Career Choices: Should You Follow Your Head or Your Heart?

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By Robyn Alright

Within the first 5 minutes of meeting someone new, the “So, what do you do?” question is bound to bubble up. This may seem like an innocent question to keep the conversation going. But truthfully, there are some that use this question to size you up to see if they can use you for their own personal or professional gain. Knowing this may put pressure on you to say something impressive. In our society, sadly, we tend to judge people by what they do for a living. Consciously or subconsciously, we are told to climb the corporate ladder, get the money, get that title and fight for the corner office. That may work for some. Definitely not all. Definitely not me.

One day, I attended a networking event in an effort to meet people that may benefit my entrepreneurial journey. A man walked up to me and confidently told me his job title and who we worked for. Then, of course, it was my turn. “I just quit my job to start a blog,” I shared excitedly. That man gave me the blank emoji face and literally turned his back to me and walked away. I need not describe to you my feelings. Wondering if I said something wrong, I reviewed my statement and came to the conclusion that I was standing in my truth. If he didn’t like that, I can accept it. Onward. Not long after Mr. Rude left my presence, I met another lady. I told her the same thing, “I just quit my job to start a blog!” Her response was vastly different. Instead of a snobbish sneer, I was met with “Oh, that’s great! How exciting! I quit my job last year to start my own business.” Immediately, I felt a sense of relief and my sanity was validated.

Everyone is not designed to follow the same path. Society tends to tell us that there is only one way to achieve success. Every day, our heads are filled with mainstream messages that tell us what we should do with our lives. Most of the time, it is the message of “The Path”. Go to college, major is something that will earn you money, get a job, get married, have kids, put the kids through college so that they can major in something that will earn them money and then…retire. If this sounds great to you, by all means more power to you. Than plan works well for some people.  However, there are those of us who want to forge our own path instead of traveling the road set before us.

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Both have their benefits and disadvantages. Your head helps you to plan and problem solve, but can also cause you to overthink and never take action. Your heart can guide you emotionally, but too much emotion may cause irrational behavior. The truth is that the victory of head or heart depends on the situation. When it comes to career choices, I bet on the heart because the heart has a not so secret weapon called love.

The old saying goes, “Do what you love and you never have to work a day in your life.” Your passion for the type of work you love to do can generate opportunities beyond your imagination. Sometimes, we just have to take a leap of faith and follow that compass in our heart. It knows the way even if it hasn’t registered in our heads just yet. Is it easy to follow your heart?  Not always. Is it worth it? Most likely. “But, what if I fail?” you ask. Then you would have had a new experience and learned something new to help you on your journey. Failure is not the end.

Consider this, when you are old and gray and reflecting over your life, will you be pleased with your contribution to the earth? Or, will you sing the Shoulda Coulda Woulda song? Sometimes our hearts know what is best for us before our heads get the signal. Go within and listen to your heart. Genuinely sit in silence and listen. You might be surprised and pleased at what it has to say to you.

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Review of Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards

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By Robyn Alright

If you look up shoes in the thesaurus, don’t be surprised if Manolos is listed as a legitimate synonym. Manolo Blahnik is a fashion icon and legendary shoe designer.

Recently, a documentary was released about his life entitled Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards. The title is catchy and true. As a young boy growing up in the Canary Islands, Manolo used the foil wrapping from chocolate candies to create shoes for lizards. While this brought him much delight, the lizard might not have been so pleased.

The documentary reveals Manolo’s funny, witty and charismatic personality. However, it was surprising to learn that this fashion genius can also be reserved and reticent.   He doesn’t like crowds, prefers to be alone and had objections to filming a documentary in the first place. Thankfully, the director, Micheal Roberts is a good friend.  Roberts was able to capture Manolo in a way that his admirers might not have ever seen.

This documentary is a must see and is playing in select cities. Check your local listings or visit here for more information.

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Rocky Mae Art

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Artwork on the side of Natural Resources Salon in Houston, TX. Photographer: Robyn Alright

Introducing a new segment of  Rocky Mae Style that highlights the work of talented urban artist. Stay tuned for more fascinating art work.

