Leader of The Herd: Interview with Forest Franzoi

Forest Franzoi, 32, is the creator/owner behind Herd of Zebras, a new lifestyle equestrian brand that focuses on individual empowerment and group solidarity. Forest began riding at just 5 yrs old and continued to ride through college and graduate school, where she got her Masters in Digital Marketing. Today, she owns 4 horses, including Sparky, a large pony she owned when she was 8 years old, and the inspiration behind her logo.

Forest Franzoni and Sparky, the inspiration behind the HofZ logo.
PC: Copper Arrow Photography

HG: Your website mentions that you suffer from chronic pain. It also talks about your decision to shift your attention from this pain to something more positive. Can you expand on this?

HofZ: I am not a person who likes to sulk in feeling bad for themselves. I have a rule that I will give myself one day to cry and be upset when something major happens in my life that I can’t control. In this case, it was endometriosis taking over and needing to have a hysterectomy at such a young age (before I was able to have children of my own). This was a really hard time for me. I was tired of feeling bad for myself and wanted to turn that energy around into something positive. I wanted to help other people who felt that they were alone in their struggles. This is not just about endometriosis, but for anyone who has gone through their own personal hell, and has the courage to get up and change their narrative. 

HG: I imagine that living with chronic pain, as well as the emotional pain you described above, can be at times mentally and physically debilitating. How did you stay on course and not get sucked back in to feelings of negativity?

HofZ: It is exhausting in ways people don’t understand. Endometriosis is an autoimmune disease which not many people know. I am in pain every day and tired a lot.  It really wears on someone’s mental health when you don’t feel well the majority of the time. What has helped me was finding doctors who specialize in this condition and are empathetic of what I am going through and are making an effort to help me feel better. I also have been in therapy which has helped a great deal. I was so reluctant to go but it was one of the best things I have ever done for myself.  

HG: I love the idea of starting fresh and positive. Most people will never be able to relate to your trials, but of course everyone has something in their life that has the ability to bring them down. I do believe that it is our job to choose to be happy each day. Do you have any tips for how to accomplish this?

HofZ: I could not agree with this more. “Everyone has their stuff.” That is something I say a lot and remind myself of daily. We all have things that make our lives more difficult and challenge us every day. But it is our choice as to how we react to these challenges. We can’t control everything, but we can control how to respond to these situations.  My family is also a massive part of my life and keep me smiling every day. I am very lucky to have my sister-in-law as my partner in this crazy adventure. My animals also help me daily to see how lucky I am. My horses and my two goldendoodles are a constant reminder of the joy in life. They are so goofy and loving. Whenever I am sad, they show me unconditional love and constantly make me laugh. 

Forest and Bindi

HG: No two zebras are alike. Zebras have unique stripes that they proudly and strongly display on their own, yet they survive in the wild through their ability to bond together as a herd. What does this mean to you – especially as it regards the equestrian sport?

HofZ: The bond that is shared among equestrians is so similar to that of a herd. We are stronger together than we are alone. It has never mattered your age, social status at school or work, or your background at the barn. It has always been my safe haven and I know many equestrians feel the same way. 

HG: The reception surrounding your new brand as been very welcoming. What has surprised you as being the easiest, and the hardest, part of launching?

HofZ: Honestly, I have been so shocked at how kind people have been when I have reached out to them for help starting my business. The small businesses that I interact with on social media have been amazing. It is so nice to see other women owned businesses reaching out and helping to support one another. It is a lot different from the corporate job I had in the past where everyone was in constant competition with each other. This has been a very refreshing experience and I am so grateful for the amazing people I have met in the process!

HG: What is next for Herd of Zebras? Can you update us on any Summer ’19 plans?

HofZ: We have some exciting partnerships coming up with some brands that we really admire! We will also be launching an awesome Spring/ Summer line that my partner and HofZ designer/ sister-in-law, Liz, have been working really hard on. They are going to be our strongest items yet!

HG: If you could have one equestrian rider or celebrity wearing Herd of Zebras who would it be?

HofZ: Kaley Cuoco! I adore her. Not only is she a great rider (and entertainer) but she actively supports animal rescues. If anyone knows her, send her my way! A girl can dream, right?!

Thank you so much, Forest! You are such an inspiration and I am so excited to see where the Herd takes you!

Botori “G2” – An Update to My 2018 Review.

Botori “G2” Riding Pant; PC Shannen Smyth Photography

Nearly one year ago I wrote this review (click here) on Botori and their first riding pant, the Gina. I liked the pants back then, but I really love them now. This Winter, Botori updated the fit of the Gina, calling the new version the “G2”. Don’t fret, Botori kept all the original parts that made the Gina a must-have: the brushed warm fleece, the ribbed ankle cuffs, the streamlined mesh pockets (perfect for your cell phone while riding), shape retention fabric and opaque material (no see through moments).

The G2 improves upon the waistband fit. It is still ribbed, which makes it comfortable and flexible. It is also still high waisted, which I still very much appreciate. However, the waist area compression has been greatly improved. You may recall from my review last year that I did have some problems with the pants slipping down. This year, I tested the G2 over an 8 hour day and paid careful attention to how often I readjusted the waist area. I had gotten this question from my Instagram followers so often after the release of the G2 that I took this quest really seriously and even made notes. I wore the G2 from 8:30am to 3:30pm, using them to ride Chloe, then to scrub her legs afterwards (pesky scratches) and then for 5 hours worth of errands and toddler things. During that nearly 8 hr period I only had to readjust twice. Once was after I was done washing, scrubbing and drying Chloe’s legs. The second was after Logan (2 yr old) was throwing a fit about me carrying her on my hip throughout Target, as opposed to riding in the cart. Needless to say, I was very pleased with the results.

Botori is a young company, but they really understand the needs and wants of a modern rider and woman on the constant go. If you have a chance to buy one new item this Winter/Spring, I really suggest the G2 or even the Taylor pant. At only $85- $110, you won’t regret it. I have lived in the G2 this Winter, refusing to sacrifice comfort and versatility for a traditional waistband and belt! Use my code HORSEGLAM10 for 10% off your order!

GALentine’s Day Giveaway

To celebrate women supporting women, and to show how much we value all of our friendships made here on Instagram, we are hosting a GALentine’s Day Giveaway featuring some of our favorite friends! Swipe to the second photo for the complete list of Giveaway items!
RULES:
•Tag two friends in the comments. (On any of the participants posts.)
•Follow EVERYONE below. (You may want to take a screen shot to double check.)
•Repost the main photo with #GALentinesEQ to double your chances of winning.
FOLLOW: 
@horse_glam
@theecequestrian
@mpmsporthorses
@huntseatpaperco
@coasttocoastequestrian
@charlottetowne_stable
@shannensmythphotography
@kasia_bukowska_art
@noellefloyd
@ohandaugust
@botori.life
@epicanimaltreats
@amateurhour_podcast
@dreamersnschemerssocks
@ellanyequestrian
@emilijaeq
@huntsmen_and_hounds
@blanketsafe
@mystequineproducts
@ponyglam
@eyeonequine
@mpmcharms
@saddleseekshorse
@huntforthecure
@herd.of.zebras
@shoptheposhpony
@graycodesigns
@dreamersnschemerssocks
@view.halloo
@ridersupplyco
@theherbalhorse
@gbhorseco
@ace_equestrian_

A winner will be chosen 2/13 (Galentine’s Day) and announced 2/14 on participating host’s Stories.

