Classy and Sassy

Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy
Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy
Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy
Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy

There is something about a classic dress. One to wear to work, after work, and any where else you need to go. A simple fit. Maybe some pockets (this one has you covered). With a simple, but great shoe, what more do you need?

Well.

Maybe some sass?
Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy
Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy
Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy
Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy

Personally, I’ve never been one to shy away from sassy. Or the dramatic. Even without trying, my sass can come flying right out of my mouth! So, it only seems fair to wear things a little on the sassy side and let people know what they’re in for.

See. Sassy.

(If something like this isn’t quite as sassy as you feel comfortable with, this neckline also looks amazing layered over another top, turtleneck, etc).

I think this balances the perfect edge of business and fun. Classy and sassy. The long sleeves, the cut, the neckline. It says everything for you, so you don’t have to worry about a thing!

Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy

I would love to know:
How sassy do you dare?
Or do you steer more classy?

This dress is over a season old, but I’ve linked similar ones below!
Xo RA

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Sunday Chronicles: Ready for Football

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Fall is coming and I love it for many reasons–the cooler weather, the holidays, and football. You may have caught on that I’m a big football fan, I was raised on it and come from a long line of men and women who love football and have made watching it an almost religious experience. However, there are times when being a female football fan isn’t easy.

Even if you’re not a football fan you can’t help but notice that both the NFL and the College system have issues with domestic abuse, rape, and the handling of the men who commit these crimes. Being a female who believes that there is no excuse for this behavior and someone who is a huge fan of the sport it often leaves me in a difficult position. I don’t have answers. I’m a Cowboys fan and I hate that we signed Greg Hardy. Jerry Jones wouldn’t take my calls about that issue. Recently in my college team’s conference a young man with a known history of violence transferred to a school where he subsequently raped a young woman–I believe the coach and school should be held accountable. But I love the sport. As much I want the men who commit crimes off the field–I love watching the game. It is a hard line to balance that I sometimes struggle with–and again I don’t know that I handle well. My thoughts below are not meant to diminish the seriousness of the issues with women in the NFL or a sign that I ignore them. I simply don’t have the words. Here and here are articles about the situation if you care to read. I’m also well aware of some of the race/kneeling issues in the sport. I don’t know that it’s my place to speak (and there are so many people who can speak on those issues better than I can), but I think people using their platform is amazing. And we should all be on the side of equality.
Now to things I can speak to.
More than once I’ve said I love juxatipositons. And I do. I’m an artist, fashionista, and a football fan. My turn-ons involve both opera and action movies. I think that we’re all complicated and no interest makes you dumb. Not only does this mantra apply to fashion but to football. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is as a woman to tell people you love football and have people assume that you’re saying that to be attractive to a guy (not true). Or that you really don’t know what you’re talking about–ask me my opinion on the 4-3 defense. Or that you use football as social time–ask me questions or try to have a deep conversation during a game and see how well that works for you. Or that most of the gear for women involves sequins and pink–yes, NFL I’m looking at you, and yes it’s getting better, but I’m a fan, not a Barbie. So yes, I am passionate about it. But that doesn’t mean I will shove it down your throats (I swear, even though I’m so excited for this season!)

I can tell you that if you want football rantings following me on twitter @adeliciamorris is a place to get them. And that every Friday my college team (TCU) has “Go Purple Friday” and every Friday on my instagram I will be sharing my purple. Most of the time it looks like this:
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as I sometimes interpret the day as “wear amazing purple shoes day”!
I do hope that if you celebrate the season or not that the following weeks go your way (unless you’re rooting against my teams) and again I promise not to make this page football central.

Hope this week brings amazing beginnings and even better shoes! XO RA

Everybody’s Doing It

Investment Piece: Everybody's Doing It
Investment Piece: Everybody's Doing It
Investment Piece: Everybody's Doing it

It seems as if every season there’s something that everyone gets. A dress. A bag. A belt. We all get them and we all wear them.

I usually avoid those things.

Not that I sometimes don’t love them, want them, or buy a different version of them (looking at you, Gucci Belt). BUT, one of the things that I love about fashion is that we can all use it to look different. And yes, we can all wear the same thing differently, but you know.

