Jan 18, 2017

Keeping Your Boots Safe

Do you feel that? The crisp chill in the air? The weather is getting colder and that only means one thing. Winter. Now for some of us, winter means that the temperature drops to mid to low 60s. For others, that means snow covered streets aren’t too far off. With winter comes snow, salt on the sidewalks, and endless opportunities to completely destroy your favorite pair of boots!

Protecting your shoes doesn’t have to be hard! Take a look at this graphic from King Ranch Saddle Shop that shows easy steps to prepare your boots for the winter months ahead.

  1. Take those boots out of storage and clean them off! Clean the leather with dish soap and water. This will help get them look brand new and ready for another season.
  1. Apply conditioner to help prevent your boots from cracking. Exposing leather to the harsh elements can really do a number on them. (King Ranch has their own leather conditioner, check it out!)
  1. Waterproof! This is probably the most common way to protect any shoe that you own and your feet, too. Whether it’s a snowstorm or a surprise rain shower, you’ll be glad you waterproofed your shoes. Don’t be afraid to waterproof your shoes more than once. Use your best judgment, and give your shoes the best chance at making it through the winter!
  1. Store your shoes! It’s important to make sure your shoes are someplace where they won’t be exposed to the elements when you’re not wearing them. Put them back in the box they came in or wrap them in a bag and keep them out of direct sunlight.
For those of you interested in King Ranch, take a look at their southern chic cowgirl boots and bold cowboy boots! Their boots are both stylish and durable, allowing you to wear them for seasons to come. How do you care for your boots?

How to Accessorize With Turquoise Jewelry for a Seamless Look

Whether you’ve amassed a huge collection of gorgeous turquoise jewelry or you’re feeling recently inspired after a trip through the American Southwest, we’re here to help you discover how to incorporate the distinctive greenish-blue hue into autumnal pieces you already love.

What makes turquoise jewelry work for fall 

Often, fall fashions move into a much more neutral territory. Whites, creams, and grays become staple pieces, usually paired with one deeply hued autumnal color (think mauve, burgundy, or mustard). Turquoise is incredibly versatile and works with all of these shades. Wear a statement turquoise necklace when you’re feeling like your outfit is a little boring color story-wise and needs some brightening.

Similarly, fall fashions tend to move away from bold prints and patterns, which works perfectly with turquoise accessories. The complex, intricate look of turquoise pairs much better with solids than prints. This is because of the irregular coloring and specks of different shades in turquoise jewelry will often draw out lovely colors and tints from almost any color.

While turquoise can work well with a print, we usually recommend pairing it with a solid. In this case, however, a turquoise bead necklace would look much better as there are many stones to contrast and highlight your bold solid top, dress or jacket.

Most importantly, turquoise looks great with all skin tones. If you find yourself a bit more pale in the fall and winter, then this can work wonders. Turquoise drop earrings will bring out pleasant, natural undertones from your complexion, especially when paired with a natural makeup look.

These are just a few reasons why we believe the turquoise jewelry trend of 2016 will continue far into 2017. The versatility of turquoise jewelry makes it an incredible investment for many seasons.

Turquoise complements other accessories

If you’re a gal who likes to mix and match multiple pieces, then try working some turquoise jewelry into your regular rotation. Metallics (especially silvers and golds) beautifully draw out nice tones from turquoise. Teal and silver add a cool sleekness to any look, even when not incorporated into the same piece. A cute teal clutch can bring out the shimmer you love so much in your favorite gold rings.

Check out this list of 30 ways to mix turquoise and teal work clothes for women to get some ideas. See which outfits shown remind you of pieces you already own and then pair from there. For example, a turquoise jacket with matching earrings, necklace, and bracelet work beautifully with an orange top and jeans.

Get adventurous

Most of us associate a change in hair color with spring and summer, but there’s no reason a drastic ‘do can’t bring some energy to your fall wardrobe. It’s not quite an accessory, but turquoise hair (whether all around, streaks, or as part of an ombre dye job) can bring some nice brightness to the traditionally darker and neutral hues of autumn looks.

Check out this list of turquoise hair color ideas for 2017, for instance. You can see a wide range of hues; consider which works best with your skin tone and wardrobe. If you’re unsure about it, try out a washout hair dye for a fun evening out. Even some teal eyeshadow can suffice for a trial run if you have trepidation about going so bold.

