• Sunday, January 25, 2015

    simple-but-significant1-crispImage via Thyme is Honey

    Living simply. Living beautifully means that you allow yourself to embrace simplicity. Instead of dwelling and worrying about each and every little detail, we learn to let go and truly enjoy every moment. We work towards looking at a situation and not seeing anxieties, insecurities, or unnecessary details, but only what is important, essential, and beautiful. Whether it's in the way you approach a new project or your personal style, live beautifully by living simply. 


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  • Saturday, January 24, 2015

    We all know those in-between days can be a bit of a sartorial conundrum. While the sun is shining, there is still a brisk chill in the air that isn't always welcoming to your favorite spring styles. We've created outfits that embody both of our favorite elements of winter style and spring style, and are perfect for bridging the seasons. Effortlessly transition from winter to spring with a few styling tips straight from our stylist, and prepare for some incredible wardrobe inspiration! cute-outfitsspring-style

    Get styling tips and see how we pulled these winter-to-spring outfits together by pressing "play" on the video below!

    Now that you're an expert on transitional style, stop by our collection of styles perfect for taking your style from winter to spring. 


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  • Friday, January 23, 2015


    While we love bold colors and details, one thing we always fall for when it comes to style is texture. Whether it's a decadent brocade, sparkling sequins, or cozy knits, we love incorporating a variety of textures into our wardrobes. We love mixing and matching polka dots, florals, and stripes, but we love a daring ensemble that plays with pairing lace or open knits. We saw a bevy of Ruchettes donning their favorite textures this week, and we know you'll adore them, too! 

    Gracie of Sometimes Gracefully layered our Western Hills oversized sweater over a fitted black dress paired and adorable heeled ankle booties. The scalloped lace hem adds a delicate and feminine touch, and we how it contrasts when paired with the texture of this cozy knit sweater. sometimes

    Sandy Chang from Sandy a la Mode adds a touch of texture to her ensemble with a cozy cardigan and tights adorned with tiny floral blossoms. We adore this bold ensemble that's perfect for transitioning into spring!  sand-a-la-mode

    Katy from Kate and Katy exemplifies a Ruchette in the winter with this adorable and equally cozy outfit. She paired our East London Striped Dress with our Cinnamon Spice Tweed Coat on top. The cute mix and match of tweed and stripes adds to the look with the beautiful woven texture of the coat. She looks stunning and ready for a day out and about! kat-and-katy-crispy

    Sami of Poor and Pretty looks like a ray of sunshine in our Anepalco Embroidered Tassel Top and long pink cardigan. The colorful fringe tassels pop against the crisp white peplum top, and her knit cardigan is the perfect complement. Effortlessly cute, we love how Sami plays with texture in this cute ensemble! poor-and-pretty

    We absolutely adore all these cozy-chic ensembles featuring a variety of textures. Now that we are brimming with inspiration, we can't wait to integrate texture into our weekend attire! 


  • Thursday, January 22, 2015


    Finding the perfect balance of comfort and style can be challenging for an expecting fashion-lover, but mom-to-be Wilmarose of Lovely Jubilee has flawlessly crafted some chic looks for her maternity-friendly wardrobe from her favorite Ruche pieces. Featured on 100 Layer Cakelet, we loved Wilmarose's advice for building a maternity-friendly wardrobe. Collecting the right pieces is essential to creating an outfit that will be wearable throughout your pregnancy and well into motherhood. Wilmarose maintained her style by pairing flowing silhouettes with structured outerwear like a denim jacket, tailored pink coat, and anorak-style jacket. We love how she played with shapes, textures, and prints to create looks that are both flattering and comfy for an expecting mother. Read on for her own tips for dressing your baby bump, and see more maternity-friendly pieces here

    Layer in your waist line: Create a defined silhouette through seams and draping, especially when worn over a flowy dress or top. Plus, layering your outfits will help to stay comfortable when your body is going through temperature fluctuations! maternity-style-03

    Don't shy away from pants! With a little help from belly bands and long tank tops, you can still wear your favorite pants while concealing the zipper. Ever try the hair-tie trick? Just loop one of your hair ties through the button hold of your pants and use it as an extender to connect the button. maternity-style-09

    Bump up a size: sizing up when purchasing cute new clothes for your growing bump is essential, and can help carry your wardrobe into your third trimester. Don't forget to take into consideration that not only is your belly growing, but your bust line is as well! Instead of focusing on the tag, focus on the fit. maternity-style-11

    Skirt the rules: While a pencil skirt wouldn't be the first thing that pops into mind when it comes to maternity style, a pencil skirt with a bit of stretch worn above the bump can be a go-to for a night out or dressing up. Skirts are great for maternity style, and can be worn above or below the bump. You can complete this look with a cropped blouse and clutch! maternity-style-07

    Accessorize! Pull together your cute outfit with accessories! Try playing with scarves, hats, pins, or even a pretty shade of lipstick. The most important thing is to have fun when you are putting your cute maternity outfits together. Even yoga pants and a sweatshirt can feel more put together with a little help from accessorizing. maternity-style-15

    Watch those hemlines: With the arrival of your baby bump, you may find that your favorite dresses have become a little too short to wear on their own. Try pairing your favorite cute dresses with maternity leggings and transform your favorite sundress or floral frock into a cute tunic.maternity-style-01Wilmarose is the essence of maternity style inspiration. By incorporating our maternity friendly outfits, she's comfortable yet maintains her every day style. Looking for more maternity inspiration? See more posts here

    Don't forget to browse our maternity-friendly collection


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  • Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    If you've been following along, you've seen our Marketing Coordinator, Sam, take you through each and every step while planning her wedding, sharing her helpful hints and advice along the way. We've gushed over Sam's engagement ring, when she finally found the gown, and enjoyed hearing her hilarious anecdotes each step of the way. Sam was truly a vision on her wedding day, and the entire event was seamless and true to Sam's rustic aesthetic, interests, and style. Here is her final post with details on how to plan your wedding timeline. 

