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Ruby Around Town Vo. 3

Posted on: Friday, April 18, 2014

It's been a very full week with us at the rose...

(1) The week started out with one of my besties helping me out at the shop. After work we felt like we deserved a treat, so we did! Scout Coffee is San Luis's newest coffee house and we especially like their lil milkshakes. A perfect size for a refreshment.

(2) Road trip south...our most awesome crew covered us for the day so that we could extend our trip! First stop is one of our favorite boutiques, Plenty, in Santa Ynez. We follow them on insta (@plentyboutique) and the dresses they have been posting lately made us high tail it down...and we didn't come back empty handed!

(3) Second stop was another favorite shop, Wet Sand. It is in Ventura and is a curated surf lifestyle shop - we love their clothing, jewelry, and other casual living necessities.

(4) After a good nights' sleep in a friends' trailer - home away from home when in L.A. - we shopped the Rose Bowl for boots, clothes, purses, and jewels. We try not to let all of the other amazing merchandise keep us from focusing on the task at hand, but it is very hard.

(5) Back to San Luis to rest up so that we could hit the road for a very important appointment with one of our favorite suppliers! The mister and I hit the road again (very early) to pick from a container that was loaded in Texas. We love our new items and they should hit the store next month....stay tuned!

(6) All this work, we needed a bit of play! Yep, Bingo was it's name-o. A handful of us got our game on and had a lot of laughs. Next time we hope to win!! 

Yep, that was just one week. Oh boy. How has your week been? Do anything exciting?

P.S. In case ya missed it:

The Weekly Six

Posted on: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Before we open our doors for the week, check out our top six picks. We are constantly updating our inventory, so we want to keep you in the loop of the new things coming in. So today we bring you:
1: You can judge a book by its cover- at least when it is a hardback, letterpressed classic. We have loads of old books stacked high, worth collecting a little dust on your shelf or being read on a lazy afternoon. They are just as good inside as they are out!

2. Keep it brief- case, that is. Skinny and sleek, we think this leather briefcase puts the pro in professional.

3. Get on the dance floor or dance around town with these brown pups on your feet! When it's not yet sandal weather, but too hot for boots, oxfords are the answer.

4. I love you, California. We proudly wave this flag around, paying homage to our true blue skies and happy spirits, we not-so-secretly think our state is just the best.

5. Why eat it when you can juice it? Vintage juice glasses make you feel like kid again and healthier than ever. Plus, who doesn't love primary-colored tulips, stars, and squirrels?

6. With five shelves and two drawers, this vintage piece multiplies space and interior style. Once a refrigerator box, now a linen closet. Or...what would you use this beauty for?

Sisterhood of the Traveling Bag: Kim

Posted on: Monday, April 14, 2014

After oo-ing and awe-ing over this bag for weeks, we knew it was no ordinary purse. And in a stroke of inspiration, we found its purpose (rather, its purse-pose): to accompany us in our daily lives. It's a hand-stitched, black and tan leather bag, with a simple design and easy complements any outfit, day or night, and is hearty enough to go just about anywhere. For this year, we are passing it around through the Ruby crew, and documenting what adventures ensue. It is our version of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. So, without further adieu, we bring you The Sisterhood of the Traveling Bag!
Sometimes we are asked where we go to find things to fill Ruby Rose with weekly. Most of the time, our search for fun finds leads us North or South, away from the Central Coast, and into the BIG cities. But occasionally we can be seen traipsing about the Central Coast hunting and gathering.

Sometimes we take the truck.

And sometimes a car.

Whatever our mode of transportation, we usually manage to fill it.

All work and no play makes life dull, so a short trip to visit family in Las Vegas was in order.

Purse trying the Wheel of Fortune slots.

I call this the Where's Waldo Purse picture. It blends in so well with the train.

At the Boulder City train museum.

Back in California, a quick trip. To Avila pier, to buy fresh fish.


Festival Lookbook! Day Two

Posted on: Friday, April 11, 2014

An entire weekend of music, art & dancing- and what to wear? Today's lookbook focuses on your fiercer half, and your second day on the scene. A 2014 guide to being wild and free...
Have fun and be safe at whichever festival(s) you attend this year!

Ruby Crew

Festival Lookbook! Day One

Posted on: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

An entire weekend of music, art & dancing- and what to wear? Today's lookbook focuses on your free spirit half, and your first day on the scene. A 2014 guide to being wild and free...

Check back on Friday for Day Two's Lookbook, a little more edgy than the first.

The Weekly Six

Posted on: Monday, April 7, 2014

Before we open our doors for the week, check out our top six picks. We are constantly updating our inventory, so we want to keep you in the loop of the new things coming in. So today we bring you:

1: Can you see me now? Navy issued binoculars for when you are lost at sea, goin to the opera, or sittin' in your backyard gazing at birds--they make everything close up and personal. Plus, they come with a handy leather pouch!

2: Crumbs on the counter and messy eaters all around? This calls for a silver-plated crumber: like a dust pan, but for eating surfaces and more delicate. This brush and tray combo makes us want to throw a tea party just so we can clean up afterwards!

