Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Radnor Hunt Races

Uncle Charlie had to work this past weekend, so I took the no-wedding-weekend opportunity to visit Katiecakes and Tony in PA for the Radnor Hunt Races. Katonycakes and six couples hosted the most incredible tail gate at The Tack Room combining two tents for a glorious spread on a hot spring afternoon. 

As I said on Instagram our hats lasted for about 2.5 seconds. And yes, mine needed its own zip code. Katie refashioned hers with fresh peonies from the Philly Farmer's Market. I found mine at a thrift shop in Hampden for pennies. My dress was in my first Stitch Fix box. $66.00 dollars...I couldn't believe it. Have you found this incredible shopping/style website yet? If not click here, sign up, and if you buy something I'll get the credit. Thank you very much. I'm addicted. You will be too, and you'll share your love with your friends (just like I'm doing here) and you too will get credit to shop. How fun is that? I've gone a little crazy on my "Closet" board on Pinterest, because my stylist looks at it to get inspiration for my Stitch Fix boxes. Other bloggers are posting every photo of every item. I wish I had the time, but know it is very accurate with sizing and the pricing is incredible for those not with a lot of time or patience to shop. You don't see what you get until you open the box and that is part of the fun. But they will give you a style diagnostic if you will. Again. Too. Much. Fun. 

But I digress. Back to all things horsey.

Preview of this tailgate was featured in the Wanye Magazine. Click to page 20. I knew it would be great from the write up. What a fun way to invite people to your party.

We sipped on Lynchburg Lemonade, bloody Mary's and bourbon all afternoon. It was hot. Must stay hydrated.

All of the hosts pitched in for different parts of the party. I fell in love with so many of Katie and Tony's friends. We traveled with a few of the friends for the Kentucky adventures last month so of course Gretchen, Robert and Mark were a sight for sore eyes. New fast friends were: vegetable platter Becky and her preppy-pants-husband Bix. Magazine editor Laurie and I felt like long lost sister soul mates. Veuve bearers Karen and Robert were dear hearts. Can you believe Karen has been a fan of this very blog, in which you are reading, since the beginning? I can't tell you how much fun it was to finally meet you Karen. Katie introduced us to almost all of our friends in Baltimore. Now the web is that much bigger in Pennsylvania. 


Bix, Gretchen and Becky, of the vegetable platter fame.

Jo, perfectly poised for stylish horse viewing on the rail.

Laurie, Robert, Katiecakes, Gretchen, Whip, Karen and Robert.

Last year's julep cup and this year's Pimm's and Ho'ses branding. Too much fun, you preppy, tongue-in-cheek bunch you. 

"I like bright butts and I cannot lie." Winner of the caption contest. Nice work Kelli.

There were nine races that afternoon. It was also Preakness Day so the program had the odds for the Preakness Stakes too. I made sure we were in the car with radio on in order to hear Uncle Larry call the race.

My friend's Uncle Larry is Larry Collmus. I got to meet him last week! Click here for some Derby recap fun. I can't imagine how stressful that job must be. He makes it sound so easy.

Loved this photo so much I had to use it twice.

What a great place to view the action. 

Nothing like Veuve Cliquot in solo cups. After the last race we toasted the day.

Thank you Tack Roomers. What a glorious afternoon of fun, food and new friendship. And now to count down to the nuptials of these cuties.  

Monday, May 18, 2015

Touch Tank at the National Aquarium #LivingSeashore

It's fun having friends at the Aquarium. Our buddy Scott invited me a few weeks ago to a behind the scenes tour of the new Living Seashore exhibit that opened last week. This test was to get the animals ready for the masses. I was like a kid in an aquarium. And the coolest part, this new exhibit has a TOUCH TANK. There are two tanks; one on the left has skates, rays, horseshoe crabs, snails and more. The one on the right has jellies!

You can barely make out the ghostlike jelly.

When I was in college I took a Museum Studies in the Arts program for a semester away from Ripon at American University. We spent the whole four months visiting countless exhibits, meeting curators, exhibit designers and conservators. I never look at an exhibit the same after that incredible "semester". It felt more like fun than work. So when I walked into this new exhibit I was immediately taken with a very familiar beach scene up on the wall to review. Of course. Brilliant, National Aquarium and very interactive.

I loved being there before everything was finished. 

The lighting above reflects the movement of waves.

And then we got to go and touch the animals. That is snail poop in the foreground! :)

The skates were kinda flirty!

The trays were there to help show them off.

Scott was an old pro at touching the jellies. 

I was a bit scared. I mean, jellyfish sting. So it seemed a bit odd but man was it cool. They do not sting by the way. Can you imagine? 

After touching the jellies you had to wash your hands. Rule.

Then I signed up to be a Shore Hero.

And before we knew it it was time for the touch tanks to be put away.

On the way out I got to meet Anna Simmons, one of the Exhibit Developers. Great job Anna and team.

To learn more about the exhibit, become a member and get tickets click here.