• Saturday, June 29, 2013

    We love seeing our Ruchettes' favorite items, so it's especially exciting to take a peek at our employees' favorite items too! Kristina, Jesse, Maya, Sam, and Meghan, five Ruche gals, shared their favorite Ruche pieces, which are either already in their wardrobes or on their wishlists. They each have styles that are unique in their own way, showcasing how each piece from our collection can be transformed and styled to fit any personality.

    Which Ruche employee style fits your style best? View their recent purchases and items on their wishlists here to find out! 


  • Saturday, June 29, 2013

    A month ago we had the opportunity to meet up with Melissa Esplin of I Still Love You and Miriam Tribe of Mad Mim, to film two fun summer DIYs and we are so excited to share them with you! The entire experience was one to remember, filled with an afternoon of crafts, creativity, and chatter. The girls were so lovely to work with and their talents shined through all day long!

    In this first video, Melissa demonstrates how to create nautical-inspired bracelets! They are incredibly easy to make and you'll most likely have a majority of the items needed around your house!

    In our second DIY, Miriam makes DIY jewelry making look like a walk in the park as she creates nautical-inspired jewelry in a unique way. She handmade the bead out of clay for a one-of-a-kind look and decorated it in true nautical-inspired fashion. We truly couldn't believe how easy it was!

    We want to send a wonderful thank you to Melissa and Miriam for spending a day with us to create fun and fashionable DIYS perfect for summer! We can't wait for the next time. ♥ See more videos on our YouTube channel.


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  • Friday, June 28, 2013

    Oh goodness, the summer heat can sure knock our socks off...literally! But don't lose your style inspiration just yet. Take a look at how some of our beautiful bloggers embrace warm weather in the classiest of Ruchette ways.

    Miche of Buttons and Birdcages twirls in a gorgeous field in our red polka dot dress. With her gorgeous long locks and bright colored flats, this look fits perfection!

    Kaity of The Brownie Diaries in our Embellished Blouse. We love how Kaity pairs her flawless style with the comforts of summer.

    Enjoy the sunny rays and find outfit inspiration wherever you look. For more fun summer looks, check out our Summer Lookbook here!


    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.

  • Thursday, June 27, 2013

    Rise and shine, Ruchettes! Start off your morning right with a healthy breakfast and the latest segment from Breakfast at Ruche. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee and watch our behind the scenes interview about our summer lookbook, Seashells.

    Join Sam and learn how we produce our lookbooks with the two girls who have the most influence on the shoot -- Mai, our Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, and Mara, our Stylist and Buyer.

    If you loved this video segment, you can watch more Breakfast at Ruche videos on our YouTube channel.


  • Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    There's something about a wedding photoshoot that incorporates vintage elements that excites our eyes and inspires us with all of its little details. Simply Happy Photography captures all of these details and more with a vintage-inspired shoot featuring our Gwen dress (the pink version is still available here), dazzling florals, and unforgettable vintage decor. 

    These amazing purple-hued flowers were put together by the wonderful Little Hill Floral Design. We love how eye-catching the arrangement is! It is the absolute perfect centerpiece.

    We love the way our Gwen dress looks against the wonderful outdoor greenery.

    These props and furniture used in the shoot from Reclaimed and Circa Vintage Rentals pull the whole look together and completes the vintage-inspired vibe.

    We are head over heels for the designs of these wedding invitations by Behold Designz!

    The simplicity of the white cake with a fruit accent is stunning! Home, A Cottage Food Bakery did a wonderful job creating a cake that fit into the theme so well.

    Coordinating + Design: Something Events, Vintage Furniture Rentals: Circa Vintage Rentals, Wood items + Prop Rentals: Reclaimed, Floral: Little Hill Floral Design, Hair: Sabrina Snowden, Make-Up: Valerie St. George, Model: Rachael Kampas, Model: Jeffrey Apgar, Brides Attire: Ruche, Grooms Attire: The Grunion Run, Stationery (Croquet Rules + STD’s): Twigs Print Studio, Stationery (Invitations + RSVP): Behold Designz, Bakery: Home, A Cottage Food Bakery, Location: O’Neill Regional Park, Photography: [Simply.Happy] Photography


    If you're a wedding photographer and have showcased products from our bridal collection, please send your photos to blog@shopruche.com. We'd love to share them! Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!

  • Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    We love the rustic feel that farm weddings give us and the lovely open space of the outdoors. Cluney Photo showcases the beauty of a sweet and simple wedding at a darling farm location complete with vintage-inspired outdoor seating and decorations, beautiful florals, and our very own alternative bridal dress!

    The Moon-Randolph Homestead was the perfect venue for the photoshoot! The worn-down wooden look and green fields were ideal for a farm wedding extravaganza.

    The darling stationary for the invitation and RSVP were created by Cluney Photo. They help pull together the entire rustic farm theme for the shoot!

    Habitat Floral Studio did a wonderful job mixing together the purple flowers and lush greenery for the perfect untamed bouquet.

    Featured on: The Wedding Chicks, Photographer & Stationery: Cluney Photo, Venue: Moon-Randolph Homestead, Makeup: Alchemy Mineral Blends, Hair: Sugar Tree Hair Salon, Coordinator: Habitat Events, Dress: Ruche, Flowers: Habitat Floral Studio, Jewelry: One Eleven, Event Designer: Brooke Ashleman, Cake: Mai Fink


    If you're a wedding photographer and have showcased products from our bridal collection, please send your photos to blog@shopruche.com. We'd love to share them! Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!


