#MeToo x NYFW18

A macabre, angelic model led a troupe of glamorous fellow models around the runway, alluding to the similar traumas each shared, and the true spirit behind the event: #METOO Fashion Show. Attendees were advised to expect a show vastly different from what one would typically experience at other fashion shows part of the official New York Fashion Week '18 schedule. But from the time my friend, Wendy, forwarded me the invitation to this show, each of us felt a bit anxious as to what would lie ahead on the runway.

The beauty of this fashion show was the bravery and strength of each woman - the garments they wore came in secondary, unlike most other NYFW shows. After walking the runway, each woman took a second turn down the catwalk, handcuffed to a man wearing a pig mask. Lined up in single file, each model took the microphone and shared her story of sexual abuse. A horrific range of traumas were recounted, but with each story shared, layers of shame were shed. Power was building in the room, as each woman unlocked herself from her "pig." It is exciting to think how power is spreading across the U.S. (now in the U.K.), encouraging women to be courageous by saying #TIMESUP for sexual harassment, assault, or abuse, either for themselves or on behalf of others.

Here are some moments from the show!

XO Lauren

Lauren A. Oosterlinck, Copyright 2018

New + Reignited Endeavors.

We all have particular gifts - talents we were born to use. Ever since I can remember I have loved to draw. Not to toot my own horn, but it's always something that has come easily to me - it's one of my God-given talents. I used to challenge myself by figuring out how to draw horses, which were tough. It was so gratifying to set a goal for myself and attain it, especially as a child under the age of 12. Another beloved muse of mine has been to sketch stylish people, which lately I've felt more compelled to do once again. I stopped drawing sometime around my pre-teen years, the desire just drifted away: it wasn't considered "cool," and new priorities took precedent, probably things like make-up and MTV (TRL, anyone?). Neither of those are good excuses for ditching a craft you enjoy, but I was a pre-teen girl, and hindsight is ... well, you know.

My passion for painting developed in college, where I also progressed in developing my drawing craft. Wow, I am glad I took off from where I left off in my adolescence. I learned so many valuable technical aspects of illustration and painting in those college classes. After another brief, more recent hiatus in the artistic realm, I am gratefully recalling those very techniques now. After some Google-ing of various watercolor tutorials I began recently focusing on painting fashion and glamour in that style - painting in acrylic and oil already I know. I've learned that I love to paint using watercolors. Doing my YouTube make-up tutorials has been a fun learning experience, but this painting medium has been a welcome new challenge. 

Painting and illustration are a couple of my passions, whether the medium is watercolor or make-up. Since glamour and style are other loves in my world, it's exciting to incorporate those interests into my art. It may sound obvious, but after much thought and work, I realized it's important to pursue the skills that come naturally to each of us, whether as a hobby or a career. I'm very grateful I have the opportunity to invest time in exploring my path. You too should put thought and effort into the positive things that inspire you. I thought I would share some of my latest illustration and watercolor work in hopes that it motivates your creativity. 

Stay tuned for the latest developments on this front! I hope to start taking commissions soon.

What hobbies might you have had at a different stage of life, that might reinvigorate you now?

I hope to hear you in the comments below!

xo Lauren

 

©2017 ShesLaurenAshley/All images by Lauren A. Oosterlinck

Neverending Glam Story.

Ok - not never ending, but rather based on one of the best '80s movies ...

Recently, my husband and I went to a summer outdoor film screening in Prospect Park, Brooklyn of one of my favorite movies ever from childhood, The Neverending Story. It was wonderful - the nostalgia, the weather, and shared joy of the movie by fellow fans. I felt inspired to do a themed look based on the dear movie, and thought I'd share the details with you! Watch through until the last couple minutes of my movie so you'll catch a clip of the Childlike Empress herself, an all-grown-up Tami Stronach, introducing the film to us in the park that evening. It's kind of scary how time flies - have fun with the makeup and accessories while you can!

What's on my face?
1. Urban Decay Moondust Palette - color: Galaxy (so appropriate ;))
2. MAC lipstick in Stone (looks more grey IRL)
3. Urban Decay VICE Special Effects Long-Lasting Water Resistant Lip Topcoat in Reverb
What I'm wearing:
1. Headband from the W Store (online only)
2. Necklace by Athinalabella on Etsy
3. Ring by Spell Designs (online or boutique in Australia)

I sure geek out on this film and beauty products! Let me know what you think! I always respond to comments and love to hear from you. 
ATREYU, FALKOR, SABASTIAN 4-EVER!!! 

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XO Lauren

 

Images and video by Lauren A. Oosterlinck, 2017.