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My Cup Runneth Over


OK! All of this red cup controversy over Starbucks choice to take a minimalist approach to their holiday cup design is just ridiculous! (Yes, I’m taking the bait!) Being a small business owner who spends a lot of time on attention to detail and planning designs, this story makes my blood percolate.

First of all, Starbucks doesn’t owe anyone anything when it comes to design. They have a topless, crown-wearing, mythical mermaid as their standard logo. Why on earth would anyone expect them to choose one religion or celebration as a seasonal logo? They can do whatever the hell they want! Geeze! A spokesperson for the company said, “Our core value as a company is to create a culture of belonging, inclusion, and diversity. This year’s design is another way we are inviting our customers to create their own stories on our cups.” Why can’t people just take that for what it is? The design meeting probably went something like this:

Anyone have any ideas for this year’s cup design?

How about a snowman?

Been there done that.

How about a reindeer?

Been there done that.

How about snowflakes?

Been there done that.

How about we let people create their own design? We’ll leave a blank space and It will foster the imaginations of all.


Or, maybe since the “red cup” by Solo has been trending for the past five years and manufacturers have been producing its image on everything from party lights, to candles, to socks, Starbucks thought they better jump on the band wagon with their red cup statement?

This all started because a guy named Joshua Feuerstein who claims to be a Christian pastor, made a video accusing Starbucks of hating Jesus. He stood in front of one of their shops with his video camera, bragging how he told the barista his name was “Merry Christmas” and tricked her into writing  Merry Christmas on the cup. He challenged everyone to take selfies and start a hostile movement in the name of Jesus. Then he accused them of not supporting the second amendment and whipped out his gun in plain sight.

Hey Joshua! Doesn’t the bible say, “Do not judge?” Have you asked Starbucks if they hate Jesus? What if they don’t? I think Jesus would appreciate it if you asked them first instead of accusing. Also, why do you want to start a combative social media movement against a coffee company? Is that what Christmas is all about for you? And showing your gun in the parking lot makes you kind of (a lot) creepy. Do you have a license for that? Also, Josh (Can I call you Josh?), your actions don’t make me want to go to church. I’m just sayin’.

And let’s not forget Donald Trump’s idea of boycotting Starbucks. Wow! Just wow! Ummm…there is a Starbucks inside Trump Towers. End of subject.

So what’s really going on here? It’s all Taylor Swift’s fault! (Yes, I have the unique ability to turn any subject into a conspiracy theory.) Taylor Swift coined the phrase “Starbucks Lovers” in her hit song “Blank Space”. Isn’t it funny how the cup this year has a “blank space”? Isn’t it funny how the hashtag #starbuckslover is used over 60k times on instagram? Isn’t it funny how her 1989 album outsold both of her last two albums in 19 weeks? And wouldn’t someone who is well aware of copyright infringement laws know better than to use the Starbucks name in a song unless they had pre-arranged it? What if this is all a preconceived, money-making scheme between two power houses, designed to fool us all? OK, there’s some food for thought. You’re welcome.

I’ll be back to focusing on fashion tomorrow. This was just brewing. I’ve attached Taylor Swift’s maniacal relationship video for your viewing pleasure. On a fashion note, her outfits are on point and Roadkill Ranch carries the red cup socks pictured above.


Blank Space

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I’ve had the privilege of working with Jess Stalder (proprietor of FLY Photography) for a couple of years now and it’s been more than rewarding. Jess specializes in senior portraits (high school seniors) and her vision is to offer young women a lifestyle, fashion photo shoot using current trends to represent their personalty. That’s where I come in.

When you work with Jess, be prepared for every tiny detail to be exquisite! She always hosts a pre-party to introduce the idea to new clients and get the girls excited about modeling. When we met over coffee to brainstorm and plan this year’s gala, we decided to go with a gold theme. Jess wanted it to be a red-carpet-like event, so the girls felt like celebrities. And it was!

Each girl came dressed in her favorite LBD (little black dress for those of you who are new to fashion lingo). When they arrived, we applied gold, temporary tattoos and accessorized them with jewelry from Roadkill Ranch & Boutique. Barbara (one of our stylists) and I set up a fabulous table of bling. Gold pieces with big jewels, lots of rhinestones and plenty of glitter were on loan to the FLY Girl celebrities for the night. We gave all of the jewelry fancy names like, “Billion Dollar Baby” and “Diamond Doll” (to name a few), and had a check list of who wore what. We also rolled out a social media contest and had prizes and swag bags to boot.

The party was held at the loft studios of EMP Photography (the coolest place in town). Thanks Joel! And Jess didn’t miss a beat with her attention to detail. From the decorations, to the gold-embossed napkins, to the gold sugar-rimmed mock-tails, it was definitely the soiree of the year!

After they book their photo session, the girls get to come down to Roadkill Ranch & Boutique a few days prior to the shoot to pick out whatever they want to wear. We help stylize them with accessories and handbags (they bring their own shoes). On the day of the shoot, Jess brings in a professional hair and makeup crew to prepare the models for their lifestyle photos. (So much better than a typical, blue cloud backdrop.)

Jess captures the personalties of her clients well as she makes them feel comfortable in their own skin. FLY stands for freeing the lovely you. What a great way to send a young woman off into the world with confidence and self esteem for her next chapter in life. I love working with Jess, I love seeing the models empowered after a shoot, I love anything that has to do with making people feel good about themselves. Thank you Jess for freeing the lovely you; you are a true goddess.

