In Search Of...

I am not typically a winner, as far as contests go.

Recently, I got hooked on the TBS dark comedy, Search Party, a reverse effect of winning my first-ever Instagram contest. Kudos TBS and Will Leather Goods for successful marketing strategy - lol! What I won was a darling leather pouch that you'll see below! It has a handy wristlet with some great fringe on the end chain - it's perfect for little outings or casual nights out.

I realize I have not posted in a while. I'm working on getting back into good, regular habits again, now that the holidays are over! I also realized this is my second post in a row wearing my favorite little yellow beret - oopsy, please forgive, but you can only best wear a beret during the fall and winter anyway. My cowgirl boots have kept up well, and reminded me of the cool-casual style of the west that the clutch gives off.

Will Leather

Goods x

Search Party

WHAT I'M WEARING/aside from the aforementioned clutch?

  1. Luxe Rachel Zoe Belted Wrap Cape - found mine at the Brooklyn Flea, but was able to find the same cut online, just in a different color.
  2. Shepler's cowgirl boots - authentic and a wild array of styles! I've had mine for about 10 years (still in top shape), and they add a versatile, whimsical western flair to so many types of outfits.
  3. Lightweight Check Wool and Silk Scarf by Burberry.
  4. Jeans, from the best variety of wallet-friendly selection of tall-girl jeans shop via Alloy Apparel.
  5. MAC lipstick in color Pink Pigeon, which is exactly like Candy Yum-Yum, so I've heard.
  6. Fierce Beret - in case you forgot from my previous post ;) by Valfré.

What's the best contest you have ever won?

More importantly - have you watched Search Party? Ben and I just finished Season Two. I laugh SO hard and cannot wait for the next season!

Hope 2018 is off to a swell start for all you lovelies! Look forward to reading your comments!

XO Lauren

Lauren A. Oosterlinck and Ben Edwards, Copyright 2018

Must See in NYC/Just in Time for Halloween!

Beware of the "demon barber of Fleet Street" - SWEENEY TODD is slicing not only hot pies in the West Village, now through February 28th, 2018 at the Barrow Street Theatre. I had not seen Sweeney Todd live before, only since Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter starred as the gruesome twosome on the silver screen 10 years ago (has it really been that long?? ;)). As much as I love both actors in that rendition, I have to say that this new Off-Broadway theatrical version at Barrow Street blew me and Ben away! 

This isn't your typical musical. The theatre at Barrow Street has been completely converted into a replica of famous London pie & mash shop, Harringtons - giving the immersive musical some extra authentic flavor. Yes, the show is immersive - and that is all I am going to say. :) Prior to each show, chef Bill Yosses (former White House executive Pastry Chef - now owner of Perfect Pie, LIC) serves guests special meat or veggie pie & mash up to 30 minutes prior to showtime. Note, you must order tickets *including pre-show pie & mash (with a drink) in order to partake - but I urge you to do so, because they are delish (Yosses used to serve the president!) and having pie makes the experience that much more a riot.

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Pies by Bill Yosses!

It's pretty exciting to be served by an ex-presidential chef, imho! The pies are yummy and the pie shop doubles as the shows set! Go for both, thank me later. Sorry - no eels. :)

I went for the meat (chicken - not human ;)) pie - and included the option of a wine, beer, water. I went for vino, of course - that was also good!

MORE HOT PIES! Did I mention how incredible this show is?! If you can be in NYC anytime between now and the end of February, GO SEE THIS SHOW! ** There's a daily ticket lottery, BTW** It is a creepy and wonderful joy (opposites attract), and it could also make for a really great date - bonus, for Halloween or Valentines.

K. Now onto What I Wore - I love to dress for a theme, you know. ;)

In the "Harringtons," the Sweeney set, where we dined before the show.

In honor of the show and Halloween, I styled myself in a dark, edgy, steam-punk way.

CLOTHES + ACCESSORIES:

  1. Blouse - Nasty Gal - no one can beat their styles and prices right now
  2. Black harness strappy bralette - F21 - hands-down best shop price/value for this trend
  3. Skinny leather pant - Rag+Bone
  4. Magic mermaid clutch/pouch - Style Lab by way of Paper Source
  5. Boots - SHEIN 

FACE:

  1. Eyeshadow - Top lids used Urban Decay Moondust Palette - Galaxy shade; Red bottom winged outer corners used NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette Brights - Red eyeshadow; Inner corners used Sephora Collection Colorful Shadow & Liner (jumbo) - #18 Silver Glitter.
  2. Cheek color - Mary Kay limited edition Baked Cheek Powder in Kind Heart - it is a blush + highlighter - proceeds benefit women's shelters and those effected by domestic abuse.
  3. Highlighter (just to mix it up ;)) TrèStiQ Perfect Multipurpose Highlight Stick.
  4. Lipstick - MAC - Stone

What are you being for Halloween, BTW? As always, I love to read and respond to your comments. Thanks for stopping in!

XO Lauren

All photos by Lauren A. Oosterlinck + Ben Edwards ©2017 ShesLaurenAshley

In-Between (Seasons).

The toughest time to dress is in-between seasons - for me, at least. Dressing in layers is the tactical advice, but not always comfortable, say, if it's chilly when you leave home in the dawn of morning, yet bulky to tote around your warm layers the rest of the day, once the heat has set in. I've found a full skirt and a tee combo to be a stylish, fun (spinning and swooshing in fluffy skirts), comfortable way to dress during the in-between seasons, when the weather is particularly lukewarm.

Skirt swooshing, especially with pockets - good for Spring or Autumn days.

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Bonus!

You can accessorize to dress your outfit up or dress it more casually as needed!

What I'm Wearing?

  1. Fender tee - vintage
  2. Necklace - NY & Co. ** Currently having a mega jewelry sale with lots of cute statement necklaces and chokers (as of 9/5/17)
  3. Printed Midi Skirt - Chic Wish
  4. Ankle Booties - Jeffrey Campbell via Nasty Gal
  5. Tote Bag - Ted Baker

May your wardrobe be inspired for these lovely, unpredictable months ahead!

xoLauren

Photos and writing by Lauren A. Oosterlinck + Ben Edwards ©2017 ShesLaurenAshley.com