Monday, September 30, 2013

Onward Reserve

With holidays coming, I am always searching for new places to shop, especially for the men in my life.  It's hard to find things, without doing the same thing over and over.  Well, for this season, my prayers have been answered as I came across Onward Reserve.  It's a store in Athens, GA but their web site is fabulous and it's as much a lifestyle destination on the web as it is a store.

They sell clothes, books, gifts, china, tail gating (well, it's in UGa country, so what did you expect?) and guess where I will be shopping this season?

The website is
Happy shopping!

A Southerner's Handbook

For your "southern" friends out there or for anyone who cherishes some of the "southern traditions" Garden and Gun is publishing a new book that will be released at the end of October.  And I love the horses on the cover!

Here's what the magazine is saying about their new book:
There's more to being Southern than just living below the Mason-Dixon. It takes some know-how. From throwing a crawfish boil to betting on a horse at the Derby to, yes, even whipping up a stiff drink, we've rounded up the experts and put together a list of tips, tricks, and secrets to help make sure you're up to speed.
- Make Devilish Deviled Eggs
- Fry Chicken Skins
- Go Whole Hog by Jack Hitt
- Pickle Anything
- Boil Peanuts
- Drink with Style by Jonathan Miles
- Make Your Own BBQ Bitters
- Mix a Stiff Punch
- Raise Your (Home) Bar
- Take Your Best Shot by David E. Petzal
- Grab a Frog Like a Cajun
- Bet on the Kentucky Derby
- Find a Brook Trout Hole
- Tell a Great Story by Roy Blount, Jr.
- Throw a Crawfish Boil
- Pick a Southern Paint
- Find the Good Stuff
- Build a Library
- Mind Your Manners by Guy Martin
- Master the Pocket Square
- Wear White Bucks
- How to Accessorize
Whether you live below the Mason Dixon Line or just wish you did, The Southerner’s Handbook is your guide to living the good life. Curated by the editors of the award-winning Garden & Gun magazine, this compilation of more than 100 instructional and narrative essays offers a comprehensive tutorial to modern-day life in the South.

From Food and Drink to Sporting & Adventure; Home & Garden to Style, Arts & Culture, you'll discover essential skills and unique insight from some of the South’s finest writers, chefs, and craftsmen—including the secret to perfect biscuits, how to wear seersucker, and to the right way to fall off of a horse.

You'll also find: Roy Blount Jr. on telling a great story; Julia Reed on the secrets of throwing a great party; Jonathan Miles on drinking like a Southerner; Jack Hitt on the beauty of cooking a whole hog; John T Edge on why Southern food matters; and much more.

As flavorful, authentic, and irresistible as the land and the people who inspire it, The Southerner's Handbook is the ultimate guide to being a Southerner (no matter where you live).

Friday, September 27, 2013

More Vintage Equestrian

Vintage is still best.  In our age of instant gratification, texting, iPhones, and the like I still prefer books to videos, leather to plastic, linen to cotton, silk to poly, and old to new and monograms....
(Photos from Pinterest)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Almost Autumn

The mornings are crisp, the green is fading to brown, and pumpkins are popping up.  Summer's come and gone and it's almost autumn.....

 (all photos from Pinterest)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Leather, Leather Everywhere

Leather is everywhere this fall.  Glad to see Madison Avenue using some of that equestrian-influence in fashion this year.  Take a peak at this 1970's vintage Hermes skirt.  Shorten this baby and it fits right in today....

 (via Pinterest)

Want to See What a $15M Horse Looks Like?

Show jumping rider Edwina Tops-Alexander of Switzerland is the new and hopefully very proud owner of the chestnut gelding Palloubet d'Halong.  He was reportedly sold for $11,000,000 euros.  The horse was second in the Aachen Grand Prix and has been consistently double clear.  Who says money cannot buy happiness or a really great chance for an Olympic show jumping medal?

(via Pinterest)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Trotters in Midtown?

When I was in NYC a few weeks ago, across the street from our hotel and just to the left of the famous Algonquin Hotel was the plaque above.  Below is a picture of the spot, on 44th Street right in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.

Who knew?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Army Mules, Again

We ventured north last week, to West Point, and saw the infamous Army Mules, up close and personal.  If you aren't familiar with the history of the Mule, the Army mascot (not the West Point mascot), you can read about them here, a post from September 2012.

Army played Stanford (#5 in the country) but gave a respectable showing.  It was a good game.  Bet Stanford never heard repeated canon fire during a football game, (a West Point tradition).

The next day we ventured over to see the mules at rest.  They are well cared for, fat and happy.

Love to horse trailer with the mules' names....... very nice touch.

That's hubby, the West Point grad, Army Ranger, Pathfinder, the real deal.....



Friday, September 13, 2013

Peace, Love and Malin + Goetz

I'm in love with Malin + Goetz, their products that is.  Try them and you will know why.  The founders are Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz.  Their backgrounds are incredible............

matthew malin. 

Matthew started his career in the Executive Training Program at Saks Fifth Avenue following university in 1991. After two years there, Matthew worked for three years as a cosmetic buyer at the privately owned Barneys New York. For the next five years, Matthew oversaw global distribution and sales development for the family operated Kiehl's. After Kiehl's sale to L'Oreal, Matthew accepted a position with Prada to develop and manage the Helmut Lang Parfums Division and licensing agreement with P&G. Two years later, Matthew and Andrew began developing a business plan for (Malin + Goetz).

andrew goetz.

For ten years preceding the launch of (MALIN+GOETZ), Andrew worked as Marketing Director for family owned Vitra, a Swiss-based design manufacturer. Andrew's responsibilities included finding and cultivating the architects and industrial designers whose careers Vitra is known to begin. Both the New York flagship (MALIN+GOETZ) architect and graphic team behind our packaging were organic extensions of previous collaborations and relationships. Utilizing his creative expertise for (MALIN+GOETZ), Andrew has also established himself as chef for a monthly dinner party that March 2006 Food & Wine Magazine call one of Manhattan's "best."
The Peppermint Shampoo is to die for.........  You can buy online at

The Historical Washington International Horse Show

(1959 Cover from the WIHS's Inaugural year)

 (Betty Ford)

Alice Roosevelt Longworth and Col. Rene Studler, 1967

Jackie Kennedy

Rodney Jenkins and Idle Dice

Mamie Eisenhower

Nancy Reagan and Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1988

(1976 Belgian Team)

Thanks to the wonderful team at WIHS, we have some fantastic historical photos to share today from the archives of one of the country's most illustrious horse shows.  This show surely has a past and a bright future I should add.  Take a look (and there's more to share as we move into late October when the show comes to life in downtown DC).

Thanks again to the staff at WIHS for sharing their treasures!

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