Thursday, April 28, 2011

Dress of the Week

The Twist Dress
Super cute dress that is easily dressed up or down! Available at Miss Ruby or online in sizes XS-Large.  Only $73! Buy it online!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Inspired by . . .

Pantone Color: Silver Peony
The Bridesmaid Dress:  Alfred Sung style D468
Fabric/Color:  Dupioni/Pearl Pink

Pantone Spring 2011 - Silver Peony

Monday, April 25, 2011

Meet our intern Amanda

We thought it was about time that we introduced you to our intern Amanda!  Amanda started her internship with us a couple of months ago and she has been a great asset to Miss Ruby. She is a student at Mount Mary College and has assisted us in so many ways at the boutique. We took a little time to sit down with her and ask her some questions. Thought you might want to know more about her and a little "behind the scenes" at Miss Ruby!  (The picture on the left is Amanda modeling at Mount Mary's annual fashion show. She is modeling a dress designed and made by one of the students.Pretty cool!)

What are you going to school for?
I am currently studying fashion merchandising with a minor in business administration at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee.  Mount Mary has a great fashion program!

What do you want to do when you graduate from college?

That’s a good question!  The great thing about the apparel industry is that there are so many different ways you can take your career.  I’ve taken interest in aspects such as visual merchandising, buying, marketing, and now that I’ve been interning at Miss Ruby, possibly owning a boutique of my own!  However, I haven’t been able to choose just one yet... Fortunately I still have some time to figure it out!

What are some projects you have been working on at Miss Ruby?
One of my on-going tasks throughout my internship has been the Miss Ruby blog.  I have helped with the posts by creating inspiration boards, restyling bridesmaid dresses, and also interviewing our bridal designers (who’s answers will be posted soon!)

I have also been able to participate in two outside events.  I was able to work for Miss Ruby at the Wedding Planner and Guide show at the Frontier Airlines Center which was this past January.  I got to network with vendors, talk with brides, and I even got to help dress the models backstage for the fashion shows! 

Just recently I traveled with Miss Ruby to Chicago to the Bridal Market at Apparel Mart.  What an experience!  I was able to learn all about the buying process for our bridal, bridesmaid, and even ready-to-wear dresses!  My favorite part was meeting Robert Bullock, one of the bridal designers we carry.  He was so nice!

What have you learned from your internship so far?
I have learned a great deal these past few months.  I have learned what elements go into creating an image for a store, how customer demographics affect what and how merchandise sells, and all the miscellaneous but very important tasks that make up a store owner’s to-do list!  Learning these things in school is very different from  experiencing them first hand in a real world situation!

Anything else you want to share?
I am very thankful to have this opportunity.  I couldn’t have asked for a more valuable internship.  I am included in important tasks and decisions rather than just given “busy work.”  I will never forget this experience and will use all of the things I’ve learned throughout my entire career.  Thank you so much Miss Ruby!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Just in . . .

The Dessy Spring 2011 bridesmaid collection has finally arrived!  A great collection for those looking for a long, flowy gown!  Gorgeous and available in over 75 colors!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Just in . . .

Dessy has just introduced a couple of junior bridesmaid styles and they just arrived!  Perfect for those girls just a little too old to be a flower girl but still too young to be a bridesmaid! Available in a TON of colors!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Dress of the Week

Justine Gown by Robert Bullock Bride
The Justine Gown offers an amazing silhouette.  You wouldn't believe how many brides fall in love with this gown when they put it on. The alencon lace gown features a sweatheart neckline, satin band at the empire waist, and covered buttons all down the back of the gown and train. A lovely gown!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Inspired by . . .

Pantone Color:  Coral Rose
The Bridal Gown: Jane Gown by Alyne Bridal
Fabric/Color: Silk Taffeta/Ivory
Pantone Spring 2011 - Coral Rose

Monday, April 18, 2011

Bridesmaid dress remix

This Jim Hjelm bridesmaid dress (style 5117) is not only perfect for a wedding, but can also be dressed up (or down!) in a variety of ways for other occasions.  Here we chose two looks: one fabulous look for the office and another look great for a casual day outing. 

For the office, pair the dress with a neutral cardigan, opaque tights, and trendy boots.  Complete the look using the necklace that comes with the dress (score!) and a statement ring and bangles.  This outfit is conservative enough for the office, yet still expresses your personal style!

For a warm casual day look - just add accessories!  Since this dress already has a great silhouette, pairing it with a brown belt, nude heels, and gold jewelry is all you need to complete the look.  Fabulous!

Wedding Day

Office Look & Casual Look

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Just in . . .

Another Jim Hjelm cocktail bridesmaid dress arrived today.  I am loving this style so much because it is going to look fantastic on any body type. The strapless dress has a draped bodice and pencil skirt with a belt at the natural waist.  You can also choose the color of the crystal applique.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Just in . . .

This adorable silky taffeta dress from Jim Hjelm just arrived. The dress features beaded trim at neckline, a natural waist fit and a flirty tulip skirt. Available in a great selection of colors including some amazing jewel tones. And you can even pick the color of the beaded trim. Super cute!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Inspired by . . .

Pantone Color: Peapod
The Bridal Gown:  Healy Gown by Robert Bullock Bride
The Bridesmaid Dress: Paulette Dress by Siri

Pantone Spring 2011 - Peapod

Monday, April 11, 2011

Top Chef wears Watters dress

On March 30, Top Chef, Carla Hall, judged the season finale of the Top Chef All-Stars Season 8. She wore Watters & Watters style 5427 for the episode!  The dress was in Dupioni Silk in the Bougainvillea color. She looked stunning and the color was amazing on her!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Just in . . .

Looking for a cocktail style bridesmaid dress?  This just might be the one.  This new dress from Alvina Valenta features a pencil skirt with sweetheart neckline and pleated bodice. Available in a wide range of stunning colors.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Just in . . .

This dupioni strapless Jim Hjelm dress just arrived! Features a draped bodice and pencil skirt and even comes with a matching necklace. Super chic!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Dress of the Week

Watters & Watters style 8629
The 8629 from Watters & Watters is a super chic dress!  I can definitely picture this at an urban wedding - maybe at Cuvee or the Art Museum. The dress is very slimming with a draped front bodice, band at empire waist and peplum detail on the above the knee-length skirt. The dress is pictured in Eggplant but is available in 12 colors. So gorgeous!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Inspired by . . .

Pantone Color:  Russet
The Dress:  Robert Bullock Bride - Jessica 
Fabric/Color:  Alencon Lace with Crepe Sash in Ivory

Pantone Spring 2011 - Russet

Monday, April 4, 2011

We are hiring

Looking for a weekend job? Great in customer service? Give great fashion advice? Miss Ruby Boutique is looking for you! Now hiring style/bridal consultants. Must, must, must be able to work 2-3 Saturdays a month (9-5pm) and 1-2 Sundays a month (11-4pm). If you are interested, please send your resume to

Friday, April 1, 2011

Real Wedding

The Bride: Jane Backes
The Bridesmaid Dresses: The Harvard & Yvette Dresses by Siri
Fabric/Color: Silk Shantung / Stone Grey