Ruby Tinted Glasses


Thursday, September 13, 2012

I know, I know, who needs another tote bag? As a closet collector, I should be resolutely answering 'no' to that but frankly in this case, I DO!  I am completely obsessed with these oversized canvas totes - simple but wonderfully must have. Suddenly I absolutely need to have a bag which expresses my mood in a text/ FB/ twitter friendly anacronym, how on earth have I managed until now? My first purchase will be LOL since it's my general mood of preference but despite having to wiki' YOLO (sigh, does that make me old?) I'm pretty convinced this one needs to join my collection too. 

Since our shipment is very nearly winging it's way to us I'm relieved that the wait is nearly over. Finally a cute and quirky solution to my baby bag + work bag + hand bag woes all rolled into one. Joy! 

As a footnote, I'll be counting the days until every possible anacronym is available so that I can talk solely in 'tote'. Natch'.


(Get a Grip Totes  £59 available October 2012 

Shadow Boxing...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

This week our little Autumn hearts are all a-flutter with the prospect of the new Shadow Box collection from Rachel Rose. After her repeat sell out summer line, we are squirrelling away a Rachel Rose piggy bank to invest in these little hand painted beauties. We'll be pairing the bold Multi Cell Day Dress with Niki Biki leggings, Isabel Marant ankle boots and a snug White + Warren cashmere boyfriend cardi. Consider us all set for the new season, Rachel's simple T-shirt shapes are fast becoming our answer to all fashion conundrums.


Three babies and counting...

Friday, July 20, 2012

This week marks the first days in my official return to RRR-dom, to what is, in many ways baby#1 (a quieter and cleaner but no less demanding child!). 

Post baby#2  (Sammy, 2ish) and baby#3 (Edith, 4 months), it is a somewhat different horizon to my early RRR years when 7 hours sleep was de rigeur (ha!) and travelling was possible without nineteen bags, far too many snacks and an endless ‘just-in-case’ trips to the loo. Oh the glamourous life…These days, my Marketa tote is embarrassingly full of Peppa mags, Thomas the Tank Engine Pants and Babybels but somehow the kiddies are managing to co-exist and sometimes overlap. 

It’s difficult to step back from your own business but what has been lovely in the past months is how well looked after baby#1 has been. Nothing puts you in your place quite like realizing you are completely replaceable!  Whilst I’ve been combing out the locks of babies with far too much hair, and living the joys of potty training, Red Ruby Rouge has been in far more capable hands than my own and it’s me that now needs trained up to make sure I’m up to scratch. Perhaps I should go away more often *booking flights*…. 


Caroline's Top Sale Picks....

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tucker Rosie Rosie Kimono Wrap.  As a major Tucker fan there's no way I could resist this most versatile of prints, it can be worn as jacket or as a top, dressed down for day or up for night. A complete must have. 

Loup Indigo Fitted Jacket. I love this lightest of denim fabric, it is such a handy jacket to have. Light enough to wear on a summer day and the perfect accompaniment to the Indigo box tee, never has double denim looked so good.

Splendid Striped boatneck dress. I've been wearing this all season, the softest cotton and the perfect stripe make this breton dress a wardrobe essential. (Tip: looks great with the Ulla Johnson skinny belt.)

Silver Cleopatra Necklace. A sale is always a perfect time to stock up on accessories and this beauty is a great choice. Understated and often admired this can be worn with any of the other sale picks and just adds that finishing touch.

Splendid Simple Leggings. These are a great buy, I'm considering getting some in both black and navy, the highest quality cotton and something you can never have too many of. 


Mary's Top Sale Picks....

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

By Boe Black Contrast Necklace. I love how it stands out yet is so simple and delicate. Could be worn casually or for going out.

Splendid Round Neck Tee. A great stripy staple. Perfect all through the year, either with shorts in the summer or jeans and boots in the winter.

Porcelain Boho Navy Top. Beautiful dark navy silk draped perfectly and totally flattering. Style it with skinny black jeans and stilettos for a stylish night out.

Splendid Heather Grey Vintage tee. This is the sort of thing that is great to get in the sale. Perfectly practical, super soft and comfy. Yet luxury chic all at the same time. 


Pop in to Pop-Up

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

This week RRR HQ has been all a-buzz with the launch of Little Citizens Boutique – a candy shop of kid’s clothes and lifestyle treats, taking temporary ‘pop-up’ residence chez Red Ruby Rouge.  To say we’re happy to share our space with this newbie store doesn’t quite cover it – we have loved soaking up the adorable baby gifts and exclusive ‘mini’ fashion lines brought to NI by the mastermind behind LCB, Alicia Waddell. Frankly we feel honored to share even a little in the launch of this inspiring new online retailer. 

For two weeks only Little Citizens Boutique’s mission is to bring the best designs from around the world. Seeking out independent and small labels from Paris to Hong Kong through the Mojave desert that design with vision and style. The toys and clothes inspire the imagination, to remind us of good times past and present, and to prepare little citizens for the adventures of their life. 

Little Citizens Boutique is unique not only in it’s product base but also in the fact it is the first Pop-Up shop to hit our home town Holywood and one of a growing group of exciting new businesses in Northern Ireland to jump on the band wagon of all things Pop-Up.

