It’s been that time of year: The time to don a ridiculous piece of head gear, get out your fabulous frocks (or dapper suits) and parade around getting silly drunk on excessive amounts of champagne as you pretend to understand the nuanced science that is horse racing. It is a good thing that I love playing dress-ups because if I went to the races to earn some cashola I would have failed in this quest miserably. If you got prizes for backing the horse that came last every time I would be a winner (so I shall pretend that this was my intention, as after all life is not all about winning gambling money.) But nevertheless let’s not pretend backing the losing horse is preferable to a hearty dose of success and cash you didn’t have to exert much effort for. If the latter sounds better to you I seriously recommend betting on a horse for a reason other than they have a cool name.
The getting ready process of the morning was so much fun and the racing style genre so feminine and fresh that I couldn’t help a good flounce around the house singing “I feel pretty, oh so pretty,” for longer than I care to admit. Then it was off to the private suite at Randwick to get my gamble on.
My races look:
The dress: I found my dress at a Manning Cartell warehouse sale and as I am merely a poor university student the reduced price of $120.00 from $799.00 inspired a euphoric happy dance in the communal change room and almost brought a tear to my eye. I took advantage of these head spin inducing discounts and even grabbed a second option outfit that I cannot wait to wear given the opportunity!
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I fell so head over heels (see what I did there) in love with these Tony Bianco shoes (AUD $189.95 ) that I bought both the black and red pair. They are ridiculously hot and as a bonus super comfortable. So far no regrets.
As I am not the biggest fan of hat hair, I opted for a simple head piece that was understated but tied my races look together. I would recommend this option if you are intimidated by crazy hats so that you can feel like you are cooperating with the tradition while feeling oh so pretty. I found this in Lovisa.
I pulled out my MAC and Lord and Berry eyeshadows as well as a pair of killer false lashes (glam by manicare in Gisele) to up the ante, tied together with a subtle eyeliner flick and red lips in ‘true red’ lipliner by Avon and Avon’s ‘red tulip’ lipstick. To finish it off I used a generous helping of ‘Nude by nature’ powder as this is Sydney and I didn’t want to pull a Wicked Witch of the West with my face melting off into a puddle.