Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ruche Lookbook Collection 2011

Brought to you by, here is our collection of lookbooks for 2011. Do you remember which one made your heart swoon the most? From persimmon orchards to secluded cabins, we hope you will reminisce with us and fall in love with each lookbook all over again. ♥

A huge thank you goes out to Stephanie Williams, Brandon Kidd, KC Witkamp, Nyrie, Found Vintage Rentals, and the entire Ruche family (and that includes you!) for making our visions possible. We love you all!


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Style File: One Year of Style

We have been incredibly inspired by everyone's style throughout 2011! In addition to the fashionably cozy and affordable knits, peterpan collars, and classic silhouettes, take a look at a few of our favorite trends from this year.

Color, color, color. Statement Color and Colorblocking.
view original posts: one, two, three, four

Midi and Maxi Length Dresses and Skirts
view original posts: one, two, three, four, five

Mix and Matched Patterns and Statement Prints
view original posts: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight

Browse through our Style File collection to view more. There are so many great styles this year--we simply couldn't fit them all here! To everyone who adores modern-vintage style as much as we do, we can't wait for what 2012 brings. Happy styling and happy New Year!


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Friday, December 30, 2011

Love Stories: Capture Special Moments

As one year ends and another begins, here is a short and sweet post about capturing special moments, brought to you by Anna. May your weekend be filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories. Happy New Year, everyone!

This is the time of the year when we tend to reflect on our lives and our loves. Not only have I fallen in love once in this lifetime, but I've fallen in love with two special little people. The day I first met them both, it was love at first sight. I knew they were coming; I had time to prepare. You prepare their nurseries, buy special toys, fold sweet smelling clothes. Your belly is rubbed, your body aches. But, finally the wait is over and into your arms is placed the most precious gift. And it is love. A love that will never go away however horrible the day can be and a love that grows as they grow. It makes me not take a moment for granted and to hold them and hug them for as long as I can.

Simply Stylish Mom

See the previous Love Stories here! If you would like to submit your story and join our Ruche Blogger Family, please send an e-mail to You may attach up to 5 photos. Please try to keep your stories to a 1200 word limit. You will receive an e-mail when your story is selected.

New Year's Eve Mood Board

With tinsel, glitter, and confetti, it's time to sparkle and dazzle on NYE!
images source: Ruche Tumblr

Adore the "cheers" banner? It can be all yours from this etsy shop. If you're feeling crafty, learn how to create a photobooth backdrop from tinsel -- perfect for your New Year's Eve party.


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Project DIY: Party Hats

With New Year's Eve this weekend, we rounded up some of our favorite party hat tutorials. We hope you have a blast celebrating the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012! ♥

To see step-by-step instructions, visit these blogs: one, two, and three.


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Project DIY: Nail Plate Tutorial

Add the final detail to your outfits with these stunning nail tutorials by Lindsay. They are perfect for everyday style, wedding soirees, and your New Year's Eve celebration this weekend. 

Guest Post by Lindsay of Shrimp Salad Circus

Have you ever heard of nail plates? Most people haven't yet, but they're starting to catch on for creating gorgeous, intricate nail designs right at home. They're more sustainable (read: reusable over and over) than those cute little nail stickers that are so popular right now, and you can try out any color combination you like!

Are you ready to try this out for yourself? It'd also make a great holiday gift for the beauty-junkie in your life!

Find out step-by-step how to get this look for yourself in just 10-15 minutes right here. Have questions? Don't worry - you can find all the answers and ask your own questions on this post.

Shrimp Salad Circus

If you're interested in another nail tutorial, click here! Have a tutorial that you'd like to share with us? We'd love to see it! Stop by our Ruche Blogger Family to see more details.

Project DIY: New Year's Eve Hairclip

Hello there! My name's Sam and I'm from a little blog called My Latest Obsession. I have an obsession with making pretty things and just bought a bottle of gold glitter that I needed to put to good use! So what better to make than a glitter star hairclip?! It's really easy and super cute, a perfect little accessory to add a little magic to your outfit!

What You Need:

Cardstock paper
Glitter (color of your choice)
Mod Podge (glue that dries clear)
Glue Gun & Glue Sticks


Cut out a star from your cardstock, about 2-3" from point to point. Then apply glue on the star and coat with glitter. Let dry.

After your first coat of glue and glitter is dry, add another coat of glue and glitter. When that dries, add one last coat of glue to seal the glitter so it won't fall off. Let dry.

For the last step, use a hot glue gun to attach a hairclip to the star. And voila! A glitter star hairclip!

I wish I could wear this everyday! It makes me feel kind of fanciful, but doesn't overdo it with the glitz and glam.

My Latest Obsession

If you would like to submit your own DIY project, please see our Ruche Blogger Family for details!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: Perfect Beginnings

image sources: one and two


Wedding Wednesday: New Year's Eve Inspiration

New Year's Eve is an amazing time of year; it brings excitement and the promise of new beginnings. Here is some inspiration for your walk down the isle and a very happy 2012!

Source: one, two, three, and four

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Picture This: My Heart Belongs in...

Guest post by Charming Gypsy

I was born in Canada and live in Canada, yet my heart seems to always be in New York City and I wanted to create a photo collection with a few photos I took the last time I visited New York. I love taking photos that capture something unique and that will help me remember exactly where I was when I took the photo. I hope that others will enjoy these photos too!

Join our Ruche Blogger Family! Click here for details.

An Audrey Hepburn Hairstyle

Inspired by Audrey Hepburn, we recreated an easy updo for a touch of sophistication and glamour. Perfect for your New Year's Eve event or as a wedding updo, we hope this tutorial will teach you how to polish your outfit and enhance your classy charm.


Monday, December 26, 2011

A Look Inside

Take a peek into our world with Instagram.

If Ruche were a New Year's Eve party...

image sources one, two, and three

...we would celebrate like this. ♥ May 2011 end with cherished memories and 2012 begin with heartwarming laughter. Cheers to another year!