Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Night at the Races

The husband's cousin in law invites us every year to The Night at the Races, which is an event benefiting the local Children's Museum. If you've never been to an event like this before - you receive a program of all the races as you normally would for a live race and place your bets. The races, however, are pre-recorded from actual past races. It's still pretty competitive regardless, and a lot of fun! I really have no strategy other than picking a horse whose name speaks to me in some way! My picks did not win, for the record. So perhaps I need a better method!

Fascinator: Amazon | Earrings: Francesca's (option) | Necklace: MOD boutique (option) | Bag: Express | Dress: Topshop (option, option) | Bracelet: JCrew Factory | Heels: Vince Camuto (similar)

We've had plans every year in the past and haven't been able to attend, but this year, we were free and I was ready to get my Derby best on! It's not very often when you buy a dress for a certain occasion and actually get to wear it a second time! This is a dress I wore for my sister's tea party themed baby shower here. I was so excited at the possibility to wear it again because it's just such a great piece! All I needed was the perfect fascinator, and thanks to Amazon, I found just that. The white pumps seemed very "Derby" to me, which tied in the striped clutch quite nicely!

One of these days, I will make it to the actual Kentucky Derby, but this was a great simulated version in the meantime! And all for a great cause which is just a win/win!


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  1. This is so adorable! The Children's Museum is one of my kids' favorite places around here!
    Carrie and Stacy

  2. Such a gorgeous dress and I love all those delicate accessories!
    Red Reticule | Red Reticule Collection

  3. I was so wishing I had a derby style event to attend this weekend. Instead, I just watched snippets of the races on tv and swooned over the fancy hats! You look so cute!

    pumps and push-ups

  4. You look amazing!! Love the head piece!!

    xo, Erica
    Casually Styled

  5. You look great! I bet it was a fun party! I love derby parties. I have a fascinator that is almost exactly like that!

  6. What a cute derby look! Love your fascinator and that dress - so adorable! xx

    Audrey | http://www.keygypsy.com

  7. Love this look! Such a perfect derby outfit.

    xo, Jasmin

  8. So cute! As a KY girl I have to urge you that you must go to Derby at least once! So happy to find you through the link up.

    The Lady Lawyer

  9. I love the mint...that in itself seems "Derby" to me. And how fun to actually have a reason/event to wear the Facinator....things us non-Southern people don't typically get the pleasure of wearing!! Super fun!
    Kellie @ www.ie-style.com

  10. You look gorgeous Carylee. Great dress, fascinator and clutch!

  11. That hat is amazing! You look so pretty in that dress! The colors are all so fun!

  12. Visiting you from Tuesday Talk...love your Derby look! I'm a huge fan of getting dressed up for race weekend. :)

  13. I love it! So adorable! :) Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Talk! I'm doing a giveaway this week and would love for you to join me. :)
    Sarah (co-host for Tuesday Talk)

  14. I think you already know how my whole family feels about this look. 9 out of 10 even from the pickiest critic. 10 out of 10 for me. And obviously 10 out of 10 for the clutch mani combo since that got a regram! :)
    Gina - On the Daily Express

  15. You look stunning! I love the striped clutch with the floral dress. And your fascinator is a beauty!


  16. You look so perfect for a fun theme party. I love that fascinator on you...I wished I had an occasion to wear one.


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.