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How to Tie Scarves–Cheat Sheet

If you missed out on the opportunity to spend the afternoon with Ruby, Inc. at Tremendous Life Books at the Charlie T. Jones Conference Center in Mechanicsburg you missed out on a fabulous time. From CEOs to empty nesters, women flocked from all over the area to learn 25 new ways to tie a scarf compliments of Ruby, Inc. and Tremendous Life Books.

Attendees said:

“I feel so much more confident getting ready in the morning. It’s going so much faster.”– Amy

“Thank you, Jasmine. Keep smiling. God Loves You.” — Kathy

“Thank you… for hosting this event. Jodi and I had a great time and learned a lot! … Thank you again!” –Janine

“I am so excited for you to edit my closet.” — J.

“I can’t wait to set up my appointment with you.” — Rose

Weren’t able to attend? Follow this Youtube video to learn step-by-step how to tie cute scarves.

If you’d like to see behind-the-scenes photos of the event, follow this link to our Facebook page.

Ready to set up your complimentary consultation? Click here for more information.

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Real Feedback from Real Clients–Just Like You

“I got a few new pieces that follow the rules at a consignment shop. THANK YOU! My confidence has gone way up and this has been a huge blessing to me.” — D.P., 40-some-year-old entrepreneur and mother of two

“Thank you again for coming and working with me today. I truly appreciate your patience, understanding, and explanations about everything.” — A.S., 27-year-old married entrepreneur

“I feel amazing. I feel so good about myself.” — K. 60-some-year-old board member, married and mother

“You left such an impact on my wife that I just have to share your story. You’re creating a ministry and you don’t even know it. You’re so inspiring.” — G., 60-year-old board member and D.J.

What’s getting all the rave reviews?

Click here to receive the same fantastic results or call 717-517-8266 to schedule a complimentary session.

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Attend Ruby, Inc.’s Free LIVE Seminar: How to Tie Cute Scarves at the Charlie “T” Jones Conference Center

Attend Ruby, Inc.’s Free LIVE Seminar

How to Tie Cute Scarves

This Event Will Teach You Countless Ways to Revamp Your Wardrobe Just By Tying a Scarf

Tuesday, January 14 at 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Charlie “T” Jones Conference Center, 114 North York Street, Mechanicsburg

Register here

Have you ever wondered how to creatively tie cute scarves? You’ve purchased one, but it’s likely covered in dust bunnies in the back of your closet. Quit wasting your money by not using it.

Ruby, Inc. is here to rescue you from getting tied up in knots fashioning a handkerchief.

We’re giving you the opportunity for some good old-fashioned scarf tying practice at a live seminar from Ruby, Inc.

Best of all, we’ll teach you for free. Just bring scarves in various lengths to practice with and your best friend, daughter, or mentor to share in the experience on January 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Charlie “T” Jones Conference Center, 114 North York Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.

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4 reasons you won’t want to miss Ruby, Inc.’s free LIVE Seminar:

You’ll learn to:

  • Tie scarves in a myriad of ways
  • Update your wardrobe without spending any money
  • Boost your confidence by spending the morning with like-minded women
  • Save time

Previous attendees have said:

“I heard all kinds of positive and even inspirational conversations. I feel women today are in need of assurance and confirmation that they are beautiful and they are appreciated and you gave them that this morning.” – Dixie

“Thank you for the wonderful talk you gave.” – Megan

“You’re inspirational. Thank you. You made me feel good about myself for the first time in a long time.” – Luann

YES, Ruby, Inc.! I want to spend one morning with you at the Charlie “T” Jones Conference Center in Mechanicsburg to learn the exact strategies to tie scarves so that I expand my wardrobe, think of them as jewelry to add oomph and drama to my clothes, and learn how to look expensive with one stellar piece of fabric.

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Fall Trend Report: The Hottest Coats for the Temperature Drop

This fall it’s all about roomy coats in thicker fabrics which is good news for layering, but not so good if you’re trying not to add extra bulk. The best way to wear it? Look for off-the-body cuts in exaggerated shapes like the traditional pea coat, cropped jacket, tweed or motorcycle. Empire and trapeze cuts offer additional room for laying but be wary of piling layer upon layer.

