Event: Spring Fling at Belleza Boutique

Purchase a Cooper Street dress at the Spring Fling & go in the draw to win the cost back as store credit at Belleza BoutiqueHey Christchurch – if you want to get in first on our new range of New Zealand Cup Hats, this is the event for you.

Tonight our friends at Belleza Boutique are holding their ‘Spring Fling’ event… and you’re invited! 

Free to attend, this popular in-store evening involves all of the good stuff – discounts, complimentary drinks & nibbles PLUS… a first look at new season headpieces by us – just in time for New Zealand Cup and Show Week.

What’s more, if you buy a Cooper Street dress on the night, you’ll go in the draw to win the value of your dress back as an in-store credit.

How good is that!?


Spring Fling
Belleza Boutique
688a Christchurch Akaroa Highway, Tai Tapu 
TONIGHT (Monday 25 September 2017)

See you there!


WIN: SHOW PONY Headpieces

As most of you know, we’ve had quite the relationship with Mr Stinky cancer (sic) within our family.

Visit facebook.com/TheRacesNZ to enter

So when we were asked if we could donate two headpieces (pictured, right) for a Daffodil Raceday Series giveaway in New Zealand, we jumped at the chance.

Daffodil Racedays are an initiative that helps bring the racing community together to support the Cancer Society NZ.

The inaugural raceday was held in Hawke’s Bay in 2014  and since then, a series of related events have raised more than $100,000 for what is a very good cause.

This year, seven Daffodil Racedays will be held at racecourses across the country from September.

The competition, whereby you can enter to win one of two Daffodil-themed SHOW PONY Millinery headpieces valued at $169.95 & $159.95 each, is free to enter & open until Monday 25 September.


Time to celebrate!


That’s right – here at SHOW PONY Millinery H/Q we’re celebrating the fact that one half of us is officially four years cancer-free!

Four years ago, life was a bit of a different story for us. 

Carrie was one of the super unlucky ones and, after a year of misdiagnosis, was eventually found to have aggressive, invasive bladder cancer.

Not something normally found in a fit & healthy, non-smoking, 34 year old woman!

Life was turned upside down for the wife, mother of three and her wider family & friends as she endured months of harsh chemotherapy and two major operations in a bid to rid herself of Mr Stinky cancer (sic).

Now, instead of carrying that evil little friend around, she’s got a new friend – a urostomy bag – which she rocks each & every day.

So it is that each year, we celebrate the fact we have our mother / wife / sister / daughter / friend and milliner (!) with us.

Whether it’s a surprise party, a few too many bottles of French Champagne or even just a kiss & a cuddle, we’re so proud of our battler & what she’s endured.

That’s why we set up SHOW PONY Millinery – we wanted to create a brand that celebrates life, one that’s about the good times had in the company of others, something that brings out your inner unicorn and, more personally for us, is a positive life milestone.

So, here’s to you Carrie. And to all the people you’ve inspired and continue to on a daily basis, plus those who you’ll no doubt inspire in the days, months & years ahead. You’re one heck of a woman and we love you not just to the moon, but to the galaxies & back.

  • Carrie kept a blog as she went through the bigger stages of her battle against bladder cancer – you can read it here.


Spring Racing 2017: The hottest colours

Spring racing is all but here and so it’s time to get cracking on deciding what to wear to the races this season.

If you’re in need of a starting point, don’t despair!  The spring racing style gods have spoken, releasing their hottest colours of Spring Racing 2017 which today, we’re sharing with you.

This season’s top spring racing colours are, in no particular order:

Jennifer Hawkins at the 2017 Myer Spring Racing Fashion Collection launch

Jennifer Hawkins at the 2017 Myer Spring Racing Collection Launch

  • Cobalt Blue
  • Frost White – think super crisp
  • Emerald green
  • Red in any shade you like, whether that’s a rich raspberry or a siren red – you wear it, you’ll rock it
  • Soft marshmellow pinks – pastel or blush are your go-to tones this season
  • Zesty citrus

Also, don’t forget that when it comes to Derby Day, the style stakes dictate the dress code is (all but) strictly black & white so rest easy all you monochrome lovers, you’ll still get your time under the spring racing sun.

We should also point out that these are just trending colours, not essentials.

Dressing for the races should always come down to wearing what you love, feel comfortable in and is in a colour that suits you – whether that’s because it’s a perfect match for your skin tone or brings out some of the best parts of your personality (i.e. the unicorn within).

