Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Mouillère: Best Friends For Muddy Days

One of the reasons I don't really enjoy the Winter is because there's always mud on the ground and I am a pro when it comes to getting my boots super dirty (usually it happens 5 minutes after cleaning them hahaha)!!!


I've known the brand Mouillère for quite some years now but I've only seen them "in person" at the last edition of the Salon du Cheval. After trying them and seeing how they are made, it made sense to bring a pair home with me to test. I was going to choose the black version but then we remembered that you wouldn't be able to see them on the photos so I put my Barbie mode on and chose the brightest color available - pink!!! 😂


Because they are made of rubber, these overshoes adapt easily to the boots but, boy, it was hard to put them on for the first time! I even thought the size was wrong because I didn't have any problem doing it in Paris and I simple couldn't do the same with these... Turns out, everything was okay, I checked the website and the brand had some advice on how to wear them during the first times, duhhh Carolina!!!
After this initial trouble, everything went well with the Mouillères, I don't even remember I'm wearing them unless someone calls me Pink Panther!


Now I can always go ask my trainer something (he's always at the arena) without ruining my perfectly clean boots and the reality is that I didn't always take care of my old ones, I would wear them everywhere without any problem and I want to preserve this new pair a little better as they are, by far, the best pair of boots I've ever owned - and, of course, they weren't that cheap!
One of my fave things about these is that they don't require any special care, water is more than enough to get the dirt out.


With this being said, these are going to be my boots' best friends during the muddy season and I am really looking forward to see how long they will last.

Have a nice Tuesday!
xoxo,
Carolina 💕

Sunday, January 21, 2018

#ROOTD | All The Blues


By now some of you may know that blue is my inner color, I go for it most of the times! I think you can't go wrong with this color, it's so classy...but wearing the same old navy all the time can get a little boring...

I was in need of a new pair of breeches and I wanted to spend my money on a brand that I had never tried before so it was an easy choice when I saw that Mr. Castle, a recent equestrian brand from Spain, was having a sale. I was a little indecisive between this royal blue and their green breeches but of course I had to go for the blue... :D However, the green will possibly join my breeches collection in the future because they are super adorable!


I must refer that their fabric isn't that "typical breeches" fabric, they are made of Polyamide and Elastane which makes them very stretchy and comfortable. They are also my first breeches with silicone knee patches (yes, I don't know how that is possible) and I was afraid that the grip would be too strong but, to be honest, I didn't feel any difference - perhaps because I has focused on my ride!
My least favorite thing about them is that they adapt so much to your body that if you tuck a thicker shirt under them, they will give you a weird shape. With that being said, I am sure they will look much better during the Summer with lighter tops!



I'm also wearing the Lauren Quarter Zip from Noble Outfitters that I got years and years ago and still looks like new. I love wearing it on the sunny days of Winter, it keeps me warm enough and has the most amazing velvety touch that makes me feel so, so cozy! It's also great for layering and has a very flattering cut - if you are looking for a quarter zip, this one is definitely a great option!


As blue was my theme color for the outfit I went for the braided duo belt from Horsely. I didn't want to use brown polo wraps on Gali because they didn't match the outfit but then when I saw the photos I noticed that they go perfectly with the brown details of the belt, great coincidence!!


The little monster is wearing Eskadron polos, Spooks saddle pad, Horze breastplate, Butet saddle and new Freejump stirrups that I was using for the first time. And speaking about the stirrups, I am so obsessed with them that the next post will be exclusively dedicated to them! Stay tuned for a review!

Thank you for joining us!
See you on the next post,
Carolina 


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Longines Masters de Paris, 2017

I hope you all had the most amazing holidays! Mine were good but with study always in my mind it gets so hard to 100% enjoy them...anyone else feeling the same?


It has been a while since the Longines Masters but with college, horse shows, Christmas, the New Year and life in general, I only had the chance to sit down to blog now...just after I finished a Macroeconomics exam, bahhh!
A few days ago I was talking with a friend who told me that since I went to the same show for two consecutive years, next year I should go to a different one but I honestly love this show so much that I'm already thinking about returning. Not that there aren't more incredible shows around the world that I would LOVE to attend but I have so many good memories from Longines Masters that I can't think about not going there!


As you might have seen on my first and second vlogs from Paris (here and here), on the first day I arrived at the event almost at 7pm so I spent the rest of the day at the show (the Salon closed at 7pm). We ate something and then watched the Longines Speed Challenge which is always a super exciting class!
Julien Epaillard/Cristallo A LM won, Kevin Staut/Avade de Septon et HDC were 2nd and Lorenzo De Luca/Limestone Grey were 3rd - quite a podium, ha?


On Saturday, December 2nd, I had the entire day to enjoy that mystical place so I spent my time jumping from the Salon to the Masters whenever there was an interesting class - I think I've never walked so much before, there's so much to see that even feeling tired, I just couldn't stop!!


