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Luxury in Long Beach – #LBJazzFest w. @lincolnmotorco #LuxuryUncovered

I love exploring Los Angeles! From behind the steering wheel to behind the stage I was privileged to be a guest of the Lincoln Motor Company at the Long Beach Jazz Festival this past Sunday, August 9th.

Angelinos spend an insane amount of time behind the wheel, why not commute in luxury? I’ll be in the market for a new vehicle in 2016, and after my experience the Lincoln MKC is an early favorite.

My Aunt (@gigiworks) came along for the ride!

Initially thought that Matthew McConaughey was the reason why driving a Lincoln MKC looked incredibly appealing, but once I got behind the wheel I knew that this crossover was in a league of its own. Using the MyLincoln Mobile App, you can control your vehicle from a far including remote car start, lock/unlock and locate your vehicle at all times. The softest grade of leather (which comes in “Thoroughbred Black” ) blanketed the five seats and steering wheel which contained basically every control button you’d ever need to work the vehicle. The backseat and trunk area passed my lifestyle test: Space for riding boots & track hats? Can my golf clubs lay flat? Will the beach umbrella and camping tent fit? Yup, let’s ride.

In terms of performance, my test drive was great. I’ve owned and leased two crossover SUVs and I really wanted to pay attention to how the vehicle handled turns and driving uphill. I was lucky that the course I drove provided me an opportunity to address those concerns. The MKC has six-speed automatic transmission with roll stability control, so I was able to conquer those curves with comfort and control.

Parting Gifts from Lincoln

Following the test drive, the team at Lincoln Motor Co was gracious enough to provide a sweet parting gift along with special access to the Long Beach Jazz Festival! Time for some sun and sounds…

The 28th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival spanned over 3 days and included incredible artists this past weekend including Chrisette Michele, Stephanie Mills, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and several more. Seasoned jazz singer Barbara Morrison got the crowd moving with her vocal class and sass, check her out:

Following Barbara Morrison was renowned jazz pianist Keiko Matsui. I grabbed some great footage thanks to the box seats and backstage access that was provided by the team at Lincoln!

Keiko Matsui Live, #LBJazzFest

Walking the grounds of Rainbow Lagoon Park while listening to incredible live music and driving nice vehicles alongside the ocean… is the true definition of #LuxuryUncovered. Lincoln, you’re on to something.

Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach

 Of course, what would Ciaratoga outing be without a little style? I scored this *amazing* oversized hat from a vendor at the festival! The hat is originally from Kenya and it’s made out of leaves. Once I saw it at the @SpendLosAngeles pop-up shop, I knew I needed it for my next race day!

#CiaratogaStyle: Dress: Express.com, Bag: Vineyard Vines, Hat: Spend Los Angeles

/ xo, ci / 

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#CiaratogaStyle: 8.4.2015 #AmericanPharoah Teal Tuesday 

 Teal Tuesday! American Pharoah teal, to be exact! Sunday’s Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park was yet another race to remember as our Triple Crown Champion continues to rule the world of horse racing by capturing his first win since June’s Belmont Stakes. Here’s the replay of his flawless performance just in case you missed it: 

Today’s outfit is an oldie but a goodie that I decided to jazz up. Literally…with an up-do. I very rarely wear my hair in a high bun, but given this summer heat (and some awesome large earrings) I was ready to give a new look to this inexpensive maxi dress.
After adding the headband to high pony tail,  I felt like American Pharoah meets Princess Jasmine.  The turquoise color is just awesome…it never goes out of style and really helps make the gold accents stand out…like these earrings! Do you like how the dress gathers in the middle? I think it makes the maxi look extremely elegant, though it feels like you’re wearing a housecoat! Whenever I take this dress out the closet, I know I’m going to be comfortable the entire day. 

It really is the perfect summer maxi! Wear it with wedge sandals or a simple flip flop like I decided to today. I remember paying less than $15 dollars for it at Forever21. Though it’s no longer in stock, maybe you’ll have some luck on their site finding another dress that’s similar.

