2012
Dec 
17

THUNDERBIRD




Small, Medium, Large, XL, XXL




Black burnout features a Thunderbird that coordinates with the Kadee Coffman buckle by Johnson and Held. Photo with model and actress Bobbi Jeen Olson and photography by famed western photographer Diana Volk!




$70.00

2012
Sep 
12

Pink Crystal CC Logo Burnout

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You voted! We got them! You will shine wearing this pink crystal Double CC Logo top by Couture Cowgirl. The crystals adorn a short sleeve black crew neck burnout. This top is Women sizing, small-2XL! (Also available with a clear crystal logo, at time of purchase specify you prefer clear crystals.)

$55.00

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2011
Jul 
1

Twitter Contest

Filed under: Stories — Tags: , , , , , — Missy @ 6:13 pm  

We had a blast reading your entries in our most recent contest on facebook!  But… we can’t let our facebook friends have all the fun.  So here it is a contest for our Twitter friends!

 

RULES:

  • Post on Twitter what makes you a Couture Cowgirl with the hashtag #CoutureCowgirl

  • Follow @CoutureCowgirls if you haven’t already!

  • We will randomly draw winners on Friday July 15, 2010

  • For every 10 entries we will give away one prize! 

So, bet you are wondering what you are entering to win!  We are giving away CC logo keychains!  So lets here it ladies, ~WHAT MAKES YOU A COUTURE COWGIRL?~

Find us on Twitter @CoutureCowgirls (Don’t forget the S at the end of Cowgirls!) 

Your a Couture Cowgirl, Proclaim it Proudly!  And with Style, of course…

2011
May 
18

COUTURE

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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…

2011
Apr 
20

Design America-TEXAS

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Are you ready for a Premier Western Designer event?

Clear your calenders May 6-8 and head to Dallas, TX for Design America! 

The “Texas Teaser” to the left is just a glimpse of one of the many pieces that will be showcased by our very own founder, Meredith Lockhart!  Missy and Sarah will also be there modeling and helping out in her booth. Come and meet us!!

Meredith Lockhart has been a designer for many years creating one of a kind pieces for Country Music stars, Miss Rodeo America Contestants, and many individuals that have a desire for impeccable quality.  Be sure to check out her Design America Video HERE!

Friday Evening, May 6, is the ASTONISHMENT, Preview Gala.  If you are looking for an exclusive experience with a Premier Fashion show and time to meet the artist and shop before the show is opened to the public, this is the night for you!  Tickets for the Preview Gala are $100.

Saturday and Sunday the show opens to the public and you can get into the doors for $20.  Artist will be showcasing items that are museum quality!  The event will be held at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Longhorn Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E .

Get all the information for the event, purchase tickets, and preview all the artist at http://www.designamerica-tx.com/

SOPHISTICATED~WORLD-CLASS~ALL-AMERICAN MADE~BY HAND~BY THE MASTERS

2011
Apr 
5

IRON HORSE

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This is our first release for Spring and Summer here at Couture Cowgirl! The colors are bright and vibrant and just make you feel good. The artwork is nothing short of spectacular and is hand drawn by our very own Meredith Lockhart. The back tattoo image adds a fun twist. Pair it with our Orange handkerchief hem skirt for a fun night out with the girls.  Couture Cowgirl’s love to ride (four legged and iron)…pictured is Couture Cowgirl, Missy’s, Cobalt Blue Iron Horse and Pigwolf’s Pig. 

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Shop this new arrival and our entire Couture Cowgirl line HERE

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

2011
Mar 
2

Mardi Gras

Filed under: Stories — Tags: , , , , , — Missy @ 9:50 am  

I was in Louisiana this past week for a good friends wedding, and didn’t even realize I was flying into New Orleans on the first weekend of Mardi Gras….guess how I found out…… that car rental to Lafayette cost triple the normal rate! Yes, New Orleans was preparing for the rush of people that come to celebrate in a long known tradition in Louisiana. So I asked myself, what do I think of when I think of Mardi Gras? Beads, Parades, Masquerades, Parties…..but did I really know where the tradition originated? NO! So that is the inspiration behind this post and we hope that you all enjoy this as much as we did.

First what are the colors of Mardi Gras and what are their meanings?

Purple-Justice, Green-Faith, Gold-Power

Everywhere I went while in Louisiana this past week was decorated elaborately with these colors! It looked like a purple, green and gold Christmas! I knew about the parades etc, but had no idea that individuals spent so much time decorating their doorways, homes and yards for the event.

Who knows where the first version of Mardi Gras originated?

The celebration we all know about today can trace its history to ancient Rome, where the early Christian church adopted some of the traditions of pagan, pre-Christian, society and mixed them with rituals that had been developed to celebrate Easter. The result was Mardi Gras, which means “Fat Tuesday,” a reference to the custom of partaking in extra food and drink prior to the observance of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting and abstinence that commences with Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras came to America in 1699 with the French explorer Iberville.

Under French rule in the late 1700′s, pre-Lenten masked balls and festivals were common in New Orleans. However, the festivals were banned when New Orleans came under Spanish rule. In Twenty years after New Orleans became under US law the ban was lifted in 1823 when the Creole populace convinced the governor to permit masked balls. In 1827 street masking was again legalized.

The first documented parade was in 1837, however I am sure that it was many years before it took on the elaborate form that we all know today!

