• Saturday, June 21, 2014

    We love spending time getting in touch with our creativity, so we've crafted some fun writing prompts to spark your imagination while writing in your journal. These travel-themed prompts are a perfect way to spend a couple hours getting in touch with your inner storyteller! 

    1. You’re riding your red moped down the colorful streets of Spain when all of a sudden you’re stopped by a woman in a large yellow sun hat. She gives you a large package with an address stamped on it and asks you to deliver it, what happens as you embark on this random mission when you’re supposed to be on vacation?

    2. This last week you bought a new pair of wonderful mint shoes and you recently discovered that if you take five steps forward while thinking of a particular destination you and whatever you’re holding is transported to that particular region. Write about the various places you visit and perhaps about a moment of panic when you misplace the shoes or if possibly someone discovered the secret of your treasured mint shoes.

    3. If you could eat your way across one country, which country would you choose? Write about the different chefs you meet as you go from restaurant to restaurant. Do you have to scavenge far and wide for a particular dish or do you go wherever your stomach leads you?

    4. Freewrite in the voice of an adrenaline seeker - everything you do you do seeking the rush and excitement of it all. Make sure you focus on keeping this tone throughout your entire writing!

    5. Imagine you and your best friend decide to go on a road trip across America, what crazy situations do you two find yourself in? Try to focus on surprising your audience with each new situation--make them all as different as possible.

    Photography from Brandon Kidd

    We can't wait to grab a pen and get lost while writing about travel and adventure. Which writing prompt did you choose? We would love to hear what you decide to write about; and don't forget to check out our past writing prompts for even more inspiration! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Friday, June 20, 2014

    Ruchettes, we couldn't help but share our latest beauty discovery with you! About a month ago, we happened to stumble upon an Instagram account, one that was filled with the most gorgeous and complex braids. This blogger, Amber of Barefoot Blonde, is our new go-to for fun twists on the everyday braid. We've been drooling over her gorgeous hair styles and luckily, she provides tutorials on almost all her looks!  It was hard to choose, but we complied a list of our 5 favorite looks below (tutorial links are at the bottom)!

    Here's the links for the hair tutorials we love most from her! 1. Double Fishtail Bun, 2. Side Braid, 3. Fishtail Wrap Around, 4. Mixed Fishtail and Dutch Braid Messy Bun, 5. Dutch Turned Fishtail Braid.

    xo,
    Ruche

    PS: Congrats to Amber and her husband on becoming parents yesterday!


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  • Friday, June 20, 2014

    Come summertime, one thing we look forward to is spending time seaside. A day on the coast can mean strolling on a boardwalk, a ride on the pier Ferris wheel, or swimming alongside foaming waves in a cute retro-inspired swimsuit. No matter the occasion, a day on the beach can be as exciting or relaxing as you desire! Here are a few of our favorite California beaches to explore.  

    Pismo Beach: This beach located in southern San Luis Obispo county is perfect for the nature-loving beach goer. With a variety of hiking, surfing, and fishing options, Pismo beach offers a variety of activities for all levels of experience. This dog friendly area features a 1200 ft pier that reaches far into the water, and along with an award-winning boardwalk- Pismo Beach is a stunning beach getaway!

    Newport Beach and Balboa Island: If you're on the hunt for sand and sun, Newport offers many beaches perfect for lounging or diving in to the waves. In addition, Newport also contains Balboa Island, which is a short ferry ride across the harbor. Balboa features arcades, a Ferris wheel, a variety of dining options, and is perfect for a charming day date or if you're in the mood for some family fun. Don't forget to try one of their famous frozen bananas!

    Seal Beach: This lazy beach area features a pier dotted with fisherman and beach goers along with a variety of restaurants and shops just a few steps from the shore. This area boasts a very relaxing atmosphere and is often not as crowded as many of the other Southern California beaches. Before you head seaside, be sure to grab an iced coffee from one of the many cafes nearby.

