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. 





Outfit Post: Boucle Bump

I’m interrupting Derby dresses (very momentarily) for a quick bump in the road (sorry that was way cheesy, I can’t help it sometimes).

So I’m still pregnant. 42 days and counting. Honestly, if you asked me how many hours/minutes/seconds I had left, I could probably tell you. Have I mentioned that I’m ready for this to be over yet? I know I shouldn’t complain but I have officially entered the dog days of pregnancy. I’m a giant, the acne is uncontrollable and the amount of things that fit decreases exponentially by the day. On the other hand, I’m still woefully unprepared for baby Reese to actually be here. The preparation to-do list still has way too many unchecked boxes – so I guess I’ll just have to hang in there (May 22nd can’t come soon enough). You’d think I’d be doing a better job my second time around but not so much.

On to the outfit, I bought three pairs of these ZARA leggings (navy, black and gray) way back at the beginning of this ride and they have been serious lifesavers. A week hasn’t gone by where I haven’t broken out at least one pair. They’re not maternity but the placement of the elastic on them made them perfect as I got bigger. They may be finally entering the end of their wear these last few weeks but they were, by far, the best $33 (a piece) I spent over the course of this pregnancy.

Thankfully these Banana Republic basics have also made a great transition from regular wear to maternity wear. And by transition, I mean they still fit. That being said, I’m definitely not against investing in some good maternity basics – especially now that they are getting to be some of the only things that fit.

p.s. – I’ll be back on the Derby train tomorrow and I’ll be posting a Dress of the Day later this afternoon!

Maternity Style * 33 weeks * Stripe Top * Boucle Jacket (1)
Maternity Style * 33 weeks * Stripe Top * Boucle Jacket (3)Jacket & Stripe Silk Blouse: Banana Republic (old, seen in better days here); Navy Leggings/Pants: ZARA (no lie – best pregnancy purchase by far); Cuff Bracelet: Dandelion Boutique; Flats: Old Navy (sold out online but should still be available in stores)
Maternity Style * 33 weeks * Stripe Top * Boucle Jacket (2)
Maternity Style * 33 weeks * Stripe Top * Boucle Jacket (6)
Maternity Style * 33 weeks * Stripe Top * Boucle Jacket (7)p.s. – no i wasn’t sleepy when i took these, my face has swollen up to the level where I always look half-asleep. Nice right?

Photos by Whitney Neal.




Derby Dress of the Day: For a Finish Line Box

First off, I promise to get back to some of my regular posts tomorrow. This weekend was chock full of fun stuff – a BIG Derby photo shoot, a blogger brunch and TWO CATS WINS (sorry I’m pretty excited about it) – so time kind of got away from me.

That being said, I couldn’t let a day go by without a Derby dress. I’ve been on the hunt for a perfect little stripe dress for Derby and I’m pretty sure I found it in this Line & Dot lovely. Gray stripes, a sexy/sweet exposed back and a tiny trim of cobalt blue (obviously my favorite part) – all for under$150. Yup, you can snag this without totally breaking the bank. I may need to order it and save it for a summer weddings after I’ve gotten back to my normal (read: not pregnant) self.

I love this dress for a day spent outside so I’ve picked it for an outdoor box, specifically a finish line box. I can just see a pretty lady wearing this paired with a bright blue hat cheering the horses to the finish. I’ve added a few shoe options – one with a touch of red for a patriotic, summery look. You can always go simple with a nude wedge though and here’s a couple more options (both at really reasonable prices).

Tip: If you love this dress, go baby go! and grab it. I’ve seen it sold out on a couple sites but the link below has all sizes left… for now.

kentucky derby dresses * what to wear to derby
Kelly Gray & White Stripe Dress: Line & Dot
Wedges: Steven | Tory Burch | Steven
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