Color and Light

Hi Fashion Darlings,

A little nod to Sondheim in the post title there as I am busily reading my script for 'A Little Night Music' which I begin rehearsing next month in West Palm Beach. Expect some beachy shots coming your way soon. 

Today I'm giving the #threewaystowear treatment to this colourful little (very little, yikes!) tunic that I bought at the mecca that is Primark aka Primani. 

Enjoy!

RD xoxo

#1 As Iris Apfel once said "I'm a color person, I've never been known to play it safe". With that in mind, why not throw on some neon wedges and become a walking rainbow. 

#2 For those days when shaving your legs is just too much hassle, wear the tunic over some jeans. Why not add a bejeweled turban too, go on...you're not driving...

# 3 For a cooler day wear over a shirt and add some knee length socks. Sure, I look mildy insane but "more is more and less is a bore!" 

Tunic: Primark

Outfit One: Wedges: Primark

Outfit Two: Jeans: Urban Outfitters, Turban: Miss Selfridge, Shoes: Zara, Cardigan: Primark

Outfit Three: Shirt: H&M, Socks: Who the hell knows where their socks come from? Shoes: Primark

Photos: 

Denton Taylor

Not to go all "Jerry's Final Thought" on yo asses, but I thought you might enjoy this little look behind the curtain. Sure fashion blogging and musical theatre is pretty glamourous, but there are many not-so-glam moments. For example, the moment that a spider landed on my hand mid-shoot and Denton my photographer kept shooting. The result? This gem:

Love Ruthie Darling xoxo

Aubrey Mae Davis - Three Ways To Wear

Hello Fashion Darlings,

Today I am thrilled to introduce to you a friend of mine starring in her own #threewaystowear shoot, the actress Aubrey Mae Davis.

I know, I know, I have some gorgeous friends, it's a nightmare ;)

Aubrey hails from Sonoma, CA and moved to NYC in 2007 after studying at The Meisner Technique Studio in San Francisco. Upon graduation she toured internationally with the musical Hairspray. She was also cast in the national tour of Catch Me If You Can (with Vanessa Dunleavy who appeared on the blog 

here

). This summer Aubrey will be playing Cathy in The Last Five Years with Sight Glass Theatre, tickets available on their 

website

Today we are styling Ms Davis in an ASOS black skater skirt with a white trim. 

#1 Go with the monochrome stripe theme and pair with a striped leotard and striped wedges. Accent the waist with a red belt and throw on a wide brimmed hat for ultimate joie de vivre!

#2 Wear with a simple black crop top - a little peek of waist is sexy, yet demure. Layer on a bunch of necklaces and add a splash of colour with some orange pumps. Accesorise with a vintage handbag.

#3 For full on glamour add a shirt and bow tie, fascinator, and eye watering heels. Oh and wear sunglasses so you can get places without your fans recognising and accosting you.

Skirt: ASOS

Outfit One: Leotard:American Apparel, Belt: Thrifted Vintage, Shoes: Gap, 

Outfit Two: Top: American Apparel, Shoes:Vintage, Leaf Necklace: H&M, Bag: Vintage

Outfit Three: Shirt: H&M, Fascinator: Accesorise, Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Photos: 

Denton Taylor

Thanks darling Aubrey, you look fabulous!

Oh one final thing. The school across the road from my apartment had a sign up advertising the PTA. I made Aubrey pose next to it and called her a "Yummy Mummy." Just as we took the shot, a real yummy mummy walked by and said "I never look like THAT at pick-up!"

Until next week fashionistas!

RD

xoxo

Silk Philosophy

Hello Fashionistas,

Happy Saturday, I hope you are having a wonderful and relaxing day where ever you are.

Today on the blog I am excited share with you my collaboration with the NYC based company 

Silk Philosophy

. Run by three fabulous women "three ambitious girls, one style affair" Nishta, Milda and Rasa, this company produces handmade, limited edition, beautiful silk accessories. They use fine silk fabrics from select merchants here in NYC. Anna Sui and Oscar de la Renta are just a couple of the design house that their fabrics are sourced from - so you know you're in good company. 

