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Hey Cupcake!

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Hey Cupcake,

Did you miss me?

I missed you.

I just got back from a buy trip in Las Vegas and I’m so excited about all of the fabulous fall merchandise that’s slated to hit Roadkill Ranch & Boutique over the next month. From gorgeous holiday dresses, to glow-in-the-dark leggings, to western boots, I’m confident our eclectic mix will be more than stellar.

Aside from my crazy-busy daily routine (and distractions) of store stuff, web stuff, phone stuff, and boy stuff, I love to break for photo shoots. Wait! Did I say boy stuff? I meant business stuff.

It all started a few days ago when we received a splendid new dress from Heart of Haute. The beautiful design engraved with rich color combinations of lavenders and mints and etched with gold, took our breath away as we all fell into a swoon. (Just kidding, we all didn’t fall into a swoon, but it sounded really romantic.) As we were admiring our fancy frock, one of the girls said it resembled a cake. Our creative juices began to flow, and the rest is history. We ended up at Hapa Cupcakes in Fullerton the next morning for a photo shoot.

Hapa Cupcakes is the cutest, little cupcakery in town, and the owners are really sweet (pun intended). They were also featured on Cake Wars last June and won 3rd place, so they’re kind of a big deal. Luckily, we know a gal who knows a gal who knows another gal, and we were able to set up a shoot along with a custom-colored cupcake to match the dress.

Isn’t it amazing how one pretty dress can offer so much delicious energy? I hope you enjoy our mid-week blurb on dresses and desserts. So, the next time you get overwhelmed with “stuff”, just take a little sugar break (Did I mention all of their cupcakes are alcohol-infused?). Then, visit  Roadkill Ranch & Boutique to see more of our creative curation.

Stay Stylish,

Jules

 

Before Sugar 

After Sugar  

Photo Credit: Savannah Kaefer

 

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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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My Cup Runneth Over

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OK! All of this red cup controversy over Starbucks choice to take a minimalist approach to their holiday cup design is just ridiculous! (Yes, I’m taking the bait!) Being a small business owner who spends a lot of time on attention to detail and planning designs, this story makes my blood percolate.

First of all, Starbucks doesn’t owe anyone anything when it comes to design. They have a topless, crown-wearing, mythical mermaid as their standard logo. Why on earth would anyone expect them to choose one religion or celebration as a seasonal logo? They can do whatever the hell they want! Geeze! A spokesperson for the company said, “Our core value as a company is to create a culture of belonging, inclusion, and diversity. This year’s design is another way we are inviting our customers to create their own stories on our cups.” Why can’t people just take that for what it is? The design meeting probably went something like this:

Anyone have any ideas for this year’s cup design?

How about a snowman?

Been there done that.

How about a reindeer?

Been there done that.

How about snowflakes?

Been there done that.

How about we let people create their own design? We’ll leave a blank space and It will foster the imaginations of all.

Brilliant!

Or, maybe since the “red cup” by Solo has been trending for the past five years and manufacturers have been producing its image on everything from party lights, to candles, to socks, Starbucks thought they better jump on the band wagon with their red cup statement?

This all started because a guy named Joshua Feuerstein who claims to be a Christian pastor, made a video accusing Starbucks of hating Jesus. He stood in front of one of their shops with his video camera, bragging how he told the barista his name was “Merry Christmas” and tricked her into writing  Merry Christmas on the cup. He challenged everyone to take selfies and start a hostile movement in the name of Jesus. Then he accused them of not supporting the second amendment and whipped out his gun in plain sight.

Hey Joshua! Doesn’t the bible say, “Do not judge?” Have you asked Starbucks if they hate Jesus? What if they don’t? I think Jesus would appreciate it if you asked them first instead of accusing. Also, why do you want to start a combative social media movement against a coffee company? Is that what Christmas is all about for you? And showing your gun in the parking lot makes you kind of (a lot) creepy. Do you have a license for that? Also, Josh (Can I call you Josh?), your actions don’t make me want to go to church. I’m just sayin’.

And let’s not forget Donald Trump’s idea of boycotting Starbucks. Wow! Just wow! Ummm…there is a Starbucks inside Trump Towers. End of subject.

So what’s really going on here? It’s all Taylor Swift’s fault! (Yes, I have the unique ability to turn any subject into a conspiracy theory.) Taylor Swift coined the phrase “Starbucks Lovers” in her hit song “Blank Space”. Isn’t it funny how the cup this year has a “blank space”? Isn’t it funny how the hashtag #starbuckslover is used over 60k times on instagram? Isn’t it funny how her 1989 album outsold both of her last two albums in 19 weeks? And wouldn’t someone who is well aware of copyright infringement laws know better than to use the Starbucks name in a song unless they had pre-arranged it? What if this is all a preconceived, money-making scheme between two power houses, designed to fool us all? OK, there’s some food for thought. You’re welcome.

I’ll be back to focusing on fashion tomorrow. This was just brewing. I’ve attached Taylor Swift’s maniacal relationship video for your viewing pleasure. On a fashion note, her outfits are on point and Roadkill Ranch carries the red cup socks pictured above.

Cheers!

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Fringe Benefits

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Fringe! Get it while it’s hot!

Last season we began to see fringe flying off clothing and handbags; some fashion industry experts predicted it would be a quickly fading trend. However, when designers like Chloe and Valentino strutted the tousled tassels on their runways, it was a sure sign of solidification.

