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Written by on Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Cozy Outerwear From Pendleton

Fall's Captivating Colors

Fall is my favorite season for fashion, and I have seen so many wonderful pieces this year! I especially love all of the vibrant colors and textures featured in the clothing and accessories. I wish it was cooler in Los Angeles so I would have more opportunities to wear cozy jackets and vests.

I was dreaming of cooler days as I reviewed the Pendleton website the other day. Pendleton has a wonderful selection of rich, colorful jackets, sweaters, and vests that will brighten up the bleakest Fall and Winter days.The Sedona Jacquard Wrap Coat (left, $399) is one of my favorite jackets on the Pendleton website.  I love the vibrant Sonora Stripe jacquard in bright shades of red, green, yellow, black, and turquoise. It is trimmed in brown ultrasuede and has a hooded shawl collar. Anyone who wears this coat will receive a ton of compliments from friends and strangers alike.

Tasha Polizzi is one of my favorite designers, and her new High Mountain Vest (center, $195) is stylish and comfortable. The scarlet colored fleecy vest is easy fitting and features luxe faux fur trim. And guess what? It is only available from Pendleton!

The Lodge Stripe Cardigan (right, $229) is a new arrival to the Pendleton website, and I think it is fabulous! It is inspired by the stripes in Pendleton's Arcadia National Park blanket, and features a color palette of black, ivory, burgandy, orange, yellow and taupe. It is textured with placed cables, and has a double layer collar, a ribbed hem and cuffs, and button flap pockets. This cardigan is a classic that you will be able to wear for years to come.

You can see and purchase these colorful, cozy fashions as well as many others on the Pendleton website.

Sedona Jacquard Wrap Coat from Pendleton Tasha Polizzi High Mountain Vest from Pendleton Lodge Stripe Cardigan from Pendleton

Christin Miller is a strategic marketing consultant and the creator of the Maverick Style website. Christin provides designers, manufacturers, and specialty retailers with the expertise and guidance needed to optimize marketing strategies, increase sales, attract new customers, and expand brand awareness.

 

 
Written by on Friday, October 24, 2014
American Indian Arts Marketplace at The Autry

November 8 - 9, 2014

The Autry's American Indian Arts Marketplace is the largest Native American arts fair in Southern California, and it is one of my favorite annual events. Over 200 Native American artists representing more than 40 tribes will be exhibiting at The Autry National Center, Saturday and Sunday, November 8 - 9, 2014.

During the weekend event, top Native American artists from across the country will be offering hand crafted jewelry, textiles, sculptures, pottery, beadwork, basketry, photography, paintings, wood carvings, and mixed media works for sale. The American Indian Arts Marketplace also includes live performances, children's activities, informative talks and demonstrations, and a short play festival from Native Voices, the Autry's resident theatre company.

I have been attending the American Indian Arts Marketplace for several years now, and I have met some very talented artisans and purchased beautiful pieces of jewelry. This year I look forward to seeing Navajo silversmith and jewelry artist Tonya June Rafael. I visit her booth every year to see her bold sterling silver jewelry enhanced with bright-colored natural stones. Tonya loves to create butterfly jewelry, such as the pendant featured below left. They are some of my favorite pieces in her collection.

I also look forward to meeting contemporary Native American artist DG House. Based in Bozeman, Montana, DG House is a guest artist in both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, and her work has been exhibited at many of the finest art museums across the country, including the CM Russell, the Phippen Museum of Art, the Heard Museum, and the Eiteljorg Museum of Indians and Western Art.  Her paintings are bold and colorful, and I can't wait to see them in person! Her painting "Ancestors Yet To Come" is featured below center.

I discovered Muscogee/Seminole jewelry designer Kenneth Johnson through his American West Jewelry designs in collaboration with Carolyn Pollack Jewelry. I was very impressed with his jewelry in the American West line, so I visited his website to see more of his work. I learned that Kenneth Johnson is an accomplished metalsmith who works in copper, silver, gold, platinum and palladium. He is recognized for bold combinations of stampwork and engraving, often incorporating coins and bead set gemstones. Featured below right is Kenneth's handmade Palladium 3 Spider Bracelet accented with sapphires, diamonds, and 24k yellow gold inlay. It is a stunning work of art. I am excited to meet Kenneth and see more of his jewerly!

