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

What’s In My Handbag Right Now (and a $700 giveaway!)

I’ve been crushing hard on my current on-the-go lineup, so I decided to create a recurring column to share with you exactly what’s in my bag this month. My makeup/skincare and personal collection of technology are rather extensive, but there’s a few that I currently can’t live without right now:

IT Cosmetics “Your Skin But Better” CC + Illumination Cream with SPF 50

This CC cream is OMG life changing. It saves me 3 steps in the morning, to include sunscreen, concealer, and highlight. It’s my go-to makeup for work, and pretty much everything. It’s easy to apply and take on the road, so it’s always riding in my handbag or weekend bag!

Glossier Balm Dot Com

The warm weather is getting real right now, so the need for moisture has been equally real! I use it primarily for my lips, but it also works wonders on sunburned shoulders etc. This stuff also comes in different flavors and subtle colors, so it can even give you a little glam if you need it in a pinch while you’re on the go.

Halo 3000 mAh Lighted Compact Mirror Portable Battery Charger

This charger is not only legit when it comes to charging time, but also saves space by eliminating the need for a makeup compact for mirror privileges on the fly. Plus, this one’s under $30!

Altec Lansing Black Waterproof Bluetooth Headphones 

I’m loving these headphones right now! I found these at Nordstrom Rack, and am hooked. They’re wireless AND waterproof. I haven’t worn them in the pool yet, but they hold up pretty well in the steam room and in the rain. The real win? They’re also under $30, and since they’re from Nordstrom, if they don’t work for your ears, their return policy’s got you covered.

Tom Ford Patent Finish Lip Color

Holy OMG. This glossy (but not sticky) lip color is just BEYOND on so many levels. It’s super pigmented yet wearable, and comfortable. I want one in every color but have settled for one of my go to shades of neon pink (Erotic).

Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit For Her

This thing has saved me and my friends so many times when out for the evening, or out at the park during the day! It has everything you can possibly imagine needing, and keeps disasters at a minimum, or at the very least, keeping you from having to go home to regroup.

Photo by Rachel of Rachel Radcliffe Photography

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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

The 5 Pieces Of Equipment You Need For A Workout At Home

Let’s face it, we’ve all had those busy weeks where your workouts take the backseat in our daily routine. However, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out completely. With the help of some home additions to your fitness routine, you can bridge the gap between the gym and your free time at home! The following pieces of equipment are easy to store, and extremely versatile when it comes to a variety of workouts and exercises. Another great perk? They’re all really affordable!

Kettlebell

This is one of my favorite pieces of equipment for a reason. After getting certified to train clients with them a few years ago, my eyes were opened to so many effective ways to use them! Take a class or book a session with a trainer to get the basics down, then add this to your home arsenal for some seriously power-packed lifting (and low impact cardio!) sessions.

TRX

This one is also one that is wildly versatile! You can workout every muscle group in your body, and most importantly, scale it to your ability level. Use it to deepen your stretches, yoga poses, or boost your bodyweight exercise strength! It’s a piece of equipment you’ll never outgrow. This particular TRX system is made for home, hooking right onto your door, a tree, or anywhere you want to add an anchor.

Jump Rope

This is a classic for a reason. If you’re not a runner, this is one of the best ways to sneak in your cardio work for the week without a trip to the gym or a long out and back run. I take mine downstairs to my apartment’s outdoor courtyard or garage and knock out a killer Tabata circuit with it, and am done in 20 min or less! This jump rope is easy to pack too, so it’s perfect to take on vacation or a work trip!

Resistance Bands

Bands eliminate the need to invest/clutter your house with free weights. With three different band strengths, you can be challenged across all body parts and resistance levels. The above-linked set is amazing and works for anyone at any fitness level.

Foam Roller

Who wants to lay around at the gym doing this? I used to be a hater of foam rolling, but after seeing how it helped my tense shoulders and back, it got me hooked. I now make sure I spend at least 10 minutes rolling and breaking up knots while I’m watching TV in the evening. It helps me get better sleep too, as a bonus! This particular foam roller is THE best and actually gets your knots out. If you’re going to invest in one, this one’s the way to go. It’s even on sale right now!

