• Monday, December 22, 2014

    After a long and relaxing weekend, returning to your routine on Monday can be hard. We want to keep hitting the snooze button and stay in cozy pajamas all day, but the real world calls. Luckily, we have just the thing to perk up your Monday.... an abundance of adorable animals! Whether you're finishing up those last few holiday gifts (it's never too late for a gift card!) or planning your NYE bash, take a little mental break and check out even more cute animals on our Pinterest board!cute-animals cutebunnycute-dogs cute-hedgehogAren't they just the cutest? Even though we can't have hedgehogs and bunnies at the office doesn't mean we can't dream! We hope your Monday is wonderful, Ruchettes. 



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  • Sunday, December 21, 2014


    With a week filled with holiday excitement, getting gussied up, and lots of cooking, baking, and feasting, we're taking this Sunday to relax and spend a little time enjoying the first day of winter. Enjoy your Sunday, Ruchettes! 


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  • Saturday, December 20, 2014

    Who's ready to pop the bubbly? We're gearing up for an end-of-the-year celebration filled with confetti, sweet treats, champagne and lots of sparkle. While we may still be scrambling to make sure all of our Christmas arrangements are set up perfectly, we're still dreaming of watching the ball drop and counting down the last few moments of 2014. With today's Style Steals, you can perfect your New Year's Eve outfit with 50% off 100 styles that will make you the toast of the town. Hurry - the sale ends tonight at 11:59 PM PT! glitterguidenewyears2014-13-e1388346123652Southern_Fried_Paper_NYE_39OmbPkBsZIg8q7qB-p-NcVi7yLe4wPWHfxIz5zzB0tKYnyeshoot_scottandrewweddings_90$!900xImages Via 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

    We're just brimming with inspiration! Now to find the perfect outfit for New Year's Eve... stop by Style Steals now! 


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  • Friday, December 19, 2014

    It's the week before Christmas and there is magic in the air. Streets are lit up with twinkling lights, there's a refreshing chill in the air, and the places we frequent are beginning to fill with friends and relatives from out of town. We find ourselves reaching for our favorite coats a little more often as each week passes, and today we're celebrating the brisk weather with 30% off outerwear! That Tulle or Dear Creatures coat you've had your eye on can be yours today - just use code OUTER at checkout before 11:59 PM PT tonight! Some stunning new faces are joining us for this week's Style Files and sharing their adorable winter style. 

    Kaylyn of The Weir House whisks us away to a romantic cabin setting complete with fresh snowfall! Plaid is definitely a must-have in our winter wardrobes, so we adore how she paired our Gothenberg Plaid Dress with high stockings and boots, and kept her ensemble cozy with a ruffled blouse underneath! weir-house

    How darling is the Curious Natalia in this delightful mustard hue? Mustard is one of our favorite shades during the fall and winter months, and we absolutely adore how she styled our Brookland Dress by Kling with a '60s inspired hairstyle, nude shoes, and black tights. Dress with pockets always put a smile on our faces, too!curious-natalia

    This outfit courtesy of Charlotte of the Boyer Family Singers has us swooning! Another Ruchette sporting a mustard hue, we adore how Charlotte paired her handmade floral skirt with a grey embellished sweater and out Bailin Boots in Brown! While we are enamored with her outfit, we definitely think her smile is her best accessory. boyer-sisters

    This laid-back, yet chic outfit from Moxie Fashion Blog's Christine is one we are utterly inspired by! Her long, bohemian cardigan takes her outfit featuring ankle boots, a button-up blouse, and our Class President Plaid Pants from a day at the office to a sophisticated look for a day out and about. Her fishtail braid perfectly completes her look! Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

    We love seeing Ruchettes in their favorite pieces! Do you have any Ruche items you hope to find under the tree next week? Let us know, and don't forget to stop by today's Style Steals and take 30% off outerwear



  • Thursday, December 18, 2014

    There's nothing better than a little outfit inspiration! While we always love to look to our favorite fashion bloggers for sartorial influence, today we're diving into our latest lookbook, Holiday in the City, for a dose of inspiration for our holiday attire. We love wearing embellishments like sequins, beading, and all things that sparkle during our holiday soirees, but we also love staying cute and cozy for more relaxed gatherings with friends and family. No matter the dress code, Holiday in the City has all the guidance we need this season! Now is the perfect time to shop - today's Style Steal is free shipping on all US & Canada orders placed until 11:59 PM PT tonight, so stop by the lookbook and start shopping!

