Equestrian Athleisure

Love it or hate it, athleisure has been a top recurring clothing trend for a few years now. Leggings and high waisted workout capris in all sorts of patterns adorn the bodies of soccer moms and young adults alike. Sneakers aren’t just for the gym anymore but instead are an every occasion shoe. The equestrian world couldn’t be far behind, right?

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More and more equestrian clothing brands are coming out with riding leggings. They are made of the stretchy, breathable fabric we all know and love, except these have reinforced seams and most have silicone patterns on the knee or seat area. The riding leggings are a great way to go from stable to street and not stand out.

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I got a few riding leggings from Horseware Ireland and couldn’t wait to ride in them! They have all the typical features of riding leggings, but they seem to be sturdier than most leggings I have tried before. Sometimes riding leggings are too thin or the seams inside the legs tear easily. Horseware holds up. Their leggings have suede patches on the back of the legs instead of silicone which I love! It really helps you stay in the saddle, whereas some of the silicone patterns on other leggings will lose their gripping abilities after a couple washes. I have pictures of these leggings in the olive green color so the patches were easy to see, but the leggings also come in black with the black patches so they don’t stand out as much. Another thing I like about these leggings is the phone pocket. This pocket has a flap on top to make sure nothing falls out!

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I also really love the athletic tops from Horseware! The heather print is fun but still neutral and again made to be stretchy and breathable. I like the long sleeve shirt because it is a bit more casual than my usual quarter zip riding tops but still offers more sun protection than a regular t-shirt.

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I like equestrian athleisure wear because I can hop off the horse I am riding, change my boots into sneakers, and go about my business for the day without looking out of place. Horseware has really got this style down by combining everything we love about athletic wear and combining it with functional features for equestrians.

xo MES

These photos were taken by Nicole Schlutz Photography.





Pretty in Pink

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One trend I have loved before it got big was the baby pink EVERYTHING! For the past year or so, the color has been relabeled “millennial pink” and it seems every time I walk into Target I find a new pink something to put in my cart! Pink clothing, kitchenware, walls, and even pink colored food is all over my Pinterest feed. Apologies in advance if you hate the color pink… I used to, but clearly I am now in love. Scroll down for some millennial pink goodness.

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how satisfying was that?!

I’m still not tired of it yet, so when I found out FreexRein was coming out with the shortsleeve Moto bodysuit in this millenial pink, I had to have it! If you have been keeping up with the blog, you already know how much I enjoy wearing the Moto bodysuit. The material is so soft, it has mesh under the arms, and clasps underneath for easy take off. Between my love for the bodysuit itself and the adorable color, I couldn’t wait to style it!

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Black leather/vegan leather accessories are classic and easy to pair with almost anything, but can sometimes be too harsh with certain colors like Millenial pink. Brown and tan are more subtle and can add a nice, soft quality to any outfit. Don’t be afraid of trying different shades of brown accessories during fall! A dark ebony leather belt, bag, and shoes would look great with burgundy and dark greens for fall. A brighter brown looks great with light blues and baby pinks. This FreexRein bodysuit is one of my favorite pieces to style with cognac brown accessories!

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The adorable pale pink color of the body suit needs a softer color than black to pull it all together, which is why I chose these shades of browns! For this look, I have the Moto bodysuit matched with classic tan FreexRein Derby breeches, brown DeNiro sneakers, a cognac brown Style Stock belt, wood watch by JORD and the adorable saddle bag from Pravins Sellier!

xo

My Equestrian Style

These photos were taken by Nicole Shultz Photography.

Join the Tribe

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If you were on my Instagram today, you saw all of my love for the new Australian brand, Tribe Equestrian that opened up it’s online shop today! I got a little sneak peek into their first collection, and I have to say, it is fun, modern and for sure made with love!

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Nik, Charli and Bella are the beauty and brains behind Tribe Equestrian and I had a second to chat with the three about their collection and story.

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Bethany: Tell me a little bit about yourselves and your riding history?

Nik: Charlie and Bella are my daughters! Charli started riding our two cheeky Shetland ponies at a young age. She is now into eventing. Bella is a major horse lover! I have always loved horses and got to ride only when I visited family in the country. We would open the front door straight out to the back and ride horses all day in the paddocks and Australian Bush. I bought my first horse in my 30’s and it is still my favourite thing to do! Now we have two horses- Darcy and Picnic- and are so lucky to have beautiful trails in the Yarra Valley where we live. We absolutely LOVE working together!

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Bethany: If you each had to pick, what is your favorite piece from your collection?

Nik: For me, definitely the silicone legging. They are so comfortable, look fabulous and have the perfect silicone grip. Same with Charli! Bella loves the icon tee in copper because of the story and values behind our icon! (But we would say everything as they are all designed and made with so much love!)

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But don’t just take it from this, you MUST check out for yourself! Visit tribeequestrian.com and take a look at my instagram story for how the pieces fit and feel!

xo, B

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The Bodysuit Blog (Pt 2)

Coming in hot with another bodysuit post! This Free Rein striped bodysuit is where it’s at. Earlier today I showed a long sleeve bodysuit that I dressed down with denim, but this one I wanted to dress up. 

