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Barry’s: From the Street to the Studio

It’s been an absolute whirlwind start to the year! This blog post is grossly overdue, and I cannot express how excited I am to get back to my regular routine of doing what I love most: blogging.

This year marked the beginning of a full time teaching schedule at Barry’s Bootcamp, coupled with my current career training and writing. That said, I have been on the move, with little time to fit in all my passions. Over the past few months, I have had the chance to pioneer an athleisure styling column with Barry’s on their blog, The Intel.

I have since styled two outfits, one for each collection released this year. You can find out more here!

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My favorite collection and outfit to date is the one I styled this past week: our “Leather & Lace” collection. I am in love with this Split59 tank, and wear it everywhere, including styled into some of my nighttime looks out on the town here in San Francisco. It’s an incredibly transitional piece, especially for being so racy!

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I am also currently obsessed with Allbirds! If you haven’t heard of them, you definitely will shortly! They are taking over the world of fitness and lifestyle wear, and I cannot be more excited by it! The model is 100% wool, making them washable and resilient to odor. They are the perfect blend of fitness function and urban chic athleisure, and have survived multiple Barry’s classes and workouts, and still look pristine. If my shoes (and feet!) can survive a week of powering down the Barry’s tread, they can handle anything.

I was first introduced to them by one of my private training clients, who heads up their marketing, and helped them launch. They are a San Francisco based brand, and are some of the coolest people I’ve met in the industry of fashion/fitness/outdoor enthusiasts. Follow them here on Instagram.

Buyers beware: grab your favorite colorways before they sell out, as colors will not be released again! These gorgeous blue runners are sold out unfortunately, however, there are three other colors currently available on the website.

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Outfit Details

Tank: c/o Splits59 Havana Noir Performance Tank, Barry’s Exclusive

Leggings: c/o Onzie Cut Out Capri, Barry’s Exclusive

Sweatshirt: c/o Barry’s Bootcamp Waffle Pullover (in studios only)

Sunglasses: RayBan Aviators, Orange

Shoes: c/o Allbirds Wool Runners, Blue (colorway SOLD OUT)

Makeup Details

Foundation: Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation, Fawn

Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, Luminous Flush

Brows: Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil, Black Brown

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette

Lashes: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Black

Lips: YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-In-Stick Lipstick, Fuschia in Excess

Hair: bumble & Bumble Surf Foam Spray Blow Dry, styled with Sultra Bombshell Wand in 1.5 inch model

 

Photos by Alvin Holden, Barry’s San Francisco Instructor

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Winter Feels

It’s officially winter here in San Francisco with sub-40 degree weather, and fleeting bouts of rain (meaning snow in Tahoe. Serious FOMO). That also means I can pull some of these new babies out of my closet because it’s finally chilly enough to wear them and actually enjoy them!

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I have been a longtime fan of Lululemon’s “Fluff” series, ever since they released the What The Fluff collection a few years back. I was pumped when I saw this pullover come back in new colors, and couldn’t put this color back on the shelf after eyeing it in my local store on Union Street. It pairs with my current navy hued ombré perfectly.

I recently got the chance to sample a pair of Lululemon’s Tight Stuff tights, and I must say they are TIGHT. AF. If you’re looking to get the illusion of the perfect booty or highlight your current assets, these pants are going to be your JAM. They are extremely tight as advertised, which makes endurance running more comfortable given the added compression boost. I can see these in my trail run future in 2016! If you’re cool with the tight pants dance to get these suckers on, you’ll be amazed at how well they function.

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My only critique (if it is one) was that the material, while totally functional, wasn’t the usual buttery smooth feel that I love about Lululemon products (I’m a die hard luxtreme addict), just slightly more rigid. However, the function was there, so they got a thumbs up from me! Additionally, the more rigid fabric cut the wind and cold better, so that was an added bonus! They’re now my go-to outdoor tights this season.


