Lace Slip Dress & Cowboy Boots: Things That Bring A Smile To Your Face

black lace boho dress, cowboy boots, moto jacket

Sometimes the best memories are the ones that come back to you unexpectedly…


…I really have no love lost for Facebook as far as my personal page goes, but today I happened upon something that truly made me smile. A friend shared an interview with a man I worked with years ago at a local record store. He has written a book about his years in rock ‘n roll and it’s just been released.

I’m always writing about how my job is truly the best job of my entire career. And it is. But I have to say the coolest job and a super close second to the best job ever are the years that I was an assistant manager at National Record Mart, a chain music store in our local mall. I truly believed I was the incarnation of Lisa Lisa, Madonna and Paula Abdul all wrapped up in one uber-cool little package. I even had this hair…

…oh, yes I did.

And I was often decked out in get ups much like this…


…oh, yes I was.

I was the cool girl (at least in my mind) working at the record store in the mall; you know, like something out of a cheesy 80’s movie. And the best part was, I worked with some of the absolute coolest guys on the planet. They were all in bands, managed bands, wrote and produced music; you get the idea. We had our moody alternative rock guy, the 80’s metal hair band guy, and the coolest of all was the 60’s/70’s rock ‘n roll guy who toured the world and opened for the likes of Aerosmith, Ted Nugent and Bob Seger. Take a minute and pop over to Youtube and have a listen to his band, Blue Ash; truly some great 70’s rock. This is also the man who wrote the aforementioned book which I will be definitely be picking up this week.

Sweet times my friends, sweet times. I was also newly, madly in love with my husband and got pregnant with our son during that era, so that makes it extra special. We were broke and living in a small apartment, but I couldn’t have wanted anything more. So when I watched the interview it brought back so many happy memories along with a smile to my face.


Okay, now on to the outfit. Yes, another day, another tunic dress. Hey, at least you now have a go-to source for how to style tunic dresses a thousand different ways, am I right? This black lace slip dress is the same as the burgundy lace slip dress I wore earlier in the Fall. I’ve been on the prowl for baggy/cozy tunic sweaters to layer over my lacy dresses this Winter and luckily for me, this lightweight blue sweater survived the last two clothing purges although it was in the pile to go next time…guess it gets a stay of execution.

And how about the cowboy boots? I’ve had them for eons, and they are the authentic real deal; one of the only pairs of footwear I own that actually cost some serious buckage.


I have to say though, if you’re going to get cowboy boots, investing in a good pair is the way to go. They last forever and only get better with age; both in fit and appearance. And the mix of black with brown cut outs still works now and makes them super versatile.


While bargain shopping is typically the best way to go, when purchasing an item that is timeless and that you will wear over and over again for years to come, quality becomes the priority. If you look at it from a cost per wear perspective, it will be well worth it in the long run.


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Dress: Shop Hearts;  Boots: Sheplers (Similar);  Sweater: TJMaxx (Similar);  Jacket: JCPenney (Similar)








  1. 11.20.2015 / 7:23 am

    Yes! I remember National Record Mart! I kind of get nostalgic for those days. I think about my music days in college playing in a blues band, while loving all sorts of it, and rock music from Def lrppard, Metallica, to Stevie Ray. I had big hair, didn’t we all? Love the blue, the dress peakng out and those boots are amazing, love the weathered style.

    • debbies
      11.21.2015 / 8:49 am

      Only people from our area of the country would know what NRM was! It was a chain, but mainly in PA, NY and VA, how cool that you know what I’m talking about! And you were in a band?? Awesome! Those were the days, weren’t they? 🙂

    • debbies
      11.21.2015 / 8:52 am

      Me too Jill! You could spend hours just flipping through albums, listening to great music and just absorbing the atmosphere. It really was great fun working there and I learned so much about music from those guys.

  2. Amy Ann
    11.20.2015 / 9:16 am

    Love the lace/leather/boot combo. Fun to learn a little more about your past!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • debbies
      11.21.2015 / 8:53 am

      Thanks so much Amy!

  3. 11.20.2015 / 12:31 pm

    Ah, them were the days – the 80s. I can just imagine you being a composite of those 3 ladies! I’m glad the sweater survived the cull. It really suits you! And that necklace is fabulous. I have to say cowboy boots are the one style of boot I’ve not brought myself to wearing. I don’t think they’d quite work in English surburbia but I do like the pattern on yours – fierce!
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    • debbies
      11.21.2015 / 8:54 am

      Weren’t they? Maybe it’s just because it was our era, but the 80’s really were such a cool time. Maybe you should start a new trend…English Cowgirl. 🙂

  4. 11.20.2015 / 1:00 pm

    I do miss the 80s, probably the only time in my life where I actually wore color 😉

    Your cowboy boots are awesome and they really look well made.

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    • debbies
      11.21.2015 / 8:55 am

      There definitely wasn’t a shortage of color in the 80’s! The boots are super well made and I love that for whatever reason, the older they get the more they just seem to mold to my feet.

    • debbies
      11.21.2015 / 8:56 am

      Sadly, I’m not sure that any exist…I’ll have to do some digging!

    • debbies
      11.21.2015 / 8:57 am

      Thanks Lorna! Have a great weekend!

  5. 11.22.2015 / 6:33 pm

    Kent is a huge vinyl guy so we hit up record stores every where we go, they are slowing coming back. Loving the memories and the outfit

    • debbies
      11.26.2015 / 10:13 am

      Glad you liked it Linda. There’s nothing like the sound of a needle on vinyl…

  6. 08.19.2016 / 8:18 pm

    You are still the coolest, Debbie!