Pitches, Blogging, Networking, Emailing, Media Plans & Kits! These are a few of my favorite things.

Loved this tweet by Gregory Russell, winner of the tweeting competition (he is good), and fellow Fashion PR enthusiast with whom I got to #PRnerd it up at Fashion PR Con in NYC! Tanchis be going places! #SiSePuede

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It was the ultimate meeting of the #PRNerds with some of the most amazing girls in the industry hosting, Crosby Noricks and Danika Daly. Bringing together aspiring publicists from all over the country and world, I am incredibly grateful I was among those in attendance.

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Photo Credit: Alexandra Dimichino

What is Fashion PR Con?
It is straight up Chevere (awesome). It’s perfect any for aspiring publicist-in-the-making, especially in their “This Isn’t College Anymore” stage in life (for near post college, post college, and post entry-level professionals). Fashion PR Confidential is the first of its kind. It’s a two-day workshop unlocking the secrets of fashion PR. This year it took place at WE CREATE NYC. I really recommend this experience to anyone aspiring to be a publicist in fashion.

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As a career jumper, not pursing the grad school route to do it, finding networks and participating in professional development of this kind is essential for success. Fashion PR Con provides the ultimate crash course with practical tips and know-hows for working in the industry. Just remember to bring your flats for the 8 flights of stairs to climb! Que Yuca! …but it’s so worthwhile.

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Photo Credit: Alexandra Dimichino

What Happens at Fashion PR Con?
Absolutely everything– accomplishing a great deal in one weekend! We created mini PR plans on day 1, working with groups of great minds who all think alike. We all brought a variety of perspectives and skills, and were able to make great connections including with a fellow San Dieagan, Angelina, and Tatiana from Canada. We came from SD to NYC! Represent!

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On day 2 we got personal one-on-one feedback on our crafted pitches, participated in a speed networking round, and learned from the wise in the industry – including editor, Julia Rubin from Teen Vogue,Jinna Boo of the fantastic fashion blog, Grease and Glamour and publicist at Club Monaco, and finally a digital PR guru from The Row, Ruthie Friedlander. Did I mention there were cupcakes involved? The panza got the love from Megs Sweet Treats!

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What I wore to Fashion PR Con: Professional Attire from Anthropologie
Networking events and professional development opportunities are important for growth in any career. In fact, Ruthie Friedlander advised us to “stay at a job as long as you are still learning, when you’ve stopped…you’re quitting.” I really enjoy conferences and workshops actually; it is the lifelong learner in me.

When attending, I make sure to dress for the occasion, not only because I love it, but because there is something powerful about dress and overall presentation. In a previous post, on professional attire in the teaching industry, Trendy Teachers what we can learn from Obama, I share how I’d like to put part of the blame on the way teachers dress as reason to why we are so underpaid and undervalued. Sounds harsh, but Julia Rubin’s comment of “be professional so editors take you and your clients seriously“, really struck a chord with me for this reason. Although Julia purposed this in the context of email etiquette to an editor, professionalism is important when dressing, especially for the Fashion PR career – style is a uniform. For the fellow tanchinistas, here is how I curated style – the tanchi way:

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I wore Anthropologie.
I love my Anthropologie, there is no secret there. They are one of the leading petite apparel offerings for tanchis and have an endless array of panza friendly attire. I wore a pair of High Halls Pumps by Miss Albright in a wine color suede with glittery light pink sparkles – a perfect height for the business occasion and just the right amount of glitz to be able to wear to a “business casual” event. Since I wore a fun shoe, I paired it with more neutral tones and conservative attire. I wore black bebe (of course) Kristie pants (size 10), a similar pair is the Petite Dania Skinny Pant. Finally, a petite size M, Striped Candence Top – or as I like to call my peter pan collared Chanel-like top that I have worn numerous times since purchasing. In fact, I previously wore this very outfit to an Anthropologie Petite Shop event with designer Corey Lynn Calter. I have no shame in repeating an outfit – in fact I embrace it with my mantra of “less is more.” I love when I get the most use I can out of an outfit. I find that with Anthropologie attire you get longevity and versatility in most of their garments.

