As a result of COVID-19, many of us suddenly have a lot more free time on our hands, and we don't know what to do with it.
If social distancing and state regulations have you stuck inside going stir crazy, there are several activities you can do to pass the time and keep yourself grounded.
Below you will find suggestions from West Coast Cowgirl for how to stay busy during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Playing in Nature
If you have animals go out and play with them! They aren't worried and will help keep you grounded. If not, go for a walk or hike, have a picnic in your yard, or just sit outside and remember all the things we have to be grateful for like:
Time with family
More alone time for self-care
How communities are coming together in this riveting time
Food and shelter
Arts and Crafts
Whether you have little ones or not, arts and crafts are always fun! Even if it's coloring in a coloring book, adults and children alike enjoy these projects. If you don't have any paint or crayons, get creative. You can upcycle your empty food cans into vases by covering with fabric or cutout magazines, remember the necklaces made from macaroni? Chalk art? Why not? Now that we have extra time our creative juices can flow.
Visit a Museum online
If you're hungry for some culture and want to quench your thirst for knowledge then now is the time to check out the best virtual museum tours, right from the comfort of your own home.
We found 10 museums you can virtually visit on the Smithsonian Magazine site.
How about the Guggenheim or the Vatican museums? The Anne Frank House?
With all the gyms closed, we have to find ways to move our bodies which helps keep our immune systems strong. There are lots and lots of workout videos on Youtube. If you don't have any workout equipment at home and don't want to buy any online, you will be able to find lots of videos that don't require weights. Don't forget about yoga. Besides being amazing for your body. it's also amazing for your mind and has a calming effect and helps get you grounded. Don't forget about dancing, playing and wrestling with your kids!
Golds Gym is offering free access to its app, Goldsamp, until the end of May, where more than 600 audio and video workouts along with DJ mixes get you ready to work up a sweat. Planet Fitness is offering "Home Work-Ins" streamed live at 7 p.m. ET daily on its Facebook page.
Plant trees and start getting your garden ready. There is nothing more grounding or mind clearing as getting your hands in the dirt. It's also a FUN family project and mother nature will thank you for it.
De-Cluttering is another mind cleaning journey that we sometimes avoid but once we get in the groove of it, we flow and the finished project feels so good. We like Marie Kondo's idea "Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy."
Tackle some Spring Cleaning projects. Don't try to get all your spring cleaning done in one day. Focus on one room at a time and schedule different rooms for different days. Divide the jobs -- vacuuming, dusting, window washing, organizing -- among family members.
Interior paint is a great room refresher. Painting a small bathroom and adding artwork can brighten up your home. Touch up painting or re-staining/painting baseboards add a fresh look.
Take a FREE Online Class
Now that social distancing and shelter-at-home policies are in place across the country, taking an online course is a good opportunity to pass time, learn something new, or advance your career.
We found this site that has 45 FREE online classes offering ways to learn something new or up-level your career.
There are FREE online courses from some of the best colleges in the United States. Here's a link to Business Insiders reviews.
Connect with Friends and Family
Video chatting and phone calls enable heart to heart conversations across any distance. What a great way to stay in touch to feel the human connection that might be waning in isolation.
Here are some apps that can help keep you connected.
Facebook Messenger: This app has video and audio call features that can connect up to six people at once.
FaceTime: FaceTime is available on all iPhones, and only between iPhone users. It allows up to 32 people to join one video call.
Skype: Skype is one of the top video chat apps, it allows up to 50 people to be on a call.
Zoom: Zoom video free version can connect up to 100 people at one time.
WhatsApp: WhatsApp has a video chat platform that allows up to four people to come together at a time.
Google Duo: Google Duo allow up to 8 people to be on one call.
Google Hangouts: Google Hangouts allows up to 10 people to participate.
Sending out a simple text or email when someone comes into your mind is a great way to tell someone you're thinking about them and their well being.
Discover a New Hobby
Everyone needs a hobby and maybe you already have one but now is a great time to discover other exciting things you may be interested in. The perfect hobby is one that lets you tap into some of your energy and creativity but doesn't tap into your wallet too hard.
