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  • Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    ... we'd certainly look like this! We had so much fun shooting our summer lookbook, Let's Get Lost, with photographers Brandon and Kristin Kidd. The Kidds both shot and modeled for the lookbook during a romantic summer road trip to Santa Barbara. We love the way they captured their adorable relationship and how they live beautifully! For a little road trip inspiration, visit our lookbook or learn how to make some snacks for your next journey on the road!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Monday, June 9, 2014

    Road trips are a summertime essential. Hopping in your car to journey to a familiar or foreign destination can be a time for grasping new opportunities and making the most of the time you have, whether it's an overnight trip or a cross-country exploration, with the individuals you hold near and dear. For our summer lookbook, Let's Get Lost, we followed photographers Kristin and Brandon Kidd on a road trip to Santa Barbara. We watched them share smiles at a roadside diner and wander through fields and over seaside cliffs. The Kidds exemplify what it means to live beautifully in the appreciation of the beauty found in each day and within each other. 

    When asked what it means to live beautifully, Brandon Kidd replied:

    "To live beautifully is to be reminded that it's okay to slow down, to treasure the relationships you have and to get out and explore the beauty this world has to offer."

    We love this sentiment, and it only reminds us how important it is to stop and appreciate the little moments that make each and every day special. Embarking on a road trip with your loved one is a time to discover new places, share new experiences and enjoy each other's company. We love how Kristin articulates this in her explanation of why she loves road trips with Brandon, "I feel like road trips are a time for us to relax and totally enjoy each other. It always reminds me of when we first started dating." 

    Aren't they simply the cutest? For more pictures of the Kidds guaranteed to make your heart melt, be sure to visit Let's Get Lost. 

    xo,
    Ruche 

    Photography: Brandon Kidd Photography, Hair & Makeup: Sparkle Tafao, Furniture Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals, Ruche Stylist: Sarah Nuckles


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  • Monday, June 9, 2014

    We adored Justina Blakeney's visages crafted out of pretty ferns and flowers as part of her #FaceTheFoliage challenge so much that we decided to join in the fun! Thanks to our Creative Coordinator, Orchid, we've been able to participate in Justina's pretty challenge with some foliage faces of our own. We loved choosing from a variety of colorful florals to create faces full of unique personality and expression. For more face the foliage inspiration, visit Justina's blog or Instagram

    We're so excited to participate in Justina's creative challenge! Which one is your favorite? And if you've created your own, we would love to see it! 

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Sunday, June 8, 2014

    Anyone with a copy of The Fault In Our Stars on their bookshelf will agree that the novel is a beautiful tale of overcoming obstacles and romance. Here is our favorite quote from the book -  it makes our hearts melt every time! 

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Sunday, June 8, 2014

    We are swooning over the feminine and detailed creations found in Etsy shop Lucile's Kitchen! Her paintings range from gorgeous prints of recipes and quotes to beautiful renderings of Parisian iconography. She perfectly captures the variety of marcarons offered at Laduree (our favorite is their rose flavor!) and the floral notes found in french perfume! 

    Since a very young age, Lucile has had a passion for creating art through various mediums including calligraphy and screenprinting. Lucile's love for cooking and all things naturally beautiful shines through in her charming artwork.

    The creations found in Lucile's Kitchen have us dreaming of days spent wandering the streets of Paris, shopping at farmers markets, and, of course, eating more macarons in one sitting than one really should. Until we can enjoy a French vacation, we will have to settle for gazing at Lucile's stunning designs! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Saturday, June 7, 2014

    Films have a way of inspiring us. From dreamy cinematography to witty dialogue, watching a film can invoke an emotional response along with new perspectives and notions about life. Watching the trials and tribulations of the heroes and heroines that fill the silver screen allow us to reflect on and questions our own responses to the minutiae of each and every day. In the spirit of our Meet Me in Paris feature, here are some of the French films we feel most inspired by. 

