• Monday, May 4, 2015

    Nothing says "summer" like dining alfresco with fresh salad featuring delicate fruit and crisp produce. The Apricot, Stilton, and Couscous salad by Willow & Niche is the perfect solution to any culinary conundrum - we adore the colorful presentation along with the hearty helpings of couscous and arugula! This lovely dish was featured in our summer lookbook, An Afternoon Alfresco, and it was not only simple to recreate for our shoot, but our staff couldn't help but keep taking bites of the salad in passing because it was so good! Kara of Willow and Niche also submitted a captivating Summer Raspberry Grilled Cheese recipe that was also used in our lookbook shoot, so if you're looking for the perfect complement to your new favorite salad, check out the recipe now!

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    Apricot, Stilton and Couscous Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

    4 cups arugula
    4oz crumbled stilton cheese
    1 cup couscous, cooked and cooled
    1 avocado diced
    1 cup dried apricots, chopped
    2 Tablespoons honey
    1/4 cup olive oil
    1/4 cup white wine vinegar
    2 teaspoons dijon mustard
    1 teaspoon salt

    In a large salad bowl, toss arugula, cheese, couscous, avocado, and chopped apricots.

    In a large mason jar, combine honey, oil, vinegar, mustard, and salt. Place lid on top and shake until well mixed.

    Toss the salad in the dressing and serve!

    -- Kara, Willow & Niche

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    Shop our summer lookbook, An Afternoon Alfresco and head over to Willow & Niche for more amazing recipes to try!


    *Photography Credit: Alyse Gilbert

  • Monday, May 4, 2015

    A beautiful summer backyard afternoon, we'd look something like this:

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    See more photos from our summer lookbook, An Afternoon Alfresco and get all the recipes from our lookbook on our blog, Summer Lookbook Recipes!


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  • Sunday, May 3, 2015

    If delightful outfits, inspiring recipes, and easy hair tutorials are you're thing, you're going to adore Kelsey of The Farmer's Daughter! This Vancouver local looks stylish all year round, and is an expert when it comes to whipping up a recipe on the fly. We adore her sophisticated-rustic style, thirst for adventure, and we were so excited to have her collaborate with us by providing us with her Earl Grey Lavender Ice Cream for our summer lookbook!


    You currently reside in British Columbia's gorgeous Fraser Valley. With summer just around the corner, are there any styles you're looking forward to wearing?
    Dresses! Dresses without tights! I'm really into classic/retro shapes right now, and I recently picked up the sweetest vintage dress at a consignment shop in Vancouver! 

    We can't get enough of your beautiful (and delicious!) recipes. Do you have a favorite dish you've crafted lately?
    Ooohhh...that's a tough one! I think my favorite recipe would have to be my raspberry macarons with coconut butter cream filling. Macarons are so tricky, and I had been wanting to attempt them for quite a while but was too scared to! I finally mustered up enough courage to try them, and I am so proud of how they turned out (although there were a couple of failed attempts along the way).

    We were so excited for you to share your Earl Grey Lavender Ice Cream with us for our summer lookbook. Can you tell us a little about your creative process when whipping up a new recipe for a blog post?
    Most of my recipes on my blog are created with (or by) my younger sister Jordyn. She's always been adventurous in the kitchen, and loves trying new things. Sometimes we'll try something unique at a restaurant or see something on pinterest that looks interesting, and we'll often discuss how we could recreate it and give it our own spin. We also love themes, which will often provide inspiration unexpectedly. We once did a whole series on drink themed cupcakes! They ranged from your classic peppermint mocha, to chai cupcakes with a cardamom icing. Once we have an idea, we'll come up with a recipe, test it, tweak it if we need to, and then blog it once we're happy with the end product!


    Which summer ingredients are you the most excited for? Are there any specific spices, herbs, or produce you're loving right now?
    I am so blessed to live on a berry, rhubarb, apple, pumpkin, potato and more farm! That means that I have so many fresh and delicious things on my doorstep once summer arrives. Lucky me! Right now, I'm all about rhubarb. I just love it's unique tartness, and our rhubarb coffee cake might be my favorite cake in the world (don't tell my chocolate cake recipe that I said that!). I'm also excited for fresh herbs. Basil and mint are my two faves!

    We adore your feminine, yet rustic style. Can you tell us your go-to outfit?
    Hmm...that's a tough one! I'd have to say a chambray shirt, colored pants (likely mustard or maroon), oxfords, and my favorite leather messenger bag!

