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Monday, December 15, 2008

What's up?


Well, I'll tell ya' what's up, I've been doing a little shopping this past week and I have a few comments to make!

First off, I bought the most fabulous new riding britches! Just for the record I want to state that this girl is VERY particular about her britches. I have been wearing the exact same three pair for the last five years (which are brilliant as well, but are now discontinued so I needed a Plan B). So let me introduce the "ELT Paris" Tactel full-seat breech, lined in fleece, $159. Yes, they are the winter riding breech. Tactel is a synthetic fabric that is soft, lightweight, breathable, quick drying and STRONG. Love it!!!

What I like most about these britches is the substance they offer. What I mean by "substance" is the weight, having a great hand, and they really do help in camouflaging that extra junk in your trunk. The other cool thing is they wear like a pair of jeans! Not only are they great for the obvious, riding, but they look fantastic with knee-high boots or UGGs. Serious. No, seriously.

Where to buy? The Grange Supply in Issaquah, Washington, www.thegrangesupply.com. Ask for Simone (my friend and saddle fitter) and she will hook you up. They were even offering 30% off!

The other big purchase I made this week is the new WEATHERBEETA ORICAN FREESTYLE DETACH-A-NECK medium weight blanket. Man, has Weatherbeeta kicked it up. This blanket rocks. I can't believe how well made it is. I just body clipped my palomino (don't ever body clip a palomino unless you really have to. I want to keep this blog as PG-13 as possible, so I won't say what he really looks like, but it's not pretty) and he is PLENTY warm without a liner. The only thing is the neck thingy runs slightly big, BUT it just kinda folds down his neck, so not a problem. Also, they say the color is black and coral (okay, if I had not seen the blanket I would have been totally opposed to "coral" piping), but to me the blanket is a dark, deep forest green with "pumpkin" piping. It really is a great color combo.

And finally, I met this cool chick on Twitter with this straight up fab website called "Haute Cowgirl." Anyone that uses the words "Haute" and "Cowgirl" in any one sentence has got my attention. Anyway, she did a little blogging on Riding Couture Bling. Go check it out... http://www.hautecowgirl.com You may need to scroll down a bit to read the RC blog, as it was a few days ago.

Thank you Haute Cowgirl! And, yes, we will remember that "Cowgirl" is a state of mind!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Riding Couture Fashion Show





Riding Couture participated in a fashion show at "The Crave" women's show in Seattle, Washington last night. It was soooo much fun! I had the best models in show - as you can tell from the photos!

Thank you to Carrie, Catherine, Tracie and Jill for lending me your beauty for the evening. We had some unexpected surprises, but it went off without a hitch. And also thank you to the ever-so-helpful Kim Keenan for assisting with the girls and keeping me organized!

And Noble Horse Gallery (Heather), thank you so much for inviting RC to join you in your beautiful booth. You're a class act, as usual!

Visit Noble Horse in Pioneer Square (Seattle, Washington) at www.noblehorsegallery.com .

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Penny the Pony



Would you just look at my little Diva!

Okay, to tell the truth, my plan was to really go for a killer photo shoot. I had this vision of her all done up with the little red bow, BUT Penny just was not having it today and I really wasn't in the mood for her little smart mouth, talking back, not minding me. I settled...

Still, isn't she just edible!

More Bling!





I just LOVE these Bling tees. I'm tellin' ya, that stiletto boot is too haute, truly it is. I can't wait to see it on the runway on Wednesday at the Crave Women's show - www.craveshow.com - I will be there with Noble Horse Gallery, in their vendor booth.

Noble Horse Gallery is a REALLY cool Equestrian Lifestyle boutique in downtown Seattle, Washington. Heather Carder, the owner, has impeccable taste and lots of fabulous novelty equestrian products in the store. They were the 1st to carry Riding Couture products last fall. Go for a visit at www.noblehorsegallery.com .

The Bling horse head is brand new. I think this is going to wrap up the bling tees for 2008. The plan for the show on Wednesday is to have three of the girls walk out together all sparkly and sassy. Can't wait!

The question of the day is...what will I wear???

Thursday, December 4, 2008

NEWS OF NOTE!


Okay, the big news for today, December 4th, 2008....I finally have more whips in! I have pretty much been out of stock since January and a secret Santa delivered some just in time for Christmas. I even have a piaffe whip. Woo-Hoo!

Monday, December 1, 2008

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

While Frying Bacon...

OMG, what a beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest! The sun was shining, we had a bit of a Pineapple Express come through and it was just a glorious day.

The day didn't start out so great, as I burned the bacon.....again! I told my husband that it has to be the pan, as I am truly a professional at frying bacon, I have been since as far back as I can remember, and I have been smokin' out the house the last three times! What is it? Gawd!

Anyway, while burning the bacon, I found a Sunday morning movie to watch...Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in Rush Hour 3. It was rather entertaining, I have to say, Chris Tucker kills me, but the reason I would even post any of this is because there was the coolest girl in the movie. Her name is Noemie Lenoir (see picture above right). I can't remember much of what she really had to do with the movie, besides being the usual babe that we need in most movies, and I didn't see the entire thing -- (plus, remember, I was "FB" {frying bacon} -- but she had this totally dramatic shaved head with this fabulous tattoo on the back. Man, I have to say this woman is truly one of the most beautiful women I have EVER seen in my life. The shape of her head and face, the color of her skin, eye shape and color, lips, everything. Geez Louise, she is truly a specimen! I flat out felt inspired and empowered by this woman. Don't ask me why, but she just got my day off to a rockin' start. I went down to the barn and cleaned my stalls and rode my men (two palomino dressage horses) and felt like a bad ass all day long! I wonder what I would look like with a shaved head? Hmm.

Well, I'll have to incorporate that look into something I do. I have a fashion show to attend on the 10th of December in Seattle (The Crave women's show to be exact). Wouldn't it be cool if one of my models had a shaved head...I could put her in black riding pants, stiletto knee highs and my denim riding shirt jacket -- oh, wait, I've got it: black riding breeches, black stiletto knee highs, black riding jacket, THEN she takes off the riding jacket and, BAM, she is wearing my super slinky (yet very hardy and made to ride in) black denim vest. That's it! It just came to me.

People ask me all the time how I come up with these things. Well, see how I'm inspired! You just witnessed me coming up with an outfit for my fashion show. That's how it works! Okay, we'll probably do without the shaved head, but still!

Thanks, Noemie, for making my day and offering up a little inspiration!







Saturday, November 29, 2008

Welcome to my blog!

My very first blog at that! Hmmm, what do I have to say tonight?

Well, I just finished participating in my very first trunk show at The Grange tack and feed store in Issaquah, Washington. It was a grand time. They had a darling little corner of the store all set up and ready for me and it was just sooo cozy, complete with a little mini plug-in fireplace. I threw down my oriental rugs, hung my sign, sipped on hot apple cider and made myself at home. It was also the grand opening of their brand new gift boutique, which is why I was there in the first place, as well as all the kiddies in town were there for pictures with Santa and the mini pony.

The pony was darling, but I must say that my little super model Penny (photo right) would have totally stole the show,with her chic European bangs and blonde hair. I've decided that we are going to host our own photo session with Santa at my farm, so stay tuned!