    Cute & Cozy: A cozy sweater and plaid skirt is a foolproof combination for staying warm and keeping your ensemble sophisticated. Don't forget sweater tights and boots!vintage-inspired-outfit

    Time to Shine: This sequined romper is essential for watching the ball drop on New Year's Eve. We recommend pairing it with minimal jewelry and a bold lip hue!sequined-romper

    Dinner Party: Refined yet bold, we love a patterned dress paired with statement jewelry! Perfect attire for hosting your own dinner party, this dress in a flattering muted red shade and ornate detailing can be easily dressed up or down, making it an essential for any season. vintage-inspired-dress-velvet

    Christmas Cocktails: We love this vintage-inspired beaded blouse, especially when layered over a midi dress. A look that is reminiscent of the 1920's glamour, we love this ensemble paired with heels and a cute bob haircut. party-dress

    We're swooning over these outfits perfect for a variety of festive fetes. See even more winter loveliness by viewing the lookbook and don't forget to shop today's Style Steals and receive free shipping on your order! (US & Canada only). 



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  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    Christmas morning is one of the most treasured times of the entire year. We relish in the Christmas decor, scent of fallen pine needles, and twinkling lights that fill our homes during the holiday season. While the memories of waking up before the sun rises to discover what has been placed under the tree are something we cherish, today we love surprising loved ones with hand-picked gifts, spending extra time with family and friends, and making the season count. Make your Christmas morning even more special with these decadent breakfast treats that will make even the Grinch smile! 

    Citrus and Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls by Bakers RoyaleCranberry-and-Citrus-Cinnamon-Rolls-via-Bakers-Royale2

    4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
    3 tablespoons orange zest
    1/3 cup sugar
    2 packets Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast
    1 teaspoon salt
    1-1/2 cups water
    6 tablespoons butter
    1 egg
    3/4 cups fresh cranberries

    1/3 cup sugar
    2 teaspoons Spice Islands® Ground Saigon Cinnamon
    3 tablespoons butter OR margarine, very soft

    2-1/2 cups powdered sugar
    2 to 4 tablespoons milk
    1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract


    Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, dry yeast and salt in a large mixer bowl and stir until blended. Place water and butter in a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave on HIGH in 15 second increments until very warm but not hot to the touch  (120° to 130°F.  Butter won’t melt completely). Add to flour mixture with egg.

    Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add 1 cup flour and citrus zest; beat 2 minutes at high speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in just enough remaining flour so that the dough will form into a ball.

    Knead  on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic and dough springs back when lightly pressed with 2 fingers, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cover with a towel; let rest for 10 minutes.

    For filling, combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Set aside.

    Roll dough into a 15 x 10-inch rectangle using a rolling pin.  Sprinkle cranberries on top and press into dough. Spread 3 tablespoons  butter over dough stopping at least 1/2-inch from the edges on the long sides. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture. Beginning at long end of each rectangle, roll up tightly.  Pinch seams to seal.  Cut into 12 equal pieces.  TIP:  Use unflavored dental floss instead of a knife to cut rolls.  To do, cut a piece of floss about 12 inches long.  Slide floss under the roll; bring the ends up and cross over to cut each slice.  Place, cut sides down, in greased  13 x 9 inch baking pan . Cover with towel; let rise in warm place  until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

    Bake in preheated 350ºF oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until rolls are golden brown. Cool on wire rack for at least 20 minutes.

    Combine all frosting ingredients (start with 2 tablespoons milk and add more if needed) in a large bowl and beat until creamy.  Spread over rolls.

    Cranberry Walnut Challah Bread by Topped With Cinnammon Cranberry-Walnut-Challah-Bread-062


    Cranberry Filling:
    150 g Cape Cod Select cranberries
    40 g granulated sugar
    125 ml water

    Place ingredients into a small pot and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring often, until it is very thick. Spread the mixture out onto a lightly oiled plate and place in the fridge to cool and set.

    a 7g packet of fast acting dried yeast
    60 g granulated sugar
    250 ml warm water
    625 g plain or bread flour, plus more for dusting
    1 tsp salt
    250 ml milk
    3 eggs
    60 ml vegetable oil or 50 g melted butter, plus a bit extra for the bowl
    1 recipe of Cranberry filling (recipe above)
    60 g walnut halves, chopped

    To finish
    1 egg, beaten
    a handful of pearl sugar or roughly crushed white sugar cubes (optional)

    Dissolve the yeast in the water with 1 tbsp of the sugar. Set aside.