For full prize descriptions and FAQs please see below:

A winner will be randomly drawn on the 13th and announced on our IG stories Feb 14th. The winner will be sent a direct message announcing they have won and will have 24 hours to respond & accept. In the event the winner does not respond after 24 hours, another winner will be randomly selected and announced on our IG stories Feb 15th.

How do I enter?

To enter for a chance to win, you must:

  1. Follow all participants listed in the rules on the giveaway post
  2. Tag two friends in the comments
  3. Re-post the giveaway creative with #GAlentinesEq for an extra entry

NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PUBLIC INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SEE & COUNT YOUR EXTRA ENTRY. SPAM AND GIVEAWAY ACCOUNTS WILL NOT COUNT AS A VALID EXTRA ENTRY.

When will the winner be announced?

A winner will be randomly drawn on the 13th and announced on our IG stories Feb 14th.

What countries is the giveaway open to?

The giveaway is International, but if the winner is outside of CAN and USA, winner will be asked to pay shipping due to costs. CAN and US winner does not have to pay shipping.

Do I have to tag two friends on every participant post or just one particular post?

You can tag two friends in the comments on ANY of the participants posts.

If I repost the giveaway photo for an extra entry, do I have to tag all of the participants?

No, you do not need to tag all of the participants. As long as you repost with #GALentinesEq and have a public account we will see and count your extra entry.

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!

New Year, New Skin…thanks to Medica Labs

When it comes to anti-aging products, the ingredient retinol plays a major role. Sadly, I had such bad experiences with retinol products that I had given up using it. Even the smallest amounts would have my skin irritated and peeling for WEEKS! Being in the sun makes it even worse, and honestly as an equestrian and a mom of 2 little ones, avoiding the sun is pretty much impossible.

So when Medica Labs reached out to me about reviewing Emu Medica, their new anti-aging face cream that contains over the counter strength retinol, I was very hesitant. I explained that I worried “my face would fall off” and how if that happened, the review would have to reflect it. When the product arrived, it came with a personal note from Medica Lab’s marketing director promising me “my face would stay on”. So, on January 3rd, after washing my face, I used the most microscopic amount (gently applying in upward strokes per the instructions) and waited. I woke up the next day, and as promised, my face was still there. And it wasn’t red. And it wasn’t flakey.

Since then, I have gradually applied more with each use, about once per day (I might have skipped some days when I didn’t shower…don’t judge). I am also careful to use sunscreen. Luckily I have had ZERO sensitivity issues and no peeling. This is because Emu Medica uses a patented, next generation form of retinol that delivers the highest power of non-prescription retinol possible (1% retinol; 2.5% non-active retinol) but in a way that is tolerated by the most sensitive skin. They call this magic “the next generation retinol” or “not your mother’s retinol”. Cute.

Power Point: Despite containing retinol, this will not irritate your face!

​As I have mentioned in previous blogs, my face is always dry and I never travel without a face lotion. Typically any sort of anti-aging creams leave my face dry and tight, especially in my cheeks. After applying Emu Medica at night, I only felt the need to double up with my own moisturizing cream a few times. Emu Medica uses ultra-pure Emu Oil (ELA 1004) to hydrate the skin. It also contains the moisture binding ingredient, Hyaluronic Acid, which essentially doubles the hydration of the Emu Oil, and is most likely why my face didn’t feel uncomfortably tight. Besides feeling smooth and supple, well hydrated/moisturized skin is crucial in terms of anti-aging as it is essentially what keeps our skin plump, elastic and young-looking. 

Power Point: Ingredients Emu Oil + Hyaluronic Acid keep your face Hydrated… and Radiant.

Let’s talk some more about Emu Oil. For centuries in Australia, it has been used by the indigenous people as an all purpose beauty/health fix, specifically for the skin. Not only can it be used to treat fine lines, sun damage, increase elasticity, decrease sagging and hydrate, but it also can be used as a vehicle for trans-dermal penetration. Retinol is great, but if it can’t penetrate to the deep skin layers that it needs to, it doesn’t do any good. Emu Oil is a natural oil that most closely resembles our human sebum, and because of this it most easily allows for the active ingredients of Emu Medica to penetrate to the deepest levels of the dermis, going through 4 more layers of skin than most creams.* (*Note: This information was found on Medica Lab’s website)

Power Point: Deeper dermal penetration than most creams

After approximately 30 days of use, I can report the following: my face did not fall off and was not irritated or chapped. Fine lines around my eyes and forehead were diminished. However, the deeper lines around my mouth and forehead did not appear to change – but I will keep using and report back! My face felt smoother overall and more taut (in a good way). I did think I regained some “plumpness” for lack of a better word in my cheek areas, but of course that could be psychological…or my collagen could have truly been regenerated. In summary, I do feel like my face looks more fresh, especially in the mornings. I feel like it looks more healthy too. I am definitely going to continue to use Emu Medica as part of my everyday skin care regime. This new year has been about becoming a better and healthier version of me and I am thankful that Medica Labs could help me kick it off with more radiant skin!

To buy directly on Amazon (yay free Prime Member shipping), click HERE.


Giddy-Up Goodies: Not Just Another Equestrian Subscription Box

I know you are probably thinking, “another subscription box review?” But have I yet mentioned this is my favorite box so far? Seriously, it is the first box where I have used all of the products fairly quickly instead of having them collect dust in my trunk. In other words, each product was useful! It is also the first box that has full sized items instead of sample sizes. I had zero expectations but was very pleasantly surprised when I opened the Giddy-Up Goodie Box. Let’s open it together!

The first thing you notice is the handy flyer pasted to the inside of the box. This colored sheet clearly details all of the items in the box, with a little description of each one. I actually really appreciated this and liked that it was the first thing that I saw. Now, on to the goodies!

  1. Equine Edibles Candy Cane Mash. I was SOOO pumped to see this. The bag made a medium sized bucket full of minty-fresh mash. It was easy to mix – you actually poured the water directly into the bag, kneading it with your hands. With the chunks of peppermints and cinnamon flavors, it smelled delicious and I was momentarily jealous of Chloe. It made for a wonderful Christmas surprise for her – she licked the bucket clean!
  2. Stirrup Covers from MantraLove. Not only do these covers protect your saddle from being scratched by your stirrups, but they look adorable and quickly slip on without any fuss. A year ago I had grey stirrups that would rub off on my saddle, leaving me with pasty looking residue. It was the worst! These would have been great for that. You can also use the covers to wipe off your stirrups before you slip them inside!
  3. Bit Wash from Bit Butter. Wash and disinfect your bits with this convenient spray bottle from Bit Butter. Large enough to last you for at least a year, but small enough to fit easily into your trunk. It also is flavored with peppermint so your horse will thank you!
  4. Quic Silver Shampoo. A full-size bottle of the infamous shampoo that intensifies and whitens your horse’s coat. I used to go through bottles of this stuff when I had a grey pony. This shampoo could get any stain out and have her coat gleaming. Chloe only has a small white spot so I gave the bottle to a barn friend that has a white gelding. Needless to say, she was very grateful!
  5. Holiday Treats from Enjoy Yums. You can never ever have enough treats on hand at the barn and Enjoy Yums hooks you up with a large, super cute and handy gift bag full of tasty treats made of simple oats and rice bran.
  6. Multiple purpose brush from HAAS. This waterproof, shatter resistant (yes, Chloe has stepped on my brushes before) brush from HAAS has dense silver bristles strong enough for use on mane/tails and legs/coats. Truthfully my brushes are looking a little ratchet so I really welcomed the opportunity to replace one in my grooming kit. It is really pretty as far as brushes go, so would make an excellent show kit brush too.

