• 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

    Ingredients:
    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

    Directions:
    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:
    Ingredients:
    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

    Directions:
    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:
    Ingredients:
    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.

    Directions:
    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.

    Assembly:
    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

    Ingredients:
    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

    Directions:
    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

    Directions:
    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

    Directions:
    |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.

    Brownies

    Chocolate Dipped Mint Oreos by Life of Liz

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

    Directions:
    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

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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    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. 

    xo,
    Ruche     


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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. 

    xo,
    Ruche 


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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!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • 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!

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    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! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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    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.

    xo,
    Ruche

     


  • Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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    Grab a pen - we've got your springtime fashion checklist right here! With longer (and sunnier) days come even more time to embark on adventures, do a little exploring, and live beautifully. Make sure you're perfectly equipped for all of the springtime fun with our curated list of essentials. Don't dream of stepping into spring without the following must-have from The Springtime List

    An easy-to-wear dresses

    A swimsuit you can make waves in

    Cute sunglasses 

    A lightweight top (we adore a feminine peplum or floral embroidery!)

    Breezy skirts 

    31 Bits jewelry - who doesn't love a statement necklace? 

    Stop by the curated category of springtime essentials and check these must-haves off your list and watch your closet bloom. Spring style has never been easier, espeically when you can take 15% off 3 items or less with code UNDER, or take 30% off 4 items or more with code OVER. Discover seasonal necessities with The Springtime List now!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, March 2, 2015

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    March is upon us and we are one step closer to spring! Freshen up your desktop with this stunning desktop wallpaper featuring a variety of colorful blossoms, and see more free desktop wallpapers here!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Sunday, March 1, 2015

    We absolutely love Tiffany Mitchell of Offbeat + Inspired. With every post she has inspired and charmed us by her creativity, unique style, and genuine voice. Our admiration began with her enchanting photography (which you can see almost daily on her captivating Instagram feed) and artwork and continued with the delectable and easy recipes she shares!  Her mission is to live adventurously and creatively doing what she loves and keeping in mind that she is not limited to one thing, that trying new things creates a world of opportunity. We are so excited to have this lovely lady as our Ruchette of the Month! 

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    We can't get enough of the delicious (and beautiful) recipes you share on Offbeat + Inspired. What has been your favorite recipe lately?
    Thank you so much! I would have to say my favorite recipe lately is the Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls I posted most recently on the blog. They are out of this world and I’m always really excited when a recipe like that can be pulled off for my GF friends and family!

    You've expressed your love for the vintage-inspired silhouette of high waisted jeans on Offbeat + Inspired. What are some of your favorite ways to style high waisted jeans?
    I love styling high waisted jeans with a tucked, fitted tee or tank top! If it’s a little too chilly for that alone, I love to layer a shawl or open cardigan with the tucked top, just to add some long lines to the overall look. A simple trick I love too for dressing down a bit is to front-tuck the top and let it drape on the sides and in the back. The last thing I do is pair high waisted jeans with heels. If we’re going long and tall, might as well go all the way!

     What do you love most about being a Ruchette?
    I love the sweet family that Ruche has created. I’ve been following this brand for years and every interaction I’ve had with the company and with the gals who have been featured as Ruchettes has just been absolutely lovely. The adorable fashions and home goods are icing on the cake!

    Your illustrations always make us swoon. How does your personal style influence your artwork?
    Thank you so much! My personal style influences my work in every way. The girls I illustrate wear things I would wear, and their poses, expressions and props represent whatever mood I’m in while I’m creating that piece.

    What can we find you doing when you aren't blogging?Adventuring! I love traveling to new places, even if it’s a rural town I happened to pass through on a random day trip. I love exploring the little convenience stores, diners and cafes because they really speak to that community and help me understand the people that live there. A dream of mine is to do that kind of exploring all over the world!

    Spring is in full swing! What trends or styles are you a fan of this season?
    I’m loving relaxed fits and retro silhouettes. I’m all about combining high-waisted shorts/skirts with softer, more flowy tops and maillot-style swimsuits. Cannot wait for beach season!

    Based on your Instagram, we know you love to brunch just as much as we do! Do you have any favorite spots for brunch in your town of Lexington, KY?
    I do!! Table 310 has a wonderful brunch if you’re looking for something on the fancier side, but if you want to go a little more casual, Doodles is amazing and they have the best mimosas!

    Did you have any New Year's resolutions? Have you kept up with them?
    Yes! To live in the moment! That’s been a big one for me. I find so much more freedom to create and connect with people when I’m only concerning myself with what’s right in front of me. It’s been wonderful and I hope to keep it up!

    Our motto here at Ruche is #LiveBeautifully. How do you live beautifully?
    I would say I live beautifully by slowing down and seeing the beauty in the little things and the people around me. There is so much to see if I choose to stop and open my eyes to it.

    Quick Fire!
    Delicate lace or cozy knits? Cozy knits.
    Flowers or succulents? Succulents.
    Sand or snow? Sand.
    Cake or pie? Pie.
    Phone, keys, wallet, and..... Lip gloss!

    We don't know about you, but we're we adore Tiffany and her sense of adventure and love of creativity! Now we want to try some of those gluten-free cinnamon rolls! You can see more of Tiffany here, and see past Ruchettes of the Month here

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Saturday, February 28, 2015

    Meet Tambra and Oshie! We are so excited to introduce our Head Buyer, Tambra and her adorable pup Oshie! While Tambra is hard at work, it's not unusual to see Oshie exploring the office and greeting all our employees who are more than happy to shower her with love. She's sure to attract attention anywhere she goes since no one can resist her sweet little face. Oshie is a cherished member of our Ruche family and is adored by all who meet her! Learn more about this dynamic duo down below, and be sure to read past Puppy Love Stories here.

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    How did you and your fluffy friend meet?
    We adopted her from a young couple that was unable to keep her. 

    What made you fall in love with them?
    I fell in love with her floppy ears and innocent eyes!

    How did you decide on the name for your dog?
    My fiance is from St. Louis MO, and he had the Blues hockey game on. Their all-star player is TJ Oshie- so I said "What if we called her Oshie?" And the name pretty much stuck.tambra-oshie-5

    How would you describe your dog in three words?
    Completely Spoiled Rotten ;)

    What are some things you and your dog enjoy doing together?
    We go to the Huntington Beach dog beach! She loves the sand & the sun.

    Do you have any other pets? If not, do you see yourself adopting again?
    Yes! We have a Basenji-Jindo mix at home who is 3 years old. They love playing together! Especially hide & seek under the bed.tambra-oshie

    What are some of the benefits of having your dog by your side at work?
    I get to see her sweet face all day! And she definitely makes the day go by faster. And she loves playing with all the other dogs here in the office!

    Can you share a cute story involving your dog?
    Oshie completely looks up to her big sister (my other dog) and when she gets in trouble she will run and hide underneath my bigger dog for "protection" lol. She follows her everywhere, sometimes I think she loves my other dog more than she loves me!tambra-oshie-4

    We adore our furry friends who keep us company! Hearing the scurry of little paws on the floors instantly brightens up our day. Fall in love with us and meet the rest of the #RuchePuppies in our Puppy Love Stories.

    xo,
    Ruche


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