• Wednesday, April 8, 2015

    Welcome to another edition of Dressentials! If you're just joining us, this is one step in our journey in exploring the history of our favorite dress silhouettes like drop waist dresses, fit and flare dresses, and shift dresses. Joining our collection of cute dresses featured in our Dressentials series is the wrap dress! Perfect for the office or a day out and about, the wrap dress silhouette is versatile and easy to wear. Read on to learn more about this iconic silhouette and the inspiring story behind its creation. WRAP DRESS MAIN jpg

    The wrap dress has been an iconic silhouette for the past 40 years. Universally flattering and timeless, the wrap dress is a favorite of women everywhere, but surprisingly the wrap dress did not begin as a dress at all. When designer and creator of the wrap dress, Diane von Furstenberg first created the look, she combined a wrap top and skirt. Inspiration soon struck when she realized how effortlessly simple the styles looked as a dress. 1974 was the year Diane Von Furstenberg presented her design to the world, and it hasn't fallen out of style ever since - last year, the wrap dress celebrated its 40th birthday! 

    Diane Von Furstenberg began designing clothing out of a desire for a career of her own, even after marrying into Genevean royalty, Prince Egon. She went from designing in her home to opening her own manufacturing business and eventually her own showroom. Her designs continued to grow in popularity, and Furstenberg's status as a fashion icon was sealed. WRAP DRESSES

    The history of the wrap dress is not only about the silhouette, but about Furstenberg's journey to success and the creation of a wardrobe staple. Fans of the wrap dress include celebrities from Michelle Obama to Kate Hudson and Rosario Dawson to Kat Dennings. In addition to Hollywood starlets, the dress continues to be a favorite among women everywhere. Read more about your favorite dress silhouettes here, and find a dress of your very own in our collection of cute dresses!

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Monday, April 6, 2015

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    We're updating our wardrobe, but we're actually beginning by looking backwards. Follow us while we explore the midi skirts of the 1940s through the perfect balance of feminine yet edgy of the 1990s. While exploring these Decades of Style, we're incorporating our favorite vintage styles into our decidedly modern wardrobe. Wearing vintage or vintage-inspired pieces is actually quite simple - just follow our tips for incorporating vintage style into your wardrobe for sartorial success! We are absolutely in love with the texture and unique touch each of these vintage pieces bring to any outfit. Whether your trying out a groovy pair of bell-bottoms, or classic rounded sunglasses add an enchanting vintage flair to your spring wardrobe with our vintage styling tips

    1940s: Add a modern touch to your midi skirt by pairing it with on-trend chambray. vintage-style

    1950s: Incorporate full skirts into your modern day wardrobe with a basic tee.vintage-inspired-outfit

    1960s: The 60s were full of bold colors and patterns. Don't be afraid to mix prints!how-to-wear-vintage

    1970s: The 70s are a major trend this year! Add statement accessories to a traditional 70s look. modern-70s-style

    1980s: Channel the vibrance of the 80s by softening bright patterns with basics. modern-vintage-style

    1990s: Add a feminine touch to a bomber jacket with a delicate dress. cute-vintage-outfit

    Which decade is your favorite? Don't forget to stop by the Decades of Style collection and see our picks for vintage style inspiration, and learn more about vintage fashion with our Vintage Clothing Guide!

    xo,
    Ruche

     


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  • Sunday, April 5, 2015

    If you're like us, you've been a fan of actress Tiffani Thiessen since the beginning of her career as teenager Kelly Kapowski on Saved by the Bell. From appearances on the big screen and small screen, she is now a staple on the cooking channel where she hosts Dinner at Tiffani's and runs her very own blog. Tifffani has come a long way since her high school days, and currently lives in a cozy Hollywood suburb with her adorable family, which is about to expand because she is expecting a second child! You can take a peek into her intimate home life, which includes time with her darling daughter Harper, making lemonade with lemons from their backyard, and tending to their five chickens thanks to the latest feature in Zooey Magazine. We adore her maternity-friendly style, which features a few of our most cherished pieces like our Country Fair Romper, Ethereal Garden Maxi Dress, Natural Grace Cardigan, and Mocha With Whip Midi Dresstiffani-thiessen-momcute-mom-styleoutfits-for-momstiffani-thiessen-nowtiffani-thiessentiffani-thiessen-momjpgtiffani-thiessen-adulttiffani-thiessen-daughtertiffani-thiessen-2015

    Tiffani and her daughter are just darling! We can't wait to see more from Tiffani and her growing family. Read Tiffani's interview and learn more about her daily life on Zooey Magazine now! 

