Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Melbourne Cup.

Hope everyone had a fab Melbourne Cup Day. I went to  a Coalface lunch with my Fellow Coalminers. I realised I was the only one who hadn't worn something in my hair so I raced into Myer and picked this purple hydrangea effect arrangement at 25% off this morning. I luffed it, but I'm not going to lie, it hurt my head.

Behold the Matching:


What did everyone think of this year's fashions?
Mr FF had money on the winner, I won the work sweep and had money on the horse that ran 2nd to place. Because it was number 11. My Favourite number.





Hooray for cherry brandy chocs and Mischa totes from Jean Brown. I endorse both. 




Mum if you're reading this you are in for a serious treat- I'm taping the season Premiere of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills so we can watch it together tomorrow. As is our Tradition. Goody.
Who's going to win the US election? Does anyone else think it is weird that they vote on a Tuesday instead of a Saturday? I wonder if they have sausage sizzles and cake stalls to raise money for charity like we do here? I read today that only 57% of people voted in the last election. Interesting.
xxxxx

37 comments:

  1. The Melbourne Cup must be like our Grand National but with Diamonds on! Really pretty dress - and who doesn't love a peep-toe?

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  2. Hi FF I won our office sweep too, very excited!! Judy xx

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  3. Lucky you to win the stake! I didn't bet since I never win but had fun wearing an extra pretty dress and heels to a work lunch :) xx

    Anna (My Design Ethos)

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  4. Sadly, I was a Loser today. No winning horses in the sweep, and I came runner up in the Best Dressed category at the lunch I was at. You didn't have to enter to be in the running, so I was unaware that I was in with a chance until the announcement, but still....I have tasted the Bitter Pill of Disappointment today. On a lighter note, love all your colour - that dress is a winner for what you can do accessory wise. How are you going to spend your winnings? xx

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  5. There's a reason we vote on a Tuesday in the U.S. - something about traveling long distances by foot or horse from farms and then being back again in time for...something. Anyway, like so many things, we started that way and stayed that way. Even though today's the day, many people have already voted because lots of places have an early voting arrangement.

    We do often have bake sales and things, especially if the polling place is in a school or place of worship. In my town you can also buy the town calendar, history book, or Christmas ornament. I'm off to vote in about an hour - hope to resist the sale tables!

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  6. Love how your hydrangea hair accessory picks up the flowers in your dress! Genius!

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  7. Hi FF,
    The polls open in NJ at 6am. My husband & I went right down to vote when they opened. My husband and my son have the same name, and my son registered to vote this year for the first time. I was curious how this would all work. Well, it certainly wasn't perfect. My son is registered as a mail in voter because he's out of state at college. They mixed the two of them up, and in the book of voters where you must sign in, my husband showed up as the mail in voter. You ID is basically your signature in NJ. So no vote for hubby! He and I were going to cancel out our votes since we are on opposite sides of the political fence, so I'm secretly delighted!

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    1. Oh my word this is worrying! What I hear here so far it's close....I hope that Obama gets in only because I think he's quite measured and has dealt with some difficult situations well...The US has an impact on the UK and that's my interest. As for Romney - it may be unfair as I've only seen what's been portrayed in our media and no offence intended but he strikes me as a bit of a 'cowboy' so I hope he doesn't get in....

      Good luck, I hope you get the outcome you want.

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    2. Penelope,
      The way I look at it is whatever the outcome, it's Win/Win. Both men are good men. They just have different ideas for our country. I'm fiscally conservative and socially liberal. So neither man is perfect, but both love our country and want what they think is best. It's the morning after now, and I stand behind our President Obama, proud to be an American.

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  8. Love the cup outfits. I only entered the sweep and came last.

    I notice that you have the 'meals in heels' book. Do you find it good?

