Black Friday Cyber Monday Holiday Deals 2015

In celebration of Black  Friday,  Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, House of Rubi online store will be holding a Holiday deals event, starting 12am on Black Friday, November 27th to Monday, November 30th.

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This will be a perfect opportunity to catch a deal on fan favorite items such as the Logan Dashiki, multi-colored Rainbow corset, Ika Slouch bag and Angela clutch! Best of all for the Holiday season, matching slouch and clutch bag  combos will be available!

House of Rubi Holiday Deals 2015

 40% off the Hoodie Logan Dashiki

45% off Slouch bags

50% off clutches

50% off Bow Tie sets

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The Hooded Logan Dashiki. Click this image to get it at the House of Rubi Online Store.

 

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Rainbow Kente Corset. Click this image to get it at the House of Rubi Online Store

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Ika Slouch Bag. Click this image to get it at the House of Rubi Online Store.

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Angela Clutch. Click this image to get it at the House of Rubi Online Store

 

 

HAPPY SHOPPING!!

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Week in Review

Greetings! It’s been a wonderful fashion filled, cultural, artistic and mind opening week. Here are 5 fan favorite blogs for the week. Let’s countdown!

 5. Werk It 

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“Werk It” featured fan favorite Reggae and Afro beat workout videos to help you get your dance and sweat on!

4. Unblock  Mental Block 

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We all get writers, creative, and overall mental blocks that can sometimes be very stressful. “Unblock Mental block” featured several ways to release stress, unblock the mind and increase productiveness.

3. Thank You 

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Over the years I have received photos and great reviews from House of Rubi amazing clients. “Thank You” featured photos of fans wearing their favorite House of Rubi fashions and product reviews!

2. An Indonesian Dream Wedding Dress (Part 2)

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Rubi Girl Ika stunned guests at her Indonesian and American themed wedding, while wearing a House of Rubi designed kebaya and modern bridal inspired dress.

1.  Wordless Wednesday-House of Rubi Sketch book 

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 Wordless Wednesday,  Showcased the House of Rub sketchbook featuring  design sketches and crouquis. Many House Rubi fashions start of with a sketch. 

Thank you for counting down with House of Rubi!!

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30 Days Of Blogging

A couple of days of ago, I wrote about mind blocks in the blog “Unblock Mental Block” I also shared methods to release mind blockage so that your creativity may freely flow.

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Drawing usually helps to release creative juices. Click this image to check out the blog “Unblock Mental Block”

Being a part of a social creative community also helps when mind blockage occurs. These types of communities provide a supportive platform which encourages motivation and inspiration. I wanted to release my creative blocks and continue to develop the House of Rubi blog. Hence, I joined the “30 Day Blogging Challenge!”

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The House of Rubi is a fashion brand which promotes culture, confidence and creativity. The blog’s overall goal is to encourage style and self expression, while informing about the beauty of world fashion, art and culture. 

The 30 Day Blogging Challenge 

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The “30 Day Blogging Challenge” is directed by Sarah and Kevin Arrow (The Arrows) to help bloggers strengthen their visibility and blogging skills! Click this image to check out the group on Facebook.

This is one of the best challenges I’ve ever ventured into. The encouragement I received from this community inspired me to remain focus on my blogging goals.

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Image from “30 Day Blogging Challenge” Click to check out the group.

Taking on this challenge, allowed me to explore various ways of reaching out to readers and build the House of Rubi brand. I have also made super cool connections with other amazing bloggers. The Arrows are DOPE!

Today is the 30th day of blogging since taking on the challenge. I want to turn EVERYTHING into a 30 day challenge, due to the positive growth Ive seen in the House of Rubi brand, blog, fan base, and myself.  You name it, I’m gonna turn it into a 30 day challenge!! 😀

Thank you everyone who has supported the House of Rubi brand throughout the 30 Day blogging challenge. Most of all, a special thank you to Sarah and Kevin Arrow for creating such a phenomenal blogging platform.

Always positively challenge yourself, join supportive groups, encourage others and live life with culture, confidence and creativity.

Thank you for reading!

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An Indonesian Dream Wedding Dress (Part 2)

They say bridal season is from June to October, but love is all seasons. My best friend Ika showed her love for her culture and family by merging elements of her Indonesian heritage with modern American themes for her wedding day.

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The table center piece for Ika’s wedding featured the Indonesian flag, American flag and roses in a simple earthy vase. Her wedding theme colors were light creme, white and red. White and red are also the Indonesian flag colors.

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Table setting at Ika’s wedding.

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Ika’s simple and elegant 5 layer wedding cake.

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Staying true to her culture, traditional Balinese dancers were part of the evening entertainment. Balinese dance features precise, shifting and sometimes abrupt jerky movements in sync with Gamelan music. Gamelan music is the traditional music of Bali and Java which are islands located in Indonesia.

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                 Balinese Dancers at Ika’s Wedding

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Balinese Dancers at Ika’s wedding.

