Fashion

Carbon38 Ready-To-Wear: The Passport Collection

Let’s talk about the Carbon38 Passport Collection for a minute: the spirit of this blog is about showing the beauty in technical fabrics and sporty designs, and Carbon38 is hands down one of my favorite retailers in the space. Summer styles are in full swing, and if you haven’t heard that Carbon38 has released their first resort wear collection, drop what you’re doing, and PEEK. IT. NOW. I was drawn to the structured feminine details and the solid colors, and cannot wait for my second shipment to get here! Stay tuned for some of beautiful dresses and tops; I must say that they have really out done themselves this time.

This new ready-to-wear line comes equipped with everything you need for summer travels, and everything you don’t:

Wash and wear (wrinkle free)? Check.

Elegant designs? Check.

The ability to mix and match to dress your look up or down (aka less shit to pack)? CHECK.

Are they a little pricey? Hell yeah, but hear me out: if you remember my post about the Carbon38 Tommaso Pants, you’ll remember that the cost is built in because these pieces are truly like having 4 outfits in one, all in different codes of dress. Sound a little more budget friendly now? Trust me, I got you. You won’t be disappointed.

Grab your passport, and grab some of my favorites must haves from the collection:

Los Angeles Dress

Barcelona Top

London Bell Sleeve Sleeve Top

Singapore Ruffle Top

Paris Slack

New York Top

Dubai Cropped Slack

I am loving the Hong Kong full sleeved sweatshirt, as it’s elegant enough to style up for the office, yet casual enough to wear around town on the daily. I highly recommend it for travel, as you’ll be able to repurpose your flight OOTD for something a little fancier, or even an evening walk on the beach!

What are your favorite pieces from the collection? Tag me in your Passport Collection posts on social media, I love seeing you guys styling pieces I’ve posted!

Thank you to Carbon38 for sponsoring this post.

Outfit Details

Sweatshirt: Hong Kong Sweatshirt, c/o Carbon38

Top: Something Borrowed Top, ADAY

Pants: Tommaso Pant, Jonathan Simkhai x Carbon38

Sunglasses: It’s My Way Sunglasses, QUAY Australia

Makeup Details

Prep: Son & Park Beauty Water

Foundation: Laura Mercier Soft Luminous Foundation, in Linen

Primer: stila One Step Correct

Contour: Smashbox Step By Step Contour Kit

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette

Lashes: Sephora Lashes Luxe, in Amour

Lips: Le Marc Lip Creme, in Slow Burn

Photos by Rachel of Rachel Radcliffe Photography

Makeup by Elisia at Sephora Embarcadero Center, hair by Drybar

Velvet For The Summer: Outside Lands Style (& a Nordstrom Giveaway!)

If you shopped the Nordstrom Sale with me, you know that the velvet trend is here to stay, long into the summer and fall! As a 90’s kind of gal, I cannot be more pumped about it. It was all over the runways during NYFW back in February, and its momentum hasn’t slowed down at all. That said, I’m adding into my summer outfits, and more specifically, adding it into the mix for Outside Lands. Whether you’re headed to Lollapalooza, Electric Zoo, or Outside Lands this summer, it’s an easy way to feel stylish this season!

I’ve always been envious of the amazing outfit watching that goes on at Coachella, and while I’ve never attended, I’ve always had a thing for music inspired fashion: remember my band tee obsession? Outside Lands is my chance every year to play around with my more whimsical and edgy sense of fashion, allowing myself to go all out like I do for New York Fashion Week with playful and unconventional ensembles. Not sure where to start? I’ve got you covered.

First things first…

Be a little practical.

One thing I’ve learned from 3 years of attending Outside Lands, is the need to dress somewhat practical. While I love being extra when it comes to my day to day dress code, for music festivals, I do a primary sweep of every item to make sure it’s functional enough to not ruin my day by being a distraction to my ability to enjoy taking in all the music sets.

Throws / Jackets

Since it’s San Francisco, layering is KEY. If your outfit is on the skimpier side, make sure you bring a suitable jacket or one that doubles as a blanket you can re-purpose during the warmer daylight hours. Don’t have the time or the budget to invest in a cool leather jacket? Rent one from Rent the Runway instead!

BB Dakota Black Faux Fur Draped Jacket (rent for less than $30!)

ASOS Denim Super Rip Jacket

Free People Spellbound Tie Dye Kimono

Chelsea28 Velvet Smoking Jacket  …on Anniversary Sale too!