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This Free Rein piece has a easy to wear bodysuit piece with three snaps for easy on and off use. I love the striped pattern because it is so easy to wear with everything. The short sleeves are great for summer, so layered with a cardigan or jacket for cooler months. 

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This bodysuit also comes in baby pink, which I am obsessed with!! The short sleeves  are also super refreshing to wear riding in the summer heat. 

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How cute is this zipper detailing? I’ve worn it both open and closed!  

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I paired this look with a high waisted skirt and a pair of Katharine Page ballet flats.  

xo, B  

The Bodysuit Blog (Pt 1)

Welcome to my two part series explaining why bodysuits are the best trend right now. Especially in this transitional time of hot days and cooler mornings/evenings, bodysuits are where it's at! I love how chic and clean they look tucked into a pair of high waisted jeans or a skirt. For this look, I went with denim-on-denim!

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My Levi's have been my staple this summer. I love how easy they are to wear with a summery top, like my white long sleeve bodysuit by SheIn! I just love love love this bodysuit. FOR ONE, IT IS UNDER $22?! WHAT?! And I find myself wanting to wear it for every occasion.. I've even contemplated wearing it with breeches!! Haha I may be alone on that one, but why not?! Even though it is long sleeves, it is incredibly breathable, with lovely fluted sleeves that are see-through. I am blown away by all of the intricate detail SheIn included for this style. The detailing on the neckline was also added to the waist and sleeves. I think it shows just the right amount of skin, too. The back has just a slightly deeper V than the front with the same lacy detailing. I love wearing it with my hair up in a silk scarf to show off the back! With it starting to get cooler (some places more than others... Florida people, we are still sweating our faces off!) a denim jacket is a must-have. This one is a really old Gap style, but I linked some other styles that look very similar. It looks super cool draped over your shoulders but you can absolutely pull it on all the way.  

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I used to be a little hesitant about bodysuits. I think when they first came out, it was hard to find a style that was really tasteful, laid back and classic... they kinda started out a little trashy! I think this style is so fun for summer (and really fall and spring, too!) depending on what you style it with! This SheIn top could look really cute with shorts or a skirt, too! 

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I would consider this bodysuit a little more on the fancier end of the spectrum, but I obviously was able to dress it down for dinner in Lexington here. Part two of my Bodysuit blog is a more casual bodysuit that I dressed up. That is yet another thing I love about these pieces; the versatility never fails me!  

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So a few things to know about this bodysuit (which most other bodysuits follow suit). I find it easier to wear specific undergarments. when sporting a bodysuit. Typically, bodysuits come in a cheeky-to-thong bottoms, and my rule of thumb is to wear the same cut or less for your underwear to eliminate lines. For this particular top, I just wore silicone adhesive covers since the back is also that V-line. Sometimes the cut of the bodysuit goes at or above the hipbone, so a higher waisted skirt or pants will be needed for that tucked in shirt look.

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I completed the look with my Katharine Page sandals and a SheIn silk scarf and headed out for dinner with an easy but classic summery look!

You can shop this white bodysuit here... can't beat the price! The quality is still fabulous, too!

xo, B

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My Favorite Wooden Watch

My Favorite Wooden Watch

... that goes with everything!

Wrist watches, like equestrian style, are absolutely timeless! With the popularity of smart watches in full swing, there is something to be said for a classic watch. It allows its wearer to remain connected while not being distracted by the same things we stick our noses into our phones and computers for. Wooden watches have become more in style recently and I have just gotten my hands on my very first one! This wood watch by JORD has been the perfect finishing touch to any outfit.

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Whether I am wearing riding clothes or a dress, I find myself accessorizing with the Zebrawood and Maple watch from JORD's Fieldcrest series. The watch is delivered to your door in a beautiful wooden box that smells like fresh cut lumber. You open the box (which could totally double as a jewelry box, by the way) to find your watch, cleaning cloth, display pillow, and extra wrist links. You really get the full experience with the JORD packaging.

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At first, I thought this Fieldcrest watch was the ideal summer timepiece as it looked great with white and tan, and was a great neutral for some fun summer colors! Now that we are entering a new season, I am finding that it is matching all of my fall pieces even more. It also looks great stacked with bracelets or paired alone with a cozy sweater. I am dying for the weather to get cooler and style my JORD wood watch with a cable knit sweater.

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I usually have such a hard time with watches because they are either too casual (like sports watches) or too flashy, but this entire line of watches is the perfect balance. Due to the neutral color scheme, JORD watches go with virtually any color. I have worn mine out at the barn, shopping with friends and on vacation and it lent itself so nicely! It is absolutely something I recommend investing in.

