• Friday, July 11, 2014

    Summer just started a couple weeks ago and we've decided to compose a summer checklist before the season is over! Whether you're on summer break or just enjoying the longer days, the warmer temperatures and extra daylight provide us with the opportunity to engage in some of our favorite activities. We've listed some essential activities for the warm days ahead like crafting homemade popsicles, attending a summer fair, and tackling some of the books on our summer reading list

    We can't decide which to check off our list first! Which of these are you planning on doing, Ruchettes? 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Thursday, July 10, 2014

    For those of us who prefer a more modest style of dress, the rising temperatures during the summer months can make getting ready a challenge. Navigating the desire for a covered-up style in the heat is tricky - you want to be comfortable, but you also don't want to melt into a puddle on the floor! Here are some easy tips and tricks for keeping a sophisticated style even on the hottest days!

    An easy way to wear your favorite sleeveless dresses without adding any bulky layers is by layering a light t-shirt under your frock! To balance out bright colors, try a neutral hued shirt, or play with pattern mixing by placing a striped top under a floral dress. We also love layering a lacey sleeved bralette for a polished look.   

    Opt for a sophisticated outfit by combining a tailored tank with a midi skirt. We love the romantic femininity of a long, flowing skirt. Small details and dainty prints are the perfect way to showcase your individual style and keep your look polished. Accessorize simply with a pair of strappy wedges and a detailed crossbody purse!  

    We're always a fan of a pretty strapless dress, especially colorblocked frocks like this! But for days when we don't want the sun kissing our shoulders, we like to finish off our ensembles with a lightweight kimono. Instead of a cardigan or jacket which can get too hot under the summer sun, lightweight outerwear is a great way to maintain a more modest style. 

    Are you ready to beat the heat with these tips? Don't forget to check out our full collection of modest styles perfect for summertime!

    xo,
    Ruche  


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  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    Ruchettes, it's our 6th Birthday on Monday! To celebrate, we're giving away a gift card for $25! It's easy as one, two, three! And if you're local, come to our event on Saturday! You can RSVP and see more details on our event page here.

    To Enter:
    1. Go to our site and find what you'd want if you won.
    2. Leave a comment below with the item(s) you would get.
    3. Return to this post Monday, July 14 to see who won. (The winnner will be chosen at random). We'll announce the winner around noon. Good luck!

    xo,
    Ruche

    PS: Keep an eye out on our social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), we'll be posting a surprise before it hits the site for our birthday!

    *UPDATE: Congratulations to Olivia L for winning the $25 gift card! We will be emailing you shortly with your prize. Thanks to everyone who participated.


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  • Tuesday, July 8, 2014

    Summer is in full swing and we can't think of anything more relaxing than sitting on the warm sand or under tall, lush trees with a good book. A novel provides a wonderful escape where you can be whisked away to a completely different time period (or world!) and become engrossed in the lives and thoughts of characters. Here are a few of our favorite classic novels for you to spend your summer days musing over! 

    To the Lighthouse by Virgina Woolf: Published in 1927, this novel details the Scottish travels of the Ramsay family during 1910 and 1920. Instead of traditional storytelling, Woolf's modernist style focuses on introspective narration with an emphasis on perception and observation. To the Lighthouse demonstrates to readers that characters are not always good and evil; but contain multitudes that can make them both unreliable and complicated. Woolf's three-dimensional characters along with her beautiful storytelling make this a must-read!

    The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins: The woman in white that appears at the beginning of the text propels the story into a whirlpool of mystery. With dramatic events at every turn of the page and filled with multiple narrators, this novel will capture both your inner detective and imagination. Published in 1859, this text is one of the first "sensation novels," meaning it is filled with melodrama and gothic elements, which creates a story that is both enthralling and entertaining. You won't be able to put this book down until the truth to the mystery is revealed!

    A Room With A View by E.M. Forster: If novels filled with romance have you swooning, this dynamic text is the one for you! Published in 1908, the story is centered around Lucy Emerson, a repressed woman living during the Edwardian era who wants to embark on a free life alongside the man who has her heart. With romantic settings in both Italy and England, this emotional rollercoaster of a novel is a bookshelf essential.

    Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys: Any Jane Eyre fan will have their interest piqued at the notion of a prequel to Bronte's classic text. A detailing of the life of the infamous Bertha, or in this text, Antoinette, Rhys tackles issues of colonization and questions to the true character and intentions of the beloved Rochester. This 1966 text challenges the romantic nature of Jane Eyre, and provides readers with an alternative perspective through which to view characters, even ones that are deemed evil.

    Nine Stories by JD Salinger: This collection of short stories by the adored author of Catcher in the Rye includes some of his most famous shorter works. Ranging from comedic to dark, each of the stories is incredibly powerful and captures the beauty and complexity of the human condition.

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    We can't wait to sit back and be absorbed into each of these literary masterpieces! Which of these books have you added to your summer reading list? 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, July 7, 2014

    Dresses were made for spending time in the summer sun. Whether you've packed a gourmet picnic or wandering around a blossoming botanical garden, a flowy frock is the perfect complement to all of your summertime adventures. Our favorite three types of dresses that are versatile, yet unique enough to stand on their own are textured dresses, maxi dresses, and printed dresses. These top three summer styles are perfect for early morning flea market explorations or sunset dinners on the pier. Every girl needs a dress with a little texture, a longer length, and a pretty print in her closet!

    We love textured dresses, especially when they are adorned with hints of lace or ornate embroidery. A pretty textured frock would be perfect paired with neutral flats and a bold-hued lip!

    Long length dresses are the epitome of summer romance. An effortless maxi dress paired with strappy sandals and pretty layered bracelets is a simple way to keep your style sophisticated under the summer sun! 

