• Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    You may remember our friend Hayley Solano as a past Ruchette of the Month or from her beautiful singing voice that's been featured on our blog in the past! Well, this songbird sent us her no-fail recipe for the perfect summer lemonade. We all know that preparing a fresh batch of this refreshing drink is at the top of our summer bucket list, so we couldn't resist posting her recipe. See below for directions and a little message from Hayley herself! 

    As a vintage-lover, creative soul, and a former Ruchette of the Month, I am absolutely in love with Ruche's brand! I always browse their blog for daily inspiration and was excited to come across their summer bucket list. I usually keep quite busy with songwriting and playing shows and have been looking for some fun seasonal activities to do. Thank you Ruche for the wonderful ideas - I already checked a few items off the list! I spent a gorgeous summer afternoon making fresh-squeezed lemonade and thought I would share my recipe!

    Ingredients:
    3/4 cup of white sugar
    1 1/2 cups of lemon juice
    8 cups of water

    Directions: 
    1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve sugar, making a simple syrup.
    2. Juice 6 lemons.
    3. In a large pitcher, stir together syrup, lemon juice, and remaining water.
    4. Enjoy!
     
    I hope you are having a magical summer filled with beautiful days like these!

    Love,
    Hayley, from Diary of a Singer-Songwriter

    We can't wait to prepare a pitcher as darling as Hayley's for our next outdoor gathering! We're so happy that Hayley stopped by to share her simple and sweet recipe with us. Don't forget to stop by this stunning songbird's blog for more fun! 
     
    xo,
    Ruche 
     
    Have a recipe 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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  • Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    The sun hasn't set on summer quite yet, so there is still plenty of time to assemble the perfect picnic. Nothing says summer romance like preparing a bundle of snacks and heading to a quiet and secluded outdoor corner to dine with a loved one. While the light dances through the leaves high above you, you'll be laying back and listening to the sounds of the breeze making its way through the branches and feasting on tasty snacks with your nearest and dearest. Here is everything you need for a darling picnic!  

    Food: When it comes to your culinary choices, your best bet is to keep it simple. Find quick and easy recipes that are meant to be served chilled or at room temperature. This way you don't have to worry about keeping a dish hot while finding the perfect picnic spot! We love finger foods for low maintenance dining, but a fresh summer salad is hard to beat. Make sure you pack lots of seasonal fruits, cheese, and crackers for optimal snacking! For more ideas for creative picnic options, try this fruit dish or this salad

    Drink: To accompany your delightful snacks, try bringing bottle of red or white wine; whichever best compliments your tasty treats. If you're looking for a alcohol-free option, try sparkling lemonade, or a lavender-infused lemonade. Don't forget to stay hydrated with plenty of water! 

    Blanket: A large, comfy blanket is always a picnic essential. A thick, knit blanket is ideal for laying on grassy terrain. Woven styles in heavy cotton are always a go-to! While there are specialty blankets for outdoor adventures, we always love a classic and cozy blanket while enjoying a picnic! 

    Music: Nothing sets the relaxed mood like a playlist of soothing sounds. While you're enjoying a a glass of wine or Try downloading an app like Pandora or Spotify to your phone and bringing a portable speaker or player to your picnic spot. We even have a collection of playlists perfect for dining alfresco.

    Images via Style Me Pretty

    Now that you're equipped for the perfect summer picnic, complete with a complete menu of appetizers and dishes and essentials like a cozy blanket and laid-back music, all you need is the perfect picnic location! Spend your weekend under tall trees in your new favorite spot with a loved one - you can't get much more perfect than that! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Monday, July 28, 2014

    Bridging the seasons can be a difficult task, especially when the hot days of summer meet the cooling days of autumn. For these fluctuating days, discovering easy, transitional style is a seasonal essential! Falling Into Place, our transitional style guide, is the perfect source for inspiration and easy tips during the hot and cold temperatures of those pesky, in-between days. 

    The key for any transitioning season is layering. We love this look because it avoids bulky by keeping the layers light. We love a sheer blouse over a printed top for a little extra coverage without overheating under the sun! 

    Just because the days are growing more cool doesn't mean your summer dresses have to retire to the back of your closet! Try pairing your favorite summer sundress with an open knit cardigan when the temperatures drop. 