    Your blog is filled with your gorgeous adventures. While you've traveled across the globe, what are some of your favorite places to visit in your hometown?
    I live in Abbotsford, which is about an hour away from Vancouver (in British Columbia!), and it's known as "The City in the Country". Our farm is one of my favorite spots in the world, and I feel so lucky to get to live here! Other than that, I love supporting local businesses in Abbotsford, and have been so happy to see more and more pop up lately!

    To shop: Spruce Collective is hands down my favorite shop in the city. A group of local girls opened it a few years ago, and focus on vintage treasures, home decor, and dreamy clothes. They love selling locally, hand-made items, and it is the very best place to find something unique and they have an online shop!

    To eat: Bow and Stern. A new seafood restaurant that has the most gorgeous interior....and their fish tacos are the bomb!

    To drink: Oldhand Coffee. A young family just opened this shop, and it is the cutest. Carefully crafted drinks, homemade treats, and a careful attention to details, this cafe is something special.


    Is there anything at the very top of your Ruche wishlist? Can I say everything?
    If I have to choose, I would have to say the Sirmione Dress, and the June Bug Oxfords are at the top of my list! I think they'd look darling together, so I might have to get them both!

    Lastly, our motto is #LiveBeautifully. How do you live beautifully?
    I could definitely write an essay on this, so I'll try and keep it short! There are so many ways to live beautifully, from doing more of what makes you happy, dressing up in something pretty for nobody but yourself, slowing down and remembering to live in the moment... and the list goes on. At the top of my list though, is to live out each day with kindness. Doing things for others just because, and treating everyone you meet with respect are such simple things to do, and brings joy to others as well as yourself. The most beautiful people I know are the ones who are kind and encouraging and selfless!

    Quick Fire!
    Ice Cream or popsicles? Ice cream!
    Summer or winter? Summer.
    Tote or clutch? Tote.
    Sunrise or sunset? Sunset.
    Keys, wallet, phone, and....Camera!

    We hope you're just as in adoration of Kelsey as we are! Don't forget to stop by her blog for oodles of inspiration, and you can view past Ruchettes of the Month here


  • Friday, May 1, 2015


    The month of May brings all the blooming flowers from April's sprinkle of showers. Bask in the sun and enjoy the blissful days of spring with this month's free desktop calendar! This month's calendar was designed by our incredibly talented Ruchette, Kelsey DeLange of Honey and the Hive. Check out her Etsy shop and follow her Instagram to see more artful creations and wonderful paintings. Read more about Kelsey and her creative inspirations in our interview with the artist herself here. Stop by our wallpapers page to download the free wallpaper for all of your devices. We hope you're just as smitten as we are!


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  • Friday, May 1, 2015

    You can never go wrong with a veggie pizza, and our in-house photographer, Megan of Megan Jeanne Photography, crafted this one specially for our lookbook (which she shot)! If you're lucky enough, you can pick the tomatoes right out of your summer garden.


    Tomato, Fennel & Pine Nut  Flatbread Pizza

    Pizza dough (I use this recipe from NY Times)
    3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil (and extra for greasing baking sheet)
    1 tsp tomato paste
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 tbsp. fresh thyme, chopped
    15 oz. mini heirloom tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, sliced thinly (about 25-30
    mini tomatoes)
    3/4 cup fresh shaved parmesan
    2 tbsp. pine nuts
    ½ cup fennel fronds, chopped
    1 tsp Kosher salt
    ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper

    Follow instructions for the pizza dough above.

    Preheat oven to 525 degrees.

    Lightly grease a baking sheet with olive oil.

    Stretch dough on a lightly floured surface until it is roughly 9 inches by 13 inches.

    Place the dough on the greased baking sheet and brush with 2 tbsp. of the olive oil and the tomato paste. Sprinkle garlic and thyme on top. Reserve the remaining 1 tbsp. of olive oil.

    Begin layering the sliced tomatoes on the dough, starting at the bottom and working your way up in rows, allowing the tomatoes to slightly overlap and leaving a ½ inch border. Repeat until entire surface is covered.

    Brush tomatoes with remaining 1 tbsp. of olive oil and top with the shaved Parmesan.

    Leaving the flatbread on the baking sheet, place it in the preheated oven and bake for 8-10 minutes. Crust should be golden.

    Remove flatbread from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes. Leave the oven on.

    After flatbread has cooled, top with fennel fronds, pine nuts, salt, and pepper. Carefully lift it from the baking sheet and place directly on a rack in the center of the oven. Allow to bake an additional 2-3 minutes (until underside of crust has crisped and pine nuts are lightly toasted). The fennel and pine nuts can burn quickly so keep watch.

    Remove the flatbread from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.

    Slice into rectangles and serve warm.