    A year-long staple, printed dresses are easily transitioned to fall and winter days with the addition of tights and a cozy cardigan. Until the days begin to cool, style a charming print with cutout heels and a long, dainty necklace. 

    Which of these summer dress styles is your favorite? We can't choose just one! Don't forget to shop each and every one of these fabulous frocks on our site!

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Saturday, July 5, 2014

    Gwyneth Paltrow channels her inner vintage starlet in her latest campaign with Max Factor! Donning classic looks from the 1950's through 1980's, Paltrow pays homage to her favorite head to toe styles from each of these time periods. She effortlessly transforms into our favorite icons from days past and captures both the era and the star perfectly! 

    One of our favorite photos from this series include the timeless Breakfast at Tiffany's Audrey Hepburn featuring a high bouffant and strings of pearls reminiscent of the 1950's.  Paltrow captures the glamour of this era and pays a lovely tribute to Hepburn. 

    Paltrow embraces the 1960's with the unmistakable winged eyeliner and messy blonde locks inspired by French actress Brigitte Bardot. We love how Paltrow's campaign draws beauty inspiration from vintage sources!

    What do you think of Gwyneth Paltrow's looks? What other vintage stars would you love to see included in this campaign? Let us know, and don't forget to check out our collection of Vintage Style Guides

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Friday, July 4, 2014

    It's America's birthday and we are celebrating with friends, family, food, and fireworks! Whether you've gone all out in red, white, and blue or having a mellow bbq at home, we hope your day is amazing! 

    Have a fun and safe celebration!

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Friday, July 4, 2014

    We're all about professional attire, but depending on the industry you're in, sometimes you have a little more freedom to play with your 9-5 look. Throwing a blazer over a quirky printed dress or playing with bright hues and mixing prints are a great way to illustrate your personal style. One of the benefits of working in a creative industry is the ability to showcase your individual personality and unique aesthetic through your clothing. We love how these bloggers bring business casual to the next level!

    Emma of A Beautiful Mess layers a chambray blazer over a denim button-up for a delightful monochromatic look! She adds a pop of color with mustard hued pants and neutral accessories for a look that is office appropriate, but still showcases this beauty's unique style! 

    Kendi Everyday's Kendi looks perfectly preppy in a full white skirt and a striped button down tied at the waist. Her light color palette and tailored silhouettes create a polished ensemble, but we love how we still see Kendi's personality in the styling of this adorable outfit! 

    Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere looks ready for a lunch meeting in this white blazer, relaxed tailored pant, and top adorned with an adorable fruit print. We also love her beaded sandals and beachy waves!

    Poor Little it Girl's Cathy looks ultra-chic in this preppy outfit featuring a black blazer, chambray button up, white pants, and nude heels. Her messy top knot and rolled sleeves showcase her stylish perspective, and we love her bold red lip! 

    Rachel of Pink Peonies masterfully mixes patterns and texture in this bright blue skirt featuring a geometric pattern and lacy blouse. Her minimal accessories and heels keep this ensemble polished, and we love her long brunette locks! 

    We love these creative, yet professional outfits that showcase each blogger's personal style. From layering denim and mixing prints to bold accessories, these bloggers are constantly providing us with wardrobe inspiration

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Thursday, July 3, 2014

    Long time Ruchette Mara of M Loves M never ceases to impress with her feminine and glamorous style. Mara's sophisticated style and genuine adoration for her life and those in it make it hard not to fall in love with this glamorous gal! Mara swiftly met our challenge to create 7 outfits using only 7 items and we love each and every ensemble she created for her feature. We love the idea that Mara can wear each of these stylish ensembles throughout her busy day. A fan of tailored silhouettes, a little sparkle and shine, and a bold lip no matter the occasion, her outfits are perfect for going wherever her day takes her. 

    1. Pairing a breezy, patterned dress with a tailored vest makes this outfit perfect for starting the day by grabbing a latte from a local cafe and heading to work. 

    2. After starting the morning in the office, this pink top and lacy skirt are perfect for heading to a lunch meeting. We love how Mara is able to keep her style professionally polished, but maintain her glam style! 

    3. Layering a scalloped top with a cropped silhouette over a dress is a great way to get more mileage out of your wardrobe. We love the idea of Mara wearing this outfit while creating a blog post for M Loves M!

    4. This laid-back outfit is a closet essential. Mara pairs her vest and slightly cropped blouse with relaxed patterned pants for an outfit worthy of heading to happy hour with coworkers.  

    5. This sky blue fit and flare dress is perfect for purchasing seasonal fruits and veggies or purchasing a new potted succulent while on a trip to the farmer's market! We absolutely love how easily this frock can be dressed up or down. 

    6. Details like scallops or a lace overlay can add an instant dose of glamour to any ensemble. This pretty black and white outfit is perfect for meeting up with friends to celebrate a birthday!

    7. To end the day, a blousy top paired with patterned pants is a lovely outfit for a dessert and movie date! We're thinking frozen yogurt and a classic feature film like Roman Holiday

    For all things Mara, be sure to visit her blog and shop her style feature! You can meet Mara at our 6th birthday celebration on July 12th at the 31 Bits headquarters. Get more details about the festivities and even RSVP on our Facebook event page!

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Thursday, July 3, 2014

    There's no time like sale time, and our Semi-Annual Sale is in full swing! Our site is filled with clearance items, new markdowns, and limited time offers just for the occasion. In addition, you can take an extra 20% off everything (including our sale!) with code ANNUAL20 at checkout. Find a new sweet steal or finally get that item you've been pining after - it's time to start shopping!

    Happy shopping, Ruchettes!

    xo,
    Ruche 


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