I just started blogging this year (technically in June or something, even though I didn’t start writing regularly until mid-November) and so I was super, super excited to see that Tracy at Fly On Over was hosting a gift exchange. I am really enjoying my foray into horsey blogging, and something to get me more connected to the community + presents was right up my alley.
So, I signed up, and then cleverly put my barn address down as my shipping address (because duh, why shouldn’t horse stuff go straight to my barn?) and then left for a two week vacation.
On the beach in Oregon with my best girl.
Imagine my surprise when I got back and found an envelope from Jenn at Stories from the Saddle waiting for me at the barn!! Inside that envelope was a much coveted gift certificate, that has inspired me to make a bit of a confession.
I’ve been on Twitter so I’ve obviously seen MangoBay belts around in the rootds. I have never really been a belt wearer, in part because I lose them a lot and I just haven’t felt the need. Constantly pulling up my pants and breeches has always seemed perfectly classy to me, and in a pinch, a piece of rope did the trick. However, thanks to some stretching pants, possibly a lingering parasite infection from my time in Africa, and my new-found love of actually dressing well while riding (and teaching), I found myself desirous of a belt. Maybe a MangoBay belt.
But I’m also really, really cheap. And a belt was at the bottom of my list — especially when there are polo wraps and saddle pads and bits that actually need buying. So in order to guard myself from disappointment — here comes the confession — I very maturely chose to jealousy hate them instead.
Yes, that’s right. I’m a jealousy hater. I want something, I can’t have it, so I rationalize in my head all the reasons that thing isn’t that great, I don’t actually want it, and I have no reason to be jealous of those people who do have it!
But it wasn’t true! I did want a MangoBay belt! I lusted after their multicoloured rainbow displays at trade shows and coveted the splash of colour that broke up an otherwise-traditional riding outfit. And don’t even get me started on a belt that would lay flat! Buckles kill me.
So now I’m getting a MangoBay belt!! THANKS JENN!!
Specifically, I’m getting this burgundy Art Noveau. Shopping there was hard. It really was. I wanted something colourful enough to break up an outfit (see above), but also traditional enough that I could wear it with my street clothes and not worry about a major clash. And — believe it or not — I am getting a little sick of all the pink that’s in my life.
So — secret santa gift SUCCESS and a new blog friend, I hope. Thanks again, Jenn. It is greatly appreciated — by me and my bosses, probably, who will no longer have to watch me hike my jeans up fourteen times a day!