As the warm rays of sunshine come dancing upon us, it's important to keep our delicate selves refreshed and hydrated. Cynthia of We Make A Beautiful Mess shared with us a crisp, delicious, and thirst-quenching recipe to keep our cool this summer. Her grapefruit mojito is the perfect thing to sip on while lounging on a warm day!
In our home we have coined Fridays "cocktail Fridays"! Simply because it’s fun and days are getting warmer and, really, why the heck not?! We have been experimenting with cocktails and so far this one is my favorite. My garden is producing mint and spearmint like no other, so it made perfect sense to make cocktails. These cocktails are easy to make, super tasty, and pretty to look at! And I heard that grapefruit helps burn calories :) win - win right? Yep. I’m pretty sure all I need to say at this point is cheers to the weekend my friends! Enjoy.
Treasures can be found (or made) from the most unexpected places! We're always trying to find fresh ideas to revamp our once-loved items and Jessica of The Steele Maiden shared with us the most darling DIY to spruce up our homes. By taking ordinary desk drawers, old book pages, and a little creativity, she whipped up this unique vintage-inspired decor! Scroll down to find out how. ♥
I was looking for a way to add a big statement to the gallery wall in my living room on a tight budget. When I came across these old desk drawers left out on the street, I immediately knew they'd be the perfect addition. They're now the happy home to a few small succulents and favorite travel postcards, and my gallery wall is complete!
Supplies: Wooden desk drawer Sandpaper Wood stain Paint brush Cloth rag Mod Podge Pages from an old book Picture/frame wall hanging pack.
Directions: 1. Clean and sand down the drawers.
2. Apply two coats of wood stain as directed by product.
3. Allow stain to dry overnight.
4. Use Mod Podge to line the inside of the drawer with book pages.
5. Hang vertically on your wall.
6. Decorate with small cacti or your favorite travel postcards.
Have a DIY project that you are interested in sharing? We'd love to see it! Send your instructions and unedited photos to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to join our Ruche Blogger Family and become published.
They always say dogs are a man's best friend, so if he spends his evenings running with Fido or watching movies cuddled up with Sparky, these dog bowls will be the perfect Father's Day gift to make him smile:
We're so excited to have brand new watches by Sprout! Rendered from materials such as biodegradable corn resin, bamboo, and cork, these watches are not only eco-friendly, but they’re a colorful summer statement too. Which one do you like most?
When we first spotted this photoshoot on Twitter, we knew something looked familiar! The model, Melanie, is a part of our Ruche Blogger Family and is one of our Guest Editors. Doesn't she look adorable in a wedding dress? Although we no longer carry this dress, you can find similar styles here. Scroll down to be inspired by the gorgeous photography from Manya of Manya Photography along with those breathtaking hills.
I love Ruche! Their online shop always has wonderful things to buy. I have seen all the look books that Ruche has and I love the creativity so I decided to purchase a wedding dress from Ruche and put on my own “Ruche Inspired Bridal Shoot”!" I love modern with a vintage touch. I often go to your website to look at everything and I want to buy it all. There is a lot of softness, romance, and fun in the styles.
If you're a wedding photographer and have showcased products from our bridal collection, please send your photos to email@example.com. We'd love to share them! Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!
Meet Alysha Kerr! She's a Ruche employee AND our summer lookbook musician! Continue reading to find out a little more about her and the inspiration behind her original song, "Wheelbarrow".
Where did you find inspiration for this song? This song is very much a reflection back on a day I spent with two of my friends just writing and singing in a park in my hometown. It was such a relaxing day, it was sunny and warm and families were playing in the park, that’s when I realized, I really don’t spend enough time just breathing and relaxing. I tend to get so bogged down with life and day to day routines that I forget to just relax every once in a while. So that’s what the chorus of the song is about, it’s finally allowing myself and inviting everyone else to dump the “dirt” we carry with us day to day, and just relax.
Tell us about the songwriting and recording process. Songwriting for me always starts with pen and paper, otherwise I get lost and disoriented and I have no idea what I’m doing. But writing is my first love so sitting down with a good journal and my favourite pen is always my favourite place to start. Then I take it to my guitar. I love trying to find interesting things that I can do vocally and push myself to really be better. I love the recording process, to me it feels like the hardest work is done and now I get to just have fun. It was so much fun recording “Wheelbarrow”, my good friend Haleigh Trickett and my cousin Delton helped me out a lot. It was a lot of fun working with them and turning my living room into a recording studio.
When did you start singing and writing songs? How many have you written? I’ve been writing, no joke, since I was in the 2nd grade, I love writing. Singing took me a little while longer to realize that I actually really loved. I had been in several choirs from 3rd grade until about 6th grade. As I got older, I was constantly singing in my room to myself and one day my dad even proposed that I choose music as a career path. I literally laughed in his face, but looking back, he must have heard something in me that I didn’t at the time. Once I got to college that’s when I really realized just how much I love singing, so I learned how to play the guitar only intending to play worship at my church, but that changed. I was constantly late for class because I spent all of my time playing my guitar and singing in my dorm room. I just couldn’t put it down. Since then I’ve started many songs but have only finished about eight to ten.
How would you describe your style of music? Probably indie-folk.
Who is your biggest musical inspiration? There are seriously so many. But whenever I feel like I’m lacking direction or inspiration I usually look to Rachel Sermanni. She’s incredible.
What is one song you can't stop listening to at the moment? Lion’s Roar by First Aid Kit.
Aside from singing, what are your other talents/interests? I’m an avid crocheter (that’s probably not a word), I’ve made everything from scarves to mittens to whole sweaters and much more. I also, love softball, I was actually a pinch runner on a local travel softball team for about a year when I was in high school.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? In my spare time, I’m quite simple, more than anything I just love spending quality time with those close to me. I mentor a group of girls that are currently in the 8th grade, being around them is the joy of my world. When I’m not with them I’m usually with my family or friends.
Do you think one day you'll ever release your own album? Or do you consider singing just a hobby? I really hope to release an album someday. I think if I had been asked this question about a year ago I would have said that it’s just a hobby, but now I think that this is something I want to do for a living. Actually, after recording “Wheelbarrow” with my friend Haleigh Trickett we decided to join forces and create a band. We are extremely excited for whatever the future will hold for us in music.
This or that: Cats or dogs? Dogs. Cake or pie? Cake. Spring or summer? Spring. Sneakers or sandals? Sandals. Beach or city? Beach.
Listen to more of Alysha's music on her SoundCloud and Facebook. Be sure to listen to her sing in our summer lookbook too!
Ruchettes, the day is finally here: our summer 2013 lookbook has officially launched! This lookbook, entitled Seashells, is filled with vintage-inspired clothing appropriate for summer strolls along the shore, soaking up the sunshine on the sand, and bike rides along the pier. So come along and join us for the beginning of a brand new summer time adventure. ♥
Summer will officially start June 21, but we can start celebrating now, right? We're already dreaming of relaxing warm days by the pool and endless scoops of gelato! Let your computer celebrate the arrival of summer with our June desktop calendar. It's available in a variety of sizes and it's free to download here! We promise your computer will put a smile on your face every time you login. ♥