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Outfit Post: Birthday Brunch Jumpsuit & Jewelry Details

Outfit Post:

Birthday Brunch Jumpsuit & Jewelry Details

I absolutely loved my birthday brunch outfit and obviously many of you did too with the messages and comments I received asking about my outfit details. Sharing is caring so I am spilling the tea here! It was simply encompassed of all of the features I was looking to have for the day:

  1. Sexy
  2. Flowy
  3. Comfortable

*In my Whitney Houston Voice* Above alllllll this, I needed comfortttt-errrrrrt. And IIIIII, EEE-IIIII, will always love food-oooo-od! 

 

*Clears Throat* ¬†Um, yeah. I’m back.
Anywho, my birthday brunch was at Fremont in Chicago which is a

brunch buffet with bottomless etaimosas and a day party feel with a live dj the entire day. Grandma l
oves to eat so she needed space for the endless options of prime rib, made to order omelettes & waffles, oysters, shrimp cocktail, etc. With the amazing spread of brunch option

s, I needed an outfit¬†that wouldn’t reveal too much of my¬†consumption. As many food posts that I have done, y’all know I like to eat. Eat, dance, drink, repeat = Sunday Funday!

 

One of my all time favorite places to shop is Amazon specifically because of Amazon Prime. Order your outfit, get it in 2 days with free shipping and free return shipping if it doesn’t fit!

When it comes to shopping online, everyone always asks how do I find outfits especially since I am not a model size 0. Let’s be clear, I live for the reviews hunty. Reviewers are typically quick to leave feedback with a picture showing them with actual product on. If the it¬†doesn’t look legit, I do NOT commit. (Barsssss!) ¬†With that being said, this item had great reviews and it was prime. Ordered it, tried it on and babyyyyyyy I was sold!

Outfit Details:

Outfit: Latte Jumpsuit link

Jewelry: Branded Royalty Choker link, Midi Connecting Rings link

 

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Brita Stream Product Review

Sidebar: Maybe I have a thing for the color red ūü§Ē

Anywho, stay focus Ruby lol Recently, I committed to only drinking water, no teas, coffee or juices. The improvements in my skin, energy and my overall feeling has been amazing! Must keep this up! I had juice yesterday and definitely felt the difference – back on track! Did I mention I lost 2 lbs? ūüíĀūüŹĹ

 

Honestly, truly Brita has stepped their drip drip game way up! I remember standing at¬†the sink for what seemed to be 5 days waiting on the pitcher to fill while filtering the water. Now, the new Brita Stream allows you to fill it up quickly and filters rapidly WHILE YOU POUR! Come through with the ingenious idea! Have y’all tried it? Let me know what you think! If not, click below to order it and have it waiting for you at the do’!

ūüíß: Brita Stream

ūüĆĻ: Compliments of Bay ‚̧
ūüíÖūüŹĹ:¬†OPI Cajun Shrimp

I received my Brita Stream complimentary, but all opinions are my own.

 

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Product Crush of the Week: Maybelline New York Volum Express Mascara

Product Crush of the Week goes to Maybelline New York Volum Express Mascara, Classic Black!

I love how effortlessly this mascara goes on, allowing you to layer for extra thickness without the clumpy look! See the before and after in my video including the lower lash.

This my trusty dusty natural look but for a more dramatic look, apply additional coats!

 

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Don’t throw those roses away! DIY Rose Body Scrub & Rose Potpourri Pouch

Rinse. Reuse. recycle. As my mom always says, “Once you buy it, you can do what you want with it!” Well, Bay bought these roses for me but I am going to repurpose them to get the most out of the beauties. It’s been a week and they have held up magnificently but let’s face it, they will begin to wilt sooner than later. In this post, I will highlight 2 quick ways you can repurpose your roses!

FIRST: Unless your roses are organic, make sure to remove all pesticides by soaking the roses in baking soda for 15-20 minutes. You do not want to use roses/flowers with pesticides on your skin.

#1 Rose Body Scrub

Body scrubs are amazing to¬†gently remove dead skin cells, dirt and oil from the outer layer of skin. This helps to unclog pores and expose your skin’s underlying healthier layers.

Ingredients

1 cups Epsom Salt
3/4 cup baking soda
1 Rose
For Fragrance: Rose Essential oil  or Jasmine Essential Oil (Do NOT use NOT home fragrance on your skin!)

 

#2: Rose Potpourri Pouch  

Place them in your dresser drawers, closets or shoes to add a fresh fragrance to  them! Great to place in storage containers, cupboard to create fragrant aromas!

