Valentine’s Day Cowgirl Style

Cowboy Boots and cute clothes

 

To some ladies Valentine’s day is about roses, chocolates and gifts. To others it’s a reminder that they are still single and they hate this day. But to me, Valentine’s Day is about celebrating all things pink, red, girly and glittery. It’s about feminine details and another day to dress up a little. Naturally I had to share this fun Valentine’s Day photo shoot from Classy CrossRoads Boutique. Hopefully this fun feature inspires you!

 

Angel Wings and Cowboy BootsAngel wings aren’t just for Victoria’s Secret, they pair nicely with cowboy boots ; )

Angel WingsAnd I love the details on the dress.

Flower Crown | Horses & HeelsA flower crown always adds a nice touch.

Leopard heart tank and leopard cowboy bootsA little leopard print goes a long way.

Love tank top and pink pantsThis gold sequin love tank top is too cute!

Tunics, leggings and cowboy bootsTunics, leggings and cowboy boots, yes please!

Soft pink and white outfit with cowboy bootsWhite and pink is always a good combination.

Turquoise heart tank and turquoise cowboy bootsTurquoise boots and a sequin heart tank top for a dreamy look.

Pretty pink outfitPink denim, don’t fool yourself because you need those jeans.

Valentine's Day Outfits with Cowboy BootsTo purchase any of the clothes or boots from this photo shoot please visit Classy CrossRoads online or give them a call (904-653-4725). Also if you are unfamiliar with the boutique you can check out the Store Spotlight from a few months ago.

Photos provided c/o Corie Anne Photography

Taco Cheese Ball

Taco Flavored Cheese BallCheese balls… where do I begin? First of all, you can never go wrong with cheese. These delicious appetizers are always the star of a party or event. You can easily make them and there are so many different ways to do it. In fact, I could come up with at least ten different ways to make a cheese ball and share them here. The only problem is I would be forced to eat all of them and intake way too many calories because lets face it, these are not healthy!

I put a Mexican spin on my cheese ball by using Monterey Jack cheese, jalapenos, Mexican oregano, smoked chipotle, cumin, red pepper flakes and crushed up tortilla chips. If you don’t have the spices I used on hand you could substitute with a generic packet of taco seasoning but I encourage you not to do that!

Quality dried spices make this taco ball! I should start by telling you I am a little bit of a spice hoarder, this truth was uncovered by unpacking boxes from New York yesterday.Ground chipotle, cumin and Mexican oregano are three of my basic favorites so here is your spice lesson for the day.

You might be saying, “what the heck is Mexican oregano” – don’t worry you are not the only one. Most kitchens or stores are familiar with an Italian oregano or perhaps a Greek oregano or Turkish type, there are several varieties of oregano. But two main groups Mexican and Mediterranean (Italian, Turkish, and Greek). Don’t ever substitute Mediterranean oregano for Mexican and vice versa, their flavors are extremely different. A Mediterranean oregano has a much sweeter flavor with almost a hint of anise to it. Think about a sweet spaghetti sauce or Italian style sausage. This oregano is a member of the mint family (perhaps this is why it has a sweeter taste) and it grows in Greece, Italy, Spain, Morocco and Turkey.

Mexican oregano has a much robust flavor, almost grassy. It has just a hint of citrus and goes well with other Mexican flavors and dishes. It is a member of the lemon verbena family and grows throughout Mexico, Central and South America. And that my friends is your spice lesson for the day! I suggest picking up a bottle of Mexican oregano if you cook a lot of chili or Mexican food.

Taco Cheese Ball

Taco Cheese Ball

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Taco Cheese Ball

A Mexican flavored cheese ball with just a touch of spice.

Ingredients

  1. 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  2. 2 cups Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
  3. 2 tablespoons Sriracha
  4. 1/4 cup pickled or fresh jalapenos, diced
  5. 1 teaspoon Mexican Oregano
  6. 1 teaspoon ground chipotle
  7. 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  8. 1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips
  9. 1 tablespoon crushed red peppers
  10. 1 tablespoon Mexican Oregano

Instructions

  1. Add the cream cheese, cheese, Sriracha, jalapenos, oregano, chipotle and cumin to a bowl and mix well.
  2. Add tortilla chips, red peppers and oregano to a shallow dish (a pie pan works great) and mix.
  3. Take your cheese ball and form it into a round ball with your hands.
  4. Roll this into the crushed chips and herbs.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least two hours before serving.

