I was wondering which boot(s) I was going to feature for my usual Monday round up when I got an email from Jill over the weekend. Jill has three pairs of Corral boots she wanted some outfit inspiration for. I decided to share a couple of my favorite looks here, thanks for inspiring me Jill!
All of the looks can be found on my Polyvore page with outfit details >
A little suede dress is a great staple for a cowgirl.
Classic cowgirl turquoise.
Purple and turquoise is always a great combination.
I love all the dainty details here.
This look has a little bit of boho meets western.
Again all of these looks were created on Polyvore and you can check out outfit details there, comment below or email me if you have questions on items.
We love the approach of spring and the opportunity to show off our boots with fun and flirty dresses. Our friends at Classy CrossRoads Boutique recently shared some beautiful photos with us to showcase some new arrivals at the Florida boutique. The photo shoot was named Pearls Bling & Ribbon in preparation for the PBR while it was Jacksonville. The backdrop for the photo shoot was at a working cattle loading shoot!
Enjoy the photos and visit Classy CrossRoads to purchase any of the boots or clothing shown here.
Fun and sunny yellow shades.
Beautiful Old Gringo cowboy boots.
A sassy lace dress.
We can never have enough turquoise right?
This Kippy’s Couture jacket is a stunner!
Remember a smile is your best accessory.
One more shot of these Old Gringo boots, because they are that good.
You will be very sparkly with this winning combination.
What a fun photo shoot, thanks for sharing!
Ps. be sure to check out the Valentine’s Day shoot from last month >
Photos by Corie Whidden c/o Classy CrossRoads
Sometimes stylish and cheap is the answer (emphasis on sometimes)! The IKEA KLACK tray is a cheap and simple tray with endless possibilities. Trays keep clutter looking fabulous and always come in handy all the time. While I was at IKEA being treated to a few presents from my husband last month, we decided to pick up the KLACK tray.
The inspiration for the faux marble came from some glitzy quartz knobs from Anthropologie (more on that later) and the current entryway project. Check out A Well Styled Entryway for my initial inspiration. This project was so easy and can be done in just a couple of days.
Supplies for your DIY Faux Marble Tray:
IKEA KLACK Tray – Buy here >
Faux marble contact paper – Buy Here >
Paint (optional but recommended).
*Other tools include scissors, screw driver or drill and a paint brush if you decide to paint your tray.
1. Use a screw driver or electric drill to remove one side of the wood tray handles and separate the bottom piece.
2. Cut out a piece of marble contact paper slightly larger than the bottom. Remove the marble backing and stick to the tray face up. Smooth out an bubbles with your hands. I found it was easiest to peel the marble contact paper and put it sticky side up on the floor and bring my tray top to the paper. Don’t worry if you don’t line things up perfectly the first try because you can lift and adjust the contact paper until you get a perfect fit.
3. Trim away overlapping edges with a pair of small scissors.
4. Pick out a paint color and paint the wooden pieces. Allow them to dry overnight before assembling the tray. If you plan on using your tray a lot of carrying it around a clear layer of varnish should be used to prevent chipping. Again all of this is optional and completely up to you.
5. Put you tray back together again! While this sounds simple, it was honestly the most frustrating part of the whole process. I had a blonde moment and painted the inner grooves of my KLACK tray and the fit was a tiny bit smaller making the assembly a pain. Don’t do what I did and you should be fine though!
Tray purposes are endless! From breakfast trays to coffee table or entryway pieces they look great anywhere.
Even Mango approves.
Planning on making your own tray? Snap a pic and share it on Instagram with hashtag #HorsesandHeels
Shop for any of the hats above by clicking on the photos!
I am becoming a hat person. I didn’t used to be this way and I am okay with that. I have always admired people who could pull of a hat, anyone can rock a cowboy hat or an english riding helmet but it takes a certain type of person to wear a floppy hat. You have to find a shape that flatters your face.
