Winter at Ruby!

The first official day of winter is tomorrow (yelp!). Aside from turning up the heaters and popping on your favourite RUBY & Liam coat & knits, you can't look past a delicious Hot Chocolate to warm yourself up on a freezing day.

We've teamed up with our friends from the New Zealand based premium Dutch Cocoa Hot Chocolate company Kokoleka, to giveaway 150 of their amazing Hot Chocolate Tins to the first 150 purchases at all RUBY stores nationwide tomorrow!

RUBY x Kokoleka

We spoke to the talented founder of Kokoleka Jane de Borchgrave about where her love of Hot Chocolate came from....

The inspiration for a creating a range of great tasting drinking chocolate has been bubbling away in my head for years – not as a business idea, so much as a little obsession – I only ever want to drink really good hot chocolate. For years, I carried bars of 72% dark chocolate around in my overfilled handbag, stashing them in my desk drawer at work and hoarded them (high up and away from my children) in my treat cupboard at home, ready to drop a generous number of squares into a mug of hot milk for my daily treat.

After 20 years working for corporates in marketing and marketing related roles, the opportunity for a change came up and I thought, ‘I’m going to do this and it will either ‘fly or die', so I jumped into a place of little income, late nights, early mornings, working two jobs, making lots of ‘learning’ mistakes and lots of sleepless nights and nearly three years I have a delicious smooth Hot Chocolate in beautiful packaging and a realisation of a great idea.

What are your favourite winter activities?

I love going to a movie in the middle of a rainy day without feeling guilty, a run in my local park on a briskly cold day and being inside in my own space to solve all my questions with brilliant ideas!

Jane shared with us one of her family's favourite Chocolate Truffle recipes...

These truffles are super easy, with no cooking required, and you can use any one of the four fabulous Kokoleka Drinking Chocolate flavours (Warm Ginger, Peppermint, Hot Chilli & Classic Dark).

Kokoleka

CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

You will need

  • 1 packet of plain biscuits crushed (Superwines are perfect)
  • ¼ cup of Sprite
  • 150g Butter (melted)
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Essence
  • ½ cup Icing Sugar
  • 1 heaped tbsp. Kokoleka (be generous!)
  • Shredded Coconut

Directions

  1. Put all of the ingredients (except the Coconut) into a bowl and mix together.
  2. Use a teaspoon to scoop out a portion of mixture.
  3. Roll them by hand into spheres before rolling them in the grated Coconut.
  4. Refrigerate for around an hour.

www.kokoleka.co.nz

Lonely 'Chloe' Arrives at Ruby!

The beautiful new Lonely LingerieChloe collection has just arrived into all RUBY stores and online TODAY!

Highlight colours this season include a bold cobalt blue and mint, as well as classic pieces in ivory and black. Lonely's ever-popular cut-out styles are back in a beautiful charcoal.

Lonely Chloe

To celebrate, we're giving the first 100 purchases of any Lonely piece nationwide a lovely natural The Aromatherapy Co. Body Oil, so make sure you head into store quick smart so you don't miss out.

The Aromatherapy Company

We spoke to Helene Morris, the designer and Managing Director of Lonely, about her inspiration for the Chloe collection. We also got a few sneaky hints about what we can expect to see next from our favourite lingerie brand...

Helene

Tell us a bit about your inspiration for the new Lonely ‘Chloe’ collection?

Our reference has always been our customer.... our 'Lonely Girls'... It's that feeling you get when you wear underwear that has been thoughtfully made.... it gives you strength, confidence...It's boosting these qualities in women that drives us.

What is your favourite piece from the collection and why?

I'm currently in love with the Bright Blue Anouk Softcup Bra. The colour feels so fresh against your body and the lace is so beautiful and soft it feels really light & comfortable to wear all day.

What can we expect to season from Lonely next season?

Underwire support! We've been working really hard to ensure the fits are really good. wWe are so happy to say we can now provide the extra support our larger customers are asking for, without compromising the comfort or the natural shape fit we advocate.

What's your favourite piece? Make sure you check it out online here!