heart swell with gratitude…and go ahead and have that second slice of pumpkin pie! It’s only Thanksgiving once a year, right?

    If you’re looking for another recipe to add to your Thanksgiving dinner menu, be sure to peruse our holiday cookbook Sugar and Spice. Need the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail to complement the appetizers? Look no farther than our eight favorite fall-inspired cocktails. And lastly, if you are playing hostess this year, whether for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving, take a peek at our five essential entertaining tips for a successful turkey day soiree!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Thursday, November 28, 2013

    If you're anything like us, you simply love desserts in any shape or form. But this coconut-caramel pumpkin tart is truly one for the books by hitting the highest score in all categories of sweetness, texture, and pure deliciousness! It's got something for everyone - the pumpkin pie lover, the caramel lover, the coconut lover, and even the paleo inclined. We suggest whipping it up immediately!

    Autumn is an enchanting sensory experience. The crunch of leaves beneath your feet. The lovely colors of the trees. The wafts of spices mixing with the smell of cool air. The spread of pumpkin, apple, and nut desserts on the Thanksgiving table. I love autumn. Here is a simple and delicious tart worthy of gracing that sacred Thanksgiving dessert table. This one is even gluten-free and grain-free, and paleo-friendly... But sure to please the whole crowd!

    -- Gretchen F. Brown, of Kumquat

    Ingredients:
    Makes 1 tart
    For the crust:
    2 cups almond flour
    ¼ cup maple syrup
    ¼ cup coconut oil, at room temperature
    ¼ tsp. salt

    For the filling:
    5 dates, pitted
    1 cup pumpkin pie filling
    2 tbsp. maple syrup
    1 tsp. vanilla extract

    For the caramel:
    ½ cup coconut sugar
    ¼ cup water
    1 cup unsweetened, canned coconut milk
    2 tsp. vanilla extract
    ¼ tsp. salt

    For the pepita brittle:
    ½ cup pumpkin seeds
    1 tbsp. maple syrup
    1/8 tsp. salt

    Directions:
    For the crust:
    1. Combine almond flour, maple syrup, coconut oil, and salt. Stir until a dough is formed.

    2. Press dough with fingers on the bottom and up the sides of  a 9-inch round tart pan. Chill dough for 30 minutes.

    3. Preheat oven to 350°. Pierce unbaked crust a few times with a fork; bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool.

    For the filing:
    1. Combine dates, pumpkin pie filling, maple syrup, and vanilla in the container of a food processor. Pulse until completely smooth.

    For the caramel:
    1. Combine coconut sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Heat until mixture begins to boil.

    2. Stir in coconut milk, vanilla, and salt; boil, stirring constantly, for 7-8 minutes, or until mixture is dark, reduced and thick. (Caramel will thicken and become stickier as it cools.)

    For the pepita brittle:
    1. Combine seeds, maple syrup, and salt in a medium skillet.

    2. Cook over medium-high, stirring frequently, until seeds are browned and sticky.

    3. Spread mixture into a single layer on parchment paper.

    To assemble tart:
    1. Remove sides of tart pan from crust.

    2. Spread filling evenly in baked crust.

    3. Pour and spread caramel evenly over the top of filling. 

    4. Place brittle on top of caramel, around the sides, if desired. Chill for 30 minutes to thicken caramel before serving. 

    If you want to enchant your guests at your next soiree, dig out this coconut-caramel pumpkin tart recipe from our holiday cookbook, Sugar and Spice! Thanks to Gretchen F. Brown, of Kumquat, we bring you this fabulous dessert. So, test your hand at baking and try it out!

    xo,
    Ruche 

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


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  • Wednesday, November 27, 2013

    Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays, a day filled with family, friends, and a bountiful feast! Though as much as we love the turkey and the cornbread stuffing, the table filled with homemade pies, and our festive family traditions, what truly makes Thanksgiving special is the time to reflect on all the blessings in our lives. What are you grateful for this year? We put that question to some of the people around the office, and here is what they had to say! 

    At our Ruche family Thanksgiving feast, Co-founder and CEO, Josh, carved 2 entire turkeys and served everyone the best part of the meal!

    Anna, Marketing Assistant
    "I am thankful for the people I meet, the food I eat, and the company I keep."

    Athena, Marketing Assistant 
    "I am thankful for all of my loved ones near and far. For my family & coworkers that put a smile on my face every day, my close friends scattered across the states, and a boyfriend that lives across the country but still makes my heart grow fonder everyday. They may be far in distance but always close to my heart!"

    David, Web Development Manager
    "Thankful for my new family (work and home) and that Tiffany hasn't discovered that site crushing bug yet."

