Let's Talk Tees - Girl Power
Rad Maverix

When I started playing around with designs for the summer ’17 collection I had a couple different themes in mind, southwest + powerful. I'm taking you behind the scenes of the Girl Power Tee.

I can’t lie – this is my 2nd comfiest & favorite tee in all of Rad Maverix tees. It’s flowy (like the Rise + Shine tank!) but slightly fitted and incredibly soft. I love the muscle tank style + GIRL POWER design; it’s edgy but soft, masculine but chic.

This design was inspired by my latest tattoo; GRL PWR.

I remember back in my college days, I took a women’s feminism class at KU. It really opened my eyes up about feminism and its true meaning.

Let’s rewind to the 90s shall we? I have always been a promoter of women and a ‘girls girl’ at heart. I will support + encourage women until the day I die (although, I’m hoping I leave a legacy of inspired + motivated women to do the same.)
 

Read more on leaving a legacy.
 

The truth is, I always thought that being a feminist meant:

  • You were a woman who couldn’t get a date
  • A man-hater
  • A woman who thought she was better than the man
…we were all feminists and we didn’t even know it.

Back to the feminism 101 lecture – on the first day of class, our male teacher (…the irony) asked us to raise our hands if we considered ourselves to be a feminist. We all looked around and kind of shrugged our shoulders when finally one woman out of 28 decided to raise her hand. He then asked, "Who in here believes that women deserve the same opportunities as men"? Everyone fiercely raised their hands in agreement, looking at each other with that “hell yea” look; shaking our heads up and down.

His next question, “Who in here thinks they should get paid the same wages as a man providing the same services with the same experience(s) and education?” Again, every single female student raised their hand with even more oomph and sassitude.

Lastly, he asked us, “Who in here believes they have the right to do what they please with their bodies?” You can probably guess what happens next. Yes, we all vivaciously raised our hands.

We quickly picked up what he was laying down…we were all feminists and we didn’t even know it.

Unfortunately, the word feminist has always had such a terrible connotation. I even remember after the Women's March in Washington, I saw a post on FB from a 'friend' saying she 'could never be a feminist'....major eye roll ensues. (That's kind of like saying, "I could never be a Christian because of the crazy Phelp's clan in Topeka, KS"...we can't let a few idiots ruin it for everyone.)

 

Still not sure if you're a feminist? take the short quiz below!

Anyways, that’s all I have today. I hope you’re enjoying the behind-the-scenes and inspiration on the latest collection of Rad Maverix tees.

Rad Maverix
Rad Maverix

 

I’m signing off with one of my favorite quotes.

We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten the man. Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.
— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I hope you encourage someone today to do better + be better.

 

Xx, Riss

 

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A Healthier Take On Taco Tuesday
A Healthier Take On Taco Tuesday

I'm the type of person that wishes Taco Tuesday happened every single day of the week and this was before it was trendy to eat tacos. I have to blame it on my parents though; when I was young we had a nanny who would always make us Mexican entrees and freshly pressed OJ EVERY SINGLE DAY. I could eat Mexican food 3x a day, 7 days a week. Like it's so bad when we walk into our local Mexican food joint, they normally just hand us menus and let us go to our normal booth. I'm pretty certain we could be shareholders of this restaurant for the amount of money we spend on queso/chips + margaritas! 

Before I jump into the recipe, let's first address the bell pepper trend that has spiked over the last couple of years. DO NOT GET ME WRONG, I LOVE a good bell pepper drenched in ranch dressing. BUT, now we're substituting taco shells for...bell peppers? WHAT IS THIS BLASPHEMY!?

So of course my curiosity got the best of me and I had to try it. I found this recipe from delish.com and although I was *actually* in the mood to cook, I was NOT in the mood to make my own taco seasoning. So basically, all I took from this recipe was the baking temp + time for the bell peppers, but I did adjust to make the peppers softer. Keep reading for the recipe!