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JORD and I are teaming up for an exclusive giveaway for MES followers! Head over to my Instagram for details on how to enter for $100 giftcard to JORD (and hey, if you don't win- don't sweat! I have a promo code for you too...stay tuned!)

xo B

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3 Tips to Wearing Riding Clothes Everyday

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For some of the cuter pieces in my riding wardrobe, it almost seems like a waste to only wear around the barn! There are plenty of ways to style riding tops and breeches into everyday outfits, which is especially helpful if you are super busy like me and have to run from errands to stable or vice versa! FreexRein is one of my absolute favorite brands to wear out and about because of how versatile their pieces are. Their bodysuits are insanely comfortable and look equally great in or out of the saddle.

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I like to start by picking out the riding piece I want to style. For this example, I'll use the FreexRein short sleeve moto bodysuit in this chic black and white stipe. It is made of a super comfortable jersey material with mesh under the arms and it is easy to pair! I usually identify the riding piece I want to style and build from there! If it's a top, I'll see what cute bottoms I have that match, then choose my accessories. If it's bottoms, vice versa. Depending on what type of cut the top is, I will pick bottoms with a good waistline. For this bodysuit, I LOVE the look of a higher waisted pair of pants or skirt. A note for styling breeches into everyday outfits: If you are wearing shoes that do not cover your ankles like flats, sandals, or sneakers, I try to wear breeches that have elastic ankle bottoms instead of Velcro. FreexRein makes an incredible pair of breeches that have the most subtle ankle elastic ever, making it ideal to keep uncovered. This just really helps the breeches look more like a normal pant! If you are trying to style Velcro closing breeches, try to wear shoes like ankle boots or knee high boots that will cover the Velcro. Boots of all heights are perfect for fall anyways!

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The next thing I try to keep in mind is to keep it simple! Neutrals are your best friends. Colors like black, white, browns and beiges make matching and accessorizing that much easier! With the striped moto bodysuit, I have this cute white skirt I felt matched perfectly. If you like a more feminine look, skirts are an easy way to class things up and make it seem like you put more effort into your outfit than you did. 

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Once your outfit is established, the final touch is finding accessories. Equestrian inspired accessories are an easy and subtle way to show your love of all thing horses while out and about. I love my Lustiano Gray flats from Katharine Page! The color matches everything, including my outfit with the striped bodysuit, and they are simple yet elegant. Lately I've been seeing loafers everywhere that have bits on them which are nice classic shoe. In addition to shoes, I also love equestrian inspired jewelry, purses, and scarves! Scarves are a cute accessory that can be worn multiple ways and go with multiple outfits! You can wear them in your hair, around your neck, or as a belt. Equestrian accessories are easier than ever to find because there are now so many new brands and small business popping up that cater to the equestrian niche.

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Now that I've shared my tips for styling riding clothes into your everyday outfits, I hope you will get good use out of your favorite riding pieces! Remember: build from your riding piece, keep it simple, and then accessorize! Next week I am styling the baby pink moto bodysuit by FreexRein, so stay tuned for that!! 

xo MES

My Skincare Routine

It's so hard to find a good quality skincare routine. I feel like I have tried nearly every drug-store/Target brand option out there and it left my skin feeling oily, broken out or crazy dry. I have found that with major trial and error, I have a pretty good lineup of products that are easy to use and are jam packed with the best ingredients. One thing that I have learned now that I am in my mid-20's: I am only getting older and with my job putting me in the sunshine everyday, I need to invest in protecting and caring for my skin!  

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MY DAILY ROUTINE | My everyday routine includes the morning when I wake up and at night before I go to bed. In general, I have combined skin (oily T-zone and dry everywhere else) It's all about clean and moister for me!

1. Cleanser | I have used the Bibimbap Cleanser (the whole system actually) for over 4 months now and I have to say, my skin feels so much better! This one is a gel to foam cleanser and after a long day at the barn it gets all of the dirt and makeup off my face with ease. What I like best about this cleanser is what's in it: glycerin to keep my skin hydrated; blue lotus and chamomile to soothe my skin; and organic black, green and white tea to give my skin antioxidants! 

2. Toner | I use a toner once a day, usually at night, for that extra cleanse to my pores. My skin is breakout-prone, so doing something a little extra to my pores is just what my skin needs. I love Thayer's Witch Hazel Toner with Rose Petals from Target. 

3. Anti Aging Serum | Research says you should start using anti aging products as early as the age of 18! So I use the serum by Bibimbap. It's probably my favorite product in the Bibimbap line! This serum helps brighten my skin, reduce age spots and help age lines. In just four months I've seen noticed a difference! Totally worth every penny.

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4. Moisturizer | Something I look for in a moisturizer is its ability to quickly absorb in my skin. I'm usually in a hurry, so something that I can put on quickly that still does its job is a hard product to come by! I love Bibimbap's moisturizer because it has CoQ10 to energize my skin and extra virgin avocado oil to allow for rapid absorption among other fantastic ingredients. 

5. Sunscreen | I usually use Neutrogena SPF 45 on my face as my last layer to protect my skin for the day! If I'm headed to the barn I have sunscreen in my car and in my trunk to reapply every couple hours :)  

MY WEEKLY ROUTINE | About once a week, I give my skin an extra pick me up! Since my skin has both dry and oily parts, I have to be a little more specific with my masking!

