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The Velvet Edit

As a lover of all things 90’s, its safe to say that I was thrilled to see velvet back on the runways at New York Fashion Week this year. When I found it being combined with track jackets, I was ecstatic! This black and crimson gem of a find at Forever21 is literally EVERYTHING right now. It’s been on repeat all week since I snagged it.

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I also received a pair of leggings from The Girlfriend Collective last week, and had been dying to get a chance to test them out. I know, just when you think you don’t need yet ANOTHER pair of black leggings, hear me out: THESE. ARE. A. MUST.

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From the high quality thick fabric with one hell of a buttery feel against the skin, to the literally perfect design and seam placement, these pants are hands down some of the best I’ve ever owned. Another amazing fact about them? The story behind them. Much like Everlane or Warby Parker, this brand focuses on a direct-to-consumer business model, as well as being environmentally conscious: the material is made from recycled plastic bottles. Additionally they focus on fair trade practices when it comes to manufacturing. They’re seriously amazing.

Another amazing fact? You can snag a pair for FREE with the cost of shipping ($19.95). For FREE you guys. These pants speak for themselves, and I guarantee I’ll be buying more when they officially launch.

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Outfit Details

Jacket: Velour Bomber Jacket, Forever21

Shirt: V Neck Basic T Shirt, Zara

Leggings: Black Legging, c/o The Girlfriend Collective

Shoes: Juvenate Sneaker, Nike (on mega sale at Nordstrom right now!)

Sunglasses: ‘It’s My Way’ 55mm Oversize Sunglasses, Quay Australia

Makeup Details

Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way, Natural Beige

Primer: Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, in Luminous Light

Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, Luminous Flush

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, Granite

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette, Cool Palette

Lashes: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Black

Lips: ROUGE PUR COUTURE Lipstick, Yves Saint Laurent in Fuchsia Fétiche

Photos by my boyfriend, Emil Eklund

Fenty x Puma: Urban Gothic Meets Athleisure

I’d been dying to snag a few pieces from Rihanna’s Fenty x PUMA line, as there’s nothing out there in the athleisure space that speaks to me more. Known for her avant-garde and often provocative sense of style, she’s created an athleisure collaboration that is just that: unapologetically fashion forward.

It’s been nearly a year since the collection first hit the catwalks of New York Fashion Week, and a little over a month since the collection hit retailers, and as soon as my haul arrived, I was hooked! Rihanna’s dark, urban gothic style is very similar to my own, so the blend of it with current athleisure trends was a match made in heaven.

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Out of all the items in the current release, I was drawn to the Kimono the most. My other affinity when it comes to personal style tends to be inspired by Japanese trends (hello nail art!), so naturally, it’s bold shape and characters were a total draw. I’m a track jacket junkie, so it’s seamless blend of track and kimono was also a mega sell.

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This jacket goes from the studio right to the street, and can even be paired with a night out ensemble. I wore it to a special event with bumble&Bumble last weekend, and it was a huge hit! Additionally, stay tuned as well for an exciting collab with bumble&Bumble, my favorite wash and wear hair product line! I’ll be sharing my product lineup/how to’s on how my hair stays so perfectly styled with one or less wash a week (these photos are a whole week!).

Also of note is my FAVE T-shirt of all time: the Express One Eleven V-Neck Tunic Tee. It’s also on sale for less than $30, so snag one now! It’s incredibly soft, versatile, and flattering on every body type. I have one in nearly every color, and take a size small.

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Outfit Details

Jacket: Puma x Fenty Kimono Tricot Track Jacket, Puma, in Black/White

Top: One Eleven V Neck Tunic Tee, Express, in White

Bra: Rize Bra, Michi, in Black Python

Shoes: Roush Two, Nike, in Black

Sunglasses: 62Mm Aviator Sunglasses, Rayban, in Black/Blue

Wallet: Monogram Leather Large Flap Continental Wallet, Saint Laurent, in Light Grey

Beauty Details

Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way, Natural Beige

Primer: Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, in Luminous Light

Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, Luminous Flush

Brows: Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil, Black Brown

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette, Cool Palette

Lashes: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Black

Lips: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, in Cruella

Photos by my boyfriend, Emil Eklund

Barry’s: From the Street to the Studio

It’s been an absolute whirlwind start to the year! This blog post is grossly overdue, and I cannot express how excited I am to get back to my regular routine of doing what I love most: blogging.

This year marked the beginning of a full time teaching schedule at Barry’s Bootcamp, coupled with my current career training and writing. That said, I have been on the move, with little time to fit in all my passions. Over the past few months, I have had the chance to pioneer an athleisure styling column with Barry’s on their blog, The Intel.

I have since styled two outfits, one for each collection released this year. You can find out more here!

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My favorite collection and outfit to date is the one I styled this past week: our “Leather & Lace” collection. I am in love with this Split59 tank, and wear it everywhere, including styled into some of my nighttime looks out on the town here in San Francisco. It’s an incredibly transitional piece, especially for being so racy!