    Hannah, Social Media Intern
    "I am definitely thankful for the Starbucks barista that puts up with my weekly multiple coffee orders!"

    Jamie, Order Fulfillment Manager
    "This year, I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to volunteer and feed the homeless on Thanksgiving!"

    Julia, Fashion Copywriter
    "I’m thankful for the opportunity to keep in touch with my friends who’ve moved across the country or abroad after graduation. Now I have friends to visit all over the world (and don’t have to pay for hotels)!"

    Everyone was anxious to get to the turkey station! We had the best turnout for dishes this year in the history of our annual Thanksgiving potluck. Some of the delicious dishes included baked macaroni and cheese, savory bean dip, and coconut squash soup. And of course there was pie on hand too!

    Josh, Co-founder & CEO
    "I'm thankful for so much this year, for the opportunity to work at Ruche and having the best business partners and coworkers I could ever ask for, for having a job that I love to come to everyday, and for my personal miniature cheerleader that wakes up insanely early in the morning and claws and smacks and pinches my face while chanting "da da" until I wake up." (He of course is talking about Amelie!)

    Kayla, Customer Service Representative
    "I'm thankful for the friends and family that have made Southern California my "home away from home" and filled it with fun, laughter and love and who remind me to be thankful on this day and every day. Also, for my #1 work buddy, foot warmer, and bundle of puppy-joy... Lady (and for my husband for bringing her into our new little family)."

    Kira, Order Fulfillment
    "This year I'm thankful my sister asked me to be Godmother to my new, perfect nephew. Maybe he'll help me grow up...probably not."

    Lance, Controller
    "I am thankful for having the best wife in the world who is an amazing mom, who makes everything in my life perfect and for my adorable kids who teach me new things every day. Oh...and of course Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, a great parking spot (which Emma usually takes), COGS report (thank you Elaine)...... and Greek yogurt."

    Laura, Product Manager  
    "This year I am thankful for my families. The one I was born into, and the ones I've collected along the way! Like my Ruche family!"

    Ly, Graphic Designer
    “For all the great opportunities that I have been blessed with, all the amazing people I have met along the way, and all the accomplishments that I have gained from it, I am truly thankful.”

    Mai, Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer
    "My mom always used to tell me: "you will never know how much I love you until you have your own child". Now this year is my first Thanksgiving as a mom, and I know exactly what my mom always meant.  I'm so thankful for a happy and healthy baby who I love more than I ever thought possible."

    We're especially thankful when this little cutie shows up to the office! How can you not love a face like that?

    Maya, Advertising Coordinator
    "I'm thankful to be living with my boyfriend in our first tiny (yet cozy) apartment together. I am loving the process of turning it into our own space and decorating it as we go."

    Nikki, Marketing Copywriter
    "I am thankful for being able to live a creative life as a copywriter at Ruche and as a wedding photographer, and am so grateful to all the couples who trusted me to photograph their beautiful I Do's this summer! Oh, and for wearing shorts in November thanks to absurdly sunny SoCal weather."

    Priscilla, Customer Service Representative
    "I am thankful for my two little munchkins at home. Seeing the amazement in their eyes for the "small things" reminds me that life is really full of magic."

    Robby, Photo Editor
    "I'm thankful to be able to do what I love, that my wife and family support my creative endeavors and that I'm surrounded by so many amazingly talented people."

    Sam, Marketing Coordinator
    "This year I'm thankful to be living with two of my best friends who are also really good at keeping on top of their dishes!"

    Taylor, Customer Service Representative
    "I am thankful for my incredible family whose love is felt, even though they live 2,000 miles away and for the friends, including my Ruche lovelies, who accept me for the weirdo I am."

    Taylor, PR & Editorial Intern
    "I’m thankful for my friends and family behind me, the amazing opportunities that surround me, and the wide-open future in front of me. Because life is what you make it and I fully intend to make it wonderful!"

    Teresa, Multimedia Assistant
    "I’m thankful for my amazing family and friends, craft beer and cheese, and the Haim sisters."

    Most of the entertainment came from this little one! We finally got to hear her rendition of the Old McDonald song and felt privileged to witness a few of her dance moves.

    Tiffany, VP of Operations
    "I am thankful for Vu (my boyfriend) & Teresa (my sister) for always getting me lunch, without them I will probably never eat ... & for Pebbles (my puppy) for helping me work out by walking her everyday."

    Veronica, Order Fulfillment Lead
    “On top of my love for family and friends, I'm thankful for holiday feasts and stretchy pants.”

