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23.12.18

Dear Santa... Riding Tights, Save, Spend or Splurge?

What's not to love, riding tights are stylish, feminine and figure hugging with technical fabrics designed to contour and lift. I have chosen my favourite three and whether you save, spend or splurge on a pair they're each a fantastic addition to any equestrian wardrobe...

Those that follow Gee Gee and Me will know I love Derby House rugs and I haven't bought anything else for Oscar since I discovered them. So I was really excited to get my hands on something for me to wear. 
The Pro Gel Riding Tights are thicker than your average riding tights, with a flattering seem down the front and a full gel grip seat for security. They're super stretchy and allow plenty of movement whether riding, mucking out or rushing around the supermarket. They look incredibly smart and pass the see-through test with flying colours. They are true to size and feature in an adorable 'mini me' collection too.
The practical features haven't been forgotten either, with belt loops and a flattering mid-rise waistband finished with the signature Derby House embossed Pegasus pendant. A steal at £39.99...now which colour to get?

The LeMieux brand just gets better and better and I have enjoyed every minute putting their Pull On Breeches to the test. The design is ultra modern and available in vivid colours; of navy, blackcurrant and grey. The contrasting black waistband, generous side pocket and My LeMieux logo all stand out. 
They are fleece lined and beautifully soft making them incredibly comfortable to wear and perfect for the winter months - with LeMieux working on a summer weight option ready for the change in season, as always one step ahead.
They're flexible, breathable and don't wiggle down as I rush around the yard doing chores. With a full silicone seat for security and a fit that is true to size, they really feel like a quality pair of breeches rather than 'just' tights. Worth the spend at £49.96.


I see Holland Cooper and I think of Cheltenham, tailored tweed and luxury. I don't think of being of at the yard...smelling dubiously of horse wee after mucking out. This is why I love Jade Holland-Coopers latest release; the Equi-Legging, because it brings a little bit of luxury to the dark, cold and very often wet early mornings.
Branded with Holland Cooper on the outside of the right leg, they have monogrammed silicone knee grips reading HC on the inside, a gold foiled logo on the back and a silver disc at the waistband. They are high waisted, glossy and super slim, although not necessarily true to size and I could have ordered a size down - makes me love them even more! 
The Equi-Leggings are pure luxury and would make the perfect present (even to yourself...), whether purchased from a Holland Cooper shop or online, they'll arrive beautifully wrapped in HC tissue and feel very special to unwrap. Available in black, ink navy, charcoal and mulberry a splurge at £69.00.

Whether you're adding a pair to your Dear Santa wishlist or treating yourself to a January pick-me-up, you won't go wrong with any of these three and I am very lucky to have them in my wardrobe.

Little Arnold and I - pictured wearing the LeMieux Pull On Breeches.

Happy Christmas
Much love from Jessica
Gee Gee and Me.




14.12.18

Dear Santa... Hicks and Brown Felt Wool Fedora

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I am a hat girl, I love them and during the winter months I am seldom seen without a bobble hat to keep cosy and warm, a cap to hide my dreadful riding hat hair or a beautiful Hicks and Brown Fedora when best dressed.

I purchased my first in April '17 ready for a wet day at Aintree Racecourse on The Grand National Thursday, saving my dress and fancy fascinator for Friday's Ladies Day! The weather was true to the forecast and unkind, my Hicks and Brown Fedora kept the rain away from my face, my hair reasonably in place and coped well against the elements, drying out as good as new. Proof the felt wool hats are water resistant. Since then my collection has grown and a Hicks and Brown Fedora would be an asset to any country chic wardrobe.

