The Tale of The Equestrianista…How did I get here

Where was I?  Oh yes Change…  Once you feel like you need a change, what do you do about it?


I feel like most people do change a bit.  Once they really feel like they need to change something in their life, they do go down a path to do something about it.

Anyone out there up your workout routine so your clothes fit you better.  This probably happens every year as the gym commercials ramp up and New Years resolutions start to be promoted!    What about a change in your job?  A change in location of living?  A change in your relationship or lack of?

What do you want to change?

I had been feeling like I needed a change, I wasn’t really sure what exactly yet.

My advice for anyone feeling a need for change in their life:

Figure out what is making you feel like you need a change first.

Then think about how to steer towards that direction of change.

Think about short term things that need to happen and long term things that need to happen.

The more specific you are, the more direct and exact of a change you will receive.  If you leave details very open, change will happen regardless, but a loose plan will open yourself up for possibly much more than you ever thought, possibly something way more than you ever pictured, and something much better than you ever dreamed.

If you are needing inspiration… Click here to watch something that helped me really think and motivate me to pursue what’s my passion….

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Croptop Crackdown!

There has been a crackdown on crops!



No, not that crop, I’m talking about the very popular mid-drift fashion piece of clothing, the crop-top!



The Melbourne Cup is Australia‘s major thoroughbred horse race. Marketed as “the race that stops a nation”, it is a 3,200 metre race for three-year-olds and over. It is the richest “two-mile” handicap in the world, and one of the richest turf races. Conducted annually by the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse in MelbourneVictoria, the event starts at 3pm (daylight saving time) on the first Tuesday in November.


A crackdown, with fashion police stopping women who expose their stomachs will occur this coming November 4th on the Flemington Racecourse during The Melbourne Cup!


Women attending the Melbourne Cup Carnival can expect a crop top crackdown, with fashion police set to stop women with exposed stomachs from entering vast sections of the track.

Women entering general admission areas will be able to flash their flesh in midriff-exposing crop tops, but members and their guests trying to enter the Members’ Grandstand and enclosure, VIP Birdcage, and popular carpark picnic precincts, such as The Nursery, at Flemington in Victoria this year will be turned away.

They are already sick of the short skirts and high high heels, so they’ve drawn the line – No Crop Tops!


Do you think it’s fair?  Can a Crop Top be done tastefully?  Just a little sliver?


So if the crop top is out- Then what’s in?


Florals are a must!  

Great heels that pop are always a must!  

A fantastic fascinator!  

Accessories like a great clutch! 


Spring inspiration
Pastels and Florals
Floral Skirts for Spring

What will you be wearing?

DIY Summer- Attending to the Garden – Roots in Boots

Even if you are a plant killer- you can do this easily!


Do you have old worn out boots that need retiring?

DIY SUMMER PROJECT- The Cowboy Boot Planter 

Supplies needed:  

Drill, Boot of some sort, soil, and a plant to go it in.

On a Budget?

Root your own plants from friends gardens!  Its easier than you think, even a self-proclaimed plant killer can do this trick!

Rooting- (ok get your mind out of the gutter)

 Look for any geranium or rosemary plant for your first try- they are very easy, require low watering and should 99% of the time work!

You will need some honey- raw is best.  Soil,  sharp knife, and a container.

First, take a cutting about 4-5 inches from the end of a plant whether its a geranium or rosemary.  Take off most leaves at the bottom and leave some at the top.

Next, dip the end in some honey.  It’s a great natural root starter. Place in soil that’s in a pot!

Yep, it’s that easy!  That’s it.  You do need to water it once you’re done.  I highly recommend that you also take a white or clear plastic bag and cover the plant & container with it for 2-3 weeks.  Poke a couple of holes in it(3-5) . *** Remember to water it and check on it every 3-5 days.   ***  After the 2-3 weeks, if it hasn’t turned brown and died, it should have started to grow roots and become a little plant on it’s own 🙂

*You can stick the cuttings directly into the pot that you intend them to live in for a while, directly into the ground, or in a smaller pot till they establish good roots before transplanting.  That’s up to you!

Back to the Cowboy Boot Planter:

 Drill holes in the bottom of the boot.  If there is a sole lining, you might want to just remove it.

Next, fill with soil- 1/2 way.  Then place a plant of choice in it.  Fill the rest of the boot with soil & water!

Voila!  A horsey planter for your barn or home.

Equestrian Stamps from Australia

I can only assume because we are celebrating the Year of the Horse and Australia being such a horsey country, they have just come out, hot off the presses, with a variety of disciplines on stamps!


They are quite well done, coming from a judging eye.  Check them out!  I would think any horse person would love to at least have a small sheet of their own disciplines’ stamps for keepsakes.

 What’s your discipline?

 Or maybe you just love all things horses?  

There is a wide variety of what you can purchase.  You can get a post card with one of the disciplines on it, you can get one stamp of each, you can get a sheet of just one specific stamp, etc….

