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  • Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    We swoon when couples incorporate the charm of vintage eras in their wedding décor. One of our favorite wedding DIY’s is one that just takes a little patience and perseverance! Mismatched vintage dishes have been showing up in wedding place settings and every time we see it our hearts go pitter patter. Using mismatched dishes with different colors and patterns for your wedding is beautifully unique, because no two thrifted collections could ever be exactly the same. The advantage of using mismatched dishes goes beyond charm too— it can save up to half of the cost of renting dishes!

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    If you do decide that the input of time and energy in thrifting your wedding dishes is worth it for you, here are five essential tips to creating the perfect collection:

    1. Start early: As they say, the early bird gets the worm! It will take time and patience to amass a collection of thrifted wedding dishes. Count up how many dinner plates you will need, and chargers too if you decide to have both, as well as dessert plates. Mismatched vintage glassware can also be a beautiful addition to your table settings. Start your search up to 9 months in advance, that way you can slowly collect what you need without any last minute anxiety, and clearly label every box or container along the way so you remember what you have.

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    2. Create color or thematic rules: Even a collection of mismatched dishes should be unified by a central organizing element of some kind to tie them together, so you don’t veer from sweet DIY whimsy to hodge podge chaos! Take cues from the look and feel of your wedding for the appropriate design motif. Perhaps you will search for any patterns with colors that fit with your wedding, look for floral or bird motifs, or pick up dishes with the same embellishments, like gold rims. Victorian floral patterns work well for a garden wedding or rustic affair, while a 60’s retro look fits with a mod wedding.

    3. Make it fun: Thrifting your wedding dishes should be one of the most fun DIY’s you do! Turn every search at the Goodwill, Salvation Army, local flea market, or estate sales into a fun excursion. Grab a coffee and recruit your fiancé, friends, or bridesmaids to search for vintage gems with you on a weekend afternoon.

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    4. Be cost-conscious: If part of the reason you’re choosing to source your mismatched plates from thrift stores is to save on costs, be sure to have a per-plate budget in mind. Research the price of renting a plate, and then decide on a per-plate cost you’re happy with. Then when you score a major deal on one set, you can splurge on a really special find! Most thrift stores have sale days, so make a note of those! And keep in mind that you will often pay less for dishes that are no longer in complete sets. 

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    5. Buy the silverware: Plates and cups are one thing, but thrifted silverware? First, it can be a little more time intensive to find good pieces. Second, we’re not sure you can scrub the rust and crustiness in between the fork tines off, so just buy a new set on the cheap (there are even disposable cutlery sets that look like silver)!

    Remember, patience is a virtue when it comes to thrifting vintage dishes for your wedding. If you only want to showcase a few vintage plate finds, try this cute cake stand DIY that would be perfect for a pie table. Happy thrifting!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Thursday, January 23, 2014

    Whenever we have a sale, everyone in our office eyes certain pieces they can’t wait to add to their closet…for less! And our winter sale is no different, since stocking up on cold-weather staples means having cute pieces for spring days that still have a wintry chill in the air! And like any girl, we all fear suffering from sale regret, that condition that sets in after a sale is over when you think, “Why didn’t I just get that cute (fill in the blank)! It was practically just a week’s worth of my cappuccino budget. If only I could go back in time.” So we thought we would save you from sale regret by sharing our employee’s winter wishlists with you, so you can see some of the most popular items in the sale!

    A cream cardigan easily layers with a spring floral dress or with pants and a tank top in the evening, and lace-up boots always entice Sam, our Marketing Coordinator, who adores rustic style! She can’t wait to snap these up, along with any cute plaid pieces she can find.

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    Our Fashion Copywriter, Julia, has a flair for incorporating retro pieces like this black and white patterned pullover and statement making red coat into sophisticated, feminine looks.

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    These glam winter essentials are perfect for Beth, our Brand Manager, who definitely needs them for date night!

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    Jessie, our Creative Photographer, has her eyes on an embellished pullover, ankle boots, and a preppy blazer that will work perfectly with her classic, tailored wardrobe.

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    Our intern Jessi is definitely among the romantics in the office, and her style is romantic too! This colorblocked pink pullover and chic coat are darling transitional pieces to take her from winter to spring.

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    What’s on your winter wishlist?! Shop the winter sale here.

    xo,
    Ruche

     


  • Monday, December 2, 2013

    That's right, receive 30% off of today's brand new arrivals! Today and today only, our hand-selected new arrivals will be red lined (aka final sale) just for you, Ruchettes! Be sure to fill up your cart and check out by 11:59 PM PST before all items return to their regular price. Happy Cyber Monday!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Thursday, November 28, 2013

    Save yourself from the crowds of pushy people this Black Friday and steal a deal with our 20% off regular price (excludes buckets) sitewide sale! We'll even give you a head start by opening our virtual doors now. No code needed, the discount is automatically applied at checkout. Hurry and grab the goods before they're gone. This deal only lasts until Friday, November 29th, at 11:59 PM PST.

    xo,
    Ruche 


  • Sunday, November 24, 2013
    It's here, it's here! Our Black Friday Week is finally back and we are bringing you the best-of-the-best with awesome deals! Starting tonight we will have buckets of deals for $5, $10, $15, and $20 just for you. No discount code needed, the prices are as marked. Steal the deals before they're gone - it ends at 11:59 PM PST on Monday, December 2!
     
    xo,
    Ruche

  • Monday, October 28, 2013

    Our business to casual collection is filled with the kinds of wardrobe staples that are perfect for the office Monday through Friday, and then, styled differently, just right for weekend afternoons. You might not expect the versatility of formal 9-5 wardrobe staples, so our feature is full of outfit inspiration showing how you can transition from afternoon PowerPoint presentations to happy hour with just a few clothing and accessories swaps.

