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    Canon Cowgirl

    I started experimenting with photography in high school with my Canon A-1 that my great uncle gave me. He knew I aspired to become a photojournalist, so I kept my camera bag and film on me all the time to practice throughout the countryside. And still do, but I more so reserve it now as farm home collectible décor. A freak about fun facts, this best-selling camera released during 1978, competing with Nikon for the cheapest price and more features. Dependable and high-tech for its time, the once first-class camera continues to have a fuzzy place in my heart to use as a hometown hobby when I’m not reporting on local to international assignments.

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    Clutch Commitment

    No matter the special occasion — a church function, an anniversary or a family reunion — Southern belles like myself can’t travel without an antique purse or pouch for such affairs.…

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    Head Over Heels

    Your boot heel height factors into your equine extra-curricular activities more than you know. As you go about your daily country Western way of life, stick to these specific measurements, especially if…

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    Upcycling Backwoods Boots

    I have a knack for creatively reusing useless, unwanted products all the time — called upcycling. The notion of upcycling has been commonplace for Cowgirl Candace since childhood. Boots easily became…

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    The Journalist’s Journal

    More than 10 years in the journalism game, and I still take shorthand notes for any and everything: grocery shopping lists, country Western wish lists, professional interviews and future Southern story…

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    Racy Lacy Crop Tops

    Bae-bae! I told y’all before: When I see a bargain, I buy it. Point blank. Period. My burnished gold embroidered lace tank top from Sans Souci hid among random shirts at…

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    Sleeveless Sophistication

    Tank tops serve Southern folk well into the winter months. We wear them as dress camis under blazers and undershirts to sweaters on colder-than-normal days. Did you know this multipurpose top…

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    Big League Chew

    As one of the biggest Big League Chew kids of the countryside, I still chomp on the shredded “Outta Here Original” bubble gum on the farm front. For those who don’t…

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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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    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…

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    Nutcracker Sweet Kit

    An early Christmas gift to self: MAC’s Nutcracker Sweet Bronze Pigments and Glitter Kit. Yasssss! Ya girl straight Southern sleighing (lol) this holiday season with these goddess golds, glitz and glam. For…

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    Spot On

    Buster was the childhood horse showing Cowgirl Candace (and anyone who rode him) daily doses of tough love. The leopard appaloosa was as stubborn as all get out, but relished trail…

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    Bands That Make Me Dance

    Anytime I come across cowboy boots with chains, tassels, spur straps or horse hair bands already attached, I go ballistic — in a good way. These ankle bands help modernize traditional…

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    Lama Mama

    A legendary boot brand, indeed, Tony Lama remains a top choice in Cowgirl Candace’s family tree. But do you know the man behind this American cowhand shoemaking? No? Well, glad you asked. Lol. Born…

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    Goats & Soaps

    Ever used goat soap? Me neither, but goat’s milk soap is said to do a body good (Ba-Boom-Boom-Tish!). Lol. Just so happens, my country Western vests photo shoot took place at…

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    Persian Pickles

    Persian pickles: The nickname for paisley shapes that resemble a curving kidney or teardrop. The well-used symbol mishmashed with floral and other types of monochromatic designs give vests (as pictured), bandanas,…