Friday, May 31, 2013

Joanna has been a loyal Ruchette from the very beginning, and we've loved all her outfit photos over the last year! It only makes sense that we've chosen this stylish blogger as our June Ruchette of the Month! Learn more about this charismatic gal and see how she balances her extremely busy schedule between being a wife, mother, blogger and actress.

Describe your personal style in 3 words.
Boho.  Eclectic. Feminine.

Which season is your favorite for fashion?
Summer!  Not only does it feel extremely brief here, but I'm naturally always cold.  So when everyone else is sweating, I'm comfortably wearing a sweater.  That's why when the temperature spikes, my spirits rise and my fashion sense comes out to play.

Do you have a style icon?
Audrey Hepburn for her class and her dedication to tailoring.  Bridget Bardo for her wild abandon and her unabashed sexiness.

What’s in your bag? What do you absolutely need every time you leave the house?
Lipgloss. My day planner - yes I still use an old paper one, I love the feel of paper and pen. Cell phone.  My camera.  And when I'm out and about alone, my bike and helmet.  When I'm with my girl, snacks and diapers.  I know, I'm one wild woman.

Tell us how you balance being a wife, mother, blogger and actress. It seems like quite a full plate!
Well, I rely on my day planner to keep track of events, shoots, and to-do items.  I'd be lost without it.  And I'm pretty motivated in my goals and my priorities.  If I can be on a shoot, I'll make that happen - friends and family watching my girl make it possible to get to auditions, rehearsals, and onto sets.  A great support system and community are essential.  Plus, if anything ever stopped being fulfilling and became a chore, it would be gone.  I'm blessed to be passionate about all the areas of my life - wife, mother, actor, blogger, photographer.

With a busy schedule in mind, do you have any styling tips for moms-on-the-go?
Tailoring and a simple closet that easily interchanges are the way to go.  Part of the reason I love dresses - it's a whole outfit in one go.  If you buy a piece, make sure it fits, or get it adjusted with a tailor.  It makes all the difference.  I buy pieces that are affordable and super cute, like Ruche, and then tailor them myself - or with the help of my talented mother-in-law - if it's even a bit off to make them fit like they were made for me.  Then it becomes easy to throw things together on the go because everything fits and works together. 

Plus, lipgloss and big shades go a long, long way.

Let’s say you have 5 minutes to get ready for date night. What is your go-to outfit?
A great patterned dress - like one of my favs from Ruche, boots, a funky belt, and a killer jacket.  Then maybe a cute scarf if I feel like it, or if it's a bit chilly.

Do you prefer heels or boots? Stripes or polka dots?
Boots!  I'm so addicted.  Haven't met a boot I didn't like yet.  For some reason they are the perfect blend of casual and chic to me.  I wear them all year round. 

If I had to choose, it'd be stripes.  I've got such small delicate features and a petite frame that sometimes I run the risk of looking cute and child-like in polka dots.  And when I'm producing a movie, and telling people what to do the last thing I want to do is appear child-like.  But don't get me wrong, polka dots are still a huge presence in my closet.  It's all about how you wear things and finding that balance.

Where can we find you on a Sunday afternoon?
Well since I'm freelance, Sunday afternoons hold no meaning.  I may be on set, shooting a photography session,  playing at the park with my girl, or in a production meeting.  It really depends on the day.   But where I would like you to find me is in an epic board game battle, or in the backyard eating my Husband's delicious meals. 

Last but not least, what do you love most about being a Ruchette?
I love the timeless elegance and the day-to-day pragmatism of the Ruche outfits. It's wonderful to be able to go through my day feeling utterly feminine and utterly powerful and strong at the same time.  That's my favorite part about Ruche,  you never have to sacrifice anything.

--Joanna, ModaMama


Send your outfit photos to for a chance to be featured in our Style Files and for the chance 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!