• Thursday, July 3, 2014

    Long time Ruchette Mara of M Loves M never ceases to impress with her feminine and glamorous style. Mara's sophisticated style and genuine adoration for her life and those in it make it hard not to fall in love with this glamorous gal! Mara swiftly met our challenge to create 7 outfits using only 7 items and we love each and every ensemble she created for her feature. We love the idea that Mara can wear each of these stylish ensembles throughout her busy day. A fan of tailored silhouettes, a little sparkle and shine, and a bold lip no matter the occasion, her outfits are perfect for going wherever her day takes her. 

    1. Pairing a breezy, patterned dress with a tailored vest makes this outfit perfect for starting the day by grabbing a latte from a local cafe and heading to work. 

    2. After starting the morning in the office, this pink top and lacy skirt are perfect for heading to a lunch meeting. We love how Mara is able to keep her style professionally polished, but maintain her glam style! 

    3. Layering a scalloped top with a cropped silhouette over a dress is a great way to get more mileage out of your wardrobe. We love the idea of Mara wearing this outfit while creating a blog post for M Loves M!

    4. This laid-back outfit is a closet essential. Mara pairs her vest and slightly cropped blouse with relaxed patterned pants for an outfit worthy of heading to happy hour with coworkers.  

    5. This sky blue fit and flare dress is perfect for purchasing seasonal fruits and veggies or purchasing a new potted succulent while on a trip to the farmer's market! We absolutely love how easily this frock can be dressed up or down. 

    6. Details like scallops or a lace overlay can add an instant dose of glamour to any ensemble. This pretty black and white outfit is perfect for meeting up with friends to celebrate a birthday!

    7. To end the day, a blousy top paired with patterned pants is a lovely outfit for a dessert and movie date! We're thinking frozen yogurt and a classic feature film like Roman Holiday

    For all things Mara, be sure to visit her blog and shop her style feature! You can meet Mara at our 6th birthday celebration on July 12th at the 31 Bits headquarters. Get more details about the festivities and even RSVP on our Facebook event page!

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Thursday, July 3, 2014

    There's no time like sale time, and our Semi-Annual Sale is in full swing! Our site is filled with clearance items, new markdowns, and limited time offers just for the occasion. In addition, you can take an extra 20% off everything (including our sale!) with code ANNUAL20 at checkout. Find a new sweet steal or finally get that item you've been pining after - it's time to start shopping!

    Happy shopping, Ruchettes!

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Thursday, July 3, 2014

    When it comes to office style, our thoughts usually go to pencil skirts, modest heels, and button up blouses. While professional attire can range from more formal styles to business casual, a sleek and polished hairstyle can complete any 9 to 5 ensemble. Getting out of the house on time during the early hours of the day can be a challenge, so a hairstyle that is far more effortless to execute than it appears is a requirement! From ponytails to chignons, we've chosen a few of our favorite hairstyles to sport in the office.  

    This twisted bun hairstyle from Irrelephant puts a new spin on the classic hairstyle. A style that's easily achieved with a little creativity and a few bobby pins, we love how this adds interest and a romantic touch to everyday office style!

    A high ponytail is the perfect way to pull your locks off your face while still looking professionally polished. The trick to wearing this style to work is keeping your hair voluminous while sleek, and Camille Styles' easily tutorial is a simple way to achieve understated beauty at the office! 

    This braided chignon from Once Wed is perfect for taking your office attire from day to night. This tousled, yet sophisticated is perfect for pairing with business casual attire like a dress paired with flats and a blazer!

    We can't get enough of this simple yet sleek styles. Do you have a favorite hairstyle that is your easy go-to for a day at the office?

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    Independence Day is right around the corner and along with the fun, friends, and fireworks, we love preparing treats for the occasion. The only thing better than a pretty pie or plate of pastries on the 4th of July is when they come in the patriotic shades of red, white and blue! We love using summery strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries to create the hues perfect for the celebration. Stop by your local berry stand and ready your pie dish and flour sifter - it's time to bake something sweet and fresh to celebrate the weekend!  

