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How to Tie Cute Scarves

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

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.

Register here. 

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.

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

You’ll learn to

  • Save time
  • 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

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.

Register here for free.

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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.

Register here

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.

Register here

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9 Reasons You Won’t Want to Miss Ruby, Inc.’s LIVE Free Seminar at Tremendous Life Books

This Event Will Transform Your Life, Banish the Hopeless Feeling in the Mirror, and Explode Your Confidence

We know what you’re going through. Shopping for well-fitting, stylish clothes is an exercise in frustration. Now balance that with a busy work schedule and family obligations and it feels impossible. But it’s not. We promise. Regardless of your body type you will save time, money, and dress your best. We’ve styled CEOs, ladies who had the honor of ringing the bell for the New York Stock Exchange, dinner dates with Prime Minister Tony Blair, and busy working women like you.

9 reasons you will not want to miss Ruby, Inc.’s LIVE Seminar.

You’ll learn to:

  • Forget about the perfect body type
  • Combat your negative body images
  • Banish dressing-room meltdowns
  • Save time
  • Find clothing that works for you
  • Improve your comfort
  • Boost your confidence
  • Learn to make purchases without breaking the bank
  • And finally feel pretty, regardless of size, age, or weight

YES, Ruby, Inc.! I want to spend one afternoon with you at Tremendous Life Books in Mechanicsburg to learn the exact strategies to achieve an amazing sense of style and learn to dress for my body type in record time!

Register today to attend Ruby, Inc.’s free LIVE seminar.

Act now while seats are still available!

Clients say:

“Ruby, Inc. saved my marriage! It’s true. She showed me how to bring home designer brands that I could have never afforded for a fraction of the cost. I can now tackle thrift shops with ease. I know exactly what I’m looking for and can bypass the rest. More importantly, Jasmine helped me discover the confident woman buried under clothes that didn’t work for me or reflect my personality. I feel like I’m better equipped as a role model for my daughters to show them how a woman should carry herself and express herself.” — A. B.

“I had a blast with you and I am feeling great!  I took one of your suggestions and wore the beige skirt, beige and black print jacket with a black cami and black heels to church.  I had several people saying I looked great and they loved the outfit! It made my day.  I am impressed with your work and expertise and  I just wanted to say thank you… you helped me in more ways than you know…” –JoAnn

Register today to attend Ruby, Inc.’s free LIVE seminar.

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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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Frugal Friday: The RealReal

We’ve stumbled across The RealReal, a new luxury resale store where all of the luxury designer items are selected by stylists, authenticated and amazingly priced.

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It’s a membership only site and according to Yelp, it’s got mixed reviews. The audience is a bit polarized including comments from users that range from glowing reviews including:

As a customer, I have found the most amazing deals and many of the items I’ve purchased were new with tags. I’ve purchased two Chanel bags, an amazing Chanel leather jacket with tags, YSL dress with tags, Prada booties never worn, Balenciaga dress, Stella dress and the list goes on and on. I hate paying retail for designer clothes now and have significantly reduced my buying at Net-a-porter and Barneys. Packages always arrive nicely wrapped and recently the company changed to white fabric garment bags I reuse. I’ve never had an issue with a return and responses from customer service have always been prompt and friendly, especially Maria!  

I’ve told all of my friends about the site and they have all become shoppers too. We are all amazed at the quality and prices. I don’t know a better place to shop online for discounted luxury items. All of the discount designer flash sites like Gilt, Rue La La etc have the same crappy merchandise.

To scathing reviews including:

I’m sad to have to update my RealReal review again, but having not heard back from customer service, being a paying first look member, and apparently my email address now being “invalid/not recognized,” so I can’t even log in to buy items on a site I pay for membership on, is a bit frustrating.

I’ve been trying to log in a few different times, on various days over the past week +, to buy items, and it kept stating my password was incorrect (I knew it was not).  Only upon finally putting in “I forgot my password,” and typing in my email address (at which I still receive daily sales alerts), was I told that I am not a member.  Odd, as I pay $5/month for first look membership, but cannot even log in as a non-paying, regular member.  I wrote customer service regarding the issue (especially as it clearly has been ongoing, but I had no idea), but have yet to hear back, when I’ve wanted to buy various items.

To make matters worse, I’m in London, so when I finally had a Balenciaga wallet I bought on therealreal shipped to me from the states (as they still don’t ship internationally, but claimed they would be doing so by now), I see that the wallet, while thankfully authentic, is nothing as advertised.  

It is a covered money wallet, where the covering on the hardware has worn off entirely, so it looks like a combination of giant hardware, covered hardware, and regular hardware.  Further, there was someone else’s (the seller/prior owners) health insurance card inside! 

We at Ruby, Inc. have yet to use the service but it’s another opportunity for you to vet. If you use it, let us know what you think.

In the meantime, if you want more tips and tricks from our personal stylists, click here for more information.

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Real Feedback; Real Clients: See How Easy It Is to Shop with a Personal Stylist [Video]

Dawn’s husband bought her a fabulous holiday gift: a closet editing and personal shopping experience.

Here’s what he had to say:

Just wanted to let you know that Dawn was extremely excited and happy when she got home tonight. Keep up the good work and good luck growing your business. If anyone that we know is in need of any services you offer, I’m confident that Dawn would definitely recommend you.

Thanks,

Alan

And here are the results:

Want to go shopping with a personal stylist? We’re just a mouse click away. Click here for more information about getting started now.

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Who Else Wants Learn to Become a Female Entrepreneur?

Last week the Ruby, Inc. crew was invited out to YTI, York Technical Institute to teach students about entrepreneurship. Jasmine asked for feedback so that she could improve for the future and continue to educate other young, budding entrepreneurs.

Here’s what the students said:

Jasmine’s presentation was suburb to say the least. Upon her entrance she immediately took control and demanded everyone’s attention. She got the audience involved by asking for volunteers. The presentation was informative and appeared to be accurate information. I really liked how she took questions at the beginning and made the presentation about the audience. Before answering the questions she confirmed with the audience that answering the question would result in a successful presentation. She was very enthusiastic, spoke clearly and answered everyone’s questions. I enjoyed listening to her success story and took away several best practices.

I believe that Jasmine is really putting together a great idea. She is promoting a very needed business service. It is obvious she is passionate about her dream and is very confident and excited about her dream. I am very impressed how she is using resources available to her and making her business successful.

Mr. Shuler,
I thought she did a splendid job last night. She is a very well spoken person in front of an audience and answered all the questions very well. She knew a great deal about all the questions put forth to her and was very truthful when she didn’t know something. I thoroughly enjoyed her presentation last night.
Thanks, Janet

Mr. Shuler,

I liked her presentation! She shared a lot of resources and ideas that a lot of people may not think of. She also showed how confidence and giving back can go a very long way!

For more love letters, click here.

If you’d like to schedule a time for Jasmine, Ruby, Inc.’s founder to come out and speak to your college, university or trade school, click here.

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