We recently hosted a Crafts and Cocktails event with Zooey Magazine and A Beautiful Mess and spent an afternoon indulging in sweet treats and crafty DIY projects. Our Fabric Hanger DIY was a huge hit, so we're excited to share it with all of you too! If you're looking for a cute Mother's Day gift or a special hanger for your wedding dress, this DIY project is for you. ♥
Hanger Fabric Scissors Tacky Glue Ribbon
1. Cut the fabric into long strips (about 1 inch wide).
2. Take one end of a fabric strip and tie a knot at the top of the hanger.
3. Wrap the fabric tightly around the hanger.
4. Once you reach the end of the fabric, use tacky glue to secure it.
5. Add more fabric strips with glue until the entire hanger is covered.
6. Once you reach the top, tie the end of the fabric strip into a knot.
7. Cut off any excess fabric.
8. Add a bow to cover the knots.
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We never tire of seeing spring flowers on every corner so it's no wonder that we are head over heels in love with floral fashion this season! Floral dresses, floral skirts, floral blouses... What's not to love?
Our spring fashion feature, In Bloom, showcases spring outfits inspired by flowers in bloom.
Photography: Kirsten Ellis Hair and Makeup: Jill Pugh Ruche Stylist: Mara Ferreira Model: Ashlyn
View the spring fashion feature here and browse the darling spring outfits. Which fresh outfit is your favorite for springtime?
Mother's Day is just around the corner, so we're excited to celebrate inspirational women all week! For a chance to win a $50 gift card to Ruche, email us your favorite photo of any mom you know -- including yourself! -- along with her best piece of advice, and we'll feature her in our Mother’s Day Facebook album. ♥
Please send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, "Mother's Day Album: Your Name" by Friday, May 10 at noon PST. We will upload the photos throughout the week – just in time for Mother’s Day! We randomly choose and announce the winner on Friday on this blog post, as well notify the winner via email! Good luck and we look forward to all your submissions!
UPDATE: Congratulations to Lisa for winning the $50 gift card! Here's what her submission said: "My mothers best piece of Advice: Be as kind and generous as you can be and live today as if it's your last. Don't let anyone make you feel worthless, and always stand for what you believe in. My mother Marcia is the most beautiful, real and admirable human beings I have ever met."
We had the pleasure of meeting this charismatic Ruchette at the Vintages Whites Market back in February. Not only does she have a darling personality, but her style is just as cute! Scroll on down and learn more about our May Ruchette of the Month, Morgan! ♥
Tell us a little bit about your personal style. How would you describe it?
My personal style is usually a mix of classic pieces and girly accents. I love dressing up some dark skinnies and a tee with pretty heels or some glam accessories - or a simple pencil skirt with lots of feminine details.
Who/what inspires your style? Any style icons? Favorite magazines?
I have so many style inspirations. As far as bloggers go, a few of my favorites are definitely Mara of M Loves M, Kendi of Kendi Everyday, and Joy of Oh Joy! Celebs style icons - definitely Rachel Bilson, Reese Witherspoon and Blair Waldorf (does anyone else miss Gossip Girl!?).
What are your everyday styling essentials? Jewelry? Lipstick?
A classic watch (my favorite right now is my two-toned Marc by Marc Jacobs), lots of arm candy, and my Fresh SUGAR Lip Balm in Passion.
Do you prefer… dresses or pants? Stripes or polka dots?
Dresses or pants? Dresses. Stripes or polka dots? BOTH! They're two of my favorite patterns to mix.
Why do you love being a Ruchette?
Ruche exemplifies my personal style. The pieces are classic and feminine, and epitomize what makes being a girl "fun." I could live in Ruche day dresses all spring and summer long!
Tell us a fun fact!
In high school I was a competitive line and ballroom dancer - I even went to a few national and world championships! It was a really fun time in my life and allowed me to see a lot of the world (from Japan and Australia, to England and the Netherlands!) that I never thought I would be able to see at such a young age.
Adore her too? Take a peek at her other adorable Ruchette outfits on Pinterest here and here! If you have your own Ruchette outfits that you'd like to feature, send your photos to email@example.com and tell us why you love being a Ruchette too!
Meet Maggie, the talented singer-songwriter behind our winter lookbook video. While we were searching for the perfect song, we were so happy to have Maggie's song come across our desks. ♥ Take a peek at the interview below to learn more about her music!
