Rock Flats

Investment Piece: Rock Flats
Investment Piece: Rock Flats
Investment Piece: Rock Flats

Loves, let’s get something out of the way. I put together this look. I love this look. This look makes me think of a toy solider. Why? Too many kids books? The buttons on the vintage dress? That these boots are white?

I’m not exactly sure. And I’m not sure what dressing like a toy solider says about me. But we had to get that out of the way before we chatted anything else–this is great vintage dress, and these flat, knee high, Chanel boots are just stunning–but still, if I didn’t say toy solider, I’d be thinking it. And what if you were thinking it?

See, we had to get it out of the way. Maybe this is a toy solider look, buy my goodness, the pieces are simple and fantastic and made me believe in rocking flats. So, let’s chat about that, shall we?

Investment Piece: Rock Flats
Investment Piece: Rock Flats
Investment Piece: Rock Flats

Another confession? If you tell me you have these great boots, I’m just going to assume that they have heels. In fact, tell me about shoes and I will assume that they have heels. Prejudice? Maybe. I’m just a heels woman. And I have the high arches that make them comfortable. I just assume we all talk in heels.

Here’s where my prejudice fails me. Flats can be amazing, can be a statement, can be a wow factor. You can Rock flats and they can change your life.

Why it too so long for me to learn this? Who knows!! But I’m on board now, and there’s no going back.

So, rocking flats. How to rock flats? Should you Rock Flats?

Loves, yes.

Investment Piece: Rock Flats
Investment Piece: Rock Flats

I wasn’t attracted to these boots because they were flats; I was attracted to them because they are simply amazing. The color. The detail. The over the knee aspect. That they’re flats? Just a part of the fabulousness that they are. These Chanel boots (bought resale at Vestiaire Collective) are just everything that I didn’t know that I needed, so even with my flare for heels, I went for flats.

This vintage dress? Simple, elegant, doesn’t need much. It’s the perfect dress to wear with just about anything. So, amazing, white, supple, over the knee boots? The answer was in itself super easy. Wear them, love them.

Actually, loves, I’m going to let you in on a little secret: how to rock flats? The same way you do heels. Find a pair you love (for whatever reason). Wear them with an outfit you love (for whatever reason). That’s the secret, you just Rock flats.

Investment Piece: Rock Flats

I’d love to know: How do you Rock flats?

I’ve linked similar items for your shopping pleasure below! Happy Friday!

XO RA

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Investment Piece: Rock Flats

Closet Detox

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Loves, we chat a lot about cleaning out your closet, especially at this time of year. And it makes sense–new year, new closet! I’m a big fan of the big closet clean out, I do it at least twice a year (with tune ups occasionally through out the year), and am planning on beginning mine this weekend. I’ve detailed my method here, here, and here. It hasn’t changed much: I pull everything out, go through it, seperate the clothes into keep and get rid of, and organize. It can be overwhelming–especially the get rid of part, I’m a shopper/clothes lover/can make outfits in my head of anything, I get it, it’s hard to let go’ but I find cleaning out my closet not only leaves me feeling accomplished, it gives me space for new things to love!

Rather than rehash what I tell you, I thought we’d go to the experts and get their takes on closet detoxing! So I’ve rounded up Vogue, Elle, and professional organizers, not only did I love what they had to say, I learned a thing or two!

HouseBeautiful: Closet Cleaning Secrets from a Pro!

What I loved about this method was the questionnaire about what to keep, and the suggestion to chose a charity close to your heart to donate clothes to!

WhoWhatWear: Closet Cleaning Methods

The winner here? Great tips on how to tell what you’re REALLY wearing, and therefore what to keep and what to let go!

Elle:Spring Cleaning Your Closet

Worth the read for tips to make your organization stick!

Vogue: Closet Cleanout 101

Loves, I plan on printing this flow chart out and using it repeatedly.

Are you cleaning out your closet? What method are you using?

XO RA

 

** Side note: This year I haven’t quite made it to clean out my closet yet. That date is coming and I’m excited about it. My method right now? Really thinking about what my closet needs and the wardrobe I want to build. So these closet detox handouts? Printed and reviewed. I’m sure that we will chat a lot about my yearly closet clean, but I’d love to know all about yours! Have you started?

American Girl

Investment Piece: American Girl
Investment Piece: American Girl
Investment Piece: American Girl

She was an American Girl. Raised on Promises. She Couldn’t help thinking that there was a little more life, somewhere else. After all it was a great, big world. With lots of places to run to. And if she had to die tryin, she has one little promise she was gonna keep.

Oh yeah. All right. Take it easy, baby. Make it last all night.
She was an American Girl.

