Hi there readers! This is my first foray into FOTF blogging so I apologise in advance for any waffling and/or controversial comments.
DISCLAIMER – I feel we should also start by acknowledging that FOTF, like any other form of fashion, is an artistic expression of one’s personal opinions. Some women like floaty A-Line designs and others go for fitted, sleek looks. Everyone’s different! It’s one of the things I love most about FOTF. Seeing outfits I would have never dreamt of putting together – or elements that leave my wondering “where the hell did she buy that / how did she make that?”
So a lot of what I’ll be writing about is my personal opinion and is in no way “right” or wrong for that matter. It’s merely a platform for inspiration and discussion amongst a group of likeminded ladies who love a great excuse to get dressed up and have a fun day out at the track!
BORING STUFF – a little bit of background on who the actual hell I am. My name’s Alyse Jenner (30-something and from Brisbane) and I started competing in FOTF back in 2008. Since then I’ve entered over 80 FOTF competitions and had about 10 wins. I decided to turn my attention to styling clients for the races in 2015, after receiving lots of enquiries about my outfits and how I sourced them etc. For just $50 I supply racegoers with three styled looks based on their preferences and style, from which they can purchase their favourite look. It’s a labour of love for me – not entering nearly as many FOTF events as I did previously, I live vicariously through my clients (I also never enter a race day competition where I have a client competing)!
FUN STUFF! Over the coming weeks in the lead up to the Flemington Carnival I’ll be covering a wide range of topics from current trends, to dressing on a budget through to my top horse racing tips for Spring Carnival. If you would like to know more about any posts, just shoot through a comment or private message to Racewear Carousel or Airs & Graces Styling.
Now… THE ACTUAL FREAKING BLOG ENTRY (finally!)
My Favourite Things: Spring 2017 Edition
If you’re anything like me and you find yourself picking up your phone 10 minutes into an episode of This Is Us and suddenly find yourself drooling over your Instagram feed then you also know all about the precious power of the screenshot. And let me tell you, I have been screenshotting A LOT these past few weeks.
Here are some of my favourite FOTF things for this Spring…
Moss & Spy ‘Petal Dress’ (Available Online Now, Price $699)
It’s no secret that plenty of recent sash-winning looks have featured textured fabric. Moss and Spy’s Petal dress is showered in a gorgeous floral applique in antique-rose, royal-blue, deep yellow and black colours. The best part? Moss and Spy are designed and made in Australia. Perfect for Oaks Day.
Nicola Finetti ‘Alice Dress’ in Orange (Available Now Online or at Myer, Price $420)
The combination of fitted body, rolling bodice, textured jacquard fabric and oversized structured sleeves in this dress make it a WINNER in my eyes. Also available in Purple – but I’m really feeling orange this season! Stocked in Myer so would be a great choice for Myer FOTF events at Flemington.
Asilio ‘The Other Woman’ Dress (Available Now Online or at Myer, Price $399.95)
This silhouette has popped up a lot on runways, particularly in Alex Perry’s recent collections – but these sleeves are my favourite! OK the neckline is a little too risqué for FOTF so a cami or an additional lace panel would be required. I’m also tipping Lemon Chiffon to be a big colour this Spring.
Love Lotus ‘Flutterby Coolie’ in Radiant Orchid (Available Now Online, Price $525)
Move over Boaters, Coolies are the new millinery trend taking off! I think we’ll see plenty more of this cheeky style in the coming year. This amazing purple pearl-raffia wrapped hat is trimmed with divine silvery-purple butterflies which glisten when you move in the light. As an owner of one of Lynn’s headpieces, I can definitely attest to the amazing quality and craftsmanship of her pieces.
Olga Berg ‘Kinslee’ Simple Rounded Pod Clutch (Available Now Online or at Myer, Price $89.95)
I’ve always said your outfit should be the main focal point and your accessories the complementary items. Olga Berg caters for both statement and core clutches. These candy coloured pods are perfect for Spring and hold up to an iPhone 6+.
Nine West ‘Moren’ High Heel (Available Now, Price $149.95)
I love a good metallic heel and Nine West’s new Moren design is no exception. This three strap style has a distinct Giuseppe Zanotti feel about it, but at a fraction of the price. I also love Nine West’s quality – their shoes have lasted me many years. Available in Rose Gold, Silver and Black.
Chic Wish ‘Applause of Ruffle’ Tiered Frill Hem Skirt in Blue Stripes (Available Now, $45USD)
Ruffles are still on trend this season and this tiered skirt from Chic Wish is super versatile. I have bought a few things from this website and while the quality can be hit and miss, for the most part it is great value. Be sure to select the $35 Express Postage option to receive in time for Spring Racing.
Lovisa ‘Coral Statement Flower’ Earrings (Available Now in store, Price $37.99)
What is it about Lovisa that makes me want to empty the contents of my purse onto their counter like I’m a kid in a candy shop? Everything from their current collection is gorgeous, with lots of statement pieces and subtle options alike. Expect to see more tassel earrings again this Spring, but statement earrings are definitely our pick.
Martha Jean ‘Bam’ Resin Earrings in Confetti (Available Now Online, Price $45)
Speaking of statement earrings – designed and made in Melbourne, Martha Jean are my favourite earrings at the moment. The once retro resin is definitely making a comeback. Would love to see this laser cut style teamed with an all bright look on Cup Day. Did I mention they offer free shipping within Australia?
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Nicola Finetti ‘Julia Dress’ (Available Now Online or at Myer, Price $590)
This dress brings just the right amount of drama and sophistication. The exaggerated frills are stunning! Again, stocked in Myer so ideal for Flemington.
Olga Berg ‘Harlyn’ Classic Top Handle Bag (Available Now Online or at Myer, Price $119)
Handled bags have been making a resurgence amongst the FOTF runway of late. My favourite is the Harlyn style from Olga Berg which is a touch classic and a touch modern. The best part about this style? It’s timeless and will never date. Available in White, Black, Navy and Beige.
C/MEO Collective ‘Paradise’ Midi Dress (Available Now Online, Price $279.95)
Off the shoulder styles are EVERYWHERE right now. Whether or not FOTF judges will deem them “winning sash” worthy is a different story. Nonetheless, there’s nothing a sneaky little layered bodysuit can’t fix. Adore the chunky embroidery and hemline on this C/MEO Collective dress, which is also available in Black.
Allport Millinery ‘Black Magic’ Headpiece (Available Now Online, Price $370)
This black vintage straw cloth percher with a vine of faceted black leather star flowers is not only perfect for Derby Day, but is a classic piece that can be worn time and time again. I also love the fact that Allport Millinery offers an “After Pay” option for online purchases.
Maticevski ‘Annex Dress’ (Available Now Online, Price $3500)
Dare to dream. What a gorgeous white silhouette, and that eye-catching embroidered mesh panel through the waist? It’s AH-MAY-ZING. An exposed zip at the back creates even more interest (not that you needed it). Another Myer-stocked brand favourite for Flemington.
Now I’ve rambled about a few of my favourite things for this Spring, what are you loving right now? Stay tuned for my next blog on Interpreting Current “Trends” for this Spring!