Thursday, August 22, 2019

Thursdays Threads: 80's rock edition

Outfit Day! Woohoo! I've been waiting forever for my 80's rock themed outfit day because I kept forgetting about it. Ha. Senility. It's happening. Anyway, we'll start with my riding outfit because google is taking its sweet time uploading today's photos.
So here's what I rode in last night on Monday:

I didn't realize this tank had the giant armholes so you could see my boring nude colored cami under it which was definitely not the look I'd have gone for... Thank goodness I ride alone in my backyard...

Helmet: One K
I had a tough time deciding which helmet and boots to wear. Originally I was thinking one of the Celeris pairs, but then it rained, and I decided to save those for another day. This glittery helmet totally works with the belt buckle though... You'll see.

Tank: Not sure on brand
I've had this awhile but never wore it, so I can't even remember where I got it. It could have been Forever 21, could have been Zulily. Hard to say for sure. I love the cassette print though! Do you guys even know what those are?!

Belt: Hot Topic
I actually got this from Poshmark second hand. I think it's amazing.

Breeches: Ariat
I don't like these breeches very much. I think I'm going to sell them. There's nothing really wrong with them, they're stretchy and pretty comfortable. But I dunno. I'm just not that into them.

Boots: TuffRider Regal Patent
I know you're all tired of them. But hopefully just a few more months and they'll be retired. Let's hope they make it.

So that's what I wore. But the horses got in on the fun too! Well maybe Pammon more so than Shiny, but she played too! We'll start with her:

Saddle Pad: Echt Lammfell
I was hoping to find a black pad with sheepskin or wool underneath that wasn't too expensive and this bad boy showed up on Ebay. I really like this one, the pad part isn't super thick or stiff and the sheepskin is nice and fluffy.

Bridle: I can't remember what brand this one is...
Browband: Dark Jewel Designs
Maybe not the best shot, but yes, that's her spiked browband! I think I like the straight ones best. At least for her little (ish) head.

Boots: Punk Ponies
It's subtle, but these are black hologram. You can kind of see the rainbow reflection on the right side.

And here's Pammon's super fun outfit!

Baby Pad: handmade

I had to make that photo extra big so you could really appreciate all the cassette tapes on there! What's fun too, is there are so many options for half pad and boot colors to match! I went with black this time to keep it sort of punk, but I think it would be fun with purple (and the rainbow bit) too! This was made by a girl who closed up her online shop so I can't find the name of it anymore. But it's a great pad, I wish she was still in business. Probably I should just learn to use a sewing machine and make my own baby pads.

Bridle: Royal Sports
Browband: Dark Jewel Designs
He was zero percent cooperative about taking a bridle photo... So you can see pretty much nothing here... He is also donning an awesome spiked browband.

Boots: Punk Ponies
This photo is a little better of the hologram effect. Although, funny story... Only one of his boots was hologram. The right one was just black patent. There was a booboo in the packaging I guess! Punk Ponies is out of them right now in the size he needs, but they are going to send me a new pair when they come back into stock. They are a wonderful company, if you ever need fun boots or saddle pads, definitely check them out. They're privately owned and really great to work with.

And here's what I wore to work today:

I really thought it would be way more fun with a neon green tank underneath, but I also thought maybe not so work appropriate... So I kept it toned down.

Top: Cabi
Back in the 80's Madonna used to love to mix lace with leather and black and whatever else. So I brought that back today. I went with a wide strapped tank underneath to try and keep it classy.

Belt: Express
I've had this belt since college! Before you applaud me for it still fitting, it used to be a little too big. And now it is not. But whatever. It's still awesome and is PERFECT with these jeans.

Jeans: Romeo & Juliet Couture
I felt like those big brass circles were kind of 80's rock like, no? These are cute jeans, I think the detail is super fun.

Shoes: Wild Diva
Why, yes, these ARE gold glitter jelly shoes! Thanks for noticing! Nothing says 80's like a sweet pair of plastic shoes. I imagine my feet will smell fab by the end of the day.

 Arm Party!
Lefty is donning a little rhinestone bracelet, along with a rubber one that has a black pearl in the center. The pearl bracelet came from Zulily, and I think the other may have been from Express.

Righty has my fitbit up first in a black metal bracelet, followed by a Kate Spade bangle and then two bracelets from Forever 21.

And that's it for this week! What do you think of the 80's rock theme? Did I pull it off?! What are you wearing today?

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

What's up Wednesday

Lol. It's been such a long week, I can't even remember what happened last week. Good thing I take lots of random photos to remind me!
I had braiding jobs Thurs through Sat for our local finals. Which is nice because everyone does manes and tails so I've already paid for those boots I ordered. Woohoo! The horses were all really good which makes my job a lot easier!

