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Sunday Relaxation with Tara Kiwi – #CiaratogaStyle

Unless I’m at the races, on the weekend it’s all about comfort. Whether you’re meeting a friend for an early cup of coffee, on your way to Pilates, or simply running errands around town, here’s a quick way to style yourself so that you are ready for all three occasions inspired by equestrian clothing designer, Tara Kiwi

#CiaratogaStyle: Sunday Relaxation with Tara Kiwi

#CiaratogaStyle: Sunday Relaxation


#CiaratogaStyle: Sunday Relaxation with Tara Kiwi

This ensemble is cute, casual and comfortable. On the way to Pilates class the other day, I met up for coffee with my friend Tara, owner of Tara Kiwi, and this was the perfect outfit. Even though I was heading to the gym, I wanted a look that could still be stylish while bouncing around town before, during, and after. The kimono lace cardigan is a great compliment to the Parts of the Saddle tank top. It provides a nice amount of coverage but doesn’t take away from the print of the top. 

My favorite part of the outfit is by far the infinity scarf, which is the latest edition to the Tara Kiwi collection. Tara always knows how to capture the essence of equestrian style in her designs. This scarf is no exception. The handsewn scarf is made of piqué fabric which gives a silky soft feeling as it wraps around your neck. I’m beyond obsessed and have barely taken it off since Tara personally delivered mine during our little outing. Effortless fashion that can easily be dressed up or down, what more do you need?

Are you in love with this scarf as much as I am? Make sure to stop by Tara Kiwi’s website and grab yourself one before the hoilday rush! 

/ xo, ci /


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Dressing for Breeders’ Cup when watching from a far | #CiaratogaStyle

Happy Breeders’ Cup Weekend!

I can’t believe it’s already here. Where did 2015 go? Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky is home of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Even though I’m not able to be there this year – there’s no reason not to dress for the occasion. Whether you’re watching on your iPad on the go (like me), in the comfort of your home, or watching via simulcast at your local racetrack, here’s how I’ve styled two easy looks for Breeder’s Cup. Giddy up!

Two quick and simple looks for watching Breeders’ Cup from a far!

#CiaratogaStyle: Dressing for the Breeders’ Cup (from a far)

  • Breeders’ Cup Youth Shirt, $23,
  • Choies Grey High Wasted Pleated Skater Skirt, $40,
  • Naturalizer July Women’s Boot, $229,
  • Ny Accessories Metal Detal Bag, $69,
  • Accessorize Rose Metallic Bow Fascinator, $37,
  • ASPCA Tender Voices Diamond Horseshoe Pendant, $250,
  • Lauren Ralph Lauren Shaela Boatneck Sweater with Buckle Detail, $115,
  • JF Rosey Grey Heeled Sandal, $39.99,

I like both of these looks because you can take the “Casual Equestrian” look, or you can jazz it up and make it “Watch Party Chic.” I wanted to #ShareTheLex yesterday on Breeders’ Cup Friday, so I went with an authentic Breeders’ Cup t-shirt from the 2015 collection. I was running around town, so boots were the way to go.
Today, I plan on carrying on the purple color scheme, but I added a few more race day must haves, like this fun bow fascinator and my favorite heels from JustFab. I must say, not being present at Breeders’ Cup sure did save a *ton* of time and effort on trying to find that perfect ensemble. This way, I can focus on what’s really important, the horses! #StayHot

Are you ready?! Be sure to get all the info you need about today’s Breeders’ Cup Races by visiting their website!

/ xo, ci /


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Shopping with Sapporo @uniqlousa – Grand Opening Party @DelAmoFashion #WhereUniqlo #UniqloDelAmo

This past Thursday I had a chance to get a sneak peek of the new Uniqlo at Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, CA. Live music, Sake and Sapporo, and clothing? What a way to spend the evening. I scored some amazing additions to the wardrobe also! Here are just a few photos from the event:

  First things first… 

Seaweed and Sapporo


Hey Mr. DJ…

  I love how Uniqlo leaves out samples of their pre-packaged clothing so you’re able to get a better idea of the feel and size before you buy. No one ever likes to buy items that look like they are tampered with, or not neatly packaged. More stores should do this!  

Shopping Success


Uniqlo Goodies

 #CiaratogaStyle all found at

  • Ultra Light Striped Cashmere Sweater, $59.90 (on sale for $19.90)
  • Extra Light Wireless Bra, $24.90
  • Patterned Socks, 7 pairs for $1! (Check their website for daily deals!)
  • Ultra Seamless Hiphugger Underwear, $4.90

I made out big time with my purchases. With the grand opening sales specials, I managed to get all of these items for only $56! 

