Michelle Monaghan's Weekend Diary: The White House Correspondents' Dinner

Michelle Monaghan poses after the White House Correspondents' Dinner.
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This past weekend, actress Michelle Monaghan scored one of the toughest tickets in town—a seat at the annual star-studded White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C., and she took InStyle along for the ride.

“I am so proud to go to the White House Correspondents' Dinner and to have the opportunity to speak on a panel about how we can empower our nation's veterans,” Monaghan tells InStyle. “Veterans’ issues are a cause near and dear to my heart as a result of my work in Fort Bliss! Hooah!!”

For the fancy fête, Monoghan chose a red and black combo garnet bustier gown from the Prabal Gurung fall 2015 collection. “Who let us backstage?! #WHCD” she wrote while snapping a quick pic with models Hannah Davis and Chrissy Teigen (photoabove).

From the outfits she took on her trip to the stars she posed with backstage, we’ve got all the details on her stylish weekend (and see more from the weekend on Twitter, @RealMonaghan).

PHOTOS: See Monaghan Get Ready for the White House Correspondents' Dinner

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Michelle Monaghan Boards Her Flight to D.C.

Michelle Monaghan boarding her flight to D.C.
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The next adventure begins now. I found this keychain in a bookstore. It's dorky, but true! Here I come, D.C.! #WHCD

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Monaghan Arrives to D.C. In A Chic Coat

Michelle Monaghan in Chanel.
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Chanel goes with everything.

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She made sure not to forget her favorite accessories.

Michelle Monaghan brought along her Tiffany clutch and Louboutin shoes.
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These Christian Louboutin shoes are everything and I love this Tiffany & Co. clutch.

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Monaghan's Beauty Secret? Lipstick.

Michelle Monaghan loves her Tom Ford lipstick.
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This Tom Ford lipstick (Wild Ginger, if you're curious, paired with a Giambattista Valli gown) never fails to make me happy. Now it's party time!

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Monaghan Stops to Pose With Close Friend Katie Couric

Michelle Monaghan with Katie Couric.
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I love this woman! Katie is beautiful, smart, fun, and funny! I've known her for years and we always have a giggle!

06 of 14

Day 2: power breakfast

Michelle Monaghan's power breakfast.
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First stop, a panel on veterans and women in the military with The Atlantic. Second stop, the White House Correspondents' Dinner!

07 of 14

Monaghan in her Capitol-ready frock.

Michelle Monaghan in Calvin Klein.
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This is my Mary Tyler Moore goes to Washington look. The dress is Calvin Klein, shoes are Kurt Geiger, and my jewelry is from Tiffany & Co. and Jennifer Fisher.

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Before Dinner, Monaghan Dons Her Favorite Scent

Michelle Monaghan favorite Tom Ford perfume.
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My favorite perfume is Tom Ford Lavender Palm, but I only use it sparingly since it's discontinued. Don't you hate when that happens?

09 of 14

Ready to Slip on Baubles.

Michelle Monaghan's Tiffany jewelry.
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I'm in jewelry heaven! Thank you, Tiffany & Co!

10 of 14

Monaghan Finally Met Dana Bash

Michelle Monaghan with Dana Bash.
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I got to meet her! Dana Bash from CNN. Respect.

11 of 14

Celebrating with Veep's Timothy Simons

Michelle Monaghan with Timothy Simons.
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True Detective meets Veep!

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in good company

Michelle Monaghan with Gabourey Sidibe, Darby Stanchfield, and Connie Nielsen.
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Gabourey Sidibe, Darby Stanchfield, Connie Nielsen and I! I love meeting so many inspiring, smart, beautiful, and fun women.

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backstage at the dinner

Michelle Monaghan with Hannah Davis and Chrissy Teigen.
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Who let us backstage? Here I am with Hannah Davis and Chrissy Teigen.

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That's A Wrap!

Michelle Monaghan poses after the White House Correspondents' Dinner.
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Peace out, D.C.! A marvelous evening. See you next year.

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