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  • Tuesday, May 20, 2014

    Although our smart phones have graced us with the ability to open an app and let a tiny blue dot let us know our (almost) exact location, maps are a travel essential. Waning battery power and lack of reception can render phones, and in turn, our GPS functions, useless. We enjoy being absorbed into a new place filled with new possibilities, but we aren't always interested in getting completely lost! Picking up a map in a foreign city is an adventure in itself- tracing new streets and intersections in effort to find your destination can be frustrating, but incredibly satisfying. Maps can function as a souvenir of our travels by memorializing the incongruities of our travels, but also as a work of art. The swirling colors and overlapping lines of streets dotted with the tiny names of boulevards and avenues create a unique pattern that is perfect for memorializing a favorite place. Here are some of our favorite projects that allow the maps we relied on in our travels be a part of our everyday. Each DIY is linked at the bottom of the page, so click through and start crafting! 

    1. Magnetic Board: We love the idea of unfolding a trusty map and transforming it into a magnetic board. Not only is this perfect for organization, especially when hung above a desk or workspace, but it provides a pretty backdrop for all your essentials or other souvenirs like magnets and photos that you've gathered on your travels. 

    2. Shelving: This DIY for adding a map behind a set of shelves is not only adorable, but provides the perfect space for showing off the treasures of your travels! We love the idea of placing our collection of foreign trinkets against a map displaying city names associated with beautiful memories. This piece would make a wonderful addition to any room and is easily coordinated with an array of existing color palettes and styles. 

    3. Coasters: Transforming maps into coasters is not only a DIY we would love to have in our home, but would also make an amazing present for a friend or loved one who has just been or is planning on traveling! With a variety of styles of maps to choose from ranging from intricate subway maps to a lush map of the countryside, these map coasters would be perfect for an afternoon project.

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    Maps provide an endless source of inspiration by whisking us away to the fond memories of the places we have visited. If a vacation isn't in your immediate past or future, flea markets and vintage shops are always brimming with vintage brochures and maps that you can frame, use in a craft, or create a map-covered accent wall! Do you have a favorite way of upcycling maps? Let us know! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Monday, May 19, 2014

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    The architecture of Europe is often unmistakable- a collision of antiquated buildings and contemporary shops. We love the pretty hues and distinct appearance of these European destinations. We would certainly love to visit each and every one! Find style inspiration for your next adventure with our travel feature!

    xo,
    Ruche 


  • Sunday, May 18, 2014

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    Travel is a wonderful thing. It pushes us out of our comfort zones, into the place where life truly begins. Experiencing other cultures and meeting new people helps us grow and understand perspectives that are different from our own. Saint Augustine had it right; the world is a thick, beautiful book that needs to be read.

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Friday, May 16, 2014

    We are swooning over how a few of our favorite Ruchettes are prepping their wardrobes for the summer sun! Flirty dresses and floral prints are the perfect styles for warm weather activities like a late morning brunch, a weekend getaway, or a downtown date! No matter if these Ruchettes are wearing stripes, florals, or bright colors, these elegant ensembles are simply charming!

    Rebecca from The Clothes Horse looks sophisticated in this Dear Creatures dress! We love how the flattering stripes and dainty bow detail make this darling frock stand out against the crowd. Rebecca styles this vintage-inspired dress perfectly by adding a black bag and red shoes for a pop of color.

    Amaris from Lovely Blonde Closet looks absolutely flawless in our Time To Flourish Blazer. Our colorful blazer is a perfect warm weather essential that adds a feminine flair to Amaris' ensemble, which is perfect for a day out and about! We adore how she paired this floral blazer with simple blue jeans and elegant nude flats!

    C.C. from The Little Orange Dress adds simplicity and charm to her lovely ensemble with our whimsical wedges and structured satchel! We love how she adds a polished touch to her bright colored jeans and graphic tee with neutral colors. C.C. created a relaxed ensemble ideal for brunch!

    We're inspired by how these Ruchettes crafted such elegant ensembles! How are you preparing your summer wardrobe? We'd love to hear!

    xo,
    Ruche 


  • Friday, May 16, 2014

    Brigitte Bardot is one of our favorite vintage beauties, and this inspirational bridal brunch shoot featured on Ruffled captures Bardot's trademark allure and sophistication and features some of our most treasured items! The warm and rustic color palette is complemented by a myriad of simple details - the touches of lace decor and feather place settings personalize this decadent brunch spread. The pieces featured in this inspirational shoot are perfect for brunch ensembles- versatile and stylish pants with a hint of shine, a light and airy floral kimono, and a flattering jumpsuit radiate femininity and pay a stunning homage to the iconic Bardot! 

