But wait, there's more! I had my own Barbie and Ken (aka Mom and Dad) flying in and I'll be damned if I wasn't going to dress them up to the nines for the special occasion. On the morning of the races I laid their outfits out on their bed, the way my Mom used to when I was little. The tables had turned - and I was responsible for their fashionable debut to the world of racing. The pressure!
I need not be worried because Mom and Dad nailed it!
Some of the other fun looks of the day included a Burj Khalifa and a horse head made out of hair extensions. Who's that guy in the hat, their escort?
It was a fantastic day all around and after hours of playing hat model to Karen's creations, let's just say my heart was racing when I made the final cut for the Best Dressed Lady. With about 400 contestants registering this year, it's always a great feeling to be recognized as a stylish lady. As I crossed the stage for the final judging a few of the event staff whispered "good luck, welcome back..." Back? Apparently Matt and I's win as the Best Dressed Couple had more longevity then I thought!
It was easy to smile big with my parents watching in the crowd, never in a million years did I think I would be at Dubai, during a horse race, competing in millinery and fashion competition with my parents watching - I mean...
So needless to say it was all butterflies when they announced that I had won the Best Hat of the day. I was do delighted that they chose to recognize Karen's great work and that her art got the credit it deserved.
Second only to the feeling of hanging out with my Mom at the races while Dad sourced a bottle of champagne from the bar (I honestly think it was the only bottle of champagne he bought in his life)!
And we had lots to celebrate - a great day with great friends, and of course - hats!