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I’ve also found myself addicted to these high tops by Puma & Alexander McQueen. Ever since this collaboration was announced, I’ve been obsessed with the thought. I’ve always loved Alexander McQueen’s avant garde and often dark style, so the fact that an athleisure creation was in the works was an absolute dream come true. They are comfortable, wear well, and just downright bad-F-ING-ass.

This style, the Brace, is sold out unfortunately, however there are many new styles, found here.

Outfit Details

Top: Lululemon Down For A Run Pullover in Black Grape

Bottoms: c/o Lululemon Tight Stuff Leggings in Black

Shoes: Puma by Alexander McQueen Brace High Tops (SOLD OUT), similar here

Makeup Details

Foundation Primer: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Foundation: Sephora Collection Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation in Medium

Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush

Eyeshadow: c/o Chanel Travel Makeup Palette

Mascara: YSL Shocking in Deep Black

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Ash Brown

Lips: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul

Nails: OPI Products Polish in Eurso Euro by Elegant Nails Salon

 

Photos by Julia McBee

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Destination Sweat

San Francisco is the hub of amazing startups and the coolest ways to sweat, so it comes as no surprise that our fitness startups are one of kind. I am excited to partner with Sculpt Escapes as a Barry’s Bootcamp instructor, leading our locals in a fun and challenging outdoor beach workout on Crissy Field on January 9th, called Brunch & Burn here in the Marina.

…because… FOOD. WORKOUTS.  My two must haves in life. Plus, its guaranteed to be amazing, as the Marina is the epicenter of brunch and fitness here in SF.

Sculpt Escapes is a startup that puts on local and destination retreats for yoga and fitness, to include places like Costa Rica, Tahoe, and many more. Stay tuned for their next destination retreats in 2016. I can’t wait to take a trip soon!

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For January’s Brunch & Burn, I’ll be bringing my Barry’s class sass and resistance bands, and motivating you though fun partner exercises and some ass-kicking beach exercises from my military days. Additionally, if you haven’t pulled the trigger yet on signing up for one of my Barry’s classes, you will also get a 20% off sign up code for one of my classes, as a part of your registration for the event! Double win.

Signups are open now online here: https://www.sculptescapes.com/brunch-and-burn.html

For current updates and more info, check out our event on Facebook as well.

Outfit Details:

Bra: Michi Antigravity Bra in Black

Top: c/o Barry’s Bootcamp Tank (OLD)

Bottoms: Lululemon Wunder Under Rolldown *Luxtreme

Beauty Details

Foundation Primer: Becca EverMatte Poreless Priming Perfector

Foundation: Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream in Medium

Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Smoky Palette (High/Combust/Thirteen)

Mascara: YSL Shocking in Deep Black

Brows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Brown

Lips: YSL  Rouge Volupte Shine, in Fuchsia in Excess

Nails: OPI Do You Have This Color in Stockholm?

 

Photos by Julia McBee

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The Surfer Girl Workout: How to be One, or Just Train Like One

It’s no secret that surfers have some of the most amazing bodies out there: they aren’t overly muscular, just perfectly toned. They house a surprising amount of strength given their build, and can usually out perform some of the most fit athletes in other sports due to complete body awareness and killer core stability. I’ve been on the water most of my life, and have always loved challenging myself against the surf.

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The key to gaining that surfer strength is conditioning yourself for endurance, using the amazing outdoors as your gym, just as you would in the water. Circuit training is a great way to incorporate strength training into your cardiovascular endurance training. Let the following circuit be your guide the next time you find yourself taking a walk or run on the beach! Pair two of these exercises back to back for 4 rounds each, and end with a round of pull-ups and you’ve got yourself a solid workout, no gym required.

Sand Dune Sprints

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Your legs and core are everything when it comes to staying balanced on the board. The soft surface of sand increases core engagement, and helps mirror the water’s instability for your legs when you are dropping down or ripping up a wave. For an added challenge, try running with a parachute or a baggy jacket for extra drag.

