• 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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  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015


    Guess what the lovely Emma of A Beautiful Mess, Lacy of Lacy Rose XO and Grace of Sometimes Gracefully have in common? Give up? Well, they are all wearing dresses and blouses that can be found on our site today for under $20! We've temporarily reduced a special selection of cute dresses and tops priced at $14.50 and $19.50. These styles are only temporarily marked down, so be sure to stop by these doorbusters before they return to full price! We've got even more news to get you over the Wednesday blues... in addition to dresses and tops under $20, our Fresh Start sale starts today! Take 30% off sitewide with code BEST30 until Monday, 1/19 at 11:59 PM PT! cute-tops-under-15dresses-under-20

    Stop by our site to see if the vintage-inspired dress or cute blouse that's been lingering on your wishlist is now reduced! Even while browsing, you may find that one item that makes your heart go pitter-patter. If you need us, we'll be shopping! 


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  • Tuesday, January 13, 2015

    The 2015 Golden Globes truly delivered when it comes to gorgeous gowns. We love dresses for any occasion, but Beverly Hills appeared to be covered in an array of shining metallics, embellishments, and glittering dresses. While this was easily one of the most sparkling Globes yet, while we couldn't get enough of the stunning shades of blue, purple, and burgundy that popped against the classic red carpet. Here are a few of our favorite looks from the 2015 Golden Globes! 

    Sparkle & Shine: Julianne Moore and Dakota Johnson glisten in head-to-toe silver sequined gowns. We love that they both opted for minimal accessories and long locks to complement their floor-length glimmering gowns! head-to-toe-sparkle

    Metallics: Diane Kruger adds a spin on her classic silhouette with a hint of glitter on her floor-grazing gown. Another metallic beauty is Jessica Chastain, having quite the Marilyn Monroe moment, in a low cut, ruched metallic gown. We're swooning! subtle-metallic

    Modest Necklines: While we love the awe that comes with a jaw-dropping gown, we can also appreciate a modest beauty. We love the high necklines of both Melissa McCarthy's and Felicity Jones' vintage-inspired dresses. From the stunning shade of blue on Jones' gown to the ruffled touches on McCarthy's, we are simply in love. modest-necklines

    Into the Blue: While Kelly Osbourne and Amy Adams are at different ends of the blue color spectrum, we think both look equally lovely! Adams looks etheral in a Grecian-inspired pastel blue gown, while Osbourne goes for vintage-glam in a lightly embellished navy blue number. shades-of-blue

    Embellishments: The unexpected embellishments on Emma Stone's couture jumpsuit and Viola Davis' stunning red gown make these red carpet ensembles captivating. We love Stone's high fashion choice, and Davis' classic and timeless gown with perfectly placed stones. A little detail goes a long way! unexpected-embellishmentsImages Via Refinery29

    While we spent the Golden Globes on the couch in our comfiest pajamas, that doesn't mean we can't dream of getting gussied up and attending the awards ceremony! Did you have a favorite gown? Let us know!


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  • Monday, January 12, 2015

    Isn't it about time you looked on the bright side? As the season of jewel tones, dark hues, and midnight floral prints comes to a close, we're lightening up our style for days when the sun peeks through the clouds. Embrace airy silhouettes, lightweight knits, and bright colors, along with pastels, for a little hint of spring in your everyday attire. This spring, we're looking forward to lovely shift dresses with touches of embroidery, colorful open knits sweaters, and cute booties to take us on adventures. Stop by the collection now!  cute-spring-style

    Are there any trends you can't wait to don this spring? Let us know, and don't forget to take a peek at Lighten Up for the cutest pieces for freshening up your winter style. 


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  • Saturday, January 10, 2015


    We didn't think it was possible to make the weekend even better, but in addition to sleeping in, brunching, and exploring your local fare, we're celebrating with a weekend of Style Steals! Take 50% off 100 of our beloved vintage-inspired dresses, blouses, jackets, and more! Stop by the sale to see if anything on your wishlist is now 50% off, and be sure to take advantage of the sale before it ends tomorrow at 11:59 PM PT. Happy Shopping!


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