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.
/dɪˈkɒlətɑːʒ/ (or décolleté, its adjectival form, in current French) is the upper part of a woman’s torso, between her waist and neck, comprising her neck, shoulders, back and chest, that is exposed by the neckline of her clothing.(Ref. Wikipedia)
I remember a while ago, watching the Style Network( an American TV channel) as they interviewed Donna Karen. Donna Karan, also known under the alias “DK”, is an American fashion designer and the creator of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels.
She talked about how most of her designs were focused around the decolletage. In her mind, that is one of the most beautiful parts of a woman’s body. It’s an incredible feminine part that should be decorated, as she described.
Here is an example of Donna Karen herself decorated!
Which brings me to my point- Protect your Decolletage!
Unfortunitaly, the decolletage, left uncared for and ignored will show early signs of age! Putting sunscreen on just when you are vacation is not enough! Forgetting a couple key places on your body while out in the barn or riding can really get ya earlier than most women.
Asides from protecting your face, there are two other places that should not be forgotten!
#1- Protect your Decolletage!
Remember to put ample amounts of sunscreen on your chest. It gets hit with the sun as much, if not more, than your face when riding. It also shows signs of aging much quicker than other parts that have been exposed to the sun just as much. With age, that area becomes less elastic and tends to get damaged more. This is why that part of your body might look 10 years older than you, depending on how many tank tops you wore as a teen out in the barn!
Second place- The tops of your hands!
The #1 location that I hear older women complain about is their hands! I can’t tell you how many women complain about the tops of their hands and how OLD they look! Especially equestrians, we work with our hands and the tops of them are constantly being exposed to the elements. Whether you wear gloves, riding or not, put the first and last bits of sunscreen on the tops of your hands.
I think most people by now are protecting their faces pretty well. There’s been enough dermatologists out there screaming about putting sunscreen on your face, wearing sunglasses, and a good brimmed hat at all times. I know we all tend not to listen to them screaming till we start to see some wrinkles on our face, but it’s never too late to start!
Whether you are destructive or can be careful, get some really awesome sunglasses! Bring an honest friend with you and shop for some sunglasses that make you look HOT! It doesn’t matter if you get one great pair that you promise to protect and care for that was an investment piece or you find a cheap pair that you buy 4 pairs of!
Get ones that protect you and that you look great in! Because most of the time, the sunglasses don’t come off!
Also look for some great hats as well. Ones you like to wear. Ok, so many of you have a couple of ratty baseball caps that have horse snot, slobber, and hair on it as well as your blood, sweat and tears in the barn or on a hook by the door that leads towards the barn. My advice is to also invest in a couple of cute hats as well. For in between going from the barn to other places! If your hair is already up because of riding and barn work and has formed to your helmet- putting on a clean cute hat after that barn is a great transition. No one will ever notice that you just came to the barn!
The equestrian look is always in! As long as you spruce it up a little from barn to public.
Mix or Match- below is probably most equestrianista’s barn outfits to go riding in?
A quick change of yucky barn boots – it you have time. A dry clean top, lip gloss, deodorant, a cute jacket or cardigan and a new, non gunked up hat. Mix & Match as you please to suit your discipline and style.
Everyone has a trick for keeping white breeches and or jeans white!
Here are tips of keeping whites white as well as featuring some great white choices!
***Always follow what the label says for the care of certain clothing! Especially if they are a pair of $200+ riding breeches vs $75 riding jeans or under $40 cotton jeans/breeches***
Add 1 can of coke to your laundry to get white breeches and jeans white! It’s a common polo and polocrosse trick for after a hard weekend of dirt and grime rubbed in from a close contact horse sport to clean up your gear with a can of coke.
* My tip- I like to first soak the jeans in the wash with hot water and a small amount of bleach and 1/2 the amount of detergent required. Then leave the top up for a little so that the dirt gets time to loosen and oils break down. Then when the wash is ready to finish all the cycles- add a can of coke in the wash. Yes it really works.
Pre-treating any stain that is on whites will greatly help. Putting whites in a tub or sink of hot water with a whitening detergent and adding some elbow grease with a stiff brush can do wonders! Everyone has their favorite pre-treat stain remover. My rule of thumb is to purchase something in the middle of the road, in price. Soak, scrub, rinse and repeat. Then put into the wash. Rinse twice to get rid of any soap remains.
No matter how dirty your breeches and jeans appear, don’t use too much bleach! The bleach will break down the fibers and create holes as well as it can yellow the items! Never put bleach on directly- just in water first then add clothing.
Try Scotchguard or a waterproofing spray before you wear them first! Test material for any slippery qualities – You don’t want slick jeans or breeches while riding! There is a theory that by adding a protective layer on before you add the dirt and grime, you may come out looking cleaner and make it easier to wash them after! I have yet to try this, but my next white jean purchase I will let you know!
