All set for Fashions on the Field

In Part Two of our Darwin Cup preview, we get down to the nitty gritty about the Dos and Don’ts if you’re planning on entering this year’s Fashions on the Field (FOTF).

With a mini competition for the kids at Family Day tomorrow (check out our inspo featuring our beautiful nieces above) Fashions on the Field gets down to serious business on Ladies’ Day with the ultimate winner to be crowned on Darwin Cup Day.

With a Darwin filly winning the coveted FOTF title on Melbourne Cup Day not once, but twice, the local competition is of high standard and you can expect the fashion race to be just as fierce as the Darwin Cup itself!

So, if you’re planning on entering this year, here are some hot tips from style guru and head FOTF judge, Georgie Murphy, which may just help get you first past the post.

DS: Hi Georgie, welcome back and looking forward to judging a few of the FOTF race days with you again this year! Let’s start with the top. Hat or fascinator?

GM: I like a hat, but I think the shift from fascinator to headbands and crowns is great one!

DS: Me too, amen to that!

DS: Moving on to the rest of the outfit now, which can be overwhelming at times… What bag? What shoes? What colour nails? Eeeeep! To break it down for us, what are five quick tips for anyone planning on entering FOTF?

GM: Ok here goes:

  1. Let your personality shine through in your outfit (and smile!).
  2. Consider current fashion trends but remember you’re at the races.
  3. Embrace the carnival of colour theming (see previous post for more on that here).
  4. Think of your outfit from top-to-toe, headwear, accessories, shoes, nails, make-up and hair style included – it’s the overall picture that counts!
  5. Have a try on your full outfit in advance of race day and visit a seamstress (unless of course, you’re handy with a sewing machine yourself!) for any last minute tailoring – it might be a hem, cuffs or collar that needs quick attention that could make all the difference.

DS: And I’m going to add to that and say take your time on the catwalk! Remember, it’s not a sprint and the more time we have to take in your whole outfit, the better it is for us to judge.

DS: What about any big No Nos?

GM: You need headwear. That’s a non-negotiable.

Short skirts, low cut tops and lycra are also something that won’t score well. Leave them in your wardrobe for the dance floor later on in the day.

For everything else, it’s about how it’s worn and how the complete outfit looks. For example, a smattering of sequins or embellishment could make a FOTF outfit a winner. A gown that is top to toe in glitter won’t do as well.

DS: So that’s the ladies covered, now what about the men?

GM: For the guys, think about fit – doesn’t matter whether you’re donning the suit or a pair of shorts and a casual collared shirt, it’s a good idea to make sure it flatters you. Remember you’ll be in our outfit all day, so make sure it’s suitable and comfortable.

Consider summery fabrics like cotton and linen for your top half, and have fun with prints, colours and textures for your shorts or trousers.

Don’t forget accessories, like a cool belt, perhaps some new shoes or a pocket square for a pop of colour. Don’t be a slave to exactly match your tie, pocket square and your belt, it just get’s a bit much.

Men entering Fashions on the Field would typically wear a hat, but it’s not a definite must do. Hats are a great to complete an outfit for the track, whether you’re hitting the FOTF catwalk or not.

The good things about men’s hats for the track is they are typically a little more practical than the millinery women wear, and provide some shelter from the Darwin sun. Look for light weight material wide brimmed numbers like a panama.

DS: Great advice as always Miss Murphy! Looking forward to seeing some handsome men line up for FOTF on Cup Day!

 

Find out more about the 2017 Darwin Turf Club children’s, men’s and women’s Fashion on the Field competitions here.

 

Blue dress –Just Looking Boutique

Girls headbands – Monsoon Millinery

Blue earrings, pink flower headband – Pink Hill

Eat Local Dinner @ Wharf One

When you say the word “hump” a few things might spring to mind…but we bet a mouth-watering serve of beef isn’t one of them.

But, that’s exactly what was served up at Wharf One’s ‘Eat Local Dinner’ prepared by former MasterChef contestant, Lynton Tapp as part of the inaugural Territory Taste Festival last week.

