Yay It’s a Giveaway: Fashionable Fall Meet at Churchill Downs

When it comes to things I love about living in Kentucky, as cliche as it sounds, going to the races is right up there at the top. Derby week is right up there with my birthday and Christmas as my favorite time of the year. Love it so much.

So when an email from Churchill Downs popped up in my inbox with a fun offer for you lovely readers, I jumped all over it. Next Saturday, Thursday November 16th, Churchill Downs is hosting another one of their popular night racing events.

Each Downs after Dark event has a theme and next week’s is “My Fall Derby Style.” Anyone hitting up the track is encouraged to put their fall spin on Derby fashions. My recommendation is dress to impress because in addition to the live racing and entertainment, Churchill is hosting a fashion contest for the best Derby-inspired take on fall fashion. I’m already jealous of the winner who will receive two tickets to Derby 140 and have the chance to walk the red carpet. Fancy, huh?

Fall Racing Meet
I’m pretty pumped, and very flattered, that Churchill asked me to help judge the competition so I’ll be gawking over looks left and right. Don’t be offended if you see me staring, it could be your ticket to Derby!

Last but not least, I’m even more pumped to offer one lucky reader two tickets to the new Skye Lounge at Churchill Downs. The new premium setting, for the 21 and over set, was designed to create a swanky, exclusive are for racing fans looking to socialize the night {racing} away. Guests to the lounge will enjoy:

* Hors d’oeuvres designed by Executive Chef David Danielson
* Cocktail tastings by Southern Comfort, el Jimador & Finlandia Vodka
* Lounge environment
* Live DJ entertainment
* 5th story balcony views of the racetrack
* Racing program
* Additional premium menu items available for purchase for $5

Tickets are $40 and limited to 300 people which ensures it won’t get too crazy crowded. The bad news for anyone without tickets, they’re already sold out. The good news, I’m giving away two!

Here’s a few of my favorites from Derby 139 prep that could help with a little inspiration for next week’s event. I’ll probably be drawing from my gal’s black and white look but I love a little navy for fall too. I’m also still loving lace but just in deeper colors paired with tights and booties.

So if you’re on your game, you could win two tickets to night racing and then score two tickets to Derby with your fashionable ‘fit (need a little inspiration, head over here, here and here). May the odds be every in your favor.

  • The Goods: Two (2) Tickets to the Skye Lounge at Downs after Dark on November 16, 2013.
  • To Enter: To make things easier for everyone, I’m using RaffleCopter for this giveaway
  • REQUIRED: Comment below and answer the following question: What’s your favorite part about a day at the races?
  • BONUS ENTRIES: Use RaffleCopter to do as many or as few of these as you want. The more you do, the most entries you’ll get!
  • Giveaway Closes: Wednesday November 13 at midnight.
  • Winning: One entry per email address is permitted. The winner will be selected using Rafflecopter.com and announced on Thursday, November 14th as an update to this post.
  • How to Redeem: I’ll drop you a line with deets on how to get your goodies.
  • Details: There will be one winner. Open to US Residents Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Style Spotting: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Oaks & Derby

Derby is over. All the build up, parties, events and more leading up to the most exciting two minutes in sports. And then the countdown until next year begins.

So let’s start the countdown with some pics from this year’s festivities!

p.s. – If you have pics from Derby or Oaks for this post, send them to me at danielle@louwhatwear.com

Teddi & Quinn looking fab in fascinators and Spike The Punch

Drew & Your Faithful Editor. Dress: BCBG Generation, Fascinator: Maureen's Creation's

John & Lee at Oaks

Derby Ready!

Spencer and Maggie in Polka Dots on the backside.

Kevin & Shannon

Lindsay in THE Hat of all Hats. p.s. - She made it at Dee's Crafts

Megan & Michael

Courtney & Frances at Derby!

Mood Board: A Day at the Races

Derby is all any one can think about or talk about these days. And since I’ve been getting a lot of requests and a lot of searches regarding race day fashion – I thought I’d do one more Derby post. Here’s a little race day inspiration if you’re coming in town for your first Derby or even if you’ve been a (what seems like) a million times.

a day at the races

  • The Dress: I like to go with a simple silhouette and a dress with straps is a definite plus so you’re not pulling your dress up all day. If you keep your dress simple (read: one or two colors) you have more leeway to go bold with your hat – and really, isn’t that the fun part of dressing for Derby?
  • The Shoes: I love high heels. But leave the stilettos at home if you’re heading to the track. It’s a long day with a lot of standing not to mention the cobblestone that you’re apt to encounter at Churchill Downs. Opt for a pair of wedges or cute flat sandals, that way you’ll be able to stand and shout”Go Baby Go” all day instead of hunting for an open chair. If you do go the stiletto route, make sure to throw flip flops or sandals in your bag. You’ll need them.
  • The Clutch: Right now there are tons of cute, bright clutches to choose from. I’ll probably carry one with a shoulder strap so my hands are free to bet and hold on to a Mint Julep. Just make sure you have enough room for the essentials: cash, ID, phone (don’t want to lose a friend in the mass chaos of CD), sunglasses, a racing program and possibly a pair of shoes.
  • The Hat: This is by far the most important part of your Derby day attire so go big. An easy way to get a customized look is to pick a style hat you love and add color through flowers, feathers, etc. Dee’s Crafts is a great place to do this last minute (especially for out of towners). There are also hat set ups in the Marriott and Galt Houses downtown. If you’re local and need a last minute hat, call Maureen’s Creations (she’s helping me with my last minute request) or Jana’s Hat Box and let them help you get the perfect look.
Most importantly, just make sure to have fun. Pick your Derby horse, enjoy a Mint Julep and take in all the fun that is the Kentucky Derby.

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