Fashionista Inspiration

Babe on a Budget

Networking collaborations are a lot of fun because you can bounce ideas back and forth between creative minds, and come up with something magical!

I had wanted to do a fashion shoot that would promote a boutique and also showcase another talented photographer in Alberta, and that is exactly what we did.

B&B Boutique in Olds, Alberta is one of the most shopped at boutiques Alberta has to offer. They have been keeping Canadians of the west in the loop of western fashion since the spring of 2013,  and are known for their urban vogue with country vintage flare for the women who are looking for quality, vintage, chic clothes at an affordable cost.

That is what I like best about B&B, they’ve managed to keep the prices reasonable, even while bringing clothing up from the States with our dollar being poor. By doing this, they’re helping us barrel racers on a budget stay trendy at the rodeo cabarets, and in every day life.

B&B has everything from basic pieces that are perfect for layering, to something that’ll make you feel a little fancier and add a little pep in your step. Head over to the website to see ALL the new Spring outfits! (link below)

Tara McKenzie is a photographer from Rocky Mountain House  whose passion for photography turned into a full time job in 2010. McKenzie specializes in equine photography and all things that focus on the Western lifestyle. I first met Tara at the Grit, Glamour & Goals Event in the fall of 2016 in Red Deer, Alberta as she was our event photographer. After receiving the photos back from the event, and going through her portfolio online, I was drawn to her photography style, and knew I wanted to do a shoot with her in the future.

I told the Charlsey and Tara I wanted to go in the opposite direction of the barnyard or mountain shoot (which I love, don’t get me wrong) to try something different. After calling around, we were able to find the perfect setting.

The Hotel Arts is one of the finest hotels I have stepped foot in, and is located in the middle of downtown Calgary, Alberta, just minutes from the Calgary Stampede grounds. The stone walls and art around the hotel give it a western vibe, and you can’t help but feel like Sam Elliot might be around the corner for a Cowboys & Indians Magazine photoshoot. If you’re coming from out of town to visit Calgary, be sure to check their availability on rooms, or at least stop by for brunch at the Yellow Door Bistro, or dinner at The Raw Bar.

Lipstick & Cowboy Boots would like to give one lucky lady $100 towards a photo session with the fabulous Tara McKenzie. To qualify you must:
– Like the Lipstick & Cowboy Boots Facebook Page as well as Tara Mckenzie Fotos Page
– Like this post on Facebook
– Share this post on Facebook
– Tag a friend in the original post and comment DONE!

Good Luck, winner announced Wednesday, May 3rd.


Darby’s Dress & Necklace – B&B Boutique
Darby’s Belt – Vintage find from Charlsey, owner of B&B Boutique
Darby’s Boots – Durango Boots
Cassie’s Red Dress – The Harper from B&B Boutique
Cassie’s Blue Dress- B&B Boutique
Cassie’s Boots – Old Gringo
Cassie’s Faux Squash Blossom – Cosmic Cattle Dog
Cassie’s Earrings – Silpada
Cassie’s Hat – B&B Boutique
Makeup By – Darby Crouch
Photos by Tara McKenzie Check her out on Instagram & Facebook
Location – Hotel Arts, Downtown Calgary, Alberta