From the monthly archives: "September 2012"

As the years have forced me to grow older my interest  in fashion has grown as well.  For years we have had T.V. shows dedicated to the Do’s and Don’ts of fashion, both on the runway and in the streets. Do they cross over? There are so many who wouldn’t dare follow the runway and yet so many who live for what hits that catwalk.

So what are your thoughts?

When I was younger, my fashion consisted of T-shirts, sport shorts, and adidas sneakers. I was the epitome of a “Tom-Boy” and you couldn’t pay me to get into a pair of stockings and a blouse.  However today, a few years or so later (wink*), I seek out stockings, and even look for more than one kind/brand/make. It all matters, it all changes the outfit that I work very hard to look absolutely fabulous in (wink*).

Now, please don’t misunderstand. There wasn’t any real big transformation from then and now. I am no Rachel Zoe, no Vera Wang (although I did name my dog Vera) but I am an aspiring Fashionista (if you will). I am an aspiring seamstress, milliner, designer, and model.  Not for New York Fashion Week but for myself and whoever else wants to join in my mini-movement.

I don’t have front row tickets to all the important fashion shows, as many of us don’t. However, I do read the magazines, tweet the tweets, and watch many ELLE video clips before bed. I’ve have both learned and grown to love the process of seeing someone’s raw design journey to the sewing table, to the catwalk, and finally to the stores I shop in……or walk around in fantasizing on wear I would wear the items that stay financially out of my reach….for now!

Badgley Mischka Spring 2012

I don’t expect you to love the process, or have the time to follow it. That’s what Marie Claire, Vogue and ELLE are for….and you can follow me on my journey! It’s so easily forgotten that what we wear is an expression of both our beauty and our personalities. What we see on the Blonde Michael Kors model may look fantastic on your body, or may look awful. But don’t forget that there are plenty of things that won’t look good on her that may on you. You wear your confidence, and you don’t want to wear something that doesn’t give you that feeling. Who would?

Well enough about me and more about the purpose of this and the blogs to come…

Women have been the game changers in fashion since before anyone can remember. From native tribes who wore nothing, to then covering up their, uh, tribal makers, to then the classical eras where women couldn’t get enough clothing on to their bodies at one time. Leaps and bounds from then, the flapper era shortened the skirts and lost some sleeves. Now, people one of the biggest trends is Crop Tops which is practically a bra top above jeans, skirts, shorts or whatever you can come with! We have evolved by pushing the boundaries and testing the public.

So if you feel like as soon as you think you have a wrap on the summer trends and your just beginning to put them to use in June…when suddenly the Fall trends are coming out?? Are you already behind? Well if you are Rachel Zoe, or Rachel Roy…yeah you probably are! But if you’re just the amazing you that you are…then you are NOT behind, you are riding the big wave that we all are! …And why not have some fun doing it?!

Diane Von Furstenberg

So here’s to the fun in the fashion that we all know we have to come. Express yourself and dress like the woman that you know is deep down waiting to be brought out! You can

be Blake Lively, or Kate Moss, or Victoria Beckham. But better than that…you can be you!…in a better outfit 🙂 So cheers to that ladies!




Today marks the kick off night of the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale.

This is not only a fantastic night of people watching and a great little social event for those in the industry, it’s a chance to buy the next Zenyatta!

For years Keeneland has been the premier sales company in the thoroughbred industry and this year looks like it will be no different. This year in 2012, Keeneland has so far provided no fewer than 94 Graded Stakes winners and 19 of those were Grade I winner!! Including the horse who had a shot at the fabled Triple Crown but was cut down by injury, I’ll Have Another. The best part about him was that he went through the ring for only $11,000! When you consider that the sales topper can go for over a million dollars, this is a small price to pay for a Triple Crown horse. That’s why this sport is so enchanting, you don’t have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to find yourself a star, they come in all shapes and sizes.

Over the course of the past decade, Keeneland graduates have accounted for nearly half of all winners of the Triple Crown classic races. Keeneland has sold 19 Kentucky Derby (G1) winners — including 2012 winner I’ll Have Another, 2011 winner Animal Kingdom, Big Brown, Fusaichi Pegasus, Winning Colors and Alysheba — and an amazing 20 Preakness (G1) winners, highlighted by 2012 victor I’ll Have Another, 2011 champion Shackleford and Lookin At Lucky. Seventeen Belmont (G1) winners have gone through the Keeneland auction ring, led by five of the past six champions — Ruler On Ice (2011), Drosselmeyer (2010), Da’ Tara (2008), Rags to Riches (2007) and her half-brother, Jazil (2006).

Since its inaugural running in 1984, Keeneland sale graduates have also dominated the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, counting among them Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winners and Horses of the Year Havre de Grace (2011), Zenyatta (2009), Curlin (2007), A.P. Indy (1992), Black Tie Affair (1991), Sunday Silence (1989) and Alysheba (1988). Six Keeneland sales alumni captured Breeders’ Cup events in 2011 — Drosselmeyer (Classic), My Miss Aurelia (Juvenile Fillies-G1), Court Vision (Mile-G1), Stephanie’s Kitten (Juvenile Fillies Turf-G2), Regally Ready (Turf Sprint-G2), and Secret Circle (Juvenile Sprint), joining such racing luminaries as Uncle Mo, Unrivaled Belle, Shared Account, Dangerous Midge, English Channel, Ashado, Midnight Lute, Speightstown, Forever Together, Stardom Bound, Azeri and Johannesburg.

I’ll be out there today, walking the sales yards, casting my eye across many a filly and colt, trying to find that one that just may be in my price range and bring me glory on the racetrack. But I won’t be disheartened if I get outbid, because being out at the sales is just a great day. The atmosphere that surrounds the build up to opening night auction is electric, and when the first hammer falls, it’s an 11 day treasure hunt to see who can find the biggest prize.

So if you’re looking for something to do over the next week or so and you’ve got some spare time, have a look at Keeneland, see if you can get to the Sales and see where all the magic that you see on the track begins.

Start your journey here…

And if you’re new to the game, this page will tell you what sort of thing to look for when you have a look at a yearling…

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