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  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    March WallpaperThe month of February may be over, but the romance in the air is still in full bloom. Trade out the Valentine cookies, love notes, and rosy, heart cutouts, for a batch of fresh blossoms,  warm, sunshine days, and fruit smoothies. March is a magical month to be in since it's the first month of Spring, so get your sunglasses out, sun hats, sun lotion -- anything sun-related, and let's explore the world together. To set the mood for March and the very start of Spring fever, indulge in our colorful March desktop wallpaper, tailored for mobile phones and tablets, too!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Tuesday, February 2, 2016
     
     
    I had so much fun taking over Ruche’s Instagram over the weekend! I got to share lyrics of one of the most personal songs I’ve written, what I do when I have writer’s block, and host a giveaway! Here’s a little recap of how I #livebeautifully.
     

    Last chance to enter in the giveaway above! Winner will be announced tomorrow!

    Website: http://www.hayleysolano.com
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/hayleysolano
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hayleysolanomusic
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/hayleysolano
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    Instagram: http://instagram.com/hayleysolano

     


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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.

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    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

    Ingredients:
    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 

    Directions:
    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.

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    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!

    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 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."

    ENTRYWAYDAUGHTERS ROOM 1CLOSET 2KITCHEN 3HALLWAY 3GALLERY WALL 1ENTRYWAYThank you for the inspiration, Tori! 

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

    http://www.newarrivalsinc.com/My-Beach-House-Remodel_b_246.html.


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  • Friday, September 11, 2015

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    Watercolor tassels are the perfect addition to your next party or get-together! We used these for our birthday celebration. If you want to make your own, just follow the steps below!

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    Materials

    -Acrylic Paint

    -Fabric

    -Spray Bottle

    -Twine or Rope

     

    1. Cut 18x18inch squares. Make sure to save scraps to make ties.

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    2. Squeeze a little bit of paint into a spray bottle half full of water. Put enough color to contrast against the white fabric. Shake well.

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    3. Spray the mixture on the fabric making sure to leave some white spaces. Let it dry. If desired spray with another color using the steps above.

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    4. After the fabric is dry, cut 1.5 inch strips leaving a 3 2 inch space in the center. Repeat this step on the other side.

     

    5. Fold the fabric in half then cut the piece into thirds.

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    6. Take a 0.5 inch strip of dyed fabric and tie the top edge of the tassel. Trim the edges if desired.

     

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    7. String tassels through twine or rope. 

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    See these beauties in action at our #RucheTurns7 Birthday Party.

     

    View more DIYs here.

     

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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    If you love illustrations as much as we do, you are in for a treat! This month's wallpaper was designed by illustrator Emily Poulin. Emily just graduated from the California Baptist University in May and is now designing at Krochet Kids in Costa Mesa, CA. Not only do we love her illustrations but we love her style! In this post we talk about her artwork and creative process.

    How did you get started in illustration and graphic design?
    I thoroughly enjoy challenges and realized that I wanted a job that was creative problem solving. Graphic design demands that you think on your feet and process quickly! You never know what project you are going to get or what kind of constraints you have to work within. I also am drawn to details and how they can flesh out a message in its entirety. I love the finishing touches that subtly add to an overall design! 

    How does your personal style influence your artwork?
    I'm very detail oriented in my own personal style. I love braids and tiny accents. I am drawn to things that are unique and show someone else's passion and creativity. I try to incorporate that in my own work-- take things from my daily life or things I find amusing and share it! 

     

    Where do you look for inspiration when channeling your creativity? 
    I don't often look for inspiration out right. I try to take notice of things in my day to day activities and almost catalog them in my brain. If you go on Pinterest or look other places you're letting someone else solve the problem for you! I try to engage with people outside of my creative bubble and immerse myself in their passions and ideas. I am constantly reading something or trying a new technique to keep me learning. 

    Do you have a favorite piece of artwork that you’ve created?
    I don't have a favorite piece of work honestly 

    Our motto here at Ruche is #LiveBeautifully. How do you live beautifully?
    I try to live a life that is encouraging and considerate of others. I find there is such joy in investing in other people and helping them in their journey and growth process. I think life is a lot about growing alongside one another, posing questions, and actively engaging with the world around you that creates meaning. 

