Monday, August 19, 2013

It's Goin' Up!

So, we're building a house, again! It's quite exciting really, it just adds a little more stress to my life (that is so not needed right now), which means that my gray hair will begin sooner, ulcers are already forming and I'm eating more chocolate than usual. But, as everyone keeps telling me, it'll all be worth it and it's just temporary! :) This picture is a little outdated. We've now got a roof, a garage and Tyvek everywhere.












 My mind has just been going with ideas I want. Someone at work recently told me, "How fun that you can build your dream house!".  Well, yes and no and more no than yes. Building my "dream house" would require a significant amount of more funds, but we're going to have an amazing house, which I am extremely excited for!

More so, I'm excited to have land. To those that have not lived the country life, it means walking outside in your sports bra and not thinking twice, having your son run around outside with no clothes on like it's a nudist colony, and mainly, just having privacy. I don't want my neighbors to gossip about me because I never water my flowers (like I did about other people in Waukee:) or that we didn't lower the deck low enough on our lawn more. I just want to chill, hear locusts outside and watch lightening bugs (something I've truly missed since moving into town). And the biggest win of all.... I can have horses again! I'll be able to keep them in shape so I can become more competitive. It'll be awesome!

So, now to the fun stuff! Here are a couple little projects on my dream list that may or may not get added.
















 I found these super cool faux wood beams online. I forwarded this to our builder to see what magic he can make and if in the end, they'll make sense for our budget. Because of our open floor plan, I think they'd be cool throughout the living area and kitchen. We'll see.

So, I've got a new Etsy site I'm obsessed with. It's Junk Art Gypsy and they make some vintage-looking marquee signs that make me want to go crazy! I'm thinking a red lighted arrow above my kitchen cupboards would be sweet!

















Then, look at this amazing buy I snagged this weekend when on our way home from my niece's bachelorette party. We swung into an antique shop and I got this new, mohair pillow. I've been looking for a mohair/angora pillow like this for my living room for a long time! When I brought it home to show Jake, I figured he's say, "How much did you buy that for?... waste of money..." But instead, to my surprise, he said, "Cool, it looks like a sheep!" Ahh, I love my farm boy:)


















Next on my list is paint colors. I'm so happy to have a friend who is an interior design queen!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Color Frenzy!

Color is everywhere in jeans! It takes me back to the early 90's when Rockies were popular. They came in every color of the rainbow too.


The difference between now and 1994 is that they're a little lower rise and much skinnier. Now obviously, these jeans are not competition jeans, mainly because of the skinny fit towards the bottom. They're not made for going over boots.

I love these three colors below. They're from Wrangler's Booty Up line. They are made of 98% cotton with 2% spandex and feature a slim fit, ultra low rise and five pocket styling. This style hugs your curves and has built-in darts to lift and define your booty. I'm personally a fan of these jeans, minus the boots. I know it's a little hypocritical since I wear tall, casual boots outside of my jeans all of the time, but with cowboy boots, it's different. I see it sometimes in the queening world and I just cannot embrace it. It's just a personal choice. To me, it feels a little yuppy.

























Now Panhandle Slim has a line called, Rock & Roll Cowgirl, which has cute colored jeans that fit slightly different in the leg. I can see more versatility out of this jean. This jean looks good with a boot and will elongate your leg. This jean would also look spectacular with a high heel. It would be fun to wear a colored heel, like a hot pink one with this turquoise jean below. I also love the back pockets on these too.

Both of these styles of jeans can be found on Langton's website. They've also got a great western fashion blog too. Check it out at http://blog.langstons.com.























Unfortunately, the Panhandle Slim jeans are running in the $79 range, while the the Wrangler's above are in the $57 range. Both are too pricy, in my opinion, for a colored jean. These are special jeans that do not have a lot of adaptability. I can get a similar jean at Kohl's or Younkers in the junior section for no more than $25 (in fact, I have).

So, love the direction Wrangler and Panhandle, just not the price.

Have a great, colorful day!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Public Perception Problems

Due to having a blog, I have the right to vent frustrations and a platform to do it. Although this article has nothing to do with western fashion, it's related to the equine industry as a whole and very important for the public to be aware...

Photo courtesty of the Associated Press
Since the closing of the last horse harvest facility in the United States in 2007, animal activists think they've won and they're doing a service by saving animals. However, the complete opposite has actually happened.

The American Society of Animal Science came out with a great article defining what has actually happened due to our slaughterhouses being shut down. You can find that article here.

Many people outside of the horse industry have no idea how important slaughter houses are for the humane treatment of horses in the United States. Research shows that:
  • Rescue groups do not have the resources to handle the new, unwanted horse population.
  • Kill horses are now being sent to Canada and Mexico and they cannot handle the demand.
  • Horses are being abused by traveling out of country due to the longer transport times, stress and dehydration.
  • Mexican humane standards are of great concern; therefore horses are not being humanely treated as they cross borders.
  • Horse abandonment is torturous for horses. Many die of dehyradtion or starvation, are attacked by predators such as mountain lions and for those that find a wild herd (more out West), other horses ostracize or even kill.
It's such a huge problem and unfortunately the animal rights groups are the ones with the dollars to push these ridiculous agendas.

