I believe there is only one success in life - to spend it in your own way, as fashionably as possible. My blog stays true to that philosophy by featuring outfits created with a mixture of thrifted clothes, unique vintage accessories, and sale finds. I started blogging while pregnant, so the 2013 posts tackle the style challenge of rocking a baby bump. I'm now enjoying being a mother to an adorable little girl aptly named Ruby and her younger sister, Flora. At The Ruby Zipper, you'll find eclectic outfits, coverage of local fashion events, and info on emerging artists in St. Louis.

Fun Facts
  • My husband and I have 2 adorable, bright young daughters named Ruby and Flora. We also have an mischevious cat, Silver.
  • I could survive on a diet of cold cereal, crepes with chocolate and bananas, pizza, and sushi.
  • I was an extra in the Oscar-nominated film "Up In The Air." I rode up in the elevator with my costar, George Clooney. The blurry woman walking the halls about 30 minutes into the movie is me!
  • True to my life path #5, I'm a career-changer. I have a doctorate in clinical psychology, but I went back to school and studied Fashion Merchandising. I'm now pursuing professional opportunities that are a better fit for my talents.
  • My all-time favorite show is Beverly Hills, 90210 (the original). This blog was almost called "The Peach Pit."

About My Style
  • Solid colors make me nervous; I always worry that I look too plain. I gravitate towards crazy patterns, so monochromatic looks are my version of a fashion risk.
  • The life cycle of many of my clothes is very short. An unlucky garment may only get 2-3 wears before I decide I'm sick of it or it's forgotten. Deeply discounted finds are most vulnerable to my mercurial moods, but not even full-price items are completely safe.
  • I admire lots of designers (Betsey Johnson, Chloe, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney to name a few) but rarely buy or wear anything "designer." I'm more of a thrifty, hunting-through-clearance-racks kind of girl.
  • While working on my bachelor's degree in the late 1990s, I was voted "Best Dressed" in my dorm. After suffering through years of school uniforms, I proudly rocked thrifted polyester 70s blouses, vintage tees, and wide-leg pants.

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  1. I've read your story on Career Shifters. As a teacher who dreams about being a fashion designer, it inspired me and gave me hope. Thank you! :)

    1. Thank you, hale! I wish you all the best when and if you do pursue your dream of fashion design!