Fashtoriously Two

by Lauren Corbett


Today marks the 2 year anniversary of this blog, The Fashtorious L.A.C. The beginning of this blog is so important to me because it is when I officially let go of my inhibitions.

Although my blog was launched in 2017, the ideation of it was in 2014. Between those three years, I was hesitant to show the world what I created. Also, I was a perfectionist (still am) who felt that maybe my blog wasn’t “professional” enough. All of these worries that I had about my blog went out the window when I was told that I wasn’t “on brand” by an editor of an online fashion publication for college students.

The publication was used to seeing young women with a cookie-cutter, Taylor Swift sense of style. What they weren’t used to seeing was a black woman (a curvy black woman) in a black one-piece swimsuit. I could have been that cookie-cutter girl that they were looking for, but honestly, my style is pretty versatile. One day, I could be wearing a pink dress because I feel cutesy. Next day, I could be athletic and wear a DKNY Sport outfit with sneakers. Another day, I might want to feel glamorous and sexy, so I would wear some type of fur with gold accessories and thigh high boots.

The editor’s comment lit a fire under me, which ultimately caused me to reveal my brand, style, and creativity to the world.

During these two years, I’ve gone through a lot. From college, graduation, heartbreak, rejection, promotion, and etc. Also, I’ve grown immensely. I’ve found my voice and purpose. I am happy that I am on track to becoming the woman I’ve always wanted to be.

I want to thank those who keep coming to my blog to see/read my latest entries and those who support me on social media and in real life.

I want to give a special thank you to my mother who is my inspiration and photographer for all of my blog pictures. I love you Mommy! :)

Fashtoriously,

Lauren Ashley Corbett

Outfit Details

  1. Black Exaggerated Ruffle Top (Similar)

  2. High Waisted Fray Hem Skinny Denim Jeans (Similar)

  3. Gold Statement Necklace with Grey Tassels (Similar)

  4. Black Goyardine Senat GM Pouch Handbag

  5. Grey Crystal Embellished Vera Wang Lavender Label Ballet Flats (Similar)

  6. Gold Sapphire Ring and Necklace (Gift)

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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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Get Your Head in the Game.

by Lauren Corbett


Since it is officially Super Bowl weekend, it is only right that I post throwback pictures of me in a sports jersey. I will always be a Redskins fan, but I'm rooting for the Steelers this weekend.  (NOTE: I just realized a day after publishing this post that the EAGLES are playing against the Patriots...not the Steelers. LOL! Correction -- I'm rooting for the Eagles.)

Get your head in the game. If you are a creative like me, then you are always trying to differentiate yourself from others and/or be one of the best in your industry. You look at other websites, social media accounts, marketing techniques, and etc. to see what you can do differently. While this assessment can be beneficial, it can also be time consuming and damaging. For example, you end up spending an unnecessary amount of time trying to figure out how your aesthetic is different than that of another fashion blogger. You realize that your time could have been spent doing something more productive like writing a blog post or enhancing your website design, basically anything that grows your brand. If you say that you haven't done this before, then you are definitely not being honest with yourself. Everyone has done it... I have! 

I have realized that when you focus on others, you lose the "game." You don't get the "Super Bowl ring." It's like when a wide receiver catches the football in a football game. Although he tries to make sure that he doesn't get tackled by those on defense, you don't see him studying all of the members on the opposing team during the game. He has tunnel freakin' vision. His goal is to get to the touchdown zone to score points for his team and ultimately win the game. 

Basically, what I am trying to say is that it is imperative for us to focus on ourselves in terms of our creative endeavors (actually...in LIFE!) or else we miss out on opportunities and our "Super Bowl ring" (success). 

Slay Wear

1. Women's #26 Clinton Portis Washington Redskins Jersey (Similar)

2. Oversized Tuxedo Style Black Blazer (Similar)

3. Worthington Black Pencil Skirt with Gold Stud Side Detail

4. Michael Kors Hamilton North/South Tote

5. Nine West Black Leather Pointed Toe Pumps with Ankle Lace Up Straps

6. Silver Cat Eye Sunglasses (Similar)

7. Gold Bangle Bracelet (Similar)

8. Gold Hoop Earrings (Similar)

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2017 VCU Fashion Show: Launch

by Lauren Corbett


On May 10, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) had their annual fashion show, Launch. I noticed that in previous years, the fashion shows were named after action words like Emerge or Evolve and this year was no exception.  

The show took place at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond, VA. This was my first time going to the venue and I have to say that it was beautiful! Just in case you would like to witness the grandeur of the museum, there is a Yves Saint Laurent exhibition that is running from May 6 through August 27. Visitors have the opportunity to explore about 100 haute couture and ready-to-wear garments created by the late fashion designer. 

Since this was my first year as a transfer student, I wanted to attend the fashion show to get a feel of what I would expect for later years. Instead of purchasing a ticket to view the show, I decided to help as a check-in usher. I felt that there were two perks to this volunteer experience -- free admission to the fashion show and the benefit of listing the experience on my resume. 

As a check-in usher, I was responsible for checking in the attendees and reviewing their tickets to make sure that they had the correct seat number(s).  I am not going to lie, the experience was out of my comfort zone; therefore, I was filled with excitement and nervousness. I am glad that I tried something different though. Also, volunteering for the event showed that I did not have this sense of entitlement. I am digressing, but a few students were complaining about the cost of the tickets when all they had to do was volunteer to gain free admission. Some aspiring fashion professionals do not understand that they have to start at the bottom in order to get to the top and that it is not glitz and glam all the time. You really have to work hard to get to where you want to be in any industry. 

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For my attire, I had to keep it professional and comfortable since I would be standing up for the majority of the event. I decided to wear a black button down shirt paired with stretch pants and ballet flats. I wanted to sparkle a bit, so I wore a gemstone statement necklace and dangle earrings. 

I was able to view the show after everyone was checked in for the event. I really enjoyed viewing garments that were created by the fashion design students. My favorite collection was created by fashion design student, Danielle Hugh Sam (starting at 50:52 in the Youtube video). I absolutely loved her collection because I am into the athleisure trend that is popular right now. 

I would definitely help out again for next year's fashion show because it was such an exhilarating experience for me. 

View the entire fashion show below! :)