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.”
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!
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:
***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!
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!
Pantone has announced the colour of the year and this year they have brought out 2 colours!
Serenity and Rose Quartz! They go beautiful together and there are some great choices to be on the look out in 2016!
Get it together for 2016:
Take time this weekend and go through your closet. The easiest thing you can do is take a bit to organize your closet. What’s your motivation- IT WILL BE SO EASY TO GET DRESSED IN THE MORNING!
Try organizing by color this year: Go right through the rainbow in your closet.
***But in the front, where you reach or can get to first- collect all your soft blues and soft pinks- they are your go to colours for 2016!
When you’re out and about if you see any rose pinks or soft blues that are inexpensive, pick up a couple great trendy scarfs in 2016′s colors, nail polish, makeup, hair pieces, hats, pick some up for the year.
Getting everything ready for Christmas- I have a couple of rules for the tree!
Please forgive the fake tree this year! I’m in Australia which brings some issues that make having a real tree hard! Because it’s summer, a tree doesn’t last that long here- tops- 2 weeks! Plus, unless you can go out and chop down your own, many tree farms are at least $50 a tree…so hence the fake tree this year!
I’ve learned from my mistakes.
-My first year, I bought a small live scented pine tree. It stayed alive throughout the holidays but planting anything in the Australian summer its very hard and you need to at least water it once, if not twice a day.
-The second year, I pulled a small cedar tree out from the side of the road and put it right in water- t didnt last for more than 10 days!
Also, if you ever spend Christmas here, don’t try to make evergreen wreaths or anything like that- they don’t last very long either! The beautiful green turns yellowish brown quickly in the summer air
Regardless of the tree base you have, here are my rules for the tree:
1. A small strand of coloured lights wound up and down the trunk of the tree adds a special sparkle.
2. When adding your white lights, try to have at least two shapes. This adds a really nice touch to the tree. Bright white lights and a soft round light or stars or something different.
3. Smaller special ornaments always go up top, larger ones at the bottom.
4. If you can place a mirror near the tree, it picks up the twinkle and adds more to the room.
5. Always make the area around the tree special as well. Make it your own little magical space.
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:
Does this fit me?
Is this age-appropriate?
Is this my true style?
Do I love this?
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.
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.
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.