September Armarium Picks

Loves, this is a part of my partnership with Armarium. All opinions and picks are my own! You can use code RADELICIA for 20% off your first rental xo RA

It’s September and I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of kicking off this month. From the start of school seasons, ballet seasons, class seasons, and football seasons; it seems that with summer ending, a lot is beginning. What does that mean for me? Opening parties, tailgates, fundraisers and galas. Which means I have a lot to wear.

I’ve picked things for all these kick off parties. Some can be dressed up or dressed down. Some are gowns. All are amazing (I think). These are what I’m renting this month:

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Not your average gown, I love this Hip Pad Dress and can’t wait to wear it to a gala!

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Together or Seperate, perfect for start of season meetings. Get this Suit and show them who’s boss.

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I just love this silhouette. It’s classy and a little risqué all at the same time!

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Yes, this is technically a gown. But it would also look great with sandals or flats. Cocktail party? Rent it here

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I can’t get over how beautiful this dress is. And how great w all would look in it.

What do you have going on this month? Might I suggest anything at Armarium? Remember to use code RADELICIA for 20% off your first rental!
Xo RA

Fashion Stories: Dior

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I recently had the chance to see the Dior exhibit, “From Paris to the World”, at the Dallas Museum of Art. It’s a must see for any fashion lover, art lover, human lover. The exhibit has been extended to October 27, and you can get more information about the museum and buy tickets here.

Loves, I have to admit that this exhibit awed me. The amount of art (yes. Fashion is art. Couture is one our last artisan art forms.) The clothes. The beauty.

I took so many, many pictures, thinking I would make us a little video. But then I found these and they tell the story so well:

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What I would love to share are my take-aways from this art and fashion heaven:

Fashion is Art
Not that I haven’t said this before, but it’s still true. The craft, the workmanship, the art. In fact, DMA showed Dior next to Monets, and Van Goughs.

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And while I’ve always been a believer that fashion was art, what this Dior exhibit reminded me of was that it’s ok, more than ok, to see the bigger picture of your clothes. To not just have things to run errands in (also super important), but to have pieces that make you gasp, fill with joy, that are beyond the everyday. That we should enjoy our clothes, and be inspired by them. Both sides of fashion are amazing.

Fashion Tells a Story
Again, not a new thought. Fashion Telling a Story is one of my core beliefs. However, Dior sent that message home for me. Christian Dior was a man who saw women and fashion in a new way, and his vision changed what people wore. We can think of luxury houses as these big brands, but they all started with a story. They all still tell a story. From Christian to Galliano, each creative designer of a house puts their own take on a line, while carrying the story the house was founded on.
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And that doesn’t even touch on the stories told in the clothes (like Jennifer Lawrence falling at the Oscars).

This exhibit made me not only want to know the stories of Dior, and wear the clothes, but find our more about the women who wore these stories. From the classics
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To the not-so-classic:
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I want it all, and I want to tell all the stories.

What about you?
I’d love to hear if you’ve seen the exhibit, your thoughts, and what things you’ve done in Dior!
Xo RA

I’ve linked to some of the books and films about Dior that I’ve either loved or am longing to love!
Note: this post does contain affiliate links. While that does not affect the price for you, I may earn commission from them. Thank you for your support!

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Fashion Stories: Raiding Mom’s Closet

This post was originially just an outfit post. But even then, I knew that this vintage piece, from my mom’s closet was a story. And what’s that I’m always saying? Fashion is just a way to tell our stories. My mom wore this in her 20s. It was in my sister’s and my “dress up box” growing up. My sister and I have both worn it-to parties, as business wear, even as a costume. To me it tells the story of my mom’s hope and dreams, and how my sister and I carry that on. I am so fascinated by what we keep in our closets. And in this case, what we keep, use, and keep going back to. What’s in your closet?

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As someone who loves vintage clothes, there’s a special place I love to go for vintage: Mom’s Closet. I don’t always get the chance to raid mom’s closet, but when I do, I think it’s magical. This dress/jacket set is from my mom’s wedding, it was her going away outfit. I love that she saved it, that she lets my sister and I wear it, and that it’s a vintage piece that lends itself to modern style. Everything about this vintage dress is great–the button detail, the drop waist (though I couldn’t resist belting it with this stunner), and the flair.