    In preparation for my wedding, creating a timeline was one of the hardest things to do - and it was not necessarily fun, but so necessary (think cake tasting without all the fun and frosting-filled parts)! I received lots of compliments from all my vendors about how I was the most organized I bride they had ever worked with. While of course this was a huge compliment, my thought process at the time was that if I can have everything planned out, to the point where no one should have any questions or doubts, everyone can do their job to the best of their ability. My Coordinator can do her best job, the vendors can do their best jobs, and I can have a relaxing and wonderful day - as it should be. The lesson I learned? The more you plan ahead, the less you'll have to do on the day of. Here are some things to take into consideration when planning your big day. 

    Logistical Points To Consider:
    1. How long do you need to get ready? (if you hired professional hair and makeup, consult with them to make sure they have time to do what you've hired them to do). 
    2. How long do you want your reception to be?
    3. If the ceremony and reception are in different locations, time the distance and then add time for people who might get lost or who take their time from the first location.
    4. Write down how long you hired each vendor for.
    5. How much time do you have at your venue? Be careful - some places are stricter than others! 
    6. Does the venue allotment time include setup and take down?
    7. What's the earliest your vendors can start setting up, and at what time do they need to depart?
    8. Just know that everything might not (or should not) go exactly to schedule. If there's a really great couple songs that everyone is dancing to, then you can/should delay your cake cutting by a bit. And if your ceremony cuts a bit into your cocktail hour - don't sweat it!
    9. Lastly, don't worry about any of this once your day comes. It will be your mother, maid of honor and Coordinator's job to keep the schedule going and flowing! Enjoy your day and all the hard work you put into it. Also, because I had such a thorough and detailed timeline, it left no room for doubt because everyone knew what they needed to be doing and where and when. The more work you put into the wedding before it starts, the easier it will make the big day!

    Creating The Timeline:
    When creating the timeline, I found that is was incredibly helpful to refer to all the vendors and help by both their first name and by their title, ex: Florist Kim, Coordinator Margie. That way when other vendors are looking at the list, my DJ knows that Margie is the Coordinator, or the Coordinator's name is Margie. It makes for an easier introduction and then they don't have to go asking who is doing what, or who the florist is.

    Determine who in your family and bridal party is capable of handling tasks that you can delegate. There were certain tasks while I was getting ready that I didn't have time to take care of alone and things the groomsmen needed that I couldn't be physically there for. Here's some of my small assignments that made the day easier for me (thanks again family and friends!): 
    Diann (mother-in-law): Breakfast, snacks and drinks for the guys' and girls' getting ready rooms!
    Rachel (sister-in-law): Help bridesmaids with their makeup (she's got a nack for makeup).
    Julie (bridesmaid): Gather valet tickets for girls' cars going to the venue and call the hotel's front desk to have them ready.
    Chris (groomsman): Gather valet tickets for guys' cars going to the venue and call the hotel's front desk to have them ready.

    Photos by Eyelet Images Photography & Flowers by Art With Nature

    My Wedding Weekend Timeline
    To share my thorough and detailed timeline with you, I went through and removed some details and transformed it into a template and left certain information that should help you create your own! Also, make sure to make your timeline easy to understand for everyone involved in your wedding. A helpful tip is to be sure to think of questions they might have and be sure not to use words like me, mine, I will .... use your name or your title, bride to make it a little easier on everyone! 

    << Access The Timeline Template Here >>

    After you've made a draft of your timeline that you're happy with, share it with all your vendors and ensure they have enough time for prep, setup, take down. Finally, double check that the time you have them on the timeline for is in line with what you agreed in your contract (and paid for)!

    Once your timeline is finalized, make sure all your vendors have a copy (I shared all mine to a Google Doc) and print up a few (I did 10) for the day of. I also gave copies to both parents at the rehearsal and to bridal party and family members who requested it. Also note that this is the timeline that worked for my wedding and it isn't a blanket template for every wedding out there. Other brides might have different traditions or needs for their wedding, but I hope this can at least help you think about key details and how to plan out the entire day or weekend. 

    Happy planning,
    ~ Sam, Marketing Coordinator

    Ready to see more of Sam's helpful wedding advice? Take a look at her Registry Recommendations, Wedding Website, Working With Your Vendors and The Music posts!


  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015


    Sometimes it's best to keep things simple. Our latest feature, Pretty Simple, celebrates the concept of "less is more" with effortless styles, clean lines, minimal details, and soft hues. Inspired by morning sunlight, fresh breezes, and blooming buds, Pretty Simple balances the sweet styles of spring and simplistic style. Like a breath of fresh air, our simple style feature is the perfect inspiration for refocusing your wardrobe to bring out subtle femininity and quiet grace. simple-stylesimple-fashionspring-outfit

    Here are a few stylist-approved tips for integrating simplistic style into your wardrobe: 

    1. Layer a button-up over your favorite white tee for a look that balances effortless casual with clean tailoring. 

    2. Lightweight cardigans and open toe booties are must haves this time of year for staying cozy and balancing your minimal ensemble. 

    3. Instead of mixing and matching, try balancing bold colors and prints with neutral shoes and minimal accessories for a look that embraces simplicity.


    Even simple style can make a statement. Stop by Pretty Simple for a look at relaxed and effortless sartorial simplicity. 


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  • 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. 


    Image via The BBC

    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! 


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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 

    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)

    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 

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

    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 

    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

    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: 
    ½ cup granulated sugar
    ½ cup water
    2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme

    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 

    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

    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! 


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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. 


  • Thursday, January 15, 2015


    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! 


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