Monday, October 17, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011Erin in our "santa cruz belted dress".
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Friday, October 14, 2011
A couple years ago, I lived in Austin, Texas and fell into the poetry scene. I met a poet named Gabrielle, and loved her personality. She was a beautiful bold redhead, and most importantly, a poet. As I began to make friends at the venue, I'd make it a point to ask if she was coming out that night or if anyone had heard from her. After all, the night was always better when she was there, and I looked forward to hearing her poetry.
I didn't see her for a couple months and then one night she walked into the venue. Immediately, I went to her and asked, "Where have you been? I haven't seen you in forever!" And she replied, "Oh, I've been sick, I haven't really felt like coming out lately." When I asked if she was okay, she told me that she'd been diagnosed with stage 4 terminal cancer. I was devastated, but I had to keep it together as if I was on a stage standing before her. She told me she didn't feel like talking about it and sort of laughed it off. I told her it was fine, took her up her offer to catch up later and walked away. Just like that, everything changed. I was angry with my friends, asking them why they didn't tell me sooner, though it wasnt their confession to tell.
She only showed up one more time, and boy, did she shine. Wearing a black beret, a beautiful black dress, and a stand of pearls, she read the last poem she'd ever perform on stage. It broke all our hearts, but I'm sure everyone in the room could agree that there has never been anyone braver in their lives than her. She took the world by storm one last time.
Soon after, Gabs (as we called her) went into hospice. When she passed away a few weeks later, my friends and I had a get together that night and everyone wore bunny ears. Gabrielle had a saying, "Bunny up!" Her message to everyone was to be bold, live life with no regrets, and love life -- bunny up! Her last poem said all of those things, and there are no words to explain just how brave of a move that was. A poet who had cancer, telling her audience to be brave...
When her friends and I miss her, we go on youtube and watch her last performance. When we miss her a lot, we tell her on her facebook page. I think everyone likes to believe she's reading her posts. Photos of bunnies reminds me of her, as do women with beautiful long red hair. Sometimes, I think they're her, until they turn around anyway. Gone, but definitely not forgotten, her message lives on and she's still here with us. Whether it's in the reminder of a bunny, or a beautiful red headed woman, she's here. Like an angel on my shoulder, I guess you could say, always reminding us to bunny up. :)
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Friday, October 14, 2011This year, why not try a sophisticated approach to Halloween? We adore these two decorating ideas that perfect for your home.(source)(source)
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Guest Post by Veronica Grace of Knitful Designs
Hey Ruche family! Today I'll be showing you how to make cute felt bows.
Instructions:Step 1: cut squares that are about 4x4 inchesStep 2: cut thin small rectangles (this will be the middle of the bow) set aside for laterStep 3: get the square and with your needle *and a LONG piece of thread* make a stitch through the middleStep 5: now grabbing the two ends pull them together as tight as you can to create the cute folds for the bowStep 6: using the thin rectangle you cut at the beginning wrap it around the bow and hold it tight with your finger to begin stitching togetherStep 7: stitch the ends of the rectangle tight, double knot it and cut the remainder of the thread.Step 8: I completely ran out of alligator clips but what I usually do is run a bobby pin or alligator clip through the bow and that's it. You can also hot glue the bow onto a stretchy headband which you can purchase for cheap at walmart. Here is what the final result looks like...Enjoy!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
To celebrate Wanderlust, we discovered beautiful weddings with travel themed details. ♥
image sources: Ruffled, Wedding Chicks (one, two), Style Me Pretty (one, two), and Green Wedding Shoes (one, two)xo,Ruche
Wednesday, October 12, 2011Labels: Wedding
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Our autumn lookbook, Wanderlust, has sent us into a daydream. With a desire to discover, we stumbled across Tracey Capone Photography and Irene Suchocki today. Be sure to visit their Etsy sites (here and here) and Wanderlust for more gorgeous travel inspiration. ♥
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Monday, October 10, 2011
Here's your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Ruche! Enter Wanderlust, choose your favorite Train Stop outfit AND tell us where you're going in it. If you could go anywhere, where would you travel to and which Train Stop outfit would you wear? Let the creativity and daydreaming begin, ladies!
Contest ends on Monday, October 17th at 12 PST. We will choose our favorite entry for the winner. ♥
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