Trend: Cold Shoulders

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Trend: Cold Shoulders | xxkarlierae.com
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Trend: Cold Shoulders | xxkarlierae.com

My Look: Top (old from Shop KarlieRae but bringing in more cold shoulders soon!) | Denim | Shoes | Watch (less expensive one here that is 40% off!)

Happy Friday Babes! For anyone else, have you been thinking it's Friday when you wake up the past like three days??! I could have sworn I thought it was Friday yesterday and on Wednesday...that's what happens when the sun's finally shining I guess! Can't complain! 

Off shoulder tops have been a trend for the past few years, although huge right now, but what I feel like is new on the radar is cold shoulder tops. My favorite thing about cold shoulder tops, is you can wear the most basic of shirts, but it has a cold shoulder, and you feel slightly more dressed up and put together than you would if it were a normal top. Make sense? It's fashion for the lazy. Lately, they have made such adorable cold shoulder tops that are anything but basic too. There really are cold shoulder tops in any style. Fun fact - my wedding dress was actually technically a cold shoulder!! It had thin spaghetti straps to hold it up while the lace went off both shoulders, but a year ago I wasn't sold on the cold shoulder so I had the straps removed and the dress more 'structured' so it would hold up as 'strapless' with the lace overlay! Ironically, now a year later, (well almost a year, our anniversary is two weeks from this SUNDAY!!), I'm talking about how trendy cold shoulders are. (If you haven't been following very long and want to see my dress, my wedding post is here). Below, you can shop over 20 of my current favorite cold shoulder tops and even a few dresses! 

This weekend is Memorial Day weekend and I totally forgot!! Yesterday everyone kept asking me if I had plans this weekend and I was kinda like 'I mean doing what I do every weekend' and then realized that it's a holiday weekend and that tons of people actually make real plans. Al is going golfing Saturday for a bachelor party, and I have a wedding Saturday that I will be attending solo since him and I didn't realize these events were the same day. Whoops. We aren't the best planners.  But we are hoping either we spend the weekend on the lake boating, or after the wedding I drive over to where he is golfing and we spend the rest of the weekend there. We will see! Anyways, with whatever your plans are, I hope you all have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend and enjoy some sunshine!! 

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Xx,

karlie rae

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale Finds (ends 6.4)

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The time is here!! When Nordies is having one of their biggest sales of the year. This sale is SO GOOD! I went through pages & pages and found some amazing finds. Tons of items I've even boughten recently that are now 40% off!! (A majority of the sale items are 40% off - insane). I know how overwhelming online shopping can be, especially filtering through sale items, so I did it for you! Below are my favorite finds from each category, I'm even grabbing a couple for myself! Some of them are such good deals I just can't help myself. The sale runs through June 4th so grab your faves before they sell out or are marked back up!! Happy shopping! 

Tops

Bottoms

Dresses + Rompers

Shoes

Accessories

Xx,

karlie rae

Feminine Spring Style

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SheIn top, Free People bag, Sole Society shoes, Topshop denim
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My Look: Top | Denim | Shoes (similar ones that are cheaper & super cute here) | Handbag | Watch (cheaper version I love and got my mama for Mother's Day & is currently 40% OFF here)

I've been a little MIA from my blog the past couple of days & to be completely honest...it's because it has finally hit 80+ degrees in Seattle and I have just been wanting to be outside, taking Leo out to enjoy it every second!! We went boating two days ago and it felt so amazing to be out on the water again. For me personally, boating is probably at the very top of my 'favorite summer activities' list and something we do a couple times a week all summer long. Even after 'boating hours' when we can't cruise fast or pull a wakeboarder behind, I love to just float out in the middle of the lake listening to music and enjoying good company. The past couple of days have also been filled with tonnnns of eating outside on patios, another thing that makes me so happy yay! Yesterday we even took the pups to lunch with us so they could hang in the sun while we ate! When Spring/Summer comes around we all stop being little home-body hermit crabs and actually see our friends and fam a lot, (Seattle probs). Needless to say, I'm excited about the upcoming months of warmth and to be able to start bringing more summer looks to my blog! 

