|More of this, plz and thank you (yes Aimee, still stealing your photos haha)|
Thursday was supposed to be our designated shopping day. Of course, that didn’t stop me from shopping all three days I was there, but whatever. I’ll try to break down purchases by days, because I did take “swag pics” at the end of every day to try to help me remember things (this was also helpful when I was tallying up charges on my credit card going “where did I spent $13.73??”). So without further ado – the purchases….
|Great shot from Austen of us carrying our bags Thursday afternoon haha.|
|More stolen Aimee photos, mwahahaha.|
|Sending photos to friends to enable other people to purchase things lol.|
Aimee did some shopping in their booth Thursday, and literally as she was checking out, I threw a blingy whip onto her pile and gave her money for it. A girl can never have too many sparkly whips. Or whips in general it seems, because later that day we came across the Horze gel handled whips (that I’ve been eyeballing in my local tack store) at a price I couldn’t resist. I then spent the rest of the day whacking people with the whips as I tried to carry them around, so totally worth it.
|Tempting, but I'm cheap.|
While Aimee was stalking Eponia, I was doing my best to avoid it, after the nice man there made me try on some beautiful blue breeches that I LOOOOOVED but that also cost $150…. Pass. So every time she went there, I ducked into the Gersemi booth next door, and eventually did convince myself to buy a fun light grey show shirt, since I don’t really have a good show shirt -- clearance bins FTW!
|Too lazy to take a pic of the shirt, so here is a stock photo of the Eponia breeches, because they were pretty!|
|Not sure how legible the text is in this photo but I wore it riding this weekend!|
The next booth that got me was Mango Bay – I love the belt I currently have from them, but it’s too wide for the belt loops of most of my breeches. I snagged two of their clearance belts that were narrower, and also another shirt that I thought was a bit too perfect for me. (I also stole that Topline Leather hat from Aimee because it’s teal and I wanted it and that’s what friends are for, right?).
The only other Thursday purchase was an impulse purchase that probably won’t get any use until next fall, but #noregrets – it’s a gorgeous HKM quartersheet in varying shades of… why yes, you guessed it, teal and blue. That does mean that now I have too many quarter sheets and need to downsize, so if you’re in the market, holla!
I did spend a SIGNIFICANT amount of time in the Annie’s booth dithering over breeches. I’ve been dying for a pair of the Annie’s blue breeches since I first saw them like 2 years ago, and have put them on multiple Christmas lists. I did get to try them on and figure out sizing, and she was running a buy 2 get 1 free sale…. But did I really need 3 new pairs of breeches? Nope. So I sadly walked away. But only after trying on one of their awesome coats, because I’ve been lusting after one of those forever too. At least I got photographed wearing everything?
|Karen really rocks that shad, I think she needs it!|
|Thursday swag shot in the parking area before we headed to the taco party!|
|Rolex and dachshunds!|
|Not a great photo, but I did put it on the Schleese as soon as I got home!|
And here’s where I for real fell off the wagon – everyone had seen the photo of me in the Annie’s gear and was like “YAS GIRL DO IT” and I was like “but that’s a lot of money and I don’t really even show that much, am I going to wear that coat on my intro horse? That’s dumb” and they were like “do it anyway!”….. What can I say? It was a really fun sparkly coat. And I REALLY wanted the breeches. So the nice Annie’s lady and I sorted out a Rolex deal for the coat and the two pairs of breeches I wanted. This is the point at which my credit card was like uhhhh no girl, don’t, and messaged me concerned about fraud. After I confirmed I did in fact want to place an order there, everything was sunshine and roses, haha.
|The face of someone who made... life choices.... haha.|
|Noble base layer, Ariat vest, and Bliss hat!|
|Saturday parking lot swag shot :)|
|Saturday at Karen's -- I really did plan to be done shopping at this point!|
So on Saturday, I tried to behave, I really did. I was really, really, really good for a while, but while we were dragging Jen around making her try on children’s purple breeches, Karen found some great quality bits being clearanced out. So a few of those came home with me. And then on our last swing through Perri’s clearance bins (looking for a fun halter for Jen), I found Aimee a grooming halter and then of course couldn’t resist grabbing one for myself at that price.
|Got to put the halter to good use with a spa day for Ruby Saturday!|
But then that was all she wrote. No more purchases. Promise. It helped that we spent most of the day wandering around the cross country course, far from the vendors.... lol. My only other freebies were some more hats and electrolytes, and several shots of Woodford Reserve (from test tubes, no less) – thanks Kentucky Equine Research! I left Teresa’s reins with Aimee to be shipped with another box of tack, I gave my mom her socks and hat and t-shirt, and DH has his hat and Stubben t-shirt…. So honestly, came home with less stuff than I thought!
|DH rockin' one of my free hats!|