Floral Prints + Tulip Time

“If you ain’t Dutch, you ain’t much.”

Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan is quite a sight. Row after row of cheerful tulips line the streets of downtown Holland. Parks burst with a sea of brilliant color. Here in Holland it’s almost as if tulips grow wild as they grow in unexpected places. Only here will you find more than four million tulips adorning the city parks, public attractions and city streets.

I remember talking to a seminary student at Hope who said that every year the people of Holland fly in new tulips to be planted for Tulip Time. He said while tulips grow back every year, each year they loose their brilliance and fullness. I have no idea if they actually fly in new bulbs every year, but if they do, that is some serious dedication to a flower, I mean festival.

Either way, this lovely beach town has been celebrating its Dutch heritage and culture since 1929 by hosting a festival every year during the first few weeks in May. Every year, more than 500,000 people from 40 countries travel to this festival which features traditional Dutch Dance performances, concerts and parades, theatre, Dutch attractions, Dutch food and more. The “more” includes a carnival that isn’t very Dutch, but it’s still a lot of fun. I mean really, who doesn’t love an elephant ear or caramel corn?

PS: I you aren’t Dutch, you are still MUCH.

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Tulip time

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Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Tulip time, vintage spring floral dress, white leather jacket, spring fashion, spring women's fashion

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Tulip time, vintage spring floral dress, white leather jacket, spring fashion, spring women's fashion

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Tulip time, vintage spring floral dress, white leather jacket, spring fashion, spring women's fashion

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Tulip time, vintage spring floral dress, white leather jacket, spring fashion, spring women's fashion

Jessica DRESS: Vintage | JACKET: H&M (similar here) | SHOES: LC Lauren Conrad (similar here or here)

 

The Derby

It wasn’t until a few years ago that I had a sudden interest in attending the Kentucky Derby. I blame my fascination for the event on my love for hats. Yes, the fashion is wonderful, but that hats! The glorious, wondrous and sometimes atrocious hats!

While the Kentucky Derby has always been a popular sporting event, it seems to have gained even more popularity thanks in part to the onslaught of fashion bloggers. While I someday hope to attend this fashion, I mean sporting event, it wont be until I can purchase decent seats. I have no desire to stand in the grassy, dirty mosh pit of general admission ticket holders, who are crammed in like cattle. Thankfully, my friend Sarah told me about the lovely Arlington Derby in Illinois. So, with box seat tickets in tow, and my car full of my lovely friends, we headed out to Arlington Heights for a fun day at the derby. After a long but fun day, Surekha and I decided that we should make this an annual event.

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Dressing For The Derby

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Dressing For The Derby

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Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Dressing For The Derby

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Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Dressing For The Derby, Ladies mint splatter paint dress, sheer blouse, navy floral dress, jean jacket, Kentucky Derby hat

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Dressing For The Derby, Ladies dresses, Kentucky Derby hats; Mens spring blazer

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Dressing For The Derby, Ladies pink heart dress, Kentucky Derby hat

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Dressing For The Derby, Ladies mint splatter paint dress, sheer blouse, Kentucky Derby hat

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Dressing For The Derby, Ladies pink heart dress, Kentucky Derby hats; Mens spring blazer

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Dressing For The Derby, Ladies dresses, Kentucky Derby hats; Mens spring blazer

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Dressing For The Derby, Mens grey blazer, khakis, light blue shirt

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Dressing For The Derby, Ladies navy floral dress, jean jacket, Kentucky Derby hat

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Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Dressing For The Derby

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Dressing For The Derby, Ladies mint splatter paint dress, sheer blouse, Kentucky Derby hat

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Dressing For The Derby, Ladies mint splatter paint dress, sheer blouse, Kentucky Derby hat

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Dressing For The Derby

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Dressing For The Derby, Ladies dresses, Kentucky Derby hats; Mens spring blazer

 

Jessica DRESS: Jessica Swagman | BLOUSE: Jessica Swagman | CARDIGAN: H&M | SHOES: DSW (similar here or here) | PURSE: Nine West (similar here or here) | HAT: Jessica Swagman | NECKLACE: Vintage (similar here)

Nicholas JACKET: H&M | SHIRT: Old Navy | PANTS: Kohls (similar here) | SHOES: DSW (similar here) | BRACELET: Jessica Swagman

Surekha DRESS: Charlotte Russe (similar here) | SHOES: Payless | HAT: Target (similar here)

Nichole DRESS: TJ Maxx (similar here or here) | SHOES: Ross (similar here or here) | NECKLACE: Loft (similar here) | HAT: Joann Fabrics (similar here)