• 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! 


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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.


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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

    Drop Waist DRESS MAIN

    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! 


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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


    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

    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

    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:
    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

    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:
    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.

    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.

    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

    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

    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

    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

    |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.


    Chocolate Dipped Mint Oreos by Life of Liz

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

    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


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  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015


    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. 


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  • Monday, March 9, 2015

    When you first start browsing our 2015 spring lookbook, Capture the Moment, you'll find an introduction that reads as follows:

    "It can be found in a fleeting moment. A brief instant where the heart flutters and you know you've found it: inspiration, or perhaps it has found you. Chase these moments, whether across the globe or in your own backyard, and never stop exploring. Remember, inspiration is everywhere." 

    Not only is Capture the Moment filled with darling spring outfits featuring maxi and midi silhouettes, soft, yet vibrant hues, and perfect global prints and flourishing florals, but each detail that went into the spring lookbook is meant to inspire the viewer to wander, wonder, and live beautifully. spring-outfit (2) spring-outfit (3)spring-outfit (8)spring-outfit (6)The title of the lookbook, "Capture the Moment" is not only a reference to the camera that is seen throughout the lookbook, but a reminder to not only live in each moment, but to seize it and make the most of each and every day, one moment at a time. For some, this means traveling to a far-off destination they have always dreamed of. For others, this means exploring their hometown, or doing things they love, like capturing a moment behind a camera lens or discovering new favorite works of art in a museum.  spring-outfit (4)spring-outfit (9)spring-outfit (10)spring-outfit (7)spring-outfit (11)See the lookbook come to life by pressing "play" on the video below!

    Dare to explore the path less traveled, and brighten up your spring style with the prettiest floral prints, lace tops, romantic dresses, and 31 Bits jewelry and begin your stylish adventure. The possibilities are endless - make the most of the season! Explore Capture the Moment now. 


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  • Friday, March 6, 2015

    When assembling the perfect transitional outfit, whether your early signs of spring bring fresh blooming blossoms or the contrast of melting frost from tree branches, it's always refreshing to play with neutrals. From soft shades of cream, to hues of taupe, neutral colors are made for any time of year. These Ruchettes are giving us some style inspiration on dressing up the neutral pieces in your wardrobe.

    Allexis from Life of a Coy Fish looks adorable in our spring essential, Oh So Sweet Eyelet Dress. She layered it under a loose knit beige cardigan to bring a peek of spring attire, topped it with a winter favorite. We love how she styled this simple look with a loose, effortless braid for a sweet ensemble!_MG_7530

    The extraordinarily talented florist in training, Jordyn of The Pretty Lovely Blog was ecstatic at the first signs of spring blooming flowers. She paired our Southern Blossom Skirt in charcoal with a loose white top and accessorized with hues of camel to bring her look together. Her use of cohesive neutral colors is the perfect way to create a look perfect for any time of the year.Pretty Lovely_Ruche 2

    Nicole from Nicole to the Nine looks absolutely radiant in our City Safari Leopard Print Coat by Tulle. She loves styling this statement piece with neutrals or all black to balance out her ensemble. We love how she accented this coat by playing down her look with black pieces and simple accessories. nicole-to-the-nines

    Rebecca of The Clothes Horse once again stuns in this adorable nautical inspired outfit. She paired our First Mate Anchor Sweater with a perfectly coordinating anchor denim skirt. We love how her soft cream sweater acts as a neutral base while letting the anchor prints shine in this cute ensemble!clothes-horseThese Ruchettes are our style inspiration for dressing together the neutral pieces in our wardrobe. Neutral pieces are a staple and bringing them together in harmony can create the perfect, fresh look for spring!


  • Thursday, March 5, 2015

    There are certain dresses that belong in every girls' closet. No matter the occasion, you can always fall back on a favorite dress that is detailed enough to stand out on its own, but can easy be dressed up with sparkling accessories like a ornate clutch or statement necklace. For some, this is a breezy shift dress. Others, a flowing maxi dress or a vintage-inspired fit and flare. Our "Dressentials" series is here to inspire you to explore outside of your sartorial comfort zone and discover the beauty of classic silhouettes that both timeless and flattering.

    These cute dresses will inspire you to curate outfits perfect for exploring a foreign city or your own backyard! From sophisticated drop-waist dresses to casual a line dresses, any lover of cute dresses needs a few staple silhouettes in her closet. As you can tell from our extensive collection of cute dresses, we adore all different types of dresses, and our first post in this series covers the lovely fit and flare dress. Check back with us to learn more about your personal staples or discover a new favorite dress silhouette with our Dressentials series! fit-and-flare-dress

    Ready for a little history of the fit and flare dress? Fit and flare dresses first rose to popularity during the 1950s thanks to famed designer Christian Dior with the popularization of his "New Look" silhouettes. Between 1954 and 1955, the fitted waist and full skirt that the "fit and flare" was named for rose to popularity. The fit and flare has always been characterized by a slim-fitting bodice and flouncing skirt, which continues to be a flattering silhouette still loved today! These dresses were often crafted in the pastel hues and bouncing taffeta that were at the height of popularity for 1950s fashion. The fit and flare dress is one of the vintage style dresses that has remained a favorite for countless women since their first debut to 1950s fashion by the one and only Christian Dior. 

    With the introduction of ready-to-wear fashion during this era, this look was more easily accessible and was no longer limited to wealthy fashion lovers. Previously, women would construct their own garments or rely on a tailor, but with the industrialization of fashion, they could simply stop by a store and purchase a dress on the spot! Can you imagine having to sew your own fit and flare dress, or have to stop by the tailor each time you needed a dress for an occasion or "just because?" You can learn more about vintage fashion with our Vintage Clothing Guide!


    While the fit and flare has risen and fallen in popularity throughout the years, this silhouette is a stand-by for any vintage-inspired fashion lover who needs a flattering, yet sophisticated dress. We adore the fit and flare for casual dress or for making an entrance at an evening soiree. Even though the ladies of days past looked picture-perfect when pairing their fit and flare dresses with gloves, hats, and dainty strings of pearls, today we style our fit and flare dresses with cozy cardigans and ankle boots in winter, and opt for cute sandals and dainty jewelry when the sun is shining. The fit and flare dress has twirled its way through the decades, and remains a wardrobe staple for women everywhere! Want to find your perfect fit and flare dress? Shop our collection here, and don't forget to take 30% off your purchase of 4+ items with code OVER, or 15% off your purchase of 3 or less items with code UNDER through tomorrow, 3/7 at 11:59 PM PT! 


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  • Wednesday, March 4, 2015


    Images Via Style Me Pretty

    We'd certainly hope to look as romantic as this! Discover even more springtime inspiration by stopping by The Springtime List and check seasonal style essentials off your list and prepare your wardrobe for the spring days ahead. Don't forget to enjoy 15% off 3 items or less with code UNDER, or take 30% off 4 items or more with code OVER until Friday, 3/6 at 11:59 PM PT.



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