This year? I put my fears of wearing the SAME THING as everyone else aside, and let myself fall in love with this WhoWhatWear set from Target. Have you seen it everywhere on everyone? Yes. Do I have a hundred different ways I want to wear each piece and the set? Yes. Do I care that other people might wear it too? No.

Everybody’s doing it. Maybe they’re right.

Investment Piece: Everybody's Doing It
Investment Piece: Everybody's Doing It
Investment Piece: Everybody's Doing It

Here’s what I’m learning about doing the things that everybody’s doing: it’s fun. I wanted to resist this set, but knew that it was perfect for fall. And it’s comfy. And there are pockets. Again, maybe everybody knows what they’re talking about! Here I paired the set together with some of my fave kicks, but I can’t wait to wear it with boots, heels, sweaters, and seperated. The pattern is great, but is till classic enough to mix and last.

Also, not to sound basic, but I can’t say enough great things about Target and their collections lately. My current favorite dress? Target. Where I’m buying all the things? Target. My fall inspiration? Target. Just go and let them tell you what you need!

And speaking of what you need: I’ve linked this set below, yes, be my twin. However, I’m also including links to my picks from the Target 20 Years of Design for All Collection that drops tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow. It’s a chance to get your hands on things you may have missed out on from MissonixTarget to the iconic plaid dress we’ll all be wearing next. If I were you I’d bookmark your choices and then get up early tomorrow to shop!

Xo RA

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This look:

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And the Target Design items I love:

Designer to Know: Diane Freis

Investment Piece: Diane Freis

My first memory of a Diane Freis dress involves my mother. I knew nothing of Diane Freis, and though I loved dresses you couldn’t yet call me a fashionista; I was little and knew that there was this patterned dress that my mommy looked pretty in- that was it. Somewhere I hope there’s a picture of my mom in that dress, as I can see her clearly in my mind, but I haven’t found one.

Now that I’m older I have a different appreciation of Diane Freis. As these dresses began popping up for me, I couldn’t help but be charmed by the pattern mixing, the smocked waists, the chic modernity. There are so many that I’ve fallen in love with researching this piece. And yes, now that I am a fashionista, when I see a pretty dress, I also see a story. I want to know where a piece comes from, what it says, who wears them, and if we should know about the designer. And loves, Diane Freis is a designer to know!

Investment Piece: Vintage and Pops

Begin looking and there are fascinating stories to tell about Freis, an LA girl. Who made it in Hong Kong. From FashionDesignerEncyclopedia:

Diane Freis is one of the few Hong Kong-based designers to have gained an international reputation. Hers is a typical Hong Kong success story, based on hard work and determination. Since arriving in the territory in 1973, she built a commercially successful brand name that became a role model for Hong Kong manufacturing.

The Freis signature is represented by multicolored prints applied to one-size, easy-care dresses, primarily designed in polyester georgette. Noncrushable and easy-to-pack, they have presented a travel solution for higher income, more mature women in search of a glamorous and feminine look. The fashion philosophy is pragmatic: Freis stresses the importance “of making a one-size dress that allows the freedom of fit in our daily schedules of health programmes one day and over-indulgence the next.” With their hallmark elasticated waists and shirring, the dresses covered imperfections but would never be called dowdy. The prints were usually exotic, the designs included pretty florals, dramatic geometrics, bold stripes, and plaids, with embroidery and beading as particular features of the look. Besides her traditional georgette, Freis has used silk, cotton, and wool coordinates, hand-knits for casual daywear, and chiffon and taffeta for grand evening ensembles.

Freis’ eye for color and design can be attributed to her fine arts education at the University of California in her native Los Angeles. While a student, her sideline was to create elaborately beaded jackets, which she sold to celebrities such as Diana Ross. It was a search for new, exotic materials and skilled embroiderers that first attracted her to the Far East. In Hong Kong she found the fabrics and workmanship that contributed to her distinctive fashion identity.

