What are your Friday night plans?

Hey, did you realize it’s Friday? Got plans? Maybe you’re planning a Girls Night Out, or possibly it’s date night? But whatever your Friday night plans might be, I’ve got some ideas on what you might wear. (You never expected anything less of me, right?)

I recently held a style show, where I had local models showcasing outfits for many different occasions. One of them was a category I called “Let’s go out” and you can see four of the pictures from that night in the main photo for this post. (From left)

  • Our Ottoman Ponte Dress, with a “moto” vibe to is a great dress to have at your fingertips for any evening. It features faux pockets with silvery metallic zippers and it’s one chic, easy style to wear. Pair it with metallic sandals and a shiny bracelet.
  • Check out this soft and feminine Gypsy Top that’s just perfect for date night. It’s really two tops in one. The outer layer is a flowy poly-silk in beautiful dusty blue with 3/4 sleeves and a loose cropped cut. The second layer is a long v-neck tank top with gorgeous chantilly lace edge. Of course, either piece also can be worn alone or with another layering piece you already have in your closet. We pair this top in the fashion show with the Lace Capris to keep the look light.
Ruby Ribbon Lace Capris
  • Our next outfit also was all about lace, but wearing it with a different vibe. We took those same Lace Capris and paired them with the Trace of Lace Tunic for a monochromatic look with lace accents on both the top and capris. To keep the GNO or date night feel, we added sparkly sandals and some jewelry with glitz and glam.
  • Our last look is so fun – with this model wearing just one look for the DIY Jumpsuit. Honestly, you will wear this jumpsuit over and over and never the same way twice. You can style the scarf-like straps in so many ways. Here, we did something pretty traditional with a tank look that crossed across an open back. And, she wore beautiful heels for date night. Here are some alternate ideas for styling this jumpsuit.
Ruby Ribbon DIY Jumpsuit

We hope this gives you inspiration and ideas for tonight or your next date night or girls night out. Here’s to great Friday plans!

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My vision for my first fashion show

I’m having a blast planning my very first fashion show, after having my fashion business for more than four years. Honestly, I’ve been planning this first fashion show in my head for about two years, and finally now just putting that plan into action.

I wanted this fashion show to be fun, unique and memorial – something that will be great to attend, and that you’ll leave telling your friends you all need to be there for the next one. It was about the “vibe” that I was going for, and the natural name for the show turned out to be “VIBE: a fashion show for Spring.”

Here’s what I’m planning

First, I found a totally awesome location, I mean it’s fabulous, if I do say so myself. In Fargo, ND, we have a super fun little company called The White House Co., which has a home decor retail store, plus a warehouse full of vintage + modern rentals. Not only do they rent beautiful and color vintage furniture, but they also rent out their warehouse and it’s the perfect place for my first fashion show.

We’ll be having limited seating (up to about 50 people) and the seats! Each guest will actually be sitting on one of the many gorgeous pieces of vintage furniture stored in the warehouse. (Just image us choosing our favorites right off the racks along the wall and then arranging them in the perfect order to give you a fantastic view.) This is just a sampling of the furniture we’ll be able to choose from.

Before the fashion show, we’re serving you a decadent dessert and a glass of champagne. We’ll also give you a swag bag of treats that I’ve rounded up from some of my coolest friends. Oh, and I’m putting a few things in those swap bags myself, including a coupon for 15% off your next order!

Spring Fashions Launch at Ruby Ribbon

And for the fashion show, here’s what you can expect:

  • A first look at new spring and summer fashions, activewear and swimsuits from an up-close seat with a great view
  • A glimpse of our revolutionary shapewear, including the unique Bye Bye Bra cami that will replace your bra (for all sizes)
  • Local models of all body shapes showcasing the newest fashions from Style with Char and Ruby Ribbon
  • Not only will you see the latest fashions, but you will also be entered in drawings for several door prizes

The best way to really visualize might be to check out this video that I made to help tell the story.

Want to come? I would love to have you there! Remember, I said that seating is limited so get your tickets soon.

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Monochrome is the new black

How often do you dress monochrome? If it’s frequently, you may be right in style. Dressing in a monochrome color palette is on trend right now.

Monochrome dressing means wearing the same color from head to toe. The clothing pieces can have different textures and/or similar shades of that color. With monochrome dressing, you get an all over tonal look.

Ruby Ribbon leggings and top

Not only is monochrome dressing trendy right now, it has some other fashion benefits. It stands out and is definitely eye catching. It makes it easier for you to experiment with fabrics and textures; when the pieces are all the same color, you can find out your preferences for mixing and matching with textural contrast.

You might have already heard this, but monochrome dressing will also make you look slimmer. Your silhouette will be elongated and uninterrupted, so you’ll appear taller and slimmer.

To look your best when dress monochromatically, be sure to choose a single color that looks great on you. Maybe it’s your favorite color or a color you always get compliments on when you wear it. Or, make an always safe bet and go with a monochromatic neutral like black or gray.

Feel free to add interest with textures like fur, lace, embroidery, panels or embellishments. You can even select a print that is primarily your chosen color; it will add interest but still provide the benefits of a monochromatic outfit.


Ruby Ribbon activewear

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20 pieces over 31 days – Capsule Wardrobe Recap

Over the last 31 days, I made my “outfit of the day” selection choosing only from 20 pieces that I brought along on my month-long trip to Arizona. I was testing out using a capsule wardrobe of only 20 pieces of clothing. Yep, I wore just 20 pieces in 31 days!

The 20 pieces included four tank tops, three t-shirts, a cute long vest, three skorts, a skirt, four pair of pants and leggings,  a hoodie and 3 long-sleeve tops. I tried to do the math on how many outfits these 20 pieces might represent but I’ll admit that I wasn’t able to come up with an answer other than, “it’s a lot.”

