Ascot at a glance

I haven’t yet had the pleasure of heading to Royal Ascot but I am BUSTING to go! Every year patrons wow us with fashion flare and this year was no exception. With Gai Waterhouse and Chris Waller up against each other in the Diamond Jubilee, I kept my heavy eyes open, only just, to catch all the action.


It wasn’t to be for the Aussies on the track, but I must say, they certainly shone off track!



Australia’s Clare Dufty and Crystal Kimber



On Track On Trend Aussies Lisa Tan and Angela Menz with Master Trainer Gai Waterhouse



The Queen was at her radiant best on track every day of the Carnival.

I am exhausted after Spring Carnival and we have a days break in between, I don’t know how she does it!


And Ascot wouldn’t be Ascot without the odd eye-catching number and the Tootsie Rollers….






Bring on Spring Racing!!

Meet Ainslee – Runner up Lady of the Day at Swan Hill




I was traipsing across the lawns at Swan Hill looking for a fabulously frocked filly to feature on our blog and BOOM >> I spotted. Ainslee, oblivious to my eager eye she was chattering away with friends when I interrupted and asked if I could take some snaps and ask her some questions for the blog. What was it that caught my eye you ask? It was her effortless styling, clashing textures and contemporary Cue number that all gelled together to form what I think was one of the nicest FOTF outfits I have seen on the CRV circuit. It was accessible, diverse and wearable, age appropriate and not ‘costume-y’ – something we see a lot of on the FOTF stage. Today please welcome the gorgeous Ainslee to the blog.


EL: Tell me a little about yourself; what you do for work, how you came to be in Swan Hill, and what you enjoy about racing?

AN: I’m a registered nurse currently employed at the Swan Hill Hospital in Renal & Oncology. I grew up on a property in South-West NSW approximately two and a  half hours north of Swan Hill, in a little community called Hatfield. From here I went to boarding school at Ballarat Grammar at 12 years of age due to living so isolated and then I moved to Geelong to purse my nursing career at Deakin University. After living in Melbourne and travelling overseas, I decided I wanted to be closer to my family as I had moved away from home at such a young age, so I moved to Swan Hill. Ever since I can remember I have always been around the racing scene. I love the vibe and excitement that country races bring to small communities such as ours. They are always a huge social event for rural people, bringing everyone together & a change to get dressed up!

EL:  Did you come planning to enter FOTF?

AN: Yes. Despite all my nerves I had planned on going in the fashions.

EL:  Where did the idea for your outfit come from, and where do you normally go for inspiration and ideas on how to put an outfit together?

AN: I did some research online for winter fashions and noticed that leather and fur was very in this season, as was tartan. I’ve always been a huge fan of Jill Humphries’ leather pieces, so I had planned on going for a leather look this year. I normally look online at current fashion trends and previous FOTF events. I think it’s important to make sure that your accessories compliment your outfit. Be carefully not to overdo it though. Less can be more sometimes.



EL: Where did your outfit come from, and what was the process in collating it?

AN: I actually came across my headpiece first online (It’s from Hats About Town in Perth) and I loved it. From there I just kept my eye out for something to match and, like always, Cue came up with the goods. All my other accessories I already had.

EL: What are your tips for ladies wanting to enter FOTF?

AN: Go for a look that is elegant and classy. Making sure your outfit is season appropriate and nothing too revealing or short. Classic styles are always a good choice with a pop of modern. Standout headpieces are always eye catching too.