    A cropped sweater is an essential for layering. This must-have is perfect when paired with a high-waisted skirt or pants, but we also love it for updating summer dresses. A flattering silhouette in a neutral hue is perfect all year round!We are looking forward to waking up to grey skies and embracing light layers! Don't get us wrong - we love summer, but there is something about sweater weather that can't be beat! Don't forget to view our collection of transitional styles with Falling Into Place!

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Monday, July 28, 2014

    Flowers are usually associated with the warming temperatures of spring, but there are a few blossoms that only pop up come summertime that send our hearts aflutter! Whether it's in a bouquet or planted in a garden, flowers are a great way to add a pop of color to your space or put a smile on a loved one's face. We dream of spending summer days tending to a flourishing garden filled with pretty blossoms, and here are just a few of our favorite summer flowers! 

    Dahila: Dahilas are known for their bold shape and vibrant hues. Gorgeous in a mixed bouquet or on their own, Dahilas require light shade and thrive in slightly cooler and moist temperatures.  

    Calla: These elegant blossoms come in a variety of shades, but it's their romantic shape that makes them one of our favorite summer flowers! These blossoms love sunlight, making them the perfect addition to your summer garden! 

    Sunflower: These grand, tall-standing flowers are an essential for summertime. Their bright faces shine in any garden, and their drought an heat resistant nature makes them one of the easiest flowers to grow. Even bees and birds love them! 

    Hydrangea: Growing in a variety of shades, hydrangeas are a flower that are as versatile as they are lovely. This beautiful flower adores morning sun and afternoon shade.

    Marigold: If your garden is in need of some cheering up, look no further than the pretty marigold! This bright and sunny flower thrives in the sunshine, making it a perfect summer flower. Do you have any favorite flowers that tend to blossom during the summer months? Let us know! For the perfect summer DIY, try planting your summer flowers in a pretty painted terracotta planter or experimenting with edible flowers in your kitchen creations. 

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Saturday, July 26, 2014

    Meet the darling Lauren Kelp! This gorgeous gal is one talented lady; she's a blogger, interior decorator, offers design services, and a photo shoot stylist. The best part? Her aesthetic and eye for design is incredible! Lucky for us, she's taking over our Instagram this weekend, and we can't wait to see how she lives beautifully! Be sure to follow her #livebeautifully Instagram takeover on @shopruche and don't forget to follow her day to day adventures on @laurenkelp as well! We asked Lauren about the 8 things every happy woman should have, and here is what she said! 

    1. A go-to drink.
    Paloma! Tequila, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, sparkling water, and a dash of lime juice - it is absolute heaven.

    2. A go-to Karaoke song.
    Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams."

    3. A uniform.
    Skinny jeans, my Frye boots, a tucked in white button down, and a fun belt. It's classic & not to cumbersumb when on set styling.

    4. A hair stylist they love.
    Anyone who manages to tame my tangled locks. Thankfully, messy beach hair is in style.

    5. An exercise routine.
    Hiking! If I am stuck on a project, or need some inspiration, I just throw on my boots and get on a mountain.

    6. A hobby.
    Oh, man! Some of my favorite summer hobbies are camping, watching bad cop shows, and perfecting the art of the summer dinner party.

    7. A best friend.
    I have some of the most amazing friends a gal could ask for, but I couldn't function without my sister (sweetest person), my husband (funniest person), and my creative community here in Phoenix.

    8. A healthy sense of self.
    Remembering to not take myself to seriously, love others more, and be a good listener.

    -- Lauren Kelp

    For more things Lauren Kelp, we love her series Tablemakers and Well Dressed Creative! Fall in love with this innovative beauty this weekend when she takes over our Instagram, and see how she lives beautifully! 

    xo,
    Ruche

     


  • Friday, July 25, 2014

    Just in case you missed out on our spectacular birthday celebration at the 31 Bits headquarters in Costa Mesa, you can catch up on all the birthday fun with our recap video! The day was filled with flavorful cotton candy, cupcakes, champagne, cute clothes, and laughter. We couldn't have had more fun at our 6th birthday, and we couldn't have done it without our awesome sponsors and Ruchettes! Plus, how adorable is CEO Josh and CCO Mai's little girl Amelie? 

    See more of the fun on Instagram using hashtag #RucheTurns6 and see more photos here

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Ever saw a dress, jacket, pair of booties, or statement necklace on our site and wondered how to style it? We have the answer, and it can be found in our collection of Ruchette Outfits. A Ruchette Outfit is a recipe for impeccable style. When you shop the collection on our site, each row is made up of four pieces, which make up a perfectly stylish outfit! View our video featuring a few of our employees in their favorite Ruchette Outfits - aren't they simply adorable?

