Kerry’s October wedding was featured on the Over the Moon blog today. Head on over there and check it out!

(Image via Sophie Kaye Photography)



Duped: Strapping Suede

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This is another one of those ‘champagne taste on a beer budget’ situations where we desperately want the Gianvito Rossi Janis Suede Sandals but we also do not want to eat Trader Joe’s split pea soup for the foreseeable future. Lucky for us, our pals over at Gap heard our plea and created the beautiful suede sandal you see above with an uncanny resemblance to the aforementioned shoe. Currently on sale + 40% off for Friends & Family? We can have our pea soup and eat it too.

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Soul & Oats

Tory and I, along with our friend Helene, spent the long 4th of July weekend celebrating in the Hamptons. On our drive out on Friday it began to rain, so we rerouted from the beach and booked an impromptu ride at the Soul Cycle barn in Bridgehampton. After a sufficiently grueling forty-five minutes on the bike we made our way into town to do some perusing and refueling. You can imagine our excitement as we stumbled upon a teeny tiny Juice Press shop tucked away on Main Street. Luckily for Tory, she can have Juice Press whenever she wants, but for those of us deprived by it not being available in our cities this was a special treat. We scooped up acai bowls, chia pudding and the coveted raw oatmeal to have with us for healthy breakfasts all weekend (and to counteract the effects of a little too much rosé.)

When I got back to DC on Monday afternoon I was already feeling withdrawal from a lack of Juice Press at my fingertips. I scoured the interwebs to find a recipe for the raw oatmeal so that I could pretend that I was in the Hamptons with my pals just a little bit longer. This oatmeal is a fantastic breakfast on the go because it can be made ahead of time with little prep in the morning. The healthy fats from the cashews and coconut oil keep you full for hours while the fiber in the oats stabilizes your blood sugar. The key ingredients promote beauty from the inside out (a concept we fully support).


1 cup steel cut oats

1/2 cup cashews

3 medjool dates, pitted

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons extra-virgin coconut oil, liquid

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

A dash of cinnamon (optional – we like to add it in the morning for a little brain-boosting effect)


Soak the cashews and dates in filtered water for about two hours. Strain and place in blender with the vanilla extract, coconut oil, sea salt and cinnamon. Add 3/4 cup water and blend until creamy. Refrigerate. Soak the steel cut oats in filtered water overnight.

In the morning, strain the steel cut oats and combine with the cashew milk mixture. Enjoy immediately with fresh berries or refrigerate longer for a thicker consistency. Serves two to three.

(Adapted from Juice Press and “The Recipe for Radiance“)

Quick Change

The varying extremes of our current winter have left us confused and honestly, a bit underwhelmed. 60 degrees one day and a blizzard the next? How does one deal with that emotionally let alone on a sartorial level? We’ve recently been scooping up some items that can help us transition our wardrobes from day to day and some items that simply make us happy.

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You know a sweater is good when it becomes “the one that got away”. After putting it back on the rack at & Other Stories in Soho and heading out, I quickly realized that I’d made a huge mistake. When I got back to the store the sales associate informed me that it completely sold out (within an hour!) Though it can easily be ordered online, I’m a sucker for instant gratification and dragged my mother uptown to the other location, purchased my new, super soft and perfectly textured gray sweater and promptly wore it to dinner that night.


I know, I know, I’m late to the party but a better late than never OTK boot is still an OTK boot. I had one of those serendipitous shopping moments when I stopped into Bloomingdale’s to return boots that did just not work and stumbled upon the last pair of these babies left in the country. Exceptionally marked down and oddly just my size (though a full size larger than my usual), they pair well with either a long parka or a short dress. (A few sizes left here and here)

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The incredibly chic India Hicks has created a dynamic duo in her Indi Tokens and waxed cotton Mr. & Mrs. Cords. Worn together or separately, we love that these pieces can be customized to our ever changing moods. Though available in endless combinations, we certainly did not hesitate at the opportunity to snatch up our signature ampersand and a few neutral colored cords.


Lovingly referred to as ‘Faquazzuras’, these wild thing dupes have been the antidote to dreary winter nights and the cause for celebration on spring-like evenings. Ever the sensible Trump, they’re available in a slightly more conservative black, often the color of choice when purchasing items for our wardrobes. But in this particular instance, we are decidedly partial to the red. Go wild or go home.


The only thing better than cashmere in our book is technical cashmere. Kit and Ace is known for their resilient but luxurious cashmere blends and the sleeveless Prevost turtleneck is the perfect introduction. Seamlessly suited for our unpredictable weather, this “business on the neck, party on the arms” tee is the ultimate layering champ.

Facial Massage 101

You may be wondering-What is facial massage? Is it necessary? Where does one go to get a facial massage? I’m just a spring chicken, do I really need to be doing this? The answers to which were all answered at the CAP beauty event I attended on the very subject.

Kerry and I are no strangers to facial massage. A few years ago we became enamored by the technique through an ITG article and for a period of time following we strived to incorporate this treatment into our daily skin regimens. The intended result-higher cheekbones, a less tense expression and no more puffy eyes (it is also said to minimize RBF.) There are many styles and techniques used for facial massage. All of which are centered around one main goal: to drain the lyphmatic system of the face, which creates a more even skin tone, a relaxed expression and a natural, healthy glow. 

I have found the ITG video to be simplest in the form of guidance and the most effective. As I watch this at night, UK based facialist Alexandra Soveral’s soothing accent slowly becomes a sort of mini mediation for me while I apply my arsenal of products (see below.)

