• Sunday, August 31, 2014

    With the approach of the autumnal season comes a bevy of new fruits, vegetables, and flavors to cook with! We can't wait to spend cool days inside our warm kitchens crafting culinary creations for the ones we love. From baked goods to savory main dishes and appetizers, we found a few recipes we can't wait to try as soon as seasonal produce hits our local farmers market! 

    These black plum tarts from How Sweet Eats are made with brown butter and a touch of sea salt. We can't wait to bring these to the next office potluck! 

    Our jaws dropped at the sight of this Italian sandwich adorned with figs! The perfect balance of sweet and savory makes this dish a necessity for the season. 

     Cookies anyone? These walnut butter cookie bars from My Name is Yeh look quite delectable! We would love to bring these to a get together with family or friends - we are certain they wouldn't disappoint!

    Four words: Bacon pear blue cheese macaroni. Okay, technically that is five words, but the sight of this super savory mac and cheese by Adventures in Cooking makes us ready to hit the kitchen and make a batch (we don't have to share, right?). 

    Pizza is always a good idea, and this tasty dish by Half Baked Harvest featuring cheesy goodness and caramelized onions will be a staple on our dinner tables this season! 

    Which of these tasty dishes are you ready to try this fall? Let us know! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Saturday, August 30, 2014

    We jumped at the opportunity to curate bar carts of our own! Something about concocting a drink with the help of a vintage-inspired bar cart is just so much more sophisticated than digging through your cupboard for the rum you were gifted last Christmas -- even if the ingredients are identical. But with all of the elaborate recipes and drink combinations out there, the world of alcohol can seem a bit daunting. The good news is, once you purchase a bar cart to fit your aesthetic taste, curating your liquor collection is much more fun than it is mind-boggling! Here are our tips on how to go from starting your bar cart to hosting a party with the perfect selection of drinks for family and friends.

    Starting a bar cart:
    1. Once you find the bar cart you’ve been searching for, begin by purchasing a bottle of your favorite alcohol. It might be tempting to go straight for something fun (like limoncello), but start with a simple base you can use to make a wide array of cocktails. Love tequila? Pick your go-to brand. All about rum? Select a bottle to christen your new bar cart.

    2. Splurge on the right things. Don’t add a fancy, imported whiskey to your bar cart if you don’t know anyone who will use it! Start with base liquors you’re certain you or your friends like, and spend more on alcohol genres that adhere to more of a hierarchy as you move up the shelf. Save where you can on alcohol you’ll be mixing, and spend a little extra on liquor that is often enjoyed neat.

    3. Take your time and build your bar cart collection slowly -- it’s much more fun that way! You won’t feel overwhelmed by the assortment and will learn just how versatile each alcohol is. It’s surprising just how many drinks you can make with each type of liquor, so get creative with what you’ve got!

    4. If you love drinks made with clear alcohol, make sure there’s still a brown liquor option in your bar cart for future guests. On the contrary, if you’re a bourbon lover, pick up some vodka for friends who prefer something clear. Having both categories of liquor represented will insure there’s something in your bar cart for everyone!

    5. Not sure which alcohol to start with? Pick a few common cocktails or ones you know you’ve enjoyed in the past, and buy the base alcohol used in those recipes to begin your bar cart. From there, you’ll discover new drinks that incorporate those alcohols you have on hand!

    Upgrading your bar cart:
    1. Ready to make your bar cart more advanced? Test out some new alcohols! Start with small bottles to discover your preferences, and once you know you love a liquor, you can upgrade to a bigger size.

    2. Experiment with flavored liquors, syrups, ingredients and methods. Try making that margarita blended, or pick up some coconut cream to add to your standard rum and pineapple juice.

    3. Are you the DIY type? Search for simple recipes on how to make syrups at home to add to your drinks, or learn how to garnish your glasses with colored sugar or fruit!

    4. Invest in tools to help you create an even wider variety of cocktails with the ingredients you have in your bar cart and fridge. Cocktail shakers, muddlers, strainers, fancy corkscrews -- these tools help stretch the contents of your bar cart and don’t cost a fortune.

    Readying your bar cart for a party:
    1. Make sure you have the aforementioned tools on hand even if you’re still starting out with your bar cart. Start with a cocktail shaker and the necessary bottle openers, and add those strainers, muddlers, and other tools if you want make the experience feel even more authentic. You can always improvise if you’ve forgotten to pick up a tool, so don’t fret!

    2. If you have extra time and money (and don’t already have some at home), hunt for some fun, inexpensive glasses to pair with the cocktails you have planned. Glasses are another thing you can collect gradually -- just add to your collection as you spot glassware at antique markets and local stores. Over time you can build a selection of glasses specific to the drinks you tend to make with your bar cart!

