Hair Talk - In And Out Of The Salon

hair talk - in and out of the salon
hair talk - in and out of the salon
hair talk - in and out of the salon
hair talk - in and out of the salon
hair talk - in and out of the salon

My Look: Dress out of stock but from Chicwish | Sneakers | Earrings

Happy Wednesday babes! Another request I got from you guys, topic wise, is to talk more about hair - so that's what today's focus is going to be! Awhile back I did a post titled How I Maintain My Blonde where I shared tips for you blondies - today's will be similar! I chatted with my hairstylist, Kristy, a little before writing this post so I could give you guys some insight into how she balayages me each time! She has been doing my hair for the past year and a half or so and I think we have it down!! Every time I sit in her chair she always knows exactly what I want! So let's get into it :)

In the salon - When booking my hair appointments, I either book a partial or full balayage. The difference between these isn't how far it goes down your hair strand if that makes sense. It's how far down your scalp you want to touch up. If you feel like your underneath is getting dark like when it's put up in a ponytail, I would book a full. If you are just wanting just down your part and around your face touched up, then book a partial. The difference between a foil and a balayage is with balayaging you are literally free hand painting on the hair. You don't usually get as close to the root as a foil which is personal preference if you want that or not. I like that your grow out actually looks good and natural with a balayage so you can rock it for months longer than a foil! Balayaging also gives your stylist the creative freedom to place the highlights wherever they want. Again, it's not for everyone so you have to determine what you like on yourself! When Kristy does my hair, she uses 30 volume bleach to lift me to a 'pale blonde', then tones or 'glosses' me with 10BS goldwell. She uses a 'V' balayage pattern, does diagonal partings for a well blended look, and only paints the surface without it soaking all the way through the hair to prevent bleed marks. Before I go on, if you are local you can book with Kristy at the Stan Parente Salon in Maple Valley! 

Out of the salon - Being a blonde requires a lot of work out of the salon no lie!! Actually, just mostly if you are someone who likes the more bright, cool tones and not the warm, golden ones. I go through stages of liking both tones but lately I have been wanting mine more bright and cool! First, I would definitely invest in a good purple shampoo! I'll link some of my favorites of all the products I mention that I've tried below for you guys! Using a purple shampoo is a good maintenance habit. The minute you shampoo your hair with something else it tends to wash out so it definitely would need to become your new go-to shampoo! If you hair tends to go brassy easily, I would also get a purple conditioner to go with it. Then you can buy a deep conditioner (which I highly recommend!!) and use it 1-2 days a week depending on how often you was your hair. If you are someone who only gets their actual color done every couple of months, I would recommend either going into your stylist every 3 weeks or so for a toner (gloss) or doing it at home yourself! It helps me to push back my balayage appointments so I'm not bleaching my hair as often because the gloss brightens it up and removes the yellow! I would either get the Goldwell 10V mousse or if you are wanting to go all out buy the Goldwell 10BS as well as the developer and applicator. If you go the second route and want some insight for applying yourself, shoot me a message and I'm happy to help you! The mousse is very easy, just apply directly into your hair and you can leave it on for 20-30 minutes! It's not as strong. Some people I know even put it into their damp hair and just leave it in! With the actual toner, you need to monitor it in the mirror because it is stronger than the mousse. If left in for too long it can have a tiny purple hue but that washes out so if it happens don't be alarmed! You can leave it in anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes depending on your hair :) 

Some random advice blonde to blonde - If I had to give you some general advice, I would say use a heat protectant and be cautious with how much heat you use! I try to only wash my hair 2-3 days a week and I will blow dry when I wash it. As far as curling, I also try to only curl it one time in between shampoos and just brush out my curls for all the days in between. Luckily, my curls hold pretty well so if anything I will just have to touch up a few but sometimes I can just brush my hair and throw some dry shampoo in it. I also use a Wetbrush which really helps your hair from breaking! 

Purple Shampoo + Conditioner

Deep Conditioners

Tools

Miscellaneous Products

Toners

I hope you guys enjoyed today's post! Let me know what other 'hair' posts you'd like to see in the future! Have a great day loves!

