• Friday, October 10, 2014

    Many of us instinctively send our summer dresses to the back of our closets once the sun sets on summer, but we're looking to change that. If you haven't heard, it's Frocktober and we are celebrating by wearing a dress every day! Since styling dresses for cooler days can sometimes be a challenge, this edition of Frocktober Style Files is dedicated to a few Ruchettes who have mastered the art of taking a summer dress into the chilly fall season.

    Rebecca of The Clothes Horse looks darling in this deep-hued floral dress perfect for fall. We love midnight florals, especially when paired with an edgy moto jacket, cozy tights, and colorful heels! the-clothes-horse

    The stylish Curious Natalia looks darling in our printed dress! She perfects this fall outfit by layering a chambray blouse and straw wide-brim hat over her frock. Her shoes provide the perfect pop of color! curious-natalia

    Kaity of Lovely Friend takes her striped dress into fall by pairing it with a dark wash denim jacket and oxford booties. We love how she transforms this dress from a summer favorite to a classic fall ensemble. lovely-friend

    Truly Tamara's Tamara teaches us a very important lesson with her too cute ensemble - any dress can be made fall-ready with the addition of a denim vest and ankle boots! Her summery maxi adorned with a floral print is light and airy, but looks perfect for autumn with just a few key pieces. We're in love! truly-tamara

    We hope you're inspired to participate in Frocktober! Whether it's still pushing 80 degrees in your hometown, or you're expecting sprinkling showers (or even snowflakes!), with a little creativity you can still wear a dress every day! Happy Frocktober, Ruchettes!


  • Thursday, October 9, 2014

    When it comes to seasonal recipes, anything involving a touch of pumpkin is at the top of our list! Our favorite fall ingredient is perfect for making sweet or savory, and always satisfies the fall palate. The way the soft texture melts when you take a bite out of a freshly baked pumpkin pie, or the warm feeling in your chest with the sip of a pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin never fails to bring a bite of happiness into our favorite season. We've put together a few pumpkin inspired recipes that will be sure to fill your home with the delicious aroma of autumn's most famous staple, and please anyone that visits your home entering the holiday season!

    Overnight Cider Pumpkin Waffles: These light and fluffy waffles are perfect for lazy Sunday mornings. The seasonal flavors make this recipe a must try for fall!Overnight-Cider-Pumpkin-Waffles-w-Toasted-Pecan-Butter-Cider-Syrup-Spiced-Apples-51

    Pumpkin Spice Latte: Who doesn't love a PSLDelight yourself with the sweet hint of spice flavors without having to leave the comfort of your own home with this recipe.Pumpkin-Spiced-Latte-2494-683x1024

    Ginger Apple Pumpkin Soup: This savory soup option featuring complex spicy and sweet flavors will leave you (and your dinner guests!) asking for seconds. IMG_0002

    Pumpkin Bread: For the perfect seasonal treat for a new neighbor or something to indulge on at home, try this classic pumpkin breadpumpkin-bread-with-walnuts

    Coffee Roasted Pumpkin Seed Snack Clusters: These clusters possess the perfect balance of sweet and savory, so they will put a smile on everyone's faces! Coffee-Roasted-Pumpkin-Seed-Snack-Clusters...Dipped-in-Chocolate-91

    We can't decide which of these fall recipes we will try first! Which pumpkin-inspired recipe makes you swoon? Let us know, and we hope your fall is beautiful so far!


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  • Tuesday, October 7, 2014

    Apple pie is just one of those dishes that every girl should have in her recipe book! Whether it's dressed up with decorative pastry crust or infused with other seasonal fruits, a classic apple pie is a traditional favorite that reminds us of the comforts of home and family. Even if it's your first time making this staple, we made baking your culinary treat as easy as apple pie! 


    Do you have a recipe you always return to year after year? We would love to hear about it! Don't forget to explore more fall staples with our collection of cozy knits and seasonal lookbook. Have a beautiful day, Ruchettes! 


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  • Monday, October 6, 2014

    With the arrival of sweater weather, we are delighted to put on those cozy sweaters, infinity scarves, and boyfriend cardigans we've had on our minds since the arrival of summer. We swoon when we see chunky knits layered on top of soft over-sized sweaters or warm socks peeking over knee-high boots. The perfect fall outfit calls for layers of our favorite knit textures and autumnal hues like mustard, burgundy and rich jewel tones. We've put together our collection so you can get your cozy knit fix!


