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To me, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, and Taylor Swift kind of go together. They’re like Country music’s Golden (haired) trio. [Okay, so T-Swift isn’t so much *Country* anymore, but roll with me]. I’ve thought this ever since I saw this picture:

So now, when I see one of them in the news, I ask myself “what are those other two up to?” Here’s the haps with these blonde bombshells.

Taylor Swift

If you haven’t seen her video for “Shake It Off,” it’s worth a watch. It’s not Country at all (no surprise there), but it seems like everyone has an opinion on it.

The undeniably catchy single is from her new album “1989”

Between creating those and taking enough Polaroids to put in each physical album she sells, she’s been one busy chick.

Carrie Underwood

Carrie has been busy #trending lately. From her #IceBucketChallenge with hubby Mike Fisher (who, by the way, looks great in an icy white tee shirt)…

… to taking a can of Coca Cola and #CrushinIt on her head on Brad Paisley’s instagram

Carrie’s been all over the inter-webs lately, and we’re loving it.

Miranda Lambert

Meanwhile, Miranda has been changing up her look. Maybe you remember when she cut her hair short in early July:

And now, she’s gone even shorter!

Miranda’s rocking that blond bob. You go, girl.

Which story are you most excited about? Have an opinion on one? Leave us a comment!

Have you heard Alyssa Trahan yet? She’s only 19, and she’s already making it on the country music scene. We love this Country Girl, and here’s why you should, too:

1. She’s beautiful.

Look at that face. That hair. She’s perf.

2. She’s wicked smart.

And not to mention talented. This girl plays over 13 instruments and has written over 50 songs. She also knows her way around music production. Read more about all this in her bio.

3. She can sing.

If you haven’t already seen “Cowboy” you need to watch it now.

4. She’s sweet.

Look at that. She personally responds to her comments on YouTube. And they all get a 🙂

Not convinced yet? Check out her website where you can find links to her Facebook, Twitter, and way more!

Yes, we do keep track of how many times our pins are re-pinned on  Our Pinterest. Here are our top 5!

Also, a special insider look at some of the shirts’ nicknames we use here at HQ!

5. Neon Pink Sequins “Country” Deep V-Neck Burnout Tee

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Sometimes we just call it “Country Country Country”

4. Wild Thang Rhinestones Burnout Tee

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AKA “sparkle thang” – makes our hearts sing

3. Tahiti Blue Boots with Rhinestones Burnout Racerback Tank

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Its nickname around here is “blinged-out boots”

2. True Royal Blue “Sweet as Sugar, Hard as Ice, Hurt Me Once And I’ll Shoot You Twice” Flowy Racerback Tank

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Or, as we call it, “sugar shoot”

1. Camo print “Country Girls Don’t Retreat, They Reload” Tee

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We’d call it “camo pistols” but that actually describes a lot of our shirts…

Country Girls of all kinds love Fall. Whether it’s back to school, hunting season, or perfect temperatures for enjoying the outdoors, there’s something for everyone to fall for! Our CG Girls are no exception. See why Annie, Charley, Etta, and Jane love Autumn, and see what they’re wearing this season!

Annie

Annie is our girly-girl, but she’s sharp as a tack. Annie loves back-to-school shopping, and organizing both her locker and her closet.

Annie’s pick:

Rhinestones, angel wings, pink, and paisley – Annie is all over it. Annie pairs her pick with a cute denim mini, and boots, of course.

Charley

Charley is our hardworking tomboy, and a sharpshooting hunter in the Fall. She keeps her style simple and practical, but effortlessly cool.

Charley’s pick:

Charley is rarely found not wearing jeans and boots. She’s all about Fall staples, and this outfit is no exception.

Etta

Etta is our boho Country Girl. She’s in tune with nature, so she loves all the changing colors of Fall. Etta can be found horseback riding through fields or collecting leaves.

Etta’s pick:

Sunflower and script over a rich purple and a cool style, this hooded 3/4 sleeve is perfect for Etta. Etta pairs this top with a flowy maxi skirt and her trademark long, wavy hair.

Jane

Jane loves Autumn air. With Halloween, and campfires for scary stories and Truth or Dare, Fall is perfect for this wild child.

