Tuesday, May 5, 2015

141st Kentucky Derby

Derby is one of my favourite parts of living in Kentucky. Megan and I used to go to the races a lot in Sydney, so it's fun to be able to continue that tradition here. Each year we say it's our last time but it keeps calling us back! We are already planning next year... but first, let's recap the 141st Derby!

141st Kentucky Derby

We started bright and early - last year we were up ridiculously early but we weren't out the door as early as we wanted, and this year because we wanted to bring chairs and whatnot (only one gate allows you to enter with chairs), we wanted to get there early to avoid the insane line. I can't remember what time we got there- before 10am maybe? There was no line. It was amazing. We went straight to the infield (stopping to get my first bud light, of course) to set up camp and then wandered around, checking out the grounds, the outfits, the hats etc. It didn't get crazy busy until after noon, and when it did, you could barely move. It was record breaking attendance!

We took lots of photos, watched a lot of people, talked to a few random people, helped a few drunk people that apparently had no friends to look after them, drank a few bud lights and a couple of Oaks Lilys, danced at the Vineyard Vines tent, placed a few bets (Megan, not me), walked around a bunch.. I mean, that's all there is to Derby, really. It's not a bad thing - like I said, it's one of my favourite parts of living in Kentucky.

It was an absolutely beautiful day, couldn't have asked for nicer weather. So, picture overload, shall we? I'll warn you - it's lots of me and Megan, and lots of selfies. Would you expect anything less?






































FYI Megan made both of our fascinators - we got complimented and asked a zillion times, and several people said she needed to sell them. My dress (and necklace) are from Rent The Runway. My sunnies were $5 and they are the bomb (price changes all the time). Megan's romper is adorable but it's sold out, but here is the exact one in a different print. Hair and makeup done by Megan (duh!). You don't really want the boys outfit details do you? Just kidding.

There you have it, another Derby in the books. Probably the best one yet.

Have you ever been to the races? Is Derby on your bucket list?

63 comments:

  1. I'm not going to lie, my jealousy that you ladies get to go to the Derby is pretty up there! You both look amazing! Those facinators... perfection! And the weather really was amazing. While watching it all day I think I said "I can't believe how pretty the weather is there today" like 10 times! Glad you had an amazing time and maybe I'll join you one day!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. You guys are ridiculously adorable! Those fascinators are amazing, and you both look like you had a good time! The Derby is on my bucket list for sure!!

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  3. Love your outfit and all of the pictures that you took! The Derby is definitely one of the things on my bucket list so I'm pretty jealous that you get to go all of the time. Glad you had an awesome day!

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  4. You girls look fabulous! How fun that you get to go to such an amazing event every year (bucket list item for me for sure!) And she did an incredible job on your fascinators, I agree she needs to sell them :)

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  5. Wow you guys definitely took a ton of pics! You both look amazing!! Love your dress and necklace!!! So cute!

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  6. You gals look gorgeous! The outfits, the hair and most certainly the fascinators are completely on point!! She does need to sell them! The Derby seems like such a fun experience - I hope I can go one day! xoxo

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  7. I've never really wanted to do this until seeing your pictures, haha! Both of you looked gorgeous and perfectly color-coordinated :) Megan definitely needs to sell those fascinators! I want one just because haha.

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  8. One of my very best friends helped with the photography for the derby and she said the same thing - that this was the best year yet. Glad you had a great time! You gals looked great!

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  9. Have you ever been to Keeneland in (around?) Lexington? My friends who went to UK rave about it :)

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  10. AMAZING!! Love the outfits, the fascinators!! (Of course I was going to ask where you got them - wow, go Megan!!), and your hot pink mani is perfection too!! And um....I'm jealous of Megan's tan. If she has a favorite sunless tanner please have her share the deets. You have to keep this tradition alive until you have a good excuse NOT to go (like...babies or something that gets in the way). It's just too fun and the pictures are priceless.

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  11. WOW she MADE those herself? That is amazing, they are perfect! Looks like you had an absolute blast!

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  12. That is SO awesome that you got to go to the Derby! Hubs and I were in Austin, but went to a bar to watch it live. I've only been to one legit horse race, Foxfields in Virginia. It was an absolute preppy sh*t show! Is the Derby like that, too? I see you wore flip flops. I was one of the few women in flats - I remember all of them in heels or wedges and I was like, "What?! We're walking on grass and drinking, ladies! Think ahead. Think ahead!"

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  13. Love this!!! Such PERFECT weather! I'm officially coming down for The Derby next year - Nick and I have been saying this for like 3 years but next year I'm making it happen!

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  14. So fun. I love all of the cute pictures, so great to have a bestie tradition. I haven't been but would love to go someday. Even if just for the novelty of dressing up. :) That's so amazing that she made them!! I agree, she should totally sell them on Etsy! She could pass out business cards at the derby when people ask. :) XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  15. I love all the photos! You ladies look fabulous and your fascinators are amazing. Great job Megan!!! I would totally buy one so if she starts hook a sister up with info on where to buy!

    What a great day and tradition.

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  16. Looks like an amazing time, lady! Derby is definitely on my list, I can't wait to go! I love your dress and those fascinators are fabulous.

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  17. Yay for the derby! I love going to the horse races here, but I know the Kentucky Derby has got be so much better.
    Your hat is so fun! Haha. Love both of your outfits.

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  18. This looks like so much fun! Love your outfits! I've always wanted to go to the Derby. Been trying to convince Chris to go next year since we'll be a lot closer. :) Haha.

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  19. You look amazing! What an awesome time!

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  20. Looks like such a fun time! You and your bff look so much alike!

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  21. She made those?! That's fantastic, they look amazing. I miss the Derby, it's been awhile since I've gone. Well, two years. Seems longer.

