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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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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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Three Day Weekend

 

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I hope everyone had a beautiful Easter celebrating the day Jesus rose from the dead by decorating eggs, hiding them, then lying to children everywhere about a human-sized rabbit who sneaks into their house and leaves behind an insane amount of candy in a basket.  I’m not trying to offend anyone or come across as blasphemous, it’s just that I’ve started to question a lot more now that I’m getting older. And another thing, I think it’s totally suspicious how no one has ever actually seen the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Where am I going with this? I’ve come to the conclusion, the only real thing that matters to me in life, aside from family and friends (and unicorns), is art and music (and fashion of course, cuz that’s an art form). And this next weekend at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique, we have a fun-filled, three day weekend full of art, music and fashion planned just for you.

Starting on Friday, April 1st, from 6pm to 10pm, it’s Fullerton’s Art Walk! (This is our 57th time hosting Art Walk, so I’m just exercising some bragging rights.) We are proud to present the amazing, music-inspired work of local artist and musician Kevin Dutton. Plus, Marlena Loren (of The Nesting Dolls) will be entertaining us with her ukulele and singing act. If you’ve never seen “Ukulena”, make it a point to stop by on Friday night.

Saturday, April 2nd, is our sixth annual, pre-Viva Las Vegas shopping party! The biggest Rockabilly show in the world takes place every year in Las Vegas with around the clock bands, pin up model contests, car shows and more. Get fired up at Roadkill Ranch on Saturday and pick out your Viva outfits before you head out to “Sin City”.  Tres Noir Sunglasses will be hosting a trunk show with an assortment of new styles and glasses we don’t normally stock, and Nicholle Saccione, the designer and proprietor of Nic CoCo Creations, will also grace us with her presence and her fabulous, one-of-kind, hair accessories. And, to get you into the Rockabilly mood, we’ve got live entertainment by the Marlena Loren Band (they didn’t want to say Nesting Dolls because Mikayla the drummer is MIA, but the other members will  rock the socks off of ya). Treats, sweets and Steady Clothing, Tres Noir and Nic CoCo Creations contests and giveaways await.

Sunday, April 3rd, is our second annual Day of Music fundraiser. This is my favorite event! Most of you know I serve on the Board of Directors for The Day of Music Fullerton, and it takes a ton of money to bring free concerts to the city. (Last year it took over $25,000.00.) From 12pm to 5pm,  Roadkill Ranch & Boutique  will donate 20% of the total sales directly to Day of Music. What a beautiful thing, shopping in the name of music! Guy Nelson will be performing live acoustic sets from 2pm to 5pm, so please join us! (The wine bar next door will also be giving back, so have a sip at Vino Nostra too.)

I’m sorry about my sarcasm and lack of faith in the Easter Bunny. I never meant to hurt anyone. For what it’s worth, I still believe in miracles, leprechauns, and the magical effect art and music can have on your soul!

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Purrr Fect!

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When “Boss Lady” Mandie B. from Heart of Haute met me at the store a few days ago to view the new fall collection, I was beside myself. For the first time since inception, Heart of Haute has collaborated with an artist for an exclusive design on their clothing. And it’s feline-fab!

Heart of Haute is an independent, women-owned, clothing company specializing in retro-inspired dresses. They also happen to be one of our best lines at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique. Mandie always delivers great styles, fresh new prints and quality fabrics. This season she’s partnered with famed artist El Gato Gomez for an exclusive kitty-cat motif.

El Gato Gomez has gallery representation at the WonderGround Gallery at the Disneyland theme park in California, Creature Features in Burbank, California, The Harold Gollen Gallery in Miami, Florida, and the One-Shot Gallery in New York City. Her art work has also been featured at the amazing modernist cultural events, Tiki Oasis and Modernism Week in Palm Springs.

Since Mandie is a huge fan and avid collector of Gomez’s work, it only made sense to join unions. The mid-century-modern-esque styles consist of border-print dresses and full-circle skirts, matched with kitty-emblazoned, cropped cardigans. The collection is slated to hit Roadkill Ranch & Boutique in mid September and is expected to sell out!

Call the store at 714-773-1156 to book your pre-order, we don’t want any cat fights when the merchandise arrives.

For more info on the collaboration check out: http://www.elgatogomezarts.com and http://www.heartofhaute.com

Have a purrrfect day!

MEOW! 

The first two pics are El Gato Gomez original art.

The next three pics are of Mandie B. (Boss Lady at Heart of Haute) showing me the collection.

The last pic is another El Gato Gomez original.

Photo Credit: El Gato Gomez, Julie Rasmussen

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Snake Charmer

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After viewing some of the runway collections from The Resort 2014 Show, it’s safe to say that snake skins are in! From traditional snake prints, to colored skins, to small accessories, the look is hissing it’s way through the fashion industry.

I’m in love with the first ensemble by Roberto Cavalli. The blue and green tones add a bit of romance and femininity to the look. Perfect for daytime play dates.

The second outfit is a Diane von Furstenberg classic; always chic and always timeless. This look is bold and beautiful, yet emulates a playful vibe. Perfect for that cocktail party after work.

The third picture is Michael Kors. I love the sleek, seriousness of the suit accessorized with just enough venom accessories to intimidate the predator. Wear this when negotiating your next biting investment deal.

When making purchases this season, look for the snake, it’s got longevity and won’t be slithering out of sight any time soon.

Happy Monday!

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Lovely Bones

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I’ve been seeing an influx of dinosaur bones and other skeletal images in the fashion industry lately. The first thing to catch my eye last year was this gold dinosaur necklace by Tatty Devine. I thought it was amazing! Then I brought in a few “bone” images on T-shirts and tanks and the customers really dug them. (Pun intended, but I’m also still half asleep, so have a little mercy on me.) The flamingo pic is a post we did on Instagram a few weeks ago from the boutique.

Anyway, Louis Vuitton just released this dinosaur sketch of what their windows will look like for fall. Woot! I’m so excited because we have more Jurassic-inspired items on order for Roadkill Ranch and, our featured artist for October (Matt Brady) makes handmade jewelry from the bones of (real) tiny animals. It’s creepy-cool! But we love it!

Join us on Instagram under Roadkill_ranch or Facebook under Roadkill Ranch for more pics and up-to-the-minute style and event info.

Have a great week and keep those bones strong!

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Play Me

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Here’s my “Freaky Friday Fashion” pic of the week. The piano dress. Perfect for performing those sultry, jazz songs that usually end with a sexy woman spread on top of a black, Baby Grand piano desperately trying to seduce the audience with her lyrics. Now you can add variety to  the show (The Gong Show) with this dress. Instead of laying on the piano, have the pianist lay on you while you’re singing. It will be a good change up and a definite crowd pleaser (if it was still 1976 and you were dating Chuck Barris).

“GONG!”

The Gong Show was one of the best forms of entertainment on TV when I was growing up. Even Oingo Boingo appeared. I’ve attached a Gong Show snippet for your viewing pleasure from the ’70s with Oingo Boingo. It’s hilarious!

T.G.I.F.

Photo courtesy of: funckr.com

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Ring Leader

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When in doubt, wear some rings! The latest accessory craze (aside from the turban and decorative phone cases), is an above the knuckle band. Pair it with your ostentatious cocktail rings for a dramatic look or wear alone for a dainty and sweet vibe.

It’s a fresh look and a quick way to update your outfit. Just make sure to have a nice manicure if you’re going to sport the trend. (You don’t want to draw attention to your half-peeled nails.)

With that being said, ring me up!!!

PS Check the boutique next week for more shiny objects.

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Sailor Jerry

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Norman Keith Collins (AKA Sailor Jerry) was a prominent American tattoo artist widely known for tattooing sailors. He learned how to tattoo from a guy named “Big Mike” who taught him the hand-pricking method. Later he learned how to use a tattoo machine from another guy known as Tatts Thomas.

He was based in Honolulu most of his career and would tattoo the enlisted men that came a shore during WWII. Most of the men went on shore leave with one purpose in mind, to get “Stewed, Screwed and Tattooed.”

Jerry inked hundreds of men with his new style of American folk art; tattoos that mixed traditional elements of continental icons with the shading and artistic process of Japanese tattoo masters. His style evokes war stories and heartache, but it’s the craft and detail of his work that has made “Sailor Jerry” one of the most popular and influential artists of our time.

His style lives on today and continuing his legacy is the Sailor Jerry clothing line and signature Sailor Jerry bottled rum. (Jerry and his friends would take spices from different islands to mix in the rum for a better drink.)

I am so excited that Roadkill Ranch & Boutique will be the exclusive Sailor Jerry clothing and accessory destination in downtown Fullerton. It’s a perfect fit (and they think so too) and to celebrate, we’re having a big party on June 22nd. I hope if you’re in the area you will stop by and see the collection, meet some cool peeps and have a sip of Sailor Jerry rum from the “Rum Ambassador”.

The above pics (except the one of Sailor Jerry in action) were taken a few days ago at my store, we’re getting ready to launch!

Happy Monday!

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Inspiring Insights

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Every season New York Magazine asks top designers to give us a hint of what we can look forward to in their up coming collections. Without giving away too much proprietary information, the designers were asked to submit one picture along with one word that best describes the inspiration for their fall creations. The mix varied from mod shapes to funk to outer space, but these were a few of my favorite looks. I guess I’m drawn to the mystery of things. These also seem to have a “Hitchcock” vibe, and well, I love Alfred Hitchcock. Sold!

The first picture is Kenneth Cole and the word is “Liberation”.

The second picture is Monika Chiang and the word is “Flight”.

The third picture is Cynthia Rowley and the word is “CuRious”.

The fourth picture is Yigal Azrouel and the word is “Temptation”.

The last two pictures are my submissions. They’re posters from the original movie release of  “The Birds”. I’m pretty sure I’ve nailed the inspiration source. Who can deny it? My words for both would be “Hitchcock”.

I’ve attached the final scene from the 1963 thriller “The Birds” by Alfred Hitchcock for your morning suspense fix. I hope you like it. Guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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