Dec 18, 201202:28 PMThe Telegraph
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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide: Fashion and Shopping
It's not too, too late to get your special someone some fashionable treats for the holidays, but time is running out. Here are our quick picks for last-minute Christmas gifts.
Meaning “ranch estate” in Spanish, this new Westernwear collection calls to mind the bygone ranching days in Latin America, when prestigious haci-endas were scattered across the open country-side. Boasting soft serape and plaid prints, lace vests, flowing skirts, off-the-shoulder tunics, and thick pearl snap shirts, the clothes of Rancho Estancia are seductively romantic and breezy. But for winter, we’re fans of the faux-fur Sue Ellen vest (left), especially when cinched with our favorite concho belt and paired with skinny jeans tucked into tall boots — a look worthy of the vest’s wild and glamorous namesake. 800.288.6579, www.ranchoestancia.com
Walking along the cobblestone streets of The Village in Lake Las Vegas, less than 20 miles east of the Las Vegas Strip, it’s hard to miss the Turquoise Door. While the shop’s actual door is glass, its large windows are filled with authentic Native American jewelry boasting bright blue and green stones displayed alongside rustic artworks and colorful accent pieces.
Opened in 2008, the unique boutique is a dream realized for owner Karen Saunders, who always hoped to one day run her own business. As a Lake Las Vegas local, she easily decided on the perfect place to set up shop. “I knew when I made the decision to open Turquoise Door that The Village was the ideal location,” says Saunders. “Besides being my home, Lake Las Vegas provides the perfect backdrop: a resort destination that attracts visitors from all over the world for a taste of the Southwest. The energy of the landscape and beautiful atmosphere of The Village left no question about where I wanted my store to be.”
Ever since she can remember, Saunders has had a deep-rooted passion for the Southwestern lifestyle and Native American art — jewelry in particular — which made picking a motif just as simple as choosing a location. “Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone special or just the right accessory to complement your own wardrobe or home, you are sure to find it at the Turquoise Door,” Saunders says. Also always on hand at the shop: the owner. “You will find me at the store every day, as I strive to create a positive shopping experience.” 702.576.0077, www.turquoisedoorllv.com
Never Give Up
Cowgirl Tuff Company recently debuted a limited edition line of women’s Never Give Up loungewear featuring the brand’s signature logos and relaxed fits. “We want to fill the gap, bring something in that’s missing in the Western industry,” explains founder and designer Lisa Bollin, an avid barrel racer who bases her cowgirl clothing designs on what she herself likes to wear both in and out of the arena. Now, thanks to her new line of hoodies, pants, tees, tanks, boxer-style shorts, and bathing suits, you can feel comfortably tuff in the saddle or at home, in your trailer or at the pool. A fellow cowgirl who’s already a fan? Professional barrel racer Angie Meadors. “I love it because it is soft and comfortable, and the colors are amazing.” www.cowgirltuffco.com
Start out the new year by updating your wardrobe with the latest looks for the contemporary cowboy. Instead of sporting the same old pearl snap, button up in Rock & Roll Cowboy’s new poplin print shirt, boasting front and back embroidery and contrasting cuffs ($70). Then complete your look in the Double Barrel jeans, which feature a traditional boot cut at the ankle so they won’t bunch up over your ropers ($79). www.panhandleslim.com