• Saturday, March 21, 2015

    We have got quite a treat for you! Meet Aileeah Colgan. She's a singer, songwriter, producer, and all-around lovely gal. Aileeah is a musical storyteller - her passion for music and the women that inspire her make her a powerful force for good. In Aileeah's latest music video, she launched her #SheIsMyHero campaign, which is dedicated to celebrating the women who have inspired, empowered, and encouraged others. A true example of living beautifully, we were so lucky to have been a part of Aileeah's video (did you spy our Marvelous Night Dress?), and we got to know her a little better. Read on to learn more about this lovely songbird! Aileeah_01

    We love your message behind #SheIsMyHero. What was your main inspiration when writing your single “Be Like You”?
    Our studio worked on a documentary called Mary: The Wisconsin WAC — about a woman named Mary, who in 1943, enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps during WWII— at a time when the roles of women were changing in our country. She was a real trailblazer for proving what women are capable of outside the home. I started thinking about her and the countless other women in history that have paved the way for me. “Be Like You” is about honoring those ladies and inspiring the rest of us to appreciate the rights we have.

    How did you discover your passion for music?
    I don’t exactly remember where my passion for music began. I grew up in a musical family and it was just sort of ingrained from the beginning. I have a lot of memories singing in church, but I also grew up really loving musicals like The Sound of Music and Calamity Jane. I wanted to be just like Doris Day in her performance of “Windy City.” I also have always loved the work of Dolly Parton; her voice, and the fact that she actually wrote many of her hit songs.

    You look so stunning in our Marvelous Night Dress in your video for "Be Like You." How does your personal style influence your music, or the other way around?
    My personal style has a strong vintage vibe. One of my most favorite style icons is Laura Petry (Mary Tyler Moore) in her role on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” I think I have a special appreciation for fashion from many different eras, which is the same as my inspiration for music, I love all sorts of genres from all different decades. Right now, I’m especially into Patsy Cline’s classic country and singer-songwriter Lesley Gore.

    What is your go-to outfit for a casual day at the studio?
    While in the studio writing and recording my most recent song, “Be Like You” and the rest of my upcoming EP; comfort is key. My go-to is hippie-chic— a long flowy skirt paired with a loose fitting blouse and my hair in a top knot. For me, when I’m in the studio, it’s more important to focus on my music than worry too much about my appearance.Aileeah_03

    What can we find you doing when you aren't busy creating or performing music?
    Working out, backpacking, and rock climbing. I also run and do yoga, which help clear my head and give me energy to work creatively.

    If you could collaborate on a record with any performing artist, who would it be and why?
    I would absolutely love to work with The Avett Brothers! There’s so much honesty in their lyrics, and their melodies are so beautiful —  it’s perfection!

    Where can you always find inspiration; whether it's for fashion, music, or a much-needed burst of creativity?
    I can always find inspiration while taking a hike or just enjoying nature, sunshine is always refreshing for me. I also love spending time with my family, I find a lot of encouragement for my music from my dad. He’s always reminding me to be my own person; to consider other people’s feelings but not to take too much to heart — he’s a huge supporter of my music.

    Our motto at Ruche is #LiveBeautifully. How do you live beautifully?
    I believe that living beautifully is something that starts from within. Making sure that you are caring for the people around you while also taking care of yourself. And knowing clothes shouldn't define you, but they certainly can help reflect who you are.

    Press "play" on the video below to hear "Be Like You" and watch the #SheIsMyHero campaign in action!

    Keep up with Aileeah by following her on Instagram or stopping by her Facebook. We can't wait to see more from this stunning songstress!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Friday, March 20, 2015

    Happy first day of spring, Ruchettes! While we're soaking up the warm weather, our calendars begin to fill with the warm-weather activities and celebrations we've been looking forward to all winter long. Weekends of traveling, wandering around outdoor markets, or celebrations with family are just around the corner, and with the impending festivities you'll need the perfect stylish item to throw on and go, go, go! Make sure you're sartorially prepared for the season ahead and take 25% off all dresses with code SPECIAL25. Today is the last day to shop 25% off dresses, so stop by our collection of spring-ready frocks now! Some of our favorite Ruchettes have shown delightful ensembles for a variety of spring occasions. For even more fashion inspiration for spring festivities, see our latest feature here!