While I have always wanted to attend “THE GREATEST FREE SHOW ON EARTH” I never realized all the history and am more interested than ever! So grab your mask and purple, green, and gold and jump on the first plane to New Orleans!


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

2010
Dec 
14

Country Christmas

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By Tena Bastian 

The other day, my daughter sent me a link to a contest being held in association to the new movie, Country Strong. It begged the question, what makes you country strong and your answer was limited to a specific number of characters. My take on it is that being country strong cannot be limited to a few words but rather lived every day in the things we do, the life we live, our faith in God and in ourselves and each other. The ability to take whatever challenges life throws our way and deal with them, to work hard for everything we love and when the sun rises, to wake with enthusiasm and gratitude for that next day and get out of bed and do what we do all over again.

We have all seen our fair share of misfortune through the years, we have been on top of the world and at the bottom of the heap and as the years go by, it seems that one day marks the passing of time more significantly than any other… Christmas. For some, it is filled with time honored tradition that has been carried on through generations. Traditions such as finding the perfect tree, the perfect gift, cookie baking, family bonding, etc. For others, it is a day that measures our success or failures for the entire year. It measures opportunities missed, the people we have lost, the crops that didn’t do as well as they have in other years, etc.  In the average life span, there will be less than 100 Christmases, which makes that day even more special. An entire lifetime of Christmases is approximately as long as one summer.

Christmas time is magical if you really think about it. It holds our most vivid memories of the ones we have loved and lost, It is the time of year when there really feels as though there is hope for better days ahead, the time of year when all differences should be set aside for us to come together and just love each other. Above all else, it marks the day when Jesus was born and it is an excellent time to renew your faith.

I know, I know, the holidays in general can be extremely difficult. The kids are on an extended winter break, the stores are filled with people who aren’t always as nice as you would expect them to be. Money is tight and yet the list of things to spend it on is endless. Christmas cards need to be addressed, presents need to be purchased and wrapped, the weather becomes more challenging as we struggle to accomplish all these tasks. I have one word for you…breathe. Draw on that country strength that you have and just breathe. Look at your list with a new perspective and new appreciation that this Christmas is one of very few in your lifetime and remember what is important. With Christmas less than two weeks away, I wanted to give you some tips that might make it less stressful and more enjoyable.

Begin by looking at your list and marking off anything that you really do not enjoy doing. Either draw a line through it and forget about it or delegate it to your spouse or children. Use that time instead to saddle up your horse and take a ride through the new fallen snow and just breathe. I promise that when you return, the list will seem even more manageable. Shop on line after the kids have gone to bed and do it with a warm fire, soft music and a glass of wine. The first thing to buy is something for yourself that defines comfort; bubble bath, a soft robe, new slippers, whatever defines comfort in your mind. Then, no matter what chaos the weeks ahead may bring, you have that one thing to look forward to, that Fed Ex man pulling in the driveway with YOUR present to yourself.

Take one hour a day when the kids aren’t fighting, the dogs aren’t barking and no one is calling your name and sit down at your desk and hand write some notes to those people who have made a difference in your life during the course of that year. Not one million Christmas cards but a few select personal notes from the heart to tell these people that they made an impact on your life. It not only gives you a chance to really reflect on who made your year better but cuts down the endless list of Christmas cards. If you have a blog, post a summary page of your year and send invitations via email to everyone else inviting them to read it and wish them a Merry Christmas. Post a Merry Christmas on your Facebook page or through Twitter but save those special notes for the special people and really thank them.

Bake one kind of cookie and make a lot of them!  Buy one large roll of wrapping paper , one roll of ribbon and one roll of tape. Then invite a few friends over with their one  kind of cookie, wrapping paper and ribbon and you have accomplished so much. It is time well spent in the company of people you enjoy, presents get wrapped while you visit and at the end of the evening, everyone has a tin full of various cookies because you’ve exchanged their cookies with yours. Even better, have everyone bring the recipe for their cookies and share them with everyone else. Ten years pass and you have a collection of recipes for every Christmas cookie under the sun with memories of each of those people to go with it.

If you have small children, barter for some time to yourself to accomplish the things that you can’t do when they are home. Get four or five friends with children to each pick a day where they have ALL the kids, everyone’s children. Then you pick a day when you have all of them. That one day is going to be long but the good news is that each of you will have four or five days to yourself!

Remember the reason for the season and that your faith is important to you and put it first on your list. Go to church, read your kids the story of the first Christmas, set up a nativity scene with them and explain to them what part each played in that holy night. Sit under the stars with some hot chocolate and tell them about the star that lit up the sky on that glorious night so many years ago. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you don’t get lost in the commercialism of the day and you take time to renew your connection to God and celebrate his son.

I’ve talked before about the existence of a universal subconscious and how we are all tied together in mind and spirit. Find a way to send a positive message into the entire world by smiling at everyone you meet. Wish them a Merry Christmas and mean it. It starts a wave of kindness that ripples through everyone’s lives and it will eventually come back to you tenfold. Give something to someone less fortunate,  lend an ear to someone who needs to be heard, be considerate to those who are going through a rough time in their life. Be kind to yourself. You have to be kind to yourself before you have anything to give to someone else.