    1. All American Pie With Lemon Butter Crust: You can't get more patriotic than this! We love how she used red and blue  berries with the starts and stripes to create an American flag that is almost (almost) too pretty to eat! Head over to The Winegands to get this recipe!

    2. Blue and Red Berry Galette: Not only is this galette recipe from Smitten Kitchen filled with seasonal berries, but the crust is fashioned to create a star shape, which is a delightfully patriotic touch for any 4th of July celebration! 

    3. Triple Berry Pie with Crumble Topping: Pink Peonies' sweet yet tart crumble berry pie is timeless classic! This recipe is simple and easy to follow and yields a delicious treat. 

    4. Berry Almond Tarts: These tarts from Baked Bree are perfect for making your guest feel special with their very own dessert! The colorful berries against the pretty almond-infused tart make this treat a 4th of July essential. 

    5. Best Berry Pie: This rustic treat from Call Me Cupcake is a classic that is guaranteed to please each and every party-goer. The lattice pie crust makes this pretty dessert as beautiful as it is delicious!

    For more delicious dessert recipes, view our past miette recipes and our cookbook. If you're looking for more Independence Day inspiration, view our past 4th of July recipes! And don't forget to enjoy a day of celebration and relaxation, Ruchettes!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    Those of us at the office spend most of our time working at our desks. Because this is the space where aim to be creative, innovative, and productive, the personalization of work spaces is essential! Your desk, whether you're working from a home office or in a industrial building, should be a space that serves multiple functions like cultivating your intellect, a place for relaxation and reflection, and have some of the essential comforts of home. Here are some tips for creating a productive work space that is still a reflection of the special person you are!   

    When getting started tackling the challenge of sprucing up an old space or personalizing a new one, the most important thing is to create a space that will help you produce your best work. You want to stay focused, but you also want your desk to inspire you and keep you motivated! Don't forget to look at your surroundings and try to have your space reflect the formality and atmosphere of the rest of the office. 

    When decorating your space to reflect why your style, avoid adding distraction-inducing clutter. A good rule of thumb is when it comes to photos or small prints is to limit them to one or two and place them in simple frame. Having a familiar face at work of a loved one will always induce a smile, which is always nice come Monday morning! Small items like notepads or notebooks are a great way to stay organized while still reflecting your individual taste and personality, along with a pretty patterned mouse pad or cute pen and pencil holder. In addition, we love small, cute trays to hold spare items like paper clips or extra bobby pins without cluttering your desk. You can even keep comfy with a simplistic pillow placed on your desk chair! 

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    In addition to personalizing your desk, your business casual style doesn't have to be boring. Our Business Casual Dress Code Guide is handy for any recent grad entering a new office or if you're looking for some inspiration to revamp your office style. For professional pieces that will easily transition from the week to the weekend, view our collection of summer workwear!  

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Tuesday, July 1, 2014

    Mara of M Loves M always wows us with her sophisticated style, almost too pretty to eat recipes, and voice filled with authenticity and graciousness. A true fashion lover, Mara shares her unique personal style in outfit posts and also works as a professional in the fashion industry. Residing in Los Angeles with her husband Matthew (the other "M" of M Loves M!) and her adorable pup Ginger, Mara's blog follows her daily life, musings, and adventures. We are so excited to have this savvy and stylish blogger as our Ruchette of the Month! 

    Describe your sense of style in 5 words or less.
    Feminine, classic and fun!

    Who or what inspires your style?
    I've always been inspired by the different eras. I love the feminine and classic looks from the 50s and the chic, mod looks from the 60s, and bohemian casual looks from the 70s. I'm also inspired by style icons like Audrey Hepburn and my present day girl crush, Olivia Palermo.

