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!

 

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.

2016 Summer

2016 Summer


10 Item Wardrobe…

A full closet really is daunting.  It also makes getting dressed everyday even harder than it already is- Why would we want to do that to ourselves?  Life’s hard enough!

 

 

Here are some basics to do while we are changing seasons:


 

 

Some people might think this topic is superficial, but we all have to get dressed. If you put some thought and organization into this daily task, you can completely change your life.

 

STEP 1: TAKE OUT ALL THE CLOTHES.
Go through every single piece in your closet and ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Does this fit me?
  2. Is this age-appropriate?
  3. Is this my true style?
  4. Do I love this?
  5. Do I wear this?

If a piece doesn’t pass the test, get rid of it OR pass it down towards your riding/barn clothes.

***Don’t forget to go through your barn clothes afterwards and get rid of all the tatty stuff***

STEP 2: STORE THE CLOTHES THAT AREN’T SEASONALLY APPROPRIATE.
If you can’t wear that wool sweater or sundress this month, it’s visual clutter. Put off-season clothing out of sight.

STEP 3: PICK YOUR 10 ESSENTIAL ITEMS AND BUILD AROUND IT.

EVERYDAY LIFE:

1 Pair of slacks, 2 Pairs of jeans, 3 Dresses, 4 Blouses- Pick well made classic pieces that are natural coloured with a minimal pattern.  You can always dress these pieces up so easily with accessories- Scarves, jewelry, belts- Even a bright coloured lipstick can jazz things up.

BARN LIFE:

1 Vest, 1 Light jacket, 1 Heavy jacket, 2 well made riding breeches or jeans, 3 long sleeved layer pieces, 4 polos.   These are your everyday pieces that you always wear.

STEP 4: ADD THE EXTRAS.
Round out your wardrobe with t-shirts, sweaters, outerwear, special occasion wear, and accessories. These items don’t count towards your ten pieces.

This rule also goes towards your riding gear as well- downgraded jeans for the barn or riding in, have a pair or two of coloured riding breeches that are fun and less well made,  t-shirts, tanks, sweaters, etc…

STEP 5: OPTIONAL, BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Colour block your closet when you put the clothes back in.  That way you can see how many purple, navy, green, pink, red, orange, blue items you have and pick accordingly to what colour you are looking for!  It really helps-

This should simplify your life.  Give you good building blocks to start with and then add from there.

 

Easy Accessory to transition into the new season…Pick up a Scarf!

Scarves are so easy to change things up with.


My suggestion if you are pressed for time, pick up or order a new fun scarf.

 

Click here to go onto Etsy- I already am sending you to view fun horsey scarves.

 

Have too many scarves???


There are a ton of ways to wear your scarves in a different way, add a pin or turn it into a totally different piece!

 

    

Click on the pictures above to check out Pinterest posted ideas on how to turn your scarves into something else!

Or wear your scarf in a horsey way….

Wear your scarf like a stocktie!


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Herban Essentials are a big hit!

Looking for a great all around product to add to your daily routine?

Try Herban Essentials


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OUR COMPANY

Started in 1997, Herban Essentials is a small family run company located in Santa Barbara, California.  Our mission has always been simple: to provide our customers with the very best essential oil towelettes in the world as a way to experience essential oils without all of the fuss that goes into buying and mixing oils. 

Herban Essentials uses the highest quality, 100% pure, therapeutic grade, steam distilled or cold pressed essential oils. We make a constant effort to obtain organic, wild-grown oils from American farmers whenever possible. Our products are made in the USA, are cruelty free and are never tested on animals.

 

 

Give it a Go- Herban Essentials

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I was recommended to try Herban Essentials by an Equestrianista who’s very savvy.  I wrote to Herban Essentials and they sent me a little sample pack to give them a try.

My first observations:

The packaging is clean, simple and clever.  Very eye catching and something that you’re happy to throw in your bag, keep in the barn, in your car and nearby to use when needed.

I always like to support good companies that use pure good quality product, are animal testing free, and manufacture within their own country.

I received a multi pack- I couldn’t decide which wipe to open first!  After trying all scents, I don’t have a favorite, they are all great.  Personally, I love mint- so the mint wipes were great and refreshing.  The lemon and orange were deliciously clean. The lavender was delightfully calming and lovely.

They make a clever pet wipe with the scent of lavender.  What a great idea!  Those stinky barn dogs could use a wipe down once in a while.  Plus, the lavender scent has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and has been used as a repellent for insects which is a nice added benefit.

Smelly Pet
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Many of the essential oils not only smell good, but have other properties such as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and aroma therapy.
I thought a lot about how you can use these wipes with the Equestrian in mind:

 

- Wipe off your face and refresh sunscreen.  Clean away dirt, sweat and grime that clog pores and can create uneven skin.  Lavender and Eucalyptus have great antibacterial properties which will help with any chin blemishes that you might get in the summer from your chin strap on your helmet.

- When you are done with wiping your face, stuff the wipe inside your riding helmet to keep that smelling fresh for your next ride!
- Wipe down your tack with the lavender wipes for a cleaning, moisturizing and anti-bacterial application.
- Wipe down your chin strap with the lavender or eucalyptus to get rid of the grime that’s collected there.  Not only do you need to keep your face clean, but also what touches your face to minimize blemishes.
- Use the lavender wipes on your horse’s face at a show to put the finishing touches before going into the show ring. If lavender has calming properties for humans, maybe it will benefit your horse as well?
- Use the lavender for yourself while warming up for the show ring.  Tend to feel a little bit nervous?  Wipe your face down, neck and wrists.  You will smell refreshed as well as benefit from that calming property lavender offers.  The essentials oils on the wipe will warm up with your skin.  Compete clean, calm cool and collected!
- Wipe down your show boots before going into the ring or after.
- Wipe down that dirty dog or smelly barn cat.
- Don’t throw away your wipes!  Well, unless after wiping down the dirty barn dog.  Use first on your face and body to refresh yourself and then leave the wipe in your car as an air freshener!   In the fall or winter, leave the already used wipe in your pocket to make your barn jacket smell good.
- After riding, always have one on hand for going from the barn to somewhere else.
- Mint has been said to help with spider control, so after using the mint wipe, wipe down somewhere in the tack room to keep the spiders down.
- The lemon and orange scents are great to wipe down the kitchen- they smell fantastic! Just like a freshly cut lemon or orange.  Wipe down your car or truck’s dashboard- It tends to collect more dust and dirt going to the barn and will leave a fresh smell in your vehicle.
What else can you think of?

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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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Being Patriotic & Horsey without dressing tacky…Happy 4th!

We all love to celebrate our Summer holidays, but wearing a flag, there’s not that many good choices…

So what are our choices?  Here are some different ideas how to incorporate and wear your red’s white’s and blue’s!

LOVE Katherine Page Sandals & Tucker Tweed Bags 


Red highlights
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You can’t go wrong with a Tara Kiwi Shirt or a Gaucho Belt
Red Accessories
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Don’t Forget the amazing fitting Crystal Flag Sergio Grasso Tall Boots !!!! LOVE


Lagrange Leather- one of my favorite cowboy boot companies makes several beautiful red boot choices.

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Boots
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What are you wearing this holiday weekend?

 

Look your best & protect your Decolletage!

Décolletage


  /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!

 

Fashion advice:


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?

 

Typical Barn Outfit
Your Replacement Items to allow you to go from Barn to Public!
The Replacements
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.
Wipe & reapply

Tis’ The Foxhunting Season

Some great foxhunting items found on etsy!

Here are my top picks for the home and you!


 

 

Tis' the season

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