Continuing on our January theme of planning and inspiration for 2020. I am delighted to share with you this month’s Inspo interviewee Raquel Lynn from Horses and Heels and Stable Style. Raquel is quite possibly my favourite equestrian blogger. I ‘met’ Raquel via Skype a few months ago when I interviewed her for the Equestrian Pulse Podcast and she was so nice and I found her to be very supportive, kind and of course inspirational.
If you are not familiar with Raquel she is an equestrian blogger who lives in LA with her horse Fira and Fira lives in her back garden!! Horses and Heels is a really cool lifestyle blog, that features loads of equestrian fashion, home decor ideas and Raquel and Fira’s adventures around LA. Stable Style is a blog that focuses on Yard Tours. Imagine MTV Cribs but for horses! For those that are too young for that reference, Raquel literally takes you on the most incredible yard tours all over the world. Do be sure to check out both of her blogs, you can thank me later!
Here’s what she had to say…
What inspired you to start your blogs Horses and Heels and Stable Style?
The idea of creating a blog came to me when I decided I wanted a creative outlet to share cowboy boots, tack obsessions, equestrian home decor, and fashion. Horses & Heels was the perfect name for this lifestyle blog. I started Horses & Heels and really had a lot of fun with it. As time passed and the blog grew, so did my ideas. I started a section on H&H called Stable Style. When I featured my first barn tour it was really popular and I wanted to do more. Since I must rotate through content, I knew I needed an outlet where I could share more barn tours – so Stable Style was born. First I quickly scooped up the Instagram handle and began posting. A few months later I was finally ready to launch the blog. Stable Style is such a concentrated niche site and it attracts equestrians of all ages and disciplines who share a passion for horses.
Who do you look to for inspiration and why?
Inspiration is everywhere. I am a creative person so my brain is constantly firing off ideas 24/7. To me, anyone who is accomplishing their dreams and living a life that makes them truly happy is an inspiration. I look up to large lifestyle blogs like Glitter Guide, My Domaine and Apartment Therapy. Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess have always inspired me with their home projects and blog. Emily Henderson always makes me smile with her home decor. There are so many equestrians who inspire me with what they are accomplishing with their horses. Kasia Bukowska @equestriankasiadbukowska is amazing. Despite her health issues, she does so much with her horses and I love the bridleless work she does. @westdesperado, Shaley Ham is a wonderful fashion guru I enjoy following along with. Beyond that there are countless women in business that I work with including magazine editors that have accomplished so much.
What would you say has been your biggest achievement to date?
That’s a really tough question. I’m proud of so many little moments that have led up to this blogging life I’ve created for myself. Just being able to live in Los Angeles and afford and equestrian lifestyle, my horse and work from home is something I’m extremely proud of. Lately I have been reflecting on my magazine and freelance writing career. In 2019 I wrote eleven articles for equine publications including Horse Illustrated, Chrome and the Paint Horse Journal. I’ve been featured in two magazines this year, including Horse & Style, which was a real treat. My writing career has been a wonderful side effect from blogging. I remember when I was first approached by a magazine to write for them. Over the years, I’ve gained more confidence and have grown as a writer. I’m thankful for the magazines that hire me back year after year for fun projects.
What would be your best advice to give someone that is feeling uninspired at the moment?
Take a break. If you are feeling uninspired chances are you need time away from the computer, your normal routine. I always find inspiration when I’m out shopping, riding, hiking or chatting with friends. Blogging can be a demanding job. You might feel like you have to achieve or accomplish a certain amount of tasks – but you should always try to be led by creativity. The same goes for someone who is overwhelmed with work. I often have days where I have so much on my plate that I feel weak and tired. I’ll just go sit outside in the sunshine, do nothing, catch up on reality television or ride Fira. It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we give ourselves time to recharge our batteries.
What are you plans for this year with your blogs and Fira? What do you hope to achieve?
2019 has been a wonderful year of growth for my blogs and Fira. I hope to continue to work smartly on both blogs as they grow. Fira has matured into a lot of ways and I’m proud of the horse she’s becoming. 2020 is going to be our year of adventure together. I plan on taking her to the beach, her first horse show and on trail rides outside of Griffith Park. There are so many wonderful places within a couple hours of Los Angeles to ride and explore. I look forward to sharing my riding trips on Horses & Heels.
To check out my interview with Raquel for The Equestrian Pulse Podcast head to this link