This Canada Day the Betties decided to try something a little different….steering away from the typical red & white outdoor festivities and fireworks, we attended an exclusive horse racing event at the Millarville Racetrack, and let me tell you – it was quite the scene.
Quoted as “the most sophisticated and playful event of the summer”, Packwood Grand is an event for Calgary’s socialite society to get dressed up the old fashioned way and take in some exciting thoroughbred horse racing. Think Kentucky Derby style, complete with big hats, mint julips and a cigar bar.
Although we did miss most of the actual horse racing, we did win a collective $2 on our bets and did some serious mix & mingling with some extremely well-dressed individuals.
The event had a hugeeee emphasis on fashion, partnering with Holt Renfrew and some of Calgary’s top fashion stylists, they took the term ‘fancy’ to a whole other level. And although I think I hit the mark with my red lipstick and pleated dress, I felt out of place without a gigantic hat or fascinator on my head… unlike my fellow betties, I definitely missed that memo!
Packwood Grand was most definitely a distinct social experience, and although there were a few hiccups as there usually are with debut events, overall it did not disappoint. And next year I will NOT be forgetting a hat or fascinator… I might event make my own….
As a proud Canadian, our nation’s birthday is one of my absolute favourite holidays! It is a time to kick summer off with family & friends, enjoy BBQs and cottage nights, and celebrate the true North strong and free! To top it off, red and white is an UNREAL colour combo…am I right?
However you will be spending this Canada Day, here are some of my fav red and white combos for any occasion:
Channel your inner Kate Middleton and wear a fancy white dress with red accessories!
Haven’t you heard that overalls are all the rage? Chill out on the lake in the cute outfit from Top Shop!
Urban Patio Hopping:
Staying in the city? Patio hop wearing this super amazing dress from Club Monaco. Psssss…..it’s on sale!
Happy Canada Day, my loves! Hope you celebrate in style!
I am by no means the fashionista of the group…but I do LOVEEEE rustic gold jewelry and thought I would highlight a few of my favorite pieces and where you can find similar pieces for relatively cheap!
I would consider my style to be pretty basic. By that I mean I’m a big fan of everything black and regretfully I am not a big pattern person…I call it “Hobo Chic”, but some may disagree on the “chic” part once in a while 🙂 I do find that a great way to spruce up my outfits is with a great statement necklace or some chunky bracelets and bangles.
Here are some of my favorite rustic gold necklaces:
Pair any of these with a basic white tee and jeans and you’re good to go! They are so versatile, that you can seriously add them to almost any outfit to increase the fancy element a tad.
I’m a big online shopper for ALL things including jewelry. I think it’s way easier to find what you’re looking for instead of spending hours at the mall (just my opinion). The majority of my purchases come from sites such as: Hautelook, Esther, Asos and Nasty Gal. Another amazing site for cheap statement necklaces is Rouche, it seriously has similar necklaces to places such as JCrew, but at a fraction of the cost!
Surprisingly, I find a lot of my jewelry in consignment stores! Don’t be afraid of them! You can find some great pieces for an amazing deal – “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. My favorite consignment stores in Calgary are both in Kensington: Peacock Boutique and Trend Fashions 🙂
I also recently dragged my mother to the Antique Show in Red Deer and found a lovely gold cuff bracelet for $15! (see below). It’s crazy how some really old pieces are coming back into style now.
Cuff on left: Anique Show
Chain on right: Sugar Blossom Design
There are two things in this world that make my heart sing: 1) traveling the globe and 2) soaking up all things style. For me, the two go hand in hand. Nothing gets me more excited than putting together outfits for my next adventure. That’s why I am thrilled to share with you some travel style in my very first SheBettie post!
On my recent trip to Asia, I fell in LOVE with buzzing city of Hong Kong. Roof top bars, lush green landscape, city views, unreal dim sum…need I say more? The vibrant energy of the city is infectious; day or night there is always SOMETHING to explore in the city. To top it off, I absolutely loved embracing the Hong Kong street style. Check out my go-to day and night looks during my recent adventure, full of playsuits, pops of colour and fun accessories!
Wander the streets in a breezy camisole with fun high waisted shorts. Pair it with blue, mirrored Ray Ban aviators plus a chic top bun and you are good to go! This look is perfect for cruising the Ladies’ Market in Hong Kong.
Camisole and Shorts from Aritzia.
Aviators by Ray-Ban.
…TO NIGHT LOOK
Enjoy drinks at the Peak in a saucy, pink playshuit (check out the lace details in the back!). Pair is with a sparkly Tory Burch cross-body bag and a glass of bubbly!
Pink playuit from Top Shop and purse from Tory Burch.
Lots of love!