Western cowgirl costume

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Pictured: Hat: M&F Western / Sunglasses: Prada / Earrings: Kendra Scott / Lipstick: Chanel 93 Intime / Shirt: Gap (old, also love this one on sale!) / Skirt: BCBG (last seen here) / Nail Polish: Gucci Metallic Sand / Handbag: Chanel (also love SAVE or SPLURGE) / Boots: Ariat

Last month I attended a fundraising party to benefit the Junior League of San Jose’s Rummage Sale. As a Sustainer in the Junior League, I am extremely proud of this fundraiser and all the hard work our active members put into making it happen; and be a success! The Rummage Sale is a fundraiser we put on once every two years. We sell high quality rummage at rock bottom prices. The fundraiser works in two ways: rummage is donated, so proceeds go directly to the Junior League’s community programs, and secondly, the community is able to purchase much-needed items which are high quality; new or gently used, and offered at unheard of prices. It’s a win/win fundraiser for everyone involved! Love that!

The party we held the night before the Rummage Sale was to celebrate the hard work our Rummage Sale committee put into making the event such as success. Since we know how to celebrate our success in the Junior League through fun, themed events, this event was western themed. This meant everyone who attended wore fabulous western get-ups. It was so much fun trying to recognize people under those hats!

Since I have never been to a western themed party before, I had to find a fabulous pair of boots and a hat! Thankfully, I am a sucker for denim shirts, and fringe is on trend this season; so I was able to put together an outfit without buying clothing. I was thrilled to find this hat for under $50 and these comfortable, sleek cowgirl boots for a decent price. Shopping win!

I know I will be able to wear the hat and boots again; as well as the whole ensemble. There is an annual ho-down for the girl scouts which I always bring my daughters to; now I can dress up! This will also make a great Halloween costume! And who knows, another western themed fundraiser or party could pop up in my future. 

Since fringe is all the rage right now, this is a great time to snap up a fringe item which can also work for a western themed costume in the future. You never know when you need to dress up! 

For more information about the Junior League of San Jose and all the fabulous work they do in the community, please visit

Menlo Charity Show with Ariat




The Menlo Charity Horse Show was held at Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, California August 4-9, 2014. This beautiful charity event raised much-needed funds for the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The annual event attracted a large number of sponsors, both corporate and individual, who helped make the event a huge success. One of those corporate sponsors is Bay Area based equestrian clothier Ariat.

Famous for their riding boots and technologically advanced clothing, Ariat generously supported the Menlo Charity Horse Show. Ariat is an equestrian clothing brand worn by both Western and English equestrian athletes They design and make boots and clothing equestrian athletes need to be successful in competition as well as during practice. In fact, Arat’s clothing and boots are so popular, many athletes and non-athletes enjoy wearing Ariat’s technologically advanced riding pants, vest, jackets and riding boots for non-horse riding activities too! 

Ariat was kind enough to invite me to the Menlo Charity Horse Show as their guest this year. It was a beautiful show where I was able to view both the traditional English competition and the jumpers. The Menlo Charity Horse Show included a delicious buffet lunch and vendor row which included an Ariat shopping booth. It was amazing to be able to see Ariat’s collection up close. The boots are exquisite and I can see why so many people enjoy wearing them off the equestrian field too! Not only are they beautiful to look at, Ariat’s boots are made from the highest quality materials and have an insole which makes you feel like you are walking on a cloud. No sore feet for hard-core athletes! Or anyone who chooses to wear the boots for that matter!

In addition to Ariat’s famous boot collection, their vendor booth was filled with apparel which is ideal for both riding and leisurely day-to-day life. The fabric Ariat uses for their apparel collection is extremely technologically advanced and many pieces include SPF protection, wicking capabilities, and are designed for extreme movement and comfort. Ariat’s cool weather pieces are thin enough to be able to ride in yet warm enough to keep an athlete warm on a cold day. 

The Menlo Charity Horse Show was a beautiful event which allowed world-class athletes to compete and win prizes yet contribute to helping raise money for the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. 

To learn more about the Menlo Charity Horse Show, please visit

To learn more about the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, please visit

To learn more about Ariat, please visit

A few popular pieces by Ariat: