Fashion

Fashion Friday: Crop Top Americana

The end of spring has been crazy hot here in the Bay Area, so I’ve been getting tons of use out of my crop tops again, which is amazing! If you’re currently planning out your outfits for the 4th of July, throw in some festive crops for a stylish change of pace from tanks and strapless tops.

The trend I’ll be rocking over the 4th will be crop tops with high waisted bottoms, from jean shorts all the way to pencil skirts: I’m loving this light and loose crop from Forever21, and have been pairing it with my favorite high waisted shorts, jeans, and leggings. For the long weekend, I threw my favorite pair of Carbon38 pants into the mix given their perfect ability to be a customizable layer in our sometimes crazy changes in weather near the coast. The side snaps remind me of my favorite breakaway warm up track pants from high school, just way chicer and actually appropriate to wear out in public! Think modern day Sporty Spice chic. Who else was obsessed with those Adidas pants back in the day?

The high waisted aspect of these pants give a more polished appearance than those itty bitty jean shorts but aren’t killer on the heat factor. I’ve actually worn these to a dance class, and they’re pretty damn breathable. They’re a constant staple in my gym bag as well as my regular wardrobe considering how versatile they are.

I’ve also linked some of my top crop top picks for the 4th below so all your style bases are covered. Don’t forget to rock some red lipstick for an extra boost of glam!

Outfit Details

Top: New York Distressed Graphic Tee (other faves here, here, and here)

Pants: Tommaso Pant, Jonathan Simkhai x Carbon38 (20% off with code, MGRAGG50)

Choker: ASOS Choker, ASOS

Shoes: Superstar Rose Gold, Adidas

Sunglasses: Original Aviator, Ray-Ban in Black

Makeup Details

Foundation: c/o Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation, in Color 4.5

Primer: c/o  Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, in Luminous Light

Blush: c/o Marc Jacobs Air Blush, in Lines and Last Night

Highlighter: c/o  Kevin Aucoin The Neo Lime Light Ibiza

Contour: c/o Tom Ford Bronzing Powder, in Terra

Brows: c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer, in Medium Brown

Eyes: c/o Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

Lashes: Ardell Wispies, in Black

Lips: Patent Finish Lip Color, Tom Ford in No Vacancy

Makeup c/o Nina @ Sephora Union Street

Photos by Rachel of Rachel Radcliffe Photography

The “IT” Shoes You Need To Pair With Your Leggings

If you’re only pairing your leggings with sneakers, you’re missing out on some fun ways to take your athleisure outfits to the next level! I’ve got you covered: the key to successful street athleisure is the right accessories! When you’re brainstorming ideas of what to pair with your favorite luxury activewear, think about the external details: shoes, layers, and jewelry.

In San Francisco, the footwear struggle is real, given the crazy hills we have, so finding a fashionable yet practical pair of shoes is always a challenge. Comfort is key given the amount we walk in this city, so platforms and wedges are always a great idea. I am OB-sessed with platforms in general (blame the 90’s gal in me), so these super chic platform oxfords were the perfect addition to my collection of sneakers and a great way to dress up an otherwise casual athleisure look.

These oxfords are not only gorgeous, they are also comfortable and really light! There’s nothing worse than uncomfortable or heavy shoes, so these are my new go-to’s when I want to make a statement with my shoes. They come in multiple styles as well, and I have linked them all below for you. The best part? They’re less than $40!

Outfit Details

Bra: Crossback Bra, Alala (use code MGRAGG50 for 20% off)

Sweater: Gray Off The Shoulder Sweater, (OLD)

Shoes: Black Platform Oxfords, SheInside (I love my silver ones and sandal ones too!)

Leggings: Ripped Warrior Legging, Alo Yoga (use code MGRAGG50 for 20% off)

Makeup Details

Peel:  Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling, Neogen Dermatology

Eye Prep: 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches, Peter Thomas Roth

Foundation: Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation, Lancome

Primer: Veil Mineral Primer, Hourglass

Eye Primer: Eye Shadow Primer Potion, Urban Decay

Eye Shadow: Artist Shadow Eyeshadow, Make Up For Ever, in Steel and Blueberry Diamond

Eyeliner: Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner, Marc Jacobs, in Over(night)

Mascara: GRANDIï SE Extreme Wide-Angle Extreme Volume Mascara, Lancome in Black

Lashes: Everlasting Lashes, House of Lashes x Sephora

Lips: Cream Lip Stain, Sephora Collection

Photos by Christine of Christine Hanks Photography

Makeup by Elisia at Sephora Embarcadero Center

The Shorts You Need For The Season (and a Gucci giveaway!)

