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OOTD: Cowboy Boots & Turning a Miss into a Hit #ootd

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 2, 2015 | Categories: Fashion, OOTD



OOTD cowboy boots #ootd

This is my very first ever, OOTD post. I’ve always wanted to wear cowboy boots but never felt like I had the right outfit. Honestly, when I was younger, I just felt like unless I lived in Texas or was a cowgirl, I shouldn’t wear them. Nowadays it’s not knowing what looks best with a pair of cowboy boots…

So a couple of years ago I bought a pair. I wore them last Halloween to a party dressed like a cowgirl. Yep, I did! 

I have not worn them since. I take that back… I did wear them with a pair of jeans that same week (with the jeans over them so you couldn’t tell anything about them.

While I was working a few weeks ago I happened upon a blog that had a sweater/cardigan, I think it was, that the blogger got from Vessos. It was cute and I’d never heard of before and clicked on it to check it out. 

FYI: As a blogger, this is considered work. 

Anyway, as I was looking at the clothes on this site I saw a dress that was not only pretty, but the model was wearing cowboy boots with it, and it looked gorgeous. And even better, the boots I own are camel and turquoise and would go with this dress perfectly.

It was less than $21, a steal! What do I have to lose, I asked myself? $21, I answered back. What the heck… at least I would finally have something to wear my cowboy boots with!

I ordered it. And waited…

And waited. It took over two weeks to get here. I’m an Amazon Prime member and want my packages fast, two weeks was forever. 

Then it came! I was excited. I opened my package and… sigh.

Um, this is not what it looked like online. I went back and looked at it and nope, it did not. I would not call this a “dress”. More of an, “undress”. The entire dress is very sheer and only has a few buttons. 

I was so disappointed. Not because of the $21, but I really wanted this dress to wear with my COWBOY BOOTS!

Wait! I bought a slip dress that can be worn alone or as a dress/skirt extender recently and it just might work with it, I thought. 

It worked. Even though the dress was a huge miss, I was able to turn it into a hit, by wearing it not as a dress, but as a duster.

Last Saturday my son and I went to see The Little Mermaid, Jr at our local children’s theatre (Knoxville Children’s Theatre) and I decided to just go for it! This was the day I was going to wear my boots.

OOTD Pose 2_Sept 26

Outfit of the day OOTD Cowboy boots #ootd

OOTD Pose 4_Sept 26

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Outfit of the day OOTD Cowboy boots #ootd

Outfit of the day OOTD Cowboy boots #ootd



Outfit of the day OOTD Cowboy boots #ootd

Outfit of the day OOTD Cowboy boots #ootd

Outfit of the day OOTD Cowboy boots #ootd

What I’m wearing:

  • Ryu Women’s Cocoa Brown Lace Trimmed Full Length Slip/Dress: Amazon
  • Floral Print Max Dress “Duster”: Vessos
  • Cowboy Boots: Shoe Show; You can Find Similar HERE
  • Chunky Wood Bracelet: Cato
  • Necklace: At a flea market years ago

Outfit of the day OOTD Cowboy boots #ootd

Do you have a pair of cowboy boots? What do you like to wear them with?

It Starts with One Voice – He Named Me Malala Documentary #HeNamedMeMalala #withMalala

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 30, 2015 | Categories: Causes, Movies
Malala ambassador

I had the great honor to be part of a conference call with Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday, along with some fellow bloggers. When I say, “great honor”, I sincerely mean it. Even though we could not see each other, just hearing her voice coming through my phone, left me awe-struck. Malala is a soft spoken […]

There’s no other love like that for a brother… #iamprotective

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 29, 2015 | Categories: Family and Health
The number one reason #IamProtective.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #iamprotective #CollectiveBias If you know me or follow me on Facebook, you know that my brother has terminal cancer. It’s not something I’ve talked about on my blog before, though. Honestly, I thought it would be too difficult. […]

Quick, Healthy, and Delicious Grilled Chicken Salad for an #EverydayEffortless Meal

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 28, 2015 | Categories: Baking and Cooking, Food, Recipes
Tyson Grilled and Ready Breast Strips Chicken Salad 3

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson®. The opinions and text are all mine.   What a week! It was no different than any other week, really, and I’m sure most of you can relate… making breakfast, preparing lunches, running kids to and from school. While the kids are at […]

3 Reasons You Should Decorate with Wicker

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 23, 2015 | Categories: Home and Garden
3 reasons to decorate with wicker

Is your home lacking that spark that you envisioned when you first decorated it? Have you been looking at the same furniture for many years? If either of these scenarios is true, you need to start thinking about ways you can make your home a fun place to live again. There are many ways you […]

Have an Idea to Share with a Brand? Join C Space!

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 22, 2015 | Categories: Education, Family
testimonials word cloud with related tags

Ever wish you could share an idea directly with a brand to help create positive change? I know I do! There is just such a place… C Space specializes in bringing the customer and the brand closer together, so they can create impactful growth with their combined opinions and ideas. You’re invited by C Space […]

A Healthy Dog Starts with Good Pet Nutrition #PinnacleHealthyPets

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 21, 2015 | Categories: Dogs, Pets
Baxter Outside Closeup

This post is sponsored by Pinnacle and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping create awareness about Pinnacle’s Newly Formulated Grain Free Dog Food, but Blog by Donna only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Pinnacle is not responsible for the content of this article. 

The Best Red Shade Lipstick to Match Your Skin Tone

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 18, 2015 | Categories: Beauty
Red lipstick with trace on white background

Have you seen those stylish and super cool looking women walking around town with their bright red lips and feel envious? Want to look as good as they but don‘t know where to start and how to get the best red shade lipstick for you? Relax my friends, I am going to share some super […]

Is Tom’s of Maine Looking for YOU?

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 15, 2015 | Categories: Health and Beauty, Women
Tom's of Maine Logo

This is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Do you have a lot of thoughts and opinions you love to share? Tom’s of Maine is looking for some creative women, like YOU, to help inspire their future products. If you are the primary shopper of your household […]

You Can Dance and Jump and Laugh If You Want To, with Poise Impressa

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Health and Fitness, Women
#TryImpressa Trampoline Img

Ask any woman who has given birth if she has experienced SUI and I’m positive that the vast majority would say, “Yes.” SUI stands for stress urinary incontinence and 35 million women experience SUI, which can be triggered by ordinary day-to-day things like, coughing, sneezing, laughing, and even exercise. We should not have to live […]