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 


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

New FreeJump Soft'Up Classic


I must say that the first time I tried FreeJump stirrups was only a few weeks ago when a friend of mine asked me to ride a horse and she had a pair of FreeJumps on the saddle. I don't know how this is even possible but yes, they have been around for ten years and I only tried them now.

Although I always thought they were really nice looking, I never thought that I needed them, specially after that polemic video of Henrik Von Eckermann that gave me some mixed feelings. 

I always felt comfortable in my Sprenger stirrups but it all changed as soon as I put my feet on the FreeJump for the first time. I immediately told my friend that I wanted them because it feels like they help you keeping your leg and ankle in the most correct and perfect position - weird, ha?! As much as I read about all the science behind them I can't understand how they can help me feeling so much more stable. There's also something that concerns me a lot and I already talked about it with you, I'm super afraid of falling and getting my foot stuck on the stirrup, it already happened to me once and, omg, it is NOT cool guys... so that's why I would prefer having an open stirrup.

Anyway, now that I've told you that FreeJump is my most recent love concerning stirrups, it is time to introduce their new product: the Soft'Up Classic stirrups that were created by Pénélope Leprevost, designed by Pininfarina which is an Italian design studio and produced in by FreeJump in France.


These new stirrups were designed for women as they have a smaller size that would fit us better - I find it so interesting that now so many brands make products specially for us! Another thing that is different in this new stirrup is the straight eye, if you recall the previous Soft'Up Pro had a different shape on the place where we put the stirrup leathers, now they have brought it back to the classic style which is a great thing as I have heard some people saying that it wasn't that comfortable!

FreeJump also added some new colors to this new collection - although the brown ones have always been my favorite, I am sure that me and the pearl navy/black would be best friends!!!



Are you a fan of the new collection?
See you on the next post,

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Cold Days & A Cute Horse


Hi everyone! It's crazy how easily we go from the crazy hot days to the super cold ones and this happened a lot during this past week. 
Last Wednesday was a holiday so I went to the barn really early to ride Gali, I love being at the barn when the day is still starting, I feel so relaxed.


I was feeling so cold that I decided to take a beanie and a scarf with me - obviously, everybody laughed and asked me what I would wear during the Winter!
I also wore my rose gold "Horse Treasure" bracelet that I just bought at HorseGloss and I love the way it looks on this outfit. When I first saw the bracelet on their Instagram account I loved it so much but it was out of stock so as soon as it was back I immediately bought it, I was really afraid that it would fly off the shelves again. :)
It's super discrete and not big at all but when I look to this bracelet I think it is so gorgeous. Am I the only one obsessed with it?!



My v-neck sweater is from Ralph Lauren and although I bought it many, many years ago you can still find some that look exactly like mine. It's cozy but good looking so I usually wear it with my trusty Equi-Thème vest that I never get tired of wearing. I've written more times than I can count about it and there is really nothing else to add - it's pretty, it's comfortable and it's not the only vest I own but it is definitely my favorite!
The breeches are from Spooks as you probably know as well, not only because of their signature blue  color but also because I wear them a lot, hahaha.




Gali was clipped not long ago so before and after riding I put him his new quarter sheet from Equi-Thème. A friend of mine was selling it and it looks like new, it was a great deal.
Lastly, his ear bonnet is from Kingsland Equestrian and was given to me by my super boyfriend who doesn't understand anything about horses and still nailed it! It is from this Winter's collection and looks much better on Gali than his other bonnet from Kingsland's classic collection.




I didn't want to end the post without sharing this last photo with you. When Gali had a colic this past Summer I honestly thought we would lose him so after that I have been thinking a lot on how lucky I am to still have my boy with me. I have been working hard to make sure his physical condition is great and that he his healthy. I must say that I feel super proud because the colic completely knocked him down but he has had an amazing comeback, he's looking better than ever.