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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



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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At Christie’s Auction House in NYC last week, Lady Gaga dropped $295,000.00 on three pairs of worn Alexander McQueen shoes! The shoes ironically were worn by the star herself in her Bad Romance video and on the Red Carpet, but she never owned them, until now. The armadillo soles were handcrafted in Italy from wood and python skin and have become an iconic look for the pop star.

It must be nice to drop over a quarter of a million dollars on crazy-couture shoes. And no, I’m not jealous (fingers crossed behind back). Although I do have to say, it wasn’t a completely irresponsible spending spree; the money raised from the auction went to benefit UNICEF’s relief efforts in Nepal. Thank you Miss Gaga, that was very Lady-like of you.

She considered the late designer a friend as well as a tremendous source of inspiration and support. Lady Gaga released this personal statement to V Magazine describing her cosmic revelation of the shoes and her personal relationship with Alexander McQueen.

“There is no diamond, no award, nothing I ever wanted more than a memory of my brief friendship with McQueen. I am sad every day that I enter my closet, knowing he is not here anymore to dazzle the world with his beautiful, dark, limitless, brave mind. These shoes are the only tangible piece I have left of our work together. They came to me this morning, after a dream I had again about him. As the dream goes, I enter my closet and his clothes are no longer there. I’m tortured. The loss is deep. Mourning in my own way constantly, why he is gone, he was so talented. I hate the empty space, not only in fashion, but in the creative consciousness that fizzled when he passed. This morning I got the call I would now be the caregiver to 3 pairs of armadillo platforms, just like the kind I wore in the “Bad Romance” video, the shoes from his crescendo collection “Plato’s Atlantis,” the ones that made everyone gasp from the front row because they had NEVER seen something like them before. I was reminded this morning that he is still here. He is everywhere. In every store window. In the designs of commercial mainstream retail, fashion, in music, in the heart of every young designer that wishes he could be as free and as fearless as McQueen was. I cried all morning, convinced he was with me. Convinced that I’m loved from somewhere far beyond the eternal body and mind, outside of all the chaos. He wanted me to have them. They made their way back to me. I am here today not just because of my talent, but because he believed in me. My weird brand of art pop manic expression of my emotions was the part of me he knew he taught me. I will be grateful long after I pass and join him wherever it is they put souls like us. Long live McQueen.”

I really do believe what’s meant to be will always find a way, just like these shoes found their way back to Lady. So, trust in the mystery of your journey and believe in the power of your dreams.

The first pic is of the coveted shoes.

The second pic is Lady Gaga wearing the shoes in her Bad Romance video.

The third pic is an Instagram photo Gaga posted from her New York balcony after she brought the shoes home.

The fourth pic is of her and her fiancé Taylor Kinney on their way to her performance with Bono.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, Lady Gaga

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Monster Mouth


Here’s my “Freaky Friday Fashion” pic of the week. A yuck mouth shoe that’s candy-coated with pretty, silver spikes and sparkly jewels. Sounds like a few people I know; they portray a nice outwardly appearance, but possess a monster of a mouth.

Halloween is just around the corner, so get your spook on.


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Heart Broken



Christian Louboutin!!!

Why am I heart broken? Well, I stayed up all night contemplating the purchase of these shoes. Let’s see, do I pay rent or buy shoes? Looks like I have to pay the rent. UGHH!!! So irritating!!!

Thanks Neiman Marcus for sending me “friendly reminders”. I don’t think that’s very nice — tempting a poor shoe addict when she’s got kids to feed and bills to pay! Next time just send me a 4,000 dollar voucher and I’ll consider that “friendly”. Until then, you’re not my BFF!

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Hello Lover

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Sarah Jessica Parker is in the midst of designing and launching her own shoe line called SJP. The former “Sex and the City” star played the character Carrie Bradshaw who was a writer and a fashion whore. She coined the phrase “Hello Lover” every time she saw an amazing fashion piece, mostly referring to stilettos and pumps.  Her character persona once bragged in an episode that she owned over $40,00 in shoes alone.

It’s no surprise that Sarah Jessica Parker would eventually pair her love for fashion and her creative mind to form a shoe collection. She has teamed up with Manolo Blahnik CEO George Malkemus to create shoes, small handbags and a few trench coats. The collection, “SJP” will be sold exclusively at Nordstrom in early 2014.

Talk about a fantasy life becoming a reality. I guess “happily-ever- afters” really do exist.


Photo credit: Nordstrom and Getty Images

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Foot Steps



Here’s my “Freaky Friday Fashion” pic for the week, feet shoes. The toes look so real, it’s kind of gruesome.

Anyway, you won’t catch me in a pair of these. Why? Because they are totally creepy. Like, oh my God! Gag me with a spoon creepy!

100% guaranteed to make you look and feel like a heel.



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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week - Scherer GonzalesHere’s my “Freaky Friday Fashion” pic of the week, Calla Lilly (and other white flowers) adorned heels. So fab, they put the spring back into your step!


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Wild Wedges


Wedges and platforms are popping up bigger-than-life this season.

Pair with maxi skirts, boyfriend jeans, or just about anything for a dramatic twist on style. Here are three of my faves.

The first platform wedge is by Dolce & Gabbana. It’s a fun and wild masterpiece; perfect for kicking up your look.

The second platform wedge is by Red Valentino. It’s fresh and sweet and perfect for summer.

The third platfrom wedge is by Prada. It’s slightly mysterious and a tad bit serious with a hint of domination.

A girl can never have too many shoes and it’s a quick and easy way to update your wardrobe.

Walk in style!

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Shoe Stalking

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Hi my name is Julie Rasmussen and I’m a “Shoe Stalker”.

I look at everyone’s shoes. There I said it!

Today was the first official day of Orange County Fashion Week. Even though Heidi and I had front row seats for the event, I couldn’t help but do a little shoe stalking. My ADD kicked in and the rest is history.

I can’t decide if I like the nude sparkles or the black ankle straps better? What’s your favorite pair?

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