Here’s part of what I think is magical about fashion: it can transform itself and you. While this dress holds special meaning for my family, it’s easy to make this a “new” look”. The belt is a way to dress it up, and socks with shoes are one of my fave things ever. ( See here, here, and here for some examples). The look feels fresh, yet it’s an homage to my past. Raiding my Mom’s closet is one of my favorite things. I’d love to know: who’s closet do you love to raid? And how do you do your vintage?

The dress/jacket are from my mom’s closet
The socks are Gucci, the shoes Brian Atwood
The belt is vintage from RecessLa. Pics are by the amazing Megan Weaver!
I’ve picked some similar picks for you below!
XO RA

Fashion Stories: Elaine Kim Hero Vest

Note: this post is a part of my partnership with Elaine Kim, though all opinions are my own. This post also may contain affiliate links. While that does not affect price for you, I may earn commission. Thank you for your support! When shopping Elaine Kim use code RACHEL4EK to get 15% off your first order!

Does your summer need a hero? Something you can throw on with anything and everything and have it save the day? Lucky for you, I know a hero like that!

I’ve worn this vest as a dress-both work wise and play wise. I’ve worn it over my workout clothes, my bikinis, my cut offs. It would be amazing over any pant (I just can’t bring myself to be in pants when it’s blazing hot outside. If you can, you’re a stronger person than I am!) My point? This vest is one of the hardest working pieces in my closet. And in yours, it could be as well–it will also work in the fall. The vest comes in 4 colors (black, white, navy, and a desert).

Chic, comfortable, a hard worker, and able to shit seasons? That’s the kind of hero I need. I have a lot of stories to tell, and this piece helps with ALL of them.

Get your hero vest here!

Happy hero shopping!
Xo RA

Fashion Stories: Doris Day

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I grew up in a house with a mom who LOVED Doris Day. We just to sing “Que Sera” and put on her movies whenever on of us had a bad day. From Pillow Talk to Caprice, and everything in between, my family loved her acting, feel good movies, and “good girl” image.

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Weirdly enough, I didn’t think about Doris Day’s fashion until her recent passing. Did I know she always looked amazing? Yes. In my opinion, Doris mastered the casual before it was chic, but could also rock a fur coat (both are goals). And then, when she passed, so many pictures of Doris Day were posted and I couldn’t help but think: I”d love to get in her closet.

Sadly, we can’t.

Luckily, I have a solution. My mom sent me the below video of Doris Day and her style. It fascinates me. And only makes me want to copy every single outfit.

We all have a fashion story! I hope you enjoy Doris Day’s as much as I did!
Xo RA

Fashion Stories: Smocked

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A few weeks ago, I featured this dress that my mother had smocked. And while smocks can be many things-from an artist’s garment to a lightweight covering to a bib–smocking, to me, has always meant my mother. (The best things usually lead back to our moms). My mom smocked my sister and I countless outfits when we were kids; and now that I’m grown, she has made countless bibs as baby shower gifts for me to give.

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(Me in an Easter Dress Mom made)

Smocking is so akin to my mother in my mind that when I started researching smocks for my last post I was shocked to find out that there is a complete history of smocks that didn’t include my mother. (Yes, I am that loyal. And yes, smocks are worth researching. You can start here).

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My sister and I in dresses my mom smocked for us.

Loves, we know that I am fascinated by the things that we keep in our closets. I’m also fascinated by the stories that the clothes we keep tell. Smocks, and my mother, tell the stories of my childhood: love, holidays, my sister, and everything that goes along with those things. My mother has kept all the Smocking that she made for us, and this month I got the chance to sit down and talk with her about it.

IP: Mom! Thank you for being a part of this! When I look back at all of the things that you smocked for Ruth and I, I see all the love and time you poured into us. When did you begin Smocking?

Mom: I began Smocking in the early 1980s. When you were a baby, we lived in Spain and while we where there, I fell in love with some of the smocked baby clothes for sale. I wanted to make something just as special and beautiful for you and your sister as you grew up. I started with dresses and aprons, and then I started taking lessons using the Smocking pleater and doing the picture pleating.

