Artist Spotlight: DC Knits

Dean Cheek the owner and force behind DC Knits has opened a new retail location in the heart of Santa Fe.  Since 1998, Dean has been providing heirloom quality knitwear made by hand in New Mexico. From production items off the rack to custom one of a kind orders, Dean designs and knits everything himself in house to assure quality and consistency.

Located at 102 E Water St, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 the retail space also features local artisan jewelry and unique artwork.
(505) 471-3640

Los Angeles Rodeo

 These vintage photos show that LA was a little more western back in the day. Love the look of these cowgirls of yesterday.

Sunrise on the road

Interstate 70 is a beautiful and desolate road stretching from central Utah all the way to Baltimore. It's the road I take to Denver most often and transitions from the deserts of Utah over the Rocky Mountains and into the Great Plains.

RRL Melrose Party

We had the opportunity to hangout at the RRL Melrose party last night. It was an amazing event with cool cars, motorcycles, and people Check out the photos below.

The vintage Land Speed Racing theme was curated by Bobby Green of Old Crow Speed Shop

Paul Umbriaco wearing a sample of the upcoming Liberty Motor Wear/ M&P Speed Shop collaboration.

They sold everything and bought an Airstream

Cassidy Magazine contributor, designer, and blogger Olivia Berg and her family made a bold choice.  In early 2015 the family was building their dream home,  complete with all the stuff that comes with it. Furniture, appliances, bills, debt, and while they prided  themselves on living  simple,  the truth was they were tired of working for  stuff. 

Even though they had great jobs, secure investments, and a dream home, there was something missing. 

One day while searching the local Craigslist for a sofa for the dream home, Olivia stumbled across an ad for a 1968 Airstream Overlander. Inspired they purchased the 180 square foot trailer, paid off all their debt, quite their day jobs and hit the road. 

"We leave behind a life of comfort, routine, and "things",  for an adventure in 180 square feet of aluminum awesomeness" - Olivia Berg

Their goal? To live a slower pace of give without travel, explore, work, and play on their own terms...and to strengthen their family the good ol' fashioned way. To see the small towns, back roads, and natural beauty that America has to offer and to have the freedom from STUFF. 

You can follow along with the family and their adventures on their blog HERE

Auction: Richard Lear John Deere Tractors

Mecum auctions is going to have something slightly more farm related crossing the block in Davenport Iowa. The auction house known for selling collector cars and motorcycles has been chosen to auction of a collection of classic John Deere Tractors this November. To see the entire auction catalog CLICK HERE

Sunrise in Fort Worth

Sometimes when I travel I can't sleep, so I like to get out and explore. One such morning I walked around the Fort Worth Stock Yards.

Ram Laramie Limited

Featuring premium materials, such as an all-black, full-leather seating, real wood interior components and unique badges, Ram Laramie Limited is a the ultimate luxury pickup. The new trim level is available on the 1500, 2500 and 3500 models meaning that even though this is a luxury truck, it still packs all of the towing and payload capacity needed to get the job done. The Laramie Limited’s all-new grille is the most prominent change of the exterior. As the leading point of the new Limited, its new billet port grille breaks from the long tradition of a crosshair styling making it immediately stand out from other Ram trim levels.

Inside the seats are covered in Black Natural Plus premium leather and standard power adjustable pedals with memory, heated steering wheel, front ventilated and heated seats, heated rear seats and much more. The new Ram Laramie Limited takes luxury and utility to new heights.

See your local dealer for detail and availability or visit

Travel: Nicaragua

 Nicaragua’s unspoiled rainforests are home to 7% of the planet’s biodiversity. A great way to observe this abundant flora and fauna is with a canopy tour. Visitors traverse between varying platforms ranging from 10 to 100 feet in the air, using high-climbing techniques and equipment. It offers an escape from the “real world” atop treetop perches surrounded by vistas of Nicaragua’s majestic volcanoes and a melodious symphony presented by native jungle birds. Mombotour offers such a tour from the Mombacho Volcano (located 9 miles south of Granada), which culminates with a 70-foot rappel from a 250 year-old Ceiba tree.

Canopy adventures can be experienced around the country in a variety of environments and settings, whether taking an exhilarating ride through rainforests, coasting over lakes, rivers, lagoons or flying high above coffee plantations. With all tours, whether wildlife watching or adrenaline-pumping adventure, safety is always a priority. Guides are well trained and equipment is maintained to stringent standards.  or

Granada is the oldest city in Central America to remain on its original site. The most colorful and comfortable of Nicaragua’s cities, Granada has been charming travelers with its red-tiled roofs, grand cathedrals, breezy lakeshore, and drowsy lifestyle since the days of the Spanish, who used the city as their first Atlantic port (via Lake Cocibolca and the Río San Juan). Just 27 miles from Managua on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, this fascinating and colorful city was founded in 1524 and is now considered a showcase of Nicaragua’s Spanish Colonial treasures. Seventeenth century churches, courtyards filled with flowers, impressive museums, European cuisine and historic buildings converted to boutique hotels distinguish Granada as one of the most popular tourism destinations in the country.

