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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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Party Animals

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Happy Monday! For those of you who were worried about me because I didn’t blog last week (yes, I have this wonderful fantasy life where people actually care), I’m OK!

Heidi (the store manger of Roadkill Ranch & Boutique) and I flew into Las Vegas last Sunday night for the Magic Trade Show. We walked miles and scouted amazing, new finds for the store. Every second was a blast. We made some new friends, bonded with old faves, and even had time to fit in a little karaoke. (Yep, I played Vegas with my BF April.)

We got back to town late Wednesday night. Thursday I went to LA twice, boy was that a fun day! NOT!!! Then back to LA again on Friday for more vendor meetings. I worked at the store all day Saturday and then ended the week yesterday with my son’s 8th birthday party.

We had a family get together with masks, wigs, glasses and stick-on mustaches. The kids had a blast and so did some of the adults. (Love it when my bad-ass-gangsta boys play dress up with me.) We served super-bubbles and star-shaped sunglasses on platters and had lots of balloons for everyone. So you see, I really do have a good excuse for not blogging last week (because I know you all care), plus the internet service in Vegas SUCKS!

Anyway, I’m back on track and will share some super-awesome fashion stories with you soon.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Love Always,

Julie

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Shadow Shows

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I love good old fashioned fun! When I saw these shadow cards being offered from our vendor Spitfire Girl, I immediately bought them for the store. It’s so fun to make animal and monster shadows on your wall, it reminds me of when I was growing up. I had a great childhood and I was lucky to be blessed with a best friend who lived right next door. Despite the fact that both of our parents were divorced and it was tough times for everyone, April and I stuck together and helped each other get through life.

We created our own happiness. We had big dreams and big ideas and nothing would stop us! We were planning on moving to New York, because if we could make it there, we could make it anywhere! We took dance class with Steven Peck at The Fox Theater in Fullerton, (It’s ironic how my boutique is just down the street from the Fox today.) and dreamt of starring on Broadway. It kept us creative.

I remember when April would spend the night, we would stay up all night giggling. My mom would yell from her bedroom, “Get to sleep girls!” But we couldn’t help but crank call people (back then there was no caller ID), make up funny stories, and create shadow shows on the walls.

April recently sent me this video of the Pilobolus Dance Theater called “Shadow Land”. It’s a musical theater production about  a young girl who moves to New York to find her dreams and it’s all done with shadows. I got chills when I saw this, it’s absolutely amazing. And it just goes to show you that good old fashioned fun is inspiring and can foster the imaginations of everyone.

I hope you love this video as much as I do. And keep your dreams alive!!!

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Something’s Fishy!

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One fish, two fish, gold fish, boob fish. Here’s my “Freaky Friday Fashion” pic of the week, a fish bra. Brilliant! Now I know what I’m going to wear when I chaperone the kids to the Long Beach Aquarium this summer.

I also think it would be great if the OC Fair booth workers at the “Win a Fish” game wear these. That way when people complain, “What am I going to do with a gold fish?” The booth attendants can just point to their bras and say, “DUH!”

Only boring people get bored. Keep those creative juices flowing!

T.G.I.F.

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Coachella Style

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Coachella, the musical festival that takes place each year in the deserts of California came to end yesterday.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to join the free-loving, bare-footed, crazy-styled party. However, my good friend Corky (owner of Fullerton Foundry) was in attendance and was kind enough to report a live stream of fashion pics for me.

Style mavens (and a slew of gypsies,tramps and thieves) from around the world joined together in the name of music. From half-naked men (and women) to hipsters, to rockers, to hippies, and everything in between, it was the fashion party of the year. (Oh, and there were some bands too.) These pictures speak for themselves, so I need not write much. Summing it up I would say, fun is the new black and any kind of head or hair accessory was a fashion fave.

Thank you Corky for the great coverage! (And for allowing me to live vicariously through you and Ryan.)

Please follow Roadkill Ranch and Fullerton Foundry on FB and Instagram.

Stay Stylish!

Photo credit: Corky Nepomuceno

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The “Big A”

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Oakley, the brand most noted for their eyewear, has just opened a 1,000 sq. ft. signature store inside the Angel Stadium. Oakley provides sunglasses to all of the baseball players. And now, you can get a custom pair of shades too, and have them etched with the “A” logo while you wait. The store also carries, T-shirts, wallets, caps and pretty much anything with the “Big A” logo.

I have mixed feelings about this. I grew up in Anaheim and this old pic brings back instant, happy, childhood memories of baseball games and fun times. The landmark still towers the side of the 57 freeway today. My mom used it as a tool (back in the day) while driving to keep us kids quiet in the back seat of our El Camino station wagon. “OK kids, pipe down! Here comes the Big A!” It’s funny how we all silenced in awe of the structure. It was also a comforting sign to see after a long drive, because we knew we were close to home.

Anyway, now everything seems so commercial. I’m happy for Oakley, this seems like a good move financially, I just don’t want the Angel Stadium to start looking like an airport mall, or for Oakley to start pushing for a name change like the “Big O”. Stay true Angels!!

Oh, and since some professional bloggers suggest that inserting more personal info into your blog makes for a better read, I’ve decided to share this “Big A”artwork with you. It’s a piece I bought at the third anniversary Fullerton Art Walk in March, by artist “Elika”. I fell in love with it, and since it was Elika’s favorite too, we bonded. Now, he’s going to be exhibiting  his work at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique in the fall for our monthly Art Walk. Not only that, my son’s bedroom decor just got a bit cooler! Looks like a home run for all.

Go Angels!!!

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Fullerton’s Art Walk

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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 of 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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Pink Lover

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Valentine’s Day is just two days away, and I’m in a pink mood. These are a few of my favorite things and they also make really awesome gifts. (Hint! Hint!)
Obviously Santa Clause didn’t read my blog during Christmas, because I only got one thing on my wish list. And I was good!
Let’s see if Cupid pays attention.
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Doll Clothes

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Here’s my “Freaky Friday Fashion” pic of the week. You all know how much I love Barbie, but I’m not sure if I’m happy about her hanging upside down naked from a skirt. Perhaps the designer is paying homage to Barbie and her amazing flexibility skills?

Or, maybe the designer was playing “nudist colony” Barbie and got inspired. Oh don’t act like you never played “nudist colony” Barbie. C’mon! If you were raised in the ’70s, lived in California, pretended you were a Charlie’s Angel, wore Dolphin shorts and tube tops, most likely you played “nudist colony” Barbie. (OK, perhaps spending weekends at my dad’s house in Malibu and Topanga Canyon had something to do with it– there were a lot of “colonies” around there.)

I’m going to say that this is a tribute to Barbie’s freedom. She can be anything and do anything and is not afraid to show it.

This definitely gives new meaning to doll clothes. Now, if we can only get someone to make a shirt from Ken dolls, this outfit would be complete.

T.G.I.F.

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That’s Tight!

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I just came across these amazing tights by Indie artist Teja Jamilla. I’m obsessed with cool leg wear and Teja’s designs are far from boring! I love all of the whimsical styles and colors. And who wouldn’t want an Alice in Wonderland/ Steampunk inspired pair of tights?

Check out her Etsy store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/TejaJamilla for more great looks and support an Indie artist this season.

Happy Tuesday!

 

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