Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas to...Me!

Just had a Christmas gift exchange with my Favorite artist and also one of my very best friends, Shano (yes, the famous Shano of www.shano-studios.com) and looky at what I got! She took my original and very first Riding Couture design and Photo Shopped the heck out of it with butterflies, crowns, words of endearment (Hee!), added some sparkly glitter, and made it into this wonderful wall hanging! My Girl is brilliant and I just love her to pieces and felt this little number was worthy of a share to the masses.

Thank you, Shano!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

RC's Proprietress has 40th B-day!

December 3rd was the big day...my 40th Birthday! I was thinking I would dread the day, but it was the best B-day I've ever had in my entire life! Matter of fact, the entire week was enchanting and magical. I just have to say that I have the most wonderful friends.

The festivities began at the W Hotel in Seattle, where we had a little prefunction party in my room. Thank you to Cydney for arranging the room....actually for arranging the ENTIRE evening! It was quite a bit to bite off! You rock, Cyd! Then we headed over to Barolo Restaurante for a fabulous dinner amidst great company and beautiful chandeliers. With the limo waiting outside (thank you to Monica for heading up the transportation, you're the sweetest, G-friend), we proceeded to hit the nightclub scene and dance the night away before retiring back to our swanky hotel room and dreaming the sweetest dreams.

My heart to all you beautiful girls (and boy) who accompanied me on creating memories that I will never forget. xoxo

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fall on the Farm

Wow! I just love fall on the farm. These pics are what I woke up to this morning and just had to share. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Shop Talk at the Championships

Mel & Karen Borne' of Borne' Saddlery - www.bornesaddlery.com - talkin' shop at the Region 6 Dressage Championships over a few lavender martinis.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Crest Collection

Friday, July 31, 2009

Cute Little Crested Tee

Here we have my cute, sweet little photographer, boarder and graphic person posing in my new crested tee....isn't she just so cute that you want to pinch her little cheeks! "Leah" is modeling next to her horse, Lady.

Aren't they beauties!!

A Little Photo Shoot Fun!

We were having a little fun last week at our photo shoot, as we were gathering pics of my products for Equestrian Collections catalog. I just happened to be sporting my new crested polo, so I thought I'd do a little posing and show you how "I" sport my own fashions.

Casual day on the farm taking pictures goes like this:

1. RC Crested polo
2. Rock Revival jeans
3. Chanel cuff bracelet that I've had for 10 years (goes with everything)
4. Forever 21 yellow watch that I can't get enough of
5. DKNY yellow tennies....had for YEARS
6. HUGE belt buckle with a crown, reminding me of my cowgirl days

Things were all fun and games until I had the brilliant idea to go get a pic with the boys...they were so excited to see us that they came sprinting up to the fence, then Etienne (the one on the left) let out this huge cough and spewed all over my new shirt, hence the smirk. Gotta love 'em!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Vendoring at Devonwood

I just got back from a glorious trip to Sherwood, Oregon, where I attended the prestigious Dressage at Devonwood. Man, what an experience...the Rattners (owners of DevonWood) really know how to put on a show. A vendor village that will knock your socks off, grounds that are meticulously cared for, a friendly atmosphere that is welcoming the minute you drive through the gate, a class act all the way!

I posted some pictures from the event, ranging from the beautiful view of the grounds from my vendor booth, to a little peek at what a Riding Couture vendor booth actually looks like...just in case you were wondering! Also included in this post are a few pics of my fabulous new crest design, which arrived the day before I left for the show. Emblazoned on t-shirts, polos and saddle pads, the customers LOVED them!

Not only did I meet up with old friends and customers, but I also made some wonderful new friends, which you will be hearing about shortly. Until the next time, Happy Trails!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Stylin' at Devonwood

I am out of town at the prestigious Devonwood dressage show in Sherwood, Oregon. I will write more later, but I thought I would share this little tidbit...

While hanging at the VIP party tonight, one of Jeremy Steinberg's students, Taryn Briones, asked me if I had seen the Victoria Beckham Rock & Republic jeans. I responded with a No, please give me the details. The picture above is her response!!!

The first thing I did when I got back to my hotel room was a Google search!

Baby got back!!!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Stylin' in Yellow!

I recently purchased a fun little yellow watch, so I felt inspired to find out what else was out there....yellow being the hot accent color for the summer/fall. I have found that I really don't need much in the way of accessories when sporting something this bold.

We have five watches here, starting from the top:

1. Forever 21 - $12...yes, I said $12. Unreal, unbelievable...just not right that a watch that cute is that cheap.
2. Seiko - Been around for a long time - $218.
3. Michel - Golden yellow fashion snake - $545
4. Conquistador - $2,195
5. Aqua Techno with diamonds - Not sure of the price, but I am thinking expensive.

Have fun watch shopping!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Jodhpurs: Riding Couture Style

I LOVE to shop....anywhere, everywhere, I do not discriminate, as you can see by the variety of couture mixed with Forever 21 above!

