Monday, January 9, 2017

It Went Shopping

It's been a stressful... while... and as I'm sure y'all assumed, I weathered that storm with my usual coping mechanism of buying all the shit I could find. It started out innocuously enough: Lindsey pointed out that smartpak had a killer deal on my favorite breeches, so I bought two pairs because they don't last the longest.

This was like the day before Thanksgiving.

Then what happened... hm... Peony listed a set of Le Mieux bell boots and I wanted to give them a whirl.
pictured with mini-Courage
And then Amanda started hyping the If the Bonnet Fits BOGO Black Friday sale. I'm a sucker for bonnets, but I can't even count the number of black and navy bonnets I have right now, so if I did it, I needed something different, you know? I came up with one (custom, undisclosed) design on my own and made husband-of-the-year go through an extensive ITBF photo album until we found the perfect design for C. (Noted: hubs didn't even get annoyed. The man is a wonder.)
yeah want it need it hurry up already
But then I had colors on the brain so I stole this whole Le Mieux outfit from C's auntie Crystal:
FANCEH
It looked so fantastic that auntie Crystal bought him his own outfit. (Hey look! Something I didn't buy!)

I was having some attacks of conscience over the amount of $ spent though, so I listed a bunch of things I didn't need any more and Jodi contacted me to offer to trade TSF girths since we each had the size the other needed.
so anatomic!
Of course, around this time I got completely walloped in a car accident so I actually haven't put said girth on said horse since receiving it, but dammit I know I could. If I could lift the saddle. We'll see. Whilst lying on the couch suffering/recuperating, I received this super fantastic blogger secret santa present from Stacie, along with tiny candy canes and hot cocoa mix and lovely festive wrapping!
so cool. so blue!
When I finally peeled myself off the couch for a pre-Christmas outing, I ended up coming home with this fantastic monster sweater for teeny dog!
so badass
Ok yes this is a horse blog and y'all don't care about my dogs but OMG HES TEENY AND WEARING A MONSTER SWEATER.

Whatever. My goal is to be the crazy teeny dog lady when I'm old.

Anyways, then my blog stickers showed up (which means if you wanted some and I haven't told you I mailed them to you, contact me and I will).
stickers!
And my dad got me a sportsball-themed halter and lead rope for Christmas, so I snagged a matching santa hat for C and did a sportsball photo shoot.

are we cute or what?
 And then Riding Warehouse had a site-wide 20% off sale which included the new Majyk Equipe dressage boots. If you're over here like "wtf SB last time you put Majyk Equipe boots on C, he completely lost his shit", then yes, we're on the same page. But I bought them because they were purple and I wanted them.

plus they were $55/set with free shipping
 But as we all know, one purple thing requires another. I have very marked preferences in saddle pads and that preference is Ogilvy. Well, technically my favorite is the flannel Mattes, but I loathe and despise the foam Mattes which is way more common and both Mattes are 2x the cost of Ogilvy, so Ogilvy it is.

hullo
 The point is, there's some seller who has a few colors of brand new dressage Ogilvy pads on eBay and one of those colors contained purple to match our new outfit. Plus, when I put all the purple things on C, he was fantastic and apparently completely forgot how much he used to hate non-slip liners in boots. Maybe he was holding out for purple?
sexy
In non-purple news, I also tracked down a set of Vienna reins (that you've already seen), ordered some sparkles that you will see when they show up, and possibly have been sitting here waiting for a biggish-ticket item that I ordered over a month ago and the shipping gods only saw fit to release a couple days ago. Oh and another thing. Not including the things I got for other people. And possibly some things I forgot.
and this other thing. and maybe a fauxssoa.
In case you're keeping track, the number of times I've ridden since getting any of these things is 0. And my PT says I'm still grounded. But dammit, I'm so ready.

67 comments:

  1. I want to try a TSF girth... but I'm not sure it's worth the money to just "try it out"

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    1. You and I clearly see the world differently. That's probably healthy.

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  2. ALL THE PURPLE *heart eyes emoji*

    I love the secret santa bracelet - where's it from?

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    1. Snapfish... pretty sure. Stacie?

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    2. She's in a world of danger right now waving all of this purple stuff around while I'm in the same state. I know where you live Aimee, and I'm coming for your stuff.

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    3. But that means we'd have to hang out. #winning

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    4. The photo bead is from Snapfish, but the leather and the letters are from Etsy

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  3. Horse people are usually animal people in general and OMG that monster sweater! It's tragic my dog is a) big and b) hates sweaters because that is the cutest thing EVER!

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    1. I've always been anti-clothes-on-dogs but teeny dog is teeny and has no hair. He needs his sweaters when it's cold. He also has a winter coat and jammies... might be a little obsessed.

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    2. Manic MinPin is teeny(ish) & completely bald on her undercarriage, bald. We live in real winter. She wears a t-shirt in the house, + a sweater & a nylon coat overtop of that to go outside (2* here). She also sleeps in our bed, under the covers, on his side.

