Belmont Stakes: Black & White Polka Dots

Last Saturday I attended the Belmont Stakes with my good friend Jeni. There was quite the spectrum of fashion at the racetrack- from belly shirts and strapless dresses to much more conservative and sophisticated looks. For the race, I wanted to channel my inner Julia Roberts circa “Pretty Woman”, so I opted for a summery polka dot dress. I love the big bold black and white dots on it. Polka dots are so classic and fun! I paired the look with a feather and netted black fascinator, and accessorized with red Valentino bow heels and a matching red lip.

I was so glad that I went with these Valentino shoes because that morning I had been on the fence about wearing a much cheaper pair of strappy black patent leather pumps (not by any notable designer). At the racetrack, Jeni and I were approached by Stuart Weitzman! This was an unbelievable dream come true for me, as I have been wearing and loved his shoes since I was a teenager. Actually, the first designer pair of shoes I purchased were black and white Stuart Weitzman spectator pumps! It felt good to be able to tell THE Stuart Weitzman this special story. He told me that he recognized my red Valentino heels (mistake to not wear Stuart Weitzman haha) and matching red lip immediately– and then he noticed that my friend Jeni was wearing Stuart Weitzman! He told me it didn’t look like I dressed for comfort ha! He also said that he wants his tombstone to read “Stuart Weitzman: inventor of the thigh high”. It was awesome to meet him and to speak all things shoes with him. Thank god I didn’t wear the no-name black pumps!


 

J. Crew Polka Dot Dress, sold out (similar here)
Black Feather & Netted Fascinator (similar here)
Valentino Bow Heels

Royal Wedding in Windsor (Part 1)

Last weekend I traveled to Windsor, UK for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle! It was so surreal to see the massive castle, and there was such a special light-hearted energy in the air. My friend lives in Windsor, so she hosted a fabulous hat (fascinator) party with lots of her friends. For the occasion, I wore a silk blush pink (trend alert!) hand-pleated Tibi dress (I love all things pleats) with a high neckline and a waist tie. I chose this dress because the attire for the party was “long summery dress”. I own tons of dresses, but not many of them are long! I also liked the slight waterfall hem on this dress- the back is a little bit longer than the front. I paired the look with a black netted and feathered fascinator. Being an American, it was super fun to pretend to be British for a day by dressing up! I kept the look simple with diamond studs and my trusty black block-heel sandals.

Tibi “Simone” Silk Pleated Dress
Black Netted Fasinator
Block-Heeled Sandals

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