Why I went to Fashion PR Con
“Coupled with a big yucky fear that I didn’t look right (read: wasn’t thin/pretty enough) or have the right connections/confidence to play the part of aspiring fashion editor in New York City meant that I only applied to college in California. I went to the one that offered me the most scholarship money, but no classes in fashion, advertising, marketing, nada.” -Crosby Noricks, from Ready to Launch: The PR Couture Guide to Breaking into Fashion PR

When I read that upon the first pages of Crosby Norick’s book (which by the way every aspiring fashion PR girl has to read this!), I was hooked. She essentially called out the invisible script I’d been playing in my head for years and now that I have “outgrown my old script,” I can’t believe how freeing the experience has been and how incredibly hard the growth was. All thanks to the personal finance guru I follow and his ideas on “invisible scripts” – Ramit Sethi from I Will Teach you To Be Rich.

What’s Personal Finance got to do with Fashion PR Dreams?
One of my favorite bloggers and thought leaders is Ramit Sethi. He writes about personal finance, but really so much more. I discovered his blog about 2 years ago and it dramatically changed my life. By applying what I call “Ramitting,” I’ve been able to negotiate credit card APR rates, create a budget for blogging, and most recently, conquer ‘invisible scripts’ to pursue a career in fashion and lifestyle PR.

What are Invisible Scripts?
An invisible script is an assumption that is so baked in to how you view the world and your choices that you don’t even question it. It often involves an inner voice telling you what you should do, need to do, or can’t do

Ramit writes about invisible scripts in his blog post, The Invisible Scripts that Guide Our Life. Beliefs are pre-written by our societal values and my invisible script is much like that of Crosby Noricks’ story and not feeling adequate to be a PR Girl. Needless to say, I read every page of the text with great conviction.

I Thought the Dream was Completely Out of Reach.
The most important lesson I learned from my career experience is that I choose not to pursue “fashion passions” (Kelly Cutrone would kill for the use of such a phrase) because I was afraid I would be seen as selfish and superficial for leaving such important work (teaching)- work that makes a difference in this world. In fact, I would hide my Kelly Cutrone books and lock the door when I read them during my convent days in my teacher service program. But here I am, a graduate of Fashion PR Confidential and making my way in the Fashion PR world with panza and all.

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Hashtag #FashionPrCon
Follow the hashtag ‪#fashionprcon for great info, insights, + pics! Wishful thinking, but wish I was still waking up to attend another day of ‪Fashion PR Con this morning! Some of my favorite takeaways were the digital workbook, and great swag bag with goodies from Tattly Designy Temporary Tattoos, Pretty Please Nail Polish, Rifle Paper CoJamberry NailsTeen Vogue, and PR Couture.

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There is a God
Hearing the success stories of Danika Daily and Crosby Noricks was the best. Muchisimas Gracias to these ladies and to Ruthie Friedlander for the 101 on digital PR and metrics, Julia Rubin for the inside scoop on how to get an editor to love you, and Jinna Boo for insights on how to work with bloggers. Just so you know Ruthie thinks, “It’s so sexy when a girl can code”, Julia “has a lot of feelings about emails,” and Jinna believes “there is a God” when you get your first big break as blogger. Loved it all, Hasta Luego Tanchis!

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What is millinery? Christine A. Moore shows it and owns it

Meet Christine:

Official milliner of Breeders Cup and the Kentucky Derby. I had the pleasure of meeting Christine A. Moore, originally a theater guru turned hat maker, and a wonderful and talented milliner owning the ‘lost art’ of millinery.

All this millinery talk, but what in the heck is it?
A milliner a person who designs, makes, trims, or sells women’s hat. Millinery is delving in the art of these hats. Tanchis, Honorary Tanchis, and non-tanchis, your not alone – I, too, had no idea and came to discover this world after working with a Degas ‘Milliners’ painting during my days at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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The ‘Milliners’ by Edgar Degas
Degas’ ‘Milliners’ is a beautiful work of art, depicting dramatically angled milliners in their workspace sitting behind shadowed hat stands amongst brightly colored ribbons.

