NYFW Recap: Best Of The Goodie Bags

One of my favorite parts about Fashion Week is the goodie bag haul. Why’s that? Research baby. There’s plenty I’ve tried that isn’t great, but there are some newcomers and some underrated goodies that need to go noticed. That said, it will be my bi-yearly goal to give you a snap of the best stuff I was given after the NYFW shows and at events, and tell you why you need to check them out. I try the gifted products first, to save you the science experiment that is online shopping.

Beauty

The Hollywood Silk Solution Pillow Case

I’m sure a few of you think this trend is bullshit, and likely didn’t order that silk pillowcase from the Nordstrom sale I talked about. Here’s why you should start thinking about them: SKIN. HAIR. I thought it was rather ridiculous myself when I was a pre-teen, watching my mom and grandma be extra AF with satin pillowcases, so you’re not wrong for thinking that. However, it’s a thing because it does make a difference. I tried this particular pillowcase as soon as I got home from NYFW (okay well not right away because I’m a crazy person and have to photograph all my goodies first before I try because they look cute in photos- we conquer and divide later), and I must say I love it. Less shitty hair days, more well-rested looking skin. Try it. I dare you.

R+Co Badlands

This was a February NYFW FW17 find, and honestly, it took a little bit of a learning curve, which is why I am telling you now. Less IS more when it comes to this dry shampoo paste, especially at the roots. If you are a grunge girl like me or just love the undone model-off-duty hair look, this stuff is for you. Do a good job of warming the pomade in your hand first, then lightly roll your hair between your fingers at the root and pull away down the strand. Then, give it a head massage root boost, and there you have it: manicured hair chaos. It’s like organized crime for your hair. Try it only on the ends for a tousled textured effect.

dp Hue ACV Hair Rinse

Apple Cider Vinegar hair rinse is a thing. For all my hippie friends out there, this is one trend I can actually get behind. As a trainer, ACV is a wonder drug for your body, helping you clarify your insides and help with living a healthier lifestyle. I take shots of it in the morning. I tried this hair rinse after Fashion Week this season (yes, I made one blowout last all 5 days) and I’ve gotta say it’s amazing. My hair was actually clarified, and it was nice to give my favorite shampoos a day off, helping them last longer too!

Wen Pomegranate Smoothing Glossing Serum

It’s always a jackpot when I find some of my already go-to’s in a goodie bag. Wen is one of them. I know it gets a bad rep sometimes due to bad reviews of counterfeit or expired product sold on discount sites, but I am here to tell you it’s the shit. It has been my only shampoo bar none since I was in college (minus the recent addition of Keranique for my stress hair loss issues recently). This glossing serum makes your hair seriously shine! If you process your ends like I do with a pretty aggressive balayage, it’s a must. Buy it from a reputable source, like QVC. If you still don’t believe me, in the words of Bruno Mars, “…don’t believe me. Just watch.” My hair tells the truth.

Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Palette (in â€” Frivoluxe

Another one of my already go-to’s. Jackpot!! As you already know, the Marc Jacobs line is one of my favorites ever, and the shadows are also no joke. This new palette of purple and gray hues is SO me (and anyone with brown eyes), and what’s better, it comes in so many others too! Try em out next time you’re in Sephora for a mini-makeover.

Ren Perfect Canvas Skin Finishing Serum

PRIMER guys. I preach about this step all the time for a reason. It really gives you that edge ahead when you want a “beat AF” face. This serum is amazing for all skin types, and it really adds the moisture I need for my combo skin to help my makeup sit better. I tried it for a week now since I’ve been back, and love it. Serious goodie bag win.

Technology

hP Sprocket

Literally obsessed. I was an InstaX hater for the longest time because who packs a camera to go to parties anymore? I don’t have time for that shit, I can barely be bothered to lug around my full-size Canon DSLR, so extra bs is just not my thing. As a gal who works in tech, I am all about the “smarter not harder” mentality, and I’ve gotta say, this PC brand got it RIGHT. No ink refills, no bullshit. Just adorable mini polaroid-esque sticker prints your camera roll at the touch of an app, and a device that fits in your purse. You’re welcome. Get the whole she-bang kit to set yourself up properly too.