We are fortunate enough to live the life that most people only dream of living. We are closer to nature and to God out here in the country and we should never take that for granted. This time of year, especially, we need to count our blessings and be grateful for all we have in our lives. We are country strong in ways that most people can’t even imagine and I for one am grateful for that and for my connection to all of you. So as we come closer to Christmas, regardless of how busy we are, take a few moments to reflect on what we have and who we are and listen to the needs of others and really hear them. Fulfill dreams whenever possible, lift a spirit when a heart is broken, start a ripple effect of joy and watch what happens as a result.

To end this week’s column on a humorous note, I have compiled a list of how to spot a Christmas Cowgirl. Let us know if you fit into this category…

You are a true Christmas Cowgirl if…

1. Your barn is decorated in lights and evergreen.

2. You get excited if the wrapped presents smell like new leather.

3. You know the true reason for the season and never refer to Christmas as X-Mas regardless of how politically correct it may be.

4. Your tree is fresh cut with your chain saw and is hauled home in your pickup truck. Not artificial and not prelit. (Allergies are the only exception)

5. The stockings are hung with care but are hanging on the front of your stalls.

6. The horses and cattle are fed before the presents are opened.

7. You shop at Couture Cowgirl, Tractor Supply, Drysdales, Rod’s Western or Sheplars instead of the mall.

8. Instead of watching the Christmas parade, you deck out your horse and ride in it at least once in your life.

9. You know you will be  sleeping in the new boots for a week in an effort to break them in.

10. Your horse knows ALL the lyrics to ALL the Christmas carols because you sing them at the top of your lungs as you clean the stalls or ride through the woods.

Last but certainly not least…

You know that the American flag is an essential part of your Christmas decorations and it is NOT made in China.

It’s time for Bear and I to get our own tree up and presents wrapped so until next year, from our house to yours, may you have a blessed and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Be present in each moment, remember that the gift is in the giving and be grateful for a starry night, new fallen snow and the horse that meets you at the gate.

Tena Bastian at www.tenabastian.com

2010
Nov 
30

God’s Gifts

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By Tena Bastian 

Try though I may, when I open my mouth and sing, I do not sound like Celine Dion. In my head, I think I will because it sounds so easy for her when she belts out that beautiful song from Titanic but instead, I sink like the ship, not soar like the voice of an angel. That voice, hers, not mine, is nothing less than a gift from God. It draws millions of people to come and want to hear her sing and yet in my house, they offer to pay me to stop singing. (more…)

2010
Nov 
17

Fashionista~Holiday Festivities

Filed under: Style — Tags: , , , , , — Missy @ 11:33 am  

 

Holiday Festivities are just right around the corner and we wanted to show you how to take the number one selling Couture Cowgirl item following the Cody High Style Runway show and make it Holiday Glam!

Start with one of our fun colors in the handkerchief hem skirt that we hand dyed in Mottled Brown, Capri Blue, and Orange.  Pair it with coordinating leggings to keep those legs from catching that winter chill and of course boots from our friends at STETSON.  A fun neutral sweater, so you don’t take away from the mottled effect of the skirts.  Now have fun with those accessories from Couture Cowgirl founders Meredith and Missy!  A belt made by Meredith of Thistles West and jewels made by Missy of Silver Steer Designs add the perfect amount of Holiday Glitz!

We have limited quanities of the handkerchief skirts available for guaranteed Christmas delivery, so be sure to order yours today!

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

Meredith & Missy

2010
Nov 
10

PINK

Filed under: Style — Tags: , , , , , , — Missy @ 12:21 pm  

Couture Cowgirl changed their avatar on Facebook and Twitter to pink letters on black for the month of October, in honor of Breast Cancer Awarness.  We had countless request for a CC tee in the same color.  Then we took a poll on facebook and twitter, and you voted for a black burnout, shortsleeve, with a pink CC logo!

Couture Cowgirl’s, IT’S HERE!  The short sleeve crewneck burnout is adorned with a pink crystal Double CC logo!

We wanted to put together a look for you, so be sure to look for the belt from Thistles West, Jewels from Silver Steer Designs, and Boots from our good friends, STETSON!  Of course you can get Couture Cowgirl Apparel right HERE!

THINK PINK!

Click on any of the pics in the above photo collage and it will take you to the purchase page for the item, or email us at info@couturecowgirl.com for any additional information!

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

Meredith & Missy

2010
Nov 
9

Letting Go

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By Tena Bastian

This week marks the one year anniversary of the loss of our stallion, Beau so I thought it appropriate to give you my take on letting go of the horses and even the people that we have come to know and love. Those who are near and dear to us are like silver threads that are woven into the fabric of our lives. Their presence adds depth to all of the experiences that make our lives complete and their absence creates a hole in that fabric that leaves our hearts with a void that nothing seems to fill. When the silver thread unravels and is removed, the fabric is never as bright as it once was. (more…)

2010
Nov 
3

Dusty

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Dusty

Dusty by Couture Cowgirl featuring belts

This con-GLAM-oration may be our FAVORITE ensemble that walked the CHS 2010 runway! The dusty eggplant, hand-dyed flowing dress set the stage. A fun focal point was the hand embellished CC logo buckle paired with a black belt by Thistles West. The details in the handpainted butterflies on the jacket by Thistles West is breathtaking! We added glitz with the layers of peacock pearls in the necklace’s and earrings by Silver Steer Design. A touch of funky with the large purple turquoise slab ring.

The top and bottom add a touch of class with the impeccable craftsmanship of the hat by Trent of Greeley Hat Works and the boots by STETSON.

