Five Fashion Rules To Follow At NFR

Hey friends!

While you’re reading this, I’m on a Vegas bound plane, but don’t you worry – I’ve got one last NFR advice post for you before we dive into the most anticipated rodeo of the year.

If you follow western fashion, you probably got an earful of opinions about what you need to be wearing during NFR. At first, I just thought it would be best to keep my opinions to myself – after all, they’re just opinions, right? Well, after a little more thought and some advice from good friends, I decided to share my fashion rules anyway. Here we go:

 

RULE 1: OWN THE SPOTLIGHT

That’s right – it’s the biggest week of the whole year for western fashion and everyone is pulling out all the stops, including you. So what are you waiting for? Jump in the spotlight and own your entrance to every performance and every party. You owe it to yourself to soak in the moment and enjoy it – viva Las Vegas, babe!

RULE 2: DON’T WORRY ABOUT TRENDS

But really, what’s a trend? I don’t care if coral was last season, or my vintage jacket is sooo 1986, Susan. You know how trends happen? Someone decides to do their own thing and it catches fire. I feel like that’s something to live by – others are inspired when you march to your own drummer, girlfriend! Light your passion on fire and run until everyone else catches it.

RULE 3: BE YOURSELF 100%

You weren’t put on this earth to fall in line behind everyone else. Be bold enough to showcase the person you are through your clothes and attitude. No one is cooler than when they embrace themselves totally, so what’s stopping you? Walk into Cowboy Christmas with a confident stride and believe that you’re enough, no matter who’s standing next to you.

RULE 4: LIFT UP THE GIRLS AROUND YOU

It’s a tough world out there for girls. We already face so many expectations in order to be valued and desired, why do we make it harder for each other? Make a conscious effort to compliment the girls around you and appreciate their style and how they express themselves. All of us put up fronts, and there’s no easier way to crumble them than to show positivity. Hint: this starts by loving yourself and knowing your own value.

RULE 5: BE GRATEFUL

Whether you’re experiencing NFR for two weeks or two days, LIVE IT UP! This is one of the most exciting events of the year in the rodeo industry and there’s so many girls who would jump at the chance to go to just one round. There’s too much fun to be had and not enough time to worry about your hair or how much your handbag cost. If you’re tempted to feel bad for yourself, remember how many girls at home would switch places with you in a heartbeat. Take a deep breath and be thankful that you’re here and bound to have an amazing time!

 

So obviously, this wasn’t the typical set of “rules” you were probably expecting, but I wanted to put some positivity back into the community that I love. I have no interest in addressing anyone’s opinions on who’s allowed to wear what to an event like the NFR – western fashion should be about the girls wearing the clothes, not the clothes themselves. Let’s all take a chance to lift each other up and appreciate our differences and our love for the western lifestyle.

I hope y’all are ready for the week – it’s going to be a blast! If you’re in Vegas and see me out, please come say hi, I’d love to meet you. If you’re watching on TV, make sure to check my social media for outfits, updates and a few surprises I have up my sleeve.

Stay unique, sisters!

Ball On A Budget – Keeping Your Trip To NFR Penny Friendly

Hey guys!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my NFR marathon leading up to my flight to Vegas. Believe it or not, I fly out tomorrow morning, so make sure to be checking my social media for updates, outfits and the dish on everything NFR.

I’ll be the first to tell you I’m all about balling on a budget – I’ve got no shame in my budget game! Everyone knows that just getting to Vegas is enough to give your bank account a heart attack, so I’m giving up a few of my tips to save that cash during NFR. Read on to see how I make it work in this expensive town.

 

BUY A MONORAIL PASS.

Every time someone asks me for tips on their first trip to Vegas, I always tell them to invest in a monorail pass. It’s not like it’s a secret or anything, but my first year at the finals, we spent SO much money on taxis. Save your cash and buy a monorail pass – it’s thirty-some dollars for a four day pass that can get you just about anywhere on the strip or to the convention center in a matter of minutes.

You’ll save so much money and get around town so much faster than waiting for an Uber or taxi to pick you up. Especially if you’re running between different events during the day or want to take a break in your hotel room in the middle of the day, a monorail ticket is essential.

 

SKIP THE BREAKFAST BUFFET.

This is a classic tip that I use on almost every vacation ever. Instead of spending forty to fifty dollars on brunch for two, we take a trip to the nearest convenience store. I usually pick up a box of breakfast sandwiches, protein bars or oatmeal and fruit. Since every meal is pretty expensive, it really adds up to cut out one of those meals every day. It’s also convenient since you can just use your hotel microwave to get a quick breakfast in.