Outfit Details

Top: Heathered Gray Cropped Hoodie, Forever21 (OLD), similar here

Pants: Align Pant II 25″, Lululemon

Shoes: Wool Runners, Allbirds

Sunglasses: Aviator Sunglasses, Ray Ban in Black

Makeup Details

Foundation: c/o Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, Medium

Primer: Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, in Luminous Light

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

Highlighter: c/o Glossier Haloscope, in Quartz and Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder, in Incandescent Light

Brows: Marc Jacobs Beauty Brow Wow, in Medium Brown

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

Lashes: Everlasting Lashes, House of Lashes x Sephora

Lips: Patent Finish Lip Color, Tom Ford in Erotic

Makeup c/o Caitlin @ Sephora Union Street

Photo by Rachel of Rachel Radcliffe Photography

Fashion Friday: Victoria Beckham for Target

I have been waiting on pins and needles for months, beyond excited for one of the best designer capsules Target has ever put together! I was lucky enough to snag a few pieces from the collection, one of them being this amazingly chic dress. I’m a lover of all things monochrome and solids, especially since I like to play with statement accessories, so this dress was a natural winner.

My office is very business casual, so it’s fun to play down some of my fancier pieces with a fancy yet playful pair of sneakers or sporty sandals to give it a more street friendly vibe. The best types to pair are polished metallics or bright colors with fun fabric details like these or these.

I love the simplicity of this collection, and how monochrome it is. I’ve also paired it with several of my statement bomber jackets for a glam active fashion inspired feel. The playful details on the collar made it a perfect springtime dress, and perfect for my Easter Sunday celebrations. It will be easy to transition it to every other season as well given the classic cut and timeless color.

Outfit Details

Dress: Black Collared Dress, Victoria Beckham for Target

Shoes: Special Edition NWM Sky Hi Wedge, Nike (OLD), similar here

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

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

Makeup Details

Foundation: c/o Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, Medium

Primer: Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, in Luminous Light

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

Highlighter: c/o Glossier Haloscope, in Quartz and Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder, in Incandescent Light

Brows: Marc Jacobs Beauty Brow Wow, in Medium Brown

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

Lashes: Everlasting Lashes, House of Lashes x Sephora

Lips: Patent Finish Lip Color, Tom Ford in Erotic

Makeup c/o Caitlin @ Sephora Union Street

Photos by Rachel of Rachel Radcliffe Photography

The 5 Warm Weather Beauty Products You Need In Your Life

Summer is nearly around the corner, which means it’s time to change up my beauty routine! I shift my go-to products every season, as our skin’s needs depend a lot on the weather and the elements. The past few months, my skin has been dryer given the cold and wet winter we had here in San Francisco, and my week trip out east into the freezing winter of New York.

That said, these past few weeks have been amazing here in the city weather-wise, so I’ve been pulling out my summer go-to’s a little early. There are a few key products you need to have at your fingertips:

Daily Sunscreen

If you’re not applying a DAILY shield to your skin, you’re aging it! I wear a daily sunscreen and vary the brand based on season and the needs of my skin. For summer, I stick to the following brands due to their lightweight nature and/or higher SPF rating.

Algenist Sublime Defense Ultra-Lightweight Sunscreen: Super lightweight, and SPF 50. This stuff feels like thin silk on the skin, and doesn’t leave that thick sunscreen style residue. I wear it every day.

Glossier Invisible Shield: BIG DEAL GUYS!! This stuff is BRAND NEW from Glossier, and officially LAUNCHES TODAY! It’s strictly sunscreen, which allows you to pair it with whatever moisturizer/makeup/primer you want, making it completely universal for anyone’s skincare routine! It’s a great one for everyday wear that won’t break the bank, yet works.

Clarification

The higher temps of summer make sweat a chronic issue, and if you’re not on top of it, you can become more prone to breakouts and uneven skin. I take colder showers, power up my clarifying oils (oils keep you from getting greasier during the day – counterintuitive I know!) instead of drying gels to combat breakouts, and also add in some body sprays that help when you’re forced to sweat in your clothes due to walking around/working out.

