• Friday, October 3, 2014

    Week one of Frocktober has come to a close, and we are swooning over the frocks donned by our Ruchettes this week! While we can't get enough of dresses throughout the year, Frocktober is a special time to not only challenge yourself (and your styling skills!), but show off your personal style through your very favorite dresses. Whether you pair a fit and flare dress with a faux fur vest and panama hat, or a shift dress with ankle boots and a statement necklace, we love seeing Ruchettes embrace their own individual sense of style. Here are a few of our very favorites that helped us kick off the first week of Frocktober! 

    Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess are a vision of loveliness in this Sister Style post on their blog! Complete with colorful smoke (Seriously you guys... where do we pick that up for our very own future photo shoots?) and their always impeccable style, Elise looks darling in a strapless floral dress and ankle boots. She complements her outfit with a clutch with dainty floral details and, of course, her darling smile! Emma looks ready for fall in knee-high boots and a velvet dress. She tops off her look with a too-cute hat10_2 a beautiful mess 10_03 a beautiful mess

    How darling is Shannon of GBO Fashion? She looks ready to greet the autumn season in our long cardigan in a delightful burgundy hue and our colorful Paint a Picture Floral Dress. We love this look that comes straight out of our fall lookbook, Autumn Glow! We love this woodland setting, complete with her bouquet of sunflowers! 

     The Steele Maiden's Jessica looks stunning in this light and airy maxi adorned with a deep-hued plaid print. We love how effortless she looks in this dress and darling ankle boots! We're always a fan of mixing prints, and Jessica's neutral flannel is an unlikely, yet perfect complement to her floor-grazing tartan dress. We're in love!home_plaid_maxi_dress_fall_country_5

    That wraps up week one of Frocktober, Ruchettes! Don't forget to tag @shopruche and #RucheFrocktober when you share your photos in your favorite Ruche dress on Twitter or Instagram - we're choosing a $50 gift card winner each week! 

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Thursday, October 2, 2014

    While October means that the heavily anticipated fall season is upon us, it also means that it's time to celebrate Frocktober! What exactly is Frocktober you ask? To put it simply: Frock + October = Frocktober! Frocktober is where we spend the month of October in nothing but dresses! Mondays were meant for cute shift dresses, Tuesday calls for a cute drop-waist, Wednesdays are best spent in fit and flare... we can't think of a better way to spend the first full month of fall in a dress every day! 

    frocktoberTo kick of our dressy celebration, we're helping you stock up on cute dresses just for the occasion. We're giving you $20 when you buy two full price dresses when you enter code FROCK20 at checkout. Whether you're looking for an occasion dress, a floor-grazing maxi, or affordable styles under $50, we have a collection for you! You have to hurry -- the deal ends tomorrow, Friday 10/3 at 11:59 PM PDT. Now the hardest part is choosing which dresses you'll be donning all month long! 

    Winning a $50 gift card to Ruche is as easy as 1, 2, 3 with our #RucheFrocktober contest! Here is how you enter: 

    1. Snap a photo in your Ruche dress.

    2. Share your photo with us by tagging @shopruche on Twitter and/or Instagram.

    3. Don't forget to hashtag #RucheFrocktober!

    We're choosing a new winner each week and sending them a $50 gift card!

    Happy Frocktober, Ruchettes! We can't wait to see your Ruche dresses throughout the month! Thanks for celebrating with us. 

    xo,
    Ruche

     


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  • Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    Happy October, Ruchettes! We're so excited to kick off the month with Grace of Sometimes Gracefully, our Ruchette of the Month! This Minneapolis local is simply darling. Along with an impeccable sense of style, Grace's too cute relationship with her husband, Darrin (seriously. they are perfect!) and her excellent taste in all things culinary make us come back to her blog each and every day! A lover of traveling abroad and exploring her local city, we adore watching Grace make the most of each day and her appreciation the little things that make life beautiful. Get to know Sometimes Gracefully

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    Describe your style in 5 words.
    Classic with a little spunk. 

