Bridles & Baubles

Glitterball

Viv and Ingrid is an amazing jewelry line that I used to carry in my store. It's delicate, yet statement-making, jewelry is elegant and timeless. Their keepsake cards with dainty posts always sold out in my store and for fall/winter 2014 the cards were inspired by the year of the horse. They have paired dainty 6mm Swarovski crystal studded glitterballs with horse print cards. These are the perfect earrings to add a little sparkle to your riding and show outfits, as well as wear everyday outside of the barn. They also make the perfect gift for the equestrian chic friends in your life. Give them as a pick me up, thank you or good luck gift! Available for $38 in silver or gold with black, champagne, clear, navy or plum crystals on a variety of horse cards at Viv and Ingrid.

Well Heeled

As August fades into September I can't help but dream about fall clothes; in particular, boots. Even though hot weather has set up shop for the duration, I find myself drooling over every boot and bootie I come across. I have fallen particularly hard for these boots from Kate Spade.

 I firmly believe that women's shoes should look like women's shoes. I don't like brogues, smoking slippers, manish boots or overly tall/overly wedged heels that look like they belong on a cross-dressing/stripper in Las Vegas. I prefer feminine details, elegant designs and simplicity with a few unexpected details. These booties check all the boxes and are versatile enough to wear with a wide range of outfits. Booties will remain the item du jour as long as skinny jeans allow you to show them off. 

The first boot is the Lanise boot and it's simple stacked heel, rounded toe and smooth leather scream "wear me every day" and the bow detail is just icing on the cake, giving it a fun, flirty and feminine kick. It is available in black, tan and brown. It also seems to be selling out very fast so if you like it, you better hop on it. Available at Kate Spade, Zappos and Nordstrom.

If you are on your feet a lot thru the day then might like the flat Prospect boot. It comes in luggage brown and black and looks like a fancy pair of paddock boots. It will look equally at home with skinny jeans and cozy knits. Available at Kate Spade and Nordstrom.

If you, like me, think everything is made better with sparkle then you will love the Landon boot. It combines three of my favorite things, black suede, glitter and a bow. Seriously, you can't go wrong! Wear these with skinny leather pants or black tights and skirt or dress. Available at Kate Spade and Nordstrom.

Beauty and The Beast: Lipstick & Detangler

I am a bit of a product junkie and am always trying new beauty and grooming products on myself and my horses. In this edition of Beauty and The Beast I am bringing to you a major long-lasting lipstick and a super effective detangler for your horse.

I never leave the house without lipstick, lipgloss or tinted lip balm on my lips and I am constantly trying new brands, formulations and colors. A recent addition I picked up at Target has gone into regular rotation especially in our current hot, humid weather. Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick is the marathon runner of the lipstick world, super skinny that goes the distance. This lightweight liquid lipstick goes on like a gloss without the stickiness and dries to a matte pigmented finish. It does not feather or fade and requires no touch-ups even between meals. It recently lasted thru a 1/2 day of work, a 1/2 day in the barn and swimming. No joke, this stuff lasts and lasts, not coming off until I washed my face. By the end of the day it does make your lips feel a little dry, but hey you can't have it all! Available at your local drugstore or Target store or on Revlon's website.

On to the beast... I am obsessive about keeping my horses' tails long, shiny and tangle free. They get washed and brushed and slathered with Moroccan Oil regularly. But the summer months are particularly hard to keep tangle free due to their constant swooshing of flies. 

I felt like this summer has been especially hard and I needed to add a detangler to their Moroccan Oil in order to avoid snarls that can cause loss of hair. My local feed store recommended EQyss Survivor Detangler and Shine. 

EQyss® proprietary emollients, vitamin E acetate, keratin protein, panthenol, sweet clover, white willow, nasturtium, wild rose-berry, sage, walnut tree and red poppy combine to make a super-effective detangler that not only makes brushing thru a tangled tail a piece of cake but also keeps the tail from getting tangled going forward. It does not leave the tail sticky or oily or weird feeling, just soft, shiny and tangle-free. You can use it on a wet or dry tail. I mix a dime size amount with a few squirts of Moroccan Oil for daily grooming and after I wash the tail. A definite must add to your grooming bag! Available at Valley Vet and EQyss.

Beauty Serving Size

I saw this beauty info-graphic on Pinterest and it was too good to not share. I, for one, think I use too much product and end up wasting it on my towel or hands and this handy guide will steer me and you in the right direction. 

Weekend Musings


Another week as come and gone and I have compiled a random compilation of things to do, see, buy, try, eat or read this weekend.