    We are so happy to haven been included in this contemporary interpretation of Bardot's iconic style featued on Ruffled! We loved every detail of this inspirational shoot. Which classic style icon would you use as inspiration for a soiree?  

    xo,
    Ruche 

    Shoot Location: New York City, NY, Photographer: Jennifer Trahan, Event Design, Styling and Floral Design: Mandy Forlenza Sticos, Flowers Supplied By: Blooms By The Box, Clothing: Ruche, Makeup: Adriana Andaluz, Vintage Rentals: Little Vintage Rentals, Calligraphy: Fleur De Letters, Model: Suzanne Kvilhaug


  • Thursday, May 15, 2014

    Our local farmers market is brimming with fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables perfect for peeling, chopping, and flavoring our favorite dishes. While our tasty ingredients may be at the peak of ripeness, there is an unlikely addition we are beginning to not only garnish these culinary creations with, but pair with our spring and summer plates. Edible flowers add color and artistry to an entree and add a unique flavor and texture that will compliment the other fixings of your recipe!

    We love how these blossoms, both delicate and bold, create interest and add flavor to an array of dishes! Some of our favorite tasty edible flowers include:

    Calendula: produces a tangy and peppery taste. The petals are wonderful for sprinkling in flavorful soups and salads.

    Carnations: has a peppery, spicy flavor. Toss the petals over a fresh salad for an added kick!

    Chive Blossoms: contains a slight onion and garlic flavor that is perfect for mixing in pasta and salads.

    Gardenia: has a light sweetness. These pretty flowers make a lovely and colorful addition to dessert recipes.

    Hibiscus: features a fruity, citrus flavor which is great for brewing exotic teas.

    Jasmine: has a distinct sweetness that is commonly used in teas and sweet treats. 

    Johnny-Jump-Ups: produces a minty flavor. These flowers can be made into jam, combined with other dishes, and can even be mixed to make cider!

    Lavender: features an unmistakable floral sweetness. It is commonly used in decadent desserts and beverages like flavored lemonade.  

    Lilac: contains a strong lemony floral flavor that can be a delightful and tasty garnish on a cupcake or any dessert of choice!  

    Marigold: has a slight lemon flavor with a hint of spice. Use it to make a savory dressing or toss it directly into a salad.

    Nasturtiums: produces a strong peppery flavor. These can be sauteed and added to a summery main dish with chicken and vegetables.

    Squash Blossoms: feature a slight squash flavor that is perfect for baking or frying and adding to an array of dishes- everything from pasta to quesadillas!

    Violets: are both sweet and floral. These are perfect for freezing in ice cubes or homemade popsicles for a stunning treat!

    There are so many varieties of flowers suitable for cooking! The possibilities are endless- from crafting botanical treats to infusing dressings and syrups, edible flowers are a must-try for your next spring recipe. To see a complete list of edible flowers and a brief note on their flavor, visit this page

    Many of these blossoms are easily found at a local gardening store and can be added to a lush garden or in a small pot near a window. In addition to a selection of fresh blossoms ready to be mixed in with your next recipe, you'll have a colorful selection of florals to gaze upon. If you’re lacking a green thumb or space for a small garden to grow your own selection of flowers for cooking, you can also purchase edible blossoms! When buying edible flowers, it is best to get flowers that are grown free of pesticides and chemicals; we recommend discussing the history of your bouquet with any vendors you purchase from. Many home-grown florets can be found at organic shops and farmers markets! There are even online resources where you can have edible flowers shipped straight to your door.

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    When cooking with edible flowers, always look up the specific flower you are adding to your plate before you begin cooking. Some flowers require their petals or stems to be removed in order to have their flavors flourish. Cooking with flowers isn’t only about adding unique flower to a recipe- it is also about creativity and artistry! Embrace innovation by using petals instead of sprinkles on a batch of cupcakes, adding blossoms to an oven-baked pizza, or mixing an assortment of colorful florals into a sauteed stir fry.  Whether you’re discretely mixing lavender into a batter or covering a cake in purple and yellow candied pansies, your creation will not only be something to savor, but a work of art! 

    Explore our blog to learn more about the language of flowers or how to make your own paper flowers to complement your culinary crafts! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


  • Thursday, May 15, 2014

    In Zooey Magazine's celebration of mothers, the equally lovely and talented Autumn Reeser discussed her love for her little ones, Finn and Dash, and the joys of motherhood. We are huge fans of Autumn, so imagine our delight when we saw her sporting our embroidered blouse in the feature! The bold pink hue compliments her perfectly, and the white detailing provides a dose of effortless femininity. 