Then use turqouise accessories to draw attention to your new gorgeous locks. Rings and cuffs are a fantastic way to reference your hair (necklaces and earrings might distract too much by not being the exact shade as your hair color).

Whatever perfect piece of turquoise jewelry you’re looking for, from over-the-top gorgeous necklaces to a delicate ring you’ll love showing off, it’s sure to make a statement when the season starts to change.

Author Bio:
Carl Turner is a professional freelance writer based in Los Angeles, California. In his free time, he loves to write about the fashion industry and how to improve skin quality. His expertise has been sought by highly influential members of the fashion & beauty industry.

Dec 24, 2016

Playing It Safe: Avoiding Safety Hazards While Making Your Home Holiday-Ready

For many people, digging the holiday décor out of storage and making your home a beautiful holiday sanctuary is one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit. Few things are more satisfying than carrying on family traditions that your mother and grandmother taught you, yet many of those traditions may pose some safety risks. Here’s how to identify potential risks when making your home holiday-ready and choosing safer alternatives without sacrificing tradition. 

Avoiding Fire Risks with Live Trees 

For many families, going out and exploring a tree farm and carefully selecting the perfect tree to decorate your home for the holidays is an annual tradition. Real trees are beautiful and add a fresh pine scent to your home, but they also come with some safety concerns – particularly, the risk of catching fire. When placing your tree, make sure it’s at least three feet away from any heat source such as candles, fireplaces, heat vents, radiators, and any other source of heat. 

A moist tree is far less likely to catch fire, so the key is to water your tree daily. Keep an eye on live trees throughout the season, checking the needles for brittleness. If needles snap and break off easily, that’s a sign that your tree is drying out and needs more water. If you enlist the services of a housekeeper, make sure they know this is something you’d like them to keep an eye on. 

Choose Safe Options for Decorating the Tree

Many years ago, it was a tradition for some families to place lit candles on the Christmas tree, a serious safety risk for obvious reasons. Avoid using real flames near the holiday tree, particularly if you are using a real tree that has had time to dry out. 

Even regular lights can be a safety hazard on the tree, so read the packaging carefully and be sure to use lights that are rated for use on Christmas trees. Never use lights that have frayed or damaged wires on or near the tree. Finally, if you have pets who are intrigued by shiny objects, choose shatterproof bulbs and ornaments to avoid a mess (and possibly a cut foot). Shattered ornaments tend to break into hundreds of sharp, tiny shards that are difficult to clean up. 

Stay Safe Decorating on the Roof 

Going all-out for your outdoor décor can result in a beautiful holiday masterpiece, but getting all those lights and other décor properly affixed near the top of your home is a treacherous feat. Use caution when climbing ladders, and choose a non-metal ladder. Metal conducts electricity, which can spell disaster if your wiring goes awry. 

If you can avoid it, don’t climb onto the roof in snowy and icy conditions. Slipping and falling off the roof can result in serious injury, and you don’t want to spend the holidays in the hospital. 

Choose Safe and Eco-Friendly Options for Outdoor Décor

Slips and falls from the rooftop aren’t the only risk associated with decorating outdoors. You should also clean out your gutters before stringing up lights around the roof to avoid fires, and always choose lights that are rated for outdoor use. 

If you want to save a few bucks this year, opt for LED lighting to reduce your energy consumption. LEDs consume up to 75 percent less energy and last up to 25 times longer than traditional lighting options. 

Plan Parties with Safety and Functionality in Mind

Throwing a holiday party? There are safety options to consider when planning get-togethers during the holiday season, too. Do any of your guests have allergies or other dietary restrictions? Be sure to ask all invitees before you’re ready to prepare or order food and beverages for the event. 
Make sure to have a clear path to and around the food and beverage area, as this is where party-goers tend to gravitate. If you’re facing inclement weather, have a coat rack placed near the entrance. Too much clutter can lead to accidents as the evening wears on, particularly if any of your guests have over-indulged. 

The holidays are a joyful time of year filled with many traditions that have been passed down through generations. Whether you’re decorating a real Christmas tree, decking out the exterior of your home, or planning the party event of the year, these safety tips will help you keep tradition without jeopardizing safety.