#Adolfo

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Investment Piece: #adolfo
Investment Piece: #adolfo
Investment Piece: #adolfo
Investment Piece: #adolfo
Investment Piece: #adolfo

One of the best fashion investments you can make? A vintage #Adolfo suit.
One of the best conversation starters? A vintage #Adolfo suit.
One of the things you should be buying today? You guessed it : a vintage #Adolfo suit.

Part Chanel-like chic, but much more affordable, Adolfo is one of those vintage brands that screams timeless but feels modern. And the great part about a suit? You can wear it seperate, it looks great with even just a white tee, and it elevates everything.
A little bit about Adolfo:
Adolfo began his career as a milliner and apprenticed at Balenciaga before moving to New York in 1948 to apprentice at Bergdorf Goodman. After receiving several awards for his hat designs, he opened his own millinery house in 1962 with a loan from Bill Blass. He began designing clothing for his models to wear while showing his hats and by the mid 1960s his celebrity clients ranged from the Duchess of Windsor, Gloria Vanderbilt, and Betsy Bloomingdale to Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Nancy Reagan, who wore a red Adolfo dress, currently in the Smithsonian, to her husband’s second inaugural ball. In the 1960s Adolfo’s designs were playful and even flamboyant, though by the 1980s he was best known for his ladylike, Chanel-inspired cardigan suits.

Adolfo is collected by many a vintage fan. My favorite places to find it are eBay and etsy. I personally love how versatile the pieces are, and how “grown up” the suits make me feel. I’ve found some #Adolfo suits for you below. They’re perfect with any sort of top, for your big work day, date night, or anytime you want to feel like a lady.

Happy shopping!
Xo RA

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Valentine’s Gifts for You (or What’s on Sale)

Shopping sales in the name of self love is something I can get behind. Especially on a week when the celebration of love is at the fore-front of our minds. Call it a Valentine’s Gift to you, or staying on Budget, or celebrating sales. Whatever you call it, here are my sales picks for the week, and I think they scream ” I love you!”

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Net-A-Porter
There are shoes for $30. I don’t think we need to say anything else

Macy’s
Get 20% off your entire purchase with the code LOVE. If there was ever a reason to shop for gifts for yourself!

40% off
Here are my sales picks from around the internet up to 40%!

Up to 70% off
If there isn’t a way for $10 deals to tempt you, I don’t know what else will! Here are my sales picks:

I would love to know: what are you getting yourself for Valentine’s? I hope it’s something you love, that celebrates you, and that you maybe find on sale!

Happy Valentine’s to us! XO RA

Shake it Up

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Investment Piece: Shake it Up

Here at Investment Piece we are not afraid to ask the hard questions.
Are leggings pants?
And we’re also not afraid to Shake it Up.

My answer (and Shake up)? It depends. I love being in my workout clothes all day. They’re comfy, and there are days when that is my highest priority. The thing about wearing leggings as pants? When I do it, I don’t want to look like I’m doing it. (I know, I’m sitting on the leggings fence). Lucky me (and you)? There are leggings like this that not only Shake it up, they make a strong case for wearing leggings (that don’t look like leggings) as pants.

We could also call this little chat: fringe makes anything better.

These leggings are true jersey leggings (hug you in and yet are so comfy!), but the fringe? It elevates. Even with just a tee-shirt or sweatshirt, this ensures that you look a little special. Wearing your leggings to a formal function (or just a great party)? These fringe numbers are a go-to (they’re a party in and of themselves!). They come up high enough to pair with a crop top, but I also love them with Blazers, sweaters, and silk tops.

Should we wear leggings as pants?
Only if they Shake it up.
Final answer.

I’ve linked these exact leggings and similar items below for your Shake up pleasure!!

Xo RA

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Sunday Chronicles: Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

There may be a rumor that I don’t like Valentine’s Day (see here, here, and here.) Let it be said that I am a great fan of love, and all the trappings that come with it, but a little wary of days where we “have to” anything. But, as long as it’s with a free heart, let’s tell each other we love each other and buy some gifts!

