Good Vibes Only

Two things I can totally get behind are: good vibes and pullover sweatshirts. Put the two together and I am sold. We are in the midst of winter and so the pullover is out in full force, whether it is used as a layer on the coldest of days, or brought along just in case you may need it. Luckily Shop ECE totally gets the value of a good layering option and if you are familiar with the brand, you know that they do not do boring. All of the pullovers are embroidered with fun and cute sayings or images. This particular pullover I selected is embroidered with “good vibes” – which I love because it is something that is soooo important when I am riding. If I am in a negative mood, Chloe feeds off of it and we generally have a horrible ride together. It also is a good reminder for daily life. Spread happiness and positivity where you go – you never know when someone may need it and it always comes right back to you in the end. I personally also have the “magical AF” pullover and I wear it at least 2 times a week!!

Get your pullover HERE and hurry, each style is a limited edition and they go super fast! In fact, “magical AF” is gone! Current pricing is $45.00. Runs small so size up.

The Polished Rider: The Maya Jacket

I am loving The Polished Rider – an online equestrian retail boutique that offers everything you need to look fashionable and ride functionally.  Winter is finally here in NC with temperatures dipping into the 20s! To be honest, I was sort of excited to try out my new winter riding jacket from The Polished Rider: The Maya Jacket by Horseware Ireland.

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FASHION:

  1. The color is lovely. Olive green jacket, with brass zipper and brown suede trim.
  2. Padding lines and darts are on trend and slimming.
  3. High neckline is flattering and super cozy.
  4. Love the subtle sheen to the jacket. I could easily see myself wearing this with jeans too. AND because it is machine washable (see below) I can easily wear it outside of the barn.

FUNCTION:

  1. Machine washable! Bye-Bye horse hair!
  2. Water-repellent.
  3. Two-way zipper for riding comfortably.
  4. High collar to block the wind and other weather.
  5. Hidden hood in neckline.
  6. Pockets outside and inside. Large enough for phone and carrots.

This jacket is only $110 and ships free from The Polished Rider! Be on the lookout for more photos from one of my recent photoshoots! 🙂

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Pull One Over

If you are looking for a good layering piece, or maybe you are lucky enough to spend your winter in FL and you don’t need a winter riding coat, this Dover Cowl Neck Pullover is a good option. I picked it up at the last Dover sale and was first drawn to it because of the color. It is mostly black with herringbone print on the neck. The snap closure is offset, giving it a fashionable feel. The neckline is composed of thermal fabric and can be buttoned to provide you with a variety of neckline heights. It was perfect the other day for blocking some chilly wind during my morning lesson. Also, there are rollover mitten sleeves with thumb holes to provide extra warmth for when you forget your gloves (always me).  The pocket is large enough for a phone, but not much else.  I purchased mine on sale, but typically it is priced at $89. Not sure I would pay this much for myself, but it would make a great gift for sure.Screen Shot 2017-12-06 at 2.19.01 PM.

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When you are feeling fancy…

I love a good t-shirt. My life consists mainly of jeans, athleisure wear (okay, my fancy word for sweatpants) and breeches, so for me, having plenty of quality t-shirts to cycle through is key. While they are essential closet staples, solid white and grey t-shirts can be boring and routine. That’s why I tend to gravitate to brands like TKEQ. They have soft, quality t-shirts with single word or short phrases on them that make commonplace sense to your mainstream audience, but have underlying equestrian meanings that only other equestrians would notice. I LOVE THIS! The t-shirts come in neutral colors with a slim fit that makes them very versatile. I have worn them at the barn, shopping, and with pajamas. TKEQ is based in Canada, but the package got here cheaply and very quickly. Both shirts pictured are a size M. Hurry over to their website and browse all the major sales! Click HERE to shop!

 

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School Is In Session

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It is no joke that I wore the EQUO Schooling Pant for 3 weeks before I even wore them to the barn. When the pants came in the mail, I quickly tried them on and ended up keeping them on all day, a day that consisted of pre-school drop off, running to Target and doing my HG fitness challenge workout. It really didn’t feel odd. The pants are quite comfortable, almost like a second skin. They also do not look like riding pants to the untrained eye – so I am pretty sure every non-horse person figured I was wearing trendy athleisure wear.

