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Live it Up in Vegas, Baby! Ropers Sports News

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It is the most wonderful time of the year and it’s not just filled with holiday and Christmas cheer, it’s filled with fashion, boot stompin, cowboys and cowgirls, whiskey filled glasses, shopping and tons of fun!  The National Finals Rodeo is one that many anticipate all year. From team roping, barrel racing and bull riding, to starched jeans, unique boots, sequins, turquoise and felt hats, hitting the town looking fresh in Vegas is rather vital! When the rodeo isn’t rockin’, there is still tons of glitter, glam, hootin and hollering to be had. Below is a list of only the best, tastiest and amusing restaurants, shows and things for you to see as you make your way around the magical town. Also, don’t forget to check with your hotel about offering free shuttle rides to and from the Thomas and Mack, as there are many that offer this service with your stay.

 

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Fashion and Shopping

Denim & Velvet Fashion Show – Dec. 9th starting at 3 p.m. is free to public and is located at the Stetson Country Christmas at the Sands, on the RIDE TV Stage. Follow: @denimandvelvet for updates.

“Cowboys & Indians Magazine” and the Bleacherbabe, Brianna Bigbee are hosting a “Best of the West Ball” – Dec. 10th at the Silverton Casino. Follow @cowboysindiansmagazine for updates.

Cowboy Christmas Gift Show / Co-located with the RMEF Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo – Dec. 7 – 16 Open daily 9a.m – 5 p.m. Free admission and open to the public.

Cowboy Marketplace Gift Show -Mandalay Bay – Dec. 7 – 16, Open daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission and open to the public.

Country Christmas - Sands Expo – Dec.7 – 17, Open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission and open to the public.

South Point Western Gift Show - South Point Exhibit Hall and Boot Barn Concourse, Dec.7 – 17, Open daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free admission and open to the public.

Concerts, Entertainment & Parties

George Strait, Dwight Yoakam, Cody Johnson, Clint Black, Charlie Daniels, Pam Tillis & Lorrie Morgan, Lone Star, Dierks Bentley, Lady Gaga, & Bill Engvall are just a few amongst the line-up. Visit: http://www.nfrexperience.com/home/entertainment_around_town for a full schedule.

Cowboy FanFest – Dec. 7-16, Adjacent to Cowboy Christmas Gift Show in the Las Vegas Convention Center, free admission. Open daily 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Rodeo Vegas at The Mirage is the official Wrangler NFR After-Party of the PRCA – Dec. 7 — 16
6:30 p.m. — 4 a.m. at the Mirage Race & Sports Book - Nightly NFR action on High Definition TV screen

Free entertainment: My personal fave, Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, The Bellagio Fountains, The Art of Richard MacDonald

The Legendary Buck'N Ball is the BEST Rodeo After Party in Las Vegas, featuring Live country music, two-step dancing and drink specials. Open at 9:00pm — 2:00 a.m. nightly inside the Bourbon Street Lounge at the The Orleans Hotel & Casino.

MGM Grand Free Live Music and Dancing at the Gold Buckle Zone, December 7 — 16
From 8 p.m. — 2 a.m. at the Central at MGM Grand, near the Sports Book.

Shows: Love – Cirque Du Soleil, Chris Angel – Mind Freak, Mat Franco, Le Reve - The Dream, Absinthe at Caesars Palace, Penn & Teller at Rio, Blue Man Group at Luxor

Other fun things to do: Ride the High Roller at the Linq - the world’s largest observation wheel, Red Rock Canyon Tours, Freemont Street Experience, Bodies The Exhibition at the Luxor Hotel and Casino, Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas, Las Vegas Escape Room Experience

Food

Buffets: Bellagio, Le Village at Paris Las Vegas, Carnival World Buffet Rio Las Vegas, The Buffet
Wynn Las Vegas, The Rio (one of my personal faves),

Breakfast: Eat, Mr. Mamas, Buffet, Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, The Egg & I, Omelet House , Crepe Expectations

Coffee: Sambalatte Torrefazione, Desert Wind Coffee Roasters, Cowgirls Espresso Las Vegas, Makers & Finders Coffee, Mothership Coffee, PublicUs

Steak: Andiron Steak & Sea, Anthony’s Prime Steak & Seafood, Charlie Palmer Steak at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, Jean-Georges Steakhouse at ARIA Las Vegas, Carnevino

Dinner: Arawan Thai Bistro and Dessert, Le Cirque, Raku, The Capital Grille, Picasso, Andiamo Italian Steakhouse,   Hot N Juicy Crawfish , Mastro's Ocean Club, Rollin Smoke Barbeque

Dessert: Garrett Popcorn Shops , Freed's Bakery , Sprinkles Cupcakes (my fave!!!), Is Sweet, Milk Bar Las Vegas, The Cookie Bar, Bouchon Bakery at the Venetian Casino, Royce’, Gelato Bar

 Have a joyous, fun, safe, happy, and peaceful Christmas and New Year! See you next year!
 

