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 

Follow House of Rubi to find afro-chic and other cultural inspired fashions, learn about world design trends, cosmopolitan trends, cultural traditions, and keep updated on the brand!!

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Thank You (Part 2)

The love and support from House of Rubi clients and fans have been amazing! In the blog “Thank You” I featured pictures and reviews from House of Rubi clients.

Here are more reviews from House of Rubi fans.

A client by the name of Cherise wore her corset for a photo shoot and sent me the pic!

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Cherise rocking the Orange Red Kente Corset. She wore it inside out for her photo shoot! LOVIT!!

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The House of Rubi Orange Red Kente Corset! Click this image to get it at the House of Rubi online shop.

As I stated before, some of House of Rubi clients have been featured in blogs and had fashion items named after them! Here are the blogs featuring House of Rubi clients and fans. Enjoy!

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The Logan Dashiki is named after and modeled by Nuques Logan. He has been a House of Rubi fan and client for several years! He continuously supports the brand. Click his image to check out ” House of Rubi Introduces the Logan Dashiki”

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It is wonderful when clients send their pics. Here is Bernice wearing the Rainbow Kente Corset!! Click this image to check out “House of Rubi Corsets”

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Adrienne the CEO of Janomi Hair products ordered the “Anique Dress” for her cousin’s wedding! She then sent me her picture when she got dressed up for the event. Click this image to check out “The Anique Dress Part 2”

Devi requested a custom made bridal dress designed and created by House of Rubi. I sent her a sketch, went shopping with her to find the fabric and created the dress. Here is the Lovely Devi modeling her dress at her bridal photo shoot. Click this image to  check out ” A Rubi Girl Enchanted Wedding”

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Thank you for your support!

Thank you for your support! Stay tuned for more thank you photos and blogs 😀

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 

Follow House of Rubi to find afro-chic and other cultural inspired fashions, learn about world design trends, cosmopolitan trends, cultural traditions, and keep updated on the brand!!

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Thank You

Over the years I have received photos and great reviews from House of Rubi amazing clients. I am humbled and grateful for their love and appreciation.

Lauren ordered the Red and Orange Kente corset for her wedding day! I sent her a gift along with her purchase. I can’t wait to see the photos!!!

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Thank you to all those who have supported and continues to support the House of Rubi Brand!  Many of the clients were featured in blogs and/or had fashion items named after them! It’s an honor to share these reviews, images and blogs with you all. Enjoy!

Ebony purchased the Angela Clutch to complement her outfit!

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Angela Clutch! Click this image to order from the House of Rubi online shop

Here are the pics she sent! She looks absolutely gorgeous.

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Ebony Rocking the House of Rubi Angela clutch!

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Ebony Stunning in blue as she rocks the Angela clutch!

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Other reviews on the Angela Clutch!

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Here are some images of clients wearing House of Rubi Fashions!

Adina rocking the Rudene Slouch Bag!

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Yvonne wearing the Orange Red Kente Corset!  Click this image to get it from the online shop!!

Here are reviews on the Ika Bag

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Ika Slouch Bag! Click this link to get one.

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The Jerricka Bag is also a fan favorite!!

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The Jerricka Slouch Bag! Click this link to get one .

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                             Thank you for your support! Stay tuned for more thank you photos and blogs 😀

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 

Follow House of Rubi to find afro-chic and other cultural inspired fashions, learn about world design trends, cosmopolitan trends, cultural traditions, and keep updated on the brand!!

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Werk it

As I stated in the blog “Makeup it,” we all have a preparation process before getting dressed. Depending upon the occasion, some of us start preparing our bodies for an outfit months beforehand! We might want to work out and shape things up prior to a big event!

There are certain dresses from House of Rubi such as the Nicole and Mercedes drape back dress that I tune up to look good in. 😀   Regardless of what we choose to wear, we should always exude confidence and put on something that makes us feel good.

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The Nicole Dress! Click this Image to check out the Nicole Dress blog!

