Bluegrass & Bourbon

It’s true, you’re more likely to find me drinking vodka lemonades while watching golf, than sipping bourbon while watching horse racing … but what girl doesn’t love an excuse to get dolled up in her “Kentucky” best?!

This past Saturday, Peter and I were invited to a Toyota Blue Grass Stakes Watch Party, hosted by America’s Best Racing. Attendees were encouraged to wear their biggest hats and boldest bow ties, and watch the centuries’ old tradition of horse racing.

Since my knowledge of the sport was minimal a best, I figured I should start by looking the part. When I think of equestrian style, I think of class, sophistication, and elegance — the epitome of ladylike lovely. I decided to add a little playful twist by picking a flowier dress. And of course, I couldn’t forget my hat!

A New York Love Affair:  Horse-racing Style

A New York Love Affair:  Horse-racing Style

A New York Love Affair:  Horse-racing Style

A New York Love Affair:  Horse-racing Style

A New York Love Affair:  Horse-racing Style

A New York Love Affair:  Horse-racing Style

A New York Love Affair:  Horse-racing Style

A New York Love Affair:  Horse-racing Style

I had even more fun at the event than I had getting dressed! We sipped on bourbon, listened to a live bluegrass band and learned a thing or two about the art of horse betting. Who knew it could be fun (and a little addicting?!)

A New York Love Affair:  Horse-racing Style

The more I learn about horse racing, the more I think I could get into this. I mean, a sporting event that combines high fashion, cocktails, and a little harmless betting? What’s not to like?

Now its time to get out to the tracks!

xoxoelenamichelle-200

Dress :: Francesca’s (loving this and this)
Belt :: Francesca’s (similar)
Shoes :: Aldo (LOVE these)
Hat :: street fair (similar)
Bag :: Michael Kors (similar)
Necklace :: JCrew (in tortoise)
Watch :: Marc Jacobs
Bracelet :: Ily Couture
Ring :: family jeweler (almost exact)

4 Comments

  • Reply April 14, 2014

    Matia

    You need to visit Lexington and come to Keeneland in October! My boyfriend is in the horse industry and I have fallen in love with everything thouroubred! I’m going to derby in three weeks!

    • Reply April 14, 2014

      Elena Michelle

      I need to!! I can see how you have fallen in love with it. It’s fabulous. Plus it’d be fun to be at a race with someone that knows the industry well! Can’t wait to hear about the derby! So jealous……..!

  • Reply April 14, 2014

    Matia

    PS- love your blog and your outfit!

  • Reply April 15, 2014

    Kelly in the City

    LOVE this look! You look adorable, and I hope you had so much fun! :)

    xx
    Kelly
    kellyinthecity.com

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