• Friday, November 9, 2012

    Fashion blogger Pamada of Just Pandippo shares with us an incredible day with her best friends in San Francisco enjoying tea, cupcakes and best of all, the sweet company of one another. Proving you are never too old for a tea party, Pamada's story warms our hearts and reminds us that through distance and months apart, true friendship merely picks up right where you left off. ♥

     

    Tea for Three
    Guest Post by Pamada, of Just Pandippo

     

     

    My friend Chelle lives in a far away land called Philadelphia, and I never get to see her.  Every time I drive by the San Francisco airport, I think, gosh, I wish Chelle was visiting.  Every time she does visit (which is maybe once every few years), its only been for a few hours and then she’s off to save the world again!

     

    But this last time was different.  It was spectacular, really. Not only was she visiting for a couple of days, but she, as well as our friend Anna, would be staying at my place!  This meant a lot less travel time (Anna lives almost an hour and half away from me) and a lot more time to do things like visit the deYoung Museum, drive around San Francisco a million times, grab a bowl of clam chowder... And go to Crown & Crumpet.

     

     

    Do you remember the times as a child you use to dress up in your mother’s finest, pearls and lipstick, and had a fantastic tea party with your friends Sally the Rag Doll and Molly the Sock Monkey? Now multiply that image by a hundred and you’ll get Crown & Crumpet.

     

    Located in San Francisco’s Ghiradelli Square, Crown & Crumpet is pretty much every little girl’s dream come true.  The minute you walk in the door, your eyes are filled with cuteness. From pink tiles to a floral pink couch, Crown & Crumpet is literally covered from head to toe in pink and filled with random, adorable vintage items. And candy. And cupcakes. And tea cups. Lots and lots of really ridiculously adorable tea cups. That can be purchased.  Really dangerous stuff here.  I can’t tell you how hard it was to resist not taking an entire tea set home.  Especially since the tea cup saucers and the tea pots have sayings on them. Really cute sayings like “Gossip and Scandal are the best sweeteners for tea”, or “Bread and Water can so easily be Toast and Tea”.  Can you imagine? Lifting up your tea cup to take a sip and seeing a pink little flower with a quote on your saucer?  It’s almost too much to handle.

     

    And yet some how we did.  We decided to order the “Tea for Three”, which can easily be turned into “Tea for Two” or “Tea for Four”.  The cost is same across the board.  I did feel like three was a good number, though, because it let us try three different types of tea without getting too overwhelmed.  We ordered the private house blend, Paris, and a mango infused tea.  Mango was my favorite, but Chelle and Anna both loved the Paris.  The tea also comes with an assortment of appropriate foods. Sandwiches, and cookies, and crumpets. Oh, the crumpets.  I have dreams about this.  You have the option to top this warm and delicious crumpet with butter, lemon curd, or jam.  Or all three if you feel so inclined.  No one will judge you, I promise.  They’ll all be too busy eating theirs and wishing they had more crumpets. I really wish I had one right now. Not that the rest of the food wasn’t tasty as well.  The best part is that the food is always changing; no table gets the same combination of food.  That means that every time you go, your experience is different.  Which means you should go--a lot.

     

    At the end of our tea we invaded the living room like setting, batted our pretty eyes and asked the waiter if he would take our picture on the pretty pink floral couch.  It was the perfect ending to our day and to Chelle’s trip.  Now if only she would come back so we could go again! 

     

    --Padama, from Just Pandippo

     

    See our previous Love Stories here! If you would like to submit your story, please see our Ruche Blogger Family page for details.


  • Thursday, November 8, 2012

    Here are a few more outfits from our fashionable blogger gals!

    On a daytime stroll with her little one, Kelle Hampton shows off our bird-print blouse paired with boots, a hat, and classic braids.

    Elizabeth, of Delightfully Tacky, channels the serenity of autumn in our gorgeous gray cape.

    Rebecca, of The Clothes Horse, carries her summer colors into the fall in our Dear Creatures dresses.

    For a cozy seasonal look, Bekuh, of Secondhand Sundays, pairs our pocket skirt by Knitted Dove with autumnal tones and warm accessories.

    For mix of colors and patterns perfect for her fun family photos, Liz of Dear Lizzy pairs our striped pencil skirt with our polka dot sweater.

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Wednesday, November 7, 2012

    Planning out every detail of her dream wedding for the past year and a half, bride Ashley Harmon achieved every bride's dream, she found her wedding dress in a matter of weeks. With the biggest purchase out of the way, Ashley set about to piece together the little details, looking for the perfect head piece and jewelry to compliment her perfect day.