I think my favorite part is the waist band. It folds over and makes the tummy area so flattering, even after two kids. The extra width of the folded area makes it relaxing to sit without feeling like you are being cut in half by the elastic. I also can attest that it never rode up – something it promises on their website. Once you got the pants in place, they do not move. My second favorite part was the design. I wasn’t prepared to like the grips so much. Something about the texture, subtleness and grip placement made me feel like an action figure, but in a cool, kick butt way! I also love that EQUO is spelled out in the grips. Again, this is something I didn’t think I would like so much, but I really do.

Don’t let the term “schooling pant” fool you either. These pants are designed to endure any sort of schooling ride or lesson.

I am wearing XS (I wear a 26R in breeches) and they fit like a glove. I think they would be too big in my lower leg if I ordered a S, but a S probably could have worked too. The color I have on is “Gray”.

MSRP: $199.99; Use “CHLOE” for a 10% discount!

To BUY, click HERE!

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EQUO – Your New Favorite Source For Equestrian Apparel

I first heard about EQUO thanks to an Instagram story featuring their “Champagne & Horses” cover up. Champagne AND horses? These are two of my favorite things so I just had to figure out the source of this shirt and I had to have it!!  I found EQUO’s website and I quickly realized that I needed a second coverup – one that, according to my trainer, describes all of my lessons perfectly. I am sadly referencing the “Finding a Distance” cover up. 🙂

The coverups are super soft and light-weight. They have wider necklines because they are designed to be used as a layer when riding. The wider opening means you can take it off, or put it on, without removing your helmet. Safety first! I don’t know about you, but I am always discarding layers when I ride, so I thought this was sort of genius. Additionally, if you are at a competition, you can wear it over your white show shirt and keep yourself clean…well as clean as one can be around horses! I’ve had mine for a few weeks now and I have actually been wearing it mostly alone, either with schooling breeches or with jeans. Sometimes when I am just running errands, I put a sports bra underneath it and wear it off the shoulder. It really is quite versatile and both shirts come in a few different color selections. I really like the “wine” color above though. It would look great with dark breeches or jeans! I am wearing a size Medium below for reference, but I think I would have been okay with a Small too.

MSRP $49.00, but use Coupon Code “chloe” for 10% off storewide!

To purchase a coverup, CLICK HERE!!

 

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How ‘Bout Them Dapples

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Leah Kaufmann is back!! Leah started Dapplebay Inc., an equestrian clothing and accessory line, in 2011. She sold DB in 2015, but you don’t really forget about your first love, do you?  As fate should have it, Leah had a chance to buy DB back and now she is holding the reins again, energized and more excited than ever to release new styles and designs, even a new logo. Leah hand draws all the designs herself and each item is made in the USA. We were able to get our hooves on a brand new item, and bonus for us, it is a something we wear non-stop as soon as the weather gets below 55 degrees! Wait for it, wait for it…Dapplebay Inc., Leggings!!!

There are many colors to choose from. Seriously, every color you could possibly need or want for a legging. I happen to have black, grey and purple. The leggings are covered in DB’s signature Eventing, Hunter/Jumper or Dressage designs.  The fit for me was spot on. I ordered a Small,  based on the size I wear in breeches and they fit me perfectly. I like the soft and relaxing feel to them, but they also feel more substantial than I anticipated. Sometimes I hear the word “legging” and I worry that the material will be too thin.  OH, I also LOVED where the waist band hit me. It was the perfect mid-rise without being “mom-ish”, but still offering great coverage in case you want to go eat tacos and 20 lbs of chips/queso dip after your workout or ride. 🙂 Everyone does that too, right??

I have worn these about 7 times so far, and rode in them once (perfect for a light hack, but note that they do not have knee patches and I rode in my halfchaps), and they have not stretched out or lost their shape. Color is still as vibrant too. For $48 each, you can’t beat it. If you are looking for a versatile equestrian closet staple that won’t break your wallet, what are you waiting for? Click HERE TO BUY !

Colors shown below: Black, Grey, Purple (Hunter/Jumper); Size SMALL. Price $48.

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