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Tuesday was not a normal work day for me this week.

For the first time ever I put on a pretty frock, some sparkly shoes and fascinator and headed up the Sunshine Coast for a Melbourne Cup Tipi and Kaftan Event on the beach held at the gorgeous Green Zebra Restaurant. This restaurant seriously has one of the most beautiful outlooks.

Melbourne Cup in the past has always been at work running the office sweeps – this year I handed over the mantel to the capable hands of our office receptionist. My control freak nature did mean that I did organise the prize pool before I left on Monday afternoon.


Being that Tuesday’s event was to be held under a Tipi on the beach meant a slightly different Melbourne Cup outfit.

I needed to wear something that was at harmony with the surroundings of sun and sand.

The Dress – I decided to wear a flowing maxi as felt the slight boho and beach vibe was the perfect fit. As soon as I saw this Tropicana Print Maxi Dress ($89.00) from Fuschia Designs I knew that was my dress. I’m wearing the size 12 but could definitely have sized down to the 10.

I don’t usually wear a lot of green I tend to steer more towards pinks and reds. But I just loved the freshness of this green and white palm print – it has relaxed holiday feel about it.

The flowing sleeves and skirt meant it was cool enough for what turned out to be a very warm sticky day and also kept me covered from the sun.


The Accessories – these are just as important as the dress for Melbourne Cup.

I have a huge weakness for shoes – just come and look in my cupboard and you will know how true this is.

I also love heels – they help me feel taller and I love that. So what could I wear that would be suitable for the sand and also my love of heels.

The solution was a pair of stunning silver coin wedges from Hunt and Kelly ($95.00) – not yet available online but contact them direct if you would like to purchase a pair.

The headwear is the final touch to any Melbourne Cup outfit. Rachael from Ruby and Lilli found this cute floral fascinator from Lovisa ($34.95) for me.

Now as my dress was green and white I decided to do some DIY additions to my head piece. I had a small fake palm tree that now looks very sad as its now missing a 3 fronds – it may never recover but its sacrifice was worth it.

Sunglasses are from The White Owl Boutique – Quay My Girl Sunnies in clear $50.00 (kindly gifted – marble version available here)


Jewellery was the easiest part of my outfit. I wore my Uberkate rings, bracelet and necklace these items are rarely taken off. Yes I do believe a cocktail ring can be worn in everyday life – I wear mine to work.

Ubercircles Extra Small Necklace $124.00 | Everyday Cocktail Ring Amethyst $195.00 | Letter Ring $49.00 Heirloom Bracelet (no longer online but similar style here) – I don’t normally win things the exception to the rule seems to be Uberkate and all items apart from the Letter Ring I have been extremely lucky to have won one on instagram and a voucher at the last Style and Champagne Event.


Unlike most Melbourne Cup events yesterday there was also the opportunity to do a touch of shopping if horse racing isn’t quite your thing.

Now I’m not going to lie horse racing does not really float my boat so I may have used the opportunity to try on some absolutely fabulous sunnies from H 2 Vision Centres.

Maudie from Chic Styling is fabulous at helping you pick frames to suit your face shape – I have quite a round moon face so finding glasses to suit isn’t always easy.

Maudie and I agreed that our favourites were the Dead Coffin Sunglasses in Tort with Rose Gold lenses – these didn’t come home with me yesterday but ……. also if you need to wear prescription sunnies these can be converted.



The  lovely ladies that I got to hang out with yesterday – Rachael from Ruby and Lilli and Maudie from Istyl and Chic Styling.

I had such a wonderful day I don’t think this will be my last Melbourne Cup Event. I could definitely get used to getting dressed up, hanging out with my girlfriends and drinking champagne mid week.


L~ F
  • Maudie – Chic Styling – @istyl

    A great summary of the day and such beautiful photos, I have to agree that it is the best location for any event (not only weddings) and I was lucky enough to have been involved with their first 2 events, all in the space of a month. Your outfit really was well chosen and you looked as if your were on a tropical island 🌴. Thanks for supporting us here on the coast.

  • LOVED your outfit Karen – it matched the brief to perfection…and the clever diy addition to your headpiece pulled it all together beautifully! ❤️❤️

    • It was dodgey DIY but that is how I roll – I’m very much an impulse crafter. It sometimes can be a disaster but hey you don’t know until you give it a go 😜

  • Anna Marcus

    I love your dress, perfect for such an event as Melbourne Cup and how you jazz up a head peace. I was in the office yesterday and our boss didn’t even bothered to do the sweeps. Glad, you had good time

    • Thanks Anna – how disappointing office sweeps are a Melbourne Cup tradition. I never win anything but still fun

  • You look gorgeous! Great going with the Uberkate lucky streak!

    I love my letter rings too.

  • Gillian

    Love this dress, you look amazing. Would it be cool enough for our Queensland summers do you think?

    • I think so – the loose sleeves and skirt means no cling. I will be wearing it – it was really hot in the sun on the Tuesday and it wasn’t too bad at all xx