Wearing Johnny Was

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By Robyn Alright

If Boho-chic is your style, then Johnny Was is your store. The brand launched in 1987 and was named from a line in a Bob Marley song, “Johnny was a good man”.  The idea was to share luxurious vintage and bohemian clothing that was universal and timeless. Many of the pieces feature effortless silhouettes and exquisite fabrics. Johnny was is definitely for the lady that loves both comfort and style.

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When you walk into the store, you are inundated with color and creativity. Warning: the urge to buy everything may come upon you! One of the first things you may notice are the stunning kimonos. They are elegant, regal and fit for a queen.

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The embroidery on the bags are unmatched and they scream boho-chic! These bags are the perfect accessory to help elevate your everyday style.

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Johnny Was has a collection of embroidered espadrilles that will blow your mind. The beautiful design of these slip-on shoes will have you walking on sunshine!

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The Eli Necklace is so unique it is sure to turn heads. It is made from repurposed fabrics and each necklace is braided and accented with glass beads.

Johnny Was is a dream come true for anyone with an earthy and comfortable style. When you get a chance, visit a store or browse online at www.johnnywas.com. Thank me later.

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Intern at Rocky Mae Style

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Rocky Mae Style, a fashion and lifestyle brand based in Houston, TX, is currently seeking 3 interns for the Fall of 2017. This is an unpaid, part-time internship requires approximately 10 hours of work a month. Hours are flexible. Assistance is needed in the areas of writing, photography, videography, graphic design and event production. Most of the work can be performed remotely with occasional weekend work for events.  

Must be at least 18 yrs old.
Must have reliable transportation.
Must have internet access, laptop and smartphone.
Must be organized and punctual with excellent time management skills.
Must have an appreciation and interest in art and fashion.
A creative personality and professional demeanor is helpful.

Benefits include attending industry and networking events, a professional reference and professional career development.

Interns would work closely with Robyn Alright, content manager for RockyMae.com. Robyn is an entrepreneur and marketing professional with over 10 years of experience in event planning and promotion.

Send a cover letter expressing your interest in the position to Robyn at rockymaestyle@gmail.com. Please use “Internship” in the subject line. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 22, 2017.

If not selected, all applicants will remain on file and may be contacted for future opportunities.

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Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

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By Robyn Alright

Did you know that tea tree oil is extracted from the twigs and the leaves of a tree that is native to Australia?  The botanical name of the tree is Melaleuca Alternifolia and there are over 300 species of tea trees that grow in that area. Thankfully, we do not have to travel all the way to Australia to reap the benefits of this valuable oil! Tea tree oil is widely available and has multiple health and beauty benefits. Here are a few fabulous ways that tea tree oil can be incorporated into your beauty routine.

Hair and Scalp Benefits

Tea tree oil has the ability to remove dandruff and relax dry flaking skin. It also helps to relieve an itchy scalp which is often caused by fungus or bacteria. Tea tree oil has been proven to treat these problems and it may also help with eczema.

Tea tree oil is also used to treat and repel head lice. While it is safe to use on pets, it is not recommended for use on pets or small animals.

Skin Benefits

Tea Tree oil is widely used in the battle against acne because of its anti-bacterial abilities. Its soothing properties helps to calm the skin and prevents flare-ups. This oil may also be used to treat wounds, cuts and other skin infections. It may also aid in the removal of skin tags.  If applied to the affected area several times daily, the skin tag could fall off on its own.

Warning

Tea tree oil is generally considered one of the safer essential oils. It can be used undiluted but depending on your skin type, it may be diluted with a carrier oil like olive oil, sweet almond or coconut oil. Before using tea tree oil, conduct a skin patch test to be sure that you will have no allergic reactions. Tea tree oil should not be taken internally and if you have any concerns, always consult your physician.

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Picture Perfect Posing

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Hey Ladies! Join us for this half class, half party on how to pose for pictures. You don’t have to be a model to attend, but that doesn’t mean you can feel like one! Enjoy a positive environment where the main priority is to have a great time.   Be ready to strike a pose, rip the runway and make new friends!

Attendees will learn how to pose like a high fashion model, receive a swag bag and get a professional head shot. Be sure to wear something cute and comfortable as you will be moving around and having your picture taken.

This class is taught by Robyn Alright, fashion photographer and content manager for RockyMae.com

Class will take place near 59 and Hilcroft.  The specific location and directions will be sent to those who register.

Early Bird tickets are on sale through September 16th. Register here!

Hope to see you there!

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Congratulations to Rastik and Natalia!

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We are so pleased to announce that one of Houston’s cutest couples is engaged to be married! Rastik and Natalia are a beautiful couple and it is easy to see that they are deeply in love.  Natalia’s graceful elegance goes with Rastik’s enthusiastic personality. The happy couple took their engagement photos at the Biscuit Paint Wall in Montrose. Share their love.

