Saturday, March 24, 2018

Classic Chanel

I've always wanted to own a Chanel jacket in tweed but I have never been able to pull the trigger and there are some very good knock-offs out there (J Crew does a great one every now and then) so there are options for those of us without trust funds.  But the brand is so iconic and I do often buy Chanel make-up and skin care products.  Their shoes are also more within reach but also expensive.  And many adore their handbags.  But these jackets.....

Could you ever tire of wearing this?

(1st Dibbs)

If your wallet can't do the jacket, then opt for their cosmetics line.  I tried a sample of their Hydra Beauty Micro Cream and fell in love with it. It's a very good moisturizer when you don't need a heavy one (like in winter). I wear it this time of the year.  It's a nice mid-weight hydration product if you prefer a non-greasy, but not heavy cream.

I also like their lip gloss and their color selection is classic like the rest of their style.

Fragrance is a personal choice, but I am partial to Coco.

 You can't go wrong with a classic!

Friday, March 23, 2018

China Love

Growing up, I worked in the china department of a large store and that's where it all began.  Too many nights spent with Wedgewood, Lenox, Noritake, Gien and others, a kinship that continues even now.  This love affair will never end and a deep lover for china, place settings, a lovely table setting  and linens is embedded in my DNA.  As I keep looking for spring here in Virginia, I am instead, locked inside the house with china love, mixing and matching, searching for new unknown patterns, and making tablescapes in my sleep, pairing these lovely salad plates with plain white dinner plates for new looks for the spring table.....

I love finding inexpensive brands to mix with more traditional plates.  My newest purchase is the Williams-Sonoma bunny plates that will adorn my table for Easter (even though we are going out).

It saddens me that people don't love to set lovely tables like they used to.  Fast fashion has made its way to fast everything and the joys of entertaining have been lost outside the home.  But some of us can still find the time and interest for entertaining, setting a grand table and if nothing else, it makes the food taste a little better.  Right?  I love these patterns from Pottery Barn.  The green trellis plates are so spring-like.

Add the Chinoiserie Dinner Plates with the Rattan Chargers for a wonderful summer look......

Hope you make some entertaining plans this weekend!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Alfie and Madison Update

The extremely cold winter weather has not had a positive impact on my riding so far this year. I pulled Alfie out in January and took him to a small show with no prep, no riding, and he tried to be a good boy but as we all know, getting older is not easy. He needed a "tune up" which typically happens in mid-Spring, so we moved it up a few months. 

Miss Madison has been in "camp" since late 2017 and all of her hard work is starting to pay dividends.  We debuted her in the "Pre Greens" in mid-January in heavy company and she pulled her weight but the competition was a bit stiff for her at this stage. In early March she showed again and did very well.

Last weekend, I tried my luck, debuting at 3'0 with no prep and no practice. In fact, I had not jumped Madison since last fall.  But she came through and we won two of our three classes (beating Alfie in two of them).  So we are off to a good start. I had zero expectations.  It was a good Saturday for horse showing.

This is a picture from last fall with the trainer, but I had a smile like that too.  So looking forward to a great career with this little bay mare!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Derby Dressing

It's not too early to find that cute Derby Dress and hat for early May. It will be here before you know it!  Here are a few finds to assist you in your shopping search.

I love this yellow dress from Draper James!

This Draper James dress is already sold out in many sizes (I understand why) and would make a cute Derby Dress.

I love this cute Kate Spade dress and it's on sale!

This Talbots dress would be great for the Derby and for weddings too.

I love Sara Campbell dresses and this one would be perfect for Derby Day:

While I personally don't wear maxi dresses, I really like this dress from Banana Republic.

With a great hat this dress will be stunning from DVF:

Vineyard Vines Launches Kentucky Derby Collection for 2018

The Run for the Roses is coming sooner than you think.  I've been watching and waiting for Vineyard Vines to launch their Derby Collection and it's here!  I can't say that I am loving it, but it does give you some options for Derby Party dressing.  This is the cutest dress from the collection. I wish it came in other colors.  But the style is very nice. And I like the length.

Here's the Shep Shirt, again in white (not sure why) but it is still very cute and collectable.

Here's the girls' version if you are small enough to wear the L or XL.

This is my favorite from the collection, this mint julep scarf. They are skimping on the fabric this year - this is cotton, not with some silk or wool like in the past. 


If you prefer roses, then you'll like this one too!

You can see the collection here.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Ariat is Not Just for Riders

Ariat is my "go to" brand for riding breeches. It's also my "go to" brand for casual clothes that I wear around the farm. You don't have to ride or even like horses to love this brand. And it's gotten better over time.  The quality, the fabrics, the selection, well, it seems to grow better with age.  The Ariat price point is also reasonable and it's a great time to shop the brand for end-of-season sales you can wear now (thank to a very long and tiring winter) and into next year.

I live in these shirts in warm weather.  Wear with jeans to run errands.  Run in them.  Ride in them.  They come in a variety of colors.  They run TTS or even a bit small.

I have this sweater in black from a few seasons back and it's perfect for this time of year when it's too warm for a coat but you need a little warmth.  The cream colored one pairs well with a cream and brown horse patterned top Ariat has on sale right now.  The quality is very good and it is very comfortable. These hold up well.

These are great for warm weather.

I have this vest and I love it. It's not too heavy but it's warm and I can easily wear it through spring.  Great bargain at the moment too!

It's difficult to see the patterns in these cute tops but the brown and cream horse print top is so cute in real life. 

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Talbots Does Not Disappoint This Spring

While my old J Crew seems to keep stumbling and falling, Talbots keeps surprising with their cute new clothes and their new roll-out does not disappoint.  I can't wait to make a visit to the store this weekend!  Here are some of my many favorites.....

This dress comes in pink and black.  Both are so adorable.

There are just too many cute items to pick from this rollout.  You can shop till you drop here.
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