    In addition to her dedication to her family, Autumn also runs a lifestyle blog and continues to appear in feature films and television shows. We are definitely swooning over this spread- seeing Autumn smiling with her boys is simply adorable. We're so happy to have been a part of her feature in our very favorite Zooey Magazine! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014

    From her cinematic talent to her exceptional style on both the red carpet and casual days spent with her family, it’s not secret we are huge fans of Sofia Coppola. Being the daughter of famed director Francis Ford Coppola, she has been surrounded by a love for storytelling through visual aesthetics. From a young age, she began performing in her father’s work under the stage name “Domino” and her passion continued to flourish. We’ve watched her talents evolve and grow on the silver screen through award-winning favorites like the thought provoking Lost in Translation and the extravagant Marie Antoinette. Along with her film success, she is nothing short of a style icon. Coppola has been both behind and in front of the camera for many designers including Marc Jacobs and Christian Dior. She even briefly had her own clothing line called Milkfed! Her timeless style is seen in her love for tailored pieces with small details and flattering silhouettes. Even when dressed in evening attire, Coppola’s ability to appear effortless is something to covet.

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    Along with her feminine yet streamlined style, we are incredibly excited to see Coppola’s live-action reinvention of The Little Mermaid! We love the light and airy styles in The Virgin Suicides and the colorful ballgowns in Marie Antoinette - we can’t wait to see what Coppola creates for the underwater film! Which styles from Coppola’s films do you love? Let us know in the comments below!   

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014

    There are few things we love more than the feeling of warm sand beneath our feet, a hint of salty ocean air, and cool sea water rushing over our feet. A beach day is a summertime necessity for those on the coast, and there is no time like the long days of summer to enjoy a day relaxing on the sand in your favorite beach attire. Our Ruchette of the Month, Elizabeth of Dear Lizzy, looks perfect for a day spent seaside during her recent vacation to Newport Beach, CA. 

    Paired with a floppy coral-hued hat and pretty pink sunglasses and nail polish, Elizabeth looks positively darling our nautical striped romper. Essential for a day spent on the water, this navy and white striped romper has the perfect amount of nautical inspiration. We love Elizabeth's style, which makes us excited that she is not only our current Ruchette of the Month, but her pretty and preppy style can be found on our Dear Lizzy feature! The talented Elizabeth styled 7 pieces into 10 exceptionally stylish outfits featuring an array of summery hues, prints, and pretty scalloped details! 

    Are you feeling the summer sun and ready for a day spent between surf and sand? Perfect your coastal style by shopping our rompers and don't forget to take a peek at Lizzy's blog

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014

    Hello Ruchettes! We’d love to share some of our favorite crafts that you can do with just some ordinary household items. Who knew that cans could be both so useful and so pretty? We love the idea of creating something new from vintage cans with faded labels or repurposing the cans we already use! These easy DIYs can help you get organized and add sophisticated style and color to your home.  

    1. Tiered Can Organizer: This tower of cans is not only practical, but it adds a rustic feel to any desk. To make your own, simply find three containers that can easily be stacked. We love the tiered look featured in the image below! If you want to add some flair to your cans, you could keep the original label, or simply peel the old wrapper off and glue on your desired print. Then, take a wooden rod or and glue it to the bottom of the inside of the largest can. After, glue the middle can to the rod and do the same with a shorter wood rod connecting the top can to the middle one. If you want to add some color, make sure to paint the rod complimentary color before you begin the stacking process. Now you have the perfect tool for organization!

    2. Spring Vases: Who doesn’t love to show off beautiful spring flowers? Recycle your tin cans by turning them into the perfect flower vases. To make your own, wash the cans thoroughly and soak them in warm water to remove the labels. Make sure they are completely dry and flip the cans upside down to spray paint the outsides with your favorite color. You can choose to leave some chrome or paint them a variety of hues for a pretty spring color palette. Don't forget to coat them with a sealant once dry to add a coat of lovely shine. Once the paint is dry, fill the cans with all your favorite spring blossoms and water. It’s as simple as that! Now you have the perfect spring centerpiece for your table!

    3. Fabric Vases: Another way to embrace springtime is by making these adorable fabric vases! First, soak the can to get the label off and make sure the can is completely dry. Next, find your favorite fabric and cut a piece that is slightly larger than the can. Spray the can with spray adhesive and then lay the fabric down so you can easily roll the fabric onto the can. You can even spray the inside of the can with adhesive to tuck the top of the fabric into the can and make sure there are no bumps. Now, all you have to do is add some flowers and water and you’ve made an elegant accessory to any table!

    We hope you loved these darling DIY options as much as we do! What’s your favorite way to upcycle cans? We’d love to hear!

    xo,
    Ruche


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