Style Spotting: Kentucky Derby 142

We made it to the finish line of another Kentucky Derby season. I am definitely not one to wish Derby away but putting it in the rear view means I’m one day closer to not being pregnant anymore (May 17 can’t come soon enough). Derby + Mother’s Day were the last milestones on the calendar before this due date so now I’m officially in waiting mode.

It wasn’t quite the same as last year’s Derby madness – both here on the blog (sorry for not getting a style series together, promise to get it together next year) and at work (ducked out of party/gala duties) so I’m already looking forward to Kentucky Derby 143. But enough of all that nonsense, let’s talk Derby one more time before next spring.

Want to know what locals and real girls and guys ACTUALLY wear to Derby, this post is for you. I get a little annoyed when the national media think throwing on a straw beach hat means you’re Derby-ready. It doesn’t. We all know that your hat has to be more than just something you can wear on a beach vacation. And I love that Churchill Downs and Derby sponsors bring in national bloggers and stars to shine a little light on Louisville and Derby but sometimes the looks don’t line-up with what Derby is really all about.

So here’s a look at what locals (including yours truly at 39 weeks) wore to Kentucky Derby 142 as well as some snaps from Kentucky Oaks 142. This is always one of my favorite posts of the year with a big thank you going out to all the gals that send in/tag me in pictures. I’ll update this a few times throughout the next couple days so if you want to get your picture added to the round-up, email it to me (danielle@louwhatwear.com) or tag me (@louwhatwear).

Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Shannon Kessler (Owner of Primp Salon) and Brittany Swan at Kentucky Oaks 142
Taylor Collins, Madison Eberenz, Erica Parsley and Kathryn Denbow
Taylor Collins, Madison Eberenz, Erica Parsley and Kathryn Denbow
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Steve and Courtney Nassau at Kentucky Oaks 142
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Will Rice, Frankie Hilbert, Matt Case, Kevin McFarland, Nissan Gabay and Joey Wagner at Kentucky Oaks 142
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Grace Wainwright – A Southern Drawl – Judging the Kentucky Oaks Longines Fashion Contest
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Dustin Amrine and Joey Zembrodt at the Hermitage Derby Toast presented by Vanity Fair
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Kyle Pierron, Larkin Walker, Lauren Cox and Kelsey Chapin
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Bridget Peake Dewson, Sara Ivens Moffett and Marigny Johnson Bostock
Hats by The Mysterious Rack
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Dan and Shannon Kessler (Owner of Primp Salon)
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Andy Cregg, Jackie Coakley, Micaela and Mike Skura
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Drew and I + Kristin and John Esham
Hat by Headcandi + Dress is BCBG from Rent the Runway
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Michael Getz, Erin Bailey, Morgan Getz and Taylor Parker – Bacardi House at Kentucky Derby 142
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Denise Sohm and Baili Taylor
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Lee Wilkinson Receveur and Claire Tidmore
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Lindsey Brodsky – Hat by Alison Thiel
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Amanda – @realitytvstar
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Karen Waller and friend at Thurby
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Sara Ivens Moffet and friends before Kentucky Derby 142
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Jana Metcalf and Eric Reader
Hat by Jana’s Hat Box
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Jessica Sullivan, Moira Dugan, Kathryn Denbow, Alison Denbow, Taylor Collins, Liz Harper, Madison Eberenz
Kelley Moore at her very first Kentucky Derby!
Tara Anderson and Friends
Tara Anderson and Friends
Alison Yeager, Stephanie and Max Hannum

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.

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