Horsey findings at Anthropologie

A non horsey company you can count on to always find cute stuff and usually some horsey themed items as well!


My Summer pics from Anthropologie:


More foxes! Look at Target for some last minute home items and kid gifts!

Anyone looking for some last minute horsey/foxy items?  Check out Target’s amazing selection!

The Equestrianista tip:  Always keep an eye out at Target- there’s always something horsey of woodland creature themed there.  I’m convinced one of the Target buyers is an equestrian!


Foxes at Target

Click on the above picture  to see where to get these items!

Sister & Brother Company to Rebecca Ray Designs- Introducing Seven Barks! A Must Have…

Fabulously Fun. Seriously Useful.
Dedicated to Our Four Footed Friends.

Seven Barks Fine Goods uses recycled paper and vintage images to create high quality stationary products including wrapping paper, correspondence cards, journals, postcards, file folders and gift tags. Our products are designed and produced in the United States and feature nostalgic themes of canine, equine, fishing, boating and farming.


Seven Barks Fine Goods is a unique little specialty paper company from Chagrin Falls, Ohio that makes great things to celebrate the American experience between animals and their humans.  Seven Barks curates a whimsical and nostalgic collection of authentic vintage photos, mostly from the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s that remind everyone of our nation’s love affair with our animals.


Why Buy from Seven Barks?


All of our products are made right here in America, out of quality recycled materials and are assembled in developmentally delayed adult sheltered workshops, because we believe that everyone has the right to share in a sense of accomplishment and the pride of a job well done.


 Boating, Dogs, Horses and Fishing- Oh My!

Seven Barks is a sister & brother company to Rebecca Ray Designs.  Rebecca Smith, the brain behind Rebecca Ray Designs, is an antique lover and an old picture collector.  All of the stationary that is created for Seven Barks is from Rebeeca’s personal collection of old pictures and treasures she keeps close to her heart.  She has joined up with her brother, Chris Yuhasz and his printing company, POV to develop the line of stationary goods with him. She’s the creative brain and he handles the technical side of all the printing.

There are several themes of dogs, horses, boating, and fishing to choose from, or you can just combine them all!

Stationary from old pictures available from Seven Barks.

Rebecca shared with The Equestrianista that she gets her creative juices flowing by the inspiration of everything old. She loves going early to antique shows and strolling through the aisles.  She’s an “antique junky”.

Great paper tags from Seven Barks!

When she’s not strolling through antiques and not running her business, she has a 9year old pony girl daughter who competes in the short stirrup division at hunter shows.  The hunter discipline  Rebecca’s riding background and where she met her husband!  LOVE stories of people meeting within their equestrian discipline!

Rebecca also enjoys carriage driving. She has several beautiful large Percherons that she drives in her “spare” time.


 Rebecca sporting her lovely bit belt with her buddy, Nickel. 

There’s more behind both Rebecca’s companies that she’s involved with than just something pretty.

 I strongly feel that this aspect makes Rebecca Ray Designs and Seven Barks unique and special.  It’s ideas like these that make these companies good to buy from and support.

The products are environmentally friendly.

Both companies are made in the USA.

Rebecca support local businesses with both Seven Barks and Rebecca Ray Designs.

It’s a truly giving and give back type of approach that should be applauded.

I think the only major problem would be is if I received a gift wrapped in Seven Barks paper and tied up with Seven Barks Quotation ribbon, I wouldn’t want to unwrap it….


Unless it was a bag inside from Rebecca Ray Designs!

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Get Ready for your Event! White teeth, not white legs! Be prepared and feel great!


A big bright white smile always looks great!  White legs at jog-out…they are less desired.  I should know, I have some stellar white legs from years of riding during the summer!


Here is my tip:

Count back 15 days prior to your big event and pick up these items.  Start your crest white strips.  You can put the strips in while you shower or whenever.  There is nothing better than a competitor that is smiling and feels good on the inside and out!


If you do choose a self tanner to tame those wild white legs of yours…Remember to exfoliate and moisturize prior to applying the self tanner.  This will give you a more even tan.  Experiment prior to applying for the big event!  The more comfortable you get with a self-tanner and find out what works for you, the better.   I really like these towels.  I have used them before- they are easy to apply, no mess, easy clean up and the application is even with very little streaks.

