packing tips

I’ve had a few last minute road trips this summer.  Most recently, I took a jaunt to Ocala in search of my next horse.  800 miles of driving and seven horses to ride…all in a 48 hour stretch.  It was a doozy.  Not to mention the endless hours of going through ads trying to find the right horse to go see!  Clever packing with style and comfort is not always easy, but key to feeling your best on a journey.  Here are the “must haves” currently in my suitcase.

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1.  Obsessed with these equi in style cool shirts.  Slim fit, flattering, and an elegant mesh along the arms for a pop.  Love the sea breezewhite, and navy.  SPF 50, so you can protect that pretty skin.  Perfect for the beach, golfing, running, tennis, hiking, schlepping kids, or anything outdoors.  Throw one on with yoga pants and out the door you go!  I wear these when riding in 100 degree roasting Florida sun and feel so cool – never have that sweaty “clothes-sticking-to-me” feeling anymore.  Worth every penny.

Here I am wearing the sea breeze on one of my trial rides the other day.  Don’t judge –  I was trying to get the hang of riding a bigger steed, ha ha.

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2.  Love these Ralph Lauren sunglasses - super comfy and stylish, and a bonus that they’re polarized.   Wear them in every situation – dressy or casual.  Or with all of my kids piled on top of me.

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3. If you’re going to pack lightly, it’s great to have a neutral, classic earring.  These pearl bauble studs are just right – great with a slicked back pony, all white, and sandals.

4.  I live in these wedges…they go with everything!

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5.  I am in love with this summer stripes dress – it lives in my suitcase because it’s so versatile.  Perfect for a beach trip or simple summer evening.  Seersucker stripes and green are my fave!! Will try to get you a pic wearing it soon.  Here it is on a deja vu model…

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6.  Love this Seaside citrus body lotion apres a shower – feels like home when I’m on the road.

7.  Rosy cheeks and a lip glow makes me feel more pulled together – especially when traveling.  I always keep lipgloss in my purse to dab on – currently loving superbalm in apricot by clinique.  MAC’s cremeblend blush in Posey is my mainstay blush year round.

8.  This tote has it all – looks, practicality, and stunt doubles as a clutch.  LOVE.

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TGIF!!

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a few things

How about a chit chat post?  I just saw this exterior and it’s my favorite I’ve seen in years.  Love the colors.

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How’s your July coming along?  I’m not gonna lie, summer is kicking my boo-tay.  It’s been a wild couple of weeks.  Lots of nonstop action around here and some emotions.  This week our house was struck by lightening and fortunately only wiped out our electronics.  Could have been much worse!

I sold my beloved horse, Savez.  Something I’ve been agonizing over for a long time.  It happened much quicker than I anticipated, which threw me.  It was an incredibly tough decision.  Savez just wasn’t comfortable moving up with our training levels.  I decided it was best to find her the perfect home where she could stay at a level in which she was comfortable.  My trainer found her a loving family and she is living like a queen on 40 lush acres with a brand new barn – they text me pictures of her often.  And I cry happy and sad tears.  Ugh, so many tears over that horse.  Thank goodness she is only a two hour drive away and I can still visit and ride her!  I was planning a long post, but I’m still too emotional about it.  I’ m in the process of looking for my next horse…which is proving to be quite a task.  Here is one of my favorite memories with Savez – a one week clinic we did together in Ocala.  In this shot we were learning to ride without rein and bit contact.

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Love the subtle pop of seafoam blue in this great kitchen.  Just like the front door above.

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Had a birthday last week.  We took a quick road trip to Atlanta to celebrate.  Had a wonderful dinner with my husband at Bistro Nikko, my new fave.  I bought myself this tote as a birthday treat, which I had monogrammed in gold and love.  It’s such a classic.

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While in Atlanta, I had my first ride on “off the track” thoroughbreds as part of my horse search.  OTTB’s are racehorses whose careers end for various reasons, and they are given new jobs either in eventing, dressage, jumpers, or hunters.  It was quite an experience to try out green horses…especially ones who have raced!  This guy was so handsome.  Never raced, but super young and very green.  A bouncy ride to say the least ; )

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By the way, isn’t that barn amazing?  They shot a movie there recently called The Sunday Horse, which comes out in the spring.  Can’t wait to see it!

Life is full of adventure.  Sure has been the case for me over the last two months – some things expected, some not in the least.  I try to keep my faith engaged and my heart open.  This quote has been on my mind a lot lately.  I love it.

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Cheers to some downtime over the weekend.

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the winner + july 4th list

A little delayed here in our winner announcement – but here goes!  Congrats to Allyson, commenter #56!  Her favorite pet is her white boxer named Pearl.  How suiting for the blog ; )  I had no idea there was such a thing as white boxers??

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“Pearl, our silly white boxer is hands down the best dog we’ve ever had. Her devotion to us melts my heart and her joy at being with our son sometimes makes me tear up. She waits for him to get up every morning and her wiggling rump and squeaks of happiness make us all laugh. She is a big baby and loves to jump in our freshly made bed and sleep in our pillows. We love her and I can’t imagine life without a funny boxer dog. What a fun giveaway, I’d be thrilled to have any of the pretty necklaces. Happy Summer!”  Allyson

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All the comments about favorite pets melted my heart.  The loyalty, joy, and fun we receive from our fur family members is amazing.  In fact, reading the many sweet stories about how these magnificent creatures impact your day to day life made me tear up.  Especially after the week I had.  More on that later.

I’m taking off for the rest of the week to celebrate the 4th with our family.  In the meantime, here is a mini list to inspire your holiday.

1.  Great reminder to keep it simple and chic when it comes to an outdoor dinner.  Recipes and all the styling here.

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2.  I’ll take one of these maxis in navy and white, please.

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3.  These easy peasy red, white, and blue fruit skewers are perfect (and easy) for July 4th holiday fun.

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4.  How fun is this dotty skirt for any summertime event?!  LOVE.

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5.  This strawberry coconut cream soda looks AMAZING for a poolside refresher.

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Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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    SeletaI‘m Seleta, a city girl living the beach life with my husband, fabulous four offspring, happy horses and frisky fur babies. A former TV personality turned Designer, I love to share the sparkly side of life. Read more here.
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