Sunday, April 20, 2014

And we're off to the races!

When you grow up a Kentucky girl, horse racing is in your blood. We get all dressed up at a young age and hop in the car, drive past the fields of green grass and horses, and go to Keeneland. There’s just an air about this 78-year-old racetrack that we Lexingtonians love. It exudes Southern class, from the blooming spring trees to nearly everyone dressed to the nines in their best race day attire. I’ve loved watching the horses since I was little, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to appreciate the class and style of it. It’s more than a just racetrack, it’s a place where people meet and become friends. It gives us something to look forward to on the weekends. But back to dressing up. Taking a hint from the Derby, it is traditional to dress in your Southern best to go to Keeneland. My friends and I spend hours the nights before we go trying to piece together the perfect ensemble over text and curling our hair. And today I’m going to share with you some of my favorite Keeneland outfits.

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(Me in Blue) I wore this to go to Keeneland's opening weekend right after I got back from Spring Break. The dress is one of my favorites and my new Kate Spade bag got some use. I accessorized with my gold watch and my classic pearls.

From L to R: My friends Meredith, (me), Claire, and Lexi

I went with a crew of girls I dance with and we had a blast. Opening weekend is always so much fun and we got to watch some great races. Who says you have to be of age to have to have fun at Keeneland?

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This past Saturday I went to Keeneland with the same girls and some of their friends who are now mine. We had a blast as I played tour guide the whole time, seeing as I'm the only one of us who knows my way around Keeneland.

We try, we really do
I spent this trip with my best friend Meredith, fellow blogger Justina (see her blog here!), my friend Erin, and our new friend Maddie. We had a great time walking around and meeting up with friends and watching all the great races.

I also went with my parents and my sister Avery this time. Avery hasn't been in a while and she had a great time. She even won a little bit of money!

With Emily yet again {Like this photo on Instagram}
I wore one of my favorite dresses, a mint-ish green cap sleeve dress with a white lace front panel. Pairing it with nude pumps, my nude Coach wristlet, and classic pearls gave an effortless look for a day at the races.

As we round out this racing season, I look forward to Derby in two weeks. While dance yearly prevents me from going, I never miss watching the race. And oh do I love the fashion of it. But I'll hold out till fall meet season to get my fix at the races.

-xoxo clb