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  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014

    To live beautifully requires throwing caution to the wind and stepping out in your goals and activities. It’s easier said than done, but the more you challenge yourself to take risks socially and artistically, the less daunting each new action will seem. In order to get us started, we’ve come up with a list of ten items that push the boundaries of our comfort zones. Select a few tasks that speak to your own apprehensions, and make it a point to complete them over the course of the next couple of months. By the end of your challenge, you’ll be surprised at how much you’ve grown!

    1. Share your work at an open mic night: Reading a poem you’ve been working on or playing your latest song in front of an audience will help you become comfortable with your own work and open you up to discussing your art in the future. Plus, you could make a new friend (or a fan)!

    2. Open an Etsy store: If you make jewelry, knit, paint, or have any cute crafts in mind, get your work out there through an Etsy store. Not only will you be able to share you work with others, but you could turn a profit to help fund future projects and adventures.

    3. Submit creative or journalistic writing to an online or print magazine: Sharing your writing can be intimidating, but you can’t get published unless you try. If you don’t get selected, you might receive much-needed constructive criticism which will benefit your writing in the long run. And if you do get selected? You’ll be especially thankful you gave it a shot!

    4. Take an improv class: Putting your sense of humor on trial is quite the test, but you might get more laughs than you expected. Taking an improv class can also help you with public speaking, which will translate to your ability to do well in a job or interview. And improv classes are always a great way to meet new people!

    5. Explore a new place: It’s easy to spend your days in the same square-mile radius, so take a chance on someplace new. Make dinner reservations in a neighboring city, or go for a hike on trails you’ve never tested.

    6. Try a new food: Ever gone out for Ethiopian? Or perhaps you’ve always shied away from olives? There’s no better time to try new food, and you could ending up loving what you taste. And if you dislike it just as much as you thought you might, you can at least say with confidence that, yes, the texture of shrimp just isn’t for you.

    7. Host a dinner party or brunch: Having people over is a wonderful lesson in confidence. If you’re new to cooking, opt for simple meals or attempt to make the food ahead of time on a trial run. If you’re more of a seasoned chef, take a chance on a challenging or inventive recipe. In the rare possibility that you experience a total food fiasco, you can always mend the problem by ordering take-out and laughing with your friends about it. We’ve all been there!

    Photography: Brandon Kidd

    8. Start a blog or YouTube channel: If you’ve been wanting to share you fun DIYs, recipes, fashion sense, or photography with others, pick the format that suits you best and dabble in a bit of self-promotion. You’ll end up connecting with like-minded people and will feel far more confident in your craft.

    9. Ask someone new to coffee: Making new friends can be intimidating, but we’re all in the same boat. Take the initiative and ask someone you’ve crossed paths with to coffee or reach out to an old friend to reconnect. The other person may be just as nervous to make plans and will thank you for stepping up to the plate.

    10. Tackle a long-time fear: Many of us have an overarching fear that can interfere with many of our dreams. If you’ve always been afraid of heights, sign up for rock-climbing lessons and gradually make your way closer to the top each week. If the thought of flying scares you, book a trip that involves a very short plane ride to help you ease into it. Don’t worry about conquering your fears overnight -- just push yourself in whichever ways you can and your confidence will blossom.

    Which acts of courage will you challenge yourself with this season? Do you have any tips on branching out  to share with us?

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, March 24, 2014

    Photo via The Knot

    ...we’d certainly look like this! Our brunch wouldn’t be complete without a lace dress, pretty dishes, and some truly delicious recipes. We hope you’ll plan a special brunch with family or friends this spring and cherish the conversations you share. Don’t forget the mimosas!

    Live beautifully,
    Ruche


  • Monday, March 24, 2014

    If you’ve got a full agenda this spring, let us take care of the clothing! No matter the occasion, we’ve got the perfect frocks and separates for socializing, relaxing, and twirling through the season. Whether or not you have a worthy excuse to pick out a new ensemble (sometimes it’s nice to be prepared, right?), take a look what we’d wear for these five possible spring fetes.

    The Sunday Brunch: Find that balance between cute and casual when dressing for a brunch. We love to pair polished, flowy separates or slip on a babydoll dress so that we have room to fill up on yummy treats and can sit comfortably for long chats with family or friends.

    The Family Occasion: To please even the most traditional grandmother, opt for a classic silhouette. A darling fit-and-flare frock can be dressed up with heels or worn more casually with flats depending on the type of family occasion you have in store.

    The Daytime Wedding: A daytime wedding is the perfect time to experiment with color! We love the look of a lace frock and wedges for an afternoon of “I do”s.

    The Evening Party: Any outfit can be party ready when you style it with sparkling accessories and pretty pumps. Opt for separates or a chiffon dress with gathering, embroidered accents, or a lace overlay for an extra touch of glamor.

