Black Ribbon

Recently I’ve been wearing a black ribbon every day. Not on purpose, but every day, usually as a choker or in my hair, or like Sandy from Grease (ribbon ponytail) but with longer bangs. I like how it looks with my super-pale skin- like a vampire. Here’s what I look like and some more black ribbon stuff because I just like the idea of wearing it as a tie. Also, ignore my messy hair.

“The Schoolgirl”

“The Sandy”

“The MeadhamKirchhoff Choker

“The Cute Japanese School Uniform”

The inspiration (especially for the last one)

Jason Wu Fall 2011

Emile Hirsch (I actually don’t know who he is… an actor, right?)

Meadham Kirchhoff RTW Spring 2012 (Is this what Twiggy’s eyes look like when she cries?)

Alexa Chung

Jenny (but her ribbon was green)


You probably remember Savvy from A Witch’s Style. Her old address ( has magically been deleted! Eek! It’s really too bad because she had some awesome outfit posts. But she’s going to continue blogging from her new domain ( so quit your crying and update the link in your blogroll! I just thought I’d let you know because I was upset about her blog being gone, as it was one of my favorites, and now I get to see it again!

Is it okay to bring a purse made of a cigar box to school?

Science is BORING. Aaah. I don’t mind any other subjects, and I do okay in science, it’s just that it’s so BORING. Now we’re making cars and we’re going to race them. It’s supposed to teach us about Newton’s laws of motion. I know what you’re thinking… “wow, how fun! You get to play games and race cars and decorate things with glitter in class!”… but it’s not like that. It’s tedious and you need to do all these measurements and gluing and working with other people (I hate working with other people for school projects, even my best friends) and stuff. I decided to actually acomplish something useful in that time so as I worked I made some duct tape accessories. The necklace I made was terrible, so I gave it to a seventh grader and he flipped out with joy, and wore it around all day. I don’t get it either, but he’s like my favorite person now.

Pretty, aren’t they? I’m getting quite good at them and people are asking me to make them some. (Is this sarcasm?)

On an even lighter note, I went into a vintage store a few months ago and found this cool purse made of a cigar box. It was like $30 or something though (I’m cheap) so I just forgot about it until a few days ago, when I went back and saw that it was still there for less than half the original price!

Here it is! My new favorite purse!

And a question for you today: Do you prefer reading outfit posts, inspiration posts, reviews or comments on runway stuff when you read fashion blogs? Also, please let me know what you think about the title. I probably won’t  bring it but I’d like to know what you think.

Guess who didn’t go to the midnight premier of HP?

I had the best time in Vermont! It was amazing and it felt great to have fresh air in my lungs and a blue sky over my head. It was very inspiring of drawings and songs I created while I was there. Being in the mountains also made me realize how little people appreciate a blue sky when it’s there every day- I never realized how much of an affect the lack of it would have on me until I was trapped under it for so long. On the last day of camp, four people were chosen to hold a candle that represented each of the four elements while everyone else sobbed and sang (about the end of camp, not the candles… ahem) and I was given the “air” candle for my “appreciation of air and the sky”. That really made me think.

Anyway, I’m sorry my mom neglected to post for me. She had good intentions, she still likes you guys! She just didn’t want to mess up my blog and embarrass me. Unfortunately, that made most of you guys go away so I’m going to have to get re-connected and you can help by spreading the word about this blog! I’m sorry. I promise I don’t mean to be such a walking advertisement.

I’m very aware that it’s June, but I’m going to a new school next year and I’ve been thinking about it a lot. 8th grade is uber important! It will affect the rest of my life: my grades will affect my high school, college and then career, and because I’m not moving again after this, the friends and (hopefully not) enemies will stay with me through high school and maybe beyond. I can’t think of a year in my life that will be more important than 8th grade. Maybe my junior year of HS?

Either way, I’m going to be posting some back-to-school vibes, some of which I might have already posted., Tavi (style rookie), random Tumblr,, Lexi (quirky explosion), Bridge to Terabithia

Ahh, I love cool shoes and sharpening pencils. I also love my handwriting on the first week of school. Just writing this is making me excited for the fall- my favorite season for weather and fashion!

While I was at camp, I noticed there is no such thing as summer camp fashion, so, at the same time, there was. The lack of creativity in the way people dressed inspired creativity in general, I suppose. There was a very specific “style”: friendship bracelets and other random things strangling one arm , wearing the clothes you don’t care about getting dirty, big rainboots for easy access and to keep out mud. Here’s a little snippet of what I usually wore at camp. (My boots had holes in them and I had to throw them out.)