As you can see, the contents of the box are all relevant, immediately useable, non-discipline specific and thoughtful. Usually with other box services there is at least one (usually more) item that I never open or use, but I was excited about each of these products.

So, let’s talk about price. I did the math and the total cost of each of these above items would be around $62 (note this does not necessarily include shipping) if you were purchasing on your own. The cost of the monthly subscription service is anywhere between $45 (12 month sign up) and $60 (a one time gig). No shipping fees on subscriptions. (There is also a $19 Mystery Box option which intrigues me, but let’s stay on topic here). Therefore, it is noticeably cheaper to go through Giddy-Up, but not quite as extreme as the NF.Edit Box. That being said, I personally would rather love and use everything in the box!

One big difference between Giddy-Up and the other boxes, is that Giddy-Up comes monthly instead of quarterly. I think this is pretty fun. I always love receiving any subscription box because it is like receiving a gift. I never know exactly what is going to be in there and how often do you get surprises like that anymore? Thanks Giddy-Up Goodies for a great Christmas surprise!

blanketsafe (by Chloe)

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I am surrounded by filthy animals.  Did you know that my pasture-mate actually rolls in mud? M.U.D. And she is a mare! I won’t even tell you what the geldings are doing, but I am sure you can picture what their blankets look like. How can those boys wear a blanket every day that is encrusted with dirt, mud and even poop? And usually not even their own poop!

Needless to say, you can imagine how happy I was to receive professional grade horse blanket wash/deodorizer and blanket water-repellant from Blanket Safe. Blanket Safe’s wash is completely detergent free, meaning that there are no chemicals used and no oily residues left behind to irritate my skin. This is fantastic news when you want to keep your coat from looking sun bleached. Blanket Safe wash is also low-sudsing which allows for easy rinsing and further protects even the most sensitive skinned horse.

Bonus for all you geldings out there (as well as my uncivilized pasture-mate): Blanket Safe is also antibacterial. Truthfully, a blanket doesn’t have to look disgusting to need antibacterial help. Pet odors start at the microscopic level! Yes, that big poop stain isn’t helping anything, but most odors are from mildew and mold and so even the cleanest looking blanket needs a wash. Blanket Safe’s antibacterial component helps destroy all this bacteria and resulting stinky odor. Additionally, for an extra kick, there is a deodorizer component with a light fresh lavender scent to it. It is VERY lightly scented, which I am grateful for because as a horse, my sense of smell is way stronger than a measly humans.

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As you can see from the BEFORE pictures, someone must have borrowed my blankets and rolled in mud. I would never! My minions, Andrea and Jackie, took my 3 blankets, as well as around 12 other blankets from the barn, to the local laundromat to test out Blanket Safe. Let’s just say that when they went to the laundromat they had the blankets in the truck bed (away from their noses), but when they came back, all of the blankets were in the back seat. Andrea said there were no noticeable smells and she was amazed at how clean everything looked. This is important because I know they were overfilling some of the washers, meaning that Blanket Safe had to work extra hard to get some of those gelding blankets cleaned! Seriously, she should have taken a before picture of the other blankets because they were caked in mud.

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They dried the blankets for only 10 minutes (delicate setting) so that they were damp when they took them back to the barn and hung them along the fence line. Then, they sprayed the blankets with the Blanket Safe water repellant spray. After shaking the bottle, you simply spray the repellant all over the outside of the blankets. Please note that it does not affect the breathability of the blanket. You may wonder why you need to add water repellant if the wash is detergent/chemical free. Almost all the major blanket companies recommend waterproofing your blanket at least every 2 years because environmental factors can ruin the waterproofability (is that a word?). Things like urine, poop, mud and even improper care, for instance, can ruin a blanket. After spraying the blankets, you let them air dry and that is it! Clean, water-repellant and ready for use! Thanks Blanket Safe for keeping a girl’s winter coats looking and smelling fresh!

Friends: Use the coupon code “Chloe15” for 15% off! Buy HERE.

 

ProTips: Always wash your blankets in COLD water. Never use regular detergent! Use water-repellant on your freshly cleaned blankets at least every second year of use!

 

 

 

QuickDerm QuickFix (By Chloe)

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PC: Shannen Smyth Photography

When your skin is already flawless it is quite difficult to review equine skincare products, but alas I am only a horse, and there is the occasional issue that pops up here and there. In fact, for purposes of this review, Andrea would use the QuickDerm Wound Technology on me whenever anything remotely looked like it could be a skin issue.

I didn’t receive QuickDerm until end of summer and so I couldn’t fully test it on my pesky scratches that strike my legs every spring, but I look forward to keeping a bottle handy in 2019 for that purpose. There were a few times early fall I was able to use it for some early signs of the reappearance of the scratches on my back legs, particularly after heavy rains, and the QuickDerm seemed to head off anything more serious from forming. Andrea would clean my legs with soap, towel dry them and then spray the scabs with the QuickDerm bottle spray.

There was also a time when there was a 2 inch cut on my right cannon bone. I like to tell others it was from a barn fight but really I just nicked myself stomping at a fly. After cleaning the cut, Andrea applied the QuickDerm (this time from the tube for easier application) and some AluShield Aerosol to help keep the flies away from the area. After the 3rd application (over 3 different days) the wound was pretty much healed and eventually the hair grew back just fine. Phew! Modeling crisis avoided.

There also was a time Andrea used the QuickDerm tube on the area under my front underarms. Andrea thought it was rain rot but since I would never be seen in public with rain rot, we decided that it was just Andrea’s failure to properly clean me after a sweaty lesson. After two rounds of the QuickDerm and better rinsing after riding on Andrea’s part, the two infected spots near that tender area were gone.

QuickDerm is strong enough to use just once per day. As mentioned, it comes in two different applicators: a tube (which has 200 applications) and a spray bottle (which has 300 applications). It has a bit more thickness to it than other similar skin and wound ointments, which was nice because you do not end up wasting a bunch of product due to it coming out too quickly. I appreciated having both the tube and the spray bottle. When Chloe does get scratches, they pop up all over her legs overnight. The spray makes it easier to soak the entire area. The tube applicator let me get smaller areas, like Chloe’s cut, with more precision. It also fits great in the tack trunk for shows and other traveling.

There are no steroids or antibiotics in QuickDerm, so there is no worry with competition testing. The active ingredients in QuickDerm are the naturally occurring ions Potassium, Rubidium, Calcium and Zinc. These natural occurring ions have been shown to regulate protease imbalance and stimulate the body’s natural healing defense. To see a list of other ingredients please click here. Typical uses of QuickDerm are: Proud Flesh, Scratches, Rain Rot, Burns, Cuts, Lacerations, Cracked Heels, Quarter Cracks, Sarcoids, Wire Cuts and so forth. Barn Bonus: QuickDerm can also be used on your barn cats and dogs on all of their skincare and wound needs!

Thanks QuickDerm for keeping a girl’s coat and skin looking good!