West Coast Cowgirl has some ideas that you might vibe with:
Knitting or Crocheting
Baking or Cooking
Learn a new language
Becoming a movie buff
All of us at West Coast Cowgirl care about your health and safety during this interesting time. We thank you for supporting our small business and we continue to be here to serve you. Sending love and blessings to all of you. 💙
Whether it’s a silver necklace, bracelet or silver statement rings, there seems to be a growing demand for silver accessories.
Perhaps you’re one of the many who have decided to make room in your jewelry box for some silver pieces. If that’s the case, it’s a good idea to learn how to wear them. Here are some tips for pairing that silver with your wardrobe so you always look like the rock star you are.
WEAR BLOCK COLORS
If you really want your sterling silver statement rings to pop on your fingers, consider wearing them with block colors. The best choices are black, white, and grey. They create a cohesive backdrop for showcasing your silver rings.
Wearing block colors gives your outfit some style without taking away from your silver accessories. darker jewel tones, such as burgundy, royal or navy blue, and eggplant also work for color blocking as a neutral palette for your silver pieces.
BE CAREFUL MIXING WITH GOLD
For bracelets or rings, silver mixed with gold tends to work better than with necklaces. Unless you’re pairing your silver with a fancy evening gown, mixing metals is generally not recommended. Instead, let the silver be the star of the show by wearing it on its own.
At night, mix a simple silver necklace with matching shoes and a handbag. During the day, wear a delicate silver necklace to work or for lunch with friends by pairing it with a t-shirt or a simple dress.
SIMPLE OR DETAILED SILVER NECKLACE?
When you wear simple silver rings or a simple silver necklace or bracelet, you can pair either accessory with a pattern on your outfit. However, if your silver jewelry is more detailed and intricate, it’s best to let it shine by wearing it with an outfit that is a solid color and that isn’t too busy or bright. In either case, allow your silver to take center stage and don’t end up wearing an outfit that is too much to look at or that looks cheap.
STACK RINGS FOR A UNIQUE LOOK
If you have several simple silver rings, consider wearing them all at once for an elegant and modern look that is enhanced when compared to wearing each of them alone. Make sure the edges are flat so they nestle together on your finger and that they aren’t too detailed to make your hand look busy and overdone.
If you have one funky ring, go ahead and stack it, but make sure the others are basic. Don’t wear too many or your fingers will look too busy and it might not be all that comfortable either.
WEAR SILVER WITH LEATHER
If you’re looking for a western or cowgirl look, wear your silver rings or necklaces with leather. Both tan and black leather work for this style choice as long as the item isn’t too busy itself. Stay away from studded leather or pieces that have a lot of zippers.
Instead, wear your silver with a simple leather jacket or vest layered over a tank top or t-shirt. You can also pair a leather jacket with an evening dress and heels to give your silver pieces a night on the town look that you’ll love.
AVOID WEARING SILVER WITH CERTAIN COLORS
As mentioned above, silver pairs best with black, grey, white and jewel tones. On the other hand, silver shouldn’t be worn with some shades. The main colors to stay away from are anything pastel, including baby blue, lilac, or pale pink. A simple silver necklace won’t stand out as well against these colors and tends to get lost in the outfit.
You should also stay away from bright colors like green and yellow because they’ll take over the silver color and you won’t find your pieces standing out as well against these hues.
CONSIDER THE SEASON
The great thing about silver is that it can be worn year-round since it pairs best with neutral colors. Wear your silver necklaces and rings all year round, summer to winter. Pair your silver with black or grey year-round as well.
When it comes to wearing jewel tones with your silver, this is the iconic option for the holiday season, especially if you choose ruby red or emerald green as a backdrop for your chains.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOUR FINGERNAILS
When you wear your silver rings, keep the look of your nails in mind. Even the best and most beautiful silver ring will lose some of its impact if your nails look like you've been mucking stalls all day.
