|Fascinators for my daughter and me to wear on Kentucky Derby day.|
After all the excitement of watching last year’s Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah, racing at the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes, I decided to go full-on racing fan this year—my grandmother was a big racing fan, so it’s in my blood!—and have a small viewing party for the Kentucky Derby on May 7. While I do like horses and think they are beautiful animals, I have a small confession to make—my drive to watch the Kentucky Derby among friends is probably more motivated by my desire to wear a fascinator and drink champagne—though I will cheer on the ponies and my pick to win the derby this year is Gun Runner! I was also inspired by racetrack fashion after an article I wrote on the subject. Who doesn’t want to get dressed up like that?
|Love the swirling rosettes, feathers and paillette sequins on this one.|
Picking out a bottle of champagne is easy, but I did not realize how daunting it would be to select a fascinator. There are so many on the market! I decided on a fascinator instead of a hat because most hats are too big on me and I want something to stay secure on race day, not flop around on my head. I decided to get my daughter a fascinator to wear too and found both of these on eBay. The navy fascinator is mine and I like the three swirly rosettes, the paillette sequins dotted here and there, and the slender feathers attached at different points. My daughter’s has a light blue flower in the center, iridescent midnight blue feathers, tiny gray-blue beads sprouting from it and black polka dot netting. I think I like hers a bit better! She likes it better than mine too though (darn it), so there will be no trading with Charlotte of Brooklyn!
|Love this fascinator I bought for my daughter!|
|A side view. I am crazy for the polka dot netting.|
|Pearls and “Plumberry” by Essie.|
I’m going to pair my fascinator with a navy dress, black satin peep-toe heels, lots of jewelry—probably pearls!—and pinky-red nails. This is “Plumberry” by Essie. I can hardly wait for May 7. Riders up!
|My little pony! Gun Runner winning the Louisiana Derby, March 2016. Photo by Eliot Kamenitz.|
Are you watching the Kentucky Derby this year? Have you been to the actual race before? Do you like a hat or a fascinator better? If anyone has tips on making a Mint Julep, please send them my way. I made a practice one last week and did not like it at all. If I can’t get a better recipe I am serving champagne or Maker’s Mark to my guests!