Click on the pics for links to purchase or email us at info@couturecowgirl.com for additional information.

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

Meredith & Missy

2010
Oct 
26

The Art of Negotiation

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By Tena Bastian 

Ooooo, what a week it has been! According to her husband, a neighbor woman went for a walk Thursday and she has yet to return. The F.B.I. and the our law enforcement have been searching the ponds, the woods, calling friends and family and yet there is no sign of her. Everyone in the county has been on alert to call if they know anything. It has made national news and is likely the biggest story in Swantucky (Swanton). (more…)

2010
Oct 
13

“Sisterhood”

Filed under: Style — Tags: , , , , , , — Missy @ 9:17 am  

It’s bigger than YOU, it’s bigger than ME, its the Couture Cowgirl Sisterhood! Before we loaded up and headed to the CHS fashion show we gave you a sneak peak of the first item in the new “Sisterhood” Collection! This idea came about when we (Meredith and Missy) were discussing the unbreakable bond between cowgirls all over the world. We have watched as you wrap your arms around a fellow cowgirl, who’s heart is breaking, and give her virtual hugs and words of inspiration. A Cowgirl is the strongest woman in the world, but sometimes life throws us curveballs! How wonderful is it to have the support of so many people!!! We have also watched as you praise and give pats on the back as your fellow cowgirls reach their goals!

This group of Cowgirls is a Sisterhood and we are proud to be a part of it! Or first top in the collection is ironically a “Hoodie” A hoodie makes you feel warm and cozy when you slip it on, and paired with jeans it will take you through all your daily chores!

Headed out on the town? Add a skirt and waist belt and you are ready to knock those Cowboy’s boots off!

 

In addition to the sisterhood celtic sign on the hip we added a crystal CC logo to the front for a fun twist to this modern version of the hoodie!  We love the wide neck line and the “Extra Long” sleeves!

Want the look? 

Top by Couture Cowgirl

Jewelry by Silver Steer Designs

Skirt and Belt by Thistles West

Boots by STETSON

***BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE HUGE SALE GOING ON AT COUTURE COWGIRL THIS WEEK!  THIS HOODIE IS 50% OFF***

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

Meredith & Missy

2010
Oct 
6

It’s all about the STATE OF MIND

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The foundation of Couture Cowgirl has always been more than a brand, it is the STATE OF MIND that defines each and every one of us.  For fall we have introduced a really fun burnout that we dip dyed in one of the hottest colors of the season.  It features the words STATE OF MIND in purple. 

 The background is “A Couture Cowgirl is the girl next door that can drive a tractor, fix a five course meal, watch a baby and still be stylin’. She’s the executive who dreams of wide open spaces. She’s the commuter that would rather be on a horse than the freeway. She loves fashion, she loves the ranch. She is the one who is all woman and can do a man’s job if she needs to. A Couture Cowgirl knows when to walk, when to trot and when to close the gate. She is the it girl, she fixes the fence on the way to town and still looks like a million bucks at dinner.” in silver ink. 

The back left hand shoulder has our Double CC logo and the last line “A Couture Cowgirl is You, Proclaim it Proudly!  And with Style, of course…

Jeans to a skirt and this burnout can take you from Ranch to Runway!

 

 

Purple Dip Dyed Top by Couture Cowgirl

Black Boots by STETSON

Black Fringed Skirt by Thistles West

Purple Necklace by Silver Steer Designs

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

Meredith & Missy

2010
Oct 
5

What’s your COUTURE COWGIRL “BARN NAME”

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Tena Bastian writes a weekly column at Couture Cowgirl called Tena’s Take.  This week her column was titled, “What’s in a Name?”  Make sure to head over and read her enlightful and sometimes humorous take on What’s in a Name and you will see where the idea for this fun name generator came from.

Find out what your COUTURE COWGIRL BARN NAME is by going to http://rumandmonkey.com/widgets/toys/namegen/14086/

 

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

Missy & Meredith

What’s In A Name?

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By Tena Bastian

It’s October? WHAT? So where did September go? The days seem to be going by so quickly in my life lately between caring for the puppies and celebrating the new granddaughter and getting the place ready for winter. I know, you’re probably thinking that I am rushing Fall even mentioning winter at all but I know that if I don’t get things picked up and put away before the Ohio snow starts piling up, I am bound to hit them with the snow blower. Last year, I had to call my son in law to come help me untangle the garden hose from the blades before my hubby came home and saw the twisted metal and mangled rubber. There’s a name for that here; it’s called Murphy’s Law. (more…)

2010
Oct 
1

Couture Cowgirl on the CHS 2010 Runway

Filed under: Style — Tags: , , , , , , , — Missy @ 8:41 am  

Couture Cowgirl hit the runway at Cody High Style September 23, 2010. We wanted to share a small clip with you. The show was so full we had to find a spot upstairs and miss the end of the runway, but ladies that is a great problem to have! Listen to the audience reaction to the line, we are so excited to see what the future has in store for Couture Cowgirl!  Once again, we are beyond grateful to STETSON for providing the boots that these ladies danced down the runway in!

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

2010
Sep 
29

Ranch to Runway

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A staple piece in every Cowgirl’s wardrobe is the all too familiar polo. Couture Cowgirl wanted that staple piece to be something fun that you can’t wait to pull from your closet on a daily basis no matter if you are headed out to the barn or dinner.

