Style Spotting: Kentucky Derby 141

Kentucky Derby 141 has come and gone. Now I am in that post-Derby fog that’s a mix of pure exhaustion and a little bit of sadness that it’s all over. This year was one of my most memorable Derby seasons for a lot of reasons. If you’d asked me a year ago (when I was a giant pregnant swamp monster) if I thought I’d be able to run 13.1 miles, I would have laughed and said it wasn’t even a possibility. Somehow, with the help of my always supportive pal Caitlin, I made it across the finish line. Not only that but we ran for almost the entire race (save bathroom break and a couple of stretch breaks). Who knows if I’ll ever be able to do it again but I can cross that one off my bucket list.

On the more fun side, working on a Derby kick-off party with Moet & Chandon was the perfect way to kick-off Derby week and being part of the team working on the Hermitage Grand Gala was an epic end. It was all capped off with a seriously fun day at the track surrounded by a bunch of my favorite people.

I feel like the BIGGEST dummy for not taking a picture of my outfit from head to toe but honestly there was just no time for that. There was time for lots of snapchatting, betting on all the horses, wandering around and of course, drinking lilies and my Derby drink of choice, Budweisers. It was a good day, so good that it might be hard to top next year but I’m sure I’ll give it my best effort.

A bunch of gals out there gave Derby their best efforts too and the pictures of outfits was enough to have any style savvy girl swooning. I’ve rounded up a bunch but would love to add more. Every year I see a bunch of people finding their way to the blog on the hunt for the answer to the question, “what to wear to the Kentucky Derby?” so the more options there are here to share, the better. Want to add your ‘fit? Send it to danielle@louwhatwear.com or just tag me on Instagram (@louwhatwear).

Thanks for sticking with me through all the Derby posts. It’s back to the regular routine starting tomorrow!

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Caitlin Brey, Hayley Grant and Me (Both Caitlin and I are wearing fascinators by Headcandi)

Ne-Yo and Joey Wagner 

Shelby Skaggs {Glitter & Gingham} and Tyler Back

image1Alex Davis and Mallory Trogdlen 

11150993_10152725325266433_4089852872686168979_nMolly Zurlage and Friends

10353564_10153353358435362_2427552606863006140_nLindsey White (far left), Molly Zurlage (second from right) and friends

 

Melanie Abrams (far right) and friends

Dustin Amrine, Maria Gunnell and Joey Zembrodt

Lexy Sheen, Elizabeth Dowell, Leah Stark, Erin Burch, Caroline Klein and Katherine Peterson.

image2Mallory Trogdlen, Natalie Johnson and Hayley McCauley

Alex and Caitlin Brey with the Hat Girls 

How freaking cute is Elizabeth’s top and skirt set? 

Just me and Hayley hanging with Willie Cauley-Stein

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 6.31.57 PMJaime Smialek – Our Ampersand Photo

10981911_10153324529486318_5045103319878703418_nDan and Shannon Kessler with Lainey and Mark Jurich
11164591_10104398958613520_7453461293129599902_nAnnie and Bill Dawson

 

Favorite Things: Vanity Fair Oscar Party Instagram Portraits

Being a big pop culture junkie, I am pretty bummed that I missed the Oscars last night on account of a LONG day of traveling. But being the junkie I am, I’ve already gone through picture after picture of the red carpet. My favorites: Reese Witherspoon, Rosamund Pike, Jennifer Anniston and Jennifer Lopez.

I’m guessing you’ve already seen all the red carpet favorites too so I’m rounding up my favorite post-Academy Award Show looks from, what I assume is, the classiest party on the earth – the Vanity Fair party.

Forget the award show, hitting up this party is on a DREAM list. Can you imagine how fun, fabulous and full of great gossip it must be? So yeah, if anyone ever even hinted that I could sneak in to it, I’d be there in a heart beat.

These Instagram portraits from inside the party by Mark Seliger only further confirmed how incredible I imagine the whole thing is. They also confirm that my Instagram game is piss-poor at best in comparison to these snaps.

The Mindy Kaling one may be my favorite – she looked so gorgeous and ever since I read her book, I’ve become a total fan girl. I’m only hoping there are more to come that haven’t yet been posted. Maybe a Reese Witherspoon or Lupita N’yongo portrait where they are pretending to laugh/smile because they are best friends?

The @markseliger studio is alive with the sound of @ladygaga #vfoscarparty

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Mindy projects pure confidence in this portrait by @markseliger #vfoscarparty A photo posted by Vanity Fair (@vanityfair) on

The lovely @ritaora #vfoscarparty A photo posted by Vanity Fair (@vanityfair) on

The “Glory” of @oprah #vfoscarparty A photo posted by Vanity Fair (@vanityfair) on

Little ditty ’bout Josh and Diane. Jackson and Kruger, that is. #vfoscarparty

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Smiling swans! Here’s Natalie Portman and Rashida Jones in @markseliger’s #vfoscarparty portrait studio! A photo posted by Vanity Fair (@vanityfair) on

Sacha Baron Cohen and wife Isla Fisher pose with the newest member of their family for @markseliger #vfoscarparty A photo posted by Vanity Fair (@vanityfair) on

 

Gotta love @kateupton photo-bombing Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann. #vfoscarparty A photo posted by Vanity Fair (@vanityfair) on

Check out these Animals #vfoscarparty

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