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Opening Day @DelMarRacing | #CiaratogaStyle 

Opening Weekend at Del Mar Racetrack came and went…fast. To be honest, it’s a bit of a blur to me. No, not because I had too many cocktails! The entire weekend is a whirlwind of horse, style and living! Early mornings oceanside, horse-filled sunny afternoons and socialization well after sunset. A few of my favorite things? Absolutely. The livin’ is easy down at Old Del Mar and I soaked up each minute.

Opening Day wouldn’t have been the same without these essential items that are great for the races, and beyond. I try my best to pack light when going to the track, especially on the first day of the season because the crowds are very large. Here’s what I carried:

Del Mar Racetrack Essentials, #CiaratogaStyle – Clockwise from L to R:

  • Sunglasses – This is a no brainer. It’s bright at the track so be proactive and protect yourself from the rays while also looking stylish. I love the retro look of these shades, and what I love even more is that I found them at the dollar store so if I loose them I’m not sad cause I bought 5 pairs for the summer meet.
  • Fascinator – This Christine A. Moore Fascinator is just amazing. I love rocking a fascinator more than a hat because my view isn’t obstructed of the horses. Also, when I wear a fascinator I don’t hurt people when I walk by or try to hug them like when I wear big hats.
  • Luxury Scent Box – Take your favorite scent on the go with you using Luxury Scent Box, a membership subscription that will mail you new fragrances each month for $15. This month’s scent was Stella by Stella McCartney.
  • My Makeup Brush Set – These rose gold brushes keep you looking airbrushed all day long. They are at a fantastic price online and if you use my code, you’ll get an additional 20% off! (Code: 20OFFSUMMER at mymakeupbrushset.com)
  • Business Cards – You never know who you are going to connect with. As much as I go the the track for fun, it’s also a place that can hold a number of opportunities. Business cards make it a lot easier too than trying to take out the phone between races and add your contact info.
  • Flask – I’m not saying bring a ton of liquor with you to the track, but who really has time to stand in line when there are 40,000 other people trying to grab a beer? Not to mention that beer does not run cheap.
  • Daily Racing Form – Here we go. The good stuff. The Daily Racing Form is certainly not the last thing to pack, but more likely the first. I can’t go into a significant race day without doing my homework the night before or the morning of and I reference it throughout the day. Though I do use electronic forms of the past performances, ain’t nothin’ like the real thing.

Opening Day Ensemble #CiaratogaStyle

I went on three shopping excursions to find a great outfit to wear for Opening Day with no success. Then I remembered I had this little number hanging in the closet. The last time I wore it was an overcast day in February, so it was time to show it some So Cal summer sun. The Fascinator really just made the outfit for me, and it complimented the lace in the dress so nicely. I felt super feminine in pearls, which to me brought the beach feel to the ensemble. I encourage you to visit jewelry designer Kuri Yasuno’s Etsy page for her handmade designs. There was no way I was wearing heels at the track Opening Day, so I paired it with a gold pair of sandals.

Next stop, Saratoga.

See you at the races,

/ xo, Ci /

 


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A Moment w. Mike Smith: Del Mar, Songbird & Saratoga | Ciaratoga.com

From coast to coast, the 2016 summer season of horse racing is upon us! I took a few moments to catch up with Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith during Opening Weekend at Del Mar where we discuss his thoughts on the lifestyle at Del Mar, the sensational filly Songbird and fond memories at Saratoga.

Interview Highlights:

Del Mar

  • “It’s pretty laid back and cool,” says Smith, who truly enjoys the summer meet at Del Mar. Could you imagine riding by the quarter pole with a view of the ocean and the grandstand? He suggests that if you’ve never visited to Del Mar, or if you’ve been forty times, that you have to go to the ocean before the race day.

