10 Things To Know About Race Day Fashion

by: Mary Callahan, a freelance writer and fashion enthusiast. She studied English and Marketing and hopes to start a high-volume style blog.

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The height of horse racing season will be underway soon, and in my mind this always represents one of the most overlooked sources of fashion intrigue in the world. Many are familiar with the basic idea of racecourse fashion, or simply the concept of dressing up for derbies. But until you recognize some of the specific trends and tendencies that permeate the sport (or at least spread among its spectators), it’s difficult to fully appreciate the fashion of horse racing culture. So here are my 10 things to know about horse racing fashion!

1. Pink Is Important

Pink isn’t necessarily a must, but it’s certainly the most prominent color in the blur of brightness that is horse racing fashion. Racing style blog Fashion At The Races has a number of useful tips for men and women alike, and among them are several great ideas for how to put some pink in your outfit.

2. So Are Oversized Hats

If pink is important, oversized hats are absolutely vital. It doesn’t matter which prestigious race you’re at—be it in the U.S. or UK, in Melbourne or Paris—because oversized hats stand as the key unifying features between the fashion trends at different tracks and events. If you’re attending a race this season, make sure you have one picked out!

3. … And Their Accessories

Furthermore, if you’re picking out an oversized hat, you may as well find one equipped with its own accessories! That’s right—a big, beautiful hat isn’t quite enough for the festive quality of race day fashion. The best hats are those adorned with decorative pieces. Look for inspiration (or a specific hat) at Etsy, where there are numerous gorgeous examples.

4. Heels Aren’t Mandatory

Hats are all but mandatory, but high heels, despite being common at the tracks, are not. Yes, a pair of stilettos may be the best complement to the average race day outfit, particularly at bright, summer races where sundresses rule the day. But many experienced racegoers will tell you that with all the walking around (and soft ground), they can also be a pain! Flats and boots are perfectly suitable options as well.

5. Men Dress Up Too!

That’s right! Look back at the Fashion At The Races blog I mentioned in my first point and you’ll find plenty of style tips for men as well. Tailored suits, often of a sort of vintage British style, are essential, and many men enjoy having fun with accessories like hats and pocket squares.

6. … Even The Trainers

Yep, even some of the male trainers get in on the fashion. While you won’t find them in sharp, tailored suits, most make an effort to fit in through various accessories. Analysis site Betfair proves the point with an early preview of the Grand National, one of the UK’s biggest races. In the preview, well-known trainer Willie Mullins is depicted in a very stylish hat!

7. Matching Is Cute, But Not Necessary

When an occasion calls for dressing up, there’s a temptation for couples to dress alike. Perhaps a man will match a woman’s dress by displaying a tie and pocket square of the same color, for example. At races, this is a fine idea, but not a necessary one, as the real goal is personal expression.

8. Layering Is A Good Idea

At least, at some races. Take the upcoming Cheltenham Festival as an example. Held in the UK in early March, it’s one of the world’s first significant races each year—and also one of the coldest! Furlong Fashion discusses the importance of layering at an event like this, where you’ll want to be stylish without forfeiting your comfort!

9. Sometimes There’s A Dress Code

This is just something to be aware of. Depending on which track or event you’re visiting, there may actually be a specific dress code. The UK’s Royal Ascot comes to mind as one such event.

10. Accessories Win The Day

Finally, it has to be noted that accessories are the most important aspects to any great race day outfit. Yes, bright colors can go a long way and the hat is the most important piece, but the jewelry, handbags, footwear, etc. are what can help to set one look apart from another. Look through any slideshow of ladies at the tracks and the ones you’ll notice are those who have accessorized effectively. Have fun with it!

OOTD

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Woke up feeling like all black everything! Okay…so that’s not new, LOL. I love all black.

Turtleneck: GAP
Pants: NY & Co (need that tall length)
Boots: DSW
Belt: Marshall’s

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine

A great nude for us. Moisturing and a pretty hint of color. I’d swatch it but it wouldn’t make sense. On my lips, evens the tone and adds a slight sheen. I ❤️ it.

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boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel Review

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boscia’s Tsubaki Cleansing Oil Gel had all my attention when I saw this as a 100 point perk at Sephora, I knew I’d love it.  I have not tried a boscia product I did not care for, until now. HOWEVER, if you have oily skin this might be great for you!  I have very dry skin.   While I am happy with my current skin care routine (read more here), I figured if this worked well, I could use it for travel.

Pros: Great cleanser.  boscia truly is a great skin care brand and I trust the brand. It is not soap; I do not support using soap on our face, I love love the OCM (Oil Cleansing Method) and believe in it for all skin types.

Cons: Drying.  My already dry skin was so tight and super dry after use. I had to repair my skin with Argan oil applied twice.  Light fragrance.

Here are more product details from Sephora’s website:

What it is:
An antioxidant-packed cleansing oil-gel formulated to remove impurities and makeup while protecting the skin’s moisture barrier, leaving skin smoother and baby-soft.

