Talk Derby To Me

“What horse? Which bourbon?” Said no one from Kentucky EVER!

Today was the day y’all! The 139 th running of Kentcuky Derby and we were back side at the track to watch it all happen!

You see where I am from there are few things as important as Christmas and water… those two things are Derby and bourbon. Oh! Yes, and let’s not forget hats. I love Derby, I love looking forward to it, I love preparing for it, I love searching for the perfect hat and most of all I love taking people who have never been! This year my dear friend from college, Jess, flew in from Texas and brought along her friend Caitlin. Also in tow is my best friend from high school Katrine and her adorable beau Tom.

While walking around the stables early this morning they indulged me by letting me snap some ‘style shots’. To me its important that they are just the normal photos I would take along the way. For this blog I really love the be intentional about shooting. I love to stand in front of something and really show off the clothes, I like to have the person ‘dance it out’ so you can see behind every cool cat is a dork just like you and I love to get the details.

I may have left the track with a little less cash than I went in with but that’s nothing compared to the fun we had!




The horse wanted to snack on Jess’ sweater… she wasn’t really happy about that. 20130504-215612.jpg

20130504-215620.jpg Jessica is wearing >>> Dress from F21, hat by Kate Landry, cardigan from Old Navy, boots DSW, and necklace from World Market!




Katrine is wearing >>> Nasty Gal necklace, J.Crew Dress, Hunter boots and jacket from Barbour!


Tom is a sweet guy and all but not really into sharing his Mint Julep.




Tom is wearing>>> Jeans are Levi’s, shirt from J.Crew, cardigan from Old Navy, bow tie from Macy’s and the boots he’s wearing are Soren Stig-Nielsen originals! (Katrine’s dad’s boots)








Caitlin is wearing >>> Dress and cardigan are from Ann Taylor LOFT, belt from Target, boots and hat by Antonio Melani, and her necklace is vintage!






I am wearing>>>  Dress by Gianni Binni, cardigan from Ann Taylor (via Rugged Warehouse 6 years ago), vest from Collective Clothing, boots by FRYE, necklace from Rugged Warehouse and hat off EBay.


20130504-220031.jpg Right as we were leaving I finally won a jackpot! It’s always nice to have some petty cash!

Until next year, keep talking Derby.



jaimesmialek - How should I contact you??

jaimesmialek - I would absolutely love to do something with the Pulse.

jaimesmialek - Oh my word! YAY!! I am out of town but I would love for you save me a copy!

Janis Hashe - Jaime. I love your blog. Did you see that I included it in the May 2 issue of The Pulse? Would you be interested in doing a story/photos for The P? Contact me at info I’ll fill in below.
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Kevin and Marianna – Young Love Mad Style

These two could be the poster children for young love mad style. Kevin couldn’t have his face near Mariana with giving her a smooch! Also they just happen to ooze out style I can’t help but love. If you didn’t know I am by profession a wedding photographer and my business is called Our Ampersand Photography. In two short weeks I have the honor of shooting their wedding so last night we opted for a quick engagement session!

To see more of their engagement session check out Our Ampersand Photography blog.

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Until next time,




While out thrifting the other day I came across these vintage Sam Edelman flats! They are simply too precious and in great condition so I just had to buy them. Sadly they are a 6.5 and do not fit me. Good news for you though… I am going to give them away!

What’s up free vintage designer shoes!

To win simply comment on this post. A winner will be drawn randomly Monday afternoon!

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To see some of Sam’s recent treasures check out my favorite online spot




jaimesmialek - CONGRATS!!! Random.Org selected you!

Kimberly M - OOhh I like them a lot. And they’re just my size! Hoping for a win.

jaimesmialek - Good luck! We will use to select someone at 3:00pm!

Eleanor Steele - i’m a 6.5. love them and already thinking what I could wear them with!!

fingers double crossed.


jaimesmialek - HAHA! If I find vintage treasure in a 9, I will be keeping it. You just have the wrong foot size!