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Photography by Robyn Alright

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“Your heart and my heart are very, very old friends.”-Hafiz

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“Whatever our souls are made out of, his and mine are the same.” –Emily Bronte

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The happy couple will wed in July of 2018. Join us in wishing them the best of blessings in their journey as husband and wife.

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One on One with Audrey Utti

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By Robyn Alright

Take one look at Audrey and it is easy to see that she is an elegant young lady. Look a little closer and you will see that her beauty is more than skin deep. “Without confidence, others define your worth, your capabilities and the thoughts you have about yourself.  It is very important to be confident for the sake of setting your own standards and belief systems,” Audrey expressed. In every way, Audrey shows that inner beauty is an inspirational force.

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Audrey is an aspiring model, fashion designer and entrepreneur. She has a vision to create quality clothing that is affordable and timeless. Such ambitious goals require great motivation. Audrey keeps herself motivated by thinking positively and staying active. “There is this crazy good feeling I get when I set a task for myself and achieve it.  This feeling propels me to complete anything I set my mind to,” Audrey shares.

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Behind Audrey’s graceful demeanor, there is a little bit of a tomboy that has an affinity for super cars and classic cars. She enjoys playing the piano, playing tennis, watching anime and playing video games. She describes her personal style as a mixture of elegance and edginess. Shopping is another one of Audrey’s hobbies. Don’t be surprised if you find her wandering around H&M, Zara or Nordstrom!

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When asked what inner beauty means to her, Audrey had this to say, “To me, inner beauty is the kindness, warmth and strength you give to others without expecting anything back. We are all capable of having inner beauty. It’s a force that inspires, and drives goodness in this world. Understanding our own inner beauty and allowing it to shine is quite the force to be reckoned with.”

Audrey believes in living your life the way you want to. “You have to live your life the way that will make YOU proud and feel at peace. Put aside the thoughts and expectations of others. Do some solid research on what’s out there and choose something you will love waking up to every day,” Audrey explains. She is a firm believer that we all have to power to pave our own pathway. Perhaps, we should believe that too.

Follow Audrey on Instagram @audreyutti.

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Queyoun: A Classic Man

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By Robyn Alright

Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.  Take one look at Queyoun and his style speaks volumes.  Almost immediately, one can tell that this dapper gentleman is confident and cerebral. He’s a classic man.

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As a professional in the field of education, Queyoun could teach us all a lesson in style.  It would definitely be an upper-level class where prerequisites apply. Professor Q would need you to come in knowing the basics as his style is undoubtedly elevated.

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Don’t let the suit fool you, Queyoun has some moves. He is an avid basketball player and trainer. Queyoun makes being athletic and stylish look easy. Try defending him and you might end up with broken ankles.

 

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Queyoun carries himself with dignity and self-respect. He puts unlimited effort into making sure his style communicates exactly who he is.  He has a great sense of fashion and a decent beard too.

Follow on IG @Queyoun.

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Q&A with Model Katie Smith

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By Robyn Alright

It is my pleasure to present to some and introduce to others, Houston model, Katie Smith!  

Becoming a model was not an initial part of Katie’s plans.  However, a friend needed her to model for a brand.  Katie was a little uncertain, but she went ahead and took the gig. That is when the modeling bug bit!  After the photo shoot, she explored more opportunities to model and eventually was signed to an agency.

Katie has big hopes to expand her brand beyond modeling.  Her desire is to grow into photography, blogging and eventually fashion design. With a Master’s degree in Entertainment Technology, her creative skills are unlimited.

Katie shares her story with Rocky Mae Style™ and gives excellent advice to anyone considering the modeling profession.

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RMS:  What inspires your creativity?
KS:      Everything!  I continually seek out inspiration to keep my creative fires going.  I love traveling, learning about history and cultures, frequenting art museums, exploring boutiques, seeing as much live music and live performance as possible, attending events, and connecting with other creatives.

RMS:   When you are not involved in fashion, what are some of your other interest or hobbies?
KS:      Art and music are my loves.  I try to absorb as much visual imagery of all kinds as possible.  I’m a graphic designer, so I nerd about graphic layouts, typography, and color theory.  I sing occasional open mic nights and follow friends’ bands.  

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RMS:   How do you stay motivated to reach your goals?
KS:       I like to surround myself with positive people who are equally as passionate about pursuing their goals.  You can’t operate in a vacuum.  You need a community.  For me it is as much about connecting and supporting others’ goals as it is about pursuing my own.  Other creatives growing and building their brands give me so much hope and inspiration to grow my own.

