Last year, we were so consumed with selling our house and finding somewhere to live that the races got put on the backburner. We didn't even make it to the Golden Slipper, for shame.
This year, Skip will be going to every meet and I'll try and make it to quite a few of them.
I love the races. It's fantastic people watching, a great excuse to frock up, an excellent excuse for a glass of bubbles and it's always a fun day out. While I like watching the races, I quite often never even back a single race. Each time is a little different too – you can sit at the champagne bar, sit in the fancy restaurant or just have a picnic in the sun. As a social event, it really is hard to beat.
Having a few Saturdays booked to focus on having some fun and work out what frock to wear will definitely take my mind off the lack of sleep and generally crankiness of home. Even if I do have to prop my eyes open with matchsticks and try and not be a complete loon.
I have a few race dresses, so I really don't need to purchase something new. I could easily go to each meet with a different dress (it's the only clothes shopping I enjoy and actually do). But I am going to Derby Day for the first time this year which means I'll need something in black and/or white which I don't have. So what's a girl today? Can't shun race tradition now, can I?
I spotted a spotty number in a local vintage store, which is a gorgeous '50s number, a flimsy summer dress so I need something with a little more weight for Autumn. How about one of these?
I'm loving these lace dresses from Portmans too:
Are you going to the Sydney Autumn Carnival this year? What are you wearing?