    Where can we find you when you aren’t creating swoonworthy art?
    Well when I'm not swooning haha -- You can probably find me baking something or biking around my city! I'm always on the lookout for a good spot to read or undiscovered local gems! 

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    Do you have any advice for anyone interested in a similar career path?
    I'd say it's important to be dedicated. Design can be exhausting at times-- it seems there's always anther revision! It's important to be diligent in your work and practice creative endurance.  Keep a notebook around to jot down sketches or ideas at any time. I also find it therapeutic to make checklists to visualize project progress! 

    I had no clue where design was going to take me when I began-- I didn't even know what Adobe programs were. The journey has been a lot of being thrown in the deepend and learning to swim on my own. But through that process I've learned a lot about myself and the importance of community. I've met so many rad people as a result of my career and I can't wait to see what comes next! 

     

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     Thanks Emily!

    We just adore Emily and her works of art. To view more of her work, follow her on instagram @emilieepoulin! Download your Free September Wallpaper

    xo,
    Ruche

     


  • Friday, August 14, 2015

    We recently celebrated Ruche's 7th birthday with our biggest party yet. It was a memorable night filled with delicious food, tasty popsicles, cute clothes, live music and fun activities at our warehouse. We felt so incredibly overwhelmed by all the love and excitement shown to us that night and we couldn't be happier with the turnout. We brought along a few of our wonderfully talented friends from local businesses to help out and we definitely couldn't have pulled off this party without them. In case you weren't able to make it, here's a recap of the night:

    Photography by: Smetona Photo

    Ruchettes were all over our pop up shop. Utterly Engaged even curated a special collection just for the shop!
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    Found Vintage Rentals absolutely blew our minds with the decor! The party was filled with stunning vintage furniture and amazing chambray installations.

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    Each floral piece by Inessa Nichols Design was breathtaking. Inessa transformed the event into a captivating piece of art with beautiful arrangements tucked into life-sized water color installations weaved through do-it-yourself vertical wall gardens.

    Our friends  oh, hello friend. hosted a Write A Letter to Someone Special station with their adorable stationary. Owner Danni, came prepared with stamps, decorative embellishments and more! It truly was a special station for everyone. 

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    Everywhere you looked you could see Letter Sparrow's beautifully handwritten calligraphy. Her work was featured on our music stage, Live Beautifully wall, and more! Everyone loved getting personal calligraphy to take home.

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    Delicious appetizers & drinks were provided by Colette's Catering & Events. They were a big hit! Appetizers and drinks nearly disappeared in the blink of an eye. Colette's team kept everyone happily fed with their tasty creations. Our favorite was the herbed fig crostini with goat cheese mousse. Mmm!

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    Our cocktail menu would be nothing without Wodka Vodka and Perrier. The special Ruche Mule and Lavender Lady was one of our favorites!

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    Ruchettes lined up for the Braid Bar! TING Makeup & Hair transformed our Ruchette's silky locks into beautifully braided up-dos and elegant styles. 

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    Our baby Ruchette Amelie, couldn't resist an adorable up-do! 

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     Mom and Pop Shop showed up with delicious all natural popsicles made with only the freshest ingredients. A summer staple is the Cha Cha Cha! Must have. 

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    Our neighborly friends Share & Do Good, created a special fair trade gift basket with proceeds going back to each community. We love the African Market fair trade basket, Zen Zen oven mitt, Pepper Project serving set and Sustainable Threads kitchen towel. Share & Do Good is a boutique in Downtown Fullerton aiming to curate great designs made by great causes that tell amazing stores of hope from around the world. 

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    Once word spread that The Burnt Truck arrived, eager and hungry guests lined up for some mouth watering sliders. With such a huge cult following, the cheeseburger sliders and pork belly sliders completely lived up to the hype. 

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    As the night went on our wall filled up with unforgettable moments captured during our party. Josh & Monica's Studio were ready to capture and print pictures using their handy Insta Party Box. 

