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Vintage Derby Fashion: My Outfit This Year for the 146th Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky derby for many that have grown up in Kentucky has been apart of our traditions for a very long time. Kentucky is known for its beautiful farms, its blue grass, and for being the heart of horse racing. May 17th 1875, Kentucky held its first Kentucky Derby race. It is actually amazing how far the Kentucky Derby has come; you can find more on the history of the Derby by clicking here!

Picture of a race in motion at Churchill Downs Picture source: Click here.

Although the Kentucky Derby is held at Churchill Downs in Louisville Ky, My photo-shoot with Frame 98 was photographed at Keeneland in Lexington Ky. Fun fact! My grandfather Eldon Cheek actually worked here for many years on and off the track and where he did, they would hold picnics and gatherings and it was just so amazing growing up. Keeneland is honestly my childhood; it was definitely a big part of my life as a kid. Growing up, I have always been fascinated with horses, and I had always dreamed of attending the Derby in person. This year was going to be my first time then Corona-virus just had to ruin it (ha ha but like, corona isn’t funny but I laugh to cope)! But the dresses, the crazy gorgeous hats, and the race itself, so appealing. And this dream is what inspired me to have this shoot at Keeneland. And if you end up liking my outfit or some parts of it, if you read till the end you’ll have a chance to shop my look with direct links (not affiliate links, so no, I am not getting paid to sell you this outfit, but I love fashion and helping others find things they like).

Now let’s get into the outfit & Photos!

Photo by Frame 98

The dress was an Amazon find, but designed and sold by, Belle Poque you can check out their Instagram by clicking here. They specialize in vintage clothing and looks, I adore their store and style!

The head piece and accessories came in one package and were also bought from Amazon; basically everything I will list to complete this outfit can be found via Amazon!

The shoes were designed and bought from Dream Pair Shoes! I often buy their shoes all the time when i need something quick because they will always be the ones I can get 1-day shipping on, which is amazing! I absolutely adored these ones, and they went PERFECT with this dress and the accessories. Check out Dream Pair shoes by clicking here!

Here is where you can find these cute shoes! DIRECT LINK-CLICK HERE!!!

Want the head-piece and pearls!? CLICK HERE-DIRECT LINK!!!

Photo by Frame 98

Lastly, if you are interested in this beautiful vintage dress CLICK HERE-DIRECT LINK!!!

“How was it working with Frame 98?”

I would recommend Frame 98 (Tyler Roberts) to anyone that wants portraits, product shoots or well, really any shoot in general! He was patient, not awkward, very clear in directions and he worked at a steady and professional pace! I 11/10 would recommend, especially to fellow bloggers! You can follow Frame 98 on Facebook by clicking here, and Instagram by clicking here! Below you can find a gallery of the pictures Tyler/Frame 98 took, as well as get different views of the dress in case your curious as to what it looks like from different angles.

All photos in gallery above done by Frame 98 via collaboration. Location: Keeneland.

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Sun Valley Farm “At the Crossroad of Bourbon & Horses”

I went on a thoroughbred nursery tour, and my goodness the foals were adorable!

I went with a group of fellow Kentucky Bloggers to Sun Valley Farm to enjoy a nice day and for their thoroughbred nursery tour which I enjoyed very much. Between the complimentary wine and catering provided by Sweet Lili’s Catering and Equus Vineyards, and the foals it was truly a nice afternoon!

The whole time I was with the horses and learning more about how Sun Valley Farm cares for the foals, I was missing my hometown of Garrard Co. Kentucky. Versailles is such a gorgeous place out in the country. It pretty much took me back in time and made me feel nostalgic. I am a lover of animals, and getting to know the process of their care and such had me in awe. It was an educational experience that I had actual fun on and enjoyed thoroughly. The staff was super kind, and very knowledgeable of what they were explaining which gave more of a professional vibe while on the tour. I definitely recommend Sun Valley Farm if you are someone wanting to look into the business of horses or simply if you would like to treat your children to an amazing experience that involves petting the horses!

Photo taken by Muse Marketing Photography

While attending this event I had been invited to with fellow bloggers in Kentucky, I was alone as in, I came by myself not knowing anyone personally but following their accounts and connecting with them via the web. So I was scared to go to this event, I didn’t think my anxiety would allow me to truly enjoy myself. Boy was I wrong, I didn’t feel left out, nor like any of them were strangers. I felt instant connections with not only the foals and horses but those who are in the same boat as me as well as the owners of Sun Valley Farm. This was definitely an experience for the books.

Here are some more photos from the tour:

You’ll never know what you will run into while on this tour…

We ran into many different things while on the tour here at Sun Valley Farm (located in Versailles, Ky.) Such as a mama horse getting an ultrasound to see if the baby is healthy. I never seen a horse receiving an ultrasound, it was such a private moment I felt I was intruding on, but it was so interesting and I had to take a peek! It was a little awkward as the man’s hand and arm was deep in there (AND I MEAN DEEP IN THERE), but it was such a beautiful sight as you turned your focus onto the monitor and viewed the ultrasound. It was an experience I finally can mark on my just written down bucket-list!

You don’t just find horses and foals here, but cats as well! While me and the other Ky influencers/bloggers waited for the tour to start, a cat came out of the bathroom of the tiny room we were waiting in. A medium orange and some white furred cat jumped on the table just looking for someone to pet him. His name was Sheldon, and the tour guide (son of the owners) Brett shared with us that he had the sniffles. He was so cute though (the cat, sorry Brett.)

Some more information about Sun Valley Farm:

Sun Valley Farm was also home of the top two ranked horses on the Kentucky Derby Trail since 2013. I find that to be a super cool fact that I am sure they are proud to have!

They offer daily tours starting at 9;30 am, that start at just $20 you can book your tour online at: http://www.VisitSunValleyMares.com !

Where is this farm located you may ask? Well, put this into your Google Maps or whatever map app you may use: Sun Valley Farm 556 New Cut Road Versailles, Ky 40383.

Big shout out to the wine company that helped cater along side Sweet Lili’s Catering, Equus Vineyards!

Photo taken by Muse Marketing Photography

The drink I tried was a Blackberry Chardonnay, I do so believe. Unfortunately, I haven’t acquired a taste for wine or that particular one. It was sweet at first, but the aftertaste wasn’t for me. I do however know that all the others enjoyed the wines and I think those who have the taste for them would enjoy a local winery such as Equus Vineyard!

Photo taken by Muse Marketing Photography

Sweet Lili’s Catering is definetely a catering service I enjoyed! The food I tried from them was:

  • Mini Candied Bacon BLT
  • Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onion Tarts
  • Caprese Skewers

The food was delicious!

Photo taken by Muse Marketing Photography

We also not only got to enjoy some treats with the owners of Sun Valley Farm, we got the chance to see their beautiful historical house which was built near/in the late 1800’s.

I met some awesome people that day, and experienced some amazing things!

One more shout out to the amazing woman who coordinated/organized this event, Marie Pullen! She is a blogger from Kentucky; you can find her website and read her blogs here: http://www.BackroadBluegrass.com! I met her for the first time yesterday and she is such an awesome person! I love her personality and how she lights up the room. She is truly the life of the party!

Photo taken by Muse Marketing Photography

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