Becoming a blogger was an exciting, scary, exhilarating and fulfilling challenge to take on when I moved to New York. But in some ways it was easy. I wanted to shout from the rooftops — of which many now serve booze — how in love with this city I’d become.
However, when it came to joining the blogger community, I made a lot of excuses. Oh, there are too many fashion and lifestyle bloggers here. It won’t be like other cities. It’s too competitive. I’m an outsider anyway. Plus I didn’t know how to properly pronounce ‘Givenchy’ until I moved to Manhattan, so what would any of these girls want to do with me?
After just one weekend, that’s all a distant memory. Now, I have to say my absolute favorite part of blogging is the opportunity to be a part of this incredibly loving and supportive community. It’s like a digital sorority!
On Saturday, thanks to America’s Best Racing, a group of NYC bloggers got to take our online friendships into the real world. #TogaTrip 2014 was the most perfect day. 50 fabulous fashionistas (and fashionistos?) traveled to the Saratoga Race Course to spend a day immersed in the fashion, culture, and lifestyle of one of America’s oldest traditions: horse-racing.
Our day started off in style – a boozy VIP brunch held at the renowned Fastig-Tipton, the oldest auction house for Thoroughbred horses in North America.
But we were making friends before our coach bus even left Brooklyn (the group wasn’t hard to spot, from the bright pink hair pieces to the beautiful dresses and bags.)
Some girls knew each other, while others — like me — were looking to make friends. It was sort of like the first day of college: you were all there from different backgrounds and had different things to bring to the table. You weren’t sure who you’d get along with, but because all the girls came with an open mind, looking to have fun, we became fast friends. The liquor didn’t hurt either.
Peter and I came in as the resident betting experts as well because we’d already made our trip to Belmont earlier in the summer, where Dan and Victoria (of America’s Best Racing) helped explain the betting process to us. This time we walked away winners, with an extra couple dollars in our pockets!
There’s no other place like Saratoga. It’s one the last places where horse racing still means something every single weekend. Getting to share the atmosphere and the fun with a great group made it even more meaningful for me.
I can see myself being friends with so many people I met — double dates are already planned. Horse-racing put us in one place, but fashion brought us together.
I’m so grateful to have met all of these wonderful people from America’s Best Racing, and the men and women from the blogging community. I can’t wait to see you all again soon.
This was a good lesson for me: sometimes the things that scare you the most pay off the biggest. And not every bet you make has to be on a horse.
Bet on yourself!
Major thank you to America’s Best Racing for hosting such a fabulous event. Another big thank you to Christine A. Moore for letting me wear this most gorgeous fascinator TWICE in one month! Lastly, photo creds go out to Courtney of Color Me Courtney, Melanie of Lace and Combat Boots, and of course, Peter.
I recommend you check out the blogs of some of my pretty new friends!