What’s New in Summer Jewelry Trends?

Want to get the latest in summer jewelry trends? Look no further.

As we mentioned before, Ruby, Inc. stands behind companies that share our core values. In this case, we’ve been honored to get to know the Plum Street Co-Op. It’s a group of four women who are overflowing with creativity and integrity.

The Plum Street Co-op began innocently enough when four friends began meeting during lunch to share their passion for jewelry and take-out.  It wasn’t long before they decided to make the Plum Street Co-op official so that they could sell and show their work together. The founding members include Monica Gibbel, Gail Jordan, Callie Nipper, and Terri Shadle.

Monica is a local artist who has her hand in many different areas of the art including: graphic design, photography, and fine art.  Her jewelry is simple but sophisticated using a variety of different materials and methods to create unique pieces.

Gail found her passion in repurposing found objects to make new jewelry.  Her current collection is inspired by her fascination with antique buttons.

Callie has been creating jewelry for more than five years. Using an eclectic mix of traditional and non-traditional materials, she seeks her inspiration from the people and places around her.

And Terri is an avid photographer and graphic designer. She not only seeks inspiration from her photography, but also incorporates her photographs into her jewelry creations.

Although the ladies of the Plum Street Co-op each have  different styles and inspirations, their jewelry is unique and fun across the board. They use a wide variety of materials ranging from buttons and photographs to semi-precious gemstones and glass beads.

Plum Street Co-Op will be showing this Friday from 5-10 at: Smith LaVia Studio, 329 North Queen in Lancaster.


Via Lancaster Newspapers: “Going back to the bra basics, for good measure”

Did you check out the latest article “Going back to the bra basics, for good measure” via Claudia Esbenshade of Lancaster Newspapers? You should. Not only is it chock full of solid bra fitting tips but Ruby, Inc. made the cut.

Click here to read more.

Wondering if you’re wearing the wrong size bra? Eight out of 10 women are right now. Click here for more tips and then click here to learn how you can begin to fix it.

If you’d rather just have the crew at Ruby, Inc. help you figure out how to do it, click here to get started.



Sometimes You Just Get Lucky

Sometimes you just get dumb luck and this week the Ruby, Inc. crew lucked out.

Co-founders Cory and Jasmine Grimm, graduated from the Entrepreneurial Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (and their Family program) a number of months ago. (Go Syracuse!) This past week they got a lovely e-mail from Raymond Toenniessen, Director of Operations and Development, at the program. He said they had the opportunity to head to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville to see Rascall Flats and Kelly Pickler and more for a benefit for the EBV Program. Since the team loves Ray, Tina, Mike, and the rest of the EBV crew, they jumped at the opportunity to fly down to Nashville for a last-minute concert on Cory’s birthday.

Here’s what Ruby, Inc. learned in the south. Those folks are real hospitable. Before the founders checked into their rooms they had glasses of Arnold Palmer’s in hand and were bequeathed something rather unusual at a hotel.

They were given a stray kitten.

So Jasmine cuddled with the little orphan for a few hours before the concert, putting on Youtube to cats purring so the kitten would simmer down and take a nap.

When it was time to go, she gave it back to the hotel staff and the crew headed on over to the Grand Ole Opry for an exclusive backstage tour of the facilities including getting up on stage while they were performing.

Best of all they got to go with dear friends and fellow EBV grads, Dali Rivera, founder of Elite Revolutionary Solutions and her husband, Henry.

It was an honor to represent the program and despite Ray’s best efforts to kill them on the drive and give them an Arctic blast with the air conditioner, they made it back to Pennsylvania in one piece.

So from the Ruby, Inc. headquarters all the way to Nashville, thanks Humana for bringing us down and showing us, and the rest of the EBV program some southern hospitality.

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Ladies: Get Rid of Your Man’s Wardrobe Issues Once and For All

Let’s start off with a disclaimer: at Ruby, Inc. we specialize in dressing women.

That said we have been flooded with questions from husbands, boyfriends and business associates on how they can beef up men’s attire. Our founder, Jasmine, has dressed a number of men in her life: chiefly her husband, Cory. So she knows from experience that guys are all about comfort. If Cory’s a microcosm of most men, he doesn’t like to try on clothes in the department store and if left to his own devices, he would most certainly have bought pleated front khakis, white shoes and a mobile phone carrier and wear it on his hip like an fanny pack.

Cory, however, has learned to develop a sense of style.

Here’s how.

He got sized at the Men’s Warehouse. This way he knows what suits fit him.

But maybe you don’t want to have someone size you up. No biggie.  If you’re the kind of person who likes to do-it-yourself: A suit jacket size is determined by measuring the thickest part of a your chest.

Measure just under your arms, across the chest, and over your shoulder blades. When measuring, it is important to keep the tape measure parallel to the floor. This will help to assure you are measuring the thickest part of the chest area.

Then take an over arm measurement. To take this measurement, place the tape measure over the outside of the arms across the thickest part of the chest.

Once you have this number subtract 7 inches to receive a corresponding chest measurement.

The largest measurement is the correct jacket size.

For more information check out “How to Measure a Man for a Suit Jacket.”

Pants sizes are determined by measuring the waist at the belt line. In most cases, the belt line will be found just on top of your hipbones.

