[Dreams Come True]

Many people can dream but not many people will actually chase after their dreams. As a child, I always loved reading and watching fairytales because they all had a happy ending. Everyone found their soulmate, their calling in life, their perfect road to success but it's not all that easy in real life. Hard work is involved into making something of substance out of a figment of your imagination. Relationships take a lot of patience, humbling oneself, and realizing the bigger picture. You won't always understand each other, but if you care enough to try and push yourself to welcome this new person into your life, you will find that bit of sacrifice is worthwhile because you are making someone else happy, not just yourself, which has a very fulfilling feeling.

The second Disney theme of finding one's calling in life has always been a tough one for me to overcome simply because I was never one to "always know I wanted to do blank". This was a long and tireless journey. Changing my choice in college last minute, changing majors multiple times, changing jobs and never knowing what I was put on this earth to do. Even when I excelled at certain jobs, I never felt as though I belonged or it was what I see myself doing for the rest of my life. After starting The Ruby Element, I felt incredibly free. I was able to write about my life experiences, visit and attend such amazing places and events, meet the most inspiring people, and of course take amazing photos along the way. I would have never imagined this to even be a possibility and I feel truly blessed to know that if I work even harder, I can attain this dream job/career of being a fashion/lifestyle/travel blogger full time and hope to continue adding to those hyphens to keep TRE interesting for y'all and to broaden my own life experiences and develop as a human being.

This brings me to my last point in finding one's road to success. Success can be defined in many different ways. Are you happy? Are you wealthy? Are you famous? Are you making your parents proud? For whatever reason you're chasing after your dreams, I have to say, I hope it is something that ultimately inspires you to continue pushing yourself for the better because at the end of the day, you live with you and your decisions. Be proud of who you are and don't compromise your values for anything. You are the captain of your ship and you are in charge of whether or not your dreams will come true so make the decision today that you will put in the work to make your dreams a reality.

Dream chasers will love VSA Designs' Disney's Cinderella collection because it allows you to feel elegant and feminine just like a fairytale princess. The gorgeous 24-karat gold with Swarovski crystals in gorgeous rose and butterfly designs can be the perfect reminder to always chase after your dreams and make your dreams come true. VSA Designs and I have teamed up to help keep y'all inspired everyday by giving away this beautiful 24-karat gold necklace embedded with a single Swarovski crystal. Enter to win this gorgeous butterfly necklace by following the 3 simple rules below.

1. Follow @vsa_designs and @therubyelement on Instagram and Twitter

2. Repost this photo below using hashtag #VSAdreamscometrue

3. Tell us in the caption what your dream is and how you hope to achieve it

Good luck! 

xx

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What I'm Wearing:

[Dailylook Dress]

[VSA Designs 'My Carriage Awaits' Earrings]

[VSA Designs 'My Carriage Awaits' Necklace]

[Amarilo Sia Arm Cuff (use discount code: RUBY15 for 15% off!)]

[Amarilo Linea Cuff (use discount code: RUBY15 for 15% off!)]

Shot by Sungwook.

[Soft Palettes for Spring]

When it comes to color coordinating, I find it most ideal and relevant these days to stick to nudes and pastels. It must be the new hair inspiring these choices but I find it almost always flattering. There's a femininity in choosing these tones over the typical black ensemble and much more day-time appropriate. Another obsession these days-- this perfect little nude minimal backpack by Missguided. As you can see, I've been wearing it to all my outings and it never fails to add that perfect little oomph without even trying. I've also been really loving pastel makeup. Possible first makeup tutorial? Comment in the comment section down below if you'd like me to do a spring makeup tutorial. I'm no makeup artist so it'll be easy peasy. Hope y'all have an amazing week!

xx

[rp]

Shot by Allen

[The Ruby Element x VSA Designs Presents: Disney's Cinderella Collection]

I'm normally not a tiara girl, but put VSA Designs and Disney's Cinderella together in a collection and you know some kind of magic will happen. Inspired by my favorite artistic era, these jewelry pieces are adorned with rococo floral designs with VSA Design's own butterfly emblem to keep up with the fairytale theme. I was especially drawn to the gun metal collection because of course I'm a gal who likes to stick to her blacks. The black also makes what is usually more elaborate pieces more wearable for everyday. So, Corey, Anton and I hopped on over to downtown LA to shoot our post-apololyptic look during summer time's new golden hour. Thank God for Day Light's savings! I've been able to sneak in a lot more shoots because of this and have been completely obsessed with the lighting during this time. 