Charity Pinter Hendricks - So adorable. I’m in the big foot category though. Let me know when you have a size 9 giveaway. :) Love the blog.

jaimesmialek - I know right!! I wear a 9 and it seems impossible to score vintage shoes!

jaimesmialek - hahaha! Well good luck! We will announce a winner at 3:00 pm today!

babyfashionistas - I NEED these shoes. Not want…..NEED.

And I do wear a 6.5

babyfashionistas - I wear a 6.5! I NEED these shoes.
Not want….NEED!!

AndriaSwann - I will cut off all my toes to fit into those adoable flats!! Too bad I’m a 9.5 amazon woman, good luck to the ladies with the petite feet! Good eye for vintage designer shoes Jaime!!! <3 this blog!

jaimesmialek - They are pretty fun! I am super excited to be giving them away. We will announce a winner at 3:00 pm today!

jaimesmialek - I know right?!?! I was really sad they didn’t fit me, but all the better to give away a lil treasure! We will announce a winner at 3:00 pm today!

jaimesmialek - Totally! Also they are in amazing condition… like I wonder if they were ever worn! We will announce a winner at 3:00 pm today!

jaimesmialek - Aren’t they fun! We will announce a winner at 3:00 pm today!

Erica Goldsmith - Too cute, I am imagining a fun photoshoot wearing these.

Laura Brown - droolingdroolingdrooling.

Molly - These.are.darling.

Susan Mullins - These shoes are adorable….and just my size! :-). I shop vintage thrift stores and love to come across finds like this!

jaimesmialek - I was kinda thinking…. I did remember correctly! Hope you are well! Goodluck!

Karin Olson - I love these

They are my size

I love you

jaimesmialek - Really!?!?! Smaller than a 6.5! Dang girl! Well… at least your chances will be really good to win if I find anything smaller!

Jenna - My favorite blog ever. I love you girls! I wish my feet weren’t so small.

jaimesmialek - I think we all need a pair! Goodluck!

Lauren Goforth - I NEED these!

jaimesmialek - Yay! Glad you saw this! Goodluck! Also I miss you…

Ashlee Owens - Pick me, pick me!

jaimesmialek - Aren’t they adorable! I just couldn’t leave them at the thrift store!

jaimesmialek - I’ll let you know Monday afternoon around 3:00 pm EST! If you win I can bring them to Derby!

Jess Thibodeau - I WANT THOSE PLZ

jaimesmialek - Leave a comment here for your chance to win! A winner will be chosen at random on Monday April, 29th at 3:00 pm!

Jocelin - I wear a 6 or 6.5 size shoe. These are beautiful.


Well this is embarrassing… yes. We. We are those girls that wait until we run out of underwear, run out of swim suit bottoms and then go a few days commando. There are arguments for and against this lifestyle. My major qualm is spending $20 in quarters every time I make it to the laundromat. Like really? That’s two nice cocktails…. or some new clothes. The upside is that I get to fully explore my closet. Wearing those pieces I leave hanging until the very end.

We are the hot messes of the world.

So this morning wearing literally the only clothes that were left we hit up the laundromat. Fun fact: not the laundry mat. Nope! Learned that one the hard way. Laun-dro-mat. Mmmm hmmm.


Can you guess whose is whose?? That’s right I have the all natural detergent (a Christmas gift from my cousin) and the chemically altered DP> Also notice the very unplanned TOP BUN TUESDAY!


Katelynd is wearing >>> Dolce and Gabanna knock off sunnies, her rape whistle, black leggings, red flats from somewhere and some dudes t-shirt. Poor guy is never getting it back.


I am wearing >>>  NB tennies (I had just been running) sunnies from Target, F21 leggings, some bros v-neck (thank you) and jacket from the thrift store.


Keep it classy and wash your panties.



Laura Brown - keep it classy and wash your panties = new life motto.


If the internet was my closet! OH MY WORD> this is my idea of the perfect Kentucky Derby get up! My family goes on the backside with the horses and trainers so I always wear boots, but always dress up! Even though most of my company are horse hands and illegals… gotta keep it classy.

Now just picture this outfit, a Mint Julip in hand and winning ALL THE MONIES>


Skater dress
$43 -

Isabel Marant studded leather boots
$765 -

Rubellite ring

Bjørg knuckle ring

Eugenia Kim sun hat

Céline sunglasses