Eat This: Boozy Bailey's Toasted Marshmallows 

Light a fire after a day of swimming and dip a marshmallow in Bailey's Irish Cream and toast s'more style. Eat by them by themselves or sandwich between chocolate and graham crackers for an adult s'more.




Do This: Add An Electrolyte Supplement To Your Horse's Daily Feed

Now that summer has set in, make sure your horses stays well hydrated by encouraging them to drink more with an electrolyte and salt supplement. Did you know your horse needs 1 ounce of salt and 5-10 gallons of water a day? Progressive's Aqua-Aide is my horses' favorite.




Try This: Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Push-Up Liner

This eyeliner has been getting a ton of buzz and the reviews run the gamut from "best beauty invention ever" to "hard to use, clumpy and flaky". But it has my attention and I am game to give it a try!




Buy This: Athleta Andale Pant

I have been living in these super-lightweight pants ever since the UPS man delivered them to my door. You can wear them ankle length or pull them up to crop or knee length. They are the best kick around casual summer pants to pair with flip flops and a tank. 




Read This: The Dog's Bollocks by Lynda Renham

On arriving home after a friend’s posh wedding, launderette worker Harriet finds her life irrevocably changed as she discovers her flat ransacked and her boyfriend missing. In a matter of hours she is harassed by East End gangsters and upper crust aristocrats. Accepting an offer she can’t refuse, Harriet, against her better judgement becomes the fiancée of the wealthy Hamilton Lancaster, with dire consequences. What she had not bargained on was meeting Doctor Brice Edmunds. 

The Dog’s Bollocks is Lynda Renham’s funniest novel so far. A cocktail of misunderstandings, three unlikely gangsters, a monkey and a demented cat make this novel a hysterical read. Follow Harriet’s adventure where every attempt to get out of trouble puts her deeper in it. I love British chick lit and this book is perfect to read out by the pool.



Lip Tint

I am convinced that tinted lip balms are one of the all-time best beauty inventions. I rarely leave the house without a swipe of lipstick but sometimes the harsh weather elements I face at the barn call for something more moisturizing than lipstick. That's where tinted lip balms come in and provide color (albeit relatively sheer) and the moisture dry lips crave. My old standby has always been Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, but I am always willing to branch out and try new ones.

I have recently added two new tinted lip balms into my rotation and they are both amazing! The first is relatively expensive ($8) and came home from Target on a recent grocery shopping trip. Pixi's Shea Butter Lip Balm is packed with shea butter and vitamin e and comes in 6 summer worthy colors. It goes on smooth, providing a decent wash of juicy color that has real staying power (for a lip balm). My lips feel softer every time I wear it. My favorite shade is the Coral Crush, a bright summer-ready coral. Available at Pixi Beauty and Target.

My second new lip balm comes from Benefit which decided to follow up their wildly popular BeneTint lip and cheek stains with a tinted lip balm in each of the colors of the stain. It can be worn with the stain or on it's own. This tinted lip balm comes in 4 colors and hydrates with mango butter and sodium hyaluronate. It goes on rich and creamy providing a very sheer wash of color that leaves lips soft, plumped and glossy. Available at Benefit.

The BeneBalm is my favorite color and Benefit's web site provides a picture of what each shade looks like on various skin colors.


Stay Spotless

I am a little old fashioned in regards to wearing white pants before Memorial Day. I just can't do it!! So, now that it is Memorial Day I can pull my white pants (primarily jeans) out of my closet and wear them with reckless abandon. Except for the fact that you have to constantly be careful the whole time you are wearing them to avoid spills, dirt or in my case dog paws. But, that has all changed thanks to Joe's Jeans brilliant Stay Spotless collection! 

This collection features an innovative wash treatment that repels spills no matter what surprises your day brings. It resists liquids such as coffee, wine, soda and melted chocolate ice cream, which are essentially wiped away with a napkin. It doesn't repel pigment based stains from lipstick, nail polish etc... This wash is available on a variety of white styles including a skinny jean, skinny ankle jean, denim skirt, shorts and trousers. And if you hurry and order today (Memorial Day) you get 30% off with the code HONOR. Available at Joe's Jeans.

After seeing the videos of these jeans repelling stains I began to wonder if there are any breeches that utilize stain fighting technology. As you know breeches take a beating and it is always hard work to keep them spotless before entering the show pen. After a little search online I discovered that Tredstep uses NanoSphere, a naturally self-cleaning finish that repels water, dirt, and oil to keep your breeches looking great and reduce the need for frequent washing. In their video they show ketchup, honey and coffee just being rinsed off with a spritz of water leaving no trace of the stain. This finish is available in their Tredstep Symphony No. 3 Rosa Front Zip Knee Patch breeches, which come in a variety of colors. Available at SmartPak (and if you order by Memorial Day you receive 15% off with code MEM14).