 

 

Horse Glam Holiday Gift Guide

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56

7

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1010

 

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15

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20

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Live links:

KONIA Equestrian ;

Gray & Co Designs  (use code horseglam for 15% off);

Botori (use code HGFreeRide for free shipping);

LeFashNy ;

Ronner Design;

Two Bits Equestrian;

Ariat;

Atelier CG;

Tucker Tweed Equestrian;

ASHA;

Bibimbap Skincare (use code GetGlam40 for 40% off);

Society Wit;

Equestrian Essentials;

The Herbal Horse;

Myst Equine (use code chloesquad for 10% off);

Pony Glam (use code GIFT for 20% off);

Boy-O-Boy Bridleworks;

Pony Pantry;

Snax by Junie and Jax;

Shop Jessica Shasha;

The Horse’s Glass;

Stylish Equestrian;

Samshield;

Barn Door Boutique Shop;

Visor with Back Bow;

View Halloo;

Stocking Stuffers: Stylish Equestrian; Sterling Essentials; Dreamers&Schemers(use code Andrea for 5% off); Epona Shed Flower Comb; deTailsHorsehairJewelry; The Fit Equestrian; ManeJane;

 

My Weekend With Tucker Tweed

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The title of this blog post should probably say “weekends” plural because ever since I got my hands on this beautiful bag, it hasn’t left my side! The Tucker Tweed Tryon Travel bag was the perfect size for my long weekend at the horse show and what a bonus that the nylon material wiped clean because… you know… horse show. It also didn’t let me down at girls’ beach trip weekend when it let me overpack with three times as many outfits as I truly needed. It was a perfect chic carry-on companion on my week-long excursion to Italy, where it fit in nicely in the overhead compartment of the airplane as well as on the streets of fashionable Rome. If you have any doubts about whether to purchase the newest bag in the Tucker Tweed lineup (or add it to your holiday wish list), than this blog is for you!

THINGS I PROMISE YOU WILL LOVE:

The size. It matters. When I started packing for my beach weekend I was really surprised how much I fit in there. I wayyy overpacked for the 3 day trip, but every single unnecessary item I wanted to bring made it into that bag without a problem. Sidenote: it made me really appreciate the zipper on the bag too. It was sturdy, all leather and substantial. Sounds like a silly thing to comment on until you find yourself with a cheap or broken zipper which happened to me in Las Vegas once and it was horrible! Anyway, back to the size. It truly is the perfect size for a 3 day weekend, which means it would make a stylish horse show companion! The exact dimensions per the website are 24 x 8” x 12”.

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The material. Like I mentioned above, it is made of padded/heavy duty 900D Nylon with smooth grain leather accents. It is durable and water-resistant. I love that it can wipe clean easily. I am sure many of you will be using this for horse shows because it is the perfect size for it, but it also is really convenient because with a damp cloth you can easily remove any dusty handprints or smudges you get on the bag. We all know it is nearly impossible to be around a horse for more than ten minutes without being covered in dust, dirt, and hair! Also, it is worth mentioning that the material is not shiny. Other bags of similar material sometimes look shiny and cheap. You do not have to worry about that with this bag.

The design. The design is sharp and simple, fitting in seamlessly with the rest of the Tucker Tweed fleet. Like with other styles, you are able to choose between your riding discipline or the brand signature logo. I had a hard time deciding between the all black and the black/chestnut, but I chose the black/chesnut because there is something so chic about it. I am sucker for those rich colors  – maybe because it reminds me of a bay horse, right Chloe? 🙂 Inside you will find ample pockets. One is a large zippered area that is approximately 11″ by 7″, which I put my kindle, vanity kit and passport in on my trip to Italy. The other side has 1 large open pocket, perfect for things like a cell phone and small wallet. Also, on the bottom of the bag to protect it from the ground or whatever surface you are sitting it on, are 5 tiny metal feet. I actually always forgot these were there until I had to sit it down on the hotel lobby or airport terminal. I was thankful they were there each time, because eww. It really is the little things, right?!

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The adjustable, detachable strap. I love that Tucker Tweed did not skimp on the strap. It is well made with solid brass end snaps that detach easily. When I wasn’t using the strap I folded it up and stuck it inside the bag. The strap has a largely padded shoulder area that I really appreciated in Italy when Zach made me walk from the train terminal to the hotel. It also is adjustable (can drop 30 inches) so when I made Zach carry it back days later (on the reverse walk from the hotel to the train terminal – fool me twice…) he was able to quickly adjust it for his height and comfort.

Price. I still cannot believe this bag is currently priced at $215. I KNOW! What a steal! Seriously, what are you waiting for. You are welcome 🙂

All pictures by Shannen Smyth Photography. 🙂

NF.Edit

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PC: Shannen Smyth Photography

As promised on my live unboxing video, here is my review of the new NF.Edit subscription box by Noelle Floyd. Unlike any other equestrian subscription box, this one is geared solely with the rider in mind. Take that Chloe! Each of the boxes are stamped with the message, “You spend your time taking care of your horse, so we’re taking care of you”. The items are geared towards rider indulgence, rider recovery, and rider performance. With the classy and fashionable lifestyle brand of Noelle Floyd behind the boxes, you are guaranteed to receive the best of the best products. They search extensively for what they call “rider realities” and they are taking the advice of some of the top riders in every discipline when they fill the boxes.

Each box is $59 and promises over $100 worth of goodies related to health, beauty and fashion. The boxes come every 3 months, just like most other subscription box services. The contents of each box are a total surprise, which is definitely fun for the surprise factor, but also means that you cannot customize your boxes. Typically I would lean towards the customization factor of other boxes, but because I trust the NF.Edit team completely in their tastes, I am totally down for the surprise! It is sort of like opening up a birthday gift from your most fashionable and bestest friend. You just know it is going to be amazing and … it was! So what was in my September box, which happened to be the first EVER NF.Edit box? Hint: The retail value totals over $140! Let’s dive in:

Rider Performance:

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Scentuals De-Stress

Scentuals seems to be tuned into my current riding mood lately. Actually, my current life mood. The NF.Edit box contained two roll-on essential oils by Scentuals. One was De-Stress, which obviously promises to calm you down, and the other was for Emotional Balance. Two things that you need before you sit on a horse, any horse. I am so excited to use these. I mentioned in my live video that I am a mess before I show (I mean total mess), but recently I am starting to get anxiety before my lessons, which is so silly. I really look forward to using these essential oils from Scentuals. I bet Chloe will appreciate it too! Note that the retail value is a total of $25.

Rider Recovery.

Essential Helmet Spray from Equestrian Wellness was such a pleasant surprise as my helmet had mold in it recently. Yes, MOLD!! The spray helps to break down and remove any bacteria from your helmet, so I will be sure to douse mine with my new spray before and after I ride. You can also use the spray on other things too, like your boots, gloves, and even hair (it is non-toxic and all natural). It retails for $14.

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PC: Equestrian Wellness

Another item from Scentuals was the quick absorbing Grapefruit and Turmeric Hand Cream. This could easily go under the rider indulgence category, but I am putting it under rider recovery for me. My hands are always so dry and rough from the harsh barn atmosphere and washing them 100 times a day. They totally need this cream in order to recover from this Summer. Retail value is $8.

 

Rider Indulgence

I was shocked to see a belt from Ruespari in the box. This belt alone retails for more than the cost of the subscription box.  The color is called “black caviar” and the look and style is so classic it will go with every riding or non-riding outfit. My clasp was silver. I also liked that it is able to fit within all of my belt loops so far! Some of my current belts are too wide, which can be frustrating when you have a certain look in mind. Retail value is $75.

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Ruespari Belt

Who doesn’t like cozy socks, especially if they are by Dreamers&Schemers? Unlike their typical bootsocks, these are much thicker. I personally wouldn’t be able to get them under my custom half chaps because they are so tight, but that is okay because they will go perfectly under my jeans, or under some mainstream fashion boots. They will also be great for when I am bingeing on Netflix, which feels like it is every weekend.  I am not sure of the retail value of this because it is a total custom thing for NF.Edit, but I would guess it is more than the typical bootsock of $18.

