Archives: September 2014

  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    Tomorrow is National Homemade Cookie Day, so you know we'll be celebrating the best way we know how -- by crafting a batch of homemade cookies! Nothing says "autumn" like a piping hot batch of golden brown sweet treats fresh from the oven waiting to be adorned with tasty candies or colorful frosting. We rounded up a few of the cookie recipes that are on our must-try list, so if you've been looking for an excuse to stock up on the sugar and chocolate chips, there's no better reason! 

    Double Trouble Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Honey Cookies
    From Half Baked Harvest

    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    1 cup packed brown sugar
    3 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1 whole egg + 1 egg yolk
    3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
    2 tablespoons honey
    4-6 ounces milk chocolate, chopped into chunks
    1 cup Reese's Pieces (or more)

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
    2. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Beat the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the egg + egg yolk and beat well. Beat in the peanut butter and honey.
    3. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chunks and Reese's Pieces.
    4. Roll the dough into scant tablespoon size balls. Stack two balls together and place them two inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
    5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, but no longer. Over baking them is never good! Allow to cool three minutes then eat warm or move to a cooling rack to cool completely.

    Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies:
    From Buns In My Oven

    1/2 cup butter, softened
    1/2 cup + 1/3 cup peanut butter
    1/2 cup white sugar
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1 egg
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1 cup quick cooking oats
    3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp baking powder
    1/3 cup jelly

    1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Begin by creaming the butters and sugars for the cookies. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
    3. In a small bowl mix together your flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. 4. Mix into the creamed butter and sugars.
    5 .Mix in the oats and stir until combined.
    6. Drop teaspoonfuls (or use a small cookie scoop) of dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Make a criss-cross with a fork to flatten the cookies.
    7. Bake for 10 minutes and allow to cool.
    8. When cookies are completely cooled, flip half of them over. Spread each cookie with peanut butter and jelly. Top with the remaining cookies.

    Vegan Almond Shortbread Cookies
    From Love And Lemons

    1 cup butter, room temp
    1 teaspoon almond extract
    3/4 cup powdered sugar or granulated sugar *
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 cup millet flour (or all-purpose is fine too)
    only if your butter is unsalted, add 1/2 teaspoon salt
    optional toppings – pistachios, pine nuts, dried fruit, etc
    (*I found powdered sugar made the dough easier to roll out for the cut-out cookies. I used organic granulated sugar, which is more coarse, for the squares).

    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
    2. Sift all dry ingredients together.
    3. In a medium bowl, using a wooden spoon, mix butter and almond extract together (as best you can).
    4. Add dry ingredients and mix everything together. Use your hands if necessary to incorporate the butter and get the dough to come together. Your dough will be pretty crumbly. Stop when it has just come together, don’t overmix. Form it into a ball.
    **For cutout cookies: roll onto a nonstick baking sheet (I rolled pine nuts into the top of my dough), until your dough is about 1/4 inch thick. (If the dough is sticky and you’re having a hard time, put it in the fridge for a little bit so the butter in the dough stiffens up). Bake for about 20 minutes, until the dough starts to turn golden brown. Remove, let cool almost completely before you cut out your shapes. Note: you’ll have a lot of “scraps” with this method and will yield less finished cookies.
    **For square shortbread: Press dough into an edged baking pan along with any toppings you like. I made a half recipe and used a 5×7 pan, my cookies were a about 1/2 inch thick. Since they were on the thick side, I baked these for about 30-35 minutes, until they started turning golden brown on top. The time will vary depending on the thickness, so just watch them. Once they’re done, let cool and then slice.

    Fudge Striped Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies
    From How Sweet It Is

    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
    6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
    6 tablespoons creamy peanut butter, melted and cooled
    1 cup loosely packed brown sugar
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1/3 cup pumpkin puree
    1 large egg, at room temperature
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    3-4 ounces milk chocolate chips
    2 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream

    1. Melt the peanut butter and butter first so it has time to cool - I melted them together, microwaving for about 30 seconds, stirring, and then 30 seconds more, stirring again until melted. Set aside until cool.
    2. Combine flour, baking soda, pumpkin spice and salt in a bowl and whisk well to combine. Set aside.
    3. In a large bowl, whisk together butter, peanut butter and sugars until smooth. Add in pumpkin and egg, mixing again until combined, then stir in vanilla extract. Using a large spoon, gradually add dry ingredients to the wet, stirring well and using your hands if needed to bring the dough together (I do this!). Just keep mixing - it will come together! Once the dough is combined, I stick it in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
    4. After sticking it in the fridge, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    5. Roll the dough into balls that are slightly smaller than 1 inch in size. Place on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart, baking for 8-10 minutes. Remove and let cool completely.
    6. To make fudge strips, heat heavy cream until warm. Pour it over the chocolate chips in a bowl and mix until a ganache forms, stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Place cookies on parchment or wax paper and drizzle chocolate over top. Let cookies sit for 30 minutes for chocolate to firm up.

