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

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

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

In-Between (Seasons).

The toughest time to dress is in-between seasons - for me, at least. Dressing in layers is the tactical advice, but not always comfortable, say, if it's chilly when you leave home in the dawn of morning, yet bulky to tote around your warm layers the rest of the day, once the heat has set in. I've found a full skirt and a tee combo to be a stylish, fun (spinning and swooshing in fluffy skirts), comfortable way to dress during the in-between seasons, when the weather is particularly lukewarm.

Skirt swooshing, especially with pockets - good for Spring or Autumn days.

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Bonus!

You can accessorize to dress your outfit up or dress it more casually as needed!

What I'm Wearing?

  1. Fender tee - vintage
  2. Necklace - NY & Co. ** Currently having a mega jewelry sale with lots of cute statement necklaces and chokers (as of 9/5/17)
  3. Printed Midi Skirt - Chic Wish
  4. Ankle Booties - Jeffrey Campbell via Nasty Gal
  5. Tote Bag - Ted Baker

May your wardrobe be inspired for these lovely, unpredictable months ahead!

xoLauren

Photos and writing by Lauren A. Oosterlinck + Ben Edwards ©2017 ShesLaurenAshley.com