• Monday, March 2, 2015

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    March is upon us and we are one step closer to spring! Freshen up your desktop with this stunning desktop wallpaper featuring a variety of colorful blossoms, and see more free desktop wallpapers here!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Sunday, March 1, 2015

    We absolutely love Tiffany Mitchell of Offbeat + Inspired. With every post she has inspired and charmed us by her creativity, unique style, and genuine voice. Our admiration began with her enchanting photography (which you can see almost daily on her captivating Instagram feed) and artwork and continued with the delectable and easy recipes she shares!  Her mission is to live adventurously and creatively doing what she loves and keeping in mind that she is not limited to one thing, that trying new things creates a world of opportunity. We are so excited to have this lovely lady as our Ruchette of the Month! 

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    We can't get enough of the delicious (and beautiful) recipes you share on Offbeat + Inspired. What has been your favorite recipe lately?
    Thank you so much! I would have to say my favorite recipe lately is the Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls I posted most recently on the blog. They are out of this world and I’m always really excited when a recipe like that can be pulled off for my GF friends and family!

    You've expressed your love for the vintage-inspired silhouette of high waisted jeans on Offbeat + Inspired. What are some of your favorite ways to style high waisted jeans?
    I love styling high waisted jeans with a tucked, fitted tee or tank top! If it’s a little too chilly for that alone, I love to layer a shawl or open cardigan with the tucked top, just to add some long lines to the overall look. A simple trick I love too for dressing down a bit is to front-tuck the top and let it drape on the sides and in the back. The last thing I do is pair high waisted jeans with heels. If we’re going long and tall, might as well go all the way!

     What do you love most about being a Ruchette?
    I love the sweet family that Ruche has created. I’ve been following this brand for years and every interaction I’ve had with the company and with the gals who have been featured as Ruchettes has just been absolutely lovely. The adorable fashions and home goods are icing on the cake!

    Your illustrations always make us swoon. How does your personal style influence your artwork?
    Thank you so much! My personal style influences my work in every way. The girls I illustrate wear things I would wear, and their poses, expressions and props represent whatever mood I’m in while I’m creating that piece.

    What can we find you doing when you aren't blogging?Adventuring! I love traveling to new places, even if it’s a rural town I happened to pass through on a random day trip. I love exploring the little convenience stores, diners and cafes because they really speak to that community and help me understand the people that live there. A dream of mine is to do that kind of exploring all over the world!

    Spring is in full swing! What trends or styles are you a fan of this season?
    I’m loving relaxed fits and retro silhouettes. I’m all about combining high-waisted shorts/skirts with softer, more flowy tops and maillot-style swimsuits. Cannot wait for beach season!

    Based on your Instagram, we know you love to brunch just as much as we do! Do you have any favorite spots for brunch in your town of Lexington, KY?
    I do!! Table 310 has a wonderful brunch if you’re looking for something on the fancier side, but if you want to go a little more casual, Doodles is amazing and they have the best mimosas!

    Did you have any New Year's resolutions? Have you kept up with them?
    Yes! To live in the moment! That’s been a big one for me. I find so much more freedom to create and connect with people when I’m only concerning myself with what’s right in front of me. It’s been wonderful and I hope to keep it up!

    Our motto here at Ruche is #LiveBeautifully. How do you live beautifully?
    I would say I live beautifully by slowing down and seeing the beauty in the little things and the people around me. There is so much to see if I choose to stop and open my eyes to it.

    Quick Fire!
    Delicate lace or cozy knits? Cozy knits.
    Flowers or succulents? Succulents.
    Sand or snow? Sand.
    Cake or pie? Pie.
    Phone, keys, wallet, and..... Lip gloss!