Xx,

What Got Me Into Blogging + My Tips For Beginners

what got me into blogging + my tips for beginners
what got me into blogging + my tips for beginners
what got me into blogging + my tips for beginners
what got me into blogging + my tips for beginners
what got me into blogging + my tips for beginners
what got me into blogging + my tips for beginners
What got me into blogging + my tips for beginners
What Got Me Into Blogging + My Tips For Beginners

A couple of days ago, I asked via my Instagram Stories what kind of content people would like to see more of on my blog. I got tons of responses back so I am definitely going to be doing a lot of posts with the topics it sounds like a lot of you are wanting to see more of! The first topic I am going to address is blogging! At the top of this post under the title you will see the 'categories' that this post is in, if you click on 'blogging', you will be able to see this post and in the future all other blogging related posts that I do! I will also put them under 'fashion' and 'lifestyle' as well :) 

What got me into blogging - I get this questioned asked all the time! Whether it's in person or over DM's / email. For those of you who didn't know, for a short time in between dropping out of WSU and going to beauty school, I worked at Nordstrom in the TBD department! This is probably what really kickstarted my desire to be   a part of the fashion industry. In high school, I definitely was one of the girls who would help my friends put together their outfits and who's closet was always being dug through by my girls wanting to borrow a dress, pair of shoes, etc. And I loved it! I would say that there's always been a part of me that loved clothes and developing my personal style. Working for Nordstrom was just the first time I had ever really considered trying to make a career out of it! I started my blog when I was 18 years old and in beauty school. I loved the idea of making it a 'lifestyle' blog so that I could incorporate beauty into my posts as well! I no joke go through my first two years of blogging and read my posts from back then and laugh until I cry because it is just so funny to see the difference of my blog back then to now!! It was CLEARLY a hobby and just something I loved to do in my free time! I would have my mom, Al, or my girlfriends take my photos. And almost all of them are in front of my garage doors, the side of my house, or just on the street in my neighborhood! Being a young women, still trying to define myself, I loved that my blog challenged me to dress more unique, step out of my comfort zone, and share personal things and stories! I think it really helped me grow and learn a lot about myself. I didn't really start to take my blog seriously, (business wise), until right around the time Al proposed to me! That is kind of when I really wanted to make this thing into a job! I had graduated from beauty school and was working in a salon. I started to post more often, partner with brands, join affiliation networks, etc. I finally started to see growth and income!! This boosted my confidence, re-inspired me, and made me so excited about keeping my blog going! This past fall/winter I got this wild idea that I wanted to start an online clothing store and become my own boss full-time. I spent a couple months researching, getting all my business necessities in order, choosing clothing, while still maintaining my blog. This past February, I said goodbye to the salon I loved, took a leap of faith, and launched Shop KarlieRae! This journey has been a long one, but one I am so grateful for! I cannot believe I started my blog 4 years ago and how far it has come! It just shows that everything takes time and consistency!! Nothing happens overnight! 

My blogging tips for beginners - Now before I start this part. I still consider myself a small blogger. I don't make crazy amounts of money, I don't have a crazy amount of followers, I am still learning myself every single day. At the same time, I remember when I was first starting out my blog and I had no answers. I literally knew nothing! I also didn't know any other bloggers personally that I could ask so it took me years to figure things out. I am going to do more posts that really go into detail with some of these things but here are just some general tips!! 

1. Network! Networking is definitely my favorite part about blogging! Put yourself out there. Make friends. Reach out to companies. Join Facebook groups. Whatever your way is to connect with other people whose blogs are a similar niche as yours - do it! 

2. Get a domain and website! I got my domain through GoDaddy and my blog is run on Squarespace. Personally, I think Squarespace is the easiest for beginners, especially if you are not very tech savvy!! It is so easy and has been a life saver! 

3. Use your same Instagram account rather than create a new 'blog' one! Why make a new one when you already have an account that your friends and family follow?! Some people WILL unfollow you. That's just how it will go. But do not let that discourage you!!! The people who actually care will follow and support you. And I will say, a lot of the people who unfollow or aren't supportive in the beginning will come around once they see how happy and successful you are. I've heard many stories of bloggers who had friends unfollow them when they started and then years later reach out asking to help them promote their business!!! 

4. Work with photographers or invest in a camera and some sort of editing software! Photos are so important when it comes to blogging!! It is a very visual thing to read a blog so you want to make sure your blog photos and social media photos are appealing to the eye :) I'll go more into photography in upcoming posts but feel free to message me with any questions!! 