3. The seventies called, they want you to have their couch. It screams style, sit down and relax, there's room for everyone. At two tooshes per cushion, alongside a bowl of popcorn, this could be a movie watchin' machine! Or, stretch out in the afternoon with a good book, it makes a great napper, too. 

4. The best part of wakin up, is matadors on your cup! These glasses are one part Catholic candle, one part bull-fighting drama, and one part water glass. Olé!

5. This mid-length necklace makes for a great layering chain with your other, longer pendants. It also serves as a reminder that love is only ever a stone's throw away.

6. Cut a rug! We were dancin' all the way home after finding this geometric beaut! With its bold colors and great size, this rug fits in just about any room.

Cleaning in Spring

Posted on: Friday, April 4, 2014

"The more you get rid of, the more you have to wear"

I have, periodically, flipped through my wardrobe, tossed no longer worn and out-of-date clothes into a pile on my floor, thrown them into a garbage bag, and given them away. And then, slowly, I accumulate new things, my closet bulks up, I thin it, and so the cycle goes. Can anybody relate?

Well, this time was different.

My closet had begun to bulge, and I had run out of hangers. My sundresses and tanks were all hung 2, 3, 5 deep on one hanger, and often after laundry day I had to set aside clothes for when one would open up. Solving the problem did not involve a trip to the store for more hangers, oh no: it meant doing some serious Spring cleaning. So the other day I enlisted my boyfriend for help, and I went through everything. Everything: each hanging item, my sock, underwear, and bra drawers, my sweats and workout drawers. I told him to answer these questions as I tried things on: Is it my style anymore? Does it look good on/still fit me? He was ruthless.

The result? 35 hangers now available, an organized closet, and a fresh feng shui energy moving through my wardrobe.

Here are a few bits of wisdom I gained I would like to pass along…

- First, have a close friend-whose opinion you trust and who isn’t afraid to tell you the truth-join you. Too many times I talk myself into the ‘maybes’ staying around for another season. Having them there makes it way more fun and actually goes quicker because they protect you from overthinking each decision!
- Is it my style anymore? I, like many of us, have a hard time parting with things we have sentimental attachment to: “I used to love this shirt,” ”I wore this dress all the time back in ___.” But do you love it now? Do you currently wear it all the time? Yes: keep. No: chuck. Clothes are not like friends-silver and gold-you do not need to keep the old and the new.
- I realized how much my style has evolved in the past couple of years, influenced by job changes as well as a bolder approach toward my personal fashion. It is neat to realize how defined my style is becoming, and how uniquely me it is!

- Does it look good on/still fit me? Our bodies are constantly changing, and we pick the clothes that fit us best in that moment. No need to keep a pair of baggy jeans or a clingy shirt, make room for the ones that do fit now.
- Take the time and try it all on. When I tried on practically everything I own in one afternoon, I gained a great overall sense of how to better define my style and what essential pieces I am missing.
- Knowing what I have in my closet gives me options. Waking up each morning becomes a chance to try out a new combination I dreamed up or wear that outfit I forgot I had. Plus, I can see what I have at a glance!

- We noticed there were one or two reoccurring items I needed to complete several different looks. We wrote those down and now I purposely hone in on this list when shopping. It’s exciting, because I know what I buy I will wear all the time, and this is further motivation to get one I absolutely love. For example, I noticed that several shirts I tried through would look great paired with a bralette or cropped bra. Now I am on a mission to find a great one!
- My closet and drawers look better. Without all the worn out bras and holy socks, my drawers look so much more attractive, I like the items left behind more than I did before. They seem to stand out more!

- I found I kept things I didn’t love, but wanted to replace. For example, I had a striped shirt that didn’t fit the way I wanted it to, but I kept it as a reminder to get another one. The irony is I never bought another when I was out because I felt like I had one already! Write it down and make room.
- My mom has made me several crocheted items that I absolutely love, but some do not fit my current look. These aren’t things I’m willing to part with, so instead I wrapped them up and put them away for another season or to pass along to my daughter someday.
- Is it worth altering? A few things I keep that need alterations before I will wear them. I have a handmade skirt from my travels abroad I want to modify, but forget about since it’s stowed away in my hanging abyss. I made a pile of the things worth fixing and set it beside my sewing machine for a rainy day in April.
- Lastly, I folded the discarded clothes strewn about and put them into pile. Then, I tied each one with string—making it easy to pull in and out of the garbage bag when bringing around to friends. They are like a present handed off instead of a pile of your old throw-aways!

And the crazy thing is, I still have a ton of clothes left! Why did I keep that bra with a broken underwire for months? Why did I feel so attached to that floral shirt that never fit right? Honestly, I don’t know anymore, it seems so silly in retrospect!


