Here is a bit of whats happening at the Island Cowgirl booth in NYC at Accessories The Show!
Just a little peak in to our trade-show season…
The new line has officially hit the store.
This new line has been in the works for a while now and it’s so exciting to see all of the ideas come to life.
From a sketch book, to a wax mold to actual castings and assembly each detail was given personal attention.
Our leather word bracelets have always been a IC fan favorite so… what did we do?! We brought you more! New words of inspiration to love and stack!
And for our golden girls… we’ve had gold on our minds for a while and the timing was right for it to become a reality.
We hope you are as in love with the new collection as we are… its been a joy to put together.
We are starting a new tradition here at Island Cowgirl, were calling it the monthly get-away… we are going to take you on a journey with our jewelry to a destination fitting the jewelry’s inspiration.
Our August style is called the Boho Beach Babe….
Get inspired by our monthly looks, layered pieces and unique locations.
What an amazing smile… right?
This is Cecilia. A friend of hers passed along her inspirational story and I am humbled to share it with you.
On July 4th 2010, when Cecilia was 17 years old she and her brother Joe were in a terrible and devastating car accident while heading home from their family farm. At some point during the drive the car lost control and in spite of Joe’s attempt to take control of the wheel the car spun out, and crashed in to a tree.
Cecilia, still conscious after the accident found her self cemented between the crushed steel of the car. Her legs were completely stuck and she looked over to the driver’s seat to see her brother Joe left completely unconscious, and his jaw entirely detached from his face.
Frightened and in shock, a sense of hope finally arrived with a team of firemen and paramedics. Their parents also made it to the scene, but were urged to go immediately to the hospital while the firemen worked on Cecilia and her brother Joe.
Cecilia remembers talking to her mother at the scene…
“She was going like hold on, it’s going to be alright, ” remembers Cecilia. “We’ll meet you in St. Louis and I was like Mom, don’t leave me. Don’t leave me here. And she had to go.”
It took two long and arduous hours to pry free Cecilia’s mangled legs from the strong steel of the vehicle. Once they were free from the car, both brother and sister were air lifted to the hospital. That night Cecilia was told that her brother Joe was most likely not going to make it, and if she did make it that her legs would probably have to be amputated.
Joe went into a coma, while Cecilia endured four surgeries in which she had 4 titanium rods and over 30 metal screws placed into her legs and right ankle. She then slowly began her journey on the road to recovery, with a great deal of physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Her tremendous courage pushed her to persevere through all that she faced. Cecilia always had a great love for singing and for riding horses. She sang through out her treatment and dreamed of one day being able to get back on her horse and go riding…
Her brother eventually came out of his coma 2 months after the accident, and is by some miracle on the long road to recovery, with minor memory difficulties.
After a year-long journey, with her will to overcome immense obstacles and the support she received from family and friends she is not only walking, but she is also saddling and riding her horse!
She wears our bracelet etched with the old cowgirl saying, ‘Always saddle your own horse’, as a constant reminder of what she has accomplished since her accident.
Thank you to Cecllia, her family and friends for sharing this incredible story with us… We make our jewelry to inspire others…but a lot of times it goes the other way around…others inspire us with their strength, fortitude and reverie.
Ride on Cecillia…
Peace, Love & Horses,
First of all, we hope everyone had a lovely Easter weekend, filled with laughter, good weather and great food! We know we did!
Secondly, we have good news….
We have NEW beach inspired art work in the store!
If you live in Huntington Beach or the neighboring areas make sure you stop in to our flagship store and check out all of the amazing new art work!
Its unique and rustic with a pop of color! Perfect for creating a subtle beachy environment in the house this summer, and something that can translate to the seasons year round!
Call our store for inquiries on individual prices!
Here at Island Cowgirl a big part of our hearts are dedicated to horses…as you can tell by our past posts and much of our jewelry.
Did you know that the U.S. indirectly supports Horse slaughter. Kill buyers get ahold of unwanted horses in a variety of ways. They are stolen from pasture. A lot of them are trolling Craigslist and taking advantage of the economy by “adopting” horses that people can no longer afford and are offering to a good home for free. They then take these horses and put them up on “bail”. If no one pays their bail to save them…usually $300-600 they go off to Canada & Mexico to be killed for meat. Yes Meat. And yes, our lovely friends north of the boarder…Canada participates in this barbaric practice which has manifested this thriving industry of death down here.
Take the case a Buddy. Buddy & Dallas had been given to a family with a “special needs” child. They even came out to ride him with a crippled child. A few months later Dallas was found at a kill buyer. Someone paid his “bail” to get him out but Buddy was no where to be seen and his former owners feared he had suffered a similar fate.
Thankfully, he was found through the power of Facebook and is on his way home, but countless other horses and owners have not been as lucky.
We are always looking for ways to help the horse community… Below is a great site for more information on how you can help stop this travesty taking place against the gentle giants that melt our hearts.
