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  • Friday, July 18, 2014

    This past week marked a milestone for us - we turned six! That's six years of encouraging women to #livebeautifully, pretty frocks, cute puppies, and lots and lots of cupcakes. We feel so fortunate to do what we love each and every day here at Ruche, and we know we couldn't do it without you! The gals at 31 Bits were kind enough to allow us to host our event at their amazing headquarters. In addition to all the local Ruchettes that celebrated with us, our friends from Darling Magazine, Bon Puf, Art With Nature, Crown Bloom Co., Honeypie, and the darling Mara of M Loves M joined in on the fun. In case you weren't able to attend, here is a quick recap of the day's festivities: 

    Mara of M Loves M was looking positively glam in a maxi dress from Dear Creatures and holding a pink lemonade cupcake!

    We loved the bold flower centerpieces provided to us from Art With Nature! Not only did they complement the rest of our party decor perfectly, but aren't the hues swoonworthy?

    Our Head Stylist Sarah and Head Buyer Tambra celebrate with darling glasses of pink champagne! We loved celebrating with our Ruche family and our Ruchettes. 

    The cutest guest at our soiree was easily little Amelie. How adorable is she in her flower crown? You can see Amelie's adventures on her Instagram

    Our pop up shop was definitely a success. Our Ruchettes were so excited to purchase our styles in person! We were stocked with pretty detailed dresses, breezy tops, and pretty statement jewelry. 

    Our Creative Coordinator Orchid crafted this amazing tassel wall that functioned as a backdrop for photos! Here our Products Manager Laura, C.C.O. and Founder Mai, Baby Ruchette Amelie, Mara, and V.P. of Operations Tiffany are all smiles! 

    Here she is in action! Amelie vs. a pink lemonade cupcake (spoiler alert: Amelie won!). 

    Our festivities were filled with pretty flower crowns made by the talented Crown Bloom Co.! Her crowns were crafted with real flowers, making them all the more lush. 

    What would a Ruche celebration be without Brandon and Kristin Kidd? Here they are with the lovely Mai! The photographer husband and wife duo can also be seen in our summer lookbook, Let's Get Lost

    Our friends from Darling Magazine stopped by to enjoy the party and share their amazing publication! You can purchase their last two issues here and here

    Marketing Associate Athena, Marketing Coordinator Sam and Advertising Coordinator Maya look darling in denim, florals and 31 Bits necklaces!

    The soundtrack to our birthday was provided by the soothing sounds of Honeypie! They sang a combination of covers of our favorite songs and their original hits. We couldn't get enough! 

    Order Fulfillment Manager Jamie, Customer Service Representative Taylor and Products Assistant Brie toast another birthday for Ruche! 

    Marketing Assistant Hannah and Customer Service Representative Taylor pose for a photo outside of the amazing 31 Bits location, which actually used to be an airline hangar. 

    Cloe of Bon Puf spins her gourmet-flavored confectionery creations. We can't decide if our favorite flavor of her tasty cotton candy was pear or salted caramel... so yummy! 

    31 Bits Brand Director Jessie and Office Manager Courtney look darling in their necklaces. We're so lucky to have teamed up with them for our birthday party event!

    CCO and Founder Mai and Photogapher Stephanie Williams share a moment of birthday excitement! Mai looks stunning in a Crown Bloom Co. flower crown and 31 Bits necklace. 

    We can't thank our loyal Ruchettes and vendors enough for helping us make our birthday party the best it could be! The day was truly amazing and we are looking forward to celebrating with everyone again next year. 


    P.S. See last year's birthday blog post featuring five fun facts about Ruche! And see all our friends pictures from the event here.

  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Planning a cocktail party doesn't have to be difficult! A night of delightful libations with friends should filled with great conversation and memories instead of stress. When it comes to preparing your own soiree, don't become overwhelmed by every detail. Don't get us wrong - we love the little things like swizzle sticks, pretty glassware, and ornate hors d'oeuvres, but the important thing is to enjoy the company of your nearest and dearest! We complied a handy guide for throwing a cocktail party to remember so you can sit back, relax, and have fun! 

    Plan Your Menu: Begin planning your food and drinks by choosing a color, flavor, or regional theme for your party to ensure the flavors compliment one another. As a bonus, many ingredients can be used in a variety of ways, which cuts down on shopping time and costs! Decide exactly what you're going to be serving so you can buy the appropriate amount of things ahead of time such as ice, types of plates, and glassware if needed.    

    Food: For a cocktail party, we love hors d'oeuvres and finger foods to keep guests appetites satisfied. Instead of preparing a large meal, you can craft an array gourmet snacks so everyone is guaranteed to find something they love. Things like mini quiches, stuffed mushrooms, decadent party mixes, and various chips and dips are always a necessity. Don't forget lots of napkins for easy snacking! 

