Sunday, December 6, 2015

Equestrian Holiday Gifts and Stocking Stuffers


1. Personally Preppy monograms
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Example of the black gloss helmet monogram from the Personally Preppy website

They make vinyl monograms and heat transfers for just about anything and everything you can think of. From head (helmets) to toe (boots) they have tons of styles, colors, and sizes to choose from. In addition to monograms they also sell jewelry, accessories, and home goods. I'll be stocking up on the heat transfers for my breeches ($5.99 for 1" glitter monogram), a vinyl monogram for my helmet ($8.25 for 2" black glossy), and monograms for my horse boots ($12 for a 1" pair) just to get started. They also sell a Personally Preppy baseball hat that is adorable (on sale for $16). You can fill up on stocking stuffers through their website or order a gift card and let your giftee pick the monograms out themselves.


2. C4 Belts- $30-$34
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My newest C4 belt color combo, mint and gold chrome

I am seriously addicted to C4 belts; I have 5 classic belts and just ordered my first skinny belt. You purchase the rubberized belt and buckle separately so you can mix and match allowing for hundreds of color possibilities. C4 also donates 10% of each purchase to selected charities on their website. The thing I love most is that the buckles are interchangeable within their styles so I can swap out any buckle and place it on the same size belt of a different color, almost doubling my belt inventory.  My classic stock includes hot pink/hot pink, lavender/lavender, grey belt/silver chrome buckle, orange belt/turquoise buckle, mint belt/gold chrome buckle. My skinny belt is black with a black chrome buckle for work. These make great gifts or stocking stuffers and come in little plastic boxes for easy wrapping and storage.

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Riding Sport Uptown breech in charcoal

My new favorite schooling breech is the Riding Sport Uptown Breech from Dover Saddlery. They look and fit great, people always compliment me on them and are shocked that they are under $100. They hold up very well, are super comfortable, and are very flattering. They feature a modern euro seat and soft flexi-cuff leg openings so no more discomfort from hook and loop closures. They come in charcoal and black with silver brushed details.


4. Ogilvy Jump Baby Pad- Starting at $37
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Demo of the Jump Baby Pad with charcoal binding and turquoise piping
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I just purchased my Ogilvy baby pad after loving my half pad for an entire year. This baby pad is wayyy more substantial than a normal baby pad. It actually seems to be the thickness of a normal rectangle pad to me. I wanted my baby pad to coordinate with my half pad so I ordered a white body with charcoal piping then upgraded to turquoise piping ($7 for single piping), a diamond monogram on the left side in turquoise ($12), and the Ogilvy logo in turquoise and grey on the right side ($10). I really love how it came out and will probably end up using it as my show pad it's so nice. If you want the Ogilvy logo embroidered on your pad you have to email in your order and they contact you back for the details. The Ogilvy sales team made it so easy and was a breeze to order the pad this way and it came out exactly how I wanted it and arrived quickly. The pad is also anti-microbial, anti-fungal, has an ergonomic shape, and it dries quickly. What's better than that?!


5. Ariat Heritage Contour Zip Field Boot ($290)
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Ariat Hertiage Field Boot, available in back or brown

I just got a pair of these a few weeks ago for schooling and I'm in love with them. The elastic panel ensures a snug fit without causing me to loose all feeling in my foot. Gone are the days of "if you can't feel your feet than they fit right" and having leg cramps since the blood flow is interrupted by yet-to-be broken in tall boots. The elastic panel that runs the length of the boot allows for a slimmer, more flattering ankle and the leather quality is better than the last model of the boot. There is also a dress boot version coming out this spring that I can't wait to see.

That's all for now, hope Santa brings everything you wish for!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Weekend Visit to Legacy Farm

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I finally had some time to drive down to Philly one weekend to take a lesson and visit at Legacy Farm where I was taking horseback riding lessons in optometry school. They have amazing instruction there and high quality lesson horses. 

After my lesson I was able to hang around and take some pictures of Emily & Zander and Brianna & Bentley. Both pairs are very photogenic and it was hard to even take any bad pictures of them.

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Emily always practices adjustability and responsiveness, Zander loves to gallop and we were all shocked at just how quickly he can move!

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And here is his airborne!

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Bentley is just gleaming in this picture, this shot is one of my favorites from today.

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Thanks to Emily and Brianna for some great action shots of their lovely boys!





