Sunday, October 31, 2010

Think Pink Sunday

“The rose is a flower of love. The world has acclaimed it for centuries. Pink roses are for love hopeful and expectant. White roses are for love dead or forsaken, but the red roses, ah the red roses are for love triumphant.” ~ Love Quotes

It comes to a girl sometimes, feeling tickled pink. Here are some pink stuff and quotes I think are interesting.


Pink is the color of happiness.


“Almost all words do have color and nothing is more pleasant than to utter a pink word and see someone's eyes light up and know it is a pink word for him or her too” ~ Gladys Tabe


“Pink is the color of romance and a friend tells me that the girl with the pink dress at the party is the one who is selected for each dance” ~ Alfred Carl Hottes


“The very pink of perfection.” ~ Oliver Goldsmith


“Slow buds the pink dawn like a rose From out night's gray and cloudy sheath; Softly and still it grows and grows, Petal by petal, leaf by leaf.” ~ Susan Coolidge


“Wish on everything. Pink cars are good, especially old ones. And stars of course, first stars and shooting stars. Planes will do if they are the first light in the sky and look like stars. Wish in tunnels, holding your breath and lifting your feet off the ground. Birthday candles. Baby teeth.” ~ Francesca Lia


“I fell off my pink cloud with a thud.” ~ Elizabeth Taylor


“Picasso had his pink period and his blue period. I am in my blonde period right now.” ~ Hugh Hefner A little best friend for a lady, Pink Butterfly Tampon Case.

photo credits: etsy and weheartit
quotes credit: thinkexist

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Step Out in Cozy Layers

Don't put away your light pieces just yet! All you have to do is a bit of layering to keep you warm. Check out over 15 cozy layered looks to keep you warm through fall and winter! What's your favorite layered look??

Photos by Mai Olivo.

Ugly Shoes alternatives for Halloween costumes

If you are planning to go edgy on your footwear this Halloween, there are some designers shoes that you might want to check. These footwear happened to be the most creative creations ever done in the name of shoes, in fact, almost beyond the imagination of stereotype, unoriginal  people who only go for style that are socially acceptable. These shoes exceeded the definition of "beautiful" that they are dubbed "ugly shoes".

With the help of any of these shoes, the creative side of you might just come up with a stylish, extra-ordinary Halloween costume.

Rick Owens hidden sandals

Why is this ugly? Because I think that it's made for some middle aged, stylish Dracula.

Alexander McQueen "armadillo" heels

I really respect Alexander and I was devastated with the news of his death last year. He was such a loss. But while I adored his vision for style, I just can't handle these armadillo. They're too beautiful for me that they'd make me ugly. I'm speaking about pairing them with any of my dresses, but if you've some special outfit for this season, why not?

Vibram FiveFingers Sprint

I can't bear with the thought of walking around mingling with humanity while my tendons are exposed. Not when I walk around in a dress, but maybe, when I'm farming?

Opening Ceremony faux fur platform boot

This shoe would make a good trivia question. Are those hair of human or of sheep? If it's human hair then I'll applaud the designer for his reusing and recycling technique. But if those of sheep, then I'd like to be rest assured that their souls are at peace.
Nina Ricci heel-less heels

When I first saw this shoe I felt more scared than impressed. It's a kind that I'd see in scary movies. I wonder what's with the concave-like platform? The suspended heels are exceptional BUT seeing such beauty being useless just causes me contradictions on myself. Can it be that the floating platform is cool? Or is it just flat ugly?

You might want to see more ugly shoes for Halloween. Visit the slide of ugliest shoes at Shine. 

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sneak Preview: New Items!

TONS of new items will be added to Alameda Vintage tomorrow night. Jot it down in your diary and don't forget to check out Thursday's ending auctions!

Finally Sunny,
Sabrina London

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

5 Important Features to Look For in a Rug to Make Your Room Look Fabulous

Hunting for the best runner rugs that will complement your room won’t be so hard once you look for the following features: color, texture, size and shape, material used and design.