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Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo: My NYFW Recap

Hello again loves! It’s been a whirlwind of experiences and work since Fashion Week begun, I know I have been a bit MIA here, and I am finally back in the blogging groove to share the biggest highlights and inspiration I brought home with me to San Francisco. One of my favorite collections I experienced was on the second day of Fashion Week, for Olivia Palermo’s capsule with Banana Republic. I wanted to share it first because it is GOING.TO.SELL.OUT. There were pieces that fit into every season, making it not only a transitional piece you can add to your closet, but also incredibly timeless. I fell in love with all the soft details and muted patterns (I’m not even a pattern kinda gal) and HAD to snag this incredible lace adorned sweater the second I saw it in darker colors.

Not only is it beautiful, it’s also incredibly comfortable, and easy to pack. I am jet setting a little more these days, so it’s super important to me to find outfits that aren’t high maintenance when it comes to being packed and photoshoot ready shortly thereafter. It resists wrinkles and plays well with my active fashion pieces like my fave pair of Carbon38 pants. This show was incredible, to say the least: it was hosted in 5th Avenue’s Banana Republic, a beautifully immersive and intimate event with other bloggers and media. I’m STILL pinching myself that I had the chance to meet Olivia Palermo in person, and even get a picture with her post show! She’s always been a style idol of mine: timeless, strong-willed, and effortlessly gorgeous. She’s even more beautiful and sweet in person!

At New York Fashion Week, I paired it with this amazing skirt from the Target x Victoria Beckham collection, and it was a total hit. I even got my very first street style feature on AOL wearing it at the Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo show that day!! I was ALL about being comfortable and fashionable this year, and it’s a trend that’s not going unnoticed these days. Be true to yourself, and wear things that make you happy and feel your best inside. It’s the spirit of this blog, and a concept I will continue chasing, so many exciting things are to come, so stay tuned!

You can shop the collection now, and I will be linking my other must-have picks below, to save you on time (and the horror of missing out on popular pieces!):

Bell Sleeve Surplus Jacket (Mint)

Paisley Tie Neck Dress

Cable Knit Turtleneck With Lace Accents

Velvet Tie Neck Midi Dress

Asymmetrical Trench Coat

Outfit Details

Sweater: Cable Knit Turtleneck With Lace Accents, Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo

Skirt: White Scallop Midi Skirt, Victoria Beckham for Target (SOLD OUT), here on Poshmark

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

Sunglasses: Classic Aviator, Ray Ban

Makeup Details

Foundation: Your Skin But Better Illuminating CC+ Cream in Light, IT Cosmetics

Blush: Cloud Paint in Puff, Glossier

Highlighter: Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, Fenty Beauty

Lips: Amuse Bouche Lipstick (custom Bite Lip Lab shade), Bite Beauty similar here

Brows: Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills

Photos in SoHo by Paige Sovic of Paige Nicolle Photo

Makeup by me

Shorts For Fall: How To Master The Trend

It comes as no secret that San Francisco has a serious Indian Summer. That said, how do you conquer fall feels with summer weather? It’s all about the layering. I know layering sounds like it would just make you even more overheated, but hear me out. Cooler layers, that is: I like to mix fall fabrics like leather and sheer legwear with summer styles. I’ve been reaching for these faux leather shorts all season, as they go with pretty much anything you can imagine: plaid flannels, turtlenecks, and my favorite mule slides, which are all fall appropriate.

The easiest way to transition your warmer weather pieces into fall includes a great set of statement hose, my personal favorite being fishnets. They won’t cause you to overheat, yet give you that fall-ready approach to styling. Since it’s been extra hot in San Francisco, and here in New York during Fashion Week, I opted for my larger patterned fishnets to give it a covered yet comfortable feel. For an extra pop of fall fashion, trade your sandals for a pair of fun suede booties or over-the-knee boots.

Since it’s been super warm here in the city, I opted for my new favorite mule slides from Nordstrom, and trading my favorite summer bags for this amazing velvet backpack for an added touch of fall feels! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t too sure how much I’d use this backpack given the size, however, it’s proved to be a useful staple this past month since I picked it up at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. It holds a surprising amount of stuff: it fit my large Canon DSLR (with a huge lens!) alongside my iPhone 6s Plus, wallet, sunglasses case, and more!

