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In Her Element: Ruby Park

Sep 16, 2014

As the saying goes, don’t judge a book by its cover, and pint-sized, punk-loving style-file Ruby Park is no exception. We spent a whole day with Ruby, the blogger behind LA fashion blog The Ruby Element, uncovering just how multi-talented she is. From girl next door to vampy vixen, Ruby made modeling look simply effortless - it was hard to keep up. When we finally caught our breath, we sat down with Ruby to get the 4-1-1 on her personal life, style inspiration, and worldly advice.

DSTLD: You’re a fashion blogger, model, and actor by day - what are you by night?

Ruby Park: I am also a student. I’m currently studying psychology to become a health psychologist and I will be applying for graduate school next year.

DSTLD: What does a typical day involve between blogging, modeling, and acting?

RP: Depending on the day, a day might include going to an audition, shooting, picking up pieces from a showroom, and going to events when time allows for it. But most of the days I am perusing online for inspiration from other blogs, YouTube, magazines, and anything else the Internet has for me.

Ripped Mid Rise Skinny in Black Powerstretch

DSTLD: Where do you get your fashion inspiration from?

RP: So many things! I love seeing what other people wear on the streets or looking through online lookbooks or personal blogs. But I think the biggest inspiration are from the pieces I thrift from my mom’s closet. I love seeing what she wore back in the day and finding ways to modernize it.

DSTLD: How long have you been blogging?

RP: It has been a year now! I can’t believe it!

DSTLD: What’s your advice for aspiring fashion bloggers?

RP: Do it because you love it. There is this allure and glamour about being a blogger these days that can delude someone into believing that it’s just about taking pretty pictures all day. But there is a lot of hard work, thought, and love that is put into a single blog post, so if you don’t have the passion for it, it’s hard to continue doing it with a positive attitude. But at the same time, don’t ever take anything too seriously - don’t let it take over your life. If you like something, post it. Don’t let what you think others might think falter your ability to post.

DSTLD: How did you come up with the name “Ruby Element”?

RP: I knew I wanted to incorporate my name in my blog name somehow and I thought that “Element” played on my name so well. The Ruby Element can be seen as defining my signature style by putting together specific elements of fashion or a play on words with the Ruby gem being a combination of elements and my name being Ruby. There is something scientific and earthy I loved about the name. I thought it was the perfect introduction to breaking down outfits. There was also a computer reference to the name that I liked where there is an actual “ruby” tag or coding used by combining specific “elements”, one of which included my initials. I just took that as the trigger that it was meant to be so I went with it.

DSTLD: That’s the most insightful, comprehensive, and creative answer we’ve ever heard! During our photo shoot, you mentioned you love the ‘90s…why?

RP: It defines my childhood!

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DSTLD: Who is your 90s style icon?

RP: Kate Moss or Cindy Crawford. Legends.

DSTLD: What does your tattoo mean / what inspired you to get it?

RP: My tattoo says “forever” and is attached to a ruby. Something I wanted to get to remind myself to be the best “me” that I can be and stay true to myself.

DSTLD: How do you change up your look but still stay true to your established vibe?

RP: Whatever I wear, I must incorporate some type of edgy element. Whether it’s platform boots, witch-like hat, bold lip, leg chain, or leather garter, I always try to add something fun that I wouldn’t think others would normally pair with a specific outfit.

Mid Rise Coated Short

DSTLD: What is one piece of clothing you can’t live without?

RP: Shoes.

DSTLD: What trend should everyone try this fall?

RP: Bold prints. I think most people are afraid to try wearing anything fun during the colder months but I always enjoy seeing some print or color popped in with some neutrals. High-waisted printed trousers with a cropped turtleneck knit and mules? Done.

DSTLD: What’s your favorite pair of DSTLD jeans?

RP: I’m in love with the new Ripped Mid Rise Skinny in Black Powerstretch. But I also love the High Waisted Coated Powerstretch and the Boyfriend jeans that I tried on today. Excited for those to come out!

Follow Ruby’s edgy style escapades on her blog and Instagram:

The Ruby Element


-Hannah Laverty

Ripped Mid Rise Skinny in Black Powerstretch

Ripped High Waisted Skinny in Grey Powerstretch

Ripped High Waisted Skinny in Vintage Porcelain

Ripped Mid Rise Skinny in Black Powerstretch

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Mid Rise Coated Short

Photos by Carlos Moscat

Hair and Makeup by Suzie K