First off, I have to say a big thank you to everyone who has read, pinned, liked or shared a link to Lou What Wear this past month. April was the best month this little project of mine has ever had and I’m excited to see what’s next. As always, I love hearing from you all, so if there’s something you hate or love or want to see more (or less) of, let me know!
Okay, so I can’t believe we’re halfway through Derby week. It’s officially crunch time and if you’re still in need of some last minute details – today and tomorrow are the days to tackle it!
So everyone knows hats are a must for Oaks and Derby but the rest of the week at the track (where you could find me yesterday for work and today with Beth for a little fun with America’s Best Racing), hats are not the norm. It’s more the look you go for when going to a summer wedding, a day at Keeneland or a summer cocktail party. Today’s post reflects that look. You could certainly style either of these up with a hat for the big days but they work just as well for a mid-week day at the track or a fun summer event.
I fell in love with this Shoshanna number at Blink! and think it is almost too perfect for a gal who’s getting married this summer. Perfect for a rehearsal dinner or bridal luncheon – the beading on the neckline gives a pretty splash of color against the white. And Beth’s striped dress from Dress & Dwell is preppy perfection. Simple with a little something extra. You can go simple with a pair of Jack Rodgers or gold flip flops or go dressier with a fun colored heel. I paired this dress with a low heel because a long day at the track can give your feet hell so make sure you think about if you’ll have seating opportunities when picking a shoe.
Also, if you’re out at the track anytime this week, snap a pic and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org – I’ll be doing a Derby wrap-up next week and would love to include you all!
Dress: Shoshanna Beaded Freyja Dress available at Blink! Boutique (also available in a one-shoulder version); Shoes: DSW; Bag and Mint Bracelets: Dandelion; Sunglasses: LOFT
For more of Beth’s look head over to Seersucker + Saddles ….
Photos by Whitney Neal.
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Last week I was running around like crazy (hence the hectic posting) because on Saturday we hosted an engagement party for my dearest friend Kelly and her groom-to-be Grant. The party marked the first time all four of their parents were together so in honor of the bride’s North Carolina roots and current KY home, we did a BBQ showdown: North Carolina style vs. Kentucky style.
The party was a lot of fun and I think a good time was had by all (we ran out of beer so I’m thinking that’s a good sign). Anyways, rather than ramble on about the details, I’ll just share the pics. Enjoy!
p.s. – I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture of Grant & Kelly together… definite fail on my part.
Love Lauren’s mint dress, Katie’s statement necklace, Kelly in white eyelet and Julia’s color blocked maxi (and those earrings are amazing).
Grant, Weston, Kurt & Billy
Me and the bride to be.
Top: Blush Boutique; Jeans: J.Crew; Necklace: Stella & Dot
Kelly: Dress: LOFT; Sandals: Micheal Kors
Megan & Emily – Definitely going to miss all the colorful summer dresses.
These two always look great and I love the print & nautical stripe each are wearing.
Had to throw this pic in as a big thanks to my Dad and Suzie for their help putting together this little shin-dig!
Get the look….
Last weekend I made a trip north for a wedding shower for one of my very best friends. Maggie is getting married this October in Louisville, so she needed a little celebration in her current home of Chicago.
Since only one of the bridesmaid lives in Chicago, we decided to host the shower at the Bull & Bear with bottomless Mimosa’s & Bloody Mary’s, lots of delicious grub (can you say mini-breakfast sammys and pancakes?) and great friends & family.
Beyond just making out with some new home goodies (did you all know they made kitchen aid blenders in fun colors too?), Maggie can always remember it as the shower where she took a tequila shot with the groom from a nearby bachelor party (yup – it was that kind of shower).
Top Row: Kate, Cara, Sarah, Maggie & Jodie
2nd & 3rd Row: a little decor | the beautiful bride-to-be & mother of the bride
4th row: Tequila Shots | Sarah, Maggie & Jodie
5th Row: The Adorable Menus | Jodie, Me & Cara
6th Row: Jodie & Cara
I loved Maggie’s simple white dress and bright lipstick. Everyone else looked great – whether rocking a bold print or classic colors with bold accessories.
I snapped some pictures of my outfit that I’ll share later… You all heading to any wedding showers or parties in the next couple weeks? What are you planning on wearing? Ever been to a wedding shower at a bar?