Thursday, December 18, 2014

Seabiscuit Memorbilia Auction

If you love Seabiscuit then you'll want to take a look at the online auction going on now at  

Auction of “The Seabiscuit Collection of Chris Lowe” Coincides with the Upcoming 75th Anniversary of the Beloved Thoroughbred’s History-Making 1940 Santa Anita Handicap Victory
New York, NY (Dec. 17, 2014) – Seabiscuit jockey Red Pollard’s race-worn saddle, which he wore upon the back of the famed champion racehorse and cultural icon who captivated the nation during the Great Depression and whose improbable story was immortalized in book and film, is among the rare Seabiscuit memorabilia being offered as part of the Vintage Sports 2014 Catalog Auction, which closes Jan. 16, 2015. Pollard had gifted the saddle after Seabiscuit's historic 1940 Santa Anita Handicap victory -- the last ever race for the legendary thoroughbred. 
“The Seabiscuit Collection of Chris Lowe,”  which is being auctioned by, also features a glass-encased presentation case containing two Seabiscuit horseshoes, one of which he wore when he beat Triple Crown winner War Admiral in their 1938 winner-take-all match race – considered the greatest horse race in history – the other from his historic 1940 Santa Anita Handicap win, earning the title of the world’s leading money winner of his day.
The auction at boasts more than 150 Seabiscuit items, including original race programs, signed photos and etchings, oil paintings, advertising material, artwork, rare books, prints, and glass and chinaware.
“Chris Lowe’s collection is quite possibly the largest in the world. It is rare to be presented with an opportunity to own such treasures symbolizing triumph, resilience and a blaze-of-glory finish,” said Jacqueline Cooper, president of the Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to the historic preservation of Ridgewood Ranch in Willits, CA., the home and final resting place of the champion racehorse.
“There have been countless racehorses throughout the ages, but few, if any, have captured the imagination and inspired an entire nation, and continue to do so, like Seabiscuit,” said Chris Lowe. “I feel this is the right time, especially given the 75th anniversary of his greatest win, to let others enjoy and treasure the memory of this great horse.”
“Seabiscuit was one of a kind, and there will never be another like him. Perhaps the singular representation of the Depression-era underdog, his rags-to-riches story thrilled two generations: his own, and our modern one, with the publication of Lauren Hillenbrand’s best-selling book in 2002 and the subsequent film,” said Josh Evans, founder and chairman of “Chris Lowe has perfectly preserved the memory of Seabiscuit with this collection, and with the 75th anniversary of Seabiscuit’s Santa Anita Handicap victory upon us, there’s no better time to showcase it to the world.”
Highlights from The Seabiscuit Collection of Chris Lowe” include, among other things:
  • Red Pollard’s Seabiscuit Saddle (Reserve: $5,000)
  • Seabiscuit Race-Worn Horseshoes from War Admiral Match Race and Santa Anita Handicap (Reserve: $3,000)
  • Unprecedented Seabiscuit Associated Press Wire Photos (Reserve: $1,000)
  • Huge Seabiscuit Ephemera and MemorabiliaCollection (Reserve: $500)
  • Unique Limited Edition Signed Print (Reserve: $500)
  • J. Pollard on Seabiscuit Signed Photo (Reserve: $500)
  • 1938 Seabiscuit vs. War Admira Program (Reserve: $500)
  • Collection of Seabiscuit Programs (Reserve: $500)
  • “The Admiral vs. The Biscuit” by Geoffrey Smith (Reserve: $1,000)
In addition to the one-of-a-kind Seabiscuit collection, the Vintage Sports 2014 Catalog Auction features an array of other remarkable horse racing collectibles and more than $1 million in other spectacular sports memorabilia.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Notes From Christmas Past

This will be my first Christmas without my father.  While I've spent the majority of my holidays in recent years with my husband's family (my family came for Thanksgiving), I have many memories of Christmas, growing up in North Carolina.  We did not "overdo" the holiday, our gifts were not extravagant, but I always knew there was love in my household. How lucky am I? I'll likely never have a Christmas again in my hometown, but there are some special memories that will remain forever, nonetheless.

My mother would take us to Old Salem (like a small Williamsburg) where the Moravian tradition of the candle tea still goes on.  You go to a church service, mostly music, where you are given a candle, a Moravian Bun and a mug of coffee.  The tradition continues today. The aroma of the coffee, the buns, the beeswax candles burning, was intoxicating.

My father would take me and my sisters as children downtown to an old grocery store called W.G. White's where candy was sold in large bins, by the pound. He'd buy us large bags of hard candy during the holidays.  The store is still there but now it's called Ronnie's Country Store.  It looks almost the same now as it did then.

