A tailored ladies blazer is a must have for your wardrobe! Why? It's so versatile! Let's face it, a blazer can worn, any time of year, for any event. It all depends on how you style it! Of course, there are mountains of choices for you when it comes to picking the perfect womens blazer. However, as there are so many, you do find you can become lost in a sea full of plain blazers, and quite frankly, who wants that? Surely you want to stand out?
Sporting Hares Beauchamp Blazer in Deep Blue > Shop the style HERE
Established in 2011, Sporting Hares is a British Lifestyle brand which, is run from a farm in the Welsh countryside. With a taste for adventure and the preppy way of life, Sporting have a gorgeous range of country lifestyle must haves from their flagship sunglasses to their most recent launch of Willow fleece waistcoats. However, there is one product which is guaranteed to turn heads. Their Beauchamp Blazer.
Launched in 2015, Sporting Hares Beauchamp Blazer is a must-have for any preppy, country lover. Made by hand this beautiful blazer is perfect to complete your country outfit. Made with a luxurious wool blend and a taffeta silk lining the blazer features real opening cuffs and the signature velvet under collar giving the wearer multiple options to style. The tailored fit is extremely flattering and our favourite colour, to date, is the deep blue. A colour, which suits anything and anyone. Finally each blazer is adorned with wooden buttons finishing off a classic, elegant blazer, tailored to turn heads on and off the field.
So if you looking to buy a quality ladies blazer, look no further than Sporting Hares Beauchamp Blazer and shop the style HERE!
This was me. I was definitely not a morning person! We’ve all seen those images floating around on social media with the half asleep cat or the Polar bear sliding its way across the ice with its head on the floor – well that was me. Past tense. It’s taken a while to train myself to be a morning person, but now I am at my most productive first thing. ‘How?’ I hear you ask! Well let me explain….
Go to bed at a reasonable time
Make sure you allow yourself the amount of sleep that your body needs! You can’t burn the candle at both ends. I’m usually in bed for 9:30pm and I begin winding down. I can’t just fall asleep right away though. There are a few things I do in order to be sleep ready!
No caffeine before bed – I tend not to drink tea or coffee later on in the day.
Don’t eat your evening meal too late! If you are overly full, you will struggle to sleep.
Don’t be tempted to scroll the internet! The light from screens stimulate your brain and therefore keep you awake.
Stay away from social media! Don’t allow other people’s moods be the last thing you see before you sleep!
Read a book, listen to a relaxing playlist on your iPod or complete a Guided Meditation. There are loads of these on YouTube. It sounds silly, but I guarantee you’ll be falling asleep in a positive state of mind in no time.
Be organised the night before
I always make sure my daughters toys are packed away and her day bag ready to be put in the car first thing in the morning. I also make sure that my lunch is organised and breakfast is sorted – I’m following the Slimming World plan at the moment and organisation is key! I also plan my evening meals in advance – as much as possible, so that any morning prep can be done without thinking! Occasionally, I’ll be super organised and prep the following nights evening meal the night before!
Set your alarm earlier than you need to be up. I set mine for 5:45am on a weekday and I NEVER press the snooze button. Pressing snooze allows you to begin to fall asleep again and you will feel worse - not better! I used to fall into this trap and it doesn’t start your day off well.
Get moving as quick as possible
Get yourself out of bed as soon as you can manage. This will get easier I promise you. If you can’t bare the cold during winter, set your heating to come on early, then you’ll be nice and toasty! Once you’re out of bed, stretch! Again, this sounds crazy, but stretching improves circulation and increases the blood flow to the muscles and brain. It also sharpens concentration!
Develop a morning routine
5:45am – Get up! Sneak down stairs as to not wake my daughter (Laila) – my morning is my ‘me time’, (I’m currently writing this blog post at 6:30am) she doesn’t need to be up so early!
Cup of tea time! Start your day with whatever you need to get you going in a morning. For me, it’s a cup of tea.
Listen to a motivational speech/video to get you going! YouTube are full of these. DO NOT start your day by scrolling through Facebook or Instagram! Concentrate on YOU.
