Southern Fashion Meets a Great Cause

Over the past weekend, I was able to cover the 5th Annual Get Down and Derby Gala that was presented by the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis. This was my first ever Kentucky Derby party, and I was highly impressed not just with the fashion but with the organization as well. 

The Down Syndrome Association of America is a great Memphis organization that provides support for families with children with Down Syndrome in addition to empowering those with Down syndrome. The also seek to promote inclusion by providing education and public awareness. I think that is awesome! No one want's to feel left out or disregarded and DSAM is doing all it can to ensure that people with Down Syndrome are seen as people with worth, value and can contribute to society. 

DSAM provides resources and education to new families, including an inclusive summer program from ages 3-10 at Germantown United Methodist Church, tutoring programs, adult advocacy programs, speak to community groups and sponsors many social events. They are truly a great example of the Golden Rule and a reminder that we should all treat each other a little bit better. 

You can get more info about Down Syndrome Association of Memphis by clicking HERE. I encourage you to please take a look and see what they have to offer and ways you could help! 

The 5th Annual Get Down and Derby Gala brought out the traditional Southern fashion! I'm talking big hats and seersucker suits!! I'm not well versed in the fashion world, so I'd like to take this moment to introduce the newest member of the one901 team, Nikki Chanel! She will be taking over the fashion and beauty aspect of the blog. 



You put on your best Derby themed attire, get a great Mint Julep and party anyways! At least, that's how we roll in Memphis. The annual DSAM Derby Party showcased some adorable derby-esque looks. Of course the stars of the day were the chapeaus (that's French for "hat" y'all), which are a mainstay at the Kentucky Derby. However, I'd lose my "Southern girl card" if I didn't point out that most of these headpieces could be seen at any given church on any given Sunday around here or on someone's super cool granny working in her front yard on a random Tuesday! Again, that's how we roll down here!

I love how the ladies came out with their large colorful hats. I think hats, like gloves, are becoming a lost form of fashion. Someone needs to do something about that! If anyone knows whom I should call, please let me know!

In the meantime, check out some of the looks from the event! Also, take note of the Memphis-proof makeup. We'll talk more about that later. LOL. 

The Gentlemen were not to be out done!

The Seersucker suit!



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Nikki Chanel is a professional MUA. A lover of all things beautiful. Traveler, mom, seafood aficionado, and retired socialite. Oh, and I collect lip gloss.....lots and lots of lip gloss!