I really encourage everyone to check out the AC4H website. It is such a tragedy that our friends don’t have their own voice… we must be the voice for them!
We’re getting super excited about Valentines Day…as you know…Island Cowgirl is all about hearts…Heart Necklaces, heart bracelets…pretty much any kind of heart jewelry you could possibly want.
We’ve been busy as can be preparing for the launch of the new winter collection, traveling to tradeshows and in our spare time plotting our Valentine’s Day windows! Its safe to say Cupid has arrived and this Monday our display was pieced together with lace, red roses, hearts and trinkets of love galore. (Good thing Samantha is very good with the glue gun)
It’s so cute and so much fun to have the spirit of love so alive in our store. Love is such a constant source of inspiration here at Island Cowgirl. We always try to add a little bit of love in each of our pieces…and we have to say this is our favorite time of the year.
One of the things we really take pride in about our Island Cowgirl Jewelry is the rustic handcrafted details that go into each and every piece of jewelry.
Giving someone you love a piece of our handcrafted jewelry is sure to make their heart beat a little bit faster…Here are some Valentine’s Day Jewelry gift ideas that we know will get you some extra love…
Help us celebrate Small Business Saturday by making it a small business weekend…support made in the USA as well as all of your local businesses. Remember to shop local!
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320 1/2 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
I love all things yarn…all things hippie and most of all braids! I thought this was such a cool idea of braiding random pieces of yarn into your hair…You could even include some lace for a more romantical look…
Either way it is the epitome of Boho Chic…which is how we roll…
or Hippie Trails…whichever you prefer…
This week around the studio we have been doing a photo shoot for our new website…It has been a lot of fun…but we battled some rain, some cold, a big praying mantis that kept buzzing us…but our biggest challenge was trying to keep Nigel out of the pictures. He assumed that it was playtime and kept covering the ground at our feet with toys.
This is the way it went…put on bracelet, pose model, arrange jewelry, throw dog toy and then very quickly try to snap the picture before said dog with toy bounded back into the frame…and ruined the picture. Needless to say we have more pictures of blurry white and grey fur than we do of jewelry. He especially liked posing with our doggie jewelry…Here you see him with our “Love Has Paws” bracelet.
Then of course we had to deal with this silliness…Bonny. Bonny doesn’t move much so we didn’t have to worry about drive by fur shots…however her sleeping poses were pretty distracting.
All in all we had a lot of fun with the photoshoot….and look forward to sharing all of these great new shots with you on our newly designed website! Lots of new inspirational jewelry & cowgirl jewelry coming up!
This is Nigel. He likes art. But mostly he likes going on bike rides…and on this fine Thursday afternoon he is ready to rock.
We grab our bike, a basket full of hand knit scarves that a friend just delivered to me and head over to the store to see a guy about some bird houses.
And not just any bird house. The most colorful, Dr. Seuss-like bird houses you ever did lay your eyes on.
So Dave came by with his pickup truck stuffed to the brim with this explosion of colorful birdhouses. Are you in love yet? We promtly proceeded to take over most of the parking lot and build a little bird house city…of course I had to see every single one. And of course I loved each one more than the last. It was almost impossible to pick. I wanted them. All.
I want the pink one. No…the blue one.
Off to NYC…the city that never sleeps…My old stomping grounds. As many of you know I went to school in New York and hence always feel at home once I get off the plane. The people are straight forward, no nonsense and terribly funny. Not only that they are incredibly genuine & generous….if it was warm & had a beach I would probably still live there.
I was here for work…but work is never without a little fun. After a hard day of walking the show…we found an amazing little cafe on 9th & 49th that rocked the brunch experience. It was called Vinyl. They had mosaic bathrooms of Elvis, Dolly Parton & Cher complete with each singers action figure. A total trip…
Anthropologie at Rockefeller Center is not to be missed…They are borderline genius with their displays. No…they are pure genius. Nobody rocks it out like they do.
A tie dye zip tie wall…curtain…thingy. I mean does it get anymore brilliant than this? Seriously. Blown. Away.
Jen, from Quirks of Art, one of my good friends & amazing retailers, was my partner in crime during my stay in NYC…and we sure did have a grand time…to be continued…
…”I want to be like water…I want to slip through fingers, but hold up a ship“…
This is Nigel at dog beach. He leaps. He lunges. He is hard to photograph.
Notice the flying ears and the sand ridden muppet feet. Most of which ends up in my truck.
On the upside he has achieved a higher state of sheer bliss. Don’t we all wish we could be Nigel?
Of course, there is something in it for me, besides seeing my dog completely flip out with ecstasy. I get to beach-comb for cool shells and driftwood which we use in our store and for photography props.
And of course there is always the view. Never get tired of that view…and all those little doggie footie prints.
~heather & her sandy truck