Horse Glam Holiday Gift Guide

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Live links:

KONIA Equestrian ;

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

Botori (use code HGFreeRide for free shipping);

LeFashNy ;

Ronner Design;

Two Bits Equestrian;

Ariat;

Atelier CG;

Tucker Tweed Equestrian;

ASHA;

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

Society Wit;

Equestrian Essentials;

The Herbal Horse;

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

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

Boy-O-Boy Bridleworks;

Pony Pantry;

Snax by Junie and Jax;

Shop Jessica Shasha;

The Horse’s Glass;

Stylish Equestrian;

Samshield;

Barn Door Boutique Shop;

Visor with Back Bow;

View Halloo;

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

 

SPRING FLING GIVEAWAY DEETS

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The Spring Fling giveaway hosted by my girl, Taylor, from The East Coast Equestrian and ME will run Friday, March 16th through Friday, March 30th. A winner will be randomly drawn on the 30th and announced on our IG stories MARCH 31st. The winner will be sent a direct message announcing they have won and will have 24 hours to respond and accept. In the event the winner does not respond after 24 hours, another winner will be randomly selected and announced on our IG stories April 2nd.

How do I enter?
To enter for a chance to win, you must:

  • Follow all participants listed in the rules on the giveaway post; and
  • Tag two friends in the comments; and/or
  • Re-post the giveaway creative with #SpringFlingEq for an extra entry.                    NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PUBLIC INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SEE & COUNT YOUR EXTRA ENTRY. SPAM AND GIVEAWAY ACCOUNTS WILL NOT COUNT AS A VALID EXTRA ENTRY.

When will the winner be announced?

The winner will be randomly drawn March 30th and announced on @theecequestrian’s and @horse_glam’s IG stories March 31st.

What countries is the giveaway open to?

Due to shipping costs from the US, the giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada.

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

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

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

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

What are the prizes?

CLICK here: Spring Fling Giveaway_prizes

Full Legal Rules:

CLICK here: Spring Fling Giveaway Official Rules

What to wear

In case you all missed it, I had the honor of being the first guest blogger for the amazing photographer, Karinda K’s, weekly blog articles on “what to wear”. The blog discussed the very scientific method of how I put my outfits together. For more details, you can find the entire post HERE. Pictures and direct links to items are pasted below. 🙂

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MaKeBe “Jessie” Bomber – Dark Green
LeFash “Gotham City” Breech – Black/Tan
J.Crew Factory “Ruffle-Front Plaid” Shirt
Express Zip Front Tank
AtelierCG “FJORD” Necklace
Vince “Blair 5” Fashion Sneaker

Half Broke Horses: A Book Review

You may be familiar with the author, Jeannette Walls, from her break-through memoir, A Glass Castle, which was actually made into a movie this year. In Half Broke Horses, Jeannette once again delves into her family’s (not too pleasant) history, and follows the remarkable life of her maternal grandmother, Lily Smith. Remarkable is an easy, cheap word to throw out, but in all seriousness Lily was freakishly remarkable. I am always intrigued by people who start out with absolutely nothing but somehow beat the odds and “make it big”. Lily Smith started with very little and in all honesty, has very little the entire novel, but the book is never about her “making it big”. Instead, it is about her doing something most of us take for granted…surviving. The book starts off with a scene that sets the tone for what a survivor this woman truly is. In the opening scene, Lily is just 10 years old and I remember thinking, this single event would have probably wiped out most of the people I know and yet this 10-year-old had the quick wits and the unyielding grit to not only survive, but to save her two younger siblings in the process.

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You will really enjoy this book if you like true life memoirs about overcoming odds and not letting life kick when you are down. I was very transfixed with Lily’s life, and all the tragedies and devastating setbacks that she encountered, but it was also interesting to learn more about The Great Depression and parts of the country that I haven’t previously put much research or thought into. I found myself pretty inspired and, at the same time, embarrassed for complaining about trivial things in my own life. I definitely thought twice about all the simple things I take for granted.

Rating: 4.25 stars.  Scale: 0 being any law school book I ever had and 5 stars being Gone With The Wind.

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The Fall 2017 Breeches Search : GhoDho

One of my goals when I started Horse Glam was to post about equestrian items that were affordable…well more affordable, since is anything in the horse world really normally priced?! I have been looking for a new pair of breeches and found myself re-looking at a brand I first tried a few years ago, called GhoDho,  I was really surprised to see that the pricing is pretty much the same, under $150. For this sport, that really is considered “affordable”. I remember ordering this very breech and returning it because it was too small. They were sold out of every other size at the time.

