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Dressember

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“Dressember is a collaborative movement leveraging fashion and creativity to restore dignity to all women.”

When I first heard about the movement to raise awareness about human trafficking through dresses, I was immediately interested. One of our customers who was in full pledge mode inspired me to get involved. I began researching, and realized Blythe Hill, the founder of this movement, was much like me. Our talents both lie in creative fields and the fashion industry, which some may view as unimportant.

Blythe says,”When I started hearing about trafficking, I felt an urgency to do something, and so naturally, I looked at my skill set for a way to engage. The problem was my interests and talents didn’t seem to line up with making a difference. I’m not a social worker, I’m not a lawyer, I’m not a psychologist. I’m not a cop. I’m someone who’s interested in fashion, trend analysis, wordplay, and blogging. My interests felt shallow in the grand scheme of things. I remember feeling powerless, and thinking, ‘There’s nothing I can do.’

I was in college, and felt stifled by the lack of time for creativity, so I decided to create a personal style challenge. I came up with the idea of wearing a dress every day for a month. When I realized the next full month was December, the name “Dressember” came to me and, since I love wordplay, the deal was sealed. So I did it; I wore a dress every day for a month. And I never planned to do it again.

The next year, a handful of girlfriends wanted to do it with me. So I did it again. And then the next year, my girlfriends’ girlfriends wanted to join in. So, when women I didn’t even know were participating in it, I realized this was a good idea.

And then I started to dream bigger. I thought, “maybe I can use Dressember to raise some money for anti-trafficking.” So, in its fifth year, 2013, I aligned Dressember with International Justice Mission and decided, “we’re gonna go big– we’re gonna try to raise $25K,” which felt like a huge, scary goal. When we hit my huge, scary goal– on the third day of our campaign– I realized what had started as a few girls in Orange County wearing dresses for fun had become a community of over 1,200 women in 32 countries who collectively raised over $165,000!”

I love how she used her God-given talents of creativity to make a difference, and I’ll always be empowered by this. Last year we posted a different dress each day from the store (Roadkill Ranch & Boutique) in an effort to raise awareness and directed a lot of people to their site. This year we’ve vowed to do the same.

We haven’t set up our own campaign bank, but since all of the money goes to the same coffer, we are encouraging everyone to go to http://www.dressember.org to get involved or to make a donation.

“THE HEART OF DRESSEMBER IS FREEDOM– THAT EVERY WOMAN HAS THE RIGHT TO LIVE A VIBRANT AND AUTONOMOUS LIFE.”

The 1st pic is founder Blythe Hill.

The 2nd pic is Marlena Khramov modeling Roadkill Ranch.

The 3rd and 4th pics are of Sydney Beaver modeling Roadkill Ranch.

Photo Credit: Dressember.org and Savannah Kaefer

 

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Fringe Benefits

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Fringe! Get it while it’s hot!

Last season we began to see fringe flying off clothing and handbags; some fashion industry experts predicted it would be a quickly fading trend. However, when designers like Chloe and Valentino strutted the tousled tassels on their runways, it was a sure sign of solidification.

The look is strong for fall and will be moving into spring 2016 as well.

The first picture is a beautiful, cognac leather Chloé bag. Yes, I lost sleep over this beauty. Damn!!! I want it now!!!

The next three bags are what we carry at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique.

The last picture is Valentino.

Look for fun colors and lots of ostentatious displays of fringe. And if a designer bag is too much of a commitment, go for something more affordable from Roadkill. The benefit? You’ll be representing the trend and still be able to pay your rent.

Stay Stylish,

Jules

Photo Credit: Getty Images & Savannah Kaefer

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Strong Ties

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Trend alert!!! Gigantic,’70s inspired ties for women (and men) loom on the horizon.

I’ve recently spotted a few fearless ties in some of our accessory vendor’s collections, but when Gucci plastered the look on their runway show for spring 2016, well… need I say more?

Look for bright-colored ties with fun prints and huge icons. Pair with jeans and a collared T-shirt for a casual look, or suit up all the way for spunky, fierce style.

When we first opened Roadkill, the store was primarily vintage. I spent a good deal of my time searching through old clothes and accessories for the perfectly-curated mix. I’ve always had a penchant for ties, and would collect them on my buy trips. We sold a few at the store, but the unique ones I kept for myself, and ended up with a pretty eclectic assortment. Then one day, I was inspired (deceived) by a de-clutter article and went crazy. Yep, you guessed it, out went the ties (and some really cool shoes and handbags too). I’ve been sad for years over this temporary act of insanity. (Trust me, my therapist needs therapy after dealing with me.)

You know the old saying, “If you love something set it free, if it comes back it’s yours, if it doesn’t it never was.”? Or is it, “If you love someone…”?  Whatever.  When it comes to awesome ties (or other rare finds), DO NOT SET THEM FREE IF YOU LOVE THEM!!! My little beauties have probably been repurposed into makeup bags or fanny packs by now. (I’m crying paisley tears!!!)  Hopefully, a special one will find it’s way back to me so I can represent the trend without forfeiting my rent for a designer version.

Dare to be big and bold for spring, keep your ties strong, and never let them go.

Stay Stylish,

Jules

Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Mad for Plaid

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I love everything about fall, the cooler weather, the warmer clothes, the hot drinks, the cozy fireplaces, the mountain getaways, pumpkin spice everything (OK maybe that’s getting old), but you get the idea, and plaid! Just as the seasons change, so do our wardrobes, and plaid is always a traditional staple. I’m not saying you can’t wear plaid during the other months, there are tons of cute gingham and light-colored combos available, but those big buffalo plaids and classic tartans just scream fall!

