• Saturday, May 11, 2013

    Our Mother's Day Album is a place where our Ruchettes can celebrate mothers and the women they appreciate. Every entry was accompanied by a piece of motherly advice, and one special woman, Jill, let us know she also scrapbooks moments of motherhood. Her scrapbook pages are truly beautiful and we're honored to be able to share her story and artwork here!

     

    I am the mother of two beautiful 4-year-old twin girls. After years of struggling through infertility and a lot of heartache on Mother's Day, I was able to become "Mommy" through the most amazing gift of adoption when our daughters joined our family at just 4 days old. Every year, I create a scrapbook page of photos that we take on Mother's Day and journal a love letter to them about the past year. My blessings and struggles have given me a different perspective on motherhood, and I try not to take one day for granted. I know all too well what it feels like to have empty arms but thankfully, my heart is now full.

     

    -- Jill

     

     

     

    We'd like to wish Jill a very merry Mother's Day tomorrow! If you would like to see more of Jill's scrapbooking, head over to her blog. And if you happen to have a story and/or artwork to share too, send an email to blog@shopruche.com. We'd love to feature you!

     

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Saturday, May 11, 2013

    Carey Mulligan is the epitome of sweet sophistication and timeless class. When we learned she would be starring in The Great Gatsby we couldn't wait to see her portray a character during the roaring 20s - a time filled with dazzling fashion and endless entertainment. As most of our Ruchettes know, we have a soft spot for era-inspired fashion and the 20s represents one of the most flashy decades. Vogue created a stunning photoshoot with Carey featuring iconic headpieces and art-deco backdrops.

    This might be our favorite photo of Carey from the Vogue shoot - she looks so classic and elegant.

     All images from Vogue

    See more photos of the darling Carey Mulligan in our previous post about the movie and shop our selection of Gatsby-inspired attire!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Friday, May 10, 2013

    Last week our Marketing Coordinator brought in a pan of chocolate chip banana bread and, surely enough, it disappeared within a few short minutes! All of us in the office were so excited for this little morning treat and are sure you will fall in love with it, too. If you are interested in a fun and easy recipe, scroll down for the chocolate chip banana bread recipe!

    Ingredients:
    1 cup brown sugar
    1 cup white sugar
    1 cup olive oil
    3 eggs
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    2 cups mashed brown bananas
    4 teaspoons vanilla
    1/2 cup wheat germ
    3 cups flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

    Directions:
    1. Pour all ingredients together in a bowl. Stir until thoroughly mixed and until non-banana lumps are gone. (A few banana lumps are okay!)

    2. Pour into baking pan. I used a 8.5 x 8.5 baking dish and it made 2 batches worth.

    3. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon over the batter.

    4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

    5. Let cool for at least 10 minutes.

    6. Enjoy! (This is what happened 5 minutes after it was brought to the office).

    While you're in the mood for baking something sweet, take a peek at our latest home feature. You'll find new inspiring accessories to add to your kitchen that will make baking even more fun! You'll probably love our Marketing Coordinator's Nutella Rolls too!

    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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  • Friday, May 10, 2013

    The wait is finally over, Ruchettes! The Great Gatsby movie has been released and we are SO excited to watch the cinematic adaptation unfold. Based on the story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby takes place during the 1920s and is filled with fashion, drama, and unique personalities played by a few of our favorite actors and actresses.

    Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, and Carey Mulligan take on the adventurous role of portraying the classic characters we have come to know and love in one of America's greatest novels.

    All images from AceShowbiz

    How many of you will be watching the movie this weekend? We know we will be!

    To learn more about the 20's fashion, head over to our Vintage Style Guide to learn what the fashions were truly like and shop our selection of 20s-inspired attire.

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Thursday, May 9, 2013

    A happy home is one that is filled with love, comfort, and cute home decor, of course! We love to fill our space with pieces that make guests feel warm and welcome: artwork that creates happiness, kitchenware that makes cooking fun, and all the little details to showcase our personalities.

     

    Shop our home decor and find the vintage-inspired details to make your house a home.