The Weekly Six

Posted on: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Before we open our doors for the week, check out our top six picks. We are constantly updating our inventory, so we want to keep you in the loop of the new things coming in. So today we bring you:

1,2: The hills are alive with green grasses and the sun beckons us to them. We want to strap this woven basket-our first pick-to the nearest bicycle, fill it with farm fresh picnic wares and go! We could not forget this great pair of boots, made for running through fields and general adventuring.

3. The biggest bulbs we have laid eyes on! We hold a whole lotta power in our hands with this Edison-type light.

4. A little birdy to told us this necklace goes great with just about everything!

5. Matching green wicker chairs! The two bold green ones come as a set, and all three are comfortable enough to keep you seated for hours: resting, reading or chatting around the dinner table.

6. The sweetest dress there ever could be! Tweed with a Peter Pan collar and cranberry buttons, it transitions from a first day of work dress to lunchtime in the park and then out to eat!

Tale of 2 Bakeries: Eclair

Posted on: Monday, March 31, 2014

“I love cookies: I just think the simplicity and the rustic approach to doing cookies is really cathartic, kind of like doing bread…and I love eating cookies more than anything”
-Jeremy Davenport, Owner Eclair Bakery

The second of two blog posts dedicated to telling the tale of two bakeries, both hailing from Arroyo Grande and each full of what it takes to succeed in the biz.

Things Jeremy Davenport likes: the Northern Coast, baking bread, surfing. So it’s no wonder he loves living in Los Osos and fantasizes about one day opening up a little bread bakery there. With the frequent foggy days along the back bay, the setting is perfect for early mornings mixing dough, scaling, shaping, letting it rise, and turning out a great end product. Jeremy can’t see himself doing anything different. And after eight years of owning his own bakery, he still is passionate about his craft.

Jeremy just acquired this Pendleton sweater from our store the other week, he'd had his eye on it for a while!
Jeremy bought Eclair Bakery back in 2006, but both him and the shop have prior lives to speak of. Eclair originally began in Pismo back in 1977, later in 2003 establishing its current space in Arroyo Grande’s Village. Getting his start at a wholesale bread bakery in San Luis Obispo while working at Boo Boo Records, Jeremy worked his way up to lead baker as his interest in the industry rose. A series of events then brought him to the Culinary Institute in San Francisco: visiting friends who attended the school, meeting a recent Cal Poly grad-now his wife-moving up to the Bay Area, along with his love for the city. He enrolled in the general program, but he admits: “I always gravitated towards the baking & pastry side of things: I loved going and looking at the wedding cakes that the students were producing and I even sat in on some evening classes- snuck in to hang out and take notes.” Simultaneously working at a old San Francisco staple in North Beach, Moose's, Jeremy fed his growing craft, gaining experience with plated, composed desserts.

Upon graduating, he moved back to the Central Coast and began apprenticing at Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara. Here, he worked with amazing chefs and guest chefs learning new techniques while composing desserts for the three restaurants on site, big banquet dinners and for weddings. He kept scouting places to call his own, and when Eclair Bakery went up for sale he tried to purchase it, this first attempt falling through. Still knowing he wanted to do something on his own and tired of the long commute between San Luis and Santa Barbara, Jeremy waited for his opportunity working at a winery in Paso Robles. He finally got the call: the owner of Eclair was ready to sell, to Jeremy.

The bakery, under Jeremy’s hand, not only shares its incredible pastries with its customers but also shares its kitchen space with dabbling bakers in pursuit of their craft. If you remember from our last post, Kelli first launched her business using Eclair’s space, and others like Kirsten Finberg of Little Red Hen Bread first began working here. This biz is all heart, Jeremy’s passion for baking reflects in his motivation to foster creativity and experimentation, inspiring and being inspired: 

“I’ve always loved the idea of having people come in. I was given a really great opportunity, so to give other people that opportunity is really important to me, because I know how good it feels, I’d like to pass that on, too…it’s the community thing, too, not being a jerk.”

One bite of anything from Eclair and you will surely agree: Jeremy is an expert at what he does. But he still longs to learn more, take more specialized courses, and absorb from those around him and other industry aces. His main influences are Chad Robertson of Tartine Bakery and Culinary Artistry, a book full of vignettes from different top chefs. Instagram also proves handy in seeing what other shops are producing outside of this area, like G&B Coffee and Valerie Confections. Likely he is, and will be, as influential as the greats he looks up to now. We cannot wait to see what he comes up with next (there is talk of chicken pot pies and savory items joining the menu, stay tuned)!
The table runner (bottom right) is a purchase from Ruby Rose!
You can visit Eclair Bakery any day of the week:
Tuesday-Friday: 8-4:30
Saturday: 9-4
Sunday: 9-2

OR get his fresh baked bread Fridays at Rutiz Farms and on Saturday Farmers’ Market in AG
OR on Thursdays check out his booth equipped with a mini donut maker-turning out mouthwatering morsels at Farmers’ Market

Eclair is stuffed with amazing pastries like his ding dong cupcakes-chocolate cake with cream, then dipped in chocolate- and his vegan black & blue cookies. Jeremy also creates custom cakes for birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings. Stop by his shop or give him a call for more information.

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