Of course, another way to take advantage of this tip is to pack some snacks in your bag for the day as well. Instead of grabbing a ten dollar hot dog when you’re hungry, you can reach for a convenient snack from your bag. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about the splurge on vacation, but I think it’s more fun when you’re not breaking the bank!

 

CHECK OUT THE GREAT VIEWING PARTIES.

Let’s get real, NFR tickets are super expensive if you want good seats, especially if you’re paying for more than one person to go. Instead of shelling out hundreds to see a round every night at the Thomas & Mack, I like to spend my time hanging around the fabulous live viewing parties on the strip. Sure, I want to see it in person at least once, but it’s actually a lot of fun to hang around the hotels too. They usually have giveaways, door prizes and offer drink specials too.

There’s so much to being in Vegas for the NFR, don’t feel like you’re missing out on the experience if you can’t afford to go to the big show every night. You’ll be in good company at whatever viewing party you decide to go to, I promise you that!

 

GOODWILL HAS THE BEST NFR OUTFITS.

I’m totally serious when I say some of my best NFR outfits have come off a thrift store rack. Don’t feel like you have to spend a fortune on a new wardrobe to fit in at Cowboy Christmas – you can be a showstopper in a pair of vintage bell bottoms or your grandma’s fur coat. It doesn’t have to be new and expensive to turn heads, and that’s the truth.

Use your closet basics to your advantage – good pairs of jeans, leggings, a white tee, a leather jacket…then go pick out some one-of-a-kind vintage items from your local thrift store. You can guarantee your look will be totally authentic and 100% rad. Nothing feels better than having someone ask where you got your outfit and telling them you got it for a dollar. Rock what you’ve got, girls!

 

HIT UP THE FREE EVENTS AND AFTER PARTIES.

While there’s plenty of awesome pay-to-enter acts in Vegas, there are TONS of awesome free parties and events throughout NFR. Hit up the concerts at the South Point, MGM and Mirage or go to the nightly Buckin Ball. During the day, hang around the South Point arena, the Wrangler arena in the Convention Center or just explore all the shopping at the different locations around town.

You can find a lot of information on events and parties on the NFR experience website. They have daily events to see and special events spread out through the length of the NFR. If you dig a little bit, you can find lots of fun things to do, places to be without shelling out cash every day.

 

How are you saving money in Vegas this year? Do you have more tips to share? Let me know in the comments.

Stay unique sisters – see you in Vegas!

Packing Tips From A Fashion Blogger

Hey guys!

Okay, if I’m being totally honest – I have a weird relationship with packing. For instance, I made a spreadsheet (yes, it’s that serious okay) to organize the clothes I’m wearing in Vegas weeks ago, yet nothing is packed up in my suitcase yet. I’m huge on being organized but it takes me a little time to feel comfortable zipping my bag shut before I leave.

I know packing can be a little daunting for anyone, especially when you’re headed to an event that’s huge on fashion. So…here’s a little cheat sheet from me, your local western fashion blogger, on what works best for me and keeps me sane to make sure I’ve got everything I need. Read on for my tips!

 

MAKE A PACKING LIST.

Even though this list gets a little repetitive when you travel a lot (tooth brush…check) it’s a lifesaver. How many times do you stress out about packing only to figure out you left the most basic essential sitting on your bathroom counter? (tooth brush…not check)

When I fly, I split my list up by bag. So I make a section for my personal bag, which includes my work supplies, reading material, chargers, wallet…all of the essentials. Then I’ll make one for my carry on and finally my checked bag. It helps you organize your stuff efficiently and make a mental checklist with everything you need.

 

FOCUS ON THE ESSENTIALS.

I know we all try to do this and end up shoving all the clothes we haven’t worn in three months into our bag in a panic, but hear me out. Think about the pieces that look chic with everything – a good pair of jeans, leggings, a leather jacket, a white tee…etc. Once you figure out what you’ll wear the most, you can start adding in your statement pieces.

So for me, I’ll pick a pair of black skinny jeans then lay out my sequin jacket, my sweater and a tunic that all work with them. That way I pack less stuff I won’t actually wear and have something that works even if I buy something new at Cowboy Christmas I want to wear right away. Don’t forget the same rule applies to shoes too. (that’s where I fall off the wagon) Pack a great pair of boots, some casual shoes and a dressy heel or bootie instead of buying an extra checked bag for your shoe collection, okay?

 

DON’T FORGET COMFY CLOTHES.

We all know NFR fashion is over the top, but don’t think you have to wear sequins and heels during the day if you don’t want to. Let’s be real, it’s a lot of walking and you want to take it easy on yourself before throwing on your all-out ensemble for the night time.

