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.

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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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Affordable Teeth Whitening

how I made my smile brilliant!

This is an honest review about an at-home teeth whitening system! Read to the bottom for a coupon code and special giveaway! 

For me, my smile is my first impression and what makes me unique. Smiles are like snowflakes; I love that every smile has a different size and shape to it. But something I'm sure we all want in common for our smiles? White teeth. My teeth have never been super white naturally, so of course I experimented with whitening methods.

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I tried baking soda which wasn't really effective enough for me. I also tried whitening strips and after a few uses they started to make my teeth very sensitive to temperatures. Finally I tried getting them whitened at my dentist office before my wedding which worked, but I couldn't hardly eat for a week because it felt like all of my nerve endings were exposed! (Does anyone know this feeling?!) My teeth definitely needed a break from all the abuse, so when I found Smile Brilliant Professional Teeth Whitening, I was a little skeptical at first. The last thing I wanted to do was try another unsuccessful whitening method, but after reading some of the reviews and looking on the Smile Brilliant website, I thought I would give it a try.

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The system is very similar to what you would have a dentist office; I received a really cute kit in the mail with some puddy and a mouthguard to create my own custom impressions. I sent the impressions to Smile Brilliant and in very little time I got my very own custom fitted whitening trays. From there, I used what was remaining in my kit to start the whitening process. I will say, I think I have abnormally sensitive teeth. If you think you do too, Smile Brilliant is one step ahead! They include several syringes of whitening gel, but they also have desensitizing gel which I use immediately after a whitening session to keep my teeth happy. The first couple times I whitened, I did notice my teeth were in some pain. I reached out to the super helpful Smile Brilliant team, and a member helped me with a plan of action that would get my teeth used to the whitening slowly but still effectively.

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I started whitening every other day instead of every day, but on my "days off," I still used the desensitizing gel. This strategy was the major game changer for me! Eventually, my teeth could handle the normal whitening regime. I was so impressed by the entire experience of Smile Brilliant. The social media platforms were so bright and inviting and their website was so easy to navigate and very informative. The customer service from start to finish was absolutely perfect. I worked with Abby who always checked in with me and was there to answer any of my random questions or hesitations before trying out this product.

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The price point is much lower than I thought it would be; you get so much out of one teeth whitening kit, and you get to do it gradually and from the comfort of your home. I seriously have no need to buy other whitening kits or get my teeth "professionally" whitened at the dentist again. I am so happy with my results, and since starting, I have family members and friends who have gotten the Smile Brilliant System too and just love it. It's a no brainer for me. You should give it a try and let me know what you think!  Use code : myequestrianstyle for 10% off your order!!

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Want to try Smile Brilliant for free?!

SB and I are doing a giveaway for a free custom whitening system!! Click the link below to enter the giveaway!*

https://www.smilebrilliant.com/g/myequestrianstyle

*Your must submit your name and email address on your giveaway page in order to enter! The winner will be selected and contacted via email in 2 weeks. Giveaway is for $149 credit and is open to USA, UK, Canada and Australia.
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My Saddle

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My saddle is one of my favorite possessions. It fits me perfectly, I literally take it everywhere I go in the back seat of my car and when it is not in my car I am riding with it. It gets a lot of use, so I am always making sure it is well cared for. I also make sure it is accessorized with the most effective and well-made additions. 

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One of these pieces are my C&C Signature stirrup leathers. You know how sometimes you get a pair of leathers and they start out feeling like cardboard? These C&C Signature's came to me already buttery soft and just the color I wanted. In the past I have had one of two things happen to my leathers: 1- they would stretch and bunch weird around the holes or 2- the inner nylon layer would mess up and make it impossible to adjust the length because the nylon was in the way of the opening! 

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I have been over-the-moon impressed with these stirrup leathers! I am riding 5-10 horses daily and I still do not see a sign of wear. Amazing! When I do need new leathers, I will absolutely be going through C&C Signature!

