Grow through what you Go through.

in the beginning of 2017 I found myself completely empty. I had spent the previous 2 years busting my ass on a business I had devoted my entire time to and financially invested in. I was well aware that people wanted to see me fail. There were hate threads, private chats and groups dedicated to defaming my character. Why, I will never understand. When I started my business venture to start an online western market place for new and used clothing I never dreamed of the nightmare it would turn into. What was once a vision to provide jobs in the western community and build the industry up became a roller coaster of heartache. For an industry to claim it was all for “building women up”, I had felt the complete opposite. I felt burned to the core. What hurt even worse was to be called a failure and finally realizing it was time to call it quits on my dream.


Something that felt so right for the first time in my life turned out to be my biggest failure and that was a hard pill to swallow. Talk about having a ‘throw your sucker in the dirt’ moment. “Where do I go from here?”


I am here to tell you, IT IS OKAY TO FAIL. Failing at something means you actually went for it. Have your moment, then put your big girl panties on and keep on trucking sister!


In January I took a hard look at my life and realized how miserable I had been trying to please thousands of women I had never even met over the internet and not even realizing how badly I had neglected my own life. I had emotionally abandoned my husband. I lost an extremely unhealthy amount of weight, lost my sparkle and most importantly.. I lost the joy in the tiny victories I had once appreciated. I decided not to throw the towel in completely and kept the blog but took a step back from the fb group, The bleacher babe’s closet, and the business side of it. I don’t think people fully understand the FULL demands it takes to run a group of 30,000 women that I had babied for 2 years by myself. I had lost myself in taking care of people who didn’t give a flip if I had a life or not. But to receive emails where people were able to pay their mortgage with the site was that little glimmer of hope that kept me from completely cutting ties. I like helping people. I may not get to help everyone but if I can make a difference in those that cross my path then that makes this whole journey worth while.


I took all of that negativity and focused on things I was passionate about and suddenly it all fell right into place. I found pieces of myself and transformed into a newer version of me like I do every year. Just because you hit a few road blocks, doesn’t mean that its your final destination. Learn to give yourself time to heal while taking the scenic route!

I was offered to produce my very own Fashion Show During RFDTV’s The American Rodeo with Taylor Gilkey that was a huge success in the Fort Worth Stockyards. I found a little slice of paradise in Round Top, Tx and formed great friendships with the amazing women behind Junk Gypsy. I traveled a lot this year and was able to collaborate with Cowboys and Indians Magazine which had been an ultimate dream of mine as a little girl. I ended my year in Vegas where my vision of a Western Ball came to life at Silverton Casino thanks to Cowboys & Indians Magazine.

Sometimes we have to let go and let God redirect us, and during these times we shed some of the unnecessary weight we’ve been carrying. During this transition you discover your 3 P’s. Purpose| People |Power.

Your Purpose is what you were meant to do all along. You may have not discovered it just yet, but you will find bits and pieces of yourself along the way.

Your People are divided into the fake and the real. When you run out of gas, The fake people leave because the ride is over but your real people will still be standing by your side offering to help push.

Your Power is your strength to carry on after the hard times and transition the negative into positive to do amazing things! God makes NO Mistakes, there is always a blessing in every lesson.


2018 Goals:

  1. Stop being a people pleaser. my girl Dita Von Tease said it best, ” You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be someone who hates peaches.” Make yourself happy because when you are truly happy to the core you can do great things. We only get one life, make it count.
  2. Enjoy every small and big victory that comes my way.
  3. Live in the moment, less social media and more living. Enjoying my vacations without having to capture every little detail. Make more memories without the pictures to “prove” it.
  4. Continuing my fitness journey and taking it to the next level. Fitness has been my outlet when it comes to suffering from anxiety. I have formed some of the best friendships, habits and booty since I started. I have kept a steady healthy weight and it has provided me with “me time” away from social media.
  5. Charity work. Whether it’s big or small anything at all makes a difference.
  6. Eat well and travel often.
  7. Focus more on God and my marriage.

Wishing you all an amazing 2018!


