• Friday, June 14, 2013

    Share your vacation tips and recommendations with our Ruchette community, and help us create our first summer guide! ♥ To participate, please email the following information to blog@shopruche.com by Wednesday, June 19, 2013:

    1. Is your destination focused on 1) a city, 2) a beach, 3) a wine region, or 4) mountainous scenery? Please select one.

    2. Name of location, city, and state.

    3. Tell us about your vacation location! What are your favorite things about it? The scenary? The food? Is it perfect for a romantic getaway or a family vacation? Is there anything we absolutely must do? Tell us about your favorite attractions, restaurants, and/or activities! Any tips about what to pack are great too.

    4. Photos are optional.

    We can't wait to see what you send us, Ruchettes! Please feel free to include as little or as much information as you want, and check back in July. You may be quoted in our upcoming guide!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Friday, June 14, 2013

    The summer sun creates inspiration for all of us as we emerge from our hibernation of toasty wool coats and cozy boots, to breezy polka dot dresses and beach-bound sandals! Our lovely customers inspired us with their stylish summer outfits to get us started for the season.

    Signe, of Signeroo, looks ready to take a romantic stroll along the beach! We love how she went for a simple style with our striped mint dress and a neutral pair of wedges. Don't you wish you had beautiful curls like her? We always get a bit of hair envy when we catch a glimpse of those perfectly bouncy ringlettes!

    Jessica, of Swish and Swoon, looks stunning at 38 weeks in our empire waist maxi dress. Jessica has been a long time fan of ours and we're overjoyed that she will be adding a second bundle of joy to her family! For all our other pregnant mothers out there, we suggest wearing maxi dresses with a high waist line.

    Kaity, of Brownie Diaries, cheerily reflects the season in these eye-catching summer colors! We love how she paired our mustard and turquoise blouses with shorts and ankle booties. Kaity looks ready to fashionably bike along sandy beach shores! Don't be afraid to play up the colors this season--we highly recommend yellow and blue tones!

    Take inspiration from these lovely ladies, and ring in the summer season stylishly! Be sure to check out our Summer Lookbook for more stylish summer outfits!

    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.


  • Thursday, June 13, 2013

    We not only adore creative ideas, but creative ideas that can produce even more creative ideas! Fall in love with this DIY Inspiration Board submitted by a member of our  Ruche Blogger Family. Your ideas will surely flourish from using this eye-catching board!

    With her need for extra space, Anne, of Anne the Adventurer, came up with this innovative project.

    My desk area was in need of a little sprucing up (to put it lightly). Our loft and my need for daylight doesn't give me my own studio space, so this little corner would have to do. I wanted to redesign this area mostly with what I already had and I’d been wanting a big inspiration board on the wall beside my desk. So how about making my own bulletin board?

    Done! Badabing, badaboom. I love it, and am definitely playing around with what's pinned. It's been so long since I've had an inspiration board, and never have I had one of this size! It really ties my desk/psuedo-studio space together.

    --Anne, of Anne the Adventurer

     Supplies:
    4'10" x 1/4"x 3'4" plywood 
    Three plain 24" x 36" cork sheets, cut to size of plywood
    X-acto knife
    Wood glue
    5'4" x 3'10" chevron fabric
    Staple gun
    Picture/frame wall hanging pack.

    Directions:
    1. Cut plywood to dimensions needed. The hardware store can do this for you before you purchase it.

    2. Lay down cork sheets on top of the plywood; adjust to fill entire board. If needed, use an X-acto to cut to size.

    3. Spread wood glue across plywood and attach cork sheets. Press with heavy objects for at least 24 hours, or as wood glue directs.

    4. Iron fabric to remove creases.

    5. Once the glue has dried completely, spread the fabric face down on a flat surface. Lay the previously glued board onto the fabric, cork-side down. Leave six inches of fabric around each side of the board.

    6. Neatly fold the remaining fabric onto the plywood-side of the board. Pull fabric tightly and use staple gun to secure.