My “girlfriend” jean shorts have been on serious repeat these past few weeks, and this style in particular needs to be in your closet ASAP. The higher waisted fit makes it a flattering fit for any body type, and the well placed and authentically antiquing give them a lived-in feel that’s to die for. The best part about these shorts? They’re less than $20! I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the recent new finds from Forever21, as the quality and fit are pretty amazing for the price these days. Grab a couple pairs for the summer, because why not?

Given the amazing weather recently, I paired them over the weekend with one of my favorite sports bras ever by Alala, linked below, and it was perfect for an afternoon out at the beach. My favorite Nike wedge sandals were a perfect fit for this outfit as well. Since they’re a discontinued style, I’ve also linked my favorite summer sandals so you can achieve the same look.

Outfit Details

Bra: Cross Back Bra, Alala (for 25% off at Carbon38, use code MGRAGG50)

Shorts: Distressed Denim Shorts, Forever21

Shoes: Nike Lunarsandiator Sky Hi Wedge (SOLD OUT), similar here and here

Jacket: Kimono Tricot Jacket, Fenty x Puma

Sunglasses: So Real 48mm Sunglasses, Dior, in Palladium/Crystal (SOLD OUT), similar here and here

Makeup Details

Foundation: c/o Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation, in Color 4.5

Primer: c/o  Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, in Luminous Light

Blush: c/o Marc Jacobs Air Blush, in Lines and Last Night

Highlighter: c/o  Kevin Aucoin The Neo Lime Light Ibiza

Contour: c/o Tom Ford Bronzing Powder, in Terra

Brows: c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer, in Medium Brown

Eyes: c/o Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

Lashes: Ardell Wispies, in Black

Lips: Patent Finish Lip Color, Tom Ford in No Vacancy

Makeup c/o Nina @ Sephora Union Street

Photos by Rachel of Rachel Radcliffe Photography

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Fashion Friday: That LBD Life

There’s a reason little black dresses are a staple year-round. They just work. When I found this amazing more casual t-shirt dress, I almost wanted to snag two of them because the style was so classic and simple, and knew I’d be getting a ton of wear out of it this season, and maybe even into the fall and winter, given the right pairings!

The mesh details give it a dressier vibe, which makes it the perfect transitional piece between the conference room to an evening out, and even a sunny summer weekend. I have a few events this weekend, and this will definitely be in the mix! The best part? It’s less than $20!

I pulled out my favorite sandals this past weekend, the Lunarsandiator by Nike. It’s such a bummer that they’re not a staple style, as they’re THE most comfortable and versatile shoes I own. They’re an obvious win with athleisure, but also pair well with jeans, dresses, shorts, and really, ANYTHING. I’ve linked a few similar styles below, so it’s still possible to achieve the same look, with the same amount of comfort!

Outfit Details

Top: Tulle Hem Midi Dress, Forever21

Shoes: Nike Lunarsandiator Sky Hi Wedge (SOLD OUT), similar here and here

Sunglasses: Original Aviator, Ray-Ban in Black

Bracelet: Cady Wrap Bracelet, Stella & Dot

Wallet: Wallet: Monogram Leather Large Flap Wallet, Yves St. Laurent in Gray

Makeup Details

Foundation: c/o Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation, in Color 4.5

Primer: c/o  Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, in Luminous Light

Blush: c/o Marc Jacobs Air Blush, in Lines and Last Night

Highlighter: c/o  Kevin Aucoin The Neo Lime Light Ibiza

Contour: c/o Tom Ford Bronzing Powder, in Terra

Brows: c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer, in Medium Brown

Eyes: c/o Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

Lashes: Ardell Wispies, in Black

Lips: Patent Finish Lip Color, Tom Ford in No Vacancy

Makeup c/o Nina @ Sephora Union Street

Photos by Rachel of Rachel Radcliffe Photography

Fashion Friday: Crop Tops & Back To Black (and Blue)

The temperatures here in the city have been warming up, so I’ve been pulling out my favorite crop tops and maxi dresses recently. I’ve especially been obsessed with the higher waisted trends of jeans, shorts, and leggings, as they’re a perfect pair for crop tops. I also felt inspired to bring back my indigo balayage to shake things up a bit for the summer, and I am absolutely loving it this time around with shorter hair. I’ve always been a rebel at heart, and celebrate my uniqueness when it comes to trends and styles that may be a bit avant garde. Who says you have to look a certain way all the time to be taken seriously? Not a damn soul. Life’s too short to not be yourself, and explore your style.

I’m even going to let you in on a seriously pro tip: If you’re looking for a killer colorist in the city, go see Holly at Lexington Place on Union Street. I’ve been going to her for four years here, and she’s just the absolute best at literally any type of color.

When I saw this particular top at Forever21, I knew I had to add it to my wardrobe: the rock inspired lettering, cut, and most importantly the message. It’s been a crazy busy few months at work, plus working on some exciting new projects for the blog, so it’s been so exciting to watch some goals start to take form.