    What is your go-to outfit for a casual day?
    A comfy pair of jeans, a cozy sweater, warm socks, and a boot with a little heel. Here in Minne-snow-ta, we take our cozy and warm fashion pieces very seriously. ;)

    You currently reside in Minneapolis with your husband, Darrin. If we had one day to explore your city, where would you take us?
    Oh, there are so many beautiful parts of Minneapolis! First, we’d grab a “Spygirl Latte” from Spyhouse Coffee in Northeast Minneapolis (high fives for espresso, honey, and lavender!). Then, we’d take our coffees to-go and head down to the Stone Arch Bridge for a beautiful view of the St. Anthony falls and the Minneapolis skyline. After picking up a few items for lunch at the Mill City Farmer’s Market, we’d head back to my tiny apartment and do some cooking while jamming to the Spice Girls and other guilty pleasure music. Later, we’d head downtown to the charming shops along Nicollet Avenue, share a glass of happy hour wine overlooking the city at the Union Rooftop, and end our day with an evening show at the Orpheum Theatre! We’d be busy, and that itinerary doesn't even come close to covering all the fun things to do in Minneapolis!  Sometimes-Gracefully-Ruche-6

    We know blogging requires a lot of time and effort. How do you stay inspired?
    Blogging is most certainly my creative outlet! And I try to let the parts of life that I would normally consider boring or mundane inspire me. Approaching those moments or events from a different perspective can really make you appreciate the “little things” in life. And why not write about that newfound perspective and appreciation?

    Are there any trends for the upcoming colder seasons you're looking forward to? 
    Yes! Boots! It can be so difficult to wear boots in the summer (Leg sweat? No thank you), so I’m a major fan of the fall/winter boot trend! I’m also loving the greys that are appearing for these chillier seasons. Grey is such a great and versatile color!

    Quick Fire!
    Silver or gold? Gold!
    Sequins or embroidery? Embroidery!
    Heels or flats? Heels!
    Cats or dogs? Dogs!
    You can't leave your house without... a hair tie to pull my hair up! I’ve always got one hidden somewhere at the bottom of my purse for those what-in-the-world-is-my-hair-doing-right-now moments!

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    We always do our best to encourage Ruchettes to #LiveBeautifully. What does living beautifully mean to you?
    For me, to live beautifully means to laugh often and love always. Life is short, so I try to remind myself not to miss an opportunity to love others and spread joy.

    Last but not least, what is your favorite thing about being a Ruchette?
    Ruche offers wardrobe pieces that fit so many different personalities and lifestyles! I’m constantly gushing over the pretty lookbooks, new arrivals, and creative styles from other Ruchettes. I love that I can find beautiful outfits for both a lazy afternoon at the park and a busy day at the office in one place. Ruche promotes creativity, personal style, and femininity so positively, and I’m happy to join the Ruchette community! :)

    Are you swooning over Grace as much as we are? Don't forget to see more of her wit and style on her blog, and be sure to stop by her Instagram to follow her day to day adventures! You can see past Ruchettes of the Month here

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    October is the month of pumpkin carving, changing leaves, crisp air, cute kids in costumes and way too much candy! We're always excited for the autumnal change and after a long hot summer, we are embracing the (hopefully) cool weather with open arms. To kick off this wonderful month, download our desktop calendar for free right here!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    Tomorrow is National Homemade Cookie Day, so you know we'll be celebrating the best way we know how -- by crafting a batch of homemade cookies! Nothing says "autumn" like a piping hot batch of golden brown sweet treats fresh from the oven waiting to be adorned with tasty candies or colorful frosting. We rounded up a few of the cookie recipes that are on our must-try list, so if you've been looking for an excuse to stock up on the sugar and chocolate chips, there's no better reason! 

    Double Trouble Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Honey Cookies
    From Half Baked Harvest

    Ingredients:
    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    1 cup packed brown sugar
    3 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1 whole egg + 1 egg yolk
    3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
    2 tablespoons honey
    4-6 ounces milk chocolate, chopped into chunks
    1 cup Reese's Pieces (or more)

    Directions:
    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
    2. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Beat the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the egg + egg yolk and beat well. Beat in the peanut butter and honey.
    3. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chunks and Reese's Pieces.
    4. Roll the dough into scant tablespoon size balls. Stack two balls together and place them two inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
    5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, but no longer. Over baking them is never good! Allow to cool three minutes then eat warm or move to a cooling rack to cool completely.

    Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies:
    From Buns In My Oven

    Ingredients:
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    1/2 cup + 1/3 cup peanut butter
    1/2 cup white sugar
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1 egg
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1 cup quick cooking oats
    3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp baking powder
    1/3 cup jelly

    Directions:
    1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Begin by creaming the butters and sugars for the cookies. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
    3. In a small bowl mix together your flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. 4. Mix into the creamed butter and sugars.
    5 .Mix in the oats and stir until combined.
    6. Drop teaspoonfuls (or use a small cookie scoop) of dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Make a criss-cross with a fork to flatten the cookies.
    7. Bake for 10 minutes and allow to cool.
    8. When cookies are completely cooled, flip half of them over. Spread each cookie with peanut butter and jelly. Top with the remaining cookies.

