Shopping: Last Minute Breeder’s Cup Hats & Fascinators

Happy Halloween friends! I know this post is coming a little late on All Hallow’s Eve but this is the first time I’ve sat down for more than five minutes. Hopefully your Halloween weekend was filled with fun costumes, friends and lots & lots of candy.

Your weekend may also have included an invite to Breeder’s Cup (lucky you!) and if so you are probably scrambling for the perfect outfit AND the perfect hat. If you are like me and always wait until the last minute to get it all together, you’re in luck. Jana from Jana’s Hat Box  can help you find the perfect touch to top off your look.

And because Jana is a pal, she is offering all Lou What Wear readers 15% off her fabulous fascinators & hats. Just click here & drop our name when you give her a shout.

You can also run into Clodhoppers, Crush Boutique and Les Filles Boutique to pick out one of her one-of-a-kind pieces.

I’m kind of loving this birdcage fascinator today. The navy on it makes it pop and stand out from a simple black look. Looks amazing on this blue-eyed beauty and I’m sure would make a great statement on any blue-eyed LWW reader.

Head on over to Facebook and “like” Jana’s Hat Box where you can check out more of her beauts!

Hey friends! Jana’s Hat Box is a Lou What Wear advertising partner but don’t you worry, all opinions are my own and all selections are courtsey of yours truly. C’mon friends, I wouldn’t lead you astray.





Style Spotting: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Part II

Is anyone else insanely excited that it’s the Friday of the Halloween weekend? All I can think about is getting my costume together (yeah, I know i’m clearly a little behind) and a fun night out with friends. On that note, if you are looking to grab some delicious local eats from our fab group of Food Trucks head on down to the Henry Clay building downtown tonight for TRUCKtoberfest. 

Here are the quick details:

Start the Halloween weekend off right with some live music and Louisville’s best street food vendors all in one spot. El Rumbon, Holy Mole, Lil Cheezers, Red’s Comfort Foods, and San Diego Sandwich Works will all be serving up what ever you are craving. Of course you will need something to wash down all that delicious grub so there will be a cash bar offering up your favorite beer, wine, and soft drinks. Don’t worry about Mother Nature because the space is fully covered so there is no excuse to not come downtown and try some of the best local food Louisville has to offer. 

Friday, October 28 from 5 – 9 pm 
The Patio at Clay Commons Garage
324 West Chestnut Street
Louisville, KY

Now back to our regularly scheduled post. So just to refresh your memories, last weekend I headed over to Lexington for my pal Jodie’s bachelorette festivities. The main event was a day at Keeneland where everyone was encouraged to wear a fascinator to top off their racing ‘fits.

Since I jump at any opportunity to sport a chapeau, I was super excited. Thankfully, my super talented friend Maggie made us a bunch of great headbands and fascinators to wear. Maggie generously let me wear one of the biggest ones although the favorite of the day was definitely the bride’s. Jodie is having a peacock theme/style at her wedding and that look transitioned into her Keeneland look.

Anyways, enough of my rambling. Here’s the pics!

Danielle – Top: Macy’s Impulse, Skirt: Tibi, Bag: Coach Watch: Coach Necklaces: Stella & Dot , Sunnies: Michael Kors (similar style here)

Sorry that I don’t have the details on anyone’s outfits other than my own (I got a little carried away having fun and forgot to jot it down). There were a lot of great fall looks at Keeneland last weekend which makes me even more excited for what’s in store for Breeder’s Cup.

Also, if you know any local photographers who would be interested in submitting street style shots to the blog, have them give me a shout at . I’d love to feature some seriously great photogs giving a different perspective every once in a while.

Enjoy your Halloween weekend! What are you going to be?


Ella Moss (VF Contemporary)

Shopping: Breeder’s Cup Beauties from Jana’s Hat Box

First off, I am super excited to welcome Jana’s Hat Box as a new sponsor of Lou What Wear. Jana became a fan of my page on Facebook (you can also do that right here) and when I checked out her stuff, I fell a little bit in love.

Here’s the deal. I love Derby. Seriously, I live for it. I love every. single. thing. People around here may complain about the traffic or all the people in town or that Derby has lost it’s local feel and to that I raise a hand of disagreement. The first Saturday in May there is no cooler place to be than Louisville and when else can we say that?

But back to the topic at hand, one of my most favorite parts about Derby is getting a hat because let’s be honest, it’s all about the hat. Most years, you have to save your chapeau sporting to the week of Derby but thankfully, we’ve been lucky enough to host the Breeder’s Cup in 2010 and 2011. And since Breeder’s Cup is coming up NEXT WEEKEND (Nov. 4 – 6), it’s time for you to get your hat.