Notes

This cheese ball tastes great with crackers or tortilla chips.

http://www.horsesandheels.com/taco-cheese-ball/

Taco Cheese Ball with Jalapenos

Enjoy and happy Super Bowl weekend!

 

Stable Style: Blue Stallion Farm

Horses out in the pastures at Blue Stallion Farm

 

Florida is known for having many beautiful horse farms and nice weather among other things. I am so excited to share the latest edition of Stable Style with you, take a few minutes to wow over the beautiful and enchanting farm. A special thanks to Gany Bernal for providing these photos.

Farm Name: Blue Stallion Farm 

Location: Hollywood, Florida

The farm’s style: Eclectic, colorful, and well curated. 

 

Ezra, Arabian Stallion of Blue Stallion FarmBlue Stallion Farm is located on ten lush acres just minutes from Hollywood, Florida. It is operated by Jimmie and Gany Bernal, they raise Arabians and have lots of other wonderful animals on the farm.

Pictured above is their stallion, Sshamroque known around the barn as Ezra (photo by Nisso Studios).

Melman, the Appalossa Minuature HorseThere is also this handsome little resident, Melman the Appaloosa Miniature Horse.

A new born foal at Blue Stallion Farm

A newborn foal runs in lush pasture with mom following behind (photo by Nisso Studios).

The hens of Blue Stallion Farm

The Bernal family also has plenty of fresh eggs from their chickens and grows lots of vegetables in the garden.

Blue Stallion Farm as the sun goes downThe exterior of the barn at night, just wait until you take a look inside!

Melman, looking inside the gatesMelman, wishing he could come inside and play.

The Enchanting Barn Aisle at Blue Stallion FarmAre we in love with this bold barn aisle? The eclectic charm in here is stunning.

Eclectic Tack Room at Blue Stallion FarmsA rustic bench, embroidered pillows, fun shelving and oh – that show saddle!

Eclectic Barn Office at Blue Stallion FarmThis equestrian themed office is nothing short of beautiful, I cannot get over this awesome couch.

Equestrian art in the office at Blue Stallion Farm

Photos of the Bernal family and their horses make lovely artwork.

Eclectic and Colorful Barn Office at Blue Stallion FarmMore bright and pretty styling. I spy a pretty Anthropologie tea towel on that chair.

For more photos and to learn about Blue Stallion Farm, visit them online at BlueStallionFarm.com 

Thank you again Gany for providing the photos, for more lovely updates follow them on Instagram @BlueStallionFarm 

 

Want to see another charming Florida property? Check out the previous feature on Fox Meadow Farm in Ocala, Florida.

Mandarin Orange Green Tea

 

Mandarin Orange Green Tea with HoneyI am trying really hard to think of recipes to share for cold winter days… meanwhile the temperatures are in the 60s and 70s here in California so I think I have failed so far. I also am lacking a lot of kitchen utensils until my things arrive so easy and simple was what I was going for.

Fresh citrus from farmer’s markets are everywhere! I have been trying to stay healthy and hydrated so I created this easy Mandarin Green Tea with Honey, enjoy it hot or cold. If you have ever tried the brand Honest Tea, this is what it reminds me of, the flavors are simple and it tastes unprocessed. I am loving having so much amazing citrus around all the time.

Mandarin Oranges

Mandarin Orange Green Tea

Rating: 51

Yield: 1 serving

A refreshing and hydrating green tea with sweet mandarin orange juice and honey.

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup water
  2. 1 green tea bag
  3. 1 mandarin orange, juiced
  4. 1 - 2 tablespoons honey
  5. optional - ice cubes

Instructions

  1. This recipe serves one but you can make it in batches if you prefer.
  2. Pour a cup of hot water over the tea bag, mandarin orange juice and honey.
  3. Allow this to steep for a few minutes and then remove the tea bag - if you are enjoying this hot your beverage is ready. If not, place the drink in the fridge for 30 minutes or so and then add a few ice cubes.
  4. Serve with a few slices of mandarin oranges and enjoy.
http://www.horsesandheels.com/mandarin-orange-green-tea-with-honey/

6 Colorful Cowhide Rugs

Colorful Cowhide Rugs | Horses & Heels

My love affair with cowhide rugs and cowhide continues… While I lived in NYC I was convinced I would buy a rug for the kitchen but I never had the time. Now here in Santa Monica, I am currently living in an unfurnished apartment with an air mattress until my stuff comes from New York. I day dream about decorating this place all the time and let me tell you, there is a perfect spot here for a new rug.

