Coat Dress

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There are dresses made to look like coats. Then there are coats that we can wear as dresses. So why not? It’s not quite chilly enough for a jacket, but this weekend there were brief moments that felt like fall! So the perfect solution-a light coat, worn all by itself as a dress! (This coat does have closures down far enough to work, however I did pin the neckline) I love this coat–the soft grey color, the elegance of it. And I love the juxatipositon of that with sneakers. Yes, this coat would be great over a dress, or as a dress with heels, but it’s great with sneakers and flats too! It’s the perfect toe-dip into fall.

I’d love to know: Do you have dresses that could work as dresses? Do you?

Happy Monday!
XO RA

Details:
Coat: Keepsake If you don’t know Keepsake, they’re a great Australian label, they ship here and you can also shop the label at Shopbop, Revolve, and Nordstrom
Shoes: Addias

Sunday Chronicles: Home-Coming

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We’ve chatted about home before here, but while that was what home means, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the saying “You can’t go home”. I’ve spent the past year bouncing between LA (my adult home) and TX (my childhood home and where I went to college). As I’ve mentioned I’m so lucky that I feel at peace in both places, and that both still feel like home to me. I have friends and loves and life in both– but it is an odd thing to be a bit of a nomand. This past weekend I went back to my college’s (TCU) homecoming and got to see people from my past and present. I also got reminded this past week of the amount of love in both homes. So can you go home?

I’m not the 22 year old I was when I left campus–and to be frank, I wouldn’t want to be. I’ve changed; because of mistakes, wins and losses, and time. I loved the person that I was, but I love who I am now more. And I hope I continue to change (and get better). The people I know and love in both places have changed too; because of mistakes, wins and losses, and time. Some friendships I had have faded for all those reasons. Some, despite all that, have blossomed and are stronger than ever. And again, I have a life in both places you could argue are my home. I often am between these “two” homes, and each time I travel to one I think to myself, “I’m going home”. However, each of these homes mean different things to me. I have lives in each–but those lives are different. And loves, I don’t hate that. I like that I can get different needs met in different homes. No, that’s not for everyone, but it works for me.

So, can you go home? Yes. I think you can. I just think that we have to face a truth: home (no matter what definition you use) changes. It changes, like us, due to mistakes, wins, and losses; time takes a toll on us all. It is the same, and different, and I think that’s good. We’re not the same we were years ago–why should home be? I think the trick is to appreciate the things about home that stay the same; and appreciate the things about home that change. Is that easy? Not always, but if home can make room for our new parts, we can allow home the same. As I’ve thought about this quote, and my own homes, I think the issue here is not really can you go home, but can you go back to exactly how things were. And loves, I have moments I would love to relive–but we can’t. And maybe, just like home, the lesson is to make room for all the new parts.

I’d love to know–do you think you can go home?

Wishing us all a week of home-comings and amazing shoes! XO RA

Waiting on Fall

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It’s official, it’s fall. The only we’re left to do? Wait on fall- weather that is. It’s still hot, but I can’t help but think of cooler weather: sweaters, boots, coats. I’m looking forward to velvets, jewel tones, mohair, and stunning boots. And while I’m waiting on fall? I’m loving tempting it-trenches over swimsuits, tulle socks with my shoes. It feels just fall enough, but I don’t melt! And yes, I’m aware this is not a look you could recreate for work. However, you can recreate the feel. A trench over a romper or a sundress. Wearing your swimsuit as a bodysuit. And these tulle socks? Always an option!

Happy Friday! Xo RA

Details:
Trench: Zara
Swimsuit: vintage from AAVintedge
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Socks: Pan&theDream
Scarf: Zara, old, similar here
Bag: Mansur Gavriel

#NewObession

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Every once in a while I will stumble across a product that simply grabs my attention- and just doesn’t let go. Case in point? This shower cap from Shhhowercap<\a>. I have to admit, I think shower cap, I think of my grandma. But let’s be honest, we all need them, to make blow-outs last, to keep hair dry, to make getting ready fast. But this? This looks chic. And fun. And according to every review works amazingly, so I think I need one. I love the turban design (hello wearing it out of the shower) and I love that it’s something practical!

My order is in, what about yours?

