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Friday, 21 July 2017

York Races 2017: A Winning Day Out

Champagne at York races

It was a privilege to be invited to York Races for the John Smith's meeting last week and choosing my outfit was a fabulous precursor to the day. Everything I wore came from Monks Cross Shopping park near York and I wrote about the contending runners and riders as well as my final outfit choice in yesterday's post. 

We had admission to the County Stand, a formal area in which gents need to wear a collared shirt, tie and jacket. This allowed us to entry to all areas including all food and drink options in the Grandstand and Paddock and Course Enclosure. We went to the recently opened Moet Chandon tent for a small bottle and sat for a while to take in the atmosphere.

York Races, champagne selfie



York Races John Smiths

We were treated to a beautiful picnic and Prosecco platter in the Edwardian Weighing Room, an informal eating and drinking area, that was previously home to riders and officials for over a century. 

Edwardian Weighing Room

Of course I couldn't resist sitting on the scale.

Weigh in at York Races

The picnic was absolutely divine...a salmon and prawn starter, followed by a chicken, ham and asparagus salad, and lemon torte and strawberries.We chose to dine inside because it was a little blustery, but many took theirs outdoors.



The only other time I have placed bets was when I went to York Races some five years ago. The bookmakers are very friendly and are quite used to novices such as myself, so there's no need to feel daunted. In fact, every official, steward and member of staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. We placed a small bet on each of the seven races; Ian choose to look at the form and various statistics, while I picked those with names that appealed. I feel quite vindicated by my non-scientific approach because we each had an "each-way" winner, with neither of our choices winning on the nose.

York Races

York races screen

York Races

York Races

York Races

We were invited to the Parade Ring where one of the Pink Ladies, (herself a former jockey), explained that this is where the horses and riders parade before each race and where the presentations take place,


York Races


York Races, winners enclosure

This is Novoman, clear winner of The Cakemark Stakes, getting watered before receiving his winner's blanket.

York Races, Novoman

York Races winner Novoman

York races, Novoman in winners blanket

And this is the winning jockey Georgia Cox at her presentation and interview.

York races winning jockey, Georgia Cox

Winners enclosure

From start to finish our day at York Races was perfect. There is something for everyone including families and I really hope it won't be another five years before I return. Huge thanks to Amy Swales of York Racecourse for organising, facilitating and hosting which made our day extra special.

Don't forget to head over to the York Races Facebook page where you have a chance of winning £50 to spend at Outfit Fashion at Monks Cross, (where my race outfit is from). Good luck!

Love Lizzy x

I'm wearing:
Coral chiffon dress, £22 (sale price), Dorothy Perkins at Outfit
Coral fascinator, £25, Dorothy Perkins at Outfit
Floral sandals, £17.50 (sale price), Outfit
Leonie stripe beaded and sequinned clutch bag, £14.50 (sale price), Accessorize
Oversized bloom scarf, £10 (sale price), Monsoon
Earrings, £10 for a set, River Island
Coral nail polish, Revlon £6.49 Boots
Pineapple ring, gold, £24, Lizzy O (Sign up to my monthly newsletter here for exclusive subscriber discounts at Lizzy O).

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Ian

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

The Perfect Outfit For A Day At The Races

Last week, Ian and I had the privilege of being guests at York Races; we had a wonderful day and I'll be sharing it in tomorrow's blog post. Today though, is all about the outfit. It's always exciting attending a special event and I relish every opportunity to wear something fabulous and I teamed up with Monks Cross to find the perfect racing day outfit. Monks Cross is a shopping park close to York; a drive of just an hour and a quarter from me here in Skipton. There, high-street favourites including Topshop, Monsoon, Debenhams, Outfit, Evans, River Island and Clarks sit side by side, and because there is free parking for up to four hours, it makes it a convenient, pleasant shopping experience.

What Is The Dress Code For York Races?
I was invited to choose a race day outfit including shoes and accessories, from the shops at Monks Cross. I checked the dress code for York Races before I shopped and interestingly, there are no guidelines on the website for women, but it does advise that gents, if in the County Stand, are required to wear a jacket, collared shirt and tie, with most choosing to wear smart trouser and formal shoes to complete the look. The dress code is more relaxed in the Grandstand and Paddock.

Monsoon
Monsoon has a wonderful range of clothing from beachwear to wedding dresses and everything in between. There were a lot of bold florals which of course, being an anthophile, I was drawn to. These were my favourites and I'd have happily worn any of them on Race Day.
What to wear for York Races, floral dresses from Monsoon, over 40
What to wear for York Races, dresses from Monsoon, over 40

Topshop
When I shop in Topshop, it's usually for my sixteen year old daughter, however, I was amazed by just how many options were suitable for my age group. Pink is very on-trend right now, in shades from soft shell to vibrant fuchsia and although I felt the halter-neck broderie one below wasn't quite right to wear to York Races, I bought it nonetheless and I wore it last week when away in Brighton which you can see here.
The green wrap dress was absolutely sublime. Understated and chic, this was my equal second favourite out of everything I tried.