 

Taco stuffed pepper RECIPE

SERVES 6
PREP TIME 15 MIN
COOK TIME 30 MIN

Healthy Taco Tuesday
Healthy Taco Tuesday

WHAT YOU NEED:

1 lb beef or chicken
1/2 cup onion
1 clove garlic (minced)
1 pkg taco seasoning
3 bell peppers
2 or 3 jalapenos  
Shredded cheese
Olive oil
Optional - salt + pepper, sour cream, salsa

 

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Cut each bell pepper in half, remove seeds / veins and drizzle with olive oil. Lay cut side up and bake at 375° for 15 minutes.
  2. While your peppers are baking, cook your beef (or chicken) over medium heat, add onions, sliced jalapenos, minced garlic and cook to desired 'doneness', add taco seasoning as directed on the package. 
  3. Remove peppers from oven and fill with meat. Top off with 39 cups of shredded cheese. We get pretty generous with the cheese at the Rad Mav HQ, so I suggest, skewing the 39 cups to your desired taste.
  4. Bake at 375° for 15ish more minutes or until the cheese is melted. 
  5. Top off with lettuce, salsa or pico + fresh lime juice! 

I made a homemade salsa and guacamole so we could have chips + salsa as a side. It was SO good!! I will say, I was surprisingly pleased with the way these turned out. My craving for Mexican food was cured and we still had a pretty healthy meal. If you take out the half bag of chipotle flavored chips and salsa/guac I consumed during the entire evening. 

What do you think about the stuffed bell pepper trend? Yay or nay?

On another note: here is my new baby, Billy the Kid. 

Billy the Kid
Billy the Kid
Billy the Kid

 

xx,

Riss

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Chief Of The Teepee: Allie Falcon
Allie Falcon

Earlier this year I attended the Bodacious Babes of The West Conference in Ft. Worth, TX. This conference was nothing short of amazing + inspiring getting the opportunity to meet other business women in the Western world. While in Ft. Worth, I had the pleasure of meeting the one and only, Allie Falcon. If you follow her on social media (read: insta), I can assure you, she is just as fun + funky in real life as she appears to be on the 'gram. Not only is she beautiful but she also has brains; Allie was a keynote speaker at the conference and had a lot of insight + information to share with the attendees. I hope you enjoy this week's Chief of The Teepee, Mrs. Allie Falcon.

Tell us who you are, where you’re from and a fun fact or two. Hey girl hey, my name is Allie Falcon! I am a graphic designer, leather artisan, fashion blogger and resident plant killer. My hubs and I live in the great state of Texas, near a little town called Mertzon. He runs a little ranch operation out there and I “work” (usually in yoga pants) 7 days a week in my office out of our casa!

As for fun facts, hmmm, I don’t know how fun my facts are, but I play guitar and dabble on the piano after a few beers. :) 

Oh! Even though I make my living on being creative, I’ve never taken art class. Not in high school and not in college. So for those of you out there that think, “Oh I can’t do that!” or “I’m just not creative like them!” Check yoself before you wreck yoself, because it can be done! To be honest I have to work really hard at being creative and there are tons of things that I didn’t learn in high school or college that I Google every single day to learn. If you have the will to learn and are willing to put in the sweat and tears, anyone can do what I do. 

Talking about enchiladas wasn’t my jam, but I learned enough to have the confidence to get started.
— Allie Falcon

Where did the inspiration behind your business come from? How did it begin? Honestly, I always had it in my head that I’d like to have my own business one day. I wasn’t sure what kind of biz, but I knew I needed to learn from the big boys before I braved the storm of entrepreneurship. So I did a lot of work with ad agencies, PR agencies and eventually took on the role of Marketing Coordinator with a national Mexican food chain. Talking about enchiladas wasn’t my jam, but I learned enough to have the confidence to get started. So I would work my office job all day and then go home and hustle for graphic design clients and build logos and websites all night. Each paycheck I got would go towards a piece of equipment I needed for my business, like a nice camera, a good laptop, software, etc. When my husband got a job offer on this ranch, it was the kick in the ass I needed to get Allie Falcon Communications going full time. 

Thanks to a few trusting clients I still have and love, I got my graphic design stuff rolling. In the evenings I would fart around with leather. Honestly, I didn’t have any idea what I was doing, but I figured it out a long the way. We barely had a cent to our name in the beginning and I cried way more than any grown ass woman should, but with a lot of encouragement and support from my family and God, I rode out the wave and all of a sudden things started progressing. Now that my business is so much more than communications work, I rebranded to just AllieFalcon.com because I figured I want to make it big one day and that’s what the big dogs do bahaha!

Allie Falcon
Allie Falcon

My inspiration in everything I create comes from our western lifestyle, but my drive comes from never wanting to work in an office again and hopefully inspiring someone that is currently wearing my shoes from 3 years ago, that they can do it too. 