                   - the Classic Feather
                  - the Gamebird Feather
                  - the Guinea and Pheasant Feather
                  - the Burnt Orange Feather
                  - the Hen Feather - endless colour options, all gorgeous
                  - the Bronze Feather
                  - the Ostrich and Peacock Feather
                  - and my favourite, the Pheasant Feather Wrap

                  - Olive Green
                  - Dark Brown
                  - Maroon
                  - Camel
                  - Navy
                  - Grey
                  - Black

                 - £89-95 
                 - Next day shipping available
                 - Free shipping on orders over £100


- Hicks and Brown provide an excellent size guide on their website - in cm's - click on a hat and look to the right.
- I have purchased all of my Fedora's online, using the guide successfully. If you're buying as a surprise gift, sneak a look in your loved ones riding hat. I wear a 56cm riding hat and a size small Fedora fits perfectly. Don't go up a size, as you want it to be secure in all weathers! No one wants to chase a Fedora on a windy day...


No two Hicks and Brown Fedora's will be the same, the feathers vary in colour and size making your hat truly unique. A fantastic Christmas present for the equestrian in your life and the perfect season for wearing it...

Jessica
Gee Gee and Me

4.12.18

Dear Santa... CiCi by Celeris


Since the launch of CiCi by Celeris, luxury luggage is no longer exclusive to the frequent flyers and first class jet setters. The range of elegant, yet functional equestrian Hat and Boot Bags complement their beautiful boots perfectly.

For my birthday in July I was lucky enough to receive a Hat Bag in the classic colour of Military Green. Handmade in Portugal alongside their bespoke boots, it feels very special and I couldn't wait to place the "posh riding hat" I featured in June on Gee Gee and Me safely inside it.


The Hat Bag is well padded, with CiCi and the Celeris horse embroidered in luxe gold thread to the front. An inside pocket is the perfect place to keep a mirror for those final pre-competition checks - straight stock and hairnet well hidden, tick, tick. My gloves have often been found tucked in there too. Finished with a superior gold zip and a short strap for ease of carrying, it is total perfection - priced £20/£35.


Now onto the luxury Boot Bags, these are equal quality to the Hat Bags and the perfect home for your beautiful, made to measure boots by Celeris. With my growing collection of bespoke boots, I think its about time I invested in one. They're available in 10 stylish colours and would make the perfect present this Christmas- priced £65.

Happy shopping...

Jessica
Gee Gee and Me



1.12.18

Dear Santa Series - 2018


The feature you've all been waiting for, my 2018 Dear Santa Series. Full of fabulous gift ideas we would all love to wake up to on Christmas morning. Making Gee Gee and Me a great place to send parents and partners alike looking for inspiration for the special equestrian in their life...

Last years Dear Santa Series went down a storm and as a little reminder, I've posted the links to the products I featured below. The Hauke Schmidt Arabella Riding Gloves stole the show and I love that so many of your now ride in these. I am proud to say mine are still fabulous 16 months on.



I have prepared three gorgeous posts that will feature on Gee Gee and Me throughout December...happy shopping!

Jessica 
Gee Gee and Me

27.11.18

Gee Gee and Me Review Botanica International's Cleansing Wash


A delivery from Botanica International was perfectly timed in October because it coincided with the arrival of Arnold, a 3 year old Connemara pony and the newest addition to our family. Coming from a large herd in Ireland, he had a chewed forelock, the odd bite and a very stubbly tail. Knowing Botanica International is a brand renowned for natural goodness and healing, I couldn't wait to show Arnold some TLC.

The Cleansing Wash is a unique combination of natural healing ingredients, blended to make a soothing antiseptic. With my guinea-pig aka Connemara pony tied up and ready for pampering, I boiled the kettle and followed the instructions;

  • Shake well...
  • Two capfulls of Cleansing Wash
  • One litre of warm water

As the steam rose from the bucket, the yard was filled with the most beautiful aroma; lavender, tea tree, aloe-vera and comfrey. I dipped my sponge in the liquid, rung it out and smoothed it over Arnold's coat. Paying close attention to any bites or scabs with confidence knowing the Cleansing Wash can be used on broken skin safely, without it needing to be washed off. I finished by washing Arnold's tail. This has been our weekly routine and Arnold has lost most of his scabs, new hair is growing and he looks wonderful in his coat, his tail is recovering too.

