Of Sky and Sea

You might remember myMareCo from the previous blog posts I have written on their moisture wicking headbands. Recently, they have expanded their product line to include equestrian inspired silk scarves. I received a beautiful cream colored scarf with grays and light blue that features an original equestrian painting by artist, Anna Noelle Rockwell. The scarf, titled, “Of Sky and Sea” is made of 100% chiffon silk and feels as soft as it sounds. It is a 35″ x 35″ square, giving it more versatility in terms of ways to wear it. Tied smartly in a knot or draped casually over shoulders, silk scarves have a unique way of upgrading any outfit. Priced at $150 it is a reasonable investment, but it will be a classic mainstay of wearable art in your closet for years (possibly generations) to come. Pro tip: To get rid of any creases, I use a hand steamer. Don’t have a steamer? Hang it near your shower! The material is so fine, the creases will fall out.

Get to know Georgian Dollar

Amanda Dowie is a life-long, avid equestrian. She lives in the UK and owns four horses. I think it is safe to assume that if you own and ride four horses you need all that saddle time to be as comfortable as possible. In 2018, Amanda launched her brand, Georgian Dollar, named after her daughter’s pony. Her dream was to design equestrian jeans that are stylish, comfortable and technically functional. I’d say mission accomplished.

The Sieta Equestrian Jeans are noticeably soft. The denim is so inviting that I wondered if it would be durable. I received my pair in November and so far, so good!. The second thing your eye will be drawn to is the black Lycra that starts at the ankle and travels up the front of the shins. At first I thought this was random but the Lycra material (instead of denim) helps streamline the leg and prevent bulk under your tall boots or chaps. Note that the back of the leg does not have Lycra. The Sieta has sillicone grip patches around the inner thigh/seat area that are small and blue in color, blending into the denim well. I also really liked that there are pockets in the back. I always think back pockets are flattering on breeches, helping them bridge the gap to street style, and also, let’s face it, it’s a nice place to put your phone when you are not riding!

I own two other pairs of denim breeches and I will say these feel the most like my favorite pair of mainstream jeans, which is what I imagine Amanda was really striving for. Today, so many of us find ourselves wearing our riding breeches for hours after we have been at the barn (running errands, picking up the kids, cooking dinner) and so it is really appreciated when your comfort doesn’t require you changing your outfit immediately. My only other comment would pertain to the unique button flap. It caused me to double check my zipper on occasion.

Georgian Dollar also has a white denim breech called the Regalita for sale, which I think would be a nice addition to a Spring/Summer equestrian wardrobe. The Georgian Dollar jeans can be thrown into the wash with your other clothes, so don’t be afraid to try white. Note: I like to hang dry mine and then put into the dryer for a few minutes.

Be sure to follow Georgian Dollar on Instagram so you can keep up with their growing brand!

Please Get Your EQright by Chloe (the horse)

It’s been over a month since Andrea received her very own EQright, the real-time equitation feedback device she first blogged about HERE, and the results are in. Has she gotten her equitation right?

Well, my back is less sore now because she is sitting more balanced, which is clearly a positive side effect (for me), but I also have less reason to buck her, which is obviously a negative side effect (for me). Don’t look so surprised. She’s owned me for 10 years. She should know by now that if she is going to sit on me unbalanced, I am going to buck her. If she is going to drop her eyes, then her shoulders and lean up my neck, I am going to spook, fart and crow hop (not necessarily in that order, but most likely in that order). Since riding with EQright, these aforementioned equitation “no-no’s” have decreased in occurrence and sometimes she doesn’t even get to the part where she leans up my neck. Now, when her helmet brim dips down further than where she calibrated as the acceptable level, EQright will alert her with a soft vibration until she adjusts her riding position appropriately. Sometimes she fixes her position so quickly that I don’t even have time to “react”.

Basically, EQright has taken my job from me. For just that reason alone, I am a fan of EQright. A decade worth of crow hopping really can get boring…and frankly, tiring. If EQright wants to take over the reins, that is totally fine with me. I still have plenty of other mare-ish activities to keep myself busy, like perfectly timed tail swats into the eyeballs. Now, if only EQright could do something about her inability to count strides…

To learn more click here. Use code Horseglam for free shipping!

Getting My Eq Right

What if I told you that with just one ride you could improve your equitation? EQright help with just this through the use of real time equitation feedback. It’s as simple as clipping the EQright device onto the brim of your riding helmet. This lightweight device is discreet and securely stays well out of your eyesight. In fact, sometimes I forget it is there. Well, until I feel a soft vibrate of course. The EQright vibrates and buzzes when it detects your helmet alignment moving too far south…aka you are looking down at the jump or you are leaning forward. I get buzzed in my canter departures when I am legging on a lazy 5 yr old. EQright has reminded me to not forego my equitation in the transition, but to stay balanced and not round my shoulders.

Think about it, when your head tips downward (usually, in my case, following the eyes), it causes your entire body to move forward and out of proper positioning. The simple and quick vibrate from EQright keeps you from looking down, stops you from rounding the shoulders, aids in proper body alignment and overall balance, and stops you from leaning forward. In other words, you get your equitation right.

Lessons with a professional trainer are without question the best training tool, but of course it is not something you can afford to do every ride. When you ride solo often (me), the EQright is such a great device to have handy. The immediate feedback helps you break bad habits as they are occurring. I have noticed that when I am using EQright, I try harder, which means my rides are more effective for both myself and the horse. I love to see how long I can go without a buzz. Some days are better than others! A junior rider at my barn likes to use EQright during her lessons – two trainers for the price of one!

Using the device is pretty easy. Like I said, you slip it onto the brim of your helmet, with the display pointed down so you can easily reach it while your helmet is on. Once mounted, turn the device on and begin calibration. To calibrate, move your head to the desired chin positioning. Now purposely drop your chin below this imaginary line and hold the large green button. You are now ready to ride. If your chin drops to, or below, this level you will get a notification vibration until you readjust your head to the correct level!

A few things you should know. You can mute the device when you are not mounted. I didn’t realize this at first but it is handy to know, otherwise you will get buzzed putting on your spurs or fishing a peppermint out of your trunk (true stories). You can select the vibration strength to low or high. I have it on low and have no problem knowing when it is alerting me. I also have never had a horse react to it, although the directions do suggest that on the first use to let the horse hear it a few times before mounting.

As mentioned earlier, I like to see how long I can go each ride without getting alerted. As I improve my time, I can actually make the “game” more difficult. The “time adjust” button on the device allows you to select how many seconds (2, 4 or 6) pass before you are alerted that your chin has dropped below the calibrated level. When I can go an entire ride without a vibrate on the 2 second time adjust I will let you know!

Learn more about EQright and how easy it is to improve your overall riding by clicking HERE. It is available NOW for PREORDER!! Use code Horseglam for free shipping!!! Be sure to follow EQright on Instagram!

