Love… Actually, Merry Christmas 

Globally 2016 seemed hard, with war, terrorism, politics and tragedies. I was putting together my gift guides and watching Christmas movies and I started watching Love Actually (the best Christmas movie BTW) and the opening quote really struck a cord in a way that it’s never done before: 

“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”

So this holiday season surround yourself with love,

Merry Christmas 

Lots of love,

Emily & Patrick xoxo

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Equestrian Gift Guide: For Your Horse (that are really for you!)

1. Browband $82.83


Boy O Boy Bridleworks

These browbands are stunning, perfect to add some colour and personalisation to your tack, they also have collar and leads for your dog friends.

2. Fly Mask $14.99USD


Funny Fly Masks

These are hands down the funniest fly masks, will tones of options to suit the personality of your horse they keep the flies away while looking super cool.

3. Peppermint Jolly Ball (prices vary)


Amazon ($16.99AUD)

It’s the time of the year for peppermint so why should your horse miss out! 

4. Horse Polo Leg Wraps CLASSY TEAL Print $16.00 USD

Take the Reins

How cute is this pattern?! And they have heaps of other colours and patterns.

5. Paracord Reins $30.00 USD


Reins for Rescues

These adjustable riding reins not only come in countless colours but they have a custom option as well. Better yet proceeds from sales go directly to the care of their rescues. 

6. Monogram tack plates $35.00 USD


Swanky Saddles

With heaps of different stylish monogram and name plate options never again will you have to label your tack wth those gross cheap plastic key ring tags.

Equestrian Christmas Gift Guide

1. Stirrup Buckle Belt with Grosgrain Ribbon $158.75 AUD


Boy O Boy Bridleworks

I’ve been lusting over these belts for ages, they remind me of browband designs which they also sell and any equestrian knows you can never have too many cute belts.

2. Rider Wristlet Black GRAND PRIX C$70.00


Black Knight Accessories 

These are genius, they are three in one you can use it as a wallet, wristlet or attached to your belt to hold your phone and other bits and bobs while your riding. They can also be customised with a nameplate, can someone say perfect gift! 

3. All Natural Soy Candle, 4 for $82.85 AUD ($23.47 each) 


Grey Horse Candle Co.

Everyone loves a good candle right? Well these are perfect for the equestrian in your life with scents like: show day, sweet feed, peppermints for ponies, fresh cut hay, high end saddle, wash rack, early morning hack, cedar shavings, apples for horses, beach ride, Spring pasture, moonlight ride and trail ride.

4. Samshield Embossed Gloves $78.00 USD (or let’s be honest anything from Personally Preppy😉)


Personally Preppy 

I mean they’re personalised Samshield gloves do I need to say more? Well I will they also give you the option of having you initials in silver, gold or embossed and have a bundle option including the gloves and spur straps.

5. HKM Breeches $174.50 AUD (converted from euros)


HKM Sports

There are no words for how much I love, love, love these breeches! I first saw these on Instagram and have been drooling over them ever since.

6. Zig  Zag Large Groom Bag $89.73 AUD


Padded Ponies

It’s so hard to find nice patterned grooming bags so I was stoked to come across this Etsy, if zig zags aren’t your thing there’s an elephant design as well! 

7. Ringside Backpack $99.00 USD


Noble Outfitters

Perfect to carry all the essentials to and from the barn, this backpack keeps everything organised and within reach with a helmet pocket on the front and a side crop pocket. 

8. Bluetooth Saddle Speaker $129.00 USD


I Rock n Ride

Designed to fit on your English saddle or on the horn of your Western saddle or even on your belt or around your arm this awesome Bluetooth device lets you take your music with you or take training podcasts with you into the ring.

9. HV Polo Horses Scarf $29.95 AUD


Horseland

I love HV Polo and I love scarves so this is a match made in heaven. I ride in scarves like these in winter tucked into a vest worn over a long sleeved top with my breeches and a similar winter casual outfit with jeans. They are also great to add some colour in the warmer months worn over a plain dress or top.

10. For the Love of Horses (Australian Title) $34.99 AUD


Horsebooks

For me it’s not Christmas with out receiving/giving the gift of a book. Horse books.com.au is a great site with a range of horse related biographies and training manuals all in one place. This book is on my current reading list: “three sisters and their unforgettable journey to rescue, tame, and train New Zealand’s wild horses, as seen on ABC’s Keeping Up with the Kaimanawas.” I’m going to start posting reviews of my equestrian themed books so I’ll let you know what I think.

 

Equestrian Gift Guide: Jewellery 

While putting together my equestrian gift guides, there was lots of beautiful jewelry I wanted to include so I thought it deserved its own post. I tried to include various price points, enjoy!

