Where to Shop: Featherstone Vintage

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Instagram is such a strange and lovely place. I not only love connecting with all of you there, I’ve made friends, and found unbelievable places to shop. Case in point? Featherstone Vintage. Not only a place for stunning vintage (and yes, I have picks for you), the owner Nicola is a joy (she’s gone to the shop at night to check measurements for me. I love great vintage, but when better people sell it to me, I can’t help but gush!), and the prices will not break your bank (important!).

In Nicola’s words:
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I’ve never had the pleasure of going to Montreal (maybe we should plan a trip??), but I’m so grateful I found her on Instagram. From vintage Celine:
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Shop that skirt here to Thierry Muglar:
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here
(Nicola also just got the most amazing Oscar de la Renta in!), Featherstone Vintage is not only a beautiful addition to your Instagram feed, you also need to keep up to date with their blog, but it’s one of my favorite places to shop vintage–and I think it could be one of yours too!

Some of my finds at Featherstone Vintage:
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And
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And these are some of the pieces I’m loving that are currently available to shop on FeatherStone Vintage:
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These gorgeous Gucci Boots

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Gianfranco Ferre Sunglasses

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Celine Secretary Blouse

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Dior Skirt (And it’s under $100!!)

Everytime I go on the site, or scroll through my Instagram feed, I fall in love with something new from Featherstone. Can you blame me? Join me in my love affair with the shop–and tell me what you get!

Happy shopping!
Xo RA

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Where to Shop: Dunitz & Company

One of my most favorite things about fashion as a community is meeting new people and supporting them. Nancy, of Dunitz & Company, and I met years ago via Instagram. Our mutual love of fashion and ethical practices drew us together. Her passion for treating fashion as the powerful art that it is meets her amazing glass creations, and I feel lucky to get to be a part of her circle.

Nancy has been kind enough to share about Investment Piece, read her post here. It really touched my heart, and made me realize that as much as I love Nancy and her creations, you might not know about Dunitz & Company. Let’s change that!

Nancy’s Story:
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Nancy’s creations are absolutely gorgeous, and knowing that supporting her helps support local artisans and ethical fashion practices makes me love them even more. My favorite collections of Dunitz’s are the glass works-all the earrings, bracelets and necklaces.
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But I also love the bead work!
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I got the chance to ask Nancy a few questions about Dunitz and Company:


What inspires and motivates you about the work you do?

That’s a loaded question. And I think over the years and from season to season that changes. When I first started my business in the early 90’s, I was inspired by the places I traveled and the people I worked with. I knew our collaboration resulted in beautiful designs that were marketable. I was terribly motivated to succeed (selling enough of our goods) so that we could continue producing beautiful things while supporting everyone that was involved, the artisans and me.

I’m still inspired by the artisans I work with in Guatemala. And I’m still very motivated to sustain our fair trade business. The thing is, the way people shop has changed so much in recent times. With so many people only shopping online and so many brick & mortar stores closing, I’m forced to re-think the way I sell our jewelry. For years I only wholesaled to stores. The puzzle I’m working on now is how to successfully build a larger retail business while the wholesale market has slowed. This definitely motivates me because the artisans I’ve been working with for so many years depend on me.


What can we look forward to in the next season of jewelry?

First off, you can always count on Dunitz & Company to offer a host of new colors that are right on trend. In August, we’ll be revealing our new line to stores for the Fall and Winter seasons. We’ll have lots of fabulous jewel tone combinations that will look good with any black or brown outfit.

Another thing we’ve been very focused on is affordability. I’ve noticed in recent times, a lot of customers want to find something gorgeous where they don’t have to spend a lot of money. I’ve made a point of designing many earrings that will retail for under $30.00 and often under $20.00. We sell more when we can offer competitively priced designs. So, ultimately this is better for our artisans too. More sales. More work.

As fair trade becomes more mainstream, what advances do you see happening in how we ethically make and buy fashion?

What I have actually noticed is there is a lot of compassion fatigue going on. Many companies run ethical businesses. Others do not. To drive sales, it seems many businesses, ethical or not, are using buzz words (such as fair trade and sustainability) because they think these will drive sales. Many of my customers have told me they are exhausted and confused by all the cause-marketing. I think to cut through some of the confusion and noise, it is important for consumers to familiarize themselves with reputable groups that actually verify and certify. This is why Dunitz & Company is a verified member of Fair Trade Federation. Membership doesn’t come easily. We were carefully screened. At the end of the day, I think most people want to own clothing or jewelry that is good looking and they love. With education, they can also make choices from companies that are screened for their ethics.

