Yep, I’m still using this blog. I still haven’t completed my new one. What have I been doing these last few months? Um…I got engaged! Woot! I accepted a full-time position in the lab (for now). I think that actually is it. I’ve been riding more and helping Mom nurse Ozzy and his E. Coli infection, which has officially cleared. Um. Um. I lead a relatively boring life.
School is back in session on campus and I will admit, on occasion I miss History classes but for the most part, I don’t miss school at all. My student loans are going in to repayment one-by-one which is really terrifying. I constantly worry about how I will pay for them and keep up my horsey lifestyle. Yuck to being a grown-up.
I won’t be getting Congress this year, unfortunately. Ozzy’s vet bills just ate up any of the money that Mom and I would have spent going. Oh well, I’ve been watching some of it online.
Now, the real reason I posted is because I switched my banner to the “Halloween Edition.” What can I say?
I am still working on my new site including a bunch of merchandise to be sold…if I’d only take some damn pictures of it all! There will be a bit of a variety for horsey-folks that want more than just the run-of-the-mill products. Right now all have pictures of are the cosmetic bags I’m making. You can check out a couple of the bags I’ve sold and a few that are still available by clicking on the photo below which links to my Facebook page. I have quite a few more already made just no pictures yet! So if you see something you like or have an idea, let me know 🙂
I’m terrible about not only taking photos but getting photos posted too. You’re in luck today though! Here a few updates on previous posts. Not too long ago I wrote a post about Long Manes and my trials with Tango’s. Well, I’d been doing a well-conditioned running braid for a while but I have recently abandoned it. For whatever reason no matter if it’s a tight or loose braid, it doesn’t end well. She gets it loose and loses a bunch in just a day or two. So, I think I’m going to end up sticking to what made her mane long in the first place, good ole conditioning and leaving it be. (I’ll try this for a bit anyway until I get bored and think I have to do something with it.)
Another photo update I have for you involves my horse show kit. I think I was a bit too ambitious with the idea and quite frankly didn’t really offer anything unique. Well, in my quest to find something cool and pretty to put the kits into I discovered there aren’t really any non-tacky, inexpensive, horsey carrying bags. As, somebody who thinks they can sew, I immediately came up with the idea of horse themed cosmetic bags. Here’s a picture of the constructed but not sewn first attempt. It turned out well and can be customized with hand-embroidery. I’ll be filling them up with some essential horse show items too! What do you think? I’ve already completed this one and have been using it myself. I love it!
After many posts teasing you all about what the first horse show kits would look like, I have a photo! Some items are hard to see and there approximately 3 items that are missing all together, but here’s a look. The kits are so full that I may have to look for different packaging. Which brings me to the question: Would you rather the kit come in a utilitarian plastic case or something that’s a bit more fancy, like a tote, gift box, or even a fancier carry box/case/tub?
one of three first edition kits
I have been able to get together a lot of products in the last couple weeks. This means, First Edition Kits will be available within a month. Through months of searching for deals and editing the items list, I’ve been able to come up with a helpful survival kit as well as a detailed booklet on where to find deals and tips for showing on a budget! The kit includes around 40 items to get you ready to show from head to toe!
I will be posting a complete order form soon as well as a complete items list (oh and pictures too!). The price for the Full Horse Show Essentials Kit will be $75.00 and the Young Ladies Horse Show Essentials Kit will be $55.00.
Each kit can also be personalized with your name and choice of graphic at no additional cost.
If you are interested in purchasing one of the First Edition Kits please comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (There are only 3 first edition kits available so contact me fast!)
Well, I’ve been working hard to put together the first three horse show kits…and along the way learning a lot about how to make them better! At the start, I listed everything you could ever possibly need, then quickly realized the cost that would be involved! I’ve been eliminating and streamlining to keep the kits efficient and less expensive. I’ve also begun to realize the need avoid making them cookie cutter, everybody is a little different so why should each kit be the same? I had considered buying a lot of things wholesale to be cost effective but realized shopping for individual, unique pieces is what makes the kits really something! (of course there are some basics that will be the same in each!) It was even pointed out to me that little girls don’t need a full set of makeup! So, there will be smaller starter kits for young ladies too!
I’ve also been considering the name of the kits…from Horse Show Survival Kit, to simply Horse Show Essentials. (I like the second one better!)
I’m having a blast searching for the best deals and products to make everybody look their best and stay prepared and sane!
I hope you’re all staying cool out there!
I see a lot of different styles when it comes to the personal touches beyond show clothes. Some girls where no makeup while others really cake it on, no jewelry, some jewelry, neutral nails and the totally manicured. So, what of it? When I was growing up, I was told to not wear nail polish and that my nails were to be neat and clean or wear gloves. I don’t really stand by that now. I do however stand by, that if you’re not going to wear gloves your nails should be neat, neutral or at least complement your outfit.
I recommend using O.P.I. nail polish for showing, it’s durable and comes in a huge variety of neutral colors (making it easy to find one you like!) The only draw back is the price! You can find a lot of other neutral nail colors for less at your local drugstore, I also really like Forever 21‘s selection of neutral polishes.
As far as makeup goes, I don’t wear a lot on a day-to-day basis so when I want to glam up for a horse show I don’t always have the makeup I need, but I also don’t want to spend a lot on it. I love E.L.F. products. They range in price from $1 to $5 with everything you need! Their products are especially great if you don’t wear makeup normally but want to for shows. My number one tip for horse show makeup: Don’t over do it. You want to enhance your features not look like a clown. Evening makeup is what you’re going for and to compliment your overall appearance.
Finally, my favorite, jewelry! This can get pricey quick but it’s a great way to add sparkle to your look without buying expensive jackets dripping with crystal or taking the time to add your own. Pretty much anything goes for this, but remember to not over do it and to not wear any dangling earrings. I like Forever 21 for earrings because they have a lot of great ones for under $4 (even sets!) Since they aren’t made of precious metal and stones, if you lose one (which happens a lot while showing) it’s not a huge loss. You can also find a lot of pretty costume jewelry at antique stores.
Just remember the goal with accessories is not to distract or draw attention to things like active hands (with a lot of rings and bright nail polish) or a bouncy, oddly moving horse with dangling earrings and necklaces flopping around (uncomfortable any way!). You want to enhance your overall finished, polished appearance! Be sure to still have fun with it and add your own uniqueness!
As I sit in the freezing office of the lab tediously waiting for tissue to process, I’m wondering if it feels as hot as it looks outside. The temp on my computer says 91, but I bet it feels worse! I’m planning to get my mare out to the local open show this Saturday and I hope it’s not going to be so hot. Horse showing is great but having to wear long sleeves and chaps is miserable in the heat. There is always the battle to stay cool and look cool at Summer shows. Melting makeup is an annoying problem while trying to look your best. I recently read an article by Brittany Bevis, a blogger for Equine Chronicle, called For Ladies Only: A How-To Guide For Finding the Best Horse Show Makeup. It has some great ideas of how to beat makeup meltdowns. The only fault I could find was the makeup choices were on the pricey side. When it’s really hot I keep show makeup simple because honestly, when it comes down to it, a judge isn’t going to place you last because you don’t have a ton of makeup on (and it beats trotting up to a judge for showmanship with racoon eyes!)