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Friday, June 23, 2017

Howdy! TGIF am I right ladies??? Today it's rainy, hot and HUMID! Such a bummer for a Friday, however, the rest of the weekend is full on sunshine!! Just thought I'd pop in for a quick post to say hey and show off this ADORABLE jumpsuit. It's from Mod and Soul here in Richmond, but they have an online store too, which you should totes check out (and peep me as their newest model! ) I think I need to buy this for myself... It's the perfect summer staple! What do y'all think, are flowy jumpsuits going to be the next big thing this summer?? I sure think so. xo, O

Richmond, VA, USA

SUMMER STYLES WITH WARBY PARKER

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hello Everyone! Happy Thursday :) I'm excited to share with you my latest collab with Warby Parker! I put together three looks with sunglasses and regular eyeglasses. I've worked with them in the past and they are absolutely the best! It was about a year ago, and for back to school style, this time it's all about summer style! And happy second day of Summer by the way :) What's your favorite thing about summer?
LOOK ONE: Sunglasses- Warby Parker // top + belt (scarf) similar- Forever 21 // necklace- LouLou

For this first look I went for an easy bohemian meets tropical vibe. You can't really see here from these photos since I was trying to just show off the glasses, but with the flowy pants and crop top it gave it a tropical vibe, also the big plant in the background helped haha. Typically I find that I prefer round glasses for my face shape, BUT when I was picking these out I decided to get a little ~*crazy*~ and try something new. I really actually love the oversized boxy frames for my face shape! I feel like they totally accentuate my jaw which I like. What shape works best for you?
LOOK TWO: glasses- Warby Parker // top- Banana Republic // pants- Zara // necklace- LouLou

I love love love this outfit. It was actually completely built off of the bandana y'all. The other day I was wearing this bandana around my neck, as I typically do, and as the day went on I took it off and then was just messing around and put it in my hair, just without thinking, and then Ally was like, "hey that's actually kinda cute". I didn't agree, but then I did my hair and it grew on me! So yeah, not a super exciting story, but I did style this outfit off of the bandana and not the glasses, just me mixing things up, ya know?

I do love these glasses too though, they're perfect. I love how thick the frames are. They actually look similar to the pair I used to wear when I used to actually need glasses, I don't know what happened where I didn't anymore, but yeah I used to wear glasses for real. Fun fact!
Ally always makes me laugh when we are taking photos hehehe
LOOK THREE: glasses- Warby Parker // dress- Willie Smith // bag- forever 21

This last look is a bit preppier, but I seriously LOVE it. I've had this dress for god knows how long and have only worn it once! And I wore a SWEATER over it! Outrageous. It's FAR too cute to hide. Seriously though, this outfit is so *on trend* for this summer, I've got the straw hat, and the green, and that round bag. Apparently millennial pink is sooooo 2016 (even though it like juuust blew up) and GREEN is the next big thing! Is it just me or does anyone else find it sort of funny when colors are the "next big thing!" like, y'all.... they are colors, we see them everyday, like what? I don't know, I just find that funny.

On to these glasses though... I know what you're thinking, "Olivia, you already own SO MANY clear-framed sunnies, why do you need another pair?" and my only answer to that is, "why not?"
Seriously guys, you really can never have too many clear-framed sunnies, they are just the best! Not only do they go with everything and anything, but they are just so crisp and sharp, gosh I just love them. Please, if you think you have too many, first of all, you don't, but second of all, just send them my way, I'm accepting any and all clear-framed sunnies.
And that's it! What do y'all think? Tempted to go get some Warby Parkers of your own?? Good news is, if you aren't sure on what to get, or can't decide between a pair, you can order up to five pairs for an at home try on! That way you can try them on in real life, and ship them back free of charge. And it doesn't even cost a cent to get them!! 10/10 would recommend.

See y'all tomorrow! xoxo, O

TEN THINGS I LEARNED AT SCAD- VIDEO

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hey Hey everyone! Happy Sunday :) Hope you all had a FABULOUS weekend!

