• Saturday, February 2, 2013

    We hope your Groundhog Day is filled with fun, whether or not we’ll see an early spring!


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  • Friday, February 1, 2013

    Meet Signe, of Signeroo. Choosing her for our February Ruchette of the Month was an effortlessly easy decision -- she's effortlessly chic! Paired with a charming personality, Signe has a polished and sophisticated style that we adore. Love her as much as we do? See her previous posts and be sure to follow her blog! Get to know Signe a little bit better in her Ruchette of the Month inerview!

    We love how pretty and unique your name is! Tell us, is there a meaning behind it?
    Y'all are sweet. I really do love my name, and I have yet to meet another Signe. {for the record, it is pronounced Sig-Knee. Many people get this wrong! But don't worry, I'm used to it!} I know they're out there, but I haven't had the good fortune of meeting another! Signe is Norwegian, and was my great-great grandmother's name. My whole family is from the North (I was actually born in Wisconsin, but grew up in Arkansas) and we all have some pretty Scandinavian sounding names. My cousins are Solveig and Siri, and we were the three "S"s growing up. I must say even though most people get my name wrong on a day to day basis, I wouldn't change it for the world.

    What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
    What spare time? Just kidding. Well, when I'm not working or blogging during the week, I'm spending time with the husband and pup, outside running, or at home cooking. We love the outdoors, and with it being summer, we try to spend as much time as possible kayaking and playing at the lake, hiking with our little family of three and just being out in the sun and fresh air.  We also like to catch the $3 movie at the local theater from time to time. That doesn't mean we don't like to travel down into the city to have a drink at a swanky hole in the wall. We are also currently in the process of closing on a little 1920's bungalow in our downtown historic district. {our first home!} We will have many, many projects to do in our "spare time" once we get the keys! I'm actually really looking forward to that next step in life. Which, of course, will be documented on the blog! 

    Are you and your husband thinking about becoming parents anytime soon?
    Oh goodness. What if our parents read this!? I must admit, we have broached the subject from time to time. We feel that once we are in our new house that will be more of a reality. We really love our alone time (we are still newlyweds!) But I must say, there is a tiny room off the master bedroom that will make a perfect nursery. {wink, wink}  But I do know where I will be purchasing some adorable baby clothes! Baby Ruchette of the month, perhaps?

    What is your ideal date night outfit?
    Well, it depends on what we are doing of course. In the summer here in Texas, it is hot, hot, hot! I have found myself wearing lots of maxi dresses. If we walk into town for brunch and a trip to the farmers market on Saturday mornings, {which we do quite often} I will wear a pair of cute shorts and a top. Again, it really all depends on the date. If we head into the city, I throw on a dress and heels. A girls gotta get fancy once in a while, right?!

    Florals or Polka Dots? Heels or flats?
    How does a girl choose? I guess if I went with my gut, I would say florals. I've never been a huge polka dot fan until recently. But I still keep them to a minimum in one outfit. Heels. All the way. My mom always used to tell me to stop wearing flats and throw on a pair of heels. Around the same time she told me I needed a little something on my lips. Now I rarely leave the house without a little bit of a heel on my shoe, and a go to lipstick in my purse. Moms. Gotta love em.

    We've sneaked a peek at a few of your wedding photos, tell us a little bit about your big day. Was it everything you imagined it would be?
    Are you ready for a full blown novel? Just kidding, I'll keep it short. When I think about our wedding, well, it makes me want to cry. I loved that day.  It went so perfectly. It was exactly what we wanted. We wanted it to be outdoors and for it to feel like everyone who was attending felt as though they were at home. We worked hard to make it about the two of us, not just a fancy party or a Pinterest-worthy shindig. We wanted it to embody who we were as a couple both independently, and together. There was something so beautiful about marrying my best friend outside.  In front of everyone who loved us, supported us and cared for us. It was a day I want to relive in my memory forever and ever.