Harvey Faircloth Peplum Camo Jacket

Bags

The bag you take WILL define your festival experience. My first year, I took I tiny cross body and was stressed as the day went on due to the lack of space for snacks, souvenirs, and my layers for later. It was miserable! The second year, I took a giant Never Full Tote and was equally miserable lugging around a bag on my shoulder all day. I now personally prefer taking a backpack, so you can have your hands free.

Clear Kawaii Angel Backpack

Rebecca Minkoff Julian Velvet Backpack (gold version here)  …both are on Anniversary Sale too!

Herschel Reflective Mini Backpack

The Rack Addik Fanny Pack

Shoes

Second cardinal sin: wearing impractical shoes. Trust me. I’m the queen of crazy shoes, and hear me out: THIS IS NOT the time to show them off. I wore sandals my first year, which was a fail. The second year, I wisened up and dug out my clunky All Saints leather high tops, and was SO happy. Go for a high top style, given the amount of grass and dirt you’ll be trekking through all day. This is San Francisco, and it’s cold (and often wet!) in August.

Adidas Superstar Slip On Sneaker  …on Anniversary Sale too!

Gentle Souls Velvet Carole Zip High Top Sneaker  …on Anniversary Sale too!

Dr. Martens Orchid Purple Zip Pascal Boots

Vans Sk8 High Tops

I am going to be wearing this insanely comfortable (and Instagrammable!) Kimono from the Nordstrom Sale, and highly suggest you take a peek at yourself! It’s a great item to layer with, and one that’s transitional between seasons given the velvet and short sleeve qualities. It flows so beautifully, and was an instant love the second I tried it on out of my first wave of sale shipments!

Outfit Details

Kimono: Hinge Velvet Kimono

Tee: Nirvana Logo Tee, H&M (OLD), similar here

Leggings: Michi Illusion Legging (SOLD OUT), similar here

Shoes: Milanoo Faux Fur Loafer (SOLD OUT), similar here

Makeup Details

Prep: Son & Park Beauty Water

Foundation: Laura Mercier Soft Luminous Foundation, in Linen

Primer: stila One Step Correct

Contour: Smashbox Step By Step Contour Kit

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette

Lashes: Sephora Lashes Luxe, in Amour

Lips: Le Marc Lip Creme, in Slow Burn

Photos by Rachel of Rachel Radcliffe Photography

Makeup by Elisia at Sephora Embarcadero Center


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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: The Only 10 Things You Need To Get

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens live to the public tomorrow, so if you’re not a cardholder (OR missed out on something because it sold out) IT’S TIME. After experiencing the sale myself during early access, I was able to cut out a lot of leg time for all of you! Hate trying shit on/not being impressed by it when it arrives? Yeah, me too.

I’ve had an INSANE few months adjusting to my new schedule, and honestly, DON’T sweat the small stuff! Less IS actually more: I’m a firm believer in finding pieces that can work twice (or three!) times as hard, so I can eliminate the stress of added clutter, so this list is full of only efficient hard working staples that your closet and home actually need.

Strictly Athleisure

Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2 X-plore Running Shoe Rose Gold: These sold out in HOURS, so nab ’em now, think later! They fit true to size, so order your usual running shoe size. Sold out? Grab these instead.

Nike SE Juvenate: Obsessed with the special edition design of one of my favorite Nike shoes! They’re only $70 too!

SPANX Faux Leather Legging: Dress up your legging game with a pair of these coated leggings! Sizing is pretty standard, I ordered an XS which correlates to sizes 2-4 in Lululemon for reference.

Nike Dry Versa Training Crop Top: I seriously cannot get enough of this top! As a crop top lover, this is a must. These throwback logos are making a serious comeback, so don’t miss out on it!

Accessories

Voluspa Maison Blanc Two Wick Tin Candle Set: These are some of my favorite candles ever besides Diptique, which is also included in the sale here. They smell amazing,

Quay Australia Living Large Aviator Sunglasses (Rose Gold/Black): These went SO FAST for early access! Grab them as NOW while you can, as they’re some of my most worn sunnies outside my traditional Ray-Bans, and a fraction of the cost! These other amazing Quays are also a must for only $36, here and here!

Worthy Investments

Rag & Bone/Jean High Waisted Skinny Jean: These fit incredibly! This Nordstrom sale is the time to stock up on quality denim, and Rag & Bone never disappoints on fit and style. I ordered two pairs!

