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

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

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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June Armarium Picks

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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!
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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

Summer is Coming

That sizzle? It’s summer. And loves, summer is coming. Every summer takes on a different personality, there was the summer of travel, of wine, of sets. What is constant for me in summer are the basics I love to wear; I find no matter what personality the summer takes on, or what outfits I end up loving, there are a few things I go back to time and time again.

In the spirit of sharing, and indulging together, here are a few of the things that will be on rotation for my summer wardrobe. I would love to know: what do you wear over and over again in the summer?

Xo RA

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Swimsuits

Not just in the water. I tend to wear swimsuits as bodysuits, tops, with just about everything. See here, here, and here for starters. Some swimsuits I’m currently loving?

Sundresses
Basic? They don’t have to be, and what else are you going to keep cool in? From more formal a la here to more casual a la here, there’s not a sundress I don’t like. Here are some I’m liking this summer:

All White
I was raised to believe that white pants and the like had a very specific fashion window. Today I’m a little more forgiving about wearing all white year around; but, each summer I still find myself stocking up on all white outfits to tide me over. Is it really summer if you’re not romping around in all white? I’ve done it here and here. The hardest thing about an all white outfit to find (IMO) are the pants. Here are some I’m loving:

Your turn! Let me know what basics you think are a must for summer. And what do you think this summer’s personality will be?

Xo RA

Inspired by :Fosse/Verdon

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A recent obession of mine? Fosse/Verdon. So much so, that I can’t help but let my fashion by inspired by it.
In one scene, Gwen Verdon (played by the incomparable Michelle Williams) wears the most perfect pantsuit. This is my version of that.
Investment Piece: Fosse Verdon
Investment Piece: Fosse/Verdon
Investment Piece: Inspired by Fosse/Verdon
Investment Piece: Inspired by Fosse/Verdon
We’re all story tellers. I’m a big believer that fashion is just another way we can tell our stories.
Don’t believe me?
What’s your favorite movie? Play?
Can you picture your favorite character? Does it matter what they wear?

(Hint: yes. Yes it does)

This is by no means the first time that I’ve been fascinated by a TV show’s costume department (see here And here), and not the first time I’ve let you know I think fashion is a story telling medium. As an actress and a fashion blogger when things like stories I love (Fosse/Verdon) and fashion collide, I simply can’t contain myself. We can’t jump in the story, but we can jump in the fashion, and that’s almost just as good!

Investment Piece: Inspired by Fosse/Verden
Side Note: Fosse/Verdon (which is on Tuesday nights on FX) is a must watch. We could chat about what we give and give up in relationships. What we sacrifice and kill for creativity. How when we don’t heal ourselves we hurt others. What men take from women. How Michelle Williams is gonna win an Emmy. How I’m constantly amazed at the creative output of Lin-Manuel Miranda (he’s an executive producer). We won’t. But we could. For days. My only advice?
Watch Fosse/Verdon.

Maybe twice.

Investment Piece: Inspired by Fosse/Verdon

What I can chat about today? The pantsuit. A novel thing in the 70/80s. Still a statement. The stories you can tell in a pantsuit are endless. The powerful CEO. The up and comer. The woman leaving. The one arriving. (And yes, in recent years the pantsuit has had some political meaning. Embrace that)

Even more interesting in your pant suit story? You can make one with seperates in your closet. These pants? Elaine Kim (use code RACHEL4EK for 15%off your first order at Elaine Kim). Blazer? I’ve had it for years (I think I got it on eBay). Shoes? Old Jeffrey Campbell, I can never seem to get rid of them as they might be the perfect wedge. And of course, a scarf and a belt. (If we’re channeling early 80s we have to be accessorized). But really, any blazer, any pants, any scarf will do.

Even if you’re not confronting your genius/hurtful husband.

I’ve linked similar items for you below. Want more content that combines my acting and fashion worlds? Let me know! Want more inspired by content? Let me know! Just in general- let me know.

I’ll be over here in my leotard!
Xo RA

Investment Piece: Inspired by Fosse Verdon
FOSSE VERDON — Pictured: (l-r) Michelle Williams as Gwen Verdon, Sam Rockwell as Bob Fosse. CR: Pari Dukovic/FX

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Investment Piece: Inspired by Fosse/Verdon

Fancy Dress

Investment Piece: Fancy Dress
Investment Piece: Fancy Dress
Investment Piece: Fancy dress
Investment Piece: Fancy Dress
Investment Piece: Fancy Dress

Note: this post contains affiliate links. And is part of my partnership with Armarium. All opinions are my own. And while I might earn commission from these links, that doesn’t affect the price for you. Thank you for your support!

I won’t even address the fact that I’m in polka dots. Again. I can’t help it! And if they didn’t want me to wear dots, they would quit making them. Facts.
Investment Piece: Fancy Dress

And now that we got that out of the way:

Loves. This dress. It made me feel like a princess (but the self rescuing kind). And yet, I could also see it with flats and at bbqs. (This kind of princess loves drinking on patios and won’t apologize for it. I think this dress would look great doing that, too!)