    What does your husband do for a living?
    Well, that is a long story.... He lived in LA for a few years to pursue acting, and he still does a few things here and there. Which is pretty exciting for this small town girl. For his (every day) job, he is the Director of Media & Branding at the company we work for. He is pretty handy when it comes to the blog, because I am not too tech-savvy.

    Favorite inspirational quote?
    I can't choose just one! There are two that come to mind from two of my favorite authors:
    "She seems to have had the ability to stand firmly on the rock of her past while living completely and unregretfully in the present.”  - Madeleine L'Engle

    "Your work is to keep cranking the flywheel that turns the gears that spin the belt in the engine of belief that keeps you and your desk in midair." - Annie Dillard

    What is your favorite thing about being a Ruchette?
    I love being a Ruchette! The world of blogging is such a crazy thing, and it's so fun to make such great connections. I also love supporting wonderful online boutiques like Shop Ruche. The best part? Y'all are also the sweetest ladies. Which makes loving being a Ruchette even more easy! I will always be a Ruche lover, through and through.

    --Signe, of Signeroo


    Send your outfit photos to blog@shopruche.com for a chance to be featured in our Style Files and to become our next Ruchette of the Month! *Please note that all outfits must include at least one Ruche item. In addition, be sure to mention why you love being a Ruchette, and let us know if you have a personal blog too!

  • Friday, February 1, 2013

    For the entire month of February, all domestic orders over $100 will receive free shipping! Happy shopping, Ruchettes!




  • Friday, February 1, 2013
    Valentine's Day Countdown
    Guest Post by Brittany, of A Handcrafted Home
    Here's how to create your own Valentine's Countdown! Two weeks before Valentine's Day (today!), fill out 14 cards with sweet ideas, and put one card inside each envelope. Open one envelope daily, and complete the task on the card together. ♥  
    Supplies Needed:
    14 envelopes
    14 index cards (or download the ones I made here)
    Scissors (if you download the template)

    If you need a little inspiration, here's what we put on our cards to get you started!
    - take a walk together
    - exchange handwritten notes
    - pack each others lunch for work
    - get frozen yogurt
    - visit our favorite bakery for french macaroons
    - have dinner at the restaurant where we had our first date
    - have a quiet dinner at home
    - get dinner from our favorite restaurant to go
    - watch a movie by the fire
    - go to a movie together
    - husband's choice
    - go to the jazz club by our house
    - take a weekend day trip
    - go hiking together



    Brittany, A Handcrafted Home



    Have a DIY Project that you are interested in sharing? We'd love to see it! Send it to blog@shopruche.com for a chance to join our Ruche Blogger Family and become published.

  • Thursday, January 31, 2013

    We're on Vine! Download the app here and visit our vineyard! ♥

    View our first two videos: 12




  • Thursday, January 31, 2013

    Meet Orchid, our Creative Coordinator. In sum, she's the talented gal who keeps us organized and helps bring our visions to life! Her days are filled with photo shoots, calendars, glue guns, and everything creative.

    One area of her expertise involves set design. For our baby collection, Itsy Bitsy, Orchid was responsible for all the adorable sets! She designed and installed the fabric tent (which we all wanted to take a nap in), the oversized letter blocks, and the cute DIY bunting flags.

    view: Itsy Bitsy lookbook, children's collection, nursery DIYs

    Ruche: How did you become skilled with set design?
    Orchid: Well, I technically didn't have set design experience. I started off at Ruche as a Photo Shoot Intern and then transitioned into a Set Design Intern. In the beginning, I  helped make little things for the shoots, but then I started getting bigger projects (set design-related). I was always good with arts and crafts stuff at home, but I didn't know half the stuff I could make until I came here! After working as an intern for about 4 months, I was offered a position as a creative assistant and I've been here ever since!

