Thursday, October 3, 2019

Crocheted Cowgirl

The landlords of our office building hosted a Country Cookout Tenant Appreciation lunch today - I had to be "on theme"!
"Cowgirl" has always been one of my favourite looks. Cowgirls are take-charge, full of grit, and get things done! Just like me.

  • Blouse - Jella Couture, thrifted; purchased here for $3.50
  • Skirt - Le Chateau, thrifted; first worn here in March with a corset top
  • Boots - 1883 Lucchesse, consignment; last seen here in May with a swooshy maxi
  • Suede coat (below) - Pioneer Wear, vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here with the boots in May

First wearing of this new-to-me top and I quite liked it - the crocheted lace at top is nicely done (not cheap-looking), I like the neckline on me and it was a fairly good cut on me.
 It was very sheer, though, so I had to layer an olive camisole under it. It's also polyester and was a little warm, especially walking home. At least it's washable!

I struggled with this skirt the first time I wore it, but not this time - these two pieces worked so well together.
The skirt is a fine cotton velvet, cut in petal shapes and crocheted together with black floss (pic here), and then lovely crocheted swoops for the hem (close-up here). It's a very swingy skirt, with lots of movement.

L and I have been watching Ken Burns' "Country Music" documentary series (it's awesome, by the way), so I felt in a very country mood in this.
Especially in my authentic Texas-made boots. I'm showing off my belt-buckle there - we'll get to that in a second.

Some of you may remember this jacket - it's a thick cow hide suede and it's fringed.
Check out my enormous 80s shoulders!

The arm fringes have coloured pony beads.
It's one of my treasures.

  • Fur scarf - Danier, thrifted
  • Wool gloves - Parkhurst

I didn't need the scarf and gloves by the end of the day; in fact, I forgot them at work.

The stuff:
I love my cowboy boots. They're so comfy I can wear them barefoot.

Cowgirl bling:
I bought the buckle and belt separately at a Shi Studios sample sale ten years ago, in Sept/Oct 2009 (first cowgirl outfit here featuring the buckle).

  • Buckle - Shi Studio
  • Belt - Shi Studio
  • Silver ring - vintage mall
  • Silver/onyx ring - vintage fair
  • White gold earrings - 10th anniversary gift from L

While I used to have a lot of Shi Studio jewelry, I now four belt buckles and a bolo tie. Their specialty is fabrics pressed between glass in metal "frames". They're all locally made.
I think those cowboys are either going to punch each other or kiss each other.

I was a hit at the cookout! My colleagues Lada, Jenn and Camille all got thematic with me in Western gear (the hats, frame and ukelele are props from the photobooth).
The food was amazing, and they had a bluegrass band - so fun!

And now, I'm tired and need some couch time. I'll leave you with this shot of my two guys from this morning.
"I thought I was the star of this fam. Why is the Man in my picture?"

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! I'll be back on Sunday with tales of adventure - thank you so much for stopping by.


  1. This is such a nice outfit on you Sheila! while it meets the theme perfectly it doesn't feel costume-y, if that makes sense? I like it :)

    1. Thanks so much, Mica! I try to avoid costume-y unless it's an event that calls for it! Totally makes sense to me!

  2. Your employers sound like such fun.
    Ya-haw!! I do love the cowgirl look on you and how the detail on your top compliments the hem on your skirt. The belt buckle is divine. Both your menfolk look very handsome.
    Have a fab weekend! xxx

    1. They are! I love my colleagues.

      It's a fun look, isn't it, Vix? I love that I have all these little pieces that work to make things subtly "cowgirl".

      My boys are so handsome! Happy weekend to you and your own mens!

  3. This cowgirl look is fabulous and it suits you so well. I do like the western trend, it's very wearable and so much fun. I like how you didn't go for the obvious choice- the jeans but rather paired your cowgirl boots with a skirt. The olive top is lovely and the fringed jacket is the perfect finishing touch. You look fantastic! The last photo is adorable:)!

    1. Thank you, Ivana! It's been a favourite look of mine for over 10 years. You won't see me doing jeans very often - I almost never wear them.

  4. What a fun event, and of course you've got to grab every occasion to dress the part. Which you did magnificently. Your new-to-you top looks as if it was made for the skirt and your cowgirl boots and fringed jackets are the perfect companions. That Shi Studio belt buckle is amazing! Wishing you a fabulous weekend! xxx P.S. Started my swap-over today :-)

    1. Aw, thank you so much, my dear! I try walk the (often fine) line between classy and klassy, ha ha! Happy weekend to you, and good luck with your swap-over!

  5. Well that's a good way to start off the weekend! I love that jacket! I had such one, in brown, when I was 16! You never saw me without that jacket! Remember to send me a leather item photo!!..... Happy weekend!

    1. Thanks, Nancy! It's a fun jacket - I see a lot of brown ones (although more 70s styled) in the thrift and vintage stores. Oh, yes, a leather picture. Right.

      Happy weekend!

  6. I love a good cowboy look!
    I often wear a pair of tan boots to work (that are sort of western boots) and a student once told me I looked like a cowgirl! I took that as a compliment, of course! X

    1. Awesome! It's totally a compliment - us cowgirls have to stick together!

  7. I like the cowgirl ethos! There's a NYC restaurant named the Cowgirl cafe -- and right now I'm wearing one of their cool t-shirts!

    1. Nice! Do they serve cowboy food there?

    2. Not really, just normal Southern food (e.g., BBQ).

    3. I hope they serve grits - I experienced them for the first time in Portland, and was blown away!

  8. The skirt and top look great together - and the cookout sounds like tremendous fun.

  9. The skirt and top are a fab match, well done. But oh my goodness, of course I remember that awesome jacket. It really is a treasure (big sigh of admiration) xxx

    1. Indeed it is! So much fringe, and so much shoulder pad! Thank you, my dear!

  10. You are a mighty fine-lookin' filly in that marvelous skirt and fringed jacket. I think it's so cool that you are able to rustle up the right outfit for pretty much every occasion.

  11. You certainly dressed the part ! I like the detail on that skirt and how it all just worked.
    Yes, I aspire to continue to blog through this time.. it's been quite a ride.

    1. Thanks, hon! I love the skirt - I can't just do a plain black skirt!

      Good for you - this is probably something "normal" in your life right now.


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