• Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    Independence Day is right around the corner and along with the fun, friends, and fireworks, we love preparing treats for the occasion. The only thing better than a pretty pie or plate of pastries on the 4th of July is when they come in the patriotic shades of red, white and blue! We love using summery strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries to create the hues perfect for the celebration. Stop by your local berry stand and ready your pie dish and flour sifter - it's time to bake something sweet and fresh to celebrate the weekend!  

    1. All American Pie With Lemon Butter Crust: You can't get more patriotic than this! We love how she used red and blue  berries with the starts and stripes to create an American flag that is almost (almost) too pretty to eat! Head over to The Winegands to get this recipe!

    2. Blue and Red Berry Galette: Not only is this galette recipe from Smitten Kitchen filled with seasonal berries, but the crust is fashioned to create a star shape, which is a delightfully patriotic touch for any 4th of July celebration! 

    3. Triple Berry Pie with Crumble Topping: Pink Peonies' sweet yet tart crumble berry pie is timeless classic! This recipe is simple and easy to follow and yields a delicious treat. 

    4. Berry Almond Tarts: These tarts from Baked Bree are perfect for making your guest feel special with their very own dessert! The colorful berries against the pretty almond-infused tart make this treat a 4th of July essential. 

    5. Best Berry Pie: This rustic treat from Call Me Cupcake is a classic that is guaranteed to please each and every party-goer. The lattice pie crust makes this pretty dessert as beautiful as it is delicious!

    For more delicious dessert recipes, view our past miette recipes and our cookbook. If you're looking for more Independence Day inspiration, view our past 4th of July recipes! And don't forget to enjoy a day of celebration and relaxation, Ruchettes!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    Those of us at the office spend most of our time working at our desks. Because this is the space where aim to be creative, innovative, and productive, the personalization of work spaces is essential! Your desk, whether you're working from a home office or in a industrial building, should be a space that serves multiple functions like cultivating your intellect, a place for relaxation and reflection, and have some of the essential comforts of home. Here are some tips for creating a productive work space that is still a reflection of the special person you are!   

    When getting started tackling the challenge of sprucing up an old space or personalizing a new one, the most important thing is to create a space that will help you produce your best work. You want to stay focused, but you also want your desk to inspire you and keep you motivated! Don't forget to look at your surroundings and try to have your space reflect the formality and atmosphere of the rest of the office. 

    When decorating your space to reflect why your style, avoid adding distraction-inducing clutter. A good rule of thumb is when it comes to photos or small prints is to limit them to one or two and place them in simple frame. Having a familiar face at work of a loved one will always induce a smile, which is always nice come Monday morning! Small items like notepads or notebooks are a great way to stay organized while still reflecting your individual taste and personality, along with a pretty patterned mouse pad or cute pen and pencil holder. In addition, we love small, cute trays to hold spare items like paper clips or extra bobby pins without cluttering your desk. You can even keep comfy with a simplistic pillow placed on your desk chair! 

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    In addition to personalizing your desk, your business casual style doesn't have to be boring. Our Business Casual Dress Code Guide is handy for any recent grad entering a new office or if you're looking for some inspiration to revamp your office style. For professional pieces that will easily transition from the week to the weekend, view our collection of summer workwear!  

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Tuesday, July 1, 2014

    Mara of M Loves M always wows us with her sophisticated style, almost too pretty to eat recipes, and voice filled with authenticity and graciousness. A true fashion lover, Mara shares her unique personal style in outfit posts and also works as a professional in the fashion industry. Residing in Los Angeles with her husband Matthew (the other "M" of M Loves M!) and her adorable pup Ginger, Mara's blog follows her daily life, musings, and adventures. We are so excited to have this savvy and stylish blogger as our Ruchette of the Month! 

    Describe your sense of style in 5 words or less.
    Feminine, classic and fun!

    Who or what inspires your style?
    I've always been inspired by the different eras. I love the feminine and classic looks from the 50s and the chic, mod looks from the 60s, and bohemian casual looks from the 70s. I'm also inspired by style icons like Audrey Hepburn and my present day girl crush, Olivia Palermo.

    What's the most rewarding and most difficult part about running a lifestyle blog?
    The most rewarding aspect of running a lifestyle blog is being able to have an amazing creative outlet. My blog has connected me with so many amazing people and friendships (and jobs!) have even come from it. The most challenging part is definitely the time management. Since I post every day, it takes away from my personal life. I would love to come home and make dinner, watch a movie or read a book, or go to bed early, but I'm usually up late on my computer. I'm either writing a post, answering emails, or editing photos. There are definitely certain nights when I just can't do it, but for the most part it's something I love and look forward to!

    What is the best meal or dessert you've made lately?
    I made the most amazing strawberry rhubarb pie for my Mom's birthday! It was so good and my first traditional pie. I was really worried it wouldn't turn out but it was a huge success and I can't wait to make more pies this summer.

    Quick fire questions: 
    Phone, keys, wallet, and... lipstick!
    Wine or cocktails? Wine! Red, please. :)
    New York or Los Angeles? LA! duh! It's my hometown!
    Matthew is... my favorite!
    Spring, summer, fall, or winter? Fall. A true fall though! None of this California "fall" business.

