#dotsondots

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Investment Piece: Mixed Patterns
Investment Piece: #dotsondots

Have you heard? We’re having a theme party this week! Mixed patterns, mixing patterns, patterns on patterns. Quite the party!

And there’s nothing like kicking off a party with polka dots. Right?

I have feelings about polka dots. Some feelings are that you can’t go wrong with polka dots, that dots are neutral, and that there isn’t a dot that I don’t like. (You can see more of dots and dots here, here, here, and here.)

When it comes to mixing patterns, the easiest thing to do with dots is to pair them with more dots.
Dots on Dots.
It’s a thing.

Investment Piece: #dotsondots
Investment Piece: #dotsondots
Investment Piece: #dotsondots
Investment Piece: Mixing Patterns

I’ve said more than once that there is no “magic formula” for mixing patterns. And that’s true- to a point. However, there are tricks and ways to make mixing patterns easier on you! Dots on dots.

Or in other words, mixing patterns is a snap when you mix pieces with the same pattern. Maybe one piece is different colors (see white and black polka dots above), or in different sizes (big and small). Mixing the same pattern together in different pieces can take the worry out of mixing patterns, because you know that the two patterns will go together. Surprise! Dots go with dots! (Stripes also go with stripes but that’s a post for another day!)

The magic in dots on dots, or mixing any same pattern? You get to play with the details- the colors, the sizes, the pieces. Freedom and structure, the perfect juxtaposition.

My favorite thing about dots on dots? It makes even seperate pieces look like a set.

**Though I have a confession. I had this exact dot on dots look in mind for a while. I kept trying it, and yet something always felt off. What? I’m not sure, because finally one day it just looked great (to me at least!). The point? Play with your dots on dots (or mixing patterns). Sometimes it just takes a minute.
And yes, I added stripes on the shoes for a kick. I can’t help it!

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I’ve linked some of my favorite dots below! Happy mixing!
XO RA

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#Dotted

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There’s something about polka dots that I just love-they’re playful and fun, and yet can be sophisticated. So when I found this dotted Geoffrey Beene at one of my go-to TX Vintage places I couldn’t resist it! I love the business like feel (that collar, that bow!), the pockets, the length, and the way it balances work and party. I also loved the way it felt modern; I can wear it with any shoes really, but loved the juxtaposition of the dots with my beloved Jaquemus circle/square sandals. It feels fresh and new!

And as I reemerge after the storms in TX and all that went along with them, I needed something fun! I hope you’re staying safe and warm out there!
Happy Monday! XO RA

Details:
Dress from ReVint
Shoes: Jaquemus

Color of the Season

Investment Piece: Color of the Season
Investment Piece: Color of the Season
Investment Piece: Color of the Season

Do you love the Pantone color of the year? Where they name the color(s) of the year?
Usually I’m a take it or leave it. I wear things I love, and if they happen to match up with the colors of the season- so be it! There are years that I love the colors, years when I don’t (and I don’t wear colors I don’t like).

But. This year? A little different. The colors of the season got me excited, and I could find right in my closet!

One of the colors of the year is grey. And grey? I love. I own one too many grey tshirts, sweaters, etc. My bedding is grey. It’s my go-to color, and something that I always get excited about it. Suddenly, this year I was very excited about the color of the year.

Also different this year? Pantone did two colors of the year. Yellow being the second. And yellow- it’s hard for me. Some shades of yellow I love. Some wash me out (yellow and blonde can be hard). It’s not my go-to, but it doesn’t turn me off. It’s a color I’m willing to explore, for lack of better wording.

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SideNote about this yellow. This is vintage LaPearla. And one of my favorites. The pleating, the boning, the way it’s great on its own or over anything from turtlenecks to sweaters. When I found it, I was drawn to it, but I hesitated- because of the color. I tried it on and fell in love. The moral? Even though I sometimes say differently, this corset is a case in why you should try new things. Maybe all yellows aren’t for us. But how will we know if we don’t try them?

Investment Piece: Color of the Season
Investment Piece: Color of the season

While I love grey, these pants were also a bit of a risk. Pleated pants can feel dated (or super elegant), and can not always look great (or look superb). I kept thinking that this season, as I love the colors that this wouldn’t be an exercise in new things, but in things I’m always comfortable with. However, the colors of the season were really about me trying new things in the colors that I like. Sneaky of Pantone.

And that alone is exciting. Sometimes it’s easy to like what we like. Stay with what we’re comfortable with, only choose what we known we have worn in the past. And we should do that. There’s nothing wrong about that. The exciting thing about really loving things though? You always discover new things about them. It’s a never ending process. Within these colors of the season, what can we discover? Try? Shades? Styles?