You can shop Nancy’s creations at Here , and make sure to give her a follow on Instagram @shopdunitz

I hope that you love her creations as much as I do!
Xo RA

Where to Shop: AmberLeaf

AmberLeaf: Classic Clothing for the Modern Woman

Investment Piece: Crazy for Blazers

Today is not the first time that you’ve heard me mention Amberleaf. I’ve been crazy for Blazers, and excited to share about my partnership with this amazing company (read all about that here and here). And while I love sharing pieces that stand out, this company is too special to leave things at that.

Investment Piece: Where to Shop Amberleaf

Amberleaf is an Austin, TX based company run by mother/daughter team Lisa and Liz. I first met this team of special women at a fashion event, where I couldn’t help but fall in love with not only the beautiful blazers, dresses, and now pants, but the women who made them. And then, as I got to know Liz and Lisa, and play in the clothes, not only did I find pieces I couldn’t wait to pair with EVERYTHING and women I wanted to support, I found a company designed for modern shopping. Amberleaf isn’t sold in stores*, you can get your hands on these exquisite pieces online (here), at a pop-up, or through one of the company’s stylists. (You can also enter the code RACHELADELICIA on your online orders to be added to my list and to get 15% off your order!) Liz and Lisa are incredibly hands on, they love to interact with clients and will help ensure the cut/color/fit of your Amberleaf is perfect.

Amberleaf garments are hand-made by artisans, so you can not only feel great about supporting a woman-owned business, you can feel amazing about the clothes they make!
Some other reasons to love Amberleaf like I do:

Affordable Luxury
Amberleaf prides itself on the quality of the clothing produced, and with good reason. From cashmere coats to impeccably cut pants, dresses, and Blazers, (all lined), the selection here is outstanding. All of us want the classic pieces that we buy to last. Quality is important and something to pay for. However, Amberleaf allows you to get the quality you crave at a price that won’t break the bank.

Sustainability
Amberleaf is changing the conversation regarding fashion sustainability in more than one way. And yes, this is an important convo to have– did you know that the US alone produces 26 BILLION lbs of clothing waste a year?!?! (People who throw away your clothes, what’s going on there?) Amberleaf strives to counteract this problem by producing amazing clothes that last a lifetime. By focusing on classic shapes (and who doesn’t need a great blazer?) with great construction, Amberleaf hopes to eliminate the need for “throw away” clothes in your closet.
Another way that Amberleaf is sustainable? Their business model. Most fashion companies produce a set number of their collection pieces, which are sold to various stores who then sell to the consumer. At Amberleaf? The company buys bolts of fabric, so that any of their patterns can be made in any of the colors available. Essentially, they aren’t forcing a certain color down your throat.

Quality
The thing about classics is that we all want them to last. That’s what makes them great investments, right? But even a classic that isn’t made with quality in mind isn’t always an investment piece. You should care about the fabric, cut, and lining of your clothes. Amberleaf does.

Non-Generational
Like the mother-daughter team at Amberleaf, I work with my mom. And it’s amazing. And it’s hard. What I love about a line like Amberleaf is that it’s one Mom and I can agree on. The designs are non-generational, meaning that not only will the clothes last, you can style them for every stage of your life. The company makes sizes 00-16, so there is someone for so many of the women in your life!

Some of my favorite pieces are
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The Wendy Dress.

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The Duchess Blazer

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The Capone Pant

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The Juliette Dress

***** BIG NEWS!
If you’re in Austin and eager to try on some of the Amberleaf pieces, I have great news! Amberleaf has just placed a few pieces in Altatudes (1717 East 12th St), so feel free to head over and try some things on!

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And watch for their cashmere coats in the winter! (Don’t forget to put RACHELADELICIA in your shopping notes for 15% off when you shop online!)

I truly hope that you fall in love with Amberleaf the way I have. I’d love to know, what are your favorite pieces?

XO RA

Crazy for Blazers

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Investment Piece: Crazy for Blazers

Loves, we’ve chatted about Blazers. In fact, we’ve chatted about these Blazers before. Need a refresher? Read all about them here.

Not a lot has changed. I’m still such a big fan of the blazer. As a top on its own. Over your favorite dress. Worn with pants and a tank. There’s not really a wrong way to do a blazer. And this Duchess blazer from Amberleaf is still one of my go-to’s. Sturdy and lined, yet with just enough sheen to feel special.

