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  • Monday, October 8, 2012

    view maternity-friendly outfit:
    knit cardigan, floral dress, statement necklace, bracelets, ankle booties

    I can't believe how fast she's growing now! It seems like my baby bump is getting bigger everyday, which makes me more and more excited. People keep asking about her name... Josh and I haven't finalized a name yet, but Amelie is in the lead. :)

    xo,
    Mai

    See Mai's maternity-friendly clothing picks and previous maternity posts! ♥


  • Monday, October 8, 2012

     It is the beginning of another beautiful week, Ruchettes, and to shake off our longing for the care-free weekend, we have created a few resolutions to embrace this week with love, spontaneity and self-care.

    Take time to enjoy. With fall well underway, it seems a shame to miss out on the sweet moments of the season. From picking out the perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch to munching on lemon tarts with your girlfriends, take some time to unwind and participate in an activity that makes you genuinely happy.

    Put down your to-do list. Sometimes our lives feel like a never ending to do list, tugging us between birthday presents, dry cleaning and emails. While it feels great to check things off, we challenge you to put down your list for an hour and take some time for yourself. Cuddle up to read a good book, craft a new DIY project or layer up in fall's finest and enjoy some tea in the park. The time off will give you more energy and a sense of peace when tackling the rest of your day.

    Do something thoughtful for someone else. Life is only made sweeter through the adventures and moments we share with friends and family. While it can be a challenge to see those we love on a regular basis, sending them a card, handmade present or giving them a call just to chat will brighten their day and yours.

     xo,
    Ruche

     


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  • Thursday, October 4, 2012

     

    Calling all talented crafters, we want to feature YOU in our upcoming holiday and winter guide. Take a look at last year's holiday guide for inspiration and feel free to participate!

     

    How to enter:

     

    1. Photograph your holiday/winter DIY project.

     

    2. Send the hi-res unedited photograph(s), brief intro, and accompanying DIY steps to contests@shopruche.com by November 1st, 2012.

     

    3. If you have a blog you would like credited, be sure to include it in your email! Otherwise, we'll credit just your name if you're selected.

     

    That's it! We will let you know if you've been chosen by November 6th, 2012.

     

    xo,

    Ruche


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  • Thursday, October 4, 2012

    As a perfect fall accessory, Guest Blogger Josie, of Fine and Feathered, revamps a vintage-find to fit her personal style. We think it'd be a great complement to our autumn lookbook outfits, don't you? ♥

     

    DIY Simple Hat Makeover

     

    Materials:

     

    -Any hat

     

    -Accessories of your choice for the trim (feathers, a chain, ribbons, a bow, etc.)

     

    -Hot glue gun

     

     

    I thrifted this vintage hat a few years ago, but unfortunately it's been one of those items that has sat at the top of my closet, unworn and unloved. So I decided to give it a quick little makeover! This is simple and universal enough, you can really use it to update almost any hat!

     

    It originally had a chain that was a tad cheesy looking and was basically falling off already, so I carefully removed it and saved it for another project (of course!). I then added a small amount of hot glue to the back of each feather and applied them, over lapping just a bit.

     

    So easy! Right? Now it's just a little more modern, but still has the amazing vintage charm that made me fall in love with it in the first place!

     

    --Josie, of Fine and Feathered

     

     ♥

     

    Have a DIY Project that you are interested in sharing? We'd love to see it! Visit our Ruche Blogger Family for details on becoming published on the blog.


  • Wednesday, October 3, 2012

     

    Submitted by the beautiful Abby, we're thrilled to show our bridesmaid dresses in action! Her bridesmaids are wearing our Amaryllis Dress, Ranunculus Dress, and Orchid Dress (hemmed to match the others!).

     

     

    The red accents are so charming! We adore how they all wore the same nail polish to match their shoes.

     

    Photographer: The Yodsukars

     

    To create your own mix-and-match bridesmaid collection, visit our wedding boutique!

     

    xo,

    Ruche

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


  • Wednesday, October 3, 2012

    On June 4th, 2011 I married my best friend and the love of my life.

     

     

    With the wedding season, the talk of of ceremony decorations, first dances and wedding gowns crept into the air and allowed me the time to sit down and really go through all of our (Josh & I) wedding photos from last year. It's been over a year now, and I am still completely in love with how everything came together, and of course, my wonderful husband. That being said, I feel that it would be a complete shame not to share some photos of our incredible day!

     

    Our wedding took place in a memorial chapel at the famous Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, New York.

     
    Photography: Bird on A Wire Photography (http://jessicabowen.smugmug.com/)
    Cake: Coccadotts Bakery (http://coccadotts.com/)
    Invitations: 8 Illustration (http://thenumber8design.blogspot.com/)
    Cookies/Cupcakes: Yes Ma'am Sweets (http://www.etsy.com/shop/YesMaamSweets)
     
     
     
     
    Do you have a wedding story to share? Feel free to email blog@shopruche.com for a chance to be featured and view Lace and Lavender, a vintage-inspired wedding collection, for more inspiration! Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!

  • Tuesday, October 2, 2012

    artist: Ann Shen // outfit: Ruche

     

    Meet Ann Shen, an illustrator & designer based in Los Angeles, CA. She sent over this piece of her favorite Ruche outfit and we're simply smitten. How cute are these fashion illustrations? ♥ See more creations on her site!

