Gift Guides: For Him

I can’t be the only one who thinks that shopping for a man can be overwhelming. Don’t get me wrong, if you know him well, it can be so easy! But the guys that you’re just getting to know, aren’t close with, are doing group shopping for? That can be tricky. And no man wants just another tie and you don’t need me to suggest whiskey stones. So what to get for the men in your life?

I have some thoughts!

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BAGS
Computer bags, gym bags, overnight bags. The man in your life needs a bag. I like these:

Clothes
Are you ready for my hot take in terms of gifts for him? Buying him clothes is more difficult than buying her clothes. The caveats being unless you know him super well, or you know exactly what he wants. Otherwise, buying him clothes as a gift can be a lot. Lucky you, I’ve rounded up some choices that are sure to make him smile!

Tech Gifts
Most of the men in my life LOVE a good tech gift. These are my picks:

For the Young Man in Your Life
The young man that you love deserves a special gift, too! I have no clue what’s “cool” right now, but here’s what I love:

Amazon Gifts
We all love Amazon, and that shipping! Here my picks (a little of this, a little of that) from Amazon:

Other gift ideas for the man in your life? Books, Movies, Games, Game tickets, a Nice Night out.
I’d love to know: what are you gifting the man in your life?
You can also take a gander at these gift guides which may inspire you:
Fitness Lovers
Travel Lovers
Art Lovers
Tech Lovers

Xo RA

Blue Velvet

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Investment Piece, fashion blogger, velvet suit, high fashion, CA. TX

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Blue Velvet.

That’s how the song goes, right?

She was a fan of the season. The glitz. The glamour. What she wasn’t a fan of? Blending in. She wanted to be seen- for everything she was. Is. And might be. Velvet. Especially blue, let her fit and stand out all at the same time. Winner of the season? Maybe!

I love anything velvet (tis the season). Blue velvet means that you can celebrate, and wear it all throughout winter. I love these Pants and
this blazer.

I’ve also linked some other velvet options below!

Xo RA

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Is anyone else hearing the songs “Blue Christmas” or “Blue Suede Shoes”? Is it me?

Sunday Chronicles: Holiday Traditions!

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Traditions. They seem to be something that we cling to (maybe), enjoy, and are prominent at this time of year. If you think about what you enjoy at this time of year, most likely it can be traced back to a tradition. Me? I love traditions, especially holiday traditions. There’s something comforting about them, and if we let them, I’ve found that we can let them grow with us. There are things that I did as a child that I still love to do, and there are traditions that started a few years ago, and I love adding them to my list. No matter what or how you celebrate this is a season of tradition and family- and one of my favorites!
A few of my favorite traditions include:
1. Wishing for snow and collecting snow globes. Living between two places not known for their snow I’m obsessed. I love the fake snow that abounds and my goal is to one day see a ton of snow.
2. Decorations – I love all the holiday lights, trees, fake snow- all of it!
3. My sister, mom, and I get matching pjs for a gift on Christmas Eve- even though we’re no longer young it still makes waking up on Christmas special.
4. Traditional meals- not just the holiday meal but my mom’s Wassal (hot drink), her beef stroganoff on Christmas Eve, cookies, my Grandma’s Dr Pepper meatballs- it’s a season of eating.
5. Events like the Nutcracker. I love the ballet and as many times as I’ve seen it I just love the costumes, and dances. Related- this season I will watch “Miracle on 34th Street” about 1000 times.

I’d love to know – what are some of your traditions? What are you looking forward to?

Wishing us all joy and amazing shoes! XO RA

SuperHero Cape

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Investment Piece: SuperHero Cape
Investment Piece: SuperHero Cape
Investment Piece: SuperHero Cape
Investment Piece: SuperHero Cape
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She needed a hero.
On long days, on short days, on days when things just weren’t going her way. She needed someone to problem solve, to stand up for her, to tell her it was going to be ok. So, she waited. And waited.
No hero came.
It dawned on her that if she wanted or needed a hero, she was going to have to do it herself. Maybe it wasn’t exactly how the story she was told when she was younger.
However, she donned her cape. She set herself to the task.
And she became the hero she needed.
She problem solved with the best of them, she stood up for herself, and she told herself repeatedly that it would be ok.
It was.

And she looked great in a cape.

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I have a thing for capes. here, here, here, and here. Capes are classic and a statesmen and a twist, all at the same time.
This cape, and these pants, are both via Amberleaf. The pants are the perfect length to show off your boots (or heels, and this cape is not only a coat, but can be worn as a top.
Capes not only make you look like a superhero (or remind you that you are one), but they look so incredibly chic. Superhero Cape in more than one way.

I’ve linked similar options for you below, and this EXACT cape and pant can be found on Amberleaf. Don’t forget to use code RACHELADELICIA at checkout!

What makes you feel like a superhero?
Xo RA

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Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

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We’re kicking off our gift guide with stocking stuffers, which in my experience, are either something you love or you hate .

I love them.

There’s something about something small and thoughtful that’s just full of joy. My family keeps these gifts small, think lipstick, etc, and sometimes kitchy, think glitter paper clips. But, these stocking stuffers always make me smile (and you’d be surprised how often I use them all!). Some families go a bit bigger for a stocking stuffer, and I have you covered too! Last year, I curated a small list of stocking stuffers that I just loved, see that here.

More stocking stuffers I love:

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For the beauty lover in your life:

For your book/writing lover:

For Him:

For Her:

For the kids in your life:

And don’t count out things like batteries, pens, markers, and little odds and ends; all of which make great stocking stuffers in my book!

