Wednesday, December 13, 2017

It's Here - The 2017 Hater's Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog

I've been waiting for this to arrive all month!  While Williams-Sonoma is one of my favorite stores, and I shop there often, this is becoming a holiday tradition.  Enjoy! Read this and laugh!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

An Equestrian Christmas

I'm staying home on the farm this Christmas and I am so excited to be able to spend the holiday at home with my "kids."  I've tried over the years to add an equestrian theme to decorating but it's hard!  Here are some photos I've picked up through the years - have a horsey holiday!

Happy Holiday!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Equine Disaster Relief for the California Horses - How You Can Help

If you have been following the recent news then you'll know about the fires in California and the huge loss of equine life at the San Luis Rey Equine Training Center.  It is just devastating.  Please think about giving to the relief effort.  Horses have lost their homes, many have died, people in the horse industry have lost their livelihood, even if just temporary. Many are employed at the racetracks and one of those race tracks has suffered severe damage and some who helped free and rescue these horses have been burned or injured.  Hopefully we can all find a way to give.  May those that died be galloping in horse heaven under the watchful eye of Bill Steinkraus.

Here is an update from someone on the ground out in California.......
All surviving horses are out of San Luis Rey Training Center. Most are at Del Mar, others are at nearby farms. Many are still unidentified and so are officially unaccounted for, and about 30 passed away at the track. Del Mar is asking for halters, bandages, clips, blankets, carrots, apples, gloves, and shavings. In terms of the volunteers, bedding and clothing is desperately needed. If you are not in the area, the local Tractor Supply should be able to deliver supplies as they did for hurricane relief. I am hearing Stateline Tack may be doing the same. Mary’s Tack and Feed is also nearby. Phone number for them is 858-755-2015. Carter's Hay and Grain is also taking supplies to the track. Their number is 760-436-4738.

Here is the gofundme for the efforts.
There is also an Amazon wishlist set up, select the address associated with Del Mar. Items can arrive tomorrow with expedited shipping.

Here is where you can donate money to the grooms who risked their lives to free the horses.

Here is an existing fundraiser where the recipient has asked that the funds be redirected to help those involved in the fire.…/bucket-fund-news-r…/12/07/2017/

Del Mar's address: 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014 - You can donate money directly to Del Mar.

There were many heroes at the track last night. They ran into burning barns to free horses and stayed behind instead of evacuating themselves in order to turn horses loose and then round them up again when evacuation vans were able to get in. Some have heard the story of the horses who died in the Creek Fire due to being padlocked in their stalls. This is NOT the case at San Luis Rey. These animals were not abandoned. The Lilac Fire sprung up quickly and horses were evacuated as soon as fire marshals allowed vans inside. Several people have been hospitalized for injuries sustained saving these animals' lives. They are the reason the surviving ones are still alive. Moving calm horses in favorable weather conditions takes considerable time. Moving scared horses in smoke and fire is extremely difficult. These folks absolutely did everything they could.

Please assist if you are at all able. The track has several hundred horses that 24 hours ago they didn't think they would have. Thankfully they have 200 volunteers there this morning to water and feed and monitor for colic. The racehorses have mostly calmed down due to them being accustomed to moving around and to stressful situations. The rescued show horses are having a harder time. Thankfully, while many have injuries, none of the horses who made it out of the fire have died or had to be euthanized.

And it is heartwarming to hear how others are helping out. Famed Stonestreet Stables announced that they are making donations in the coming days......

We (Stonestreet) are donating $10,000 to the Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) Horses First Fund today. Additionally, 10% of Stonestreet Stables purses earned over the next 10 days will also go to help the people and horses in need - who'll join us and pledge a percentage? #10days10percent #SanLuisRey #LilacFire

It takes a village and may those that helped in this terrible tragedy be rewarded in some way for your heroic efforts.  And may the horses that survived recover.  Please give. It is the time of year when we should all be counting our blessings.  I certainly am today! 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Best Beauty Gifts

You can't go wrong with a beauty gift, even for someone you may not know well.  A bubble bath, hand or body lotion, a basic moisturizer, a lipstick, well, who can't use one of those?  Here are some suggestions if you are still struggling to find that perfect present. 

1) Malin & Goetz Anything
I discovered this brand while staying at a hotel in New York a few years ago and have used their products ever since.  Price point is perfect, the packaging is divine and you can order directly from their site or through Amazon or major retailers.  The Grapefruit Face Cleanser is one of my favorites. I have ordered the Peppermint Shampoo for a stocking stuffer.

