Junk Gypsy for Pottery Barn Teen Favorites

Junk Gypsy for Pottery Barn Teen Collection Favorites Junk Gypsy for Pottery Barn Teen FavoritesJunk Gypsy + Pottery Barn Teen = Hello fabulousness! There is nothing I love more than a good collaboration and this one is too good not to share. I love Pottery Barn and I love the ladies at Junk Gypsy,  I spent part of my weekend drooling over many of these pieces. Ladies, don’t let the “Teen” part fool you, there is something for everyone in this collection. That denim couch or gold speckled cowhide rug? It was love at first sight.

The Junk Gypsy Collection for Pottery Barn Teen Junk Gypsy for Pottery Barn Teen FavoritesThese are just a few of my favorite pieces, you can shop the whole collection on Pottery Barn’s website and I put links to purchase everything pictured here below so just keep on scrolling. I love the mixture of fringe and materials everything in the collection is beautiful enough to stand out on its own but fits with the collection.

Junk Gypsy Fringe Lamp Butterfly Chair and Follow Your Arrow Bedding Junk Gypsy for Pottery Barn Teen FavoritesSome more beautiful fringe details with this butterfly chair and lamp.

Shop Raquel’s favorite pieces from the collection!

Photos from Pottery Barn

Every Pair of Cowboy Boots Tells a Story

 

I need more cowboy boots Every Pair of Cowboy Boots Tells a Story

It’s a Monday and I would personally rather be shopping right now… but I made this adorable little graphic and wanted to share a write-up from Horses & Heels’ reader Amanda on her thoughts on cowboy boots. Take it away Amanda! 

Every cowboy boot tells a story. Glancing in my closet at all seven pairs of boots, I admire each pair uniquely made and important in its own way. My freshman year in high school, my dad gave me my first pair of Ariat boots for my birthday. I remember opening the boot box and was greeted by the most delicious leather smell. The boots were a beautiful caramel color with decorative white stitching on the sides. The calf of the boot fit a little big for my legs, so the boots made a flopping sound as I walked proudly in them. I still wear these boots; however, only for the occasional dove hunt or two each season. These boots endured countless memories and for that reason I plan to never part with them. From that birthday on, boots became more than an accessory–I consider them a prized possession (and perhaps an obsession). According to Jennifer June, cowboy boot enthusiast and author, “Every generation at some point discovers cowboy boots, they’re icons.”

Cowboy boots have walked through decades of history. Based on information found in the online article, The History of Cowboy Boots: From Workhorse to Fashion Statement by Korky Vann, records state that the legendary Genghis Kahn wore red boots with wooden heels! We also discovered the early stages of the cowboy boot in England during the 17th and 18th centuries with the creation of the riding boot. The first Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, wore a calf length boot with a low heel. These riding boots, also known as “Wellingtons”, reached popularity during the United States Civil War. After the war ended, the soldiers took their Wellingtons back home. The revisions to Wellingtons during the era of the cattle drives helped the traditional cowboy boot serve as a better work boot.

So where did the cowboy boot become a fashion icon? Hollywood viewed cowboys as heroes and an opportunity to market towards the fashion industry.   The industry advertised the appealing “cowboy code” to the public. June describes the “code” of a cowboy as “…honor-rugged individualism, strength, self-reliance, and independent.” This enticing idea opened the world to the cowboy boot trend. Celebrities helped popularize cowboy boots while country artists wrote songs about them.   Cowboy boots could be found not only in your local western store but also in boutiques and department stores all over the country.

Today’s cowboy boots come in a variety of colors and animal skins. In addition, boots are customized however you would like them designed! A growing trend is college cowboy boots, also known as Gameday boots, with the university’s logo engraved on the boot. As boots become more popular and more creative, the price also skyrockets. On my teacher salary, I do not have a spare $200.00-$300.00 in my wallet to purchase my next pair of boots, so I frequently resort to online discount shopping. I bought my latest pair of cowboy boots off of Etsy for $70.00! The minimal wear on the boots actually gives them a more rustic and worn in look that a new pair of boots cannot emulate!