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  4. You definitely pulled in a good haul! I got a new halter and girth this weekend and was way too excited about both of those things

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    1. Uh yeah I definitely recommend more normal person levels of haul. This level is wicked expensive.

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  5. I'm over here like "it's still shopping and not selling things." Can't wait to see the non pictured items!

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    1. Haha yes. Selling the things keeps it out of the poorhouse.

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    2. Self medication comes in many forms it seems,haha! Thank goodness for selling tho...I gotta downsize my stash of stuff here eventually...

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  6. Bahaha 😂 I laugh, except our conversations have enabled me to do wayyyy too much spending. Still waiting to buy Otto off you so you can buy more fun sparkles or French things.... 😋

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    1. omg don't speak of the french thing YOU MIGHT JINX IT

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  7. Crazy spending aside, I always love doggo appearances on blogs!

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    1. Omg I could have a crazy teeny dog lady blog. I'm obsessed with him and his sass.

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    2. I feel like I've already reached my crazy teeny dog lady status... should I blog about them more? ;) haha.

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  8. I seriously want bonnets and Majyk Equipe boots. But it's winter and the ground keeps freezing and lately I just look at my horse.

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    1. See that means you have to buy your feelings I think.

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  9. Stoppppppp I've been resisting that Piper sale all weekend.....

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    1. Whereas I have seriously considering doing a second round and getting the plaid full seats even though I hate full seats. I mean, omg, brand new breeches for $41/pair shipped. COME TO MAMA.

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    2. $41!?!? But I wonder if that means they're releasing new, even better pipers then??? I'm going to wait it out.

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    3. You win. I bought a pair of the plaid full seats, as a reward for resisting the Wellfleet sale.

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    1. Judgy pants off! Purple tinted goggles on!

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  11. I bought...more half price candy canes? I still have a couple gift cards to tack store places and I can't even think of things to buy that would warrant spending them.

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    1. Truly your restraint is the thing legends are made of.

      Though in fairness, most of my obsession with color comes from the fact that I have all the dressage things and color is the only place it can vary.

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  12. Shopping makes me want to twitch... can you do mine for me plz?

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  13. i scored those magyk equipe purple boots (cough cough thanks for enabling me per usual the900facebookpony.com) and love them. Love the material and love how they adhere to the legs (My old pair of them were wonkier to fit to the legs) these are perfect!! AnD I might need both that bonnet and that saddle pad.

    I too have been spending like there is no tomorrow and am now looking for a jump saddle. SOMEBODY STOP ME :) Enjoy buying while you heal! Hope you feel better soon!

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    1. Join us on the wild side. We can buy cookies.

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  14. I'm really into your purple bonnet. Can't wait to see it on Courage! For record, I think you could have bought way more things, so I'd say you're doing pretty well ;0)

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    1. I may have purchased way more things and just forgotten about them. I'm brain injured and wasn't really keeping track. 😜

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  15. I hate that things have been so rough for you lately, but I do love your retail therapy posts. In fact, I want to subscribe to a service where you tell me what horse places are having what sales and when. Maybe make another site... Tack Ho's Handy Tack-shopping Guide .com or something...

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    1. Oh god if I knew all the sales on all the sites, that would be dangerous.

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  16. Soooo much good stuff!! I just got a new rope halter and am weirdly excited about it. Forgot to take pictures tho. Booo.

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    1. I also found my rope halter exciting and use it on the regular. Such a good tool.

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  17. That monster sweater is everything.
    I do love the purple trimmed saddle pad a lot though. A lot, a lot. I may have to buy it. Even though I have no need for it.

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    1. Pssh. Everyone needs a saddle pad.

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    2. I will use that answer when asked why I bought another pad.

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  18. There's a lot to be said for retail therapy. I think it helps a lot. I've done a fair amount lately myself.
    I'm glad you like the bracelet!

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  19. I think you probably need a 12-step program, but OMG that monster sweater!!! I sneak my dog onto my blog, too. Your teeny dog is the cutest.

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    1. Alyssa tries to put me on a program. Mixed results.

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  20. I'm right there with you! Except I have an excuse because I have a new pony that doesn't fit things that chubby boy does. You were actually the reason I pulled the trigger on the dressage boots 😉 Shopping is too much fun. I haven't even used some of my stuff!

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  21. I got the wheat and teal full seats for $35... #allthepipers

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  22. The holiday season is such a dangerous time for shopping....

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  23. C looks fab in purple, esp. the 'fanceh' pic. Your stickers are awesome! That logo would look good anywhere (fly bonnet even).

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  24. You are the best at shopping. I never resell stuff because I'm too lazy so I try not to accumulate stuff I don't actually need... but then I never get to try new fun stuff either.

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  25. You really are the best at shopping and deals. I'm hoping that by reading this blog some of it will soak into my subconscious ;)

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  26. That is quite a haul! Impressive. Thank you in advance for making me feel less guilty for my next spending spree.

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  27. All the purple things are ♡♡♡♡

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