A RUBI GIRL THANKSGIVING!

Thanksgiving is the only time of the year I can eat like a beast and not feel any ounce of guilt!

Turkey

My Mother's homemade Turkey 😀

I gorge and gobble, but I must look good in the process! Therefore, Thanksgiving was an excellent opportunity to introduce the first skirt from “House of Rubi”

Ribbon Lace Skirt & Rubi Girl

Ribbon Lace Skirt & Rubi Girl Tenneh

Ribbon Lace Skirt from House of Rubi

Ribbon Lace Skirt from House of Rubi

The skirt features a solid cream base with a black scallop lace overlay. Black ribbons and sequence are hand stitched horizontally on top of the lace to give it a sophisticated feel.

Dressed and feeling good in the ribbon lace skirt, I head to the dinning room to get MY GRUB ON!

Every Thanksgiving dinner must have these two crucial components

1.  The Turkey Slicer

2. The Alcohol Advocators

Mrs. Wilkins Guide to Serving Turkey

My lovely mother Mrs. Wilkins, was the Turkey Slicer for this year. Notice how she expertly slices and smiles. Now that is the mark of a veteran Turkey Slicer!

 Serving Turkey
1.  Position Knife                               2. Slice                           3. Serve    

Mrs. Wilkins Models

Mrs. Wilkins Models

After slicing the turkey, she models her outfit.

Rubi Girl: Mommie what kind of gown are you wearing?

Mrs. Wilkins: I’m wearing a tie-dye print gown from Liberia

The Alcohol Advocators

Thanksgiving Rubi Girl

The Alcohol Advocators demonstrate how to get Da Party Started!

1. Take the bottle and pose                         2. Pop Da Bottle

The Meal

These are some of my favorite meals that were served

Potato Greens, Lasagna, Sweet Fried Plantain ( The Latinos call it platanos), Sweet Potato, and Meat Pies. Potato Greens is a popular Liberian dish served with rice. The greens come from the sweet potato plant.

Now It’s time to Eat!

Scarf

Soiyea is gorgeous in her scarf she purchased in Philadelphia

Mr Wilkins

Mr Wilkins handles his plate. This is his first round 😀

Mr. Knight

The suave Mr. Knight poses before he gets a plate. Mr. Knight is dressed to impress!

Creative Recreations-Styling Couple

Yvonne and Jerry show of their style

Jerry is sporting a Ralph Lauren sweater with jeans and showing of his fresh Creative Recreation Shoes. Yvonne is cute in a sheer ruffled neck blouse and fitted stretch denim.

Stomach  Full Heart Happy

Now that everybody has eaten, smiles are stretched from ear to ear!

Anna and Jasper

Anna and Jasper

Friends

Everyone is content now that dinner has been served 😀

Thanks for coming to a Rubi Girl’s Thanksgiving!  If you would like to see more House of Rubi Fashion, check out my facebook website at http://www.facebook.com/HouseofRubi

House of Rubi

House of Rubi

“RUBI GIRL LOVES KENTE”

“RUBI GIRL LOVES KENTE”

I love Kente patterns. The Kente concept is so popular that you can find Kente inspired print in almost any fabric store. I say print because now and days Kente patterns printed onto a basic fabric is cheaper than an actual woven Kente cloth.

KENTE

I Love wearing the Kente Print––

The Kente Cloth is an iconic symbol of African Heritage. For years, I knew Kente cloth was from Ghana. However, I did not know what tribe it was associated with and the meaning behind it. All I knew was it looked good!

Kente Cloth is a woven fabric from the Akan people of Ghana and is known as the “cloth of kings”. Men usually weave it. Its multicolored patterns are arranged in a dazzling basket weave format. In fact, the word “Kent” according to (Professor Wikipedia ☺) comes from the word kenten, which means “basket.” Also, each color has a symbolic meaning.

I have designed several outfits for House of Rubi with the Kente Print.

Kente Corset

Kente Corset - House of Rubi

Here I am, Miss Rubi Girl Tenneh modeling my favorite item from House of Rubi the Kente Corset!  It’s so easy to style. I can wear it with a high waisted skirt, wear with a blazer and denim pants, or shorts.

Kente Corset-House of Rubi

Kente Corset-House of Rubi

Kente Make up and Accessories- House of Rubi

Kente Make up and Accessories- House of Rubi

Kente inspires me to wear bold makeup and funky accessories.  I’m wearing a long beaded necklace and a mixed selection of bangles on my wrists.

