|taken from my instagram @praxsmiles|
Most places put on a decent spread with lots of yummy nibbles and champagne flowing freely. Every year since I've been here, I've been fortunate enough to watch the Cup in an office that makes a day out of it. Ladies don a dress and pull out their 'headgear' and men dress smartly. All morning long $2 sweeps are being handed out and people rush out of the office and into the nearest TAB to place a more substantial bet.
For the past 3 years, I've always forgone the headgear/fascinator and just grabbed the most appropriate 'tea-time looking' dress I've owned. I loved getting into the festivities of it, but I've never bought a fascinator or read up on any of the horses. I've always kinda just went with it... that is, until this year.
After HR announced that the best dressed male and female would win a prize, I knew I was going to really get into the spirit of it. Luckily I had this pink dress (found on clearance for $20 at Myer!) hanging in my closet, that would be perfect for the occasion. I also managed to find a fascinator for sale at chicabootie just the night before. I subsequently spent the rest of that night 'googling' how to wear this monstrously large thing on my head without looking like a fool. Turns out there aren't that many tutorials on 'horse race attire,' so I just had to wing it.
I ended up really happy with how the final product turned out, so I made my way to the nearest TAB to bet on my horse of choice. I bet a grand total of $2.50 for my horse, Red Cadeaux to place, and continued on to work. When the big race came, I held onto my ticket tight, hoping beyond hope that Red Cadeaux would at least place -- and he did! Once the races were over, announcements were made for the best dressed female. And guess what?! I WON! They handed me a super delicious bottle of red wine, and I was so happy.
My horse won second place and I won best dressed. I couldn't have asked for a better Melbourne Cup.
Want to see past Cups? Year 1, Year 2 & Year 3.
*all photos taken by A.G. at the office!