Saturday, February 24, 2018

My Tack Conditioners

Weirdly, I never shared with you the cleaning soaps and conditioners that I use but I recently started using a new one that you must try!

The BD oil is looking terrible, it got wet at a show! 

I am not very adventurous regarding the cleaning soaps. I have been using the Belvoir Step-1 Cleaner by Carr&Day&Martin ever since I got my first piece of tack. Most Recently - aka more than a year ago - I bought the Bruno Delgrange cleaning kit and I enjoy their cleaning soap too! However, today I am here to review the three tack conditioners that I'm using at the moment (and yes, 3 because they are all very different πŸ˜‚).

1. Belvoir Tack Conditioner Step-2 by Carr&Day&Martin

And please excuse my dirty nails! πŸ˜…

It's the basic of the basics, everyone (at least in Portugal) owns and uses it or has used it at least once in their life!
The Belvoir conditioner is probably the one that lasts longer and the one that I use the most when I'm in a rush. You don't need to use a lot of product.
This is the easiest to find and it retails (again, in my country) for around 20€.
I recommend it if you are looking for a basic and practical conditioner but note that you won't get the most amazing effect.

2. Bruno Delgrange Neat's Foot Oil

It came on the BD kit but you can get it without the soap. Retails for 20.5€.
I feel that I have to use a lot more product but it doesn't get sticky whereas the Belvoir does.
Do I love it? Meh, I would survive without it. I think I was expecting something better because it's from Delgrange but in this case the brand doesn't mean anything...
Ps.: The same doesn't apply to their glycerin soap, I love it!

3. Freewax by Freejump

This little one is the motive why I decided to post this review. When I bought my stirrups, Freejump offered me this sample of their leather conditioner and I thought it was nice of them but after smelling it, I thought it was REALLY nice of them. I want to eat it every time I use it, it smells like crème brûlée!
Although having a nice smell doesn't mean quality, the reality is that it is the best conditioner I have used so far. The leather looks nourished, shiny and I believe it makes my saddle look younger. πŸ˜‚ However, it's not as practical as the sprays.
It retails for 9.95€ and I will buy it once this one is over - can't recommend it enough!
Please note, the fact that this was offered to me doesn't affect my opinion.

What's your fave tack conditioner?
See you on the next post!
Carolina πŸ–€

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Brand Spotlight: On The Left

Discovering new brands in the equestrian community is great but finding innovative and fun companies is even better. I found On The Left on Instagram and their products made me laugh so it's obvious to me that they "deserve" a place on this Brand Spotlight series!

Statement t-shirts weren't created for the first time this season but at the moment they are one of the most noticeable trends of the fashion world, every store has them...Why not making them an equestrian trend as well?!

The one that caught my attention, Galiiii πŸ’•

I see you GoT fans πŸ˜‰

Mine says he gets too anxious and that's why the photos are blurry...Seriously considering offering my dad one of these two - yes, because bank of dad (and mom's) are the best sponsors ever!

You better believe I will buy these one day when I have kids πŸ˜‚

On The Left is a Canadian small business and they offer many more statement t-shirts, bags and even phone cases - these were just my favorites! We can even ask the brand for a custom design and they ship worldwide. Here's the link to the website if you would like to check them out.

Thanks for reading!
See you on the next post,
Carolina πŸ’•

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?  πŸ˜…

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 πŸ’•

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 πŸ’•