Many of the items in our boutique are handmade and made with natural stones. We want to share these stones with you and a description of how they can support you. These ancient stones from mother earth are available to you in our stone collection.
Turquoise is one of the oldest protection amulets and was also known as a symbol of wealth in many ancient cultures. Strength, protection from harm, psychic sensitivity and connection to the spirit world. It is considered to be a bridge between Heaven/Sky and Earth, grounding us while still remaining open to Spirit. Many Native American cultures believe Turquoise helps to connect the mind to the infinite possibilities of the Universe. Turquoise is a symbol of friendship and stimulates romantic love. Turquoise is a purification stone; it dispels negative energy and can be worn to protect against outside influences.
Protection, healing, and calming. Agate enhances creativity and strengthens the intellect, making it a beneficial stone for both students and artists. It is also known as a good luck stone. Energetically, it is considered to give strength in both battles and physically.
Jasper, solid and earthy in form has a gentle warmth that seems to resonate from the soil itself. It comes in many colors form a deep green of an oak tree to an orange seemingly from the desert sands at sunset. Jasper’s energy is almost primal in the way it echoes with each of us, its strength is slow and steady, like the growing of trees. Jasper enables us to be present in the now, to really feel grounded which in turn helps to keep our feet firmly on the floor. Jasper encourages time to reflect, be at one with nature and really see what is right in front of us. They are nurturers; bringing grounding and stability, making you feel comfortable and secure which enables us to connect better to all living things. Jasper has a strong association with the Earth’s energy, it is the spirit stone of courage and wisdom whilst bringing strength to those who utilize it.
Howlite is predominantly a calming stone. It will aid in sleeping, calming the overactive mind, eases insomnia, dreaming, dream retention and stress relief. Physically, it calms the whole body and releases muscle tension. It eliminates pain brought about by stress.
Stimulates wisdom and good judgment in the practical world. Lapis Lazuli is a powerful crystal for activating the higher mind and enhancing intellectual ability. It stimulates the desire for knowledge, truth, and understanding, and aids the process of learning. It is excellent for enhancing memory.
Lava Rock is easily the oldest and most abundant stone in the world. It literally comes from the core of the earth -fiery brimstone that bubbles to the surface and cools. Once the stone is cool, it becomes porous and black.
Lava stones carry energetic qualities and have been used for their healing properties.
Emotional- Since lava is known for its grounding qualities, it’s wonderful for calming the emotions. In fact, the quality of fire springs from the ground, so in terms of healing gems, this lends itself to a calming- but intense- energy. Because it comes from raw energy, it’s considered to be a stone of rebirth and shedding unneeded layers of emotional attachment.
Spiritual- Lava stones are fantastic for stabilizing and grounding the root chakra. This is because of the strong connection to the earth and its creation within the center of Earth. In folk remedies, it was also given to soldiers to help them remain calm during battle.
Amazonite tempers aggression tames the irrational and stills the disquiet. It provides harmony and balance.
Called the Stone of Courage and the Stone of Truth, Amazonite empowers one to search the self and discover one’s own truths and integrity. Amazonite soothes the chakras and aligns the physical body with the etheric. It is particularly rejuvenating to the Heart and Throat Chakras. Amazonite assists in communicating one’s true thoughts and feelings without over-emotionalism. It also enables one to see a problem from another’s point of view in order to affect peace. As a support stone, Amazonite aids in overcoming loneliness, and has been credited with making married life happier
Pearls help to bring centering, calming reflection, as well as attune the wearer to the ebb and flow of life. They give purity, promote faith, charity and integrity. Due to its watery and lunar elements, they have a balancing effect on emotions. Spiritually, pearl soothes and heals the negativity and struggles in your life by surrounding negative energy with Light.
Hematite helps to absorb negative energy and calms in times of stress or worry. Hematite is a very protective stone and is great to carry to help you stay grounded in many situations. Hematite is also good for working with the Root Chakra, helping to transform negative energies into a more positive vibration.
Choose different stones, patterns, and colors to pair with your favorite outfits.
Since each natural stone is unique (just like you ❤️), colors and shape will vary slightly from earring to earring, making this beautiful handmade item truly one of a kind.
Shop for natural stone jewelry here.
