Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Get Your Stocking Stuffed

8 days away from Christmas. I am super-excited this year, despite the slim pickings under the tree. With Christmas comes the promise of a new year and a new beginning. And Cup tickets go on sale! haha We're working furiously here in Camden to get everything ready to send off ASAP after the New Year. Personally I think why wait? Make a cute little IOU Cup tickets stocking stuffer! Steal a horse graphic online, use colored ink- I mean really go all out! ;) Then go online, call, or send in your RSVP card to get your tickets and spaces! After 2 years of goodtimes (albiet wet and cold)- this yaer is sure to rock your face off!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Carolina Cup date announced!

Carolina Cup will be held Saturday, March 27th 2010!

Invitations will be mailed after the first of the year- make sure you're on the mailing list! As always this tailgating extravaganza is sold out every year. How is works is if you had a space last year, you will have a certain amount of time to renew- once that date passes, all non-renewed spaces will go up for sale! So make sure you renew by going online,, calling 803-432-6513, or sending back your invitation's response card- AFTER JAN. 1!

Didn't have a space last year? Get on the waiting list! email me at or

Don't miss out on one of the biggest lawnparties in Southern history! It IS everything you've heard and more!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

51 workable days until Fall Cup

Seems a lot to do, a lot of spaces to fill, tickets to sell, stuff to give-away, fashion to find, and tailgating to organize. And that's just me haha. Fall Cup is by far my favorite race. The Spring brings the crowd, but the "on the fence" weather, the hassle, the drama, and usually- a missed ride home.

Fall Cup is so relaxed, it's beautiful out, it's laid back, there's music, friends, shops, stuff to watch. It's like a perfect little utopia where an 85 yr. old, a Sorority chick, and a preschooler can all have a great day at the same event! It's like a comet- rare. haha And it's coming. In 51 days. So get ready, get ordered, and get here!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Where does the time go?

It's almost Oct. and I've got to get my checklist out to make sure I'm getting things done... my first in order of business is the liquor license for the Fall Cup haha. We have to plan our "tailgate" too. I have the "parking chart" printed and hanging in front of me, marking off in red when I sell or renew a space. Watching it fill up. But neverously hoping more orders roll in. I take it as a personal challenge to bring in the "cool kids" or the College crowd. So get those orders in haha- my job depends on it.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Fall Cup tickets are selling....

Everyone is calling to ask if we are sold out! Haha Wouldn't that be a treat- the Fall race is different than the Spring in that it's smaller and more family friendly, but the tailgating still abounds, the socialiazing still exists, and the fashion still remains.

This year will be the year of the tweed pant, fendora, and sweater vest- I can just see it now. I almost want to start shopping for knee socks and tall boots! But it is soooo early you say! Not true, when Nov 21 will be here before you know it. Before we even realize it!

There's no USC football game, and so College Park is sure to be a treat, with Ten Toes Up rocking it out inbetween each race. I remember the days of Winter break- that month long stretch to just relax, avoid work, schmooz family----- what a great kickoff to that!

Fall Cup- get your spaces now, before spaces run out!!!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

It's hitting the fan....

So we have a new ticketing system, we have invites to go out BY FRIDAY, we haven't printed envelopes, I'm trying to get phone orders, but as of yet have had none, and we are FREAKING OUT! hahaha Oh, it's Cup season, at least for us. The race is on Saturday, November 21 this year, we're adding College Park, we're doing bigger and better family activities in the infield, and most importantly- what in the world will I wear?????

I do hope that our numbers increase, the weather is nice (it always is for the little known Fall Cup), and that all the who's who-izes are happy. We're all working so super hard for this thing to just be awesome- as awesome as the Spring. If not more- it's my favorite Cup afterall. I just dig cool sunny days rather than rainy summer ones if I'm going to be outside all day! ;)

So pass the word, pass the platter, get your tweed out, and come on down!!!!!


Thursday, July 23, 2009


Tickets go on sale in 3 weeks so we had our first crunchtime staff meeting today! Colonial ‘Fall’ Cup is SOOOOOO going to rock this year. With the Lexus tent and snack wackies for the Elite! ;) The FREE McDonalds Playplace Infield Activities including: a HUGE mural to color on, donkey cart rides, and possibly a carousal- not to mention JRT races for the moms and dads and tots in the Infield!!!! ANNNND the FIRST ANNUAL FALL CUP COLLEGE PARK, with cheaper prices, more room, and a band- TEN TOES UP for a preview- provided by us!!!!

I mean, can you even think of a single complaint? It’s going to rock. The weather is always fab, the clothes are always hot, and the party always continues!


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

It's a whole new era....