    7. Hang on your wall and enjoy!

    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.


  • Wednesday, June 12, 2013

    Last year we hosted a giveaway where one lucky gal won free dresses for an entire year! This summer, we decided to make things even more exciting by bringing you a contest that will allow one lucky Ruchette to win....drum roll please...outfits for a whole year! 

    To enter the contest, channel your inner stylist. Put together one complete Ruchette outfit and you'll be in the running to win our best contest yet! We're so excited to see all of your submissions. ♥ Good luck!

    xo,
    Ruche

    UPDATE: Congratulations to Stephanie Rogers for winning our outfits contest! We will be contacting you shortly. :)


  • Wednesday, June 12, 2013

    It's always such a joy to see brides so radiant on their wedding day and when mixed with a vintage touch and a little bit of Ruche, we can't help but love it even more. Sydney from The Backwards Owl shared with us her best friend's wedding photos shot by Cayton Heath Photography and we are swooning over every picture! From the dazzling bouquet, to the vintage car, to Grace (the beautiful bride) this wedding is a vintage-inspired daydream.

    We spy Ruche! One of the darling bridesmaids is wearing our Clarissa Bow Belted Dress. We love the way each bridesmaid has a unique dress that fits her personality and the pastel colors are almost too cute to handle!

    Sydney shared with us that this beautiful succulent was inspired by two of our Ruche products: our Table Top Terrarium and Stirling Bay Mug. We think its the perfect way to display their rings!

    xo,
    Ruche

    Do you have "real wedding" photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! 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!


  • Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    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.

    -- Cynthia of We Make A Beautiful Mess

    Ingredients:
    makes 4

    Handful of fresh mint and spearmint leaves
    4 oz fresh lime juice
    2 oz Agave nectar
    6 oz light rum
    5 oz freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
    Sparkling water 

    Directions:
    1. Muddle mint, lime juice and Agave together.

    2. Add rum, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, and ice in a mason jar with lid on.

    3. Once shaken well, top off with sparkling water.  

    4. Add some fresh mint and a straw.

    5. Kick your feet up and enjoy the warm summer days ahead!

    xo,
    Ruche

    If you have a recipe you'd like to share too, email it (along with unedited images) to blog@shopruche.com. We'd love to include you in the Blogger Family!


  • Monday, June 10, 2013

    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!  

    -- Jessica of The Steele Maiden

    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.

    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.


  • Sunday, June 9, 2013

    Sometimes mistakes lead to beautiful discoveries. What will you try today? ♥ Happy Sunday, Ruchettes!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Friday, June 7, 2013

    Father's Day is around the corner (June 16th!), so if you're looking for Father's Day gifts, we're here to help!

    If he's a "foodie", create a Father's Day gift set with kitchen essentials, a recipe book, and a handy-dandy notebook for future food endeavors:

    shop: 1) sandwich book 2) bowl set 3) s&p shakers 4) restaurant notebook

    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:

    shop: 1) doggie diner bowl 2) hungry & thirsty bowl set

    Know a new dad or father-to-be? These three books will help him celebrate and prepare for new adventures:

    shop: 1) new dad book 2) father to daughter book 3) baby journal

    For Mr. Organized (or for the one that needs to get organized), these three notepads make planning household chores, date nights, and reading lists easy!

    shop: 1) to-do list 2) parents' night out notepad 3) books to check out notebook

    If he's the dad always taking pictures, then these Father's Day gifts are the perfect addition to his photography collection:

    shop: 1) photo journal 2) camera set

    Last but not least, for the fashion-savvy dad, surprise him with a new outfit for the little one. He'll love to dress his boy as his "mini-me"! Plus, it'll make for an adorable Father's Day photo!

    shop: 1) mustache onesie 2) loafers 3) argyle socks 4) fedora

    Happy gift-giving, Ruchettes! ♥

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Thursday, June 6, 2013

    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?

    xo,
    Ruche


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