My go-to pieces are chunky sweaters, slouchy tunics, palazzo pants, graphic tees and good ole denim everything. Same goes for shoes – make sure to pack your fave pair of Twisted X’s or Ariat casuals for those long days of shopping and walking around town. Don’t worry, you can still look cute while being comfy at the same time. And P.S. – if you want to wear heels and sequins all day, you go girl!

 

PACK A WRISTLET OR CLUTCH.

This one burns me a little bit, because I’m such a tote bag girl, but make sure you pack a small bag. If you haven’t seen already, there are bag restrictions in the Thomas & Mack AND at Cowboy Christmas now, so you’re going to want a bag that holds just the essentials. Nothing’s worse than having to walk your bag all the way back to your hotel or car because it doesn’t pass the restrictions. It’s not like I’ve done that or anything…(*cough* the American *cough*)

Bring something you can throw an ID, cash and your phone in. If you don’t have anything at home though, don’t worry, there are TONS of vendors with super cute options that meet the guidelines for purchase at Cowboy Christmas. Just make sure you keep it light whenever you leave the hotel or casinos. I wouldn’t be surprised if other venues around town adopt the same policies, so it’s best just to be prepared.

 

KEEP YOUR THINGS ORGANIZED IN YOUR BAG.

This goes hand-in-hand with my first tip, but really comes in handy when you’re pulling out your outfits and getting ready. For instance, I keep all of my work things in one bag, my accessories/jewelry/bags/boots in another, all of my makeup and hair supplies are together and my clothes are separated by outfit. To avoid making a huge pile of mess in your hotel room, I recommend taking the extra time to organize it when you pack.

That way, when you go to look for your next outfit, add an accessory or touch up your makeup, you know exactly where everything is and can keep it together without having to dig around in the depths of your suitcase. You’ll thank yourself when you go to pack everything up when you check out later, trust me.

 

BRING A DIRTY CLOTHES BAG.

This discovery for me was such a duh-moment. I spent years just throwing my dirty clothes under the nearest table or chair to keep them separate from the clean clothes in my bag, and I know I’m not alone here, admit it.

But really, make sure you pack a laundry bag. It keeps your clothes together so you don’t lose anything in the hotel room and makes it super easy to re-pack your bag up when you’re fixing to leave. I mean, it can’t get any easier than throwing your bag of clothes back in your suitcase. Plus, it’s an easy dump in the laundry basket when you get home. Easy, painless, a simple hack that will get you far in your living-out-of-a-suitcase adventure.

 

Hopefully these tips are helpful for making your packing a little smoother and less stressful. What are your best packing tips? Let me know in the comments.

Stay unique, sisters!

A Couple In Kimes

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to bring someone close to my heart to you today, my husband Marshall. He’s been a huge supporter on this blogging journey and has always found a way to lend a hand, whether we were driving to Texas to cover fashion at Rodeo Houston or flying to Vegas to spend a week inside the Thomas and Mack. Simply put, without the Rodeo Mr., I wouldn’t be The Rodeo Mrs.

One question continuously comes up whenever we attend events together – how do we manage to coordinate our outfits? There’s such a fine line between matching in a tacky way and being well-coordinated. Marshall has always found a way to compliment whatever outfit I come up with, so with NFR starting this week, I wanted to share a little inspiration for any of you planning your honey’s outfits for Vegas or just the holidays featuring a staple in both of our wardrobes – Kimes Ranch Jeans!

Together, we came up with two different outfits – one styled more classic western, one styled more contemporary. I love mixing patterns and textures while still matching the colors we wear – it always keeps us polished. While we love to get creative with our wardrobes, one thing we always come back to is our Kimes Ranch jeans – we can match in any situation and look polished – it’s like we planned it. (wink)

 

CLASSIC WESTERN.

Since we are so close to NFR time, I wanted to include a classed up look with lots of old school western style. The key to nailing the classic western look is to incorporate timeless pieces that you and you grandpa could wear, 30 years apart and still look polished.

For my look, I started with the Francesca jean. While this style can be worn rolled down with boots, my favorite way to wear it is with a cuffed pant leg and a cute pair of booties. I threw on a basic, black tank top underneath this beautiful aztec coat. The coat length compliments the jean cuffs so well and really pulls everything together without a lot of extra effort. I topped it all off with a vintage fedora to add to the classic vibe of this ensemble.

For Marshall’s look, we started with Kimes jeans in the Chuck style. They’re a great dark wash with a relaxed fit, his favorite style. To coordinate with the red in my look, we added a red patterned button down. It serves as the perfect pop of color under his suede western sport coat. I love the camel color of this coat – it’s a classic piece that really pops off the colors in my coat. To top off his look, he added a vintage bolo and a pair of flashy ostrich boots – not to mention a matching cowboy hat.

