Horses. Style. Living…. From Saratoga Springs to Southern California.

#CiaratogaStyle at Saratoga Race Course by Hannah Lux Photo


An Afternoon at Saratoga Race Course | #CiaratogaStyle 

It’s really great to be back home in Saratoga Springs for the summer. Saratoga Race Course is one magical place and it’s been amazing having a chance to reconnect with my favorite venue. Being three years removed from Saratoga, I now look at the track with a new set of eyes. There is so much beauty at “The Spa” and in this photo diary, photographer Hannah Lux is able to capture a day at the races, #CiaratogaStyle!

A Day at the Races, #CiaratogaStyle

  • Fascinator: Christine A. Moore Millinery, @camhatsnyc
  • Top: A $8 online find from China! Download the “Wish App.”
  • Bottoms: Kelly Green Editor Pants,

When Hannah reached out to me regarding a race track themed photo shoot, I was ecstatic. I love connecting with creative minds and together we decided to have this shoot encompass moments at Saratoga that many can relate to and show the classic spirit of the sport as well as the race track.

She nailed it.

Reading the racing program for the day.

After all, this is Saratoga Springs. Pack your own water bottle and enjoy fresh spring water between the races.

How awesome is this shirt? I ordered it online through the Wish App for $8 and waited six weeks for it to arrive from China. It is perfect for a day at the races as it can be dress up with a skirt, or a pair of trousers like I wore on this occasion. I can’t wait to rock it with a pair of jeans this fall!

Paddock Profiling before the races.

As much as I love to bet at the automated machines, sometimes you just need to go to a teller!

Official milliner of the Breeders’ Cup, Christine A. Moore is the genius behind this amazing fascinator. It is simple, elegant and doesn’t obstruct my view of the ponies. Her creations are available online via custom order, or head out to local Saratoga shops Encounter Boutique and Saratoga Trunk to try and buy!

Thank you so much for these amazing photos, Hannah!

Be sure to follow her social channels: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

/ xo, ci /

2016 Travers Winner Arrogate Entering the Winner's Circle

Leave a comment

A #Travers to Remember {in photos} 

This was quite the exciting Midsummer Derby.

2016 Travers Stakes Champion Arrogate & Jockey Mike Smith entering the Winner’s Circle

Leading up to the race, anyone who asked me what horse I liked in the Travers Stakes heard the following things from me:

  • It’s a wide open field.
  • I’m intrigued by Bob Baffert’s two entries, Arrogate and American Freedom.
  • This race will be speedy.

Pretty accurate, right?

Well, let me explain a bit more as to why I felt that way. Just by taking a quick glance at the field for the race, there wasn’t a clear cut favorite. There were 14 entered horses that have shown promise and have had their share of successes in their careers. For the first time in a long time, it could be anyone’s race to win.

The fact that Bob Baffert made the decision to ship two horses from the West Coast to compete at Saratoga I found very interesting. Since I’ve spent the last three years at Santa Anita Park, I’ve had the opportunity to see both of these horses race live. I was completely blown away the first time that I saw Arrogate race at Santa Anita. I remember specifically because Zenyatta’s little one Ziconic was also in the race, who finished 4th. Following his Santa Anita debut, Arrogate went on to win his next two starts – one at Santa Anita and another at Del Mar. Though Arrogate had yet to compete in a Graded Stakes, Baffert must have had a feeling that the colt could be a strong contender in the Travers. Once I saw Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith had been enlisted to ride, there was no way I was going to leave him out of my betting strategies.

Though I only saw American Freedom race once at Santa Anita earlier this year, I suppose I was less surprised that he was entered to run in the Travers. American Freedom had done well this year with successes like the Sir Barton Stakes and Gr. 3 Iowa Derby where he finished first. In June, he came finished second to Exaggerator in the Haskell. This colt having a bit more experience in graded stakes races and also on an East Coast track made him appealing to me.

This isn’t the first time that I’ve seen Baffert enter two horses in a race. Sometimes I feel he uses it as an schooling opportunity to prep one of his horses for a future race, but this time I knew he was in it win. My feelings were correct as Arrogate’s dazzling Travers performance set a new track record of 159:36! American Freedom and Jockey Rafael Bejarano arrived second creating a west coast exacta.

I was fortunate to have some amazing moments leading up to and following the race. Below you will find my highlights through photos:

Trainer Bob Baffert, Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith and Jockey Rafael Bejarano in the Paddock before Travers.

Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith getting ready to mount Arrogate in the Paddock

Arrogate en route to the track!

I didn’t take any photos during the race.

It was so much better to be in the moment!

Winner Winner! Valerie @TrustedTravelGirl also had a feeling about Arrogate!

Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith and Travers Champion Arrogate entering the Winner’s Circle with praise!

I’m still buzzing over this race! I’m so thankful that I was present to witness history at Saratoga with my all time favorite jockey on the mount. When I first started to enjoy the sport of horse racing, I never imagined that I would have experiences like this! Each day at the races is a reminder to me that there are always new opportunities and chances to have a winning day.

/ xo, ci /

Leave a comment

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!


#CiaratogaStyle by

#CiaratogaStyle by

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:

Tracey Buyce Horse Photography025

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.


Tracey Buyce Horse Photography021 (1)

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!

Tracey Buyce Horse Photography030

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.


Tracey Buyce, NY - 2016

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 /

1 Comment

#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!

Horses. Style. Living.

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 /

Leave a comment

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
  • 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 /