Must Haves

The Prerequisites To Cowgirl Fashion

It depends on the girl, really.

First and foremost feminine clothing is a prerequisite, but on a binary scale rather than a continuum.

A woman wearing something that is distinctly femininely cut will be more attractive, than one wearing something that is neutral or distinctly unfeminine and cut for a man e.g. baggy clothing or distinctly men’s clothes.

Though a little clarification is called for her. If two women are wearing feminine clothes the more feminine looking one isn’t necessarily going to look better.

It is important to understand when it comes to particular attractive outfits, I think the female version of the man in a suit is the woman in the black dress with nice heels or boots, with a minor emphasis on accessories and makeup to high light it.

I’m also quite partial to opaque or interestingly patterned leggings, but that’s getting more specific to your own tastes.

For more casual wear in the summer a nice sundress is hard to beat.

But when the weather gets cooler tight low cut jeans tucked into stylish boots tends to look best. You can really combine this with any feminine top. But for the best effects the top should highlight your assets like your waist, hips, bust, or neck.

My New Fire Pit

The idea of living without a fire pit is really hard to imagine. I just couldn’t do it I think. I love cooking outside and I love sitting around the pit and just relaxing. There is something primal about it.

Now I find myself in an interesting situation.

I have need of both an outdoor fire-pit and a charcoal/wood-burning grill at my new home. I have come across the Cowboy Cauldron “Urban Cowboy” as a potential solution to both issues. Since space is a consideration that I have now.

Why I’m Interested

While the build quality seems solid, the asking price is high ($1,750 shipped is a downside but an upside for quality).

These product’s are sturdy, attractive design, it being elevated above the ground as to not scorch patio/grass, and its versatility (portability, ability to cook in the vessel) all appeal to me.

I have looked into sourcing the elements to this product individually: a cast iron pot, a tripod, and a cooking grate. Similarly sized cast iron pots I have found run over $450 shipped, most campfire tripods I have found seem flimsy in comparison, and I am concerned that whatever cooking grate I am able to find would not be a good fit for the basin/pot.

Now I need to answer these question before I make the investment.

  1. Does this product represent good value?
  2. Am I better off purchasing individual elements/having a local metal shop build some of them for me?
  3. Am I too much a cowgirl for my own good for even considering this solution?

Learned Young About Boots

I learned at a young age to take care of your feet, and that meant that you had to have the right boots on your feet. I love all types of boots, and cowboy boots are great, but not always practical for all types of work.

My father worked 23+ years in the construction business.

This is as much his story as it is mine.

When he first started work in construction his foreman looked at his feet and said: “Word to the wise, when you get your first paycheck you should ditch those boots, get yourself a pair of Red Wings. I know that they are expensive, but son you’ll thank me.”

At first he hesitated, they were a big chunk of money and he was raising a family so he couldn’t justify buying the boots. It went like that for a couple of years, he went through a lot of boots during that time.

Then he looked at what he had spent, and realized he had gone through three pairs of Rew Wings during those years.

After that he wore nothing but Red Wing workboots for the next 20 years.

Normally he’d keep 2 pairs, he didn’t need more

One of the pairs was insulated for winter work. The other pair was for the rest of the year.

He was on his feet all day every day.

The only part that got worn down was the sole. And on average, I think that he said that he would have them resoled every other year, and replace them after four or five years.

I took his advice when I needed a pair of boots and I can say that they are a good boot. But in recent years we have noticed a couple of problems that keep coming up. One of them was inconsistent sizing, but we also had some weird quality issues, and their world class waterproofing just didn’t hold up any more. I also had some seams that would blow out.

Really just all sorts of things.

I could always take them back, I know, but I generally never return boots that I have gotten broken in.

My dad now only wears boots by Allegiance Footwear.

They are a small, family-owned and operated company located in the mountains of Tennessee.

For what it is worth they sell simple handmade, solid, workboots that are comfortable even straight out of the box. They also look good, and like the Red Wings of old can truly take a beating.

My last pair cost $120.

It’s a little more if you do a custom order or need steel toes or something. But in general the price is in my budget for a quality work boot.

Something Every Cowgirl Needs

Advice, get a gift certificate to Cavanders or somewhere that sells cowgirl boots near you. Then, take her with you to try them on/pick them out. Boots are all very particular. You could try on 3 or 4 different pairs all in the same style and brand, and have them fit differently, even though they’re all the same size. I still haven’t found a pair that fits properly.

Rods Western is also good, their website is just www.rods.com they’ve got a ton of stuff and quite a few pairs at or under $100.

Most of my wardrobe looks like average clothes though. I don’t think I need to dress like I am taking part in a rodeo for people to understand that I am country.

In fact most things can be placed in one of these categories:

  • Tight jeans
  • Yoga pants
  • Cardigan sweaters
  • Baseball cap with a ponytail through the back
  • Blazer with white undershirt and jeans
  • Knee length dresses
  • Halter top and jeans
  • Boy shorts