Archives: January 2016

  • Saturday, January 30, 2016

    Hello! My name is Hayley, singer-songwriter, creative soul, and hopeless romantic I’m so excited to be back on Ruche’s lovely blog today! From writing a song for their fall lookbook to performing at their 7th Birthday Party, I always have so much fun with Ruche.


    Today is no exception as I’ll be taking over their Instagram to share how I #livebeautifully - and hosting a giveaway!! Head over to @shopruche on Instagram to learn how to win a pair of tickets to see me open for Kate Voegele & Tyler Hilton (who else is a One Tree Hill fan?!) and a $100 gift card to Ruche!





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  • Thursday, January 21, 2016

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    How could we ever forget one of our favorite vintage showcases, the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show? We'll tell you - we haven't! The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show is New York's greatest collection of high styles from the last century that inspired today's fashion trends, and it's happening again in the first week of February with their Fargo inspired collection. If you haven't visited their previous showcase last fall, then here's another opportunity to witness something absolutely inspiring. Every year, the show is shopped by top designers, celebrities, and stylists including Mara Hoffmann, Dannijo, Tory Burch, Brian Atwood, Lulu Frost, Jemima Kirke, Vogue, and other big names. Whether you're a New York local or a California native like us, we urge you to check it out!

    Friday, Feb 5th - 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Saturday, Feb 6th - 11:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    Where: Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street between 6th & 7th Ave.)

    On sale here:

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  • Tuesday, January 12, 2016

    It has only been 12 days since New Years Day - have you been keeping up with your resolutions? We surely hope so! There is no surprise that healthy eating is normally the first box to check on everyone's list, but that doesn't mean you have to shy away from baked goods just yet. We're bringing back a hearty recipe from 2013 that has not lost one ounce of its deliciousness. Prepare to be mystified. 

    When we think about the perfect morning pick-me-up, the image of hot steaming coffee and stacks of doughnuts fill our minds. Now, if you can imagine a vegan and gluten free doughnut that tastes just as good as its conventional counterpart - well, who wouldn't want to get their hands on that recipe?! Guess what...ta da! We have just that for you with these vegan AND gluten-free espresso banana doughnuts.


    Baked instead of fried, these doughnuts are a healthier breakfast option than their glazed counterpart. The bananas and espresso create a lovely flavor combination suitable for perking you up on the sleepiest of mornings. And, if you feel like going the decadent route, you can always use the optional glaze provided below. 

    -- Courtney West, of Sweet Miscellany

    Makes 6 regular doughnuts
    ¼ cup sorghum flour
    ¼ cup brown rice flour
    ¼ cup oat flour
    ¼ cup arrowroot flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    ¼ tsp sea salt
    1 tsp espresso powder
    ½ tsp cinnamon
    ½ tsp flaxmeal
    ⅓ cup sucanat or natural cane sugar
    2 tbsp safflower oil or coconut oil
    ¼ cup coconut milk
    ½ cup mashed ripe banana (about 1 small banana)

    For the glaze:
    1 c. powdered sugar
    3 tbsp. coconut milk
    ¼ tsp. vanilla 

    1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and grease a standard doughnut pan.  

    2. Mix together the banana, oil, coconut milk, and sultanate until smooth and combined.  

    3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients until combined, then add them to the wet ingredients.  

    4. Stir the mixture until a smooth batter forms. It may look slightly lumpy depending on how well you mashed the banana.  

    5. Spoon the batter into the doughnut molds, making sure to only fill them up 2/3 to 3/4 full. Smooth out the batter in each mold.  

    6. Bake the doughnuts for 12 to 15 minutes until they are puffed, golden, and pulling away from the sides of the pan.  A tester inserted into the middle should come out clean.  

    7. Cool the doughnuts for about 10 minutes in the pan before un-molding them.

    For the glaze:
    1. Whisk together 1 cup powdered sugar, 3 or so tbsp. of coconut milk, and ¼ tsp. of vanilla extract until smooth.

    2. It should be thick but pourable. If it's too runny, add more powdered sugar. If it's too thick, add a bit more coconut milk.  

    3. Either drizzle the glaze over the doughnuts or dip the doughnuts into the glaze.


    These sweet and easy doughnuts are not only vegan, but also gluten-free! After stuffing ourselves with holiday meals, it'll be nice to wake up to a healthy breakfast, disguised as an indulgence. A big thanks to Courtney for contributing to our cookbook and bringing vegan and gluten-free espresso banana doughnuts to our tables!


    Have a recipe that you are interested in sharing? We'd love to see it! Send your instructions and unedited photos to and become published.


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  • Thursday, January 7, 2016

    Making even the smallest of changes to our humble abode feels really good. This month, we're welcoming Ruchette mommy and wife, Tori Swaim's, fully renovated nook next to the beaches of Florida. Her adorable home is one worth sharing, and she is letting us in on this finished journey:

    "Several years ago, we embarked on making a few changes to our home.  Three years later, we found ourselves with almost a brand new home!   Our renovation included:  painting the entire interior and exterior of our home, adding one new bathroom, gutting our other 3 bathrooms, adding walk-in closets to 2 of our bedrooms, turning our front porch into a foyer, turning an office into a master closet, gutting and expanding our kitchen and laundry room, and redesigning the exterior.  And finishing just in time to host our oldest son's rehearsal dinner for his wedding in the beginning of June :)!  Whew!

    Our home is nestled in Atlantic Beach, Florida just a few steps from the beach, in the “Oceanwalk” subdivision.  Oceanwalk is a beach side community with over 250 homes and is a quick bike ride away from the Beaches Town Center - a collection of fun shops and amazing restaurants.  

    My husband and I bought an empty lot in 1990 and constructed our new home.  Our first child was 6 months old when we moved in.  19 years later, we knew it was time for a refresh (actually way past time!).  

    I hope you enjoy a tour of our newly renovated home."


    To see more of her beautifully remodeled home, visit her blog:

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