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Having a husband who hails from Louisville, Kentucky, the importance, drama, and overall sport of horse racing has been deeply ingrained upon me since pretty much day one of our relationship. Though it looks like I was ready for the races well before I met Barr…
The Kentucky Derby (and Churchill Downs in general) is held in great reverence by the Blantons – my first Derby was a magical one, where I learned (sort of) to place bets (I still pick based on the name and/or the jockey’s silks’ color) and wear big hats:
What babies we were!
While we haven’t been able to make it to the Kentucky Derby over the last few years, we have been blessed to watch the ponies run around in the track in Dubai, and now Perth!
Last weekend I attended the Crown Perth Opening Day at Perth Ascot. The crowds were more manageable, the betting a bit different, and the hats a tad smaller, but nothing beats a day at the track.
I only placed one bet the entire afternoon, but didn’t lose any money, which is always a plus!
And the races and horses aside, the focus was the fascinators and ensembles – WOW! The money, thought, creativity, and time that women put into their outfits and teeny little hats (which are more akin to works of art in my opinion), is mind-boggling.
Our little group snagged a table next to the Myer Fashion on the Field fashion show. Y’all: these women aren’t messing around with this – the preparation and rules that go into this competition is hardcore. The winner gets a cash prize and is also awarded an all expenses paid trip to the Melbourne Cup in November to compete in the Australia-wide competition. Suffice it to say that it’s kind of a big deal. Here were the top 3 outfits of the Perth grouping:
And just to show you that there were indeed horses there, here is Andi’s Boy, the horse I bid upon (and won!)
A full day of fascinators, races, and fun company – you can’t beat it! Ill have to go back next time with my Kentucky boy (though I don’t think he’ll have the same appreciation for the fashion that the ladies did). Until next time…
Switching gears yet again (clearly this blog is currently a stream of consciousness for me – one day I hope to find a more simplified niche!) That being said, I love awards season, the fashion moments on the red carpet in particularly. (We Blantons also love to go to movies and watch our fair share of TV, so picking my favorites for the winners is always fun, too – side note: we just saw Wolf of Wall Street here in Dubai; I’m going to direct you to another expat Dubai blogger, Circles in the Sand, as she sums up our own reaction to the censored version of the film perfectly).
Anywho, the Golden Globes weren’t televised here (travesty, but PTL that I will be in the states come the Academy Awards on March 2!), but we did get E! Live from the Red Carpet…it’s actually currently on continuous loop, so I could at least see the fashion moments and arrivals and then just catch up on the highlights and winners online. Here are some of of the looks/trends that really stood out to me – the good and the bad – it’s all about being noticed, is it not?
Rainbow: I adore dressing with a singular, beautiful pop of color, and the red carpet was a crayon box of vivid shades – red, in particular, was a big hit!
TDF Hair: I usually notice the dress first, but there were three celebrities that killed it in the coiffure department, IMO: Reese Witherspoon (the cut, the color..I want it all), Julia Roberts (her dress wasn’t a favorite, but her hair was – as we Texans say, the higher the hair, the closer to God), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (her classic ponytail managed to look fresh and effortless, and complimented her simple Narciso Rodriguez dress perfectly)
The Best +1: There were a number of pregnant celebs on the red carpet this year, and I thought the way in which many dressed their respective bumps was fashionable, adorable, and fabulous! I mean Kerry Washington can literally do no wrong when it comes to her fashion choices (this off white Balenciaga was no exception), Drew Barrymore in a frothy, floral and fun Monique Lhuillier number fit her personality (or what I perceive her personaility to be like!) perfectly, and last but not least, Olivia Wilde, wearing a sparkly, emerald Gucci gown, rocked her new bump like whoa
I’d have to say that my two favorite overall looks from last night were Sofia Vergara and Lupita Nyong’o.
Sofia Vergara is just a pure bombshell – I love how she rocks her curves, and this Zac Posen does just that; she looks so classy, and the Lorraine Schwartz necklace is just amazing – I think this is definitely an easy look for the “every woman” to emulate – all you need is a LBD and a statement necklace! Timeless.
Lupita Nyong’o is a Hollywood newbie (and I have yet to see 12 Years a Slave, but it is on my bucket list!), and boy did she make the best fashion statement EVER; her look was downright regal – everything from the makeup, the color, the cut of the dress, the peekaboo arms! Bottom line: that Ralph Lauren dress was everything. I literally want a cape to wear around now – the fact that I dont have any occasion to wear that type of dress to be damned!
I could go on and on, but I would need to write like 7 car posts to make up for it (sorry to Barr, my Dad, David and any other male readers out there!) 🙂 Until next time…