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Tickets going on sale mid-August! It'll be so much easier and stress-free due to the new ticketing system- same as the one you probably buy concert tickets with!

College Park is going to R.O.C.K. this Fall with Ten Toes Up playing centerstage!

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They recently played The Venue and Jammin' in July in Camden- and they tore it down!!!!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Don't be the moron in the crowd....

So it must be said that underage drinking, and drinking in excess, will not be tolerated at either Cup. Since we're so fabulous, the Camden City PD, the Kershaw County SD, and the Highway Patrol- will be beefing up their numbers and even trying to blend in thanks to plaid pants and flip flops.... Just- you know, don't be an idiot. If you're underage- don't drink. If you're legal- try not to make it a marathon or anything. Everyone knows that cocktailing goes with tailgating, but there's no reason anyone has to get vomited on... I'm just saying. It's way more fun and you'll look 10X better in your photos. They'll be less fights- nothing worse than trashed girls windmilling, or boys thinking they're Superman... and Cup jail would be a far more pleasant thing if it didn't exist. Just my .02 Take it or leave it, but just be forwarned- the boys in blue will be watching and waiting and we ALL know that some of them just can't wait to make an arrest!Cheers!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Fall Cup moving to a Saturday?

Fall Cup moving to Saturday?

With the recent addition of College Park to our Fall Cup- it has been brought up that a Saturday race might suit our fans better. Traditionally the race has always been held on a Sunday, but I can tell you as a fan myself- that blows. So the Board is set to meet and vote on it May 5th. I’m encouraging all my Racers to give me a thumbs up, a hell yeah, a whatever, if you think the switch is a good idea. Something I can share with the higher-ups. 

The Colonial Cup- or Fall Cup- is really the nicer Cup. Generally less sketchy weather, good crowd- extra things to do (shops, dog races, donkey cart rides) and I feel comfortable bringing the kids EVEN WHILE mommy is cocktailing…. well, before I employed with The Cup I guess. ;) 

The prices are cheaper, the atmosphere is more laid back. I’m hoping that the change of date, and the targeting of our college audience will be a positive thing. Afterall, there’s never a reason NOT to tailgate- and it’s an away game this year BEFORE you interject with that!


Thursday, March 26, 2009


Went this a.m. with Pam to try to bribe Tim Miller into changing the forecast- hahaha. Definitely in the upper 70's- we're working on the rain part! Today was *supposed* to rain, but it hasn't and the sun has DARED to shine even!!!!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Carolina Cup Hat Contest!!!!!

Seriously- enter this contest! There doesn't seem to be too many entries- so you've got a gret chance of winning and the prize(SSSSSSS!!!!!) are awesome!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Soles for the Soul

I'm really craving the beach, and maybe it's the nautical theme of the above shoe.... I like the red, whit, and blue- it'll match anything. I like the life-saver rings and the thong- I feel comfortable in a flop- but the Cup calls for a wedge. It makes me want to wear a thickly material'ed wrap-dress, and big glasses (from Costa del Mar), and go for hush puppies and fried flounder..... I like the shoe.
Then again- who doesn't like pink? It reminds me of gum, bunnies, The Girls Next Door.... A
T-strap elongates the leg- always slimming, so I'm a huge fan of that. I want legs that appear to be stilts. I want long long long legs- so you don't look art my sun-burned face, my wind-whipped hair, and my salsa stained dress hahahaha. These might do the trick!

And the boys will love getting away with a Flop. It's casual, it's brown. It'll compliment seersucker, madras, khaki- pants, shorts, you name it. You don't have to worry about a thing except your dusty feet at the After Party! hahahaha

All shoes (and other) available at

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Dressed to Impress

It has to be said. I'm the thinnest I've been in a long time.. and I'm hoping to be "thinner" still at the Cup- so I'm not DREADING the dress try-on'capade as I usually am. Though a deeper tan would help assist- and maybe hair that didn't immediately look like straw in dressing room light- but for once I won't look semi-pregnant.... I don't think. I mean, I KNOW I won't be semi-pregnant, but will I look it?........ Well, now I'm just nervous again.

The only dress fit for the Cup is a Lilly. Don't ask me why, but if you're Southern, and I am- Lilly is the end-all answer to the "Who are you wearing?" come Cup-time. The patterns are beautiful, the fabric is not so super thin it's going to shrink or tear, or just crapout on you after 2 wears- it's quality. But it's not so thick that you're wearing essentially a cardboard box all day long. It's worth the spending. I don't know that I dare post the dressing room runway show I had the other day in assorted Lilly designs. But I will post a few samples from their website.... I can say with *been there, done that* certainty, the seer-sucker *ruffle at the top* job-ie did wonders for my *lack o' bust* and was just so cute. So "Cup!"