ONCE PER WEEK : I will put on a charcoal mask if I feel like my skin is breaking out. However, charcoal has drying out properties (which is why it is great for acne) so sometimes I just put the mask on my T-zone or problem areas.

ONCE to TWICE PER WEEK : I use a 24 karat gold mask from Amazon by Majestic Pure. The gold has anti-aging, anti-acne and anti-toxin... perfect for my skin to help breakouts, wrinkles and overall detoxing my skin!

This is what I do for my skin! I think protecting and nourishing my face and neck are so, so important for lasting benefits and overall health. Ask away if you have questions!!

xo, B

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Easy Summer Outfit with Equestrian Style

Whether you’re headed back to school or you live in a warm climate like me, this look is SO for you. Heck, if you are already starting to feel the fall temps where you live, this look is still for you- just throw a cardigan on!

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This is one of the outfits I styled for the shoot and haven’t been able to take off since! This SheIn top is just perfect for a couple reasons. For one, the style and cut truly marries cool girl and girly girl (which I like to think I am every so often!) I like the subtle crop of this top because it allows you to be versatile with how you wear it. These Levi 311 jeans are only slightly higher waisted for a little sliver of skin. But if you were to wear a proper pair of high-waisted jeans or a cute higher-waisted skirt, you really see much skin at all. I’ve also paired this with an denim overall dress and it is absolutely adorable. 

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The second reason this top is perfect? 

IT IS 16 BUCKS, PEOPLE!  

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A silk top this cute, this with much detail for $16? All my crop top dreams came true. 

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This top was true to size (I’m wearing a small) but the shoulders do run a bit big. So if you are on the fence between sizes, I would size down because the waist is elastic in back anyway. 

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I had a lot of fun completing this summer look to make it have that little punch of equestrian style. These are the type of accessories you want in your closet to add your equestrian touch to whatever you wear. 

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This Pravins Sellier saddle bag is just gorgeous. This bag comes in many color combinations, but I loved the tan and suede combo because it looks amazing with my Katharine Page equestrian inspired ballet flats. 

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I had so much fun with this look. I wore it out to dinner and walking around in Lexington, Kentucky last week. Have any of you been to the downtown area of Lexington? I was obsessed with all of the skywalks and adorable old buildings! 

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Make sure you click the links throughout this post if you’d like to shop my outfit, but here is the link to the top again :)

 

SHOP MY TOP HERE! 

Until next time! 

xo, B

Breeches Guide

Suede or Silicone?

My Thoughts on Breeches Knee Patches

MES x KAVAL

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When it comes to hunter/jumper breeches, suede knee patches are a tried and true classic. Over the last few years however, brands have been breaking the mold and designing breeches with silicone knee patches. This grippy material is often considered modern, sporty and ideal for the jumper ring. More recently, you will see these silicone patches integrated into the hunter and equitation rings as well.

 

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My opinion? I really do like both. When considering which is my favorite, I thought through two factors: functionality and style.

 

Functionality is obviously important because if my breeches are uncomfortable or not doing their job well, I cannot do my job to the best of my ability. Quite honestly, I don’t notice a big difference between the two styles once I start riding. Realistically, only the very top portion of the knee patch is visible once tall boots or half chaps are on. The knee patch has always been part of the traditional riding habit, but I think English riding has changed since then. We really don’t (or at least shouldn’t!) rely on our knee for strength or stability while riding. Activating the knee joint inward toward the saddle engages the inner thigh, and because the knee is a hinge, the other part of that joint often relaxes. This pinching with the knee often causes a rider to not drop down into his/her heels resulting in not properly using the lower leg against the horse’s side. So all that being said, I think the knee patch is used more as a decorative tradition. I do think it does help for added durability for the pant. Because I feel this way, I do not have a strong functional preference between the two types of knee patches... which means it now comes down to my other factor: style!

 

I think the type of patch all comes down to the type of outfit I’m going for. Of course if you want to look classic, the suede patch is hands down the way to go. If you are going for more of a modern edge, the silicone design is really cool.

 

I got four pairs of breeches from KAVAL that I just love, all for different reasons! Two are suede patches and two are silicone. The grey pair is the classic Tailored Sportsman breeches with a gorgeous darker grey patch. These breeches go with so much because they really work with both stable and street styles! The second pair are the gorgeous stone colored breeches by Callidae. I love these breeches! They are amazing show pants (or everyday riding) and I think they look so classy and sophisticated. I will say, I do find suede patches to feel a little sturdier, which isn’t necessarily better, but if you prefer more of a secure and structured feel to your breeches, suede may be your go-to.

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The silicone feels a bit different. The two KAVAL breeches I snagged we’re these white Equiline breeches with black piping and the navy MakeBe breeches. The MakeBe pants feel almost like spandex or leggings but with the security of a waist band and zipper. They are both very modern and sporty! I tend to enjoy these when the weather is warmer, as they feel a bit more breathable and stretchy. I love the added pattern to the look when I wear the silicone breeches.

