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  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014

    Hello Ruchettes! We’d love to share some of our favorite crafts that you can do with just some ordinary household items. Who knew that cans could be both so useful and so pretty? We love the idea of creating something new from vintage cans with faded labels or repurposing the cans we already use! These easy DIYs can help you get organized and add sophisticated style and color to your home.  

    1. Tiered Can Organizer: This tower of cans is not only practical, but it adds a rustic feel to any desk. To make your own, simply find three containers that can easily be stacked. We love the tiered look featured in the image below! If you want to add some flair to your cans, you could keep the original label, or simply peel the old wrapper off and glue on your desired print. Then, take a wooden rod or and glue it to the bottom of the inside of the largest can. After, glue the middle can to the rod and do the same with a shorter wood rod connecting the top can to the middle one. If you want to add some color, make sure to paint the rod complimentary color before you begin the stacking process. Now you have the perfect tool for organization!

    2. Spring Vases: Who doesn’t love to show off beautiful spring flowers? Recycle your tin cans by turning them into the perfect flower vases. To make your own, wash the cans thoroughly and soak them in warm water to remove the labels. Make sure they are completely dry and flip the cans upside down to spray paint the outsides with your favorite color. You can choose to leave some chrome or paint them a variety of hues for a pretty spring color palette. Don't forget to coat them with a sealant once dry to add a coat of lovely shine. Once the paint is dry, fill the cans with all your favorite spring blossoms and water. It’s as simple as that! Now you have the perfect spring centerpiece for your table!

    3. Fabric Vases: Another way to embrace springtime is by making these adorable fabric vases! First, soak the can to get the label off and make sure the can is completely dry. Next, find your favorite fabric and cut a piece that is slightly larger than the can. Spray the can with spray adhesive and then lay the fabric down so you can easily roll the fabric onto the can. You can even spray the inside of the can with adhesive to tuck the top of the fabric into the can and make sure there are no bumps. Now, all you have to do is add some flowers and water and you’ve made an elegant accessory to any table!

    We hope you loved these darling DIY options as much as we do! What’s your favorite way to upcycle cans? We’d love to hear!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Sunday, May 11, 2014

    While we appreciate the work our mother's have done and continue to do for us throughout our lives, Mother's Day is an important day to take a step back and let the mother in your life know how much you truly appreciate them. Even though we are far from the days of bandaged knees and preparing a bowl of soup when feeling under the weather, our mothers continue to affect our daily lives. Sometimes this comes in the form our interactions with our own children, and sometimes it's as simple as always saying "thank you" or reciting a pearl of maternal wisdom to a friend. Happy Mother's Day to the women that continue to influence us! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


  • Saturday, May 10, 2014

    Today is Mai's second Mother's Day, and she couldn't be more excited! Everyone says that children grow up so quickly, and that's because it's true -- it seems like only moments ago we were celebrating Mai's first Mother's Day and highlighting her maternity style on the blog! Read on for some of the motherly advice she's acquired in the past year and a half.

    I can't believe Amelie is over 17 months already. Time flies and she's growing up so fast -- too fast! Her mind is like sponge, watching and listening to everything I do and say. She amazes me and surprises me each and every day. And she melts my heart every time she calls me "Mommy" and repeatedly kisses me with the "muah" sound. Gah! I die each time! It's by far my favorite thing.

    When I think about my life with Amelie, I realize how motherhood has challenged me to be a better person, to be a good role model for Amelie. And when I think about my mom, I realize how she has been such an amazing role model for me, and I want to do the same for Amelie. I also think about how much I love Amelie and I just can't believe this is how much my mom loves me too. She's truly the greatest mom and grandma ever. (I love you, Mom!)

    To all the grandmas, moms, and moms-to-be out there, you're all amazing! Happy Mother's Day!

    xo,
    Mai

    Ruchettes, do you have a story to share? Send it to blog@shopruche.com for a chance to be included in our Real Stories!


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  • Friday, May 9, 2014

    Founder and editor of modern design blog Design Milk and pet design blog Dog Milk, Jaime Derringer is a hardworking, talented woman whose work has been featured in everything from the Los Angeles Times to Real Simple Magazine. Between balancing her two blogs, speaking on design, and consulting, this go-getter managers to find time to spend with her husband, daughter, and darling dog. Jaime's motherly advice comes from her father, who's played a nurturing role in her life. Read on for the wonderful lesson he passed on to her!

