Ruthie Darling HQ

 

Hello Darlings,

Today on the blog I am opening up Darling HQ to you, dear readers, to show you how my style extends to my Bushwick apartment. I only moved in at the end of last year, so it's a work in progress, but I hope you enjoy taking a little tour around my place.

Love to you all!

Ruthie Darling xoxo

 

My little home office:

The desk is from Ikea and was wooden when it arrived. I painted it mint green and neon red using spray paints from local Bushwick art supply store Low Brow Artique

Here is my coffee table. Also from Ikea. I spray painted it gold and added marble-effect contact paper on the bottom shelf for a more expensive look. You never knew I was so crafty right? 

You won't believe me, but the candle on the right was bought as a gift for my bloke by Keira Knightly. Yeah, I snaffled that as soon as I could. The Jo Malone candle was a gift from my Mum for Christmas. I nearly killed JS when he lit it

RD: "YOU DON'T LIGHT JO MALONE - DO YOU KNOW HOW EXPENSIVE THEY ARE!??!?"

JS: "Jeez sorry I thought people lit candles...."

RD: "IT'S JO MALONE!!!!!"

JS: "Yeah, um, can you please stop yelling"

I found this chair on the street. I brought it home, sanded and painted it. Pretty cute right?

I wanted to create a gallery wall, so I hit up the Goodwill (American charity shop) to find some frames.

Let's go into the kitchen and have a cup of builders eh? I looked bloody everywhere for some pretty coffee/tea/sugar canisters and, I'm sorry NYC, but I couldn't find any!!! These were picked up at discount home store in England and stuffed into my (already overpacked) suitcase. Up your homewear-game New York.

Here's my little kitchen table. I am hoping to find a cute cart to create my own drinks cabinet, but in the meantime I am keeping my whiskey in this vintage-style suitcase that my Mum picked up at the pound shop (dollar store)!

The whiskey glasses were a gift from the lovely Marty.

I love this whiskey bottle. It's very Alice in Wonderland chic. If you look through the keyhole, you'll find the key. (Bloody hell, that sounds like an inspirational quote you might find superimposed over a picture of a waterfall on instagram lol) 

The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice the Cath Kidston. All housewarming gifts from Sal :)

I created the gold, stripey fridge by wrapping the doors in gold duct tape. What do you think?

There is a room between the living room and the bedroom that has no windows. It's kind of a perfect spot for, say, a hostage room or perhaps a walk in closet. I opted for the latter and here is the result.

The shelving unit for the shoes was also a white Ikea purchase that I spray painted gold.

Ahh my favourite hello and my hardest goodbye - my bed. 

The dressing table is a little treasure trove of vintage perfume bottles and trinkets picked up on my travels. 

The gloves belonged to great grandma Margaret #oldskool

I added glass nobs to this ikea dresser. (I used a screwdriver and everything) They were purchased at the pound store in England as they cost the earth here in NYC for some reason. 

My little Russian dolls were a gift years ago from my friend and writer Marc Kristal

I think it's safe to say that I'm no minimalist.......

Thanks for stopping by fashionistas. Next time bring some cake will ya?

Lots of Love,

Ruthie Darling xoxo

Last of the Summer Outfits

Hello Fashionistas,

Happy Tuesday to you all. It seems like summer is finally cooling off here in NYC and I'm already eyeing up all of the Autumn-wear in the stores that I can't afford. #artistproblems #sendfreestuff

So, to honour the last days of summer, here is an adorable Topshop onesie dressed up #threewaystowear

Love to you all Darlings!

RD xoxo

#1 Wear over a stripey t-shirt, with red shoes and a bow in your hair. (A little matchy-matchy sure, but who cares I look like an adorable cupcake.)

#2 Dress the look up with a red jacket and tie a vintage scarf around your hair into a turban - instant glamour!

#3 Add a vintage cropped jacket and vintage lace gloves (these were my great grandmother's!!) for a romantic vibe.

Photos by the fabulous 

Denton Taylor

For those of you who know me, you know I LOVE to eat. With that in mind here is the final shot:

Mmmmmm Bagels.......

Fashion Blogger Brunch

Hello Darlings,

Last sunday I somehow managed to finagle my way into the fashion blogger brunch hosted by Sylvia at 

40plusstyle

We noshed on eggs and mimosas at a darling cafe on the Bowery and i

n attendance were some of my absolute fashion heros. 

I was the baby of the group,

so 

I listened attentively to the discussion about all things fashion, style and the business of blogging. As well as Sylvia, making up the seriously fabulous table were; Jean and Valerie aka the 

Idiosyncratic Fashionistas

, Lyn aka the 

Accidental Icon

 and 

Suzanne Carillo

Here are a few snaps, taken by the (self-proclaimed) king of the table, my dearest 

Denton Taylor

 who is apparently the fashion bloggers photog of choice. Get him whilst he's hot fellow blogstars!

#Threewaystowear coming back to you next week with a cheeky little NYFW post in there too.

Love to you all my darlings!

RD xoxo

#Bloggers discuss.....

#Talk about flattering. Here are the 

Accidental Icon

 and Jean of 

Idiosyncratic Fashionistas

 taking a photo of

Suzanne 

and me!

#Posing with V&J

#More posing, this time with the

Accidental Icon

#More discussion. Lyn told me about her latest campaign for Uniqlo check it out

here

#The group shot

#And finally the man behind the lens

Denton Taylor 

Have a great weekend darlings!

Ruthie Darling xoxo

Red Alert

Hello Fashionistas,

Happy Tuesday from sunny (and I use that word ironically) London. Today on the blog I am wearing a fantastic asymmetric skirt bought in the Marks and Spencer's sale (who knew they were so cool!?)

The photos are again by the delightful

Juliette

.

Here it is #threewaystowear

#1 Wear with a shirt and jumper in neutral colours to really let the skirt shine. Add flatforms to keep it edgy.

#2 For a more romantic vibe wear with a sweet floral top and vintage heels. Perfect for a late summer brunch. Also please enjoy the incredible creepy door knocker....

#3 Go big or go home. Crop top, platform boots, massive church. DONE

Until next time fashion divas!

RD xoxo

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