It is no wonder Christine has selected a Degas work of art of milliners to be a mural at the entrance of her studio in the heart of the fashion district in New York City.  NYC is a city Christine draws inspiration from and translates into her design.

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The tanchi and the tall

Just like Degas unveils the private world focused on the physical hardship of the milliners’ work, positioning this at the front of Christine’s studio begins this ‘tanchi adventure,’ unveiling the behind-the-scenes to Christine’s hat making and millinery shop.

Christine started in costume design and apprenticed with Rodney Gordon, Broadway hat maker – minus Donald trump. It’s no wonder Christine’s hats are epic in style, gorgeous in design, and beautifully crafted with unique and quality materials. At times, she even leans towards the provocative! (Gracias to theatre)

I Began to Wonder, What’s Hat Making Got To Do With It?
Why is mastering the art of millinery a common path for the most iconic designs and designers of our time? Take, for instance, this hat Christine made for Patty Ethington, photographed by AP, that circulated wildly!

Patty-Ethingtonkentuckyderby Patty Ethington of Shelbyville, Kentucky, smiles under her hat while attending the 135th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 2, 2009. (AP Photo/Patti Longmire)

…or Christian Dior, Halston, and Coco Chanel? What is their excuse for being so darn great?
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I posed this question to a fellow tanchi, Raquel, and she said it must be that when making hats, these designers are making headpieces and thinking about the end result to be ‘timeless.’ Raquel got it –their secret sauce. In mastering the art of making timeless pieces, it then translates to their iconic designs. For instance, you see this in the Dior A-line luxurious skirt, and Chanel’s classic tweed jacket. #TanchiTheories

Before the Fashion Houses

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(C) Credit: ‘Coco Before Chanel‘, 2009.

There was a Coco before Chanel. In the 2009 ‘Coco Before Chanel’ film about the French designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel – the life of Gabrielle is revealed in an inspiring story. Someone who had nothing ended up founding an empire. Part of Coco’s journey entailed selling her hat creations. Here pictured, is when Coco is first introduced to the world of horse racing, as she gazes over the horse track attire of the upper class.

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(C) Credit: ‘Coco Before Chanel‘, 2009.

First Exposure to the World of Hats
I love this moment because I, too, felt that marvel the first time I went to ‘Opening Day’ at Del Mar Racetracks. In a previous post, On your mark, get set, Go! To Opening Day in fabulous hat style, I explain how over the years I have upped my hat and dress attire for the occasion. My first ‘Opening Day’ I wore a simple hat. While still classic and pretty, it was nowhere near the level of some of the most luxurious and flamboyant hats you’ll find at the tracks. It is a festive day where forgetting your hat at home, leaves you out of place.

Big Hats are Necessary for America’s Best Racing
As spectacular of a fashion ‘Opening Day’ is, the pinnacle of fashion at the racetracks really takes place at the Kentucky Derby. Christine, however, envisions spreading the fanfare of horse track fashion and lifestyle by showing her hats, fascinators, and fedoras for men at other track events, like Breeders Cup. She believes in changing the view of Breeders Cup, which hasn’t traditionally been the hub stop of such attire, by bringing back the elegance to a fun and laid back experience. This is exactly what we did as style ambassadors for America’s Best Racing by wearing Christine’s hats.

Millinery is Hot
I had the privilege of chatting with Christine while touring her studio. What she does is an incredible art, and it’s no wonder her millinery is highly sought after for these events. Bo Derrick, JLo, Halle Berry, Alica Keys, Mary J. Blige, Blake Lively of Gossip Girl are just some of the celebrities that have worn her hats. Bazaar, Vanity Fair, and InStyle are among the magazines in which she’s been featured. Puchica! (Salvadoran caliche for Wow).
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Inside Christine A. Moore’s Millinery
Christine demonstrated how she begins her process for designing a piece. Here is a clip of her sketching a design that will later be worked on by her and her team of artists and then to Blake, her husband, for marketing.