Because your ring will likely draw the eye to your hands, be sure your nails are well manicured. That means clipped evenly, buffed, filed and painted. Even a clear coat is better than nothing.
YOU CAN’T GO WRONG BY BUYING SILVER JEWELRY
If you don’t already have a silver piece or two, it’s time to start shopping. You’ll love the new heights that your outfits go to when you pile on some silver instead of gold. Whether it’s for work or for date night, bring some new drama and dimension to any outfit with a lovely silver piece around your neck or on your fingers. You won’t be sorry!
Need more style tips? Find advice on a wide range of topics at West Coast Cowgirl.
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?
Fashion trends come and go, and come back again. Often, what is currently popular is influenced by trends from different eras. One growing trend in hair accessories is reminiscent of the hippie, flower-power designs from the 1960s. Once again, you can find corded headbands with long feathered and beaded strands. These fun and charming hair accessories are perfect for a party, concert, or festival.
Our Taya Feathered Headband is a perfect example. This bohemian warrior princess headband has several gorgeous feathers dangling with striking beaded accents. You will feel like you can fly with these colorful feathers adorning your hair.
For something with a touch of elegant simplicity, our Giva Feathered Headband is inspired by Native American design, with four long cords ending in natural colored feathers. With a single bead holding the cords together, this headband is easily adjustable for comfort. Each cluster of feathers is capped by earth toned beads to finish the look.
Feathers are not only beautiful; they can bring a sense of happiness to anyone who wears them. For a bit of whimsy and charm, a feathered headband can’t be beat. Our Deva Feathered Headband will add a splash of color and fun to any outfit. With varying sized feathers and brightly colored beads, wearing this head band is sure to make you smile.
If you are ready to add a touch of fun and something different to your hair accessory options, feathered headbands are a great option. Corded headbands are also sizable, so you can be sure they will be comfortable, and the lightweight feathers keep these pieces easy to wear all day.
I invite you to check out our products at West Coast Cowgirl, where you can find a variety of jewelry at our website. Whether you are looking for a gift for that special someone or ready to treat yourself to something new, products are added regularly, so be sure to check back often.
Western style jewelry is full of fabulous blue tones, especially shades of turquoise. Many pieces have the soft browns and reds of the desert, too. While these are wonderful shades to wear, sometimes we need to inject another color into our wardrobe. It can be a great way to chase away those winter blues, especially when you wear green.
Green is the color of spring, St. Patrick’s Day, and the month of March, as daffodil and crocus leaves pop up just before these colorful first blooms of the season. Spring is just around the corner, but you don’t need to wait to see the return of green; wear some green yourself, and you will feel vibrant and ready for a new season.
At West Coast Cowgirl, we have some incredible accessories and jewelry with splashes of green, including some of our newest arrivals. Charming and delicate headbands are a growing fashion trend. What comes around, goes around, and here is a perfect example. Our new headbands are a wonderful way to welcome in spring. Our Prisha Feathered Headband is reminiscent of spring fairs of old, and festivals of today, which are blooming everywhere as the days lengthen and warmer weather arrives. The peacock feathers will put a smile on anyone’s face just for the fun of it.
You will feel like the desert after a spring rain, fresh and alive with our new Samar Earrings. The green patina metalwork is a classic Western Style with its tribal motif. Set off with natural stone elements, these earrings look good with your hair up or down, and are sure to turn heads when you walk into the room.
As the days grow warmer, we begin to think of trips to the beach, which are not so far off. If you can’t get the beach yet, shift your attitude by dressing for warmer latitude, and donning our Western Spark Earrings. These seafoam green pieces bring beach memories alive with their soft shading. You can almost hear the ocean waves.
Bright spring greens and flower embellishments will add a spring to your step when you wear our Doulton bracelet. Various shades of green reflect the beauty of a garden; you can’t help but feel happy with this charming piece. This cheery bracelet is perfect for a day out in the sun, on a picnic, or at lunch with friends. Need something green to wear for St. Patrick’s Day? This is the perfect piece!
