With a Twist…

a woman with a mini houndstooth tweed dress with tie and gold wedge knee high boots
a woman in a mini houndstooth tweed dress and gold wedge boots
a woman in a mini houndstooth tweed dress and gold wedge boots

I don’t know that I would call my style classic- though I do love a great classic piece. There can be a sense that classic is boring, but I think that classics are fun- mainly as they give you do much room to play. Take an all black outfit, though we think of that as classic, all black can be anything you want from glam to causal to statement shoes, etc. Classic are a great base to build almost anything on.

For example a tweed dress in classic houndstooth. Perfect for this time of year, and with details such as gold buttons and a scarf tie that it feels fresh. Then make it mini, with a 60s mod vibe. Even then it would be a classic- chic with flats or heels. OR you could pair with hose and gold wedge boots. Classic…..with a twist…

Which may be the way I would describe my style!

a woman in a mini houndstooth tweed dress and gold wedge boots
a woman in a mini houndstooth tweed dress  and gold wedge boots
a woman in a mini houndstooth tweed dress and gold metallic boots

There are times when I’m tempted to show or tell you ALL the ways I style (or want to style) a piece. I think there is value in that. On the other hand, that can often be overwhelming – sometimes it’s too much information at one time, and sometimes then the styling gets lost in the shuffle. I err on showing you the twist (aka how I love to style) because A. it’s really how I wear things B. I think it lets your imagination go wild. I love the classics. And I love classic styling. This dress with a great pair of black heels? Or boots? Or with flats? Perfection. Also, how most websites are going to style it to sell it to you. (and again, a great look!)

But isn’t a bit more fun to style it with a twist? Think a bit outside of the box? And it’s not just gold boots- I have red sparkly flats and leopard mules I want to wear with this dress! The twist is not to dismiss the classic, but to give us options for it. The more options we have (I think) with our styling, the more chances we get to wear our closet. It’s as simple as knowing that you can wear anything you have no matter what kind of mood you wake up in- the mood for classic or the mood for a twist.

a woman in a mini houndstooth tweed dress and gold metallic boots

Even as adventurous as I can be with my fashion, and all the twists, I thinks it’s taken me a long time to truly identify my style. And like many things in life, it’s still evolving and growing. It’s been fun to not only have my style grow but really be able to articulate what I love — even if it’s worth a twist!

a woman in a mini houndstooth tweed dress and gold wedge boots

Classic. With a twist. I can’t tell you how comfy this dress is and how there is a styling for all your holiday and new year events from work to parties. These boots? Both a statement and a neutral and some of my all time favorites. I’ve linked both for you below.

How would you describe your style? What are you enjoying about it lately? And, what are you longing to try or put a twist on?

I want to hear all about it! XO RA

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I’ll Be Home…

a woman in a brown dress and brown shoes in front of a train
a woman in a brown Dress, brown shoes in front of a train
a woman in a brown dress and shoes in front of a train

Tis the season for so many things. Family. Love. Traditions. Gifts! And also….travel. Which of all the holiday things, is my least favorite. It’s not that I don’t want to come home (or wherever!) for the holidays. It’s just that usually holiday travel is not for the faint of heart. There was a time of my life when for both Thanksgiving and Christmas I was flying in between LAX in Los Angeles and Texas (various airports). There was a Christmas flight (on December 22!!) for which I got to LAX 3 hrs early (too many years ago)- it took me all of the 3 hours to get through the outside line (which wrapped around buildings. Plural) and through security. I ran onto the plane with 2 mins to spare. It was stressful and while I loved being home for the holidays- I hate travel like that.

On the other hand- there is something special about being home for the holidays. Or where your loved ones are. One of my favorite holiday songs is “I’ll be Home For Christmas”, as for me it really hits that this season is supposed to be about being with the people with love (family or chosen family!). And even when travel was awful…there was nothing better (and is nothing better) than being home and with loved ones for the holidays.