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  9. I hope everyone signs your petition etc. Can people from UK sign too? I will try and see if I can. I hate animal cruelty. Animals are so trusting they don't deserve this. The sheep must be so scared.
    Went to a petting farm with grandson Hugo last week, gave a large sow a good scratching, she loved it, her face was so funny and she kept coming back for more with happy little grunts! Stroked cows, goats, donkeys and horses and only barely stopped myself popping a guinea pig in my handbag to bring home. Stroking small furry animals is so soothing. If I had the room I would have a small menagerie here, my husband despairs. I find animals often better company than adults.

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  10. I think the USA should do what Australia does to its non-voters, fine the suckers! At least that is what Australia did 40 years ago, is it still true today? I love that Australians still honor the day known as The Melbourne Cup, I mean its a horse race, right? Obviously it brought out the best of the Faux Fuchsia household.

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  11. Lovely outfits for the Cup. I was lucky to be in Melbourne one year during the cup, absolutely 11/10. I never liked this voting on a Tuesday. Election Day should be on a weekend or a national holiday, IMHO. The U.S. has some of THE worst voter turnout rates in the world. So, 57% is actually high; most elections barely scrape by at 40% of registered voters (that's not even 40% of the eligible voting population, just people who register to vote!!) Leaving work early to go vote, have never missed an election since I turned 18. Really hope my guy wins.

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  12. Melbourne Cup looks like a lot of fun. Love your outfit!

    Yes, voting on Tuesday is a bit strange, but it gets everyone out. I love seeing all the seniors who man the polling places. I voted already and now we just have to wait all day..We wait as the polls close - East first and they usually call it before California even closes theirs. Sometimes frustrating!

    xo
    Kim

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  13. I had the most dull Melbourne cup day ever! I have started a new job and there was no Melbourne Cup acknowledgment at all...in my last job we used to go to Lunch ie long lunch and have a ball !

    Needless to say didnt pick the winner either! Clever Mr FF and you for picking 2nd!

    As to the US election..well I hope the incumbent holds on

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  14. What a gorgeous dress. I think it's my favorite of yours.

    Eleven is our favorite number around here, too. It's my husband's fire department badge number that he has had for decades. We love eleven! It's 11/10.

    Saturday elections make much more sense. My 18-year-old stepdaughter is voting for the first time today and has to try to figure out when with school all day, after school commitments and loads of homework. She will make it happen, but it would be much easier if it took place on Saturday instead.

    Congrats on your win!
    xo. A

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  15. Maybe I haven't been paying attention, but I think it's been awhile since you wore that Yellow Heart Ring, which I think is amazing. Especially with the necklace that looks like huge yellow diamonds. And is that the Red Phoneix Lemon Leo necklace with it in the first picture?
    I agree that our voting on Tuesday is odd - don't know why we don't change it. I think more people would vote if they weren't at work. Most people I know do Absentee Voting, where they just mail their ballot in. Or go in earlier - in Oklahoma we could vote all last week, including Saturday.

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  16. Loving the Loubi's - I think we've mentioned these before from a snap of Jean Brown so pleased you got them!

    I wish I lived in Australia as I'd snap up one of those YSL clutches in a heartbeat....I hate customs!

    PPx

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  17. I'm hoping Mr Obama wins, not just because he's very attractive, but he also seems like a very nice man.

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  18. Congratulations to Fuchsiadome on winning at the races, betting and fashion wise! The sheep story shocked me, good for you to have taken up the course. xx

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  19. Love your Melbourne Cup festivities. No wins here. No Lottery tickets got up either...

    Finding the US elections so interesting at the moment. I was fascinated by the differences in Obama's and Romney's demographics. It all depends on which voters turn up on the day. They spend a bomb on their campaigns too, which is a bit obscene considering the current climate.

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  20. Dear FF,
    Loving the Melbourne Cup outfit, sorry you had to suffer with the fasionator :(( the man of the house looked very spiffy and your Mr FF very stylish.
    Here I still have one unwell so we celebrated by - Putting up the TREE! Yes, it was the best.
    Decorations will follow today and tomorrow.
    I'm an Obama lover as Mitt Romney doesn't have the same values and beliefs as I do. I think the world needs leadership that is based on the wold as it is today, not 1950.
    Have a great day,
    B. x

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  21. I mentioned this morning I thought it odd to have to vote on a Tuesday. I wonder if more would vote if they didnt have to take time off work and line up. I dont like the look of Mitt Romney. Who is called Mitt anyway? Melbourne Cup Day was a huge one here with lunch then everyone back at my place, ending with a houseful of people and me making beds for people unable to drive home! A quiet day today.

