• Tuesday, February 17, 2015

    In honor of Mardi Gras, we're sharing a delightfully tasty dish that is perfect for crafting for a mellow date night at home, or for bringing to a celebratory potluck! We can almost hear the sounds of jazz and cheering for this upbeat and fun-filled holiday. Even if you're not walking the streets of New Orleans, you can still replicate our favorite cajun flavors with this saucy creole shrimp recipe from Half Baked Harvest. Fat Tuesday is all about indulging, so go ahead and treat yourself to something decadent today! Read on for this delicious Mardi Gras recipe. Big-Easy-Style-Saucy-Creole-Shrimp-7

    Ingredients:

    8 ounces fresh chorizo, sliced (may also use ground if needed)
    1/3 cup flour, use gluten free if needed
    1/3 cup canola oil
    1 small onion, chopped
    3 cloves garlic, minced or grated
    2 stalks celery, chopped
    1 green bell pepper, seeded + chopped
    1 (14 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
    1-2 tablespoons creole seasoning, depending on your taste
    1 tablespoon smoked paprika
    1 (12 ounce) beer
    1 1/2 pounds raw shrimp, peeled + deveined
    1 tablespoon Worcestershire, omit if gluten free
    1 tablespoon Louisiana style hot sauce
    1 tablespoon butter
    1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
    steamed white or brown rice, for serving
    beer bread, for servingBig-Easy-Style-Saucy-Creole-Shrimp-2

    Instructions:

    In a medium size soup pot, brown the chorizo over medium high heat. Remove from the pot and drain on a paper towel lined plate. To the same pot, add the oil and flour, whisking until combined. Cook for 10 minutes or until the roux is lightly golden. Add the onion, garlic, celery, green pepper. Cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, 1 tablespoon creole seasoning and the smoked paprika, cook another minute. Slowly pour in the beer, add back the chorizo and bring the mixture to a low boil, simmer for 10-15 minutes.

    Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium high heat. Once hot add the butter. Toss the shrimp with the cajun seasoning and place in the hot skillet. Sear on both side for about 4 minutes per side or until pink and cooked through. Remove from the heat. Now add the shrimp, Worcestershire and hot sauce to the creole mixture. Simmer another 5 minutes.

    Serve the shrimp over a bowl of hot rice with a side of beer bread for dipping.
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    Want more Mardi Gras recipes? Stop by our King Eclairs recipe for the perfect after dinner treat! You can see all of our recipes here. Celebrate and live beautifully, Ruchettes!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, February 16, 2015

    Meet Laura and Maizy! Is it just us, or do our Puppy Love Stories appear to become more adorable by the week? Today we're so happy to introduce you to Laura and Maizy! Laura is our Products Manager, and Maizy is the equally happy and energetic pup that just isn't satisfied unless she has personally greeted everyone in the office as soon as they arrive. Full of personality, Maizy is a ray of sunshine wrapped in a ball of fluff and always comes as soon as she hears Laura call one of her many nicknames. Read on to learn more about this too-cute duo, a visit past Puppy Love Stories herelaura-maisy-1

    How did you and your fluffy friend meet? What made you fall in love with them?
    I actually began looking online. I was looking for hypoallergenic dogs, but then I saw this scruffy pup from an accidental litter all the way in Sacramento where my sister lived. So I asked my sister to be my judge. She called and told me the dog didn't have much personality and wouldn't be a good fit, but then a few days later showed up at my house with Maizy! If you met Maizy you'd know that was the biggest lie my sister ever told, and I was elated! She gave me kisses, let me rub her belly, and loved playing with our other dogs; she was everything I could hope for!

    How did you decide on the name "Maizy"?
    My sister and I love the movie "Uncle Buck" and always liked the name Maizy. Then, when she showed up at my house with my pup, the movie was on TV, it was meant to be!laura-maisy-3

    How would you describe Maizy in three words?
    Crazy, scruffy, bossy!

    What are some things you and your dog enjoy doing together?
    She likes playing with stuffed toys, if you throw a ball for her she'll look at you like, "are you going to get that?" She loves to wrestle and play with other pups. We go to the dog beach and she'll ride in the basket of my bike to friends' houses. But mainly she likes when I'm eating, always a bite for me and a bite for "The Maizy."

    Do you have any other pets? If not, do you see yourself adopting again?
    Yes, we have a few other dogs and a cat at home. The problem is not if I can see myself adopting again, its that I can see myself adopting ALL OF THEM! One of our dogs we actually found here at Ruche 3 years ago, and I just couldn't stand the thought of taking him to the pound, so I took him home (he made dog number 4)!laura-maisy-2

    What are some of the benefits of having your dog by your side at work?
    We have a really close bond and I love the extra time with her. She has so much personality I feel like she's really one of my best friends- I think I probably just sound a little crazy now! It's also great because dogs make everyone happy and I love that Maizy can help provide that atmosphere at work!

