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Kentucky Derby Fashion

Go baby, go!!! It's one of the most wonderful times of the year in the Bluegrass state - filled with mint juleps, horse racing, and {of course} big hats! The Kentucky Derby is one of my favorite "seasons" to celebrate because of our wonderful state's rich heritage, culture, and history.  I mean, what says "Kentucky" more than bourbon and betting on the ponies?!

Since I have been in school for the past...well...forever, I haven't really been able to dive into all of the pomp and circumstance of the Derby...until this year!  Below, I am so ecstatic to share some of my favorite hats, fascinators, and attire that will be perfect for all of Derby season.

Dress // Lilly Pulitzer
Fascinator // That Cute Little Shop

Lilly Pulitzer and the Kentucky Derby go hand-in-hand! Bright colors and patterns paired with a colorful fascinator or hat are the perfect combination for a winning Derby outfit.  Plus, you can order these fascinators from That Cute Little Shop by phone; or if you stop by one of their stores in Louisville, Elizabethtown, or Lebanon, you can personalize your own with feathers and accessories from their feather bar!

Dress // Lilly Pulitzer
Fascinator // That Cute Little Shop

Since Kentucky spring weather is questionable to say the least, we never know if Derby will be sunny, chilly, or rainy.  Having a long sleeve dress option is always a good idea!

Dress // Lauren James
Fascinator // Etsy

What screams southern femininity more than blue seersucker and big bows?!  I adore this Lauren James number and a simple feather fascinator to match.

Dress // Lauren James
Fascinator // Etsy

Yet another gorgeous Lauren James option...and this one makes me feel like Belle from Beauty and the Beast!

Top // Draper James
Skirt // Draper James
Fascinator // Peacock on Third

Draper James knows exactly how to do southern class.  This fun and classic white + black look with a pop of blue is perfect for Thurby.  What is Thurby, you ask?  It is the what is known as "Louisville's Day at the Track", when locals gravitate to Churchill Downs for our own Derby experience.  We still sip on mint juleps and dress up in the finery of fascinators, hats, dresses, and suits...but without the fuss of crowds and overpriced tickets.

Dress // Camilyn Beth

On Oaks Day, we wear pink!! That's how the saying goes, right?  The Kentucky Oaks race is for Thoroughbred fillies and held the day before Derby.  Women and men alike don all shades of pink for this race day and sip on the signature Lily cocktail, in honor of the large garland of lilies presented to the winner.

***I'll post my official Derby attire closer to time with photos at Churchill Downs...
so y'all stay tuned!!!***

Southern-Inspired Spring Floral Arrangement

Mom and I attended a session at our local Pier 1 for spring floral arrangements last year...and we had a blast! If you and your girlfriends are looking for a fun afternoon activity, I recommend hitting up Pier 1 for one of these get-togethers!  The best part about this arrangement? It's faux!  So no watering necessary - which is perfect because I don't have even a hint of a green thumb.

As I was dusting off my spring decor over the last few weeks and setting it out for display, this feminine and southern-inspired arrangement kept me smiling and bringing all of the spring/summer feels.  And I couldn't help but want to share these same cheery feelings with you!

I started browsing Pier 1's website to see if they still had the pieces for this handmade floral bouquet that I put together last year - and they do!  So, without further ado, here are the "ingredients" for my favorite faux spring floral arrangement.

Now, arrange away!! {Personal tip: I like having my longer sprays give the illusion of "spilling over" the spout of the pitcher}  

Camilyn Beth Giveaway

It's a Valentine's Day giveaway, y'all!!! I've been on pins and needles to bring this giveaway to all of you lovely people!  I have teamed up with Camilyn Beth, a sweet and contemporary designer collection, to offer you a chance to win a $100 gift card to their company!  Just in time for Valentine's!

When I first laid my eyes upon the Camilyn Beth collection, I was in awe!  The dresses are inspired by classic 1920-70s style and are classic, yet modern.  Think Jackie O meets Kate Middleton.

The beauty and detail of the Camilyn Beth collection is impeccable, and each dress is crafted with material of the highest quality.

You can enter to win the $100 gift card to Camilyn Beth via this LINK to my Instagram account.  
How to enter:
1. Follow my Instagram account (@kayla.berry)
2. Follow the Camilyn Beth Instagram account (@camilynbeth)
3. Like and tag two friends in the comments below the giveaway picture that you think would also like to win this amazing gift 

The lucky winner will be announced and personally contacted on Monday, February 12th!

Thank you to everyone who enters and best of luck to you all! XO!!

Touchdown with Jackson Morgan

Are y'all ready for Super Bowl Sunday?!  This is one of America's favorite times to get together for great food, drinks, company, and football!  I'll be honest, Matt and I don't really care for the NFL, but instead cheer for collegiate teams such as Notre Dame.  What we do enjoy are the comedic commercials and over-the-top halftime show.  While most Super Bowl parties call for a cold beer alongside a plate of wings and pizza, I have a couple boozy dessert floats that will help wash it all down.

Jackson Morgan Southern Cream has a great lineup this season, with two flavors that play perfectly with historic details of the two teams competing for the Super Bowl.  The Jackson Morgan Brown Sugar & Cinnamon has flavor notes that compliment one of New England's favorite childhood sodas - Polar Root Beer - making it the perfect "Flying Elvis" root beer float for the Pat's.  Frank's cream soda has been a staple in Philadelphia since 1885, and Jackson Morgan's Southern Bread Pudding adds just the right amount of pizzazz to the Philly Eagle's vanilla cream soda float.

2 - 3 large scoops vanilla ice cream
1 ounce Jackson Morgan Brown Sugar & Cinnamon
Root beer

Place scoops of vanilla ice cream into a chilled glass.  Add 1 ounce of Jackson Morgan Brown Sugar & Cinnamon and fill remainder of glass with root beer. 

2 - 3 large scoops vanilla ice cream
1 ounce Jackson Morgan Southern Bread Pudding
Vanilla cream soda

Place scoops of vanilla ice cream into a chilled glass.  Add 1 ounce of Jackson Morgan Southern Bread Pudding and fill remainder of glass with vanilla cream soda.

Hope y'all enjoy these historic football-inspired floats, perfect for game day! Please sip responsibly!