Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Happy April, Ruchettes! We're certain you'll be smitten with this month's Ruchette of the Month. You've probably seen her around here before, and fallen in love with her charm, brilliance, and keen all for all things lovely. The talented Lauren Kelp continues to stun us with the amazing content on her website, which is brimming with fashion, lifestyle, and beauty inspiration (for a daily look, make sure to follow her on Instagram!). From tutorials to heartfelt messages and advice, this Ruchette is a true example of living beautifully. We were so excited that Lauren agreed to be our Ruchette of the Month, and we're certain you'll adore this gal just as much as we do!ROM

How would you describe your style in 5 words?
Ooh gosh, how about – Classic with a southwestern twist!

With a vast knowledge of table decor and the best cocktail recipes, we're certain you're the hostess with the most-ess. What is your must-have(s) for a successful dinner party with friends?
The best trick to have up your sleeve is to have confidence. Who cares if the roast gets burnt, order pizza instead! Your guests will pick up on your energy, so make sure it’s a good one. Other than that, a girls best friends when she is entertaining is a stellar playlist (Spotify has a great selection in their “Entertaining” section), a favorite shade of lipstick (that always helps with confidence), a couple of bottles of backup wine (always be prepared), and a recipe you know how to make. It’s tempting to try out something new on friends, but you end up being stuck in the kitchen worried about how it will turn out, rather than catching up with friends.

We adore your style. Is there anything at the top of your Ruche wishlist?
What’s not on my wishlist? I am a big fan of the touches of southwest in this season’s collection. That Far Off Printed shift dress is definitely calling my name!BSB0001

You're quite the girl-on-the-go! How do you decompress from a busy week?
Our Beauty Editor is going to laugh when she reads this, but I am a huge proponent of Epsom salt baths. There is nothing like slipping into a warm, relaxing bath (probably with a glass of wine or champagne) at the end of a long day or week. Add a few drops of essential oil (I am partial to Lavender or Geranium) and you’re transported into your own little spa.

What is one thing readers would be surprised to learn about you?
Ooh, that’s a great question. So many things probably! A fun one is that I have the hardest time cooking when it’s just my husband and me. I love being in the kitchen when we are entertaining, but when it’s just the two of us, he is on deck.KgCb8GiXN9CeeQdOTauxu6n5ZfVeh8oygIojLlEAHqAssZrHb8f4zEAz3qQQjr4S4w6PyUduneBQhz6SeQFMx4

We love that part of your mission statement of includes that above all, you want to encourage women to be the best versions of their true selves. This aligns with our motto, which is #livebeautifully. How do you live beautifully?
I love that motto, it is so personal and unique to everyone. I try to live beautifully by staying true to the beat of my little drum. It’s easy to get caught up in the “perfection” of blogging and start to compare your life to someone else’s, but living beautiful to me, means shaking all of that off and letting your own little freak flag fly. No matter what that looks like.

What are you most excited for this spring?
Warm weather! Having just moved from Arizona to Chicago in the dead of winter (who thought that was a good idea?!), I am thrilled about warm weather, patios, and outdoor entertaining. Spring is one of my absolute favorite season. I really feel like people are more inspired, more active, and want to get out and do more. I am so looking forward to all of that!KJ0004-1024x750

You work with an amazing team to create beautiful content on Can you tell us a little about your creative, collaborative process?
Thank you so much! I feel immensely lucky that I get to work with such an amazing girl gang. They are insanely creative and totally put up with my crazy, “I have this zany idea…” moments. So our creative process is a little bit unique because none of us live in the same place. We are really diligent about have editor calls (where all of us get together and collaborate) and weekly check-in’s. Truthfully, my editorial staff and I are in almost constant communication.

What's next for you? Any exciting upcoming projects?
Oh, yes! We’ve got some really fun things in the pipeline for this spring and summer. We just launched our newsletter and are working on some e-books on entertaining, beauty, cocktails, all things LK. It’s been a super fun project to dream up and I cannot wait to launch it.lauren-kelp

Lastly, what do you love most about being a #Ruchette?
I love the amazing community Ruche has built. It’s awesome to see women promoting, challenging, and championing women to be comfortable in their own skin & to live beautifully. I feel very honored to be a part of it!

We're so excited to have Lauren Kelp join our honorary Ruchettes of the Month! To see past Ruchettes of the Month, click here, and don't forget to visit Lauren on her website here!