Remember this post from back in the fall? I wore my new Anthropologie hat and have been obsessed with it ever since. On a cool day in Cali (70 degrees of below) you can rock a felt hat. But on the warmer days I will need something a little cooler like straw but I tend to like the way felt hats look better. So I rounded up a few favorite hats above to share.
Ps. if you need another reason to buy a floppy hat; Kentucky Derby!
Are you a cowboy boot junkie? Or do you just love cowboy boots but really don’t know much about them? Let’s learn a thing or two from an expert. I created these simple True or False questions because I hear them all the time – I have worn my cowboy boots in some interesting places and they always get me plenty of compliments but truthfully most people and consumers are very under educated about cowboy boots. Even “real horse people” like myself sometimes shock me when it comes to their general knowledge about boots.
Answering my questions is Steven Kahla, the marketing director at Rios of Mercedes, Anderson Bean and Olathe Boots. Steven lives in cowboy boots; he’s either working long hours on the road or riding and working with cutting horses so lets just say he knows more about cowboy boots than most of us.
True or False: It’s okay to clean my cowboy boots with soap and water.
Regularly clean your boots with a good non-alkaline leather cleaner (like Lexol Leather Cleaner). Use a soft cloth and rinse with water. Remember that saddle soap is soap, and is therefore alkaline. Boot leather needs to have its natural moisture restored often with a good conditioner (like Lexol). Wax is NOT a substitute for conditioner. Never condition boots prior to cleaning. The best way to dry your boots is to walk them dry. They may also be air-dried away from all heat sources.
True or False: My brand new cowboy boots should hurt my feet when I first get them because they need to be broken in first.
No, boots should not hurt your feet, ever. A boot should fit correctly when first put on. The “Break-In” time is not necessary if you purchase a properly fitting boot.
True or False: Cowboy boots can last for years and years.
Depending on how they are work and that they are used for they can last for several years.
True or False: All cowboy boots are made the same way.
No. Many boots are made by a machine process much like sneakers. Very few boots are still handcrafted for superior quality. Rios of Mercedes, Olathe and Anderson Bean boots are all Made in America from start to finish with all leather construction. Visit their websites for more info on how quality boots are made.
True or False: Cowboy boots are bad for my feet after long hours.
No, again, a boot should fit properly. Therefore, a boot that fits correctly will not hurt your feet.
True or False: Never clean a brand new pair of cowboy boots because it will discolor them.
Back to the answer about how to care for your boots.
True or False: All leather used on cowboy boots is the same.
No, there are different qualities of hides as well as numerous different animals that the hides come from.
True or False: Cowboy Boot Heels are made from wood.
No. Quality boots will have leather stacked heels like Rios of Mercedes. Many brands use a solid piece of rubber, much like a work boot.
Do you have any questions about cowboy boots or things you want to ask?
Photos by Raquel taken at Space Cowboy NYC
Happy first official day of spring! If you are looking for some new warm weather footwear that doesn’t involve cowboy boots but still has a western flair, check out Y Knot Branded.
Sister duo Kelly Beall and Wendy Weems of Oregon launched their shoe line Y Knot Branded with the cowgirl in mind and brought the shoes to retail stores last summer. Kelly heads up the designing and travels as the brand’s representative. Wendy focuses on fulfilling orders and running other apsects of the business; both sisters have plenty on their plates. The Alpha Mare collection features heels and wedges with western influence and plenty of sass. Today I have a fun Q&A session with Wendy and Kelly and am sharing a few favorites of mine from their Alpha Mare Collection.
Q. Tell us a little bit about your career background before launching Y Knot Branded.
Wendy – I graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelors in Human Nutrition. I practiced as a Registered Dietitian for several years in the south.
Kelly – I was and still am an independent representative for several well-known brands in the western wear and footwear industry. I travel a large territory that spans Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii and Alaska. Prior to that I was a radio DJ, an attorney’s assistant, and way back when – I managed a western wear store outside Portland, Oregon. I remember the first traveling representatives I ever met and thought “Some day I’m going to do THAT!” That was over 30 years ago. It’s a job I love. I can’t imagine being home every day. I was built to travel.
