• Thursday, February 19, 2015

    We are excited to announce we have new arrivals from one of our favorite brands who pride themselves on creating fashion for a cause, 31 Bits! Each piece is artfully handcrafted using beads made from recycled paper by the women employed by 31 Bits in Uganda. With bright, intricate designs and unique styles, these beautiful eco-friendly statement accessories are perfect for any occasion. This woman-founded and woman-run company creates their beautiful jewelry with a purpose, and each piece bought contributes to the empowerment of women in Uganda. You can learn more about 31 Bits here! IMG_9556-2IMG_9571-2IMG_9550-2

    31 Bits was founded by five women, who at the age of 21 decided to form a charitable company to aid out-of-work women of Uganda. Revolutionizing the way the world sees business, 31 Bits has given the opportunity for these women to earn a living by using their crafts to create beautiful jewelry. They also use this as a chance to uplift these women by providing them with opportunities in education and business training. With product sales dedicated directly the cause, 31 Bits has provided a platform for women to grow and provide for their families. IMG_9556IMG_9568

    We absolutely adore these pieces by 31 Bits and love the inspiration behind their mission. Shop our new arrivals and fall in love with this bold, bright, and beautiful brand now!  

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    Calling all local Ruchettes! We're doing a little spring cleaning and we would love for you to join us for our warehouse sample sale! We'll have an abundance of cute dresses, blouses, shoes, accessories, and more! The best part? Everything is $7! Stop by the sale located in historic downtown Fullerton, CA on February 28th between 11:00am and 3:00pm and stock up on the prettiest pieces for spring. We recommend getting there early to make sure you have plenty to choose from - these pieces are going to go fast!sample-sale

    You can RSVP and get more details about the event, including a map of the location, on our Facebook event page. We can't wait to see you and meet you! Any additional questions? Feel free to drop us a line at marketing@shopruche.com. 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Tuesday, February 17, 2015

    In honor of Mardi Gras, we're sharing a delightfully tasty dish that is perfect for crafting for a mellow date night at home, or for bringing to a celebratory potluck! We can almost hear the sounds of jazz and cheering for this upbeat and fun-filled holiday. Even if you're not walking the streets of New Orleans, you can still replicate our favorite cajun flavors with this saucy creole shrimp recipe from Half Baked Harvest. Fat Tuesday is all about indulging, so go ahead and treat yourself to something decadent today! Read on for this delicious Mardi Gras recipe. Big-Easy-Style-Saucy-Creole-Shrimp-7

    Ingredients:

    8 ounces fresh chorizo, sliced (may also use ground if needed)
    1/3 cup flour, use gluten free if needed
    1/3 cup canola oil
    1 small onion, chopped
    3 cloves garlic, minced or grated
    2 stalks celery, chopped
    1 green bell pepper, seeded + chopped
    1 (14 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
    1-2 tablespoons creole seasoning, depending on your taste
    1 tablespoon smoked paprika
    1 (12 ounce) beer
    1 1/2 pounds raw shrimp, peeled + deveined
    1 tablespoon Worcestershire, omit if gluten free
    1 tablespoon Louisiana style hot sauce
    1 tablespoon butter
    1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
    steamed white or brown rice, for serving
    beer bread, for servingBig-Easy-Style-Saucy-Creole-Shrimp-2

    Instructions:

    In a medium size soup pot, brown the chorizo over medium high heat. Remove from the pot and drain on a paper towel lined plate. To the same pot, add the oil and flour, whisking until combined. Cook for 10 minutes or until the roux is lightly golden. Add the onion, garlic, celery, green pepper. Cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, 1 tablespoon creole seasoning and the smoked paprika, cook another minute. Slowly pour in the beer, add back the chorizo and bring the mixture to a low boil, simmer for 10-15 minutes.

    Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium high heat. Once hot add the butter. Toss the shrimp with the cajun seasoning and place in the hot skillet. Sear on both side for about 4 minutes per side or until pink and cooked through. Remove from the heat. Now add the shrimp, Worcestershire and hot sauce to the creole mixture. Simmer another 5 minutes.

    Serve the shrimp over a bowl of hot rice with a side of beer bread for dipping.
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    Want more Mardi Gras recipes? Stop by our King Eclairs recipe for the perfect after dinner treat! You can see all of our recipes here. Celebrate and live beautifully, Ruchettes!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, February 16, 2015

    Meet Laura and Maizy! Is it just us, or do our Puppy Love Stories appear to become more adorable by the week? Today we're so happy to introduce you to Laura and Maizy! Laura is our Products Manager, and Maizy is the equally happy and energetic pup that just isn't satisfied unless she has personally greeted everyone in the office as soon as they arrive. Full of personality, Maizy is a ray of sunshine wrapped in a ball of fluff and always comes as soon as she hears Laura call one of her many nicknames. Read on to learn more about this too-cute duo, a visit past Puppy Love Stories herelaura-maisy-1

    How did you and your fluffy friend meet? What made you fall in love with them?
    I actually began looking online. I was looking for hypoallergenic dogs, but then I saw this scruffy pup from an accidental litter all the way in Sacramento where my sister lived. So I asked my sister to be my judge. She called and told me the dog didn't have much personality and wouldn't be a good fit, but then a few days later showed up at my house with Maizy! If you met Maizy you'd know that was the biggest lie my sister ever told, and I was elated! She gave me kisses, let me rub her belly, and loved playing with our other dogs; she was everything I could hope for!