    Pfeiffer Beach- Big Sur: This gem located in Big Sur is not always easy to find, but for those who do, it is a stunning vision. On this dog-friendly remote beach, you can find purple hued sand and a variety of gorgeous rock formations. Located on the beach is Keyhole Rock, which allows light to trickle through it's "keyhole" at sunrise and sunset, is a majestic sight to see.

    Catalina Island: Just a quick ferry ride off many points of California's coast, Catalina Island makes a wonderful day trip or weekend getaway. Here you can find a variety of activities like kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, horseback riding, and many hiking trails. In addition, the island also hosts galleries, restaurants, and a myriad of shops. There is so much to do on this tiny island- we recommend snorkeling to catch a glimpse of the abundance of bright orange Garibaldi fish. 

    Moonstone Beach, Cambria: We can't decide what we love more about Moonstone Beach- the beautiful walkway that parallels the beach or the plethora of pretty moonstones that can be found on the beach! This pebbly shore can be found in the quaint town of Cambira, and is a short way from wine tasting and a visit to the famed Hearst Castle.

    Santa Monica Beach and Harbor: If you're looking for a day of sea, sand, and fun, Santa Monica is the place to be. Sporting a beach filled with white sand and bright blue waters, Santa Monica beach is also known for its boardwalk filled with everything from roller coasters to carnival games and arcade with a perfect view of the ocean. Kids and adults alike will have an amazing time. If you're in the northern part of the state, the Santa Cruz boardwalk is a must-see!

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    These are just a few of our favorite California beaches. From secluded shores to busy boardwalks complete with Ferris wheels, each of these beaches has something for everyone! Do you have a favorite beach that we left out? Let us know! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Thursday, June 19, 2014

    Sunshine, barbecues, lounging on the water, and the colorful rain of fireworks high in the sky... it must be 4th of July! Among the many staples of this day celebrating all things Americana, red, white, and blue attire is an essential. In the patriotic spirit of America's birthday, we've compiled a few cute swimwear ensembles for when you're spending a day pool side, lake side, or ocean side. We love kicking summer off with a dip in a brand new swimsuit, so here are a few of our favorites to don while celebrating 4th of July! 

    Pair a navy and white striped bikini with an embroidered kimono for an effortless outfit perfect for sitting on the shore. Minimal accessories make this outfit an easy and breezy way to show off your patriotic spirit on the beach! 

    This retro-inspired nautical suit featuring red, white, and blue stripes is simply adorable. Pair this suit with a wide brimmed hat and cute sandals for a look perfect for 4th of July and all of the long summer days ahead!

    When you're spending the day going from beach to boardwalk, layering a pair of crocheted shorts over your bathing suit and comfy shoes for strolling on the pier are a necessity! Spend the day in this flattering suit with a ruffled neckline and bold red hue, and don't forget some light reading for when you're not in the water! 

    Which of these outfits is your favorite? Let us know - and don't forget to shop our collection of swimwear

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Thursday, June 19, 2014

    We love a day in the summer sun- whether it's on a sandy beach or a local park filled with greenery, the sunshine beckons us to spend time in the beautiful outdoors. While we love soaking up some sun rays, it's important to stay hydrated and protect your skin with sunblock or a cute hat. Instead of a traditional bottle of water, we have been experimenting with fruit infused water for both hydration, nutrients, and a refreshing fruity flavor! Fruit infused waters are both delicious and simple- just add your ingredients to your water container (we love Mason Bar Company containers!) the night before and let it sit refrigerated overnight. In the morning you'll have a delightful summer drink! Here are some of our favorite recipes for flavorful water. 

    1. Strawberry, Lime, Cucumber, and Mint: This classic combination is guaranteed to be a summer bbq favorite! The combination of flavors has a subtle, yet distinct taste that will always remind us of summer. Plus, how pretty does the combination of green hues look with the strawberries?

    2. Strawberry and Basil: Adding strawberry and basil to your water is a great way to add a summery pop to your water. The flavorful basil is balanced by the sweetness of the strawberry, and we love how both look garnished on your glass of choice. This infused water would be delicious with a light pasta salad or on its own during a day on the shore.