Sand Low-Crawls

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Arm and chest strength is EVERYTHING as a surfer. Plus, who doesn’t love toned arms and a perky chest? Get into a prone position and crawl using your elbows, or just hang out in plank. The added core benefits of low crawls will help you build the balance you need to stand up on your board, in addition to the arm and chest strength needed for that initial press up off the board.

Water Runs or Sprints

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Wade into the surf until you are around waist or chest deep, and run! Run the shoreline length in the water for 5 to 10 minutes. Added bonus: carry your board if you have one!

Pull-ups

There are usually bars around or trees that will allow for you to get pull-ups in. These are a great way to not only tone your back and arms, but also develop the necessary paddling strength you need if you are a surfer, or just looking to start.

Sand Crab-Walks

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Start on your back, and move into an upward facing plank pose. Walk along the sand. Take it uphill away from the shore for an extra challenge! Working your backside will help with building a solid base to remain standing on the board.

Outfit Details

Bra: c/o Michi Antigravity Bra in Black

Top: c/o Barry’s Bootcamp Tank (OLD)

Bottoms: Lululemon Wunder Under Rolldown *Luxtreme

Beauty Details

Foundation Primer: Becca EverMatte Poreless Priming Perfector

Foundation: Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream in Medium

Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Smoky Palette (High/Combust/Thirteen)

Mascara: YSL Shocking in Deep Black

Brows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Brown

Lips: YSL  Rouge Volupte Shine, in Fuchsia in Excess

Nails: OPI Do You Have This Color in Stockholm?

Toes: Essie Boom Boom Room

 

Photos by Julia McBee of Whole 30 San Francisco.

 

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Fall Beach Day Essentials

This past week has been brisk and a bit windy, and I am loving every second of it. The overcast skies soften the city, giving it that crisp but cozy holiday feeling, allowing me to finally snuggle up in my favorite jackets and blanket scarves. I spent the day hiking out to Ocean Beach on Saturday morning, enjoying the sounds of the ocean and the crisp air along the trails of Lands End down to the beach.

I am currently obsessed with Target’s activewear line C9 by Champion, as their outerwear this season is gorgeous on top of being functional. I picked up their fleece jacket that was somewhat similiar to my Patagonia Better Sweater, and I must say the comparison is completely on point.

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Not only is it longer (tall girl problems!) in the body, the collar is wider, which helps when it’s windy. It’s a less boxy fit, and makes me feel feminine when I am bulked up in warm layers.

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One of my favorite tank styles is the Fly-By Tank by Under Armour. Aside from it’s flattering fit, I love that the back is mesh which allows for quick sweat wicking, and overall comfort. It comes in just about every color out there, so there’s bound to be one to match any outfit you’ve got. Thanks to my friend Shauna for the recommendation!

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I found these sandals on mega clearance at Target, and I must say they are amazingly comfortable and still fashionable. They’re exactly what I need to take my beach day back into the real world for either dining out or shopping. Goodbye rubber flip flops!

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Outfit Details

Bra: c/o Michi Antigravity Bra in Black

Pants: Lululemon Wunder Under Rolldown *Luxtreme in Black

Top: Under Armour Fly-By Mesh Tank in Europa Purple

Jacket: C9 Champion® Sweater Fleece Jacket in Rococo Red

Sandals: Mossimo Footbed Sandals in Gold

Beauty Details

Foundation Primer: Becca EverMatte Poreless Priming Perfector

Foundation: Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream in Medium

Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Smoky Palette (High/Combust/Thirteen)

Mascara: YSL Shocking in Deep Black

Brows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Brown

Lips: YSL  Rouge Volupte Shine, in Fuchsia in Excess

Nails: OPI Do You Have This Color in Stockholm?

Toes: Essie Boom Boom Room

 

Photos by Julia McBee of Whole 30 San Francisco.