    "So, my little Amélie, you don't have bones of glass. You can take life's knocks. If you let this chance pass, eventually, your heart will become as dry and brittle as my skeleton."
    -- Amélie

    Amélie has our hearts for so many reasons. We adore Amélie's love for the little things possessed by and her incongruous nature. Her thirst for adventure and interest in everything that surrounds her sparks our imaginations and we always leave this film wanting to see more for Amélie's sharp wit. 

    "Don't use the brakes. Cars are made to go, not to stop!"
    -
    Breathless

    Jean-Luc Godard's arguably most famous film, Breathless, depicts a dramatic adventure filled with romance from complicated, multidimensional characters. While the dialogue is sharp, this film provided groundbreaking and innovative cinematography that continues to inspire filmmakers. 

    "Hold fast to the human inside of you, and you'll survive."
    -- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

    Image Sources: IMBD

    This remarkable true story of paralysis and the will to overcome is almost guaranteed to bring a tear to your eye. The beautifully shot and acted The Diving Bell and The Butterfly is an essential for any film lover. 

    Do you have any favorite films when it comes to French cinema? Let us know! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Friday, June 6, 2014

    Our launch of Make Waves, a collection of styles easily transitioned from a day on the beach to an afternoon on the boardwalk, has us inspired to spend Father's Day seaside. Of course we love spending time with our fathers and father figures, but Father's Day is a time to do a little something extra that is fun for the both of you! Here are some ideas for spending a day on the coast with Dad.  

    BBQ: Whether you've set up a seaside bonfire or picnic, or decided to try a new restaurant on the pier, a beachy barbecue is certain to please Dad! After spending some time exploring tidepools or swimming, the perfect way to talk about the day's activities is over a great meal.  

    Music: Concerts by the beach are common come summertime, so we recommend checking resources for your local beaches and see if there are any upcoming concerts your dad would love. 

    Ocean Activities: Get active and take to the water! Try stand up paddle boarding or kayaking alongside the beach or cruise around the calm bay. Typically there is an abundance of places on the beach where you can rent a variety of canoes, kayaks, or stand up paddle boards and even if you're a novice you'll learn in no time!  

    Fishing: Pick up some fishing essentials for Dad and head to your local pier. Even if you don't catch anything, some great conversation paired with the warm sun and ocean breeze will be all you need for an amazing Father's Day. Don't forget a floppy hat! 

    Bike Rental: To make your Father's Day even more memorable, rent a couple bikes and cruise along the beach. Our favorite part of riding bikes seaside is stopping at little shops and restaurants along the way- you might even discover a new favorite dish or cocktail! 

    Beer Tasting: We love the amount of local breweries keep popping up! If you're far from wine country and want to spend some time on the beach with your father, we recommend finding a brewery near the coast and spending an afternoon taste testing numerous brews. 

    Image Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4

    What are your plans for celebrating Father's Day? Let us know! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Friday, June 6, 2014

    This all-natural inspired tea party featured on Style Me Pretty Living is definitely one we would like to attend! The neutral, knit sweater along with soft forest green hued pants featured in this shoot is the perfect outfit for a relaxed and earthy gathering. The simple yet elegant styling along with the perfect array of tea party essentials like macarons, pastries, and bouquets of flowers have our tea cups ready! 

    Everything about this shoot has us swooning - the delicate and colorful teas, the tasty treats, and the effortless styling have us inspired to craft a tea party of our own! 

    Calligraphy: Fleur De Letters | Clothing: Ruche | Concept, Styling + Floral Design: Mandy Forlenza Sticos | Flowers Provided By: Blooms By The Box | Handmade Sugar Rosettes + Bees: Whispers Of Blue | Honey: Honey Tea Thyme | Loose Teas: Wild Sage Apothecary | Macarons: The Macaron Cafe | Model: Angela Kostaras | Necklace : Confetti By Annette | Vintage Rentals: Little Vintage Rentals

    xo,
    Ruche 


  • Friday, June 6, 2014

    View Keiko Lynn's natural makeup tutorial.

    When it comes to a fresh faced beauty routine, there is no doubt that the hardest part of applying make up is painting it on in such a way that brings out your natural beauty but does not appear overdone. In order to achieve the perfect undone look, we've taken a nod from Parisian style in our Meet Me in Paris feature. There is something undoubtedly romantic about a fresh, effortless face. Here are our favorite ways to attain a flawless face with minimal makeup!   

