Tartan + Glitter

Christmas is just around the corner, but the festivities are in full swing. Patrick and I are enjoying some wonderful time with the family. Extended time with family is a treat. Here with the Herzogs, there is a whole lot of staying up to the wee hours of the morning, chatting and playing games. Munching on popcorn and Christmas cookies all the while. Conversations are uplifting and meaningful. With some threads of memories that resurface to be relived every year. I could probably list off about 10 stories/subjects that are a guarantee to come up at some point during our time together. Every so often there’s a spontaneous trip downtown for coffee, a donut, and a little Christmas light viewing on the way. It’s comfortable and familiar. It’s a place where things are simple and predictable, even in moments of spontaneity. An aspect of the season that I cherish completely.
jacket: c/o the girl that loves
necklace: c/o boutik collections (only $20!)
skirt: tommy hilfiger || shop similar—> splurge & splurge & save
pearl necklace: new york & company
heels: target


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Holiday Prep Days: What to Wear





I’ve put together the perfect outfit for the days before the Holiday. You know my mantra by now… Looking chic is definitely a priority. But there are definitely times when comfort really can’t be forfeited in the name of chic. So we find a way to mesh the two together. It’s especially true on a day where you could be running to Target to grab a cooking thermometer, sitting pretzel-legged wrapping gifts (and looking for the darn tape that somehow ended up on the other side of the room under two gifts and a heap of wrapping paper), while chatting with relatives and maybe singing a Christmas carol or two. So we have super comfy jeans, non-heeled boots, and a cozy warm sweater. The blazer, necklace, and belt add a touch of style to the ensemble. The entire look is from the up and coming Boutik Collections. And the best part is, Boutik Collections is offering all Ruby Girl readers 20% off with code RUBY now through Christmas!





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Christmas Card Photos 2013


We were on our way to downtown Red Wing for a few Christmas card photos when I spied this magnificent door and urged an immediate pullover. The wood is so beautiful, and I love the grand archway. The wreath, evergreen tree, and dusting of snow made it the perfect accidental backdrop. Not exactly our most punctual year for getting our cards out as this may be about the time that the Christmas cards have already piled up too high to fit in the designated basket or on the fridge, so keep the scotch tape out for the refrigerator cause ours is still on the way. Speaking of things being “on the way”, can we give it up for the mailmen and ups peeps that are delivering eternal mounds of boxes and cards and such to us. I mean honestly, they rock.





on me: 


sweater: marshalls


jeans: gap


shirt: tommy hilfiger (c/ o albertville premium outlet mall)


necklaces: ny & company (one and two: just $12 each!)


shoes: vjstyle (just $42!)





on patrick:


sweater: marshalls


shirt: tommy hilfiger


khakis: gap


shoes: kohls








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Christmastime in the City




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photos by the ever-talented, rachel marie photographie!







When negative-degree temperatures and snowy/icy sidewalks reduce our shoe choices to snow boots with a lot of traction on the bottom, we Minneapolis girls really turn it up for the holiday parties. Not just for snow boots and parkas, this is the season for party dresses and pulling out all the stops for mega-glam outfits. This Lily & Violet dress was a total no-brainer. It had all my must-have’s for a festive frock: luxe fabric, a touch of femininity, and lots of styling potential. I added the glitz with a little double necklace action. Layering them is my new favorite thing. So ladies, what do you have in mind to wear to your holiday soirees this season? 







dress: c/o lily & violet


heels: anne klein


necklace: j.crew


pearls: aldo


clutch: the limited


coat: banana republic







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Holiday Gift Guide: Ladies




Shop the guide:


gold dress: anthropologie


velvet mustard clutch: anthropologie


tartan skirt: jcpenney


phone case: kate spade


necklace: j.crew


blanket: target


lomo camera: anthropologie


clive christian perfume: urban retreat beautique


sorel boots: j.crew


quilted jacket: joules


silk scarf: joules


grey sweater: j.crew







The holiday season is in full swing and I am lovin it. Mint is regularly in her festive sweaters, our tree is up and decorated, and I’ve actually wrapped up all my shopping! You guys are so great and I really appreciated the positive feedback from this Holiday Gift Guide series. You loved the shopping ideas for parents and the gentlemen in our lives, and now I bring you one for the ladies. I’m sure there are some discreet ways to plant this link in your gifter’s vision. Like, oh, you know, walking over to him while he’s looking up the latest scores and typing the link in the browser. 😉 There are gifts for every price range in this little guide. 







Have you heard of Urban Retreat Beautique? They carry the ever-so-elegant Clive Christian perfume. Along with a lot of other premier beauty product lines like Nars, Moroccanoil, Diptyque. Their main location is at Harrods in London. Vogue referred to Urban Retreat as “the ultimate beauty destination in London”. Just what I needed, another reason to make a visit to London! I’d say the trip is rather unavoidable now. And I don’t mind a bit!







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