No, I’m not with child, but we’ve been busy here at T&T! We’ve been collaborating with renowned Equestrian Artist Beatrice Bulteau to create a gorgeous new product just in time for the holidays – will launch tomorrow….
Also, we’ve put together our annual Tack and Tweed Holiday Gift Guide which will be published in less than two days….can’t wait!! Okay, back to work….
Off topic Sunday…not an equestrian themed post today….
I love me some cute kiddie clothes. Typically, I get kids clothes from Gap Kids for the staples, Target (pronounced “tar-jay”) for the trendy soon-to-be-thrown away items, and if I’m feeling spicy, I go to Crew Cuts. I scour the internet for Splendid Littles sales (they are just sooo comfy – especially Splendid’s adult line for mommy). Once in a while, I find some fun Burberry items on Ebay, which I consider a major coup, as there is the added benefit of being able to sell said clothing after the 3 wears they last (no way is she wearing this in the mud puddle in the back yard).
Like Ralph Lauren years ago (I buy adorable Polo items at discount stores), many higher end designers are trying to cash in on the children’s clothing market. It used to be for a really special occasion, one could lay a Benjamin or two down on a gorgeous hand made dress at Bergdorff’s kids department, but now, that’s just a drop in the bucket for even the most common and out-grow-able children’s duds. I’m sorry, but I just can’t stomach or imagine throwing over $500 on a Baby Dior or Missoni dress for a 9 month old who can’t even walk. The styles are gorgeous, and I’m sure would look great on the tony tots being pushed by their nannies on Park Ave, but my hubby’s hard-earned dollars are better spent on our mortgage :).
In this spirit, I’ve found some beautiful children’s fashions and comparable reasonably (for some) priced garments. After all, kids either wear their clothes to death, or wear them once. I’m sure I can’t beat the quality of Baby Dior, but I can certainly beat the price!!
Most of the expensive finds are from Neiman Marcus and Barney‘s, their less-expensive counterparts are from all over – hover over image to see the source.
I love a dreamy princess ballerina dress like the next person and this Milly Minis one is killer (to the pocketbook). The Luna Luna Copenhagen dress is just as sweet and a fraction of the price.
I haven’t even listed the cute and fun options at Target or Kohls, etc (this post could go on for ever)!! Finding super cute kid’s clothes at a premium is fun, but finding less expensive alternatives is satisfying 🙂
It’s fall and there’s no shortage of wonderfully equestrian inspired tall boots. I’m so happy that we can wear tall boots year after year; they are basically timeless. English or Western, these will be sure to please the pony princess or cowgirl in all of us little ladies.
No riding in these boots, purely for pretty, so keep them away from the poo pile 😉
La Canadienne Shaw $425
Gucci Horse Bit Tall $1150
Vince Coleton Suede Neiman Marcus $595
Tory Burch Grace Leather Riding Boots $495
Donald J Pliner Tall Stretch Back Roz Boot $298
MARC by Marc Jacobs Over the Knee Moto Boot $598
What I love about real Western riding boots, they can be worn as fashion. It’s pretty clear that I’m wearing real riding boots when I go to the store in my dirty Ariat Challengers. I have a pair of Tony Lamas, and they look just as great with my skinny jeans out on the town as they do in the ring doing work. These riding boots (except the Tony Lamas) haven’t been approved in the saddle, but will look cool with a skirt, skinny jeans, flair jeans (the newest old trend making a comeback), and shorts (if you’re under the age of 35).
Tony Lama Style 1797
Frye Molly Stretch Back Tall Boots $418 (Neiman Marcus)
Frye Leslie Tall Boots Dark Brown $498 (Neiman Marcus)
Frye Croc Embossed Boots $418 (Neiman Marcus)
Donald J Pliner Tall Western Suede Boots $398
Donald J Pliner Dela Vintage Zip Boot Tupe $398
Many of these boots are rather expensive, so think of this an an investment piece. Tall riding boots are classic. With proper treatment (care for them like you care for your riding boots) and you can wear them for years to come.
