Trend to Try: Headbands

Update: so back in January, I thought we should try headbands. Now it’s the holiday season, and I’m letting you know that headbands are a must! From adding some piazza to your hair for all those holiday dos, to hiding the fact that maybe your hair is a bit dirty, headbands are the perfect season accessory. Here are some thoughts that still ring true. I’ve updated some shopping options that are more winter friendly (like the Velvet ones! I would love to know: are you headbanding it? XO RA

Investment Piece: Headbands
Investmentpiece: Headbands

I admit that a little bit ago when I got sent a “trend watch” email and it let me know that headbands were coming back, I didn’t believe it. Then I pulled out an old black one and began wearing it during the holiday season. Then I noticed other bloggers wearing one. Then Kate (you know, the Duchess) wore one. And finally, in my past President’s Day Holiday shopping headbands were everywhere.

And my loves, it’s time. I think headbands are a trend to try.

Here’s why I’m loving them:
*You don’t have to do your hair, but it looks like effort
*Hides that you may or may not need to get your roots done (just me?)
*Hides dirty hair
*Headbands are a way to punch up an outfit

I admit it, I’m drawn to the bigger, satin headbands that seem to be popping up in my life, though I’m not against a wrap around headband either. This is the headband that has me looking for anything satin, though this is the headband that started my little obession:
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Below are some headbands I’m loving and thinking of building outfits around:

(Styling tip: I’m personally avoiding bows and a ton of embellishments as I feel like that can read a little young on me. If those are your jam, by all means rock them. Headbands are accessories so my theory is we have free reign to have some fun with them!)

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New and winter-Ish options:
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Another note: while I love some of the designer headbands, this is a trend you can try at a reasonable price! In my selections there are picks from Target/Amazon/etc!

I would love to know: are you rocking a headband?
XO RA

Go West(ern)

Investment Piece: Go West(ern)
Investment Piece: Go West(ern)
Investment Piece: Go West(ern)
Investment Piece: Go West(ern)
Investment Piece: Go West(ern)

Western boots are in again this season, and no matter what we personally thing about them (it’s aok, I have mixed emotions too), if this is what they look like, and these are the kind of outfits we can make, I’m in.

If you follow me on Instagram (@racheladelicia), you know that last week I started a video series called “What We’re Wearing”, a space for us to chat about trends, our fashion thoughts, and what we’re wearing. (Not on Instagram? You won’t be left out, a new episode is going to drop every Tuesday, but I’ll be posting all the episodes for the month one Sunday. You can’t miss me!) This week we chatted western boots.

Believe it or not, these had the title “western boots” in them when I bought them. I love the pattern, the stitching. But western boots? I don’t know about that. What I do know is that they are insanely chic, and wearing them with all black felt almost rock and roll. (Note: these also look great with jeans and skirts, I love the heel, which makes it easy to pair these with so many lengths!)

It’s not that I don’t love color, but there is just something about wearing all black. Details like a strapless top and a fitted blazer edge it up and make it standout.

If we love the end result, does it matter what we call these boots? Or what direction we’re going?
I’m going with no, but I’m also going west!

I’ve linked similar items for you below. I’d love to know your thoughts on western boots, western outfits, and all the things!
Xo RA

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Investment Piece: Go West(ern)

Gift Guide: Sephora Beauty Insiders

Loves!
We’re starting on our holiday shopping and we’re taking you with this. One of my favorite things to give and get? Beauty items. From big ticket tools (yes, I want all the facial, non-wrinkle things) to lipstick sets that can be broken up and used as stocking stuffers, there is a beauty gift for us all. And through tomorrow, it’s all on sale at Sephora. Simply joint Beauty Insiders (if you’re not already a member. It’s free and through out the year you get special deals and samples), then use code HOLIDAYSAVE for discounts.

I’ve grouped some of my favorite things below. Happy shopping!
Xo RA

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Investment Piece: Sephora Sale
I love these lipstick and makeup sets. Shop my picks here

Investment Piece: Sephora Sale
Any sale is a great time to stock up on your beauty faves. These are some of mine.

Investment Piece: Sephora Sale
Holdiays are a time for the big guns, and sales are a great time to save on them. From facial devices to hair removal systems save on these are ones to consider at Sephora’s Beauty Insider Event.

