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2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party

It may have been pouring rain in Kentucky for this year’s derby, but it was all sunshine in NYC where we had our annual SSMAC Kentucky Derby Brunch and Viewing Party.

As you know from past posts, SSMAC is the short name for the Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club, which is dedicated to supporting our troops. The SSMAC Junior Committee raises money through various events like our Military Ball, our Oktoberfest party, and of course this brunch.

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

Here we are, the SSMAC Junior Committee:

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

I love the Kentucky Derby mostly because of the clothes! It’s the perfect excuse to break out your best hat or fascinator.

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

And for the gentlemen, it’s the perfect day for bowties!

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

The event starts with music.

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

While guests chat and enjoy all-you-can-eat comfort food and unlimited mimosas, wine, beer and mint juleps.

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Then it’s time for the hat and bowtie contest to begin!

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

Matt and I were so excited to judge again, just like last year. After all, it is what we do best!

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

The gentlemen went first, parading through the room and showcasing their bowties with attitude.

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

And the winner is…

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

Andrew!

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

Next up the ladies strutted their stuff, showing off creative hats and gorgeous fascinators.

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

If you’re wondering, fascinators are those small, chic hats that look like they’re just stuck on the side of your head. I’ve worn my favorite fascinators here and here.

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

Our littlest fascinator wearer was so adorable!

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

And the winner is…

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

Lydia!

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

But the contests didn’t end there. We also bet on the horses.

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

And then it was time for the most exciting two minutes in sports!

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

My horse didn’t win, but I had a fabulous day, so I suppose I still won!

2018 SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph by Annie Watt

Cheers to another fun SSMAC event, and raising money for our troops in the process.

To find out more information on SSMAC, and stay updated on future events, click here.

~A

P.S. You can find my hat here. My dress is Erin by Erin Fetherston. You can shop similar looks here.

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