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#CiaratogaStyle: Men’s Kentucky Derby Style Checklist

You didn’t think I’d leave my boys hanging, did you?

If you’re looking to get decked out for the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports and don’t know where to start – here’s a handy checklist that may help you perfect that raceday ensemble. Try one or try all:

1.  Hat – This classic straw hat envokes all things Derby. It will transport your outfit back in time to 1943 and make you feel like you’re watching Count Fleet cross the finish line.  Men’s Boater Straw Hat by Lauryx, $39.99 opensky.com

2. Tie – Who doesn’t love a tie?  No matter the type, traditional necktie, seven-fold, bow tie or clip-on, ties are one of the easiest ways to express your personal Derby style. I love this dual-patterned *reversible* bow-tie from Brooks Brothers. It’s a great investment for only $65 because you can switch the pattern around and be ready to go for the Preakness too! Small Dot & Alternating Stripe Reversible Bow Tie, $65, brooksbrothers.com

3. Prints and Patterns – Don’t be afraid to mix and match your patterns. Especially if you stick to a color scheme and carry it through in your ensemble. This Madras button-down shirt from Kiel James Patrick is one is perfect because it’s bold and has multiple colors that you can play off of. Dress shirts with patterned collars and cuffs are also in, which can add a nice under a crisp blazer. Indian Summer Madras Shirt, $98, kieljamespatrick.com

4. Colored Trousers – Yeah, yeah…I know its not for every dude, but I enjoy seeing a good pair of color trousers on a horseplayer. Pants or chino shorts are great to wear for an afternoon at the races and are still comfortable enough to wear into the night for the Mayweather – Pacquiao fight.

5. Signature Blazer – Break out your blazers, boy it is THE Kentucky Derby. The first saturday of MAY to me screams Seersucker. A glimpse of what summer will have in store for you. I remember my first seersucker blazer… and seersucker dress…and seersucker pants… Okay. Go get one. Stays Cool Two-button Seersucker Suit, $118, josabank.com

6. Flask… – obviously this would be an essential on my list. Chances are that wherever you are viewing the Kentucky Derby (hopefully) there will be Mint Julep’s on tap, but just in case you need to supply your own, why no go for storing your Woodford Reserve in this embroidered Smather’s and Branson flask? Mint Julep Needlepoint Flask, $65, smathersandbranson.com

7. Belt – It’s all in the details. Let this belt provide you a little extra luck. Horseshoe Canvas Club Belt, $49, vineyardvines.com.

8. Socks – I always find it funny when I compliment a gentlemen’s outfit at the track and they lift up their pants leg to show me their fun, colorful socks. Grab a pair of new socks to match the silks on your favorite horse like these Gallant & Beau trouser socks that look quite similar to Zenyatta’s silks: Islington Socks, $19, gallantbeau.com 

9. Cufflinks – Make everyone jealous in your Derby crew by rocking these custom-made cufflinks designed by my friend and fellow Skidmore Alum, Sam of Auburn Jewelry. Pick the color and maybe even make one of the cufflinks a monogram with your initials. Racehorse Cufflinks, $165, Auburn-jewelry.com

10. Shoes – What’s not to like about this shoe. From the cognac leather to the pop of blue inside of the shoe that is carried out into the laces, these will make any outfit look like a winner. Cassius Leather Wing Tip Derby Brouges, $140, tedbaker.com

Good luck choosing your outfit! Make sure you tweet and tag your photos so I can see how dapper you all will look!

xo, Ci.


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#CiaratogaStyle: @Rocksbox Jewelry – 1 *free* month of Style sent to your door!

I’m so excited that #CiaratogaStyle is partnering with the *fabulous* company, Rocksbox.com as in “It Girl!”. If you’re not familiar with Rocksbox, its the premiere destination to borrow jewelry before you buy, and I can’t wait to share with you how you can join the site and recieve a free month of sparkle sent to your door!

