2016 Summer

2016 Summer


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?


Trends to look forward to and take note of

Take a moment, and rearrange your closet.  Group the following items together, so that you can assemble what to wear from them since these are your items that will be your Fall & Spring staples.  It makes things SO much easier.

 

Northern Hemisphere-


Animal Prints- Birds are particularly popular-

 

The blanket coat- as previously written about.

 

Velvet- Always a staple to have something velvet.

 

Knits & Knots- Big knit sweaters are in- I can foresee finding a couple of good ones will be your staple items this Autumn.

 

Reds- Reds have been popular all year- this is a staple item that will take you right into the deep of winter.

 

Fur-

 

Southern Hemisphere:


Fall into Winter

 

Pastels- Soft colors- lots and lots of soft colors everywhere!  Even at a sophisticated age, adding some soft colors is a must.  Soft pastels and brighter colors will be an easy transition right into summer.

 

Crests- Big over sized crests are popular.

 

Mixed Metals- look for mixing metals, whether it’s in mixing some jewelry together or finding a gem T-shirt that has different studs and paint on it!

 

Flowers- Florals are big this whole year- this will take you right into summer easily.

 

* Keep a look out for also Nautical style- that will transition you right into summer and it never goes out of style!  Navy & Whites, Chevron print, is always in no matter where you are in the World.

** You’ll also need a couple good hats as well for that strong sun!

 

 

Spring into Summer

On a mission outfit- Winter Layers for Australia

When you’re on a mission, youre on a mission and you need to be comfortable, have good traction on your feet, layers for changing temps, flexible jeans for riding, running around town and  in and out of your car, etc…

 

Here are some great options from Horze.com along with some accessories.


On a mission outfit
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Bikini Tops to Fit your Top & Beach Essentials

It’s fun to mix and match tops when you actually get out of the barn and get to relax by the water.  Make sure you put the right top on for your body type:

 

Smaller Tops:  Look for Carnival, Bandeau, or String Cops.  They will emphasize smaller tops and broaden your shoulders.

Medium and Large Tops:  Look for Halter and Underwire to support and offer extra coverage.

 

 

Bikini Tops for your body
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Dont forget Beach Essentials that you cannot leave without!


Beach essentials
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Cover-Ups that go beyond the Beach- 4 Choices under $40-  Step into the gas station, grocery store and more…


 

Beyond the Beach
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In the Equitation and Hunter Show Ring- Whats Acceptable, What Hot, Whats Not

There can be a very thin line between what’s acceptable and what’s not when you enter the show ring.  Its always been that way and always will.  I had the pleasure of interviewing, Grace Wiedner, an up and coming top young rider who helped me breakdown the ambiguity of what to wear in the show ring.  Her full interview will follow in the coming weeks!


 

New riders to the Hunter & Equitation Show Ring really need to consider these things when converting over and looking for the right show apparel.  What you wear does matter to some extent.

 

Now, when you are first starting out, there are some good basic items that you want to look for, then as you start to specialize in this area of horse competition, there are some special brands that you considered trendy and in.

 

But like all disciplines- the classics never go out of style and are classics for a reason.  Something to remember, and this applies to almost every discipline, whether it’s apparel or riding gear- ***If you go cheap- the fit most likely won’t be right, the quality is absolutely not there, and you will probably end up wasting your money because once you start using the item- the fit & quality isn’t there, and to make things worse, trying to resell this slighty or never used item- no one wants it! So always ask for advice from a reputable source and weigh in budget and level of competition.  There are always tricks and shortcuts in each discipline that you can save and places that it’s just not worth trying to get something less expensive.


 

A breakdown of what to wear in the Hunter Show Ring:


Helmet: Best value is to go for a classic velvet helmet.   Something that fits you well and looks good on you, a low profile helmet tends to look best.  A classic velvet helmet will cover Hunter, Equitation, and Jumpers.  The Microsuede material is acceptable, but could change as to what’s in or out.

GPA or Charles Owen is the brands to consider.

Hairnet- Always hair up and neat with a hairnet that matches your hair color.  There are great new ones from RWR that many people like.  A bit easier than the classic.

Earrings- You can get away with a little bigger pearl or diamond earring.  But nothing crazy. Keep it simple.

