Being asked to judge a Fashions on the Field event is such an honor for me. My first international invitation was two years ago, at the Ellerslie Prix De Fashion races in Auckland. This year’s Wellington Cup was my second.

The lovely ladies, Bridget, Lucy, Jess and Caitlin from the Wellington Race Club committee invited me to come on board the judging panel for their biggest race day of the year, Wellington Cup Race Day. I didn’t have to think too hard about it. Yes please!

The Night Before Wellington Cup Race Day

I caught the early Friday morning flight and was met at the airport by the lovely, bubbly and kind Bridget. She took great care in chaperoning me around, making sure everything went smoothly and ensuring I had a fantastic time!! The volunteers at race clubs really do so much hard work and such a commendable job.

The beautiful Rydges Hotel was my home, as they sponsor the event. I found myself in a luxurious Superior King room- talk about making me feel like a VIP!

Rydges Wellington Hotel room

Image: Rydges Wellington. Rydges is central to everything, within walking distance to restaurants and cafes. The staff are all super friendly too. If you’re having a trip to Wellington, I definitely recommend staying here.

After checking in, Bridget and I had a scout around at the shops in town which allowed me to get a feel for the city. I will definitely have to make a proper trip back to do some serious sightseeing- I’ve heard just an hour away there are a bunch of wineries all within walking distance of each other with beautiful scenery too- sign me up!

While in town, we popped into the hair salon that sponsors the event as they would be doing my hair the next morning.

Buoy Salon is amazing! If you’re ever in Wellington and need some hair play, pop in here! It is on the top floor of a building with plenty of glass windows and natural light. All the workers there are so hip and trendy, rocking some seriously lush and enviable hair. No wonder they’ve won numerous hair awards and trophies. I was in good hands and looking forward to my return the next morning to have my hair styled by Michael Beel. I crept his Instagram and saw he was awarded NZ Hairdresser of the Year three times!

Bridget and I had a delicious dinner at an Asian restaurant in town, called Dragonfly. I definitely recommend it, and you must order the ‘three cheese parcels.’ My mouth is watering just thinking about them!

asian restaurant cuisine

Getting Ready for a Day of the Races

It was a relaxed start on Saturday morning, getting up at 7am to head down to the buffet breakfast- I LOVE a good buffet. Especially when I’ve got a forgiving outfit planned. I could eat as much as I wanted :D

rydges hotel buffet breakfast scrambled eggs baked beans potatoes

Tummy full I headed to Buoy Hair where Michael did me a fabulous big classic bun. I don’t have very long or thick hair so I always use padding to puff my hair out!

milano imai purple peacock millinery turban

milano imai purple peacock millinery turban with big bun rear photo

I love a big classic bun and having your hair styled on race days is a must! It helps to balance out your millinery- let’s be honest here, this piece would look a little big for my head if I had just done my hair by myself in a small bun or ponytail.

The outfit I decided on was my favourite purple, hot water bottle dress. I chose this dress because it was the only dress I owned with long sleeves, and when I packed, the weather forecast for the day was cold and windy. It actually turned out to be sunny and quite nice! I have worn this dress about five times before!!! Talk about a serial outfit repeater, but if you love it- wear it!