    Darling Katheen of Carrie Bradshaw Lied has adorned our Breanne Printed Dress over a pair of classic white jeans and sneakers. This comfortable and classy spring outfit is perfect for a day of bike rides, ice cream cones, and beautiful weather. Warm or chilly, this dress can also be paired with leggings and booties for a cooler spring day.carrie-bradshaw-lied

    Wears Kelly's Kelly shows off our Midcentury Peplum Blouse with some monochromatic flair. This gray on gray ensemble displays an effortlessly chic style that we adore. Plus, how cute is her statement necklace?straight+on+arm+up

    Don't mind us - we're swooning over Signe of Signeroo's maternity-friendly outfit! Looking absolutely adorable in our Take the Long Way Midi Dress Signe displays the perfect combination and style and comfort while wearing this outfit perfect for transitioning to spring. The breathable cotton fabric and timeless pattern is just the right item for a day of browsing famers markets or pleasant walks in your city square. signeroo

    Perfect for twirling under the sun, Karissa from Vegan A La Mode adorns our Tuscany Villa Floral Dress with a pair of perfect patent pumps! We love this fit and flare dress adorned with a darling floral print and yellow trim. Whether you're headed to brunch or a family celebration, we love this classic spring outfit! veganalamode

    We love seeing inspiration from some of our favorite Ruchettes! What items are going to be a part of your spring uniform this season? For more style inspiration, see past Style Files here!

    xo,
    Ruche 


  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Today's Dressesntials is all about the history of the shift dress! You can look at past Dressentials features here for a look at the history of a few of your favorite dress silhouettes like the drop waist dress and fit & flare dress. Our love for cute dresses is reaching new heights as we explore the facts and history behind our favorite dresses! Shift dresses are known for keeping it short & sweet; featuring a straight up-and-down shape, high neck, and an overall simple elegance. Shift dresses are perfect for the girl on the go, because the fabric slightly floats away from the body, leaving room for movement. The shift dress first rose to popularity in a sleeveless silhouette, but the dress that first became loved at the height of 1960s fashion soon was available in short sleeves, long sleeves, and in many prints, colors, and lengths!  Shift DRESS MAIN PAGE JPEG

    In our last Dressentials post, we discussed the drop waist dress. The subject of today's post is the shift dress, which actually was inspired by the drop waist silhouette popularized by 1920s flappers! The creation of the shift dress is credited to designers Hubert de Givenchy and Cristobal Balenciaga. They introduced the classic silhouette, known for a shorter hemline and simple lines, in their 1957 Paris collections. The shift dress rose to popularity when worn by timeless actress Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's. Audrey Hepburn's black shift dress from the film was designed by Hubert de Givenchy himself, and has become an iconic image of timeless elegance. 

    Among the fans of the shift dress was fashion icon Lily Pulitzer. A fan of bright and bold colors along with vibrant prints, Lily took the shift dress and created a style that was completely her own. Did you know that Lily Pulitzer first started designing in bold prints because she needed something colorful enough to cover up the stains that appeared on her dress from operating a juice bar? Fellow style icon and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy wore both Pulitzer and Givenchy's designs often, and popularized the shift dress when she appeared on the cover of Life Magazine wearing Lily Pulitzer's design. The mini shift dress silhouette was created when designer Mary Quant cut the hem of her shift dress, and found a 16 year old model to show off her new design. That model would soon rise to fame and go by the name "Twiggy" (we think you may have heard of her!). The shift dress has remained a favorite for women everywhere ever since! Shift DRESS silhouette JPEG

    The shift dress is still a favorite in and can be found in almost any Ruchette's wardrobe today! Perfect for adding a touch of vintage style to your everyday ensemble, or an easy, cute dress to slip into when you're on the go, we have a feeling the shift dress will not fall out of style any time soon! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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    Happy St. Paddy's Day! We joined in on the festivities and donned outfits featuring a touch green today (and managed to miss out on all the pinching, whew)! Did you know that St. Patrick's Day is a celebration of Irish culture, heritage, and the original arrival of St. Patrick in Ireland during the 17th century? The holiday has been around for hundreds of years, and continues to be a fun way of indulging in a little celebrating!

    Whether or not you're donning green, you can always treat yourself to a new dress! Enjoy 25% off dresses with code SPECIAL25 now through 3/20 and don't forget to see a few of our favorite dessert recipes for St. Patrick's Day! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, March 16, 2015

    Is your agenda already filled to the brim? For spring outfit ideas and inspiration, stop by our latest feature, Spring Festivities! Even if the season isn't quite in full swing, you'll be delighted to find cute dresses for daytime weddings, Sunday brunch, graduations, and outfits perfect for preparing for any social event this season. 

