This weekend, I joined some of our closest friends at the annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic event that took place at Liberty State Park.
It was a wonderful day to watch a game, have an open-air lunch, observe all the beautiful hats girls wear, and chat with our friends. Attending Veuve Polo is one of our summer traditions and this year it was fun as we had a great group of people with us.
Observing the habits of New York prepsters attending the event, I learned some lessons that I’d like to share with you.
No One Knows About Sunscreen
I’ve seen SO many people with their shoulders and faces burned it’s not even funny! Despite the fact that media alerts about the importance of sunscreen all the time people don’t seem to take this advice seriously.
I hope that next year Veuve Clicquot will collaborate with a skincare brand and provide people with free products so they are living Liberty Park looking like themselves and not as boiled lobsters.
Girls Disregard Pain
Even though there is an entire style guide on the Veuve Clicquot website stating that high heels are not appropriate to wear on grass, I’ve seen a lot of girls wearing heels anyway.
Luckily, I learned my lesson and picked up a pair of cute espadrilles for this year’s event. This decision really helped my feet while walking 20 minutes back and forth from the boat to the event location and back.
Arrive Early. Way Early!
It took us forever to get downtown and we paid our price for it. The line for a boat that was supposed to bring us to Liberty Park was insane.
It was hot and uncomfortable to stay in line with the partygoers (especially because some of them started celebrating way before departing from New York).
Our friends who arrived at the Pier earlier had no problems with crowds and hit the island in no time. Well, we’ve learned my lesson for the next year.
People Are Addicted to Instagram
I’m not judging anyone, but I felt sad watching people arranging empty champagne bottles to take Instagram photos.
I have nothing against being creative, but I’d never lay down on the grass in my new white dress simply because I wanted to take a perfect Instashot.
Don’t Bring Too Much Stuff
There is a reason why you see Veuve Clicquot stuff on your path towards the tents. They are standing there not for security reasons, but for motivation! It’s tiresome to carry picnic baskets and blankets to the event location and it would be intolerable without extra cheering up.
Next time you are heading to a polo match, my advice to you is: do not bring food and water (you can buy those at a food truck).
Instead, pack light so you can continue your perfect polo day at an after-party and not carry too many bags with you.