kentucky derby style: fun & flirty

kentucky derby style: fun and flirtybright yellow dress // white scallop trim dress // pink lace crop dress 

Today’s derby style inspiration is for a more fun and flirty look. Personally, I tend to gravitate towards this style for events around town the week of derby. I’ll be at the track twice derby week before the actual race on Saturday. Crazy, right?!

I’ll be at Churchill on Wednesday with work and Friday for the Oaks. The Kentucky Oaks has become my favorite day of derby week. If you’ve been to derby a couple of times and experienced the lovely infield, I suggest going all out for the Oaks one year. There are (slightly) less people and you can buy box tickets for a fraction of the price of what you would pay for derby. What makes the day even more fun is the longstanding tradition of wearing the color pink on this day. So, this pink number would be amazing for Friday’s races. Curious about what I wore last year?

For all of my friends who are not from Kentucky…will you be attending any derby themed parties this year?

kentucky derby style: classic & preppy

kentucky derby style - classic preppy

teal scalloped dress (under $50!) // floral shift dress // multicolored dress

The Kentucky Derby is less than two weeks away! Here In Louisville, the Derby madness begins almost a month before Derby. This my first Derby as a local, it’s crazy to think that Derby is a month-long celebration even though the actual race only lasts around two minutes. But, I wouldn’t have it any other way!

If you’re like me and have yet to lock down your derby attire… I’ll be featuring three roundups this week showcasing a few of my favorite derby options. Luckily, Louisville has amazing local options for derby attire. My favorite shops are cloudhoppers and blink boutique. 

The Kentucky Derby is interesting as your dress code is dictated by where you are sitting. Dresses that I pick for the infield will be drastically different than the ones I pick for a box or millionaires row. The options listed above would be perfect if you are sitting in the grandstand or an outdoor box. If you are attending this year, feel free to contact me with any questions about what you should wear in relation to where you are sitting.

Are you going to be celebrating the Derby this year? I’d love to know what you plan on wearing!


links of the week

happy weekend

Wohoo it’s Friday! I wish I was writing this post from the comfort of my bed…but nope, I’m at the office. This week flew by and I can’t believe that I’ll be in Vegas next week for my best friend’s Bachelorette party. It seems like just yesterday we were deciding on where to have the party.

Anyways…on to my favorite links from the week.

The Man Repeller’s post on FODO (fear of disappointing others) hit home for me. I’m not sure why our generation cannot say “no, thanks” without feeling incredibly guilty.
Emily was the first blog that I read daily and I loved her post on her two year anniversary. It was so cute it gave me goosebumps.
I added this silk cami to my closet as another classic investment. The comfort and fit make it worth the price tag.
As a huge dry shampoo fan, I loved Lauren’s dry shampoo diaries. I’ve tried multiple brands and haven’t found “the one” yet. Next on my list is the drybar dry shampoo.
The glowing skin trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. If you’re looking for products to achieve this look, the Glitter Guide’s roundup is spot on.

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?

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crave or save: cutout maxi

crave or save: cutout maxi It’s time for another crave or save! I’ve been admiring Rachel Pally’s cutout maxi dresses for about a year now. But, I could never pull the trigger and purchase the dress because of the steep price tag. Luckily, I came across this Ark & Co version on Piperlime and knew that I absolutely had to have it. I received the dress last week and couldn’t be more proud of my “save”. Its a nice fabric that isn’t too thin and is extremely flattering.

Although I’m set on my cutout stripe maxi, Rachel Pally has this dress in solid colors as well. How amazing does this black cutout maxi look? As luck would have it, Shopbop is having their Friends and Family sale so any of the amazing Rachel Pally dresses could be yours at 25% off!

Which one do you prefer? Crave or save?

brand crush: everlane

everlaneAs you may know, I’m going through a style evolution. I’m purging things that I no longer wear or identify with to make room for simple, well made basics. I started subscribing to Everlane two years ago but just purchased my first items last month. I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect tee and Everlane’s promise for high quality without outrages prices had me intrigued.

I purchased my two tee’s below and am extremely happy with my items! I’ve been wearing the slouchy gray tee non-stop and am already planning on ordering it in other colors. My only issue was trying to figure out what size I should order. I ended up with a medium and will most likely go with a small next time. But, they still fit great even after their first wash!

everlane teesIf tee’s aren’t your thing, I suggest taking a look at their accessories. Once again, Everlane stays true to promising fair pricing without sacrificing quality. They search the top factories in the world before deciding on where to make their product. The Petra tote is a testament to this philosophy as it is 100% true Italian leather. I have my eye on this color. I’m also loving their weekend bag, perfect for a gift!

Have you purchased anything from Everlane?