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!

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!

Use my Code HORSEGLAM for 15% off! Shop HERE.

 

EqWine Co. Leads The Way

The reins have gone to the dogs! “Fancy stitch” is not just for the horses, but is now for the hounds too, thanks to EqWine Co. Let your dog parade proudly around the show grounds in style with these leads made from real reins by EqWine Co. You can have your choice between “Fancy” and “Flat”.  Both leashes have brass hardware. The Flat leash has flat leather between the braid and the clip. Priced at $75CAG and $50CAD respectively.

 

View Hal-loo

Ever since I started my re-riding journey, I have been using my mini notebook from ShopECE to keep my lesson notes in. I don’t know about you all, but I LOVE making lists and keeping notes. It makes me feel more organized than I really am. I start out each day with a “to-do” list, so it made total sense to start taking notes after my lessons so that I could be better prepared for the next one. Plus, maybe if I keep writing “stop hanging in her mouth” enough, it will sink in?!

In the last few months, View Halloo has blown up on social media, launching the first ever equestrian organizational planner and journal. Made with the highest quality paper and convenient lie flat binding, View Halloo’s nearly 300 page journal is complete with sections for general horse information, equipment lists, training notes, travel itinerary, competition record, riding goals and horse show expenses (okay maybe we don’t want to keep track of that one View Halloo!). There is also extra space for your notes and scattered throughout are beautiful color illustrations of classic equestrian images. The journal comes in black or saddle brown faux leather, with gold or silver foil embossing on the cover.

I have not yet decided if my current equestrian career deserves such a nice journal, but if I showed more I think I would definitely splurge and pay the $75 for this beauty. If anyone has it, let me know what you think and if you think it is actually perfect for my re-riding journey!

Also, I just want to say I had no idea what View Halloo meant until today! Per Google (LOL), it is “a shout given by a hunter on seeing a fox break cover”. And now you know!

BONUS: a portion of proceeds goes to animals in need and funding vet care expenses. 

 

 

Share the Love with EQUO

Since the beginning of Horse Glam last summer, I have enjoyed being part of the EQUO family as an influencer/ambassador. More importantly, I am also proud to be a part of this brand. From its inception, EQUO has celebrated the horse, donating a percentage of all sales to the EQUO Fund. The EQUO Fund then distributes this fund money to various organizations that care for horses (or teammates, as EQUO respectively refers to them) in need.

EQUO recently made an unprecedented announcement that further illustrates EQUO’s commitment to the sport and our equestrian community. On Valentine’s Day, EQUO will be releasing their first ever breeches in tan, white and navy. EQUO is offering everyone 50% off this new breech IF they pledge to trade-in a pair of used breeches. They are accepting any breech of any size and/or color. These donated breeches will be going to organizations that EQUO has partnered with, in an effort to share the love for our sport with children and adults that may not have previously had the opportunity to experience these wonderful animals, or teammates, like we have.

To learn more about this program and to claim your 50% off special launch discount, Click HERE. Please keep in mind that this is not a review of the EQUO breech. These breeches have not been released yet and I have not even seen pictures. 🙂

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Pictured in the EQUO Schooling Pant!

 

Mantra Matters

LOVE the equestrian mantra bangles from Bitkeepers. You can buy the complete set of 7, or buy 1, 3, or 5. Each bangle has a different equestrian motivator and comes in the colors shown in the picture: silver, gold or rose gold. My favorites are “one stride at a time” and “enjoy the ride” and “soft hands, strong legs, steady mind”.  Everyone can use stackable bracelets AND riding motivation, so these make for fabulous gifts!

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Starts at $20.00, BUT get FREE shipping with code: FREE SHIPBLING.

Note: there are dressage mantra bracelets here!

How about a glass of Marelot?

As the owner of Pony Glam, I love when a sassy, fun company pops onto the equestrian scene. If the company also talks about wine 50% of the time, I am doubly interested! Eqwine Co., caught my eye on Instagram with their witty apparel and sassy memes. You will not be disappointed if you follow their account. Look at this t-shirt that I am currently coveting. It comes in black too, but I love a good white t-shirt! Eqwine Co., is based in Canada but will be shipping to US soon!