    We don't know about you, but we're we adore Tiffany and her sense of adventure and love of creativity! Now we want to try some of those gluten-free cinnamon rolls! You can see more of Tiffany here, and see past Ruchettes of the Month here

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Saturday, February 28, 2015

    Meet Tambra and Oshie! We are so excited to introduce our Head Buyer, Tambra and her adorable pup Oshie! While Tambra is hard at work, it's not unusual to see Oshie exploring the office and greeting all our employees who are more than happy to shower her with love. She's sure to attract attention anywhere she goes since no one can resist her sweet little face. Oshie is a cherished member of our Ruche family and is adored by all who meet her! Learn more about this dynamic duo down below, and be sure to read past Puppy Love Stories here.

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    How did you and your fluffy friend meet?
    We adopted her from a young couple that was unable to keep her. 

    What made you fall in love with them?
    I fell in love with her floppy ears and innocent eyes!

    How did you decide on the name for your dog?
    My fiance is from St. Louis MO, and he had the Blues hockey game on. Their all-star player is TJ Oshie- so I said "What if we called her Oshie?" And the name pretty much stuck.tambra-oshie-5

    How would you describe your dog in three words?
    Completely Spoiled Rotten ;)

    What are some things you and your dog enjoy doing together?
    We go to the Huntington Beach dog beach! She loves the sand & the sun.

    Do you have any other pets? If not, do you see yourself adopting again?
    Yes! We have a Basenji-Jindo mix at home who is 3 years old. They love playing together! Especially hide & seek under the bed.tambra-oshie

    What are some of the benefits of having your dog by your side at work?
    I get to see her sweet face all day! And she definitely makes the day go by faster. And she loves playing with all the other dogs here in the office!

    Can you share a cute story involving your dog?
    Oshie completely looks up to her big sister (my other dog) and when she gets in trouble she will run and hide underneath my bigger dog for "protection" lol. She follows her everywhere, sometimes I think she loves my other dog more than she loves me!tambra-oshie-4

    We adore our furry friends who keep us company! Hearing the scurry of little paws on the floors instantly brightens up our day. Fall in love with us and meet the rest of the #RuchePuppies in our Puppy Love Stories.

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Friday, February 27, 2015

    While we may be ready to step into spring, the flourishing season hasn't quite hit everywhere, yet! Many hometowns of Ruchettes are still experiencing the brisk winter climate left remnants of frost on bare tree branches and blankets of snow to rooftops. Despite the chill factor, we are delighted to see some of our favorite fashionable bloggers take advantage of this weather to create amazing layered ensembles. Many are craving the comfort of toasty knit blankets and cozy fireplaces but these ladies show that winter is nothing to hide from! 

    The always adorable Tieka of Selective Potential looks amazing while beating the cold wearing our Kinley Pleated Dress by BB Dakota layered under our Canonbury Park Maxi Cardigan. She paired these with ribbed tights for extra warmth along with ankle booties and a dainty necklace. We love how she styled her look around hues of blue for a charming winter ensemble!15943155844_a943cefc1a_h

    Kaity of Lovely Friend played with warm tones and layers for this winter look. She paired our Juniper Bliss Textured Dress over a collared white blouse and herringbone vest. She accessorized accordingly with black tights, mustard beanie, and ankle booties. We love how she layered year-round pieces to create a winter look. Kaity is ready for the brisk air in this charming ensemble!lovely-friend

    Courney of Bee Plus You looks radiant in her colorful mix and match snow day ensemble. She paired our floral printed dress with a tweed coat, black tights, and infinity scarf for extra warmth. She layered a dainty floral dress under winter essentials to display her bright prints while keeping warm. We love how she's embracing her gorgeous winter wonderland!

    We love how these Ruchettes don't let a blanket of snow stop them from showing off their personal style in these cozy, yet refined winter ensembles! They are our style inspiration for embracing the cold by utilizing their favorite winter essentials and layered pieces.

