A little pink tassel never hurt anyone, especially when it’s accompanied by a cute summer ensemble and a J.Crew print you can’t live without. This might as well be my summer go-to look, minus the jacket when NYC becomes too humid to function (i.e. “concrete jungle”). Long story short, a white short can be paired with a number of tops, printed or not. Style similar boyfriend-style jean shorts with any color in your wardrobe, especially pink for a little pop! I’ve linked all products and / or similar options above.
When summer is just around the corner and it’s time to update your sandal selection, I’ve got y’all covered! Today I’m featuring a number of sweet summer sandal deals with a little help from Nordstrom (my one stop shop for nearly everything). You can see much, much more HERE + score savings on anything from swimwear to Mother’s Day gifts by shopping Nordstrom online.
As most of you know, Brad and I grew up around horses and the Thoroughbred industry with our dad. While Brad learned the ins and outs of the sport, you can probably guess, I was more concerned with what to wear to the races. Not only did Brad grow to have a huge appreciation for horse racing, but he studied and practiced the art of betting on the winning horse(s). As little as I give him credit for, I am proud of his love for this sport and his admiration for where we come from. For those of you who are reading from anywhere other than Kentucky, you will soon learn that the Kentucky Derby is not only our holiday, it’s our history. Much like last year, I’ve been looking forward to doing this again… Take it away Brad’o!
Happy Derby and welcome to the 3rd edition of “Brad’s Bets.” I hope to be of much better service to you all this year than the past two! For those of you who really enjoy horse racing, this year’s derby should have you excited. This year’s crop is a deep, extremely talented group of three year olds who bring big pedigrees and big trainers along with them. As a disclaimer, I am NOT using America Pharoah in my bets. I hate betting the favorite whether it’s the Derby or a maiden claimer at Keeneland. I think that he is the horse to beat but I refuse to use the favorite in the Debry. With that said, let’s get right to it. Here are my top picks for the 2015 Kentucky Derby!
Dortmund – Bob Baffert – Martin Garcia
A huge colt who has speed, something you don’t see a lot of. The last great, extremely large horse we saw was Zenyatta and she was a stone cold closer. Dortmund has tactical speed that Martin Garcia can use to rate off the leaders going up the back stretch. Look for him to be mid pack coming around the final turn and to use that speed to make the first run at the leaders. This horse is well bred (Big Brown) with a hall of fame trainer and a very good jockey. Unlike the prohibitive favorite, American Pharoah, he has been battle tested and I look for him to grind down the early leaders and use his huge stride to hold off the closers. Although I hate picking favorites, Dortmund, the morning line second choice, is my pick!
Firing Line – Simon Callahan – Gary Stevens
If you like Dortmund, you have to like Firing Line. Clearly, I really like both. Firing Line ran second to Dortmund in the Robert B. Lewis before winning the Sundland Derby in a romp. I am a huge fan of Gary Stevens and I think this horse is getting better with each start.
Carpe Diem – Todd Pletcher – John Velazquez
This Winstar Farm homebred is visually impressive and has done very little wrong in his racing career. I witnessed his impressive win in the Bluegrass and given the “wise-guy” hype around the second place finisher in that race, Danzig Moon, I have to use him in anything I bet for the derby. Like Dortmund and Firing Line, I look for Carpe Diem to be positioned mid-pack throughout the race. His post position (2) makes it critical that he break well from the gate and try and avoid the inevitable traffic jam going in to the first turn. Velazquez is one of the best in the business and will give this talented three year old every opportunity to win.
Frosted – Kiaran McLaughlin –Joel Rosario
Admittedly, I was not high on this leading into Derby week. I typically don’t like horses coming in to the Derby off one, big performance that may appear to be out of the ordinary compared to their previous form. For Frosted, I will make anexception. His win in the Wood was impressive! This Tapit colt is bred to like the 1 ¼ distance and McLaughlin is due a Derby win. They have a top jockey taking the mount and I think this horse has a huge upside. With the right trip can be right there at the finish, at a large price.