 

 

CONTEMPORARY WESTERN.

The contemporary western style has a more comfy, casual feel while still keeping the style current and trendy. If you’re going for this style, it’s all about balancing the casual and trendy pieces with each other. It’s also helpful to start with a classic piece to really ground everything else – you can start with the perfect pair of jeans!

For my look, I started with the Alex jean. This pair of boot cut jeans is the perfect piece to build a cozy, contemporary outfit on. One of the biggest trends that’s come back around? Denim on denim! I threw on this classic denim button down underneath a fur sweater vest that also has the rich blue color. I wanted to mix up the textures while keeping the colors neutral. I finished the look with some turquoise jewelry and a fun pair of moccasins.

For Marshall’s look, he started with his favorite Kimes style, the Chuck. On the top, he threw on a pinstripe button down with coordinating colors to my denim and sweater vest while not being too matchy-matchy. On top of the button down, we threw on a wool vest. It’s both warm and stylish while not being too dressed up by itself – a great piece that can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.

I hope you all got some couples outfit inspiration for NFR and the holiday season. All it takes is a little coordination and some great jeans to be the best dressed couple in the room!

 

Viva Las Vegas! My Top NFR Parties and Events 2017

Hi everyone!

Well, it’s officially crunch time for us – packing list is getting crossed off, jeans are getting starched and tickets are being printed. It’s down to the details before we head to Vegas, so of course I’m in full out stress mode.

I know – part of my job is looking cool and collected on Instagram, but have no doubt – I’m freaking out over here! Lucky for me, once we get on the plane, I’ve already done my homework. For months, I’ve been planning my schedule for the week – everything from photo shoots to after parties. One thing I’ve learned from going to the NFR every year is it’s best to go in with a plan. Yes, of course you’ve got to be a little spontaneous and not plan every moment, but it’s so helpful to be in the know about where the fun’s at!

So, for those of you joining me in Vegas over the next two weeks, here are a few of the places and events I’ll be hanging around for the week.

 

DECEMBER 8TH:

HOOEY PARTY: THE BROOKLYN BOWL – 9 PM

Last year was the first time Hooey had hosted this event, and it easily topped the list as my favorite night life event of the week. It’s free to get in, but make sure you can get on the list ahead of time – a ticket is required. I loved getting out of the casinos for a little while to listen to great music in an iconic venue, especially since it was put on by a great brand. Sam Hunt and Randy Rogers Band did not disappoint last year, and I can’t wait to see Cody Jinks this year!

 

DECEMBER 9TH:

DENIM & VELVET FASHION SHOW: THE SANDS – 3 PM

If you’re a western fashionista, you know the stylish gals who make up Denim & Velvet. I was beyond excited when I found out they’re hosting a fashion show featuring some incredible designers and boutiques. Not to mention, the fashion community will definitely all be hanging around, so if you want to meet someone – there’s a good chance you’ll run into them here. I can’t wait to see the show and the fashions they showcase.

 

DECEMBER 10TH:

BULLFIGHTERS ONLY: TROPICANA – 2 PM

When I was an intern at Rodeo Austin, I got to watch some of the talented bullfighters of Bullfighters Only do their thing in the arena, and they’re back in Vegas to wow you with their skills. The bullfighters have shows daily the 7th – 10th and the 13th – 16th, so you’ve got plenty of chances to see the show, no matter when you’re headed to Vegas. Tickets are required, so make sure to check their Facebook page or Ticketmaster to snag your seats.

Bonus: after the show, there’s a free concert featuring either Luke Kaufmann or Corb Lund starting at 4pm.

 

DECEMBER 11TH:

AARON WATSON: SOUTH POINT – 11 PM

This is the only day I could slip away from my schedule to go see Aaron Watson at the South Point, but have no fear – he’s headlining for a good portion of the week. The South Point is out of town, but totally worth the drive. There’s more shopping (because we totally need more of that, right?) an arena hosting ropings and barrel races, and lots of NFR related events as well. Stop in before the concert to see the buckle presentations for that night’s round – it’s an awesome way to get to know the contestants in an intimate setting.

 

DECEMBER 12TH: 

GOLD BUCKLE ZONE: MGM – 10 PM

This is another one of those events I’m getting a chance to squeeze in around a busy schedule, but there’s fun to be had in the Gold Buckle Zone every night of the NFR. If you want to mingle and dance with plenty of room, this is your party for sure. It’s also a great place to catch a replay of that night’s round on the big screen. This is one of those parties everyone puts on their list, so don’t forget to put it on yours too.

