Thursday, October 18, 2018

Thursday's Threads

Sorry, not sorry... but it's all green everything again here on the blog. I can't really help it. It's autumn! Tis the season! Let's start with the pony riding outfit.

Ha... Even the hay cover at Eddie's barn is green. And yes, it's also jacket season. Gross. I miss summer already.

Helmet: Charles Owen
Greenie. I heart him.

Top: Mittoshop
Jacket: KJ's Creations
I found this sweater on Zulily a bit ago, and while it's green, tan, and black, it's close enough to my barn colors right? Plus it's perfect with my custom barn jacket from KJ's Creations!

Belt: Noble Outfitters
Well... this belt is obviously too narrow for these breeches, but I'm in LOVE with it! Noble Outfitters must be stalking me or something to make this belt... How perfect right?!

Breeches: Tailored Sportsman
I still love side zips. I can't be the only one because they still make them... Right?

Boots: Regals
Spurs: Evo Equine
Straps: Stacie Originals
Now that I'm starting to have some strength back and I've getting to know Eddie and Eros a bit more, I'm hoping to start breaking in all the fun boots! So just maybe one of these days Thursday's Threads will have some fun boots again.

That's what I wore to ride last night, and here's what I'm wearing at work today:

The lighting is bad, but it's more green and tan. Obviously.

Top: PS of Sweden

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Pretty much all a horse brand needs to do to get me to buy their stuff is make it in hunter green. I don't even think twice. I just add to cart, and the next thing I know, it's in my closet/tack room. This is a nice sweater. It's fairly light weight, and has all these cute details on it. I love the color combo and the fit is nice. I'm kind of a smedium right now, and I went with the medium in this. Hopefully it won't shrink much.  My only complaint is that the cable detail is only on the front and sleeves. I prefer when the back of my sweater matches the front... but it's green so I got over that pretty quickly.

Belt: PS of Sweden
I have mixed feelings about these stretchy belts that everyone is loving right now. They're not really my favorite. But when I ordered the sweater, I also ordered the matching quarter sheet, and was just a little shy of free shipping. So I got the belt. It's nice. For a stretchy belt.

Pants: Level 99
You guys have seen these a ton of times before. They look khaki, but they actually have a hint of metallic gold running through them. I can't get that to show up in photos though. It really is that subtle.

Shoes: No brand
I got these fun boots on ebay from some sketchy Chinese seller. They're actually made of leather, and are the darkest green. I love the wing tip details, and they're actually pretty comfy.

Arm Party!
Lefty:
You may recognize that Hermes clasp and be thinking, "this chick is ridiculous, how many of those bracelets did she buy?!" But fear not. I bought the one bracelet, and I've been making straps to use with it in different colors. I haven't quite gotten one to match my watch band yet, but I'm working on that! This chocolate color is pretty though. The other little bracelet I put together too. It's not a great photo, but that one is green.

Righty:
Righty is wearing my green Hermes bracelet along with this cute nameplate bracelet with a twist. Instead of horse names on them, they have little motivational sayings. I picked "Get Over It" because I need that reminder when I accidentally make Eddie trot in front of an oxer... I think the rhinestone rivets are a fun touch too.

That's it for today! All green everything! Maybe next week I'll wear a different color. Any favorites from today?

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

What's Up Wednesday

Another busy week! Fall is apparently a VERY busy time. I always seem to forget that. Throw in some new horses to ride, and it's practically chaotic. But hey, who needs to sleep anyway?
The weekend started off with some excitement. I got home from work to this scene at the end of my road:
A young driver rear ended a motorcycle. Sheesh. Fortunately, everyone was ok.
Oh, and we closed up the pool Friday too. Bye summer.
 I had made plans with my sister-in-law for Friday evening, long before I had all these horses to ride. So it was a semi pony free evening. I fed the boys and wrapped Rio before heading over there. Thankfully, it was an early night because I was running a leg of the Hartford Marathon Relay in the morning.
You guys. You know what's worse than running when you haven't trained? Having to wait two hours to run. You know what's worse than that? That wait being outside in the rain in forty degrees. Fortunately, I made friends with another runner who shared his poncho with me.
I was fortunate to have the shortest leg at only 2.9 miles. It actually wasn't terrible after the first half. I struggled in the beginning with the cold air and my asthma. But once my innards warmed up, it was fun. I took a couple little walk breaks at the water stops. If I had done any training at all, I would have been able to skip those, but since I hadn't, they were required.
smiles cause it's over.