    A pleated midi skirt in a classic print for work is perfectly paired with a bold blue cropped blazer and statement necklace for a sophisticated 9-5 ensemble. But when you’re meeting a friend at a cafe, you can style it more casually with a knit sweater and longer pendant necklace. The key is to balance out a tailored work piece with more relaxed clothes and accessories. For example, cropped trousers look dressed up with heels, a jewel toned blouse, and a polished coat, but less work and more play when paired with ankle boots, neutrals, and a cozy scarf! Shop our business to casual feature to effortlessly transition between work and play.

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Monday, October 21, 2013

    Our fall trends report for you comes down to one word: classic. The word evokes the kind of timelessness that defines Ruchette style. It makes us think of Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O., of a time when women dressed with elegant refinement for every occasion. And one well-loved way of achieving a classic look is with classic patterns.

    We looked to the runways to see the designer take on fall trends, and we were jazzed to see that classic patterns abound this season! There was a resurgence of classic patterns like houndstooth and plaid, and a positive profusion of polka dots and stripes. We also loved seeing ladylike fall tweed and vintage inspired paisley, two patterns we think deserve more closet space this season. As much as we were eagerly anticipating the fall trends, we always prefer to invest in pieces that will be beautiful this season and next season, that will not make us cringe a year from now from being too trendy. So the fact that classic patterns are very much one of the fall trends this year, but still a timeless investment, really couldn’t make us happier!

    With our modern-vintage aesthetic in mind, classic patterns are perfect for incorporating into fall ensembles. They draw from the best of the vintage decades that inspire us while fitting right in with our more modern fall pieces. For example, where Joan or Peggy from Mad Men might be seen in a matching houndstooth or plaid skirt suit, we’re more likely to pick a pencil skirt or peplum top in a classic pattern and pair with jewel tones, rich autumn hues, or mix two different classic patterns in the same ensemble. Polka dots are a year-round Ruchette must, and a flirty polka dot skirt will become your Sunday brunch staple, while donning a houndstooth jacket or a striped dress is an effortless way to elevate your 9-5 style too – classic patterns are chic for both work meetings and after-work cocktails!

    Since classic prints will never go out of style, you really don’t have to feel guilty about buying all the plaid and tweed your heart desires! Shop our fall trends collection of classic patterns.

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Saturday, October 19, 2013

    The crisp autumn air and richly-hued leaves crunching beneath our fall boots means that the transition from summer to fall is complete, and since fall fashion is near and dear to our hearts, we’re welcoming cozy sweaters and layered outfits with open arms! But that doesn’t mean we’re ditching our entire summer wardrobe just yet, because some things work just as well in the cold front as on sunny days, and floral prints are one of them!

    Florals are one of our favorite prints, because whether you style them with tailored sophistication for the office, chic and ladylike for Sunday brunch, or pair them with leather for a little toughened up edge, they are always undeniably feminine. It used to be that florals were just for spring, and we thought we had to wait for daffodils to bloom until we could have blooms in our outfits, but our thoughts in the floral department have changed! Fall fashion now definitively includes fall florals, and it’s a trend we couldn’t love more. Because why should we have to put our favorite floral maxi skirt or floral blouse in the back of our closet during the coziest of seasons?

    Fall florals are a trend that can be found on our website and in our office! Julia, one of our gorgeous copywriters and a gal known in the office for her impeccable style, knows a thing or two about flowery style. Here’s why she’s smitten with floral prints, and how she wears them come autumn:

    "At least half of my wardrobe is floral print, so I'm not about to give up my favorite print when the weather cools off! To find compromise between the prints I love and seasonal trends, I look for ornate floral prints in rich colors and pair the floral dresses I wore over the summer with tights and pullover sweaters to transition my look to autumn and winter. There's no reason to wait until spring to wear your favorite pieces!"

