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  • Monday, June 2, 2014

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    ... we would hope to look as très belle as this! View our Meet Me in Paris feature for even more Parisian inspiration! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


  • Sunday, June 1, 2014

    We love starting each month with a delightful new desktop calendar, and we've made this one especially for you! Download our free June desktop wallpaper and many more here

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Sunday, June 1, 2014

    A well-known Ruchette, Lacy Rose continues to amaze us with her unique personal style and everything from her adorable cats to her cooking adventures. Lacy's blog provides readers with a genuine look into her day to day life, love, and musings through her authentic voice. Lacy's love of travel is a staple on her blog where she often channels places she has visited or inspiration from places she longs to visit. Often found in a feminine skirt and pretty accessories, we love seeing this gal cook her way through Julia Child's cookbook and embark on many adventures!   

    Describe your style in 5 words!
    Parisian, bohemian, feminine, romantic, and globetrotter.

    You have a beautiful collection of vintage clothing. What styles usually catch your eye when vintage shopping?
    Thank you! When I shop for vintage clothing I am constantly searching for unique and beautifully crafted pieces. I love finding clothing with embroidery, tapestry, lace, or floral prints. I always like to think what the person may have been like that had the article of clothing originally. Buying vintage is a lot of fun and a great way to keep that item alive.

    You often use Julia Child's cookbook in your kitchen. How has Julia Child influenced you and your cooking?
    I absolutely love Julia Child! The funny thing is I never knew I was a good cook or baker until I baked cupcakes for a friend's birthday 5 years ago or so. Shortly after that I really started to gain a huge interest in french baking. I am so in love with the art and beauty behind french baking and cooking. My mom is the one who actually introduced me to Julia Child and bought me her cookbook. Julia has influenced my cooking and myself because she does everything out of love. She loved food and really took her passion and ran with it. With everything I do in life and with my blog, I try to do only what I love. You should truly enjoy what you do!

    In what ways does your style reflect your personality?
    I love beautiful pieces, this relates to my personality because I always try to see the beauty in everything and really take in every moment I can. I try to capture beauty through the way I dress, bake, conduct my blog, treat others, and how I go through life. I have my mom to thank for teaching me this way of life, without her even knowing she was giving a lesson. She is a huge inspiration in my life.

    What is your go-to outfit for a casual day?
    Since it is warm, my go-to outfit for a casual day would consist of cuffed denim shorts, a short sleeved peasant top, my favorite leather sandals, my hair back in a braid, and oversized sunnies. Of course I would accessorize with my favorite animal bauble necklace and bracelet.

    Are there any trends that you're really loving right now?
    Right now I am obsessing over embroidery and lovely global prints. These are literally my ideal details and prints for summer! It just makes me want to pack my bags and travel somewhere far away and exotic.

    Now that the days are getting warmer, what are you looking forward to wearing this summer?
    Oh, it was such a long winter, wasn't it? I try to soak up every season, but I have to admit that I am so glad that the days are finally warm and getting even warmer. This summer I look forward to wearing maxi dresses, strappy leather sandals, floppy hats, and oversized statement necklaces and bracelets.

    Rapid Fire Questions:
    Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate!
    Cats or Dogs? I love all animals, but since I have two kitties, Squirrel & Wally, I will go with cats.
    Heels or Flats?  This is a hard one.  I really love both, but right now for summer I am channeling flats! I can't get enough of leather sandals, espadrilles, huaraches, and d'orsays.
    Comedy or Horror? Horror
    Maxi Dresses or Midi Skirts? Maxi dresses
    Keys, phone, wallet and.... Lipstick!

    Last, but not least, what do you love most about being a Ruchette?
    Everything! I love that Ruche caters to many different styles but done so through pretty clothing. I love browsing the gorgeous lookbooks, new arrivals, and inspiration worn by other Ruchettes. Ruche is such an inspiring and positive brand, which I am so happy to be a part of. Thanks for choosing me as your June Ruchette of the month!

     -- Lacy, Lacy Rose

    Lacy Rose's blog is always inspiring us to try something new! We love her thirst for adventure and love for travel. Lacy is truly a most delightful Ruchette! 

    xo,
    Ruche

    Are you a fashionable blogger too? Join our Blogger Family! Send your Ruche outfits to blog@shopruche.com for a chance to become featured. *Please note that all outfits must include at least one Ruche item.


  • Sunday, June 1, 2014

    There is no time like the present to finally visit the destination you've always been dreaming of! Whether it's near or far, be sure to check all of your style essentials off your list with our Adventurer feature when you're ready to embark on your adventure! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Saturday, May 31, 2014

    Our friend Justina Blakeney is not only an amazing mother, blogger, and designer, but she has an incredible eye for art. Using only florals and foliage, Justina has crafted beautiful and abstract faces; giving new life and potential to the blossoms we see in our front yards and walkways each day. Her intricately designed faces are stunning, and she has challenged others to create their own works of art using flowers and leaves with hashtag #facethefoliage found on her blog and Instagram where she features her favorite creations. We love this sustainable and (mostly) mess-free way to create unique works of art! 

    What do you think of Justina's floral faces? Will you be participating in the #FaceTheFoliage challenge? We would love to see your creations! 

    xo,
    Ruche

    To all artists, if you'd like to be featured, please send your artwork to blog@shopruche.com. 


  • Friday, May 30, 2014

    One of the things we love most about spring and summer is the abundance of foliage. Decorating our homes with fresh blossoms from a farmers market or our favorite local flower shop brightens up our space, and is also a fun way to add color and discover what type of bloom you like best! Not only are your bouquets fun to display, but we've crafted a simple and fun DIY for transforming a plain terracotta pot into a colorful way to show off your flowers and enhance your indoor space or patio! 

