3 Reasons Why You’re Not Getting Results

If you’ve ever busted your ass to get the most out of your workouts/eat healthily, yet somehow come up short when it comes to visually seeing or feeling your results, this week’s fitness post is for you.

I have been getting TONS of questions on this exact topic from clients, and also hearing lots of complaints from my friends: “I work out 5 times a week! What the HELL am I missing here?!” It’s a feeling that’s super frustrating, and I feel you, as I’ve been there too before.

From past experience, I’ve determined that there are three main factors that flush your results down the drain faster than anything, and I’m breaking down the best way (and with the best apps!) to tackle them.

Sleep.

It goes without saying: getting consistent sleep is the key to staying on top of your shit across all areas of your life. Consistency: getting the same amount of hours a night, between 6-8 ideally, is the recipe. Your body performs nearly all of its regeneration process at night, so if you’re burning life at both ends, you’re going to see a serious downturn in your body’s productivity when it comes to working on your body’s metabolism or being efficient at fat burning. What’s that mean? Pro tip: If you want to make your body burn more fat while at rest, hold off on the carbs before bed, or really any food within 2 hours of bedtime if you can. If not, opt for a protein, which is the last macronutrient to burn off. 

Sleep Cycle

This app tracks your sleep, and also offers you analysis on just about every detail imaginable. I have 6 years of data and love seeing it change over time.

Time management.

Also important. The more you can plan out the stuff you CAN control, the better you can weather the stuff you can’t. I spend a couple hours on weekends prepping my healthy meals, doing chores, writing blog posts for the month (that are previously calendared into my schedule), and it makes a huge impact on my week. I stick to my planned workouts, I’ve lowered the number of times I order takeout, or raid the corner store for junk food because I already got my shit in line over the weekend. Every hour during the day has a purpose. Every little detail (seriously.) is Google calendared. Even showers. I know. I’m a psycho. But it works.

Trello

This app is great for project management and allows you to set completion dates/comments. If you hate calendars, this is a viable option. I use it for managing my blog.

Focusing on others’ journeys.

I cannot stress this one enough. The more you focus on how others get their results and how quickly it happens is one of the most toxic things you can do when it comes to maintaining your sanity on making progress in your own lane. What works for someone else may not work for you, and that’s totally normal. Focus on what changes work best for you, and navigate that way instead. It’s easier said than done, and I get it, I’ve fallen victim to it too. Try working with a trainer, life coach, or a group that keeps you focused on your individual goals, and set ground rules/goals centered around your progress.

Chorus

This social group training app allows you to not only work directly with a personal trainer but also gives you a team full of like-minded individuals to help motivate you toward your fitness goal. I am a trainer with Chorus, and it’s been revolutionary for my clients; their motivation has increased with each week, and with my clear defined plan, they’re sticking with their goals.

Photos by Rachel of Rachel Radcliffe Photography

Active Fashion – The Editorial Part III

The casual active fashion realm can also take a more structured form, outside of the traditional incorporation of leggings. One of my favorite way to style sportier trends are hybrids: traditional clothing types reformatted in a sporty way, or with technical fabrics. These include items like dresses, blazers, skirts, etc.

I had so much fun styling this Nike dress, courtesy of Rent The Runway. Active inspired dresses are some of the best ways to take your look to the next level. This particular dress was a statement all it’s own; it’s structured lines and material made it sleek, yet eye catching. For a fun and sporty day look, I added in my favorite leather and pom hat, perfect for a sunny day walking around the city.

The beauty of a style so simple means you can add other pieces in to add a playful or more dramatic tone to the ensemble. This style can also be blurred back to a more dressy casual feel, trading your sneakers for a sleek pair of wedges or strappy heeled sandals, and a statement necklace. I wore this dress in black during New York Fashion Week at the beginning of the year, styled with statement tights and over-the-knee boots, and it was a total hit.

I dressed up this look by adding this BB Dakota draped leather jacket via Rent The Runway, and one of my favorite velvet chokers for a more happy hour and evening feel. You can switch up your handbag too to add another element of glam to your look.