Here are six quick tips to keep warm when the temperature drops while still ratcheting up your style quotient.

Dress around your jacket. This means even if you wear the same coat day in and day out you can make it fresh with the garments you wear around it. This saves money because you don’t need to feel as though you need a week’s worth of outerwear to stay stylish. One coat is plenty for the season.

Proportions are critical. If you’re wearing a roomy coat, stick for leaner lines in the rest of your ensemble. Try find knits and thinner pants for a sleek, yet au current look.

Mix your textures and cuts. Want to wear all brown? Try a camel hair coat in a loose cut, pair it with brown suede pants and taupe fine knit sweater for a sweet yet refined look.

Show off your feminine side by belting your coat.

Remember your coat should add to your shape, not conceal it.

And finally don’t overstuff. Want more ideas? Contact Ruby, Inc. for your complimentary consultation today.
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5 Reasons to Get Rid of Your Frumpy Pantyhose Once and For All

The other evening our founder, Jasmine, stumbled on a hot debate with ladies who were older than 30. The big question: To wear pantyhose or not to wear pantyhose?

It’s our opinion at Ruby, Inc. that pantyhose ought to be ripped off the legs and instead be used to fix busted hoses on your car.

Here are 5 reasons why you can do better than the ‘hose.

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  1. According to Nina Garcia of the hit show “Project Runway” and author of The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces that Every Stylish Woman Must Own (abridged download here), you’ve got far better options than those ratty stockings. Take fishnets for example. According to Garcia, “fishnets are supersexy when done right, supertawdry when done wrong. To stay on the right side of the line make sure you choose a fine mesh. Keep between an eighth and a quarter of an inch. The smaller the better. Pair with sophisticated clothing…try in nude…don’t let show too much. A peek of fishnet at the ankle when you’re wearing tailored trousers can go much further than showing an entire leg of fishnet with high heels and short skirts.”
  2. Try Spanx instead. According to Garcia, they’re “life altering footless control top pantyhose that should be worn whenever a woman wants to appear a size smaller.”
  3. Look into black opaque tights. They became a staple in the 1960’s when short skirts and mini dresses walked the streets. Tights are measured by their density and the term is called “denier.” The higher the denier, the more opaque the tight. She sheerest is 5 and the highest is 80, which would make it the darkest.
  4. Instead of cheap pantyhose that pull and rip, try more expensive tights to get more bang for your buck. You don’t want to see any skin through the tights because it looks messy. Try instead splurging on a pair of Wolfords. They’re comfortable and durable so they’re worth the extra cost.
  5. Pantyhose are a matter of opinion: some people think it looks dated, other’s don’t. Know what when you wear them you’re polarizing people who are looking at you. Why take the risk when you have four others that don’t do that instead?

Baffled on baring legs? Click here for more assistance. 

 

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10 Things Removing My Skull Taught Me About Entrepreneurship and Confidence

If you would have told me that within a few short weeks near the time this photo was taken I’d be getting a divorce from my childhood sweetheart, going into entrepreneurship full time, burying my dog, getting hit by a car, losing my hearing and getting my head shaved, I would have told you that you were an idiot.

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Clearly I was the idiot.

For the past few months I have had trouble focusing. My mind was wandering a great deal and I couldn’t seem to get going. I was tired and I attributed it to stress. I took more naps, got fewer things done and tried to pace myself to the best of my little Type A abilities. I’d go for runs to clear my head and find myself falling over and fainting for no reason. I went to the doctor’s office and she said my blood pressure was low and that I need to eat potato chips. (Now that sounds like a prescription I can get behind!)

After ending my full time job as a magazine editor, I took a trip and explored the oceans up and down the east coast thinking a little R and R would feel pretty good and I’d come home refreshed.

Didn’t work.

