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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. 

    xo,
    Ruche 


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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! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


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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! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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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? 

    xo,
    Ruche


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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!

    xo,
    Ruche  


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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!

    xo,
    Ruche

    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? 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, July 7, 2014

    Dresses were made for spending time in the summer sun. Whether you've packed a gourmet picnic or wandering around a blossoming botanical garden, a flowy frock is the perfect complement to all of your summertime adventures. Our favorite three types of dresses that are versatile, yet unique enough to stand on their own are textured dresses, maxi dresses, and printed dresses. These top three summer styles are perfect for early morning flea market explorations or sunset dinners on the pier. Every girl needs a dress with a little texture, a longer length, and a pretty print in her closet!

    We love textured dresses, especially when they are adorned with hints of lace or ornate embroidery. A pretty textured frock would be perfect paired with neutral flats and a bold-hued lip!

    Long length dresses are the epitome of summer romance. An effortless maxi dress paired with strappy sandals and pretty layered bracelets is a simple way to keep your style sophisticated under the summer sun! 

    A year-long staple, printed dresses are easily transitioned to fall and winter days with the addition of tights and a cozy cardigan. Until the days begin to cool, style a charming print with cutout heels and a long, dainty necklace. 

    Which of these summer dress styles is your favorite? We can't choose just one! Don't forget to shop each and every one of these fabulous frocks on our site!

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Saturday, July 5, 2014

    Gwyneth Paltrow channels her inner vintage starlet in her latest campaign with Max Factor! Donning classic looks from the 1950's through 1980's, Paltrow pays homage to her favorite head to toe styles from each of these time periods. She effortlessly transforms into our favorite icons from days past and captures both the era and the star perfectly! 

    One of our favorite photos from this series include the timeless Breakfast at Tiffany's Audrey Hepburn featuring a high bouffant and strings of pearls reminiscent of the 1950's.  Paltrow captures the glamour of this era and pays a lovely tribute to Hepburn. 

    Paltrow embraces the 1960's with the unmistakable winged eyeliner and messy blonde locks inspired by French actress Brigitte Bardot. We love how Paltrow's campaign draws beauty inspiration from vintage sources!

    What do you think of Gwyneth Paltrow's looks? What other vintage stars would you love to see included in this campaign? Let us know, and don't forget to check out our collection of Vintage Style Guides

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Friday, July 4, 2014

    It's America's birthday and we are celebrating with friends, family, food, and fireworks! Whether you've gone all out in red, white, and blue or having a mellow bbq at home, we hope your day is amazing! 

    Have a fun and safe celebration!

    xo,
    Ruche 


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