The Bracelet has been a large part of our daily dose of jewelry for a long time now. They have been a status symbol, a reflection of our style and even a small glimpse into the person we are striving to become.
Wearing them for decoration and status started thousands of years ago. We’ve come a long way since the first Native American women started decorating their arms with pieces of bone and shell.
In today’s society, we are bombarded with choices, we can wake up in the morning and decide that today we are going to be a career girl by delicately draping on a classy bracelet, perfect for the office. Later, we get home, throw our shoes off, slip on our favorite jeans and t-shirt twinned with our Halona Heart Bracelet and become a sultry cowgirl by nightfall.
What about the trend you're seeing on the streets? The stackable bracelet...
Here is a style that allows us to recycle our old, much-loved bracelets of times gone by and pair them - or even multi-stack them - with new deliciously subtle, or delightfully extravagant bracelets of our future. It is inexpensive, organic and it can change from day to day, even hour to hour, depending on your mood or destination.
So how to get the right look for you?
Well, that’s easy, start trying them on together! Start off with what you feel comfortable with, as your confidence grow’s with matching styles and themes so will the size of your layers. Have fun with it and make sure your style evolves from day to day.
Wrap Bracelets are a great way to start off, they come in different sizes and colors so you can choose the perfect balance of bracelets for you.
Try looking at West Coast Cowgirl for some design ideas.
Pair a wrap with a beaded bracelet or friendship bracelet to give it that layered look. Choose different sizes, patterns, and colors, try using different materials and shapes.
Most of all have fun with it and don’t forget to add a little you with every layer!
This time of year is packed full of holiday gatherings. There are work parties, get-togethers among friends, and neighborhood gatherings. Don’t arrive empty-handed to your next holiday cocktail party. Find some creative and whimsical ideas from the list below.
Wine Glass Charms
These adorable wine glass charms will ensure no one forgets where they placed their wine glass. Plus, they’re cute and make fun conversation starters.
Erasable Wine Glass Markers - Even better, let everyone write their own names with these erasable wine glass markers. This set in particular comes in 5 colors. The marker dries in minutes and can be easily washed off with soap and water.
Cookie Mixes in a Jar - You can now purchase these at your local grocery store, but why not make your own? Follow the instructions for this Chocolate Peppermint Cookies in a Jar mix and surprise your host with her own jar of ready-made Christmas cookies.
Personalized Cork Coasters - These are fun and creative way to show appreciation to your host. You can purchase monogrammed cork coasters or make your own quite easily from supplies you can find at your local craft and DIY store.
DIY Herb or Spice Blends - A few glass jars, some recipes from Pinterest, and you have a homemade gift idea that is unique and delicious. Short on time? Wrap up spice or herb gift boxes. You can find various ones for every budget and any occasion.
Board Games - Think Jenga, Sorry, or Clue - a classic game that may bring back some favorite childhood memories. If your host and hostess have children, include a game for them like Candy Land or Headbandz.
Downton Abbey Wine Glasses - This is a perfect gift for that Downton Abbey fan! These wine glasses come in a set of 4, each with a different quote from the beloved character, Lady Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham.
Personalized Ornaments - Many local craft fairs feature homemade Christmas ornaments that can be personalized, especially this time of year. If you’re crafty you can also choose from one of these ideas and make one specifically for your host and their family.
Which of these ideas would you bring to your next holiday cocktail party? What ideas would you add to this list?
When was the last time you spoiled yourself with a ladies night out? Here at West Coast Cowgirl we are all about making you feel special, whether it’s through wearing beautiful jewelry or treating yourself with a new handbag. There are also many other fun and creative ways to pamper yourself. Check out the ideas below and begin planning your next Ladies Night out today.
Grab the fondue pot out of the back of your cupboard and enjoy dipping and eating the night away. There are several fondue recipes you can find on Pinterest. You can also come up with your own ideas such as fruit and white chocolate, pretzels and dark chocolate, or cubed bread and cheese.
Even if you didn’t live through the 80’s you can still enjoy them! Dress up in your favorite bright pink clothes and bold color styles. Rat your hair, wear those large hoop earrings, and place your favorite bangle bracelets on your wrists. Now you’re ready for a night of dancing and cocktails.
