Apologies for the silence, but I’ve been stricken down with a particularly nasty cold in the past few days which is refusing to shake off. However, I am on the mend, and excited to tell you all about my first day at Ascot Racecourse this past Sunday!
Ascot and all that surrounds it was (and still is, tbh) all very alien to me. I’ve never been one for gambling or watching races, and all the horses and suits and fancy hats feels very other worldly to me. However, when Matt suggested that we go because his company had bought a box, I could hardly pass the experience to pretend I was on Made In Chelsea for an afternoon!
We’ll start with what I wore. I had a week to get an outfit together, which may be a long time to some, but with work and travel and other commitments in the week, it wasn’t nearly enough time for me! It was a family day when we went, so it’s not like it was Ladies’ Day or Royal Ascot, so there was leeway to dress a bit more casually. However, I’m not one for passing up a chance to dress to impress, and what with all the rules on the Ascot website (no bare chests, shoulder straps to be an inch or more wide, dress knee length or longer, pantsuits acceptable but must be of same colour and material), I was feeling a little overwhelmed.
I initially opted for a black polo neck and a midi skirt with a blazer (pictured above), however was feeling very unsure about it. It wasn’t until we came back from shopping for Matt’s outfit on Saturday afternoon that I went into full on panic mode and said to him, “This won’t do, we have to go out again and find something else!!” Luckily, we were less than a half an hour drive from a little retail park that stayed open til late, and miracle of miracles, I found a lovely little blue floral number from Miss Selfridge. It was something I looked good and felt confident in, and the little pink flowers matched perfectly with the pink blazer I already had.
Now that the outfit woes were behind me, I could finally enjoy my day. I was suffering from a nasty cold, and it did mean that I didn’t take as many pictures as I wanted, since most of my energy was spent on trying not to pass out. However I still had loads of fun, not many people can say that they had their own box at Ascot! It was Matt and I, and a few people from his work and their families, in a nice little room with refreshments, a couple of members of staff to wait on us, and a balcony that gave us a great view of the race course.
I made a couple of ‘fun bets’ on horses with silly names, however I didn’t win anything. I can see how someone could get addicted to gambling though, and I was glad I only brought a small amount of cash with me so that I wouldn’t get carried away. It was a shame that the sun hid itself away for most of the afternoon, but it didn’t hinder all the fun that was had. I’ll have to say, there’s nothing quite like a group of nicely dressed people shouting after horses as they run that last stretch to the finishing line.