5. DON'T COMPARE YOURSELF! My last post covered this (here). This industry is very competitive and intimidating. Don't forget that what makes your blog unique is YOU and that is so special and unique!! 

6. Apply to be apart of influencer networks! This will happen with time, but it's a good way to find campaigns and partnerships with brands :) I'll go over these more in upcoming posts but again, if you have any questions shoot me an email! So far my favorite has been Revfluence! 

7. Be yourself! I have personally found that my favorite bloggers to follow are the ones who I feel like I personally know even though I have never met them before! You can see their personality through their captions, blog posts, Instagram stories, everything! I think personality goes a long way and also helps you stand out from the crowd! Another thing that goes with this is - don't be someone you are not! I post tons of outfits that are budget friendly because that is genuinely how I shop 90% of the time!! People will see right through you if you are fake, but people will also see your authenticity when you are real and it will go a long way! 

 

Like I said before, I will be doing a lot more 'blog' related posts for all of you interested in it! Please leave me comments or shoot me emails if these are types of posts you'd like to see! I know they mostly relate to bloggers but I also think a lot of these conversations will be great for business owners in general! Happy Monday babes! I hope you have a great start to your week! Who else is going to be watching Bachelor In Paradies tonight?! Sadly I will be watching...guilty pleasure haha!! 

Photos x Molly Meeks

Xx,

xx, karlie rae

Weekend Lover + Talk About The Comparison Game

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My Look: Top | Black Denim | Mules | Similar Gingham Skirt

Questions I receive almost on the daily are "how is your store going?!" and "why haven't you had new arrivals out for a bit?!" Mostly the typical 'busy life' answer would come to mind and would almost always be my response. But if I'm going to be completely raw with you guys like I know you always hope for me to be, I went through a little slump. A slump that I am finally crawling out of and ready to address. 

Being in the 'blogging' industry and now even the 'blogging with a side gig' (aka my store) industry is a really saturated, competitive, intimidating. When you are putting yourself out there the way we do, there are endless positives that come out of it. Inspiration, connection, business opportunities, friendships, etc. But what doesn't get spoken about too much are the negatives. When I was 19 and started my blog, it wasn't this HUGE saturated market. I was actually the only blogger that I knew personally at that time and I only followed the large bloggers on Instagram. It started out as a hobby and was solely for fun! Over the years, the numbers of bloggers has only grown in crazy amounts. This is amazing in many ways because brands start to see your worth, you make SO many new friends, and you have people along side of you doing the same thing which is so helpful. Negatives? The comparison game. This blogger is prettier. This blogger has a bigger house. This blogger has more followers. This blogger worked with these brands. This blogger's 'side gig' is skyrocketing while yours is just steadily growing. Need I go on? The comparing is truly endless. But it's wrong!! What I have come to realize just recently is my blog and my store are unique. Why? Me! They're the only blogs and stores out there by me! And that has worth. Social media has positives all around, but at the same time it does allow people to portray their lives however they want and only showcases the best moments. I can tell you, their reality is not their feed!! I know mine isn't. I don't get ready and dressed up in cute outfits every. single. day. I go through times of doubt, sorrow, stress, worry, anxiety. But am I going to always address that online? Probably not. A lot of it is personal and those are the things you don't know are going on in people's lives. As far as success, followers, businesses growing faster than yours, etc. I've had to remind myself that I am proud of what I do. I'm proud of how far I've come so far. And the way that I'm looking at someone else's success wishing I had, I'm sure there is someone looking at mine that way. Remind yourself that! The same goes for every single one of you!! You are your worst critic and biggest competition. You've done amazing things this far and it ain't stopping!! 

All of that said, I am excited to finally get back into the swing of things - blogging and bringing you guys new fun, affordable, feel-good items in my store! Today I launched three new tops, including the 'Weekend Lover' one photographed above! Shop my new arrivals HERE

Thank you, all of you, for your endless support in all my endeavors!! I love you all and am very grateful! 

