Monday, April 29, 2019

Super Blue by Smart Grooming

Hey, everyone! As the owner of a grey pony, I'm always searching for the most effective stain removers. I've tried sprays from the most well known brands to 100% natural sprays from smaller brands and I've shared my thoughts on pretty much all of them here. However, I've recently discovered a completely different concept which is this powder stain remover called Super Blue. I was contacted by Smart Grooming (Spain/Portugal) and they asked if I would like to try something from them so I took a quick visit to their website and this product immediately caught my eye.

Being completely honest, when it arrived I had no idea if Super Blue would work and the pot seemed too small. The instructions said to mix 1/4 teaspoon (this is NOTHING) with 3 litres of warm water - after reading this my expectations started getting really low, how could such a tiny amount of product work?! 

Because it's not easy to get warm water at the barn, I decided that I would use cold water and because I didn't have anything to measure the amount of water, I have no idea of how much I used but I'm pretty sure I used more than 3 litres. Also, the water bucket wasn't 100% clean!
As soon as I dropped the powder this started happening and I promise you I used the tiniest amount just like they recommend on the instructions. Before applying I stirred it well.

I dipped my sponge on the bucket and when I got it out, there weren't any signs of blue, it looked like I had just used the hose to wet it so, again, I started feeling like it wasn't going to work at all!
Surprise, surprise...the smaller stains disappeared after the first scrub and the most difficult stains only took a couple more until they were completely gone! Please see these photos:

Everyone at the barn was super impressed. I thought I would save Super Blue for shows but I used it again the day after - did you see my videos on insta stories??
Smart Grooming says it can also be used on their tails to make them white again. I haven't tried that yet because I completely forgot but I'll do it soon to see the difference. If that works then Super Blue will become the only product I know that works on tails!
Although I was very skeptical at the beginning, I'm completely sold on this product. The 30g pot goes a long way and I love that it is so different from traditional stain removers.

Hope you had fun reading this post!
See you soon,
Carolina πŸ’™

Monday, April 15, 2019

Riders Are Athletes | Kingsland Summer '19

Hey, everyone! I'm so, so, so excited to write about this riding outfit! I feel that I keep saying this but here it goes again: I'm the biggest fan of Kingsland...which literally means that every time they announce a new collection I see the catalog over and over and over! It has been like this ever since I discovered the brand and I feel that it only gets worse, hahaha. πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚
This year's Summer collection is probably one of the sportiest they have ever done and the outfit I'm wearing was definitely created for athletes.

Let me talk about the Isla training shirt first, I don't remember Kingsland ever doing something like it in the past. Isla is probably one of the sportiest t-shirts an equestrian brand has ever designed. I absolutely love its cut and the contrasting side panels - so, so flattering! 

The light blue fabric is really soft (I don't know its name) and although it is sort of "elastic", this is a structured shirt that won't stick to the body. As you would expect, it has a quick dry function.
On the back of the shirt, there is a mesh panel so there is a lot of air coming in. I took these photos on a ridiculously hot Spring day (30ΒΊC+) and after not moving for a few minutes I started feeling cold. I am so sure that this is the only thing I will want to wear for Summer rides that I am even considering buying myself the navy version!

As for the side panels, Kingsland used a technique called burnout - I didn't even know this had a name, I'm always learning new things - and the little dots with the light blue underneath tied everything together.
Let's be honest though, the one thing that is stealing the show it the back pocket!!! Can you see how big it is? But at the same time it is so discrete that only the most attentive people will notice it. KINGSLAND, YOU GENIUS! 

Moving on to the breeches, these are the real meaning of "the best of both worlds". Forget riding leggings (unless I'm only going to the barn to lunge Gali or to spend some time with him), pull on breeches are the real deal!!! These are the Katja E-Tech Pull On Breeches.

I must confess that I thought pull on breeches and riding leggings were the same - they're not!
Their fabric is the same we find on traditional Kingsland breeches and pretty much all the details make them look exactly like breeches but there are no buttons and no zippers, just a large elastic waistband!
I prefer them over leggings purely because of the fabric. Typical breech fabric is the only thing that will make me feel perfect, not that I don't like riding in leggings but breeches will always be my first choice. 

These feature the new knee patch design, the previous one had KL written instead of Kingsland, in my opinion this one is more feminine.
I absolutely love the pockets with small zippers and the golden detailing, as well as the embroideries give the Katja breeches the elegant Kingsland look I adore. 

Hope you enjoyed this #ROOTD!
Ps.: If you're a fan of Kingsland Equestrian, you might want to follow me on Instagram (here), there will be a surprise this week!
See you on the next post,
Carolina πŸ’•