    The Formal Soiree: If you have a truly elegant evening ahead of you, dress to the nines in a maxi-length frock, or choose an embellished or brocade dress for a glistening effect. Accent your hair with a jeweled headband or add a statement necklace to your outfit to complete the look.
    For plenty of outfit options and ideas, take a look at our Spring Social feature and shop our day or night categories. What events will you be attending this season?

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Sunday, March 23, 2014

    Make this yours via The EveryGirl

    We all have the same number of hours in the day to accomplish our tasks and make strides towards those larger goals, yet many of us waste our spare moments telling ourselves we simply don't have enough time or talent to make our dreams happen. This week, do a little research on your favorite author, artist, designer, or humanitarian, and reflect on the fact that the person you admire is also a flawed human with worries, doubts, and fears; a person with only 24 hours in the day. The only difference between you and your icons? Those inspirational people chose to jump. So if you want to be an artist, create. If you want to be a singer, sing. Don't get caught up in thinking about singing or wishing you were creating; just push yourself to jump in some way. Get up a half an hour early to work on your craft, join a choir, or perform at an open mic night. Surround yourself with the motivation you need to keep striving, and before you know it, working towards your dream will become second nature. May you live beautifully, Ruchettes!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Saturday, March 22, 2014

    There are few things that bring us as much joy as a good book! We’re always on the hunt for new books to bring into our homes for a touch of inspiration, delicious recipes, or helpful, crafty tips. With the influx of new books on our site, we thought we’d share some of our favorite inspirational style books with you! Gift one to a friend or spruce up your bookshelf or coffee table with one of these fashionable titles.

    Audrey Hepburn: International Cover Girl by Scott Britzel: Perfect for lovers of old-Hollywood actresses, this book details the life of legendary Audrey Hepburn. This gorgeous coffee table book features hundreds of her international magazine covers, making it a fun book to flip through on relaxing weekend afternoons.

    Paris in Color by Nicole Roberston: Bursting with all the colors of the rainbow, this book is a must-have for Francophiles and those with an eye for photography or design. From outdoor cafes and signs to flowers and scrumptious pastries, this book reignites our wanderlust each time we open it.

    100 Years in Fashion by Cally Blackman:  If you loved our Vintage Clothing Guide, this book will be a great addition to your collection! 100 Years in Fashion takes a deeper look into the history of 20th century fashion, accented with hundreds of beautiful photos and illustrations.

    We hope you’ll find something you love in our book collection! What books have you been eyeing lately?

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Friday, March 21, 2014

    If you haven't already noticed, we're having a moment with peach and coral tones right now! After seeing how our stylist, Sarah, and our makeup artist, KC, added coral accents to our spring lookbook, we've been looking for new ways to brighten up our beauty routine with some pretty coral hues. Here are some of our favorite beauty products to inspire you to opt for retro-inspired corals this spring. 

    Image via Style Me Pretty

    We love how coral nails act as an accessory with any outfit you wear. To add an unexpected pop of color to your look, try Essie's nail polish in the shade Haute As Hello or Tart Deco. To boost the look for an evening out, add a fun, opalescent or chunky glitter polish as an accent nail (or on all ten fingers for lots of sparkle!). Butter London's Brass Monkey and Deborah Lippmann's Million Dollar Mermaid both look gorgeous paired with coral polish.

    Photography: Brandon Kidd

    You can never go wrong with a statement lip! This pretty coral pucker can be achieved with a creamy lipstick like MAC's Vegas Volt or NARS' Satin Lip Pencil in Lodhi. If you tend to shy away from bright lip colors, start with a gloss like Buxom's Mai Tai or a tinted balm like the Korres lip butter in Pomegranate.

    To pull the look together, we love a light swipe of coral blush to add a springy glow to the face. This Coral Oasis cheek gelée from Josie Maran is a gorgeous option for a natural flush on warm days, and we love Tarte's Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy as a long-wearing classic powder option.

    How will you be incorporating this springy color into your look this season? If you've been searching for the perfect coral and peach clothing and accessories, check out our Just Peachy collection to accent your spring wardrobe!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Friday, March 21, 2014

    As you gear up for a road trip this spring break, consider veering from your standard grab-and-go road trip snacks by making your own! We’ve found some delicious recipes to try this spring in lieu of store-bought favorites and thought we’d share them with our culinary-savvy Ruchettes. Whether you’re driving across the country or taking a day trip to a nearby city, these yummy pick-me-ups are perfect to keep in your bag and dole out throughout your big road trip.

    Buttered Popcorn Chocolate Chip Cookies: This sweet and salty take on a classic favorite is perfect to munch on during a long car ride. The popcorn also adds filling fiber to the recipe, making these cookies more substantial and energizing than the original.

    Orange Spiced Cashews: Instead of opting for typical mixed nuts, try flavoring your cashews and peanuts yourself! These Asian-inspired nuts can be eaten alone, or added to a salad or trail mix for extra crunch.

