Ladies' Day At Aintree!
My first races experience...
In general, I am very lucky person. So entering a competition to win 2 tickets for Ladies' Day at Aintree Racecourse sounded right up my street... and as you may have already guessed, yes I WON!
After weeks of trawling the internet, and more than 5 dress returns, I finally found the perfect outfit; dress from Rare London, shoes and accessories from Dorothy Perkins. I kept my outfit very colour co-ordinated, with the added rose gold detail of my shoes and bag pairing with my watch.
I decided to keep my hair simple and blown straight, to avoid an OTT hairstyle clashing with my fascinator.
Make-up wise, I went for a dramatic winged eye with a pigmented gold lid using Half Baked from the Naked 2 palette, with a deep crease using the Balm Meet Matt(e) Nude palette and Urban Decay's Blackout. The dramatic eye was paired with a quite simple but contoured base, a touch of Anastasia Beverley Hills Metallic Rose lip gloss, with a dusting of Champagne Pop to finish... no look would be complete without it!
After the short and very hot train ride up to Aintree, yes in court shoes, we finally arrived around 12 pm and got our first vodka of the day. Funnily enough, we knew nothing about racing or betting, even though we were at the races... so we got some help and placed some bets. As the day went on, I carried on with my £5-£15 bets, and was desperate to win a race. I never. But my cousin did which brightened up the day. The atmosphere was amazing the whole day. There was an estimated 46,000 people attending for Ladies' Day, and we were stood on the fence of the finish line with the best view. The crowds erupted every time a race finished, which was so good to be a part of. I think the thought of paps everywhere and the fear of being on the front of the paper, kept me sober, but that didn't put some people off. There was a woman being put in the recovery position by police at 1 pm and 60+ year olds dancing round having a ball. I had such a great day and it was obvious that everybody else did, but it was time to go home!
On arriving back home, we headed straight to Red Door, a relatively new but swanky cocktail bar in the town centre. Straight away, I ordered my absolute favourite cocktail a passion fruit Margarita (this was my liquid dinner apart from a cone of chips). I worked myself through the cocktail menu, ordering a Mrs Jones cocktail (gin based), a classic Strawberry Daiquiri and finished off the night with a chilled glass of prosecco. Red Door continued the great atmosphere with perfect music, everyone up dancing and just a generally good time... but it was time for me to go and get fed. My dad kindly picked me up, took me to KFC (yes I ruined my diet) and ordered everything on the menu and a lot of extra hot wings.
This was the best end to the best day, and to Aintree, thank you. I can't wait to get back next year!
This is my longest post to date, but I couldn't spare any details. So let me know if you enjoyed hearing about my day at the races!