1 Organza Pouch

1 Rose

For Fragrance:  Rose Essential oil  or Jasmine Essential Oil

 

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Get Ready with Me Date Night Look Video Collaboration!

Ms. Rika of @RikaGlam and I loved filming a cute and easy get ready video featuring some pieces from the BrandedRoyalty.com collection. While I helped Erika accessorize her outfit,  she gave me a quick makeup beat to the GAWDSSSSS before my hot date.

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Makeup Artist Rika

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Twitter:  @GlamRika

 

Jewelry Company, Branded Royalty

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Ruby’s Recipes: Chicken Teriyaki Pineapple Boat

Now, ya’ll know I love taking a simple dish and putting some stank on it! ūüíĀūüŹĹ

Chicken teriyaki is a quick and delicious dish that’s filling and add the pineapple boat, very appeasing to the eye. My mom taught me, you first eat with your eyes! If a dish doesn’t look good, people are going to think it doesn’t taste good. One of my favorite parts about serving meals and hosting parties is the aesthetics! Of course, it can’t just look good, it needs to last good too. Don’t worry, boo. I got you on that! Full recipe on how to whip this meal up in under an hour!

1 cup of brown Rice

1 pound of boneless skinless chicken thighs

1 pineapple

1 bottle of Lawry’s chicken teriyaki marinade

1 head of cabbage

3 medium zucchinis

2 bunches of broccoli

1 bag of baby carrots

Chicken Thighs:

Dice chicken thighs, season with lawless seasoning salt and pepper and let marinade inelastic ziplock bag for 30 minutes in the sauce. Prepare rice and then come back to cook chicken as it only takes about 10-15 minutes to cook.

Once completely marinated, add oil to skillet, chicken and cook throughly for 15 minutes until done.

Brown Rice:

Brown rice will take the longest to cook, so start this first! Let 2.5 cups of water boil then add 1 cup of brown rice. Reduce heat to medium and let rice cook for about 30 minutes.

Veggies:

Next, chop cabbage in fourths and then eights.The thinner the cut, the quicker it cooks. When you trying to feed these men folk who come home starving, you need to optimize time chile!

Slice zucchini vertically, chop broccoli florets into small bite sized portions while keeping carrots whole. Add about 1/4 cup of water to a skillet and cook veggies on medium until tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer while preparing chicken. The cabbage and carrots takes the longest of the veggies. Thus, chop cabbage first and add carrots to the skillet first to allow it to start cooking.

Chicken

Pineapple Boat

Slice pineapple through the center. Be careful when cutting through the head of the pineapple as you don’t want to damage the leaves for presentation sake. The center of the pineapple is the toughest portion. Normally when I cut the pineapple, I would core the center but since I wanted to preserve the pineapple for presentation, you have to manually remove the core. Cut the pineapple vertically then horizontally to make lines to easily remove the pieces. Once the pieces are removed, take about a half of cup of the pineapple chunks and dice them into small bite sized pieces. Add those pieces to the chicken marinade. Now, go back to chicken section and prepare the thighs. Go shanty, it’s ya birthday!

 

Rice? Done. Chicken thighs? Done. Veggies? DONE! Time to plate it and get piggy with it! (Nah, nah,nah nah nap!)

Presentation is key!

Done! “I just hit a stain,¬†faneto!” How do you like it? Comment below!

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Biggest Lesson Learned from Superbowl Sunday.. Chile, it wasn’t about football!

When it comes to football, as the world renowned lyricist Trick Daddy stated, ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know nan! Nope, nope.‚Ä̬†

All I know is that Super Bowl Sunday means pizza, wings, and great dips intertwined with the best commercials of the year. Honestly, I look forward to the commercials and piggin’¬†out chile. Give me my little dranky drank and conversation with my other girls partaking in the fake celebration of football. I don‚Äôt know much about the lead up to this Superbowl Sunday besides Deflate Gate and the possible wrongful use of drones to film other team‚Äôs practices. Shady McGrady business if you ask me. So, from there on, I was fake rooting for the Falcons.

Did I learn how many yards are needed for a 1st Down? No.

Did I learn the difference between the different flag colors? No.

Did I learn anything football related? Absolutely not!

Yet, I did learn a very important lesson: It‚Äôs not over, until you decide it’s over!

