A House Cannot be Stable Without a Sturdy Frame

May 28th Shoes

On Thursday I finally managed to find time to shoot at a location I’ve been driving past for months.

May 28th sitting

Coat: Alannah Hill, Dress: Review, Belt: Alannah Hill, Socks: Ebay, Shoes: Don’t remember.

Next to Newcastle Uni’s Ourimbah campus there’s a house frame just chilling on the side of the road. I’m not exactly sure why it’s all exposed and stuff, but judging by how overgrown it is, I’d say that no one’s coming back to finish it. It’s also not located on a work site. There are no fences surrounding it, just road side and bush.

May 28th take off jacket

I don’t know if I’ve talked about this before, but I’ve really been digging pink lately. I’m not sure what changed my mind about the colour (it may very well be that many of the bloggers I follow are wearing it at the moment). But I’m digging it, so I’m wearing it.

May 28th straight no jacket


I’m really looking forward to tonight’s gig with Bud Petal! It’s going to go off :)

May 28th More Shoes

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Disney Florals


I rediscovered a pair of my favourite shoes this week. You may be wondering how I misplaced them seeing as they’re super cute, quite large, and have a bright dusty rose pattern on them. About 6 months ago my Dad decided to “Organise” my shoes, which involved putting a bunch in boxes against my will (there was a period when I was removing the boxes/he was putting them back every other day). Anyway, eventually this silent argument wore me down, and I gave up, hence why I haven’t worn these shoes in forever.


This is the outfit I wore to Uni on Wednesday. I had one prerogative when I put this outfit together, and that was to stay warm, which I managed to do. I’m really not enjoying the icy temperatures  that Australia is experiencing at the moment. It’s really cold, and getting colder, and I’m just not dealing all that well with it.




One last thing! If you’re in the Newcastle Area tomorrow evening, my band Vanishing Shapes has a gig! (This is the first gig we’ve played all month) We’re playing at Church of Groove with Bud Petal, who are a pretty sweet folk band. If this sounds like something that would take your fancy, you can find out more deets on the facebook event page.


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Nature Nonsense


This is the outfit I wore on Tuesday. It’s a miracle I managed to get dressed as I was very very tired from my gig with Button collective the night before. Not only did I manage to get dressed, but I came up with a super cute outfit :D


Cape: Thrifted, Shirt: Thrifted, Belt: Alannah Hill, Skirt: Home Made, Stockings: Coles, Gloves: Tree of life, Shoes: Don’t remember D:


I bought this cape recently at my local Salvoes. The colouring is quite unusual, making it quite hard to match. (It’s kind of a brown, blue based emerald green and off white tweedy knit fabric) After making this outfit I’m super glad I took the risk.


It’s also pretty warm for an item of clothing that only goes as far as my elbows.

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Where have you been!?

The Emerald Ruby 25th May Shoes

As you may have noticed, my blog has been down for the past 5 days. There was a very simple fix, which I took ages to find (because it was one of the last things suggested to me by all of the googling I did). (for those of you who have a self hosted wordpress site, if you run into “error establishing database connection” due to a MySQL error, try upgrading your serverspace first)

The Emerald Ruby 25th May Coat

Coat: Forever New, Cardigan: Review, Skirt: Dangerfield, Belt: Alannah Hill, Tights: Coles, Shoes: Dianna Ferrari.

This week has been incredibly up and down. The things that sucked really sucked (like my site dieing, being sick and paperwork troubles) but the things that were good, were really freaking good.




