This Saturday, for the first time since 1988, I will not be watching the Kentucky Derby. Instead, I will be on a religious retreat. I know it’s good for my spiritual health, but I am loathe to break such a streak. However, you can help me out by eating Derby Pie and drinking Juleps in my honor.
While the mint julep is traditional, why not branch out? There are blackberry-mint juleps, rhubarb-mint juleps and pineapple-mint juleps, There are even cherry juleps and peach juleps. And if you’re prefer to chow down on this festive favorite, why not make some mint julep brownies?
This weekend is the Derby, but it is also Gold Cup, Virginia’s steeplechase races. To channel your inner Julia Roberts, try this dotted sundress ala “Pretty Woman.” And if you like dots, this shirtsleeve navy and red dress from Modcloth.
I also found this fun floral dress from Warehouse. You could also go bright with this yellow dress from ASOS. Boden is also a good place to look for spring/summer dresses. I like this tropical floral print (also in tall sizes) and this breezy eyelet dress that comes in white, navy and yellow.
Plus-size? Try this boho floral-print sundress from Taylor or this short-sleeve cotton wrap dress. Petite? This black and white halter dress from Asos is really cute. I also like yellow, citrus-print dress from Ann Taylor.
Lastly, I hear that it is going to be very muddy at Gold Cup this year thanks to several days of rain. My shoes of choice for such conditions? Cute Wellies. I like these high-gloss raspberry-colored ones from Hunter and these pale mint ones from Asos. And if you’re afraid of being too hot in knee-high boots, grab some anti-chafe stick and baby powder to keep things dry and cool.