$75 Gift Certificate to Red Ruby Rose!

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Yesterday we kicked off our weeklong par-tay with an amazing discount from an Pavoreal in Costa Rica. Today we're flying you across the Atlantic to England to meet Rowena, owner and artist at Red Ruby Rose. Not only does she craft some of the most beautiful clutches I've ever seen, but she is also a talented pinhole polaroid photographer and moonlights in an indie-pop band called Santa Dog. (Are you not completely in love with her yet?!) She was recently chosen as a featured seller on Etsy and it's easy to see why!

I don't remember how I originally found her shop. I think I was searching for "something blue" and one of her lovely blue clutch bags came up in my results. It was love at first sight and I instantly thought that these bags would be PERFECT for a bride on her wedding day. Completely unique and so lovely, they are perfect to slip your wedding day essentials (lip gloss, mints, nail polish, extra hair pins, shout wipes, and tylenol) into! And with her amazing range of colors and styles, I'm sure every bride could find one to suit her color scheme. But let's not just stop at brides. These clutches are perfect for anyone. As gorgeous as they are, they could stand up to your formal nights out as well as at a bit of stylish flair to your casual outings. I am so jealous of whoever wins this gift certificate! Take a moment to go shop through her lovely bags and pick out your favorite! Then come back here and find out how to enter this giveaway! (Gentlemen, this means you too! Christmas is just around the corner and one of these would make a perfect present!)



Rowena is a mulit-talented artist and is completely inspiring. The only reason I haven't picked up my own clutch from her shop yet is simple because I cannot decide which one I like the best! I love them all! Rowena was kind enough to let us know a little bit more about herself so relax and join us for the conversation!

Name: Rowena Dugdale

Location: Bristol, England

Shop name: Red Ruby Rose

What led you to starting your own Etsy shop? Red Ruby Rose is the result of my yearning for a more tactile creative outlet away from my increasingly digital working life. (I'm also a freelance illustrator). I started making these clutch purses as gifts for friends and it just took off from there. I studied printed textiles at college so I'm really happy to be incorporating my own collage/photographic images onto fabric using exciting new digital advances in textile production.

What's your Starbucks order? Hmmm, I don't really do coffee. If Starbucks offered cocktails though, something tequila-based for me please.

As far as weddings go, what is your favorite trend? Sweet and simple. Hand-tied meadow flowers, nearest and dearest present, getting married barefoot under a tree, chickens running around....I don't know if that's a trend (especially the chickens) but it's certainly how I'd like to do it.

Other than your own, what are your two favorite Etsy shops? It's SOOOOooo hard to choose. I have many, many favourites. I think that I'd choose Lillyella and Tortillagirl as not only are they both gorgeous shops but they are run by lovely Etsians.



I know you are all super excited for this one! Here's how you enter today's giveaway:
1. Go look through her beautiful shop!
2. Pick out your favorite design and then come back here.
3. Leave a comment telling me which one is your favorite and why. Make sure you leave your email address in the comment so
that I can contact you if you are the winner!
4. At the end of the week we will be doing the drawings for the winner. A random number will be selected and the comment
corresponding to the number wins it! There is no limit to the comments you can leave so if you want to leave us a bunch in
hopes of increasing your odds, go for it! Just make sure you tell us a favorite and why in each comment and make sure your
contact information is included.
5. GOOD LUCK!

75 comments

  1. ohana photographers-david and kimi // December 10, 2008 at 2:54 PM  

    blue petals silk!!!!! they look like a plumeria lei from hawaii. our favorite, plus the bag is the color of what will soon be our new branding color!! so exciting!

    oh schnap!! my word verification is winner. yes!!!

  2. Melissa McKinnon Photography // December 10, 2008 at 3:04 PM  

    At first going through the shop I was overwhelmed by all of the GORGEOUS patterns and fabrics - I didn't think I'd be able to choose a favorite... UNTIL... I saw the nostalgic peony and lily of the vally. That's the one! It instantly brought me back to my wedding day, July 14, 2007. I had made my own bouquet of peonies from my Grandma's garden. My Grandmother is 86 (alothough if you ask her, she'll always tell you that she is a young 16+). As she is aging and her health is deteriorating, it was such a joy to have her present on our wedding day. To top it all off - My Grandma's signature flower is Lily of the Valley...This clutch was MEANT to be MINE!!!
    Thank you for letting me know about this amazing shop - absolutely gorgeous!
    Sincerely,
    Melissa McKinnon
    m@melissamckinnon.com

  3. Ben and Amy // December 10, 2008 at 3:21 PM  

    Poppy central silk - it's bright, it's quirky, it's unique - and I could totally see it completing many outfits in my future! :) I'm hoping that my husband will glance on here and see my comment...just in case I'm not the winner. haha.