This little number has stood the test of time over the last six years and I have some great memories wearing it, like this photo below of me and my close friend, Jordan from Saratoga Race Course back in August of 2009:

#CiaratogaStyle Flashback: Saratoga Racetrack Clubhouse with Jordan,  August 2009

#CiaratogaStyle Flashback: Saratoga Racetrack Clubhouse with Jordan, August 2009

Horses. Style. Living… from Saratoga to SoCal.

/ xo, ci /

The Del Mar Diet


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#NationalWatermelonDay at #CiaratogaLiving: The #DelMar Diet

In honor of National Watermelon Day, what better way to celebrate than getting a little creative with my Real Horsewife skills in the kitchen…and bar?

I’m officially naming this meal the “Del Mar Diet” on the CioncéWorkoutPlan.

  • It’s easy.
  • It’s healthy.
  • It’s colorful.
  • Beyoncé and Horse Inspired.
  • It’s got alcohol.

In fact, The Del Mar Diet is quite similar to a day at the races at Del Mar:

  • Very visually appealing.
  • Very little food actually consumed.
  • Very strong cocktails.
  • …still come out winning.

Watermelon Salad Bowl

  • Watermelon
  • Basil Leaves and Romaine Lettuce
  • Feta Cheese
  • Blueberries
  • Dressing (optional)

…Yes. I’m so glad that I used the end of the watermelon to make a bowl. Pinterest would be proud. I scooped out all of the watermelon and layered the bottom of the bowl with a few slices of romaine lettuce. Then, I added in the remainder of the ingredients. Yup, That’s it! When I was on the East Coast visiting last month my Godmother made a watermelon salad that contained dressing and black olives which was also ‘delish, should you choose to substitute.

I put the extra watermelon to use and made a cocktail to go along with the salad…Obviously. I’m sure you wouldn’t expect any less. Considering I just prepared a bowl of basically nothing that tastes fantastic… the cocktail was no exception.

The I’ve Been Drankin {Watermelon}

  • Fresh Watermelon Chunks, Muddled
  • Whiskey Ice Cubes
  • 1.5 oz Organic Vodka
  • Pink Lemonade
  • Basil Garnish

This was a good life choice. Incredibly refreshing and perfect for summer sipping, yet easy enough to make an entire pitcher for a party. My favorite part of the drink has to be that Crate and Barrel horse cocktail glass, perfection!

I devoured the salad then went in on the cocktail. Let’s just say I was ready for a Cioncé dance party to “Drunk in Love” within 30 minutes. I felt that cocktail super quick, which makes me think…maybe a diet of ALL Watermelon is not the best way to go? Next time around I would add a protein to the salad, such as Shrimp, to keep it light but also provide more substance to keep your energy level high on those summer race days. Also, the cocktail can easily become a mocktail by removing the vodka and adding club soda. Yum!

What are some ways that you like to use watermelon your kitchen?

/ xo, ci /

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#CiaratogaStyle Spotlight: #AuburnJewelry

I love connecting with businesses that incorporate a few of my favorite things: horses, style and living. Auburn Jewerly is a winning trifecta of just those. A collection of sterling silver, 14k gold, brass, copper and enamel jewelry that can be tailored to your personal interests designed by a talented young woman with ties to Saratoga Springs, NY. 

Samantha Auburn Levine, CEO of Auburn Jewelry

Samantha Auburn Levine, CEO of Auburn Jewelry

Meet Samantha Auburn Levine, CEO of Auburn Jewelry! Samantha launched her handcrafted jewelry line in 2012. She developed a passion for jewelry making during high school and went on to attend Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY where she minored in jewelry and metals. Following her graduation from Skidmore in 2009, she went to law school while continuing her education for jewelry and metals. Samantha graduated from law school in 2013 and has been designing and handcrafting jewelry full-time ever since.

Auburn Jewelry provides a personalized and unique line of sterling silver, 14k gold, brass, copper and enamel pieces for both men and women. Each piece is custom and made-to-order, which I absolutely love. I think its great that customers are able to work directly with the designer to make a piece of art that truly represents them and/or their particular interests.