So, not too bad for only $59, right?! I think NF.Edit delivered on their promise to deliver an equestrian lifestyle subscription box that focuses on health, fashion and beauty. What do you think? Let me know!

Sign up for the next Winter box right HERE!

HG + Equivont

HG +  Equivont

I have owned Pony Glam for a few years now, so I feel like I have a good grasp on the struggles (and joys) of owning a small equestrian business. One of the main reasons I wanted to launch Horse Glam was to help spread the word about small brands like Pony Glam. I had met so many wonderful entrepreneurs that deserved to have their products seen in good lighting and given descriptive reviews, and I wanted to help them.

A few months ago I was approached by Equivont, a new(ish) equestrian marketing company, about including Pony Glam in their online shopping marketplace. The marketplace was to focus on small, unique equestrian brands that the modern equestrian would want to learn more about and inevitably purchase. It is categorized in three sections “Style”,  “Wellness”  and “Tack”, with each section further broken down into “Horse” and “Rider”. These categories not only make obvious sense but they are easy to navigate. I set up a phone consultation and I really hit it off talking to Equivont cofounder, Jacyln Dunt. Our conversation went all over the place (like it typically does when I really like someone), from horses to life experiences to favorite tv shows to bachelorette parties, etc. I soon realized that Jaclyn, Equivont and I shared the same goal: being a big champion of small businesses.

Equivont is more than an online marketplace. It also has a business directory where you can look up pretty much anything you may need for yourself, your horse or your farm…and even things you don’t know you need. For example, you can find trainers, tack shops, breeders, equestrian businesses services, barn facilities, chiropractors, vets, hauling companies, and tack reps listed, just to name a few.  There is even a section where you can view horses for sale or lease from trusted brokers and sales barns worldwide. Many of these listings post which event or show the horses will be at next for easy trial or viewing.

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As you can probably guess, Equivont is making a big push to be your one stop equestrian website stop, for both consumers and businesses. With some familiar brand names already listed (and some fellow Horse Glam friends: Bibimbap Skincare, The Fit Equestrian, Myst Equine and Mare Goods), I think they are well on their way. This makes my next sentence even more exciting (although the pictures are giving me away)! As part of the new “Blogger Referral Program”, Equivont and Horse Glam are teaming up to provide YOU with more blog posts and honest reviews of the products seen on the Equivont website. Let me and Chloe test all your horsey products before you part with your hard earned money! If you are a brand and you want to apply for these complimentary reviews, email hello@equivont.com. Actually, even if you don’t want to participate in this referral program but you are a brand that wants help with your marketing and brand awareness, you should still email Equivont. They have effective and affordable marketing packages that can help you launch your brand to the next level. You deserve it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing LD Equestrian

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Second skin is the perfect way to describe these moisture wicking leggings from LD Equestrian. Made of soft, four-way stretch and non-shrinking fabric, these leggings are both durable and very comfortable. The leggings have “zoned compression” around your glutes for extra support and optimum shaping, which I really appreciated when taking close-up pictures! These technical leggings also have two side pockets, each large enough for a cellphone, and a small, hidden pocket inside the waistband. The smaller pocket can fit a house-key, which is handy if you use them for running, like I did. Small rhinestones on the back of the leggings add an extra embellishment.

I loved the fit of these leggings. They are a bit tight going on, but once I managed to pull them up they fit me perfectly. As mentioned, there is zoned compression around your bottom, but honestly, I felt like this compression was everywhere (in a good way). The material is thin and cool for moisture wicking purposes, but when the leggings are on, they feel more substantial than you first think and you can’t help but feel confident in them. I really think this confidence comes across in my pictures.

The website says you can ride in them, and there are many pictures and testimonials where people love riding in these leggings, however, please note that they do not have knee patches. For some riders this may not matter, but for me, I prefer to ride in breeches or tights/leggings that have traditional knee patches. I loved the fabric and fit of these leggings so much, that I was really happy to see that they have breeches (with knee patch grips) made of the same or similar fabric.

I am wearing a size 2. These are black. They come in navy too.

I have gotten tons of compliments on this top. It is a fantastic combination of sporty and sexy! It is blousy in the front and ties in the back, perfectly giving you a peek at the rhinestones on the leggings. The top comes in 5 colors!

You really cannot beat the prices either. These ship from England but you can always catch big deals on their social media or website! In fact, both the leggings and the top are on a MAJOR sale right now! Let me know what you think!

A Charmed Life by Chloe

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It is always nice to be appreciated and recognized for the unicorn that you are. Bit N’ Bridle Boutique totally gets it. They get me. They sent me two charms that they felt had my name all over them. The cool thing about charms is that you can put them anywhere. I am going to put one on my C&C Signature leather halter. The other is going to go on my schooling bridle. If I wanted to be generous, I could share one with Andrea. She could put it on her key chain, a bookbag, a handbag or even on a bracelet. I am not feeling generous though.

Bit N’ Bridle Boutique took a brief break last year from selling charms, but as of this August they are back and ready to customize charms for you! Charms cost on average $8 and are an affordable way to add some personality to your conservative equestrian items. They are easy to remove, if needed, and store so easily in your tack trunk that you can collect as many as you want. Let’s face it, some days you are feeling like a pink sparkly unicorn and other days you are more of a silver shimmery mermaid, so it is nice to have options. I also think they would make fun gifts to your riding pals and at only $8 you don’t need to wait for a special reason to give them out.

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Bit N’ Bridle Boutique posts their different charms on their Instagram page. You can order via their PayPal link on the Instagram page and just drop a note regarding which charm you want. I have the white Unicorn Tear Charm and the pink Mermaid Charm for reference. If you want a custom order, just shoot them a direct message. They have great customer service and will respond timely. Also, if you didn’t catch my Live video, you should also know that they have very cute packaging and even more importantly, they are giving all my followers 15% off their order with the coupon code CHLOE15. Happy shopping!

 

 

Cavali Club: What’s It All About?

I was lucky enough to get Cavali Club’s inaugural subscription box. The Fall box order deadline has passed but you can still sign up for the Winter Box! Here are the facts you need to know:

What is it going to cost me? Boxes ship out every 3 months (one for each season) and cost $55 for a one time subscription (that automatically renews) or $199 for the yearly subscription, which saves you $20 (which automatically renews yearly). In addition to the the $20 savings with the yearly subscription, you also get box customization options. This will make more sense when you keep reading below. Signing up is very easy. Just hit the “subscribe” button on this page. NOTE: Remember, each box has an approximate value of $150, approximately three times what you are paying!

What is in these boxes? Full size products are in these boxes. Did you hear me? FULL SIZE! Every other subscription box I have seen has been sample size products, which honestly limits what brands and types of products can be represented. Here are the items that were included in my Fall Cavali Club box:

Polo wraps made from fleece by Snowy Mountain Horse Shop, based in snowy Montana. These quality wraps are hand crafted and come in autumn colors with a Navajo print. There are a few different patterns you could receive, but they all are in the same western vibe and color scheme.

Bit bracelet from Love the Links. Dainty and simplistic, this bracelet looks great alone or stacked with other arm candy. Your box could contain a bracelet in either gold, rose gold or silver. If you are a yearly subscription member, I believe this is an example of where you could customize your bracelet, as mentioned above.

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Lip Treatment from Bibimbap Skincare. This is a chapstick on steroids. It soothes, protects and heals your delicate lips from all the harsh elements. This is great coming out of Summer and going into the chilly, dry months ahead.

