• Friday, May 1, 2015

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    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!

    xo,
    Ruche


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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.

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    Tomato, Fennel & Pine Nut  Flatbread Pizza

    Ingredients:
    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

    Directions:
    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

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

    xo,
    Ruche


  • 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!

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    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! 

    xo,
    Ruche

     


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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. 

    xo,
    Ruche


  • 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.

    xo,
    Ruche


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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. 

    xo,
    Ruche


  • 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).

    xo,
    Ruche

    This post originally appeared on March 28th, 2014.


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  • Friday, April 17, 2015

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    Happy Friday, Ruchettes! Now that tax season is complete and you have the weekend ahead, what are you up to? For a fun-filled weekend or a weekend running errands and engaging in a little spring cleaning, we want outfits that are easy to throw on and head out, but comfortably stylish at the same time. This balance is easier to attain than you think - a light comfortable tee with feminine lace accents or a bold bright skirt for extra flair and flowy comfort have caught our eye this season! Some of our favorite Ruchettes show off how a relaxing or busy day can be even more fun with these sweet and simple styles! Don't forget - it's your last day to enjoy $50 off $150 with code REBATE!

    We're smitten with the adorable Natalia from Curious Natalia as she shows off her soft hued and easy-to-wear outfit for a busy days. We adore how she styled our Country Home Blouse with a pair of light colored jeans and a bright colored bag. Her ensemble is perfectly polished!curious natalia

    We are always charmed by the sweet and adventurous Wears Kelly's Kelly. She's perfected the art of creating simple yet gorgeous ensemble, as seen in her outfit featuring our Falling Feathers Printed Maxi Dress. She paired this maxi dress with accents of delicate gold jewelry and tan leather booties for a quick-yet-chic outfit. Worn to an afternoon garden party or Friday night drinks, this dress is perfect for any occasion and can easily be worn as a statement piece on its own.wearskelly

    Elana of Room 334 has us delighted by her always bright and endearing style. She exemplifies sunny charm in her darling ensemble featuring our Bright New Day Scallop Blouse and a sweet simple skirt. This outfit would be absolutely lovely for a weekend of activities with the gals!shop-ruche-mustard-top-jcrew-skirtHave a favorite on-the-go outfit? Share it with us! And don't forget about the $50 of $150 with the code REBATE! 

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Thursday, April 16, 2015

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    Whether you adore the classics or can hum along to just a few hits of days past, we're certain you'll be smitten with Retro Radio: our oldies playlist! Featuring hits of the 50s and 60s, we gathered our favorite stars like Roy Orbison, Lesley Gore and girl groups like The Crystals and The Marvelettes for an upbeat playlist that channels cheery nostalgia for the days of drive-in movies, colorful diners, in addition to vintage style in the form of fit and flare dresses, and peter pan collars! Perfect for the drive home or keeping the mood light while doing a little cooking or spring cleaning, we adore the classics! 

     

    While we may be working towards expanding our vintage vinyl collection, we think this playlist will conquer our oldies craving for now. When it comes to adding a retro touch to your closet, stop by Retro Refined for the cutest vintage-inspired styles to update your wardrobe with retro flair. Love this playlist of classics? You can listen to even more of our playlists here

     

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, April 13, 2015

    Now that the sun is shining, where are you headed? Whether you're flying to warmer temperatures, taking advantage of the blossoming buds, or exploring the coast you need a suitcase that's ready for any adventure ahead! If you're looking for some travel fashion inspiration that can easily fit into a cute weekender bag, you've come to the right place. Spring outfits for date night, roadtrip-ready ensembles, and even cute retro swimsuits for an afternoon poolside are all ahead! Shop the full collection here and take $50 off your order of $150+ with code REBATE now through 4/17. 

    Pack your bags, we're ready to hit the road in cute sandals, distressed jeans, and breezy tank tops. If you're on your way to the airport or embarking on a lengthy roadtrip, stay cute and comfortable in outfits for travelroadtrip-outfit

    Now that you've arrived at your destination, it's time for a little sightseeing! Keep your layers light in cute dresses, brimmed hats, and comfortable flats for a picture-perfect outfit. outfits-for-traveling

    When relaxing poolside, make sure you have a confidence-inducing swimsuit! We love retro bathing suits with cute prints like polka dots, gingham, and sweetheart necklines. When you've found you're flattering suit, slip a breezy dress, wide brim hat and sandals to take your cute outfit from the beach to brunch. outfit-for-pool

    For a night on the town, add a flirty touch to your outfit with a breezy hemline and cute accessories like a statement necklace, clutch, and floral heels. date-night-outfit

    Which outfit will you be packing for your travels? Let us know, and don't forget to shop our collection of styles perfect for heading near and far this season. 

    xo,
    Ruche


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