The horses have been good to ride too! I had a lesson on Pammon on Thursday. I have no actual media (sorry) but he was so fantastic! We jumped 3' which I realize is not big, but it's big for me at the moment. And he was easy. He didn't take any offense when I made a mistake that he had to fix. He's really a solid guy.
The outside line is set at 3', not that little oxer though

I swear it looked bigger when I was cantering at it...
I'm excited for our next lesson this Friday. My trainer leaves for Florida on the 1st, so that might be our last lesson. Total bummer, but we'll figure something out. I'm just really excited to get going finally!
Pammon looking decidedly less excited...
I've been working with the Shiny pants a bit more lately too. She showed me that she actually can listen to my leg, she just prefers not to. Lol. I feel that Shiny, I really do. But sorry. Ponies gotta do what they're told for like 30 minutes a day.
Shiny's preference is for snacks.
I had a lesson on Eros this weekend too. The regular trainer was off at a show, so assistant trainer taught us. The jumps stayed tiny, and courses were much simpler. I like to be challenged and all, but often times I finish my Eros lessons feeling very inadequate. We really haven't figured each other out totally yet, so keeping it simple gives us a better chance to have some things go well and leave with a little confidence for once.

blurry screen shot of a baby liverpool
 That doesn't mean everything went perfectly... I'm still struggling with him not moving off my leg. We weren't able to get the right numbers in the one outside line to a bending. Part of that could be the size of the jumps, and I still think part is that he needs some vet/body work. Vet will be out week after this one, and still working on the body worker. And obviously, I play a big part too. Ammy rider FTW! But also... I have media! First is our fail clip...
You can see me chicken out and pull two strides away from the out of the bending. I just didn't feel like we'd get there. Of course a good rider would have made it more direct and galloped along... But chicken little isn't up to that just yet with Eros. Someday!
We did pretty well with the rest of the course though. You'll see my body awfully busy trying to use every ounce of muscle in it to get the horse moving... Also not the answer... but hey, you do what you can in the moment right?!
It was nice to see some video though. They only time I've seen us jump was some video from the Nona Garson clinic last year, and it was pretty far away and not that helpful. Props to my lesson mate for getting media!
I didn't realize how hot it was when I got home and was worried that Pammon was seeming sluggish. Then I got a heat advisory on my phone and I backed off a bit. Sorry buddy!
We had a lighter hack in the ring and then took a walk in the yard and he had a snack.

Shiny did the same. And Rio obviously skipped the riding part and went straight to snacking.
And judging me.
I wanted so badly to get the pups out for a walk this weekend, but with all the horsing and braiding, I was low on time. And as it turned out, the roads were too hot for pup paws anyway. They didn't mind. We did squeeze in some cuddle time.

I also managed to stop by my friend's annual summer party on Saturday before heading off to braid. They have a great band that plays every year, but alas I took no photos. It was fun, and nice to do something non horsey for a little bit.

Sunday I actually made it over to the lake to hear the band and stuff my face full of lobster roll. Always a lovely time. I think there are only two or three weeks left before the season ends, so I'm trying to make it to the rest of them.

So far this week I've ridden both Shiny and Pammon every day. They have tonight off due mostly to weather. And they need a day off once a week! Tomorrow I have horses to braid, but Pammon needs to get worked because I have that lesson Friday. Not quite sure what my plan is, but maybe an early before work hack tomorrow. We shall see. I had planned to do that today with Eros, but it didn't happen. I woke up, saw it was still dark out and went back to bed. Which is ridiculous because obviously the sun would come up. And they have an indoor. I'm just really bad at 5 am.

How was your past week/weekend? Do anything fun? Lessons? Horse show? Something else? Tell me about it in the comments!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Truthful Tuesday

I had kind of a crap day yesterday. My job is taking a hard turn south, and it's just kind of depressing and stressful. Then, at 10 pm when I finally got home last night after horsing and running a couple of errands, one of the pups had diarrhea all over the floor... So yeah, crap day. But in between all that figurative and literal crap, we had a rain storm that ended with plenty of time to ride and a beautiful double rainbow.
You can't see the second one in the photo, it was pretty faint, but it was there I promise! I'm not a particularly spiritual person, but I do really appreciate when mother nature throws us something nice to look at it. I literally sat down at the end of the barn for a few minutes to stare at this rainbow (and grab a few pics). It was a nice detox before getting on my first horse. I wish I knew how to get better photos though, because you should have seen all the colors in it. It really was pretty spectacular.

