Dressed Up for the Holidays

barkules family

Last Sunday we went to the theatre to see ‘The Nutcracker’.  It was so much fun!  I feel so blessed that I get to give my kids experiences like this.  It was such a special night, one that they will remember forever.

I knew I wanted us all dressed up, coordinating without matching.  I didn’t start thinking about our outfits until a week before (eek!).  I had purchased this dress about a month ago knowing I would wear it for something during the holidays.  So I decided to go with all black & white, with a pop of red.

It can be difficult coordinating an entire family.  I recommend sticking with a color scheme or theme.  With that in mind you can pick out pieces that reflect each persons individuality.  This way everyone feel comfortable with what they are wearing while still having a cohesive look.

My Outfit: Dress | Shoes | Clutch | MAC ‘Lady Danger’ Lipstick
Sofia: Dress (huge sale!) | Headband | Shoes
John: Suit
Caleb: Suit Jacket | Suit Pants | Bow Tie/Pocket Square | Shoes

boys suit

rachel barkules

kids holiday outfits

new years eve dress
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Get it Shipped by Christmas Eve – For FREE!!

christmas gift guide

With Christmas only 4 days away there is always a person or two that is still on my list.  Every year this happens and every year I never want to leave my house and fight the crowds.

Luckily, Nordstrom always makes their website super easy for all of us procrastinator shoppers!  They label each item on their site that can be delivered by Christmas Eve, with FREE shipping!!!  Just look for the ‘Get it by Christmas Eve’ label in red on the individual item.  You can even include gift wrapping and gift boxes with your order.  I purchased several presents this way last night ;)

Here are a few items that I’m loving that are available for Christmas Eve delivery:

Lace Trim Sweater

topshop lace trim sweater

Topshop Sweater | Topshop Skirt | Stuart Weitzman Boots, dupe Here | Chanel Bag, similar Here | Lana Earrings, similar for less Here | Michele Watch, similar for less Here | Baublebar Bracelet Set |  MAC ‘Rebel’ Lipstick

This miniskirt is super comfy and flattering!  I typically size up 1 size in Topshop bottoms (to accommodate my hips and butt).  But this skirt I am wearing my normal size in Topshop, which is a US6.  There is a ton of stretch in the skirt and it perfect for curvy girls.

I am wearing my OTK boots again! :)  I wear them constantly with almost every outfit.  If you can splurge and get the Stuart Weitzman boots I really suggest it.  You will wear them all the time and they quality, fit and comfort is amazing!  If your budget doesn’t work for the price of the Stuart’s, the ones from Steve Madden are almost an exact dupe.  They will give you the same look for a fraction of the price.

topshop lace trim sweater

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Only 10 Days Till Christmas!!

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I can not believe Christmas is only 10 days away!!!  With only 10 days left, I wanted to share my favorite gift guide: Splurge on Her.  Of course this is my favorite one right?!  Who doesn’t want to be pampered and spoiled on Christmas day!

With this being my favorite gift guide I also want to share my favorite items on this gift guide.  The Stuart Weitzman boots are amazing!  I have them (I splurged on myself a few months ago) and wear them all the time!  I’m obsessed with this classic Gucci bag, also comes in neutral & black.  And I’ve always wanted this Lana Love necklace and these Valentino Rockstud pumps.

Make sure to check out my entire Holiday Gift Guide for more ideas!  I have a great one for BFF/Sister, For the Hostess, Under $50, Beauty Guru & More!

Cold Shoulder Sweater with a Sparkle

Chelsea28 Sequin Cold Shoulder Sweater

Chelsea28 Sequin Cold Shoulder Sweater | Faux Leather Leggings (similar) | Stuart Weitzman Boots, dupe Here | Givenchy Bag | MAC ‘Rebel’ Lipstick | Similar Earrings (mine are old), obsessed with These

I love this sweater so much!  I love the cold shoulder detail.  I love that it is long enough to wear with leggings!!!  I love the loose turtleneck and how cozy it is.  It was really hard to pick up in photos, but there is a sequin on the sweater that gives a settle sparkle when you move.  It’s so pretty!

Love that we are finally having some cooler days here and there so I can wear some sweaters!  It wouldn’t feel like the holidays without a cozy sweater! :)

cold shoulder sweater

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