    While you carve into the turkey, are you giving thanks for a new job, great friendships, a loving relationship? We would love to know what you are grateful for this year, tell us in the comments below. (And yes, Amelie can rock a cute baby headband like no other. We were thinking that too!)

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Wednesday, November 27, 2013

    Today’s guest post comes from Nicole of Sorella Muse Photography, a Los Angeles wedding photographer who specializes in photojournalistic, fine art wedding photography, with an abundance of whimsy, creativity and natural light…who also happens to be our marketing copywriter! We're not kidding when we say that she's a woman of many talents!

    Amidst the flurry of decisions that have to be made while wedding planning, choosing your wedding vendors is daunting. These are the companies whose services and products will help fulfill the vision you have for your wedding day, and there are seemingly endless options for venues, planners, caterers, florists, and of course photographers. You have probably heard the refrain that when there is nothing left of the cake or the decorations, when the ceremony and dancing are just memories, the only tangible thing that will remain are your photos (Sidenote: my foodie sister thinks the most important decision you will make is the cake, and judges every wedding she second shoots with me according to moistness, frosting, and filling.) So it’s fair to say that choosing your wedding photographer is one of the most important wedding planning decisions you will make (aside from the cake of course!)

    But how should you go about choosing a wedding photographer? If you search Google for “wedding photographer”  literally thousands of local search results will come up which is beyond overwhelming! And once you have found photographers either through your Google search, recommendations from friends, or wedding blog vendor guides, how do you decide between the wedding photographers you are considering?

    After narrowing down your search according to style and price, I suggest you look for an awesome fit. Your florist will drop off your bouquets and your caterer will serve the dinner, but your photographer will be there from the moment you curl your lashes in the morning through the tearful moments as your mom zips up your dress, from the moment you say I do through the dancing, merriment, and fun sparklers exit. For me, great photography happens when I’m not photographing “clients” but friends, couples who I love hanging out with and whose love stories I care about, and that happens when we click in that initial consultation and spend time together during an engagement session. One of my brides even dubbed me her honorary seventh bridesmaid! Whether you find someone’s work that you love right away or are deciding between a few, I hope these questions prompt conversations to help you find a photographer who will be a great fit with you and your fiancé.

    1. How would you describe your photography style?
    You have likely encountered the terms photojournalism, fine art, editorial, modern, and traditional as you have conducted your wedding photography search. Most wedding photographers are actually a mix of these. For example, a photojournalist is someone who documents the day as it unfolds without interfering to pose or set up shots, but most wedding photojournalists these days will take posed couple portraits or ask you to stand in the spot with the best light while you put on your dress. Rather than focusing on the definition of these terms, ask a photographer what any term they identify with means to them and how it shapes the way they tell the story of your wedding day.

    2. What’s your approach to shooting a wedding?
    Continuing on the previous question, make sure you understand how their style impacts their approach to shooting. Are they a fly on the wall photojournalist who only does any posing or arranging during couple and family portraits? What is their goal in posing: to create fine art or dramatic compositions, or to create situations that lead to natural and candid moments? Do they photograph wedding details in a photojournalistic manner, or do they arrange details in an editorial manner for magazine-like compositions?

    3. Can I see two full weddings you have shot (preferably of similar wedding types/venues to mine)?
    It’s important not to judge a wedding photographer’s work on the 30-50 best images they have chosen for a blog post or online portfolio. By looking at an entire wedding, you can get a feel for the photographer’s consistency, for their ability to deal with different lighting situations, and ensure that you love how they cover every part of the day, from getting ready to posed family and couple portraits to the candid party photos.

    4. Do you have liability insurance?
    This is a simple question, but one you should be sure to ask. Every professional wedding photographer should have liability insurance, plain and simple.

    5. How many weddings have you photographed?
    Great wedding photography takes both a creative eye and technical expertise. Someone who has 20 years of experience isn’t necessarily a better photographer than someone who has 2 years of experience, but it is good to get a sense of how many weddings a photographer has done. Wedding photographers need to be able to handle the unexpected and capture moments that happen in the blink of an eye, which takes a thorough knowledge of their equipment, preparation, and experience shooting weddings.

    6. Why are you a wedding photographer?
    Personally however, I think this question is more important than how many years or weddings someone has shot. Is this a photographer who thinks of photographing weddings as a way to pay the bills, or is it someone who absolutely loves weddings? Trust me, there will be a difference in the photos if your photographer views wedding photography as a “job” or as their creative passion.