Be it for you, or for anyone you love, here are some of my picks for what to give this year for Valentine’s Day!

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Fountain Pen
Say what you will, but acknowleding all the hard work your honey does can do wonders for you both! And a great way to say “great job”? A great pen. (I grew up with a Mom who LOVES office supplies, so I have to say pen and office supply gifts are some of my fave.)
Some of my fave pens? Custom, personal Executive Nautical. (A friend makes them and they are just to die for!) My other picks for saying “thanks for working so hard!”:

Self Care
Spa days can not only be really romantic, they can be a much needed way to let your loved ones take care of themselves. Can’t make it to the spa? Here are my picks for self care at home:

Heart Shaped
Cliche? Yes. But still popular for a reason! Nothing says “I love you” like a heart! My picks:

Chocolate and Wine
Is there ever a bad time for chocolate and wine? I didn’t think so! And just in case you need something to add to those amazing gifts, here are my picks:

I would love to know: how do you celebrate Valentine’s Days? And what do you give as gifts?

Wishing us all a week of love and amazing shoes! Xo RA

Vintage Stunner

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Investment Piece: Vintage Stunner
Investment Piece: Vintage Stunner
Investment Piece: Vintage Stunner

This is the oldest piece of vintage that I personally own. From the 1890s, it’s missing the shirt part, but completely wearable, and in great condition. Everytime I wear it or come across it in my closet, I can’t help but think about all the stories that it must hold. The woman who owned this dress originially loved, lost, flirted, mourned, and did what I hope was all sorts of exciting things in this dress. We know I have a passion for these kind of stories. (And I hope I’m filling this vintage stunner with exciting stories of my own!)

But, this vintage stunner? It also feels modern and daring. (Yes, with vintage like this, you could always wear something underneath so it’s not SO daring, I have! I just love the juxtatiposition of making a vintage piece so modern looking.) While the details (that lace, that beading, the train!) hark back to another era, it’s shape is similar to “new” dresses hanging in my closet. This piece is a favorite of mine for party season-I love the comments it gets and how it truly feels like new meets old.

Vintage stunner? I can’t always tell you exactly where to find them (the joys and sorrow of shopping vintage). I found this one on etsy– you can search for Edwardian dresses. Or you could luck out at your local vintage shop! I’ve linked similar items below, both new and vintage, for your shopping pleasure!

How will you wear your vintage stunners?
Xxo RA

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How To: Lingerie Dressing

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In the next week or so, many people will come to you with ideas about date night dressing, or Valentine’s Day looks. I’m not against any look for any kind of date night that makes you feel absolutely amazing. However, among the red, and pink, and hearts that will be on display:
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(See, I love those ideas, too!)
Might I suggest something new for date night or Valentine’s Day.
Lingerie dressing.

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It’s like PJ Dressing’s older sister, just as comfy, and adds an unexpected element to any outfit.

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So, new ideas in mind, the question becomes how do you lingerie dress?

I’m glad you asked!

Lingerie dressing can be as simple as letting your new lacy items be seen through your outfit, or it can be as involved as wearing lingerie as the main component of your attire. My favorite ways to lingerie dress:

1. Wear a vintage slip as a dress or shirt
2. Wear something sheer and let my black lingerie peek through
3. Wear a corset or teddy as a top (if you’re a little shy, a blazer or sweater over looks amazing!)
4. Wear a great bra as a top (again, partially covered if needed)

There is so much room of personalization and layers with lingerie dressing, it’s hard to go wrong. I personally love the vintage looks (and yes, often pair them with sweaters of jackets to give just a peep!). There are ways to show as little or much as you like! Do you lingerie dress? Would you?

I would love to hear about it!

I’ve linked some of my favorite lingerie items to wear out below! Happy lingerie dressing!
Xo RA

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Slip into Something More Comfortable

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Investment Piece: slip into something more comfortable
Investment Piece: slip into something more comfortable

The phrase “slip into something more comfortable” can mean oh so many things. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of PJ dressing (see here, here, and here. So I tend to take the phrase “slip into something more comfortable” a little literally. As in, why not slip into your pjs? Or, more specifically, wear your pjs out?

