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Desperado Boutique’s Featured Artist
As part of our commitment to support artisans and craftspeople from around the region we are pleased to welcome the work of west coast jeweler Paula Carvalho to our Bend boutique. For a limited time we will be showcasing some of Paula’s unique and eclectic necklaces and bracelets. We first fell in love with Paula’s work last summer and have enjoyed how great it pairs with the boho style of our store. Paula creates one of a kind pieces carefully curated from antique coins, pendants, precious and semi-precious stones and more. Please stop by to check her work out, or if Central Oregon is not your home please see our Facebook & Instagram accounts to see this special collection. We are also always happy to text photos or shop with you via FaceTime. Simply call us to set up whatever works best for you…. 541-749-9980.
Our February Artist Spotlight featuring Paula Carvalho will be on display from Monday, February 1st through Valentine’s Day. We gladly gift wrap and with enough time will ship jewelry for free. Stop by our boutique in downtown Bend and enter to win one of our giveaways or simply share a post of this event on one of our social platforms.
Paula Carvalho Trunk Show
Desperado Diva & artist, Mikki Krohn, has turned her talent for portrait painting to Santa! Yes Santa! When Mikki isn’t working at Desperado you’ll often find her with a paintbrush in hand. Mikki discovered her love of painting Santas after using a Mall Santa photo for inspiration. “I have always enjoyed painting portraits and I stumbled onto the idea of painting “Santa” last year when I created my own holiday cards,” reflects Mikki.
Mikki used an old Santa Clause costume she had and started talking men into posing for her wearing Santa’s suit. “I discovered that no amount of wigs, beards, or hats could cover up the true personality of who was wearing them,” laughs Mikki. She adds, “Putting men in Santa suits really brings out a twinkle in their eyes!” Mikki has created more than a dozen Santa portraits for family and friends and is now working on commission pieces for others. “Everyone has someone in their lives who bring out the true spirit of Christmas, my Santa portraits just help that along.”
Click here to listen to Olivia’s new song…‘Gypsy’
Our very own Desperado Diva, Olivia Harms, just released her second single from her new album ‘Rhinestone Cowgirl’ and we are excited to share it with you! This song written and performed by Olivia is called “Gypsy” and is about life on the road. The first single titled “Hey There Cowboy”, blurs the lines between country and western music, including a hint of Bakersfield to make any honky-tonk proud. Find the link to listen to her first song at the bottom of this story!
Olivia, an Oregon native has been working part time at Desperado for the past 3 years. She moved to central Oregon shortly after graduating from Oregon State University with her bachelor’s degree in agriculture business. After college she decided to pursue her true passion of music. Working here at Desperado allowed her to travel back and forth to Nashville and offered a flexible schedule for her to play music around the country.
After commuting back and forth to Nashville for the past 3 years, Olivia decided it was time to record. After all the writing Olivia had done during that time, she had plenty of songs to choose from. She narrowed it down to the 10 songs she connected to most, she cut the demos and set a date for the master recording. Olivia had planned to spend 10 days in March tracking instruments and recording the master vocals. Unfortunately, a little thing called Covid-19 got in her way.
Olivia thought it was just a small setback at the time. Not realizing how much covid would affect her recording process. After rescheduling twice and no sign of change in the world, Olivia decided to go back to Nashville in May and record. “It was an interesting experience traveling during covid. I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t want to put anyone in danger, but life also had to go on. All I knew was covid wasn’t getting any better, who knew how long it would last, and I didn’t have the patience or will power to sit around and wait till it was over to share my new music.”
Olivia recorded all 10 songs while she was in Nashville in May. “Such an exciting feeling to hear a song that you wrote, come to life with all the right instruments” she says. After returning home from a successful trip Olivia made a plan for her release. With less live concerts and places to play, she decided to release her music one song at a time throughout the Fall.
‘Hey there Cowboy’ was her first release from the project on September 25th. The song debuted with over 20k views on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. In an interview with Y-102 Gorge Country Olivia jokes that the song was written on accident. She said she was driving home from a long day of writing session on a trip to Nashville in January and had been thinking about all of the extra confident cowboys that she had met at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas just a few weeks prior in December. As she was driving, she thought, “what would I say if I were trying to introduce myself to a handsome stranger. What kind of things would we talk about?” Then before she knew it, she had a voice memo with a rough draft of Hey There Cowboy, and she was 20 miles past her exit. It may have cost her a little time to get turned around, but she ended up with a great song.
Music has always been Olivia passion, she grew up playing and performing with her mom, Joni harms, who will be inducted into the western music hall of fame this year. Olivia says “music is a way for us to connect with strangers, sometimes it gives us confidence, other times it helps us heal. In my experience music has always been there for me, and I hope that my listeners will feel that I will always be there for them. I play music to share my stories, make people laugh, cry, happy, and sad. The idea that not just someone, but hundreds of people, can relate to a little song I wrote driving down the freeway blows my mind. I’m forever grateful for anyone that lends an ear and takes a chance on listening to my music.”
You can listen to Olivia’s new release using the link or find it on any streaming platform. Be sure to catch her local performances by checking www.oliviaharms.com and mark your calendars for her second release “Gypsy” in November 5th.