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F*ck all of this facade

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I think as cowgirls, we’re born with this ability to really empower and embrace the uniqueness of each one of us as an individual. We are given the freedom to be whoever we choose to be. We have really beautiful opportunities to not only express ourselves through our style or fashion, but also a woman as a whole. Because, each one of us are so different in our own ways and it is such an incredible thing.

Western fashion allows us to explore, create and recreate again and again, a diverse variety of stunning looks. We come together and inspire, motivate and encourage each other to really search and reveal our own personal style and self. And this means, we don’t have to dress like anyone else! We don’t have to follow any specific sets of style, rules or trends!

There's a lot more to be said than about what everyone's wearing, but rather how they're acting and treating others. Also, if you're going talk about it, be about it.

I took this picture after stepping off my horse from branding about 140 head and my face and hair is filled with dirt.

What about the fashion of morals, values, hard work, personal growth and the cowboy and rodeo way of life? Fuck all of this facade and petty social media competition. Forget treating each other like you're better or other women are less than. Take all the followers away and who are you, what are you about?

Lets empower and embrace each other.

Cheers to all of my real women - the ones out there, hustling, grinding, working on themselves. Cheers to the women who are the backbones to their cowboys, raising a household, driving, the ones in the background, in the branding pen giving shots, working the chutes and working to be kickass. Cheers to my cowgirls who can step out of their heels and back into the box or swing a leg over and chase one down in a field. Cheers to all badass women who are about it! Xo #californiadreamin #nfrfashion #NFR2017 #westernfashion #cowgirls #fashion #potd

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Changing Lives, One Purchase at a Time - Western Horse & Gun Magazine

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With the holiday spirit filling the air, this time of year is all about giving thanks and giving back. But for some companies, the season never stops - through their work, employee initiatives, and volunteer programs, they find ways to make serving their communities a year-round mission. From monetary donations to product and customer involvement, these three companies go above and beyond to change or rebuild the lives of individuals, families and animals. Giving, that’s something we do in this beautiful country. And, it goes beyond more than a dollar amount. Giving isn’t about money but rather the love, unity and impact it has on communities.

            Tito's Handmade Vodka

Tito’s Handmade Vodka, one of Austin Texas’s oldest legal distilleries, not only takes pride in providing spirit connoisseurs delicious and high-quality liquor, but is also on a mission to rescue, protect and unite dogs while creating a loving community with families, dog lovers and companies. Since day one, dogs have been part of Tito’s Handmade Vodka. When Tito Beveridge was just establishing his business, he would be at the distillery with his dog Jo, a white shepherd-mix. Jo’s food would attract other dogs in which Tito would help the strays by spaying/neutering along with providing them a new home. As the business grew, Tito met Beth Bellanti, who shared Tito’s mutual love for pets, and she spearheaded Vodka for Dog People (VFDP) to unite with friends, fans  and partners to better the lives of pets and their families far and wide. In addition, Beth introduced Tito’s to Emancipet in Austin. Now for fifteen years, VFDP is proud to continue partnering with Emancipet and many other organizations across the country like Austin Pets Alive and the ASPCA, all on a mission to rescue and protect the pets that cross their paths. Additionally, VFDP is always looking for new ways to give back to the community. Fetch Park Atlanta, Miranda Lambert’s Mutt Nation charity and the first Austin Dog Yearbook project by Ruff Adventures are just a few events that they will be involved in. As the holiday season is approaching, Tito’s Handmade Vodka is getting into the giving spirit with the perfect present for the vodka lover in your life and their furry friend: a limited-edition Tito’s Holiday Sweater. Pets will not only look adorable in them but the sweaters give back to nonprofits across the country! The exclusive sweaters will be available for purchase at titosvodka.com/store starting December 1, 2017 at $15 for dog sweaters and $25 for human sweaters. The net proceeds from the sweaters go straight to a selection of Tito’s nonprofit web partners

Will Leather Goods - “A bag to Carry Your Dreams”

