Equestrian Style Hits The Runway

Well ladies, it looks like your breeches and riding coats won’t be relegated to just the barn this fall. Designers sent equestrian inspired designs galloping down the runway. These couture dandies will filter down through the masses making a definitely equestrian-themed look on trend for fall.

Givenchy’s designer Riccardo Tisci was overheard backstage saying he was inspired by “horse riding” and thus sent models out to the sound of galloping horses wearing small leather riding jackets and jodhpur inspired pants that were elegantly equestrian.

John Galliano’s collection featured exaggerated jodhpurs, sleek tailored jackets and knee-high boots and tights that echoed riding attire.

 

 

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Prints Charming – How To Wear Printed Pants

Printed pants and jeans are popping up everywhere and to be honest I don’t love this trend. When worn correctly it can look fresh and chic but if not done properly it can go very wrong.

First and foremost, avoid the wide-leg printed palazzo pant, it just looks wrong and will be here and gone in the blink of an eye. Second, stick with straight-leg or skinny printed jeans or sleek cropped pants. Let the pants be the focus of the outfit pairing it with basic solid tops, simple shoes and very little jewelry to avoid looking garish.

Printed pants can draw attention to problem areas like bigger thighs and bottoms but you can avoid this by pairing them with longer, looser, uneven hemmed tops as well as choosing a more muted print or darker color.

RevolveClothing.com and JCrew.com have a great selection of printed jeans and pants.

I know you can’t see it very well, but I like the way Jessica Alba paired a loose sweater and knee-high boots with her floral printed jeans.

This is a great way to get into the trend in a muted way.

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Waxing Poetic

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”.

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Freshen Up

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.

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Beauty and The Beast: Soak It Up

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.

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Courtly Check

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.

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That’s The Truth

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Homemade Lip Gloss

If you are stuck inside on a cold winter day and your after-Christmas diet forbids an elaborate baking project try making your own lip gloss.These little pots of gloss will moisturize your lips as well as make great gifts for your gal pals.

Homemade Kiss Gloss: Courtesy of Cheeky Kitchen

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon paraffin wax

4 teaspoons coconut oil

4 teaspoons petroleum jelly

4 white or pink (or whatever color you like) candy melts

1/2 teaspoon oil-based candy flavoring

Directions:

Grate the wax into a ziploc freezer bag. Add the coconut oil, petroleum jelly, candy melts and the flavoring. Place the bag in a bowl of very hot water and allow the ingredients to melt together. Massage the bag a bit to mix the ingredients together. Snip a corner from the bag and squeeze the ingredients into small containers (use sterilized bead holders purchased from JoAnn). Pop your lip gloss containers into the fridge to cool completely.

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Be My Valentine

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.

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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!

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10 Steps To Get In Shape To Own A Horse

This pretty much sums it up!!!!

TEN EASY STEPS TO GET IN SHAPE TO OWN A HORSE:

1. Drop a heavy steel object on your foot, don’t pick it up right away, & shout “Get off! Get off!”

2. Leap out of a moving vehicle and practice “Relaxing into the fall”. Roll lithely into a ball, and spring to your feet.

3. Learn to grab your checkbook out of your purse and write out a $200 check without even looking down.

4. Jog long distances carrying a halter and holding out a carrot. Go ahead and tell the neighbors what you’re doing.They might as well know now.

5. Affix a pair of reins to a moving freight train and practice pulling it to a halt, smile as if you are really having fun.

6. Practice your fibbing skills. “See, moving hay bales is fun!” and ” I’m glad your lucky performance and multi-million dollar horse won you first place!”

7. Practice dialing your chiropractors number with both arms paralyzed to the shoulder, and one foot anchoring the lead rope of a frisky horse.

8. Borrow the US Army slogan; “Be all that you can be’…(add) bitten, thrown, kicked, slimed, trampled.”

9. Lie face down in the mud in your most expensive riding clothes and repeat to yourself: “This is a learning experience, this is a learning experience .”

10. Marry Money!

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