• Sunday, December 7, 2014

    'Tis the season for gift-giving! We all know that it's what's inside that counts, but who can resist making their package sit even prettier under the tree this holiday? We've come up with three simple and stunning ways to add a heartwarming touch to all your gifts this season. From hostess gifts to rounds of White Elephant and treats for treasured friends and family, we hope you love our creative gift wrap ideas - just press play to get started! 

    Now that you're a professional at wrapping presents, stop by our Ruchette Gift Guide for gifts for everyone on your list! We're filled with stocking stuffers and presents that are certain to delight, but if you're looking for more DIY inspiration, click here. Happy holidays, Ruchettes! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Saturday, December 6, 2014

    It's the most wonderful time of the year! Why? Simply because all the festivities serve as the perfect excuse for us to come together with friends and family, cook up a sweet or savory treat, and (this one is our favorite) get gussied up in elegant dresses! Holiday-ready looks are aplenty this season with tons of tulle, shining jewels, and vintage styles to choose from, but sometimes the hardest part is putting together an ensemble that will ensure you make an entrance. From metallic colors to a classic LBD, you will be inspired by some of our favorite fashion bloggers who are turning heads! 

    Rachel from Pink Peonies dons a red, fuzzy sweater reminiscent of the quintessential holiday flower, poinsettia. From her red lips to her red-bow vintage heels, the poinsettia red adds a beautiful and vibrant touch to her snow white surroundings. Her full tulle skirt keeps her look feminine and her outfit is perfect for your dinner with friends this season, or even to brave the falling snow! pink-peonies

    This blue and gold metallic A-line dress is absolute holiday perfection. We are swooning with how Kendi, of Kendi Everyday, paired her dress with little gold touches in her waist belt and her clutch. Metallic colors can be a bold statement that would be absolutely wonderful for a holiday office party. Pair your own metallic pieces with simple touches like Kendi, and you'll be the belle of the belle. kendi-everyday

    The stunning A Curious Fancy delights in an all red midi dress. We love everything about this dress from the playful textures of lace and mesh to the vintage styled high neckline and sleeves. Those dark berry hued heels finish off this beauty for any holiday outing. How romantic! Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset

    Who doesn't love glitter? Atlantic Pacific's Blair styles her chocolate brown sequined pants with a snow white long sleeve blouse and an oversized bow. This elegant look is both refined yet relaxed and perfect for any holiday soiree! sequin-pants

    Lastly, the gorgeous Tanesha of Girl With Curves graces us with the perfect LBD for the holidays. The hint of polka dot mesh, sweetheart neckline, and darling full skirt make up this an essential little black dress. Pair your own LBD with a clutch and cozy overcoat to complete your party-ready look! girl-with-curves

    We are just giddy with style glee over here! With these gorgeous girls and their holiday inspiration looks, we just know you are now prepped for your own holiday parties. We have more style inspiration for those of you who just can't get enough. Now, go ahead and get to styling! Happy holidays!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Friday, December 5, 2014

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    We're kicking off another Black Friday celebration! Today you can take 30% off sitewide - our same Black Friday deal from last week! Just use code BLKFRDY at checkout until tonight at 11:59 PM PT. Now, shall we go back to Black Friday and cross off those last few names on our holiday shopping lists? Let's start shopping (no crowds or waking up early required!). 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Thursday, December 4, 2014

    Picture this: you and your loved ones cozied up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate warming your hands and your favorite holiday movie lighting up the room. To us, that sounds like the perfect winter evening! Through the hustle and bustle of trimming the tree, Christmas shopping, and putting up the twinkling lights, quality time to enjoy the festivities with loved ones can get a bit lost. To make sure we spend a little extra time with our near and dear, we put together a list of some of our favorite holiday movies so you can enjoy a night in with those you love.