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I paired all of these breeches with tops you could swap out from your 1/4 zip riding top for easy transition to run errands in or go to lunch! You can get all of these breeches and more on KAVAL’s website!

 

xo, B

Knix Tank

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This Knix Tank Top is to die for! I have mentioned it before, but I once wore it as a swimsuit top when I forgot a bikini! This tank is so versatile and equally perfect for riding and street style. You can dress it up or down with a skirt or a pair of jeans or shorts. 

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The Knix Tank is super comfortable, breathable and flattering. I love how it is form fitting without giving me back rolls, yet it supports me while I ride and work out. The built in bra is pretty much the same as my favorite Knix bra, the padded Everyday bra! 

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Right now, Knix is having a Tank sale, so feel free to use my personal code: MYEQUESTRIANSTYLETANK10 for $10 off your tank! 

xo, B

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Noel Asmar Equestrian

Do you have a favorite riding top? This entire Noel Asmar Equestrian look is up there for me.  I am such a big fan of this olive green top with my gingy hair! It’s just one of those colors that just works for us redheads.

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Let’s talk material. This top is so soft on my skin while being extremely breathable. If I’m going to be sporting long sleeves year round in Florida, they have to have those two properties.

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The style is another biggie for me. I love how this Noel Asmar Equestrian top manages to plaster their name and logo all over this top in such a tasteful and stunning way. 

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These denim breeches and black patent belt completed this look. I like how subtle and classy this ensemble was! One of my favorites for sure. 

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This top comes in tons of different colors. I’m kinda tempted to collect them all! I am currently doing a giveaway (that ends tonight!!) for a free Noel Asmar Equestrian Orion top ($160 valine) so you should go enter on my Instagram

xo, B

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The Orion

I have admired Noel Asmar Equestrian from afar for a long time now. Their line is edgy and fashion forward. I am currently editing a YouTube video of my Noel Asmar haul for more details, but tonight I wanted to focus on the Orion shirt because you could win a free one in our giveaway this week!

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I love a couple staple short sleeve riding tops in my closet, and this one is my favorite. It’s greag for riding at home or under a shoe jacket.  

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The lines and details make it look great both tucked in or out. Another feature I’m obsessed with is the zipper closure and magnetic top closure. This makes the top so easy to wear and looks super chic.

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The Orion top comes in a few different colorblocked colors. The back and sleeves show off the color so it still looks classic under a show jacket. 

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Want to pick out an Orion top for yourself? Enter our giveaway! Head over to my instagram, follow me and Noel Asmar Equestrian, tag two friends and you’re in! 

xo, B

4 Home Office Essentials

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Since I am not in the saddle 100% of the time, it is important to me that my office gives me just as much inspiration as if I were riding. We moved into our new house a couple months ago and I am still trying to finalize details of my home office (full blog post coming up soon!) For now, I have the staples: my desk, computer, to-do list and my Sudio Sweden headphones

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Now I will touch on my desk when I publish my big office blog post, but I refinished it from an old work desk that belonged to my husband's grandfather. It was solid and had great bones, but it was not my style wood finish. So naturally, I painted it white- and added some finishes to make it extra equestrian chic. 

My desktop computer is my first-born child HAHA. Ethan and I bought it back when we lived in Santa Monica, CA and were wedding photographers working off of our little Mac Book Pro laptops, editing thousands of photos at a time. One night we looked at each other and were all like, "Want to go to the Apple Store?" We came back with a brand new 27" desktop... which was so unlike us! It was definitely worth the investment! 

My to-do lists help me stay sane. I like to write on non-lined bound sketchbooks because I sometimes make lists but other times I sketch pictures, make boxes or diagrams or even rotate to work landscape instead of portrait. A to-do list is so necessary in my office because I would get overwhelmed if I didn't have a place to get it down on paper.

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Last but certainly not least, my Sudio headphones are everything. (Wasn't even asked to write a blog post for Sudio Sweden, but I had to share with you guys!) These Sudio Regent headphones are a staple in my home office. When I am working without my intern, Alex, I am zoning in on my work and nothing helps me focus more than these headphones. The Regents are super noise-canceling so I sometimes don't even listen to music; I just put them on and it drowns out the noise of my puppy, my husband working from home or my housemates (we rent rooms out of our house!) But don't get me started about the sound quality! I also wear these everyday to the gym and I feel like I'm in my own little world... I probably look pretty embarrassing.. but I feel like a BOSS! That's the goal right?! The Regents also come in black and Sudio offers these super fun headphone cap covers . The white pair that I got include the white marble caps. Normally, they are solid black or white with a single gold strip. Totally cute just the way they are, but I really like these marble caps! 

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So those are the four items I need to really rock a day in the office. Excited to show you more as I finish up the final details! If you're at all interested in Sudio headphones, I'd love to chat about them more with you. I knew you'd like them so I have a coupon code to share with you---

Use code EQUESTRIAN for 15% off your order! You can shop here. 

xo, B

 

 

All For Color Summer Top

Summer is for fun prints and bright colors! Being a typical pale redhead for most of the year, I do in fact get tan! (Thanks to the Cuban and now Florida sun) Do you find that when you are tan, really any color looks better on you? I feel like I can rock all the weird yellows, oranges and pinks when I have a little color to me. 

