Filed under: Stories,Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — Missy @ 9:09 am  

Life as we remember it is beginning to return to normal (well….that’s what we call it)  for Meredith, Missy and Sarah! Meredith spent months preparing for Design America and her days were spent piecing together her beautiful Couture pieces such as this Gaucho piece!

Then there is the breathtaking wedding dress.  Hand-dyed silk, deerskin, embroidery, and each Swarovski crystal placed to perfection. 

Missy was sure to take advantage of the opportunity to wear one of Meredith’s Couture Creations.  The dearskin jacket has been embroideried with original artwork by Meredith.  Missy wore it paired with our very own COUTURE COWGIRL handkerchief hem skirt!

You will continue to see new photos for months as we sort through them and share our experience with you.  Hope you enjoyed this taste of COUTURE!

A Couture Cowgirl it YOU, Proclaim it Proudly!  And with Style, of course…


Rhubarb Bread

Filed under: Cooking — Tags: , , , , , , — Missy @ 9:59 am  

Out On The Town In Style

Filed under: Style,Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — Meredith @ 2:33 pm  

Couture Cowgirl is headed to Cody, WY for the Cody High Style Runway show! How does a Couture Cowgirl travel? In STYLE of course…

To add glam to your travel plans, Couture Cowgirl is releasing this fun 100% cotton, heavy weight blue jean, hand sewn bag! It has the Couture Cowgirl CC logo embroidered on the front in coordinating color to the leather straps. BETTER YET, this bag is big enough to carry your favorite pair of boots!

Don’t let your use for this bag end with travel…

Head to the grocery store and leave those plastic bags at the counter.

Use for your favorite books.

Crafts….endless uses here.

Beach Bag (paired with the Orange Couture Cowgirl dress that makes a fabulous cover-up)

and, and, and…. Let us know what you plan to use your Couture Cowgirl bag for!

” A Couture Cowgirl is YOU, Proclaim it Proudly! And with Style, of course…”



Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Filed under: Cooking — Tags: , , , , , , — Missy @ 5:00 pm  


Filed under: Style — Tags: , , , , , , , — Missy @ 2:21 pm  

We have said it before and we will say it again… (more…)


Stacked Enchiladas

Filed under: Cooking — Tags: , , , , , , , — Missy @ 10:41 am  

I am a Couture Cowgirl for a Couple of Reasons

Filed under: Feature — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Missy @ 2:10 pm  

I am a Couture Cowgirl for a couple of reasons.

First, I always want to look GOOD when riding my horse. From my Troxel Helmet, with black leather and pink accents to my black boots, I will never be caught riding without makeup or my hair done.



Sopapilla Cheesecake

Filed under: Cooking — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Missy @ 10:29 am  

Couture Cowgirl STATE OF MIND Campaign

Filed under: Campaign — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Missy @ 1:33 pm  

Couture Cowgirl was founded on a State of Mind that is bigger than any one Cowgirl alone.  We have always wanted this to be a place for you to share YOUR stories about what makes you a Couture Cowgirl.  See the statement from our about us page that was here the day we launched, “The Couture Cowgirl website will be a meeting place for all Cowgirls that live by the Couture Cowgirl State of Mind!  A place where you can share your stories and read others stories, a place to explore Couture fashion, shop Couture Cowgirl, find events.”

We want to make sure we stay close to that original vision so today we are launching the, “COUTURE COWGIRL STATE OF MIND CAMPAIGN.”

We want each and everyone of you to share YOUR story with us.  Many of us claim the name Cowgirl though the activities of our daily lives can be as different as night and day.  It is the STATE OF MIND we can all relate too and it is the STATE OF MIND that we want to recognize and celebrate!

Join us in our campaign and claim the title proudly!  Profess your Couture Cowgirl STATE OF MIND!

Send us your story to info@couturecowgirl.com

Copy the code below to put the badge onto your page!

If you had trouble making this work before, by the way, we had an error in the code. Try this copy, or update your present copy to this code.

<a href="http://www.couturecowgirl.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.couturecowgirl.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/stateofmind.jpg" /></a>

Now for the CONTEST!  Claim the Couture Cowgirl STATE OF MIND and we will get you entered to win one of our, coming soon,  CC STATE OF MIND tee’s!  We will have a random drawing for the giveaway.

