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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.

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.

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I can’t express enough how much I adore my new professional dress code of stretchy pants. Thank god for the rising athleisure trend these days; I can’t tell you the last time I was bothered to put on a pair of jeans, or worse, a suit.

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This week, Nike absolutely nails it. I stumbled upon the Lunarsandiator Sky Hi a week ago on a lunchtime stroll from Equinox to Nike on Union Street, and all it took was one fitting to decide that these shoes would be glued to my feet for the foreseeable future! I’ve totally taught group fitness in these. Not gonna lie.

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These sandals are THE most comfortable shoes I’ve worn in ages. Ever hate when your feet get tired, even in a pair of running shoes? I’m not sure if it’s the wedge or just the cushion, but these can be worn all day with zero fatigue. Next up, can we talk about these leggings?? Nike has really stepped up their game in the legging department, and I must say their current legging, the Legendary Tight, is beyond fabulous from the touch all the way to the fit. I was able to snag a pair in the “Lava Legging” color way, and I must say they are a Mandy staple now. The fit is not only comfortable, it completely reshapes you and leaves you feeling confident to rock your workout without feeling self conscious. I am wearing a size XS here, and am a street size 2.

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I had the chance to meet Waveborn’s creator a few months ago at a tech startup pitching conference, and I cannot say enough great things about their products. I am wearing their Wayfarer inspired frames, Moonlight. If their product wasn’t sweet enough, their partnership with SEE International makes it even more amazing. Check out their site for all the details, and grab a pair of your own!

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This week, I decided to go with an aquamarine theme all the way down to my nails, in honor of my signature Mandy Hair. This Friday, I’ll be saying goodbye to my turquoise locks, and hello to another exciting adventure! Stay tuned.

Outfit Details

Top: Lululemon Healthy Heart Pullover, (OLD)

Bottoms: Nike Legendary Lava Tight

Shoes: Nike Lunarsandiator Sky Hi

Bag: Lululemon Blissful Yogi Pack in Pow Pink (OLD)

Sunglasses: c/o Waveborn Moonlight

Beauty Details

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

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

Eye Primer: MAC Paint Pot in Let’s Skate

Eyeliner c/o: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

Blush: Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Blush in Cool Pink

Setting Powder: Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting in Luminous Light 

Lips: c/o Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask in Smashed

Mascara: YSL Shocking in Deep Black (SOLD OUT)

Nails: Ciaté Paint Pots in Superficial | Pedicure c/o: Sephora Formula X in Frenetic

Hair: Drybar Triple Sec 3 in 1 + Bumble & bumble Prêt-à-Powder  ****I have gone 7 days/4 workouts without a wash here!****

The Mesh Factor: Studio to Street, Instantly.

I am loving the mesh trends in active wear this season. It gives a chic approach to hitting the gym, and also speeding to brunch or errands shortly after. Yep, chic activewear makes me way more productive. At least that’s how I rationalize it, anyway!

I am currently OBSESSED with the latest from Lululemon, the Hot to Street Pant, the most amazing way to transition your sweat sesh to daily life. It’s not for the faint of heart though, as the mesh amount almost outweighs the amount of solid fabric, in the most flattering way possible though!

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I wore them to work at Barry’s Bootcamp, and they were incredibly comfortable, breathable, and held up perfectly, given the sweaty mess I usually am in the studio there. I had a quick transition to brunch with a friend after, and was able to totally hide the fact that I just got destroyed by an hour of killer Barry’s Full Body with Shauna!

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Outfit Details:

Pullover: Lululemon, Base Runner Half Zip, in Coco Pique (OLD)

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Aviator

Pants: Lululemon, Hot to Street Pant, in Black

Shoes: Under Armour, Speed Form Apollo Vent

Socks: Thorlo, Experia in Neon Yellow

Beauty Details:

Foundation: c/o Bare Minerals, Bare Skin Foundation in Bare Linen

Blush: NARS, Blush in Desire

Lips: c/o Bite Beauty, Agave Lip Mask in Smashed

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills, Brow Wiz in Dark Brown

Liner: Kat Von D, Tattoo Liner in Trooper

Shadow: M.A.C., Paint Pot in “Let’s Skate!”

Mascara: YSL, Shocking Mascara in Deep Black

Nails: Essie, Polish in Neo Whimsical (SOLD OUT)

Hair: Bumble and bumble, Prêt-à-Powder (I haven’t washed my hair in 7 days in this post, FYI. This is a miracle worker!)

Turning 1, and Turning 30

Looking back at where I was a year ago, the old me would have never thought that so much could change in just 365 days. When I decided that it was time for The Haute Sweat to go live, I never thought my dream of writing and being a trainer/instructor would be a goal that would be achieved in one year. It was a goal, just one on a more modest timeline. It was also because I was still a little chicken shit of making it a “dive in with both feet” kind of thing like my heart told me to do back when I talked about my goals this past year here.

