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Music Is My Best Friend: A New Movement

For those of you that know me well, you know how important music is in my life. I’ve been surrounded by it since birth, and it’s integrated into every area of my life in some shape or form. It’s what motivates me, what helps me unwind, and what helps me see deeper into every corner of life. Before we get into the good stuff, I’ll start this post off with a couple music-related facts about myself you may not know:

Mandy + Music

  1. I trained professionally as a singer for most of my life, from high school through college.
  2. I live for all things musical theatre.
  3. I love creating new mixes of music, from the ancient mixtape back in the 90’s to today, remixing my favorite songs DJ style. Find my playlists on Spotify and Soundcloud and follow along!
  4. I love writing lyrics and sometimes even tunes.

Why music?

I’m an artist at my core. I like to integrate uncommon things to tell a story. Music has also been a way to connect deeper with my group fitness students, and a way to amp up a fun night with friends. Anyone else take a moment throughout the day to settle in with your fave song of the moment to reflect and get inspired? I’m talking about those super inspiring daydreams that motivate is to dance around in our PJs at home, or rock out to our own music video in our head. We have ALL been there. That’s where I became inspired to create this new way of sharing inspiration through a collaboration of some of the things I love most: music, fashion, and art. It’s a way to bring that daydream music video into flesh and blood.

This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for so many things, and one of them is music. Like family and friends, it is a best friend to me. Music at its core has always been a way to come together with others on the common ground of love. Now more than ever, we need that in life. This video was a way for me to unite some of my favorite brands that are breaking the mold of modern fashion, to a new kind of collaborative music as showcased by one of my favorite new musical artists, Sofi Tukker. Their original remix of alternative rock vibes and electronic beats inspire me in so many ways, to include the way I look at fashion. Their track Best Friend spoke to me in this way: fashion and music will be a part of my life always and speaks its own special language to me.

Meet the #OOTDnovela

Meet a new way to bring things together: the #OOTDnovela. It’s a collaboration of the things I love most, and I hope this video inspires you to collaborate with others and bring together your own love story across all avenues in life. This will become a new monthly staple on the blog, so stay tuned for more fashion and music collabs later this holiday season! I’ll leave all of you with this: is there a song that inspires you? Something you’d like to see in this style? Email me! Let’s collab.

-xx M


Video filmed by Rachel Radcliffe Photography, music by Sofi Tukker. Video produced and directed by me.

Outfit Details

Blouse: Something Borrowed Shirt, ADAY

Tank: Rose Gold/Aqua Sequin Tank, Forever21

Jacket: Distressed Denim Jacket, Forever21

Leggings: Melrose Legging, Carbon38 (almost sold out, similar here)

Boots: Sabrina Glam in Dusty Rose, Frye x GMG (SOLD OUT, similar here)

Hat: Velvet Cabby Hat, Forever21

Makeup Details

Primer: Perfect Canvas Serum, c/o Ren Skincare

Foundation: Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, Fenty Beauty in 210

Highlighter: Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, Fenty Beauty in Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal

Contour: Match Stix Matte Skin Stick, Fenty Beauty in Mocha and Rum

Eyes: Lila Eyeshadow Palette, Natasha Denona

Lips: Lip Color, Tom Ford in Bare Peach

Hair: AIR DRY IT Undone Styling Creme, c/o L’Oreal

The Moto Leggings I Can’t Stop Wearing

I love a good pair of moto leggings. Anyone else? I love them even more when they’re on sale! I get most everything in my workout wardrobe from Carbon38 these days, as the selection and quality of their pieces are always on point. Since many of the brands they carry are somewhat pricey, I like to make sure I’m picking quality pieces that will not only hold up to my workouts but also not lose their trendiness after a couple seasons. That said, searching through sale pieces is not always a walk in the park with these requirements! However, when you do find a unicorn…You freaking pounce on that SH%T. I found these amazing moto leggings by happenstance, browsing the sale items a few weeks ago, and instantly added them to my cart.

I found these amazing moto leggings by Lurv Sportswear by happenstance, browsing the sale items a few weeks ago, and instantly added them to my cart. They’re only $76, and I can tell you they’re going to be a staple for many seasons to come. They’re soft enough to wear during spring and summer, but structured enough for fall and winter. The fit is incredibly flattering and was actually something I was a bit worried about when I bought them, as they were a new brand to me. They’re true to size: I take an XS in these and generally wear an XS or 2/4 in Lululemon bottoms as a reference.

We also obviously need to talk about the rose gold details too, because what isn’t trending in rose gold right now? I cannot get enough of the shiny zipper details on the hips and the ankles, as they give them an elegant twist, making them perfect for a workout, and just as perfect to wear out on the town. They come with a few other hidden pockets too, which is convenient if you’re heading out for a run or a quick trip elsewhere! If you’ve been hesitant to try the moto trend that’s taking the fashion space by storm right now, this is a great way to ease into the trend with a hint of soft pink.

The good news doesn’t stop there! Since I am one of their ambassador trainers, you get 20% off and free shipping on your first purchase. They’ve also got one of the best return policies out there, making it easy to ship back if you get the fit wrong. I trust them for a reason.