This allowed my mom to design clothes for my sister and I, with things such as crayons, dogs, bunnies, balloons, and all sorts of designs.

IP: What has led you to hang on to these pieces for all of this time?

Mom: Well, I hope to pass them on to other members of the family. Or, at the very least, I hope that you and your sister can keep them and know how much love was sewn into them.

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IP: And you recently began Smocking again. From Easter egg covers to bibs, bonnets, and other baby gifts, what made you take this up again?

Mom: Now that I’m retired I have more free time. I have always loved sewing and Smocking. It makes me happy to make something with love that I can give to someone. So, with that free time I’ve decided to finish some things that I started and never got around to finishing. And to do some more projects that will bring joy to people.

I know that my sister and I will always treasure these pieces from my mom. They were some of my first “custom Desginer” dresses. And informed my love of fashion. What have you kept in your closet from your family? What fashion piece do you associate with your mom? I would love to hear about it and come tell the stories in your closet!!

Xo RA

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Fashion Stories: Lexie and Spell Collective

Fashion makes for the best friends. I met Lexie at a lingerie party at Bloomers and Frocks. It was love at first try on. Then, as we got to know each other, Lexie shared with me her love of the brand Spell & the Gypsy Collective, how Facebook groups trading that brand influenced her style, and her love of vintage. I’m so fascinated by her story and I hope you are too!

I love telling your stories–what you collect, what you can’t get rid of, what you wear. But most of all, I love how fashion brings us together.

Xo RA

Some notes on Spell Collective! It is an Australian brand! You can buy it on their website (they do have an US option and they ship. Some thoughts: the Australian dollar is a better deal, and all shipping over $150 is free). However, the brand is also stocked in the states at various stores–Free People especially. And, maybe if you’re lucky, Lexie will let you in a Facebook Group for it!

I’ve linked some pieces of the brand I love below!

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Fashion Stories: Great-Great Grandma’s Wedding Dress

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Loves!! I’m so exited to share the first of the new project we’ve been working on:

Fashion Stories : Telling the Stories our Fashions Hold.

I’m a big lover of fashion. I’m a big believer in stories. I’m convinced that we’re all story-tellers and that in our closets are pieces that hold meaning and explain different parts of us. Whether it’s something that shows a side of us that we don’t normally share with the world, or the outfit that we got our big promotion in, our fashions tell our stories. So, let’s bring our fashion out of the closet and listen.

Or, at least, that’s the idea.

And our first story? My great-great grandma’s wedding dress. Wedding dresses are one of those things that we all hang onto, and pass down. They’re full of the hope and love that the first owner had on her big day, and as we pass them down, the dresses get full of the love and hope that the older generation has for the younger generation.

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My Great-Great Grandma, Cora Christine, wore this gown in 1887 to marry my great-great grandpa, Arthur A. From just a fashion standpoint? The beading (that even runs underneath the belt), the train, the sleeves. It’s just exquisite. The story? While this wedding dress was originial to my great great grandma, she got it at McNeil’s Gowns (an extensive Internet search has produced nothing on this brand, if you know something I would love to hear it!), it’s been passed down in my family for generations. It’s become one of the things that no one can (or wants to) get rid of–and not just because it’s gorgeous.

I never got to meet my great-great grandma (I’m not that old), but getting to wear her dress let’s me in on little bits of her personality. That she must have liked details. That she could pull off being delicate and a train. That she wanted a dress for her wedding like this, at a time when some people didn’t go big for their wedding day. There are parts of her in me, and this dress describes both of us.

I made us a little video for Out of the Closet. Our fashions hold stories, and I love telling them:

(Yes, there are some technical issues. It’s hard being great at fashion and not great at technology. Also, if you know someone who’s great at editing send them our way!)

Loves! Thank you for listening to my stories. I would love to come play in your closet and tell yours!

XO RA

Fashion Stories: PhoebePhiloFan

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I’m a true believer that fashion is a medium with which to tell stories; and, that we tell stories every time we get dressed, or buy clothes. So, it’s no surprise that I’m simply fascinated by what we buy, collect, and hang onto in our closets. These are the stories I love telling!