 

DECEMBER 13TH:

BEST OF THE WEST BALL: SILVERTON CASINO – 6 PM

This party is going to be the BOMB, I can just feel it. First of all, it’s being hosted by The Bleacher Babe herself, Brianna Bigbee and Cowboys & Indians magazine. Pull out your most outrageous, high fashion western wear and grab a friend to take with you. I’m expecting to see a lot of familiar western fashion faces and some fabulous ensembles. Plus, there’s a $1000 gift card to Rocketbuster boots up for grabs to the best dressed of the night!

 

DECEMBER 14TH:

CODY JOHNSON: SOUTH POINT – 11 PM

I’ve got another event this night, but I’m definitely going to make an effort to head back out to the South Point to see Cody Johnson before we fly home the next morning. I’ve seen Cody before but he puts on a great show, and the South Point is a great venue. If you’re a Cody Johnson fan, you’re definitely going to want to head here to listen to good music and get a good two step in.

 

I’m getting so excited to be back in Sin City. If you see me out and about, come up and say hello – I’d love to say hi and get to know you!

Are any of these events on your list? Where else are you headed during Vegas? Let me know in the comments.

Viva Las Vegas, ladies!

A Rodeo Mrs. Christmas – What’s On My List This Year

Hi again everyone! I’m sure you all aren’t used to hearing from me on a weekend, but since we’re in the holiday (and more importantly, NFR) season, I’m switching things up a bit. Today I want to share with you what I’m hoping to find underneath the tree this year  – I’ve had my eye on so many things walking around rodeo trade shows and watching my favorite designers post their crafts online – I’ve finally narrowed it down to a few I’m dying to get my hands on.

P.S. Thank you to Sierra Lewis for the idea – go check out her Instagram @sierra_raegram for more awesome western fashion inspiration!

 

TOOLED BUSINESS BAG

I feel like I’ve been on the lookout for a functional business bag with a western twist on it FOREVER – like, at least a full year. Since I’m usually carrying the regular business stuff plus my camera around on every trip, it’s really hard to find something that can protect and fit everything while still looking cute. So, when I saw this gorgeous tooled, carry on business bag, I basically died.

It has padded pockets and expands to get everything in there that you need. I also love that it’s convertible – carry it as a regular bag or pull out the handle and roll it through an airport or parking lot. Did I mention it comes in a bunch of gorgeous colors? My personal favorites are the red and turquoise, but there’s one for any taste.

 

CUSTOM TOOLED CONVERSE.

 

If you ask any NFR veteran their top tips for being in Vegas, I guarantee all of them will tell you to pack comfortable shoes. I know that sounds sort of boring, but trust me when I say even your comfy shoes can have A1 fashion game!

These custom tooled converse by Long X Trading Co. have been all the rage this year, and I’ve been dreaming of my own pair forever. Comfy shoes with leather tooling are always a win for me. If you’re not a huge converse fan, they also do tooled Twisted X’s as well. Whatever you prefer, you’ll be styling and comfortable all day long.

WARBONNET CUSTOM HAT.

To be fair, I already have one of these, but as they say – when you find something that fits you just right, get it in every color! For those of you not familiar with Warbonnet Hatworks, they are an amazing hat company that custom makes each hat to your liking. They offer them in every color from classic black, brown and silver belly, all the way to red, purple and green.

One of my key closet staples is a great hat, so naturally, I’m all about investing in some quality custom pieces that express my personality to a tee. In a perfect world, I’d have one in every color and shape – one for every day of the week, at least. P.S. If you’re headed to NFR, you can get a hat custom made to your head shape – talk about a PERFECT fit!

 

JUAN ANTONIO HANDBAG.

Even though my handbag collection is super eclectic and full of unexpected pieces, I’m totally partial to a clean design with classic materials. I love the Juan Antonio handbags for that reason – they’re crisp and classic with any outfit – whether you’re headed to a rodeo or the office, the design really works.

They use gorgeous tooled leather in tons of colors, so you can pick the best one for you. I’m obsessing over the all black, the dark brown and the red. They also have a few different styles, so if you’re more of a clutch or small bag girl, they have you covered. Hopefully I’ll pick one up at NFR next week!

 

 

BLACK BOOTIES.

I’ve got quite a few pairs of boots in my collection, but somehow, a great pair of black booties slipped through the cracks. I tend to wear more brown than black, so it never occurred to me how I don’t have a go-to black pair in my closet. But, I’m holding out for the perfect pair – for me that’s a pair of Old Gringo booties with all the studs and jewels.

