• Monday, December 1, 2014

    It's easy to get swept up during the holidays, so stay on top of your holiday shopping (and cure the Monday blues!) with our Cyber Monday Sale! The best part? You can check off each and everyone on your list from the comfort of your couch. Find a cute new bowl for your animal adoring friend, a cute new oven mitt for the chef in your life, or even stocking stuffers to make your loved ones smile even brighter this holiday! Hurry - the sale ends tomorrow, so shop now

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, December 1, 2014

    Do you feel that chill in the air? It must be December! We're celebrating this festive month with a sweet wallpaper to spruce up your desktop. Download the high res version and see our past wallpapers here!  

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, December 1, 2014

    We are so excited to have Kelsey of Honey and the Hive as our December Ruchette of the Month! This artistic lady paints delightful creations you can find in her Etsy shop and is the loving mother to an unbelievably adorable two-year-old boy. We love Kelsey's vintage-inspired style in both her artwork and her wardrobe, and we can't wait to see more from this talented gal. Learn more about her below, and see her previous feature on our blog here

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    How does your personal style influence your artwork?
    I love all things bright and colorful and ...polkadotted!  Not only can I always be found wearing these elements, but they're all things that are very well represented in my art.

    Where does the name "Honey and the Hive" come from?
    When I was trying to think of a name for my shop, I wanted to come up with something that reflected myself and my lifestyle.  There's a lot of hard work and a little bit of craziness that goes into what I do, but the outcome is very sweet and gratifying - just like bees and honey!  Plus, I've always just had a thing for bees.

    Where can we find you when you aren't creating stunning art?
    Oh, you guys are the sweetest!  When I'm not painting I can be found in the kitchen baking up something sweet, cuddled up on the couch with a good book and a big ol' cup of tea, or going on some sort of crazy adventure with my tiny 2 year old - there's never a dull moment! 

    Our motto here at Ruche is #LiveBeautifully.  How do you live beautifully?
    To me, the best way to live beautifully is to live happily.  I try to look for the little things that make me smile in life and to slow down and  admire all of the beauty and wonder in the world every day.

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    What would "Honey and the Hive" lovers be surprised to learn about you?
    Well, not only am I an artist, but I'm also married to one.  Needless to say, we go through a LOT of paint in this house.

    Do you have a favorite piece of work that you've created?
    This is a great question!  As an artist, my number one goal is to make every painting that I do better than the one I did before it.  Every single piece I do teaches me something new about my technique, and makes me fall in love with painting even more.  It's such an awesome process and there is so much of myself that I put into every piece I make that I don't know that I could ever pick a favorite, they all have a special place in my heart.

    You currently reside in Michigan where you get to experience each season to the fullest extent.  What's your favorite way to transition your style into the colder seasons?
    It's so fun to live in a place where we really do have such drastic weather changes from season to season.  I've built a wardrobe full of so many great transitional pieces.  For example a dress that I'd wear out in the summer, I'll layer with tights, boots, and a flannel underneath for a great winter outfit.  I'm also a huge fan of chunky knitted sweaters and lots and lots of scarves!

    What do you love most about being a Ruchette?
    I love being a part of such a diverse community of women who are confidently being themselves and expressing that through personal style - it's such an inspiring thing!

    Quick Fire!
    Coffee or Tea? No, hardest question!  If I have to choose.......TEA!
    Tulips or Roses? Roses!
    Plaid or Polka dots? Polka dots!
    Phone, keys, wallet, and.... Lipstick!

    We're certain you're just as in love with Kelsey as we are! From her charming artwork to her darling style, we love how she seems to radiate positivity. Happy December, Ruchettes! 

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Sunday, November 30, 2014

    Our friend Jordyn of the Pretty Lovely Blog is not only a darling Ruchette, but she is also a talented florist! We're sharing her DIY for a fun and festive holiday centerpiece. If you're looking to spruce up your table, mantel, or favorite nook, this centerpiece is the perfect way to add seasonal blossoms to your holiday decor. Make your own now with a little help from Jordyn herself! 

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    Materials:
    Vase
    Floral Wire
    Waterproof floral tap
    Wire cutters
    Floral clippers
    Your choice of flowers (Jordyn used Eucalyptus, Rose hips, Hypericum, yellow and purple Mums, and Sunflowers)

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    Begin by washing out your vase and clippers and prep your florals by removing all of the leaves. This will make the arranging go a lot faster. Ball up a portion of the wire and place it in your vase. Secure it in place with the tape. Start with your chosen foliage to make a base. Cut the stems to size and remove all of the leaves that would be in the water. Keep on adding the foliage until you have a good base. 