Leather and lace are a classic combo (another thing I love? Juxatipositons!) so the thought to wear a vintage slip over leather leggings was a natural for me. (Side note: I love vintage slips: they make great dresses, tops, and are perfect under sweaters.) Leather leggings? Your life will change when you start wearing them like jeans (and bonus: they can dress anything up). Together? A little tough, a little sweet, a little perfect.

I love looks like this for date night (the kind where you go out or stay in), any sort of night on the town, or happy hours when you really want to be on the couch.

Care to slip into something more comfortable? I’ve linked shopping options for you below!

Xo RA

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Sunday Chronicles: Super Bowl Food

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As much as I love fashion, I also love football. (We all have so many different sides). SuperBowl Sunday is always something I look forward to-the game, the commercials, and the food. Fun fact: before I became a fashion blogger I seriously thought about being a food blogger (before I really knew what a blogger was). For years, I’ve been on my own personal combination of Paleo diet and have loved learning to cook/make adjustments to traditional comfort foods, or game foods, and making them my own-little diet friendly foods.

Below I’m giving away some of the goodies I’m whipping up today–because nothing goes better with the SuperBowl than food!

Cauliflower Pizza
Finding Cauliflower Crust was a game changer for me. Being gluten free/low carb, pizza was something I basically gave up for years. This crust let me have it back! I don’t make my own cauliflower crust. (I’m just lazy enough). I love the brand Caulipower (but really, any brand that you like will do).
I also feel bad calling this a recipe. Pizza is basically a free for all!
I do like pre-cooking my crust a little first to ensure that it’s crispy. Then I load up with my favorite sauce, veggies, protein, and cheese (I eat mainly goat cheeses). Cook and then eat! It’s the perfect SuperBowl Food!

Nachos
Like the pizza, this isn’t really a recipe, but an excuse to throw amazing foods on top of chips. To negate, I usually use a combination of plantain/beets/baked/chips that use coconut or avocado oil. Again, some veggies, some beans, some jalapeños, tons of goat cheese, broil and dig in.

Muffins
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I know: you don’t think muffins when you think Super Bowl food. But these Paleo muffins are almost like a desert (though I also don’t turn down dark chocolate) and you can eat the left overs for breakfast!
You’ll need:
3-4 ripe bananas
4 eggs
(The recipe calls for 1/4 cup maple syrup. I didn’t add it the last time I made these muffins, though I did add 1 TBS maple sugar. I really think this is to taste, but that’s what the batter is for, so you can make sure it’s sweet enough for you before you put it in the oven!)
Scant 1/2 c peanut butter (or nut butter of your choosing)
1/4 c oil (coconut is best)
Splash vanilla
Mix well and add to:
1 1/2 cup coconut flour (technically the recipe called for almond with 2 TBS coconut, but I usually go all in with coconut)
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 TBS cinnamon

Mix all together well. I then add chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. You could also use more nut butte as a “filling” (pour some batter in your pan, nut butter, more batter).

Pour batter into lined or greased muffin pan and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy!

I would love to know–what SuperBowl Foods are you making?
Make sure to check out my Instagram stories today to see what we ended up eating!

Wishing us all a week of comfort food and amazing shoes! Xo RA

Wildness

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Investment Piece: Wildness
Investment Piece: Wildness

The stories that you can tell with a graphic tee? Endless. Maybe you make a stand, are cheeky-er than you can be with your mouth, showcase your wit and humor, or maybe it’s just something you love. I adore pairing graphic tees with anything and everything for these very reasons.
Graphic tees let you show off your wildness, and to me, that’s beautiful.
This graphic tee? Just letting you know how much I love dinosaurs (like a 5yo), and that maybe there’s a little wildness in me.

A story I love to tell with my fashion?
Traditional (or classic) with something a little wild. Classic pants with a graphic tee. To me, it says that I’m a little bit old school and a little wild. (And maybe a bit funny!)
What story does that outfit say to you?