For more information and to book a lifestyle photo shoot with Jess, visit her website at http://www.freethelovelyyou.com.

The first pic is the lovely Jessica Stalder.

The second pic is of the fabulous event napkins Jess had made.

The rest of the pics are of the models donning their Roadkill Ranch & Boutique clothing, accessories and handbags.

From top to bottom: Audrey, Britney, Celeste, Dominique, Emily, Macy, Paige, and Daisy.

PS The green dress was a popular choice.

Photo Credit: Jess Stalder at FLY Photography.

Hair and Makeup by Bree Yi and the Grand Salon in Brea.

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Designer Inspirations



It’s hard to believe that the Spring 2013 runway shows are already in full bloom and we haven’t even scratched the surface of fall 2012. It’s always interesting to see what motivates the creativity of designers and what their thought process is behind each collection. Fashion reporter, Taylor Harris, challenged some designers  to drop hints of the inspiration behind their work for 2013. Without giving too much proprietary information, they were to submit a picture and a few sentences of what we can look forward to in spring.

Picture 1: “All things bright, bold and playful.” ─ Kate Spade

Picture 2: “Decadent Splendor” ─ Jill Stuart

Picture 3: “When one door shuts, another door opens… the American dream!” ─ Alice+Olivia

Picture 4: “Anything pink, bubbly with a little sparkle” ─ Julie Rasmussen (OK- I had to put my 2 cents in and pretend that I’m a designer.)

Picture 5: “Believe in yourself and your dreams.” ─ Julie Rasmussen (OK- you caught me again!) This picture was sent to me by my dear friend and creative colleague Heidi to encourage me. And if I was a designer, I would do an entire collection around this!”

Spring should be fun next season.  And remember to be yourself and you will always be beautiful!

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Queens Rocket

Dear Monday, I’m ready to kick your ass!

I survived another trade show in Vegas last week (MAGIC) and it was incredible! The vendors, the merchandise, and the creative vibe was all insanely wonderful! I met a lot of new designers and bought so many great items for the store. I can hardly wait until it all starts rolling in.

One of my favorite new designers is Jon Fulton Adams. His screen print T-shirts are an edgy mix of fairy tale whimsy with an element of hilarious surprise. And, he had a fully decked out “Queen” representing in the booth. How could  I not stop and take pics? You all know how I love theatrical people and their hijinks. Anyway, after we chatted for a while, (and filmed a video) Jon promised that he’d turn his men’s shirts into women’s shirts just for Roadkill Ranch & Boutique! (OK, so a few other buyers were pushing for the same thing, but hey…I made him promise! ) Woot! Woot!

It’s good to be back and I wish I could tell you more about my trip. But, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

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Mint Condition

It’s that time of year again when fashion starts transitioning to the flavors of fall. Typically mint tones and sherbet hues stay behind in the summer palettes, but this fall mint is one of the top colors of the season. I met with 4 of my vendors yesterday and they all said that mint was the most popular color right now and buyers across the globe were ordering more mint than black. I ran into a buyer from San Francisco and  a buyer from New Jersey who both said the same thing.

Since mint has always been one of my favorite colors, it didn’t take much convincing for me to order styles in that color for Roadkill Ranch & Boutique. Look for long tunics, hi-low styles, dresses and jeans. Mix it with purple for a pop of freshness or pair with brown for an urban vibe.

I hope everyone has a great day, and pass the mints!

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Living Color

Color is here to stay! Denim washes and dyes have been popular for a while, and this fall is no different. I just met with one of my key denim vendors and the prediction for color is all the way through next spring. So don’t be afraid to purchase a fun, colorful jean. I ordered mustard and purple velour city shorts and cranberry and green jeans for Roadkill Ranch &  Boutique.  I can’t wait until UPS shows up with the box!

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What a Stud!

My friend Annie who frequents the boutique had some Steve Madden studded flats on the other day and they looked incredible! Since then, I’ve been obsessing for a pair of my own; the only problem is, there’s too many great styles to have to narrow it down to one pair. So, since studs are the “it” embellishment for the season, I figure a black flat, a leopard flat and a fun dress shoe covered with studs and spikes should get me through fall.

Look for studded detailing on shirt collars, jewelry, handbags and more.

Happy Monday! And keep your eye out for the studs!




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The Wizard of Aaaahhhs!

I’m so blessed to have the most creative and talented people in my life! I’ve just renamed my photographer friend Adam Petrasek, “The Wizard of Aaaahhhs”! We’ve been doing a lot of photo shoots for Roadkill Ranch and Boutique lately and I must say that every time Adam sends me a picture, I say “Aaahhh…this is AAHHHH SOME!!!”

We were inspired by Tarina Tarantino’s Wizard of Oz jewelry that we carry at the store, with the “Good Witch” and the “Bad Witch” pendants. We happened to have a crow and a bird from some old window displays, so we started to get creative. Everyone had their own spin on “Good Witch”, we went from sweet and innocent to trailer trash queen within minutes. Adam took the shots so he could put both looks in one picture and it turned out brilliant. Thanks to the beautiful Samantha Parks for modeling and thanks  to the “Wizard of Aaaahhhs” for granting us our photographic wishes!

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