Xo RA

New/Old

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There are so many things about my job I love; and one of the things I love most is getting to know new people, and finding great clothes! This is the story of how I did both! This gorgeous dress is vintage from Isreal, and I had the pleasure of finding it through a new friend – Miriti. She and I began following each other on Instagram and I got the chance to meet her, and shop her amazing collection! (Stay tuned for more info on her!)I fell in love with this number, I love the contrast of the high neck and v-neck. It’s completely innocent and completely sexy all at the same time! It’s the perfect juxatipositon, and I can’t wait to find more like this!

Xo RA

Details:
Shop Miriti on Instagram @m_i_r_i_t_i
Shoes: Miu Miu, old, you can find these on eBay and Tradesy and sites like that! Search “Miu Miu wedge sandal”

Pop-up Wrap-Up

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I spent so much time telling you about the pop-up, I couldn’t leave out how it went! In a word? Fantastic!! Thank you to all who came out- the fashion was fierce, champagne bubbly, and so much fun! I had such a great time helping people pick out the right outfits, as well as introducing you to some of my faves! See some pics below and stay tuned to hear of our next pop-up!
In the meantime make sure you check out Beehive<\a> and AAVintedge<\a> as well as their Instagrams!
And interested in shopping with me? Contact me at racheladelicia@investmentpiece.com

Xo RA

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#red

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They say with the right one you won’t need much- they may be talking about love, but I think it applies to clothes too. Yes, each look is different – and some need the hair, makeup, accessories to make the look. But sometimes, the clothes are so perfect for you, nothing is needed. No makeup. No hair. Even barefoot and in glasses it just works. Case in point? This head turner. It just fit- and didn’t need a lot. And loves, let’s not weigh ourselves down with things we don’t need (apply that to what you will!)

Hope Monday doesn’t feel like one! Xo RA

Details:

I actually didn’t buy this one from RecessLa<\a> and that may haunt me. Make sure you check them out- in LA or shop their Insta @recessla

Sunday Chronicles: Tech Difficulties

Loves!

We had some issues with our technology and wasn’t able to get a post up in time. We sincerely apologize. Constitently providing great content is our goal and we assure you we are doing everything to get back up! We will be back tomorrow with a great post and in the meantime: happy Sunday!!

And here’s to an amazing week and even better shoes! Xo RA

Know when to Leave

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Loves, I love big parties, and big dresses–but I also love knowing when to leave and the unexpected. This look was inspired by an Instgram pic I saw with a sheer dress worn over jeans and a corset. And I loved it, the feel of it. So when I found a vintage prom dress, I knew I could recreate that feeling. (I simply cut the lining out of the skirt to get sheer on the bottom and keep the corset on top).It’s just edgy enough and just sweet enough, the juxtaposition is divine. And this iconic background? I could run through these lights all day–the dress just makes it more fun!

And yes, I know you may not have a prom dress to wear over jeans but doesn’t this beg the question: what could you look at differently? Even to formal events, you don’t have to wear something expected. Let’s have fun with our fashion–it is Friday after all!

XO RA

Details:
Dress: From PolkaDots and Moonbeams
Jeans: Mother
Shoes: Gucci, old, similar here

What to do when you HATE the trend

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NY Fashion week has come and gone, and we’ve been presented with what’s on trend for now, and for the Spring. Which is great, right? Hopefully you’ve been inspired and are excited about what will be/is offered to you, and you have ideas and plans on how to wear it (or you’re excited to see how we wear it here!) But loves, let’s be honest with each other. There’s a chance, and there are times, when you just HATE a trend. Maybe you try it and it’s just not flattering on you. Maybe it brings back bad memories. Maybe you just hate it so much you can’t bring yourself to try it or think about it. I get it. I know, I’m in fashion and supposed to encourage you to try new things. Which I think you should. But not everything is for everyone.

Loves, I’ve struggled with this part all week. A part of me is torn–I feel as if I’m supposed to encourage you to try new things. Maybe the right piece, the right time, the right color will change your mind on a trend. Maybe. Trying different versions of a trend is also valid. Maybe you hate cold shoulder, but you love a certain off-the-shoulder. Maybe. Classics may be your thing and you don’t want to vary out, but one dress could change your mind. Maybe. I think all these avenues are great-again, I’m for us all trying things. But loves, sometimes things don’t work. And that’s valid too. Trends are simply that, a passing fancy, and if you don’t like it, it’s ok. A new trend will come about, or classics are always in style.
There are trends that I don’t like; and my personal view is that fashion is supposed to be a fun way to express yourself–not a list of things you HAVE to wear.

So, at the end of the day my biggest advice is, if you don’t love it, don’t wear it. That simple. Love what you wear, wear what makes you feel good!

XO RA