Sunday, March 4, 2018

In Full Bloom, A Derby Style Birthday Outing

Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing

Derby fashion is what style dreams are made of. Racegoers with eye popping displays of hats in all shapes, colors and sizes atop cute outfits come out to enjoy a day of sporting action and excitement. 

In other words, fashion is a crucial component of a derby. While its not known as 'California Derby' and I by no means live in the south, I chose to have a Derby theme for my birthday outing complete with fancy hats and horses, the two things most visible at a Kentucky Derby.



OFF TO THE RACES
My friends and I looking like models and ‘it’ girls if i say so myself, watched the horse races at the Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley, Ca. Even though I’ve lived in the San Francisco bay area for twenty four years, It was my first time there. My friends had never been either. There were nine races but we only saw four because we were errmm, fashionably late, HA! Regardless, we found it exciting, so much so we all plan to go back soon.


THE LOOK
I went for a flamboyant 3D floral lace dress complete with a cape in tune with the theme, however the star of the look and the real treat was my ostentatious hat of choice, a blush pink fascinator perched on my forehead with a tip to the right yet high enough not to veil my perfectly groomed brow. It’s made on a flat pillbox covered with beaded brown and pink fabric and adorned with a silk rose and cherry blossoms. I was ‘In Full Bloom’

The very flamboyant and playful ‘Cherry’ naturally became the sartorial statement piece that gave my look a head turning boost. If I got a penny for each compliment I received wearing it, I’d be so rich! Made by the renowned milliner Arturo Rios, this hat is sold along with other fab pieces at the Berkeley Hat company. 

Speaking of the Berkeley Hat Company, this gem is conveniently located on 2510 Telegraph Avenue just blocks from the prestigious UC Berkeley. They carry a huge selection of caps and hats for both men and women from church hats, fascinators, beanies, fedoras and boater hats to name a few. If you’re looking for a piece that will make a bold statement or create a memorable fashion moment especially with the wedding season around the corner, then check them out in person or online at www.berkeleyhat.com.   

Carol, the co owner of the store is a registered nurse. She followed her passion for hats and opened this store in 1980 and it still stands in the same location thirty eight years later. Yup, you heard that right, 38 years in the same spot! She is very helpful with picking out the right piece and fitting them all with a friendly smile on her face. I’ve been in stores where the owner or the associate doesn’t as much as offer a greeting and its a huge turn off for me. 
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THE MAKEUP
I did mention a few posts back that one of the things I get asked about a lot is my makeup and who does it. My response stays the same, ‘I do’! When I get my makeup done by other artists, I end up taking it off and doing it over by myself cos I know my face the best. While I am a Nars all day luminous in color Tahoe girl, lately I find it making me look lighter than I really am. That and the lighting from the camera, have me looking many shades lighter than I really am. 

I did something different for this look.
 I prepped my face with Fresh Rose Floral Toner, and primed with Too Faced Hangover Primer followed by a mix of two shades of a different Nars product. I mixed the Nars Natural Radiant foundation in Tahoe and Caracas I baked and set it with Cover Fx matte setting powder and spray set with the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray. I have Anastasia Beverley Hills Sad Girl on my lips and used Summer from the ABH sun dipped glow kit for my inner corners, cupid's bow and highlight. 


DINNER
We enjoyed dinner at the HS Lordships restaurant at the Berkeley marina with unbeatable views of the San Francisco bay, the SF skyline and the prestigious Golden Gate bridge looming in the background. The service was ok and I say ok just because all our meals didn’t come out at the same time. I was also not a huge fan of the decor. Other than that, we enjoyed our meals and HUGE DOSES of fun and laughter. It was a truly great evening. 
When it comes to celebrating me, I leave no stone unturned like here and here. I truly appreciate these amazing gals that came out to enjoy a fun day with me. 


Fash'D
I'm also celebrating the lunch of Fash'D by Fashionably Idu, a capsule collection of my clothing line. I'm excited and looking forward to doing more with it soon. 
Stay tuned!

Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing

Derby style birthday outing

Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing
Derby style birthday outing

Deets
Dress - Custom Made (email for orders)
Hat - Arturo Rios (here) (here)
Sandals - Old 
Clutch - Old


Thank you for stopping by, keep thinking the purple thoughts. Xx...



