Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Shopping Guide: Gift Ideas for the Ladies

I interrupt this vacation style broadcast from last week's trip to Jamaica to share a very important and hopefully very helpful shopping guide. This one is for the ladies in our lives. Holiday shopping is in full swing. With all of the possibilities out there, this part of the season can definitely be overwhelming. But never fear, Ruby Girl is here to guide you through the murky waters of bazillions of choices and not all of them the right ones (ahem... that egg-shaping kitchen accoutrement with the "as seen on tv" tag that you got from Aunt Mertyl last year). 

1. Pavay, pavay, pavay! I've actually been using this skincare line for about a month and have found it to be really great. My skin feels fresh and clean, my pores are smaller, and my face feels softer and smoother overall. This would be a great gift for your sister, friend, mom, grandmother, really anybody. I love that the products are organic. Natural is always better and Pavay really seems to get that. I can personally recommend the Beauty Bar, Retinol Eye Cream, and Hydra-Gel Mask. I love sharing great new discoveries and Pavay is definitely one to try!

2. One-of-a-kind Home Decor Items This little gingham tea pot is a definite conversation-starter. It's so adorable! I also love the little candle with polka dots. Because obviously I adore pretty much everything with polka dots. But one of my favorite parts of this particular candle is that it says, "Escape the Ordinary". What a great little reminder to live an exciting life. The coffee table book, Art & Sole, is quite a stunning read. The shoes in it are not wearable but are definitely eye candy and each has a cool story. I also find this nautical American heritage-esque navy blanket from Lexington Company ridiculously tempting to snuggle up into.

3. Splurges on Staples Looking to spend a prettier penny on your pretty lady? (Ladies, feel free to send this post on to your honey's because you know you deserve this). If you've got a slightly more substantial budget, it's nice to get some serious bang for your buck. And I happen to know that all of us tend to appreciate a high quality pair of go-to jeans. (#amiright girls?). A classic camel toggle coat would also be much appreciated for the winter months. Last but far from least, Karen Walker tortoise shell sunglasses, a Tory Burch wallet, and glossy rain boots would make for perfect presents underneath the tree.

4. Personalized Holiday Cards are the perfect way to send some holiday cheer without breaking the bank. They're thoughtful and personal. Through Red Stamp, you can actually download their app and send them right from your phone also. Doesn't get a whole lot easier than that! It also can add a really nice touch to a gift. Instead of just buying something for someone, sweeten the sentiment with a kind note inside a festive card. Also, save 15% on your purchase by using code RSLOVESRUBYGIRL at checkout through the 29th!

5. Trendy Beauty Products & Accessories For the girl who has everything, take a risk by trying out one of the latest styles in cosmetics or accessories. She'll appreciate that you get her bold fashion sense. This beautiful Loren Hope crystal cuff and classically elegant Daniel Wellington watch would boost the fabulous level of any arm stack incrementally. Then there's this stunning Kendra Scott bronze drusy necklace… totally speaks for itself. You must check it out! And this houndstooth scarf, teal purse, and heirloom-inspired earrings (all major steals I might add!) are darling accessories, sure to please. 

6. Anything Striped The most steadfast of prints, stripes never seem to go out of style. Meaning you simply can't go wrong when gifting a striped something. This striped shirt from Closet Barcode has a few really interesting accents that make it a little different from the rest. There is leather detailing and a waist belt. Plus, the colors are great for the winter season.

I hope these Holiday gift ideas have got you thinking outside the box this year so that what you end up wrapping inside the gift box is something she'll be sure to remember, and in the best possible way.
Happy holiday shopping everyone!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Flora











How darling is this little mint skirt by Frill clothing? With the pleats and the loops of the bow, the top of it seems to almost have floral elements to it. The structure of the fabric is folded in an elegant and feminine way, similar to the petals of a flower. Every where I turned in Jamaica, I was ooh-ing and ahh-ing another gorgeous flower. Delicate and easy, they fluttered in the gentle breeze. Confident and unified, their shape withstood the same wind. I find the little things positively enrapturing, like many elements of nature as you may already know or if you're new around here and continue to follow along, will most surely come to know. So more than stop and smell the roses, I stopped and smelled them, ooh-ed and ahh-ed them, and of course, photographed them.
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Sorbet By the Sea