     

    Just two weeks before the wedding and countless hours spent judging pieces that were too plain and too elaborate, Ashley stumbled upon Ruche and instantly feel in love with the vintage inspired wedding pieces. Feeling that she had finally come to the right place, Ashley made the perfect choice purchasing the "Ever Mine Ivory Fascinator", and waiting with anticipation for her veil  to arrive by mail. "Of course my wedding day would have been just as special if I hadn't had the perfect necklace or the perfect veil, but having both made it all the more sweet," says Ashley. And from the photos sent by the blushing bride and her groom, we could not picture a more perfect, vintage inspired day as well.

     

     

    xo,
    Ruche

     

     

    Do you have a wedding story to share? Feel free to email blog@shopruche.com for a chance to be featured! Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!


  • Wednesday, November 7, 2012

    Ruchettes, here is your chance to win your dream wardrobe! Get started by creating your wishlist and reading the rules here.

     

    xo,

    Ruche

     

     


  • Tuesday, November 6, 2012

    Our winter lookbook, En Pointe, has just been released! Shot in Hollywood, our lookbook depicts a collection of sophisticated items paired with the graceful movement of ballet and whimsical qualities of the carousel. With the help of our model, Olivia, and a set of charming ballerinas, our winter clothing picks came alive on the Hollywood streets and in the Orpheum Theater. Visit our site to browse through the gorgeous photo sets and watch the En Pointe video. If any outfit sparks your interest, you can shop the lovely lookbook collection here and share your favorite photos too!

     

    Photography: Stephanie Williams
    Hair & Makeup: KC Witkamp
    Furniture: Found Vintage Rentals

     

    xo,

    Ruche


  • Tuesday, November 6, 2012

     The Life Lessons of Audrey Hepburn
    Guest Post by Carly, a Ruche Intern

    There are few people who inspire me more than Audrey Hepburn. From her iconic film rolls as Sabrina and Holly Golightly to her outstanding work with UNICEF, she is a figure that shined past the silver screen into her everyday, passionate life. Having grown up a tomboy and stumbling with confusion through mismatched outfits and misinterpreted trends, it wasn't until I started taking cues from Ms. Hepburn that I began to grow into the best version of myself. Below are some simple life lessons I have learned from my role model over the years, reaffirming in me that confidence, elegance and class are the best compliments to any outfit.

    All photos found on http://www.audreyhepburn.com

    image one: Copyright © Paramount Pictures.
    image two: Tommy Weber, Audrey Hepburn Estate Collection. 

    Be Yourself. One of the famous actresses of all time, Audrey Hepburn has been immortalized for her personal fashion, iconic roles and advocacy for others. Knowing what works for her slim figure and taking pride in her striking dark hair and pale skin, Hepburn continued to wow throughout her life by dressing with the “less is more” principal. Opting for classy over sexy, Hepburn showed every young girl that the key to one’s confidence is just a fitted black dress and killer pair of heels away.

    image one: Photo by Bud Fraker. Copyright © 1978 Bud Fraker/mptv.net.
    image two: Audrey Hepburn Estate Collection.

    Your best accessory is a smile. From the deserts of Africa to the red carpets of Hollywood, Hepburn’s constant and best accessory is her megawatt smile. Never hiding her passion, excitement or joy, Hepburn teaches us all that the prettiest girls are the one’s filling their life with big causes, and enjoying life's little moments. Looking through photographs, Hepburn’s most striking pictures capture her during her mission trips to Asia, Africa and South America, 1000 miles from the bright lights and makeup of Hollywood and never looking more radiant.

     image one: Photo by LEO FUCHS (www.leofuchs.com)
    image two: Bangladesh, 1989. Photo Copyright © Robert Wolders.

    Live Passionately. Beginning her work with UNICEF in 1954, Hepburn spent the next 38 years of her life dedicated to bettering the lives of families in developing countries. Right before her death in 1992, Hepburn was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work as a UN Goodwill Ambassador. Known for traveling all around the world to provide medicine, awareness and support for countries whose poverty had been overlooked, Hepburn was known to do up to 15 interviews a day to discuss ways that the United States could provide aid around the world. By filling her life with causes greater than herself, Audrey Hepburn has taught me that with the courage to follow your passions even the most impossible dreams can come true.

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, November 5, 2012

     view the maternity-friendly outfit:
    mint blouse, fall sweater, tulle skirt, collar necklace, affordable flats

    I always say this, but time is going by so fast! There are still so many things to prep before she arrives -- getting the stroller, installing the car seat, setting up the changing table, making sure all the diapers and accessories are ready to go, and so much more! Josh and I have been busy taking classes provided by our hospital: baby care, labor preparation, and baby CPR and emergency (I definitely recommend the CPR one) and we were busy preparing for our baby shower too. We had our baby shower over the weekend, so there will be more updates and photos next week!

    xo,
    Mai

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


  • Saturday, November 3, 2012

    Meet Caitlin, our November Ruchette of the Month! A sweet girl with the most adorable Ruchette style. We've come to love all of her darling outfits and wanted to get to know her a little bit better, so we took the time to ask her a few fun questions!