Enter my code MGRAGG50 at checkout to cash in on your new favorite leggings!

Outfit Details

Crop Top: Logo Crop V, Ivy Park via Carbon38

Leggings: Wild and Wanted Leggings, Lurv Sportswear via Carbon38

Bag: Classic Caviar Flap Bag, Chanel (affordable option here)

Shoes: Star Patch Patent Leather Platforms, ROMWE

Sunglasses: Unknown brand, similar here and here

Hat: Pom Ball Cap, Forever21 (OLD) similar here

Watch: Apple Watch 2 in Rose Gold, Studded Band by Bezels & Bytes

Makeup Details

Primer: Perfect Canvas Serum, c/o Ren Skincare

Foundation: Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, Fenty Beauty in 210

Highlighter: Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, Fenty Beauty in Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal

Contour: Match Stix Matte Skin Stick, Fenty Beauty in Mocha and Rum

Eyes: Lila Eyeshadow Palette, Natasha Denona

Lips: Lip Color, Tom Ford in Bare Peach

HairHair: AIR DRY IT Undone Styling Creme, c/o L’Oreal

Photos by Shannon Righetti of Shandru Photography

Makeup by Caitlin of Sephora Union Street

Parisian Urban Gothic: My Inner Lagerfeld

When it comes to my fashion loves, first, there are my favorite designers, and then there’s some that simply connect with my soul. My first experience with Karl Lagerfeld was in my early childhood, playing around in my parent’s bathroom, sampling their perfume and cologne. As long as I can remember, my dad wore Lagerfeld. Now, looking back, it’s apparent that my dad and I have more in common when it comes to fashion and what inspires us. It’s often stated that our sense of smell is one of our most powerful senses, and I believe it. The original cologne by Lagerfeld will always bring back memories of special events and the holidays spent with family, and my early obsession with all things editorial. It’s a scent that was revolutionary for its time, having a very distinct edgy take on elegance.

I remember looking up his name as a kid and instantly falling in love with his style and his view on fashion. He’s an icon of Parisian fashion and style, but not a native Parisian, or even French. Crazy right? Paris is renowned for being one of the most snooty cities in the world, especially when it comes to fashion. How’d he do it? A little history lesson for you: originally from Germany, his career in French fashion began while working for Balmain. After settling into his own with his first official compilation with Jean Patou, he didn’t exactly start off on the right foot and actually got booed by the press. Did that stop him? Fuck no.

I’m a firm believer in the sentiment that well-behaved women rarely make history, and it’s true of men too, including Lagerfeld. His urban gothic approach to couture brings new life to Parisian style, and I have never been happier that he’s the creative director of Chanel these days. He’s now one of the most respected designers in French fashion, with the city of Paris standing with him season after season, and some my favorite style muses, Cara Delavigne.  Without the ability to question popular trends, we cannot evolve. The rule breakers pave the way to the future, and it’s what I love most about his essence. This past season’s Chanel show was soul captivating, bringing so much urban edge to a very soft and feminine season, Spring/Summer 2018. One of my fashion muses, Courtney of Always Judging, SLAYED this take on Chanel vibe perfectly.

Urban Gothic Pairings

Fall is my favorite season to style, as you can become more creative through transitional layers that incorporate the best of every other season (hello layering statement blouses under dresses!). I am obsessing over the entire Moto Collection by Carbon38, and was pumped to sample some of the best selling pieces this past September! I also found this amazing yet simple hat at Target and knew it would be the perfect combo to soften my usually edgy approach to styling. It plays so well with my current wardrobe, and can’t wait to add it to my outfits later this season.

Urban Gothic Accessory Pairings

Furthermore: if you’ve been on the edge about buying an Apple Watch thinking that its ROI is low due to the fact that it’s super sporty, think again. You can make technology and sportier styles both feminine and elegant, especially in today’s world of athleisure and the creation of technical fabric. I cannot get enough of my new watch bands from Bezels & Bytes. The rose gold studs instantly grabbed me and reminded me so much of Karl Lagerfeld’s take on Chanel.

Outfit Details

Sweatshirt: Olympic Sweatshirt, c/o Carbon38

Blouse: Something Borrowed Shirt, ADAY

Leggings: Abbot Kinney Legging, c/o Carbon38

Sunglasses: Chloe Sunglasses, TopFoxx

Watch: Apple Watch 2 in Rose Gold, Studded Band by Bezels & Bytes

Hat: Cloche Hat with Fur Pom A New Day, Target

Shoes: Star Platform Wedge, MakeMeChic

Bag: Classic Small Caviar Flap Bag, Chanel

Makeup Details

Primer: Perfect Canvas Serum, Ren Skincare

Foundation: Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, Fenty Beauty in 210

Highlighter: Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, Fenty Beauty in Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal

Contour: Match Stix Matte Skin Stick, Fenty Beauty in Mocha and Rum

Eyes: Lila Eyeshadow Palette, Natasha Denona

Lips: Lip Color, Tom Ford in Bare Peach

Photos by Shannon Righetti of Shandru Photography

Makeup by Caitlin of Sephora Union Street

Carbon38: The Moto Collection

It’s no secret that I lover grunge rocker style, so it came with great excitement to know that the next capsule for Carbon38 was Moto. As a very monochrome and solids focused blogger, I love being able to accentuate texture and play with lighting when it comes to selecting my wardrobe choices. This collection has all the bells and whistles: glossy fabric, hardware details, and multiple fabrics per piece. Of course, I also love that it’s black on black, on more black!