    -- Julia, Fashion Copywriter

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Friday, October 18, 2013

    Anorak, army green utility jacket, cargo coat, military inspired outerwear, field jacket…so many different possible names to give to one of our favorite fall trends. As our favorite English bard wrote in Romeo and Juliet, “A rose by any name would smell as sweet” and we couldn’t agree more! There may be many names for the green cargo jacket, but one thing everyone can agree on is that it’s a must-have fall essential

    Either of these two green military inspired jackets will keep you on trend and toasty warm: Nature Walk Anorak Coat by Tulle, Lynden Hooded Utility Jacket

    Since our Lynden Hooded Utility Jacket is on our “Chilly Weather List”, we thought we would talk a little more about how to incorporate this versatile staple into your fall wardrobe. Especially since we were a little uncertain at first ourselves, wondering how this menswear-inspired coat would complement a ladylike, sophisticated, and classic style. But it turns out this coat will become best friends with everything in your closet, from dresses to tailored cropped pants, and before you know it you’ll be throwing it over everything! So here are 5 styling tips for transforming the green military-inspired coat into a functional and feminine fall essential:

    1. Balance the military-inspired feel with more girly details, like pleats, ruffles, statement necklaces, and sparkly embellishments.

    2. Pair this fall essential with classic prints like polka dots, stripes, and plaid for the perfect mix of tough edge with vintage-inspired refinement.

    3. A green cargo jacket is a go-to outerwear choice for shorter dresses and skirts. It can also tone down a going out/occasion dress to make it look cute for an everyday ensemble.

    4. Top off your casual weekend attire with this coat for a more put together look for running errands, grabbing coffee with a friend, or going on a walk to the park. It works well with skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans, or over a casual dress.

    5. Lastly, it’s important to consider your beauty look before you toss on a military jacket. To keep your look sophisticated, opt for soft make-up (although the pop of a bright lip shade is always pretty!) and a cute, simple hairstyle, like a loose braid, a top-knot, or loose waves.

    And here’s how our favorite bloggers are wearing theirs:

    Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere always incorporates the trends into her personal style in ways that inspire us! Here she shows us just how versatile a military inspired jacket can be, wearing it with a classic outfit of white trousers and a chambray button-up and then pairing it with a chic, all black ensemble. In each picture though, you can see how her beauty look softens the menswear element of the coat, first with a bright lip color and a loose braid, and in the next, with neutral, soft make-up and loose waves.

    This darling outfit from Blair of Atlantic Pacific is a cute example of how a military-inspired jacket can be the perfect offset to girly details. Her white feather skirt, animal print heels, and classic striped top get a bit of an edge when paired with a green anorak. And belting it is a nice touch that also adds a bit of tailored sophistication!

    Kendi of Kendi Everyday can do no wrong in our books! We’re smitten with her style, and love how she makes this shorter dress an everyday style option by adding a green cargo jacket. This outfit shows just how effortlessly a going out dress can be made appropriate for lunch meetings and coffee dates with the right jacket.

    If you're still not convinced that this military-inspired style is for you, take a peek at all our coats and jackets too!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Thursday, October 17, 2013

    Now that we’re in the full swing of fall, it’s time to retire our summer sandals and tank tops and entirely embrace the season! Around this time of year, we start looking through our closets and making a mental checklist of what we need in our fall wardrobe update. Maybe you just want a cute coat to pull together your fall ensembles or have been eyeing more structured dresses and skirts to add polish to your 9-5 routine. Here we have gathered our 8 must-have chilly weather essentials under $50 to simplify your fall wardrobe update, so read on for why we are coveting each piece!

    1. A Green Cargo Jacket: A green cargo jacket, with its hint of military influence, has been a fall mainstay for the past couple years. It’s a trend we love to incorporate into a chic, feminine wardrobe for a little edge, toughening up our pleats and balancing out the girly details in an outfit.

    2. A Cozy Mustard Sweater: Of all the rich autumn hues, mustard always wins us over. Fall layering is simply unimaginable without a mustard sweater that will cozy up to everything in your closet so you can mix and match colors and patterns with ease. 

    3. A Lightweight Scarf: Tuck this fall essential into your purse and pull it out whenever there’s a chill in the air. A lightweight scarf is perfect for layering, especially when you’re out and about and want to stay toasty and warm while dashing between coffee dates and errands.

    4. Fun Printed Leggings: While you probably have a drawer full of black leggings, a pair of printed leggings is a fun way to mix it up when it comes to fall layering. And if you start with a pair of printed leggings, your other layers can be more neutral basics, making for a quick style solution on mornings when you’re in a rush.

    5. Tall Brown Boots: We look forward to autumn for the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, beautiful fall foliage, and the chance to wear our favorite boots! Tall brown boots are a must-have for fall as they’re comfy, classic, and pull together a layered outfit.  

    6. A Navy Pencil Skirt: We could write an entire ode to the pencil skirt! This classic staple is among the most ladylike and polished pieces in our wardrobe, and having one in navy that mixes well with autumn hues and fall florals is a fall necessity.

    7. A Classic Leather Dress: Leather is one of the biggest trends this fall, and designers have given it a ladylike update for the perfect balance of tough and feminine. We adore leather for being classic and sophisticated with an edge.

    8. A Floral Layering Tunic: Tunics are a fall essential because they pair up with leggings for just the right layered mix of comfy and chic. So when you add a floral print in appropriately autumnal hues, we’re obviously going to be smitten!

    We hope our fall style checklist makes your wardrobe update a breeze! You will be amazed at how just these 8 must-have staples under $50 will transform your autumn style, so be sure to shop our Fall Essentials collection to be the belle of the season.

    xo,
    Ruche


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