Bridles & Baubles

Hey Sailor

It's that time of year when the stores are rapidly moving out winter merchandise at deep discounts and slowly adding in resort items. It never fails that navy and navy stripes in particular always play a large part in most resort collections. I guess they are less jarring than neons and pastels when the weather is still bitterly cold and the thinking is they still look good paired with dark denim and boots now but also look fresh paired with white denim later.

This navy combo from Bailey 44 caught my eye and actually got me thinking about adding them to my closet. The ponte knit navy pea coat is updated in a cropped silhouette that allows longer length tops to peek out. I love it paired with the Retreat top, which happens to be the most interesting sailor striped top I have ever see. The traditional navy and white linen shirt gets a boost from a contrast stripe woven shirting bottom hem. This whole outfit will allow you to dream about warmer days while still staying warm and cozy. Available at Bailey 44.






January Love List

Hi y'all! Happy New Year! 

I hope if you did this on NYE:

You did not end up like this:

But if you did, all's well that ends well, move on to the next year with dignity and your head held high, no judging here! I am back to blogging after taking a small hiatus and hope to share with you my love of fashion, beauty, food and all things horses. I am kicking off with a new feature that I will do the beginning each month that chronicles some of the things that I am loving, using, eating, enjoying, looking forward to in the coming month. So, put away those silly resolutions and enjoy my January love list.

January has been ushered in with a powerful arctic blast and tends to be one of the coldest months in Oklahoma so many items on my Love List help battle the cold.

1. North Face Osito 2 Jacket

I was lucky to receive one of these gems for Christmas and let me tell you, it is like wearing a warm, furry hug. It is made out of this soft, silky, fuzzy fabric that feels amazing (much like a baby's blanket or expensive stuffed animal) and blocks the wind, keeping you very warm. You can wear it alone or as an extra layer under a coat. I also love that it comes in 22 yummy colors, perfect for adding a touch of cheer to cold, gray days.

2. Chapstick Total Hydration

Cold wind and dry heat combine to create super chapped lips and this new product from Chapstick is the real deal. It keeps your lips super soft and hydrated, banishing rough, flaky lips. It contains botanical oils rich in Omegas 3/6/9 which help maintain younger, healthier lips. It is thicker and glides on smoother than traditional Chapstick and is only available at Target.

3. Ugg Volta Boots

I love Uggs, even though some think they are out of style. They are supremely comfy and warm and I feel no shame when I bust them out every winter. This season I needed a leather bootie that was warm and water-proof that I could wear with skinny jeans. I was pleased to see that Ugg has created some more "fashion" boots that still retain the warmth and comfort of their traditional boots. The Volta comes in leather and suede and is embellished with buckles and looks perfect with skinny jeans.

4. Tough-1 Wild 600D Turnout Blanket

I invested in a few of these blankets for my horses this season and am loving them! My two horses that live at home, Woody and Scout, stay in a heated barn and get daily turnout and these blankets keep them warm inside and out, as well as being super durable. They are also waterproof and have been tested a time or two when we got a sudden rain shower or non-stop drizzle. The back leg straps (which tend to get ripped off) are made out of stretchy elastic that does not tear when the horses run and play. They also come in fun colors and prints.

Scout in her hot pink blanket:

5. Ally Carter's series and book Embassy Row Book 1: All Fall Down

I am a huge fan of fellow Oklahoma author Ally Carter and am looking forward to her new series Embassy Row. The first book All Fall Down will be released January 20th and I already have it pre-ordered to be downloaded on my I-Pad. If you have never read anything by Ally Carter I also highly recommend her Heist Society series. Here is the teaser for All Fall Down on Amazon: 

Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:
1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.

As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her -- so there's no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can't control Grace -- no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn't stop it, Grace isn't the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

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.