RUBI GIRL’S FAVORITE PRINTS

House of Rubi- Keri Dress

Bold Circular Print On House of Rubi "Keri Dress"

House of Rubi "Keri Dress" Color Variations

House of Rubi "Keri Dress" Color Variations

A beautiful print can make a simple garment look great!  Prints are excellent for spicing up your wardrobe.  Holiday dresses are usually sparkly, printed or both. No matter what print you choose, don’t be afraid to experiment.  However, finding the right print to complement your silhouette can sometimes be difficult.

Guideline For Wearing Prints

-Pair a printed separate with neutrals.  Example, If you are wearing a top with a busy print, pair it with a neutral colored skirt or pant. Also, it’s usually best to keep your accessories and makeup simple when wearing bold prints.

-Wearing a printed top and neutral bottom usually makes a pear (bottom heavy) silhouette look slimmer.

-An ethnic print can add a unique and stylish flair to your assemble

-Usually, large prints make the body look fuller.  Therefore, full-figured women are advised to opt for smaller prints.  However, that rule is not set in stone.  I think no matter what size you are, always make sure the print proportionally complements your silhouette.

Contradicting to the common rule, here is Jill Scott (a stunning full-figured woman) looking fabulous in a large print motif.

House of Rubi Pillow Prints

House of Rubi Pillow Prints

Prints are also great for interiors. I love polka dots and bold ethnic prints. Therefore, I made simple square pillows using bold prints.  I balanced the prints with solid colored pillows.

House of Rubi "Renee Dress"

House of Rubi “Renee Dress”

The “Renee Dress” features a stunning geometric print complimented with creme and gold flowers.  This fabric is from Liberia.  Its beautiful colors and background inspired me to design more prints and create a mood board.

"Renee Dress" Inspiration Prints House of Rubi

"Renee Dress" Mood Board and Prints-House of Rubi

"Tasha Dress" House of Rubi

"Tasha Dress" House of Rubi

The “Tasha Dress” is most definitely one of my favorite dresses.  It is sassy, sexy and bold.  A woman who wears leopard print is usually perceived to be a confident diva and sexy beast!  The “Tasha Dress” is not meant for wall flowers!

I used the image of a plastic bottle with water precipitation on the inside, to design a leopard print for House of Rubi.

This print is called “Water Leopard”

Water Leopard Print-House of Rubi

Water Leopard Print-House of Rubi

Happy Holidays Everyone!  Make sure to spice up your wardrobe with complimentary prints for your silhouette!

Check out the House of Rubi website http://www.houseofrubi.com .  You can can also contact Rubi Girl Tenneh at houseofrubi@gmail.com  with your questions and comments.

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RUBI GIRL LOVES HER BIRTHDAY DRESS!

Kayla

Kayla wanted a special dress for her birthday. So, she went to House of Rubi and consulted with Rubi Girl Tenneh Wilkins.

Kayla: “I want a purple dress that has a bubble skirt and sparkling corset.”

Rubi Girl: “Oooooh that sounds fun and flirty!” I’ll also make you a simple black bolero jacket to wear with the dress.”

Kayla: “Great”

Hence, the “Kayla Dress” was born.

Kayla Dress and Sketch-House of Rubi

Now Kayla is officially a fabulous RUBI GIRL!

     Check out the House of Rubi website.  http://www.houseofrubi.com

Contact Tenneh at houseofrubi@gmail.com

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RUBI GIRL SHARES HER INSPIRATIONS!

During my childhood and teenage years, I used to draw a lot.  Yet, as I grew older I became disenchanted with everything (aka depression) and stopped drawing!  About 3 years ago I pulled out my old sketchbooks and my palm began to itch.  I picked up a pencil, began to sketch, and it felt like coming home.

Images from my Sketchbook

IKA IN PROGRESS

This is an Illustration of Ika. She is one of my greatest friends and soul sister.

IMAGES FROM RUBI GIRL - TENNEH SKETCH BOOK

The first pic is Ika, middle pic is a random dude I saw in Borders book store, and the third is Meagan, a previous roommate

I’ve always been fascinated with roses.  One day, as a child sitting on my grandmother’s front porch, Auntie Rubitha pulled out her notebook and sketched a lovely rose in full blossom.  It was so amazing to me because I had been trying to draw a rose all day and it looked like a scribbled HOT MESS!  Of course I added that to my mental list of “Reasons Why Auntie Rubitha Is So Cool.” 😀 Since then I’ve been a doodling rose on any piece of paper I get my hands on!

Rose From My Sketchbook

RUBI GIRL-ROSE ILLUSTRATED BY TENNEH

A favorite childhood song of mine is “Sweet Red Rose” by the Liberian Singer Harry E. I loved that song so much that my mother began calling me her Red Rose.