    So we have to ask, how was your time in London & Paris?
    London & Paris...amazing. But how could it not be, right? One of the things I love most about traveling is that no matter how much time my husband and I spend planning and scheduling and dreaming, there are these little unplanned moments that always steal the show. Like a little food market in London we found by total accident, where we bought amazing bread and cheese. Or deciding to totally ditch our tour group in a tiny village to see an amazing abbey used in the Harry Potter films. Or walking into Notre Dame right in the middle of mass, where the candle-lit walls and beautiful baritone voice brought us to tears. I hope to travel all my life, just to discover moments like those!

    How long have you and your husband been together? How did you meet?
    Dustin and I have been together for 6 1/2 years total! We were married on New Year's Day two years ago (1-1-11), but we began dating senior year of high school. (We found out later we had actually gone to preschool together, but that was just a happy coincidence!)

    We met and fell in love in high school, starting out as the typical high school romance: he thought I was weird, I thought he was cute. We had other crushes and dates. We sang in choir together, and we became "friends". 

    He'd push me into lockers or tie my hoodie around my head, and I'd roll my eyes and call him an idiot. Somehow the teasing turned to flirting by the time senior year came around, and the rest is history!

    Describe what you would wear on a date night:
    Dress, great shoes, sparkling jewelry. Date night is all about the dresses! I tend to go with flats more often than heels, but on date night, I like to go as fancy as possible! 

    What has been your favorite trend within the past year?
    Pants. All the way. Floral pants, patterned denim, polka dots, stripes, brightly colored jeans. I love seeing how creatively patterns can be introduced in pants now - it's like they're finally having their time to shine! I hope the trend lasts forever. (And even if it doesn't - I'll proudly stick up for myself if my future kids make fun of my floral pants!)

    Boots or oxfords? Necklaces or earrings?
    Boots! I love my brown pair of riding style boots. My mom is a horse trainer so I like to think I channel her courageous spirit when I wear them. And goodness...can I say both? I love jewelry. I think at this point in my style I've really simplified my daily jewelry wear, so if I had to choose I'd say a great pair of earrings. I still never leave the house empty-eared!

    Share with us your favorite quote: We just redid our bathroom, and I purchased a print from my favorite artist on Etsy, Mae Chevrette, with the quote: "Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer." I'd say that's my favorite at the moment.

    Favorite color to wear?
    Vibrant green, or coral!

    If you were stuck on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
    Mexican food, my camera, and a super-cute bathing suit. Oh, and maybe my husband!

    Why do you love being a Ruchette?
    I love being a Ruchette because it gives me the freedom to be versatile, colorful, and creative with my wardrobe. Not to mention brave! Developing your own style can be a long process, a series of trial and error. Yet creating a wardrobe you love should be a delight, not a burden. A Ruchette-in-training is presented with sweet vintage inspiration, encouragement and friendly advice. Ruche is defined by its effortless style, offering classic fashion as well as fun prints and delectable details. It's a boutique that has a genuine love for women and their desire to shine.Constant updates, bold new pieces, swoon-worthy lookbooks and attentive personal touches are just a few of the advantages of being a Ruche girl. They make it easy to love my style, piece by piece!

    -- Caitlin of Vouge-ish At Best

    Adore Caitlin's style? See more of her outfits here! Be sure to stop by her blog too and catch up on some amazing styling tips. She even created her own Frocktober challenge too!

    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 and let us know if you have a personal blog you'd like to share too.


  • Thursday, November 1, 2012

    October and Frocktober have finally come to an end, but the rustling leaves and crisp, cool air remind us that fall is in full swing now.  We're looking forward to the holiday season, cuddle weather and lots of hot chocolate. This festive month brings us the opportunity to layer our outfits, bake every treat imaginable and celebrate Thanksgiving.  Keep track of the November days with this handy desktop calendar that was designed by one of our Ruche girls.  To download this wallpaper, click here!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, October 31, 2012

    Happy Halloween, Ruchettes! Whether you’re going to a costume party, staying in with a frightening flick, or taking a little one trick-or-treating, we hope you have a fun and festive day!

    Wish someone a Happy Halloween with our e-cards and don't forget to take a break with some candy too -- you deserve it!

    xo,
    Ruche


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