Shake it Up

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Investment Piece: Shake it Up
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Investment Piece: Shake it Up

Here at Investment Piece we are not afraid to ask the hard questions.
Are leggings pants?
And we’re also not afraid to Shake it Up.

My answer (and Shake up)? It depends. I love being in my workout clothes all day. They’re comfy, and there are days when that is my highest priority. The thing about wearing leggings as pants? When I do it, I don’t want to look like I’m doing it. (I know, I’m sitting on the leggings fence). Lucky me (and you)? There are leggings like this that not only Shake it up, they make a strong case for wearing leggings (that don’t look like leggings) as pants.

We could also call this little chat: fringe makes anything better.

These leggings are true jersey leggings (hug you in and yet are so comfy!), but the fringe? It elevates. Even with just a tee-shirt or sweatshirt, this ensures that you look a little special. Wearing your leggings to a formal function (or just a great party)? These fringe numbers are a go-to (they’re a party in and of themselves!). They come up high enough to pair with a crop top, but I also love them with Blazers, sweaters, and silk tops.

Should we wear leggings as pants?
Only if they Shake it up.
Final answer.

I’ve linked these exact leggings and similar items below for your Shake up pleasure!!

Xo RA

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Vintage Stunner

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Investment Piece: Vintage Stunner
Investment Piece: Vintage Stunner

This is the oldest piece of vintage that I personally own. From the 1890s, it’s missing the shirt part, but completely wearable, and in great condition. Everytime I wear it or come across it in my closet, I can’t help but think about all the stories that it must hold. The woman who owned this dress originially loved, lost, flirted, mourned, and did what I hope was all sorts of exciting things in this dress. We know I have a passion for these kind of stories. (And I hope I’m filling this vintage stunner with exciting stories of my own!)

But, this vintage stunner? It also feels modern and daring. (Yes, with vintage like this, you could always wear something underneath so it’s not SO daring, I have! I just love the juxtatiposition of making a vintage piece so modern looking.) While the details (that lace, that beading, the train!) hark back to another era, it’s shape is similar to “new” dresses hanging in my closet. This piece is a favorite of mine for party season-I love the comments it gets and how it truly feels like new meets old.

Vintage stunner? I can’t always tell you exactly where to find them (the joys and sorrow of shopping vintage). I found this one on etsy– you can search for Edwardian dresses. Or you could luck out at your local vintage shop! I’ve linked similar items below, both new and vintage, for your shopping pleasure!

How will you wear your vintage stunners?
Xxo RA

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How To: Lingerie Dressing

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In the next week or so, many people will come to you with ideas about date night dressing, or Valentine’s Day looks. I’m not against any look for any kind of date night that makes you feel absolutely amazing. However, among the red, and pink, and hearts that will be on display:
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(See, I love those ideas, too!)
Might I suggest something new for date night or Valentine’s Day.
Lingerie dressing.

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It’s like PJ Dressing’s older sister, just as comfy, and adds an unexpected element to any outfit.

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So, new ideas in mind, the question becomes how do you lingerie dress?

I’m glad you asked!

Lingerie dressing can be as simple as letting your new lacy items be seen through your outfit, or it can be as involved as wearing lingerie as the main component of your attire. My favorite ways to lingerie dress:

1. Wear a vintage slip as a dress or shirt
2. Wear something sheer and let my black lingerie peek through
3. Wear a corset or teddy as a top (if you’re a little shy, a blazer or sweater over looks amazing!)
4. Wear a great bra as a top (again, partially covered if needed)

There is so much room of personalization and layers with lingerie dressing, it’s hard to go wrong. I personally love the vintage looks (and yes, often pair them with sweaters of jackets to give just a peep!). There are ways to show as little or much as you like! Do you lingerie dress? Would you?

I would love to hear about it!