The topic of this blog post is Jodhpurs: you either love 'em or hate 'em. I personally love jodhpurs because for the most part, they're just flat out comfortable! Paired with the right coordinates, you can pull off a truly "Equestrianne" Mod look, as you can see above.

First I have demonstrated the runway look, which, let's face it, most of us are going nowhere in a runway look. But break it down to the basics and you can achieve some very chic looks that can take you casually shopping about town or spicing it up at the club....or, if need be, just looking like a rock star while mucking out stalls!

Let me break this down for you...

1. The jods. The jods above are from Forever 21. I actually own three pair! They were dirt cheap and I bought them as a disposable pair of pants, didn't even try them on, got home and fell in L-O-V-E. I went back and got two more.

2. The ruffle jacket. Also from Forever 21! But, you see jackets like this everywhere. I even have something similar in leather that I bought who knows where. Wear a cool vest to take the place of the jacket, something like this little red number www.ridingcouture.com/ridingvests.html (Yes, that was a shameless plug, but I only have a few left).

What's under the jacket? How about a Riding Couture fitted tee or if it's wintertime, a wool turtleneck sweater. Even try a stylish scarf or beret or hoop earrings, dog tag necklaces. Possibilities....endless!

3. The boots. The boots above are Michael Kors, around $300. You can wear something like this with a HUGE variety of outfits. How about a pair of Rock Revival skinny jeans, leggings or even a pair of wide legged pants?

An alternative, less expensive boot is the Mountain Horse Ladies Ice Rider, which I have personally owned four pairs to date. I ride in them, muck in them, wear them with jods, leather pants, skinny jeans. They are fully waterproof, mud proof, pretty indestructible. Here is a link... http://www.equestriancollections.com/itemmatrix.asp?groupcode=ER10003u

Want to hit the club? Try the jods with knee-high or even ankle-high stilettos...you'll get noticed, guaranteed!

4. The belt. I have a western background, so I am a huge fan of very large belt buckles. Here is a Ralph Lauren belt that I am in love with http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3401197&cp=1760782.1760960&view=all&ab=viewall&parentPage=family .

Too expensive? Try this one, which I personally own... http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3424489&cp=1760782.1760960&view=all&ab=viewall&parentPage=family .

A belt buckle is a way to really express your individuality and sometimes it's the only accessory you need, so choose wisely.

5. The purse. Who doesn't love leopard print? This is from Ralph Lauren's Black Label, here is the link http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3169146&cp=1760782.1760963&view=all&ab=viewall&parentPage=family Make sure to browse the other RL bags....you'll be blown away.

Well Gang, this was my first attempt at an "Editorial Style" blog post. What do you think?

What's next? Stylin' in yellow...stay tuned!

Monday, July 6, 2009

The little tractor that could

4th of July weekend was my weekend to finish off the pasture mowing on my little farm. I try to mow once a year to keep the pastures looking their best and also to keep the weeds from taking over. Here you see my little tractor that could. This little John Deere worked up a sweat but got the job done, no problem. I tell ya', mowing gives me a deep sense of satisfaction, and here you have the before and after...ah, the fruits of my labor.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

My Love....Big B

My longtime partner, Breda, came down with laminitis about a month ago after some routine vaccinations and steroid injections. It has been very hard for me around here, as he is getting older, and I really want his Golden Years to be happy and healthy. We had just been released to go back to work after a torn suspensory when I show up to the barn one afternoon to find Breda basically unable to walk. It was traumatic. Thankfully, I caught it fast and my farrier (my hero) was able to get to the barn within a few hours, as I cold hosed Breda's feet until his arrival. My farrier, Keith Swain, set me up with some really groovy boots called Soft Rides, and Breda has been walking around in his dry paddock happily and without lameness. We pulled the Bute about a week ago, so cross your fingers that we have a successful recovery.

Here I am on Breda for the first time since his bout of laminitis. We just walked around bareback a few rounds and called it a day, but he was happy to wear his show bridle and pretend that he was going to work. Isn't he a sight to behold. I love this horse so much.

Here's to more happy days, Big B!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New T-shirt Designs

I love, Love, LOVE t-shirts! I view them as collectible and I am obsessed with creating new and exciting designs. Here is what is new at Riding Couture! My crest has been in the works for years, really, and I am thrilled to finally present it in color for you! Goldie is back, after being sold out for quite some time. Then how about the stiletto boot in light blue! Can you say SASSY!

Look for the crest to come out soon on saddle pads and also polo shirts. I can't wait!!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Duchess Flip Flops

My friend at www.dappledgrey.com thought that I should put my cool Duchess pin on flip flops, and I thought to myself, what an awesome idea...why didn't I think of that? Can these Duchess flip flops be any cuter??

You can go out shopping and find any old pair of flip flops that you want and drench them in Duchess pins.

Where can you find them? Click on this Etsy link and you will find yourself one step closer to feeling like a Royal Highness.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Bling is Back!!

Okay, who wanted Bling? I was sold out of the bling tees and caps, but they are in production and I should have them in a week or so. E-mail me, Melonie, at meldrainey@msn.com if you want one.

Get your sparkle on, Girls!