By now, you all should know I have a huge obsession with purses and handbags. I love bright, colorful bags to help celebrate summer time, and I equally adore elegant, more classic bags for everyday use and more special occasions. But one of the things that makes a handbag company stand out in my mind are unique prints and styles. The more, the merrier! I love seeing a wide variety of designs, since I truly believe a woman needs a handbag for every occasion, or even to match every outfit!
That's why I was so excited to discover PonyUp! Kentucky. This great company offers a drool-worthy selection of handbags in a ton of limited edition prints. Yep. Every single design is produced in a limited quantity, and they are always introducing fresh, beautiful new styles from classically beautiful to fun and playful and everything in between. PonyUp! Kentucky has something to suit every taste and fit into every woman's lifestyle. The possibilities are endless!
But another thing that makes PonyUp! Kentucky special is that their bags are created using authentic horse harnesses. The real deal. These are used as the straps of each and every PonyUp! Kentucky handbag, and feature a gorgeous brass plate that can be custom engraved! These heavy duty leather harness straps can be buckled or unbuckled to adjust the length of the straps, too! Utilizing horse harnesses makes these bags truly unique.
Why horse harnesses, you might ask? Well, PonyUp! Kentucky is a company with a heart and a passion for equestrian living, and proceeds from their sales go to help rescued horses. Here's a bit more about their history and mission, as found on the PonyUp! Kentucky website:
"Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH, founded PonyUP! Kentucky to raise money for horse rescue operations. As Rallie searched for the perfect fundraising product, she was also searching for a handbag that reflected her love of horses and equestrian gear. One day as Rallie was carrying a leather halter slung over her shoulder on the way to the pasture to get her horses, she thought, “Wouldn’t this be a great shoulder strap for a handbag?”
Rallie searched for a purse featuring a horse-halter strap and came up empty. That’s when she decided to design a unique, equestrian-style handbag that she and other horse women would love. After a year of perfecting the design and building a team of skilled craftspeople, the PonyUP! Kentucky line of handbags was created.
For its first fundraising project, PonyUP! Kentucky donated 20 purses to Old Friends: A Kentucky Facility for Retired Thoroughbreds. The brass nameplates on these leather purse straps feature the names of some of the greatest retired Thoroughbred race horses, and all of the money from the sale of these 20 purses goes to support these and other horses at Old Friends. Rallie plans to make the donation to Old Friends and other horse rescue operations an annual tradition. In addition, at least 10 percent of all PonyUP! Kentucky profits will be donated to horse rescue operations."
How cool is that?! So not only can you own some of the most visually stunning purses around by shopping with PonyUp! Kentucky, you're also doing your part to contribute to a wonderful cause and help improve the lives of these gentle creatures. It's a win-win situation!
Remember I spoke of variety? I wasn't kidding when I said they offer a ton of great styles. Take a look at some of my personal favorites!
I was ecstatic to receive a PonyUp! Kentucky bag in Tie Dye Fever for my review. This is SO me! (Ask anyone who knows me in real life!) My bag arrived quickly, and was very well packaged. When I opened my package, the first thing I noticed, other than the vibrant, fun colors of the bag, was the beautiful leather strap. This strap features brass buckles and hardware, and also comes with an adorable nameplate that says "PonyUp! Kentucky" on it. (This can be personalized as well.)
Aside from being gorgeous, the bag is also quite sturdy and very well made. The strap is unbelievably durable, adjustable, and made to last a lifetime. The bag itself is also fairly sturdy. The outside of the bag is made from a medium-thickness canvas material, and the inside has a beautiful, satiny fabric. There is even a convenient zippered pocket inside this roomy bag to hold essentials like keys, cameras, or other items you'd like to keep at easy access. This bag has a sturdy magnetic closure.
Another thing I really like about PonyUp! Kentucky handbags is that they can also be bought without the strap. So if you purchase your first bag with the strap, you can then buy additional bags and change up your look just by switching the straps over! How cool is that?!
