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Monday, April 23, 2012

derby day

I can't help share an entire post about one of my all time favorite events, The Kentucky Derby. I love the old school style that the day brings in fashion. It's a perfect reason for a pretty dress, big hat, cheering on your horse and basking drinking on a beautiful Spring Day - yes please! I grew up at the race track, I used to joke with people that we put on our Sunday's best and headed to the track instead of church and to be honest I wouldn't have it any other way. While Belmont Race Park is hardly as elegant or glamorous as tracks down South, I loved going when I was little, my dad would let me help place the bets, we could visit our horses before the races and meet the jockey who was riding our pony and then we got to scream our heads off cheering on our horses during the race. If we were lucky the horse won and we got to go stand in the winners circle for a picture which I thought was super cool when I was little.  Don't worry all you animal lovers out there (like my family) my father often joked that his horses lived better then us. They worked only a few days a year, lived in the highest quality stables and went somewhere warm for the winter to relax in the off season, not a bad life. When a horse of ours retired my family would always give them to farms to be trained for riding or breeding, never put down for injury or age.

While my friends and I attempted to be glamorous and attend a derby event of our own a few years ago it somehow it somehow got a little fudged. No cabs available, no need to panic, we can go via pedi cab cross town with four people no problemo!  Below was the start to one of the most fun days ever with my ladies.

(my husband said my hat was ready for a hillbilly derby - hate when he is right - what do you want for $10 at H&M)

If you also love the sport of horse racing and want to plan a party that is beyond perfection - check out my favorite party planning blog - Hostess with the Mostess. who did a fabulous derby design below! All of the items below are FREE, that's right, no dinero, all printable off the amazing site!

Derby attire for the ladies
derby day
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Milly multi colored dress
$385 -

Steve Madden studded sandals
$80 -

Theyskens theory canvas handbag
$395 -

$40 -

Disco jewelry

Horseshoe Pendant
$34 -

Tarnish distressed hat
$48 -

Derby attire for the gents

Derby Day for Men 
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  1. Love the post and of course the pic of those beauties!!

  2. Can you wear fascinators instead of a hat on derby day?

    1. While the large rimmed hats are more traditional I have seen lots of people wearing fascinators & think they look great! thanks for reading - xo


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