Outfit Details

Dress: Grey Nike Fleece Dress, via Rent The Runway (under $35 rental!)

Jacket: BB Dakota Faux Fur Draped Leather Jacket, Rent the Runway (under $35 rental!)

Shoes: Superstar Rose Gold, Adidas

Handbag: Large Le Pilage Neo, Longchamp

Sunglasses: So Real 48mm Sunglasses, Dior, in Palladium/Crystal

Choker: ASOS Choker in Black, ASOS

Makeup Details

Foundation: Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, Dark

Primer: Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, in Luminous Light

Blush: Marc Jacobs Air Blush, in Lines and Last Night

Highlighter: Glossier Haloscope, in Quartz

Brows: Glossier Boy Brow, in Brown

Eyes: Pastel Goth Palette, Kat Von D

Lashes: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, in Black

Lips: Le Marc Lip Creme, in Slow Burn

Photos by Rachel of Rachel Radcliffe Photography

 

Sephora VIB Spring 2017 Sale: My Top Picks

It’s no secret that I am a Sephora-addict, much like many of you! If you are unaware, today marks the beginning of one of Sephora’s ONLY true sales of the year (for the most part, unless you are VIB). I’ve done all the legwork for you, and will break down the important details below, as well as my top picks for what to snag with that overall discount! There are some MAJOR product drops this spring that you don’t want to miss.

Sale Details

Starting today, the sale will go on for a week depending on your rewards level, with promotions as well as an overall 15% discount on your purchase, using the code: ROUGESPRING, VIBSPRING (for VIB members and Rouge members), and 10% off for Beauty Insiders using the code: BISPRING. If you haven’t signed up to be a part of Sephora’s rewards program, DO IT. It’s seriously the one of the best rewards program in the world in my opinion.

Rouge Babes (18-24 April)

Today, you can bring any friend into a store, and they will also receive 15% off all purchases, and you both will get a free canvas bag while supplies last!

VIB (19-24 April)

You can use your code as many times as you want in store or online for the duration of the sale!

Beauty Insider (20-23 April)

You can use your code as many times as you want in store or online for the duration of the sale!

My Picks

Jo Malone

It’s now available at Sephora, so stock up on your favorite scents now! My personal favorites of the line:

Wood Sage & Sea Salt Candle

Red Roses Travel Candle

Peony & Blush Suede Candle

Peony & Blush Suede Cologne

Clarisonic

If you haven’t bit the bullet yet on a device, try it now! I swear by mine. My skin is cleaner, brighter, and smoother. I personally use the Mia Fit because I travel a lot between midday workouts during work and trips, and it’s easier to deal with when you’re low on space. For budget-friendly options, the Mia 1 is equally awesome!

Mia 1 Cleansing System

Mia 2 Cleansing System

Sunday Riley Power Couple Duo: Transformation Kit

I adore Sunday Riley, and these are two of my favorite products from the line. Being a huge lover of all things designed for sleep time, this pack has one of the best: Juno. I use Good Genes in the morning before the rest of my makeup and sunscreen lineup.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

I talk about this stuff ALL the time. There’s a reason. Snag it on a discount now, because it never goes on sale.

La Mer Creme De La Mer

Discount. Duh. This sh*t also never goes on sale. Don’t be dumb.

Tom Ford Patent Lip Finish

Let’s just start with the fact that I am NOT a $53 kinda lipstick gal. However, this one is actually worth the price. It’s THE next “it” lip product. I tried it for my photo shoot this weekend, and holy OMG! It’s super pigmented and comes in a ton of colors. I’m a huge gloss hater, and this one’s as comfortable and fuss-free as Glossier’s signature gloss.

Narcissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette (Limited Edition)

I love NARS. This recent new addition is limited, so grab it while you can! It has so many neutrals and basics, perfect for literally any occasion.

T3 Featherweight Compact Dryer

This one is a travel version of the best dryer I’ve ever used! They both work equally well and are totally worth the investment.

Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duo

Best blush in the world, hands down. You can truly customize the intensity and color breakdown, which is revolutionary! It’s all I wear outside the new Glossier Cloud Paint.