I love this style because it adds so much sass to even the most simple outfit. You can pair them with leggings and a sweater or the fanciest dress in your closet. The pairs I’m drawn to are definitely pricey, but for a staple piece, I’m not afraid to splurge a little bit!

 

What’s on your Christmas list this year? Let me know in the comments!

NFR 2017 Trend Forecast

Happy Friday everybody!

It’s the end of another work week (the one right after Thanksgiving and before NFR, ughhh…the worst) but have no fear, I’ve got a little light reading for you to get you out of work mode. You’re welcome.

Everyone is frantically buying up pieces for Vegas, looking for the biggest trends out west for 2017. To make your last minute shopping a little bit easier, I thought I’d throw together a quick trend forecast with some of the biggest trends you’ll be seeing at Cowboy Christmas in less than two weeks. Read on for some fun ways to style the trendiest pieces of the season.

 

FUR. 

It’s no secret that everyone’s winter obsession is fur, especially this year. Whether you’re pulling out your grandma’s vintage mink, splurging on a Tasha polizzi fur trimmed number or rocking a boutique faux fur piece – you’ll be living for the luxe, winter vibes of this trend.

I’m wearing a mix of faux and real fur in Vegas this year, in more than one color too. The classic choice would be a neutral brown, cream or black but don’t discount the colored pieces. If you’re feeling a little more bold, reach for a bright fur trimmed vest or full jacket in jewel tones.

I love fur because it’s the perfect statement for any outfit. Graphic tee and jeans? check. Elegant evening gown? check. Leggings and heels? check. If there’s one trend worth your Christmas cash, look no further!

 

VELVET.

Velvet has been hot for the past year and it shows no sign of slowing down. Whether you want to rock a crushed velvet blazer or a pair of sleek bell bottoms, there’s something for you. Not to mention you can find pieces in every color imaginable.

I love velvet because it’s a fun way to add texture to your ensemble and adds a fun element to even the most basic outfit. Throw an off-the-shoulder velvet tunic on with a pair of leggings and booties or wear it as a floor length, stunning evening gown. It’s versatile, interesting and bonus: there’s tons of vintage numbers in your local thrift store for you bargain shoppers!

 

FASHION HATS.

My hat is red, my denim is blue…‍♀

One of my favorite trends of 2017 has been the rise of colored cowboy hats. Whether it’s from Greeley, Warbonnet or a vintage shop, girls are getting on the colored hat trend and decking them out with personalized hat bands and shapes. Some of the most popular colors of the season have been mustard, kelly green, red and burgundy.

Hats are a great way to add some sass to your outfit, and it’s even more fun when everyone’s got something a little different. Whether you’ve got a turkey feather tucked at the brim or have your grandpa’s buckle attached to the band, there’s a million ways to tell your story and express your creativity. Even some of the cowboys have taken to colored hats – that’s how you know its really a trend worth jumping on.

 

CUSTOM LEATHER.

Gone are the days where tooled leather was reserved for your tack – these days you can have a talented leather craftsman make everything from a handbag to heels to blazer lapels. I’m looking forward to seeing tooled leather tucked in the most unexpected places. If you’re classic, opt for a tooled belt or clutch. If you’re a little more daring, take a chance with tooled converse or blazer lapels.

Leather is a western staple that never goes out of style, so you can have faith that your investment in a custom piece will still be cool a year and 20 years from now. Nothing’s cooler than having pieces in your closet that are handmade and one-of-a-kind.

 

TURQUOISE & SILVER.

It’s no secret that natural stones are a western staple that every cowgirl fashionista pines over. What’s different this year, is I see smaller, daintier pieces coming center stage. We all want to wear a $8000 squash blossom, but for those of us who can’t afford that dream this year, opt for a cute pair of turquoise post earrings, a bolo tie with a small statement stone or smaller, stackable rings or bangles. You can wear them alone for a light touch of turquoise or stack and layer them until you’re totally decked out.

The same goes for silver – one of my favorite ways to rock silver and give a big impact is wearing thick silver bands coupled with my natural stone jewelry. It gives a lot of shine and interest while not breaking the bank. I picked mine up for $30 a piece. Add a little diversity into your jewelry box and watch it wow just like the big stuff!

 

I hope this got you excited to watch the outfits come out of Vegas! Don’t forget to shop these trends from your local makers and boutiques – whether you’re headed to the finals or just doing some Christmas shopping, these trends are worth investing in.

 

Stay unique sisters!

 

 

 

Outfit Rewind: My Favorite 2016 NFR Pieces

Hi Everyone!

We’re officially in the final countdown to NFR – can you hardly wait?! In the fashion blogging world, NFR season started a few months ago when we started looking for the pieces that will really turn heads in Vegas. Since this is my second year headed to Vegas as a fashion blogger, I couldn’t help but think back to my first year right when I started my blog.