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Are Ya Gettin’ the boot?

I have had my eyes on brown tall boots for a while. I love how they look, especially with all the gold accents I tend to have on my clothing and accessories. I just can’t justify it though – mainly because I really should buy boots I can actually wear in the show ring, if I am going to be buying boots at all. Recently Sarah, fellow fashionista and the owner of City Girl Equestrian, sent me the link to these Ariat boots that were very marked down to $199. She had just snagged her own pair and I was so jealous! The sale was only good for a few more hours that day and of course I forgot about it! So now I will have to live vicariously through Sarah until the next huge sale!

Do any of you have a pair of brown boots that you love?

AeroEquine: The next generation of Tack Trunks has landed.

AeroEquine: The next generation of Tack Trunks has landed.

When I first read about AeroEquine’s arrival on the tack trunk scene, I was pretty intrigued. Like many, I’ve had my wooden tack trunk from Phoenix West for over 20 years. It still has my maiden name on it, it is covered in vinyl colors worthy of a 12 year old’s taste and it looks like a 100 lb bottomless box for unorganized equestrian gadgets. Tack trunks have been on the barn aisle scene forever and they haven’t changed at all…until now. AeroEquine has created a line of modern tack trunks that weigh substantially less and are thoughtfully designed for the wannabe organized equestrian.

HG: Can you share more behind the personal story which sparked the idea for AeroEquine. When did you realize you were truly onto something?

GE: My husband, Brian, works with his brother at Edwards Interiors and they manufacture a lot of aircraft parts for Gulfstream. He has access to the latest and greatest substrates available on the market. When he met me, he had absolutely no horse experience, which we all know can be quite a culture shock! I had a hideously beat up/heavy trunk from Phoenix West. One Christmas a few years ago, he re-wrapped the vinyl on it with my farms colors. It worked fabulously (for me a least!) until I became super busy last winter with my two young jumpers hauling to shows almost every week. He of course was assisting me loading and unloading the trailer. One particular show after a few hours of unloading, set up, and schooling, we went out for dinner. He said “You know babe, your trunk is SO ugly and heavy…. what do you think if I just made you a completely new one out of some aircraft material at our shop?” Of course I wasn’t going to turn him down. A few weeks later he came home with a clean-lined tack trunk, that he could easily lift by himself. To be honest the craftsmanship surprised me so much I said you know, I think these things would sell like CRAZY…. I showed a few of my clients here at the farm and they said they wanted to be our first customers. It’s been a whirlwind since then!

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HG: AeroEquine trunks weigh only 40lbs, roughly half the weight of traditional wooden trunks, which makes all the difference at the end of a long show week. What are some of the other major differences between AeroEquine’s basicBox and the traditional wooden box that is sitting in front of most stalls today? I personally love the organizational compartments, convenient catch-all mesh pocket, cork board insert, complimentary grooming tote AND bit box…did I miss anything?!

GE: We have now started spraying the interior of the boxes and all of the compartments with a truck Bedliner material. It provides extreme durability (I did prototype testing by beating on it with a hammer!) and easy cleanability! The basicBox also has lockable casters on the bottom. We can custom match most paint colors and it adds a beautiful visual texture to the inside of the box. When you walk down our farms aisle at the show, the basicBoxs have a stunningly simple beauty about them. Clean lines, matte finish, custom logos, and most importantly, every basicBox is crafted by Brian himself (of course after I approve the design and paint colors :)).

HG: So far we have only talked about the basicBox…and there is nothing “basic” about it. However, I am drooling over the techBox. As an equestrian lifestyle blogger and small business owner (Pony Glam), I am always on my phone. I am either taking pictures, emailing orders or doing my social media catchup/homework. In other words, my phone is always dead. The techBox comes with an USB charging port AND bluetooth speakers!! I could simultaneously charge my phone while making Chloe listen to my (amazing) playlists! This is genius! I also saw that there is an ammyBox that is coming soon. Any hints?