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This Island Hopping SolChill top by All For Color is one of the comfiest riding tops I've ever ridden in. (I will share more on my story tomorrow) The fabric is insanely stretchy. I included the benefits from the website because they say it best:

  • UV Protection SolChill offers UPF 50+, the highest rating in wearable sun protection.
  • Chilling fabric that is lightweight and made to ward off heat.
  • Anti-Microbial apparel that won't harbor odor causing bacteria.
  • Mesh undersides allowing for extra airflow.
  • Thumbholes to protect your hands from the sun and longer sleeves for comfortable wear.
  • Moisture Wicking wicks away moisture from skin to keep you dry.
  • Fabric content:92% Nylon/8% Spandex. Fabric feel: stretchy, cotton-like feel.
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The quarter zip is the classic riding top style right now, but this pattern also comes in a crew neck style. This color combination is called "Island Hopper." I'm not usually a bright pink person, but I LOVED this pattern with the white and royal blue. It really pops with white pants (how perfect does it look with these Sakkara Equestrian breeches!?), but I also often pair it with navy breeches. All for Color carries 5 other patterns in both 1/4 zip and crew neck. 

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I finished this look with my Mane Jane navy blue belt which I think ties the bold top and the bright white breeches together nicely. The gold buckle and my gold necklace (Forever 21) make it look extra fun and summery! 

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Right now, All for Color is have a mega-sale and these SolChill tops are included! (Codes are in bold below):

BUYMORE20: Buy one UPF50+ item and get one UPF50+ item 20% off

BUYMORE30: Buy one UPF50+ item and get two UPF50+ items 30% off

BUYMORE40: Buy one UPF50+ item and get three UPF50+ items 40% off

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These tops are a little bit expensive.. but with this deal they are SO worth it!! This top is really my favorite to ride in because I stay so cool and so comfortable. Everyone comments on how fun it looks! Go check out their website HERE to see all of the colors and browse all the styles included in this sale. 

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So GO HAVE FUN, summer babes... and GET SHOPPING!

xo, B

Statement Show Shirts

KAVAL X MY EQUESTRIAN STYLE Series 3

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Some riders think the fun show shirts are only for the jumper ring, but nowadays you can rock a statement shirt as long as you're smart about it! 

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This MakeBe color block top is amazing. I got it from KAVAL and it really combines tradition and class with fashion forward, quality materials. The collar and cuffs are the traditional, starched fabric that looks so crisp in the ring. The rest of the top is more of a technical fabric that breathes super well. 

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Judging is becoming more and more lenient on the amount of "character" you bring to your hunter show look. In my opinion, as long as your jacket is covering the really flashy parts of your statement show shirt, there is no reason you should worry about being penalized. 

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According to the USEF Rulebook, you don't hear much as far as show shirts are concerned because typically the jacket is more noticeable. As a general rule of thumb in the hunter ring, I always say classic is best; don't opt for the flashier pieces. 

USEF Rule HU127.2: Heat/Jackets Waived “When management permits Hunter or Hunter Seat Equitation riders to ride without jackets, riders must wear traditional, short, or long-sleeved riding shirts with chokers or ties.”
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So even if it was too hot and the officials announced a "jacket optional" show, I think you could still be okay to wear both of these tops, especially this Horse Pilot top (also comes in short sleeves!). It has just enough character with the red/orange piping to be fun and creative without drawing attention away from your horse. 

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Below are how both tops look with a show jacket on... looks great right?! Little do the judges know how fun these tops actually are! 

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This Horse Pilot top from KAVAL has SO many quality details. Obviously the colored piping in so chic. I love the neck closure- it is so secure and minimalist. The fabric is extremely soft and stretchy.

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Overall, I totally believe you can still be creative with your ensemble for the hunter ring. Quite honestly, the rules are not super strict- what's more intimidating is fighting the urge to fit in or wear what everyone else is wearing right now! The equestrian world can be so picky about only wearing certain brands because they're popular, that we miss out on some incredible ones! My challenge for you is to step out of the box (within USEF limits, of course) and try out a statement show shirt for yourself! Obviously if you're in the jumpers- go ham! - but if you ride in the hunter or equitation rings, don't cut yourself off from wearing anything fun. Be smart about it, but find pieces that really show off your style and make your look different than every other tan pant- white shirt - black show jacket girl out there! 

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The breeches I wore are the tan side zip Tailored Sportsman breeches from KAVAL. I also am sporting this INCREDIBLE Makebe show jacket from KAVAL. I can't say enough wonderful things about this jacket. Besides needing to size down, everything is perfect. The material is so stretchy, which is obviously needed jumping around a course. It isn't constricting at all, and being in Florida for a good part of the year, it is not hot at all to wear. The lines on the back are absolutely gorgeous and is the perfect representation of subtle statements! The collar is the icing on the cake for me. Some find it difficult to wear tan and grey together, but I think the tan collar ties in so well with the tan TS breeches! I'm in love! 

