Saturday morning did see me in a rush as my 4 year old son before I left for the track decided to come down with a massive Heat Rash. The babysitter walks in and stresses to me the urgency to get him to a Doctor.
After my husband reassuring me for 10 minutes prior to leaving, that in fact it was a heat rash and they were playing under the blanket for ½ an hour.
I thought taking a mild sedative was the thing to do as I had a speech to present in honour of Paris Kyne's 25th Anniversary Collection. This was an honour his family asked me to do with Peter Jago and was really our final goodbye.
In saying our goodbye, this has given me opportunity to see where his students have taken inspiration and now going forth in their own endeavours. I was honoured to wear a students work, Olivia Schwartz, and showcase a design that Paris would have been so proud of.
Allot of people think my life is a constant fashionable moment from day to day, in fact nothing could be further from the truth. I am a very normal mother and wife that cooks, cleans and is exhausted after each day and it is similar to the movie, 'I don't know how she does it'.
My escape is simply dressing well for the races and enjoying company of friends and having a flutter.
Yesterday, I had reasons for work that I wanted to introduce Fashions on the Field directly from registration to going through heats. I must admit, I have no nerves. The only time I am shaken is when people tell me someone has died. Fortunately that was not the case yesterday.
I hoped on stage and was greeted by faces watching all around. The last time was when I interviewed Dane Swan and the biggest crowd gathered around the other side of the camera. (Actually Dane Swan's manager asked us for the interview about his clothing line, I had no idea who he was)
As I was standing in front of 4 judges, there were hundreds of eyes peering to see the fashions and expectations of what a classic lady should be. I am very blessed that I do not wish for prizes or money as I have everything I need and in fact everything I desire, and I don't need affirmation that I am the most fashionable. I dressed well, I dressed appropriately and I felt good about myself.
I was standing among ladies who were 40+, in standing there backstage, yes I am within the 40 plus bracket and belong here, although there were ladies allot more mature. I was happy to final, but honestly I did not want to win. It is just not my thing. I love wearing beautiful clothes and seeing what goes on back stage. But honestly, I don't need the sash. I have heaps from when I rode in shows when I was young and now they just sit in bags. Flowers, I can pick from the garden, although I prefer to walk around the garden to appreciate them growing, a holiday. Well in all honesty, I have a beautiful holiday home so why would I ask for any more.
I understand why ladies and gentlemen enter 'Fashions on the Field' and I adore watching you, although I just don't have the driving force to really compete. I loved being backstage and sharing conversations and talking to ladies who I don't get to see often as I am working.
Can I say a BIG THANK YOU to all the help I received on stage of smiles and warmth.
To be the best at something, you have to work very hard at it. Being the best wife and mum is my number one priority, but the ladies entering are very dedicated to making their mark and Lisa Wellings did tremendously well. She was totally on trend, her grooming is always impeccable and her poise and elegance does make her stand out. Lisa was a well deserved winner.
I am excited to showcase the younger ladies and see the gentlemen as well strut their stuff and although I may not be around at times, I have eyes and ears all over the course. I love following Fashions on the Field.
I commend all who get up on stage to compete to be deemed best dressed. Personally, I don't get nervous and while others are shaking I just stand and chat about nothing really. Other ladies and gentlemen do have fits of wobbling smiles and nervous knees. I was telling Gail Taylor earlier who competed in an earlier round that if I fall over, I will stand up again, if I can't get up. I will call an ambulance. I really think I don't get phased by much until I hear someone may have died.
I hope you enjoy all the snaps and my photographer did get a little carried away by snapping me on stage as I don't think it will happen in a hurry again, but make sure in Melbourne you tune into Racing Fashion TV on Monday night. It is a new series and it is going to be making its way around Capital Cities in Australia and you never know it maybe coming to a station near you. Lets just wait and see.
Over all, I know that over the past 6 years of Racing Fashion, dare I say, it is being copied to death. Well I am not going to tell you what magazines to purchase and who to look at, it is up to you, the net is there for you to surf and like what you want to like, that is the pleasure we have, Freedom. In saying that, as people begin blogs and sites that have been now around for 6 years and a show that is in it's 8th season, I am doing something very well and I have you all watching. For the innovators etc, keep watching. x