Investment Piece: Diane Freis

In 1978 Freis opened her first fashion boutique in Hong Kong; by 1986 she had six more. But her influence did not remain in the local market. International buyers from Europe and the United States soon took her work overseas. In the U.S., her dresses came to adorn the bodies of society women who shopped at the likes of Neiman Marcus in Dallas or Bergdorf Goodman in New York. Suited more to the European figure than to the Asian, today the label can be found in over 20 countries. Her success has been based on locating a market niche, not by following international fashion trends. Falling somewhere between haute couture and prêt-á-porter, the designs have been produced in limited editions: no more than 10 of any one design are distributed around the world. Basic shapes remain consistent; the variety is provided by new fabric designs and combinations. To retain exclusivity, the company set up its own print design studio and manufacturing base in 1982. In recognition of her commercial achievement for Hong Kong, Freis was awarded the Governor’s award for Industry for Export in 1993.

Despite its established success, the company continued to develop new ranges and to target new markets. Freis’ easy-flowing garments have gradually gained some structure via shoulder pads, more tucking, and fitted pleat detail. In recognition of changing lifestyles, Freis Spirit was launched in spring 1994 as a diffusion line aimed mainly in the Southeast Asian market. Featuring a pared-down silhouette and more subdued designs, the collection offered mix-and-match coordinates in quality fabrics to a younger market.

Headquartered in Hong Kong, Freis continues to focus on her trademark polyester georgette dresses in bright patterns and solids. She has expanded from a focus on dresses and skirts to a broader line comprising suits and eveningwear. She is now able to clothe a woman during her workday career, at night in formal attire, or in casual situations, although she remains best known for her flexible, easy-fit, all-over-printed dresses. The designer’s daywear business is divided into knitwear, classic polyester silk dresses and blouses, basic coordinates, and printed stretch tops, and her eveningwear line consists of beaded gowns, special occasion wear, beaded and embroidered jackets, camisoles, and scarves.

Investment Piece: Diane Freis

Freis has traditionally appealed to a more mature consumer but has extended her market into more youthful customers with her “young classics” line, consisting of tanks, chemise-and-jacket combinations and coverups, which Women’s Wear Daily described as “sleek” in August 1999. A line of all-black polyester and silk tanks, dresses, and pants coordinate with all the products in her daywear and eveningwear lines, from beaded jackets to printed skirts.

Freis has also expanded geographically from her roots in the Asian market. She maintains a distribution network not only in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Australia, but in the U.S., South Africa, and the Middle East. In 1999 Freis signed a licensing agreement with Guryich International, a Canadian company, for distribution in North America of a broad collection imported from Hong Kong. The line incorporates the one-size-fits-all polyester print dresses for which she is still best known but also includes 50 items from all facets of her line.

—HazelClark;

updated by KarenRaugust.

There are so many more articles out there, are you as fascinated as I am? All of a sudden I want to know what it was like to move to Hong Kong, and what drew her there. I’d even love to know how they mixed patterns. What kind of stories can we tell in these dresses? (Which by the way are easy to find on eBay, Etsy, etc. I’ve linked some of my faves for you below!)

Me, I’m off in my Diane Freis
XO RA

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Investment Piece: Vintage and Pops

Monkey Suit

Note: this post is part of my summer/early fall collaboration with Amberleaf though all opinions are my own. I do think that you need a blazer or a dress from them! Xo RA

Investment Piece: Monkey Suit
Investment Piece: Monkey Suit
Investment Piece: Monkey Suit

Who said that work wear had to be boring? I’m a fan of all things that have a sense of humor, especially if that involves a monkey suit. (No monkeys were harmed in this shoot, and while not a traditional monkey suit, might I suggest a pattern to spice up all of your suits?)

What else I recommend? A great blazer. And in that case, Amberleaf has you covered. Blazers are a must for any and all work wear, but also can be worn over any thing your heart desires, from “going-out” outfits to more traditional wear. And here? They balance out a skirt with a little attitude (like me!),and shoes that I’m sure were on no one’s work wear list.

Want to see how else I’ve styled this skirt? See here.

