…into the night…

Sometimes what you really need is a night wrapped in a blanket of stars, in a bed made of freshly fallen leaves…
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2014-01-08 18.46.19Featuring our ‘Love Me Necklace’ long boho style piece hand shaped into the word love strung on leather, Our ‘Brave Heart Necklace’ in our classic pendant fashion and our ‘Whisper of Love Bracelet’, ‘Willing Heart Bracelet’ and the ‘Courage My Love Boho Wrap’.

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1-2014-01-08 18.56.28We loved the way our gold necklaces complemented the lace of this dress in a natural setting… Seen here is Our ‘Golden Wisdom Necklace’, ‘Golden Free Spirit Necklace’ and ‘Golden All You Need is Love Necklace’, ‘Girl With a Dream Bracelet’ and Our ‘Heart and Soul Cuff’.

1-2014-01-08 19.41.38Above is our spiritually inspired and ever popular symbol of protection the ‘Hamsa Necklace’, paired with the ‘Twisted Peace Necklace’.

Remember to always appreciate the natural beauty that exists around you, its yours to enjoy.

xo

…jolly holiday…

hsnowThe store is officially decorated for the holidays!

holidaystore It’s our favorite time of year and also our busiest. Our Island Cowgirl elves are hard at work in the studio prepping tons of beautiful pieces to be shipped out for the holidays….
hstore2 We get excited each year about putting together the December window display because of its cheery christmas vibe.
holidaystore2 It seems like everyone is filled with the spirit of giving this time of year… and we love being a little part of our customers holiday joy.
hwindow3 We also offer adorable gift wrapping to our in store customers during the holidays for that extra festive touch…. its a toss up as to who enjoys our wrapping more, the person receiving it or us for putting it together, making a pretty present!

Stop by to enjoy this years decorations and shop around!

xo

…An October Adventure…

It all started with a trip to the stables

Looking like a country queen wearing our ‘Only From the Heart Necklace‘ with our ‘Peace, Love & Horses Necklace‘… while shoveling hay…of course!
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Did I forget to mention lots and lots of horse play…?

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Time spent with a horse is more then just fun…. it feeds your ‘faith‘ it brings out a ‘strength‘ in you that you didn’t know you had…you learn about your self, but more then anything, you learn to trust and respect.
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Stepping out of the stables and back to work…

We quickly realized boots go with just about anything… but they look especially good next to our ‘reliquary‘ and ‘big dream‘ bracelets…

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We traveled down the road a bit to a nice spot over looking the ocean

Wind blown hair and peace of mind during a perfect sunset…and Our ‘Pure Heart Necklace‘.

PUREBLOG And as the golden rays cast away the day we celebrated… that ‘not all who wander are lost‘.

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Until the next adventure…

XoX

…fallapalooza…

How are you dressing up your fall attire?

fallpeaceWe’re digging chocolate leather pieces with silver accents…like this ‘Love &  Peace Necklace’….

horseshoe bracelet Layering is always a fun part of fall fashion, why should it end with your clothing? Our ‘protect this cowgirl’, ‘follow your faith’ and the ‘courage my love boho wrap’ compliment each other perfectly.

bootsheartrings & The more rings the better… well at least we think so here at IC…
We have rings for every style crosses, peace signs, hearts and horse shoes.
Accessorizing for the seasons is one of life’s many great joys.

Don’t fall behind this season, stay on top of your boho style game with rustic yet feminine jewelry.

xox

…happy 5 years to us!…

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Me & my girls! Thanks to my great staff for all the hard work! (Aren’t they cute?)

My heart is full right now. And my customers are the greatest. I just wanted to put that out there.

Last week we had a shindig at our little store by the sea to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. We spent the day making sure everything was just perfect..we had gift baskets to pack and cakes to pick up and little gourmet appetizers to make…it was a group project to be sure…and all of my awesome employees were there to help.

Our goal was to make this a great thank you party to everyone who has supported us over the years. It was important to me that if someone took time out of their life to show up…that they were not disappointed. I believe each moment of everyone’s life is precious.

What really blew me away was how I ended up going away with more gifts than I feel we gave. A friend of mine, Bronny Dainiels, who is also a professional photographer was there snapping pictures of all of our goodies when I arrived. She managed to, completely unasked and unsolicited,  captured the spirit of our whole evening…start to finish. And the photos were in my inbox when I woke up.

Bronny Daniels- photographer extraordinaire...
Bronny Daniels- photographer extraordinaire…

Customers brought me flowers. They brought me heartfelt handmade cards. Food. Cupcakes. (Rice Krispies cupcakes which were gone in a flash…don’t worry…I am getting the recipe for all of you) Bottles of wine.

anniversary-4But most of all they shared stories with me. Stories of how they gave Island Cowgirl Jewelry as a gift to someone who needed inspiration. Stories of the artists they had discovered at the store and how much that meant to them. I heard over and over again…”We are so glad you are in Huntington Beach…we love your store so much”. Wow. Their overwhelming spirit of generosity was amazing.

