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Top tips for a Glam Grand National Weekend 2017

For lots of scouse women, The Grand National is the biggest event of the year and looking the part for Ladies Day takes some serious preparation.

Whether you’ve gone all out and splurged on a designer gown and bespoke fascinator, upcycled a vintage dress or borrowed an outfit from a mate, with a curly blow, lashes and nails, we’ve got no doubt that you’ll all be looking a million dollars this Friday. If you’ve left your prep til the last minute or it’s your first time at Aintree check out our top tips for a glam grand national.

1 – Fail to prepare, prepare to fail


Plan your race day preparation with military precision. Start wearing your shoes in now, set your alarm, make sure you’re on time for your hair and make-up appointments and don’t forget to take cash out before you set off. Nothing spoils the day more than having to rush around all morning stressing with half your pin-curls falling out, streaky legs and realising you can’t fit your Aintree essentials into your tiny handbag! Here’s all the info you need from Aintree Racecourse to make sure you get to the finish line on time.

2 – Race Day DIY

Left it too late to get a hair appointment? Chipped a nail? Can’t quite get your lashes to stick? Well don’t panic, get yourself on to YouTube or Instagram and and let hundreds of thousands of local salons or even international bloggers save the day! You can learn how to contour, perfect a fancy up-do and nail a smokey eye in no time!

3 – Be the finest filly

The Grand National always puts gets our girls into the national press, and we love to make a statement. Whether you’ve had a bespoke outfit made or you’re dashing into town for a last minute Lipsy dress, our advice is to stick to what suits you best. Looking back over the Best Dressed winners, we’ve found that less is most definitely more. Sticking to one theme such as monochrome, floral patterns, lace or why not even rock a plain dress and let a statement hat or fascinator do the talking? Check out the pics from last years festival here. Also watch our Jay chatting to this year’s Style Contest judge, Sam Quek above.

4 – Walk this Way

There is no doubt that a good pair of heels totally makes an outfit. But being on your feet all day, drinking bubbles from 10am and trying to make it back into town for the after parties without wanting to chuck your heels in the first wheelie bin you see, is a huge dilemma. Our advice is keep an eye out for the free flips flops on offer, have a go at the ‘tape your toes’ and other hacks in the video above for extra comfort, and failing that, just take them off…..because flats are just not an option for Aintree.

5 – Breakfast & Bubbles

It’s become a new tradition for race-goers and it’s one we absolutely love. Bottomless prosecco, bloody marys and dish after dish of delicious breakfast to set you up for a fab day. Book your Champagne Breakfast in the city at one of tonnes of different bars and restaurants and start the party early. With transport and entertainment thrown in too, click here to see our top picks and book yours.

6 – Pack like a Pro

Handbags seem to be getting smaller and smaller these days but for day-long events like Aintree, us girls want the option of having our essentials with us for emergency touch ups too. Instead of trying to jam everything into that cute little clutch from Zara (it was so worth £50 despite the fact you can only fit your phone and two Kirby grips in it) team up with the girls and grab some sample size deodorant, hairspray from Superdrug and simply pack your own lippy and mascara! You look gorge babe!

7 – Arrive in Style

There’s loads of different ways you can get to the races in style this year. With the usual buses, trains and taxi’s now taking bookings, you’d be mad to try to not have something in place. Maybe swerve the lift in your dad’s Ford Mondeo estate in favour of the sexy open top bus complete with saxophone player from Neighbourhood, Castle Street? Click here to find more deals including transport from the city centre. More on how to get to Aintree and parking here.

8 – April Showers

We almost daren’t even say this – but the weather is looking fine and dry for this years Randox Health Grand National. However, we can never rule out the chance of a rain shower, it being April and all. Our advice is, if you can fit a brolly in your bag, take one. If you can’t, as soon as you get to the race-course, do a little recce and see where you can dash if the heavens do open and keep your eyes open for any freebie umbrellas or poncho’s being handed out. Keep an eye on the weather forecast here.

We can’t wait to see you all glammed up and having a ball on Ladies Day, and we’re joining you for all the action too! Tweet us your race day looks @TheGuideLpool and keep an eye our for our very own dapper, Jay Hynd and Pete Price on the day.

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