Songbird

  • “She’s looking, honestly, better than she ever has,” Smith shares about Songbird. He has every intention to visit “The Spa” on more than one occasion this summer to ride the undefeated 3-year old filly. Songbird’s next performance will be the Gr. I $500 Coaching Club American Oaks on July 24th at Saratoga. If her workouts are any indication of how she will perform this Sunday, we are in store for one exciting race. Should this race go well, Songbird will continue to train in Saratoga to prep for the Alabama Stakes in August.
A Moment with Mike Smith | Ciaratoga

Mike Smith shares his insights on undefeated filly Songbird.

 Saratoga

  • “I don’t have a bad memory,” said Smith. Really though, what’s there not to love about Saratoga? Mike shared with me some of his favorites moments from racing over the years at Saratoga from winning the 1994 Travers Stakes on Holy Bull to having the opportunity to compete against the “King of Saratoga,” Hall of Fame Jockey Angel Cordero, Jr.

It’s not every day that you have a chance to sit down and chat with your favorite jockey. I was completely honored that Mike Smith set aside time during his busy racing day to spend a few moments with me. He is a class act!

Thank you, Mikey. We will see you and Songbird at The Spa!

/ xo, ci /

 


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July 4th | #CiaratogaStyle

Hello, July!

So much to look forward to in the days ahead: From Independence Day to Opening Days at both Del Mar and Saratoga Racetrack… This is what Summer’s about!

The Turf. Is Firm. 

I’m kicking off this holiday weekend in this fun and festive ensemble featuring this awesome skirt by Karen Michelle Boutique, based in Los Angeles.

July 4th | #CiaratogaStyle

#CiaratogaStyle | Pencil Skirt, Karen Michelle Boutique

Pencil Skirt, $29, karenmichelle.com

July 4th | #CiaratogaStyle

#CiaratogaStyle | Pencil Skirt, Karen Michelle Boutique

I can’t begin to explain how comfortable this skirt is. I lounge, run errands, and can dress it up for a day (or night) out.

July 4th | #CiaratogaStyle

#CiaratogaStyle | Pencil Skirt, Karen Michelle Boutique

I usually just rock a tank or blouse with this but since it’s July 4th weekend I decided to whip out my favorite navy blue and white polka dot crop top which happened to compliment the skirt & shoes.

July 4th | #CiaratogaStyle

#CiaratogaStyle | Pencil Skirt, Karen Michelle Boutique

Since I’m such a fan of these skirts and the quality of Karen Michelle Boutique, I’ve partnered up with them to provide my friends and readers 20% off at KarenMichelle.com. The promo code is DESTINY20 and also applies to their line of incredible candles too!

Have a fantastic 4th of July weekend!

/ xo, ci /


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Friday’s Fashion Find: 6.24.16 | #CiaratogaStyle

Fun.

Flirty.

Form Fitting.

…for $10.

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Contemporary Body Con Dress, $10.90, Forever21.com

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I love dresses that can be worn in a number of different settings, and this is one of them. It can easily be dressed up or down. Rock heels or cute flats…add a scarf or a blazer…and for only $10.90, you might as well buy 5 of them!

Friday Fashion Find #CiaratogaStyle by Forever21

I don’t wear heels that often, but I had a few meetings scheduled today so I decided to dress up the outfit. I took out my go-to heels from JustFab.com. I love their simplistic design and that they run slim in size because I have super narrow feet. In fact, I own about 4 pairs in various colors & patterns because they are surprisingly comfortable.

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I’m not exactly sure what to call this pattern, but it speaks for itself. The attention-grabbing colors of blue and green are perfect for this time of year, and as a result it doesn’t require a lot of accessories. When I found this dress in the store, they also sold it in separates – a skirt and matching crop top, which would also look great! To see that look, click here.

I really want to stress that it doesn’t have to cost a lot to have great style. I definitely have my fair share of them on my wardrobe. However, who really cares? If you look good in an outfit, you look good in an outfit. If you feel good, you feel good. Right? So do that!

I kinda like this “Friday Fashion Find” series, what do you think?

/ xo, ci /

 

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