Kentucky Derby Style and Tips for the Race (links included!)

Hello friends! We’re nearing a very special date in May! No, not Cinco de Mayo- Derby Day! This annual event is probably one of the most prestigious things to attend every spring. People come from all over to sport their big hats and bet on their favorite horse. Several years ago I had the opportunity to attend with a friend of mine. We had ourselves a grand ol’ time!

kentucky derby style tips

For me, the fashion was the most exciting party of the day. Shocking since I’m a fashion blogger, isn’t it? The year we went it poured the entire time and we only had infield tickets, meaning that there was no covering or seating. The grand stands would have been lovely if they hadn’t been $600 a ticket. That’s another story though! Anyone who was in the infield inevitably got wet or muddy in some way. The fashion down there was a little lacking, however everyone else looked smashing!

I’m convinced the the best styles there were the most classic. Vineyard Vines is the official sponsor of the Kentucky Derby and for this event they were kind of my go-to for dress ideas. You’ll need something cute to wear during the countless renditions of ‘Sweet Caroline’ and ‘My Old Kentucky Home’! I’ve included a few of my style favorites for this event below (or a viewing party if you’re attending one!)//shopsensewidget.shopstyle.com/#/?options=%7B%22widgetId%22%3A%22571fc91661d1dd359ed11bc4%22%2C%22version%22%3A1%2C%22pid%22%3A%22uid3025-28872695-82%22%2C%22size%22%3A200%2C%22columns%22%3A3%2C%22rows%22%3A1%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fapi.shopstyle.com%2Fapi%2Fv2%22%2C%22iframeHeight%22%3A275%2C%22iframeWidth%22%3A705%7D
For comfort’s sake, I included wedges instead of stilettos as an option for shoes. You’ll be standing a lot and unless you have a great pair of Manolo’s, the pain in your feet isn’t worth it. However, wedges or a cute little sandal is a suitable, stylish alternative. When I went to the race a few years ago, it rained most of the day and I was so glad I didn’t wear high heels! I would have just sunk in the mud.

Also another little tip- you can’t take anything bigger than a clutch. Security won’t let you in! Given that most people get there before noon and the races don’t start until late in the afternoon, it really sucks. My suggestion is to take a small battery operated phone charger and cord, keep credit cards in the clutch (no wallet) with a few band aids for blisters, and a sample size tube of lipstick and perfume.

If you’re simply going to a viewing party, you’ll luck out with a bigger bag for your stuff! Enjoy!

-Liz

Casual Spring Style

kate spade bag

Happy Monday beauties! I hope you had a nice weekend and are reading this with a cup of hot coffee in your hand. That’s how I start out every morning- coffee, blog check, Instagram updates, and check the weather. My habits are just so interesting aren’t they? Anyway, this weekend was really nice here in Kansas City! I took the liberty to venture out in these adorable capris and do a little shopping (blog post to come on my finds!)

spring kate spade

My Kate Spade bag was a gift from my boyfriend last summer but it works so well in Spring too! It’s absolutely adorable and I love that it’s versatile because of the strap attached to it. I get a lot of compliments on it when I’m out and about!

spring shoe styles

These were my favorite sandals from last summer and they’re still going strong! I found them at Target for $9. The little bedazzlement near my toes adds so much more style to the entire shoe. I usually find the best steals in sandals in mid-July when stores are trying to get rid of them. Remember that tip in a few months!

monogrammed baseball hat

My favorite part of my outfit was the accessories that went with it. I wore a plain white tank top and simple capris but made it more exciting with a J. Crew necklace and monogrammed baseball hat. Simple outfits don’t have to be boring! Because I usually shop the clearance rack and things come and go quickly, I can’t provide you with links to my exact outfit but I’ve included similar things to get you started on recreating my casual look!

Liz

J Crew Spring Style

jcrew spring dress

Oh my goodness, this week is flying by and I couldn’t be more happy about it. My birthday is on Sunday and my boyfriend’s family is coming into town to help me celebrate! Since I don’t know that many people here in Kansas City yet, having someone to enjoy my day with is such a blessing.

Another little blessing I incurred a few weeks ago was this fabulous J Crew dress! Since I started working in an office again, I needed to add a few things to my professional wardrobe. This purple dress was on eBay for $9.99! Better yet, it has pockets! I love how flattering it is and the fun neckline makes it interesting.

strawberry nail color

When you wear a solid color dress, always add a little pizazz to it! I wore my favorite Lauren Conrad gold ring and my nails are painted a pretty strawberry color. Little things like this can make an outfit so much better! Some of my favorite accessories are watches, pearls, stacked bracelets, and printed scarves.

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Spring Wardrobe Must-Have

Classic jcrew button downHello pretty friends! Since spring is coming so fast and many of us work in office settings, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about cute clothing options you might want to have in your closet. Since the weather changes hourly (at least in Kansas City) I never know how to dress. Having a few versatile options has always gotten me through the awkward days of transition weather.

The one staple item everyone should have for spring weather is a good, light weight classic button down. The one I’m wearing in the photo above is from J Crew. It was on the clearance rack for $15 a few years ago and I’ve been wearing it ever since. Spring is the perfect time to wear this kind of top because it’s long-sleeve but sheer in terms of weight. Plus, it’s easy to tuck into your pencil skirt for the office! I’ve also worn it casually with white shorts and gladiator sandals, which was a great trendy twist on this classic.

I’m linking a similar (even cuter) one for you! J Crew Factory is also having some great sales right now! Let me know what color you get if you decide to buy one! Enjoy your Thursday and relax, it’s almost Friday.

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Weekend Vibes and New Sperrys

Sunday vibes

Happy Monday lovelies! This weekend was a bit chilly and rainy but I still spent some time outside at the zoo with my boyfriend. The animals were surprisingly active and and talkative! We ended the date with a yummy dinner at a great hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant. David has always taken me on the best dates and this weekend was no exception! Hopefully next Saturday will be sunny and we can enjoy a day at the farmer’s market.

sperrys for spring

Friday afternoon when I got home from work I had a surprise waiting for me in the mail- new Sperrys! Ebay has me going crazy stalking shoes, rompers, Lilly Pulitzer dresses, and so many other things. These beauties were only $6 and practically brand new! The seersucker material and adorable tassels just make them even cuter!

old navy earrings

The weekend vibes ended Sunday with my new Sperrys and these adorable earrings that match my Vineyard Vines pull-over. It never fails that the weekend is too short! At least, it ended on a pretty note though! Leave a comment about what you did this weekend!

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