Another equestrianista friend just told me about jergens foam tanner.  She’s got white white skin too and is very happy with that product as well!  Not the lotion, the foam…


Get ready and look great!

Going through Downton Abbey Withdrawl? Try Lady Almina!

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration for the hit PBS show Downton Abbey, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants, Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon and the basis of the fictional character Lady Cora Crawley.  Drawing on a rich store of materials from the archives of Highclere Castle, including diaries, letters, and photographs, the current Lady Carnarvon has written a transporting story of this fabled home on the brink of war.

Much like her Masterpiece Classic counterpart, Lady Almina was the daughter of a wealthy industrialist, Alfred de Rothschild, who married his daughter off at a young age, her dowry serving as the crucial link in the effort to preserve the Earl of Carnarvon’s ancestral home.  Throwing open the doors of Highclere Castle to tend to the wounded of World War I, Lady Almina distinguished herself as a brave and remarkable woman.

This rich tale contrasts the splendor of Edwardian life in a great house against the backdrop of the First World War and offers an inspiring and revealing picture of the woman at the center of the history of Highclere Castle.

Pick up a copy today!


You can read as much or as little as you like. This is especially important now that the days are getting longer and hopefully it will be nice outside once more soon!  You will be devoting more time outside and not have as much time as you did for Downton!



Foxhunting Wedding Invites! By A P Illustrations

A friend of mine, Alex Petrovic in the UK, just recently finished Foxhunting Wedding invites!  I just love her illustrations.

A note from Alex: For me, drawing is about bringing something alive. I love the power of imagination. I enjoy immersing myself in drawing. I get lost in creating my work and aim for the viewer to do the same. I strive for the detail that enables somebody to enter my world.
I am fascinated by the process of developing sequential narratives. Storylines intrigue me and bring up challenges and questions like: how do I hook an audience, how do I maintain their interest, how do I build expectation and how do I finish? This interest has led me to forms such as animation, which I would love to do more of, and also linked images and book form.  The packaging of my work is important, too. Presentation is a key factor, for me it is all to do with expectation and making your audience active, they have to participate  in the process.

While some of my work is aimed at adults, much of it is aimed at children.     

My favourite influences range from the dark humour of  Tim Burton’s weirdly wonderful movies to the tranquil charm of  E.H. Shepard’s all- time classic illustrations in Winnie the Pooh and Wind In The Willows. Reading books to my little boy ignites the same feelings in me, I love to enter someone else’s world and embrace all it has to offer.  Bringing a story to life really gives me a buzz. It links me to an imaginary world full of detail that finds a place in my head. I love to bring something alive.
For the past 5 years I have been self-employed as a portrait and wedding photographer and this has had a huge impact on my work in helping me grasp the concept of composition and proportion. I will often photograph the positions and areas or textures to get a good concept of how they will look at my work, so I know that I will get the correct textures and angles. I find that working in this way allows me to have a good idea of realistic composition.

I also love portraiture and am equally happy capturing my subject’s character in intimate pencil portraits…be it a child, or simply someone’s favorite dog or pony or cat.
With every brief I have been given I relish the challenge. I love the challenge of the new journey that my research will take me on, it is quite often to places I wasn’t expecting at all.  


Alex just shared wedding invitations that she just sent off to the printer!


Here are some of Alex’s Step by Step illustrations that went into the wedding invites!





Anyone looking for a unique wedding invite or any other project for that matter, I highly recommend to contact Alex.




Alexander James- English Country Clothing

Alexander James– English Country Clothing-  located in one of my favorite cities to visit around Christmas – Manchester, UK.  They have impeccable tailoring according to Equestrianista Brandy Greenwell.


Alan Little founded ALEXANDER JAMES 35 years ago. An accomplished tailor and cutter, born in Lancashire, the textile heartland of England, he had a passion for form and fit in clothes. He chose sporting wear to prove his skills, deciding to specialize in riding, hunting and shooting, where tradition rules. He knew this was where his hand tailoring, combined with the best cloths, would be quickly recognized. He was right.

Alan Little developed a highly successful formula, a range to suit everyone – and of all ages. ALEXANDER JAMES offers ready to wear items, a customized option, and a full bespoke service. This gives choice both in product and price. The only common thread is the finest material from some of the oldest mills and weavers in Britain.