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    Alyssa Bernal kept the night going on stage with her upbeat tunes. Everyone was dancing and singing along to her single, "Wasted Love" and cover of Lordes, "Royals."

    Of course, this wouldn't have been a show without Sound & Stage by DJZ Productions.

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    Ellex Bree graced us with the sweetest melodies. Her harmonious tunes made for a memorable performance.

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    Our guests swooned over songstress Hayley Solano. The crowd swayed along to her mesmerizing voice and danced along to her cover of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off."

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    Last but certainly not least, none of this would have been possible without our wonderful founders, Josh, Mai and Vu. Over the course of only seven years, Ruche has become every modern girl's destination for everything Fresh, Eclectic and Sophisticated.  

    Our loyal Ruchettes, vendors and community made this day truly special and we couldn't have done it without you. We are looking forward to even more celebrations with everyone soon!

    xo,

    Ruche

    You can view our recap video here:

    See more of the fun on Instagram using hashtag #RucheTurns7!


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  • Friday, July 31, 2015

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    Follow Mai as she shares her weekly routine as an entrepreneur and a mother. #MaiLife Then, shop her handpicked favorites here!

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    Monday: "There's nothing like strong coffee to get me energized for the day ahead! Mondays are usually the busiest day of the week since it's when we launch all of our editorials before heading off into departmental meetings to plan out the rest of the week." 

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    Tuesday: If I'm not out shopping with the buying team, I'm at my desk planning out future editorials and shoots - from moodboard creation, all the way through the launch. My Google Calendar is my best friend.

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    Thursday: Photoshoots happen once or twice a week and I'm always there to work with the team. I don't think I've missed a shoot since after Amelie was born!

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    Friday: Creative meetings and inspiration days are set for Fridays. For some reason, as the week comes to an end, the creative juices seem to flow a bit better.

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    Saturday: The weekends are all about Amelie. As a full time entrepreneur with 12 hour workdays, I'm so blessed to have my mom watch her during the weekdays. 

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    Sunday: On any give Sunday, our family is probably at Disneyland. It's pretty much become our second home. I'm surprised I still enjoy all the kiddie shows and rides as much as Amelie does!
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    Thanks for reading a bit about my life as an entrepreneur and a mother. For more updates on life and work, feel free to follow me on Instagram: @maiolivo!

     

     

     


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  • Thursday, May 14, 2015

    Macaron vs. Macaroon: The confusion between macarons (pronounced mah-kah-ROHN) and macaroons (pronounced mah-kah-ROON) happens all the time. But is it just a difference of spelling or of pronunciation? Not at all! And if you have a sweet tooth like us, we thought you would want the patissiere expertise to tell the difference between these sugary confections.

    Let’s start with the aesthetics: macarons look nothing like macaroons. Clearly there is something besides an extra o that makes these two cookies so different. But despite appearances, macarons and macaroons are distant cookie cousins with a shared past!

    History Lesson: According to popular myth, the macaron, despite being most popular with the French, was created circa 1533 in Italy by the chef of Catherine de Medici, who brought her sweet tooth indulgence to France when she married the French king. Since macarons bear a striking resemblance to the Italian cookie amaretti, and share the same origin as the Italian word “macaroni”, this version of history sounds good to us!

    Regardless of who baked a macaron first, this simple cookie gained fame in France in 1792 when two nuns baked and sold macarons to support themselves. Suddenly the French couldn’t get enough of these delightful cookies, and street vendors popped up in Paris to meet the increasing demand. But it was only at the beginning of the 20th century that the macaron took on its modern appearnce, when the cousin of Louis Ernest Laduree (of the famous Laduree pastry and salon de the in Paris) had the inspired idea to put two cookies together, with a chocolate ganache filling in the middle.