Bootsocks from Dreamers & Schemers. These socks need little introduction, as I doubt there is an equestrian that is unfamiliar with them. High quality and hilarious designs. It was really exciting to see what design was in the box! Every box contains 1 of 6 possible designs and none will disappoint! Again, another example of the customization option for yearly subscription members.

Cable knitted headband with fleece lining from Equestrian Stockholm. This cozy headband will be perfect for keeping my ears toasty when I am not riding. I love the dark navy color because I can even wear it with black. Looking forward to keeping this in my tack trunk in a few weeks when the temperatures dip here in North Carolina.

Hair and Tail Mask by Pampered Skin. Perfect for coming out of the harsh Summer weeks (sun damage, chlorine damage), this hair mask can be used to hydrate and nourish damaged, dry hair. Bonus, it can be used on your horse’s tail too!! You know I am definitely using this on Chloe! She gets all my good things (and all my money).

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What makes this box different?: Cavali is different than other subscription boxes I have used because it is geared to both horse and rider (not just the horse). Also, as previously mentioned, you get full sizes of the products. It was admittedly fun to receive a headband for myself, for example, in the Cavali Club box and not a sample size of thrush ointment for Chloe. Not to hate on thrush medicine, but I have like 3 little bottles of it that I have never opened, all samples from other boxes!

So, join the fun at Cavali Club and get your first box this Winter!! It will be like Christmas!!

Fall Fashion Finds

See the original blog post in my guest blog at Your Horse Farm.

IT. IS. OFFICIAL. The god’s have spoken! Summer is over! Starbucks is advertising their Fall drink lineup (hello, pumpkin spice!) and Target’s $1 dollar bin contains Halloween items. Okay, so it still feels like Summer…especially with the 85℉weather we have been having here in Charlotte, NC. That does not mean, however, that now isn’t a fabulous time to update your Fall equestrian wardrobe. For me, Fall is all about layers. When you first get to the barn, you may be chilly, but after grooming or hacking around, those top layers start to shed. Here are a few pieces to get you started!

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Top Layer

Konia Equestrian is my newest horse outerwear OBSESSION. Konia Equestrian is based in Canada, so you know they totally get outwear. The outerwear line comes in 3 weights, similar to horse blankets: Lightweights (good down to 14℉); Midweights (good down to -4℉) and Heavyweights (good down til -40℉). Seriously though, if it is -40℉ and you are not home in bed with a coffee thermos and re-watching all the seasons of GIRLS on Netflix, I don’t even know what to say.  Since I live in the Southeastern United States, I find myself gravitating towards the Mika Lightweight vest and the Lenox Lightweight jacket because my Winters are pretty mild. Both the vest and jacket are made of a premium blend of goose and duck down that has gone through a sanitization process 16 times. I love how tailored the fit looks. Both options are very form fitting and ooze equestrian chic vibes. The material is soft, breathable and easy to pack or fold up, which, means it fits easily into your show weekend bag, your tack trunk or the back seat of your car. There are zippered side pockets and zippered interior pockets, with suede accents giving the jacket a super sophisticated look.  At the barn, extra pockets are so handy for your keys, cell phone, treats, etc! I cannot ever have enough. I do not have an equestrian vest so I think the Mika might be my best option, but I am having a hard time selecting a color! The color choices are all gorgeous: onyx, nautical blue, plum, hunter green, jaguar green and charcoal. I am between the plum and onyx, but leading towards the onyx because I think it will match more outfits!

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Middle Layer

Another Canadian brand, TKEQ has a great performance long sleeve shirt at a very reasonable price point ($30 USD). I personally have the grey and love its relaxed comfort fit. I have been using it solo, but can totally see myself wearing it under a vest/jacket or under a sweater/sweatshirt. It easily tucks in, but is not skin tight. It is made of jersey knit, contains UVPF50 protection, is moisture wicking and has anit-odor properties. Comes in a variety of conservative colors. I have size S; the company runs small.

 

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Bottom Layer

Breeches are a way to be adventurous in the color department. Fall always makes me think of jewel tones and my first thought was these beautiful  emerald colored Struck Apparel schooling breeches. These breeches have knee patches that are made of GripTech, inspired by the gripping ability of geckos. Whhhattt? The tighter you grip the saddle, the stronger the knee patches hold. Hmm, sounds like something I need as we go into the colder months. Winter Chloe is a handful!!! The fabric is lightweight and breathable, but promises to keep its shape after each ride. There are many Fall inspired colors to chose from, but the emerald would look great with the Konia onyx colored vest I mentioned above. The breeches are made of Colourfast fabric, which ensures that the rich color will not fade with sun exposure or washes. I can’t wait to put these on my wishlist!

I love hearing about YOUR Fall equestrian fashion finds! Comment below and let me know what is on your wish list!

Feel the Warmth: Eyeon Equine Wraps, by Chloe

Feel the Warmth: Eyeon Equine Wraps, by Chloe

There’s not many things better than grazing in the field and feeling the morning sun hit your coat, spreading warmth throughout your body. Basking in the sun doesn’t just improve your mood, it actually optimizes your health. Sunshine can increase blood circulation, reduce pain, ease joint stiffness, decrease inflammation, and boost cell repair and strength. Sunshine can also be harmful, though. The ultraviolet radiation from the sun can cause cancer, skin damage and premature aging, especially in our white blazed friends. Now what if I told you that there is a product that scientifically mimics these invisible, healing rays of the sun (while leaving the harmful UV-rays behind), so that your body could feel the beneficial properties of sunlight whenever it needed?

EyeOn Equine Care capitalizes on this naturally occurring infrared ray concept to help prevent equine injuries and to treat existing injuries by accelerating the body’s own healing process. EyeOn Equine Care was nice enough to send me their high-tech breathable support and compression wraps to test out. The wraps are designed to alleviate common issues in our high impact sport, like inflammation, swelling, soreness, wounds/abrasions, cellulitis and even the dreaded “L” word… lameness. The wraps heal by increasing oxygen and blood circulation, slightly increasing the body’s temperature, thus accelerating lymph flow and the natural healing process. The wraps are made with non-slip, medical grade and highly breathable foam embedded with an infrared natural compound called EyeOn. EyeOn absorbs “heat waves and transforms them into far infrared waves that penetrate deeply into the joints and tissues to warm the leg up before, during and after workouts”. Unlike other similar wraps made of ceramics that trap the heat and can result in cell damage and loss, these wraps are foam based and  breathable, permitting the natural thermoregulation of heat. The wraps can also be used while you are being ridden or lunged.

Since receiving the wraps, I haven’t had any injuries or soreness issues that would require my immediate need of the wraps (knock-knock on my stall wall), but I wanted to test them out in some capacity for purposes of this review. I am widely known for my long dancer’s legs, so it may surprise you to hear that I am friends with Amora, an 11 year-old mare that suffers from Oedema. Both her back legs stock up, but a previous traumatic injury to her right hind causes it to become even larger. It is quite unsightly and looks very uncomfortable! Despite this I am still friends with her, so I let her borrow my new wraps to see if they would help. I know, I know, I am a really good friend. The barn owner and trainer was so pleased with the results after just 7 hours that she put them back on the next day while Amora was in her stall. She said that after only two uses, “Amora’s leg has never looked better”. The before and after pictures below do not lie.

