What to wear to the Kentucky Derby

Horses and High Fashion…what’s not to love about the Kentucky Derby? I would love to go one day. For now I’ll just have to settle with dreaming up lovely outfits for that one day…This year think less costumey and themed, and think pieces that you can wear all summer. Dress them up for the day of the Derby, but dress them down for every day use.

First here is a little bit of advice from Coco Rocha on how to dress for the Derby.photo

A Full Skirt – Wear this with a silk tank or a tie waist blouse. Dress it down later with a cute chambray top.

Glad Romance SkirtGlad Romance Skirt

A Sun Hat – Be sure to check out my previous post (here) on all the fun hats you can wear, but to be safe, get one that you can wear again!

Whippoorwill Floppy HatWhippoorwill Floppy Hat

A Ladylike Bag – For Derby day wear them with girly prints and pastels, and afterwards wear them as we pop of color with your outfit.

Red Valentino Bow Structured ToteRed Valentino Bow Structured Tote

A Proper Sundress – Keep it lovely and simple with minimal jewelry.

Kate Spade Celina DressKate Spade Celina Dress

Retro Sunglasses – Southern lady look.

Tory Burch Cat Eye SunglassesTory Burch Cat Eye Sunglasses

A Prim Blouse – Wear with a full skirt or with a jacket for the Derby, but dress down later with some distressed denim.

Frill BlouseFrill Blouse

A Ballet Flat – A little preppy and much more comfortable than a pump.

Metallic Cap Toe Ballet FlatMetallic Cap Toe Ballet Flat

Classic Jewelry – Keep it simple. If it looks like an heirloom, even better.

Mark and Graham Sophia MedallionMark and Graham Sophia Medallion

Gingham – Polish it up for Derby day, but gingham is perfect for outfits all summer.

Taylor Dresses Gingham Fit and Flare DressTaylor Dresses Gingham Fit and Flare Dress

*tips from Lucky Magazine

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My Favorite Derby Hats

The Kentucky Derby is on Sunday and what is more important than the hat?…well maybe the horse…While I do like sports, this sporting event is especially fun because it seems to incorporate fashion just as much as anything else. It’s almost more known for the fashion. I would love to go one day. Just don’t forget to bring your hat…

Dotted Disk Sun HatDotted Disk Sun Hat

Christine A Moore ‘Hyatt’ HatChristine A Moore Hyatt Hat

August Hat ‘Garnet’ Romantic HatAugust Hat 'Garnet' Romantic Hat

Sinamay Radial Floral Bow Floppy HatSinamay Radial Floral Bow Floppy Hat

August Hat ‘Ruby’ Hat

August Hat 'Ruby' Hat

Eric Javits ‘Swinger’ HatEric Javits Swinger Hat

Plaza Suite ‘Lanna’ HatPlaza Suite 'Lanna' Hat

Eric Javits ‘Marisa’ HatEric Javits 'Marisa' Hat

Juicy Couture Wide Brim Straw Sun HatJuicy Couture Wide Brim Straw Sun Hat

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Gingham and Polka Dot Blues

If you follow along, you know I’ve featured this skirt before (here) from J.Crew Factory. I bought another one that is similar in shape in bright pink too! I really like them because they are light and great for spring and summer at a great price too! I got both of them an extra 40% off during one of their sales. Yet another great perk of J.Crew Factory. All of their stuff is already a lower price than regular J.Crew products (and almost the same as their normal stuff…and still great quality!), plus they always have fabulous sales on top of their lowered prices.

So now to move on from my “rant” about J.Crew…I thought this was a fun springy outfit. I have noticed that I tend to wear a lot of blue so this was a good way to wear it, but mix prints. Plus I made sure my nails had some bright colors on them at least! I paired it with some “spring booties” and I love this fun statement necklace as well. Not too big, but it gets the job done!

(I also took these photos a little bit ago…it just snowed two days ago, but not this much! It’s May…it really just needs to be sunny)

Top – J.Crew Factory (similar here); Skirt – J.Crew Factory; Booties – Sabine (similar here and here); Necklace – J.Crew; Watch – Michael Kors (similar here); Rings – David Yurman, By Boe, Hammered Bands (from Soel Boutique, similar here).

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Cinco de Mayo Outfit Ideas!