    Drinks: We recommend choosing a few specialty cocktails to wow your guests, and then choosing a simple, classic cocktails with just a few ingredients so you aren't overwhelmed. We love making large quantities of drinks like sangria or margaritas and leaving them in refrigerated pitchers for easy serving and little prep time. Make sure to include a variety of options with versatile mixers like ginger ale, tonic water, cola, or a lemon-lime soda to ensure that you have a plethora of options for your guests to choose from. For your signature cocktails, try infusing them with fresh, seasonal fruity flavors like watermelon, berries, and orange. Here are a few cocktail recipes we would love to include at our next get-together!
    1. Spoon Fork Bacon's Arancello
    2. Love and Lemon's Jalapeno Margaritas
    3. Spoon Fork Bacon's Blackberry Meyer Lemon
    4. Love and Lemon's Blood Orange Bourbon

    Decor: For any party, be sure to rearrange the furniture in your space to facilitate a welcoming atmosphere and make it easy for your guests to mingle. Shift couches and chairs against walls and facing one another to create places to sit without isolating your guests. We love a touch of festive decor, so feel free to hang a banner or cover your table with a pretty tablecloth that matches the theme you determined for your food and beverages! Even if your space isn't equipped with a full bar, you can always set up a bar cart or fashion a table to function as you bar!

    Final Touches: When it comes to the day of your soiree, you should only have to worry about the final touches. Make sure your bar area is prepped by stocking glassware, coasters, and an ice cooler in addition to the ice in your fridge. Any cocktails that require fresh squeezed fruit juice should be prepped the day of, while some appetizers can be prepped ahead of time and just popped in the oven so they are fresh when your guests arrive. 

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    Get Dressed: Once you have all of your refreshments in order, you can change into more dressy attire! For a cocktail party, we love occasion dresses from shift to a-line and fit and flare. A touch of sparkle never hurt, either! The most important thing is that you're comfortable, so make sure no matter what you choose, it's a look you love! For those warm summer nights, a breezy sleeveless dress is perfect for making your way from the patio to the kitchen and back to your living area or dining area. 

    There you have it, Ruchettes! Everything you need for throwing a cocktail party that even Martha Stewart herself would be proud of. You can even take a look at our past cocktail recipes here! Enjoy! 


  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    It's a well-known fact that great days begin with great outfits. Beginning your day in your favorite blazer, printed dress, or strappy heels can put a smile on your face that lasts the entirety of your busy day. For the days when you're feeling a little uninspired, having an eay, go-to ensemble can help give you that extra dose of confidence. Here are a few our favorite looks for lazy days, busy days, and all the days in between! 

    Pairing a dress, like this patterned fit and flare frock, with a denim jacket is a timeless ensemble that is easily dressed up or down. A warm summer night spent walking downtown calls for a cute lace dress paired with a lightly distressed structured denim jacket, while a day running errands can be spent in a comfortable cotton dress, sandals, and a light wash denim jacket! Don't forget to accessorize with a bold statement necklace or layer a few dainty bracelets to match the occasion. 

    For a versatile ensemble that's always romantic and feminine, try pairing a crop top and a delicate lace skirt. We love how the embroidery of this light, navy blue blouse peeks over the adorable bow belt of this ivory lace skirt. The heeled sandals and stunning earrings make this outfit perfect for a night out, but for a more casual day this look can easily be dressed down with flats and a simple headband. 

    A shift dress is a must-have in any wardrobe! An effortless silhouette that always embodies chic sophistication, a shift dress like this pastel frock with a twist detail on the back is perfect for warm summer days and nights, especially when paired with cute wedges and a low bun hairstyle!

    Do you have a go-to outfit that always brightens up your day? Let us know, and don't forget to shop our collection of Looks We Love


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  • Monday, July 14, 2014

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    ...we'd hope to be as darling of a celebration as this! In honor of our birthday, we're offering 25% off sitewide with code BIRTHDAY25! Thanks for celebrating with us, Ruchettes. 


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  • Sunday, July 13, 2014

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    Tomorrow marks our official 6th birthday. We feel so lucky to have such amazing Ruchettes that never fail to put a smile on our faces each and every day. Thank you for all of your kind words and support over the last six years - we truly wouldn't be here without you! 


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  • Friday, July 11, 2014

    In honor of our 6th birthday we are giving away this stunning necklace from 31 Bits! To enter is easy; all you have to do is make sure you're following us on Instagram at @shopruche and following 31 Bits at @31Bits and tag a friend in your comment. See? Easy as pie (or, in this case, birthday cake!). We'll announce the winner Sunday (6/13) night, so stay tuned! 

    Learn more about 31 Bits by visiting their tag on our blog, and see more of their pieces on our site! If you're local, don't forget to RSVP to our birthday event where we will have meet and greets, sweet treats, and tons of goodies. We can't wait to see you there! 


