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Marchesa NYFW FW16 Pt. II: The Show

We never thought we would get in - but we did! People herded their way in, so who would Wendy and I be to go against the herd (when that means you get to see a Marchesa show)? Ha. Anna Wintour was far across the room, but I could still see her - arms crossed, blond bob, sunglasses worn indoors - yep, that was her. And one seat over from Ms. Wintour - the gorgeous redhead (you may recall I am a fan of flamed haired women) model/singer/formerly-wife-of-Jack-White, Karen Elson. And, Zac Posen! ... Ok, ok. Star-gazing aside, you came to read about Marchesa for goodness sake!

The sparkling accessories and embroidered shoes alone have me crushing, and we had not seen all of the gowns, yet!

Minutes before showtime, a seamstress tirelessly works on finishing touches on one of the gowns - so stunning, I thought I was going to hyperventilate with glee.

This baby blue gown was like a full-length babydoll, so floaty and stunning - one of my faves.

Marchesa designers, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, can be seen in the first image of the slideshow, above. And, oh - how the crew had crates of Fiji water on standby for everyone backstage, with those clever drilled-in straws. My show footage, below, may be rough, but you get the idea. #frowgoals

The most beautiful gowns I have ever seen stomped by, all ruffles, beads and crystals. The wedge heels embroidered with a floral design were fantastic. Honestly, my best view of it all was backstage, as we only made it in by a hair - stood on the topmost bench, mid-room. Alas, better to have seen Marchesa FW16 live than to never have been at all.

You're swooning, regardless of how fuzzy the fashion show images may be - yes, maybe? Anyway. Thanks for reading! Until next NYFW. XO Lauren

Photography and videos by Lauren A. Oosterlinck

Summer Wedding in the Catskills.

The hubbs and I took a long weekend getaway from NYC to celebrate his college friend's nuptials Upstate, near the Catskills (I always think, Dirty Dancing ;)). With lodging suggestions from the bride-and-groom-to-be, we opted to stay in the neighboring hamlet (yes, hamlet, courtesy of Wikipedia) of Roscoe, NY - which boasts itself as Trout Town USA. We traversed to Roscoe from NYC by way of bus - 2 buses, in fact, which worked out, but we would not recommend. According to locals, driving there is even more frustrating. Once we arrived to Roscoe, we found our recommended inn to be charming - The Reynolds House Inn and Motel. With a population estimated at 541 humans, not being fishing folk, we found the hamlet to be a bit lacking in excitement - not surprising, but it was nicely peaceful. We came for the peaceful charm and the wedding, anyway. 

With a free afternoon, after the gorgeous wedding (see below), we discovered an unexpected but lovely local distillery to wile away the hours on a beautiful August afternoon. If you find yourself in Roscoe, Trout Town USA, I would highly recommend Prohibition Distillery - with great, friendly staff, an inviting backyard with staff-made wooden swing, delicious cocktails, and excellent local spirits.

Ben and I had such fun celebrating the happy newlyweds at their DIY rustic-chic wedding. The weather, as you can see, could not have been more perfect - thank goodness! My navy striped gown, I adore and is plenty long for a tall gal like me (I stand about 5'10"), is from Chicwish and choker from Zara. Ben's navy blue tux is from Asos and his fabulous brown Oxfords are from Paul Smith.

A special extra THANKS to Scott and Lucy for sharing these great candid reception photos with us!

Click through the gallery below to check out all of the beautiful and kitschy finds during our weekend away!

Wishing Lucy and Scott all the best, and more for their life together! XO

Photos and video by Lauren Oosterlinck and Ben Edwards, 2016.

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.