  1. Rosette Earrings $100.00 AUD

    EJ and Co

    2. Plain D Bit Ring $90.00 AUD


    EJ and Co

    3. 3 Horse Bracelet $25.00 AUD


    Horse in the Box

    4. Horse Ear Studs $56.00 AUD


    Thomas Sabo

    5. Equestrian Horseshoe Nail Star Necklace $89.95


    Loriece

    6. DIY Horse Hair Jewellery Kit $24.90 AUD


    The Horse Stall

    7. Stirling Silver Bit Earrings $49.95 AUD


    The Gift Horse

    8. Zarah Art Glass Equine Dreams Reversible Necklace $45.00


    Whinnylane

    9. Saddle Pendant $90.00


    LUV Inspired 

    10. Lucky in Love “Key to my Heart” $126.00 USD


    LUV Equestrian Collection

     

     

    Equestrian Gift Guide: stocking stuffers under $25


    The first in my series of gift guides: stocking stuffers, that is little gifts that are under $25 perfect for your equestrian friends and family or even a sneaky gift for yourself. Prices are in a combination of US and Australian dollars and everything is linked under the image. Enjoy and Merry Christmas! 

    1. Socks, socks, socks

      I know socks were the last thing you wanted for Christmas as a kid but seriously you can never have enough riding socks right?! These are some of my favourites and would be great to give or receive.

      Dreamers & Schemers 


      PONY MACARONI PARTY ON THE BOTTOM BOOT SOCK $15.50 USD

      Dreamers & Schemers socks are amazing with totally unique patterns, pony macaroni anyone? I guarantee you will find a design you love, bonus: they do a collaboration with C4 belts which while is over the stocking stuffer price range are just too cute not to mention! 


      D&S BOOT SOCK X C4 BELT COLLAB $59.95 USD

      Sox Trot


      Equine Nights Women’s Knee High Socks $8.99 USD

      Looking for a more classical design? Look no further than Sox Trot, as well as an adorable name they have gorgeous sock designs!

      2. Helmet Monogram

      Personally Preppy




      Personally Helmet Monogram from $6.75

      With tones of colour, size and style options you can add a little bit of personality to your trusty helmet and make sure you always know which ones yours in a sea of black helmets. These are amazing, I have a microfibre helmet In fact the top image is mine and they sick and last amazingly. See a full review here.

      3. Tack Charm

      My Barn Child

      Bridle charm in crown $17 (charms from $15)

      These are not only totally darling, come in heaps of different designs they are versatile too. Don’t think you have to own your own horse/tack to have one, I know people that wear them on their breeches belt loops, on a necklace chain or on zipper pulls.

      4. Phone Case

      Spiced Equestrian 


      Phone case in weird horse girl $25.47 USD

      Spiced equestrian has so many gift options, including tones of phone case designs. They sell versions for iPhone 5 up and Samsung ans Sony options.

      5. Travel Mug

      Cafe press


      DOODY CALLS STAINLESS STEEL TRAVEL MUG $23.50 AUD

      Perfect for those chilly early mornings going to the barn! Is it just me and my equestrian friends or is horse poo humour a thing? If horse poo isn’t your thing they have other horse designs in travel and regular mugs! 

      6. Grooming brush

      Horseland


      Roma Goat Hair Body Brush $19.95 AUD

      Christmas can be a nice time to spoil your loved ones, when I shop for myself I tend to be practical for instance my current body brush is synthetic and plastic. Now there’s nothing wrong with that its a good brush but it’s always nice to have some luxury. This Roma brush is a nice step up from the ordinary with  a wooden handle and goat hair bristles, they also do a face brush.

      7. Helmet Cover

      Ovation


      Ovation® Helmet Zocks™- Printed $19.95 USD

      I think helmet covers are great not only do they add some colour and style to your helmet, they protect your helmet from sun and dust while schooling so when you take it off your helmet is show ready. I think some helmet covers scream 5 year old girl with pink or glitter but ovation has some more subtle classier designs. I would totally rock the bow design! 


      How cute! 😍

      8. Bit Bracelet 

      Noble Outfitters


       ON THE BIT BRACELET $22.95 USD

      With 10 different colours these padded leather bracelets with a bit design are the perfect addition to your ROOTD or your everyday look! I know so many horsey people who would love to wake up to one of these on their stockings.

      9. Whip Clip


      Black THE WHIP CLIP Riding Crop Holder $13.99 USD

      So basically this clips onto your boot or chap top and you can clip your crop onto it, one word: genius! Patrick being the lazy boy that he is requires a crop while riding. You don’t have to use the crop you just have to have one with you so I would love this. It would allow you to have one with you in case you need it but leave your hands free and for you to concentrate on other things.

      10. Cap

      Ariat


      Ariat Women’s Piped Ball Cap $20 AUD

      I firmly believe one can never have to many caps. They are not only sun smart but I love sticking them on after riding to hide my helmet hair. 

      So there it is my stocking stuffer gift guide! What do you think, what do you want in your stocking this year?