Kente Top with High Waisted Skirt-House of Rubi

House of Rubi-Kente corset and skirt sketch

House of Rubi-Kente corset and skirt sketch

Kente Corset with High Waisted Skirt
High Waisted Skirt with Kente Top-House of Rubi

High Waisted Skirt with Kente Top

The skirt features a large belt at the sides which ties into a full bow at back

Here is the House of Rubi Kente top paired with its matching high waisted skirt

Kente High Waisted Skirt With Corset

Rubi Girl Tenneh in Kente High Waisted Skirt With Corset

I really love this outfit! The high waisted skirt can be paired with many items in my wardrobe!

Accessories

Accessories With High Waisted Skirt

I paired the corset and high waisted skirt with a simple black clutch and leopard print pumps for an extra edge

Rubi Girl Francilia in Kente Dress

Rubi Girl Francilia in Kente Dress

Here is super the gorgeous Rubi Girl, Francilia wearing the Kente Dress!

Kente Dress - House of Rubi

Kente Dress - House of Rubi

The Kente Dress features a black bodice and a pleated Kente print bottom. There is a belt attached at the sides which ties into a lovely bow at the back.

Kente Dress Back Detail- House of Rubi

Kente Dress Back Detail- House of Rubi

Kente Dress-House of Rubi

Kente Dress-House of Rubi

Francilia adds her own style by pairing the Kente dress with bold earrings and assorted bracelets complemented with a strand of pearls on her wrists.

Kente Dress-House of Rubi

Francila Style-House of Rubi

She later pairs the dress with her favorite denim jacket.

Kente Dress With Accessories

Kente Dress With Accessories

The bold accessories highlighted with pearls give her an overall edgy and funky look!

Here is a great video that introduces Kente weaving

KENTE COLORS MEANING

BLACK-Maturity
WHITE-Purity
RED-Blood
GREEN-Harvest & Vegetation
BLUE- Love & Peace
PURPLE-Feminine & Healing
MAROON- Earthy & Healing
PINK- Femininity
GOLD- Royal
YELLOW-Fertility, Royal, Wealth
SILVER- Serenity, Femininity
GREY- Cleansing & Healing
Check out this website for more info on Kente colors http://kente.midwesttradegroup.com/history.html#anchor983860

Alrightie guys gotta go for now. But you can check out the House of Rubi Facebook Page for more info on House of Rubi! 😀

http://www.facebook.com/HouseofRubi

House of Rubi

A RUBI GIRL ENCHANTED WEDDING!

House of Rubi-Invite to an autumn wedding

House of Rubi-Devi Dress with Sketch

House of Rubi-Devi Dress With Sketch

House of Rubi is proud to introduce the “Devi Dress.” This dress is aptly named after the stunning Indonesian beauty and fellow Rubi Girl, Devi. She wanted a simple, yet special dress for her wedding, hence the “Devi Dress” was born. The dress features an intricate guipure lace (designed at the famous Sposabella Lace in NYC) with a silk satin base underneath. Hand applique lace flowers create a fuller effect on the shoulders. The dress hem is the scallop edge of the lace. The back has a hidden zipper and pearl buttons.

House of Rubi -The Devi Dress

House of Rubi -The "Devi Dress"

House of Rubi -Devi Dress Front & Back

House of Rubi - The "Devi Dress" Front & Back

House of Rubi- The Devi Dress Sleeve Detail

House of Rubi- The "Devi Dress" Sleeve Detail

Scallop Hem And Hidden Button At Back

House of Rubi-Devi Dress Details

Sposabella-The lace

Sposabella Guipure Lace

When Devi saw this lace elegantly draped in the store window at Sposabella Lace located on 252 West 40th Street, she gasped and said “This is it!”  http://www.sposabellalace.com/

The Final Look

Devi in Devi Dress

Devi Da Diva!!

Larry and Devi

Larry and Devi

Love blossoms in any season. Larry and Devi celebrated their endless love with an enchantingly intimate autumn themed wedding. Larry was debonair in a blue two-piece, single-breasted suit with a soft yellow collared shirt, a pumpkin orange suit pocket-handkerchief and complementary necktie. Devi stunned her guest in the satin and guipure lace” Devi Dress” created by House of Rubi designer Tenneh Wilkins.

Devi's Bouquet

Devi's Bouquet and Close Up of The "Devi Dress" Lace

Her bouquet featured warm autumn hued variety of cockscombs

The Shoes

The Shoes

Being that she is a Rubi Girl with a creative flair, Devi created herself a sophisticated veil and embellished her red pumps with jeweled clips to create a look channeling vintage Hollywood glamour.