    In a large bowl combine the remaining sugar, flour and salt.

    Make a well in the center of these dry ingredients and pour in the yeast mixture, milk, oil and crack in the eggs.

    Stir together until a few floury patches remain.

    Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for about 10 minutes until it is smooth and slightly sticky.

    Pour a little bit of oil into the bowl you were using before and use your hands to coat the inside of the bowl with it. Place the dough into the oiled bowl, cover loosely with cling film and leave in a warm place for an hour to rise.

    Once the dough is doubled in volume, tip it out onto a lightly floured work surface.

    Divide into three equal pieces. Roll one piece of dough out into a 30 cm long oblong.

    Scatter 1/3 of the cranberry filling and the walnuts evenly over the surface of the dough then roll it up (like a Swiss roll) into a 30 cm long snake. Repeat with the other two pieces of dough.

    Plait the three snakes of dough together into a loaf and place onto a baking tray lined with baking paper (you'll probably have to lay it down diagonally across the tray to fit). Leave in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes whilst you preheat the oven to 180 C.

    Brush the risen dough with the beaten egg to glaze it and scatter on the pearl sugar. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 180 C until well risen and deep golden.  Leave to cool completely before slicing.

    Carrot Cake Pancakes with Vanilla Mascarpone by Topped With CinnamonCarrot-Cake-Pancakes-067

    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tbsp sugar
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    1/8 tsp grated nutmeg
    1/8 tsp ground ginger
    1 cup finely grated carrots
    1 large egg
    1 cup buttermilk
    1/2 cup mascarpone, room temp
    2 tbsp sugar
    1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (double cream)
    1 tsp vanilla (I used vanilla paste)
    3 tbsp desiccated or shredded coconut

    In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and carrots. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and buttermilk.

    Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just
    combined. Let batter sit for 10 minutes while making the vanilla mascarpone. In a bowl, cream together the mascarpone and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. 

    In a separate bowl, whip up the whipping cream until it thickens and holds medium peaks (when you lift the whisk from the cream, the tip of the peak will curl over on itself). Gently fold together the mascarpone- sugar mixture with the whipping cream and mix in the vanilla. Set aside in the fridge.

    Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium-low heat. Brush a thin layer of butter or oil on your pan. Drop the batter a tablespoon at a time into the pan.Cook until tiny bubbles appear on the surface, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes. Keep the pancakes in the warm oven until you’re done with the batter.

    In the still-hot frying pan, toast the coconut over a low heat, stirring often until golden brown (1-2 minutes). Remove from the pan and set aside.

    Top the pancakes with vanilla mascarpone and toasted coconut.

    Now that you've prepared the perfect menu, stop by today's Style Steals and find the perfect sweater, blouse, or comfy tee shirt to spend Christmas morning in! Select blouses are 35% off when you use code BLOUSE at checkout - today only! Shop now before the deal ends tonight at 11:59 PM PT.



  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    One of our favorite parts of the month of December is being immersed in the sounds of the holiday season. Few things go better with admiring the twinkling holiday lights during a relaxing walk or wrapping gifts in pretty paper and ribbons than our favorite holiday songs. In our Holiday Sounds playlist, we've included some of the crooning classics and a few new alternative favorites for you to hum along while you're baking an apple pie for your holiday party or spending the night trimming your tree.

    For more soothing sounds during a drizzling afternoon, visit our Rainy Day Playlist or if you're sipping on a mocha at your local cafe, tune into our Coffee Shop Playlist!


    This post originally appeared on December 12th, 2013

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  • Monday, December 15, 2014

    We all know this moment - you've received your invite to a soiree, wedding, or work event in your mailbox or inbox. You excitedly open your invitation and scan the details of the party and your eyes suddenly halt - Cocktail attire? Dressy casual? You want to dress to impress, but these dress code terms are puzzling! Instead of fretting and avoiding making eye contact with your closet, decode the dress code with our handy guide! Whether your wedding invitation says semi-formal or your office suggests business formal, we've simplified the most common dress codes so you'll always know what to wear. If your soiree is fast-approaching and you're in a sartorial pinch, don't forget to stop by today's Style Steals and take 50% off over 200 dresses! Hurry - it ends tonight at 11:59 PM PT! 