    3. Blueberry, Lemon, and Mint: This combination of flavors not only looks gorgeous when added to your water, but is a simple and easy way to add a invigorating and refreshing touch to your water. We love how this water has a light sweetness with a hint of minty freshness!

    4. Citrus Cilantro: Pairing citrus and cilantro works wonderfully when infused with water! The citrus flavor of the orange slices brings out the unique flavor of the cilantro that would be ideal for a spring picnic. This beverage is the perfect way to amplify your traditional glass of water without adding an abundance of sugar or artificial flavoring.

    Because you can infuse water with fruits, herbs, and spices the possibilities are endless! We can't wait to continue to explore a variety of flavor combinations and see which ones we like best. Do you have a favorite recipe for naturally flavoring water? Let us know! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    Dear Creatures has a knack for creating playful and colorful vintage designs that we would love to stock our wardrobes with! The husband and wife duo have a keen eye for retro style and have made great strides since their humble beginning just several years ago. Bianca and Rob were kind enough to sit down with us and give us some insight into the Dear Creatures world! 

    Growing up, did you both imagine yourselves becoming designers?
    Rob: I wanted to create or teach fine art.
    Bianca: I knew I wanted to do something in fashion, I was actually more inclined to doing styling, but I never thought that I would have my own clothing line.
    Rob: We both kind of fell into designing by chance. Both of us, separately, met people in the course of our lives that asked us if designing is something we'd be interested in trying. We both tried it out, moved our way up in other companies, and here we are with our own clothing label!

    Above photo was taken in 2008. Pictured is Bianca in her apartment with the first Dear Creatures collection.

    How did this partnership come to be?
    Bianca: We started Dear Creatures only 6 months into dating each other at the time. My previous employer suggested I start my own clothing line which I had never thought of doing before and honestly I was really nervous even thinking of starting my own company at that time when I was only 24. I brought the idea up with Rob back in 2007, who at that time had his own menswear clothing label going on, and I asked him what he thought about me starting my own womenswear line too. He was all for it and told me to go for it and he would help me as much as he could when he had time off on weekends from his menswear company. So for about the first year of business, and also the first year of dating, it was just me working out of my apartment and Rob helping me on weekends. Well things didn't work out with Rob's menswear company and at that point we decided that Rob would work with me full time doing Dear Creatures. With both of us working together full time, the business started to really take off and we were able to move into a bigger office space. I also moved in with him in his home in LA. Things just started going well with the business, more orders were coming in as we started expanding our distribution and sales team. As our business kept growing so did our relationship and we finally got married this past January!

    After 7 years, Ron and Bianca married on January 9, 2014.

    What do you love most about working together?
    Rob: The best part about working with your significant other is getting to travel together and also just being able to put things out in the world that we created together. Looking back at past collections, there's always something about each collection where I can remember what stage in our relationship we were at or if something really significant happened. For example our Summer 2014 Collection was inspired about Hawaii because we were designing that collection the same month we eloped and got married in Hawaii.
    Bianca: Or our Fall 2012 Collection where we were inspired by a kitten we found hiding behind a trash bin in our office parking lot. We adopted him and based our whole Fall 2012 photo shoot around this little kitten and we even had these cute cat hats made for the the model to wear while she held the kitten during the photo shoot.

    Sneak peek of the Summer 2014 Collection. It will launch next week!

    Tell us about the creative process! Where do you find inspiration?
    Bianca: We are constantly clipping or saving images that inspire us and we refer back to these images for inspiration before we start designing. When we start designing, we always start at home by sketching out ideas without any distractions that come when we are in the office. We like being able to be surrounded by all our books and clippings at home and just turn off our computers and cell phones and really let our minds focus on conceptualizing ideas for the next collection. After all our sketching and ideas are in place, we can start working on the technical aspects of the designs back in the office.

    Printing session for Spring 2014 WWD Magic.

