Monday, August 11, 2014


Horses in pursuit at Saratoga Race Track

I love when I get invited to an event that not only coincides with a project I am working on (an equestrian charm bracelet) but also includes big hats, brunch, and gambling with fabulous friends old and new.  On Saturday, twenty of Boston's most fashionable ladies boarded a luxury bus in high style, generously provided by America's Best Racing and headed to the Saratoga Springs Race Track!

Defeated jockey at the end of a race.  Photograph by Alexis Kletjian

Wicked Strong, our hometown horse.

Noelle of Rue Le Chat, our trip organizer, did double duty as interviewer of her guests for The Jockey Club who produced a televised piece for the event which aired on Fox Sports News on Sunday, and is now on you tubeIf you ask me, 
this is her true calling!  I love to be on the other side of the camera for candid when given the chance, 
so naturally I captured a picture of her in action. 

Noelle of Rue Le Chat Photograph by Alexis Kletjian

When planning your attire for Saratoga, a fascinator is a must!  I sat next to the hilarious Heather of Glamorous Baggage, (watch out Amy Schumer) who chose this fantastic creation by Galvinized Headwear.  Taking best hat at the track, she was also our most-photographed beacon while walking in the sea of Saratoga fans.

Heather Foley of Glamorous Baggage

Upon our Saratoga arrival, we were met with a delicious buffet brunch alongside the much anticipated 
bloody mary and mimosa bar (it was a long ride).  We indulged.  

Heather at the Mimosa Bar provided by Fasig Tipton

During brunch, we learned about a special horse from Centennial Farms, Wicked Strong, who was named in the honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.  I was thrilled to learn that Centennial farms also donates a percent of Wicked Strong's earnings to the One Fund Boston, which supports the marathon bombing victims and their families.

Wicked Strong at the Kentucky Derby

During our lecture on how to bet, we learned : 
"The essence of the game is when you are holding a ticket you also own a horse, for a minute."

A hometown racing fan rooting for Wicked Strong

Before the betting began, we were able to meet a lovely horse named Black Jack.
I captured a few beautiful moments of the ladies and their mutual affections.  

Black Jack and Georgina of Notes on Lifestyle  Photograph by Alexis Kletjian

Black Jack and Khatu of I am Khatu Photograph by Alexis Kletjian

I definitely have more inspiration now for my equestrian charm bracelet project after being up close and personal with these beauties.  I enjoyed getting all dolled up in hats and heels, practicing a little photography, and being 
the Saratoga show stoppers of the day! 

Christine of Rules for the Modern Girl

But, most of all, it was fun spending the day with a great group of ladies in varying interests. Although, we did 
end up all have one thing in common after we rested our feet, the Saratoga souvenir : flip flops!

Vanessa of Without A Measuring Cup

Thank you to America's Best Racing for providing us with the opportunity to come and win!

Noelle and Holly of Holly Dolly

To see more images of our day-trip to Saratoga visit my Instagram page

Black Jack and Vanessa of Without A Measuring Cup  Photograph by Alexis Kletjian

Search the following instagram and twitter hashtags for more coverage from our trip!
#Bosatoga #AmericasBest Racing #BetOnIt 

View the Jockey Club's Video footage from our trip.

To read more of my Day-Tripping adventures and jewelry trip inspirations click here!


  1. Love this! Photography is definitely one of your many talents!
    xx Tine

    1. Thank you, had a great time with you yesterday! xo

  2. You took such BEAUTIFUL photos Alexis! I wish you had included a photo of your fantastic outfit (especially those shoes!) I hope to see you soon xo

    1. Thank you, I will work on being in front of the camera ;) xo

  3. your photos came out beautifully :) i agree with georgina, let's see a photo of your gorgeous outfit and heels!!

    1. My feet are boycotting those shoes! Being behind the camera I didn't take any photos of myself, I'm a little camera shy - maybe next time ;)

  4. Alexis, these photos came out amazing! Beautiful documentation of such a fun day! It was so nice meeting you!

    xo Laura

    1. Thank you, Laura! It was lovely meeting you as well. Until next time ;)

  5. What a fantastic recap! You really have a talent for photography as well. It was great seeing you :)

    1. Thanks Lianna, it was nice seeing you too ;)

  6. NOW I understand why you hid behind your camera ;) Your photos are stunning! :-*

    1. It's all subject matter, Vanessa ;))) xo