How to get entries. (You can have up to 2 entries in the drawing by 1 or both of the following methods)

1. Put the CC STATE OF MIND badge on your blog or website. (Badge must link back to the Couture Cowgirl website)

2. Send us your, “What makes you a Couture Cowgirl” story.  Again your story can be long, short, photos, drawings, etc  Just express yourself!

Make your entries official by emailing us your story and/or emailing us a link to where you have you CC STATE OF MIND badge.   info@couturecowgirl.com


JOIN THE CAMPAIGN!  A Couture Cowgirl is YOU, Proclaim it Proudly!  And with Style, of course…

The Top Five Things

Filed under: TenasTake — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — Missy @ 8:34 am  

By Tena Bastian

Today marks the end of Memorial Day weekend and I hope it was a memorable one for all of you. For me, it was a time for reflection of what is important and sorting through all the endless things in my head that tend to weigh me down and to leave some behind as I move forward to a summer filled with possibilities. My goal this summer is to spend more time with the people I love, to find more time for the things I enjoy, to turn my Blackberry off more often so I can play harder than I work and to rediscover  all of the elements that make summer enjoyable. I remember as a kid, piling into our old station wagon and going to the drive in to see a movie or going for ice cream and back then, summers seemed to be endless. As an adult, the days seem to fly by so quickly and they are filled with work and worry about things that don’t really matter in the overall scheme of things that are really important. (more…)


Why I’m a Couture Cowgirl

Filed under: Feature — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Missy @ 1:34 pm  

Rebecca L. Castaneda

Owner, Cowgirl Oasis

In the 1920’s my grandparents bought our family land and built a small house.  They lived a rural life raising cattle and growing their fresh food in several large garden areas. Here they raised their three daughters. Luckily for me, my Mom is one of these girls. When the girls got ready to marry, they each picked their favorite spots and built their homes and began their families. Our land is now included in the National Registrar Binghampton Rural Historic Land   [2]. (more…)


Reaping What We Sow

Filed under: TenasTake — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Missy @ 9:09 am  

By Tena Bastian

I love strawberries. Last year, I planted three strawberry plants and was disappointed that although I spent hours weeding, fertilizing, watering and tending to those three plants, my harvest was 15 strawberries the size of a dime. I still had to go to the produce stand and the grocery store to buy myself strawberries when I wanted them.  The harvest that I was supposed to reap for all my hard work was barely worth the effort.  (more…)


Dancing To Your Own Beat

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Dancing To Your Own Beat
Tena Bastian

Driving down our old country road, there is a house that sits up on a hill. The house is really nothing spectacular; however the show that you may be lucky enough to see if your timing is right is definitely worth the drive. There is a woman, middle aged, who stands out in her yard clad in her pajamas doing something that we have decided is a dance combined with martial arts. She has been doing this for years and there is something almost hypnotic about her movements. While others may laugh, I admire her carefree spirit because she is completely oblivious to anything around her.
Her life may be bogged down with worry, she may be battling cancer, she may be completely alone or she may be as crazy as crazy can be but she looks happy. Aside from anything else that might be going on in her life, while she is doing her routine, she is clearly at peace with the world. I live in a small town where most everybody knows most everybody else and I may have met this woman in passing at some point but from watching her dance, I am sure I don’t really “know” her at all. There have been times when I considered knocking on her door and introducing myself but when I work through the conversation in my head, it never plays out comfortably… it tends to go something like this; (more…)


Copper Fashion

Filed under: Style — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — Missy @ 2:03 pm  

Future Couture Cowgirl

Filed under: Feature — Tags: , , , , , — Missy @ 10:27 am  

Future Couture Cowgirl
By Missy Unruh




My daughter and I always have the BEST conversations while cuddling in her bed right before lights out!  The other night our chatting brought us to the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  Without a pause in thought, she responded “A Fashion Designer AND a Vet!”  Can you only imagine the possibilities of these occupations combined!