After viewing  some of the runway shows, I was glad to see the checkered styles with new twists. Look for high-low cuts and flounce detailing on blouses and jackets. Pair your traditional tartans with heavy studded jewelry and thick chains for a punkish vibe, or wear an all-over coat dress with short boots for a cool, indie look.

We think men look sexy in plaid too (that’s why Roadkill Ranch is the number one Pendleton distributor in Orange County)! Wear your Pendleton alone or layer with a white T-shirt for a dapper look.

The first picture is from the Chanel runway show.

The second picture is from the Tommy Hilfiger collection.

The third picture is M Missoni’s ad campaign.

The fourth picture is Sydney Beaver modeling for Roadkill Ranch & Boutique. We think our photo shoot is better than Missoni. (We’re not biased or anything.)

The last two pictures are of our stylish man friends (Matt Brady and Joshua Titus), modeling Pendleton shirts for Roadkill Ranch & Boutique.

So grab a good book, a good cup O’Joe and get cozy somewhere (in your plaid of course). Because fashion is a feeling, and you deserve to feel fab!

PS Take quick advantage of  this weather, tomorrow may be 80 degrees again (blogging from a cute leopard chair in Fullerton, California).

Photo Credit: Getty Images, Savannah Kaefer, Julie Rasmussen, Tommy Hilfiger, M Missoni

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His Soles

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If you think you’re the only one that has a shoe fetish, meet my friend Brent Adams.

This guy is always dressed to the nines with the most fashionable soles to boot. It’s such a breath of fresh air to be around  fashion conscious men. I almost forgot they existed. Up until a few years ago (I finally flew away), I was constantly surrounded by wannabe gang members whose wardrobes consisted of Vans tennis shoes with tube socks, and smelly, baggy jean shorts worn below the waist so low their underwear showed. The look was usually paired with some sort of message T-shirt relating to guns, politics, or how you’d better get your life right or else you’re going to hell. Geeze! I thought I was already in hell. Oops! Did I say that out loud? Sorry, I digress.

Anyway, yes, sharp dressed men (with class) do exist in Fullerton. And they’re all on the Day of Music board of directors (with the exception of Wade and James from Lux, but that’s another blog).

Brent’s shoe collection takes the cake. Every time I see this guy he has a different pair of shoes on. And they are designer!  I’ve always admired his shoe choices, but one day the iconic (and coveted) red and green stripe he was donning hit me like a ton of bricks. “OMG!!! Are those Gucci?” I exclaimed.

“Yes.”  He replied nonchalantly as he swiftly disappeared through the front door of my shop.

Later that evening a bunch of us met at the local wine bar Vino Nostra (for vino and venting), and I decided to delve a little more into Brent’s shoe addiction (I mean hear more about his fabulous designer collection).

He admitted to owning over…hmmm…I better not divulge. He might be the type of guy who hides packages in the trunk of  his car (Alfa Romeo BTW, it’s obvious he likes Italian made) and sneaks them in when his wife isn’t there? I’m seeing her this weekend, so I better not stir anything up.

Let’s just say, including  tennis shoes, flip flops, and driving moccasins, the count is close to… shoot, I just can’t do it!  For now, we’ll just applaud his fierce style and his impeccable taste in shoes and be thankful we can all get a glimpse of a gentlemen who knows that dressing well is a form of good manners.

Remember to walk the walk (in great shoes of course)!

Photo Credit: Brent Adams

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True Colors

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This year I’ve had the privilege of serving on the board of directors for The Day of Music Fullerton, a  city-wide musical celebration in conjunction with Fête de la Musique. It was a fun time and I really enjoyed serving the community, making new friends, and creating bonds that will last a lifetime.

As most of you know, Leo Fender (inventor of the Fender guitar) lived and worked in Fullerton for the majority of his life. His widow Phyllis Fender is still an integral part of Fullerton’s culture and is active in the community. Not only is she a docent at The Fullerton Museum for the Leo Fender Gallery, she was also our “Queen of the Day” on June 21st (the official Day of Music). And, yours truly had the honor of crowning her.

Fast forward a few weeks. I was getting a much needed mani-pedi when Phyllis Fender walked into the salon. We hugged, chatted about how wonderful Day of Music was, and discussed nail colors. (She was going for a French manicure and I was in a black and blue mood.) She began sharing with me about her latest hobby. “I’m really enjoying adult coloring books.” She said. “And when I say adult, I don’t mean nasty.”

She went on to tell me how adult coloring books are the latest rage and she finds peace and tranquility in coloring. The whole time I was thinking what a sweet little lady, as I envisioned her at home with her crayons. I didn’t think too much of it until the very next day when I had buying appointments with my book publishers. And guess what? Adult coloring books are the latest craze! Every publisher was pushing them and showing recent write-ups from The Wall Street Journal to local publications on how coloring reduces stress and promotes well being. Since I was already in-the-know (thanks to my Fender muse), I bought a few for Roadkill Ranch & Boutique.

The coloring books hit the store last month greeted with positive responses. I should have posted this story weeks ago, but you know how life gets in the way? Days turn into weeks, how quick they pass (I think that’s a song). Anyway, good thing I have people in my life who keep me accountable. My friend Brent (who also serves on the board of directors for the Day of Music Fullerton) keeps me in check on my blogging. And since he rode my ass to start writing again, I’m dedicating tomorrow’s blog to his “Diva-licious” shoe collection. So stay tuned!

The first photo is Phyllis Fender being crowned on June 21st during the Day of Music Fullerton.

The second photo is our lovely “Queen of the Day” Phyllis Fender.

The last two photos are the adult coloring books available at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique.

Photo credit: Joel Maus Studio EMP and Julie Rasmussen.

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Juxtapose

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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!

xo

Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Double Trouble

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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

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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!

xo

Photo Credit: Getty Images, Savannah Kaefer

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