equestrian chic equestrian elegance kentucky derbyToday is the Kentucky Derby and they say it is the fastest 2 minutes in the world of sports. I’m not a horse betting kind of woman but attending the Kentucky Derby and all the festivities that surround it is something that is on my bucket list. I think it’s because it is a great excuse to travel, party and have the most outrageous hat custom made for me. The more I think of it, it really must be more about the hat! I have been know to wear a stylish hat (or two) in the past….I digress..

I won’t be at Churchill Downs today but I like to pay homage to the event from across the miles by sporting my vintage bracelet depicting various equestrian scenes (shown above) that I pull out only once a year. I will be watching the race from afar, perhaps with the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby in hand: the Old Forester Mint Julep (recipe below). In honor of the 141st annual Kentucky Derby I raise my julep cup and leave you with a gallery of equestrian elegance. If I have left you wanting for more inspiration, be sure to check out my Pinterest board where you can find these and other beautiful images. Enjoy race day!

The Old Forester Mint Julep Recipe

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•  2 cups sugar
• 2 cups water
• Sprigs of fresh mint
• Crushed ice
• Old Forester Straight Bourbon Whisky
• Silver Julep Cups


Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Old Forester Kentucky Whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint. Recipe via the  official website of the Kentucky Derby.


  1. After Orange County says:

    What an absolutely stunning collage of Derby photos. The idea of attending this event intrigues me greatly also. Hats don’t do a thing for me so that would be a challenge. I also love the thought of a Mint Julep, all icy cold in a silver cup. But if truth be told, I think they appear much better than they taste. I guess it’s an acquired taste. I’ll have to try your official Derby recipe to be sure.

    • Reviving Charm says:

      Well, I’ve worn a few hats on only very rare special occasions that warranted them. In California they’re not really a “thing” in our oh, so casual (too casual) culture. So the Derby would be a great excuse. It sounds like I’m in good company with respect to wanting to attend. Maybe we should make it a girls weekend! Lol. Have a great weekend.

  2. Karen B. says:

    I love equestrian items and while I’ve scaled back a bit on my decor in that style, it still appeals to me. I love that the winner of the Kentucky Derby yesterday has won 8 straight races. Go Nyquist!
    The black iron door adornment is wonderful.

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