When I think of driving moccasins, darling, I think of dressage riders like Candace Bushnell, slipping into a pair she keeps in the trunk of her fun little sports car for the quick trip to the barn.
What? You didn't know the Sex and the City author and television producer rides? Oh, yes. Candace was featured on Oprah riding her horse, and here she is in the New York Times talking about her fantasy life which of course includes dressage, oh, and again in this holiday photo (illustrating brilliant use of color, creative ear bonnets, and obviously two very tolerant warmbloods). It's not like our sport is in the mainstream media everyday, so many of us ... ok at least ONE BLOGGER, take note of these occasions when dressage and People magazine collide.
Perfect. I thought, I'll interview Candace for SHADBELLY. So in the midst of packing for the trip north this spring, I googled Candace and sent an introductory email (fascinating and, of course, beautifully composed and completely free of grammatical errors) requesting an interview for a feature in SHADBELLY.
I fully expected to hear back. Why wouldn't I? Candace and I have SO MUCH in common. a) We're practically next-door neighbors by Connecticut standards, b) we both share a love of dressage, c) a fascination with shoes, and d) we're both successful writers. Candace has written 6 international best selling novels, and I write the SHADBELLY blog. That's kind of the same thing. Right?
Two weeks went by. Nothing from Candace.
We shipped the horses north in late May. I sent a cheery follow-up email "Hi, Candace, just wanted to make sure you received my earlier message ;-)."
Ok, I thought, I'll take a "social media" approach and try to establish a dialog using Facebook. I figured this was fair game, since Candace has like 35,660 "likes" (which sounds like a lot, but trust me that's NOTHING. Silvia Rizzo is up to something like 172,855). Anyway, I started casually commenting in a completely earnest and supportive way to Candace's photo posts of her horses, stuff like "Good luck at Saugerties!", "Wow, love your stock tie!", then more to the point, "Hey, Candace, where'd you get that show coat? SHADBELLY readers want to know!"
It was starting to feel really awkward. Perhaps I had gone a touch insane ... like someone who thinks their blog is super important, but nobody else really cares?
Ok, fine, I decided, SHADBELLY doesn't need Candace Bushnell anyway. Who has time for this? I can barely make it to the barn, what with the constant calls I get from professional riders begging, "SHADBELLY! Feature me!" Let me tell ya', that Charolotte Dujardin can be such a pest. And for the record, Candace, I want you to know that Silvia Rizzo was totally THRILLED to be in a feature post on SHADBELLY.
As far as SHADBELLY was concerned, it was "Candace, who?"
Until today, when I received a note that Exceptional Equestrian put their amazing Patricia Green driving moccasins on sale (use code SHADBELLY20 at checkout to save 20%!). Because as I scrolled through the bold palette of options I couldn't help but wonder, "Which color would Candace choose?".
Could these ephemeral little slip-ons help get SHADBELLY a sign, any sign, from Candace? If you read our earlier post Goodbye Strange Socks, you know we at SHADBELLY consider flats to be an oh so stylish option to pair with breeches for that drive to and from the barn (SHADBELLY TIP: Skip the socks. Yes, you heard us right. Just get in the habit of applying a touch of self-tanner on the calves as needed to knock down that pasty white glow, and voila!).
WHO among us can RESIST commenting on their favorite with options like Berry, Turquoise, Green Grass, Navy, Denim Blue, Black, Charcoal Grey, Camel and Coral?
So SHADBELLY readers, and Candace, if you're out there ... which color Patricia Green driving moccasins would YOU choose?