Tom Petty was one of my favorite musicians, and this song is one of my anthems. Cause I am an American Girl, raised on promises. I used to play this song when I taught spin (what they don’t tell you about being a creative is that you have a career and a million jobs), and to this day, every time I hear it on the radio I can’t help but turn it up and sing along. (Related: if you were never lucky enough to see Tom Petty in concert, I highly recommend this video of his last song, the full concert is also available online).

But loves, this American Girl doesn’t sing (I’m a humanitarian). So what does being an American Girl mean for fashion?

Investment Piece: American Girl
Investment Piece: American Girl
Investment Piece: American Girl

There is no standard look for an American Girl. She doesn’t have to do or say or wear one particular thing. Isn’t that what we’ve fought for? That an American Girl can be whatever it is that she wants to be. And that extends to fashion. Like something? Wear it! Love who you are? Express it with your outfit choices. Want to be something different every day? There’s nothing more American Girl than that.

My only rules:
– Leopard is a neutral
-Concert Tees go with anything
-Great Heels take you places

You could take the pieces of this outfit, combine them in a thousand different ways and make the outfit as casual or as formal as you wanted. You could rock a look just like this, and be a little rock and roll. Anything you choose is perfect for the American Girl that you are that day. How’s that for magic?

Investment Piece: American Girl
Investment Piece: American Girl
Investment Piece: American Girl

I’d love to know: how you do define being an American Girl (or Woman, as we should have been using)? What do you think makes one? And what does an American Girl wear?

I’ve linked similar items (and these exact pants, which are now on sale!) below.

Take it easy, baby. Make it last all night. She was, an American Girl
XO RA

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Designer to Know: Say it with Pins

Investment Piece: Designer to know: Say it with Pins

I’ve always been fascinated by those women who walk into a room and everyone notices. And I’m even more fascinated by the women who seem to get everything that they want, without having to over explain themselves. (Real talk? I’m wordy and would win a gold at over explaining myself.) So, when I had the chance to look at a way that one such powerful woman communicated, I jumped on it!

Investment Piece: Designer to Know: Say it with Pins
** Did you know that a spider represents patience and predatory behavior? I’m not the only one who suddenly wants to wear a spider on a night out, right?

***And you may have caught on, today isn’t a true “Desginer to Know”, but rather a way to wear a design. (Play on words? Maybe, but related)

This winter at the LBJ Library in Austin, I got to go see the pin collection worn by Madeleine Albright during her time as Secretary of State. Fashion? Yes. But, Albright also used her collection of pins to communicate with other Global Leaders, and silently but clearly, make her positions and feelings known.

It’s all the best of everything I love about fashion. A personal way to say who you are, and what you’re feeling. It’s a bit cheeky. And pins are a way to stand out. Why don’t we all do this?

Some of my favorite pins from the collection:
Investment Piece: Desginer to Know: Say it with Pins

Investment Piece: Designer to Know: Say it with Pins
A broken glass ceiling

Investment Piece: Designer to Know: Say it With Pins
Investment Piece: Desginer to Know: Say it with Pins
Hear No Evil/See No Evil/Speak No Evil

Albright’s colleciton had flowers, butterflies, animals, and all sorts of patriotic symbols. She became known for her pins, and people became adept at interpreting what some of them meant. One of my favorite stories from the collection:
Investment Piece: Designer to Know: Say it with Pins
Investment Piece: Designer to Know: Say it with Pins

And I was thrilled to realize that a strong, powerful woman and I have similar tastes:

Investment Piece: Desginer to Know: Say it With Pins
Madeleine Albright’s leopard pin

Investment Piece: Designer to Know: Say it with Pins
My leopard pin from Bloomers and Frocks

I’m left with two questions: Should we bring back pins?

(Answer: I’m game. I loved that not all of Albright’s pins were designer. Which means-yes, if you can, start collecting Cartier and high end pins. But it also means, Etsy, any jewelry or vintage shop, and any market can provide you with a pin to say something with. )

Do you have to use pins to make a statement?

(Answer: No. Let’s use all of our fashion, accessories, and personality to say what we need to say.)

Which leaves the question: What are you communicating?

I’ll be showing more of my pin picks in my Instagram stories today! And I’ll be trying to make a state to with my fashion, what about you?

XO RA

Investment Piece: Designer to Know: Say it with Pins

MLK Day Sales

I, like you, often have conflicting feelings about holidays that aren’t about shopping being a huge sale day. However, when the deals are good should we restrain ourselves? What if we did good in our communities, loved each other really hard, and shopped great sales? I think that might be a great compromise. And in that spirit, I’ve picked some of my fave deals from today for your shopping pleasure! Shop my picks and love someone, now that’s a great holiday!

xo RA

MLK Day / Holiday Weekend

How do we feel about a holiday weekend barely half a month into the new year? Gift? Curse? I hope it finds you resting, enjoying loved ones, and settling in. I also hope this MLK Day you take a minute to think about love. What unites us is so much more powerful than what divides us. Love is something we all need, deserve, and strive for; and love is the only thing that can move us forward. Let’s choose love this weekend, and in the coming weeks.