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Friday, April 3, 2015

    While we love neutral tones and soft hues, there's something unmistakably fun about a pretty print. From striped dresses to polka dot blouses and even quirky prints featuring cats, bicycles, and hearts, we can never get enough prints & patterns! Worn mixed and matched for an eclectic ensemble or paired with understated essentials for a casual outfit, prints can transform any outfit. A few of our favorite Ruchettes are incorporating these necessities and demonstrating how to mix basics with classic prints for a playful touch in their wardrobes!

    Transitional weather always calls for the essential light sweater and Naty Michele of A Love Affair With Fashion looks effortlessly chic in our First Kiss Knit Cardigan. She paired this oversized marled design printed cardigan with casual denim and a camisole for a cohesive ensemble. Naty played with hues of burgundy and white for a sweet daytime look!IMG_8977

    The perfect spring dress is a necessity for any occasion and Elana of Room 334 looks stunning in our Prepster Chambray Striped Dress. The intricate pinstripe print and white collar are perfect for this sweet look. She accessorized with muted hues pairing this outfit a cream belt and peach oxfords. Elana looks amazing in this preppy inspired outfit!shop-ruche-blue-collared-dress

    Julia Louise of Julia Louise Style is simply adorable in our Coney Island Polka Dot Romper! She complemented the bold allover polka dot print and added color to her look with a bright fuchsia cardigan to complete her ensemble. We love how Julia played with prints and colors in this fun outfit!DSC_0046-1024x680

    These Ruchettes are our style inspiration for everything printed. We love the balance of textured prints mixed with basic pieces and can't wait to incorporate these into our spring wardrobe! 

    xo,
    Ruche

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  • Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    Happy April, Ruchettes! We're certain you'll be smitten with this month's Ruchette of the Month. You've probably seen her around here before, and fallen in love with her charm, brilliance, and keen all for all things lovely. The talented Lauren Kelp continues to stun us with the amazing content on her website, which is brimming with fashion, lifestyle, and beauty inspiration (for a daily look, make sure to follow her on Instagram!). From tutorials to heartfelt messages and advice, this Ruchette is a true example of living beautifully. We were so excited that Lauren agreed to be our Ruchette of the Month, and we're certain you'll adore this gal just as much as we do!ROM

    How would you describe your style in 5 words?
    Ooh gosh, how about – Classic with a southwestern twist!

    With a vast knowledge of table decor and the best cocktail recipes, we're certain you're the hostess with the most-ess. What is your must-have(s) for a successful dinner party with friends?
    The best trick to have up your sleeve is to have confidence. Who cares if the roast gets burnt, order pizza instead! Your guests will pick up on your energy, so make sure it’s a good one. Other than that, a girls best friends when she is entertaining is a stellar playlist (Spotify has a great selection in their “Entertaining” section), a favorite shade of lipstick (that always helps with confidence), a couple of bottles of backup wine (always be prepared), and a recipe you know how to make. It’s tempting to try out something new on friends, but you end up being stuck in the kitchen worried about how it will turn out, rather than catching up with friends.

    We adore your style. Is there anything at the top of your Ruche wishlist?
    What’s not on my wishlist? I am a big fan of the touches of southwest in this season’s collection. That Far Off Printed shift dress is definitely calling my name!BSB0001

    You're quite the girl-on-the-go! How do you decompress from a busy week?
    Our Beauty Editor is going to laugh when she reads this, but I am a huge proponent of Epsom salt baths. There is nothing like slipping into a warm, relaxing bath (probably with a glass of wine or champagne) at the end of a long day or week. Add a few drops of essential oil (I am partial to Lavender or Geranium) and you’re transported into your own little spa.

    What is one thing LaurenKelp.com readers would be surprised to learn about you?
    Ooh, that’s a great question. So many things probably! A fun one is that I have the hardest time cooking when it’s just my husband and me. I love being in the kitchen when we are entertaining, but when it’s just the two of us, he is on deck.KgCb8GiXN9CeeQdOTauxu6n5ZfVeh8oygIojLlEAHqAssZrHb8f4zEAz3qQQjr4S4w6PyUduneBQhz6SeQFMx4

    We love that part of your mission statement of LaurenKelp.com includes that above all, you want to encourage women to be the best versions of their true selves. This aligns with our motto, which is #livebeautifully. How do you live beautifully?
    I love that motto, it is so personal and unique to everyone. I try to live beautifully by staying true to the beat of my little drum. It’s easy to get caught up in the “perfection” of blogging and start to compare your life to someone else’s, but living beautiful to me, means shaking all of that off and letting your own little freak flag fly. No matter what that looks like.

