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Origami Originals

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A few weeks ago, my husband and I went to see a friend’s band play at The Continental Room in Fullerton. When we arrived, some of our friends were sitting at a table making origami cranes for an art installation. We met Anna Hansen who was working on a tribute to Zen master Alan Watts, and her goal was to cover the Magoski Art Colony’s ceiling with origami creations. We immediately joined in as Anna taught us all how to fold and crease.

I had never done origami before, so it was a bit challenging at first and I was worried that my creations weren’t good enough. Anna assured us all they’d be fine when hung with the rest.

After Deep Sea Madness (our friend’s band) played, we all stayed at the table folding and laughing. Then a Punk band came on stage and it was hilarious how we were able to keep creating Zen art while listening to Punk. Talk about contrast.

Anyway, I wasn’t able to make the opening night reception, but thanks to Steve Baxter, I was able to make (barely) the very last night of the show. When I got there the gallery doors were closed, but luckily Bax opened for me so I could see the exhibit and take pics.

The amount of time and effort that went into this is truly amazing. And even though my husband and I only made a few cranes, it was rewarding to see the group effort come to fruition. The birds and boats alone may not be perfect, but when hanging together with 3,000 others, they look incredible.

The first set of red pics were taken on my crappy phone (umm…no filter, just need a new iPhone) the night we learned origami by our wonderful instructor Anna Hansen.

The next set of pictures is the actual exhibit. UH-MAY-ZING!

What a testimony to all. With everyone contributing a small amount of time (and learning a new craft), the overall result was fascinating. I’m so glad to have been a small part of a big thing.

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Fly High



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When Jess from FLY Photography approached me for a collaboration, I had no idea the amount of talent I was dealing with. I had been approached 9 times that month by people who wanted to do creative projects, but none of them really had a game plan and most were more interested in benefiting their name instead of “teaming” up. I was starting to get frustrated until Heidi (our store manger) said, “Julie, you don’t owe anyone anything! Stay focused on what you do best and you’ll know when the right person comes along.” A day later I met Jess.

Her specialty is senior portraits, so her idea was for Roadkill Ranch & Boutique to outfit 25 girls for their senior pictures. They would come in a few days prior to the shoot for a fitting and the actual indie shoot would be done in one day around the boutique grounds.

The pictures are amazing and each girl had a blast going through the boutique and choosing items. With the help of our on-site stylists Heidi and Barbara,  each model was magazine ready! We made some new friends and helped empower some young women along the way. The girls brought their own shoes, but all of the clothing, handbags, hats, and jewelry is from the store.

Jess provided me with some great fashion shots to use for promoting the store as well as a phone app. Yep, you heard me right, a PHONE APP! Click here from mobile device to download Fly Photography for Roadkill Ranch I was already blown away at her organization of 25 girls, the quality of the shots, and now a phone app! And, just when I thought she couldn’t get any cooler, she sends over this Roadkill Ranch & Boutique look book that she created! Click here to check it out Look Book.

I’m so glad I met Jess. She is ultra-awesome! Seriously, and just when I was coming down from the “Look Book” high, she delivered a FLY tote full of custom made thank you cards and a disc with some additional pictures of the inside of my store.

Thank you Jess!  And thank you FLY Girls for an amazingly, successful collaboration! We will definitely be “teaming” up again! If you are looking for a creative way to express yourself please contact Jess. She will take care of you and make sure your senior pictures represent your first big step into a new and exciting world. After all, FLY stands for “Free the Lovely You.”


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Fullerton Fireworks


The city of Fullerton has lifted the 22 year old ban on fireworks, and I am so excited! For years, we’ve been limited to snakes and sparklers and were forced to leave our BBQ’s and family gatherings in pursuit of surrounding cities that had sky performances. But now, thanks to last years ballot results, we can legally play with fire and explosives just like our neighboring cities.

It’s going to be a great day and we’ve already supported Fullerton High School by buying some fireworks. (IFL!) We’ve closed the boutique today in honor of Independence Day and are ready to celebrate!

Fullerton will be on a 2 year trial period, so please blow things up responsibly. (It’s what our forefathers would have wanted.) Do not hold the explosives in your hands while igniting and do not light under trees or anything else that may catch on fire. Make sure you have a hose handy (just in case of roaming sparks) and don’t misuse the privilege by lighting firecrackers in gas tanks or on the porches of people you do not like.

Happy Birthday America! And congratulations Fullerton for getting your privileges back. A friend of mine posted this Joe Dirt fireworks scene the other day on Facebook, it’s classic. I’ve attached it for your viewing pleasure as well.

Happy 4th!

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So Tired!



Here’s my “Freaky Friday Fashion” pic for the week and my new motto for the rest of the year, “Don’t tread on me!”

The Goodyear Dunlop Company actually commissioned designer Carl Elkins along with photography studio Mierswa Kluska to create a powerful photographic series expressing the key characteristics of the Goodyear brand.  The company is known for producing strong, robust tires that can withstand the most adverse driving conditions. This amazing art collaboration was creatively done by transforming tires into fashionable suits of armor.

So when the rubber meets the road, make sure it’s Goodyear! Hey, that’s a pretty good tag line, considering I’m still half asleep.

Oh, and what about Goodyear’s Blimp? How come the Blimp isn’t getting any fashion attention? Is it too big? Too curvy? Not fit for the runways? Alright, I’m going back to bed now.






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An Overall View

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I remember in the early ’90s, overalls were the biggest fashion favorite for everyone. And when I say everyone, I mean everyone!  From men to women to punkers to hippies and everyone in between, overalls played an integral part of our wardrobes.

