• Monday, January 19, 2015

    Monday shines a little brighter this week because today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Today we celebrate the bravery and compassion shown by the humanitarian and leader of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. We remember his legacy and life, and honor what would have been his 86th birthday by sharing our favorite facts about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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    Here are a few things you may not have known about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!

    1. His birth name was not actually Martin, but Michael King Jr! He decided to change it after becoming a minister. 

    2. We all know King was quite intelligent, but not many know that he entered college at the age of 15 and graduated with a bachelor's degree at 19.

    3. Winning in 1964 at the age of 35, he remains the youngest man to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize. 

    4. Because they could not find any hotels that would accommodate African-Americans, Dr. King and his wife spent their wedding night in a friend's funeral parlor. 

    5. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is also celebrated in Hiroshima, Japan and Toronto, Canada. 

    We hope your Monday is filled with living beautifully, Ruchettes! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Saturday, January 17, 2015

    Weekends are perfect for relaxing, but we also love to use these couple days to try new things, explore, and indulge in the things we skip during the week. A "why not?" for this weekend is crafting a mocktail! What is a "mocktail" you ask? Well, a mocktail is a mock cocktail! We love these for entertaining, especially for those who are expecting or prefer not to drink alcohol. You can have all the fun of whipping up a mixed drink with these delicious and darling "mocktails!"

    Pomegranate Lime Ginger Mocktail by Offbeat and Inspired 

    Ingredients: 
    1 part cranberry juice (100%, no sugar added – not cranberry juice cocktail)
    2 parts pomegranate juice (100% pomegranate juice)
    3 parts ginger beer (They used Reed’s Jamaican style ginger beer)
    Squeeze of lime juice (for 1 mocktail, they used the juice from 1 wedge of lime)
    Pomegranate seeds or lime wedges for garnish (optional)

    Directions: 
    Fill glasses partway with ice. Add juices and ginger beer. Stir gently. Garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds or lime wedges!Pomegranate-Ginger-Mocktail-offbeat-inspired-5-650x862

    Classic Bloody Mary by A Beautiful Mess 

    Ingredients:
    Bloody Mary mix (ABM recommends Zing Zang!)
    Fresh rosemary
    Celery
    Tabasco
    Garlic powder 
    Black pepper 
    Worcestershire sauce
    Blue cheese olives

    Directions:
    First prepare your glass with a salty rim. In shaker, mix the Bloody Mary mix (enough to fill your glass 3/4 of the way full), a splash of Tabasco, a splash of Worcestershire sauce, a pinch of garlic powder, and a pinch of black pepper. Shake it and pour it over ice. Garnish with a stalk of celery, a piece of rosemary, and some blue cheese olives. Enjoy! mocktail

    Cider Thyme Tonic Mocktail by Offbeat and Inspired 

    Ingredients:
    12 ounces apple cider
    2 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
    2 ounces thyme simple syrup (recipe below)
    1 bottle (9.3 ounces) Fentimans tonic water or other high quality brand like Q Tonic or Fever Tree*
    Additional thyme and lemon slices for garnish

    Directions: 
    Add all ingredients except tonic water to a pitcher and stir until fully incorporated. Add ice to four glasses, filling each about halfway. Divide the cider mixture evenly among the glasses. Top with tonic water. Stir gently. Garnish with a sprig of thyme and enjoy!

    Thyme Simple Syrup: 
    Ingredients:
    ½ cup granulated sugar
    ½ cup water
    2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme

    Directions:
    Add all ingredients to a small saucepan. Turn heat to low and stir until sugar dissolves.Simmer an additional 5 minutes, or until syrup coats the back of a spoon. (While simmering, watch carefully so it doesn't boil over or burn.) It will thicken a bit more when cooled. Remove from heat. Take out the thyme sprigs and allow syrup to cool completely before using. Store leftover syrup in a jar in the fridge for up to 2-3 weeks.Cider-Thyme-Tonic-Mocktail-offbeat-inspired-8-650x870

