Skin Print: Exquisite Exfoliant

Investment Piece: Skin Print

Loves, I’m so excited to share another amazing Skin Print product with you! (If you recall: we’re thrilled to be featuring Skin Print on site, you can get the scoop and shop any product at any time under the “Skin Print” tab on our menu!)

So here is my ultimate skin goal: I want glowing skin, that looks youthful and dewy, and I’d love to not have to wear a lot of makeup (except for mascara and eyeliner). Skin Print is helping me to achieve these goals- and this Exquisite Exfoliant is completely changing the texture of my skin. I can deal with the occasional breakout, I can struggle with blackheads, and as I get older, I can have some texture issues. Two-Three times I week I’m using this exfoliant, out it on for 20 mins and then wash it off (I love it while I’m shaving my legs!); and I’m noticing that my skin is smoother, brighter, and those breakouts? Not a problem!

Investment Piece: Skin Print

The best part about Skin Print’s Exquisite Exfoliant? I can trust what I’m putting on my face. Skin Print is medical grade skin care that is made from the highest quality ingredients. It does what it says it’s going to do. It makes your skin feel good, both while you’re using it and after. And most importantly? Skin Print makes my skin LOOK good. And that what it’s all about, yes?

Investment Piece: Skin Print

I don’t endorse products that I don’t love, and let me reassure you, I love this Exquisite Exfoliant. If you’re looking for something that can really clean your skin, remove the gunk, and leave your skin feeling soft and smooth, this is for you!

You can buy your own Exquisite Exfoliant here.

Want to read last month’s write up of the Skin Print EyeDeal that’s the best eye cream I’ve ever used? You can read all about it here. And loves, I owe you an apology. I promised you a giveaway for the EyeDeal. Then Harvey, then Irma; I know my family was affected and it took my focus. I heard from those of you that were affected and it took your focus. The giveaway fell apart. I apologize. That’s not what we want to have happen here (though we’re so grateful that everyone is safe!) So let’s do a redo! Comment on this post, comment on the Instagram I’ll post this afternoon about EyeDeal, sign up for our newsletter. That’s it! One lucky winner will be chosen (at random) to get their own EyeDeal. We will announce the winner next Thursday!

Good Luck!
And happy exfoliating!
XO RA

All Black Chic

Investment Piece: All Black Chic
Investment Piece: All Black Chic
Investment Piece: All Black Chic
Investment Piece: All Black Chic
Investment Piece: All Black Chic
Investment Piece: All Black Chic

“When will you stop wearing black?”
“When they make a darker color.”

We’ve all hear this exchange, seen it on memes, gifs, and on Pintrest. You may laugh, think of someone you know, or brush it off. All black is such a fashion cliche, and yet, it’s such a classic. The reason? All Black is chic. That’s why there’s a faction of us who believe in the quote above: we can’t think of a more chic combination of all black, that is, till they come up with a darker color.

What makes all black so chic? (For the record, this could be true of any monochrome look). All black chic is part line, part color, and part attitude. Part of what makes this such a classic is the power that all black dressing can mean: sophistication and elegance, part attention grabbing, part blending in. All black chic is the thing to do when you can’t think of a thing to wear; and is also the thing to do when you know exactly what to wear. What I love about all black chic is that the pieces don’t matter too much; while I’m always a fan of high quality, well tailored pants, blouses, dresses, all black chic allows you to play with some pieces, and is a way to make cheaper pieces look more expensive (this outfit is composed of a $10 top I got on Etsy and a Zara skirt).
My tips for All Black Chic:
Make sure your blacks match Loves, there’s blue based black and red based black. In the light you can tell if your pieces don’t have the same base, and it’s a distraction!
Have Fun Classic pieces look amazing in black. However, as the color scheme will elevate any look, this may be the time to play! Want to try a one shoulder look? Want to experiment with a different style pant or skirt? Now is the time for it all! The all black chic has you covered!
Don’t be afraid to add color I know, this seems like the opposite of all black chic, but loves, when you’re wearing all black a colorful accessory can be incredibly powerful! And loves, I can’t tell you how much I love these yellow shoes!