Back with Dapplebay

Dapplebay has updated their lifestyle collection with new Fall inspired pieces. I was lucky enough to get my hands on some of the everyday horse girl pieces and wanted to share them with you. Use code HORSEGLAM10 to get 10% off your purchase for a limited time this holiday season. 

When the cropped trend began, I thought it was cute but I really didn’t anticipate wearing the look as much as I have been. It is pretty hard to ignore how comfortable these hoodies are though. They are lined with fleece and the dropped shoulder with longer sleeves feels like you are snuggled in a blanket. The raw hemline makes it seem like you aren’t trying, a facade that I dig.  The flowy, cropped t-shirt material is just as comfy – it feels like satin against your skin. I loved the color of this one pictured!

The “Dream Chaser” t-shirt is one of my fall favorites as I cannot have too many long sleeves this time of year. The fit is tailored so it is easy to wear alone or underneath something else, like the cropped sweatshirt. I am a firm believer in layering when the temperatures drop! I also appreciate that the design is on the back. It’s more subtle. Sometimes I feel like big designs on the front of a shirt can be obnoxious.

The bomber jacket was really popular on my Instagram feed. The fit is more of a boyfriend style, which is perfect for equestrian needs as it fits easily over your clothes to keep you warm while at the barn. Ribbed sleeves, waistband and crewneck areas finish the look.

Visit DappleBay to see more of these looks Don’t forget the HORSEGLAM10 code!

All pictures by Shannen Smyth. 🙂

2019 Horse Glam + Friends Holiday Gift Guide

Oops, we did it again! I teamed up with a new set of influencer friends for the 2019 Horse Glam + Friends Holiday Gift Guide. Together we came up with ideas for your own personal wishlist, as well as some great gift giving ideas for those special peeps in your life. Scroll through the pages below and if you see something that interests you, click anywhere on the page and you will be re-directed to the brand’s website. If there are multiple brands listed on one page, click the links at the bottom of that page to jump to the respective websites. As always, thank you for following me on my Horse Glam journey! Happiest of holidays! xo Andrea and Chloe (and Ham)

Harbor Sweets Link
TKEQ Link
Botori Link
Dreamers Link
DappleBay Link
DB Artist Link
Marco Link
Soap Link
Giddy Up Link
Pony Suds Link
Pony Glam link
Manhattan Link
Equestriess Link
R&R Link
Tucker Link

IBKUL (I-B-COOL)

Before I became familiar with the brand IBKUL, it never dawned on me to wear sun shirts in any other facet of my life other than horse back riding. Spending time at the barn generally always means time in the sun, so I try to keep my neck and arms covered as much as possible by wearing sun shirts. When I step outside my equestrian bubble, it is pretty clear how versatile the IBKUL sun shirts really are. Golf, tennis, running and even relaxing pool-side are all activities that could benefit from IBKUL. The shirts are made with Icefill fabric technology that converts your sweat into cooling energy to help keep you cool, even when the temperatures outside are anything but. The long sleeve shirts have mesh underneath for optimum ventilation, something I always appreciate in the middle of the summer. Also important is that the fabric is UPF50+, which offers superior sun protection for your skin.

The first thing I noticed about IBKUL was the vast amount of colors and patterns to choose from. If you like color and patterns then this is your place! IBKUL is not foremost an equestrian brand, but they definitely had us equestrians on their mind with the introduction of the Promenade “Bitty” Top. This same pattern comes in a short sleeve option, as well as 2 other colors (navy/pink and orange). I am wearing the black/red color option, which features interwoven gold bits and curb chains. When zipped, the half zip mock neck gives it a polished look, perfect for a riding lesson. Unzipped makes for a more casual feel. I paired this long sleeve sun shirt with black breeches and vintage tan knee patches.

Also pictured is the Short Sleeve Zip Mock Neck in solid Navy. This style comes in numerous other colors, from Black to Seafoam. Like the long sleeve sun shirt, the shirt sleeve has built in moisture-wicking and anti-microbial properties, making it an ideal choice for any outdoor athleisure activity. One of the reviews mentioned they wore theirs frequently for gardening! I paired mine with rust colored breeches.

Be sure to visit the IBKUL website to see all of the many color choices and detailed patterns they offer. I often times get questions from Instagram followers asking for help with matching their breeches and “what color would I wear with this”. IBKUL would be a great place to start when looking for pattern ideas!

The Height of the Storm

When I was asked to do a blog review on The Height of the Storm, the third book in The Triple Crown Trilogy by Kimberly Campbell, I thought I would be able to read the book and write a review. I read the book summary and found myself interested, despite the book being classified as “YA” or Young Adult. It had all the elements I look for in a good book: a tragedy, relatable family drama and well, horses. To better educate myself on the whole picture, I read the summaries of the first two books, The Calm Before the Storm and The Eye of the Storm. I suddenly found that I was invested in the storyline. I wanted to read more about how the universe first aligned Genuine Storm, a horse that needed a second chance at life, with Charlie, a widowed mom of two young kids who found herself starting over whether she was ready to or not. The Height of the Storm begins right after long-shot Genuine Storm has two back-to-back wins at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Weeks before the last leg of the Triple Crown, the stable suffers a devastating fire where much is lost, secrets are unraveled and relationships are broken. The third book centers around whether the group can rally together to clench the first Triple Crown win in thirty-seven years.

Like I said, after reading the official summaries of each book, I felt I was invested in the storyline and I wanted to know more about all the characters and read about their path to the Kentucky Derby. I knew I had to start at the beginning with The Calm Before the Storm. Luckily all the books are available on Amazon so it won’t be too difficult to catch up. In the meantime, I thought it would be a great opportunity to interview Kimberly Campbell about the Series and her own personal connection with Thoroughbreds.

HG: Thanks so much Kimberly for chatting with me. I loved the Thoroughbred Series as a kid and I feel like The Triple Crown Trilogy is an adult version of those, so I am really looking forward to reading the books! I learned that you have always had a soft spot for Off The Track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs) and have given a forever home to many retired OTTBs. Can you tell me about your first OTTB?

KC: My love for the Thoroughbred started when I was a teenager, when I got my first Thoroughbred off the track.  Smokey was grey, hence my love for a grey horse, and was quite the character.  He would stand in the middle of the field gazing around at the horses pleasantly eating around him and decide it was time to rile the rest of the herd up and start chasing them around.   He wasn’t the easiest to ride and was quite uncomfortable, but he would do whatever I asked, including jump as high as I could stomach.  And as a young kid, I thought I could jump the moon!    The thoroughbred has a heart and mind that I don’t think you find in other breeds, they will try to do the best they can and they certainly know how to exhibit enthusiasm when they are successful!   

HG: Many rescued OTTB stories have left scars in my mind and I am sure you know firsthand how people in the industry can cast the “old” racehorses or the “losers” aside. Is it sometimes hard to still love the sport knowing the things you know or do you think the industry unfairly gets a bad reputation?