The Veil

Devi and the Pumpkins

Devi and the Pumpkins

The couple collaborated with each other to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for their guests. There were pumpkins glowing in the fireplace and Thanksgiving cuisine complete with turkey, stuffing and candied pecans!

The Decor

The Decor

Autumn Wedding Food

Devi And The Girls

Devi And The Girls!

There I am sitting right next to the bride with a big kool-aid smile. I was happy cause the dessert table was right behind us! 😀

Larry and Devi Dance

Enchanting!

Surrounded by family and friends the couple glowed with joy and genuine love                          

   May their love and the dress live happily ever after! 

House of  Rubi-The Devi Dress

House of Rubi-The "Devi Dress"

RUBI GIRL INTRODUCES “TULLE ROMANCE”!

ROMANCE IS BLOSSOMING, LOVE IS FASHIONABLE and Valentine’s day isn’t even here yet!! House of Rubi is proud to introduce “Tulle Romance” a modern day wedding dress and second place winner of the Sewing and Craft Alliance, National Sewing Month’s Sew For The Love of It Contest!

http://www.nationalsewingmonth.org

HOUSE OF RUBI by Tenneh Wilkins "Tulle Romance"

HOUSE OF RUBI by Tenneh Wilkins "Tulle Romance"

STORY OF THE ROMANCE

“I was born to design and sew! This dress is called “Tulle Romance” and is dedicated to my mother and grandmother. The whole dress is made out of regular 88 cents per yard tulle, stitched onto a cotton fabric base. Creating different textures with fabric is fun and innovative. So, to create the top, I braided strips of tulle and hand stitched them in rows onto the bodice. As a child in Monrovia Liberia, my mother would always braid my hair for school. I love the feeling and texture of braids and many times apply them to various fabrics. Usually I use organza, but this was my first time using tulle! Also as a child I my grandmother and I would pleat and spread open2-ply tissue paper to create decorative flowers. Therefore, for the dress bottom, I folded and pleated rows of tulle to create a ruffled fluffed flower effect. The whole project took about 30 yards of 45″ wide tulle. I used white tulle because I wanted the dress to have a modern wedding dress appeal. Also, I used white to show my grandmother “who is pestering me to get married” that even though I’m not making an effort to find a husband, at least I’ve made an effort to create ideas for a wedding dress! I cut a heart on the dress back bodice to symbolize abundant love for my family and for SEWING! ”  (Tenneh Wilkins)

House of Rubi "Tulle Romance"  by Tenneh Wilkins  (Top)

House of Rubi "Tulle Romance" by Tenneh Wilkins (Top)

House of Rubi "Tulle Romance"  by Tenneh Wilkins  (Bottom)

House of Rubi "Tulle Romance" by Tenneh Wilkins (Bottom)

Keep posted for more updates on Tulle Romance!

Also check out the House of Rubi website and the latest cultural blog “Rubi Girl Goes to Puerto Rico!”

http://www.facebook.com/HouseofRubi

“RUBI GIRL GOES TO PUERTO RICO”

QUE BONITA BANDERA!  QUE BONITA BANDERA!  Everyone proudly chanted during the NYC Puerto Rican Parade. It means “what a beautiful flag!” Puerto Rico’s flag is as beautiful and vibrant as its people. The flag’s single white star represents commonwealth. Its blue triangle signifies Puerto Rico’s government branches. The red stripes represents the people’s blood. The white stripes symbolize human rights and freedom!

Puerto Ricans are so proud and patriotic that many times you’ll see them wearing garments, jewelry, and body art displaying their flag or its colors.

They naturally ooze vibrancy that resonates in their self-expression, food, music and overall culture. Honestly, where will the world be without Salsa, Reggaeton, and J-LO?!!  😀

Puerto Rican Flag

J LO  Puerto Rican Pride

J LO Puerto Rican Pride

QUE BONITA BANDERA

As a Liberian Girl, I couldn’t help but notice many similarities between the Puerto Rican and Liberian Flag

Puerto Rico and Liberia Flag

Puerto Rico and Liberia Flag

Country pride blazed in all its glory at the NYC Puerto Rican Parade 2011

Puerto Rican Pride Fashion 2011 Puerto Rican Parade

Puerto Rican Pride Parade 2011

Puerto Rican Pride Parade 2011

Puerto Rican Pride Accessories

Puerto Rican Pride Accessories

 Puerto Rican Pride Fashion  DA MEN!  Parade 2011

Puerto Rican Pride Fashion DA MEN! Parade 2011

Of course at such an event there were and lots of celebrities!  I must say Elmo and Mickey were looking sharp 😀

The Celebs at  Puerto Rican Parade 2011

The Celebs at Puerto Rican Parade 2011

The art work and cars were OFF DA HOOK!

