Wild Wild Wrap Dress

Investment Piece: Wild Wild Wrap Dress
Investment Piece: Wild Wild Wrap Dress
Investment Piece: Wild Wild Wrap Dress

When it’s hot I reach for a dress. I find they keep me cooler better than anything else (other than my swimsuit in the water). Want to take your summer dress from cliche to chic?
Wrap dress.
They’re flattering on everyone. Come in every shape and length imaginable. The skirt opening keeps you cool (and on your toes). And somehow, even though wrap dresses are my go-to, always feel a little special.
Now. Wanna elevate your wrap dress?
Make it Wild. I couldn’t resist this bright pink and feisty (and Wild) cheetahs.
(At this point it is completely aok to skip ahead and shop this Wild Wild wrap dress here)
This is where I lovingly point out that I never met a pop of color in the form of shoes that I didn’t love. Fashion, wrap dresses and shoes included, are a chance to show a little bit about you. If that part is bright and Wild, why wouldn’t you show it off?

Many of my Wild summer stories may be in Wild Wild wrap dresses, what about you?

Investment Piece: Wild Wild Wrap Dress
Investment Piece: Wild, Wild, Wrap Dress
Investment Piece: Wild Wild Wrap dress
Investment Piece: Wild Wild Wrap Dress

This Wild Wild wrap dress wouldn’t be a full story if I didn’t tell you about the brand. makes small batch, limited productions (they open each week, and you can get on restock lists!). Made in the US and in heritage sites around the world, the line is made of beautiful, functional pieces that will become backbones of your closet. (I still wear the first pair of pants I got from them years ago!)

Wild Wild wrap dress is actually a part of their India Collection, a collab with artists in India that are hand dyed, hand printed, and made with organic cotton and low ecological practices.
Also? They’re gorgeous, easy to wear, luxe.

The color and print of this dress caught my eye. I love that it’s already a story before you get out the door. And loving the company? Everyone wins.

I’ve linked some of my favorite pieces from Emerson Fry/India Collection (as well as similar shoes) below.

What kind of fashion story are you telling today?
Xo RA

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Investment Piece: Wild Wild Wrap Dress

Sunday Chronicles: Happy Father’s Day!

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It’s Father’s Day! My dad is an engineer but has never questioned or withheld his support from his daughter who only ever wanted to dance, act, and be in fashion. He’s also the man who taught me to love football–which is a huge part of my life. I wouldn’t be where I am without him.  I hope the fathers in your life are as supportive of you!

On the other hand, relationships with our parents, and parent figures can be tough. I hope if this is a hard day for you that you’re spending the day in a way that feels right to you.

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

Summer Version

Investment Piece: Summer Verision
Investment Piece: Summer Verision
Investment Piece: Summer Verision
Investment Piece: Summer Verision
Investment Piece: Summer Verision
Investment Piece: Summer Verision

There was a vintage robe that I loved during the winter, and while I wore it around the house (as one does), I also wore it out and about. You can see the photos of that amazing dress/robe here. The great news for me? I found my Summer Version! Yes, this is a vintage robe (this one is the perfect soft silk instead of velvet, you know-for summer), and yes, even this one is from Bloomers and Frocks (make sure you read my review of them here and follow them on Instagram @bloomersandfrocks). Another thing to do? Get you a Summer robe that works as a summer dress! Summer Versions are the best!

This is the perfect number to wear with sandals for a day out, at work, or for drinks by the pool. It can be dressed up very easily (heels/jewelry), but lends itself to being casual as well (think flats); and even better, it still works around the house. Really, what I’m telling you is that with this summer version enables you to go from bed to work to out on the town without changing. Isn’t that what Summer is all about?

Shop my picks below, having an amazing Friday, and don’t be afraid to rock your robe in public!

XO RA

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Investment Piece: Summer Version

The Waiting Game

Investment Piece: The Watiing Game
Investment Piece: The Waiting Game
Investment Piece: The Waiting Game
Investment Piece: The Waiting Game
Investment Piece: The Waiting Game
Investment Piece: The Waiting Game

Loves, if your memory is long, you might remember that these shoes that were some that I have been lusting after for ages. (Ok. Years. Just years. Which felt like ages.) The best part? They are finally mine. I’m a firm believer, in fashion, that what’s meant to be ours eventually finds its way to us.

Another thing that I believe? You don’t have to pay full price for the things you lust after. You really don’t. From resale to sales, there is always a way to get what you want, stay on budget, and yet fulfill your desires. Do you have to wait some things out? Yes. Can it be a little nerve racking? Yes. But, it’s how I shop most of the time, and how I’ve built myself a closet full of investment pieces. Let’s chat about it :

Some of my favorite places to put out alerts, reguarly check, and stalk items:
The RealReal
eBay
Vestiaire Collective
Both ShopStyle and LiketoKnow.It have sale alerts. (Most of your favorite sites do as well, as well as Google!) Etsy is a great place to search for many things, not only vintage.