What to wear for York Races, Topshop pink dresses, over 40
What to wear for York Races, Topshop green wrap dress, over 40

Debenhams
Debenhams is well-known for its designer concessions which is where this selection came from. The orange one in the centre proved to be the favourite when I shared it on Instagram Stories the day I shopped followed closely by the red jumpsuit. I loved both too but the jumpsuit was slightly too short in both the body and the leg which was a little disappointing but not surprising because I'm almost 5'9" tall and love to wear heels.
What to wear for York Races, Designers at Debenhams dresses and red jumpsuit, over 40

Outfit
I spent the most time in Outfit because there, under one roof is Oasis, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge and Warehouse so there were lots and lots of options. I met with the lovely manager Sonya who showed me round and helped me to select a number of outfits. It's clear from these photographs that we were both drawn to bright, clear, striking colours and prints. The fabulous fascinators caught my eye the moment I walked through the door and I knew that one of them would be my choice of headwear.
What to wear for York Races, Outfit Floral dresses, coral orange fascinator over 40
What to wear for York Races, Outfit dresses, Dorothy Perkins fascinators over 40

The stunning combination of cobalt blue and tangerine in this outfit placed it equal second overall. It's perhaps an unexpected combination and one I adore.

What to wear for York Races, Dorothy Perkins cobalt fascinator, Warehouse orange one shoulder dress, over 40

New Look
New Look also had some beautiful dresses but realistically, the styles were better suited to someone a little younger but I would have bought any one of these fabulous clutch bags in a heartbeat.

What to wear for York Races, New Look embroidered clutch bag, over 40

What to wear for York Races, New Look pale blue embroidered clutch bag, over 40

What to wear for York Races, New Look sequinned Gatsby style clutch bag, over 40

River Island
I saw several clutch bag and shoe options in River Island too. Along with a wedding, a day at the races is the perfect time to use matching accessories and this floral sandal and matching clutch bag stopped me in my tracks. And how fabulous are the pompom sandals below?

What to wear for York Races, River Island floral sandals and matching clutch, over 40

What to wear for York Races, River Island floral and pompom sandals,over 40

Schuh
You know by now that I have a thing for shoes so I was rather excited to see these which would have  elevated the pink Topshop wrap dress (above) into something rather special.

What to wear for York Races,Schuh pink sandals with diamante heel and pompom, over 40

And these fabulously quirky shoes by Irregular Choice at Schuh would turn even the simplest of outfits into occasionwear.

What to wear for York Races, Irregular Choice pink corsage shoes at Schuh over 40

Evans
Although my head was truly turned by the cobalt and the coral large fascinators from Outfit, these ones in Evans would be perfect for those wanting a more understated look and could be worn with so many different styles and colours.
What to wear for York Races, black fascinator, nude fascinator, Evans over 40

My Perfect Races Outfit: The Final Choice
Although there were two outfit contenders in joint second place, (does that class as an "each way" bet?), I knew as soon as I saw this dress that it was "the one." The coral fascinator was an immediate winner and Sonya, (from Outfit), brought this dress to me knowing it would be a great match; I could tell even when it was on the hanger that it was indeed the case. While I am in no way averse to wearing a hemline which sits above my knee, sometimes, things are a little too short for a given occasion and there were a few choices that would have been ideal for my holiday but not quite long enough to wear to York Races. This dress falls perfectly and because it is a lightweight chiffon, it swishes and swooshes beautifully. Like the fascinator, it's from Dorothy Perkins and is elegant, chic and stylish.

York Races outfit coral dress fascinator floral shoes

Races Day outfit

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Races-Day-outfit-coral-dress-floral-sandals-coral-fascinator

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Races-Day-outfit-coral-dress-floral-sandals-coral-fascinator, floral sandals

A self-coloured dress can take patterned accessories and I chose a floral sandal, again from Outfit, which has the vibrant coral of the dress within the pattern.

Races-outfit-floral-sandals

Floral-sandals-races-outfit

This over-sized scarf from Accessorize co-ordinates well and I knew that it would serve to keep me warm in a breeze or to protect my shoulders from the sun if it were warm. as it happens, it was dry with sunny intervals but rather blustery so I was very glad of it.

York Races. chiffon dress, fascinator and floral scarf

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I wanted to inject a bit of fun and personality into the ensemble and this beaded and sequinned from Accessorize ticked all of those boxes. The colours co-ordinate but the design is lighthearted and I love it.

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Anything other than a simple stud earring would have been too busy with the fascinator, so I wore plain diamante ones are from a set from River Island.

Earrings and fascinator

Finally, my nails. I was in two minds whether to clash or to co-ordinate and decided upon the latter, this Revlon polish being my final choice.


York races outfit

Head over to the Monks Cross Shopping Facebook page where you have a chance of winning £50 to spend in Outfit Fashion at Monks Cross (where my dress, hat and shoes were from). Good luck! 
Don't forget to come back tomorrow for my blog post all about Raceday, which I hope you'll enjoy reading. In the meantime, I'd like to thank Sonya at Outfit Fashion for finding such a wonderful dress.

Love Lizzy x

My final Races outfit:
Coral chiffon dress, £22 (sale price), Dorothy Perkins at Outfit
Coral fascinator, £25, Dorothy Perkins at Outfit
Floral sandals, £17.50 (sale price), Outfit
Leonie stripe beaded and sequinned clutch bag, £14.50 (sale price), Accessorize
Oversized bloom scarf, £10 (sale price), Monsoon
Earrings, £10 for a set, River Island
Coral nail polish, Revlon £6.49 Boots
Pineapple ring, gold, £24, Lizzy O (Sign up to my monthly newsletter here for exclusive subscriber discounts at Lizzy O).

Disclosure:
*My outfit is courtesy of Monks Cross Shopping Park, with whom I partnered for this blog post. My opinions are always 100% honest and the content is always my own. Thank you for supporting those brands, companies and organisations that support What Lizzy Loves.

Photographs: 
Monks Cross: Poppy Johnston
York Races: Ian

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