Love the front…Wait until you see the back of this polo!   Splatter background with embroidery cross detail in vibrant colors that are perfect for every season.  You will make a statement in this piece! 

 You have made your statement in the barn, now lets show you how to take this look out on the town.  Paired with our hand dyed handkerchief skirt, boots by Stetson, jewelry by Silver Steer Designs, and belt by Thistles West.  You have a killer combination that was seen on the runway at the Cody High Style Runway show last week!

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

Meredith and Missy

2010
Sep 
21

The Housewives of the Horse World

By Tena Bastian 

I read an article the other day in Woman’s Day magazine that said (more…)

2010
Sep 
14

True Colors

Filed under: TenasTake — Tags: , , , , , , , — Missy @ 8:36 am  

By Tena Bastian 

I find it ironic that human nature allows us so many shades of who we are at any given point. Regardless of how wide the spectrum, at some point, our true colors are going to shine through. Whether they are bright and sunny colors or dark and dismal hues, who we are is who we are and try as we may, our true colors are going to shine through eventually. There are times when we amaze ourselves at our strength and perseverance and commitment to others and achieve levels of brilliant colors that we didn’t even know we were aware of having. Then there are those people we meet that for no obvious reason just give us a sense of fear or sorrow or pain. Even the colors with which we choose to surround ourselves is based on our inner colors and the light we give off in our presence.  As Meredith and Missy prepare for their big show in Cody, they can tell you that every person has a “signature color”. (more…)

2010
Sep 
13

Women Who Design the West




 

We are so proud of  our very own Meredith Lockhart as she is honored by being inducted into the STETSON Craftsman Alliance!  Visit her booth at the Women Who Design The West show in Cody September 23-25th.  Get details about Women Who Design the West HERE

Join STETSON on facebook as they countdown to Women Who Design the West! 

STETSON’s Countdown to the Women Who Design the West

“Stetson believes in making things right and the best they can be. In a time when fast and sloppy too often defines the ‘quality ‘of some of the products we buy, it is our privilege to recognize those people, women specifically in this case, who devote themselves to craft and artistry at the highest level and induct them into the Stetson Craftsman’s Alliance. Dedicated to the recognition of craftsmanship across generations, the Craftsman’s Alliance honors the best of the best across multiple disciplines: fashion, jewelry design, leather, furniture, beading, painting and sculpture to name but a few. We are particularly excited to induct these 10 talented women into the Alliance at a ceremony during the prestigious Women Who Design the West event in Cody, Wyoming which will take place from September 23 -25th. Visit www.contemporarywesterndesign.com for more information about this fabulous event and check out the artists’ work.

Honorees:
Diane Ross: Furniture maker
Meredith Lockhart: Fashion designer
Shoni Maulding: Horsehair Hitcher
Suzanne MM Warner: Beader
Candace Roanhorse: Jewelry maker
Audra Draper: Knife Maker
Maegan Crowley: Blacksmith
Jessica Camilla O’Neal: Fashion designer
Amber Jean: Wood Carver
Clair Kehrberg: Saddlemaker and handbag designer

Meredith Lockhart, a Stetson Craftsman’s Alliance honoree is featuring Stetson boots on the runway at her fashion show during the Women Who Design the West event in Cody, Wyoming. She selected 11 styles to complement her designs. We thought you’d enjoy counting down to the big event, well….step by step!”

Make sure to tell Meredith Congratulations on this honor and follow her Couture lines on facebook.  Thistles West, Merezia, and of course Couture Cowgirl!

We would again like to thank STETSON for providing the boots for  Couture Cowgirl and Thistles West during the 2010 Cody High Style and Boot Scootin’ Boogie Runway Shows! 

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

 

 

 
2010
Sep 
8

Feeling Rosey

Filed under: Style — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Missy @ 9:19 am  

We have been giving you sneak peeks of what will be gracing the Cody High Style Runway this September in the Couture Cowgirl line, so today we wanted to share a piece that we are both very excited about!

This design is original artwork by the talented Meredith Lockhart, screen printed and hand shaded by Missy Unruh. The girls have combined their talents for a  unique stunning piece.

Roses are making an appearence everywhere you look in the upcoming seasons fashion and this is how we Couture Cowgirlized the elegant rose!  Hope you enjoyed this sneak peek and we can’t wait to share the design in its entirety this month!

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

2010
Sep 
7

The Winds of Change

Filed under: TenasTake — Tags: , , , , , , , — Missy @ 7:40 am  

By Tena Bastian

This past week has been a really tough one for some people I know. A mother lost a son, a young man lost his brother, a friend moved back home after losing her house to the bank and as we leave summer and head into Fall, life always changes a bit for everyone. Some of the changes are more heartbreaking and drastic than others and my heart goes out to all of those who are dealing with really difficult times. (more…)

2010
Sep 
1

Go West

Filed under: Style — Tags: , , , , — Missy @ 11:30 am  

“Go West”  Is a simple phrase defined by Stetson as, “The longing to leave behind the everyday and set out for parts unknown.”  John B Stetson heeded that call 140 years ago when he created the brand we all know as STETSON, the number one brand in this country!  Couture Cowgirl has had an amazing relationship with Stetson since its debut wearing their jeans in the first photo shoot. 

