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polyvore by dthoskins

I am a fall girl.  Perhaps it is a zodiac thing (my birthday is in October), but I absolutely love the autumn months.  I love all cliché fall things from pumpkin-flavored treats to equestrian boots.

Here’s the rub – by this point in the summer, I am completely done with my summer wardrobe!  By the first of August I am eager to transition away from my nautical inspired looks and bright Lily Pulitzer frocks.  Instead, I am ready for new color palettes that evoke fall, but are cool and breezy enough for hot late summer days.  My absolute favorite colors for this time of year are navy, pumpkin and cream.

color palettesHow do you transition from your summer wardrobe?

katherine Greene

all things derby {with the kentucky gentleman}


Above: Diana’s Polyvore set, “Derby Day

Hello again, bluegrass THREADS readers! I know there are two more days before the weekend, but a Kentucky Gentleman does not tell a lie – I’m in total Derby mode. I know you are too, so let’s run through the crucial details.

The perfect Derby Day is a multi-faceted experience. I wrestle with the tough questions myself, so I know you do too. Don’t worry, I’ll hold you hand through this most noble of days: the one not full of Julep Cup, of course.

What To Wear to the Derby

Dressing like a Kentucky Gentleman looks effortless, but is quite the opposite. The perfect Derby outfit for Him takes time and thought – it also needs my guides to dressing for the Derby, found here (shirts, ties and cufflinks) & here (sport coats, pants and shoes). If your beloved needs advice as well, fear not – bluegrass THREADS has you covered with both florals and neutrals.

What To Drink at the Derby

Bourbon is the undisputed king of spirits in Kentucky. I’ve spent a good deal of time outlining my advice on Bourbon. Your Derby Day is guaranteed to include at least a half-dozen conversations about Kentucky’s native drink, so make sure you’re speaking the right language. For the Derby classic, look no further than our perfect mint julep recipe. It’s fantastic!

Throwing the Perfect Derby Party

If your tickets to Millionaire’s Row seem to have been lost in the mail, throwing a festive Derby party is a perfectly acceptable alternative. We’ve even uncovered a fun, new take on a classic: mint julep cookies (love these, Lindsay!).

Who Will Win the Kentucky Derby

Even I can’t predict the biggest detail of the day, but if you follow these pointers you’ll be a winner yourself. Enjoy!


Yours in the Commonwealth,


The Kentucky Gentleman