Smiling in the now

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Already half way through January and still can’t wrap my head around 2015…

So many adventures in 2014 I got side-tracked from the blog, life as I knew it before and so I decided to live in the moment. Summer was amazing, brunches galore, trips, unexpected adventures. I can honestly say 2014 was a fantastically weird treat to acknowledging you can not truly control anything…you make choices and live in the now. I missed my heart and had to live with understanding how distance makes the heart grow fonder as well as how living in ones own world can also create a bigger distance than we don’t see coming until it’s too late. #sigh… I met some amazing women and got to know myself better being in their company…2014 would not have been 2014 without my ladies #ladieswhobrunch #champagnequeens #mimosasondeck #rooftoppools #packabag #isitabottomlessbrunchornah???

I’m in the best possible space I could be in and I didn’t even realise it until I fell into it. When I stopped obsessing about business, blogging, finding my purpose etc etc the list goes on and on…I just started living and praying. Things started shifting and happening, and it made me realise when I over think, worry, question…It doesn’t make me any better, I just fall into a pit of nothingness. The end of 2014 brought about big decisions, I went back and forth and changed my mind repeatedly (sorry to those close enough to constantly hear my mumbles of ‘I don’t know what to do’ ‘what do you think’ ‘ok, no now i’ve really made up my mind’ ‘yeah, I’m done’ (lol) forgive me….)

And now 2015 is here and things are changing so quickly…there’s no looking back. I’m gearing myself up for the challenges ahead of me and focusing on getting the things on my long-term goal list fulfilled. The little things I used to think I needed to make me happy don’t amount to the feeling of understanding myself enough to know I want so much more than to just wake up and be. This year I am going to check off a good amount from my goals list, purely by being committed and choosing to trust God.

Hooray to 2015

Stay blessed loves

Being a tourist in my old home...NYC

Being a tourist in my old home…NYC

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Story…

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Be kind to one another, create systems that build and most importantly show love and compassion.

The past is the stepping stone to learn, grow and be better in the future.

Be the good change in people you meet.

love…

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Finding oneself in the craziness is a journey in itself…looking to ring off 2014 with a firm grasp on where I will be going in 2015. Making money…keeping myself in shape and being creative.

So ready…are you?

Making decisions

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How can we maximise our time and get results quicker and get great outcomes?

I ask myself this question daily. We live in a world that changes quicker than a heartbeat… I have found that retreating into my sanctuary…God, Prayer and family- (the one God put me in and the one he hand-picked for my journey)….has brought me back to the place I left off and had no idea how to get back to. During the holidays I sit back and reflect on all the ups, downs, happy, tear-filled days of the year and take the time to thank God for all the good and bad. Everything is a life lesson and what we take from it and grow in ourselves helps build us to be the best versions of ourselves. I choose to be happy everyday, there is always something to smile about.

Decision making is a fine art. Find your happy place and retreat to it any time you feel the pressure of the world draining you.

Wishing you all happy holidays, time with family and prosperity in 2015.

How i enjoyed my 20’s

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How I loved my 20’s so many great years, some sad years, a few scandalous years (#hidesface) but most of all a lot of growing and achieving great things…

live…love…

Just be you

xxx

Ruby

Happy Birthday Audrey

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Absolutely love Hayden Williams illustrations

 

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s one of my all time fave movies

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 Audrey Hepburn a film and fashion icon would have been 85 today (4th of May). Her quirky, chic style always inspires me when I choose to dress up. She is absolutely gorgeous 

My list to ‘being Audrey’: 

1. Find your style and own it

2. You can never own too many black dresses.

3. Own a sexy LBD

4. Dance, sing, laugh…be happy

5. Be passionate about what you choose to do in life

6. Have fabulous quotes:

 I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.

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Have a fabulous day loves xxx

Image 1 source: http://haydenwilliamsillustrations.tumblr.com/post/41019811827

Image 2 source: http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/audrey-hepburn/images/2296845/title/breakfast-tiffanys-screencap

Image 3 source: http://designerisms.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/beauty-in-black-and-white-hepburn/

Things adults can do on rainy days

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I love rainy days- especially if I don’t have to leave home, that is the best..I grab a cup of tea, curl up on the couch and watch old movies  (& blog ). I love the sound and smell of rain, rain is a chance for the earth to rehydrate and keep creating the pretty that is spring.

Alas, I did go to the studio today 🙂 I’m obsessing over making my space gorgeous- it is taking longer than I wanted it to but I will get there and post some ‘after’ pics. 

Here are a few staying indoors tips: 

