How to Dress up Western Wear

I am excited to have a guest blogger this month from Cavendars Western Wear! They have put together an exciting article on how to dress up western wear for every day fashion. Check out this great article and their polyvore photos. To get your own look like these, please visit http://www.cavenders.com/

 

 

Western wear is emerging in the fashion circuit through fashion magazines and runways. We continue to see featured pieces such as Western boots, jackets and other accessories make their way down runways showing off fringe, bold colors and prints.

Western Boots

Boots and booties are always a great go-to shoe. Versatile and comfortable, Western boots are always a great piece to keep in your wardrobe. Western boots go great with jeans as well as skirts and dresses.  For example, matching boots with skinny jeans and a light blouse or over-sized sweater and a splashy fedora makes for a great Western look. Pairing your boots with denim shorts and a Western vest also create a fashionable yet laid back look. We’re not talking professional dress, here, though.

Boots come in all different styles from pointed to round toe, different heel height, and a multitude of colors. While picking the right boot can increase the wearability of each boot, knowing how to pair items with statement boots can help create a place in your wardrobe for those pink accented round toes, or turquoise traditional style boot.

Accessorizing

A great way to tie together your Western wear look is to accessorize with pieces that tie everything together. Choose a color to use as a guideline like turquoise or rose and work it in your pieces. If you have a multi-colored studded belt, choose a color out of it to match earrings to. You can also use color blocking and accessorize with plain metals such as silver, gold or titanium.

Western purses are always a great piece to add to your collection, whether it be a camouflage print purse with leather accents or a tan leather purse with accenting fringe. Western purses go well with any style and fit any season, and there is a wide variety of brands that create Western purses to choose from as well.

A great belt can dress up any simple country look. Adding a rhinestone studded belt to a denim look, a tan belt or even a chunky silver belt to a simple dress can make a look seem nicely pulled together.

 

 

Neutral Tones

Neutral tones are always a great way to accentuate your Western wear. Pairing a white or cream dress with brown boots, a brown belt and even a hat will create a classic country look. Add a turquoise necklace and simple earrings to complete the look. Neutral tones give you a great palette to work with for accessorizing with many different stones and styles of jewelry as statement pieces.

 

Denim

Denim serves as a staple to many Western wear looks. Pairing denim with a country style tee, boots and hat is a fail-safe Western look. Adding a thick bracelet and a beaded necklace that picks up the tones in your shirt or hat offers a great accessory pairing. Denim is a simple piece that can be dressed both up and down to easily go from day to night with a little accessorizing.

When working with Western wear, it is a great idea to keep some general pieces in your wardrobe that can be used in many different looks. Your boots for instance are an overall staple to your wardrobe.

More items to consider having in your wardrobe for dressing up your Western looks could include a denim and leather jacket, shoes in neutral tones such as tan, cream and nude, a quality country style hat and a few country style jewelry pieces including silvers, wood tones and turquoise.

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Summer Vacation Getaway

I am so very very excited that we have our summer vacation adventure planned!! A sweet friend told me about this place, she loves it and knew I would too~

We are going to the beautiful BullHill_Logo_Small

Bull Hill horse barn

 This gorgeous slice of heaven is located in Kettle Falls, northeastern Washington State, and sits at the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains near British Columbia, Canada. Sweeping panoramic views of neighboring Idaho, Lake Roosevelt and Canada provide a backdrop setting that is one of the most picturesque in the Pacific Northwest. It was voted #1 horseback riding escape in the northwest!


“Opened in 1995, Bull Hill Guest Ranch is part of a large working cattle ranch that dates back to 1903. Rich in history and tradition, the ranch today has become a favored destination for families, corporate retreats and the outdoor adventurer who is looking for authentic western living amidst the tall pines and cedars. It is especially noted for its fly fishing and horseback riding.”

We are taking our horses and headed out to do a cattle drive, I cant wait!!!

 

and I plan on sitting my butt down with a magazine and a cold drink right in these chairs…..

Bull Hill Lake

 And maybe a little of this as well…. (Hopefully cowboys included:)

 

They have the most gorgeous sleeping accommodations from these glam tents

Bull Hill Tents cabins

 to these charming cabins (power and running water!!! no need to rough it!!)

 

Bull Hill Cabin

 

I truly cannot wait for this adventure!!!

To book your own stay at this fabulous ranch, please visit

http://www.bullhill.com/

or call

1-877-BULL-HILL (1-877-285-5445)

All photos courtesy of Bull Hill Ranch

I will share mine after our adventure!

Style me Fabulous

Just treated myself to these wonderful new  items for spring and summer! Can’t wait for the weather to warm up now!

My Studio

For many years now I have struggled as many photographers do, whether or not to invest in a commercial studio for photography. As any business owners know, overhead is a constant stress that we have to deal with. For years I was not in a position to own my dream studio. I would Google spaces and go on Pinterest drooling constantly over amazing white and airy lofts with 20 foot ceilings and loads of natural light.

I knew shy of winning a lotto jackpot, this was just not an option for me.

I decided that not having a studio was also not an option, and I went about finding a way to make my scaled down dream come true.

I took a good long look at my own home and what “real estate”  I could borrow from.  I obviously could not oust my children from their rooms, nor my husband. (although the way he has been snoring lately, that was actually my first thought:)

Like many typical american homes have, ours has a large bonus room that was a complete catchall for treadmills, unwanted Christmas decorations and clothes that simply did not fit. Right off our bonus room, many of you may remember that I had a small art studio. Since my bonus room has only 3 foot high knee walls, making it impossible to convert into a photography studio, I reclaimed it by emptying all the decorations, toys and such and moved all my art belongings into it, thus giving myself and my children and friends an even larger space to create in!

I then proceeded to take the once small art studio, or so I thought, and turn it into my photography home studio. Much to my happy surprise the room once emptied was much larger than I anticipated, and as furniture and knick knacks were removed, the natural light began to stream in, filling my heart to contentment!

Just see for yourself!

Already adorned with a pretty chandelier, I didn’t need many more props to fill in.

Now I have a space to bring women to feel special and PRETTY……

My advice to you is instead of pining over what you cannot have, find a version of your dream YOU CAN ACHIEVE.

In the long run, I promise you will find your happy:)

xoxoxo