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Weekly Six: 7.29

Posted on: Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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: This hat's style is tops! Green corduroy mixed with leather logo, Brixton keeps your head cool along with your look.

2: We see the light! With this candelabra, your space will shine with ambiance day and night. 

3: A modern pendant lamp the likes of which has never been seen! Alternating glass and wood panels, combined with its shape, makes this a statement wherever it hangs.

4: A trifecta of amazing pottery makes quite a triple threat to your decor. Handpainted and not-too-heavy, you'll be finding any excuse to steal a cookie and sneak a glance at their beauty.

5: Neutral chair for anything but neutral days. A great addition to an interior that needs a little cozy without more color.

6: A plaid picnic, will travel. This set comes complete with tupperware and thermos--good company not included. Snatch this picnic bag/basket, pack it and pick up a friend along the way!

SLO Farmers' Market Cookbook Launch

Posted on: Monday, July 27, 2015

Our local writer, photographer, and designer–and Ruby Crew alum!–Kendra Aronson launched her Kickstarter campaign TODAY to fund self-publishing printing costs of her SLO Farmers’ Market Cookbook!!!

Kendra Aronson—local writer, photographer, designer, and self-publisher—launched her Kickstarter campaign TODAY to fund The San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market Cookbook. Get a preview of what's inside below–then don't forget to pledge support while gaining some great rewards, too!

Simple Seasonal Recipes & Short Stories from the Central Coast of California.
The cookbook features 196 pages of 60 seasonal recipes and 40 short stories. The recipes are organized by seasons (15 recipes per season) and are sub-divided into five categories: breakfast, light bites, lunch, dinner, and dessert (3 recipes per category). The latter part of the cookbook features short stories, interviews, and profiles of farmers, food artisans, and farm-to-table chefs. In the spirit of a creating a collaborative community-driven cookbook, the majority of the recipes are provided by the food growers and crafters themselves to showcase the true taste of the Central Coast. Participants and contributors include: Artisan, Bautista Farms, Big Sky Cafe, Cal Poly Organic Farm, Domingo Farms, Eclair Bakery, Ember Restaurant, Esther’s Garden, Foremost Wine Co., Good Tides Bakery, Jensen Lorenzen (formerly Chef of the Cass House), Julia’s Juices, Little Red Hen Bread, Los Osos Valley Organics, Luna Red, Mama’s Meatball, Mama’s Preserves, Meze Wine Bar & Bistro, Mt. Olive Organic Farm, Native Herbs & Honey Company, Negranti Creamery, Novo Restaurant & Lounge, Old San Luis BBQ Co., PC Cattle Co., Peppercreek Family Farm, Red Barn Farm, Righetti Ranch, Rinconada Dairy, Robin’s Restsaurant, Rutiz Family Farmstand, Sally Loo’s, Scout Coffee Co., Seaside Cafe & Bakery, SLO Creek Farms, SLO Grown Produce, Sweet Pea Bakery, Thomas Hill Organics, and Y. Hayashi & Sons Farm.

Her goal is to raise $12k by August 27 to cover the up-front printing costs. Kickstarter is an online funding platform to help bring creative projects to life; financial supporters who back Kickstarter projects are offered rewards in exchange for their pledges. Rewards for the SLO Farmers’ Market Cookbook Kickstarter campaign include pre-orders of the cookbook, market tote bags, market maps, and more. Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing funding platform; to make this cookbook a tangible printed reality please visit to pledge your support.

Weekly Six: 7.22

Posted on: Wednesday, July 22, 2015

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: Wrap yourself (and your home) in velvet and flowers. This tasseled throw has weight and drape--and some stunning color, too.

2: With the temperatures climbing, it's just too hot to work! Time to find a breezy porch and take up your new hobby: painting and drawing. We've got the how-to's on the subject...

3: Don't forget your dollars and cents for rides and funnel cakes--the fair is up and running today! Snag one of these coin purses before you head up.

4: This Free People dress has structure and swing--and pockets. A great summer dress to keep you looking cool under the sun--also works with boots for the fair!

5: Sometimes, you just need a break. Set up shop and take a breather just about anywhere with these vintage green folding chairs. Or add a few seats at your backyard BBQ for more friends!

6: A little turquoise and silver to get you gussied up for fun evening at the Mid State Fair. Just don't let it dangle in the goat pins. 

Customer Spotlight: Darling Magazine

Posted on: Friday, July 17, 2015

A few weeks back we received a phone call from Natalie Hemmati, inquiring about borrowing items for a photoshoot. It wasn't until midway through the conversation she mentioned she styles for Darling Magazine--one of our favorite publications! It wasn't hard to say yes, and hosted them for a while at our shop one Sunday. We are still pinching ourselves, and can't wait to see the final photos! Here, Natalie shares how she discovered us and why she found inspiration:

Ruby Rose is not only a vintage store gem in SLO, it is one of my favorite vintage boutiques in Southern California. I first visited Ruby Rose en route to Cambria. My friend and I decided it would ease the long drive if we popped into secondhand shoppes along the way. I was instantly drawn in by the incredible window displays. Once inside, we were greeted by the lovely Kendra who helped us decide on what prized items to purchase. If you have had the pleasure of visiting Ruby Rose, then you already know how unique and cozy the decor is. The interior is very rustic, yet soft and inviting.