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I am also currently obsessed with Allbirds! If you haven’t heard of them, you definitely will shortly! They are taking over the world of fitness and lifestyle wear, and I cannot be more excited by it! The model is 100% wool, making them washable and resilient to odor. They are the perfect blend of fitness function and urban chic athleisure, and have survived multiple Barry’s classes and workouts, and still look pristine. If my shoes (and feet!) can survive a week of powering down the Barry’s tread, they can handle anything.

I was first introduced to them by one of my private training clients, who heads up their marketing, and helped them launch. They are a San Francisco based brand, and are some of the coolest people I’ve met in the industry of fashion/fitness/outdoor enthusiasts. Follow them here on Instagram.

Buyers beware: grab your favorite colorways before they sell out, as colors will not be released again! These gorgeous blue runners are sold out unfortunately, however, there are three other colors currently available on the website.

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Outfit Details

Tank: c/o Splits59 Havana Noir Performance Tank, Barry’s Exclusive

Leggings: c/o Onzie Cut Out Capri, Barry’s Exclusive

Sweatshirt: c/o Barry’s Bootcamp Waffle Pullover (in studios only)

Sunglasses: RayBan Aviators, Orange

Shoes: c/o Allbirds Wool Runners, Blue (colorway SOLD OUT)

Makeup Details

Foundation: Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation, Fawn

Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, Luminous Flush

Brows: Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil, Black Brown

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette

Lashes: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Black

Lips: YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-In-Stick Lipstick, Fuschia in Excess

Hair: bumble & Bumble Surf Foam Spray Blow Dry, styled with Sultra Bombshell Wand in 1.5 inch model

 

Photos by Alvin Holden, Barry’s San Francisco Instructor

Fall Beach Day Essentials

This past week has been brisk and a bit windy, and I am loving every second of it. The overcast skies soften the city, giving it that crisp but cozy holiday feeling, allowing me to finally snuggle up in my favorite jackets and blanket scarves. I spent the day hiking out to Ocean Beach on Saturday morning, enjoying the sounds of the ocean and the crisp air along the trails of Lands End down to the beach.

I am currently obsessed with Target’s activewear line C9 by Champion, as their outerwear this season is gorgeous on top of being functional. I picked up their fleece jacket that was somewhat similiar to my Patagonia Better Sweater, and I must say the comparison is completely on point.

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Not only is it longer (tall girl problems!) in the body, the collar is wider, which helps when it’s windy. It’s a less boxy fit, and makes me feel feminine when I am bulked up in warm layers.

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One of my favorite tank styles is the Fly-By Tank by Under Armour. Aside from it’s flattering fit, I love that the back is mesh which allows for quick sweat wicking, and overall comfort. It comes in just about every color out there, so there’s bound to be one to match any outfit you’ve got. Thanks to my friend Shauna for the recommendation!

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I found these sandals on mega clearance at Target, and I must say they are amazingly comfortable and still fashionable. They’re exactly what I need to take my beach day back into the real world for either dining out or shopping. Goodbye rubber flip flops!

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Outfit Details

Bra: c/o Michi Antigravity Bra in Black

Pants: Lululemon Wunder Under Rolldown *Luxtreme in Black

Top: Under Armour Fly-By Mesh Tank in Europa Purple

Jacket: C9 Champion® Sweater Fleece Jacket in Rococo Red

Sandals: Mossimo Footbed Sandals in Gold

Beauty Details

Foundation Primer: Becca EverMatte Poreless Priming Perfector

Foundation: Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream in Medium

Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Smoky Palette (High/Combust/Thirteen)

Mascara: YSL Shocking in Deep Black

Brows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Brown

Lips: YSL  Rouge Volupte Shine, in Fuchsia in Excess

Nails: OPI Do You Have This Color in Stockholm?

Toes: Essie Boom Boom Room

 

Photos by Julia McBee of Whole 30 San Francisco.

Fall Additions

It’s officially fall, but it hardly feels like it here in San Francisco. Given the crazy heat wave, I’ve been able to continue rocking most of my summer workout gear. This week, my selections from Michi’s fall line arrived, and I’m in love with the latest color additions and styles.

Michi’s leggings are some of my all time favorites, and this year’s fall colors are a must have. I am a sucker for anything plum, so naturally I picked up another pair of one of my faves, the Hydra Crop in Plum/Black. My other pair of sneaks are Just Fab’s Zannia high top. Super comfortable, I have used them for private training sessions and of course all around town here in the city.

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In this heat, I’ve been rocking cropped (by me) men’s Barry’s tanks while instructing at Barry’s, so naturally, I HAD to have the new Michi Garnet Crop Top (featured in Black). It wicks sweat like none other, and doesn’t ride up or get in the way when I’m moving around quickly in the studio.

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I’ve also been on a kick mixing luxury brands with budget friendly brands, and recently got the chance to sample some items from Forever 21’s activewear line. The below crops are super flattering in terms of waistband and fit. I took a size XS, and fit is pretty true to size for Forever 21 items. The fabric is slightly on the thicker side, so they’ll be a great addition to my running wardrobe this winter.

