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Saratoga at Golden Hour | #CiaratogaStyle w. Tracey Buyce & SigAShop

A Saratoga morning well spent.

I absolutely love collaborating with creatives. Over the course of the last few months I had been in separate talks with photographer Tracey Buyce and Equestrian Clothing brand, SigAShop about partnering together. Somehow, the stars aligned the other week and we all found ourselves in Saratoga Springs at the same time, so of course a photo shoot was in order!

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#CiaratogaStyle by ShopSigaAShop.com

#CiaratogaStyle by ShopSigaAShop.com

We met bright and early at 6 a.m. for a sunrise shoot with Tracey’s horse, Moose and let me tell you, it was worth it! Take a look at what we create:

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SigAShop is an up and coming equestrian clothing line that blends equine with bohemian fashion. I love the simple horse accents in their designs. Easy to wear, relaxed yet sexy…my kind of style.

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How gorgeous is Moose! He truly enjoyed grazing in the grass at Willow Run Stables. It was hard to get his head up to even capture this moment, but so glad we did because the camera (and everyone) just loves him!

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I also had a chance to meet Sarah, one of the bloggers behind FiftyTwoThursdays! It’s always awesome to connect with others who are in your industry. Be sure to visit their blog to see her adventures in Saratoga.

 

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Tracey Buyce, NY – 2016

Tracey is an incredible photographer. Her ability to capture light and emotion is quite unique, and I’m honored to have had to opportunity to work with her. I encourage you to visit her website, Instagram and Twitter to see the breath of her work.

Here’s also a video of behind the scenes from our shoot!

/ xo, ci /


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#CiaratogaStyle: Fashionable Fillies Luncheon | Saratoga National

I’m back to enjoy all the fun things that make Saratoga Springs, NY the wonderful place that it is… which includes fancy fascinators, fabulous dresses and fantastic food!

It doesn’t take much to persuade me to wear a Christine A. Moore hat or a lovely couture dress, so when I was asked to be a model for the 2016 Fashionable Fillies Luncheon, I was pretty excited. Also, I was glad to know that my participation supported The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation. The funds raised from the event help those in need in the Thoroughbred Industry!

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The event was held at Saratoga National Golf Course and the weather could not have been any more perfect for a midday fashion show. Here are a few photos of the amazing looks I wore during the show. Everything that is pictured is available for purchase locally in Saratoga at Encounter Boutique, or can be ordered for you!

#CiaratogaStyle: 2016 Fashionable Fillies Luncheon

First Look:

Hat: Christine A. Moore Millinery, Clothing available at Encounter Boutique

Hat: Christine A. Moore Millinery, Clothing available at Encounter Boutique

Wearing separates is sometimes the way to go! This fun and flirty look is perfect for summer. I adore the flow of the Navy Blue skater skirt, however, the hat was the star of the show. The simplicity of the hat and its pop of color provides inspiration to accessorize the ensemble a number of different ways.

Second Look:

Hat: Christine A. Moore Millinery, Dress by Staci Snider at Encounter Boutique

Hat: Christine A. Moore Millinery, Dress by Staci Snider at Encounter Boutique

This. All of this. Everything IS this. The crowd just fell in love with this Staci Snider dress, and I’m sure you can see why! It was easily one of the most elegant and unique designs I have worn in a long time. I can’t get enough of the details around the neck and the high-low bottom. The only accessory needed was this gorgeous CAM hat!

Third Look:

Hat: Christine A. Moore Millinery, Dress by Sachin+Bobi at Encounter Boutique

Hat: Christine A. Moore Millinery, Dress by Sachin+Bobi at Encounter Boutique

This hat and dress duo is the ultimate exacta. I think I’ve found my Travers Day outfit! First off, lets just talk about how amazing this “hatinator” is. Each one of Christine’s headpieces are made so delicately and truly have a life of their own! It paired beautifully with this bright blue floral dress designed by Sachin+Bobi. The best part about this dress are the hidden pockets!

As I mentioned, all of the looks that I wore are in stock and can be found at Encounter Boutique on Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Not in the area? Check out Christine A. Moore’s website and also Encounter Boutique’s website!

/ xo, ci /


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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.
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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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