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  • Tuesday, February 18, 2014

    Artist: Alfred Edelfelt

    Few things are quite as lovely as receiving a handwritten letter in the mail! Here are five suggestions for making your heartfelt letters both ladylike and memorable:

    1. Invest in pretty stationery. Having gorgeous stationery on hand makes you more likely to actually sit down and write, and it will help the recipient feel especially cared for. Not sure where to look? We love Rifle Paper Co. and often find adorable cards on Etsy as well!

    Artist: Rifle Paper Co.

    2. Use a pen that flatters your handwriting and won’t smudge easily. It’s so much more fun to hand-write a letter if you’re not too worried about making a mess of the page or writing illegibly!  Even if you’re using a quality pen, though, make sure to take your time writing out each sentence so that there’s a smaller margin of error. Take a peek at Melissa Esplin's tips for improving your handwriting here!

    3. Pick a salutation and complimentary close that fits you (and the situation!) best. Letter writing may seem like a formal practice, but if you’re writing to a good friend, there’s no need to opt for Sincerely over Love as you close out your letter. If you’re writing to a business contact or someone you may not know as well, some Best Wishes or Kindest Regards would be a fitting choice.

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    4. If you’re writing a traditional letter instead of a card, make sure to fold the letter carefully in thirds for the best presentation. It’s all about keeping the edges crisp! Then make sure the envelope is completely sealed so that nothing falls out during transit.

    5. Add extras! If you’re writing to a loved one, try spritzing your letter with your signature scent for a vintage-inspired finishing touch. Sending the letter to a good friend on her birthday? Slip a bit of confetti into the letter, decorate with a few dainty stickers, or doodle something cute on the envelope. If you’re particularly crafty, you can even try making your own paper, dying your stationery, or experimenting with stencil art! And if letter writing becomes a regular thing, think about investing in a return address stamp so you can easily add a homemade touch to every letter.

    We hope you’ll give snail mail a second chance! For further ladylike tips, take a peek here to see what etiquette master Emily Post said about navigating modern-day conundrums with style and grace. 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Tuesday, February 18, 2014

    We’re feeling inspired this week by Kristin van Lieshout of the Etsy shop Simply Art by Kristin! We love how she interprets the life around her through a vivid, saturated lens, creating enchanting watercolors and drawings that leap off the page. Whether her focus is still life, dance, nature, fashion, or culture, Kristin gives the everyday an unexpected twist and the perfect touch of magic. Visit her store to support her talents and surprise a friend with a gorgeous work of art!

    To all artists, if you'd like to be featured, please send your artwork to blog@shopruche.com.

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, February 17, 2014

    photo credit: images 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

    ...we would certainly look like this! ♥ We see organized closets filled with eye-catching dresses, retro pumps, and charming heirlooms as the ideal palette for creating polished looks. Fill your own closet with soft pastels and sophisticated essentials to design your own swoon-worthy wardrobe! How do you organize your wardrobe, Ruchettes? Do you color-code, arrange by season, or sort by genre of item? We’d love it if you sent a snapshot our way via Instagram or Twitter!

    Live beautifully,
    Ruche


  • Sunday, February 16, 2014

    You can make this adorable print yours! Find it in the Etsy Shop, Kelsey David Design.

    To live beautifully is to do what makes you happy, whether that looks like safariing in Africa or spending a quiet afternoon at home with your little ones. Living a full life doesn’t require a lavish budget or an impossibly full social calendar; it just requires a thankful heart and striving for a lifestyle that will fulfill you.

    xo,
    Ruche