chic hand warmer

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Investment Piece: chic hand warmer
Investment Piece: chic hand warmer
Investment Piece: chic hand warmer
Investment Piece: chic hand warmer
Investment Piece: chic hand warmer
Investment Piece: chic hand warmer

There have been hints of spring. Maybe it’s not FREEZING outside. But my hands are still cold. And what to do when your hands are cold? Use a chic hand warmer to warm them up!

The thing about a mink muff–they’re chic, different, the best purse, and a way to stay warm. I also recommend gloves, but with a muff you can still use your phone. There are pluses and minuses to everything. My choice?

A chic black suit.
–There’s just something I just love about a suit for women. Or a blazer without anything underneath.
Sexy. Chic. Business. The ultimate power suit.
(This blazer is vintage Thierry Mugler and it fits so exquisitely, the pictures don’t do it justice.)
Then I paired it with AMAZING shoes (old Celine, thank you very much) and a muff?
Are you killing at the office? Off to the opera? Happy hour? All of the above?
You’re in charge.

The pieces can be mixed and matched and worn with anything. Especially this muff. It’s the winter accessory I love reaching for at this time of winter, when it’s cold but beginning to warm up. The muff keeps my hands warm, holds my wallet and my phone, and is such an elegant piece! I use the term “elevate” a lot, but what I truly love about this chic hand warmer is how it makes everything seem a little more special.

Do you love a good muff? Would you rock this chic hand warmer?

I’ve linked some muffs and similar pieces for your own suit below. Happy shopping–I can’t wait to hear the stories you’ll tell with your chic hand warmer!

Xo RA

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Spring Trends to buy Vintage

With every season there are the new offerings, and the temptation to buy all new things. I love the cycle–but staying on trend doesn’t mean that you have to buy all new. What if I told you that there was a way to stay on trend AND shop resale/vintage? Shopping vintage was one of the first ways I was able to buy brands I loved at prices I could afford. And shopping vintage opened up a whole new world for me.

There are several reasons to love vintage: price, quality, style. I’m a huge fan of mixing old and new. And there are times when old is new–what’s the saying everything comes back around? This season there are some amazing trends to play with, and some of these spring trends are best bought vintage. From logos to costume jewelry, buying vintage can get you what you want (seriously, some of the vintage logos are EXACTLY like to the new offerings), and save a bit (to buy more of course!).

These are the items that are on trend but you should be buying vintage this spring:

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Logos
From bags to clothing, designer logos are in–and vintage. Buying these pieces vintage not only allows you to get pieces at a fraction of the cost of new, some of the vintage offerings are identical to what went down the runways. Here are some of my picks:

Shoulder Pads
Love them or hate them, a strong shoulder is “in” for Spring. I went through a period where I HATED this look, but I have to admit, I now kinda love it. My styling tip? Less is more and use the shape to make your waist look tiny. Also, stick to colora and patterns that you love, a strong silhouette is not the time to try a pattern you’re on the fence about! Here are some of my picks:

Top Handle Bags
Ladylike and a great investment, this a trend that you should ONLY buy vintage. Why? You can get quality bags that are stunning for less than $35. Here are some of my picks:

Lace
Vintage lace is often hand made versus machine made, making it higher quality. There are so many ways to get vintage lace (dealers sometimes sell it by the yard), but there are so many dresses, tops, and skirts out there at amazing prices, this spring trend is too good to pass up! Here are my picks:

Costume Jewelry
From pearls to gold chains, vintage costume jewelry is a higher quality and better made than much of modern jewelry today. Even faux pieces were often gold plated, and could pass for real! Here are some of my picks:

I’d love to know: what are your go-to vintage buys? And do you buy new trends vintage? What about these spring trends?

Xo RA

School Girl Twist

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Investment Piece: School Girl Twist
Investment Piece: School Girl Twist
Investment Piece: School Girl Twist
Investment Piece: School Girl Twist
Investment Piece: School Girl Twist

Not all cliches are worth avoiding. And not everything in your “get rid of pile” should be given away. Weird advice? But very true.

School Girl, or prep, done right is fun and a little cheeky, as well as classic. (Tory Burch has made a career of this fact.) Pairing a great sweater with a plaid skirt? It doesn’t have to be cliche. And amazing and fun shoes aren’t the only way to do it–though I think amazing shoes always help. Classic combos are classic for a reason. Cliches become fun when you make them your own.

For me, with a school girl or preppy look, it’s in the details. Like necklines and colors. Hair and make-up. And of course, amazing shoes. Perfect for work, or after work.

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I stand by the statement that not everything in your “to-go” pile needs to go. This vintage skirt was my moms. And clearly, the moths loved it too. And while that may be a deal breaker for some, I don’t mind when my vintage is a little beat up. This skirt is still a stunner-deep plaid, soft wool, and just the right length. Give away the things that no longer serve you, but don’t be afraid to keep pieces that fit perfectly (you and your life), even if they’re a little flawed.

These are the questions I have. How do you school girl twist? Or take a fashion cliche and make it your own? Also, what do you keep that’s a little worn?
I’d really love to know!

Similar items to my own school girl twist are linked below. Happy shopping!

Xo RA

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Sunday Chronicles: In Love with Potential

It’s the “season” of love. And I hope whatever Valentine’s means to you that you had a great day last week! I got to thinking about love: falling in it, rising in it, and all the times that we think we’re in love, but we really love their potential. It happens with clothes, too. There are things that we want, or that are in our closet, that we think will fit a certain way, go a certain way, will make us a certain kind of person. And sometimes, they do. But, there are times when the potential that we love is all that’s there. What do we do then?

I recently fell in love with a pair of shoes. I had outfits for days planned, knew that they would be chic, and that they would fit perfectly. They’re a bust. These shoes simply don’t fit me well at all–they make my feet look odd. And they don’t quite go with what I thought they would. Yet, I kept trying: to make them fit, to make them into what I wanted them to be. The potential was so good. And I’m not good at letting good potentional go. But, loves, sometimes we have to.

So, I made us a little video with some thoughts. Do I have the answers? No. Do I know how to resist falling in love with just potentional? No. But I’m working on it.

If you have solutions, I would love to hear them!
Also-I’ve linked similar items to the outfit in the video in the #ootd below, I can vouch that these pieces have much more than potentional! (To shop follow me on the liketoknow.it app and use the screenshot of the pic!)
Wishing us all a week of real love and amazing shoes! Xo RA

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#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
Investment Piece: Shake it Up
Investment Piece: Shake It Up
Investment Piece: Shake it Up
Investment Piece: Shake it Up
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
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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And these picks:

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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