 

I’ve also been experimenting with fancy footwear while teaching, and came across these beauties on Just Fab. The Moni wedge sneaker is SUPER comfortable and actually pretty easy to wear while teaching a strength training class! They have been on repeat for the past two weeks.


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Outfit Details

Tops: c/o Michi Garnet Crop Top in Black || LF Crop Top (OLD)

Bra: Michi Bionic Bra in Black

Bottoms: Michi Hydra Crop in Plum/Black || c/o Forever21 No Days Off Athletic Leggings

Sunglasses: Ray Ban Aviators in Blue/Gold and Silver/Pink

Shoes: Just Fab Moni Wedge || Just Fab Zannia High Top 

Beauty Details

Foundation Primer: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Foundation: Sephora Collection Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation in Medium

Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush

Eyeshadow: c/o Chanel Travel Makeup Palette

Mascara: Dior Diorshow Black Out Mascara

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Ash Brown

Nails: Essie Polish in Stylenomics

Photography by Julia McBee of Whole30SF

An Unlikely Union: Florals Meet Mesh

Anyone that knows me, knows how much I despise florals. I find them often overdone, and too romantic for my personal taste of fashion. I think I own two articles of clothing with a floral pattern, one of them being this pair of Nikes. I wasn’t one of the first on the Nike Photosynthesis bandwagon, and I must say my attraction was rather recent, only deciding to take the plunge after browsing Nordstrom this weekend, and finding a single pair on sale in my size. It was fate, clearly.

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There’s something about the mix of subdued blue hues that really do it for me. They are oddly versatile, which is a must in my profession, and with the magnitude of my fitness wardrobe.

The mesh pants, on the other hand, come as no surprise. You can always find one of the following styles on my body at all times when I’m in fitness wear: mesh, neon, and anything with creative reflective detail. These pants boast a racy panel all the way up to the hip, and an amazingly buttery material that gives any gal the look of a 145lb deadlifting booty. Obvious win.

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Outfit Details

Bra: c/o Michi Antigravity Bra

Top: c/o Nike Elastika Tank (Barry’s Bootcamp Edition) 

Pants: Lululemon Wunder Under Rolldown *Luxtreme

Shoes: Nike Lunar Glide 6, Photosynthesis 

Bag: Chanel Classic Flap Bag (Double Flap in Black Caviar)

Sunglasses: Ray Ban Aviators, Blue/Gold

Beauty Details

Foundation Primer: Becca EverMatte Poreless Priming Perfector

Foundation: Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream in Medium

Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Smoky Palette (High/Combust/Thirteen)

Mascara: YSL Shocking in Deep Black

Brows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Brown

Lips: YSL Rouge Volupte Shine, in Fuchsia in Excess

Nails: OPI, Do You Have This Color in Stockholm?

Photos by Julia McBee of Whole 30 San Francisco.

Muscles & Mascara

Two things this week:

I came across the most amazing muscle tee. EVER.

I love Michi. (you already knew that, but…. Wait for what’s next.)

There is nothing nearer and dearer to my heart than fashion, beauty, and fitness, and I spend my life merging the three. I found it particularly appropriate to pair it with my all time favorite activewear line, Michi. Michi was created with a vision to elevate the activewear trend and truly merge it with real life, with a splash of lingerie inspired designs for a mega chic yet edgy feel.

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I am honored to announce that I am a Brand Ambassador for Michi, and am excited to continue sharing my love of their exquisite yet completely functional designs. One of my favorite quotes from meeting with Michelle Watson was “…this is an armpit fat and muffin top free zone!” Leggings and bras alike have expertly design cuts, meant to accentuate your best parts and hide your worst. Also say goodbye to other gross activewear disappointments like camel toe and see-through behinds. Michi pieces are WELL worth the investment, and I urge you to try them for yourself.

Check out their current selections online, and use my code “Team_Gragg” for 10% off.

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No post is complete without my must have beauty item of the week. I am a balm girl at heart, and cannot live without it. That said, when it has added pop of color than won’t get all barfy looking when you workout (or stick to your hair during treadmill runs or burpees), it gets an A-plus from yours truly.

Behold:

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rosé

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Outfit Details

Top: 5Sun “Muscles & Mascara” Graphic Muscle

Bra: c/o Michi Feline Bra

Leggings: c/o Michi Illusion Legging

Shoes: Nike Sky Hi Wedge, Black Leather

Sunglasses: Rayban Aviator in Blue & Gold

Beauty Details

Foundation Primer: Makeup Forever Step 1 in Redness Correcting Primer (Green)

Foundation: c/o Sephora Collection Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation in Fawn

Shadow: MAC Paints in Untitled

Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

Blush: MAC Powder Blush in Peony Petal

Lips: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rosé

Nails: OPI in You’re Such a Budapest

Skin: St. Tropez Self Tan Dark Bronzing Spray

Photos this week were captured by my amazing friend Julia, of Whole30 SF.