Outfit details: Dress: Nicole Miller at Muse| Shoes: Christian Louboutin, budget friendly version here and here | Hat: Etsy Shop by Lauren Larkin (old), great hats here and here | Earrings: Be.True Jewelry (old), similar | Bracelets: David Yurman | Ring: Dian Malouf (old), cocktail ring here and here
The Kentucky Derby is your opportunity to show off not only an amazing hat, but the finest dress for Spring. If I was attending the derby, choosing the hat would be my top priority. I like the hat I'm wearing because it's simple and elegant. The designer chose to use flowers and feathers but not take it over the top. The details keep it basic, yet sophisticated. I paired my hat with a cap sleeve linen dress from Nicole Miller. This is a classy southern look fit for a woman headed to the derby. It also has side and back tucking which helps show off your shape and hug all the right parts.
I realize we won't all be present at the Kentucky Derby but you can always host your own party. Doesn't that sound like fun? If I was hosting a party for the derby I would make sure to have enough silver julep cups for everybody and definitely hold a hat competition. Are you asking yourself where am I going to find a hat? Muse has a great hat selection (see below) and you can always add your personal touch with some floral stems and a hot glue gun. I trust you! Did you know hats are worn at the Kentucky Derby for good luck?
Will it be Dortmund or America Pharoah? I'm going with American Pharoah. Grab your Mint Julep (recipe below) and standby. Cheers!
The Old Forester Mint Julep Recipe
-2 cups sugar
-2 cups water
-Sprigs of fresh mint
-Old Forester Kentucky Bourbon
-Silver Julep Cups
Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Old Forester Kentucky Bourbon. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
Photos by: Annie McQueen Photography