  • If the rain is not too hectic, open a few windows in the space you are seated in, turn off all the gadgets and just listen to the rain- appreciate the wonder that is mother nature.
  • Sit on the couch, wrap yourself in a fuzzy blankie and watch movies all day, or catch-up on shows you have missed out on (Scandal anyone?) and my fav bit- take a nap.
  • Look at your to do list- all those home things you can get done, pick a few and get through them.
  • Write a book, short story, start a dear diary blog… anything- just let out your creative bug.
  • Start or work on hobbies- My fav is doing drawings, designing my new ideas, sewing…whatever your ‘indoor’ hobby is- get to it and enjoy the calmness rain brings upon us to focus.
  • Check out some youtube videos, be inspired- maybe even start your own channel
  • Read a book- I personally love reading sappy romance novels- what better day to do it than on a rainy day
  • Pamper yourself. Give yourself a manicure and pedicure, wear a face mask and a robe, paint your nails, exfoliate your skin, and style your hair. You can even give yourself a makeover. Treat yourself for all the hard work you do.
  • Make yourself some hot chocolate, tea or coffee- whatever your fancy, sip and enjoy the warmth
  • Make yourself a great extravagant meal, or try prepare something you’ve never made before, homemade pasta, seafood paella…yummy
  • Have heartfelt conversations with loved ones, reconnect or if you have people with you, play board games- have a gadget free day.
  • Rearrange closets – I do this all the time- I must admit its because I like playing dress-up…which then leads to a photoshoot session…Am I the only one that does this???
  • Another fav of mine to do is watch HGTV and Cooking channel I love seeing home renos as well as being inspired by unusual dishes made
  • Have a glass of wine and prop your feet up. Let yourself enjoy time off.
  • One of my favourite things to do when I was younger, was stand out in the rain and just let the raindrops hit me (I did not listen when my parents would tell me I will get sick- I didn’t care i just loved the feel of rain on me)- def not heavy rain 🙂

Well, whatever you do on rainy days-look at it as a relax day and enjoy

Adding a few pics of the studio below

Till the next post 

xxx

 

Wherever I go Marilyn goes too

Wherever I go Marilyn goes too

 

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Setting up my hobby table

Setting up my hobby table

 

OOTD simple, casual and cute

OOTD simple, casual and cute

Cuddle time with teddy...cuppa tea and blogging

Cuddle time with teddy…cuppa tea and blogging

A day in my life

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Working around children is one of the best things I ever did in my life- children are real, speak their minds, their honest to a fault and love unconditionally if you love them too. 

Everyday is a learning curve for them and you. I know without fail I will smile, laugh, shake my head and be like ‘huh’ every single day. They teach you the art of patience, love, learning, appreciation, respect and trust. (I have met some bad-BAD kids, but that said for the most part I have only encountered the kind of children that warm my heart and bring me joy.) 

Sitting down with one of these joys, 8yr old ‘A’- (this young guy has moments of bordering good and bad- he skates the thin line strategically) he said something that made me laugh so hard I was so close to falling off my seat. He looked at me and said, ‘What’s so funny? Do you think what I am saying is that funny?’  ‘Can you not see that I require (requested tool) for my experiment to be successful, great inventors need these.’ I looked at him and said,’no, you have actually opened my eyes to seeing the world in a new way and have inspired me to write a childrens book.’ He says, ‘Well that’s great, does that mean I will be in it?’ to that  said, ‘yes you are the star of my book.’

Since that moment our conversations are wittier, funnier and just down right things books are made of. 

I have always journaled, written in some way or another- hello blog! But have never been so inspired as I was in that 1 moment. In true Ruby fashion I had to do the research, understand what I would be taking on and filter all my commitments. In as much as I would want this book to be out and ready with the click of a finger (don’t we all wish we could snap snap and be done with things in as quickly as we could snap…sigh) I had to do a rundown of my current commitments-jobs, life, personal growth. (Thats a blog post for another day) What I know now is that in following our dreams, gut and visions we can achieve great things accomplish the extraordinary and live happy lives. I cant wait to share with you ‘The tales of A’- A not so children’s book (clearly it is still a working title- the bottomline is it won’t be relegated to the children’s book section only) 

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Wishing you all an awesome week filled with laughter,joy and love

 

 

(Took some tips from: http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Children’s-Book, http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Book)

Spring will soon bring summer- I can’t wait!

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I love black & white pic- and love White swimsuits even more

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Love the floral print, her smile/laugh makes you want whatever she has on

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Love the fun prints on these swimsuits

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Modern-day take on gorgeous vintage pieces- originally posted on ohmytrendy.com

So thankful spring is officially here- Couldn’t possibly deal with anymore cold #sigh…

I have spent too many nights & days indoors. time to start packing away coats and lose some layers of clothing. 

I have been looking for swimwear inspiration for an upcoming trip and of course in true Nouveau Vintage style I turned to yesteryear for inspiration. 

These women from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s etc really knew how to sex it up without over sexualizing swimwear as is the case nowadays.

This weekend I have a shopping trip planned for a client and will definitely be looking out for some vintage inspired swim suits.

Here’s to Spring!

Photo credits: http://www.pinterest.com/bettyewarner/

DIY Fridays: Hot pink

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neon J. Brand jeans and a matching hot pink Auden scuba top (also by the brand)

neon J. Brand jeans and a matching hot pink Auden scuba top (also by the brand)

Beyonce in a hot pink and yellow zigzag print blouse, pointy high heels and hot pink pants.

Beyonce in a hot pink and yellow zigzag print blouse, pointy high heels and hot pink pants.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in a Michael Kors maxi

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in a Michael Kors maxi

Looking absolutely gorgeous in a hot pink Michael Costello gown

Looking absolutely gorgeous in a hot pink Michael Costello gown

I love Kerry's style- even pregnant she still pulls of glamourous (Prada top)

I love Kerry’s style- even pregnant she still pulls of glamourous (Prada top)

Jessica Wright at the TRIC awards in London

Jessica Wright at the TRIC awards in London

Currently obsessing over hot pink…Well i always obsess over hot pink- its undoubtedly one of my fav colours. I’m working it slowly into my wardrobe- looking to make a gorgeous coat for spring. Here’s to another DIY weekend.