Paint & Sip Party
Have you heard of these painting parties? They seem to be all over the place these days. Everyone gathers at one person’s home and they enjoy a relaxing night of painting and sipping wine. Gather supplies, or have each lady bring a set of their own supplies, open a bottle of bubbly and enjoy the evening.
This is a more traditional ladies night but still an old favorite. You can choose a theme or simply have different options available like a foot bath, face masks, and hand scrubs.
The possibilities are endless with this theme. Choose a romantic comedy, spooky horror, or action/adventure. Grab a few bags of popcorn, pour your favorite soda, and relax in front of the TV.
Cupcake Decorating Bar
Who doesn’t enjoy a sweet treat? Set up your own cupcake bar. Bake a couple dozen cupcakes a few days ahead of the event. Each lady can bring their favorite cake topping - frosting, chocolate candies, sprinkles, crushed pretzels, gummy candy, and the like. Divide the cupcakes out among the ladies and begin creating.
Which ladies night out would you enjoy the best?
With Fall now in full swing, colder months are right around the corner. Many of us have already swapped our summer wardrobe for our more appropriate cool weather clothing. We also shop for new accessories such as longer necklaces to wear with sweaters, belts to wrap around our cool weather jackets, and hats to keep the cold wind off our face.
What about our skin care routine? The changing weather, from hot and sweaty to cold and drafty, can cause damage to our skin. We want to not only look good, but feel good with that new wardrobe, those new accessories, and yes, even our soft, smooth, and bright skin. Below are 8 of my top tips for taking care of your skin during the cold Autumn months.
Revisit your body cleanser. It’s time to say goodbye to soap. It can leave your skin feeling dry and tight. Use a creamy body wash or a soap-free hydrating cleanser instead.
Exfoliate with an oil-based scrub. There are so many of these scrubs available now. Find one that is hydrating and can be used a few times a week. Bonus if you find a scent you absolutely adore.
Trade lotion for cream. You will most likely need to moisturize your skin each and every day. Choose a body cream rather than a lotion. The best time to apply is right after the shower as soon as you’ve dried off with a towel. This locks the moisture in for even smoother softer skin.
Re-think your facial cleanser. Weather changes can cause someone with oily skin to now have dry patches on their face. Change your facial cleanser according to the needs of your skin. It can be a daunting task to decide which product is best for you. Do some research or ask someone at a beauty counter what they suggest.
Don’t forget the sunscreen. Although it’s now cooler outside, it does not mean you skip the sunscreen. In the fall months, we’re still outside enjoying the cooler weather. Always apply sunscreen before leaving your home.
Feet need skin care too. Your feet are now inside socks, shoes, and boots all day long. Find a foot scrub that you can use a few times a week while in the shower. Moisturizing your feet with body cream directly after showering can help lock that moisture in as well.
Stock up on the hand cream. Be sure to have hand cream in your purse or in your car, available where you can use it as needed. You are most likely washing your hands even more now, due to the cold and flu season. Hand cream will help keep those hands nice and moisturized.
What some of your favorite skin care tips for the Fall season?
Belts have become one of the newest fashion trends for this season, especially western-inspired pieces. You can spot many celebrities wearing them to accessorize their favorite outfits - skinny jeans, skirts, dresses, sweaters, and even jackets. West Coast Cowgirl has the perfect new belts to help you add creativity and fun to your own unique fashion style. Not only can belts help you keep things in place, they are also meant to flatter your figure and complete your favorite fall and winter outfits.
Here are 8 ways to use belts to accessorize your favorite styles.
- Use a belt like the Criollo Silver Belt to smooth the area where a shirt is tucked into a skirt or pair of pants. This will not only smooth out those unseemly lumps but also add a sense of style to a more common look.
- Wear a belt around your hips, with a loose-fitting untucked shirt or a straight-line dress. The braided no-buckle design of the Giara Tasseled Belt would be perfect for this style, as you can tie it around your waist, making it as loose or as snug as you’d like.
- When layering your outfit with a longer sweater, like a boyfriend cardigan, add the Advika Leather Belt. Wear this accessory, available in 4 colors, over your cardigan to add definition and style to your layered outfit.
- Break up the style of a solid colored dress by adding the Landais Belt to your ensemble. The thick style of this belt, which comes in 4 colors, is a traditional way to dress up a more simple and classic trend.