    From dresses that swish perfectly with each step to feminine blazers and delightful details, stop by Spring Festivities and find the perfect spring outfit for your next event! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Sunday, March 15, 2015

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    Spring is just around the corner, and even if you're not quite feeling sun-kissed and ready to shed your coat, step into the swing of spring with our new spring lookbook Capture the Moment. This lookbook is especially exciting because of the delicate and absolutely adorable pieces featured from charitable jewelry brand 31 Bits! These pieces are a delightful mix of structure and softness, plus they add a bright and vibrant polish to any outfit with the utmost perfection. Did you know each piece of jewelry by 31 Bits is handmade by women in Uganda, and crafted with beads made from recycled paper? This eco-friendly and fair trade company run by women is a force for good, and a stylish one at that!

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    This spring is about chasing adventure and not letting a minute go unnoticed, and Capture the Moment has all the essentials for a day of exploration. Filled with perfect prints, charming lace, dreamy dresses, and ready-for-adventure outfit combos, discover the spring lookbook here along with your must-have, lovely pieces from 31 Bits.

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Saturday, March 14, 2015

    Welcome to the next installment of Dressentials! In honor of our love and adoration for cute dresses, we're looking back on the history of a few of our favorite silhouettes. From our past exploration of the history of the fit and flare dress to today's look at the drop waist dress, we're taking a deeper look at the different types of dresses we already adore, and finding new favorite silhouettes! Stay tuned, we're looking forward to the romantic maxi dress and classic wrap dress in our features ahead! If you read our last feature on the history of fit & flare dresses, we're certain you're ready to learn all about the history of the drop waist dress

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    Drop waist dresses are typically characterized for their relaxed silhouette that floats away from the body and a hemline that falls slightly below the hips as opposed to the waist, hence the name "drop waist!" The stunning drop waist dress' first appearance was during the mid 1910s courtesy of famed French fashion designer Coco Chanel, who departed from the constricting 1900s fashions like corsets and heavy skirts with her "Garconne" look. Literally translating to "boy", the "Garconne" look featured more masculine styles like relaxed tops, trousers, and an early version of the drop waist dress. This collection emphasized women's curves and classic conceptions of femininity with straight silhouettes, vertical lines, and an apparent lack of waistline. One of the most noticeable changes in 1920s fashion was rising hemlines, and many drop waist dresses fell just below the knee. 

    The drop waist silhouette first rose to popularity in the 1920s thanks to the flappers. Flapper girls were known for their rebellion against the social conventions of the 1920s. Clad in kitten heels, pearls, and a signature 1920s bob haristyle, they often would actively participate in defying female conventions day and night. While the early history of drop waist dresses is covered in feathers and fringe, today's drop waist dresses come in a variety of colors, prints, and even have skirts that are more voluminous, like ruffled skirt, or more structured, like an a-line skirt. While the early drop waist dresses of the 1920s fell just below the knee, drop waist dresses today come in a variety of lengths and come embellished with sequins for a night out or solid colors and light fabrics for a casual day. 

    drop waist DRESS SILHOUETTE

    A must-have in any closet, the drop waist dress has been a favorite of women for decades. From what began as sign of more modern and progressive times is now a delightfully retro nod to the 1920s that can be worn with anything from sandals and a denim jacket to the kitten heels and long strands of pearls the women of the 1920s favored. Join us next time for even more Dressentials! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Friday, March 13, 2015

    Day_Date_Ruche_Knit_Thigh_Slit_Dress_Sole_Society_Heels_Clutch_7There are certain essential wardrobe staples that belong in every closet. A few of our favorite Ruchettes donned our favorite must-have pieces this week and showed just how versatile they are! No matter the season, there are some styles that you find yourself always returning to.  From neutral tones to classic blouses and a touch of floral, we're swooning over how they styled these pieces, and we're looking forward to seeing them pop up over and over again! 

