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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

Glitter Brows before the Ball!

Hey, pretty people! This latest make-up tutorial details how to do an edgy, high-drama, glowing, shimmery, glittery eye look - especially colorful glitter eyebrows - using products from Urban Decay, Make Up For Ever, and Mary Kay Cosmetics.

My husband, Ben, and I went to an annual gala at Cipriani Wall Street - if you have not been, I hope you get to go there one day, because it is stunning inside! A huge thanks to NYC photographer, Steven Rosen, for taking some professional shots of me there (below).

What's on my face:

  1. Urban Decay Cosmetics Moondust palette Lithium (gold) shade
  2. MAC Cosmetics lipstick Limited Edition from the Strength Collection in Strong Woman
  3. Make Up For Ever Medium Sized Glitter in N8 Pink
  4. Make Up For Ever Mix & Fix Setting Spray

Please comment and subscribe - I will gladly respond! Thank you so much for tuning in, checking out my new blog and YouTube channel @sheslaurenashley! XO

Golden (Bold-en) Makeup Tutorial

Welcome back, friends! This week, my tutorial on how to get a glowy, glam eye makeup look, along with an optional red lip. Please comment - and let me know if there are any makeup tutorials you would like to see in the future.

What's on my face:

What's on my face:
1. Mary Kay Eye Primer
2. MK Cream Eye Color in Beach Blonde
3. MK Rock the Runway Eye Palette (topmost gold shade)
4. MK Rock the Runway Eye Palette (sparkly brown+gold shade)
5. MK Mineral Eye Color in Amber Blaze
6. MK Cream (gel) Eyeliner duo in Dramatic Gold
7. Red Lipstick: Illumisqua in Box *My all-time favorite red lippie BTW :)

 What's your favorite red lipstick?

Don't forget to subscribe to my channel for more fun glamour tutorials to come! Enjoy and thanks for tuning in here and @sheslaurenashley on YouTube!

XO Lauren

Zang Toi - FASHION WEEK/FW 2016

Butterflies and a sense of determination filled my stomach, as I went backstage for the first time at New York City Fashion Week/Fall Winter 2016 preparation for the Zang Toi show at Pier 59 Studios. One of the reasons I moved to NYC was to be at Fashion Week, one way or another, so I was enchanted by the whirlwind of glamour, as hair extensions blew by in endless mirrors and barefoot models shimmied past. I felt a bit naked without my Canon 5D in tow, but I did my best to document this exciting experience with my Samsung S6Edge, which held its own quite well. Had I not worked at 7am shift at my day job right before this, I definitely would have brought the Canon - it just looks more legit. What made it all-the-more thrilling, was I was there with one of my best friends from college, journalism school, to be exact, Wendy Rose Gould, who had generously put my name on the list, as she was there to cover a story for XOVain.com. Even though we did not have time to stay for the show, sadly, we did get to marvel at the gorgeous clothing, along with Toi's collab with ZOYA for this show.

A popping red lip and natural make-up allowed for Zang Toi's FW collection to stand out.

A coiled, wrapped bun was the look of choice at this and many of the other shows this Fashion Week, Fall Winter 16.

ZOYA's Naked Manicure was featured on the models, but they also had some unique bold metallic and shimmery matte colors.

Gals on the runway: Wendy and I used to watch Project Runway devotedly while in college, so you can imagine we were extra giddy sharing this experience.