     

    xo,

    Ruche


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  • Tuesday, October 2, 2012

    Meet Cassidy, our October Ruchette of the Month! Her unique style and sweet demeanor have us loving every one of her blog posts and adorable outfits! She took the time to answer a few of our questions, so read on to learn more about this darling Ruchette!

    When did you start blogging? What made you want to start a blog? 
    I began blogging in the Fall of 2011, after my son was born.  With a new baby and a new old house, I felt as if I was going through a personal renaissance of motherhood, homemaking, and adapting to my new life in a new town.  I wanted to share those experiences with my loved ones in a blog in hopes they would read to still feel close and up to date with our family when we live far away.  It began with small DIY's and photo-journaling, and then I began exploring fashion blogging and even sharing my work as a photographer.

    We love the way you decorated your niece's nursery. Do you have a background in interior design?
    Thank you!  I wanted to be just that when I was growing up, and have always taken design of my personal space very seriously since I could arrange my toys "just so" on my bed. While pregnant with my son I emerged myself in home magazines and HGTV, it was my pregnancy obsession.  I learned so much from watching my favorite designers, like Genevieve Gorder, and I used their teachings along with my own imagination to make a vision come to life! 

    What are some important tips for thrift store shopping?
    1. Have something specific in mind you are hunting. For example, remember that lovely peter pan collar dress you saw online?  Try to find its closest replica at a thrift store! 

    2.  Look for textures that stand out.  Textured items were probably quite pricey when they first were bought and well made, so they would be good investment pieces to add to your wardrobe for cheap

    3. Don't pass something up that is wrinkled or stained or the wrong color.   You can iron it, ritt dye it, send it to the cleaners, or cover up that little stain with a flower clip. 

    4.  Check our the baby and kids section.  Babies grow so fast that their nice clothes are hardly ever worn and most of the time appear to be brand new!  

    5. Look for vintage styles that are making a comeback and for classic closet staples.  Example: silky blouses, pencil skirts, slips, cap toe heels, and rompers! 

    Has becoming a mom changed you at all? What have you learned from motherood?
    Motherhood changed my life forever.  Pregnancy was difficult, I don't think I glowed once. After he was born the glow came, and will forever be! He brings us so much happiness through his sweet spirit.  He comes first, and it has taught me patience and to be stronger than I ever thought I could be.  I want to be good example to my son, and to our baby on the way, so I'm always striving to be a better person and to learn something new everyday so I can teach them as they grow.  It was motherhood that brought me this level of joy I never knew could exist!  

    Describe your favorite outfit.
    A fit and flair dress, t strap wedges, a vintage inspired sun hat, and an antique locket.  

    Would you rather wear a dress or an outfits with pants?

    A dress!  It is easy to style, more comfy than pants (to me) and I am a girly girl.  I'm envious of the beautiful day dresses and hats the women wore everyday in the past.  

    Who is your style inspiration?
    As a child, every Disney princess.  When I was in the 5th grade it was Cher from Clueless.  In 8th it was Alanis Moorisette.  In high school it was the dark ages.  And in college it was Rachel McAdams in the Notebook.  Now, I think my style is somehow a combination what I loved about each of  those ladies style.  

    What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Any hobbies? 
    In my spare time I love going to antique stores.  It's like treasure hunting.  I slowly walk through every isle, I have to see everything on every shelf! 

    Name three things you never leave the house without.
    Blush, a sun hat, and a pendant necklace.

    Why do you love being a Ruchette?
    I love being a Ruchette because I feel that it's Ruche's pieces that make my outfits feel extra special. When you go to the Ruche site, it welcomes you in with warmth and charm, and as you scroll through the pages of lovely items, update your wishlist, or excitingly await for the next batch of new arrivals or the next swoon worthy lookbook, you are so happy you have this delightful shop at your fingertips.  I love being a Ruchette because it's always there for me, with style advice, blog posts that are always inspiring, and such attention to detail.  Also, the compliments I get on my Ruche purchases will never get old!

    -- Cassidy of Things Like Skeleton Keys

    See all of Cassidy's Blogger Family posts here!

    xo,
    Ruche

    Have you styled any Ruche pieces lately? If so, we would love to see your outfits! For your chance to be featured on our blog and to become the next Ruchette, all you have to do is email your photos to blog@shopruche.com.

     


  • Monday, October 1, 2012

     View the maternity-friendly outfit: red dress and cute fall flats

    I'm officially in my third trimester and Josh and I can't believe it. Only three months left! People have been telling me that I'll see the most growth in the last three months... It must be true because it already seems like my baby-bump grew overnight!

    xo,
    Mai

    See Mai's maternity-friendly clothing picks and previous maternity posts! ♥


  • Monday, October 1, 2012

    Meet Suzanne Carillo, our award-winning artist! Her digital graphic artwork, inspired by 1950's - 60's fashion, was voted as a Ruche favorite and we're happy to feature it as a downloadable desktop wallpaper here. Adore her work? See more on her Simply Creative Etsy shop and website. From printable downloads to one-of-a-kind creations, you'll definitely find something special. ♥

     

    We're blown away by all the amazing submissions we received and decided to announce 2nd and 3rd place winners too! Antonia Evrova's watercolor painting and Heidi Deguzman's drawing are absolutely stunning. Great work, ladies!

     

    To all contributing artists, thank you so much for participating in our contest. Please stay tuned for future contests and click here to see if you've been included in our honorable mentions!

     

    xo,

    Ruche


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