    All of her designs are fabulous! Awesome find, and great contest!

  4. Mrs. LC // December 10, 2008 at 3:28 PM  

    I've narrowed it down to 4 favorites. :) Gold silk peacock feathers, Starburst petals, Ivory Chrysanthemum, and the Rose blue silk-lined clutch bag. Gorgeous!

  5. Kim // December 10, 2008 at 3:31 PM  

    ooh! so many to choose from... i don't know if i can pick a favorite!
    Kim
    Kimmiemx5@msn.com

  6. Kim // December 10, 2008 at 3:33 PM  

    I think I've narrowed it down to my favorite 5... I really like silk starburst, seedheads, sparkle pod, poppy central, and yellow seed heas! Although, the poppy central does match perfectly with one of my dresses!
    kimmiemx5@msn.com

  7. kacy jo // December 10, 2008 at 3:39 PM  

    Ooh I love these, just added her to my fav shops! I think my favorite has to be the silver peacock feathers. Cute stuff, thanks for introducing me to it! :)

  8. Anonymous // December 10, 2008 at 3:42 PM  

    Oh...... the Silver Silk Peacock is my favorite... I love the fine embroidery and the feather and the color inside just sets it off... Love It....

    Mom

    cheryljo@tampabay.rr.com
    ps-Moms can enter too????

  9. Kat // December 10, 2008 at 4:08 PM  

    sparkle pod is my favorite on her site.....for some reason I keep being drawn to a lot of the blue ones (even though my favorite color is red) and I just love how its like a dandelion but electric blue :) I am a terrible describer of awesomeness, but I still love it :)

  10. Leah // December 10, 2008 at 4:23 PM  

    The electric blue blossom is just so, well, ELECTRIC! I love the color, the larger than life bloom... I want a quilt of this!
    leah :)
    mythreesons11@gmail.com

  11. Amanda Suanne // December 10, 2008 at 5:42 PM  

    Ahh I am officially obsessed with these bags!

    A few faves are candy buttons, Jellyfish buttons and Ethereal Flower!

  12. Leah Yvonne // December 10, 2008 at 5:52 PM  

    Electric blossom is so, well, ELECTRIC! I love the color, and the gigantic bloom... I want a comforter like this :)

  13. Leah Yvonne // December 10, 2008 at 5:53 PM  

    Actually, the blue coral one may be my fave... Elijah's favourite past time is riding bikes on the beach and looking for sea treasures....

  14. Krista // December 10, 2008 at 6:18 PM  

    oh goodness! I absolutely love Ivory Chrysanthemum...it's so elegant and beautiful! It's a little more expensive, but it's so pretty it doesn't matter! :)

    Krista Baird
    Kmb7188@Yahoo.com

  15. Krista // December 10, 2008 at 6:21 PM  

    Actually I really like the Cocoa belle silk-lined clutch bag, too. I love the white ones, they will go with almost anything, so I can show it off more!

    -Krista Baird
    Kmb7188@yahoo.com

  16. Krista // December 10, 2008 at 6:28 PM  

    Okay and I also like the Rosa blue silk-lined clutch. It would be the perfect "something blue" for weddings! too cute.

    -Krista Baird
    Kmb7188@yahoo.com

  17. Krista // December 10, 2008 at 6:32 PM  

    ok, and the Blue Chrysanthemum - luxury silk clutch. It would, again, be a perfect "something blue" for a wedding, and yet look so great with lots of outfits!

    -Krista
    Kmb7188@yahoo.com

  18. Diana // December 10, 2008 at 8:11 PM  

    I have been clicking back and forth through the pages, and I can't make up my mind!! They are all gorgeous! I am, however, very partial to peony clutches... My favorite flower, always beautiful! (DMFMartin@gmail.com)

  19. MichBilyeu // December 10, 2008 at 8:57 PM  

    Becka, I'm so excited that your launch week is here! I love reading your blog. I was excited to see today's post and explore Red Ruby Rose's shop! All of her clutches are SO cute, it was hard to pick a favorite! (I probably went through each page about 20 times) But if I had to choose a favorite, it would probably be Peacock Palace. I'm usually not a fan of peacock pattern but this one is pulled off perfectly! Plus, the bright blue lining is an exciting surprise :) I look forward to the rest of the week!

    Good luck :)
    Mich Bilyeu

  20. Jessica Aviles // December 10, 2008 at 9:41 PM  

    Holy cow...how can you choose? I think "Bird on a Branch" caught my eye the most...I wear lots of black.

