Or was it a Jay Gatsby Affair?
So that’s what it must of felt like to walk into the infamous mansion of Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby.
Stumbling onto unexpected excitement, frolic, and bewilderment, I entered the Huntington Library and Gardens which had been transformed to a lively after party that could have been considered a well orchestrated work of art. #PartyArt
The Hungtington and I go way back. Having grown up in Pasadena, I had a moment “Back In [My} Own Back Yard” – reminiscent of the tune by my all-time favorite contemporary jazz singer – Madeleine Peyroux with William Galison. Their collabs have an American country icon, Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash nostalgia to them.
Click below to listen to Madeleine jazz it up in, “Back In Your Own Back Yard” and get in the mood as you read about this Gatsby-like affair:
This was not just any after party. The museum remained opened and the beautiful interior, with glistened chandeliers and grandiose furnishings, added to the ‘wow’ factor of the affair (the museum nerd and lover in me). My evening continued on a ‘tanchi adventure’ at Breeders Cup, one of the best affairs I’ve ever attended: A Taste of the World with Bobby Flay.
Problems with the ‘Tangran’ (tan grande – very big) Panza
The only problem here (because there is always a tanchi problem) was containing my panza with all the delicious hor dourves from around the world. Thank goodness I wore my Lulu*s panza friendly dress, or this could have brought about a tanchi problem reserved for Thanksgiving and other special feast days with Mama Sonia’s cooking!
Tantalizing Tasties with an International Flair
To tickle my tastebuds, there was a spread of organic salmon from Ireland, pork liver terrine from the U.K., gourmet falafals, ceviche pineapple, foods representing Argentinian and Brazilian cuisines, and so much more! Not to forget, the hosted cocktails by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Wines filled the rows of white clothed stations with international bites and flair to gorge on. All that was missing was the global hit – pupusas from El Salvador! This is only a mere glimpse to the spectacular cuisine hosted by celebrity chef and thoroughbred owner, Bobby Flay. AKA Jay Gatsby.
In Part 1 of Breeders Cup coverage, I wrote about my first glimpse of bewitchment with hats when watching an episode of ‘I love Lucy.’ In Lucy Ricardo’s days hats were worn as everyday accessories and supplements were taken that “taste like candy too.” But a tradition of style is being brought back to contemporary times in horse track lifestyle, and the extravaganzas resembling soirees of the roaring 1920s. It’s wonderful to see a resurgence of all the good things from the past being brought together for the Breeders Cup. I love horses, horse racing, ‘old fashion’, and giving the panza AMOR while being absorbed in roaring 20s ambiance – the past has it going on.
Did I mention how much I love the 1920s?
It doesn’t’ get more Gatsby then when a live band plays jazz, rocking the saxophone, bass, and other soulful instruments – not to mention the beautiful notes hit on the vocal chords. Festive, nostalgic, and dear to this tanchi’s heart because I have a love for jazz, I think this soirée was more Gatsby than even Gatsby’s own party – after all Jay-Z isn’t exactly authentic with the era (as great of a song as it is).
What can I say? This tanchi likes her horse racing.
Breeder’s Cup is more than just a jean and t-shirt day at the races. The ‘tanchi adventure’ continued on Day 2 at Santa Anita Park in Los Angeles for Breeders. Stephanie and I spent our day in the new View section on the rail next to the Winner’s Circle courtesy of ABR. This area is perfect for rooting and cheering, while NBC was covering the sporting event on Primetime Live. The day was filled with performances by everyone’s favorite, original good witch from ‘Wicked’, Kristin Chenoweth, who by the way is a PETITE! Toni Braxton also made an appearance and sang the national anthem. Even Broadway and 90s throwbacks had a piece of the action, not to mention celebrity ambassadors such as Bo Derek, Kate Upton, and Steven Jackson.
What I wore: More Hats and Panza Friendly Attire
For the occasion Stephanie and I sported hats by Christine A. Moore – just like ‘ol sports.’ Gotta have our hats!
After a night of Bobby Flay gorging, I wore one of the most panza-friendly dresses I own, the Saray by San & Soni (size L) available at online petite retailer, Gambita Style. This dress caught my eye because it is so colorful and vibrant with its alternating feather pattern. One of my readers, Nicole, commented it was “coloristically perfect!” As soon as I saw it, I had to have it and my panza was grateful for my tanchi style-curating eye. San & Soni are a husband and wife team, native from India, with a design principle of practical luxury. This choice was perfect for the horse race occasion. To get your Saray and other other lovely petite friendly garments from Gambita Style, just enter Gambita4LaBellaTanchi at checkout for 25% off all items in your order!
To finish off the look, I paired it with hot pink and orange Anne Klein heels with a bow for a finishing touch. I accessorized with a heart-shaped opal stone Lalique necklace and large sized royal purple bebe studs (of course). Once again keeping it subtle to let the millinery and dress shine.
Stephanie wore a colorful cameo print dress from Forever 21 and shoes from Anthropologie – a pair of Gingham-Timmed Oxford Heels in the color sand which she scored on sale for $79.95 (originally $118)!
Until next time, Breeders Cup 2014
What a great weekend at the races and even more so to finish off the weekend with pumpkin flavored delectable cupcake, perfect for the Fall season!
The 5 million dollar race for the finale was won by Mucho Macho Man – making press and the crowds go wild over the victory. It has been fun, Breeders, and thanks again to America’s Best Racing, Christine A. Moore, Racing Queen Tatiana, Lulu*s, and Gambita! A special thanks to the Huntington and Bobbly Flay aka Mr. Gatsby.