    Materials:
    Pot
    Acrylic paint
    Gold spray paint
    Paintbrush
    Blue painter's tape

    Directions:
    1. Paint the entire surface of the pot in the color of your choosing. Allow time to dry.

    2. Once the paint has dried, use painter's tape to cover up the areas that you do not wish to paint with gold spray paint.

    3. Spray paint the exposed areas and allow time to dry.

    4. Carefully peel off all of the painter's tape and then you're all done!

    We love this DIY for a collection of outdoor blossoms, or even an indoor plant that resides by a windowsill. This colorful project is certainly one of our favorites! 

    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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  • Friday, May 30, 2014

    If you love to pin, follow along with our Pin a Day in May activities on Pinterest to receive a discount to our store! Check back on this post each day for a new Pinterest challenge, and make sure to tag your pins with #PinADayInMay and @shopruche so that we can enjoy your entries.

    Follow along on our Pinterest account too! We hope that Pin a Day in May inspires you to live beautifully this month!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Thursday, May 29, 2014

    The revered Cannes Film Festival brings industry professionals from across the globe to view new films of all genres. Needless to say, this prestigious festival is definitely on our travel wishlist! Our dream Cannes vacation would include spending a weekend jet setting to France and watching brilliant and thought-provoking films by the best in the business. Between films we would dine on french cuisine (macarons, anyone?) while being lost in a sea of the most revered actors in polished suits and actresses in intricate dresses. We also wouldn't mind getting gussied up in a floor-length gown, either! Here are some of the looks we loved from the ladies of the Cannes Film Festival.   

    Colorful gowns were common at this year's film festival. Some of our favorites include German actress Emilia Schüle in elegant radiant orchid, Jessica Chastain in an one shouldered bold cobalt blue dress, and Blake Lively in a oxblood frock with a daring slit! Pictured above, Frieda Pinto is simply stunning in a decadent coral gown with gold trim. Not only are the colorful hues of these gowns ravishing, but we love the classic necklines and immaculate styling of each of these starlets. 

    Along with an array of colorful dresses, neutral gowns were also a Cannes favorite. While all of these gowns feature a subtle hue, each one possesses details that make it stand out. Frieda Pinto stuns in both coral and the soft shade of her gown featuring a unique necklace and feathery trim on her flowing skirt while Aishwarya Rai opted for a more structured dress with metallic and geometric details. Amber Heard embraces neural colorblocking with her white blouse and sparkling skirt. Further below Zoe Saldana evokes timeless femininity in a detailed white dress and golden belt. 

    Embellished dresses made a statement at this year's Cannes. From Cate Blanchett's intricate sparkling charcoal-gray gown to Nicole Kidman's glimmering gown featuring silvery baroque details and Marion Cotillard's colorful short beaded dress, the embellished dresses worn at the film festival looked equally stunning up close as they did from afar. 

    Image Source: Huffington Post

    Which look from the Cannes Film Festival was your favorite? Let us know! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    You've carefully opened the invite you received in the mail to reveal dainty paper covered in swirling calligraphy announcing the joining of two of your nearest and dearest. Weddings are an amazing event- it is the chance to attend or throw a celebration completely unique to the engaged couple. All the details from the stationary of the invitation to the venue and food is chosen based on the couple's interests and taste, so shouldn't the gift you choose for their celebration reflect that as well? We've listed some of our favorite gifts for love birds with unique interests: the cooking couple, the art lovers, and the duo that loves to entertain!  

    For the couple that loves to cook, a book filled with recipes tailored to newlyweds is the perfect way to spark some culinary inspiration right after their nuptials. We also love the idea of storing the recipes the couple has perfected together and will eventually be passed down in a vintage-inspired recipe tin. Even something as simple as a tea towel makes a perfect addition to their kitchen adventures and will be a lovely reminder of the nights spent crafting a new dish each time they enter the kitchen.

    For the art lovers, we love the idea of gifting a book filled with inspiring images for them to bond over. Perfect for photographers, This Modern Romance is filled with enchanting engagement photos that can inspire any couple to capture the moments that matter. Books featuring travel photography or vintage images are also perfect for initiating deep conversations during mornings with coffee in hand. A book with an artistic purpose can evoke creativity and the imaginations of couples with an appreciation for many mediums of artwork. 

    For the duo that loves to entertain, we love the idea of gifting fun accessories for summer barbecues or cold weather wine and cheese parties. Colorful coasters or an adorable scalloped chalkboard banner complement an array of decorating styles, and are essentials for any soiree. A cheese plate and knife set (especially when it's heart shaped!) would be a staple in any couple that loves to entertain's home. From evening cocktail parties to a weekend brunch, we love these ideas for the couple that loves to host parties!

    Choosing a wedding gift can be difficult- you want to present them with a gift that not only will appeal to the couple's hobbies, but will allow them to grow and expand their interests together! By reflecting on their interests, you can easily find a wedding gift they will genuinely love and becomes an integral part of their home. For more inspiration, visit our collection of gifts! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    We are touched by many people in our lives. Some of these people are those closest to us, who encourage us and love us each and every day, but some inspire us through their words and the incredible work they do. The brilliant Maya Angelou was one of the individuals that provided encouragement through the words found in her countless essays, poems and in the way she challenged readers to reflect on their own lives. She was not afraid to critique the world around her, and also unafraid to celebrate and appreciate its beauty, which is why her incredible mind and spirit will never be forgotten. 

    Maya Angelou's courage to share her experiences through works like I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings and her lyrical prose remain staples in libraries and home bookshelves everywhere. Her legacy reflects her bravery and continuous momentum for good, and we feel so fortunate to have been touched by Dr. Maya Angelou. 

    xo,
    Ruche 


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