As you may have noticed from the slightly blurry (because I’m still learning manual focus) but increased quality of my photo’s, I bought a new camera! It’s a cannon 700 D, and I’m using the 40mm pancake lens with it (one of my favourite bloggers The Dainty Squid swears by it, and as I love her photography, I figured it would be a good alternative to the kit lens my camera came with. I am 1000 glad’s I took her recommendation. It’s been an absolute dream to shoot with)

The Emerald Ruby 25th May Belt

I also had another gig with Button Collective, which was amazing as always. A friend I haven’t seen in forever came to tha gig as well, and it was super great to catch up! (Although the pide we ate after the gig made me feel not so great the next morning :P)

The Emerald Ruby 25th May Necklace Close Up

Because I’ve been shooting like mad on my new camera, I have a 4 day backlog of outfit photo’s which I will aim to upload in the next few days (so, you may or may not be getting 2 posts a day :P)


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One Whole Year.

Oh my gosh, I’ve been posting on The Emerald Ruby now for a whole year! I thought as  a celebration of my fist successful attempt at blogging, I would share my 12 favourite outfits for this year.


May 2014



June 2014



July 2014



August 2014



September 2014

I finally bought my current camera after 5 months of conning my friends and family into playing photographer for me!


October 2014



November 2014

Unfortunately it would still take me a few more months to cave and buy a tripod.


December 2014


January 2015


February 2015


March 2015


April 2015

It’s amazing to not only see how much my style has changed in the year since starting The Emerald Ruby, but to see how much my sewing has improved, and how much my photography has improved too! (although, that photography improvement is only noticeable when I’m not too busy to shoot properly!)

Lastly, I’d like to thank you all for sticking around with me! It’s been a blast.

Lets hope this next blogging year is as good as the first!


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Hello kitty lace monster


You think I would have learned by now to charge my camera. I ended up taking these photo’s on my phone (Which is annoying to use when shooting an outfit)


Today was not the best day. I woke up feeling tired, unmotivated and bleargh. The feeling did not dissipate, but at least I was wearing a pretty dress? I don’t think I’ve ever posted this dress on my blog. I wear it all the time, but usually on days where I’m too tired/too busy to do the photography thing. So yeah, here it is!


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Dogs on a soapbox


I had my first gig with Button Collective on Monday. It was amazing. The crowd was great, the musicians I was playing with were great, and the songs we were playing were great. It was just a brilliant night, with brilliant peeps and brilliant music and I cannot wait to do it again next Monday.


My apologies for the shoddy lighting. I missed the boat when it came to sunlight today.

Like many people in their early 20’s  I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about life, and I’ve come to a few realisations, mostly concerning the artistic path I’m traveling down.

I decided that I wanted to play flute for a living when I was 6. My parents had this tape called Lord of the Dance, which I watched on a regular basis. I loved the music, and I especially love the sound of the flute. When I eventually took up flute 4 years later I was directed down a classical path. The classical education I received was brilliant, and has prepared me wonderfully for the professional music world, but it did have some downfalls, the most notable of which was a conservative approach to musical occupations (preparing for a non classical carreer was never presented as an option).


The other educational misfortune I’ve experienced was the idea that I have to choose one artistic discipline. When I was in year 12 I was made to choose between visual arts and music. (obviously) I chose music, and up until semester 2 last year I hadn’t really approached art making “properly” since Highschool (and even then, I’ve only really started to get back into the swing of artmaking over the last few months. I filled a sketch book this week. I haven’t done that since highschool yo!)

As  much as I love music, sometimes I wonder if I made the right choice, although recently the thought has been why did I choose at all (I actually know exactly why I felt like I had to choose. The way the HSC/University applications/subjects are structured makes it incredibly difficult to play around with the idea specialising in more than one subject. That and my school teachers offered me no advice about my options)


I’ve been left with this creative need. In a dream world I would be able to study music and creative arts full time side by side, and not have to worry about how I can fund my creative pursuits. But that’s not the way life works. I feel like outside of the creative bubbles found in major cities, the general populous actively tries to oppress the “creative” way of life, because didn’t you know, the idea of living off your art is silly and unobtainable because it’s not “real” work.


If you made it to the end of my creative soap box ramble congratulations! I’d love to know if you’ve ever had a similar “existential crisis” and what it’s about.


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