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  • Saturday, June 28, 2014

    31 Bits not only makes gorgeous jewelry, but they are a completely sustainable and fair trade brand we are proud to carry! This amazing female-run company helps support the economy of the community of their Ugandan workers. The intricate designs of their pieces are made with beads crafted from recycled paper, and each piece is handmade by a Ugandan woman employed by 31 Bits. See our collection of these unique and stunning pieces here! 

    We would love to stock our jewelry boxes with each one of these styles! Shop our collection and discover necklaces and earrings perfect for pairing with everything from a chambray blouse to a flowy scalloped tank or structured dress! Want to learn more? See our past interviews with the amazing creators of 31 Bits here! You can also win a 31 Bits giveaway at our 6th birthday celebration on July 12th! Read more about the event and RSVP on our Facebook event page! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Saturday, June 28, 2014

    Photographer and stylist Amanda Marie Lackey always puts a smile on our faces! Whether it's her stunningly romantic engagement and wedding photography or styled shoots, Hailing from Texas, Amanda has a keen eye for bringing out the loveliness in everything she snaps a photo of. From her charming style to her drive to live beautifully, we are so lucky to call this talented gentle heart a Ruchette! We can't wait to see the world through Amanda's lens when she takes over our Instagram this weekend. To get to know her a little more, we asked her a few questions to get a peek into her world: 

    1. A go-to drink.
    Sweet Tea. A true sign that I’m a Texas girl!

    2. A go-to Karaoke song.
    Sheryl Crow’s ‘All I Wanna Do’.

    3. A uniform.
    A simple statement dress that can be paired easily by throwing on a denim jacket, flats or wedges (depending on the day).

    4. A hair stylist they love.
    Lauren Conrad’s YouTube how-to videos all the time.

    5. An exercise routine.
    P90X3. The best 30 minutes of the day. I also love to throw in hot yoga during colder months.

    6. A hobby.
    More like ‘hobbies’… Interior decorating, going to my parent’s ranch house to escape from the everyday, brunching, hunting for great books, writing and singing music with my husband and dreaming of traveling the world together.

    7. A best friend.
    My best friends are forever best friends. They’re the kind where we could go months without talking, and we’ll pick back up right where we left off. Those types of friendships are a sisterhood I love so much!

    8. A healthy sense of self.
    The older I become the more I realize the healthiest sense of self isn’t really about myself at all. It’s about the way I love others. The best way to fill myself up is to love selflessly. And of course… I take all the coffee and lazy Sundays I can get!

    -- Amanda Marie, Photographer and Blogger

    For more snapshots into Amanda's stylish world, be sure to follow her on Instagram and take a peek at her blog. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram and see Amanda's anticipated takeover! 

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Friday, June 27, 2014

    It's Friday! After working hard all week long, you deserve a relaxing break. After the hustle and bustle of Monday through Friday, we love the idea of crafting a unique cocktail with a few friends! From tropical tastes of mango and pineapple to sweet peach and strawberry, we're looking forward to enjoying the summer sun and infusing seasonal flavors into our cocktails. Here are a few recipes that are perfect for unwinding and enjoying the end of a busy week! 

    1. Frozen Mango & Apple Daiquiris: This blend of summery ingredients courtesy of Topped With Cinnamon has us looking forward to 5 o'clock! Frozen daiquiris are the perfect libation for cooling off in the summertime, and this recipe is at the top of our must-try list. 

    2. White Peach Gin Fizz: This bubbly and invigorating spirit from Adventures In Cooking is exactly what we want to be sipping on after a long week! A hint of sweet peach along with a delicate garnish makes this drink a summery necessity!

    3. Pineapple Mint Juleps: This drink is proof that How Sweet It Is has crafting the perfect cocktail down to a science. This fruity beverage will have you imagining you're relaxing on a lush beach in the Caribbean!

    4. Watermelon Strawberry Citrus Sangria: We love mixing a sweet sangria to accompany an end-of-the-workweek gathering! Chilled wine infused with our favorite citrus flavors, watermelon and strawberry is definitely an essential. Joy The Baker has created a sangria perfect for a hot day!

