[School Girl + Always Me Giveaway]

Happy Thanksgiving week, y'all! I must say I'm pretty excited to get my Thanksgiving cookin' on this year! My sister and I put together a pretty mean menu. But food aside, Thanksgiving is all about giving and being thankful. So, I thought of teaming up with Always Me to give y'all my first ever Thanks-giveaway to say thanks to all y'all! You can win this gray pullover seen in this blog post here or a knit cardigan seen here. (Rules to enter this giveaway are at the bottom of this post!)

Also, I was able to shoot with Teban again before the end of the year! Woot! We got together at the Santa Monica Library, my old stomping grounds and favorite place to relax. It's a beautiful library with two floors of every book imaginable and a gorgeous patio in the middle of the building where you can either eat your lunch or enjoy the outdoors a bit. It's also quite close to 3rd Street Promenade so if you ever need a shopping break while you're working or studying, you have that option as well.

Also, got a haircut. I think this is the shortest my hair has ever been in my life and I'm kind of liking it. The short hair makes me feel like I can get away with anything as far as styling options because I don't have to worry as much about styling my hair. In Korea, a lot of high school students are forced to actually cut their hair this length so that they all look uniform and they don't think about "styling" themselves on a daily basis so they can focus their energies on their studies. I think in a way that was what I was doing-- I've been a little distracted with some extraneous things in my life that the cut was sort of symbolic in a way as well as necessary as my hair was getting to an awkward length. I feel oddly at ease now. Ready for the week! Ready to prioritize! 


What I'm Wearing:

[Kaii leather jacket + blouse (Use "RUBYxKAII30 for 30%off)]

[Always Me Boucle Pullover Dolman Sweater (Use "RUBY1014" for 10% off)]

[Tobi Hey There Sexy Skirt]

[Culture Riot backpack]

[Mom's boots]


Shot by Teban S.

It's thanks-giveaway time! ;) Win a chance for either one of these knits pictured above by 

1. Following @alwaysmeclothing and @therubyelement on Instagram

2. Commenting on the image above on Always Me's Instagram account telling us which one you'd rather snuggle up in this Thanksgiving. Left or right? Easy!

Winners will be announced after the holiday! Good luck! ;)




[Jewel Toned]

Nearing the holidays and you need something to suck in all that extra helping of stuffing and pumpkin pie so I thought I'd review a new shapewear brand called Jewel Toned for y'all. It's a brand that makes shapewear a little more colorful and sexy-- in between the lines of is it or isn't it underwear. Where so many shapewear fail, Jewel Toned makes an effort to give you not-so-grandma underwear that you may even feel compelled to wear as a mini dress out on a night out. Immediately when you slip it on you get a elastic feel that clings to your body, as good shapewear should-- this way you know it's working!  Not to mention it's buttery soft. The material isn't itchy, so you won't feel uncomfortable throughout the day. Also, if you aren't afraid to go mini, you can even layer it up with all your fall goodies. Take a look at how I wore mine in the photos below! And for those who wanted a headstart on their Black Friday shopping, here's 20% off discount code off the entire website: LOOKMANOBRA !




What I'm Wearing:

[Beanie- Korea]

[Sweater- Suburban Riot]

[Mini Dress- Jewel Toned]

[Thigh Highs- XXI]

[Platform Heels- Stylenanda (old, similar here)]

Shot by Nicole.


[Always Me x The Ruby Element: Good Vibes]

Good f*ckin vibes, always. Cancel out the negatives and slide right into something more comfortable. Perfect the slouch factor with an off-shoulder crop and drape-y coccoon knit cardi to wrap yourself in on those lazy fall mornings. This definitely has to be one of my favorite shots with Terrence for Always Me. We hit the sun right as it was setting and the results has to be one of my favorite shots we took together. Makes me want to go to the beach again. 



What I'm Wearing:

[Always Me Clothing]

Use discount code "RUBY1014" for 10% off at checkout! 


Shot by Terrence

Hair + Makeup: Anton


[New In: Ruby's Current Favorites]

The season's are a-changin' and thought it was about time to share some of my favorite things since SoCal was hit with a cool breeze. First, warm wool hats. Fall isn't quite complete with some awesome head gear and man have I been on a black hat binge. Somebody stop me. This one is by H&M.

