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    The Power of Community // RO Frocktober High Tea

    Frocktober Team Shot

    WOW... What a frocking spectacular event this was! Recently, the Ruby Olive HQ team and a FABULOUS bunch of Frocking ROckstars came together at Covent Garden in Brisbane to help raise much needed funds for women's cancers. 

    What is a 'Frocking ROckstar', I hear you ask? Let's start off with a little bit of background info... Did you know that 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85? There are some seriously scary statistics around women's cancers, and sadly as it stands, they remain silent killers.

    Frocktober Ladies
    October is an awareness month for both breast and ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer does not have any early detection tests, and up until last year, had absolutely no funding or support from the government for research. Zip, zilch, nada, none - which is simply heartbreaking for those affected by this form of cancer and their loved ones.

    The Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) created Frocktober in an aim to raise funds for further research, and in an effort to create an early detection test. Our fabulous customer and friend Sue, organised a Ruby Olive Frocktober team called the Frocking 'RO'ckstars - an amazing group of women, who just happen to also love Ruby Olive.

    Frocktober High Tea Fun
    Our team fundraising event here in Brisbane was a High Tea at a gorgeous gin bar. I know, I know... A high tea at a gin bar with a fantastic cause, what could be better?! It was amazing. We all came together for a day of laughs, chats, food, fundraising and gin. Collectively we raised just shy of $1000 to add to the Frocking ROckstars tally.

    The current fundraising total is now sitting at over $12000 (at time of publishing). How incredible is that! It blows us away seeing how phenomenal our community is, especially when everyone comes together, and the amazing things they achieve. See our high tea highlights and the gorgeous women who made it possible HERE.

    Jewels for Cancer!
    So our question to you now... Can you help us reach $15000? We have created an adorable Jewels for Cancer Earring Pack to help raise more funds. $5 from every pack sold will go directly towards supporting women's cancers. Look fab while doing good! So far we've raised an extra $450 (split evenly between breast and ovarian cancer) with our Clips 4 Cancer. Each and every cent truly counts. Can you help?

    All the ways you can get involved:
    > Grab your Jewels for Cancer Earrings Packs 
    > Donate directly on the Frocking ROckstars page
    > SHARE with your friends and family 


    Love RO xx

    Indigenous Literacy Day // Featuring Dr. Anita Heiss

    Can you help us support the ILF?

    Today is Indigenous Literacy Day, an Australian celebration of Indigenous culture, stories, language and literacy launched by The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF). If you've never heard of the ILF, I highly recommend viewing the video below to understand why they are so incredibly important.

    We're super proud to be raising much needed funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. We will be donating $10 from every Ruby Olive order over $50 until Saturday 7th the September 2019. 

    When we were thinking about who could tell us a little bit more about Indigenous literature, we certainly didn't have to think for long as there was one woman that sprang to mind instantly...the phenomenal Dr Anita Heiss. 

    Anita Heiss in the Indigenous Literacy Foundation OfficeAnita is not only a lifetime ambassador of The Indigenous Literacy Foundation, she's also one of Australia's most prolific and well-known authors publishing across numerous genres. Check out Anita's adult novels here, kids books here and her highly acclaimed anthology Growing up Aboriginal in Australia, oh and she also just happens to have amazing taste in jewels too.  

    Anita is a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of Central New South Wales, but was born in Gadigal country, spent much of her life on Dharawal land near La Perouse, but is now living in Brisbane on Jagera and Turrbal country. 
    We chatted to Anita about the importance of Indigenous literature and literacy, and asked her how she thought the wider Australian community can help. 

    Anita gave us the following thought provoking responses, along with simple and effective ways you can get involved and show your support. 

    Anita Heiss Wearing Oceania Jade Necklace
    "Literature by Indigenous authors is important because it reflects the way we see ourselves, our truths in history, our lives and contributions to society today. Our literature not only showcases where we fit into the national literary landscape, but where we sit on the Australian identity radar

    It’s essential that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children see themselves in the books they read and can relate to the experiences of the characters they engage with on the page. 

    Many, if not most Indigenous people in remote communities speak more than two or three local languages, which demonstrates their knowledge and intelligence. But the reality is they are surrounded in their daily lives by communications in English. Warning information, signs and labels that keep people safe. Information on food packaging that allow for healthy choices. Street signs to get to places. These are basic daily needs in terms of being literate in English.

    Just as important, is the capacity and desire for young Indigenous kids to read books that bring them joy. Books that tell stories they can relate to in both English and their own languages. Books that entertain, engage and also educate. Books that improve literacy so that they too can live a full life, because I know first-hand that reading opens doors to all of life’s wonderful opportunities.

    Kids who can read English can search the internet and see what’s happening around the world. They can have conversations with other young people outside their communities. They can be social on a different level. This is not to diminish what they have which is rich and significant. Literacy just provides more opportunities, which many of us take for granted every day – including having access to books in our homes, in school libraries, and in public libraries." 