    Watermelon Ginger Sparklers by How Sweet Eats 

    Ingredients:
    4 cups watermelon cubes
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup water
    1 knob fresh ginger
    1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
    1 seedless cucumber, sliced
    1 cup club soda
    candied ginger for serving

    Directions:
    Place the watermelon in a blender and blend until pureed and liquified. Pour the contents through a fine mesh sieve, saving all the watermelon juice in a large pitcher.Add the sugar, water, ginger and vanilla beans plus the empty pod to a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat while whisking constantly until the sugar dissolves. Allow the mixture to simmer for a minute or two until it becomes syrupy. Remove from the heat and let cool. To assemble the drinks, add crushed ice in a cup. Pour a few ounces of the vanilla ginger syrup into the cup, then add 4 or so ounces of watermelon juice. Pop the cucumbers in the cub and add about 2 ounces of club soda. Taste and adjust the drink to your desired taste - more syrup or juice, or more club soda. Stir well to mix. Serve!watermelon-sparklers-I-howsweeteats.com-4

    How refreshing! While we may have to wait to try a couple of these when our favorite summer produce comes back in season, we can never say "no" to a fruity refreshment. Do you have a favorite mocktail? Let us know! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Friday, January 16, 2015

    We've finally begun to start seeing the bare branches we've passed all winter long sprout with tiny blossoms, finally hinting that spring isn't too far away. Don't get us wrong- we are still getting plenty of use out of our vintage-inspired coats, ankle boots, and we proudly layer on our scarves and tights, but we can't help but smile when we think of the warmer days filled with sunshine. While many are still stuck in the flurry of winter, we are loving the bold Ruchettes that are bringing sneak peaks of spring into their outfits. 

    Signe of Signeroo looks lovely in our Violet In Bloom tiered dress. She's bringing spring into her winter wardrobe by layering a winter coat and tights on top of our dainty floral piece. Her knit headband is the perfect way to bring out some gorgeous cranberry hues in our dress. Her adorable ensemble gives winter a taste of spring!signee

    Yurkstyle's Katey Suzanne looks like a ray of sunshine in our Moden Maiden printed dress! Her styling is effortlessly chic with a simple delicate necklace and accent statement clutch and bangle. While others are stuck in the gloom of winter, she is injecting spring prints and colors in her look.yurk-style

    Bringing some sparkle into your wardrobe is a sure way to put on a smile on your face! Sally of Wheeling Along paired our rose gold skirt with a knitted top layered over a blouse. To keep up with the winter, she also included some tights to ware off the cold. wheeling-along

    While many turn to all black for the cooler months, Lacy Rose of Lacy Rose XO brought a pop of spring color with our pink Emmett Jacket by BB Dakota. While she's living in a winter wonderland, she's using a statement pastel to bring hints of warmer seasons to the cold January weather. DSC_0102-682x1024We are loving all the hints of spring in these winter outfits! Using these ladies as our style inspiration is definitely helping us look toward the next blissful months. 

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Thursday, January 15, 2015

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    It's a new year! Give your closet the fresh start it deserves and stock up on styles perfect for weekday meetings, weekend adventures, and dressing to impress. No matter your resolutions for the new year, make sure you conquer them in the perfect outfit. Take advantage of our Fresh Start Sale and enjoy 30% off sitewide with code BEST30 until 1/19 at 11:59 PM PT! In addition, take a peeks at our $15 tops & $20 dresses doorbusters, but make sure you browse soon - these adorable items will return to full price before you know it! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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    Guess what the lovely Emma of A Beautiful Mess, Lacy of Lacy Rose XO and Grace of Sometimes Gracefully have in common? Give up? Well, they are all wearing dresses and blouses that can be found on our site today for under $20! We've temporarily reduced a special selection of cute dresses and tops priced at $14.50 and $19.50. These styles are only temporarily marked down, so be sure to stop by these doorbusters before they return to full price! We've got even more news to get you over the Wednesday blues... in addition to dresses and tops under $20, our Fresh Start sale starts today! Take 30% off sitewide with code BEST30 until Monday, 1/19 at 11:59 PM PT! cute-tops-under-15dresses-under-20

