A Day at the Races…

I received an exciting invitation this week – a VIP ticket to the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Racetrack. And not only would I be attending the races, I would ALSO get to pick my race-day outfit from Vaughan Mills – the official Fashion Sponsor of Queen’s Plate!

Queens Plate 2015 Race Day Outfit Vaughan Mills Vaughn Mills Fashion
Blazer: H&M, Tank: H&M, Skirt: H&M, Necklace: J.Crew Factory, Shoes: Old Navy (similar), Bag: Chanel WOC (similar)

The dress code was inspired by the Rethink garden party at Queen’s Plate: Black & White with a pop of pink. I headed over to Vaughan Mills to choose a suitable outfit. I had a lot of stores I wanted to check out – from outlets such as Banana Republic Factory, J.Crew Factory and HR2 Holt Renfrew – to my tried-and-true favorites – including Winners, H&M and Old Navy.

Here are three of my finds – a FCUK embroidered maxi dress from Winners, a RWxELLE dress from RW&CO and a lace-trimmed white dress from Carriere Studio.

Queens Plate 2015 Race Day Outfit

Despite these pretty choices, I ended up in head-to-toe H&M! I’d
been eyeing their ruched white blazer for a while now, and when I
spotted this fitted black midi skirt, I knew I had found the perfect
comfortable yet elegant combination. In lieu of a fascinator, I picked
up a headband and some floral clips from Claire’s Accessories. My pop of
pink came from my Old Navy Heels.

Queens Plate 2015 Race Day

I headed to the races with Jenelle – our first stop was the Vaughan Mills tent where we hung out with Sarah – Vaughan Mills’ new Official Stylist. There was quite a line up of people waiting to take photos on this couch because Vaughan Mills was giving away $250 shopping sprees to 2 lucky winners!

We then went over to the Rethink “Black Beauty & White Rose” Party. They were serving delicious food (from a food truck!) and had a lot of fun stations set up. People were getting their nails done, their hair styled – and our favorite – there was a talented duo making custom fascinators! I asked for a pink and white headband, while Jenelle opted for a rosebud crown. I’m so in love with my headband – it’s a work of art!

Queens Plate 2015 Race Day Outfit with Fascinators

I had SUCH a fun experience – definitely a glamorous change from my usual Sunday schedule of errands and grocery shopping. A huge thank you to Vaughan Mills for this lovely day!

Which of these 4 race outfits would you have chosen?

DISCLAIMER: Outfit and Queen’s Plate invites were gifted by Vaughan Mills.

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  1. Lindy May
    July 6, 2015 / 4:24 pm

    Your outfit is so cute!! Looks like a fun time.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      July 6, 2015 / 7:39 pm

      Thanks Lindy – it really was a special outing 🙂 Although my feet were crying by the end of the day LOL!

  2. Christie Geiger
    July 6, 2015 / 7:07 pm

    You look great! It's such a classic, chic look and I love that pop of hot pink! Looks like you had a blast!ChristieThe Closet by Christie

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      July 6, 2015 / 7:40 pm

      Thanks Christie – I'm such a huge fan of hot pink – was so excited to incorporate it into my outfit!

  3. Beautygirl 24
    July 6, 2015 / 7:37 pm

    The outfit you ended up going with is perfect! I love it for the event, but I also would wear that almost anywhere! It's classic. Love the pop of pink!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      July 6, 2015 / 7:41 pm

      Thanks Noelle – I was in a bit of a time crunch when picking out the outfit – but I was so happy to find something that was SO me…and that I could wear again and again – I just adore the midi skirt and blazer!

  4. Carly Walko
    July 8, 2015 / 4:57 pm

    beautiful! Love black and white SO timeless and classic..and then that FUN pop of color at your pumps. LOVE!C

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      July 13, 2015 / 9:17 pm

      Thanks Carly – I don't often wear a lot of black – but I loved combining it with a large dose of white for this outfit!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      July 13, 2015 / 9:18 pm

      Thanks Darcy – it was a fun event!

  5. Lilly Style
    July 13, 2015 / 8:56 pm

    You look so pretty and love the outfit you ended up picking! It sounds like a fun event to be a part of 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      July 13, 2015 / 9:24 pm

      Thanks Lilly – it was so much fun because I'd never been to any racing events before!

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