Outfit Details

Blouse: Something Borrowed Shirt, ADAY

Sweatshirt: Dry Versa Training Crop, Nike

Shorts: Faux Leather Shorts, Zara (OLD) similar here

Tights: Fishnet Tights, Nordstrom

Choker: Metallic Faux Leather Choker, Forever21

Bag: Julian Velvet Backpack, Rebecca Minkoff

Choker: Future Love Holographic Choker, Nasty Gal

Makeup Details

Prep: Son & Park Beauty Water

Foundation: Luminous Silk Foundation, Armani

Contour: The Celestial Bronzing Veil, Tropical Nights

Highlighter: Fresh Glow Highlighter, Burberry

Lashes: Sephora Lashes Luxe, in Amour

Lips: Confession Ultra Slim High-Intensity Refillable Lipstick, Hourglass

Photos by Rachel of Rachel Radcliffe Photography

Makeup c/o Caitlin @ Sephora Union Street

NORDSTROM GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY

Now…it’s time for a fabulous giveaway!
I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers
to give YOU a chance to win:
a $600 Nordstrom Gift Card, just in time for some fall shopping!

Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter.
You’ll receive one entry per completion.
This giveaway is open internationally and runs until 9/20.
Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!

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Menswear: The Trend To Watch For Fall (& A Giveaway!)

We just saw Gigi rock the menswear trend in Vogue’s August issue, so it’s guaranteed to be trending for the foreseeable future, and just in time for my favorite fashion season of the year, fall! If you’ve been following along for a bit now, you may know that I recently transitioned back into the corporate technology industry, so it’s been super exciting to dress up for work again and have the opportunity to play around with my personal style, especially when it comes to business dress. Having spent the last three years fully immersed in the fitness world, and many years before as an active fashion addict, I gained an appreciation for comfortably functional clothing, and it’s a facet I weave into my everyday style regardless of where I’m headed these days.

I rarely talk about an item three times in a row, so when I do, you know it’s serious. I have found one of the world’s hidden blouse gems: a collared button down that acts like a workout top but looks like your office top. Seriously. ADAY is changing the way we edit our closets, helping us live a more minimal life when it comes to our wardrobe, creating pieces that can travel with you, put up with your sweat, and be fancy enough to street style or mix into your day to day office attire! It’s the most worn piece of my wardrobe this past season, and it’s carrying over into fall for New York Fashion Week starting tomorrow!

For Fashion Week this year, I am incorporating some pant suit combos into my sporty aesthetic for a unique twist on the menswear trend. I’m also excited to mix in my personal urban gothic style as well and was pumped to start adding in unique tights and sexier undergarments for a touch of glam with an extra edge. You’ll have to wait for the final lineup, so stay tuned for my Instagram stories this week and for my upcoming posts during the week chronicling my second season. Even if you’re not hitting the runway shows, you can rock the trend in your daily wardrobe and out on the town with these simple hacks:

Suit up.

Find a statement blazer to instantly transform any outfit you’re wearing. Looser styles are totally on trend right now, so play with your layers, mixing tighter tops or dresses with a looser jacket to give it that gender neutral feel. If you’re a lover of more fitted styles, opt for a monochrome pantsuit and play with texture and patterns when it comes to the interior of your outfit.

Magnify your accessories.

I am a lover of men’s watches; most of my watches are actually a men’s style! If you’re not feeling the suited up look, or if it’s as hot as it has been recently in San Francisco, accessories are your game changer. Add in oversized accessories like thicker belts and buckles, statement loafers, and ties. I personally love wearing men’s style sneakers, and adding them into my work and street styles!

This week, I went for a more audacious look, showcasing one of my favorite active wear brands, Michi. The Feline Bra was my first Michi purchase, and I’ve been hooked ever since! There are so many styles that are perfect for adding an element of sexiness to your look and wearing my ADAY blouse open allowed me to show off a little more of my edgier personal aesthetic.

