21 June 2015

A Flutter at Royal Ascot

So those of you who follow me on Snapchat will know that I was lucky enough to spend yesterday at Royal Ascot.

I hadn't been before and have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience from start to finish.  It was a fantastic day out, and albeit the weather was not the best, it certainly didn't spoil the day!

We left the house very early to meet friends, which meant getting up at the crack of dawn to allow ample time to get ready (of course!).  Long-wearing make up was key for today (side note - the sample of Estee Lauder Double Wear Light I picked up on eBay is fantastic - I will definitely be purchasing a full size of this when it runs out!)

Yesterday also marked the maiden voyage of the Christian Louboutin Pigalle's I bought when I went to Dubai in March - I had been waiting for a special occasion to wear these and this was it! (the red sole has now disappeared - if anyone knows where I can send these in the UK to get a rubberised red sole put on them please let me know!)

My perfume of choice for the day was Narciso - not only because I absolutely adore it, but also because it matched my outfit! (and because I'm sad like that!).  I was also really pleased with the fascinator I managed to pick up last minute!

We arrived at Cardiff Central Station to meet friends, armed with Champagne and Pastries for breakfast! (a must!) and finally arrived in Ascot a couple of hours later, in good spirits! 

The weather was a bit on the cloudy side but it was still nice and warm.  I was glad I'd brought my sunglasses because despite the cloud, it was very bright (plus sunglasses hide a multitude of sins when drinking during the day!) 

Quick outfit run down for you...

Fascinator - eBay purchase

Dress - H&M (bought last week but I can't seem to find it on the H&M website, it was a bargain at £29.99 though and is really good quality - I was overjoyed when I found this!!)

Bag - Chanel Classic Jumbo Flap bag

Shoes - Christian Louboutin Pigalle 100 Patent Black

After stocking up at the bar on jugs of Pimms, we found a nice spot near the race course to sit and ordered some food whilst waiting for the Queen to arrive to get things started! (excuse the dodgy photo but I had to get her in and I'd used the zoom on my not so great iPhone 6 camera for this - you can just about make her out in a peachy coral ensemble!) 

A few bets where made (I chose my horses purely on what the jockey's jersey looked like and to be honest I find this way works best! haha)

We did have quite a few wins between us though and actually wound up finishing with more money than we started with and that (of course) was a cause for some champagne for the traditional Royal Ascot 'sing-song' at the end of the day!

And then.....

The heavens opened!!! Before the band had stopped playing the sky went very black and it literally started to bucket down.  The walk to the train station was over 10 minutes long and we had no umbrellas, so you can imagine just how wet everyone was by the time we got to the station.  I'm not going to post a picture of what I actually looked like when I got on the train at Ascot (think drowned rat and you'll be along the right lines!) but since it was the end of the day though it didn't really matter! 

If you live in the UK and you're looking for a great day out, I can highly recommend Royal Ascot.  Even if you don't like horse racing, the atmosphere and 'people watching' potential really make the day such good fun! I'm definitely going to be returning next year! 

Hope you've all had a great weekend,  I'll be back around these parts soon with a little outfit of the day post for you! 


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