Goodbye…for now!


Hello friends!  We’re sorry to say that for now we must take a hiatus from the Ruby Press blog.  We started this blog back in 2008 and it has been instrumental in the meeting of many dear friends and making of many wonderful connections.  We still love blogging- don’t get us wrong!- but we are just so busy with our agency work and in the small amount of free time I have as a business owner and mother, I have been working on (and self-publishing) a book, which is due out this June.  Needless to say, my free time for blogging is now non-existent.  I truly believe that if you can’t give 100% to something, you shouldn’t do it, so for now, we will take a break.

To our loyal readers and contributors…thank you!!

xxMelissa and the Ruby Press staff

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Kumquat season!


I took a trip to visit my grandmother over the weekend, and came home with bags of kumquats from her tree. After trying two methods of candied kumquats and making a batch of kumquat gin, I still have pounds of fruit left and more ideas for how to use it. This Bon Appetit Instagram is right up my alley, and this marmalade with vanilla bean and cardamom sounds delicious too. And I think I’ll try to substitute kumquats for the clementines in this roast chicken recipe from Jerusalem. Do you have any favorite kumquat recipes?

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Visible


For her Spring 2014 collection, Visible, Karen Walker made the Kenyan artisans behind the season’s inspiration visible in the most fantastic way- She cast them as the stars of the campaign! Working with the United Nations’ ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative, Walker enlisted the help of craftspeople from the urban slums and rural areas of Kenya to create a series of screen-printed and beaded pouches for the line. It makes for an incredibly striking campaign and I can’t get over how beautiful the shots turned out. Below is one of our favorite shots from the campaign featuring the statuesque Winnifred in Faithful.

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This is Oakland


For the past 10 months, I have been working on a book in my free time with a friend- the fabulous Kristen Loken- about this awesome (and often misunderstood) city that I live and work in- Oakland, CA. It’s called This is Oakland: A Guide to the City’s Most Interesting Places and it’s a stylish, visually-driven, guide/travel book about the city…but it’s more than that really.  We are profiling the most innovative, interesting businesses around the city, as well as the people that make this city so vibrant.  Oakland has been called “The New Brooklyn” time and time again, and there’s a reason behind it.  I feel like the country is looking our way to see what’s happening and I hope this book will offer readers an insider’s view of the city.

We are still working on the book, which we are self-publishing, and just launched the Kickstarter campaign! Won’t you please come check it out- and spread the word to your friends?  With Kickstarter, it’s all or nothing and we have less than a month to reach our goals.  Thanks so much!  xx

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Michigan


Just got back from a lovely trip to Michigan! My boyfriend and I were lucky enough to be there during the first snow, though unfortunately, we were completely unprepared for how cold it was! We stayed with friends who live in a beautiful modern house in the country just outside Brighton, but made sure to spend plenty of time in Ann Arbor. They took us around to all their favorite spots: Mani Osteria (a newly opened, but already very popular restaurant with pizza as good as the Bay Area), the Jolly Pumpkin (world-renowned brewery with wild, “living” beers) and the Raven’s Club (a super cool bar where our friend makes the most amazing cocktails). Below are a few pictures from the Raven’s Club-

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The Southerner’s Handbook


Despite living (very happily!) in the Bay Area, we all love Charleston-based magazine Garden and Gun. The magazine chronicles the interesting people, places, and (most importantly) eats of the greater South, and accomplishes its task well. A few weeks ago, they published The Southerner’s Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life, with tips on achieving perfect buttermilk biscuits, alligator-wrestling, an essay on “silver with a proper shine,” and other essential points of Southern living. As a born-and-bred Californian, I may never be able to discern the differences between each Southern dialect (page 254) but at least I can learn how to make great grits!

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Cozy nights


Sure, it gets dark outside around 5 PM, but I think these shorter days aren’t all bad!  After all, they mean more time for yummy cocktails, a roaring fireplace, baking, and holiday festivities.  I am dying to make this gingersnap cocktail from PopSugar, read the new Mast Brothers cookbook and start decorating for Christmas!!

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Thanksgiving


Because it’s a day centered around food, family, and happiness (and the beginning of a tasty season), Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. While part of me loves the familiarity and tradition that comes with having well-loved favorites every year, I want to introduce some new things into the mix this time. I can’t wait to make Samin Nosrat’s fried sage salsa and sausage and prune stuffing, and I found lots of great ideas from this PopSugar Home post. (Those rosemary pecans!!) These mashed potatoes with goat cheese and caramelized onions sound so good that I want to make an extra batch to make sure I’ll have enough leftovers, and I’m bringing back this lemon-thyme-gin sparkler from last year. Are you trying anything new this year that you’re excited about?

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A boy and his dogs


There are so many good Instagram accounts out there, but this one just melts my heart. It follows a  little boy named Julian and his two Newfoundland best friends, Max and puppy Bruce. Julian’s dad is in the navy and travels a lot, so Julian’s mom uses Instagram to share what’s going on with the family back in Washington- how cute is that?? We think Julian’s in good hands with these two by his side! What are some of your favorite accounts to follow?

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