Something is for certain when I hit the tarmac in Coffs Harbour 'Sisters are doing it for themselves', and don't we love it. I was invited to Grafton as a special guest and to judge the Millinery which is not only a hub for many Milliners and 'Racing Fashion' fans but a group of extraordinary women.
These women are making homes for their family with their own two hands, supporting local business and standing among the men in the community with a message that is heard. We can do anything!
In the morning we all sat at breakfast and talked about our evening before where I felt like I was sitting with some of my dearest friends discussing the passing of the day. There were no expectations on anyone, myself, the co-ordinator or the any lady attending. We talked fashion, food and everything intelligent women discuss.
I was then greeted at Limonata by a delightful group of ladies and a brave gentleman to muse over local delicacies, one being fetta cheese and enjoy the view of the Clarence River. This was a wonderful time where I had the opportunity to greet everyone and personally discuss how important it is to feel fantastic and dress well. I was impressed that a couple of ladies had never dressed in 'Racing Fashion' attire before and this gave them an opportunity not only to wear a hat, but to dress well and have an excuse to dress up. This is something that I really do not want to lose in society. Every one has their street style, but time is going by that we rarely dress any more, let us keep this and not allow it to dwindle into the background.
I was invited into the VIP tent where I was greeted by lovely ladies attending the Carnival and talking again about hats and their outfits. I loved sitting down chatting and then heading off to the Fashions on the Field stage to judge the 'Best Hat, Telstra Millinery Award'.
I did not have much input into the main 'Fashions on the Field or Face of Grafton Cup' as Grafton Shoppingworld Representative had her finger placed on that button.
The winner of Fashions on the Field and Face of Grafton Cup was Emma Bins a stunning young blonde lady beautifully attired for a Winter Race Day. I selected Rebecca Zaffino to win the Telstra Millinery Award. Rebecca was wearing a gorgeous Coat Dress reminiscent of the Dior 50s Era in animal print. Congratulations Rebecca and a well spotted 2nd hand purchase it complimented your dress and faces superbly.
After the races we were joined by some fantastic community members of Grafton and surrounding towns and had a delicious supper. I am now going to talk about our “Other Racey Event” as our 'Supper Club'. We all enjoyed the races and had time to wind down and enjoy a drink together. We nibbled and sipped on bubbles and talked all topics that mattered to all of us. It is not usual where you have such a group of wonderful ladies where we all contribute, listen, contemplate and work out how we can better ourselves and the community. I was really proud to be part of the dining experience in Grafton where we can express ourselves and work out how we can give to rural communities. I have learnt so much from my trip to Grafton where I will be returning to. It is not just the Food, or the Jacaranda Festival that makes me want to return it is the wonderful ladies who may all be different in ages and occupations, but we all have a common interest. That is to enjoy and make our being the best it can be. Thank you to all who welcomed me so beautifully.
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