    Stop by our site to view the collection and discover a Ruchette Outfit you adore!

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    At our 6th birthday party we challenged our Ruchettes to explain how they #livebeautifully! After receiving an overwhelming amount of beautiful responses, we randomly chose our winner - Mollie! We were happy to reward her with a $100 gift card to Ruche, a year subscription to Darling Magazine, and a gorgeous 31 Bits Necklace.  

    If you missed out on the birthday festivities, you can catch up relive the fun with our video and don't forget to see Mollie's winning answer here! We're so excited and we want to thank all of our vendors and Ruchettes again! Thank you for another amazing year. 

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Besides walks on the beach, endless ice cream cones, long, sunlight-filled days, and refreshing glasses of lemonade, summery style is one of our favorite parts of the warm weather months! We love being able dress in light, breezy dresses, skirts, and sandals during the day and layer with cozy open knits and cute boots come nightfall. Our Ruchettes have impeccable summer style, and here are just a few that we are swooning over! 

    Sometimes Gracefully's Grace looks adorable in this flowing tunic dress in a stunning shade of blue. We love how she dressed it up with opaque tights and heels. This look would be perfect for a night out! 

    Caitlin of Vougish at Best (and her equestrian friend!) look simply adorable! We love Caitlin's nautical tank - a summertime essential! It looks darling layered over her pleated skirt and sparking sandals. 

    The Blue Curtain's Lizette looks stunning in this top and maxi combination. Along we being a look we always love, her belt and scarf make this outfit perfect for transitioning to the cooler days of fall. Plus, how gorgeous are her long locks? We're in love! 

    Elana, author of Room 334 looks darling in this mix and match ensemble! We love how she tied her striped tee over this darling floral frock. Her vest and cutout sandals make this an outfit perfect for any sunny summer day. 

    Who knew summer style could be so darling? From pattern mixing to maxi dresses and mini silhouettes, these Ruchettes have found a way to incorporate their favorite Ruche styles into their summer wardrobe, and we couldn't be more excited! 

    xo,
    Ruche

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  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Behold! Our latest culinary obsession: the crostini. While a "crostini" isn't much more than a fancy word for delicious baked bread coated in spices, oils, and a variety of toppings, we love how this snack can be made a simple or as complex as one desires. "Crostini" is also Italian for "little toasts," which is pretty adorable and just another reason we love this treat. These party-perfect treats are perfect finger foods for your next celebration or summer picnic. Easily customizable to a variety of tastes and preferences, it's easy to craft a plate of crostinis that will please everyone. We narrowed it down to five must-try recipes when it comes to this yummy dish! 

    Grilled Bread with Thyme Pesto and Preserved Lemon Cream: Homemade pesto isn't only simple and easy to prepare at home, but it is always a crowd-pleaser! Freshly prepared pesto can't be beat, and when it is smothered on top of toasty bread with lemon cream sauce, your guests will be too busy devouring these "little toasts" to tell you how much they love them! Find the recipe here.

    Persimmon Bruschetta: For a recipe that is delicious as is it beautiful, try this crostini! The bold hues and hints of ricotta make this an essential to whip up in your kitchen! A great appetizer or party dish, we are enamored with this recipe. 

    Toasted Goat Cheese Crostini with Basil and Red Onion Jam: Goat cheese, red onion, and basil? Say no more! This simple, vegetarian-friendly crostini recipe is easy to prepare for a elegant dinner party or impromptu gathering. Plus, the red onion jam this recipe calls for would be a delish leftover to spread on sandwiches. 

    Roasted Carrot Harissa and Creme Fraiche Crostini: This delightful and fancy crostini is a savory and spicy dish that we can't get enough of! A versatile dish, the ingredients can be easily tweaked to your (or your guests') liking! Put on your favorite vintage apron and spend some time in the kitchen crafting these tasty treats. Find the recipe here

    Smoked Salmon on Mustard-Chive and Dill Butter Toasts: This recipe definitely has us ready to start cooking. The combination of salmon, dill, and lemon is always heavenly, and when combined on a sliced baguette, the results are swoonworthy! Upgrade any party with this new spin on a classic appetizer. 

    Now that you're inspired (and probably a little hungry!) which of these crostini recipes is at the top of your list? Let us know in the comments below!

    xo,
    Ruche


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