 As the Cody High Style runway show approaches, STETSON is the go to choice for fun, high quality, classic boots.  Ginger Wallace has been amazing to work with and shipped boots our way today to be modeled with Couture Cowgirl and Thistles West at the 2010 CHS!  We couldn’t be more appreciative of everything Stetson has done for us!!!  Let’s get all you Couture Cowgirl’s in a pair of Stetson’s today!

Stetson Women's Eagle Cowboy Boots - Pointed Toe

Stetson women's black cross inlay western boot - pointed toe

 

Stetson Women's Cross Stonewashed Western Boot - Pointed Toe

We found a few HOT boots from STETSON to share with today….but we were careful not to share the boots we picked for the runway show. 

Thank You again Ginger!  We appreciate everything you have done for us and for your friendship!

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

Meredith and Missy

2010
Aug 
31

My Virtual Vacation

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By Tena Bastian

My friend Gina, who is single and loves to travel suggested that we just get in the car and drive to Miami and take a vacation. As tempting as it may be, I had to pass. I’ve never really taken a successful vacation. Oh sure, we have visited friends in Nashville or caught a night or two at the family cottage on the lake which has now been sold. I have flown to my friend Holly’s ranch in Oklahoma where we drank Firefly vodka and played with the cow babies and caught up on each other’s lives. I adore Holly and Chad and they make you feel like you are right at home but Oklahoma in July can be challenging.   I’ve spent time with my buddy Kelly at their ranch in Texas working cattle and mohair goats but the problem with that is that after a day or two, you’re too tired to move and tend to smell like the goats.  I’ve seen over half the country through promoting my books and presenting seminars however, I will let you in on a little secret about that… it is not quite as glamorous as it may seem. The problem with seeing the country via Equine Expos is that all you really see is the airport, the hotel and the convention center that, believe it or not, looks identical to the last airport, hotel and convention center. You get up early, spend your day being shuffled around to seminars and book signing sessions and although I have felt incredibly blessed to do what I do for a living, it is work and when you get home, you feel like you need to sleep for a week. (more…)

2010
Aug 
25

Grunge… Couture Cowgirlized

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Our grunge tee hit the market as one of the original Couture Cowgirl pieces and we love the grunge design so much we are debuting a new version of the tee on the  Cody High Style runway this September!  We are going to give you a peek of the original artwork by Couture Cowgirl Meredith Lockhart that is screened on the tee.  Like we said, this is just a sneak peek so you will have to wait until this fall to see the whole design come together!  It will be paired with a fabulous dyed skirt that is sure to knock your boots right off!

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

Missy & Meredith

2010
Aug 
24

School Daze

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By Tena Bastian

I know it is difficult to believe and yet here we are sending the kids back to school. Yes, here we are saying goodbye to the carefree days of summer and rounding up the barefoot wild renegades that we call our children and setting the alarm clock for some ungodly hour so we can get up and fight them every step of the way while they hate us because they have to go back to school. We have spent the second half of the summer wasting our days in Wal-Mart or Target or the mall buying them school clothes that they will eventually refuse to wear, school supplies that they don’t really want, lunch boxes just so they can insist on buying their lunches, and counting down the days until the dreaded “first day” of school.  Have I worn you out yet? Let’s move on… (more…)

2010
Aug 
11

Couture Cowgirl Hits the Runway

Filed under: Style,Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Missy @ 3:04 pm  

One year ago in September, Meredith Lockhart and Missy Unruh met face to face in Cody WY.  Meredith was attending Cody High Style and Style West with her well known line Thistles West.  Missy was on her first road trip with Silver Steer Boutique.  The ladies enjoyed dinners and conversations about fashion.  This lead to months of phone calls, an unbelievable friendship and soon a partnership that you all know as Couture Cowgirl.

Guess what, it is almost September and Couture Cowgirl has been invited to walk the runway in the prestigious Cody High Style fashion show!  Our fall designs are coming together in jewel tones with a little added splash of  color that will keep summer close all year around.   You will also be able to purchase Couture Cowgirl fashions in downtown Cody, WY in a storefront next door to the famous Irma Hotel.  (Meredith and Missy enjoyed an unbelievable prime rib dinner at the Irma last year!)

We hope that you all will purchase your plane tickets or jump in the truck for a road trip to see an amazing collection of western fashions, jewelry and home furnishings all in one place! The Cody High Style Fashion show will take place September 22 at the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum.  Style West begins September 23 and goes through the 25th!

We love this Couture Cowgirl ensemble and you will see it on the runway in September!  Everything else is a surprise and you will have to visit us in Cody to see the new designs unveiled!  (Or patiently wait for us to post pictures here on CC)

Check out all the exhibitors, including Couture Cowgirl,  in the Cody High Style Runway Show at http://www.bbhc.org/events/codyhighstyle/fasion/

Also make sure to visit Style West coordinated by Thea Marx!  Meredith will be there with her couture apparel line, Thistles West! http://stylewest.wordpress.com/

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

2010
Aug 
4

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…”

 

2010
Jul 
23

CC Gets a Little Funky!

Filed under: Style,Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — Missy @ 11:49 am  

Couture Cowgirl added a little Funky to our STATE OF MIND design with an aqua zebra print burnout!  This is a VERY limited edition piece.  We will offer two of each size S through XL and when they are gone…they are GONE!  In a subliminal effect behind the STATE OF MIND frame is our defining words written by the talented Thea Marx of Contemporary Western Design.