Behind the scenes on set for the Darling photoshoot (photo cred: Natalie Hemmati) 
My most recent visit to Ruby Rose was a few weeks back. I was styling an editorial for Darling Magazine and was in need of both men and women's wear. My aim is to always utilize interesting one-of-a-kind pieces; and to pair those items with more conventional pieces. I knew the trek would be a lengthy one, but my mind was made to Ruby Rose I was to see what treasures I could find for the shoot. Being in Los Angeles, it is natural for other Californian's to assume we have the best and latest fashion at our fingertips. Whilst this is true, with anything, you must keep in mind familiarity becomes redundant and boring, and new items are always more exciting and fresh. 

As always, the trip was a successful one. Thank you so much to the wonderful ladies at the shop. I am so grateful and cannot wait to visit again.

Weekly Six: 7.15

Posted on: Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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: A dress to frolic in the day and step straight into the night. Its lightweight, flowy fabric lends perfectly for these warm days & not-too-chilly evenings.

2: Someone else did all the work for you with these worn leather bags--if only they would do that with all your new shoes, too. Choose your own adventure, and then choose from a weekender duffel, over-the-shoulder satchel, or dark leather daypack.

3: Buy new glassware, but keep the old, one is silver and the other's gold. Complete with ice bucket, these sets of leaf-gilded glasses are all shapes and sizes, so you can keep your friends, however old (or new) they are.

4: Denim and Dingo?? These vintage boots are brought to you by the seventies--and still looking they did walking into Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's concert in 1970.

5: Weighted for use with just about anything, these blankets transform from comforter to picnic blanket to keeping cozy on the couch--without loosing style or comfort.

6: Tool chest turned treasure chest--this old toolbox is just perfect for organizing all your jewels. Reminds us of the old Caboodles, only heartier.

Customer Spotlight: Christina Lilly

Posted on: Friday, July 10, 2015

We met Christina when she sauntered into our shop, and were excited to see what she came up with when she borrowed a beautiful dress for a shoot. The photos are just stunning! Today, Christina Lilly shares how this shoot came together on her trip way out west, along with her best shots....

As a photographer from the East Coast, I wanted to put together a shoot to capture some of California's best. I already had the pretty face and the location. I just needed to find the right piece to photograph my model in. Ruby Rose came highly recommended from a friend, who happens to be an interior designer. I take her recommendations pretty seriously. She has impeccable taste. I walked into Ruby Rose on a mission to buy some housewares maybe, but I was not thinking about my shoot. I thought maybe a vintage rug or some antique jewelry.

Then I saw this beautiful 1920's, peach, silk chiffon dress and my shoot popped right back into my mind. I knew the dress would translate into any decade. I generally aim to read timeless in my photography. It would be perfect. This was the last item to tie things together. I loved the muted tones of the beach and the cliff side and the dress blended right in with the color palette. The earthy tones and the golden California sun played well against my model Ashley's dark hair and green eyes. The flapper style dress floating on the wind made for some stunning shots. Sometimes it's a little dress that can inspire an entire shoot. You never know what you're looking for until you find it, and Ruby Rose was perfect for that.

Weekly Six: 7.8

Posted on: Wednesday, July 8, 2015

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: What's green, comfy, and leather all over? This chair--with an extra deep seat for curling up nice and cozy. 

2: We've found the fountain of youth--or at least a fountain that makes us feel youthful. Either way, this blue-washed sculpture is ready for some waterworks!

3: Do you prefer the left ORE the right one? These vintage wooden ores are ready to row--time to head the summer cabin and get out on the lake. Don't forget your fishin' pole.

4: Summer weddings to attend, or simply need to get out? Try this sweet number on for size--a great dress for just about any occasion.

5: This is the only kind of snail you want in your garden. Made with a detachable shell and with perfect patina, this little guy is a novelty find.

6: Ready for a cloudy camping morning or dawn patrol, these thermoses have your back. Keep your tea and coffee pipping hot, making getting up so early a little more worth it. 

Way Out West: Bisbee, AZ

Posted on: Friday, July 3, 2015

The call of the road and six days off...

Bisbee, Arizona was one of our destinations. We were looking for some R&R and beautiful scenery. Bisbee is a scenic old mining town near the Mexico border. When the mine closed in the 70's, the artsy hippie eclectic population came in to take advantage of the old buildings and tucked away feel of this mountain/desert town. Everywhere you look and walk there are stairways and walkways and art! Here are just small examples of what is to be discovered throughout:

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