First of all, I’m so grateful for every one of you who read my posts, follow my social media accounts and take my opinions to heart. You’re the reason I’m able to work in western fashion in the first place, and I can’t believe how much has changed in one short year.

So in honor of the bright future ahead, I wanted to look back to a few of my favorite outfits/pieces from last year. Hopefully this will give you some inspiration if you’re headed to the finals next week, or if you’re watching it from your couch.

BRIGHT FLORALS & CLASSIC FLAIR.

Obviously this photo wasn’t taken in Vegas, but I did wear this exact outfit out to a Casey Donahew concert at the Mirage last year! The bright, fall floral maxi turned heads paired with a few simple details that took it from fall staple to Vegas chic.

I added this fun pair of Corral snip toe boots – the colors really compliment the dress and add some extra interest without being overpowering. Over the dress, I threw on a knitted fringe vest. It’s just enough of a layer to make the look more dimensional without adding bulk. I kept the accessories understated but classic – a turquoise/silver concho belt and a vintage silver bolo.

This look is simple western fashion at its best. It’s not fussy, difficult or distracting – just enough to make you stand out from the crowd and make people wonder how you come across so effortless!

 

FUNKY PRINTS & SOFT VELVET

I sported this look to our first day at Cowboy Christmas in 2016. Suitable for a full day of shopping without sacrificing any style or flair. My style has always been focused around getting the most bang for my buck – I don’t like fussing with my clothes or feeling restricted, so I’m always looking to combine comfort with high style.

The base of this look is that funky pair of palazzo pants. I love this print because it can be dressed up to be loud or understated, depending on how you pair them with other pieces. For this look, I toned them down with a black velvet blouse.

I tied the colors together with a fun burgundy floppy hat and distressed copper earrings. I also wore a tooled silver ring. To give myself a little more of a waist with the flowy velvet top, I added a rhinestone belt with one my buckles on it. I love being able to incorporate a little bit of my rodeo self into my fashion when I can!

I kept the look laid back with a messy fishtail braid to finish off the details.

 

MIXED TEXTURES & HARVEST COLOR.

I wore this look on my last night in Vegas last year, headed to a Lonestar concert after the final round. I love this look because it incorporates so many elements in texture and color. It has some trendy elements but also has timeless elements that keep it current for 2017 too.

I started this look with these rust suede bell bottoms. They’re comfy to wear and give great texture that plays off the other pieces – not to mention, the rust color is a classic western fashion color that never goes out of style.

I paired the bells with this denim button down. I love the medium wash and the texture from the denim. On top, I threw on this white fur vest with aztec embroidery. This piece is so versatile and the fur really adds a layer of luxe and classic western influence. I also love the white and rust contrast, especially since the embroidery ties it all together.

For accessories, I added the same burgundy floppy hat from the last outfit, along with a pair of copper drop earrings and this beautiful statement necklace. The necklace really speaks for itself – the colors bring a bright, fall punch and make you look put together and polished.

 

I hope you enjoyed my throwback outfits from 2016. Even as I write this, I just can’t believe it’s already been a year and so much has changed and grown. Thank you for reading and keep an eye out for my NFR 2017 looks on Instagram and here as well.

Stay unique sisters!

Rocky Mountain Style Inspiration

Hi Everyone!

I don’t know about you guys but I can’t believe the weekend is already over. I spent the weekend in northern Colorado shooting with a fabulous photographer, Emily Nicole Photography. It was a great opportunity to get a much needed break from home before cabin fever sets in with all this cold weather.

My sister-in-law, Kansas, happens to live close to where I was shooting, so I spent some much needed sister time with her while basking in the mountain view. I love heading west for so many reasons: the history, the open, undisturbed land and of course the wide open skies, but I also love their fashion.

I was surrounded by western style pieces everywhere from woven blanket coats to fur and boots. I love the rich colors and textures I found, even in the thrift stores! I knew I wanted to channel some of this style in my photo shoot because, hello, I’m not in the mountains every day! Read on to see one of my favorite looks of the shoot feature a beautiful Ariat fur collar vest and Tasha Polizzi pants.

This outfit to me screams mountain style. Starting with the pants – I’m in love with everything Tasha Polizzi, so of course I fell in love with these when I saw them the first time. I’ll warn you, they’re a luxury brand so the price tag is there but wow, no buyer’s remorse here. These pants have every fall color in them, so it’s easy to find things to match even though the pattern is very bold and draws the eye. The details in this pair really takes the staple pieces to the next level.