    The Indigenous Literacy Foundation makes such a HUGE difference to the lives of Indigenous families by not only helping kids learn how to read, but also running programs inspiring communities to tell and publish their own stories. 

    Help us support Indigenous Literacy Foundation from now until Saturday (7 Sept). We are donating $10 from every Ruby Olive order over $50 directly to the ILF.  Start Shopping!

    We think of our own childhoods and all the children around us now, we have books written in our own language everywhere around us, it's certainly easy to see how we can take that for granted. 

    Our ask to you? Spend 3 mins watching the below video, share it and perhaps hold a Great Book Swap. Let's celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day together! It's an important topic and conversation not just for First Nation Australians, but it's also an opportunity to create more awareness and a deeper understanding for all Australians. 


    SUPPORT THE ILFFind out more and help spread the word here:

    INSTAGRAM > @IndigenousLiteracyFoundation

    FACEBOOK > @IndigenousLiteracyFoundation

    TWITTER > @IndigenousLF

    WEBSITE > www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au

     

    Style Guide Chapter 5. // Crew Necks


    Out with the old, in with the crew




    Today's edition of the Ruby Olive Style Guide is all about the common crew neckline. This multi-part series has been created as a tool to help guide you on which jewels are going to look like a match made in heaven with different clothing styles and necklines you already have at home.If you missed our first few chapters, you can catch up here: 
    CHAPTER 1CHAPTER 2CHAPTER 3, CHAPTER 4.

    Get your crew together! You'll find this humble neckline on most t-shirts, and it's one of the easiest necklines to wear. Medium to long necklines look fab, and don't be afraid to make a statement... this classic neckline just begs for one!

    We've gone through and collated how our very own Ruby Olive ladies wear theirs, to give you a burst of inspiration.

    Sabrina wears the Tradewind Pod NecklaceSabrina wears the Tradewind Pod Necklace $52

    Our very own Sabrina, the gorgeous woman we call our Dream Fulfilment Specialist, looks fabulous in the Tradewind Pod Necklace matched back to her navy crew neck dress. As this necklace is adjustable, Sabrina has shortened the length to medium which matches back fabulously against this neckline and stunning dress.

    Emma wears Aurora Long Artisan Pebble NecklaceEmma wears the Aurora Artisan Long Pebble Necklace $70 with matching earrings

    Our gorgeous model Emma completely changes up this yellow crew neckline with the doubled over Aurora Artisan Long Pebble Necklace. Talk about adding a statement! Pop on some matching earrings and you're good to go. The shorter length of this necklace doubled over works perfectly with the crew neck to add volume to Emma's look.

    Skye wears the Carousel Sideshow Fringe Necklace $48, matching studs, and Everyday Bangles $22

    Stunning Skye rocks her denim crew neck jumpsuit with the Carousel Sideshow Fringe Necklace worn at a medium length. Again, having a medium length necklace against a crew neckline looks fantastic and adds a huge POP of colour to the denim canvas behind it. Skye has paired the necklace with a sunny yellow pair of matching studs, and a rainbow assortment of bangles to finish the look.

    This neckline would simply look delectable with a pair of statement earrings alone. It's time to pull out your favourite pair of BIG earrings that are just that tad too heavy. You know the ones... we all have them. Dangle Dots make bringing those babies out a possibility! What are Dangle Dots, I hear you ask? No they're not quite magic dust, but they're close to it. They are earring support patches that instantly increase the comfort of wearing heavier earrings and help support some of the weight. Learn more about Dangle Dots HERE.

    Is the crew neck one of your faves? How do you wear it?! We'd love to know in the comments.


    Love RO xx


    Style Guide Chapter 4. // It's Turtleneck Time!


    How to 'turtley' rock this neckline




    We're talking turtlenecks in today's edition of the Ruby Olive Style Guide. This multi-part series has been created as a tool to help guide you on which jewels are going to look like a match made in heaven with different clothing styles and necklines you already have at home. If you missed our first few chapters, you can catch up here: CHAPTER 1, CHAPTER 2, CHAPTER 3.

    A winter staple, the turtleneck has a fold of fabric that rolls down, but still sits high around the neck. Also known as a polo neck, roll neck or a skivvy, this neckline is certainly popular in the cooler months. Wear this classic with a pair of statement earrings, but make sure they aren't bumping into the top of the neck. Otherwise, go for a medium to long necklace - simple styles look elegant with this neckline.

    Today we've enlisted the help of our fabulous friend Dayle, from @artfulcitystyle to show how we would style a turtleneck. Dayle combines art and style in Manhattan, and visually documents her unique 'art in motion' looks with the world.

    Dayle @artfulcitystyle New York Street StyleDayle wears the Art Series Disc Collar Necklace (worn on the red side), Carousel Striped Disc Earrings and Wonderland 2 Tone Bangles + Everyday Bangles stacked high!

    Winter or colder weather doesn't mean you can't still BRIGHTEN up the room! We have taken some serious style inspiration from our friend Dayle in her fabulously colourful printed turtleneck top. The colours in this top are gorgeous, yet still 'wintery' because of the deep, rich tones. Add some vibrant jewels to be the tasty little cherry on top! Dayle has opted for the whole combo: statement earrings, a medium length necklace and some statement bangles. One word... WOW!

    Dayle @artfulcitystyle wears the Ruby Olive Wonderland Flat Disc NecklaceDayles black turtleneck tunic acts as a blank canvas for her vibrant Wonderland Flat Disc Necklace and Carousel Striped Disc Necklace

    As you may have already guessed, gorgeous Dayle is not one to shy away from a statement look. Dayle opts for a blank canvas with this look, and lets her jewels do the talking. The combination of RO jewellery has taken this black turtleneck to the next level, and added a gorgeous colourful feature. 

    Dayle Artful City Style New York Dayle wears Art Series Striped Pod Earrings, Wonderland 2 Tone Short Necklace and various bangles

    This turtleneck look is so fun and playful, and easy to replicate at home. Dayle wears her black turtleneck top (with those gorgeous spots of colour!) along with a shorter length statement necklace, small drop earrings and an assortment of colourful bangles. This look works fabulously as all the colours tie in together - the top matches back to the jewels, and no pieces are touching the top of the turtleneck's fabric.

    Dayle wears the  Art Series Disc Collar Necklace, Sahara Resin Disc Necklace, Art Series Striped Pod Necklace and various  bangles

    Now THIS is what we call a statement look! Dayle's bright mustard turtleneck is a statement in itself, and the added rainbow of jewels makes this an absolute show stopper. The longer length necklaces look fabulous with this turtleneck top, as they help draw the eye away from the bulk of the fabric and create a gorgeous focal point.

    A huge big thanks to the gorgeous Dayle for showing us how to rock this neckline. How would you wear a turtleneck? We'd love for you to share in the comments below! 

    Love RO xx

    Style Guide Chapter 3. // Styling Square Necklines


    It's hip to be square.




    Today's edition of the Ruby Olive Style Guide is all about the humble Square Neckline. This multi-part series has been created as a tool to help guide you on which jewels are going to look like a match made in heaven with different clothing styles and necklines you already have at home. If you missed our first two chapters, you can catch up on our first instalment HERE and our second chapter HERE.

    Let's talk squares! The square neckline is low and wide, with three sides - two that hang down off the shoulders and one that cuts across the chest horizontally. Wear the square neckline with short to medium necklaces, making sure to get a good balance between the size of the square and the necklace. If the square is wide across you’ll do best with a bigger necklace but if it’s smaller, a simpler piece will do. Statement earrings also look FAB with this neckline. Earrings let your clothing shine, while the jewellery does the talking.

    We've collated some of our favourite square neck styling looks to show you how RO rocks squares! Let's jump straight in...

    Skye wearing Ruby Olive Everyday Necklace and Gorman Holiday Patterned DressSkye balances her patterned square neckline with a medium block coloured Everyday Long Necklace

    Our Chief Dreamer Skye has a penchant for wearing deliciously colourful clothing (if you hadn't already guessed!), you'll often catch her around RO HQ in an ensemble that will immediately brighten your day! Skye has a few square neckline faves, and she generally matches them back with medium length adjustable necklaces

    Madie wearing Mustard Uniqlo playsuit and Ruby Olive Multi Hibiscus NecklaceMadie adds a short colour POP with her Hibiscus Necklace to emphasise her block coloured square neckline


    Gorgeous Madie is a DREAM in mustard paired with that multicolour BURST! Madie is one of our friends and models, that rocks anything and everything we get her to play dress-ups in for our photoshoots. The short Hibiscus Multi Necklace commands attention and acts as a focal point against this subdued mustard square neckline.

    Skye wearing Gorman Aviary Bird Top and Ruby Olive Carousel Abstract Stripe NecklaceWe've dubbed Skye the Square Neckline QUEEN

    We weren't joking when we said Skye loves gorgeously bright clothing, and she has a few square necklines! This fabulous Gorman bird print top makes a statement all on its own, while the Carousel Abstract Necklace amps it up further and cuts through the square neckline and adds balance.

    Anita wearing Ruby Olive Ecology Adjustable Pod Necklace in Stone and Jej & Boc Jellies DressAnita is a ray of SUNSHINE in her vibrant square neck dress paired with the Ecology Adjustable Pod Necklace 

    We've opted for a medium length necklace again, finishing off this vibrant Jej & Boc dress beautifully. The necklace adds a sophisticated statement and cuts through the square neckline to add balance. 

    Have you been known to rock a square neckline? How do you style yours? We'd love to know! 

    Love RO xx