I can’t believe I’m typing out a blog post on Wren’s SECOND birthday. This last year has completely flown by! Before having kids, everyone tells you just how fast it flies but until you’re in it, it doesn’t fully register. That being said, YEEHAW we have a two-year-old!! We celebrated at a sweet little venue just up the road from our new house. It worked out great because they actually had a petting zoo available with your rental! One less thing to coordinate!! I’ll take it. With being in the thick of a home build, I wanted to hire out some of the responsibilities so I ended up using Chick-fil-a for the food (can’t go wrong) and Balloon Therapy Tulsa for the balloon garland and marquee number. I’ll include more pictures and links below! As always, if you have any questions send me an email or DM me on insta!
Sweet Trails cookies are not only beautiful but they are equally as tasty. She can ship anywhere! She shipped from New Mexico to Oklahoma for me. The cookies are packaged so well so you don’t have to worry about them breaking! The details are just to.die.for.
Loved how the tables turned out. Everything was disposable so cleanup was easy!
I had so much fun dreaming up ideas for her very first birthday. Honestly, I way outdid myself. I should’ve started small and built up to this kind of birthday because I am convinced I will never be able to throw a more spectacular birthday. Kidding. Kind of. I’m already wondering what next year will be like. It was important to me to throw her a memorable bash because my birthday falls on Christmas Eve and well….my birthdays were always shared with Christmas. I’m pretty adamant about partying hard every year on August 29th, that is until she tells me it’s N O T cool. (not looking forward to that) Anyways, so many of you wanted the deets so here I am posting.
We held the partay at my hometown restaurant and it was the perfect venue. It happens to be an old barn that was torn down in a different state and moved to Arkansas.
Balloon arch – We built our own backdrop using instructions from Pinterest and this curtain. The balloons came from Lushra (we used the color rosewood and cowprint). We used this balloon pump. Trust me, you’ll want it! I ordered these pink roses and green filler from Costco for the tables. Floral accents really make everything pop. The banners are custom and can be ordered here in the “Western” font.
The clear and black lettering that says “Wrenley Sue” and “8 29” were an idea of my sweet MIL. She was given these old sign letters and we had my FIL make a board for them to slide into. I loved it! So cute. You can find the cow print plates here. Fun fact – the napkins are from our Wedding. Totally not planned but it worked out!
At the end of August we took a road trip with our nearly-one-year-old to Western Colorado. We stayed in an old miner cabin in the mountains and it was D R E A M Y….well for us. If you are of the kind that needs a shower and a running toilet, this little airbnb isn’t for you. We used a bucket to rinse off and made some early morning runs to the outhouse. It was magical. You pay for the view and boy is it worth millions. While we were there we ventured out to all the little mountain towns to see what all they had to offer. We loved every little area that we visited.
You can see Ralph Lauren’s “Double RL” Ranch between our cabin and Ridgway. I believe there is about 8 miles of highway frontage and a few entry ways that you can see along the way.
Our first night in Colorado, we made sure to hit up the True Grit café. Wren loved the mashed potatoes and mac and cheese. Gus and I ordered meatloaf. (I was trying to think outside the box but wished I had done otherwise…not my fav) I’ll talk more about food in other neighboring mountain towns that I’d suggest. Though we didn’t much care for the flavor, it’s definitely the aesthetic you’re paying for. I’d say – grab a drink at the bar area and call it good for the evening.
What a cute mountain town. My friend, Rachel McGinn, had been on this trip and recommended several areas to us so we basically stuck to what she suggested. She had mentioned a free gondola ride and it was definitely a hit for us. We jumped on at Telluride and road up the mountain (about a 14 minute ride) to Mountain Village where there were plenty of shops and eateries.
We LOVED the food in Telluride. There were tons of options and what we went with was top notch. We had breakfast at “the baker and the butcher” and it was to die for. I think I had the best mocha of my life. For dinner we had pizza at The Brown Dog. It was Detroit style which I’ve never had. So yum.
There were several cute shops that we walked through but I’d save the shopping for Ouray.
My new fav little town. I’ve been all over the world and this is a top 5 place for me. We started our day at Box Canyon for a tiny hike to see a cool waterfall inside the canyon. It was neat to see and didn’t take long to view.
After the canyon, we shopped the cute little stores up and down the road. My favs were Rockin P Ranch and Chief Ouray Trading Post. Rockin P Ranch is my new fav store filled with all kinds of western home goods and fashion. I also purchased some white buffalo pieces from Chief Ouray. Ouray was a lot more relaxed of a town than Telluride. More of our kinda people.
