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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

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


  • 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

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


  • 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

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


  • Monday, May 5, 2014

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    ... 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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  • Monday, May 5, 2014

    If you've seen our past interviews and Ruchette of the Month entries, you'll know that we truly adore Justina Blakeney, a multi-talented designer, stylist, and blogger. This imaginative gal is not only a model of creative inspiration, but a prime example of a woman who balances her work life with the daily task of being a mother. In honor of Mother's Day, we asked some of our favorite bloggers to share a few words on motherhood, and Justina has enlightened us with some wonderful advice she received from her mother. May these wise words inspire you to live beautifully today!

    Some advice that my mother gave to me is, "It's never too late in the day to start your day over again." It's a great lesson because often times something will throw your day off: a parking ticket, or an argument with a friend.  But the key is to not to let it put a dark cloud over your whole day, right? This is certainly a lesson that I hope to pass on to my wonderful daughter!

    -- Justina Blakeney

    A big thank you to Justina for sharing such lovely advice with us (as well as such darling photos)! Make sure to check back tomorrow for another pearl of wisdom from another beloved blogger.

    xo,
    Ruche

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


  • Sunday, May 4, 2014

    Happy Birthday to our dearest Audrey! As lovers of all things vintage and elegant, we regard Audrey Hepburn as one of our ultimate fashion icons (no surprise there!). Her classic, timeless style and contagious optimism inspire us to live beautifully, whether we're dolled up for a social day out or working hard to achieve our goals and dreams. In honor of her birthday, here are some of our favorite photographs of the gorgeous Ms. Hepburn and her influential style!

    To create your own Audrey-inspired look, shop our Refined Retro collection and complete your look with a favorite lipstick. We hope you'll celebrate Audrey Hepburn's birthday by letting go of your doubts and taking a step towards becoming the person you most deeply aspire to be. As Audrey said, "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!"

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Sunday, May 4, 2014

    Beauty radiates from those who smile and enjoy the life they live! Whether you are at work, in school, or spending time with family and friends, make sure your inner peace and happiness is your number one priority. The term “happiness” means different things for different people, so spend time doing something you love every day to cultivate it in your own way. If you take care of your personal happiness, there’s no doubt it will translate to a contagious, external beauty!

    xo,
    Ruche

    (Psst! Yesterday was Audrey's birthday! Celebrate the fashion icon with this inspiring book and the Refined Retro style she was known for.)


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  • Saturday, May 3, 2014

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    With the New Orleans Jazz Festival right around the corner, we are losing ourselves in our favorite jazz standards. There is something about listening to jazz that makes us dream of traveling, cups of coffee on Sunday mornings, and late nights spent listening to the crackle of vintage vinyl. While we can't enjoy the live performances of the many talented artists headlining NOLA's Jazz Fest, we have the sounds of Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Count Basie to fulfill our yearning for wailing saxophones, piano solos, and varying rhythms. Get ready to fall in love with our quintessential jazz tunes- all you have to do is hit the "play" button! 

    Are you attending the NOLA Jazz Festival? Let us know who you are most looking forward to seeing! And don't forget to find the perfect playlist for your mood. 

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Saturday, May 3, 2014

    Today's guest post comes to us from Nicole Seeman, one of the three lovely gals behind the blog Sister Sister NYC. In her article, Nicole shares with us the valuable lessons she's learned from her grandmother and other wise women in her life. If you're nostalgic for an era past, Nicole's collected advice will show you timeless ways to live beautifully and celebrate each day you're given.

    As I sit here listening to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra, I'm thinking for the one thousandth time that I was born in the wrong era. It's not just the music or the clothing of the 1940s that I adore, but also the simple way of life. Don't get me wrong - I love the technology and fashion of today. I'm also grateful to live in a time and country where women are almost equal to men in the workplace but something about that time and generation speaks to me. I grew up around the corner from my grandmother. So naturally my sister and I spent a lot of time with her. She had three sisters, two of whom would visit quite often. Although Michelle and I were children of the 80s, we were also influenced by these women in many ways. Below are some of the lessons we've learned from these wise women.

    1. Eat naturally. Processed and fast food were nonexistent when they were growing up. Eggs, fruit,vegetables and meat were staples in her house. Our grandmother made a variety of different dishes and was creative with leftovers. They also grew up during the depression, so she wasted very little.

    2. Food and family go hand-in-hand. Sunday dinners at Grandma's were tradition. She was Italian so without fail the entire family gathered at her house for pasta and meatballs every week. No matter what your family traditions are, rituals are important and if they can center around food - even better!

    3. Walking is the best form of exercise. Gym memberships were unheard of in the 1940s. Grandma grew up in Manhattan and never learned to drive. If Grandpa didn't drive her, she walked. Even after he was gone she walked everyday and professed that it was the best exercise. I think she was on to something because she was never overweight.

    4. Game Night! By the ages of 10 Michelle and I knew how to play dominos and poker. It was another weekly ritual where we would gamble for pennies. Michelle and I still host game nights, unfortunately not weekly, but it's still one of our favorite things to do with family and friends.

    5. Dance. They loved dancing and music. Gram and her sisters were still dancing in their 70s and 80s. It instantly transported them to the happy times of their youth. We all have those tunes that remind us of certain moments and events, so turn the volume up, get out of your seat and celebrate the past (& future)!

    6. Enjoy your freedom. Grandma wanted to be a teacher, but circumstances and the war forced her to put her ambitions on hold. She taught us to value education and read anything you can get your hands on. She was still doing crossword puzzles well into her 80s. Learning does not stop when you finish school.

    7. Sisterhood. Mothers, grandmothers, blood sisters, soul sisters - we are all in this together. We're all striving for happiness and peace and the encouragement and support of other women is essential. By nature women are competitive, which is OK, but we should make it a point to root for a sister's success, always.

    ~ Nicole Seeman, Sister Sister NYC

    It's no secret that we love looking to the past for inspiration. What lessons have you learned from the wise people in your life? We'd love to hear and add to our list!

    xo,
    Ruche


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