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Rack Addik: The Fabric Of My Grunge Glam Heart

Rack Addik, guys.

If you’ve been reading following along since last February, you probably remember it from my first post of NYFW. If you’re not familiar, it’s the label by Kelly Dempsey (Project Runway Season 14). Watching that season, I immediately connected with her vibe: unapologetically fashion forward. A rebel at heart myself, I feel my best when I take risks and give things 110%. I’m also not afraid to try something different or completely reinvent the wheel on life. Her designs are exactly that: IDGAF loud, authentic, and totally chic. Going to support her show was a no-brainer. She’s just as authentic in person, I had a blast getting to chat with her for a bit afterward!

The Harleigh Tee Dress reminds me so much of the vintage Nike tee dress I wore the second day at NYFW, and once Kelly released it on Rack Addik a few months later, I grabbed one. The “glitter is my favorite color” screen print on the front makes it even more fun to wear.

Loud dresses like these deserve an equally calculated styling; I paired it with a sale jacket from Forever 21 that I found last month during the holidays. Adding my favorite beanie, Fenty choker and flats completed the look and gave it that authentic Rack Addik feel. If you’ve never checked out her beanie and fanny pack collection, do it. They’re finally restocked, and I have one coming and can’t wait to wear it in NYC this year.

If you’re not feeling quite as bold, know that this dress is perfect to pair with your favorite pair of leggings and heels or sneaks. I wear it quite often this way, and took it with me for NYFW this past September and wore it with jeans and a leather jacket. During the winter months, it’s even fun to pair with leggings and OTK boots and a statement jacket, like the one here.

I’m starting off this year’s OOTD Novelas with Rack Addik as well, as signifies so much of my goals for 2018: boldly accomplishing new things, not holding back, and challenging myself. It’s what being a rebel is all about.

Outfit Details

Dress: Harleigh Tee Dress, Rack Addik

Jacket: Mongolian Fur Cropped Coat, Forever21 (OLD) similar here / here

Bra: Zero Gravity Bra, Michi via Carbon38 (ON SALE!)

Shoes: Rockstud Caged Flat, Valentino in Neon Yellow (affordable dupes here!)

Beanie: Gold Logo Beanie, Adidas

Sunglasses: Rose Gold Aviators, H&M

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

Blush: Air Blush Soft Glow Duo, Marc Jacobs Beauty in Lines & Last Night

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

Eyes: Eye-conic Multi-finish Eyeshadow Palette, Marc Jacobs in Frivoluxe

Liner: Long Lasting 12 Hour Liquid Liner, Sephora Collection

Lips: Le Marc Lip Creme, Marc Jacobs Beauty in Slow Burn

Photos by Rachel Radcliffe Photography

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

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

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.