Recently I had the pleasure of meeting an accomplished young woman, equestrian, and owner of a unique new store for equestriennes aptly named, RIDE. Courtney Caverzasi’s newest venture is one part high-end boutique and one part high-end tack shop in Bedford, NY; centrally located for the horsey set in Westchester and Connecticut. RIDE carries riding and apres-riding apparel for men, women, children (and yes BOYS) and their equestrian and canine companions.
Her vision is to provide a lifestyle boutique containing everything the well-heeled rider could possibly need all the while, giving them a wonderful shopping experience. She fills a niche for riders looking for great shopping, personal attention and exclusive brands that cannot be found in any high street shop remotely close to this area.
Front at night
More Beautifully Displayed Tack
Apres Ride Lux
Daytime Front of Store
When I walked in, I was amazed to see how beautiful and tasteful it was. A lifelong rider, Courtney shaped her vision through 12 years with Hermes, and it shows. Offering complementary coffee or tea (wine in the evenings), she personally escorts her clients through the different sections of her boutique. From the natural wood saddle rack wall, to the horse mural in the back of the store, everything is perfectly thought out, displayed well, easy to see, touch and try on.
She strives to provide highly desirable brands (many times sourcing items made in the USA) that are hard to find. For example, she nailed an exclusive with Antares, who typically only sells saddles direct. Not only does she sell these items, she understands them, and has used them herself. She has an in depth knowledge of everything she sells and will recommend the highest quality within each client’s budget. She is constantly nurturing her vendor relationships, resulting in an amazing selection and value for her customers.
Here are some brands she features (but there are MANY more):
I love fall. I’m sad to see the warm weather go, but with a little crisper air, I get excited for an array of warmer clothes that can now be comfortably worn. Tweed jackets and accessories are popping up all over the place, and not just in the saddle. This distinctively English country wear has been transformed into an array of high end design and simple accessories.
I love the way that Ralph Lauren mixed a traditional tweed jacket with some more boho dresses and western wear. Chanel always has tweed, but I love the more relaxed pant with the matching cross body bag (Spring 2015, but can be worn in fall with warmer shoes and a long sleeve under the jacket)…even traditionally minimalist Calvin Klein joined the tweed parade this fall.
Polo Ralph Lauren Fall 2014
Polo Ralph Lauren Fall 2014
Chanel Spring 2014
Calvin Klein Fall 2014
Drag out your old tweed jacket and mix it up, or if you need one, here are some fun options:
Asmar Equestrian Tweed Blazer
Barbour Tweed Nell Jacket
Joules Tweed Ladies Blazer
Old Navy Tweed Jacket
On a whimsical note, tweed is used to create these fun accessories (how adorable is that doggie collar??):
One of my favorite preppy brands, Tory Burch, has gone more ornate for fall.
Bridle – themed print
Double wrap bracelet
Carry your phone while riding!
Take your grooming kit with you in style!
This is adorable and comfortable.
Not for riding, but can be worn after riding 🙂
Lux and detailed, obviously inspired by equestrian themes, she hit the ball out of the park. I love all these looks. From shirts to boots, any well-dressed horse lover can find something Tory to wear this season. When I saw the WWD.com runway report last February, I was excited to find these cute clothes for sale. Now, I just need to wait for a sale ;)!
My favorites from the runway show report (pictures thanks to WWD.com)
Manon Leloup is one of the most sought after high fashion models on earth. With her long legs, giraffe-like neck, striking features and blue-grey eyes, she’s been gracing the runways of designers around the globe. What a dream job – from down here on planet normal, her life seems so glamorous, so wonderful, so luxurious – right?
Not always so, says Miss Leloup, who teamed up with Parisian director, Niels Benoist, to create the short documentary film Speaking Dolls, which gives the world a peek into the everyday life of a working high fashion model. It can be purchased for $25 or rented (1 week) for $3.99 on Vimeo.com. She takes us along for her long days, insane schedules and walks in the sky high stilettos that keep these girls on their toes during the grueling months of the Fashion Week season.
I was expecting a “poor little pretty girl” theme, but instead got a snapshot of Leloup’s reality without judgement, without an agenda. I found it refreshing and interesting. She wanted to show the fashion world from the model’s perspective as models are mainly seen and not heard. I think she achieved this, although I would have liked it to be longer. You be the judge.
I would still love the opportunity to look and live like they do, but at least now without such reckless abandon.