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Derby Day style

I attended the Kentucky Derby Party at the Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee this year with my husband and a few friends. It was really fun to see everyone so dressed up (a rarity for this town!) I had to coordinate my outfit around my Derby hat, which is black, white and red, so I wore my gold Chanel skirt with a black cashmere tee and my dark red patent leather Lanvin heels. My friend Amy made an adorable seersucker dress that she paired with a vintage hat. My husband Dirk wore his new seersucker blazer. We had a great time and I even picked the winner! Hooray Orb!

 

Horsing around
Horsing around
Hat ladies
Hat ladies
Seersucker and mint juleps
Seersucker, Chanel and mint juleps

 

 

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Derby talk

Derby Day
Derby day at the Highbury Pub

I should have posted this sooner, but to be honest I was kind of pouting that Bodemeister didn’t win the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. I think he ran the best race and was by far the strongest horse in the field, but he still lost. Unfortunately he just ran a little too fast–I doubt any horse today could keep up that pace for a mile and a quarter. I guess I’ll just add him to the list of very good horses who came up short on the first Saturday in May. At least all horses and jockeys came back safe. I do wish that I would have kept I’ll Have Another in my exacta strategy, instead of changing to Union Rags at the last minute. I sure would have liked to win $300.

But whatever, next up is the Preakness Stakes on May 19. I’m looking forward to that day especially because it’s also my 5th wedding anniversary. Dirk and I were married on Preakness Day in 2007, the day that Curlin redeemed his Derby loss and took home the black eyed Susans. Maybe Bodemeister can do the same thing.

I almost forgot to give a shout out to the my hat designer, Lisa Hatch. She has a studio in downtown Milwaukee and she does great work. Look her up if you are interested in a custom design.

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Kentucky Oaks

Kentucky Oaks
Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks day

Kentucky Oaks
Dirk and Lori at the Kentucky Oaks

Tomorrow is the Kentucky Oaks! This is a race for 3-year-old female horses that takes place the day before the Kentucky Derby. Churchill Downs will be decked out in pink, and many of the attendees wear pink dresses and pink hats. Last year, I attended the Oaks for the first time. I wore a vintage Escada dress that I purchased at local Milwaukee boutique, Lela, a bright pink hat from Macy’s and matching Tory Burch shoes.

The signature Derby drink of course is the mint julep, but the Oaks cocktail is called the Lily — in honor of the blanket of pink lilies awarded to the winning horse. Here is the recipe. Cheers!

Oaks Lily

1 oz. vodka

1 oz sweet and sour mix

3 oz cranberry juice

splash of triple sec

Once the ingredients are mixed, place the Oaks Lily in a tall glass with crushed ice, add a straw and garnish with an orange wedge and cherry.