That’s about all I have to show you now. Just be sure to check for updates because I’m going to begin to post regularly again. As a “PS”, I am in the middle of sewing a skirt and I have just finished a bow and a belt. Here’s the belt.Eek! A few threads came loose!Details.

Mui Miu Knockoff

I love Miu Miu detachable collars. I have always wanted one SO MUCH, because not only are they beautiful themselves, but they can add so much to an outfit. Mostly because they’re just beautiful though. When I see something pretty I have to admit I don’t come up with a meaningful description of my feelings in my head or put together an outfit or something, I just stand there going “peeeerrrdddyyy” and do something with it later. So for a long time I didn’t do anything to satisfy my detachable collar craving, even though it would be super easy to do so. It’s so simple you could probably figure it out, but I’ll teach you anyway because I like to feel smart, mmkay?

First 2 pictures randomly off the first page of Google Images and the last one from Tumblr.


1. Find a shirt and cut the collar off obviously. It can be any collared shirt, but mens’ are better because usually they are sturdier and bigger, which is good for a detachable collar. Try the shirt on first and make sure you like the way the collar fits before you start. Then cut around the bottom of the collar, or better yet, get one of those un-stitching-tool-thingies and just break the thread holding the collar to the rest of the shirt. Depending on the type of shirt, you might need to hem it, but mine looked fine so I just cut it and left it like that.

When you’ve cut it, it should look like this:

2. Now you’re going to paint a design on your collar. Yeah. I went there. Put your collar on to see which side faces out, and then paint whatever you want on it. Doing it freehand is kind of risky, so I used a home-made stencil for my first time. Cut out the silhouette of the design you’re going to paint on, and then simply put it onto the collar and paint over it with fabric paint. Easy peasy. But if I were you, I’d do it on a piece of paper first to make sure it comes out the way you want it to. Then just paint the details over it.

3. Let it dry. Then you can customize it even more. Maybe add some lace to the edge, add another (or the same) design to the other side of the collar, or replace the button. I went to a yard sale today and bought some awesome stuff, including a baby sweater with two cute elephant buttons. I cut one of the buttons off and replaced the one on the collar with the elephant one to customize it even more. This collar is now mine completely! I love it and I can wear it with any shirt!

Aaand, here’s my ‘Miu Miu’ collar with my favorite Wilco shirt! Yay! Fun fun fun fun, I’m ready to go partying-partying (yeah).

Oh, and what I wore today:

I think my new sparkly bow needs its own close-up.

Dress (worn as top): Stella McCartney. Skirt: Orla Keily hand-me-downed. Shoes: Mom’s gladiators. Thrifted mini-bow pin.

Spank! hair and other stuff

I went to an arcade with my little brother today, and on the way back we stopped at a drugstore and I bought these cute little apple barrettes. From a distance I thought they were light pastels and got really excited, and I was all, “OMG I’M GONNA HAVE SPANK! HAIR LALALALALA”, but then I was all, “Oh, I guess I will simply have awesome hair as opposed to super-awesome hair.” So I bought these. They might not be pastel or even remotely Spank-ish like I thought, but I still love them.

When I got home, I looked in my room and found that I got some more awesome hand-me-downs (could you even call them that?) from my mom. She gave me this old Napoleon Dynamite wig she found in the depths of her closet, and a pretty necklace with leaf-thingies on them. Then, rummaging through random boxes and stuff, I found one more necklace, a plain plastic headband with infinite possibilities, and a hat for one of my old dolls, which I will now wear as my own. Too small? Nothing a couple bobby pins can’t solve.

 Wow. This picture sucks. Sorry. I had to hold my laptop over my bed to take the picture and I moved but I’m too lazy to redo it.

 Goooossshhh. “You look like my mom in 1982.” -dad

Oh, how I love tiny hats.

Ignore the owl pendant, I’m always wearing that. The necklaces mentioned above are the long shiny one and the chunky red/orange one. I love them both, but I wonder if what I wear is “elegant” enough for the leaf necklace, it’s so pretty and dainty. Oh! I almost forgot! I recently discovered Alex Prager, this really awesome photographer. She’s self-taught, and her photos are incredible.

These are my 2 favorite pictures. Bahbabababa, I’m lovin’ it. Especially the last one.