    -- Megan, Megan Jeanne Photography


    Shop our summer lookbook, An Afternoon Alfresco and head over to Megan Jeanne Photography if you're looking for an amazing local photographer!


  • Friday, May 1, 2015

    Hey Ruchettes - it's that time of the year again! Join us for our third annual Pin a Day in May celebration! If this is your third time participating or just joining us for the first time, we're so excited to start pinning photos that inspire and thrill us throughout the month of May. Everyone who participates will receive something special, but one winner will receive a $100 prize! The rules are simple!

    Create a new Pinterest board and title it "Pin a Day in May".

    Follow along with our calender and pin a photo matching the theme specified for that particular day.

    Name the pinned images exactly as we have so we can easily identify which image is which day.

    At the end of the month submit your board to contests@shopruche.com and we'll send you a special treat!

    You can get a head start on finding photos you adore for your Pin a Day in May boards by stopping by our Pinterest, looking at our lookbooks, or even exploring past blog entries!


    Pinterest is one of our favorite ways to discover new inspiration, and we're so excited to have you join our Pin a Day in May Challenge for the month. We can't wait to see all of your boards throughout May! 



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  • Friday, April 24, 2015

    The weekend is only a matter of hours away and we are already planning a Saturday and Sunday of cute dresses! We're looking towards a few of our favorite Ruchettes for spring outfit inspiration. From shift dresses to full skirts, we're looking forward to a weekend full of adventure, excitement, and outfits to match! To find your very own wear-anywhere dress, stop by our collection of cute dresses, or find even more inspiration with past Style Files here!

    We're enamored with this romantic blue hue on Tamara of Truly Tamara! This Dear Creatures favorite is the perfect 60s inspired dress to don for date night or a romantic cafe rendezvous. We love the feminine pleats and full sleeves on this frock!SF1

    When it comes to shift dresses, we adore all hues and prints, but we think our On the Line Printed Dress might just be our favorite. Rachel of Simply Poised Fashion stuns in this sleeved dress featuring a modern grid pattern and open back. This cute dress is a statement piece that can be easily dressed up or down!SF2

    The Steele Maiden's Jessica may have discovered the perfect spring ensemble! She paired our Mocha Whip Midi Dress with a denim vest, booties, and button-up blouse for a layered ensemble that's extra lovely! This look is perfect for hitting the city streets for a little dining, shopping, and enjoying the sunshine.SF3

    What dress are you ready to twirl in this weekend? Tag your Instagram photos with #Ruchette for a chance to be featured, and don't forget to follow us at @shopruche! We can't wait to see your photos. 


  • Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    With countless occasions lined up for the year, be sure to shop our selection of assorted cards and darling Parisian inspired notebooks brought by the collaboration of Rifle Paper Co. and Lauren Conrad's Paper Crown. This collection brings together sweet touches of florals and pastel hues with doses of global influence in harmony. This collaboration features cards with assorted designs with sayings including happy birthday, merci beaucoup, and life is beautiful. Surprise your loved ones with a sweet gift to brighten up their special day!

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    We truly adore this collaboration between Rifle Paper Co. and Paper Crown. Be sure to shop the collection and more from Rifle Paper Co. here.


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  • Monday, April 20, 2015

    Ruchette and our go-to gal for all things floral, Jordyn of Pretty Lovely Studios, stopped by to share her favorite spring flowers with us! Whether you're planning for a spring wedding bouquet, looking for an easy floral arrangement for your home, looking for the perfect floral dress, or just adore the beauty of a spring blossom, you might just discover some floral inspiration. Jordyn was kind enough to walk us through her favorite spring flowers; from lush peonies to dainty muscari, we're so excited to add these blossoms to our roster of favorite spring flowers. favorite spring flowers

    From Jordyn:

    "I think every flower lover has a special place in their heart for spring blooms. They are what we all wait for after that cold winter and they are a sign that longer, warmer days are coming. We can finally start planning those picnics! While some of these blooms have much more of a following: the tulip, the daffodil, and in my opinion, the queen of spring, the peony, there are other spring flowers that are diamonds in the rough. 

    Ranunculus and anemones reign supreme in the spring wedding world. Travel to any flower farm in the country right now and I bet you would find rows upon rows of them. I strongly suggest finding a friendly neighbor or abandoned lot in your area where you can pick a bunch of lilacs or hyacinths for your home. They smell heavenly and will make your whole house smell of sweet spring time. Last, but definitely not least, of favorite spring blossoms is the muscari. This is a tiny little flower but if you put a bunch together they can make quite the impact. Don't forget about them when planning your next brunch with friends. They add the perfect little touch of spring on your tabletop. 

