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  • 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

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Just because temperatures are on the rise doesn't mean you have to abandon a bowl of comforting soup. Using seasonal ingredients can help you craft a bold soup recipe featuring flavors not typically found in the soups we adore in the winter. Instead of a piping hot bowl of your favorite recipe, we've found some recipes for chilled summer soups to conquer your craving without competing with the summer sun. Try one of these recipes, or use it as inspiration for creating your own chilled soup!  

    1. Chilled Avocado Soup with Mint & Nettle Pesto:  Avocado, mint, and pesto?! This combination of fresh seasonal flavors is perfect for a hot, sunny day. The avocado gives this soup a creamy texture that we simply can't resist. Give this recipe a try for your next weekend lunch with you and your sweetheart!

    2. Watermelon, Tomato & Almond Gazpacho: A traditional chilled soup, gazpacho is a staple in regions of Spain and Portugal during the warm months. This recipe features the addition of summery watermelon for a refreshing touch! This recipe would be perfect for an alfresco meal on your balcony or patio. 

    3. Green Garbanzo & Leek Soup: This flavorful soup is as lovely as it is delicious. Basil is a summertime staple, and once you have a flourishing plant in your garden, this recipe is an essential! Filled with a variety of herbs, this colorful dish would be a hit as an appetizer at brunch with friends. 

    These chilled soups featuring the zesty flavors of gazpacho, refreshing touches of herbs like mint and basil, and summery fruits are a must-try for the summer months! Do you have a favorite or a recipe of your own? Share it with us in the comments below! 

    xo,
    Ruche 

    Have a recipe that you are interested in sharing? We'd love to see it! Send your instructions and unedited photos to blog@shopruche.com for a chance to join our Ruche Blogger Family and become published.


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  • Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    A cute and fun way to personalize any get together, from bridal showers and weddings to a laid back backyard summer soiree, is with a custom place card holder. This little craft is an easy way to integrate the decor of your party into your table settings and is a thoughtful detail your guest will love. We simplified crafting these little paper beauties, so go ahead and get crafting! 

    Materials:
    1. Clothespin
    2. Construction paper
    3. Vellum paper (optional)
    4. Scissors
    5. Glue

    Directions:
    1. Draw and cut out two halves of a flower shape. You can also cut out and glue a few extra petals on top of the flower shape to add a layering effect.

    2. Glue one of the flower halves onto the top portion of your clothespin. Take the second flower piece and glue it to the bottom portion. Make sure that the two halves line up together when the clothespin is closed.

    3. Cut out a couple of leaves and glue them to the back side of the flower. We made our leaves out of green vellum paper, but you can easily use construction paper for this step as well!

    4. Insert your placeholder into the clothespin and then you’re done!

    We love how a table looks with an array of pretty plates, a bouquet of flowers, and place card holder at each seat. Not a fan of seating arrangements? You can arrange the place cards on a separate table and allow your guests to claim their seats right before hors d'oeuvres and drinks are served!  We love adding gracious details to our party spread to make guests feel right at home. 

    xo,
    Ruche 

    Have a DIY project that you are interested in sharing? We'd love to see it! Send your instructions and unedited photos to blog@shopruche.com for a chance to join our Ruche Blogger Family and become published.


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  • Monday, June 23, 2014

    How many times have you opened up your wardrobe only to find it feels like this doesn't go with that or a complete lack of style inspiration? Don't worry, it happens to us, too! We borrowed a little inspiration courtesy of Cher's digital closet in the 90's film Clueless (did you know the film was based on Jane Austen's work Emma?!) and crafted a virtual closet complete with cute lace skirts, chambray shorts, and a variety of tops including tanks for sunny days and polished silhouettes with dainty details. All you have to do is scroll to mix and match tops and bottoms for endless outfit inspiration!  

    Our outfit maker is filled with pieces that are both unique, but versatile enough for some creative pattern mixing or paired with timeless basic styles. Start crafting your own ensembles now

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Monday, June 23, 2014

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    ...we would be as relaxing and full of adventure as this! From lounging on the sand to cruising the shore on a beach cruiser, we can't wait for all the beach days summertime has to offer! For easy beach to boardwalk style, visit our site!  

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Sunday, June 22, 2014

    We firming believe in order to live beautifully, we must be in charge of our own happiness. We're taking a nod from the wise mind of Abe Lincoln and choosing to be happy and inspire those around us to be happy, too! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Saturday, June 21, 2014

    We love spending time getting in touch with our creativity, so we've crafted some fun writing prompts to spark your imagination while writing in your journal. These travel-themed prompts are a perfect way to spend a couple hours getting in touch with your inner storyteller! 

    1. You’re riding your red moped down the colorful streets of Spain when all of a sudden you’re stopped by a woman in a large yellow sun hat. She gives you a large package with an address stamped on it and asks you to deliver it, what happens as you embark on this random mission when you’re supposed to be on vacation?

    2. This last week you bought a new pair of wonderful mint shoes and you recently discovered that if you take five steps forward while thinking of a particular destination you and whatever you’re holding is transported to that particular region. Write about the various places you visit and perhaps about a moment of panic when you misplace the shoes or if possibly someone discovered the secret of your treasured mint shoes.

    3. If you could eat your way across one country, which country would you choose? Write about the different chefs you meet as you go from restaurant to restaurant. Do you have to scavenge far and wide for a particular dish or do you go wherever your stomach leads you?

    4. Freewrite in the voice of an adrenaline seeker - everything you do you do seeking the rush and excitement of it all. Make sure you focus on keeping this tone throughout your entire writing!