Here are just four pictures from this month of the various outfits I was able to put together with these 20 pieces.

After testing out a capsule wardrobe for a month, here are my takeaways:

  • Each morning, I found choosing what to wear was much simpler. I would choose a skort or a legging and then pick out a top to go with it. It was usually a quick decision.
  • I didn’t feel like I wore the same thing over and over. I was careful to select 20 pieces in my capsule that had colors in common and I felt that it was easy to use these pieces to mix and match in different ways. I don’t think that I wore the same exact outfit twice during the month. (My plain black skort was probably worn the most of all the items I brought.)
  • I even had clothes that I didn’t wear this month! Specifically, I wore the Spruce Green t-shirt home on the plane but I didn’t wear it during the month. It was too long to wear with the skorts and I guess I never selected it when I wore leggings.

PS: It’s always fun as a Ruby Ribbon stylist to dig into my samples to get “new clothes” when I feel a whim. I did pull one item from the new Spring Collection to wear for the launch event.

After thinking more about it, I would definitely try a capsule wardrobe again. When I got home and dressed for work this week, I realized how many clothes I do have in my closet, and I’ll admit that many of those items rarely get worn. For sure when I’m packing for even a short trip, I think I will be able to use what I learned with this trial to maximize my wardrobe pieces and minimize the size of my suitcase.

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If you are interested in learning more about a capsule wardrobe, consider signing up for my free Capsule Wardrobe Mini Course , where I provide guidance on how to use a 1o-piece Capsule Wardrobe to create more than 40 outfits. This mini course is delivered to you over a 4-day period and takes only about five minutes a day to complete.

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What’s boho?

“BoHo,” an abbreviation of Bohemian Homeless, is a style of fashion drawing on bohemian and hippie influences. This style comes and goes but dates back to the mid 19th century. It was very popular in the 60’s.

The Ruby Ribbon Boho Tunic is representative of the boho chic fashion movement with a flowing fit and a loose sleeve in pleated chiffon. It’s striking in an on-trend eggplant color.

A cornerstone of Boho is comfort with flared shapes and a  variety of colors and patterns. Romantic touches, like flower patterns and lace, are often included.

Tips for wearing our Boho Tunic

  • Pair with leggings and layer on a long vest and silver jewelry
  • Wear with a skirt and add chunky jewelry
  • Try a bohemian gaucho look with the Split Skirt paired with the Boho Tunic, maybe even add a braid?

Here’s a link to all my posts showcasing the 2018 Winter and Holiday Collection.

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Popular Suedette Leggings now in Two New Colors

For the last two Fall seasons, we’ve had our exclusive Suedette Leggings just sell off the shelves. Guess what, they’re back!  And for Fall 2018, we added two new colors — Ink and Chocolate.

Suedette is a super soft faux suede fabric with all the same texture and style but machine washable. Once you touch them, you’re hooked.

These two new colors are rich! Ink is a deep blue that will pair well with gray, pearl or a light tan. And you can guess the color of the Chocolate, so scrumptious.

My clients LOVE these Suedettes and I think you will too. Pair with a cozy sweater and boots and you have the perfect Fall outfit.

In August (2018), these are a Hostess Exclusive and will launch to everyone in September.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 2018 FALL CAPSULE, AND GET A FIRST LOOK AT ALL NEW RUBY RIBBON ITEMS BY JOINING MY ONLINE STYLE COMMUNITY

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Fall 2018 Collection Overview

We launched our Fall 2018 Collection July 9 and it’s hot! Check out all the new items in the blog posts referenced here:

 

More links coming as the blog posts get written!

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What types of products does Ruby Ribbon offer?

So who is Ruby Ribbon?  We are a company that supports women in every moment of their crazy busy, typically untypical, ever-changing, always abundant life.

We offer camis to unlock bra-free days. We have the perfect pant, legging or shaping bottom that looks great! We go with you from play dates to date nights, from power meetings to power Pilates. Let’s walk through our product line.

Beautiful Shapes

First is our incredible shapes category with seriously life-changing foundations for any outfit. What makes us different?  We deliver real results with comfort.  This is not your once-in-a-blue-moon torture device.  This is bra-replacement while feeling like you’re wrapped in a cloud product!

How?

  • Support any cup size with NO precise cup-measuring required
  • NO underwire
  • Lift your bust & butt
  • Smooth your back, hips & waist
  • Sculpt a little bit or a lot but always comfortable
  • Banish bra and panty lines
  • Stay Put – with our gripper edge that keeps your cami in place!

Editors love our product as do our customers.  90% of our customers return to purchase more.  And 90% tell a friend.   It;s one of the best parts of my business.

RR Swim

We’ve added our slimming and shaping technology to our RR Swim line. Banish the awful cramped quarters and florescent lighting of department store dressing rooms. Shop with me in comfort! I will help you select a suit you’ll look great and feel great in, lose and inch from your waist smoothing out your curves with invishape technology and no underwire!

Essentials

Our next category of products is Essentials:  the modern woman’s wardrobe staples made better with Intomi – our built in smoothing and shaping – designed to give you the long, lean and lifted look. These are your favorite go to items- the 20% of your closet you wear 80% of the time. Think pants, leggings, skirts and dresses that you pull out over and over again.

Complete the look

Our last category is Complete the look:  the perfect top, jacket or layer to complete any outfit.  These products are released four-times a year and provide a little bit of seasonal fun to complete any look.

Connect with me to get all the latest info on Ruby Ribbon – we release new styles every few months!

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