    Now that you're set on cooking up a batch of delightful cookies, all that's left to do is grab a glass of milk and enjoy the day dedicated to baking one of our favorite treats! For even more recipes, take a look at our past posts here!


  • Monday, September 29, 2014

    We're perfecting our fall style with a little menswear inspiration. We borrowed our favorite tailored styles from the boys and added a delightfully feminine spin to transform these menswear staples into must-haves for every girl! From structured shirt dresses to cozy knits and relaxed silhouettes, adding a hint of boyish inspiration to your closet is easy! Stop by our collection of menswear-inspired styles and curate your own outfits using our styling tips. 

    Discover our favorite menswear-inspired styles and styling tips to help you integrate these polished pieces into your wardrobe on our site now! 


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  • Sunday, September 28, 2014

    We hope you're having a lovely Sunday, Ruchettes! 


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  • Saturday, September 27, 2014

    We're no stranger to wanderlust. We love gushing over one another's past, present, and future vacations to far-off destinations that some of us have only dreamed about. From Morocco to Paris, we love hearing about everything from the food to the beautiful landscapes and architecture. Since we've been so enamored with global inspiration, we took pieces featuring our favorite global-inspired prints like the geometric designs of the southwest, swirling touches of paisley, and darling embroidery fill our closets. Shop our collection of prints from around the globe now! 


    Even if we can't spend our days jetsetting to our dream destinations doesn't mean we can't don prints inspired by them. Start your day with a captivating global print and see our past musings on travel here!


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  • Thursday, September 25, 2014

    There is nothing more classic and feminine than a full skirt! This look can be delightfully modern when styled with a crisp button up or cropped blouse and ankle boots, or you can evoke your favorite retro starlet by combining a full skirt with the perfect hat and pair of girly heels. Whether it's day or night, a full skirt is the always versatile style that every girl needs in her closet! We rounded up a few of our favorite bloggers who curated some major Pinterest-worthy outfits featuring a variety of full skirts!  

    A Little Dash Of Darling's Caitlin keeps her nude, pleated voluminous skirt soft and feminine by choosing neutral colors and cozy textures. We can't decide if we love her knit sweater or taupe wide-brim hat more!

    Blair of Atlantic Pacific keeps her bold, red full skirt the center of attention by choosing touches of red in her lipstick and pointed pumps. We feel like we need to dedicate a moment to talking about how darling her poodle jumper is...we're in love!

    The beautiful Amber of Barefoot Blonde shows us how to make a statement in her pleated skirt. We love how her sequined blouse brings out the lavender tone of the skirt and the pop of hot pink in her strapped heels!

    Gal Meets Glam's Julia displays a perfectly Parisian way to wear a sheer full skirt with a French-inspired graphic tee. Don't you think her layered pearl necklaces finish off this look just perfectly?

    Late Afternoon's Liz looks positively summery cropped top and high-waisted full skirt and the touches of metallic in her ensemble are the perfect accessories. We're enamored with the checkered pattern of the skirt; we're ready to take a little picnic in the park!

    Rachel, the brunette beauty of Pink Peonies, looks so glamorous with her laced long sleeve tucked into her pleated skirt. We love how she plays with neutral tones to really bring out the beautiful red hue of her skirt! 

    The always lovely Sea Of Shoes looks charming in a blue plaid skirt. She keeps this outfit light and breezy in comfy strapped sandals and a flattering long sleeve top in a cropped silhouette. Her red locks and bouquet of fresh flowers finish her look perfectly! 

    We cannot get over these perfect skirts! Keep your closet stocked with skirts like these fashionistas' by shopping our collection. For more stylish inspiration, take a peek at our past Style Files.


  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    The Wedding Chicks is one of our favorite online destinations for wedding inspiration! They have everything from ingenious DIY guest books to advice for finding a vendors to incredible party favor ideas. Needless to say, we were all smiles when this shoot was featured on their blog! If you're a lover of all things mod and vintage (which we're assuming you are!), prepare yourself for a tea party bridal shower straight out of our favorite style decades. Take a look at the positively radiant colors, calligraphy hand painted invitations, and our vintage inspired dresses below, and escape into a retro dream! 

