• Thursday, September 25, 2014

    There is nothing more classic and feminine than a full skirt! This look can be delightfully modern when styled with a crisp button up or cropped blouse and ankle boots, or you can evoke your favorite retro starlet by combining a full skirt with the perfect hat and pair of girly heels. Whether it's day or night, a full skirt is the always versatile style that every girl needs in her closet! We rounded up a few of our favorite bloggers who curated some major Pinterest-worthy outfits featuring a variety of full skirts!  

    A Little Dash Of Darling's Caitlin keeps her nude, pleated voluminous skirt soft and feminine by choosing neutral colors and cozy textures. We can't decide if we love her knit sweater or taupe wide-brim hat more!

    Blair of Atlantic Pacific keeps her bold, red full skirt the center of attention by choosing touches of red in her lipstick and pointed pumps. We feel like we need to dedicate a moment to talking about how darling her poodle jumper is...we're in love!

    The beautiful Amber of Barefoot Blonde shows us how to make a statement in her pleated skirt. We love how her sequined blouse brings out the lavender tone of the skirt and the pop of hot pink in her strapped heels!

    Gal Meets Glam's Julia displays a perfectly Parisian way to wear a sheer full skirt with a French-inspired graphic tee. Don't you think her layered pearl necklaces finish off this look just perfectly?

    Late Afternoon's Liz looks positively summery cropped top and high-waisted full skirt and the touches of metallic in her ensemble are the perfect accessories. We're enamored with the checkered pattern of the skirt; we're ready to take a little picnic in the park!

    Rachel, the brunette beauty of Pink Peonies, looks so glamorous with her laced long sleeve tucked into her pleated skirt. We love how she plays with neutral tones to really bring out the beautiful red hue of her skirt! 

    The always lovely Sea Of Shoes looks charming in a blue plaid skirt. She keeps this outfit light and breezy in comfy strapped sandals and a flattering long sleeve top in a cropped silhouette. Her red locks and bouquet of fresh flowers finish her look perfectly! 

    We cannot get over these perfect skirts! Keep your closet stocked with skirts like these fashionistas' by shopping our collection. For more stylish inspiration, take a peek at our past Style Files.

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    The Wedding Chicks is one of our favorite online destinations for wedding inspiration! They have everything from ingenious DIY guest books to advice for finding a vendors to incredible party favor ideas. Needless to say, we were all smiles when this shoot was featured on their blog! If you're a lover of all things mod and vintage (which we're assuming you are!), prepare yourself for a tea party bridal shower straight out of our favorite style decades. Take a look at the positively radiant colors, calligraphy hand painted invitations, and our vintage inspired dresses below, and escape into a retro dream! 

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    We adore the way our St. Claire Embroidered Dress and Paulina Embroidered Dress act as a delightful complement to the mismatched china dishes. We love the darling patterns on each style, and the gorgeous hue of yellow and pops of pink. Both are perfectly retro with a fitted silhouette with a modest neckline, making this shoot something straight out of a vintage magazine!  60smod_62060smod_08160smod_62360smod_16160smod_755

    We can't help but swoon over the attention to detail in everything down to the darling jewelry and table settings. We love how full of lush floral touches this shoot it - from the embroidered blossoms on our dress to the colorful bouquet of roses. You can fall in even more love with our past shoots here

    A huge thanks to all the vendors who made this shoot happen!
    Photography: Fiona Melder, Concept + Styling: Mandy Forlenza Sticos, Vintage Rentals: Little Vintage Rentals, Calligraphy + Hand Painted Invitation: Fleur De Letters, Hair: Sabrina Gilbert, Make Up: Jha Villanueva, Cakes + Cupcakes: Made In Heaven Cakes, Clothing: Ruche, Hair Accessories: Esther Jean, Jewelry: Confetti By Annette, Flowers Provided By: Blooms By The Box, Assistant Stylist: Elle Bass

