Maxi Skirt - Three Ways To Wear

Good Morning Darlings,

I am writing to you from Salt Lake City, Utah, where I am in rehearsals for The Last Ship at Pioneer Theatre. It's the musical written by my fellow countryman Sting (who is rumoured to be flying in for opening night - if I suddenly start wearing a lot of Dior and going on about tantric sex, you'll know what's happened....;)

On the blog today however, I am sharing some looks that I shot in my Mum's back garden in sunny England! She bought this blue maxi skirt from H&M for me (it was on sale of course) and here it is styled up three different ways. Enjoy!

RD xoxoxo

#1 Oh I do love to mix up some prints. Here it is with a floral "body" (remember them?) and some leopard-print boots.

#2 Another body (I'm telling you, they're making a come back), this time kept simple in black. Add some nude heels to look elegant AF.

Note the stickers on the bottom of my shoes - classy

#3 For a more "I've just been on holiday in Bali and I'm all enlightened" vibe, throw over a printed coat. Add Louboutins on your feet, so that people know you haven't completely turned your back on the capitalist system ;) Fashion is all about balance.

More soon, coming at you from Utah!

 

Back To Black

Hello Darlings,

It's April! Another month to look fabulous! Today I am styling up this gorgeous dress that was given to me by StylingOn - those girls are so sweet, check out their website. Here it is styled up three different ways.

Next week I will be working with a couple of brands and embarking on my first ever lingerie shoot, GOD HELP ME. I'm off to start my diet now.....maybe lift a weight......ugh that was exhausting. 

Enjoy fashionistas!

Love,

Ruthie Darling xoxo

P.S Mum, I am so sorry for the flagrant nipples on show.....you can cut off my inheritance now

#1 Let the dress do the talking (not that I had any choice), add shoes that are so high you are practically walking around en-pointe, comfort-schumfort. 

#2 To soften the look, add a 1950's vintage summer coat in muted shades. I've had this one since I was 18 so you do the mathS. I mean, don't obviously that would be frightening. Look, my point is, vintage lasts. It isn't worn out tat and it's good for the environment. Invest baybehs.

#3 Victoriana is big this year (I keep trying to tell you, you'll see...) so add a jacket with a nod to the era - like this one that sports a little bustle on the back. Think Queen Victoria, but with fewer chins. 

There you have it. I had such a great time on this shoot. Denton, you are so rude to me constantly, but I effing love you.

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Enjoy this beautiful day. 

....I have a heart like the sea, a million dreams are in me....

Grayson Clothing - Part One

Hello Fashionistas,

Today I am very excited to share with you my collaboration with the new clothing brand 

Grayson

. They specialise in junior (stop laughing bitches) fashions at awesome prices. 

Last week I was lucky enough to receive two items from their current collection. Here is the first: a sweet, striped, cropped top - showcased here in my #threewaystowear

My model today is the actress Catharine League, who played Fredrika in 'A Little Night Music' with me in Palm Beach. Catharine is currently working at Disney World playing Ariel in the Little Mermaid. She is also a figure-skating-diva. Check out her video at the end of this post.

Here she is, enjoy darlings! Oh and check out Friday's post to see the other item they sent me, modeled by another actress from the show, Cristina Flores. 

RD xoxo

#1 Wear with a vintage petticoat. (Gone-With-The-Wind-chic?) The black booties give it a more modern feel 

"Flatley my dear, I don't riverdance"

#2 For a forties nod, wear with high waisted linen trousers and an adorable headscarf. Catharine The Riveter

 ladies and gentlemen:

#3 For a more elegant look, wear with a satin wrap-around skirt and the obligatory Louboutins. Accesorise with palm trees, natch.

A big Thank You to Grayson Clothing and Catharine my model. 

Visit their website 

here

 and you can follow them on social media on these links:

instagram

facebook

twitter

 and 

pinterest

Before I leave you, here is Catharine being ridiculously good at figure skating. Stop having so many talents dammit #upstager

Heading For A Wedding #jk

Hey Fashion Darlings,

It's hotter than hell outside, so I am writing this sitting face first into the AC unit in a swimsuit #classssaaay

This week I am showcasing a vintage wedding dress worn in three different styles. I mean hey, if you are going to spend a month's rent on a dress, you may as well get some use out of it.

P.S Shoutout to the bride of the moment: Miss Gemma Glynn, whose glamourous Gatsby-esque wedding will, I'm sure, be gracing the pages of this blog very soon. 

Love and sweaty kisses,

Ruthie Darling xoxo

#1 Wear with Louboutins. Nuff said.

#2 For a more daytime feel, throw over a little plaid shirt (especially if you're heading for a friend's performance art gig in Bushwick) and add a pop of colour with a vintage scarf worn around the head.

#3 For a little evening glamour, throw over a beaded jacket and add some vampy lipstick.

Dress: Vintage

Outfit: Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Outfit Two: Shirt: Forever 21, Scarf: Vintage, Shoes: Bought in China

Outfit Three: Beaded jacket: Stolen from E's closet

Photos by the darling: 

Denton Taylor

Happy Tuesday Blogsters 

xoxo

Leather and Lace

Hey Fashionistas,

This weekend I began the arduous task of sorting through my summer clothes and putting away jumpers and wool scarfs for the season (an optimistic act on my part which prompted it to rain so hard in New York that we received a flashflood warning on the iphone - you're welcome NYers). 

In the process of going through my wardrobe, I found this beautiful vintage nightdress which I remembered was gifted to me by the costume designer on a production of Cabaret that I was in a few years ago.  Thank you Sherry!

Here it is #threewaystowear

Love,

Ruthie Darling xoxo

#1 Let the dress do the talking, but to accent the era add long pearls and a bejeweled headband. Louboutins hype up the glamour. Oh and pose by a wall that has paint peeling - it really adds to the shabby chic vintage look #jokes

#2 Mix up eras why not and add a 1980's wrap-cardigan in a metallic colour. Mixing eras can be risky, but hey the fashion police aren't going to come and pick you up - they are far too busy running after men in bowling shirts

#3 To toughen the look, add a leather jacket and boots. These boots have an East London circa 1880's look that I love. Victorian Prostitute Chic - it could catch on....maybe...

Dress: Gift

Outfit One: Headband: Miss Selfridge, Pearls: Vintage, Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Outfit Two: Cardigan: Vintage

Outfit Three: Jacket: Topshop, Boots: Vintage

Photos by the divine: 

Denton Taylor

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

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

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!