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

Blush Tones

blush faux fur jacket

JACKET: Bardot  | TOP: Wayf | JEANS: Express | SHOES: Steve Madden | BAG: Chanel, similar Here | HOOP EARRINGS: Baublebar

Even though it’s still winter and cold out; I’m craving warm weather, sunny beaches and spring time!  That was my mood when I put together this outfit.  LOL, let’s trick myself into thinking it’s spring with these blush/pastel tones :)

I got this tank (and I also got it in black) months ago and it sold out right away.  I wear both of them ALL the time!  They finally came back in stock in all sizes.  I’m so excited about it!  This tank is a closet staple for me and I couldn’t like without them

I love my shoes!  They come in so many colors.  I already have them in nude and black, and I just picked up this rose gold.  They are the perfect classic shoe that goes with so much.  Plus they are very comfortable for a heel.  I really want to get them in yellow.  I think that would be such a fun color for spring.

I also have to talk about my hoop earrings.  I just got them in from Baublebar.  I’m obsessed!  I love the size and thickness of them.  And they are not heavy at all.  Love them!!!

express jeans

faux fur jacket

express jeans

wayf tank

express jeans

rachel Barkules

express jeans

rachel Barkules