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    Next I go in with my textural elements like the rose hips and hypericum. You can place those wherever you want. I usually like to have some berries hanging over the edge in front and high off to the side. But really, put them anywhere you want. 

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    Then I pick out my showiest flower and place that right in front but not center, just off to the side.  Then start putting in my smaller flowers around it. I like to group the same flowers in three's so that they show up more and make more of a statement. 

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    When you have those key pieces in place, fill in with the rest of your flowers and add more rose hips and hypericum. The best part? You can take this smaller centerpiece and incorporate it into a larger, more showy centerpiece in a pinch! 

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    Jordyn also recommends making sure your centerpiece is an appropriate height for your table - you don't want to block your guests' view! Lastly, don't worry about making a mistake, it's ok to start over and make sure you take a step back every few minutes to see if your arrangement is lovely from every angle and perspective. The final step? Place on your table and enjoy! 

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Saturday, November 29, 2014

    Today is Small Business Saturday, and we're thanking each and every one of you for your support! Since our beginning in 2008, we have been so fortunate to see our community of Ruchettes grow. We've watched the clothing and indie brands we adore become staples in our customers' wardrobes and we check the #Ruchette and #ShopRuche hashtag every day so we can see your photos. We love engaging with our community, and this year we have been so lucky to meet you in person at our local warehouse and events! In short, it's been an amazing journey and we can't wait to see what's next. Today we thank you for supporting our small business, and we're inviting you to get a look behind-the-scenes with an interview with our founder Mai! 

    When you were first starting to get Ruche off the ground, what was the biggest challenge you faced?
    The biggest challenge was having to make the decision to leave my full time career to run Ruche.  It was the scariest decision I've ever had to make, but I'm so glad I took the risk.  You never know until you try it! It wasn’t until a year after Ruche started when I actually left my full time job. I don’t recommend giving up everything right off the bat. Take small steps and slowly ease in bigger ones as you go.

    Finish this sentence: Ruche wouldn't be where it is today without...
    Our awesome fans and customers. Our customers really fuel what we do every day.

    As our CCO, you are always involved in creative aspects of the company. Where do you find daily inspiration?
    I find inspiration via Pinterest, Instagram, magazines, and all sorts of bloggers. I could really spend hours on end just combing through the web. 

    The new year is just around the corner! What are you most looking forward to for Ruche in 2015?
    I’m really looking forward to continuing to grow Ruche and its lifestyle. I want to inspire anyone that stops by, whether to shop for something they love, browse through our lookbooks, or read through our blog. There are so many people out there that still have not heard of Ruche!  

    What is your funniest memory from the early days of Ruche?
    My husband Josh supported me through the whole creation of Ruche.  He would give up playing World of Warcraft with his friends to help me ship orders.  As Ruche got busier and busier, he had to start naming and writing descriptions on clothing, something that he knew nothing about before. This was one of his unforgettable descriptions:  “Make an ascent up a winding staircase of pleats above a coral studded road.”  The funniest part was that it was one of our top sellers…he was very proud. 

    What advice do you have for anyone thinking of starting their own business?
    There is nothing more fulfilling than doing what you love and being a business owner, but if you have to choose one, make sure you are doing what you love. I’m lucky to be doing both. Starting your own business will require A LOT of work and sleepless nights.  When you start your own business, it will consume you 24/7, more than any other job. If you have to sacrifice that much of your life, make sure it is something you love doing.

     -- Mai Olivo, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer

    We are so lucky to be surrounded by individuals filled with passion each and every day. From our founders Mai and Josh to our photographers to our customer service team and our customers, our community is built on the desire to live beautifully, and we're thanking you for helping us make that a possibility this Small Business Saturday. 

    xo,
    All of your friends at Ruche


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  • Friday, November 28, 2014

    Black Friday has arrived! Skip the busy crowds this year and sit back, relax, and chow down on your leftovers while browsing for cute gifts for everyone on your list. Take 30% off sitewide with code BLKFRDY now

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Thursday, November 27, 2014

    Happy-thanksgiving-illustration

    We hope your potatoes are perfectly mashed, your pants are perfectly stretchy, and your feast is perfectly plentiful. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014

    We're encouraging Ruchettes to #LiveBeautifully this holiday season. From baking cookies for a neighbor to dropping off clothing at a local shelter, we invite you to take a moment to make your community a better place. Our friend Emily Pullen illustrated this beautiful Live Beautifully print exclusively for Ruche, and we're giving away TWO on our Instagram. Stop by the post featuring this print, tag a friend, follow @emily_pullen, and you and a friend could win this gorgeous illustration. 

