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Now, where I come from, the Run for the Roses is a huge, huge deal. Growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, one thinks that it’s normal for the city to have a two week celebration the weeks prior to the Derby, that it’s normal to get out of school the Friday before Derby to go bet on the girls running the Oaks, and that it’s normal to have to go out with mama to find your Derby Dress. AH, my sweet bluegrass hometown, you just make it perfectly normal for me to have a Daisy Buchanon moment every once in a while. That moment is THIS WEEK, ya’ll. WOOHOO! On Saturday, we bet on the ponies and you better believe that we bet in our best.

Derby dresses are great because they easily transition to many a garden tea and wedding reception-appropriate attire. Once you’ve worn them to every fancy occasion, they make the most lovely Sunday morning church dress and isn’t that just so Southern of you?! I’ll be most likely watching the boys run from a desktop computer at the Longchamp flagship store, but if I were headed to Churchill Downs, this is the dress I’d wear! Don’t forget some amazing accessories to complement your frock and your hat, of course!

 

 

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My mani is always one of my favorite accessories.

 

Now win, place OR show – the crowning glory of every Derby look is of course what sits atop your crown. I got my pick. I may just have to find a post-derby party to attend simply to wear this stunning hat.

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Someone wanna buy this in my honor?

 

Ahhh, praise God for another glorious excuse to buy pretty things. Another reason why I love my old Kentucky home. xoxo – Haley

Wearing: Dress – Champagne & Strawberries (similar), Belt – Gap (suuuper old, try this!), Shoes – Jessica Simpson, Clutch – Nordstrom (love this too), Bangles – Express and House of Harlow, Hat – Etsy