Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dress of the Week

Brooke Gown by Alyne by Rivini
The Brooke gown is a very romantic and feminine modified trumpet gown. The delicate lace, cap sleeves grace the shoulders finishing with a low back. It wouldn't be an Alyne gown without those extra little details like the silk organza empire band accented with a lovely silk organza floral pin and covered buttons down the back. This is a gorgeous gown!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Now Hiring - Assistant Sales & Marketing Manager

We are currently hiring an Assistant Sales & Marketing Manager. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in fashion & retail.  Details of the position are below! 

Miss Ruby Boutique - Assistant Sales & Marketing Manager
- Assist brides and bridal parties in helping them find the perfect gown and accessories for their wedding day.
-Answer phones & schedule appointments.
-Assist in daily store duties including cleaning and organizing dresses & displays.
-Complete the sales process – write sales slips, process orders, etc.
-Participate in store events, trunk shows & fashion shows as needed.
-Assist store owner with seasonal buying
          - Research new designers
          - Place orders
          - Assist in buying decisions
-Assistant Manager
          - Lead sales consultant working at the store
- Offer the staff support and direction with whatever they may need during your shifts at the boutique
- Assist owner with the managing of staff
          - Respond to customer complaints, comments, etc.
          - Assist with staff scheduling as needed
          - Assist with hiring and training of new sales consultants
          - Create purchase orders & place dress orders
          - Social media updates – blogs, facebook, etc.
          - Assist with marketing & advertising projects, events, etc.

Skills required
-Friendly, outgoing & upbeat personality, confident, & outstanding listening skills.
-Superior customer service skills.
-Must be responsible and comfortable working with little supervision.
-Must be very reliable and trustworthy.
-Prior retail/sales preferred.
-Prior supervisory skills preferred.
-Bridal experience preferred but not required.
-Must be organized, detailed, and able to multi-task.
-Must show patience with the customers.
-Must be able to handle stressful situations.
-Must have computer and math skills.
-Must have strong fashion sense & style.
-Social media experience along with writing skills preferred.

-Hours of the position are 20-30 hours/week
-Must be available to work at least 3 Saturdays & Sundays/month.
-Wage based on experience.
-This is a long-term position. We are growing at a fast pace and are looking for someone interested in growing along with us.
-This is a great opportunity for someone looking for a position in fashion/retail. We are a small boutique so you will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of managing a boutique.

If interested please submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Miss Ruby Boutique at For more info on our boutique please visit

Monday, October 24, 2011

10 Things to Know Before Buying a Bridal Gown - #7

Finding your perfect wedding dress is a once and a lifetime experience for every bride-to-be. No other time in life do you put so much emphasis on a single item of clothing, so we thought we would provide our brides with a few guidelines to help them prepare for that big shopping day!

#7 Be Open to Alterations
So you have found your perfect gown…now we just have to make it fit you like a glove! No matter what size the bride, most brides will need some sort of alteration done to their dress. In fact, on average, a bride will have 3-4 fittings.

When to go…
Timing is everything. Go too early and the dress may not fit on the day of the wedding; go too close to the wedding and you may not have enough time to get all your alterations finished. We suggest that you have your first appointment approximately two months before your wedding date, and your last should be around two weeks before your wedding. If you require a major overhaul on your dress, please allow a generous amount of time for your seamstress.

What to Bring…
To get the most out of your first fitting, it is recommended to bring the shoes and undergarments you will be wearing on the your day, especially foundation garments like SPANX as those can dramatically change the fit of your gown.

Who to Bring…
Try to keep your party to one or two at the most. Sometimes it is nice to have an extra set of eyes when you have to make a lot of changes to your dress, and you will definitely want someone there to learn how to tie the bustle on the day of your wedding.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Dress of the week

Jim Hjelm 5188
This modified a-line, silky taffeta bridesmaid gown features a ruffle neckline accented with beaded trim.  The draped band at the natural waist makes for a slim fit and the keyhole back adds a little extra style! Super gorgeous style for maids wanting to do something chic and different. Also a great style for fashionable moms!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Dress of the Week

Aliyah Gown by Alyne by Rivini
The Aliyah gown features a modified sweetheart strapless neckline with a very unique geometric tulle overlay.  The pleated ball gown skirt has side pockets and is accented with a crystallized belt at the natural waist. It is a gorgeous gown in luxurious silk dupioni fabric!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

10 Things to Know Before Buying a Bridal Gown - #8

Finding your perfect wedding dress is a once and a lifetime experience for every bride-to-be. No other time in life do you put so much emphasis on a single item of clothing, so we thought we would provide our brides with a few guidelines to help them prepare for that big shopping day!

#8 Know Your Silhouette
On your wedding day, all eyes will be on you and you will be photographed more than any other day of your life. For this reason, we want you to be confident that the dress you are wearing is the perfect match for your figure. Here is a quick guide to popular wedding silhouettes.
The Ball Gown:  One of the most classic bridal shapes is recognized by its tightly fitted bodice and waistline which then flows into a full, voluminous skirt.  Perfect for:  While the ball gown works well on most body types, it is ideal for thin, full-figured, short-waisted, or pear-shaped brides.   The tight bodice will show off your tiny waist and help to conceal your bottom half. Shorter brides should pay attention to the fullness of the skirt as it may overpower a shorter stature.