    What are you most excited for this spring?
    Warm weather! Having just moved from Arizona to Chicago in the dead of winter (who thought that was a good idea?!), I am thrilled about warm weather, patios, and outdoor entertaining. Spring is one of my absolute favorite season. I really feel like people are more inspired, more active, and want to get out and do more. I am so looking forward to all of that!KJ0004-1024x750

    You work with an amazing team to create beautiful content on LaurenKelp.com. Can you tell us a little about your creative, collaborative process?
    Thank you so much! I feel immensely lucky that I get to work with such an amazing girl gang. They are insanely creative and totally put up with my crazy, “I have this zany idea…” moments. So our creative process is a little bit unique because none of us live in the same place. We are really diligent about have editor calls (where all of us get together and collaborate) and weekly check-in’s. Truthfully, my editorial staff and I are in almost constant communication.

    What's next for you? Any exciting upcoming projects?
    Oh, yes! We’ve got some really fun things in the pipeline for this spring and summer. We just launched our newsletter and are working on some e-books on entertaining, beauty, cocktails, all things LK. It’s been a super fun project to dream up and I cannot wait to launch it.lauren-kelp

    Lastly, what do you love most about being a #Ruchette?
    I love the amazing community Ruche has built. It’s awesome to see women promoting, challenging, and championing women to be comfortable in their own skin & to live beautifully. I feel very honored to be a part of it!

    We're so excited to have Lauren Kelp join our honorary Ruchettes of the Month! To see past Ruchettes of the Month, click here, and don't forget to visit Lauren on her website here!

    xo,
    Ruche 


  • Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    With the arrival of spring, we are welcoming the month of April with open arms! Celebrate warm weather and blossoming flowers with our latest desktop calendar featuring a blush hued floral anemone design created by the amazingly talented Quinn Luu. Start the month with a fresh wallpaper for your computer! See more sizes (including mobile and tablet-friendly sizes!) and desktop wallpapers here. Read on for an interview with the talented artist and designer herself!

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    We adore everything about Quinn Luu's artwork from her beautifully crafted handmade paper goods to her intricate embroidery and floral prints. This beautiful bride-to-be shares all her creations on her website. Every project she works on is meticulously made with a simplistic, feminine touch. We love her soft and simple personal style that reflects the delicacy of her artwork. We were so fortunate to learn more about Quinn, her artwork, and her creative process, and we're so happy that she created such a lovely piece of artwork just for us! 

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    You currently reside in Boston, which is home to beautiful historical landmarks and intricate architecture. What are some of your favorite things to do in your lovely city?
    I love taking in all of the shops tucked away on Boston’s small streets. In just a few blocks, you can get fresh flowers from the farmer’s market, support a gamut of small shops, dine at award-winning restaurants, and then pick up a box of cannolis for the walk home. Trust me when I say that you CANNOT leave Boston without trying cannolis from Mike’s Pastry!

    How does your personal style influence your artwork?
    My personal style definitely reflects a neutral palette. I love minimalism and I’m drawn towards simple, clean pieces. I enjoy playing with more colors in my artwork, but that calm, feeling of freshness is still there.

    Do you have a favorite piece of artwork that you’ve created?
    Yes! The paper flower wall I made for my engagement party! That 7x7.5’ wall taught me that sometimes it can take a ton of time and a few (ok, like 935,356) glue burns to create something beautiful and worthwhile.quinn-luu-2

    Where do you look for inspiration when channeling your creativity? 
    Ooh, good question! I keep a list of all the fun things that I want to try to do or create. If I ever feel uninspired I just re-visit my list and get started! Next up: laser-cutting.

    Our motto here at Ruche is #LiveBeautifully. How do you live beautifully?
    #LiveBeautifully by counting my blessings everyday. I think that in the pursuit of our dreams and our happiness, it’s important to take a step back and just enjoy what we already have – just be happy. I may or may not have gotten that advice from a fortune cookie... but it’s true!

    Where can we find you when you aren’t creating swoonworthy art?
    Working at a tech company or spending time at the dog park with my pup, Hampton. 

    As a bride-to-be, how have you been putting your personal touches on your big day?
    I am so excited to be able to personalize everything from our wedding website, to place cards, to even creating our ceremony arch! The best part – it’s very collaborative. For our wedding monogram, I drew the wreath and my fiancé (who is not a designer, by the way) came up with the minimal AQ concept down to the exact placement of the wavy line. It’s a lot of fun being able to design everything, but it’s so much more special and personal when it’s a joint effort.quinn-luu-3

    We're enamored with Quinn and her works of art and her passion for creating charming works of art that are both personal and made with love. We love her ability to live beautifully through her creativity and we can't wait to see more from Quinn Luu! 