My favorite class of the day was definitely the Riders Masters Cup, that happened for the first time ever on this edition of the Longines Masters. The Riders Masters Cup is a class where European and American riders compete against each other. Each team has 5 riders and they are some of the best in the world:
-Team Europe: Philippe Guerdat (Team Leader), Kevin Staut, Lorenzo de Luca, Maikel van der Vleuten, Grégory Wathelet and Jos Verlooy.
-Team USA: Robert Ridland (Team Leader), Laura Kraut, Lauren Hough, Devin Ryan, Chloe Reid and Reed Kessler.






Observing their strategy as team or even as members of a team was something that made me learn and think a bit more about my own tactics, this is the best part of watching the top riders to me! They are the definition of perfection but what's behind that? Lots of work, lots of mental strength, dedication and a huge team that allows them to be focused on what matters: entering the arena and riding like a boss!
The European team won (yay, European girl over here!) and they are the current leaders but who knows what will happen next April on the Riders Masters Cup of New York?!




Last but not least, the Grand Prix day! What can a showjumping addict say about this?! With so many  talented riders that's always the class I don't want to miss, I would be mad if I missed it! I was a little disappointed that some riders I admire weren't there/didn't enter the GP (Scott Brash, Ludger Beerbaum, Luciana Diniz, Marcus Ehning, Bertram Allen...) but it was still very competitive.
Daniel Deusser and Cornet D'Amour won, Simon Delestre/Hermes Ryan were second and Lauren Hough/Ohlala third.






Before ending the post I must refer that the atmosphere of the Prestige Village is absolutely unique and chic! From the bar to the high-end booths, everything is completely different from an average show (at least from the ones I know) so it's really easy to feel like you're living in a fairytale.


The next event of the EEM series will happen in just 35 days in Hong Kong!


See you on the next post!
Carolina



Thursday, December 28, 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017

Yes, It's A Gift Guide!


Well...they're never enough, am I right?! :D


#1 - Grey Horse Candles


Grey Horse Candles are amazing, not only because they have some of our fave scents but also because their design is absolutely beautiful. They're the perfect gift for your candle addict equestrian!

#2 - Photoshoot With An Equine Photographer


You can't go wrong with an equine photoshoot, specially when there are so many amazing photographers out there. Here are some of my faves: Sophie Callahan, Diana Wahl, Carolina Fontes, Eileen Schreiner...

#3 - My Barn Child "Palm Beach Ponies" Pillow


My Barn Child carries home decor now. I love the entire "Palm Beach Ponies" collection!

#4 - Horsegloss Phone Case


If you don't want to spend a fortune on something that is horse related, Horsegloss has a cool variety of phone cases.

#5 - Lincoln Xmas Stocking


We all know they deserve it! I really want to get this for Gali but I didn't find it yet in my country... Anyway, it's available here!

Merry Christmas!
Carolina 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

LONGINES MASTERS & SALON DU CHEVAL - PARIS || DAY 1 VLOG

Hi, everyone! First vlog of 3 is now on my YouTube channel!


I hope you like it & can't wait to show you the 2nd vlog! 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

[ROOTD] There's Really Nothing Better...

...Than coming back home to this one!


Hey everyone! How is your week going? I've been quite busy as this is my last week of classes before Christmas break!
These photos were taken the day after I arrived from Paris so I had quite a big smile on my face because I was near my Gali again. I love travelling but I also love coming back and immediately going to the barn - I remember my dad being mad at me because I always asked him to drive me to the barn the second we arrived from our holidays!
I thought this was a nice day to take some photos because I was wearing quite a few things for the first time, yay! I also took my Horse-A-Porter bag with me because I couldn't miss the opportunity to properly show it to you, I finally have a decent sized and beautiful (that pattern with the bit ♥)  bag that I can take with me on my trips!


Focusing on the outfit, let me start by mentioning my new EGO7 Orion boots that I brought from Salon du Cheval: I needed a new pair because my old fellas were in desperate need of retirement. I thought they were still in great condition until I tried a new pair and discovered again, after so many years, what comfortable boots should feel like. I can't tell you how much I love them but I will leave that for a review!
Then, also from Paris, there's my new winter jacket from HV Polo. The Surrey jacket was a fabulous last minute find, although I never thought I would like to wear this color! I didn't own anything from this brand but now that I do, I can't recommend it enough (this jacket has become my first choice in just two weeks).


Coincidence or not, my friend Carolina kindly offered me this beanie and I swear she didn't know I had just bought a jacket in the exact same color. When I arrived at the barn and saw it I couldn't believe it - same name, same taste, maybe?!
I've worn this breeches and this sweater so many times that I think you may be tired of them already! If any of you don't know them, the breeches are from Euro-riders although I can't find them online and the sweater is from the Eskadron Fanatics collection.


In my opinion, the GP belt, also from Horse-A-Porter, upgrades this outfit to a totally different level. The entire outfit is super casual but then with the belt it all comes together to a smarter look. You can't really see it in these photos but the belt is red on the inside, it reminds so much of Louboutin!