This morning when I was driving to work the moon was still out too. I'm not sure why but I LOVE seeing the moon during the day. It always brings a smile. Is that weird? Any of you like that too?

And my other confession is probably the one you'll most enjoy... My last pair of Regals is dying a very quick death (the patent ones seem to break a lot faster than the regular ones, probably due to them being extra cheap...) and I made the irresponsible decision to replace them with a pair of black DeNiro Salentinos. So despite my saying no more boots for a very long time, there is a pair on order. I got them for under $270 though so that's pretty good right? Discount Equestrian in the UK if you're looking to get a pair for not too much money. I can't speak of the experience yet, since I just placed the order, but they have a bunch of options available at the base price. So that was nice. I had thought about getting them a bit taller than my blue ones, but it cost extra for more height so I decided they were good enough. They aren't super short, just a touch. And they're just for schooling.

And since I'm not sure how much longer I'll be employed, that really does need to be the last pair of boots!

Anything you guys need to get off your chest today? Thoughts on nature? Or boots?

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Thursday's Threads: Flamingo edition

Pammon and I both got all decked out in flamingos this week. Flamingos everywhere!
I probably owe him an apology for this.
But I just realized I forgot to use the bonnet! I have a flamingo bonnet that matches, and I forgot all about it. Bad blogger. Sigh. Anyway, here's what I wore to ride last night:

Mint and pink! So much pink... On a chestnut... It's something for sure.

Helmet: Harry's Horse
I've had this for awhile now and haven't gotten around to wearing it until last night. It's ok. It has a dial to make it nice and snug, but it's definitely a bit more round than my oval head. I have a tiny noggin, so I can usually get away with round helmets on my oval, but this one JUST makes it. By my second horse I was looking forward to taking it off. I'll keep wearing it though, cause LOOK AT IT! Pink, sparkles... it's pretty fab.

Tee shirt: Kohl's
Pretty sure I got this last fall at Kohl's. It's just a plain tee with a couple of cute flamingos snuggling.

Belt: C4
I know, right?

Breeches: Piper by Smartpak
I wish they would make Hadley's in all the cute color combos like the pipers. I'm not a piper fan really other than the aesthetic. That said, LOVE this color!

Socks: Lettia
My calves are huge so they always distort my socks. But you can still tell these are adorable.

Boots: Cavallo
Spurs: Color Tack
This is my second time riding in these, and generally they're pretty comfy! They need a few more rides to finish breaking in though. The fit is kind of amazing on me. Normally boots are just a hair too short if I get standard height, but talls are way too tall. But these standard height boots are PERFECT. I love the glitter top. So fun!

Pammon got in on the flamingos too, though I'm not sure how thrilled he was. Shiny was left out, poor girl, but I did just get her a saddle pad second hand that will fit with the color scheme for next time. (It hasn't arrived yet.)

Baby Pad: Lettia
Half Pad: Ebay
Saddle: Hermes
Girth: Tough 1
Stirrups: MDC
I really like the Lettia baby pads. They tend to fit really nicely and don't bunch up usually. They have a little wither relief to them which I think helps. Plus, how cute is that flamingo?!

Boots: Pfiff
Indeed, that flamingo is sporting a top hat! They don't make these in Shiny's size which I think is really sad.

Bridle: Royal Sports
Browband: Dark Jewel Designs
Bit: Evo Equine

These photos don't do justice here... The browband has unicorn beads that match the unicorn bit. But these photos didn't really pick up the colors very well. I'm so sad I forgot the bonnet!

I figured I might as well keep up the trend, so I wore flamingos to work today too.
But they're hard to see from this photo....

Top: Old Navy
There they are! I used to wear these tie tops back when I was a little girl in the 80's. I wasn't so sure I could pull them off anymore. I'm still not sure. But I did it anyway!

Belt: C4
Yep, same as yesterday! It doesn't exactly go with the outfit... but it'll do.

Pants: Kut from the Kloth
Relaxed cut, capri length jeans are one of my favorite summer staples. I should wear them more often.

Shoes: Vera Bradley
Flops! I never really intended to wear these to work. But here I am. Figure I need to wear flops while I can before the seasons change!

Arm Party:
Lefty is wearing this fun pink wrap bracelet with a pyramid clasp alongside the apple watch.

Righty is wearing my new pink fitbit bracelet with a couple of flamingo bracelets that don't seem to have brands.

And that's it for today! Opinion on flamingos? What do you think of Pammon wearing pink? I'm on the fence... But we'll probably do it again!