Shortly after moving to Houston at age 2-1, I picked up two phrases that quickly became part of my new Texan lexicon. “I wasn’t born here, just got here as quickly as I could.” And, “It’s not my first rodeo!” The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was like Christmas for me in my 20’s, 3 weeks of large scale, over-the-top entertainment including a BBQ cook-off, carnival food, bull riders and performances from some of the best country music stars, musicians I’d listened to since childhood–George, Alan and Garth to name a few. You see, there were a lot of similarities from some of my favorite pastimes as a young kid that felt so familiar during rodeo season. I’m from a very small town and the fair, Saturday night square dances with cousins and 4-H (future farmers of America folks!) were on the list of favorite childhood memories.
Since having kids, my rodeo days have been sparse, so when asked by the Houston Chronicle to contribute for a feature on rodeo attire I was all in! While this isn’t my first rodeo, I will say there is an art to dressing the part. I’m always impressed with how festive people get for rodeo, most women are dressed up and accessories are king–more is more, hats, turquoise earrings and necklaces, statement belts, and custom cowboy boot fabulousness. I’m typically a little more laid back, a jeans and boots kind of rodeo girl, but when Jubilee boutique showed me a fun embroidered skirt I gave it a whirl. I love how colorful today’s look is and wearin’ Willie isn’t so bad either.
Outfit details | skirt c/o Jubilee boutique, similar here here and here | shirt c/o Jubilee boutique similar here and here | necklace similar here and here | boots similar here and here | bag similar here and here |
Photos Waverly Walla