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

My best friend Danielle said “We are suppose to work out to be healthy, but many of us work out just to look good!” I’ve been guilty of that. However, I have learned the importance of putting my health first. Whatever your reasons for working out are, you should have fun during your workout regimen.  We got our dance on in the blog “Move It” and “Move It Part 2” . Now its time to Werk it!! Here are our favorite African and Island music dance work out videos we collected from youtube.  Enjoy and let me know which one was your favorite!!  Also, if you would like to see more great dance videos, check out our House of Rubi Pinterest Dance board,

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House of Rubi Pinterest Dance and Workout Board!! Click this image to check it out and follow House of Rubi on Pinterest.

The Kukere Workout Video by Scola Dondo

Reggae Dance Hall Workout by Keaira LaShae

Latin Soca Island Workout by Keaira Lashae

Dorobucci Dance Workout- by Afrifitness

Casssandra Nuamah-Kukuwa African Dance Workout on Gemsag Productions Channel

Body Tuning Afro Beat Workout: Burn to the Beat by Keaira Lashae on BeFit

Thanks for Werking it!

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 

Follow House of Rubi to find afro-chic and other cultural inspired fashions, learn about world design trends, cosmopolitan trends, cultural traditions, and keep updated on the brand!!

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Makeup it

Many of us have variating reasons for how and why we dress.  Some of us wear clothing to shine and be seen. Others wear clothing as a form of armor in order to hide and protect themselves. Regardless of our purposes for clothing, we all have a preparation process for getting dressed. For many of us, makeup is part of that preparation process.  House of Rubi has a Pinterest page featuring helpful make tips and tutorials from various sources on youtube!

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House of Rubi Pinterest Make Up and Beauty page.

Here are some of our favorite Fall 2015 makeup tutorials! I usually follow tutorials for make-up techniques and tips. Then I customize the look being featured, according to what works best for my skin tone.  Check these videos and share what works best for you.

Many of the looks and warm autumn colors featured in these videos will work very well with both versions of the Anique Dress.  Check out “The Anique Dress (Part1)” and “The Anique Dress (Part 2)” blogs.

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The Anique Dress! Click this image to check out the Anique Dress blog!

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The Anique Dress Customized. Click this image to check out the blog ” The Anique Dress Part 2″

Rose Kimberly –  Fall Make up Tutorial Using All Drugstore Makeup for Dark Skin 2015

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Thanks for reading “Makeup It”

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 

Follow House of Rubi to find afro-chic and other cultural inspired fashions, learn about world design trends, cosmopolitan trends, cultural traditions, and keep updated on the brand!!

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Corset Dreams

I’m dreaming up new ways to style and design the House of Rubi corsets!

The Danielle Corset has straps and is made out of a cotton print featuring vintage corsets. It has six elastic straps in the back and a separating zipper.

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The Multi-Colored Rainbow and the Orange Red Kente corsets are both fan favorites!

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The Rainbow Kente Corset! The House of Rubi ‘Rainbow Kente” corset is made out of a Kente print fabric. Click this image to check out the “Rainbow Kente Corset” blog and find out the meaning of its’ colors and shapes!

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The Multi-Colored Rainbow Corset! Click this image to order and find out more about the corset!

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The Orange Red Kente Corset! As stated in  “Kente Kente Kente”, Kente cloth originated in West Africa and is identified with the Akan people and the Asante Kingdom. Today, the most recognizable Kente cloth have predominantly yellow and orange colors. Click on this image to check out the “Orange Red Kente Corset” blog and learn the meanings of the shapes and colors in this print!

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The “Orange Red Kente” corset!  Click this image to order and find out more about this corset.

Which one of these fabrics would you like to see used for a corset. If you don’t like any of these selections what type of prints and/or solid fabric would you like to see used for the House of Rubi corsets!

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Check in to follow the “Corset Dreams” series.  Through out the following weeks I will share more corset designs  from House of Rubi!

Thanks for reading Corset Dreams

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 

Follow House of Rubi to find afro-chic and other cultural inspired fashions, learn about world design trends, cosmopolitan trends, cultural traditions, and keep updated on the brand!!

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