(This isn’t part of this post, but this is a time of year when I think about train travel and how amazing a high speed train would be. Or even the glamour of old school train travel. One of my favorite holiday movies is White Christmas and I often think of how chic the train travel was in that film! Perhaps holiday travel on a train wouldn’t be hectic but would be oh so fantastic! )

a close up of a brown lace up heel and dress on a train wheel
a woman in a brown dress in front of a train
a woman in a brown dress and shoes in front of a train

Before this year, I had never really paid attention to brown. For shoes and bags? Sure. But as an outfit? I didn’t ever think so. Turns out browns, and all its shades, are the perfect chic neutral. I love that it’s simple but feels new and modern, and chic in a fresh way. Will I ever get over black? Not at all. But I’m loving a new shade/neutral/palette to play with.

Also, if you’re going home for Christmas you might as well look AMAZING and brown might just be the way to do it!

a woman in a brown dress in front of a train

There’s a chance that coming home for you means not traveling. Or being with family. I’ve been there and those are valid. I hope that means you’re still surrounded by love (from you to friends to your favorite things) and that you’re still wearing things that make you happy (this exact dress and similar accessories linked- inc are you need a place to start with browns!). Mostly this holiday season I hope we come home to ourselves… whatever that may mean!

XO RA

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a woman in a brown dress in front of a train

Metallic Moments

a woman in a silver strapless dress and pink feather shoes in a garden
a woman in gold pants and a black sweater and black heels
a woman in gold pants and a black sweater
a woman in a silver dress with pink feathered shoes in a garden

The thing that I love about metallics?

They are simultaneously a statement and a neutral. Make them the focal point of your outfit (add classics a la a great black sweater and heels-I added hose for fun!) Or keep them as an accent- aka pair your silver dress as merely a backdrop to feathered shoes! There is no right, or wrong, way to wear metallics. And at this time of year I love that metallics feel festive (especially for NYE) and pair well with “holiday” colors (Think reds and greens and blues!). They’re not only statement and neutral, metallics are holiday and non-holiday. Perhaps, metallics are whatever you need them to be, and that’s just one of the reasons I like them so much.

Yep, it’s one of those you can buy now and wear forever situations.

a woman in Gold Pants and a black sweater
a woman in a silver dress and pink feathered shoes

There are so many, many metallics I love- from dresses to suits to shoes. And so many ways to wear metallics (as we’ve mentioned). My current faves? Gold pants. These are gold foil jeans that are just slightly cropped- and go with everything. Here with a black sweater. To the store? I’ve paired them with a denim shirt, a grey sweater, and a plain t-shirt with sneakers. To a party? Paired with a blazer and classic pumps and statement jewelry. And that’s just in the past few weeks! I can’t wait to wear it through the holiday season and into the new year.

Another current fave? Silver (strapless) dress. (Ironically also coated denim) I’ve paired it with velvet mules for drinks with friends. Feathers for a party. There’s a sheer vintage dress (also metallic) I have that I want to wear it under. Pair it with sweaters. So many shoes. And in the new year- it will pair well with everything from sneakers to denim jackets and more.

Moments like the holidays? Perfect for the holidays. They feel fancy and you can do any outfit, theme, or even decoration around them. And the outfits you can make with metallics-gold, silver, and even beyond- are truly amazing at this time of the year. Moments after the holidays? Can also be metallic. From casual to post-holiday dressy!

How do you wear your metallics? And do you wear them a lot at this time of year?
Below I’ve linked metallics I’m currently loving (including these exact pants and dress!). I would love to see how you style them! XO RA

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Mixing It Up

a woman in a tortoiseshell turtleneck, high waisted black pants, and white sock boots
a woman in a tortoise shell turtleneck with black high waisted pants and white sock boots
a woman in a tortoiseshell turtleneck, high waisted black pants and white sock boots

It’s festive season- and while we know there has never been a party dress that I didn’t love– there are sometimes when I love an outfit that feels festive (but could be worn anytime) but is also a little unexpected. It’s called mixing it up!