When walking into the studio, picture a dream closet for hats – an array of hats each elegant, unique, stylish and comfortable! It’s so nice to have a sized hat and not have it fall on your face at the mere movement of your head! I tried on several hats and fascinators and, let me tell you, I have no idea how Christine picks out a hat to wear for the big days!

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The materials are just as much a marvel: so many ribbons, trims, tools, bases, etc., like an old millinery shop from Degas’ days. Christine is notably known for using her own trims on hats – none of that Michael’s craft store ish, this is the finer stuff in life, like Godiva. Were talking very very Caché (classy)!

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Tanchi Problems: Leave petiteness and panza out of this one
This tanchi had to keep it classy for the big day and couldn’t afford to have any tanchi problems get in the way! For once though I had an unrelated petite and panza problem: a problem of being an indecisive tanchi who couldn’t decide whether to wear fascinator or hat? Trim, netting, bling, feathers? So many options, but I left the design in Christine’s hands after showing her my Lulu*s Honey Punch, That’s a Wrap Neon Yellow Wrap Dress. She measured my head and the wheels began turning for how she could make this tanchi the most bella ever for the big day. You can bet it was the best decision to leave the master milliner with the responsibility for curating the perfect headwear. It is an admirable technique for any tanchi to emulate. After all, curating is the way of the tanchi.

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La ‘Savanah’
Behold my ‘Savanah’ hat worn to Breeders Cup, courtesy of Christine A. Moore, along with other L.A. Fashion Bloggers. Que Bella! The hat entails beautiful purple palette ranging from darks to lights with such delicate fabric selection for the flower petals. Each petal varies in sheer to opaque fabrics and is seamed and pressed for a crisp, yet delicate look. I wore the hat like a powerful petite, strutting my hat at the racetracks, showing it and owning it — just the way Christine does with her millinery. Did I mention it had bling on top? Love!

Check out more of Christine’s hats in this video, to see what other styles L.A. Fashion Bloggers wore to Lulu*s At The Races.

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Breeder’s Cup has come to an End
Thanks to Christina A. Moore for the exclusive behind-the-scenes look into her studio and art of millinery. That’s a wrap for this tanchi’s track talk and hat attire, till next thoroughbred race season! It has been a wonderful adventure uncovering the art of millinery and getting to spend time with such an artist like Christine A. Moore. For ‘old fashion’, unique and beautiful fashion – be sure to check out Christine’s collection for your hat needs! She’s got various price points available. Stay tuned for more NYC coverage.

Bobby Flay’s Taste of the World Affair – Breeders Cup Part 2

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Credit: (C) The Great Gastby, 2013

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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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We keep it classy with NEON and Rainbow chanclas at Breeders!

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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.

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Looks like Vitameatavegamin has some competition with Bobby Flay.
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Credit: (C) I Love Lucy, a registered trademark of CBS Worldwide, Inc

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).
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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!
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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)!
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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!

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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.

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Bringing Back the Hat at Breeders Cup at Santa Anita Park – Part 1

Tanchi Fashion Blogging Problems

I love hats and endeavors that bring back the hat. After all, every tanchi needs her décor! (And a bit more height could help with blogging as well) – #TypicalTanchiProblems

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“Things Can Only Get Better” – Cedric Gervais, La Bella Tanchi is back!

I love electronic music and even moreso taking up Cedric’s song title as my mantra as La Bella Tanchi returns from a hiatus.

Listen to “Things Can Only Get Better” by Cedric Gervais on Sound Cloud

Lately, I’ve been Charlie Browning it

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Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz

Charlie Browning because Mafalda being an Argentine comic, doesn’t do football comics – only fútbol.

Quite literally, I’ve been steering clear from footballs and any other objects coming at full velocity in my direction. I have had the bizarre misfortune of getting hit with a football, causing all sort of unpleasant symptoms for this tanchi. Head injuries are NO BUENO and I definitely owe Mama Sonia big time.

The great news is that this tanchi is doing well and is alive and kicking again. I’m back in fashion blogger mode, writing all sorts of notes via post-its for La Bella Tanchi. My wall and desk look like rainbows of post-its. I love post-its (especially my Hello Kitty ones).

