Thank You Graduates!!

Written by Rubi Girl Tenneh Wilkins 

We at House of Rubi are very proud of all the young men and women who have graduated from high school and college this year!! Congratulations on a job well done. House of Rubi promotes Culture, Confidence and Creativity. We also strive upon a social awareness platform which encourages education. Thank You to all the graduates!! Every year we  show our gratitude and gift an honor roll graduating high school student in an urban community, with an outfit for their prom or graduation party. We design, create and/or customize the outfit according to the student’s request.

This year the giftee was Ms. Sayee Campbell, who graduated from Providence, Rhode Island Classical High School with Honors!

 

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We choose to gift Sayee because not only is she an honor student, she is also an outstanding member of her community. She was the choreographer for the Dance Ministry at her church.

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Sayee was also a member of the Classical High School track team, and the Youth in Action YEAH program (Youth Educating About Health). They reached out to the youth in urban communities and taught about safe sex and a healthy lifestyle.

Being that she is very proud of her Liberian, West African Heritage,

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the lovely Ms. Campbell requested that House of Rubi design her a stylish and chic, bold African print, caped romper for her graduation party! Hence, we sketched a romper which featured a jewel neckline, zipper at front and sleeveless fitted top attached to straight leg pants.

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When asked about how she felt in her custom made, designer House of Rubi outfit, Sayee gushed “Oh my gosh I felt like royalty! Everyone complimented on how beautiful I looked, and wanted to know where I got my outfit! I was happy and felt beautiful! Thank you for the gift!”

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Sayee family and friends are very proud of her. According to one of her cousins, Sayee was accepted to every university she applied to, but decided to stay in state and attend the University of Rhode Island (URI) so that she would not be a financial burden on her parents.

Her mother was scared that her youngest child (her baby) is growing up. Yet, she is proud that she raised a beautiful, inspiring, and ambitious young lady.

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Here are a few statements from her loved ones.

” She is an exceptional child who carries herself with pride. Whether it is in the classroom, or through her fashion style, she is not afraid to stand out. She believes in chasing  her dreams and we can’t wait until the day to call her Dr. Campbell”.  Kormasa Amos

“The type of person that she is, is very rare. I gravitated to her because of her personality. In the world today, its hard to find a person that is true to themselves. It is an accomplishment within itself, the fact that she exudes a pure and genuine spirit, in a world where people are many times forced or choose to hide their true nature.” Emmanuel Amos

“She is so kind hearted, caring and giving. She puts people before herself. Although I always tell her to put herself first, her giving personality is what I love most about her.” Saydah Nagbe

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Now that she has graduated from high school, Sayee is looking forward to new adventures. She will be attending the University of Rhode Island and majoring in Nursing. Her future aspiration is to become a Doctor of Nurse Practitioner (DNP) and focus in Pediatrics.

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Sayee has expressed her gratitude to House of Rubi many times.

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However, we at House of Rubi would like to say,”THANK YOU SAYEE FOR BEING A CONFIDENT EXCEPTIONAL LEADER, PURSUING YOUR EDUCATION, AND FOR BEING A BEAUTIFUL SOUL!!!” May you achieve all your goals.

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Thank You for reading!!

Also, Thank You Moses Janga for MOFLICKS for the Photography 😀

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

Happy New Year Everyone!! May your resolutions be successful. 2015 was great and 2016 will be GREATER! House of Rubi collaborated with amazing photographers, artists,and fashion stylists last year. We’re so excited because this year there will be new designs, fashion items, cool art work, videos and so much more. Here are 5 of our favorite collaborations, blog and products from 2015!

1 The Logan Dashiki

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Since its debut in October 2015, the Logan Dashiki has been the #1 top selling item for House of Rubi. The Logan Dashiki is a quilted hooded tunic made out of the Dashiki Print Fabric. It is currently offered in Red, Green and Black. We debuted the Creme Logan Dashiki on January 11th 2016!

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BLACK LOGAN DASHIKI

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GREEN LOGAN DASHIKI

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CREME LOGAN DASHIKI ( NEWEST EDITION)

Dashiki Creme

 

2 Collaboration with AR Richardson for A Rich Experience Photography

 

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Working with AR Richardson for a Rich Experience Photography  was a fun and amazing experience! We accomplished a lot last year. We’re looking forward to creating more amazing work for 2016!

3 The Kente Corset

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The Kente corset crop corset is one of our favorite items! Our client, Lauren ordered and wore it for her fall wedding. She was natural and stunning!!

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4. “An Indonesian Dream Wedding” was our favorite blog.

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It is a blessing and dream to be able to develop my own fashion brand. I am honored to share the House of Rubi dream with friends and family. My best friend Ika wanted me to design and make a dress for her wedding day. That was my wedding gift to her.

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5. The Wilkins Family Collaboration with photographer Jerry Wilkins for Raw Visuals Round Table , stylist Yvonne Wilkins for Taste Maker Management, Photographer Rae Ruckus  , models Carmela Wilkins  and  Andele Lara .

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House of Rubi ended the year with a phenomenal collaboration. Great things happens when family gets together to creatively combine their talents! As the Chief Designer for House of Rubi, I joined forces with my siblings, cousins and friends for a SUPA DUPA COOL and many times hilarious photo shoot. We will debut new projects together for 2016!

Thank you for reading!

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RUBI GIRL LOVES POLKA DOTS!

  I can’t help but to love them. So I had to design a polka dot dress for House of Rubi.

Say hello to “The Ivorine Dress”

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I also made a pair of lace gloves to complement the look!

Rubi Girl Tenneh Wears "The Ivorine" Dress and Gloves

I even had polka dot nails!

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Here is a great instructional video on how to create polka dot patterns with nail polish. If you don’t have a professional dot tool, no problem!  There is a follow up video which displays household items that are useful for creating the polka dot pattern on your nails. I used the back of a ball pin for my nail design!

While creating the dress, I couldn’t help but wonder who are my favorite Polka Dot Divas? Why are polka dots called polka dots? Who sang that song “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini? Is there anyone who is obsessed with polka dots? Why do I always think of vintage hollywood when I see polka dot dresses?

Well, after much thought I’ve concluded that my favorite Polka Dot Divas are…. (DRUM ROLL)

MINNIE MOUSE, HELLO KITTY, AND BETTY BOOP!!!!!

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It turns out, polka dots are named after the Polish Polka dance! According to Professor Wikipedia, the pattern is named polka dot because the polka dance was popular during the same time polka dots became fashionable!

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Check out this Polish Polka dance video.

Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

Everybody nows that cutesy song “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini!  Brian Hyland popularized the song in 1960 .

While browsing on YouTube I stumbled upon the answer to my third question. Is there anybody obsessed with polka dots? The answer is YES! Her name is Yayoi Kusama!  Yayoi is a Japanese artist who uses polka dots in all of her work. She has been dubbed the “Princess of Polka Dot”.

Kusama In Her Younger Years

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I always think of Vintage Hollywood when I see polka dot dresses. I think it’s because the screen goddesses of that era made it look so timeless and classic.

Katharine Hepburn, Lena Horne and Sophia Loren Wearing Polka Dots

Marilyn Monroe Made Polka Dots Look Sultry and Sexy

Bridget Bardot Wearing Polka Dot Pants and Ascot

Audrey Hepburn Looking Pretty In Pink While Starring in "Breakfast At Tiffany's"

GOOD BYE for now!  Check out http://www.houseofrubi.com for more info on House of Rubi or contact Rubi Girl Tenneh at houseofrubi@gmail.com

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