     

    xo,

    Ruche


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  • Thursday, May 9, 2013

    Our creative photographer, Jesse, is not only talented behind the camera, but she's extraordinarily crafty too! When she showed us the birthday party invitations she shot and drew for her nephew, we had to share!

    First, I took a high-quality digital photo of my nephew. (This could be a point & shoot, DSLR, or iphone 5!) I chose a very simple, clean background and positioned him in the bottom portion of the frame, on his dad's sturdy hand. :) This positioning gave me room to drawn and write later. I was sure to say something silly to get him to laugh like that, too! Candid laughing shots are always the best! Then, I opened the image in Photoshop. I used the normal paintbrush tool and chose a thickness that was about the same as a marker. Next, I had fun trying out various options for hats and wording. The pom-pom hat with polka dots is my favorite! But, the possibilities are endless! To finish, my sister printed the invites on thick cardstock at Kinkos, and wrote the party details in hand on the backside. I love the simplicity and uniquness of this DIY - I may have to customize it for my own birthday this year!

    --Jesse, Creative Photographer

    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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  • Wednesday, May 8, 2013

    Located in California, Chaffin Cade Photography styled a stunning photo shoot to highlight their wedding album collection. Paired with Ruche clothing, these photos are not only dreamy, but they showcase wedding essentials! Continue reading to see which wedding album you need for your special day. ♥

    The Wedding Guest Sign-In Book
    A book of handwritten messages and engagement photos makes a cherished keepsake.

    The 40-Page Wedding Album
    Capture the highlights of your wedding day with something sweet and simple.

    The 100-Page Wedding Album
    All the big (and little) moments are meant to be remembered.

     The Archival Luxury Album
    A beautiful handmade book is made to showcase the beauty of a dress. Adore these wedding albums as much as we do? Visit Chaffin Cade Photography for more details!

    xo,
    Ruche

    P.S. We're on Chaffin Cade Photography's preferred vendor list! Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!


  • Wednesday, May 8, 2013

    The moment a bride makes her grand entrance, all eyes will be on her. We hope our bridal collection will take your breath away, and also make the bride feel the most beautiful she has ever felt before. ♥

    For a touch of vintage-inspired beauty, scroll below to see a few of our favorite bridal headpieces.

    Tell us, which bridal headpieces do you adore the most? Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Tuesday, May 7, 2013

    Here are some of the photos from our Crafts and Cocktails party with Zooey Magazine and A Beautiful Mess! We're so glad everyone had such a fun time with our DIY project - so much that we actually had to run out and buy more hangers and fabric!

     Amanda Crew stopped by our booth to make her own hanger!

     

    Cathy Baron and Regina Saldivar stopped by our craft table as well as Bethany Joy Lenz!

    Photo Credits: Doug Duong, Chris & Jane Sha

    Learn how to make these fabric-wrapped hangers here. Trust us, buy quite a bit of fabric because you'll be wanting to cover all your hangers after making just one! ♥

    xo,
    Ruche

    PS: More photographs from the party coming soon!


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  • Tuesday, May 7, 2013

    We recently hosted a Crafts and Cocktails event with Zooey Magazine and A Beautiful Mess and spent an afternoon indulging in sweet treats and crafty DIY projects. Our Fabric Hanger DIY was a huge hit, so we're excited to share it with all of you too! If you're looking for a cute Mother's Day gift or a special hanger for your wedding dress, this DIY project is for you. ♥

    Supplies:
    Hanger
    Fabric
    Scissors
    Tacky Glue
    Ribbon

     Directions:
    1. Cut the fabric into long strips (about 1 inch wide).

    2. Take one end of a fabric strip and tie a knot at the top of the hanger.

    3. Wrap the fabric tightly around the hanger.

    4. Once you reach the end of the fabric, use tacky glue to secure it.

    5. Add more fabric strips with glue until the entire hanger is covered.

    6. Once you reach the top, tie the end of the fabric strip into a knot. 

    7. Cut off any excess fabric.

     8. Add a bow to cover the knots.

     9. Enjoy!

     Love it? Share it!

    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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