It wasn’t until I found myself 20 pounds heavier, and stuck in soul-sucking 9-5 job that I realized I was making the same mistakes all over again by staying within the safety net. Regardless of the fact that I was studying for my personal trainer exam (half ass-edly, let’s be real) and working a job on my free time that complimented my goals, I was still putting my potential on hold. I wasn’t 20 anymore. I didn’t have the luxury of time to put things off, and more importantly, I was sick of being an angry person that stress ate. Without an official job on the other end, I traded my Louboutins for stretchy pants anyway, and never looked back. It has been the best thing that’s ever happened to me. When you take a running leap in the direction of your gut instincts, nothing but good things can come of it, and I can tell you that those things sure have.

I’ve learned more about myself in the past 3 months than I ever did in my twenties. Turning 30 in three short months is still a little intimidating for me. Did I think that I would be a lot farther down a specific career path by now? Yep. Did I think that I would have a lot more things figured out? You effing BET. However, I believe turning 30 truly means that you learn to see life as it really is: really fucking hard. It’s a constant lesson. Growing up means learning to understand and appreciate the work it takes to become something, and learning to accept failure and grow from it. As I look back on the last year of my twenties, I can honestly say for the first time in my life, that I am truly proud of myself and the road I have paved for the future.

It’s only January, but my new career as a personal trainer/instructor/writer is already snowballing into some serious success. I am grateful for those who have mentored me and cheered for me along the way this year, and cannot express my gratitude for you. Lululemon Run Club and Barry’s SF, I’m talking to you. Additionally, thanks Mom & Dad for the camera and loving support of my calling as a fitness professional, even though you don’t see the big picture just yet.

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Here’s to another year of kicking ass on the blog, on the trail, and in the studio. San Francisco, you’ve been warned.

Because it’s Fashion Week: surviving the sweaty life in SF in style & function

It’s officially New York Fashion Week, so a professional photo shoot was in order. Obviously.

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I even survived it without falling on my face or bruising some part of my body. Snaps for me for that sh*t.

Plus, many of you have requested pictures of my favorite items and suggestions on how to pair them to look cute during and post-gym time.

There are countless amazing pieces of active wear, and millions of products that are advertised as amazing, and honestly, it can get a bit exhausting trying to sift through the reviews to find one that works for you. This week, I’ve put together a simple list of “SF basics/essentials” when it comes to tackling the ever shifting climate and necessity to fit everything on the calendar (transitional active wear).

What better way to showcase my faves than a fabulous photo shoot in the neighborhood with Rachel, from Rachel Radcliffe Photography? She’s local from Marin, takes fabulous photos across multiple genres, and is just downright fun to work with. She does it all from weddings, editorial fashion shoots, and portraits. I can’t wait to showcase her ability to take some killer action fitness photography on the trails, and some off-fitness-topic fashion shots as well. Stay tuned!

So about those faves….

#1: Lululemon Swiftly LS

If you have never tried one of these on, GET WITH THE PROGRAM. It will honestly change your life. As much as running gear can I suppose, and in that aspect, its a whole lot for me.

You will rarely see me bouncing around town without one of these on, or in tow. It’s amazingly versatile, and a perfect layer for every type of weather our city gets. It shields you from the sun, wicks sweat like none other, and dries quickly so you aren’t stuck freezing post-workout if you need to walk home or to your car. The anti-stink mechanism is also great (Silverscent), as there is nothing worse than smelling your gym clothes while you’re still in them. They are also lightweight, and easy to stow if you get too hot, or want to save it for later when the temps drop at night. They are a staple for all my trail runs, and have survived everything from an outdoor bootcamp to a 50 mile trail race. Plus, they are just freaking adorable, flattering on EVERYONE, and come in every color under the sun. I own far more than I care to admit…

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#2: Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses

Ray-Bans are the rage these days, and there are definitely more reasons why, in addition to the fact that they just look cool. I’ve run in countless pairs of sunglasses over the years, mainly due to the fact that I used to wear contacts (pre-laser surgery) and had to find a way to keep the trail dust out of my eyes at cross country meets and races. There are many functional options (Oakley to name one), but not many that are actually flattering in addition to being useful. These have ranked at the top of my list of “Mandy Functionality”: both functional AND fashionable. I have powered through outdoor bootcamps, run club, and 20 mile trail runs in these, and they are the lightest and most breathable model I have tried. Gone are the days of me running in huge plastic framed sunglasses.

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#3: bumble & Bumble Surf Series

If you haven’t given this a go, you are seriously missing out. It has taken my lazy rocker/beachy bed head to a whole new polished level, giving me that “off-duty model” look all week long. The spray also helps tame sweat soaked hair, so you can NOT look like you got hit by a bus. Take it from me- if this product can give me beach waves and keep them, they can give ANYONE beach waves. My hair is hopelessly straight (I have the asian hair curse and I’m not even remotely asian) and this stuff makes me look like Alana Blanchard (if you aren’t following her on Insta, YOU SHOULD BE), and not the little girl from The Ring.

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#4 Transitional Leggings

It goes without saying that having stuff that can function as both running gear and brunch appropriate is key here in San Francisco. I am always on the hunt for the most fashion forward active wear bottoms that don’t suck in the performance department. My current faves this season just happen to be from Lululemon: The High Times *Tech Mesh Tights in Black (sold out).