Rocksbox is a membership based website with a super easy log-in process. Upon signing up for the site you are given a chance to fill out a brief visual style survey so that designers from Rocksbox can curate a jewelry set tailored to your taste.  

I love the idea that you get to “shop” in advance through Rocksbox’s site and add things to your Wish List. You can also leave comments with the hashtag #Wishlist on their instagram photos if you see something. If there’s something you really like, there’s a large chance that that piece of jewelry will be sent to you to try out. Each Rocksbox set that gets mailed to you includes three designer pieces that are valued at approximately $200.

When you’re ready to return your Rocksbox, no problem. The box arrives with the postage to send it back. If for some reason you can’t part with one or all of the pieces, you can purchase it for a discounted price. 

I signed up and within a day I had already received a message from my online stylist who had already curated a few pieces for me based off my style quiz results and wishlist items. I love the fact that I got a sneak peek of what was on it’s way, I was able to do some advance outfit planning.


My Rocksbox arrived within 4 days signing up. I’m not sure if that’s based the proximity of my location, but I appreciated the quickness of the delivery. The wesbite provides all of the tracking information for you to follow its whereabouts.

 

Rocksbox Arrival !

 

Personalized Presentation – on point! (Kendra Scott Rings, Urban Gem Teardrop Earrings in Aqua)

 

Kendra Scott – Brennan Ring Set in Iridescent Drusy

It’s been a few days since I’ve recieved my first box, and I have not been disappointed. The jewelry arrived with fantastic quality – shiny, true to size and exactly what was advertised online.  Although I answered that I liked these products on the website, some items are definitely not something I would have typically wear, like the ring set. I’m having a great time playing around with these stackable rings and testing them out. 

#CiaratogaStyle: Rocksbox Jewels – Blazer, Theory.com

 I normally wear studded earrings, but I just adore this aqua blue color with the gold trim. They aren’t too big and don’t feel as heavy if I wear them in the second hole piercing. If you have more than one piercing on your ear I suggest using them while wearing these. The Gorjana Knox Layer necklace is incredibly simple and versitile and compliments the set nicely because it provides a great sense of balance.

Overall, this is such an awesome website to test out new products and take some fashion liberties for a small fee and virtually zero hassle.

Since I’ve recently partnered with Rocksbox as a #RBItGirl… I’m happy to share that if you join Rocksbox.com and enter my code during login, your first month of Rocksbox is completely free!  Good news, the code NEVER expires so send it along to your friends and spread the bling! 

My Rocksbox code is: CiaratogaXoXo

Sign up today and you’ll recieve your first box of FREE jewelry just in time for the Triple Crown. Come on, who doesn’t love a little sparkle? #TreatYoSelf

Use my code: “CiaratogaXoXo” for 1 Free Month at Rocksbox.com!

Have any questions? Message me, tweet me….giddy up!

Xo, Ci


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#CiaratogaStyle: @KentuckyDerby Oaks Fashion: Win, Place, Show

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … Kentucky Derby season! For lady horseplayers, handicapping your outfit is sometimes just as challenging as picking the winner of the Kentucky Oaks. Are you having difficulty finding that perfect outfit for the first Friday in May? Take a look at these three styles that are sure to be a winning look whether you’re live at the races or at a watch party!

Win –

KYOaks Win

You cannot go wrong with this sophisticated look for Kentucky Oaks day! The black and pink color scheme reminds me of the silks of Oaks contender I’m A Chatterbox. I love the cap sleeves on the dress and its hint of multi-color prints along the neckline because you can pick up any one of those colors to accent in other areas of the ensemble, like the heels that I paired with it. Finish the look off with some exceptional horse bling and you’re sure to turn heads at Churchill Downs!