Write in my journal. I write about what I hope the day will bring and what happened the previous day. Focus on the positive or what you can do to change the negatives in to positives.
I also work on my business first thing in a morning too. I create motivational quotes and graphics and share them to my FB page, group and Instagram! I am often more inspired in a morning!
Prepare the evening meal. Ok so this isn’t for everyone, but I’m a busy woman and I need to be organised! My Slow Cooker is my life! I often make sure that I have a meal prepared and in my slow cooker. If not, I know what I plan to have for tea that evening at least.
Breakfast! Do not skip the first meal of the day. If you can’t eat early in the morning (I never used to be able to – it gets easier) then make sure you have something you can take with you. Breakfast gets your metabolism working therefore prevents weight gain. You also need fuel for that amazing brain to work well!
Shower, dress and make up! I try to put a little make up on each day - it really helps you to feel more confident. I don’t care what anyone says about being comfortable in your own skin, we all want to feel amazing and make up helps!
By this time, Laila is awake and we are getting ready to head out of the door! I’m very lucky that my mum looks after Laila at the moment and she makes sure she has had her breakfast and is dressed – I’m not super woman!!
So, I hope this has motivated you to become a morning person! It really is the best time of the day and it’s amazing what you can accomplish before 8am! It’s now 8:10am and I can hear movement from Laila’s room above me!
It's March and that means ... Mothers Day is making it's way to us! We all know that, sometimes, Mums can be tricky to buy for and as much as they say 'don't bother this year' .. we know that gift has to be better than last! So here's our top 5 picks for your Mum this Mothers Day and they're all £25 and under!
1. Ness Lambswool Tartan Scarf: These are so soft, comfy, warm and beautiful! We know Spring is on the way but there's still some cold nights ahead of us and a beautiful scarf is always a welcome gift no matter what time of year it is! Available in both red and purple check this will look lovely with any outfit and stave off the chill stylishly! > £12.99 < TAP HERE TO SHOP
2. Sophie Allport Bees Mug: We all know certain mugs make the best cuppas! Don't let your Mum settle for something sub-standard! She's earn't that cup of tea! These fine bone china cups from Sophie Allport not only make a lovely cuppa they look so beautiful! Adding a touch of outdoors to that country kitchen they make a lovely gift! Plus you can always add to your Mums collection, each year, with some matching pieces from the Sophie Allport range! Think Tea Towels, Oven Gloves, Storage tins, Aprons ... you get the picture! > £11.00 < TAP HERE TO SHOP
3. Hiho Silver Snaffle Ring: A piece of jewellery is always a lovely gift and this special piece is no exception. Why is this special, you ask? Any piece from Hiho is built to last, not only is it beautiful but it will also put up with whatever life throws at you. We all know Mums are busy people, so they really need a piece of jewellery that will look good, morning, day and night, whether they are mucking out stables, off to work or dining out that evening. Hiho lets this happen! > £25.00 < TAP HERE TO SHOP
4. Sporting Hares Preppy Long Socks: There is nothing better than some snuggly socks after a day on your feet! Warmth, comfort and style are what your feet crave .. your mum really should have the best shouldn't she? Enter Sporting Hares Long Socks, perfect for cosy nights in and days out in the field. Plus each purchase supports the fight against breast cancer! > £15.00 < TAP HERE TO SHOP
5. Ness Dunkeld Tweed Purse: Sometimes you can't help but stand out. So it might as well be for all the rights reasons? This stunning Ness purse ticks all the boxes when it comes to practicality, style and quality. A striking gift for your Mum this Mothers Day. Available in red or purple check. > £24.99 < TAP HERE TO SHOP
So there you have it, 5 gifts for your Mum this Mothers Day, all £25 or less! The real questions is, which one (or three) will you choose?
Country kitchens; No matter what your kitchen currently looks like there are some easy ways to make it much more shabby chic than shabby! For us it's all about your country kitchen accessories! So here's our top picks to make your kitchen more like a farmhouse and less like a barn!
