Our Cowgirl Shoppers rounded up some of the craftiest custom cowboy gifts, which we think are the real McCoy for that Western guy or gal in your life. We reckon your loved ones are goin’ to love these ideas, and you’ll feel like the cleverest shopper around! Givin' a genuine heart-felt gift can say so much about the gift-giver, so if you are lookin' for a gift with tons of meaning, how about a personalized one? It will be loved for years and years! Continue reading
Western Wear News
As the Western look gains more popularity, one of the styling questions us Cowgirl Shoppers hear all the time is "what are your best dresses to wear with cowboy boots?" So, we're obliged to show off just a few of our favorites. Whatever your personality, cowboy boots give you that certain strut, whether it's a high-heeled ankle bootie, classic Western boots, or tall riding togs. These dresses here are real versatile and can be worn all through the year with your favorite cowboy boots! Continue reading
Remember when our favorite Okie crooner Blake Shelton got hitched with Miranda Lambert in their own country-fied meets fancy way? It can be tricky to get your cowboy to glamour up a bit and feel rough and tough. Somehow, Mrs. Blake Shelton got her man to do it – in blue jeans and boots, no less! Behold, the Cowgirl Shoppers have compiled their own look above that is sure to please the goose and the gander. Continue reading
What to wear to a rodeo is a question we frequently get, and this year we decided to offer all of you cowgirls out there a few suggestions. Don’t sweat it – putting together a comfortable outfit that allows you to stay cool in the summer heat is as easy as pie. And the best part? You probably already own most, if not all, of these items.
So let’s get started! Continue reading
The National Day of the Cowboy (TNDOTC) is this Saturday, July 27thand we will be celebrating this day designed to preserve, protect and promote our pioneer heritage and cowboy culture. The image of the cowboy as a hero is pervasive in American culture and a big reason that AJ’s ventured into business. We love the western lifestyle and a cowboy strikes an emotional chord for us. We find it inspiring that there are still men & women throughout the country who are working cowboys & cowgirls. These are our customers and we love what they stand for! Continue reading
The Reno Rodeo will be wearing pink western shirts this Friday night! It’s Summertime and the professional rodeo circuit is in full gear which means the Tough Enough to Wear Pink movement is in full swing!
Rodeos across the country are supporting TETWP which has raised over $12 million dollars for breast cancer charities, much of which stays right in the community where it is raised. Started in 2004 by Terry Wheatley, a breast cancer survivor and Karl Stressman the current commissioner of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PCRA) the TETWP grassroots movement has inspired other sport communities to start their own TETWP campaigns. Continue reading
What is with our L.O.V.E. of Cowboy boots? Let’s be honest…what was once just sensible footwear to keep you from slipping out of your stirrups is now a fashion OBSESSION, an emotional favorite and yes…still pretty darn functionable! The style of cowboy boots has remained pretty much the same for decades, but it's what you wear with them that makes them so much fun and versatile! Continue reading
We had some lovely entries for our Cowboy Poetry contest in honor of Cowboy Poetry Week 2011. The winning entry below resonated with us for a few reasons: its sparse, but precise language; its ability to capture a slice of life; and its cool little twist at the end, which serves as a nice juxtaposition to the title.
The poet is Rowdy Yates (love that name!), a true cowboy who manages the Shooting Star Ranch in Montana with his wife Kristen. The couple has two boys, Cody and Colt, who ride broncs and bucs. Continue reading
April is National Poetry month, and the week of 4/17/11 - 4/23/11 is the tenth annual Cowboy Poetry Week.
Here at The Sassy Saloon, we're celebrating with a fun contest where you could win a western shirt (valued at $50 or less) from AJ's Western Wear. Here's what you need to know:
Cowboy Up! Write a Winning Poem. Get a Free Western Shirt from AJ's Western Wear.
We're happy to welcome back one of our favorite cowgirls and authors, Heidi M. Thomas. Heidi wrote an article last year when her first book, Cowgirl Dreams, came out. She has a sequel to that book called Follow the Dream, which celebrates the cowgirl spirit. Speaking of that spirit, let me turn it over to Heidi as she riffs about that cowgirl state of mind.
Cowgirl is a State of Mind
By Heidi M. Thomas
Dale Evans Rogers defined it well: "Cowgirl is an attitude, really. A pioneer spirit, a special American brand of courage. The cowgirl faces life head on, lives by her own lights, and makes no excuses. Cowgirls take stands. They speak up. They defend the things they hold dear. A cowgirl might be a rancher, or a barrel racer, or a bull rider, or an actress. But she's just as likely to be a checker at the local Winn Dixie, a full-time mother, a banker, an attorney, or an astronaut." Continue reading
Once again, you all amazed me with your shutter-bug talents...and your love for our equine friends. I can honestly say there wasn't one bad horse photo in the lot. I wish I could make all of you winners of our horse photo contest, but, alas.
That said, there were some stand-out entries, and those are the ones that we're featuring below. We're awarding second place and third place winners, who will receive $15 e-gift cards to AJ's Western Wear. The grand prize winner gets her choice of an AJ's western shirt valued at $50 (or less). Continue reading
Our western landscape photo contest was such a hit, that we've decided to hold another contest this fall.
The subject: something that's near and dear to so many people's hearts: horses.
It could be your horse, a neighbor's horse, a horse (or two or more) that you saw on trip, and it can be from anywhere, really. We're looking for a shot that inspires, wows, makes us laugh, makes us smile, or plain just makes us stare at it for five minutes straight. Continue reading
Have you heard of Dr. Temple Grandin? A renowned scientist, she's an inspiration to people living with autism.
Temple didn't talk until close to her fourth birthday, and she was born at a time (1947) when so little was known about autism (she was originally diagnosed with brain damage).
But she grew to become a doctor of animal science, a college professor, a best-selling author, a consultant on the livestock industry, and a lifelong activist for people living with autism. She was recently named to Time magazine's Top 100 Heroes of 2010.
This is the first in what we hope will become a regular thing at The Sassy Saloon: an article about one of our talented fans.
Today, we shine the spotlight on Carl Kilefner, who was born and raised in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, who moved to California in the 1950s after enlisting in the Navy, and who has now retired with his lovely wife to Arizona.
Carl creates cowboys out of old horseshoes. The pictures here show off this really cool and unique piece of cowboy art.
We learned about Carl through his daughter, JoAnn Martin. Continue reading
For all you cowgirls and cowboys who love some kick-ass music, have I got a treat for you. I was lucky enough to do an interview with Todd "Big T" Deming, who is releasing his debut solo album, "Put Some South in Yer Mouth," TODAY (August 21).
Todd "Big T" Deming Background
Big T is a West Virginia native who was raised in Jackson County. After graduating from Ravenswood High School, he went on to WVU and later Marietta College in Ohio where he majored in music education while playing football. Todd later left school to play for the US Football Allstars, traveling the globe to Hawaii and even Germany.
In 2000, Todd moved to Maine and he started the band Wolfcreek in an effort to bring Southern Rock to the North East. After a successful run of live shows and gaining a devoted fan base, Todd continues to carve out his own path. He's releasing his solo album in conjunction with Red Ridge Entertainment in Nashville. The album is being released through Magenta Records on 8/21. Continue reading