Monday, February 12, 2018

Pull On Breeches - We Must Talk About This...

I own a pair of pull on breeches/riding tights (whatever you want to call them) by Noble Outfitters. I used them for a while and then, for some reason, I stoped wearing them. Probably it was because my style changed a bit to a more classic side or maybe it was the fact that no one else at the barn was wearing this type of breeches. 
However, in the past months some brands launched or relaunched this concept, with Kingsland Equestrian being the most well known brand doing it.

When Kingsland released their pull on breeches, I thought that it was great that they were being innovative but as the popularity of these started getting bigger and bigger, it got me wondering if I should “worry” about it… Don’t get me wrong, I love how comfortable they seem (haven’t been able so try them yet) but there’s something that I immediately think about when someone says Kingsland, it is the word “classic” and somehow, I am not able to include pull on breeches in my “chic, flawless and perfect” perception of the brand.

How would I tuck my polos in?  😅

I don't think I would wear these two...

I would wear the two blue options of the Katja Pull On breeches if I was in the mood for a laid back riding outfit. They are not terrible at all but, please, Kingsland designers or whoever takes care of these decisions, - let me dream for a while and think that they will read this - never ever replace your fabulous breeches with the pull on version. Include them in your collections but don’t forget the classics (and basics), buttons and zippers are awesome too!

Am I alone on this or does anyone agree with me? I don't want to offend anyone or Kingsland (it's one of my fave brands as you may know), I just don't love this product!

See you on the next post,
Carolina 💕

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Brand Spotlight: Free x Rein

There are so many new great equestrian brands around the world that deserve being known by all of us so I thought it would be cool to share some of them over here!

I am going to start this "Brand Spotlight" series with Free x Rein. The "equleisure" brand was launched last December by Andrea Hippeau Vogel and Dana Schwartz, two equestrians who struggled to find chic options that would fit both their professional lives in the city and their needs as equestrians.

Since its launch, Free x Rein has had a huge success among the equestrian community - in fact, it's rare the day I don't see someone on social media wearing or talking about the brand and it's easy to understand why: their clothes are a fresh and glamorous reinterpretation of the equestrian gear.

The collection includes figure sculpting breeches - YAY! - and performance enhanced bodysuits. Although I own a competition bodysuit from Horse Pilot, the concept of these is completely different  as they were designed to look chic and not only for competition. There are three styles of the bodysuit: the Elite (my absolute favorite) for shows, Moto and Sportfit for training.

I can't wait to see their next designs, Free x Rein has raised the bar! 

See you on the next post,
Carolina 💕

Saturday, January 27, 2018

[Review] Soft'Up Classic Stirrups by Freejump

Okay, if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, I'm sure you already know how much I've been drooling over my new stirrups, they are the recently released Soft'Up Classic stirrups from Freejump and I've been enjoying them so much that I felt I needed to write about them ASAP!

A couple of months ago I wrote about them (I think they weren't even on the market yet) and I told you that I had just tried Freejumps for the first time, the Soft'Up Pro, and that I loved them - you can read the post here - but I was far from dreaming that I would get myself the beautiful Soft'Up Classic in the most incredible color ever, Pearl Navy!
Also on that post, I told you all its features and improvements but now that I own them, it's a completely different game: I can properly say how they feel...

The most important to me, without any doubt, is the flexible outer branch. I've said so many times that not having stirrups with this type of safety was something that I was afraid I would regret in the future and I've thought a lot about it before investing on these. They are not cheap but, again in my opinion, safety comes first.

Comparing with the Soft'Up Pro, I would say that the Soft'Up Classic are even more flexible and since they were specially designed for women (the Pros are unisex), I feel my foot fits better as the stirrup instantly adapts to my position - does this make any sense to you?!
Also very important, these have the regular eye whereas the Pros have the angled eye! I've heard some people saying that the angled eye hurts them although I didn't experience it when I tried my friend's Freejumps.

The extra wide carbon tread, the grip and the studs really help me keeping my heel down (see the first photo) and having a more balanced position. The difference is visible when we jump because with my previous stirrups, my feet would often move a little backwards which sometimes annoyed Gali and that was something I was trying to correct. This doesn't mean that from now I won't make the same mistake again but I feel that now I don't have to make such a big effort to keep my legs in their place!
I also just found out that most parts of the stirrup can be replaced: worn grip and studs, damaged outer branch or even the cover. It would be sad if something bad happened to any of these and I couldn't replace them, this option keeps me much more relaxed!!!

Overall, if you are can't decide between the Pros and the Classics, go for these!!! If you have completely normal stirrups but would like to have a better pair whilst keeping a discrete look, they would be a great option as well, specially because you don't have to choose wild colors - it is available in black - and because its shape is very similar to the regular stirrup.

Here's a very small video of me using them for the first time:

It's so funny that my trainer calls me Pénélope Leprevost because of my helmet and now I own a pair of stirrups created by her!! 😂

Please, please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like to see a bigger video featuring the stirrups (jumping, etc.)!
See you on the next post,
Carolina 💙

Photos: Carolina Fontes

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!
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,