    3. To spruce things up even further, add little extras like bitters, fresh lime, olives, lemon, mint, maraschino cherries, and sugar cubes to your bar cart display. Don’t worry about having all of these things on hand -- the selection should depend on the alcohol you have available in your bar cart and the drinks you have in mind.  

    4. Stock your fridge with plenty of mixers. Thankfully, mixers tend to be very affordable, so make sure there is enough soda water, ginger beer, tonic, juice, cola and so forth to accommodate your bar cart. Remember that some ingredients, like grenadine, will also give guests who prefer soft drinks the option of preparing their non-alcoholic drinks some extra flair.

    5. Display is key! If you want to make your standard grocery store juice or other mixer appear a little fancier, pour some into a cute pitcher for a homey touch. Transfer lower-shelf alcohol to hand-labeled bottles and display your garnishes in decorative ramekins. No one will know if you purchased your ingredients on a tight budgets!

    6. If you and your guests are coffee lovers, take things to the next level by stocking Bailey’s or Kahlua in your bar cart to have on hand for after-dinner drinks.

    Now the only thing left to decide is if you’d like your drink shaken or stirred! Cheers!

    xo,
    Ruche

     

    This post originally appeared on February 4th, 2014


  • Friday, August 29, 2014

    We love the trends that come and go (and come again!) with each season, but while we like to try out a fad here and there, personal style is something that never fades. One of our favorite thing about our Ruchettes is how they each love fashion, but always style pieces in a way that is true to their style personality. Whether it's embracing a pretty print, bold color, or mixing and matching textures, our favorite thing about personal style is the fact that it's, well... personal! Here are a few of our Ruchettes showing off styles that speak to them! 

    Gracie from Sometimes Gracefully keeps it airy in our Museum Row Textured Top! This detailed black and white blouse is perfectly paired it with dark washed skinny jeans and peep toe heels. Her outfit would be perfect for a lunch date!

    Melanie of Born Lippy looks nothing short of classy in her scalloped blouse and neon skirt combination! This daring hue is balanced with her leopard print purse and strappy wedges. We love this chic ensemble. 

    We love Triple Thread's Ashlyn's printed pants and breezy crop combination! By complementing her flowy top and lounge pants with edgy accessories, Ashlyn's outfit is the perfect pairing of hard and soft. 

    Sabrina of Sincerely Sabrina looks effortlessly feminine in all lace! We love the way she pairs her cute embroidered skirt with a lace shouldered top and studded shoulder bag. The way she plays with texture is simply enchanting. We always want to encourage our Ruchettes to use fashion to show the world their unique style and personality. We love how each of these bloggers integrated their favorite Ruche pieces into such stylish outfits. 

    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, August 28, 2014

    Our Labor Day Sale is in full swing! While you sit back, relax, and enjoy the holiday weekend and one of the last weeks of summer, don't forget to stop by our site and get 30% off everything (excluding red-line items!). All you have to do is shop, enter LABORDAY30 at checkout, and enjoy! Stock up before the sale ends 9/1 at 11:59 PM PDT!  

    In addition to 30% all regularly priced items, shop special sale categories priced at $20 & under, $15 & under, $10 & under, and $5 & under! We know, it just keeps getting better! 

    Click here to shop $20 & under! 

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    Click here to shop $5 & under! 

    Now if you'll excuse us, we have some shopping to do! Enjoy your Labor Day weekend, Ruchettes!

    xo,
    Ruche 

     


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  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    While many people refer to the warmer months as "wedding season," we can't help but love the rich and lush colors and blossoms autumn has to offer. Some accents, like succulents and stems of wild blossoms, add a romantic touch to any collection of flowers all year round, but we can't help but adore the rustic tones of a autumnal bouquet. Deep hues of blue, mustard yellows, and brick reds are the perfect accent to a fall wedding. For some harvest season bouquet inspiration, here are a few gorgeous floral arrangements we love!

    Florist: Art With Nature

    Florist: Twig & Twine

    Florist: The Oak & The Owl

    Which fall floral combinations are your favorite? For a dose wedding inspiration perfect for any season, visit here

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    Anyone who follows us on Instagram knows how much we love our dogs. They are the perfect companions at work - even if they break their water bowls, have accidents on floors and sleep all day. We can't imagine a day without our furry friends in the office.

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    Have you ever been aimlessly wandering through pages of darling artwork on Etsy, only to find something that captures your imagination? That's exactly how we felt when we discovered Honey and the Hive! We can't get enough of these bold and colorful mugs, prints, and stationary featuring classic, vintage-inspired details. Scroll down to see some of her works of art! 

    Filling her creations with equal parts words of wisdom and darling drawings, shop owner and artist Kelsey DeLange has a knack for incorporating song lyrics and quotes into her charming drawings of birds, anchors, flowers, and more. Our favorite part of this artist's creations? We adore how her personality shines through her artwork! 