Beyond her home-based studio Samantha is quite the animal lover, having ties to… you guessed it: horses! Her first horse as a child, Simon, was a retired thoroughbred racehorse and she has had multiple horses since. Also being a graduate of Skidmore College, I know first-hand how one can’t help but feel connected to the horse culture that exists in Saratoga Springs and that has transcended into Samantha’s work. Recently Auburn Jewelry began a line of horse inspired pieces. In fact, the line is currently being carried at A Silver Breeze in Saratoga! If you’re floating around Downtown Saratoga, make sure to stop by the Broadway location and take a peek at Samantha’s work.

Ciaratoga’s Auburn-Jewelry.com Selections:

Auburn Jewelry has #CiaratogaStyle written all over it. It not only has two of my fashion addictions, monograms and horses, but Auburn Jewelry’s line also carries products for MEN. Who doesn’t love a personalized gift? Since men can be a challenge to buy for at times, this is a fun way to give something to that special horseplayer in your life.

Here are a few ways I’ve styled my Auburn Jewelry pieces in recent weeks around the City of Angels:

Handicapping the Races Santa Monica Beach with Auburn Jewelry


Racehorse Pendant: Auburn Jewelry / Sand Dollar Pants: Lilly Pulitzer for Target Kids  


Monogrammed Necklace: Auburn Jewelry / Crop Top: Lilly Pulitzer for Target Kids


Racehorse Pendant: Auburn Jewelry / Dress: JustFab.com

It’s refreshing to see a fellow Skidmore College alum applying our college motto of “Creative Thought Matters” and developing a business doing something they truly have a passion for. Though only in business for a short while, Auburn Jewelry is gaining much recognition, they most recently won Best of Westchester 2015 for Westchester Magazine and have appeared in publications such as The Daily Voice, The Hollywood Reporter, ClintonKelly.com and People Stylewatch. Well done, Sam! Do what you love. I look forward to watching your continued success.

Keep up with all things Auburn Jewelry by visiting their website and following their social media outlets!

 

/ xo, ci /
  


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#PaintNite at @AngelCityBeer: July 26, 2015

Yesterday’s Sunday Fun-night was full of arts and of course, libations during the PaintNite event at Angel City Brewery in Downtown LA. There’s no denying that “Paint and Sip” has become very popular in recent years. Numerous businesses have opened in U.S. cities offering wine and beer while a class instructor guides you how to paint your own masterpiece. PaintNite is unique in that their painting event locations change on a daily basis, so if PaintNite is in your city, you can find an event locale that truly speaks to you.

I was lucky enough to find a PaintNite that just so happened to be hosted at a Brewery, yasss. As soon as I found this out, I called a few of my awesome friends and we set out for a little LA adventure. Let’s just say that I now have a new fun spot in downtown LA. Only fitting that the brewery sits in the arts district, it was the perfect space to host a PaintNite. The brewery had ample seating over two floors, each table had board games to play as well as vendors selling homemade products. In their parking lot held a food truck (the vendor changes weekly) and their beer is excellent. I have had their Amber ale before, but I decided to try their Coconut Brew last night, amazing.

Here’s my evening at PaintNite through photos. I’d suggest going onto their website and see if there is an event in a city near you! For a 35% on your first experience, enter the code “Insta”!

Coconut Brew at Angel City Beer, yum!

And away we go….

I probably should have just stopped right here. I have never felt more accomplished with a paintbrush as I did when I managed to make this blue sky.

Creating the base.

The instructor of the class was great, she provided great directions but also encouraged us to take our own creative liberties. It’s going home to your walls, so better make sure you like it!

This was the painting model compared to mine. I took an abstract approach.

My painting quickly turned into a fall scape, but what else would you expect from an Adirondack girl?

“Happy Little Trees.” – Bob Ross

My buddy Elise and I enjoying our time!

I love that even though we all had the same instructor, all of our paintings came out extremely unique, and I think a great representation of our personalities.

Our final products!

Of course, what’s a Paint Nite without a little, eh… Street Art photo shoot?

Street Art.  

Thanks again to ObviouslySocial.com for providing this experience!

/ xo, ci /

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