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    Decades of Farming in Durangos

    Candace Dantes aka Cowgirl Candace | Southern Styles and Steeds

    Ever since my wee country Western days, I’ve worn Durango boots. The style selections, cushiness and durability in the brand made my farm family Durango devotees. The footwear also stood the test of time on the land because I had a bad habit of not givin’ or throwin’ them away when I outgrew a few. Here’s how I repurposed them throughout the decades instead:

    • 0-10: As a Barbie doll car or boat, depending on my imaginative scene of the day;
    • 11-20: As a storage bin for fashion magazines, school supplies and horse tack; and
    • 21-30: As an accent piece — umbrella holder, flower pot or door stop — as part of my farm home décor.


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    Chattahoochee’s Country Chronicles

    Country Western wandering throughout Georgia is one of my primary pastimes. The more history I learn about local communities, the more I appreciate the land and my rural roots. Pit stopping…

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    The Record Of The Ring

    Did you know: The intimacy of wedding rings dates back to ancient Egypt. Egyptians actually exchanged “rings of love” made of leather or reeds, which — like now — signify eternal…

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    Pier Point of View

    The summer’s beach bumming photo shoot started under Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion. My ocean view: Simply breathtaking. Did you know Central of Georgia Railroad originally built the pier and pavilion, formerly named…

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    Historic Districts

    Whether you’re staycationing in Georgia or vacationing in Cuba this year, it would behoove you to check out the area’s historic district. Knowing a district’s architectural beginnings deepens appreciation for the…

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    African-American Legends on the Racetrack

    An epic cover shot for Cowgirl Candace was Churchill Downs Magazine’s fall 2016 edition, featuring the late heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali. A native of Louisville, the champ is seen jogging along…

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    Kentucky Derby

    One of the most electrifying two minutes of thoroughbred racing takes place at the world’s iconic racetracks: Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The great race is held annually the first Saturday…

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    Pinup Puncher Hairstyles

    I appreciate texture and have an affinity for Old Hollywood glamour. Oftentimes, I incorporate classic pinup hairstyles into my contemporary cowgirl fashion just to relive the look. For my Durango darling…

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    My Printed Past

    Animal prints and I go back to elementary school. I became a competitive gymnast at age 5 and traveled Middle Georgia, competing with Macon’s top gym of the ’80s and ’90s:…

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    Pastureland Pigtails

    A recurring hairstyle I’ve donned since my miniature maverick days on the farm in the ’80s has been pigtails for sure. I adore one or multiple even now. Slap some satin…

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    Daniel’s Wood Den

    Stepping into antique barn Daniel’s Wood Den feels like a stuck-in-time, log-cabin getaway. Surrounded by rustic charm and historical keepsakes, the vintage dairy barn in Cataula, Georgia, features 10,000 square feet…

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    The Carousel Kid

    I’m in my dirty 30s and still get goo goo-eyed about carouseling around The Peach State. There: I said it. I love them and all their slow-motion awesomeness. Some of my…

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    Jimi Hendrix Hot Rod

    Wanna really rock out in the new year? You’ve gotta get some Jimi Hendrix gear into your country Western wardrobe my farm-life friends. My gold-and-lavender graphic tee is an iconic top…

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    Newspaper Print Pretty

    Newspapers and magazines are cornerstones to my creative career. My first paid editorial job was as news editor of college newspaper, The Signal, at my alma mater: Georgia State University. I…

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    The Beauty of Wampum Beads

    True story: I actually created friendship rings from these colorful clams called wampum beads, which I also sold to classmates for lunch money. However, my accessories never matched the talents of…