• Wednesday, April 10, 2013

    We're in love with this elopement story by Guest Blogger, Nicole. Take a peek at her romantic outdoor ceremony and swoon over how she wore our bridal dress with a clever "something blue." ♥

    Patrick and I met in FL through mutual friends back in the 2008 and from that moment we spent the rest of our days together. After dating for three years Patrick proposed and  shortly after we relocated back to my home state of  NJ.   There were several trials and tribulations that contributed to us  both putting off making our decision on where we would get married that would "keep everyone happy" regarding location/travel.
    We had a vacation planned to visit Seattle in November 2012 when the idea occurred to us. We should just elope while we're in WA state! We did some research and found the perfect venue to hold our private elopement. It was called TreeHouse Point in Issaquah, WA. This place is a sight to see with towering trees draped in green moss and  cozy tree-houses. Our elopement package included an officiant who perfectly personalized our ceremony, an amazing photographer, a talented florist who through emailing photos created my  beautiful bouquet and a one night stay  inside the treehouse of our choice. The main house was even a bed and breakfast! It was just the most romantic place.

    Being that it was just the two of us there were no distractions, no worrying about if everyone else was happy just Patrick and I gazing deeply into each others eyes as we read aloud our own vows. What a perfect start we had, we wouldn't change a thing. Our wedding under the trees was simply romantic and absolutely unique.
    With less than one month to prepare I was on a mission for the perfect dress. I had seen Ruche's bridal collection and adored it, but I was skeptical about ordering my wedding dress online. So I continued to look for something similar in stores and continued to come up empty handed. Nothing compared to Ruche's vintage accents and attention to detail, so I took the plunge and placed my order and boy was I happy I did. Ruche had exactly what I was looking for,  it fit beautifully and I couldn't have been more pleased.



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  • Monday, April 8, 2013

    Spring fashion has arrived! If you're looking for new spring outfits, here is our list of spring trends to incorporate into your wardrobe.


    Spring Fashion Trend #1: Mixed and Matched Pastel Colors

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    Spring Fashion Trend #2: Chic Black and White Pairings

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    Spring Fashion Trend #3: Watercolor Prints

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    Spring Fashion Trend #4: Floral Printed Suits

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    Spring Fashion Trend #5: Stripes, stripes, and more stripes!

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    Spring Fashion Trend #6: Feminine Ruffles

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    Spring Fashion Trend #7: Ruffled Dresses (Who says we can list ruffles twice?)

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    Spring Fashion Trend #8: Peplum Details

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    Spring Fashion Trend #9: Coral (A vibrant color among the pastels is a must-have!)

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    Spring Fashion Trend #10: Mint (Still one of our favorite trends, especially with lace!)

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    View our feature, Stepping into Spring, to shop all the spring fashion trends. ♥



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  • Sunday, April 7, 2013

    Happy Sunday, Ruchettes!


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  • Friday, April 5, 2013

    pictured above: fairmont empress lace dress

    Meet Hayley, our April Ruchette of the Month! As a local customer, we got the honor to meet Hayley in person and she's just the sweetest thing! We got to talking and discovered that she not only has amazing style, but she has an amazing singing voice too. ♥ Continue reading to find out more about Hayley's sense of style and music career.

    Tell us a little bit about your personal style. How would you describe it?
    Vintage, but fun! Think: rhinestones and pearls.

    Who/what inspires your style?
    I love Teen Vogue. Also, I follow M Loves M [our stylist's blog!] and Ruche, of course.

    What are your everyday styling essentials?
    Earrings, always. And lipgloss.

    What kind of earrings?
    STUDS. Omigosh, I probably have 30 pairs or so.

    Do you prefer... dresses or pants?
    Everyday? Probably dresses.

    Stripes or polka dots?
    That's easy: polka dots!

    Why do you love being a Ruchette?
    I love the girly aspect of it, the classy style. It's a style for everyone.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself. :)
    I'm really shy! But through my music, I'm able to express myself and share my story.

    How did your interest in music begin?
    I started singing at 8 years old. Seriously singing around 16 or so. I've always enjoyed writing too.

