Spring Race Fashion-

Keep it fresh, clean and classic with Zimmerman & add pops of electric blue like the Australian Sky


 

 

Spring Racing

Don’t waste money on buying a silly nappy bag! Get something special!

I found myself in the baby isle of Target the other day talking a mom to be out of buying a nappy/diaper bag!  I know it really wasn’t my business and I really have no idea why I even opened my mouth, except I feel that you pay WAY too much on an ugly nappy/diaper bag, when all a nappy/diaper bag is, is a bag with pockets and different compartments!

Well equestrian mothers to be- Take my advice:

Buy are super beautiful bag that will last way past nappy/diaper years!


Really what you need is a great bag that has a few compartments and in addition to that- a clutch purse or cross body bag for your own items and  an envelope bag or two for baby goods and other things.

If you’re going to spend money on a diaper bag- you might as well get something that fits your style(cause face it, mid price nappy/diaper bags are UGLY and pretty ones are super $$$).   Find something that will grow with your needs from infant to toddler and beyond!

Large equestrian bags the suit these needs: Check out Oughton Limited, Baker Blankets, Rebecca Ray Designs, Sheplers and Etsy.

Endless options
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Consider a Clutch bag or a cross body bag that fits your basic needs of -Wallet, Cell phone, some other little items that you can remove quickly if needed is a great idea.  Or get a cross body bag.

 Check out the cute bags from Hettie!

www.hettie.co.uk

Mum's Essentials
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And a cosmetic bag or an envelope bag for baby needs for nap pies, wipes, sunscreen, nipple cream, etc..

Baby's Bag
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Consider also packing a small cosmetic type bag that has quick fixes:  Eyes, Lips, Scents, hair!  I really enjoy sweet scents from Lush. Their body powder is a great quick option for deodorant on the go, etc…
Quick Fixes
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A spare change of clothes for baby can be placed in a separate bag and left to live in the car. This can be easily grabbed if you think you might

Put all your essentials in a large bag that you will still have some room for extras, like a small blanket, a book, or other items!

Ready to Go!
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Meet Rhianydd of Rhi Lee Jones Eventing- Part 2

 Rhianydd of Rhi Lee Jones Eventing is a contestant on the Horse and Country TV series- The Blue Chip All Star Academy!  The All Star Academy is a reality Equestrian TV series that’s best described as a combination of The Apprentice meets Big Brother meets Pony Club!

Rhianydd’s sense of style and fashion has always caught my eye, so I was super excited to be able to interview her recently!


Rhianydd on foal watch last week!  

Describe the style and culture of your discipline, what’s the core of it?


It’s interesting how varied the style culture is across different disciplines. For example, polocrosse has a very Southern Hemisphere style. It has a relaxed vibe: white jeans and cowboy boots, rope reins, big spurs. I’ve found eventing, however, less rustic and a lot more polished and pristine: Hairnets, immaculate plaits, oiled hooves and spotless white saddle pads. It’s interesting how, even though the sports have progressed massively, the style culture surrounding them is very true to their roots; polocrosse which was developed in the Australian outback and Eventing which originated from the military cavalry.

 

 

Polocrosse vs Eventing
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   Define your equestrian & everyday style:


 

 Simple, comfortable and classic. In terms of riding, my daily uniform consists of grey johdpurs with a checked shirt, but I love smartening up myself and my horse for an event. Out of the saddle I’m a bit of a chameleon; I’m equally happy in a pair of jeans with one of my boyfriend’s sweaters and a statement necklace, as I am in a floor length ball gown. I love dressing to the occasion.

 

Rhi Lee Jones Eventing- My everyday style

Rhi Lee Jones Eventing- My everyday style by equestrianista featuring a chiffon maxi skirt

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  Any Basics that horsewomen need?


 

I think little beats a beautifully fit hunting jacket.  A great source for finding a hunt coat is to go to : The Vintage Tack Room- They are an amazing resource.  www.thevintagetackroom.com

 

  What are your go to pieces? Colors you enjoy?