I still love Amberleaf. This mother/daughter duo, based in Austin, TX, are creating classic clothing that feels modern. And the way these classic Blazers (and dresses and now pants!) are made warm my heart. Amberleaf creates everything by hand-from pattern to product. The idea is affordable luxury, and the fabrics are picked with both durability and the look in mind. The price point is kept affordable on purpose (luxury isn’t just for the top), and the styles are multi-generational. (That’s just a fancy way to say my mom and I both love them! Do we style the pieces differently? Yes, but isn’t that the fun?) However, my most favorite thing about Amberleaf (besides the clothes) is the way the clothes are made. Not just handmade, Amberleaf sources bolts of fabric, not pieces of an item. What does that mean for you? Most of the pieces are made to order, and there’s as little waste as possible. And you get a stunning piece, in this case a blazer.

About this time, you may be wondering : what’s the update? We get that Amberleaf is a company to support. And that these stunning Blazers are worth adding to your closet (all of the different ways you can wear them!). Really? I just got more pictures in and couldn’t wait to share them with you. Over a fringe skirt. With a slip dress. Paired with flare jeans. And as a traditional suit (even if the pants aren’t traditional). The Duchess blazer has taken me from work to event to drinks with a girlfriend–and isn’t that what a great blazer should do?

I hope you check out Amberleaf and that you love them as much as I do. Use the code RACHELADELICIA when you shop their site, and we will keep you informed of specials and new items!

Happy Shopping!

XO RA

Note: This post is part of a partnership I have with Amberleaf. This is in no way affects pricing for you (though you may be offered a discount), and I may earn commission from your purchase. Thank you for your support!

What I learned when I let MM LaFleur Style Me

Investment Piece: What I leaned when I let MM LaFleur style me

You may have heard of MM. LaFluer, the clothing and bento box subscription that focuses on work clothes. (You can read more about the company and process here.) Some things to know right off the bat:
*This isn’t a sponsored post. They didn’t even know I was coming. I got the notification on Facebook (yes, it’s scary that Facebook knows us that well) that MM. LaFleur was holding a pop up event in Texas while I was in town. I took adavantage.
*I’m always curious how another stylist will style me. Yes, just like you I can have hang ups about someone else styling me. I have set ideas about cuts and colors and like it when someone can break me out of my preconceived notions.
*The clothes were amazing. I was so impressed with the quality.
*While I loved my experience, I can’t see myself signing up for a bento box. However, MM. LaFleur will be added to my list of places to shop. For my life and career, I don’t need the amount of “traditional” 9-5 clothes a bento box would provide, but I LOVED what I tried on and the pieces are on my Wishlist.

That’s a lot I learned, and we haven’t even chatted about MM LaFleur styling me. Shall we get to it?

The Process
My appointment with MM LaFleur was in person, they had sessions in a local hotel suite where we were invited to go and try on styles and explore the line. Before my appointment, I filled out a questionnaire about my style, brands I wear, and what I was looking for, so that my stylist and I weren’t starting cold.
My stylist was amazing and had pulled a variety of options for me to try.

My understanding is that the online process for MM LaFleur is very similar!

So, what did I think about my choices?

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Be Open or Try it On
We all have an idea of our “style” and what will fit and what goes together. All of us. The things about working with a stylist is that you’ve essentially asked them to work with your preconceived ideas, and push you a little on your boundaries. What does all that mean? It means that every style session should present you with some options that are distinctly “you”, and maybe some options that push you a little.

I went into my session with MM LaFleur knowing certain facts about my style. I’m a little edgy, I love classics, but don’t have a 9-5 job. Some of the picks for me were so Rachel that I fell in love automatically. Then, there were a few that didn’t strike me immediately. My stylist was amazing, and pushed me to go ahead and try some of the items I wasn’t sure about. So I did. And, loves? I loved them. Moral of the story? Even pro-shoppers can learn something and find new things, but you have to be open to it.

That thing you’re not sure if it’s “you” or not. Try it on. Test it out. See what happens.

Color and Print are Your Friends
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Investment Piece: What I learned when I let MM La Fleur Style Me
I talk about color and print often. I think you should wear them. Yet, loves there are still some hang ups I have in regards to color and print. Some are justified. There are certain shades of yellow that don’t look great on me. However, some of these issues are just in my head. Case in point?
My stylist pulled green for me, I mentioned that green and I have a tenuous relationship. But, I was open and tried it on, and this green dress was one of my favorite items.
Same with this rust dress. I normally shy away from anything that leans the slightest bit orange, but I loved it.
I tried on tons of black, and loved it. However, the colored pieces are the ones that stand out.
The lesson? Try new colors.