Jane’s pick:

Jane adores the comfy fit and sporty style of this fleece sweatshirt. She would pair it with her favorite destroyed denim and cowboy boots.

Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

It’s August, and it seems like everyone is already looking forward to fall. Don’t get me wrong, fall is great, but if you’re like me, you aren’t ready to let go of summer yet. So while everyone else is telling you to bust out the hoodies and pumpkin spice lattes, here’s [NUMBER] things you absolutely MUST check off that summer bucket list before it’s too late!

1. Swim in something that isn’t a pool.

It may not be reasonable for some of us to get all the way to a beach to swim in the ocean, but everyone is bound to be at least within a few hours of a lake, pond, creek, quarry, or some natural body of water. Throw caution to the wind and dive right in! (Well, okay, first check how deep it is, then dive at your own risk). With sweltering August temps, late summer is the perfect time to finally check this off your list.

Or, you could try a make-shift pool!

Okay, so you won’t really be able to swim, but this still seems way fun! All you need is a truck, a tarp, and a hose. Then you can add chairs and umbrellas and beverages at your discretion.

2. Stargaze from the bed of a truck.

While we’re on the subject, if you haven’t done this yet this summer, do it. Get as far away from civilization as you can. Bring blankets, pillows, and a special someone. Roll the windows down and blast country music on the way there, but then take a moment to take in the vastness of the stars in silence. Have a deep conversation about your futures, fears, favorite memories – anything. There’s just something about being outside at night in the summer, and if you haven’t had that yet this summer, you need to!

3. Go to a country music festival.

Sure, Stagecoach and Country Jam already happened, but festival season is far from over! There’s still time to experience this crucial summer event.

Lockn Festival in Virginia is September 4-7, and features Willie Nelson, The Allman Brothers, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, among others. Tickets are still available on their site, and start at $109.

Ramble Jam in Minnesota is September 12-13, with headliners Chase Rice on Friday and Josh Thompson on Saturday. You can still get advance tickets for $49 through August 13th on their site!

Americana Music Festival in Nashville, TN is September 17-21, featuring Greensky Bluegrass, The Avett Brothers, and many others. Tickets are pretty steep starting at $365, but hey, it’s Nashville.

4. Go on a road trip.

A road trip doesn’t have to be a huge, week-long, cross-country adventure. You can get the same thrill and fun in an overnight trip. Here’s how:

  1. Choose your destination. Find a city or spot about a 4-6 hour drive from your starting point. Look for concerts or shows in the area, or just choose a place with great nightlife.
  2. Book a motel. You’ll only need it for the night, so go as cheap as you can. Cram all your friends into one room. Heck, you could even sleep in your car. Remember, it’s not about comfort, it’s about the story.
  3. Pack. Put a toothbrush and a change of clothes in a backpack. Bring snacks, a cooler full of drinks, and some music.
  4. Be spontaneous. Leave in the morning so you have all day to get there. Then, if you see something you like, go for it. Photo ops, scenic routes, and anything with “World’s Largest” make for great memories. Use your phones as cameras, but nothing else. Facebook can wait, you’re on a road trip, dang it!
  5. Share. Split the cost of gas, the motel, snacks, and tickets, and take turns driving. It turns out a one-day road trip can actually be pretty feasible, and super fun.

5. Spend a day doing nothing.

For just one day, live like a cat. Move only from nap to nap, just following a sun beam. Have food brought to you, if you can. You may start to feel that nagging feeling of needing to do something, but you can push through it. Whatever you do, do it aimlessly: listen to music, browse Pinterest, read a magazine. Whatever else you need to do can wait a day. Your body will thank you for the relaxation.

Have you done any of these? Is there anything else everyone should do this summer? Let us know in the comments!

1. Set The Tone


Your first day outfit is a sample of who you will be for the whole year. If you’re going into a new school, or know you’ll be meeting a lot of new people for the first time, think about what your clothes are saying about you. While your personality is what really matters, clothes are the quickest and most obvious way to show that to your potential new BFFs.

The first day of school is a chance to create yourself. This year, will you be studious or fun-loving? Filled with school spirit, or march to the beat of your own drummer? Or, some combination of everything?