I’d love to know: what’s your take/thoughts on all black chic?

Shop my all black chic picks below!
XO RA

Sunday Chronicles: Ifund Women

Loves! We received some exciting news this week, our IFundWomen campaign has been extended. As of now, we are up and running on the IFundWomen site (you can find our project here) till Septemeber 30th.

If you’ve been coming here for a while I’m sure that you read about our campaign (for expample here), and know that we are so incredibly passionate about sharing our love of fashion and women owned businesses with you. Your support, your views, you liking and us and sharing us with your friends means so much to us. And me, personally. I don’t know how to live my life without loving shoes, putting together outfits, and sharing it with you. You letting me into your life and closets, your support, makes it a little easier to be me.

As our campaign is being extended, let’s chat a bit about what we’re going to use the IFundWomen money for; asking you to give is a big thing, and you deserve to know what your money will go towards. We, here at Investment Piece, love sharing our fashion sense, tips for shopping, and bits of our live with you. We will continue to do this, and use part of the IFundWomen money to upgrade our site and continue to do just that.

However, the thing that we are most excited about, and what the bulk of our goal money will go to, is developing a video department. We want to go into women’s closets and allow them to tell their stories through their clothes. To do so, we need backing. To meet our own high standards, and give you the best quality possible, we want to do this right: this means cameras and crews, and travel. We want this space to be for all of us, and for that to happen, we want to include all of our stories. To tell our stories we need help. And we want to tell our stories.

We would be so honored if you would give, share, and tell your friends about this project, and blog. Let’s grow together.

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

Audrey Hepburn Auction

Investment Piece: Audrey Hepburn Auction

From Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Roman Holiday, and all the ballet flats in between, there may not be a more iconic figure than Audrey Hepburn. Other than Marilyn, I don’t know that there’s an actress on more posters, who’s style is more copied, and who’s had a more lastly impact than Audrey Hepburn. And starting on Sept 19th, you might get to own a bit of her legacy! Christie’s in London will be auctioning off over 400 items from Hepburn, from iconic ballet flats and Givenchy dresses to her copy of the Breakfast at Tiffany’s script, on Sept 27; however, the online bidding starts the 19th and lasts till October 3.

Investment Piece: Audrey Hepburn Auction

The urge to own not only a piece of history (either film, fashion, or both) is strong; and I have to admit that I’m tempted. From reports, it seems like personal scripts (an actress’s dream), to Audrey’s infamous trenches and ballet flats,as well as personal photos and memorabilia will be up for bidding. While some prices are expected to start reasonable (I’ve heard under $500), the interest in the auction, and Audrey Hepburn herself, is so high it expected that this auction will be historic in both bids and prices.

Investment Piece: Audrey Hepburn Auction

The online sale begins Tuesday, and I know that I can’t wait to see not only what’s for sale, but what I can learn (and perhaps what I can immitate) about Audrey. Are you going to bid? The advice from experts? Bid early, have a strategy, have a limit; all which can be difficult when our emotions get involved. I haven’t decided if I will try to make anything mine, mainly as I’m not sure that I will be able to control myself. But I’m thinking on it. And you may catch me out in a trench and ballet flats, just as a nod.

For more information, including the best way to bid, check out these articles:
From Christie’s

And an interesting piece on the pull of celebrity from
the NYTimes

Happy bidding! XO RA

Days in LA

Investment Piece: Days in La
Investment Piece: Days in La
Investment Piece: Days in LA
Investment Piece: Days in LA
Investment Piece: Days in LA

Loves, this is by no means the first time that I’ve posted a look by the ocean (some of my faves: here, here, and here). It seems like I tend to post a lot of beach baby posts (I am what I am), and while a day at the beach is an LA cliche, I couldn’t have an official LA week without a post at the ocean. From the surfing films of the 1960s to the Instagram posts, the beach is a part of LA (and a part of me), so while it may be cliche, the beach is very authentic to my days in LA, so let’s dive in.