Monday, October 5, 2015

Zombie Skull Cookies for Halloween

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This crazy summer has finally passed so I've been trying to catch up on all of the things I've lost track of. Here's a quick post of some Halloween cookies I made last week so I can get back into the swing of things.

The original cookies and tutorial that inspired me to make these cookies can be found here.

Enjoy!


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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Bloomsburg Fair 2015



The fair was great as usual and I was able to get all of my favorite foods and try a couple of new ones!

The steak and cheese sandwich with its buttery bread and gooey cheese is always a hit and did not disappoint this year either.

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You can't go to a fair without a funnel cake...

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...or monkey bread for that matter.

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One of my favorite snacks are the cactus fries, just add vinegar and ketchup, yum.

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I should have been a housewife

This year my new favorite was a homemade apple dumpling with cinnamon ice cream, sooo good and the warm dumpling was perfect on our chilly visit.

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Until next year!



Monday, July 13, 2015

My DIY Bridal Shower

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 After many weeks of planning, we finally celebrated my bridal shower this past Saturday*. Friends and family gathered round to celebrate my upcoming nuptials at Paisano's, my favorite restaurant in Rutherford. My maid of honor and I are pretty crafty so we wanted to DIY as many of the decorations as possible, I really love how everything turned out. 

I can't believe that I forgot to take pictures of some the shower decorations, especially after all the work we put into them. The signs, banners, and centerpieces are some things I forgot to take pictures of so I thought I'd set them up at home to give a little example of what I was trying to go for.

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I should have been a housewife

Another decoration I fell in love with was a picture of a Kitchenaid mixer used to hold a bouquet of flowers featured on Hostess with the Mostess. I thought a floral monogram I found by Sweetly Chic Events would also be a nice addition to the gift table.

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I should have been a housewife

Since the shower started at noon I wanted to have a mimosa bar and some punch to keep things on the lighter side. I saw this 'bubbly' sign used for a New Years Eve party and decided to recreate it. I have a feeling it's going to make some more appearances since it's my hands down favorite thing I made for the shower.

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Here's a full shot showing the crates and moss covered foam that supports the letters
I picked up the mini easel signs from Michael's and wrote on them with a chalkboard pen to let guests know what was in each drink dispenser.


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I wanted to keep the centerpieces simple but still have an impact so I picked out some orchids and african violets to decorate the table (I forgot to take pictures of them day of but here they are when we picked them out the week before the shower).

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My bridesmaids all chipped in and got us our vacuum off the registry, they did an awesome job decorating the box since it was a no wrap shower. I bet you didn't know Nick and I were models.

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I should have been a housewife

For dessert we set up a cookie bar filled with all different types of homemade treats. We also ordered delicious cupcakes from House of Cupcakes which we stacked on crates that we bought and stained from Michaels. We finished off the table with gold and confetti balloons from a local vendor and matching gold frames with descriptions of the desserts. We also provided to-go containers so that everyone was able to bring home cookies or cupcakes as a treat for later.

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I should have been a housewife

My favorite of the cupcakes were the s'mores with a graham cracker bottom, chocolate cake, and fluffy icing dipped in ganache. Hard to fit all in one bite but I tried!

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Where to Buy:
  • Card board letters for floral monogram- Hobby Lobby
  • Signs, banners, and wreath components- Michael's
  • Crates and letters for mimosa sign- Michaels
  • Orchids and flower pots- IKEA
  • Drink dispensers- Bed, Bath, and Beyond
  • Cupcakes (fluffy chocolate, vanilla rage, s'mores, and strawberry shortcake)- House of Cupcakes
  • Food and location- Paisano's, Rutherford, NJ
Let me know if you want more info on any of the crafts we did or where to find them.

Check out the rest of my shower ideas on my Pinterest page here and be sure to follow me on instagram @rocky092 for more engagement, shower, and weddings posts

*A huge thank you to my maid of honor Jessica for help with all of the decorations, to my two mothers for hosting and baking for the shower, to my fiance and two fathers for coming early to set up and coming  back after to help clean up, and to my friends and family members who came out to give their love and support on such a wonderful day. Thank you all.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

If I Only Had a Horse: Spring 2015 Equestrian Wish List

The nice warmer spring weather makes me dread spending all day in the office with nothing to do until my license comes through. Because of this I've spent more hours than I'd like to admit browsing Facebook, Pinterest, and flipping through countless magazines. It was the same old, same old day in and day out until I received the new elite catalog from Dover Saddlery in the mail over the weekend. It really hit home with me how much I've been missing horseback riding while I'm "working"/wedding planning. 

