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.



by Lauren Corbett

Travel. I have been wanting to do more of that lately. It is not that I dislike where I am from, but it is nice to have a change of scenery. It allows you to escape from reality for a moment and marvel at the beautiful world that God has created. 

Days are getting shorter; and the time to slay your warmer wardrobe is approaching. Although Fall is right around the corner, you just might want to take one last summer vacation, but you’re on a budget...what do you do?! 

This year, my boyfriend and I decided to take a trip to Myrtle Beach, SC for our last summer vacation. The tips below are what I have learned from planning this trip, and I hope they will help you plan your budget-friendly vacation as well.

1 – Driving vs. Flying.  Before my boyfriend and I chose to travel to Myrtle Beach, we wanted to go to Orlando, FL.  Unfortunately, that didn’t work out. And, it cost us quite a bit of cash. So, make sure you do not make the mistake of purchasing a non-refundable ticket! After licking our wounds, we both decided that we would go somewhere equally as nice, but closer.  The winner was Myrtle Beach! Our destination was only six hours away. That said, I suggest that if your destination is six hours or less away from your starting point, you should drive. Driving saves a lot of cash, you will avoid the headache of trying to get a refund for plane tickets, and you get to bond with bae!

2 – Member Discounts for Hotels. If you’re like me, then you want your hotel to be luxurious, yet inexpensive. Finding a hotel in Myrtle Beach was hard because those that were low in cost were undesirable. The décor was dated and there were horrible reviews from travelers on TripAdvisor. I continued searching for hotels on websites like Travelocity and Expedia until I remembered the benefits of being a member The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Luckily, I found a beautiful resort (Doubletree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront) through their hotel finder search engine. The resort is right on the beach and almost every room has a balcony with an ocean view. Because I was a member of the honor society, I got a 60% discount off the original price of the resort. So, I encourage everyone to think about the honor societies or groups of which they are members and put those discount offers to use.



3 – Revamp Your Wardrobe.  Instead of spending tons of money on new clothes for the trip, it is best to search through your closet for your favorite pieces and revamp them. Initially, I wanted to get another swimsuit. I totally overlooked the one I am wearing in the picture -- just because it is a few years old. Then I thought, accessorizing it would give it a fresh look. Since it’s so late in the season, most of the swimwear in stores is out of stock. Then, I could not find a cover up. I decided to buy a breathable, lightweight poncho and cut along the hem of the neckline to create an off-the-shoulder look. To make my outfit “pop,” I chose to go with big hoop gold earrings and gold oversized sunglasses.

If you still want to buy new threads, I have a few options below that you can choose from that are similar to mine. 

Have a safe and happy Labor Day!