    Perfect your skin: To ensure you're not over applying any products, start by placing a mirror close to an open window so you're doing your makeup in natural light instead of harsh fluorescent lighting. The most challenging part of fresh faced makeup is that your skin becomes a focal point! Spend some time experimenting with makeup, everything from foundation to powder, and find an exact match to your skin tone. When you begin applying your makeup, start with a moisturizing foundation to smooth out any imperfections. If you have any stubborn spots or under-eye circles, you can use a concealer for added coverage and finish your face with a light powder so your skin avoids looking weighed down. We recommend always using either a foundation or powder containing SPF to protect your skin against the summer sun! 

    Get Emma's everyday look on A Beautiful Mess.

    Add a natural flush: Find a blush in a warm peach or pink hue to bring a natural flush to your face. We love cream-based blushes, but lightly dusting a powder blush on the apples of your cheeks will also give you a warm, healthy glow.

    View this everyday makeup tutorial on Offbeat and Inspired.

    Embrace subtle definition: When it comes to defining your eyes without looking overdone, choose an eyeshadow in a soft hue that is only a shade or two darker than your natural skin tone with a hint of shimmer. Carefully brush it into the creases and across the lid. With an eyeshadow a shade or two lighter than your natural skin tone, highlight your brow bone and the inner corners of your eyes. To complete your eyes, brush on a couple coats of mascara to add definition without appearing too heavy.

    See 7 Tips for Going Natural on Miss Maven.

    Finishing touches: To complete your all-natural look, choose a lip hue that is close to your natural lip color. We love moisturizing lip stains and tinted balms (especially when they contain SPF!) to add pop to our pout without weight of lipstick. Instead of applying directly from the container, rub the color on your fingertip for a more natural looking application.

    We love a bold lip or smoky eye, but the heat of the summer sun is perfect for embracing fresh faced makeup. Highlighting your favorite features with a subtle shadow upon the eye or lip hue is an easy way to stay true to your natural beauty while maintaining a perfectly undone and effortless look! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Thursday, June 5, 2014

    Rebecca of The Clothes Horse always shines in her retro inspired ensembles, so we were incredibly excited to team up with her for our latest feature! While showcasing her versatile style by creating 7 outfits with just 6 items, Rebecca looks sophisticated with the perfect dose of vintage inspiration. She shows that with a little creativity, you can make even the smallest wardrobe go miles with just a few key pieces! 

    1. Rebecca started by layering this pretty striped dress under a chambray skirt. We love how the navy and light denim hue look paired together!

    2. We're lifelong fans of mixing prints - especially stripes and florals! Rebecca effortlessly pairs this fit and flare striped dress with a colorful floral cardigan, curating an ensemble worthy of a summertime adventure.

    3. Rebecca shows us that an A-line skirt paired with a polka dot top is an essential for a whimsical summer adventure.

    4. Demonstrating ways to get more mileage out of your wardrobe, Rebecca layers this adorable polka dot cropped top over a delicate and feminine white dress. We love how this ensemble has the perfect amount of polish!

    5. A classic outfit, Rebecca layers a floral cardigan tucked into a chambray skirt for a look that is both romantic and feminine. This look would be a necessity for an evening dinner!

    6. An intricate bolero over this white frock creates an neutral outfit with a hint of romance. Even her retro cat eye sunglasses compliment the color palette! The way her hair and bold lips pop against the white and cream is simply delightful!

    7. The bodice of the white dress transforms when layered under this light-hued denim skirt and is perfect for a summer day wandering a flea market. 

    We are so delighted to have Rebecca show us how to mix and match these pieces to create an array of outfits! Instead of sticking to boring basics, Rebecca wasn't afraid to mix patterns and textures in order to curate a plethora of ensembles from just a few pieces. For more from this vintage lover and active traveler, visit Rebecca on her blog and don't forget to take a peek at her retro style feature

    xo,
    Ruche


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