Derby Days

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Asos dress (old, shortened), Quay sunglasses, similar denim jacket
Steamline luggage trunk c/o, YSL bag (same color in smaller size), Dune sandals 

We’re home from a weekend in Louisville, KY and look forward to settling back into our routines! Poor Nick will be slower in doing so as it appears he caught a bug on the road. I loaded the fridge up with his favorite chicken pho, which usually helps. We have family and friends visiting in the coming weeks, so I hope to finally finish my “Boston favorites” post which I always get requests for!
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Lulus dress borrowed from my friend KhatuDune sandals
As seen on my Snapchat & Instagram, I was visiting on a Kentucky Derby press trip with Stella Artois Cidre. I’m not a big beer drinker to Nick’s disappointment, but will always enjoy a good apple cider which there was plenty of. I packed mostly older pieces which some of you may also have in your closet from years past. Both dresses above came in regular sizing and required quite a bit of alterations, including raising the shoulder straps and shortening the bottoms. The extra effort is worth it, though, for pieces you really love! A few ladies mentioned they’re searching for floral dresses, so I’ve linked alternative options below that are currently available: 

See the first floral midi dress on me, here (trying on size 0p)!

This was my first time visiting Louisville, even though I had spent some time living in Cincinnati not far away. It was interesting that many locals had a friendly Southern drawl and restaurants served Southern fare aplenty, whereas I don’t recall that in Ohio! Our group got see a bit of the city via a traditional steamboat down the river and a carriage through downtown, plus ventured out to a local apple orchard.

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These were two of our favorite food stops, both of which were abuzz with locals:

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Royals Hot Chicken – loved the sides like broccoli salad, cucumber salad, and cheesy grits

louisville kentucky where to eat seafood lady crab

Seafood Lady everything combo + crab fries

This was also my first time at the Kentucky Derby, which was an entirely different experience from Saratoga by my parents’ home. I felt overdressed at the latter, and in contrast, not dressed up enough at Churchill Downs! There, it seemed standout fashion and hats for both ladies and gents were of similar importance to the actual racing. There were bright colors and pastels galore, but I have to say my favorites were the feminine white and metallic looks (pics taken from Snapchat):
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This structural yet flattering white dress below was a stunner in-person!

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I managed to pack for both recent trips with just carry-on luggage, while Nick was the one toting a checked bag (he insists his clothes & shoes are just “bigger” ; ) I started a post on packing light with mix-and-match pieces, based on what worked well for me!steamline luggage pink trunk packing
My vintage-inspired trunk collection grows with this Steamline suitcase. There is so much attention to detail on it, including a matching striped divider (not pictured) that functions as a hanging organizer for toiletries or small items.
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I knew there’d be walking galore this weekend so left all high heels at home. Low and mid heels are some of my favorites for prolonged wear, and don’t have to be boring nor matronly! This pair with jewels are a compliment magnet from strangers of all ages. Mine are old but the same British brand, Dune, makes embellished sandals again this year like this very similar p
 or this nearly flat pair. Please note their smallest size is a 36 which I feel fits like a US 6, not a US 5 like some websites convert it to.asos tulip dress dune sandals steamline pink luggage

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  1. me wrote:

    I've been looking at this suitcase forever, but am nervous at how easily it may get damaged, even as a carry on. Have you had an issues with scratches or cleaning it?

    Posted 9.20.16 Reply
  2. Emma Sales wrote:

    I love a neatly packed case and I too use the fab rolling technique!

    Posted 5.16.16 Reply
  3. I would love to see a tutorial on how you packed your beautiful dresses in that carry on! I can pack for a week in the mountains with a carry on but I have never mastered the art of packing a dress.

    Posted 5.12.16 Reply
  4. mybeautrip wrote:

    First dress is so beautiful!

    Posted 5.11.16 Reply
  5. Looking forward to your post on carry-on packing as I am getting ready for the summer! As always your blog is awesome. You offer lots of inspiration and push me to try new styles.

    Posted 5.11.16 Reply
  6. IH wrote:

    Love the white dress in the photo marked as love, which brand is it? also love the pink suitcase. so cute!

    Posted 5.10.16 Reply
  7. That floral dress (well, dresses) is too stunning!! I love the colors 🙂

    Posted 5.10.16 Reply
  8. Just found your blog, and I LOVE IT!

    Rilee xx

    Posted 5.10.16 Reply
  9. Loved seeing all the snaps from the Kentucky Derby! x


    Posted 5.10.16 Reply
  10. Meghan wrote:

    I cannot get over these pics!! The Kentucky Derby looks like so much fun!!!

    Meghan |

    Posted 5.10.16 Reply
  11. Jenn wrote:

    Amazing look! Hope you had a great time 🙂

    a small bit | bloglovin | twitter | latest post

    Posted 5.10.16 Reply
  12. Style hue wrote:

    You look stunning and so chic! Louisville seems like a cute place to visit. Love the cinderella carriage you and Nick took 🙂
    Too bad he cought a bug on the trip :p

    Best wishes

    Posted 5.10.16 Reply
  13. Linna wrote:

    Beautiful outfits! Looking great per usual 🙂

    Posted 5.10.16 Reply
  14. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean,

    Where did you get your hat for the Kentucky Derby? Just got tickets to the Belmont Stakes in New York next month and the hunt for the perfect hat has begun in earnest haha! Would love to know your recommendation!


    Posted 5.10.16 Reply
  15. Your blush suitcase is SO cute! Is it made of leather? Has it held up well? I'd be afraid to stain it accidentally!

    Posted 5.10.16 Reply
  16. Very nice shoot, I love it 🙂 !


    Posted 5.10.16 Reply
  17. Leah wrote:

    You are the best, I always love your posts and you've given me so much more confidence in wardrobe choices as a fellow petite. I love the look of your suitcase but wonder if it is heavy? I have a bit of a bad back so my biggest concern when traveling or even just on my daily commute is whether my purses and/or luggage is adding weight to what I'm carrying. Would love to know if this is on the lighter side and/or if it is easy to roll. Thank you, Jean!

    – Leah from

    Posted 5.10.16 Reply
  18. Vera wrote:

    What beautiful photos, you look incredible!!

    Blonde in Cashmere

    Posted 5.10.16 Reply
  19. Sounds like a fun weekend!

    Liz @

    Posted 5.10.16 Reply
  20. I have always wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby! I love your dress and hat and definitely think you were dressed up enough! Great pictures! Thanks for letting me live through you lol!

    Posted 5.10.16 Reply
  21. Wow so pretty!! I like you post and the dresses which you styled in a very elegant manner. Really looking very pretty in all dress. I like to wear frock kurtis and net sarees in this summer. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Posted 5.10.16 Reply
  22. Snooky wrote:

    Very cute luggage but is it practical for long haul trip? Thank you.

    Posted 5.10.16 Reply
  23. Laura C wrote:

    That luggage is simply adorable, I love all the little details. I'm also amazed at your packing skills – mine is always an over stuffed scrambled mess!

    Laura xx | Loved By Laura

    Posted 5.10.16 Reply
  24. Trang Do wrote:

    You are beautiful! Such a pretty dress! Food looks so delicious!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    Posted 5.10.16 Reply
  25. Gorgeous girly look! Love the vintage style trunk.


    Posted 5.10.16 Reply
  26. Love all the pictures! Your floral dress was beautiful. 🙂

    Posted 5.9.16 Reply
  27. Kahani wrote:

    I can't wait for your post on carry-on packing for an event like this, Jean! I have a lot of fancy schmancy work trips and I always, ALWAYS, overpack. Argh.

    Posted 5.9.16 Reply

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