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    Don't forget to stop by her Etsy shop to see even more of her lovely artwork, and use code RUCHERULES for 20% off her entire shop. The giveaway ends December 5th, so make sure you enter now! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, November 24, 2014

    You've checked all your ingredients off your shopping list, you found the perfect decor, you've mastered the perfect table setting for your celebration and now there is only one question left to answer... "what shall I wear?" Whether you're headed to a formal Thanksgiving dinner or relaxed Friendsgiving celebration, we have a bevy of holiday looks perfect for any occasion. Discover the outfits that will take you through a busy day of snapping photos of your nearest and dearest, recreating your grandmother's recipe, and getting that extra slice of pie (don't worry - we won't tell!).  

    Sparkle & Champagne: Pop the bubbly in a metallic ensemble with lots of shine. A formal party wouldn't be complete without this show-stopping outfit featuring a woven metallic blouse, full skirt and swoonworthy Chinese Laundry heels. To make your Thanksgiving shindig complete, don't forget the adorable bottle opener setSparkle & Champagne

    Cute & Comfy: Outfits for the holidays can be tricky if you're style is more understated. Relaxed yet polished lounge pants are essential for keeping your ensemble laid back, but touches of shining details (like a lovely 31 Bits necklace!) and a lacy sweater make this outfit perfect for any holiday soiree. Comfortable & Cute

    Radiance and Elegance: The perfect outfit for the hostess with the mostest, this structured metallic dress paired with a jeweled belt is a must-have outfit for the holidays. Make your time in the kitchen even more special with extra cute market lists and oven mittsThe Perfect Outfit for the perfect meal

    We hope you're looking forward to Thanksgiving as much as we are! While you're shopping for your perfect ensemble, don't forget to stop by our gift guide to find perfect gifts for every personality on your list! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Saturday, November 22, 2014

    While we love tradition, sometimes it's nice to spice it up! Thanksgiving is filled with the same foods we expect to see each and every year. Fluffy mashed potatoes, a tasty turkey, and stuffing are just a few of the dishes we look for each year. While pumpkin pie is near the top of our favorite Thanksgiving foods, we're exploring alternatives to the expected pumpkin pie this holiday season. Whether you're not a fan of pumpkin, or ready to try something new, these recipes will certainly have you inspired! 

    The Walnut Variation: A Cake2014-0520_finalist_walnut-variation-cake-189

    Ingredients:
    1 ½ cups heavy cream
    ½ vanilla bean
    10 ½ tablespoons butter, softened
    2/3 cup brown sugar
    1 1/3 cups flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    4 teaspoons espresso powder
    1 teaspoon salt
    5 egg yolks
    1/3 cup milk
    5 egg whites
    1 cup granulated sugar
    2 teaspoons cinnamon
    ½ cup walnuts, chopped and toasted
    1 tablespoon maple syrup

    Directions:
    1. The night before: Separate eggs and let egg whites sit on the counter overnight, covered with a clean cloth. Pour cream into a saucepan. Split and scrape vanilla bean into the cream and heat until just boiling. Remove from heat and let cool. Cover and chill overnight.

    2. The next day: Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare a 9 x 12-inch cake pan with buttered parchment. (Alternatively, you can prepare two 9-inch round cake pans.)

    3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter and brown sugar until creamy and fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes.

    4. Whisk together flour, baking powder, espresso powder, and salt. Add mixture to butter and sugar in 3 increments, mixing fully between additions.

    5. Whisk together egg yolks and milk. Add to batter in 3 increments, incorporating fully each time. Scrape batter into prepared pan.

    6. In a clean mixing bowl (I wipe down my bowl and whisk attachment with vinegar), whip egg whites until foamy. Add sugar and cinnamon and whip to soft peaks.

    7. Spread the meringue over cake batter, cover with toasted walnuts and bake 35-40 minutes, until the meringue is crackly. Let cake cool completely.