    Vegan Almond Shortbread Cookies
    From Love And Lemons

    Ingredients:
    1 cup butter, room temp
    1 teaspoon almond extract
    3/4 cup powdered sugar or granulated sugar *
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 cup millet flour (or all-purpose is fine too)
    only if your butter is unsalted, add 1/2 teaspoon salt
    optional toppings – pistachios, pine nuts, dried fruit, etc
    (*I found powdered sugar made the dough easier to roll out for the cut-out cookies. I used organic granulated sugar, which is more coarse, for the squares).

    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
    2. Sift all dry ingredients together.
    3. In a medium bowl, using a wooden spoon, mix butter and almond extract together (as best you can).
    4. Add dry ingredients and mix everything together. Use your hands if necessary to incorporate the butter and get the dough to come together. Your dough will be pretty crumbly. Stop when it has just come together, don’t overmix. Form it into a ball.
    **For cutout cookies: roll onto a nonstick baking sheet (I rolled pine nuts into the top of my dough), until your dough is about 1/4 inch thick. (If the dough is sticky and you’re having a hard time, put it in the fridge for a little bit so the butter in the dough stiffens up). Bake for about 20 minutes, until the dough starts to turn golden brown. Remove, let cool almost completely before you cut out your shapes. Note: you’ll have a lot of “scraps” with this method and will yield less finished cookies.
    **For square shortbread: Press dough into an edged baking pan along with any toppings you like. I made a half recipe and used a 5×7 pan, my cookies were a about 1/2 inch thick. Since they were on the thick side, I baked these for about 30-35 minutes, until they started turning golden brown on top. The time will vary depending on the thickness, so just watch them. Once they’re done, let cool and then slice.

    Fudge Striped Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies
    From How Sweet Eats

    Ingredients:
    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
    6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
    6 tablespoons creamy peanut butter, melted and cooled
    1 cup loosely packed brown sugar
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1/3 cup pumpkin puree
    1 large egg, at room temperature
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    3-4 ounces milk chocolate chips
    2 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream

    Directions:
    1. Melt the peanut butter and butter first so it has time to cool - I melted them together, microwaving for about 30 seconds, stirring, and then 30 seconds more, stirring again until melted. Set aside until cool.
    2. Combine flour, baking soda, pumpkin spice and salt in a bowl and whisk well to combine. Set aside.
    3. In a large bowl, whisk together butter, peanut butter and sugars until smooth. Add in pumpkin and egg, mixing again until combined, then stir in vanilla extract. Using a large spoon, gradually add dry ingredients to the wet, stirring well and using your hands if needed to bring the dough together (I do this!). Just keep mixing - it will come together! Once the dough is combined, I stick it in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
    4. After sticking it in the fridge, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    5. Roll the dough into balls that are slightly smaller than 1 inch in size. Place on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart, baking for 8-10 minutes. Remove and let cool completely.
    6. To make fudge strips, heat heavy cream until warm. Pour it over the chocolate chips in a bowl and mix until a ganache forms, stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Place cookies on parchment or wax paper and drizzle chocolate over top. Let cookies sit for 30 minutes for chocolate to firm up.

    Now that you're set on cooking up a batch of delightful cookies, all that's left to do is grab a glass of milk and enjoy the day dedicated to baking one of our favorite treats! For even more recipes, take a look at our past posts here!

    xo,
    Ruche

     


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  • Monday, September 29, 2014

    We're perfecting our fall style with a little menswear inspiration. We borrowed our favorite tailored styles from the boys and added a delightfully feminine spin to transform these menswear staples into must-haves for every girl! From structured shirt dresses to cozy knits and relaxed silhouettes, adding a hint of boyish inspiration to your closet is easy! Stop by our collection of menswear-inspired styles and curate your own outfits using our styling tips. 

    Discover our favorite menswear-inspired styles and styling tips to help you integrate these polished pieces into your wardrobe on our site now! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Sunday, September 28, 2014

    We hope you're having a lovely Sunday, Ruchettes! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Saturday, September 27, 2014

    We're no stranger to wanderlust. We love gushing over one another's past, present, and future vacations to far-off destinations that some of us have only dreamed about. From Morocco to Paris, we love hearing about everything from the food to the beautiful landscapes and architecture. Since we've been so enamored with global inspiration, we took pieces featuring our favorite global-inspired prints like the geometric designs of the southwest, swirling touches of paisley, and darling embroidery fill our closets. Shop our collection of prints from around the globe now! 

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    Even if we can't spend our days jetsetting to our dream destinations doesn't mean we can't don prints inspired by them. Start your day with a captivating global print and see our past musings on travel here!

    xo,
    Ruche

     


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  • 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


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