    Make sure to look at our gorgeous collection of knits perfect for meandering under the bare branches and grey skies of fall! 


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  • Sunday, October 5, 2014


    We're taking a moment this Sunday to remind those around us how much we care for them. Whether it's an "I love you" or something a little more creative like this print by Emily Pullen, we're encouraging Ruchettes to take a moment and let those around them know they are loved. 

    Happy Sunday!


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  • Friday, October 3, 2014

    Week one of Frocktober has come to a close, and we are swooning over the frocks donned by our Ruchettes this week! While we can't get enough of dresses throughout the year, Frocktober is a special time to not only challenge yourself (and your styling skills!), but show off your personal style through your very favorite dresses. Whether you pair a fit and flare dress with a faux fur vest and panama hat, or a shift dress with ankle boots and a statement necklace, we love seeing Ruchettes embrace their own individual sense of style. Here are a few of our very favorites that helped us kick off the first week of Frocktober! 

    Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess are a vision of loveliness in this Sister Style post on their blog! Complete with colorful smoke (Seriously you guys... where do we pick that up for our very own future photo shoots?) and their always impeccable style, Elise looks darling in a strapless floral dress and ankle boots. She complements her outfit with a clutch with dainty floral details and, of course, her darling smile! Emma looks ready for fall in knee-high boots and a velvet dress. She tops off her look with a too-cute hat10_2 a beautiful mess 10_03 a beautiful mess

    How darling is Shannon of GBO Fashion? She looks ready to greet the autumn season in our long cardigan in a delightful burgundy hue and our colorful Paint a Picture Floral Dress. We love this look that comes straight out of our fall lookbook, Autumn Glow! We love this woodland setting, complete with her bouquet of sunflowers! 

     The Steele Maiden's Jessica looks stunning in this light and airy maxi adorned with a deep-hued plaid print. We love how effortless she looks in this dress and darling ankle boots! We're always a fan of mixing prints, and Jessica's neutral flannel is an unlikely, yet perfect complement to her floor-grazing tartan dress. We're in love!home_plaid_maxi_dress_fall_country_5

    That wraps up week one of Frocktober, Ruchettes! Don't forget to tag @shopruche and #RucheFrocktober when you share your photos in your favorite Ruche dress on Twitter or Instagram - we're choosing a $50 gift card winner each week! 


  • Thursday, October 2, 2014

    While October means that the heavily anticipated fall season is upon us, it also means that it's time to celebrate Frocktober! What exactly is Frocktober you ask? To put it simply: Frock + October = Frocktober! Frocktober is where we spend the month of October in nothing but dresses! Mondays were meant for cute shift dresses, Tuesday calls for a cute drop-waist, Wednesdays are best spent in fit and flare... we can't think of a better way to spend the first full month of fall in a dress every day! 

    frocktoberTo kick of our dressy celebration, we're helping you stock up on cute dresses just for the occasion. We're giving you $20 when you buy two full price dresses when you enter code FROCK20 at checkout. Whether you're looking for an occasion dress, a floor-grazing maxi, or affordable styles under $50, we have a collection for you! You have to hurry -- the deal ends tomorrow, Friday 10/3 at 11:59 PM PDT. Now the hardest part is choosing which dresses you'll be donning all month long! 

    Winning a $50 gift card to Ruche is as easy as 1, 2, 3 with our #RucheFrocktober contest! Here is how you enter:
    1. Snap a photo in your favorite dress.
    2. Share your photo with us by tagging @shopruche on Twitter and/or Instagram.
    3. Don't forget to hashtag #RucheFrocktober!

    We're choosing a new winner each week and sending them a $50 gift card!

    Happy Frocktober, Ruchettes! We can't wait to see your dresses throughout the month! Thanks for celebrating with us. 


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  • Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    Happy October, Ruchettes! We're so excited to kick off the month with Grace of Sometimes Gracefully, our Ruchette of the Month! This Minneapolis local is simply darling. Along with an impeccable sense of style, Grace's too cute relationship with her husband, Darrin (seriously. they are perfect!) and her excellent taste in all things culinary make us come back to her blog each and every day! A lover of traveling abroad and exploring her local city, we adore watching Grace make the most of each day and her appreciation the little things that make life beautiful. Get to know Sometimes Gracefully


    Describe your style in 5 words.
    Classic with a little spunk. 