Anyway, the arrival of my Dover catalog resulted in the busting out of my highlighter and going through page by page until it had almost run dry with all of the items I'd buy if I was purchasing a new horse. New clothes for me, new clothes for him, updating any tack that was borderline or worn out. This then lead to hours spent perusing the SmartPak website among other retailers to see if anything new and exciting had come out since I'd been shopping for horse stuff last summer.

So my borderline compulsive tendency to plan ahead an make lists has led me here. My spring 2015 equestrian wish list. A compilation of tack, clothing, and accessories I would want if I were purchasing a new horse, which, until the wedding is paid for and house is purchased, is only a fantasy for now. It's not a full comprehensive list, just a couple of things that would start me out on my new adventure.


1. The Tailored Sportsman Ice Fil Shirt in Tiffany ($65) 


IceFil fabric technology combined with mesh inserts under the arms help to make sure you stay comfortable and protected from the sun this summer. Finally I might not feel like I'm dying of heat stroke every time I ride in the summer.

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2. The Tailored Sportsman Trophy Hunter- Front Zip in Purple Passion ($185.95)

I'm a Tailored's girl through and through. 99% of the breeches I buy are from them so I may be a little biased when I say these are the best. a unique purple hue to break up the monotony of beige, black, and grey doesn't hurt either.

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P.S. These breech would look great with my new C4 belt that has a grey strap and chrome buckle. I'm addicted to these interchangeable belts (I've bought 4 in the last year) and they donate a portion of the sales to a charity of your choice. Win!

The rest of my clothes and human accessories are mostly up to date so the next portion will be for my hypothetical 4 legged friend.


I've heard nothing but positive reviews about the quality of The Clothes Horse blankets and while they are a big expense the will last for years and years. I would probably travel to the actual shop since its not too far from home, but SmartPak also sells them through their website. The Clothes Horse website also has a virtual blanket and stall drape generator so you can try out all of the color combinations other their blankets. This feature is absolutely amazing in my book and I could get lost for hours in their website testing out all of their options.

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For stable clothing I would go for Baker's stable sheet ($122.95) and blanket ($215.95). Classic and never out of style.

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For turnout I'd go with SmartPak Ultimate Turnout Blanket ($179.95-199.95 depending of fill)-10-year indestructible guarantee. Need I say more...

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8. Ogilvy Equestrian Jump Baby Pad ($37)

Another great website with a customization generator is the new and redesigned Ogilvy Equestrian site. While we're still waiting on the new hunter line, I would stock up on custom baby pads to match my Ogilvy jumper half pad. Some great features are the wither relief design (so there's virtually no more slipping or bunching) and that the pads are anti-microbial and anti-fungal. That's a big win-win in my book.
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9. Harwich Padded Fancy Stitch Bridle by SmartPak ($159.95) and matching standing martingale ($79.95)

This bridle has some great reviews and I'd be really interested in trying it out. With a price point under $200 people say it's nice enough for showing and holds up pretty well. I love how the headstall is designed to relieve some of the pressure on the horses poll and the matching raised, fancy stitched reins put on the finishing touches.


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These boots supposedly keep a horses legs cooler than most other boots and I'd be interested in trying them myself. They look streamlined and modern, a matching pair in black would sure look nice.

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I should have been a housewife

11. Beval Ltd Triple Stitched Halter ($140) and Shipping Halter ($175) with matching lead ($69.95)

Beval  always has high quality products and I've owned their halters in the past. I love them and wouldn't hesitate to buy them again. The best time to purchase would be during their annual sale in February (my birthday weekend usually, YAY!) where most items are 20% off.

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Photo from Beval Saddlery
I should have been a housewife
Photo from Beval Saddlery


12. McGuinn Tack Trunk (starting at $1030 approx $1200 with added options)

This is my one splurge item. These trunk are gorgeous, made in the USA, and durable. They have so many options and can truly customize it for you. The only downside is that they are quite heavy, even when empty. For me this is just another excuse to hit the gym harder.


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Photo from McGuinn

There's always more I could add too my wish list, and I'm sure I even forgot something necessary but this is where I'll start when the time comes for a new horse.


Until next time!

All photos are from SmartPak.com unless otherwise noted