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  22. Your fascinators are gorgeous! If Megan does ever decide to sell, I'm definitely buying.

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  23. I love your dress!! That fascinator is fantastic!!! Such great pictures!! One day I hope to go to the derby. So fun.

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  24. Beautiful ladies! Saw some of these on your IG. So glad you had a great time!

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  25. Love those glasses your wearing! I can't believe they are only $5. They wouldn't fit my face but look great on you! I also can't believe she made those fascinators and did your HMU. Talented.

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  26. I think it's awesome you guys go every year and you adorable and like you're having so much fun. My husband wants to go so badly. I'm not sure how I feel. I am terrified of horses and I'd stress too much being in the same place as them. On purpose.

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    1. Odds are at the Kentucky Derby - in the infield, you wont ever even SEE a horse :)

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  27. I was going to ask where you got those fascinators - they are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Like crazy beautiful. I bet she could sell those around Derby time for HUNDREDS!
    Glad you didn't get sunburned in that weather!!!
    HOW did you 2 get a picture of doing into the tunnel with no one around & no one in the stands? I'm impressed.

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  28. You guys look great. Did you make those hats yourself or you bought them?

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  29. So jealous!!! Looks like an amazing day and you all look adorable!! Love love love the fascinators!

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  30. So jealous!!! Looks like an amazing day and you all look adorable!! Love love love the fascinators!

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  31. Soooo much fun! I want to go one day for my Uncle's birthday, but there is always so much going for me at the end of each school year so we have never made it.

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  32. It looks like it would be fun! Both fascinators are gorgeous, I agree should should sell them!

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  33. This looks like a blast! What a fun tradition with your bestie. Y'all both look absolutely gorgeous! Love both of your outfits. I can't believe she made the fascinators. So pretty! I've never been to a horse race but looks like I should add that to my bucket list!

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  34. Oh how fun!!! You both look gorgeous in your outfits!!!! Love the little hats and your hair!!! I have never been to the derby but it would be fun to go once! I wonder if I could pull off a hat...I doubt it.

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  35. I loved keeping up with you on Instagram all weekend! It looks like you had an AMAZING time! She does need to sell those fascinators!

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  36. Love the dresses and headpieces! Pretty bright matching colors. Looks like you also got fabulous weather!

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  37. You are the prettiest ladies! And wow she MADE them? Girlfriend is talented. Loved getting a peak into your weekend!

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  38. In love with your dress!!! The romper is also adorable. The photos came out great! Looks like a really fun time. xo

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  39. You two are so gorgeous! Looks like a fun time.

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  40. Oh my gosh, so much fun! I love your dress and I'm obsessed with her romper! Probably the stupidest question, but do you set up your chairs and leave them while you walk around and no one takes your spot?? Or does someone have to stay with the chairs? I would love to go one day!

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  41. Looks like so much fun!! And you both look fabulous! I've never been to any horse races before. There was a big one by me in QLD, but of course I was too young back then.

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  42. The flowers are giving me life right now! So gorgeous!!

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  43. I love the picture overload. I love that you were so well coordinated. I love the fascinators (yes, she should sell them). I question why you started drinking full strength budweiser - blech! Looks like a great time. You know what? I've never been to the races here. Guess I need to change that, huh?

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  44. Omg so much fun!!! I would love to go to the Kentucky Derby one time! You both look so gorgeous too! Loving the hats and outfits!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  45. yall's hair looks so pretty. and the flowers? i'm assuming those are the fascinators. those are lovely, too.

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  46. ahh SO fun! i love your outfit and hat :) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  47. I love the hat and the outfits! The romper is so beautiful and you paired your dress so well with the hat!! Glad you had such a great time!

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  48. It looks like such a great time! It's on my life list to get there one day and maybe even hang out with you there!! You and your bestie look so much alike! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  49. umm hello. y'all look STUNNING. and i am so glad you linked to your dress because I think I might need it!

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  50. Wow sets, how AWESOME! You all look beyond gorgeous and so happy and fun! What a treat! Good times for sure!! Just loving you and your BFF's outfits you classy, beautiful gals!!

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  51. I absolutely adoooore your guys' outfits. You guys are the cutest. :) Looks like such a fun time!!

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  52. Hot Ladies! You MADE the fascinators?!? SO COOL. We actually have an old racetrack in San Diego as well. I believe September is the month we pull out the big hats :)

    With all this time you are spending in the South, I wonder if you've picked up some Southern twang to go along with your Aussie accent? hehe.

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  53. Seriously y'all looked absolutely beautiful and it looks like you had the best time! I was totally thinking about you when I was watching it wondering if you were having a blast!

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  54. You both look gorgeous! Those fascinators were the first thing I noticed. I'll definitely buy one from her next year! Looks like y'all had so much fun!

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  55. I didn't realize you could buy tickets to the derby until this year. I always thought you had to be some big wig. Definitely on the bucket list. It looks like you guys had such a fun time with this tradition and I love your outfits - they were perfect for the derby! She should definitely sell the fascinators!

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  56. Stop, you guys are so freakin' gorgeous! Y'all look amazing. And now, I need you to share the color of that fabulous polish you're rockin ;)

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  57. Your outfit was simply flawless & amazing!!

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  58. OMG You ladies look so gorgeous! Those hats are sooooooooooooooooooooooo pretty!!!!!

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  59. I love your photo's, it looks like you had a great day and you both look gorgeous. I have never been to the races before which makes me sad!

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  60. I love the shots of you two from behind! (That isn't meant to be as creepy as it sounds.) I would love to do this someday... the hats!

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  61. You guys look awesome!!!!! You ladies are gorgeous and how cool to be living so close to this. I wish I could put on a fascinator and a pretty dress and go to the Derby!

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