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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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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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The Rose

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One of my favorite movie lines is from The Devil Wears Prada.  Meryl Streep, who plays Miranda Priestly, the tyrant magazine editor, asks her staff what they’ve come up with for spring. “Well…they’re showing a lot of florals right now, so I was thinking..”

Miranda: “Florals? For spring? Ground breaking.” She replies in her usual, sarcastically-irritated and far-from- amused voice.

It’s just so typical and expected of the fashion world to do flowers in spring and trees and leaves in the fall. However, this season, there’s a new twist with roses for fall. Although it’s not completely groundbreaking, it is a fresh take on the “love” flower.

A single red rose has always been symbolic for expressing deep affection to someone. It’s been used in poems and writings for centuries that pertain to emotions (remember Bette Midler’s song The Rose?).  And a multitude of roses? Well…that’s just pure bliss!

The first pic is from the Alexander McQueen runway show. The collection is full of heavy fabrics emblazoned with roses. Designer Sarah Burton calls this collection The Spirt of the Rose. She describes it as, “A flower that begins with a tight bud that opens into a lush bloom and then eventually collapses back onto itself in gorgeous decay.”

The second pic is of Roadkill Girl Sydney Beaver in our House of Fame dress, Jeffrey Campbell glittered Mary Jane shoes and our rose stud earrings. We surrounded her with all of our rose hair clips for a dramatic statement.

The rest of the pics (including the rose-encrusted sunglasses) are from the Dolce and Gabbana runway show.

Look for heavier weighted fabrics like wool, faux-fur, velvet and paper-thin leather parading the rose. Add sheer overlays and lace layering pieces for ultra-feminine style.

And just because it’s not spring, doesn’t mean you can’t express yourself in a deeply emotional and purely fashionable way by wearing a rose (or twelve).

I’ve attached Bette Midler’s beautiful ballad, The Rose, for your listening pleasure. (Duet with Wynonna Judd.)

Photo Credit: Getty Images, Infinitas, Roadkill Ranch, Savannah Kaefer

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My Muse

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It wouldn’t be right to resurrect my blog without reiterating my undying love for Marc Jacobs. After a two year blog-hiatus, I had to ask myself a few questions to make sure I still felt the same way about him.

1. Do you still think he’s a genius? Ummm…YES!

2. Do you still think he sets the trends for the entire Fashion Industry? Ummm…YES!

3. Do you still think he’s adorable? Ummm…YES!!!

4. Do you still have fantasies about being stuck in an elevator with him? Ummm…YES! (Only to pick his brain of course.)

5. Do you still dream about walking down the aisle with him? Ummm…YES! (The aisle of one of his runway shows.)

OK, it’s still there!

This season Marc has commissioned  Cher to be one of the new faces for his fall collection. The 69-year-old, mega-superstar has successfully reinvented herself once again by modeling. (She’s also on the cover of Love Magazine this month.) He brilliantly swings the pendulum on this and adds 14-year-old Willow Smith in the same collection, showing us age has no bounds in fashion.

The collection is very dark in tones, rich in texture and polished immaculately, evoking a feeling of strength and power. Inspired by the late Diana Vreeland (a fashion hero for Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and special consultant at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art ), Marc says, “The collection is a garden of hell. That’s what fashion is, this paradise that’s sort of hellish in a way. You love it ’til you hate it, you hate ’til you love it!”

Look for faux fur details, nail heads and grommets embellished on clothing, and sleek, polished accessories.

I’ve attached the short video below of the runway show and Marc talking about his 2015 Fall collection. It’s so much better to hear about this masterpiece in his own words. It’s short and worth a watch (or two, or three). Wink! Wink!

Happy Monday! Stay stylish and stay creative!

Pic 1. Cher

Pic 2. Willow Smith

Pic 3. Cher and Marc Jacobs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala.

Photo credit: Getty Images and Marc Jacobs

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Bright Ideas

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“They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway…” It’s true!  Neon hues and bright tones plastered the runways and showrooms of Manhattan (and London, Paris, and Milan) for New York Fashion Week.

Designers are moving heavily into the Day-Glo look for fall and into next spring. The crazy fluorescents gained popularity in the ’80s, along with Manic Panic hair dye (which never lost its allure), big earrings, smoosh socks, hair scrunchies and plastic clothing. (Trust me, I owned it all, and have the pictures to prove it!)

Then one day (just like the overalls and giant shoulder pads trend), it died! No more loud colors. Fashion toned down, designers went into a natural, earthy direction and the color excitement subsided. But now, brights are back!

The first picture is of Fyodor Golan’s runway show. It’s wacky and fabulous and shows the Day-Glo trend to the extreme.

