Blue Velvet

Investment Piece: Blue Velvet

investment Piece, fashion blogger, velvet suit, high fashion, CA, TX

Investment Piece, fashion blogger, velvet suit, high fashion, CA. TX

Investment Piece, fashion blogger, velvet suit, high fashion, CA, TX

Investment Piece, fashion blogger, velvet suit, holiday, high fashion, CA, TX

Blue Velvet.

That’s how the song goes, right?

She was a fan of the season. The glitz. The glamour. What she wasn’t a fan of? Blending in. She wanted to be seen- for everything she was. Is. And might be. Velvet. Especially blue, let her fit and stand out all at the same time. Winner of the season? Maybe!

I love anything velvet (tis the season). Blue velvet means that you can celebrate, and wear it all throughout winter. I love these Pants and
this blazer.

I’ve also linked some other velvet options below!

Xo RA

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Investment Piece, fashion blogger, velvet suit, high fashion, CA. TX

Is anyone else hearing the songs “Blue Christmas” or “Blue Suede Shoes”? Is it me?

SuperHero Cape

Investment Piece: SuperHero Cape
Investment Piece: SuperHero Cape
Investment Piece: SuperHero Cape
Investment Piece: SuperHero Cape
Investment Piece: SuperHero Cape
Investment Piece: superhero cape

She needed a hero.
On long days, on short days, on days when things just weren’t going her way. She needed someone to problem solve, to stand up for her, to tell her it was going to be ok. So, she waited. And waited.
No hero came.
It dawned on her that if she wanted or needed a hero, she was going to have to do it herself. Maybe it wasn’t exactly how the story she was told when she was younger.
However, she donned her cape. She set herself to the task.
And she became the hero she needed.
She problem solved with the best of them, she stood up for herself, and she told herself repeatedly that it would be ok.
It was.

And she looked great in a cape.

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I have a thing for capes. here, here, here, and here. Capes are classic and a statesmen and a twist, all at the same time.
This cape, and these pants, are both via Amberleaf. The pants are the perfect length to show off your boots (or heels, and this cape is not only a coat, but can be worn as a top.
Capes not only make you look like a superhero (or remind you that you are one), but they look so incredibly chic. Superhero Cape in more than one way.

I’ve linked similar options for you below, and this EXACT cape and pant can be found on Amberleaf. Don’t forget to use code RACHELADELICIA at checkout!

What makes you feel like a superhero?
Xo RA

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Gold Digging

Investment Piece: Gold Digging
Investment Piece: Gold Digging
Investment Piece: Gold Digging
Investment Piece: Gold Digging
Investment Piece: Gold Digging
Investment Piece: Gold Digging

Gold digging. Digging for gold. What she wanted was simply luxury, but peace. Were they the same thing? What would you give up for gold?

Loves, I tried, but all the stories that I could come up with weren’t exactly what I wanted to say. This shoot was so fun, and this outfit has been my go-to for casual entertaining and holiday decorating; and I’m not sure what would do it justice.

The name of this painting is “Gold Digger” and I couldn’t help but play on that. Gold digging. It’s an interesting topic, and one that can often lead to very firm opinions (and judgements). I’m not sure that I’m qualified to offer any story or essays on the topic. (Though I do love this:
In Defense of the Gold Digger about class inequality).

Maybe the gold digging I’m doing is trying to find the right story? (Though I’d never turn down the right shoes 😉 )

As for fashion: it really has taken me a long time to embrace (fully) athlesure. But, I’ve latched onto biker shorts and pedal pushers and I’m never letting go. See here and here. Yes, these pieces go great with tees and sweatshirts, but my new favorite way to pair them? With a “going out top”, this body suit with a deep v is perfect. Casual, comfy, and creative. You can decorate, run errands, and all the things around the house without batting an eye. You also look pulled together so that if a friend happens to stop by with champagne (or any other holiday festive-ness) you’re ready.

Gold Digging? Maybe that’s what this is!
(Yes, Mom, I’m joking!)

Lucky you, no need to dig, I’ve linked similar pieces to recreate this look below!
Xo RA

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Flawed

Investment Piece: Flawed
Investment Piece: Flawed
Investment Piece: Flawed
Investment Piece: Flawed
Investment Piece: Flawed
Investment Piece: Flawed

She had blue skin,
And so did he.
He kept it hid
And so did she.
They searched for blue
Their whole life through,
Then passed right by-
And never knew.
-Shel Silverstein

Flawed. We all are, to some extent. And we live in a world that asks us to hide our flaws, especially in our fashion. How many articles have you read about dressing to hide your “problem areas”? There are whole theories of thought about how our arms as they age are “flawed” and should never be shown. Magazines, though not the only culprit, will let us know that if our parts aren’t “perfect”, we should do all we can to detract from that and showcase other body parts.
But, what if?
And hear me out on this,
What if we saw those “flawed” pieces of ourselves as something not to hide, but to celebrate. What if we could view our flaws as art, and not be concerned if our fashion showed them off?
Investment Piece: Flawed

I have back problems. (A little nerve damage) And as part of my therapies to manage pain and spasms, I often use heat, cupping, stretching, and strengthening. (Thank you, Pilates!) However, some of this can leave marks on my back, they can vary in color and pattern, but they can be very noticeable, and I thought of them as flaws. I’m a huge fan of low back numbers, but would avoid them so that no one would see my flaws.