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I am also super excited about these irons. Much more to come on these babies, but I thought I'd share some features of these unique stirrups with you! These are the OnTyte Herm Sprenger stirrup irons. They are just one model in the OnTyte System! If you haven't heard of the OnTyte Stystem, it is made to keep your foot in place with a set of powerful magnets. Now that always raises a lot of questions: How does that work? How you do get your foot out of the stirrups once they are in? Is this system ethical? What happens if you fall off? Not going to lie, I had the same concerns when I first tried this system. And I will admit, the magnets took a little bit of getting used to. I wore a pair of Deniro paddock boots with the magnetic strips in the ball of my foot as soon as you hover your feet over the stirrups, they suck you right in! From there, you never have to worry about your foot slipping. I do feel much more secure when I ride in my On Tyte system! And to get your feet out, simply rotate your ankles inward or outward to break the seal. It took some practice but now I can release the magnets without blinking. I will get to the specifics in a proper future post, but I will say this system opens up a whole new world of possibilities for a lot of riders. Not only will you feel confident going around a course, but safe, too! Many riders have had ankle or foot issues or inflexibility that make it extremely difficult to ride. The OnTyte System makes it possible for them to ride without their foot sliding back and forth in the stirrup. Tons of Grand Prix riders wear the OnTyte System (Laura Kraut, Scott Brash, Nick Skelton, Lauren Hough, Nayel Nassar, Edwina Tops Alexander, Michael Whitaker and Richard Spooner to name a few) because there is nothing worse than investing thousands and thousands of dollars for a class only to lose a stirrup and cost themselves the win! 

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I am such a big fan of these two pieces. The stirrup leathers are so well made and extremely durable. They go with my saddle so effortlessly! The irons are a absolute game changer. Both brands deserve much more recognition than they currently have! I can't wait to share more as I continue to ride with these fabulous tools that help me do my job well. 

xo, B

The Brown Leather Trend

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Has anyone jumped on the brown leather bandwagon? I have in a big way. I school at home all the time in my brown tall boots, my Mane Jane brown spur straps and my brown Roeckl gloves! Technically, it doesn't say anything against wearing brown boots and other accessories in the hunter and equitation rings, so I say, what are we waiting for?! (I bought my Ariat tall boots on sale for under $200 at State Line Tack!) So let me back up a minute and go head to toe on this look, because there's a lot going on.

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This monogrammed vest is one of the COZIEST things on the planet. Trust me, it feels as soft as it looks. I got this vest from BitKeepers and I'm tempted to get all of the colors! I love this rich navy color and the pop of white in the monogram. The vest comes with that perfect patch over your chest just begging for your embroidered initials! I also adore the gold zipper accent. I wear it out to the barn all the time to ride and to teach. I also have worn it several times outside of the barn on cooler nights or morning errands. I layered it over a simple white riding shirt from Ariat.

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My Roeckl brown gloves are literally like butter. If you haven't invested in a pair of Roeckl gloves, go get yourself some NOW. Here is their website haha! As I said, they are super soft but are made to last! With the amount of horses I ride, I used to go through gloves monthly. Now I own a couple pairs of Roeckl styles and I haven't had to switch out a pair in months. I love my classic black pair but this rich chocolate brown with the brown gem stones are just so fun! 

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These Free x Rein breeches actually go with any color scheme imaginable. Their slightly richer take on tan looks so luxurious. I especially love it paired with my brown leather ensembles. I've talked a lot about these breeches before because they actually feel comfy like leggings but are effective and functional like breeches. Not many brands have been able to accomplish that!

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Like I said earlier, the tall boots are by Ariat, but what really adds to this look are my Mane Jane spur straps and Color Tack spurs. The straps are a patent leather tortoise shell color that really do look great with black or with brown. That's the beauty of this color leather! The heart charms are subtle but add character. These titanium rolley spurs are some of my favorite spurs I have because I can keep them on no matter what horse I ride. I love the matte metal look, too. (They also have matte black.... so in love!)