Rugs are excellent room/floor decorators. But, searching for the right rugs seems like a chore for there are so many kinds to choose from. This shouldn’t be done in a hurry if you really want the best ornament for your home. The features below will serve as a guide to help you find the perfect rug you've been looking for.



The first feature to look for is the color of the rug. It shouldn’t clash with the hue of the walls itself. The flooring should also be taken into consideration. Bear in mind that the color of the furniture should also be counted. Colors can play tricks in one’s mind such as choosing bland and pastel colored rugs to give off a spacious vibe. Darker and deeper colors endow are room with a cozy feeling, a warm atmosphere and a sense of relaxation. On the other hand, if you prefer rugs decorated with bold patterns with intricate designs, this would best fit with simple and monochromatic furniture. To avoid putting your guest into confusion, take the stated guides into thought.



Another way to affix a certain kind of feeling is through the texture of a rug. If you prefer a soft and cozy feeling, a fluffy-looking rug in pastel colors would fit this specification. Then again, some prefers a sophisticated look. This can be attained through choosing a rug with elaborate patterns. If you fancy a mod style of room, a rug of monochromatic hue will suit best.


Size and Shape

The size of a rug should depend on the area you want to cover. You don’t want to make you room look packed. A room should always have a welcoming vibe, not a suffocating one. Modern area rugs come in different sizes and shapes. There are ones for a long hallway, for round tables, to name a few. Don’t lose hope because there is always one out there that would be perfect.


Material used

Before purchasing a rug, check on the material used with a keen eye. Hand-woven rugs are of the best quality since each strand is tightly interlaced. Also, examine the back portion of the rug. If the pattern at the back is seen, then that rug deserves a thumbs-up. Reversely, if the back portion is covered with a cloth-like layer, expect that it wouldn’t last long because after some time, it will leave a cotton-like residue on the floor. Good looks plus quality equals perfect choice.



There are loads of runner rugs to choose from. The advantage of modern area rugs is that each one is not exactly identical to the other. A distinct way to reveal your true personality is how you decorate your home. Styles like Persian rugs and Oriental rugs pose a great deal of choice. The appealing plus to rugs is that you may settle in two or more so long as it will match the natural ambiance in your room.

Gaze at your room for a few seconds and think about what areas you would like to focus on. What’s unique to rugs is that each perspective gives a cool vibe.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

$65 gift card giveaway sponsored by CSN Stores

It was only a few weeks ago when we had a fabulous gift card giveaway sponsored by CSN Stores. This time, another fashionista is destined to win yet another giveaway, a $65 gift certificate courtesy by - non other than - CSN Stores.

I was chosen as one of those CSN Preferred Bloggers, meaning, another giveaway threat to my readers.

I don't know about you, girls, but for me, whether it is for dining or for writing, I need a very comfortable table. It aches my back and it ruins my appetite for food or my mood to write/blog if my chair and table are not made for comfort. Therefore, more than the style and beauty, when it comes to drop leaf table, comfort comes first.


One of you lovely girls is destined to purchase a new set of table and chairs of your choice. But in case you haven't got any space in your home anymore, there are plenty of other items that you can use for your gift card. Visit where you can find fabulous shoes, handbags and wallets.

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About Ruche and the Creators

I was finally able to update our "About Us" page. Check out how Josh and I started Ruche!

Ruche was created and designed in 2008 by Mai Olivo and Josh Olivo, with our furry companion Roji.

Ruche was not something that grew overnight. In 2005, as a hobby, we sold vintage inspired beaded sandals on ebay.
Like all fashion crazes, the demand for these quickly faded, but Mai continued to search for new items she liked.

