“Workin’ 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin’ ” yeah, Dolly Parton got it right, we all wish we could be at the barn with our four-legged darlings all the time, but a girl’s gotta work to pay the vet, hay, feed, farrier, equestrian fashion, saddle pad addiction…. well you know, the endless list of glorious horse lovers’ costs.
So, if you do find yourself running from the business meeting to the bakery to the barn and back again, better make sure you do it in style.
We’ve been lucky enough to enjoy the very first rays of early spring sunshine over here and this immediately puts me into a springtime color mood incorporating lots of oranges and pinks into a still warm and functional street-to-stable #rootd.
Denim breeches are always a good way to take an equestrian outfit straight from the street to the stable, especially if they are as cute and classy as this pair of Cavallo Chaya grip breeches. Wear them with a bright orange Astraet turtleneck sweater and layer this super cute Patrizia Pepe tailored lightweight floral print down jacket on top.
For the street style part of the look, wear a pair of cognac suede New Balance sneakers to match your vintage Hermès belt and top it off with a pair of Illesteva blue toned aviator shades. Bring your office with you in style wherever the day might take you (barns are great remote working spaces, I promise!) with a computer bag and laptop cover to match your look.
For your ride, swap your sneaker for a pair of classic cognac colored polo style boots by Petrie, wear you matching Hauke Schmidt Arabella gloves and top it off with a blue One K Defender Helmet.
Wishing you a successful working week and a stylish ride!
Lovin’ the retro style items in the collection of Horseware this season, especially this super cute long sleeve knit top (that 70’s show anyone?), which was the inspiration for this retro look today.
This sweater looks great with a retro style denim jacket (everyone has a denim jacket in their wardrobe, right? Why not wear it to the barn!!) by New Look: cute, affordable and washable ;). This would also be a great look for a pair of beige breeches, like this classic Olympia pair by Ariat and of course you should add on a burnt orange retro looking lightweight down vest by Uniqlo for warmth and style.
Accessorize the look for a bit more of a street style edge with a burnt orange blanket style scarf by Weekday. For your ride, add some chocolate brown rider essentials to you look like the Charles Owen suede retro style GR8 helmet, a pair of Ariat Heritage contour field boots and a matching vintage belt. Then, change it up a little bit with a pair of Navy blue Roeckl gloves and finish off the retro style with a super practical and stunning PS of Sweden premium blue grooming bag.
Have a stylish ride!
I seem to be a bit obsessed with floral themed #rootd’s lately. It is, however, one of the ways I get through those dark winter days: bring some flowers into your home, stable or riding outfit and your mood is instantly lifted and brightened.
Sometimes it pays out to have a look outside of the regular equestrian sports offering and check out the ‘regular’ activewear section because then you might come across one of these gems like the Fenty x PUMA by Rihanna reversible mint bomber jacket with beautiful winter blossom print. Wear it with the pretty and practical Ariat Ideal down vest in the shade clothespin and an HV Polo blush pink Maddy turtleneck sweater.
Highlight the shades of green in the bomber jacket with a pair of Cavallo Calea grip breeches and add a minty blue Alexander McQueen scarf for a touch of style.
This look works best with some chocolate brown rider accessories like a pair of Roeckl grip gloves, Petrie Suede boots, and a matching Uvex Suxxeed Luxury helmet.
This look is perfect for heading straight from the street to the stable if you add a pair of blush pink UGG boots and aptly named “the Horse” watch and a polo lifestyle inspired La Martina Portena crossbody bag for your phone, money, and keys.
Have a stylish ride!
When searching for the perfect name to describe pretty much my favorite casual street-to-stable look for this season, I came across the name Frosted Tulip for this beautiful shade of soft and delicate pink and thought it would be a perfect fit for this late winter very very early spring warm, functional yet feminine #rootd.
Most of these items are in my wardrobe at the moment and this is one of my favorite ways to combine them all starting with the super cute softy pink House of Horses Helsinki raincoat. Not only is it extremely cute, it’s also functional with it being washable and has both side and back snaps to open it up during a rainy ride. I however also love just wearing out to town on a casual rainy day.
I love the pink and grey combo and usually wear the raincoat with a grey hoodie like this Equiline ‘Funny’ sweater and a pair of my favorite affordable and fabulous grey denim Crescendo breeches by Horze.
Add a pop of color to the look with the Ariat Lowell technical shirt and Ariat Ideal down vest in this beautiful shade of bright turquoise and accessorize it up with an H&M grey and pink scarf and a pair of matching Timberland light pink boots.