If your dream outfit happens to fall outside the trending colours of the seasons, don’t worry. No one’s going to judge you for it!

Trackside style is all about self-expression and setting your own trends, just channel your inner Jean Shrimpton & rock it at the races!


Our Melbourne Cup hats and headpieces were on show in Christchurch

The Melbourne Cup meets SHOW PONY

The 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup made a visit to New Zealand and SHOW PONY Millinery was lucky enough to meet it!

We’re big Melbourne Cup fan girls here at SHOW PONY H/Q so when the team at Christchurch NZ asked us to be official millinery label as part of a special 2017 Melbourne Cup racewear show, we jumped at the chance.

Below are a few snaps of the hats, headpieces & crowns the models wore on the runway with outfits from the likes of Superette, Bec & Bridge, Mode Collective, Jakke & more.

"Wildfire" - Rose gold vegan leather crown

A striking black & white Melbourne Cup Hat

A gorgeous red Melbourne Cup hat

Each piece is currently in stock & ready to ship.

Keep checking back for more shots of the show!


Hats To Wear At The Kentucky Oaks 2017

If you’re still looking for a pretty pink hat to wear to the Kentucky Oaks 2017, don’t fear! You’ve still got time to find that perfect headpiece.

Below is a quick edit of three pretty, pink hats that would be perfect for the Oaks.

They are all in stock & ready to ship, and there are plenty of other hats, fascinators and headpieces to tickle your fancy in our online boutique.

We ship all our hats via trackable, international courier which takes approx. 5-7 working days to get up the USA from here in New Zealand.

2017 Kentucky Oaks hat by SHOW PONY Millinery

Floral, pink & pretty is this knock-out, on-trend Kentucky Oaks hat.

2017 Kentucky Oaks hat by SHOW PONY Millinery

Make like Kate Middleton in this gorgeous blush saucer hat – perfect for the Oaks or even a wedding.

2017 Kentucky Oaks hat by SHOW PONY Millinery

Laser cut felt makes for a cutting-edge, modern fascinator that will go with all number of styles & is oh-so-light and easy to wear.

Enjoy your hat shopping ladies!


Kentucky Derby Hats: New in stock

With custom orders for Kentucky Derby hats now full, we’ve been busy stocking our online boutique with a range of hats & fascinators for you to purchase.

From gorgeous, pink Kentucky Oaks fascinators, to striking, big Kentucky Derby hats and all different kinds of headpieces in between, we’ve got something for you! 

Kentucky Derby Hats by SHOW PONY Millinery

Looking for a Kentucky Derby Hat? We’ve got plenty of fun & original designer hats for you to choose from! 

Here at SHOW PONY Millinery we believe you shouldn’t need to spend a fortune to purchase an original, designer hat and so this Kentucky Derby season, we’re excited to let you know that almost all the hats, fascinators & headpieces in our online boutique are one-offs and will not be replicated (at least not in the same colours) until at least after the 2017 Kentucky Derby and Oaks.

This of course means that you’re highly likely to be getting a unique derby hat for the price of what many mass-produced hats (that every second girl will be wearing) cost.

All the hats you see online are in stock & currently, most are ready to dispatch to the post office within two working days.  What’s more, we put all our hats on trackable, international couriers – so you’ve still got plenty of time to get your order in.

Though with that said, given most of our hats are originals for this event, you might want to get cracking as your favourite might be gone if you decide to sleep on it!

View & shop our range of Kentucky Derby hats

Happy shopping ladies!


Kentucky Derby & Oaks Hats: Shipping deadlines

If you are looking to purchase a hat from us for the 2017 Kentucky Derby or Kentucky Oaks, read on!

If delivery to the USA is required, we suggest ordering your headpiece by ABSOLUTELY NO LATER than Monday 24 April (the earlier, the better!) – which should hopefully mean you receive it by Thursday 4 April* – literally just one day prior to the Kentucky Oaks and two days before the Kentucky Derby.

EEK! That’s super tight timing! (You could always just buy your Kentucky Derby hat today & avoid all stress…)

Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Hats

Image by Danielle Colvin, c/- Avenues Magazine

At the time of publishing, the majority of our Kentucky Derby hats are ready to be dispatched to the post office within two working days. That time may extend the closer we get to the event date due to an increase in orders so keep an eye out in our online boutique where we will update hat processing times accordingly.