Alan is a Past President of the Federation of Clothing Designers and Executives, as is his son, Mark; Both he and Carl can draw on his long experience for they work in this family business. Thus customers old and new, at home and abroad, reap the rewards of the ALEXANDER JAMES tradition in the robot age – good service and individual attention to detail by hand – so they look their best, in clothes just for them.


Introducing The Victoria!


Expertly cut and tailored using only the finest English fabric woven in Yorkshire.

Alexander James tailor side saddle habits to fit the individual, where style and elegance are of utmost importance.

The ‘Victoria’ is our latest style. The jacket has a very elegant, fitted look and is at home both in the show ring and the hunting field.

Comprising of two button single breasted cutaway jacket with square fronts, curved sleeves and double vents at the rear. Two drop slanted flap pockets and habit buttons.


All of Alexander Jame’s  habits (they have 5 habits currently available EE, Victoria, Elizabeth, Cathrine and a Vintage but they can make unique bespoke habits that are not on our site for individual customers) They have amazing options:  a waterproof option and their own StormTeq Lining- an additional charge but so worth it- the lining keeps the rider dry whilst out in wet weather, but it is also a breathable material so will not hold sweat in.

I know people stereotype custom clothing with very expensive prices attached to them.  When you are looking for good quality basics that were made for your body type, their work and quality are priceless.  If you look at Alexander James’ prices, they are in the same range as a good quality riding coat off the rack- So ITS WORTH IT!

Photo Credit: Nadina of Ironia Art


Speaking of affordable gear:

Alexander James will be releasing an everyday wearable and machine washable habit!

I’d like to introduce:

Everyday Elegance when it is released will be a every day wear habit, that will be made out of one type of material (polyester-wool), It will be machine washable, and would be great for people to practice in, and for people who are just starting to learn side saddle as it would be a cheaper option for entry level riders. You wouldn’t really wear this habit for showing or hunting in even though the style of both habits are virtually the same, there is more craftsmanship in the Victoria.  UPDATES on facebook will be posted!

If you love Tweed- they have a wonderful selection!



Anyone looking for something made for just them- take a look at this company.  You can choose from a wide variety of clothes and really make it your own.

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Happy Friday! Arbonne Review on products & Sample Give Away!

After interviewing Brandy, our foxhunting equestrianista, she sent me a package of samples from Arbonne, the company who she represents.  She didn’t ask me to blog about it or promote it, but I feel compelled to share with you the difference that I noticed in my face!

I do believe in taking care of your skin, staying out of the sun as much as you can, and re-applying sunscreen when possible.  Beyond that, I wash my face, try to remember to use a toner, moisturizer with SPF 20 during the day and moisturizer at night as well.   

To be super critical, I feel that I have larger pores and I’m noticing wrinkles around my eyes.

 About  Arbonne– The idea to provide skin care products unparalleled in quality and effectiveness developed in Switzerland in 1975, when one man, Petter Mørck, together with a group of leading bio-chemists, biologists and herbalists, fulfilled his vision and founded Arbonne.

I opened the package and this is what I observed while trying the samples:

First of all, if you’re not familiar with Arbonne, all of their products have a pleasant light  fresh orange scent.  Below is a picture of the products that i received samples for:

Arbonne Review

There was a shampoo, conditioner, body wash sample, a Seasource Detox Spa sampler, A FC5 Sampler- which I liked a lot and the RE9 Advanced which I saw noticed the most difference from.

I enjoyed all of the products. Because they were samples the amount of uses were different depending on the product.  Some had one sample and others I used for a couple of days & up to a week.   I liked all of the products.  I started out by trying the shampoo, conditioner and body wash- Nice rich lather, pleasant smelling, good quality.  Brandy commented that the shampoo is very nourishing. After using the shampoo, Brandy and her husband have noticed hair growth!    Then I used the rest of the FC5 line for my face.  I liked the night creme, face wash and really liked the hydrating eye creme.  When I ran out of the FC5, I started using the RE9 Advanced line.  I started to see a big difference.  At first I thought I was making things up when I looked into the mirror, but by the end of all the samples which took about 10-12 days, I can honestly say I saw a difference of finer lines and smaller pores!

By the end, I kept checking the mirror to observe the difference. I am really kicking myself that I didn’t take a before and after!

If you are interested in more information about Arbonne Products- Please feel free to contact Brandy directly:

Click here to email her. 

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