I like a pattern though- so the salsa, the ham delight, the drink, the dip- the WHATEVER I inevitably drop on myself, doesn't show up so bad. HOWEVER, on the the other hand, a solid dress allows more room to do a funky shoe if you will..... the quandary. Lovell Shift in Lilly's Pink Tiger Lilly
Betsey Dress Bonanza in Lemon Sorbet Lilly in the Leaves
Betsey Dress in True Navy

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Rain Rain Come Today Stay Away Another Day

Go ahead rain! Bring it! Rain Rain Rain! Pour it on in inches and inches!

Just don't rain at the Cup!

I've jokingly said I've made a deal with the devil that it won't be cold and wet this year, and joking aside, I truly believe it will be fantastic. It's never horrid 2 years in a row! Anyway, I'm working this year and by-god I'm not a cold/wet fan in any circumstances. I don't snow ski for this very reason. I don't even "I'll stay at the lodge"- it... I just don't go period. I'm more of a blue water, white sand, cold drink kindof' girl- HENCE the need for perfect 80+ weather.

I like it hot. I don't think I've ever been *too hot* (temperature-wise ). I like the sun beating down on my newly bought sundress that I WILL WEAR (yes I'm one of THOSE girls). I would wear that new dress if it SNOWED! Half the fun of Cup is the pre-Cup shopping!!!!!

So rain rain rain away this month- because come March- it better d@mn well be warm!! And fabulous! Everyone start your *sun* dances! Because it's going to shine! Shine! Shine!!!!!!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Hat Fan

So I've always been a fan of the hat. I don't know that I look all that good in a hat. But I certainly give it a go. And the bigger, the better the hat at a horse race. I mean you want things ORBITING around that thing- like hot guys, free drinks, whatever.

I especially like this one....

"As Good As It Gets"

Good name too- synonymous with my life right now- but I digress. Isn't it too cute? Not trying too hard, but still super cute. I can picture anything with it- though perhaps not heavily patterned. Big round glasses and call me Jackie-O!

This one I found is adorable too....

"Arizona Sunset"

Of course I worship the name, being an Arizona native and all- but what a VIBRANT blue! Almost makes you wish you could wear black the Cup- and you can, I have, but maybe rock a deep purple or grey. I see a wrap dress... that would be hot too.

Both hats, and more, can be found at:

which is just the cutest store- and the name makes me feel good about myself! hahaha

Pneumonic Devices

So it's not as warm today, but last week felt like Spring. The daffodils began blooming, the dust was shaken off of tank tops and t-shirts, and the lawn mowers came out. It's a marvelous thing how smells can trigger memories.

I think of the Cup naturally.

I think about the early morning chill on my sundress skirted legs, I think about the sound of ice in a cooler being carried to the back of a truck. I think about the inevitable ringing of my phone with the "WHERE ARE YOU!!!!" or the "WE'RE ON THE WAY!!!!" I think about ham delights being eaten in the long line waiting to park . The music blaring from everyone's ride, the impatient look on the policeman's face waving waving waving us through.

The "THAT GIRL'S GOT MY DRESS ON!" The photo op's. The first trip to the bathroom. The getting a program simply to find everyone's spots. The wind that always whips up when we're putting our 10X10 (0nly!!!!) tent up. The tablecloths and centerpieces that are sure to be ruined and/or left behind- but they look oh so nice in the morning!

The new friends. The old. The bugle blare. The jumbo-tron.... my how far we've come. Everyone's family, everyone's friendly. You can just walk down a row and get handed a cold drink and invited for BBQ at every 3 spot just about.

I think about the hope for a tan, and the raccoon-eyed sunburn instead.

The ageless, timeless fun that we'll have. I think about all that.

And I wait.

For March 28th, 2009;

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Hottest Little Wallet in Town!!!!!!

Presenting Race-C™ Wear!!!!!! Ditch the pocketbooks, the bags, the crap! It's a garter, it's a wallet, by-god, it's a CONVERSATION PIECE! hahahahaha

The Race-C™ Wear Wallet is the perfect size to hold your ID, your CC's, your cash, any small, packaged item.... hmmmmmm..... 

It's cute. It's pink and green for heaven's sakes! Need I say more (the exact colors of my MOH dress I'm wearing April- perhaps the PERFECT accessory for that event as well!)

And they are super cheap! $10- good heaven's I lose more ON THE WAY TO THE CUP! 

