Le Garage Sale

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I have to admit that my main experience with large “fair” type shopping has involved only Vintage fairs, sample sales or antique fairs. So when I happened to be in Austin for Le Garage Sale, and I was promised it was akin to Barney’s Warehouse Sale, I knew it needed to be on my list of “must-do”. I think the idea is brilliant: get all of the local boutiques in one place, and everything they sell is on sale! It gives the customer a chance to get to know smaller retailers, and you get great deals!
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I only spent a couple of hours at the sale on Sunday–and managed to come away with amazing pieces, and spent less than $250! I got a chance to see boutiques I didn’t know (and some I know and love) and got to shop with friends!

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I even got to make new friends at the booths! Some pro-tips: Some booths restocked throughout the weekend, making multiple trips valid. The space wasn’t so large that it was completely overwhelming so you could do more than one pass through; though some booths had limited stock so if there was something you had to have, it’s best to buy right away. And most importantly? Have Fun!

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And while this pic is awkward, I promise I had fun!

I’d love to know: have you been to Le Garage Sale in Austin? Does your community have something like this?

XO RA

Follow Le Garage at here

#Dotted

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There’s something about polka dots that I just love-they’re playful and fun, and yet can be sophisticated. So when I found this dotted Geoffrey Beene at one of my go-to TX Vintage places I couldn’t resist it! I love the business like feel (that collar, that bow!), the pockets, the length, and the way it balances work and party. I also loved the way it felt modern; I can wear it with any shoes really, but loved the juxtaposition of the dots with my beloved Jaquemus circle/square sandals. It feels fresh and new!

And as the last week of August wraps up I need something fresh and new!
Happy Monday! XO RA

Details:
Dress from ReVint
Shoes: Jaquemus

Sunday Chronicles: The Class by TT

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Loves, I am a bit of a work out junkie. It’s how I process and “work out” a bunch, how I like to start my day, and makes me feel good to see what my body can do (amongst many other reasons). And as I’ve gotten wiser, not only do I enjoy a physically changellening workout, I want one that speaks to the world beyond the gym as well. I like hearing the messages of “yes, I can”, “be brave”, ones of positivity and working towards my dreams and letting things go. I work out not just for my body, but to remind myself that all things are possible. So, it seemed to be a natural fit that I would try “The Class” by Taryn Toomey. I first read about her on The Coveteur, and loved what I saw. Her class seemmed the perfect balance of a barre type class (which as an old dancer I’m addicted to) and the spiritual message I love. And when I had the chance to take a class with Taryn in LA, I jumped on it!

I have to be honest, while driving to the class I was a tad bit worried that it would be a little “too” meditative for me; I even wondered if I had time to fit in a run if I needed it. Loves, I didn’t need it. I got all the spiritual talking to I needed–I also got my ass kicked. Yes, you’ll shake your body out and work on breathing, there’s also 5 straight minutes of jump squats, a full song of a side lunge/squat combo, a song of leg raises (PS both of those are per side), and you warm up your abs with 5 mins of mountain climbers (with Taryn letting you know you can all the way through). It was fantastic.

It’s the type of class that really stayed with me, and not just because I was sore for days after. Some of the messages that Taryn said throughout class hit home for me. The top ones:
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“You can do this, simply because You CAN do this”
We all know we can do things. We know the power of thoughts, we believe in ourselves, we visualize our dreams. However, I know I can be guilty of using the word “but” when I do all of those things. And I bet you are too. “But” is easy, it feels real, and it seems valid. The great thing about this statement? It cuts through the BS. You can do this because you can do this. Period. So you do it. Or if it’s something that you don’t want to do, don’t do it. Simple.

“Forgive yourself, forgive others, forgive yourself again. That’s the cycle”.
I’m a self admitted perfectionist. And when things work out the way I plan, I can get caught up in blaming myself-for not seeing it coming, for not doing more. What hit me about this is that when we’re told to forgive, we often forget that we (ourselves) are also in need of our own forgiveness. I don’t know many happy people who are not compassionate to themselves. Forgive yourself. Forgive others. Forgive yourself again, for good measure.

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I’ve been following “The Class” on Instagram (she has videos of single exercises!) and great little blurbs like the one above. I find them to be energizing–and true. I had such a great time at the Class, I love how much it stayed with me, and I can’t wait to get back!

What have you been loving this week?

