OOTD: Yellow Ruffle Hi-Low Dress

Greetings Rubies!

Can you believe it, it’s fall already. I seems like just yesterday everything was warming up for spring and summer. Those are my two favorite seasons. My husband loves fall and is always trying to get me to do more outdoor activities in the fall. Well I didn’t mind being outdoors to support a good friend who invited me to La Grange Winery.

IMG_8725While I am a foodie and don’t actually drink alcohol, I was delighted to support her business get together.


The grounds are large and the fall foliage is really quite impeccable.


The acreage is vast and beautiful, you can tour the vineyard or take a romantic stroll around the property.


Even have a picnic with your family and friends with plenty of space to runaround and get into trouble, and even take a tour the historical home on the property.


They have an outdoor bar and wine tasting area and even a brick-oven mini pizza shop with fresh local ingredients. There really is something for everyone weather you go to attend the tasting or if you are a lover of the great outdoors.

IMG_8750I had no clue what to wear to a wine tasting, I found out that it’s quite a casual event, so I may have been overdressed *smile*.


I felt like it was the last days of summer and why not go out in something nice and bright.


I used to run away from ruffles but as I’ve gotten older the things that I used to run from have become some of my new favorites.


I bought my hi-low halter top ruffle dress from Ashley Stewart  and my sandals are vintage Pierre Dumas.


I guess we are officially blowing good bye kisses to summer and saying hello to fall. I must say I am looking forward to some cozy sweaters and binge watching shows on Netflix. What are you looking forward to this fall, comment below.

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2017 Ubiquitous Beauty and Hair Expo

Hey Rubies!!

I’m here with a little light-hearted fun from the Ubiquitous Hair, beauty and fitness expo held in the convention center of Downtown Washington, DC. This was my first time attending the Ubiquitous Expo, an old co-worker of mine told me about it last year and I knew I wanted to attend this year. I’m glad to have the opportunity to attend one day of the two day expo this year, because it was so much fun!

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Unboxing: July Sephora Play!

Greetings Rubies!

Better late than never. The year is truly flying by isn’t it? Summer is one of my favorite seasons this year we went on a family vacation to Williamsburg, which was soo much fun. But if your budget doesn’t permit you going away you can always have a “Beauty Stay-cation” the theme of the July Sephora Play beauty Box. I know we are in August and I am super late with this post but charge it to my head and not my heart. I am determined to keep it consistent with these unboxing posts even if they are late!! 🙂

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OOTD: Orange One Shoulder Dress

Hello Again Rubies-

So I’ve been shifting through my camera roll (my DSLR and cell phone) finding photos of previous travel and other activities and I thought why not share them with my Rubies.

Someone once asked me how I would describe my style. I had to give it some thought…I didn’t want to admit that I was a dress girl (I don’t know why) but my closet draws a clear picture.   I suppose the words I would best describe my style right now (because it does change)  are simple chic elegance.

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Product Review: L’oreal Paris Revitalift

anGreetings Beautiful Rubies!!

If you follow me on Instagram you may already know that I was asked to collaborate with Influenster and L’oreal Paris to partake in the #revitaliftchallenge. The challenge is simple use the L’oreal Paris Triple Power Revitalift Moisturizer for 14 days and share my results and opinions. Keep reading if you want to hear more about it and see the results.

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Unboxing: June Sephora Play!

Hey Hey Rubies!

Just got in from family vacation and getting back into the groove of things. I was happy to dive into my box waiting for me upon my return. I know last month I said May’s Sephora Play Box was my favorite; well that was until I received June’s Sephora Play box in the mail!  I believe this might be my favorite lol. There were many terrific products to try some we’re old favorites while others were new introductions.

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For those who are not familiar with the Sephora Play! it is a monthly Subscription Box  that ships quality deluxe size products to your home. Each box usually contains one Hair Care item, skin care item, fragrance, makeup and cosmetic products. I’ve maintained my   Sephora Play subscription because it offers the opportunity to to try and sample various brands.

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Black Music Month

Hello Rubies!!

Summer is officially here, which means more time outdoors and less time indoors. Myself included, I’ve been away from the blog doing just that. I went on vacation with my family for a few days in order to relax and refocus and I had no idea until recently that June was considered Black Music Month!! I know, I know it’s the last day of June but hey, it’s still technically June!!


If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that this summer I decided to explore the city and take a moment to truly experience and take in all the sites. I don’t know how

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Grand Opening: Glow Bar

Hello Rubies!!

You know I love to celebrate and support women on the move! If you are looking for a premier make-up atelier in Maryland or an intimate conference space for your next event, look no further the Glow Bar is open for business!

I had the pleasure of meeting the three woman behind this make-up studio and conference space concept at their recent Grand Opening. These three smart and beautiful women, consisting of 2 makeup artists and 1 motivational speaker,

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Unboxing: May Sephora Play!

Hello Again Rubies!

I have another unboxing for you all, my May Sephora Play! beauty box! For all my Rubies new to the blog, Welcome! and let me catch you up, the beauty box is a monthly beauty subscription service from Sephora, where you receive samples of beauty and skincare products curated just for you. This month Sephora Play! celebrates its one year anniversary!  So there is a lot of buzz around the box. All boxes usually have deluxe size makeup, skincare and hair products along with a sample fragrance.

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Ruby Celebration!: Digital Beauty School Scholarship

Greetings Rubies!

Today I wanted to share some happy news with you all! I was holding onto it because I wasn’t sure I wanted to share it or if it was something you all would be interested to know. But as we move into the halfway mark of 2017, I’m reminded of my Mindset shift to be comfortable with being uncomfortable so here we are. I’m am so excited to share that I am 1 of 5 recent recipients of The Digital Beauty School scholarship. The Digital Beauty School is an online coaching program and community with resources to assist bloggers and beauty brand owners with tools to create content and connect with their audiences online. It was quite an honor to be selected from 148 applicants!


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