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The colors of the season? We can wear them next season too. What’s exciting me is all the fashion we can explore and wear in the meantime, in the colors of the season.

I’ve linked similar items for you below (note: these pants were also vintage!). I would love to know: are you wearing grey and yellow this season?
Xo RA

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Date Night

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Investment Piece: Date Night
Investment Piece: Date Night

What’s your fantasy date night? The one that’s so over the top that it’s just too much but would be oh-so fantastic. Mine? Dinner in Paris. Gambling in Monte Carlo. Private art tours. Every much movie-type.

Over the top dates that I’ve loved? The ballet and nice dinners.

What I find irrestibly romantic? The little things- coffee made for you, running a bath. I had a boyfriend who would pause our tv shows so I could catch everything. He’d also watch things that he didn’t LOVE because I did. Romantic. Easy days just spent together.

Date night this year is different. Though still romantic- dinners in, candlelight, cozying up. Still something to get excited about!

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Investment Piece: Date Night
Investment Piece: Date Night

The one thing about date night (in or out)? I still want a dress that makes me feel like the fantasy. I know this year it’s not the most practical thing. Or the most needed thing. I’ve dressed up like this to watch tv at home, and there are nights when that’s made me feel more sad than fantasy. But I keep coming back to dresses like these. I can’t help but love a party dress. Or top. Or outfit. Anything that makes me feel special. Seen. Like I’m in a fantasy.

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Isn’t that the point of date night? Yes- to spend time with, celebrate, see your loved one. Even if date night is just at home. Even if date is just you doing what makes you feel special. Maybe my love of party dresses isn’t something you share, but any kind of date you have this weekend, I hope that you’re wearing something that makes you feel all the good things. We deserve it.

This year date night looks different, but let’s make our feelings the same. Let’s celebrate. See. Dress for your fantasies- my theory has always been if you dress for it, it will come. Here’s to that!

This dress is vintage Valentino- I’ve found you similar, as well as these exact earrings!
Xo RA

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Did you notice that the netting underneath is also lined in the pattern? I swoon!

Cardigan

Investment Piece: Cardigan
Investment Piece: Cardigan
Investment Piece: Cardigan

Lounge but make it fashion.

It’s been the theme of the pandemic- finding clothes that will look good on Zooms and the like, yet will be comfy. Sweatpants and shirt sales have gone through the roof. You may be at a point where putting on hard pants gives you anxiety.I get it, I have been putting on hard pants but have yet to wear hard pants for a full day. How did we do that day in and day out?

While I’m not ready for hard pants, I’m ready for fashion. And not the lounge kind. I’ve been missing getting dressed and all the feelings it gave me. (I also miss the places we went and the people we saw)
Yet, I have no desire to give up my comfort. Work is still happening on the couch after all!

My solution? The cardigan.
Or in this case, a cardigan dress.

Investment Piece: Cardigan
Investment Piece: Cardigan

The purple color of my dreams, soft enough to curl up with, but a cardigan to stop traffic- in all the best ways. I found this number via Instagram, but not an ad- Sarah Jessica Parker wore it (with hot pink heels!)

You know when you can’t get something out of your mind? This cardigan was it for me. When I first looked it up, the color I had to have (I love a good purple) was sold out. I tried to wait patiently. Telling myself that it was simply a cardigan dress and I didn’t HAVE to have it. I searched for similar dresses-but I couldn’t find another that I liked. The sleeves, the fringe, the wrap, the color- I was memorized.

I could list the ways I wanted to wear it and why I love it so. But, I have to admit that part of the appeal to me was that this dress is a cardigan. It’s show stopping and versatile and stunning. At the same time, it’s a cardigan! It’s comfy! You can wrap up in it and nap if need be. It could fill my need for fashion, while letting me lounge!

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Call it lack of willpower, or call it divine pairing – I got this number the second it came back in stock. And I haven’t regretted it. Life is more on the couch than out and about right now, but I feel glamorous. Maybe that’s what I was missing all along. Who would have thought that a cardigan could give it to me?

You can join me in the cardigan life! Buy yours here at Hanifa. (This is not a commission link! I just love this dress and this company! Sizing note- while the site will tell you to go by height on this dress, my first order was the small and it was way too big! This is the Extra-Small- perfect and still long enough!)

I’ve also linked similar items for you below, just in case you need more than one cardigan!

Xo RA

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Quilted

Investment Piece: Quilted
Investment Piece: Quilted

Quilted jackets- puffer and non-puffy- are in. And I love them. I tend to get COLD when I get cold, so puffers (even not the super puffy ones!) always make me feel warmer (yes, that’s most likely placebo, but I’ll take it!). Any kind of quilted look feels more elevated- jackets, shoes, pants, skirts. But a trend I’m seeing- vintage and bespoke stores taking vintage quilts and making them into jackets, jumpsuits, and more.

