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Happy Sunday Funday! I’m packed up, fueled up, watered up and ready to hit the road.

The MAGIC trade show is happening next week in Las Vegas and I’ll be buying fall and holiday merchandise for Roadkill Ranch & Boutique. Yep, I’m heading into 120 degrees weather to buy sweaters and jackets. Yay me!

I won’t be blogging next week, because I’m going to be so busy having fun (I mean working). But I promise to come back with a full fashion report and lots of stories.

Check out our insatgram account @Roadkill_ranch for up-to-the-minute show excitement and more.

I hope everyone has a great week. Stay cool and stay stylish!


Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Double Trouble



Two bags are better than one. It’s true, Fendi, Chanel, Chloe, Mulberry and Louis Vuitton all say so!

The trend of toting two bags at the same time is coming in hard this season. Designers are featuring larger silhouettes like a tote or travel bag as a focal point and then accessorizing with a smaller pouch or clutch. Brilliant! Thanks Fashion Industry! Now all of us fashion addicts can purchase two designer bags at once without feeling guilty and be totally justified.

The first picture is Fendi, a functional and easy look to achieve. Add a tiny novelty bag to the outside of a larger one for a funky look.

The second picture is Chanel. Drape a few cross-body bags over your bodice while carrying your main purse. (It’s all the rage.)

The third picture is Chloe. Just carry two in the same hand (no big deal).

The fourth picture is Mulberry. Cross-body over bodice and tote in hand. (My fave.)

The fifth is Louis Vuitton. Just do it, carry two (everyone’s doing it).

This is one sure way to drive handbag sales up for the season. Pretty soon we’ll see designer shoes hanging off of designer bags. Then we can buy two pair of designer shoes, one to wear on our feet and the other to accessorize our two bags. Woot!

And, if anyone tells you that you have too many handbags or shoes, get rid of that person! You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life! The only extra baggage you need is CHANEL!

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Skirting The Issue






As a boutique buyer, trying to figure out the “next big thing” can be overwhelming at times. With all of the runway and fashion shows, street style looks, and vendor suggestions influencing my buy, I have to set rules for myself.

Rule #1- If I like it, I buy it.

Rule #2- Always refer to rule #1.

Paris Fashion Week recently ended (I live vicariously through photos) and the styles were from one extreme to the other. The runway shows tend to lean avant- garde, while the actual street style trends send a different (yet more palatable) message. One common thread I’ve seen on all walks during this time is skirts!

Skirts are leading the way this season as a wardrobe staple. It doesn’t matter length or fit, anything goes. I’ve noticed mini-skirts paired with textured tights and floor-length maxi skirts with layered tops. From billowy, flowing ruffles, to A-line, retro-inspired classics, it’s all about the skirt! And I’m proud of the unique selection we currently have in stock at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique.

The first two pictures are street style shots in Paris during fashion week. I love how the Parisians take their style seriously. The first time I went to Paris (not for fashion week, for fun) I was in culture shock. Everyone was dressed beautifully with tailored looks and stylish outfits. I did not see one disheveled person in sweat pants and messy hair. It was pretty damn amazing.

The last four pictures are skirts we have at the boutique. We took our own street style shots in Fullerton, and I think we weighed in considerably. Although, we still see people walking aground in pajama bottoms and unkept hair, we’re at least trying our best to set fashionable standards.

Look for long skirts with cascading ruffles in denim, plaid and chiffon. Pair with a fitted T-shirt for an eclectic look.

A-line skirts are timeless, classic styles. Wear alone for a clean, vintage-inspired look, or pair with a tulle petticoat for a Rockabilly flair.

Pencil skirts never go out of style. Invest in a solid black or dark denim piece to mix and match with blazers and other silhouettes. Look for piping details and all-over printed fabrics like polka dots and novelty prints.

Just because you’re not in Paris doesn’t mean you can’t kick up that certain “je ne sais quoi” you’ve been hiding.

Stay Stylish!


Photo Credit: Getty Images, Savannah Kaefer

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Chain Reaction

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Trend alert!!! Dripping chain bracelets hit the fall runway show of Nina Ricci.

I’ve been seeing a lot of elongated sleeves and oversized arms on clothing this season. Some arm lengths go way beyond the hand appearing the garment is too big, while others are cropped to a three quarter length. I guess anything goes in fashion (What else is new?).  Taking it a step further, Nina Ricci adds gold chain bracelets that drape beautifully over and pass the hand for a dramatic impact.

It’s definitely a new twist on accessories and I’m sure the factories in China are mass producing them as we speak. However, I’m not buying into it. For me, it’s just way too cumbersome! I can’t stand having something in the way of my hands. I am always working, and talking with my hands, so this would just be a hinderance to my everyday way of life. (Imagine snagging everything in sight, and getting yourslef caught in doors and elevators.)

