Sunday, 6 May 2007

My Grand National experience

When my friend first proposed the idea of going to the Grand National this year, I was rather hesitant in the first instance as it wasn’t somewhere I had planned to go this year. However once the thought of hat shopping came to mind I was immediately pumped with excitement. We started straight away discussing the whole subject of hats and dresses.

On the day – Saturday 14th April 2007:

So today me and the lovely Mary Bello set off to the Grand National in Liverpool. Having being our first time to the races, in fact Liverpool in general, we spent a vast amount of time discussing and debating on what look we were going to go for. I wanted to look sophisticated with a touch of glam so opted for my plum low front dress, a cream hat and cream vintage designer shoes by Roland Cartier.

Mary had spent time shopping the day before and made a striking appearance at Euston London station, where I was patiently awaiting. She wore a gorgeous silver Reiss dress (£255) a magnificent pair of Gina shoes and a cute silver hat substitute accessory from Selfridges (£35). So off we went.

When we got to Liverpool we met our chauffer who took us to event, which was approx a 20 minute drive from Liverpool station. We had an interesting controversial discussion with our chauffer who dared to say that “Liverpool women were the most beautiful women in the UK” , knowing he had two London women in the car. However he quickly justified his statement by saying “We were exceptionally beautiful”.

In the Taxi

So once we got to the races the crowd was cheering and the first horse race was about to commence. Me and Mary quickly went to place our bets and off the horses went. The weather was extremely hot so I was thankful that my hat came in handy and was not just on my head for fashions sake but also for protection from the sun.

We did win two bets which we were chuffed about!

It terms of the fashions, it was very diverse and many women wore gowns or went for the WAG look. Brightly coloured hair accessory seemed to be a big hit.

After a long hot fun day we jumped into a taxi to Manchester airport, where me and Mary sang our favourite 80’s anthems throughout the entire journey, then from Manchester Airport got on a plane back to London.

To end the night Mary and a few friends headed off to party in Boujis whilst I made my way home to relax and prepare for another hectic day the following morning.

What a day!!

We met these two lovely ladies who’s ensembles were absolutely adored by me and Mary.

The big hats weren’t so popular, most women opted for the clip on hair accessories or miniature hats as substitutes.

This gentleman decides to borrow Mary’s silver hair accessory


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