Preparing for the races is like preparing for battle. Hours of gruelling training go in to getting that race day look. But what if you find out you’ve scored tickets to the Caulfield Cup the day before? I was faced with this troubling dilemma. Sitting at my desk as pale as a ghost, no outfit planned, no fascinator at the ready… What was I to do?
That is where the stunning Jennifer Hawkin’s comes in handy… As if fate was playing a helping hand, Jen happened to launch her newest range of rapid tans this week. This product promises to have you looking bronzed in just an hour… It lived up to expectations, leaving my skin with a much needed glow. Is there anything Jennifer Hawkins can’t do!?
The next predicament was makeup… While I’ve watched my fair share of makeup tutorials on Youtube, I thought my skills wouldn’t really cut it for this occasion. With every single Mac, Napolean and Inglot in a 20 kilometre radius booked out until the end of the year, I made a panicked call to makeup artist extraordinaire, Tara Pavia. Miraculously, she had two spots available! Tara worked her absolute magic on my sister Kate and I… She is so super talented! Definitely worth checking out!
After a raid of my sister’s closet… (what are sisters for?) I found a white, Kookai dress perfect for the day. But what about the all-important headpiece? After serious fan girl moments scrolling through Nadia Bartel and Jesinta Campbell’s Instagram feeds, I discovered headbands and crowns are all the rage. With a quick trip to Rundle Mall, I picked out an affordable crown from Sports Girl. If you’re on the hunt for your own, Lovisa, Kookai, Betts and Betts and David Jones have some beautiful pieces!
Finally, it was time for the races! With the weather finally playing ball, punters had a spring in their step, as they poured into Morphettville Racecourse. Spring was on show at the Festival Gardens, with beautiful handcrafted floral installations by Aeon Collection filling the room. A pop up Pimms bar made sure no one went thirsty, on the rare hot spring day. While who could resist a flutter, as the horses thundered past the winning post, just metres from the garden.
While the battle may be over…there’s still a war to win, with Melbourne Cup less than two weeks away.
Until next time… Sophie xx