Take a look at some of the stunning details of my PonyUp! Kentucky handbag!
Overall, I absolutely love my handbag from PonyUp! Kentucky. It has already gotten me several compliments while running errands and even at a concert we went to last night. These bags definitely stand out in a crowd, and are unlike any other bag you'll ever see. And with durable construction, room for all of your "girly stuff", as my husband likes to call it, and so many gorgeous designs to choose from, PonyUp! Kentucky handbags are a must have in my opinion. The only thing I would change is the closure. I would much prefer a zippered closure to keep contents in the bag, even while being swung around by my crazy toddler! Other than that one itty bitty detail which is simply a matter of personal preference, this bag is just about perfect! I feel good about carrying my bag from PonyUp! Kentucky and sharing their mission with the many admirers I meet. These are beautiful bags for a wonderful cause!
You can purchase PonyUp! Kentucky handbags on their website.
You can also follow them on Facebook and on twitter to stay on top of their latest products and promotions.
One VERY lucky reader will win the PonyUp! Kentucky bag of their choice! How cool is that?!
Please use this handy Rafflecopter form to enter!
This giveaway is open to residents of the US 18+ until 12:01AM EST on 10/20/2011. Winners will be chosen at random and will be announced here, tweeted, shared on Facebook, and contacted via e-mail. The winners will have 48 hours to reply and claim their prize. If I receive no response, I will be forced to draw a new winner.
***Disclosure:I received a complimentary product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
9/21/2011 08:41:04 am
I really need a handbag! I like the paisley print.
9/21/2011 11:29:52 am
I like Chilled Chocolate
9/21/2011 11:36:06 am
I love the Sea Breeze hand bag:)
9/21/2011 11:42:47 am
Sweet Alfalfa! And as a horse owner, I love what they are doing!
9/21/2011 02:12:10 pm
you are lucky! i couldnt find the tye dye fever bag but i do like this bag Bubbly
9/21/2011 02:51:47 pm
i learned that at Pony Up, at least 10 percent of all PonyUP! Kentucky profits will be donated to horse rescue operations
9/21/2011 04:47:10 pm
I like the Paisely Print handbag.
9/21/2011 07:32:32 pm
I like the Navajo Blanket
9/21/2011 09:42:47 pm
I like the hot chocolate handbag.
9/21/2011 10:28:25 pm
Love the Chilled Chocolate!
9/21/2011 10:51:34 pm
i love the bubbly bag it has such a fun look!
9/22/2011 12:28:56 am
I am drooling the "must have" Brilliant Buckskin
9/22/2011 12:35:42 am
I love the Black Beauty Pattern bag and the Merry Me Pattern bag. I learned they are made in the USA & you can have your name engraved on the plate inside!!
9/22/2011 03:11:37 am
i love the swwet alfalfa, they look big enough that i can carry the kids crap around in it too, definite plus!
9/22/2011 03:49:03 am
I am in love with the Cimmaron bag, and the fact that you get to personalize the nameplate is fantastic,
9/22/2011 04:02:46 am
I love their wild kingdom print bag!
9/22/2011 04:14:02 am
I love the Peppermint Patty bag
9/22/2011 08:01:16 am
I absolutely love the Blackberry Wine & Spanish Moss Bags!
9/22/2011 08:19:10 am
I like the Palamino Rose bag.
9/22/2011 10:22:10 am
I really love that the proceeds go to horse rescues. One (of many)of my favorites is Porcelain Filly. I didn't know Christie Brinkley was a cutting horse rider...that's impressive.
9/22/2011 01:11:47 pm
I like the chilled chocolate
9/22/2011 01:41:50 pm
i like the Porcelain Filly
9/22/2011 01:53:47 pm
I like the Copper Poppy, Crimson Ivory , Fine China, Merry Me, and the Pretty in Paisley!!!
