Keeping it short today because this whole ‘back-to-work’ thing is a lot busier than I imagined. These shorts have been in constant rotation this summer – partly because they fit and mostly because I love the bright print. I’ve paired them with chambray, dressed them up with a bright blue blouse and gone more casual here with a lace tee. Definitely a lot more versatile than the print/color suggests. I could also see pairing them with a navy blazer and simple silk top for a dinner out…. may have to do that soon.
Local gals… stay tuned. I’ve got the details on Dandelion’s Annual Summer Blow-Out sale coming later this afternoon. Trust me, it’s a sale you don’t want to miss.
Printed Neon Shorts: J.Crew (also love these and these); Lace Tee: Dress & Dwell; Sandals: Steve Madden c/o Rack Room Shoes; Yellow Bag: LongchampPhotos: Whitney Neal
Love these AND they’re an extra 40% off right now…
While the Derby is the main event, the Kentucky Oaks is no shrinking violet. These days, Oaks – which takes place on Friday – is almost as big as Derby, especially when it comes to getting dressed.
The big difference between the Oaks and Derby when it comes to getting ready, is the addition of a pop of pink. It’s become almost a requirement – even for the guys. Since the Oaks is a race for the fillies, Churchill Downs made the move a few years back to partner with Susan G. Komen for breast cancer awareness. The day includes a variety of events that honor survivors, including a parade to honor them before the big race. To show support, all attendees are encouraged to wear a little (or a lot) of pink.
I had two Kristen’s help me out for this shoot and both gravitated to this pink number. You saw it first on Kristen Cripe here for a night out and now Kirstin Esham is sporting it topped off with a hat, ready for a day at the track. Rather than gold accents, for this day look we went with pops of turquoise which I think make this especially spring-y. And rather than go head-to-toe colorful, we topped it off with as simple, chic white Headcandi piece.
If you’re going to the Oaks, even if you’ve already picked out your look, make sure you add a tiny touch of pink. For guys it can be as simple as your socks or a bow tie. For the ladies, consider adding a pink flower or feather to your headpiece. Oh and while you’re there – make sure to try a Lily- it’s by far my favorite drink for a day at Churchill Downs.
Neon Pink Lace Dress: ‘The Liz’ Dress & Dwell; Turquoise Embellished Clutch: Dandelion; Earrings: Dress & Dwell; White Fascinator: Headcandi
Modeled by Kristen Esham.
Images by Whitney Neal.
We’re doubling up today with one beautiful Headcandi piece paired with two bright and fun dresses. With the races a little more than a week away, I know everyone’s in crunch mode but there’s still time to get your look together. I’ve been sharing lots of Louisville sales/store events over on facebook – so follow along there if you’re looking to stay up on local happenings.
It’s also been a lot of fun to see how gals outside the bluegrass are getting Derby ready. And while I can agree a Derby party is definitely in order no matter what next weekend, there is truly nothing better than being at the track on the first Saturday in May (let the FOMO begin). Bucket list item for sure.
Today Kristen and Lynsey are both sporting the same headpiece with gorgeous Milly numbers from Clodhoppers. Kristen’s is definitely for the gal not afraid of color and standing out while Lynsey’s is for someone who’s looking to put a fun twist on traditional. If you’re still on the hunt for a dress, definitely swing into Clodhoppers – I know they’ve been getting more dresses in by the day!
Modeled by Lynsey Creech and Kristen Cripe
Photos by Whitney Neal.
Dress: Milly available at Clodhoppers | Bracelet: Dandelion | Hat: Headcandi
Dress: Milly available at Clodhoppers | Bag: Dandelion | Hat: Headcandi
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