Marc Jacobs O!Mega Volumizing Mascara

Holy colors!! These are super pigmented and add a pretty pop of color to your day or nighttime look. They were selling out at my local store on Union Street, so grab these while you can!

Happy shopping babes! What are you all excited to purchase this week?

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Volumizing Mascara

Best mascara on the market. I love anything that saves me time, so a mascara that can give me faux false lashes in 1-2 swipes….Sign me the F UP.

4 Items You Need In Your Gym Bag Now

After years of working out, racing, and teaching classes, I’ve seen it all when it comes to workout gear, mishaps, and the supplements that actually work. Half the battle of your workouts is being properly prepared with the right extras to take your workout (and motivation!) to the next level. I’ve got you covered on the four must-haves that will change your game for better.

Hair elastics that actually work.

As someone who has logged thousands of miles on the trail and in the gym, I’ve tried just about every hair tie imaginable. Over the years, I’ve had waist length hair all the way up to a lob, and extensively process my hair color, which means I need something gentle but still effective. These ties are the ONLY ones that actually do what they say, and are actually unbreakable. I’ve never had one snap; they simply stretch out after months of wear. It takes me about a year to get through all of them (unless I lose them- which is a somewhat regular occurrence), and they don’t break the bank like those stupid ribbon ties, or rip out your hair like the sport ties.

Scunci No-Slip Grip Evolution Jelly Ponytailers

No fuss headphones.

We have all had the struggle of crappy fitting headphones, ones that hurt, and ones that break after a couple weeks. I’ve trained for and ran multiple ultra-marathons, so finding a legit pair of headphones that will withstand the elements, my sweat, and not fall out is HUGE. My ears are small, so it’s always been disheartening never being able to wear earbuds, as most fall out while walking. While I love my Dr. Dre Beats Studio Over Ear Headphones, I need something that’s more practical for the gym and the trail. These are THE BEST, bar none: clear sound, comfortable and adjustable buds, and lightweight. They’ll be the best $29-59 you’ll ever spend, and put your Apple headphones to shame.

Yurbuds Inspire Sweat and Water Resistant Earphones

Yurbuds Leap 100 Wireless Headphones

Fatigue/travel friendly water bottles.

If you’re a corporate jet setter or just need a bottle that’s not going to take up half your briefcase/backpack, these bottles are the best. Both offer a small mouth, making them easy to drink out of and make spills less of an issue, especially when you’re tired and gasping for air mid-workout. They’re both pretty resilient too, I can’t tell you how many times my Bkr has flown off a treadmill or gotten kicked in a group fitness class and not shattered. The Nathan bottle is LIFE CHANGING. Being rubber, you can literally smash it anywhere. It’s my go-to for working out, hiking, and anything travel related.

Nathan FlexShot Water Bottle

Bkr 16 Ounce Glass Water Bottle

Electrolytes that don’t taste like sh*t.

These packets have changed my life, from grueling races, to kicking hangovers in the ass. It’s literally like an IV without the doctor’s visit. It reminds me a little of Hint water, with an electrolyte kick to it. I take it everywhere!

SOS Rehydrate

Photo by Christine of Christine Hanks Photography

Active Fashion: The Editorial – Part II

The beauty of today’s activewear trends is their transitional qualities, made possible by the amazing array of technical fabrics that mimic fabrics of our daily casual and formal wardrobes. I spend most of my free time in some sort of activewear, especially if I am out running errands, hanging out at home, and even sometimes out for happy hour.

Last week’s focus was on the business casual realm, and this week’s focus is one step down, into casual. More specifically, how to style a layered casual look. I love playing with different lengths when it comes to mixing in active trends. If you stick to structured and fitted outer layers, it tends to give you that “fresh out of the studio” look, instead of the active inspired look you’re probably aiming for.

I love playing with different lengths and fits when it comes to mixing in active trends. If you stick to fitted pieces from head to toe, it tends to look a little less casual and more studio ready. Adding in a bra or tank with technical details under a loose or low cut top adds an element of depth and gives it that transitional feel you’re aiming for. Additionally, I am always searching for sweatshirts and pullovers with a special or edgy touch that will give me a boost of glam to an otherwise super casual piece.

