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Denim Breeches or Jeggings are essential this Winter!
One of my favorite equestrian paintings by Rene Magritte in 1965- Le Blanc Seing
You may have not seen this painting, but know Rene Magritte’s work from the raining men- Goncolnda painting or the apple- Son of Man, or cloud paintings that are more main stream:
Rene Magritte was an internationally acclaimed surrealist artist of all time, yet it was not until his 50s, when he was finally able to reach some form of fame and recognition for his work. Rene Magritte described his paintings saying, “My painting is visible images which conceal nothing; they evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, ‘What does that mean?’ It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing, it is unknowable.”
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I think I wear a vest more often than any other piece of clothing for the changing temperatures Australia has, especially during the Winter!
I really love the new HV POLO Senga Vest. It retails for $160.00. It comes in a beautiful blue or deep raspberry maroon. The faux fur collar is removable, the cut of the vest is flattering on any body type, it has double zippers, good pockets and a slimming waist. My Save choice is the Dublin Tara Vest- simple and plain in a classic Navy. Quilted fabric, button closure, elastic waist- easy choice to save but still have a nice vest.
When traveling or living in Australia here are your essentials:
Sunglasses or as they say in Australia: Sunnies
You can choose any style that you like. Make sure you like your sunglasses and they give you a little bit of confidence. If you’re not sure about the style, either bring a friend to try some on that you value their opinion or ask someone in the store that looks stylish. Sometimes a stranger will suggest to you a great new style!
I’d suggest that you don’t buy super cheap ones as eye protection from the sun is very important, especially in Australia.
One suggestion is to check out Gidgee-Eyes for Equestrians. They have four main styles to choose from, several color options, but most importantly they have been designed for the equestrian. They are light, fit very well, fit under your helmet, have excellent UV protection, technical material for durability and have been tested and loved by many top competitors in all sorts of weather conditions and terrain.
Click picture to navigate to Gidgee-Eyes
What’s also nice is they come with a nice hard case, a soft case, and two lenses to interchange depending on light.
I’m digging the Enduro and Liberty Styles that Gidgee Eyes have to offer:
***Even when its a rainy day in Australia, don’t’ be caught without your sunnies. The sun always comes out and you will need them! Don’t’ leave home without them!
Another essential is footwear when you’re not riding: Thongs or Pluggers (Flip flops)
SAVE OPTION: A favorite Australian brand of thongs is Havaianas- They pretty much come in any color or pattern imaginable!
Things to possibly consider- Do you want to add a pop of color with your footwear? Or do you want your footwear to compliment colors you wear?
Decisions Decisions…. They are comfortable but are a regular pair of thongs that will last you, depending on your wear and tear, a year or two.
SPLURGE OPTION: If you are looking for a pair of Equestrian inspired sandals or thongs that will last you a life time and will look great with anything you wear, my suggestion is that you check out the amazing creations of Katharine Page! My heart skips a beat when I think about her shoes!
I just love the equestrian tack inspired stitching found on all her items.
There are endless choices when it comes to non riding light footwear- just make sure you have at least one pair of thongs!
Last but not least, a hat is essential:
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They also provide 70SPF sun protection! Make sure you shape the hat a little or it will just look like you bought it- you gotta break them in a little.
Other equestrian choices- almost all equestrian clothing manufacture produces a fun cap to wear- Come colorful choices come from Ariat or Wrangler.
Don’t forget to also pack your sunscreen, have some clothing layers handy for sun protection, to change into after riding, and to add when the sea breeze comes in and cools things down quickly in the afternoon, depending on where you are.
STAY TUNED: More Australian essentials coming soon!
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I’ve been going back and forth with figuring out how to transition with this and I just haven’t figured out the best way, so here it goes
So Announcing that I’m moving Down Under in my fashion, style, trend and overall reports! I will still share fabulous things and event happening all over the World that I love, but my home base has drastically changed to Australian Equestrian Fashion!
Stay with me, you most likely will find something fabulous to add to your style that you’ve never seen or heard of!
Ok it’s not that easily done, but it can be done if this is what you want. But you have to want it and be willing to put what you want into plan. Thats the tricky scary part that I feel like most people don’t do.