One of our close family friends had this incredible cocktail party every year on Christmas Eve for 200 of their closest friends.  My friend's father was in politics so he had many friends. I've never to this day been to a party quite like this and sadly, her father passed away a few years ago and the tradition has died.  You wore your holiday cocktail attire (no one ever dared to dress down which would be wonderful today).  Their house was incredible (one of their houses was in House Beautiful when it was built in the 1960's), decorated to the nines.  Waiters in white coats served you drinks and food from silver trays.  People stayed for hours, it was that much fun, even on Christmas Eve.

My father took us downtown to the Christmas parade.  I don't know if they still have one or when the parade was held, but I remember bundling up to go see the parade with him as a little girl.
One year my parents went to a party and we found all the presents in the trunk of my dad's car.  You can run but you cannot hide. We were naughty little girls that year but Santa still came.  Cherish your memories with your loved ones. One day they will be only memories.....

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Equestrian Holiday Gift Guide, Part Two

It's still not too late to order online but the clock is ticking.  So everything I am picking out today can be found online.  I did most of my shopping this year from my armchair.

I love these reversible place mats from Horse Country here in Virginia.  See them here.

This fox plate is so adorable and very reasonably priced.  See it here.

This snafle bit log holder (or for magazines) will make anyone's home look chic for sure. See it here.
I love this techno-riding top from Kerrits and bought it for someone I know who runs a barn.  It's better in person.  See it here.

And I love this scarf....See it here.

Better make your UPS man a big box of cookies. Happy holidays!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Simple Stocking Stuffers

Christmas is only ten days out so you'd better be shopping by now.  We do stockings at my house and it's so much fun. Here are few stocking stuffer ideas.....

Smartwool Socks
These are the warmest socks, without bulk, period.  Riders love them, outdoor enthusiasts will love them and cold people will love them.  They wear out after a year or so, but so what. They are warm.  See them here.

Cute Jewelry
Who doesn't love jewelry?  We all do! So what about a cute inexpensive bauble from  See it here.

You never have too many of these.  Here are some cute ones for the holidays:

Pot Holders
These are too cute.  See them here.

Lilly Monogrammed Cups
For the Lilly lover in your life... See them here.

Cocktail Napkins
What hostess doesn't love these?  Caspari is my favorite!  See them here.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Cocktail Clothes

I love holiday cocktail parties and dressing up is half the fun of it.  I'll do the arm chair quarterback thing again since I'll be one-armed for most of the season.  So, what to wear?  This Tory Burch sweater is lovely and it's on sale.

This Prada small handbag is perfect for cocktail parties.

These wool pants will go nicely, and they are warm and comfortable....

I don't wear high heels much so I go for something flat...

 Need a little jewelry but not too much...

And this bracelet:

And you must take a hostess gift, something that he or she would not buy for themselves, such as....

Or perhaps this....

This is a great gift for the entertainer.

Friday, December 12, 2014

December Dresses

December means party time. Time to pull out a fun or special dress.  With an arm in a sling, I can't wear anything in my closet right now, so these are my armchair picks to make your most dazzling December entrance ever.

Kate Spade has oodles of cute dresses on her web site and everything is still 25% off.

This Diane von Furstenburg is cute enough to wear all winter long.

This Tibi dress is also on sale.
Adore this number from Trina Turk.

 This one screams holiday. Also from Trina Turk.

This Nanette Lapore is greatly reduced at N-M.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Equestrian Holiday Gift Guide - Part One

 In trying to pick out a few items for my horsey friends I realized I had no clue what to give so I have put together one of a few gift giving ideas for the equestrian set.  You don't have to be a rider but at least a horse lover......

This necklace from C Wonder is really fun and attractive. 

 C Wonder see it here.

 I love this Coach Bag.  It comes in many colors and is a great size and so versatile.  Orange is my favorite. 

Rebecca Ray makes great stuff and it is good quality and made in America.  I love these cuff bracelets.

I love this Ariat jacket and it's likely going under the tree for a good friend.  It comes in black and red.

This cute cosmetic bag is very reasonable and would make a great stocking stuffer for sure!

This cute popover can be monogrammed in various Lilly patterns and you can pick several colors for the sweatshirt. I love white but could never keep this clean.

Lilly can be found on Etsy, lots of vendors sell them.  What a fun gift.  You can wear it in Wellington!

This scarf is from Ralph and it's on sale for $29.95 and it's wool!
It comes in three colors.

These napkin rings are also at Ralph Lauren.  Love them too!  And they are on sale.

Hope these tips help you in your holiday shopping.  More to come!

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