    Can you share a cute story involving Maizy?
    When I started dating my fiancé four years ago, he had to meet Maizy on our first date. If they didn't click, there was no chance for us! We were a package deal, luckily it's the three of us now!laura-maisyAre you in love with our Puppy Love Stories series? Stay tuned, we have a few more installments launching in the coming weeks, and don't forget to see past Puppy Love Stories and fall in love with our #RuchePuppies!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Sunday, February 15, 2015

    Some things in life were made to be together. In honor of our Perfect Match Sale, we thought we would share some of our favorite pairings! You can find your perfect match with our cute dresses, vintage-inspired heels, or adorable accessories at our sitewide sale. Take 25% off using the discount code LOVEYOU  until 2/16! 

    1. Chocolate and StrawberriesCandS2. Afternoon Tea and Scones

    3. Sunday Brunch

    4. Mornings and Coffee

    4. Summer and Bonfires

    6. Cake and Ice Cream

    7. Milk and CookiesMandC8. Roses and Peonies

    9. Moon and the Stars

    10. Spring and PicnicsSandPImages Via: 1, 2, 3  

    Time for you to treat yourself to a sweet deal and find your perfect match! Take 25% off sitewide with code LOVEYOU now through 2/16 at 11:59 PM PT.

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Saturday, February 14, 2015

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    ...we hope there would be plenty of pink and red and flowers all over! We love any excuse to host a charming party, so why not a Valentine's Day party!? Now all we need to complete our celebration is the perfect outfit. Find a cute dress to twirl in or a sophisticated blouse in our Perfect Match sale! Everything is 25% off through 2/16 with code LOVEYOU. Shop now

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Friday, February 13, 2015

    There must be romance in the air this week! With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we couldn't contain our excitement when seeing a few of our favorite Ruchettes donning their sweet ensembles perfect for a night out. From formal outerwear to florals and feminine silhouettes, we are so inspired for a weekend celebrating our loved ones! 

    Shannon of GBO Fashion looks amazing in this romantic date night ensemble. She paired our Chiswick Park flared coat atop a gorgeous red lace dress and accessorized with simple pieces to bring together this feminine outfit. She is a vision of radiance in this effortlessly chic date night outfit. Valentines-Day-Ruche-Coat-11

    The always adorable Rebecca of The Clothes Horse looks stunning in our romantic Paris Streets printed dress. She kept her look sweet and simple with some navy tights and heels. Her vintage-inspired ensemble is perfect for a dainty, comfortable night out. clotheshorse

    The beautiful Kassandra of Kastles looks charming in our plum midi skirt paired with a floral tee, knit cardigan and adorned with statement accessories. Her romantic outfit is perfect for transitioning from winter to spring. kastles

    Looking for even more style inspiration? See even more style files by clicking here, and don't forget to take 25% off sitewide with code LOVEYOU until Monday 2/16 at 11:59 PM PT!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Thursday, February 12, 2015

    There are some things that are lovely on their own, but when they come together, they form a perfect match! Bees & honey, chocolate & peanut butter, and a little shopping + a long weekend! Our favorite perfect match? You + this sale! Take 25% off sitewide with code LOVEYOU now through 2/16 at 11:59 PM PT. Whether it's a sale style you've had your eye on, cute dresses, or the darling shoes that have been lingering on your wishlist, it's time to find your perfect match now!presidents-day-sale

    We're making it even easier to find the latest news so you will always know the scoop when it comes to sales, our most-loved styles, and even fun stuff like quotes, printables, and more! Our latest page is brimming with fashion & lifestyle inspiration, and it makes it easy to make sure you're getting the best deal with our latest promotions. cute-pinterest-outfits

    Love sharing your finds with friends? With a variety of social sharing buttons, you can post inspirational quotes to Pinterest, broadcast a sale with friends on Facebook or Twitter, or brighten someone's day by sending it straight to their inbox! Sharing has never been easier!

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    Be the first to see all the treats we have on our new page! Share, pin, or enjoy 25% off sitewide now. 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, February 11, 2015

    Welcome to another installment of Puppy Love Stories! In honor of Valentine's Day, we are featuring one of our employees and the precious pup that accompanies them to work each day. You can click here to see all the Puppy Love stories so far! 

    Meet Maya and Balou! Maya is our Advertising Coordinator, and at her feet you can find Balou, the charming French bulldog that love naps, his alligator toy, and endless amounts of affection. Balou happily greets anyone that passes by, but he rarely leaves Maya's side; it is instantly apparent that these two have quite a bond! Read on to learn more about Maya and Balou now! maya-b-2

    How did you and your fluffy friend meet? What made you fall in love with them?
    Balou belonged to my oldest sister before I adopted him, but I met him when my sister went to visit him at his breeder's house. He was only a few weeks old and the runt of his litter-- still too young to be away from his mama. We fell in love with his pretty fawn coloring and curly, off-center tail.

    How did you decide on the name for your dog?
    My sister wanted him to have a French name because he's a French bulldog. He has a cousin named Blueberry and his dad is named Elijah Blue. Somehow we came up with Balou! (pronounced like Baloo from the Jungle Book).

    How would you describe Balou in three words?
    Stubborn. Lazy. Lover.