1. Kitchen Storage Tins: An essential for your worktops, these beautiful, farm animal, storage tins with Chicken design are perfect for storage and add that element of shabby chic to your kitchen! The country kitchen tea, coffee, sugar canisters are a must have with their speckled Maran hen design!
2. Farm house spoon rest: Let's face it, cooking is messy! After styling your country kitchen you need an accessory that is going to keep things tidy! This neat spoon rest from Sophie Allport ensures your worktops stay mess free whilst your feeding the family!
3. Sophie Allport Oven Gloves: These are the best oven gloves when it comes to quality! Super thick, they will make sure your hands are protected when using the oven but also the gorgeous design means they look lovely hanging from your oven door! Grab a pair of these country style double oven gloves for your kitchen and turn it from plain to country chic!
4. Tea Towels:A necessity for the kitchen, there should always be a funky tea towel hanging somewhere! These tea towels from Sophie Allport are great quality and even come with a handy loop so they can be hung up. Plus with a huge range of farm animal designs you'd be hard pushed not to find one you like!
5. Novelty Door Stops: No kitchen is complete without a, farm animal, door stop! Sophie Allports range of door stops are heavy enough to stop that door banging shut but also adds that farmhouse feature to your kitchen! Plus it's also a great quirky gift to give that country friend!
So there you have it, 5 simple country kitchen accessories to make your kitchen look more country!
There is one thing we love at this time of year! That's finding out the latest Spring/Summer fashion trends. It doesn't feel like it but Spring is on it's way and as the night start getting lighter and warmer our Winter knits start to get pushed to the back of the wardrobe in favour of lighter blouses and gilets!
So what is in store for us this Spring/Summer when it comes to British Country Fashion? We'll here's our low down for 2019!
1. Colours: London Fashion Week 2019 is approaching and we are sure there will be allsorts of wonderful showcased, from beige to neon! One thing that always strikes us are how unrealistic these colours are in terms of us country lovers! We do not want to be in the middle of a muddy field in a full outfit of neon yellow! However, a mustard knitted jumper, teamed with a tweed skirt is another thing! Spring and Summer for us Brits means nautical colours so navy, deep red, mustard ... all practical, thankfully!
2. Patterns: Both a blessing and a curse patterns can either be flattering or a complete no go! Stripes seem to be a recurring theme along with classic check (so think shirts here!). Navy and white stripes are a good go-to and let's face it they go with pretty much anything! Animal prints are also a strong contender for this Spring, but don't overdo that too much. Subtly is key, maybe stick with accessories, for example an animal print belt, bag and shoes!
3. Accessories: Country style accessories are a must have! Whether your styling a country work outfit or off for a day shooting it's your accessories that compete any look to give it that British Country Style! Absolute essentials are scarves, usually with a nod to equestrian or country, so horse bit print, farm animal print, flowers etc. Belts are a must, either fabric or leather and can really finish off an outfit whilst also being practical and flattering. We would suggest a good quality one, belts are an essential item and a good quality one will last you a long time! Spring/Summer country hats are all about the straw hat and, of course, the classic felt fedora never goes out of style! Jewellery is also an essential, not only can it give a subtle nod toward the country look it can also make you feel unique. We highly recommend Hiho Silver. Not only is the range beautiful it's also made with the country and equestrian lover in mind, so you know it's sturdy and practical! Read our blog all about Hiho SilverHERE!
4. Handbags: We know, these are also classed as accessories but we feel they need a little paragraph all to themselves! This season we honestly think it will be about making a classic statement! Plus they also need to be practical! Tartan bags are currently on our radar along with classic styled leather pieces like the one below from Grays of Shentone. The important bit being practicality, handbags never look good if it's awkward for you to carry! Check out our blog all about Ness, if you're searching for a statement handbag, HERE!