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Now, let's get to the puppy! Fifa LOVES her Pup & Pony Tag Co. collar and leash... and by love I mean she has managed to keep it in one piece for several months now! (Side note: I promise we feed her three times a day... she is a Vizsla puppy and so she is just a skinny-mini!) When I saw the braided leather detailing of the leash, I had to get this set. The leather is durable and it just looks so classic. It gives the perfect nod at equestrian style without getting too cheesy or tacky. I constantly get asked where I got this set from horse and non-horse people alike! The leash is nice and long and the end handle loop is padded like a bridle. When I'm holding the leash it actually feels like reins! Such a cool style, Pup & Pony!!

xo, B

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Ponies and Pullovers

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Shop Hunt Club does it again with the most versatile pullover for every season! I am in love with this blue grey color. I initially showed it to you with a pair of leggings and sneakers for running errands, but it is perfect to ride in. For this look, I paired it with my favorite white Sakkara breeches, my Shop Hunt Club black and white woven belt and black Roeckl gloves

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It is just a great top for riding around in at home or on schooling day at the show. The Shop Hunt Club logo just makes the look of the pullover and like any perfect pullover should, it has pockets! Also, I sported this look with some VQ Jewelry! I love this horse ring and bit earrings.

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I don't know about you, but when I am dressed well, I ride well. There is something to be said about feeling put together that produces a quality ride! If I ever throw on a pair of breeches and a random top, not tucked in, not belted and possibly not matching, I just feel BLAH and I really do think that extends to my ride! 

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I am wearing an XS in this pullover, which I think is absolutely perfect! I can easily layer a tee underneath like I am here, but it is fitted enough to wear on its own or under a sweater or jacket. 

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I can't get enough of Shop Hunt Club's adorable logos! Love adding that peep of graphic at the back of the neck. SHC also has one of my favorite baby pads that I ride in on a weekly basis. My students ride in it, too! I am almost always in Roeckl gloves, too. From what I have worn, I really feel Roeckl is worth the price point because they have proven to be the most durable while staying soft and supple. 

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This look was so easy to pull together because the pullover is easy to match! It is an ideal piece to have in your wardrobe lineup this spring when the weather can't decide what it wants to do! You can shop this top on Shop Hunt Club's website that I will link HERE

xo, B

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Summer Socks

While the temperatures are rising, the last thing I want to do is bundle up on the thick layers, and that goes for socks, too. I have lucked out with some pretty amazing sock brands, and Dreamers and Schemers is no different!

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While I normally wear a type of riding compression sock, these thinner nylon socks are great when I just can't bear to add one more layer to my legs. Also, I can't get enough of their fun patterns!

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If you've been around My Equestrian Style long enough, you'll know I'm not one for bling and flashy colors. but socks are different in my opinion! I can be as loud or silly with my socks because they are usually covered by my boots anyway! Or I can sport them  proudly around the barn with my sneakers. 

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I do love how breathable these socks are, especially for the summer months in Florida! If you are prone to blisters or are breaking in a pair of new boots, I would suggest wearing ankle socks under these socks just for added protection. If you don't have problems with your tall boots and are looking for a "barely there" feel, these Dreamers and Schemers socks will be perfect! 

xo, B

April Showers

... bring cute outfits! 

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And this outfit is no exception! When I was in California a couple of weeks ago, I got to spend the day at my old stomping grounds of Calabasas, CA. I rode at my old job and stopped in at my favorite tack shop, Calabasas Saddlery. I spent the afternoon hanging out all the ladies there seeing what was new at the shop and trying on some new things! It was amazing. I went with this fun rainy day look because it screams spring!

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How cute is this rain jacket? The dog print was too adorable to pass up. The rain jacket, rain boots and sweater are all by Joules. I am such a huge fan of Joules' fun colors and preppy lines. I loved combining the patterned jacket with the thick lines of the sweater. The boots are just perfect for any gloomy day: timeless, chic and so well made. 

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You can get any of these pieces I am wearing from Calabasas Saddlery! You can always count of CS for the most up-to-date styles and cutting edge style. If you don't live nearby, you can absolutely shop their selection online or through their instagram

xo, B

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The Jacket Edit

KAVAL X MES Series 2

riding jackets for any weather & any setting

At any given time, I have about 7 jackets in my car and tack trunk, just in case. KAVAL carries top-of-the-line jackets from a light bomber to a down jacket with an insulated shell that have the functionality to ride in but are so chic, they are showstoppers anywhere else. 

