Introducing LD Equestrian

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tara Kiwi Kids

Tara Kiwi Kids

I have been a fan of Tara Kiwi t-shirts for many years now. The brand has a modern Californian feel with a strong nod to classic equestrian images, two descriptions that do not typically get said in the same sentence.  Tara Kiwi seamlessly, and quite effortlessly, pulls of the style combination. The color palettes are soft and cheerful, easily pared with jeans, gym shorts or breeches. I also really appreciate that Tara Kiwi has a large kids selection. Now that I have a 2 year old daughter I am always on the lookout for cute kid-sized equestrian clothing. Surprisingly, it is harder to find than I thought it would be and it is even harder to find kids clothes that are not obnoxious or cheesy. Tara Kiwi is neither.

The “Helmet and Boot Wreath” is one of my favorites – I actually have this same print in adult size for myself (navy). The helmet/boot image is as traditional english as you can get but the hot pink t-shirt gives it a playfulness that is perfect for ages 2-14. I should add that the t-shirt is more of muted hot pink, as you can see from the pictures. Claudia is wearing a size 8. This t-shirt also comes in grey.

The “Roman Horse” is inspired by vintage stock pins and equestrian jewelry. I swear I had a ratcatcher pin exactly like this when I did Walk-Trot as a kid! The horse head is pictured over a riding whip. Jenna is wearing a size 10 in Cancun Blue. T-shirt also comes in grey.

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Why have just one horse when you can have 16 horses? “Gaits of a Horse” is one of the best selling designs and depicts all 4 gaits of the horse. This was the first design collaboration with talented artist Danielle Demers (who you may know from Dapplebay, Inc.) and Tara Leu, the owner of Tara Kiwi. This shirt also comes in hot pink and cancun blue.

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One thing I really appreciate about the t-shirts is they are long enough to easily tuck in, with no worries about them coming untucked over the lonnnng spot fence or when your pony is dragging you over to the clovers! All shirts are pre-shrunk and made from 100% cotton (or organic cotton). Each design is made and screen printed in California.

Free shipping on all orders over $75.

 

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I am in love with Nora.

Out with the old and in with the Nora. The “Nora” softshell jacket, by R.J. Classics, presents a modern fitted, performance enhanced show coat, without sacrificing the traditional hunt look. Gone are the days of the heavy wool-blends. Show coats now are all about performance, fit and convenience.

PERFORMANCE. The half-lined mesh interior is less restrictive when you are riding, promotes better ventilation and helps to streamline the overall shape of the jacket. No more extra bulk wearing you down, preventing full range of motion or making you over-heated.

FIT. The Nora has a hidden interior zipper (I had no clue until I borrowed one for a picture before purchasing my own!) that provides a tailored look and prevents any unsightly gapping. There are 3 exterior buttons, maintaining the traditional hunter/jumper look.

CONVENIENCE.  The jacket can be machine washed (be sure to read care instructions first!), which is so much more convenient than going to the dry cleaner (and cheaper!). The fabric also has antimicrobial properties that help tp prevent odors and it easily wipes off, so you have a better chance of getting more than 1 day out of it at the show. According to the website, the the softshell is moisture wicking and has UPF 50 protection.

I would say the fit is true to the size chart. Also comes in Black, Green and Grey. Navy is pictured. Click HERE to buy.

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Born To Ride with BOTORI

Born To Ride with BOTORI

Chances are good that you have heard about BOTORI. BOTORI is short for Born To Ride and is a new company created by two avid equestrian friends who wanted more from their riding attire. The founders, PJ and Angela, are very relatable. They are amateur riders that are passionate about their sport. They also are working professionals, with demanding careers and schedules, juggling riding, work, families, pets, errands and favorite Netflix shows just like the rest of us. They needed a riding pant that would seamlessly transition with them throughout their busy days. BOTORI’s first riding pant named “Gina” was released this Winter and I was one of the first lucky customers.

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Comfortable, Flexible, Retains shape. Each day I have worn the Gina pants I have had them on for more than 8 hrs. This includes all day long at a horse show, but more typically I have worn them to ride in the AM and then to run around doing errands afterwards. The fit is like a second skin and the material is very soft and breathable. It is basically like wearing Lululemon with suede knee patches. They are very flexible but they retain their shape. There isn’t any stretching out, which I LOVE because I feel like everything I own pants-wise stretches so much that Chloe can get in there with me by the end of the day. In fact, since they don’t stretch and they never look dirty (see below), I have worn them multiple times before washing.

Easily Wipes Off. You might have caught some of my Instagram stories on this, but Chloe challenged BOTORI to a duel and well, BOTORI won. After an intense Chloe grooming session, filled with dander and short horse hairs, my BOTORI easily brushed clean, much to Chloe’s dismay. In fact, even at the horse show (as mentioned above) the dust did not stick.

Pocket Perfection. There are two cell phone sized pockets on either size of the pants. Made of breathable mesh, they are not obvious (unless being used). I love the pockets because when I am at the barn, I usually only bring my phone with me, leaving everything else in the car. Now, I won’t misplace my phone 10 times and I can have it on me when I am riding, so I can listen to music, check the time, answer any important messages and/or take pics of Chloe’s cute ears. There is also an obvious safety aspect to it if you are riding alone, which I do most frequently. At the horse show, I even carried cash in them, but typically I just have my phone in there.

