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28 April 2014

What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby





I'm pretty much bursting at the seems to bring you today's post. Last week, I mentioned on Instagram that I will be going to the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby as a Cottonelle Correspondent. 

This will be my very first trip to the Kenutcky Derby, but as I'm sure Helene would agree, since I did live in Kentucky for two years and have been to Keeneland more times than I can count, I totally get it! 




Ok, ok, ok... so Keeneland is nothing compared to what's known as the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports, the Kentucky Derby. Even though I'll be devoting Fan Friday's post this week to the Derby (and maybe helping you guys win some cash money if you are planning on doing some off-site betting) here is a quick run down on this year's Derby.


The 2014 Kentucky Derby
When: May 3rd
Post Time (meaning the time the horses must be at their starting position): 6:24pm EST 
Length: 2 minutes (ish) 



Don't live in the Bluegrass State? You can still be part of the Derby Day excitement thanks to Cottonelle's Great Finish Sweepstakes. If the No. 1 and No. 2 positioned racehorses (hah, get it?! Cottonelle, get it?!) place in that order, the first 15,000 Americans to sign up here will win a year's supply of Cottonelle toilet paper and flushable cleansing cloths. Trust me, it is always more fun to watch sporting events, even if they are only two minutes long, when you have someone or in this case, some horses to root for!

So now let's get to the good stuff, getting Derby Day ready! For most sporting events I'm a jeans and converse kinda girl, but not for the Kentucky Derby. Looking good and feeling good is what the Derby is all about. Cottonelle has a Clean Room at the race this year with refreshments, a hair and makeup touch-up station and a fun opportunity to chat with their spokeswoman Cherry! But what about the beauty and fashion prep a girl's gotta do in the days leading up to the race?

This leads me to the most important question a girl must ask herself when attending the Kentucky Derby.......




My answer to this question is hat first, then dress. 

So today, I thought it would be fun to bring you hat shopping with me and play a little game. I tried on 8 different hats, all pictured below. To add a little fun, I'm going to give away Jerry Jones Ad Space, my largest ad space, to one person who leaves a comment and correctly guesses which hat I picked to wear on Derby Day! If more than one person guesses correctly, I'll pick the winner at random!

I'm not going announce which hat I chose today, you'll have to wait and find out on Saturday via Instagram.


On Derby Day, I'll Instagram a picture of the hat I picked and announce the winner of the ad space by tagging them in the photo! 







So, which hat did I pick?

To win the ad space, leave a comment below and make sure you aren't a no-reply blogger! If you aren't sure, simply include your email address with your comment!


And we're off to the races, places
Ready, set the gate is down and now we're goin' in


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81 comments :

  1. What a fun opportunity! I've visited KY once but not during the Derby. You're going to have a blast! I'd go with one, but that's because it's the smallest and I'm not used to derby hats. If you want to go all out I say #2!

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  2. Hat 6 & 7 are my two favorites! I could find super cute dresses to go with them easily I would think :) I cannot wait to see which one you pick!

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  3. I cannot wait to see what you wear...this is so fabulous! I say you picked #2!

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  4. I'm going with #7! Have a blast!

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  5. omg i just love ya so much. i am def signing up but im not guessing since I know. HAT FIRST AND THEN DRESS. totally agree. this is so awesome!!!! so excited for you!

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  6. Seriously, this has been my dream sports event to attend for as long as I can remember. Strictly for what I would get to wear...I don't think dressing like this to a NASCAR race would go over so well. Soooo jealous and I can't wait to see how fabulous you look for the big day! #4, 7, and 8 are my top favorties :)

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  7. I think it's hat #6! It is the cutest ever!

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  8. Hat #5! And I've been to Keeneland I love betting the ponies :) Everyone has a system for it lol

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  9. They are all so fun, but I'm guessing #7???

    Can't wait to hear all about the Kentucky Derby!

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  10. I'm guess #4.. I hope I win!! Can't wait to see all your pictures.

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  11. I'm gonna go with #2! Have so much fun!!! Can't wait to follow it all on Insta!

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  12. #7! You'd look like Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady! <3

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  13. Definitely 7!! SO fierce ;) Have SO much fun!!

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  14. Hat #2! :) Can't wait to see which one you picked :)

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  15. always match the dress to the hat and go with number 7!

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  16. I'd have chosen #8 in case I needed to be seen in the background on TV. :)

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  17. I would say you went with number 7! It looks the best on you, in my opinion. Also, kudos on using Lana Del Ray lyrics at the end! That's probably my favorite song of hers.

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  18. Hat #8 because I've seen you in a red dress and you're gorgeous!!!