I've been seeing these off shoulder ruffle tops all over the Instagram the past couple months and finally got my hands on one to try out myself. I love dressing more flirty and bold and that's exactly what this top is. (And it's only $15 whaaaaaat?!) It also comes in pink and white striped which I think is darling as well! I love how girly the Spring trends have been this year, I kind of went through a personal stage where I wanted to be more 'edgy' with my style...but to be honest, my heart lies with feminine style. I do like to experiment and jump out of my comfort zones certain days, I'm definitely not saying that 'feminine' is my only style, but I do love it. If you are relatively girly or want to test the waters, this top is a perfect way to do so. I've also seen it paired with blue or white denim skirts that looked adorable as well. 

On another note, I only had one pair of white jeans that I would wear ALL THE TIME...until I went out for pizza with some friends and spilled marina sauce all over them!! They stained, sadly. So I had to get myself a new pair because I cannot live without a pair of white denim. I grabbed these because I had always heard amazing things about the style of them and have been loving them! They run smaller so I would size up. I'm usually a size 25 or 26 depending on the brand, and I got these in a 26. They are the ones in the photos above!

Today I have a bunch of Shop KarlieRae orders that I gotta get sent out to you guys so that is first on my to-do list, (thank you to all of you that have been ordering these past two months!! The support and love has felt unreal and I owe it all to you for standing beside me on this new journey! We also got some new arrivals in this past week so if you haven't, go check them out!) Then I think I need to do a couple 'deep cleaning' tasks in our house because I have been lazy and only doing the surface level stuff...hopefully I can do this all fairly quickly because today's gonna be 77 degrees and I wanna enjoy it!! Side note, any of you watch the Bachelorette last night?! I'm curious as to who everyone likes because I usually have a favorite or favorites after the first episode & I don't yet. 

Hope you have a lovely Tuesday!! 

Xx, 

Karlie Rae | xxkarlierae.com

My Current Health + Fitness Life

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My Look: Tank | Similar Leggings | Similar Sneakers | Water Bottle | Sports Bra

Being healthy and fit has definitely become more important to me in the past couple of years. Sometimes I think back to my high school self, (the girl who lived off of pasta, nachos, ice cream & Taco Bell), and I'm like HOW DID I LIVE LIKE THAT. My younger self's metabolism is to thank. But we all know you can't bank on your metabolism forever - it goes downhill fast. 

If you've been following me for awhile, you might remember my post about a year back being vulnerable about self image & things that I have struggled with. (If you are curious, you can read here). It's been a 3+ year road getting to where I am now, but I'm very thankful for my individual journey, what it's taught me, and know that I will keep getting better. I won't dive into my past because you can read about it above, but being able to say that I live a life of balance now is such a blessing and something I am truthfully so proud of. 

I get lots of emails & direct messages asking if I will highlight on my blog a little more about my lifestyle, (health and fitness wise), so I thought I would dedicate a post that kind of sums up where I am currently.  

Fitness - as far as my fitness routine, it's pretty black & white. I am a member at my local Orange Theory Fitness studio, and it has been a life changer. I truly owe so much of my healthy lifestyle to that place and the people there!! If you've never heard of Orange Theory, I did a whole post on it HERE. It keeps me motivated & on track - every single week. I usually go there 3-4 times a week, sometimes 5. Recently, I added Soul Cycle into my routine to get some more cardio in and I have fallen in love with it! I try to attend Soul Cycle once a week & would go A LOT more if it wasn't a 40 minute drive. Well worth the drive once a week though! It's great to switch up your routine & throw your body off! I'm also not used to doing 45-60 minutes of straight cardio so this has really challenged myself. As far as a normal gym or at home workouts go...I'm not gonna lie and say I do them. My classes are what motivate me & get me to push myself so anytime I want to excersise I attend one. I do love going on runs, especially now that it's getting sunny! I'll usually run at least 1.5 - 2 miles each time; max usually 4! And I also love walking my dog, Leo, of course. I think incorporating BOTH strength and cardio is so key!! You really can't get the results you want with only one method - that is one thing I have learned! I have also learned to not be afraid of going a little heavier with my weights! I started to see more results once I stopped only picking up the weights I was comfortable with. You won't bulk by going a little heavier, you'll tone and sculpt! My advice: find a class! Find a workout studio near you that you connect with. Make friends there who will keep you accountable! Nothing is more motivating than a class setting, and it pushes you to go the whole time rather than stopping when you are tired. It will change your life, promise. I cannot even express how much it has changed mine. 