This sweatshirt from Storets immediately captured my heart with the bow details! I am a sucker for pretty much anything with a bow, given my obvious obsession with all things Hello Kitty. It’s a piece that can really be taken anywhere: tuck it into a wool pencil skirt, my high waisted skinny jeans, and over a long t-shirt and leggings.

So, what’s the secret to mastering the casual athleisure look? These are the two most important tips:

  1. Layers. Hints of technical fabrics among more street friendly styles give it a polished feel. I like to keep the majority of my technical fabrics on the inner layers unless it’s a super structured or statement piece of outerwear (think scuba material!). My favorite pieces to layer under jackets, t-shirts, or tuck into skirts are the Alo Wanderer Long Sleeve, Carbon38xJonathan Simkhai Lodola Tank, Michi Bionic Bra. Some great statement pieces for outerwear are this amazing Fenty-esque bomber from Forever21, and the Sophisticated Draped Jacket by Alala. I love layering my leather jackets over crop tops and high waisted leggings, and this BB Dakota one from Rent the Runway was the perfect addition to my weekend wardrobe from the gym to drinks with friends!
  2. When you’re adding leggings into the mix, make sure your tops are a little longer to add more dimension and keep it from looking like you just got back from the studio. Additionally, exciting details like asymmetrical hemlines and luxe fabrics make your leggings look even sleeker! Some of my most paired tops are this H&M flouncy top, this H&M Trumpet Sleeve V-Neck, Forever21 Plunging Strappy Tee (only $15 right now!), and this showstopper Mesh Dress With Frill Hem, from ASOS.

Outfit Details

Sweatshirt: Zeo Ring Belt Cuff Sweatshirt, Storets

Top: One Eleven Scoop Neck London Tee, Express

Jacket: BB Dakota Faux Fur Draped Leather Jacket, Rent the Runway (under $35 rental!)

Leggings: Psyloque Legging, Michi

Shoes: Faux Fur Loafers, Milanoo

Sunglasses: Original Aviator, Ray-Ban in Black

Makeup Details

Foundation: Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, Dark

Primer: Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, in Luminous Light

Blush: Glossier Cloud Paint, in

Highlighter: Glossier Haloscope, in Quartz

Brows: Glossier Boy Brow, in Brown

Eyes: Glossier Haloscope, in Quartz

Lashes: Ardell Wispies, in Black

Lips: Glossier Generation G, in Like

Photos by Rachel of Rachel Radcliffe Photography

Turning 32: The Beauty Routine You Need In Your 30’s

Fact: This photo above is completely un-retouched so you can see JUST how effective a good skincare routine is.


Today I turn 32, another year into the prime years of my thirties. There have been so many exciting changes, from career progressions to my personal style choices, and my beauty routine is right there with them! I’ve always been a skincare conscious individual, learning from my mother at an early age to take care of my skin. It’s my most complimented feature, and I want to take time on my birthday to share some of my best skincare hacks that have kept me looking ~26 for a while now. I have learned the types of products that actually work, as well as when to start adding them into your daily regimen, because…timing is everything.

So, what’s SO different about your 30’s? A ton. Over the past two years, I have noticed small changes in my skin, to include fewer blemishes, less oil production, and the beginning of tiny fine lines. I have evolved my beauty routine to mitigate these concerns (and even tried my first ever Botox treatment for my frown line!), while also continuing to keep up the most important foundations of my regimen. Today I’m revealing exactly what you need to have in your beauty cabinet to put your best face forward as you jump into your 30’s.