An expert leather craftsman for over 35 years, Will Adler, CEO  & Founder of Will Leather Goods is a family-owned lifestyle brand based in Eugene, OR. With over thirty years of experience in leather craft, Adler brings authenticity to every piece of leather he touches. From duffle bags and backpacks to briefcases, handbags and accessories, Will Leather Goods is a unique company who prides doing business based in trust, values, mutual respect and quality. Outside of promising products unlike any other, Adler also wanted to make a difference with the “Will Leather Goods Give Will Initiative,” which is a get-and-give program that focuses on providing outreach to communities and children within the United States. For each Give Will backpack purchased, they donate one backpack to a child in need. The goal is to donate 500,000 backpacks to children in under-funded schools in America. Each bag is filled with the essential school supplies as well as space for something more, their dreams. Children are encouraged to write their dreams directly on the bag and then carry that inspiration with them every day. To date, the Will Leather Goods Give Will Initiative has inspired more than 8,500 children across our great country. And with the holiday season just around the corner, Will Leather Goods Give Will Initiative will be donating their Give Will backpacks as they partner with Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, for their holiday donation to the Boys N’ Girls Club of America. When you purchase from Will Leather Goods during this holiday season, a portion of your purchase supports the Give Will Donation in conjunction with the Mark Wahlberg Foundation. Visit https://www.willleathergoods.com/pages/about-give-will for more information.

Ariat International

Ariat International, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of performance equestrian footwear, apparel and accessories that introduced innovative, athletic shoe technology in Western and English riding boots, was founded in 1992. As one of equestrian sports' strongest corporate supporters, Ariat sponsors or participates in more than 10,000 local, regional, national and international events in a variety of Western and English disciplines. Ariat is the official sponsor of National High School Rodeo Association and along with customer involvement, contributes monetary year around to Jared Allen’s Homes 4 Wounded Warriors, Rider Relief Fund, Secretariat Foundation and Equus Foundation. Outside of their generous contributions to these organizations, to date, Ariat has contributed $89,000 by way of monetary support and product - apparel and rubber boots, to support first responders and residents through relief efforts in Houston and Hurricane Irma. Employees have contributed $2,980 to the American Red Cross and donations are then added up as Ariat matches donation up to a total of $10,000. A $10,000 contribution was also made to the United States Equestrian Federation to support disaster relief efforts and additionally, Ariat’s selfless employees have made individual contributions totaling $500 to date.  Contributions totaling $25,000 have been donated to support the need of basic necessities such as clothing, food and water.  In addition to a monetary contribution of $10,000, Ariat shipped apparel and rubber work boots valued at $22,500 to support the Union Brotherhood of Central South Carpenters organization relief efforts in affected areas. More apparel and rubber work boots valued at $22,500 has been shipped to support Professional Bull Rider, Texas native and member of the PBR family, Brant Atwood as he delivered supplies and basic necessities to those in need.

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Kimes Ranch Jeans - In The Right Jeans, a Woman Can Conquer The World

Original Blog can be found here: https://www.kimesranch.com/blog-posts/2017/9/28/in-the-right-jeans-a-woman-can-conquer-the-world

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THE woman, Coco Chanel said, “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” This quote speaks volumes, especially as women involved in rodeo, ranching, agriculture and all the in between. I think as cowgirls, we’re born with this ability to really empower and embrace the uniqueness of each one of us as an individual.

We are given the freedom to be whoever we choose to be. We have really beautiful opportunities to not only express ourselves through our style or fashion, but also a woman as a whole. Because, each one of us are so different in our own ways and it is such an incredible thing.

Western fashion allows us to explore, create and recreate again and again, a diverse variety of stunning looks. We come together and inspire, motivate and encourage each other to really search and reveal our own personal style and self. And this means, we don’t have to dress like anyone else! We don’t have to follow any specific sets of style, rules or trends!

Embracing being a different woman means we can grow, learn and conquer our dreams…together!

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The Jolene jeans are some unlike I have ever seen or worn. Not only is it amazing to note that they are made in America, but as a curvy girl it is extremely hard to find jeans that fit in all the right places, are comfortable and don’t sag – especially when trying to rope, ride or squat down to throw a calf on the ground. The wash and overall style makes the denim appear to be super premium and high end, which they are but for an affordable price!

I chose to pair these perfect jeans with a body suit I purchased from a local boutique, Pink Chateau @pinkchateau. I believe it is important to shop local and/or purchase from women/family owned businesses. Additionally, I chose Steve Madden red chunky heels to enhance the red roses on the body suit and the badass jeans. 

Shop here: http://go.kimesranch.com/amywitt

Photos by: Jamie Changala @jchangala33 & Changala Aussies: @changalaaussies

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