Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday Musings: Let's Get Down and Derby

Lovelies. Happy Monday to you! Did you all get into something good this weekend? There are major celebrations and activities this coming weekend that are on the horizon. Ok. Far, far, far away on the horizon. But we have to be prepared. Agreed? Two big events have just so happened to land on the same day. The Kentucky Derby AND Cinco De Mayo. Have no fear, both holidays WILL be addressed. Today though, we are going to get Down and Derby.

If you do not know, the Kentucky Derby is definitely a Southern holiday that includes all of the 3 B's:  Big hats, Bow ties and Bourbon. It is an event that is filled with history, charm and style. Let's talk about some serious Derby inspired fashion, spaces and places.

For the bow tie lover in you. Ladies, here is your guide to a bow tie for your men. I have selected all of the most eligible bow ties for your "Day at the Derby." Get some. 

I love the classic feel of this image. It just screams "Kentucky Derby" to me. A fabulous shift dress, coupled with a fabulous floppy hat, accessorized with an enormous bow...Hello Churchill Downs. What horse do you think these ladies bet on?
{aesthetic approach}
An equestrian inspired space equipped will all of the horse lovers needs. Trophies, rosettes, horse prints, bourbon, a reign and a King Charles Spaniel. The girls love her instantly.  
For that man in your life. Another example of Derby attire. Adore the gingham paired with the paisley pocket square. For those of you who do not live in the South, this is completely normal garb. I have grown to love it. 
A fabulous idea for a Derby inspired soiree. Mint juleps adorned with bow ties. Get out. Those cups wear them so well!
{pretty stuff}
A chic equestrian inspired blouse. Who loves the edgy spiked nailhead trim on the shoulders? So fabulous.  I am going to need this horse head blouse.  It is decided. 
{sterling style}
A lifestyle photo  of the jockeys of the Derby way back when. This would be perfect framed in any horse lovers space. 
{the standard edition}
A lovely lady donning a floppy hat at the Derby. This is what it is all about. 
{sweet southern charm}
I die over this photo each and every time I see it. Love the framed rosettes and the extreme color it brings to the classically designed space. This room must reside in Louisville. 
{country living}
More Southern mens fashion. Seersucker suits will be seen all about in the crowd. Count it. 
{style me pretty}
Another fabulously floppy hat at the races. Classic. Lifestyle. 
{note to sarah}
The rosette aftermath. 
{oh happy day}
I hope you all have a fabulous Monday. As fabulous as it can possibly be for a Monday. Loves!


  1. oh I just LOVE every single one of these pictures!

  2. I so want to go to the Derby one year and wear a big hat and high heels and drink copiuous amounts of champagne and bet crazy $$ on random horses!

  3. What a fun post! I love the bow ties and sassy hats! ;)

  4. Love this post! This born and raised KY girl is gearing up for the Derby also! I love living in Louisville...especially this time of year!

  5. Loving all these images! It's on my bucket list to attend a Kentucky Derby! I love a man in a bow tie. :)

  6. Love this - as I'm a horse gal through and through. Something about a good seersucker bowtie .... :)


  7. How fun!! I would love to derby it up some day!

  8. I love all these pictures! It's really inspiring me to go to attend a derby! And those bowties! I am in love.

  9. Great post! Love the Derby...we will be celebrating this weekend. SO fun seeing the old and new photos here for ideas. Back in March we put together this little blog post with some ideas for a Derby Bash...
    Also on Pinterest

    Thanks again for the fun post!

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  11. I want to go to the Derby once just so I have an excuse to wear a huge floppy hat!!

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