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  19. luckily you rock hats like it's your job so you can't lose. but maybe you chose…#7.

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  20. Keeneland is however much prettier than Churchill Downs if you ask me. I went to college in Lexington so I know both sides of the coin well.

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  21. I'm hoping hat #7 because that's what I'd pick.

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  22. I would have to say #5! I would buy the hat first and then the dress too...seems easier for an event like this haha

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  23. I've always wanted to have the option to wear a big, fancy hat and it's so awesome you get to go to the Kentucky Derby! I am going with #8 as the hat of choice.

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  24. I've always wanted to go to the derby. I'll make sure to drink a mint julep that day in your honor. I also really like hat #7! :)
    -Rachel @ With Love, Rachel

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  25. I love hat #6 so I hope you picked that one!

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  26. I love #7, but my guess is #4.

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  27. I love and hope you picked #7.
    I was kind of hoping since it's Cottonelle, that you'd have to make a hat out of TP.

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  28. Hat 8 looks more Derby-ish. I've been to the Downs a ton. My ex uncle in law has box seats actually right across from the stand where they play My Ol Kentucky Home. He would never take me to the Derby though. I lived in Lexington for 3 years and have lived the rest of the time just an hour away and have never made it to Keeneland.

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  29. I'm gonna go with hat #4, can't wait to see which one you chose and have so much fun!!

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  30. I'm going to go with hat #6! Mostly because it's my favorite. I'm excited to see what you chose and the dress to go with it!

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  31. I can't quite see all that is going on top of #2 but I'm going to go with that one! You really can't lose with any of those though! Hope you have a great time!

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  32. I love hat #7 so that's my guess! I live in Louisville, KY so this entire week is treated like a national holiday! I was stoked to see a post about Derby. :) Have a blast!

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  33. All I want in life is to be able to have eight photos like this one with a ticket to the Kentucky Derby... Beyond jeal. I say #7? But I love them all too much to even legitimize that. :)

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  34. My vote is #1 and then maybe #5. But really, can I come with?

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  35. Always hat first!! I pick #6... you seem like a fascinator girl to me... maybe? Have fun! I am sooo jealous!

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  36. Too bad the Derby is the weekend right before Finals...sigh...What good is living in KY if you can't go to their big events! Well go have fun for the rest of us poor souls girl :D

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  37. Oh gosh! 5 + 7 are my favs and I think you picked #7 the bigger the better!

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  38. Oh I hope it is 7 because that hat is amazing. Have fun!!

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  39. I think #4!! You look fab in all of them :)

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  40. have so much fun! i want to wear a fancy lady hat - so jealous. my guess is #2 :)

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  41. I love 7 so I hope you picked that one!

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  42. There are so many that I feel strongly about!!! I'm going to go with.....
    #4!

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  43. I'm going to go with 6! I want a cute derby hat :D

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  44. I love #7, but I think it might get too much in your way, so maybe #1 was your choice.
    BTW for a second I thought it said pick the hat based on the "drugs" LOL

    Natalia

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  45. I say four.

    I'm heading to Churchill Downs myself, and I can't wait. It's my second Derby and I am insisting on going every year until I die. Totally agree on the hat thing though. It's so much easier to find a dress that matches the hat than vice versa.

    And, thanks to you, I'm not a no-reply blogger anymore, so, off to the races!

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  46. My favorite 2 are #7 & #8. I think you picked #7. Hope I am right would love the ad space lol

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  47. I think hat #5 because it isn't too girly and because it seems most fitting for the derby. So you are going to the derby through your blog? That's pretty cool. I personally really like that red hat and then that way you get to wear a red dress. But I'm not sure what people can get away with at the derby. Is it a lot like an 'anything goes' kind of thing!? Or is there an unwritten protocol?

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  48. #5 all.the.way. I'm so jealous - I've never been and I think it will be amazing. Can't wait to hear all about it!

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  49. I love it!!!! especially since I live right here in Kentucky in Lexington :)
    xx

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  50. I really love number 7, so I hope that's the one you wear! Going to the Derby is on my bucket list so I can't wait to hear about your experience!!

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  51. Hat #7 is gorgeous, glamorous, and oh so flattering! Have fun at the Derby. Can't wait to see the dress along with the hat!

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  52. #3! You're going to be so close to me!!

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  53. #7 is gorgeous so I think you picked that!

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  54. If I was a betting woman, I would pick #8!

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  55. They are all so fun but I LOVE #7! So sophisticated! Mysterious! Have fun!!!

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  56. Keenland is fun too! I love that picture from the fall, the beautiful trees in the background are great! And yes, you pick the hat first, then the dress.

    -AJ
    OccasionallyAJ.com

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