Shirt: Always wear white. You can’t go wrong with white for many years.  There are trends of colored shirts and patterns, etc… But if you are buying something that is a guaranteed classic- go with a white shirt.  Long or short sleeve is fine- you might want to have both if you plan to show in the cooler weather and need more layers.  I think most people go for the short sleeve version.

Monogrammed collars- are out.  Pins are out.  Grace mentioned that there maybe be some old fashion riders in the show ring that can pull it off, but just go for a plain collar at the moment with nothing on it- its’ the classic standard.

Jacket: Always plain black or dark navy.  There are patterns within the coats, but really plain is better for the long term value.

* Dark green has been trying to make a comeback, but as Grace said – “you have to be perfect to pull that off.”  Make sure the arms are long enough and it fits right.  You can never ever go wrong with a classic good fitting coat.

Brands to look for: Starting out- really whatever fits you best within your budget, is the best choice.  But RJ Classics is a big show ring brand and Ariat is making it’s way into the inner circle.

Gloves- Plain Black- whatever fits & is comfortable.  This is where you could go cheaper.

Breeches: Plain tan.  Tailored Sportsman is the classic classic brand that will always been accepted in the show ring.  They are also a good investment piece if you decide that the show ring isn’t for you- they hold their value for consignment.   Ariat is also acceptable, but again go for the classics.

Belt- Plain belt, you can get away with a horsey buckle as long as its not too big.

Boots:  Lots of brands to choose from.  A Field boot only- no dress boots.  Keep your eye out for the consignment area.  To start out, Ariat or TredStep seem to be the best fitting, best value, most acceptable brands.

But Grace hit the nail on the head- “It really doesn’t matter what the brand is:

As long as it hurts to put on- you’re good!”


Hunter Show Ring

 

 

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Here’s Grace’s simple breakdown between Hunter & Equitation Wear:

 

Equitation- Plain is better.  Always dark coat-Navy or Black. White Show Shirt. Plain Helmet.
Hunter- Don’t take away from the entire look.  There is a little bit of individuality that can be expressed, such as a green show coat or the top of boots are a different leather.  These trends change so be on top of what’s in and what’s out.
But if you don’t want to make a mistake- classic classic classic is the best investment.  

Trend Report- Peaches & Olives- Great Color Combo

Peaches and Olives are definitely the last thing I would pair together for food, but for clothing colors- they are just beautiful together!

 

Trend Report- Peach is in at the moment!


Just Peachy

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Whether you are in summer or winter- look for some pretty peach accessories to brighten up your day!  For those of you in the Northern Hemisphere, you are yearning for the winter vortex to be over and looking towards colors to brighten your day!  In the Southern Hemisphere you are entering the dead heat of summer and look for some cooler colors as you can’t wait for fall!

 

Peach is the perfect color for right now!


You can add peach to your cheeks, lips, and/or eyes!

A peach scarf will become one of your favorite go-to accessory in your Rider on the Go bag!

Look for a pair of peach pumps!  They will elongate your legs when wearing a dress!

Some rose gold jewelry, like a watch, necklace or hair clip is always nice to add peach and sparkle!

Rose Gold
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Get ready to amp up the warm colors for February!

RED IS BACK IN

(Although I don’t think it ever went away)!


 

 

 

Anthropologie Reckons Red Is In!

Red is Hot!
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RM Williams – A Classic Australian Clothing Brand

RM Williams, one of the quintessential Australian brands of leather goods and clothing.


 

The history behind this famous brand:

“Reginald Murray Williams was born in 1908 on a farm in mid-north South Australia.

Since the age of 16, RM worked through more careers than there are stitches on his brand-name boots. He was a camel boy, drover, well digger, boot maker, miner, businessman, historian, author and leatherworker, just to name a few.

 

He was born seven years after Federation to the optimism of the words of Australia’s first Prime Minister, Edmund Barton; For the first time in history we have a continent for a nation and a nation for a continent” and he lived to see the eyes of the world focused on Australia for the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

RM first went bush in his teens lime burning and building in stone in Victoria and on the Western Australian goldfields. In the late 1920′s, he signed on as a camel boy with the missionary explorer William Wade in his treks across Australia’s central western deserts.

He learned valuable bush lore and survival skills from the aboriginal peoples of the area, and honed his stock handling and bushcraft skills from the stockmen of the desert fringe cattle stations.

By 1932, the onset of the Great Depression found RM camped out in the Gammon Ranges of South Australia with his young family but his luck changed when he met Dollar Mick.

