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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.


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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





8.10.18

Why You Need A Zerofit Base Layer In Your Winter Wardrobe

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Early October and I have already scraped the frost from my car windscreen of a morning...but I am not complaining. Cold, crisp, autumnal days with bright blue clear skies are my favourite. They have also given me the perfect opportunity to put my new Zerofit Base Layers through their paces that were kindly sent to me in September.

The parcel contained two items from the range; the Heat Rub Ultimate and the Heat Rub Move. Founded in Japan, there has to be a very good reason for a Worldwide launch, a gap in our marketplace and the demand is clearly there so I was really excited about the delivery. Zerofits promise is...



Here is what I thought...

Zerofit Heat Rub Ultimate (grey): as it says, this really is the ultimate base layer. It provides protection against extreme cold by sealing in body heat. The unique fibres on the inside of the base layer rub against the skin as you move, creating frictional heat. The material feels soft, cosy and instantly warm against my skin, it almost looks like wool, without the itchiness of it. The outer fabric is slim fitting and flattering, long enough to tuck into my breeches - and stay there.

I slightly underestimated the Heat Rub Ultimate when first wearing it. I saw the frost on my car windscreen and reached for it one morning, underneath a gilet and a coat. I was almost sweating after getting the horses in from the field and tacking up, to ride I had to take off my coat. All around me thought I was mad, or coming down with a cold. I can assure you, I was neither "its the base layer!" I promised! The warmth is comparable to a coat and twice as toasty as your average jumper. 

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Zerofit Heat Rub Move (black): I have to start this with the words 'cold sweat'. You all know what I mean when I say it. You've completed your fast work or your blood has been up, maybe been a little nervous. As you cool down your horse, remove your body protector and start with post ride chores, the wind has blow and you are chilled to the bone. Nothing but a hot shower and pyjamas will solve the situation. And this is what makes the Heat Rub Move so special...

The unique 'LABO' fabric quickly removes sweat away from the skin and places it on the outer shell of the base layer where it dries ultra fast. A thinner base layer than the Ultimate this is made for movement and has zero bulk. Again I wear a size small and on a recent trip to Ireland, where it was cold and drizzly I wore it whilst viewing horses and stayed comfortable all day long.


At £50 the price at first glance is more than I would typically pay for a base layer, but after recently wearing both the Heat Rub Ultimate and Move I can confirm they're worth every penny. Whether you ride, run, work outside or simply enjoy being outside whatever the weather I recommend them and guarantee I'll live in mine over winter.

Jessica
Gee Gee and Me