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Thursday, February 26, 2015

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    ...we would hope for warm weather and bright, clear skies! We love any reason to enjoy a little sunshine, picnic with our loved ones, and spend some time seaside, and with the help of our latest collection, Beyond The Sea, assembling the perfect nautical-inspired outfit is even easier! Even if you can't make waves at the beach, you can still add a coastal touch to any outfit. For a fresh new take on nautical styles that can be worn seaside, at the office, or just about anywhere, visit Beyond the Sea now! 

     xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    The darling fashion & lifestyle blogger Mara of M Loves M always looks stunning in sophisticated outfits, but did you know she also is known to whip up some amazing recipes? This week, she posted her first ever recipe video tutorial featuring a tasty favorite - the crostini! Perfect for a small bite or appetizer, the crostini is a simple, yet refined culinary creation that provides the perfect space for playing with savory and sweet flavor combinations. We can't wait to try the crostini recipes that Mara crafted, so hit "play" on the video below and prepare for some foodie inspiration!

    Ready to create your very own crostinis?

    Here is your crostini shopping list:

    Baguette
    Cherry tomatoes
    Pesto
    Burrata cheese {or mozzarella} 
    Balsamic vinaigrette {love the one from Trader Joes}
    Cream cheese
    Parsley
    Chives
    Basil
    Smoked salmon / lox
    Dill
    Brie
    Blackberries
    Honey
    Mint (optional)

    Crostinis Three Ways:
    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit

    Toss 1 cup of cherry tomatoes with olive oil, and sprinkle with a little bit of salt and pepper. Spread onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes

    Slice a baguette into ½-inch slices. Arrange onto a baking sheet and brush both sides with olive oil. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until toasted. Let it cool slightly.

    Pesto, Burrata and Roasted Cherry Tomato Crostini
    Spread the pesto onto a toasted baguette slice, top with burrata cheese and roasted cherry tomatoes. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette glaze.

    Salmon and Herbed Cream Cheese Crostini
    Bring 8-oz cream cheese to room temperature. Then add to a bowl and mix with 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh chives and ¼-cup chopped basil. Combine with a spoon until it’s evenly mixed.

    Spread herbed cream cheese onto toasted baguette slices. Add smoked salmon and top with fresh dill.

    Brie, Blackberry and Honey Crostini
    Add the brie cheese to the toasted baguette. Top with one blackberry and drizzle with honey. Sprinkle fresh mint leaves on top. 

    These crostinis are just as delicious as they are lovely! You can see more fashion & lifestyle features with Mara on our blog, and you can learn more about this lovely gal and her adventures with her cute pup Ginger and husband Matthew on M Loves M!


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  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    Meet Suzanne and Dexter! Customer service representative Suzanne and her bouncing ball of fluff Dexter are always happy to assist our local customers swinging by for one hour pickup, or resolving inquiries via email and telephone. While Suzanne is hard at work helping Ruchettes, Dexter keeps himself entertained with one of his many toys, or by basking in the attention he gets from any employees or customers that pass him by. Trust us when we say that his energetic and friendly disposition (plus incredibly cute puppy dog eyes) make walking by without doting on him simply impossible! Learn more about this too-cute twosome by reading on below, and be sure to read past Puppy Love Stories heresuz-dexter

    How did you and your fluffy friend meet? 
    My boyfriend and I have been looking for a puppy for a couple of years. When we would meet one that we loved, the timing would just not be right. One day, we stopped by a puppy place for the nth time and we saw Dexter with his big round eyes. He was very calm and sweet and there was just an instant connection and we just knew that we had to take him home with us!

    What made you fall in love with them?  
    He always prefers to cuddle and he is just the sweetest. He also has such a calm and loving energy. When we met him, he instantly became attached to me. Instead of running around and playing. he preferred to sit beside me.

    How did you decide on the name for your dog?
     
    I wanted a name that started with the letter "D". I remembered the name "Dexter" from the show and it was just perfect. He needed a name that sounds vicious to make him seem tough because in reality, he's such a sweet and friendly dog!suz-dexter-2

    How would you describe your dog in three words?
    Charming, loving and funny.

