Backpacks for the Barn

There are some really fun new backpacks this fall for students, but what about for the rider (and those of us <cough> beyond our school years)? Riders carry bulky items like helmets, and we need our hands free to fuss with bridles, so I’ve been searching for a backpack that useful in the barn, but can be worn after riding and doesn’t make me look like I’m about to hike the Appalachian trail.

If you don’t mind a little dust on some butter soft Italian leather, it’s reasonably priced at $320. I believe I found the perfect backpack. Brand new this fall season, the Asmar Equestrian’s Firenze Backpack is gorgeous. It was specifically designed for the rider in mind, so it can hold your helmet and riding accessories, yet is so beautiful, it can go to a restaurant or to town after your hack, and I won’t look like a mutton dressed in tween’s clothing. Measuring 15″ x 11″ x 3.5″, you will have plenty of room for your wallet, keys, makeup bag and polo wraps ;). No wonder they’re my go-to equestrian brand this year.

 

 

For those of you willing to spend a little more, Prada makes a fun backpack, which is made from their Tessuto easily washable nylon.  At $920 (for the camo print), it’s pricey, but should last a long time. Measures 14″ x 14.5″ x 6″. It’s light and strong and should be able to carry most of a rider’s needs. It comes in other colors like pink and red.

Again, with the higher end, Gucci has a nice canvas backpack, however, I’m not convinced it’s perfect for a barn setting, maybe for the girl that has a full time groom and a trust fund $1200….you be the judge:

Another fun option is Tory Burch. At $195, you won’t break the bank. Her camouflage canvas logo backpack is roomy, and cute – getting a camo theme here, right?

Marc, by Marc Jacobs has a cute one that’s not as expensive at $198:

Okay, I haven’t forgotten the boys. Many backpacks are gender neutral, and men typically aren’t as picky about what they carry on their backs, but for the discerning man with a little dinero to burn, I love these:

 

 

Back to School Back Bags

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Modcloth Back Pachyderm – $69

Backpacks are trending hard this fall.  My daughter is starting preschool Monday, so I’m investing in a super cute new back pack for her, as well as for my son, who’s entering the 2nd grade. I thought I may pick up one for myself while I’m at it. I totally forgot how comfortable it can be to schlep my goods on my back. Carrying everything in my super-huge mom bag on my left shoulder has left me somewhat lopsided. Check out the cute back-bags below – most of which can be carried by modern mommies and fashionable teens.

Better hurry – I’m ordering that elephant backpack asap!

xo

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…and the winner is….

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Haute Hippie Onesie in Paprika

The Haute Hippie Onesie in Paprika! Thanks to everyone who wrote in and voted. The Splendid maxi dress was a close second, so this will be my backup look should I fail to procure the HH duds before I leave for the Classic.

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And….the winner of the Marc by Marc Jacobs iPhone 5 case is….

Raquel Escobar!! Congratulations girlfriend! You’ll be phoning in style.

I’ll be giving away another cute trinket next month, so stay tuned.

I love this onesie, now I just need to FIND IT in my size….

xo

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Who, What, When, WEAR and Why? – YOU decide and WIN….

Who?  me 🙂

What?  attending the Hampton Classic

When?  August 27 and September 1

WEAR? – NO CLUE!!!

Why?  I don’t want to look like a total frumpy amateur mess….

As I prepare my story angle(s), interview questions, photography options and other legitimate concerns, I’m worrying about what I’m going to wear. Is this important? Well, sure!

Normally, I’m pretty good at self-styling, but in this case I thought I would have some fun. I’m posting my options below and I’ll let YOU decide the final outfit. Please vote by commenting below, direct message, email, or facebook. The outfit with the most votes wins!

Okay, here’s the best part – everyone who votes will be automatically entered to win a super cute Marc by Marc Jacobs iPhone 5 cover, thanks to Net-a-Porter.com (one of my favorite online retailers). marcbymarkfront

If you spread the word and have a friend sign up and vote, you’ll be entered twice! If you have two friends, we’ll enter you even more, and so on.  Just make sure they let me know who referred them to my blog so I can note who you are!! Oh, and if you think you have any better ideas, I’d like to see these too!!

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Contest ends Sunday, August 25th at 12pm eastern, so vote today!!

xo

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Please note that I may not be able to wear the winning look 😦 It may be sold out in my size, it may not be on big enough sale or just plain unavailable by the time I need it – I will do my best!!!