The beaches of Nicaragua, especially those on the country’s Pacific coast, are known for impressive surf and unexploited beauty. The most popular destination for surfers from around the world is a 37-mile stretch of beaches called San Juan del Sur. This region, located on the southwest coast of the country, was a stop on Quicksilver’s The Crossing in 2003, a worldwide quest in search of “the perfect wave.” Maderas, a secluded beach beloved by locals and visitors alike, is one of the surfing community’s best-kept secrets.

For information on local hot spots and some general information about surfing and traveling in Nicaragua, visit and

On Nicaragua’s central Pacific coast near its border with Costa Rica, San Juan del Sur is the country’s primary surfing destination and Nicaragua’s favorite beach town, the most popular with foreign tourists. Described as a port town, fishing village, surfing and backpacker’s haven, San Juan del Sur has undeniably become a tourism hot spot that has lured not only travelers, but a good deal of foreign investment as well. In addition to a crescent bay lined with barefoot restaurants and sandy bars, San Juan del Sur offers a slow-paced, tranquil setting, fresh seafood, and charming guesthouses. Several high-end residential communities are springing up and San Juan del Sur is also a favorite weekend getaway for wealthy Nicaraguans.

Visitors can choose from a variety of perfect beaches surrounded by towering cliffs and a nearby wildlife refuge with a turtle-nesting beach. Various new restaurants and hotels, such as the Morgan’s Rock Eco-Lodge, accommodate an increasing number of sophisticated visitors. San Juan del Sur is also becoming a port destination for many international cruise ships.

At the turn of the 21st century, San Juan del Sur again grew in international popularity to the steady drumbeat of high-profile international press coverage declaring the area a real estate hot spot. The area attracted a frenzy of property pimps, land sharks, and a flock of checkbook-toting prospectors scouring the coastline for a piece of the pie. Some of the investment led to progress, new establishments, and healthy relationships between foreign investors determined to make money and a positive impact for their Nicaraguan colleagues and beneficiaries. But the economic growth was not without scuffles.

Meanwhile, sunsets continue to paint the silhouettes of fishing vessels in crimson, and the mood in San Juan del Sur is low-key and fun. The noon sun is scorching, so life is languorous and measured, spent swinging in breezy hammocks, enjoying fresh fish and cold beer at seaside, or splashing about in the surf.

Nicaragua has shaken off its past and has now garnered a name as an emerging luxury ecotourism and surfing destination, and foodies are raving about the restaurants, putting Managua on the
culinary map. A special place for sure that should be on your short list for your next vacation.

For more information on
touring Nicaragua including special vacation packages check out

Southwest Tablescape

Olivia Berg is a former former-career-woman-turned-country-girl…after ditching her corporate job in favor of a quiet life on the farm, she started The Wannabe Cowgirl blog, where she chronicles her adventures in rural living, DIY projects, and the process of building her family’s dream barn-house. In her spare time, she loves talking to her horses, hunting, running her graphic design company, and working outside with her hubby and lil’ cowgirl-in-training. 

Howdy! I’m Olivia from Silver Lining Blog + Design, and I’m so excited to be joining Cassidy Magazine to bring you some fabulous DIY projects and home decor inspiration! This issue’s theme inspired me to create a southwest tablescape for y'all and I'm excited to share some simple tips for creating a beautiful table; on a budget, of course! 

When I think southwest, I think of sunsets, sagebrush, and warm tones. This tablescape incorporates all of those elements without looking too overdone! Putting together a table setting is kind of like a puzzle.

You need to figure out which pieces fit together in order to complete the picture! 

To begin the puzzle, I like to start in the middle and work my way out. I chose to center my tablescape on this pretty blush-and-gold geometric candle holder and my decor staple: antlers!

Next, I wanted to add some chic greenery. Nothing is trendier right now than succulents! I didn’t want to make things look too balanced, so I chose to use matching glass vases, but mismatched plants. Next, I threw on some frosted-purple mercury glass votives too add some glow factor. I kept my glassware to muted tones of purple and bronze, and then wove them together with extra long, orange silk flowers. 

See how everything just works  together? 

My simplest tips to piecing together your own tablescape puzzle are:

1.Start in the center and work your way out

2.Think about symmetry, but occasionally stray away from “matchy-matchy” balance

3.Work with different heights and textures (shimmering glass contrasted against rustic antlers, for example)

4.Less is more. Choose one or two fabulous pieces with a little wow factor (like my geometric candle holder) rather than a lot of little trinkets!

I hope this helps de-mystify tablescape design a little! I could definitely see myself pulling up a chair and enjoying a margarita at this table! Oh, and the total cost of this southwest-themed beauty? $35! Thrift stores are a great spot to check for glassware and silk flowers…and I raided my personal collection for those pretty antlers!

For more from Olivia visit CLICK HERE

Olivia Berg