The faces of the Patriot fans accompanied by their social media posts drastically changed from the overzealous cheers of confidence to praying with the faith of a mustard seed. Child, rosaries came out and hearts began to beat rapidly hoping for mercy. It was over. I mean, it had to be right? It was the 2nd quarter with the Patriots not scoring, like Trina this time, not nan points.

 

But, wait how in the matter of a fill of guacamole and lime chips, a circle around the party being a Chatty Patty and a loud yell from the living room did the game become tied? As Braxton P. Hartnabrig would say, “What the heezy?”

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How did it happen you say? Because the Patriots were resilient, they were determined and committed to achieving their goals. They didn’t decide it was over.

It’s not over until you decide it’s over!

They didn’t let the fear of potential defeat diminish the glory of a potential win. Let me say that again.

They didn’t let the fear of potential defeat diminish the glory of a potential win.

Look at you neighbor and say neighborrrrrrr, “Don’t¬†let the fear of potential defeat diminish the glory of a potential ¬†win.”

Are you doing that in your life?

Do you push through despite all of the things that can go wrong? Or do you quit to prevent from failing?

Do you set goals for yourself with the mindset of accomplishing them by any means? Or do you allow yourself to be sidetracked by all the obstacles life throws your way?

Rather it’s starting your own business, getting that promotion at work, losing those extra pounds from last years resolution or embarking on your journey to financial freedom (plus that extra 5 you gained this year. Child, we all been there), are you going to do it? Are you going to commit to yourself? Because at the end of the day, you have to do it (Whatever it is) for YOU!

Or let me guess, you don’t have time, you work full-time and when you get home you don’t have time to work on your dreams? Oh, your kids are in involved in after school activities and sports so you don’t have time to go to the gym? Ohhhhhh you don’t know what you want to do in your career so you’ll just stay at this job because it’s comfortable? Excuses on top of excuses. Anything worth having, is worth fighting for. Are you going to fight for it?

You have permission to mess up the first quarter of your life, quarter and some change, of your life.

You have permission to make mistakes.

You have permissions to recognize¬†that you aren’t performing at the best of your abilities.

You don’t have to settle for less.

You don’t have to be comfortable with medicoritcy.

This uncofmortable phase of unhappiness you’re feeling, you can end it.

This does NOT have to be your destiny. It’s not over until you decide it’s over!

Most importantly, you have permission to rectify what’s wrong. Growth is the necessity of evolution. You can’t evolve in your spirit, your being and passions if you don’t grow!

No one can change your life but you. Are you going to do it?

If you don’t, who will?

I‚Äôll wait …..

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Ruby’s Recipes: Homemade Biscuits for a good ole’ country meal!

Yes, you can get you some canned or frozen biscuits and smack them in the oven but I can GUARANTEE they won’t last like these. Not to toot my own horn but beep beep ahhhh toot toot. There’s nothing, I mean nothing like some good thick southern biscuits chile! Add honey for a Popeyes feel or jelly for that belly in the morn’ting! ¬†Simple and easy.

When I cook, I just eyeball amounts. However,¬†if I say you need about two shakes of flour you mayyyy not know what I’m talking about. Thus, the hardest about making these biscuits were making sure to capture the correct measurements. You will love the simplicity of this recipe

First things first, I poppa — I mean, first things first, pre-heat the oven to 425¬į. Work with me y’all! I jams on the 90’s.¬†Preparation is key! Lay out all pf your ingredients, measuring cups and allow butter to begin softening on counter. Trick, place butter right on oven top as the heat will begin to help it melt.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 stick of softened butter
  • 3/4 cup milk, ( feel free to add less or more per the consistency more)
  • Rolling Pin or (Wine Bottle wrapped in plastic wap. Hey, you gotta make sum shake! ūüíĀūüŹĹ)

Instructions:

Using a large mixing bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. It is best to mix them when they are all dry to ensure the ingredients blend well. One of the worst things is biting into a patch of flour or salt! Blend it like you blend that makeup hunt!

If your butter still isn’t softened, fill a glass with water and microwave until boiling. Use a mitten to remove the glass from the microwave, pour out the water and place the butter under the glass with the opening towards the counter. Let it set to soften the butter for about 60 seconds. Repeat if needed.

After ensuring your butter is softened, cut the butter into cubes by cutting it vertically and horizontally. Then, take the butter knife in small sections to make cubes. You will then use a fork to smash the butter into the dry mix until it is a consistent texture. The butter should look like flakes in the mixture. DO NOT USE A MIXER! You want to butter to melt in flakes for that soft fluffy taste.