    What is your go-to outfit for a casual day?
    A comfy pair of jeans, a cozy sweater, warm socks, and a boot with a little heel. Here in Minne-snow-ta, we take our cozy and warm fashion pieces very seriously. ;)

    You currently reside in Minneapolis with your husband, Darrin. If we had one day to explore your city, where would you take us?
    Oh, there are so many beautiful parts of Minneapolis! First, we’d grab a “Spygirl Latte” from Spyhouse Coffee in Northeast Minneapolis (high fives for espresso, honey, and lavender!). Then, we’d take our coffees to-go and head down to the Stone Arch Bridge for a beautiful view of the St. Anthony falls and the Minneapolis skyline. After picking up a few items for lunch at the Mill City Farmer’s Market, we’d head back to my tiny apartment and do some cooking while jamming to the Spice Girls and other guilty pleasure music. Later, we’d head downtown to the charming shops along Nicollet Avenue, share a glass of happy hour wine overlooking the city at the Union Rooftop, and end our day with an evening show at the Orpheum Theatre! We’d be busy, and that itinerary doesn't even come close to covering all the fun things to do in Minneapolis!  


    We know blogging requires a lot of time and effort. How do you stay inspired?
    Blogging is most certainly my creative outlet! And I try to let the parts of life that I would normally consider boring or mundane inspire me. Approaching those moments or events from a different perspective can really make you appreciate the “little things” in life. And why not write about that newfound perspective and appreciation?

    Are there any trends for the upcoming colder seasons you're looking forward to? 
    Yes! Boots! It can be so difficult to wear boots in the summer (Leg sweat? No thank you), so I’m a major fan of the fall/winter boot trend! I’m also loving the greys that are appearing for these chillier seasons. Grey is such a great and versatile color!

    Quick Fire!
    Silver or gold? Gold!
    Sequins or embroidery? Embroidery!
    Heels or flats? Heels!
    Cats or dogs? Dogs!
    You can't leave your house without... a hair tie to pull my hair up! I’ve always got one hidden somewhere at the bottom of my purse for those what-in-the-world-is-my-hair-doing-right-now moments!


    We always do our best to encourage Ruchettes to #LiveBeautifully. What does living beautifully mean to you?
    For me, to live beautifully means to laugh often and love always. Life is short, so I try to remind myself not to miss an opportunity to love others and spread joy.

    Last but not least, what is your favorite thing about being a Ruchette?
    Ruche offers wardrobe pieces that fit so many different personalities and lifestyles! I’m constantly gushing over the pretty lookbooks, new arrivals, and creative styles from other Ruchettes. I love that I can find beautiful outfits for both a lazy afternoon at the park and a busy day at the office in one place. Ruche promotes creativity, personal style, and femininity so positively, and I’m happy to join the Ruchette community! :)

    Are you swooning over Grace as much as we are? Don't forget to see more of her wit and style on her blog, and be sure to stop by her Instagram to follow her day to day adventures! You can see past Ruchettes of the Month here


  • Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    October is the month of pumpkin carving, changing leaves, crisp air, cute kids in costumes and way too much candy! We're always excited for the autumnal change and after a long hot summer, we are embracing the (hopefully) cool weather with open arms. To kick off this wonderful month, download our desktop calendar for free right here!


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  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    Tomorrow is National Homemade Cookie Day, so you know we'll be celebrating the best way we know how -- by crafting a batch of homemade cookies! Nothing says "autumn" like a piping hot batch of golden brown sweet treats fresh from the oven waiting to be adorned with tasty candies or colorful frosting. We rounded up a few of the cookie recipes that are on our must-try list, so if you've been looking for an excuse to stock up on the sugar and chocolate chips, there's no better reason! 

    Double Trouble Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Honey Cookies
    From Half Baked Harvest

    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    1 cup packed brown sugar
    3 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1 whole egg + 1 egg yolk
    3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
    2 tablespoons honey
    4-6 ounces milk chocolate, chopped into chunks
    1 cup Reese's Pieces (or more)

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
    2. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Beat the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the egg + egg yolk and beat well. Beat in the peanut butter and honey.
    3. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chunks and Reese's Pieces.
    4. Roll the dough into scant tablespoon size balls. Stack two balls together and place them two inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
    5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, but no longer. Over baking them is never good! Allow to cool three minutes then eat warm or move to a cooling rack to cool completely.

    Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies:
    From Buns In My Oven

    1/2 cup butter, softened
    1/2 cup + 1/3 cup peanut butter
    1/2 cup white sugar
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1 egg
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1 cup quick cooking oats
    3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp baking powder
    1/3 cup jelly

    1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Begin by creaming the butters and sugars for the cookies. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
    3. In a small bowl mix together your flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. 4. Mix into the creamed butter and sugars.
    5 .Mix in the oats and stir until combined.
    6. Drop teaspoonfuls (or use a small cookie scoop) of dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Make a criss-cross with a fork to flatten the cookies.
    7. Bake for 10 minutes and allow to cool.
    8. When cookies are completely cooled, flip half of them over. Spread each cookie with peanut butter and jelly. Top with the remaining cookies.

    Vegan Almond Shortbread Cookies
    From Love And Lemons

    1 cup butter, room temp
    1 teaspoon almond extract
    3/4 cup powdered sugar or granulated sugar *
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 cup millet flour (or all-purpose is fine too)
    only if your butter is unsalted, add 1/2 teaspoon salt
    optional toppings – pistachios, pine nuts, dried fruit, etc
    (*I found powdered sugar made the dough easier to roll out for the cut-out cookies. I used organic granulated sugar, which is more coarse, for the squares).

    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
    2. Sift all dry ingredients together.
    3. In a medium bowl, using a wooden spoon, mix butter and almond extract together (as best you can).
    4. Add dry ingredients and mix everything together. Use your hands if necessary to incorporate the butter and get the dough to come together. Your dough will be pretty crumbly. Stop when it has just come together, don’t overmix. Form it into a ball.
    **For cutout cookies: roll onto a nonstick baking sheet (I rolled pine nuts into the top of my dough), until your dough is about 1/4 inch thick. (If the dough is sticky and you’re having a hard time, put it in the fridge for a little bit so the butter in the dough stiffens up). Bake for about 20 minutes, until the dough starts to turn golden brown. Remove, let cool almost completely before you cut out your shapes. Note: you’ll have a lot of “scraps” with this method and will yield less finished cookies.
    **For square shortbread: Press dough into an edged baking pan along with any toppings you like. I made a half recipe and used a 5×7 pan, my cookies were a about 1/2 inch thick. Since they were on the thick side, I baked these for about 30-35 minutes, until they started turning golden brown on top. The time will vary depending on the thickness, so just watch them. Once they’re done, let cool and then slice.

    Fudge Striped Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies
    From How Sweet It Is

    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
    6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
    6 tablespoons creamy peanut butter, melted and cooled
    1 cup loosely packed brown sugar
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1/3 cup pumpkin puree
    1 large egg, at room temperature
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    3-4 ounces milk chocolate chips
    2 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream

    1. Melt the peanut butter and butter first so it has time to cool - I melted them together, microwaving for about 30 seconds, stirring, and then 30 seconds more, stirring again until melted. Set aside until cool.
    2. Combine flour, baking soda, pumpkin spice and salt in a bowl and whisk well to combine. Set aside.
    3. In a large bowl, whisk together butter, peanut butter and sugars until smooth. Add in pumpkin and egg, mixing again until combined, then stir in vanilla extract. Using a large spoon, gradually add dry ingredients to the wet, stirring well and using your hands if needed to bring the dough together (I do this!). Just keep mixing - it will come together! Once the dough is combined, I stick it in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
    4. After sticking it in the fridge, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    5. Roll the dough into balls that are slightly smaller than 1 inch in size. Place on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart, baking for 8-10 minutes. Remove and let cool completely.
    6. To make fudge strips, heat heavy cream until warm. Pour it over the chocolate chips in a bowl and mix until a ganache forms, stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Place cookies on parchment or wax paper and drizzle chocolate over top. Let cookies sit for 30 minutes for chocolate to firm up.

    Now that you're set on cooking up a batch of delightful cookies, all that's left to do is grab a glass of milk and enjoy the day dedicated to baking one of our favorite treats! For even more recipes, take a look at our past posts here!


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