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  • Thursday, June 19, 2014

    We love a day in the summer sun- whether it's on a sandy beach or a local park filled with greenery, the sunshine beckons us to spend time in the beautiful outdoors. While we love soaking up some sun rays, it's important to stay hydrated and protect your skin with sunblock or a cute hat. Instead of a traditional bottle of water, we have been experimenting with fruit infused water for both hydration, nutrients, and a refreshing fruity flavor! Fruit infused waters are both delicious and simple- just add your ingredients to your water container (we love Mason Bar Company containers!) the night before and let it sit refrigerated overnight. In the morning you'll have a delightful summer drink! Here are some of our favorite recipes for flavorful water. 

    1. Strawberry, Lime, Cucumber, and Mint: This classic combination is guaranteed to be a summer bbq favorite! The combination of flavors has a subtle, yet distinct taste that will always remind us of summer. Plus, how pretty does the combination of green hues look with the strawberries?

    2. Strawberry and Basil: Adding strawberry and basil to your water is a great way to add a summery pop to your water. The flavorful basil is balanced by the sweetness of the strawberry, and we love how both look garnished on your glass of choice. This infused water would be delicious with a light pasta salad or on its own during a day on the shore.

    3. Blueberry, Lemon, and Mint: This combination of flavors not only looks gorgeous when added to your water, but is a simple and easy way to add a invigorating and refreshing touch to your water. We love how this water has a light sweetness with a hint of minty freshness!

    4. Citrus Cilantro: Pairing citrus and cilantro works wonderfully when infused with water! The citrus flavor of the orange slices brings out the unique flavor of the cilantro that would be ideal for a spring picnic. This beverage is the perfect way to amplify your traditional glass of water without adding an abundance of sugar or artificial flavoring.

    Because you can infuse water with fruits, herbs, and spices the possibilities are endless! We can't wait to continue to explore a variety of flavor combinations and see which ones we like best. Do you have a favorite recipe for naturally flavoring water? Let us know! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    Dear Creatures has a knack for creating playful and colorful vintage designs that we would love to stock our wardrobes with! The husband and wife duo have a keen eye for retro style and have made great strides since their humble beginning just several years ago. Bianca and Rob were kind enough to sit down with us and give us some insight into the Dear Creatures world! 

    Growing up, did you both imagine yourselves becoming designers?
    Rob: I wanted to create or teach fine art.
    Bianca: I knew I wanted to do something in fashion, I was actually more inclined to doing styling, but I never thought that I would have my own clothing line.
    Rob: We both kind of fell into designing by chance. Both of us, separately, met people in the course of our lives that asked us if designing is something we'd be interested in trying. We both tried it out, moved our way up in other companies, and here we are with our own clothing label!

    Above photo was taken in 2008. Pictured is Bianca in her apartment with the first Dear Creatures collection.

    How did this partnership come to be?
    Bianca: We started Dear Creatures only 6 months into dating each other at the time. My previous employer suggested I start my own clothing line which I had never thought of doing before and honestly I was really nervous even thinking of starting my own company at that time when I was only 24. I brought the idea up with Rob back in 2007, who at that time had his own menswear clothing label going on, and I asked him what he thought about me starting my own womenswear line too. He was all for it and told me to go for it and he would help me as much as he could when he had time off on weekends from his menswear company. So for about the first year of business, and also the first year of dating, it was just me working out of my apartment and Rob helping me on weekends. Well things didn't work out with Rob's menswear company and at that point we decided that Rob would work with me full time doing Dear Creatures. With both of us working together full time, the business started to really take off and we were able to move into a bigger office space. I also moved in with him in his home in LA. Things just started going well with the business, more orders were coming in as we started expanding our distribution and sales team. As our business kept growing so did our relationship and we finally got married this past January!

    After 7 years, Ron and Bianca married on January 9, 2014.

    What do you love most about working together?
    Rob: The best part about working with your significant other is getting to travel together and also just being able to put things out in the world that we created together. Looking back at past collections, there's always something about each collection where I can remember what stage in our relationship we were at or if something really significant happened. For example our Summer 2014 Collection was inspired about Hawaii because we were designing that collection the same month we eloped and got married in Hawaii.
    Bianca: Or our Fall 2012 Collection where we were inspired by a kitten we found hiding behind a trash bin in our office parking lot. We adopted him and based our whole Fall 2012 photo shoot around this little kitten and we even had these cute cat hats made for the the model to wear while she held the kitten during the photo shoot.