    1. It's A Wonderful Life (1946): A true holiday classic, this film captures our hearts year after year. The timeless film details George Bailey's trials and tribulations which lead him to discover the true meaning of Christmas. Cue the "awwww's"! It's_A_Wonderful_Life

    2. Love Actually (2003): Who could forget this lovely Christmas-themed rom-com? With its ensemble cast weaving into each others' lives, we can't help but watch this date-night worthy movie over and over. Warning: you may need a tissue close by! love-actuall

    3. A Christmas Story (1983): You won't "shoot your eye out" with this classic. The childhood story of Ralphie and his desperate desire for his beloved BB gun introduces us to his quirky family and their Christmas shenanigans. This film plays on repeat on Christmas Day and we absolutely love it! A Christmas Story dare tv

    4. Elf (2003): "Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?" After leaving the North Pole, Buddy finds himself in search of his real family in the busy city of New York. The film starring Will Ferrel and Zooey Deschanel is definitely at the top of our list of must-watch films during the holiday season. elf-movie-christmas-jon-favreau-will-ferrell

    5. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000): This Dr. Seuss classic is brought to life in this classic comedy starring the very silly Jim Carrey. The Grinch is the ultimate... well, grinch! Through his attempts to ruin Christmas, he meets Cindy Lou Who who does her best to change his perspective of the holiday. The perfect amount of heartwarming moments and humor, this film will win over viewers of all ages.kinopoisk.ru

    6. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965): This short musical animation is perfect for when you want to sing along! Our favorite Peanuts gang takes us on another adventure as Charlie Brown encourages those around him with what Christmas is all about. We promise you'll be smiling the whole film through!???????????????????????????????

    We can't wait to slip on some cozy socks, pop some popcorn, and get lost in these romantic and fantastic classics. If you get through this list, don't forget to check out last year's list of favorites! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014

    We're in the midst of the holiday season, and we're guessing that you are also seeing your schedules fill up with a variety of seasonal engagements. From a friend's dinner party to a night of holiday crafting, we love the extra time we get to spend with our nearest and dearest. The one rule we always follow when it comes to attending a soiree is never showing up empty handed. While we love baking an extra dessert or bringing along a bottle of wine, sometimes the hostess that goes above and beyond deserves something even more special. Here are a few of the hostess gifts we'll be toting this season! 

    For the hostess that goes above and beyond in her meal preparations, we adore this cookbook holder. Simply choose a old favorite or new recipe, place your cookbook on the holder, and easily prepare your dish! From a sweet holiday treat to a savory batch of garlic mashed potatoes or roasted chicken, your hostess will be able to whip anything up with ease! 

    The hostess with an appreciation for antiques and all things vintage will beam when opening a box containing Letters of Note. The book contains a collection of over 125 letters from noteable figures from history including Emily Dickinson and Albert Einstein. In addition, the book is filled with gorgeous portraits, artwork, and will have any vintage-lover swooning. 

    Many places are covered in a blanket of snow, but your hostess can still add a floral touch to her space with a gorgeous Rifle Paper Co. botanical print. Hand painted in stunning color, we love this print for adding a pop of color to any nook or desktop, and it's the perfect way to brighten up a winter day. 

    A sweet scalloped stand is perfect and versatile way to add a special touch to any room! The fashion-loving hostess can easily use it to display her most treasured pieces of jewelry while the hostess with an undeniably rustic aesthetic can use it to host a myriad of candles. Our favorite use? We love this stand as a way to show off a tasty collection of hors d'oeuvres or display a perfectly frosted cake. 

    If the hostess your celebrating with is well versed in travel and loves to spend a weekend jetsetting to somewhere new, a collection of travel-inspired coasters by Rifle Paper Co. are certain to impress! This collection of coasters featuring exotic and metropolitan destinations is not only a thoughtful present, but is something that guests can enjoy as well as they sip on a seasonal cocktail or glass of eggnog! 

    May your parties be both merry and bright this season! For more gift ideas, stop by our gift guide to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, December 1, 2014

    It's easy to get swept up during the holidays, so stay on top of your holiday shopping (and cure the Monday blues!) with our Cyber Monday Sale! The best part? You can check off each and everyone on your list from the comfort of your couch. Find a cute new bowl for your animal adoring friend, a cute new oven mitt for the chef in your life, or even stocking stuffers to make your loved ones smile even brighter this holiday! Hurry - the sale ends tomorrow, so shop now

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, December 1, 2014

    Do you feel that chill in the air? It must be December! We're celebrating this festive month with a sweet wallpaper to spruce up your desktop. Download the high res version and see our past wallpapers here!  