Here is a Youtube video by Gustavo Thomas featuring Balinese Dance

Similar to her wedding theme, Ika wanted a bridal dress which was a fusion of a Kebaya and a modern day wedding gown.  As I stated in the blog “An Indonesian Dream Dress” a Kebaya is a long tunic generally donned by women in Indonesia, Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries. The bridal kebaya features embroidered beaded lace of various colors.

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Ika sent me this image of a bridal Indonesian Kebaya for inspiration. Click this image to check out the blog “An Indonesian Dream Wedding Dress.”

I then drew a sketch based upon her request. Although the bridal Kebaya was her main inspiration, she wanted a simpler dress with an elegant back detail.

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Original sketch for Ika’s wedding dress.

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The dress was made out of a light creme lace, layered on silk satin and embellished with hand sewn beaded floral, gold lace appliqué. Click this image to check out the blog ” An Indonesian Dream Wedding Dress”

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Adding gold lace appliqué finishing on the dress back. The completed dress was lined on the inside with a red burgundy batik print fabric. There is a slit in the center of the dress skirt at front which allowed a glimpse of the red batik fabric when Ika walked. A Batik is a traditional Indonesian fabric which is dyed through a wax-resist process. 

Ika On Her Wedding Day 

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Thank you for reading! Most brides start preparing for the big day about a year to several months in advance. If you are a bride or know of a bride who would be interested in getting a customized made dress and/or customized fashion item from House of Rubi, email me (Rubi Girl Tenneh) at info@houseofrubi.com or just click CONTACT US. Also, visit the House of Rubi website at www.houseofrubi.com 

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Unblock Mental Block

Many of us have experienced stress, lack of concentration, writers block, creative block and a overall mental block. I’ve battled stress and experienced mental blocks while developing the House of Rubi Brand.

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When  a mental block hits, I sometimes draw.

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Other times I take a walk, meditate, read a novel, and/or watch a movie.

Yet one of my favorite and most effective methods for unblocking the blocks is yoga. Yoga helps to relieve stress, energize the mind, spirit and get the creative juices flowing!

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Here I am doing a yoga headstand. Also known as Sirsasana. It increases blood flow to the brain, which helps to improve memory, calm and revitalize the mind.

You can find great yoga videos and guides on my personal Pinterest Page! Click the images to check them out.

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Here are 5 great yoga videos for stress release, concentration and focus. Enjoy!!

1 Yoga For Stress Relief by Adriene

2 Beginners Yoga for Deep Relaxation, Sleep, Insomnia, Anxiety & Stress Relief by  Psyche Truth

3  Yoga, African Yoga, Afrikan Yoga, Ancient Egyptian Yoga, Smai Tawi, Kemet Yoga, Khamit Yoga by E Het Heru Ankh Ba Ra

4 10 min Standing Yoga pose by Karyl-Lyn Sanderson

5 Yoga for Focus and Concentration

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An Indonesian Dream Wedding Dress

My wonderful friend Ika requested for House of Rubi to design and create her, a classic wedding dress which also reflected elements of her Indonesian heritage.

She stated that traditionally Indonesian women wear elaborate beautifully embroidered                             kebayas on their wedding day.

Prior to designing, Ika sent me these images of kebayas for inspiration.

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kebayas are long tunics generally donned by women in Indonesia, Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries. The bridal kebaya features embroidered beaded lace of various colors.

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Click this image to check out a Kebaya Pinterest page

As I stated in the blog “Bringing Back Sexy Back”, Ika loves elegant dresses with exposed backs. In fact one of her favorite House of Rubi dresses is the draped back Mercedes Dress.

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The Mercedes Drape Back Dress! Click this image to check out “Bringing Sexy Back”

Although the bridal Kebaya was her main inspiration, she wanted a simpler dress with an elegant back detail

I took her shopping for fabrics in the New York garment district. We found a beautiful beaded light creme lace and bought a separate gold lace for embellishment purposes.

Making The Dress 

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Making the dress required a lot of hand sewing. I had to cut the gold lace appliqué , strategically lay it out, and then hand stitch it on to the white lace.

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First, I cut out the lace.

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The Dress Bodice Front. We decided to keep the front simple with a high scoop neck and a embroidered gold waist which created a belted effect.

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The deep scoop at back featured creme and gold beaded floral applique hand sewn onto a clear mesh.

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Back is finished with embroidered floral beaded appliquéd mesh

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Sewing appliqué on to the train.

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Laid out the lace for the dress train.

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Finishing of the bridal train.

Thank you for reading! Stay tuned for An Indonesian Dream Wedding Dress Part 2 and check out the finished dress!!

To get a customized fashion item made and/or find out more about House of Rubi, email me (Rubi Girl Tenneh) at info@houseofrubi.com or just click CONTACT US. Also, visit the House of Rubi website at  www.houseofrubi.com 

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