    Sneak peek of the Summer 2014 Collection. It will launch next week!

    Tell us about the creative process! Where do you find inspiration?
    Bianca: We are constantly clipping or saving images that inspire us and we refer back to these images for inspiration before we start designing. When we start designing, we always start at home by sketching out ideas without any distractions that come when we are in the office. We like being able to be surrounded by all our books and clippings at home and just turn off our computers and cell phones and really let our minds focus on conceptualizing ideas for the next collection. After all our sketching and ideas are in place, we can start working on the technical aspects of the designs back in the office.

    Printing session for Spring 2014 WWD Magic.

    Any advice for aspiring designers?
    Bianca: Take risks in life. If you have an idea of starting your own company, don't be afraid to do it. To risk nothing is to gain nothing. Just go for it and you will surprise yourself with how far you can go.
    Rob: Remember that business is all about problem solving. Once you accept that, the stress levels will decrease significantly. There is a solution to every problem, you just have to be creative and think of ways to solve them.

    We are sending a big thank you to Rob and Bianca! You can follow Dear Creatures on Facebook or Twitter, and make sure to view their clothing collection on our site

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    There is something calming and peaceful about sitting seaside. The sound of crashing waves, the salty air, and the sunshine is always uplifting! We wanted to bring the serenity that comes with spending a day at the beach into our home. This seashell mobile is the perfect decor for evoking all your favorite aspects of beach days. A simple and easy DIY, this is a perfect housewarming gift or easy way to spruce up your space! 

    Materials:
    1. Seashells
    2. Acrylic paint
    3. Paint brush
    4. Twine or string
    5. Glue gun
    6. Wood dowel
    7. Ribbon (optional)

    Directions:
    1. Paint a few of the seashells with acrylic paint to add a pop of color. Allow time to dry.

    2. Once the first coat of paint has dried, feel free to add fun designs such as chevron, polka dots, or stripes!

    3. Use a glue gun to attach the seashells onto a strand of twine. You can decide the length and number of strands that you'd like to make.

    4. Tie the top of each strand onto the wooden dowel. If you’d like to add more fullness to the mobile you can also glue pieces of ribbon in between each seashell strand.

    5. To hang up the mobile, tie a piece of twine from one end of the dowel to the other. Use the glue gun to secure the knots into place so that they don’t slide off.

    There you have it! We love this seashell mobile as a way to add some color and beachy atmosphere to your living room, workspace, or bedroom. Visit our other DIYs for some crafty inspiration! 

    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 16, 2014

    The perfect way to stay cool in the summer is by embracing neutral attire. From cool whites to calm hues like beige, ivory, and taupe, curating an ensemble with all your favorite neutral pieces evokes an air of effortless simplicity. Like the white sands on our favorite beaches or swirling white and light grey clouds dotting the clear blue sky, a head to toe outfit featuring neutral tones is a summertime essential! Here are some of our favorite bloggers in their summer neutrals

    Emma of A Beautiful Mess pairs a lace dress with a floppy hat and layered necklace for an outfit worthy of wandering the streets downtown or exploring a local flea market.

    We love this look on Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere. Her preppy ensemble featuring a structured trench, bold heels, and hints of color on her striped tee is an outfit we would love to have in our closet.

    Kendi Everyday's simple and sweet neutral ensemble is perfect for a warm, sunny day. We love how she paired her leopard print clutch for a fun pop of print! 

    Julia of Gal Meets Glam is dressed to the nines in a neutral hued maxi skirt and heels paired with a soft white blouse. Like Kendi, she completes her ensemble with a bold clutch featuring pretty gemstones. 

    Rachel of Pink Peonies is a picture of perfection in a head to toe neutral outfit featuring rosy taupe hues. Her polished and glam ensemble is nothing short of swoon-worthy!

    We simply can't get enough neutral hues for summertime! For more understated and versatile inspiration, view our collection of neutral pieces

    xo,
    Ruche 


  • Monday, June 16, 2014

    Images Via Style Me Pretty

    ...we'd have a celebration as captivating as this! We can't wait for alfresco summer celebrations- here are our tips for throwing the perfect rustic summer party!