One wonderful customer, when she learned that a portion of the days sales were going toward Sunkissed Acres Equine Rescue bought even more. Including a big wood starfish that she would have hand carry on the plane the next day on her trip back home to Florida. But she wanted to help the horses.

annivarsary-6The last gift basket of the evening was raffled off at 9PM. It went to a woman whose elderly mom had been there earlier. She said her mother often bought Island Cowgirl jewelry for her on her birthday…but that tonight she was a little short on funds and could not buy anything, but that she wanted to be at the party tonight to help us celebrate.

Her daughter had come back to the store in hopes that her mom may win the gift basket…because it would mean so much to her. And she did. I told her it was meant to be…anniversary-3And so everyone went home happy on this fine spring night…Me with my full heart. My peeps. And the horses. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Peace, Love & Horses,

~heather

 

 

…back in the saddle…

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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.

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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,

~heather

 

…unlikely friendships…

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We form friendships in some of the most unlikely places….with the strangest circumstances. Yet, those bonds hold just as strong and true as any.

Let your heart be open to the kindness it has to share, it will be more open to receiving it as well.

Sometimes all we need to get the ball rolling is a genuine smile, or unexpected hello….a random act of kindness…

You never know what kind of relationship that could be sparked by a little bit of heart-to-heart.

Today we seem so busy with our virtual world, that I think that sometimes we miss out on actually connecting with compassion and consideration.

And I think that maybe perhaps animals have it right…

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XoXo,

Island Cowgirl

 

…happy trails…

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Howdy,

Today I decided to feature one of my favorites, Our Happy Trails Bracelet. I LOVE all of the details, from the bit and boots to the hearts… and horseshoes! It’s the perfect bracelet for any horse lover. It reminds me of all of the amazing times I’ve had riding. There is nothing quite like a girl’s bond with her horse.

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Our ‘Happy Trails‘ Bracelet $150…

You can purchase it for your self or as a gift for a friend at our website or by calling our flagship store in at 714-580-9909.

May you only have Happy Trails!
~heather

…horse love…

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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.

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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.

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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!

XoXo,

~heather

…back on the ranch…I mean beach…

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Cowgirl at heart…

Temperatures are definitely warming up here in sunny Southern California…after a bitter cold snap that I was worried was going to take out my beloved Hydrangea in the garden.

But here we have it…just blink once and the sun was shinning and all was good in the world.

It seems like the second the sun decides to come out the beach is flooded with people, and our little town of Huntington Beach bursts with life! It was the absolute perfect day to break out the beach cruiser for a boardwalk bike ride. And so i did!

In the middle of my ride, the sun was beginning to set above the ocean, so I decided to it was time turn back and head towards home. Right before I did I took a moment to appreciate the beauty around me. I sat on a cement wall, swinging my boots above the sand, feeling very blessed to live in a place where i can experience moments like this.

 

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Our super cute ‘Back on The Ranch’ earrings $40

Gratitude washes over me in waves…Southern California really gives back…How lucky am I that I get to ride horses and go to the beach all in same day?

XoXo

Island Cowgirl

…get wrapped up…

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Get wrapped up in our awesome leather wrap bracelets. Wrap bracelets are all the rage right now and are sure to be a big hit under the tree. They are great to stack with our cuffs, silver charm bracelets or leather inspirational bracelets. The one featured above is our Anais Wrap Bracelet has a quote from Anais Nin on it which reads “we don’t see things as they are…we see them as they are…” This is more true than we know. Cream colored Swarovski pearls are dotted around the chocolate brown leather.

Inspirational leather wrap bracelets

Our Only From the Heart bracelet is hand etched with the words “only from the heart can you touch the sky” onto natural dyed latigo bridal leather…and our Boho Big Heart Wrap is strung on baby soft red suede. All of these inspirational handmade bracelets are available online at www.islandcowgirl.com

…small business weekend…

Island Cowgirl Jewelry Flagship StoreHappy Thanksgiving to all! Come by the store this weekend…we just finished trimming the tree and stocking our store for the holidays.

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!

Island Cowgirl Flagship Store
320 1/2 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA  92648
714-963-6200

 

…sunset with trigger…

Meet Trigger. He is sure is pretty. But that is not the best thing about Trigger…he has a lions heart and a gentle soul. And he has the prettiest eyes I ever did see. He also likes me…now the thing about Trigger is that he doesn’t quite like everyone. He tolerates most everyone…but he doesn’t like them. But he remains polite. Trigger & I have a lot in common.

I have a soft spot for him. And he also came to my wedding so you know he is special.

This is Trigger at sunset…My friend Kelsey sent me this photo…and of course it melted my heart. And made me buy carrots.

Trigger loves carrots.

XOXO
~h