I’m not saying this trend won’t take off; it’s fun and fresh and perfect for performance artists.

But for me, I’m over having my hands in chains.

Happy Monday!

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Cray Cray



Here’s my “Freaky Friday” fashion pick of the week. Scissor handle shoes by designer Peter Popps.

Not sure where I’d wear these? Parent teacher meeting? Blind date? The grocery store? Meh!

I think they’d be good costumes for a movie about the cultivation of cut-throat fashion designers who live in an all white city underneath New York’s 5th Avenue. The evil cult leader stomps around in these ginormous scissor-like shoes slamming patterns and sketches in front of the members and demanding them to produce stylish designs. Some escape the cult through a secret glass elevator that leads to Central Park, but others are brainwashed into conforming and eventually earn scissor shoes of their own. Of course there’s some weird torture involved (like being forced to sleep in cheap, scratchy fabrics), a love triangle, and lots of robots with attitudes.

OK- it could use some developing, but it’s a start. And I’m still half asleep (I stayed up way too late last night watching Netflix), so that’s my excuse. I’m tired! Ha!


Photo Credit: Armando Branco

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Feeling Blue

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I’m feeling blue, but in a good way. Denim is my boyfriend and we’re in love.

After seeing a lot of fall collections the past few weeks, I’m excited to see the “denim on denim” look. Typically in the past, your outfit of the day (#OOTD) would consist of one denim item, but now it’s all about layering different jean washes and denim shirts with jackets to create a casual yet sophisticated look.

This industry moves so fast, I haven’t even had time to take pictures of the new jeans and indigo skirts we received yesterday. Although, I somehow managed to go thrift store shopping and purchase 20 pair of used jeans for an art project. The Roadkill Girls decided to shred denim strips and loop them through a chicken wire frame to create a back drop for our windows. We wanted to drive the message home about the importance of the excessive denim trend this season by creating texture and adding impact.

Pair your chambray top with a darker pair of jeans for a contrast look . Or, go totally tonal by wearing the same color wash of jeans, and jacket. Add some killer accessories to kick it up a notch, or play it down with a basic white T-shirt. Relaxed fit, skinny jeans, boot-cut, flairs and skirts can all be incorporated into this look.

Take your faithful boyfriend jeans and let the layering begin. It’s an easy look to achieve; it’s comfortable, playful, and lovable. Just like a good boyfriend should be. (Wink.)

The first pic is from the Chloe runway show.

The second pic is the shredded, denim backdrop the Roadkill Girls are still working on.

The third pic is from the Gucci runway show.

Stay Stylish!


Photo credit: Roadkill Ranch, Getty Images

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Purrr Fect!




When “Boss Lady” Mandie B. from Heart of Haute met me at the store a few days ago to view the new fall collection, I was beside myself. For the first time since inception, Heart of Haute has collaborated with an artist for an exclusive design on their clothing. And it’s feline-fab!

Heart of Haute is an independent, women-owned, clothing company specializing in retro-inspired dresses. They also happen to be one of our best lines at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique. Mandie always delivers great styles, fresh new prints and quality fabrics. This season she’s partnered with famed artist El Gato Gomez for an exclusive kitty-cat motif.

El Gato Gomez has gallery representation at the WonderGround Gallery at the Disneyland theme park in California, Creature Features in Burbank, California, The Harold Gollen Gallery in Miami, Florida, and the One-Shot Gallery in New York City. Her art work has also been featured at the amazing modernist cultural events, Tiki Oasis and Modernism Week in Palm Springs.

Since Mandie is a huge fan and avid collector of Gomez’s work, it only made sense to join unions. The mid-century-modern-esque styles consist of border-print dresses and full-circle skirts, matched with kitty-emblazoned, cropped cardigans. The collection is slated to hit Roadkill Ranch & Boutique in mid September and is expected to sell out!

Call the store at 714-773-1156 to book your pre-order, we don’t want any cat fights when the merchandise arrives.

For more info on the collaboration check out: and

Have a purrrfect day!


The first two pics are El Gato Gomez original art.

The next three pics are of Mandie B. (Boss Lady at Heart of Haute) showing me the collection.

The last pic is another El Gato Gomez original.

Photo Credit: El Gato Gomez, Julie Rasmussen

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Mannequin Madness



There’s been a huge emphasis on body type lately in the fashion industry. Yesterday I introduced you to plus-size model Tess Holliday who embraces who she is. Victoria’s Secret is talking about adding a plus-size model to their Angel runway shows to  effectively represent their range of bra and undie sizes. And now, Topshop, the junior chain store out of London has just been attacked for their mannequins being too skinny.