The second and third pics are of blouses we carry at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique. If you’re hesitant to wear head-to-toe neon, choose an item with just a hint of color. You can still represent the trend with small accents like bows, trims and jewelry.

If you are tame (we know you’re not since you’re donning these styles, but let’s just pretend), choose one focal item and build your look around it. Pair a hot pink (or other neon hue of your choice) top with white pants or your favorite boyfriend jeans, then accessorize with metal jewelry for a more sophisticated look.

The last picture is a compilation of great ideas and vivid color combinations by patterncurator.com.  Depending on how zany you feel, you may want to try some color blocking. Since the bright tones all seem to work together (in some punchy way), take a block of color and pair it with a contrasting color of your choice. For example: a bright yellow tank top worn under a hot pink blazer is a great way to color block. Add an orange scarf or belt to the outfit, and you’ll be ready to paint the town red! Or lime green! Or both! (Just make sure you have a ton of fun while doing it!)

Live colorfully with no regrets!

Photo Credit: Getty Images, Pattern Curator, Savannah Kaefer, Roadkill Ranch

xo

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Face Time

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I’ve been seeing a lot of silhouette faces in the fashion world lately. Most are women’s faces with big eyes, big lashes, and big lips plastered on  T-shirts and sheath dresses.

The above pics have just been released from the Prada 2014  Spring Ready-To-Wear Collection. The show was inspired by street art from LA, Mexico and South America. The collection is feminine and strong with an eccentric touch of Pop Art and glam.

Miuccia Prada hired some street artists to create the dramatic back drop. “I want to inspire women to struggle.” She told reporters.

OK, well, I guess struggling makes you a stronger woman, but most struggling women can’t afford to dress head-to-toe in Prada. (I’m just sayin’.)

Although I may be a bit confused by her comment, I still think the designs look strong, beautiful and independent. And, I completely encourage women to be strong, beautiful and independent. So, if you’re struggling to gain strength, you might want to put on your poker face, or your Prada face (if you can afford it).

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Snoopy Style

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Spring 2014 is looking retro-fabulous with Tommaso Aquilano and Robert Rimondi at the helm of Fay. They’ve taken ’70s style hoodies, skater skirts and baseball shirts and twisted them up with rainbow colors and Snoopy icons.

This is seriously something I would have worn in 1973. Oh wait! Here’s a picture of me in 1973 on my way to school with my yellow, Snoopy lunch box. Snoopy brings back some instant, happy childhood memories, so I’m going to say, “Yay for Fay!”

All Fay needs now  is some Woodstock accessories and a few Charlie Brown T-shirts and the line will be complete! Or, better yet, re-producing some metal, lunch boxes as handbags would be adorable. I wish I would have kept mine.

I can’t wait for this collection to hit the stores so I can buy a piece of happiness.

xo

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Socks Please!

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We’ve seen designers and runway shows pairing socks with sandals for over a year now, but this fall it’s hitting mainstream!

It’s so fun and different, and a great way to add personal style and originality to any look. I recently met with one of my vendors who specializes in bath and body products, and this season they’ve added an entire line of colorful and quirky socks.

And guess what? I bought them all for the store. Look for fun prints, stripes, argyles, and comic-inspired hosiery to add to your wardrobe. Pair ankle socks with wedges and heels and pair knee-socks with flats, mary janes and tennis shoes.

The first 2 pics are all of the cute socks I ordered for Roadkill Ranch & Boutique.

The 3rd pic is a great style lesson from a runway show.

The 4th pic is Prada. Need I say more?

Mark my words! Socks are the new black!

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Googly Eyes

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I spent all day yesterday working on my holiday deliveries for Roadkill Ranch & Boutique, and, at the end of the day, I realized I had dedicated a decent chunk of my open-to-buy to googly eyes.

I  think I may have gone a little crazy.  I ordered small, medium and giant eyes. I couldn’t  resist the mini emergency cans of  stick-on googly eyes, so I bought them and the glow in the dark version too. They’re so cute and humorous and are guaranteed to add a little fun to everything. I’m going to keep my supply with me at all times. It will go something like this when I grab my handbag: iPhone- check. Lip gloss- check. Wallet- check. Keys and googly eyes- check.

I’m pretty sure this googly eye trend will beat out the mustache and bacon trend. If not, at least the Roadkill Girls and I will be having lots of fun.

The top picture is from the Blonds runway show, it’s an all-over, googly-eyed masterpiece.

The rest of the pictures are of merchandise I ordered for the boutique.

I’m gaga over googly eyes. I can’t wait for the day UPS brings us the coveted box. Trash cans, trees, backs of chairs, and, perhaps our toilet lid, will all come to life with the giant eyes. I’m sure the fruit in the fruit bowl and smaller household items will also begin to come to life as soon as my son gets a hold of the small eyes.

Trend alert! Mark my words!

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