Good American Good Legs High Waist Ankle Skinny Jean: Literally cannot say more good things about this brand. The quality is perfect and given their stretch, you never feel like you’re wearing jeans! Size down though, as they do run large. For reference, I usually wear a 26 in jeans and took a 0 in these.

Clarisonic Mia Sonic Cleansing System: This sale is also the time to invest in tools, and I swear by this. I have the Mia Fit, but recommend any of the Clarisonic tools, as they’re totally worth the investment. Use it with my favorite cleanser, which is also on sale!

T3 Black & Rose Gold SinglePass Luxe Flatiron: This is NOT A DRILL. This, and its sister hair dryer are on sale for nearly half off, and one of the best investments you can make for your hair. My hair is dried in record time, and it doesn’t damage my over-processed ends!

 

The Most Versatile Pants You’ll Ever Wear

You’ve seen me post about these versatile pants several times before, but after owning them for six months, I honestly believe they deserve their own post. Over the past year, I have begun to simplify my life, and that also includes my wardrobe. If you’ve been to my apartment, you know what I’m talking about: my 15-foot long closet is completely stocked full of clothing, accessories, and bags. In an effort to pare down the excess and focus on the necessities, I have started to strategize what comes into my closet more closely, and the key element? Versatility.

Part of the spirit of my blog is finding transitional pieces that can work twice as hard when it comes to styling, so when Carbon38 started to create their own line of pieces that double as workout attire and street attire, I was pumped! I finally took the plunge when the first designer collaboration came out, the Jonathan Simkhai x Carbon38 capsule. One of the staple pieces were the Tommaso Pants, and they were my impulse buy. From the day they arrived until now, I can confidently say they are some of my most worn bottoms, whether it be post workout or in the office! Ask any of my co-workers, and they’ll say they would never guess they were active wear. Pretty versatile, right?

Since summer is officially in full swing, I have been pairing these pants with my favorite dressy sandals of the season, the Rockstud Flip Flops. If you’re looking for a splurge pair of statement sandals, these are it! I bought them for my trip to Miami last year, and have never really taken them off. Talk about versatile! Try a pair of your own, or swap them out for a killer pair of platforms if you’re feeling a more bold look.

These pants have made dressing for work much more comfortable and have cut down on my dry cleaning bill as a result, which is amazing. It’s quite literally wash-and-wear, just like your leggings! While they have a higher price tag than most of my technical clothing, it’s a worthy investment being able to have its incredible versatility: it keeps my closet from getting cluttered by virtually replacing a pair of jeans, sweats, and slacks. Wish you could pack your regular work pants in your gym bag without ever getting wrinkled? You can with these. Sound a little more cost effective now?  Check them out while you can, as they’re selling out quick! I’m wearing a size S for reference.

Also- big heads up: Carbon38 will be releasing a new capsule full of summer resort wear that’s perfect for a night out or the office. Stay tuned for next week’s posts, I can’t wait to share it with you!

Outfit Details

Top: High Neck Striped Sweater, Victoria Beckham for Target (SOLD OUT), similar here

Pants: Tommaso Pant, Carbon38 (for 20% off use MGRAGG50)

Sandals: Rockstud Flip Flop, Valentino (price friendly option here)

Sunglasses: Chloe Sunglasses, TopFoxx in Rose Gold/Black

Makeup Details

Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, in Natural Beige

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

Contour: Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Kit

Lips: Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme, in Slow Bur

Lashes: House of Lashes x Sephora, in Everlasting

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

Makeup c/o Nina @ Sephora Union Street

Photo by Christine of Christine Hanks Photography

My Top 15 Picks From Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It’s no secret that my favorite season of the year is fall, so it goes without saying that my favorite sale of the year is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! There’s something SO magical about fall to me: the ability to be even more creative with layers, accessories, and of course show stopping outerwear. I’m a total sucker for a statement overcoat. The beautiful colors of nature during the season is also incredibly inspiring, and the crisp air makes me feel super cozy. I truly feel happiest during this weather, and it reminds me that the holidays are right around the corner, which means I will get to catch my breath from my fast paced life and get to spend some quality time with those that I love. Where are my other fall fashionistas out there that share this same sentiment?

If you’re not a Nordies regular, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. I hate the anxiety of massive sales, so I do my research thoroughly so I can simply dive in and jump out with everything that I actually need in my wardrobe, and none of the excess bulk I don’t. Who’s with me?

Now that I am well into my 30’s, I live by this philosophy:

Less is more.

Blame the minimalist in me, but less really is more, especially when it’s quality and transitional to boot! I’ve put my OCD tendencies to work to compile the most efficient list for you, because honestly, who really enjoys the mad hunt and anxiety, or worse, buyer’s remorse?