RMS:  Where do you like to shop?
KS:      I am a brand loyalist and have a few brands that I adore.  Lane Bryant, Lineagewear, Torrid, and Eloquii are my favorites.  I am completely biased towards brands that support plus size, even though now at a size 12/14 I can crossover into brands that only extend up to a 12/14.  If you didn’t want me to wear your clothes when I was a size 28, I’m not so sure I want to wear your clothes now that I have more options.       

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RMS:  What words of wisdom would you give other inspiring models?
KS:     Don’t take it personally.  The goal of the industry is to sell clothes, not to make you a star.  Think of it like a businessperson.  Brands and designers are your clients and you need to be the look they want, have the skills they need and act like a professional.  You won’t be a good fit for all brands and all designers, and that is ok.  You will face a lot of rejection, harsh criticisms about your looks, and you have to find a place within yourself to be ok with that.

 I think some aspiring models get into it for a confidence boost, but actually it will shake your confidence to its core.  You have to love yourself first.  If the industry finds you to be a marketable product they can use for their purposes of selling clothes, then great.  If not, then let your passions take you in a different direction.  Give it a shot if you’ve got the drive, but given how few models actually make a living modeling, I wouldn’t advise anyone to make it their only career goal.

RMS:   What is the best advice you ever received?
KS:       Learn to rest, not give up.  You will get kicked down, face failures, and be discouraged.  Step back, look at the big picture, re-strategize how to reach your goals.  Find support and keep going. 

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RMS:  Share your view on the importance of being confident and having inner beauty.
KS:      Beauty is so subjective.  If you live for validation from others to feel beautiful then you are giving away your power.  It really is none of your business whether or not someone else finds you beautiful.  You cannot be all things to all people and not everyone is going to see your beauty.  Find the things in yourself that you love and hold on to that tight.  If you love yourself, it radiates out to the world as confidence, and confidence in more attractive than superficial beauty.

RMS:  Is there anything else that you would like to share?         
KS:      I’m often told “You’re too small for plus size”, even though at a 12/14 I am definitely in the plus size range.  I have been plus size my entire adult life and before losing 140 lbs. I was a size 28.  I have been every size of plus size.  It is very much a part of my identity and I love being a part of the plus sized community.

 

For more information or to book Katie, visit  www.modelkatiesmith.com. Follow her on Facebook and IG @modelkatiesmith.

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Deangela “Deedee” Jones

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I have made it a habit to believe in myself”, says Deangela “Deedee” Jones, an aspiring fashion designer and model. Take one look at Deedee and it is easy to see that creativity is the essence of her being. She is not short on confidence either.

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When Deedee is not ripping the runway, she enjoys writing poetry and music. She is a talented designer and stylist whose vintage vibe is palpable.  

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Deedee represents the epitome of personal style. She shows the importance of embracing your uniqueness and sharing it with the world.

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Deedee’s talent speaks for itself. If you want to see more of her work or partner with her on future projects, contact her at deedeejones70@gmail.com. Don’t forget to follow her on IG @onedtwoes.

 

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Bridal Jewelry for the Big Day

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By Robyn Alright

Before you walk down the aisle, make sure you have the right accessories to compliment your bridal style. Below are my top picks for bridal jewelry for your big day. All of these items can be found in our online boutique. Not only will you find bling for the bride, there are items suitable for every lady in your bridal party. Take a look!

Rosette Garland Hair Comb #H059CLAG

This captivating hair comb is perfect for a romantic wedding day. With antique gold plating and sparkling florals, you will definitely be best tressed.  

 

Art Deco Statement Drop Earrings #E418CLAR

This stunning set is inspired by the glitz + glamour of the 1920s. Antique rhodium and faceted crystals offer an extra dose of dazzle for the big day.

 

Pavé + Textured Leaves Drama Necklace  #N114G

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Inspired by nature, this fluid design has an open-ended silhouette outlined by sparkling crystal and golden leaves. This eye-catching piece offers the perfect touch of drama to any look.

 

Gardenia Toggle Bracelet #B256

This eye-catching toggle bracelet features semi-precious pale pink jade, sparkling golden and light peach crystal. The floral motif gives a feminine yet edgy vibe.

 

Sunlit Sahara Post Drop Earrings #E232

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These earrings feature Moroccan-inspired lattice and perfectly placed Swarovski sparkle. You can wear these long after your wedding day.

 

Heirloom Crystal Necklace #N304

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This heirloom collectible provides the perfect layer of sparkle.  This versatile piece a welcome addition to any wardrobe.

 

Mirabelle Statement Bracelet #B249

This vintage-inspired design showcases pavé florets layered over navette and pear-shaped crystals. Play up your wedding day look with this gorgeous piece.

 

Juliet Headpiece #H063CLAR

Adorn yourself with this enchanted headpiece. It is accented by a floral array of white opal crystal set in hand-wrapped wire. This adjustable piece will be the perfect piece.

 

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