Add some classy navy blue riders essentials like the Samshield classic Shadowmat helmet, a pair of Roeckl gloves, Shop Hunt Club Victory Gallop Derby belt and a pair of dark blue Stivaleria Secchiari dressage boots.
Have a stylish ride!
We’ve had a sprinkle of glorious spring-like days over here with loads of sun, but still with that signature winter crisp in the air. It made me feel like already a little springtime inspo to a #rootd working with a few of this season’s favorites.
I absolutely adore this soft peach HKM Scotland vest especially paired with the H&M rose embroidered sweater (be quick, H&M styles disappear out of the shops super quick, but if sold out, you will always find a similar style there!) and a pair of moss green full seat Cavallo Cleo breeches.
Just this would combo be a bit too chilly for winter rides, so make sure you add a Paragon Equestrian Luxe Sport Baselayer underneath for an extra layer of style and warmth.
Track your New Year’s resolution fitness progress with a peachy pink FitBit and a matching I phone cover by Casetify and pull together your tresses with this peachy pink rose hair accessory: how cute is this popping from underneath your classic black KEP Italia Cromo T helmet?
Finish off the look with a moss green Mila Schön scarf, a pair of black Tucci Harley field boots and Ray-Ban aviator shades to shield your eyes from the low winter sun. Bring all your essentials for a street to stable barn day with you in the Asmar Equestrian Skyar weekend bag and you’re ready for a wonderful weather winter ride!
Have a stylish ride!
!!!HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to continue bringing the glamour factor to the barn with lots of fabulous street to stable #rootd’s and I thought we’d kick off 2018 in style with this gold and glittery look.
It’s easy to amp up the glamour factor while still putting together a functional riding outfit with this super cute Marc Jacobs super sized sequin sweater. Wear it with a pair of basic Pikeur Lugana breeches and emphasize the gold and glitter with a Just over the Top Rica gold puffer jacket.
Ride in style with some chocolate brown rider essentials, like the Kempkens lace-up patent leather dressage boots, the KEP Italia Cromo T helmet with Croco detail and a pair of gold trimmed Roeckl Julia gloves.
Add a few more touches of glitter and gold with a MagicTack stone encrusted brown belt and a Valentino sequin gold silk scarf. Finish off your look with some beige and gold statement pieces like the aptly named ‘The Horse’ watch and a pair of Ariat Henley outdoor shoes to change into after your ride.
Wishing you all the most wonderful things you can think of for 2018!
Have a stylish ride!
A bit of Blue and Blush (B&B) to get you through a cold and harsh winter’s day. And, as a bonus, I’ve added another “B” in the mix: a classy shade of brown to pull together the whole look.
I’m a huge fan of tailored shirts for riding, especially in spring and autumn, but for wintertime, why not layer one of those beautiful shirts by Fior da Liso, like this baby blue and blush Diana II one underneath a blush pink LK Bennet Adele cashmere sweater.
Wear it all with a pair of timeless chocolate brown Macy breeches by BR Equestrian and top it off with a beautiful shiny navy blue Bianca jacket by HV Polo.
This is to perfect look with which to rock a pair of metallic blue boots, like these Ottaviano boots by De Niro Boot Co, especially when paired with a sleek Samshield blue helmet and brown Roeckl Julis gloves. Then, add on a matching Pampeano polo belt for function and style during your ride.
After your ride, swap your helmet for an H&M blush pink pompom beanie and your beautiful boots for a pair of functional and funky baby blue Hunter wellies.
Have a stylish ride!
If, like me, you tend to go for muted dark colors in winter time, maybe it’s time to brighten it up a bit. How about throwing a bit of peachy goodness into the mix today?
I recently came accross the Isabell Werth collection and they have the loveliest selection of basic, yet beautiful functional sweaters in bright and fresh colors like this peach one. It looks great with the Ariat Ideal down vest in ‘clothespin’ and a large chunky Centoxduecento scarf matching the rest of the look.
This look was also the perfect opportunity for me to add in another recent discovery: the Pro Riding Gear Project No.1 full seat riding tights in the color Army. This pair is not your ordinary run of the mill pair of riding tights, these beauties are highly technical, luxurious, offer excellent grip, breathability and immaculate fit (more on this must have item coming very soon!)
When riding, stay stylish with a pair of lace-up Kempkens dressage boots in this beautiful shade of dark brown and match them to your KEP Italia helmet and Roeckl grip gloves. And, groom your horse in style with the elegant and equestrian must-have PS of Sweden premium grooming bag.
Keep warm in between rides with the Mountain Horse Lauren down coat and peach Rossignol beanie and protect your eyes from that low but bright winter sun with a pair of Ray-Ban shades mathing your look for today.
