On the Fringe

Investment Piece: Fringed
Investment Piece: Fringed
Investment Piece: Fringed

Fringe.
What do we really say about it? Fringe isn’t a trend per se, though there are seasons that offer us a bit more fringe than others. It’s not quite a classic, there are not numerous articles why you must own fringe, and often stylists will call fringe a “statement” not a “must”. So, what do we do with it? Avoid it? Put it in a box, and only wear it for certain things or costumes? Or, do we live on the fringe?

From boots to pants to jackets, I’m a fan of anything with a little personality, and fringe is personality. It shakes and shimmyies with you, and adds a bit of fun to anything you have going on. I think pops of fringe can be the wake up any outfit needs, and there’s fringe that can be chic and timeless. Fringe can be big or small, long or short, a lot or a little. Maybe the thing that scares us about fringe is that it can be anything we need it to be. That’s also the thing that makes fringe amazing.

I’m living on the fringe. What about you?

Investment Piece: On the Fringe
Investment Piece: On the Fringe
Investment Piece: On the Fringe

What I love about fringed pieces like this one is that they are so fun and full of life, but so chic. This jacket is by no means the only fringe I love, in my closet are fringed boots and fringed skirts, and I may or may not be looking for suede fringe pants. I like to think that the fringe lets the fun parts of my personality shine, and fits right in with the more classic pieces in my closet.

Also, fringe is just really fun to twirl in. Maybe not the strongest argument for living on the fringe, but one you’ll enjoy.

So, are you in? Ready to fringe with me?
I’ve linked similar pieces below, including these wide leg pants (that’s a whole other post, but believe me, you need wide legged pants!)
Xo RA

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Fashion Story: Costumes.

Loves, we know that I have this thing about all the fashion that we keep in our closets. I think it’s a part of how we tell our stories. (Fashion Story, get it?) Sometimes we hang onto the things that we wear all the time, and that’s a story. But sometimes, we hang on to things that we don’t always wear. Maybe it’s something that represents something we hope for, or aspire to be. Sometimes, maybe it’s a thing we are dealing with, and learning to let go.

Today, let’s chat costumes. Yes, Halloween. But also things like dance costumes. Yes, I was a dancer growing up, and there are a ton of recital costumes that I just can’t seem to get rid of! Let’s chat about it!

I’d love to know: what are the things you can’t get rid of? Are you holding onto any costumes? I want to hear about everything!!

Xo RA

Wonder

Investment Piece: Wonder
Investment Piece: Wonder
Investment Piece: Wonder
Investment Piece: Wonder
Investment Piece: Wonder
Investment Piece: Wonder

There are things that make you wonder, things that inspire Wonder, and things that are wonderful.
Some Monday Thoughts:
*I’m such a fan of Wonder Woman, and I love wearing this shirt. The camaraderie from women who love Wonder Woman is a thing I can’t help but love. Does this shirt give me super powers? I’m not sure, but I like to think so, and it is something I wonder about.

*Layering isn’t just for sweaters and turtlenecks. This is a cocktail dress that looks stunning on it’s own, though a tad bit more low-cut. For weeks I’ve been thinking about how to make this looks a little more casual, and finally decided it was about layering. I didn’t want to take away from the “wow” factor, I wanted the layer to be as wonderful as the dress. My solution? A fun graphic tee, in this case, Wonder Woman. Both standouts on their own, and together it’s fun. Makes me wonder, what else can I put together? What pairs are inspiring?

*I’m a heels woman. Heels can be worn anywhere and with anything, or so my theory goes. Yet, lately, I’ve been having fun exploring flats. This look would still be perfect for a cocktail party, and that’s new for me. Where are areas that we can explore in fashion? What looks and items have I been avoiding that might actually be perfect for me? I’m wondering about them.

*I can’t get enough of this headband. The elementary school kid in me is ecstatic. This is just one of those things that’s wonderful.

What sorts of things are you wondering about today? And what are you wearing to wonder in?