The special four-course dinner with matching wines featured produce sourced locally (think fresh seafood like prawns, ah-mazing barramundi, mackerel, kangaroo, citrus flavours and damper) with Lynton basically serving up his idea of the Northern Territory on a plate.

And, having grown up on a remote cattle farm, the Territory chef made the bold choice of plating up Brahman Hump.

For the non-Territorians out there, Brahman cattle is often considered the poor cousin to the Angus steak you normally carve up at your fav restaurant but you might not know that this tasty cow is actually our main cattle exported overseas.

The Brahman is easily identified by it’s stand-out “hump” over the withers at the back of their necks. Apparently, it helps the animal survive in hot, arid conditions ie. the Northern Territory.

Now, we’re not going to lie.. there were a few raised eyebrows on our table after it was revealed the Brahman Hump was on the menu and yes, a few verses of the Black Eyed Peas were sung at various points during the night…

But, it was absolutely delicious! Everyone was genuinely surprised at how tender the meat was comparing it to pulled pork. The Hump was served with blackened cucumber and fermented chilli and was hands-down our fav dish of the night.

But enough about the food … what about the wine?!

As part of the dinner, the winemakers up from down south for the Territory Taste Festival talked about each wine presented, which as you can imagine involved a fair few LOL’s (these guys do drink for a living after all). Our fav drops were the Salome Tempranillo Rosé and the Woodstock Chardonnay.

Quote of the night went to the winemaker who said he “feels naked without a Chardonnay in his hand”…

All we can say to that is… Welcome to the Northern Territory. We’ve got no beef with that here.

 

Restaurant: Wharf One Food & Wine

Chef: Lynton Tapp

More information about the Territory Taste Festival here.

Darwin Cup

It’s a safe bet the Darwin Cup is always a great day out. And 2015 didn’t disappoint.

The day after ‘The Hangover Cruise’… it was a slow start… (see The Hangover Cruise post and pics to understand why…) But.. Darwin Cup weekend was always going to be a marathon not a sprint. And just like the thoroughbreds set to line up in the Cup, we called on all the endurance we could, to get past the post.

Once again, we were kindly hosted in the CUB marquee (aka major sponsors Carlton United Breweries) and the photo above was taken on a new feature of the marquee this year – the Sky Deck. What a view!

This year, outfit-wise I went with a skirt-top-combo as I think there is less chance of someone wearing the same outfit! Flashback 2013… arghhhhhhhhhh!

Fashion aside, as with all good Darwin Cups the day ended dancing with friends on the lawn as the sun set… the Cup long run and won.

‘Til next year.

Crown: Gina Marie Millinery

Sunglasses: Dior

Top: Binaca Spender

Skirt: Bianca Spender

Clutch: Mimco

The Hangover Cruise

The appropriately named, The Hangover Cruise was held on the Sunday of the Darwin Cup long weekend.

This meant that most cruise-goers were a) hungover from the Darwin Cup Gala Ball the night before, b) hungover from regular Saturday night festivities c) preparing to be hungover for the Darwin Cup the following day (which is a public holiday for the main race day of the year in Darwin) or d) just hanging out for some fun in the sun.

A new event on the Darwin social calendar this year, The Hangover Cruise was pure genius by the super-talented @PippatheTrader (aka Pippa who owns The Trader cafe in Winnellie).

The style set were mostly decked out in classic white and nautical theme with more than a few reflector sunnies.

Beats were provided by DJ Christian K and was a mix of classic chill and a decent dose of ol’ skool hip hop with an impromptu performance on the bongo drums from local lads, Jed and Julian. If you didn’t get your groove on the boat did it for you.

End result: everyone was swaying one way or another.

Additional pics: Instagram/@Pippathetrader

Skirt: Aje

Sunglasses: Dior

Davis Cup in Darwin

The Davis Cup in Darwin…. whaaaaaaaaat????!!! When we heard the semi final between Australia and Kazakhstan was to be held in Darwin we bought tix straight away (before you say “ok eager beaver” we are a little starved for top level sport up here alright so we have to take what we can get and… IT’S THE DAVIS CUP!!!)