Under 100 Musts

Halogen Long Vest

Halogen Cashmere Poncho

BLANKNYC LIfe Changer Moto Jacket

Under 50 Musts

Halogen Mixed Media Swing Top

Milo Loafer Mule

Strictly Athleisure

Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2 X-plore Running Shoe Rose Gold

Nike Free Focus Flyknit 2 Bionic Training Shoe

SPANX Faux Leather Legging

Zella Cece High Waist Open Knee Leggings 

Nike Dry Versa Training Crop Top

Zella Fly Away Jacket

Worthy Investments

Rag & Bone/Jean High Waisted Skinny Jean

Good American Good Legs High Waist Skinny Jeans

ALLSAINTS Mast Cross Body Tote

Diptyque Scented Candle Set

Boss Girl Athleisure

Who says little black dresses have to be uncomfortable? When it comes to work wear in the 21st century, a lot more is now included in today’s looser definition of business casual, and I’m totally loving the independence to get creative. I’m also going to share a little story with you: I have been obsessed with the Lululemon Lab in Vancouver for years. I was stoked when I signed up to run the very first Lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon in Vancouver, as I knew I would be heading to the Lab and cleaning some serious house. Back in the day, The Lab was the only place you could get non-workout Lululemon. I’m talking pencil skirts, racerback maxi dresses, collared shirts, and slacks: the list was endless! Every year, I came back to run and shop the Lab. While I still love my trips to Vancouver, it’s been so exciting to see technical clothing for the real world become a real thing this past year.

Since the athletic-inspired trend is in full swing these days, it’s been easier than ever to find more comfortable options for work-ready outfits, while also allowing me to mix in some of my activewear so I can still show some of my personality and style. If you haven’t worn a top made out of your favorite tech-knit fabrics, you haven’t lived! I honestly believe I’m more efficient at my job and happy at work when I’m not wearing restrictive clothing. Am I right everyone?

If you haven’t heard these following brands, you definitely need to ASAP:

Kit and Ace

Behold the business casual sister brand of Lululemon: Kit and Ace is a Canadian apparel brand founded in 2014 by Shannon Wilson, former lead designer of Lululemon Athletica, and her stepson J. J. Wilson. I’ve tried a few of their pieces, and they’re AH-mazing. The buttery feel you love about your ‘lemon leggings transform into slacks, sweaters, and killer blouses. The problem is finding something you don’t like here. However, the fact that you can wear these pieces everywhere: work, brunch, a night out make the investment a really good one.

My Picks

Cinch Waist Dress

All Buttoned Up Silk Dress

Ryder Sleeveless Silk Dress

ADAY

I adore ADAY. The designs are sleek, minimalistic, and often monochromatic, which make their designs perfect for the office. I wear my Over & Out Jacket almost daily for the commute to work, and it’s also a regular appearance in my casual wardrobe. If you’re looking for a super comfortable yet polished top or jacket, ADAY has it covered.

My Picks

Made It T-Shirt

Like A Boss Sweatshirt

Over & Out Jacket

Carbon38

The wide selection of workout gear and clothing on Carbon38 makes it one of my favorite places to shop these days since it’s all in one stop. They have really upped the game of lifestyle athleisure recently with several designer compilations and a new line of their own lifestyle pieces! As an ambassador, I’m able to get you a 25% discount on your order with my code, MGRAGG50. Try one of my top picks, or find one on your own by clicking the above link to take you right to the site.

My Picks

Masami Pants

Jones Dress

Hudson Blouse

For my first day back post-holiday, I’m rocking an old favorite of mine, the Lululemon Out of This World Dress. When I saw it a few years ago during one of Lululemon’s weekly online uploads, I was in love! A business appropriate dress that’s actually comfortable year round? Ummm… SIGN ME UP. When you bring technical fabric into more formal designs, you get the comfort that you love about your workout wear paired with the design you need in the office or out for the evening. This dress is no longer available but you can still achieve a similar look with the dresses linked above, and let your inner fitness goddess shine through no matter where you are!

Outfit Details

Dress: Out Of This World Dress, Lululemon (SOLD OUT), similar here

Shoes: NMD_r2 Shoes, Adidas

Bag: MAC Bag, Rebecca Minkoff in Gray

Sunglasses: Original Aviator, Ray-Ban in Black

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

Photo by Christine of Christine Hanks Photography

Makeup by Elisia at Sephora Embarcadero Center

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