Health - this is the hard stuff.  Getting my butt into the gym is usually pretty easy - it has been changing my eating habits over the years that's the challenge. First, I have a MAJOR sweet tooth. I also love all things carbs + cheese. All of these loves of mine have been something I've fought over the years, and something I have finally found balance with. Honestly, I am not some crazy healthy / constant dieting chick, I live with balance. This has helped me change my mindset and lose those feelings of guilt whenever I splurge. Every single day I make sure to have a healthy breakfast & lunch. This usually consists of proteins, healthy carbs, & veggies when I'm lucky. I've been asked a lot highlight what I eat more so I'll try to give you guys a rough idea! For breakfast, I'm going through a huge egg stage. I love making egg scrambles & they are so easy to sneak veggies into!! I will add spinach, onion, zucchini, broccoli, peppers; whatever I feel like that day! I usually either do no cheese, or a light feta if I'm really craving it! Another thing I love adding to my egg scrambles is natural chicken sausage. My local grocery store has some natural brands and fun flavors!! My faves right now are chicken-apple & red pepper-garlic chicken sausage! For lunch, I will usually do a salad, a nourish bowl (my local Safeway has them in the vegetarian section & they are sooo delicious for lunch!!), or a bowl with brown rice (or quinoa), black beans, tomato, onion, and avocado! These are my go-to lunches, but if I didn't have eggs for breakfast then I'll make eggs for lunch! Now for dinner, it's a little challenging because Al doesn't always want healthy/light dinners. (He's a guy, duh). So I have to get creative sometimes! I love finding recipes on Pinterest, follow my "yumm" board HERE where a lot of the recipes I've made or want to make are! Most commonly, I'll make some type of protein & veggie for the two of us, then throw in a carb like some pasta, potatoes, or bread for Al! Some nights I do make us completely separate meals but that's a lot of work to do πŸ˜… If I'm being completely honest, usually throughout the week if I'm gonna have cheat meals, they are gonna be dinner. Dinner is just so enjoyable and I'm usually pretty hungry by dinner if I've had lighter meals during the day! Night time is also when I usually dive into snacks and dessert...and the time of day when my self control is lacking. In the past, I used to beat myself over this. I would do so good all day & then lose control at night time. But now, I've kinda accepted that that's how I am. (And I have cut it down a bit). I workout really hard and always try to make at least 80% of my days clean and healthy, that way when I have a hearty dinner or too much ice cream before bed, I can think about my accomplishments that day too! For me personally, I can't cut all the things I love out. It makes me miserable and cranky!! And almost eat more! I just have found a balance that I'm content with. Other small habits I've developed include setting a goal each morning for how much water to drink that day! Not only is water good for your skin and hydration, but it also helps boost your metabolism & I have found it makes me feel less hungry throughout the day if I am hydrated! I try to eat all natural and dominantly organic foods, rarely processed! I don't take any type of workout "supplement", however I'm not opposed to certain ones! I just prefer to get all my nutrients through food instead. Plus, if you couldn't tell already, I love food. So I'd rather get to eat than take a supplement πŸ˜‚

I hope this kinda gives you guys a look inside my current health life. I'll be sure to keep you all updated as things change or as I find new habits to add into my routine. Being healthy is SO important, especially as we get older. Plus, it makes you feel so much better about yourself and so much happier! It affects your mood, relationships - everything. Sorry for the crazy long post today! I thought it would be easiest to do it all in one...but it may have just given you an hour worth of reading!! Whoops. Anyways, happy Friday! I hope you guys have the best weekend! 

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