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  • Wednesday, February 19, 2014

    We know that in your whirlwind of wedding plans, even the simplest decisions can become grounds for full-blown arguments and anxiety. Luckily, with a little help from us, choosing a location for you engagement photo session can be something you check of your list with ease.To help you narrow things down, we’ve come up with four factors you can look to in picking your engagement session location. Hone in on which factors matter to you most as a couple and you’ll be ready for the camera before you know it!

    1. Visual Style: Seek out places that match your taste in aesthetics and have a variety of backgrounds available for use. If you prefer an urban look, brainstorm local places with cool walls, brick surfaces, or artistic buildings that will lend to the ambience you’re trying to capture. If you prefer a rustic vibe, look to places with trails, trees, or open fields. You may want to find a place that exudes a feeling similar in theme to your wedding (vintage, rustic, urban) or something completely opposite to add variety to your photo album.

    2. Significance: Consider taking your engagement photos in a place that has significant meaning to your love story. Outside the cafe where you had your first date perhaps? Near the beach where you shared your first kiss? You can even revisit the place you got engaged to stir up those sentimental feelings. Being in an environment where a romantic milestone occurred will certainly infuse your engagement session with an added dimension of affection and meaning.

    3. Comfortability: Especially if you’re camera shy, make sure to find a place where you feel comfortable shooting your engagement photos. How comfortable you are will reflect in your photos, so if you’re in a new environment or someplace with curious onlookers, you might have difficulty flashing the camera your best smile. Opt for one of your favorite hangout spots as a couple, your friend’s gorgeous garden, an open field, or any place that makes you feel like you’re in your element.

    4. Personality:  Your choice of engagement session location should reflect your interests as a couple! If you’re an outdoorsy duo, find a natural park where you can take your photos. Love to collect art? Take your photos near your favorite museum. If you’re relaxed, head to the beach. If picnicking has become a regular thing for you, why not have a picnic-themed shoot? There are so many options, so pick the one that suits you as a couple the very best!

    We hope this list of engagement session location tips has brought a few ideas to mind! Remember, you don’t have to travel far or spend a lot to find a pretty and meaningful place to capture this stage in your new life together! For more bridal tips and to be the first to see our upcoming bridal collection, sign up for our bridal newsletter here.

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, February 19, 2014

    If wedding bells are in your future, we’re guessing you’re busy calling up vendors, daydreaming about the dress, and pinning to your Pinterest boards with sheer enthusiasm. While our favorite weddings have a timeless appeal, the loveliest nuptials also incorporate of the moment wedding trends, so we wanted to break down a few for you here! Trust us, even a vintage-inspired affair or the most classic of ceremonies can be infused with wedding trends for a chic, modern update. Whether you’re saying “I do” in a church or a rustic field, there is something in our list of 2014 wedding trends that is sure to inspire you. So without further ado, here are the 5 wedding trends for 2014 that we’re already swooning over.

    1. Art Deco: The 1920’s have long been a favorite era among vintage-loving brides, but the glamour and glitz is in full swing this year thanks to the release of the Baz Luhrmann film, The Great Gatsby. This 2014 wedding trend is all about beautifully incorporating the old Hollywood glamour of the period without making your wedding into a theme party. Expect to see crystals, feathers, chandeliers, fur wraps, flapper-inspired and cap sleeve gowns, and sparkly hair embellishments, not to mention a profusion of black, white, and gold!

    2. Rustic Romance: Just when you thought mason jars at weddings might be getting a little old, the rustic wedding trend got a romantic make-over! Blame it on our nation’s obsession with English export, Downton Abbey, but lace, frills, black tie formality, and all things Victorian elegance are shaking up rustic barnyard weddings like never before! Think pretty pastels, romantic florals, and Old World touches combined with the laidback outdoor ambiance and roughly-hewn wooden tables of a rustic setting.

    3. Out with Matchy-Matchy: Mismatched bridesmaid dresses has been a wedding trend for some time now, but it’s starting to pop up at more and more weddings (like these gorgeous grey gowns). And it makes sense! The girls in your bridal party may have many different body types, so finding one dress to suit them all can be quite difficult. While some brides opt for bridesmaid dresses in a similar style with variations in cut, others simply give their bridesmaids a range of hues and let them choose their own, which means your bridesmaids may actually get to wear their dress again long after the toasts and dancing!

