A Girl Can Never Have Too Many Boots - Johnny Ringo Boot Sale Every girl needs a least one pair of cowboy boots in her closet! Some of us need 20+ pair; either way, it's always great to find them at a bargain price! I'm a big fan of Zulily, if you don't have an account check it out here! If you're already a member, click here for the deal. They're having a big sale on Johnny Ringo boots up to 50% off! Check out some of the amazing designs:
These are just a few of the styles that are on sale today! The sale ends Friday, so be sure and check them out of if you get a chance! I've shopped many times on Zulily and I've received excellent customer service each time, so I thought I'd let y'all in on this deal in case cowboy boots have been on your wish list!
AnnaSophia Robb, Ashley Tisdale, and Lourdes Leon (above, left to right) have all been spotted in the All Saints Aztec Mini Dress (priced anywhere from $273 - $390), and we can understand why this tribal sheath has been a popular choice. The geometric, tribal-inspired pattern is insanely detailed and pretty!
The New Jewelry Line Has Arrived! We are so excited to introduce our new jewelry line by Same Spirit. Each piece is carefully hand cut, hand painted, embellished with free form roses and genuine Swarovski crystals. We are carrying necklaces & earrings and have many colors to choose from. Take a look at some of our newest arrivals below.
It's Cowboy Boot Monday at Horses & Heels The Texas Cowgirl hopes all of y'all are having a great week and are making it through this Monday. If you need a little break today, go over and check at Raquel's blog Horses & Heels; every Monday, she showcases a gorgeous new pair of cowboy boots that we can drool over! Today's post features a fabulous pair of boots by Old Gringo, a dress & accessories from The Texas Cowgirl and a gorgeous clutch made in Texas by Double J Saddlery! Here's the outfit she has put together!
The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, May 5th, and a wonderful opportunity to have a get together to watch the race & cheer on your favorite horse. As a host, hosting a party can be overwhelming, so The Texas Cowgirl has put together a little checklist to help you along the way. Every Kentucky Derby party serves the Classic Mint Julep Cocktail.
Dessert will be the winner of your party with a Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie. This is my favorite dessert of all time and my go to dessert for any party.
You can pair the simple receipes above with an elegant table setting for a lovely look. Red roses in a silver vase are a must and can be the focal centerpiece of your table. The Derby is the perfect excuse to use your table linens, fancy plates, and serving platters we typically reserve for big family holiday meals. If you do not have mint julep cups, look for silver plated or plastic mint julep cups online or at a party supply store.
Greet your guests at the door with a mint julep and information on the horses in the race. I saw this adorable Kentucky Derby Place Card Set on Etsy. As your guests enter your home hand them pre-made cards that will let them know who they are rooting for. On the card include a picture of one of the horses in the race along with the jockey silk. Include a few fun facts about the horse (there’s always tons of speculation and gossip to dig up).
To finish off the party have your guest pose for photos. A fun photo prop is this stick horse & hay bale ensemble; place a silk cloth over the hay bale to resemble the jockey silks. Finally, don't forget your big hat and have fun!
Southern Hospitality We at The Texas Cowgirl like to surround ourselves with postive people, however, every once in awhile you run across a few bad eggs. Those people, bless their hearts, have not learned the values that are bred into us southern women.
I received the comment below from a blogger at LoneStarrState.WordPress.Com regarding my post of the Sassy Magenta Dress Outfit from this week. While all of our comments go through moderation, I chose to not put this one under the post, but to showcase it for all of our fans to read. I have also responded to this person below as he or she did not leave an email for further contact.
lonestarrstate (http://lonestarrstate.wordpress.com/) has left a new comment on your post "Sassy Magenta Dress":
There is way, way, way too much busy going on here even for a livestock show. The boots are the only useful things here that are timeless fashion classics. Everything is in competition with one another and that is not good. The bag and belt is already 2 seasons old but will return in about 10 years give or take. Everything else is just downright tacky if all put together for a single look. Nobody has worn an ensemble like that since JR got shot. As much as the 80s were a very fun time, it's 2012. If I saw someone walked into Cowtown like that I would think they never threw any of the 25 year old clothes away and/or are clueless on how to dress. This is just my opinion as a professional. BTW, the dress is fuschia. If it was magenta, there would be more red in the color.