As someone who loves the look, as someone who loves the stories that quilts can tell, as someone who loves something special- I LOVE it!

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Quilts can be wonderful stories. Maybe your grandma or great-grandma used scraps to make quilts for your family to sleep under (mine did!). Or maybe, someone in your family collected quilts. If you’ve made a quilt I’m simply in awe of that- no matter what the pattern or fabric- quilts are just these wonderful pieces of fashion that happen to lay on our beds. Until-
There are so many places right now to shop stunning pieces made from vintage quilts. Jackets. Jumpsuits. Bandanas. Bags. Hoods. It’s a story made anew, and there’s nothing more attractive than that!

Shop these old/new creations at:
MagPie Vintage Clothing
PottersDaughter Project
Psychic Outlaw

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I’m sure that there are more out there, but these are the shops I’ve been looking at! The coat above, not from a vintage quilt. But- it was my grandma’s. The older I get, the more I love my grandma (and mom’s) style, and love wearing their vintage clothes. It makes me feel closer to them, and it’s my own way of telling a story anew.

My grandma? She did not wear this chic, colorful, reversable number with leggings (BTW these scuba leggings with split ankle openings are my new favorite. They feel like pjs and wear elegantly- I feel like they go with everything. They’re an elevated basic!), but I can’t help but let the coat be the star and pairing it over minimal black. Cap-toed flats (yes, I would normally wear heels but it’s a panic attack out there!) I like to think balance it out, while mimicking the quilting. Her coat, made my way.

Now, I just have to convince one of my parents to let me cut up one of the family quilts and maybe I can make my own jumpsuit!

What do you like to wear quilted? Do you love stories made anew?
While I couldn’t find my grandma’s exact jacket, I did find you new quilted jackets and some scuba leggings- linked below!
Xo RA

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Fashion Travels

Investment Piece: Fashion Travels

I miss traveling. Trying new things. Seeing new things. Experiencing different cultures.

(Side note: I know things for many are so bad that travel is at the last of the list. So many of us are hitting walls and burned out, and this pandemic has taken so much. The loss is a lot. I don’t mean to diminish that, but share a reprieve. I’m holding space for you, and hope we all get to go to all the places, and mourn in all the ways when this is all over. )

Because we can’t travel in the way that we did in the before, during the pandemic I’ve been traveling the only way I can- through shows, food, cocktails, puzzles, and of course fashion! For National Puzzle Day (yes, it’s a thing, and in related news I would REALLY love to be a part of the Committee who comes up with all these days!), my mom and I worked this puzzle of England through the ages. It included country sides, famous people, and events that marked time. We drank British drinks, and I wore British designers.

I talked about it here:

Investment Piece: Fashion Travels

England, and London, is special to me. My family and I lived there when I was 4-5. As you can see, London helped me refine my love of socks with shoes, and red date shoes (seen here!) I can remember the dinosaurs in the History museum, the milk man, and Laura Ashley, my favorite British fashion when I was five.

Investment Piece: Fashion Travels
Investment Piece: Fashion Travels

Now that I’m older, I have a more mature appreciation of British culture. From H&M to Stella McCartney to British dectective stories (one of my favorite genres to read lately has been the spy stories from WW2 and they all worked for the UK Secret Service).

How I’m using all of this to make it feel that I’m traveling even while we’re staying in? I’m wearing British designers (here in Burberry). I’m researching things I didn’t know about the UK from history to trivia (did you know Winston Churchhill drank 42,000 bottles of champagne in his life? That averages 2 bottles a day from birth to death!), and I’m looking at art, reading British novels, watching British shows and movies.

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Is it the same? No. But it helps. And I feel like I’m getting out there- learning new things, seeing things in a different way. And the planning- the research, the making of food and cocktails, the finding of shows and puzzles and books, and of course the shopping- is fun. It does feel like I’m widening my circle.

Where do you want to go? How are you scratching the itch to be other places while staying at home?
I would love to hear about it!!
Xo RA

Below I’ve linked similar Burberry skirts for you (starting under $100!) and my current fave picks from H&M

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Cat Got Your Tongue?

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Investment Piece: Cat Got Your Tongue
Investment Piece: Cat Got Your Tongue
Investment Piece: Cat Got YOur Tongue

Leopard:
Is a neutral
Is the new date night
Is found everywhere
Is my new favorite.
Is tongue- catching.

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This dress is a little bit of everything I love. Comfy- stretchy, and there’s even a thumb hole for you to wear it all the way down your arms! Sexy- it makes me feel good, and enhances my curves in all the right ways. Leopard is thought of a bombshell look, but I’ve found it to be just as perfect on the couch! More than I thought it could be, this dress makes me tongue-tied in just how easily it fits into my life.

