9 Beach Must Haves

beach must haves

Beach Bag : I love having a great beach bag that is lots of fun!  After all, I am headed to the beach!  I just purchased this one (shown in the picture above).  I also love this colorful one and this more classic style and this one is too fun!

Swimsuit : I have been really into one piece swimsuits this year.  I love how they give me the coverage I am looking for but are still sexy.  I’ve found that I prefer wearing a one piece because I can move around with my kids easier.  This one is very flattering if you have a curvier bottom or shorter legs.  It’s cut up higher on the side, making the legs look longer and curvy in a good way!  Also love (and have) this one.  For bikini’s I rarely ever buy a matching set.  I like to buy bottoms that work for me and fun colorful tops.  Bikini bottoms that work best for my curvy butt are from La Blanca.  They are very comfortable and have great coverage for the booty.  I also love high waisted bottoms, very flattering on curvier bottoms!  For tops I love something fun like this colorful one,  love the pink on this one, love the wrap detail on this one.

Cover-Up : Cover ups are my life!  I typically have my cover up on most of the day, to keep my skin protected and to cover up my butt.  What’s up with swimsuits now that don’t cover the butt all the way?  I love lightweight flowy ones like this one.  This one is super fun, I’ve had this one for 2 years and it’s still a favorite, it now comes in this style.

Sunglasses : I have to wear sunglasses any time I am outside.  At the beach I like to wear either an aviator style or an oversized pair.  Either way, I like them to be polarized if I can for extra protection from the sun.

Hat : I wear a hat for 2 reasons.  To block my face from the sun and to cover up my sweaty messy hair.  I just ordered this one, it’s under $40 and it comes in 2 colors.  This one is super cute and this one is fun.

Sandals : Something flat and comfy is all I’m looking for, ok and it also has to be cute too :) I love this pair with the bling and this metallic one.

Sunscreen : Obviously we have to think about our skin!  Nothing ruins a day at the beach more than burnt skin for the next couple days.  Not to mention the damage it does to the skin.  I love this one for my face.  It’s completely weightless and dries matte.  I have put makeup over it before and I don’t even notice it’s there.  And I love this one for my body.  I prefer a spray sunscreen at the beach.  It makes it so much easier to reapply when your whole body is covered in sand.

Water Bottle : Drinking water at the beach is essential.  The sun and heat is very dehydrating.  This one is great because it keeps your drink cold for 24 hours.

Towel : When I go to the beach I keep it simple.  I bring everything I need in 1 bag, I lay my towel in the sand and enjoy the day.  I love this pineapple towel, this colorful one and this beach blanket.

la blanca All Meshed Up One-Piece Swimsuit

La Blanca Swimsuit, also available Here | Cover-Up | Beach Bag | Hat (similar) | Sunglasses, love These for less

becca Siren Appliqué One-Piece Swimsuit

Becca Swimsuit | Cover-Up | Hat (similar), love This & This | Celine Sunglasses

Lace, Leather, Rockstuds & Red Lips

hinge lace peplum top

Lace Top | Aritzia Faux Leather Leggings | Valentino Pumps, love these for under $150 | Clutch (similar), also love This | Earrings (similar) | NARS ‘Rita’ Lipstick

I have always loved the combination of leather and lace.  It’s so feminine and girly with a rocker edge.  Throw in some rockstuds and some bling, that is my perfect outfit!

I noticed this top is starting to sell out.  So I found a few other options that I love that will give you the same look.  I love the lace hem detail on this one, just ordered this off the shoulder,  obsessed with this top!, this one looks beautiful and this one is just fun.

The Nordstrom sale continues, and this studded bomber jacket I have been wearing non-stop for over a month is 40% off and available in all sizes!  You can see it in this post.  This brand can run a little small in their jackets, I’m wearing a medium.

hinge lace top


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Yellow Off the Shoulder Top

yellow off the shoulder top

Off the Shoulder Top | Paige Jeans | Vince Camuto Shoes (on sale) | Celine Bag, similar HereHere, similar for Less | Lana ‘Love’ Necklace

I’ve never worn yellow before.  I always thought it would look bad against my pale skin.  I always thought I needed a golden tan to wear yellow.  But I took a chance and ordered this yellow top.  I thought it looked so pretty!  And to my surprise, I really liked wearing yellow!  It definitely taught me to try new things outside my box.  And some times that just wearing a color I’m not used to wearing.

Nordstrom is having their big Winter Sale right now.  Tons of great pieces on sale, up to 40% off!

yellow off the shoulder top


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Ruffle Sweater & Pink Bag

Chanel pink bag

Chelsea28 Sweater | Paige Denim | Stuart Weitzman Pumps (older), so similar Here | Chanel Bag, similar Here, for less Here | Miu Miu SunglassesKate Spade Bracelet | Anastasia ‘Barbie Pink’ Lipgloss

Hope you are having a great week so far!!  Happy Thursday, it’s almost the weekend :)

chelsea28 Ruffle Stripe Sweater


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Cool Toned Blonde

Rachel barkules hair

Having cool blonde hair, yellow is the enemy!  All the blondes out there know exactly what I mean.  It’s important to stay proactive in keeping the yellow out.  Once the yellow creeps in, it can be difficult to get rid of it without a trip to the salon.

I typically go about 10 weeks in between my salon visits.  So how do I keep my blonde looking cool and fresh, without any yellow or brassiness?  The only answer is purple shampoo.  I use a purple shampoo every time I wash my hair.

The extra secret, which is really important!: every 2 weeks I will leave the purple shampoo in my hair for 5-10 minutes instead of rinsing it out right away. Leaving it in that extra time makes sure to get out any yellow that is trying to creep in.  Don’t do this too often because it can be drying.  Letting my hair soak in the purple shampoo keeps it looking fresh, bright and the perfect tone of cool blonde.  I do this every 2 weeks or before an important event or date night… like Valentine’s Day tomorrow :). Gotta have my hair looking fresh!

rachel Barkules
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