Derby Dress of the Day: Simple Stripes

Popping in this morning with a quick post since I’ve got to run and take care of some stuff at the “real” job.

Today’s look is a simple, stripe one for the track. Sometimes it’s all about the hat but if you’re going early in the week or are going to the paddock and don’t want to mess with a big hat (or if you just don’t want to mess with a big hat period), this headband may be right up your alley. And this Leona stripe ‘Eve’ dress is great because you can wear it with or without the straps – making it very versatile for all kinds of spring/summer events.

My adorable pal Cailtin modeled it for a more casual day at the track. Pair it with wedges if you’re going to be walking around like we did last year when we braved the paddock in the rain. Speaking of rain, this Headcandi headpiece would be especially well suited for a rain day because it won’t wilt (no pun intended) or weigh you down in the rain (it will also fit perfectly under a poncho). I love letting the ribbon hang down but you may want to tuck it in if you’re afraid of losing it in the Derby chaos.

 Gray Stripe Dress: Leona ‘Eve’ Dress; Teal Floral Headpiece: Headcandi

Images by Whitney Neal. 





Derby Dress of the Day: Lady in {Leona} Red

Happy Monday! I haven’t been this excited about a Monday in a while but not only are the Wildcats playing for the national championship tonight but I’m kicking off a series I’ve been excitedly talking about for weeks.

Last year I started the Derby Dress of the Day series – you know the gist  – picking a dress every day and showing you some options for styling it for race day. This year, I wanted to kick it up a notch. So rather than just share collages, I rounded up a bunch of dresses from some great local boutiques, got a group of friends together, received an amazing delivery of hats from Headcandi  (she’s designed hats for blogger favorite Blaire from Atlantic-Pacific and Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline, just to name a few) and played Derby dress up, all in hopes of helping you get your outfit for the track just right (or just share pretty pictures from Whitney Neal).

So for the next 26 days, you’ll be getting a daily dose of a pretty gal dolled up for Derby. First up is my friend, co-worker and fellow crazy Cats fan Lynsey (wait, is it bad luck that I have her in a red dress today?). Lynsey usually hits up the track for at least Oaks and sometimes Derby and this year is no different. Each year we usually discuss in detail her dress options (mostly me sending her tons of links) so it was fun getting her to try on dresses and then trying to convince her that she “needed” one. This look, styled for a day at the Jockey Club Suites, was my favorite.

Headcandi Hats * Derby Fascinator * White Clutch * Dandelion BoutiqueRed-Cut Out Dress: Leona ‘Jamie’ Dress
I’m pretty obsessed with the simple, a little sexy, super-chic cut-out on this dress. If you haven’t checked out this Nashville-based designer, you need to now. Locally, Clodhoppers carries some of the collection.
Red, black and feathered fascinator: Headcandi
White & Gold Clutch and Multi-Color Cuff Bracelet: Dandelion Boutique
Red Dress * Hats * Derby Hats * Derby Style * Lou What Wear * Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby Style * What to wear to Derby
Hats * Headcandi * Leona * Dandelion
Kentucky Derby Dresses * What to wear to Derby * Derby Style

Photos by Whitney Neal (p.s. – check out her new, gorgeous website.)


Favorite Things: All in the Details

It’s the little things in life that make the difference. While the importance of the big picture is not lost on me, I can’t help but get stuck in the tiny details. Whether it be at work, at home or when putting together an outfit – I try to get all the details just so (although it rarely happens).

When I’m lost in a loop of reading blog after blog, my favorite images (and the ones that end up on my pinterest) are often the close. I feel like they really showcase the style in a way the big picture can’t really convey. Whitney always captures the details so beautifully so today they’re getting a post of their own.


p.s. – want to see the full looks? just click the image to get back to their home.

 All image captured by the talented eye of Whitney Neal.

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