Describe your style of music in 3 words.
Honest, audible, sound.
When did your musical endeavor begin?
Music is something that I've always been very naturally drawn to. I think that specifically with creative people it's just an added part of the fiber that makes your spine. I began pursuing music when I was 16, but it's the only thing I've ever wanted to do.
Is there anything/anyone/any place in particular that inspires your songwriting process?
Songwriting is an specifically interesting craft because you gain the power to connect by being genuine. The more you give of yourself, the more the audience can relate to your music. Given this paradigm, I think perspective is the greatest tool to songwriting. I write best when I have time to sit and think, when things are quiet, when I'm away from everything that's going on in my life. I find songwriting much easier when I'm away from the energy of New York City.
We love your song “Kids Like Us” that we used in our Winter 2012 Lookbook “En Pointe.” Is there a story behind that song?
When I wrote "Kids Like Us," I was sitting in an empty classroom of my high school. The writing process still feels a little like a blur. The song was finished before I could play it all the way through - sometimes songs just sort of appear like that; almost like Athena, they're born fully formed. The song itself is about growing up and as I played the last note of the song, I got the "ping" from my email saying that I was accepted to the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU. As I read the email, I sort of just like, "Well, I guess that's it then." I'm currently a month from finishing my first year here.
View our winter lookbook video to hear Maggie's original song:
Is there anyone in the music industry that you admire?
The artists that I particularly admire are the women that create holistic, artistic, and purposeful experiences. They have the ability to create a sort of 3D world with each song, something you feel as though could sit in the palm of your hand. Feist does this particularly well, yet her experience at the same time is wonderfully joyful, there's a celebratory energy. Bjork is another favorite of mine who tirelessly and in an almost alien way, connects humans and our destructive and eruptive emotions to the very cavernous landforms that grace her Icelandic homeland. She's a crazy wonderful thing.
Favorite thing to do in your spare time:
I really enjoy hiking. I'm headed to Alaska this summer with the NOLS program to do go backpacking for 30 days. I also read lots and lots and am an English minor at NYU.
Upcoming plans for 2013?
I'm currently a member of folk-rock group Del Water Gap. We've been playing lots of shows around New York City and are looking forward to hitting the road for a bit this summer.
The chambray button-up top is our latest favorite wardrobe essential for its versatility and relaxed sophistication. We rounded up a few of our favorite bloggers to see how they styled their chambray button-up tops. Classic essential, easy to wear, take a peek at our feature to see how our stylist, Mara, paired our newest chambray top three Ruchette ways.
Rachel, from Pink Peonies, created a denim on denim look with her chambray top and we love the way she added a pop of color with her fun neon heels! Kendi, from Kendi Everyday, brings us a casually sweet outfit with her light-wash chambray and pastel pants.
Emily, from Cupcakes and Cashmere, and Julia, from Gal Meets Glam, pair their chambrays with flirty skirts and statement necklaces for a feminine look.
Sydney, from The Daybook, shows off her chambray with sandals and a floppy hat - an outfit perfect for a stroll in the park! Tieka, from Selective Potential, looks darling in a spring-ready outfit created with a beautiful red dress and vibrant sandals.
The ever essential chambray button-up top is a piece that we will always love to love. Perfect for spring (and year round, too!) this top is wonderfully versatile and can be dressed up or down for absolutely any occasion! The possibilities are endless making this item a necessity for every woman's wardrobe. ♥
During our visit to Utah for the Vintage Whites Market event, we had the pleasure of meeting Jessie, a darling Ruchette with a sweet personality and vibrant smile. Before our encounter, she sent us photographs from her wedding that we simply adored. Continue reading to see Jessie and Wesley's wedding photos and hear a little bit of their love story.
Wesley and I are coming up on our 3rd Wedding anniversary already. I am still so in love with our wedding though. We are high school sweethearts and I met Wes when I was just 15. Finished high school and college together and we were off to marriage and 'real life!' We were married in the backyard of a beautiful Bungalow with budding Spring gardens and twinkling lights. Our family and friends all dressed up in '40s vintage, it was such a BLAST!
We did have a budget for our wedding so I handmade a lot of the decorations and other things like my veil. Plus I love the sentimental value of handmade keepsakes. We had a photo booth and had everyone add some of their photos to our guest book, it's one of my most treasured items now!