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    Happy first day of fall, Ruchettes! We've spent the last few weeks of summer preparing for the coziest of seasons. Just in case you needed a checklist to enjoy autumn to the fullest, we've comprised a (too-cute) list of essentials including everything from warm soups to pumpkin flavored everything. We've already sung our praises of the Pumpkin Spice Latte and Oktoberfest and we can't wait for more fall adventures! Don't forget to stop by our fall lookbook, Autumn Glow, for a dose of fashion inspiration perfect for the harvest season. 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, September 22, 2014

    As summer collapses into fall, we begin to notice the branches growing bare and the flowers we adore becoming a little more scarce. While your garden may not be flourishing as much as it has in the past summer months, you can still embrace floral patterns you love! Try pairing seasonal-appropriate florals in rich jewel tones with cute booties and cozy scarves. For romantic dinner dates or admiring the twinkling lights of your local downtown, try wearing fall florals with big, romantic curls and burgundy lips. We can't help but love dresses with deeper floral hues and dark lace! 

    What are your favorite fall fashion essentials? Add a midnight floral item to your wardrobe from our collection of beautiful, darker florals! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Sunday, September 21, 2014

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    Are you attending Oktoberfest this year? We're looking forward to a day spent indulging in German cultural fun along with chowing down on delicious pretzels and discovering a new favorite beer! We've made it easy for all attending to make sure they have the essentials with our handy illustration! We're dusting off our German phrases book so we can belt a hearty "Guten Tag!" to passerbys and tell our servers "Danke" when they hand us our delicious refreshments. How are you celebrating Oktoberfest this year? We'd love to know! 

    xo,
    Ruche

    Fun Little Fact: In spite of it's confusing name, Oktoberfest is actually celebrated in September. The fest begins each year on a Saturday in September and ends 16-18 days later!


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  • Friday, September 19, 2014

    Today's edition of style files features some of our most well-known Ruchettes! We feel so fortunate to get to see our customers make our clothes come to life by transforming them from a simple shift dress or plaid button-up to a wardrobe staple that's styled with other treasured items from their closet. Let's take a look at how a few of our favorite bloggers transformed our items into a gorgeous outfit! 

    The darling sister duo of A Beautiful Mess always impress with their Sister Style posts. We love to see these two in their darling summer-to-fall ensembles! Elsie is all smiles in our plaid top and shorts. Her outfit is completed with a too cute colorblocked clutch and neutral shoes and a classic faux leather jacket is the cherry on top! Emma complements her strapless dress with a statement necklace and shoes in a minty hue. 

    Tieka of Selective Potential looks ready for fall in this tunic dress complete with bell sleeves and a perfect-for-fall floral pattern. We can't get enough of her wide brim hat and boots! Her attire has us longing for fall days filled with crisp air and golden leaves. 
     

    The Clothes Horse's Rebecca looks charming in her outfit featuring a vintage-inspired blouse complete with lace ruffles and floral embroidery. We love how she balances out her casual denim jeans with strappy mary jane flats and a crossbody bag. We're smiling at how wonderfully her new pink hair matches the dainty pink flowers on her top! 

    The gorgeous Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky looks like woodland dream in her bohemian-inspired ensemble featuring our City Limits Draped Cardigan with an aztec design. She keeps her look relaxed with long, layered necklaces and stunning long curls. 

    We love seeing these beauties that have been featured on our site in outfit remixes as well as past Ruchettes of the Month continue to stun in their favorite Ruche pieces! 

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Thursday, September 18, 2014

    The perfect touch to any cool weather ensemble? A cardigan of course! We stocked our Cardi Shop full of all of our favorite cozy silhouettes. We love pairing cardigans with everything - a long cardigan pairs perfectly with dresses and ankle booties and a printed cardi dresses up a casual tee and distressed jeans. From extra cozy knits to draped and tailored shapes, your new favorite cardigan awaits! 

