A Day at the Track + NYC Bloggers = A Winning Combination

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.

NYC Bloggers at Saratoga Race Track

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. 

NYC Bloggers at Saratoga Race Track

NYC Bloggers at Saratoga Race Track

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!

NYC Bloggers at Saratoga Race Track

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.

NYC Bloggers at Saratoga Race Track

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!

NYC Bloggers at Saratoga Race Track

NYC Bloggers at Saratoga Race Track

NYC Bloggers at Saratoga Race Track

NYC Bloggers at Saratoga Race Track

NYC Bloggers at Saratoga Race Track

NYC Bloggers at Saratoga Race Track

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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!

Color Me Courtney
Lace and Combat Boots
& Pretty Things
The Stylephile
Living Fiesta
Lisa Rosado

Outfit details:

Dress :: Express
Fascinator :: Christine A. Moore Millinery
Shoes :: Aldo (similar)
Bracelets :: Lizzibeth and Tiffany & Co.
Watch :: Michael Kors (similar face)
Earrings :: Kate Spade

7 Comments

  • Reply September 2, 2014

    Eduarda

    Elena! I’m so glad I ran into your blog! I just moved to New York a couple of months ago and started my blog a bit before that. How does the blogger community work? How did you find those girls? Love to know some tips, if you can share them.

    Xoxo

    http://www.i-life-u.com

  • Reply September 2, 2014

    Esta Fiesta

    Great post Elena! It was so nice to meet you this weekend – glad to meet another blogger as obsessed with Express and Michael Kors as I am! Your pics look amazing too – shout out to Peter for being an awesome photographer!

    • Reply September 2, 2014

      Elena Michelle

      Love me some Express and Michael Kors. Kindred spirits I think!! So great to meet you too, lady. Can’t wait for our next get together! (Peter says thanks, too! hehe)

  • Reply September 2, 2014

    Melanie Sutrathada

    This was the sweetest post, Elena! I’m so incredibly happy that we met this past Saturday. You and Peter have such wonderful senses of humor and are such genuinely lovely people. I can’t wait for our next adventures together (hopefully involving sweets and a few yummy drinks!)

    Melanie
    Lace and Combat Boots | a life + style blog

  • Great post, and it was wonderful meeting you at the event! I hope our paths cross again soon.

    Kendra
    http://closetconfections.com

    • Reply September 14, 2014

      Elena Michelle

      great meeting you too Kendra! Hope to see you soon. XO

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