I’d go for runs and faint. I’d walk into the kitchen and faint.  I’d dust myself off, clean up anywhere where I scraped my body, and would move on with little complaint. I just figured I was a little Tennessee Fainting Goat, and I’d be alright eventually.

However on July 4, I woke up with an excruciating pain radiating from my head down through my tongue. Having had ear infections before, I realized I needed to go to the ER because, left untreated, chronic ear infections can lead to Bell’s palsy. I marched my little ass into the center, got some antibiotics and pain killers and made an appointment with my ENT.

I figured he’d just say I needed tubes put in my ears and that would be it.

I had no clue when I entered his office that he’d be telling me:

“Jasmine, we’re going to have to shave your head and remove a piece of your skull.”

“Excuse me?” I said.

He proceeded to explain it again but I stopped listening and interrupted him.

“My shoes are dirty,” I said. I was in shock. I couldn’t think of anything else to say.

“You need to focus,” he said. He explained to me that I had mastoiditis which is a result of an infection that extends to the air cells of the skull behind the ear. First he was going to put tubes in my ears, then clean up the infection with antibiotics and then–to my horror–shave my head and remove a piece of my skull.

“You’re going to drill into my nugget?” I asked. “Why would I let you do that? There are important, squishy things in there.”

“Because if you don’t it could lead to serious, even life-threatening, health complications, including hearing loss, blood clot, meningitis, or a brain abscess.”

“So you want to shave my head?”

“Yes. It won’t be much.”

I kept thinking about images I had seen online of TBI patients with large scars mapping their skulls. I was horrified.

“First tubes,” Rosie said, “then we’ll get you a CT scan and if you have mastoiditis we’ll operate from there. You’ll be in the hospital but you’ll be fine.”

I stumbled out of the doctor’s office in shock. I know this sounds shallow and superficial but I like my hair. I didn’t want it shaved. I didn’t want to feel ugly and I thought I’d feel that way if my head were removed.

I did the only thing I could think: I packed my bags and headed to the beach to clear my head. There my hearing became more and more muffled and I remember walking along the beach and pausing to listen to the waves lap against the shore. It was the last sound I heard out of my left ear before my hearing slipped away. I chewed pain killers like Pez and slept when I wasn’t sitting by the shore.

When I came back, I found loud noises would knock me over. I felt like every animal I encountered was from Disney’s Bolt and their bellowing would make me hit the floor.

I went into my first surgery unafraid. I’ve had tubes before. I thought it would be an in and out process. So did Rosie, my doctor. So he was surprised to discover a tube that had fallen in my head that had been causing the symptoms all along. He also found and began to remove a series of Cholesteatomas which are destructive and expanding growths in my middle ear.

No biggie, I thought.

We scheduled a CT scan and the second surgery. I wasn’t exactly afraid but at the same token I wasn’t all hunky-dory either. Luckily I had a few family members and loved ones come to the hospital with me who made me laugh before they put me under. Before I went under the knife I walked into the bathroom and looked at myself in the mirror. I thumbed the hair on the side of my head, knowing they were going to shave it. When I got back on the gurney, they gave me a shot of something awesome–a little cocktail to chill me out–and then my memory goes blank. I woke up a few hours later with what appeared to be a giant jock strap on my head.

I felt like Van Gough minus the whole prostitute thing.

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Friends heckled me on Facebook.

Oddly enough, even with a shaved head, bloody ear and the suspicion that I was oozing brain juice, I was happy and at peace. Must have been the morphine.
I went home thinking I could go back to my normal routine and was frustrated to find I couldn’t. I was sleepy, in pain and couldn’t hear. Dizziness overwhelmed me. I was completely deaf in one ear.
After a few days of sucking it up, I fell to the floor crying.  I’m not allowed to blow my nose and I can’t even sneeze so I just laid on the floor in a heap and cried until my snot and tears stained the dining room floor.
Days later I returned to the ENT. I wasn’t allowed to drive, couldn’t hear, had a shaved head and was nine 10ths pissed off. I wanted my life back. I wanted my hearing back. I wanted my hair back. I wanted to stop falling over.
I lost my confidence. I lost my hearing. I lost my hair.
That night my friend Justin came over and took a photo of my head. I mustered up the courage to look at it. I grabbed the phone and peeked at the screen. This is what I saw.
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I could have been horrified. I could have cried. But I didn’t.

