Are you heading off to the races this year?
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So as you can see Melbourne Cup day has special meaning for Derek and I. As our children get older it has special meaning for them too.
A few years ago we decided to renew our love for the track by becoming members of the Canberra Races again. When the children were little we lost interest, but now that they're growing up it has become a great excuse for a family day out.
Now before I go any further we are not big gamblers. I might put $2 on a race or if I'm feeling particularly rebellious I'll throw a whole $5 on the race that stops a nation.
We are also not big drinkers. Last year I had one glass of champagne right before we left the track (just to get into the spirit of things) and then promptly got pulled over by the RBT as we left the car park. Clearly one glass wasn't enough to get me arrested, but it was enough to make them question what I'd been drinking and when.
So while we're not big on the things that often attract people to a race day, we are big on doing things as a family and quite enjoy getting dressed up.
If you're wondering how the kids manage to get to the races on a school day, we pick them up at lunch time on the first Tuesday each November. We're naughty like that.
As you know I'm a wardrobe scrooge, so I'm not about to spend much money on getting kitted out for this event. I've moved on from the straw hat of the of the original sighting (you did read it, didn't you?) but I've not converted to designer duds or custom made head wear.
I know people who spend upward of $500 on their Melbourne Cup clobber and of course they look a millions bucks. I on the other hand tend to spend very little but hope that if I walk in with my head held high nobody will be any wiser.
Last year my gear was a combo of a Target blouse, Zara skirt, Sash and Belle clutch, Big W shoes and a very fancy Rockstars and Royalty headpiece won in a raffle and gifted to me by the winner. I have since worn that outfit to speaker gigs, cocktail parties and for a recent You Tube video (minus the head gear of course).
The year before that was a H&M dress, Target shoes, Colette handbag and Target fascinator. That dress has ended up being a summer office staple and has also been to a few spring luncheons.
This year I've bought a "we're going out of business so everything is marked down" boutique dress, wearing a fascinator I've had stashed in my drawer, carrying a clutch that I picked up about 10 years ago and being hobbled by the Nine West shoes I bought at the outlets in Vegas.
Clearly I'm not going to be registering for fashions on the field, nor will I look a million bucks, but I'm hoping I'll be worthy of a second look from my husband as we head back to the Members Stand at the Canberra Racetrack where it all started cave-man style 22 years ago.
I guess the secret to my Melbourne Cup attire is the ability to wear it again. I'll buy clothing that can then become a wardrobe staple. Not just for weddings or race days, but clothing that I can wear for work, pleasure and random events.
I probably get away with it because we are, after all, only attending the Canberra Races. I'm not off hob-nobbing in the Bird Cage at Flemington.
Or perhaps I don't get away with it at all.
The bottom line is I feel like a million bucks on Melbourne Cup day. Or at least a hundred bucks. So the actual cost of my outfit really doesn't come into play.
Do you get dressed up on Melbourne Cup day?
Where do you do find your race day attire?
Did you read my Day 30 post?
What does Melbourne Cup day mean to you?