Because I don’t really have a horse in this race I can’t justify spending hundreds on a Derby hat every year, but that doesn’t mean I can’t at least look as if I did! You’ll probably recognize the hat shown in today’s DIY from last year’s Steeplechase post. I think I paid about $40 for that hat at Stein Mart, which is more than I like to pay for something I’m only planning on wearing only for a few hours! I decided this year I would just give that same hat a makeover and save my $$$ for the lobster roll truck at the Race!
For this DIY you will need a plain hat, a few blooms in your preference of colors, some ribbon, scissors and a hot glue gun, but the brooch is optional!
The hat needs to be sturdy enough (like THIS one) to support the weight of the flowers and glue, so don’t choose something with a floppy brim. I chose the magnolia as a nod to my Southern heritage, the red roses as a nod to the classic Kentucky Derby and the blue and white striped ribbon to mimic the Iroquois Steeplechase logo colors.
Watch the video at the end of the post for instructions on putting together your own hat!
The reason I love going toSteeplechase every year is because it’s the perfect way to kick off my birthday weekend! Race day is always the middle of May, so it coincides perfectly with my birthday and is such a fun event to attend! I always try to get tickets to several tents so I can go anywhere on the grounds and watch the track from every angle. Plus, every tent has a different theme, so you get an amazing variety of company, food and drinks! This year I’m really excited about the Fox Den tent hosted by Steeplechase themselves! This is the Fox Den’s Inaugural year, so it should be fabulous!
I hope y’all aren’t tired of my @jen_of_all_trades manicure updates because I love posting them! Even though this isn’t the usual post (where I show you how to DIY something!) it still lends to creativity and inspiration! What better way to get inspired than to look at creative nail art, right?! I always get great ideas for all kinds of projects after browsing unique, brightly hue-ed manicure designs on Pinterest, and I’m sure I’m not the only girl who does this! For April I knew I wanted something Easter themed with my monthly manicure, and after creating this year’s bunny-centric Easter blog content I wanted to stay with the bunny theme! I texted Jen a couple of photos to get our creative juices flowing. Our design is a shellac gel manicure, and Jen drew the half-moon on each nail, as well as the tiny bunny faces, by hand. One of the reasons I chose the half-moon on each nail is so that my manicure lasts longer! I first asked for a negative space at the base of each nail with last month’s mani (which I didn’t blog because it was so simple, but I absolutely loved it because it’s so my style). By leaving the base of the nail blank you can’t tell when the nail starts growing out. There’s nothing worse than a chic nail design having to be re-done or removed before it’s time because it’s growing out! My nails grow unusually fast (yes, I am lucky!), however Jen’s manicures typically last about 4 weeks for me, so it’s always such a shame when I must have the beautiful designs removed just because they’re growing out! Hence, my sneaky little trick of leaving a little shaped space at the base for the nail to grow so I can enjoy the manicure longer! I chose a rose-pink color for all the nails, except the ring fingers, because it’s such a pretty shade for Spring, and is an easy neutral to wear with anything. Each little bunny face is dark gray with white eyes and inner-ears, and a matching pink nose. Aren’t they the cutest thing?!
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To see more of Jen’s work, visit her on Instagram @Jen_of_all_trades. To book an appointment visit Parlour 3 in Brentwood, Tennessee, call (615) 942-9020 (Tell them Rachel sent you!) or go online at Parlour3.com. Jen also does incredible makeup, brow shaping and brow microblading!
Jen’s shellac manicures start at $40. Prices are subject to change. For additional pricing inquiries call Parlour 3.
I will be taking over the Andrews Cadillac Instagram on Saturday, June 18th to live cover the Web.com Tour: Nashville Golf Open! I’m really excited to endorse this event because it brings a 5-year agreement to The Nashville Golf & Athletic Club through the PGA, which means yet another boost to the Brentwood economy. Nashville is growing at a rapid pace, we have a lot to be proud of, and it’s always a good thing to have an athletic event bring a community together — which is where Andrews Cadillac comes in. This luxury car dealership has been a part of the Brentwood/Nashville community since the Summer of 1979 and contributes to many charitable organizations and projects, including the Nashville Golf Open. Read more about how this event is directly helping our community by positively impacting young people through golf and the game’s positive core values like sportsmanship, respect, honesty and perseverance through The First Tee of Middle Tennessee, HERE.
As part of the festivities, Andrews Cadillac is holding a meet and greet on Tuesday, June 14th, from 4-6pm with players Brian Campbell and Oliver Goss at 1 Cadillac Drive, Brentwood, TN 37027. Anyone who comes to the event will receive 2 general admission tournament passes (while supplies last) and will be entered into a drawing for Cadillac Hospitality Pavilion credentials. Tournament information is at www.ngogolf.com.
Living in a growing city has its downsides (horrendous traffic!) as well as its perks; Which in Nashville’s case is (among many other things!) incredible style and fashion inspiration! Nashville has done a tremendous job of creating an exciting environment for anyone with a passion for fashion. There are too many events, boutique openings and artists showcases to physically find the time to attend!