The pictures above from 1993 to 1996 speak for themselves. Our very first customer was this  curly-haired guy named Cheyenne. He came to our Orange store before we opened and became an instant Roadkill fan and life-long friend. We love his patchwork shirt paired with his overalls.

The second pic is our good friend Robert Goodwin who played (and still does) in a punk band called Head Noise. He paired his overalls with Doc Martins and wife beater tanks.

The third pic is my husband Robert working on the sign for our Fullerton store along with our faithful friend Cheyenne. Rob would throw his overalls on with Durango boots, a white T-shirt and a mix of silver and leather jewelry.

The fourth pic is our family picture. Yes, I had to represent the coolest fashion item of the season, my overalls. We wore matching gingham shirts and I tried adding a little femininity to my look with a vintage head scarf.

My son wasn’t even a year old at the time of this picture, and shortly after that on a Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., overalls were done ! The trend was over and no one has seen them since. Until now!

We just celebrated my son’s 17th birthday yesterday and it’s fun to look back on all of these great pics. The last two pics are what’s happening now. Overalls are back! They’re on the runways, in the stores, and are making their way back into the closets of everyone. I’m not sure if I can relive this fashion craze, but at least I have proof that I (and everyone else around me at the time) embraced the look.

This time around it’s not going to be your original Oshkosh work clothes, it will be tapered and studded and embellished with the latest trinkets. Designers are making high-end overalls in leather and other luxe materials so get ready for the new (or not so new) thing.

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Lilly Pulitzer

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Lilly Pulitzer, the famous fashion designer and socialite died in her Florida home yesterday at the age of 81.

Lilly was known for her bright colors and wild patterned dresses. She made mod housecoats popular and her designs were worn by celebs and affluent clients.

She was an heiress, but also married well into the Pulitzer Publishing family. Although she had what everyone else thought was “everything” , kids, a rich husband, mansions and money, she found herself miserable and in a mental institution for 6 months. The doctor told her that she needed to find something to do.

She began selling juice on her husbands citrus estate and spilled so much of it on herself that she saw a need for brightly colored, citrus printed clothing. She had her seamstress make a few dresses with wild prints to camouflage her stains, and the rest is history.

Her designs took off like wildfire and the Lilly Pulitzer name is still an icon in the fashion industry.

Thank you for your contribution to the fashion world Lilly, you will be missed!

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Awesome Artists

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As a boutique owner, I tend to wear many hats. From  buyer to book keeper to merchandiser, the work never ends. One of my favorite hats to wear is Art Walk host. It’s that one time a month where we join with the community to support local artists. We keep the store open late on a Friday night and have an “Art Party” with the coolest peeps around.

This month we have the amazing John Sollom. His character speaks for itself through the above photos. His show is all about “Classic Cool Skaters” and it’s going to be awesome.

Also showing her unique,  one-of-a-kind jewelry designs is the lovely Susan Hancock.

And, our faithful friend and house musician Mr. Guy Nelson will be playing live.

If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll join us for a fun night of Art within the community. Stop by and say hi before I have to switch my hat to “cleaning lady”.

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Fullerton’s Art Walk



I love my job!

I am so incredibly blessed to be surrounded by awesome and talented people. Since I’m on the committee for the 3rd annual Art Walk celebration in Fullerton, I’m excited to see the fruits of our labor come to fruition tomorrow. Representing my store (Roadkill Ranch & Boutique) is one if the most amazing artists I’ve ever met, Mr. Tom Vadakan. Aside from numerous works and exhibits,  he was recently commissioned to do an illustration character by the crew on the set of the upcoming Star Trek movie. It was a gift to their director J.J. Abrams.

Also representing Roadkill Ranch is the super talented Dano Forte. He is a one man band with a huge following. His act “The Juke Joint Freak Show” is so incredible that he recently opened for Social Distortion three nights in a row at The House of Blues in Anaheim.

If you live in the area, I hope you will stop by the Museum Center in Fullerton tomorrow night from 6pm to 10pm and check out all of the incredible artists and musicians that will be performing.

“Part of the art of living is learning to live with art.” – Unknown



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We Heart It!

Roadkill Ranch & Boutique supports “All The Arts For All The Kids”. It’s a non-profit organization that focuses on making sure that each child in the Fullerton School District has an opportunity to be  schooled in the arts. Local artists donated their time to create art  hearts that will be auctioned off at the end of the month. Each participating venue was delivered a heart that will remain on exhibit until the auction. We weren’t sure what heart we were getting until this masterpiece by Wendy Lloyd Davies arrived.

Katherine England (the brainchild behind the program) handpicked each heart for each venue. The more we looked at it, the more we were amazed how it fit so perfectly with the store, and how it represented what the Roadkill Girls are going through at this time. We interpreted it like this: it’s flourishing, it’s blooming, the visions are strong and our roots go deep. The mix of vintage jewelry (our roots) and the eyes centered in them, indicate growing our visions.

We are a tight team and we all encourage each other to follow our dreams and grow our visions. We have some big goals for next year (our 20 years in business anniversary) and this heart is just a reminder that we are strong visionaries who are rooted and grounded and ready to flourish.

We’re not sure if that’s what the artist was thinking when she designed this, or if that’s what Katherine was thinking when she hand-picked it for us, but that’s how we see it and we love it!

Check out  All The Arts for more information.

Happy Monday!

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Mod Squad

Marc (Have I told you I love you?) Jacobs is going MOD for his Spring 2013 collection. Look for bold geometrics, clean lines, stripes, chunks and blocks. He captures the ’60s fashion trend with short mini dresses and skirts, then swings the pendulum to long, sweeping maxi-dresses. I love the sharpness of the line and can’t wait to delve into spring.

Happy Tuesday!

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