Venus Trapped in Mars

09 May 2014

Fan Friday: Getting Down and Derby

 I told you I wouldn't make you wait furlong to get a full Derby recap.

I hope you laughed at that.

Last Friday, I flew to Kentucky for the Kentucky Derby with Cottonelle. I headed directly from the airport to the hotel to get ready for the next day, and of course for a good night's beauty sleep. 

Saturday morning, bright and early, I first took a selfie, then headed downstairs to catch our ride to the Derby. I had the pleasure of meeting three of the sweetest new friends, Erin, Whitley and Lindsay. At around 1:00 pm, we arrived at the Derby in style! 

We were immediately greeted by Natalie, our Cottonelle host for the derby! Talk about Sarah's day of meeting new friends, right? Natalie couldn't have been nicer, or more welcoming! I mean, she took us straight to see the bathrooms. That is what you do with all new friends you meet, right?! :) 

Did we get some weird looks talking selfies and group pictures in the bathroom, we did, yes. Thank you for asking. BUT WHO CARES WE WERE AT THE CATALINA WINE MIXER KENTUCKY DERBY. If there is one thing I've learned over the years, you shouldn't take yourself so seriously! 

Our next stop was the Cottonelle clean room. This was where all of the celebrities walking the red carpet could freshen up, grab a cocktail if they like and even get a makeup touchup. The best celebrities were the ones that would stop and chat with Cherry, Cottonelle's spokesperson. Take Mary Wilson from the Supremes for example. What a good sport to come talk bums with everyone! As you can see from my only image of Mary, I do not have a paparazzi career in my future.

After the celebrity stalking died down a bit, we had some photog fun of our own in the green room! 

And then we headed out to the red carpet where we met designer Kiel James Patrick and his fiance, Sarah. These two were so fabulous and impeccably dressed, plus they  humored us and agreed to pose for all 38 iPhones that wanted a picture! Group pics are hard....

But we eventually got it figured out! 

We were then off to find the adorable mini Moet bottles we had been spotting all afternoon, followed by exploring the owners' suites on the 5th floor.... naturally.

About an hour before race time, we moseyed our way on over to our seats in section 111. What an incredible, incredible, incredible experience. I've been to a lot of sporting events, but nothing compares  (will ever compare) with this exhilarating 2 minute race. 

And then it was time to go back to our normal homes, to our normal lives, living again as normal members of society. Thank you so much Cottonelle for giving this girl an experience of a lifetime. It was absolutely unbelievable, unforgettable and downright surreal. 


On another quick Fan Friday note since this has already been the longest post ever, can I please just say wow to that twitter party last night? Thank you so much to everyone who came out to play, and thank you so much to Ashten for co-hosting it with me! Dang you girls are hilarious, and good lord in heaven do you know your football. I was all smiles from ear to ear following along with #girlsgonedraft. 

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  1. I've been waiting to say this: YOUR DERBY STYLE WAS AWESOME. I loved the dress, the fascinator, everything! You rocked it!

    I had SO much fun with you last night for #girlsgonedraft!!

  2. That sounds like so much fun! I have to add the Kentucky Derby to my bucket list because WOW!

  3. this is so awesome. i just love the whole idea around the kentucky derby and cottonelle did such a good job. you look absolutely gorgeous (duh) i want to go next year!

  4. Looks like so much fun! Love your outfit and hat! AND you got to meet KJP and Sarah? I stalk them endlessly on Instagram and I want their life!

  5. Looks like you had so much fun! I love all of your outfits and hats :D

  6. That looks like so much fun!! Good to see you got to meet some bloggers! I only know Erin but will check out the other girls too.

    Your hat is so adorable btw!! Happy Friday!

  7. I am absolutely in love with your entire outfit! It looks like you had the best time + now I feel like I need a mint julep...

  8. What a fun trip! So jealous! I think I just added the Kentucky Derby to my bucket list.

  9. I am so jealous! It looks like you had so much only question is how do I get in on these fun opps?

  10. You look so gorgeous!! So jealous, that looks like the most fun ever!

  11. So fun, you rocked that dress!

  12. All those hats! Amazing. Looks like so much fun.

  13. You look awesome. Glad you had a amazing time.

  14. Hey Sarah!! I absolutely love your white outfit! And the hat looks fantastic on you! :) Great pictures! I felt like I was there too, lol! :D XOXO


  15. Awesome pics. Looks like such a blast. I really wanted to make the twitter party, but was watching the draft with you guys lol. Really enjoyed watching Johnny Football just keep falling. Cowboys passing on him you couldn't have written it better lol

  16. Soooo awesome that you got to experience the Derby. Also, my husband followed along on draft night and he was laughing out loud. But, the Vikes got an A on the draft scorecard. Let's hope this is a season of happiness.

  17. You look great! What an awesome memory you will have of this forever! Rock on!!

  18. How awesome! Glad the weather was nice. Love the bathroom selfie (especially with the comment bubble).


  19. awesome! i did not know you were there, i was there too! but way less classy surroundings ;)


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