    8. Meanwhile, remove vanilla bean from cream. Add maple syrup and whip cream to soft peaks. Cut cake in half and place one half on a cake plate, meringue side up. Cover with whipped cream. Top with remaining half, meringue side up. You will end up with a 2-layer square cake from your single-layer rectangular cake. (If you're doing this in two round cake pans, just top one with the other.) Let sit 1-2 hours.

    9. To go completely over-the-top, serve with a dark chocolate sauce punched up with a few dashes of walnut bitters.

    Sweet Potato Flan2014-0429_nicholas_sweet-potato-surprise-003

    Ingredients:
    The Flan
    1 cup mashed sweet potato
    ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
    ¼ cup maple syrup
    4 eggs
    1 cup buttermilk (or yogurt)
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    Sea salt

    Caramel Pecans and Maple Yogurt
    1 teaspoon butter
    ½ cup pecans, broken or whole
    1 teaspoon sugar
    Sea salt
    1 cup yogurt
    1 tablespoon maple syrup

    Directions:
    1. Heat the oven to 325° F. In a blender, combine the sweet potato, spices, maple syrup, eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon salt and purée until smooth. Divide the purée among six custard dishes.

    2. Put the custard dishes in a large baking pan and pour hot water into the pan until it reaches at least an inch up the sides of the dishes. Bake in the center of the oven for 45 minutes. The flans should be set and barely quiver when shaken. Let cool.

    3. While the flan is cooling, melt the butter in a small pan over low heat. Then add the pecans, sprinkle with sugar, and turn to coat evenly. Cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar coats and caramelizes the nuts. Remove to a plate and sprinkle with salt. Chop as finely or coarsely as you want.

    4. In a small bowl, combine the maple syrup and the yogurt. Taste, and add more maple syrup if you want. Serve the flan topped with a spoonful of maple yogurt, garnished with chopped caramel pecans.

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    Ingredients:
    For the pie:
    1 cup old-fashioned oats
    ½ cup flour
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    ¾ cup toasted hazelnuts, finely chopped
    ½ cup butter, melted
    6 cups mixed apples, cut into 1/4-inch slices
    3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus 1/2 teaspoon zest
    ¼ cup maple syrup
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    ½ teaspoon allspice
    ¾ cup plus 3 tablespoons flour
    ½ cup brown sugar
    5 tablespoons cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

    Tangy Maple Cream
    ½ cup heavy whipping cream, chilled
    ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
    1 teaspoon maple extract

    Directions:
    1. Combine oats and next 5 ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Drizzle butter over top and mix well. Press mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom and sides of a 9- or 10-inch greased pie plate to form a thick crust.

    2. Preheat oven to 375° F. Place a medium-sized glass or stainless steel bowl in the freezer to chill. Place apples in a large bowl and drizzle with lemon juice and maple syrup; mix well. In a small bowl, combine lemon zest, cinnamon, allspice, and flour. Sprinkle mixture over apples and toss to coat. Evenly distribute filling into unbaked crust.

    3. Place apples in a large bowl and drizzle with lemon juice and maple syrup; mix well. In a small bowl, combine lemon zest, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, allspice, and 3 tablespoons flour. Sprinkle mixture over apples and toss to coat. Evenly distribute filling into unbaked crust, taking care to layer the apples. This will ensure your pie desn't fall apart when you cut into it.

    4. For the topping, combine remaining flour, brown sugar, and butter in a medium bowl. Using a pastry cutter or your fingertips, rub in the butter until moist clumps form. Sprinkle topping over filling and pat neatly into place.

    5. Bake pie for 45 to 60 minutes, or until the apples are soft and the crust is browned on the edges. This takes about 50 to 60 minutes in a convection oven and slightly longer in a normal oven. If the top seems to be browning too quickly while baking, loosely cover with aluminum foil. Remove pie from oven and allow to sit for at least 2 hours.

    6. While the pie is baking, make the Maple Cream. Pour cream into chilled bowl and beat with a whisk or hand mixer until stiff peaks form. Beat in yogurt and extract until just combined. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge until ready to serve.

    7. Once pie has cooled, cut into slices and top with a dollop of Maple Cream before serving.

    We can't wait to see what you'll be crafting in your kitchen this holiday! Don't forget to see more of our favorite recipes here

    xo,
    Ruche


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