Check them out!!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Cup Prep

So I've been tanning once a week so as not to have to deal with the RUSH of tanners pre-Cup or procrastinate and get that awesome BURNED look- red over white is just so not cute! Today I get my hair *did.* I'm even thinking a full bang- I have an elephant forehead I swear, but I digress. Much like your wedding- you need to start prepping for the Cup about 6 weeks prior.

A week before I'll do my facial and hair again. The day before you need to get that pedi- since you'll be rocking the strappy sandals no doubt---- (though I'm sure I'll be far too busy at work for the pedi- unless I do a lunch deal.....)

If your man is like mine- he'll wait until Friday night to suddenly decide he HAS to have a new Cup outfit and since he's a 34X36- there's ZERO pants to be found in his quite common size. So I start looking/shopping for his outfit now.... though I hold out buying hoping he'll do the honors! hahaha

As for my outfit- I'm online *faux* shopping everyday. I hate to order and not try on- as my BFF (girl) Bob will tell you- ordering, trying on, sending back, ordering, trying on, sending back gets costly and frantic. But the best clothes and the best value are arguably online. If you buy a dress in a store within a 60miles radius of Camden, you can bet in the sea of 60,000 there is another like yours. Fine, except it's certain she'll be parked in the space next to your- it's Murphy's Law.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Shoes shopping or Bust!

The American Original Southshore Strappy Laced Wedge

The Bahama 2-Eye

American Original Shorehaven in Red (Other colors available)

Striper Slip On

All available on

Just love them!!!!

The shoes take it.....

Now I'm a warm-blooded Southern woman- and I love me some shoes! hahahaha There's always quite the shoe quandry surrounding the Cup (both Carolina and Colonial- more on that later)....

Naturally a stiletto is the best way to go as far as looks go. A thong is the best way to go as far as being practical goes- it's dusty, your feet get dirty...

(Let me digress here and say why doesn't some foot-fetish possessed person drive around washing feet at the Cup???? I would pay to have it done- the 'later' in the day it is, the more I'm likely to pay if you get my drift!)

Annnnywayyyyyy- thongs are nice for the walking, the standing, etc etc etc---- but it's no heel.

So what to do?

I present to you- the most sought-after WEDGE this season- the Castle Hill!!!!
Go to to see this and other awesome styles!

Southern Priorities

So we just got a call from a Marine- love those anyway- have you ever MET a Mariane that WASN'T hot???? But I digress- he just called to get a space at the Carolina Cup! Not so odd right? Wants to have a good time with some fellow-Hottie McHotters in the Corp----- well, HE'S CALLING FROM IRAQ! I mean I.R.A.Q.!!!!!!

Talk about your Southern priorities! He's coming home by the first of the month- and what does he want to do? Come to the Carolina First Carolina Cup! It's truly a testament to our race, our town, and the good time we all have at the Cup Races!!!!

I just thought that was really cool.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

So let's get down to business..... FASHION!

As with our other sites, the Carolina Cup, is featuring a new bit entitled 'Cupperwear.' Just something fun to get ourselves excited about Cup- and to get ourselves into shopping mode!

I'll be doing the same thing here- a few of my suggestions on what's hot, and what I think will ROCK the Cup this year. I hope you not only look at my picks, but visit the various websites- as there's always more to chose from- and much like the red carpet- you don't want 5 girls to wear the same dress within a 20 space perimeter!

I hope you enjoy!

52 days and counting

Well , it's 52 days until race day- THE- race day! Carolina Cup 2009! March 28th! It IS the event of the season- my friends and I (but more on me later) often referred to the Cup as *our prom.* We wait all year, we shop for the perfect dress, send invites (yes, printed, real invites), arrange the perfect tailgate party, the perfect table set-up, the perfect music.... and it's usually the perfect day.

So what IS the Carolina Cup?

The Carolina Cup is a Steeplechase Race (horses people) in Camden, SC held every Spring. Think big hats, fresh tans, gorgeous dresses, and an excuse to pretend you're more pretentious than you are hahahahaha It began in 1930- and since has become one of the largest outdoor events in the South. It draws over 65,000 racefans today. (You want to TALK about a social oppurtunity?!?!) For years the joke has been that you got to the race "and never see a horse," but that too is changing as more and more people are realizing there is an actual horserace going on and it's really cool to watch! :)

So what's REALLY the deal?

The real reason to come to Cup? See your friends. Look fabulous. Meet someone new. Show off for someone old. For the pictures. For the memories. For the food and drink. For the oppurtunity to experience something new- and then come back every year! It really is amazing. It's unlike any other social affair- I promise that you'll be bring up "what happened at Cup" all year long!

I can't wait. It's something I look foward to every year- even if I'm *on the clock*