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Athluxe: San Francisco Made

There’s nothing I love more than wearing bold or avant-garde fashions, especially when they are in the form of spandex. Products get extra style points if they can blur the lines with my daytime or nighttime outfits. I had the pleasure of meeting one of San Francisco’s own activewear designers during San Francisco Fashion Week this year, Svetlana of Be Bold Activewear. I was instantly obsessed with the style (and QUALITY!) of her staple design, the Tank Into the Future tank. It’s functional enough to workout in, and fits seamlessly into my day to day fashion.

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It is extremely flattering: Its slimming waistline and baggier top half make for a feminine fit, accentuating your body in all the right places, regardless of your body type. It’s especially amazing for gals that are top heavy; your chest wont be smashed into it, causing an unflattering and asymmetrical fit.

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I tested this top out while teaching class at Barry’s Bootcamp, and LOVED how it performed. The slimmer fit at the hem kept it in place when I demonstrated exercises and bounced around the room cheering my clients on. I have worked out in it since, and feel the same. This tank and other amazing products are up for pre-sale now on the site, reserve yours now!

Outfit Details

Top: c/o Be Bold Activewear, Tank Into the Future Tank

Bottoms: Michi Hydra Crop in Plum/Black

Bra: Michi Bionic Bra in Black

Sunglasses: Ray Ban Aviators, in Silver/Pink

Shoes: Just Fab Zannia High Top 

Makeup Details

Foundation Primer: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Foundation: Sephora Collection Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation in Medium

Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush

Eyeshadow: c/o Chanel Travel Makeup Palette

Mascara: Dior Diorshow Black Out Mascara

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Ash Brown

Nails: Essie Polish in Stylenomics

Photography by Julia McBee of Whole30SF

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Fall Additions

It’s officially fall, but it hardly feels like it here in San Francisco. Given the crazy heat wave, I’ve been able to continue rocking most of my summer workout gear. This week, my selections from Michi’s fall line arrived, and I’m in love with the latest color additions and styles.

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In this heat, I’ve been rocking cropped (by me) men’s Barry’s tanks while instructing at Barry’s, so naturally, I HAD to have the new Michi Garnet Crop Top (featured in Black). It wicks sweat like none other, and doesn’t ride up or get in the way when I’m moving around quickly in the studio.

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I’ve also been on a kick mixing luxury brands with budget friendly brands, and recently got the chance to sample some items from Forever 21’s activewear line. The below crops are super flattering in terms of waistband and fit. I took a size XS, and fit is pretty true to size for Forever 21 items. The fabric is slightly on the thicker side, so they’ll be a great addition to my running wardrobe this winter.

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I’ve also been experimenting with fancy footwear while teaching, and came across these beauties on Just Fab. The Moni wedge sneaker is SUPER comfortable and actually pretty easy to wear while teaching a strength training class! They have been on repeat for the past two weeks.


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Michi’s leggings are some of my all time favorites, and this year’s fall colors are a must have. I am a sucker for anything plum, so naturally I picked up another pair of one of my faves, the Hydra Crop in Plum/Black. My other pair of sneaks are Just Fab’s Zannia high top. Super comfortable, I have used them for private training sessions and of course all around town here in the city.

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Outfit Details

Tops: c/o Michi Garnet Crop Top in Black || LF Crop Top (OLD)

Bra: Michi Bionic Bra in Black

Bottoms: Michi Hydra Crop in Plum/Black || c/o Forever21 No Days Off Athletic Leggings

Sunglasses: Ray Ban Aviators in Blue/Gold and Silver/Pink

Shoes: Just Fab Moni Wedge || Just Fab Zannia High Top 

Beauty Details

Foundation Primer: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Foundation: Sephora Collection Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation in Medium

Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush

Eyeshadow: c/o Chanel Travel Makeup Palette

Mascara: Dior Diorshow Black Out Mascara

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Ash Brown

Nails: Essie Polish in Stylenomics

Photography by Julia McBee of Whole30SF