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I can’t attest to durability since I never re-ordered but the quality seemed worth the money and I could tell it would have been a flattering fit. I thought about ordering the Luna Breech (since Vera was sold out) but chickened out because of the flashy knee-patches, although I do think they are sassy and fun.

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Like I said, it was surprising to see that after 3 years the pricing was pretty much the same, $135/$150. I figured they would have increased since the brand has really grown in its following. They still seem low in inventory – not many sizes remain in either of these breeches, which is sort of a bummer.  I think I am going to still keep looking for my next pair though. I like GhoDho a lot, but they are so distinct that I am not sure I could get away with wearing them as frequently as I want to wear the next pair I purchase. Anyone have any suggestions?

 

 

If Wishes Were Horses

Disclaimer: I can read anything. I think there have only been two books in my life that I was unable to finish. In other words, I do not present myself as a tough literary critic. However, I do like books and I do like horses, so if I see a book that looks halfway interesting that has the word “horse” in the title, then I am probably purchasing it. If it has an actual horse depicted on the cover, then I buy it without reading the title :).

I recently purchased “If Wishes Were Horses”, by Robert Barclay for a few reasons. One,  it had a horse on the cover. Two, it is his first novel, and I always enjoy reading a first novel. Something about it seems more genuine to me, as if it is before the writer gets molded into a certain genre with certain obvious expectations. Third, Barclay was compared to Nicholas Sparks and sometimes you just want a good old-fashioned Nick Sparks cry. Actually you never really want that, but I always get sucked in regardless. Lastly, and maybe most on point for some of us, it was very cheap on Amazon (Kindle). There aren’t many things that I can purchase for under $5 that will amuse me for a few hours.

Rating: 3.25 stars.  Scale: 0 being any law school book I ever had and 5 stars being Gone With The Wind.

The Good:
Millionaire, handsome, rugged, animal lover, loyal, romantic guy that is getting over a tragedy? CHECK.
Pretty, but not too annoyingly pretty, down-to-earth, funny, charming woman who is looking for love? CHECK.
Beautiful, picturesque setting that has horses front and center without making you roll your eyes too many times at some ill-worded equestrian lingo?(okay, I did cringe a few times like when barrel racing was mastered in 2 months.) CHECK.
A great shout-out to equine therapy programs and how our beloved horses have the power to heal kids and adults emotionally and physically? CHECK.
A good mixture of loss, heartbreak, death, passion, love, second chances, and new life? CHECK.

The Bad:  I love the lead couple but it is hard to ignore how contrived their set-up was. I think the chances of it happening, even in such a small town, is quite low. However, chances are you won’t have too much trouble foregoing logic since after all, I did warn you this was Nicholas Sparks-like, so you must be able to play along easily. My only other complaint, if you will, would be that the actual romantic scenes could have had a little more spice if ya know what I mean.

Favorite character: Ram, the ornery patriarch of the family, who is so likable I find myself still remembering him clearly and smiling. I sort of miss him.

Verdict: It is worth the price for sure, is an easy read and won’t keep you up all night, either “reading just one more chapter” or “thinking about stuff”. If you are looking for a book to chill out with for 30 minutes before you go to bed, this wouldn’t be a bad choice. It would be easy to read simultaneously with another book, for those that are into that sort of thing.

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Horse Glam Equestrian FIT Challenge

I have consumed literally 500 lbs of freaking Reese’s peanut butter pumpkins and it is only September! I need help!! For this reason, coupled with the facts that I am super out of shape, so tired all the time, and am a walking carb, I wanted to host a 31 day fitness challenge. This #horseglamequestrianfitchallenge is modeled off those popular social media memes, usually named “Beach Body ready” or “Perfect Abs”, with each day having a different exercise that gradually increases in difficulty. This particular workout is geared to equestrians, so it focuses on core strength and leg strength, and by the end of the 31 days we all will be fitter and stronger to do what we like to do best: RIDE! I asked my friend Dana, at EqStyleTheory to put together the exercises as she is getting degrees in numerous areas related to exercise and is way more knowledgable and healthy than I am (remember the Reese’s addiction? LOL).  She did a great job of starting out slowly, so that those of us like me, who haven’t worked out in 100 years, won’t over do it. The idea is to complete all 31 days and not quit!! The workouts get harder so stay with it!! Use the hashtag #horseglamequestrianfitchallenge to post pictures/videos and meet others doing the workout! We can get through it together!! 🙂 Plus, one super-duper lucky person will get some Horse Glam swag at the end!! Additionally, I would like to thank all the amazing small brands that have sponsored an exercise day. They didn’t hesitate to say “yes” and I am so thankful for their support. As Taylor at The East Coast Equestrian has said, we are all stronger together! Now, let’s kick some butt and get fitter!