    How did you decide on the name "Maizy"?
    My sister and I love the movie "Uncle Buck" and always liked the name Maizy. Then, when she showed up at my house with my pup, the movie was on TV, it was meant to be!laura-maisy-3

    How would you describe Maizy in three words?
    Crazy, scruffy, bossy!

    What are some things you and your dog enjoy doing together?
    She likes playing with stuffed toys, if you throw a ball for her she'll look at you like, "are you going to get that?" She loves to wrestle and play with other pups. We go to the dog beach and she'll ride in the basket of my bike to friends' houses. But mainly she likes when I'm eating, always a bite for me and a bite for "The Maizy."

    Do you have any other pets? If not, do you see yourself adopting again?
    Yes, we have a few other dogs and a cat at home. The problem is not if I can see myself adopting again, its that I can see myself adopting ALL OF THEM! One of our dogs we actually found here at Ruche 3 years ago, and I just couldn't stand the thought of taking him to the pound, so I took him home (he made dog number 4)!laura-maisy-2

    What are some of the benefits of having your dog by your side at work?
    We have a really close bond and I love the extra time with her. She has so much personality I feel like she's really one of my best friends- I think I probably just sound a little crazy now! It's also great because dogs make everyone happy and I love that Maizy can help provide that atmosphere at work!

    Can you share a cute story involving Maizy?
    When I started dating my fiancé four years ago, he had to meet Maizy on our first date. If they didn't click, there was no chance for us! We were a package deal, luckily it's the three of us now!laura-maisyAre you in love with our Puppy Love Stories series? Stay tuned, we have a few more installments launching in the coming weeks, and don't forget to see past Puppy Love Stories and fall in love with our #RuchePuppies!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Sunday, February 15, 2015

    Some things in life were made to be together. In honor of our Perfect Match Sale, we thought we would share some of our favorite pairings! You can find your perfect match with our cute dresses, vintage-inspired heels, or adorable accessories at our sitewide sale. Take 25% off using the discount code LOVEYOU  until 2/16! 

    1. Chocolate and StrawberriesCandS2. Afternoon Tea and Scones

    3. Sunday Brunch

    4. Mornings and CoffeeSandC5. Summer and Bonfires

    6. Cake and Ice Cream

    7. Milk and CookiesMandC8. Roses and Peonies

    9. Moon and the Stars

    10. Spring and PicnicsSandPImages Via: 1, 2, 3, 4  

    Time for you to treat yourself to a sweet deal and find your perfect match! Take 25% off sitewide with code LOVEYOU now through 2/16 at 11:59 PM PT.

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Saturday, February 14, 2015

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    ...we hope there would be plenty of pink and red and flowers all over! We love any excuse to host a charming party, so why not a Valentine's Day party!? Now all we need to complete our celebration is the perfect outfit. Find a cute dress to twirl in or a sophisticated blouse in our Perfect Match sale! Everything is 25% off through 2/16 with code LOVEYOU. Shop now

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Friday, February 13, 2015

    There must be romance in the air this week! With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we couldn't contain our excitement when seeing a few of our favorite Ruchettes donning their sweet ensembles perfect for a night out. From formal outerwear to florals and feminine silhouettes, we are so inspired for a weekend celebrating our loved ones! 

    Shannon of GBO Fashion looks amazing in this romantic date night ensemble. She paired our Chiswick Park flared coat atop a gorgeous red lace dress and accessorized with simple pieces to bring together this feminine outfit. She is a vision of radiance in this effortlessly chic date night outfit. Valentines-Day-Ruche-Coat-11

    The always adorable Rebecca of The Clothes Horse looks stunning in our romantic Paris Streets printed dress. She kept her look sweet and simple with some navy tights and heels. Her vintage-inspired ensemble is perfect for a dainty, comfortable night out. clotheshorse

    The beautiful Kassandra of Kastles looks charming in our plum midi skirt paired with a floral tee, knit cardigan and adorned with statement accessories. Her romantic outfit is perfect for transitioning from winter to spring. kastles

    Looking for even more style inspiration? See even more style files by clicking here, and don't forget to take 25% off sitewide with code LOVEYOU until Monday 2/16 at 11:59 PM PT!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Thursday, February 12, 2015

    There are some things that are lovely on their own, but when they come together, they form a perfect match! Bees & honey, chocolate & peanut butter, and a little shopping + a long weekend! Our favorite perfect match? You + this sale! Take 25% off sitewide with code LOVEYOU now through 2/16 at 11:59 PM PT. Whether it's a sale style you've had your eye on, cute dresses, or the darling shoes that have been lingering on your wishlist, it's time to find your perfect match now!presidents-day-sale

    We're making it even easier to find the latest news so you will always know the scoop when it comes to sales, our most-loved styles, and even fun stuff like quotes, printables, and more! Our latest page is brimming with fashion & lifestyle inspiration, and it makes it easy to make sure you're getting the best deal with our latest promotions. cute-pinterest-outfits

    Love sharing your finds with friends? With a variety of social sharing buttons, you can post inspirational quotes to Pinterest, broadcast a sale with friends on Facebook or Twitter, or brighten someone's day by sending it straight to their inbox! Sharing has never been easier!

