Polly & Jan at the Derby

Well, believe it or not, Jan and I survived the Kentucky Derby. We had many obstacles, but somehow, we made it. Everything that could go wrong did, but all ended up fine in the end. You’ll notice that in the photo above, we are dressed alike. We didn’t intend it that way, as you will…

Derby Tip of the Week

Turnout matters. To me, a visit to the paddock is worth fighting the crowds, for, in addition to supporting to my persistent (though erroneous) belief that I’m a good judge of horseflesh, I derive pleasure from admiring the grooms’ art. Beautifully conditioned, impeccably turned out thoroughbreds simply radiate breeding and care. I’m conviced that, with…

Kentucky Monthly Magazine

I was asked to submit a few hats for Kentucky Monthly Magazine’s April issue. They were doing an article on Kentucky Derby fashion history. I love vintage fashion and assignments such as this. Most of the pieces that I submitted were the smaller headpieces. I was also asked to write a 100 word essay on…

Derby tip of the Week

Pack the Right Tack No well managed horse goes to the track without a foot box or tack box. A tack box, the equivalent of a ladies handbag, is stocked with all the equipment and emergency supplies that may be required for a day at the races. Tack boxes contain everything from safety pins to…

Hats For Derby Parties

Many of my clients purchase hats for their Derby parties. The first Derby party that I attended was in Oyster Bay, New York back in 1994.. It was a fun, casual event. These days, Derby parties have become dressy events. My niece Emmaline, hosts a Derby party every year. Emmie is 7 years old, so…