    5. Imagine you and your best friend decide to go on a road trip across America, what crazy situations do you two find yourself in? Try to focus on surprising your audience with each new situation--make them all as different as possible.

    Photography from Brandon Kidd

    We can't wait to grab a pen and get lost while writing about travel and adventure. Which writing prompt did you choose? We would love to hear what you decide to write about; and don't forget to check out our past writing prompts for even more inspiration! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Friday, June 20, 2014

    Ruchettes, we couldn't help but share our latest beauty discovery with you! About a month ago, we happened to stumble upon an Instagram account, one that was filled with the most gorgeous and complex braids. This blogger, Amber of Barefoot Blonde, is our new go-to for fun twists on the everyday braid. We've been drooling over her gorgeous hair styles and luckily, she provides tutorials on almost all her looks!  It was hard to choose, but we complied a list of our 5 favorite looks below (tutorial links are at the bottom)!

    Here's the links for the hair tutorials we love most from her! 1. Double Fishtail Bun, 2. Side Braid, 3. Fishtail Wrap Around, 4. Mixed Fishtail and Dutch Braid Messy Bun, 5. Dutch Turned Fishtail Braid.

    xo,
    Ruche

    PS: Congrats to Amber and her husband on becoming parents yesterday!


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  • Friday, June 20, 2014

    Come summertime, one thing we look forward to is spending time seaside. A day on the coast can mean strolling on a boardwalk, a ride on the pier Ferris wheel, or swimming alongside foaming waves in a cute retro-inspired swimsuit. No matter the occasion, a day on the beach can be as exciting or relaxing as you desire! Here are a few of our favorite California beaches to explore.  

    Pismo Beach: This beach located in southern San Luis Obispo county is perfect for the nature-loving beach goer. With a variety of hiking, surfing, and fishing options, Pismo beach offers a variety of activities for all levels of experience. This dog friendly area features a 1200 ft pier that reaches far into the water, and along with an award-winning boardwalk- Pismo Beach is a stunning beach getaway!

    Newport Beach and Balboa Island: If you're on the hunt for sand and sun, Newport offers many beaches perfect for lounging or diving in to the waves. In addition, Newport also contains Balboa Island, which is a short ferry ride across the harbor. Balboa features arcades, a Ferris wheel, a variety of dining options, and is perfect for a charming day date or if you're in the mood for some family fun. Don't forget to try one of their famous frozen bananas!

    Seal Beach: This lazy beach area features a pier dotted with fisherman and beach goers along with a variety of restaurants and shops just a few steps from the shore. This area boasts a very relaxing atmosphere and is often not as crowded as many of the other Southern California beaches. Before you head seaside, be sure to grab an iced coffee from one of the many cafes nearby.

    Pfeiffer Beach- Big Sur: This gem located in Big Sur is not always easy to find, but for those who do, it is a stunning vision. On this dog-friendly remote beach, you can find purple hued sand and a variety of gorgeous rock formations. Located on the beach is Keyhole Rock, which allows light to trickle through it's "keyhole" at sunrise and sunset, is a majestic sight to see.

    Catalina Island: Just a quick ferry ride off many points of California's coast, Catalina Island makes a wonderful day trip or weekend getaway. Here you can find a variety of activities like kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, horseback riding, and many hiking trails. In addition, the island also hosts galleries, restaurants, and a myriad of shops. There is so much to do on this tiny island- we recommend snorkeling to catch a glimpse of the abundance of bright orange Garibaldi fish. 

    Moonstone Beach, Cambria: We can't decide what we love more about Moonstone Beach- the beautiful walkway that parallels the beach or the plethora of pretty moonstones that can be found on the beach! This pebbly shore can be found in the quaint town of Cambira, and is a short way from wine tasting and a visit to the famed Hearst Castle.

    Santa Monica Beach and Harbor: If you're looking for a day of sea, sand, and fun, Santa Monica is the place to be. Sporting a beach filled with white sand and bright blue waters, Santa Monica beach is also known for its boardwalk filled with everything from roller coasters to carnival games and arcade with a perfect view of the ocean. Kids and adults alike will have an amazing time. If you're in the northern part of the state, the Santa Cruz boardwalk is a must-see!

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    These are just a few of our favorite California beaches. From secluded shores to busy boardwalks complete with Ferris wheels, each of these beaches has something for everyone! Do you have a favorite beach that we left out? Let us know! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Thursday, June 19, 2014

    Sunshine, barbecues, lounging on the water, and the colorful rain of fireworks high in the sky... it must be 4th of July! Among the many staples of this day celebrating all things Americana, red, white, and blue attire is an essential. In the patriotic spirit of America's birthday, we've compiled a few cute swimwear ensembles for when you're spending a day pool side, lake side, or ocean side. We love kicking summer off with a dip in a brand new swimsuit, so here are a few of our favorites to don while celebrating 4th of July! 

    Pair a navy and white striped bikini with an embroidered kimono for an effortless outfit perfect for sitting on the shore. Minimal accessories make this outfit an easy and breezy way to show off your patriotic spirit on the beach! 

    This retro-inspired nautical suit featuring red, white, and blue stripes is simply adorable. Pair this suit with a wide brimmed hat and cute sandals for a look perfect for 4th of July and all of the long summer days ahead!

    When you're spending the day going from beach to boardwalk, layering a pair of crocheted shorts over your bathing suit and comfy shoes for strolling on the pier are a necessity! Spend the day in this flattering suit with a ruffled neckline and bold red hue, and don't forget some light reading for when you're not in the water! 

    Which of these outfits is your favorite? Let us know - and don't forget to shop our collection of swimwear

    xo,
    Ruche 


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