Puerto Rican Parade 2011 The Cars

Puerto Rican Parade 2011 The Cars

Puerto Rican Parade 2011 The Cars

Puerto Rican Parade 2011 The Cars

Craving to learn more about the Puerto Rican culture, I visited Little Puerto Rico in the Bronx and Spanish Harlem in Manhattan.

Street Signs in Little Puerto Rico The Bronx

Street Signs in Little Puerto Rico The Bronx

Spanish Harlem Street Signs

Spanish Harlem Street Signs

In Little Puerto Rico, I meet the lovely ladies of Alter Ego Hair Studio.

 Alter Ego Hair Studio Ladies

Alter Ego Hair Studio Ladies

They told me that Puerto Rican ladies love to wear sexy clothing and show off their assets.  It’s all about being sensual but classy at the same time.  Also, Puerto Ricans usually wear American styles, but they style it to make it their own.   Their vote for best dressed females are Maria Celeste (Puerto Rican actress and journalist), and of course J-LO

MARIA CELESTE

MARIA CELESTE

Jennifer Lopez

JENNIFER LOPEZ

LITTLE PUERTO RICO STREET STYLE

BUBBLES

BUBBLES

I love the image on her shirt.

Bubbles is a supper cool Puerto Rican Lady I meet in the Bronx. She said online dating is her forte. So instead of fashion information she gave me excellent online dating advice!  Major advice: Date Cuties, Have Fun!  I AGREE!!

The people in Spanish Harlem were just as amazing! Here is Teresa and Carmen selling Puerto Rican memorabilia in front of El Barrio Museum on 1230 5th Avenue New York, NY.  They give me a FREE KEYCHAIN!  😀 😀  As Yall know ” If It’s fantastic and free IT’S JUST RIGHT FOR ME!”

Free Key Chain

Free Key Chain

Carmen and Teresa

Carmen and Teresa

Rubi Girl: What is a fashion trend or traditional style typically worn by Puerto Ricans

Carmen:  The Guayabera is very common.  The governor Luis Fortuño wears it on special occasions.  It is made of cotton, but some are very expensive because of the handwork done in the front.

Guayabera

Guayabera

Jorge Vargas, The wonderful owner of the eclectic Justo Bontanica on 134 East 104th Street in Spanish Harlem states,

“ Today many Puerto Ricans dress wild and free.  It sexy, its vibrant, its colorful like our flag, its us.”

Vargas

Vargas

Justo Botanica

Justo Botanica and items in the store

Rubi Girl:  You have a lot of beaded bracelets on display. Are they only for fashion or do they represent something?

 The Orishas Bracelets at Justo Botanica NYC

The Orishas Bracelets at Justo Botanica NYC

Vargas:  They each represent the seven “Orishas” the saints.  Orisha is the African name for saints.  There is a Catholic saint associated with each African orisha.  The Orishas are Chango (Saint Barbara), Ochun (Lady of Charity), Yemaya (Lady of Regla), Ogun (Saint George), Orula (Saint George the Evangelist), Elegua (Saint Benedict) and Obatala (Lady of Mercy)

Chango and Saint Barbara

Chango-Orisha of Thunder and Saint Barbara

Ochun-Orisha of love and Lady of Charity

Ochun-Orisha of love and Lady of Charity

Yemaya Orisha of the ocean (Ocean Goddess) and Lady of Regla

Yemaya Orisha of the ocean (Ocean Goddess) and Lady of Regla

Yemaya is called Mamie Wata in some Caribbean and African cultures.

Ogun Orisha of Iron War & Hunt and Saint George

Ogun Orisha of Iron War & Hunt and Saint George

Orula Orisha of great divination and Saint George the Evangelist

Orula Orisha of great divination and Saint George the Evangelist

Elegua Orisha of the crossroads and Saint Benedict

Elegua Orisha of the crossroads and Saint Benedict

Obatala Orisha of all souls and Lady of Mercy

Obatala Orisha of all souls and Lady of Mercy

Obatala Orisha of all souls and Lady of Mercy

Justo Bontanica has an intriguing array of items. For example, they sell bottles of “ Go Away Evil!” Vargas states, “ Go Away Evil is used to wash away negative energy; you can bathe with it, or use it to clean negative energy from your house.”