We know I wear my swimwear everywhere, but I love this polka dot piece with the red pant. It’s summer, classic, and easy. This top has gone with skirts, jeans, shorts, and every bikini bottom I have. And these pants! They were an impulse purchase at HM, linen, but I love the bright color, the cut, the pockets! They go with everything from swimsuits to tee shirts to jackets. A summer pant, but as they aren’t overtly summer, I think I can get away with them as long as the weather is hot. Or we’re spending days at the beach!

Beach days are a necessity for me. The ocean calms me. And days in LA at the beach are completely versatile. If you need time by yourself, you can rely on stretches of the beach to be quiet for walks and thinking. The beach in LA is a great place to take a date (picnic!) or just laying out. Days in LA are great with friends, at the beach you can play any sort of beach volleyball (or just catch), water sports, sunbathe, people watch. The beach, and days in LA, can be as dressy or as casual as you make them. I’d love to know: what’s your idea of a perfect day in LA?

Shop my picks below! XO RA

Designer to know: LA

It’s NYFW, we’re getting treated to the upcoming fashion and new (and beloved) designers and all the trends/designs/spectatcle that we will get to enjoy and wear over the next few months. So it seems a little odd that we’re talking about LA, right? LA and NY are different: in climate, in people, in fashion. Loves, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that and it is aok to love both cities (I do). But, this is unofficially LA week here on Investment Piece, and it wouldn’t feel right to leave out how special the fashion scene is here, and how many designers you know and love call LA home. My deserves our love, but let’s share some with the he West Coast too!

My favorite LA designers:
Rachel Zoe

Investment Piece: Designer to Know: LA

My most favorite things about LA Designer to Know Rachel Zoe is her strong point of view. From vests to flares to maxi dresses to fringe, a Rachel Zoe piece is easy to identify. And loves, that’s a great thing. I’ve mentioned more than once, a strong point of view is an important part of success; knowing who you are and who you’re talking to is a part of that, call it niche if you will. Rachel Zoe shows in NY often, but her vibe has her LA roots all over it. The fun fringe, the flared jeans, the platforms. All of these are LA approved.

You can shop Rachel Zoe at Rachel Zoe
Rodarte
Investment Piece: Designer to Know: LA

Rodarte, another LA Designer to Know (even though they show in NY), is the stuff of my fashion dreams. Fantasy meets fashion sweat pants, the line makes everything from gowns, leather sleeves, blouses, fur coats, and sweat pants. And I want it all, it’s just that good. In the line’s own words:
Investment Piece: Designer to know, LA
Investemnt Piece: Designer to know: LA

Rodarte is available at several high end stockists and at Rodarte

Elaine Kim

Another LA Designer to Know is a personal friend, Elaine Kim. I’ve written about her more than once (see here and here

Investment Piece: Designer to Know: LA

I just adore the laid back, classic pieces, that Elaine makes. Linen pants and trenches perfect for the beaches, drop pants and leather jackets perfect for LA nights and all the nights from here to Europe, around and back. I fall in love with every single piece, and I think LA ladies, from all over, will too.

You can shop Elaine Kim at Elaine Kim

Bree Layne
Investment Piece: Designer to Know: LA

Loves, I admit, I learned about Bree Layne doing research for this article. I made up for lost time, however, by quickly falling in love with her fashion though. Bree Layne, founded by actress of the same name, gives a nod to vintage styles, a nod to substainable fashion, and her pieces make you look like a modern Audry Hepburn. I’m in! In the Brand’s own words:

Investment Piece: Designer to Know: LA

You can shop this exciting new brand at Bree Layne

LA is a magical places full of it’s own brand of fashion and people. This list of designers to know in LA is by no means definitive, in fact, I’d love to know yours!
You can shop my collection of LA designers below:

And don’t forget about two of my most favorite LA places to shop Recess and The Kit Vintage

Happy LA Shopping! XO RA

Mornings in LA

Investment Piece: Mornings in LA
Investment Piece: Mornings in LA
Investment Piece: Mornings in LA
Investment Piece: Mornings in LA
Investment Piece: Mornings in LA
Investment Piece: Mornings in LA

