We’re officially 56 days away from The Kentucky Derby. Giving you only 55 days to get your Derby Day look nailed down. Even less to get ready for Oaks, The Barnstable Brown Party, The Mint Julep Ball and more.
Last year, I got a lot of great feedback on the Derby Dress of the Day series so I’m kicking it off even earlier this year. Since I’m making the choice (haha, yeah right – being 9+ months pregnant in 55 days is making the choice for me) to sit Derby out this year, I’m hoping to help as many gals as possible find the perfect outfit for their day at the track. So from here on out, I’ll be posting a dress (or more) a day.
I’ve also got some other fun stuff up my sleeve to help get you inspired for the first Saturday in May. But to get things started, I’m going big and starting with five options. Good luck picking your favorite!
Black and White Stripe Satin Dress: Topshop from Nordstrom
Obsessed with this dress and its price tag. Just saw that it’s now out of stock BUT get on that wait list now and it could be back in stock before Derby!
Go Pastel (ASOS), Basic Black (ZARA) or Bright Coral (ZARA)
Big Stripe Dress: Cecile (Love that this one is only $135 too!)
Want more? I’m pinning new favorites all the time to my Kentucky Derby Dresses board.
It’s been a little while since I’ve shared some local love and with Derby season (and hopefully warmer temperatures) about to kick into high gear, I was excited to get out of the house to check out the new offerings at Colonial Designs. Last week, the local shop known for its amazingly curated collection of home goods and fabulous floral arrangements began carrying clothing and accessories. To celebrate the addition of apparel, the shop had a little grand opening party and gave me a sneak peek at the clothes before the shopping got underway.
If you’ve shied away from Colonial Designs home wares in the past because of the prices, throw those fears aside. The clothes, accessories and jewelry are all incredibly reasonably priced – think $20-$30 for a statement necklace, $40-$60 for a printed tunic and $80-$120 for a great summer party dress – and are perfectly in line with the stores aesthetic. You’ll find lots of bright prints, preppy summer sundresses and classics with a twist (I was OBSESSED with a simple pair of lace shorts that would be perfect for summer). There’s just the right amount of stuff too – not too much to get overwhelmed but plenty of options. You also don’t have to worry about being seen at the pool or a wedding in the same top or dress – they are only carrying a limited quantity in each item to make sure you don’t have twins running around all over town.
The gals at Colonial did a really great job with their first round of merchandise and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes in as Derby and summer edge closer. Mostly I just snapped pictures and ogled the clothes but I did end up snagging a comfy stripe, super long racer-back tank that I’ll be able to wear as I edge closer to the end of this 10-month journey and wear long afterwards over bathing suits or paired with white jeans.
Definitely stop by if you’re in the St. Matthews area and tell ‘em Lou What Wear sent you!
The lovely team of Colonial Designs
Julie Dayton and Katie Gandolfo
Julie’s adorable ruffled black dress is available at Colonial; loved Katie’s layers and that awesome necklace. Megan Kute and Caitlin Brey bundled up in leather; Courtney Nassau looking simple, comfy and chic (my favorite combo) in a silk baseball team and flares (!!!)
Colonial Designs is located at 3712 Lexington Road, St. Matthews 40207
This week has been a bit of a cluster for me. I haven’t posted since Monday because on my way back from our Disney vacay, I left my computer at airport security. I guess it’s one of the perils of traveling with a three-year old and thankfully, I got it back late yesterday. But the three-days without a computer had me sitting around, totally unproductive, organizing my office and trying to stay on top of work emails on my phone. As for the blog, I’ve been s*&t out of luck the last few days.
I’m back in action now though and sharing some recent pictures that more accurately reflect where I’m at in this whole pregnancy journey. I’m trying to keep it cute and put together some relatively fun looks but I’m getting to the point where I just want to throw in the towel and hide for the next 12 weeks. I’m seriously bad at this whole being preg thing and while it totally agrees with some people (think glowing skin, gaining no weight), for me it’s not so pleasant (think middle school acne, packing on the poundage).
I figure that I’d been cagey enough though and it’s about time I get a little more real with things. So here you have it. Hopefully you’ll bear with me as I try and conquer my fear of pictures while pregnant. These pics are from right before we went out of town, hence the snow that was still around (also no coat was necessary since my body temperate is about 10 degrees higher than normal – pretty clutch for this cold weather). I’m pretty much relying on jeans, flowing tops and blazers (something new for me, right?). I’ve been trying to avoid sweaters or unnecessary layers that just make my frame look even bigger. This was also a rare departure from an all-black outfit. Now if only the temperatures would cooperate, warm up and open the door for options that don’t involve jeans and black pixie pants.
I’ll be popping in later with a “She Got it From Her Momma” post this afternoon, so be sure to swing back by!
Coral & Navy Blazer: Forever 21 (seen here and here); Navy Stripe Top: Gap; Jeans: James Jeans; Heels: c/o Sole Society (similar); Tortoise Necklace: c/0 Sole Society