Xx,

A Peek Inside Our Kitchen

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a peak inside our kitchen / xxkarlierae.com
A peak inside our kitchen / xxkarlierae.com
A peak inside our kitchen / xxkarlierae.com

I am SO excited to finally be sharing this post with you guys!! I've been thinking about it for awhile, but you wouldn't believe how dang hard it is to photograph a kitchen! I am no photographer, which is why I finally cracked and brought in my girl Jessica Whitaker to take care of that part for me ;) 

As most of you know, Al and I have been remodeling our #LangLoveShack for the past year! I have never owned a house before, so having to choose every single color/material/furnishing/etc. was a little overwhelming at first, not gonna lie; but once we got the swing of it, so much fun!! Making our kitchen come to life was definitely my favorite part, and I can still honestly say it is my favorite room in our house! For those of you who haven't built or remodeled, you have to pick out EVERYTHING!! I remember Al asking me about things that I figured just came with the house or were 'set', not knowing I had to actually make all those decisions!! We even picked where our light switches were and which ones turned on what lights?? I thought that just happened I guess haha. Anyways, back to our kitchen. We knew we wanted to have a minimalistic yet statement kitchen if that makes sense? We wanted materials that were simple but that you would remember. We got the idea of doing navy bottom cabinets off of Pinterest, and I am so happy we did it! I don't decorate with much color, I'm very black/white/gray, so having this pop gives the room so much character. Luckily, our aunt, uncle, and cousins own Bellmont Cabinets and were able to make our dream a reality plus so much more!! They had this beautiful navy color and we got to pick from an assortment of woods for our uppers. (We went with Baywood). I can honestly say I would recommend Bellmont to you guys a million times over!! Their materials are above and beyond. Our upper cabinet is actually electronic, so you just lightly tap it and it opens, then you press a little button and it shuts. It's pretty cool, I'm not gonna lie. We also used that same wood material to make two 'open shelves' on the other side of our sink. Mostly for decor reasons obvi!! Our kitchen is small so there isn't really much space to personalize it and be able to decorate so I loved the idea of having that space to make however I want it, and whenever I want it! I am always finding new little things to put up there or looking at photos for inspo of ways to switch it up. It's such a perfect little creative corner! Another thing I love, is we hid our trash cans and our dishwasher within the cabinets so they just look like another normal door or drawer! Like I said above, we do have a smaller kitchen so hiding as much clutter as possible was super important to us so I love that our trash is just another cabinet and that our dishwasher got to keep the navy vibe going without it having to get cut off! I will say, my favorite thing about our kitchen might be that we made the 'end cap' of the cabinets a wine rack! Al and I are big wine lovers so this was a really fun addition to our kitchen for us! It looks so cute slightly stocked and I think just adds another little unique something. As I said before, some of our family members own Bellmont so as you can imagine, everyone has their cabinets in their homes and every single kitchen is different! It's super fun to see what everyone has done different in their homes - the customization is endless!! We also used their cabinets for our master bathroom as well as our media cabinet in our living room! You guys gotta check them out if you are planning or thinking of building / remodeling soon! They have a cool feature on their website under the tab 'where to buy' where you can enter your zipcode, and it will give you the names of retailers in your area that carry their cabinets! Also, follow them on instagram for some for real home inspo!! 

Another thing that I am so happy we did, but there was really no discussion over since Al and I both wanted it so bad, was our farmhouse sink!! I freaking adore farmhouse sinks so I was thrilled that Al loved them too! To me they just look slightly old fashioned and charming, so it was fun to put a more 'farmhouse' style into a more modern styled home! If you're someone who likes stainless steel, they also make some really cool more modern looking farmhouse sinks that are stainless steel! Another cool feature we did is on our island and you can slightly see it in some photos, but we did a 'concrete' wrap around that sits on top of our counter on our island! We got this inspo from a house Al's dad built and thought it was perfect to put some barstools up to for eating or just hanging out in the kitchen! The gray also gives some dimension to all the white space and ties in with the brick on our walls very nicely! 

I am wanting to incorporate more 'home' posts on my blog and do tours of different areas/rooms in our house and such so if those seem like posts you guys would be interested in, please let me know! Plus, send me anything you are wanting to see / would like me to write about :) You can 'shop' our kitchen below, and I also have the "Our Home" page where I include stuff like our throw pillows, couch, rugs, etc. that you can shop so check out that page too! Thanks for stopping by!! 

Our Kitchen: CabinetsWood Sign / Faux Jade PlantNewlywed Cookbook / Clean Slate Cookbook / Mini Plates / Pyramids / Similar Oil and Vinegar Containers / Similar Salt and Pepper Shakers / Utensil Holder with Utensils

My Look: Sweater / Denim

Xx,