    Stop by our site to see if the vintage-inspired dress or cute blouse that's been lingering on your wishlist is now reduced! Even while browsing, you may find that one item that makes your heart go pitter-patter. If you need us, we'll be shopping! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Tuesday, January 13, 2015

    The 2015 Golden Globes truly delivered when it comes to gorgeous gowns. We love dresses for any occasion, but Beverly Hills appeared to be covered in an array of shining metallics, embellishments, and glittering dresses. While this was easily one of the most sparkling Globes yet, while we couldn't get enough of the stunning shades of blue, purple, and burgundy that popped against the classic red carpet. Here are a few of our favorite looks from the 2015 Golden Globes! 

    Sparkle & Shine: Julianne Moore and Dakota Johnson glisten in head-to-toe silver sequined gowns. We love that they both opted for minimal accessories and long locks to complement their floor-length glimmering gowns! head-to-toe-sparkle

    Metallics: Diane Kruger adds a spin on her classic silhouette with a hint of glitter on her floor-grazing gown. Another metallic beauty is Jessica Chastain, having quite the Marilyn Monroe moment, in a low cut, ruched metallic gown. We're swooning! subtle-metallic

    Modest Necklines: While we love the awe that comes with a jaw-dropping gown, we can also appreciate a modest beauty. We love the high necklines of both Melissa McCarthy's and Felicity Jones' vintage-inspired dresses. From the stunning shade of blue on Jones' gown to the ruffled touches on McCarthy's, we are simply in love. modest-necklines

    Into the Blue: While Kelly Osbourne and Amy Adams are at different ends of the blue color spectrum, we think both look equally lovely! Adams looks etheral in a Grecian-inspired pastel blue gown, while Osbourne goes for vintage-glam in a lightly embellished navy blue number. shades-of-blue

    Embellishments: The unexpected embellishments on Emma Stone's couture jumpsuit and Viola Davis' stunning red gown make these red carpet ensembles captivating. We love Stone's high fashion choice, and Davis' classic and timeless gown with perfectly placed stones. A little detail goes a long way! unexpected-embellishmentsImages Via Refinery29

    While we spent the Golden Globes on the couch in our comfiest pajamas, that doesn't mean we can't dream of getting gussied up and attending the awards ceremony! Did you have a favorite gown? Let us know!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, January 12, 2015

    Isn't it about time you looked on the bright side? As the season of jewel tones, dark hues, and midnight floral prints comes to a close, we're lightening up our style for days when the sun peeks through the clouds. Embrace airy silhouettes, lightweight knits, and bright colors, along with pastels, for a little hint of spring in your everyday attire. This spring, we're looking forward to lovely shift dresses with touches of embroidery, colorful open knits sweaters, and cute booties to take us on adventures. Stop by the collection now!  cute-spring-style

    Are there any trends you can't wait to don this spring? Let us know, and don't forget to take a peek at Lighten Up for the cutest pieces for freshening up your winter style. 

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Saturday, January 10, 2015

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    We didn't think it was possible to make the weekend even better, but in addition to sleeping in, brunching, and exploring your local fare, we're celebrating with a weekend of Style Steals! Take 50% off 100 of our beloved vintage-inspired dresses, blouses, jackets, and more! Stop by the sale to see if anything on your wishlist is now 50% off, and be sure to take advantage of the sale before it ends tomorrow at 11:59 PM PT. Happy Shopping!

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Friday, January 9, 2015

    The days of winter can sometimes feel bleak. The sun sets earlier and earlier, many cities are covered in blankets of white snow overlooked by grey skies, and colorful blossoms are sparse. Despite this, we admire the Ruchettes that inject color into these gloomy days with their bright style! Bold shades of blue, gorgeous greens, and lush mustard yellow seen on a few of our favorite bloggers this week brought color back into our dim week. We're inspired by their daring and uplifting style!