Investment Piece: Sephora Sale
More sets. More savings. Shop here

Investment Piece: Sephora Sale
Did I mention I have a thing for Lipsticks?

Don’t forget to use code HOLIDAYSAVE for your savings!

CEO is my Fave Position

Investment Piece: CEO is my Fave Postion
Investment Piece: CEO is my Fave Postion
Investment Piece: CEO is my Fave Postion

Some truths: being a CEO is amazing. You get to fulfill your vision. You’re in charge. Schedule/timeline/duties/etc. They are all up to you. And it’s empowering. And fun.

And yet

Being a CEO is a lot. There are days when I wish someone else would make calls. Make the decisions. Cut the checks.

Bein in control is both a blessing and a curse.

But. You know what makes me love being a boss? (Well, one of the things). Looking like one. And a blazer dress doe that like no other dress I know.

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Investment Piece: CEO is my Fave Postion
Investment Piece: CEO is my Fave Postition

A blazer dress is both a classic and a little bit edgy, all at the same time. This one is vintage, and is the first time in a long time that I’ve left the shoulder pads in something. (I like it!) I was drawn to the buttons and the slight oversize (and yet the cinch waist).

Months ago, I was at a cocktail party and a friend showed up in a blazer dress. It was the perfect mix of office chic and sexy. Wearing this made me feel like a BOSS. You know, just one of those outfits that made me feel AMAZING. Blazer dresses are back in style, and I can’t recommend them enough.

I’ve linked similar dresses to this one below, I would love to hear about how boss you feel in yours!
Xo RA

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November Armarium Picks

Note: this post is a part of my ongoing relationship with Armarium. While I may recieve compensation in the form of rentals, all opinions expressed are my own. You can use code RADELICIA for 15% off your first rental. The holiday season is an exciting time to rent and I’m thrilled to be sharing my picks with you! Xo RA

It’s the holiday season! Dressing becomes more bold, more party, and more fun. What I love about this time of year is that anything goes. From now until NYE you get to make your own rules (if anyone has an issue with that, send them to me!) Wear a formal gown to Thanksgiving! Wear sequins to a party, or to work! Play with volume, texture, anything that makes you happy! Novemeber is just the start of party/holiday so you can also be classic! It’s whatever you want it to be. The great thing about renting is that you can be all of those things, and send them back whenever you need to change.

Below are my picks for November, I picked a mix of party ready and more subdued numbers. Remember, the code RADELICIA gets you 15% off your first rental, even if it’s not listed below.

Investment Piece: November Armarium Picks
Love this Red Number

Investment Piece: Novemeber Armarium picks
This is perfect for a formal dinner.

Investment Piece: Novemeber Armarium Picks
First party of the season? Wow them.

Investment Piece: November Armarium Picks
Who wouldn’t feel like a princess (or Queen) in this?

Investment Piece: November Armarium Picks
This is so classic and chic.

Investment Piece: November Armarium Picks
Party but make it slinky in this

Investment Piece: Novemeber Armarium Picks
Win Thanksgiving in this!

Happy renting! Xo RA

Dirty hair, Do care

Investment Piece, Fashionblogger, kimono, Levi's, CA, TX
InvestmentPiece, fashion blogger, Levi's, kimono, CA, TX
Investment Piece, fashion blogger, kimono, Levi's, CA, TX

These pictures are actually from a few years ago. I wanted to showcase that you don’t have to be all done up (hair/make-up/nails/etc) to show up. Because, there are times when I do really care, but my hair isn’t clean, or I don’t have make-up on, (yes, those things happen a lot), or in some way, shape or form I’m not together, but I show up. Sometimes because I have to, sometimes because I want to. But because I’m not perfect, I needed to make the point that perfection isn’t a needed ingredient to show up.

And yes, I was making the point for me.

Yesterday, I wrote how about nice it would be if we could all get our holiday to-do list done, then we could spend the holiday season relaxing and being with the ones we love. In the time between yesterday am and today, my to-do list has exploded. I went from feeling like I knew what was happening to being behind on emails/posts/pictures, looking at a week when both work/day jobs/volunteering all have high demands on my time. It’s Monday and I’m feeling overwhelmed.