Even though I live in Florida, I always get cold. Even in the summertime- if I am riding before the sun rises, you better believe I am sporting a jacket. I also am in a full on winter jacket when the weather plummets anywhere below 50... don't judge. I love jackets because they keep by body and arms warm but can so easily be taken off while in the saddle. I also am a sucker for good pockets to carry my phone and chapstick and the like.

the light bomber jacket : MakeBe

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This is such a great bomber jacket to have for every month of the year. MakeBe creates their pieces with style for days! I love all of the intricate detailing of this MakeBe Lucy Light Bomber. The burgundy and white varsity stripes are so sporty and add another color to the look. I'm wearing it here with some black jeans, but I was wearing it earlier today with navy breeches. Such a easy and fashionable look. KAVAL carries several MakeBe bombers in varying thicknesses. 

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the three-in-one jacket : Equiline

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What a jacket. KAVAL sells this Betsy 3-in-1 Coat by Equiline and I am so obsessed. This one piece truly covers all seasons for you. The outer jacket with the combined shell in one way you can wear it for the ultimate insulation. You can also wear the outer shell alone as well as the base layer alone. There are so many handy pockets and the lines are so flattering.

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It is super easy to separate the two layers, simply unzip! This jacket is so great for the barn because the outer coat is made of a super durable material. The inner jacket is just so light and airy; it's great for the brisk spring, summer and fall mornings or evenings. After trying on this jacket, I knew instantly why KAVAL carries this Equiline jacket. It is just so well-made and an absolute staple for any time of the year.

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the go-to medium jacket : Horse Pilot

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Remember when I was referring to a billion jackets in my car? Well I really only need these three, but especially this KAVAL jacket by Horse Pilot

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Horse Pilot's Softlight Jacket in Bordeaux is a no-brainer- everyone needs one.

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This jacket is so fabulous to ride in. I was so impressed by the pockets because they have magnetic closures to keep my phone and small items in there while I'm riding around. How brilliant is that!? As ideal as this jacket is for the barn, it is so fashion forward for the rest of the world. Just look at those leather details on the zipper, arm and hem of the sleeves? I was literally jumping up and down during this shoot showing Ethan (my Instagram Husband) all of the amazing features of this jacket. 

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KAVAL carries tons more jackets than these three, but these were my favorite and what I believed covered all of the temperatures we are experiencing sometimes in one week! Shop their site for the absolute highest quality equestrian brand that are curated to perfection. 

xo, B

Basic Bomber

This time of year is PERFECT for a bomber jacket. This one by Huntsmen and Hounds is just as cozy as it is chic and functional. I have the same one in a burnt red, but this gray goes with everything. 

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Random tangent, don’t you just love tree-lined drives? This is the lane leading up to my barn and the trees are just sprouting leaves and it always brings a smile to my face. I love spring. 

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I put this bomber with a simple striped tee and some of my favorite breeches from Tried Equestrian. 

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To top it off, I added some shine with my VQ Jewelry necklace and earrings. They are so gorgeous and well made. And I kill my jewelry... I wear it to the dirty barn, shows in it, sleep in it, etc. so for it to sparkle regardless is saying something! And this 18 karat gold jewelry line has a lifetime guarantee. 

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This Huntsmen and Hounds bomber has the perfect cut. I love the length of the jacket and how it is fitted without being super constricting. I am wearing a size small because I usually like to machine wash and dry my jackets! 

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The pockets are very usable. My phone actually fits along with some chapstick and cash or my riding gloves.

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This jacket will always be a favorite of mine. It looks great with black, denim or white jeans, riding pants, you name it! You can easily pull it off street style while still having the equestrian essense! Go get you a Huntsmen and Hounds bomber jacket!

xo, B

Oils for you and your Horses

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Over the last several years, essential oils have gained popularity immensely. When they first started coming out, I wasn't very convinced of their effectiveness. Now, I see how they can truly help both humans and horses. My sister, Bridget, sells Young Living Essential Oils and is also a horse rider. I first saw the effects of essential oils when she was able to ride our HOT HOT HOT chestnut thoroughbred mare around bareback in a field. We could never, ever do that before and when I asked her secret? She told me, "Essential oils!"

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Not only do essential oils smell great, Young Living has an oil to support every system in your body. I have the starter kit because it comes with all of the most popular oils AND a diffuser AND some other great products, too. What sets Young Living apart from every other oil company is the fact that they have an FDA approved vitality line of oils that you can ingest, not just diffuse or set on your skin. This makes the oils that much more effective and healthy for your body... and they are the only oil company on the market that can do that!

