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I bought this dress as a final sale from Banana Republic.  I think it cost me something like $20.  I bought it while pregnant, thinking it would be the right size postpartum.  I got it… and realized it was too big.  It's an XL, even though I may be XL in some places, I obviously am not for this dress.  I think next time I may wear it with a belt.  If that doesn't look good, I will have to donate this to a taller, larger-boned friend.

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But the dress is the most gorgeous shade of ultraviolet and a super soft merino.  And what a lovely floppy neck!  It's rainy and ucky out, and I feel just as cozy in this as I did this morning padding around in my pink leopard-print pajama pants!  With it are my black leather boots from Ros Hamerson, silver chain from Ralph Lauren, silver hoops and cuff.
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I don't know if this happens to any other woman.  You put on your lipstick, and then you put it in your purse for touchups later in the day.  Then the next day you're rushing to get ready and you realize that because you have been putting your lip product in your bag all week, you now have no lipsticks or glosses in your makeup case!  Well this happened to me this morning, so you see a chalky pink pencil that I put on to help my Laura Mercier Pink Champagne adhere longer.  Pink Champagne was applied in the car once I parked at the Metro, before hopping on the train.
As for the rest of my makeup, it's Estee Lauder Doublewear Light foundation, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer, Nars blush in Orgasm, Pop beauty shadow palette for brown eyes – the celadon on lids, the black in crease and along lash lines.  A bit of Avon Luxury liner in black, and Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes! mascara in black.
olay proI have tried a ton of new products lately and have been quite the slacker on reviews.  However I do have to mention one product I have recently used that I adore.  For the past month I have been using the Olay Professional Pro-X Anti-Aging Starter Kit.  This kit has a night cream, eye cream and SPF 30 day moisturizer.

I have been using it almost every night (yes, I must admit I sometimes pass out before taking off my makeup) and every morning and have seen a big change in my skin.  Compare my skin above to my skin here, a month prior.  You can see that the wrinkles in my forehead and around my eyes are less pronounced, my age spot on my cheek is a bit fainter, and even the little bumps I always have on my chin are clearning up.  I bet the change will be more obvious in another month.  I am known to have reactions to harsh chemicals and salycitic acid, but I haven't had a single reaction to this line and the eye cream doesn't irritate my allergy-prone, contacts-wearing eyes.

The kit isn't cheap, but it has been a month and I still have 1/3 of the day and eye creams and probably half of the night cream. This kit is worthy of repurchase in the full-size containers.


  1. Anonymous
    November 12, 2009 / 2:48 am

    You pull off a sweater dress like no other! I thought they were only for bone-thin, waif-like women. You look stunning in the dress!

  2. November 2, 2009 / 10:36 pm

    Yup I think belted would be the way to go. And loving the color and cowl neck!

  3. November 1, 2009 / 4:04 am

    I love the Olay Professional Pro, best product ever. No more circles around my eyes, no more fine lines, it makes my skin look great!
    I bought my set for under $30, that was because I used a coupon I had a couple of months ago, I hope to find another coupon because I will need another set soon!

  4. Anonymous
    October 29, 2009 / 7:53 pm

    Great look and color on you. Keep it, belt it if you have to but keep it. Hope you do.

  5. Madeleine
    October 29, 2009 / 11:47 am

    Ha! I too am wearing a knitted, bought-in-the-BR-sale, not-sure-if-it-suits-me dress today. Like you, I am loving the cosy sweater-ness of it (I am getting over a seriously heavy head cold)! I have found this dress to be more ‘me’ when I wear it with flats and thick tights (I found boots too bulky and high up my leg so they made my legs look shorter and wider than I would like)- maybe this would work for you too? I would definitely keep experimenting because the colour is absolutely wonderful on you and a dress that feels like a hug is worth keeping, in my opinion..
    Stay gorgeous!
    M xx

  6. October 29, 2009 / 10:03 am

    No strong fragrance – if anything it has a bit of the “I have chemicals in me” sort of smell. But even that isn’t too extreme.

  7. October 29, 2009 / 2:30 am

    Does the Olay Cream have a strong fragrance? Fragrances irritate my skin (rosacea) in addition to making me sneeze. Just wanted to check before buying.

  8. FashionAddict
    October 28, 2009 / 3:01 pm

    Ooooo, I really like the dress on you! I would try it with a belt, cuz the color is just GORGEOUS, and I like the style. It looks so cozy, too. I think you just need a book to cuddle up with!

  9. Anonymous
    October 28, 2009 / 3:25 am

    Keep the dress – you look great in it and the color is just simply gorgeous on you! Keep it, it works!
    Kathy F.

  10. October 27, 2009 / 8:25 pm

    You’re a total knockout in that dress, Allie!

  11. October 27, 2009 / 6:34 pm

    The color is gorgeous on you! Definitely try it with a belt.

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