[Grey]

Hi, blog world. I'm back after what seems like a lifetime. Truth be told, I haven't been blogging as much because I haven't been feeling inspired lately. Originally when I started blogging, I thought I would be sharing a lot more adventures will y'all in all aspects of my life, not just fashion. Though fashion is a key component to my identity and life, I also have many interests outside of this, including food, travel, beauty, fitness, and art. To really hone in on these ideas, I wanted to take a solid break to really break down what I wanted to talk about. No grey areas. No in between dillydallying. I wanted to break down personal experiences, like my recent struggle with winter breakouts, in addition to my ever-persistent battle to try and conquer my hate for working out. I want to share 100% of things that inspire or take part in my life so when RJ approached me to take part in his Art For the Pain project, I was completely on board. AFTP is an artistic departure from the commercial, a more emotional experience that lives solely for its existence as photography as art. No selling points. No BS. Just photography. Similarly, I want to show y'all me, The Ruby Element, on a more personal level, sharing all aspects of my life, including things outside of just fashion and personal style. 

I've been going through a very experimental phase with beauty-- as you can see. I am now a grey-head, well, I guess violet-grey-head to be exact. Haha. I had my hair done by the amazing James Miju, which took roughly about 6 hours to achieve this look. Worth it? I would have to say so. I definitely feel more inspired and light-headed. Haha. Pun intended. 

So, what is this new direction of The Ruby Element that you'll see? A lot more of me. Haha. So, I hope you're not sick of me yet! I want to embark new adventures and share them with you all. As my new year progresses, I am finding more reason for travel, more reason to eat at delicious new restaurants, make dates with friends, start new projects, and learn more about things I care about- aka cooking, fitness, beauty, reads, art, film. So, be sure to read a lot more about this, with The Ruby Element take, of course. 

I have to thank you all for being so patient with this transition and I promise you the wait will be worthwhile. I have a Valentine's lookbook prepared for y'all as well as tips to help keep you inspired, keeping you on the right track, and building your life towards a better you. As many of you may know, I work part-time at a psych clinic, which is because I have a high curiosity for human behavior, intellect, and emotions; consistently enriching your mind, and being the best possible you. I want to share some of my experiences with these topics at work, so keep a lookout for those posts in the future!

I'm very excited for y'all to take part in this journey with me! No more grey areas! Let's color our worlds with adventures! Mmk? Haha. ;) Love you guys!

xx

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[Flare]

I love finding simple options that have just the perfect amount of flare to be the center piece. Take this simple black top by JYJZ, for example, and how to flares out on the sleeves accentuating your small frame. Puffed out sleeves give an illusion of a smaller frame or a smaller waist. A modern take on the shoulder pads, if you will. I love the mesh panel on the sleeves as well. Gives more life to an overall simple top. I shot this last summer, but I'm in a bit of a retro mood-- meaning, I'm finding inspiration from things I've worn in the past. I like going back to basics to settle my mind of the overwhelming fashion trends that are happening around me. Keep it simple. That's all. I'm happy to be going away for the weekend. It'll be a good mini vacay to celebrate the end of my first truly amazing week of 2015. Another resolution I'm hoping I stick to! Travel more. I'll keep y'all updated on what I'm up to but in the meantime, I hope you enjoyed this blog post! Ciao, bellas! ;) Happy weekend, everyone!

xx

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What I'm Wearing:

[JYJZ Black Asss Top]

[Lovers + Friends Cutoffs (ON SALE!)]

[Zara Boots (old, similar here, here, and here)]

[Pink Lady]

Some color combinations are just meant for each other and baby pink and beige are one of them. I love how it can be dressed up in all monochrome or dressed down with some destroyed denim like I did here with my Lovers + Friends Jeans. I've been playing with a bit of color and yes, this is quite the color escape for me as my closet tends to stay close to shades of grey as of late. Also love being able to cuddle up in oversized knits and sweaters with more form fitted inner wear. Another huge influence in my wardrobe these days are 70s silhouettes. Floppy hats, fluffy oversized knit cardigans, high necklines, and tassel details-- modernized with the effortless Stuart Weitzman nudist heels that I love so much. So there you have it. Use pastels and shades of white, preferably with 70s elements to brighten your wardrobe this winter. 

xx

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[Sparkle and Shine]

Today's the last day of 2014 and I must say looking back I had some good moments, some bad moments, and really really bad moments. Haha. Of course all moments I am grateful to have experienced so I can grow and learn from them! As the saying goes, there's only one direction you can go from here, and that's UP! So to kick off the first day of the year and symbolize my 2015 goals, I'm going to indulge myself in going back to this beautiful location and getting my hike on! Exercising is going to be my number one priority in the new year. That along with not pushing things off to "tomorrow", being on time, traveling more, finding more time for family and friends, revisiting my musical past, and learning this dance. I'm not a dancer by any means but have always been intrigued by this type of dance-- there's so much emotion and passion behind it and of course the song helps too. My current favorite. 

