• Friday, August 1, 2014

    With the beginning of August comes the close of summer. Moving towards autumn, we are looking forward to the unmistakable crisp in the air that is perfect for wearing scarves, cozy socks and boots, and sweaters. While it might be a little too warm for a cup of cocoa or hot apple cider now, that doesn't mean we're not dreaming of the fall days ahead! Download our latest desktop calendar here and keep track of all your August days!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Friday, August 1, 2014

    Many people doubt the existence of love at first sight, but that was certainly the case when first laid our eyes upon Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky several years ago! We watched her travel across the U.S.A in her trusty Winnebago, saw her get married, move into a new home, and adopt probably the most adorable (and fluffy!) corgi we've ever seen! All along the way, she has never stopped encouraging her readers to embrace the beauty found in each and everyday and sharing the discoveries she finds within herself. We are so happy that Elizabeth is August's Ruchette of the Month, and she was kind enough to answer a few of our questions! 

    You have had your blog for six years now! In addition to a hearty congratulations, how has your style evolved and changed during the course of the past six years?
    I've gone through quite a few phases. I dressed super girly for about 2-3 years, probably as a way to get out of the tomboy rut I was in for pretty much all of my youth and teen years, but not I feel like I've found a balance in my style that encompasses all the different types of styles that I enjoy- from rock & roll, to bohemian, to pin up. I've also found an appreciation of casual style, and not feeling like I need to be constantly dressed up. 

    What is your favorite DIY or recipe that you've made lately?
    I think my favorite DIY is my globe light, and it was such an easy one. My favorite recipe in the past couple months was my Peach Salsa Salmon recipe. Any excuse to eat salmon! You can take the girl out of Alaska but you can't take the Alaska out of the girl.

    Our motto is to #LiveBeautifully. What does living beautifully mean to you?
    Living beautifully to me means loving others. You can have the prettiest looking life but if you're rude and unkind to other people, what's the point? Living beautifully means giving back to others and standing up for those who don't have a voice.

    You've lived in Alaska, Washington, and traveled all over in your trusty Winnie. Can you tell us about a few of your very favorite places you've been?
    I think one of my current favorite places is Sitka, Alaska. I grew up in Alaska and my grandparents lived in southeast Alaska, but they lived in Juneau, so I only visited Sitka once or twice to see my Aunt and Uncle. I've always loved the southeast, but Sitka just has such an artsy small town feel that I love. Plus, It's breathtakingly stunning. I secretly want to move there one day.  I'd love to travel outside of the US more, though. I've seen quite a bit of the US on various trips and road trips, but I'd like to see more of the world.

    What advice would you give to someone who is struggling to find their own personal style?
    Experiment! Play! Don't take it too seriously. Get out of your comfort zone. It's a process and you won't get it right all the time, it takes time to find your own personal style. If you don't have a lot of money to experiment with different styles, shop at thrift stores to test out styles you're not sure will work.

    We can't get enough of your ever-changing hair! What has been your favorite style or color that you've had?
    I really like being a redhead, but I like fun colored hair too, though the upkeep is hard and it's a bit rough on my very dark hair. I'd love to have pastel hair, but I just don't want to damage it with the lightening process in order to achieve that color. Luckily there are wigs, though! I have a couple, but I want some more that have super fun colors.

    Quick Fire:
    Spring or fall? Fall
    Sangria or old fashioned? Old Fashioned
    Horses or Corgis? Pfff Both.  But Corgis are more affordable so for now, Corgis.
    Salty or sweet? Salty
    You can’t leave the house without your … keysphonewallet

    Last but not least, what is your favorite thing about being a Ruchette?
    The Ruche lookbooks are always such an inspiration. As someone who takes outfit photos on a regular basis, it can be hard to stay inspired and keep it fresh without getting repetitive, so having somewhere to find inspiration for my own photography and styling is great!

    -- Elizabeth, Delightfully Tacky

    To see past features of Elizabeth on our blog, visit here! And don't forget to stop by her blog for endless amounts of inspiration. 

    xo,
    Ruche


  • 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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