2018 Iroquois Steeplechase & Kentucky Derby

Every spring people travel to Stacey Rhodes Boutique from all over to find the perfect hat for the Kentucky Derby and the local Iroquois Steeplechase! And each year we sell over one hundred one-of-a-kind hats & a portion of each hat sold benefits the T.J. Martell Foundation! Below are a few of our customers rocking their SRB hats this year! See the full gallery of hats at www.staceyrhodesboutique.com/gallery

A personal message from Stacey Rhodes:  There is no way to describe the feeling of walking into the Iroquois Steeplechase and seeing all our hats including those pre-loved, re-worn and shared with friends.  Every hat represents a donation to the T. J. Martell Foundation that raises important and greatly needed research funds for cancer, leukemia, and AIDS.  I am proud to say that this year I was able to write this wonderful organization our largest check ever.  This would not be possible without my amazing SRB Team, our co-chairs, Whitney Daane, Danielle Breezy and Joe Breezy, and our wildly talented milliners from all over the world.  A special thank you goes to hat designer, Carol Carr, who has been an important part of our event for many years and works tirelessly on her beautiful creations that never cease to amaze me. Also, a thank you to local artist Anne Smaldone, who has painted the art that has graced our invitations every single year.   But most of all, I would like to thank you, our customers, who have supported our event since the beginning 17 years ago.  You keep us excited every year, and we are looking forward to the challenge of bringing you something new, different and fresh again next year.  See you at our 18th Annual "An Affair of the Hat"!  XO  S~

NOTE: Several photos published in this Blog and our Gallery are by photographer, Snappylifestyle.  Thank you, Adrian Morales, for your eye and special talent for capturing the moment!

Prints & Patterns

Stripes

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Stripes never get old! We love a good black and white stripe print, but colorful stripes have given this classic look a fresh, fun twist!

Florals

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Wearing florals is an easy way to add a pop of color into your wardrobe! Another great thing about floral prints is the ability to dress them up or down, taking the look from day to night!

Abstract

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Take a step out of the box with abstract prints! These prints can be really edgy by pairing them with leather jackets and cool booties, or make a more classy statement by pairing them with a blazer and slacks!

Animal Prints

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Don't worry, animal prints are still in style and going strong all year long! You'll see animal prints on everything: shoes, bags, jackets... and I love a good, chic cheetah print! Don't be afraid to work animal prints into your wardrobe and even pair them with other prints!

Playing around with prints and patterns is such a fun way to change up your style through out the year! Pair a black and white striped top with a floral skirt or with bold, bright colors to make a stylish statement! Then try adding a cheetah print bootie with jeans and a graphic tee for a more casual, fresh look or with a dress for a fun, dressier vibe! The important thing to remember about incorporating prints into your wardrobe is to HAVE FUN with it! 

 

*All items pictured are in store now!

Written by Ginger Johnson

Ready for the Races!

"Why fit in when you were born to stand out?"

-Dr. Seuss

For over 16 years Stacey Rhodes Boutique has been supplying Kentucky Derby and Iroquois Steeplechase goers with a plethora of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind hats and fascinators! For years we've carried hat designers from all over the country such as Palm Beach, New York, and California. Well, this year we've gone international with a variety of hats and fascinators from Paris and Australia! It is our biggest and best hat selection yet!

We have a large variety of styles, colors, sizes, and price points for women and men! Whether you're looking for a casual hat, a derby hat, or a funky, fun top hat, we have plenty to choose from!

Check out our hat guide below!

Derby Hats

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Each hat has its own personality, and you will see hats with feathers, flowers, jewels, bows, and other fun details! We encourage each person to try on hats of all shapes and styles to find the perfect one for them!

Fascinators

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Stand out from the crowd in one of our fascinators! These are great alternatives to wearing a hat. Plus, you can channel your inner Kate Middelton!

Top Hats

Top Hats: Where edgy meets elegant! Make a statement in one of our classy, cool top hats by letting the hat speak for itself! 

Everyday Hats

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We also have a large assortment of casual styles, including sun hats, fedoras, boaters & headbands that can be worn anytime!

 

Written by Ginger Johnson

Spring Into Style

Spring is officially in the air! The flowers are sprouting, the trees are blooming & the spring fashions are arriving! 

Stacey Rhodes Boutique is celebrating the new season with lots of spring trends & new arrivals!

Check some of them out below!

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With Spring comes thoughts of vacation, tropics, beaches, resorts, road trips... so prepare for all of your upcoming spring events by stocking up on cool, stylish accessories like the straw hat, slide-on sandals, & round sunnies above! And one of the best spring accessories for all of your travel (and daily) needs is the backpack! It's fashionable and practical!

Don't put away all of your dark wash jeans just yet! Dark denim is a major spring trend this year along with fun hems like the distressed hem above! And of course florals like this top will be a huge hit this year and fun to pair with all of your cool new denim!

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Do your spring wardrobe a favor by adding "easy to wear" pieces to it, like a maxi dress! You get bonus points if it has a fun print! You can go casual or dressy by pairing your maxi with either flat sandals or wedges & then add a beautifully beaded necklace and trendy hat to top off your look!

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Slide on some sandals and throw on a cuff to get the perfect spring look that'll transition from day to night effortlessly! Whether you're walking around a resort with a pina colada in hand or having a girls night out around Nashville, this will be your go-to spring outfit! Worried about the chilly nights? Relax and pair this look with a cropped denim jacket! Then just grab a chic clutch and your favorite sunnies to feel complete! 

 

Written by Ginger Johnson