I am currently obsessing over Waxing Poetic’s jewelry and charms. They have a vintage, victorian, gothic vibe that appeals to my darker, Tim Burton-loving side. Many of the pieces have a hand-forged craftsman feel that look as if they were pulled up from the wreckage of an ancient ship or found in an antique steamer trunk in a grand castle.
Each charm and chain is a miniature work of art that when combined, creates a jewelry tour de force. Layer them on bracelets and necklaces; wear them on their own on a dainty chain; give them as gifts to your friends and loved ones. Truly Charming! Available at WaxingPoetic.com and LaylaGrace.com.
I desperately want this arrow necklace that cleverly states “Write Your Own Way”.
It’s March! Spring is on the way but this time of year can be hard to dress for due to Mother Nature’s changing moods, one day cold and windy the next warm and sunny. These spring essentials (many of which you probably already have) will help get you thru the roller coaster weather while still looking fresh and stylish.
Invest in a great denim jacket, if you don’t already have one. They add an extra layer of warmth without looking as wintry as your wool peacoat. Pair with a brightly colored button down shirt (roll up the sleeves of the jacket to reveal a little color) or wear over a gauzy floral top.
Add a long sleeve stripe tee to your rotation of tops. It looks brighter and more spring-like than your basic black tee but still seems fitting when paired with denim jacket or sweater on a chilly day. Both tops from JCrew.com.
Replace your dark, thick sweaters with an open weave cotton sweater worn over a striped tee or brightly colored top and paired with cropped pants or rolled boyfriend jeans. I love these sweaters by Joie and RD Style.
Add rolled boyfriend jeans and colored denim back into your regular rotation. They will lighten up heavier sweaters and jackets especially when paired with a cute pair of printed ballet flats.
Some great transition outfits from Boden: They perfectly balance spring trends with warmer items for chilly days.
If the hot, dry summer air has left your skin parched and looking to soak up some serious moisture consider adding these to your daily beauty arsenal. These are my favorite tried and true products to banish dry skin.
For The Body:
Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk and Honey Whipped Body Butter: Luxuriously Whipped, Sinfully Addictive. This air-whipped confection is light-weight and absorbs quickly to deliver deep, all day moisture. It banishes dry spots and keeps rough areas like knees and elbows soft. Plus, it smells amazing! Available at Kiehls.com.
For Your Hands:
My hands take a beating in the barn on a daily basis and Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve is my saving grace. This blend of select ingredients allows skin to actually draw and absorb water from the air, forming a “glove-like” protective barrier against moisture loss. It also contains a blend of botanical oils as well as natural wax derived from Olive Oil, which further soothes, moisturizes and conditions skin. This lotion protects against and repairs the appearance of severe dryness caused by heavy industrial work, manual labor, neglect, or exposure to harsh elements. Applied nightly it keeps my hands soft and smooth despite my barn work. Available at Kiehls.com.
For The Lips:
Being out in the elements combined with being inside with cold, blowing air from my air conditioner makes my lips demand all day moisture. Neosporin Lip Help Daily Hydration Therapy and L’Oreal’s Color Riche Balm are my go-to lip savers.
Neosporin Lip Help is clinically proven to restore visibly healthy lips in 3 days by reducing dryness and protecting lips from sunburn with SPF 20. I apply it morning and night and my lips have weathered this year better than ever. I use L’Oreal’s Balm during the day (I keep a tube in my tack room to re-apply before and after riding) to keep my lips constantly hydrated with a tint of color. Both available at your local drugstore and Target stores.
For Your Horse:
Dry, summer air, sweat and constant rinsing can have the same affect on your horse as it does on you, but adding a hair coat shine supplement to their daily feed regimen will have him shining like a new copper penny. My horse Woody is on Smartpak’s SmartCombo pellets which includes their SmartShine supplement. SmartShine provides vital Omega 3 Fatty Acids from stabilized Flax Seed to promote healthy skin and create a stunning coat. This supplement really, truly works. I get constant compliments on how shiny and healthy Woody’s coat looks. Available at Smartpak.com.
Woody’s shiny hair courtesy of SmartShine:
Keep their mane and tail soft and dandruff free with an oldie but goodie, Mane N Tail Conditioner. I have tried them all and I go back to this one every time. It keeps my horse’s hair soft, tangle-free and it truly helps grow tails thicker and longer. It is my go-to super product. Available at your local tack store.
I love all things “courtly checked” by Mackenzie-Childs. My entire kitchen is full of their black and white checks and you can imagine my excitement when they paired up with Hunter to add their iconic design to rubber wellies. So cute and cheerful for rainy days tromping thru the mud. Available online at Mackenize-Childs.com.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you are scrambling for a last minute gift for the loved one in your life, look no further than my Valentine’s Gift Guide:
Show the man in your life a little love with these cool gift ideas:
Fossil Nate Stainless Steel Watch – This “smoke” colored watch with a faux wood face will add style to your man’s look.
If your man is a “man’s man” consider getting him one of these gorgeous “shooting” inspired flasks as well as a day of shooting at a local shooting range or skeet course with his friends. Flasks available at SirJacks.com.
If you man is more of a suave “Man Man” consider giving him an engraved flask, a bottle of his favorite drink and a copy of Sterling’s Gold: Wit and Wisdom of an Ad Man. Sterling’s Gold is a compilation of the hilarious one-liners of Mad Men’s Roger Sterling.