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For me, I am obsessed with the Lemon essential oil. There are so many great uses for it, too. I love to throw a couple drops in my diffuser because the smell is heavenly. My sister also taught me to add one drop (75 drops in one bottle!) into my water. It's actually way better than a wedge of lemon because in one bottle of lemon essential oil, you get 75 organic, cold pressed oil from 75 rinds of lemon. This quantity and quality of lemon in a single drop supports your liver and has amazing digestive benefits. 

There are so many incredible oils, but I think we should move on to the ponies. I included this Young Living animal guide of Do's and Don't's to safely apply. 

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Note: While this chart tells you to avoid Peppermint, there are actually numerous benefits to using this oil on horses. I'll show you below how to safely use Peppermint Oil on your horse. Here are some of my favorite Young Living oils and concoctions:

FLY SPRAY. At the barn, we are always in constant need of fly spray. Flies just love horses and during certain times of the year, the fly infestation can get really bad. However, lots of the fly sprays on the market are filled with harmful chemicals. If you're looking for a natural recipe, try adding 2 cups of white vinegar, 4 capfuls of baby oil and 10 drops each of lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils. Shake before each use and you have yourself a natural and effective fly spray! (Lavender and Peppermint are included in the starter kit!)

INFECTIONS. Whether your horse was playing too hard outside or an allergic reaction, infected areas are fairly common for your horse to have. Soothe and support these wounds naturally with Thieves. There are tons of benefits of thieves for you too. This is my sister's favorite oil at home for her family as well. (Thieves will be in your starter kit!)

COLIC. I have not had a horse colic since using Young Living Essential Oils, but there are loads of people online who have had amazing results from using the oil DiGize on their horse while showing symptoms of colic. For humans, DiGize helps your digestive tract, so it makes sense that DiGize could aid in colic. Consult your vet first, but if you are interested in using DiGize for colic, read this article here! (DiGize is a newer addition to the starter kit)

SORE MUSCLES. Peppermint oil is amazing for sore and tired muscles among other things. I like to add a few drops to a bucket of water and epsom salt. I will put that mixture on a horse's legs and back after a hard lesson or at the horse show. The combination of the salt and oil is a cooling and anti-inflammatory effect that is natural and smells great!

CALMING. Do you have a high-strung or nervous horse? (This is the oil my sister used on our crazy thoroughbred mare!) The oil Vetiver is an oil blend made up of several different oils that really supports calming and focus. My sister would rub Vetiver on her hands and cup her hands over our horse's nose and she would actually inhale the Vetiver off Bridget's hands. We wished we knew about this oil sooner for horse shows or days we were jumping at home! You can also add a few drops to a carrier oil and rub direction on your horse's nose for the same effect.

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There are many more benefits to Young Living Essential Oils for hoses. Go follow Bridget on Instagram (we are doing a GIVEAWAY on our IG accounts for some free oils!)- she talks about different oils almost daily and gives tips on their uses and what their benefits are. If you are interested in purchasing these oils or even the starter kit like me, you can click on her link here and get started-- Bridget will include in a free gift just for going through her! 

xo, B

 

 

The Tailored Sportsman Edit

KAVAL x My Equestrian Style Series 1:

How To Match Any TS Top and Pair of Breeches Together

The Tailored Sportsman is clearly a beloved brand among the Hunter and Equitation riders of today, and who can blame them? TS tops are buttery soft and breathable. The breeches come in every color under the sun with the iconic vintage knee patches. The Tailored Sportsman has been the riding habit staple for decades! While this is the case, I often receive requests on how to pair a certain Tailored Sportsman item with another, and I'm here to tell you you can throw the misconceptions of conventional matching out the window! KAVAL carries the most relevant and up to date colors that you can virtually pair any TS top with a pair of breeches KAVAL has. Or are you on a budget? I'll show you the best Kaval TS colors to go with everything in your current wardrobe. But don't take my word for it; keep reading and I'll prove it! 