So, there will be a lot of buns this week. And imperfections. But I’ll show up and do my best. And when I can’t, I’ll work on forgiving myself for that. What else can we do?

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Investment Piece, Fashionblogger, CA, TX, kimono, Levi's, loafers

Here’s the original post and it’s not wrong:

Loves, we’re headed into a few months that are all about party dresses, celebration outfits, and holiday plans. You’ll get some of that here, I promise. But even within these coming months, there are times when we’re not at our party best-our hair is dirty, maybe we’re wearing sweats (I do it), but that doesn’t mean we don’t care. Errands, last minute plans, days of shopping and holiday planning; what do you do when you have dirty hair, but you do care? My solution: distract people with your outfit! This amazing vintage kimono jacket from Reformation is reversible, meaning the outfits are endless (pants, skirts, over a dress) but I love it with vintage Levi’s and loafers. Simple, but pulled together. Comfy, but look great. You care, but it doesn’t take effort. I also recommend a messy bun and red lips–smoke and mirrors!

What do you do when you have dirty hair but do care? I’d love to hear all your tips!
Happy Monday! XO

Both this jacket and jeans are vintage (though I’ve found similar for you!)

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Jackets:

Sunday Chronicles: Holidays

Investment Piece: Happy Holidays

Loves, Halloween was just Thursday and yet it feels like we’re in the middle of the holiday season. I have mixed feelings about this time of year.

Personally, I’m not one to rush ahead. I know that the Christmas season is BIG, but I still think that we should take the time to enjoy Thanksgiving (being grateful is cool and there’s no need to skip a day devoted to eating!). Also, as much as there is to do at this time of year-parties, gifts, traveling, all the things- that I want to tell us (or me) to slow down. To enjoy time with friends and family and not worry about all the things. To take time for tradition. To simply relax into the season.

Yet.

Part of my job is helping you prepare for the season. I’m sure you’ve noticed in my postings on LikeToKnowIt and ShopStlye (all shoppable in the links to the side), that I’ve already started making gift guides. Do I kinda hate that? Yes. But on the other hand, I kinda love the thought that we could all get our shopping done and out of the way and then relax. And I would rather help you prepare than ignore the season.

So. For the next month or so you’re going to be seeing a lot of gift guides. (Know I think that the best guides are personal and if there is ever any gift you need help with I’m always available for personal shopping. You can reach me at racheladelicia@investmentpiece.com) I’ll be doing a round-up each Sunday of the week’s gift guides on Sunday Chronicles (though you can still expect a few thoughts from me!). We’ll be active through the holiday season, posting outfits, our series, and more. Then we’ll make sure to keep you updated on Holiday sales from Black Friday to Green Monday to Boxing Day.

Maybe we can shop and relax and enjoy the season at the same time? That’s my goal for us, here’s to making it a reality!

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

Sass

Investment Piece, fashion blogger, Levi's, sass, vintage, LA, CA
Investment Piece, fashion blogger, Levi's, vintage, Stuart Weitzman, sass, LA, TX
Investment Piece, Fashionblogger, sass, vintage, Levi's, custom, Stuart Weitzman, CA, TX
Investment Piece, fashion blogger, sass, vintage, Levi's, Stuart Weitzman, CA, TX
Investment Piece, fashion blogger, sass, vintage, Levi's, custom, Stuart Weitzman, Ca, TX
Investment Piece, fashion blogger, custom, vintage, Levi's, sass, CA, TX

Loves, you know that I love sass, that I’m not afraid to wear my attitude and that I love vintage (and custom) denim. So individually every component of this outfit makes me happy, together I think they’re perfect! This vintage sweatshirt is one of the most comfortable things I own (and the sass!) and I wear it with everything–pants, leggings, skirts, over slip dresses. These custom vintage Levi’s via The Rebel Stylist are divine–great with sneakers, perfect with heels, and the Pom-poms give it just enough personality. Paired with a blazer and my all time favorite heels? It’s a little celebration of making it through the week!

