An Equestranista Aussie Christmas….

Signs of an Aussie Christmas for The Equestrianista:


Signs & Things to do around Christmas in Australia:

Christmas Spiders, Christmas Trees(orange blossoms aussie style), Swimming horses at the beach, Hot weather, To-Do List…. Cookies, toys, trim hooves, clean house, etc…

 

First- Get all your To-Do Lists done so you can enjoy the summer down under-


 

 

Trim Hooves in the morning- it’s a hot one this Christmas Down Under!

 

The Australian  Christmas Tree- a native tree that blooms these beautiful orange blossoms right around Christmas time.

Taking horses to the Beach for a swim is a very equestrianista Christmas activity.

Hot weather- baked red dirthot hot hot- time to go to the beach!  That’s the Aussie Way around Christmas Time.

A colourul decorated little creature- the Christmas Spider is a good bug eater that’s non toxic who pops out around Christmas time in the Southwest of Western Australia.

The Roo Dog reminds us to stay cool this Christmas Season down under in Australia!

Have a beer, no worries, stay cool and have a very Merry Christmas this 2015!

 

 

The Tale of The Equestrianista…am I crazy, brave, or something inbetween?

Life as it is has not been satisfying…  I want more!

Ever felt like this? 

I want more out of work, a relationship, and location of living!

I have decided I need a big change.  I want to move across the country!  I feel like I’ve outgrown where I live.  Works sucks- Everyday I wonder, along with other co-workers, are we going to have a job tomorrow???  Last but not least, I live in a lovely town.  A lovely town to raise kids, it has a great public school system, fun places to go, and you feel safe.  The only problem is everyone seems to be taken.  The men that are left are losers who live in the basements of their parents’ houses, enjoy that their moms still do their laundry,  barely have a job and are ok with that!  Not my kind of man!

 

I’ve decided this is not the way I want to live!

When I tell my plan to friends or family, they say:  You are so brave to make this decision.  Am I really?  Why do people consider this a brave move?  Is it because it’s something that they have thought of doing, but never did cause they were scared?

THIS IS MY PLAN:


I have a rough plan, eventual goals, and leaving everything else open to new or better opportunities.

I’m putting my house up for sale. Once it sells, I will move out west to Colorado.  Inbetween, I’ve been invited up to Maine, one of my favourite places.  I am going to help an old horsey friend out open her art gallery!

Then my plan is to pack my bags for 4 months.  Fly to Calgary Canada to go to the Calgary Stampede and teach Polocrosse with Polocrosse Calgary for a month.

After Stampede a wonderful friend has reminded me that “the door is always open”  She lives in Geraldton, Western Australia.

Yes the water is really this color! 

AUSTRALIA!  How can I not go visit, help her with her family, ride horses and play polocrosse for a season?

I’m going on Walkabout


All in the meantime, I will be working on uncovering what works for me as a career, direction in life and what really makes me happy.

Am I brave or stupid?  

Im leaving the rest open to bigger and better opportunities that I never dreamed of.  I wonder how this will pan out?

 

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….

Click on this picture: 

 

 

 

When life points you in a new direction….

How in the World did I end up here?

Have you ever talked about doing something and actually open yourself up to doing it for real?


Of course you always have grand plans that you and your girlfriends like to talk about.  Some friends get annoying cause that’s all they talk about but NEVER do it, not even a baby step towards something different.  You think to yourself as they drown you in their sorrows… what a crappy way to live!

My Wanderluster instinct is a strong family trait.  Both of my parents have traveled extensively and each side of their family has strong desires to travel and see the world.  For example, my great grandfather on my mother’s side decided that Holland wasn’t going to give him the opportunities he dreamed about, so he set sail to America.  He checked it out, loved it, traveled back to Holland and announced to his family that he was moving to America.    He traveled back to America with a friend, they met their, to be wives and mother of their children on the boat andWell, as they say, The rest is history!

I have always traveled, mostly seeing the World with horses or because of horses.  I have met amazing people who have become very close friends along the way.

I guess looking back, those are major reasons why I am where I am today!

The story beginsThe journey of The Equestrianista

Racing Colors- Outfits Ideas

The Australian racing season jump starts quick out the gate-

Are you ready?


 

Steeplechase Trends
Click above to see where to get this look

Get Winning Colors

Equestrianista- Jennie Brannigan tops the top at Fair Hill International Three Day the other week!  She has her own unique style that’s a mix of Eventer, Jumper, California Cool and Thrill Seeker!

Congrats Jennie

Look below to get a look similar to hers!

 Photo Credit: Shannon Brinkman Photo

Winning Colors

Click on picture to get the look

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….

Stamps
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stamps
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


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