Most importantly for me, this is a woman-run company using their creativity and business savvy to create something beautiful together #sisterhood

The scarf they gifted me is one of their bestsellers, a gorgeous vintage floral print which reminds me a little of a Cath Kidston design (shout-out to all you English readers with one of her tea towels currently hanging on the cooker!) It comes with a gold ring that enables you to style it in many different ways (perfect for me!)

Here it is #fourwaystowear (yeah four, I'm value for money this week biatches). 

Check out their

website

to see more of their designs. I particularly liked the red scarf with the anchor print on it, very nautical chic.

#1 Wear it as a headscarf for a little 60's cool.

#2 Wrap it around your ankle to add some zing to plain pumps

#3 Wrap it around your arm. This look made me think of that Carrie Bradshaw outfit (photo below) that she wears when helping an old lady up a curb as the lady comments "well that's a crazy outfit" 

#4 The most classic way it to wear it, around the wrist as a bracelet.

Thanks Nishta for the collaboration!

Scarf/Ring: 

Silk Philosophy

Top: Topshop, Skirt: Primark, Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Photos: 

Denton Taylor

Flatform Fashionista

Hello Fashion Darlings,

Another beautiful week here in the village. The sun is shining and, predictably, this English girl immediately got a light sunburn by sitting with one part of my body in the sun at a cafe. Ooh yeah, keeping it classy with ONE pink shoulder. I name this look "asymmetric tanning" - watch out for it in the fall collections in Paris this year.

Fashion fails aside, in this post I am wearing some uber-fashionable flatorms with a lucite base. Lucite (or 'perspex' as we call it in England) is a shoe material most commonly associated with strippers. Well fashionistas, think of these like stripper shoes that have been melted down and re-modelled because now 'Amber' is turning her life around, working in Think Coffee and getting her GED. 

Here they are #threewaystowear

Enjoy!

Ruthie Darling xoxo

#1. Wear with crazy harem pants (so comfy and cool in the hot weather) and a space-agey crop top. Accesorise with a Xena The Warrior Princess cuff.

#2 Wear with a vintage 70's dress for ultimate Judy Jetson circa 2015 chic (btw the dress cost $5 - bargain!!!)

(how cute is my boyfriend? don't be jealous haters)

#3

Channel your inner Japanese fashion student and wear with an A-line print dress and floral sunglasses. 

Shoes: Urban Outfitters (sale)

Outfit One: Trousers: Bought in Istanbul, Top: H&M, Cuff: Joycie Beglarian

Outfit Two: Dress: L Train Vintage

Outfir Three: Dress: Some weird chinese website, Sunglasses: Beyond Retro, London

Photos:

The 'Empowered' Denton Taylor

Reuse and recycle!

RD xoxo

Evil Eye

Hello Fashionistas,

I hope you are all having a glorious sunday; eating eggs, drinking mimosas, taking a walk. I had a fabulous brunch this morning with the composer 

Rodney Sharman

 and artist Mohamed Ali - thanks for a fun time gentlemen, some fascinating revelations involving candlewax and greyhounds......!

Today on the blog I am wearing an oh-so-subtle sequined "evil eye" tshirt, which actually came as a free gift along with an internet order.  Here it is #threewaystowear

Have a great day darlings!

Ruthie Darling xoxo

#1 Wear with some harem trousers and sandals for a comfy/casual look. Add green lipstick if you dare!

#2 Keep with the metallic theme and add a gold, high waisted skirt. The cute shoes play up the 50's cut of the skirt.

#3 For a more sophisticated look, wear with white culottes and delicate heels. 

Outfit One: Harem Trousers: Eileen Fisher (thanks Evie), Sandals: Necessary Clothing, Ring: Topshop (thanks Mum)

Outfit Two: Skirt: Necessary Clothing, Shoes: Primark

Outfit Three: Culottes: Topshop, Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Photos: 

Denton Taylor

see you next week darlings!

xoxo

White Noise

Happy Thursday Fashion Divas,

This week I bring you #threewaystowear a white mini-dress. The dress (which I bought on sale at Urban Outfitters) is leather in the front and a thin cotton in the back. This means if I'm walking towards you I'm rocking an "upper east side lady going out for a latte" look, and if I'm walking away from you it's more of a "stripper on her way home from work" vibe. 