What is the best part about being the BOSS? There are the obvious things, like not wearing a bra or pants most days, haha, but I also love being able to travel and work. I don’t know about y’all, but when I worked in an office, asking for a day off damn near gave me a stomach ulcer. If I’m in a creative rut or I find myself being unproductive, I love that I can just take a little road trip to bring me back to life and no one is talking smack back at the office that I took a day off lol. A lot of my graphic design work and leather designs are often inspired by patterns I saw painted on a wall somewhere or from an etched vase in a junk store. 

What drives you to pursue your passion each day? I’d be lying if I didn’t say it’s important to me that I prove to myself and anyone that doubts me, that this isn’t just a “cute little fluff job” or an “arts and crafts project.” It’s a real life business that turns a profit. Because when I bought my first car the other day, the dealer asked what I did for a living and when I responded “designer,” he laughed and said, “No, what do you REALLY do?” So it’s people like that, that keep the fire lit underneath me. Plus, I get to wear a lot of different hats in my job and so the fun of it all really drives me.

Allie Falcon 1.jpg

What advice would you give to an entrepreneur just starting their journey? 

  • Never say, “I can’t.” If you want to learn a certain trade, you damn sure can. The internet is a powerful thing and half the things I’ve learned how to do in the last three years are all thanks to YouTube videos. Hell, I had one month of fashion blogging experience before I starting writing for Cowgirl Magazine! You've got to take risks or you'll never know what you're capable of.
  • Don't be obsessed with overnight success. It happens for some but not many, so just keep at whatever makes you get out of the bed in the morning and eventually success WILL follow.
  • Network, network, network. If you admire someone or their work. Reach out to them! Tell them! If you have a question, ASK IT! Be careful though, ask for advice, not handouts, and when you do, make sure they know how much you appreciate it. Please know, there will be mean girls along the way. I still deal with them today, but I’ve also reached out to women I admired in the beginning and we are great friends to this day. Don’t be scared of them rejecting you. If they do or they are mean to you, then you do not need them in any way, shape or form. Move on to the next. The nice men and women I’ve networked with over the years are accountable for every bit of success I’ve achieved.
  • When you do achieve success, don't get too big for your britches. It's easy to get caught up in Instagram followers and Insta-fame, but we are all just itty bitty fish in a big pond in the scheme of things. Remember we all start at the bottom and remember the hardships you faced when you were there. Be nice to the beginners, because there's enough success for all of us!
I’d say my superpower is being positive.
— Allie Falcon

What are your hidden superpowers? Like I mentioned earlier, I’m remarkably talented at killing my plants in record timing. It’s not a power I’m proud of though lol. For real though, as cheesy as it sounds, I’d say my superpower is being positive. I’ve had plenty of opportunities to fail and quit, but I’ve talked myself out of it and now I try to do that for my peers on their low days. Cause Lord knows we all have them...and often. 

What is your favorite quote? “If you find yourself asking yourself, ‘Am I REALLY a writer? Am I REALLY an artist?’ Chances are you ARE. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self confident. The REAL one is scared to death.” – Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

Allie Falcon
Allie Falcon

What is bliss to you? Working on my laptop from my front porch, beer in hand, while my honey ropes the dummy and cooks on the grill. Stopping for just a moment to take in all the pretty scenery around me and realizing that I’m so lucky to be able to do what I love from such a beautiful place. Don’t get me wrong, those peaceful days don’t happen often, but when they do - ahhhh it really is just the best feeling.

If you could meet anyone for champagne, who would it be and where would you meet? It’s a toss up between Iris Apfel & Will Ferrell lol. If it was Iris, I’d hope we’d meet in her closet...because duhhhhhh. If it was my main man Will, I’d hope it would meet on the set of his next hilarious movie. Or maybe he’d be into meeting me and Iris in her closet and we could dress him up and send him on his way. 

What do you like to do in your "free" time? Well since every hobby I’ve ever had has turned into part of my job, I don’t have hobbies anymore lol. I’d probably say traveling and trying out new foods at dives and shopping at junk stores! I love to visit a new place and ask everyone that will stop long enough to talk to me where their favorite local joints are. 

 

Make sure to check out Allie's shop for a dose of badass leather work! Shop update, today, July 28, 2017 at 5pm central!

 

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