    The swoonworthy Lauren of Fashionably Lo looks chic and crisp in this fresh ensemble featuring our City Classic Striped Button-Up. The pop of pastel pink in her bag makes this outfit perfect for spring! Pin-Stripe-Button-Up-via-Fashionably-Lo-1-of-15

    Grace of Sometimes Gracefully shows how plaid can go from fall to winter and even can be worn into the spring season! Her fresh take on plaid in our Back Country Plaid Button-Up paired with jeans and long locks is simpy darling. Sometimes-Gracefully-Ruche-683x1024

    We adore how Jessica of The Steele Maiden styled our Mocha With Whip Midi Dress from our spring lookbook, Capture the Moment! She shortened the silhouette by belting this neutral toned midi dress and added a pop of color with her statement necklace and mint clutch. Day_Date_Ruche_Knit_Thigh_Slit_Dress_Sole_Society_Heels_Clutch_2

    Every girl needs a floral skirt in her closet! Whether you're dressing it up like Kayla of A Classic Ambition with a collared blouse, feminine crossbody, and cute flats or dressing it down with sneakers and a denim jacket, floral skirts like our Courtyard Meetings Floral Skirt are simply a must-have!aclassicambition

    Do you have a wardrobe staple that you always return to? Let us know in the comments, and see even more Style Files featuring our favorite fashionable bloggers here

    xo,
    Ruche 

    Are you a fashionable blogger too? Join our Blogger Family! Send your Ruche outfits to blog@shopruche.com for a chance to become featured. *Please note that all outfits must include at least one Ruche item.


  • Thursday, March 12, 2015

    St. Paddy's Day dessert recipes for friends, family, and whoever loves sweet things just as much as we do! Of course, each little dessert has a touch of green, so even if you're not wearing the hue, you don't need to worry about being pinched! 

    Chocolate Mint Oreo Cookies by Two Peas and Their Pod

    Ingredients:
    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    3/4 cup Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa
    1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
    1 cup granulated sugar
    1 cup light brown sugar
    2 large eggs
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    1 1/2 cups mint green chips (I used Guitard)
    1 cup chopped Cool Mint Oreo cookies

    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat. Set aside.

    2. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa. Set aside.

    3. With a mixer, cream butter and sugars together until smooth. Add in eggs, one at a time. Next, add in vanilla extract. Mix until blended.

    4. Slowly add flour mixture to sugar mixture and mix until flour disappears. Stir in chocolate chips, mint green chips, and chopped Cool Mint Oreos. Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.

    5. Bake cookies for 10 minutes, or until the cookies are set around the edges, but still soft in the center. Don't over bake. Remove from oven and let sit on baking sheet for 3-5 minutes. Move to a cooling rack and cool completely.Cookie

    Mint White Chocolate Mousse Cake by Sprinkle Bakes

    Make the Joconde sheet cake:
    Ingredients:
    1 cup almond flour
    3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
    ½ cup all-purpose flour
    ½ cup dark chocolate cocoa powder (unsweet)
    4 eggs
    1 egg yolk
    4 egg whites
    1/4 cup superfine sugar
    2 tbsp. melted butter

    Directions:
    1. Preheat the oven to 450°F

    2. Line an 11.5 x 17-inch jelly roll pan with parchment paper.
    Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the almond flour, confectioners’ sugar, all-purpose flour, whole eggs, and egg yolk until combined, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

    3. In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites with an electric hand mixer. When the egg whites are foamy, gradually add the superfine sugar until a white, shiny meringue forms.

    4. With a large rubber spatula, gently fold the meringue into the almond-flour mixture.Add the melted butter and gently fold again, being careful not to deflate the batter.

    5. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until the cake springs back when pressed in the center. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Invert the cake onto a sheet of parchment and carefully peel away the parchment paper. Trim the edges of the cake with a serrated knife. Set aside.

    6. Remove cake from oven and turn out onto tea towel.  Have ready a 7” springform pan.  Trim edges and cut one long piece of joconde big enough to fit around the inside of the 7" springform pan.  You may have to piece together with a small portion of cake to line the entire circumference of the pan.

    7. Using the bottom of your pan as a guide, cut a circle of cake from the joconde and press it into the bottom of the pan evenly (you may need to trim the circle slightly for it to fit perfectly). Set joconde-lined pan aside.

    Make the white chocolate mint mousse:
    Ingredients:
    1/4 oz. package of powdered gelatin (about 2 tsp.)
    2 tbsp cold water
    3 egg yolks
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/2 cup milk, hot - (put in the microwave for 30+ seconds)
    8 oz. high quality white chocolate, chopped (I used Ghirardelli white chips)
    ½-1 tsp mint extract (add to taste)
    Few drops of green food coloring
    1 1/2 cups whipping cream.