  21. Krista // December 10, 2008 at 9:53 PM  

    hmmm...so I must have missed the Poppy central silk-lined clutch the first time I was going through. This one has so much color, it's so vibrant. I love it because it has the white on one side and the red on the other. It's a great contrast and really adds to the character. Plus, you can match it with more things, which is definitely a plus!

    -Kmb7188@yahoo.com

  22. Krista // December 10, 2008 at 9:58 PM  

    Okay, and although I was straying away from black in the beginning, the Silk starburst clutch is gorgeous! I didn't realize until I clicked on it, the flowers are individually embroidered on, and it gives it almost a little bit of a sparkle. It's a very pretty design, elegant and unique!

    Kmb7188@Yahoo.com

  23. Alexis M. // December 10, 2008 at 10:13 PM  

    They are all so lovely, how could one choose a favorite?! But I really do like the Red Ruby Rose Original and the Blue Slinky designs the best I think...I think...so...hard...to...pick! ;)

  24. Kat // December 10, 2008 at 10:15 PM  

    aw man, I forgot to add my email...

    katherine.scofield@gmail.com / kateschristina29@yahoo.com

    and I just looked through them again and I LOVE the peacock palace! The picture is great, and I love how vibrant the inside is, to coincide!

  25. Kat // December 10, 2008 at 10:17 PM  

    oh man, I just went back to look some more....and I think I just became obsessed with peacocks.....teal peacock is a fav as well! I just love the colors that those birds have!

    katherine.scofield@gmail.com

  26. Krista // December 10, 2008 at 11:07 PM  

    so I'm on another study break, and I realized I like the Purple peony clutch, as well. I love the charcoal look, it definitely gives it a lot of character and adds to the originality of it. Plus, the purple is really pretty!

    -Kmb7188@yahoo.com

  27. Expensive Mistakes and Cheap Thrills // December 11, 2008 at 3:10 AM  

    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17989515 - the peacock luxury silk-lined extra large clutch bag.

    why?

    because one day, i plan to have a peacock-themed wedding. a pale gold wedding dress. this clutch would go perfectly with that vision.

    sigh, i am totally and absolutely gobsmackinglyheadoverfuckingheelsbeyondwords in love with this clutch.

    ok breathe.

  28. Expensive Mistakes and Cheap Thrills // December 11, 2008 at 3:13 AM  

    oooh, i found another peacock one.!!

    i think i have died and gone to handbag heaven.

    quick, stop me before i start hyper-ventilating.

  29. Expensive Mistakes and Cheap Thrills // December 11, 2008 at 3:15 AM  

    I just found yet another peacock clutch.

    wow - consider me entered yet again, please.

  30. Expensive Mistakes and Cheap Thrills // December 11, 2008 at 3:16 AM  

    by the way - here's another entry from me.

    my email is expensivemistakescheapthrills (at) gmail (d0t) com.

    and my site is www.expensivemistakescheapthrills.co.za

    those handbags are all expensive thrills to me!!

  31. Expensive Mistakes and Cheap Thrills // December 11, 2008 at 3:20 AM  

    The Starburst petals silk. is pretty amazing too. black and white is my favourite combination to dress in - so this would compliment my wardrobe perfectly.

    i absolutely adore clutch purses!

  32. Expensive Mistakes and Cheap Thrills // December 11, 2008 at 3:22 AM  

    Wouldn't you know it, I found ANOTHER peacock clutch.

    sigh. i'd love them all - have a pretty little peacock collection.

    it's like Rowena (the designer) is channelling me when she made these!

  33. Bunny B // December 11, 2008 at 8:23 AM  

    I love Red Ruby Rose!!! I love the silk peacock feathers - luxury clutch bag because it's pattern looks so classy and elegant!! Great clutch!

    bunnybx at gmail . com

  34. Bunny B // December 11, 2008 at 8:24 AM  

    I also love the Ethereal flower - A Red Ruby Rose original silk-lined clutch bag! The color and pattern is just beautiful!

    bunnybx at gmail . com

  35. Bunny B // December 11, 2008 at 8:25 AM  

    I love the Pink Chrysanthemum - luxury silk clutch bag as well! It's so sweet and would look great with all my outfits!

    bunnybx at gmail . com

  36. Bunny B // December 11, 2008 at 8:25 AM  

    The Classic Liberty peacock - luxury silk-lined clutch bag is another elegant piece! Love the rare color of it!

    bunnybx at gmail . com

  37. Bunny B // December 11, 2008 at 8:26 AM  

    The Blue Slinky - A Red Ruby Rose original silk-lined clutch bag is funky and gorgeous! I love the bold color and cool pattern!