Go Away Evil

Go Away Evil

Hmmmmm I need to sprinkle some of this on my wallet, it definitely could use some positivity. Better yet, I should sprinkle some of this on the economy!

Walking throughout Spanish Harlem and Little Puerto Rico, I couldn’t help but notice the amazing graffiti and wall arts.

Wall Art

Wall Art in Spanish Harlem

Wall Art in Spanish Harlem

Wall Art in Spanish Harlem

Wall Art in Little Puerto Rico

Wall Art in Little Puerto Rico

I also interviewed the lovely Kelly Martinez who currently lives in Puerto Rico

Martinez

Martinez

Rubi Girl: What would you say is the current style today in Puerto Rico

Martinez:  Very modern, some are conservative, but many wear revealing clothing to accommodate the hot weather.  Also people are very religious, therefore many would wear the rosary as a fashion statement.

Rubi Girl:  What is traditional clothing?

Mrs. Martinez: Traditional clothing is usually worn by the Jibaro Puertorriqueños & Puertoririqueñas (Native Puerto Ricans).  Jibaro is used to describe the mountain people who are the backbone of Puerto Rican Culture. Traditional clothing are usually worn during performances featuring music such as percussion based Bomba y Plena.

BOMBA Y PLENA

BOMBA Y PLENA

Tops are sometimes worn of the shoulder and women adorn their heads with flower bouquets.  Women wear long and full plantation skirts. Men don a white outfit and Panama hat.

Some say the Guayabera comes from Cuba, but it is popular in Puerto Rico. People love to party and dance. Their style is very colorful with lots of hot pinks, yellows, reds and bisuteria. “Bisuteria” (custom jewelry) are very popular.  We love color! Even our Christmas is vibrant with tropical colors.

Rubi Girl:  Who does the youth like to follow and would you vote as most fashionable?

Mrs. Martinez: J-LO, Chayanne (Puerto Rican pop singer) and Ricky Martin.

Chayanne and Ricky Martin

Chayanne and Ricky Martin

Rubi Girl:  Who are the top Puerto Rican fashion designers or designers that are popular in Puerto Rico.

Mrs. Martinez: Carlos Alberto designs dresses for Miss Universe, He’s dubbed  “El diseñador de las Reinas” translation, “designer for the queens”.

Carlos Alberto

Carlos Alberto and His Designs

Other popular designers are Agatha Ruiz de la Prada from Spain, Carlota Alfaro,  (her designs are a staple in Puerto Rico), Lisa Thon (she established a prominent school of design) and Luis Antonio

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada and Her Designs

http://www.agatharuizdelaprada.com/

Lisa Thon

Lisa Thon

http://www.lisathon.com/

Luis Antonio- Items From His Boutique

Luis Antonio- Items From His Boutique

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Luis-Antonio/112762772079835?sk=photos

Remember Casanova, the Puerto Rican fashion designer from Season 8 Project Runway?  He studied at Carlota Alfaro institute and Lisa Thon School of Design.

Casanova Puerto Rican Designer

Casanova Puerto Rican Designer

Rubi Girl:  What it the future of Puerto Rican Fashion?

Martinez: US fashion highly influences our style, so we will basically continue to refer to US Fashion and make it our own by adding elements of our culture.

Check out this video to see Destellos de la Moda 2011, a fashion show featuring many of Puerto Rico’s top fashion designers.

For a close up view of all the designs from Destellos de la Mado show check this link

http://uniad.com/destellos/images/stories/ddlm2011/mf/

Based on all that great inspiration and culture, I came up with three simple dresses for House of Rubi and my wardrobe!

I will create one of these dresses and feature it in an upcoming blog so stay tune!

Introducing DA GURLS

House of Rubi by Tenneh Puerto Rico Inspiration

House of Rubi by Tenneh Puerto Rico Inspiration

Celestina in the white layered bottom dress inspired by the skirts worn for traditional Puerto Rican Dance

Kelly in the red and white striped dress inspired by the Puerto Rican Flag. Thank you  Kelly Martinez for for helping me with this blog.

Yara in the blue and white shirt dress inspired by the Guayabera.

For more info on my company House of Rubi, Check out my facebook website

http://www.facebook.com/HouseofRubi

Future Rubi Girl Style postings will feature mostly House of Rubi designs, concepts and clients.  However I will still feature the cultural inspiration behind every concept. Thank you all for your support and kind words.   Goodbye for now, or like the Puerto Ricans say “Vaya Con Dios!!”