Hope you survived the holiday! Happy Friday! XO RA

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Fashion Stories: Halloween Costume

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Investment Piece: Fashion STories, Halloween Costume
Investment Piece: Fashion Stories Halloween Costume
Investment Piece: Fashion Stories HAlloween Costumes

When fashion stories and fashion Halloween intersect magic can happen. This year I thought long and hard about what I wanted to be for Halloween. I knew that it had to be fashion (here with the black cocktail dress and shoes), and I wanted it to be something I would really dress up as! So…I’m Maleficent! Ironically, this is not my first (or second) time being the “Mistress of Evil”. This headpiece is from college-yes, I was Maleficent when we hadn’t seen her side of the story, when to be a fan of Maleficent meant you loved her in all her evilness. (It doesn’t hurt that Sleeping Beauty is my favorite fairy tale)

But I really wanted to think about the fashion part of my costume. You’ve seen this dress before (here and here), it’s one of my favorite designers (Norma Kamali) and this is one of those little black dresses that feels like nothing, but offers such an impact. Here I put a turtleneck under it- I know, you can see the lines. I do love this dress, though I have to say if I were going to alter it, (a series I’m thinking of doing, what are your thoughts?) I would cinch the waist a bit as it can gape. (Insert shrugging emoji)
But for the most part it’s perfect.
Those sleeves read queen. (Note- a LBD would also work for any queen, Morticia Adams, or a witch)
I’ve had the headpiece for years. And I’ve found you updated headpieces.
And I’ve had the bird.
However, most of this costume is just fashion. And as a fashion lover, I love that. You know that I’m a firm believer that fashion is a medium with which to tell our stories, and why should our costumes (stories) be excluded from that?

Investment Piece: Fashion Stories Halloween Costumes
Investment Piece: Fashion Storeis Halloween Costume
Investment Piece: Fashion Stories Halloween Costume

The question now is: what are you for Halloween? What fashion are you using? And what story are you telling?
Some other easy things I’ve thought about being:
Mrs. Maisel (a vintage slip with a coat)
Audrey Hepburn (black turtleneck, crop pants, loafers)
Hester Pyrne (black dress with a Scarlet A)
Barbie (pink)
And for fun, T-REX (with heels)

The fun part for me is mixing fashion and stories–and isn’t that just want a costume is?

There’s a lot to shop her, so I’ve broken it down!
I can’t wait to hear about what you’re being for Halloween, and the stories and fashion that went into it!
Xo RA

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If you love this dress:

Maleficent costumes can be purchased here
Or here:

Happy Halloween!
Investment Piece: FAshion Halloween

mixing and matching and trending

Investment Piece: mixing and matching and trending
Investment piece: mixing and matching and trending

The thing I always wonder about the term “mix and match”, isn’t everything mixing and matching? Not that there aren’t sets. Not that you can’t wear those sets together, but for the most part, in most of your life, aren’t we simply putting things together and hoping it works? Like meal planning- if you’re very traditional, you’re picking a protein, a carb, a veggie, and you’re hoping they go together. Isn’t that mixing and matching? And that’s just food, we do it with our schedules, our workouts, our playlists?

Shouldn’t our closets be the easiest thing to mix and match?

Take vintage skirts and vintage logo tops? Not a set, but they work as one. (This one was easy, the leathers blend!)
So, when the mixing and matching is easy, what do you do? Add a trend!

Investment Piece: Mixing and Matching and trending
Investment Piece: mixing and matching and trending
Investment Piece: mixing and matching and trending

Is there anything more on trend this season than snakeskin boots? And if leopard can be a neutral, why can’t snakeskin?

At least, that’s the theory I’m working with.
Ironically enough, I got these boots last fall, but I still get stopped and asked about them–snakeskin is the new neutral, you heard it here first! I love how it goes with so much (a made up leather set) and feel like standouts.

I had a lot of fun with this look-I usually shy away from minis but this one was just long enough to make even mom comfortable. Logo mania? Pro-tip: buy vintage. This top feels fresh (do logos ever go out of style?) but it’s vintage. Together, this felt modern and fun, and a bit of a stand out.

Now if I could only find a way to mix and match sitting in traffic so I missed all the stop and go!

Investment Piece: mixing and matching and trending

I’ve linked similar items below for your shopping pleasure. I’d love to know: what’s your take on mixing and matching?
Xo RA

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