Mrs. Meyers Copycat Countertop Spray
2 cups water
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tsp. lemon juice
*3 drops lemon essential oil
3 drops lemongrass essential oil Mix well in a spray bottle. Great for windows, too. I also use this on my laminate flooring. I usually use a wet cloth and spray the mix on, but you could multiply the recipe and use a mop and bucket:).
If you are “spooky” about showing off your midsection, try a pretty cardigan crop top. The higher waist will give the illusion of a smaller middle. Add a cute horsey belt with a pretty flirty spring printed skirt!
For the Southern Hemisphere- You are finally cooling off and that means figuring out what to wear asides from your sunnies, thongs, and bathers that you’ve lived in all summer!
Look for flirty skirts, distressed jeans( should have a couple of ripped barn jeans around!) and mix and match textures- Lace, knits, leather, corduroy .
Super easy to achieve that textured Trend Look at the moment! Ripped barn jeans – Check(just make sure they are relatively clean!) If you are coming from the barn- pack a great lacy textured scarf-A Must, and wipe off your tall leather barn boots, or bring a nicer pair to slip into! Wear a structured leather or wax jacket with a belt and you’re ready to meet friends, run errands, or go to an appointment!
An Envelope or Folded Clutch purse is a necessity!
Dig into your darker colored clothes.
50 Shades of gray!
- Yes look for charcoal gray as your backdrop color- add in different textures and rich plums.
Don’t be afraid of adding some bolder printed in there as well!
This bold heart polka dot shirt is all the rage now- look for it in multiple stores! Even Target has it!
Ok, so these don’t need to be made just for Superbowl. This is one of my go to- left over refrig clean-out dinners that usually happens on the weekend.
Super easy, most ingredients are found already at home or should be staple go-to items, little prep time and takes 40-60mins to cook!
25mins prep time, 45mins cook time
Pre-heat oven at 350*
Serves 4 people easily.
Must have ingredients:
- A deep baking dish, or my favorite a cast iron Dutch oven- keeps food warm, especially if you are still finishing up barn duties, etc…
Rice- can be any kind-Start cooking it while you prep the other ingredients.
1 Can of refried beans- can be any kind
1 can of diced tomatoes *2 cans if you are cooking for many people.
1 packet of burrito seasoning or any kind of Mexican seasoning
Flour or corn tortillas
Shredded Cheese- any kind will do
Then look through your refrigerator and cabinet to add the following ingredients:
Left over meat- chicken, pork, beef? Add that in!
Red onions? White onions? Garlic?
Do you have a can of corn? In many grocery stores, there is a Mexican mix in a can- it has peppers, corn, beans, seasoning- get a couple of them- you can do ALOT with them!
Chopped Veggies: Pepper, tomato, Spring onions?
Yes, that is one of the ugliest countertops I have seen- On my wish list- not blue countertops!
In a large bowl, mix your cooked rice and refried beans together.
Then add your corn, chopped veggies, and 1/2 a packet of the Mexican seasoning. Add meat if you want as well and add anything else you think might go!
Mix all together.
In your baking dish/dutch oven- open 1 can of diced tomatoes and add the other 1/2 of the Mexican seasoning. If you like it spicier, please add hot sauce or sweeter- add some sweet chili sauce. *Take half of the sauce out of the baking dish- you can scoop it out with a plastic bowl or measuring cup. Set aside.
Go back to the rice/bean mix and tortillas. If the tortillas are big- cut in half. They can be round or rectangular shaped- doesn’t matter. You want them ideally 5×7 in size. Take 1 scoop of your bean/corn mix and place in center of tortilla. Roll towards one end and roll the whole mixture up. Place in baking dish and repeat. Fill the bottom of the baking dish with corn/bean tortilla rolls. If you are making dinner for many people- get another can of diced tomatoes and add two layers of the rolls to the baking dish. If there is leftovers of the corn/bean mix- its great for lunch the next day on a salad or something. Once complete- pour the rest of the tomato sauce over the rolls and sprinkle cheese. Cover and cook in oven for 45 mins.
The Dutch oven keeps things really warm and it’s easy to serve out of. Once the cheese is melted, take cover off and let the oven brown the top- YUM!
This recipe is your perfect Friday/Saturday night meal- It should offer Saturday/Sunday Lunch as well!
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!
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!
I’m Worn-out but feeling rediscovered & refreshed!
I packed for 90 days in Australia and ended up staying for over 7 months! Here I sit in South Western Australia looking at my worn out clothes and feel refreshed and rediscovered!
We all reflect the year that just past.
If someone told me where I would be sitting down to write this blog post,
I would’ve told them that they were lying!