Acne Free Body Clearing Spray: This spray is a lifesaver! It’s a drugstore find and actually works. I spray it all over my back, shoulders, and chest after showers and it keeps my body clear of any breakouts due to wearing sweaty workout gear or simply exploring the city on a sunny day.

Glossier Super Pure Serum: This serum is one of the best ways to reset your skin, and won’t break the bank! From combatting the pollution of city life to replenishing your skin after a long summer evening out, it comes ready to work.

Sunday Riley UFO Oil: This oil absorbs quickly and primes your face perfectly for a bright summer glow. It’s a great way to get rid of blemishes without over drying your skin with acidic gels during warmer weather.

Exfoliation

It’s super important to get rid of dry skin during the drier months and the best way to do it is before you shower by dry brushing or adding in an exfoliating scrub. I use my Clarisonic with a body brush and add in one of my favorite scrubs.

Neutrogena Body Clear Body Scrub: best for your budget! This stuff, just like the rest of the line, is pretty solid. It’s my go-to during the super sweaty months inside and outside the studio.

Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish: I started with the lip scrub from this line, and immediately got hooked by all of it! This stuff smells amazing and leaves you feeling super silky.

Ole Henriksen Rub n’ Buff Sea Salt Scrub: I love everything from this line, and this scrub is no different! If you’re sensitive to sweet smells, this one’s for you.

Lip Care

Your lips shouldn’t be neglected when it comes to the above steps! It’s sensitive skin, so it’s really important to apply sunscreen and care for it the same way you do the rest of your body. I start by exfoliating, priming, and then add in my Glossier daily sunscreen before applying lip color.

Bite Everyday Agave Lip Scrub: This stuff is PERFECT for summer. It keeps your lips hydrated post-scrub and leaves them ready for the rest of your lip regimen and lipstick.

Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy: This soothes dry lips, and is the perfect match to your favorite lip scrub. It has anti-aging properties that really help out during the sunnier months with fine lines/etc.

Brightening

With all the sunshine, it’s super important to care for your skin and treat dark spots and blemishes, which can darken during the summer months. The best time to add in skin lighteners and brightening products is at night when your body has time to regenerate. I love my brightening sleeping masks!

Obagi Nu-Derm Fx Set: This is one of the most powerful skin lighteners out there, and one of my favorites. Blend the two together to reduce sun spots, and reveal a more radiant skin tone. It’s worth the splurge.

Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Mask: THE best on the market. It even moisturizes your skin, which preps your skin perfectly for warmer weather!

Band Tee Brigade

If you know anything about me personally, one of the first things you probably know is that I’m a total music junkie, of the rock & roll flavor mostly, to be exact. There’s something so authentic about it, and it inspires the majority of my fashion stylings.

Just like athleisure, it’s totally possible to dress a band tee up and down, and it’s usually the top way I spin my active fashion into streetwear. I’ve also rocked this particular band tee dress to a cocktail party, just last weekend! How so? Read on.

When rocking something as simple as a t-shirt, you have the ability to step up your accessory game: with a statement necklace and strappy heels for a more glam approach, or a statement clutch for a pop of matching color. I dressed this look down for a tech office appropriate look with a pair of my favorite transitional sneakers, my black wool Allbirds, and a long bomber for a more polished approach.

Outfit Details

Dress: T-Shirt Dress with Motif, H&M

Jacket: Satin Longline Bomber Jacket, Forever21

Shoes: Wool Runners, Allbirds in Natural Black

Sunglasses: Aviator Sunglasses, Ray Ban in Black

Clutch: Tequila Is Not My Friend Clutch, Kate Spade (OLD) similar here

Makeup Details

Foundation: c/o Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, Medium

Primer: Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, in Luminous Light

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

Highlighter: c/o Glossier Haloscope, in Quartz and Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder, in Incandescent Light

Brows: Marc Jacobs Beauty Brow Wow, in Medium Brown

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

Lashes: Everlasting Lashes, House of Lashes x Sephora

Lips: Patent Finish Lip Color, Tom Ford in Erotic

Makeup c/o Caitlin @ Sephora Union Street

Photos by Rachel of Rachel Radcliffe Photography