    Last but not least, what's your favorite thing about being a Ruchette?
    I love how beautiful Ruche is! I always come to the site and am inspired with the lookbooks and features. It makes me think creatively about what I'm wearing. I find beautiful pieces that won't break the bank, investment pieces that I'll have forever, home items that fit perfectly into my home, and even pet items for Ginger. I also love being a Ruchette because of the community! And of course I absolutely adore my Ruche Fam! ♥

    -- Mara, M Loves M

    We're so happy Mara is our Ruchette of the Month! Mara's Ruchette status extends far beyond the month of July; she was our stylist for many years and will always be a part of our family. We love you Mara and we can't wait to see what you'll do next! You can even come meet Mara at our birthday event on July 12th! Join us for fun, sweets, and giveaways in honor of our 6th birthday! More details can be found on our Facebook event page!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Tuesday, July 1, 2014

    Summer is in full swing and we're kicking off July with brand new free desktop calendar! Download it here! We're smitten with this pretty wallpaper featuring watercolored palm trees. Now sit back, relax, and dream of days spent on tropical beaches... 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, June 30, 2014

    We love any reason to celebrate, but we think our birthday is at the top of our list! We're turning six, and we would love for you to join in on the fun. Local Ruchettes can join us in Costa Mesa for shopping, sweets, and merriment with our family! In addition to all the festivities, we're excited to have support from all of our wonderful sponsors at 31 BitsM Loves MDarling MagazineArt With NatureBon Puf, & Honeypie!

    Don't miss out and RSVP now!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, June 30, 2014

    Image Source: Design Love Fest

    We would love to be equally inspiring and professional as this! For a little summer workwear inspiration, view our latest style feature

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Monday, June 30, 2014

    We're kicking off our Semi-Annual Sale, and there are so many stylish steals we have our eye on! From striped tops to polka dot skirts and loungewear to evening attire, we are having trouble choosing our favorites out of the bevy of discounted beauties to choose from. We asked a few of our employees which styles would find themselves in their shopping carts, and we think they have great taste! 

    Products Assistant Brie has her eye on this striped dress by Other's Follow! She told us that she thinks this dress is a versatile wardrobe essential with its thin black and white stripes and classic silhouette, and she "would style it with a statement necklace and wedges for a wedding and strappy sandals for a backyard BBQ!" 

    Our Customer Service Agent Taylor can't get enough of this understated white blouse. With just a hint of detail, this piece is versatile and a summer essential. Taylor told us: "I would pair the Casa Del Mar Embellished Top with dark skinny jeans and wedges for dinner out with my friends!" 

    Email Marketing Manager Laura loves this colorful floral dress featuring hues of orange purple, and green complete with a sweetheart neckline and dainty straps. This feminine silhouette is ideal for the brunch date with her husband and puppy that she's imagined!  

    These employee picks have us dreaming of wandering in the warm sunshine! From long road trips to days at the beach, we can't wait to stock up on summer essentials for every summer adventure. Don't forget to take a peek at our sale section and find a favorite of your own! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Sunday, June 29, 2014

    When you're following your passions, your work becomes a labor of love and a pathway to fulfillment and pride in the work you do. Discover what you love and enjoy the rest of your weekend, Ruchettes! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Saturday, June 28, 2014

    31 Bits not only makes gorgeous jewelry, but they are a completely sustainable and fair trade brand we are proud to carry! This amazing female-run company helps support the economy of the community of their Ugandan workers. The intricate designs of their pieces are made with beads crafted from recycled paper, and each piece is handmade by a Ugandan woman employed by 31 Bits. See our collection of these unique and stunning pieces here! 

    We would love to stock our jewelry boxes with each one of these styles! Shop our collection and discover necklaces and earrings perfect for pairing with everything from a chambray blouse to a flowy scalloped tank or structured dress! Want to learn more? See our past interviews with the amazing creators of 31 Bits here! You can also win a 31 Bits giveaway at our 6th birthday celebration on July 12th! Read more about the event and RSVP on our Facebook event page! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Saturday, June 28, 2014

    Photographer and stylist Amanda Marie Lackey always puts a smile on our faces! Whether it's her stunningly romantic engagement and wedding photography or styled shoots, Hailing from Texas, Amanda has a keen eye for bringing out the loveliness in everything she snaps a photo of. From her charming style to her drive to live beautifully, we are so lucky to call this talented gentle heart a Ruchette! We can't wait to see the world through Amanda's lens when she takes over our Instagram this weekend. To get to know her a little more, we asked her a few questions to get a peek into her world: 

    1. A go-to drink.
    Sweet Tea. A true sign that I’m a Texas girl!

    2. A go-to Karaoke song.
    Sheryl Crow’s ‘All I Wanna Do’.

    3. A uniform.
    A simple statement dress that can be paired easily by throwing on a denim jacket, flats or wedges (depending on the day).

    4. A hair stylist they love.
    Lauren Conrad’s YouTube how-to videos all the time.

    5. An exercise routine.
    P90X3. The best 30 minutes of the day. I also love to throw in hot yoga during colder months.

    6. A hobby.
    More like ‘hobbies’… Interior decorating, going to my parent’s ranch house to escape from the everyday, brunching, hunting for great books, writing and singing music with my husband and dreaming of traveling the world together.

    7. A best friend.
    My best friends are forever best friends. They’re the kind where we could go months without talking, and we’ll pick back up right where we left off. Those types of friendships are a sisterhood I love so much!

    8. A healthy sense of self.
    The older I become the more I realize the healthiest sense of self isn’t really about myself at all. It’s about the way I love others. The best way to fill myself up is to love selflessly. And of course… I take all the coffee and lazy Sundays I can get!

    -- Amanda Marie, Photographer and Blogger

    For more snapshots into Amanda's stylish world, be sure to follow her on Instagram and take a peek at her blog. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram and see Amanda's anticipated takeover! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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