Left - when Arnold arrived, apologies the pictures are a little dark.
Right - four weeks later.

I loved the product so much I have started to use it as my hot cloth tipple after clipping Oscar too, its effective in the battle against scurf and his coat looks great. I too go home with soft, clean hands that smell less like a yard and more like a spa.


The Cleansing Wash is available in various sizes, starting at 300ml for £10.95. Thank you to Botanica International for sending this product to me and giving me the time needed to properly put it through its paces.

Thank you reading
Jessica
Gee Gee and Me.

30.10.18

The Madrisa Fleece by LeMieux has Landed


After tempting us with a limited edition launch at the LeMieux National Dressage Championships the Madrisa Fleece has now landed with LeMieux's exclusive retailers and stock is limited! Here are the reasons why you need to get your hands on one...

  • The Madrisa Fleece is available in three gorgeous colours; black, blackcurrant and ice blue.
  • LeMieux take 'matchy' seriously and both the blackcurrant and ice blue are a perfect colour match to their autumn/winter range of horse and rider wear.
  • The Madrisa Fleece is a modern day, performance fleece with a super soft micro-fleece lining. It feels great on your skin and absorbs sweat keeping you dry and comfortable. 
  • Available in sizes XS-L - I am a size 8/10 and wear a small. The fit is slim and flattering, and the smooth four way stretch fabric gives full freedom of movement, whether you're lunging, riding or doing yard chores. 
  • From the outside, you'd be forgiven for not realising the Madrisa is a actually a fleece. The smooth outer shell is wind (hay, straw and shaving) repellent, I've also worn it clipping and the hair easily brushes off! 
                           
  • And finally...the attention to detail. From the contrast of the grey stitching to the smart silver LeMieux logos on the front, back and right arm of the fleece. The band around the waistline to keep the warmth in and the perfect front zip for when you get too hot. As always, it has been designed for equestrians, by equestrians, which is why I love LeMieux.


Click here to select find your stockist.
RRP £49.95.

Thank you for reading,
Jessica
Gee Gee and Me



16.10.18

The Blouson Jacket Just Got Better - Rydale Ripon III Equestrian Jacket Review

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I grew up wearing a blouson style equestrian jacket to the horses and I always have one lurking in the depths of my car boot. Why...? Because they're the most practical jacket you will find. Rydale have recently updated the design of their best-seller to create the perfect one, so it's out with the old and in with the new!

The Rydale Ripon III Equestrian Jacket is the perfect blouson shape, pulled in at the bottom by an elastic waist for a snug, high fit that doesn't get in the way. The fabric is waterproof with a hood secretly concealed within the collar for the wet weather days. The jacket is lined with soft fleece for warmth and comfort, without being heavy or bulky, so you can layer up/down as appropriate. Available in sizes 8-18, I wear a size small.


Then there is the attention to detail. The Ripon III Jacket is available in seven smart and practical colours, something to suit every personality - being 'Safe Sally' one of my nicknames I am less fond of, I chose navy. It has two outer pockets that have tabs of fabric over them to avoid things falling out if you fail to zip them closed and a zipped inside pocket too. The front and outer pocket zips and poppers are chrome or gold - gold for navy - with contrasting embroidery and a faux-leather arm patch for a stylish finish. The inside has a galloping horse ribbon for decoration and the packaging it arrived in felt high end and luxurious, wrapped in Rydale tissue and beautifully presented. Hard to believe it costs just £45!

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After wearing the Ripon III Jacket on horseback for a few weeks, it came with me as my only coat on a recent jolly to Ireland. I wore it to travel in with my jeans, with base layers and jumpers on the blustery wet days when we viewed horses out in the elements on the Wild Atlantic Way and as I toured the city of Galway. A true reflection of how smart and versatile the Ripon III Equestrian Jacket is, you can view the range by clicking here. Happy shopping...

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Connermara ponies...I'll take them all please.

Jessica
Gee Gee and Me