LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY- THE KENTUCKY DERBY (PART 1)

I’m finally back from my hiatus that is recovering from the derby. I’m not as young as I used to be and a four day vacay was a bit much for me 😬 Anyways, I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it so here goes! FYI all these pics were taken with my iPhone so forgive me for the quality.

Wednesday Day

After a couple delays, we flew into Indianapolis and drove two hours to Louisville. I ordered two maxis last minute for my flights and luckily they both were really cute and perfect in length to wear with flats! This particular dress was more fitted in the skirt which I liked because sometimes really flowy maxis can make you look bigger than you are. I bought this white suitcase last November and I love it because it takes me two seconds to spot my luggage in baggage claim. I got it on Amazon for $98.99, but unfortunately it’s $320 now so I’ll link a similar suitcase under $100.

Maxi: Boohoo ~ Belt: Express (past season) similar here ~ Backpack: Forever 21 ~ Suitcase: Amazon similar here

We stayed at the Springhill Suites Marriott in downtown Louisville. Like I said in my previous post in order to get the best rate you have to book it 6 months in advance. We stayed in a queen suite which is perfect for six people because it has two queen beds and a pull out couch. The location is great because everywhere we wanted to go was a ten minute or less uber ride.

(Courtesy of marriott.com)

Wednesday Night

We had dinner at our usual spot from past years, Proof on Main. All the food was delicious and they brought us free cotton candy for dessert! One of the girls even ordered a bourbon flight.

 

 

For my outfit I planned this adorable off the shoulder top and pink fitted shorts, but when we got there it was just too cold so I had to borrow a top and floral jeans from my friends.

 

Top: Forever 21 ~ Shorts: Express

The coolest thing about this restaurant is that it’s connected to a boutique hotel and a museum called 21c. After dinner we always go check out the exhibits and take pics in front of this huge projection screen that has letters falling and as you move the letters curve to your body.

Thursday Day

In the past years we’ve always visited horse farms such as Three Chimneys and then gone on a couple of bourbon tours, but this year we decided to skip the horse farm and go straight to the bourbon tours. Although I do recommend the horse farms if you’re really into horses. We decided to skip them because the crowd there is usually a little older and we wanted to make time to go to more bourbon tours.  Previously we’ve gone to Four Roses, Bulleit Bourbon, and Woodford Reserve. This year we had planned on visiting Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, and Heaven Hill. We went to Maker’s Mark first and the tour was lengthier than any previous year’s tour. We had so much fun though that we actually skipped the other tours. I highly recommend it! It was definitely my favorite of all the tours I’ve ever been on!

I may have dipped my finger in this to try it (they said we could), but it wasn’t very tasty.

At the end we did a tasting of all the bourbons they make. I just sipped them because I wanted to make sure I could walk out of there unassisted. 😂


These bourbon chocolates were to die for!

The dress I wore to the bourn tour was my favorite! Gingham is a big trend right now that I love and the ruffles added an adorable feminine touch. I got the sheath dress altered in order to make it a little younger looking since I knew I may have to wear a cardigan if it was cold, which it was, but the original style was really pretty too.

Dress: ASOS

At the end of the tour we went to the gift shop and got to buy and dip our own Maker’s Mark bottle!

Thursday Night

For dinner we decided to go to The English Grill in The Brown Hotel. It was our first time there and we all enjoyed it. The restaurant has this beautiful and charming wood decor. The menu at The English Grill was a set menu as most restaurants have during the week of the derby.

 

Dress: G by Guess

After dinner we went to a DerbyVIP.com party sponsored by Don Julio 1942 at The Ice House. I had a little too much fun that night so I don’t have any pics of me at the actual party 😂 We went to a DerbyVIP.com party each night and we had a great time at each one.

Tomorrow I’ll share all my pics at The Oaks and The Kentucky Derby!

-V- 

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