9/22/2011 04:36:08 pm
I like the Palamino Rose bag
9/23/2011 07:52:42 am
hot chocolate handbag
9/23/2011 08:57:27 am
Love this bag
9/23/2011 11:30:27 am
I like Porcelain Filly and Chilled Chocolate ones. =)
9/23/2011 03:43:42 pm
I love the Porcelain Filly bag
9/23/2011 04:14:48 pm
I follow your blog on GFC, subscribe to your email and like you on Facebook! I would love to win this! I love the sea breeze bag! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
9/23/2011 05:22:00 pm
I love the Wild Kingdom bag!
9/23/2011 09:53:34 pm
I love the blue lagoon bag
9/24/2011 02:55:48 am
I love the Stable Safari bag
9/24/2011 03:31:05 am
I love the Ribbons and Reins bag. Awesome!
9/24/2011 05:26:51 am
I love the Stable Safari
9/24/2011 06:36:32 am
I like the "Bubbly" bag.
9/24/2011 10:31:47 am
I like the Stable Safari
9/24/2011 11:31:54 am
"BRILLIANT BUCKSKIN" is awesome.
9/24/2011 01:10:23 pm
I love the wild wild west handbag
9/24/2011 02:01:55 pm
I love the Purple Passion bag!
9/24/2011 03:39:02 pm
I love their spanish moss print!
9/25/2011 06:20:26 am
Their travel bags are nice too!
9/25/2011 10:01:24 am
I like Blew by you! So cute!
9/25/2011 11:52:14 am
I love the Red Riding handbag. Most of my winter wardrobe is drab and this would add the perfect pop of color. The horses are simply gorgeous too!!!!
9/25/2011 12:02:25 pm
I like this bag http://www.ponyupkentucky.com/products/handbag/blackberry-wine/
9/25/2011 01:31:57 pm
chilled chocolate rocks!
9/26/2011 08:29:50 pm
I like the Stable Safari
9/27/2011 07:19:27 am
i am a small purse type myself even though big is in. i chose the Pink Paisley Pony Girls.
9/27/2011 12:20:08 pm
I love the Spanish Moss bag
9/28/2011 08:49:07 am
I learned that proceeds from the sales of these handbags benefit retired and rescued horses in need.
9/28/2011 11:22:33 am
are made in the USA
Stacey A Smith
9/28/2011 04:46:43 pm
Hard Choice's I like Rallie Tack Denim & Purple Passion and Chilled Chocolate you see I have trouble deciding the one I like Best.
9/28/2011 08:51:07 pm
I really like the Chilled Chocolate!!
9/29/2011 08:01:17 am
My wife would love the ribbons and reins bag. It's right up her alley
9/29/2011 04:00:26 pm
I really like their "Heaven Can Wait Equine Sanctuary for Healing and Learning" center. I used to volunteer at a similar place, where the horses were used with people who had disabilities, so it's great to see more places that do the same!
9/29/2011 06:25:35 pm
I like the hearts and hoofbeats bag! so cute!
9/29/2011 06:32:43 pm
i shared on facebook.
10/2/2011 04:01:46 am
i like the equine healing center
10/2/2011 08:00:19 am
I love the Crimson Cadence handbag!
10/3/2011 08:20:05 pm
love the crimson cadence handbag
10/3/2011 09:47:42 pm
Love the Chilled Chocolate
10/4/2011 02:48:02 pm
I love the Brilliant Buckskin bag
10/5/2011 07:27:39 pm
I like the Chilled Chocolate bag
10/6/2011 07:54:27 am
I also like the Stable Safari bag.
10/6/2011 01:51:58 pm
I love the blue lagoon bag as a favorite.
10/8/2011 01:08:48 pm
Love the Spring Fling so bright and fun.
10/9/2011 03:08:56 am
I like the Chilled Chocolate
10/9/2011 11:54:51 am
I like the Wild Wild West bag
10/10/2011 05:11:58 am
I adore the Wild Kingdom!
