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The Weekly Six: Back to School Edition

Posted on: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Before we open our doors for the week, check out our top six vintage picks. We constantly update our inventory, and we want to keep you in the loop of the new things coming in! So, without further adieu, we bring you:

1: Time for show and tell! Pick up a globe while back to school shopping, and share with all your classmates where you adventured over summer break (and make your teachers think you studied geography all summer long).

2: A book shelf? Trophy stand? With school just around the corner, it's time to get your room looking smart with new decor for all those books you'll be studying and awards you'll be winning. These iron and wood shelves also house plants and travel relics, whatever your fancy.

3: These wallets, aka lunch money pouches, are so beautifully embossed and stitched, we can't seem to get enough. From foreign to Fossil, we have one for everyone! 

4: Snuggle up to Autumn with this wooly blanket. Whether for sick days or movie nights, a good blanket is always in order.

5: Time to STUDY. It won't seem like such a bad word with a fringe kimono duster to wrap yourself up in. While these double as robes, blankets and loungewear, they also work great for sick days. Feel better and more comfortable whatever you're up to in these beautiful wraps!

6: Back to school shopping is never complete without a first day outfit. Hit the snooze button a few extra times, and still strut onto campus feeling ready for the year in this truly vintage sweater. It will remind your mom of her school days and the favorite sweater she used to wear.

Etsy Shop is Live!

Posted on: Monday, August 18, 2014

Ruby Rose's Etsy all vintage shop took a vacation this Summer (rumor has is she went road tripping), but is back up and ready for you!

From wood carved salt & pepper shakers to vintage framed paint-by-number landscapes to official trail canteens and bow ties, the online shop is a great way for our friends far and wide to shop local in SLO wherever you may go.

Hip, Hip, Hooray for Jenn Young!

Posted on: Friday, August 15, 2014

One of our Ruby Crew members, Jennifer Young, just published her first book! Picture Perfect Social Media is a simple how-to for budding photographers and social media-lites alike, covering camera basics (how to even pick the right camera for you!) to styling secrets with food, travel and portraits. 

We couldn't put it down, and already feel the photography bug biting! Three cheers for our girl Jenn Young: hip, hip, hooray!

We decided to get the story behind the book from our ever talented friend, enjoy:

photo from I ART U blog

How did you get your start in photography, or were you born with a camera in hand ;)?

Photography has always been a passion of mine, but I actually didn’t start pursuing it as a career until about four years ago! I think it was bound to happen as becoming a photographer has been one of my many dreams. :) Prior to photography, I studied music my entire life and ended up earning my Masters in Clarinet Performance, so I didn’t have a lot of time to pursue other passions. The short version to how I got into photography is that I started an art and lifestyle blog that I shared my personal photo work on. I’ve been really lucky to have met a lot of people that have helped me and mentored me to be in the place that I am today. I am so thankful!

photo from I ART U blog

What's a typical day for you look like?

I usually start my day with a hot cup of tea and some kind of mind-clearing activity. This could be anything from reading, flipping through a magazine, taking my dog Dexter for a walk, rearranging furniture or cleaning (yes, call me crazy but I love to clean!). After this down time, I’ll typically go to the gym or my favorite yoga studio, Spark

I find it so important to carve out time in the morning for myself, doing the things that I love and being active. I function the best this way and it gives me a good foundation for the day so that I can then focus my time and energy on my business and others.

After getting some sweat out, I tend to schedule meetings with clients (or meet with a friend for tea!) in the late morning. Being around people fuels me so I find this is another very important part of my day. I then head to the office (which used to be my home until very recently)! A lot of admin work, replying to emails, and editing happens in my workspace. I’ve been particularly excited for this part of the day as I am now working out of the newly opened Huckleberry Market! Being around other creatives while working has been an amazing experience. It keeps me on task more too. :)

I try to leave work by 6. Try being the key word! The most beautiful thing about the freelance life is the flexibility that you have, so I am always open to starting and ending my work day at different times.

My evenings are simple—spend time with the husband, cook dinner, go to the dog park, visit with friends, watch a film...

What motivated you to write Picture Perfect Social Media?

I think I got really lucky. :) My publishers found my work on Pinterest and contacted me from there. Social media can be really great sometimes!

Who do you hope picks up a copy?

Anyone and everyone who is interested in taking better photos not only for social media, but for themselves personally. My hope is that this book approaches photography in a simple, not-too-technical way that is comprehensible by a wide range of people.

Are there more books in the future; what's next?
I don’t foresee any more books in the near future…unless it’s a personal project! I’ve been scheming...

photo by Jennifer Young

If you were stuck with one camera for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Although I’ve learned mainly on digital, I think I’d have to say a Contax G2 (I don’t own one…yet!).

Ok, you have a camera in hand, the day off, and a free ticket to anywhere in California. Where do you go and what do you shoot?

