Sunday, 13 March 2016

Cheltenham Festival Wishlist


So this week I am following an annual tradition and going to Cheltenham Festival with my lovely Motherbear. We go every year for at least one day of the festival and fancy our chances having a little flutter accompanied with a little fizz. This year we have decided to go on St Patricks Day of the festival (although Ladies Day is a firm favourite of mine) as the crazy Guinness hats always brighten my day and the outfits go from amazingly elegant and stylish to quite frankly garish - yes, man in the horse print suit from 2015 I'm talking about you.




Now the Festival is in March and the racecourse is quite hilly and can be exposed to the changeable English weather. We've been some years where it's been warm and sunny and other years where it's been rainy, misty and bitterly cold making it extremely difficult to dress for. If you are lucky enough to have a ticket to the club enclosure or the premier areas of the course then it is a prime opportunity to dress up and feel like a true lady. If you're like myself and my mum with a standard tattersalls ticket then you may need to re-think a little for comfort and warmth. I've seen girls at the end of the day with fake tan running down their bare legs in the rain, floaty dresses blowing up in the wind and exposing a little too much and blood on their feet from battling up the hills in their heels.

Here is my wishlist for dressing for the festival this year:

Nude & Rose Gold Heels - Topshop
Cream Lily Bag - Mulberry
Blue Off the Shoulder Dress - ASOS
White Patent Rockstud Heels - Valentino @Harrods
Pink Chronograph Watch - Olivia Burton
Champagne Disc Hat - John Lewis
Yellow Textured Midi Dress - Coast
Cream Midi Dress - Chi Chi London @ASOS

Camel Mini Marylebone Tote - Aspinal of London
Beige Ankle Boots - Aldo
Grey Faux Fur Headband - Hobbs (in sale)

Grey Tweed Cape - Hobbs (in sale)
Black Floppy Hat - Accessorize
Honey Mid-Length Trench Coat - Burberry London
White Patchwork Faux Fur Stole - River Island @ASOS 

Brown Tweed Coat - Joules (in sale)
Grey Over the Knee Boots - Office (in sale)

If you are attending the festival this year here are a few of my tips for making the best of the festival:


  • Visit the Pitville Pump Room (gorgeous building) which is a 5 minute walk from the course beforehand and load up on their full english breakfast on offer to prepare you for the day. You can also mingle with other racegoers who avidly study form before the day's races. 
  • Take cash with you! If you want to bet you'll need some paper to spend and cash machines often have long queues at the course. 
  • If you bet each way you are more likely to secure a win as you get money back for 2nd and 3rd too!
  • On Gold Cup Day (Friday 18th March 2016) olympic cycling champion turned jockey Victoria Pendleton is racing on Pacha Du Polder and could be worth a small flutter. Girl Power and all that. (Bets taken at your own risk!! My expertise is extremely limited)
  • Enjoy yourself - but set a limit of how much you want to bet before you go. If you go over that then stop. Gambling is only fun when done sensibly and responsibly. 
Let me know if you go to the festival and what you think. I absolutely love having the event in my calendar every year. 

Love Rachel x





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