I’ve linked some of my favorite lingerie items to wear out below! Happy lingerie dressing!
Xo RA

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Slip into Something More Comfortable

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The phrase “slip into something more comfortable” can mean oh so many things. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of PJ dressing (see here, here, and here. So I tend to take the phrase “slip into something more comfortable” a little literally. As in, why not slip into your pjs? Or, more specifically, wear your pjs out?

Leather and lace are a classic combo (another thing I love? Juxatipositons!) so the thought to wear a vintage slip over leather leggings was a natural for me. (Side note: I love vintage slips: they make great dresses, tops, and are perfect under sweaters.) Leather leggings? Your life will change when you start wearing them like jeans (and bonus: they can dress anything up). Together? A little tough, a little sweet, a little perfect.

I love looks like this for date night (the kind where you go out or stay in), any sort of night on the town, or happy hours when you really want to be on the couch.

Care to slip into something more comfortable? I’ve linked shopping options for you below!

Xo RA

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Wildness

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The stories that you can tell with a graphic tee? Endless. Maybe you make a stand, are cheeky-er than you can be with your mouth, showcase your wit and humor, or maybe it’s just something you love. I adore pairing graphic tees with anything and everything for these very reasons.
Graphic tees let you show off your wildness, and to me, that’s beautiful.
This graphic tee? Just letting you know how much I love dinosaurs (like a 5yo), and that maybe there’s a little wildness in me.

A story I love to tell with my fashion?
Traditional (or classic) with something a little wild. Classic pants with a graphic tee. To me, it says that I’m a little bit old school and a little wild. (And maybe a bit funny!)
What story does that outfit say to you?

I’ve linked similar items for your shopping and story telling pleasure!
Xo RA

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#Blazer

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There is something I love about the stories that suits and Blazers tell. I’ve always felt that a great blazer lets the world know that you’re in control, chic, powerful, and a boss. Do I work at a place where I have to wear a blazer or suit? No. But I still love them. And still firmly believe that they are a fashion investment that you should make.

And Blazers? Blazers can be such a source of creativity in your closet.
Cold? Blazer
Need a pop of color? Blazer
Need to feel in control? Blazer
Pull things together? Blazer

And if you don’t “have” to wear a blazer, you can get interesting. I personally feel that even if you “have” to wear a blazer that you can show personality with a color or print. (This snake number? It’s in).
One of my favorite ways to wear a blazer?
As a top

Yes, I love the look of nothing underneath your blazer–which is perfect for cocktail parties. But a blazer as a top? Next level.
My tips: do this with slim cut Blazers, balance them out with your bottom, and most importantly, have fun. Let your blazer as a top tell a story of someone who is so confident that she doesn’t have to play by the rules.

I would love to know: what kind of stories do Blazers tell for you? Do you wear Blazers as shirts? Would you dare?

I’ve linked pieces I love below for your story telling pleasure!
XO RA

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Decisions, Decisions

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At the end of the day I like to think we have more in common than we think. There are days that I spend in sweats (or some version of yoga pants). Times when it feels like I have NOTHING to wear, times when I want to start over in my closet. And times when I don’t know what shoes to wear with an outfit.

When it comes to shoes, there are two “traditional” schools of thought:

*Always wear shoes at least a shade darker than the hem of your clothes

*Use shoes as a pop of color

But what if neither of those and both of those sound good? What if there are so many options that look good that you’re not 100% sure what to do?

Sometimes it comes down to decisions, decisions.

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Investment Piece: Decisions, decisions
Investment Piece: Decisions, Decisions
Investment Piece: Decisions, decisions
Investment Piece: Decisions, decisions

I’ve always loved this vintage wool number; and, lucky me–I have shoes that match all of those pops of color. Or I could always wear black pumps (I have a few of those too!). So, why these turquoise stunners? No real reason. I felt that they popped the best (and loved the contrast with the tights).

Decisions, decisions. Sometimes there is no wrong one. My take? Wear the shoes that you like the best with your outfit. Sounds too easy? Maybe. But it’s a sure fire way to make sure that you love what you’re wearing and I can think of no better decision.

