The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Front Page - WORDS//

There was not a worry in the world on my mind about be­ing on time to the Red Beret Cairns Cup Ladies Day. This year I was hit­ting the air­ways and tak­ing off with the crew from Nau­tilus Aviation in their lux­u­ri­ous he­li­copter. I felt like a VIP star as I ar­rived straight in the mid­dle of the Cairns Jockey Club race course in the sixseater red Fer­arri of the sky with leather in­te­rior.

I was a bit ner­vous ear­lier that day. The last time I took off in a he­li­copter was four years ago, when I told my fam­ily I wanted to be a mus­ter­ing pi­lot.

My father soon shook that idea out of me when he put me on a wild ride with a chop­per muster from the Cape. The team from Nau­tilus Aviation left me feel­ing a lot safer than my last joy trip though.

As soon as we landed, fash­ion­able fil­lies frol­icked track­side. Win­ter fash­ion was call­ing and straight to the Nau­tilus Aviation High Tea I went.

It fea­tured a red car­pet en­try and a stage for the sea­soned fash­ion­istas, as well as some new faces to pa­rade their out­fits for Nau­tilus Aviation Fash­ion on the Field.

Win­ter is my favourite time of the year for rac­ing trends.

It is a sea­son where al­though it is slightly cooler than the usual heat of Far North Queens­land, it can still be quite a sweaty, hu­mid month.

So as ladies pull on their thick stock­ings, closed-in shoes and warm win­ter dresses or jump­suits (which are trend­ing at the mo­ment), we still have to keep that poise while los­ing a gal­lon of sweat un­der­neath our thick lay­ers, and all in the name of fash­ion. A style trend tip for millinery this year was the wrapped-around tur­ban head­pieces. A bonus of this piece is not wor­ry­ing about book­ing into a hair­dresser, you can just tuck it up and away you go.

Reg­u­lar race­goer and Fashions on the Field clas­sic win­ner, Chantelle Kenyon, says she has been at­tend­ing the lo­cal races since she was 18 years old and it has taken her up to three months to put to­gether her out­fit. That’s com­mit­ment. I think it took me that long to de­cide on an out­fit that was go­ing to fit in my he­li­copter ride.

Over and out ground pa­trol.

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