    Looking adorable in our mustard-hued detailed sweater dress, The Clothes Horse's Rebecca keeps this hue seasonally appropriate with a hat, scarf, quirky purse and ankle boots. We always love a wide brim hat, and we adore how it perfectly completes her ensemble!  cute-sweater-dress

    Laura Jane of Styled by Laura Jane looks perfectly vintage-inspired in a printed blouse, statement necklace, and our flouncy a-line skirt in a eye-catching shade of green. We love the feminine silhouette created by this skirt that was made for twirling. Her long locks and sweet smile make this outfit exta swoonworthy! laura

    Looking perfect in plaid, Love Lola Blog's Lauren pairs our neutral-hued plaid skirt with a cobalt blue Henley-inspired blouse and over-the-knee boots. Plaid is always a cool-weather staple, and we adore how Lauren pairs this essential with a bold blouse for a pop of color! love lola blog

    We're enamored with these cute and colorful outfits that provide us with a much needed dose of color inspiration for winter days. To see past Style Files, stop by our tag here!

    xo,
    Ruche

     


  • Thursday, January 8, 2015

    While typically imagine spring and summer as the ideal time to stop by our local farmer's market and pick up some fresh produce, the chill of winter offers an amazing seasonal selection! Even when there's a blanket of snow on the ground and you find yourself bundling up in a cozy scarf or sweater, produce like lemons, turnips, fennel, and parsnips are ripening. Our handy winter produce guide is perfect for planning a seasonal meal or adding a couple new fruits and veggies to your grocery list. Warm up by blending any of these favorites in a hearty soup, savory stir-fry, or even a tasty dessert! winter-produce

    Blood Oranges: The sweet-yet-tart taste of a blood orange is irresistible! The deep-hued fruit is a wonderful addition to both sweet and savory recipes, and is delightful in salads, sangria, and baked into pastries and cakes. When you're picking out the perfect blood orange, choose one that is firm, but dense for its size. 

    Turnips: While turnips are technically available almost year round, the flourish in winter. The brisk weather causes turnips to become sweeter! Delicious when roasted, boiled, or mashed, turnips are an excellent touch to a winter stew. 
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    Lemons: We normally think of lemonade as a staple of summertime, but lemons are a winter essential! With the ability to be prepared in both hearty dishes like pasta and light desserts like cream pie, we love the versatility of a lemon! In addition to the juice, you can also use the zest to add a touch of citrus to any dish. Like blood oranges, choose a perfect lemon by making sure the skin is smooth and it feels dense for its size. 

    Grapefruit: Grapefruit is a delight on its own - especially when delicately sprinkled with sugar - but it is also a treat when broiled or added to a salad. Add a little sunshine to your winter days with citrus! winter-citrus

    Leeks: Did you know that the leek is actually a member of the onion family? Unlike the onion, it has a crisp, sweet flavor that perfectly pairs with other winter produce like winter squash. To prepare, cut off the leafy green top and chop away! The leek can be eaten raw or cooked and are an excellent source of vitamin A.

    Fennel: Both crunchy and sweet, fennel has a unique flavor that can be incorporated into a variety of dishes. To choose the perfect stalk of fennel, choose bulbs that are in between a shade of white and pale green and with green leaves. We like serving fennel with seafood like salmon and scallops, or sauteing with other vegetables like onions! fennel

    Winter Squash: Despite its name, winter squash is ideally harvested in late fall. The rich and light sweetness of the winter squash make it ideal for pasta recipes, risotto, or warming soups. Along with their gorgeous hues, the winter squash is also high in beta carotene and vitamin C. 

    Parsnips: Parsnips are one of the more resilient vegetables - they actually need a winter frost for their flavors to fully develop! This root vegetable is heavenly when roasted, steamed, or sauted on its own, or when paired with other veggies for a tasty side dish. When selecting your perfect parsnip, look for a meidum size and light tan hue, and make sure your parsnip is free from blemishes! winter-squashImages via Canelle et Vanille

    We don't know about you, but we're grabbing out tote bags and heading to our farmer's market to find our perfect winter produce to accompany our recipes. See more food and drink posts here

    xo,
    Ruche


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