    4. Digital Decisions: In the age of smartphones, couples have to decide which side of the wedding trend they want to be on. To be completely plugged in, some couples download photo-sharing apps or create a custom Instagram hashtag for their wedding, making all the Insta-snaps from guests easily searchable. Other couples are taking the radically opposite approach, opting for an unplugged wedding. This new wedding trend asks guests to be fully present throughout the day by turning off their phones or leaving them behind, trusting the professional photographer to take the wedding day photos so you can actually watch the day unfold without a phone in front of your face.

    5. Color me Pantone: The Pantone color of the year often finds colorful expression in fashion, interior design, and of course… wedding trends! Radiant orchid was recently tapped as the color of the year, and with its vibrant interplay of pink and purple, we’re sure the bride who loves bright hues will find a way to incorporate this color into her wedding! A whole range of purples, from lavender to richer shades, will be seen in bridal accessories, bouquets, wedding florals, accent lighting, and décor in 2014.

    We hope this 2014 wedding trends round-up inspires an afternoon of fun wedding planning and joyful Pinterest pinning! Will you be joining in on any of these trends?

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Tuesday, February 18, 2014

    Artist: Alfred Edelfelt

    Few things are quite as lovely as receiving a handwritten letter in the mail! Here are five suggestions for making your heartfelt letters both ladylike and memorable:

    1. Invest in pretty stationery. Having gorgeous stationery on hand makes you more likely to actually sit down and write, and it will help the recipient feel especially cared for. Not sure where to look? We love Rifle Paper Co. and often find adorable cards on Etsy as well!

    Artist: Rifle Paper Co.

    2. Use a pen that flatters your handwriting and won’t smudge easily. It’s so much more fun to hand-write a letter if you’re not too worried about making a mess of the page or writing illegibly!  Even if you’re using a quality pen, though, make sure to take your time writing out each sentence so that there’s a smaller margin of error. Take a peek at Melissa Esplin's tips for improving your handwriting here!

    3. Pick a salutation and complimentary close that fits you (and the situation!) best. Letter writing may seem like a formal practice, but if you’re writing to a good friend, there’s no need to opt for Sincerely over Love as you close out your letter. If you’re writing to a business contact or someone you may not know as well, some Best Wishes or Kindest Regards would be a fitting choice.

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    4. If you’re writing a traditional letter instead of a card, make sure to fold the letter carefully in thirds for the best presentation. It’s all about keeping the edges crisp! Then make sure the envelope is completely sealed so that nothing falls out during transit.

    5. Add extras! If you’re writing to a loved one, try spritzing your letter with your signature scent for a vintage-inspired finishing touch. Sending the letter to a good friend on her birthday? Slip a bit of confetti into the letter, decorate with a few dainty stickers, or doodle something cute on the envelope. If you’re particularly crafty, you can even try making your own paper, dying your stationery, or experimenting with stencil art! And if letter writing becomes a regular thing, think about investing in a return address stamp so you can easily add a homemade touch to every letter.

    We hope you’ll give snail mail a second chance! For further ladylike tips, take a peek here to see what etiquette master Emily Post said about navigating modern-day conundrums with style and grace. 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Tuesday, February 18, 2014

    We’re feeling inspired this week by Kristin van Lieshout of the Etsy shop Simply Art by Kristin! We love how she interprets the life around her through a vivid, saturated lens, creating enchanting watercolors and drawings that leap off the page. Whether her focus is still life, dance, nature, fashion, or culture, Kristin gives the everyday an unexpected twist and the perfect touch of magic. Visit her store to support her talents and surprise a friend with a gorgeous work of art!

    To all artists, if you'd like to be featured, please send your artwork to blog@shopruche.com.

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, February 17, 2014

    photo credit: images 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

    ...we would certainly look like this! ♥ We see organized closets filled with eye-catching dresses, retro pumps, and charming heirlooms as the ideal palette for creating polished looks. Fill your own closet with soft pastels and sophisticated essentials to design your own swoon-worthy wardrobe! How do you organize your wardrobe, Ruchettes? Do you color-code, arrange by season, or sort by genre of item? We’d love it if you sent a snapshot our way via Instagram or Twitter!

    Live beautifully,
    Ruche


  • Sunday, February 16, 2014

    You can make this adorable print yours! Find it in the Etsy Shop, Kelsey David Design.

    To live beautifully is to do what makes you happy, whether that looks like safariing in Africa or spending a quiet afternoon at home with your little ones. Living a full life doesn’t require a lavish budget or an impossibly full social calendar; it just requires a thankful heart and striving for a lifestyle that will fulfill you.

    xo,
    Ruche