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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SoulCycle for Free (with me) in DC

January 15, 2016

Yes, you read that right. Your My favorite cult trend, Soul Cycle, is teaming up with Target to launch a ten-city national tour that offers six complimentary SoulCycle classes a day – over the course of three days – in each market, and DC is one of the first stops.​

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The tour will land in pop-up form from Jan. 22 through Jan. 24 at Dock 5 in Union Market.  Classes are offered each day at 8am, 930am, 1030am, 12pm, 5pm, and 6pm. To signup for rides click ​here. ​(Link opens 1/15 at 3pm)

In addition to cycling your little heart out, DC will host a pop-up shop dedicated to wellness products including apparel, electronics, health & beauty and food & beverage. The shop, which will also live as an online boutique on Target.com, will also feature an exclusive Target x SoulCycle capsule including hoodies, sweatshirts, t-shirts and tanks. One of each, please!

If you can swing it, sign up for the Jan. 23rd ride at 930 so we can cycle (and cry) together. Happy cycling, DC!

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Winter Skincare: Clinique

January 14, 2016

Over the past two months, three different people have commented on how healthy my skin looks. To which my response has always been, the most dumbfounded look coupled with a delayed, “Uhh…what, me?”

I’ve never had particularly bad skin; I’ve never had to deal with anything like cystic acne or psoriasis but for as long as I can remember I’ve had red spots, dry spots, and I’m prone to breakouts when I moisturize (yes, I realize that’s insane and yes, that also means I only recently started regularly moisturizing — the horror). These fun facial issues are 10x worse during winter. Go figure. I’ve spent a lot of years and a lot of money to find the perfect concoction of serums and moisturizers that will moisturize those dry, flaky spots without creating a hotbed for a colony of zits. The day and nighttime lineup below has worked wonders for me and since a whole three people seemed to be interested in the details, I figured you might want in on my skin care secrets too.

The hardest part of this new routine? Not tossing these bottles when you don’t see results the next day. Hello. Nothing works that quickly. So stick with it and when you’re about a quarter-way through the bottle, you’ll start seeing results. Promise. Love, this recently converted skin care addict.

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Start with 1. Layer 2, 3, then 4. Erryday. Erry. Damn. Day. PLEASE NOTE that SPF is not included in these serums and creams and you should be wearing SPF everyday; whether you’re 18 or 38. Trust me, as someone who spent every summer outside as a swim coach/lifeguard and has been under one of those sun spot lamp things…your 50 year old face will thank you. My foundation has SPF in it and I also use this Supergoop makeup setting mist with SPF. Doubletime because it’s that important.

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The same serum you use during your daytime during is also the first step of your nighttime routine. Layer the moisturizer and finish with eye cream.

 

Questions? Concerns? Skepticism? The overwhelming need to share your skin care story? Do so in the comments below!

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