To measure the shirt size, watch this Youtube video:

Once you’ve got all of your measurements in place, it’s important to purchase clothes that fit. It’s not a problem if they’re a wee bit too big as a tailor (and you should invest in one because they’re worth every dollar) can make it fit perfectly.

Now, onto shopping. If you’re anything like Cory, you have zero desire to hunt down clothes in the mall. You want to get in, get out, and get on with your life.

No problem.

Although we haven’t used these services in house, we know of a few that will ship clothing right to your doorstep.

Check out the Trunk Club.

The Trunk Club guys discover awesome clothes that are perfect for them without ever having to go shopping.

They scour the web for the best in men’s apparel, and they curate an ever-evolving assortment of pieces from their favorite designers. They fill the trunk and send it to you and you keep what you love and send the rest right back to Trunk Club, at no cost.

If you’re a bit fussier about what you look like, then there are places online to custom design your clothing. Check out the following sites:

Again, Ruby, Inc. hasn’t worked directly with these brands so your experience will be unique but we’d love to hear about it.

Finally we specialize in working with women so ladies, if you’d like help getting started on the right path, click here to get started. Gentlemen, for now, you’re on your own.

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If You’re Not Dressing Well Now, You’re Being Judged For It Later

Like it or not, ladies, you’re being judged and it’s not based upon your behavior.

You’re being judged on your looks.

Take, for example, the recent article on Today, where they were saying that former First Lady and present Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an appearance overseas without makeup.

The article said:

“Hillary Clinton addresses ‘au naturale’ liberation,” said political blog The Drudge Report, while trend site Styleite.com declared that Clinton “just wants to be normal and do things like wear her hair in a scrunchie, party with her girlfriends and go out without a stitch of makeup.”
The kicker was England’s Daily Mail, which said Clinton’s moment sans makeup made her look “tired and withdrawn.”

The article then goes on to say:

“While blatant discrimination in the workplace is less common than it was 20 years ago, she said, there are still subtle biases that may be hardest to combat.”

(View the entire article here.)
Although it’s a double standard, you still have two choices: you can complain and criticize that women ought not to be held to such a standard or you can do the simple thing: you can put on a pair of pants that fit, wash your face, comb your hair and put on a speck of makeup.

It’s your choice. We for, one, think it’s easier just to buy a pair of pants that fit than it is to change society as a whole so we’re going for the easy option.

We created quite a stir, in fact, with our readers when we posted a quote from Dani Johnson, noted millionaire saying how it was offensive to print these words on the importance of dressing in our post “How Not to Look Like a Stay at Home Mom.”

“I’m just a stay-at-home mom. Well then great. Go ahead and look like every other 98 percent of the stay-at-home moms, dumpy, lumpy and greasy, with hair tied back in one of those soccer mom deals and sweats all sagged out and bagged out in your butt. That is a culture that affects your attitude. It affects your standards and it changes the course of your life…”

We know we hit a sore subject and that’s why we’re addressing it head on.

Because there are simple facts to the matter: ladies, you are judged on how you look. It impacts your earning potential. Don’t believe us? Read “Why Some Women Will Make $230,000 More than You.” And it impacts how your family sees you. Click here to see Gina’s experience with her family.

Simply—offensive or not—people are making a snap decision about you based upon how you look. Sure, you’re not going to get it right 100 percent of the time, and yes, we believe it’s important to take risks with your style but you should fail forward in a positive direction.
So what are some simple things you can do better fail forward?

Avoid 9 Simple Faux Pas

• When you’re at work, look at your office environment. If no one else is doing it, you probably shouldn’t either.
• Cover your tummy. According to eastern cultures like India, China, Japan, and Africa, the belly is the point of physical access to spiritual power. So why would you want to show it off in the office anyway? It’s sacred, not profane.
• Avoid showing too much cleavage.
• Hide your bra straps.
• Avoid see-through clothing.
• Invest in a tailor.
• Skip flip flops unless you’re in some cutting edge-tech field with an uber-relaxed culture.
• Nothing tight.
• Don’t go overboard.

Need more help. Click here to get started.

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One Way to Create a Place Where Everyone Gets Cinderella Moments

This year Ruby, Inc. joined the Humane League of Lancaster County for its annual Henry C. Brandt Memorial Wags & Whiskers: An Evening in Paradise, on Friday, April 20.

We donated a full styling package for this fun, casual cocktail style party, and it was an honor to know that all proceeds from this event went to the Animal Rescue Fund which provides shelter, care, and medical treatment for homeless and abused animals that are brought to the Humane League.

Why are we so passionate about this?

Ruby, Inc. has partnered with the Humane League of Lancaster and invites all women to join us in creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence instead of anxiety. You’re going to have a Cinderella moment, and together we’re going to make sure unwanted pets get one too. Each time you buy from Ruby, Inc. you help the Humane League of Lancaster County create a humane community where pets are protected and wanted while inspiring your own self-esteem. Ten percent of every one of your purchases is donated to help create a no-kill community, pay for low-cost spay/neuter clinics, bolster foster care programs, create greater outreach adoption sites and ultimately create a humane community where all animals are protected and wanted.

Want to get behind all of this momentum? Click here to get started.