 

I showjump in tweed, and wear my jacket with a navy stock. I love the combo.

 

Rhi Lee Jones-Eventing Style
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  What are new things you’re currently obsessed with?(items, brands, etc..)


 

 I am utterly addicted to Eurostar Clothing at the moment. Their johdpurs have a low hipster cut which fit beautifully and give a modern twist to a classic. They also make gorgeous lightweight jackets that are just perfect for riding in spring. I have one in turquoise which is featured in the photo and it looks amazing warming up at a competition with white johdpurs or at training with grey johdpurs.

In terms of helmets, I think One K are doing something really different at the moment while still maintaining a classic style. I love their defender helmets, particularly in the matte navy and black.

 

Rhi Lee Jones-Eventing Riding Style

Rhi Lee Jones-Eventing Riding Style by equestrianista on Polyvore

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Do you have a Rider on the Go tip?


Dry shampoo!! It completely saves me from dealing with hat hair when I’m running from the yard to meet friends!

 

 Travel- Best places horsey to travel?


I’ve been lucky to have some amazing horsey experiences while travelling. I once played polocrosse in Zimbabwe where we had to hold time during the game as a herd of elephants walked past the pitch!

One of my favourite travel memories was a horseback safari in the Chyulu Hills, Kenya. A wonderful company called Ride Kenya offers absolute luxury in the bush and I was lucky enough to go to help them work horses and assist the guests while travelling a couple of years ago. The wildlife offers such unexpected adventure. We would gallop with herds of zebra, and finish the day with a g&t in front of the fire. An absolutely unbeatable experience that I feel so privileged to have had.

To contact Ride Kenya, drop them a message on Facebook!  Click here-

Keep in touch & follow!


Photo Credit Jon Stroud

I am hugely active on social media and love to keep my followers updated on my equestrian journey. Whether it be dishing the goss about the All Star Academy, my training experiences, competition results, mucking out thoughts or cute pictures of my newborn foal, it’s all on there! You can follow me on facebook on www.facebook.com/RLJEventing, and instagram and twitter on @RLJEventing. The Blue Chip All Star Academy is a brand new television series which premieres on Sunday 12th June 9pm on Horse and Country TV. Horse & Country TV is available in the UK on Sky channel 253 and online via the H&C Play app

Now that you’ve gotten to know Rhianydd, one of the stars on the Blue Chip All Star Academy- a Horse and County TV Series that airs this Sunday, June 12th at 9pm UK Time- Be sure to follow her and watch!  Its going to be really really epic!

 

Blue Chip All Star Academy Premieres this Sunday! Interview Part 1

The doors of the academy open at 9pm, Sunday 12th June, when our eight finalists compete to be crowned champion in the show that has been described as a mix between The Apprentice and Pony Club camp.

Filmed at Talland School of Equitation in Gloucestershire the show also features some of the leading names in the sport, including Pammy Hutton, Charlie Hutton, Olympic event rider Ludwig Svennerstal, top show producer Jayne Ross, event and dressage star Daisy Coakley and Olympic gold medallist Carl Hester.

- Meet one of the stylish Stars Rhianydd

of Rhi Lee Jones Eventing


Photo Credit: Jon Stroud

Tell me a little about yourself?


 

I grew up in South Wales and stayed there until I was 18 when I moved across the border to England, where I went to Birmingham to attend university. I thought it would be a great experience to go to a multi-cultural city after growing up in the countryside in Wales, but I was only there a couple of weeks when I missed my horses like mad, and needed an excuse to bring them to Birmingham with me. A flatmate and I started a student polo club which really took off and gave me an excuse to bring my four horses to university. Safe to say I did a lot more riding than studying! After university I helped manage a polo club for a season before moving to London for three years. Now I’m back in the Countryside in South Wales, this time with four different horses,  including my first foal that was born at the beginning of June, and couldn’t be happier!

