Monthly Archives: July 2013

Totally Tory

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Tory Burch’s fall collection looks amazing! Here’s a few sneak peeks from her runway show during Fashion Week.

She’s using rich, luxurious fabrics like: velvet, leather, suede and tweed. Look for heavy embroidery on outerwear and fur-trimmed details on gloves, cuffs and skirt borders.

Statement jewelry is here to stay, so stock up on giant necklaces, earrings and cuffs in mixed metals and jewel tones. There’s lots of layering going on, so be ready to pull out your tights, scarves, and vests, and take your style to “Tory” level.

It’s  Art Nouveau with a ’70s twist, so don’t be afraid to mix in your lace and brocade pieces too this season.

I’m in love with the red suit, only I’d pair it with my monkey smoking Roadkill Ranch T-shirt, some gold chain necklaces and black pointy heels. OMG!  I just had a “fashion-gasm”-  gotta go!

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Tiffany’s Thief

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Tiffany & Co.’s former vice president of product development, Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun has been robbing her employer for some time. She was finally arrested last week and charged with stealing over 1.3 million dollars worth of jewelry. She abused her position to check out merchandise and write off or cancel the costs of the goods, later reselling them to an international jewelry company falsely as her own.

Tiffany’s smelled a rat and started an investigation revealing over 165 pieces of jewelry missing in action. Items ranged from diamond bracelets, earrings and pendants. Ingrid has plead guilty to the charges and faces up to 20 years in prison.

As a business owner for 20 years now, I’ve had my fair share of thieves. The worst part is the betrayal. I think that hurts more than the stolen goods, although in this case, the dollar amount is beyond substantial.

I’m just glad Tiffany’s caught their rat!  And for the record Ingrid, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but not stolen ones. Have fun in prison!

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Nude News

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Miley Cyrus is the latest celeb to take her clothes off for Marc Jacobs. The twenty- year-old pop star, stripped down in an effort to support the “Protect The Skin You’re In” campaign created by fashion guru Marc Jacobs. The T-shirts help raise awareness about melanoma and all of the proceeds go to NYU Skin Cancer Institute and NYU Langone Medical Center.

Miley now joins an impressive list of major stars who have bared it all, including: Heidi Klum, Victoria Beckham, Naomi Campbell and more. See the entire collection and support a good cause while you’re at it; click here  MarcJacobs .

Dear Marc,

Please be the next person to pose naked for this campaign. I’d be more excited to have you on my chest than Miley. I’m just sayin’! Oh, and by the way, I love you!

Sincerely,

Julie Rasmussen

Creative Director and Buyer for Roadkill Ranch & Boutique

Happy Monday!

Photo credit:  Marcjacobs.com and Getty Images

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Candy Man

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Here’s my “Freaky Friday Fashion” pic for the week.  A PEZ jacket. Well, that’s one way to make sure everyone sees your rare collection of candy dispensers. I can just see him walking into a bar, “Yeah, that’s right, I’m a collector.”

I’m just curious if they are all full of PEZ candies? I guess I’ll never know, because, my mom always warned me to never talk to strangers who have candy.

T.G.I.F.

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Crazy for Clutches

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I love handbags! This season there’s a lot of emphasis on clutches. They’re small but mighty. Perfect for date night or other special occasions.

This season a lot of designers are focusing on the clutch bag. Almost every major collection features some sort of clutch that translates into a little work of art that you can hold in your hand. I’ve picked a few of my favorite pieces to share with you.

The first pic is Charlotte Olympia’s perfume bottle clutch. OMG!!! When I look at this I cry. It’s so frickin’ adorable! I hope someone buys this for me and then takes me to a champagne brunch.

The second pic is Givenchy. It’s perfect for a night out on the town. I hope someone buys this for me and then takes me to see a Rock band.

The third pic is Christian Louboutin’s all-over spiked clutch. I hope someone buys this for me and then takes me on an adventure (or at least to an awesome restaurant).

The fourth pic is Kate Spade’s cinema clutch. Really? Can she get any cooler? I am torn between Kate and Charlotte this season. They both bring so much creativity to their designs. Anyway, I hope someone buys this for me and then takes me to the theater. (In New York.)

I hope if you’re reading this (person who is going to buy me stuff and take me places) you realize that happiness is at your fingertips, so get a grip.

Photos Courtesy of: Givenchy, Christian Louboutin, Kate Spade, Charlotte Olympia

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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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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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Think Big!

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If you survived the ’80s, then you know what BIG earrings were all about. For me, the bigger the earring the better the outfit. And when I couldn’t find what I was looking for, I just made my own. As a matter of fact, in 1986 (during my college years), my girlfriend Kerry and I started making our own earrings out of wood and custom painting them to match our outfits.

Pretty soon everyone wanted custom earrings and we started our first official business called Felicity Creations. To keep our customers interested, we began making earrings out of broken records and CDs, then we added glitter, puff paint and beads; it was a thrilling time.

Then one Tuesday at 3pm (just like the overalls), big earrings were done! People began moving into organic stones and studs and the simplicity trend took over. A lot of girls I knew had ripped their ear lobes by donning heavy earrings and were looking into plastic surgery to have them fixed. And just for the record (pun intended), our earrings weren’t heavy at all. Blame the heavy styles on Janet Jackson and her one metal-casted key. (Confession time, yep, I wore one key and thought I was hot and “In Control”.)

Up until recently, big earrings haven’t been seen in the spotlight, but as history repeats itself, it’s time to start thinking and wearing big. The first 3 pics are what’s happening now on runways.

The 4th pic is a major culprit of crazy, ’80s style.

The 5th pic is a pair of hand-painted Felicity earrings we made to match a client’s skirt.

The last pic is an ad that my boyfriend at the time Brent Lucy drew for us. He drew the logo and everything by hand. No computer graphics on this one; totally old school. We even took our business cards after they were printed and splattered paint all over them for an added touch. Splattering paint on everything was the norm back then. One time my friend April and I took hot pink paint and splattered her bedroom walls, her lamp shade, her dresser, and everything we could find in her room for an updated look. (Her mom wasn’t too happy, but that’s another story.) My dear grandmother believed in our venture though, she even took me to the Jackson Pollock exhibit while I was visiting her in Omaha, Nebraska so I could get more ideas. I miss her so!

Unfortunately, I don’t have any record earrings left. I had saved a box of them for years and then tossed them during my regretful purge brought on by a de-clutter article that took me by storm.

Advice: Never throw away anything cool!

And this time around, make sure your BIG earrings are light weight so you don’t find your holes splitting. Lastly, cherish the times with your elders.

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Brainiac

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Here’s my “Freaky Friday Fashion” pic for the week, a skull cap. Whoever the brain child is behind this creation, gets 2 thumbs up for brilliantly recreating the traditional skull cap. Although this is rather freaky, I find it rather humorous as well.

I love the pink, fresh look of  a healthy brain, but I do think there should be some options. Next, they need to make one that’s black and burned with a touch of green to resemble a brain on crack. It could be a good campaign for drug abuse awareness. I’m just sayin’.

T.G.I.F.

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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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