    Any advice for aspiring designers?
    Bianca: Take risks in life. If you have an idea of starting your own company, don't be afraid to do it. To risk nothing is to gain nothing. Just go for it and you will surprise yourself with how far you can go.
    Rob: Remember that business is all about problem solving. Once you accept that, the stress levels will decrease significantly. There is a solution to every problem, you just have to be creative and think of ways to solve them.

    We are sending a big thank you to Rob and Bianca! You can follow Dear Creatures on Facebook or Twitter, and make sure to view their clothing collection on our site

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    There is something calming and peaceful about sitting seaside. The sound of crashing waves, the salty air, and the sunshine is always uplifting! We wanted to bring the serenity that comes with spending a day at the beach into our home. This seashell mobile is the perfect decor for evoking all your favorite aspects of beach days. A simple and easy DIY, this is a perfect housewarming gift or easy way to spruce up your space! 

    Materials:
    1. Seashells
    2. Acrylic paint
    3. Paint brush
    4. Twine or string
    5. Glue gun
    6. Wood dowel
    7. Ribbon (optional)

    Directions:
    1. Paint a few of the seashells with acrylic paint to add a pop of color. Allow time to dry.

    2. Once the first coat of paint has dried, feel free to add fun designs such as chevron, polka dots, or stripes!

    3. Use a glue gun to attach the seashells onto a strand of twine. You can decide the length and number of strands that you'd like to make.

    4. Tie the top of each strand onto the wooden dowel. If you’d like to add more fullness to the mobile you can also glue pieces of ribbon in between each seashell strand.

    5. To hang up the mobile, tie a piece of twine from one end of the dowel to the other. Use the glue gun to secure the knots into place so that they don’t slide off.

    There you have it! We love this seashell mobile as a way to add some color and beachy atmosphere to your living room, workspace, or bedroom. Visit our other DIYs for some crafty inspiration! 

    xo,
    Ruche

    Have a DIY project that you are interested in sharing? We'd love to see it! Send your instructions and unedited photos to blog@shopruche.com for a chance to join our Ruche Blogger Family and become published.


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  • Monday, June 16, 2014

    The perfect way to stay cool in the summer is by embracing neutral attire. From cool whites to calm hues like beige, ivory, and taupe, curating an ensemble with all your favorite neutral pieces evokes an air of effortless simplicity. Like the white sands on our favorite beaches or swirling white and light grey clouds dotting the clear blue sky, a head to toe outfit featuring neutral tones is a summertime essential! Here are some of our favorite bloggers in their summer neutrals

    Emma of A Beautiful Mess pairs a lace dress with a floppy hat and layered necklace for an outfit worthy of wandering the streets downtown or exploring a local flea market.

    We love this look on Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere. Her preppy ensemble featuring a structured trench, bold heels, and hints of color on her striped tee is an outfit we would love to have in our closet.

    Kendi Everyday's simple and sweet neutral ensemble is perfect for a warm, sunny day. We love how she paired her leopard print clutch for a fun pop of print! 

    Julia of Gal Meets Glam is dressed to the nines in a neutral hued maxi skirt and heels paired with a soft white blouse. Like Kendi, she completes her ensemble with a bold clutch featuring pretty gemstones. 

    Rachel of Pink Peonies is a picture of perfection in a head to toe neutral outfit featuring rosy taupe hues. Her polished and glam ensemble is nothing short of swoon-worthy!

    We simply can't get enough neutral hues for summertime! For more understated and versatile inspiration, view our collection of neutral pieces

    xo,
    Ruche 


  • Monday, June 16, 2014

    Images Via Style Me Pretty

    ...we'd have a celebration as captivating as this! We can't wait for alfresco summer celebrations- here are our tips for throwing the perfect rustic summer party!

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Sunday, June 15, 2014

    Hey Ruchettes! Today is Father's Day, and our co-founder and CEO Josh Olivio is celebrating another amazing year with co-founder and CCO Mai and their adorable baby girl Amelie. Watch the video below for a heart-warming look at his reflections on fatherhood: 

    We can't get enough of Josh's sweet words about how much he loves being a father. From the bottom of our hearts, Happy Father's Day!

    xo,
    Ruche 

     


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