Fur Season

by Lauren Corbett


UPDATE (11/24/18) ***After watching “The True Cost” documentary for my Fashion Promotion class project, I have decided to be more mindful of the garments that I choose to purchase and wear. There have been staggering statistics of lives lost, labor law abuses in South Asian countries — whereby workers are forced to work under unbelievable, inhumane conditions. So, for those reasons, I will think twice about how often I shop, where I shop, and the fabrics and materials I choose to wear.***

It is officially FUR SEASON! I LOVE FUR! I understand that this might be a problem because sustainability is important in the fashion industry right now. Fashion brands are switching from genuine fur to faux fur. I believe the forerunner of the sustainability movement in the industry is Stella McCartney, who is Paul McCartney’s daughter.

While sustainability is very important, I will say that the fur that you see in these pictures are real. I think my love for fur comes from my culture — the black culture. In the black culture, fur coats (or anything fur for that matter) are symbols of wealth and status. You particularly see fur worn from those in the hip hop community. Before the growth of hip hop, you would see some African Americans wearing fur during the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s as well. The Harlem Renaissance was a period of intellectual, artistic, and social explosion among African Americans in the New York borough of Harlem. During this time, African Americans migrated from the rural south to the north (known as The Great Migration) to have more economic opportunities and cultural capital. A lot of prominent black figures such as Langston Hughes, Josephine Baker, and Nora Zeale Hurston come from this era. This was the golden age for black people.

What are your thoughts about fur?

Outfit Details

  1. Andrew Marc Genuine Opossum Fur Vest

  2. Southpole Hockey Jersey

  3. Lace Up Peep Toe Stiletto Heel Thigh High Boots

  4. Frosting by Mary Norton Genuine Mongolian Lamb Fur Handbag

  5. Flash Lenses Aviator Sunglasses (Similar)

  6. Michael Kors Lexington Gold Tone Watch

  7. Gold Hoop Earrings (Similar)

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Keep Going

by Lauren Corbett


I wanted this to be a part of my newsletter, but I think it is better to write it as a blog post because it can help anyone who is going through a tough time right now.

As you all know, I took a break from The Fashtorious L.A.C. During this time, I went through a breakup, death of a family member, and other things. All these events brought up feelings of sadness, anger, and confusion. Around that time, I felt that it was not right to post blog entries knowing that I was in such a trying time. But… I was wrong. We (creatives) create our best pieces of work when we are in emotional pain. Also, it’s therapeutic for our soul and we unknowingly help others with whatever we create. Trust me, it is very easy to get so caught up in our own emotions that we want to isolate ourselves and dwell on the negative, but we cannot do that. That is the devil’s way of stunting our growth. We must keep going and fulfill God’s purpose for our life.

While I understand that this is a fashion blog and the majority of my posts should be about clothing, I get more joy out of writing blog entries like this one. Therefore, I know that God’s purpose for my life is to encourage and empower others.

So… KEEP GOING despite rejection.

KEEP GOING despite your past.

KEEP GOING despite your present.

KEEP GOING despite self doubt.

KEEP GOING despite fear.

KEEP GOING despite your insecurities.

KEEP GOING despite judgement from others.

KEEP GOING despite heartbreak

No matter what you’re going through right now, just keep going because eventually, everything will turn out the way that God meant for it to be.

Outfit Details

1. Black Neoprene A-line Dress with Mesh Sides and Zipper Detail (Similar)

2. Black Crop Leggings (Similar)

3. Christian Louboutin Black Patent Leather Décolleté 554 100mm Pumps

4. Marc Jacobs Women's Henry Watch Quartz Mineral Crystal MBM3106

5. Silver Rhinestone Hoop Earrings (Similar)

Shoutout to my mother for letting me wear her Christian Louboutin heels and Marc Jacobs watch.

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Slippin' It

by Lauren Corbett


Yes! I am back! I know that I have not posted since February and I apologize for that. There were a lot of personal affairs that I had to deal with and you can read more about my break in my monthly newsletter. I really wanted to come back with new sections on my blog, but I just could not wait, so here I am! I will add new sections within the next few days. 

I have been wanting to shoot this look for a long time. Originally, I planned to wear a black and white baseball jersey, but I lost it. You would not believe that I my whole outfit is from the thrift store except for the jewelry. And yes, I am wearing an actual slip! You can't see it, but I tied the back with a hair tie to make it look like a fitted dress. I love exposing intimates on occasion (like New Year's Eve), but of course this look would be worn at night. It would be a little too risqué if I worn it during the day. 

What do you all think about wearing exposed intimates?

Outfit Details

1. Thrifted LA Dodgers Jersey (similar)

2. White Lace Slip (similar)

3. Ann Taylor Navy and Tan Leather Ankle Strap Heels 

4. Lexington Gold-Tone Michael Kors Watch

5. Gold Tone Spiral Coil Criss Cross Twist Michael Kors Ring

6. Gold Hoop Earrings (similar)

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Overachiever.

by Lauren Corbett


These pictures are more recent. Taken in late summer/early fall. 

Overachiever. As most of you know, I attend Virginia Commonwealth University and major in Fashion Merchandising. What you may not know is that I am an overachiever. I have always had a strong work ethic, which has resulted in good grades and a slew of awards (not saying that in a boastful way). While I believe my desire to succeed and do well in school is great, I realized that my well-being comes first and foremost. 

Last semester was rough, which is why I did not post as much as I wanted. I was dealing with teleworking full-time, attending classes where I was required to be a part of semester-long group projects, increase in rent, struggling financially, and etc. It was definitely stressful and I finally realized right after the semester that I took on too much. Every other day, I was probably crying or snappy. I finished strong though -- All A's and one B.

I am happy to say that this semester, I have a lighter workload and am more focused on my well-being. The reason why I wanted to write this post was to tell anyone reading it, please do not take on more than you can handle. Your health (physical and mental) come before anything else. 

Slay Wear

1. Fray-Hem Chambray Shirtdress (Similar)

2. MCM Large Stark Cognac Backpack in Visetos

3. Black Crisscross Leggings (Similar)

4. Two-Tone Blue Crisscross Sports Bra (Similar)

5. Lace Up Peep Toe Ankle Booties (Similar)

6. Gold Hoop Earrings (Similar)

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