    Take a walk around your neighborhood and see what you can find. Ranunculus and anemones are going to be hard to spot unless you live next to Floret Flower Farm or Field and Florist. If you're able, don't be afraid to cut some of these spring blooms and bring them indoors. All of them make great cut flowers and are sure to brighten your day!"

    Now that you have a few new flowers to keep your eyes out for this season, stop by our collection of floral-adorned dresses, tops, and more! We can't think of a better way to spend springtime than with a flower in a vase, on a dress, or woven in a pretty flower crown. 


  • Saturday, April 18, 2015

    We all know this scene: you’re at your local thrift store or flea market and you spot a bin of vinyl records. You carefully thumb through them, admiring intricate artwork and the faces of artists both familiar and foreign. Whether you're on the hunt for a rare vintage record or looking to add to your vintage vinyl collection, hunting is half the fun! Suddenly, you land on an album that speaks to your heart- but what next? Whether you’re a casual listener or thinking of beginning a collection, buying vintage vinyl can be tricky, so here are a few things to keep in mind before purchasing!

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    When buying vintage vinyl, you first should inspect the sleeve. Are the edges or spine torn, worn, or frayed? The sleeve of an LP, which is short for long-playing record because of their 10-12 inch diameter, is generally an indicator of the shape a record is in. But don’t fret- if the record's album art is what you’re truly in love with, it may be worth investing in as a piece of artwork.

    After inspecting the sleeve, carefully remove the record from the jacket and hold it up to the nearest light source. It may have a layer of dirt or dust, which can is an easy fix with a dry brush or special vinyl-safe liquid cleaner. Things like fingerprints can be easily removed, and small, hairline scratches in the vinyl, as long as sparse, usually won’t drastically affect the quality of the sound, so don’t let those put you off. When buying vintage records, you should always check for things like deep scratches, marks, and, most importantly, warp in the vinyl- these can cause the sound to distort or record to skip.

    There is also a huge market for vintage records online. From auction sites to specialized websites, if your dream record doesn't make the cut in person, you can always try to find another copy on the internet. When browsing vintage records online, you can determine the quality of the record by the grade given by the seller. There is a grading system used for vinyl that is as follows:

    Mint or (M): Mint means that the record is flawless and appears to have never been handled or taken out of the sleeve, which will also be in perfect condition. This is very rare when it comes to vintage records and can usually mean a much higher sticker price!

    Near Mint or (NM) or (M-): Near Mint means the record is in excellent condition and is relatively flawless. There might a scuff on the vintage record that does not affect the play or very minor wear to the cover, but it is almost perfect.

    Excellent or (E) or (VG++): Excellent indicated that the record has a few minor scuffs that do not affect the sound of the record at all and there is only slight wear to the album cover.

    Very Good Plus or (VG+): Very Good Plus records typically show their wear. They still play well, but their flaws are visible to the naked eye. There will also be some aging to the jacket in the form of yellowing, tears, or marks.

    Very Good or (VG): Very Good records may show their wear, but they still play well. This grade of vintage record usually plays with surface noise (some crackling and popping) and the cover of the record will be visibly worn.

    Good or (G): A Good record will be easily identifiable. It will have visible wear and damage on the vinyl, but will still play. Unlike Very Good records, the surface noise will be continuous and more audible. The artwork on the cover will be worn and there may be a ring where the record was inside. In addition, there may be writing on the cover or tape where the spine has split.

    Buying vintage records using this system can be tricky because one’s Near Mint may be another’s Excellent. The subjectivity of the grading system can sometimes make buying online more difficult than easy, so keep this in mind when purchasing via the Internet! 

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    Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Whether you’re buying in person or online, get the scoop on the record you’ve set your sights on. Where did it come from? How long have they had it? Inquiries are a great way to get a history lesson and learn more about the care previously given to your record, and you may learn a thing or two about the artist or album in question, or befriend a fellow fan of buying vintage records! 

    Once the vintage record is in your possession, make sure you have a plastic sleeve for the album and paper inner sleeve for your record to protect it from accidentally falling out of the jacket and keeping the dust away. Plastic inner sleeves can stick to the vinyl, so they aren’t necessary, especially for those in warmer climates. Speaking of warmer climates, heat can adversely affect vinyl, so always store your precious records away from vents, fireplaces and direct sunlight. One of the most important things to keep in mind when it comes to caring for vintage records is that it is imperative to store records standing up to avoid warping!

    When you’re ready to play your vintage record, place the disc between faced-in palms on the very edge of the record to avoid leaving fingerprints. Carefully set it on your record player, move over the record needle, turn up the volume, and enjoy the soothing sounds of your latest purchase (dancing optional).


    This post originally appeared on March 28th, 2014.

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