Investment Piece: Monkey Suit
Investment Piece: Monkey Suit
Investment Piece: Monkey Suit

Want to spice up your work wear? Pair a patterned skirt with a blazer. Anything else is gravy, though I’m personally a fan of any fun shoes. This top? Faux leather tank, which I think is a must for fall. And still, it balances out the skirt and shoes. Do you need to put all these pieces together? Of course not, they work well on their own and will match great with anything you pair them with. But, they also go well together. And isn’t it nice to know that you can pair personality with classics and have them all mesh/stand out?

You can get the blazer, in more than one color, at Amberleaf. And while this skirt, and shoes, are both from seasons ago I’ve found you similar items. And linked them below.

Happy shopping!
XO RA

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Sunday Chronicles: Back on The Grind

Investment Piece: Back on the Grind

Confession: I don’t have kids, and no one in my inner circle works for a school (at any level). Though I did used to own a tutoring company, and my mom was a college professor/dean for a lot of my life. But now, I’m not tied to the school year schedule.

And yet, I can’t help but fell like my life is still ruled by it. And now that school has started, no matter where you live, it’s plain to see that we’re back on the grind.

Maybe it’s that there is such a delineation between summer and fall that happens around the school year. We go from a more lax schedule to a more rigorous one. Maybe we’re all just conditioned to be more disciplined once the bell rings, maybe it’s just an easy way to say “now I’m going to really focus”.

I only know that, even though I have no reason to be tied to the school system, I’m back on the grind. Did I work hard during the summer? Did I intentionally try to move towards what I want? Yes to both. But is there a renewed sense of purpose and movement now? Very much so, yes.

It’s almost a little bit like January, when we all instinctively tighten up after months of holidays. With the school year, fall, and more things starting, I’m back on the grind. What does that mean for me? I’m focusing on my work goals and being intentional about them. Each day I’m trying to have at least an hour that’s super intentional. (I also have an hour that’s given to my exercise, my soul, and an hour to just feeling good–whatever that means. Me? I’m also focused on my diet and my budget, neither super fun but I’m trying and in that, there’s some fun.)

Even if we aren’t in school, there are changes that come at this time of year. The traffic patterns (yep, tied to school). The length of the days. It gets cooler. We naturally turn from the fun of summer to the structure of fall. And maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe it’s nature’s way of making sure that we stay balanced.

I would love to know: what grind are you back to? As the season turns where are you turning your attention? As I focus on work, diet, and exercise, what advice or tips do you have for me?

As always, I wish as a week of productivity and amazing shoes! XO RA

Vintage and Pops

Investment Piece: Vintage and Pops
Investment Piece: Vintage and Pops
Investment Piece: Vintage and Pops

Ever had something keep popping up till you had to pay attention? For me, lately, that was a Diane Freis dress. A staple in the 1980s, I can clearly remember my mom wearing one, these dresses mix patterns and have simple shapes. (Yes, there are sizes but it’s all basically one size. Most waists are smocked and stretchable, they are all made to fit a wide range of sizes).

While I had stumbled across a few of these dresses before (and loved them), it was within the past month that almost EVERY vintage shop I love had a Diane Freis in stock. See FeatherStoneVintage and Miriti Vintage, and everyone in between. (And of course, etsy is a great place for all vintage).

I rember thinking how chic my mom looked in her Diane Freis dress. And when these dresses started popping up, I couldn’t help but think how chic they are now. Patterned mixed perfectly. Smocked. Silhouettes that seem both classic and vintage. And a way to get an “all in one” dressing done.

Investment Piece: Vintage and Pops
Investment Piece: Vintage and Pops
Investment Piece: Vintage and Pops
Investment Piece: Vintage and Pops

Usually one of my favorite things to do with vintage is to pair it with modern pieces. There’s nothing like a great juxtaposition. Take it from me. However, this time my pops weren’t quite so jarring. The shoes and bag I choose to orginally wear with my Diane Freis were not quite modern (though since I’ve worn this dress with both flip flops and sneakers), but they weren’t quite vintage. I’m a fan of resale sites. And shopping. These shoes are Miu Miu and from a few seasons ago, when I couldn’t quite afford them. Shopping resale I was able to get the shoes I loved at a price that I could stomach. Same for this clutch. I have this theory that we never have to pay full price.