A self-taught genius in leatherworking, Dollar Mick passed on his skills to the 24 year old RM who made and sold his first pair of riding boots for 20 shillings to a man from Hilltaba Station whose name he couldn’t remember.

Having worked on some of the great pastoral runs of the interior, no one knew better than RM what men who were born in the saddle wanted when it came to footwear. Other landmarks of RM’s life include founding the Australian Roughriders Association, and helping to form the Equestrian Federation of Australia in 1951 and the Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach in 1988. He was also editor of Hoofs and Horns magazine in the early 1950′s.

In 1985, RM was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for services to the outback community. In 1992, he was named an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to business and community, and in 2001 he was awarded the Centenary Medal.

Reginald Murray Williams passed away on 4th November 2003 aged 95.”

 

The R.M.Williams Company was founded and established in 1932 by Australian legend, Reginald Murray RM Williams AO, CMG.


 

How the company started:


 

 

“In the early 1930′s, RM met a thin, wiry and colorful character by the name of Dollar Mick. RM was camped out in South Australia’s Gammon Ranges where he was barely making a living for his young family, sinking wells and doing odd jobs on surrounding stations. His fortunes turned when Dollar Mick arrived at his campsite, driving a dilapidated buggy drawn by two mules.

There was an age gap of almost 30 years between the two men but they built up an incredible rapport. Over the following months, Michael George Smith (Dollar Mick) passed on his vast knowledge of leather work and craft to RM, teaching him the secrets of bush saddlery and stockmen’s accessories, still prized today.

 

After much trial and error under the watchful eye of Dollar Mick, RM fashioned his first pair of boots which he sold to a man from Hiltaba Station.

 

RM later said that this defining experience with Dollar Mick marked the true beginning of his life’s work.

 

With boots sales to this first unknown buyer and cattle king, Sir Sidney Kidman, RM set up the beginnings of his first factory in an iron woolshed behind his father’s house at 5 Percy St, Prospect.

With no capital and little help, he built up a team of dedicated craftsmen and took out advertisements in the rural press that asked customers for cash with their orders, his mail order boot service and an iconic Australian company were born.

Over the following decades, RM developed his business, diversifying into bush saddlery and equipment and the company’s trademark moleskins, jeans and bush shirts.

Today, R.M.Williams exports to 15 countries, has more than 50 retail stores in Australia and two international stores in London and New York. In addition, R.M.Williams is available at more than 900 stockists around the globe and has retail space in numerous Myer department stores across Australia.”

 

A true staple that almost everyone has is an RM Williams belt.


RM Williams Belts- Classic & New

 

 

How to wear RM Williams?  Try these outfits!


RM Williams

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Rm Williams- Casual Weekend
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RM Williams - Out & About
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It’s a classic brand that makes staple items that last through the seasons and a lifetime.

 

 

 

Stampede Parade…The Offical Opening of the Grand Rodeo!

The Stampede Parade is a two-and-a-half-mile smile. A fitting way to kick off The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, the Parade begins with the World Champion Calgary Stampede Showband. A dynamic ribbon of pageantry follows, featuring beautiful floats, bands, riders, celebrities and cultural entries.
Arrive early on the route to ensure your seat and watch the Parade Prelude.

Parade Marshal

Calgary Stampede Parade Marshals occupy a prestigious place in our history. Parade Marshals have included Hollywood legends and humanitarian icons.

The 2013 Parade Marshal will be the first Canadian Astronaut to walk in space and the first to command the International Space Station (ISS)–Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Chris Hadfield.

Commander Hadfield accepted our invitation from space where he was the first Canadian to command the International Space Station.

There are between 300,000 – 500,000 spectators cheering on the parade participants.  It’s one of the most incredible experiences I have ever been a part of.  I can’t wait to ride in the parade tomorrow.   If you are going, I will be with the big group – Calgary Polocrosse!

 

If you are lucky enough to get a great seat, remember to bring your camera, you never know what you will see!

 

Wondering what to wear?  Try this outfit:


 

 

Stampede Parade
The white hat is a traditional item that is essential when going to the Calgary Stampede.  You can purchase one at the Calgary Gift Store if you need to!
The Canadians are incredibly friendly wonderful people- They put on a fantastic show!
 
This is a MUST on the Equestrianista’s Bucket list of places to go!

 

 

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