I’ve also talked about my favorite pair of harem/jogger pants by Philip Lim before, and now you can see exactly why: the flattering cut, neutral color, and material that makes it easy to transition from a more casual approach to a night out. Fancier track pants are a great pairing for more fitted and casual crop top, giving it that effortless yet put together feel. These particular pants are silk, so they make a perfect work staple as well as a trendy and easy to wear casual piece.

What are your favorite ways to wear crop tops?

Outfit Details

Top: Slay Graphic Tee, Forever21

Choker: Night Velvet Choker, ASOS

Pants: Silk Harem Pants, Philip Lim 3.1 (OLD), similar here

Shoes: Superstar Rose Gold, Adidas

Sunglasses: Original Aviator, Ray-Ban in Black

Makeup Details

Foundation: c/o Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation, in Color 4.5

Primer: c/o  Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, in Luminous Light

Blush: c/o Marc Jacobs Air Blush, in Lines and Last Night

Highlighter: c/o  Kevin Aucoin The Neo Lime Light Ibiza

Contour: c/o Tom Ford Bronzing Powder, in Terra

Brows: c/o Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer, in Medium Brown

Eyes: c/o Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

Lashes: Ardell Wispies, in Black

Lips: Patent Finish Lip Color, Tom Ford in No Vacancy

Makeup c/o Nina @ Sephora Union Street

Photos by Rachel of Rachel Radcliffe Photography

Nordstrom Half Yearly: Everything You Need To Know

Nordies is one of my all time favorite retailers, not just because of their extensively fabulous selections of brands and styles, but also because of their phenomenal return policy, and the way they stand behind the products they sell. The Half Yearly sale is one of my favorite sales of the year, a close second favorite to the Anniversary Sale, which is coming up later this summer. If you’re not already a member of their rewards system you need to be! It’s one of the best loyalty programs out there next to Sephora, in terms of benefits: store events, private shopping sessions, makeovers, etc. You don’t need to apply for a credit card, I simply have my debit card linked to my “Nordstrom Debit” and I am able to earn points in the same way.

Half Yearly Details

  • Up to 40% off Designer Clearance – May 24th to June 5th
  • Up to 40% off Select Clothing, Shoes and Accessories – May 24th to June 5th

I’ve linked all my top picks for all things active fashion, summer style, and beauty below. What are you eyeing for the sale?

BP Reversible Bomber 

This gorgeous and versatile bomber is less than $40!

Dior So Real 48mm Brow Bar Sunglasses

This is NOT a drill: These babies are on MEGA sale! These are my favorite sunnies ever (pictured above), so if you’ve been dying to snag a pair, NOW.IS.THE.TIME.

Lush Perfect Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic

This is a wildly transitional piece that’s perfect over leggings and just about anything! Plus, it’s less than $30.

Nike ‘Air Zoom Strong’ Training Shoe

These are some of my fave shoes for lifting! The bright orange is on sale, and perfect for summer!

Ivy Park Stripe Elastic Logo Legging

I love these leggings! They’re also under $45.

Ivy Park Logo Bra

This bra is comfortable, flattering, and super chic for everything from the studio to street, and under $25.

Kiehl’s ‘Creme de Corps’ Lotion

Best lotion bar none. It’s currently under $25-40 depending on size, snag it before it goes back to full price!

What are you excited to shop for? I’ll definitely be stocking up on lotion and some extra sneaks this year, and maybe another pair of Diors…

-xx M

Photo by Rachel of Rachel Radcliffe Photography

Fashion Friday: Monochrome Musings

When asked what my go-to uniform is, I almost always respond with “something black.” I’ve always been more of a fan of statement accessories and makeup, so my style is often very monochromatic with few patterns unless it’s more of a texture thing. When I go out on the town, or run errands around town, you can almost always find me in a leather jacket of some sort, from wraps, bombers, or the original classic.

That said, when you wear something all the time, you have to mix it up and play around with it. Rent The Runway has been one of my fashion obsessions for years. For someone who’s constantly evolving and playing with her style, it’s a great way to have a never-ending revolving door of on-trend statement pieces at my disposal. This amazing leather jacket is one of my repeat rentals, as it’s beyond versatile. It comes with a detachable faux fur collar, making it easily transitional throughout the seasons.

Leather jackets are a great way to street style your active fashion, as it adds a polished element of style to an otherwise casual ensemble. Rent The Runway has changed the game for me when it comes to outerwear and accessories, as I don’t have to commit to the closet space/cost of owning a million different styles of jackets, making it convenient for storage, and most importantly, travel! Having bulky pieces shipped to my hotel instead of taking up room in my suitcase has made life so much easier, and given me more room for more outfit options in my suitcase or weekend tote. If you’ve never tried it before, what are you waiting for? Book your next rental here.

Outfit Details

Top: One Eleven Scoop Neck London Tee, Express (SOLD OUT) similar here

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 Puff

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