Tonight, I'm definitely going the dressier route because I feel as though I don't usually have opportunities to do so and it's the end of the year! You have to celebrate in your ultimate best. I've been really into ear cuffs and silver accessories lately. Majority of the time, I've been wearing gold or brass due to its more accessible nature, but I love the sleek quality of wearing silver or silvery tones like this crystal ear cuff by Kristin Perry. The perfect statement piece to dress up whatever you're wearing.

Thanks to the pops for this amazing new Furla handbag. I've been wearing it nonstop since I got it and I must say it's really been creating that edge all my outfits need-- it also came with its own wallet, which is great for me because I always tend to take everything out of my bigger wallet and stuff it aimlessly into smaller handbags or clutches when switching purses. I lahv it. Everything miniature form is just, well, the cutest thing ever. I need them in more colors!

For a special night out, like tonight, a few statement pieces ain't gon' hurt nobody! Don't be afraid to do a statement necklace with a statement ear cuff. I love this Day & Night necklace by Curiios because it has the spikes to keep it edgy with the delicate crystals to give an element of sophistication. I layered them with my perfectly minimal Shop Hulma pieces. I love the simplicity in the single crystal and bar to elevate even the chunkiest of statement necklaces to the next level. A giveaway is coming soon so make sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up to date! 

Onward ho! Tonight we drink, dance, and before all that get dressed up, duh! (my favorite part!) I cannot tell you how excited I am to start this new year. Many new things coming to TRE! I will be sure to update you all soon! Love you all! Here's to looking forward! May you sparkle and shine in the new year! 

Cheers!

xx

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What I'm Wearing:

[Kristin Perry Inc Ear Cuff]

[Shop Hulma necklaces]

[Curiios Night & Day Necklace]

[Fangophilia nail ring]

[Missguided Bralet]

[Bliss Tulle Skirt]

[Jeffrey Campbell Soiree Sandals]

[Furla Mini Crossbody]

[Zara Coat (old)]

 

[Into the Woods]

I can't believe we're taking in the last 2 days of 2014! It's been such a crazy year for me! First, I want to apologize for the lack of posts as I have been feeling like a complete nomad for the past couple of days as I am in the process of moving into my new place and have completely forgotten to schedule the Internet installation until the new year. Doh. So I'm currently channeling my inner Carrie Bradshaw and working on this blog post at a local Starbucks. Breaking my usual iced coffee routine with a hot green tea latte for today's rainy weather. Mmm. Cozy feels.

How gorgeous is this scenery? One of my new year's resolutions is definitely going to be to go to more inspiring and beautiful places like this. This is Mt. Baldy, a very local mountain spot near my new place that I've never been to until this day. I definitely want to come back for a hike. Oh, yeah another resolution. More workouts. 2014 had only a handful, which contributed to my many sick days. Of course since it's coat season, I had to wrap myself in my mom's vintage Dolce and Gabbana fur coat. I love how the camel tones complement the red of this dress. Shift dresses always have a soft spot in my heart when it comes to dressing up. It's flattering for petite body types and it's a timeless silhouette that never fails to look good. I wanted to go a more casual route, so I went with these Dolce Vita boots I got for Christmas. And of course no outfit is complete with some accessories-- I had to go with gold to go with the warm tones of my wardrobe. I'm in love with these stunning earrings from Maison de Morgana. Vintage-inspired intricate earrings that still have an element of delicacy about them. I also love that the gem matches the red in my dress. Gotta love that color-coordination ;)

I've been wearing some version of these necklaces everyday since I got them at the Arts District Flea Market in downtown LA. If y'all haven't gone to this flea market yet, I highly recommend it! They have local artists, particularly jewelry artisans that feed your every stacking desire. I love that I can wear these necklaces by itself or layered together-- the beauty of minimal jewelry. You have to visit my gals, Abie and Marianne of Shop Hulma in the new year! They're the sweetest. (Also giveaway coming soon! :))

And of course those of you who are following me on Instagram, know that this Mofé Trifecta clutch has been my go-to for errand days or everyday. It's the perfect compact bag with three different compartments to keep all your belongings organized in the most perfectly functional and chic way. Go Mofé! ;)

I will be releasing another holiday look tomorrow! I'm still unsure of what I'm doing for the New Year's Eve. Seriously thinking about spending it at home with my dog. Haha. #Antisocial. Let me know what you guys are doing and wearing for New Year's Eve! I'd love to know! Happy new year's eve eve! ;)

xx

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What I'm Wearing:

[Trixxi Girl shift dress]

[Maison de Morgana earrings]

[Dolce & Gabbana coat]

[Shop Hulma necklaces]

[Mofé Trifecta clutch]

[Dolce Vita Boots]