    The Classic Fit: A timeless essential, the classic fit cardigan will carry you through the seasons. Perfect for cool fall days, layering under outerwear in the winter, and your sundress' best friend in the warmer months. classic-cardigan

    The Chunky Knit: A chunky cardi adds a relaxed touch to any ensemble. We love how they add an instantly cozy touch to any outfit! chunky-cardigan

    The Draped Collar: For instant sophistication and an effortless look, add a draped collar cardi to your outfit. We can't get enough of this silhouette! draped-cardigan

    The Longer Length: A seasonal essential, a longer length cardigan adds a perfectly cozy touch to any outfit. long-cardiganWhich cardigan are you most looking forward to wearing once the skies turn grey? Don't forget to stop by our Cardi Shop to find the most swoonworthy styles!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    How could we not be thrown into an obsession with the illustrious PSL? The combination of cinnamon and clove swirling with creamy taste of our favorite latte and topped with a dash of whipped cream is a treat too tempting for us to avoid. In case you haven't heard, the pumpkin spice latte is back at your neighborhood Starbucks, and trust us when we say we're extra thankful for our local baristas this season. Here are just a few of the reasons we can't get enough PSL once fall rolls along! 

    xo,
    Ruche

    Fun Fact: There have been over 29,000 tweets that have featured the hash tag: #pumpkinspice since August of 2012! (Source: starbucks.com)


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  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    While shooting our fall lookbook, Autumn Glow, we wanted to capture the essence of the fall season on the coastal countryside. As soon we first heard the charming sounds of Golden Afternoon, we were enamored and knew that they would provide the perfect soundtrack to our lookbook. From the dreamy and upbeat melodies to the captivating vocals accompanied by a variety of instruments like the ukulele and mandolin, these sweet songs have been on repeat. The members of Golden Afternoon sat down with us for a short interview, and we were so excited to learn more about the band we can't stop listening to!  

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     In 5 words or less, describe your style of music.
    James Bond Surf Espionage Rock

    What do you think is your greatest achievement as a band?
    More than anything else, staying together through the years and still creating music. It's amazing to us that what started as a one-off side project with a bunch of people who didn't really know each other became something that would last!

    Do you have any pre or post show rituals?
    Anything to distract us from the pre-show nerves, really. We all enjoy just hanging out with the audience and seeing what other cool bands are playing. It helps you feel more like you are playing to a room of friends rather than a crowd of strangers.

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    Where do you find inspiration for creating music?
    We've found that songs can be about something extremely personal, or incredibly silly, so long as you stay honest to what you are writing about.  The audience can always tell.  It's also important to not worry about if your music sounds too much like this or that, and just write the music that you would want to listen too.

    What's next for Golden Afternoon? Any upcoming projects, songs, or albums?
    We are getting ready to record our first full length album, and have been super busy writing new songs for it.  Our sound has changed quite a bit over the years, and we've had to re-invent a lot of our old standards.  We've also been working on a fundraising site, and coming up with cool, unique ways to reward our fans and promote new interest.

    If we tagged along on your next roadtrip, what music can we expect to hear playing through the car stereo?
    Depends on who's driving!  Nick Cave, Nancy Sinatra, The Cramps, Fiona Apple, Ella Fitzgerald, Tom Waits, Radiohead, The Black Keys, Talking Heads all come to mind.

    We're so excited to have the lovely sounds of Golden Afternoon as the soundtrack to Autumn Glow! Listen to the latest songs from this talented band on their page and don't forget to watch our lookbook video featuring the song "Sun Covered Town!" 

    xo,
    Ruche 

    If you are a musician who would love the chance to hear your work featured on Ruche, we would love to hear from you! Send all musical inquiries and submissions to blog@shopruche.com. We can't wait to hear from you!


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  • Monday, September 15, 2014

    Looking for an adventure this harvest season? Our fall lookbook, Autumn Glow, is here to put a smile on your face! We curated outfits inspired by all of our favorite autumn styles including cozy knits, a plethora of pretty patterns, and rich hues like mustard yellow, brickred, and deep shades of blue. We balanced cozy oversized silhouettes with dainty details and feminine silhouettes to keep our collection modern with a vintage-inspired touch. 

    Inspired by the coastal countryside, we found ourselves in Solvang, CA, a town known for it's Danish influences and architecture. We loved shooting in this quaint town, and it provided the perfect backdrop to our stunning fall ensembles and added a perfect hint of romance. 

    Fall in love with this adventure through the coastal countryside featuring romantic and effortless outfits perfect for fall. View Autumn Glow now!

    xo,
    Ruche


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