    What inspires you most when writing your music?
    Personal life or anyone I meet and their story. People don't take the time to listen, and I think we should.

    Do you have a favorite place to sit down and write?
    In my room! I can just sit down with my guitar and write there. It's my creative space -- vintage inspired and decorated in lights.

    Do you have any favorite songs you've written so far?
    “Please Don't Let Go”. I wrote the song as I was contemplating my hopes of being able to create music that touches people and travel and perform, etc. I was imagining all of these wonderful things happening, but thinking of all the wonderful memories I might be leaving behind. I'm really proud of it.

    Who are your current favorite artists?
    Ed Sheeran! When I first heard his music, all I could think was, "When are you coming to America?!" I also love Parachute. The lead singer is an amazing writer.

     -- Hayley Solano

    If you adore Hayley, follow her music and inspirations here:
    Website: http://www.hayleysolano.com
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/hayleysolano
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hayleysolanomusic
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/hayleysolano
    Tumblr: http://hayleysolano.tumblr.com/
    Instagram: http://instagram.com/hayleysolano



    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, April 5, 2013

    When we asked Kate Fisher, the designer of Synergy Organic Clothing, to describe her brand in three words, she said, "Organic, comfortable, and flattering." We say, what could be better than that?! ♥ Continue reading to find out more about the organic clothing brand and how Kate promotes an eco-friendly lifestyle and fair trade practices.

    Tell us about the inspiration behind the brand.
    Synergy was originally inspired by my love of travel and adventure. When I was 21, I bought a one-way plane ticket to Kathmandu, Nepal and during my first week there, I bought some clothing and textiles that I sent to friends in in the US. I loved the appeal of bringing back clothing and textiles from Nepal and India to share with people in the US. It reminded me of the silk route traders from long ago, but with a modern day twist. Since then, the brand has evolved, and my inspirations are a synergy of everything from my connection to an organic lifestyle (which includes eating organic foods and practicing yoga), to my love of expressing oneself through fashion (which developed while growing up in New York City), to rock 'n roll music (as I first sold Synergy at Grateful Dead shows and still find music to be a source of inspiration), and to my love of travel and deep connection to Nepal.

    How is the clothing produced?
    As the designer for Synergy, I work with a local pattern maker in San Francisco who helps me develop new styles of clothing. We then have the entire line produced and sewed in Kathmandu, Nepal. They are hand stitched by Nepalese women, giving them a fair wage. I have been making clothing there for just about 20 years, since December of 1993, and I have a close connection to the people and the factory we work with.

    [Pictured: Kate with her Nepal team! Fun fact: The design Kate is pointing to happens to be her new owl applique for Spring 2013.]

    What is the importance of being organic and eco-friendly?
    I believe in right livelihood: making a living in a way that is conscious to the planet and its people and hopefully contributing positively to the planet. That includes making as small a footprint as possible. In clothing production, we can do by working exclusively with organic fabrics and low impact dyes, creating as little waste as possible in the production and distributing process, making well-made products that will last over time and become long time staples in a closet, and by paying fair living wages that benefit many people.

    shop: peacock dress

    What is it like to work for Synergy?
    Synergy is an evolving company that has been growing significantly every year for the past seven years, and as a work environment, I would say it is becoming more and more exciting to work for. There are a lot of very talented, dynamic, fun, nice people working for our company. It feels like everyone is able to contribute to the growth and direction of the company and we are like a family in many ways. I think our employees appreciate working for a locally owned family business. We are not a corporation, we value everyone involved, and as we grow there are more and more opportunities.

    How would you describe your personal style? Do you have any favorite Synergy pieces from your collection?
    Urban bohemian with a classic twist! I would not say I have a favorite piece in any collection, but for Spring and Summer 2013, I really like our tank paneled dress and the pocket dress. Both are easy-to-wear pieces that are flattering.

