Derby Day Chic

You may not be traveling to Churchill Downs for the most exciting 2 minutes in sports.... but it's always good to be prepared for a fun Derby party with friends... and know what to wear!  It isn't all about the horses, right?!?  When I think of the Derby..... Big hats and Mint Juleps come to mind.  Kentucky Derby fashion has become as much about the race event as the horse racing.  And.... HATS ARE DEFINITELY A MUST!!! 

Below, I put together 3 Kentucky Derby outfits for the Ladies and 1 bonus outfit for the Guys to help inspire you to dress your best for the race weekend! 

Hat:  Haute Hats (local hat designer found at Alys Shoppe, Kiki Risa & Dip Swimwear)             Dress:  Diane Von Furstenberg    Bag: Coastal Road (found locally at Alys Shoppe, Kiki Risa, & Ophelia)    Shoes:  Vince

Hat:  Haute Hats (local hat designer found at Alys Shoppe, Kiki Risa & Dip Swimwear)             Dress:  Diane Von Furstenberg    Bag: Coastal Road (found locally at Alys Shoppe, Kiki Risa, & Ophelia)    Shoes:  Vince

The Derby Hat. 

Like I said, it's a MUST!  Whether simple or extravagant, you must make sure you have one perched atop your head!  Fascinators are the hot new trend from across the pond - smaller headpieces worn on a headband or a comb.  Princess Kate made this unique style "chic" a few years ago.  If you choose a simple large brimmed hat.... consider adding fresh flowers, feathers, or netting... to make it your own.

Dress:  Alexis (available at Alys Shoppe)    Wedges:  Matt Bernson                                              Handbag:  Gigi NYC       Hat:  Dillards

Dress:  Alexis (available at Alys Shoppe)    Wedges:  Matt Bernson                                              Handbag:  Gigi NYC       Hat:  Dillards

The Dress.

In my opinion, all ladies need to be in a dress.  I feel like it's a Southern Lady TRADITION!  Feel free to Show your unique style, but try to keep the silhouette simple and ladylike.... you would never want to distract from the  THE HAT.  If choosing a floral dress or print, keep your hat simple by choosing one color.  If your dress is a solid color, feel free to go wild with several different colors!

 

The Accessories. 

Keep it simple.  Your Hat needs to be the "STAR" of your outfit.  Stay away from big statement pieces and choose understated and delicate pieces instead, ie:  simple cross or diamond necklace, or classic pearls and dainty earrings like studs or simple hoops.   Also, your handbag needs to be small and simple - like a clutch.  Make sure it can hold the following:  phone, ID, credit cards, lipstick and lots of cash for placing those bets!!

Fascinator:  Ebay      Dress:  Carolina Herrera       Bag:  Rachel Zoe       Shoes:  Calypso St Barths

Fascinator:  Ebay      Dress:  Carolina Herrera       Bag:  Rachel Zoe       Shoes:  Calypso St Barths

The Shoes.

Chic summer open toe sandals, mules, classic wedges or an espadrille will be perfect with any dress.  Make sure they are comfortable!!   Even though the race is quick, the entire Derby event you attend might be an all day affair! 

The Guys.

Think classic preppy attire for the men.  Traditional seersucker suits, or pants in different eye catching colors with a crisp white button up on top.  Or classic khaki or navy pants and beautiful bright colored shirts.  If your guy doesn't mind neck wear.... you can pull it all together with a bright colored necktie.  Also, don't be afraid to let him don a 1920s style fedora style hat as well.... just as long as it doesn't take away from yours!   

 

Hat:  Haute Hats

Hat:  Haute Hats

I hope this has inspired you to wear your "Derby Best" with confidence on May 5th!!  Don't forget to place your bets!!

A Weekend of Wine & Fashion

The 7th Annual 30A Wine Festival was an amazing event at Alys Beach!  The weather thankfully cooperated and it was a beautiful weekend filled with wine, spirits, food, fashion & beautiful people!  It is always a special event, especially to me, because of the beneficiary, Children's Volunteer Health Network.  I have been involved with this wonderful local nonprofit organization for many years.  It is heartwarming to see so many locals and out of towners support them and their cause to provide access to health services for children in Walton & Okaloosa counties in Florida. 

The fashion at the event is always on point, and I felt so perfectly dressed in everything I was wearing from The Alys Shoppe.  It was the perfect place to find beautiful pieces for the entire weekend of festivities!  

I am sharing the highlights below from this fabulous fashion and wine filled weekend.  Enjoy!

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The beautiful storefront of The Alys Shoppe.

We kicked off our Friday evening February 23rd, at Bourbon, Beer and Butts and enjoyed live music, yummy food and.... obviously lots of delicious beer and bourbon! 

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I think I have the best looking date - my sweet husband, John.  Sweater, black denim, necklace, bracelets & handbag all available at The Alys Shoppe

Yummy Bourbon!!  (please excuse the lipstick marks on glass)

Yummy Bourbon!!  (please excuse the lipstick marks on glass)

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I stopped by to see the lovely ladies at The Alys Shoppe before the Grand Wine Tasting on Saturday, February 24th.  These sweet, stylish women are always super helpful and ready to help find the perfect pieces for you!

Let the tasting begin!!

Let the tasting begin!!

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It was a glorious day to stroll the quaint streets of Alys Beach, tasting wine and food.  My Dress, jewelry and handbag all from The Alys Shoppe.

One of my favorites I tried that day!

One of my favorites I tried that day!

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There is no other place quite like Alys Beach

Not a great quality photo.... but wanted you see these two parents had a fabulous time.... and I felt super stylish with my handsome date!!

Not a great quality photo.... but wanted you see these two parents had a fabulous time.... and I felt super stylish with my handsome date!!

Love this display of the glasses when you walked into Rosè and Croquet. 

Love this display of the glasses when you walked into Rosè and Croquet. 

Lastly, Sunday, February 25th was Rosè and Croquet in the afternoon.  This is such a classic, chic & stylish event.  Everyone wore shades of white (the traditional color for croquet) and enjoyed a delicious brunch accompanied by rosè, champagne and creative cocktails . 

My entire outfit is from  Alys Shoppe  (including my hubby's hat too)

My entire outfit is from Alys Shoppe (including my hubby's hat too)

Who knew South Africa could make such delicious wines??

Who knew South Africa could make such delicious wines??

Stylish people playing croquèt

Stylish people playing croquèt

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The place to see and be seen on 30A is Rosè and Croquet on Sunday!

Feeling blessed to have been part of such a wonderful, chic event benefiting Children's Volunteer Heath Network... in such a breathtaking place, Alys Beach.  Thanks again to The Alys Shoppe for making be feel super stylish and confident during all of the weekend festivities!

Until next year..... Cheers everyone!