If you are interested in Native American art and crafts and live in the Los Angeles area, you won't want to miss the American Indian Arts Marketplace at The Autry. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit The Autry website.

Tonya June Rafael Butterfly Pendant Ancesters Yet To Come Painting by DG House Kenneth Johnson Palladium 3 Spider Bracelet

Christin Miller is a strategic marketing consultant and the creator of the Maverick Style website. Christin provides manufacturers, designers and specialty retailers with the expertise and guidance needed to optimize marketing strategies, increase sales, attract new customers, and expand brand awareness.


 
Written by on Sunday, October 05, 2014
Tasha Polizzi Fall 2014

Standout Style from Smith and Western

As you all know by now, I am a huge fan of the Tasha Polzzi Clothing line. Tasha Polizzi has a wonderful talent for combining rich colors and textures in classic styles with a sophisticated edge. And as always, the Smith and Western website has a large selection of Tasha Polizzi clothing available for the Fall season.

Tasha Polizzi's Mountain Heritage Collection for Fall 2014 features boldly patterned skirts, capes, jackets and shawls. One of my favorite pieces is the Mountain Wolf Shawl (left, $240), a beautiful heathered knit blanket patterned shawl with a ribbed knit collar, side pockets, hand tied fringe along the edges, and a leather buckle front closure. The colors are perfect for pairing with denim, red, tan, and brown. And guess what? Smith and Western also carries the matching fringe blanket skirt.

Tasha Polizzi's Horse Country Collection for Fall 2014 focuses on elegant equestrian inspired pieces. The Walton Lake Vest in vibrant Spruce (center, $132) is a quilted faux suede vest with patch pockets, tweed trim at the shoulder and pockets, a button front closure, and fabulous leopard print lining. This colorful vest will brighten up all of your Fall and Winter days!

The Tasha Polizzi Grantham Jacket (right, $240) is also part of the Country Horse Collection for Fall 2014. This smart tweed equestrian jacket features a faux suede collar, elbow patches and pocket flaps, as well as a leather button closure. This jacket will keep you feeling cozy and looking stylish throughout the Fall season.

Visit www.smithandwesternonline.com to see more of this fabulous new Tasha Polizzi Fall Collection before it sells out.

Tasha Polizzi Mountain Wolf Shawl from Smith and Western Tasha Polizzi Walton Lake Vest from Smith and Western Tasha Polizzi Grantham Jacket from Smith and Western

Christin Miller is a strategic marketing consultant and the creator of the Maverick Style website. Christin provides manufacturers, designers and specialty retailers with the expertise and guidance needed to optimize marketing strategies, increase sales, attract new customers, and expand brand awareness.

 
Written by on Monday, September 08, 2014
Totem Salvaged Handbags

Giving Vintage Materials New Life

I met Stephanie Larrowe of Totem Salvaged a few years ago at the Western Design Conference in Jackson, Wyoming. I loved her beautiful handcrafted handbags, totes, and furniture pieces made from vintage and reclaimed materials. Totem Salvaged is especially well known for their vibrant and colorful vintage serape pieces, which are often my favorites.

Since that show a few years ago, Totem Salvaged accessories have become hugely popular. They have been featured in several major magazines, and are carried in upscale boutiques across the country. You can also purchase Totem handbags, totes, wallets, and furniture pieces via the Totem Salvaged website, and there are some fabulous new designs available right now.

The Totem Vintage Serape Tear Drop Shoulder Bag (left, $725) features a one of a kind vintage 1940's serape front and a genuine 100% fine grain leather back. It is accented with leather fringe featuring vintage glass and silver beads, bone, seashells, and feathers. I have never seen a serape fabric quite like this one before. The colors are perfect for Fall!