    What are some things you and your dog enjoy doing together?   
    Dexter loves to cuddle. He likes to be held. No matter if Im just sitting, he would sleep on my lap or I would hold him like a baby. He can stay in that position for a long time.

    Do you have any other pets? If not, do you see yourself adopting again?Someday when I get a bigger place that has a yard, I would get another dog. We want Dexter to have a puppy brother or sister that he can play with!suz-dexter-3

    What are some of the benefits of having your dog by your side at work?
    Dexter loves being around people. I like bringing him to work because he gets lots of attention and love from the people I work with. I also feel more at ease when I'm with him. He's like a comforting stuffed toy, only fluffier.

    Can you share a cute story involving your dog?  
    Dexter loves attention from people. For the first time during the holiday, we took him with us to an outdoor mall. Since it was the holidays, there were a lot of people around. Literally every two minutes, people would come up to him and play with him. He was very excited and loved all the attention he was getting. Although, about half way into walking, he got too tired and decided to just flop his body on the ground!suz-dexter-4
    Aw, aren't these two simply adorable? We love having #RuchePuppies to play with and remind us to get a little sunshine once in awhile in the office. Discover even more puppy love here!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, February 23, 2015

    All aboard! Are you ready to dive into our latest nautical-inspired collection, Beyond the Sea? If you love the preppy style, classic tailoring, and effortless silhouettes of nautical fashion, you are in for a treat. We wanted to take this timeless trend and take it from the sea to the shore, and add a contemporary touch to the nautical styles we know and love. Don't want to go overboard on nautical style? Adding a dash of nautical fashion to your wardrobe is simple with versatile favorites like a striped dress or blouse, chambray pieces, and quirky favorite like anchor-adorned sweaters or printed dresses. Add a breath of fresh air to any ensemble with Beyond the Sea, and take 30% off all tops & skirts with code PERFECTPAIR30 until 2/27 at 11:59 PM PT!nautical-fashion

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    nautical-styleAwaken your wardrobe with a touch of coastal style and see what awaits Beyond the Sea! Swooning over seaside charm?You can even integrate maritime loveliness into your home with a little DIY inspiration here and here

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Sunday, February 22, 2015

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    Daring yourself to try something new. Take a break from your routine and spark a little imagination and creativity by stepping out of your comfort zone. This can be anything from a spontaneous weekend road trip to the mountains, or even something as simple as trying a foreign recipe or seemingly-difficult DIY, or stretching your legs and mind by hiking a new trail. Delight in the quiet bravery that comes with breaking away from the familiar, and remember that with every new path, comes new opportunities and possibilities. 

    See more ideas on how to #LiveBeautifully on our Pinterest, and show us your ideas by tagging your Instagram photos #LiveBeautifully for a chance to be featured!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Saturday, February 21, 2015

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    The Perfect Spring Edit is a collection of our favorite pieces and prints for mixing and matching florals. We adore florals, especially during the blooming months of spring, but we were especially inspired by florals when the blossom against our favorite classic prints like stripes, polka dots, and global prints. 

    Try mixing a global printed midi skirt with a basic white tee to balance the bold colors. Mix in some floral prints with a light infinity scarf to add texture while mixing different prints in your ensemble. Using multiple prints of similar hues creates a cohesive look that will be always adored!mix-and-match-florals

    Try mixing floral prints that contrast yet complement each other. Add a watercolor-floral skirt with larger prints and pair it with a dainty blouse with small floral detailing. Mixing prints of different sizes balances out your look while keeping your outfit darling.how-to-mix-florals

    Bringing together a short sleeved polka dot blouse and sunflower-printed floral skirt is a great way of mixing prints without being overwhelming. The contrasting designs are integrated into a retro-chic, feminine ensemble. Balance out bright hues with neutral tones for a balanced, yet chic look. florals-and-polka-dots

    Mixing prints is the perfect way to bring together multiple spring pieces into one look. Use this print inspiration to mix and match your favorite pieces for a fresh, new ensemble and shop the looks here

    xo,
    Ruche 


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