I’ve linked similar items for your shopping and story telling pleasure!
Xo RA

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Fashion Stories: PhoebePhiloFan

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I’m a true believer that fashion is a medium with which to tell stories; and, that we tell stories every time we get dressed, or buy clothes. So, it’s no surprise that I’m simply fascinated by what we buy, collect, and hang onto in our closets. These are the stories I love telling!

This month I had the privilege of speaking to Tess of PhoebePhiloFan (she is a must follow on Instagram, @pheobephilofan). Tess is a dear friend, and over the years has evolved not only her personal style, but her collection of one of her favorite designers, Phoebe Philo (when she was at Celine). Tess and I sat down to chat all things Celine, Phoebe, personal style, and more!

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IP: What started you on your journey to collect Phoebe Celine? Or, why collect Phoebe Celine?
Tess: Well, I got a few of her pieces throughout the years, but recently felt like I have honed in on my own personal style, and this specific era from Celine really represents that.

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IP: What would you say your personal style is?
Tess: I feel like it’s become more sophisticated and self confident, not as much flashy or showy. I feel like it really reflects my inner self confidence so it’s more about me and less about the clothes–though it is about the clothes!
IP: Everytime I see you I feel like you look very chic, but also very Tess. Nothing ever looks like a costume or like you’re letting the clothes wear you.
Tess: I feel that for a while I was experimenting, but I’ve always been searching for clothes that really reflect the true me, and through Phoebe Philo I’ve found that.

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IP: So where do you find all of these great Phoebe Philo pieces?
Tess: I look all over the place. The RealReal, Vestiaire Collective, eBay, local second hand shops like UAL, etc. I find most of it second hand, which helps with cost, but I really look all over.
IP: So, how much of your closet is Phobe Philo?
Tess: I would say about 20%. I feel like I buy clothes frequently, but I’m now at the point where I would rather buy fewer clothes of higher quality and things that I really love than just whatever is trendy. So, I don’t feel badly about spending a little bit more and investing in her pieces rather than going for the easy, fast fashion pieces that quickly go out of style, or the quality isn’t there!
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IP: so, where are you going from here? Is Phoebe something you intend to keep collecting on purpose, or do you see this as an evolution of your own style/wardrobe?
Tess: I’ve been through Phoebe and OldCeline, and they really fit my sense of self. So, I would say I’m just incorporating this into my wardrobe, I still buy other designers and pieces, but since I love Phoebe so much will always make space for her in my closet!
IP: How has this changed your interaction with fashion and the fashion community? Your account is so beautiful, and you’ve had great engagement. How has this changed your outlook on fashion?
Tess: I think it makes me more mindful about the way I shop. Before I feel like I could get distracted by trends, and now I’m following the trends a little less and staying true to my own sense of style more. I’m investing in classic staples, and being ok with that, and then having one or two stand out items. But I now really think more long term when I shop.

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IP:So you take all your pictures yourself?
Tess: Yes, I do! I love photography too, though I know very little about it, so I’m loving the pictures side of this too, as well as the fashion of course. Actually, one time I was at the graffiti wall in Austin and someone saw me shooting and asked if I needed them to take my picture; and I explained that I love taking the pictures myself. It’s part of the journey for me.
IP: You’re so good at it! Taking the pictures yourself is still something I’m working on!
Tess: and there are times when I feel bad. Like my husband would take my photos for me, but I really don’t think he gets what I do-I mean he knows it’s important to me, but I don’t know that he would capture the pictures that I’m going for.

SideNote: Mr. PhoebePhiloFan is amazing as well, but yes, I get that!

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My husband laughs every time I wear these shoes. Phoebe can be so specific and that’s part of what I love about it!

I just adore Tess of PhoebePhiloFan, her fashion choices, and her fashion philosophy! I hope that you enjoyed this fashion story as well–make sure to follow Tess (@phoebephilofan) on Instagram and I’ve picked out some of my fave Celine pieces for your shopping pleasure below!

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What stories are you telling in your closet?
XO RA

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