  • Monday, June 24, 2013

    Starting today, you can take 40% off our entire bridal collection with the code BRIDAL40. From appliques and sparkles to tea lengths and sepia reminiscent hues, our dresses will steal your heart and not your wallet. Hurry and find the dress (or bridesmaid dress) and accessories of your dreams because this deal will only last through Sunday, June 30 at 11:59 PM PST.

    The added embellishment and appliques make each of these dresses simply unforgettable. Feminine ruffles and vintage inspired undertones, our applique gowns shine in their own special way.Shop these appliqued bridal gowns: Noelle, Claire, Alexandria

    Looking for ... let's say ... something blue? With ruffles and hints of sepia whispers, these dresses add just a hint of color. Taking old traditions and bringing them together with something new.  Now all you need is something borrowed!
    Shop these color-accented bridal gowns: Lena, Margarete In Sand, Grace

    Pearls, sparkle and shine! These are the perfect ingredients to make a bride look and feel divine. Twists and turns of soft and smooth with shiny and satin finishes grabs the attention of old world elegance in its most beautiful form.Shop these embellished bridal gowns: Daphne, Victoria, Janelle

    Cute, prim and proper -- but don't let these tea length dresses fool you. They're out for a good time!  For the bride with a more causal wedding, these fun lengths will give a playfulness while keeping class and poise.Shop these shorter length bridal gowns: Charlotte, Mackenzie, Amelie

    Add the finishing touches to your wedding day look with a gorgeous headpiece. From feathered headbands to tulle hair-clips, these accessories are sure to be a gorgeous addition to your bridal hair-do.
    Shop these vintage-inspired headpieces: Mi Amour Hairpiece, Renate Bow Headband, Graceful Melody Hair Comb

    Explore through our selection of charming dresses and let your heart sing to the sound of sales! Don't forget to browse our wedding lookbooks for more bridal inspiration, Forever and a Day, To Have & To Hold and Lace and Lavender, too!


    To our Ruchette brides: If you've already purchased a wedding dress and got married, we'd love to see your photos! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your wedding photos to blog@shopruche.com. Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!

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  • Sunday, June 23, 2013

    Wishing all of our darling Ruchettes a sunny, summer Sunday! Use this warm weather as the perfect excuse to treat yourself to something sweet -- preferably with rainbow sprinkles and a cherry on top! Have a peek at these ice cream recipes that will surely tickle your tastebuds!


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  • Saturday, June 22, 2013

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    Known for her graceful stride and poised demeanor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' iconic style made an imprint on fashion history! We adore this inspirational woman not only for her wardrobe, but her elegant manner, as well. The first lady could always be seen wearing clean-cut sheath dresses, lady-like white gloves, and a classic string of pearls. 

    Take a peek at our Jackie O-inspired outfits that sparkle with classiness.
    Outfit 1: Embellished dress, earrings, lacy flats.
    Outfit 2: Bow dress, necklace, bow heels.


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  • Thursday, June 20, 2013

    We absolutely adore candle making projects and being able to DIY our own home decor, so when Emily of Couple Jones sent us her little project it definitely put a smile on our faces! Her DIY incorporates the gorgeous designs of vintage Pyrex with easily homemade candles. We love the vintage look that the Pyrex cups give off, but if you don't have any around you can always use jam jars, tea cups, mason jars, or any kind of candle holder you like! Read on to see how Emily made it all come together.

    I have a little bit of a collection of vintage dishes…Or maybe I’m kind of obsessed with them.  My favorites are Pyrex and Fire King dishes and I love going on hunts for them at garage sales. I love them. Now I’m on the hunt in my house for other cute containers that I could turn into candles. I made one for myself and two for some sweet friends… Hope this inspires you to try it. PS: Don’t leave candles unattended and be super careful with the hot wax, especially if you have little ones running around…that’s my disclaimer but this was really so much fun!

    Supplies: (all found at Hobby Lobby)
    Candle making wax - I chose Creme Wax
    Pre-made wicks
    Candle scent
    Clothes pins
    Wood skewers
    Vintage Pyrex cups

    I melted the wax in an old pot that I had. I was a little worried about getting the wax off whatever I melted it in so I didn’t use my good pots. The directions on the wax said to use a double boiler but I don’t have one of those and this actually worked really well. I didn’t end up having a hard time cleaning the pot but I will recommend two things.

    1. Plan on using all of the wax you melt, or have a throw away container to pour any leftover melted wax into so that it doesn’t sit in your pot while you are setting the candles up…don’t pour leftover wax down your drain.

    2. Keep your empty pot warm by leaving the burner on a VERY low setting so that the wax residue stays melted until you are ready to wash the pot. I just used warm water and dish soap and my pot was fine. (That was more than two things, I think)

    Your burner only needs to be on low…no need for boiling wax. Then slowly pour the wax into your cups…you will see that I am horrible at pouring without making a mess…kind of a clutz here. But the spilled wax wasn’t a big deal because I put painter’s paper down to protect my counter and once the candles were cooled, I just used a warm sponge to wipe of the excess wax from the outside of the cup.

    Once you have the wax in the cups, add your scent. The oil I got from Hobby Lobby said to add ten drops but I added more…I could tell that 10 drops was going to be too light of a scent. So just start by following the directions on the oil you buy and fudge the numbers a bit if you want a stronger smelliness…not sure that’s a word. Oh well.

    My original plan was to use a clothes pin balanced on the edge of the cup to hold the wick up but as you can see, my pins weren’t long enough to stay across the cup - lucky thing I had some leftover skewers in the drawer. I just laid those puppies across the cups and put the clothes pins on top. Worked fabulously! Bam! Kinda feel like a 007 crafter when I work things out on the fly like that. Just call me Jones, Em Jones.  So the cups sat there for a bit…probably 45-60 mins and then they were good to go!

    -- Emily of Couple Jones