Retinols

I’ve been using these since I turned 20, but if you’ve yet to add them in, you need to once you hit 30. They are crucial when it comes to reducing the appearance of fine lines, as well as giving you an overall more smooth and even skin tone. In my 20’s, I used them once a day, applying to clean skin in the evening after my face wash and masks. My favorites for 30-somethings are:

A Force XR Retinol Serum Concentrate, Serious Skincare

Obagi360 Retinol 1.0, Obagi

Sleeping Masks / Oils

If you’re not sleeping in a solid lineup of skincare yet, you NEED to. I don’t ever go to bed without some sort of sleeping mask on top of all my serums and creams. Our bodies do the majority of regeneration at night, so if you’re not taking advantage of it by adding in key products, your skin is missing out big time! My favorites include anti-aging effects, and moisturizing properties, like these:

Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask, Fresh

Luna Sleeping Oil, Sunday Riley

Sleeping Mask – Orchid, Sephora

Sleeping Mask – Rose, Sephora

Serums

It’s time to start getting obsessed with serums, and oils. They’re an investment and should be treated as such. Now is the time to invest in your skin, and toss your drugstore options. Over the past few years, I have noticed my skin beginning to get a bit drier in certain areas, especially my eyes. Being an oily skin type my entire life, it’s been interesting to see how some of my favorite go-to products stop being as effective, given the shift in my skin. When you hit 30, it’s important to start adding in serums and oils to your routine for all parts of your body. Some offer different benefits based on the type of skin you have, and I’ve rounded up my go-to’s for just about every type:

Oily/Blemished Skin: UFO Oil, Sunday Riley / Super Pure, Glossier

Dry: Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment, Josie Maran

Anti-Aging: Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum, Algenist

Lips: Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy, Fresh

Eyes: RNA Power Eye Cream, SK-II / Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare

Moisturizers

While I still use some gels, I find myself using more cream and oil based products to keep my skin’s oil production even. Especially in the winter! As you move into your 30’s, keeping your skin hydrated is super important in order to mitigate fine lines. Opt for cream moisturizers  I use one every morning before applying my makeup, and right after my serums. This also goes for your body too. Make sure you are using a moisturizer after your showers to reduce the signs of aging.

Priming Moisturizer Rich, Glossier

The Moisturizing Soft Creme, La Mer (I even use this as a sleeping mask for my face and/or lips in the winter)

Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer, Vaseline

Brighteners

One of the most common concerns for 30-somethings is an even pigment/brighter skin. As we age, our skin can sometimes get more dull, especially if you’re working long hours, or out in the elements a lot. Brighteners and essences work to

Facial Treatment Essence, SK-II (first thing on my face EVERY DAY.)

Super Glow, Glossier

Nu-Derm Blender, Obagi

Nu-Derm Sunfader, Obagi

Camu Camu Power C, Peter Thomas Roth

Beauty Flash Balm, Clarins

Sun Protection

If you’re not amping up your sun protection, now’s the time! I wear SPF 50 sunscreen daily (YES. Daily.) and have noticed that I have fewer wrinkles or signs of aging. My skin has looked pretty much the same since high school, and I’m convinced it’s because of this one hack. Plus, this is why bronzers and sunless tanners were invented! I simply shade my way to match the rest of my body in the summer months. I’ve linked THE best (bar none) facial self-tanner below too. I use all of these sunscreens, depending on the time of year.

Sublime Defense Ultra Lightweight Sunscreen, Algenist

UV Physical Broad Spectrum SPF41, Elta MD

Sport UV Defense SPF50, SkinCeuticals (KILLER for athletes, marathoners!)

Sun Shield Tinted Broad Spectrum SPF 50, Obagi

Self Tan Luxe Facial Oil, St. Tropez

(Working) Cleansers

Gone are the years of simply washing off your makeup. Your cleansers need to be working toward your common goal as well, which is why I now follow a two-step cleansing routine. I use a mild cleanser to first remove makeup, but make sure that it’s one that won’t dry my skin. Glossier KILLS the game of makeup removal. Seriously.I follow with an anti-aging cleanser that matches the goals of my serums. I use my Clarisonic on the second step wash, and it really helps get the most out of the product with deep exfoliation and penetration.

Milky Jelly Cleanser, Glossier

A Wash Vitamin A Gel To Foam Cleanser, Serious Skincare

Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser, Obagi

Mia Skin Cleansing System, Clarisonic

These are all my top products ranked by effectiveness when it comes to your skin. However, sometimes these lists can be extremely daunting! If you’re unsure of where to (re)start when it comes to revamping your beauty cabinet, I also recommend these starter kits and tools.