Don’t be Afraid of the Pants
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It’s not that I don’t love pants. I do. And I wear them. But can we be honest with each other? Shopping for pants is the worst. Between fit, rise, stretch, and style there is no set sizing, and that is just the tip of the iceberg about the frustrating process. So, I was wary about trying the MM LaFleur pants on. But I did. And I was blown away. The fit was immpeccable, the rise was just high enough for me. I feel like a broken record, but try the things. Maybe all of the things. Maybe some of the things. But try.

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I went into my styling session with MM LaFleur with some preconceived notions. About colors, about fits, and about my need for more “traditional” pieces. What I learned? Even I need to be open to more colors, prints, and new things. That traditional pieces still have a place in my closet, and some are right up my alley. Isn’t it amazing when you let yourself be styled and seen in a new light?

I highly recommend MM LaFleur and would love to hear about your experiences with them!

Happy Shopping!
XO RA

Where to Shop: Timeless Vixen

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Loves, I consider it one of my most treasured duties to keep you up to date on all the amazing places I think that you should be shopping. I share with you places I love, and shop at, and try to keep my eye out for the hidden gems that we should all be supporting. And loves, it’s no secret that I love vintage- in all its shapes, forms, and sizes. SO, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Timeless Vixen, one of my favorite high end Vintage dealers!

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Love Ossie Clark? Valentino? Dior? Stunning 20s dresses? Timeless Vixen has them in spades for you! This is the part where I’m supposed to wax poetic about her collection (completely drool worthy)  I’ve been a fan of Lauren, the owner and stylist of Timeless Vixen, for years. I’ve gotten to know her through various shows (A Current Affair) and shopping appointments, and every time we chat I like her more! So, yes, this is where I let you know about how amazing her collection is. This is where I let you know that if you have a special occasion, or just want something amazing, you should see the Timeless Vixen. Examples:

Me in one of the stunning Ossie Clarks
Me, in one of Timeless Vixen’s stunning Ossie Clarks!

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In a Stunning Piece from Italy

But loves, as much I love the collection at Timeless Vixen (and I do!), the best part about Lauren is her expert knowledge of vintage fashion. Have a question about a designer or period in fashion? Lauren has an answer, and most likely a dress. Have a question about how to tell if an item is authentic? Lauren can educate you on labels, zippers, what to look for in pictures, and can probably lead you to an authentic item. Yes, the collection is exquisite; but when you come stay for the incredible fashion education you can get from the Timeless Vixen!

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About now, you may be wondering how you can get your hands on the stunning collection of the Timeless Vixen. This is where good news gets great! You can follow the Timeless Vixen on Instagram (@timelessvixen), and shop her on 1stdibs, and starting this month you can shop Lauren’s new brick and mortar in Beverly Hills (though it’s best to request an appointment!) I got the chance to see the shop, and loves, it’s going to be amazing!
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Investment Piece: Timeless Vixen

From stunners from the 1920s, to day-dresses, to high end designer gowns, to the infamous Ossie Clark collection, the Timeless Vixen shop is everything you could want in a vintage store, right in Beverly Hills. If you get the chance, please go shop it! It’s an expertly curated treasure trove of vintage goodness that has to be seen to be believed! And you might catch me there! (And don’t worry, if you can’t make it to Beverly Hills, you can get all your fixes on Instagram and 1stdibs

Let me know what you get!

Happy Shopping! XO RA

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A sneak peak of me in my latest Timeless Vixen purchase!

Brand to Shop: Ann Chikahisa

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There are times when you meet someone that is simply special, and that love and care that they have shines through their work. This is true with Ann Chikahisa of Chikahisa Studio, who makes amazing jewelry from organic metals and stones.

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Ann is self taught, and each piece is a work of love. The pieces are elegant, easy, and modern. There is a joy that Ann has in her work, and it completely comes through in her work!

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This is what you can expect: great collections of necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets made with gold, silver, oxidized silver and stones–anything from diamonds to gem stones that feel organic, elegant, and most definitely non-basic. These pieces are a great way to elevate everything from jeans and a t-shirt to a little black dress, and besides being beautiful are fun!

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Some of my fave pieces: The above gold and oxidized silver necklace that I wore as a bracelet, the gold jacket earrings, stacking rings, and I have my eye on some of Ann’s diamond and hoop earrings!

I got to know Ann at Elaine Kim Studio, but you don’t have to get to LA to find Chikahisa studio! You can shop them online at Chikahisa Studio

Happy Shopping! XO RA