One of my besties drove down from Columbus to spend the weekend with me and we had quite a blast!
She drove in on Friday night and our first Derby-related excursion was to go check out the garland that is made by the florists at one of our local Krogers.
It's amazing, they hand pick every single rose, and then hand sew every rose onto the fabric that has preservative water in between. There are 540 roses in the garland and my friend and I got little keepsakes of rose petals from these roses. We got to take a little bit of derby home with us on Friday.
These drinks are delicious, Lily's are the official Oaks (Friday before Derby) drinks and they are just... yes, too good. They also come with keepsake glasses each time, so we accumulated a few glasses during the day.
One of the fun hats at derby... flamingos. There were just so many fun hats that range from really elaborate to absolutely absurd/zany.
These are photos before the first race of the day (Derby was Race 11 so no way were we able to find room to be able to see them come out with the crowds in the way).
Mint Julep + Pretzel
I got a mint julep (not from here) and spotted this mint julep mascot. Really excited about this.
This is the crowd leaving Derby...
We ventured to a different part of the Paddocks, to take photos with the horse statue. I really enjoy this photo because it looks like we've been photobombed.
This weekend has been absolutely amazing and just what I needed. Spending some fun girl-time at the tracks is a great way to kick off this month of May. I just wish I could wear big hats and dresses all the time!
Dress: Nikola Dress from Anthropologie (On sale Right Now)
Although this dress is not brightly colored, I went with something that was more appropriate for the infield where I would occasionally have to sit on the ground and such. Next year we're thinking of getting actual seats and bringing the guys with us. Derby is a worthy experience and I can't wait to do it again! I didn't win any of my wages, but I definitely win in good company and sunshine.