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These tights are actually functional for running as well, in addition to the obvious uses of yoga, dance, barre class, etc. I have used them for several 6-14 mile runs in the city, and they have been super comfortable, as well as just all around bad-ass looking when running down main streets in the neighborhoods.

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My other faves:

Michi NY is quite possibly one of my favorite brands of active wear. As a hard core fashionista, I love things that push the envelope of style, and push me out to the edge. Michi’s quality is unmatched, and their style is unlike any other brand I have ever experienced. You’re missing out on some beautiful and flawlessly functional gear if you haven’t tried it. Totally worth the investment.

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If the $108/$198 price tags on these aren’t for you, behold:

These below are great alternative and budget friendly options:

Fabletics: Gaviota Capri, Rocha Legging

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#5 Bag: Gym bags that do it all

It goes without saying that you need a large bag to get life accomplished in this city. With the amount of engagements I have around the city on any given day, I need to carry my life with me and not have it weigh me down or look janky, since more often than not, I have to pop into a fancy place before or after a workout (hello business dinners!) due to my 9-5 gig. I have always been a huge fan of Lululemon’s bags. They are beautifully versatile, and incredibly functional. I also care to NOT admit how many Lululemon bags I own…

One of my personal favorites is my special edition Keep On Running Duffle (sold out in current run of colors also) from the very first Lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon in Vancouver back in 2012. Not only is it an ever present reminder of the amazing weekend I shared with friends, it is also a beautifully useful piece of gear, and a great conversation piece. I’ll let the photos below speak for themselves!

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The interior is the best part of this bag (minus the amazing color on the outside of course): complete with tons of pockets (labeled with cute phrases) and even a sweat-proof bag for wet gym clothes! Gone are the days of the smelly gym bag doom. Even my horrifically smelly socks don’t get out of that bag.

This gives you an idea of what comes with a Lululemon bag: Pretty much holds the kitchen sink and more without weighing you down or looking like a typical dirty gym bag. Check out your local Lululemon store, as they always have bags in stock that are thoughtfully crafted and just plain pretty to look at (AND mix into your work wear or gym wear).

In closing….

I could go on and on with lists of my faves here, and for use anywhere in the country. However, without these staple pieces, I would be an unfashionably hot mess here in the city. Check out your local stores for styles like these, and feel free to reach out to me with any questions or more suggestions!

Happy fashionable sweating, and happy New York Fashion Week 🙂

#NYFW: Sporty is the New Black

New York Fashion Week will be all I talk about for the next month. Brace yourselves.

Especially this year, as active wear and fitness-inspired collections are up front and center. Fitness fashion has been in the market for years now (case in point: Lululemon), but never before has it walked the catwalks of NYFW. Athleta will be the first fitness brand to throw it down on the runway. The world of fashion has finally addressed the growing trend of street-styled athletic wear, and the snowballing acceptance of yoga pants being an acceptable form of clothing in nearly every setting.

You can now stop considering me crazy for believing that there is a special importance in looking stylish when you work out. It’s motivating, and builds confidence in all of us to hit our workouts with our best (and most fashionable!) foot forward. Additionally, it speaks to the heart of the reason behind my blog, and my passion for sharing functional fashion in my favorite element: crushing workouts.

If you still don’t believe me, I’ll even show you the numbers (in true economist nerd-alert fashion):

Under Armor’s shares have surged 25 percent, and overall active wear sales  have surged 9 percent. It is abundantly clear that consumers have made their statement regarding the athletic side of the apparel industry. Take it from Bloomberg. Whether you’re a lover or a hater, fitness fashion has been thrust into the hot seat, and is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

Let’s break down the top trends that will be seen gracing the catwalks, and list out trends you can search for in your local active wear stores:

Patterns

Given the media attention of some popular prints, it goes without saying that unique and avant-garde patterns are the must have of the year.

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Bright & Bold Colors

Neon has been on trend for a while, and there’s no doubt why. I personally feel more energized to tackle a tough workout if I am in bright colors. You can probably see my neon pink Wunder Unders and Lululemon Backpack from space. #sorrynotsorry

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Studio to Street Approved Layers/Outerwear

Given the current trend of transitioning active wear into your daily street wear, it comes as no surprise that layers and outerwear play a large part in bridging the gap between the studio and your life on the town. Current popular cuts, styles, and colors of jackets and cover-ups can be found in tech fabric, and used with your workout getup or even be thrown into the mix with your regular clothing (hello, Lululemon scarves and Michi bras and leggings!). Below is some of my fave stylings from Michi and Lululemon’s “Lab” campaign complete with tech fabric dresses and tights that transition from your mat to brunch. I have been wearing Lululemon Lab pieces since the Lab opened in Vancouver, and I must say, I am so glad some inspired pieces are making their way into the mainstream market, finally!

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I’ll leave you with this, a little peek into Athleta’s fashion campaign that will go down on the catwalk in September: