Dressing for Derby Day

derby day hat
Similar Fascinator Hat | Similar Lace Dress | Pumps | Lips, color is Patina

Grab your pearls, a fancy hat and a mint julep - Derby Day is almost here! The most exciting two minutes in sports will be taking place on Saturday, May 5. As a kid, my dream job was to be a jockey......then at age 10 I hit 5'9" and realized I wouldn't live out those dreams, HA! Tall girl probs. Regardless, the Kentucky Derby is the epitome of equine events and since I grew up riding horses, it has always held a special place in my heart.

My parents lived in Kentucky for a couple of years, so I was able to tour Churchill Downs once when I visited them. It was SO fun - I highly recommend it if you are ever in Louisville! They have an entire gift shop filled with hats! I still haven't made it to the Derby itself, but it is a bucket list item, for sure. They say the inner field (where the affordable tickets are) is more like a giant drunken tailgate than a fancy southern gathering, but everyone still gets dressed to the nines! My neighborhood hosts a Kentucky Derby party every year, so that's where I'll be watching. Last year I won best dressed wearing this exact outfit AND placed all my bets on the winning horse. Hopefully this year I'll be just as lucky!

Wanderlust | My Travel Bucket List

Umgee Top, Similar Here | Hi-Waist Jean Shorts | Pumps | Leather Earrings c/o Nickel & Suede | Lips, color is Patina 
If you've been following along for a while, you know how much I love to travel! The problem with traveling, though, is that the more you do it, the more you want to do it. My travel bucket list a.k.a. my Wanderlist is constantly growing but I also want to go back to places I've already been. So many destinations, so little time off work, am I right?! How does one get a travel TV show on HGTV? Host for hire!

I've seen a few other bloggers do posts on their travel bucket lists or upcoming travel plans - I think they are so fun to read! C and I constantly talk about where to go next; we have like two years worth of trips tentatively mapped out haha. In 2018, we are doing lots of little weekend trips around the U.S. but we hope to add some more international and European trips into the mix next year. Scroll on down to see where we're headed and where we're dreaming of going.

Hiking the Oklahoma Mountains

hiking in oklahoma
Patagonia Better Sweater | Onzie Leggings, Similar Here | Nike Metcons, Similar Here | Similar Backpack
Wait....did you just read the title right? Hiking the Oklahoma Mountains? 

What mountains?

Believe it or not, there is a teeny tiny little mountain range in southwest Oklahoma called the Wichita Mountains. The little group is surrounded by flat rolling fields of wheat and cotton and is home to a wildlife refuge. It is located just outside of Lawton and is a short hour and a half drive from Oklahoma City (only two and a half hours from North Texas) making it the perfect day trip location.

Best Shoes for Travel

best shoes for traveling
Nike Roshe | Fav Leggings

With all the traveling I've been doing the last six or seven months, I've learned a lot about what shoes to wear and what shoes not to wear. Not all shoes are made for walking! There isn't much worse than getting a blister in the middle of a vacation that has a lot of walking involved - I know from experience..... I can't tell you the amount of times I've had to ask for bandaids at the front desk of a hotel! It is also important to wear shoes that are supportive and that won't leave the soles of your feet feeling tired and bruised. Lastly, you want to look cute (duh) and have shoes that fit in your suitcase and match a lot of outfits.

I rounded up my go-to shoes that have been travel tested and approved. Some of these have literally been around the world with me and probably have a few marathons worth of miles on them.

Swimsuit Roundup

swimsuit roundup
Bikini Top | Bikini Bottom | Similar Boater Hat | Fav Tanning Lotion | Fav Beach Hair Product, Salt Spray Here | Best Beach Day Lippie
Swimsuit season is upon us! Whether you (and your body) are ready or not. Mentally, I'm ready! I need a tan, a pool day and a pina colada. Physically, yikes...so not ready! If we're being honest, I tried to take pictures in this suit and deleted them all, opting for a flat lay instead. My doctor still hasn't released me to do much working out since my shoulder surgery in November so I'm feeling preeeeetty out of shape. Though I haven't gained any weight, I'm not exactly confident in my new bikini (no abs, all flabs). Luckily I can start running again on May 1 - I don't even like running but I.am.pumped. to start getting my body back in shape. I'll have to start slow, but I'll take what I can get! Crossing my fingers I can start lightly lifting again in June.

All that to say, swimsuit shopping has been a bit more challenging this year. I'm definitely keeping an eye out for flattering suits like high rise bottoms and one pieces. Lucky for me, one pieces are all the rage right now and I kinda love it! Long gone are the sporty Nike one pieces I wore to summer camp.....now one pieces are just as sexy (and sometimes more revealing) than a two piece!
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