If you are ready to say goodbye to winter blues, get into a green spring mood with vibrant green Western Style accessories and jewelry. I invite you to check out our products at West Coast Cowgirl, where you can find a variety of jewelry at our website. Whether you are looking for a gift for that special someone or ready to treat yourself to something new, products are added regularly, so be sure to check back often.
Value is a big benefit when it comes to fashion and adding to your jewelry choices. At West Coast Cow Girl, we pride ourselves on being able to offer stunning jewelry at a great cost to fit any budget. While many of our items are hand-crafted, all of them are of high quality. When it comes to diamonds in jewelry, we are not shy about how we can save you money.
Diamonds are said to be a girl’s best friend, but the rarity of these gemstone beauties keeps them out of reach for many a fashion forward wardrobe. Luckily, there are alternatives around. From synthetic, or man-made stones, to natural alternatives, you can have glittering jewels without the high cost. The most common diamond substitutes are crystals, rhinestones, and cubic zirconia.
Crystals are the most abundant stones on earth. These natural beauties shine with a
flair uniquely their own, making for a great alternative to diamonds. Clear crystals are often mistaken for diamonds, as they look very similar. Their natural shapes and hardness are distinctly different, however. This doesn’t stop crystals from adding extra bling to jewelry.
One type of crystal which has been used in western style jewelry for generations now is a rhinestone. These were originally crystals found near the Rhine River in Europe. These crystals often shine like a diamond, enough to fool many an eye. Today, however, most rhinestones are actually man-made pieces of leaded or crystal glass.
Another man-made diamond alternative is the Cubic Zirconia. This synthetic stone so closely resembles a diamond that, since the 1970s, cubic zirconia has been the largest competitor when it comes to the question, Diamond or no? for fashion jewelry. These stones are a low-cost alternative, and even come in different colors.
There is no need to spend a fortune on jewelry. With crystals or synthetic stones, you can enjoy the look of a diamond without digging deep into your wallet. I invite you to check out our products at West Coast Cowgirl, where you will find a wide variety of jewelry options, including pieces with crystals, rhinestones, and cubic zirconia. Whether you are looking for a gift for that special someone, or ready to treat yourself to something new, products are added regularly, so be sure to check back often.
Chokers, those close-fitting necklaces which wrap around the neck, are making a big comeback when it comes to fashion statements. These are versatile necklaces which can be made of most any material, and make for a stunning accessory. Choker designs have changed over the years, with a new flare for layering being the dominant theme to this type of jewelry. The latest design inspirations for chokers are also reminiscent of the bolo tie, the original western style choker. Enhanced choker styles of today include tying options, as can be seen in the types of chokers you can find at West Coast Cowgirl Jewelry.
Chokers have long been worn by different cultures around the world. One of the biggest surges in popularity came in the late 1800’s, when Alexandra, Queen of Denmark and Princess of Wales, was seen as the epitome of Victorian fashion. It is said she wore chokers to hide a scar, and was influenced by the women of India, and their style of elaborate adornment. Whatever the reason, those who knew high fashion at the time emulated her style. Often wearing rows of pearls or gemstones, Alexandra’s fashion sense broadened the possibilities of chokers from a simple ribbon to so much more.
When it comes to western style jewelry, the choker is a piece that is right at home with the rest of your accessories. With the rising popularity of layering and tying chokers, these necklaces take the idea of bolo tie to a whole new level. Bolo ties are a type of choker, with typical designs made of leather or cording with an ornamental clasp which rests close to the neck. With today’s chokers, some designs are longer than normal, providing the option of tying the choker as close you want it, and leaving the ends to dangle. Often you will find the ends have their own ornamental pieces, much like a bolo tie. These ornaments add to the striking nature of a choker. Layering is another option that is catching on; wearing two or three chokers together can help elongate the neckline and makes for a stunning statement.
I invite you to check out our products at West Coast Cowgirl, where you will find a wide variety of jewelry options, including chokers of different designs and styles. Whether you are looking for a gift for that special someone or ready to treat yourself to something new, products are added regularly, so be sure to check back often.