"So what do you do?"
"Why do you post so many pictures of your outfits?"
"Do you own these clothing companies?"
...Honestly the list of questions I receive about being a blogger could go on & on & on...
My answer: I run a Western Fashion blog where I love to post styling advice, whether by me or others, for my followers to feel inspired with their own wardrobe. I also help promote small, local boutiques by using their products in my outfits. Some days I will compile an entire outfit with pieces from five or six boutiques. And I love that I am able to bring awareness of what a small shop in Texas has to offer to a girl living in Montana!
I grew up riding horses; with a professional barrel racing mother, what other choice did I have? My child hood was spent in the back of our old Dodge pick-up going from one rodeo to the next, and honestly I wouldn't have wanted it any other way! The rodeo folk were my family! But it's safe to say the cowboy way was my predetermined way of life.
I have had a love for fashion since I was a child. In middle school I had a wide-ruled notebook that I doodled my clothing design ideas, as I was bound, set and determined on growing up to be a Fashion Designer!
That was a short lived dream...
However, here I am a decade and a half later, and my love for the western lifestyle & fashion have yet to die! It wasn't until early 2016 when I discovered Instagram accounts like The Turquoise Teepee, The Bleacher Babe, The Lace Cactus, Katy Jade, and The Velvet Steer Co. that made me realize that I wasn't just the outcast girl that loved rocking her boots and conchos to class on a Thursday. (Living in the PNW & going to a larger University limited the number of "country" people around me.) There were so many other beautifully talented women out there who shared this passion! I was then able to start discovering western boutiques that were all the way across the country that could help feed my fringe addiction! No longer did I have to wait for the Pendleton Round-Up to do an annual shopping spree! I never felt a bigger feeling of relief in my life. (My bank account disagrees...)
It is no secret that 2016 has been a booming year for the Western Fashion industry. So I decided to get in while the gettin' was good! I created my Instagram page @WestDesperado as just a way to differentiate my personal life from my western fashion passion (see above that many of my current Insta friends & followers were not particularly interested in my flat lay wardrobe pics). I never would have dream what kind of success and popularity would have come from my blog in just 4 short months, but I couldn't be more excited for the journey it is taking me on!