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Happy Feburary! The shortest month of the year, often the coldest month of the year, Black History Month, and the month of love. I don’t know about you, but since the middle of January I’ve been getting emails about Valentine’s Day-sales, gifts, date night ideas, and outfit suggestions. (I’ve made my feelings on Valentine’s Day made known here).

This year, there’s a great chance that Valentine’s (like so many other things) will look and be different than in years before. Which may be great! Without the pressure of going out, maybe you and your loves can do something really personal and really special. (I am aware that there’s a chance you may not be able to be with your loves-both platonic and romantic- this year, for many reasons. If it’s a hard time, I’m hoping it lands gently for you, and that you get to do something for you.) Usually, outfit suggestions for Valentine’s can range from pink to red to hearts to sweet. I have a daring suggestion: leopard.

Especially leopard that’s comfy. Especially leopard that fits.

Hopefully this leopard catches someone’s tongue 😉

I’ve linked this dress for your shopping pleasure below!
Xo RA

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By the Belt

Investment Piece: By the Belt
Investment Piece: By the Belt

When I was little, I truly thought that day-to-night dressing was a huge (problem isn’t the right word–issue?) thing. Cosmo (and other magazines I read at friend’s houses) made me believe that every woman worked a fab job (because all the jobs written about sounded so exciting) and at 5 got out their make-up bags, made adjustments to their outfits in the bathroom, or in the back of cabs, and went out to somewhere elegant and fun.

(In unrelated news, I have found certain parts of adulthood to be disappointing)

Now, most of us are not in an office, and we aren’t racing somewhere, but, I’m still thinking about day-to-night. Or more precisely, I’m fascinated by how one outfit can become a million different things, all by changing the details.

(It may be a nice break, as usually when I’m in a set I love to talk about all the ways I break it up. And I have broken up this set! The pants go great with sweaters. The top and black jeans are chic! Getting dressed makes me feel like things are happening!)

In this case, it all changes by the belt!

Investment Piece: By the Belt
Investment Piece: By the Belt
Investment Piece: By the Belt

The orginal belt came with the pants! Part of why I was attracted to this set was that I loved that it almost looked like a jumpsuit when tucked in. And the belt is great- pairing with with sneakers was my first instinct but anything from loafers to heels would look great here. The orginal belt pulls it all together, looks fantastic, would even look great with jeans.

So, why change the belt? You don’t have to. But adding a different one-this vintage gold one is one of my all time favorites-changes the outfit entirely.It’s such a statement. The gold belt elevated the look, even without heels, made me feel as if something elegant was about to happen.

For me, it’s the day to night difference.

Would other belts make completely different outfits and statements? Probably. Having an outfit that could be so many things with a simple change–how exciting is that? It makes me want to play with all the belts I have!

Investment Piece: By the Belt
Investment Piece: By the Belt
Some fit notes: this set is from Target and I love it! I’m in the extra-small for a top, and a size 2 in the pants- I have plenty of room in both. The faux leather is high quality! The gold belt is vintage, and I truly think that vintage belts are the way to go- so many options, and often great prices!
I’ve linked similar belts and this set below!
Xo RA

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Luxury

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Investment Piece: Luxury
Investment Piece: Luxury

What do you consider luxury? True luxury, worth every penny, makes you sigh luxury?

For me? There’s certain clothes and silk-silks and a perfect fitting heel come to mind. Deep,dark chocolates. The really good goat cheese. The first sip of fantastic champagne.

But what I’ve been thinking about lately are the luxuries that we can’t buy:
-Not having to set an alarm
-The comfortable silence you can have with someone you love
-A weekday afternoon off (I used to love going to a matinee and having those hours alone!)
-Alone Time

I’m sure that there are so many that aren’t coming to mind.
Why am I thinking about luxury? Because the longer we’re home, the more I crave it. Not just the things, but the experiences. The time with people I care about. And the more I want to wear luxury (I write this in yoga pants but I’m at the same time over yoga pants. Here’s hoping all my Juxatipositons are a luxury!)

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I’ve been seeking out pieces like this to wear. Silk. Gold. But still lounge wear.
And I’ve been seeking out little luxuries I can give myself at home. Bubble baths. Fancy water.
It’s not the same. Sometimes it’s better, sometimes it’s worse. Luxuries don’t make everything better, but I think they are needed. There’s something about a little quiet, a little silk that makes the day easier to get through. And if we’re gonna get through the day, we may as well make it as luxurious as we can. Right?

I would love to know: what’s your definition of luxury? How are you giving it to yourself right now?

This dress is vintage, but I’ve linked similar options for your shopping pleasure below!
Xo RA

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Investment Piece: Luxury