Tredstep has wonderful video on YouTube that shows these breeches repelling stains: click here.



Chocolate Fudge Pie

I have a weird fear/dislike of antiques (they totally creep me out) with the exception of vintage cookbooks. I love flipping thru old cookbooks looking for unique recipes. I recently stumbled upon a recipe from a 1977 cookbook for a Chocolate Fudge Pie that looked simple and straightforward. The resulting pie was super easy to make but astoundingly delicious, simple in it's ingredients but complex and decadent on the tongue. This super-fudgey pie had the texture and taste of a gooey half-baked brownie, rich buttery chocolate paired with crunchy pecans and a crisp crust. Did I mention you serve it warm with a big scoop of melting vanilla ice cream? 

Ingredients:


2/3 cup evaporated milk

1/2 (12 oz) package of semi-sweet chocolate morsels (I used 3oz Nestle and 3oz Ghirardelli)

2 Tbsp butter

1 cup sugar

2 Tbsp all-purpose flour

2 large eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 tsp kosher salt

1 cup chopped pecans

1 (9-inch) unbaked pie crust (homemade or purchased)

Ice Cream

Directions:


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Microwave first three ingredients in a large microwave-safe bowl on high 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until melted and smooth, whisking at 30 second intervals. Whisk sugar and flour into chocolate mixture. Add eggs, 1 at a time, whisking until just blended. Whisk in vanilla and salt. Stir in pecans. Pour mixture into pie shell. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until set. Cool 10 minutes before serving. Serve with ice cream.

Lived In Tees

This time of year I begin my search for the perfect tees to live in all summer. When I find one I love I usually buy it in bulk so I can wear it to the barn as well as everywhere else. I ask a lot of my tees, they have to be soft, comfy, easy to wash and wear, have some style and not cling to me. I don't need a t-shirt to cling to my love handles or feel like it's suffocating me in the heat. I also want the length to be relatively long, I hate short tees.

I am happy to report that early on in my search I have found two tees that check all the boxes. The first tee is from Anthropologie. It is a cotton modal blend that is super soft and has a slouchy fit with side slits and is longer in the back. Looks equally great paired with skinny jeans/crops and yoga pants as well as with breeches. I actually dressed it up with a scarf and skinny black ankle pants and wedges. Trust me you will want one in every color. 





The next tee I am obsessed with comes from Madewell (who has long made tees I love). This lightweight linen tee keeps it shape while still having a cool drape, it defines your body without clinging. The scoopneck is extremely flattering and the high-low hem covers your bum. The linen keeps it cool and airy, perfect for hot days in the barn or running errands. It is a little sheer so I recommend layering with a tank or a fun sports bra when you ride.



Beauty and The Beast: Perfectly Groomed

A well-groomed horse is paramount to success in the show pen and well-groomed eyebrows on you are paramount to an overall polished look. This edition of Beauty and The Beast focuses on how to achieve both.

My sister-in-law (who is also makeup obsessed) introduced me to the Anastasia Beauty Express Kit for Brows and Eyes. And let me tell you, it is amazing! If you prefer to do your own eyebrows at home as opposed to getting them waxed (which I hate) then you must have this kit. It comes with 5 plastic eyebrow stencils, of varying arch heights and shapes, that you place over your eyebrows and then apply eyebrow wax and powder to the open area of the stencil. You pull the stencil away and tweeze everything that is not in the powdered area. Voila, perfectly groomed and arched eyebrows! It comes with great instructions and Sephora created a video showing exactly how it works. The kit is available online at Sephora.

Every show horse knows the pre-show clip routine of having their noses, eyes, ears, bridle path and legs trimmed. Over the years I have used a lot of clipper but now exclusively use cordless clippers because it's just easier to maneuver and clip without the cord getting in the way. When my old clipper finally kicked the bucket and wouldn't hold a charge I decided to buy Wahl's Moser Arco Clipper. It is super lightweight, 6 1/2 inches long making it easy to hold on to, and very quiet. It also comes with two re-chargeable batteries that seem to hold a charge forever. It is pretty powerful for it's size, it can easily take down a thick bridle path or fuzzy ears and legs, although I wouldn't use if for body clipping or booting up a whole leg. Plus, the blade and clipper always run cool so no worries about burning your horse or having to use Cool Lube. Available at SmartPak.

Woody (before he was retired) clipped and braided for a show: