This month, our exclusive collection is modeled by inspiring people & personalities who express their individuality through their passions, actions, drive, & style. They are business owners, writers, artists, style icons, nonprofit organizers, movers, shakers, & groundbreakers. One thing they all have in common? Stories worth telling and statements worth spreading. Style, for real. And #StyleForAll.
Meet Ruby Park, Model, Blogger, & Marketing Consultant
Hometown: Diamond Bar, CA
Hobbies: binging on Netflix, baking, discovering a new love of denim
A Sucker For: leather jackets, breakfast food (loves coffee a whole latte)
What’s your motto?
You only fail when you stop trying.
What keeps you motivated with work, with modeling, and just doing what you’re doing?
My wonderful followers, family, inspiration in daily life, and desire to connect with people.
Say you’re having an off day. Just not feelin’ it on set, or feeling anxious about something. What do you do to reset?
I like to meditate or listen to good music. Good music heals the soul.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love binge-watching any new show that comes out on Netflix and my favorite YouTube channels. I also love baking, and I’m starting to learn a little bit about cooking. I’m starting to slowly transition into veganism, so I’ve been having a lot of fun researching all there is to know about living a healthier, animal-friendly life. I’m [also] a little obsessed with breakfast food. I’m always looking up recipes on new breakfast food and coffee drinks.
One of my biggest goals in life was to have my own espresso machine and now that I have one, I am having the best time making my own lattes and cappuccinos. Coffee though… AMIRITE? It’s one thing I can’t live without.
What else does 2017 have in store for you?
My favorite sound in the world is acoustic guitar and I’ve always wanted to learn how to play, so maybe 2017 can be the year for it. My current favorite acoustic guitar song is “For You” by Angus and Julia Stone.
How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style includes inspirations from the 70’s and 90’s with a modern twist. I’ve been really into classic silhouettes paired with quirky earrings or a beret and square heels. Denim has become a huge obsession as of late — I used to always be a skirt kind of gal, but there’s just something about a great pair of jeans that makes you feel like a bada$$.
Do you have a type or style of clothing that you’d consider to be your uniform?
I’m a sucker for leather jackets. So, a typical outfit for me would be a good pair of high-waisted cut-off jeans with a fluffy sweater, layered with a leather jacket, finished with combat boots. Most likely with some type of choker or huge statement earrings if I’m going out.
In what way is the clothing you like to wear a reflection of your personality?
I like edgy pieces mixed with classic pieces with a bit of quirk. I think it reflects me to a tee. I’m never just doing one thing and I’m constantly evolving, which is reflective in my fashion choices.
How has your style evolved over time?
I definitely have become a minimalist over the years. Before, I’d love layers and layers of jewelry, playing around with a lot of colors and prints. But now, I enjoy investing in great pieces I know I can wear for a long time and are timeless. My color palette tends to gravitate towards neutral, but the difference is I like the different cuts and textures the designers create in their pieces. I love unexpected twists in garment — an asymmetric, off-shoulder button-up, trousers with athletic aesthetics, or uniquely cropped denim.
People often say they want to feel “comfortable” or “confident” in their clothing. What do these words really mean to you?
This is what I love about fashion! Any opportunity to dress up is always a good day in my book. Fashion has the power to make a person feel “confident” to become that person they want to be. When I wear a solid outfit, I’m happier, I’m making better decisions, and I just have an overall better day. And that positive energy is super contagious! It also helps you connect with people. It sparks up conversations with strangers, friends, and colleagues and allows you connect with others. Fashion can transform you into the person you want to be every day. I think of it as my superhero costume. 😉
What was the favorite piece(s) you wore at the most-recent shoot?
My favorite pieces were the pink heels in my trouser and blazer outfit — I love pairing heels with something more subdued. The color and style reminded me of a modern-day ballerina, which is always a good thing.
I also loved the combo of the cropped collared top with the high-waisted shorts. The print is so quirky and fun, but it reminded me of a classic pin-up style, which is flattering on everyone (in my opinion).
Let’s talk about the future. What’s one thing you’re excited about, either personally or globally?
I have a ton of traveling planned for the upcoming months. I am planning on going to New York, Canada, Korea, Switzerland, and Paris, so I am super excited about planning and researching all the places I want to visit and eat. One of my goals with [my website] The Ruby Element was to create a travel element to it, so this year is going to be perfect to start this journey.
What’s one thing you’d like to change, either for yourself or about the world?
For myself, I think I can always be better at not procrastinating. I have a tendency to do a lot of things last minute; I tend to overthink things because want to do everything the “right” way, but it is also very stressful in the end. So, I’ve been doing a lot of bullet journaling, which has been helping me a ton!
For the world, I would hope that people will become more open-minded and loving. Speaking specifically about women and women in fashion, I would hope we will become more loving to each other. For whatever reason, I found working in the fashion industry, there is a lot of unnecessary cattiness and competitiveness. There is so much more we can accomplish together when we are united and supportive of each other.
On a global scale, I would hope that we are inspired to educate ourselves in social matters so we are not ignorant in the way we speak or think about issues that segregate entire ethnicities, religions, and genders.