Without prompting, I can speak for hours about what I love about fashion, and the power that I think fashion has. I’m a firm believer that everyone needs a party dress, a fancy dress if you will, to celebrate moments (big and small) in their lives. Birthdays? No exception.

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I fell in love with this Zimmermann dress the first time I saw it. And knew that I wanted to wear it on my birthday. (And also to walk in Paris, to summer soriees, and anything else my life could come up with) The thing about fancy dresses is that we tend to put them in a box. We think they can only be used for that party or that event or that soiree.

At that point we have two choices:
Yes. Buy the dress and wear it once
OR
Rent it and wear it once.

(Actually there are three choices, buy it and wear it wherever you want!)

This time, I choose to rent–and yet, I still got to wear it more than once. Birthday dinner. The ballet for Mother’s Day, and this shoot. I absolutely love renting with Armarium and I think you will too (see here). Like this option? Use code RADELICIA for 20% off your first rental.

Want to own this beauty for yourself?
I found options here

(A quick sizing note: I’m a size 0/2 and went with the bigger size here. In retrospect, I wish I had gone with the smaller size–it was a little hard to keep up! Armarium has stylists on call, so if you ever have a question like that, reach out to them!)

There’s no bad option. And there’s no bad fancy dress. Where do you wear yours?
Xo RA

It’s All Fun and Games

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Investment Piece: It's All Fun and Games
Investment Piece: It's all fun and games
Investment Piece: It's all fun and games

It’s all fun and games….till the fashion gets involved. Or, if you’re doing it right, it’s all fun and games when the fashion gets involved. Because, loves, fashion is supposed to be fun. The games are up to you!

There are times when I get these ideas in my head that I can’t shake. Outfits. Shoot ideas. Pieces I must have. Sometimes the solution is simple: buy the shoes. Sometimes, the outfits or the shoots take more planning. This outfit? Easy. I fell in love with this Marni top (found at Recess LA) that is both metallic glory, and somehow reminds me of a bowling shirt. There are so many ways to wear it: jeans, skirts, over a bathing suit, over a dress. But I love them with these tux pants.

It’s fun. It’s perfect for playing games in. And yes, that is a shower cap worn as a hat. And some of my fave sandals.

All fun and games.

Investment Piece: It's all fun and games
Investment Piece: It's all fun and games
Investment Piece: it's all fun and games
Investment Piece: It's all fun and games
Investment Piece: It's all fun and games

We’ve covered the fun, now for the games.

I was convinced that I should shoot this outfit in a bowling alley. The shirt, the hat (which also looks amazing worn with all your hair up), the pants. It was to be editorial and fun and kitchy and high end, all at the same time. Here’s the thing about shooting in a bowling alley: you have to have one where you can shoot. Not that there aren’t bowling alleys, but issues like persmission, lighting, fees, and timing kept getting in the way. In the meantime, I wore this outfit to drinks. I wore the pieces seperately in various ways. The shhhower cap became a necessity when I needed to rinse off ad not get my hair wet.

And yet, I couldn’t get the idea of shooting this as a bowling outfit out of my head.

There’s a chance I watched Grease 2 too much as child. That’s most likely a subject for a different sort of therapy session. We’re focusing on the fun, games, and fashion.

But this outfit needed games, right?

We’re always given what we need. I should trust that by now, but sometimes I don’t. When I met my photographer for this shoot I knew that we might get to use an outdoor space, and that there might be some lawn bowling equipment. We lucked into someone having a hula hoop (and letting us use it). Then, by chance, we went by a restuarant that allowed us to shoot on their game deck and ping pong table. Some outfits just seem to find what they need.

It’s all fun and games, right?

This top is vintage Marni, and these pants are Jcrew from several seasons ago. However, I’ve linked similar items (and these shoes!) below for your fun and games!

XO RA

Don’t forget to shade yourself when you’re out having fun:

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Investment Piece: It's all fun and games
It’s all fun and games…

And Thank you to KYN Photo for playing games with me!

Dots and Sets

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Investment Piece: Dots and Sets
Investment Piece: Dots and Sets
Investment Piece: Dots and Sets

Dots are a timeless pattern. I love them. You love them. They are everywhere. Here they get a little sass with a short set, you can’t quite tell but those sleeves are a little sheer, and some feathers. Perfectly vintage. Perfectly modern. The shorts would be perfect at the beach or a bbq, and with the skirt this is party ready.

Investment Piece: Dots and Sets
Investment Piece: Dots and Sets
Investment Piece: Dots and Sets
Investment Piece: Dots and Sets

Sets. They’re great to wear together, to wear seperately. Sets can take the work out of planning an outfit. The skirt part of this vintage one would be perfect over any white dress, or even jeans. The shorts can stand alone. Together, or alone, they can be as dressy or as casual as your day needs.

Sassy, feathers and the pop of leg. Classic, those dots. If there is a superhero in your closet, I bet it’s a set like this one.

Yes, it’s vintage- from one of my favorites, FeatherstoneVintage, but I’ve found some similar options for your shopping pleasure below! The shoes? PVC from Steve Madden, exact ones linked. I’ve worn them with everything-they make your legs look like they go on for days!

Dots and sets. It’s how I roll!

Xo RA

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