 

Also worth noting is that your person can use the wraps on their own human injuries. Andrea used them on her scrawny bicep/triceps after a particularly strenuous workout at her gym (I heard she is up to 10 lb dumbbells now). I overheard her and her friend discussing the temperature differences in her arms after using my wrap on just her right arm. The right arm (after taking the wrap off) was noticeably warmer after just 25 minutes of wearing the wrap and she had better range of motion and less pain after using it. I will have to remember to try to poop on my wrapped leg so that she doesn’t feel inclined to take my wraps home with her. 🙂

I will continue to provide any updates on the wraps on the Horse Glam social media. In the meantime, I look forward to using my wraps during Andrea’s lessons to prevent injuries caused by rider error.

If you have any questions that you cannot find answers to on the EyeOn Equine Care website, I highly suggest you email them. I found their customer service to be one of the friendliest in the business. xo Chloe

 

 

The Donna B Brand: Wrap Yourself In Art

The Donna B Brand: Wrap Yourself In Art

A scarf just might be the best fashion accessory you don’t realize you are missing. A pretty silk scarf can add instant sophistication to any look.  Make it the star of the show by using it with an all black outfit or a conservative suit, both easy ways to add a pop of color or show your personality.

For this reason, I was really excited to receive a set of luxurious silk scarves from Donna Bernstein, the owner of the Donna B Brand. Donna Bernstein is a NY based artist that mixes mediums and materials in unconventional ways to create equine images that are simultaneously powerful and peaceful. Her artwork is breathtaking. My (current) favorite piece of her art is called “Gold Lightning“. The metallic gold gets me every time! As much as I would love to hang her pieces in my home entryway, it is not currently in the budget and I want to stay married! Luckily, Donna Bernstein has transferred some of her drawings to silk scarves so that we can wrap ourselves in her artwork instead.

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The “Checkmate Pink & Black” scarf is 100% pure silk charmeuse (15″ x 60″) and is a reflection of the “Checkmate” painting. I love the boldness of the pink/black/white together. I chose to really put the scarf on display by wearing an all black riding outfit, as you can see from the two pictures above. Simply adding the scarf took these Botori breeches and plain black pocket t-shirt to the next level. It also is an easy, yet fashionable, way to protect your neck from the intense summer sun.

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I used the Run for The Roses scarf, also 100% pure silk charmeuse (15″ x 60″), as a belt to again show how you can easily transform an average look. I love white t-shirts and have quite a few that I wear with jeans or linen shorts, like here pictured. In the 5 seconds it took me to loop the scarf through the belt loops, I had a casual yet chic look. The Run for The Roses scarf was inspired by the blanket of roses draped over horses in the winner’s circle. The green, red, and yellow colors are very soft and work well with neutral colors. I took the same scarf and tied it onto my LV handbag, instantly mixing up my daily look.

I highly suggest adding a scarf like these to your wardrobe. At the very least, take a few minutes to be inspired by Donna B. You won’t regret it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bibimbap (BEE-bim-bap)

bibimbap (BEE-bim-bap)

I have been wanting to test out Bimbimbap since the company first popped up on social media.  The owner, Lynn, is a lifelong equestrian, so she totally gets how we equestrians abuse our skin. Due to the nature of the sport, our skin takes a harsh beating from the sun, the cold, the wind and the dust/dirt. The constant long hours in the outdoors is a easy recipe for sunburns, wrinkles and early age spots. It’s actually kind of hard to believe that there aren’t more skincare lines out there for, and by, equestrians. Bibimbap is definitely on to something!

Lynn was nice enough to send me the entire Bibimbap skincare line and I have spent the last 4 weeks using the majority of the products every day. I wanted to give myself (and my skin) some time with the products before I gave an opinion. The skincare line currently consists of a face cleanser, serum, face moisturizer, healing salve and a lip treatment.

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The face cleanser is probably my favorite of the line. The first time I used it was a Sunday night after a horse show and I was so excited to lather my entire face and neck with the product. It is a gel to foam, which I love, because I like seeing and feeling the suds. It rinses off easily and does not leave your skin feeling dry or tight. In fact, the cleaner contains glycerin, which helps to hydrate your skin. Also important, even though the cleanser is labeled as “mild” in strength, it is strong enough to remove full makeup. I used the cleanser with a washcloth after a photoshoot and was able to easily remove my eye makeup.

The serum is my second favorite. With a pea size amount of liquid, you can cover your entire face and neck with the serum, which means the 30ml bottle will last you quite a while. Many people are unfamiliar with serums, but they pack a powerful punch for needing such a small dose. Bibimbap’s serum delivers antioxidants to your skin, which help to fight against damaging free radicals that prematurely ages skin. The serum not only helps to fight premature aging and wrinkles, but it also brightens the skin, which gives you a youthful and fresh glow. I have used my serum on my face and neck almost every day, right after I wash and dry my face. I like how easily it spreads on. This is something that you can use at night and in the morning, underneath your lotion/makeup.

The moisturizer has a clean scent to it and spreads on very easily. It is not greasy or heavy, and absorbs very fast.  Fresh basil, raspberry, and rosehip oils help to give the skin a refreshed look, which is something I can appreciate as a mother of two little ones! I really wanted to love this one, but there were days that I had to use too much of it for my face not to feel dry. I have very dry skin and it is hard for me to find face moisturizers that leave me feeling dewy. My friend tried the moisturizer for 3 days and she loved it, so like I said, it probably is best for people that do not have super dry skin, like me. I know, I need to drink more water!! I did appreciate that this lotion did not contain SPF because I use my face lotions at night too, so I typically stay away from lotions with SPF, opting instead to put sunscreen over top during the day.

The Healing Salve helped me out at the beach when my family got annoying bug bites. Instead of using cortisone (which I actually didn’t have), I used Bibimbap’s Healing Salve instead. The soothing cream helped to decrease the inflammation and redness quickly, as well as combat the itchiness. I also used it once on a cooking burn on my finger, which I am not sure if this was an appropriate use of the product, but the cooling action felt so good! Luckily these were the only times I had to use the salve, but the salve can be used to fight all kinds of dermatological issues, like eczema, rashes, hives and dermatitis, so it is great to have on hand.

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The lip treatment is a “protective emollient balm that hydrates, smooths, and protects delicate lips”. I wish Bibimbap would sell these suckers in packs of 3 or 5! I have been keeping mine in my breeches so I can reapply multiple times at the barn. I am going to a horse show this weekend so my lip treatment will definitely be coming with me! The only way to improve on this product is if it had SPF in it.

Overall I was really happy with this new equestrian skincare line and liked how my skin felt and looked after 4 weeks of use. I am really excited to see what Lynn has in store for us in the future. For a 40% discount on your bimbimbap skincare use code : GETGLAM40.

 

 

 

 

 

The Hunt

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The Hunt is one of my favorite equestrian lifestyle websites and, Karina, the voice behind the account, is the most down-to-earth influencer I know. I totally suggest you follow her on Insta if you do not already.  I was so excited to be able to send her my quickfire questions and learn more about her and her effortless style. Hope you enjoy her answers below!

HG: First person that pops into your head when I say “Fashion Inspiration”?
Karina: Honestly, I don’t really have a person. I like to look to all different styles, people, eras, etc, and incorporate the things I like from each into my wardrobe. In high school, Gossip Girl was totally my fashion inspiration. As I’ve grown up, I’ve learned that I can mix up my style and have a completely different look from one day to the next – that’s my favorite part!

HG: Biggest pet peeve when it comes to styling?
Karina: My biggest styling pet peeve is probably when things just don’t fit right, like tall boots that are too short, hunt coats that are baggy/too tight, etc. The one thing that makes me tick though is when you can see someones hair net coming out from under their helmet, like above their eyebrows.