What changed? I’m not sure. At this point I wish I could tell you some great ephinay or sage advice that lead me to embrace my flaws. Honestly, one day I think I got tired of not wearing what I wanted to. So I stopped. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t days when I don’t get self conscious about showing off something I might have to explain. But. We all have flaws, and I try to remember what we can view as flawed in ourselves might be what someone else likes.
Most of all, our flaws shouldn’t stop us from wearing things we love. Flawed. Let’s show it off

I can’t tell you how much I recommend a low back dress, and these fringed boots make everything a little more fun. Similar pieces are linked below!

I’m really curious: what do you think are your flaws and do you “dress around” them?
Xo RA

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Play All The Hits

Investment Piece: Playing All the hits
Investment Piece: Playing All the Hits
Investment Piece: Playing All the hits
Investment Piece; Playing all the Hits
Investment Piece: Playing All the Hits
Investment Piece: Playing All the Hits

She fought it at first. That feeling that things were over. After all, she was amazing and he should be grateful for that. The dull pain took away her desire to sing, and to tell her stories. But then, time passed. She calmed down. It dawned on her that the best thing that he ever did was leave her alone.
And after time, her voice returned, as did her passion. She began to sing again, and to play all the hits.
Maybe he didn’t love the way that she told the story of she and him? That was his problem.
She was singing, telling the tale, playing all the hits.

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Wearing all black isn’t only chic and slimming, it hides things like spilling your holiday cheer on you. Just keep that in mind this holiday season. And as for hits, is there a better one? I can’t think of a time when all black wouldn’t be great!
Are socks with heels a thing we do? I asked that question when I first started this blog, and the answer was a resounding yes. You can see for yourself here.
And socks with something to say? I’m in!
(If you can’t quite tell, these say “Aurevior Asshole”. Break-up socks if I ever saw them. These are MOTHER, not just great jeans and can be found here)

This look is not only perfect for work, cocktails, and holiday parties when you just aren’t in the mood, but for when the new year comes and you have things on your mind.

I’ve linked pieces below for your shopping pleasure. Play those hits!
Xo RA

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Escape

Investment Piece: Escape
Investment Piece: Escape
Investment Piece: Escape
Investment Piece: Escape
Investment Piece: Escape
Investment Piece: Escape

Escape.
She was bored. Even with the impending holidays, she needed a little excitement. A little adventure. She needed an escape. It was nothing personal, and nothing to fear; it’s just that sometimes we all need to be a little wild, a little different than we are, a little escape.
So, she got herself just that.
In the country, in the quiet, she was able to let loose. Never one to blend in, she let the escape be her canvas. From vistas to leopard sightings, what she really found in little moments of escape was herself again.
And don’t worry, she brought the clothes home with her. Just in case she needs a little city escape.

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Have I mentioned how much I love Amberleaf? And the coat selections they have for you this season are just…..I can’t imagine you needing anything else. From cashmere to classic cuts to every color you could want. They are worth escaping in!
(Remember to use the code RACHELADELICIA when you shop!)

Just because it’s coat season doesn’t mean that you have to resign yourself to bland winter fashion. Mix colors (how great are these gloves?). Wear print (well, leopard is a neutral, but there are so many prints out there to embrace). Your coat can be the star of your outfit, or a stunning topper. Realistically, you might not need an escape. BUT your outfit can be an escape from the ordinary, and I see nothing wrong with being ready just in case there’s a last minute get away.

This coat is Amberleaf and avaible on their site. I’ve linked pants and gloves for your escaping pleasure.
Xo RA
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I’ll Take Both

Investment Piece: I'll take both
Investment Piece: I'll take both
Investment Piece: I'll take both
Investment Piece: I'll take both
Investment Piece: I'll take both
Investment Piece: I'll take both

Choices.
She was faced with them day in and day out. How to be-soft or hard. What to wear-pants or dress. To be sweet or to be strong. What boundaries to set.
There were days when this task was easy. She knew who she was, and what she wanted.
There were days when this choice was difficult. Choosing one meant denying a part of herself, and feeling torn was not something she loved.
Hard. Soft.
Pants. Skirt.
She was both, she loved both.
So, she took a deep breath and said:
“I’ll take both”.

And she lived happily ever after.
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These pants are from seasons ago. I love that they’re part skirt, part edgy, but the deep navy keeps them classy. They can be intimidating, even I worry about what to wear with them. But, I’ve found that everything works, and when in doubt, pairing a basic with something a bit daring is always a good call.

That being said, I love a great cable knit sweater and could live in them. Yes, I think you need one.
I also think that you need a great, little black shoe.

