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are you headed to the kentucky derby this weekend? neither am i, but the dress i have on today is perfect for sipping a mint julep on a hot summer day. polka dots are always on trend and are a safe bet when it comes to adding pattern to your wardrobe. if you want to go for the win look for an on-trend midi length. it’s one of this season’s strongest trends. i for one am happy to see it back in the rotation. doesn’t it makes shopping for a dress so much easier? spectator pumps add subtle sophistication to this derby day ootd. but let’s not forget to bring along a straw hat for that casual chic look i love. plus, it keeps the sun off your face. just make certain it doesn’t end up as a mid-day snack! a big thank you to Serenity Creek Equestrian Center that allowed access to their stables. and the horses? what amazing creatures, and so much fun to pose with.

labels: dress Ralph Lauren (similar here and here); shoes Ann Taylor (old, similar here); handbag c/o Talbots (old, similar here and here); hat Target

 

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30 Comments

  1. Pam@over50feeling40 wrote:

    Loved this post!

    Posted 5.5.16
    • thank, pam! it was a fun photo shoot.
      xoxo beth

      Posted 5.5.16
  2. Laura Banks Lewis wrote:

    That dress is gorgeous. And the horse is too!

    Posted 5.5.16
  3. Laura Banks Lewis wrote:

    That dress is gorgeous. Reminds me of the brown dotted one Julia Roberts wore at the polo match in Pretty Woman. Always a favorite look of mine. The horse is spectacular.

    Posted 5.5.16
    • the polka dot dress is definitely a throwback to pretty woman that’s for certain! what a great movie. i thought you might like this horse, laura!
      xoxo beth

      Posted 5.5.16
  4. Cynthia Matos Macsherry wrote:

    Your oversized ‘pearls’ are to die for!

    Posted 5.5.16
    • they are from H&M! but every time i wear them i receive so many compliments.
      xoxo beth

      Posted 5.5.16
  5. Renee L Stambaugh wrote:

    Reminds me of the “Pretty Woman” does she wore to go to the polo match. I loved that dress and got one just like it. Very nice look Beth as always…

    Posted 5.5.16
    • pretty woman, walking down the street. what a great movie. and a great dress. polka dots are always on trend – then and now. thanks, renee, for your sweet words.
      xoxo beth

      Posted 5.5.16
  6. CAN I just say STUN-NING Elegance is what I think of when I see most of your outfit creations. My favorite lines: are you headed to the kentucky derby this weekend? neither am i LOL

    Posted 5.5.16
    • but we can still have a mint julep and watch the race! thank goodness for the 21st century.
      xoxo beth

      Posted 5.5.16
  7. jude klearman wrote:

    So chic and sassy Beth! Love the Chunky pearls and am headed to Target to look at the straw hats later today!

    Posted 5.5.16
    • target always has a great selection! let me know what you find. you never know what else will end up in your basket…
      xoxo beth

      Posted 5.5.16
      • jude klearman wrote:

        Sadly that is the truth.. ?2 years ago I found a polka dot tote bag that I love and use constantly!

        Posted 5.6.16
  8. donnanance wrote:

    Perfect for the Derby! Your setting is just gorgeous. I’ll need to make some southern dishes to enjoy this weekend. Pimento cheese, anyone? We are celebrating Cinco de Mayo today with fajitas and margaritas. xoxo

    Posted 5.5.16
    • have a margarita for me! love ’em.
      xoxo beth

      Posted 5.5.16
  9. Oh I love this shoot and I love your look!

    Posted 5.5.16
    • the horses were so much fun, and laid back. it was a fun morning that’s for certain!
      xoxo beth

      Posted 5.5.16
  10. Diane Zueck wrote:

    I went to the Kentucky Derby only once. It was 1973 and Secretariat was in the final race of the day and won the first of his Triple Crown. What a race!! Your outfit is the epitome of all that Kentucky Derby style should be for a proper lady. Derby Week is always a series of major events leading up to the race. Fashion plays a big part, along with the race, parties, and food. You pulled it off perfectly!!

    Posted 5.5.16
    • well, if you went to that race any derby after that would have paled in comparison. secretariat! you are one lucky girl. and he was one amazing horse. i’m certain you watched the movie? i loved the story and all the tribulations they faced and overcame.
      xoxo beth

      Posted 5.5.16
  11. cathy wrote:

    my favorite look on you to date!!!! so chic!!!!! xoxo

    Posted 5.5.16
    • well aren’t you a sweetheart? thanks, sweetie!
      xoxo beth

      Posted 5.5.16
  12. D. A. Wolf wrote:

    Lovely! And the polkadots and hat and horse remind me of a wonderful scene from Pretty Woman. (How cool is that?) And, as usual, you are stunning.

    Posted 5.5.16
    • hi d.a.!
      wasn’t that such a cute movie? polka dots forever!
      xoxo beth

      Posted 5.5.16
  13. Maggie Silton wrote:

    Fantastic look (and date!). I have a comment on your snapchat today. Your new haircut is stunning. I’m having a hard time understanding why you want to grow it because it looks perfect now. However, I’m always wanting my hair to be shorter or longer as it is, so I can relate in a way. I don’t know if you read the blog High Heels in the Wilderness, but there is a recent post on the very same subject. You’ll be gorgeous whatever you decide, but I just wanted you to know I think the latest ‘do is amazing!

    Posted 5.5.16
    • hi maggie,
      i love my hair short, too, but sometimes you just have to mix it up. keeps things fresh. i won’t go too long. a shortish bob is what i’m after. we’ll see…
      xoxo beth

      Posted 5.5.16
  14. Elsie Hickman wrote:

    Love this look. So sophisticated.

    Posted 5.5.16
    • awwww, thank you, elsie! don’t you love the longer dress lengths being offered again? i’m in heaven.
      xoxo beth

      Posted 5.6.16
  15. Nikki G wrote:

    I love a Julia Roberts polka dot dress! I always pretend I look like her. But I outgrew mine, so I can see now that its time for me to find a new one.
    Btw, Oscar isn’t the jealous type is he?
    🙂

    Posted 5.9.16
    • nikki, you always crack me up! i won’t tell oscar if you won’t. some things are best left unsaid…
      xoxo beth

      Posted 5.10.16

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