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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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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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Lia Mercado

We are proud supporters of Fullerton’s Art Walk, and this month marks our 61st art exhibit. Wow! Where does the time go? Art Walk takes place on the first Friday of every month and tonight we are pleased to present the amazing works of local artist Lia Mercado.

This morning we will begin to rearrange the store for the exhibit, take down permanent art, pull out the tea cart (for sips and sweets), and get ready for the artist and her needs. It’s a fun night. We keep the store open until 10pm, and our faithful in-house musician, Guy Nelson, is always outside strumming away for your musical pleasure.

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About the artist:

Lia Jocelin Mercado is a creative professional working in the art industry for over 20 years. She has worked with multiple industries creating and facilitating art production. Throughout the years she has enjoyed learning, teaching art, art production and now looks to expand marketing and creativity through various media.
Currently, as a co owner of Invisible Industries she administers a business that markets and produces media through varied mediums and platforms. She also freelances art design and continues to paint and illustrate to share her fondness of the art form at leisure.
Lia Jocelin Mercado’s previous work experience has created a platform that allows her to focus on what matters most, a human connection. Art is made and can be available to all of us in infinite environments. It is a tool that allows to us grow and connect with others. She looks forward to sharing art in new settings and assisting in its introduction to people as a different way to communicate.

Meet her tonight in person. See you soon.

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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

 

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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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roadkillranch.com

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For years people have been asking if Roadkill Ranch had a website. And for years, I’ve made several failed attempts to launch an online store. It’s not that I didn’t give it my all, it’s just there were always plenty of roadblocks involving inventory systems and storage space.  But now, after rectifying tech stuff and having an amazing support system, we finally did it.

If it wasn’t for the encouragement of my family and friends, my sister-in-law Rikki (who is a badass physics major, speaks fluent tech, and can single-handedly rewire the electrical in the entire store) and my incredible team, this would not be here.

With the help of my uber-cool photographer friends, Savannah Kaefer, Adam Petrasek, Wing, Brad Bethel, Aaron Son, Patrick Fran, and Damion Lloyd, there’s plenty of fun pictures added daily.

The site itself (not the merchandise) is slightly boring, we didn’t have much of a choice when it came to looks since the hosting company’s (Lightspeed)  main focus is on the robust inventory and business needs. They keep promising us a full integration with lots of bells and whistles, so this is just the beginning stage.

I know, I know, “Welcome to the year 2000.” Trust me, I’ve had my fair share of teasing between my brothers and tech friends. But hey, I’ve been busy building a brick-and-mortar for the past 23 years, give me a break. Plus, it’s better late than never.

I hope you’ll check out http://www.roadkillranch.com and share with a friend or two.

Stay Stylish!

Jules

 

Photo Credit: Adam Petrasek, Wing, 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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