Now if you want to break it down, dump the jewelry. The ring doesn't do anything for the look. What you need to offset the fuschia dress is a gold chain of fresh sea pearls with their odd little shapes. If you must stick to silver then go bold and keep it to silver only and no additional colors. Then find a cocktail ring in the opposite color of the dress so it really makes a statement in a gold or silver setting. Nail polish, keep it simple and fresh. A basic French-American manicure not using bright white but a softer white would make all the difference. For the belt, a very lightweight white silk scarf to wrap around the waist and then twist gently to bring back forward and tie in a knot. Or find a RL or Gucci belt with their notorious horse bits for a little more stock show authenticity. For a bag, one can keep it neutral since the dress is obviously the focal point that the editor is trying to sell. A metallic gold clutch (with removable shoulder straps) or if you didn't use the horse bit belt then use a bag that has it. The shoes could be little strappy heels or peekaboo toe either with some gold in them or in a skin/blush color. Yes, I know stock show, heels? Believe it or not, it is done. But this suggestion would also make the perfect transition to an after party or going out for drinks/dinner. At least now, when people look at you wearing what I suggested, they will be looking at your for the right reasons and not because they think you are a candidate for "What Not To Wear."
I know it sounds really harsh but it's the truth. I've been to rodeos, stock shows and everything in between. I've done NYFW. You can't let the ensemble wear you. You have to be the picture and the ensemble is your frame. I don't know how long you have been doing this and everyone has to start somewhere, that's a fact, but between this and that other photo with the multicolored tunic with the fringe boots.....No. Maybe before you start doing the ads on the Facebook sidebar, you should get it together just a little more if you want to hit a sales potential. I hope this helped you out.
While, I do value the everyone's individuality and opinions, there are proper ways to voice your opinion. As a southern girl, I believe it is important to stand up for our opinions, the industries in Texas (the commenter is not a fan of the oil & gas industry from the biography on her blog & facebook fan page), and the sense of the country & western lifestyle. That being said, here is the response from The Texas Cowgirl:
In reading your biography, your age, opinions, and style are not the target market for The Texas Cowgirl. Our target market is young women who are living and working the country lifestyle. While you were busy writing your rant on my blog last night, I was attending the American Quarter Horse Association World Show at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. I arrived on Thursday in order to prep our horses for the weekend show. The outfit featured on my blog is representative of the accessories and footwear a working cowgirl or any woman from the south would have in her closet. It would be very impractical to take along pearls, heels, and a clutch when you spend all day as an exhibitor at the livestock show. It's much easier to take along the dress, pair it with your boots and jewelry allowing an easy transition from the show arena to the country and western dancehall after a long day. The women attending both the rodeo and the country & western dancehalls this weekend were dressed in very similar outfits as shown on my blog.
The Texas Cowgirl is a store and a blog where real southern country women can find practical outfits which will fit in for the events we attend. The people who ride and compete in rodeo laugh at those who attend such events in heels and pearls. As you can imagine, it is quite impossible to gracefully walk across a dirt and gravel parking lot into a rodeo event while wearing heels and certainly impossible to stand in the arena to receive awards your animals have won as an actually participant in the rodeo or livestock show.
A general southern rule is, "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." Your rant is evident you are lacking in couth. You will find that in Texas and in most southern states, that an open mouth may soon be shut with a fist.
For further reading today, you can check out Wikipedia where you can read that fuchsia is a synonym for magenta http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuchsia_(color). Please direct your reading and opinions to a source other than The Texas Cowgirl blog and The Texas Cowgirl fan page on Facebook. Our fan page consists of over 7,000 fans, while the fan page for your blog only has 10 fans. I believe the numbers speak for themselves.
In closing, please be thankful that the oil and gas industry aided in your transportation from New York to Texas. While I see you are not a fan of "natural gas fracking," it does provide the electricity to power your computer to write your nasty rants on other's blogs as well as the transportation for your raw food. Now that you have visited our great state of Texas, please go home.
I hope to not offend any fans, but I do want to make it apparent that The Texas Cowgirl showcases cute, realistic as well as affordable fashion for those women who are involved in the western lifestyle. While our outfits may not be seen walking down the catwalk at New York Fashion Week, our outfits are fashionable and affordable for those living a realistic lifestyle and are exactly what should be worn when attending a rodeo, dancehall, bbq place or casual date night.
Our Peek a Boo Shoulder Dresses have been so popular, that we decided to bring them to you in a new color...Magenta! This color is the perfect bright color to welcome warmer weather! The belted style accents your figure and gives the dress that perfect feminine shape. We've paired our Magenta Peek a Boo Shoulder Dress with the multi colored Sissie & Me Lucky Cowgirl Necklace. You can pair this dress with a pair of boots and a bag in a complimentary brown color as the belt. We've added a basic turquoise ring and an Essie nail polish to finish the look. We think this is perfect for the Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo which kicks off today! What sort of event would you wear this outfit to?