I think that Cinco de Mayo is one of the more fun holidays to dress up and go out for. Fun prints, details, and embroidery! Not to mention great shoes and jewelry! Plus…mexican food! YUM!!! So here are some fun ideas for what you could wear out. The best thing is that you can totally get away with being costumey 🙂

J.Crew Linen Eyelet TopLinen Eyelet Top

Bijouterie Layering NecklaceBijouterie Layering Necklace

Dika Gauze DressDika Gauze Dress

Ralph Lauren Everett Tote BagRalph Lauren Everett Tote Bag

J.Crew Embroidered Gauze TopEmroidered Gauze Top

ASOS Forest Leather Flat SandalsASOS Forest Leather Flat Sandals

Mara Hoffman Electric Casino Maxi DressMara Hoffman Electric Casino Maxi Dress

Pepe Jeans Embroidered Denim ShortsPepe Jeans Embroidered Denim Shorts

ISARO by Jill Golden A-list Wide Cuff

ISARO by Jill Golden A-list Wide Cuff

Poza Mazi DressPoza Mazi Dress

Crossed Lines ScarfCrossed Lines Scarf

Vanessa Bruno Athe Embroidered DressVanessa Bruno Athe Embroidered Dress

Stitch a Ride FlatStitch a Ride Flat

Pompom Peasant BlousePompom Peasant Blouse

Antik Batik Merro Beaded BagAntik Batik Merro Beaded Bag

6 Shore Road ‘On the Rocks’ Dress6 Shore Road On The Rocks Dress

Cocobelle ‘Aztec’ SandalCocobell Aztec Sandal

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Get A Gatsby Inspired Look

Ok ok…I know, I’m a little obsessed lately, but this movie looks so great! Also, the clothes from the 1920’s are so fantastic too! Just think of sequins, drop waists, lace, and delicate, detailed jewelry. While you can go all out for a costume, it’s not too hard lately to put together a modern 1920’s/Gatsby look. This year this has been a big fashion trend already and now with the movie coming out I’m sure it will be even bigger.

Here are some great picks that aren’t too ‘costumey’ and can actually be worn as an actual outfit for everyday or a night out.

Bronze Stepped Hem Embellished Tank Top – riverisland.comBronze Stepped Hem Embellished Tank Top

Mulberry Brushed Leather T-Bar Pumps – net-a-porter.comMulberry Brushed Leather T-Bar Pumps

Joseph Hand Painted Silk Maxi Dress – net-a-porter.comJoseph Hand Painted Silk Maxi Dress

Lulu Frost Crystal and Resin Spike Earrings – net-a-porter.com

Lulu Frost Crystal and Resin Spike Earrings

Pearl Shift Dress – topshop.comPearl Shift Dress

Dauphines Sun Goddess Headband – shopbop.comDauphines Sun Goddess Headband

Boutique by Jaegar Drop Waist Jersey Dress – asos.com

Boutique by Jaegar Drop Waist Jersey Dress

Forever 21 Woven Cloche – forever21.comForever 21 Woven Cloche

Striped Edge Chambray Dress – anthropologie.comStriped Edge Chambray Dress

Nina ‘Etta’ Oxford – nordstrom.comNina 'Etta' Oxford

Etro Embroidered Cotton and Silk-Blend Mini Dress – net-a-porter.comEtro Embroidered Cotton and Silk-Blend Mini Dress

Seychelles Petunia Heel – modcloth.com

Seychelles Petunia Heel

Parker ‘Hayden’ Dress – shopbop.comParker Hayden Dress

Kzeniya Dream Engraved Perspex Leather Bag – www.my-wardrobe.com

Kzeniya Dream Engraved Perspex Leather Bag

Pisarro V-Neck Beaded Sequin Gown – nordstrom.comPisarro V-Neck Beaded Sequin Gown

Isabel Marant ‘Josephine’ Gold-Tone Crystal Tassel Earrings – net-a-porter.com

Isabel Marant 'Josephine' Gold-Tone Crystal Tassel Earrings

Hand Embroidered Asymetric Top with Beading – zara.com

Hand Embroidered Asymetric Top with Beading

Burgundian Heels – BHLDN.comBurgundian Heels

Knit Bowtied Cloche – anthropologie.comKnit Bowtied Cloche

The Day Dress – anthropologie.comThe Day Dress

J.Crew Double-Tassel Necklace – jcrew.com

J.Crew Double-Tassel Necklace

Oriel Beaded Dress – candelanyc.comOriel Beaded Dress

Lulu Frost Sandra Earrings – whistles.com

Lulu Frost Sandra Earrings

Feathered Bag – anntaylor.comFeathered Bag

Milly ‘Sarley’ Pleat Stripe Dress – shopbop.comMilly 'Sarley' Pleat Stripe Dress

Forever 21 Teardrop Deco Necklace – forever21.com

Forever 21 Teardrop Deco Necklace

Matthew Williamson Ornate Flounder Embriodered V-Neck Dress – matthewwilliamson.comMatthew Williamson Ornate Flounder Embriodered V-Neck Dress

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