For the sports lover in your life consider a Leather Head’s Football or Lemon Peel Ball paired with tickets to see his favorite team play. Both are exquisitely crafted by Paul Cunningham and are meant to be used as well as look stunning in an office. The football is constructed of rich subtle leather and is perfectly stitched. The “Handsome Dan” is named after Yale University’s noteworthy bulldog mascot. Over time, this football will age well and develop a rich patina. Slightly smaller in size than a regulation football, tight spirals can be thrown with ease.
The lemon peel ball design draws its inspiration from the antique baseballs from the early 19th century. The Lemon Ball is of historic significance as it documents a noteworthy transition in baseball from a game played with a homemade toy over 200 years ago, to the precision made ball that appears in today’s major leagues. Noticeably softer than a regulation baseball, original baseballs were made similar to the lemon ball and stuffed with rags.
He can carry your love around and the rest of his stuff in this Archival Clothing Field Bag. This Field Bag is intended as a daily workhorse, a crossover between a traditional English fishing bag and an urban messenger bag. Durable construction and practical features allow the bag to excel at carrying gear both outdoors and to the office.
Don’t forget get about the four-legged loves in your life! Buy them one of these extra special treats or a bag of carrots.
Harvest Hearts Horse Treats
Uncle Jimmy’s Squeezy Buns Horse Treats: My horses go crazy for these!
My Shoesday Tuesday features shoes for you and your horse. Neon colors such as hot pink, lime green and highlighter yellow are huge for spring. Get into the trend with these architectural wedges from Diane von Furstenberg and these Legacy System Plaid Boots for your horse.
A triple threat! Knock out three trends with one pair of shoes: neon, neon paired with nude and ankle strap wedges. The nude ankle strap keeps you on trend but doesn’t visually shorten your leg like a colored ankle strap can. Available online at net-a-porter.com.
Protect your horses legs with these perforated neoprene boots in a preppy green and black plaid that allow the leg to breathe and heat to escape so your horses legs stay cooler while also giving maximum protection to the splint bone, tendons, and other soft tissues. Your horse can be protected and stylish! Available at HorseCityStore.com.
I have maintained for a long time that a sense of humor is essential if you are going to own, ride and show horses. It makes the tough days between the glorious (win) days tolerable. There is nothing like a good smile or deep laugh to keep you trucking.
Today’s laugh came in the form of a website called Equestrian Ryan Gosling. It is beyond hilarious and fuels my silly crush on Ryan Gosling (sorry honey) by featuring pictures of Ryan Gosling with horsey sayings. I don’t know who created the site but it is pure genius. You can check it out by clicking here: Equestrian Ryan Gosling.
Images from Equestrian Ryan Gosling.
I am starting a new feature on The Clotheshorse called Beauty and The Beast, where I feature my favorite beauty products as well as my favorite grooming products for horses. Simply put, beauty for both horse and rider!
My mom recently bought me and my sister-in-law the Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System as an early Valentine’s gift. And let me say, it is amazing! After a few weeks of use my skin is soft, smooth and glowing. I use it every night with a squirt of Caudalie’s Gentle Cleanser to remove the day’s makeup and dirt. It is a true must-have to add to your skincare regimen.
Acting as a sonic micro-massaging tool, the cleansing systems gently penetrate the skin at 300 movements per second. The flexing action between the outer and inner brushes works deep within the pores to loosen dirt and oil, while the back and forth oscillating motion of the inner brush effectively cleans, clarifies, and stimulates the skin. Without putting stress on collagen fibers, the sonic technology works gently and effectively to provide a safe form of skincare without over-cleansing. It cleans 6x better than your hands alone and prepares skin for better absorption of creams, serums and moisturizers.
Available for $119 at Clarisonic.com.
I show horses and having a long, full tail is a necessity. Therefore, I am always on the lookout for products that keep my horses tail in tip top shape. I first stumbled on Moroccan Oil when my hairdresser kept using it on me every time she cut and colored my hair. It smelled amazing and made my hair soft and shiny without being greasy or heavy. Naturally, my first thought was this stuff would do amazing things to a thick, coarse horse tail.
I bought my first bottle a year ago and now it has a permanent place in my groom tote. Moroccan Oil contains anti-oxidant and vitamin rich Argan Oil (from a tree found in Morocco) that instantly absorbs into the hair and creates softness and shine without leaving a greasy residue. Its strengthens brittle and damaged hair while also increasing elasticity which keeps the hair from breaking when trying to comb out a tangle.
You can apply a dime size amount to a wet tail after washing or just apply it dry with your daily grooming. Your horse’s tail will look amazing. Available in most salons and Beauty Brand stores as well as online at Amazon.com.
My newest addiction comes in the form of Pinterest. I can’t stop pinning!!!! If you are not familiar with Pinterest, it’s an online bulletin board where you can “pin” pictures from the internet onto your own inspiration boards as well as view other people’s pins and boards. It’s a great source of fashion and home style inspiration as well as full of delicious recipes. It’s the modern version of tearing out a picture from a magazine and putting it in a inspiration notebook. And did I mention super addictive!
PS: If you are already on Pinterest you can follow me here: http://pinterest.com/clotheshorseok/
I know it’s just January but the stores and websites are filling up with the bright hues that will usher in spring. Bright shades of the rainbow look to take a place of prominence in many designer collections with color blocking being a major trend. No one has done that better than Diane von Furstenberg, a perennial favorite of mine. Her early spring clothes are simple yet stunning in shades of hot pink, tangerine, yellow and turquoise. Every piece is extremely wearable and will make a versatile addition to your wardrobe. All outfits available at dvf.com.
Image from Gild and Grace (a gorgeous blog).
The back of this dress is black.
Colored Capris are a must for spring!
This is actually a dress that just looks like a two-piece ensemble. So easy and comfy yet so chic.