KC: I try and look at things from an outside perspective.   The racing industry is at a cross-roads and at times is losing public interest due to mis-communication and mis-understanding.  I think it would be best served by talking in layman terms to the general public so they can understand why certain things are the way they are.  There are extremes in all sports and I think with social media and everyone being able to put their opinion out for all to read, things can get misconstrued.   The industry needs to be more relatable to the average person – sometimes all people see on TV or read about is the wealth owners and trainers that are involved in the Triple Crown races.    What about following a one-racehorse owner like me and focus on all the tidbits I am learning about as I try to understand the industry better?

HG: Have you ever owned an active racehorse? Can you describe the amount of, and intensity of, training that it takes to be competitive?

KC: My first and only racehorse is Height of the Storm, named after my third book.  I purchased her as a yearling in early 2017 with dreams of her racing career coinciding with my books and dreams of reaching the Kentucky Derby.   It was not to be, but it has been a whirlwind of fun.  Storm is definitely a competitor, but she got really sick and almost died right before she was going to run in her first race as a two-year old.  A team of great doctors at the equine hospital nursed her back to health, but they weren’t sure she would get back to the track.  After six months of rehab and weight gain, she returned to the track and continued her path to her first race.  To date, her best finish was a second at Pimlico, a few weeks after the Preakness.  It was exciting to watch her come down the homestretch where so many great racehorses have run with the tents in the infield as the backdrop.  

My trainer does a great job with Storm, but he is also educating me on what level races she could be successful at.  Since her second place finish, Storm usually finishes mid-herd.  She is a consistent runner, but doesn’t exhibit that “kick” to finish strong.  There is so much that goes into getting a horse to the race, both physically and mentally.  You also need to figure out what surface they like to run on, dirt or turf, as well as what would be the best distance.

Given that I don’t want to risk Storm getting claimed, our race options for her are limited.  The majority of the races at the track are different levels of claiming races, where horses have the potential to change hands, and you can’t prevent it.  Although I have been told the risk is small, I couldn’t stomach putting Storm in a claiming race and having someone claim her away from me.  Although the competing argument is that these races would be a better match for her potential and get her in a winning mindset – hence the mental side of preparing a horse to race.  They do know when they win.  Right now she is quite comfortable with finishing with her friends around her.  

I will give her another race this year and then give her a few months off at a farm to continue to mature and develop physically.  Then, if as a four-year-old she doesn’t succeed, then I will find a new job for her such as being a show horse.  Storm will always have a home with me. 

HG: What do you think it would be like to sit in the owner’s box of the Kentucky Derby? Would you be able to enjoy it or be wrecked with nerves? I think I would be bouncing back between those two emotions!

KC: Oh boy, that would be the best!  I was fortunate to be invited into the Paddock of this past Kentucky Derby for a race earlier in the day and it was such a treat.  No matter what, my mind would be on having a safe trip – which I say to Storm’s jockey every time they get up on her for a race.  Believe me, watching your horse run down the homestretch at Laurel Park is just as exciting as watching the horses come down the stretch at Churchill Downs.  The one emotion I look forward to experiencing is coming in first – it wouldn’t matter what track I was at. 

HG: Did you ever anticipate that you would be an author of an equestrian novel? What was the most challenging part of writing the last book, The Height of the Storm?

KC: Never in my life did I envision being a writer.  I am an accountant by trade and have written the books in my “spare time” while managing several businesses and a houseful of kids and all their activities.  But I was passionate about the topic and have thoroughly enjoyed learning more about each of the races, as well as meeting so many great people who provided me details that I have weaved into the story.  There are so many people to thank for taking the time to answer my questions. Early on before the first book was written, there were the ones who helped me frame my ideas and storyline – from the receptionist at a breeding farm in Casanova, Virginia after the owner passed away to the owner breeder who introduced me to the details of Keeneland and its historic auction to the historian at Sagamore Farm outside of Baltimore.   And then subsequently, the tours of Pimlico and Belmont by individuals willing to hear what I was trying to write about, introductions to vets that specialized in various aspects that I incorporated into the books, along with inspirational chats with industry insiders at various conferences I attended.    

The challenge of writing book three was that I wasn’t sure where the story should go.  When I started out writing the trilogy, I knew what the main topics and stories were going to be in Calm Before the Storm and Eye of the Storm.  I didn’t have a strong sense of where I wanted the last book to go.   My editor Lauren Kanne was instrumental in asking questions and helping with the research as we worked together to develop the last book and wrap up the storyline of each character. 

HG: What’s next? Can we look forward to a new equestrian series from you or a potential spinoff series?

KC: I have been asked about more books and for now, my goal is to take a breather while my kids are still at home.  I have one in college, one ready to head to college and my daughter is a freshman in high school.  I have ideas on where I could go with follow on stories as I love educating myself as well as the reader in different areas of the horse industry.  And maybe it just isn’t within horse racing, but maybe some of Storm’s offspring venture into other disciplines, like eventing or showjumping.  I will have to see where my heart (and Storm, both fictional and real-life) takes me. 

Thank you so much for answering my questions, Kimberly! Excited to see what is in store for you next!! Chloe votes that Storm’s offspring enter the showjumping stadium!

Kimberly and her horse, Lilly.

New Color Drop from myMareCo

You might recall my post a few months ago about a company called myMareCo. myMareCo sells sweat wicking headbands that fit over your hairnet and under your helmet, designed to keep the sweat out of your eyes. They quickly became a barn favorite! For a quick refresh on this new company and to read my review of their headbands, follow the link HERE.

The initial launch of myMareCo came with 6 colors of headbands in varying solid and patterned colors. Since it was during the spring/summer, some of the colors were bright and cheery, like hot pink and a marbled purple. After a successful product launch, myMareCo is back with new color designs to choose from. Colors in this grouping range from warm solids to conservative patterns. I am more of a solid color kind of girl, but I do love the neutral undertones in the patterns. The hunter green solid is also one of my all time favorites. I think it really compliments both Chloe and Hamster!

It’s important to note that nothing about the size or fit has changed and the headbands can still be used for any athletic activity. You can also still purchase the original colors as well.

All headbands available now at myMareCo. Shop NOW!

Saddlebox: A review by Chloe.

Saddlebox promises to be a box of happiness for your horse. Therefore, it was only natural that they asked me, Chloe, the world’s premiere horse blogger, to review their subscription box. After my minion, Andrea, opened the box for me (I’m all hooves), I got to work and quickly accessed the goods.

Noms. There were two bags of quality horse treats. TWO! And they were both full size bags – not the little sample bags that typically come in other boxes. Thanks to Saddlebox, Andrea’s tack trunk now has 1lb of bite-sized Apple Nuggets and her grooming tote is well stocked with Claeys peppermint candies. These treats are so delicious that I don’t mind doing 100 neck stretches for them.