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Sunday, June 15, 2014

    Hey Ruchettes! Today is Father's Day, and our co-founder and CEO Josh Olivio is celebrating another amazing year with co-founder and CCO Mai and their adorable baby girl Amelie. Watch the video below for a heart-warming look at his reflections on fatherhood: 

    We can't get enough of Josh's sweet words about how much he loves being a father. From the bottom of our hearts, Happy Father's Day!

    xo,
    Ruche 

     


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  • Sunday, June 15, 2014

     

    Our fathers and father figures are a treasure to behold, so we're spending the day celebrating all the wonderful things they do. Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Saturday, June 14, 2014

     One of our favorite parts of summer is the extended daylight along with nights warm enough to run barefoot in the grass in the sundress you've been wearing all day long. The lingering sunlight of summer evenings is perfect for playing host and putting on a summer party with a rustic touch. From food to decor, we gathered our favorite tips and tricks for an outdoor summer soiree. Here is everything you need for a rustic summer party

    Dine: When it comes to an alfresco meal, we love taking advantage of a fire pit or barbecue! Try cutting up your favorite veggies along with chicken or even polenta or tofu and assemble them on a kabob skewer. About thirty minutes before you're ready to throw them on the grill, let them soak in a homemade marinade for added flavor. We also love a variety of salads, grilled corn, and fruit guaranteed to please your guests on your outdoor dining table. Need a little culinary inspiration? Check out our Rustica cookbook brimming with dishes worthy of a summertime party! 

    Drink: Have a variety of chilled beverages like sparkling water and iced teas for your guests to sip on while they enjoy your fete. When it comes to your delightful libations, try making your own sangria the night before or an array of fruity cocktails. For an added kick, try making fruit infused ice cubes for a sweet or tart touch to your beverages. Don't forget to provide lots of ice for those warm summer evenings!  

    Decor: For perfectly rustic decor, be sure to adorn your entertaining space with plenty of lights or candles for warm and subtle lighting. For table settings, substitute the spring blossoms you've favored for sunflowers or even create centerpieces with succulents. Evoke rural charm with wooden details like cute benches or vintage crates. Finish off your rustic table by providing your guests mason jar glasses for their beverages! 

    Activities: We love party games - especially of the outdoor variety! Set up a croquet tournament or play a round of bean bag toss before the sun sets. After the sky grows dark, connect your laptop to a projector and play a classic movie on an empty wall or screen for a post-dinner feature film. Don't forget an open knit sweater or chambray button up to throw over your ensemble and an assortment of blankets to keep your guests cozy once the sun goes down! 

    Hosting a get-together with a hint of rustic charm is the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon. Do you have any party tips for a summer soiree with your nearest and dearest? Let us know! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


  • Friday, June 13, 2014

    We all know that one of the best ways to stay youthful and glowing is to protect our skin with SPF. But with hectic schedules, it’s easy to forget to cover all your bases before heading into a sun-soaked situation! Here are some sunscreen reminders and product recommendations to prepare you for the UV rays of spring and summer. With the right products in your medicine cabinet or makeup collection, you’ll be more than ready for last-minute beach outings and surprisingly warm mornings at the outdoor flea market!

    Don’t forget your...

    Face:
    To prevent signs of aging, it’s a good idea to protect your face from the sun’s rays on a daily basis. One way to do this is to switch out an SPF-free daily moisturizer with one that provides protection. If you’re truly in love with the moisturizer you use, try using it in tandem with an SPF veil. Have a big outdoor day ahead? Opt for more of a classic facial sunscreen for maximum cover.

    You can also get protection from your makeup! Many BB creams contain SPF and can be worn alone as a light foundation (perfect for pool days and afternoon hiking!). If light coverage isn’t for you, use a BB cream as a primer, layering it under your usual foundation.

    Not a fan of BB creams? Invest in a colorless makeup primer with SPF to improve the lasting power of your makeup or try switching up your finishing powder! And if you’re not smitten with your current foundation, you can also try one that has SPF built in. Just be warned -- foundation with SPF can give your face a white cast in flash photography, so stick to SPF-free foundation on a fancy night out.

    Body:
    Applying sunscreen on your body is standard protocol for a sunny day outside, but it’s still easy to miss a spot! If you’ll be wearing a bathing suit, apply your sunscreen before you slip on your swimsuit on to make sure you’ve gone beyond the borders of the suit itself. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the tops of your feet and the back of your hands -- these spots are often forgotten!

    If you hate the goopy lotion, purchasing a spray-on sunscreen might give you more incentive to reapply. Just ensure you’ve blended it in well! A lot of spray-on sunscreens are clear, making it difficult to remember where you’ve applied.

    Make sure you have a cute cover-up on hand that you’ll be just as excited to wear as your swimsuit. Taking breaks to rest in your cover-up will help minimize the chance of sunburn on a long day at the beach!