The look? A modern day fairytale princess wandering the streets of LA with her cat-eye sunnies and favorite leather jacket. Haha. Of course I had to finish it off with my version of glass slippers, my jelly platforms by Jeffrey Campbell (see better view in older post here) that I always bust out when the warm weather rolls in. I love the idea of wearing something as romantic as this tiara and necklace and reformulating it into something for everyday wear. You can also wear it as a headpiece by placing it upside down and creating a updo around it. Perfect for keeping your hair out of your face for the upcoming heat. I'm also excited to be wearing a few of these tiaras for Coachella. Who else is going?

Major thanks to my boo, Anton for creating this look I envisioned for VSA Designs new collections. Another lookbook for their Piccolo collection coming up!

Another thank you to Corey for these amazing shots! My grunge fairy tale come true. Make sure to use hashtag #VSADreamsComeTrue when wearing their Cinderella collection for a chance to be featured on VSA Designs' social accounts. You can follow them @vsa_designs on Instagram and Twitter. A giveaway from this collection coming soon so stay tuned! 

TGIF babes!

xx

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View the full Cinderella collection by VSA Designs here.

What I'm Wearing:

[Jewelry by VSA Designs]

[Sunglasses by Zero UV]

[Leather Jacket by DSTLD (coming soon)]

[Crop Top by Always Me (sold out)]

[Skirt by Kaii]

[Platforms by Jeffrey Campbell (old)]

Shot by Corey Epstein

Hair/Makeup by Anton

[Hello Spring!]

It's the first day of spring! Bring on the music festivals, short shorts, flower bouquets and bright spring salads. Spring, behind fall is my favorite season of the year because not only is it during my birthday (haha) but it's also the time when you finally can start baring your legs and wear more feminine, light-weight items. I'm all about simplicity and comfort when it comes to clothes so when I found this gorgeous Delahooke nude sweater, that was it. Ready to fill my life for many more sheer nude things and stacks from my favorite jewelry duo, Haati Chai x Amarilo

Recently, I've been asked a lot about my weight because I lost a bit of weight during the last couple times I have gotten sick. First, no, I don't have a problem. Second, yes, I'm okay. When it comes to body image, I'm a true believer in being the healthiest version of yourself whether you're a size 0 or size 12. Everyone has their own body type that is unique to them so I don't recommend ever doing anything too drastic to change yourself. With that said, I want to say that I am a naturally petite person and do not try to force myself to be at a certain weight level or clothing size because of blank. Upon accepting 2 different jobs on top of my blogging, I found less and less time to eat a normal-sized meal, so I would snack a lot throughout the day so of course my nutrition level wasn't where I wanted it to be, hence my numerous sick days. Since then, I have made a conscious effort to eating 3 meals a day, each with some nutritional value so my body doesn't feel deprived throughout the day. Plus, it gives you that natural energy that people are always talking about! Yup! It feels great. I have become less dependent on coffee and feel more energy immediately upon waking up. It's true what they say. You are what you eat so making a conscious effort to change your eating habits now will be beneficial to your life in the long-run. Let's live long and prosper, guys! Yes, Star Trek reference. I'll have a morning routine as well as a eating diary prepared for y'all so you can be inspired for this new season to eat right.

This season, I'm inspired to explore more healthy restaurants and recipes and wear simple but chic clothes that would work for any occasion because you really never know where your day will take you! If y'all would like me to do a lookbook for these types of looks, hit that heart at the end of this blog post or comment in the comment section. PS 10K giveaway is still on. Announcement coming to a blog near you! ;) Have a great weekend, guys!

xx

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What I'm Wearing:

[Delahooke]

[Haati Chai x Amarilo]

Shot by Dennis Lee.

Special thanks to Showroom Joplin for the space!

[Not Your Basic Basics Intro featuring East and Lo]

When it comes to revamping your spring closet, having basics are key to acing your seasonal transitions. That's why I have prepared a few looks with items you might already find in your closets. This is the first one-- the rest of them will be released in video form in a few days (can you take the anticipation!?) This look features my go-to lazy day outfit with the classic stripes and knit soft pants from East & Lo you just need in your lives. Pants so soft you can't believe it's not sweats, fits to flatter and of course goes with everything. The pockets are a plus too. I see myself wearing something like this on an errands day or if traveling or even on a casual date night. I like to wear pants on dates. So what? Haha. Anyways, I thought I'd share a sneak peek of what's to come since it's been a minute since my last blog post. I also wanted to say thank you to my Instagram family who has gotten me to 10,000 this past weekend. I just can't believe it! As promised, I am working on putting together a giveaway so be excited! It's going to be a big one!

Love y'all!

xx

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What I'm Wearing:

[Missguided Fedora]

[Luv AJ choker]

[OAK NYC crop top]

[East & Lo Knit Soft Pants]

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

Shot by Sarah Park.