Raquel over at Horses and Heels used our dress as the focal point of two fabulous outfits! The first outfit is a rustic look with a bold Navajo print handbag, a short leather jacket for cooler weather, leather bracelets, boots, and an bold Indian head ring.
The Texas Cowgirl would like to encourage all of you to go visit the Horses and Heels page and let Raquel know which outfit is your favorite!
Spring Fashion Trends Some of the biggest fashion trends you'll be seeing this year are aztec & tribal prints, color blocking, and a favorite color of mine...coral. Aztec prints look amazing and can easily be paired with most of your jewelry as they come in a variety of of colors. Our Tribal Print Blue Kimono Style Dress is already a customer favorite! We've paired it with our Brown Western Tassel Tote to carry on the southwestern tribal theme. The Green & Pink Tear Drop Earrings compliment the tribal color palate well. This outfit can be finished with a pair of brown gladiator style sandals as we have chosen or a cute tribal inspired beaded sandal.
Hello Bombshell is how we're describing this outfit! Do you have a date for Valentine's Day or just want to dress in the days signature color? Well, we have the dress that will fit that occassion! Here's our Red Western Ruffle Rhinestone Cross paired with a pair of red & black boots by Lane Boots in Grand Prairie,TX. Our Silver Heart Charm Bangle Bracelet set is the perfect accessory!
Speaking of Valentine's Day, I know a lot of you are wondering what you should do for your sweetie on that special day. We'll here's a suggestions to get you started:
1. Pick out a recipe that is new to the both of you and prepare dinner together. Pair it with a great bottle of wine (google is a great tool for researching wine & food pairings) and enjoy each other's company! Here's a complete Valentine's Dinner Menu
2. Go for a romantic horseback ride a sunset; I know most of us are country girls and can greatly appreciate the serenity and calmness of a relaxing ride.
3. Go out to eat dinner at your favorite restaurant. Remember, Valentine's is a very popular day to dine out, so make reservations if possible.
4. If a great dancehall is nearby, go dancing!!
5. Flowers and chocolate are always a favorite gift to give & receive. If you are a great baker, consider making homemade treats for your sweetie! I saw these great Scrabble inspired cookies at the Bake at 350 Blog...Click the picture below to check it out!
I hope you've gotten a few ideas for Valentine's. What are you unique gift/date ideas?
The year 2011 provided a year of growth & good times for both The Texas Cowgirl and for me personally. One of our goals last year was to start carrying more products and we succeeded! More clothing lines were added to our inventory as well as more accessories such as scarves, sunglasses & additional jewelry!
This past year has also been the year I have started competing at Cowboy Mounted Shooting. If you've never heard of it before (don't worry, I didn't know what it was until 2 years ago), it's a timed event men & women compete in while riding horses and shooting balloon targets with real guns. Every event consists of randomly drawn courses consisting of 10 balloons. Each rider has two .45 caliber pistols, each loaded with 5 black powder blanks. The rider guides his or her horse through the course shooting the first 5 balloons with one pistol, then changes pistols to shoot the remaining 5 balloons. The less time it takes to complete to course and cross the timer line, the better. Each missed balloon adds 5 seconds to your time, plus various other penalties for if the rider drops a gun or does not run the course correctly. Here's a few photos of shoots I have been to over the past year.
Traveling throughout the US with Cowboy Mounted Shooting has also allowed me to set up a booth for The Texas Cowgirl to spread some of Texas along the way. We hope to bring our merchandise to even more events in 2012 and hope to see some of our customers along the way!
Also, in 2011, we started blogging! This is something that has been in the plan since The Texas Cowgirl started, but actually became a reality this past year. The blog is meant to give you outfit ideas with our newest products as well as to you a glimpse into the daily life at The Texas Cowgirl. We're very excited to jump on the blog bandwagon and there are going to be many posts in 2012, so tell your friends to start following us! We love to hear from all of our fans!
We also have been very active on Facebook lately and love to share inspiration quotes to get you through the day, give you the first peek of our new arrivals and to see all of our fans pics! We have over 5,600 fans on our fan page and greatly appreciate the love & support. We love to see pictures our fans post of them wearing their goods from The Texas Cowgirl; if you have any photos you'd like to share, please upload them on our fan page wall!
In 2012 The Texas Cowgirl is going to be adding more clothing lines and fun accessories! Follow our blog, join us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on our latest happenings! Happy New Year and thank you for sharing in this journey with us!
Our third outfit here on our blog this month features our new Green Ruffle Tunic. We've paired it with a dark wash jean, however, it would be equally cute with your favorite pair of leggings! You can even add a belt around the waist for a more fitted look.