Last weekend I took a drive over to The Vintage Bazaar in Salisbury, MA — an outdoor market that comes to town twice a year! Per the website they describe it as “Over 175 outdoor ’boutiques’ feature antiques, vintage finds , architectural salvage, rusty junk, repurposed goodness, indie crafts and one-of-a-kind artisans.” They also had a ton of amazing food vendors & food trucks and live music.
Doug and I wandered around the property visiting all of the vendors and came home with a few goodies! Two repurposed grape crates for our herb garden, a wooden birdhouse with a Panama license place roof, a silver ring made from a vintage spoon, a Turkish towel and a birthday gift for my Dad. Pretty successful outing I’d say!
I wore a cute denim skirt from Ann Taylor — I wanted to look nice, but I didn’t want to wear anything that might get dusty or dirty from poking around through tents full of antiques. I also made sure to wear some closed-toed Sperry Topsiders as I know that events like this in open grass fields can sometimes get muddy! My only complaint was that I didn’t bring a canvas tote bag to carry all my smaller purchases in!
Although it was pretty chilly on the Cape this Memorial Day weekend, I still wanted to wear a bright and summery all-white outfit. I love these Joe’s Jeans — they are stain proof! Since it was still cool, I wore a 3/4 sleeve mixed media sweater with a lace bottom. It was a fall purchase, but I’ve linked to several similar summer-weather pieces below! And I picked up this cute canvas clutch earlier in the day at one of the local shops in town, The Mayflower. Its changed quite a bit since I shopped there as a kid, but they have a ton of great home decor items, clothing, jewelry, and gifts.
Don’t forget to use my code rulesforthemoderngirlxoxo for a free month of Rocksbox! They send awesome pieces from so many different brands, and you can select individual items for your wishlist, so they know what styles you like! I love my Margaret Elizabeth ring and wear it almost every day!
The other night we got together for Doug’s grandmother’s birthday. She lives right on the beach so almost every trip up to her house ends with a nice walk along the water. The kids jump in the ocean and play touch football while the rest of us sit on the sand and take in the amazing view.
Gram and Meg make their blog debut! Meg is one of my blog’s biggest fans so its about time she finally posed for a picture!! And I have to give credit to her oldest daughter, Lidet, who did my gorgeous fishtail braid!
Half the fun of visiting Saratoga was planning out what to wear! We were by far the fanciest visitors to the track and we attracted a lot of attention by the other racegoers who wanted to take pictures of our hats and fascinators.
I wanted to wear something fun and I ended up choosing a bright pink full midi skirt from Express, a cream tank from Bobbles and Lace, heels and purse from Zara, sunglasses from Prada, and a hat from TJMaxx (with DIY’ed pink feathers). I’ve actually worn my hat on a few different occasions.
Aside from the fashion, one of my favorite parts of the day was getting to meet some of the jockeys. After every race you can stand outside and watch as they walk past you out of the building. They are all covered with dirt and mud from the race and wear several pairs of goggles around their helmet and neck. I was also able to catch some pictures of them just as they left the track.
Of course what was really exciting was when one of our hosts, Victoria, brought Lianna (of Salem Style Crochet) and I back into the paddocks to meet one of the jockeys! Of course you can tell by the lack of dust and dirt he was on his way in for a race!
Last Saturday I took day trip with 16 of my fellow Boston bloggers for an afternoon of horse racing! Organized by America’s Best Racing and Centennial Farms, we were whisked from Boston on a private bus over to Saratoga with Fox Sports 1 in tow! On the 3 hour trip we were all interviewed about our different blogs, what we were wearing, and what we were most excited about doing in Saratoga. Of course, we nibbled on some snacks and indulged in some wine provided to us by Richer Pour, a Boston based company that specializes in wine on tap.
When we arrived we went straight to the Fasig-Tipton Auction House, where we were greeted with a private lunch and mimosa & bloody mary bar. During lunch we were fortunate enough to meet with Don Little, Jr. of Centennial Farms as well as Jimmy Jerkens, trainer for Wicked Strong, the 4th place finishing horse in the 2014 Kentucky Derby. We all have a soft spot for Wicked Strong, as a percentage of his race winnings get donated to Boston’s One Fund.
We mingled on the balcony for a bit (taking outfit pictures, of course!) before learning about how to bet on horses with Tom Amello from Trackfacts. Pictured above is Amy from Cupcakes n Couture, Katherine from Style Tab, and Heather from Glamorous Baggage. Aren’t their fascinators amazing?
After lunch we headed over to the Saratoga Race Course where we were granted VIP paddock access to see some of the horses up close! Here I’m meeting Black Jack, one of the escort ponies at the track.
We didn’t get to see any of the racehorses up close (they needed to relax before their race!) but we got to watch them being lead out of the paddocks to the track by their handlers and owners.
Once out of the paddocks and onto the tracks they get paired up with their escort ponies. I learned that the escort ponies help keep the racehorses calm and under control while amidst all of the noise and commotion that is happening in the stands nearby.
For one of the races I was able to get right up to the fence and snapped some pictures as the horses crossed the finish line. The man next to me helped explain the length of the track. It’s measured in “furlongs” which equal 1/8 of a mile.