Mornings almost anywhere have things in common: the gradual waking up, coffee, lots of coffee, and if you’re early enough a moment of peace. Mornings in LA include all of that, but are a bit magical, at least in my opinion. No matter what time of the year, mornings in LA are usually a bit cool, there’s a bit of dew and fog, and if you’re lucky you can feel some of the ocean breeze. LA is a busy town, but early in the mornings there is a peace, ad calm that’s just addicting. It’s almost as if the entire city takes it time getting up, so if you’re up early you have the playground to yourself. The light is soft, you can walk and think. And Mornings in LA are the perfect time for amazing fashion.

This top is really a slip, made extra special with vintage patches. It’s from a dear friend’s line,
Velvet California, (this shirt is also a Velvet California fave). What I love about it: slips are perfect for the bedroom, for lounging, or for pairing with the bottoms of your choice (or alone, if it’s long enough) and rocking it in public–and the nod to the morning here made me happy. Any sort of car wash skirt is amazingly fun (even early in the am). The slits move, it’s like playing peek-a-boo with yourself. What I love about this one? The different colors that come through when you move. And how this couture skirt I got from Moda Operandi perfectly matched my slip. What I love about all levels of fashion is how you can combine them and make something new. And how the mornings are the perfect time to play with that!

Mornings in LA, or any where often get a bad rap. We want to sleep in, hate early start times, and think that all the fun comes at night. Loves, there’s an pureness and a new start each morning. Let’s embrace that. Let’s play with that. Let’s rock some amazing fashion.

I’d love to know: how do you Rock your mornings?
XO RA
Shop my picks below:

All pics by Katy Shayne

And a great way to get a hot look for a morning or evening:

Investment Piece: Mornings in LA

Sunday Chronicles: Shopping for Harvey

This is another instance of where being the boss has its perks. At Investment Piece, we do have an editorial calendar, and I do my best to stick to it. Today I was all set to write about my fall bucket list, but with another Category 4 storm hitting the US telling you I want to see football, concerts, and eat all the things apple cider seems a little off. So I’m updating my Shopping for Harvey Post. Many of these items are still for sale. Fl and the southeast US needs our help. Texas still needs us. Let’s be there for each other. Happy Shopping! XO RA

Investment Piece: Shopping for Harvey
Investment Piece: Shopping for Harvey
One of the updates I wanted to make to this post was the addition of my friend Kelly’s fundraiser for Harvey Victims, Love is Thicker. Kelly is an amazing friend, and someone who saw a need and couldn’t sit still–I admire people like that. With watercolor in hand, she designed this logo, now in both wearables and notecards, to raise money for Harvey victims. I love it. I love the message. I have a shirt and I hope that you want one too!

Get all your Love is Thicker goods here

Original Post:

Loves, if you’re like me this week has been a little topsy-turvy. It’s not that I haven’t had things to do, and aren’t excited about numerous things; but I can’t get Houston out of my mind. It’s where I was born, my dad still lives there (and rode out the storm), I have other family there, and a ton of friends and special memories. I have spent my week worried, feeling helpless, and yet feeling inspired by the love and outpouring of humanity that people are showing each other. If you’re a little OCD, or pay close attention (I’m guilty), you know that Fashion Gives Back is normally on a Tuesday, and this Thursday should be “Fashion in the Wild”. You’re right. Here’s the thing, as I began to research products we could buy whose proceeds help the victims of Harvey, I noticed that some of the products are only available through the weekend, and as I wanted to feel like I could give back (and wanted to give you the chance to as well), I switched the schedule. Being the boss has it’s perks.

So below, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite products whose proceeds go to help people in Texas. (We keep saying Houston, but really the whole South East part of Texas is affected, the devastation is breathtaking and the rebuild will take years). This list is by no means the definite list, there are so many ways to give. Of course there’s Red Cross, yesterday I shared this Texas Montly article about how to help Harvery victims, this piece is also full of great ways to help those in Harvey’s wake. I know we can all choose how we give, but I know people need us right now, so let’s love each other super hard right now.