Our team finished 103 out of 190 teams, so about the middle of the pack. Other than the miserable weather, it was a lot of fun!
And the swag bag included an ice pack, so that makes it worth it right? Plus bling at the end. Love me some swag.
There is no rest for the weary crippled, out of shape runner though. From the race, I got home, changed my clothes, and headed off to ride Eros. We stayed inside since it was so soggy and gross out. Eddie's mom got to see him go too, because she was there with one of her boarders inquiring about a winter stall.
After a lovely ride on Eros, I headed straight to Eddie's house. He was a little sassy from the weather change, so we let him have a little play time on the lunge line first. Not sure my tired legs could have held on to any antics! He was perfect after the lunge though. We stuck to flat work, really working on getting him more responsive to my leg, and carrying himself a bit more. It was a lovely, but sadly media-less ride. Kind of the theme of my riding weekend. Sorry friends!
Next it was back to the house to take care of the bay boys. They both enjoyed a nice walk outside, and Rio had a little grass.

At this point, it was dark out, and I was so tired I didn't want to do ANYTHING EVER AGAIN. But alas, I had to run a few errands. I may or may not have grabbed Five Guys for dinner while I was out. (YUM.)
And then I pretty much died.
The pugs were concerned I might actually die I think.
Sunday I was sans barn helper in the morning, so I was up bright and early (but not as early as Saturday, thank goodness!) to take care of the boys. It was effing freezing you guys:
Ok, I mean, not actually freezing, but really quite close. And three days before this it was 85. Stupid. Anyway, the boys enjoyed their turnouts and I listened to a movie on Netflix while I did chores. It was quite a lovely morning really other than cold, and being somewhat crippled from the run on Saturday.

After chores, it was Eddie time! I honestly prefer to do him first because he takes a LOT more of my strength and energy. He requires a lot of leg, but also, he has this AMAZING trot, full of suspension. One needs some pretty serious leg and core muscles to not be a sack of potatoes up there.
I had an interesting ride on him that morning. He warmed up really well, and the first few jumps I popped over came right out of stride. It was so perfect I didn't know who was riding him. But then, as per usual I started to get in my own way a little. He was fantastic anyway. I'm really enjoying him. He lets me make mistakes without ever holding them against me. He just keeps coming back to try again.
After my jump school on Ed, I went over to the boarding barn to ride Eros. I got to finally ride him out in the gigantic outdoor ring. He was lovely out there. That horse really seems to be the same horse every day. Once in awhile he might be a little looky at stuff if he's "fresh", but he doesn't actually do anything more than that. I feel pretty lucky to have found him. He ADORES my step mom, and never does anything other than be perfect for her.
The ring seriously is enormous. I think it might even be bigger than my trainer's ring in Florida. And next to the ring is a really big pond. Eros actually has a water view from his stall. It's ridiculous!

grumpy ears, but look at the view!
Know what else you can see from his stall? This:

This adorable baby and her mama live across from Eros at night. (They're out during the day.) I know. I can't with that cuteness either.
After Eros time, it was back home to tend to the bay boys again. Both had nice groomies and walks, and Rio had a little more grass. I got inside before it was dark for once, so that was nice! Spent the rest of the evening adulting and cleaning up the house. (Yuck.)
Monday after work was reserved just for my boys. Eros' barn is closed on Mondays and it was pouring rain, so no Eddie either. Usually his mom rides on Monday anyway. Rio and Jampy each had really good curries and that was about it due to rain. Then it was off to the grocery store. Ugh. Adulting is really taking away from my free time!
Last night I rode Eros after work. He was less than enthused...
But was very good as always. I'm starting to play around with him on the flat more, and he seems to have a lot of buttons installed. He can move his front and hind ends independently, and has a nice extended trot. I think I can get more out of that when he gets a little more fit. The only place I'm really having trouble is that when I get him really on the contact, if I let go or soften at all, he'll root right down to the ground. Which makes it hard to soften. We're going to start regular lessons next week though, so I'm looking forward to figuring that out.
That's about it from here! This week is a little quieter as Eddie's mom is away. I'll still ride him, but we'll mostly just be flatting unless someone else is around there.
How was your week/weekend? Do anything fun? Lessons, horse shows, road race... anything?

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Truthful Tuesday: The one where I've been shopping again

I have a couple confessions today. One is super fun, but one is driving me nuts! I'll start there. I ordered a bag of Goody hair elastics from Amazon awhile ago. They came in the next day, as things do from there. But you guys. I can't find them. I put them away so well, I can't for the life of me locate them. So then I had to go get more. Where could they possibly be?! Please send suggestions.

Ok on to the fun stuff...
So as you all probably know, I've had to do some shopping for Eros. The boarding barn prefers horses all have the same blankets to keep things easy for the staff. Eros wears the same size as my other horses, so I am out of clothes in that size anyway, and thus wasn't that offended at needing to get clothes for him. (Plus, my dad is covering ALL of Eros expenses since he's a "family horse". I honestly don't know how this is all happening, but I'm thoroughly enjoying the ride.) Also, I don't really want to send all of my favorite stuff over there to get lost and "borrowed" so we're mostly getting Eros his own stuff. It's been super weird to buy things in blue though. SUPER. WEIRD.