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    Lastly, we adore love stories, so we have to ask about your husband, Henry. What's your story?
    Henry and I met at a Phish concert in Ventura, CA in 1997. He worked for the band’s non profit foundation and I was a fan of the band. We got together again at a Phish concert festival in Maine, which is the state where I was born. It was my 25th birthday and the stars were aligned and we have been together ever since (and now have two children). I was actually selling my clothing at the festival and Henry seemed to find what I did pretty interesting and mentioned that he would love to be apart of it. I still think back at his foretelling remark as here we are 16 years later working on Synergy together and synergizing our strengths and interests together to put into our company. It has been a beautiful journey together and I still enjoy seeing how it is all unfolding.

    -- Kate Fisher

    Love Synergy Organic Clothing as much as we do? Shop the organic clothing collection here!


  • Thursday, April 4, 2013

    above: pocket mirror, macaron trinket box (sold out), book & lipstick (Julia's)


    A bookworm and a beauty guru? This set of items belongs to our fashionably chic and talented wordsmith, Julia! When we asked our copywriter about her must-have essentials, she said, "I can't leave home without a favorite lipstick! It's the final accessory I need to complete any look."


     above: business cards, shoe clips, sunglasses (sold out), peanut butter


    Who needs business cards, stylish essentials, and something for her sweet tooth? Mara, our buyer and stylist, of course! While always on the go -- shopping, styling photo shoots, and meeting new designers -- Mara has something in her bag for every event of the day. "The most random, but essential, item in my bag is peanut butter," Mara says. "The to-go packets keep me energized!"


     above: rattle, notebook, pacifier & travel-sized perfume (Mai's)


    As a CEO and new mom, Mai's purse has a few new additions -- baby items! "A rattle and spare pacifier are necessary now, especially in a restaurant when Amelie starts to cry!" While always on the go, Mai also comments, "I always carry a notebook with me. Whenever I get inspired, I love to jot my thoughts down on paper vs notes on my phone."


    Tell us, what are your on-the-go essentials?



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  • Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    For our newest bridal lookbook, Forever and a Day, we partnered with Tricia Fountaine Design and we're so thankful we did! She created all of the stunning florals, including these flower crowns. While flower crowns aren't the typical bridal accessory, we adore the dreamlike quality and think flower crowns are a great idea for the alternative bride. Imagine a simple flower crown on a barefoot beach wedding, or a rose crown for a garden wedding, or a colorful daisy crown for a bohemian styled wedding... The ideas are endless!

    Florals: Tricia Fountaine Design | Photographer: Elizabeth Messina | Hair & Makeup: KC Witkamp | Ruche Stylist: Mara Ferreira | Model: Amanda 

    Would you consider wearing a flower crown on your wedding day? Or perhaps for an editorial wedding photo shoot?


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

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  • Tuesday, April 2, 2013

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    We're so excited to announce that our newest bridal lookbook, Forever and a Day, is featured on the COVER of Magnolia Rouge! This New Zealand based wedding magazine features "innovative wedding ideas, fresh colour combinations and inspired themes, and is a must-read for creative contemporary brides." With this description in mind, we're incredibly honored to be included in their spring issue!

    Visit Magnolia Rouge to browse the entire issue, view our full lookbook spread, and read the interview with Mai, our founder and creative director!


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

  • Monday, April 1, 2013

    Our spring wedding collection, Forever and a Day, launched today! Shot by an esteemed wedding photographer, Elizabeth Messina, our bridal lookbook captures effortless elegance and vintage inspired details. This lookbook is filled with new styling inspiration for our vintage inspired wedding dresses and new affordable bridesmaid dresses, which are also envisioned for wedding guests and everyday elegance. Whether you're the wedding guest, bridesmaid, or bride, we truly hope that our spring wedding collection will bring you the perfect dress. ♥

    View the entire lookbook, Forever and a Day.

    Photographer: Elizabeth Messina
    Ruche Stylist: Mara Ferreira
    Hair and makeup: KC Witkamp
    Model: Amanda
    Vintage Rentals: Tricia Fountaine (Vintage Vignettes)
    Florals: Tricia Fountaine Design
    Location: Dos Pueblos Ranch


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

  • Monday, April 1, 2013

    This is no joke - we really have this adorable calendar for free! Our graphics gal went over the top this month and hand illustrated these darling dresses representing our favorite decades.  Download our April wallpaper here and let us know which era you find the most fascinating.


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