divot stomping & more champagne, please!

theromanticOh good! It’s Monday! And a cold and rainy Monday, no less. MY FAVORITE. I mean, I can’t really complain–my weekend was pretty amazing/hysterical. Scratch that… Saturday was amazing/hysterical, Sunday was a big ball of hangover sweatpants and TV marathons and binge eating in bed.

Early last week, the hubs & I were offered tickets to the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic and were lucky enough to end up in the VIP section. Things I learned?

Downtown Manhattan needs more attention from this girl. 

I spent a lot of time there in college, and between the waterfront views and Battery Park, I think hubs and I need to make the trek more often.

VIP bracelets are just classier.

When we first arrived, we were given those plastic wristbands that kind of hurt if they’re on too tight, and they didn’t get us free drinks as implied. But then! We crossed over into VIP and how much cuter are these?! And these bracelets are the key to free drinks, so extra style points for you.

Jersey really gets a bad wrap.

The match was held in Liberty State Park, and if it weren’t for the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty and the downtown skyline, it would have been hard to remember we were in the city. But, like all good New Yorkers, as soon as we got off the ferry, it was time to cue up the “OMG, this is New JERSEY?” one liners. And really, I found them unwarranted. Though it did smell weird walking from the ferry to the park…

All sports need on-the-field audience participation.

Watching a bunch of celebrities and their well-dressed friends hop the fence and stomp the divots while avoiding piles of horse poop is just something that needs to happen on a semi-regular basis.

Polo balls are hollow and not as heavy as lacrosse balls.

…which makes a hell of a lot more sense, but for some reason, we were still surprised. Also, my co-worker caught the first ball!

I want a pony.

Lucky for my parents, I skipped that phase as a five year old, but now I want one. They’re just so pretty!

Rosé champagne is where it’s at. 

I know this to be true because I drank A LOT of it.

If you’re interested in going to the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, I highly recommend it. We were ill prepared for the public side (there was a lot of miscommunication), but if you do it right, it would definitely be amazing. A few tips?:

  • Expect to spend money. We were under the impression that the first bracelets they gave us for the public side would score us free drinks, but this wasn’t the case. You still had to pay, and the bottles were expensive.
  • Don’t try and bring food. They’ll confiscate it at the gate. They have food there, which actually looked pretty good… but again, expensive.
  • Don’t stress about your outfit. The hubs and I were slightly panicky about whether he really had to wear a summer suit and I really had to wear a fancy hat, and there was no need. Though plenty of people went all out (and if you’re so inclined, definitely go for it!), for the most part, people were dressed pretty cute and summery without being too fancy.
  • Take the earliest ferry possible. It says a specific time on your ticket, but trust me when I say that when you get there, it is pure mayhem. The earlier you get to the park the better, because there are only a few tables and umbrellas set up. Otherwise, it’s an every-man-for-himself burnfest happening out on the lawn.
  • Buy tickets ASAP! We were lucky to get tickets through someone working the event, but if you’re interested in going, buy tickets as soon as they go on sale. I honestly don’t know the price, though I heard $125 being tossed around the for the public side? Could be a total lie. Either way, act quickly!

xo!

the romantic

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  1. the Hubs
    June 4, 2012 / 13:04

    Such an awesome day! I may need to take a break from champagne for a while though…

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