Best of 2014

 

2014 ruby girl highlights
{{ trip to nyc to cover fashion week }}
{{ debut on local tv news networks }}
{{ feature in major mn newspaper, the star tribune }}
{{ founded american elegance }}
{{ instagram growth to 12k }}
{{ began work as personal wardrobe stylist }}
{{ feature in minnesota monthly magazine }}
{{ collaborations with the galleria in edina, piperlime, & shopbop }}
{{ hosting spring secret garden fashion show at macy’s southdale }}
{{ feature on glitter guide }}
{{ launched ruby girl youtube channel }}
It’s been an amazing year, with so many highlights not only for the blog but for life in general… Almost too many to recount in anything besides a novel. So I picked out some of my favorite outfits to commemorate the year because a picture says a thousand words, right? Two words that I simply must say to all of you however is, a huge THANK YOU for your love and support this year. The fact that I get to share outfits with you makes it fun to put them together, sparks fresh creativity, and of course gets me really sappy every once in a while. Like right now. Happy New Year’s, everyone! Enjoy your celebrations and when 2015 comes along at midnight, let’s take it by storm.


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Christmas Soiree


We held our annual holiday soiree over the weekend and enjoyed it as usual. It’s always such a blast to spend an evening celebrating the season with friends and family. One of my favorite parts is decorating the place. This year, I had a little help from Red Stamp. The polka-dotted table runner, “YAY” photo booth gold balloons, toothpick flags, and personalized cocktail napkins are all from Red Stamp. I loved that I got to choose the color of the table runner and napkins, and balloons. I had a decor scheme in mind (of course!) so this way I could make sure the items fit in with the vibe. I hope you are all enjoying your Christmas Eve and are looking forward to a lovely Christmas Day with your family. We’ve got stop at the local bakery for breakfast and coffee, Christmas caroling, and maybe even a game of mud football on the agenda for the day. 




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Forepaughs Holiday Dinner

The holidays are a time to celebrate. In the spirit of the season, we had a festive dinner at one of my favorite spots in town, Forepaughs. We had a lot of tasty sips and several appetizers to pass. The charcuterie plate and the beef satay were as delicious as usual. It’s an absolutely gorgeous place; I especially love how it’s decorated around the holidays. If you stop by, say hi to the staff for me. They’re wonderful. 
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Danny & Kenny King: suits, ties, & accessories via King Bros Clothiers




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Chanhassen Dinner Theatre

Over the weekend, Patrick and I went to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre for another holiday tradition. We went to see the show Hello Dolly and enjoyed the evening from top to bottom. The place makes quite the impression. During this time of year, it is elegantly adorned with evergreen and festive ornaments. We sat down for dinner and I knew right away what I’d order. The Chicken Chanhassen, every time. It didn’t disappoint. After dinner, Patrick and I relaxed in our booth and watched the show, Hello Dolly. It was done beautifully. I hadn’t seen the show since high school. One of my favorite scenes was at the restaurant in New York with the dancing waiters. I also loved how the storyline was carried among the mini-plot of the two couples on a double date in tandem with Dolly’s love triangle. The music was fun and the lyrics clever. It was the perfect date and I can’t wait to get back to the Theatre.
I am excited to share some information from an exclusive interview I had with the show’s costume designer. He noted that inspiration for designing the show came from the pages of actual 1897 issues of Harper’s Bazaar from the Minneapolis Public Library downtown. What a valuable resource for the fashion-oriented! I need to make quick plans to get myself over there some Saturday afternoon. Fabric choices are crucial in wardrobing for the stage and interestingly enough, many of the dresses were made from drapery fabric. Translating Victorian style for the modern girl can be tricky, so Rich recommends wearing brooches and maybe even venturing out into extravagant hats. Wouldn’t it be fun if we all started wearing Derby-style hats for the every day? I’m game if you’re game guys…
As a fashion girl, I am of course eyeing up the costumes the whole time. Here were some of my favorites from the night. The show is set in 1890 and the fashions have a definite Victorian influence with long skirts, extravant hats, and corseted bodices. 
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Hello Dolly photos by Heidi Bohnenkamp, 2014




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Shopbop Sale Picks






Shopbop has an incredible sale going on right now, with an additional 20% off their sale prices if you use the code EXTRASALE, bringing a lot of designer clothing to 40-75% off! I’ve scoured the sale and pulled out my favorite picks:







A.L.C. white tank


lela rose purple polka dotted sheath dress


dvf leopard heels


kate spade gramercy gold watch


rochas grid pants


kate spade polka dot tote


kate spade bow mittens


joie grey sweater with collar


kate spade statement earrings


emerald boxy structured coat







Don’t miss out on these amazing deals!




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