It keeps things interesting. 

Enjoy!

Ruthie Darling xoxo 

#1 Layer the dress with a sheet petticoat and vintage belt for a more demure look.

#For a cute "harajuku girl" feel add a flower-crown and the shoes of the moment - the flatform.

#3 Add an adorable hat and socks combo for a sexy "Madeline" french girl on the streets of Paris look.

Dress: Urban Outfitters

Outfit One: Petticoat: Gift, Belt: Vintage, Shoes: New Look

Outfit Two: Headband & Shoes: Primark

Outfit Three: Overshirt: H&M, Hat: Forever 21, Socks: My sock drawer Shoes: Necessary Clothing

Photos: 

Denton Taylor

Reuse and Recycle darlings!

RD

xoxo

Suit You Sir

Hey Saturday Fashionistas!

What a gorgeous day it is here in New York City, the land of "baristas" and "mixologists" - for the British readers that means the makers of flat whites and the pullers of pints. A glorious day for a walk around the city to muse upon what Kate will name her new baby, my money is on Victoria (well it's hardly likely to be Britney is it?) 

In this post I am showcasing a wonderful gift that was given to me by Eve's aunt's friend, Mrs Charlotte Schwarz. It's a handmade 1940's suit that belonged to Charlotte's mother. It's absolutely gorgeous and fits me like a glove. Thank You Charlotte! I will treasure it xoxo

Here it is in #threewaystowear style.

Ruthie Darling xoxo

#1 Wear it with a simple white blouse and super high heels to really showcase the suit, but also keep it modern. You don't really want to look like you just wandered off the set of Casablanca (except now that I'm saying that, that sounds kinda awesome, don't listen to me do whatever the hell you want!)

#2 Wear with a black top and cinch belt for an "everyday work" look - the dramatic sleeves really add some flare. 

#3 Throw the jacket over a black dress, I chose a dress that also had a 1940's shape to it to keep the look cohesive, but many other styles would work too. The blazer would add structure to a floaty maxi dress for example. Boom - four ways to wear, you're welcome.

Dress: Gift.

Outfit One: Blouse: Primark, Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Outfit Two: Dress (worn as top): Necessary Clothing, Belt: Vintage

Outfit Three: Dress: White House Black Market, Hat: Vintage

Photos:

The Athletic Denton Taylor

Have a great weekend

xo

Chinese Delivery

Hello Darlings!

Another beautiful (if still cold) week here in NYC, the home of exorbitant rents and excellent pizza. In this post I am giving the #threewaystowear treatment to a daring neon green ballerina-length skirt. I bought it from a questionable chinese website (which I won't mention here in case at some point down the road they wish to sponsor me - gimme dat Yuan!) and was unsure what it would be like when it arrived. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I mean sure, if I get anywhere near an open flame it's all over, but the colour is fierce. So here we are. Enjoy!

Ruthie Darling xoxo

#1 Pair with a black top and shoes to really highlight that shocking neon. Compliment the skirt with bold jewellery. If you don't want people to look at you and for a fabulous gay man to yell "yass girl" on 11th street during a photo-shoot, then don't wear this. Otherwise strut around in this ensemble and rule the world.

#2 Think neon can't be cute? Think again. Pair it with a gingham blouse and some vintage shoes and you're ready for a punk rock production of Carousel.

#3 For a more work-safe look, style with a cute shirt and a fitted jacket. A dear friend of mine, Stewart Charlesworth, always used to say to me "the bigger the hair, the smaller the waist", but in this instance I think 'the bigger the skirt, the smaller the waist", with that in mind throw over a statement belt too - it will accentuate the narrowest part of your body.

Skirt: Dodgy Chinese Website

Outfit One: Top: Zara, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Bag: Vintage, Large Necklace: River Island, Small Necklace: Topshop

Outfit Two: Shirt: H&M, Shoes: Vintage

Outfit three: Shirt: H&M, Jacket: River Island, Belt: Vintage, Boots: Necessary Clothing

Photos: 

Denton Taylor

Reuse and recycle!