5. Essentials: Country style is classic and let's face it, there's not a huge amount of change when it comes to certain pieces. Tweed is always a must have in the Country world, whether that's a tweed skirt, tweed handbag, tweed purse or tweed jacket you can't really go wrong. One thing you shouldn't do is wear it all in one outfit. Mix up a classic white shirt with a tweed skirt and a belt, hey presto, you're 'country chic' walking into that office! Wax jackets are always a good buy too! Just make sure it is a good quality one, so it will last you a long time and give a flattering look- that bit is a must! Not sure? Read our blog all about buy well, buy once HERE!
So that's our round up of this years 2019 Spring/Summer Country Fashion. The most important bit is to remain practical, functional and therefore you'll be comfortable. We all know, if you feel comfy, you'll look good, no matter what you're wearing!
Searching for Country Valentines Gifts? Whether for your girlfriend, your wife or you need to pass on some hints to your other half, here's our top 10 Valentines Gifts for her, which are super thoughtful and catered toward the country lover!
1. Kiltane of Scotland Lambswool Scarf: A basic essential in every women's wardrobe this beautiful scarf is part of Ness, Edinburgh new plaid Winter range. Choose from either Old Town Classic Check (purple) or Morningside Oversized Check (red) and know you've done a good job with the pressie! Plus they are only £12.99! > CLICK HERE
2. Mackenzie and George Scarf Ring: This is super handy and I love that it's vintage inspired! It gives you multiple ways of wearing a scarf and keeps it out of the way when wearing a scarf all day! Perfect for wearing at the office! You can choose a brass finish or a silver finish and it's only £24.99! >CLICK HERE
3. Sporting Hares Collection Hat: Show you care with this water repellent, suede baseball cap! Let's face it, we are sick of having wet hair whilst out in the middle of a field! This is perfect for your adventures! It's £20.00 ... a complete bargain! > CLICK HERE
4. Ness Dunkeld Tweed Purse: This gorgeous tweed style purse is super handy and is part of Ness's new Winter Collection! Big enough for all your cards, coins, cash and if you're anything like me, your receipts! It's not too bulky either, fitting into an everyday handbag nicely! the price you ask? £24.99! > CLICK HERE
5. Grays Haston Handbag: A classic bag for the busy lady! This equestrian inspired handbag from Grays is sturdy, stylish and I have yet to meet a person who doesn't like it! With a choice of two colours this leather bag is an essential and one that will last a very long time! Made from buffalo leather the bag is £100 and so worth it! > CLICK HERE
6. Sophie Allport On the Farm Mug: Tea or Coffee Lover? We all know a good mug makes a better brew! So this Sophie Allport Mug is perfect especially since it's farm inspired! The best bit? It's massive (425ml) and only £14.00! > CLICK HERE
7. Hiho Silver Cherry Roller Bracelet: It's difficult when your an outdoorsy person. You want to wear beautiful jewellery but you daren't encase it gets broken! That's were Hiho Silver come in! This gorgeous bracelet is classic Hiho through and through, plus you can wear it all day, every day and stay happy in the knowledge it's sturdy enough to put up with your lifestyle! £105. > CLICK HERE
8. Sporting Hares Preppy Long Socks: Perfect for when you're out all day or when you need a pair of toasty socks sat next to the fire! Cushioned soles, elasticated ankle support and Quik Dry technology means they keep you comfy every step of the way! £15.00. > CLICK HERE
9. 'Please leave your wellies at the door' Wall Plaque: A piece of home decor that's essential in every country household! Handcrafted using the pyrography technique this is a quirky gift and looks lovely on any wall! £5.50. > CLICK HERE
10. Hiho Silver Triple Cherry Roller Necklace: A statement piece of jewellery with a delicate sterling silver chain. Make your loved one's eye light up this Valentines Day! £95. > CLICK HERE
So there you have it! Our Top 10 Valentines Day Gift or the Country Lover! I hope everyone has a lovely Valentines Day!
I know, Christmas has only just gone but I'm shocked at how many people have asked me for Birthday present ideas! There must be so many birthdays in January! So I thought I do a little blog with some gift ideas for the horse owner! I've plenty of ideas so this is version 1.0!! Here we go!
