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COUNTRY GIRL

Maxi Dress | fab’rik Denver
Belt | Buffalo Exchange
Boots | eBay

As a Colorado-native, I pride myself in being a true country girl. I grew up in Parker, had a couple acres of land as a backyard, played in the dirt, owned a pair of pink cowgirl boots, and had a true cowboy of a father to look up to. Being a country girl is a state of mind, a free spirit, daring, caring, sometimes swearing, giving her best, living her best. For me, it’s also a fashion trend and a common go-to when I am crossed with what to wear. I simply embrace my inner country girl with a sundress and my favorite pair of cowgirl boots. “Country” is always in style when you live in Colorado. One of my friends calls it “cowgirl chic”.

There is a field in front of my parent’s house that has the perfect country backdrop. Open acres of wild grass overlooking the Rocky Mountains, endless wooden fence, barely a dirt road, and surrounded by farms of horses, llamas, and goats. My sister and I played around in this field on a rainy afternoon. It was dreary and misty and perfect for running around in a pair of boots. I nearly ruined a new dress that I scored from fab’rik Denver, but hey – a little mud never hurt anybody. That’s the country girl attitude.

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TIME OUT

Top | VANILLA STAR
Belt | Steve Madden
Jeans | American Eagle Outfitters
Sunglasses | Urban Outfitters

We stumbled upon this dreamy valley when we were struggling to find parking for Muir Woods. We knew it was risky to visit on a Saturday, along with the rest of the world, and what seemed to be an endless road taking us further and further away from the entrance eventually brought us to this place. I jumped out of the car and asked my sis to snap some photos. It was kind of majestic and picturesque and we were the only ones there. The only thing that could have made it better was maybe a white horse and a picnic.

 I love places like this though. I am not a city person. Country girl all the way. Don’t get me wrong, I love visiting and galavanting around – but after a while it can get overwhelming and I get bored of concrete. Gotta escape back to nature, ya know? Into places like this. A time-out from city chaos. I will never forget this special place.

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boots on

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(photos from Spell & the Gypsy)

I’m going to have a Country concert marathon this summer. I’ve never been a huge concert-goer, but I do love my Country. And listening to it all day on the radio, although my favorite, is becoming a little lacking. I need more. I need to be there, up front, boots on, singing along, and dancing until my feet hurt. I saw Garth Brooks perform a few weeks ago and now I have the itch. And lucky for me, many of my Country favorites are playing this summer. [Luke Bryan, Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw to start…gahhhhhhh!]

My favorite blog, Spell & the Gypsy had a fantastic FESTIVAL 15′ lookbook that perfectly set the tone for my summer inspiration. I usually wear my favorite pair of faded jeans, breezy top, and worn cowgirl boots for line-dancing and country concerts, but I gotta step it up this summer! These are some of my favorite performers and should be respected with good steeze [style and ease…I don’t know who made this word up but it seemed fitting for what I was trying to say.] And as the Spell ladies said, “Word on the dusty ground is, ‘keep it soft and feminine this season!'”. I love everything about this collection. Light blues, blush tones, peaches and corals, flowy dresses, bold jewelry, rock n’ roll tees…very country chic.

 Time for a summer of weekend getaways, dancing with good friends, staying up late, stomping in my dusty boots, drinking lemonade, and being “Country”. Now I just need a few brilliant outfits to tie it all together! Can’t wait to style up, layer down, and boots on!

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country roots

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Hello friends. First off, let me apologize for my severe lack of posting lately. Overtime at work followed by a couple of blizzards along with a very bad cold has kept me from some good blogging time and photography lately. Since I couldn’t spend much time outside I decided to dig through some old photo albums…

For those who don’t know me, I grew up in Colorado. On an acreage. With a cowboy-of-a-dad. So naturally that makes me a country girl. I came across these photos from a    couple of years ago. These clothes were from my very first collection before I graduated college. “Grass Roots” is what I named it.

That day I dragged my twin sister out to our front yard (yes, that was our front yard) to take some photos. I wanted to capture the essence of the inspiration behind this collection and what better way than to grab my country-sister and photograph her in the field where we grew up. There is just such a humble and simple way about country living. Laid-back, little worries, and outdoor peace. I wanted this collection to represent my upbringing. And my twin sis did a pretty good job of showing it.

This is how we lived. Pure country.

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weekend in estes

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We decided to spend this past weekend in Estes Park with some friends and get some much needed R&R. It was a spir-of-the-moment kind of thing but if a friend invites you to spend a couple of days in a cozy, beautiful lodge in the mountains, how can you say ‘no’? This was actually the first time I’ve been to Estes Park since I was little and I was reminded how stunning it is.

The best part of the weekend was being able to ditch my indoor amenities and simply enjoy the country. No laptops, TV, internet, Netflix, hair-dryer, straightening iron…nada! The weather was perfect, the mountains were quiet, and we got some good laid-on-back. It’s days like this that make me appreciate living in Colorado. Pure country.  And of course the incredible house we were staying at helped set the tone for the weekend.

These quick weekend days were filled with fireplace lazing, grilling, drinking with friends, frisbee golf, outdoor walks, and skipping rocks on a frozen pond (it’s very easy to skip rocks on a frozen pond. I’m an expert now.) It was so peaceful being surrounded by open fields, endless mountains and country style. Weekends in Estes? I’m quite fond of it. Relaxing in the mountains with simple pleasures is definitely my forte.

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