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

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

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