Velvet For The Summer: Outside Lands Style (& a Nordstrom Giveaway!)

If you shopped the Nordstrom Sale with me, you know that the velvet trend is here to stay, long into the summer and fall! As a 90’s kind of gal, I cannot be more pumped about it. It was all over the runways during NYFW back in February, and its momentum hasn’t slowed down at all. That said, I’m adding into my summer outfits, and more specifically, adding it into the mix for Outside Lands. Whether you’re headed to Lollapalooza, Electric Zoo, or Outside Lands this summer, it’s an easy way to feel stylish this season!

I’ve always been envious of the amazing outfit watching that goes on at Coachella, and while I’ve never attended, I’ve always had a thing for music inspired fashion: remember my band tee obsession? Outside Lands is my chance every year to play around with my more whimsical and edgy sense of fashion, allowing myself to go all out like I do for New York Fashion Week with playful and unconventional ensembles. Not sure where to start? I’ve got you covered.

First things first…

Be a little practical.

One thing I’ve learned from 3 years of attending Outside Lands, is the need to dress somewhat practical. While I love being extra when it comes to my day to day dress code, for music festivals, I do a primary sweep of every item to make sure it’s functional enough to not ruin my day by being a distraction to my ability to enjoy taking in all the music sets.

Throws / Jackets

Since it’s San Francisco, layering is KEY. If your outfit is on the skimpier side, make sure you bring a suitable jacket or one that doubles as a blanket you can re-purpose during the warmer daylight hours. Don’t have the time or the budget to invest in a cool leather jacket? Rent one from Rent the Runway instead!

BB Dakota Black Faux Fur Draped Jacket (rent for less than $30!)

ASOS Denim Super Rip Jacket

Free People Spellbound Tie Dye Kimono

Chelsea28 Velvet Smoking Jacket  …on Anniversary Sale too!

Harvey Faircloth Peplum Camo Jacket


The bag you take WILL define your festival experience. My first year, I took I tiny cross body and was stressed as the day went on due to the lack of space for snacks, souvenirs, and my layers for later. It was miserable! The second year, I took a giant Never Full Tote and was equally miserable lugging around a bag on my shoulder all day. I now personally prefer taking a backpack, so you can have your hands free.

Clear Kawaii Angel Backpack

Rebecca Minkoff Julian Velvet Backpack (gold version here)  …both are on Anniversary Sale too!

Herschel Reflective Mini Backpack

The Rack Addik Fanny Pack


Second cardinal sin: wearing impractical shoes. Trust me. I’m the queen of crazy shoes, and hear me out: THIS IS NOT the time to show them off. I wore sandals my first year, which was a fail. The second year, I wisened up and dug out my clunky All Saints leather high tops, and was SO happy. Go for a high top style, given the amount of grass and dirt you’ll be trekking through all day. This is San Francisco, and it’s cold (and often wet!) in August.

Adidas Superstar Slip On Sneaker  …on Anniversary Sale too!

Gentle Souls Velvet Carole Zip High Top Sneaker  …on Anniversary Sale too!

Dr. Martens Orchid Purple Zip Pascal Boots

Vans Sk8 High Tops

I am going to be wearing this insanely comfortable (and Instagrammable!) Kimono from the Nordstrom Sale, and highly suggest you take a peek at yourself! It’s a great item to layer with, and one that’s transitional between seasons given the velvet and short sleeve qualities. It flows so beautifully, and was an instant love the second I tried it on out of my first wave of sale shipments!

Outfit Details

Kimono: Hinge Velvet Kimono

Tee: Nirvana Logo Tee, H&M (OLD), similar here

Leggings: Michi Illusion Legging (SOLD OUT), similar here

Shoes: Milanoo Faux Fur Loafer (SOLD OUT), similar here

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

This week I decided to team up with some of my favorite bloggers and bring you an amazing giveaway: One lucky reader will win a $700 gift card to Nordstrom!
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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.


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.


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.


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

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.


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.


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!


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!



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.


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.


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.



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

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.



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.




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.


Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rosé


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.

94123 Street Style

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.


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.


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.


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!