    So the question is, when did macaroons arrive on the scene? Depending on the baking history you read, some will say that coconut was added to the macaron recipe in Europe, becoming particularly popular with European Jews as a Passover food since the recipe doesn’t call for flour, and diverging into a different kind of cookie altogether. Another theory points to Scotland as the origin of the coconut macaroon. And yet another baking tradition describes the coconut macaroon as a thoroughly American cookie, created in the late 1800s when the exotic coconut arrived in America from India. It became trendy to include coconut in desserts, from coconut cream pie to custard, and it’s thought that around this time, coconut went into macarons, replacing the traditional almond paste.

    Macaron: Think artisanal, dainty, and charming! Macarons are the most elegant sandwich cookie you will ever meet, a delicate meringue that comes in a variety of creative flavors with decadent fillings like high quality chocolate, ganache, and buttercream. Beloved by the French, especially in Paris, macarons have become trendy to serve, popping up at brunches, bridal showers, and wedding dessert tables. And they make a delightful morning treat with a cup of tea!

    Made with egg whites, powdered sugar, sugar, and almond flour, macarons require more pastry chef finesse to make than most cookie recipes. There is even a special word (macaronage) for folding the dry ingredients in with the egg whites because it’s such a difficult craft to master! Achieving the perfect texture, domed tops and the crinkled ruffle (called a foot in baking terms) can be difficult if any little element is off in this complicated recipe. Even if you’re an experienced baker and follow a recipe down to the letter, don’t be disappointed if it takes you a few batches to get it right.

    Macaroon: Think homemade, chewy, and coconutty goodness! Our love for coconut macaroons is tinged with sweet nostalgia: they are the cookies we think of our moms making at home, whipping up a batch on a whim because they come together in a jiffy. These delightfully sweet confections are known for their golden crisp outside and chewy soft inside.

    Made with egg whites, shredded coconut, and sugar, the recipe could not be simpler. They take about ten minutes to prepare and you don’t need a pastry course to achieve the sweet toasted crunch and pillowy center. Since they don’t require the precision and science that macarons do, macaroons are a more approachable, friendly cookie. While they don’t come in all the dazzling varieties as macarons, you can dip them in chocolate, and get creative with baking something in the center (again, might we suggest chocolate?) 

    Wondering which cookie you prefer? Why not get baking with some of the cute baking essentials in our kitchen collection to try them both! Measure your ingredients out with cute measuring spoons, mix them up in colorful bowls, and then store them safely in a darling canister to keep them fresh! Be sure to take a peek at our darling kitchen collection for cute baking accessories and even this cute book dedicated to the macaron! And for a deliciously unique recipe, follow us to The Perfect Little Cookie recipe!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, May 4, 2015

    For our summer lookbook, An Afternoon Alfresco, we asked a few food bloggers to send us their favorite recipe of a summer soiree. Kelsey of The Farmer’s Daughter stunned us with her Earl Grey Lavender Ice Cream, and we were immediately inspired to whip up something for a backyard summer party. You can learn more about Kelsey in her Ruchette of the Month interview! We're so thankful we were able to team up with an amazing group of talented ladies, and you can see all of the recipes featured in An Afternoon Alfresco here.

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    Earl Grey Lavender Ice Cream

    Ingredients:
    2 cups heavy cream
    2 cups light cream
    1/4 cup loose leaf Earl Grey lavender tea
    4 egg yolks
    1/3 cup sugar
    A few drops of purple food coloring

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    Directions:
    In a small saucepan, combine creams and heat until steaming (but not boiling).

    Remove from heat, and steep the Earl Grey lavender tea for 4 minutes.  Set aside and allow to cool.

    In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks and sugar.

    Very gradually, whisk in the warm cream mixture (not too fast, or you'll cook the eggs).

    Pour the mixture back into a saucepan, and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens.

    Remove from heat, and allow to cool to room temperature. Add a few drops of food coloring for the purple color.

    Pour into your ice cream machine, and follow your machine's directions.

    Once it's done, place your ice cream in an airtight container, and freeze for a couple of hours before serving.

    -- Jordyn & Kelsey Siemens, The Farmer’s Daughter

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    Now that you have a tasty recipe for your next summer soiree, shop our summer lookbook, An Afternoon Alfresco and head over to The Farmer’s Daughter for even more inspiration!

    xo,
    Ruche


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