Outfit Details

Blouse: Something Borrowed Shirt, ADAY

Blazer: Yaisa Stripe Blazer, Theory (OLD) similar here

Bra: Feline Bra, Michi

Pants: Tommaso Pant, Carbon38 x Jonathan Simkhai

Tights: Fishnet Tights, Nordstrom

Choker: Metallic Faux Leather Choker, Forever21

Makeup Details

Prep: Son & Park Beauty Water

Foundation: Luminous Silk Foundation, Armani

Contour: The Celestial Bronzing Veil, Tropical Nights

Highlighter: Fresh Glow Highlighter, Burberry

Lashes: Sephora Lashes Luxe, in Amour

Lips: Confession Ultra Slim High-Intensity Refillable Lipstick, Hourglass

Photos by Rachel of Rachel Radcliffe Photography

Makeup c/o Caitlin @ Sephora Union Street

 

NORDSTROM GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY

Now…it’s time for a fabulous giveaway!
I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers
to give YOU a chance to win:
a $600 Nordstrom Gift Card, just in time for some fall shopping!

Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter.
You’ll receive one entry per completion.
This giveaway is open internationally and runs until 9/20.
Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!

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LIKEtoKNOW.it: The Busy Girl’s Online Shopping Hack

LIKEtoKNOW.it, guys.

To elaborate on my personal viewpoints when it comes to the content I share, I am extremely picky with the brands and platforms I choose to associate myself with, and never pitch something I don’t personally use or have experienced myself. That’s why I believe LIKEtoKNOW.it deserves its own post!

 

If you follow me on Instragram, you’ve likely seen a sneak peek of this crazy amazing wall, and have heard me mention LIKEtoKNOW.it over the past few years. If you’ve skipped over it, thinking it was another confusing way to shop, I GET IT. However, here me out: this application will actually SAVE you time tracking down all your favorite pieces from the all of the LIKEtoKNOW.it linked photos you like on Instagram, and from every single RewardStyle blogger you follow. Shop as fast as you surf the online abyss of retail? YES.

In this post, I’ll outline exactly how it works, and how to get started shopping on the fly wherever you are, never missing a beat when it comes to the best sales of the year.

How LIKEtoKNOW.it works

How to get started

Download LIKEtoKNOW.it from the App Store or Google Play

Screenshot or like any photo that’s linked by a RewardStyle blogger

Open the LIKEtoKNOWit app, and shop the items from your screenshots and liked photos instantly! (…seriously, it’s THAT easy!)

My favorite sales for Labor Day

Carbon38

If you’ve been on the fence about some pricier leggings here, NOW. IS. THE. TIME. There’s so many of my favorite brands that have prices between $50 and $100, and even some below $20! Use code MGRAGG50 for an extra 20% off.

boohoo

60% off….LITERALLY everything.

Nordstrom

Don’t miss some of my favorite gems from this year’s summer sale! *cough* Adidas Stan Smiths *COUGH*

I put together this transitional look for San Francisco’s Indian summer we have nearly every year: pants for cooler mornings/work, and a pair of faux leather shorts to change into for those warm summer evenings. When it gets a little warm in the city, my Something Borrowed Shirt by ADAY is a favorite given its sweat wicking properties. Throw a blazer over it to give it that polished fancy feel for the office, or go without it and add shorts to the mix for a quick transition to happy hour!

Outfit Details

Blouse: Something Borrowed Shirt, ADAY

Blazer: Yaisa Stripe Blazer, Theory (OLD) similar here

Bra: Feline Bra, Michi

Shorts: Vegan Leather Shorts, Zara (OLD) similar here

Tights: Fishnet Tights, Nordstrom

Choker: Metallic Faux Leather Choker, Forever21

Bag: Classic Double Flap Bag, Chanel

Makeup Details

Prep: Son & Park Beauty Water

Foundation: Luminous Silk Foundation, Armani

Contour: The Celestial Bronzing Veil, Tropical Nights

Highlighter: Fresh Glow Highlighter, Burberry

Lashes: Sephora Lashes Luxe, in Amour

Lips: Confession Ultra Slim High-Intensity Refillable Lipstick, Hourglass

Photos by Rachel of Rachel Radcliffe Photography

Makeup c/o Caitlin @ Sephora Union Street

ShopStyle Sale: 20% Off + My Top Picks

ShopStyle is having a sale, you guys! If you’ve never heard of ShopStyle, it’s an online shopping search engine: it brings together hundreds of different brands and retailers under one roof and also allows me to create simple widgets combining the top items to watch for each retailer. Today, I’m rounding up my top sale picks and splurge items to save on from several of my favorite shops.