2. Be Comfortable


Day One is stressful – finding the right room, making sure you have the right books, remembering your locker combination, finding people to sit with at lunch. With all that, the last thing you need is to be worried about your clothes. Nobody wants to be fussing with straps or hems while speed-walking to make it before the bell.

Go with an outfit that fits well, stays put, and requires minimal maintenance throughout the day. If you’re a pro at walking in heels and that’s what you want to wear, go for it. But if you’re like a newborn deer and you’re just trying to impress somebody, maybe save it for week 2.


3. Show Off


Did you work out over the summer? Get a tan? New haircut? Flaunt it. Your friends will want to know what you did all summer, and that is a great jumping off point for that conversation. If you cut off six inches and went blonde, but hide it in a hat, you’ll get “wait, did you change your hair?” instead of “OMG I love your hair!” and let’s be real, that second one is a lot more fun.

What’s your perfect back to school look? Got any tips we missed? Let us know in the comments!

It’s getting to be that time of the summer where you start looking forward to fall. Bonfires, football season, all the cutest clothes, and back to school. If you’re moving into a new dorm room soon, here are some ideas for how you can make your place feel more rustic, fun, country, and like home. Of course, you could adapt these tips to any room!

1. Pallet Shoe Shelf

An old pallet is perfect for storage. It sits flat against the wall to save space, and shoes fit perfectly between the slats. Use the sides for bags, hats, scarves, or whatever else you may need to hang.

2. Clothesline Picture Hanging

Channel the sweet, simple life of hanging the laundry out to dry on a breezy summer day. Tie a string between two push pins, and use clothes pins to hang all your favorite pictures. You could also hang your ticket stubs, birthday cards, or anything else that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy.

3. Burlap Covered Head Board

A headboard just makes a bed look more put-together. That’s just fact. But it doesn’t have to be fancy, expensive, or even difficult. Check out this tutorial for how to make a covered headboard out of fabric and cardboard – no heavy tools required!

4.  Wood Crate Shelf

Wood crates make great shelves. Stack them however you like for cute, convenient cubbies. You could use them for shoes, books, or anything else you want to show off while you store it.

5. Loft Hammock

If you have the option, loft your bed. This gives you more space for your desk, shelves, an extra chair, or yes, even a hammock. Be VERY careful, and check with your RA first, but a hammock can be a great way to bring the country into your dorm room.

Etta is a flower child. She prefers to be barefoot and in the grass. She loves nature, animals, and feeling free. Etta may seem delicate and flighty, but she has a powerful creative mind and strong spirit. She is confident in herself and loves life.

Favorite Country Girl shirt:

Favorite artist: Tom Petty

Country Crush: Dierks Bentley

Favorite saying:

Favorite outfit:

Etta is named for Etta Place, the mysterious companion to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Check out her Pinterest page!

Charley is tough as nails, and she won’t let you forget it! Charley has worked on a farm her whole life, and loves every grueling minute of it. She’s a tomboy for sure. Charley refuses to give a damn what anyone thinks about her.

Charley is fearless, confident, and dignified. Even when she’s quiet, she’s got a million thoughts in her head, and when she speaks she’s wicked smart. You don’t have to worry if she’s better than you – she is.

Favorite Country Girl shirt:

Favorite Artist: Johnny Cash

Country Crush: Jason Aldean

Favorite Saying:

Favorite outfit:

Charley is named for Charley Parkhurst, a stagecoach driver who posed as a man so she could have equal rights and vote.

Check out her Pinterest page!

Jane is the wild one of the bunch. She loves having fun and breaking rules. Jane always has a new idea for getting into trouble. She laughs, she dances, and she lives passionately.

Jane has something of a redneck streak in her. She loves to get down and dirty, and she’ll do anything if you dare her first. She’s loud, proud, and comfortable in her own skin.

Favorite Country Girl shirt:

Favorite artist: Miranda Lambert

Country Crush: Brantley Gilbert

Favorite Saying:

favorite outfit:

Jane is named for Calamity Jane, a sharpshooter and rider with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show

  

Check out her Pinterest page!