2018 Polo Classic
After a 70-year absence, Veuve Clicquot brought polo back to New York for its first Polo Classic in 2008. What started as an intimate gathering of 250 people has evolved and consistently grown over the years to bring consumers a one of a kind champagne experience. Veuve Clicquot now brings more than 9,000 guests an unforgettable afternoon of polo alongside the idyllic backdrop of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. 10 years later my sister, newtexacaligal and I took in some afternoon champagne, polo and ... fashion.
We took a ferry appropriately called "Miss New York," to New Jersey's gorgeous Liberty Island. We crossed the Hudson River on a warm and sunny June afternoon passing the Lower Manhattan skyline to our right and Lady Liberty to our left.
We sat comfortably on the Veuve Clicquot grounds. The sun shone bright and heavy on what was forecast to be a dreary and chilly June afternoon. The temperatures soared to nearly 90º. A month prior, I had been shopping and eyed parasols from New York's famous Pearl River Market. I am so happy that I found them! These gorgeous parasols became lifesavers! Definitely glad we went back for these! It's a polo event essential. Along with water, sunglasses, sunscreen* and a pic-nik blanket ( choose your materials wisely.
The celebs were out and about. Ever so glamorous crowd was ever so chic in the VIP section!
@newtexacali was fashionably and perfectly pink outside of the Veuve Clicquot Rośe Garden. Shop her outfit via Like To Know It.
Soaking up the shade! The sun hid behind the clouds for about 15 min. That is when I realized I was in danger! I'd forgotten my sunscreen and a skincare and sun protection lesson was going to be re-learned. I was sunburned!
Ok, ok! So, I felt great and looked great too. The weather forecast shifted in our favor, we made the ferry, got great seats, took some great pics, bumped into old friends and did some spectacular people watching, sipped cocktails, had a wonderful lunch of lobster rolls from Lukes's Lobster and were headed back to the city. I was feeling fabulous until ... That is until I boarded the ferry back to Manhattan. You know that feeling you get when you've had a little too much fun? Well, it hit. Hit me like a ton of bricks. I was unburned and dehydrated. Although I'd had 2 bottles of water and spent a third of the afternoon under my parasol, I was done. I'd forgotten that I didn't have hair or a hat to protect my fragile winter prone skin from the sunshine. Like most New Yorker's, I was starved for the sun and when it comes out to play I am game!
The lesson here, sunscreen! Bathe in it! I am a skincare advocate so I am ashamed to even admit that this was a product I'd forgotten to apply. Here is my PSA : Apply sunscreen daily! Below is a selfie of the burn.
DO NOT ATTEND THIS EVENT WITHOUT IT!
I am a sun-worshiper. I was born in Las Vegas and raised in Texas. Anytime the sun is out I head to my rooftop to catch every single moment of the sun. Women of color are not immune to skin cancers or melanoma so protect that melanin! Here are my favorite sunscreens!
Have you ever been sunburned? I hope not! If so Tell me about it. Mario Badescu's After Sun Cooling Gel helped to soothe my sunburn. Grab one incase of emergency.