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  • 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.

    Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

    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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  • Sunday, May 11, 2014

    While we appreciate the work our mother's have done and continue to do for us throughout our lives, Mother's Day is an important day to take a step back and let the mother in your life know how much you truly appreciate them. Even though we are far from the days of bandaged knees and preparing a bowl of soup when feeling under the weather, our mothers continue to affect our daily lives. Sometimes this comes in the form our interactions with our own children, and sometimes it's as simple as always saying "thank you" or reciting a pearl of maternal wisdom to a friend. Happy Mother's Day to the women that continue to influence us! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


  • Saturday, May 10, 2014

    Today is Mai's second Mother's Day, and she couldn't be more excited! Everyone says that children grow up so quickly, and that's because it's true -- it seems like only moments ago we were celebrating Mai's first Mother's Day and highlighting her maternity style on the blog! Read on for some of the motherly advice she's acquired in the past year and a half.

    I can't believe Amelie is over 17 months already. Time flies and she's growing up so fast -- too fast! Her mind is like sponge, watching and listening to everything I do and say. She amazes me and surprises me each and every day. And she melts my heart every time she calls me "Mommy" and repeatedly kisses me with the "muah" sound. Gah! I die each time! It's by far my favorite thing.

    When I think about my life with Amelie, I realize how motherhood has challenged me to be a better person, to be a good role model for Amelie. And when I think about my mom, I realize how she has been such an amazing role model for me, and I want to do the same for Amelie. I also think about how much I love Amelie and I just can't believe this is how much my mom loves me too. She's truly the greatest mom and grandma ever. (I love you, Mom!)

    To all the grandmas, moms, and moms-to-be out there, you're all amazing! Happy Mother's Day!

    xo,
    Mai

    Ruchettes, do you have a story to share? Send it to blog@shopruche.com for a chance to be included in our Real Stories!


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  • Friday, May 9, 2014

    Founder and editor of modern design blog Design Milk and pet design blog Dog Milk, Jaime Derringer is a hardworking, talented woman whose work has been featured in everything from the Los Angeles Times to Real Simple Magazine. Between balancing her two blogs, speaking on design, and consulting, this go-getter managers to find time to spend with her husband, daughter, and darling dog. Jaime's motherly advice comes from her father, who's played a nurturing role in her life. Read on for the wonderful lesson he passed on to her!

    My Dad (!) gave me some motherly advice once that I will always remember and use in future teenage parenting: “If it doesn’t hurt them, let it go.” I’m pretty sure he was referring to my purple hair when I was 16! But, I think what he meant was that as a parent, you should put your energy into the important stuff, the stuff that will help them grow and shape them intellectually, emotionally and ethically rather than wasting time and energy on silly things like fashion trends or phases. In other words, “Don’t sweat the small stuff!” Great life advice, too! :)

    -- Jaime, Design Milk

    A big thank-you to Jaime for sharing with us! Make sure to check out her blog, and head over to our special mother's day video for a heartwarming look at motherhood.

    xo,
    Ruche

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  • Friday, May 9, 2014

    We will never get our fill of Emma Stone’s red carpet style, and the outfits she wore to the Spiderman premieres were no exception! Each one of her ensembles expresses the classic and feminine aesthetic that has given her a reputation as an international fashion icon. It’s also no secret that she and Andrew Garfield make a darling couple -- he’s pretty handsome himself! Here are some of our favorites of her vintage-inspired premiere ensembles.

    Images via Emma Stone Web

    We're inspired by Emma’s elegance and sophistication. Are you also an admirer of Emma’s red carpet looks? We’d love to hear!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Thursday, May 8, 2014

    Clementine Daily's Erin Loechner is not only a talented blogger and lifestyle guru, but a dedicated mother! In addition to her role as "Mom," Erin shares her passion for writing, creativity and self-expression with the minds that visit her blog, speaking engagements, and conferences. Her work can be found in a myriad of publications ranging from Glamour to The Huffington Post, but the work Erin is most proud of is the work she does as a mother. Continue reading for a kernel of Erin's encouraging advice.

    Laugh it off as much as you can. Kids are hilarious in every stage, whether whining to get out of the car at age 3, or whining to get in it at age 16. Look for the humor in every situation, rather than defaulting to anger or lectures. Not only will your kids learn how to follow your lead and live life lightheartedly, but your days will be filled with a lot more laughter along the way.

    -- Erin, Clementine Daily

    We're so thankful that Erin has shared one of the most important lessons she has learned on the path of motherhood. Visit us again tomorrow to see more words of wisdom from some of our favorite mothers and head over to our special mother's day video for a heartwarming look at motherhood.

    xo,
    Ruche

    Ruchettes, do you have a story to share? Send it to blog@shopruche.com for a chance to be included in our Real Stories!


  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014

    Since our first moment meeting Stephanie of the NieNie Dialogues, we knew she was a treasure to behold. Her story of survival along with her capacity for love and dedication to her family make her a true inspiration to us. Stephanie's motivation and desire to share her story via talks, conferences, and her book make her an unstoppable force of positivity and grace. Continue below to read her incredible story of strength and determination.

    One of my greatest fears as I laid in the hospital for all those months, and even after I came home, was what affect this all would have on my beautiful children. I marvel at how resilient they have been, considering the upheaval of their little lives. I was especially worried about Nicholas's adjustment and, of course, concerned and heartbroken when Jane had such a struggle looking at me. Time, and lots of prayer, healed those wounds.  My children now see me as their mother. Though much has changed, much is the same in our lives. It's amazing what a pair of jeans and earrings can do - sometimes that's all it takes to make them feel like I'm the same mom I've always been. I am so grateful they can see me through my scars, and love me even though I'm not as strong as I used to be.

    Just a year after the accident, Claire, my oldest, brought me an ornate silver hair clip with little red jewels. "I took this from our house when everyone was packing up to move us to Utah," she told me. "Everyone was so busy, and I ran into your bathroom and grabbed this. I wanted something to remind me of you." I imagined her little legs standing on tip toe as she eyed my jewelry box. I imagined me laying in a coma at a burn center just miles away.

    Hearing this broke my heart all over again for my strong little six-year-old who'd had to grow up very quickly. And it makes me feel even more grateful that I could hold her in my arms now. I told her that I thought the clip should belong to her now, as a reminder of how far we'd come. I was thankful for Claire's wisdom and maturity as she approached our new life, but my heart understands Jane's, too, and I am thankful for her bravery. Oliver and Nicholas continue to be bright and vibrant boys, and I am a lucky mother, that I will get to watch them grow up and become men.

    I will never know all that my children went through or all the ways they have changed, but what I do know is, today, their future is just as bright as it was before the accident.

    My story has another happy twist; in April 2012 I delivered a healthy baby girl. I could hardly believe my eyes when I looked at the pregnancy test, but after I took four more, I believed it - my dream of having another baby - more children - came true. 

    The accident took so much, in just an instant, but over these last few years I feel like I have, slowly but surely, reclaimed everything that truly matters from the wreckage. Being a mother is at the top of my list.

    Happy Mother’s Day to the mothers of the world.

    -- Stephanie Nielson, NieNie Dialogues

    Through both her uniquely feminine style and gracious nature, Stephanie exemplifies what it means to live beautifully. We are continuously inspired by her integrity as both a mother and a wife! Visit us again tomorrow for more maternal wisdom in celebration of Mother's Day! And a big thank you to Justin Hackworth for all the beautiful photos!

    xo,
    Ruche

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