Some have asked, “Why did you name your brand House of Rubi?”  Today I shall spill da beans!

My mother Rudene and aunt Rubitha inspired the name House of Rubi.  Also, my mother’s birthstone is a ruby.  Therefore, the House of Rubi brand color is deep red almost burgundy.  Burgundy is also my favorite color.  I’ve chosen to begin the brand with cocktail dresses because; Auntie Rubitha is what I like to call “Da Liberian Socialite!”  She styles herself in stunning African prints and steps on the scene looking fresh!  So I wanted to introduce House of Rubi with unique dresses designed for women who love to go out looking good.  I focus a lot on world culture and style due to my mother’s influence.  She used to travel to various countries on business trips (or so she claims), and return home with fabulous shoes from Europe and gorgeous outfits from Morocco!  As a child, I always begged to travel with her.  She would reply “No TJ I’m traveling for work.”  Well I’m just saying,” Her trips couldn’t have been all business if she had time to shop!!!”

One of my favorite House of Rubi dresses is the “TJ Dress.”

“TJ Dress” Mood Board

TJ DRESS MOOD BOARD

I enjoy creating collages of my inspirations

“TJ Dress” features a braided organza bodice attached to a rose applique skirt.

HOUSE OF RUBI- TJ DRESS

HOUSE OF RUBI - THE "TJ Dress"

This dress is very textured.  I enjoy manipulating fabrics to create woven, braided, or folded textures.

Rubi Girl Aisha

Rubi Girl Aisha models the "TJ Dress"

Another of my favorite childhood memory, is of my Grand Uncle.  We lovingly referred to him as “Uncou.”  He stayed in the Liberian country side, but would sometimes come to Monrovia to visit.  Uncou was a hard-working man.  In fact, I don’t remember ever seeing shoes on his feet!  He always wore worn out slippers with his feet coated in dust from long travels on foot!  His face was worn and weathered from the sun.  Everything about Uncou seemed so textured!  On his visits, he would bring bamboo and weave mats to sell.  I would sit for hours just watching him expertly lace cords in straight rows between bamboo strips to create a finished mat.

BAMBOO MAT

Bamboo Mat

So, I experimented with strips of  fabric for the “Mercedes Dress.”  I plan to create another dress called the “Ika Dress” using the similar woven strips technique.

HOUSE OF RUBI- THE MERCEDES DRESS

HOUSE OF RUBI- The "Mercedes Dress"

HOUSE OF RUBI- MODELS WEARING THE MERCEDES AND IMANI DRESS

HOUSE OF RUBI- The stunning models Barbara and Angelina wearing the "Imani" and "Mercedes" dresses

Check out the House of Rubi facebook page to see more designs!

http://www.facebook.com/HouseofRubi

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ROSES COLORS AND MEANINGS  

I learned this to feed my rose obsession. 😀

For more info on roses check out Morrison Gardens http://www.rkdn.org/roses/colors.asp

RED – Love, Beauty, Courage and Respect, Romantic Love, Congratulations, Courage & Passion

DARK RED & DEEP BURGUNDY – Unconscious beauty

RED (SINGLE) – I Love You

WHITE – Purity, Innocence, Silence, Secrecy, Reverence, Humility, Youthfulness, Heavenly, Happy Love

PINK – Appreciation, “Thank you”, Grace, Perfect Happiness, Admiration, Gentleness, “Please Believe Me”

DARK PINK – Appreciation, Gratitude, “Thank You”

LIGHT PINK – Admiration, Sympathy, Gentleness, Grace, Gladness, Joy, Sweetness

YELLOW –  Joy, Gladness, Friendship, Delight, Promise of a new beginning, Welcome Back, Remember Me,  Jealousy,

YELLOW WITH RED TIP – Friendship, Falling in Love

ORANGE  – Desire, Enthusiasm, Fascination

RED AND WHITE  – Given together, these signify unity

RED AND YELLOW – Jovial and Happy Feelings

PEACH – Appreciation, Closing the deal, Let’s get together, Sincerity, Gratitude

PALE PEACH – Modesty

CORAL – Desire

LAVENDER – Love at first sight, Enchantment

BLACK – Death, Farewell

BLUE – The unattainable, the impossible

SINGLE ANY COLOR – Simplicity, Gratitude, Utmost devotion

RED ROSEBUD – Symbolic of purity and loveliness

WHITE ROSEBUD – Symbolic of girlhood

THORN-LESS ROSE- Love at first sight

TWO ROSES ENTWINED TOGETHER- Marry Me

SIX ROSES – A need to be loved or cherished

ELEVEN ROSES – Assure the recipient that they are truly and deeply loved

THIRTEEN ROSES – Indicates a secret admirer