Want the look? Here’s where to find it: Just Cavali stretch-knit mini dress, $198, theoutnet.com; Slingback black multi-color block heels, $40, shopakira.com; ASPCA Tender Voices 1/10ct T.W. Diamond horseshoe pendant necklace, $250, jcpenneys.com; Bling jewelry ravon rose ring, $35, blingjewelry.com; Monsoon Jolie Flower Hatinator, $105, monsoon.co.uk

Place –

Kentucky -Derby -Oaks ---Place

This off the shoulder skater dress is perfect for Oaks day because it is fun, floral and flirty. You can dress this look up or down depending on how you accessorize. I chose a mid-height wedge sandal to pair with the dress to keep you comfortable while walking around the track. I love the white clutch because it can also be worn across your body so you have your hands free to cheer on your winning horse. Since the dress has a large pattern, I’d keep it simple with a small hairpiece like the fascinator shown here. Did you see the racehorse pendant charm from Auburn Jewerly? It is customizable by color and chain length, and also can be worn as a bracelet charm. I just so happen to own one, and I love it! (more to share about Auburn Jewerly soon!)

Want the look? Here’s where to find it: Ax Paris Floral Print Print Pleated Skater Dress, $82, nelly.com; Mustang Wedge Sandals dunkleblau, $52, zalondo.co.uk; Accessorize zip envelope flap across body bag, $34, accessorize.com; Kate Spade New York beach house bouquet enamel stud earrings, $48, saksfifthavenue.com; Untold Alice fascinator, $37, houseoffraser.co.uk. Racehorse Pendant, $95, auburn-jewelry.com

Show –

KYOaks Show

Beach style is in this year, so why not bring it to the races?! This is my favorite look of the three. I could see this look being worn at one of the several watch parties taking place all over the country from other racetracks and house parties to local establishments. The look also carries nicely into the summer months and could be recycled to other ensemble for a different venue. I choose these great (and affordable) palm leaf printed trousers and white blouse because the colors reminded me of the green and white silks of Oaks contender Stellar Wind. A straw hat and sunglasses will keep you feeling cool in this outfit while walking in the comfort of flip-flops. To make this ensemble even more personal to the event, swing by AlexandAni.com for a Kentucky Derby themed charm bracelet!

Want the look? Here’s where to find it: Lucluc white bad collar long-sleeve blouse, $22, lucluc.com; White palm leaf print cropped trousers, $27, newlook.com; Pink Ice tuxedo jelly flip flops, $20, pinkice.com; Nine West scale checkbook secretary wallet, $40, macys.com; San Diego hat, nordstrom.com; surf sunglasses, $10, target.com; Horseshoe necklace, sophiebysophie.com; Alex and Ani Kentucky Derby charm bracelet, $38, alexandani.com.

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Whatever’s in the Fridge: Welcome Wine & Pizza – #CiaratogaLiving

Last week the family that lives next door to me stopped by with a bottle of Justin Cabernet Sauvignon to officially welcome me to the neighborhood. What a kind gesture! As much as I loved having Justin hang out at the wet bar, I decided to crack it open last night while I dug into my fridge to try and find something to make for dinner.

I love quick and easy meals that taste and look like they took forever. Last night’s Flatbread was no exception. This is one of my favorite “single lady” meals because it is basically foolproof, and cheap. #RealHorsewife

#CiaratogaMeal – Mushroom-Truffle Flatbread

  • 1 bottle of 2012 Justin Wines Cabernet Sauvingon, Paso Robles
  • 1 Carafe (optional)
  • 1 red wine glass (Mason Jars acceptable)
  • 1/2 box of Trader Joe’s Wild Mushroom and Black Truffle Flatbread
  • 4 slices of Columbus Italian Dry Salame, cut in halves.
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • 1/2 avocado sliced (optional)
  • Seasonings of your choice. (I did garlic salt, crushed red pepper and black peppercorn)

Directions:

  • Open bottle of wine. Pour into carafe to let breathe if you have one, if not pour straight into wine glass to let breathe.
  • Remove box Flatbread from freezer and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Slice the flatbread in half or into strips and add toppings. If you’re really hungry, cook the whole thing.
  • Following cooking directions on the box: Preheat oven to 425 degrees for 10 minutes, add flatbread directly to the oven rack, cook for 7-10 minutes.
  • Slice and Serve.
  • Drink.

