Dress Flats?

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More than once on this site you have heard me mention to “dress things down” I wear flats. Which is a completely unfair statement to flats. Here’s the thing: I’m a heels girl. As in, I will think nothing of wearing heels to run errands, take walks, anything–heels are my natural go-tos. (I have incredibly high arches and in my “medical” opinion this is part of why I find them so comfortable). But due to some injuries recently, and some amazing shoes, I’ve begun to rethink my position. Can heels be dressy? Loves, I think the answer is yes: they can. Dress flats are a thing that we can do, and love.

I know that some women have to opt for flats due to medical reasons, and some just prefer them. The good news is that there are so many options when it comes to dress flats–shiny, studded, scrappy, open toe, Pom-poms–and most importantly, that they don’t disrupt any line of any dress. (Yes, we can debate that certain shoes look best with certain outfits, but we’d be here alllllllllllll day). This past weekend, in both need and exploration of my theory I wore flats with a dress to the opera; and loves, I loved it. I felt the studs added something, it felt fresh–and just as dressy as my flats. Does this mean I’m hanging up my heels? Never. But it does mean that my flat collection is about to get a whole lot bigger!

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I’d love to know: do you rock a dress flat?

XO RA

Details:
Dress: Tibi
Shoes: Louboutin, sold out, similar here

#BluePants

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There is something about a simple outfit that packs a punch. I’m such a fan of these pieces- cropped tank and linen pants (both go with everything, this blue is almost a neutral) paired with fringe heels and a to-die for vintage bag (that’s almost reversible), and you have some summer magic!

Happy Friday! Xo RA

Details:
Pants: Zara and on sale!
Shirt: Garment Modern
Shoes: Steve Madden
Purse: Vintage

#Star

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Throwing on a shirt and shorts is a summer staple. My favorite is when that ritual is elevated and shirts like this Vintage number help! I love the star detail-the buttons, the straps, the way it’s simple and classic all at the same time. It would go equally as great with a skirt or white pants, yet it was perfect with cutoffs. The shoes are quickly becoming a go-to, the peep toe makes them summer perfect and the color is, believe it or not, neutral enough to go with everything! What are some of your summer go-tos?

Happy Friday! XO RA

Details:
Shirt: Vintage, found at Garment Modern
Shorts: Joe’s
Shoes: About Arianne, found at Garment Modern or their website here

White Shoes

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No matter what doctrine you follow, we can officially wear white!! And if you’ve been like me, “unofficially” wearing it, it’s a double win. Over the years I have loved my fair share of white pants, skirts, shoes, and bags. However, this year I have a new love: white shoes! I always strayed away from them–unsure of what to wear with them, afraid that maybe they were too much. This year though, I faced my fears (which were largely unfounded) and realized that I had been missing out! What can you wear them with? Everything! Jeans, skirts, shorts, pants–I love them with denim, it’s almost a color pop with black, they feel fresh with it all. Too much? I may not believe in such a thing, but no–any well put together outfit can handle a pop of anything! So I would love to know–are you a white shoe lover? What do you pair them with?

XO RA

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Details:
From top-bottom
Jacquemus, sold out
Vintage YSL
Vintage Gucci
Zara

Birthday Wishlist

It’s my birthday! YAY! I hope you’re having a great day–and I hope while you read this I’m off having champagne and being fabulous! I love birthdays, mainly as they are the one day that we have that are completely ours. I also love that it’s a way to mark our growth–which isn’t always physical, it’s about goals, dreams, and our hearts. A day to celebrate how far we have come–all the good things that are on the way! This has been a great year, full of changes and growth. I know that this coming year will be full of more–and I’m excited!

Usually I save up and buy myself something big for my birthday–but I haven’t this year. However, the year is still young so following are some things I have my eye on!

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These amazing Tory Burch sandals–they are sold out everywhere, so major points if you can find them for me!

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I’ve had my eye on these Gucci slingbacks. Let’s be honest–I have my eye on all Gucci.

There are a few other pieces here and there–but I’m confident that I will find ways to celebrate!

Hope your Tuesday is stunning! XO RA

Making an Investment a Basic

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I started this blog not only because of my love for fashion, but because I truly believe that fashion can be a great investment and can help you express yourself. I’ve spent a good deal of my time saving and investing in pieces that I know will last–but the question can often be, now that I have this investment, how can I use it on a regular basis? The answer can depend of course on what your investment piece was–sometimes it’s simple, buy a great bag and use it! However, I think we all can be guilty of saving for something and then treating it as if its too precious, when the point of buying is to use it! This is not a call to treat great things poorly (I can write another time about the internal cringing I do when I see expensive bags being thrown on the floor), but rather a call to enjoy your life (that special day you’re waiting for is today) and to make the investment piece you worked for a basic!

Take for example this amazing Chanel dress. Chanel is known for being timeless and classic–and this dress is all of that, and while the temptation is there to save an expensive dress for a special day, I’ve made it a point to wear it as a basic–like any other black shift dress. The result? Even grocery runs feel special. And it looks great with everything from sneakers to heels. So what are you saving for a rainy day? Why not wear it today?

Happy Wednesday! XO RA
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Details:
Chanel Dress, bought at Recess LA
shown with:
Stuart Weitzman Boots
New Balance Sneakers
and Louboutin Pumps

Pleated

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You may have read this week that it’s official–midi skirts are no longer a trend, they’re a staple. To those of us who knew how flattering they are and how they go with everything this is not news. I love midi-skirts and use them inter-changeably with my fave jeans. My current variation on repeat? Metallic pleats. Just enough pop, just enough neutral. I wore this exact outfit to two different events–so you’re seeing the different shoes–I love that it lends itself to anything you put on, and this bomber jacket is not only trendy–but super comfy and goes with everything!

Happy Wednesday lovers! XO RA

Details:
Jacket: Asos
Skirt: Kate Spade, old, similar here also love this one and this one
Shoes: Wedges, Jeffery Campbell, old, similar here
sneakers Addias

Transitioning

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Can we talk for a minute about crazy weather? Or is it only here? One week it feels like winter, the next the temps are in the 80s. I went to an early spin class the other morning–when I went outside there was ice on my car. That afternoon it was 70 and sunny. There are many conversations we could have about this trend–this weird transitioning weather–but for our purposes let’s stick with the really important “What do you wear for transitioning weather?” My go-to’s? Amazing jeans, a light sweater, and open toe suede shoes. I can layer in the morning and be fine in the afternoon. I’d love to know–what are you wearing?

 

Happy Wednesday! XO RA

Details:
Sweater: Zara
Jeans: Madewell
Shoes: Zara

Trend to Try: Mid Heels

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Mid heels, kitten heels, grandma heels–no matter what you call them, there’s a new shoe in town–and friends, they are worth a try. Mid-heels (really kitten) are back in vogue and this new crop are just as sexy as your heels. I’m loving mine with jeans, pants, skirts–really their limits are boundless.
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What makes them great is their comfort for all day wear or walking –but my favorites have just enough sex appeal (be it toe cleavage, color, or design) that I don’t feel as if I’m giving up anything.
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So are you wearing them? With what? How do you love them?

Happy Tuesday! XO RA

Pictured:
Vintage Bottega Venetta and Prada shoes
Grey: Topshop
Black: Valentino