Monday, December 5, 2016

Virginia's Other National Treasure

While Virginia may have provided our nation with four of our first five Presidents and is home to one of the wonders of North America, The Natural Bridge, we also have another hidden treasure, Ms. Ellie Wood Keith Baxter of Charlottesville.  An amazing woman of 95, she's still going!  She charmed all of us this past weekend at the Virginia Horse Show Association's annual banquet at The Homestead.  She is sharp as a tack. She gave the junior riders an earful and I am sure they learned something from this masterful equestrian who won the Medal Finals in 1936.  The woman can ride a horse.

After she won the Medal Finals, her status as a horsewoman was secure and she rode at all the major shows up and down the East Coast.  She was champion at the most prestigious shows in the country and rode the famous horses of the day including Substitution (who was inducted into the VHSA Hall of Fame over the weekend), Spanish Mist, Escapade, Adventure and many others. She was literally the most famous woman amateur from 1935 until the mid 1960's.  She was inducted into the VHSA Hall of Fame in 2005.

She was also an avid tennis player and dancer.  She was an avid fox hunter too until recently and was hunting well into her late 80's.  Her eyesight isn't what it used to be but she would run circles around many 50-year olds I know.  You can read another blog post about this incredible woman here.  She's an inspiration. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Scully & Scully Equestrian Christmas

If you are looking for a great source for keep-me-sakes, look no further than the famous Scully & Scully. Their catalog is full of interesting items for the home and for him or her, many with an equestrian flair.  I also go to S & S for those hard-to-find graduation gifts. 

1) Fox Horn Lacquered Tray


 Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Meg Carter Designs - Simply Exquisite Jewelry

I don't wear a lot of jewelry and like simple, understated designs that are timeless.  So I was thrilled to find Meg Carter's jewelry.

Her earrings are simple and elegant.  See these here.

I love these too.

Love this bracelet!

The green is nice too!

This one is inspired by the sea.

You can shop her entire collection here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Equestrian Prep T-Shirts - The Cutest T-Shirts Ever

Okay, a picture is worth a thousand words, right? These are simply the cutest........

You can shop the collection here.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Gift Ideas for the Horsey Set

If you're ahead of the game and have your shopping completed, good for you!  But most of us aren't that organized and have a way to go with our shopping list.  Finding that perfect little something for the horse lover, rider, trainer, enthusiast, is so much easier now, online.  Here are some suggestions in case you need them.

1) Beyond the Fence 
This is a great cookbook, with recipes and entertaining ideas from the the horse farms of Lexington, KY. See it here.

2) Gien Platter
More china!  I love this Gien pattern and they also make these in other disciplines - racing, show jumping.  See it here.
3) Horseshoe Three-Bowl Server
Arthur Court serve ware makes a great gift.  You can also buy these individually. See it here.
4) Keeneland Entertains
This is a great book which can be used as a coffee table book, an entertaining manual or as a cookbook.  It would make a great gift for anyone who has been to Keeneland or for someone who is planning to go there. See it here.

5) Win Place Show Pillow
Need I say more?  See it here.

6) Snowman, the Book and the Movie
It comes out in January. Reserve yours now for January delivery. What a fun gift to send someone!  See it here.  Send the book now and follow-up with the movie when it comes out in early 2017.

7) Tiffany Horseshoe Pendant
Who doesn't like receiving a little blue box from Tiffany?  See it here.
8) A Donation to Your Local Horse Rescue
Make a donation in your friends' names to your local rescue.  There's no better way to help our four-legged friends in need.  Here's one to visit.  

 Hope your Thanksgiving holiday was perfect in every way.  Safe travels today if you are on the road!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

The New Old Magazine, Flower

Magazines have a changed a lot over the years, with the advent of the Internet, the economic meltdown of 2008 and other factors that have changed the way we read, browse and get our news.  I long for Southern Accents, one of my favorite magazines that is no more.

One of the newer magazines out there, Flower, which has southern roots I might add, reminds me of Southern Accents.  See it here.

While the theme tends to be flowers, the editors link flowers to decorating, entertaining, etc.  So it's not a magazine for those who garden or grow flowers.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

J Crew - What Were They Thinking?

J Crew is my "go to" store for clothing day in and day out and I love their stuff.  Their recent catalog is full of things I love but sometimes they really miss.  And when they miss, they really miss. 

Is this the new style, the Amish look?  School marm look?  Seriously?   Early 1980's retro?

Is there anyone on the planet other than Karlie Kloss who could wear this?  Maybe for Halloween next year?  Maybe this would work for anyone who needs to add an extra 20 pounds to their mid-section.  Awful.  Beyond awful.  I can picture the Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice in this though, can't you?
Is anyone game for this $600 Italian satin embellished striped top in a green color I haven't seen since I watched Invasion of the Body Snatchers?  Would you dole out $600 for this?  And what's up with those "sprinkles" across the front of this Italian wonder?  Ugly. Simply ugly in every way.

This "collection" embellished polo is now on sale for $150 marked down from $250. I wouldn't pay $100 for this pink, excuse me, "summer sorbet" shirt.  How in the world do you wash this thing?  Does it jingle as you walk?  Awful.  Who would wear this?  Anyone? 

Embellished floral clutch in "vinyl" is now marked down to the bargain price of $149 from $199. What a deal!  A hideous vinyl clutch for $200. Will it melt in hot climates? This looks like the purses my Barbie dolls came with in the early 70's.  Maybe there is someone in Brooklyn who thinks this is pretty other than Jenna.  But I doubt it.


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