The Empire Waist: An empire waist sits right below the bust line which than falls into a slimmer skirt. Perfect for:  Thick-waisted and pear-shaped brides as it will hug the smallest part of your waist and will create a long, lean line.  It is also ideal for smaller-chested brides as it will create definition and draw attention up towards the neckline. Smaller chested brides should opt for a top that features ruching or detail, which will give the bust a fuller look.

The A-line: A silhouette that can do wonders for all brides! This style features a skirt that flows close to the hip and gradually flares out further at the bottom hem. An easy way to spot this silhouette: It creates the letter ‘A’. Perfect for:  Absolutely Everyone! Really…when in doubt, try an A-line! 

The Column: Also referred to as a sheath, this sleek and straightforward look will gently skim along your body hugging all your curves. Created in light chiffon, the column will look effortless for a casual outdoor or destination wedding or add a touch of modern sophistication with a silk taffeta to create a bit more structure.  Perfect for:  lean and petite ladies who want to elongate their body lines, or tall and athletic ladies who want to show off their days at the gym. 

The Mermaid: This stunning showstopper snuggly contours the body from the chest to the knees and then dramatically flares out from the knees to the floor. Perfect for: A confident bride! If you are tall, curvy or long-waisted, this dress will elegantly show off all your best assets.

The Trumpet: More understated than the Mermaid, the Trumpet skims along the waistline and then gradually flares out at mid-thigh. Perfect for: Proportional hourglass girls, to show off those glorious curves as well as thin or petite girls to give you those curves you may be lacking.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Just in . . .

Trudy Gown by Robert Bullock Bride
We are so excited for this new arrival! A sister to the Jessica but with a fuller skirt and a little more structure.  It is a gorgeous lace v-neck, fit and flare gown with low back and train.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Bridal gown sample sale - HUGE savings!

It is time to make some room for our next shipment of bridal gowns!  Below you'll find some fantastic deals on samples of our gorgeous gowns. They are still gowns that we adore but unfortunately have to clear out since we are a small boutique and need to make some room for our next shipment. This is your chance to save over $1000 on your bridal gown and 50% or more. Gowns are in really good condition - some of them may just need to be cleaned. This is a great chance for those of you with smaller budgets to scoop up a higher priced silk gown! Don't miss it...they'll go fast!

Alyne Bridal by Rivini - Autumn Gown
Silk Shantung fit and flare gown with off-the-shoulder neckline and ruched bodice
Size 10 - Silk White
Regular $2676 / Sample Sale $1000

Alyne Bridal by Rivini - Hannah Gown
Light Silk Gazar/Organza drop waist ball gown with sweetheart neckline & beaded organza sash
Size 12 - Ivory
Regular $2375 / Sample sale $1100

 Alyne Bridal by Rivini - Audrey Gown
Silk dupioni natural waist gown with modified sweetheart neckline, pleated skirt & ribbon sash with silk organza flowers at waist
Size 10 - Ivory
Regular $1911 / Sample Sale $950

Steven Birnbaum Collection - Helen Gown
Lace bodice with Silk Satin Ball gown skirt with pockets
Size 12 - Diamond White
Regular $2450 / Sample sale $1000

 Steven Birnbaum Collection - Edie Gown
Silk Satin Strapless Trumpet Gown with Sweetheart Neckline & Beaded band at Empire Waist
Size 12 - Diamond White
Regular $2350 / Sample Sale $1000

Steven Birnbaum - Laura Gown
Silk Satin Gown with Notch Collar, Belt at Waist & Side Pockets
Size 12 - Ivory
Regular $1800 / Sample Sale $900

Steven Birnbaum - Lourdes Gown
Silk Satin Trumpet Gown with Sweetheart Neckline and Straps
Diamond White - Size 10
Regular $2200 / Sample Sale $1000

Alyne by Rivini - Blaire Gown
Silk Taffeta V-neck A-line Gown
Ivory - Size 12
Regular $1934 / Sample Sale $950

Fancy NY - Suzanne Gown
Organdy gown with full pleated skirt & belt at Waist
White - Size 10
Regular $1210 / Sample Sale $400

Fancy NY - Shirley Dress
Teal length lace dress with pockets and belt
Ivory - Size 12
Regular $1738 / Sample Sale $500

Just in . . .

Jim Hjelm style 5188
This silky taffeta, modified a-line gown features a ruffled neckline accented with jewels and tulle. The gown also has a draped band at the natural waist and a keyhole back.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Dress of the week

Alfred Sung style D502
This is one of our most adorable dresses! And it is super affordable too! The D502 is a cocktail length dress featuring a v-neckline and cap sleeves. It is fitted at the natural waist with pleating in the skirt. Makes for a great fit on all body types. To top it off it has pockets!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Spring 2012 Bridal Sneak Peek

Last week we headed to the annual National Bridal Market in Chicago to order bridal gowns for next season. We met with Robert Bullock Bride, Alyne Bridal & Aria and got a sneak peek at the new Spring 2012 collections. The gowns were gorgeous! Here is a tidbit of what we you'll see in the shop early next year. And stay tuned for more info on bridesmaid dresses!