No, I’m not referring to that sweet Summer fling referenced in one of our favorite classic movies, Grease, I’m referring to my love of all things summer in New York City.
We’ve now thawed out and the summer festivities are in full swing. From free to fancy, there is definitely no shortage of soirées this time of year. But nothing says “Summer in the City” like the annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic.
Every year in early summer, socialites, celebrities and droves of well-dressed regular folk flock across the Hudson to Liberty Island for sweeping views of the Big Apple, endlessly flowing bubbly, jammin’ joints, beautiful people watching and of course, a little Polo.
This year’s 9th annual event drew thousands of people including big names like Nicky Hilton, Rose Byrne, Olivia Palermo and of course the event’s founder (and beloved model and Polo star), Nacho Figueras.
But Polo isn’t a new sport, some historians predict the horse-riding, ball-hitting activity dates back to the late 1800’s. And it’s always been a gathering of the elite (and I’m sure the champagne was just a natural addition, ha!). These present day galloping gatherings are no different.
This otherwise fashion festival was surely a fancy fete. Between the actual match, the traditions (like stomping divots and stacking bottles of champagne to take pictures with), picnicking and serious people watching, it was truly one of the best events of the season!
Even more, the gorgeous garb, handsome hats and all the fabulous flaunts in between, made this a fashionista’s (and Instagrammer’s) dream come true. And while I didn’t plan too well in advance for this, I know next year I’m going out with a bang.
But it can’t all be the color of roses, at least not figuratively. There were some pitfalls (some unavoidable). For starters, the “dranks” are ex-pen-sive! Plan accordingly. The general admission tickets are already somewhere in the vicinity of $80-$100 (depends when you buy them), so paying $105 for a bottle of Yellow Label Veuve, or $20 per glass (in a plastic cup) are a bit absurd to me. Maybe pre-gamming is an option so you don’t go overboard while you’re there.
But, on a positive note, you can bring your own food and have a picnic! Actually, I encourage you to do so. It’s so much more fun than eating from the food vendors there and makes for some great photo ops of course! And if you do, you can even pack some alcohol soaked fruit (you’re really not allowed, but shhhhhh, I won’t tell anyone) to get your buzz on a little easier (and cheaper).
Try to get there early, as many of the good spots on the lawn close to the match fill up quick. Oh, and bring an umbrella and drink plenty of water. It’s hot and the day is long. You don’t want to miss out on all the fun, fashion and fierce looking people because you passed out.
Finally, for my ladies, bring a change of shoes. Sure you want to look fabulous, but the drop off location is about a mile from the actual event site. Believe me, you’ll thank me…jacked up feet are not cute, or fun for a long day of excitement.
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