After seeing an Instagram post, I decided to go to a refresher course at one of my favorite beauty stores in the city: CAP beauty. I attended the opening of the store a year ago and instantly knew I would love it upon learning they buried rose quartz in the foundation and across every threshold of the spa rooms. CAP offers an incredible selection of curated products and informative, fun events all centered around the concept that “beauty is wellness…wellness is beauty.” A notion with which we are whole-heartedly on board.

The event was led by Stephanie Brown, who is CAP’s resident ‘skin whisperer.’ She introduced the lesson saying “there’s really no point in using all these great products if we don’t know how to properly apply them.” Turns out, the combination of potent facial serums and oils with massage is the key to optimal facial wellness. 

She went on to explain that the time we take to nourish and care for our bodies should be extended to the care of our faces. The muscles in the face are used every single day in the many expressions we make and the stress that we retain. However, very rarely do we stretch or massage these muscles, as we do without question to our bodies after a rigorous workout. Facial massage is essential in stimulating and toning our facial muscles, with the added bonus of brightening our complexion and rejuvenating dull skin. As for age-appropriateness for this method, Stephanie says it is equally important for those in their twenties to massage their faces as it is for people in their thirties and above. We too experience stress in our work environments, and especially in the constant squinting and furrowing we do inches away from our computer and phone screens.

Whether you’re into draining your lymph or not,  you believe that facial massage can benefit your skin and overall health, or you just have 5 minutes to kill, I recommend that you treat yourself to a pick me up. You might just do your inner and outer self a real favor, and if anything it is a nice relaxing way to look like a freak in the comfort of your own home.

Below are some of our favorite facial oils/serums we swear by. To borrow a quote from CAP; Your most radiant self starts here….

MV Skincare Pure Jojoba

This oil is gentle enough for even the most sensitive and leaves your skin as soft as a baby’s bottom

Herbivore Botanicals Phoenix Facial Oil

Our newest brand obsession offers our favorite oil in a set, with a rollerball ideal for travel facial massage

One Love Organics Vitamin C Serum

While this is by definition a serum, the consistency is perfect for massage and has been a cult product of ours for years

Kahina Giving Beauty Serum 

Another new addition to our list, Kahina’s pairing of argan and coffee oils instantly perks up my skin

One-Two Punch

If you’ve learned anything about us from our little blog, you know that we’re advocates of wearing sunscreen year-round. But if you’re one of those who doesn’t consider SPF until the temperature starts rising, we have a quick solution for you: make it simple. Pick one for your face, one for your body and move on with your summer.

For your face:

MDSolarSciences MD Creme Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50 has a light and airy texture thanks to its innovative whipped formula. It’s great worn under makeup or own its own with a matte finish. The best part about this sunscreen is that it includes antioxidants like Vitamin C, green tea and pomegranate extracts.

For your body:

Beautycounter Protect All Over Sunscreen SPF 30 is a non-nano zinc oxide based formula without those white streaks that are usually associated with a non-chemical sunscreen. Add in a subtle citrus scent and hydrating aloe vera and if you’re daring, you could get away with this all year long.

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Duped: All Tied Up

When Tory and I spend time at the outlets together, it’s both stressful and exhilarating. We run around like chickens with our heads cut off hoping for the deal of the century. While there were no $25 Ralph Lauren cashmere flares this year, we did find what we think is the best Aquazzura dupe that we ever did see. We stumbled upon the Sam Edelman Zavier Pump in a flurry of excitement at Saks Off Fifth. An “ankle-wrap pump in buttery soft suede” with a more friendly heel height is always a must on our list. We suggest you take advantage of this weekend’s sale and seek them out. Happy hunting!

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Teddy Up

Now that freezing temperatures are officially here to stay, I’m taking a note from one of my favorite style icons, Carine Roitfeld. Carine’s outerwear game is the best in the business, bar none. One particular style she sported has been piquing my interest as of late: teddy wear. Not to be confused with the polar opposite attire it shares a name with, the sight of a teddy coat alone is so warm and inviting. I was in denial of the cold during the past few weeks of fall but given the forecast I’m ready and willing to enfold myself in oversized coats. Two options for you to peruse: my unrealistic wish list contains the never gonna happen options…but it’s always fun to dream. And on my more attainable wish list are some items that are perfect to bundle myself up in without leaving me penniless.

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Duped: The Loafer Edition

tallshortburgundyDespite our commitment to lack of color in our wardrobes, there are certain hues that simply cannot be ignored. For the fall, that color is burgundy. The deep and sultry tone is the perfect complement to the influx of camel already available in our closets. We’re thinking shoes are the best way to jump in feet first: these loafers from Everlane and Target are our tall and short picks this week. If you’re ready to fully commit, Everlane’s first foray into shoes can do you no wrong at $165 (but look like they’re hundreds more). If you just want to dip a toe into the burgundy pool, Target’s penny loafers will run you $28 and last all season.

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How The Sun Sees You

My friends know me all too well-sending an email with the subject “what happens to your face when you wear sunscreen might shock you” was sure to hook me. I promptly watched the video attached and forwarded it along. It is an eye-opening reminder to thoroughly cover up during these last few weeks of summer {as well as all the other days of the year}. We’ve written about our love of sunscreen before but have since discovered new favorites. For face I love both the Neem Rose Sunscreen from Pratima and The Perfect Sunscreen from Consonant, and for body the Beautycounter Protect All Over is great. Just because you don’t see the sun, doesn’t mean it doesn’t see you…