    Directions:
    1. Place 2 tbsp water in a medium saucepan and sprinkle gelatin over water.  Let stand for 1 minute.  Whisk in egg yolks and sugar; mix well.  Stir in hot milk.  Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly.  Cook until thickened considerably 7-10 minutes. When done, it should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.   Stir in melted chocolate and blend with a whisk until chocolate has melted and even in color (no streaks!).  Let cool.

    2. When mixture has cooled somewhat, stir in mint extract and green food coloring. Whip cream until stiff peaks form.  Gently fold whipped cream into the cooled chocolate-mint mixture until well blended.

    Assembly:
    ½ cup white chocolate
    1 chocolate transfer sheet, your choice of pattern
    1 cup prepared whipped cream
    Chocolate cigarettes, curls or shavings

    1. Pour in as much of the mousse as possible into the joconde lined pan; smooth the top.  (you will have a little mousse and joconde cake left over.  I suggest making a single-serving trifle).Place mousse cake into the freezer for 2-3 hours, or until firm.  Remove from freezer and remove cake from springform pan.  Measure side of joconde cake and cut the chocolate transfer sheet to size.  Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave at 30 second intervals until smooth.  Let chocolate cool slightly, then spread onto the chocolate transfer sheet with an offset spatula in one or two even strokes.  Allow chocolate to harden then peel away the acetate, revealing the patterned chocolate.

    2. Pipe whipped cream in a florettes in the middle of the cake (I used Wilton #133 tip).  Decorate with chocolate cigarettes, curls or shavings. Serve frozen or allow cake to thaw in the refrigerator and serve cold.  Keep uneaten portion wrapped in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator or freezer.Mousse

    Furge Mint Brownies by Oh My Sugar High

    Ingredients:
    ½ cup butter
    3 ounces semi sweet chocolate
    1 cup sugar
    2 eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    ¼ cup all purpose flour
    3 tablespoons cocoa powder

    Directions:
    1. In a large bowl, melt the butter and the chocolate together in the microwave. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and continue to microwave until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

    2. Add the sugar, egg, vanilla, salt, flour, and cocoa powder into the bowl and mix all the ingredients together well. Pour into a greased 8×8 baking dish. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the brownies comes out clean. Let the brownies cool completely before adding the mint layer.

    Mint Layer Ingredients:
    ¼ cup butter
    1 cup powdered sugar
    1 tablespoon milk
    ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
    green food coloring

    Directions:
    In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients for frosting together. Whip with the electric mixers or with a spatula until the consistency is smooth. Pour over cooled brownies. Place the dish in the fridge after this step and let it cool for at least an additional hour.

    Chocolate Topping Ingredients:
    ¼ cup butter
    ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips

    Directions:
    |In a small bowl, melt the butter and chocolate chips together in the microwave, stirring until smooth. Pour over the cooled brownies. Cool the entire pan for at least another hour before cutting and serving. Cut brownies with a clean sharp knife.

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    Chocolate Dipped Mint Oreos by Life of Liz

    Ingredients:
    16 oz. White Chocolate
    12-16 Cool Mint Oreo Cookies, Broken in pieces.
    Shamrock Quins

    Directions:
    1. Melt White Chocolate in a small bowl either over a pot of boiling water or in the microwave.

    2. Pour the melted chocolate over the cookies and allow excess to drip off before laying down on wax paper. Sprinkle the Quins over the chocolate.

    3. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until firm.Oreo

    Which festive recipe is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below, and see even more food & drink recipes here

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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    Ready for some news to brighten up your Tuesday? If you're ready to step into spring with $400 worth of goodies like cute dresses, healthy & organic treats, and coveted beauty products, Ruche and FabFitFun are hosting quite the giveaway! Enter The Best Spring Giveaway for a chance to win a $200 Ruche gift card and the Spring Box (valued at $200) from FabFitFun! fab-fit-fun-contestfab-fit-fun-box

    Want to learn more about FabFitFun? You can always visit their site for features brimming with lifestyle, wellness, and beauty inspiration, or subscribe to their VIP membership and receive a box with fab items on your doorstep every three months! Each box is tailored to the season, so you'll always get only the best goodies from FabFitFun. fab-fit-fun-coupon

    We're so excited for The Best Spring Giveaway with FabFitFun! Enter now for a chance to win. 

    xo,
    Ruche     


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