Bandier

ShopStyle is including Bandier in their sale promos this week! Bandier is another amazing luxury activewear retailer, and I couldn’t be more in love with some of the brands they carry! My favorite part about Bandier is the crazy big selection of shoes: everything from performance running shoes all the way to designer street approved sneakers. Thanks to ShopStyle, you can shop your favorite items at 20% anything, using this promo code: SHOPSTYLE20.

Yoox

 I love Yoox for their incredibly diverse assortment of brands, especially when it comes to luxury brands. Take this sale as a chance to invest in quality pieces from brands like Acne Studios, Balmain, J Brand, Koral, and so much more! Since fall is coming up fast, I’ve linked some of my favorite sweaters and shoes to kick off the season in style. Use the same promo code: SHOPSTYLE20.

 Club Monaco

Club Monaco is an old favorite of mine! Anyone else? I jump at the chance to get a good sale here, so now’s the time to stock up, because the same promo code applies to all items on the site: SHOPSTYLE20. I like to stock up on quality cashmere, jeans, slacks and other staples that will carry me through the entire year.

Happy shopping loves!
I’m finishing up my shopping for New York Fashion Week myself, what are you excited to shop for fall?

Outfit Details

Shoes: NMD R1, Adidas (similar in Pink/Black here at Bandier)
Photo by Christine of Christine Hanks Photography

Your New Favorite Blouse For The Office

Ever feel like your office wardrobe is the least comfortable (and/or fashionable) corner of your closet? Worse yet: feel like you have to maintain two separate wardrobes for work/life? Yeah, I was with you about three years ago. Luckily to our advantage, work wear is beginning to get a mind blowing makeover these days! I’m referring to the fact that our most favorite fabrics (stretchy pants anyone?) are making their way into our standard office friendly designs, and I’ll make sure you’re not missing any of it!

As many of you know from my Instagram stories and posts, I got the chance to meet the ADAY team, and get a deeper understanding of the story behind the brand during their Simplicity Tour last month. I’ve followed them for a while, loving their fresh new approach to transitional clothing. Gone are the days of sneaking our workout leggings into our business casual: some brands are beginning to make designs that are truly meant to be appropriate for both (say goodbye to the logo shame of your older leggings!). ADAY is one of them, and their Something Borrowed Shirt is literally my favorite piece on the planet for work.

It goes without saying I have shit loads of spandex, and most of them aren’t quite office or casual ready. This poses two problems: I have more clothing (which stresses me out), and have to maintain an almost completely separate wardrobe for every stage of my life. Sound familiar?

Now: imagine a world where you can throw your office blouse in the same load as your workout clothes. Sound totally and completely ridic? Get ready to have your mind blown: ADAY has created a truly transitional and fuss free blouse that you need to try ASAP. I’m not even kidding: think silk that acts like spandex! Kiss that dry cleaning bill goodbye and trade your usual work top for one of these. It’s honestly one of the most comfortable button downs I’ve ever worn, and if you hate having to wrestle yourself into your daily work tops, trade them for this!

I paired it with my favorite slacks, the Tommaso Pant, and the most comfortable slides I’ve ever worn, these amazing silver loafers from the Nordstrom sale! If you’re looking for slides that don’t require the painful break in, these are it. I can’t wait to get another pair in another color!

Outfit Details

Blouse: Something Borrowed Shirt, ADAY

Pants: Tommaso Pant, Carbon38 x Jonathan Simkhai

Shoes: Corbin Slide Loafer, Halogen

Sunglasses: It’s My Way Sunglasses, Quay Australia

Bag: Mini MAC, Rebecca Minkoff

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