Follow this link to YouTube to hear ‘Hey There Cowboy’ now and please listen, like, and share!
We’re celebrating our 24th Anniversary at our new downtown Bend location and we’ve got six days of in-store specials just for you!!!
-Friday, October 16th enjoy 24% off any Sofft shoe or boot in our store!
-Saturday, October 17th receive 24% off all scarves!
-Sunday, October 18th get 24% off our entire in-store stock of candles and specialty soaps!
-Monday, October 19th celebrate our 24th anniversary with 24% off all graphic tees.
-Tuesday, October 20th enjoy a 24% discount on all denim.
-Wednesday, October 21st visit our boutique and receive 24% off any one item…all day long!
And for our on-line customers on 10/21/2020 please use Promo Code: Anniversary & receive 24% off any 1 item at checkout. Free shipping on all purchases over $100.
Plus…We’ll be giving away a Mauritius Leather Jacket. These jackets are designed in Germany, made from lambskin and come in a wide variety of styles and colors. We’ll have jackets available for purchase, and special order. We’ll also have a few styles for the man in your life. Sizes range from XS to XXXL so don’t miss this fabulous fashion event LIVE on Instagram & Facebook as the Desperado Divas bring a summer Trunk Show to YOU!
Jerrod will be joining us Friday, May 15th for our Live Virtual Event on FB & IG!
We caught up with him recently and asked him these questions…
#1) Desperado’s mission is ‘helping women define who they are by what they wear’ – how do you think fashion can help define us and why is it important to create a look that truly works for the individual?
I think fashion can define us just like art except for the fact that you wear it rather than it hanging on the wall. So with that said, each person has their own identity and what they think is Fashionable. Which makes the fashion industry one of the most unique and diverse.
#2) What got you into the fashion industry and what do you think is key to styling women?
Making women feel feminine and beautiful with their own body and look is key. Each woman is beautiful in her own way.
#3) Tell us about the fashion lines you carry and how they translate to today’s fashion trends and lifestyle? Caite, Kyla Seo, and Love Kyla are the lines I represent and are beautiful current looks for today’s woman.
#4) What key fashion elements should no woman be without? A Caite, Kyla Seo, Love Kyle garment;)
#5) How do you see this pandemic changing or influencing fashion? I feel that the pandemic is going to change fashion to a more leisure look.
#6) Please tell us about your passion for goats and why you named your company the Goat Fashion Group? I raise and show Pygmy goats 🐐 and when coming up with the name of the company it was just there lol and all the people that know me were like it’s the perfect fit.
#7) Is there anything else you’d like to share with readers so they can learn a little more about what you do in the fashion industry? I’m have been in the fashion industry for most of my life and truly love it. I remember going to my first magic trade show and thinking I can’t wait to be a merchandiser or sales rep.
It’s almost time to start revamping our closets for the sunny days up ahead. Desperado’s own Sam Silva brings us up to speed on the latest fashion trends for 2020!
’70s & ’90s fashion are serving in 2020. Past trends are making an encore appearance this spring. We’re seeing flowery embroidery for our boho gals, fringe and flare for our cowgirls, and leather for our fashionistas.
Denim is the central focus for this spring. Strong ’70s references with flare jeans, embroidered denim shorts and jean jackets. The bohemian trends continue with everyone’s favorite high waisted jean. High waisted jeans might be one of the best trends to make a comeback; flattering on all body types and pairing well with tees and blouses as the weather gets warmer.
We all want to be more comfortable in our clothes, which is why it’s exciting we’re seeing more relaxing fits. One trend making a comeback this spring is the drawstring pant. In our store we already see it coming in with Driftwood’s camouflage, embroidered pant. Easy to pair with a colored top or your favorite hoodie. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more!
Another comfortable style is the “mom jean” a style that is usually high waisted, making your bum appear longer and flatter. “Mom jeans” also have a relaxed fit around the zipper and leg area with long back pockets. This silhouette is great for everybody. The “mom” look has become popular the past several years, and we do not expect it to go away just yet!
Boot-cut jeans are back in a big way. At Desperado we’ve always carried your classic boot cut. This spring we’ll be seeing more of it! Many boot-cut jeans are embroidered with colors and floral designs to give them a more feminine look. We will be seeing styles like a high-waisted, flared denim cinched at the waist with a narrow belt. Perfect to pair with your favorite brand tee and our awesome Söfft sneakers for daytime wear or pair with a statement belt, buckle and boots for a night at your favorite concert. Our favorite boot picks – Liberty Black or Old Gringo of course!
If you haven’t grabbed your leather jacket yet, or just want another, now’s the perfect time. This trend is a wardrobe staple that can last years if you take good care of it. It’s the perfect layering piece for our cold nights and warmer days. Whether you’re looking for the classic black moto or hoping to find one a little more colorful, we have the best one for you! From yellow to fringe, you can’t go wrong with any of our Mauritius leather jackets.
Menswear inspired clothing is continuing into spring with blazers and trench coats. These pair well with your new relaxed fitting “mom jeans” to add some finesse to your outfit. We love this power dressing trend!
Make sure to stop by Desperado Boutique to see what new finds we bring home from market and follow our social media to stay updated!