Lessons learned and enforced to live by from 2013:
Starting with my favorite old life lesson and ending with my new life lesson.
1. Be cautious of people who don’t have close good old friends.
I have always found that there is something askew with people who don’t have oldie but goodie friends. Not that every person you run into has the same thing wrong with them- but there are excellent good person qualities that are needed to have good old friends and be able to keep them! People who lack those good person qualities usually dont have many good old friends.
2. If you’re unhappy, change things.
Easier said than done sometimes, but if you can find the courage to take the first step, the rest of the steps come easy. There is NO reason to be unhappy and NO reason not to CHANGE things. You’re just wasting life on being unhappy- who wants to do that?
3. Life is too short- do what inspires you.
Earlier in the year of 2013, I was unfortunately reminded this life lesson. My wonderful friend Renee, pictured above, was killed in a horse related accident. It was one of those stories you read about that reminds you to practice being safe around horses. As much as I am still crushed to even think that she is not spreading glitter around this earth any longer, I am so grateful that she reminds me that Life is too Short and you need to do what inspires you and the rest will come. Renee was a huge advocate for animal rights in NYC and a big supporter for the carriage horses in NYC. She always followed her heart and did what inspired her.
Fashion Advice in honor of Renee- But something sparkly pink for 2014!
4. Create your own destiny.
This one is also a hard one, but as soon as you become inspired, feel that passion and fire inside of you, there is really nothing you can’t do. I don’t think that Destiny is a predetermined course of events. It’s your willingness and openness to try new things and go on different paths in life that inspire you.
5. Trust your gut.
Another oldie but goodie- You can never go wrong with this one. You will always wish you had gone with your gut when you were on the fence about something and you will NEVER look back on a decision if you allow your “gut” to point you in the right direction. *** Apply this to shopping for items. If you totally fall in love with a piece of clothing and you think about it often. Go back and buy it- you’ll end up wearing the worth out of it!
6. You’ll find love when you least expect it.
Yep they always say that and it’s true. I think when you finally take care of what needs to be taken care of along with a little bit of timing on things- you will find love when you least expect it.
7. You can’t deal with Crazy (This is stolen from a good friend of mine)
We have all tried to deal with crazy people and in the end, you will end up saying: You can’t deal with Crazy.
Steer clear of people when you get the “crazy person” feeling from them. Usually nothing good comes out of it.
8. Selfless and Selfish people just don’t mix
Again a personality difference that just never works out for both parties. If you feel that you are dealing with someone on the extreme end of one or the other- it might be best to change your strategy on how you work with them.
9. When times get tough the tough step in and offer help.
I have always been a person that has stood on their own. I fought for my independence out of the womb. I was reminded of that when my father told me that I used to yell at him for trying to help me put my saddle on my pony when I was 2 years old!
When times get tough, accept help, let friends step in and offer support. You’ll really find who’s who when you do. Last year I quit my job, sold my house, and set sail on a life adventure. Yes, that all sounds very fairytale, brave and adventurous- It was a bit calculated and a definite leap of life, and the best thing I ever did.
I just want to thank all my wonderful friends who offered places to stay, jobs to do and places to travel all over the world! PA, NJ, MD, ME, USA, Calgary, Canada, Western Australia!
Thank you Cara, Megan, Sarah, Lesley, Jane, & Mandy
10. Make yourself complete, love yourself & do what makes you happy. All else falls into place like you thought it would.
As I look back over the year of 2013, there were some real lows but also some great highlights. Looking at my clothes that I packed for 90 days in Australia that has turned into 7 months, I’m embarrassed of the wear and tear.
Thank you to some companies which I did pack!
I would like to thank Smartwool- the best sock company for keeping my feet happy while riding horses, exercising & hiking, and having an all around good time.
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Walmart for making great fitting, cheap, jeans that you can ride in as well as wear outside of the barn! My go to Cheap pair of jeans are LEI that is carried by Walmart!
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Thank you Victoria’s Secret for making great fitting bra’s. Even though they wore out after 6 months, I did only pack 3 along with some sports bras.
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Thank you Wrangler for making fashionable, classic jeans that make your butt look great in!
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I will need to get my Lagrange Cowgirl boots resoled as I am afraid I have ridden and danced right out of the soles! Beautiful fashionable designs that Australia has never seen the likes of- Everyone wants to buy my boots!
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My favorite Polocrosse playing boots- The Buckaroo made by Twisted X.
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Man have these boots been through alot of riding this year, let alone the last 2 years!
Since July 2013- 25 weeks of riding multiple horses a day plus most weekends playing polocrosse tournaments in Western Australia. They still look great!
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2014 is going to be great! It’s the year of the Horse and 2014′s Color of the Year is Purple! What more could an Equestrianista ask for?