Grooming. There were a few items in the box related to horse grooming. I am pretty clean most of the time, but have you seen some of those gross geldings? Yikes! I was happy to see the Epona grooming mitt in the box. Andrea misplaced my old one and these mitts are great for removing sweat marks. Not that I sweat of course. The mitts also help stimulate my natural sheen and can be used wet or dry. The box also came with a very soft palm-sized face brush made by Decker. I really appreciated this because I detest when Andrea uses a stiff brush on my face! Would she like me to use a stiff brush on her face? I don’t think so! A fancy (as far as hoof picks can be fancy) wooden hoof pick by Epona was also included. It has a leather tag that makes it easy to hang up in the grooming stall so that everyone has a hoof pick handy. Lastly, the Tough-1 Shedding Blade is sure to give Andrea delight this time of year, as my winter coat is in and the dull dander on my romp gives her heart palpitations.

Owner Gifts. Andrea is never going to purchase a subscription box that doesn’t benefit her in some way (hmph) so Saddlebox correctly assumed they have to include a few owner gifts in there. Heaven forbid that the majestic animal that carts you around weekly is pampered! Anyway, this box came with a horse patterned light weight scarf, which Andrea loved, and a decorative Western boot that would apparently (according to Andrea) look cute in a book case.

Details. For a one-time box the price is $45 total. Sign-up for 3 consecutive monthly boxes and the price drops to $40 total per box. For a year membership, the boxes decrease by 33%. I am not a mathematician but it sounds like a pretty good deal to me, if you like getting monthly surprises in the mail and you like giving back to your horse, the one that works tirelessly to carry you around and make it look effortless… 🙂

Sign up for your box here and it will ship for FREE, TODAY!!!! You heard that right. It ships today, and then each subsequent box will ship on the 15th of every month. And there are no shipping fees, ever! You’re welcome!

xo Chloe the horse.

BE YOU. BE RIATA.

Original Sun Hats for An Original You.

Custom RIATA

I had the most fun working with Jill Slater, the creative genius behind RIATA. Somehow I spent the last 5 years without a RIATA, but luckily, through Instagram referrals, Jill came to my rescue. For those that do not yet know, a RIATA is a custom straw hat, made of vintage and designer fabrics, and hand-crafted by Jill. I am fancy, so I adorned both my RIATAS with embellished brooches. I call RIATAS custom because you work personally with Jill throughout the entire creative design process.

Starting is simple. You simply go to the Order page here and fill out the Contact Me form at the bottom of the page. Jill will email you with a list of questions in an effort to get a better understanding of your personality and personal style. I encourage you to browse some of the pictures on her website, or even Instagram, to get some inspiration. Once your answers are received, Jill will then email or text you with different fabric selections based on your answers. This is the fun part! There are so many unique designs and colors to select from. You continue to communicate back and forth with Jill until your personal fabric choice has been made and then Jill will send you a picture of your pinned RIATA for your approval.

Custom RIATA Visor

RIATAS are perfect for protecting your face from the harsh sun and keeping yourself cool around the barn and at horse shows. I have taken my RIATA visor to the beach too. The fabric and optional embellishments allow you to remain your stylish self wherever you are, while simultaneously protecting your pretty face and neck.

I would be shirking my blogger duties if I didn’t also add that Jill is the nicest and most humble person, which honestly adds to the entire process. I quickly selected my visor design…the skull and bones design and sparkly brooch really spoke to me. I must have been going through something at the time! For my larger RIATA, however, I was stumped. Jill gave me so many perfect options that I just could not decide. So I presented the fabrics to my Instagram followers and they made the final fabric decision for me. The fabric has a vintage feel, with a soft baby blue color, and Jill finished it off with some vintage bling, based on my ” ALWAYS YES TO BLING” questionnaire answer. The final result was pretty much perfection and I quietly packed away all my other sun hats :).

For your own RIATA, use my code HORSEGLAM to get 10% off. BE YOU and have so much fun in the process! Shop HERE.

Be The Hostess With The Mostess

PC: Vagabond House

Have you ever been to a social gathering and wondered where the host or hostess found such fabulous serving pieces and home decor? Well, the secret is out. Vagabond House specializes in fine tableware, serveware and giftware. The pieces are stylish without sacrificing an ounce of tradition, and they seamlessly transition from casual to formal settings. Handcrafted from natural materials, with many touches of the highest quality pewter, almost every piece looks like a family heirloom… but one you are happy to inherit!

Be sure to take some time to explore Vagabond House in its entirety, but definitely don’t miss out on the new Equestrian Collection. Among other goodies, you will find pewter and wood serving trays, a stone and pewter sugar/creamer set, lots of pewter flatware, and a porcelain/pewter stirrup dessert stand. Seriously, if you can browse this Equestrian Collection and not feel like you want to host an afternoon tea (after a foxhunt in the English countryside) I will be impressed!

I like to host simple birthday parties or small get togethers, so for me, the cheese/dessert stand was perfect. This stand is made from hand-blown, sturdy glass with a horse bit attached to the glass top. A hand-crafted leather knob handle sits on top so you can easily move the glass dome without creating fingerprint smudges on the glass. In this particular set, there are three different heights to choose from. One stand is fun, but having two or more at staggered heights would also be eye catching.

Horse Bit Glass Dome
PC: Shannen Smyth Photography

The holidays are coming up which makes it a great time to update your dinerware and home decor. I know I am going to be ordering some special pieces for Thanksgiving from Vagabond House. The addition of the Equestrian Collection will make it hard to stop at just one item in my shopping cart!

Hello, Corro…We’ve Been Waiting For You.

Introducing Corro, a fresh new equestrian retailer and one-stop shop for all your horsey and stable needs. With fantastic customer service and goods promised “at the best prices guaranteed,” you might just have a new favorite online tack store. And honestly, it just feels good to shop somewhere different from the “big” guys, if you know what I mean!

The next show I am going to is in October and I plan to do a division on Hamster, as well as help groom for Charlottetowne Stable. At a big show, it is super easy to misplace things and feel disorganized by the 4th day, especially if everyone is sharing supplies! This time, I wanted to create my own Hamster-friendly show supplies in an effort to feel more organized and help calm my show nerves. Luckily, Corro was there to help me get started. The website was very easy to use and simple to search for specific items. I also saw new brands that I hadn’t heard of before and I really appreciated that. I sent a few questions to one of the shop consultants and she was quick to answer and offer suggestions. It really was a great first experience.

Hamster unboxing his show goodies from Corro!

Look inside my order and you can see that it is pretty diverse!

