Twipper of the Week: Ruby from Almanac of Style.

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Current city: Los Angeles, CA

Age: 33

What makes you interesting: I’d like to think this isn’t the ONLY thing that makes me interesting, but one interesting fact is that I won a pageant and was crowned Miss Chinatown Houston when I was 18 years old. If you met me, you’d never guess I would even consider entering a pageant!

Total countries visited: Never actually counted, but my guess is somewhere around 20?

Most magical place on Earth: Hands-down Naoshima in Japan. It’s an island dedicated to contemporary art and architecture. You can bike around and visit some of the most incredible museums in the world, including Benesse House, which doubles as a hotel, meaning you can essentially stay overnight in a museum and enjoy all the artwork after hours. The island also houses the Art House Project, which transforms abandoned houses into art installations.

Best travel advice: Talk to people. I mean really talk to people, even if there’s a language barrier. The one question I’m always asked is how I find the amazing shops and designers that I do, and I always tell them I just talk to people. One person’s story always leads me to another and another. I’m always amazed at the sense of community that exists, and it’s how I get connected to interesting people and places no matter where I am.

What people say when they travel with you: “Do you really need another pair of vintage shoes?” Why, yes. Yes, I do.

#1 thing you must do when traveling: Of course, dig up the best boutiques and vintage shops, duh. Oh, and hunt down the best gin cocktail! So many treasures to discover… even better if it’s on the other side of the world.

Next travel destination: Tough one. Either Marfa, TX or a second trip to Taiwan. Or maybe Greece… I know, I’m all over the map. But I wouldn’t have it any other way!