And that, even if the juxtapositions aren’t jarring, they’re important.

So, if something keeps popping up should you buy it? Why not?

I’ve linked similar items to all of these pictures below. I’d love to hear about all your Diane Freis stories. And resale stories. And mixing stories. What are you buying right now?
XO RA

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Investment Piece: Vintage and Pops

September Armarium Picks

Loves, this is a part of my partnership with Armarium. All opinions and picks are my own! You can use code RADELICIA for 20% off your first rental xo RA

It’s September and I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of kicking off this month. From the start of school seasons, ballet seasons, class seasons, and football seasons; it seems that with summer ending, a lot is beginning. What does that mean for me? Opening parties, tailgates, fundraisers and galas. Which means I have a lot to wear.

I’ve picked things for all these kick off parties. Some can be dressed up or dressed down. Some are gowns. All are amazing (I think). These are what I’m renting this month:

Investment Piece: September Armarium Picks
Not your average gown, I love this Hip Pad Dress and can’t wait to wear it to a gala!

Investment Piece: September Armarium Picks
Together or Seperate, perfect for start of season meetings. Get this Suit and show them who’s boss.

Investment Piece: September Armarium Picks
I just love this silhouette. It’s classy and a little risqué all at the same time!

Investment Piece: September Armarium Picks
Yes, this is technically a gown. But it would also look great with sandals or flats. Cocktail party? Rent it here

Investment Piece: September Armarium Picks
I can’t get over how beautiful this dress is. And how great w all would look in it.

What do you have going on this month? Might I suggest anything at Armarium? Remember to use code RADELICIA for 20% off your first rental!
Xo RA

Labor Day Sales

The way I see it, we can either be sad about today marking the unofficial end of summer (though it will still be hot!) or we can be excited about all the sales we get to shop today!

I’m going with the latter. I hope this long weekend has been full of end-of-summer fun, love, and that these sales excite you as much as they do me!

Xo RA

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ShopBop
A little of this, a little of that

Jcrew
Your entire order is 40% off with code Sunset!

InterMix
Up to 30% off of sale styles!

Free People
From staples to stand outs!

I’d love to know: what did you do this weekend? What are you shopping?

Happy Labor Day!

Sunday Chronicles: After Labor Day Do We Wear White?

Loves, I still struggle with this question. It’s a yearly debate for me: Do we wear White After Labor Day? This was first written/posted years ago, but I don’t know that I have any new answers. One new thing: this year I may dare to wear white pants, or all white after tomorrow. We’ll see! I would love to get your take: After Labor Day, do we wear white?

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I’m from the South and it’s a pretty hard and fast rule that you don’t wear white after Labor Day. It’s so ingrained in us that a few years ago at a football game a guy friend of mine–who is not into fashion–saw a woman wearing white pants and made a comment that she shouldn’t be doing that, as it was after Labor Day. In fact, starting tomorrow my mom puts away all her linen items–citing the fact that it’s a summer fabric. And I get it–I’ve clearly been excited and ready for fall. There is something to be said for dressing for the season.

However, after living in California I came to realize that the white rule isn’t necessarily followed everywhere. You could argue that in CA it feels like summer longer, although it can be in the 100s till October in TX. Even the fashion elite –Vogue, etc– have relaxed their thinking and you can search for articles today like “How to Wear Your White Jeans Through Fall”. So who do we listen to–our Southern Moms or those who say we can wear white?

Honestly, I fall in the middle here. Don’t worry Mom–after tomorrow I won’t wear white pants (winter white is a whole other story though!) but I won’t be rushing to my fall/winter wardrobe. The fact of the matter is it will still be hot on Tuesday. And while I won’t be wearing white pants, white will still most likely pop into my outfits as an accent or piece–skirt, top, etc–but not the whole look. I no longer judge those who wear white after tomorrow–fashion is so diverse and if you like your outfit I’m a fan of you rocking it! But I will say I’m looking forward to our gradual shift to fall clothing! Have I mentioned I have some amazing boots to show you??

I’d love to know–what’s your stance on white after Labor Day?

Hope you’re having a great holiday weekend! XO RA

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