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My Universe

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Saturday  was the opening night of “California: The Center of the Universe” exhibit at The Fullerton Museum Center. It was an incredible, cosmic display of NASA pictures, sketches and early drawings and works of astronomers and scientists.

I’ve always been intrigued with the Universe, and all of its mighty elements.  I wish on shooting stars, I find images in cloud formations, and I know deep down in my heart, there’s a Divine Intelligence that’s beyond our human capacity to understand.

I was a little frazzled upon arrival. An hour before the show, I received  a call to come back to Roadkill Ranch & Boutique. There was an interesting fellow stirring up trouble, disturbing the customers, and galloping around the store displaying obscene body gestures while wearing one of our horse masks. He wasn’t too thrilled when I showed up on  the scene and ruined his fun. So, after I dealt with that problem, I realized I had an even bigger problem, I had forgotten my earrings at home. And, well, they were part of my “exhibit” outfit (I always try to dress accordingly). Good thing I literally live above The Museum Center and without a moment to spare, I was able to get back to my place, grab my Tarina Tarantino moon earrings and meet my friend Karen just in time for the opening reception.

All calmed down when I began to lose myself in the photos from outer space. I felt peaceful while looking into infinity, and my problems and worries seemed so small compared to the vast Universe.

There’s a big cosmos trend happening in the fashion industry, and I’ve been buying a lot of planetary-related merchandise for the store. We even have glow-in-the-dark moon leggings on order.  I think the Universe is trying to speak to me, and I’m pretty sure it’s saying, “Don’t let guys in horse masks keep you from living a peaceful life.”  Or, maybe it’s trying to show me how to trust in the mystery of my journey and give me the peace to know everything is going to be fine in its time.

 

The first three pics are pics of pics I took on my phone. Original photos on display by NASA’s Hubble space telescope.

The last pic is of my man-in-the-moon earrings, available at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique.

 

 

 

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Dapper Day

 

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Do you like dressing up? Do you like Disneyland? If you said yes to both of these questions, then  consider heading over to the “Magic Kingdom” this weekend for Dapper Day.

Dapper Day is a celebration of stepping out in style. This bi-annual event at Disneyland invites all who dare to be fashionable with a high emphasis on vintage styling. Although retro outfits are not required, all styles and designs are welcomed as long as you have the mentality of wearing your “Sunday Best”.

Roadkill Ranch has become a precursor to the events, and Rockabilly and Pinup aficionados frequent the shop during this time. It’s so great to see  well dressed ladies and gentleman stopping by for a quick style fix.

A vendor called me the other day to tell me about a best T-shirt seller that reads: “Proud Supporter of Sweatpants and Messy Hair.”   I had to politely decline. I just don’t think Roadkill customers would appreciate it. (That’s for another store and another park.) They might have better luck selling me something that says, “Always dress to kill.”

The first two pictures are outfits from Roadkill Ranch, modeled by Marlena Khamrov.

The last three are from last year’s Dapper Day.

Stay Stylish!

Jules

Photo Credit: Adam Petrasek, Wing Shum, OC Register, LA Times, DapperDay.com

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Monster Mouth

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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.

T.G.I.F.

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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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Yo Bitches!

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What’s up Yo?

The Emmys are always full of amazing gowns and jewelry, and I’m sure every fashion blogger will be writing about the best and worst dressed, but for me, it was all about the win for Breaking Bad!

This is my favorite show ever, and Vince Gilligan (the creator) is beyond brilliant. The cast is outstanding, the script is outstanding, and the filming is outstanding. So, I was more than thrilled to see them win for “Outstanding Drama Series”.  (YES!!! Bitches!!!)

I feel close to all of the characters, they seem so real. And I love them all, especially RJ Mitte who plays Flynn (or Walt Jr.).  I had the pleasure of meeting him at a pre-Emmy party a while back. Roadkill Ranch and Boutique was invited to a celebrity gift suite to promote our store and RJ stopped by. He had heard about us through his friend Joell who happens to be our friend as well, so we had a mutual bond. He is one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met and am so grateful to have met him and to have his support for Roadkill. (That’s right bitches!!!)

Congratulations to RJ and to the rest of the Breaking Bad cast. You guys deserve it all! I’m forever hooked (pun intended).

PS And how can you not love Jesse? I’ve attached his “Bitch” compilation to start your Monday off with!

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Gone Fishing

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Here’s my “Freaky Friday Fashion” pic of the week, a fish bowl earring/hat. What possesses a man to wear this?

It must make him happy. I guess if something brings you that much happiness, you do everything in your power to keep it near and dear to you. Or, maybe he didn’t trust his neighbors enough to feed his fish while he went on vacation, so he just took them with him?

Thanks to one of my BFs, Simone, for sending this over. It’s one of three things that keep us bonded- freaks. The other two are fashion and food. We can seriously stay up all night talking about fashion, food and freaks.

I’d like to invite this man to our next girl’s night out. I’m sure he’d stay up all night with us and talk about fashion, food and freaks. Plus, I’d like to know the story behind the cupie doll and Pokemon characters on his hat.

T.G.I.F.

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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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Diana Designs

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“Do you know where you’re going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you? Do you know?” Oh sorry, I was singing the Theme from Mahogany. How could I not after seeing this new collection of Diana Ross inspired designs?

Fashion designer Peter Jensen has revealed his Spring 2014 collection and it is heavily influenced by the “Disco Diva” herself, Diana Ross. Jensen’s muse has him creating clothing with Diana’s face and lips plastered on the pieces.

Look for giant face silhouettes of the star emblazoned on sweatshirts and skirts and all-over lip prints on wrap dresses and sheaths.

I love Diana Ross and this collection pays beautiful  homage to the legendary diva. So, “Do you know where you’re going to?” I know I’m going shopping when this hits the stores.

xo

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Book Marc

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Last week Heidi (the store manager of Roadkill Ranch & Boutique) and I were invited to an Emmy celebrity party on Melrose, hosted by Doris Bergman and Associates. It was a lovely day full of TV stars and industry people. We had the opportunity to promote Roadkill Ranch & Boutique and network with some amazing souls. (I will post pics this week.)

Since it was a daytime event, we were out early and decided to explore the area. Of course you all know I break for Marc Jacobs, so when we saw his book store… SCREECH!

Up until that point, the highlight of my day was meeting Robert Wagner, but when I caught this giant eyeball blinking in the window of Book Marc (How cute is that name?), thoughts flooded my brain about the genius that powers Marc Jacobs. There was no place to park (What else is new?), but I noticed a loading zone. Heidi (AKA Ethel) pretended to load our mannequins in the car while I ran into the store in hopes to see Marc Jacobs and express my undying love. (My fantasy life is awesome!)

Unfortunately, he wasn’t there. And of course, no pictures allowed. But, after 10 minutes of questioning the girl behind the counter of his whereabouts, she finally caved and let me take a pic of the eyeball. I’m pretty sure she just wanted to get rid of me. After I told her I wanted to get stuck in an elevator with Marc for hours just to pick his brain, she gave me a “you are crazy” look. Oh, who cares what she thinks? Plus, now I can share the cool window display with you all.

Happy Monday! Stay true to yourself!

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