    What are some things you and your dog enjoy doing together?
    We enjoy short walks around our block (any more than that and he can't catch his breath!), being couch potatoes and taking naps.maya-b-3

    Do you have any other pets? If not, do you see yourself adopting again?
    I don't have any other pets right now, but I want to get a big dog when we have the space and maybe a cat if I can convince my boyfriend.

    What are some of the benefits of having your dog by your side at work?
    Stretch breaks! It's easy to forget to take a break and stretch my legs when I'm focused on a project, so his potty breaks are the perfect reminders to walk around a bit and get some fresh air. Also, snuggles any time I want.

    Can you share a cute story involving Balou?
    Back when I first started working at Ruche and he was still living with my sister, I made Balou a cake for his first birthday using a variation of this recipe. I also made party hats for him and his little brother with this tutorial. He was obsessed with the cake, but the hat he was not so fond of. Even though Balou hasn't been mine for very long, he has always been a #ruchepuppy!maya-b-1

    We love having an abundance of fluffy friends at the office! Meet more #RuchePuppies and our employees by visiting past Puppy Love Stories here

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Tuesday, February 10, 2015

    Have you stepped into spring with our latest lookbook, Awakening? The breathtaking lookbook not only features some of our favorite spring styles like floral dresses, eyelet blouses, and delicate lace, but all of our favorite elements of the spring season. We wanted to create a vintage-inspired space that evokes the beauty of spring to function as the perfect background for the stunning spring outfits in our lookbook. 2015_01_20_99999_4262015_01_20_99999_5632015_01_20_99999_737In addition to the beautiful spring fashion inspiration, one of the elements of Awakening we are incredibly proud of is the mural featured in the background! Adorned with pretty blossoms and hummingbirds, this work of art that served as the perfect backdrop was actually hand painted by our creative intern, Joanne. Here's what Joanne had to say about the mural.EDIT THIS ONE PLZ

    "The mural was inspired by vintage floral wallpaper. We wanted to recreate the wallpaper, but give it life by adding birds and butterflies to it. We were inspired by muted, yet lush colors that were vibrant enough to represent spring. First, I drew out a few sketches of the mural and included where the butterflies and birds would be. Then I researched different types of flowers. I wanted the trees to look similar to a Japanese Sakura tree! Many of the flowers ended up being a combination of real flowers and ones I made up to create a spring wonderland. In total, the mural took me 56 hours to complete. The supplies I used include acrylic paint, pencils, and erasers. Our founder Mai and the rest of the creative team provided me with input every step of the way. It was the perfect balance of my creativity and their vision, from measuring out the height of the mural to designating where everything needed to be placed... there was a lot of immaculate planning that went into this mural! Of course it was worth it, I felt this was an awesome challenge to see what I am capable of and a chance to share my art with an amazing community of people. "

    -- Joanne, Creative Intern2015_01_20_99999_7322015_01_20_99999_3052015_01_20_99999_212015_01_20_99999_729

    Are you as enamored with this lovely artwork as much as we are? We chose our favorite sections of Joanne's mural and made them into this month's free desktop calendars, so be sure to stop by our free wallpapers page to add a touch of spring to your wallpaper. We're so lucky to have such amazing talent on our team. See the gorgeous mural in action and stop by our spring lookbook, Awakening, now!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, February 9, 2015

    It takes the perfect combination of skill, artistry, and style when composing an outfit. It takes the perfect coordination of vibrant prints, detailed textures, and statement accessories to achieve an ensemble that puts a smile on your face and has you walking out the door with confidence. Incorporating neutral hues in your wardrobe is essential to balancing an effortless spring outfit. Whether the arrival of warmer months brings refreshing outdoor picnics or whimsical afternoon tea parties, utilizing neutral pieces is the key to a stunning outfit for any occasion!  

    A neutral eyelet dress is a spring essential perfect for Sunday brunch catching up with friends or running errands looking effortlessly chic. Adding fun accessories like a bright beaded statement necklace and fun floral printed flats complement the simplicity of this ensemble.neutral-outfit

    For a complete head to toe neutral outfit, play around with different neutral hues and add bright accessories for a pop of color. This elegant ensemble perfect for a special occasion, layers neutral shades of blue paired with a beaded bracelet and statement cerulean pumps to accentuate the hues.spring-outfit

    Try mixing neutrals into a fun transitional outfit for the spring days that cling to the lingering brisk air. Layering neutral spring essentials like lightweight knits over pastel hued dresses and pairing it with ankle booties complement statement accessories like this delicate necklace or must-have satchel.spring-style

    With warmer months approaching us, we are thrilled to work neutral pieces into our wardrobe. Excited to see more adorable spring outfits? Shop our Dreaming in Neutral collection to get yourself ready!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Sunday, February 8, 2015

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    Weekends were made for relaxing, checking things off your to-do list, and.... shopping of course! Treat yourself this weekend to a sale both you and your wallet with adore - today's Style Steals features a curated selection of dresses now 50% off! Stop by the sale now and prepare to fall in love. 

    xo,
    Ruche


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