• Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    Meet Suzanne and Dexter! Customer service representative Suzanne and her bouncing ball of fluff Dexter are always happy to assist our local customers swinging by for one hour pickup, or resolving inquiries via email and telephone. While Suzanne is hard at work helping Ruchettes, Dexter keeps himself entertained with one of his many toys, or by basking in the attention he gets from any employees or customers that pass him by. Trust us when we say that his energetic and friendly disposition (plus incredibly cute puppy dog eyes) make walking by without doting on him simply impossible! Learn more about this too-cute twosome by reading on below, and be sure to read past Puppy Love Stories heresuz-dexter

    How did you and your fluffy friend meet? 
    My boyfriend and I have been looking for a puppy for a couple of years. When we would meet one that we loved, the timing would just not be right. One day, we stopped by a puppy place for the nth time and we saw Dexter with his big round eyes. He was very calm and sweet and there was just an instant connection and we just knew that we had to take him home with us!

    What made you fall in love with them?  
    He always prefers to cuddle and he is just the sweetest. He also has such a calm and loving energy. When we met him, he instantly became attached to me. Instead of running around and playing. he preferred to sit beside me.

    How did you decide on the name for your dog?
     
    I wanted a name that started with the letter "D". I remembered the name "Dexter" from the show and it was just perfect. He needed a name that sounds vicious to make him seem tough because in reality, he's such a sweet and friendly dog!suz-dexter-2

    How would you describe your dog in three words?
    Charming, loving and funny.

    What are some things you and your dog enjoy doing together?   
    Dexter loves to cuddle. He likes to be held. No matter if Im just sitting, he would sleep on my lap or I would hold him like a baby. He can stay in that position for a long time.

    Do you have any other pets? If not, do you see yourself adopting again?Someday when I get a bigger place that has a yard, I would get another dog. We want Dexter to have a puppy brother or sister that he can play with!suz-dexter-3

    What are some of the benefits of having your dog by your side at work?
    Dexter loves being around people. I like bringing him to work because he gets lots of attention and love from the people I work with. I also feel more at ease when I'm with him. He's like a comforting stuffed toy, only fluffier.

    Can you share a cute story involving your dog?  
    Dexter loves attention from people. For the first time during the holiday, we took him with us to an outdoor mall. Since it was the holidays, there were a lot of people around. Literally every two minutes, people would come up to him and play with him. He was very excited and loved all the attention he was getting. Although, about half way into walking, he got too tired and decided to just flop his body on the ground!suz-dexter-4
    Aw, aren't these two simply adorable? We love having #RuchePuppies to play with and remind us to get a little sunshine once in awhile in the office. Discover even more puppy love here!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, February 23, 2015

    All aboard! Are you ready to dive into our latest nautical-inspired collection, Beyond the Sea? If you love the preppy style, classic tailoring, and effortless silhouettes of nautical fashion, you are in for a treat. We wanted to take this timeless trend and take it from the sea to the shore, and add a contemporary touch to the nautical styles we know and love. Don't want to go overboard on nautical style? Adding a dash of nautical fashion to your wardrobe is simple with versatile favorites like a striped dress or blouse, chambray pieces, and quirky favorite like anchor-adorned sweaters or printed dresses. Add a breath of fresh air to any ensemble with Beyond the Sea, and take 30% off all tops & skirts with code PERFECTPAIR30 until 2/27 at 11:59 PM PT!nautical-fashion

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    nautical-styleAwaken your wardrobe with a touch of coastal style and see what awaits Beyond the Sea! Swooning over seaside charm?You can even integrate maritime loveliness into your home with a little DIY inspiration here and here

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Sunday, February 22, 2015

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    Image Via A Beautiful Mess

    Daring yourself to try something new. Take a break from your routine and spark a little imagination and creativity by stepping out of your comfort zone. This can be anything from a spontaneous weekend road trip to the mountains, or even something as simple as trying a foreign recipe or seemingly-difficult DIY, or stretching your legs and mind by hiking a new trail. Delight in the quiet bravery that comes with breaking away from the familiar, and remember that with every new path, comes new opportunities and possibilities. 

    See more ideas on how to #LiveBeautifully on our Pinterest, and show us your ideas by tagging your Instagram photos #LiveBeautifully for a chance to be featured!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Saturday, February 21, 2015

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    The Perfect Spring Edit is a collection of our favorite pieces and prints for mixing and matching florals. We adore florals, especially during the blooming months of spring, but we were especially inspired by florals when the blossom against our favorite classic prints like stripes, polka dots, and global prints. 

    Try mixing a global printed midi skirt with a basic white tee to balance the bold colors. Mix in some floral prints with a light infinity scarf to add texture while mixing different prints in your ensemble. Using multiple prints of similar hues creates a cohesive look that will be always adored!mix-and-match-florals

    Try mixing floral prints that contrast yet complement each other. Add a watercolor-floral skirt with larger prints and pair it with a dainty blouse with small floral detailing. Mixing prints of different sizes balances out your look while keeping your outfit darling.how-to-mix-florals

    Bringing together a short sleeved polka dot blouse and sunflower-printed floral skirt is a great way of mixing prints without being overwhelming. The contrasting designs are integrated into a retro-chic, feminine ensemble. Balance out bright hues with neutral tones for a balanced, yet chic look. florals-and-polka-dots

    Mixing prints is the perfect way to bring together multiple spring pieces into one look. Use this print inspiration to mix and match your favorite pieces for a fresh, new ensemble and shop the looks here

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Friday, February 20, 2015

    lush_to_blush2As warmer weather welcomes sweet floral dresses and sensational striped frocks, our Ruchettes are demonstrating how they wear their favorite prints. Whether they're paired with simple, delicate pieces or dressed them up with bold accessories, these ladies are our style inspiration in bringing bright colors and intricate designs into their everyday wardrobe.  

    Tieka of Selective Potential looks charming in our Violent in Bloom tiered dress paired with black tights, burgundy ankle boots, and heart pendant. We love how she used simple pieces to accent her floral print and bring out hues of magenta. She looks absolutely adorable and ready for her sweet date! selective potential

    The beautiful Caitlin of Voguish at Best looks stunning in our Garden District dress. With intricate floral detailing, she paired this look with orange tights and black boots to accentuate the complementary warm tones.  We adore her use of simple pieces to bring out the watercolor-floral and paisley prints.Voguish at Best

    Megan of Lush to Blush looks stunning in our wardrobe essential Down The Line striped shift dress and By The Campfire Panama Hat. She paired these with grey ankle boots and luxurious furry coat. She accessorized around her striped dress by playing with accent colors and texture in her look. Megan looks radiant in this effortlessly chic ensemble! lush_to_blush

    These Ruchettes built their exemplary ensembles around floral and stripe prints to accent their outfit for feminine everyday looks. Try mixing prints for a fun spring look or look for more inspiration in our Style Files series!   

    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, February 19, 2015

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    We have got a treat for you! We've curated a collection of the cutest spring styles including printed dresses, breezy tops, and flowy skirts and marked them all 50% off until tomorrow, 2/20 at 11:59 PM PT! Stop by our site to see if any of the spring must-haves lingering on your wishlist have now been marked down. Shop Style Steals now!


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  • 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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