As recent graduates and newlyweds, budget was always a big issue. Mai always had a difficult time finding affordable and unique clothing that was "her" style!
That was when she started to sell clothing and jewelry that she loved.
What was a hobby back in 2005 turned into a dream come true in 2008. With a degree in Computer Science and Web Development, Mai created and designed
Ruche was a hobby that we worked on after our regular 8-5 jobs, and like most businesses, started right out of our home.
We would ship during lunch and answer emails during break time. Everyday after work, we came home and played with Ruche until the wee hours of night,
slept a few hours and went back to our day jobs dead tired hehe. Ruche took over our living room, bedroom, garage, and eventually the kitchen counter.
We sacrificed much and finally took a risk, Mai left her job as a web developer and Josh left his engineering management position to run Ruche full time. Leaving our budding careers in the corporate world was nerve racking, but it was the best decision we've made together, plus we could finally get some sleep!

Through trial and error along with inspirations we have collected through the years, we molded Ruche into what it is today - "a vintage inspired boutique with a modern touch".
Ruche is a collaboration of everything that has inspired us - fashion, photography, design, and lifestyle.

We pride ourselves in excellent customer service because we treat every visitor as our friend. Please know that there are real people behind the website and
we always put ourselves in the position of our customers, as we too, are customers elsewhere. We understand how it feels like to anxiously wait for a package,
how happy we are when something is better than pictured online, or how upset we would be when that item came damaged or in the wrong size. Josh and I still
answer emails from time to time, we love what we do! We live and breath Ruche (although it is nice to take a vacation from time to time hehe).
As an independent boutique, we cherish the opportunity to support small boutique brands and indie designers. Nothing feels better than the ability to support
working people to do what they love. Josh and I are blessed to do what we love and we owe it to all those who have loved and supported Ruche thus far.

As Ruche grows we will always keep our prices reasonable and strive for fun and friendly service. We wish for you to always feel at home when you visit Ruche.
We hope you stay a while and grow with us! Thank you for your love and support.
We love comments, feedbacks, and suggestions.
Please feel free to contact us!

--A Special Thanks to all the talented people that we have worked with, our amazing Ruche team, Stephanie Williams and Issac -your friendship and breathtaking photos.

Photos by Stephanie Williams

Sunday, October 24, 2010

6 winter coats you must try on

I tracked my traffic record and found several searches about winter layering. It dawned on me that I've quite a number of posts on summer essentials but not much about winter fashion. Did a little research and found out that most people are actually looking for "coat" inspirations. Coats for winter, sounds logical.

Here are the 6 fabulous coats that I'd recommend for winter.


"The fox-fur coat paired with washed-tweed cigarette pants is a modern mix of utility and rock." ~ Marie Claire


"Inspired by traditional Italian menswear, the newly proportioned suits in warm coat, sensual fabrics impart a feeling of protection and aristocratic elegance." ~ Marie Claire


"A coat that's Poetic, opulent, and upbeat, with a disheveled British elegance, as always, at the core." ~ Marie Claire


Dress like you're in early twenties with touch of maturity. Manage your coat. WeFashion!


Sport that elegant punk look. Such irony! Whatever. Wefashion!


Oh! And don't forget to play with colors too. Winter coats are not meant to be dull and boring. See that scarf! Hell, looks.

One of my readers has pointed it right, I tend to blog about items ridiculously priced. And she buys it. That's what we're supposed to do. If we can't afford them, let's dream about them. And let them inspire our creativity.

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Winner of $100 Shopbop Gift Card Giveaway!

Happy Sunday, my dear girls. The time has come to announce the very lucky lady who won the $100 Shopbop gift card. While I wished everyone could win, at the end of the day, made its verdict.

What a fabulous Sunday for her, shopping spree time. She probably would get one of the T-bag dresses, or she might get confused if she's to choose from Diane von Furstenberg dresses? I'm envious! I can just wait for the day when I can bring home the Thread Social Paisley Print Short Dress that I adore. But today isn't my day.


Because the creative fashionista who won the $100 gift card is ... Mimi. Congratulations!

Thank you to all the girls who participated and made this giveaway oh so fabulously fun. Of course many thanks to our sponsor, the Shopbop.

We still have one giveaway running and who knows it's gonna be yours? Join now!

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