Keep checking back to get instructional videos on how to properly do the exercises, inspirational messages and/or laugh at me doing the workouts. See the workout calendar (starts Oct 1!!!) and all the amazing brands participating below!!

Put A Glove On It

I’ve been thinking about getting a new pair of everyday riding gloves. For years I have been getting the SSG Lycrochet Horseshoe Back in Natural. I love the gloves and currently have two pairs in my tack trunk. I have always gravitated to the color contrast between the tan leather palm and the ivory crochet back. The horseshoe-shaped opening, coupled with the crochet material, seems like it keeps my hand cooler than it would be in another glove. However, like mentioned, I don’t have much to compare it to.

2550-naturalAll this being said, I think I am ready to try something new.  When looking at the SSG website, I saw this pair of SSG Ranger everyday gloves that caught my eye. They look so soft and feminine. I can also picture them outside of the barn atmosphere too, paired with a formal coat, which I think is pretty cool.  I like the Acorn color (below), but they also come in Black and Natural.

2300-acornI also really liked the look of the SSG Hybrid. This design has a leather back and an aquasuede palm, which is supposed to help secure your grip. It also allows you to use your cell phone while you have them on, which I am embarrassed to say is a much appreciated feature to me! I also liked the look of the snap buckle. They come in brown (my favorite), black and white.

4200-brown-tanWhat do you guys think? Which do I chose?! What are your go-to riding gloves?

 

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Unicorn Poop. Yummy.

Unicorn Poop. Yummy.

Perfect for unicorn-themed party gift bags. Also perfect to binge on while watching Real Housewives of New York.  

Need: Salted Popcorn; multiple colors of candy melts; sprinkles; clear plastic bags; ribbon; and labels.

How: Cook popcorn as normal (follow box directions) and spread onto a nonstick (or PAM sprayed) cookie sheet. I made two bags worth. Place 1 color of candy melts in a large glass bowl and melt in the microwave. Do 30 seconds at a time, or until chocolate is melted evenly and of a consistency to drip over the popcorn. TIP: Using a spatula makes the dripping process easier. I used 3 different colors of candy melts (teal, purple and pink) and melted each in the microwave one at a time. After you are finished dripping the melted candies, then sprinkle with sprinkles (duh) and let it dry/harden and cool down. Then crumble apart and put into gift bags or directly into your mouth. 🙂

 

All the Unicorns: How to do a unicorn themed photoshoot.

All the Unicorns: How to do a unicorn themed photoshoot.

Logan recently turned ONE and since she is a super easy, chill, sweet baby, we tease that she is a unicorn. So, it made total sense that she would have a unicorn themed birthday party. I wanted it to be low key, but as you can see from the pictures, it was low key for about 1.2 seconds. I blame coffee and Pinterest.

Invitations give guests a little taste of what you have in store for them, so for me they are always important. I knew I wanted to do a unicorn photoshoot and use the pictures for the invitations. Lucky for me, one of my good friends takes excellent pictures and has connections with the perfect photoshoot location where there are 3 miniature ponies… uhh, I mean, unicorns!

It’s really all about the set.  Luckily 80% of it I had already at home. My son has a cream and gold metallic teepee from Land of Nod in his room that I knew would be perfect. I also brought faux white fur rugs from Ikea and a faux fur throw from West Elm to put under and in front of the teepee.  I brought the dream catcher from Logan’s nursery, which I had made for her from Etsy before she was born. I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased all of the fake flowers you see in the picture. The pink/gold stand is also from West Elm and usually is in Logan’s nursery, beside her rocker. Logan’s flower headband and Sofie’s horn were made by BabyBirdieBoutique on Etsy.

We were so lucky that Sofie and her unicorn herd were such willing participants! Insider tip: throw some grain on the grass. Those fat little unicorns won’t be going anywhere!

Be sure to look for an upcoming post with pictures from the party!

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