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Center of Attraction

BY Kristen Schott | May 1, 2018 | Feature Features National

There are those who always draw a second glance. They have that enviable, magnetic all-over glow, the result of a healthy lifestyle—and a few beauty products too. Here, four DC tastemakers share their flex appeal.

Matthew Peschke
The hospitality biz’s newest local exec has a zest for life.

Be in the moment: That’s what Matthew Peschke does. But balance and moderation are key. “I stay active and eat healthy, but life is short, so I try to enjoy [everything],” says Wisconsin-born Peschke, who recently moved from Las Vegas to become marketing director for W Washington DC. The gig is tailor-made for a fella who values experience. “We [do] a lot of events with artists, fashion brands and fitness gurus. I love to create these [programs] because I want to attend them.” When he’s not toning his hospitality muscles, he’s at the gym—at 4:30 every morning. (Leg day is his favorite, for the burn: “It reminds you how hard you worked.”) And he takes nighttime walks with his pup, Rogue, to explore. “DC has a vibrant culture. It makes it easy to escape from work.”

1 “Music keeps me moving, and I would be lazy without [my Beats by Dre]. I have to confess, there’s a lot of Britney [Spears] on my chest-workout playlist, and Nicki Minaj and Cardi B on leg day.” Studio3 wireless headphones, $350

2 “I’m a huge fan of kombucha. I discovered Craft Kombucha, located in Union Market. It has an amazing variety.” Growler first fill for $15, refills $12

3 “I keep track of my fitness goals and make sure even when I’m working I stay active. I had the FitBit Ionic, but I’m going to buy the new Versa.” $250

4 “I have three [fragrances] in constant rotation: Tom Ford Black Orchid when I am feeling myself, Eight & Bob for business meetings and Eight & Bob Egypt for weekends.” Black Orchid eau de parfum, 1.7 fl. oz. for $122, by Tom Ford at Sephora

Eun Yang
This morning news anchor’s on-screen presence captivates.

Ask Eun Yang if she had any “me” time while covering the Winter Olympics in South Korea, and she’ll set you straight. “I knew the drill going in,” says the morning news anchor for NBC’s Washington affiliate. “The work was grueling but rewarding.” Efficiency and competency are key for a woman whose passion for her job drives her to get up in the wee hours, seek out stories to share with her viewers—and do so in style. “The mornings go fast,” shares the mother of three. “I drink green tea when I get to [the studio]. I do my own makeup and hair. I... exercise in those few hours between the time I get off work and the kids get home.” Her preferred activity? Solidcore. “I’m a devotee,” she confesses. “It is tough, yes, but yields results.” If that sounds familiar, her mantra will too: “Mind, body and soul are connected. If you strive to feel good about who you are, you’ll feel better about how you look.”

1 “Jrink is a woman-owned local company. I try to do a three-day reboot after holidays or vacation.” Three-day Intermediate Reboot for $165, Jrink

2 “I received a S’well bottle as a gift, and now I like to give them as gifts. They’re fun and functional.” Marine bottle, $35

3 “Bluemercury’s M-61 PowerGlow [Peel] lets my skin really breathe and absorb other products.” 30 treatments for $62, Bluemercury

4 “Mojave Ghost just suits me.” Eau de parfum, 3.4 fl. oz. for $230, by Byredo at Neiman Marcus, Tysons Galleria

5 “I love yoga. I need to do more yoga. My husband and kids gave me a pink Lululemon mat for Christmas one year because my old blue one was practically shredded.” The Reversible mat 5 mm, $68, Lululemon

Shot on location at W Washington DC

Patrick Brian Jones
A solid foundation is a core concept for the up-and-coming architect.

It’s not surprising that an architect would apply the same principles of his biz to his wellness regimen. After all, they go hand in hand: If you start with a strong base, you’ll develop a better end result. Take how Patrick Brian Jones approaches his first meetings with clients: “I make it a priority to understand their needs, then work to translate [that],” he says. His latest projects (like home renos in Logan Circle) keep him busy, but it’s a passion. “Loving what you do... is the foundation for looking and feeling good,” he says. “Everything else is an accent piece.” His self-care involves up to five classes a week at Crossfit MPH (“The workouts are typically pretty intense.”) and eating healthy. His indulgence? Hu Kitchen’s dark chocolate, from Glen’s Garden Market in DC. “It’s paleo, so it’s OK.” Good form, indeed.

1 “The one thing that has saved my hands during bar work is Bear Komplex’s grips.” Two-hole gymnastics grips, $40

2 “When I travel, I typically take a jump rope.” Elite Surge 2.0 cable speed rope, from $26

3 “Aesop Tacit is a light, fresh scent but has a hint of masculine musk.” Eau de parfum, 1.7 fl. oz. for $115, Aesop, Georgetown and Shaw

4 “I have an Apple watch, and I love when it tells me to breathe and stand, which are good reminders throughout the day.” Series 3 watch, from $329, Apple

5 “I alternate moisturizers depending on the time of day, but I usually use Kiehl’s Ultra Facial [Cream] with SPF 30 during the day.” 4.2 fl. oz. for $49.50, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Northwest

Shot on location at Canopy by Hilton Washington DC, The Wharf

Melissa Chiu
The museum director’s picks are selected with a discerning eye.

This is a woman who favors a vintage fragrance worn by her mother and whose routine revolves around three mainstays: “Lots of water, green tea and anything ayurvedic.” Yes, Melissa Chiu, the Australia-born director of the Hirshhorn, relies on the basics: She intends to prep for the contemporary art venue’s May 12 spring gala with “minimal fuss” and would never skip a full eve of shut-eye. “I’ve found a good night’s sleep is so important for... balance, even though it can be one of the hardest things to prioritize,” says Chiu, a mother of one. She also tries to stay calm and centered—it’s quite apropos when you consider she and her team are prepping for the museum’s largest interactive technology exhibit in October. Dubbed Pulse, the show features immersive installations that turn your own heartbeat and fingertips into art. Transformative, most certainly.

1 “Gaiam’s yoga socks fit just right, don’t slip off and they last well.” Grippy yoga socks, $10

2 “Sweaty Betty’s neoprene bag is my choice for workout gear.” All-Sport backpack in oxblood, $115

3 “When it comes to sunscreen, I use Shiseido Sports BB broad spectrum SPF 50+.” $38, Lord & Taylor, Northwest

4 “I enjoy Milk Makeup products, especially [its] Eye Vinyl glossy eye shadow, which is easy to put on and wear.” $20, Sephora and Urban Outfitters

Shot on location at Whiskey Charlie at Canopy by Hilton Washington DC, The Wharf

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