Without further ado, I present: Fashion Gives Back Shopping for Harvey

Gold Sheep Leggings

Investment piece: fashion gives back: shopping for Harvey

I love Gold Sheep Leggings and their amazing prints. This special Texas pair gives 25% of the profits to Harvey victims. And the waist band reads “#helphouston”. These are perfect for working out or running errands. You can get yours at Gold Sheep Clothing

Southern Socks

Investment Piece: Fashion Gives Back: Shopping for Harvey

I love bold socks, you love bold socks. Right now, 100% of the proceeds from the Y’ALL and Texas socks go to Harvey victims. You can get yours at here

May Designs

Investment Piece: Fashion Gives Back: Shopping for Harvey

This is the time of year for new planners and journals, and now May Designs has designed us some with Texas on them! 100% of the proceeds from the Texas collection go to Harvey Victims. Let’s get to writing. Get yours at May Designs

God Bless Texas Tee

Investment Piece: Shopping for Harvey, Fashion gives back

We Texans love our state, and it’s a generally wide held belief that God likes us (a lot). This tee shares that out loud, and gives 100% of the profits to Harvey victims. Don’t let God be the only one blessing Harvey victims. Get yours here

Texas Forever

Investment Piece: Fashion Gives Back: Shopping for Harvey

Friday Night Lights was an amazing show (and true to life). Celebrate that show and give 100% of the proceeds to Harvey Victims. Another reason to love football? Get yours here

Thanks for indulging me. I hope that you’re safe, your family is safe, and I hope you join me in using fashion to give back to those affected by Harvey!

XO RA

Fashion x Football

Investment Piece: Fashion x Football

Loves, we know I love a great juxatipositon; and are one of the things that I find most interesting about people (and fashion). We’ve been getting to know each other for a while now; you know that I love shoes, editorial shoots, and fashion that’s fun. You might have also noticed that I LOVE football. And loves, I don’t think that’s something that’s seperate from fashion. In fact, even when I’m in football mode, I care about my fashion. Fashion x Football, it’s a thing my loves.

I’ve written about this before: here and here. On my Instagam (@racheladelicia), you’ve noticed that on Fridays my OOTD is all purple (Go Purple Friday), and in the coming weeks, on Sundays I’ll be repping the Dallas Cowboys. Yes, I wear my team’s colors and their logo shirts; but because I love fashion just as much as I love football I don’t end my combination of Fashion x Football at that. Below are some of my favorite football looks, and some of my tips to look fashionable on game day.

Investment Piece: Fashion x Football
Investment Piece: Fashion x Football
Investment Piece: Fashion x Football
Investment Piece: Fashion x Football

My attitude towards combining Fashion x Football is very similar to my attitude towards graphic tees. I think football fashion goes with anything, in fact I love a team tee (or item) with “high” fashion, it’s an amazing juxatipositon. Team tees and skirts, jeans with team sweaters, paying homage to your school with the colors in any form, I love it all. And of course, there is something amazing about great fitting jeans and a tee. There’s are so many ways to rep your team and stay on point with your fashion. Really, there’s only one thing that I don’t love about the combination of fashion x football:

Investment Piece: Fashion x Football

I’m a woman. I love fashion. I love football. I hate the putting of sequins on team tees, and other merchandise to make it “appealing” to women. And here’s the thing, I love sequins, I have nothing against them! However, I don’t think that sequins and football mix. I proudly wear my team gear: everything from tees to bags to jewelry, shorts, socks, pants, almost everything. But I love the team, and while I love sequins, I don’t need them to rep my team. Personal preference? Perhaps so, but I have to let you know as someone who loves fashion x football, I just don’t love the sequin team items. I would much rather Rock my team tee with a pencil skirt! What about you??

I’ve tagged some of my fave “sports” gear and the classic pieces I love to pair them with!

Happy Friday and football! XO RA

Note: While I linked to items from certain teams, all teams are avaible, just click on the style you like!