I am completely relaxed right now. I’m sitting in a resort in Vanuatu overlooking crystal blue waters on a warm, sunny day. No wonder I’m suffering writer’s block!
It’s no easy feat coming up with a new and interesting blog post on racing fashion every fortnight. But, as I’ve just realised, this holiday I am enjoying is thanks to the races and Fashions on the Field.
In June last year, at Stradbroke Day, I was lucky enough to win Best Dressed Lady. The prize included five nights’ accommodation at Warwick Le Legan resort in Vanuatu. Just three hours away and I find myself in this tropical paradise I’ve never visited- or even thought to visit- before.
No one really talks about the fantastic prizes you can win at the races. Probably because we are (mostly) all here for the fashion.
Racing fashion is a fantastic way to showcase your personal style and it’s great fun planning outfits. The designing, the sewing, the embellishing…not to mention all the friends you make along the way, but, of course, winning the hotly coveted winner’s sash is the biggest thrill.
There are so many varied prizes to win. If you’re really lucky, you might get a shiny new car. Some will take you on overseas adventures. Some will take you on a shopping spree or see you lapping up the luxury of a few nights stay at a swanky hotel. There are hair vouchers, makeup, dining experiences, all kinds of exciting indulgences to be had.
So, in this post I thought it would be fun to share the top 3 prizes I’ve won in racing fashion. I’ve also asked Crystal Kimber and Em Scodellaro to share some of their favourite prizes.
Favourite Prize #1 – A Trip for Two to China
In 2015, I made the last-minute decision to enter Tattersall’s Tiara race day FOTF at Brisbane Racing Club. My prize was flights to China for two. I decided to take my mum along with me (I figured she has to put up with all my racing stress and mess, she deserves to come).
We spent 10 days in China travelling around, eating and sight seeing. We saw the Great Wall of China, Summer Palace, Terracotta Warriors, Ming Tomb and Forbidden City.
China was never somewhere I had thought to visit so winning a trip like this was a great way to experience something new, we really enjoyed our time there!
Favourite Prize #2 – $4,000 Shopping Spree
In 2016, I was fortunate to win my first Stradbroke Day sash. I always hear about people winning shopping sprees on the TV or radio but never thought it would happen to me!
Upon hearing I was the winner of a $4,000 shopping spree at Indooroopilly Shopping centre, I had to do all I could just to stop myself from driving there right then and there, blowing it all at once on an impulse buy! I was just SO EXCITED!
I did buy a few impulse items, such as a new pair of Prada Sunglasses (totally necessary though, can’t have my eyes being damaged by the sun), a stack of new makeup (again, necessary, have to look my best at all times) and gym wear (need to be inspired to work out so I can fit into all my tight racing dresses).
I was, amazingly enough, able to save the majority of it to spend throughout the year on more practical items, like flights to Sydney and Melbourne to attend different race days, getting my hair and nails done for the races and some Christmas gifts for friends and family.
Favourite Prize #3 – Tropical Island Getaway
My third top prize I’ve won in FOTF is this holiday I’m on right now. As I write this, Marge (my mum) is sitting poolside beside me, pina colada in one hand, book in the other.
We are in stunning Vanuatu for five days and you won’t believe the accommodation we are staying in, a little villa over the water in a luxury resort.
I think this is my favourite holiday I’ve ever been on!! We have, so far, been swimming in crystal clear waters amongst thousands of starfish, canoed from one island to the next, visited a clear blue water lagoon- which was breathtaking!
I even jumped off rope swings, visited a waterfall and swam underneath it, fed and swam with turtles, snorkelled our way around the warm tropical beaches and we have eaten some delicious island foods and fruit! True paradise.