10/10/2011 04:58:45 pm
They are excited about the response they are getting from bloggers. They want them to talk about them and they (you) are!
10/10/2011 05:02:36 pm
I clicked the wrong button therefore it does not have info in it -
10/10/2011 06:28:29 pm
Purple passion, I have the perfect boots and dress for this bag!
10/11/2011 01:17:11 am
I learned that 10 percent of all profits are donated.
10/11/2011 10:21:39 am
They are handmade in the USA.
10/13/2011 01:48:46 pm
I learned that a percentaqe of their sales go to 'Rescued Horses.' Also, I would LOVE to own the "Nice 'N Posy" purse/bag. I LOVE this bag...A LOT!!!
10/14/2011 05:08:39 am
I LIKE THE NAVAJO BEST
10/14/2011 07:15:40 am
I like Sea Breeze and Equestrian Librarian. I like Black Gold too.
10/15/2011 02:32:06 pm
I love the Linen Polka bag.
10/16/2011 01:16:18 pm
10/17/2011 02:29:15 am
I love the Crazy about Daisies
10/17/2011 03:13:50 pm
I like the Copper Poppy bag.
10/17/2011 07:51:06 pm
10/17/2011 10:41:36 pm
I like the chilled chocolate bag.
10/18/2011 02:53:12 am
I love the blue paisley pony bag
10/18/2011 05:06:18 am
I love the Chilled Chocolate bag!
10/18/2011 09:19:04 am
I love the Blaze bag
10/18/2011 12:30:20 pm
I love the Devonshire Travel Bag.
10/18/2011 08:56:29 pm
I also love the A Day at the Derby handbag.
10/18/2011 10:15:33 pm
I love the Blaze bag!
10/18/2011 11:17:44 pm
I totally love the Nice 'N Posy print!
10/18/2011 11:25:28 pm
I like the wild kingdom bag!
10/19/2011 12:20:39 am
i like Black Gold print
cathy miller / rewcath
10/19/2011 12:54:13 am
I love them all but pretty in paisley is my favorite nupa123atgmaildotcom
10/19/2011 01:03:10 am
I like the Black Beauty Pattern bag
10/19/2011 02:07:52 am
Blue Lagoon is my fav!
10/19/2011 02:08:12 am
I love the Mint Julep
10/19/2011 02:19:14 am
The Palamino Rose is lovely!
10/19/2011 02:49:45 am
I love the Copper Poppy and Pink Passion bags!
10/19/2011 02:52:14 am
I really like the Crimson Ivory
10/19/2011 03:09:20 am
i love the purple passion handbag
10/19/2011 03:17:48 am
10/19/2011 04:36:26 am
I like the Blaze bag
10/19/2011 04:48:57 am
i like the wild wild west bag
10/19/2011 04:54:04 am
I love the Brilliant Buckskin
10/19/2011 05:32:38 am
I love the Crimson Ivory! Been drooling over it for weeks now!
10/19/2011 08:15:40 am
10/19/2011 08:41:07 am
I like A Day At The Derby
10/19/2011 08:52:57 am
I really like the Crazy about Daisies!
10/19/2011 08:56:02 am
i like both of the girls bags.
10/19/2011 09:02:33 am
i love the A Day at the Derby bag
10/19/2011 10:02:01 am
Porcelain Filly bag is sort of cute
10/19/2011 10:06:10 am
i would love the hot pink hottie
10/19/2011 10:58:38 am
I like the Chilled Chocolate Handbag.
10/19/2011 11:38:47 am
I love the Navajo Blanket and Blaze
10/19/2011 11:45:54 am
I like the chilled chocolate handbag
10/19/2011 01:25:07 pm
I like the Black Gold
10/19/2011 02:11:33 pm
i like Blaze with shoulder strap
10/20/2011 05:50:21 am
I love the Imperial Equine..
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