 

How did you get started riding? 

 I’ve been riding since I was 3 years old and had my first pony when I was 7. I was mad about showjumping for a number of years until I found polocrosse and absolutely fell in love with the adrenaline of the crazy sport! I played polocrosse for over 15 years and represented the UK at under 16, under 21 and under 25 level. Unfortunately 3 years ago I broke my hip which ended my polocrosse career and I nearly gave up riding all together until I found eventing. I was absolutely devastated at the time, but figured when nothing goes right… Go left! I’ve absolutely fallen in love with eventing and have got a whole new set of goals that I’m currently working my butt off to achieve. I love to retrain ex racehorses for the sport as I love their athleticism and forward thinking mentality. This takes a lot of time and patience but is so incredibly rewarding when everything starts coming together and the hard work pays off.

Tell me about this Blue Chip Academy Show you have filmed:


I couldn’t believe that I was selected to be a part of the Blue Chip All Star Acadamy. The show is like big brother meets Pony Club Camp for adults! Filmed as a reality show by Horse and Country TV, I was one of 8 finalists who competed to get sponsorship from Blue Chip Feed. As Blue Chip is arguably the best feed on the market we were all pretty keen to win the sponsorship! We also were spoilt rotten by other sponsors of the show, including Easibed Bedding and Point-Two Airjackets. To compete for the prize, we had numerous lessons with top trainers and took part in various tasks off the horse, too.

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I was all set to bring my eventing mare to the All Star Academy, who I have owned for three years and retrained myself off the racetrack. Unfortunately, just as filming was due to start she got a foot abscess which meant I was unable to take her. I was determined not to miss out on the competition so took my new horse, Bob instead, who had only been off the racetrack for two weeks! The other competitors were on their best competition horses, so it was a very different experience for me, as my priority was keeping Bob calm and relaxed, and making it a positive experience for him in a very high-pressured environment. You’ll have to tune in to see how I got on!

 

Be sure to follow Rhianydd of RLJ Eventing on the Blue Clip All Star Academy and on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!


I am hugely active on social media and love to keep my followers updated on my equestrian journey. Whether it be dishing the goss about the All Star Academy, my training experiences, competition results, mucking out thoughts or cute pictures of my newborn foal, it’s all on there! You can follow me on facebook on www.facebook.com/RLJEventing, and instagram and twitter on @RLJEventing. The Blue Chip All Star Academy is a brand new television series which premieres on Sunday 12th June 9pm on Horse and Country TV. Horse & Country TV is available in the UK on Sky channel 253 and online via the H&C Play app.

Click here to go The Blue Chip All Star Website:  http://allstar-academy.tv 

 

PART 2 Coming Saturday!  Find out Rhianydd’s Fashion sense and style!


Summer Essentials

Summer Essentials


Le Blanc Seing- 1965

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.”

Australian Year Round Essentials- Don’t leave home without them

As we head into the cooler months, some of us feel that we’re safe on cooler and cloudy days not to wear a hat or sunscreen.  Don’t be fooled- make sure you have these essentials within reach at all times.

 

Need an update?  Hat, Sunnies, Sunscreen has seen better days?  Go for a new look!

 

Australian Essentials Year round

Australian Brands:

 

Did you know that Akubra boasts that most of their hats are at least 70SPF?
Gidgee Eyes make sunglasses with the equestrian especially in mind
And Cancer Council Sunscreen comes highly recommended from many dermatologists and is found at almost any chemist.

Australian Essentials

 

 

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.

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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:

Gidgee Eyes
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***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!

 

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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!  

 

Save vs Splurge
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Last but not least, a hat is essential:


Your Australian classic hat of choice is an Akubra hat!  Its an Australian icon that has been producing  felt hats for over 130 years!  There are hundreds of styles to choose from, an equestrian classic is the Arena style.

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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!


 


Moving Down Under…

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!

Waroona and Yarloop Fires Misplace many pets and effect 100′s of Horses

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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