Monday, April 24, 2017

Derby Mania

It's that great time of year..........

The flowers are blooming.  The grass is a lush green. The days are warmer and longer.  And the Derby is only ten days away!  When I was in Kentucky a few weeks ago, the signs were everywhere......

From Kentucky Derby bottles from Woodford Reserve....

To Kentucky Derby flags....

To horse racing china (at L.V. Harkness of course):

To Arthur Court Twin Spires bottle stoppers....

 To fun pillows and fancy Mint Juleps. Consumerism is king, but I love it.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Tory Burch Garden Party

Tory Burch's summer line reminds me of a garden party.  The colors are vibrant and fresh and who wouldn't smile wearing these lovely clothes?   And guess what, she's having a sale, 20 percent off or more depending on how much you buy.  Here are some looks I am loving.......

Friday, April 21, 2017

60 MINUTES Goes to the Timber Races

The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat will be explored this Sunday when CBS' 60 MINUTES explores the unknown world of timber racing. If you are a horse lover, a racing fan, you might want to tune in.  Tune in at 7 pm EDT for sure.

                Watch an excerpt.

                America’s Timber Races  – so named for the wooden fences horses and riders must jump –  are up to four miles long and contain as many as  22 jumps. The sport originated in Ireland 250 years ago when horses were raced across the countryside jumping hedge rows. Today, a series of run-up races in the Mid-Atlantic States culminates in the Maryland Hunt Cup event that will be held Saturday April 29.             

Paddy Neilson has won the prestigious race three times; he comes from a family that’s been riding and racing since 1875.    At 75, he’s considered the dean of Timber Racing.  He still rides for pleasure and wears the scars of old injuries that any timber jockey will tell you come with the turf.    Some of the injuries are serious, but it’s all worth it says Neilson.

                “There’s just some magic about the power of that animal underneath of you,” he tells Rose.  “And then when you ask him for everything he’s got the last quarter a mile…and there it is, it is a marvelous feeling that only comes from doing it, really.  It is great.”

Thursday, April 20, 2017

J Crew Spring Picks

I have not done much shopping this season so I was justified in picking out a few new items from the recent roll out at J Crew.  The pickings there have been slim lately but there were some highlights this time.....

Like this classic candy pick long-sleeved t-shirt that will look grand with white jeans.  See it here.

I adored this cute white linen jacket with rick rack trim.  I have not seen a jacket like this in years.  See it here.

If you dress for work or need a ladies lunch dress, then this one might do.  Very cute and it comes in several colors.  See it here.

Love these pink linen Bermuda Shorts.  See them here.

If I needed a bathing suit cover up this one would be ideal.  So cute. It also comes in pale pink.  See it here.

This white link necklace will look great when you have a tan.  See it here.

This straw clutch will go with everything you own.  Love it and it also comes in pink. See it here.

Monday, April 17, 2017

48 Hours in Lexington, KY

Lexington, KY is one of my favorite places to visit. There's so much to do there and it's not an expensive place to visit.  There are all kinds of hotels and restaurants to meet most anyone' budget.  So what's there to do?

1) Horse Farm Tours
I'll admit that I have not taken one of these yet although I had one scheduled last year that was cancelled. You can book these well in advance or when you get to Kentucky and in many cases they'll come and pick you up at your hotel. You can book one here.


2) Stallions
This is a must see if you love horses.  But be warned you'll need to plan this far in advance to see the big ones - Coolmore, Winstar, Taylor Made and others.  For about $20 you can see some of the most expensive horses on the planet.  Well worth it!

(Pioneer of the Nile at Winstar)

3) KY Horse Park
The Park is huge and there's much to see here.  Museums, the barns, the retired race horses, and of course, there may be an event taking place - a horse show, a three-day event, driving, etc.

4) Malone's
This local restaurant chain has something for everyone. I go to Malone's every trip and have never been disappointed. Great food, atmosphere, a real Kentucky landmark.

5) Midway
Don't miss this cute, historic town west of Lexington that's full of antique shops, restaurants, character and charm.

6) Bourbon Tours
You don't have to like Bourbon to take one of the many tours along Kentucky's Bourbon Trail.  Woodford Reserve is divine but make your reservations well in advance.  Buffalo Trace in Frankfort is also worth a visit.  You can take a week and visit two a day and not see them all.

7) LV Harkness
Also located downtown, if you love horses, china, entertaining and like to shop you'll think you have died and gone to heaven in this place. 

8) Keeneland
Even if they are not racing go by and see this lovely spot. Have breakfast at the track kitchen. And if you are there in April or October go to the races!

9) M's Canvas House
Needlepoint nirvana, located on a side street downtown and full of horse-related needlepoint designs that you won't see anywhere else.  Plan to stay a few hours if you stitch.

I hope you are planning your trip!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Wardrobe Staple - Popovers

With the casual lifestyle that I have, dressing down is a daily event.  One of my wardrobe staples is the popover.  From Nike, to Lilly, to Vineyard Vines, to Ariat, I wear these when I ride, run, work or just hang out. 

This Lilly Popover is from an earlier season but I love this pattern.

This one is is from this season and I love these colors. These can be worn with jeans, shirts, over a bathing suit.  

I bought this one last year and love wearing it with white jeans.
Vineyard Vines makes their own version and they call it a Shep Shirt.  They are very preppy and come in various combinations.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Tales From the Crib

I love this Kentucky Derby series, Tales From the Crib about horses that are in the mix for the Kentucky Derby.  My favorite has to be Irap.  His rag to riches story is one for the movies plus I got to see him run last weekend, winning the Blue Grass Stakes, his first win.

See the story about Irap here.  That's the bay colt with his mother, Silken Cat, who was quite a nice mare.  His sire, Tiznow, stands at Winstar.  We saw him in October. 

(photo credit - Taylor Made Farm)

Here is a link to the story about Tapwrit.  He ran a disappointing race in the Blue Grass so it will be interesting to see if they enter him in the Derby.  But he is one lovely horse.  There are are few others on the Kentucky Derby site.

While we are talking about babies, the American Pharoah babies are starting to come in.  And they are adorable.....

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