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 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


Kentucky Derby Style: DERBY DAY!

Happy Derby Day!

I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to make it to Derby Day! Last night was the Hermitage Grand Gala and it was pretty great and crazy at the same time. Darius Rucker and Ne-Yo both performed which was amazing. It was a first time event so of course there were some small hiccups and growing pains but once the performances started, it turned into a huge party. If you want to see what the whole shindig was about, check out this slideshow of pics. 

But enough of that, it’s Derby Day! My Headcandi fascinator was delivered last night and I CANNOT wait to wear it to the track today. We’re heading out with some friends to celebrate the best day of the year in Kentucky. If you’re out at the track, tag me in your pictures and I’ll include them in my wrap up next week (@louwhatwear or send them to

Thank you so much to all the amazing local vendors who helped make this shoot possible. Dress & Dwell, Circe and Clodhoppers provided the colorful clothes; Headcandi, Kenzie Kapp and Maureen’s Creations with the beautiful hats and Dandelion with the perfect finishing touches. Whitney Neal snapped the great pics and Jaclyn Journey created the ridiculously gorgeous floral wall. You gals are all the best!



Images by Whitney Neal
Floral Styling by Jaclyn Journey
Flowers c/o and Dresibach Florals
Model –  Emilee Coomes, Lee Receveur and Me! 


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