Sometimes you just need to lounge all day in comfort…   

/ xo, ci /

(Special thanks to Obviously Social and Uniqlo USA for inviting me to this special event!)


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First Helicopter Ride to Catalina Island w. JJ Helicopters {w. video} #MyDayInLA

Last Friday my friend Valerie of TrustedTravelGirl invited me to join her on what would be my first helicopter ride. Wow, yeah. Wow… isn’t even the adjective to describe the experience of our journey to Catalina Island courtesy of Pilot Rick Rackauskas of JJ’s Helicopters in Torrance, CA.

4 seats.

1,000 feet above the ground.

125mph over the Pacific.

Did I mention how we flew with one door open the entire time?

…and I was completely sober.

Take a look at this little video of #MyDayInLA!

The views were absolutely breathtaking, and I’m still shocked at how I felt no fear while being inflight. I’ve been on plenty of planes and have seen lovely scenes of the country, but from this low height of 1,000-1,600 feet you’re really able to soak in the experience.


 The water was a spectacular shade of blue. So vast, beautiful, and clear enough to see a whale, which we did! To have an arial view of a whale splashing in the Pacific Ocean was so memorable. Every day should feel this good.

Airport in the Sky

Valerie and I before leaving Catalina Island  

Los Angeles, CA

Go check out Fred’s amazing Instagram Photos from our trip!

Making our decent back into LA

The Ride.

This was such a unique way to spend a day in Los Angeles. I highly suggest if you’re feeling adventurous to make a reservation with JJ Helicopters. Here’s the low-down:

JJ Helicopters, INC

  • Torrance Airport
    • 3405 Airport Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505
    • 10 miles from LAX Airport (2o minute drive)
  • 310.257.8622

Services Provided:

  • Helicopter Tours, Pilot Training, Arial Shooting and more!


  • JJ Helicopters has several different types of helicopter tours with varying lengths & rates. Click here for a list of their tour routes and prices.
    • Tour Routes/Locations:
      • Los Angeles VIP Experience
      • Hollywood & Beverly Hills
      • Santa Monica & LAX
      • Redondo Beach
      • Sunset & Night Cruises are also available.

Who’s coming with me next time?

/ xo, ci /

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The Sassy Secret Weapon – #CiaratogaStyle meets @GirlyGoGarter

My fellow Saratogian Valerie of and I met for breakfast in LA a few weeks ago and she introduced me to by far one of the best lady inventions I have seen in a while, The Girly Go Garter.

Exactly. What does that even mean. A garter? Do people even wear them now a days? Well, now I do. The Girly Go Garter is a sleek and sexy lady fanny pack that sits on your thigh and carries up to three pounds of essentials that you may need while on the go. Keys, Lip Gloss, Cell Phones, Racing Programs, Winning Tickets… the list goes on! It’s easy to disguise under your clothing yet stylish enough to be exposed. A bit of modern mixed with Old School…a welcomed addition to #CiaratogaStyle.

For those times when you don’t need an entire purse… #CiaratogaStyle – Malibu, CA

My Girly Go Garter arrived at the perfect time as I was gearing up to travel back to Los Angeles from Upstate New York with my kitty Tipton Travers. I had a scared cat in a bag, a carry on item and a checked suitcase. The thought of digging through my carry on to find my cell phone or boarding pass never had to cross my mind because I had all of the key items stored in my Girly Go Garter. The easy access cut the time down dramatically while maneuvering through two airports with a cat. I’m sold.

The GentleFlex “g” grippers hold the garter in place and can carry up to 3lbs. Girly Go Garter, $39,

I say it is time to bring the garter back. Imagine how convenient this would be for that morning jog, when you need both hands to hold your baby, or hidden under your sundress at a summer BBQ. It’s a great idea for a gift especially being priced under $40. With three different sizes, the Girly Go Garter can fit a variety of body frames, and comes in 7 colors. Check their website for their sizing chart.

Travel In Style. A new place for your Passport? Black Girly Go Garter, Size Sm, $39.

Since I’m such a fan of this product, I’ve teamed up with Girly Go Garter to provide a 10% discount to all readers who are interested in purchasing a Girly Go Garter of their own. All you have to do is enter my Promo Code at checkout: CiaratogaStyle. 

…and I can’t wait to wear this at the track. I have a new home for my daily program, betting vouchers, and my NYRA rewards card. From the looks of this Twitter photo below, even our Triple Crown Winning Jockey Victor Espinoza has had an opportunity to see this product up close!

Who’s joining us in the great garter comeback?

Stop by Girly Go Garter’s social outlets:

/ xo, ci /


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