What I Wore : Melbourne Cup 2012



Melbourne Cup 2012 and it was a work day for me.  A work day with a team barbecue for lunch and a big screen TV tuned to the Melbourne Cup coverage nonetheless.  I was not remotely trackside.  I didn’t even place a bet.  Actually, I didn’t even see the race.  But did I frock up and wear a hat regardless?  You bet your little fascinator I did!

What I wore for Melbourne Cup 2012 was a brocade Cue wiggle dress, previously seen here for Frocktober Day 5, with two tone nude and black peep toe booties by Wittner, a Pink Corporation bag and a Leona Edmiston leather snakeskin print belt.  To keep it nice, I added nude fishnets.

That’s all very well and good, but what did I wear on my head?  Show me the hat, baby!



Let’s face it, I had a few to choose from!



Look how pretty this little girl is – she has a golden straw darling little hat, ribbon, bows and a gloriously feathered headband.



The best thing about a little cocktail hat?  Dirty hair works better, and such a gorgeous way to disguise it!

I kept my makeup simple and pretty – flushed pink cheeks, a shiny pink lip and bronze-gold eyes with a bold brow.  As always, lashings of mascara for my favourite fluttery lashes.


In the morning, I pulled out most of my hats to photograph for Photo a Day’s daily prompt of “a favourite thing”, thereby resulting in a dilemma.  Which one should I choose?

Twitter and Instagram were tied neck and neck for the lace one and the straw one.

In the end, I enlisted Boyo’s help.  His favourite was the gorgeous black Mimco concoction, but it was just a little bit too heavy for a day in the office.  I had journals to enter, bank reconciliations to complete and marketing statistics to analyse after all.  As I couldn’t decide between the very pretty lace top hat (I can’t believe it cost me $20 from Diva), or the charming natural straw hat ($15 brand new from Rozelle Red Cross), I let him choose.  I think he may have inherited some of my showgirl magpie tendencies, because he went for the bold gold glitter of the little Mimco.



You will never believe what I paid for my Mimco hats.  I believe it may be one of my biggest bargains ever!  They were in the $200-250 price range originally.  A couple of years ago, we had a Sanctuary Cove Gold Coast theme park holiday, and I was let loose in a fabulous outlet centre with $100 Xmas money and an hour to myself.  I found these little babies for sale at $20.  I couldn’t believe it when I was charged $16 apiece – apparently there was a further 20% discount.  Oh my!  I have to confess I bought three, and had to stack them in the Welshman’s luggage for the return trip home.  He’s the only one who ever has room in his bag!

Our office banded together to have a barbecue lunch in the office.  Feather & Bone steaks, David Jones French cheeses, gourmet breads from the famous Cammeray bakery and a delicious fresh salad.  We barbecue in style!

I had such a horrendously unlucky start to my day where everything that could go wrong did go wrong that I decided not to bother with a trip to the TAB.  At the last minute, I set up an office sweep and managed to win the princely sum of $5 for selecting the third place winner, Jakkalberry, in his glorious yellow silks.

This was definitely lucky in more ways than one.  We have an office tradition where the holder of the losing horse’s sweep ticket has to gallop around the office on a little hobby horse.  Yes, we have an office hobby horse.  I know right!  I was the inaugural galloper two years ago.  Winning $5 is good.  Not having to gallop on the hobby horse?  Priceless!



  • […] Cross Rozelle.  Honestly, I adore any excuse to wear a hat, although I must say I think I prefer Melbourne Cup over snowfields!  Much prettier options by […]ReplyCancel

  • Sonia @ Shop Me Chic - 15 November 2012 - 2.11 pm

    I love that you love to dress up! I was only at work for Melbourne Cup day as well, but I decided to wear a neon yellow dress (with black singlet and black leggings underneath to make it “work appropriate) and a fab Diva giant bow headband that I picked up a couple of years ago for under $20. I won a bottle of bubbles for my effort and scored $30 in the sweeps! A winning day.ReplyCancel

  • Holly Homemaker - 13 November 2012 - 9.51 pm

    You are so divine, K. Loved meeting you on Friday xReplyCancel

  • EssentiallyJess - 13 November 2012 - 8.58 pm

    You are rocking that hat! I love the top right one as well. That’s something I would wear.ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 14 November 2012 - 8.20 pm

      Merci. Yes, that one is a really pretty one. I might wear it this weekend to do the groceries. Just because. xReplyCancel

  • Nee Say - 13 November 2012 - 8.15 pm

    You look divine as always! Love your hat collection. I would have chosen top right for the record 😉ReplyCancel

  • B - 13 November 2012 - 4.14 pm

    Haha! You are so cool baby!

    I love your hat collection! Amazing! I only have ‘Playground Duty’ type hats – not pretty in the least!

    Also love that Boyo chose your hat… you are so lovely!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 13 November 2012 - 6.22 pm

      Thanks B. I do la la love pretty hats, but sensible hats are also very important and I’ve got more than a few of those too!ReplyCancel

  • Rita - 13 November 2012 - 3.57 pm

    You looked fabulous! Love the head piece!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Purtell - 13 November 2012 - 1.54 pm

    I absolutely LOVE that lacey little top hat, that is definitely my fave! You looked gorgeous as always! I spent most of the day in jeans and t-shirt at a kids indoor play center lounging arround the ball pit!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 13 November 2012 - 6.24 pm

      I think I wore a hat one year at home to watch the race with a 7 month old Boyo! 🙂 You can find some amazeball things at Diva!ReplyCancel

  • Sophie Allen - 13 November 2012 - 1.47 pm

    Geez you have the best clothes!

    Love all of the head pieces too.ReplyCancel

  • shari - 13 November 2012 - 12.36 pm

    Ooooh what gorgeous head pieces! You look awesome! xReplyCancel

  • Eleise Hale - 13 November 2012 - 10.46 am

    I love your hat collection! You looked fab! I need more hats!ReplyCancel

  • Me N my Monkeys - 13 November 2012 - 9.01 am

    I love bargains, i love them even more when there is such a huge saving involved.
    You look beautiful. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Mumabulous - 13 November 2012 - 8.30 am

    I was wearing khaki shorts and a sky blue kaftan top. Melbourne Cup is the one day of the year when it like totally sucks to be at home with the kids.ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 13 November 2012 - 6.25 pm

      Yup, but if you don’t have school age children, you can at least watch the race. 3pm scheduling? It’s a conspiracy against parents! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Kaz & Ang - 13 November 2012 - 7.44 am

    You looked fab and well done on not having to do the gallop 🙂
    Newly following on NB via #iBOT.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel from Redcliffe Style - 13 November 2012 - 7.25 am

    I love a bargain and what a good one those Mimco hats were. You look fab. Rachel xReplyCancel

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