GE: I debuted the first techBox at a show in Aiken, South Carolina recently and it was a HIT!!!! Everyone was stopping by to play their favorite song and catch a quick charge. See a snippet from the show below!

 

The ammyBox was the brainchild of one of my amateur clients at the barn…. we are developing a cooling box that will keep your medications, water, cocktails, you name it, the perfect temp within easy reach! Also, I should mention we are doing  a ponyBox, which will be a smaller size of the basicBox for the pony kids at the barn!

HG: In the future, do you see additional products that you want to add to your line or do you think you will focus solely on the trunks for now?

GE: We have a few new products working their way through our design stage. The wallBox is a wall grooming box that we anticipate will weigh around 10-15lbs, compared to traditional wall boxes at 40lbs!  Also, be on the lookout for AeroEquine’s Wing. It is something everyone needs, but that is all I can say about it right now! 😉 I am also a bit of an equestrian fashion nut so I am hoping to be able to launch my own line of clothing sometime in the future, focusing on streamlined sophisticated style.

HG: Any good tips for running a new equestrian business with a spouse?

GE: You definitely have to have a sense of humor. Starting any business is so tough, and so many fail before you even get a chance to reap the benefits. The most important thing to remember is that you get what you put into it. If you truly believe you have a product that will make a huge impact on an industry, you have to put everything you have into it. And another key word is patience. Coca Cola sold 24 bottles their first year in existence. Our first year has been tough, and we don’t expect it to get much easier in the near future but we are firm believers in what we have to offer, and will do everything we can to make it successful!

Thanks so much Genevieve for giving me the scoop on AeroEquine. Best of luck to you and Brian- you have a truly great product and vision for the future! I can’t wait to hear more about the top-secret Wing! xx, HG

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Grey is the New Black

I know I am forever talking about LeFash breeches, but have I mentioned their show shirts? I have two myself, and if I showed more I would definitely want to add this one to my wardrobe. The Grey Check Open Placket is GORGEOUS. The collar is magnetic, which makes it easy for horse shows, but it also “opens clean” so that it coverts into modern street wear… an equestrian trend that LeFash pioneered.  I included a picture of the back so that you could see the signature block paneling. The bamboo sides and sleeves are everything. Not only are they so soft, comfortable and breathable, but they are very flattering on your body. My LeFash shirts almost mold to my skin. Also important to note, in my opinion, is that these shirts tend to have longer tails than other shirts I have worn. I really appreciate that because it makes it easy to tuck in and helps give you a more tailored look. Comes in XS-XL. It isn’t cheap at $195 but the quality is top-notch and it will last you forever. It obviously looks great with the white breeches but I am sort of digging the Alphabet City Breech, with tan patches and gold detailing. Maybe my next breech purchase? What do you guys think? xx, HG

 

Spur Straps by ManeJane

I think I am sort of boring because out of ALL of the fun spur straps to choose from on ManeJane’s website (think arrows, wine glasses, horse shoes), I want the Hi-Ho Silver spur straps. I can’t help it, something draws me to them. They want me to own them.

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These come with the silver buckles and black leather straps. You can pay more to customize and pick from tons of leather color options. These are $40 as pictured.

Special Horse Glam readers only COUPON CODE for 15% off: GLAM

To buy: CLICK here.
To be more creative than me: CLICK here.

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The perfect little bag for everyone you know

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If you only have $20 to spend this weekend, then look no further! This cute little zipper bag from K.Marie Equestrian is a perfect gift for yourself or a friend! I personally keep all of the smaller items that are in my handbag in a zipper pouch: chapstick, lipgloss, mints, aleve, extra hair tie, sunscreen, etc. This way they are easy to find and aren’t lost in my bigger bag. Plus, it makes switching handbags super easy. You just toss the zipper bag into the next bag and you are good to go.

These zipper bags are also perfect for horse shows. You can pack one with all your essential show items and throw it in your trunk or show ring bag. Hairnet, spurs, sunscreen, chapstick, cash, cell phone…all in one spot! Or give your mom a zipper bag so she can hold all your effects like the good “show mom” that she is!

Price: $20
Direct link HERE!!!