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I love blogging and recently got some new gadgets to help with “micro-blogging” my ‘tanchi adventures’ on the quest for petite attire that works for panzas too. Even though my hiatus caused a small delay of posting about October events, La Bella Tanchi’s social media platforms are great way to stay in the know and get your tanchi needs solved!

Get plugged in and send #Hashtag love
Don’t forget to follow me via Twitter at @LaBellaTanchi, Instagram @labellatanchi, and follow on Facebook. Pinterest is possibly in the works, but in the mean time, good ol-fashion e-mail following is great way to stay up to date. If you haven’t been receiving your e-mails via the blog and you’re a Gmail user, a mere dragging La Bella Tanchi e-mails from the Promotions folder to Primary will do the trick.

Coming up on La Bella Tanchi
In the next weeks you can look forward to a 2-part series on Breeders Cup, a behind-the-scenes look into Christine A. Moore’s millinery studio, L.A. Fashion week, Fashion Week San Diego, Anthropologie Petite’s collaboration with designer Cory Lynn Calter, Jet-Setting essentials in Philly, Lucky Fabb and Fashion PR Con recaps, and a great treat of brining back more Gatsby inspired content. I’m sure I’m missing a few, and I’ll get the urge to blog other topics that inspire me to share useful tips for tanchis. Stay Tuned!

Dear Readers….Sincerely Tanchi
As La Bella Tanchi continues to grow and gain traction, I want to take a moment to express gratitude for all those that have helped with journey, read a post, taken a photograph, been dragged to events, covered in press, given feedback, written comments, showed the love via social media, and continue to support this project. Especially during this challenging time, Aimster you’ve been magnanimous at catching all my undotted i’s and uncrossed t’s, plus being the very best honorary tanchi a tanchi could ask for. I’m excited for what is coming this way and expect to see great collaborations and new faces and old on La Bella Tanchi.

Over and out! Much love from this tanchi for her readers and her panza too.

“I’ve been infected” by Disclosure at Symmetry Live at the W Hotel San Diego

For your reading pleasure: “F for You” by Disclosure (T-E-E-D mix)

W Hotel San Diego, Symmetry Live, and Disclosure & Posso

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“I’ve been infected”…by good music and live concert by none other than Disclosure held on the rooftop of the W Hotel San Diego. W Hotels Worldwide brought Symmetry Live to San Diego as part of the hotel’s ongoing live concert series, curating music performances by what’s new and next in music. Performing this private set was international sensation, Disclosure, the duo of U.K. brothers playing their electronic sounds with an opening by DJs and avant-garde designers, Posso.

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As an electronic music lover – upon receiving the invite, I awaited for the performance in great anticipation and spent the coming weeks blasting SoundCloud mixes of their great titles such as “White Noise” and “When A Fire Starts To Burn,” (I’m sure my neighbors love me). To add to the excitement, the show was part of ‘Symmetry Live,’ known for being a great platform for supporting emerging artists in the U.S. and offering insider access to up and coming music.

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What I wore: ‘Tanchi Concert Wear’
As a tanchi, I prepared my concert wear by curating a tanchi friendly all black outfit. My leather jacket from Express (previously tailored) was a must since the show would be held on the rooftop, and a GUESS? top, sleeveless scoop neck chain tank with pockets, providing comfort around the panza (I went through a GUESS? phase years back). Gotta dress right for the panza! For pants, my Party in the Front, Work in the Back Bebe skinny jeans were my go-to once again. Can’t go to a concert without my handy dandy fanny pack – love being hands free at a concert!

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The tanchi and the tall!

And for the most important item when planning for ‘tanchi concert wear’ – shoes — it had to be my bebe boots. Here’s why:

Tanchi Problems: I Can Never See at Concerts
You know you’re a tanchi (and honorary), when you’re at a concert, and you get the “Can you see?” questions. Jennifer, a fellow tanchi, was telling me that “My friends are always like CAN YOU SEE?…No, I can never see! I’m used to it!” Que Yuca!