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!****

Diaries of a California Girl: Why the surf will always be a part of who I am (and beauty products that kick the salt water’s ass too)

If there is one thing I cannot live without, it’s living near the ocean. It’s the one place that truly centers me, and the one place that can make my workout even more amazing. No matter how bad a day I have had, I can always solve it with a quick surf sesh or a nice long beach run. Hell, I’ve even driven out there to just sit sometimes.

This week, I decided that it was high time that I showed y’all the amazingness of the beaches here within city limits, and let you take a peek into my unapologetic love of being a surf bum. Complete with a waterproof beauty product review as well, of course. Because Running Pretty, yo.

Without further ado, I give you Ocean Beach, paired with all my favorite gear, captured by Rachel again at Rachel Radcliffe Photography!


I currently ride a 7’6″ by Miramar Surfboards, and am searching for my second board right now, between 6’0″ and 6’5″, and will share my finds and fave surf shops once I do.

I finally upgraded to an SUV again, and had a bittersweet breakup with my convertible. The main reason was transport for my surf boards, and my ski equipment in Tahoe. Life was a dream bringing my gear out for this shoot.


There is truly nothing more beautiful than the beach at dawn. The misty touch of the fog on your face and the slow stream of sunlight seeping though are truly captivating. There is nothing more peaceful and blissful than the smell of salt coupled with the sound of waves.

At Ocean Beach, the sun rarely shines, but honestly I believe that’s what makes it so beautiful. Conversely, the few times you do get sun makes it even more magical in the morning. The wind is always present, making the need for layers and post-surf sets of layers to make your visit bearable. I used to surf in bikinis under my wetsuit, but have recently began testing out various compression shorts as an alternative, to help me combat the aggressive waves here. While I love sand, sand burns are the worst, so I decided to figure out a solution to make a rash guard solution for my booty.

I decided to put Hylete’s Compete compression shorts to the test (initially featured previously here), and they were the perfect solution! Lululemon’s Boogie shorts are too thick for this purpose, and end up rolling under your wet suit, making it an even bigger breeding ground for rashes. You want something extremely lightweight and form fitting for comfort, as well as drying fast post-surf.


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I adore Roxy by Quiksilver for my wet suits, they are functional and always cute! I am rocking a 4/3 in this shoot, and it does just fine with the temps at Ocean Beach.

I’m also currently loving the new “Bombshell” series by Rip Curl (can we say ummmm ADORBS?!), and can’t wait for mine to come in! However, I won’t be testing it out until I can catch some waves in some non-freezing water. Hellooo Australian vacay: I need one STAT.IMG_4686

As a self proclaimed Lulu addict, y’all are all too familiar with my love/hate relationship with their cute but not always functional pieces. So, putting surfing and Lululemon in the same sentence was a bit laughable for me at first.

You wouldn’t think it, but Lululemon actually has some functional surf pieces. I was their most vocal balk when they released their first round of “surf” gear, but was pleasantly surprised by a couple of the pieces. The “One Love Rash Guard” (sold out) is a pretty decent piece of gear in my opinion. My lovely gal pal Erin did a fabulous showcase on it here. Equipped with an adorable zipper leash and key pocket, this thing thought of everything. I hate squeezing into tight rash guards, so having the option of not squeezing my wet and sandy dome through a tiny ass head opening post surf is a dream.

I even tested out the survivability of one of my favorite Lulu bras, the Energy Bra, instead of a bikini top, and it rocked.



I had an absolute blast with this shoot. I’ll let the fun part speak for itself in these breathtaking photos! Rachel nailed it.

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Beauty Products Used

Lips: YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain

Foundation: Diorshow Airflash Spray Foundation

Liner: c/o Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

Eye Primer: MAC Paints in Untitled

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow

Mascara: Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara

See below for post surf performance:


Post Surf Layers

I found this bitchin’ sweater hoodie at Forever 21 of all places. I love it, and you can still get your hands on it this season.

My Hylete shorts were already dry and ready for the car ride home. Easy peasy.

Stay tuned, I will be partnering with Hylete for a sizable discount off your first purchase though my blog’s link, so check back soon so you can give this amazing apparel a try!