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    Magical Music, Meals

    Picnicking in the park with family this summer is such a memorable moment to create. Raised on a farm, my parents, siblings and I would actually pack lunch and set up camp in an open, shady section of the hayfield. A priceless experience, indeed. Back then, we provided our own original forms of entertainment — live talent shows and guessing games — during our al fresco dining, but today you can really digitally party while picnicking. Forever 21 has this neat portable, pocket-sized unicorn Bluetooth speaker, which can play up to four hours of music. It can even take selfies and calls.

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    Jessica Simpson Bag Swag

    I’m sorry: Some of y’all have been sleepin’ on my girl Jessica Simpson. Whenever I’m strutting with my chocolate brown satchel around Small Town USA, my Southern sistas instantly go into…

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    Carol’s Daughter | Sacred Tiare

    Attention natural hair beauties: If you’re visiting the racetrack throughout the Triple Crown journey, you may want to invest in Carol’s Daughter Sacred Tiare leave-in conditioner. This mist-and-keep-it-moving product tames unruly…

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    Hard-Hitting Helmets

    If you ride long enough, falling off a horse is just part of the game. Trust me: I know from personal experience. Especially in equestrian sports like hunting and jumping, you…

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    Everyday Equine Ensemble

    It’s spring, so proudly boast rich pigments, patterns and prints. Stop thinking everything needs to look so matchy-matchy. My Happening in the Present bell-sleeved floral top and Durango Dream Catcher Americana…

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    Denim Dolled Up

    I coupled my Western-styled Charlotte Russe blue jean shirt with these uber-comfortable Lands’ End classic waist trouser leg pants and fashioned a denim dynamite ensemble. Mixin’ and matchin’ various shades and…

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    Dr. Locs

    I’ve been testing products since my first full-time magazine job at Boating World Magazine at age 22 — more than a decade ago. From designer shades and wicked wakeboards to innovative…

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    Western Word Art

    Decorative text like hope, family, love and peace shower my hayfield home as reminders to always reach for the stars and keep what’s most important first. I often find wooden art…

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    Ampersand Ornamenting

    For those of you who don’t know, the sign for “and” is called an ampersand. It’s one of Cowgirl Candace’s most-liked punctuation marks as a geeky journalist — merely for its…

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    Crème of Nature | Oil Moisturizer

    Cowgirl Candace’s lady lovely locs can get dry as a bone bae. My Southern scalp solution: Argan Oil Moisturizer by Crème of Nature. This soothing soufflé massages and rejuvenates my scalp.…

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    Cantu Loc Dos

    Natural hairstyles, especially braided ones, ruled the rural streets I roamed as a kid. It wasn’t until after my college years I big chopped my tresses and transitioned to dreadlocks. Styling…

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    Lady Luck

    The good luck symbol, horseshoes often dominate my home walls and printed wardrobe. An adorable accessory I highlight my neck with for equine events is my bejeweled horseshoe charmed choker. I…

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    Homestead Heirlooms

    My Grandma Amos became the farm family’s cowhand historian and master country Western wearer. Right after he passed away two years ago, I earned the privilege of becoming one of his…

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    Of Earth and Place

    Kristen Dorsey Designs (KDD) launches its Of Earth and Place jewelry collection Monday, Aug. 15. The “nurturing a future in the place we forever call home” selections will become an extension…