These boots are blue and beautiful. Liberty Boots may call them Russian Blue, but I like to call them denim blue and they are the perfect color for fall. Denim on denim is a do. Wear these boots with your favorite blue jeans or a pair of leggings. You can find them at Allen’s Boots. Short boots are on my fall must have list, these lovelies feature plenty of fringe and braided details.
Like what you see? BUY THEM AT ALLEN’S BOOTS.
Photos from Allens’ Boots online
Hey, hi, hello and happy Friday!
Our friends at Equestrian Culture magazine are hosting a huge giveaway!
With all of these great prizes you know you have a chance to win something fabulous, get the details here.
Ps. if you pick up copy of the fall issue check out the White Mac & Cheese with Brussels Sprouts contributed by Raquel.
Fashion, food, music, shopping and a good cause? Count me in. While the drive would be a bit long, I couldn’t help but share this great event benefiting the Berkshire Humane Society. If you do happen to live near Massachusetts then mark October 11th on your calendar. All of the information you really need is on this poster above, but for fun let’s do a quick run down of the event.
The first question is what to wear… this is a fashionable event so make sure you dress up a little bit. If I were attending I would pick out a pair of tall boots like these dreamy Lucchese’s and pair them with a neutral sweater dress and classic leather accessories (Rebecca Ray Designs) and for fun I would pick a colorful pair of tights and match my earrings to them. To get the details on this look visit Horses & Heels Polyvore page.
Bid on these great items above (and more) in the silent auction. There are donations from tons of greats brands and something for just about everyone. Middy N’ Me, One Horse Threads, Deux Chevaux, Horze Equestrian, Fab Finds by Sarah, Alp N Rock, Approximate Notions, Spiced Equestrian are just a few of the brands you will see at the auction. Sit back and watch a great fashion show by Tasha Polizzi while having a cocktail. It’s no secret I adore Tasha and her work, check out the Designer Spotlight on Tasha featured earlier in the year to learn more about her.
This is going to be a great event. For more information on The Dog & Pony Show please call 413.447.7878 ext. 31.
Junk 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.
These 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.
Some more beautiful fringe details with this butterfly chair and lamp.
Shop Raquel’s favorite pieces from the collection!
Photos from Pottery Barn
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.
As 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.
This 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.
Juicy Baked Peaches with Flaky Puff Pastry and Vanilla Bean Icing.
- 4 Peaches
- 1 Box Puff Pastry
- 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
- 1/2 Tablespoon Milk
- 1 Vanilla Bean (can substitute for 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
- Make the icing, if you are working with vanilla beans it is best to make this a day ahead of time for maximum flavor.
- 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.
- Pre heat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Wash and halve the peaches.
- Place the peaches back together and cover with puff pastry dough. Seal them up tightly and poke a few fork holes in them.
- Bake for 20 minutes at 425 degrees.
- 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.
- Drizzle with vanilla bean icing and serve warm.
- Vanilla ice cream is option but highly recommended.
Interested 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.
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