Each pair of my cowboy boots tells a different story. My red alligator skin cowboy boots belonged to my mother when she was my age. Every time I wear these boots, I cannot help but think of her. My Old Gringo floral boots were a gift from my dad after graduating from college, and I already have my eyes on a beautiful pair of turquoise Yippee-Ki-Yay boots I found online. Clearly, these “shoes” hold a very unique place in my heart. If you do not own a pair of cowboy boots, I highly suggest purchasing a pair in which to make lifelong memories. Cowboy boots are so much more than a shoe, and they have the history to prove that.

Article by Amanda and graphic by Horses & Heels.

Baked Peaches with Vanilla Bean Icing

 

Baked Peaches breakfast or dessert Baked Peaches with Vanilla Bean IcingAs the end of summer fades away I find myself enjoying the last of the garden fresh produce and fruits even more. Peaches come at he end of summer for us and always make a delightful treat. I’ve been so busy lately with the idea of moving to New York City (yes, you did read that right, I said New York City) that I haven’t been able to bake up some of the things I would really like to. Peach pie was one of those items I wanted to make but I settled for something quicker last week – Enter these Baked Peaches. Warm and sweet baked peaches covered in flaky puff pastry drizzled with vanilla bean ice cream, do I have your attention yet? Serve these up with some ice cream and you have a real winner.

A Fresh Peach Baked Peaches with Vanilla Bean IcingThis recipe is simple for someone who is short on time but still wants something beautiful and tasty. You simply halve the peaches, remove the pits, cover with puff pastry, bake and drizzle with icing. If you are feeling ambitious you can make your own pie crust or puff pastry but with my schedule lately, that was completely out of the question.

Baked Peaches with a sweet Vanilla Bean Glaze Baked Peaches with Vanilla Bean Icing

Baked Peaches with Vanilla Bean Icing

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 4 Peaches

Baked Peaches with a sweet Vanilla Bean Glaze Baked Peaches with Vanilla Bean Icing

Juicy Baked Peaches with Flaky Puff Pastry and Vanilla Bean Icing.

Ingredients

  1. 4 Peaches
  2. 1 Box Puff Pastry
  3. Icing:
  4. 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
  5. 1/2 Tablespoon Milk
  6. 1 Vanilla Bean (can substitute for 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)

Instructions

  1. Make the icing, if you are working with vanilla beans it is best to make this a day ahead of time for maximum flavor.
  2. Combine powdered sugar, milk and vanilla bean scrapings (or extract). Leave the vanilla bean pod in the icing overnight for the best flavor. Discard right before serving.
  3. Pre heat the oven to 425 degrees.
  4. Wash and halve the peaches.
  5. Place the peaches back together and cover with puff pastry dough. Seal them up tightly and poke a few fork holes in them.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes at 425 degrees.
  7. Reduce the heat to 225 degrees and bake for another 20 minutes. The peaches should be soft and juicy and the pastry should be golden brown.
  8. Drizzle with vanilla bean icing and serve warm.
  9. Vanilla ice cream is option but highly recommended.
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 Baked Peaches with Vanilla Bean Icing

Baked Peaches with a sweet Vanilla Bean Icing Baked Peaches with Vanilla Bean IcingInterested in other great breakfast suggestions? Check out my other recipes with puff pastry > Cranberry Apple Breakfast Pastries and Apple Cinnamon Turnovers. Also here some awesome Apple Dumplings with Cranberry Cinnamon Sauce.

Vintage Decor Paint Desk Makeover

Office Makeover After Vintage Decor Paint Desk MakeoverOver the past few months, I had slowly been decorating and doing DIY projects for my office/blog space. My big and heavy old desk came with the apartment and since it’s so heavy and nearly impossible to move I’ve just kept it as is. I decided to give it a makeover with Vintage Decor Paint by Martha Stewart for a new look. Yes, this post is sponsored by Plaid and Blue Print Social but it was just the inspiration I needed to do a little revamping. The paint has a Matte Chalk Finish and is really easy to use and clean up.

Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Paint Vintage Decor Paint Desk MakeoverWhile I went with Beetle Black and Ivory, there are 22 delightful colors to choose from in this new paint collection available at Michaels. There are also cool furniture stencils available and I picked out the Fleur de Lis to add a little something extra to my desk. Martha Stewart Crafts also offers a Vintage Decor Antique Wax, I didn’t use it on this specific project but will definitely be giving it a try.

Office Space Before Vintage Decor Paint Desk MakeoverThis was my desk and space before the painting, pretty boring and washed out right?

 Supplies needed for my project: 

Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Paint

Vintage Decor Brush

Stencils

Painters Tape

Vintage Decor Paint Brush Vintage Decor Paint Desk MakeoverThis brush has a nice easy grip and covers a large area pretty quickly.

This paint doesn’t need any prepping or priming, just a clean surface to work on. I started by wiping down my desk with a damp rag and allowing it to dry completely. I did two coats of the Beetle Black Vintage Decor Paint, allowed it to dry and then added my fun stencils in ivory.

Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Paint Stencil Close Up Vintage Decor Paint Desk MakeoverHere is a close up of the stenciled desk drawer. While the Vintage Decor Paint can offer complete coverage easily, I decided I liked a more distressed and streaky look.

Office Makeover After Painting Vintage Decor Paint Desk Makeover

In addition to the new Martha Stewart Crafts® Vintage Decor Paint, visit Michaels to see more new product, including Martha Stewart Crafts® Erasable Liquid Chalk, Chalkboard Paint and Silkscreens to create your own chalkboard art! Learn more about the paint by watching this video below.

Introducing Martha Stewart Crafts® Vintage Decor Paint

 

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Trend Alert: Silver Cowboy Boots

Silver Cowboy Boots from Country Outfitter Trend Alert: Silver Cowboy BootsThis is a sponsored blog post by Country Outfitter but all opinions are my own, Horses & Heels thanks Country Outfitter for this opportunity! Photos provided by Country Outfitter.

Fall is finally here and it’s time to put away our summer boots and floral prints fall. Winter means a whole different style of cowboy boots and embracing a new few new shades like silver. The holidays are a perfect time to wear silver cowboy boots and take on a bit of bold styling. I have always loved metallics so embracing silver is very easy for me to do, Country Outfitter has a few pairs of Silver Cowboy Boots that will get you ready for a new season.

I tend to wear more bold pieces so incorporating silver boots in my wardrobe would be easy but I do have a few tips in case you are not sure where to start. Wear silver boots with neutral outfits and avoid wearing sequins or other bold pieces unless you want to look like a disco ball. It’s all about moderation and how you dress when it comes to silver. The shorter the boot, the less of an impact it’s going to have so try wearing a boot with a shorter shaft if you are not sure about where to start. Here are a couple of must see boots from Country Outfitter.

Miranda Lambert Silver Cowboy Boots Trend Alert: Silver Cowboy BootsMiranda Lambert is anything but boring and it’s no surprise when she decided to add some silver boots to her collection. Don’t go out to the barn with these beauties but take them dancing or out on a date. Quicksilver Silver Cowboy Boots Trend Alert: Silver Cowboy BootsThese Quicksilver boots have a more toned down silver look and also come in a snip toe with a high heel. Now Trending Silver Cowboy Boots Trend Alert: Silver Cowboy BootsKick up your heels and get into the seasonal silver trend!

This is a sponsored blog post by Country Outfitter but all opinions are my own, Horses & Heels thanks Country Outfitter for this opportunity! Photos provided by Country Outfitter.

12 Chic Cowhide Pillows for the Home

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I recently purchased a cowhide pillow I found on a flash sale at Joss and Main a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been waiting for it to arrive and decided to share some other pillow favorites of mine. The photo above is from Spice Warehouse in Tribeca, New York and was designed by Marie Burgos Design.
But now on to the fabulous cowhide pillows,  the pillow I bought is in the round up of these twelve, can you guess which one it is?

12 Chic Cowhide Pillows for Your Home 12 Chic Cowhide Pillows for the HomeShop the all of the pillows below by scrolling through.

Love cowhide? Check out Cowhide Chairs + Inspiring Spaces and Cowhide Rugs: 17 Ways.

 

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