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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DKNY Sport

by Lauren Corbett


I’m baaaaaccckk! It feels good to be back doing what I love! The last time I published a blog post was on New Year’s Eve and I was talking about my business resolutions for 2019. Let’s just say I didn’t keep those resolutions. Haha. I hope to tell you why I took an 8-month break soon, but I will say that no one and nothing can take away from the purpose that God has for your life! When He speaks to you…listen (we will talk about this later).

Now, let’s discuss this outfit! Yes, I know it’s still summer and it’s blazin’ outside, but I had to take pictures in this tough fit! I found this DKNY Sport Logo Print Jacket and Reflective Logo Tank Top at Macy’s in July. Macy’s was having their Black Friday in July sale. Usually, I don’t shop at Macy’s, but I had a $25 gift card that I never used, so I decided to buy this cute active ensemble. I do not remember the original price of the garments, but I do know that my total came up to $60. In my opinion, that wasn’t too bad for a DKNY outfit. The jacket is great for when it is raining and it can be used as a windbreaker.

My black and white exposed seam leggings (similar) come from a little teeny bopper store at my local mall. These are perfect for those who are exercise regularly because they are breathable, stretchy, and comfortable. There are slit two pockets on each side as well. These pockets can be used for holding your phone or keys.

My 2016 Balenciaga Speed Trainer sneakers were actually my mother’s, but she gave them to me because they were too big for her. Let me tell you, these sneakers are so comfortable! There is another version of the Speed Trainer sneaker, which has a black and white sole.

Do you like this outfit? Leave a comment. Also, I am trying to experiment with my writing style for the blog. Do you appreciate my outfit described posts or encouraging posts? Let me know :)

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Independent.

by Lauren Corbett


Independent. I remember I told my mother a few years ago that I would be independent by 21 or 22. If not fully independent, then semi-independent. I somewhat believed what I said, but not completely. Little did I know, I was speaking it into existence. At 22, I signed a lease for my first apartment near my college. I've been living on my own for a little over a year now. Initially, I worried about how I would pay for it since I am only a student trainee at my job, but eventually everything worked out because I was still able to work while attending school. My mother offered to help pay for my expenses, but I was determined to pay for everything myself. While I appreciate my mother offering to help, I knew it was time for me to take on some responsibility. And the thing is... I wasn't afraid. I have never been afraid of getting older and taking on more responsibility or maybe I should say... "adulting." Yes, bills are a drag, but I like paying them because it shows that I worked hard to pay them. I wake up early in the morning to work, go to school, and then come back to study and complete my school assignments. This routine is draining at times and I get frustrated, but I love doing it because I know my hard work will pay off. 

Being independent has mostly been a positive experience for me, but sometimes I struggle living by myself. I am somewhat of an introvert, so I enjoy my alone time. However, when I am not preoccupied with work or school, I find myself getting very lonely. My boyfriend visits me on the days that he is off. Also, my mother visits me every other weekend and vice versa since we are only an hour away from each other. When they leave, I get a little sad, but I snap out of it after an hour or two. Other than them, I get an occasional text from other family members, but that's it. While it is easy to mope about being lonely, I can't do that because whose name is on the lease? Mine. Who is enrolled in college? Me. Who has to work? Me. Who has bills to pay? Me. Therefore, I don't have time to be sad.

In terms of money, the only time I ask for help is when my rent takes up all of my paycheck and I don't have any money from the last one left to pay for things like school parking, gas, or groceries. I've gotten so self-dependent that I hate asking for help, but I know that everyone needs assistance sometimes. I just enjoy working for it. 

Do you live by yourself? If so, let me know what you like and don't like about it. 

Side Note: Ignore those shoes next to me in the second and third pictures. Those aren't mine.... lol. 

Slay Wear

1. Scarf Halter Top (Similar)

2. Black High-Waisted Shorts (Similar)

3. Silver Curb Chain Hoop Earrings (Similar)

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Love.

by Lauren Corbett


This post went completely left field from what I initially planned on writing, but I'll just go with the flow. 

Love. Love is such a strong word and people use it all the time yet when asked their definition of love, they either don't know or associate it with hearts, Valentine's Day, the colors red and pink, and etc. You hear pubescent middle schoolers say it loosely to their new boyfriend/girlfriend in the hallways, a married couple say it to each other when parting ways to go to work, individuals say it to each other to end a phone conversation, and so many other situations. There are different types of love too. Love between a wife and husband, boyfriend and girlfriend, parents and children, friends, God and his children, and others. But again, what is love? How can we define love? 

When I was younger, when asked my definition of love, I would say that it was an intense feeling that people had for one another. In my grandmother's house in the kitchen, there was a picture of hearts and within each heart was a sentence from a bible verse about the meaning of love. That bible verse was 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

At the time, I didn't fully understand it because I was so young, but I finally grasped the meaning as I got older and formed a relationship with a very caring man (pictured in this post). This may not be everyone's definition of love, but this is mine.

What is your definition of love?