I've been meaning to make this video for a while now. I actually wanted to do it in my dorm and insert clips of me packing up and taking down my decorations and stuff like that, but honestly with finals and everything going on I really just could not find the time. HOWEVER! Only eighteen days later, here it is!! I feel like this video is good for really anyone going to college for the first time, this fall. I tried to make it as non-SCAD specific as possible, however it is about my previous year.
Let me know what y'all think! And let me know if you'd like to see more videos like this or what! I hope you like it! xo, O

SONG- Getting To Know You by Spazzkid
Richmond, VA, USA

GROW FOR ME

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Dress- American Apparel // hat- thrifted

Hello and happy weekend! This week if anything has just been one huge discouraging bundle of stress. I'm currently job hunting, I've so far applied to twenty-six places and either haven't heard back or have been rejected from every.single.one. I've spent the last two and a half hours sitting in the corner of Starbucks applying to too many jobs that have online applications and struggling to find somewhere that I haven't applied to yet... If you have any suggestions or connections in RVA, PLEASE hit a sister up, I need help.

Anyway, to ease the stress however, I have been going on many fun adventures. Including spending the time I wasn't applying to jobs today at the quarry with Isabelle and Ally, and a few days ago at the river with Nate. They're little, local adventures, but adventures none the less. Honestly, that's what summer is all about; spending time with those you love and who love you relaxing and having a good time, no matter where you are, making the best of it.

So on that note, I urge you to do exactly that. Plan yourself a staycation and make the best of what you have around you, and ALWAYS surround yourself with good people.

See you tomorrow with a video! xoxo, O

Richmond, VA, USA

WEDNESDAY WEDNESDAY WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hello loves! It's Wednesday, which is usually the day where I go, "oh man, where did the week go??" I mean it's already half way over! I love summer because the days feel longer, there's more freedom and just a general sense of open mindedness, as in, "we have all the time in the world! Let's go! Let's do it!" however, last night I realized, "Holy crap how is it already the 13th, I've been home for two weeks, the month is basically half over, which basically means June is over, which means it's practically JULY! Where did Summer go, HOW IS IT ALREADY SEPTEMBER!" And then I realized, "yo it's literally still June." but HEY, it does feel like Summer is speeding away right out from under my feet, I still don't have a job nor have I gone on too many of the ~*adventures*~ I wanted to go on... Alas, I must make the best of it! Here's to future adventures to come :)

Now on to this OUTFIT! It's been so long since I've done any kind of outfit post and I really did miss it. As I mentioned a few days ago, although it is a process, it is still a lot of fun. Ally helped me style this outfit, and honestly, at first I was a bit hesitant, but I actually really ended up liking it! What do you think? Let me know! See you tomorrow! xo, O

TEN THINGS TUESDAY

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Photo by Adam Hipps 

Hey hey everybody! Happy Tuesday, I hope everyones week is off to a fantastic start, it's been busy for sure, but mine definitely is :) It's been a while since I've shared my ten links, but I feel like this is a good collection of links, so it makes up for the missed weeks... maybe, I'll let y'all be the judge of that. On that note let's get into it! Starting with:

FASHION AND BEAUTY:
THIS jumpsuit from Free People is perfection. I first saw it on Aspyn Ovard in one of her vlogs and fell in love. It's so loose and summery, the perfect beach coverup.
Gingham is still in and in full force now that summer is here, hey, I'm not complaining, I love it. If I could have all the gingham in the world I would, let's start off that collection with this dress from J. Crew
Side open suits have been very trendy this season, I want to try one out, but I'm nervous that when swimming you get hit with a wave and everything flies out everywhere! The fear is real, BUT with this suit from Arie I feel like the high neckline will prevent that from happening. Also, the pattern is also stellar...
It's been forever and a day since I went on Lauren Conrad's website, but when I recently did I saw this manicure and fell in love again, why haven't I been following along all these years!?

FOOD:
Only one recipe this week, but holy COW HOW DELISH DOES THIS CAULIFLOWER LOOK!? Yes, the all caps was totally necessary. I fell in love with cauliflower this past year at school and man oh man, if I liked our cafeteria's cauliflower, than I'm SURE this would blow me out of the water, MUST try sometime soon.