“A Couture Cowgirl is the girl next door that can drive a tractor and still be stylin’. She’s the executive who dreams of wide open spaces. She’s the commuter that would rather be on a horse than the freeway. She loves fashion, she loves the ranch. She is the one who is all woman and can do a man’s job if she needs to. A Couture Cowgirl knows when to walk, when to trot and when to close the gate. She is the it girl, she fixes the fence on the way to town and still looks like a million bucks at dinner. “

The back shoulder is screen printed with the double CC logo and the last line of our definition!  “A Couture Cowgirl is You, Proclaim it Proudly!  And with Style, of course…”

Get a little funky and reserve yours today for $33.95!  Email the gals at Couture Cowgirl  info@couturecowgirl.com

2010
Jul 
22

Couture Cowgirl Has You Covered!

Filed under: Style,Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Missy @ 11:19 am  










This is an elegant piece that has versatility unmatched by any in its class!  Headed out on the town?  Wear this fun sundress with your favorite boots and pair with fun chunky jewels!  Headed to the beach?  Wear this as a cover up and you will turn heads!  How about to a classy dinner?  Wear as a skirt paired with a blouse and you are dressed to kill!

This sundress/skirt combo is hand dyed a beautiful coral.  Then embroidered with turquoise barbwire and a rowel with the CC logo at the hem.

Dressed to kill and ready to have a nice glass of Sangria by the beach!  Check out today’s recipe here at Couture Cowgirl!  HERE











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

2010
Jul 
21

As a Butterfly Flutters By…

Filed under: Style,Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Missy @ 11:46 am  



We are ecstatic to share the newest piece in the Couture Cowgirl line!  Do you remember when we asked you to vote for the color that you would like to see on a Couture Cowgirl piece?  You voted for Indigo, and it was a fabulous choice!  This figure flattering twisted front tee is hand dyed indigo, that was the easy part because you took care of that for us!  Now the decision of what to put on this piece…  Meredith and Missy spent a long time trying to decide on the perfect design and their love of butterflies solved the next piece in the puzzle!  The butterfly represents a peaceful side of the cowgirl.  How many of you enjoy a second to watch as a butterfly flutters by in the hay meadow or graces the heads of wheat?  The ladies behind CC find joy in these beautiful creatures and wanted to include them in the design!  Now for the last part…how to make it COUTURE COWGIRL?  Look closely at the detail in the butterfly wings and you will find hidden Couture Cowgirl C’s!  The embroidery detail is in ice violet and jade lime.

Love the look of the faded indigo and jade lime skirt, this hand dyed beauty is also going to be a new addition to the CC line!  It is graced with crystal accents for a little extra sparkle!

This shirt looks equally beautiful with a pair of your favorite jeans to add a little class to the daily wardrobe!  This is a favorite of the gals behind CC and we are sure it will be a favorite of yours!

 

 

Above we told you about the hidden Couture Cowgirl C’s in the design of the butterflies, we added a close up of the hip design and the shoulder design, lets see if you can find them!



















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

2010
Jul 
14

STATE OF MIND

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

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

2010
Jul 
8

Blackened Fish

Filed under: Cooking — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Missy @ 10:41 am  
2010
Jul 
1

Microwave Banana Pudding

2010
Jun 
22

The Horses We Love, The Lessons We Learn / Between The Pages

Filed under: TenasTake — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , — Missy @ 9:36 am  

By Tena Bastian

A couple of years ago, I sat down and decided to share some stories about the horses that have touched our lives and all that they taught my family and I about love, loss, friendship, competition, learning from our mistakes, etc. The Horses We Love, The Lessons We Learn would be stories that anyone who has ever known the joy of loving a horse, any horse could relate to regardless of whether they knew me or not. They would be stories that would remind the seasoned professional of a lesson they once learned from a horse and teach the reader that never had the privilege of knowing a horse why we dedicate our lives to them. While writing the stories, the book was purchased by Wiley publishing and together, we would begin the process of choosing twenty two chapters that we all felt would strike a familiar chord with anyone who cared to pick up the book and read it. (more…)

2010
Jun 
9

Dyeing to tell you about…

Filed under: Style — Tags: , , , , , , — Missy @ 11:35 am  
2010
Jun 
8

The House That Built Me

Filed under: TenasTake — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — Missy @ 9:12 am  

By Tena Bastian

I heard a song by Miranda Lambert a few weeks back that really hit home for me then but yesterday, as we drove through our neighborhood and saw firsthand, the damage caused by the tornadoes that went through, I felt  a stronger connection to that song. One of these tornadoes hit a mile or so from my own house. Not only was our State Forest damaged with hundreds of trees snapped off as though they were toothpicks but folks were standing near leveled houses looking toward the sky with fear of another storm. NW Ohio was hit hard and what was left behind was worst than anything I had ever experienced. I was sad for the loss of all their hard work but also I felt blessed that our own home went completely undamaged. Phone calls and emails started pouring in from all over the country who had seen the devastation and wanted to know if we were all right. Three of the calls came from friends in tornado alley who know how damaging these storms can be. A house, our home tells the story of who we are and what we have worked for and when it is destroyed, it takes a piece of us with it. (more…)

2010
Jun 
7

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.

(more…)

2010
Jun 
1

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

READ COUTURE COWGIRL STATE OF MIND CAMPAIGN SUBMISSIONS in the FEATURES!