And need helping finding that special something? Email me at racheladelicia@investmentpiece.com, I would love to put my shopping skills to work!

Love the same shoes I did? I got them on the RealReal. Lucky you? I’ve linked some below for your shopping pleasure!

Hope that my tips for shopping change your life the way that they changed mine!
Xo RA

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Momma Said Stand Up Straight

Investment Piece: Momma Said Stand Up straight
Investment Piece : Momma Said Stand Up Straight
Investment Piece: Momma Said Stand up Straight

Momma said stand up straight. What she said when I left the house wearing this outfit. And, quite frankly, what she (and my Pilates teacher) tell me often- stand up straight.
Why?
Do we look better?
Yes
Feel better?
Yes
Does the reminder still annoy me occasionally?
Yes.

So what to do?
Stand up straight. And see where that takes us.

Investment Piece: Momma Said Stand Up STraight
Investment Piece: Momma Said Stand Up Straight
Investment Piece: Momma Said Stand Up Straight
This outfit wasn’t planned. In fact, I threw this outfit together on day that wasn’t going in any way, shape or form, good. None of the things I wanted to shoot seemed to be fitting or lining up. Time wasn’t on my side. I was cranky. And this is the only thing I could think that I wanted to wear. (I had a meeting and was hoping to shoot before it.) Yet, when I put this on– it felt right.
I saw my mom, she loved it. In fact, she asked, “Why aren’t you shooting this?” I didn’t have a great answer. Her only note: “Stand up straight”.
So, I did.
Both shoot the look, and stand up straight.
The thing is : when I stand up straight I do feel better, I look better, my “power” is better. And there are outfits that are better when I stand up straight.
Investment Piece: Momma Said Stand Up Straight
The thing about things not going right? It’s amazing how quickly they can change with the right outfit. Or the right posture. It’s a thing. Maybe the next time we have a day that seems awful, we could try it?

This top is custom via AAVintedge, and while the rest is from seasons past, I found you similar. What do you put on when you’re having a bad day?
Xo RA

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Sunday Chronicles: Summer Bucket List

Investment Piece: Summer Mood

The older I get the more I think of bucket lists like my travel itinerary. Yes, I want to plan things, there are things that I must do. And yet, I need to make sure that I have enough free time left to make magic happen.

Also, if I plan too much I’ll get stressed and nothing will get done. It’s the way I work!

So this summer, when making my summer bucket list, I tried to have broad things (1.spend as much time by water as possible) and specific things (2.go tubbing on the river by my mom’s house). The following are my loose goals for the summer, both to stretch me and keep me having fun!

(Yes, those were 1 and 2, so without further ado)

3. Wineries. In Texas. In California. Let’s just go and drink some wine.
4. Be more involved in my community. Both local and bigger. This means commit to the book club I’ve been asked to join, volunteer work, and make sure I have time for friends.
5. Plan a trip to Paris. I did have a big birthday after all!
6. Have a day off each week. Even if I do something, I need a day where I don’t work
7. Go to the CA beach. And maybe the East Coast. I take my number one bucket list item VERY seriously.
8. Paint. I do this privately, but love the release it gives me. It’s been a while since I’ve taken it up. This summer is time.
9. Expand my work network. There is so much I want to do and so many stories I want to tell you. Why not work it in the summer?
10. As much fun as I can fit. So broad, I know. When I think about summer, I think about fun. And the older we get, the more we seem to forget that. This summer I’m a little determined to bring joy back in-from BBQs to pool days to trips to art to it all, I’m looking to have a good time.

What are you hoping to do this summer? Do you make bucket lists?

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

June Armarium Picks

Investment Piece: June Armarium Picks

Note: this post is a part of my partnership with Armarium. While I am a partner, the opinions below are my own. Don’t forget to use code RADELICIA to get 20% off your first rental with Armarium!

Some off the top notes:
1. Did you know that Armarium has the new Zimmermann line? One of my favorite brands and so chic (see here). I couldn’t JUST pick Zimmermann, but wanted to alert you.
2. Did you know that Armarium does minor alterations? Love a dress but don’t want it so low cut, need it hemmed, etc? Chat with their stylists and they will make it happen!
3. Let’s not stress about time. Sometimes you know months in advance about an event, sometimes it’s a week. The team at Armarium is ready to take care of you no matter what!

And with that out of the way, let’s get to my June Armarium picks. Wedding Season is here. It’s not going anywhere. So I’ve selected things that I would wear to a wedding. If nothing else, ask me to be your plus one? I promise to be stylish!

Wedding Looks!
Investment Piece: June Armarium Looks
I love this look for your black tie occasions/weddings.
Investment Piece: June Armarium Picks
This look is perfect for outdoor weddings, or really any sunny event. I think it would also look great with flat sandals or wedges!
Investment Piece: June Armarium Picks
I think this dress is so chic. I can’t think of a wedding you wouldn’t look lovely at wearing this!