    7. How would you describe your post-processing style?
    The three most popular editing styles right now are clean, matte, and high contrast. Clean editing is natural feeling, organic, and minimal. Matte editing is more of the vintage filters/film look. High contrast editing uses really vibrant and saturated colors for a punchy, more dramatic look. One isn’t better than the other, it just depends on what fits with your style and vision. Every photographer should edit for exposure and color in every single image, but most only hand retouch (think blemishes, bags under eyes, distracting objects, skin retouching) images that you order as prints or in albums, so be sure to ask about this as well.

    8. How do you plan on lighting our wedding?
    A popular term in photography right now is “natural light photographer”. This means that the photographer works with natural light to create images, unlike a studio photographer who uses artificial light. But a wedding in a dark church or a reception hall will almost certainly call for some kind of artificial light, so be sure to see examples from the photographer’s portfolio of similar weddings to feel comfortable about your photographer’s lighting ability. I don’t like the look of flash and think that natural light creates luminous, natural, romantic images, so I don’t bring it out until the last moment, when all the light has left the sky, but other photographers use their flash throughout the day for more dramatically lit pictures.

    9. What’s included in your packages?
    Every photographer organizes packages differently, so make sure you understand what’s included. Does the package you’re considering include an engagement session? Enough hours to cover everything from getting ready through the reception? An album? The digital files?

    10. Do you bring an assistant or second shooter?
    There are many benefits to having a second photographer at your wedding (which I’ve written about more in depth here and it’s worth asking your photographer if this is something you can add on if it’s not already included in your package.

    I hope these questions help you find the best wedding photographer for your big day! But keep in mind, ultimately it comes down to two things: Do you love the photographer’s work, does it make you feel something? And, do you click with the photographer, will you be happy to have him or her with you throughout your wedding day? After the bouquet has been tossed and the cake has been eaten, the photos will be the only tangible thing left from your wedding, so make sure you are going to love them!

    -- Nicole, Sorella Muse Photography

    We all know that with the beauty of a wedding can come overwhelming stress, especially when it comes to memorializing that special day. The photographs of a wedding are not only images of the day's beautiful moments, but they are the means by which all emotions and memories flood back to you when reminiscing years into the future. Thanks to Nicole, we can make the planning process a little easier for ourselves or a friend or family's upcoming nuptials!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Tuesday, November 26, 2013

    Matt Sayles is a man of many talents but namely, a photographic genius! Editorial, celebrities, lifestyle, travel - you name it, he shoots it. Having earned degrees unrelated to photography, this jack-of-all-trades has made a name for himself in the world of photography and he has added Ruche to his repertoire! He has had the privilege to work with some of the entertainment industry's top A-listers' and now we can say that we've had the privilege to collaborate with him! Thanks to his good friend, Meg (a self-declared fashion neuroscientist blogger), of course!

    Wanting to expand his fashion portfolio, Matt turned to his long-time friend for styling advice. Together they took some of our timeless pieces and created an unfading style for his photos. 

    We love how she paired our Never Settle Blouse, with our Golden Hour Pencil Skirt - perfect for a day-to-night outfit (above left)! For a more polished look, with dainty details, try coupling our Chennai Embellished Blouse and Padstow Cropped Pants In Wine (above and below right).

    Accessories are the perfect way to spice up an outfit, like our Chateau Rouge Cloche Hat (above left and below) with a flirty dress!

    For a feminine, classic look - our Lead The Way Colorblocked Blouse and Moment To Shine Metallic Detail Skirt pair beautifully together.

    We are so honored to have been featured in such a beautiful shoot done by these two amazingly talented friends! Thanks again, Matt and Meg! We can't wait to see what you guys collaborate on next!

    xo,
    Ruche

    Credits: Photography: Matt Sayles, Makeup: Barbara Yniquez, Stylist: Meg, of Across the Pond, Model: Megan Abrigo (LA models)


  • Tuesday, November 26, 2013

    Brussels sprouts, brussels sprouts, brussels sprouts...how our mothers used to beg us to eat our brussels sprouts! Who knew that these little, bitter, cabbage-like veggies could be so tasty?! With a dash of mustard, they become the perfect greens to add to your holiday table. And maybe even the kids at the table will partake.

    Do you want to know a secret? My all-time favorite way to prepare brussels sprouts is extra crispy with just a little olive oil, sea salt and a fresh squeezed lemon juice. Simple. One of my favorite quick dinners. But when cooking for others (especially friends or family) I also want to fancy it up a little. For these sprouts I added a little zing with a dijon mustard dressing. Here's how to make your own!

    -- Elsie & Emma, of A Beautiful Mess

    Ingredients:
    Makes 8-12 servings
    3 cartons of sprouts (enough to fill a medium size casserole dish)
    4 tbsp oil
    3 tsp dijon mustard
    ¼ cup white wine vinegar
    1/3 cup sunflower seeds and/or sesame seeds
    salt and pepper

    Directions:
    1. Rinse sprouts. Slice the sprouts in half and place in bowl.

