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What an icky foggy morning. I walked out the door and the air felt like soup. No wonder my hair was acting so crazy! The traffic was AWFUL because in the DC area, you can have a drop of rain and people are slamming on brakes left and right, skidding into medians and freaking out all over. This fog made people either speed and dart between cars, or slam on their brakes in each valley and go about 20 MPH. A 30 minute commute ended up taking almost an hour. Thought I'd share some lovely shots of MD 295 for you…

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Black and ivory print synthetic wrap dress from Ann Taylor. A couple weeks ago I saw a friend who is a manager for Ann Taylor and she was wearing this dress and I LOVED it on her and went back to my computer and ordered it same day. It has been sitting in my closet for a bit… I am not sure if I love it on me. I am always wary of bold prints with all my curves. I have gotten tons of compliments today, but often people compliment something that is eye catching more than flattering. Not sure about this one…

With it, red patent croco peeptoe pumps from Enzo Angiolini, my silver hoops and cuff. I considered wearing my ivory cami underneath for work-appropriateness, but said forget it – it ruined the line. It's not like I am popping out, just a bit lower of a neckline than I usually wear. Oh well, I'm in a cube, who's gonna see me?

Hair is second day. Last night I showered and didn't bother with putting it up, but didn't try to get it all wet so it was 50/50 resulting in weird curls and fluff this AM. I hit a few pieces with the curling iron and used the iron to straighten my bangs, then added some BioSilk and left it as-is.

Makeup is L'Oreal true Match concealer in W4-5, laura Geller Fabulous Foundation in Light, a touch of Chanel pressed powder in Natural to set, Nars blush in Orgasm. Lips is Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush gloss in Strawberry Fizz.

Smoky eye – it has been a while. Body Shop's eyecolors – Slate on lid, Soft Black in crease and along lash lines. A bit of black Eye Definer from The Body Shop along lash lines, curled lashes and a few coats of DiorShow mascara in black.

Product Review:
P161107 heroLaura Geller Phenomenal Foundation – I got this as a sample from Sephora. Thrilled to find it was a great match to my skin (a rarity with samples) and that the container had enough for 2-3 wearings. However, I don't think I will wear this stuff again.

It smells like acrylic paints and has a similar consistency. It did not blend in well, not with fingers, and not even with a moistened cosmetic sponge. The coverage was very obvious, though I applied with a light hand. And I can feel it on my skin – it feels the way colorfast lipsticks feel – a bit heavy, a bit dry, a bit… THERE. And four hours after application, it still has the weird paint smell. It does stay well, it has buildable coverage like the website claims, but it gives a very false and “done” finish that I do not like for myself or on any woman that is not on the stage. I bet it is long-lasting – I still have the same coverage I did this morning and I don't feel it has caked, creased, faded or smeared… but it doesn't fell good. it feels like the first foundation I tried in middle school and well, the cosmetics industry has made great strides since the 80s. there are many more foundations on the market that are long-lasting, smooth and provide good coverage while feeling and looking more natural.

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  1. I’m sorry I didn’t get to see you in person this day. How did I miss ya? The dress is GAWgeous dahling. Can’t wait to see you in it next time you wear it!

  2. Hey, I’ve been checking out your blog for the past few months.

    This is my favorite dress on you ever! It’s very flattering on you…I would even say that YOU flatter the dress?

  3. The dress is on sale right now, I know my local Ann Taylors didn’t have any left in stock but the website had most sizes still left.

    I have decided it’s a good choice, just outside my usual comfort zone. the husband loved it, my neighbor complimented me and a few strangers even said they liked it. I just am not a prints person usually… but I can add variety 😀

  4. I think the dress looks amazing on you! It’s very flattering….and I admit as soon as you said it was Ann Taylor my mind was already deciding if I should order it online or see if our local store has it!

  5. That dress looks fab! Don’t know why you are worried about it. I have a similar cream & black print wrap dress and I love it cos I get compliements when wearing it.

  6. Allie,

    I think this is v. flattering on you. I know what you mean about prints; I’ve careful about wearing these myself.

    But I think the wrap style helps define your waist, and combined with the v-neckline, it looks great on you. Makes me want to buy one, too.

    I love the smoky eye, too.

    You should be a stylist part-time; I’m sure there are a lot of women out in the DC-area that could use your help!

  7. I usually pull it up so I am sleeping on the nape of the hair. I don’t think i move much either. I also use very little hair products so it doesn’t get so “bent” or greasy while sleeping.

    And my hair is never perfect. It’s always a bit rumpled, slightly frizzy, a bit off. I have given up on perfect hair – had the Rachel and mastered that, but after that… it has been casual and a bit off ever since and I like it better.

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