Keep One Eye on the Past while Focusing on the Future

Filed under: Style — Tags: , , , , , , — Meredith @ 11:14 am  



Bright is in for spring and some of my favorite colors that occur in nature are turquoise, coral, terracotta, copper and silver. I love to mix turquoise and coral together in jewelry and painted designs. When we chose our turquoise colored T for Couture Cowgirl, we saw the perfect opportunity to mix a Thistles West coral lambsuede skirt with it for spring. These two colors mixed together  remind me so much of two of my favorite places to go and that is Santa Fe, NM and Verdi Valley at Sedona, Arizona. Late in the afternoon, the sky is deep turquoise against the terra cotta and dark coral in the canyons and is so beautiful! 



Couture Cowgirl Color Choice Award Goes Too…

Filed under: Style — Tags: , , , — Missy @ 9:26 am  

It was a tight race between Indigo and Lemon from the very beginning, so what did our fabulous fashionistas choose?

Drum-roll Please………

INDIGO took the award by TWO votes!  We have a fabulous design in the making and You will be the first to know when it is available!


As always remember,

A Couture Cowgirl is YOU, Proclaim it Proudly!  And, with Style, of course…


Couture Cowgirl Color Poll

Filed under: Style — Tags: , , , , , , — Missy @ 10:33 am  

Pantone announced Turquoise as the 2010 Color of the year, now it is YOUR turn to try your hand at the color wheel.  Who knows, you may even see it as the Color of the next Couture Cowgirl T!  We can’t wait to see the choice of our fellow Couture Cowgirls! (more…)


Queen’s Corner Introduction

Filed under: Queen's Corner — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Meredith @ 7:06 pm  

Couture Cowgirl and the ladies behind it are very supportive of rodeo queen contestants and the pageants they compete in.   Meredith has been involved with rodeo queens with her company Merezia, since about 1993.   Missy of Silver Steer Boutique  recently became a sponsor of rodeo queen pageants.  We appreciate the hard work that goes into being a rodeo queen and the opportunities it presents for these young ladies.

Couture Cowgirl will have guest writers from the world of rodeo queens, bringing you stories about their lives. Recently Couture Cowgirl became a sponsor of the Miss NFPB Pageant and the 2010 contestants were asked to write their Couture Cowgirl Story. You are sure to enjoy their entertaining stories. Visit www.nfpbullriders.com/MissNFPBPageant.htm to match up the stories to the 2010 contestants.

Whether you are competing for or have won a local or national pageant, it takes nerve to compete. We want to hear from more of you in the future. So begin writing  your Couture Cowgirl stories, and we will let you know submission information soon.

A Couture Cowgirl is YOU!  Proclaim it Proudly and with Style, of course…

Meredith and Missy

Miss NFPB Contestant Micki Musick

Filed under: Queen's Corner — Tags: , , , , , — Missy @ 4:03 pm  

A couture cowgirl to me is the perfect mixture of grit & grace. She is someone who always likes to look good, but isn’t afraid to work hard and get dirty. I myself am very proud to consider myself in this category. I would like to share with you one of my favorite Couture Cowgirl moments.

As a rodeo queen I have represented many rodeos, many associations, and in many places across our country. This particular weekend I found myself at a small town rodeo in Arkansas. From the minute I arrived in this city, the sky had been pouring down buckets of rain. Water filled the streets and flooded the arena! The only dry place I could find was in the stall with my horse. I didn’t mind one bit. “Always make the best out of what you have,” is my motto.

After the rodeo as I sat there in the pouring rain and covered head to toe in mud signing autographs, I couldn’t help but smile to myself and think about how very lucky I am to consider myself among a special breed of women known as………. Couture Cowgirls!

Micki Musick
Miss NFPB 2010 Contestant

Miss NFPB Contestant Rachel Kelderman

Filed under: Queen's Corner — Tags: , , , , , , — Missy @ 3:58 pm  

“It was another long day working as a wedding photographer, it was 101 degrees and my feet hurt, but they say it is a dry heat, so no need to complain. This was already my fourth wedding of the day and I had reached that point of concentrating more on what I would have for dinner rather then connecting with my next bride.

As I stood there gazing down the isle capturing every moment, I was smiling ear to ear like I do at every wedding. Something about the raw romance of being thrown into a couples most intimate moment and they know nothing about me and I know nothing about them. This couple was so cute in love and crying tears of happiness. These are the moments in my life that touch me. The moments I will remember. After the hugs from their moms and dads my couple and I headed off for some more pictures.