    Business Formal: The key to business formal is tailoring. Whether it's a structured dress, pantsuit, or separates, it's important to keep your look clean and business-appropriate. Dresses or skirts can be paired with tights or a blazer, and finish off your outfit with a clutch and necklace

    Casual: Some may argue that when it comes to a casual dress code, anything goes, but even when the event dress code calls for casual, we still like to keep our ensembles polished by mixing casual and tailored pieces. Pair pants with a blouse and stay cozy in booties and a coat

    Cocktail attire: Cocktail attire is one of our favorites when it comes to dress codes! To dress appropriately, choose a dress that is party-ready. You can wear something with a little sparkle, or dress up a little black dress with a statement necklace or daring earrings. Don't forget pumps and a clutch

    Dressy Casual: Dressy casual is simple - it's a dressed up version of your casual attire! Trade your everyday flowy top or dress for a more structured blouse. We love playing with fun pieces with pops of color, like a mint skirt. To complete your look for the dressy casual dress code, keep it polished with accessories like a watch or pendant necklace

    Semi-Formal: a semi-formal outfit should be classy, but not overdone. Try a cocktail dress or little black dress paired with heels and a touch of sparkling jewelry for a look that's appropriate for an upscale event. A good rule of thumb is the later the event, the dressier you should be! 

    With holiday parties just around the corner, being able to decode any dress code is essential. We know that whether your event is filled with glitz and glam, or you need to impress at the next corporate event, your outfit will be stunning! 


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  • Sunday, December 14, 2014

    We're counting down the last week of holiday shopping with a week of Style Steals! We're kicking off each and every day this week with a new deal, so be sure to check back with us to see if the cute dress, pair of shoes, or home decor at the top of your list is now on sale! Today's Style Steal? 30% off all gifts! Find that perfect something for your perfect someone. 


    What will tomorrow's deal be? Check back with us and find out! 


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  • Saturday, December 13, 2014

    We enjoy the simple pleasures that come with staying in. We love relaxing to the sounds of a vintage vinyl record, sipping on a cup of coffee, or doing a little redecorating to our kitchen or office. Don't get us wrong - we love to pop the champagne and enjoy a night out on the town, but there is something very comforting about being in your own space. If you are looking to treat yourself to a little something special for the home, or are looking for the perfect gift for the homebody in your life, here are a few of our favorite and unique gifts for the home! 

    We don't know whooo could resist this darling teapot and mugs featuring one of our favorite creatures - the owl! Perfect for brewing your favorite tea and serving with a breakfast pastry or after-dinner treat, we love this quirky set featuring rustic shades of green, red and mustard. owl-mug-teapot

    Rifle Paper Co. never fails to amaze, and these notebooks are no exception! Each piece of Rifle paper Co. artwork, whether it's printed on a journal, Iphone case, or on a greeting card, is handmade by founder Anna Bond and printed on eco-friendly paper. We love keeping these notebooks close by just in case inspiration strikes, we need to jot down a quick list, or feel like working on our sketching skills. rifle-paper-co-notebook

     Even if you can't hear the sweet song of a canary or dove, these vintage-inspired bird cages add a delightfully rustic touch to any space. We adore the intricate wiring and weathered look, and love keeping these up on a shelf with our favorite trinkets or hanging outside in a garden!bird-cages

     These labeled stakes are perfect for the gal with a green thumb (or is working on improving her gardening skills!). Keep your herbs organized with these wooden stakes that complement any garden - large or small! These stakes come in a gorgeous glass-topped box so you can still keep them close by when there is a blanket of snow on the ground. garden-stakes

    Cute and quirky, we love these veggie candles! Perfect for adding a little mood lighting to your kitchen or just keeping as an adorable display, these candles will make anyone who loves spending time in the kitchen smile! In varying hues of red, yellow, orange and green, these veggie candles are at the top of our wishlist. veggie-candles

    We can't wait to spend a little extra time with family and friends this season, and sprucing up our space with a few cute new items is just the trick for refreshing our space! Which of these gifts for the home is your favorite? 


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