Dutchess for a Day!

An escape tactic is typically necessary for NYC locals to detox from the inner city pressures any time of year, even if just for a day - it's very possible and SO worthwhile! Ben and I recently had the opportunity to take a fall tour of Dutchess County with some lovely hosts from Dutchess Tourism and Hudson Valley Bucket List, and I wanted to share some new highlights of beautiful places to visit if you need to get a refresh from the city life in Upstate NY.

Upper Landing Park was our first stop, which is where we took the elevator 21-stories up to enjoy an expansive view across the Hudson River (behind me in the photo below, will take you south, to NYC) along Walkway Over the Hudson - a state historic park. Ben and I have been once before, years ago, for an Autumn overnight getaway in New Paltz (NY), while at a fantastic local Airbnb (there is a lovely trail, quaint town with nice restaurants, great shops and antiques).

Walkway Over the Hudson is tremendous, and close to the adorable town of New Paltz, NY.

We took about a 45-minute drive through the Hudson Valley for a tour & tasting at Millbrook Winery. We lucked out on the weather, but the foliage had not started to turn quite yet, but we had a fun and thorough tour of the beautiful space thanks to the team there. We were in awe of the delish lunch provided to us by Beacon Pantry - based nearby in Beacon, NY (add it to your Fall to-do-list, too!).

We were whisked off for some local whiskey and spirits at Taconic Distillery. We met the owner and sampled their variety of whiskeys - of course, I was partial to their Bourbon Whiskey with Maple Syrup, but I am a fan of sweets. We wound up with a bottle of whiskey, which was so fine that we finished it within a week!

On our way back to the train station, we made a brief-but-scenic stop to the historic estate at Locust Grove - which is also a nature preserve and museum with tours of the mansion (villa built in 1850).

Nature crush! Spy those small mountains behind us (don't make me go back to Manhattan ;)).

WHAT I'M WEARING...

  1. Pants - (you can't see here, sadly, but they are stirrups and super high waisted! (Squeee) I picked up at A Current Affair vintage show 10/17 (my only buy as I'm currently on a budget! lol the pants are that good ;)) from (of course) The Goods! By Liz Baca, a super rad, sweet stylist with a one-eyed pup named Booboo.
  2. Baret - by Valfré
  3. Cropped Top - by Top Shop
  4. Boots - PSkaufman x Lenni the label Chelsea Boot n1001 in snake (Pssssst... Follow PSkaufman on Instagram to get the goods on sales - which is how I got these babies ;)).

There are so many mini day-trip adventures possible from NYC (we usually go without a tour guide, but couldn't pass up that opportunity :)). I hope this helps you determine your next destination!

Happy Fall, ya'll! What are some of your favorite fall getaways?

xoLauren

All photos by Lauren A. Oosterlinck and Ben Edwards, Copyright 2017

Opening Party @The Bowery Bond

Up-and-coming artists from around the globe gathered to celebrate the opening of joint store space, The Bowery Bond, on Thursday, June 22nd. Giant balloons, drinks a-flowin', and beats from DJ Crazy B filled the space, while artists mingled, with their displays of handmade goods.

If I could take anything away from this multi-artist store, I believe it would be this rock'n'roll jacket - so rad!

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OMG!

I heart these clear sunnies. ;)

Don't miss finding a unique piece - whether it be jewelry, art, home decor, or clothing! There is a wild, daring array of inspiring one-of-a-kind items here on Bowery. My husband, Ben, found a hilariously cool series of Ab Fab themed goodies by sweet CherocPopShop.

If your style errs on the adventurous and whimsical spectrum, I would highly recommend checking out the clothing ByRaha. Her items are ethically-sourced handmade luxury items mainly made in Iran. She is a pal and invited us to the party, so I am a tad biased. :)

Fantastic mules! I’d wear ‘em.
— Moi

It's Frida

by Diti Mistry, India.

Pretty things!

Thanks for having us! What I'm wearing: Pants-Tory Burch. Top-LF. Heels-Seychelles. Spider charm-Betsey Johnson. Ben's flamingo top-Asos. XO

All images and writing by Lauren A. Oosterlinck, 2017.

Miss Dreamlands at The Whitney?

I dragged myself out to the Meatpacking District alone one particularly frigid February day, not so long ago, hyped to make my way into the Whitney Museum before the limited exhibition Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016, was gone. I made it, and thankfully bought my ticket a day in advanced (the minimum possibility), as just getting through the doors was a feat - lines stretched around the block that Saturday (and it was FREEZING), so this cinematic art must be good, I thought.

The clip below was inside of one of the most buzzed-about works of art within the entire exhibit.

This installation Factory of the Sun (below) seemed most popular - the room it was held within was huge, so allowed for the most people inside for viewing (awesome for the big crowds). It was an interesting piece, but went above my head. I could not make sense of it all, from the 15 minutes or so I could stay to watch the various combined clips inside of the black, glowing room. It reminded me of some sort of an anime disco party video game. Enjoy!

Below, is a slideshow of my favorite points of interest from this exhibit.

I had extra time, so I explored a bit of Whitney's 6th floor. The slideshow below shows pieces from Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney's Collection, some of the portraits that I found most striking (artists L-R: Julian Schnabel, Robert Colescott, David Salle).

Due to potential crowds, I strongly suggest ordering your Whitney tickets a day prior to when you want to go (that's what I did, WHEW). Although Dreamlands is finished, the 2017 Biennial is going on now through June 11th, so I hope you can catch it!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOLauren

All photos and video featured c/o Lauren A. Oosterlinck