Second, backpacks as purses. I've always been a fan of the backpack since the 90's. My mom rocked one. I stole hers since and have been wearing the crap out of it hence it was time for a new one. So, when I found out about Culture Riot, I was ecstatic. One stop shop for everything backpack and then some. Click here to view their full collection. This one is the Anastasia Convertible Backpack in Black.

Thirdly, dark, dark eyeliner. Don't get me wrong. I still love a good dark lip for fall but there's something dramatic and mysterious about just focusing all the attention on your eyes. Plus it cancels out the need to wear mascara, which for me, right now, is sort of a must. Currently in need of a new mascara recommendation! I completely ran out! 

I've never done a dramatic cat-eye like this so I was excited to try it with my girl, Suzie. I must say it immediately makes all your outfits look put together. I'm strong believer in beauty and fashion working very closely together to completing an entire look. To complete this dramatic eye look, I went for a 20's vintage-inspired hairstyle, which I must say have been pairing nicely with most outfits of mine. Good hair day everyday with this style. 

Next, midi skirts. It's no surprise that I'm a little in love with midi skirts at the moment. I think it's the chicest way to warm up in the fall months and still maintain a feminine shape. This one is by Shabby Apple, a vintage-inspired store chock-full of skirts and dresses that focus on shapes and looks that identify perfectly with the everyday woman. Simple, elegant pieces to make you feel like a princess. Tulle, polka dots, wrap dresses-- they have it all. Truly timeless pieces that pair with almost anything.

I can attest to this because I have been wearing this skirt quite consistently over the past couple of weeks. First, because I know it pairs amazingly with most basics and the midi length immediately elevates the outfit. Second, because it is so, so comfortable. I cannot emphasize this enough. This skirt may be comfier than most of my sweats right now. It fits perfectly at the waist and the a-line cut gives you the most flattering shape.

I've been loving wearing this with crop tops, basic tees, and blouses. With tees, I've been cinching it at the waist by either tucking it in or tying it in a knot to accentuate the waist. Skirts like this, since they are quite long and wide, to keep a feminine shape, it's always a good idea to bring attention to the waist. You can even finish it off with a belt really bring that hourglass shape to life. To continue the feminine theme, I went for some strappy heels to complete the look. I've also worn this look with some ankle boots to keep it casual top to bottom.

Lastly, on a non-fashion related note, I've really been enjoying eating avocados with a spoon with a touch of salt! I've always been grossed out whenever I saw my friends do this but scrounging around for the last bits of what was left in my refrigerator one morning and I thought why not? And wow. Just wow. If you haven't tried it yet. It's the perfect snack. Already ready to grab a full bag of avocados for my next market trip! Sometimes I think some things just happen for a reason... so happy about this discovery right now. Haha. I hope y'all have an amazing week!



What I'm Wearing:

[H&M wool hat]

[Oak NYC Exposed Shoulder Top]

[Culture Riot Backpack]

[Shabby Apple Skirt]

[Zara Heels (old, similar here)]

Hair + Makeup and Photos by Suzie K.

Special thanks to The Social Trust for the space.

[Arm the Animals Giveaway]

It's been a while, friends. Fall's here and you need some basics to layer under your perfect fall trench or cuddly knit cardigan. So, we're here to help! And by we I mean Arm the Animals, my blogger bestie, Lisa Linh, and me. We decided to combine forces to host this fun giveaway that's super easy to enter. All you have to do is:

1. Follow @therubyelement, @lisaalinh, and @armtheanimals on Instagram

2. Take a photo with your bestie and use hashtag #ATABESTIE 

To learn more about Arm The Animals and all the good that they do, click here for my previous Arm The Animals blog post. Otherwise, take a selfie break. You know you're already taking one now. Do it with a friend. ;)



What I'm Wearing:

[Arm the Animals Tank]

[Levis 501 Shorts via Batoko]

[Always Me Cardigan (Use DC: RUBY1014 for 10% off! :))]

[Jewelry from Amarilo, Crafted by Talia, Vanessa Mooney via Rocks Box]

[Zara Scarf]


Hair + Makeup + Photos by Suzie K.