1. Socks! Honestly you can never have too many socks and to be honest, I rarely buy my own, I wait til I get them for Christmas and Birthdays! These Noble Outfitters ones are mega comfy, plus easy to get long boots over the top of, with the ultra slim calf panels. Plus .. let's face it, they come in some funky designs! > CLICK HERE
2. A cap! Perfect for all year round these Sporting Hares Limited Edition caps are an essential item! Not only are they super stylish but they have a Durable Water Repellent Membrane coating applied at the last stage of manufacturing, meaning water just runs straight off them! #goals > CLICK HERE
3. Gloves. I always ride in gloves, they are essential to me after having a few burn injuries with naughty ponies! These Noble Outfitters gloves are super comfy, protective and come in a range of beautiful colours for everyday! > CLICK HERE
4. A belt! Adds class and style to any outfit and if you're like me, keeps those breeches up!! We stock a whole range of gorgeous belts to choose from and they make a lovely gift for any occasion! >CLICK HERE
5. Equestrian inspired jewellery. You cannot go wrong with a little bit of bling can you? These gorgeous friendship bracelets from Hiho Silver are a beautiful gift and the best bit? They are durable enough to be worn all day every day, from mucking out to an evening out! Who said jewellery can't be worn by equestrians? > CLICK HERE
I've been blogging now for quite some time but I realised I never really told you how this all started! I've actually been riding since I was 6 and it all started with a cheeky chap called Solo, a 12.2hh, Heinz 57 variety! They say you need to fall off 10 times in order to be classed as a good rider ... I should've been doing the Olympics at 10!
My confidence was very low when I was little. I was definitely not one of those children that you would see cantering up and down the show field! I quite often would be found crying and absolutely petrified! It's quite funny when I look back! My mum would always say, 'you don't have to ride horses if you're scared' but I would argue and say I wanted to do it! She must've thought me bonkers! I honestly can't explain it, horse riding to me is like breathing, a necessity in my life. I knew this, even at 6! Even when I was scared out of my wits, I would still clamber on and think 'I'm going to crack this!'. Solo was a character and really excelled at mounted games, he was super fast and even at the grand old age of 26 he could put most ponies to shame! I regularly competed in the local Pony Club and, looking back, I couldn't have asked for a better first pony!
Solo (My first pony - he was the first steep learning curve!)
After flying out of the saddle with Solo, more times than I care to count, I then tried my luck with Pandora, a 13.2hh Welsh, Section B, Show Pony! Yes, she really did live up to her name! Quirky, unpredictable and extremely talented. She taught me so much about respecting the animal you're riding! She was an amazing working hunter and show jumper but I was never really cut out for that, preferring to keep all four feet on the ground! Not much has changed!
Pandora (I didn't get long with her as I grew too tall - but she was definitely a 'character')
I didn't get to spend long with Pandora as before I knew it my legs had grown and I missed out on a 14.2hh pony! I was straight onto horses and the problems they then served! I had a couple of horses on loan, whom I competed successfully in Dressage and Equitation. I found my passion for Dressage grew and I knew it was what I wanted to do!
I got to a point in my life where I was considering college and I knew I wanted to train to be a vet nurse. As it came to my final year exams I found myself without a horse. It was better to stay horseless at this point as the vet world took over and I needed the time to study. Once my final exams where completed I started to look around for my next 4 legged friend. More passionate then ever I ventured down to Addingtons Elite Auction with my family. To be honest it feels like yesterday that a 5 month old Crunchie was trotting round the arena! He was so beautiful and before we knew it, we had bought him!
Crunchie (as a foal and at our first Petplan Qualifier!)
Fast forward a few months, after realising waiting for Crunchie to grow up was going to be a long wait, I tottled off to a local dealer and locked eyes on Erik. It was love at first sight, he was stunning and stood with such presence! To this day I have no idea how I rode him for the first time, in an outdoor arena with a active building site right next door! I had some serious balls, as I wouldn't do it now!! Before I knew it I was handing over my hard earned cash and being given Erik's lead rope! We took him home the next day!