It seems that the first Pop-Ups appeared in 1999 in LA but the idea of having a short term store stocking limited edition items quickly spread from niche to global as brands like Kate Spade, Gucci and Liberty saw the benefit of creating an exclusive limited lease selling space.

2011 saw a wave of Pop-Up businesses spread across Northern Ireland, the most talked about one being Home, a collaboration between chef Ben Haller and furniture up-cycling collective Refound (who coincidentally collaborated with Alicia on kitting out LCB). Creating an event as well as first class dining the short-term nature of the Pop-up caused a frenzy of bookings so keen were we to share the experience before it was gone.

While we’re lucky enough to have the LCB oh our doorstep, come by and meet the team and check out the newest retail trend holding it’s own in this tough climate. And of course, don’t forget to pop in to see the latest in NYC design In Red Ruby Rouge, that way everyone will look good!

x Caroline

RRR welcomes Little Citizens Boutique!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Here at RRR, we love ourselves a good Pop Up - whether resto, shop or art installation, what's not to love about a fresh and inspiring concept to brighten up your Monday morning and that is exactly what has happened here today. 

We are super-duper-uber delighted to be home to the Little Citizens Boutique, a haven of adorable baby clothes, perfect newborn gifts and the sweetest kid's lifestyle goodies we have ever seen. LCB is residing chez RRR for two weeks (June 11 - June 24) and we already feel inspired to have such an exciting new neighbour. You absolutely must take a few minutes to browse their b-e-a-utiful new web store (attention please to the hand drawn illustrations that pepper the site) and if you are local to our store, stop by to peruse these gorgeous picks up close. We challenge any mother/ grandmother/ god mother/ baby gift buyer not to want everything immediately! 


Red Carpet MTV Movie Awards....

Monday, June 11, 2012

Last weeks' hot Red Carpet event had to be the ever stylish MTV Movie Awards. Never mind the actual awards it was all about the red carpet for us!  It was a relatively casual and laid back affair with the likes of Taylor Lautner and Channing Tatum going without a tie and unbuttoned shirts. The girls went for cute dresses and high stilettos.         

Our favourite of the night had to be the monochrome Martin Grant 2012 dress worn by RRR favorite Emma Stone. She paired the dress with Atwood two tone Grace pumps and Tiffany jewels. This dress just suits her down to the ground and as usual Emma Stone gives us all a lesson on how to rock the latest trends.

Emma Watson went for an on trend sports luxe look with a Brood Fall 2012 digi print top and skirt. She paired the edgy look with Tabitha Simmons Gothic sandals and rocky cuffs.

Fashion icon of the moment Kristen Stewart as usual got the look bang on with a Guishem Dress and Louboutin heels. We absolutely love the colours and style of this look and Kristen Stewart is fast becoming our go to girl for all the latest trends. She also took home the ‘Best Kiss’ award for the fourth year in a row!

Charlize Theron in the wake of success from Snow White and the Huntsman and Prometheus, wore a sizzling scarlet peplum Lanvin dress.  She kept things simple with her accessories, Jimmy Choo strappy sandals and Cartier jewels. Theron really brought some sophisticated style to the awards and this look is a winner.

So those are our favourites from the awards, who did you like?


A red, white and blue carpet report...

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

All the stars where in attendance for Sunday's BAFTA Television Awards 2012.  With the temperatures soaring on the Red (white and blue) Carpet we bring you who was hot and who was not from London last night.

Louise Redknapp wore Gucci to varying response - some say drab, others say fab. At RRR we love the dropped waist and the colour blocking but it has to be said that this was a very safe option for the presenter.

Davina Mccall rocked a Michael Kors belted zebra print dress and amazing hot pink Jimmy Choo heels. 

Fearne Cotton wore a vintage gold shimmering dress with Kirkwood heels and finished off the retro look with a slick of red lippy and side swept hair. Holly Willoughby wore designer of the moment Jenny Packham pink gown, accessorised with matching clutch and silver jewels.

The most daring look of the evening had to be Kelly Brooke in a Jacques Azagury tutu dress. Kelly scored points for accessorizing with a cool blue clutch and beautiful sandals.

So who do you think deserved an award for their Red Carpet appearance? 


What’s happening at RRR...

Monday, May 28, 2012

Sounds: Loving the chilled out sounds of vintage Bon Iver for these beautiful warm summer days.

Wearing: Rachel Rose printed silk tee’s with jeans and brown Kurt Geiger sandals.

Smell: L’Eau de Chloe Eau de Toilette for summer floral notes.

Make up: Mac's frost ‘Bombshell” lippy and plenty of bronzer on the cheeks!

Nail Polish: Chanels Le Vernis Nail Colour in Blue Boy. These jean colours are going beautifully with floaty summer styles.

People: Trendy photographers snapping the shop for upcoming publications.

Travel: RRR-er Caroline is chilling out at the Chelsea Flower Show.

New In: Loup NYC - check out the fab forest green maxi skirt.

Plans for the weekend:  Al Fresco dinners in the fading dusky nights. I’ll be making a gorgeous Jamie Oliver Moroccan Tagine on Saturday night and drinking Prosecco. Can’t wait!