Five Questions with Avra Myers of A Ruby & Michelle Willey Pop Up



Welcome A Ruby, a line of French inspired basics from Avra Myers, one of the many inspiring founders of Club Monaco (a name you may be familiar with.....). Think sleek essentials, your wardrobe building blocks, all at one site that makes it easy to shop and coordinate- perfect for us new mom-types.

You can see the line in person this week at Michelle Willey, where they host Avra herself, as well as the line, in a special Pop Up shop Wednesday April 15th, from 6-8.  You'll also be able to shop the collection in store all weekend long if you can't make the festivities.

I got a sneak peek at the look book, which is killer, and nabbed a quick five questions with Avra herself, lover of white denim, reformed stylish hippie, descended from a long line of creative types......knitters! All the goods below:


What did you want to be when you were 15? 

I wanted to be the most stylish hippie, so I took my favorite pair of ripped Levi's and embroidered them in my spare time. Joni Mitchell and Janice Joplin were my idols.  I always thought I’d be a creator of something when I grew up.

Did you always want to design?

I came from a long line of knitters, including my mother, so I started designing and knitting outfits for my Barbie dolls at 8 years old. My favorite look was a pale pink sweater and skirt set - with a matching scarf of course!

What fashion rule do you shamelessly break?

I love wearing white jeans in the winter. 

Your ultimate guilty pleasure? 

Chocolate, White Russians and home shucked oysters from J Hook.

Your three best purchases: 

My vintage Balenciaga bag, my A Ruby Denim Knit Jean and a 1940’s Argentinean pony skin desk chair.

The last book you read:

I just finished reading The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. Right now I’m reading Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano. It is one of the most inspiring fashion books I have ever read.




Evening Maxi & Superhero + Boston Weekly

Images: The Boston Herald/Christopher Evans

Above: Cynthia Vincent maxi skirt (similar here from Neiman's- on sale!), Sisco + Berluti stack of bracelets (checkout Covet + Lou for great picks!), Equipment top, Stella McCartney superhero clutch



Who: As in, who am I listening to.

Natalie Prass, Bird of Prey.  Part of the Jenny Lewis troupe of super musicians, so no wonder I had an instant liking to this track. Definitely purchasing the entire album for further recon.


What: As in, what went down this week/end. 

I felt like a superhero for getting out of the house this week, FINALLY on the mend from a series of killer colds. 

Trekked out to Saks for the BCRF/Dee Ocleppo event and managed to slightly dress up the bump. I'm amazed that I don't even look that pregnant in the pictures because knotting that shirt and squeezing into that maxi barely happened. 

Also had a chance to hit the MassArt annual auction- always so, so fun to check out the amazing art they have for sale. The auction and the upcoming MassArt annual student fashion show are two events not to be missed there. Tickets for the student fashion show just went on sale (information and tickets here: massartfashion2015.eventbrite.com )

And how could I forget Greek Easter! We're a week later this year, which suited me just fine since we had glorious weather all weekend. The Globe ran a great peice on all the recipes that get rolled out for the big day- peep the article here. I contributed the ricotta with red berries cake posted last week- changing it up and using Amaretto in place of Grand Marnier. Delish.


Where: As in, where it's at. Launches, events, general goings on you need to know about. 

Skinner Auctioneers hosts a meet the appraisers day, Saturday April 11, 11-3:30. Guests may bring up to three items and enjoy their own personal Antique's Roadshow. 

Mark you calendars for Stella McCartney at Saks Boston. Yup, big time. Saks Fifth Avenue has partnered with the designer to benefit MSPCA-Angell, with a private cocktail party May 5, with the designer, to showcase her latest collection. Tickets are $100 and 100% of proceeds go to the very worthy MSPCA. Excellent fashion X excellent cause, need I say more?

FGI Boston presents their latest Breakfast Series panel at Copley, Thursday April 16th, on Successful Business Models. I am super excited to hear whatever words of wisdom the amazing panel wants to impart- think Sophie Hughes, jewelry designer, Jean Wang of Extra Petite Blog, and Cheryl Richards, photographer extroadinare to name a few. Tickets should be purchased in advance here: http://fgisuccessfulbusinessmodels.eventbrite.com




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Ricotta Cake with Grand Marnier, Honey & Red Berries Recipe


My love of ricotta is well documented. There is seemingly no end of use for this magical cheese. 

I have been experimenting with the sweeter side of things (my morning ricotta with honey and fruit aside) here, testing out a few different cake recipes to come out with the perfect version. And yes, my taste testing is done.

This version takes a little more effort- separating eggs and whipping whites to achieve a fluffy dough, but it is worth it. While the alternative is easier, and still quite tasty, this version won out again and again.

Simply top with some red berries soaked in honey, a splash of Grand Marnier, and orange zest before serving, et voila. Likely what I will be making for Greek Easter festivities this weekend. Opa!


Ricotta Cake with Grand Marnier, Honey and Red Berries

Makes one 9" round cake





2 cups raspberries

2 cups sliced strawberries

1/4 cup honey

orange zest

splash Grand Marnier



2/3 cup sugar

5 large egg yolks, beaten slightly

1 lb fresh whole milk ricotta (about 2 cups in my guesstimation)

1/4 cup marscarpone

2 tablespoons flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp orange zest

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp Grand Marnier

1/4 tsp salt

5 large egg whites



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a spring form pan with butter. Prepare berries by mixing honey, Grand Marnier to taste, and zest. Set aside and let sit and soak up all that goodness.

Add ingredients to food processor, briefly pulsing after each addition- sugar, yolks, ricotta, flour, baking powder, vanilla, orange zest, Grand Marnier, and salt. Blend until smooth and set aside.

Using a mixer, beat egg whites until fluffy and slightly glossy, not stiff. Gently fold egg whites into ricotta mixture.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until center springs back, about 45 minutes. Allow to cool 20 minutes or so before releasing the sides of the pan. Serve at room temperature with fruit and maybe a dollop of marscarpone whipped cream!


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