Last weekend I was babbling on about how excited I was to be going to The Dubai Future Champions Festival at Newmarket. I’d never been to the races before but the fashion, beauty and social aspect of the occasion had always fascinated me.
On a miserable, rainy Saturday Hamish and I wrapped up and hopped into the car to Newmarket. It’s about an hour drive from Norwich and it’s the most picturesque market town. We drove down a golden leaved, tree lined road, it was so autumnal and pretty, it made the horrendous traffic worth it!
As soon as we walked through the gates you could sense an incredible, buzzing atmosphere, the only way I can describe it was very festival esque. Everyone was really chilled out, wandering around the food section, the show area and the grandstand. All of the food looked amazing, my only problem was the lack of gluten free options! However I did have an amazing coffee from Paddy and Scott’s before the racing commenced.
The races were truly thrilling, it really was the edge of your seat kind of stuff! The atmosphere from the crowd was incredible and the speed the horses flew down the mile was amazing! I was also surprised at how much they made the floor shake, when your were down at the front (I know that sounds silly really.) Gambling really isn’t my thing as I’m no good with numbers and the information on offer was really overwhelming. Hamish had an unsuccessful dabble into gambling, but the day was fun nonetheless!
One thing I enjoyed was seeing the horses being paraded (see the top images.) During this part you were suppose to pay attention to the build and form of the horse in order to aid you bets. But naturally I was just admiring the horses and how graceful and different each one was. There was also a fascinating exhibition of the history of Dubai and its roots in horse racing history. It was really informative and I feel like I learnt a lot, there was a lot more to get out of it too, it was the perfect exhibition for people really into their horses and people like me! We got a little goodie bag from this with a hat, postcards and lots of information in it. It’s safe to say Dubai is on my places to visit list now!
If you know me, you’ll know that I love people watching and boy was this the place to do it! The variety of people at the races was incredible, there was just about every type of person there. The fashion and beauty looks were pretty varied too. There was everything from people in jeans and Ugg boots to people head to toe in designer gear. One girl had the most incredible pair of Westwood shoes paired with the most gorgeous red lipstick. I really wish I wasn’t so socially awkward and asked her what lipstick it was!
Anyway, onto my outfit and make up of the day. I opted for smart, casual and warm for my look! It was the perfect excuse to whip out my beloved Biba dress again (and throw a thermal vest top on underneath). Excuse the awkward face and crazy windswept hair, there’s a reason I’m not a fashion blogger 😉
For my make up I opted for a light, dewy and sculpted look. I used my Collection Concealer where it was needed and paired my YSL Les Sahariennes Bronzer with the Collection speedy highlighter. This combination gives the most glowly, perfected base! Rockateur gave my cheeks a hint of colour and a nude lipstick balanced out the look. On the eyes I used my Naked 2 Palette, half baked all over the lid and tease in the crease, I lined them with my holy grail Urban Decay zero liner and beloved Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara. On my nails I wore Nails Inc Shade in Love Will Tear Us Apart. It matched the lipsticks on my dress which pleased me greatly!
All in all I had a wonderful day, I really enjoyed the whole process of the event, from the getting ready, to the people watching and the races themselves. I’d highly recommend a trip to the races at Newmarket if you’re local to the area!
I thought I’d end the post with a few hints and tips for the day:
– Take cash and plenty of it as there are no cash points.
– Wear comfortable shoes.
– Wear warm clothes, you may want to look good but you’ll be miserable if you’re freezing.
– Do a bit of research if you’re planning on gambling and wrap your head around it before hand
– If you have dietary requirements pack snacks!
– The traffic is terrible in Newmarket on race days so plan this into your day.
Other than that have fun! The Dubai Future Champions Festival would be a great idea for a hen or stag do, or just a friend reunion.
Have you been to the races?