    What's the most rewarding and most difficult part about running a lifestyle blog?
    The most rewarding aspect of running a lifestyle blog is being able to have an amazing creative outlet. My blog has connected me with so many amazing people and friendships (and jobs!) have even come from it. The most challenging part is definitely the time management. Since I post every day, it takes away from my personal life. I would love to come home and make dinner, watch a movie or read a book, or go to bed early, but I'm usually up late on my computer. I'm either writing a post, answering emails, or editing photos. There are definitely certain nights when I just can't do it, but for the most part it's something I love and look forward to!

    What is the best meal or dessert you've made lately?
    I made the most amazing strawberry rhubarb pie for my Mom's birthday! It was so good and my first traditional pie. I was really worried it wouldn't turn out but it was a huge success and I can't wait to make more pies this summer.

    Quick fire questions: 
    Phone, keys, wallet, and... lipstick!
    Wine or cocktails? Wine! Red, please. :)
    New York or Los Angeles? LA! duh! It's my hometown!
    Matthew is... my favorite!
    Spring, summer, fall, or winter? Fall. A true fall though! None of this California "fall" business.

    Last but not least, what's your favorite thing about being a Ruchette?
    I love how beautiful Ruche is! I always come to the site and am inspired with the lookbooks and features. It makes me think creatively about what I'm wearing. I find beautiful pieces that won't break the bank, investment pieces that I'll have forever, home items that fit perfectly into my home, and even pet items for Ginger. I also love being a Ruchette because of the community! And of course I absolutely adore my Ruche Fam! ♥

    -- Mara, M Loves M

    We're so happy Mara is our Ruchette of the Month! Mara's Ruchette status extends far beyond the month of July; she was our stylist for many years and will always be a part of our family. We love you Mara and we can't wait to see what you'll do next! You can even come meet Mara at our birthday event on July 12th! Join us for fun, sweets, and giveaways in honor of our 6th birthday! More details can be found on our Facebook event page!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Tuesday, July 1, 2014

    Summer is in full swing and we're kicking off July with brand new free desktop calendar! Download it here! We're smitten with this pretty wallpaper featuring watercolored palm trees. Now sit back, relax, and dream of days spent on tropical beaches... 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, June 30, 2014

    We love any reason to celebrate, but we think our birthday is at the top of our list! We're turning six, and we would love for you to join in on the fun. Local Ruchettes can join us in Costa Mesa for shopping, sweets, and merriment with our family! In addition to all the festivities, we're excited to have support from all of our wonderful sponsors at 31 BitsM Loves MDarling MagazineArt With NatureBon Puf, & Honeypie!

    Don't miss out and RSVP now!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, June 30, 2014

    Image Source: Design Love Fest

    We would love to be equally inspiring and professional as this! For a little summer workwear inspiration, view our latest style feature

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Monday, June 30, 2014

    We're kicking off our Semi-Annual Sale, and there are so many stylish steals we have our eye on! From striped tops to polka dot skirts and loungewear to evening attire, we are having trouble choosing our favorites out of the bevy of discounted beauties to choose from. We asked a few of our employees which styles would find themselves in their shopping carts, and we think they have great taste! 

    Products Assistant Brie has her eye on this striped dress by Other's Follow! She told us that she thinks this dress is a versatile wardrobe essential with its thin black and white stripes and classic silhouette, and she "would style it with a statement necklace and wedges for a wedding and strappy sandals for a backyard BBQ!" 

    Our Customer Service Agent Taylor can't get enough of this understated white blouse. With just a hint of detail, this piece is versatile and a summer essential. Taylor told us: "I would pair the Casa Del Mar Embellished Top with dark skinny jeans and wedges for dinner out with my friends!" 

    Email Marketing Manager Laura loves this colorful floral dress featuring hues of orange purple, and green complete with a sweetheart neckline and dainty straps. This feminine silhouette is ideal for the brunch date with her husband and puppy that she's imagined!  

    These employee picks have us dreaming of wandering in the warm sunshine! From long road trips to days at the beach, we can't wait to stock up on summer essentials for every summer adventure. Don't forget to take a peek at our sale section and find a favorite of your own! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


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