[Stripes + Garters]

Eyes closed because I don't want to wake up because the weekend is over. Tear. Hello, Monday! You crept up on me... This week is Thanksgiving week and I can't even believe how incredibly fast this whole year has gone. I'm not ready for 2015 to be over! Holiday season is now in full force and of course, many fun holiday looks are to come. In the meantime, here's an old set Hieu and I worked on for Mink Pink and Style Moi. I welcome all things that incorporate a bondage slash Fifth Element feel and that's how I feel whenever I throw on these shorts. Stripes are of course now a Ruby Element staple. I particularly love this one because it's cropped. Forever crop tops and high-waisted silhouettes. It's honestly the most flattering outfit combo out there. I hope y'all make it through the week! Only 4 more days 'til you can stuff your face silly. I know I'm excited.



What I'm Wearing:

[Mink Pink Striped Crop Top]

[Lime Crime Bleached]

[Rue 58 Bomber Jacket]

[Style Moi Harness Shorts]

[Urban Outfitters Boots (old, similar here, here, and here)]

Photos by Hieu.

[Faux Fall]

Though LA isn't quite ready for cozy knitwear, I couldn't help myself to throw on this turtleneck in the 80 degree weather. In other news, I love that wearing sneakers is now fully accepted in the fashion world. Total game changer. I'm fully prepared to kill this trend until it's dead. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekends! 



[Modcloth Holiday Shoot]

The holidays are creeping up so I thought it was the perfect time to share my favorite snaps from the Modcloth shoot I did last month, especially since the photos went live on the website just last week! Take a peek at the photos on the website at modcloth.com. I had such an amazing time shooting with Modcloth for the second time this year. Y'all kept me laughing all week! As always. Haha. I modeled with two other girls, Kayli and Alex, who were the sweetest! As I've said before and I'll say it again, the best thing about what I do is that I get to meet the best people! And also the encouragement of drinking beer on the job. Haha. Seeing behind the scenes how much work and effort is put into each photoshoot with Modcloth makes me appreciate the company as a whole. Everything is done with a clear idea in mind and with the best attitude. It's always a treat shooting with people who love what they and the results never disappoint! We went to two different tree farms in Pittsburgh to gather these photos and as you can see, the backdrop was too cute to handle! A BTS video with more from this adventure coming soon! 



Special thanks to Sara, Josh, Danielle, Rachel, Angel, Lauren, Adrienne, Jae Lee, Marissa, Andrew, Andrew, and Evan! Such an amazing team that made everything go by so smoothly! And of course, never a boring bunch ;) 

[OOTD: Stripes + Leather]

First, let me say that it feels so good to be back in LA! Don't get me wrong, I had an amazing experience overseas but I missed my regular routine! My body was also needing a heavy detoxing from all the wonderful carbs I devoured during my European excursion. Many, many photos and a possible video coming soon so stay tuned!

In outfit news, here's an outfit I shot with Erika back when fall was feeling a bit more like summer. I feel as though this look finally works now that you can still bare your legs but it does get more chilly during the mornings and nights. This completes my current mood: minimalism. What I love about minimalism is that you don't need much to make a statement. Something striped with a leather jacket plus my go-to everyday watch, this black beauty by Cluse Watches. These lace up flats have been dressing up my casual looks and of course flats are a must when you're running around and making moves in LA. I've become accustomed to comfort and I don't plan on going back to my old ways. Comfort > everything.

Also, I've been on a music binge these days-- I feel as though it's the only thing that can motivate me right now when I'm working. I have a playlist growing on Spotify that I want to share but in the meantime, take a look at my Sound Cloud to see what's on my current playlist (username: rubyhae). Hope y'all can get through your Mondays with it! Happy Monday! 



[Kawaba Rice Ball, Melrose]

[Kawaba Rice Ball, Melrose]

On a side note, I'm so happy to be back to eat yummy Asian food and boba! Wah! Forever Asian. I need my rice balls and boba. Thank you...

[Leibish Diamonds + Breast Cancer Awareness]

To those who have been regularly checking up on my page, thank you! I see you! :) The past few months, I've been redesigning (still a work in progress) and rebranding the blog to represent who I feel I am at this present moment. So for that reason, I have not been posting regularly on this space. Because I wanted a clear idea on how I want to represent the new Ruby Element, I had to stop and experience life for a minute-- change my diet, take on a exercise routine, try new beauty products, enjoy moments with my loved ones, and travel. In this new chapter, I want to talk about experiences in all elements of my life-- all encompassing my overall outlook on positivity and balance in life. This is just a mini-intro to something I hope to build over the next few months. But don't worry, there will still be many outfit posts to look forward to! 

On that note, let me talk about this beautiful pink diamond rose gold pendant by Leibish & Co for a minute. Although Breast Cancer Awareness month was last month, I wanted to talk about this elegant symbol of hope for many women who fought, is fighting, or know people who fought breast cancer because there's never a bad time for a good cause! This particular cause has a really special place in my heart as a family member had breast cancer, fought it and is my ultimate inspiration for life.

I was deciding how personal I wanted to get in this blog post because it is a private matter but I wanted to share my own experience with this to those who might be going through the same thing. Once someone in your life gets cancer, you are affected forever. You realize everything you complain about or get upset about is trivial in comparison. You never underestimate your time together and life becomes so much more precious. You see things more clearly and your life's purpose becomes a little bit more significant. Every action matters. 

Going through something so physically and emotionally draining, one would imagine a person would feel hopeless or weak but I have never seen anyone overcome something with such strong determination, strength, and grace. Never complaining about the situation, never skipping meals, and constantly making time for friends and family-- this person was living life the fullest. Truly. Even so, having support and a community of people who went through the same thing is something that can further assist with the healing process. Communities like ReThink Breast Cancer, an organization dedicated to empowering and educating  young women about breast cancer, and online forums educate and help women who are looking for resources to overcome the emotional and physical changes that their bodies are going through when fighting and have fought breast cancer. I know without these support groups, the person in my life wouldn't have been as strong or knowledgable of their situation and for this, I am forever grateful to these communities. 

Seeing life through these person's eyes, I was truly inspired to live everyday with a purpose. Create a mission in your life and fight for it everyday! And that's exactly how you should do it: fight!

So, in honor of those who are fighting for their lives and specifically those who are fighting breast cancer or know someone who is fighting breast cancer, I am hosting a giveaway with my good friends at Leibish & Co. Leibish & Co launched their THINK PINK campaign in honor of breast cancer awareness last month and will take 10% off any loose pink diamonds or any jewelry that includes pink diamonds. Additionally, $100 of each jewelry purchase will be donated to Rethink Breast Cancer. I will be giving away this beautiful rose gold pendant wrapped around a brilliant pink diamond. Yes, that's a real diamond folks!

All you have to do is comment down below who or what inspires you to fight for your life everyday! Winner will be announced in a week on 11/20/15, 9 AM (PST) on my Instagram account (@therubyelement) so make sure you're following me there to stay updated!

In addition, I'd like to donate $1 per like, comment, and share on this blog post in further support of these communities. I will do a live streaming of this on my Periscope account (@therubyelement) the same day I announce the winner of the pink diamond pendant from Leibish & Co. so you know I'm serious about this! Every action matters-- let's spread the word!



What I Wearing:

[Style Moi Bralet]

[Tildon Sheer Blush Top]

[Pink Diamond Rose Gold Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon Pendant | Leibish ]

[Levi 501s]