Wishing us all a place at the table and amazing shoes! XO RA

Nights in LA

Investment Piece: Nights in LA
Investment Piece: Nights in LA
Investment Piece: Nights in LA
Investment Piece: Nights in LA
Investment Piece: Nights in LA
Investment Piece: Nights in LA
Investment Piece: Nights in LA

Nights in LA can be just as magical as the mornings. There is always something going on: from premiere to event to just a great burger. You might have to watch yourself on a LA night, there’s the tempation to think you might be left out, that maybe you’re not at the right event or venue, but I really don’t buy that. My experience has been that any night, any place can be amazing, if you’re with the right people. And lucky for us all, I’ve been known to bring my own drama (the sleeves on this dress!); and I’ve found that if you’re looking for magic LA nights will give it to you. Look at that light!

We can talk about any event, but let’s talk about this dress. It’s all statement: the low back, the sleeves, the length. Part witchy, part goddess, all magic; just the way I like it! And the great thing, this dress is deceptive. It’s the softest jersey, so while it can turn heads, it’s a throw on and go type of dress. I promise. What I love about statement dresses (or statement anything) is that they don’t need a lot of help. Wear your hair natural. You can throw on flip flops if you need to, I did. You don’t have to try too hard, the dress does it for you. This dress is a Norma Kamali, I love that her style is drama with out the fuss. Her jersey is some of the softest that I have ever worn, the cut is always great, and there’s always an “it” factor: sleeves, a deep back, or both! (You’ve also seen some of her swimwear here)

This night in LA was indeed magical, but there was no special event. My photographer, Katy Shayne, and I simply were craving a great burger, and may be a martini or two. The light was perfect, and I was in the mood to wear this dress. And I was able to talk Katy into shooting me. That simple. Nights in LA are magic, but the best kind of magic is the kind you bring yourself: a great dress, a great friend, a great meal, a great laugh. Premieres can be fun. Events make me happy. But there are a ton of LA nights that have left me breathless, and all that was needed was a great dress!

I’d love to know: what’s your brand of magic, or statement dress for Nights in LA (or anywhere)?

Shop my picks below:

Investment Piece: Ngihts in LA

Personal Shopping Services

Investment Piece: Personal Shopping Services
Personal Shopping Services
Personal Shopping Services

Loves! I’m so excited to announce our new personal shopping services! From simple outfit consultations to help finding the perfect piece for you or your loved ones, I’m looking forward to shopping with you!
(Note: While I specialize in finding you the perfect addition to your closet, and with the new year in full swing, I’m excited to help you “revamp” your closet!
How it works:

Email me: (racheladelicia@investmentpiece.com). We’ll chat about what you need, what you’re looking for, and your timeline. After we agree to work together, we’ll set up a time to skype or FaceTime (in person appointments are available, depending on in city availability. Price varies.)

I get to work! Whether it’s helping you put together an outfit with the items you already have, or I hunt for the perfect time for you, I will get to work! My goal is always to find you the best pieces (within budget) that make you feel great, add joy to your life, and are a great fit. Each situation and timeline are different, so if we’re working together for a day, weeks, or month(s), I’m always available to chat, provide you with updates, and use your input to narrow my search!

You Get Something You Love! From the perfect fitting jeans, to an enviable wedding outfit, to a fantastic vintage piece, to a great gift for your loved ones, we shop till you are happy!

What sets us at Investment Piece apart from other personal shopping services is that we do the heavy lifting. There’s no need for you to meet us out, or go from store to store with me! (Unless you want to!) I’ll present all my choices via email or text, and if we don’t find what you love, we keep looking! I also specialize in finding rare, vintage, and items from past seasons (these pieces are the backbone of my own waredrobe). While it may take time, if there’s an item you love, I will do my best to find it for you; or help you begin to vintage shop and curate your own vintage collection.

So, tell me, what is it you’re shopping for?

I’m looking forward to shopping with you!
XO RA

Fashion Gives Back: LemLem

Investment Piece: Fashion Gives Back: LemLem

It’s always my pleasure to share with you ways that you can be fashionable, and yet give back. This month I’m thrilled to share with you LemLem, founded by model Liya Kebede. Beyond staples that are stunning and comfy, perfect for summer, LemLem was founded to support the women of Ethiopia. What does that mean for you? You can look amazing, and every piece you buy was hand woven by an artisan, paid for her trade, and part of the proceeds go to providing maternal care and economic empowerment for all women in Africa.
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