Derby Day!

What A DAY. I am so grateful to Vineyard Vines for inviting me down to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby as it was a definite bucket list day. I have wanted to go to the Derby for-absolute-EVER but this was my first time attending. Not surprisingly, it was so much fun! I originally had only planned on doing one post about the whole weekend but Demi’s photos (horses in the rain = magic) were so gorgeous that I decided to take my time here and split it into two posts. It was definitely an experience I will never forget and something I’d encourage you to do if you have the chance. I didn’t even end up betting on any horses… I just loved being there – drinking a mint julep, dressing up, and some truly epic people watching.

PS – my dress is on sale! I specifically chose it as I wanted something I could wear again.. it would be so perfect for summer parties. I wanted my look to be preppy but not tooooo preppy so I added crazy green sunglasses and my favorite emerald green sandals.

What I Wore: Vineyard Vines Dress (c/o) // Jenny Pfanenstiel Fascinator (c/o) // Candy Shop Vintage Earrings // Candy Shop Vintage Bracelet // Dolce & Gabbana Banana Leaf Sunglasses (pictured later, they’re old but Amazon seems to have them? Unclear if they’re real… I bought mine on eBay last summer) // Loeffler Randall Coco Slides (the best and love the new lower height version!)

photography by Demi Ward.


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  1. What a fun day, I loved how everyone dressed up so enthusiastically! You all look so fancy! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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  2. Marty:

    Looks like so much fun! Beautiful photos. Glad you got to check it off your bucket list!

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  3. I love the sunglasses! They really are the perfect finishing touch. I love events that turn the whole day into an experience and get everyone all dressed up.
    You look beautiful, xAllie

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  4. erica:

    you should blow up & frame on of the horse shots – the rain and colors and light are amazing!

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    • Cory:

      Agree 1000%. These are some of the most beautiful pics I have seen on a blog.

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      • awwww I am going to send these comments to the photographer from the weekend – she is SO talented!!!! I felt the same – originally I didn’t want to stretch the trip out, so planned on doing only one post… but I loved the photos so much I had to break it up into two posts!

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  5. Becca:

    Wow, the shot of the horses running by in the rain is an incredible picture!

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  6. Natali:

    Wow, I have never experienced anything like this and it looks so interesting and very upscale!! You looked like a princess!!

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  7. Cory:

    These pictures are AMAZING!!! Looks like the best time ever.

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    • It was SO much fun – seriously something I’ll never forget, and so happy to have photos like this!

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  8. jenn:

    Stunning post! What an extraordinary weekend. I am in love with your Derby look- so chic!

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  9. Ryann Carter:

    Oh my goodness! That looks like so much fun! So jealous. Love the photos! Thanks for sharing!


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  10. SO fun – total bucket list adventure (I need to go to this one day, and you definitely need to come to the polo or Royal Ascot over here).

    P.S. Love the fascinator – you should probably just rock that for running errands around Brooklyn 😉

    Briony xx

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