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

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