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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!
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.
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
I just bought this dress. (Pre-#30DayChallenge, mind you)
Scene: Me. My Mother-In-Law. Old Navy. Sale Rack. Easter Sunday. Baaaaasically, this dress was $15 dollars and it’s probably going to be worn too many times this summer. I also foresee me looking at a picture of myself in it 30 years down the road and feeling like I could still pull it out of my 2044 closet for a spin on a hot July day. It’s not trendy and it makes me think of a dress my grandmother would have worn, so there’s a familiar and homey feel about it. I just finished reading a book about Paris Street Style (in fact, that is the title of the book) which profiled some tres, tres chic women of Paris. Were these ladies decked out in Chanel, Celine, and Louboutin? NO! Head to toe vintage or second hand, with a great shoe or Dries Van Noten silk jacket thrown in the mix. And of course, they all looked magnificent, further mystifying the French feminine style. Why do all French woman just look amazing??
Effortless, lived-in fabrics often make for the most lovely of looks because when you are comfortable in your own skin, you are, in fact, beautiful. Comfort is irresistible to others. I truly love a piece that is a palette and can be worn a million different ways before anyone realizes you’ve been wearing the same dress for 2 weeks on end. The hero of my closet, always coming through when I’m coming up with nothing.
Here’s a short list of how I’ll be styling my new stripey dress:
– Blue Blazer with Nude Heels for the Showroom
– Grey Tee layered over top with a Tan Belt and Sandals for my Day Off
– Leather Jacket and Moto Boots and Shades for…any day in Soho
or as shown below,
– My All-Time Favorite Spring Jacket tied around my waist with the best Nude Wedges
Good times ahead for me and my new dress, guys, good times ahead.
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And yea, I’m probably wearing this dress tomorrow.
It was officially an amazing day. My morning run was a little less One Girl Against the World and a little more Bond Girl Zig Zags Through Pedestrians. It was very inspiring and coincidentally, I shaved 30 seconds off my mile. What was the cause of my motivation? The golden mistress herself, El SUN graced my frozen city with her presence. We reached 65 stellar, fun-loving degrees today!
Thanks to this glorious sign of hope that the meanest, roughest winter will soon be over – I was more than ready to pull out one of my go-to winter pieces and wear it with my almost number one go-to summer piece.
Nothing brightens my day more than a little yellow sunshine on my wrists. Enter my Vince pullover – I love it because a) I won it by selling a ton of Vince product during my Nordstrom days b) it’s Vince so it’s instantly cool c) it just makes me happy. Yellow and gray were my wedding colors, so it’s all near and dear to my heart. During my (speedy) run this morning, I decided that jean shorts with tights were a must. This outfit is almost always casual, but it’s such a great way to transition into warmer months without bearing your pale, noodle legs prematurely. PLUS shorts just make me happy.
Style note: try dressing this look up with a wedge and a longer field jacket to get a little more foxiness and less girl-next-door-ness as seen here. Girl next door or not, it’s getting warmer and my best season is around the corner. I couldn’t wipe that grin off my face if I tried.
Wearing – Sweater: Vince (similar), Shorts: Old Navy (old! Try These), Tights: Nordstrom, Flats: Zara (want these), Bag: Zina Eva (similar), Necklace: JCrew, Sunglasses: Ray Ban, Latte: McDonald’s – #classy
Oh, Hollywood…sigh. So many glam events, so little time. Awards season is upon us, and while the SAG awards aren’t as exciting as the Golden Globes, it’s still fun to see everyone dressed and walking the carpet. I have to say, there were more “worst dressed” picks than “best dressed” for me this time around. I wasn’t as “wowed”. But, here goes..
Best Dressed: Amy Adams in Antonio Berardi
Hands down, my favorite dress of the evening was Amy Adam’s deep blue Antonio Berardi gown. She looked so gorgeous!! The amazing neckline, the metallic belt…I could go on and on. I loved her orangy-red lip color and simple, drop earrings. Bravo, Amy! A+
Tie for Best Dressed: Michelle Dockery in J. Mendel
Michelle Dockery seriously stunned in this J. Mendel gown. She looks SO classy! This is how to do a plunging neck line, ladies. I love her pop of red lip color and simple accessories. Annnnnd, can we talk about her two-toned Gianvito Rossi heels? I adore them. And want them. I kiiiiind of wish she would have gone with a little pop of color with her shoes, but I don’t hate it. Bravo!!
And, now for worsted dressed. It was hard to pick just two…
Worst Dressed: Juliette Lewis
Wow. This dress is just all wrong. Silk? The floral print? This print seriously looks like something one would wear on vacay at the beach. Not to mention it’s ill fitting. I’m just not a fan at all. It looks cheap to me. Harsh much? I know. But, I am pretty passionate about bad floral prints.
Runner up for worst dressed: Edie Falco
Oh, Edie. No. Just, no. This print is not working for me AT ALL. Neither is the hemline. It’s waaaay too casual for my taste- especially to walk a carpet. And, the shoes with the dress? I see what she was trying to do here. Add a little edge to that butterfly print, but it isn’t working. I give you an F minus, Edie.
xo- Carrie M
The Ballet?! I love the Ballet. It just makes you feel special to get dressed up and watch such a beautiful show. I’ll just go ahead and say that I am SUPER jealous of Carrie J actually going to see The Nutcracker Ballet. It’s fine. I’ll just dress up and pretend here in Nashville. This is what I would wear if I could twitch my nose and head to Klamath, with Carrie J and the girls.
PS- It’s SUNNY in Nashville! (It was 27 degrees when we took these photos. I’m just pretending to be warm..) Also, don’t even worry about the mud on my pretty, sparkly shoes. The things we do (walk through) to get a good photo.. ;)
xo- Carrie M