We initially didn’t think we’d have time but we made time to drive the “million dollar highway” between Ouray and Silverton. The highway speaks for itself because the views were ah-mazing. If you are afraid of heights or steep drop-offs without guardrails, this drive isn’t for you. Once we arrived in Silverton we decided to grab a late lunch at Handlebars. We loved it. It had an old west feel and the service was fantastic. I ordered ribs like a boss and they were delish. Gus ordered gazpacho and said it was the best he’d ever had. We grabbed some ice cream at a local parlor and called it a day. We drove the million dollar highway back to Placerville (cabin location) and pulled off at some of the turn offs on the way and we were so glad we did. The views are even more magnificent outside the truck.
If you go on this trip, you have to let Rachel (@racheljoi) and I know. We’d love to hear about your time in Western Colorado. If you have any specific questions, feel free to reach out. I’d love to chat!
Every now and then, you meet someone by chance and instantly feel like you could be best friends with them. That is the case with Ashton. We connected on Instagram through her idea of a western styled maternity shoot. It took me like 3.6 seconds to say Y E S. Her style is absolutely beautiful and I could tell through her posts that we would get along great!
We had Ashton meet us in Checotah down a dusty dirt road on a hot August evening and she didn’t complain one bit! We trailered the horses there (Wren’s new colt Roscoe being one of them) and began shooting around sunset. She captured 2 hours worth of photos. During that time we jammed to Cojo, got to know one another and laughed at Gus’ model behavior. (I think he enjoys being behind the Iphone camera/drone better – #InstagramHusband)
It was literally my dream shoot. Ashton organized floral arrangements for my hat and for the mare from The Flower Shop in Pryor. She also collaborated with Calli Co Silver so we were able to borrow some gorgeous authentic turquoise jewels that were out of this world! She rented the most rad dress from Reclamation Design Company. She bought Wren the cutest horse onesie and stuffed animal AND brought a dozen cheesecake cupcakes that were to-die-for (hello pregnancy lady cravings)! She certainly did not have to do any of it, yet she did and I appreciate her so much!
These photos will be cherished forever because they portray my immense love for Gustyn and my sweet little babe, Wrenley. In just a few short days we get to welcome her into this world and the bump will be gone but these photos will last us a lifetime.
Ashton – I am so incredibly thankful for you.
Apologizing now because y’all may get sick of seeing my bump and husband but truthfully IDC because I’m just so happy with how they ALL turned out!
Hey y’all! Just dropping in to share some NFR Style. This was our third year attending the rodeo because we love going to cheer on the best cowboys and cowgirls in the world. I walked over 10 miles while I was there shopping. This year they added the RFWA expo so I headed to the plaza for a new shopping experience and I will definitely be going back. Some of my very favorite boutiques and makers were there so I was able to shop small for Christmas and get a few things for myself as well. We also did the typical Cowboy Christmas at the convention center as well as Sands and Mandalay Bay. I got to meet some of my favorite fellow western fashion influencers. I loved putting faces with instagram handles and hope to get to do that again soon!
I put together some day outfits for shopping and then a few night outfits for the rodeo. I began planning these back in June because typical OCD Suz couldn’t wait any longer.I’m already starting to plan for the next rodeo and hope to see some more familiar faces there!
I loved this mustard + white outfit. I found these pants on etsy and custom ordered them from Thailand. They were so comfortable and made of great material. You don’t always get that good of quality coming from Asia but after reading the reviews I decided to go for it. The top was actually a dress from Misguided that I altered. It was maybe ten bucks. I paired both pieces with my concho belt that I picked up in a thrift store and my redeemed cowgirl leather cuff. Y’all already know about my filthy hippie pom earrings but if you missed that post- go order you some! They add that extra flare to any outfit and are a MUST have. I also threw on a dainty naja to add more turquoise because without turquoise do you even have an outfit?!
Day two brought to you by a retro western crop top. I found this baby on etsy and purchased it in June. It had exactly what I was looking for in a day time piece. I paired it with some flowy black pants that I’ve had for forever. Obviously we can’t forget to talk about my Saddle tramp earrings. If you don’t follow her on insta you are missing out on hilarious stories everyday. I love following her. She keeps it REAL. My felt is from glam and grit. Such an affordable price and I love the fit!
“She’s pretty but she’s too skinny.” Yeah so that’s what some “man” said while walking past me as my husband snapped this pic. Not sure how it’s nearly 2019 and we are still body shaming women but that’s a post for another day. Anyways…this outfit was the outfit of all outfits for me. I felt amazing in it. This blue number was less than $200 and came from Revolve. I paired it with my lov leathers clutch and the 2 bandits jewelry.
Day three brought to you by another etsy find. I ordered these custom overalls from Thailand when I ordered my yellow pants. They were so soft. This isn’t the best photo of them but I loved them! I paired them with another glam and grit hat and a comfortable white sweater crop top.
This skirt was originally a size ten but I cut it down to fit me. It was a 1970s piece that, again, I found on etsy. I threw on a velvet bodysuit that had a see-through back and called it good for my final night.
See y’all at the American! I will likely be doing another ticket giveaway so enter up!