A specially constructed grandstand and grass court was installed at Marrara, which took months to build and made the place almost unrecognisable – Mar-rara is that yoooou?? The weather was postcard-perfect and oh what a weekend it was.

The Kokk and Kyrgios lost both matches on the first day (Kyrgios smashed not one, not two, but THREE racquets) so things weren’t looking great. But we won the doubles on the Saturday and then the Aussies pulled an old switch-a-roo on the Kzaks and put the big serving Sam Groth in the crucial do-or-die 4th match.

The atmosphere was crazy amazing. Everyone was absolutely going off and Groth aced on grass to send the fifth rubber into a decider and guess who walks out? The legend Lleyton Hewitt to save the day.

And he did.

It was vintage Hewitt in his farewell year and it was a privilege to witness the first time in 76 years Australia has come back from 0-2 down to win a Davis Cup tie.

C’mon!

Every cloud has a pink lining

The Mindil Beach Sunset Markets always produce stunning sunsets.. but this one was something else.

An unusually dull, overcast and cool night for smack-bam in the middle of the Dry Season, here I was walking along the beach with my Po Pia feeling robbed. Yes, robbed.

You come to the markets to see a sunset and it looked like we were going to get nada (see second “before” picture above to get my drift.. a lot of grey, right?).

Then, out of no where, this crazee neon pink glow starts to creep out from the beneath the grey clouds on the horizon producing the weirdest sunset I have ever seen in my life.

@Australia on Insta shared the pic and it got more than 70,000 likes! Which is quite a shock as it was one of my more dodgy pics taken hurriedly on my i phone.

So, dinner didn’t turn out so bad after all and it seems every cloud does have a silver lining – it just showed up pink in this case.

Sunday Sesh @ Taste Festival

The perfect Sunday Sesh was had by approx. half of Darwin at the annual Taste Food & Wine Festival at SKYCITY Casino on the May Day long weekend.

We always love going to the Taste Fest each year – the Casino lawns are one of the most beautiful locations in Darwin with ocean-views and front row sunset seats.

Speaking of seats… it was pretty hard to get some it was that busy.

Loved the live band which turned into DJ chilled beats… perfect with Vodka, cranberry and lime cocktails and jugs of Pimms (the Pimms was so popular it sold out at around 7pm…!)

Definitely one of the major highlights on Darwin’s social calendar.

We’ll be back next year.

 

Ciao Bella!

Ciao! This year’s Italian Festival was bellissimo! And double the size!

Held every two years and organised by Darwin’s Italian Association, this year’s event was moved to Civic Park to cater for bigger crowds (and avoid last year’s situ of running out of food…).

New location, bigger and better… it was a lovely afternoon sitting under the trees enjoying good company, good food and good (Italiano) vibes.

This year they even had a replica Trevi Fountain! Super cool.

All the usual Italian suspects were there food-wise: pasta, wood fired pizza, seafood, antipasto, panini and more. We had pasta and Italian sausage (Salsiccia) in sourdough by The Trader, which was delish! Love the The Trader gals, they can do no wrong.

It was great to see Civic Park turned into a sea of red, white and green and we’ve no doubt the party continued well into the night.

Grazie!

Fairy Floss Sky

The Dry Season has already delivered some killer sunsets and we’re only a week in.

This fairy floss-like delight lit up the sky recently with sweeping puffs of pure amazing-ness.

The photo in the middle we called: ‘The Ripple Effect’.

It was taken at our fav sunset-snapping spot at East Point… the colour ripple across the sky reflected in the water below to create an eerie mirror image you just gotta love.

Enjoy.

Welcome to the Dry

May is here and that means the Dry Season has officially started…YAY!

Cue: blue skies, dragonflies, the most amazing sunsets and a jam-packed social calendar.

Festival season is upon us and it may just require super-human strength and endurance to make it through the next six months. But hey! who’s complaining.

The nights have cooled down, the sun is shining…

And you can walk outside without breaking a sweat.

Life is good.