    bunnybx at gmail . com

  38. Bunny B // December 11, 2008 at 8:26 AM  

    The Sparkle pod - A Red Ruby Rose original silk-lined clutch bag has a fabulous pattern! Very dazzling! Geat for nights out :)

    bunnybx at gmail . com

  39. Bunny B // December 11, 2008 at 8:27 AM  

    The Breezy tulips silk-lined clutch bag would be perfect for sunny days and picnics! Very nice and warm.

    bunnybx at gmail . com

  40. lillyella, uniquely you // December 11, 2008 at 8:29 AM  

    Oh my goodness - I have always been such a fan and am so honored to now own one Red Ruby Rose clutch and I can't wait for a second!!

    Rowena is such a doll too, it is a pleasure supporting her shop.

    Since I already own my favorite Lily of the Valley/Lotus clutch, my next favorite is a toss up between the purple peony and the silk peacock - but seriously, couldn't you own them all?!

    Thanks so much!
    Nicole

    Lillyella, uniquely you
    nicole@lillyella.com
    http://lillyella.etsy.com
    http://lillyella.blogspot.com

  41. Bunny B // December 11, 2008 at 8:29 AM  

    Loving the Teal peacock - A Red Ruby Rose original silk-lined clutch bag because of it's cool and bold color!

    bunnybx at gmail . com

  42. Bunny B // December 11, 2008 at 8:29 AM  

    I love the Ivory Chrysanthemum - luxury silk clutch bag! Very sophisticated and elegant look!

    bunnybx at gmail . com

  43. Crystal Leigh // December 11, 2008 at 8:51 AM  

    The clutch that grabs my eye the most in Silk Starburst! It would go with many outfits, because it's simple and elegant! love it!
    Crystal
    crystalclear7@gmail.com

  44. Anonymous // December 11, 2008 at 8:54 AM  

    so, I love Ivory bloom. It's so simple and yet it just pops out at me as ultra classy.

    v. marie
    faith4thefuture@bellsouth.net

  45. Anonymous // December 11, 2008 at 8:56 AM  

    aaaaaand, to give myself one more chance to win (crosses fingers) I will enter my second fav clutch - silver silk peacock feathers.
    Absolutely stunning, and I already know what outfit is perfect for this little beaut.

    v. marie
    faith4thefuture@bellsouth.net

  46. Chayil Marie Branda // December 11, 2008 at 10:00 AM  

    I've purchased from her before and LOVE the stuff!!! Starburst is my fav!!

  47. Anonymous // December 11, 2008 at 10:53 AM  

    Oh her clutches are so beautiful! My daughter has one and I'm jealous :)

    I current favorites (though they change daily) are the breezy tulips, fiery poppy and fern and frond.

    thanks!
    Lori

    lori@porathprintsource.com

  48. Andrea // December 11, 2008 at 11:02 AM  

    Wow, so hard to choose one! I love Cocoa belle! Thank you so much for introducing me to such a talented designer!

  49. Anonymous // December 11, 2008 at 11:12 AM  

    Im so sorry - I mistyped my email address in my entry.

    Here is my corrected entry - thank you!

    Oh her clutches are so beautiful! My daughter has one and I'm jealous :)

    I current favorites (though they change daily) are the breezy tulips, fiery poppy and fern and frond.

    thanks!
    Lori

    lorim@porathprintsource.com

  50. Dustin Izatt // December 11, 2008 at 12:36 PM  

    I love the candy buttons one..those are some awesome clutch purses. Very creative

    Tiffany
    dustin at dustinizatt dot com

  51. R. // December 11, 2008 at 1:10 PM  

    Silk starburst... the beautiful black clutch. But all of the peacock feather ones are elegant too.

    Rachel

    burnsrachele@gmail.com

  52. Grant and Leandra // December 11, 2008 at 1:25 PM  

    Love the helsinki blue! There are so many beautiful ones though.

    leandra@grantisaacstudio.com

  53. Grant and Leandra // December 11, 2008 at 1:30 PM  

    New favorite! Blue petals silk! There are so many pretty patterns!

    Leandra
    leandra@grantisaacstudio.com

  54. Anonymous // December 11, 2008 at 3:27 PM  

    Peony silk! I am IN LOVE with the contrast of the black/white with the splash of color! This one is absolutely gorgeous!

    emilyadairjones@comcast.net

  55. Anonymous // December 11, 2008 at 3:29 PM  

    Okay, so after looking at them again I must say that the Poppy-central is equally as stunning:)

    emilyadairjones@comcast.net

  56. Michelle // December 11, 2008 at 3:30 PM  

    I have another new favorite :) I love the Blue Slinky clutch! It's so quirky and cute and I love the soft pink lining..adorable!