See ya. xx Ruby

Glittery evil ice queen

Alexander McQueen (RIP) ‘s autumn/winter 2011 show was breathtaking. I was gasping and staring as I watched the video on the AMQ website. I needed one of those white dresses. It was art, really art, and I NEEDED to be a part of the magic. But I couldn’t be, could I? So, I compromised  and made an Alexander McQueen ring based on these outfits.

Here’s my ring. Ohma gawd, it looks so ugly after posting the real dresses.

AH! MY COMPUTER  pictures are so blurry!!! Just imagine fake white fur with silvery glitter and a dark metal bead with a flower design on it. 

EDIT: It’s kind of pathetic to do 3 blog posts in one day, no? So I’m putting my final post of the day as a “PS” to this one. I made my dog a headscarf which is not worth of its own post anyway. Here it is!


I was sew busy!

Aren’t I punny?

I’ve been SO busy with schoolwork this weekend, I forgot about my lovely blog! Well, that is, until I looked upon my mini sewing kit and remembered. I also remembered that I had work to do with that sewing kit. I needed to do two things:

  • fix my broken owl backpack (the straps came off, the flap to close the bag came off, and one of the feet is pretty much dead)
  • make a fourteenth birthday present for my friend Chloe

I started with the first one, and I couldn’t get it back into backpack form. It was sew sad! (Okay, I’ll stop, I promise) But I COULD sew the straps together and make it a normal purse, and I could easily sew the flap back on by hand. I NEED a sewing machine though, I have some really awesome skirt designs that I can’t make by hand! Plus, all the fabric I have to work with here are old pajamas my mom won’t notice if they go missing. Blargh. At least I’m moving in 27 days. (I’ll still miss my friends terribly, obviously! But really. I need to go to Target.)

Here’s a picture of the mostly finished improved owl bag. i wish i had a before picture, I suck at remembering to take those.  just picture it in backpack form. oh, and i forgot to fix the foot. : (

It’s my favorite bag!!!You can’t see what’s wrong with the foot so I did a close-up.

It’s teh left foot. Just letting you know in case Captain Obvious forgets to show up.

Oh! And here’s Chloe’s present. (DON’T LOOK, CHLOE) (SPOILER, CHLOE, DON’T READ ON) (I MEAN IT, CHLOE!) It’s a cube. A cube of fail. It’s pretty much made with fail in every stitch. Leave me alone, I’m bad at sewing and I’ve never tried a cube before!!!!!!

And this was its best side. One of them is falling apart. It’s made of an old tank top my friend left at my house before she moved away three years ago, my brother’s old waterproof shirt, and PJ pants. So, it’s ugly and totally pointless, but can I get some points for creativity? Eh? Eh?

OH. And one more thing. I made a necklace! At first I was going to make Chloe an awesome voodoo doll, I even made hair out of yarn and stuff (now it’s inside the cube of fail!) but it turned out to be tiny and the limbs were all deformed at weird. So, I sewed it to some ribbon and it is my latest piece of jewelry. I now have a handmade mini voodoo doll necklace! Woot! Can I get a high five? I think I deserve one for this! It’s sooo awesome! I would give this to Chloe instead of that terrible cube with no function or purpose except to sit there and look ugly, but I’m selfish. Just kidding. Sort of. Oh, and did I mention that it has 2 sides? One green and pink, one beige and black. One from old PJs, one from an old headband thing.

Woah. It’s late. I’m going to bed. Goodnight, readers! Goodnight, moon! I fare thee well… I hope we meet again, I do, I do…

DIY accessories!

I took out what I had left of my supplies here in China and I made some cute accessories to wear to school or something.Ugh, I hate saying “cute” to describe anything clothes-related, but seriously, they look like soft little puffballs of fun! I quite like how they turned out, actually, considering this was my first time making a dumpling-shaped-decoration headband. I forgot what those are called. : P

So, here are some wonderful pictures of what I made today!! I made a puffy little dumpling-shaped-decoration headband, a bracelet made out of ribbon and other broken bracelets, and I sewed teeny tiny faces onto my teeny tiny socks (just kidding, I’m a size 8 in shoes and I’m only 13 and 5’1”. I think my socks are anything but teeny tiny). Enjoy- or else!

Oops. The top part of my dumpling hair-piece deflated. Wah.

Mr sockey, my new bracelet, and the fabulous headband I am rather proud of.