Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Apparently I'm stylin'

Carol over at Dressage Training Journal has kindly recognized me for being stylish. This is terribly ironic, if you were to meet me I think the first thing you'd notice is that I'm not really stylish at all. I want to be, but for one thing accessorizing completely escapes me, the best I can do is sometimes find a snazzy scarf to dress up an otherwise boring outfit and that's only on rare occasions. Anyway, onwards and forwards.

Seven things you don't know about me (related to style):
  • My favorite clothing designer, hands down, was Alexander McQueen. The man was an artist. His tailoring was impeccable and his imagination knew no bounds. I was among those who were stunned at the news of his suicide, such a tragic loss. Here's a very small selection of his genius, love it or hate it there's no denying his gift:

  •  On the other hand, I detest Gucci. It looks like over-priced hoochie-wear to me.
  • I have a modest collection of vintage clothing from the 50's, and my favorite pieces are the coats I found on Ebay. One of them is a cashmere blend that is too luscious for words. It's rather boring to look at, it's basically just a black coat, but the hand is divine. I think I paid about $20 for it, too. Amazing.
  • I own ridiculous quantities of shoes. Seriously. I could wear a different pair of boots everyday for two weeks. Not to mention the number of flats and heels I have. Yet in the past two weeks I've only worn 4 different pairs of footwear. I need to branch out.
  • I will not pay money for clothing made of acrylic. It's a horrible, cheap material, and just a plain waste of my cash. I don't shop in Old Navy because of that, practically everything they make has acrylic in it.
  • The majority of my riding breeches are blue and green and are knee patch only. I have one pair of white, full seat breeches and I hate them- they make me feel like I'm wearing diapers.
  • Getting positive again: my favorite hat is one that I knitted from alpaca yarn. Alpaca is really warm, really light, and really soft and makes for wonderful winter hats. This one has ear flaps that I can tie under my chin, very handy on cold, windy days!
 Okay, time for the next bit, 15 blogs I find interesting. This is difficult, how to mention those that may not have been mentioned before? My perennial must reads include Wolfie at What Was I Thinking...?, Kate at A Year with Horses, Arlene at Grey Horse Matters, Mikael and her Mania, Molly at Golden the Pony Girl, Mary at Stale Cheerios, Natalie at wherever her blog is now and Andrea at Eventing-A-GoGo. But I want to give a shout out to the blogs I've found more recently:

  1. Jessie at Rose Valley Ranch
  2. Mrs Mom at Oh HorseFeathers
  3. Denali's Mom at  Green n Green = Black n Blue 
  4. Juliette at honeysuckle faire 
  5. Kristen at sweet horse's breath 
  6. An Image of Grace
  7. Bookends Farm 
  8. Equine Insanity 
  9. Mare at Simply Horse-Crazy 
  10. Calm, Forward, Straight 
  11. Sarah at Miles On Miles 
  12.  Sydney at Bitless horse: Science VS tradition 
  13. Lucy at Barefoot Horse Blog 
  14. Capture The Light Equine  
  15. Story at All Gear No Skill  
 Whew, there ya go, happy reading!


    1. I agree with you on Alexander McQueen - he was an artist. Nice to find out more about you! Congrats on the award. :-)

    2. I love your stylish seven things! Very entertaining. I love these awards because you always find out unique things about people. Thank you for the tag!

    3. Wolfie I keep waiting for a good book to come out documenting his life's work, it looks like there might be a promising one in the works right now: http://www.amazon.com/Alexander-McQueen-Savage-Andrew-Bolton/dp/0300169787/ref=reg_hu-rd_add_1_dp_T2

      You're welcome Story!

    4. I gave you the award too :)

      My blog is www.justagirlandherhorse.blogspot.com

    5. Thank you Ruffles, I'm coming over for a visit :)

    6. Congratulations on the award and thank you for the nod to my blog.

      Your list is interesting!

    7. I love your list! You can't tell me that someone with your knowledge of couture designers and collection of shoes / boots (I have a similar collection :) ) isn't tuned into style. I agree re Alexander McQueen - his work is art.
      I had a 1950's black cashmere coat that was my mother's. It was a swing coat and I wore it to death. If it hadn't fallen apart I'd still be wearing it! Aren't they wonderful?
      Anyway, I think you also win the award for best response to the Stylish Blogger Award :) Great stuff.

    8. Sadly appreciation isn't easily transferred into application. I love to look at it but I haven't figured out how to implement those looks for myself.

      So sad that coat didn't last! They don't make them like they used to, do they?

    9. Congratulations on your award. It's nice to get to know you better. I can't believe someone can actually walk in those shoes by the way!

    10. I have only seen one person attempt to walk in those shoes and her name is Lady Gaga.

    11. Aww Thank you sma! Neat getting to know you through your list. Once this Bug From H*ll lets up, I'll post a list and pass the award along.

    12. Thanks for the extra info about clicker training. It is your blog that is really helping me. Yesterday, I ordered Alexandra's book. I probably will take you up on advice from time to time!

    13. Awesome bits of facts! I came over from Rose Valley Ranch blog.

    14. Thanks so much for the award, Shannon! I have to agree with you about Alexander McQueen--he definitely had a gift, even if you don't like the style, you HAVE to appreciate the talent.

      I also have several vintage coats I absolutely love. I wish I could be more stylish in a fashion sense, but my lifesyle doesn't give me much opportunity to be so :)

    15. Hi Nicole, thanks for visiting.

      You are welcome, Jessie!

    16. Thanks so much for the award! I love getting to know more about fellow bloggers (your list is fun!) as well as getting turned on to new (to me) blogs.

      FYI - I have tried to become a follower for a few days now, and although blogger says I'm following, it doesn't show up on your follower list (I tried refreshing the page...) I wonder if this is a widespread blogger issue?! I'll keep trying :)