    Little details can make a photograph, and Orchid makes sure those details exist. For example, fall leaves for our ecards photo shoot and award-winning ribbons for our fall lookbook were a must! She's a regular at our local craft store now.

    view: ecards, Kindred Spirits lookbook

    Have you tuned in to our Breakfast at Ruche series? We create a new video tutorial for you every month, and Orchid helps make that happen! Fun fact: In the Breakfast at Ruche photo below, Orchid hung a sparkly background, which she originally created for our Great Gatsby inspired holiday shoot.

    view: Breakfast at Ruche videos

    Whenever we feature crafty ideas, such as Valentine's Day cards (as seen in our last Breakfast at Ruche video), last minute gift wrap, and yarn ornaments, Orchid makes each one and outlines the step-by-step instructions for you to replicate.

    view: homemade Valentine's Day cards, gift wrap idea, DIY ornament

    Ruche: Where do you find inspiration for creative projects?
    Orchid: I looooove spending my free time on Pinterest! Whenever I need ideas for a fun diy or prop, Pinterest is always one of the first places I look to. I also love looking at design blogs like Oh Happy Day! and Design* Sponge.

    Adore her DIYs? Orchid makes all of our seasonal-themed projects too! Here's a round up of our favorites:

    view spring and summer projects:
    downloadable flags, gelato (fun fact: the gelato is actually Crisco and food coloring!), diy pinwheel, homemade stilts

    view autumn projects:
    pumpkin tutorials, pinecone turkey tutorial

    view winter projects (all featured in our Homemade Holiday guide!):
    paper mache ornaments, origami ornament, glittered party glasses

    view wedding season projects:
    ruffled buckle, labeled vase (as seen in our wedding guide!), keepsake box

    Ruche: How did you learn to be so creative?
    Orchid: Ever since I was a kid, I've just always been drawn to art in general. I definitely remember wanting to become an artist when I was in the 3rd grade.

    When we think about all our projects from 2012, this DIY suitcase series is in our top three favorites. As with all of our creative ideas, Orchid made them come to life!

    view suitcase DIY ideas: planter, travel bag, table, dog bed

    Ruche: What's the best part about your job?
    Orchid: The best part about my job is that I get to spend my time making things. There have been a lot of days where I've left the office covered in paint, and I love that!


  • Thursday, January 31, 2013

     Step 1: With a ruler and pencil, outline a chevron design onto the canvas.

    Step 2: Cover every other section with tape.Step 3: Apply glue over the uncovered areas and sprinkle with glitter.Step 4: Once dry, carefully remove the tape.Step 5: Paint the remaining parts of the canvas and let dry.

    Step 6: Hang the completed project!



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  • Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    When Flora + Fauna shared these images with us, we were instantly captivated by the vintage inspired charm and beauty. Take a look at how this styled bride wore our Gabriella Rose wedding dress at The Museum in Jacksonville, Florida.

    See more on Style Me Pretty and Flora + Fauna.


    Photography: Jenn + Derrek Sullivan of Flora + Fauna, Event Planning + Design: Cheryl Abbott of Forever Sacred Events, Floral Design: The Floral Emporium II, Wardrobe Styling: Michael McDaniel, Wedding Dress: Gabriella Rose, Hair: Natalie Restrepo of Makeup by Paulina Perez,  Makeup: Cathee Molina of Hello CatheeMakeup by Paulina Perez

    Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!

  • Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    We were featured in Dainty Obsessions, and we're so excited to share the video for the photo shoot! Featuring our Gwen gown and Mi Amour hairpiece, this lovely lady looks absolutely stunning. ♥


    Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!

  • Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    Back in December, we partnered with Unleashed Beauty for their winter editorial. Photographed by Arina B. Photography, here are a few more photos of Kathryn McCormick (an all-star from So You Think You Can Dance) in our bridal gowns! Doesn't this editorial make you want to walk in a winter wonderland?

    wedding dress featured above: Claire

    wedding dress featured above: Angeline

    Publication: Unleashed Beauty
    Photographer: Arina B. Photography
    Wardrobe: Ruche Bridal
    Makeup: Sara DeMuri
    Hair: Arielle Nevatt

    See more of this photo shoot here.


    Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!

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