I was posing my bride on a bench and as I went to fluff out her dress, that is when I saw them, shiny bright red cowboy boots hidden under her long dress. It seemed as if right then a huge gust of wind swept thru my hair and I had flash backs to all the times I had slipped on my red cowboys boots. I remember when I got them, I was going to church camp where they had horses and mom knew how important it was for me to have proper boots even though I was only 6 years old. Back then I was so allergic to horses then just touching them made my hands swell up in a rash. I was equipped with my boots and thick winter gloves so I could touch the horses. Despite being so allergic I loved them so much and as my family says I was bit with the horse bug and then there was no turning back.

My bride and groom did not seem to notice I was daydreaming, they where to busy looking at each other. I smiled as I remembered the first time I rode a horse and then the first time I fell off a horse. The first time I bought my own saddle with all the money I saved up pulling weeds and the first time I won a class at my local 4-H show.

My parents did not let me buy a horse just because I wanted one, they made me lease, borrow, and rent other people’s horses for a long time until I knew what I was doing. Later on in life I realized what a blessing this actually was because I could ride just about anything. I would dream about horses all night and then I would spend my days looking cute at school just to hurry to the barn and mess all that up. It was the life!

I eventually got to that point in my life where I didn’t care what people thought and I wore my cowboy hat and boots everywhere, to dinner, to church, to school. I knew I looked good and that was all that mattered!

As we continued to walk around the grounds of the casino I had this permanate smile on my face thinking about my cowgirl boots and my cowgirl roots. I felt pretty far from them those days. It’s pretty rare to see anyone in tight jeans and cowboy boots out there in Sin City, but as soon as I did I got a lil kick in my step because I know I had something in common with that person.

They say you don’t know where your going until you know where you came from. Well I come from an amazing place with rolling hills, lush green pastures and mountains that stretch as far as the eye can see. A place where your neighbors wave at you and the gas station clerk knows your name and asks you how your dog is doing. A place where being a cowgirl is normal and red boots are common. I grew up on the back of a horse, fell asleep to the sound of crickets chirping and coyotes howling.

I know where I come from, so now this leaves me to wonder where I am going. Yes I moved away from that place just for a little while, but I kept that cowgirl spirit alive in me everyday. I waved at people and most of they time they did not wave back, I always said hello to my neighbors and they would just nod at me and hurry off into their apartments.

I think cowgirl can describe a woman who grew up a certain way by working with cattle or riding horses, but I think it can also describe a feeling in your bones. Regardless of where you come from or how you grew up or what you do for a living.

As a little boy ran by screaming at his sister I was suddenly snapped out of my rambling thoughts. As we continued walking and talking, it turns out my bride was the daughter of a cattle rancher and grew up on a horse too. I instantly felt bonded with this stranger. I told her how much I loved her boots and got excited to go home and put mine on. My boots have made the journey of thousands of miles with me and they are just as excited for my future as I am.

So here is to the cowgirls who live the dream weather they be in a saddle or walking down the isle in cowboy boots.”

Rachel Kelderman
Miss NFPB 2010 Contestant

Miss NFPB Contestant Suzy Fife

Filed under: Queen's Corner — Tags: , , , , , , , — Missy @ 3:54 pm  

I am Couture Cowgirl because I love horses, mud, pink and bling. Between riding horses through mud filled trail rides, washing muck covered bovine, and tearing my 4-wheeler or truck through big sludgy mud puddles, it’s hard to keep my pink overalls clean.

When I wake up in the morning and take a deep fresh breath of southern Iowa air. I prepare myself with my daybreak coffee and by coating on the mascara and fluffing my hair. I slide in to my Cruel Girl jeans and rock a fun Cowgirl Up shirt paired with my sparkly muck boots and its out to door to tackle my world of equine, “moo-moo’s” and trucks. At my school, Southwestern Iowa Community College, we wash, wax and
buff out cattle. We have club calf sales and deal with all the ups and downs of calving season. I also take what I learn at school to the work place. I am a hired hand at a local cattle investor. There, I spend my time pressure washing golf ball size winterized clumps of mud off the underbellies of cattle. This is a back breaking task but the pain is eased by a country radio station and me serenading the cattle. I believe they enjoy their time with me (at the cattle version of a beauty parlor).But my day doesn’t end there.