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55 comments:

  1. Oh My, your dress is gorgeous. You look amazing. I am loving these looks and congratulations on your collection.
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  2. Wow what a post Idu! I absolutely loved it. Happy birthday babe! I wish you blessings, love, happiness and many years to come.
    You look like a dream. The gorgeous dress, spectacular hat and sexy heels are gorgeous. How much fun to take the girls to the derby. The last time I went was in Los Angeles about fifteen years ago lol.

    Enjoy your sunday dear,

    Kisses and hugs xx

    Tamara Chloé

    www.TcStyleClues.com

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  3. Woow you look simply stunning in this dress, I love everything in your styling-perfection!!!

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  4. Happy birthday! What a beautiful dress! You and your friends look amazing, I love the textures in your dress. It's a shame that you didn't enjoy the restaurant very much, but it looks like you still had a fun day out anyway :)

    Hope you had a lovely weekend! We took the boys to an indoor play centre to get out of the humid weather and they loved it :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  5. This pust is amazing! You look breathtaking and it's imposible being cooler tan you!
    xx

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  6. You look amazing Dear, I love your dress <3
    kisses

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  7. Oh my gosh, you are looking like a princess. Happy belated birthday my girl 😍. Kisses and love 😘😘
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  8. Oh Idu! You look refreshing as always. You look beautiful from your head to your toes. This dress was made for a queen! I love the color and the details. It’s good to celebrate with friends. At least you were late for a good reason. It takes time to look that stunning. I bet the hair took at least two hours. Muah!

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  9. Y'all looking so fab, Idu! Your floral dress is just amazeballz and goes so well with that setting:) And yay for the launch of your fashion collection:)

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  10. Looks like you had such an amazing time! The dress is just so pretty and you have such stylish friends too.

    Gemma x
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  11. Ooo la la you all look AMAZING and love this blushing pink bloom ensemble just gorgeous!

    Allie of ALLIENYC
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  12. Happy belated b-day fashion queen! Your dress is everything and you look fab!
    Such a cool celebration with your lovely girlfriends!
    Kisses, Paola.

    Expressyourself

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  13. You look absolute stunning! Fabulous dress!

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  14. You always make a fabulous style statement wherever you go Idu! Looks like a marvelous outing. Happy belated birthday and big congratulations on your new collection! You rock!

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  15. Idu, the girls and you looked absolutely breathtaking! No wonder you got a ton of compliments. And your birthdays are always such a glamorous and exciting event.

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

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  16. I can't deal with all the beauty in this post. Wow ladies y'all killed it!! Happy birthday mami! Wishing you good health and happiness. God bless you beautiful.

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  17. I swear you have the best birthday celebration and I remember your past birthdays too! You ladies look like stars and yes, definitely IT girls! And congratulations on the launch of your capsule collection, Idu!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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  18. Happy belated birthday! What a unique way to celebrate - this looks like so much fun! As always, your outfit is absolutely amazing. You always rock the statement looks!

    Best,
    Christina
    Looks by Lau

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  19. You look AMAZING and certainly know how to enjoy yourself. Happy Birthday and Everyday my dear Sis.

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  20. Amazing dress, Princess Idu! You look so fabulous as always! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a great week!
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com
    XO

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  21. Like a queen... in pink!


    Federica
    www.federicadinardo.com

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  22. This looked absolutely fabulous!! Stunning birthday!! x

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  23. you looked amazing, but I already told you that! Happy birthday again and cannot wait to see more about your line! Exciting times!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  24. You are impossibly glamorous, like a living cartoon character! Happy birthday!

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  25. Absolutely beautiful. Happy belated birthday Idu dearie. You're a style star, and this 3D floral dress suits you well.

    Whenever you can ,I'd love to have you over at my blog www.lilyofnigeria.com

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  26. You look beautiful!!!! this look is so divine dear Idu! That 3D floral dress is an absolute dream and the fascinator completes it perfectly. The heels are very pretty as well. All in all, such an amazing birthday look.


