Friday, August 10, 2018

Friday Loves

So what's on my mind this August Friday........

Retired Race Horses
Horses, of course, but have you ever thought of rehoming a retired race horse?  There are so many wonderful horses out there waiting for a new life, a new career. This is a great source for one, and you can see many that are available like this very well-bred mare.  See her details here.

Towel Love
Love these towels from Pottery Barn. Mix the jacquard ones with the scallop dot for a very expensive look.  Of course, add the monogram.

Elephant Love in Silk
I am loving this elephant dress from J Crew.  

The Perfect Gift to Give
If you need a good gift idea for a recent grad, a birthday, Christmas or a great hostess gift, I love this cosmetic bag.  Also use it to store your needlepoint threads.

Older Horses
In our disposable world there's something to be said for the love of an older horse.  Mine has been having some health issues and like anyone in old age, managing them takes huge amounts of time and care.  But it is so worth it.  Sega has improved, she always seems to bounce back.  It's been a journey the past few weeks for sure. But isn't that what life is all about?  If I could relive one of my weekends with her from the good ole days I would.....

Happy Friday

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Fall Bodes Well for Boden

I'll admit, I don't shop much at Boden.  Their clothes tend to remind me of what I wore when I had to be in an office every day.  But that being said, they have niche - good quality, reasonably prices, versatile pieces that can appeal to various age groups.  I love some of their new fall looks.  Take a peak:

This dress looks like Gucci. 

I love these tweed pants.

I like this dress which is 50/50 cotton and wool.  No poly!

I love the style of this dress. So 60's.

This one is great too!

I also love this skirt/sweater combination!

And this belt seems to appear on everything! Love it!

And I love this coat but I wish it was 100% wool.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Fall Wardroble Staples

Fall is around the corner and it's odd to see the fall coats starting to hit the stores and web sites but Labor Day will be here in a month!  Summer has flown by.  It's time to start thinking about fall and winter clothing buys. I'm trying to buy a lot less this year as I have so many clothes, but here's a list of the "core staples" that every girl should own for fall.

1) At Least One Great Coat
I'll admit I can never have just one.  Coats are my weakness and I use them to spruce up a basic look like here - jeans and plain sweater can be dressed up with this classic coat. 

Or add a punch of color with this hot pink coat.

2) A Good Pair of Loafers
When sandals start staying in the closet it's time to pull out the loafers.  Gucci is my brand of choice, but any brand will do.  No socks please unless it's bitter cold out and then you pull out the booties. 

3) Great Jeans
Styles change for jeans like the seasons, so make sure yours are not too dated.  And make sure they fit.  Good fitting jeans that are in style are a must.  

4) Skinny Black Pants
I wear these as often as jeans in the fall.

5) A Basic Dress - Casual
A good all-around dress (with long sleeves) is a must for fall.  For more casual wear, I love this one from J Crew (and it's on sale now in limited sizes).

7) Classic Dress - More Formal

8) A Scarf 
A scarf is great to layer in the fall.  I love this one!


9) A Sweater
When the weather turns chilly I always have a sweater handy.  Love this one from Ralph.


10) A Fun Necklace
I love this one!  See it here.

 You're all set for Fall!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Upperville Virginia Equestrian Estate Hits the Market

Newstead Farm in Upperville, Virginia, a storied equestrian estate where Genuine Risk (the filly who won the Kentucky Derby) is buried and home to the Firestone family, a family of horse lovers and owners, of show jumpers and race horses can be yours for a cool $13.5M.   See the listing here.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Breyerfest Excess

A recent article in the New York Times about Breyerfest brought back fond childhood memories of days spent circling my tiny bedroom with horse models, all made by Breyer, a company that is still going strong after all these years.  My "Cantering Welsh Pony Model" is now highly collectable and my "Midnight Sun" model still reigns.  You can read the entire article here.  But the article really hit a nerve for some reason.

If you weren't a horse crazy girl then maybe you aren't familiar with this rite of passage.  Every year, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, the masses converge to buy and sell Breyer horse models and the associated products.  It's like Christmas for collectors and for girls who would never part with their coveted models that now include horses like American Pharoah or the famous show jumper, Snowman.

(New York Times photo)
Like everything else in America, we've commercialized, supersized and created markets for things that never existed 30 years ago so we can have more.  While we were happy cantering our models around the yard, with jumps made from sticks and straws, you can now buy just about everything you never thought you needed for your Breyer horses - saddles, halters, blankets, barns, horse trailers, riders, riding clothes - they have thought of everything. They come now in several sizes or scales so you can three collections instead of just one.  There's nothing left to chance. 

You can even buy handmade boots for your Breyer horses on Etsy.  Got to love that entrepreneurial spirt!

Some of the traditional models are still around like Misty of Chincoteague which you can buy most anywhere with the book or movie, and foal.

I guess it's logical that this market would grow and expand and create a need for things we really don't need at all.  That seems to be evolution of most everything in America now and maybe that's why we can never have enough. But at least the market still exists for little girls who only want to canter their models around in lieu of being able to own the real thing.

As a side, note, there's even a Breyfest Tote Bag that you can buy off the web site in case you didn't make it to Kentucky.

Happy Monday!

Friday, July 27, 2018

New Beauty Products

It's always fun to try out new beauty products. I have a few products that I won't veer away from but am always on the hunt for new ones to try and add to my repetoire.  Here are some I'd like to test out:

I love a good mask and miss the black mud mask that Erno Lazlo used to make.  So this one would be fun to try:

I'm a sucker for anything with grapefruit in it so of course, this scrub looks enticing for the bath:

This foaming cleanser looks interesting too:

I'd also like to try this mask from Dior:


I'd love to try this for my bath!

 Armani lip gloss is great and I am always in the market for more.  Love the pink!

I'm a big fan of EL and I have not yet tried this product.  Their stuff is fantastic!

Happy Friday!

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