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Opening Party @The Bowery Bond

Up-and-coming artists from around the globe gathered to celebrate the opening of joint store space, The Bowery Bond, on Thursday, June 22nd. Giant balloons, drinks a-flowin', and beats from DJ Crazy B filled the space, while artists mingled, with their displays of handmade goods.

If I could take anything away from this multi-artist store, I believe it would be this rock'n'roll jacket - so rad!

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OMG!

I heart these clear sunnies. ;)

Don't miss finding a unique piece - whether it be jewelry, art, home decor, or clothing! There is a wild, daring array of inspiring one-of-a-kind items here on Bowery. My husband, Ben, found a hilariously cool series of Ab Fab themed goodies by sweet CherocPopShop.

If your style errs on the adventurous and whimsical spectrum, I would highly recommend checking out the clothing ByRaha. Her items are ethically-sourced handmade luxury items mainly made in Iran. She is a pal and invited us to the party, so I am a tad biased. :)

Fantastic mules! I’d wear ‘em.
— Moi

It's Frida

by Diti Mistry, India.

Pretty things!

Thanks for having us! What I'm wearing: Pants-Tory Burch. Top-LF. Heels-Seychelles. Spider charm-Betsey Johnson. Ben's flamingo top-Asos. XO

All images and writing by Lauren A. Oosterlinck, 2017.

Faux Hawk Updo Tutorial

Make a dirty hair day extraordinary with this easy, edgy up-do, that is great for short and long hair!
You can work out or get glamorous with this hairstyle.
Starting with a top knot, create cascading, connected buns that result in a unique faux hawk look - which I'll demonstrate in this hair tutorial.

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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