Stakes Day 2018 ~ All the best bits!

Hands down the most fun Stakes Day to date!
The atmosphere was electric, the weather - perfect, the fashion - incredible and the company - always fabulous. We have lots of snaps to share (thanks to the incredible Lisa Frieling) and a few funny moments too, but first lets chat Fashion!

Myer Fashions on the Field was a huge hit in The Park. Hosted by Kris Smith, 305 children and families competed for more than $50,000 in prizes. It was a great privilege to judge the Junior and Senior Boys Categories again this year, something I’ve loved being apart of since the inception of my blog….much to my boys disappointment (they’re so eager to enter!)

Congratulations to all the stylish entrants, it takes a lot of courage and nerve to get up on stage, and you all did so with such poise and charisma.

The 2018 honour roll reads ….
Family Category Winner: The Christian family.
Father Julian with children Millicent, 13, Jemima, 11, Imogen, 9, and Felix, 7 from Moonee Ponds
Junior Boy Winner: Freddie Tulloch, 6, from Glen Iris
Junior Girl Winner: Menzii Andrews, 6, from Mornington
Senior Boy Winner: Lachlan Campbell, 15, from Sunbury
Senior Girl Winner: Lucy Palmer, 15, from Cohuna


This year’s colour scheme - pastels - is going to be hard to beat! I’m already throwing in the towel for 2019 because what could possibly top gelato flavoured boys? The sorbet tones complimented their complexions beautifully and the birdcage enclosure was also suitably filled with soft pinks, blues and yellows. It just all worked!
My older three boys wore River Island suiting, purchased way back in April when SS18 first dropped in the northern Hemisphere! It was a risky move, predicting the correct sizes of 3 growing boys 8 months in advance, but mum knows best (wink wink) …well, with the exception of Tevita’s blazer! ha ha. If you too have a pastel obsession, you can shop their suits now on SALE starting at a tiny $20 a piece! Very limited sizes remain, so move fast as they won’t last much longer! Shorts are available as a option in all colour ways too.

Here are a few quick links to shop their style:
Shop Mint suiting as seen on Tevita here
Shop Pink suiting (as seen on Maikeli) here
Shop Blue suiting as seen on Tomasi here
Shop White sneaker (as worn by all boys) here

We accessorised with lapels by Politix, ties and chiefs from Roco Clothing and River Island.

Salesi’s adorable 3 piece pale blue suit was by UK label Roco Clothing (remember them for all your communion, confirmation, graduation, pageboy suiting needs!)

His effortlessly cool white leather hybrid sneakers were also from Roco Clothing.

David’s suiting was also by River Island - they tailor sizes in a short, regular or tall fit - which is extremely handy and saves on alterations! Loafers by Country Road, Tie from Myer, so too his lapel (Politix label.)

I wore Myer accessories - Olga berg millinery, Olga Berg camera clutch and Tony Bianco heels. My dress was incredibly comfy and very summer, the Lacework Strap Midi is By Johnny.
Now for Glam - these providers deserve A LOT of recognition …
Tan by Spray Aus (night before studio visit)
Hair by Gabrielle Roccuzzo
Make Up by Kristina K
Skin by Clinicalase (Lactic Peel & Laser Genesis 2 days prior to event)

Funny tales from the track


A day out at the races with 4 kids in tow requires supplies, so David’s trusty old leather backpack came along with us. It was full of snacks, nappy change essentials, blister pads, bandaids, spare jocks (don’t ask), spare socks (yes really), tissues, toys and other miscellaneous items require to tame/sedate a busy toddler. What we didn’t prepare for was the ‘no bags left unattended’ protocol that was in full force inside the Birdcage. Given the Bourke St incident unfolded the night before, security was heightened on Stakes Day. Metal detectors scanned in attendees (a first for carnival) and a heavy security presence was felt. While attempting to nail the perfect family shot we decided to ditch the backpack off to the side. However, little Salesi (who is going through a possession-obsession stage), wouldn’t have it and continued to retrieve our backpack and drag it back into frame. We eventually hid the bag out of sight, so much so, we completely forgot about it! It was nearing midday and I had to report for FOTF judging duties, so we made our way back to the buggy pick up point. It was at that moment (when we required our accreditation passes to exit) that I realised we were missing our backpack! David raced back to the secret spot, but the bag had vanished! A nearby security guard informed us that the security team had moved on it! After a few laps of the birdcage, and a countless radio messages between security teams, our trusty old backpack was returned (unharmed) much to Salesi’s delight…and my relief!

a wave from healing hands

After Fashions of the Field had concluded, we decided to head back to the Birdcage enclosure. The Buggy pick up point was located behind the main stage of The Park precinct, near staff quarters and the makeshift “green room”. We loaded our family onto a XL buggy, Tevita and I taking the rear facing tray seats (picture us travelling backwards.) As we took off I spotted someone who looked incredibly familiar. Assuming it was someone I knew through ‘insta circles’ or the school community… or David’s workplace, I gave him a big wave. He looked a little puzzled, hesitated for a second, and then returned the wave with smile in our direction. My nine year old Tevita, slightly horrified, looked up at me and asked “Mum, why did you just wave to Conrad Sewell!?” *insert embarrassed emoji* Well, that explains why he looked so familiar! Ha ha #bestmateswithConrad

the REALITY tot who upstaged them all

One of the finest and funniest moments of the day goes to a little lass who is no stranger to the limelight - Lady Penelope Merrington. This little pocket rocket is the daughter of Yummy Mummy royalty Lorinska, and at 2 years of age, is no wall flower. As Lorinska sat on the judging panel, little miss P (under the very close supervision of dad…ha ha!) made her way up onto the stage to join the 6-12 year old entrants in the Junior Girls category! Not only did she walk the walk, she also attempted to talk the talk, stealing emcee Kris Smith’s microphone. It was a highlight captured beautifully (in real time) by her mortified mummy. Check out Lorinska’s Insta post here for the footage - so hilarious.

And now for some more racing spam …

Photography by the insanely talented Lisa Frieling

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