Stephanie also creates a variety of handbags with horse designs on them, and they tend to sell very quickly! This Totem Vintage Linen Horse Head Tote (center, $445) is made from vintage linen with a bold horse head design. The back and inside of the tote are made of a vintage floral print fabric. This large tote measures 17" X 18.5" and features custom leather studded handles. If you have been looking for a colorful tote featuring an equine design, you should pick this one up right away!

As I mentioned above, Totem's bold colorful serape totes are extremely popular. I love the bright shades of blue, pink, and green featured in this Vinage Serape Medium Tote (right, $725). This particular fabric is a late 1940's serape, and Stephanie had enough fabric to create two bags with this fabric. This Medium Tote measures 16" X 16", features cotton fabric lining, and custom studded leather handles. This tote would look fabulous with black and denim clothing and turquoise jewelry!

Vist the Totem Salvaged website to see and purchase these colorful totes and many other fabulous accessories and home decor items. You can and purchase see additional Totem Salvaged tote and handbag designs on the smithandwesternonline.com and Maverick Fine Western Wear websites.

Totem Salvaged Serape Teardrop Shoulder Bag Totem Salvaged Vintage Linen Horse Head Tote

Totem Salvaged Vintage Serape Meditum Tote

Christin Miller is a strategic marketing consultant and the creator of the Maverick Style website. Christin provides manufacturers, designers, and specialty retailers with the expertise and guidance needed to optimize marketing strategies, increase sales, attract new customers, and expand brand awareness.
 


 
Written by on Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Roja Collection Fall 2014

The Best Looks  from Cowgirl Kim

I am excited to share another one of my favorite Fall 2014 fashion collections in my blog this week. The Roja Collection by Ann Tobias is bold, colorful, and extremely stylish. The Roja Collection for Fall features beautiful blouses, gorgeous knit sweaters and skirts, as well as distinctive jackets, coats, and ponchos. There is truly something for everyone in this wonderful new collection.

The Cowgirl Kim website carries the largest selection of Roja Collection apparel that I have seen online, and she already has several new Roja pieces in stock now. The Roja Collection Rainbow Ceremonial Robe (left, $270) is one of the most fabulous pieces in the new Fall Collection! The serape stripe design features bold colors and fringe trim with a concho snap button. The robe is made of lambswool and nylon and it is the perfect weight for cool Fall evenings. The Roja Taos Night Skirt (left, $170) features a bold Southwest pattern of lime, fuchia, and turquoise, and it looks amazing with the Ceremonial Robe.

If you are looking for the perfect transition piece for Fall, take a look at the beautiful Roja Ceremonial Blouse (center, $230). It is an elegant blouse in classic black and white, featuring stunning embroidery on the collar, sleeves, and bodice. It is available in black with white embroidery and white with black embroidery. How will you ever decide? You may need both of them!

The Roja Midnight Snow Shawl Collar Swing Coat (right, $360) is one of my favorite pieces in the new Fall Collection. The bold black and winter white coat is made of lambswool and nylon, and it features faux ebony antler horns that close with leather straps for a rustic touch. The coat looks gorgeous paired with the Midnight Cross Short Skirt (right, $170), which also features a bold Southwest pattern of winter white on black. This outfit is absolutely stunning!

The clothing featured here is just a small sampling of the new Fall fashions from Roja Collection by Ann Tobias. Visit the Cowgirl Kim website to see and purchase these pieces and many more.

Joyful Colors and Motifs from Cowgirl Kim Roja Rainbow Ceremonial Robe and Taos Night Skirt from Cowgirl Kim Roja Ceremonial Blouse from Cowgirl Kim Roja Midnight Snow Collar Swing Coat and Cross Skirt from Cowgirl Kim

Christin Miller is a strategic marketing consultant and the creator of the Maverick Style website. Christin provides manufacturers, designers, and specialty retailers with the expertise and guidance needed to optimize marketing strategies, increase sales, attract new customers, and expand brand awareness.