Justin Cab & Mushroom Truffle Flatbread w. Ciaratoga toppings.

If this photo above doesn’t make your mouth water, I question your sanity! Since I made some enhancements to Trader Joes’s initial flatbread, I totally feel allowed to claim this as my own. Instead of using avocado this time around, I went outside to my growing garden and grabbed fresh rosemary. It was the perfect compliment to the salame and the truffle flavors in the flatbread. This entire meal cost under $3 per serving.

If you made this, what toppings would you add on?


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#SADerby Weekend @SantaAnitaPark {in photos}

From start to finish, it was a winning weekend at Santa Anita Park. The Derby Day 5k, Santa Anita Oaks & Derby, Chandelier Room and Filming. By Sunday evening I felt like I had run my first marathon and not 5k. Here’s a quick snapshot of my weekend, I hope yours was just as great!

I started the weekend bright and early with my first 5k. I’m not going to lie, I’m not a fan of group exercise, especially running. It reminds me of having to “Run The Mile” each spring in grade school, which I never even placed on the board. So this was a nice little test of my stamina, and gave me a new perspective on this whole running thing is about.

#DerbyDay5k with @LosPonies

The course for the Derby Day 5k was beautiful. Approximately 8,000 people ran out of the Santa Anita Parking lot to the Los Angeles Arboretum to run alongside waterfalls, gorgeous flowers, peacocks, and incredible landscaping. After I cranked up Beyoncé and Pharrell in my ears, this little filly took off and gained some downhill speed as I entered the backstretch of the track. It was pretty cool having the finish line on the track. It really did make you feel as though you were a horse as people cheered each other on at the finish.

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Is this not the coolest medal or what?

I made good time, though I haven’t looked up my official score online. I timed it off the app on my cell phone and my time was approximately 33 minutes. That includes the 2 minutes or so where I was slow in the start and did a bit of walking before the group thinned out. I had no idea I would even get a medal since I didn’t finish “in the money” but I did – and its a bottle opener too, amazing! I knew there was a reason I ran.

#ChefsAndChandeliers in the Chandelier Room at Santa Anita Park, #nom.

Well since I burned off some extra calories in the morning, I found it totally acceptable to completely stuff my face in the Chandelier Room for their Guest Chef Series. This month featured LA Restaurant Barrell and Ashes and food was prepared by Chef Tim Hollingsworth. It was like having a soul food Easter dinner a night early. The food and music was well receieved all day, Fantastic job! 

The Ladies of @LoveAndDawn enjoying The Chandelier Room  

I had two groups of awesome guests joining me today. Two fantastic young women that are embarking on their own businesses in Southern California. Crystal of swimwear and resort line, Love and Dawn, and Nicole of LifeThatLife.co. Both ladies brought out their family and friends to enjoy the day and learn a bit more about horse racing.

Nicole of @LifeThatLifeCo , myself and Nicole’s mother between races!  

My colleague Alex Benton and I got captured by Serfoss Productions, #CiaratogaStyle

We had some great winners, Nicole and her mother made some cash on Zivnor, We pretty much all won on Dortmund, and I managed to hit the superfecta for the Santa Anita Oaks Derby.

The Calm after the storm – Sunday AM workouts at Clocker’s Corner

Sunday I found myself back at SA bright and early to do some filming for ABR with Steve Brady for some videos that will be rolled out for the Kentucky Derby.  It’s never a bad morning when this is your view! Clocker’s Corner was filled with winning trainers and jockeys from the day before, and I simply just love feeling that “Derby Buzz” in the air. The season is up on us!

Behind The Scenes with ABR FIlms

Behind the Scenes with ABR Films

I ducked out a few races early to head down to Orange County to have Easter Dinner with my family, and by the end of the night I was legit crawling to my bed…partially because I was exhausted, and partially because those 3 miles worked me out!

/ xo, ci /

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