    It seems you had such a lovely time with your girls! I love how you all got dressed up. Perfect derby style outfits. It must have been fun seeing the races, even if you didn't get to see them all, being fashionably late and all. :) I don't think we have horse races here, but we have a knight tournament/game of sorts, a tradition that is 500 years old and ladies get dressed for that.:)

    Anyway, it seems you had a lovely day....and a nice dinner with gals must have been a perfect way to finish your birthday celebration.

    Congrats on starting your own line! Your capsule collection is wonderful, very representative of your fabulous sense of style. Fash'D already looks amazing.

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  27. Wow! What can I say...so much to say. First, happy birthday to you. You look stunning as usual. I LOVE your dress choice, the color, embellishments, cut, and most importantly the fit. The vintage high society vibes really got me, love the southern charm ambience of the restaurant too. You always bring it...and bring it you did. That hat is spectacular too. You gals really had a blast. Happy Birthday again. Here's to many more happy, blessed and fulfilling years to come.

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  28. WOW! This almost looks too pretty to be real. GOALS.

    -Emily | www.East91Blog.com

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  29. Happy birthday! God bless :)

    - Lily Kanaya -
    www.Glowlicious.Me

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  30. What a spectacular theme Idu! Cherry blossoms are so beautiful! Happy Birthday doll!
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  31. Well, first of all: Happy Birthday, doll!!!
    Then...Wow!!!! You and your friends look absolutely stunning, everyone so sophisticated and stylish! And you, my dear, look really like a queen!
    Seems you had great time there with your girls! :D
    XO
    S
    https://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.it/

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  32. Looks like you had a fantastic time. You look stunning in this style and colour dress. Pity you didn't see the race because you were late, haha!
    xo Yvonne
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  33. happy birthday babe! your dress is to die for!!

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  34. You look stunning Idu.
    This outfit deserves to be on the runway or mag.

    You totally nailed it.

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

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  35. I really love the breakdown of everything from the fascinator to the makeup. I am a huge fan of wearing fascinators. You look incredible, that dress is a beauty.
    FASHION TALES

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  36. Yes, this is true! You are all looking like models and especially your dress is such a dream, dear Idu! I see you enjoyed <3
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  37. You look so beautiful in this pink dress. A total "Full Bloom"! The florals are everything.

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  38. Idu that dress is absolutely insane! It looks like you had an amazing birthday though with all those lovely girls! How fun! Happy belated birthday!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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  39. Now that is the perfect birthday dress, look at you looking like a the Queen you are. I hope to have a wonderful birthday like this one day.

    Bernie, xx
    www.thestylefanatic.com

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  40. OMG your are Lady Spring! Awesome dress.
    kiss
    Chiara - www.shesinfashionblog.com

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  41. You're so gorgeous! The dress is fantastic!
    Have a nice evening!
    Gil Zetbase

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  42. You look like a queen! This place is amazing as well!
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    <3

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  43. Hello dear,
    I just found your blog and I think it's amazing! :)
    Would you like to follow each other? :)
    It would be a great pleasure for me! Let me know in my blog and I will follow you back!
    xoxo,
    Lory
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  44. you never stop to amaze me with the incredibly chic and perfectly mixed style...
    happy b-day, hope you had a great time with your friends
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  45. Loving your style! You are so chic. Would you like to follow for follow on Bloglovin? :)

    Xx,

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  46. Oh wow, you ladies looks fantastic! And my, I absolutely love that dress!

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  47. You look gorgeous with your derby outfit! Love the headpiece! You're definitely welcoming spring with open arms :). Glad you enjoyed your dinner at HS Lordships. Sending you the best wishes for your launch!

    exquisitely.me

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  48. omg :o u look amazing! this is so far my favorite outfit of u!

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  49. Oh wow what a great birthday extravaganza. One of your friends looks like Jennifer from basktetball wives. I love your dress, so fabulous darling.

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  50. Girl, you look amazing. This photo-shoot is absolutely stunning! - www.jamilakyari.com

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  51. Hello,

    So so perfect !

    Sarah, http://www.sarahmodeee.fr/

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  52. You all look fabulous.Hope you had lots of fun

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