Salvaged Assembly Show

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By Robyn Alright

Playing cards, old newspapers, spoons and Q-Tips. These are not your average fashion materials. But, put them in the hands of talented fashion students, you could end up with wearable high fashion garments! This was clearly proved at the Salvaged Assembly fashion show. Fashion design students at Houston Community College created jaw-dropping looks out of recycled and salvaged material.

To say that the designs were amazing would be an understatement. Many of the looks were beautiful, functional and made from unconventional materials. Take a look at some of the best looks from the show.

Photography by Robyn Alright

The  talented students at Houston Community College have another show coming up entitled Fashion Fusion. It will take place on January 11, 2018. For more information on Fashion Fusion, click here.

 

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Salvaged Assembly Fashion Show

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Salvaged Assembly is a fashion show focused on creating high fashion looks made of varying recycled/salvaged materials. All of the pieces to be showcased are created by the Fashion Design/Merchandising and Cosmetology students of Houston Community College Central. The show will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Do not miss this amazing show! Tickets are available via Eventbrite!

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2017 Holiday Giveaway

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‘Tis the season for a Rocky Mae™ Giveaway! Now through Friday, December 15, 2017, you may enter to win this Midnight Palace Statement Necklace from Chloe and Isabel™! This stunning necklace is made from clear crystals, jet black crystals, silver mercury glass and hematitie. If you would like a chance to add this accessory to your jewelry box, enter your name and email address in the form on this website.

All entries must be entered before December 15, 2017 to be considered. One (1) winner will be selected via random drawing and contacted via email (the email provided upon signing up) on December 16, 2017. The winner will have until December 18, 2017 to provide a mailing address and the prize will be mailed to the address provided. Failure to respond by December 18, 2017 means that the winner forfeits the prize.

No purchase necessary. Purchase will not improve chances of winning. This contest is open to residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia. Void where prohibited by law. Limit of one (1) entry per person using only one (1) email address to enter for the giveaway. Odds of winning the depend on the number of eligible entries received throughout the sign-up period.

So what do you have to lose? Enter for your chance to win today!

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The Real GChillz

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By Robyn Alright

What do you get when you mix raw talent and eclectic skill with a ton of confidence? You get GChillz, a multi-faceted fashion model and vocal artist in Houston, TX.  At the age of 17, GChillz was discovered in a mall and he has been working the runway ever since. His stature and natural stride makes him a force as a fashion model.

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GChillz is a man of intellect and education. Through hard work and determination, he recently earned his degree from Texas Southern University. His accomplishment proves how important it is to never stop working for your dreams.

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“I would describe my personal style as vintage swag,” GChillz shared. As a 90’s baby, he tends to take his cue from that era. But, it is easy to see that GChillz can work any look from any decade.

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When asked to share his most powerful life lessons, GChillz says that it is so important to be yourself and to always be kind to others. Simple yet powerful words of wisdom spoken from a true gentleman.

Be sure to follow GChilliz and his modeling adventures on IG @gchillz.

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Modern Romance Wedding Show

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By Robyn Alright

Houston brides-to-be had a chance to view some of the most elegant bridal gowns at the Modern Romance Wedding Show.  Modern Luxury Weddings of Houston produced a glorious show featuring designs from Impression Bridal and Canali. Here are some of the best looks from the fashion show.

Photography by Robyn Alright

To learn more about Modern Luxury Weddings, visit https://modernluxury.com/modern-luxury-weddings-houston.

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2017 Via Colori Recap

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Via Colori is an annual street art festival that benefits the Center for Hearing and Speech. In the heart of Houston, TX, ordinary city streets are converted into canvases. Over 200 artist released their creativity directly onto the concrete roads that surround City Hall. For two days, the artists endured chilly November weather to create heartwarming images.

  • Artist Claudia Colmenares, Photographer Robyn Alright
  • Artist Ivan Garcia, Photographer Robyn Alright
  • Artist Dezmon Williams, Photographer Robyn Alright
  • Artist Mathieu Jn Baptiste, Photographer Robyn Alright
  • Artist Geremi Alvarez, Photographer Robyn Alright
  • Artist Marcos Hernandez, Photographer Robyn Alright
  • Artist Anat Ronen, Photographer Robyn Alright
  • Artist Lizette Galvan Portillo, Photographer Robyn Alright
  • Artist Craig Carter, Photographer Robyn Alright
  • Artist Margarita Botello, Photographer Robyn Alright
  • Artist Luis Castillo, Photographer Robyn Alright
  • Artist Jennifer Lang, Photographer Robyn Alright

Place arrow over image to see artist name. Photography by Robyn Alright.

This year, The Center for Hearing and Speech is celebrating 70 years of assisting children with hearing loss. Via Colori raised over $400,000 for the organization. It was a wonderful event and a great way to celebrate 70 years of service from The Center for Hearing and Speech.

 

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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.

heart article 4 psdThe systematic way is safe and predictable. You get your check, pay your bills and it’s all gravy. In our heads, it makes sense. Logically, it makes sense to follow the path that is safest and provides a quality of life that is comfortable. But while our heads are happy, what about our hearts? The heart is where our dreams, desires and visions are hidden. Is that supposed to go ignored? Me thinks not. Here lies the eternal battle of head vs heart.

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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