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  • Tuesday, July 1, 2014

    Mara of M Loves M always wows us with her sophisticated style, almost too pretty to eat recipes, and voice filled with authenticity and graciousness. A true fashion lover, Mara shares her unique personal style in outfit posts and also works as a professional in the fashion industry. Residing in Los Angeles with her husband Matthew (the other "M" of M Loves M!) and her adorable pup Ginger, Mara's blog follows her daily life, musings, and adventures. We are so excited to have this savvy and stylish blogger as our Ruchette of the Month! 

    Describe your sense of style in 5 words or less.
    Feminine, classic and fun!

    Who or what inspires your style?
    I've always been inspired by the different eras. I love the feminine and classic looks from the 50s and the chic, mod looks from the 60s, and bohemian casual looks from the 70s. I'm also inspired by style icons like Audrey Hepburn and my present day girl crush, Olivia Palermo.

    What's the most rewarding and most difficult part about running a lifestyle blog?
    The most rewarding aspect of running a lifestyle blog is being able to have an amazing creative outlet. My blog has connected me with so many amazing people and friendships (and jobs!) have even come from it. The most challenging part is definitely the time management. Since I post every day, it takes away from my personal life. I would love to come home and make dinner, watch a movie or read a book, or go to bed early, but I'm usually up late on my computer. I'm either writing a post, answering emails, or editing photos. There are definitely certain nights when I just can't do it, but for the most part it's something I love and look forward to!

    What is the best meal or dessert you've made lately?
    I made the most amazing strawberry rhubarb pie for my Mom's birthday! It was so good and my first traditional pie. I was really worried it wouldn't turn out but it was a huge success and I can't wait to make more pies this summer.

    Quick fire questions: 
    Phone, keys, wallet, and... lipstick!
    Wine or cocktails? Wine! Red, please. :)
    New York or Los Angeles? LA! duh! It's my hometown!
    Matthew is... my favorite!
    Spring, summer, fall, or winter? Fall. A true fall though! None of this California "fall" business.

    Last but not least, what's your favorite thing about being a Ruchette?
    I love how beautiful Ruche is! I always come to the site and am inspired with the lookbooks and features. It makes me think creatively about what I'm wearing. I find beautiful pieces that won't break the bank, investment pieces that I'll have forever, home items that fit perfectly into my home, and even pet items for Ginger. I also love being a Ruchette because of the community! And of course I absolutely adore my Ruche Fam! ♥

    -- Mara, M Loves M

    We're so happy Mara is our Ruchette of the Month! Mara's Ruchette status extends far beyond the month of July; she was our stylist for many years and will always be a part of our family. We love you Mara and we can't wait to see what you'll do next! You can even come meet Mara at our birthday event on July 12th! Join us for fun, sweets, and giveaways in honor of our 6th birthday! More details can be found on our Facebook event page!


  • Tuesday, July 1, 2014

    Summer is in full swing and we're kicking off July with brand new free desktop calendar! Download it here! We're smitten with this pretty wallpaper featuring watercolored palm trees. Now sit back, relax, and dream of days spent on tropical beaches... 


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  • Monday, June 30, 2014

    We love any reason to celebrate, but we think our birthday is at the top of our list! We're turning six, and we would love for you to join in on the fun. Local Ruchettes can join us in Costa Mesa for shopping, sweets, and merriment with our family! In addition to all the festivities, we're excited to have support from all of our wonderful sponsors at 31 BitsM Loves MDarling MagazineArt With NatureBon Puf, & Honeypie!

    Don't miss out and RSVP now!


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  • Monday, June 30, 2014

    Image Source: Design Love Fest

    We would love to be equally inspiring and professional as this! For a little summer workwear inspiration, view our latest style feature


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  • Monday, June 30, 2014

    We're kicking off our Semi-Annual Sale, and there are so many stylish steals we have our eye on! From striped tops to polka dot skirts and loungewear to evening attire, we are having trouble choosing our favorites out of the bevy of discounted beauties to choose from. We asked a few of our employees which styles would find themselves in their shopping carts, and we think they have great taste! 

    Products Assistant Brie has her eye on this striped dress by Other's Follow! She told us that she thinks this dress is a versatile wardrobe essential with its thin black and white stripes and classic silhouette, and she "would style it with a statement necklace and wedges for a wedding and strappy sandals for a backyard BBQ!" 

    Our Customer Service Agent Taylor can't get enough of this understated white blouse. With just a hint of detail, this piece is versatile and a summer essential. Taylor told us: "I would pair the Casa Del Mar Embellished Top with dark skinny jeans and wedges for dinner out with my friends!" 

    Email Marketing Manager Laura loves this colorful floral dress featuring hues of orange purple, and green complete with a sweetheart neckline and dainty straps. This feminine silhouette is ideal for the brunch date with her husband and puppy that she's imagined!  

    These employee picks have us dreaming of wandering in the warm sunshine! From long road trips to days at the beach, we can't wait to stock up on summer essentials for every summer adventure. Don't forget to take a peek at our sale section and find a favorite of your own! 


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  • Sunday, June 29, 2014

    When you're following your passions, your work becomes a labor of love and a pathway to fulfillment and pride in the work you do. Discover what you love and enjoy the rest of your weekend, Ruchettes! 


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  • Saturday, June 28, 2014

    31 Bits not only makes gorgeous jewelry, but they are a completely sustainable and fair trade brand we are proud to carry! This amazing female-run company helps support the economy of the community of their Ugandan workers. The intricate designs of their pieces are made with beads crafted from recycled paper, and each piece is handmade by a Ugandan woman employed by 31 Bits. See our collection of these unique and stunning pieces here! 

