Favorite Things: Derby is Coming

The snow is melting, our clocks have sprung forward and the mad dash around here that starts with the NCAA Tournament and ends with the Kentucky Derby has begun. It may seem crazy to be talking about Derby already but it’s officially time to start planning.

Over the weekend, I rounded up some good friends, bright dresses and fabulous hats to shoot my, now annual, Derby inspiration posts. This year, we got the crazy talented Jaclyn Journey in on the action to create some floral backdrops for the dresses. I can’t wait for you all to see all of Whitney Neal’s pictures. (heck, I can’t wait to see them all too!)

It will be at least another week or so until the Derby Dresses of the Day start flowing so until then I thought I’d share a little look at what we got in to this weekend. Once they do start though, it will be one a day until we’re off to the races!

IMG_20150308_213346IMG_20150308_211658Couldn’t have done it all without an amazing group of friends to model and the talents of Whitney and Jaclyn. Big thanks to Headcandi, Kenzie Kapp and Maureen’s Creations for sending over some amazing hats and fascinators; Dress & Dwell, Clodhoppers, Circe and Leona for all the spring dresses and Dandelion for a great selection of accessories. Really excited to share it all. It’s going to be a bright April!

IMG_20150308_213153p.s. – This is what your middle console looks like after a morning with Jaclyn. By far the best this part of my car has ever looked!

Style Spotting + Favorite Things: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Kentucky Oaks and Derby 140

After a couple years of less than stellar weather, Mother Nature smiled on Kentucky Derby 140 for what was a beautiful day at the track. I spent the day with friends while keeping track of everyone’s beautiful looks via instagram and facebook.

Putting together this post is always a favorite for me because I love seeing what everyone wore to the Race for the Roses. Lots of color, lots of amazing hats and fascinators, lots and lots of gorgeous dresses. If there’s one thing Louisville ladies know how to do, it’s how to bring it for Derby.

If you’ve had Derby on your bucket list for a while, I suggest you start planning on attending next year now (and book mark this post on what to wear). You won’t regret it. Seriously, you won’t.

p.s. – if you want to have your picture added to this round-up, just email it to me – danielle@louwhatwear.com.

Kelly & Jason UnderwoodMadison Eberenz, Katherine Denbow and Taylor Christine
John & Kristin Esham
(in a Headcandi fascinator)
Milly Dress * Purple Fascinator Lisa & Jen McLaughlin of {Comfortably Chic} Derby Hats * Spring Dresses Pretty Gals Ready for the Oaks
Meredith Lavin, Elizabeth Likins, Lizzie Burckardt, Meg Lavin, Shannon Barger
Submitted by Shannon Barger
Shoshanna Dress * Pink Hat * Derby Hats Caitlin & Alex Brey

Amazing and Fun Looks from the Backside of the Track with {She Wore it Anyways}

Derby Style Lindsey Trager in Shoshanna from Blink & Whit Bradley at the Kentucky Oaks
Lauren Tuckey in anĀ  amazing Milly dress
Jockey Club Suites * Kentucky Derby Style Kentucky Oaks Jockey Club Suites Style
Lee Receveur, Courtney Dwight and Callie Wall + Lee & John Receveur
And yes, Lee is pregnant and looks ah.maz.ing.
Derby Hats * Lou What Wear * Derby Style Caitlin & Alex Brey and Friends at the Kentucky Derby

Rebecca Weis & Elizabeth Post
Milly Dress * Lou What Wear WLKY’s Marissa Alter in Milly and Headcandi & Lexy Sheen
WLKY’s Christina Mora & Marissa Alter Katie Moore & Friends
Kayla Weber and Katie Moore
Kentucky Derby Festival Princesses
Submitted by Grace Wainwright {A Southern Drawl}, second from right.
Frances Houston Wilkinson and her sister Hill.


Derby Dress of the Day: Wild Things

Anyone else still recovering from this weekend’s Easter sugar high? I gave up candy for Lent which called for a serious sugar binge yesterday. I’m thinking I may need to give it up for another 40 days to recover. I’m also pretty sure that Easter is now my son’s favorite holiday now. For him combining competitive hide & seek + candy = best day ever.

Now that Easter is behind us, there’s no more big days on the calendar between now and Derby so the mad rush is officially underway. Today I’m hoping to pop-in with a couple Derby posts but I’ve had a lot of friends ask me for dress suggestions. I always point them HERE to my Derby pinterest board since I’ve got WAY more dresses there than I could ever post over here. If you’re looking for options, definitely check it out.

Today’s look is a little walk on the wild side with Caitlin and Ashley. I love the less traditional Derby-style print on the Milly dress from Clodhoppers that Cailtin is sporting alongside a more traditional white Derby hat. For Ashley, we went with a blank canvas in the form of this simple, yet super flattering white number from Dress & Dwell. With an all-white dress you can really go for any look with accessories. Pastel for a preppy look. Bright neons for a bold look or like we did here, a little walk on the wild (okay not super wild) side with feather and red and yellow pops of color.

Have you settled on your Derby look yet?

On Ashley:
Dress: The Elga White Knit Dress by BB Dakota (on sale now) available at Dress & Dwell; Headpiece: Headcandi; Necklace: Dress & Dwell
On Caitlin:
Dress: Milly available at Clodhoppers; Bag: Dandelion Boutique; White Hat with Yellow Flowers : Headcandi Photos by Whitney Neal.

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