    My Dad (!) gave me some motherly advice once that I will always remember and use in future teenage parenting: “If it doesn’t hurt them, let it go.” I’m pretty sure he was referring to my purple hair when I was 16! But, I think what he meant was that as a parent, you should put your energy into the important stuff, the stuff that will help them grow and shape them intellectually, emotionally and ethically rather than wasting time and energy on silly things like fashion trends or phases. In other words, “Don’t sweat the small stuff!” Great life advice, too! :)

    -- Jaime, Design Milk

    A big thank-you to Jaime for sharing with us! Make sure to check out her blog, and head over to our special mother's day video for a heartwarming look at motherhood.

    xo,
    Ruche

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  • Friday, May 9, 2014

    We will never get our fill of Emma Stone’s red carpet style, and the outfits she wore to the Spiderman premieres were no exception! Each one of her ensembles expresses the classic and feminine aesthetic that has given her a reputation as an international fashion icon. It’s also no secret that she and Andrew Garfield make a darling couple -- he’s pretty handsome himself! Here are some of our favorites of her vintage-inspired premiere ensembles.

    Images via Emma Stone Web

    We're inspired by Emma’s elegance and sophistication. Are you also an admirer of Emma’s red carpet looks? We’d love to hear!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Thursday, May 8, 2014

    Clementine Daily's Erin Loechner is not only a talented blogger and lifestyle guru, but a dedicated mother! In addition to her role as "Mom," Erin shares her passion for writing, creativity and self-expression with the minds that visit her blog, speaking engagements, and conferences. Her work can be found in a myriad of publications ranging from Glamour to The Huffington Post, but the work Erin is most proud of is the work she does as a mother. Continue reading for a kernel of Erin's encouraging advice.

    Laugh it off as much as you can. Kids are hilarious in every stage, whether whining to get out of the car at age 3, or whining to get in it at age 16. Look for the humor in every situation, rather than defaulting to anger or lectures. Not only will your kids learn how to follow your lead and live life lightheartedly, but your days will be filled with a lot more laughter along the way.

    -- Erin, Clementine Daily

    We're so thankful that Erin has shared one of the most important lessons she has learned on the path of motherhood. Visit us again tomorrow to see more words of wisdom from some of our favorite mothers and head over to our special mother's day video for a heartwarming look at motherhood.

    xo,
    Ruche

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  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014

    Since our first moment meeting Stephanie of the NieNie Dialogues, we knew she was a treasure to behold. Her story of survival along with her capacity for love and dedication to her family make her a true inspiration to us. Stephanie's motivation and desire to share her story via talks, conferences, and her book make her an unstoppable force of positivity and grace. Continue below to read her incredible story of strength and determination.

    One of my greatest fears as I laid in the hospital for all those months, and even after I came home, was what affect this all would have on my beautiful children. I marvel at how resilient they have been, considering the upheaval of their little lives. I was especially worried about Nicholas's adjustment and, of course, concerned and heartbroken when Jane had such a struggle looking at me. Time, and lots of prayer, healed those wounds.  My children now see me as their mother. Though much has changed, much is the same in our lives. It's amazing what a pair of jeans and earrings can do - sometimes that's all it takes to make them feel like I'm the same mom I've always been. I am so grateful they can see me through my scars, and love me even though I'm not as strong as I used to be.

    Just a year after the accident, Claire, my oldest, brought me an ornate silver hair clip with little red jewels. "I took this from our house when everyone was packing up to move us to Utah," she told me. "Everyone was so busy, and I ran into your bathroom and grabbed this. I wanted something to remind me of you." I imagined her little legs standing on tip toe as she eyed my jewelry box. I imagined me laying in a coma at a burn center just miles away.

    Hearing this broke my heart all over again for my strong little six-year-old who'd had to grow up very quickly. And it makes me feel even more grateful that I could hold her in my arms now. I told her that I thought the clip should belong to her now, as a reminder of how far we'd come. I was thankful for Claire's wisdom and maturity as she approached our new life, but my heart understands Jane's, too, and I am thankful for her bravery. Oliver and Nicholas continue to be bright and vibrant boys, and I am a lucky mother, that I will get to watch them grow up and become men.

