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  • Thursday, April 3, 2014

    For our first installment of 7 Items, 7 Outfits, we asked Tieka of Selective Potential to create seven different outfits using the same seven essential Ruche pieces. If you've seen our latest Ruchette of the Month post and Tieka's past Style File features, you already know how much we adore the Michigan blogger’s rustic style! Take a look at Tieka’s innovative outfits for inspiration on how to make the most of your favorite wardrobe staples.

    1. For her first outfit, Tieka layered a printed blouse under a lace dress for a cute, collared look. This rustic ensemble is ideal for transitional weather!

    2. Tieka brought out the deep hues of the printed blouse by pairing it with this burnt peach lace skirt. As with all of these outfits, the earth-toned heels keep the look seasonally versatile.

    3. This casual button-up blouse tones down the lace skirt for a more casual effect. We love how pairing these solid colors emphasizes the textures of each piece!

    4. For a relaxed, retro-inspired look, Tieka styled the printed top with these cute textured shorts. This outfit would be a great option for an afternoon picnic or a shopping date with friends.

    5. We love how Tieka paired the solid top and textured shorts with our printed scarf for added dimension and a splash of color. This casual outfit is a great go-to on spring days spent outdoors.

    6. This classy ensemble Tieka styled features the printed scarf as a shawl, which adds playful contrast to the elegant white dress. We would love to wear this outfit to an outdoor party!

    7. For her last outfit, Tieka layered the button-up top over the lace dress to give the frock a more casual feel. Give a fancy dress this casual twist and you’ll be ready for your next lunch date.

    Which of these darling outfits would you most love to wear? We hope Tieka's resourcefulness and creativity will inspire you to spring clean your closet and mix-and-match the pieces that fit your style best.


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  • Thursday, April 3, 2014

    Meeting with family or friends for brunch is one of our favorite ways to celebrate, enjoy the weekend, or simply catch up over a truly delicious meal. Since no brunch is ever complete without a mimosa, we thought we'd explore the various versions of mimosas we could create next time we entertain. If you're also a lady who loves to brunch, here are some of our favorite mimosa ideas!

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    Classic: Simply combine orange juice and champagne. The ratio is up to you, but we suggest starting with 1 part champagne and 1 part juice. If you'd rather have your champagne with a splash of juice, we won't judge!

    Hawaiian: The POG (passion, orange, guava) mimosa is an exotic alternative to one made with traditional orange juice. This tropical blend is hard to find, but if you can get a bottle or make your own blend, it's well worth it!

    Strawberry: Add a whole strawberry or a few strawberry slices to your champagne to infuse the bubbly with a berry flavor. You can also look for strawberry puree or add a hint of strawberry syrup to your glass to sweeten your drink.

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    Sherbert: Instead of using juice, just add a scoop of orange sorbet to your glass, then fill up the rest of it with your champagne. Dessert and a drink in one!

    Spiked: Try creating a champagne cocktail by adding liquor, like St. Germain, Grand Marnier, or Limoncello, to the bottom of your glass. For an even fancier touch, add a splash of peach nectar or cranberry juice along with the liquor.

    Before you decide on your recipe of choice, keep in mind these important tips. Whenever you can, use fresh ingredients -- there's nothing like a mimosa made with freshly-squeezed orange juice instead of over-pasteurized, store-bought juice. If you're in a bind and need to buy orange juice off the shelf, look for a brand that bottles the OJ in a purer state.

    Photo via Style Me Pretty

    It's also important to serve your mimosas as cold as possible. Make sure you give the champagne ample time to chill and refrigerate your fresh juice once you've prepared it until it's time to serve the drinks. Since mimosas are meant to be sipped, starting with a truly cold drink will give guests time to savor their mimosa while chatting with others and enjoying the meal.

    Which mimosa idea will you be trying next? For more brunch inspiration, take a look at our recommended brunch spots. And if you're looking to prepare for a party, learn how to stock a bar cart and take a look at our past cocktail-related posts. Cheers!


  • Thursday, April 3, 2014

    At Ruche, we love supporting indie brands, and B.A.I.T Footwear is one of our favorites! B.A.I.T., which stands for "But Another Innocent Tale," is a charming line of vintage-inspired shoes that perfectly complements our favorite dresses and blouses alike (we even spotted them on one of our favorite celebrities, Zooey Deschanel!). We had the chance to interview the incredibly sweet Julie Kim, designer of this imaginative brand. Read on to learn more about her company and the inspiration behind her gorgeous shoes.

    Tell us a little about B.A.I.T. Footwear. How did it begin?
    B.A.I.T. Footwear was created in the summer of 2011. I had been working as a footwear designer for various companies, but was honestly not feeling passionate about the shoes I was designing. My true love and passion was always vintage clothing and accessories. When it came to vintage shoes though, I found it truly hard to find the right ones in modern sizing (not to mention the condition). I also found that although there was so much beauty in vintage footwear, there wasn’t enough color to go with all my pretty vintage dresses and separates. I really started the brand to make shoes for myself and my friends. It was probably a very naive and innocent idea at the time, but I really created B.A.I.T. to design the shoes that I love in hopes that other gals would love them too!

    Have you always wanted to be a shoe designer?
    I can honestly say that I have always, always loved shoes! I was a sportswear designer first, but an opportunity came up to work in shoes. My mom does tell me stories about how I would pick out all my clothes as a child, and my shoes were always on the nightstand. When she’d try to put them on the floor, I would be a very unhappy little girl. I guess you follow your passion and it leads you to the right path.