When I return to my humble abode, I am greeted by my ecstatic dogs and my content horses, grazing in a bountiful field. After a good wrestle with my black lab, I head in side to greet my Pomeranian puppy, who loves to shower me with her puppy kisses. I slip in to my boots and spurs and head out for a nice, soothing ride, by my self or with some good ol’ friends for a good trail ride and to catch up on the latest horse and human gossip. Come night fall or exhaustion, and all the chores are done, I get to step out of my cowgirl boots and in to my cowgirl boot slippers, eat a hardy meal, catch up on homework (or rodeo queen homework) and snuggle up with my dogs for a pleasant night of blissful slumber.

Suzy Fife
Miss NFPB Contestant

Miss NFPB 2010 Contestant Sunnie Paintin

Filed under: Queen's Corner — Tags: , , , , , , , — admin @ 3:02 pm  

A Cowgirl of a Different Bred!!!

Not every cowgirl comes from the same kind of background. We don’t all live in the country, not all our families own a ranch or farm. A cowgirl to me is a way of life, loving the land and the animals that live on it. My family comes from farming and ranching so I have been raised with a western attitude, even though I grew up in the city known as the Queen City of the Plains, Denver, CO.  A cowgirl always treats everyone with respect; I try to use ma’am and sir as a matter of respect. I may have grown up in the “city” but having 4 acres to play in for hours past the sun going down, not enough to have livestock, but enough to be called a cowgirl by folks from the city. I have been blessed to have so many great family members and friends that have the ranches and farms that I am allowed to visit, hop on a horse and do every day cowboy work. As child I played in the irrigation ditches in the summer, and picked vegetables

A cowgirl of a different bred is sticking to your roots and not caring what others will think. I choose to wear my boots, jeans and t-shirt to class along with a rhinestone belt as an accessory. Bling is a cowgirl’s best friend! I chose to play volleyball instead of rodeo growing up and I have been very successful at it, I have been the one in the gym wearing my lime green boots with my shorts. I have been able to compete against the best teams in the nation and now competing at the college level. Just like being on a rodeo circuit, I as well have been blessed to travel across the USA, always keeping my western values on the court and off.  Like I said before being a cowgirl is a way of life, it is part of your core values, respecting the people, land and animals.  I am pleased when I am on the road with my team and I run across a fellow cowboy, it is like running into a friend you haven’t seen in awhile, there is always something we have in common, and a lot of times we know the same people.

Living in Denver has giving me the opportunity to work at the National Western Stock show since I was in high school.  I have seen what tight knit world farming and ranching is, and enjoys getting to see all of my friends from around the country.  I think it is a great compliment to our culture when you see all the people from the city rocking their western wear.  In our hearts we all have a little bit of cowboy.  One thing I do know is that a true cowgirl can’t have enough boots, belts, hats and horses!

I hope to see you in my travels, you will know me by my cowgirl attitude and of course you can find me at Couture Cowgirl!

Sunnie Paintin
Miss NFPB 2010 Contestant


Couture Cowgirl

Filed under: About — Tags: , , , , , — Meredith @ 1:09 pm  

Meredith Lockhart, founder of Thistles West and Merezia, two Couture Fashion Design companies had a dream to start a sophisticated casual line.  Couture Cowgirl was the perfect label to create this dream under! 

At Style West in 2009 the paths of Meredith Lockhart and Missy Unruh, founder of Silver Steer Boutique, crossed.  These two ladies were behind very different companies, yet shared a very similar common interest.  A friendship was born that led to many phone conversations about life on the farm, family, and of course work.  As the ladies discussed Couture Cowgirl, they realized it was so much more than a brand, it was a STATE OF MIND!  The state of mind was so empowering, Meredith invited Missy to join her in the venture. 

The Couture Cowgirl website will be a meeting place for all Cowgirls that live by the Couture Cowgirl State of Mind!  A place where you can share your stories and read others stories, a place to explore Couture fashion, shop Couture Cowgirl, find events.

Remember a COUTURE COWGIRL IS YOU!  Proclaim  it Proudly and with style, of course…