LIVING:
This house tour is all I could ever imagine for the perfect dream home. So much color and so many plants and magic and love and AH! I'm obsessed, is it cool if I totally, one hundred percent copy your house? kk. thx.
I've always wanted to go to the desert, and just HOW magical would it be to stay in this Airbnb?! If you scroll through the photos you'll see that Vogue shot Karlie Kloss and Taylor Swift for their cover shoot here, and Alexis Ren and Jay Alveres were somehow there too, seems to me it's the place to be when in the desert. So grab your closest friends and let's make a girls weekend out of it, k? great.
This one is somewhat travel and food combined. I stumbled across this post about the most Instagrammable restaurant in San Francisco. I was struck by the pink tables, I gotta go, I mean come on, they're PINK! *buys plane ticket to San Fran just for one pink table*

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Okay okay so I feel pretty cool saying that I actually KNOW this guy. Samuel Richardson is a friend of mine who is the most stellar photographer I know, and I know a lot of photographers (heh heh *brushes swag off shoulders* ((I can't believe I just said that))) But for real guys, his photos are all composed in a way that is so simple yet perfect, each one is thought out and sooooo aesthetically pleasing. Seriously give him a follow, you won't regret.
Lastly, I've been watching a lot of photography YouTube videos lately and really dig this series. Four photographers get together and photograph the same model, and in under three minutes are challenged to compose the perfect shot. It's so cool to see how different everyones styles are. I dig it. Also I on SUCH impulse bought a prism yesterday, it's featured in the video, and I thought it was cool and said, "WHAT THE HECK IT'S 5 AM MAY AS WELL BUY MYSELF A PRISM". Yeah, so we'll see what comes of that....

ALRIGHTY! And that's all for today folks :) I hope you enjoyed my ten things this week, tune in this time every week for more linkskies! Have a fantastic day! xo, O
Savannah, GA, USA

BFFS IN SAVANNAH ft. a lil rant

Monday, June 12, 2017

As most everyone and anyone on social media knows, the other day was National Best Friend Day. It's been FORRRREVER since Ally and I have gotten any good photos taken together, so when she came to visit me in Savannah I knew I had to get one of my many talented photographer friends to shoot us, so a HUGE thank you to Taylor Wedding for taking these :) They sort of look like engagement shots, but HEY that's totally okay with me, Ally is basically my soulmate, so you know... it's whatevers. I don't miss the Savannah humidity and the work that comes with going to SCAD, but I do miss all the beautiful streets and spots to take photos that's for sure.

I know I said in my last post that tomorrow, being a few days ago, that I'd be back to my "regularly scheduled programing", as in posts everyday, but for whatever reason it's been somewhat hard getting back into the groove of blogging. I still love photoshoots, editing photos and writing, I do, but since finals, and being home, and just not blogging for a while, I've realized that blogging is SUCH a big deal. Getting my makeup all done up, finding an outfit, taking photos, editing those photos, and finding something to write about, is a lot more complicated than it seems. The funk that I was in before has now transitioned from being a social funk to being a blogging funk. I'll get back to it, but honestly, what gives? I have a lot of plans for the blog to come soon, so just wait for those, hang in there :)

Also time for a ranting side note: Regarding my Magic of Vulnerability post, I had a woman who refers to herself as a "creative consultant" say that publishing content like that is absolutely not what I should be posting. That that's not what viewers want to see, it's off putting, and unprofessional. If this past year at SCAD has taught me anything it's that being open to a critique and criticism is so important, and I am open to that, but I'd just like to clarify that I'm my own personal brand. I'm not selling you anything, I'm not trying to be famous, or something that I'm not, I'm trying to be myself and be me. I think that more than anything, it's more difficult to open up and be real on social media than it is to create a brand for yourself and build up a name. As I said before, my brand is me, Olivia Ruffin, not everything is perfect all the time, fashion, food, travel, and MORE Olivia Ruffin. Just Olivia Ruffin. I'm complex and do have many things that I do and I love, but first and foremost I'm myself, I don't ever plan to be fake, or to conform to a set of rules to gain followers, or popularity, I blog because I love it, I am working towards a degree in fashion marketing because I love it, not because I'm doing whatever I can to get famous and get likes. So yes, I will continue to write all the ushy mushy gushy posts I can, I'll dare to be personal and make my readers and viewers uncomfortable, because I feel connected with you all, I want to share my life with you, and not only the good points. And if you can't handle that, than you're in the wrong place, sorry I'm just not the right client for you.
Thanks for letting me rant. Stick around for more. And sorry to all you creative consultants out there, but I won't be giving you what you want any time soon, that's all.

For more of me, stick around! I'll see ya tomorrow chickadees, xo, O

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