Something I love about visiting new places is discovering nature anew. Maybe down here in Jamaica, parrots are like squirrels, around every corner and not a big deal. But Patrick and I are like kids in a candy shop, just lovin it. We've seen parrots, peacocks and a lot of sea-life this trip. Two of my favorites are the starfish and zebra-fish. We have a snorkeling and sailing trip tomorrow and I've got my fingers crossed for coming across a dolphin or two. Patrick and I have always nerded out in the animal department. Planet Earth is like one of our all-time favorite movies. So you can imagine seeing all of these beauts in real life is like a non-stop highlight reel.
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Anchored to Adventure
















This one's going to be short and sweet, loves. As I only have a few minutes before my eyes quit this long blinking thing and actually close for a good night's sleep. It's getting late and I'm exhausted from a day of doing basically nothing. Isn't that how it goes? The days of utter relaxation in the sun are the ones in which you are just absolutely beat at the end of the day? Well let me tell you, it's been a nice change of pace from our otherwise quite-busy lives. I wish you could see this place in real life. I wish you all could be here with me (seriously how fun?!). St. James Secrets Resort here in Jamaica has been totally great and the scenery is phenomenal. There's nothing like an open beach to bring out the frolic and dreamer in you. The ocean truly does inspire me and ground me all at the same time. It's comforting and astounding, mysterious and inviting. It blows my mind every time like the first time and I just adore it. So I'm spending every minute I can with it this week. 
This unique nautical dress is from mudpie gift. They have a lot of really neat stuff. Check it out, you may just find a new favorite!
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gifts that Give Back: #TOMSforTarget

I really love how the #TOMSforTarget collaboration captures the essence of the holiday season. This is a time of year where the focus is on giving. Through giving, we celebrate our loved ones. We appreciate our teachers and bosses. We bless those less fortunate. Target and TOMS are exemplifying this in the most beautiful way through their exciting new collection. Just like TOMS usual one-for-one model, for every single gift purchased by a Target customer, something will be donated to someone in need. Every gift! A blanket via the Red Cross, a week of meals via Feeding America or one pair of shoes via TOMS. If that doesn't sweeten holiday gift-giving, I don't know what does!

I picked out some of my favorites from the #TOMSforTarget gift shop. For the ladies, the white denim jacket is totally sharp. For the guys? I love the navy casual jacket. It has style but looks casual and simple enough for any guy to throw it on and feel great in it. The little TOMS shoes are totally adorable for the kids, plus they're easy to slip on and will stay on, which I've heard can be a challenge with children's shoes. Talk to me in a few years and maybe I can speak from personal experience. Mayyybe haha. One of these days Patrick & I will go for it. So yea, TOMS shoes for the kids. And anyone would love to get one of those cozy TOMS blankets as a gift.

A huge thank you to Target for doing things differently this holiday season. Business can be so profit-driven and focused on numbers, especially during this time of year ironically. It's refreshing when a company takes a moment to step back from the data and profit and gives generously to those in need. As a Minnesota girl, I'm extra proud of this incredible company headquartered right here in my backyard in Minneapolis and their consistent pattern of giving back.
TOMS For Target: One-for-One. For All. Starting November 16th, for every Target+TOMS limited edition gift you buy, we're (Target) giving shoes, a blanket or meals to those in need. #TOMSForTarget     
                                   
Disclosure:  “Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.”

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pink Silk





 


Hello from Jamaica! After 2 days of 80 degree weather, powder-soft sand on the toes and natural eye candy all around, yours truly is already feeling rejuvenated and inspired. Patrick and I are enjoying a lovely week so far and are looking forward to the rest of our trip. Considering taking one of these palm trees home with me. Oh and the ocean. That's cool right?

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Bonjour









One of my favorite fall trends is monochromatic blush, especially with gold accents. I've styled blush and gold together with shimmering pants and sequins and lace and beading on Ruby Girl before. I think it has a whimsical feminine quality to it. This time, I went for a Parisian flair with the Bonjour shirt and circle skirt, and black accents. And the cool thing about this outfit as that most of it (sweater, skirt, & purse) cost under $100 together, thanks to a fun challenge from Kohl's. Who doesn't love a good bargain? Especially when you don't have to sacrifice style for it, which is totally the case with these unique Kohl's pieces.


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