In general, I’m a fan of our outfits giving us more rather than making us choose. I’d love to know-when was a time when you said “I’ll take both”?

As mentioned, these Alexander Wang pants are from a few seasons ago, but I’ve linked similar -as well as shoe and sweater choices!
Xo RA

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Prairie Dresses: Do You Need One?

Investment Piece: Do you need a prairie dress?

Little House on the Prairie (Both the show and the books) was one of my favorites growing up. Ask me about prairie dresses, and I want to tell you stories of independence, Ma and Pa, and battling the elements. There were days when I made my sister wear a bonnet, I had one too, and we pretended that we were traveling the country, standing up for ourselves as we went. Prairie dresses were a thing I did.

Now, ask me about prairie dresses and I envision a maxi (most likely floral) with detailed sleeves. I might even want to pair one with combat boots and explore the line between feminine and edgy. Prairie dresses.

Investment Piece: Prairie Dresses

So, what exactly is a prairie dress? And do you need one?

Google prairie dress and you’ll be in for a treat (and lots of shopping). Collectively, we can concure that a prairie dress is a high necked (mostly), modest dress, most likely ruffled, that combines romanticism and melancholy. And loves, they are in-no matter what story you want to tell with them.

Which leads us to the question: do you need one?
Yes, I’m allowing for the possibility that you already have one, this isn’t the first time that a prairie dress has captivated the fashion scene.
And yes, I think you need one.
Stories are not only about what we say, but what we don’t. Modest, maxi dresses give you a chance to play with that.

Investment Piece: Prairie Dresses

We know that I love a good juxatipositon, and I can’t think of a better one than something romantic paired with something edgy. I love prairie dresses with boots, sneakers, and of course heels.
And not every prairie dress has to be super girly. With our wide range of options, there are prairie dresses sans Ruffles, flowers, bows, but that capture the high neck and sleeves — I also love a good detail and prairie dresses deliver.

I’ve linked some of my favorite prairie dresses below. What story will you tell with them?
Xo RA

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Investment Piece: Prairie Dress

Riding Hood

Investment Piece: Riding Hood
Investment Piece: Riding Hood
Investment Piece: Riding Hood
Investment Piece: Riding Hood
Investment Piece: Riding Hood
Investment Piece: Riding Hood

She loved adventure. And while that could scare those around her who loved to stay home; she trusted that she would be protected. So, when the call came (and it always did), she would wrap herself in her trust and her hood and head into the wild.

Maybe it was the bright color, maybe it was the unshakable belief that she could face anything or anyone; but, when she wore her hood she was unstoppable. She met the obstacles in her path with love, she was curious about differences, and she left a smile when made her way back.

And all those wolves with big eyes and big teeth? Turns out kindness and a pink hood calm them down. Talk about a riding hood.

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I have a thing for hoods-the way that they fall when they aren’t up, the way that they let you hide away if you need to. Color blocking? (Yes, that is a hot pink coat with a red skirt). I’m in. The pieces are Amberleaf, some of my women owned favorites. You can refresh here, here, and here. You can still enter the code RACHELADELICA when you shop Amberleaf here. This coat is from their cashmere collection–I had the chance to play in so many of their coats, and I can only say if staying warm and looking chic is important to you, these are must buys.

Do I think that you need a hooded coat? Yes. And that you should color block? Yes. I think that there are many adventures to be had, and that these type of pieces might be needed for them.

These boots are Celine (yes, Pheobe) and one of my prized possessions.

Shop Amberleaf above and I’ve linked similar items below for you.
Where shall we go adventuring today?
Xo RA

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In the Stars

Investment Piece: In the Stars
Investment Piece: In the Stars
Investment Piece: In the Stars
Investment Piece: In the Stars
Investment Piece: In the Stars

Upon her birth, her parents announced that “A Star is Born”. But what did that mean? That she was the apple of her parent’s eye, their own little live show? Was it that her parents could see the constellations inside her, that would occasionally burn out of her? Or was it that her fate or path or guidance would be heaven sent, and that was just a reminder to look up?

Being in the stars isn’t always a straightforward thing. She did her best to shine daily, even if it meant burning out and being reborn each night. She looked up, sometimes spending too much time in the clouds. She rubbed with the human stars, making stories.

And little by little, the stars shared her secrets with her, helping her find her way. So, she put her stars on her clothes so she could share them with you.

Investment Piece: In the Stars

I’m a big fan of using fashion to tell our stories, and stars are part of mine. Patterns can be subtle (like above) or bold like here and here (just a few samples). Maybe it’s not the stars you love, but the astrology? I also love this print in the shirt version, available at Madewell.
These jeans are vintage inspired. A note about vintage jeans: they’re amazing (the view from behind), but remember to size up, there’s no stretch to them, and the fit can be a little different. I love them!
And there’s no reason to be scared of double denim. Worst case? You’re ready for a casual party!

I’ve linked similar items below (including these exact jeans), I’d love to know: what do you were to tell your stories?

Xo RA

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