Q. Try to describe a typical day of work (if such thing exists) or your routine at Y Knot Branded.
Wendy – First thing always is to check email. That is how we receive orders. If I can get them submitted to distribution before noon, the order will ship that day. After orders are submitted then it is on to responding to email inquires; new retailers, reps, current retailers… There is always new design development going on; choosing leathers, hardware, designing on lasts, etc. This also means constant communication with our manufacturer.
Kelly – Every day is different. My position with the company involves wearing several different hats, as does Wendy’s. It may include drawing new or amending existing designs to handling inquiries from a new retailer… and everything in between. Wendy handles the communications with the manufacturer while I do my best to come up with new ideas and approaches that are authentic to the lifestyle, yet current fashion-wise while staying true to the level of quality and detail our retailers and customers rely on YKB to provide. My brain is constantly turning on our next advertising and marketing campaigns and ways to help our retailers get YKB on more ladies’ feet.
Since I am a representative, 90% of the time, I wake up in a hotel room far from “home”.
Q. Which pair of shoe(s) from the Alpha Mare collection is your favorite and why?
Wendy – Saddled Up. The blue goes with everything! They are comfortable and super cute with skinny jeans, capris and palazzo pants.
Kelly – I’m partial to Cowboy’s Sweetheart. This is the first one I designed and it is inspired by a pair of chaps I fell head over heels (pardon the pun) for. As for comfort and versatility, I adore my Leather Lace. I’ve literally worked in them all day and gone out dancing the same night in them.
Q. Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
Kelly – Everywhere. From titles of songs to the tack room. I try to listen to what people say about the shoes and what they “wish” they could have. If I hear a few people say the same thing – chances are good I will do my best to make their footwear dreams a reality. I try very hard to be subtle and obvious at the same time. A few of the shoes are so incredibly western, but unless a person came from that world, they really wouldn’t know about the influence. They just seem like a very unique pair of shoes. However, I do everything possible to rule out the hokey. You’ll never see a shoe shaped like a hoof or a saddle horn protruding from the toe on a YKB design. Ever. (Don’t let Wendy fool you, she has a few design tricks up her sleeve too.)
Q. Running a business can be one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs, if you could go back five years and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Wendy – Wow! I thought about this question for a long time and realize that this whole journey has been pretty serendipitous. We have had great advice and mentors along the way that have prevented us from making huge mistakes. I have to remind myself that everything is God’s timing, not mine.
Kelly – I’m at a loss on this one. It seems like there are so many things we simply lucked into. I believe my entire career in the industry has put us right where we are today. So many people that I’ve known for 20+ years have given us leads, help, guidance, direction, and short cuts. Without their expertise, we would surely still be in the drawing stages. We didn’t know that the way we did things and the short amount of time it has taken wasn’t the norm. Of course, I honestly believe in God having His hands in everything we do. I would have to go back 50 years and just tell myself “Hang on girl! It’s going to be a crazy ride, but such a FUN ONE too! Enjoy ALL of it.”
Q. And just for fun, what is your favorite brand of cowboy boots when you are not wearing Y Knot Branded?
Wendy – Lagrange. I have four pairs right now. Doesn’t matter if they are exotic leather or traditional, they are comfortable on the first wear. I think I could actually jog in these boots!
Kelly – Well, being that I am the representative on the West coast for Nocona Boots – there is only one acceptable answer. I honestly have loved Noconas since the 1980’s – so I’m fortunate to represent a brand that I admire – that has so much tradition and is known for classic styling, great fit, and unsurpassed quality in the industry.
I want to give a huge thank you to Kelly and Wendy for taking the time to give us more insight on the brand and their personal style. To see more of the Alpha Mare Collection or to find a retailer to purchase your own please visit Y Knot Branded online.
Photos from Y Knot Branded
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