Save the horses = Save the horse harvest facilities

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Earring Blow-Out!

Make sure to visit Krazy Cowgirl's Facebook page for a HUGE earring sale! All listed earrings are only $5.95 plus shipping! What a deal! Check it out here: tinyurl.com/d8burka

Below are a few in the collection. Hot.. Hot.. Hot!!






 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Move on Chevron?

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! Little Joe loved his Easter presents and hunting for eggs.

















I'm also writing this blog in sadness as over the last week, we lost my pleasure mare to colic. It's such a sad thing. She was a cranky thang at times, but very stunning. She will be missed. This was a video of her from a couple of years ago.


On a lighter note and moving forward with positive energy, it's finally beginning to feel more like spring, which gets me more in the mood to wear fun dresses and skirts! If you've been on Pinterest lately, probably the hottest thing going.. with everything... is chevron. I'm a fan. But combine that with a maxi shirt and BAM! You're the hottest thing since pantyhose, roller skates or email:)!






















I found this website when surfing the web. I have no idea how I got there, but I'm glad I did! They're a cute little store in Utah called The Nest On Main and they sell adorable things at a resonable cost. When I say reasonable, I really mean it. I'll admit it, I'm cheap. I only buy "deals". When I walk into a store, I always bee-line to the back clearance racks. My mom taught me well. I just purchased this skirt above in black and white. It's adorable, it shipped really fast and I paid under $20 bucks for it. Seriously! I think it's going to look real cute with a tight colored tank and some chunky jewelry and cowboy boots. I'll post pics.

 
I also am a fan of the website Modern Vintage Boutique. They're very trendy and have unique things for happenin' ladies. Again, chevron is everywhere, so embrace it my friends! (This dress above is crazy cute.) It would also look adorable with the below Krazy Cowgirl, "You've Got My Heart" pink purse.


I want to share with you a must-have website and daily email. If you haven't signed up for GroopDealz.com, you're crazy. It's free for heavens sakes. That have daily boutique deals that are amazing. If you have little ones, especially little girls, you'll love this site. Everything they have is truly a deal...many times under $10. They usually have 8-10 items on sale that day and everything from jewelry, clothing or monogrammed anything! One of their items last week was this chevron table runner for $11.95. Check it out!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Spring is in the Air!

Ahhhh... I can start to smell it! Seriously, I love the smell of warmer weather in Iowa. It's invigorating and makes me feel good to know that sun and warmer weather is not far within our reach.

So, let's throw a little color into our life and talk western fashion!

This picture immediately comes to mind. When my sis Tammy and I went to Fort Worth, these were some felt hats for purchase at a western store. You definitely won't find these in Iowa. I love em'!


















Have you guys caught Relentless: Being Trevor Brazile on GAC? I'm such a huge fan of Trevor Brazile and it would fun to live in his shoes for a week. That's actually what this show is all about. It follows him from rodeo to rodeo.


They showed a short clip last week talked about his wife Shada and her partnership with Wrangler to develop the baby line called Wrangler All Around. It's cute stuff and the reason behind it couldn't be more true... there is not much for choices when it comes to cute, modern and real-looking cowboy attire for baby's and toddlers. I hope to see more come out of this line.










Above: Model, Joe, is sporting his Cinch attire from a few weeks ago. I love little button ups on little boys!


Over the next few weeks, I'm going to be talking about some of the trends you can be watching for in the arena this summer. I've also been partnering with my hubby Jake with his blog, Bones n' Broadheads, for a special edition called Katie's Kitchen. So, stay tuned!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Deer Antler Spray

Have you heard of this... Deer Antler Spray? Jake told me about it a few months ago and I'm now noticing advertisements on it. When I first heard of it, my mind went to deer spray that comes from the other end of a deer... kind of like this Duck Dynasty episode.
Anyway, the spray originates from velvet of deer antlers. The Chinese have been using it for years for different reasons than why it is being advertised now. In the past, it was used for a variety of aliments such as aches and pains of muscles and joints. Now, it's mainly used for for getting ripped and increasing the growth hormone. However, they say it has many other benefits including improving sleep, regulating women's hormones, increasing athletic performance, anti aging, etc. It seems to be a cure all!

Rumors were flying around Super Bowl time of different athletes that have used it, including Ray Lewis and how it's so hard to detect in athletes since it can only be caught with a blood test.


As you see on the above bottle description from Complete Nutrition (notice how they call it "Night Spray"...weird). Anyway, I can't tell what any of the ingredients mean, especially Horny Goat Weed? Man, I'm learning so much. However, they all do seem to be "natural".

What are your thoughts on this? Would you try it knowing that it is all natural or the fact that it has such a variety of benefits scare you? It's interesting. My thoughts is that it can't be all bad if you can pick it up at your local GNC. If it said anything about weight loss, I'd be all about it! For now, I'm kind of scared that I might grow a mustache.

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