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, December 1, 2014

    We are so excited to have Kelsey of Honey and the Hive as our December Ruchette of the Month! This artistic lady paints delightful creations you can find in her Etsy shop and is the loving mother to an unbelievably adorable two-year-old boy. We love Kelsey's vintage-inspired style in both her artwork and her wardrobe, and we can't wait to see more from this talented gal. Learn more about her below, and see her previous feature on our blog here

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    How does your personal style influence your artwork?
    I love all things bright and colorful and ...polkadotted!  Not only can I always be found wearing these elements, but they're all things that are very well represented in my art.

    Where does the name "Honey and the Hive" come from?
    When I was trying to think of a name for my shop, I wanted to come up with something that reflected myself and my lifestyle.  There's a lot of hard work and a little bit of craziness that goes into what I do, but the outcome is very sweet and gratifying - just like bees and honey!  Plus, I've always just had a thing for bees.

    Where can we find you when you aren't creating stunning art?
    Oh, you guys are the sweetest!  When I'm not painting I can be found in the kitchen baking up something sweet, cuddled up on the couch with a good book and a big ol' cup of tea, or going on some sort of crazy adventure with my tiny 2 year old - there's never a dull moment! 

    Our motto here at Ruche is #LiveBeautifully.  How do you live beautifully?
    To me, the best way to live beautifully is to live happily.  I try to look for the little things that make me smile in life and to slow down and  admire all of the beauty and wonder in the world every day.

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    What would "Honey and the Hive" lovers be surprised to learn about you?
    Well, not only am I an artist, but I'm also married to one.  Needless to say, we go through a LOT of paint in this house.

    Do you have a favorite piece of work that you've created?
    This is a great question!  As an artist, my number one goal is to make every painting that I do better than the one I did before it.  Every single piece I do teaches me something new about my technique, and makes me fall in love with painting even more.  It's such an awesome process and there is so much of myself that I put into every piece I make that I don't know that I could ever pick a favorite, they all have a special place in my heart.

    You currently reside in Michigan where you get to experience each season to the fullest extent.  What's your favorite way to transition your style into the colder seasons?
    It's so fun to live in a place where we really do have such drastic weather changes from season to season.  I've built a wardrobe full of so many great transitional pieces.  For example a dress that I'd wear out in the summer, I'll layer with tights, boots, and a flannel underneath for a great winter outfit.  I'm also a huge fan of chunky knitted sweaters and lots and lots of scarves!

    What do you love most about being a Ruchette?
    I love being a part of such a diverse community of women who are confidently being themselves and expressing that through personal style - it's such an inspiring thing!

    Quick Fire!
    Coffee or Tea? No, hardest question!  If I have to choose.......TEA!
    Tulips or Roses? Roses!
    Plaid or Polka dots? Polka dots!
    Phone, keys, wallet, and.... Lipstick!

    We're certain you're just as in love with Kelsey as we are! From her charming artwork to her darling style, we love how she seems to radiate positivity. Happy December, Ruchettes! 

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Sunday, November 30, 2014

    Our friend Jordyn of the Pretty Lovely Blog is not only a darling Ruchette, but she is also a talented florist! We're sharing her DIY for a fun and festive holiday centerpiece. If you're looking to spruce up your table, mantel, or favorite nook, this centerpiece is the perfect way to add seasonal blossoms to your holiday decor. Make your own now with a little help from Jordyn herself! 

