What I wore: Winter Racing Carnival

Hello? Is it me you’re looking for? Hilarious, right? Speaking of Lionel… Have you see that film clip, it’s one of the creepiest 80s videos doing the rounds. Check it out here. 

Anyway, I know, it’s been a while since I let my fingers do the talking and shared some stories from my world but things have been busy. Crazy and busy.

I’ve moved house, been back to Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat for another detox (more to come on that later), helped my parents start packing up their house for their upcoming move and juggled my new life as a freelancer with test-driving the bars and restaurants near my new place, purely for research, of course!

Somehow, in between trying to make two bedrooms and two bathrooms worth of stuff fit into my new one-bedroom apartment, I managed to ditch my preferred daily uniform of distressed jeans and a sweatshirt and glam it up for a couple of race days.

Getting dressed up for the races is one of my favourite things to do; I love wearing hats and pretty dresses and, come winter, adding in coats and gloves.

AAMI Stradbroke Handicap is one of my favourite days on the racing calendar and when the horses aren’t racing there’s plenty of people watching to be done.


The general dress code for the Stradbroke Handicap is black and white with a splash of red which was the perfect excuse for me to wear my favourite Camilla & Marc black and white dress.

Thankfully it was warm inside out marquee so I could get away with it being mostly backless. I teamed it with accessories from Witchery, Nine West and Forever New and a fascinator from The Fillies Collection at David Jones. I also took my black Marcs leather jacket for after-races festivities at Sixes and Sevens and Chow House on James St.

Stradbroke Cup day
Dress: Camilla & Marc, Fascinator: The Fillies Collection, Bag: Esther Clutch by Witchery, Gloves: Forever New, Heels: Kano by Nine West.
The accessories edit.
The accessories edit.
Stradbroke Cup 2
Make up by Chasing Beauty Make Up Artistry. Fascinator by The Fillies Collection.
We were lucky enough to score tickets to the upper level of the Birdcage, presented by James Boag’s Premium and I seemed to hit a lucky streak with wins in most of the races and I left with a couple of date invitations!

Stradbroke Cup 3
Luck be a lady.
Stradbroke 3

I backed up the following weekend with a trip to the Ipswich Cup.  The weather was cooler and rainy which gave me the perfect opportunity to wear a new faux fur trimmed coat I’d picked up on sale at Review.

I felt it gave my outfit a bit of a vintage feel. Secrets Shhh at Westfield Chermside also lent me some fabulous jewels for the day to add a little sparkle to my outfit.

Coat: Review | Dress: Alannah Hill | Hat: The Fillies Collection | Clutch: Esther Clutch by Witchery | Heels: Nine West | Ring and earrings: Secrets Shhh

Secrets Shhh
Secrets Shhh Designer Marquise ring and matching earrings from the Autumn/Winter 15 collection.
Stradbroke 5
Make up by Carolyn at Napoleon Perdis in Myer Brisbane. Jewellery by Secrets Shhh.
While I only had one win at Ipswich Cup, I still had a great day and topped it off with pizza and an Orange is the New Black marathon.


  1. The Sartorial Coquette

    this looks so fun! 😀 each of your looks are gorgeous and your hats are on point ❤
    instagram: the_ch1ara


  2. Donna

    Love your blog. Always get a giggle and looking forward to hearing more on your follow-up retreat visit. You look stunning and not surprised your scored a few dates.


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