Non-Wedding Occasions
Weddings aren’t the only game in town. These are some pieces I think are just perfect for those kind of events!
Investment Piece: June Armarium picks
This is perfect for work, meetings, cocktails, and all the things June brings.
Investment Piece: June Armarium Picks
Yes, pair it with pants or a maxi skirt and it’s occasion ready. But it would also look good with jeans for drinks with your girlfriends. I just love this top.
Investment Piece: June Armarium Picks
Yes, you could wear this to a wedding. Or date night. Or just a good night out. Do you have to choose? Rent it here
Investment Piece: June Armarium Picks
From cocktails to BBQs, shoe dependent, I just love this number. It’s fun and isn’t that what June’s about? Rent it here.

Love the gold number at the top? Rent it here.

I would love to know: where are you going and what are you wearing? My pick? Rent it at Armarium and use code RADELICIA for 20% off!

Have fun out there!
XO RA

Do it Again!

Investment Piece: Do it Again!
Investment Piece: Do it Again!
Investment Piece: Do it Again!

There are a few ways to define “investment piece”. One is simply a piece that is expensive, and requires you to make a big investment. Another is simply a classic piece that you buy and then wear over and over again (I don’t personally think price matters here). This dress is an investment piece. I got it from the first H&M conscious collection (and it gets mistaken for Chloe) years ago. I’ve worn it over and over to every kind of event imaginable (from work to weddings). And now, I’m going to do it again!

I first shot this look for the blog here (and this post still rings true. But, yes, I had to do it again!)

(Side Note: H&M Collections are some of my favorites. They pair eco friendly fashion, high end fashion houses, and affordable prices. What’s not to love?!)

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If you’re interested in shopping some of my recent H&M picks (and a few Chloe Dresses) you can do so here

Investment Piece: Do it Again
Investment Piece: Do it Again
Investment Piece: Do it Again

Everything comes back around. Yes, everyone does it again. The mini dress is no different. Can I tell you how many emails I’ve gotten recently about all the mini dresses we should be wearing this summer? (There have been a lot) The thing about a classic is that it will never go out of style. You can always do it again.

There are specific details I love about this dress-those sleeves, that “lace”. But there are things that I just love about this style. A mini dress is both cheeky and classic, work wear and party wear, all at the same time. I’m not sure if you have a little number like this in your closet. But I think you should!

I’ve gotten a lot of miles out of this piece, and I can’t wait to do it again!
I’ve linked some of my current favorite mini dresses below!
Xo RA

Investment Piece: Do it Again

Save vs Spend

It’s the classic shopping conundrum: should you get the high ticket item or the more budget friendly item?

Loves, our shopping (and shopping techniques) are complex, personal, and (for me) vary item to item.
(Don’t worry, I’m working on a series about how I shop) In general, I think that if it’s a high ticket item you love and no other item will you, you should save up for it (or find it for cheap down the road). However, if it’s not a MUST have, there are always more affordable options.

The truth is, you can always get what you want. Maybe not the exact item, but a really close second. Then the question goes back to you: should you save or spend?

Below I’m listing some of the items that I love and their more affordable options. I would love to have your input. Save or Spend?

Xo RA

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Swim
We all know that I consider swimwear regular wear, and it’s a staple in my summer wardrobe. I recently fell in love with this top
Investment Piece: Spend or Save
You can shop it here.
Not TOO expensive. But then I found this version:
Investment Piece: Spend or Save
For less than half the price. (You can shop it here)
Should I spend or save?

Summer Dresses
I’m a fan of dresses (clearly), especially in the summer when the temps skyrocket. This summer I love the smocked numbers, and really fell for this number:
Investment Piece: Spend or Save
I haven’t pulled the trigger yet, but you can here. However, I also found this blue plaid number:
Investment Piece: Spend or Save
You could pull that trigger here
Do I really need the smocking? Spend or save?

Shoes
I’m a shoe lover. And anything that is unique, is a juxtaposition, or is different, I especially love.
Just like these:
Investment Piece: Spend or Save
(Get yours here)
A quick search led me to these, at less than half:
Investment Piece: Spend or Save
(These are available here)

I think I know if I should spend or save on that one, but would still love your input!

And if you want to shop all items:

Again, I would love to know: should I spend or save? What’s your shopping strategy?

A personal note: we’re coming back with outfit posts! Life has been a little nutty lately with some sickness(I’m better!), my mom had surgery (she’s doing great), and a lot. Instagram has my OOTD and outfit posts return this week. In fact, as you read this I may be on a shoot! In the meantime, I hope you’re enjoying shopping and summer as much as I am! Thank you for being a part of this community!

Xo RA

Sunday Chronicles: Perfection

Loves, things haven’t been great lately. It’s not that they’ve been bad, but I’ve been feeling off. Could you tell? I haven’t loved some of the ways I’ve looked, the outfits, the settings. Things haven’t been perfect and I’m a little embarrassed about how much that has affected me. How am I dealing with it? The only way I know how, fashion.

From thinking about the perfect outfit to trying to find joy in the process, these are my thoughts!

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