Ang’s Derby Style
The Derby is all about color and wild fashion…so needless to say I didn’t really fit in. I tried to have fun with black and white though. I ended up loving this look and I didn’t feel too out of place.
Jess’s Derby Style
I don’t have a problem with color or flash, although I was a bit overwhelmed with all the color mixing and crazy outfits happening. This is my Aunt Kathy’s hat and I have always wanted to wear it. While shopping this winter I found this dress on the sale rack, it screamed derby to me. I was a bit worried about the stripes and the feathers, but after seeing some of the other derby fashion I wasn’t worried anymore.
Friday’s Kentucky Oaks
The derby weekend is divided into two days, the Friday Oaks and the Saturday Derby. If you go to the derby you must go to the Oaks. I almost think the Oaks was my favorite day. It was little less crowded (only 140,000 compared to 170,000 on Saturday) and it was fun getting a lay of the land. We ended up sitting with our friends in their box and their seats didn’t disappoint. I (Jessica) had a hard time keeping my mouth shut about the Superbowl while sitting in front of the top players from the Patriot’s team….. Deflategate!!!!
Crop Top // Pencil Skirt // Fascinator
Dress // Hat
Official Drink: Lily
1 1/4 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Sweet and Sour Mix
1/4 oz. Triple Sec
3 oz. Cranberry Juice
Directions: Once the ingredients are mixed, place the pinkish cocktail in a stemless wine glass with crushed ice, add a straw and garnish with a blackberry and lemon wedge.
Oh the big day… we thankfully went to bed early that night because we knew we had a long day ahead of us. Thanks again to our new friends we had fabulous seats in the Turf Club area of Churchhill downs. This meant rubbing elbows with some great C-list celebs and A list athletes. Funny enough our favorite of the weekend by far was the Papa John. Yep you know it, Mr. Papa John’s pizza himself. You’ll see a photo of him at the end of this post.
1 ounce minted simple syrup
2 cups crushed ice
2 ounces bourbon (such as Woodford Reserve)
Fresh mint spring, for garnish
Of all the celebrities from Victoria Secret Super Models to Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, we only got star struck around the ones that had their biggest impact on us growing up. The Turf Club at the Kentucky Derby was a 1999 middle school dream, we stood in lines next to Boyz II Men and Joey Fatone from Nsync, how much more late 1990s can it get. I recommend you turn your pandora station to Boyz II Men radio right now… it won’t disappoint!
Ang + Jess