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I’ve linked similar decisions for you to make below!

(Also–love this dress? It’s in my “get rid of” pile in my closet cleaning. If it’s an addition to your collection you’d like to make, email me and let’s get it to you!)

XO RA

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#tittytee

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Titty (Rocker) Tee.

I didn’t name the shirt. But it fits, doesn’t it? If there was any piece that was a little bit of fun, a whole lot of personality, and everything I love about fashion: this is it.
Yes, it makes me want to shake what my momma gave me. (No shame in buying that either)
Yes, this titty tee is a conversation starter. Perfect for a party (I wore it on NYE). But, it’s also perfect for adding a little spark to any event that may need some shaking up.

The titty tee is perfect standing out, but would also look rocking with a sequin skirt.
Have you heard me say that your fashion can tell a story and show various parts of yourself?
With this titty tee, here’s your chance!

(This stunner is via Mestiza New York, a company founded by 2 women in NY that I’ve completely fallen in love with. They are worth a look–I love their take on fashion!)

And I’ve linked this piece (as well as this supporting cast) for your shaking pleasure!
Xo RA

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Vintage Tweed

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Reasons I love vintage: high quality for great prices, original looks, different textures, it opens up styling opportunities, and many more.

What I think about when I wear vintage: the stories. I happen to love when I get the providence of a piece I’m buying; but, even when I don’t, I can’t help but think about the original owner. Did she wear the dress on a date? Did she get her first job in the suit? What did she love and lose in the jacket?

Vintage is the best combination of my loves fashion and storytelling.

And vintage like this vintage tweed? It’s everything.
First-tweed is a great thing to buy vintage. The quality and detail are just superior. Second, I love that this dress can be a dress, a cape (yes, the belt goes underneath the back, giving you a bit of swing!), and a coat (it goes great with jeans). Versatility? Another reason to love vintage tweed. The suede lining, pockets, and the addition of these vintage gloves are details I swoon for.

I can’t help but wonder: who wore it first? Was it freezing when she wore it? Did she twirl in it, like I wanted to?

And if vintage stories aren’t your thing, you can add modern touches and change the feel completely (aka these booties).

This vintage tweed find is via FeatherStone Vintage, one of my favorites, and a place to add to your shopping list!

While this tweed stunner is vintage, I’ve linked similar items below, as well as matches for the boots/belt/gloves!

What do you love about vintage?
Xo RA

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In My Robe

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Some thoughts:
When it gets cold I’m always tempted to wear a blanket out. This robe (yes, it’s a robe) basically lets me. I’m a fan of Pj dressing (really, who isn’t? But see here, here, and here for starters). Every year, my family does the matching PJ thing for Christmas (we’re cute) and this was the pick this year (we wore them over plaid pants). It’s essentially a sweatshirt with buttons, and it was my uniform over the holidays.
One day my mom mentioned that she thought it would look great with a belt and heels. A neighbor asked where we got them as she could wear it to get mail and run some errands, and no one would know that it’s a robe. I’m interested in how warm it keeps me, the slightly 80s vibes, and that the possibilities are endless.
This isn’t the only styling you’ll see of this robe.

Headbands-thanks to Blair Waldrof, the Duchess(Es), or the simple fact that you can use them to hide dirty roots are back. I resisted for a while, but now I’m in love. Ones for working out, ones for fashion, I’m wearing them all.

Jumping into the new year hasn’t been pain free. Really, we had something like 2 weeks off, is it fair or logical to assume that jumping into anything would be seamless? (Not that I don’t love new starts, but I was getting used to be in vacation mode. Also, this isn’t to say I’m having a hard time, it’s to say that going from 0 to 60 has thrown me for a loop!) However, I’m just hanging out in my robe. So, winning!

I’ve linked similar robes (and other blanket-like outfit options for your shopping pleasure!
Xo RA

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