Jana Metcalfe is the lady behind Jana’s Hat Box and all its beautiful creations. Jana is a Louisville native (which means you’re all wondering what high school she went to, sorry – I didn’t ask!) who has worked in racing and knew that she could make her own versions of the fabulous hats & fascinators she saw been sported at Churchill Downs.

She can do a custom piece for you or you can order one of her pieces from her website. She also has hats/fascinators at Clodhoppers, Crush Boutique and Les Filles. She can create a look for Breeder’s Cup or keep her in mind for Derby, Oaks, Steeplechase (all you lovely ladies living in TN, VA and other spots where Steeplechase is the thing) and Ascot.

I’ve talked before about bringing the hat back as a main stay, so don’t be afraid to sport one to a wedding, a gala or a night out on the town.

And… since Jana wants you to look fab at the races, she’s offering a 15% discount to all Lou What Wear readers. Just mention this post when you put in your request!

A black & white hat/fascinator can go with just about any outfit and I am digging it with this bright pop of color. I am a big monochromatic fan so I could see myself pairing this with a black dress but I can get a little color shy so don’t limit yourself – ESPECIALLY since winter is about to set in and we all know what that means.

This may be my favorite of the bunch. I’m usually not a big purple kind of girl but this color kind of speaks to me. Looks really rich (not in the money kind of way but channel that for luck on cashing tickets) and very fall-ish to me. An unexpected color combo that looks great here.


Okay, I may change my mind – this one could be my favorite although with my love of fascinators, it’s hard to choose just one so I would just pick one for Friday and one for Saturday. I love the brown in this one which would look amazing with a jewel tone dress and boots with a brown coat thrown over it.

If these pictures don’t get you in a Churchill Downs/Breeder’s Cup/Horse Racing mood than I don’t know what will. You can find more great pics of Jana’s handiwork on her site here – these were just some of my personal favorites.


Hey friends! Jana’s Hat Box is a Lou What Wear advertising partner but don’t you worry, all opinions are my own and all selections are courtsey of yours truly. C’mon friends, I wouldn’t lead you astray.

Style Spotting: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Part 1

This past weekend, I packed up half my wardrobe and headed to Lexington to celebrate one of my bestest friends upcoming wedding aka her Bachelorette Party. It was beyond fun and great to be back with my college roommates. Today’s post features some of our looks for our Friday night out (so apologies in advance for the hotel room backdrop). I normally try to hide behind the camera, but like all good friends they wanted me to share in the embarrassment of awkwardly posing for photos alone.

I’ll be back with pictures from our adventures at Keeneland tomorrow.


Yup – that’s a hair bow.

My amazingly talented friend Maggie did Cara’s hair bow.  And as you can see from the pictures, Cara was definitely excited about rocking it. She literally got compliments every where we went (which she gladly accepted). I wish Maggie would move to Louisville and do my hair all the time. She also makes a mean facinator which you’ll see more of tomorrow.

Emily – Dress: Forever 21, Booties: TJ Maxx

In the rush to get ready in time I didn’t get a bunch of pictures, but I sneakily snapped this pic of Emily as she was fixing her hair. My obsession with polka dots is well-documented and continues here. I’m also a sucker for the dress that kind of looks like a skirt & top – so this outfit was a winner in my book. To make sure it wasn’t too “business-y” she paired it with black opaque tights and some awesome booties she scored at TJ Maxx.

Danielle – Dress: Unknown from Piperlime (snagged at the Cincinnatti warehouse Gap/Banana Republic/Piperlime Outlet), Jacket: Borrowed, Bracelets: Forever 21, J.Crew, Vintage; Watch: Coach (from like 5 years ago)

Okay, I’m a little nervous to be legitimtly featured on my blog (which is weird, I know). I clearly am not much help in pinpointing where most of my outfit is from, so sorry ’bout that. I nabbed this dress at the giant Gap warehouse outlet in the Piperlime section for $20. I haven’t had an occasion to wear it yet so I threw it in my giant suitcase not expecting to wear it. Peer pressure ensued and I ended up wearing it with Cara’s leather jacket and a pair of booties (which made it “more rock and roll” according to Cara).

I have to do a personal p.s. to my friend Maggie who I took a bunch of pictures of which were all messed up with the lighting. Mags – you’ll be all over this bia tomorrow. : )

What’s your go-to night out look? Dress, jeans, flats, boots?

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