The look is strong for fall and will be moving into spring 2016 as well.

The first picture is a beautiful, cognac leather Chloé bag. Yes, I lost sleep over this beauty. Damn!!! I want it now!!!

The next three bags are what we carry at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique.

The last picture is Valentino.

Look for fun colors and lots of ostentatious displays of fringe. And if a designer bag is too much of a commitment, go for something more affordable from Roadkill. The benefit? You’ll be representing the trend and still be able to pay your rent.

Stay Stylish,

Jules

Photo Credit: Getty Images & Savannah Kaefer

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Strong Ties

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Trend alert!!! Gigantic,’70s inspired ties for women (and men) loom on the horizon.

I’ve recently spotted a few fearless ties in some of our accessory vendor’s collections, but when Gucci plastered the look on their runway show for spring 2016, well… need I say more?

Look for bright-colored ties with fun prints and huge icons. Pair with jeans and a collared T-shirt for a casual look, or suit up all the way for spunky, fierce style.

When we first opened Roadkill, the store was primarily vintage. I spent a good deal of my time searching through old clothes and accessories for the perfectly-curated mix. I’ve always had a penchant for ties, and would collect them on my buy trips. We sold a few at the store, but the unique ones I kept for myself, and ended up with a pretty eclectic assortment. Then one day, I was inspired (deceived) by a de-clutter article and went crazy. Yep, you guessed it, out went the ties (and some really cool shoes and handbags too). I’ve been sad for years over this temporary act of insanity. (Trust me, my therapist needs therapy after dealing with me.)

You know the old saying, “If you love something set it free, if it comes back it’s yours, if it doesn’t it never was.”? Or is it, “If you love someone…”?  Whatever.  When it comes to awesome ties (or other rare finds), DO NOT SET THEM FREE IF YOU LOVE THEM!!! My little beauties have probably been repurposed into makeup bags or fanny packs by now. (I’m crying paisley tears!!!)  Hopefully, a special one will find it’s way back to me so I can represent the trend without forfeiting my rent for a designer version.

Dare to be big and bold for spring, keep your ties strong, and never let them go.

Stay Stylish,

Jules

Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Mad for Plaid

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I love everything about fall, the cooler weather, the warmer clothes, the hot drinks, the cozy fireplaces, the mountain getaways, pumpkin spice everything (OK maybe that’s getting old), but you get the idea, and plaid! Just as the seasons change, so do our wardrobes, and plaid is always a traditional staple. I’m not saying you can’t wear plaid during the other months, there are tons of cute gingham and light-colored combos available, but those big buffalo plaids and classic tartans just scream fall!

After viewing  some of the runway shows, I was glad to see the checkered styles with new twists. Look for high-low cuts and flounce detailing on blouses and jackets. Pair your traditional tartans with heavy studded jewelry and thick chains for a punkish vibe, or wear an all-over coat dress with short boots for a cool, indie look.

We think men look sexy in plaid too (that’s why Roadkill Ranch is the number one Pendleton distributor in Orange County)! Wear your Pendleton alone or layer with a white T-shirt for a dapper look.

The first picture is from the Chanel runway show.

The second picture is from the Tommy Hilfiger collection.

The third picture is M Missoni’s ad campaign.

The fourth picture is Sydney Beaver modeling for Roadkill Ranch & Boutique. We think our photo shoot is better than Missoni. (We’re not biased or anything.)

The last two pictures are of our stylish man friends (Matt Brady and Joshua Titus), modeling Pendleton shirts for Roadkill Ranch & Boutique.

So grab a good book, a good cup O’Joe and get cozy somewhere (in your plaid of course). Because fashion is a feeling, and you deserve to feel fab!

PS Take quick advantage of  this weather, tomorrow may be 80 degrees again (blogging from a cute leopard chair in Fullerton, California).

Photo Credit: Getty Images, Savannah Kaefer, Julie Rasmussen, Tommy Hilfiger, M Missoni

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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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Free to Fly

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I woke up this morning and thought, “Hey!!! Whatever happened to my blog?” Then I realized it was here the whole time, I was the one who had flown away. I guess my wings had been broken for a while, but they’ve somehow found their way back to the blogging nest and are ready to soar! (Plus, my writing muscles could use some exercise.) I hope you all still love fashion, music and the arts. And birds!

This season it’s all about avian images perched on everything from jewelry to handbags to clothing. There’s just something about a sweet little bird print (or a gigantic brass statement brooch) that attracts attention. Maybe it’s because of their innocuous nature, or their ability to change views by taking off whenever they want? Once again, designers are drawing inspiration from our fancy-feathered friends this season.

The fist pic is Gucci. Need I say more?

The second pic is designer Franck Sorbier. I love this ethereal  gown complete with hand-beaded bodice details. It’s perfect for a Red Carpet appearance.

The third pic is Valentino. I just want to wear this dress around town. I seriously would too! I’d pair it with my Converse tennis shoes and a denim vest. LOL!

And the last three pics are a few of the things we have featured now at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique. This is a perfect example of how runway looks are translated into everyday life. A great blouse, a cool handbag or an exciting accessory  is all you need to represent the trend.

I hope everyone has a great day! And remember, the only person holding you back is you! So, fly high and dream big!

Photo Credit: Getty Images and Roadkill Ranch

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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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