Wishing us all a week of balance and amazing shoes! XO RA

Follow the Class on Instagram @theclassbytt and find them online at Taryn Toomey

Inspire

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Knowing me as you do, you know that I love all things Gucci, so I couldn’t resist this inspired bodysuit! And to find the perfect car to shoot in front of–I think it couldn’t resist either. The tie front means that you could make this top a bit more chaste, it could go with a skirt as well as jeans, and I love the print! And that perfect blush color!

Happy Friday! XO RA

Details:
Top: Zara
Jeans: MOTHER
Shoes: Miu Miu, old

#Lately

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Loves, it’s a been a summer. And yes, we have more to go. And yes, there’s more to share. However, I thought I’d share some “behind the scenes” footage: not all looks end up as a story, not all moments are immediately shared- but we’re on this journey together. And you get to be a part of this. I’ve been in and out of LA (meetings, shopping, auditions). I’m in TX for the beginning of football season- which I’m excited about! But here’s a look at some moments that made me happy, outfits I may or may not have bought, and a peak at how my days go! Of course more can be found on Instagram (@racheladelicia)

Xo RA

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Vintage Swim

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There’s just something about a vintage swimsuit – the cut is impeccable, it can fit perfectly, and it makes water seem like an occasion. I love both of these suits for different reasons: the bikini as it’s perfectly fun, the one piece as it’s almost Bond like. The cut is so good in each I have dreams of wearing them on land!
Some tips on vintage swim wear:
-the cuts are different, don’t be afraid to try various cuts and sizes
-play with color!
-have them tailored,most vintage suits are cloth without spandex which means they can be altered (and you can have the lining replaced)
-accessorize! How great is this swim cap? (And needed for my blonde tresses!)

Hope that the end of your summer is the perfect reason for a new (Old) suit!
XO RA

Details:
Bikini: Recess LA
One Piece: AAVintedge
Swim cap I got at an antique mall
Straw hat: Mark and Graham

Hair Perfume

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Loves, I travel a lot. I work out a lot. What I don’t always do a lot? Wash my hair. I mean, yes, I wash it- but not daily. Sometimes, I simply rinse it. Sometimes, I wait till a blow out appointment. But I always want to look, and smell, perfect. So I’m absolutely loving this new trend- hair perfume. There are so many brands, so many scents. My fave? Lighter, non-floral scents. I simply spray at my roots and brush through. My hair smells great, I feel pulled together , and the scent lasts.

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I’d love to know – are you a fan? What are some of your beauty secrets?
Xo RA

To buy:
Byredo and more scents at Barneys

#YSL

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Classic. Soft silk. Perfect pink. That drape. When I found this beauty on Etsy, I couldn’t resist it! The great thing about vintage dresses like this one, is that it doesn’t feel dated. The length, the cut, the color all feel fresh’ and because it’s pre-loved, the price is great as well! Everyone wins.

Happy Monday!xo RA
Details:
Vinatge YSL found on Etsy
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

Sunday Chronicles: Mermaids

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Loves, you have probably seen me joke more than once about being a mermaid (although it’s not really a joke). I love the ocean- and love mermaids, and really want to be one. The good news? There’s a way to become one! More than one company specializes in mermaid photo shoots- complete with tail. And yes, I have every intention of booking mine. While there are several companies that do this, one of my fave from research is Project Mermaids. They not only shoot beautiful pics, part of their proceeds go to charities that help clean our waters and protect the ocean’s animals. So everyone wins. You can find (and book) at Project Mermaids<\a> or follow them on Instagram at @projectmermaids.

I’d love to know: what do you want to be (like a mermaid)? And what are some of the creative ways that you give back?

Wishing us all a week of fins and amazing shoes! XO RA

Punk Ballerina

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Loves, we know that I love ballet and all things ballerina. However, I don’t always love looking so sweet–there has to be balance. So I love the look of a ballet inspired dress with some tougher shoes (even addias or converse would work) and an attitude of a bag! It’s soft and yet not so soft! The perfect combination. I’m really a big fan of balance-tough and sweet, sexy and modest, and I love that these elements combine so seamlessly here!

I also have to give a shout out to my photographer, Megan Weaver for amazing photos! You can follow her on Instagram @meganmweaver and online at Megan Weaver

Happy Friday!
Xo RA

Details:
Dress: Zara
Shoes:Louboutin, similar here
Bag: Kate Spade, old