Kentucky Derby Style: Spring Suit

So you may have heard that the Thursday before Derby now has it’s own nickname. Just like Kimye, Brangelina and the original Bennifer, Churchill Downs has it’s own {a little bit cringeworthy} combo name – Thurby.

The nickname may not be great but the day at the track promises to be a good time. Definitely not as dressy as the main event but for sure a chance to get a little dolled up. You can ditch the hat if you’re not ready to go all out but this spring suit from Leona is the perfect spring look whether you’re hanging with work colleagues or going out with friends. I don’t feel like there are a lot of opportunities to really where a look like this – brunch, wedding/baby showers – so getting a chance to break one out is something you have to jump at.

If you want to go all out, this Headcandi piece is the perfect compliment. But beware, there will be a big mix of people with and without hats. My vote is to go for it since when else can you really wear a big, fun hat. But if you’re on the more reserved side, you can ditch it. Either way, do your best to keep a straight face (and not think of Furby’s) every time you say Thurby.

Claire Tweed Jacket and Brynn Shorts by Leona 
White Crop Top by Milly available at Clodhoppers 
Fascinator by Headcandi 


Images by Whitney Neal
Floral Styling by Jaclyn Journey
Flowers c/o Dreisbach Florals
Model –  Megan Blackburn 

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Derby Dress of the Day: Feathered

May Day.

It’s here. Usually May 1st is a combination of excitement for my best pal Kelly’s birthday (happy happy birthday friend!) and Derby. This year, I’m just as excited about Kelly’s birthday with a little less excitement for Derby because I know some seriously epic FOMO is about to set in. I can’t lie though, I’m pretty pumped to have FINALLY made it to my last month of being pregnant. Only 21 more days (max!). Seriously, I’m ready for this to be over and to meet that little lady (feel free to make an appearance early).

So today is what Churchill Downs is now calling Thurby. It’s what people around here call crunch time. Last minute prep is underway everywhere – spray tans, picking up dresses from the tailors, making last minute hat adjustments, nail appointments, party prep – it’s an all-out rush to the finish for everyone (even if you’re rushing to get out of town).

Over here, I’m rushing to share some of these last Derby outfits with you all. I’ve still got a handful left so I’m going to pop in twice today to share some more inspiration although I’m guessing most of you are ready for the races by now.

Today’s look, on Megan, one that is perfect for those last-minute shoppers. You probably have a great LBD already hanging up in your closet. So if you’re in need of a last minute look – grab it and then head out to pick out a colorful headpiece. You can match just about anything and you’ll be set in no time.

Little Black Dress: Leona “Emmy” Dress; Necklace: Dandelion; Feathered Headpiece: Headcandi

Modeled by Megan Kute.
Images by Whitney Neal.


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

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


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