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Sunday, March 29, 2015

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    Yeehaw! It's the time of the year where we pull on our rustic cowboy boots and flaunt our best southern style to commemorate Stagecoach! The country music festival is notorious for always delivering an amazing show with diverse acts ranging from honky tonk to bluegrass to contemporary country pop. Whether you're at the front of the stage for line-up favorites like Miranda Lambert or Tim McGraw, or sitting at home practicing your western line-dancing skills, our Stagecoach playlist is filled with our favorite country sounds!

    For more sounds to get your through your day, follow us on Spotify! 

    xo,
    Ruche 

     

    This post originally appeared on March 8th, 2014. 


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  • Friday, March 27, 2015

    With the arrival of warmer days comes light chambray dresses, essential cutout booties, and flowing floral frocks. We are inspired by our Ruchettes who are welcoming the first peaks of sunshine and clear skies with these spring-ready ensembles! These ladies are leaving behind the days of knitted sweaters and trading in for lightweight pieces.

    Jealeyni of Dainty Jea is ready for spring in this warm weather ensemble perfect for her Southern California lifestyle! She adorned our essential Leah Chambray Dress with color blocked heels and adorable printed frame sunglasses. Her simplistic look is perfect for a breezy day out.SF1

    We love how Tieka of Selective Potential styled our Mikayla Woven Booties in this mix and match print ensemble. She paired these staple beige booties with a loose blouse tucked into a navy floral skirt. She pieced together this sweet look in celebration of spring's arrival!SF2

    Floral dresses are a must for any date night and Caitlin from Vougish At Best looks stunning in our Leave A Kiss Floral Dress. She kept the accessories to a minimum by adding fishnet tights to complete her ensemble. We love her romantic look for a bright and sunny day out with her husband!SF3

    With the long awaited anticipation of warmer times, we are thrilled to feel the warm rays of sunshine and cloudless skies. What spring essentials are you incorporating into your spring style? Let us know in the comments, and check out our previous Style Files here for more spring ensemble inspiration!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Florist and fashion blogger Jordyn of Pretty Lovely Studios is a constant source of inspiration. From her darling outfits to her easy floral DIYs, we're smitten with this creative gal! Luckily, Jordyn was kind enough to share this easy DIY floral arrangement with us! We love all things floral, from cute dresses to blossom-adorned flats, and now that spring is officially here, we're looking forward to sprucing up our spaces with easy floral arrangements complete with our favorite spring blossoms. Read on for her guide to the perfect DIY floral arrangement. Spring Arrangement DIY 2

    From Jordyn:

    When I am choosing ingredients for my arrangements, I like to choose a focal flower, foliage and textural elements. How many you have of each is up to you, but those are the 3 things I look for. For this arrangement i just stuck with one each. It makes for a simple and fresh design, perfect for Spring. I chose Ranunculus as my focal flower, viburnum as my foliage and a gorgeous buttery-yellow stock (pretty much obsessed with it now) as my texture. Choose a container you like, grab yourself some clippers and you are all set. 

    Always prep your flowers before arranging. That means remove any leaves and cut the bottoms so that they have a clean, fresh opening to drink up some water. Let them sit for an hour or two, even a day if you have time, before you start arranging. Spring Arrangement DIY

    Here are the steps to create an easy spring floral arrangement!

    1. Wash the container and fill with water. 

    2. Start with your foliage and create a nice, lush base around the edges of the container. Build up one side more than the other to create a more natural feel. 

    3. Layer in your focal flowers. I like to place multiples together to create more of an impact, instead of separating them with the foliage. Doing that can sometimes create a polka dot effect that isn't always desirable when creating natural arrangements. Spring arrangement diy 4

    4. Take a couple of your textural elements and place wherever you see a hole or think that it needs a little something extra. Since my textural element is tall and fluffy, I didn't want to place to many in there, because I wanted the Ranunculus to really pop. But if you were using a berry of some sort, something that is small and compact, you could pop in a lot more of those. spring arrangement diy 3Spring Arrangement DIY 5

    We can't wait to try to easy floral arrangement! To see more from Jordyn, be sure to check out her blog, Pretty Lovely Studios, and see past features on our blog here!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Monday, March 23, 2015

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    Headed to a country music festival? Amid your excitment for ramblin' guitars and wailin' song lyrics, don't forget to pack your music festival essentials! You'll be happy you did when you're dancing along to your favorite artists in your favorite cute and comfortable rustic styles. Festival packing shouldn't be stressful - don't sit there and stare at your closet wondering what to pack for a country music festival! Skip the second-guessing, turn up the volume on a country festival playlist, and take a peek at our list for a few necessities like booties, a few pairs of sunglasses, a lightweight jacket, and more! For more fashion inspiration, stop by our country festival-inspired feature, A Taste of Country, and fall in love with rustic-inspired style! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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