As soon as I got this Ariat sweater vest in the mail, I knew it was going to be a fall/winter staple in my wardrobe. The rich teal sweater material is top notch quality and SO soft. They also didn’t skimp on the luxury feel of the fur details. The soft faux fur paired with the already luxurious sweater put me in comfort heaven, let me tell you! This piece looks amazing dressed up or down and really adds a level of polish to your sweater collection.

Underneath the sweater vest, I added another level of color and texture in this rich burgundy red button down from Buckle. The entirety of this piece is lace and has beautiful details that really tied in the strong details of the pants. I love the rich jewel tones against each other paired with the rich earth tones on the hems of my pants. This shirt goes to show just how far little details go in adding interest and style to an outfit – the secret to style really lies in the small things!

 

To tie the whole look together, I added a few bold turquoise jewelry pieces. If I had to pick a stone that really goes with everything, turquoise wins, hands down. I love how the pieces pop against the darker colors of the shirt and vest while not being too overpowering. My favorite turquoise piece has to be this vintage slave bracelet from my grandma’s collection – it’s full of history and timeless style!

What did you think of this Colorado-inspired look? Where should I travel to next? Let me know in the comments!

 

Handbags of Fall – My Handpicked Favorite Designers

Hi Everyone!

I’m so excited the day has come to release this post. Let me tell you, this has been a labor of love all for you, my readers. Over the past six weeks, I’ve reached out to some of my favorite handbag designers to see what’s new for this season. They sent me their favorite, beautiful bags for me to style and shoot, to give you some fall outfit inspiration as well as fall in love with their beautiful creations. Read on to see some of the coolest designs from some of my favorite designers and makers!

 

CASEY CURTIS DESIGNS.

 

I’ve followed Casey Curtis on Instagram for awhile, and her work has always caught my eye. I was so thrilled to see the piece she sent me to model was the piece I had my eye on! This beautiful shoulder bag is made from a repurposed boot and has tons of character to go around. I specifically couldn’t get over the matching turquoise fringe which really takes any outfit to the next level!

 

Casey also makes beautiful wallets and jewelry, so make sure you look further than her gorgeous bags! I can truly say her pieces are one-of-a-kind and not easily replicated. Every piece has a little something different to offer and she finds inspiration in repurposing old western pieces into something new, which I totally love. Go check out her Instagram for your share of unique western accessories!

 

Follow Casey Curtis Designs:

Instagram: caseycurtisdesigns

Facebook: Casey Curtis Designs and her Bitta’Roots

 

LONG X TRADING CO.

 

When I took this bag out of the package, I was instantly in love. I’m such a sucker for big, statement handbags and this one has enough wow-factor to go around, let me tell you. This bag is from the personal collection of Stephanie Schmidt, the co-owner of Long X. The white angora is luxurious and has enough style to pump up even a basic jeans and tee outfit.

 

For those of you who are familiar with Long X, you know they’re known for their outstanding leather work. While the bag itself is a stunner, don’t miss the tooled leather strap that really takes this piece westbound in a hurry. They also do fabulous tooled pieces like shoes, blazers and accessories. The best part is, they do custom work too – make sure to check them out!

 

Follow Long X Trading Co:

Instagram: longxtradingco

Facebook: Long X Trading Co. 

 

VINTAGE BOHO.

Vintage Boho specializes in customization of Louis Vuitton bags, and it couldn’t be a bigger trend right now. LV bags are super popular but what could be better than having one that reflects your individual style while loading on the western flair? Michelle can customize your LV for you, or you can buy one she’s already worked her magic on – it’s up to you!

This Louis Vuitton crossbody bag is the perfect accessory for walking around Vegas this December or carrying the essentials to a concert while still looking crazy-stylish. The fringe and turquoise concho really set this classic bag off and make it a staple in any western fashionista’s closet.

Follow Vintage Boho:

Instagram: vintage_boho

Facebook: Vintage Boho

 

STONE FEATHER ROAD.

 

If you guys have been following my blog and/or Instagram lately, you know my obsession with Stone Feather Road is so real. The owner Paula Lorenz designs all of her cowhide bags and each one is one-of-a-kind. This particular bag is cut from a champagne acid wash hide with a fun print. The colors in this bag go so well with the burgundy’s – brown’s – olive’s – orange’s of fall and can be dressed up or down.

This tote is called the “Destination” bag because of its size. You can fit everything but the kitchen sink in here and it’s still lightweight and easy to carry. I carry mine from rodeos to business trips to everything in between. This bag is truly unique, not to be found anywhere else!

Follow Stone Feather Road:

Instagram: stone_feather_road

Facebook: Stone Feather Road