  1. Jolly Stall Snack. Hamster is 5 and wants constant attention at his stall, especially at shows when there is extra aisle foot traffic. This Jolly Snack will hopefully make him more content having alone time!
  2. To help brighten his light coat and enhance his dapples, I got the Vetrolin White ‘N Brite Shampoo. Don’t let the word “white” scare you, it works just as well on darker coats too, without bleaching them out.
  3. My favorite tail detangler recently switched manufacturers, so I was up for trying a common barn favorite: Cowboy Magic Detangler & Shine. Poor Hamster’s tail needs all the help it can get!
  4. Knotty Horse Apricot Oil Highlighting Coat Shine. Knotty Horse is a brand I am not familiar with but Corro had great things to say about them. I was looking for a finishing spray, something I could use as a groom minutes before show prep. I really look forward to giving this product a try on both Ham and Chloe. It will be interesting to see how it does on two different colored coats.
  5. Sole Pack Medicated Hoof Packing. I probably should have gotten the individual use “paddies” for easier show use, but this large quantity is great to have on the trailer in case you need it. We have definitely been to a few show venues here in the South where the footing hasn’t been the best, so sometimes we have to stay ahead of potential sore feet.
  6. Poor little Hamster was getting a rub from one of his older bell boots, so I thought these Centaur Fleece Cuff Bell Boots would do the trick and help prevent two things we definitely do not want to see at the horse show: an ugly rub and a missing shoe!
  7. To keep tack and my tall boots looking show ready, Corro suggested the Effax Leather Combination Cleaner. I like it because it does not leave a greasy residue behind.
  8. Hamster is not going to like this one, but the Slow Hay Feeder will help slow his hay chomping down and hopefully not only help the barn’s hay bill, but will also curb some of that stall boredom I referred to above.

Whether you ride English or Western, all of your horse and stable shopping needs are just a click away. Also worth noting is the guaranteed prices. If you find an item for cheaper elsewhere, they will match it or better. Corro also guarantees receipt of purchases within 5 business days and shipping is free when you spend over $99. In essence, your complete satisfication is guaranteed when you shop Corro.

Use code HORSEGLAM at checkout and receive an additional 10% off your total order! Visit CORRO to get started now!

The Hippest Rider’s Wristlet

The Hippest Rider’s Wristlet

The Rider’s Wristlet from Black Knight Accessories is just what it sounds like. It is a leather wristlet, with zip compartments that can hold multiple items (like keys, phone, treats, chapstick, money). It can also be worn four different ways, but more on that later. Without hesitation, The Rider’s Wristlet, or “RW,” is one of my most loved items in my closet. Oh, let me count the ways…

Safety. I often ride alone. Chloe, even at 19, is unpredictable. It’s nice to know that if I did fall off, I could call for help because my phone would be by my side. I imagine it would be invaluable for those of us that like to ride on the trails or do cross country!

Convenience. It is sooo nice to have all your must-haves on your person, hands-free. No more looking for my phone at the barn. At horseshows, it is even more of a blessing. Now it is easier for those last minute phone calls or texts from the show ring, back to the barn, looking for a number or an extra ear plug. If I need to grab something to eat, my credit card is already on me and I don’t have to trek back to the barn or car to get money.

Versatility. My RW can be worn four different ways. So basically you get four different options for the price of one. Winning! Are you ready? 1. It can be used as a regular, mainstream wristlet. It comes with a snazzy strap that attaches when needed. 2. Add a youthful crosstie body chain when you want to use your RW as a crossbody. I love this feature and I love the chain aesthetics. My RW has accompanied me to concerts, girls’ nights out and shopping trips. 3. Leave your RW naked (strapless) and drop it in your bigger bag or show trunk as a wallet or organizer. 4. As previously discussed, attach to a belt for hands free storage and convenience. The RW can attach to any belt with its simple snap closure or you can take your purchase to the next level by ordering a belt like this one from Black Knight Accessories.

Put your name on it. I wouldn’t be a true equestrian if I didn’t want to monogram everything. Black Knight also gives you the option of including a “name plate” and of course I wanted to put “Horse Glam” on there. The color of the plate and type of font is fully customizable.

Stylish. I can honestly say I have never seen a RW that I haven’t liked. The color combinations are endless, the leather textures are numerous. I already have my eyes on this one, and I just received mine this summer!

Join the Round Table and get your Black Knight RW here. Use code HORSEGLAM for 10% off!! If you have any questions, drop her an email – her customer service is great!

Quality Tack For Less. Much Less.

This beautiful, fancy stitched, square-raised bridle and matching fancy stitched reins will cost you only $205. Yes! That is not a typo. Bridle + Reins = $205. You = happy.

Hamster, wearing the Fancy Stitched bridle from Pure Harmony Equine Apparel
PC: Jennifer Blades Photography

In a sport where almost every big purchase requires you to eat a week’s worth of Ramen, finding good and quality deals is a game changer. Especially for something as important as your tack. Pure Harmony Equine Apparel offers you beautiful leather pieces at prices you can afford and they also have customer service you won’t find at the bigger stores. Owner, Lisa Updike, is not only knowledgable and responsive but she is adamant about helping you find near custom-like pieces for your horse. She treats every purchase like it is $1,000 and she takes great pride in outfitting your horse correctly. When I was placing Hamster’s bridle order, she requested me to do multiple measurements to his current bridle, in an effort to get the best fit. After she received the numbers, she suggested that Hamster have a bridle that was part Horse size and part Cob size. The result was a perfect fit. My trainer was so impressed, she immediately ordered a second bridle for a new horse at the barn. Note that when you mix sizing, it can cost up to $1o more.

Pure Harmony Equine Apparel is the exclusive dealer in the US of White Medallion Italian leather. Lisa even visited the leather factory to make sure the facility and the product was up to her standards. This level of care and pride in her store is a reflection of the quality tack and customer service you will receive. In fact, prior to receiving the bridle, I also received a leather show halter for Hamster. After it arrived and we put it on him, I thought that it would be better in the smaller Cob size. I messaged Lisa, with pictures, and she agreed. The exchange was easy and fast.

Before I sent the Horse sized Fancy Stitch and Padded halter back, we borrowed a larger horse, Aracino, and snapped this picture below. Like the bridles, the halters come in numerous styles, leather and hardware colors and even price points. This particular halter is priced at $135, but the Standard halter is almost half that price if you are not in the market for a show halter.

Aracino in the Fancy Stitched Halter from Pure Harmony Equine Apparel
PC: Jennifer Blades Photography

I am so pleased to have met Lisa, and to have learned more about the various products she provides through Pure Harmony Equine Apparel. It is nice to know that quality tack and equipment does not have to break the bank.

Everyday with Dapplebay

Dapplebay Sunshine & Horses Tshirt
PC: Shannen Smyth Photography

If you are looking for casual clothing with an equestrian touch, or even an easy gift for your horsey friend, I am confident you can find what you are looking for at Dapplebay. Dapplebay has apparel and accessories that are fun, fresh and often sport a cute or witty equestrian theme. From cellphone cases to baseball hats, Dapplebay has got you covered.