RD xoxo

Lemon Drop

Happy Friday Fashionistas!

It's been a lovely spring week and joy of joys I stumbled upon this fabulous 1950's lemon coloured dress at the Housing Works on 10th street for $20!! I snapped that baby up and here it is styled in my usual #threewaystowear

Enjoy luvvies! 

Ruthie Darling xoxo

#1 Throw on a hot pink flower crown and some matching shoes whilst you're at it. Be bold divas.

#2 Play up the fifties feel with a full petticoat in a complimentary pastel colour. Add some cute sneakers and a headscarf and pretend you're in a production of Grease #thereareworsethingsicoulddo

#3 For a cooler day throw over a cropped cardy, add some leather boots and top it off with a straw hat. 

Dress: Housing Works Vintage

Outfit One: Flower Crown: Primark, Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Outfit Two: Pink Headscarf: Primark, Yellow Headscarf: Vintage, Petticoat: Beyond Retro, Sneakers and Bag: Primark, Brooch: Vintage (thanks Mum)

Outfit Three: Hat: Primark (where else?), Cardigan: Miss Selfridge, Boots: Vintage

Photos: 

Denton Taylor

Happy Spring Kiddos! 

xo

Spring Fever

Hello Fashionistas, 

It's Spring, it's spring!! 

*Spins around with arms outstretched channeling Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music* 

Oh thank the effing lord it's warm outside and sun is shining. The trees down here in the village are covered in blossom and even the most jaded New Yorkers are smiling. 

In this post I'm giving the #threewaystowear treatment to a pair of floral culottes from Primarni. 

Enjoy darlings,

Ruthie Darling xo

#1 Florals with floral. Hey, it's effin springtime Scrooges, put on your flowers!  

#2 Floral and stripes are darling together, play up the french vibe with a sweet little cardigan and ballet flats.

#3 For an edgier look, team the culottes with some badass wedges a crop top and even throw on a leather jacket. 

Outfit one: Shirt: Forever 21, Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Outfit Two: Cardigan: Miss Selfridge, Shoes: Primarni

Outfit 3: Crop Top: Necessary Clothing, Shoes: Forever 21, Jacket: Topshop

Photos: 

Denton Taylor

Enjoy the weather darlings!

Earn Your Stripes

Hello Fashion Darlings,

Perhaps I'm going crazy but didn't I notice some sunshine this weekend? Maybe spring has finally sprung. Perfect timing really as we are having our kitchen remodeled this weekend so the apartment currently looks like the inside of Britney Spears' mind circa the head shaving incident. 

On the plus side it has encouraged me to go outside and take some photos at last! This week I am dressing up (and dressing down) a stripey pencil skirt from the bargain mecca that is Forever 21 #threewaystowear

Enjoy Fashionistas!

RD xoxo

#1 Double up the stripes. Yes, that's right, stripes on stripes - go big or go home right?

#2 Dress it down with an oversized sweater. Dots and stripes are very cute together.

#3 Throw some colour into the mix, with a yellow sweater and neon wedges

Skirt: Forever 21

Look One: Top and Shoes: Necessary Clothing, Jacket: Marks & Spencer, Ring: Topshop

Look Two: Sweater: Necessary Clothing

Look Three: Sweater: H&M, Wedges: Primark

Photos: 

Denton Taylor

Reuse and recycles bitchez mwah 

xoxo

Emily Cremona Part 2 - Gothic Wedding

Hello Darlings!

This week I have teamed up again with the fabulous Deena Wassef of 

Emily Cremona

 - the NYC/Beirut based fashion house.  In this post I am wearing her beautiful bridal coat. Over the next few posts we will see a few more of her designs styled in the Ruthie-Darling way, so keep an eye out for that.

I am dedicating this post to my dear, dear, friend Gemma Glynn who is marrying her sweetheart next year in England! Congrats Gem and Jonny (aka Cookie The Bookie) - I can't wait to see you both soon. 

xoxo Ruthie Darling

Coat: Emily Cremona, Dress: Vintage

Photos: 

Denton Taylor