Laura Berry lambastes the store, “I’d love to hear how you can justify the ridiculously tiny mannequin in your Bristol Cribbs Causeway store? We come in all shapes and sizes. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being the size you naturally are. I believe we should all feel comfortable in our own skin. Having said that, this mannequin is quite frankly ridiculously shaped.” She goes on in another rant accusing them of thinking they’re superior and insensitive, then brags how she took her size 10/12 legs and walked out the door.

OK! STOP people! Just STOP!!! It’s a display! It’s one thing to be proud of what size you are, but when you start picking on helpless mannequins, that’s just wrong! And if you’re truly happy with who are, you won’t be hating on other body types! It’s contradictory! Maybe Topshop just wanted to show how the outfit looked pulled together? Displays come in all shapes and sizes too. It’s an art form, the art of merchandising. Now you’re offending the artist who made the form. (That’s wrong too!) When we first opened Roadkill we made our own displays from wooden poles cemented in buckets. We were on a budget, and honestly couldn’t afford to buy mannequins, but wanted to display full outfits. Twenty-two-years later, we have finally acquired  our very own mannequin.

She came to us when my friend Corky spotted her at the garage sale of a mutual friend Cristal Drake. I was being tagged left and right on social media to rescue her (and she did need rescuing, she was scantily clad at the time of the sale). I picked Maribel the mannequin up (yes, she was already named), and took her down to the boutique where Sydney glammed her up her in a pretty dress and accessories. Ever since then, she’s been one of the girls. We talk to her, we take her to our events, we make sure she looks good in the spotlight of our window and when she doesn’t cooperate a dress change, we get frustrated with her (it’s not easy removing body parts to dress mannequins).  According to my staff, when things are left undone, Maribel is to blame. Apparently, she magically comes to life at night and rules the store. She tries on clothes, leaves messes and parties like a rock star. (We’re all a little mad around here.)

My point? Quit picking on dress forms. Boutique owners don’t wake up in the morning with the mind set of, “Who can we offend today?”  We just want to display the newest merchandise. And, mannequins are people too!!! It’s true! Did you know there’s an actual law in Georgia prohibiting the changing of clothes of a storefront mannequin unless the shades are down? (I’d like to think this law is to protect the mannequins. Wink.) Check it out on

Seriously though,  if you love who you are it will show, you won’t be hating on other body types or inanimate objects.  If you’re not happy with who you are, make some changes. We all have choices and a free will. Just don’t choose to berate Maribel, she’s also got a temper and she’s not afraid to use it!

The first pic is of the Topshop mannequin in question.

The second pic is the day Maribel became a Roadkill Girl.

The third and fourth pics are at Slide Bar during our Roadkill Rocks drink launch party. (That’s another story.)

Top: Maribel, Marlena Khamrov, Sydney Beaver, Julie Rasmussen, Savannah Kaefer and Barbara Vornholt.

Bottom: Jeremy Popoff (owner of Slide Bar) and Julie Rasmussen.

The fifth pic is of Maribel on Instagram. I didn’t bother cropping out our Instagram info just incase you’d like to join us. Check out more pics of Maribel by using the hashtag #maribelthemannequinisfabulous.

I hope everyone has a great day!


Photo Credit: Laura Berry, Julie Rasmussen

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Positive Plus





Tess Holliday is her name and changing traditional beauty standards is her game!

I first met Tess last year at the MAGIC Trade Show in Las Vegas. MAGIC stands for Mens Apparel Guild in California, but has grown vastly over the years, so much they’ve moved the show to a bigger venue in Las Vegas and added women’s and kid’s categories. Buyers from all over the world attend this biannual show to purchase the latest and the greatest items for their stores.

Tess had been working closely with Steady Clothing (one of our top vendors) consulting on plus-size styles and appearing in their photo shoots. She was representing them at their booth in Vegas so we started chatting it up. She began a social media movement using the hashtag #EffYourBeautyStandards that took off like wild fire. Her modeling posts gained her internet fame and also landed her on the cover of People Magazine. She created the campaign because she was sick and tired of society telling her what she could and couldn’t wear, so she decided… “Eff that! I’ll wear what I want!”

She was constanlty bullied as a kid about her weight, and when she first tried to break into modeling, she was turned down by the industry. But she never gave up. At size 22 she is the first plus-size model to be signed by a major modeling agency (MILK Modeling Management). Her personality is down to earth and her message is strong and empowering. She calls herself a body positive activist and encourages women to love the skin they’re in!

The first pic is of Tess Holliday

The second pic is Josh Brownfield (owner of Steady Clothing), Julie Rasmussen owner of  Roadkill Ranch & Boutique (just me), The Cherry Dollface (another famed internet personality) and Tess Holliday at The Steady Clothing booth during MAGIC.

The third pic is Tess’s cover for People magazine.

The fourth is another gorgeous pic of Tess.

Photo Credit: Joyce Chow CNN, People magazine, Tess Holliday.

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