Once your hat has been dispatched, it takes roughly 5-7 working days to get to the United States, though this is not guaranteed by our postal service provider.

We use New Zealand Post’s international courier service to ship all our hats and they stress that 5-7 working day timeframe is a best estimate only and NOT a guarantee of delivery.

So by working back from that and assuming you have selected a headpiece that has a 2 working day dispatch period, the absolute latest we suggest placing your order with us is Monday 24 April 2017. From there, cross your fingers that there are no delays in the postal service! (It’s very rare, but it can and does happen).

* We cannot stress enough how important it is to purchase your headpiece well in advance of an event and that this cut-off date is the absolute final day we would ever suggest you purchase your hat by for the Kentucky Derby. We are not responsible for hats that are delayed or lost in the postal service. It is up to you as the purchaser to take any issue up with the shipping provider.


How To: Perfect the art of the Selfie

The Sydney Championships are here, the Kentucky Derby is imminent and Royal Ascot isn’t too far away…

…meaning tens of thousands of girls will be looking hot to trot at racecourses across the globe in coming months.

These SHOW PONY Millinery ladies clearly know how to take the perfect selfie

These friends of SHOW PONY Millinery have clearly perfected the art of the perfect selfie.

Here at SHOW PONY Millinery HQ, we’re anti-narcissism BUT when it comes to a horse racing event when you’ve spent many dollars & hours getting yourself raceday ready, we reckon it would probably be quite rude not to take a cheeky selfie.

So, as any one of the hundreds of wee cheekies you might take on raceday could well become your next Facebook / Tinder / Instagram profile photo (meaning they HAVE to be on point) and because who doesn’t love to procrastinate by reading something utterly irrelevant to the job that’s likely at hand, we’ve found you a quick refresher on how to make like the SHOW PONY you are & take the perfect selfie.

(No need to thank us, Kim Kardashian & Marie Claire magazine deserve all the glory for this one).

Enjoy ladies!


Kentucky Oaks 2017: What to wear to Kentucky’s ‘Ladies’ Day’

The Kentucky Oaks isn’t too far away so if you’re still wondering what to wear, the event’s dress code makes it super easy!

Racegoers attending the Kentucky Oaks on Friday 5 May 2017 are encouraged “to wear any color, as long as it is PINK“.

Easy peasy!

Why wear pink to the Kentucky Oaks though? 

Make a statement with a hot pink hat at this year's Kentucky Oaks

Our gorgeous client Rebecca rocking a pink SHOW PONY Millinery hat at the races

Churchill Downs, host of the Kentucky Oaks, wants attendees to rock out in their favourite pink bits – from hats, to sunnies, shoes, suits & dresses – in honour of the event’s official flower, the Stargazer Lily (as an aside, what a pretty name for a flower!), and in support of the racecourse’s partnership with Horses & Hope.

Horses & Hope’s basic mission is to increase breast cancer awareness, education, screening and treatment referral among Kentucky’s signature horse industry workers and their families, many of whom are uninsured and underserved.

Coming from a horse racing-mad family with two immediate members (one of us, plus Dad) not to mention the wider family group, as well as close friends, who have been diagnosed & treated for cancer… we think this is a fantastic cause & if we could get the time off making our hats, would be jumping on a plane, donning our hottest pink outfits & rocking out at this year’s Kentucky Oaks in support!

The race day also has a fashions in the field competition – the Longines Kentucky Oaks Fashion Contest which, funnily enough, takes place on the Pink Carpet.  With a knock-out Longines time piece gifted to the competition’s winner,  we think it’s about time you stop reading this & start planning your PINK Kentucky Oaks outfit!

Need help sorting your Kentucky Oaks outfit? 

  • Pink hats – We’ve just launched some gorgeous / modern / fun / affordable & PINK Kentucky Oaks hats & headpiece in our online store
  • Pink dresses – Check out these pink styles from online retailer ASOS
  • Would-be fashion competitors – Learn more about the Longines Kentucky Oaks Fashion contest & remember, you get points for wearing pink!
  • Finally, don’t forget that big isn’t always best – Many of the Longines Kentucky Oaks Fashion Contest winners don’t actually wear the traditional southern belle-type ‘big hats’, instead opting to wear something more akin to our usual headwear style which is generally a smaller headpiece or ‘fascinator’ (though we have just launched the more traditional, big Kentucky Derby style hats in our shop too!)