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  • Friday, July 13, 2012

    I’m a sucker for the underdog.  I’m always cheering on the person you’d least expect to come out on top and find myself connecting to the quiet and meek ones, those who might not always have the loudest voice.

    So it would only make sense that when I went to pick up my new puppy (a ten hour car trip that my husband and I made in one day, only stopping for about thirty minutes to pick up the newest addition to our family), I fell in love with the tiniest female of the litter.

    It would also make sense that I named her after one of my favorite characters in literature, Boo Radley, an underdog himself in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird

    Radley was a long time coming.  I was surrounded by puppies my entire life, but they were never my own.  My parents adopted a terrier when I was young, I helped my roommates in grad school train their new dog, and even the family I babysat for every summer introduced a four legged friend into their household.  The problem was, none of these dogs were my own.  I wanted a dog I picked out, one I named and trained. 

    I bugged my husband about this constantly, but the timing was never right.  My apartment hadn’t allow dogs, our condo had been too small for one, but you better believe that the day we signed the papers for our house, I was searching for my perfect dog.

    Radley came from Syracuse, New York where she was born into a litter of six.  She was surrounded by puppy siblings and born into a house with kids who had a hard time saying goodbye to her when we picked her up.  In other words, she was loved from the start and every single day since, I can’t believe how lucky I am to have this furball living with me.

    I’m a young adult writer, so a lot of my time is spent sitting in my office working on my books.  Radley learned quickly that the best spot in the house is at my feet under my desk, and is happy to go for a walk when I have writer’s block and need to clear my head.  She snuggles near me at night when I pull all-nighters writing and is happy to go cruising with me in my car when I have to drop work off at the post office.

    There is something to be sad about the sweet, unconditional love of a dog, and I’m so happy to have fallen in love with this little lady.  There’s a line in To Kill a Mockingbird where Jem says, “Atticus says you can choose your friends, but you sho’ can’t choose your family.”  I disagree with this quote.  Radley may have been chosen as a friend, but there’s no doubt that she’s become family.  

    --Rachele Alpine

     

    Do you have someone you adore? Send us your story at blog@shopruche.com for a chance to be featured. ♥

     

     


  • Friday, July 13, 2012

    Julie, from Orchid Grey, created a laid-back summer look wearing our Mosaic Festival Skirt and Straw Tote! You can find some of our similar handbag styles here.

     

    Liz, from Late Afternoon, wore our Forest Tapestry Crocheted Top and mint jeans for a chic weekend look.

     

    Maggie, from Lifesize Paper Doll, looks polished and feminine in our One Fine Day Floral Dress and blazer.

     

    What Ruche pieces have you been styling lately?  We'd love to see your summer outfits

     

    xo,

    Ruche

     


  • Friday, July 13, 2012

    See our first ever Breakfast At Ruche segment where we show you how to make three DIY baby crafts!  The first two are upcycled decorations and the third project is a personalization craft.

     

    Dresses: Sam and Melina

     

    xo,

    Ruche

     


  • Thursday, July 12, 2012

    We've recently added our Bridal Collection!  See our new wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, shoes and decor here!  ♥

     

     

    xo,

    Ruche

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


  • Thursday, July 12, 2012

    Our Itsy Bitsy baby lookbook photographer, Jessica Claire, is hosting a giveaway on her blog for $75 to Ruche!  All you have to do is leave a comment on her blog post with your favorite baby outfit!  You can enter her giveaway until Wednesday, 7/18.  To enter her contest, see here.  Good luck!

     This little cutie is her son, Locke.

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Thursday, July 12, 2012
    Do you eat ice cream on the cone or in a cup? For you cup lovers I have the perfect DIY: bamboo customized spoons!

    You will need:

    acrylic colors

    brushes

    washi tape

    Create some stripes with washi tape and color with acrylics.  Or you can draw some polka dots, stars or whatever your fantasy suggests! You can also decide to add guests names on each spoon!

    Aren't these the prettiest for Summer parties or dinners?!

     

    --Alessandra, from Almalu's Place

     ♥

     

    We’d love to take a stroll on the boardwalk and bring these along with homemade ice cream!

     

    xo,

    Ruche

     


  • Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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    Despite their size, tiny guests shine bright and capture everyone's attention at weddings. If you are looking for some miniature-inspiration, browse our new baby collection to find the perfect wedding outfit for your little one this summer!

     

    xo,

    Ruche

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


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  • Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    We adore this wedding and all the little details that Leah included to make her day even more personal and special.  Even more exciting, her two year wedding anniversary was yesterday!  Congratulations Leah and Daniel!

     

     

    "We got married July 10, 2010 (I won a Ruche blog giveaway the same day!). The wedding took place indoors at a pretty little church, but most of the pictures are in downtown Lakeland at Hollis Gardens."

     

     

    "I wanted a very earthy color scheme so I went with green, yellow, and brown. I knew I wanted lace for my dress and this one was perfect!"

     

     
    "I made mason jar centerpieces and presented some poems I wrote about Daniel during the course of our relationship. There was also a love poetry contest where my reception guests wrote and performed their original poetry. It was fun!"
     
     
     - - Leah Wise, Someone's Water Lily

     

    See Leah's original post, her love story, here!

     

     

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


  • Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    For our bridal collection, we handpicked nail polishes for brides and bridesmaids. Take a look at our colorful collection below and find the perfect shade for you on your big day. ♥

     

    View nail polish: one, two

     

    View nail polish: one, two  

     

    View nail polish: one, two

     

    See our entire Wedding Collection here!

     

    xo,

    Ruche

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


  • Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    This delicious recipe comes from Krystal of The Feisty House.  We thought these cinnamon glazed doughnuts would be perfect for a relaxing weekend brunch.

     

    Ingredients:
    1 can refrigerated biscuits
    1/3 cup Land O' Lakes Cinnamon Sugar Butter Spread
    2 cups powdered sugar
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    4 tbsp milk
    canola oil (for frying)

     

    Directions:

    1) Heat up the oil in a frying pan on medium heat.

     

    2) While your pan is heating up, take out the biscuits and cut out the centers. I used a knife to cut out the centers, but you can also use cookie cutters. 

     

    3) Once the circles are cut out of the doughnuts and fry them in the oil until both sides are a nice golden brown (shouldn't take more than 2 minutes or so on each side).

    4) Let the doughnuts cool until you're able to handle them. While the doughnuts are cooling, prepare the glaze. Melt the butter spread in a bowl (I put it in the microwave--took less than a minute). Stir in the powdered sugar and the vanilla. Next you want to add the milk 1 tbsp at a time, stirring each time you add a tablespoon. After the 4th tbsp, the glaze should be thin enough to dip the doughnuts in it.

     

    5) Once the glaze is prepared and the doughnuts are cool, dip the doughnuts into the glaze and set them on a wire rack so the glaze can set. I spooned extra glaze on top of each doughnut once it was on the wire rack (I love glaze).

    The doughnuts are best when eaten the same day. They're absolutely delicious!

     

    xo,

    Ruche


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