Erik (my first sit on when I went to buy him and at a BYRDS competition)
It's certainly been an adventure with the herd! I have learned something different with each horse and the one thing I love is getting to know each of their characters! Each one is quirky and I have a different relationship with each of them. I've found it is all based on trust and with some it takes longer than others. I could not imagine my life without them and after a little break over Christmas I am ready to start my weekly vlogging again! So if you fancy an insight into the herd and a laugh at me feel free to subscribe to our YouTube channel, which you can find if you CLICK HERE!
Well it's certainly crept up on us but it's here! New Year!! Woohoo!! The time to make all those New Years resolutions and never stick to them! Ok ... so I know that's not always the case but I guarantee some of you are just like me! You say one thing and by the 2nd week of January your back to your same old habits and feeling guilty as hell!
Apparently by the 2nd Friday in January (11.01.19) most people will actually give up on their New Years resolutions. They call it 'quitters day'. How depressing is that? So I know, you're going to ask .. 'What's your New Years Resolution, Sam?'. Well ... it sounds corny but hear me out!
Every year I say I'm going to get fitter, or aim for something really, really big. This year I'm fed up with all that. So what am I going to promise myself? (Brace yourself for a corny moment here) ... I'm going to be happy. I know .. cringe! BUT! Sometimes you get so caught up with things that you forget how much you already have. Honestly, it's all about the little, day to day, things and appreciating them.
Over the past few years I've become so caught up with everything that I have forgotten how far I've come in terms of my business, my personal life, the horses etc. It's so easy to always want the next best thing, but what about what you have already achieved?
2019 is going to be a big year for me, why? Because I'm going to finally appreciate what I already have. Instead of saying I'm going to get fitter and lose weight I'm just going to look after myself more and take care of myself from the inside out. Instead of saying I'm going to aim for a certain level with the horses, I'm just going to enjoy my time with them and see where it takes us. Don't get me wrong, I still have goals, but I'm not going to become so focused on them that it turns into a negative experience because I haven't reached them- yesterday! Everything takes times and when you stop enjoying the process it takes so much longer. What's that quote again? 'Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome', Arthur Ashe.
So enjoy every moment! Appreciate what you already have. Spend time with family and friends. Drink that glass of wine (not being funny but Nigella always looks good). Live YOUR life and be happy as you live it and I bet you find your 2019 is a cracking one!
I'm sat here looking at the weather forecast when Sky News pops up and tell me I need to brace myself for heavy snow and blizzards to hit the UK this weekend! The thought fills me with dread. The only time I like snow is on Christmas Day when I'm inside with a hot choccie and my faithful fluffy blankie! So with the snow in mind I thought I'd share my top items that you should have in your car or down at the stable yard encase of emergency!
1. A Hat and Scarf! this sounds obvious but it's amazing how many times you forget your hat. If you always keep a set in the car them you'll be fine no matter what! I love the Baleno set, it's super warm and the chunky knit scarf is really long so you'll stay cosy all day! > CLICK HERE
2. A fluffy blankie! An absolute MUST! What if you break down? You NEED one of these ... they are so toasty! > CLICK HERE
3. Hand Warmers: These are really handy (pardon the pun) to keep in your glove compartment or in your tack locker. They stay warm for ages too! > CLICK HERE
4. Warm socks! What if your feet get wet? You really should have a spare pair in your car! These Sporting Hares Preppy Long Socks are really cushioned, warm and long so they cover your calf nicely! > CLICK HERE
5. A Towel: You may need to dry off at some point so a towel is always handy! Stick one in your car boot or your tack locker! You just never know!
6. Flask! If you know your venturing out on a big journey then you should really take a warm drink in a flask! It's amazing how it warms you up!
7. A Brush and shovel! What if you get stuck on the road? What if your car is full of snow by the time you've mucked out? A hand brush and a small shovel is always a good idea!
8. Battery pack! I swear by these! Super handy for your phone incase it runs out of battery! These are dinkie enough for your bag or glove compartment!> CLICK HERE
I'd love to know if you have any other ideas! But I'd like to think you'd be a bit more prepared if you had a few of these with you!