Shirtdress

January 27, 2016

Walter Baker Shirtdress District Sparkle Meaghan Moynahan

Walter Baker Shirtdress District Sparkle Meaghan Moynahan

Walter Baker Shirtdress District Sparkle Meaghan Moynahan

Walter Baker Shirtdress District Sparkle Meaghan Moynahan

all images Laura Metzler 

W118 WALTER BAKER SHIRTDRESS similar | NECKLACE | ASOS BOOTS | REBECCA MINKOFF BAG

It snowed. I binge watched three seasons of The Wire. Thank God the power didn’t go out. Mmkay now we’re all caught up.

SHIRTDRESSES. Might actually be a direct gift from God. Brunch? Yes. Boating? Yes. Casual Friday? Yes. Not-casual Tuesday? No, but Tuesday happy hour? Yes. You get the idea. Shirtdresses don’t just come in chambray and buffalo plaid anymore, ladies. Huge brands like Joie, Equipment, and Rag and Bone have just come out with some shirtdresses that are on point for Spring and yes, of course they’re white, grey, and black. Whether you style them with tan open toed booties, or layer one over tights and OTKs, this trend is here to stay and super easy to pull off.

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How To Get Your Best Blowout

January 21, 2016

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This just in: 60% off NUME flat irons with code IRON60

There should be an MTV True Life about how I never truly gave myself a decent blowout until this morning. Swear to God. 28 years old and I just could-effing-not figure out how to use the round brush to my advantage. Strategic use of a dryer? Forget it. I toss my head over and fry my hair ’til it’s a big ball of frizz. And then I straighten it ’til it’s so brittle it breaks. Repeat 2x a week.

Typically, when I find a routine that works, I stick to it. This includes but is not limited to beauty products. Why switch shampoos when the one you’ve been using since 8th grade cleans your hair? Seemed logical and easy enough for me. Until earlier this week when a plethora of hair products showed up at my door. It happened to be the perfect storm of new products so I figured I’d give them all a go in one morning. If I hated how my hair turned out I’d just chalk them all up to crap. Again, super logical.

So, this morning I put Drybar’s Sake Bomb shampoo and conditioner to the test, as well as their new leave-in conditioner. In all honesty, I’ve never been a huge fan of their products – I can always feel that there’s product in my hair and the next day there’s a ton of residue. I’m a 2-day hair kinda girl so I like my hair feeling as light and product-free as possible. Going in, I had no expectations but was very pleasantly surprised by how light, soft, and flowy my hair has been all day. Attributing this to both the shamp/conditioner duo and the leave-in conditioner that is residue-y in no way, shape, or form. 10 outta 10 for these three.

Because my hair was so soft it made drying way easier. Typically, I’m working with something that mirrors the texture of wet straw so this was a welcomed surprise. It made me want to pretend like I knew what I was doing with a round brush.

Finally, my favorite part: murdering my hair with a flat iron. Years ago, my neighbor had a Global Beauty straightener that made the curliest hair perfectly straight. It was like silk. I was never able to find that flat iron for retail and consequently, have never had silky straight hair like that since high school. Until this NUME Megastar flat iron made its way into my life. It’s a game changer. Not shitting you. With one swipe, straight hair. No more of this going over it two or three times bullshit. It saved me at least 15 minutes this morning and my hair hasn’t looked this good since those Global Beauty days. Am I comfortable saying this is the best flat iron I’ve ever owned? Absolutely. And it actually makes me excited to wear my hair straight instead of just getting through Day 1 hair to have something more texture-y for Day 2. If you’re in the market for a new flat iron, this one is currently 60% off with code IRON60I’m prone to static and flyaways so I put a dime size of Kerastase oil in my hand and work it through the bottom of my hair and then add some Pret a Powder to my part to add a little volume.

And there you have it. Your best blowout ever. The end.

On Day 2, keep it fresh with a cap, then beach curl it up, and add a little dry shampoo to soak up the excess oil.

 

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The Perfect Sweater Dress

January 19, 2016

Last week, this dress would have been appropriate in almost any situation (double score because it’s now on sale!) but now it’s 13 degrees with a wind chill and you’ll find me in a Redskins onsie ’til March.

Free People Zoe Swit Sweater Dress District Sparkle Meaghan Moynahan

Free People Zoe Swit Sweater Dress District Sparkle Meaghan Moynahan

Free People Zoe Swit Sweater Dress District Sparkle Meaghan Moynahan

Free People Zoe Swit Sweater Dress District Sparkle Meaghan Moynahan

Free People Zoe Swit Sweater Dress District Sparkle Meaghan Moynahan

Free People Zoe Swit Sweater Dress District Sparkle Meaghan Moynahan

all images Laura Metzler

FREE PEOPLE ZOE SWIT DRESS c/o Bloomingdales (on sale!) | ANN TAYLOR LOFT COAT similar option | SHOEDAZZLE BOOTS similar option sans fringe | MADEWELL BRACELETREBECCA MINKOFF BAG

This Free People dress made its debut on Thanksgiving since it was billowy enough to hide the three plates of dinner I devoured and made a decent blanket for my post-dinner nap. I figured this would be mostly a lounging dress since it really is quite boxy and ordering a smaller size would make the hem even shorter than it already is. Scandal.

Cut to last week when I had a brunch with girlfriends and was feeling so lazy that I contemplated wrapping myself in a comforter and heading out the front door – I remembered this oversized piece of goodness and reconsidered. But it’s just a little too oversized for my taste. If I were a buck 20 it would be that chic, oversized, model-in-a-cute-oversized-dress look but I reach for this sucker when I don’t feel like dealing with Satan’s mistress: Pants. Ya dig? So, sweater dress it is. But how can I make it look like I’m not trying to hide my extra holiday weight? The sleeves border on dolman, so pairing it with a leather jacket was out of the question. I opted for the same OTK boots I’d paired with it over the holidays and grabbed a cozy, tailored wool coat to add that structure the dress itself lacks. Conclusion: I’ve had this dress since the end of October and I’ve worn it at least once every two weeks since. The quality and comfort level is on point and it’s now on sale for under $200. All in all, the perfect sweater dress.

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