    2. Coat with the oil and a few sprinkles of salt and pepper.

    3. Bake at 350°F for 26-30 minutes.

    4. In a small mason jar combine the mustard and vinegar. Secure the lid and shake to combine.

    5.Once the sprouts are done, pour on the dressing and stir to make sure all sprouts get evenly coated.

    6. Sprinkle on the nuts and serve hot.

    Getting your hands on this mustard brussels sprouts recipe will definitely be one to be thankful for this holiday season! You can thank Elsie and Emma, of A Beautiful Mess, for lending us this scrum-diddly-umcious dish. Find it in our holiday cookbook, Sugar and Spice, along with many other sweet and savory flavors for your table.

    xo,
    Ruche 

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


  • Monday, November 25, 2013

    Four of the beautiful founders of 31 Bits: Alli Swanson, Anna Toy, Jessie Simonson and Kallie Dovel

    If you were told to envision a group of five young women who created a company that had a positive global impact, what would you see? Well, we see 31 Bits! 31 Bits was started by five women, at the young age of 21, who had a vision of creating an organization that is more than just another charity. We can attest to their success and boy do we love their products! You can even find them on our site here and in our Once Upon a Time Winter 2013 Lookbook.

    Like us, 31 Bits is a young and lively company that is constantly growing.  Five years into its success and you can find them in 350 retail stores, as well as online. Two of their gorgeous co-founders, Kallie Dovel and Jessie Simonson, gave us the opportunity to get the insiders scoop. Watch our video to learn more!

    Pulling up to their building we were greeted by a shabby chic facade, with a beachy feel. The scent of waffles wafted through the air from the nearby waffle house as we were welcomed by Jessie Simonson. Walking into the building, we couldn’t help but notice how reminiscent it was of our very own humble abode. Studio, office, warehouse, storefront… you name it and it was there! Their team, of about ten, sits around two big conference tables, ready for their daily dose of innovative banter. The storefront was decorated with hanging lampshades, globe string lights, display tables hanging on ropes from the ceiling, papier-mâché backdrops, and of course it was covered with gorgeous pieces from their collections. We even left the store with a necklace in tow!

    Obviously, we just couldn’t get enough of this awesome company and had to know more! So, we peered a little more into the house of 31 Bits. Read on to find out what we learned!

    Tell us a little more about your office environment. 
    Our motto at the 31 Bits office is "Work Hard, Play Hard." We aren't experts, but this group is hard-working, creative, and excited about everything we do. Long, challenging work days are broken up with sweet treats and ping pong matches whenever necessary. People stop by to say hi daily and we've found that our friends and customers feel like they're part of the Bits family. And anytime you stop by, you can count on someone handing you a baked good, pulling up a chair for you, or showing you the latest YouTube video that has us cry-laughing.

    In 3 words, describe the 31 Bits team.
    We're a quirky, compassionate, creative bunch. :)

    What is the meaning behind “31 Bits”? 
    The “31” comes from Proverbs 31, where it describes a diligent woman providing and caring for her family.  The “bits” comes from what the beads are made out of…bits of paper!

    How are the beads made?
    The women in our program cut unused posters, advertisements, and text book pages into long strips. They roll the strips tightly and coat them in a water-based varnish. The varnish hardens the beads as well as provides a protective coating. The beads are then strung into a design, or sewn onto one of our embroidered pieces. You’ll also find other materials used in our products like funky printed fabrics and pretty shades of leather. 99% of our materials are sourced in Eastern Africa, supporting local markets.

    Some of the Ugandan women at work, creating gorgeous beads.

    How many women are in your program in Uganda?
    120 and counting!

    Is there anything else we should know about the program?
    All of the women in our program go through our holistic development programs. They learn everything from how to manage their finances to proper nutrition to how to start their own businesses. After five years in our program, the beneficiaries will graduate with confidence, good health, their own business, and the knowledge they need to be self-sustainable.

    Tell us about your store front! When can people stop by to shop?
    Our shop is filled with lots of great designs and gift ideas. We're open Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm at 1663 A Superior Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. You can reach us at 949-612-7295

    A big thank you to the women of 31 Bits for sharing your story with us! Your mission serves as an inspiration for us to create positive change through fashion and design. You can find a few of their wonderful pieces from their holiday collection, featuring Julia Engel from Gal Meets Glam, on our site here.

    For more 31 Bits love, you can also follow them on their: Blog, Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

    xo,
    Ruche 


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