In the equestrian industry today, I believe we have gotten a bit too conservative with our matching habits. For instance, you may own a pair of gray breeches and whenever you wear them, only two potential tops come to mind as potential "matches." Well I'm here to tell you that with KAVAL's Tailored Sportsman color selection, your pair nearly every color combination together. Still not convinced? Let me start by showing you the KAVAL x TS colors that- I promise- will go with everything you already own.

  wearing KAVAL's TS  white top  and TS  bluesy breeches

wearing KAVAL's TS white top and TS bluesy breeches

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Let's start by the obvious: The Tailored Sportsman Trophy Hunter Tan Breeches

In the Hunter/Equitation world, these tan breeches are an absolute must in your riding wardrobe. KAVAL carries the classic tan TS Trophy Hunter in a front zip low rise (pictured here) as well as a side zip mid rise. The zip and rise is completely based on your comfort and style preference, but as of right now, the front zip low rise is most popular. This pair is equally great for at-home hacks and entering the show ring, which makes it an obvious first purchase if you have a specific budget. Another great thing about this tan? It goes with every single TS top KAVAL offers. Go ahead- go on their Tailored Sportsman selection and I dare you to find a TS top these breeches won't match beautifully with! 

I had a hard time picking a #1 go-to TS top color, so I you can choose from my 3 favorite:

If you are able to buy three TS tops, these are the three to start with. If only two, I'd go with this TS white top and either navy or black depending on which you color you enjoy wearing more often. My absolute favorite color? May sound boring, but it would have to be white if I could only purchase one! It goes with everything; keeps every look crisp and classic; and surprising machine washes very bright and clean no matter what messy situation I get myself in at the barn. These three colors shown above go with black, navy, gray, hunter green and the brighter colored breeches KAVAL carries. You truly cannot go wrong!

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Feeling a bit more empowered and ambitious? Let's talk colors!! KAVAL offers some of the most fashion-forward colors TS offers. I have the free KAVAL x TS color guide available below, but here are a few favorites. I usually like to start with my breeches color when putting an outfit together:

These two pairs of colored breeches are some of my go-to's as far as breeches are concerned. I don't typically wear flashy breeches colors, but when I'm looking to add a little color to my look, these are two pairs that I always gravitate towards because they are so versatile. I've worn the gorgeous green-gray Rosemary color with white, black, navy, blue, tan/camel, mint/aqua, maroon/burgundy, brown and ivory tops and belts. I've styled the muted blue Bluesy breeches with all of those Rosemary color pairings plus some reds, orange, yellow, other shades of blue and purple. If you are pairing TS colored breeches with a TS colored top, I usually go with a basic leather belt in black or brown.

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Do you own a few TS colors that are tricky to match?

Click HERE to sign up for my totally free KAVAL x TS Matching Guide! 

 

Stay tuned for Series 2 of KAVAL x My Equestrian Style coming soon! Until then-

xo, Bethany

myequestrianstyle.com  |  @myequestrianstyle

In this post: Styled images by My Equestrian Style, Stock images by KAVAL Inc. 

Polo Dress

Who is as obsessed with this shirt dress as I am?!? Guys, this is seriously the equestrian-inspired dress of my dreams!  

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    And I have  Rönner Design  to thank for that! I have been admiring Rönner for some time now, even before My Equestrian Style came to be!

 

And I have Rönner Design to thank for that! I have been admiring Rönner for some time now, even before My Equestrian Style came to be!

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The green pattern is clearly equestrian (which I love) without being too cliché or cheesy. The first time I saw it, I was like, “I need to go to a polo match ASAP!” But has been the PERCECT addition to my closet whenever I need a little nicer look.

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I paired this dress with some amazing accessories. I live in this necklace by VQ Jewelry. I love how the necklace continues from the horseshoe to a cute stirrup at the bottom. I’ve mentioned VQ before, but everything is dainty, equestrian and most importantly 18k solid gold!  

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These bit earrings matched perfectly with this dress, but I also wear them for everyday... also VQ! 

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I also love the tied waistband on the shirt dress. Sometimes shirt dresses can be a little shapless and frumpy, but this one is so flattering. It also comes with a detachable tank top slip that perfectly goes with this dress. Or I plan to wear it without the slip as a swimsuit coverup!

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I can’t wait to wear this all spring and summer long. Check out Rönner D esign’s website HERE to see for yourself!

xo, B