postcards from the farm…goat yoga*

leipers fork sunrise“life is getting up an hour early to live an hour more”…

Another brilliant summer sunrise at the farm…granted it is 5:30am and getting up this early is not for everyone. Well, pretty much not for anyone. But I will always get up and run across the pasture to capture my favorite purple sunrise. It is always fleeting…only lasting a minute or two over the far off ridge…but it is always worth it.

The heat this August was not overly oppressive…unless of course you have hair like Libby & I do. It is akin to wearing a heavy blanket on top of your head. Hair, more hair and more hair. So what better way to beat the heat than to wear the same matching braids. I think she kind of liked them!

Nigel got his usual short summer hair cut and was all ready for his morning duties to clear the pasture of birds. He takes this very seriously.

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Goat Yoga in Leipers Fork

My friends over at Gratidude Ranch here in Leipers Fork have a charity for foster children called Safe House. It is an awesome charity for children in the foster system and they work tirelessly  to give these children a better life. They personally keep a petting zoo of 27 different animals on their property that the children can visit.

They came up with a wonderful idea of having Saturday morning Goat Yoga on their farm in order to raise money for their charity.  Why not? They had lots of willing goats and a pig or two.

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The hardest part of the whole thing was not laughing. Constantly. They were so darn cute and they wanted to snuggle. Although some people brought carrots and had an unfair snuggling advantage. We will be going back again next time for sure! Carrots in hand. If you have a chance check out their Safe House For All and the wonderful work that they do!

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Sundance says don’t forget to stop and smell the sunflowers!
(he’s ver wise…not just a pretty face)

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i am not afraid I was born to do this

i am not afraid *

Of all the bracelets we sell…this one is one of the ones that people will panic about the most if they lose it.  I know because I get the emails.  It has become a personal mantra to get them through their tough times or overcome their struggles and try to realize their dreams.

It is etched with one of my favorite quotes from Joan of Arc“I am not afraid, I was born to do this.” 

Does it really get any better than that? Sometimes that is just the reminder you need to put your fear aside and just move forward. So often we get stuck in a comfortable place and have a hard time moving past it to where our dreams lie. This bracelet can help…at least I have been told!

dog paw tshirt

i love my dawg*

I have been working on some new t-shirt designs and of course the one thing I thought was missing was a dog paw…because we all know how much we love our dogs.

I  am modeling the t-shirt in all my farm glory…and although you may see horse snot on it the actual color is heather grey with a dark grey paw. On the back there is the message “i love my dawg” written near the collar. (’cause its true)

You may order by calling the store directly at 714-580-9909. They come in sizes Small to X-Large…and are a pretty awesome cut. (ie…not super tight) I love them because they are super duper soft as well. We hope to have them on the website very soon! But in the meantime feel free to call the store. They are real friendly there. Southern hospitality and all.

I promise if you order one…yours will come sans horse and dog snot. Unless of course you would like it embellished and in that case Sundance charges extra.

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fortune favors the bold*

One of our most popular bangles is our Fortune Favors the Bold bangle…not only do they make great gifts but you can stack them up with some of our other bracelets and wear your intentions on your sleeve.

I have always been a great believer that we make our own luck in life. Sure, there are ups and downs…but all too often we love to blame other people for our perceived lack of “luck” or fortune.

Make your own path. Create your own fortune. No one is holding you back…we all live in the same free country with the same opportunities.

Fortune really does favor the bold. And if you love the bangle we have a necklace to match

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breast cancer awareness jewelry…hope is stronger than fear*

October is Breast Cancer awareness month everywhere…especially here at Island Cowgirl. My mother is a Breast Cancer survivor so it really is a cause close to my heart. She was one of the lucky ones that managed to survive and thrive. My mom lost her mother to cancer when she was only 52 so it was a very frightening legacy to bear. Millions of other women have the same stories…

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morning mantra from the farm*

“there are only two days in the year that nothing can be done…one is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow. So today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live…”  ~ dali lama

find your courage to fly*

I love this.

“Courage is different than Bravery. It is from the Latin word “Cour” which means heart…
The original meaning was “to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart”…
So really it is the courage to be imperfect. To have compassion. To be kind to yourself and others.”

Our leather toggle wrap Find Your Courage to Fly Bracelet is perfect to remind yourself of this…

things are blossoming @ our flagship store*

Love, love, LOVE the new spring window display at our Flagship store. Its filled with tons of great season appropriate inspiration. Giant carrots, butterflies and flowers are just some of the decorations that can be seen in our store front! If you live in or near Huntington Beach make sure to stop by and check it out for your self!

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spring forward*

IMG_7310So many fresh things are in the works for Island Cowgirl in spring 2014! New lifestyle photography! A more user/checkout friendly web design and new jewelry designs!
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xo
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…luck of the irish…

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A limited edition boho wrap bracelet, just in time for Saint Patricks Day. The ‘Luck of The Irish‘!

And with March right around the corner, it has us thinking about a few of our favorite Irish phrases

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What is your favorite Irish saying?…We’re wishing everyone lots of luck in the month of March.

XOXO

…new things on the horizon…

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Who goofs off on the job? No silly Sallys around here! No sir! We get down to business!

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This may appear to be a fluffy english sheepdog, but Nigel, he’s is all about focus! No shenanigans are tolerated while he’s on set! He directs production.

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Oh and don’t let the eyes fool you… Bonnie Bell is our lead styling assistant here, she tries to stay behind the scenes.
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It’s all quiet serious really. No funny business. WORK. WORK. WORK.
springblog6Just kidding… We love this stuff and we laugh all day long.

Its good to be an Island Cowgirl!

Keep an eye out for our new lifestyle photography, coming soon to the site!