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Tess Holliday is her name and changing traditional beauty standards is her game!

I first met Tess last year at the MAGIC Trade Show in Las Vegas. MAGIC stands for Mens Apparel Guild in California, but has grown vastly over the years, so much they’ve moved the show to a bigger venue in Las Vegas and added women’s and kid’s categories. Buyers from all over the world attend this biannual show to purchase the latest and the greatest items for their stores.

Tess had been working closely with Steady Clothing (one of our top vendors) consulting on plus-size styles and appearing in their photo shoots. She was representing them at their booth in Vegas so we started chatting it up. She began a social media movement using the hashtag #EffYourBeautyStandards that took off like wild fire. Her modeling posts gained her internet fame and also landed her on the cover of People Magazine. She created the campaign because she was sick and tired of society telling her what she could and couldn’t wear, so she decided… “Eff that! I’ll wear what I want!”

She was constanlty bullied as a kid about her weight, and when she first tried to break into modeling, she was turned down by the industry. But she never gave up. At size 22 she is the first plus-size model to be signed by a major modeling agency (MILK Modeling Management). Her personality is down to earth and her message is strong and empowering. She calls herself a body positive activist and encourages women to love the skin they’re in!

The first pic is of Tess Holliday

The second pic is Josh Brownfield (owner of Steady Clothing), Julie Rasmussen owner of  Roadkill Ranch & Boutique (just me), The Cherry Dollface (another famed internet personality) and Tess Holliday at The Steady Clothing booth during MAGIC.

The third pic is Tess’s cover for People magazine.

The fourth is another gorgeous pic of Tess.

Photo Credit: Joyce Chow CNN, People magazine, Tess Holliday.

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Fur Sure!

Fur Sure!
After hours of walking and talking fashion last week in Vegas, it’s safe to say that fur is a key player in this season’s line up. Look for fur handbags and clutches, colored, fur vests, and fur trim on everything from bracelets to shirt collars. Of course “real” fur is a faux pas, so pass on that (unless you want PETA lambasting and stalking you) and stick with the fun, colorful, synthetic pieces.
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Queens Rocket

Dear Monday, I’m ready to kick your ass!

I survived another trade show in Vegas last week (MAGIC) and it was incredible! The vendors, the merchandise, and the creative vibe was all insanely wonderful! I met a lot of new designers and bought so many great items for the store. I can hardly wait until it all starts rolling in.

One of my favorite new designers is Jon Fulton Adams. His screen print T-shirts are an edgy mix of fairy tale whimsy with an element of hilarious surprise. And, he had a fully decked out “Queen” representing in the booth. How could  I not stop and take pics? You all know how I love theatrical people and their hijinks. Anyway, after we chatted for a while, (and filmed a video) Jon promised that he’d turn his men’s shirts into women’s shirts just for Roadkill Ranch & Boutique! (OK, so a few other buyers were pushing for the same thing, but hey…I made him promise! ) Woot! Woot!

It’s good to be back and I wish I could tell you more about my trip. But, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

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Pin Ups and Rock Stars

This week is crazy, jammed-packed with everything that revolves around fashion. Tonight is the Pin-Ups and Rock Stars event at The Roxy in Hollywood. Not only is my boutique, Roadkill Ranch, one of the sponsors, but I get the honor of judging my first “official” Pin-Up contest. It’s not too late to join us, and there’s lots of amazing prizes. Plus, Pin UP America Magazine will be covering the event. Then, I fly out for Vegas first thing in the morning for MAGIC (one of the biggest trade shows in the industry). I can’t wait to scout for awesome merchandise to fill the boutique with. So just in case I’m not consistently blogging this week, don’t worry, I’m fine! I’m just shopping for you (and  I don’t like paying the inflated  internet  prices in Vegas).

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Bite Me!

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Tooth charms are eating their way through the fashion industry and ending up in mouths everywhere. I can’t decide if I like it or hate it. At first glance it looks like a rotten tooth or a piece of food that was left behind after lunch. And, if you don’t have pearly whites, it’s not a good idea to draw attention to your chompers. Some of the charms are made from 14k gold, white gold and real diamonds, so they can get pricey.  The trinkets are adhered with a dental composite material that can last from 6 months to a year. I think I’m going to pass on this trend, it seems like just another thing to worry about. Is it straight? Does my tooth charm have anything hanging from it? What if I swallow it? Oy!

If I’m going to spend money on gold and diamonds I want to make sure they’ll be around for a while and not floating in the toilet due to accidental consumption.

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