I’ve linked similar items to this look below for your shopping pleasure, I hope it’s inspired wonder!
Xxo RA

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Sunday Chronicles: Cleaning Our Closets

Yet another season has started, and I completed another closet clean out. Every single one feels like the first. There are things I can part with, things I can’t, and things I’m slowly moving towards letting go of–a lot like the rest of my life. Each time I clean out, I think back to things like this. So, I’m re-sharing for all of us who may need it!

I clean out my closet. A lot. I feel like we talk about it. A lot.

And I’m not sure what that says about me. I’m fascinated by what we have in our closets. Closets are such a personal thing. The stories that they hold, the things that we keep–part of why I started my series about fashion stories (see here, here, and here). It’s no secret that my closet is vast, I collect vintage (and other things), view fashion as art, and am a firm believer that we should hang on to the things that bring us joy (even if they aren’t every-day wear).

However, every time I clean out my closet I have this fantasy of going minimalist. I’m convinced I’m going to get rid of SO MUCH. There are clean out theories I subscribe to, that I’ve given you, and I agree that things not being used don’t really have a place in our homes.

Then, I go through my clothes. My babies. And there are things I just can’t part with.

I came across this on Instagram recently:

Investment Piece: Sunday Chronicles
Investment Piece: Sunday Chronicles

(I would love to get credit for this. It clearly isn’t me. Yet–I loved it scrolling in the wee hours when I hadn’t quite woken up yet, but was somehow online. Yes. All of that. I haven’t been able to locate it in my likes or my feed–if you know this genius, please let me know and I will credit them!)

I love this take on the practice of cleaning our closets. There are some things that I WHOLE heartedly agree with: don’t settle for OK, hold out for the best, get rid of things that don’t showcase your best self, etc.

But. There are things that I’m not fully committed to. I think holding onto anything that brings you joy is valid. I think we do have items that are not wholly our every day lives in our closets, but I think that lets us explore things.

This little message really stuck with me. So I made us a video about it:

(Also, YouTube and I may be in a fight for that image being the saved one)

I’d love to know your thoughts on all this. If we want to clean out our closets, why can’t we get rid of stuff?

Wishing us all a week of only the best and amazing shoes! Xo RA

Not Your Grandma’s Sweater

Investment Piece: Not Your Grandma's Sweater
Investment Piece: Not Your Grandma's Sweater
Investment Piece: Not Your Grandma's Sweater

The irony? This is my Grandma’s sweater.

In some ways I may have been wanting to prove that great things last. I love wearing pieces of my Grandma, she was such an influence on me, and wearing her things makes me feel close to her still, even though she’s passed on. Though, I have to admit, this is not the way she wore this sweater.

(In other news, wearing our cardigans backwards is a thing we’re doing this year. I promise. And as you can see, it’s chic. But if you need another voice on that, you can check out The Cut.)

This sweater is perfect for wearing backwards, with the ties. Add jeans and classic mules?
Not your grandma’s sweater, or your grandma’s sweater, make the perfect fall outfit.

Investment Piece: Not Your Grandma's Sweaters
Investment Piece: Not Your Grandma's Sweater
Investment Piece: Not Your Grandma's Sweater

I’m a fan of “uniform” outfits that are anything but uniform. Call it with a twist, call it making things my own, but things like my Grandma’s Sweater? I love to make them look like they are not my Grandma’s sweater. It’s not that I go out of my way to make things feel “out there”, but I want things to look like me. And why can’t I be both classic and out there?

This look is one that I hope feels fresh, but comfortable for the season. It’s easy to put together with things you most likely have in your own closet; but I’ve also linked similar items for your shopping pleasure!

Wear your Grandma’s sweater. Or not!
Xo RA

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Investment Piece: Not Your Grandma's  Sweater

A Look Back: Fashion Halloween

I LOVE Halloween. It’s partially the actress in me, I can’t help but love any and all characters. It’s partially my belief that fashion is a mode with which to tell our stories, and there’s no better story than a costume. And,also? I just love to dress up!