This month I had the privilege of speaking to Tess of PhoebePhiloFan (she is a must follow on Instagram, @pheobephilofan). Tess is a dear friend, and over the years has evolved not only her personal style, but her collection of one of her favorite designers, Phoebe Philo (when she was at Celine). Tess and I sat down to chat all things Celine, Phoebe, personal style, and more!

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IP: What started you on your journey to collect Phoebe Celine? Or, why collect Phoebe Celine?
Tess: Well, I got a few of her pieces throughout the years, but recently felt like I have honed in on my own personal style, and this specific era from Celine really represents that.

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IP: What would you say your personal style is?
Tess: I feel like it’s become more sophisticated and self confident, not as much flashy or showy. I feel like it really reflects my inner self confidence so it’s more about me and less about the clothes–though it is about the clothes!
IP: Everytime I see you I feel like you look very chic, but also very Tess. Nothing ever looks like a costume or like you’re letting the clothes wear you.
Tess: I feel that for a while I was experimenting, but I’ve always been searching for clothes that really reflect the true me, and through Phoebe Philo I’ve found that.

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IP: So where do you find all of these great Phoebe Philo pieces?
Tess: I look all over the place. The RealReal, Vestiaire Collective, eBay, local second hand shops like UAL, etc. I find most of it second hand, which helps with cost, but I really look all over.
IP: So, how much of your closet is Phobe Philo?
Tess: I would say about 20%. I feel like I buy clothes frequently, but I’m now at the point where I would rather buy fewer clothes of higher quality and things that I really love than just whatever is trendy. So, I don’t feel badly about spending a little bit more and investing in her pieces rather than going for the easy, fast fashion pieces that quickly go out of style, or the quality isn’t there!
IP: Investment Pieces are something I understand and love!

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IP: so, where are you going from here? Is Phoebe something you intend to keep collecting on purpose, or do you see this as an evolution of your own style/wardrobe?
Tess: I’ve been through Phoebe and OldCeline, and they really fit my sense of self. So, I would say I’m just incorporating this into my wardrobe, I still buy other designers and pieces, but since I love Phoebe so much will always make space for her in my closet!
IP: How has this changed your interaction with fashion and the fashion community? Your account is so beautiful, and you’ve had great engagement. How has this changed your outlook on fashion?
Tess: I think it makes me more mindful about the way I shop. Before I feel like I could get distracted by trends, and now I’m following the trends a little less and staying true to my own sense of style more. I’m investing in classic staples, and being ok with that, and then having one or two stand out items. But I now really think more long term when I shop.

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IP:So you take all your pictures yourself?
Tess: Yes, I do! I love photography too, though I know very little about it, so I’m loving the pictures side of this too, as well as the fashion of course. Actually, one time I was at the graffiti wall in Austin and someone saw me shooting and asked if I needed them to take my picture; and I explained that I love taking the pictures myself. It’s part of the journey for me.
IP: You’re so good at it! Taking the pictures yourself is still something I’m working on!
Tess: and there are times when I feel bad. Like my husband would take my photos for me, but I really don’t think he gets what I do-I mean he knows it’s important to me, but I don’t know that he would capture the pictures that I’m going for.

SideNote: Mr. PhoebePhiloFan is amazing as well, but yes, I get that!

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My husband laughs every time I wear these shoes. Phoebe can be so specific and that’s part of what I love about it!

I just adore Tess of PhoebePhiloFan, her fashion choices, and her fashion philosophy! I hope that you enjoyed this fashion story as well–make sure to follow Tess (@phoebephilofan) on Instagram and I’ve picked out some of my fave Celine pieces for your shopping pleasure below!

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What stories are you telling in your closet?
XO RA

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Fashion Stories: Gifts

I am obessed with the stories that our fashion tell. I’m on a mission to tell them all. Mine. Yours. Everyone’s. I’m fascinated by the things we hang onto, the stories we tell, what matters to us and how does the fashion we keep enforce that.

This month, as our minds are on gifts, I’m chatting about gifts that tell a story that I can’t get rid of.
And yes, I’m working on stopping saying “um” all the time!

Enjoy!
I’d love to know what gifts you hang onto! I’d also love to tell your stories-hit me up!
Xo RA