Derby Dress a Day: For the Grandstands

You know I couldn’t go too long without sharing some stripes for the Derby.

I’m loving this preppy Eliza J Fit and Flare option for a day in the grandstands. If you’ve got first or second floor grandstand tickets, you have access to the first and second floors (as well as roaming the paddock) but your seat isn’t in a box but bleacher seats. These are on the more affordable side (as affordable as it gets when it comes to Derby) but also give you a chance to see the races.

Because of the crowds though and the need to navigate around people, I paired this number with an array of Jack Rogers. It’s just easier to wear flats in this section since you’re sure to be doing a bunch of walking and there’s a big chance you’ll end up wanting to stand on the bleachers when the big race goes off. You wouldn’t want to take a tumble because of a heel falling off the edge.

Go with this number and you’ll be comfortable, not spend a fortune (it’s under $150) and have tons of hat options. You’ll also have a great summer dress that works as well for outdoor weddings as it does for a Fourth of July bbq or baby shower.

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Shopping: Spring Fever

It’s supposed to be 75 degrees outside today. You can see the grass, the sun is shining and it stays light past 6 pm. All signs indicate spring is here to stay and I couldn’t be happier. Now I feel like we can all fully embrace spring shopping. Derby is coming, wedding season is upon us, spring break is right around the corner and you know you’re going to get invited to about 100+ baby/wedding showers. Oh and you just want to wear something that has short sleeves.

Every option below is under $100. So there’s no excuse not to get yourself a little something something to get you in that spring mindset. So let’s get to it.


Outfit Post: All Mixed Up

This week has gotten away from me. With Derby coming up, we’re going in to overdrive at my office. Add to that Drew going out of town and trying to keep up everything has left me frazzled. Like Miss Frizzle frazzled. Say that five times fast.

With the mess of meetings we’ve been running around to lately, I’ve been getting more dressed up for work. Since work wear for me can tend to veer in to the black/gray combo – I’ve been making the conscious attempt to get more colorful when it comes to business casual.

It’s safe to say that this outfit fits that criteria. Print mixing isn’t always my forte but I figured you’ve got to try it to see if it works.  And since I can’t help but find a crazy large collection of polka dots and stripes in my closet, it’s one of my only print mixing options. So this might not be grade A print mixing but it’ll do. Hey, at least it keeps things interesting.

Happy Friday friends! If you’re going to any St. Patty’s Day parades, be sure to throw back a green beer for me (since my birthday is St. Patty’s day, I just assume – incorrectly but whatever – everyone wants to celebrate my big day). We’re heading to Cincinnati for a friend’s wedding. I’m taking my camera so I’ll do my best to do some wedding style spotting while I’m there.

Polka-Dot Blouse: LOFT (40% off today – no code needed); Stripe Flared Skirt: Gap (30% off now with code SPRING) Nude Wedges: Sole Society (old)

Photos by Whitney Neal

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