This collection is a bit smaller than some of the others, however, each piece is a transitional staple you can incorporate into any season of wear. I plan to take advantage of the fall season by layering these elegant black pieces with more textured layers underneath.  Think outside the box to your work clothes, adding in a long tunic or collared button down underneath the sweatshirt for a more office-ready look. This sweatshirt will also slay the game when paired with your favorite pair of skinny jeans.

Not only is Carbon38’s Moto Collection beautiful with a touch of renegade energy, it’s insanely comfortable. The leggings are truly some of the best fitting ones I own. The ultra-high waistband makes it perfect for layering and easy to style. I can’t wait to try them out in the gym too. The fabric details on the boat neck sweatshirt make it an easy piece to throw into your everyday style from the office to your evening plans. I am looking forward to styling these pieces separately later next month. Until then… Black on black for life! I’ll be taking you through a close-up details session later tonight on my Instagram stories as I style them for a Hip Hop Dance class at Uforia Studios with the Bare Snacks team, so make sure you’re following along here.


I am literally obsessed with everything from the collection, so it made it hard to choose favorites for you. Depending on the type of staples you need, they’ve got you covered: a killer moto jacket, multiple color options for leggings, and perfect tees that go with anything! View the entire collection for yourself here!

Thank you to Carbon38 for sponsoring this post. 

Outfit Details

Sweatshirt: Grand Sweatshirt, c/o Carbon38

Leggings: Melrose Legging, c/o Carbon38

Shoes: Lunarepic Low Flyknit 2 X-Plore, Nike

Sunglasses: Unknown (Canal Street), similar here

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: Balm Dot Com in Cherry, Glossier

Brows: Boy Brow, Glossier

Hair: AIR DRY IT Undone Styling Creme, c/o L’Oreal

Photos by Dita of SF Stockholm

Makeup by me

I Wore Activewear At NYFW & Here’s What Happened

Alright, guys. I’ve got a confession to make.

It’s obvious I love my activewear and sportier trends, however, this may come as a shock: I wore activewear in EVERY outfit every day during my time at New York Fashion Week. Yep: EVERY outfit, every show, every event. I’m sure some of you are wondering how on earth you can get away with blending in your favorite stretchy activewear into fashion show appropriate attire, and I’m here to tell you: ANYTHING is possible if you believe in yourself. This season, I was super excited to see even more athletic-inspired trends on the runway (Chromat, Public School, Fenty x Puma), so I felt even more comfortable this season getting a little more audacious in my stylings.

The key to bridging the gap between gym attire and street style lies in layers. It’s about incorporating a specific note of the active piece you are adding in with a similar style in your street appropriate pieces. Blending two codes of dress is tricky: you never want to add in more than two pieces. At that point, it begins to look more like post gym athleisure. Since mesh and fishnets are making a huge splash for fall, I grabbed my go-to Michi Bras and used two different colors and styles for the entire trip (when I wasn’t adding Agent Provocateur sets underneath) underneath low plunging gowns and sheer tops. They added the glamorous grunge look I was going for this season, and actually made the softer notes of my dresses pop!

Activewear at NYFW: The Consensus

So…how did it go over, you ask? Pretty freaking stellar. On my first day for Chromat’s show, I chose a blue power pantsuit (on sale!!) to channel my inner boss girl vibes, with only the Michi Bionic bra underneath, and a killer statement necklace from BaubleBar and Fenty cap. I got tons of attention from street style photographers, and even got pulled in for a quick photo shoot for IMG x Lexus in front of the entrance to the shows! Stay tuned for these pictures later. The most common comment I got was how original edgy it was, and it was the outfit I got stopped the most for to pose for street style photos and to spill the details for reporters.

This dress was one of my favorites of the week. Kimonos are my jam these days, I love a staple elegant dress with Japanese style details. As you know, I live in a pretty black and white world, and usually only incorporate cooler toned colors into my outfit mixes. Red was a fun way to break out of my comfort zone this season! I am all about changing the stigma of fashion, that you can feel comfortable AND glamorous in your outfits, regardless of the code of dress. This dress was light and full of movement, and the asymmetrical hemline made it so easy to relax and actually take in the wonders of Fashion Week. I was able to live in the moment, not uncomfortable and in my head. ASOS slays the dress game, and mini spoiler alert: I will be adding in pieces from their site for my upcoming street fashion series, so stay tuned!

Outfit Details

Dress: Kimono Twist Front Maxi Dress, ASOS

Bra: Bionic Bra in Blue (SOLD OUT, black linked), Carbon38

Shoes: Rose Gold Superstar, Adidas

Sunglasses, Living Large Aviators, Quay Australia

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

Lashes: Ardell Wispies, Target

Photos by Lauren of Laurel Creative

Makeup by me

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

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