Everything! I got both my Smartpak order and my order from Amira Equi. I was completely surprised by how fast Amira shipped out since they're located in the UK and I'm on the West Coast of the US so with that I would highly recommend them! And my coat arrived in perfect condition without a single wrinkle (*cough* Smartpak *cough*).
First up, my new De Niro boots. I love them. They're not going back. In fact you'd probably have to pry them from my cold, dead hands. I may just sleep in them tonight.
They fit perfectly! I ordered the regular calf and tall height and a size 8 footbed, though I normally wear a 7.5 they didn't come in half sizes. I'm pleased to say they fit like they could have been made for me. I wobbled back and forth over ordering the slim fit since the sizing was 1 cm away from my actual calf size, but the regular calf size fits snugly so when they stretch out they will be absolutely perfect. I'm glad I read through the sizing chart a couple (million) times because I almost didn't order the talls, but I'm glad I did because they're supposed to drop a couple centimeters and they probably would have been too short otherwise.
The only negative is the square toe which makes my feet look rather big and like another reviewer said on the Smartpak website, "duck-like" but I can live with that. My first new pair of boots that actually fit in seven years!!! ♥
Also in my Smartpak order was some Dubarry boot conditioner. I haven't mentioned my Dubarry boots much since I first got them but I'm still in love with them too. I wear them to the barn a lot because they're super warm and they've broken in wonderfully. I would highly recommend these boots too, especially if you can get them on sale like I did!
Since I want them to last forever and ever, I decided to spend the money on some Dubarry conditioner, after all their products are made for their boots. It took me a while to decide on which product(s) to get because they're pretty spendy, but eventually I decided on just the conditioner since it both conditions and waterproofs the leather and I will just use my regular leather cleaner on them. I was pleasantly surprised by the conditioner. It's nice! It's a rather large tube (which is better be for 20 bucks!) and a little goes a long way. It got rid of all the scuff marks and now they look brand new! As an added bonus it smells really good too.
|Can't really tell, but it's navy with a black velvet collar.|
And lastly, my new Pikeur jacket. I've been drooling over the Pikeur Skarlett for a loooong time, but since I already have one nice jacket (all previous jackets were bought at the Goodwill, I highly recommend doing that if you're on a budget!) it was an unnecessary purchase. Until now :)
I emailed Amira to ask what size they recommended, I heard that the Pikeur's ran small but it was really hard to find a sizing chart that showed actual measurements. They recommended a size 12 which sounds majorly big for me (normally a size 4/6 dress size) but my other jacket is also a 12 so I went for it. I got it in a long so that the sleeves would be long enough. LOVE. It's a tiny bit large (my other size 12 jacket is a tiny bit small, go figure) but I figure it will give me plenty of room for movement during jumping. It is gorgeous and despite being a polyester/elastane mix, it looks rather like wool to me so that's nice that it looks more "traditional" than my dressage coat which is very elastic and slightly water resistant. The best part is that it's machine washable! The only part that I don't like about it is that the shoulder pads are huge on me. But oh well. I still love it :)
Overall, not a bad haul! I'm so excited to have new things. Like I said, it's been seven years since I got my first pair of tall boots that never fit in the first place so this is a big deal for me! I think my roommates might get sick of me walking around the house in my boots commenting on how much I love them but oh well. I'm in love!