CAUFIELD CUP WITH TED BAKER

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This year, is the first year I will be attending the Spring Racing Carnival and boy am I excited! Today I headed to Caufield Cup with the amazing team at David Jones and was dressed #TedToToe by Ted Baker. You can shop my look below and get the pieces just in time for Melbourne Cup week.

You all saw my post about the Sofitel Girls Day out, with makeup and hair tips, so I decided to do something a little different this time round and give you my top tips for race days. 

When it comes to race days, there are so many do's and don'ts that no one seems to tell you! So for me I honestly spent hours asking my boyfriend if this looked ok, if this was appropriate, can you shake my hat to see if it's going to stay, it became a little ridiculous at times. So I've come up with a list of my top tips to save you the stress and help you look your ultimate best.

1. The Dress Code
Yes, this is the one day/week of the year, where there is a strict dress code, and by strict, I mean no you can't sneak in with a midriff hidden by your clutch. Think knee length tea dresses, floaty fabrics and embroidery and then read the dress guides below to nail your look.

Derby Day: Black and white, and that means black and white only. My tip is mix both, if you have a black dress, team it with white accessories (minus the white shoes, remember you're going to be on grass all day), a white dress then how about a white/black floral headpiece. Keep your makeup simple, with a nude lip and neutral eye to keep the look monochrome.

Melbourne Cup Day: Everything goes! Today is the day to wear colour, colour block, add contrasting accessories and have as much fun as possible. A pair of stripy shoes like these ones from Ted Baker will be your best friend.

Oaks Day: Ladies day is for the ladies, so knee length is a must, floral, embroidery and pastel colours are more than welcome. For added femininity add a bow belt to your dress, and pastel printed shoes.

Stakes Day: Family Day is the relaxed day and rounds up the end of the week, so straw hats and maxi dresses are key for the day. Bonus points for a cool pair of sunglasses and basket bag.

2. Dress Like a Lady
This is your time to dress up, wear the dresses you wouldn't normally wear, conservative is key. One of my tricks is, if you need to tape anything on or in, don't wear it! Pick a dress that is longer so you're not pulling it down all day, dresses that are floaty and maxi are stunning and will be comfortable when you have to wear it from 8.30am at your makeup appointment to 8.30pm when you're having your last champagne.

3. Keep your Shoes On
If you have to take your shoes off, DON'T EVER, or you'll end up in the weekend newspaper in the Not section. Race days are all about the dresses and hats, so leave your stilettos at home and rock a matching pair of low squared heel shoes, or go bold and wear an embroidered pair of strappy block heels. They will not only be more comfortable for you, but by 5pm guess who still looks put together.

4. Low and Behold the Headpiece
You've now got the perfect, foolproof outfit, but you need a headpiece. And yes I really mean you need a headpiece, or at least something that resembles one. There are so many choices these days, from jewelled headbands, to headscarves, to boater hats and everything in between, you really have no excuse, but I am 100% sure there is a headpiece to match your outfit. I'm new to headpieces, so my trick, take your headpiece to your hair appointment and leave it up to you incredible hairdresser to get creative and pin it on, that way it will not budge all day, and even if you wanted to take it off, you'd then have to cart around the 12,000 pins your hairdresser has used.

5. Leave your Belongings at Home
All you need is the below:
Phone, Money, Lipgloss, House Keys (optional)
So pop it in a tiny clutch and dance the day away without lugging around your household.

Make sure to shop my selects from Ted Baker for the upcoming Race Days below, and also shop my Caufield Cup look.

Wearing: Entangled Enchantment Ruffled Neck Dress, Vina Cross Body Bag, Cubano Head Tie, HMUA Sara Jade Hair & Beauty

A huge thank you to everyone who made this day amazing!
Sponsored by Ted Baker X David Jones