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You got this, friend! As always, message me if you need any styling help-- or go to myequestrianstyle.com/stylist for my free virtual styling help! KAVAL carries so many choices for show tops and ALL of them are the most quality brands out there. You can check out their show shirts here!

xo, B

$100 Dover Gift Card Giveaway!

Giving away another $100 Dover Saddlery Gift Card!

I’m giving another 💯 because my Facebook page is feeling left out! follow the rules below to be entered:

Head to My Equestrian Style FB page and follow these 3 steps:
https://bit.ly/2M3xj2r
 

1) Like my FB Page

2) Follow My Equestrian Style FB Page

3) Post a funny horse video or meme on your own wall and tag My Equestrian Style (I didn’t know you could do this, but once you have liked + followed, tag me by typing @My Equestrian Style and my page will pop up!)

Giveaway ends Sunday, June 10. Winner will be messaged and announced on my Story!

DeNiro Boot Co Midsummer Giveaway!

This giveaway is next level... highest quality equestrian sneakers on the market! I teamed up with DeNiro Boot Co to celebrate fashion with our Midsummer Giveaway for a FREE pair of CUSTOM DeNiro Boot Co Sneakers! Amazing quality- Italian leather (just like their tall boots!) fantastic arch support, these shoes are perfect for every occasion... and so many colors and styles to choose from! I wear mine all. the. time with breeches, dresses and jeans! Head over to my Instagram account (instagram.com/myequestrianstyle) to enter the giveaway!

This contest runs from 6/4 - 6/21/18. Winner will be announced on my Instagram story! Below are the full contest regulations:

MIDSUMMER GIVEAWAY BY DeNiroBootCo and MyEquestrianStyle

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. (READ MORE ABOUT NO PURCHASE NECESSARY)

1. PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: THE MIDSUMMER GIVEAWAY BY DeNiroBootCo and MyEquestrianStyle begins on 06/04/18 at 12:00:01 a.m EST and ends on 06/21/18 at 11:59:59 p.m EST (the "Promotion Period”). The sponsors of this Giveaway are DENIROBOOTCO and MYEQUESTRIANSTYLE (“DeNiroBootCo” “My Equestrian Style”). By participating in the Giveaway, each Entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsors, which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsors are responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the Giveaway. Entrants should look solely to Sponsors with any questions, comments or problems related to the Giveaway. Sponsors may be reached by email at hello@denirobootcousa.com and myequestrianstyle@gmail.com during the Promotion Period.

2. ELIGIBILITY: Open to legal residents of THE UNITED STATES who are 13+ OR HAVE WRITTEN PERMISSION TO ENTER FROM THEIR LEGAL GUARDIAN (the “Entrant”). Sponsors, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, retailers, sales representatives, advertising and promotion agencies and each of their respective officers, directors and employees (the "Promotion Entities"), are ineligible to enter the Giveaway or win a prize. Household Members and Immediate Family Members of such individuals are also not eligible to enter or win. "Household Members" shall mean those people who share the same residence at least three months a year. "Immediate Family Members" shall mean parents, stepparents, legal guardians, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses. This Giveaway is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited or restricted by law.

3. PRIZES: One pair of DeNiroBootCo sneakers. The model will be decided according to the winner’s shoe size. Winner will receive: Prizes cannot be transferred, redeemed for cash or substituted by winner. Sponsors reserve the right in their sole and absolute discretion to award a substitute prize of equal or greater value if a prize described in these Official Rules is unavailable or cannot be awarded, in whole or in part, for any reason. The ARV of the prize represents Sponsor's good faith determination. That determination is final and binding and cannot be appealed. If the actual value of the prize turns out to be less than the stated ARV, the difference will not be awarded in cash. Sponsors make no representation or warranty concerning the appearance, safety or performance of any prize awarded. Restrictions, conditions, and limitations may apply. Sponsors will not replace any lost or stolen prize items. This Giveaway is open to legal residents of THE UNITED STATES, and Prizes will only be awarded and/or delivered to addresses within said locations. All federal, state and or local taxes, fees, and surcharges are the sole responsibility of the prize winner. Failure to comply with the Official Rules will result in forfeiture of the prize.

4. HOW TO ENTER: Enter the Giveaway during the Promotion Period by: a. Liking the promotional Instagram photo on any of the participating accounts b. Tagging three friends in the comments of the liked photo c. Following all participants listed @denirobootcousa @denirobootco @myequestrianstyle d. Re-posting the promotional #giveawaybydenirobootco Automated or robotic Entries submitted by individuals or organizations will be disqualified. Internet entry must be made by the Entrant. Any attempt by Entrant to obtain more than the stated number of Entries by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations, logins or any other methods, including, but not limited to, commercial contest giveaway subscription notification and/or entering services, will void Entrant's Entries and that Entrant may be disqualified. Final eligibility for the award of any prize is subject to eligibility verification as set forth below. All Entries must be posted by the end of the Promotion Period in order to participate. Sponsor's database clock will be the official timekeeper for this Giveaway.