    Homemade Chex Mix: You can always buy Chex Mix if you’re in a rush, but the homemade version is definitely worth the extra effort. Making this classic road trip snack at homes ensures that you can customize the spices and saltiness level to suit your tastes (and you can make as much of it as you want!). 

    Puppy Chow: This sweet alternative to homemade Chex Mix is often seen as a holiday snack, but we think it’s delicious all year round. And because this recipe is so simple and quick, you can whip this up for even the most last-minute of road trips.

    Crumbly Oat and Apricot Bars: A dessert that’s part cookie, part granola bar is a great option for the trip ahead. It may not be the healthiest snack in the world (it still contains a lot of butter and sugar), but at least you’ll be getting your fill of oats and fruit, right?

    Healthy Trail Mix: Curate your own blend of yummy ingredients to keep you full during your drive. Depending on your taste, you can pick sweet ingredients, opt for a savory mix, or find a balance between the two.

    Photography: Stephanie Williams

    Salted Brown Butter Crispy Treats: Rice Krispie treats are always a fun road trip snack, and this salted brown butter version is an incredible alternative. Make these treats the night before and cut them up into bite-sized pieces for on-the-go munching.

    Cheese Straws: This grown-up alternative to the cheese puff or Cheez-It is a great savory item to make at home before a long drive. Bake them in stick form, cut them up into small pieces, or roll them into circular crackers -- whichever shape sounds good to you!

    We hope you’ll be able to try some of these recipes in the near future! Even if you’re not heading on a long drive, these snacks are perfect for picnics, parties, and poolside lounging as well. What are your favorite road trip snacks?

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Thursday, March 20, 2014

    The day is finally here! Our new bridal collection launches today and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with our Ruchettes! Take a look at our new bridal section and browse through our spring bridal lookbook, From This Day Forward, for a close look at some of our gorgeous modern-vintage wedding dresses and accessories.

    Whether you’re looking to capture a vintage aesthetic or need an affordable wedding or reception dress on your big day, our lookbook contains beautiful options that will help make your “I do” moment truly memorable. Our lookbook also showcases some of our new bridesmaid dresses and the accompanying shoes and accessories you’ll need in preparing for your wedding day. Browse through these stunning pages for inspiration and shop our collection for an even wider range of bridal essentials.

    Shot by the incredible Stephanie Williams, our bridal lookbook was made possible by our dedicated team, which featured Sarah Nuckles as stylist, KC Witkamp on hair and makeup, Vu Bui and Teresa Chu on videography and editing, and the beautiful Jenna as our model. We love how our creative coordinator, Orchid, and her team dreamt up the floral wall with blooms from Star Events and set the scene with antique furniture from Found Vintage. With the hard work of these amazing people, our vintage vision came to life!

    If you’re a bride-to-be, follow along with everything Ruche Bridal by liking our special Facebook page, Pinterest boards and signing up for our bridal newsletter! And don’t forget to keep checking back on our bridal collection for new additions if you’re on the hunt for dreamy finishing touches and cute home decor. For those of you in search of styling tips in preparation for your special day, read through our engagement guide for outfit ideas and helpful advice. With our vintage details and your beautiful spirit, we know your wedding day will be truly perfect!

    Love Beautifully,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    Tomorrow’s the big day -- the launch of our new bridal collection! Featuring both vintage and modern dresses and accessories, every bride-to-be will find something covetable in tomorrow’s lookbook. May this sneak peek video and these pretty photos tide you over until you can browse the whole collection!

    To stay in the loop with our latest wedding news, “like” our Ruche Bridal page on Facebook and sign up for our bridal newsletter. We can’t wait for you to see the rest of the collection tomorrow!

    Love Beautifully,
    Ruche


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  • Tuesday, March 18, 2014

    One of our favorite ways to liven up the office and add interest to our photoshoots is through the use of paper flowers. They're the perfect craft for spring parties and wedding receptions too! If you’ve wanted to dabble in the art of paper flowers as well, here are three gorgeous DIY flower tutorials you can follow for pretty blooms that will last all season long.

    Our giant paper flower tutorial was featured on Design Sponge after we launched our Spring 2012 lookbook, Enchantment. These large statement flowers make great decor for a birthday party, garden soiree, or other fun event. Our own company owner, Josh, came up with the method for creating the stems!

    We love the elegance of these paper blossoms from The Bride’s Cafe! A bouquet of these faux flowers would make a beautiful centerpiece at a wedding shower or weekend brunch.

    These tiny paper flowers from Oh Happy Day are a great addition to party favors (as seen in this tutorial) or can be used as toppers for cupcakes and other desserts. You could also adapt this project to create pretty floral confetti to accent table tops at your next spring event.

    Will you be joining us in making paper flowers this season? Let us know if you have any tips to share with us! And for your chance to join our Blogger Family and be featured on our blog, email you DIY projects to blog@shopruche.com!

    xo,
    Ruche


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