Friday, November 21, 2008

Fall 2008

With the change of the seasons comes a freshness to the air and activities. Halloween signals the start of the festivities which continue on through Thanksgiving inviting family and friends to the crisp outdoors. I love this time of year as the leaves turn and summer inspiration turns towards cozier reflections and new color palettes. Gone are the yellows and brights of summer, replaced with the deep greens, autumn oranges, reds and navy.

Our festivities this year started with Halloween and children decorating. It began with pumpkins and goblins for the windows followed by trick or treat dress up and candy. Every year we open up our store to local children to paint our windows and cookie decorate. It has become a welcome event for children and adults alike. We continue in this spirit with our Holiday Walk with Christmas cookie decorating and ornament making. An even enjoyed by young and old. There is nothing that makes one smile more than the sound of little faces excited to be creating.

Last week I had the opportunity to attend my daughter’s horse show at Will Rogers State Park. I could not stop photographing all the details and lovely colors of the equestrian spirit girls dressed up in English style. Ponies proudly prancing with ribbons adorned to their bridals. I could not help but be drawn to the plaids, the leathers and the details of equestrian style.
I found this great book that captures even more of the essence of equestrian style and how to use it in your home. Be sure to check out Equestrian Style by Vicky Moon.The warmth of plaids and the many color combinations they come in are fantastic. They can be dressed up or down. From a simple horse blanket to a worn Pendleton shirt to the couture style of Ralph Lauren and Hermes. Plaids can be used everywhere from fashion to home accessories.The details are what make the outfit when it comes to equestrian style. Worn and burnished leathers on bridals and saddles. Soft padding and well worn blanket pads. Fine crafted leather buckles and stirrups and crops all add to the adornment of English style riding. There is something special about the look. From the velvet blazer to the black velvet helmet… Everything is dressed up and elegant. It is one of the few sports where the fashion has been a consistent spark of inspiration for many designers through out time. Gucci belt buckles and Hermes scarves with horseshoe themes have become iconic.With the arrival fall I often find this time to be one of reflection and turning within. The quiet of fall can be found in poetry and literature. I love these photos of girls enjoying a peaceful moment. It is quiet reflections like these that make us appreciate nature and its gift of change.
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."
-John Muir

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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