    I will never know all that my children went through or all the ways they have changed, but what I do know is, today, their future is just as bright as it was before the accident.

    My story has another happy twist; in April 2012 I delivered a healthy baby girl. I could hardly believe my eyes when I looked at the pregnancy test, but after I took four more, I believed it - my dream of having another baby - more children - came true. 

    The accident took so much, in just an instant, but over these last few years I feel like I have, slowly but surely, reclaimed everything that truly matters from the wreckage. Being a mother is at the top of my list.

    Happy Mother’s Day to the mothers of the world.

    -- Stephanie Nielson, NieNie Dialogues

    Through both her uniquely feminine style and gracious nature, Stephanie exemplifies what it means to live beautifully. We are continuously inspired by her integrity as both a mother and a wife! Visit us again tomorrow for more maternal wisdom in celebration of Mother's Day! And a big thank you to Justin Hackworth for all the beautiful photos!

    xo,
    Ruche

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  • Tuesday, May 6, 2014

    Ashley of Southern (California) Belle has always been one of our favorite Ruchettes, and we've enjoyed watching her blog evolve and grow over the years! We featured her as our July 2013 Ruchette Of The Month, in addition to highlighting her creative taste in countless style files and sharing her real Ruche wedding with our readers. Now this beautiful blogger has entered her next phase of life, receiving a new role and title -- mom! We asked Ashley to share a bit about her transition to motherhood, and love what she had to say.

    When I was pregnant with Bianca I only had one real fear. How was I going to take the transition from woman to mother? As someone who never really thought about having kids until I met my husband, I felt like I may have been a little emotionally unprepared. That, along with every parent I know telling me how hard parenting is, really freaked me out! The truth is, you can't expect anything until you meet your child. All those people who complained about how you won't have a life, how you'll never have time to do your hair or makeup, or those people who say you'll never sleep were wrong. Maybe I have an amazing child (doesn't every mother think so?) but I have been blessed to find a little time for me everyday. I've come to realize that I didn't lose my identity as a woman, I gained the privilege of becoming a mother. Nothing makes me happier than when I stare into my daughter's smiling face every morning. While my priorities have changed, I made sure I didn't. I truly live my life as an example to Bianca and I hope I make her proud in the future.

    -- Ashley, Southern (California) Belle

    A big thank-you to Ashley for sharing with us! Make sure to follow her blog to stay up-to-date with her adventures in fashion and discover more photos of her darling Bianca.

    xo,
    Ruche

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  • Monday, May 5, 2014

    Images Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4

    ... we'd certainly look like this! Have a wonderful and festive Cinco De Mayo!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, May 5, 2014

    Transitioning your wardrobe to accommodate the summer weather doesn't have to be complicated! To rid you of that what-to-wear exasperation (trust us, we've been there, too!), we've simplified conquering the warm season with the summer edition of our 13 Going On 30 feature. We've mixed and matched our favorite thirteen pieces into thirty different outfits, each worthy of the summer days ahead.

    Perfect for everything from weekdays to weekends, our 13 Going On 30 collection features outfits fit for all of your summer occasions. Versatile structures and pretty patterns ensure that the pieces in our feature are flawlessly interchangeable, meaning you won't run out of cute looks to create this season. Layering essentials like a lace top over a peplum blouse creates an outfit perfect for an afternoon barbecue, while mixing prints with a striped blouse and floral skirt forms just the look to make a day date even more special! 

    With our 13 Going On 30 feature, you can easily freshen up your wardrobe for the sunny days ahead with light lace, pretty pastel hues, and flattering yet comfortable silhouettes. And when you shop the collection, you'll unlock special discounts, too! Stock up on your favorite pieces by 5/9 at 11:59 PM, PDT to gain access to these deals:
    -- Buy 3 or more items to receive 20% off those items.
    -- Buy 7 or more items to receive 30% off those items.
    -- Buy all 13 items to receive 40% off those items.

    You don't have to worry about any coupon codes here -- the discount will auto-apply when you add the items to your cart! We hope you'll enjoy your new pieces and mix and match to your heart's content all summer long.

    Which of our 30 looks is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

    xo,
    Ruche


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