As I wrote in previous posts, I needed a change. I started this blog along with making spur bracelets and other pretty equestrian themed items and ignited my passion again!
I quit my job, sold my house, and have started doing some marketing and social media for various small companies while traveling to beautiful places visiting friends in Maine, USA- Calgary, CAN- and Geraldton, AUS.
I bought a couple of plane tickets! Australia here I come.
I don’t know about the tan, as I’m more of a freckle connector(white skin, freckles + sun=more freckles that connect which create an appearance of a tan, but really its just more freckles)
I fell in love!
I firstly, fell in love, with myself again! Wow did I miss you! I feel like a lot of people let this part of life go. It’s very important to get back to that, cause if you’re in love with yourself, you open opportunities that are beyond your imagination!
The funny thing while Ive been traveling- That old saying- You find love when you’re least expecting…
Yeah it’s true- Yes I fell in love too!
I fell in love with an Aussie Bloke who’s kind, fun, happy, responsible, and get this… Horsey and not gay!
I spent enough time on my best friends couch back in the states discussing with her over bottles of wine(not bottles of wine at once, but multiple discussions) who is the ideal man for ourselves.
What do you do when you actually find the guy that you were talking about? Hit the panic button- yes, I totally did this. After a phone call to my best friend, I took a breath and let it happen, just like Ive been letting everything that I set in front of me happen.
And the never to return part…
Well that’s been the hardest part. You have to say goodbye and let go of many loved friends, family and animal. I hadn’t thought of this total shift in the big plan at all. I have just had to stay positive and look forward to the future for new wonderful things verses looking back at things I’ve had to leave behind- Like my horse and two beloved dogs. I just can’t justify the money it costs to ship a horse or dogs for that matter. And my wonderful dogs, one is old and to ship a dog that far I feel is cruel. So they stay behind with wonderful homes and I just have to be happy with that. I think of them often and wish at times that I could spend time with them and have a good cuddle session with them.
At least they are back in the states to visit.
So look to the future for new wonderful things and smile back at all the fantastic opportunities you have had in the past!
Look forward to a fabulous Australian Equestrian 2016 from The Equestrianista!
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This post isn’t about fashion, it’s about people coming together because of a devastating disaster. I currently live in Western Australia in the beautiful Southwest where we have all been effected by these devastating fires….
The fires of Waroona are still blazing, Heros and tireless volunteers work round the clock to provide comfort to what is a leveling fire. The blaze has turned the town of Yarloop into ash, there are reports of four missing people and two found bodies. Firefighters around the country of Australia are working towards containing this massive fire that has shut down the two major highways the connect the SouthWest of Western Australia to its capital city of Perth.
The effects are beyond just lost pets, burned horses, homeless people, even diary farms south of the blazes are having to dump thousands of liters of milk because the tankers cannot get to the farms to pick up the produced milk!
This massive fire has even created its own weather! A rare occurrence, massive fires like this can change weather! The heat mixed with the atmosphere, smoke and other factors created rain storms and a change in wind!
People from everywhere have come out to donate items and money to help this major disaster. People have stopped what they are doing in their lives just to turn around and see how they can help. There are people looking for lost pets in safe areas that were effected by the fire as it blew through. People are taking in horses and taking care of them and posting pictures on Facebook to find their owners. People are opening up their farms for people to evacuate to.
The great thing about Western Australia is that almost every major little country town has an equestrian centre with permanent pens- They have been opened to all that need to evacuate. Pony Club Moms, leaders of Polocrosse Clubs, Campdraft Clubs, Equestrian Groups have posted their cell phones as a point of contact, organized hay, water buckets, everything that is needed for evacuees to just arrive and rest. Vets are volunteering their services around the clock to help with wildlife, livestock and pets.
Its really a remarkable outpouring of support to these flattening fires.
I have donated boots for people who left in a hurry that don’t have proper shoes to wear to go back to their properties and survey the damage.
I am also donating 35% of proceeds from Sales on my Etsy site. If you’ve liked my items that I make and thought about buying something, please think about it now as the sale will help these victims.
Proceeds with goes towards medical & equipment supplies of effected horses from these fires.
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