PSA: This is also my BIGGEST best-kept skincare secret.

Yes, they’re on the pricey side, but they actually work and are a great way to invest in your skin to eliminate the need for injectables and surgery later. We invest in trendy shoes and bags, and now in your 30’s, you must invest in your skin, as it’s the only one we get. My mom has been using the Obagi system below for years, and she literally looks 20 years younger than her actual age.

Nu-Derm Fx System for Normal/Oily Skin, Obagi

Nu-Derm Fx System for Normal/Dry Skin, Obagi

Anti-Aging Acne Bonus Regimen, Murad

Photo by Christine of Christine Hanks Photography

Active Fashion: The Editorial – Part I

Today’s trends are yielding an element of carefully calculated casual, and it’s opened a new (couture) door that has been seized by athletic brands and sport-inspired styles. When the luxury activewear trend started to materialize a few years ago, I was thrilled! It was what moved me to bring Haute Sweat to life.

I dislike the stigma that activewear and sport-inspired trends sometimes receive and that it’s often a dismissive afterthought in the world of fashion. Just like formal and style fashion, activewear is worthy of its own realm of beauty and relevance. If you think about it: what truly defines each tier of dress? Is it design, textile type, or simply how the wearer carries themselves? I personally believe it’s the latter.

This editorial is designed to explore the many shapes and influences activewear can span, and how you can appreciate them in your own right. I’ve decided to begin right in the middle, and move laterally across the dress codes, showing that lines can be blurred forward and backward, making it relatable to nearly every person’s style of choice.

First up: the world’s middle ground, business casual. Defined, business casual is “relating to or denoting a style of clothing that is less formal than traditional business wear, but is still intended to give a professional and businesslike impression.” It’s one of the most “up to interpretation” styles in the world, and trust me I’ve seen it all first hand, especially here in the Bay Area. Ensembles of my fellow co-workers at Google range from collared shirts all the way to sweats. Seriously. Sweats. Not even the fashionable kind.

I personally love this realm of fashion styling. You can truly be fluid, taking inspiration from every level of dress. Working concurrently in technology and fitness, it’s important for my outfits to be transitional, yet polished. I love to pair polished, comfortable shoes with richer fabrics, playing with different textures. Adding a softer and more elegant piece like this light and airy dress from H&M to my favorite rose gold Superstars allows me to be comfortable yet pulled together in an office setting while being able to effortlessly transition to training my personal training clients without the added bulk in my bag.

If you’re looking for a way to incorporate a splash of active fashion into your work wardrobe, try some of these simple tricks:

  1. Choose one or two pieces maximum. Sporty shoes add a playful element to business casual and pair well with skinny slacks and blazers. My go-to work shoes consist of sleek wedges for an extra element of glamour, like the Aldo Bladow High Top Wedge, Wanted Stowe Wedge Sneaker. If you’re a flat lover, my go-to’s are the Adidas Superstar and the Steve Madden Bryanne Puffball Platform Sneaker.
  2. If you’re a legging lover like myself, play with your technical fabric textures for a more polished look. My personal faves and weekly go-to’s are my Alo Moto Leggings, High Waisted Moto Leggings, and Aday Brakes On Leggings. I usually pair longer silk blouses or sweaters with them so they have a more office and happy hour friendly look.

 

Outfit Details

Dress: Satin Dress With Ruffles, H&M

Shoes: Superstar Rose Gold, Adidas

Rings: Ice Lateral Ring, Baublebar

Makeup Details

Foundation: Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, Dark

Primer: Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, in Luminous Light

Blush: Marc Jacobs Air Blush, in Lines and Last Night

Highlighter: Glossier Haloscope, in Quartz

Brows: Glossier Boy Brow, in Brown

Eyes: Pastel Goth Palette, Kat Von D

Lashes: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, in Black

Lips: Le Marc Lip Creme, in Slow Burn

Photo by Christine of Christine Hanks Photography