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African Fashion Week with Atem Orock

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By Atem Orock
@happyme_20

It’s been a few weeks now since The African Fashion week event took place in Houston, but boy did it leave a lasting impression! Designers from all over the city of Houston came together to showcase some of their best work. There were prints cut in all shapes, sizes, and styles that you could only dream of. The amount of talent that was seen during this event is definitely one to write about.

 

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Already at year 4 and counting, AFW is an annual event that brings fashion to you in the most entertaining way.  Every year, we are left wanting more.  With amazing DJs playing good Afro beats and good food, this event is not one to miss. The beauty of their fashion shows is the use of all size models. No one is left out and you can actually see outfits on the runway that could go in your closet right away. With the cool music, the beautifully designed outfits, and the coolest parties, AFW is easily one of the most fun event during this time of the year. If you missed this year, don’t worry, year 5 is around the corner!

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Kudos to the AFW team for a job well done. We can’t wait for the next edition. View more photos, here.  Don’t forget to follow @rockymaestyle on social media and follow me on Instagram @happyme_20.  Stay tuned, more fashion news coming your way.

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AFW Houston 2017 FOSE Kitoko Fashion Show

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African Fashion Week Houston came to a grand close with the FOSE Kitoko Fashion Show.  The Houston Rental Studio in Houston’s EADO District set the scene for talented designers to display their works of art. Local celebrities in attendance were Ashley Turner, daughter of Mayor Sylvester Turner; Joy Sewing, fashion writer and radio personality; and Kim Roxie, founder of LAMIK Cosmetics.

Fashion brands represented that evening included Adeàrà, Kachi Designs, Nma Couture, Onyii & Co., PR Customs and Rocky Boston. Student designers from the Art Institute Houston were also present to show off their fashion skills. Take a look at these amazing designs.

Photos by Robyn Alright

View more footage from African Fashion Fashion Week here. To see styles from the Ankara Seasons 4 Fashion Show, click here. For more information about African Fashion Week, visit www.afwhouston.com.

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Keep Up With KaJhé

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By Robyn Alright

KaJhé is a hardworking young lady.  As a full-time student with two jobs, she is driven to ensure that her dreams become reality. Her schedule is almost always booked. Even with a busy lifestyle, KaJhé never neglects her personal style and appreciation for creativity.

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KaJhé’s is a multi-talented artist with great fashion sense.  She enjoys singing, acting, dancing and modeling. Her style is just as diverse as her creative interests. She can easily transition from an edgy tomboyish look to an elegant, high-class boss lady.

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Her ultimate goal is to work in the fashion industry and build a brand that gives back to the community. “I want to help others and give back as I build my platform. I want to be someone that resembles a symbol of positivity and hope. I plan on using myself as a doorway that opens up nothing but opportunities for others,” KaJhé shared.

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KaJhé embraces self-improvement and always keeps an eye on influencers in the fashion industry. “A continuous vision of people doing what I love helps me to push myself. It helps me to become better at what I strive to do,” KaJhé explained.

Her faith is what keeps her focused. “The best advice I’ve ever received is to never lose faith or sight in God. Without Him my soon to be reality would remain a dream,” she says.

It is easy to see that this young lady is going places. Jump on the band wagon early and follow her on Instagram @_Keer_Sten_.

 

 

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AFW Houston 2017 Ankara 4 Seasons Fashion Show

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By Robyn Alright

The runway was filled with colorful prints and bold patterns at the Ankara 4 Seasons Fashion Show. This show was just one of the exciting events that filled the schedule for African Fashion Week Houston 2017. Fashionistas from all over the city gathered to view immaculate art by talented designers.

Fashion houses on display were Culture Market, Effects Couture, Kachi Designs, Classic Beginnings, Ask Detola and MasterPiece Boutique.

 

Photography by Robyn Alright

Click here to see our video coverage of African Fashion Week and click here to see more styles from the FOSE Kitoko Fashion Show.  For more information, visit https://www.afwhouston.com/

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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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