Do you feel like me when you spend a while without your horses? What did you think of this ROOTD?
See you on the next post,
Carolina 


Photos by Carolina Fontes - Please check her amazing work! 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Salon du Cheval'17

Hey everyone! These last weeks were as hectic as epic: last weekend I was in France and this weekend I was back in my country competing so now it's time to slow a bit to tell you everything.


I will start my posts about Paris with this one from Salon du Cheval...and where to begin?! Perhaps by saying that it was great!


Although I already knew the Salon from last year's edition, it felt like I was there for the first time. There's always something new to see and that place is so big that I never have time to see everything in detail!


There were 90 000m2 to explore and to get lost (oh boy, I got lost so many times!!! Hahaha). From stands, to competitions, to auctions and ponies...the Salon has it all and I never get tired of it - can I plan next year's trip already?!


As I arrived late on Friday, I didn't have time to visit the fair that day so on Saturday my entire morning and half of my afternoon were spent there, as well as some hours on Sunday, wandering from booth to booth. At Salon du Cheval we find products that we don't even imagine that exist and worse than that, we leave thinking how much we need (want) them.



What amazes me the most is the effort that all the brands/stores put on their booths. CWD was one of my faves because of the colourful wall but there were so many more that I would never end this post if I showed you all of them - the solution is to visit the Salon! :D



I decided to mentally write the list of the things I wanted to buy at the Salon and then on the last day I would get them before leaving. I end up buying a few more things - this always happens!!! - but I left the most amazing Harcour saddle pad there because I was not sure if I should get it and then when I decided that it would come with me, the Fleur saddle pad disappeared...so sad!
The only thing that I wish that was different was the closing hour. During the days I was there it closed at 7pm which I think it's a bit early but I understand that there are lots of people working at the Salon and that they must go home as well!


Next Thursday I will upload the first travel diary of this trip on my YouTube channel, make sure you are subscribed!
See you soon,
Carolina 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Gift Guide #1 - Horsely Lifestyle

Hey everyone, Holiday Season is here and I'm so excited about it - I love Christmas. There's nothing better than a fireplace, a Christmas tree, great food, family and, of course, presents! It's time to start posting some gift guides. During the next weeks I will post some more!

With Black Friday just around the corner, I thought that it would be great to start Equestrian Trend's 2017 gift guide with four products from a brand that will have some Black Friday deals. I own all of these and decided to include them here because they are some of my current faves on the equestrian lifestyle category.

All of the following products are from Horsely, an Australian brand. They ship the products really fast (I thought they would take ages to get here but they didn't!) and the prices are really fair.



Although it isn't 100% horse related I had to include this bag on the list because I've been looking for a bag with this type of strap for ages. My mom owns one but she didn't let me bring it with me, when I showed her this one she said that mine was prettier (and it is way cheaper muahahah)!
This vibrant bag is small but has a lot of room inside - believe it or not, I had my phone, two purses, home/car keys and three carrots (glamorous life of an equestrian) inside of it when I took these photos.


I love how it goes with my Quarter Zip Riding Sweater from Equestrianista (this sweater is a long time friend of mine) and with my grey GPA breeches.

- Sterling Silver Horseshoe Pendant


A must-have. I've been on an "equestrian jewelry" mood lately, I got the bracelet from Horsegloss (see previous post) and then this necklace. I've been wearing them almost every day, either at the barn or at college. I must refer that the shine of this necklace is absolutely ridiculous in a good way, I feel like I am wearing something way too expensive ($$$$$$) and yes, I'm a kid and I feel like a princess wearing her diamonds. :)

- Braided Duo Stretch Fit Belt


I am not a person that would spend a fortune on a belt. Yes, I like them but I like my money as well, sorry! Although I enjoy this type of belts I always find them way to expensive or with weird colors - my local tack shop has similar belts but they are incredibly expensive and the quality, details, etc. are not the best! But this one...ahhhhh, finally a brand that has color combinations that I like (and an impressive variety!).


My favorite: the chocolate brown leather details. In my opinion those are what make the belt beautiful. Usually the leather has the color of the belt but brown leather is brown leather, it makes everything better!

- Solid & Elegant Horse Pillow Cover


Okay...I'm 20 and I've got a giant unicorn and a brown horse on my bed but please ignore them. My last suggestion is this pillow cover that matches my duvet perfectly, YAAAY!
If you follow me on Instagram you may know that my bedroom has an incredible amount of horse-related decor...I just love everything that reminds me of horses. So obviously this pillow had to be included on my crazy horse girl decor!


Bonnie wanted to show you that she loves this combo as much as I do! The brand has more colors available though.


That's it for today, I hope these suggestions were useful!
On the next "Gift Guide" posts I will include some suggestions for the horses as well.
Photos: Carolina Fontes - except the last two that you can obviously see that were taken by me! :D
xoxo,
Carolina