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iPopCultura!

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“Mid-Century can be an ambiguous term whether it be 1850s or 1950s and my home is surrounded by those things of the past. A child of the ’60s, teenager of the ’70s, twenty-something of the ’80s—well you get the point, has provided me a wealth of influences that I pull from to create AND design for the 21st Century.” —Brian Torres

 

¡Pop Cultura! is the pseudonym for the individual Brian Torres. But, it is more than that. It is an aesthetic, an attitude and a vehicle to showcase creativity—whether it be Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Fine Art, Fashion, Cinema, Interior Design, Wine Making, or Craft Beer Brewing, it’s wherever your imagination takes you. 

With its many cultural aspects and influences, California has long been ground zero for American Popular Culture. There is so much going on, many of those creating awe- inspiring and thought-provoking work fall through the cracks. It is the mission of this entity to seek out and find artists and craftsmen who embody the spirit that YOU EXIST,  talent is abundant and endless, and there is so much to share. The spirit of ¡PopCultura!

You know those people in your life who genuinely care about your well being, the ones who always hope the best for you, are happy when you’re happy and sad when you’re sad? My friend Brian Torres is sincerely one of those friends, and I’m blessed to have him (and his beautiful wife) in my life. Not only is he a huge encouragement to me (and never holds back the brutal truth about men and their motives), he’s a brilliant creative and a walking art and pop culture dictionary. He even knows the obscure stuff. (I knew we’d be friends forever when I challenged his knowledge on one of my favorite movies, Phantom of the Paradise. He not only knew the soundtrack, he had seen it at The Fox Theatre when the venue still played films.) Anyway, as an artist himself with impeccable taste, and an avid collector, his recent venture in creating one-of-a-kind, luxury pillows for the home makes perfect sense.

Each piece is hand made with love from pristine, vintage Pendleton wools and branded with old-school car emblems and metal toys like airplanes and cars from the ’50s.    Roadkill Ranch & Boutique is proud to present his iPopCultura! decorative accessory collection during Fullerton’s next Art Walk on Friday, October 7th.

I hope if you live in the area, you’ll stop by and meet Brian. Perhaps you’ll find a pillow that belongs in your space, or perhaps you’ll strike up a cult film conversation. Just don’t talk about The Exorcist, it still haunts him. I’ve promised to hold his hand through the movie this year so he can have a breakthrough and realize how campy it is. In return, he’s promised to walk me down the aisle if I ever get married again. Such a true blue!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Pendleton Pusher

In 1889 Thomas Kay started a woolen mill in Salem, Oregon. He trained his daughter Fannie in every aspect of the mills operation, and when she met her husband, Charles Pleasant Bishop, the two would become one awesome team. Bishop was a successful retailer, so did they marry their souls, they married their skills, and in 1909 Pendleton was born! The original factory is still producing goods. And the company is still family owned and run by the 6th generation.

The quality and style is unbeatable and I’m so proud to have such a legendary line at my store. Pendleton never goes out of style, and this American made classic is a staple for every man.

So, since Roadkill Ranch is the largest distributor in OC, you’ll know where to go to get yours. The factory only produces so much, and we’ve already received our holiday order which means we will not be getting any more until next year.

Why am I writing this you ask? Because every year right before the holidays, grown men come to Roadkill Ranch and start whining when their size is gone. Grown men crying over Pendleton is not a good look! So men (and women who are gifting), please don’t wait until the last minute this year. Stop in soon while the selection is healthy.

You’ll thank me later!

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Fall Moods

Happy Wednesday everyone! I just got back from a trip to Wine Country. My little sister got married at Trentadue Winery, so I took a few days off to enjoy family, friends and, well… wine. It was a gorgeous event and the timing was perfect. (Hence the recent lack of blogging.) And, since all the leaves are brown and the sky is gray, wait…that’s a Mamas & The Papas song. Whatever!

Needless to say, I’m back in the swing of things and ready to embrace the fall season. We have so many great things in the boutique right now, so I decided to make a slide show just for you! (Just click on the picture above.)

I hope you enjoy it and next time you decide to go for a walk on a winter’s day, stop in and see me.

OK-  I can’t stop singing, California Dreamin’ by The Mamas & The Papas, so I’ve linked it up for your listening enjoyment as well.

xo

California Dreamin’

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