This year I’m planning two costumes for “Fashion Halloween”, and I can’t wait to share them with you in the coming weeks! In the meantime, let’s take a trip down memory lane and think about all the fashion Halloweens that have come before: Cleopatra, A Mermaid, Lady MacBeth, the Birds, etc.

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Do you know what you’re going to be yet? Do you have a plan?
I’ve started sharing some of my costume ideas: from subtle things to comic book heroes, I’ve linked some below, and you can always shop my looks on the sidebar, or follow me in the LiketoKnowit and ShopStyle apps for daily inspiration!

Let’s get excited about spooking, shall we?
Xo RA

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More subtle touches:

Some of my current fave Comic Hereo costumes:

And you can shop some favorite Halloween tees here

And costume ideas here

Sweater Weather

Investment Piece: Sweater Weather
Investment Piece: Sweater Weather
Investment Piece: Sweater Weather
Investment Piece: Sweater Weather

Here’s my current fantasy. It’s cold outside. Not cool, not in the 80s, but cold. Like in the 60s (I’m completely aware that I’m betraying my southern and California roots). But that kind of cold, I’d even take the 50s. And it’s raining. All day rain, not short showers or a brief afternoon shower. The kind of rain that is steady all day, and just strong enough to make everyone want to cancel any and all plans.

So. It’s cold and rainy. And we’re staying in. There’s stew, like butternut squash, on the stove. And wine. (Even more than one bottle if it’s warranted) And we have no where to go. What do we do?

We stay cozy in our sweaters (in this case a dress), and be chicly comfy. How’s that for a sweater weather fantasy?

Investment Piece: sweater Weather
Investment Piece: Sweater Weather
Investment Piece: Sweater Weather
Investment Piece: Sweater Weather

Some fashion notes:

This sweater dress is from the 90s. I rescued it from a bag for Good Will that my mom had set out. (I also rescued some custom suits my grandma had and I’m so grateful I did!) I usually like things fitted (not always tight, but well fitting); however, I love that this dress is oversized. It feels comfy. And cozy. Great with heels for a bit of fall cocktails. Great with boots (any boots), for a bit of fall weather. Details, like a great vintage pin, can elevate the look, or pull it all together.

Hint: this pin is made to drape over your shoulder and you may need help fastening one like it!

Also, someone asked me if this was my take on VSCO girl style?? I’m not sure what that means. But yes, I can say the speed with which the 90s fashion is back on trend is shocking. And that not all of that is bad, like anything, I think you can make anything your own. So??

I’ve linked similar items below for your shopping pleasure. In the meantime, if fall weather is a “if you build it, it will come” thing, I’m trying to do my part. What about you?

Xo RA

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Investment Piece: Sweater Weather

Sunday Chronicles: Fall Bucket List

Investment Piece: Fall Bucket List

Some things that I’ve been thinking about since the calendar flipped over to October:

-we’re down to the last 90 days of 2019. Which just seems crazy! What is it that I want to accomplish in the last quarter? What will put me in the best position for 2020?

– Is basic or non-basic to say that I’m not really a PSL gal? Pumpkin? Yes, if we’re talking breads or muffins, or the real things. I’m just not one for flavoring my coffee with it. Or my popcorn. Or every thing else in my life. Why can’t we embrace fall flavors without going nutty about it?

The first question I’m still contemplating. The second I’m over, and will let every one else get PSL while I drink wine. (Imagine the winky face emoji right here)

But it is the time that I start thinking about my fall bucket list. I make one for every season, and while some are specific and some are rather general, I love going into a season with a sense of what I want to do. I’ve found time and time again that if I don’t make time in my life, I don’t have the time, so I’m a big fan of scheduling big things, and then trying to be spontaneous with little things.

And with that, these are things that I’m dying to experience this season:

– A Girls’ trip. Well, more than one. There are a few amazing women who are like family to me, and it’s been way too long since I’ve had some quality time with them.

-A seasonal outing. These seem so cliche, but apple picking or pumpkin patching are calling my name. I think it’s due to the fact that I don’t live in places where there is a ton of traditional fall weather and these activities feel like fall.

– A bonfire. Romantic and seasonal, all at the same time.