    Don't forget to visit Honey and the Hive for more artistic inspiration in the form of illustrated teacups, flowers, and enlightening quotes. Be sure to follow her on Instagram for behind-the-scenes looks at projects, promotions, and giveaways!  

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Monday, August 25, 2014

    Our favorite thing about personal style? The fact that it's, well, personal. We love trying out new trends with each season, but no matter what's in vogue, we'll always have styles we love because they make us smile and give us an extra boost of confidence just when we need it. The search for discovering your own personal style never really ends, with each year you come in contact with styles, places, people, and things that can alter or change your perspective, and in turn, can help evolve your personal style. We always aim to encourage women to wear the things that make them feel like the best version of themselves, and we know that while trends come and go, personal style never fades. Discover your style personality by taking our quiz! Just jot down the letter of the answer that suits you best and tally them up at the very end. Don't forget to share your results with us!  

    1. Which accessory do you usually gravitate towards?
    A. a bright statement necklace.
    B.  A pretty pair of heels or sandals.
    C. A stack of beaded bracelets.
    D. A dainty layered necklace or midi ring.

    2. What's in your handbag?
    A. Wallet, bold lipstick, and my favorite colorful scarf.
    B. Just the bare minimum - I change my purse to match the outfit I am wearing that day!
    C. To be honest, a little bit of everything!
    D. I don't usually carry a purse, only a small crossbody with the essentials - I like to keep it simple.

    3. Which decade's style do you pine for?
    A. The 1960's! I love the bright mod shift dresses.
    B. The 1950's! A dainty heel and full skirt make the perfect outfit. |
    C. The 1970's! The global prints and textures were simply divine.
    D. The 1920's! I love the dropped waists and clean lines of the Jazz Age. 

    4. Your shoe of choice is...
    A. A darling flat in a bright hue.
    B. Did someone say shoes?!
    C. A patterned wedge.
    D. A classic pump in a neutral hue. 

    5. Your libation of choice?
    A. I love trying anything fruity!
    B. A martini with a stack of olives - I love little details!
    C. Something tropical like a Mai Tai or Mojito.
    D. I can never go wrong with a simple Greyhound or Gin & Tonic. 

    6. What's on your nails?
    A. A pop of pink.
    B. A pretty pastel shade that matches my pedicure.
    C. Vibrant nail art.
    D. A dark hue or nude tone. 

    Scroll down to see your results!

     

     

     

    Now that you've discovered your style personality, shop your style: Color Enthusiast, Shoe ObsessedExpertly Eclectic, Effortlessly Minimal.

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Sunday, August 24, 2014

    Happy Sunday, Ruchettes!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Saturday, August 23, 2014

    Meet one of our darling Texas gals, Shalyn Nelson! We met this sweeter than sweet tea photographer when we were in Austin for the Texas Style Council event! She also happens to be the mother to the cutest creature around: #HattieTheHedgeHog. Here's some of our favorite snaps of this little prickly creature: 1. Smart Hattie, 2. Festive Hattie, 3. Cozy Hattie, 4 Silly Hattie, 5 Curious Hattie. We could have kept going with the photos. Read on to see what makes this Ruchette a happy woman!

    1. A go-to drink.
    Chick-Fil-A Sweet Tea or Diet Dr. AWESOME...I mean, Pepper.

    2. A go-to Karaoke song.
    As cliche' as it is, I'd say '''Don't Stop Believing'' by Journey. I love that freakin' song. Admit it, if you're in a room and it comes on...everyone will have their heads back, hands up and will belt it out screaming at each others faces. I love it. It's like insta-magic.

    3. A uniform.
    A smile. "You're never fully dressed without a smile." :)

    4. A hair stylist they love.
    You're talking to the girl who gets her hair trimmed once a year... Hot Hair Mess Express over here.

    5. An exercise routine.
    Volleyball, snowboarding or wakeboarding if possible. I love sports. But because I can't do that every day, I've been really into these Pilates classes lately with the machines. It hurts so good. I can't move for days and will totally look like a gremlin getting out of bed the next day, but it's a baller shot caller work out for sure.

    6. A hobby.
    Twerking.

    7. A best friend.
    This guy right here...My husband, Drew. He has hot pants, holds my hand tight, wipes away my tears, makes me laugh, let's me dream, believes in me, prays with me, pushes me, grounds me and loves me hard for some strange reason. I still haven't figured out why, but I don't hate it that's for sure. :)

    8. A healthy sense of self.
    What we say to ourselves about ourselves either makes or breaks us. You own your own blue print, your difference matters and contributes to the world around you. You are valuable to God, your family and your friends. Don't let negative self talk convince you otherwise. You rock. The end. Own it. Believe it. Then, WALK. IT. OUT! :)

    -- Shalyn Nelson, So Shay

    A huge thanks to this pretty lady for letting us feature her - and for taking over our Instagram for the weekend! Be sure to follow along @shopruche, and make sure you're following @shalynnelson too!

    xo,
    Ruche


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