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  • Friday, July 11, 2014

    Summer just started a couple weeks ago and we've decided to compose a summer checklist before the season is over! Whether you're on summer break or just enjoying the longer days, the warmer temperatures and extra daylight provide us with the opportunity to engage in some of our favorite activities. We've listed some essential activities for the warm days ahead like crafting homemade popsicles, attending a summer fair, and tackling some of the books on our summer reading list

    We can't decide which to check off our list first! Which of these are you planning on doing, Ruchettes? 


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  • Thursday, July 10, 2014

    For those of us who prefer a more modest style of dress, the rising temperatures during the summer months can make getting ready a challenge. Navigating the desire for a covered-up style in the heat is tricky - you want to be comfortable, but you also don't want to melt into a puddle on the floor! Here are some easy tips and tricks for keeping a sophisticated style even on the hottest days!

    An easy way to wear your favorite sleeveless dresses without adding any bulky layers is by layering a light t-shirt under your frock! To balance out bright colors, try a neutral hued shirt, or play with pattern mixing by placing a striped top under a floral dress. We also love layering a lacey sleeved bralette for a polished look.   

    Opt for a sophisticated outfit by combining a tailored tank with a midi skirt. We love the romantic femininity of a long, flowing skirt. Small details and dainty prints are the perfect way to showcase your individual style and keep your look polished. Accessorize simply with a pair of strappy wedges and a detailed crossbody purse!  

    We're always a fan of a pretty strapless dress, especially colorblocked frocks like this! But for days when we don't want the sun kissing our shoulders, we like to finish off our ensembles with a lightweight kimono. Instead of a cardigan or jacket which can get too hot under the summer sun, lightweight outerwear is a great way to maintain a more modest style. 

    Are you ready to beat the heat with these tips? Don't forget to check out our full collection of modest styles perfect for summertime!


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  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    Ruchettes, it's our 6th Birthday on Monday! To celebrate, we're giving away a gift card for $25! It's easy as one, two, three! And if you're local, come to our event on Saturday! You can RSVP and see more details on our event page here.

    To Enter:
    1. Go to our site and find what you'd want if you won.
    2. Leave a comment below with the item(s) you would get.
    3. Return to this post Monday, July 14 to see who won. (The winnner will be chosen at random). We'll announce the winner around noon. Good luck!


    PS: Keep an eye out on our social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), we'll be posting a surprise before it hits the site for our birthday!

    *UPDATE: Congratulations to Olivia L for winning the $25 gift card! We will be emailing you shortly with your prize. Thanks to everyone who participated.

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  • Tuesday, July 8, 2014

    Summer is in full swing and we can't think of anything more relaxing than sitting on the warm sand or under tall, lush trees with a good book. A novel provides a wonderful escape where you can be whisked away to a completely different time period (or world!) and become engrossed in the lives and thoughts of characters. Here are a few of our favorite classic novels for you to spend your summer days musing over! 

    To the Lighthouse by Virgina Woolf: Published in 1927, this novel details the Scottish travels of the Ramsay family during 1910 and 1920. Instead of traditional storytelling, Woolf's modernist style focuses on introspective narration with an emphasis on perception and observation. To the Lighthouse demonstrates to readers that characters are not always good and evil; but contain multitudes that can make them both unreliable and complicated. Woolf's three-dimensional characters along with her beautiful storytelling make this a must-read!

    The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins: The woman in white that appears at the beginning of the text propels the story into a whirlpool of mystery. With dramatic events at every turn of the page and filled with multiple narrators, this novel will capture both your inner detective and imagination. Published in 1859, this text is one of the first "sensation novels," meaning it is filled with melodrama and gothic elements, which creates a story that is both enthralling and entertaining. You won't be able to put this book down until the truth to the mystery is revealed!

    A Room With A View by E.M. Forster: If novels filled with romance have you swooning, this dynamic text is the one for you! Published in 1908, the story is centered around Lucy Emerson, a repressed woman living during the Edwardian era who wants to embark on a free life alongside the man who has her heart. With romantic settings in both Italy and England, this emotional rollercoaster of a novel is a bookshelf essential.

    Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys: Any Jane Eyre fan will have their interest piqued at the notion of a prequel to Bronte's classic text. A detailing of the life of the infamous Bertha, or in this text, Antoinette, Rhys tackles issues of colonization and questions to the true character and intentions of the beloved Rochester. This 1966 text challenges the romantic nature of Jane Eyre, and provides readers with an alternative perspective through which to view characters, even ones that are deemed evil.

    Nine Stories by JD Salinger: This collection of short stories by the adored author of Catcher in the Rye includes some of his most famous shorter works. Ranging from comedic to dark, each of the stories is incredibly powerful and captures the beauty and complexity of the human condition.

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    We can't wait to sit back and be absorbed into each of these literary masterpieces! Which of these books have you added to your summer reading list? 


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