For tanchis, concerts are a problem. You can’t always see over the heads of people and once you’re out of high school, crowd surfing isn’t socially acceptable anymore (or safe – what was I thinking! – Oh Warped Tour)

Out beat tanchiness: ‘Tanchi Tricks’ for Concerts
But I have a tanchi trick – wear 3-inch heels. When covering a concert – wear 3-inchers AND do blind shooting – it’s the only way. I can recall when I managed to out beat my tanchiness at Coachella Music Festival this year. I was wearing TOMS shoes and managed to find a trash stand that I had to do a delicate balancing act on so I could stand and not have it break underneath me. It’s crazy, but it’s all in the name of music and is worthwhile just to catch the epicness of the Red Hot Chili Peppers closing this year’s festival.

Trash cans aren’t always readily available, so I make sure to wear a good heel and trust my camera powers to get the shoots as I raise my arms above my head and click away. It seems obvious, but a good heel and some lambswool go along way to help with the concert viewing experience.

My Go-To Concert 3-incher: bebe (of course)
For the W Hotel San Diego’s intimate live performance I did just that. Ecstatic to attend, I made sure to find the perfect heel and of course I turned to my go-to bebe. I wore what I call my “I’m going to kill you boots” but bebe calls them the Evie Lace Up Suede Boot ($189). Once laced up, your foot and ankle are strapped in and even when your feet get tired – your good. Not my usual price point for shoes but I made an exception because I have MUCHISIMO AMOR for these BOTAS!

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To add comfort, I’ll share my tanchi secret with closed toed 3-inchers which is wear lambs wool inserts/pads on the toes. This is the secret to how ballerinas comfortably and gracefully dance ontop of their pointe shoes. You can buy them at any dance store and it will save your toessies when strutin’ the killer heel.

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Smoke Effects in your Disclosure Cocktail
Ready with my camera and concert going outfit, my friend Laura and I cheered on with our blinking blue #WMUSIC wristbands and cocktails in hand. The event served complimentary signature drinks with names like “White Noise” and other song titles. The most epic was the “Stimulation” drink – a pink Cosmo served with dry ice – making for a fun, smoking, bubbling effect before cocktail sippin.

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Technical Difficulties are a Win for this Tanchi
When the show started, you can bet all the camera phones came out as Disclosure opened with smoke effects and a light show.

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I was one happy tanchi singing along with the great crowd. After a few songs and some technical difficulties, the duo moved the set inside into the ‘Living Room’ where I, alas, was able to see the duo with a clear view – solving my tanchi problema for this concert.

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Symmetry Live
A great time at the W Hotel, San Diego can always be count on. The venue has become a regular spot for me and I continue to look forward to all the great future events!

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It was a great music experience by Symmetry Live and I hope another one will make its way to San Diego – who wouldn’t want to return for a great show with a balance between the sounds of artists and how they represent the symmetry between the W lifestyle?

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Love chandeliers!

Check out Disclosure’s most recent track here:

Photo Credits to Christian Posada and Jeff Corrigan. Thanks!

Del Mar Tracks & A Petite Jumpsuit

What to wear for a day at the races?
At Del Mar Thoroughbred Club with America’s Best Racing – I can only wear my best: A petite jumpsuit courtesy of The Petite Shop. The Petite shop is the first online store dedicated exclusively to petite clothing for women 5′ 4″. Sold exclusively right now – gasp – is a petite jumpsuit!

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Jumpsuits for Petites
As any petite knows, jumpsuits are problematic because rarely do they fit and are difficult to tailor. Petite jumpsuits are a rare find, but Elizabeth, owner of the Petite Shop, collaborated with, Los Angeles based, District Collection to create a made-for-tanchi jumpsuit with a 30’inch seam in a navy colored jersey like material, making it ideal for panza coverage! A jumpsuit I can actually wear chanclas (sandals) with if I wanted to!

