Friday, March 9, 2018

[Interview] Andrea Wise from Horse Glam

Do you know that feeling when you instantly connect with someone?! I already knew Andrea's business, Pony Glam, and followed her blog, Horse Glam, but this empathy started a few weeks ago when we chatted for the first time, I immediately loved her vibe and that's why I wanted you to meet her as well - if you don't already, of course!!

ET:  I love your Instagram (@horse_glam) and your style shots. Where do you get your inspiration from?
Andrea: Thank you! Honestly, I should probably read more fashion magazines and visit other blogger sites to help stay ahead of the trends, but I have no time to do it. I just usually wear what I feel comfortable in and what I think looks good. I don’t force anything for the sake of fitting in.

ET: When I take photos for my blog, I struggle to make different poses and I always end up doing the only think I know: smile!! Does it feel natural or did you learn it?
Andrea: It is not natural for me at all!! I am by no means a model, I just go and have fun with Shannen, my photographer. She always wants me to smile, but I feel silly and then we both bust up laughing.

ET: Besides being a great blogger, you are also an entrepreneur and you went to law school too – that’s a lot! How do you find time to do everything?
Andrea: I have no time to do anything, lol!! My kids are both under 3 so they take a lot of time and energy, the rest of it just happens... somehow. I can’t remember what it feels like not to be tired!

ET: How would you describe the equestrian community in the US? It feels so different from what we have in Europe!
Andrea: I think the equestrian community on the (small) business side is very supportive and innovative. I love all my equine boss mares out there! From the riding side, I think it is also small and very connected.  I do wish, as riders, we were more encouraging to each other sometimes. I think what is missing from the sport, in my opinion and at my low level, is a sense of camaraderie and team spirit.

ET: You stopped riding for a few years, how did you feel when you got back in the saddle? Any piece of advice to someone who wants to start riding again?
Andrea: Scared. Defeated. Depressed. It was sad for me to not be where I was 4 years prior, and to feel like my horse wasn’t there either. Things have improved for me in the past 4 months or so, since I really started to get back into it. I would say the most important thing is to stay patient. If you want something bad enough, you will find a way to prevail.

ET: Are you competing this year? What are your riding goals for 2018? 
Andrea:  I promised myself and my friends that I would do at least 1 show, so that is sort of my big goal. But otherwise, I want to continue to improve in my riding and to try not to be so hard on myself.

ET: What’s your fave pair of breeches?
Andrea: LeFash is my favorite equestrian show apparel brand. I wish I had a whole closet full of Arianna’s items. She is a trendsetter in the industry and really initiated the whole stable to street concept, which I love.

ET: What are your everyday grooming essentials?
Andrea: A soft curry comb, Kiss My Horse mane/tail spray, face brush and Pony Glam Hoof Hi-Lites, of course! 
ET: Chloe seems to have a very strong personality. What would she say about you?
Andrea: “Takes one to know one”. Then she would lip curl.

ET: Can you tell us something we don’t know about you?
Andrea: My father is from Colombia, South America, so I am 1/2 Colombian, which explains my olive skin color. As a kid, I got teased about it a lot, and I can distinctly remember a few instances on the playground. It is funny how you remember certain moments like that in your life. It wasn’t long, however, before I loved being able to easily “tan” and was okay with looking different than most of the others at school.

I must admit that also wanted to ask Chloe, Andrea's gorgeous mare, some questions but she is a superstar and her agenda was super crowded! 😁

Dear Andrea, thank you SO much for taking the time to answer these questions! I loved learning more about you and I wish Portugal was closer to the US - I would love to personally meet you!
It feels so nice to meet other equestrian bloggers, I feel they're all way too far from me! One day I'll fly to the US to meet them and their ponies!!!!

See you on the next post!

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