NYE Cinderella

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Investment Piece: Cinderella
Investment Piece: Cinderella
Investment Piece: Cinderella
Investment Piece: Cinderella
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Cinderella
It’s Midnight my lover
Its time for me to disappear
And leave behind my
Golden Slipper
For you to find
Making sure that
There will be another
Evening of pure delight

Don’t stop me my love
It’s a written rule from above
That your Cinderella
Must leave no matter what
At midnight on the dot
For if she does not
Yours will not
Be a happy lot

Please turn around my love
Cast a glance at the
Beauty that abounds
In this lovely gathering
Of dolled up ladies waiting
To play the game of mating
While you do that
Like lightening
I will be gone
For now
But I promise
I will come back again
By Sandra Martyres

My question about Cinderella? I don’t think think I could be that ok with losing an amazing shoe (at the time there was no promise you’d get it back). But leaving a party at midnight? That’s a Cinderella I could pull. Now, I love a great party, and I love getting dressed up. Something I don’t always love?
New Years Eve.

I know, I know, it’s almost grinch like. However, the pressure to have the “best night ever”, and the risk of losing shoes is not high on my list. My solution? Wear a nightgown to the party, then you’re always ready to pull a Cinderella. Yes, this is a vintage nightgown (a la my mom from the 1970s), but it’s also perfect for your NYE soiree. (And if you’re pulling a Cinderella and leaving at midnight, you don’t even have to change when you get home!) Faux fur and amazing shoes (not to be lost) make any gown fancy. Bonus: this look is even perfect for the Wild soiree you could have at home NYE!

While this gown is vintage, I’ve linked several other nightgowns below that would work on the town (wearing your pjs as clothes is in!) I’d love to know: how do you plan to play Cinderella this NYE?

Xo RA

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Sunday Chronicles: Not Feeling It

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The Grinch gets a bad rep for not LOVING all the holiday celebrations going on around him. And I get it. This is not me telling you that you shouldn’t open your heart. But, this is me saying at a time of year when we get told ad nauseam to be full of joy and the holiday spirit that there are times when it’s normal to be just not feeling it.

I could give you lines about how love and joy should overtake you, and how you could make yourself be in a good mood. And those ways of combatting “not feeling it” are incredibly valid and worth a shot.

However, that’s not this Sunday Chronicles.
There are times in this holiday season, full of joy and hope, that you might simply may be just not feeling it.

And that’s ok.

As much joy, hope, and goodwill in the air right now, this time of year is hard for many. Maybe it’s the first year without a loved one. Maybe this time of year is a constant remind of that first year. You could be going through a hard time. Or simply, you could simply be just not feeling it.

I’m against forcing yourself to feel anything you don’t. Every feeling is valid, even if it means feeling the opposite of what everyone else is feeling. This doesn’t mean that you’ll get out of all of your holiday obligations, but I err on the side of letting yourself be.
If you’re not feeling it, simply don’t feel it.

There’s nothing wrong with having a holiday that’s low-key, that involves more you taking care of you than attending holiday parties, or simply staying out of the way. Forcing yourself to be merry, in my experience, is one way to ensure that you don’t. I may have no clue what you’re going through, but I know that you’re not alone.

Sometimes we don’t feel things. It’s ok.

And if you’re the kind that wants to feel it, but doesn’t, it’s been my experience that the quickest way to go from not feeling it to feeling it is to let yourself be where you are.

What about you?

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

A Merry Little Christmas

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Investment Piece: A Merry Little Christmas
Investment Piece: A Merry Little Christmas
Investment Piece: A Merry Little Christmas
Investment Piece: A Merry Little Christmas

Have Yourself a Merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on your troubles will be out of sight.
Have yourself a Merry little Christmas
Make the Yuletide gay,
From now on our troubles will be miles away.
Here we are as in olden days,
Happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us, once more.
Through the years we all will be together,
If the fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.
And have yourself a Merry little Christmas now

This has always been one of my favorite holiday carols. Something about the good wishes, little moments, joy, and that twinge of melancholy. The thought of a Merry little Christmas makes me want to decorate a small tree, and reminisce while sipping champagne alone.
The holidays are a great time, but a hard time for many. Do what you need to do to make this season Merry for you.

Plaid top? It’s part of a PJ set. Yes, let’s wear our night clothes out, and stay comfy! I promise that you have a great set of PJs that would look great on the town (either together or seperately); or a gown that would read incredibly elegantly. Tis the season?

I’ve linked PJs that I love and more below!
(Check out these, these, and these plaid numbers. And this set would look so chic with heels!

Xo RA
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So have yourself a Merry little Christmas now

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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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
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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