    5. Sotol Swizzle: In the spirit of a margarita, this beverage recipe from Honestly YUM has an impeccable balance of kick and sweetness. We love that this drink features crushed ice and swizzle stick used to make the glass frosty for a cocktail that's both unique and tasty!

    Shop our summer time workwear and celebrate after hours with these 5 delicious cocktails! See our past libations here, and if you're looking for a refreshing alcohol-free option, visit our fruit-infused water recipes!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Thursday, June 26, 2014

    We feel so fortunate to have crossed paths with the talented Elena Fay. Her self-taught talent for creating fashion illustrations with sophistication and a touch of whimsy made us fall in love. From watercolor macarons to incredible videos of Elena's artistic process, Elena's love for creativity and fashion made her the perfect artist to create illustrations for our Business Casual Dress Code Guide! Currently residing in Washington, D.C., Elena's passion for travel comes through in both her style and illustrations, and we loved seeing her make our favorite business casual styles into works of art. We were lucky enough to sit down with Elena and learn more about her and her talents! 

    When did you first discover your passion for art?
    I feel that I've been an artist for as long as I can remember. I grew up in a small country town in Russia and couldn't even imagine that someday my passion for art can become my career.

    In 5 words or less, how do you describe your artistic aesthetic?
    Splash of color, beauty, happiness.

    Would you use the same words to describe your sense of fashion?
    Absolutely! Lately I've been really drawn to bright colors and it shows not only in my sketches but also in my closet.


    What's currently on your Ruche wishlist?
    Georgia Floral Dress by Queen of Heartz is my absolute favorite.

    What do you love most about running your own Etsy shop?
    Etsy is a great place for small businesses like my shop. Not only listing and promoting products on Etsy is very simple but also finding other creative outlets is very inspiring.

    Just to get to know you a little more, here's a round of quick fire questions!
    Phone, keys, wallet, and... a pocket sketchbook
    Spring, summer, fall, or winter? Spring
    Neutral or bold nail polish? Bold
    Chocolate cake or apple pie? Chocolate cake

    Don't forget to see Elena's business casual illustrations in our Business Casual Dress Code Guide and for more of Elena's fashionable creations, visit her Instagram, Facebook, and blog

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Just because temperatures are on the rise doesn't mean you have to abandon a bowl of comforting soup. Using seasonal ingredients can help you craft a bold soup recipe featuring flavors not typically found in the soups we adore in the winter. Instead of a piping hot bowl of your favorite recipe, we've found some recipes for chilled summer soups to conquer your craving without competing with the summer sun. Try one of these recipes, or use it as inspiration for creating your own chilled soup!  

    1. Chilled Avocado Soup with Mint & Nettle Pesto:  Avocado, mint, and pesto?! This combination of fresh seasonal flavors is perfect for a hot, sunny day. The avocado gives this soup a creamy texture that we simply can't resist. Give this recipe a try for your next weekend lunch with you and your sweetheart!

    2. Watermelon, Tomato & Almond Gazpacho: A traditional chilled soup, gazpacho is a staple in regions of Spain and Portugal during the warm months. This recipe features the addition of summery watermelon for a refreshing touch! This recipe would be perfect for an alfresco meal on your balcony or patio. 

    3. Green Garbanzo & Leek Soup: This flavorful soup is as lovely as it is delicious. Basil is a summertime staple, and once you have a flourishing plant in your garden, this recipe is an essential! Filled with a variety of herbs, this colorful dish would be a hit as an appetizer at brunch with friends. 

    These chilled soups featuring the zesty flavors of gazpacho, refreshing touches of herbs like mint and basil, and summery fruits are a must-try for the summer months! Do you have a favorite or a recipe of your own? Share it with us in the comments below! 

    xo,
    Ruche 

    Have a recipe 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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  • Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    A cute and fun way to personalize any get together, from bridal showers and weddings to a laid back backyard summer soiree, is with a custom place card holder. This little craft is an easy way to integrate the decor of your party into your table settings and is a thoughtful detail your guest will love. We simplified crafting these little paper beauties, so go ahead and get crafting! 