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    Be the first to see all the treats we have on our new page! Share, pin, or enjoy 25% off sitewide now. 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, February 11, 2015

    Welcome to another installment of Puppy Love Stories! In honor of Valentine's Day, we are featuring one of our employees and the precious pup that accompanies them to work each day. You can click here to see all the Puppy Love stories so far! 

    Meet Maya and Balou! Maya is our Advertising Coordinator, and at her feet you can find Balou, the charming French bulldog that love naps, his alligator toy, and endless amounts of affection. Balou happily greets anyone that passes by, but he rarely leaves Maya's side; it is instantly apparent that these two have quite a bond! Read on to learn more about Maya and Balou now! maya-b-2

    How did you and your fluffy friend meet? What made you fall in love with them?
    Balou belonged to my oldest sister before I adopted him, but I met him when my sister went to visit him at his breeder's house. He was only a few weeks old and the runt of his litter-- still too young to be away from his mama. We fell in love with his pretty fawn coloring and curly, off-center tail.

    How did you decide on the name for your dog?
    My sister wanted him to have a French name because he's a French bulldog. He has a cousin named Blueberry and his dad is named Elijah Blue. Somehow we came up with Balou! (pronounced like Baloo from the Jungle Book).

    How would you describe Balou in three words?
    Stubborn. Lazy. Lover.

    What are some things you and your dog enjoy doing together?
    We enjoy short walks around our block (any more than that and he can't catch his breath!), being couch potatoes and taking naps.maya-b-3

    Do you have any other pets? If not, do you see yourself adopting again?
    I don't have any other pets right now, but I want to get a big dog when we have the space and maybe a cat if I can convince my boyfriend.

    What are some of the benefits of having your dog by your side at work?
    Stretch breaks! It's easy to forget to take a break and stretch my legs when I'm focused on a project, so his potty breaks are the perfect reminders to walk around a bit and get some fresh air. Also, snuggles any time I want.

    Can you share a cute story involving Balou?
    Back when I first started working at Ruche and he was still living with my sister, I made Balou a cake for his first birthday using a variation of this recipe. I also made party hats for him and his little brother with this tutorial. He was obsessed with the cake, but the hat he was not so fond of. Even though Balou hasn't been mine for very long, he has always been a #ruchepuppy!maya-b-1

    We love having an abundance of fluffy friends at the office! Meet more #RuchePuppies and our employees by visiting past Puppy Love Stories here

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Tuesday, February 10, 2015

    Have you stepped into spring with our latest lookbook, Awakening? The breathtaking lookbook not only features some of our favorite spring styles like floral dresses, eyelet blouses, and delicate lace, but all of our favorite elements of the spring season. We wanted to create a vintage-inspired space that evokes the beauty of spring to function as the perfect background for the stunning spring outfits in our lookbook. 2015_01_20_99999_4262015_01_20_99999_5632015_01_20_99999_737In addition to the beautiful spring fashion inspiration, one of the elements of Awakening we are incredibly proud of is the mural featured in the background! Adorned with pretty blossoms and hummingbirds, this work of art that served as the perfect backdrop was actually hand painted by our creative intern, Joanne. Here's what Joanne had to say about the mural.EDIT THIS ONE PLZ

    "The mural was inspired by vintage floral wallpaper. We wanted to recreate the wallpaper, but give it life by adding birds and butterflies to it. We were inspired by muted, yet lush colors that were vibrant enough to represent spring. First, I drew out a few sketches of the mural and included where the butterflies and birds would be. Then I researched different types of flowers. I wanted the trees to look similar to a Japanese Sakura tree! Many of the flowers ended up being a combination of real flowers and ones I made up to create a spring wonderland. In total, the mural took me 56 hours to complete. The supplies I used include acrylic paint, pencils, and erasers. Our founder Mai and the rest of the creative team provided me with input every step of the way. It was the perfect balance of my creativity and their vision, from measuring out the height of the mural to designating where everything needed to be placed... there was a lot of immaculate planning that went into this mural! Of course it was worth it, I felt this was an awesome challenge to see what I am capable of and a chance to share my art with an amazing community of people. "

    -- Joanne, Creative Intern2015_01_20_99999_7322015_01_20_99999_3052015_01_20_99999_212015_01_20_99999_729

    Are you as enamored with this lovely artwork as much as we are? We chose our favorite sections of Joanne's mural and made them into this month's free desktop calendars, so be sure to stop by our free wallpapers page to add a touch of spring to your wallpaper. We're so lucky to have such amazing talent on our team. See the gorgeous mural in action and stop by our spring lookbook, Awakening, now!

    xo,
    Ruche


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