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What to expect at Del Mar Race Track Tracks
When America’s Best Racing Ambassadors tour invited San Diegan bloggers to join racing fans at Del Mar Racetracks – I couldn’t wait to wear the rarity for a day of horses while mingling, handicapping (horse race betting), drinking, and eating, followed by a concert from the reggae group, SOJA — live afterwards via backstage access! Formely known as Soldiers of Jah Army, is a band based in Arlington, Virginia in the Northern Virginia / Washington D.C. area. Among the favorites were “Rest of my Life’ and “I Don’t Want to Wait.” As we listened to great music, it made for a perfect summer time evening experience at the tracks in San Diego. How I love my San Diego!

Check out SOJA’s track, ” When We Were Younger”

 

Love horse racing.
It was a great weekend at the tracks spent with Mary and the gang – learning all about racing culture, handicapping (horse race betting), horses, and chatting about the social and lifestyle aspects of racetracks. If you’re in San Diego – Del Mar Racetracks are a must for the summer time! Especially with their after the races concert series.

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What I wore: A Petite Shop Petite Jumpsuit, Anthropologie accessories, a dash of ‘Marie Antoinette’, and go-to summer wedges by DV
I love horse racing and in a previous post, On your mark, get set, Go! To Opening Day in fabulous hat style!, I featured Del Mar Racetracks with hat style and great fashion for wearing to the races. I love dressing up for the occasion! Curation is the way of the ‘tanchi’ and was put to work for curating my horse track attire with the navy jumpsuit. I paired it with what I call my ‘Marie Antoinette’ necklace, because of it’s French décor color scheme by Anthropologie, as well as a dark brown braided leather belt, also by Anthropologie. I wore my go-to summer tan leather wedge by Dolce Vita. It’s such a great jumpsuit because of the fit (size small, but could go a size up), and also because the suit is like a canvas asking to get styled. There are so many options for styling it and it’s great to look chic while being comfy too! They’re like chic jammies that can be transformed endlessly!

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#AmericasBestRacing and #AmericasBestFashion
At the races you’ll see the best fashion – great dresses, shoes, hats, and fascinators. Mary from the team wore a hot pink and orange maxi dress from Miami designer, Ramona LaRue, that was a hit! It is these aspects of social and lifestyle that are getting pushed to promote horse racing amongst millennials.

Two years ago the Jockey Club who runs Thoroughbred Racing Club (think NFL of horse racing) asked, where is Thoroughbred Racing going? In response, they decided to make an effort to reach new audiences and assembled a millennial marketing team that pushed social and lifestyle angels while promoting racing’s best events. Tada, meet America’s Best Racing!

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What happens at the races?
It is always a great time at the races and I had a little luck winning some cash bets! The great thing about betting on races is that it is different from slot machines and other card games. Handicapping (horse betting) can involve so much — from jockey history, horse history, racetrack history, type of horse, type of track, critics’ favorites and longshot, and all sorts of other stats.

We got to catch the big race – the Pacific Classic where ‘Game on Dude’ had a victory! I am looking forward to catching the super bowl of race horsing at Breeders Cup this coming November 1st and 2nd at Santa Anita Park in Los Angeles. Track horses are beautiful and are great athletes. The tradition of racing and handicapping (betting strategy) leave one to fall in love with sport and build a connection to it while having so much fun enjoying the whole scene.

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Move over Doyers! 
It was great time cheering on horses, ‘Go is the Ocean’ and ‘Go Wave Catching’, listening to great reggae music on a summer night, and admiring the beauty and athleticism of the horses on the paddick pre-race time. The tracks are a great time for any age, for family time or with friends, or even to scoop out the latest fashion and music scene. Move over Doyers! Tailgating and America’s past time have been great fun, but I’ve got a new sport I’m routing for!

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Pictured here on day two, what I wore is a black silky tank by Madewell paired with a white high-low maxi skirt from Buffalo Exchange, gold flip flops, and a black and gold statement necklace from Nordstroms. Black and white purse by bebe (of course), I just can’t leave home without my bebe.

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Pictured here is Racing Queen, Tatiana, wearing a fabulous hot pink dress with a matching fascinator. Continue reading