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    Materials:
    Vase
    Floral Wire
    Waterproof floral tap
    Wire cutters
    Floral clippers
    Your choice of flowers (Jordyn used Eucalyptus, Rose hips, Hypericum, yellow and purple Mums, and Sunflowers)

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    Begin by washing out your vase and clippers and prep your florals by removing all of the leaves. This will make the arranging go a lot faster. Ball up a portion of the wire and place it in your vase. Secure it in place with the tape. Start with your chosen foliage to make a base. Cut the stems to size and remove all of the leaves that would be in the water. Keep on adding the foliage until you have a good base. 

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    Next I go in with my textural elements like the rose hips and hypericum. You can place those wherever you want. I usually like to have some berries hanging over the edge in front and high off to the side. But really, put them anywhere you want. 

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    Then I pick out my showiest flower and place that right in front but not center, just off to the side.  Then start putting in my smaller flowers around it. I like to group the same flowers in three's so that they show up more and make more of a statement. 

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    When you have those key pieces in place, fill in with the rest of your flowers and add more rose hips and hypericum. The best part? You can take this smaller centerpiece and incorporate it into a larger, more showy centerpiece in a pinch! 

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    Jordyn also recommends making sure your centerpiece is an appropriate height for your table - you don't want to block your guests' view! Lastly, don't worry about making a mistake, it's ok to start over and make sure you take a step back every few minutes to see if your arrangement is lovely from every angle and perspective. The final step? Place on your table and enjoy! 

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Saturday, November 29, 2014

    Today is Small Business Saturday, and we're thanking each and every one of you for your support! Since our beginning in 2008, we have been so fortunate to see our community of Ruchettes grow. We've watched the clothing and indie brands we adore become staples in our customers' wardrobes and we check the #Ruchette and #ShopRuche hashtag every day so we can see your photos. We love engaging with our community, and this year we have been so lucky to meet you in person at our local warehouse and events! In short, it's been an amazing journey and we can't wait to see what's next. Today we thank you for supporting our small business, and we're inviting you to get a look behind-the-scenes with an interview with our founder Mai! 

    When you were first starting to get Ruche off the ground, what was the biggest challenge you faced?
    The biggest challenge was having to make the decision to leave my full time career to run Ruche.  It was the scariest decision I've ever had to make, but I'm so glad I took the risk.  You never know until you try it! It wasn’t until a year after Ruche started when I actually left my full time job. I don’t recommend giving up everything right off the bat. Take small steps and slowly ease in bigger ones as you go.

    Finish this sentence: Ruche wouldn't be where it is today without...
    Our awesome fans and customers. Our customers really fuel what we do every day.

    As our CCO, you are always involved in creative aspects of the company. Where do you find daily inspiration?
    I find inspiration via Pinterest, Instagram, magazines, and all sorts of bloggers. I could really spend hours on end just combing through the web. 

    The new year is just around the corner! What are you most looking forward to for Ruche in 2015?
    I’m really looking forward to continuing to grow Ruche and its lifestyle. I want to inspire anyone that stops by, whether to shop for something they love, browse through our lookbooks, or read through our blog. There are so many people out there that still have not heard of Ruche!  

    What is your funniest memory from the early days of Ruche?
    My husband Josh supported me through the whole creation of Ruche.  He would give up playing World of Warcraft with his friends to help me ship orders.  As Ruche got busier and busier, he had to start naming and writing descriptions on clothing, something that he knew nothing about before. This was one of his unforgettable descriptions:  “Make an ascent up a winding staircase of pleats above a coral studded road.”  The funniest part was that it was one of our top sellers…he was very proud. 

    What advice do you have for anyone thinking of starting their own business?
    There is nothing more fulfilling than doing what you love and being a business owner, but if you have to choose one, make sure you are doing what you love. I’m lucky to be doing both. Starting your own business will require A LOT of work and sleepless nights.  When you start your own business, it will consume you 24/7, more than any other job. If you have to sacrifice that much of your life, make sure it is something you love doing.

     -- Mai Olivo, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer

    We are so lucky to be surrounded by individuals filled with passion each and every day. From our founders Mai and Josh to our photographers to our customer service team and our customers, our community is built on the desire to live beautifully, and we're thanking you for helping us make that a possibility this Small Business Saturday. 

    xo,
    All of your friends at Ruche


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