I get so many comments about my Dapplebay iPhone case that says something we all have thought from one time or another: “I like horses not people.” Naturally I have the matching t-shirt which is a necessary staple for those rough Mondays! Dapplebay t-shirts come in slim cut and boyfriend tee styles, but I tend to gravitate to fits that are looser like the boyfriend t-shirts. They tuck in easily and I feel more comfortable with the extra material to spare, especially if I want to half tuck it in.

I Like Horses Not People, T-shirt and Cell Case
PC: Shannen Smyth Photography

I am obsessed with my “Good Rides Only” cropped hooded sweatshirt (also comes in non-hooded option) and cannot wait for temperatures to dip lower in the fall so I can wear it weekly! To say it is soft and comfy is an understatement. The fleece interior, dropped shoulder and extra long arms are so cozy. I love the play on the popular saying “Good Vibes Only” too. If you like this phrase, you can find it on t-shirts here.

If you like my vintage black cotton twill hat, then be sure to visit this link where you can pick from numerous equestrian sayings. I loved the fit of this hat so much that I asked Dapplebay if I could get one that had Horse Glam on it! It fits low, relaxed and snug on my head.

Also worth mentioning is that Dapplebay has a NEW kids line, where most of the adult sized apparel is available in kids/youth, sizes 2-12. Leah was so nice to send Logan a t-shirt and she couldn’t wait to wear it to ride her first pony ever, Chase! When she saw that I had the matching t-shirt she about jumped for joy, it was so funny!

Thanks Dapplebay for giving us a sneak peak of your new lifestyle collection! Can’t wait to see what is next!

Logan wearing size 2 in Dapplebay Kids

Keep a Cool Head.

Wearing a navy myMareCo moisture wicking headband

It is 9:30am. I am at the barn ready to ride Chlo and I am already sweating before I even sit on the saddle. Welcome to summer in North Carolina…and sometimes spring, fall and winter. Of course, wearing a ginormous black helmet on your head with little ventilation, under the intense beating sun isn’t the most ideal method for staying cool. I’d rather be safe than cool and sorry though. When I am riding and sweat starts trickling underneath my helmet, down my forehead and into my eyes, I use my forearm to wipe it away. Each time I do this maneuver, I can’t help but be aware of the unpleasant sensation of the dust and grime on my bare arm sticking to my wet face.

This is where myMareCo enters the picture. myMareCo sells a moisture-wicking headband designed to keep any sweat from your head off your face. The headband has a wide band, stretching even wider when on your head. It slides over your ears, right over your hairnet. It’s very comfortable and sleek, without any bulk, so it will not affect your helmet size. When riding or walking around, you will forget it is there. We had a heat wave recently and I used it in temperatures of 94 degrees. My face was still wet, but it was not from sweat dripping down my forehead. The headband effectively caught all the moisture and kept it out of my eyes. I was also surprised to see how quickly it dried, making it easy to store for next time. An adult rider borrowed one of the headbands and had this to say: “One of the best things about this headband is I no longer have to worry about looking like I dunked my head in water during my ride. As someone who is a big sweater when I ride, I really enjoyed the headbands ability to keep it under control and from being absorbed into my helmet. It’s super thin and fits comfortably under my helmet.

The over-the-ears feature also helps to keep earbuds in. Many people ride while listening to music and the headband keeps the earbuds locked in place while cantering around. This would be helpful when running, doing yoga or other active activities as well. myMareCo was created by an avid equestrian, but the headband is versatile and can be used for any activity where you want to keep the hair and sweat out of your face. My mom has asked to borrow one for Pickleball (similar to Tennis).

Another feature advertised is that the headband helps to keep glasses from slipping down the bridge of your nose. I asked a Junior rider at my barn (who wears glasses and has this problem) to try the headband out for purposes of this review. She reported back that while her glasses slipped “only a tiny bit” she definitely noticed an improvement with the headband. She plans to keep on using the it when she rides.

Wearing a black myMareCo headband.

The myMareCo headband comes in numerous colors and patterns. Some are bright and feature pink, purple, white and green. However, if I am going to use the headband for riding, I prefer the solid, more conservative colors like black, white and navy. I think they blend in with my hair and my helmet and do not distract from my overall look. With over six colors to chose from, the myMareCo headband comes in enough colors to guarantee that you will match your outfit. They also come in packs of 2, 3 or 4 and can be hand washed. Currently priced between $10 and $16, depending on quantity, with free Amazon Prime shipping options. Additionally, they have a money back guarantee. You have nothing to lose by trying them!

Buy your myMareCo headband HERE.

Horse, Wash Your Face.

Introducing Equi-Clean Grooming Wipes

You will find face wipes in my bathroom, baby wipes in my car, and now, horse grooming wipes in my tack trunk. Baby wipes have always been part of my horse grooming routine, but NOW that Equi-Clean makes pre-moistened wipes in horse size, I only have to use one, instead of three regular-sized wipes per horse ear! It’s also nice to now know that I am using wipes on Chloe’s sensitive areas that are specifically designed with horses in mind and contain anti-fungal/anti-bacterial properties to help prevent fungus on the face, legs and body. No harsh chemicals here. In fact, they are made with the following natural herbs:  Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Comfrey, Lavender and Thyme. Of course Chloe’s wipes sound better than my own face wipes! Typical!

These wipes are not just for your horse’s eyes, ears and mouth, however. You can use them anywhere on your horse’s body that you want to remove dander, condition and create shine. Hence, cutting your grooming time down quite noticeably. In addition, the wipes are safe to use on your tack and riding boots (I didn’t hesitate to use them on my own Parlanti Boots). Because of this time and space saver, I took the package ring-side with me to our last horse show at Tyron International. As one of the show grooms, I was thankful that I did not have to lug around a stiff brush, wet towel and Show Sheen. Instead, I replaced the aforementioned items with my Equi-Clean Wipes.

At the horse show, I used the wipes when a horse was on deck. The wipes easily took care of any sweat marks, sandy legs, bit slobber, etc. The pre-moistened feature was a godsend for the rider’s tall boots, horse boots (if jumpers/eq) and sweaty reins/dirty bridles. It is also worth mentioning that one wipe not only could be used for multiple horses, but it also was so large that it stayed moistened for hours (note that I had the wipe in my tote, out of the direct sun).

This brings me to my next comment. When I first heard about Equi-Clean wipes, my first thought was “I wonder what makes this different than the generic baby wipes I am already using”. Besides being formulated for horses, the answer is the size! These wipes unfold to be about 10 times the size of a baby wipe, which makes sense since Chloe is 10 times the size of a toddler! And for those with dogs (and cats, if you have a death wish), these wipes can be used on all of our 4 legged friends, so you can toss your shampoos!

To scoop your very own horse-sized grooming wipes, you can click here. Priced currently at $24.95, each package contains 25 extra large wipes (23.5″ x 16″) that will last you multiple uses per wipe.