5. WINNER SELECTION: The Winner of the Giveaway will be selected at random at the discretion of the sponsors based on meeting the entry requirements. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible Entries received.

6. WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner will be notified by Instagram comment and Direct Message at the winning handle provided in the Entry Information approximately 24 hours after the drawing. Potential Winner must accept a prize by Instagram Direct Message as directed by Sponsors within 24 hours of notification. Sponsors are not responsible for any delay or failure to receive notification for any reason, including inactive Instagram account(s), technical difficulties associated therewith, or Winner’s failure to adequately monitor any Instagram account. Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. The potential prize winner may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and release of liability, and a Publicity Release (collectively "the Prize Claim Documents”). No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted except by Sponsors.

7. PRIVACY: By entering the Giveaway, you grant Sponsors permission to share your Instagram handle and any other personally identifiable information with the other Giveaway Entities for the purpose of administration and prize fulfillment, including use in a publicly available Winners list.

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9. SOCIAL NETWORK DISCLAIMER A public Instagram account is required to enter. Re-posts using spam accounts will not qualify as an entry. If you don’t already have an Instagram account, visit www.instagram.com to create one. It is free to create an account. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram. You understand that you are providing your information to the Sponsors and not to Instagram. By participating via the Instagram platform, participants are also subject to Instagram’s data policy and terms of use, which can be found at https://help.instagram.com/155833707900388.

10. WINNER LIST/OFFICIAL RULES: To obtain a copy of the Winners List or a copy of these Official Rules, send your request to hello@denirobootcousa.com or myequestrianstyle@gmail.com. Requests for the name of the winner must be received no later than 24 hours after the Promotion Period has ended.

 

Sun Protection

It’s pretty safe to say the heat is here to stay! Now more than ever, it’s crucial to protect your eyes and skin from the harmful rays. Believe me, I’m all about the vitamin D, but I also want to stay healthy (and wrinkle free) as long as possible!

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I’m usually very covered up when I’m outside. I normally wear long sleeves, but sometimes when it is just unbearably hot, I need a decent short sleeve top!

 I love this top by  Callidae . It is just like their long sleeve practice shirt but in a perfect shirt sleeve. This one has an adorable pale pink collar, too, but does anyone get that off v-neck/collarbone tan line from riding tops?! I swear even as covered up as I stay, the back of my neck, the gap between my gloves and long sleeves and my collarbone always get color. 

I love this top by Callidae. It is just like their long sleeve practice shirt but in a perfect shirt sleeve. This one has an adorable pale pink collar, too, but does anyone get that off v-neck/collarbone tan line from riding tops?! I swear even as covered up as I stay, the back of my neck, the gap between my gloves and long sleeves and my collarbone always get color. 

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One way to solve this is this amazing neck scarf!! This is also by Callidae and it is so breathable. I love how well these two pieces match; the neck scarf has an adorable pink and white gingham border! It’s cute AND blocks the back of my neck and collarbone from the sun!

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My other sunshine staple is a good hat! I love these visors because I can wear my hair down or in a bun/ponytail and it works so well. The wide brim blocks my whole face from the rays. 

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When I wear long sleeves, I add sunscreen to my wrists, neck and face. But with short sleeves like this, I just make sure I have some sunscreen with me. 

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I love Coppertone spray because it smells. So. Good. I use a separate cream sunscreen for my face. Always 50+. I don’t need color on my face, that’s what makeup is for! I also don’t go anywhere without sunglass and a spf chapstick. I keep some in my car and in my tack trunk. I love Sun Bum products, especially for lip balm! 

Realistically, you should be mindful of the sun all hear round, but now more than ever, invest in the good stuff and you won’t have anything to worry about!  

xo, B

Equestrian Athlesiure

Aztec Diamond Equestrian

With days filled at the barn, I always want the perfect balance between comfort and style. Aztec Diamond Equestrian exceeds that with flying colors.  

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This hoodie and pair of riding leggings are so insanely soft and comfy. Everything ADE makes is so intricately designed to be perfect for equestrian athlesure.

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This grey cropped hoodie has all the bells and whistles. It has the perfect 1/4 to 1/2 zipper so that you can easily pull it over your helmet if you get too hot. There are perfect pockets to hold your cell phone and I love how it falls so perfectly on breeches and these leggings.

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Now these Aztec Diamond Equestrian riding leggings are next level.  

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The logo is subtle but classy. Take a look at that waistband? Thick and secure to make any figure look good... trust me! It’s like wearing a pair of spanx but it’s perfectly acceptable to wear as an outer layer! They suck you in for an absolutely flattering silhouette.

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ADE really knew what they were doing when they designed their line. I definitely recommend their stuff for riding or for lounging around the house. And good news! Their new Summer ‘18 line launches TONIGHT at 7pm GMT! So be the first to check out their new stuff on their website then!! 

xo, B

 

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