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…)

2010
May 
31

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…)

2010
May 
26

Love It, Hate It…You told us if YOU would wear it!

Filed under: Style — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Missy @ 9:40 am  
2010
May 
25

Destiny and What Could Have Been

Filed under: TenasTake — Tags: , , , , , , — Missy @ 10:11 am  

By: Tena Bastian

Destiny is an interesting turn of events that leads you where you’re supposed to be in life. It’s sort of like a recipe that consists of all the ingredients that are added along the way whether by your own hand or by the hand of fate. The recipe has a cup of free will, a cup of luck, a dash of what you learn as you go and a pinch of preparation; and as with any recipe, a little salt and a little sugar for flavor. Destiny is what it is and although there are choices to make along the way that may sway our destiny one way or another, the one thing that shall remain true is that at one point in our life, we will come face to face with our destiny. (more…)

2010
May 
18

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…)

2010
May 
11

If A Tree Falls

Filed under: TenasTake — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Missy @ 8:35 am  

By: Tena Bastian

“If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it fall, does it make a sound?”

The answer to this age old question is a resounding YES. It has occurred to me that we are all here to do whatever it is that is important to us. Our passion for all things is like that tree. Even if we think that our passion, our life’s calling matters to no one, it does. Although it may not seem like it at the time, everything we do in this world, every effort we make affects someone in some way. My take on it is that we can’t control the outcome of our actions and we have no control on how it will change the lives of others but if we believe in what we do for the pure sake of doing it and doing it well, it will change the world in some way. Let me give you an a couple of examples. (more…)

2010
May 
10

Fashion is All About Individuality!

Filed under: Style — Tags: , , , , — Missy @ 10:17 am  

We asked, you voted, and the results are in!

Couture Cowgirl’s believe that fashion is all about individuality, and we couldn’t agree with you more! That being said, we have a fun survey coming this week to see what YOU would wear!  (more…)

2010
May 
4

Cowboy: The Ultimate Guide to Living Like a Great American Icon

Matt Pellegrini found himself pondering the question, “I wonder if anyone knew that cowboys even existed anymore, and, if they did, what did they do?

This is where the Journey of COWBOY began!  Matt Pellegrini and Celebrity Host of CMT’s Cowboy U, Rocco Wachman team up to bring you COWBOY; The Ultimate Guide to Living Life Like a Great American Icon.  This is the first book to explore through a pop-culture lens, the many facets of cowboy life.  It is a fresh take on all things Cowboy, with a kick of humor.

You will explore what defines a Cowboy, is it dress? work? culture? lore? history?  Or is it something you cannot see or hear, but something that comes from deep within?  COWBOY presents an insiders look on topics such as ranching, rodeo, chuck wagon cooking, cowboy music, country and western dancing, and we know the most important, the cowboy spirit! (more…)

Life’s Own Rhythm

Filed under: TenasTake — Tags: , , , , , , — Missy @ 6:18 am  

By

 Tena Bastian

I wish I had known then what I know now.

 It is amazing how many times we say that in the course of one lifetime and we all know that hindsight is 20 /20. Experience is something that can’t be bought, sold, inherited, traded or even given as a gift and yet the knowledge we gain from experience is priceless. I recently attempted to explain to someone who is younger, how the rhythm of life works and from the look on their face, I realized that it isn’t a lesson that we can share because each of us have to learn it in our own time.  There is a natural rhythm to life that allows us to learn what we need to know as we go along. Because of this, we will make mistakes and we will stumble but we are supposed to stumble along the way. That is what makes us remember the lesson the next time we need it. The unfortunate thing is that by the time we have learned our lessons and gained our experience, we are older. We are wiser yes, but still, that youth would have complimented the knowledge and experience so well! (more…)

2010
Apr 
27

The Cowgirl Posse

By Tena Bastian

Cowgirls are amazing women! We are strong and resourceful and hard working and when we get an idea in our heads, we run with it. When you put a bunch of Cowgirls together on a project, there is no telling what we can accomplish. Each of us has our own amazing talent and each of us has a circle of close friends with talents of their own. To harness those talents and to take all of those individual circles and bring them together in one place is like harnessing all of the elements in the universe to work together for a common cause. The good news is that we are about to do just that! (more…)

2010
Apr 
21

Western Fashion, Breaking Boundaries

Filed under: Gallery,Style — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Missy @ 6:00 pm  

Western Design has been sweeping mainstream fashion and gracing the runways this season.  As designers, the ladies behind Couture Cowgirl love watching companies like D&G, Ralph Lauren, Moschino, etc pull inspiration from our lifestyle into their designs.  (more…)

2010
Apr 
19

Copper Fashion

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2010
Apr 
6

Cowgirl for Congress

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Cowgirl For Congress
By Tena Bastian

It is obvious to me how the political climate in this country has moved into an extremely volatile state. The economy has sunk to such a low point with unemployment rising to near record numbers and the cost of everything is sky rocketing. Less money to spend and higher prices is enough to make any of us depressed. The equine industry is not immune to the negative changes in the economy. Not only is the average horse bringing less money and breeding programs are suffering but with the price of hay, feed and vet bills continuing to rise, it is becoming more difficult to feed the horses we keep while earning less of an income. (more…)

2010
Apr 
1

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!

 

 

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2010
Mar 
15

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

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“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

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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

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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

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Couture Cowgirl

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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…