Classy Cowgirl Corral

  • 5 Western Brands Made in the USA

    With the events of the past few months, many are starting to wonder where their favorite products are made, and we western folk are no exception. Some of us have even decided to start buying only USA made products from now on. That can be hard to accomplish though. With the exception of smaller, local brands, you'll find that most of the name brands in the western clothing, boot, and accessory industries have long been outsourcing their production to other countries.

  • When The Show Doesn't Go On

    The show must go on, they say. That's not always the case, especially when organizers are completely dumbfounded by all the new public health rules which differ from state to state and from county to county, sometimes without rhyme or reason. The easiest thing to do when faced with potential lawsuits and exorbitant fines is to cancel the event, refund the vendor fees, and swallow the loss hoping things will get better next year.
  • 4 Western Montana Guest Ranches for Glamping

    For us in Western and Northwestern Montana who either live on a working cattle ranch or have friends that do, glamping is a bit of a curious thing. We don't really know whether to dismissively laugh at it and pity the poor souls who want luxury of a top hotel while staying in a tent or cabin, or to start crunching numbers and think about opening a glamping ranch ourselves.
  • How to Choose a Bag That Suits Your Lifestyle

    In this post, I'm finally letting the cat out of the bag and sharing a whole bag of tricks to help you choose a bag that's right for you. And no, I couldn't resist a bad pun either. But seriously, how often have you wondered if there were any rules of tips to help you choose a purse?
  • Behind The Scenes: Charity Begins at Home...

    "Charity begins at home but shouldn't end there," says a Scottish proverb. Now, I'm not Scottish, but I do have a soft spot for those who can't help themselves, especially our friends of the equine and canine kind. So, when Buckaroo Bling was just starting off, I decided to - once I had some sales - donate a portion of the revenues to two causes: horse rescue and dog rescue.
  • 10 Montana Saddle Makers That Defy The Odds

    Back in 2018, Voice Of America published an article that claimed saddle makers were a dying breed in the American West. Fast forward a couple of years, and it seems they spoke way too soon. Here in Montana, we love our country/cowboy lifestyle, and we love our horses. Not only that, but we have quite a few saddle makers who produce quality custom saddles by hand even for such celebrities of the western world as Buck Brannaman, Curt Pate, and Tom Selleck.
  • Grilled Steak Is All It Takes

    Did you know that the month of May is the National BBQ Month? If you're a rancher, cowboy, or cowgirl, you might argue that every month is a barbecue month, but most other folks out there usually don't start grilling until the weather gets warmer. So, in honor of the National BBQ Month, I'm taking a risky move of stepping into the arguments about the best barbecue in the good ol' US of A.
  • How to Care for Your Copper Jewelry

    Oh, the warm red glow of copper! Over the centuries, it's been used for pots and pans, sinks, plumbing pipes, and yes, for jewelry. But how do you keep it looking nice and shiny and prevent it from turning your skin green? Here at Buckaroo Bling, we've got a lot of designs made in copper, so I figured I'd give you a few tips for copper care to help you warm up to this warm colored metal.
  • Behind the Scenes: Tools of the Trade

    To do any job properly, you need the right tools. A jeweler's hammer is not the same as a blacksmith's hammer or a carpenter's hammer, for example. Even within the jewelry industry, different tools are used for different types of jewelry making. Today, I'm taking you behind the scenes of Buckaroo Bling to show you the tools I use in my studio.
  • 5 Western Fashion Trends for Summer

    It used to be that only the ranching and rodeo folk wore what's now called western fashion. Jeans, boots, hats, and wild rags were all - and still are - functional pieces of clothing and accessories, but it seems these days everyone and their brother's a wannabe cowboy or cowgirl. With that, western fashion, similar to mainstream fashion, started following seasonal trends. So, here's what western fashion trends to look for this summer according to those who are paid to predict them.
  • Happy Straw Hat Month!

    Did you know April was the Straw Hat Month? Sponsored by the Headwear Information Bureau, Straw Hat Month is meant to remind you to exchange your knitted and felt hats for straw ones in preparation for the warmth of spring and summer.
  • How to Look Classy but Be on Trend This Spring

    Springtime is the time when there are a lot of things to do around the ranch or farm, but it's also the time when you want to bust out of those bulky winter clothes and wear something pretty, and girly, and classy. So, here are a few tips on how to look classy and still be on trend when you can finally go out again for some fun times.