    Materials:
    1. Clothespin
    2. Construction paper
    3. Vellum paper (optional)
    4. Scissors
    5. Glue

    Directions:
    1. Draw and cut out two halves of a flower shape. You can also cut out and glue a few extra petals on top of the flower shape to add a layering effect.

    2. Glue one of the flower halves onto the top portion of your clothespin. Take the second flower piece and glue it to the bottom portion. Make sure that the two halves line up together when the clothespin is closed.

    3. Cut out a couple of leaves and glue them to the back side of the flower. We made our leaves out of green vellum paper, but you can easily use construction paper for this step as well!

    4. Insert your placeholder into the clothespin and then you’re done!

    We love how a table looks with an array of pretty plates, a bouquet of flowers, and place card holder at each seat. Not a fan of seating arrangements? You can arrange the place cards on a separate table and allow your guests to claim their seats right before hors d'oeuvres and drinks are served!  We love adding gracious details to our party spread to make guests feel right at home. 

    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 23, 2014

    How many times have you opened up your wardrobe only to find it feels like this doesn't go with that or a complete lack of style inspiration? Don't worry, it happens to us, too! We borrowed a little inspiration courtesy of Cher's digital closet in the 90's film Clueless (did you know the film was based on Jane Austen's work Emma?!) and crafted a virtual closet complete with cute lace skirts, chambray shorts, and a variety of tops including tanks for sunny days and polished silhouettes with dainty details. All you have to do is scroll to mix and match tops and bottoms for endless outfit inspiration!  

    Our outfit maker is filled with pieces that are both unique, but versatile enough for some creative pattern mixing or paired with timeless basic styles. Start crafting your own ensembles now

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Monday, June 23, 2014

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    ...we would be as relaxing and full of adventure as this! From lounging on the sand to cruising the shore on a beach cruiser, we can't wait for all the beach days summertime has to offer! For easy beach to boardwalk style, visit our site!  

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Sunday, June 22, 2014

    We firming believe in order to live beautifully, we must be in charge of our own happiness. We're taking a nod from the wise mind of Abe Lincoln and choosing to be happy and inspire those around us to be happy, too! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Saturday, June 21, 2014

    We love spending time getting in touch with our creativity, so we've crafted some fun writing prompts to spark your imagination while writing in your journal. These travel-themed prompts are a perfect way to spend a couple hours getting in touch with your inner storyteller! 

    1. You’re riding your red moped down the colorful streets of Spain when all of a sudden you’re stopped by a woman in a large yellow sun hat. She gives you a large package with an address stamped on it and asks you to deliver it, what happens as you embark on this random mission when you’re supposed to be on vacation?

    2. This last week you bought a new pair of wonderful mint shoes and you recently discovered that if you take five steps forward while thinking of a particular destination you and whatever you’re holding is transported to that particular region. Write about the various places you visit and perhaps about a moment of panic when you misplace the shoes or if possibly someone discovered the secret of your treasured mint shoes.

    3. If you could eat your way across one country, which country would you choose? Write about the different chefs you meet as you go from restaurant to restaurant. Do you have to scavenge far and wide for a particular dish or do you go wherever your stomach leads you?

    4. Freewrite in the voice of an adrenaline seeker - everything you do you do seeking the rush and excitement of it all. Make sure you focus on keeping this tone throughout your entire writing!

    5. Imagine you and your best friend decide to go on a road trip across America, what crazy situations do you two find yourself in? Try to focus on surprising your audience with each new situation--make them all as different as possible.

    Photography from Brandon Kidd

    We can't wait to grab a pen and get lost while writing about travel and adventure. Which writing prompt did you choose? We would love to hear what you decide to write about; and don't forget to check out our past writing prompts for even more inspiration! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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