But this post isn't really about what I've bought for Eros. (Mostly because I'm still waiting for much of it to arrive.) This post is about stuff that's green. Because this is me after all. While thinking about blankets for Eros, I remembered that Jamp's and Rio's turnouts have mostly lost their waterproof-ness and maybe it was time to think about replacing them. Those sheets and blankets are as old as the barn, so that's about 10 years at this point. Not a bad run. And then while I was perusing the Chick's discount saddlery site, I stumbled across some waterproof sheets on sale for $49. And they're green and tan! Obviously, those went right in the cart.

They arrived just in time since the temps went from 80's to 50's this weekend. Ugh. They fit pretty well, though maybe I could have sized down. The boys have both lost so much muscle, things are a little long on the sides these days. I guess at that price, I could always get the smaller ones too and see.

As previously discussed, I'm not fitting very well in my large collection of hunt coats. And now that I have Eddie to show, and hopefully Eros soon too, having only one jacket probably isn't ideal. Now that it's freezing out, the super awesome Motionlite coats aren't so awesome. So I hit up Ebay and grabbed a couple RJ jackets for $35. They're the old fashioned dry clean only ones, but sorry, I still love them. Especially for winter time. I didn't grab photos, but they're pretty much the same as coats I already have, just a size up. Anyway, whilst looking for those, I found something I probably don't REALLY need, but decided I absolutely HAD TO HAVE IT. A green shadbelly. I have two black ones. One that likely won't fit now since it's from high school, and one that probably will since it was a little roomy before. But a green one?! I didn't have that. This one was brand new, though a bit wrinkled, and came with a new stock tie and pin. The coat itself retailed for over $300 initially. I paid $120. I figure one of these horses will absolutely do a Derby at some point. And green will be so gorgeous on a chestnut... Anway, enough justifying, here's the photo:

OH! And the points? They're hunter, tan, and brown. Pretty much exactly my colors. I'm stupid excited about this. Can't wait to wear it!
And then I found a shirt I had to have to go with it. Also on sale for about 50% off the retail. Good enough for me! It's from RJ also.

The front is nice and plain with a magnetic wrap collar, but I love the (HUNTER GREEN!) details on the back and sleeves. It's not as comfy and lightweight as the Essex Classics that I normally wear. But it will be nice for winter and spring.

That's about all I'm admitting to today... I can't confirm nor deny whether or not I bought other crap. But you probably all know the answer.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Thursday's Threads

Outfit Day! We're currently enjoying summer here in New England... In October. Lots of people are whining about it, but not me! I'm LOVING it! (Sorry planet.) I can totally get behind fall when it's eighty degrees out. Anyway, in honor of this summer like weather, I wore a summery outfit today.

It's dreary and overcast, but at least it's warm out!

Top: Lily Pulitzer
I was hoping to have this adorable whale tail shirt for my Nantucket trip, but it took forever to get here. Today is as good a day as any to bust it out though!

Belt: India Hicks
A friend of mine hosts a fundraiser in her sister's memory every year through India Hicks. The items are ridiculously expensive, so I don't always purchase anything, but last year they had these cute belt buckles that were fairly reasonable.

Jeans: Rue21
I love these: the lighter color on the bottom, the uneven, frayed bottoms, the stretchy factor... All of it!

Shoes: Sperry
These navy patent boat shoes are getting a ton of wear time lately! They have memory foam foot beds, so that might have something to do with it... Found them on ebay for a STEAL!

Arm Party!
Lefty:
Lefty is wearing this rope and spring bracelet. I have no idea where I got it, but it feels really nautical to me. Perfect with my whale tail shirt!

Righty:
I dug into the bracelet archives for these two! I really have no idea where they came from, I've had them a long time. Love the blues!

That's what I'm wearing at work today, but I also have half of a riding outfit for you! I say half because I forgot it was Wednesday and didn't get boot or helmet photos. (Sorry.) I wore the Regals as is usual lately, and the black snakeskin One K.

Clearly it was super late when I remembered to grab a photo, hence the terrible lighting!

Top: Sweet Iron Co

I jumped on this website just a few days before Amanda posted about them on her blog. I NEEDED to own the long sleeve houndstooth shirt, and figured I should grab this adorable unicorn print since it was on sale. I really like these tops. They fit great and are very comfortable to work in.

Belt: Swanky Saddle
This is my awesome holographic unicorn belt, that is impossible to photograph... It's perfect with this polo shirt though!

Breeches: Ovation
I forget what they call these, but they're the ones with the roomy thigh for us... ahem... curvier girls. They are stupid comfortable!

Socks: Shop Hunt Club
These don't even match my outfit at all. But like, close enough? I'm a big fan of nylon boot socks, so I grabbed these the last time Shop Hunt Club was having a sale.

And that's it for today! Any favorites? Have any new brands you're excited about it? Let me know in the comments!