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  22. Sounds like a great Melbourne Cup. At the other end of the spectrum to you I was the only one in the office with a fascinator on. That said I'm also the only woman so it isn't very surprising.
    I shall be very interested to watch how the election unfolds. I agree that Tuesday is a very funny day for an election but they always seem to have them on weekdays. I remember when the 9-11 attacks happened there were less people than usual in the twin towers because of an election. Small mercies.

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  23. Here, only 47% of people voted in the last Election...so we can say:"We're All on the same Boat!"...Ahaha...
    I just placed online my Cartoon about the U.S.A Election...do You like it?
    So marvellous Your outfit for the Melbourne Cup...Cheers!
    Nice amount of Books there!...I did read none of the books showed...
    Ciao, Best

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  24. We had a mothers group Melbourne Cup party, it was fun quite different to the usual boozy work do. I wasn't a winner. Sadly.

    But me and baby T did wear matching navy and white, I'm really into it thanks to you.

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  25. I love Melbourne Cup purely because it is the only day of the year you can wear a faux stuffed bird on your head (which I did) and people don't think you are crazy. There should be more days of the year when you can do fun fashion things at work! So glad Obama won! L xx

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  26. It is tuesday due to the agrarian nature of settler society - Saturday was market day, no traveling on a Sunday (attending church) , monday was to allow time to travel to the polling station (no handy poll down the road back then, they were few and far between) and thus voting on the tuesday. At least that is what I have read. I think November was similarly chosen because it was after autumn harvest but the weather is typically still quite mild so travel was easier. All quite practical reasons really.
    Emily

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    1. Thank you!!! I love finding out things like this.

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  27. Really funny pictures in the Daily Mail (UK) of the Melbourne Cup
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2228671/Melbourne-Cup-2012-Aussies-big-day-races.html

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    1. i saw those pics. i also saw the video of the drunk woman slapping another...ugh. its not all like that. embarrassing they go across the world

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    2. i saw those pics. i also saw the video of the drunk woman slapping another...ugh. its not all like that. embarrassing they go across the world

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  28. Your Cup day looks lovely. Mine was ok, coworkers had lunch but I had to attend a risk workshop instead! Lucky we were able to break to watch the race. Not so lucky that out of a sweep, tipping comp and a few small bets I didnt win a thing!

    Enjoyed the election insights from your US readers! Congrats Obama!

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  29. You and your hubby look very stylish. I really love the colour combos of the purple in the tie and yellow, pinks and purples in your dress. I love colour!

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  30. Love those pink shoes, not that I could walk in them with that high heel without falling over but still I can dream!

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  31. Dear FF
    Congrats on your Cup success. So interesting to read about toddler(no longer Baby)FF's daytime sleep patterns. I nearly had nervous breakdown when one&only discontinued 2 hour daytime nap at 3 yrs. Love your style & Over-The-Topness. So pleased about Obama-he is a decent man & speaks so well. How very different is our electoral system. I was shocked to hear that there are so many different requirements for voter registration in the US-thank goodness for our federal compulsory system. It is NOT compulsory to vote; it IS to attend polling booth & have your attendance recorded, but how you vote - whether formal or informal - is nobody's business. I have heard that some electors mark their ballot as if it was a Tattslotto form-the scrutineers must have a chuckle on election night. BTW, it always cracks me up when the official asks "have you voted anywhere else today". One more thing - I always take my own pen - how can something rendered with lead pencil be considered a legal document?! Enough of electoral matters - congrats FF on a wonderfully entertaining & uplifting 3 years of blogging - may your sparkle & champers engulf us all.

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  32. Brisbane News page 7
    That is all

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