    We would love to stock our jewelry boxes with each one of these styles! Shop our collection and discover necklaces and earrings perfect for pairing with everything from a chambray blouse to a flowy scalloped tank or structured dress! Want to learn more? See our past interviews with the amazing creators of 31 Bits here! You can also win a 31 Bits giveaway at our 6th birthday celebration on July 12th! Read more about the event and RSVP on our Facebook event page! 


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  • Saturday, June 28, 2014

    Photographer and stylist Amanda Marie Lackey always puts a smile on our faces! Whether it's her stunningly romantic engagement and wedding photography or styled shoots, Hailing from Texas, Amanda has a keen eye for bringing out the loveliness in everything she snaps a photo of. From her charming style to her drive to live beautifully, we are so lucky to call this talented gentle heart a Ruchette! We can't wait to see the world through Amanda's lens when she takes over our Instagram this weekend. To get to know her a little more, we asked her a few questions to get a peek into her world: 

    1. A go-to drink.
    Sweet Tea. A true sign that I’m a Texas girl!

    2. A go-to Karaoke song.
    Sheryl Crow’s ‘All I Wanna Do’.

    3. A uniform.
    A simple statement dress that can be paired easily by throwing on a denim jacket, flats or wedges (depending on the day).

    4. A hair stylist they love.
    Lauren Conrad’s YouTube how-to videos all the time.

    5. An exercise routine.
    P90X3. The best 30 minutes of the day. I also love to throw in hot yoga during colder months.

    6. A hobby.
    More like ‘hobbies’… Interior decorating, going to my parent’s ranch house to escape from the everyday, brunching, hunting for great books, writing and singing music with my husband and dreaming of traveling the world together.

    7. A best friend.
    My best friends are forever best friends. They’re the kind where we could go months without talking, and we’ll pick back up right where we left off. Those types of friendships are a sisterhood I love so much!

    8. A healthy sense of self.
    The older I become the more I realize the healthiest sense of self isn’t really about myself at all. It’s about the way I love others. The best way to fill myself up is to love selflessly. And of course… I take all the coffee and lazy Sundays I can get!

    -- Amanda Marie, Photographer and Blogger

    For more snapshots into Amanda's stylish world, be sure to follow her on Instagram and take a peek at her blog. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram and see Amanda's anticipated takeover! 


  • Friday, June 27, 2014

    It's Friday! After working hard all week long, you deserve a relaxing break. After the hustle and bustle of Monday through Friday, we love the idea of crafting a unique cocktail with a few friends! From tropical tastes of mango and pineapple to sweet peach and strawberry, we're looking forward to enjoying the summer sun and infusing seasonal flavors into our cocktails. Here are a few recipes that are perfect for unwinding and enjoying the end of a busy week! 

    1. Frozen Mango & Apple Daiquiris: This blend of summery ingredients courtesy of Topped With Cinnamon has us looking forward to 5 o'clock! Frozen daiquiris are the perfect libation for cooling off in the summertime, and this recipe is at the top of our must-try list. 

    2. White Peach Gin Fizz: This bubbly and invigorating spirit from Adventures In Cooking is exactly what we want to be sipping on after a long week! A hint of sweet peach along with a delicate garnish makes this drink a summery necessity!

    3. Pineapple Mint Juleps: This drink is proof that How Sweet It Is has crafting the perfect cocktail down to a science. This fruity beverage will have you imagining you're relaxing on a lush beach in the Caribbean!

    4. Watermelon Strawberry Citrus Sangria: We love mixing a sweet sangria to accompany an end-of-the-workweek gathering! Chilled wine infused with our favorite citrus flavors, watermelon and strawberry is definitely an essential. Joy The Baker has created a sangria perfect for a hot day!

    5. Sotol Swizzle: In the spirit of a margarita, this beverage recipe from Honestly YUM has an impeccable balance of kick and sweetness. We love that this drink features crushed ice and swizzle stick used to make the glass frosty for a cocktail that's both unique and tasty!

    Shop our summer time workwear and celebrate after hours with these 5 delicious cocktails! See our past libations here, and if you're looking for a refreshing alcohol-free option, visit our fruit-infused water recipes!


  • Thursday, June 26, 2014

    We feel so fortunate to have crossed paths with the talented Elena Fay. Her self-taught talent for creating fashion illustrations with sophistication and a touch of whimsy made us fall in love. From watercolor macarons to incredible videos of Elena's artistic process, Elena's love for creativity and fashion made her the perfect artist to create illustrations for our Business Casual Dress Code Guide! Currently residing in Washington, D.C., Elena's passion for travel comes through in both her style and illustrations, and we loved seeing her make our favorite business casual styles into works of art. We were lucky enough to sit down with Elena and learn more about her and her talents! 

    When did you first discover your passion for art?
    I feel that I've been an artist for as long as I can remember. I grew up in a small country town in Russia and couldn't even imagine that someday my passion for art can become my career.

    In 5 words or less, how do you describe your artistic aesthetic?
    Splash of color, beauty, happiness.

    Would you use the same words to describe your sense of fashion?
    Absolutely! Lately I've been really drawn to bright colors and it shows not only in my sketches but also in my closet.

    What's currently on your Ruche wishlist?
    Georgia Floral Dress by Queen of Heartz is my absolute favorite.

    What do you love most about running your own Etsy shop?
    Etsy is a great place for small businesses like my shop. Not only listing and promoting products on Etsy is very simple but also finding other creative outlets is very inspiring.

    Just to get to know you a little more, here's a round of quick fire questions!
    Phone, keys, wallet, and... a pocket sketchbook
    Spring, summer, fall, or winter? Spring
    Neutral or bold nail polish? Bold
    Chocolate cake or apple pie? Chocolate cake

    Don't forget to see Elena's business casual illustrations in our Business Casual Dress Code Guide and for more of Elena's fashionable creations, visit her Instagram, Facebook, and blog


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