- Notch and loop a skinny belt, such as the Kiso Leather Belt, with a pair of business casual trousers or to dress up a pair of your favorite weekend jeans. Don’t underestimate this simple piece. It adds a bit of flash with silver buckles worked around the length of the belt.
- A large wide belt is the perfect accessory for those cooler fall days. The Morgan Leather Belt, is available in either brown or black, featuring a large jade stone in the middle of a beautiful brass buckle. Wrap this piece around your waist, on the outside of your fall jacket or light winter coat.
- For those casual weekend outings, wear the Breton Silver Flower Belt with your favorite tunic and leggings outfit. You can set the belt to your desired length and style, while showcasing the beauty of the silver flower links.
- We can’t forget the most common yet classic style of a western-inspired belt with your favorite pair of jeans. Our Mustang Belt in both brown and black is the perfect accompaniment for your comfortable and casual denims.
As you can see there are countless ways to wear the unique fashion style of belts, particularly western belts.
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Who doesn’t love a new fall wardrobe? This month we continue to feature our new dress line, with 8 new dresses, just in time for the cooler season.
You all know how much we love horses at West Coast Cowgirl. We chose the Horse Medicine Program in Boulder, CO, for this second dress shoot. Medicine Horse Program enhances the mental health and life skills of youth, adults, and families by providing group and individual therapy sessions that focus on healing. We love their passion about what they do!
With Kathy in this picture are Chris and Tabitha, 2 dedicated staff members of Medicine Horse. We want to thank them for allowing us to use this facility to debut our new dress line. You can thank them as well by visiting their website at www.medicinehorse.org.
The dresses! Oh how we love our new dress line. The best part about it is there’s a style and color for everyone. Let’s begin. :)
The Welara Dress is a beautiful paisley with a mix of blues, aquas, and pinks, and a highlight of caramel color throughout. As you can see it pairs beautifully with our Totsi Jewelry Set. You can also add the Artemis bracelet to bring out the aqua tones in this long flowy dress.
The next piece is our Noma Dress, a very simple yet sophisticated style that can be dressed down or dressed up, depending on the occasion. I’m wearing the Aeris Concho Choker, full of filigree detail and round silver accents - a perfect accessory for this delicate piece.
One of our longer dresses in this series is our Galician Dress. Although long and narrow it leaves plenty of room to enjoy a day out with your friends or a walk with your family through the park. This piece offers the perfect backdrop to our Shadow of Moonlight Squash Blossom Necklace or the Anjeni Choker. It also looks elegant with the Sundance Crystal Bracelet, which comes in your choice of colored crystals.
The Eriskay Dress is certainly to become a favorite. Pair this with gray or black leggings and your favorite boots, and you are ready to begin your day. Add a pop of color with the Cowgirl Love Cross Necklace or keep it subtle with the New Friends Layered Necklace, in your choice of silver or gold.
The Choctaw Dress is perfect for date night with your significant other, or a night out with friends. With hues of red, blue, caramel, and charcoal grey, our Quidam Bracelet, in either turquoise or red, will be a fun accessory. Couple this with the Taima Ring and you have a complete outfit.
The Sumba Dress is another style that will look great with a pair of leggings and your favorite boots. This dress boasts deep colors like chocolate brown, gold, and magenta. Add our Happenstance Hoop Earrings in gold, and for an even fancier touch, our Prisha Feather Headband.
The playful yet elegant dress, the Basque, displays bright pink and yellow flowers with hints of green, gold, and blue. Our beautiful luminous shell dangles, the Tyra Earrings, will look elegant against this bright colorful outfit. Wear one or stack a few of our Kelso Bracelet Bangles.
And last but certainly not least, the Azteca Dress is perfect to display your most brilliant and unique pieces. Our Summer Eclipse Necklace or Walking Thunder Necklace will most certainly stand out against the backdrop of this dark mocha style. You can also dress up this piece with the Redmond Beaded Cuff Bracelet, which is available in 13 varied colors.
We would like to personally thank the staff and volunteers at Medicine Horse for being such gracious hosts during our photo shoot. I’m honored to be able to collaborate with such a wonderful organization.
Be sure to visit Medicine Horse to find out more about how they support people from many populations and with varied needs through their unique equine-assisted experiences.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of our dress line as well. Visit the Dress Shop here at West Coast Cowgirl.