If you asked me this question every day for the rest of the year, I think my answer would be different from day to day. Generally speaking, I would buy a ticket to somewhere I’ve never been before. I’m inspired to shoot in new places! I love photographing people, places, cultures, food, nature…the list goes on. You can pretty much put me anywhere and I’ll find something I enjoy shooting. :) I’ve been considering a trip to Albion…

photos by Jennifer Young

How do you stay inspired as a full time creative? What's your secret?

I don’t think I have any secrets, but my top 5 things that help me stay inspired are: travel, exercise, experience new things (learning a new skill, explore a new place, finding a new hobby, etc. etc.!), be outside in nature/disconnect from technology, and connect with others. Basically anything that helps me grow, maintain current relationships or build new ones, or expand my outlook on life!

A word for aspiring photographers and fellow dreamers?

It’s so cliché, but pursue your passions. I can’t express that enough!

photo by Jennifer Young

The Weekly Six

Posted on: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Before we open our doors for the week, check out our top six vintage picks. We constantly update our inventory, and we want to keep you in the loop of the new things coming in! So, without further adieu, we bring you:

1: Rev up your wall art with this vintage Chevrolet fender. Ideally suited for car lovers and creative minds, this truck salvage is a made-in-the-USA memoir that'll run for forever.

2: Time to discover your inner socialite and throw a dinner party! These ornately gold and green drinking glasses will bring just the right amount of bourgie to the table, to impress your guests without over doing it. Add craft whiskey and a big ice cube to these cups and they're assured to be back the next week.

3: Canadian tuxedo jackets! Canadian tuxedo jackets! We have loaded up on denims for Fall, and these jean jackets are just the right amount of worn. Show em a little love and they will be your Velveteen Rabbit, and go with you anywhere.

4: Always wished you could shrink that velvety, fringed rug up and place it on your bed? Well, your wish has been granted! From magic carpets to pillow cases, this piece is surely the work of a genie. Dream of whole new worlds with this pillow beneath your head.

5: Date night, day shopping, and dog walking: this purse is light enough to take anywhere, and cute enough to catch a few eyes as you stroll past. Who could resist this dainty leather flower centered on this strappy purse?

6: For the golden hour when you arrive home from a long day at work, and just need to rest awhile. A high-backed chair with plush upholstery (in wonderful condition!) will usher you into an evening of good thoughts and thoughtful conversations in your living room among family and friends.

Pimp My Ride: Pick-up Truck

Posted on: Friday, August 8, 2014

Nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.
-Jon Krakauer

For the second half of our Pimp My Ride series, we took to the woods. Embodying the man who with every tick of his eight hour days at the office grew a little paler, a little more distant, a little more weary. So to stave off apathy, he threw his tackle box, books, and a few thermoses of coffee and soup into his old Toyota truck bed, and left at 4:59p Friday afternoon with his girl at his side.

He drove and drove until his nostrils smelled water and his face felt the cool breeze coming through the rolled down windows.

And for the weekend they floated, fished, read and relaxed the days away. They lived the simple life from dawn til dusk, until they returned to wax professional from nine to five again--tanner, engaged, and a little more inspired.

We all need a break every now and again, wouldn't you agree?

The Weekly Six

Posted on: Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Before we open our doors for the week, check out our top six vintage picks. We constantly update our inventory, and we want to keep you in the loop of the new things coming in! So, without further adieu, we bring you:
1: Shed some light on it. It, you say? Whether illuminating a dining table, workbench, cutting board, bed or reading chair, this industrial light is the it piece in its space. Comes complete with a working Edison bulb.

2: Squeeze every last ray of sunshine out of Summer with this classic folding chair. It's wooden armrests won't burn as you work on those tan lines. Tote it with you to any beach in any city, it folds right up and weighs less than a surfboard-it will keep you relaxed, riding the waves of great summer memories and daydreams of next year's.

3: I got my eye on you: a bold necklace to pair with all your summer and into-fall dresses. Everyone sees you have an eye for style with this pendant around your neck, it completes any look.

4: Gone are the days of under a dollar shakes and splits, and soda pop for a few nickels (bet the coffee came with free refills, too). But the memorial of simpler days stay embalmed on old hand painted menu boards--preserve the good ole days on your wall, and consider charging guests small fees for sipping on your homemade ice tea.

5: I see you, staring back at me. A rope-fringed, portal mirror brings a sometimes nautical, sometimes shaggy, sometimes too-good-for-words statement to one of your four walls. What unique beauty would this mirror reflect hanging in your home?

6: Last chance to take off before the summer closes its doors til next year. Whether romping through the streets of Paris, savoring street food in Bangkok, or lounging on a cruise in the Caribbean, this skirt will serve you well. Bold, curious, and creative, it matches your traveling, ready-for-adventure spirit and attracts like-minded souls to your table.

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