– Closet Cleanout and a deep clean (this is already mostly done!)

– A review of my career goals with strategies. So often I feel like we let the year wind down, I want to go out strong, and ring in the new year ahead.

-Gratitude. Every season, in its way, is a season of want. I really want to reconnect with my sense of gratitude, because really we are so so rich. Journaling, therapy, gratitude lists, bring it all on.

What am I missing? What else must I do this season? What are you doing this season?

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

That 70s Vibe

Investment Piece: That 70s Vibe
Investment Piece: That 70s Vibe
Investment Piece: That 70s Vibe
Investment Piece: That 70s Vibe

For all purposes, I wasn’t alive during the 1970s. I missed extreme bell bottoms and disco fever. Those Facebook articles that come along now and again that say “What You Know if You’re a 70’s Baby”? Not a clue about it.

What I can say about the 1970s? I love the fashion. No, not that. Not the loud and extreme and over the top, costume like fashion. But the 70s vibe that in this season’s trends? That I love. From pussycat bows to boot cut pants to platforms. To this skirt, that’s not quite 70s, but gave me that vibe.

Maybe it’s the color combo (and I’ll be honest, yellows aren’t usually what I gravitate to), or the pattern, but there was something about this skirt that I couldn’t resist. It felt so modern and yet so retro, and everytime I throw it on I can’t help but feel like I’m giving off that vibe.

Investment Piece: That 70s Vibe
Investment Piece: That 70s Vibe
Investment Piece: That 70s Vibe
Investment Piece: That 70s Vibe

This skirt is from the Richard Allan X HM collab. All pieces in the collection were outstanding-slightly 70s, full of patterns and colors, and easy to mix and match. There are plenty of ways to step away from the 70s vibe. Pair it with tee-shirts, sneakers, a simple heel, or a sweater. However, I couldn’t help but embrace that 70s vibe. Pairing it with boots, a leotard, and head scarf? Easy (and can hide all sorts of bad hair days), chic (I could write for days how we all need leotards), and classic.

Maybe the point is that something we thought was extreme can really be something we want to embrace. Like that 70s vibe?

This skirt has sold out, but this print is on dresses and scarves, I’ve also linked other items from the collab!
Xo RA

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Shop the look here

Investment Piece: That 70s Vibe

October Armarium Picks

This post is part of my collaboration with Armarium, though all opinions are my own. Renting is one of my favorite ways to be on top of trends, get every style you love, and be eco-friendly. There are so many stunning designers and looks avaible this month! Use code RADELICA for 15% off your first rental.

October is one of the best fashion months, in my humble opinion. It’s getting cooler (hopefully), and fashion opens up in a way that it doesn’t in any other month-mainly because of Halloween. Maybe it’s my acting background, or maybe it’s my firm belief that fashion is a means to tell a story, but my fashion imagination comes alive in October. Layers, pieces that could be used for costumes, outfits for any and all social engagements. I like to think that all of my rental picks for this month could be used for any of these reasons, so let’s get to renting!

Xo RA

Investment Piece: October Armarium picks
Witches costume? Perfect for a cocktail party? What if the answer is yes to it all!
Rent this look here

Investment Piece; October Armarium Picks
I want to wear this everywhere. And just wait till you see the back!
Rent it here

Investment Piece: October Armarium Picks
I love how classic this dress is, I think it’s perfect for meetings and parties, and could even be worn open over jeans.
Rent it here

Investment Piece: October Armarium Picks
I love this dress, and this month the Glinda the Good Witch vibes I get from it seem just right.
Rent it here.

Investment Piece: October Armarium Picks
This is just one of the stunning pant suits or pants that you can find on Armarium. From costumes to simple dinners, I love a great pantsuit. Or a great pair of pants.
Rent this number here.

Investment Piece: October Armarium Picks
This dress would be irrestible with boots, and that makes it a fall must in my books!
Rent it here

Rent what I love, rent something you love at Armarium. Use code RADELICIA for 15% off your first rental. Hope that you find all your October needs there!
Xo RA