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. 💙
A fence provides an amazing slate for holiday decor, and doing it right is dependent on your style and budget. Whether you are creating something spectacular for a commercial property or whether you are attempting to make your ranch or neighborhood sparkle, you can put some important principles together to make your display dazzling.
Type of Fence
The fence you are working with will play a major part in your decorative efforts. Chain link provides different challenges and benefits than a wooden fence offers. As you work with a more solid fencing material, you have the benefit of a basic color in the background. You can use color contrasts to create visibility in your display. Chain link fencing, meanwhile, produces a more transparent background, allowing your decorative elements to blend with the landscape. You’ll need bulkier decorating material to achieve good visibility and contrast.
Your fence decor can be impacted quickly by winter weather events. A huge windstorm can remove garland in an instant. Excessive snow can interfere with illumination. Use reliable mounting materials to keep your decorative elements in place. Find water-resistant materials to use in creating garlands or pictorial displays. Make sure that your lighting components are able to withstand rain and snow.
Garland is a popular option for basic fence decor. While most professionals are looking for something distinguished to please their customers, it’s good to start with the basics. As you expand, you can make the look unique for each client. As you decide on the right garland for accenting a fence, consider whether the decor will stand alone or whether it will coordinate with additional yard decor.
Greenery is always appropriate, and when it’s used for a fence, thicker material will stand out. Artificial greens tend to be better for long-term use as you don’t have to worry about the materials drying out and losing needles. Accents for the greens can include pinecones, bows, bulbs or lights. This type of garland is excellent for any type of fence, but make sure that you use more bulk on a chain-link fence. You can also consider tinsel garland or lush ribbon as an alternative, but make sure that the bulk is enough to stand out and that the material will stand up to the weather trends of the season.
Draping Your Garland
Draped garlands tend to create more drama and appeal in your work. It’s essential that you aim for consistency as you hang the garland. Imprecise placement can look sloppy and unprofessional. Plan before you actually order your materials so that you can place them without running short. Take time to carefully test a length of material to evaluate how it hangs. Measure for midpoints between posts, making light marks to ensure that you are able to precisely place each section. Use wiring, zip ties or twist ties to hold the pieces in place at critical points. Use decorative enhancements at the posts and throughout the garland strands to add lighting and color. You can opt for colorful choices or more natural materials. Just make sure that you are consistent in your placement so that you achieve an attractive display.
Lighting Your Fence
Novelty lights can provide lots of enjoyment in your fence decor. However, sloppy hanging is a big mistake. Take time to be sure that your strands are sufficient for your plans. It’s helpful to work with DIY products to make your own custom strands so that you are sure that your lengths and bulb placements are just right.
Characters and Symbols
Whether you love reindeer or snowmen, you can add some fun accents to your fence decor on a small or large scale. Find character yard stakes that can be placed along the fence to display penguins, Christmas bulbs or a nativity scene. Add specialty lights to create fun effects. A red bulb is the perfect Rudolph’s nose. A light-up Christmas star works well with a nativity. Find a holographic decorative set like a Christmas train to outline the fence. Metal and wooden figures are great for expanding or developing your decorative theme. Find themed fence toppers to add character to wooden fence decor.
Use the Entire Fence
Don’t miss the important area at the base of your fence. Most fence decor for the holidays focuses on the placement of materials at the top. However, you can use the base to place giant candy canes, oversized bulbs or additional garland. Mount items close to the fence to avoid their loss in winds. Weave tinsel through chain link sections. Use fun and active items like pinwheels to add motion to the scene.
A fence doesn’t have to be overdone to be beautifully decorated. You can aim for simple elegance. You can also opt for kid-friendly themes and lots of glitz and glamour. It’s important to decide on a theme that will complement additional display decor behind the fence so that each component works together to achieve an exceptional overall effect.
At West Coast Cowgirl, we cater to the free spirit within you. We pride ourselves on a special line of products tailored to fit your everyday style. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority. Have a beautiful day.
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.
Photos and gemstone descriptions courtesy of Egret Jewelry.
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!
Post provided by Egret Jewelry.
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.
At West Coast Cowgirl, we pride ourselves on providing beautiful and striking jewelry inspired by the American West. This region is full of history, culture and natural beauty, which has long been reflected in the jewelry designs. Influences from Native American and the Spanish, along with the romanticism of the Old West and the Victorian era, have impacted many styles we see today. This includes the use of natural stones within Western style jewelry. One stone, Jasper, is so amazingly varied in its colors and patterns, it is known as the picturesque stone.