CODE: For 15% off these wipes and FREE shipping, use code: HORSEGLAM15 at checkout! Must order 2+ to get discount.

Pro-Tip: Place the wipes in a fridge or cooler and have a refreshing cleansing experience for your horse or you! Treat yo ‘self!

How to Talk to Horses.

We have all wondered, and even joked, about what our horses would say if they could talk. I have a whole blog section called Chloe’s Chatter dedicated to giving Chloe a voice. As most suspect, that voice is arguably my sassy alter-ego. I think to some degree we all do this with our horses. Horses are our teammates and best confidants. They are partners who we have an intense working relationship with, and therefore it is easy to overly humanize them. It is easy to start envisioning their voices sounding similar to our own.

I have contacted Debbie McGillivray a few times over the last decade. The most recent time was about 5 years ago. Debbie is a real horse whisperer, using telepathy to communicate. She works countless hours a week taking phone calls from people all over the world who want to talk with their animals. She also has 3 books and conducts online workshops on the topic.

Like our past conversations, we started with what Chloe wanted to talk about. She complained about the “annoying horse” in the paddock adjacent to her (I witnessed and even took pictures of her a few hours earlier trying to bite him over the fence and herding her girlfriend away from him). She let me know that I spend too much time talking when I ride her (guilty as charged). She commented that a change to the hay was causing her stomach to feel very sensitive and gassy (I confirmed a recent hay change). During her body scan, Debbie noted 3 main issues (lower right side of the back, right hip and left shoulder) that match Chloe’s recent chiropractic chart. Debbie also mentioned that Chloe’s left front foot, for lack of a better phrase, dragged the ground. My farrier came out a week later and confirmed that was a common issue for her.

Knowing that I intended to blog about my conversation, I asked Debbie for something more from Chloe that would let me know she was really talking to her. I wanted to be able to show my husband and any “neigh” sayers that this was for real. I didn’t want anything that could be general to most horses. And this is where I think I let my over-humanization of Chloe cloud my judgment. In reality, I was looking for Debbie to come back with a personal story that only me and Chloe knew about. I basically wanted Chloe to tell me something like you see on a medium show – I wanted her to say, “Remember that time we were on a trail ride and you lost your keys when I spooked at the deer”? However, instead, these are the 3 things Chloe came back with.

  1. Her left eye was watering and irritating and really bothering her. Like I previously mentioned, I was at the barn earlier that day. When I went out to give her treats with the kids, I noticed that her left eye (not her right) was really watering (it had the discharge half way down her face). I had my kids and I just didn’t have time or the ability to deal with it, but I vividly recalled it. However, I still wasn’t too impressed. After all, this wasn’t the smoking gun that I was looking for.
  2. She said that her pasture-mate was very stiff and sore in her right hind hock. I have since confirmed this with my trainer and the owner of the mare, but at the time I had no knowledge of it. Again, it wasn’t what I was wanting to hear so I sort of dismissed it.
  3. Lastly, Chloe referenced a big barn change. Debbie got the intense feeling that it was a horse that recently left. I had no idea what she meant. The last horse left months ago and I didn’t think Chloe had even ever noticed him to begin with. I thought perhaps she meant Stella, who had left on the trailer earlier that day for a day trip. However when I described Stella as a bay horse, Debbie said it wasn’t her. She continued to reference a big change in the barn and a horse leaving. I just had no clue what she was talking about and honestly was disappointed that after 10 years together this was the best that Chloe could do.

I cringe when I recall saying to Debbie, “Oh typical, Chloe. Not giving me what I want from her.” Looking back, with the new information gained just 15 minutes after my phone conversation with Chloe, and my taking the time to process everything, Chloe was giving me exactly what I was asking from her. I, as perhaps is typical, just wasn’t listening.

Like I mentioned earlier, I am guilty of humanizing Chloe. I want her to think like me. I wanted her to tell me a story. But at the end of the day, she is a horse. She can’t think in terms of stories or complex thoughts. She feels and thinks in the present. So when I asked her for proof, she gave me 3 things that were in the moment, things that if I were there I could verify. Her eye WAS watering, it was irritating to her in that exact moment. The horse who she was in the pasture with during my phone call, IS stiff and sore in her right hind hock. And unbeknownst to me, at the exact time of my phone call, there was a big change occurring in the barn. A horse did leave. A horse that was not a bay.

When I got off the phone, I immediately reached out to Jackie (trainer/friend) to let her know about my conversation. Jackie was emotional when I talked to her. Less than an hour earlier, at the exact moment of my 25 minute conversation with Debbie, a horse was put down after complications from a recent injury. After recovering from my initial sadness upon this news, the realization of what Chloe said really hit me. She was right. This was indeed a big change and someone did leave. It is a small barn, and the horse was arguably Jackie’s favorite, as well as the most successful of all our current show horses. He will truly be missed by all, and I am positive his loss is felt amongst the other horses.

So if you ask me how to talk to horses, I’d tell you that we all have the ability. Debbie’s books and workshops are geared to teaching you to communicate yourself, but if you want immediate answers from a professional, I would look no further than Debbie McGillivray. However, I think the biggest lesson gained from my recent conversation with Chloe is that perhaps talking to each other isn’t the answer. Maybe it is just as important to start listening.

To schedule a phone consultation with Debbie visit HERE.

Pictured above, Debbie McGillivray

Horse, Wash Your Face.

Introducing Equi-Clean Grooming Wipes

You will find face wipes in my bathroom, baby wipes in my car, and now, horse grooming wipes in my tack trunk. Baby wipes have always been part of my horse grooming routine, but NOW that Equi-Clean makes pre-moistened wipes in horse size, I only have to use one, instead of three regular-sized wipes per horse ear! It’s also nice to now know that I am using wipes on Chloe’s sensitive areas that are specifically designed with horses in mind and contain anti-fungal/anti-bacterial properties to help prevent fungus on the face, legs and body. No harsh chemicals here. In fact, they are made with the following natural herbs:  Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Comfrey, Lavender and Thyme. Of course Chloe’s wipes sound better than my own face wipes! Typical!

These wipes are not just for your horse’s eyes, ears and mouth, however. You can use them anywhere on your horse’s body that you want to remove dander, condition and create shine. Hence, cutting your grooming time down quite noticeably. In addition, the wipes are safe to use on your tack and riding boots (I didn’t hesitate to use them on my own Parlanti Boots). Because of this time and space saver, I took the package ring-side with me to our last horse show at Tyron International. As one of the show grooms, I was thankful that I did not have to lug around a stiff brush, wet towel and Show Sheen. Instead, I replaced the aforementioned items with my Equi-Clean Wipes.