What it is formulated to do:
This cleansing oil hydrates and replenishes, leaving skin silky smooth. A signature, lightweight botanical blend of tsubaki oil (camellia oil), wakame (Japanese sea kelp), and rice bran oil hydrates, smooths, and protects for the appearance of firm, youthful skin. Formulated for all skin types, allatoin, an anti-bacterial plant derivative, deeply cleanses and maintains moisture levels.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product is preservative-, artificial fragrance-, color-, gluten-, and ethanol alcohol-free. It has been dermatologist tested.

Have you tried this?  Any additional questions please ask away.

Manicure Monday

Hi beauties! Nayana39 sent me some polishes last week and I couldn’t wait to try this one. I love the dark blue/dark green metallic. Zoya is an amazing polish company. Love their stuff! What color are you wearing today?

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ATL Beauty Bar Celebrates 3 Years

Hey Beauties!  Last Saturday I attended the anniversary celebration for ATL Beauty Bar.
Samantha Moxey, owner of Decatur’s ATL Beauty Bar had a private, invite only event.  She showed up in a fabulous black mini dress to celebrate with close friends and colleagues where they enjoyed good food, music and company.  Tiffany of The Young Belle Project blessed dinner and The Posh Chef pleasured our palates with Curry Chicken Salad, Teriyaki Meatballs, Shrimp and Grits (my fave) and vegetables.  Metallic and glitter dusted desserts by Priceless Affairs were decadent; almost too pretty to eat!  Drinks for the evening were sponsored by Sweet Bitch Wines-a sweet and bubbly pink moscato was perfect for the fun and light event.  Hookah and games with good music and laughter went on for the rest of the evening.
Highlight of the evening was the heartfelt speech given by Ms. Moxey thanking her staff, friends and customers for all their support.  Her speech was so moving and she is such a positive person.  The phrase “I want to see us all succeed” comes to mind after meeting Ms. Moxey.  In my limited time around her I saw her as a woman who empowers others.  I wish her and her business continued success.
Enjoy the pics!
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Instyle Magazine March 2015 Mess

Oh my goodness, I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and saw this foolishness posted by Instyle Magazine:

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This is supposed to be Kerry Washington. Why was she touched-up beyond recognition? I feel that when an individual is air brushed (or whatever the formal term is) to this degree it is an insult to the individual. Kerry Washington is a naturally beautiful woman and while this cover portrays a beautiful woman, I feel Ms. Washington was overly done. Furthermore, I hate the message this sends our youth. Many already hold an unrealistic expectation of how they should look.

What are your thoughts on the March 2015 cover of Kerry Washington?

New Nudes Sheer Lip Gels by Marc Jacobs Beauty

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Last night I went by Sephora and my SA brought out the new nude lipstick collection by Marc Jacobs.  It wasn’t on display yet, which explains why they are in a box.  They are so beautiful, I had to leave with one.  I would say maybe 2 are brown girl friendly with minimal work.

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Details: 7 gorgeous nude shades. Luxury price tag. New packaging. Great, moisturizing formula.  Not your typical lipstick formula; they are indeed moisturizing.  I would not call them sheer at all, where did they come up with that?  LOL.  This lipstick shade and formula are great for Spring and I may go back and get one more.  Marc Jacobs Beauty online states, ” Velvet-like Monoi butter, derived from the tropical Tiaré flower, delivers supreme moisture while nourishing myrrh extract and antioxidant vitamin e reduce signs of aging, including vertical fine lines.”  Click here for the direct link to Marc Jacobs online.

Here is a quick description of the 7 beauties:

Strange Magic 102: Neutral Pale Pink

Moody Margot 106: Pale Pinky Nude

Have We Met? 108: Neutral Coral Pink

Role Play 110: Neutral Dusty Rose

Understudy 114: Neutral Coral

Anais 146: Brownish Nude (this is the one pictured below)

Eat Cake 150: Neutral Medium Rosy Pink

 

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Anais

 

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Anais

 

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Anais

 

As you can see, without a liner it is quite chalky and not sheer at all.  With MAC’s Chestnut pencil…I love it.  Any of the 7 shades peak your interest?

January Memories

January was a great start to 2015! February please be sweet!

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Review: Buddha Teas

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I was so excited to receive these 2 organic teas from Buddha Teas. This is my first ever tea review so if you have any questions, please leave them for me in the Comments section. Each box came with 18 individually wrapped tea bags.  I received Chamomile Flower and Divine Immunity Blend to try; my first time trying both flavors.

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First Impression: So fancy, the packaging and with the gold Buddha Teas logo.  The tags on the tea bags have inspirational messages.  You know I love that kind of touch!

Preparation: I used my Keurig for hot water and used my glass cup; to show the color of the teas. Used no sugar.  I tried them on separate days so pardon the change in lighting in the photos.

Taste: Both teas have a smooth flavor of their own.  I cannot find the words to describe what they taste like, LOL.  They are good, Chamomile Flower being my favorite, it calmed me.

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Final Thoughts:  You will love their teas. Since trying these teas, I have had more tea than coffee.  If you follow me on Instagram, this explains the lack of coffee posts.  The benefits of drinking tea fall in line with my “get healthier” goals.  Scroll down to see the benefits of drinking tea.  Next, I want to try their line of Chakra Teas.   Please go here to shop, learn much more about Buddha Teas and the benefits of organic tea.

Until next time, be well. xo, Pascha

http://www.buddhateas.com

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