I’d love to know: what’s your take on stocking stuffers?
Xo RA

Gold Digging

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Investment Piece: Gold Digging
Investment Piece: Gold Digging
Investment Piece: Gold Digging
Investment Piece: Gold Digging
Investment Piece: Gold Digging

Gold digging. Digging for gold. What she wanted was simply luxury, but peace. Were they the same thing? What would you give up for gold?

Loves, I tried, but all the stories that I could come up with weren’t exactly what I wanted to say. This shoot was so fun, and this outfit has been my go-to for casual entertaining and holiday decorating; and I’m not sure what would do it justice.

The name of this painting is “Gold Digger” and I couldn’t help but play on that. Gold digging. It’s an interesting topic, and one that can often lead to very firm opinions (and judgements). I’m not sure that I’m qualified to offer any story or essays on the topic. (Though I do love this:
In Defense of the Gold Digger about class inequality).

Maybe the gold digging I’m doing is trying to find the right story? (Though I’d never turn down the right shoes 😉 )

As for fashion: it really has taken me a long time to embrace (fully) athlesure. But, I’ve latched onto biker shorts and pedal pushers and I’m never letting go. See here and here. Yes, these pieces go great with tees and sweatshirts, but my new favorite way to pair them? With a “going out top”, this body suit with a deep v is perfect. Casual, comfy, and creative. You can decorate, run errands, and all the things around the house without batting an eye. You also look pulled together so that if a friend happens to stop by with champagne (or any other holiday festive-ness) you’re ready.

Gold Digging? Maybe that’s what this is!
(Yes, Mom, I’m joking!)

Lucky you, no need to dig, I’ve linked similar pieces to recreate this look below!
Xo RA

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Sunday Chronicles: Happy Hanukkah!

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To all those who celebrate:
Chag Urim Sameach! Or Happy Hanukkah!

Today begins the 8 day Festival of Lights, celebrating the rededication of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd Century BCE. It’s often celebrated by lighting a candle a day for eight days, in remembrance of the oil in the temple that was not enough for one night, but lasted for eight.

I’m not Jewish. I won’t pretend to be. However, the Jewish religion, holidays, and customs are beautiful and something for us all to respect. At this time of year when our focus is on giving and joy, let’s remember that those intangible gifts are meant for us all. It’s a great time of year to celebrate what it is that you believe, and make room for other people’s celebrations.

Celebrate. Light the candles. Light other people’s candles.

If you’re interested in learning more about Faith’s that aren’t your own, I also think this is a great time of year for that. I get so much out of Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg on twitter (@TheRaDR) and her book:
Surprised by God is on my Christmas list.

May the next 8 nights be a time of love, hope, compassion, and connection for us all.
Happy Hanukkah!

XO RA

Flawed

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She had blue skin,
And so did he.
He kept it hid
And so did she.
They searched for blue
Their whole life through,
Then passed right by-
And never knew.
-Shel Silverstein

Flawed. We all are, to some extent. And we live in a world that asks us to hide our flaws, especially in our fashion. How many articles have you read about dressing to hide your “problem areas”? There are whole theories of thought about how our arms as they age are “flawed” and should never be shown. Magazines, though not the only culprit, will let us know that if our parts aren’t “perfect”, we should do all we can to detract from that and showcase other body parts.
But, what if?
And hear me out on this,
What if we saw those “flawed” pieces of ourselves as something not to hide, but to celebrate. What if we could view our flaws as art, and not be concerned if our fashion showed them off?
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I have back problems. (A little nerve damage) And as part of my therapies to manage pain and spasms, I often use heat, cupping, stretching, and strengthening. (Thank you, Pilates!) However, some of this can leave marks on my back, they can vary in color and pattern, but they can be very noticeable, and I thought of them as flaws. I’m a huge fan of low back numbers, but would avoid them so that no one would see my flaws.

What changed? I’m not sure. At this point I wish I could tell you some great ephinay or sage advice that lead me to embrace my flaws. Honestly, one day I think I got tired of not wearing what I wanted to. So I stopped. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t days when I don’t get self conscious about showing off something I might have to explain. But. We all have flaws, and I try to remember what we can view as flawed in ourselves might be what someone else likes.
Most of all, our flaws shouldn’t stop us from wearing things we love. Flawed. Let’s show it off

I can’t tell you how much I recommend a low back dress, and these fringed boots make everything a little more fun. Similar pieces are linked below!

I’m really curious: what do you think are your flaws and do you “dress around” them?
Xo RA

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Fashion Stories: Gifts

I am obessed with the stories that our fashion tell. I’m on a mission to tell them all. Mine. Yours. Everyone’s. I’m fascinated by the things we hang onto, the stories we tell, what matters to us and how does the fashion we keep enforce that.

This month, as our minds are on gifts, I’m chatting about gifts that tell a story that I can’t get rid of.
And yes, I’m working on stopping saying “um” all the time!

Enjoy!
I’d love to know what gifts you hang onto! I’d also love to tell your stories-hit me up!
Xo RA

Gift Guides: From Target

Is there another store that can bring as much joy as Target? I think not. Those memes and jokes are around for a reason. And if it’s a store that can bring that much joy, just think how much joy that they can spread at the most joyful time of the year!

My mom and I love going to Target from the $1 aisle to searching for everything we need and all those things that we don’t, going to Target can be an adventure. In that spirit, I’ve been gift guide searching there for you. If there’s a way to get joy and get all your shopping done in one place, I’m all for it.

Without further ado, I present Gift Guide: From Target

Happy Shopping!
Xo RA

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Target Gift Guide For her:

Target Gift Guide for him:

Target Gift Guide for kids:

Target Gift Guides for the home:

Target Gift Guide under $10:

What are you buying from Target?
XO RA