 

Now, you will need to slowly add milk into the middle of the mixture. You can use a large mixing spoon for the consistency until thick enough knead with your hands. The mixture should feel thick like dough and slight sticky. If still too dry, slowly add more milk only as needed.

How to roll the dough: Everybody get your roll on, everybody get your …roll on WHAT?!

 

Sift flour on a open countertop to create an even layer of flour by using a sifter or a cheese grater. (Queen of improvising taught you.) Place the dough on the flour and begin to roll. The thinner you roll the dough, the thinner the biscuit. The thicker you roll it, the thicker the biscuit.

 

 

 

 

 

Cut it, cut it, cut it, that dough is way too thick you need to cut ittt!

Once you have gotten it to your desired thickness, use a round glass to cut the dough. Tap the glass into the flour first to create a coating which will prevent it from sticking to the dough. Try to cut the biscuits as closely as possible to avoid any left overs. Look, you bet not waste those leftovers! Take the scraps, roll it in a ball and you got yourself a big ole biscuit. Waste not will not.

Bake for 10 minutes, spread butter on the top and bake another 2 minutes or until golden brown. Now, you can get down on it. Hannnnn.

                                    Finished product!
Breakfast is served! Homemade Biscuits Recipe ToBeRuby.com

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Rib eye steak, three cheese macaroni and fresh steamed green beans

16113249_10101857424204287_6236264399738159845_oFresh is where it’s at. Y’all, listen, you don’t know what you’re missing until you eat fresh vegetables. We grew up on fresh vegetables but in college I discovered canned vegetables and frozen broccoli. Look, it was kind of hard out here for a pimppp, when you eating tilapia but really want shrimpppp! I had to make it happen, let’s face it frozen and canned vegetables are just cheaper and quicker but not better for you..

Here’s a quick meal I whipped up for the family tonight. Time is of the essence, this meal took less than an hour from start to finish. Grandma need time to wind down before bed so ¬† ¬†dinner needs to be quick and easy so I can catch up on my shows. Yes, grandma loves her shows chile!

Ingredients:

Rib Eye Steak (3 for my family)

1lb Fresh Green Beans

Elbow Macaroni Noodles

1lb Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese

1lb Mozzarella Cheese

1lb Monterey Jack Cheese

1/2 cup milk

 

Seasonings:

Black Pepper

Onion Powder

Lawry’s Seasoning Salt

Salt

Pepper

 

Fresh Green Beans

Fresh green beans are more work but definitely worth the effort. Anything worth having is worth working for! Yes, maybe I got too deep on green beans, but that’s how passionate I am about them ūüėā

Prepare green beans by snapping the brown ends off and revealing the inner freshness of the vegetable. Place in sauvers, add water to the bottom of the pan and cook on low. The green beans take the longest to cook thus prepare and cook them first.

Macaroni & Cheese

Pre-heat oven for 400 degrees while beginning to boil the noodles. Fill pot halfway with water, dash of salt and oil to prevent noodles from sticking to each other. Once boiling, add 8 0z (half the box of noodles) until soft. Easy way to check, scoop a noodle with a spoon and sample for texture. Hey, I am not a fancy chef, I do things that work. ūüíĀūüŹĹ¬†Don’t replace spoon back in water, because, well, that’s just nasty – unless you’re just feeding your family. They drink off your cups and always eat off you plate anyway. ūüėā

Strain noodles in colander then place into baking pan. Quickly add cheeses as noodles will be hot and will begin melting the cheese. Spread evenly in the pan and place in oven until ooooey gooey approximately 10 minutes.

Rib Eye Steak

Steak is best prepared when it is room temperature. If a steak is freezing cole, it won’t cook as evenly and it doesn’t absorb the seasonings as easily. Tenderize the meat Season the rib eye steak with lawless, pepper and onion powder by sprinkling the seasonings evenly on both sides. Add oil to the skillet and cook on medium high for 5 minutes on each side until dark brown crust begins to form on bottom, cook 7 minutes¬†for medium well.

Now, place on a fancy plate and take a picture for the gram. Instagram stunting!

 

What are you favorite quick meals?

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5 Airplane Etiquette Tips to Save your Life!

5 Airplane Etiquette Tips to Save your Life

With my recent travel, I have noticed people don’t neccessarily know simple airplane etiquette that can save their lives! We already have to be in this cram spaced, with hundreds of people we don’t know for hours on end.

With that being said, there’s just standard¬†airplane etiquette that I assumed people just knew. Well, you know what they say about assumptions…

#1 Sanitation Etiquette: If you’re sick,keep it¬†to yourself!