    :)
    -Mich
    michellebilyeu@gmail.com

  57. Kristin // December 11, 2008 at 6:17 PM  

    What a great giveaway. I've been eyeing Red Ruby Rose clutches for some time. They are all so beautiful! My favorite is probably the electric blue bloom. I love the blue color and the red flower on the back.

    Thanks!
    sundstromk@saic.com

  58. Ashley McCormick Photography // December 11, 2008 at 8:55 PM  

    These bags are adorable!! Rosa Blue is definitely my favorite. I just love how subtle the pattern is. I might just have to have it!

  59. Ben and Amy // December 11, 2008 at 10:46 PM  

    I still like Poppy central...just trying to double my chances. haha.

  60. Expensive Mistakes and Cheap Thrills // December 12, 2008 at 3:42 AM  

    i still adore the peacock clutch purses.

    and so, i'm entering again.

    my email expensivemistakescheapthrills at gmail dot com

  61. Expensive Mistakes and Cheap Thrills // December 12, 2008 at 3:45 AM  

    can i enter again, please?

    expensivemistakescheapthrills at gmail dot com

  62. Sena // December 12, 2008 at 5:20 AM  

    One of my favorites is the silk peacock feathers cos it just looks rich and divine :)

    sena.sagani[at]gmail[dot]com

  63. Sena // December 12, 2008 at 5:31 AM  

    Peacock patterns are just very classy!!! Another favorite is The Classic Liberty peacock clutch. Stunning!!!!
    sena.sagani[at]gmail[dot]com

  64. Sena // December 12, 2008 at 5:37 AM  

    Loving the Teal peacock is yet another lovely clutch. Gorgeous peacock pattern with vibrant color!
    sena.sagani[a]gmail[dot]com

  65. Sena // December 12, 2008 at 5:39 AM  

    Besides peacock patterns, I love the Blue Slinky. Just gotta love the color, man! Lovely! A definite head-turner!
    sena.sagani[at]gmail[dot]com

  66. ohana photographers-david and kimi // December 12, 2008 at 3:42 PM  

    blue petals silk!!!!! they look like a plumeria lei from hawaii. our favorite, plus the bag is the color of what will soon be our new branding color!! so exciting!

    oh schnap!! my word verification is winner. yes!!

    ok adding my email my verification is toadex. now that's just funny.

    david@sdohana.com

  67. i'm Carrie, lovely to meet you… // December 12, 2008 at 10:46 PM  

    I love her shop, have had her in my faves for some time now, i can't remember either how i came across it but Lo-ving-it!

    I've looked through them all so many times but I keep coming back to the Blue Chrysanthemum one that you featured in the center. It's AMAZING!!!

    hugs to you, i'm excited for the new site to launch!!

    carrief(at)me(dot)com

  68. i'm Carrie, lovely to meet you… // December 12, 2008 at 10:48 PM  

    oh one more, couldn't resist... Coral Poppy... i'm in awe. I wish I could buy one for each of my favorite friends, they would adore!!

  69. Yvonne // December 13, 2008 at 3:17 PM  

    There are so many too choose from, but for my now Italian poppy star catches my eye. The yellow and black make a classic and striking combination.

    ymm267@yahoo.com :)

  70. Ben and Amy // December 14, 2008 at 4:43 PM  

    I seriously want this clutch. :)

  71. Rachael Earl // December 14, 2008 at 5:25 PM  

    Wow! That Liberty Peacock bag is amazing! So unique and stylish!!!
    rachael@earlphotography.info

  72. Expensive Mistakes and Cheap Thrills // December 15, 2008 at 1:49 AM  

    the peacock clutches. any of them. they're gorgeously divine.

    expensivemistakescheapthrills (at) gmail (d0t) com

  73. Expensive Mistakes and Cheap Thrills // December 15, 2008 at 1:50 AM  

    i'm not fussy, i'll take any of them. i actually collect clutch purses. i haven't bought myself one in about 2 years - not since I had The Kid!!

    expensivemistakescheapthrills (at) gmail (dot) com

  74. Expensive Mistakes and Cheap Thrills // December 15, 2008 at 1:51 AM  

    can i say another squillion times how much i love the peacock clutches??

    expensivemistakescheapthrills (at) gmail (d0t) com

  75. Expensive Mistakes and Cheap Thrills // December 15, 2008 at 1:54 AM  

    i just went back to the shop page, to see if i could pick out anything else - and i seriously want it all

    all of it.

    please?

    expensivemistakescheapthrills (at) gmail.com