Jasper is found world-wide, and has long been used by many cultures, from ancient Antiquity to the present day. Jasper comes is so many colors and varieties of patterns, it is considered the art canvas of nature. Hues of golden-red deserts, earthy brown canyons, deep spruce forests and rich azure skies are seen reflected in these amazing stones, each one a picture of nature itself.
Within some Native American tribes, Jasper was long used by Shamans as a ‘protector’ stone when they performed healing ceremonies. Spider Jasper is a specific kind of Jasper which comes in shades of brown with either white or dark spider-web like markings. These were thought to be directly connected to Grandmother Spider in many tribal legends. Jasper is also an easy stone to carve, making it an ideal piece to choose in carving stone fetishes, and beads. Our Biraldo Bracelet shows off the striking earth tones that can be found in Jasper, making it easy to see why this stone has long been used.
The range and vibrancy of colors found within Jasper will enhance any piece of jewelry made with this stone. Jasper jewelry connects you with the natural beauty of the American West. Like wearing a piece of art, Jasper bracelets and necklaces are brilliant statement pieces. Our Tamika & Pablo necklaces are excellent examples. When you are looking for a conversation piece to add to your accessory wardrobe, you can’t go wrong with Jasper.
Our latest collection of Stone Beaded jewelry includes several items with beautiful, colorful Jasper. 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.
You love your western style and are not afraid to show it off. Whether at work or out for some fun, you show off your cowgirl sense with a flair, and you do it well. But is it ok to wear a bolo style necklace, big, jangly bracelets or feathered earrings to a big corporate meeting? You could if you really want to of course, but people make first impressions in an instant, so if you have an important work meeting or event to attend, gearing your clothes and accessories towards an elegant, savvy style can help you show your professional side better. But this doesn’t mean you can show off your western style.
Anyone who works in an office environment knows the appeal of the ‘Power Suit’, thatone work ensemble which makes you appear with confidence and expertise, whatever it is you are doing. Jewelry adds to this overall impression. If you are facing a board meeting or meeting a potential new client, for example, the accessories you wear can make your attire complete, when you are dressed for success, it will follow. Silver is the classic metal of western style jewelry, wearing a piece such as our Simply Sensational Bracelet will not only show off your western sense, but also make for a commanding statement in the office, one that says confidence with its staking simplicity.
You can also show off your western sense of style in professional settings, and express a sense of sophistication which reflects an impression of qualified experience within the work place. The key is to wear pieces which enhance your suits and dresses. While mixing materials and colors can be fun, within a corporate setting, blending shades and similar designs will work better for showing off your professional side. Our Ventesca necklace is a great example of incorporating western style turquoise with gold toned chains, added a touch of elegance. Another example is our Summer Eclipse layered beaded necklaces (pictured above). These are striking conversation pieces which can set off a simple business dress or suit, and reflect your love of the West.
Compliment your western style fashion with a variety of pieces for the work place and for fun, with a full accessory wardrobe you will be ready to dress for success whatever the occasion. 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.
Layering accessories is a growing trend in fashion. This is great news for anyone who has ever had a hard choice to make when wearing one necklace, which one do you choose? Why not choose two or three and make a unique style statement? This idea has caught on in another way too. Layered necklaces give the look of multiple pieces with the convenience of one clasp. This makes for an ideal practicality, especially when it comes to chain necklaces which can tangle together.
Layered necklaces are also a wonderful way to show off your western style, with a variety of pendants and accents often included in these pieces; one layered necklace can speak volumes about who you are. These creations can range from s few simple chains with one pendant as a focal point, to big and bold designs with beads, stones and color to capture attention. One of our newest pieces, the Outlaw Necklace is a great example of a striking statement incorporating layers.
Another great appeal to layered necklaces is their versatility, they simply go with just about any outfit. You can shift from work to play, or an evening out with ease and convenience. Often a piece you wear to the office for a bit of whimsy while working, will set off strikingly when paired with a simple black dress for date night too. Our Madison Necklace (pictured above) will show off your neckline with class and beauty whether at the office or out on the town.
With the different lengths incorporated into layered necklaces, it is also easy to add in another piece such as a choker to enhance your style and mood. Our Ventesca Necklace is not only great for wearing over winter sweaters with its extra-long chains, the shorter chain adds a bit of sparkle with its tube centerpiece, while the feather and turquoise show off your western style. This design makes it easy to add in a choker for a completely new ensemble.
Whether you go for big and bold, or whimsical and delicate, or combine these forces together, the illusion of multiple chains in layered necklaces adds a flair of drama to your wardrobe. 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.