At the horse show, I used the wipes when a horse was on deck. The wipes easily took care of any sweat marks, sandy legs, bit slobber, etc. The pre-moistened feature was a godsend for the rider’s tall boots, horse boots (if jumpers/eq) and sweaty reins/dirty bridles. It is also worth mentioning that one wipe not only could be used for multiple horses, but it also was so large that it stayed moistened for hours (note that I had the wipe in my tote, out of the direct sun).

This brings me to my next comment. When I first heard about Equi-Clean wipes, my first thought was “I wonder what makes this different than the generic baby wipes I am already using”. Besides being formulated for horses, the answer is the size! These wipes unfold to be about 10 times the size of a baby wipe, which makes sense since Chloe is 10 times the size of a toddler! And for those with dogs (and cats, if you have a death wish), these wipes can be used on all of our 4 legged friends, so you can toss your shampoos!

To scoop your very own horse-sized grooming wipes, you can click here. Priced currently at $24.95, each package contains 25 extra large wipes (23.5″ x 16″) that will last you multiple uses per wipe.

CODE: For 15% off these wipes and FREE shipping, use code: HORSEGLAM15 at checkout! Must order 2+ to get discount.

Pro-Tip: Place the wipes in a fridge or cooler and have a refreshing cleansing experience for your horse or you! Treat yo ‘self!

Not Your Basic Invites

My custom stationery created at Basic Invite.
PC: Shannen Smyth Photography

We live in a world of texting, Facebook and FaceTime, but nothing beats receiving a letter in the mail. I know I am excited when I open the mailbox and see a handwritten personal envelope, addressed to me, buried in the mass of bills and junk mail. Oftentimes, when I receive products to review from equestrian brands, a handwritten note is in the package. I always enjoy that. It feels more special knowing someone took the time to draft the note. In the past, I have looked for stationery for Horse Glam to use primarily as thank you cards to send back to the brands. Basic Invite has two of the requirements on my stationery list: custom options (so that I can upload my logo) and gold foil. I LOVE gold anything! Furthermore, not only can I add my logo to the stationery, but with over 180 colors to select from, I can perfectly match my Horse Glam color scheme.

Chat box on far right!

There were tons of samples of stationery to choose from (and even MORE wedding related paper products, if you are in the market for that), but I found one (called “painted wash”) pretty quickly that complimented the subtle watercolor design scheme of one of my Horse Glam logo sub-marks. The “Painted Wash” also was the same ballet color pink as my logo. Naturally the design I liked was not one of the ones that you could upload your logo to, as I wanted to remove the “Hello” text and just put my logo in its place. However, within seconds of me browsing the site, a chat box had popped open asking if I needed help. I decided it couldn’t hurt to ask the question: “Could they add my logo for me, even though the product I wanted to add my logo to was pre-designed?” The online rep answered momentarily and led me through the process to do it. After two rounds of instantaneous previews, I was ready to see my sample product. Actually, it was better than that…I was ready to hold my sample product.

Basic Invite is one of the only websites that I have encountered that lets you order a printed sample of the actual invitation so you can see exactly how it will print (as well as the paper quality). This surely beats having 150 invites delivered to your house only to then discover that maybe you don’t like that hot pink font after all. My sample arrived within 10 days and it looked exactly like the online preview: it was perfect! I opted for just the plain white envelope but when I place my actual order I am going to take advantage of the over 40 colors of envelopes they have available.

I look forward to ordering my custom Horse Glam stationery from Basic Invite, especially now that I know it will turn out exactly how I wanted. If only ordering my wedding invites (12 years ago) was this easy!

Collection of pretty paper from Basic Invite

wedding photo coasters favors 

wedding rsvp websites

Manhattan Saddlery House Label

Manhattan Saddlery House Label

If I could visit any tack store in the country it would definitely be Manhattan Saddlery. The only tack store located in New York City, Manhattan Saddlery has been New York’s destination for all things horse and rider since 1912. Located on 24th street in a historic, split level space, Manhattan Saddlery displays equipment, goods and apparel ranging from Jackie-O traditional and classic, to the very latest in equestrian trends.

Recently launched is the Manhattan Saddlery House Label, which features a line of items designed in-house by an experienced team of lifelong equestrians. The Claremont Belt is one of the first items released by the House Label and is named after the last riding stable in New York City. You cannot beat the look of this classic spur buckle. It instantly adds a look of equestrian sophistication to your outfit. The Claremont Belt comes in black or havana leather, with silver (nickel plated) or gold (brass) buckles, respectively. The bridle leather is top quality, deriving from a 150 year old tannery.

I love wearing equestrian pieces in the mainstream world, especially when they are subtle nods to our sport like the Claremont Belt. This belt is as easy to pair with jeans as it is with riding breeches. At 1 1/2 inches wide, I have had no problem with it fitting any of my pants, breeches or mainstream. The belt pictured is a size 30. Note that most of my belts are a size 32, but I thought sizing down would give the belt a cleaner look (I am on the last hole in this pictures). A quick way to determine your size is to measure your favorite belt from the hole most use to the start of the buckle.

The Claremont Belt is currently priced at $109, but use my code ANDREA20 for 20% off your House Label purchases at Manhattan Saddlery!

Silk Scarves: The Perfect Summer Accessory

If your outfit is missing something, but you can’t determine just what that something is, do not hesitate to grab a silk scarf. This simple, yet often overlooked fashion accessory, can immediately take your look from casual to chic. In the first picture, I was wearing a white t-shirt (you can’t get more casual than this) and riding jeans, but as soon as I tied the Belmont Scarf from Apacceli around my neck, my outfit took on a completely different vibe. Then, the same scarf, tied differently, completely dressed up my black wide-legged jumpsuit. By loosely draping it around my shoulders, my beachy jumpsuit transitioned from coffeeshop casual to cocktails with friends.

As much as I love black and white and the beautiful designs intertwined in the Belmont Scarf, I was very drawn to the cool colors in the Apacceli Preakness Scarf. This silk scarf depicts four jockeys and galloping horses, with alternating stripes in calming hues of pastel green, lilac and ivory. It is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Giving a nod to the equestrian theme, I paired the Preakness Scarf with black riding breeches with tan knee patches from LeFash. I thought the black really made the cool colors of the silk pop. Tying the scarf as a bandana gave my equestrian attire a polish and it also helped to keep those sun rays off my neck and chest. I really loved this look.

Like many people, I have always appreciated the look of a silk scarf, however I was really intimidated by them. I thought I had no idea how to tie or incorporate a scarf into my look. The goods news is twofold: 1. There are endless options for how to use and tie a silk scarf. 2. There is no wrong way to use or tie a silk scarf! Once I got over my phobia of “doing it wrong,” I recognized the positive addition they made to my wardrobe. I now look forward to the instant glam factor that a beautiful silk scarf can provide!

For other color options and designs, be sure to check out the rest of the silk scarf collection from Apacceli. There is even one for horseshow dog lovers! Reasonably priced at $89.