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JOMO - The joy of missing out

JOMO - The joy of missing out

In our world filled with social media available 24/7, many have acquired a fear called FOMO - the fear of missing out. What if we looked at it from a different perspective? JOMO. The joy of missing out. 
December 07, 2018 by Kathy Stenberg
West Coast Cowgirl jewelry and accessories blog

Style your Vintage Cowgirl Office Desk Space

Do you have a beautiful workspace you love to spend time every day? Here we walk you through our top tips for styling the perfect cowgirl desk space
Natural stone bracelet, Lava Rock, Jasper, Agate, Leather Cord

The beautiful stones in our jewelry

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

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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.

Agate
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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
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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
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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.

 Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli Stones, Lapis Lazuli Jewelry

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
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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

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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

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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
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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.

Adorn your body in our beautiful bracelets, earrings, and necklaces from West Coast Cowgirl stone collection.

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.

Photos and gemstone descriptions courtesy of Egret Jewelry.

Raini Bracelet and Mahela Bracelet are stackable and wrap bracelets made from natural stone

What about stackable Bracelets?

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.  

Halona Bracelet Cuff Bracelet with antique silver and turqoise bead
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. 

Hania Stackable Wrap Bracelet with leather cording and natural stones and beads
  
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!

Shop for stackable, wrap and friendship bracelets here.

Post provided by Egret Jewelry.

Happy New Year & The Gift of Blessing Others

Happy New Year & The Gift of Blessing Others

Recently West Coast Cowgirl had the amazing privilege of pouring into the lives of some very special individuals. 
January 08, 2018 by Kathy Stenberg
Dress Up Those Boots! 5 Ways to Wear “Boot Bling”

Dress Up Those Boots! 5 Ways to Wear “Boot Bling”

It’s officially boot season! And honestly, it’s boot season no matter the weather, am I right? While we tend to accessorize every other part of our wardrobe with jewelry, belts, and hats, we don’t often accessorize our feet, specifically our boots. 
December 21, 2017 by Kathy Stenberg
10 Unique Hostess Gift Ideas for Your Next Holiday Cocktail Party

10 Unique Hostess Gift Ideas for Your Next Holiday Cocktail Party

 

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?
December 12, 2017 by Kathy Stenberg
New Outerwear Collection! Keep Yourself Cozy During Those Chilly Winter Days

New Outerwear Collection! Keep Yourself Cozy During Those Chilly Winter Days

Here at West Coast Cowgirl we have slowly been releasing a new clothing line to add to your own cowgirl fashion wardrobe. This week I’d like to introduce in detail our new Outerwear Collection - a unique selection of sweaters and jackets, just in time for the cold, snowy days that are ahead of us (or already here for some of us!) These fashionable pieces will keep you warm, while adding style and flair to your winter wardrobe.
December 08, 2017 by Kathy Stenberg
6 Creative Ideas for Ladies Night Out (or Ladies Night In!)

6 Creative Ideas for Ladies Night Out (or Ladies Night In!)

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.

 

Fondue Party

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.

 

80’s Night

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.

 

Spa Night

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.

 

Movie Night

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?

 

November 06, 2017 by Kathy Stenberg
8 Skin Care Tips for Fall to Help You Look and Feel Your Best

8 Skin Care Tips for Fall to Help You Look and Feel Your 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?

October 23, 2017 by Kathy Stenberg