Memorial Day Sales & Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

denim overalls

DENIM OVERALLS: Lovers & Friends (wearing a M) | TANK: Topshop | BRALETTE: Free People | HAT: Steve Madden | HOOP EARRINGS: Baublebar

Happy Memorial Day!  I hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend.  I am currently getting ready to go over to my sisters house.  The whole family is getting together.  Grilling burgers, swimming in the pool… for me this is the perfect day!  Nothing gets better than family, food and sun!  Hope you all have a great day!

TONS of Great Sales!!!
ANTHROPOLOGIE : extra 40% off sale + 20% off furniture & decor
ASOS : 30% off occasionwear
BANANA REPUBLIC : 40% off entire purchase with code BRSUMMER
BAUBLEBAR : up to 70% off
CRATE & BARREL : 15% off full price items with code SAVE15
EXPRESS : up to 50% off everything
GAP : up to 50% off everything
GYMBOREE : up to 75% off
HORCHOW : 25% off everything
INTERMIX : 40% off select items
NEIMAN MARCUS : up to 40% off
NORDSTROM : Half Yearly Sale – up to 40% off
PB TEEN : buy more, save more – up to 25% off with code MOREPLEASE
POTTERY BARN : buy more, save more – up to 30% off with code SAVEMORE
POTTERY BARN KIDS : buy more, save more – up to 25% off with code MOREPLEASE
SEPHORA : up to 60% off
STUART WEITZMAN : up to 50% off spring collection
TOPSHOP : up to 50% off
WESTELM : buy more, save more – up to 30% off with code SAVEMORE

topshop coverup

The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is going on right now!  So many great pieces are on sale! This cover-up has been my favorite cover-up this spring.  It is currently on sale!!  Also loving this swimsuit!

These slides are also on sale and they are my constant go to.  They live by my front door, I put them on all the time for walking my dog, taking the kids to school.  They are the perfect throw on quickly shoe.

This and this are great basic tees I wear all the time.  And my favorite jeans are on sale!  This dress is great for summer, so many fun colors and a great fit. And this dress is a great staple to have in your closet.  Perfect on it’s own or layered.

I ordered this top a month ago.  Haven’t had a chance to wear it yet, but can’t wait because it’s sooo cute!  I have these shoes and wear them a ton.  They go with so much!

Life Update & Why I Haven’t Been Blogging

rachel Barkules

I’m sure you have noticed that I have not been blogging for the past 3 months.  And my social media presence has been very minimal.

The reason is, I am currently going thru something extremely difficult in my personal life. I have been going thru this for a long time now.  But the sh*t really hit the fan around the holidays.  And things got waaaaay worse each day after that.  I tried to continue blogging.  But it became to difficult to fake a smile when I was hurting so bad on the inside.  I found it necessary to take a step back and focus on myself.

Although I am not going to share exactly what I am going thru right now (I will one day when I’m not in the middle of it), I can tell you this is one of the hardest things I have had to face.  I am personally going thru my own crisis, plus my loved ones are facing difficult times of their own.  My sister, Jaclyn, just got a divorce.  And my Grandma (my Mom’s Mom) had brain surgery 3 weeks ago.  To say the least, my entire family is really going thru a difficult time right now.

Thank you all so much for your love and support!  I have missed you all very much.  I really appreciate your understanding while I am going thru this private matter.  I love and appreciate every single one of you!!

I have always loved blogging.  It has been an amazing platform for me to express my love of clothes, makeup and accessories.  I have really missed it and plan to be returning to it very soon. :)

Much love! XO, Rachel

Hooded Sweater

frame Le Color High Waist Skinny Jeans

SWEATER: Free People (more colors & on sale) | TANK: Topshop | JEANS: Frame Denim | BOOTIES: Steve Madden | BAG: Chanel | NECKLACE: Baublebar

There are so many pieces of this outfit that I am loving!  I have always loved Frame denim.  I just got their new style, the high waisted skinny.  Honey, they are amazing!!!  I’m so obsessed with the fit and how high wasted it is.

Loving these booties!  They are the perfect spring bootie.  The color is amazing, I love the cut outs on the sides.  The heel makes them sooo comfortable.  I have worn them so many times since I have gotten them.

The sweater is so nice.  When I first touched it I thought it was going to be scratchy, but it’s really soft on.  I love the hood, makes it very relaxed and casual.  It comes in more colors and it’s currently on sale.

Have a great day! XO, Rachel

free people Lemon Drop Hooded Cardigan

free people Lemon Drop Hooded Cardigan

free people Lemon Drop Hooded Cardigan

free people Lemon Drop Hooded Cardigan

frame Le Color High Waist Skinny Jeans

free people Lemon Drop Hooded Cardigan

free people Lemon Drop Hooded Cardigan

steve madden Nomad Bootie

free people Lemon Drop Hooded Cardigan

free people Lemon Drop Hooded Cardigan

Full Body Workout Routine

full body workout routine

TANK: Carbon38 | SPORTS BRA: Victoria’s Secret | LEGGINGS: Lululemon (old style) | SHOES: Nike | WATER BOTTLE: Hydro Flask

My workout routine is one of the most requested posts ever!  Instead of sharing everything all at once (because that would be a bit overwhelming!), I am going to break it down into what I do on different days.  On a typical week I do 2 days of full body work outs, 2 leg days, and 1 arms/abs day.  Cardio gets thrown in on whatever day I have the most time.  2-3 days a week I will go on the stairmaster for 15-40 minutes (depends on how much time I have that day) at the end of my workout.

Leg day and arm/abs day to come soon! :)

If you are first starting a work out routine, I would do 2 full body work outs a week.  And include some abs on those days.  Once you’ve got that down, then you can add a leg day, then add an arm/abs day.  If you are beginning a new work out routine and need inspiration, check out my post on how to start a work out routine for success.

A full body work out is great!  It will hit every body part.  And if you move at a quick pace you will also get some cardio!

I have a list of work outs I do on my full body days.  Each time I go in I pick 5 or 6 of them to do. This keeps my work outs different each time I go in so I won’t get bored.  Even just changing up the order in which I do them can make it more interesting.

Full Body work outs:
*Pick 5 or 6 to do each day, change it up every time.
*Lower weight, higher reps.  Do 20-25 reps of each exercise, 2-3 sets.

-Squat with overhead press (I use free weights)
-Walking lunges with bicep curls
-Sumo squat with upright rows (I use a kettle bell)
-Squat with row (I do this on the cable machine)
-Jump squats (I do 25-30)
-Split squat jumps
-Lunge with shoulder press
-Leg press machine, then rows or lat pull down machine
-Forward jump squats

full body workout routine

full body workout routine

full body workout routine

full body workout routine

full body workout routine

full body workout routine

full body workout routine

full body workout routine

Faux Leather Jacket & Leopard Scarf

rachel Barkules

FAUX LEATHER JACKET: BlankNYC | V-NECK TEE: B.P. (best v-neck tee under $20!!) | DENIM: Citizens of Humanity | BOOTIES: old, similar Here & Here | SCARF: Here | BAG: Givenchy | HOOP EARRINGS: Baublebar

My life has been so crazy busy lately, I feel like I haven’t even had time to get dressed or think about a cute outfit.  When I don’t have time to think about what to wear, I always put on jeans & a tee with a jacket.  Throw on a fun accessory (leopard scarf) and I feel very pulled together.

Have an amazing Wednesday!!!

xo, Rachel

rachel Barkules

rachel Barkules

Givenchy antigona

rachel Barkules

rachel Barkules

rachel Barkules

leopard scarf

rachel Barkules

rachel Barkules

rachel Barkules