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Not see through. Enough said.

Breathable fabric, versatile in different temperatures. The first day I had them on, I wore them to a horse show, where the weather fluctuated from 40s to high 60’s and then back to chilly.  Despite the variation in temperatures, I was always comfortable in the pants.  The inside is lined with a thin layer of thermal material to help keep you warm in the chilly weather, so it will not be suitable for the NC hot summers, just FYI. BUT, they are coming out with a Summer pant!!

I have the BLACK pants, but they come in a dark grey as well. I wear a size SMALL and I would say they are true to size. Sizes range from XS – XL. The waistband is high and ribbed, which I really like. I was pulling it up more than I wanted to, but I think that is more of a nervous habit of mine rather than a fit issue, as I didn’t notice I was doing it until someone commented about it. I also really liked the ankle cuffs, which are also ribbed and snug, but still comfortable. They easily fit under chaps or boots, and look great with non-equestrian shoes when you are running errands.

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Final note: If you are looking for an affordable, modern and comfortable riding pant that you can wear to the barn, and all the hours in between, you should give BOTORI a try. The Gina is currently on sale for $95. Click HERE to check it out.

Boho Equestrian Chic

When I am asked to describe my style I have no idea how to label myself. The only thing I can ever think to say is that I really like to “appear” effortless and casual. I love layers and oversized or unrestrictive tops. For this reason, I was really excited to try a few pieces from an Australian company called HORSELY.  HORSELY has an entire page dedicated to Boho style, and it is there that I found two of my new layering pieces for Winter/Spring.

The Baha Boutique Knitted Pullover is the perfect accessory to any outfit. It is embroidered with large and intricately designed flowers that nearly pop right off the sweater. The flowers are colorful (red, blue, yellow, green) but they are set in a warm gray tone that help pull the look into a more neutral palette. I wore mine with hunter green riding breeches in the pictures, but it goes great with dark skinny jeans and heels too. The website has it paired with white jeans, which is a fun idea for Spring/Summer, especially for cooler nights when you may be eating/hanging outside.

The Baha’s fit is best described as slouchy. The sleeves are very long and flowy and the overall width of the sweater is loose and unrestrictive. It is shorter in the front and looks best when it is halfway tucked in. The quality of the sweater is very good – it isn’t thin – it really will act as a layering piece and help keep you warm, all the while looking cute.

I stepped out of my comfort zone of neutrals when I tried the Tribal Print Bohemian Jacket. IT WAS SO FUN! Again, this is another HORSELY piece that you do not have to worry with accessorizing because it is the accessory! I wore mine with breeches and a pocket tank underneath for the pictures, but once it warms up I am definitely going to try layering it over a dress. It really can be dressed up (maxi dress) or dressed down (black t-shirt and jeans) depending on what you are doing. These versatile pieces, like the jacket, are the BEST to have – they give you so many options.

The fit was tailored around the shoulders and then flowed more loosely as it went down. The arms are not tight and are 3/4 sleeve, making it more casual and playful. There are no buttons and so it stays open for a modern look.  A fantastic addition to your wardrobe for $30!

NOTE: FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING AND FREE RETURNS.

HORSELY has other items besides apparel: equestrian decor, equestrian inspired jewelry, bags, and belts. The FREE shipping is huge – it is so expensive to ship international that I am shocked they offer this free shipping option. Note that it is coming from Australia so you need to give it 2 weeks or more to arrive. The customer service is great too. I am really excited that I found this company and can share it with you all!

Dreamin’ & Schemin’: What’s NEW?

First, thanks to everyone that voted for ME as their favorite social media “influencer” in the Dreamers & Schemers Instagram questionnaire! Your votes resulted in me receiving a package of boot socks from the D&S NEW spring collection! As you can imagine, the sock prints are just as creative, silly and unexpected as they have always been. We are talking ninjas, whales, ombre’ colored ponies, and my personal favorite, and true-life representation of my financial situation, images of stacks of dollar bills flying away. I am sure this is something every horse owner can understand!

I have been wearing D&S since its beginning and have even interviewed Kristy Lake (the CEO) previously on Horse Glam (see HERE). In 2018, the design still packs the same humorous punch, but the function is noticeably improved. Perhaps the most obvious improvement is the addition of light padding in the heel, toe and bottom of the foot areas. Not only does this provide your foot more comfort, but the durability of your sock is positively impacted. The cuffs (top of the sock) are now knit with black thread so if your boots slouch, your socks will not be noticeable, as the black will blend right in with your tall boots. This same black thread is throughout the new padded areas I previously mentioned, keeping your foot game looking fresh when you take your boots off after nailing your class. The top of the foot and calf area is now made with material that is slightly thicker than your normal nylon, which means better snugness (is this a word?) and no more falling down your leg.

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Front and back of the new D&S Boot Socks

So, as you can see, D&S has made a number of changes to improve their already awesome socks. I will be sure to report back in 60+ days with a follow-up report. I really look forward to letting you guys know if the change in material in the calf/top of foot areas will continue to help my socks from slipping down.  So far, so good though!

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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

How ‘Bout Them Dapples

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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