Favorite Things: Summer Mix Tape

Okay so I get that we’re not quite yet at summer yet – we’re barely getting used to all the loveliness of Spring but this time of year always reminds me of the end of the school year. Humor me with some old lady college reminiscing but one of the reasons I love Derby week so much is that the Saturday at Churchill Downs was always the icing on the cake after a long Spring semester.

We’d wrap up finals, pack up for the summer then head west down I-64 for a weekend in Louisville at the track. And like any big weekend, my friends and I would pick a theme song for the weekend (no laughing please and yes, we still tend to do this when we get together) and then put together a little music mix. First it was on CD’s then it moved to our iPods but there was always a mix.

That ‘mix’ would inevitable be the soundtrack to the summer – getting played on repeat through Memorial Day and long days at the pool. They also were pretty clutch when I’d hit the road for the crazy long drive home from Lexington to Miami.

The other day while doing some crazy closet cleaning, I stumbled upon a giant stack of old CD’s that included a bunch of those old mixes. Although seriously scratched, I combed through them to put together a new/old mix. It’s a little schizophrenic and all over the place (yes, it includes both Hall & Oates and Goodie Mob) when it comes to genres/time periods but that’s what makes it fun (to me). I’m considering sending this all old hits are new again mix to all my college roomies to get their summer started right (even if it is from an office rather than poolside).

Now when it comes to making a mix, I do a little digging on Spotify and then send it over (did this a couple weeks ago with a friend).

Also, I love a good mix – so if you want to put together some summer fun music and send it over to me, I wouldn’t be mad.


Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Spotify via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Spotify.

Derby Dress of the Day: Topped Off in Neon

We’re doubling up today with one beautiful Headcandi piece paired with two bright and fun dresses. With the races a little more than a week away, I know everyone’s in crunch mode but there’s still time to get your look together. I’ve been sharing lots of Louisville sales/store events over on facebook – so follow along there if you’re looking to stay up on local happenings.

It’s also been a lot of fun to see how gals outside the bluegrass are getting Derby ready. And while I can agree a Derby party is definitely in order no matter what next weekend, there is truly nothing better than being at the track on the first Saturday in May (let the FOMO begin). Bucket list item for sure.

Today Kristen and Lynsey are both sporting the same headpiece with gorgeous Milly numbers from Clodhoppers. Kristen’s is definitely for the gal not afraid of color and standing out while Lynsey’s is for someone who’s looking to put a fun twist on traditional. If you’re still on the hunt for a dress, definitely swing into Clodhoppers¬† – I know they’ve been getting more dresses in by the day!

Modeled by Lynsey Creech and Kristen Cripe
Photos by Whitney Neal.

On Lynsey:
Dress: Milly available at Clodhoppers | Bracelet: Dandelion | Hat: Headcandi
On Kristen:
Dress: Milly available at Clodhoppers | Bag: Dandelion | Hat: Headcandi

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Derby Dress of the Day: Out of the Blue

Ready for your daily dose of Derby inspiration? I’m pretty in love with this look on Kristin and I could definitely see myself sporting this from head-to-toe if I could make it to the races this year.

Some people may be against the whole matching look but I think the mix of colors and shades makes it work. If you’re still looking for a dress – this one from Dress & Dwell is perfect for the track and is only $66 (yup, you read that right). You can order it online OR grab it at their store. Go big and get the hat to match while you’re there.

Also, this awesome necklace was still at Dandelion when I was there over the weekend and I thought about scooping it up. Looks great with this but would look equally nice with a simple white tee or button-down.

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Photos by Whitney Neal.




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