For an extra $5, customize your own! So many cute fabrics to choose from! LINK HERE!

 

Katharine Page: From Your Tack Room to Your Closet

I know it’s odd to think about sandals when everyone is gearing up for Fall (and pumpkin spiced lattes), but I live in North Carolina and have two little kids, which means two things: 1. Sometimes it is 85 degrees in December and perfect sandal weather; and 2. I only have time to slip on sandals and I haven’t worn heels in probably 7 months. I’ve had my eye on Katharine Page sandals for a while now and each time I see a pair I continue to be inspired. There is nothing better than clean show tack, particularly a well-oiled bridle wrapped in a figure eight style. The buttery leather and intricate hand-stitching showcases the luxurious details of our equestrian sport.  Katharine Page takes this same elegant concept to women’s sandals. She focuses on quality, simplicity, comfort and longevity and the result is a beautiful and luxurious sandal. I am not going to lie, these sandals are pricey (and understandably so), which is why I have not yet treated myself to a pair. However, they deserve to be on your radar and perhaps added to your personal wish list. Besides, the holidays are coming. 🙂

My favorite is the Devon (in bridle brown), but if you are feeling fancy, splurge for the Palm Beach

Price: $375/$385 (free shipping in US); note: see sizing tip and order a size up.

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Is That Horse Hair On You?

Nothing says “I love you” like hitting Andrea with a perfectly timed tail swat in the eye. Now she can carry a piece of my tail with her always in the form of horse hair jewelry from Tara’s Equine Designs. My favorite option is the custom sterling silver jeweled rings. Each ring style has a “jewel” in the center of it, but the catch is that the aforementioned jewel is actually your horse’s hair encased in resin. I have no idea what that even means, but below is a picture worth a thousand words. Bonus: These rings can be made with just ONE strand of hair!! I know you guys remember my tail struggles from the Kiss My Horse post, so this is perfect for me. The rings can also be made with hair from loved ones, or lesser animals, like cats, dogs and ponies. 🙂

xo, Chloe

Price: $200-$250; Direct Link: HERE!
Note: expect up to 4 weeks turnaround, longer around holidays.

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Leaving on a Jetplane

Leaving on a Jetplane

Not really^^, but that won’t stop me from lusting over this weekend getaway tote by Gray&Bay Horse Co. It is so cute I can’t even handle it. Made of natural canvas with bubblegum pink trim and camel colored leather handles. The logo is is in gold metallic threading – yes I am a total sucker for all things shiny and gold. A detachable shoulder strap is included. For those of you that are like me and can never find your cell phone in your bag, there is an internal 2 pocket organizer with large zip pocket to keep your important items close by.

Click HERE to view more info!

Price $158CAD or $ 124 US dollars (I think)

 

 

 

Vintage Equestrian Couture

I saw this shirt and instantly fell in love…and then immediately tried to think of ways I could make this typically Dressage shirt work in the Jumper arena or even with a pair of jeans. Vintage inspired, feminine and romantic, delicate sheer and intricately patterned fabric, subtle ruffles and unique buttons …all in ONE shirt! It sounds like there is a lot going on, but it really seems to work. Take a look at the pictures below. Thank you Equus Couture for really thinking outside the box!

Price $150. Free Shipping for HG readers! Use coupon code: SHIPGLAM

LeFash – Financial District w/ Tan City Breeches

City+Breech+Financial+DistrictYa’ll know my favorite breeches are LeFash. They are so comfortable, stylish and fit me the best of any breeches. The waist sits a bit higher than other low-rise breeches, which is something I really appreciate after having two kiddos! And I am a total sucker for the gold detailing. I have no hesitation in wearing the breeches out in non-horsey public. All it takes is a change of my shoes, and usually my shirt because Chloe gets me so gross, and I am good to go. Stable to street.

I am keeping my eye on this color. I love it and I love how it looks with the tan patches! I think it will go with so many things and most importantly, look good against Chloe’s bay body :). At $268 it is a bit out of my price range since I solely ride for fun now, but for the serious equestrian or fashionista it is a great buy.

Want to learn more about this pair of breeches? Click HERE.