A few weekends ago my boyfriend and I went to the Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic on Governor's Island, in NYC. Even though it was unbearably hot and I was a part of the 8,000 + visitors who didn't get the free champagne, I had a great time. A horse girl at heart, I will take advantage of any opportunity to be in the presence of horses; even if that means standing in the baking sun with a less than happy boyfriend for a few hours. Luckily I was able to park the said boyfriend in the shade with his book and took to the side lines to catch the game as well as a few great pictures!
Everyone was dressed to impress with sun dresses and hats (some over-the-top). Others were head-to-toe in seersucker suits and 'Veuve' yellow.
The biggest draw of the event was getting the chance to see Prince Harry and Nacho Figueras (Ralph Lauren model) ride. As many have heard, Prince Harry fell off his mount, I was fortunate in getting a some pictures of the tumble.
After this event I felt compelled to pull together an outdoor dining space that would be inspired by my experience. Although I don't have a yard of my own, I think these finds would make for a great casual outdoor dining area. The main color story of black, white and yellow pull the space together, while the small accents of the seersucker prints, sun hat textures, and equestrian motifs add character to the space. Maybe someday I can actually create a space using these elements, but for now I'll just have to use my imagination.
Above photographs and collages by Lauren Gries, all rights reserved.