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Honestly, truly, (in my fur) you sneezing, coughing and carrying on right next to me may lend you an evil eye or extra elbow nudge. The reality is, you knew you were sick before you got your narrow tail on the plane.

Granted, no one can foresee when they will be sick but you didn’t just realize you were sick while boarding this plane. So, then why wouldn’t you plan accordingly?

    • Bring tissue to cover your mouth when you sneeze.
    • Bring hand sanitizer to use after said sneeze or cough.
    • Bring cough drops to curb that death cough that seems to cause you to practically expel your lung.¬†Take an immune system builder.

These young whipper snappers have new products to take to help aid in the prevention of getting sick such as airborne. I will have to admit; I’ve tried it for my last trip and did NOT get sick! So, definitely worth a shot (Insert hyperlink for amazon)

Old school mama remedies work just as well. Nothing like some good ole’¬†fish oil tablets or acidophilus still works wonders. #TrustyDusty

#2 Seat Etiquette:

Window Seat Sitter: If you like sitting by the window, please get all your stuff before you sit down.

  • Nothing is worst as an aisle sitter, than getting up to let the window sitter and middle sitter sit down just for the window sitter to want to get up tp get their iPad 15 minutes later.
  • Now, you knew you wanted you iPad during the flight, why didn’t you get it out before you sat down? I’ll wait.200-1.gif

Middle Seat Sitter: You are the one to bring the row together or apart. Please stay in your lane aka your seat.

  • No, don’t lean closer towards my side because we are not cool.
  • No, don’t try to use the left armrest – that’s not yours. Everyone gets one armrest. Not 2 because you’re in the middle. One. You know the rules, don’t ever try to play me.

Aisle Seat Sitter: Let’s not forget about the forgotten aisle seater.

  • You most likely chose that seat because you like having extra room. Well, guess what, that comes with other responsibilities.
  • You are the person that’s going have to get up for every restroom break, overhead bin rummage and stretch needed.
  • Don’t get mad and roll your eyes when people need to get up. You choose this life, it didn’t choose you. Get up, move to the left and let a playa go tinkle. Hey, I am not bias in this rant. ūüíĀūüŹĹ

#3 Electronics Etiquette:

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    • I‚Äôm scrolling through my social media pages.
    • I’m playing my games on my phone.
    • I’m listening to my music.
    • I’m writing my blog posts on my iPad.
    • Mine. Mine. Mine.

I don’t need you sneaking with your peripherals looking at my phone. What did your teacher always say? Keep your eyes on your own paper ūüďĚ

#4 Sleep Etiquette:

We board the plane and exchange small conversation about our travels, why we are traveling, who we are visiting, how long we will be there. Cool. I love talking to people and find their stories to be quite interesting! Yet, I have a distinguished ability to read individuals verbal and nonverbal language.

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  • If you’re engaged in an interesting conversation as passenger‚Äôs board, there’s signs to indicate if that conversation will continue or not.
  • If the flight attendant gains everyone’s attention for the safety presentation and you see the other party put on their headphones, the conversation is over.
  • If the other party speaks about being tired and ready to take off (so they can sleep), the conversation is over.
  • If the other party begins to wrap up in their sweater, travel blanket or coat, the conversation is over.
  • If they lay their heads back on the seat or on the window, the conversation is over.
  • Do not, I repeat, do not tap on the other party to ask a question while their eyes are closed. Unless you’re telling me the plane is on fire, don’t wake me up. Even if I’m fake sleep because I just want to relax, don’t try to wake me up.

I legit had someone wake me up to ask me if I wanted gum for takeoff ūüĎÄ

Just let me sleep, so I can be great. When I’m rested, I will kick the bobos with you the whole flight but if not, I will want to kick you from keeping me from getting my sleep ūüė© Read the signs – they’re quite clear.

#5 Conversation Etiquette:

It’s a 10pm flight, the lights are dim but yet and still you feel your conversation with your friend, who is sitting right next to you, should sound like their in a different state?!?

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With the lack of light and conversation taking place on the flight, do you think anyone wants to hear your loud bantering? Absolutely not!

Be easy: you’re doing what they call, the most! Understand your surroundings and be mindful of those who are trying to take a nap, keep their baby sleep (because who wants to hear a crying baby on a flight) or simply not trying to hear your cacklin’!

 

If you follow this simple advice, you are bound to avoid getting elbowed, side eyed or even worse, cursed out. Save your life, take my advice.

What is your advice on airplane etiquette?

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