I stood tall like a champ.

I had an epiphany.

I just realized you can take my skull but you can’t break my spirit.

Then I thought about my beloved business.
So often in my line of work I see women who have gone through a major life change and as a result don’t feel pretty. And I think in that moment, I understood them on a deeper level. I understood what it’s like to have a really really really bad haircut. I understood what it’s like to endure pain and physical deformation. I understood what it’s like to have a disability and I understood what it feels like to get knocked down hard and have to figure out how to stand back up, knowing you’re going to hit the deck again once the next loud noise comes along. To this I gave some thought and:

Here’s ultimately what I learned about entrepreneurship and confidence.

  1. You’ll be surprised with what gives you confidence. I felt more confident and alive than when I saw my hacked up skull than I have at any other time in my life. Why? Because it doesn’t matter if you have hair or you don’t. It doesn’t matter if you can hear or if you can’t. It doesn’t matter if you soak the floor with your tears. What matters in life and business is that regardless of the obstacle, you realize that if you just keep going, you’ll persevere. Sure, you won’t look the same at the end, but who cares? Let go of the old–whether it’s hair, people or things and become who you’re meant to be.
  2. I realized success and failure are the exact same thing: it’s just perspective that frames it. Some folks might think I look like the Bride of Frankenstein. Some folks might think I’m weak. Some folks might think I’m ugly or have a bad haircut or somehow don’t measure up to them. Oh well. To hell with them. What they say or think doesn’t matter and doesn’t change the course of my history. What I say matters. What I think about me matters. How confident I am regardless matters.
  3. 1175016_10151899513369954_141196765_nYou’re going to be hit hard in business and life. Take the knock, cry about it, dust yourself off and keep going. Sure, you’ll fall thousands of times, but–just like when I was fainting– but you can’t stay down forever. Yes, you’ll probably have a few scars at the end of it and yes, people will think you’re nuts for persevering but do it anyway. It’s worth it.
  4. Just because you think you can do something doesn’t mean you can or can’t. You’ve got to act on it. Try it. Test it out. Don’t just think about it–run even though you fall. Listen even though you’re deaf. Explore even when you’re unsure of the future.
  5. Not everyone who says they’ve got your back will have it. Expect this. Don’t let it cripple you and know that when you’re crying in the hospital all alone, it doesn’t mean you’re lonely or weak, it just means that you’re by yourself. It doesn’t diminish you, your capabilities or your vision at all. You’ll get to where you’re going and the ones who really love you will be there in the end.
  6. Sometimes you’ve just got to put everything else no hold. So often we run around in a flurry of activity trying to be successful. Oddly enough when I stopped, took care of myself and took a good hard look at the adversity I had overcome, I felt successful without having to lift a finger.
  7. Some days you can’t call people back, some days you can’t answer every e-mail, some days you can’t meet everyone’s needs. If it’s really a need you’ll do it when you have time. The frivolous stuff in business and life will fall to the wayside if you just focus on what’s important.
  8.  Just because your skull gets removed, you stop working, you lose something, you run out of energy or can’t get yourself another step toward your vision doesn’t mean you failed in the slightest. It just means the timeline changed.
  9.  Hair grows back, skulls heal, and lessons stick.
  10. You’re prettier than you think. You’re smarter than you think. You’re tougher than you think. And even with a shaved head, you can still radiate with confidence. (Photo taken five days post op.)

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Want to get some confidence yourself just by editing your closet or going shopping? Funny, we specialize in just that.
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Ruby, Inc. Wins the Small Business Development Award for SCORE

Ruby, Inc. was awarded the Business Development Award from SCORE Lancaster. 

Thanks to Ole Hongvanthong of PhotoOle Photography for covering the event.

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To learn more about this entrepreneurial endeavor, click here.

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