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    We adore the way our St. Claire Embroidered Dress and Paulina Embroidered Dress act as a delightful complement to the mismatched china dishes. We love the darling patterns on each style, and the gorgeous hue of yellow and pops of pink. Both are perfectly retro with a fitted silhouette with a modest neckline, making this shoot something straight out of a vintage magazine!  60smod_62060smod_08160smod_62360smod_16160smod_755

    We can't help but swoon over the attention to detail in everything down to the darling jewelry and table settings. We love how full of lush floral touches this shoot it - from the embroidered blossoms on our dress to the colorful bouquet of roses. You can fall in even more love with our past shoots here

    A huge thanks to all the vendors who made this shoot happen!
    Photography: Fiona Melder, Concept + Styling: Mandy Forlenza Sticos, Vintage Rentals: Little Vintage Rentals, Calligraphy + Hand Painted Invitation: Fleur De Letters, Hair: Sabrina Gilbert, Make Up: Jha Villanueva, Cakes + Cupcakes: Made In Heaven Cakes, Clothing: Ruche, Hair Accessories: Esther Jean, Jewelry: Confetti By Annette, Flowers Provided By: Blooms By The Box, Assistant Stylist: Elle Bass


  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    Happy first day of fall, Ruchettes! We've spent the last few weeks of summer preparing for the coziest of seasons. Just in case you needed a checklist to enjoy autumn to the fullest, we've comprised a (too-cute) list of essentials including everything from warm soups to pumpkin flavored everything. We've already sung our praises of the Pumpkin Spice Latte and Oktoberfest and we can't wait for more fall adventures! Don't forget to stop by our fall lookbook, Autumn Glow, for a dose of fashion inspiration perfect for the harvest season. 


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  • Monday, September 22, 2014

    As summer collapses into fall, we begin to notice the branches growing bare and the flowers we adore becoming a little more scarce. While your garden may not be flourishing as much as it has in the past summer months, you can still embrace floral patterns you love! Try pairing seasonal-appropriate florals in rich jewel tones with cute booties and cozy scarves. For romantic dinner dates or admiring the twinkling lights of your local downtown, try wearing fall florals with big, romantic curls and burgundy lips. We can't help but love dresses with deeper floral hues and dark lace! 

    What are your favorite fall fashion essentials? Add a midnight floral item to your wardrobe from our collection of beautiful, darker florals! 


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  • Sunday, September 21, 2014


    Are you attending Oktoberfest this year? We're looking forward to a day spent indulging in German cultural fun along with chowing down on delicious pretzels and discovering a new favorite beer! We've made it easy for all attending to make sure they have the essentials with our handy illustration! We're dusting off our German phrases book so we can belt a hearty "Guten Tag!" to passerbys and tell our servers "Danke" when they hand us our delicious refreshments. How are you celebrating Oktoberfest this year? We'd love to know! 


    Fun Little Fact: In spite of it's confusing name, Oktoberfest is actually celebrated in September. The fest begins each year on a Saturday in September and ends 16-18 days later!

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  • Friday, September 19, 2014

    Today's edition of style files features some of our most well-known Ruchettes! We feel so fortunate to get to see our customers make our clothes come to life by transforming them from a simple shift dress or plaid button-up to a wardrobe staple that's styled with other treasured items from their closet. Let's take a look at how a few of our favorite bloggers transformed our items into a gorgeous outfit! 

    The darling sister duo of A Beautiful Mess always impress with their Sister Style posts. We love to see these two in their darling summer-to-fall ensembles! Elsie is all smiles in our plaid top and shorts. Her outfit is completed with a too cute colorblocked clutch and neutral shoes and a classic faux leather jacket is the cherry on top! Emma complements her strapless dress with a statement necklace and shoes in a minty hue. 

    Tieka of Selective Potential looks ready for fall in this tunic dress complete with bell sleeves and a perfect-for-fall floral pattern. We can't get enough of her wide brim hat and boots! Her attire has us longing for fall days filled with crisp air and golden leaves. 

    The Clothes Horse's Rebecca looks charming in her outfit featuring a vintage-inspired blouse complete with lace ruffles and floral embroidery. We love how she balances out her casual denim jeans with strappy mary jane flats and a crossbody bag. We're smiling at how wonderfully her new pink hair matches the dainty pink flowers on her top! 

    The gorgeous Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky looks like woodland dream in her bohemian-inspired ensemble featuring our City Limits Draped Cardigan with an aztec design. She keeps her look relaxed with long, layered necklaces and stunning long curls. 

    We love seeing these beauties that have been featured on our site in outfit remixes as well as past Ruchettes of the Month continue to stun in their favorite Ruche pieces! 


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