Comfy Vegas Kicks

I was honored to collaborate with Cowboys & Indians Magazine for the 2017 November/December Christmas Guide. Be sure to grab a copy! I’ve listed my top 5 picks along with my contributor article. It has been an ultimate goal of mine to work with this amazing publication. I’ve dreamed about being apart of this magazine since I was a little girl. 

Cowboys & Indians Magazine 2017 Nov/ Dec Christmas Guide. The Bleacher Babe Picks

I am jumping on the fringe sneaker train. I’m a girl on the search for comfort and ease, yet I still want to look polished.  These shoes are perfect for Vegas nights during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Whether you’re out shopping, traveling, or you just want to be comfortable.. these fringed out kicks are easy on the eye and your feet. Listed below are a few Of my favorites. 

Click on the picture, it will take you directly to the link for purchase. 

💋 @thebleacherbabe

High Call Outfitters $110
Junk Gypsy $64
Free People $355

Talk Derby To Me.. Part 2

We are only days away from the Kentucky Derby! A day filled with mint juleps, big hats and fast horses. This will be my first year attending and I cannot wait to share with you all my experience. Be sure to follow along with RFDTV and The Bleacher Babe social media as we bring you an insider look. From the red carpet, infield and who knows maybe even millionaire row. (I’m feeling lucky!)


Hats aren’t a requirement but should definitely be considered if you are planning to attend. It’s like having a bowl of salsa with out the chips, tea without sugar, cereal and no milk. No way, you can easily find the  perfect Derby Hat last minute without spending a fortune. Save that money for your bets! Lets take a look at some of the different styles we will be seeing this year.

The Eclectic Cowgirl:

Charlie 1 Horse has been making some serious statements with their fashion line, offering many styles to fit your personality!

Pictured below is a fun palm leaf with western twist on your typical top hat. The colorful Navajo beaded hat band gives it the perfect finish and just enough pop of color. The “Outlaw Spirit” is certainly a statement piece for the bold and trendy.


Another take on the palm leaf Top Hat by Charlie 1 Horse is The “Quick Draw”. This hat screams Bad Mamma Jamma is a fun conversation piece.


Photograph Credits: CREATE



The Minimalist:

The Fascinator is said to be a hit this year. This simple head band style was inspired by Kate Middleton. Very classy, chic and simple yet fit enough for Royalty.



The Classic:

A typical sun hat that is sure to be atop of many derby goers crown. Floppy hats adorned with floral pieces and ribbon hat bands. This is always a conservative safe look for those that aren’t comfortable with the wild funky hats.


Whichever style you decide to go with, just be sure to have fun with it! Catch me on instagram and facebook for more insider Derby Fashion!


The Bleacher Babe

Talk Derby To Me.. Part 1

Hey Babes!

The count down is on! I am so excited to announce that I have teamed up with RFDtv to bring you LIVE fashion  coverage of the Kentucky Derby. That’s right, we will be streaming live via fb and Instagram ALL of the most exceptional derby fashion walking the red carpet. Be sure to tune in with us on May 6th, 2017, to catch all of the crazy hats and latest trends. We have collaborated with some of the hottest brands in the western industry (The Bronte Collection, Brit West, and Boot Junky ) to put our own rustic spin on the typical derby look.

Not only am I excited about rocking “swanky” derby attire, sipping on traditional mint juleps and placing my bets in hopes of coming home a little richer, there is something different about the Kentucky Derby 2017. The phenomenal, one eyed, contender “Patch” will be making his grand debut and all of my money is on him! Click here to get the full story on this amazing animal.


So what comes first, the hat or the dress? #1 rule, according to Derby goers, is that the hat comes first and the bigger the better. bb41

found on pinterest


These snazzy hats can come with a hefty price tag. If you are in search for a last minute, inexpensive hat:

TJ Maxx


If you are wanting to get a little western, follow the links below:

Charlie 1 Horse


Brit West


DIY tutorial ideas that can easily be found on pinterest.


Tune in next week as I share recipes and tips and recipes on how to host your own Cinco De Mayo and Kentucky Derby party!

Brianna Bigbee