2)  Bath Products
I love stuff for my bath and even if you aren't a "bath person" you can use this stuff as a shower gel. Perfect for your guest room bath too.

3) Nars Anything
Nars is my favorite make-up brand and when in New York I try to stop by a Nars store to see their newest products and colors.  Their Power Matte Lip Pigment is a great cross between a lipstick and a gloss.  Try it in a basic color that anyone can use.  Your friends will thank you! Their regular lip gloss is also a great product and will make a great stocking stuffer.  Nars' blush is also a favorite.  Orgasm is one of their best selling colors.

4) Moisturizers
In winter or in summer, we all need to protect our skin.  And isn't it fun to try new products that maybe you would not have tried otherwise?  We all go through this stuff quickly so having a few products to try and use is fun. Ole Henricksen is one of my favorite brands for moisturizers and eye creams.

I have not tried Sunday Riley products but have heard good things about them.

I'm a big fan of Tata Harper moisturizers.

I tried this moisturizer last winter in Canada and I feel in love with it.  I use in the dead of winter when my skin gets so dry. It is fabulous and worth the splurge.

4) Hand and Body Lotions
This is one of the very best hand lotions for your super dry hands in winter.  It works better than most anything I have found.
 Hope your day is filled with beauty! 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Bill Steinkraus RIP

 The legendary show jumper rider, Bill Steinkraus, left us on November 29th, joining a number of influential horsemen and horsewomen who have passed away this year. He was 92. Steinkraus was an Olympian, a stylist and influenced show jumping here in the US like no other.  He was born in Cleveland and lessoned with Gordon Wright and Cappy Smith, riding sales horses for Smith.  In 1941 he won both the ASPCA Maclay Cup in Hunter Seat Equitation and the Good Hands Finals in Saddle Seat, something that is totally unheard of today.  He attended Yale University shortly thereafter but left to join the Calvary (one of the last two classes to receive their training on horseback).  He went to Burma in World War II and returned to Yale to complete his degree in 1949. 

Steinkraus joined the Olympic team at the 1952 Helsinki Games. He also was a true amateur during this time, working as a businessman. He was the first American show jumper to win an Olympic gold medal (at Mexico City in 1968) and he competed in six Olympic Games.  He shared a team bronze in 1952, a silver team medal in 1060 and 1972.  Steinkraus retired from international competition at the end of 1972. He authored several books which I highly recommend if you have not read them:


  • The U.S. Equestrian Team Book of Riding (1976)
  • Riding and Jumping (1961)
  • The Horse in Sport (1987)
  • Reflections on Riding and Jumping (1991)

 RIP Bill Steinkraus.

Here is a link to his obituary in the New York Times.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Foxy Gifts

If you love horses and the country then you probably also love foxes. Here are some gift ideas for the fox lover in all of us......

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Gift Ideas for the Southern Lady

I love being from the South including the traditions and the many monikers that people often make fun of.  The South is not all racist like the media wants us all to believe.  The South is full of tradition, where life is a little slower and the people are little kinder.

Here are a few gift ideas for the "Southern Lady" if you happen to have one or two on your gift list.

1) Monogrammed Anything
We Southern Ladies love monograms and will monogram most anything.  And when we travel, we always take our cosmetics in a cute bag, monogrammed preferred.

Monogrammed guest towels are also nice.  These will go nicely in a powder room.

These cocktail napkins with horse shoes will be perfect for the Southern Lady who rides.

2) Stationary and Note Pads
Snail mail is still alive and well in the South (at least for some of us not tethered to our Smart Phone) so the Southern Lady can always use note pads and stationary and of course, monogrammed is preferred.

And she's going to need more stationary after she writes all those post-Christmas thank you notes.  Yes, she also writes those after every party and for every gift.  She does not text or email thank you notes, ever.

3) Candles and Diffusers
Having a regular supply of candles and diffusers is par for course - for animal "mishaps" or to cover up for those "chain saw brownies" that you left in the over a little too long after that second glass of wine on Saturday night.  Needed.Used.Welcomed.

4) Trays for Entertaining
The Southern Lady loves to entertain and she will often pass hors d'ourves during the cocktail hour so she can always use fun trays.  You can't have too many of these.


Have a great Tuesday! 

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