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!

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The Perfect Spring Sweater

spring fashion

Leith Sweater (more colors!) | Free People Scarf | Paige Denim | Rag & Bone Booties, love these for less | Balenciaga Bag, Dupe Here | Celine Sunglasses, Similar Here | Bracelet Set, also love these | Michele Watch, Dupe Here | Hoop Earrings

This time of year I am always thinking about how to take my winter pieces into spring.  And how anything I’m buying right now can be worn now and over the next several months.

This lightweight slouchy sweater is great!  Wear it with your scarfs now in cooler weather.  When it gets warm out it will be great on it’s own.  I love the idea of this sweater with a pair of shorts in the summer.  I’m looking at the other colors trying to decide if I need more :)

free people fringe scarf

free people fringe scarf

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Studded Bomber

blanknyc Eyelet Bomber Jacket

BlankNYC Bomber | Tank | Frame Denim | Booties | Givenchy Bag, Dupe Here | Quay x Desi Perkins Sunglasses | Hoops Earrings | Michele Watch, Dupe Here | Morphe ‘Unsettled’ Liquid Lipstick

I love a great jacket!  This one is amazing!  I love all the details of it, it’s even better in person!!

blanknyc Eyelet Bomber Jacket

quay x desi perkins high key sunglasses

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January Instagram Roundup

rachel barkules, jaclyn hill

Sweatshirt | Leggings | Earrings | MAC ‘Candy Yum Yum’ Lipstick | Cocktail Shaker

This is from New Year’s Eve.  My most favorite way to celebrate is to stay home in comfy clothes surrounded by people I love.  This year was really fun!  I had my whole family over, we played games, ate, drank and celebrated!  I haven’t celebrated a New Year’s with my family in over 10 years, so it was really special!

rachel barkules, John barkules

Jacket | Makeup Details: Foundation, Mascara, MAC ‘Velvet Teddy’ Lipstick | full blog post Here

John’s birthday is January 9th.  Right after the holidays….  everyone is always tired but we always rally and make sure he has a great birthday!  Whenever anyone has a birthday it is an entire weekend long celebration.  Saturday started off with me and the kids bringing John breakfast in bed.  Then John and I went to an afternoon movie.  While my family set up his present in the house, which was a surprise!  So when we came back from the movie he was totally surprised!  So fun!!  Then dinner with the family.  Sunday I made an enormous breakfast of french toast, strawberries, whipped cream and more, his favorite.  Such a fun weekend!  I love birthdays so much :)

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Sweater | Jeans | Bag | full blog post Here

All this cooler weather we are having I finally get to wear my cozy sweaters!

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Faux Fur Jacket | full blog post Here

Faux furs are my absolute favorite!  I could have an entire closet of them.  You can put on a simple jeans & tee, add a faux fur and you are instantly fabulous!  This one I’m wearing might be sold out.  But I shared all my favorite faux fur jackets in this blog post.

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Cape | Boots | Bag

I got this cape months ago and have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to wear it.  A couple weeks ago I was in LA and they were having very cold weather (for LA).  Which made it perfect weather to wear it!  Obsessed with the faux fur collar, again with the faux fur :)

gasparilla parade

Living in Tampa means we get to go to the Gasparilla parade!!!!!!!  SO. MUCH. FUN.

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Off the Shoulder Sweater | Earrings | Hat | full blog post Here

Loving this off the shoulder sweater!  A great look to take you from day to night.

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Feather Sweatshirt | full blog post Here

Some times you just need to get out of the house for dinner, but you don’t want to dress up… enter cute sweatshirts!!!

rachel barkules

Jacket | Tank | EarringsBag | Sunglasses | Morphe ‘Unsettled’ Liquid Lipstick

This look will be on the blog soon, you are getting a sneak peek!  I have worn this jacket more times than I want to admit.  I’m totally obsessed!

rachel barkules

Scarf | Sweater | Sunglasses (similar) | Earrings | Watch | Bracelets (similar) | Bag

Loving this fringe scarf and ivory sweater!  A great look to transition into spring.  I know, I’m already thinking about how to take my wardrobe into spring :)