Have a stylish ride!
My favortie after winter ride warm-up go to drink is most certainly a large mug of hot chocolate, preferably with a marshmellow or two floating on top. While dreaming of this scrumptions beverage I came accross a few hot chocloate equestrian statement pieces and decided to work them into today’s #rootd.
Let’s start with the Uvex Suxxeed luxury helmet: gorgeous chocolate brown and safe: perfection. I am also a huge fan of Roeckl glvoes and love the chcolate brown Julia winter gloves. To my pleasure i found a perfectly fitting down Lara vest by Horze and the Alberto Fasciani field boots with a touch of caramel on top are the absolute best companions for this hot chocolate look.
In order to not get a chocolate overdose, I added a pair of classic Cavallo Caro dark denim full seat jeans breeches, a subtle Miasuki Dulcie cashmere silk blend sweater and a Joules Gosfield padded coat in the most glorious hue of pumpkin which matches the Ariat Wexford H2O chelsea boots and the practical and fabulous Tau Stil crossbody canvas tote bag (to bring your keys and phone on that after ride dog walk in the woods). For a final touch of style add on an Adi Kissilevich ‘Silk in Love’ scarf.
Have a stylish winter ride and enjoy your hot chocolate!
Meet Brianna Zwilling: young equestrian entrepreneur, dressage trainer, successful competitor and stylish equestrian.
Brianna Zwilling grew up in Minnesota, working at a local horse stable in exchange for lessons and board for her first horse – a feisty, stubborn Arabian. She explored various disciplines (including western), but was drawn to dressage in the end because of the harmony that is achieved between horse & rider and the immense depth of learning needed to excel.
In 2009, Brianna and her Oldenburg gelding DiMaggio represented Region 4 in the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships. They earned 6th place in the team competition. During that year, they also won two regional championship titles, Young Rider Prix St. Georges and Fourth Level Freestyle with a score of 77+%. DiMaggio is still going strong & now teaching some of Brianna’s students, even helping one of her riders earn a Bronze medal in 2015.
Brianna enjoys training horses at all levels, but is especially interested in working with young horses to patiently build strong basic skills. So she started the journey again with a new horse in 2012. While not really looking to buy for herself, she sat on a 4 year old that was for sale. After one ride, Brianna knew she had to have this horse and scraped together everything she had to buy Griffindor (“Opie”), a sensitive and big moving Oldenburg.
The two successfully qualified and competed at the first US Dressage Finals in 2013 where they placed 6th in the nation at First Level. They returned in 2015 earning National Champion Third Level Freestyle. In 2016, Opie showed his first season of Prix St. Georges and the pair have their sights set on Grand Prix in a few years.
The rider that inspires Brianna the most is Betsy Steiner. She is a very dedicated and hard working horse woman who is always positive and has a true love and passion for horses. “Her riding shows beautiful harmony and grace, and her horses are so happy in their work. I have been clinicing with Betsy for about 3 years now and I feel inspired every time I ride for her.”
Brianna’s busy horse life based in St Louis Missouri includes training, teaching and showing. She currently has over 20+ horses in training, teaches lessons everyday, including students that trailer in for lessons. During the summer months, she’ll travel to shows 2-3 weekends a month and hosts clinics at her own barn as much as possible to keep learning and exposing her horses to new challenges. If this is not enouch for this young equestrian entrepreneur, she is also trainig hard to start her own horse “Opie” at Grand Prix level.
Brianna likes to present herself in a stylsh and professional way. Her riding wear is her ‘office’ wear and she takes her appeareance as seriously as her strive for perfection in working with her horses and students. She loves combining rich blues, maroons, shades of grey and black and a bit of bling when competing with her Rock House Couture stock ties (one of her proud sponsors). We have compiled a versatile and stylish layered look for Brianna today to take her from those chilly Missouri mornings all the way though hot afternoons and cool evenings.
Brianna was ademement that her look included some of her favorite brands, especially Mastermind breeches: “they are my absolute favorite”. So we included a pair of Mastermind Mindy Slate breeches paired with a Arista Equestrian technical quarter zip training top layered under an Ariat basis full zip light weight sweater and Silver Pikeur down vest.
She loves Cavallo boots and these beautiful maroon Primus Pro lace-up boots are a perfect fit for the look, especially when combined with a matching light weight Bikkembergs scarf and Charlotte Russe velvet skinny belt.
We added in a pair of no miss Julia gloves by Roeckl, a pair of her favorite New Balance sneakers to change into in between rides and finished it off with her signature Samshield helmet.
Want to know more about Brianna? Follow her on Instagram or check out her website.
Have a stylish ride!
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