All I know is it is going to be a very non traditional rug, something bold, something fun. Here are my current inspirations from Pinterest.

Black-and-Tan-Cowhide-RugsA solid black rug makes a big statement but so does a tan rug with a little gold metallic acid wash.

Black Rug / Left Tan Rug / Right Tan Rug 

Colorful-Cowhide-RugsYellow and pink are just about as bold as they come.

Yellow Rug / Pink Rug Left / Pink Rug Right 

Zebra-Striped-Cowhide-RugsZebra stripes also intrigue me.

Zebra Top / Zebra Bottom 

Shop for similar rugs below!

 

Corral Taupe Tall Top Boots

Corral Taupe Tall Top BootsDo you ever get ready to go outside and do something only to be greeted by the rain? That is exactly what happened when I went out to take a few photos of these boots. Luckily a few sprinkles can’t scare me off.

These Corral Taupe Tall Top boots from AA Callisters are perfect boots for fall and winter weather. I like the distressed finish and practical zippers on the side. Fluffy Cream Colored PomeranianYou cannot frighten Mango away with a little rain, she has so much fur she doesn’t know when it’s raining. Corral Tall Top BootsThese boots also make a great every day boot for someone who isn’t into wearing a traditional cowboy boot all the time. Dog walks in the rain, yes we match our accessoriesYes, Mango and I do try to coordinate our accessories sometimes. Corral Tall Top Boots with a distressed finishBuy the boots online here > 

Boots provided c/o AA Callisters

The Latest in Lifestyle

Colorful Cowhide Rugs | Horses & Heels

6 Colorful Cowhide Rugs

My love affair with cowhide rugs and cowhide continues… While I lived …

Venice Beach, California

Snap Shots: NYC to California

  Life has been a little bit crazy lately. I’ve been feeling …

Steer Head with DIY Paper Flowers

DIY: Coffee Filter Flower Inspiration

Today I’m sharing an inspiring DIY that isn’t mine, I have not …

The Latest in Fashion

Cowboy Boots and cute clothes

Valentine’s Day Cowgirl Style

  To some ladies Valentine’s day is about roses, chocolates and gifts. …

Equestrian Nail Design Set from Spiced Equestrian

A Chic Equestrian Manicure

A nice manicure isn’t always something equestrians and horse people can relate …

Gucci Pink Glittery Horse Bit Loafers

Gucci Glitter Horse Bit Loafers

  Does anyone need Gucci Loafers covered in soft pink glitter? The …

The Latest in Cowboy Boots

Corral Taupe Tall Top Boots

Corral Taupe Tall Top Boots

Do you ever get ready to go outside and do something only …

Corral Brown and Turquoise Cowgirl Boots with Snip Toes

Corral Laser Cutout Boots

  Last week I was super excited to share these Macie Bean …

Macie Bean Cowgirl Boots

Sale Alert: Macie Bean Boots

  Nothing pairs better with cowboy boots than a great sale! Our …

The Latest in Recipes

Taco Flavored Cheese Ball

Taco Cheese Ball

Cheese balls… where do I begin? First of all, you can never …

Cold Mandarin Orange Green Tea

Mandarin Orange Green Tea

  I am trying really hard to think of recipes to share …

Easy Oreo Mint Fudge, anyone can make this recipe

Easy Oreo Mint Fudge

  It seems like EVERYONE is making fudge right now… so I …

The Latest in Horses

Horses out in the pastures at Blue Stallion Farm

Stable Style: Blue Stallion Farm

  Florida is known for having many beautiful horse farms and nice …

Pink for the Barrel Racer | Horses & Heels

Pink Tack for the Barrel Racer

With Valentine’s Day less than a month away, it’s time to start …

Beautiful Brick Barn Aisle | Stable Style

Stable Style: Hemlock Lane at Valley High

  A couple of weeks ago you were introduced to a stunning …