IMG_6750I  did not have a good start to the day. Awakening in a post-prosecco daze on Saturday morning it was with tremendous difficultly I extracted myself from between the sheets. Blinking at my phone I surmised I had an hour to shower and perform a mini miracle on my face to get me looking “Races Ready” and get my ass to the train station to catch the 9.5o train. 59 minutes and counting…

IMG_6731 IMG_6709 IMG_6719 IMG_6739Breakfast…IMG_6740 IMG_6773IMG_6752 IMG_6758 IMG_6763 IMG_6762 IMG_6843 IMG_6789 IMG_6781 IMG_6850 IMG_6856 IMG_6859 IMG_6865 IMG_6867 IMG_6864 IMG_6821The Squad

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ASCOT, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: General views at BQIPCO British Champions Day 2014 at Ascot Racecourse on October 18, 2014 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)#VIPTreatment

Ladbrokes invited me to spend the day with them and a handful of other bloggers at Ascot for the QIPCO British Champions Day races. I’ve never made a secret of the fact I love to gamble. My first flutter on the roulette wheel at 18 has since lead me to spend at least one night on holiday in the towns casino and I always put some money on the horses when there’s a big race on! The atmosphere at Champions Day was immense. Nothing beats the building of excitement seeing the horses thunder down the home stretch, especially when yours is leading!

The Food & Drink

With little food in my stomach from the night before and a hangover I was ravenous! We occupied 2 big round tables in the Pavillon restaurant, the service was great! Around 12pm the endless courses of food started and it did not disappoint. We dined on a 4 course meal (menu above) followed by 2pm afternoon tea (with all the trimmings). I also attacked the bread bowl several times over in an attempt the fill my belly. All etiquette went out the window, I hope no one noticed :/

What I Wore

Ascot is a brilliant day out. Nobody was put off that it wasn’t high summer either, with many ladies and gents making an effort to look dapper and don hats of all fanciful creations.

I choose to wear a navy body-con dress with cut out back that clings to the body. It has a high neck, as it shows my arms, legs and back, I draw the line at cleavage as well. I picked this dress up from (can you believe it) H&M last year and it is a failsafe cocktail dress for when nothing in the shops catches my eye.

The cherry on the cake was my hat, of course. A week before my event I was in panic mode. 1. Because I couldn’t find any hat that wasn’t too and 2. would go with my dress. I wanted simple, elegant and modern which is harder than you think when you are attending such a traditional and historical event. came to the rescue and I rented a hat from their brilliant collection you can see here. I choose the Dotty hat by designer Rachel Black Millinery.

I’m not even talking about my shoes. I still have the scars.

The Company

What made this event extra special was all the lovely bloggers I met ( KhrissieLoves /Little Miss KatyStyle Lingua / StylePetalBlog /CharlieDistracted / CocoaChelsea / Paleandinteresting to name a few…) It was great to sit down and spend the day with them, getting to know everyone and talk to the very few who can fully relate to the weird and wonderful job of being a blogger. The thing about intimate blogger events is the amount of personality in 1 room! It’s like nothing else! Our hosts thought of everything, including giving us all a personalised tea cup and saucer momento to take home. A memorable day!

Sound like something you’d like to try yourself? Head here to look at packages of up and coming racing days. Fancy a flutter yourself head here.

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