Cowboy Boots & Boho Tunic: Second Time Around

Cowboy boots, boho dress and denim jacket. How to style a Spring boho outfit.

The theme of this month’s Ageless Style Link Up is “Second Time Around” and that really resonated with me…

THE STORY

…not only in regard to vintage or thrifted clothing, but in regard to life in general. So many people wish for do-overs; to make up for mistakes or errors in judgement from their pasts. I have been fortunate enough to get a second time around a few times in my life. The most important is the second time around I got with my husband. We were married to one another for a number of years, divorced for a period of time and now have been married to one another again for years. We lived. We learned. We were blessed with a second chance.

My relationship with my aunt who raised me after I lost my mom was another do-over I was lucky enough to have. Not everyone gets the opportunity that I had to not only mend fences, but to develop a deeper love and respect for someone who truly matters to us before they are gone forever. Sometimes though, a second time around teaches us tough lessons that perhaps we should have learned the first time around. We have to learn the hard and unavoidably painful way that even though someone is family in its purest definition, they quite simply don’t deserve to have us in their lives.

I’m also choosing to view this second half of my life as “a second time around” so to speak. I’ve been doing a lot of deep, introspective and sometimes difficult thinking lately and I’ve come to the conclusion that if not now, when? In light of the fact I’m turning 52 today I’m using it as a clean slate. I’m changing some sh*t; I am kicking ass and taking names. The time for complacency has passed. It’s time for my own personal second time around.

THE OUTFIT

What exactly is “second time around” worthy in today’s outfit? A couple of things actually. First off, the brooches on my jacket. All of them, with the exception of two, were either gifted to me or belonged to someone that I love who is no longer with me. They have meaning. They matter to me and I don’t wear them often enough. I’ve given them a permanent home on my new long denim jacket. I have several denim jackets, but they all are shorter and I really wanted a longer slouchier style so when I found this on sale at GAP I made it mine.

The cowboy boots are the second entry in my old mixed with new outfit. They are thisss close to being considered vintage. And anyone who owns a pair of cowboy boots can tell ya, the older they get, the better they get. They work with so many things, but I particularly love them with boho pieces like the tunic/skirt extender combo I have going on here.

THE TIP

Try mixing vintage pieces with newer items in your closet. It will give you a cool eclectic mix that you can be sure you’re not going to see on anyone else.

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Tunic/dress: Free People;  Jacket: GAP;  Sweater: Target;  Boots: Similar

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21 Comments

    • debbies
      03.11.2017 / 9:56 am

      Thank you Nancy! 🙂

    • debbies
      03.11.2017 / 9:57 am

      Thank you so much my beautiful friend! And happy birthday to you as well! xo

  1. 03.7.2017 / 9:04 am

    Happiest of birthdays, Debbie!!
    We all deserve second chances for most things!! And whether it’s relationships or clothing—it can behoove us to be open to it!
    I love that you added all those brooches to your jean jacket! It’s one of my favorite details lately!
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com
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    • debbies
      03.11.2017 / 10:02 am

      Absolutely Jodie! We’re human and sometimes a chance for a do-over is necessary. Everything needs to be approached with an open mind, otherwise we would miss out on so much. 🙂

  2. 03.7.2017 / 9:06 am

    You always make edgy bohemian layers look so easy and effortless, Debbie, Love the fun denim jacket and that tunic ruffled mini dress. Thanks for the linkup. Have a great week!

    • debbies
      03.11.2017 / 10:02 am

      Thank you Ada!

  3. 03.7.2017 / 9:35 am

    a) HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WOMAN! Wish I could take you out for a drink!

    b) I LOVE the story of you parting from your husband and eventually ending up back together. I have a person in my life that I keep hoping for this…about. Not sure how to make that sentence work grammatically but you get my drift.

    c) Love the brooch placement! So unique, I never would have thought to pin them so low like that but I love it.

    Hope you have a well-deserved wonderful birthday day.

    xoxo Bettye

    • debbies
      03.11.2017 / 10:06 am

      Hey friend! How fun would it be to have a birthday drink together?! Even though there were a few not so nice moments during the divorce process, once the dust settled I totally knew that we should have never done it. Hopefully all works out for your friend.
      I have since moved the brooches up; but that’s the beauty of a brooch, you can put it wherever you want!

  4. 03.7.2017 / 10:32 am

    First of all, happy birthday! It’s crazy, isn’t it, how the older we get the more in focus our own happiness becomes. I love that you shared this piece of your story as part of second time around.

    Shelly|The Queen in Between

    • debbies
      03.11.2017 / 10:07 am

      Right?! I always say that I wish I’d had the wisdom that I have now when I was in my 30’s…

  5. 03.7.2017 / 1:58 pm

    Happy Birthday! This outfit is so true to your style and I love it all. Kicking ass and taking names is what we mature women do, and it’s our right. You are so blessed to have a do over with your man, not many of us get that chance. Enjoy the rest of your birthday week.
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  6. 03.7.2017 / 9:25 pm

    Debbie, I hope you had a lovely birthday today. I turned 53 this year and 50’s must be the time for introspection! I agree, time to take life by the horns and start working on that silly bucket list, or at least make the choice to live in the moment and enjoy it! It really is about what we do for others and what legacy we leave behind. Love your outfit, by the way! You have such a knack for putting together feminine and flirty with masculine and edgy. – Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

  7. 03.8.2017 / 11:06 am

    Debbie, I love all of the ruffles! Perfect femininity with the cowboy boots! I am a big fan of brooches as you know, and love the pins you have all gathered together.
    thanks for linking
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

  8. 03.8.2017 / 12:22 pm

    Happy belated birthday, Debbie! I hope your day was super special. As always, I enjoyed reading everything your had to share in today’s post.

    Your longer denim jacket is a really great piece and I think your brooches are a wonderful addition and the perfect way to ensure you wear them. Love your cowboy boots with this look.
    Jennie recently posted…Second Time Around with Ageless StyleMy Profile

  9. Elizabeth
    03.8.2017 / 7:23 pm

    Happy birthday, Debbie!

    Those brooches are such treasures, and look beautiful on your denim jacket.

    Congratulations on your second times around. My husband and I remarried after 3 years divorced. This time around is 37 years. I think it is possible to learn and grow from mistakes in relationships. Glad for your happiness with your husband.

  10. 03.20.2017 / 4:22 pm

    A belated Happy Birthday to you!!

    I’m so happy to read your stories of reconciliation. They make my heart happy.

    And you know I love the outfit. Such a Daenel thing to wear. LOL