HG: What’s something expensive that you have purchased but was so worth it? For example, I think of my Burberry coat…
Karina: Probably my Cavalleria Toscana polo with the perforated top – it was way too much to pay for a shirt but it’s one of my all-time favorite items of clothing. Another is my Katharine Page sandals – I love those and have worn them enough to make it worth the high price tag. I do have a Hermes belt that I adore, but I was lucky enough to get that as a wedding gift so I don’t think that counts.

HG: What is one of your equestrian wishlist items?
Karina: The rose’ wristlet from Tucker Tweed. That color is to die for.

HG: Do you have any 2018 riding goal?
Karina: I’m hoping to go for some year-end goals at the meter height, and move up to the 1.10m.

HG: Can you share something no one knows about you?
Karina: I don’t think there is anything to be honest haha – I’m a pretty open person. Anything you want to know, I’ll tell you!

HG: What is your favorite thing about your horses?
Karina: My favorite thing about my mare is how much heart and personality she has. She’s the biggest challenge I’ve ever taken on but in turn, the most rewarding experience. My favorite thing about my gelding is how sweet he is. He is literally a puppy in horse form.

HG: Hardest part about being an equestrian blogger?
Karina: Continually putting out good content. There is a lot of preparation and planning involved!

HG: You introduced to me to The Tried Equestrian. What is your favorite item you have purchased from them?
Karina: Oh man. That’s a tough one, but probably my Tucci boots because I could never afford those new. There are so many things I want to buy every day haha. Luckily Taylor, the owner, is really good about being like, “do you really need it?” She’s great about reminding me not to be wasteful.

HG: What would you say is your signature style?
Karina: Classic, but never boring.

You are definitely never boring, Karina! Thank you for playing!

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Riding “Sombrero” Review

 

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PC: Riding Warehouse; Soless Visor

Everyone makes fun of me at the barn for my helmet visor(s) (or my “sombrero” as they like to call it). That’s fine. I like to think that all that laughing will just add to the wrinkles they are going to have from all their sun damage! But seriously, we all know that the skin of an equestrian takes a brutal beating from the weather. We are outside a lot: in the sun, in the wind, in the cold…usually without much shelter and for hours upon hours at any one time. I typically always have a baseball hat on when I am going to the barn or horse show, but sometimes you have to be wearing your helmet. The helmet visor fits onto your helmet so you can continue to protect your face from the sun.

Karina from The Hunt Eq knew I was searching for a new visor (mine was over 5 yrs old and had lost its velcro abilities) and she suggested the Soless Visor. This visor provides shade for the front and sides of your face/neck and is transparent, providing the rider with an unobstructed view. My last visor was straw and my view was way more limited. The transparent material also blocks 92% of UV rays, protecting much more of your skin than a typical straw or fabric visor.

The Soless is lightweight –  about half the weight of my last visor. It has the same velcro design that I am used to and wraps around your helmet snuggly. However, the Soless comes with a little S- shaped clip that clips onto your helmet. This is definitely something my last visor was missing. I had to google a YouTube video demonstrating how use the clip because the first time I used it at my lesson, the visor flew off as soon as I started jumping! After watching the video and reattaching my helmet, it hasn’t flown off my head again. Ps: The clip is supposed to work with any brand of helmet (mine is Charles Owen).

Additionally, something I didn’t even know until I started to write this blog post, is that the visor can be worn directly on your head. I gave it a try and it was sort of big and flimsy, so I wouldn’t recommend using it without the helmet, but of course if it were your only option you could make it work (and protect your face). Or maybe my head is just very small!

I purchased the $45 version, but there is a more expensive version (that only works on your helmet) at $75. I actually didn’t know about the latter when I bought mine, but so far I am happy with mine. I will be sure to do an update!

Bug Buster

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Summer is my favorite time of year, but it also means the flies are out with a vengeance. The horses at our barn are show horses, but they are lucky enough to have access to large paddocks where they can go out in groups of two for 12 hours a day. This also means I go through a ton of fly spray. Sometimes I think it does nothing because Chloe is still stomping and swatting. She wears a fly mask (tip: don’t buy black – I learned that those get hot and she would take them off for that reason) but I have never purchased her a fly sheet mainly because I always felt that if I were a horse, I would hate to wear it. Especially since we just got over blanket season not too long ago! So, I have avoided the fly sheets…but now I wonder if I need one.

I did a little research and from what I found, the Amigo Bug Buster “Vamoose”  by Horseware Ireland is the way to go. The fabric is soft, reflects sunlight and contains the active ingredient, Permethrin, which is an odorless and invisible film protecting against mosquitos, ants, ticks, flies and midges. This repellant lasts up to 35 washes. I also liked that the belly was protected, as that is typically the area Chloe is kicking at, and I liked that the neck detaches. There is also shoulder and mane lining to protect against rubs.

If I decide to take the pluge, I will do a full review for you all! If anyone has any other suggestions or comments about this Amigo let me know!!

The Tried (not Tired) Equestrian

If there is a tack store, two things are for certain: 1. I am going to go; and 2. I will end up in the consignment section. The latter part is amusing because the consignment section typically disappoints me, rarely having anything I want or need. For the most part, the clothes are horribly outdated and out of style. Often times they are stained and missing a button or something comparable. The horse gear is even worse. I am all for wanting to sell my used goods and make some money back, but I would never take a grimy white fleece saddle pad or dirty polo wraps (with even more dirt caked in the velcro) to consignment,… and I see both of these examples each and every time I shop consignment.

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At TTE: LeFash for $85 ($215 retail); condition excellent

So needless to say, when I heard about The Tried Equestrian, I wasn’t expecting much. Then I found a pair of LeFash, barely worn, breeches and matching show shirt, each for 50% off, and I couldn’t click-through all the apparel, accessories, tack and other horse gear fast enough! My absolute favorite part about The Tried Equestrian is that they generally will not take any clothing that is over 3 years old, unless it is still fashionable. This is a consignment store that is committed to providing equestrians with current brands and products (i.e., clothes we actually want to wear) at prices that are affordable. They also are picky about what types of horse products they will take, opting not to sell things like the aforementioned saddle pads and polo wraps.

And all this amazingness is just from the consumer perspective! For the seller, The Tried Equestrian does all the hard stuff. They market for you, uploading your items on their sales website, taking your goods to pop up shows and posting pictures and doing shoutouts to their large social media following (18K on Insta!) for FREE. They also ship the package to the buyer for you, which is awesome because no one likes going to the post office.  Their cut is 40% of the sales price, which is on par with most other tack consignment stores. Seems like a good deal considering The Tried Equestrian doesn’t just stick your item in the back room where it will collect dust.

Using clothes from The Tried Equestrian, I put an outfit together consisting of brands I haven’t tried because of their high cost. This look stars Callidae breeches (Stone; size 28R). The breeches actually still have the tags on them and are $150, compared to $395 on the Callidae website! Did you hear me, the breeches are brand new and still have their tags!! The Sakkara Equestrian polo (navy/white; size small) is also a steal at $66, compared to $110 on the Sakkara website. I hope someone gets to grab this outfit while it lasts! I know that the next time I want to buy something new, I will definitely first check to see what The Tried Equestrian has in stock!

 

 

Bows for Unicorns

Look at these unicorn inspired bows!!! This isn’t fair! I remember the days that I did Short Stirrup and I swear my braids were in a single strand of navy or hunger green ribbon! I can’t wait for Logan to actually have hair that can support a real bow! For all you pony mommas out there, you have to visit Gray & Co. Designs for the most unique and colorful bows!

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