Click above picture find out where to purchase
Click on picture to purchase

Wouldn’t it be great to have all 5 as framed posters for the tack room or house?  hmmmm….hint hint, wink wink

Throwback Thursday- Riding Horses during your College Years

Equestrianista Lessons Learned


Lessoned Learned:




We don’t leave ourselves enough time to get things done during the day.  We end up rushing around and as the day gets longer we rush and panic even more!  Isn’t’ it ironic that when we get to the barn, if we continue that same attitude, most horses will straighten us out real quick?


 Have you ever tried to catch a horse in the pasture when you’re in a rush?  Good luck with that!


Lesson Learned- Stop and do one thing at a time.  Give yourself enough time during the day to get what you need to get done. Don’t overload yourself.  Don’t rush and please take the time being around horses, it’s good for the soul.


Who will trot up best dressed at Tattersall International 3-Day in Ireland next weekend?

I am happy to report Horseware will sponsor for the second year in a row, Best Dressed in the jogs at the Tattersall International ***3Star- 3Day!




Click here to go to Tattersalls Website

Who will it be?

What will they be wearing?

Are they going to be wearing what’s trending right now?



Click here to read what’s trending for 2014 Spring and Fall 

Stay tuned- pictures and rapid updates will follow as reports from Tattersall are sent!

While you’re waiting for next weekend, Check out Horseware’s new items for Spring!

Click here to go to Horseware’s website


April Showers Bring May’s DIY for the Garden!

I apologize for not continuing my DIY projects that I started last year.  Don’t worry- I’m all set for the rest of the year, now that I have finally settled in one spot and don’t plan on moving for a long time.


Western Australia 


here are a lot of weather sayings all over the World.  I think most everyone in the northern hemisphere can agree that March- “In like a lion and out like a lamb” was a bit off, since November through April were all LIONS!    Now that Spring is finally there for them and Fall for the southern hemisphere- we can turn towards our gardens, little or big and prepare them for a beautiful season to come.

DIY May- Making an Upcycled horsey Garden “Bed”

I feel that it is fairly easy to find a small unwanted twin size bed.  At a garage sale, for sale on facebook, free to a good home, at the end of a driveway, or maybe stored in your garage or storage area just sitting there doing nothing!

There was a small twin size metal bed in the shed that was collecting dust.  I decided to upcycle it into my new dividing garden bed!

How did I do it?

The bed was already black.  So I took the pieces apart- The two ends and the base.  I took the base to use as a great vine wall as well as to define a division in the garden.   I also took the head of the bed and placed it at a 90* angle to the base.  I dug the earth for both pieces to be anchored in and then with black zip ties attached them together.

Yes, that’s a pile of manure!  Planning on planting some roses there eventually who LOVE manure. (Gardening tip, make sure that your manure is at least 2 weeks old so that it doesn’t burn plants…give it a little time to settle and “mature”)

To make it horsey, I took a horseshoe and wired it to the head of the bed and sprayed it black!

 I had the foot of the bed, still left.  So I added another horseshoe to the center and created a little sitting area in the garden.  I also had two pretty mismatched wicker chairs laying around that I repainted the same so that would kind of match.

Lesson for the month- think outside of the box and turn something old into something new!  If you have a little bed around that is no longer being used- you know what to do!

Ok, so maybe when nothing’s planted around it, the garden bed looks a little weird, like a twin bed taken apart. I just thought, that base is perfect to let some viny plant take over without worrying about it choking out the rest of your garden and you can plant stuff on either side of a temporary wall.   I’m thinking sweet peas, clemantis vine, morning glories, a climbing rose, passion flowers(which has been a favorite of mine), or even put some veggies in there like tomatoes or beans!  OR a couple of them!  I will post pictures once the garden gets going.

Celebrating the Year of the Horse – 2014 here we go!

Finally, we come upon The Year of the Horse!

2014-The Year of the Horse -is a time of fast victories, unexpected adventure, and surprising romance. It is an excellent year for travel, and the more far away and off the beaten path the better. Energy is high and production is rewarded. Decisive action, not procrastination, brings victory. But you have to act fast in a Horse year. If you are not 100% secure about a decision, then don’t do it. Events move so quickly in a Horse year that you don’t want to gallop off in the wrong direction.



What does this translate into for The Equestrianista?



More Horsey Travel Adventures are needed! Go off the beaten path to find the best travel destinations!

Photo from Ride Kenya(Click here to visit their Facebook page)

Here at The Equestrianista there will be horsey adventures to add to your bucket list as well as added International News and trends! 

Shopping wise:


Be decisive- if you love it- go for it.  If you think about the piece- go back asap and get it, you’ll regret if if you don’t.

Know what’s trending so you can make quick decisions if you need to add that certain special piece to your collection!

 Here at the Equestrianista- more trend reports, what to look for and where  will be featured!

The Year of the Horse
Click above on image to view these items in Polyvore! 

Be efficient:

 How to organize better, What should be packed in your Ride on the Go bag, New products, and easy recipes will be available at The Equestrianista!  



So True!

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