Long Shots with a Shot
Bolo – Carla Gains – Rafael Bejarano
Has the look of an Animal Kingdom and Paddy O’ Prado coming in to this race. He is a grass horse who has taken nicely to the Churchill Downs track. I am a big fan of Bejarano and I would not be surprised if this guy closes at the end and catches a piece.
Danzig Moon – Mark Casse – Julian Leparoux
Given the past few years, you must consider a deep closer. This horse ran a sneaky good second to Carpe Diem in the Bluegrass Stakes and has been training well since that race. There are few better than Leparoux with true closers and I look for him to make a big run late and catch a part of the trifecta at the end.
Upstart – Richard Violette – Jose Ortiz
A horse who has been tough as nails throughout the prep season. Materiality beat him in the Florida Derby but only after taking an easy lead. Speed will be a huge factor in this race and I imagine that Ortiz will want to be close to it with Upstart. I have an affection for horses that may lack in talent but try their ass off. That’s why I put Upstart here. He will be a huge price for a horse that has proven so much!
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Any eyelet top is always a great top! This one in particular with a pop or light blues and greens, and a tropical floral print seems to be “extra great” (in my opinion). With warmer days ahead, I foresee not only a tan in my future but this top worn with a classic black short and a pair of slip on sneakers or wedges depending on where I plan to wear it. Since I won’t show you my pale NYC legs, today I’ve chosen a dark wash denim and a fun black heeled sandal. I’ve linked similar products above for all of you to try too!
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Navy and black are two of my wardrobe’s favorite colors, so when I pair them together, I naturally have a look I am totally in LOVE with. Not to mention, this gorgeous and printed scarf adds so much vibrancy to the entire outfit. I can’t forget to mention my fringe booties that I will be wearing all season long. I mean, who doesn’t love a little fringe? I’ve linked to similar products above so you can find your favorite fringe or printed scarf of the season as well. You also see all of my outfits & adventures on Instagram @LexWhatWear!
I am so excited to announce that LexWhatWear will be partnering with Troublemakr – a fabulous, Gold Foil Print Etsy Shop in the upcoming week to offer a giveaway to all my gorgeous readers. Be sure to stay tuned for more information on how to enter to win a Troublemakr print of your own. For now, take a peek inside their Easy shop and pick out your favorite print HERE! PS – Scroll all the way down for info. on a major summer sandal SALE…
This hooded and striped black dress might have just become my spring uniform. Paired with my slip on sneakers from GAP, this dress and my jean jacket are not only comfortable but super cool when styled together. I absolutely adore this entire look from head to toe. The best part is, I styled this entire outfit for pretty cheap. I’ve linked all items and similar items below in case you need your own little striped dress too!
I’m jumping on the bandwagon and crushing hard on this adorable little trend that will keep us all feeling pretty and classic this summer. Add a touch of crochet to your wardrobe with a number of easy-to-style pieces (like I’ve featured below). I am particularly fond of a crochet sneaker-flat, and the always charming sleeveless blouse option. The red one I picked today (below) is an absolute favorite. Not sure you can pull off this southern way of dressing? Keep it casual and be confident pairing your crochet with light or dark wash denim. You’ll be surprised how quick you jump on the bandwagon too!
It’s finally feeling like shorts weather, and on a good day, we can throw out the long sleeves and swap for a tank top. Today it’s still a nice yet breezy spring day, so I’ve got on a favorite floral print top from Zara. This print with abstract shapes and brushstrokes is simply gorgeous, especially with bold pops of kelly green. This shade of green has quickly become a favorite color of mine. For any other eager brunettes out there, try on something in this color; I swear by it. Your complexion and hair will shine in contrast to a beautiful deep green. For anyone wishing to shop this look, I’ve linked to similar products below!!