Example: I love that this turtleneck is tortoiseshell. Really, it’s so classic (the black and brown) but feels unexpected- everyone wears leopard now- and a little fresh. Pants? High waisted, cropped but in a classic black. Boots? Chanel from a few seasons ago (I found these exact boots for a few lucky sizes-linked below!). Yet, they feel a bit vintage, a bit classic, a bit new and a bit old. All together? A great winter combo -that you can probably throw together from your own closet- but also a great way to incorporate a few different things into your rotation. Mixing it up can be fun, right?

a woman in a tortoiseshell turtleneck and black high waisted pants and white sock boots
A Personal Note about Mixing It Up: I used to hate turtlenecks. Just hate them. I thought they were all too tight and itched and always felt claustrophobic in them. There was a time in my younger life when I joked that I couldn’t wear turtlenecks as I must have been strangled in a past life. VERY clearly a joke– but I was that serious about never wearing them. Then, I’m not sure what happened. Perhaps I outgrew my aversion, or found super soft and non-itchy turtlenecks, or just found it more satisfying to mix it up! Take this as a sign that all those things that you might think you may not like- maybe it’s worth it to try and mix it up. For me? Now, turtlenecks are a staple!

a woman in a tortoiseshell turtleneck and black high waisted cropped pants and white sock boots
a close up of white sock boots and black cropped pants
a woman in a tortoiseshell turtleneck with high waisted cropped black pants and white sock boots

I’m never going to stop liking party dresses. And the further we get into the holiday season, I will be in more “traditional” outfits. We will talk about plaids, metallics, velvets, lace. I have a great, VERY classic dress on its way to me that’s VERY traditional Holiday Card. Reds, greens, and even blues will be in rotation. But every now and then, it feels good to mix it up- to wear something completely unexpected that somehow still feels festive. Perhaps it’s a way to remind myself to explore and try all of our fashion options (aka beware of those ruts- even when we love them). Or, perhaps, it’s a way to feel fresh and new, no matter what the season.

How do you like to mix it up? What are some of your go-tos during this season that aren’t “traditional” but feel festive? I would love to hear about them!

Linked below are similar and inspired looks! XO RA

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a woman in a tortoiseshell turtleneck and black high waisted cropped pants and white sock boots

Spontaneous

a woman in black leggings, gold wedge boots, and a grey pinstripe blazer
a woman in black leggings, gold wedge boots, and a grey pinstripe blazer
a woman in black leggings, gold wedge boots, and a grey pinstripe blazer
a woman in black leggings, gold wedge boots, and a grey pinstripe blazer
a woman in black leggings, gold wedge boots, and a grey pinstripe blazer

Yes, there has never been a party dress that I didn’t love (and want to buy). And most of the time I plan shoots (down to every detail). Yet. While I love editorial fashion and shoots, fashion is part of my daily life. And a lot of that is finding pieces I love- and wearing them to and from the gym.

Take these boots (stunning! Make me feel like Wonder Woman! also, from season ago but I have found them for you!)- a bit much but I did wear them to the grocery store after Pilates. Paired, of course, with this over sized pinstripe blazer (note: I wanted to cross the blazer and tie it with a belt, but it’s so thick that the belt I Brough didn’t fit over it!). The leggings, etc? What I wore to Pilates (though I did pair them for a black tank top for that!).

Ironically? Weirdly? I didn’t plan this shoot. And while I did plan this outfit, it didn’t end up like I expected. Another outfit and shoot was planned- but I’ll be honest I had a day where I was freezing and not feeling 100% and just not up to changing my outfit a million times (which lets you know I was really out of sorts!). However, I needed to feel special (and warm!) so after my Pilates class I threw on this blazer, and because I can’t let any piece just be, I threw on these boots. This mural? I pass by it all the time- have even thought of shooting here- but on a whim stopped to take some pictures.

My hair is filthy here. Nothing was to plan.It was completely spontaneous. Yet, it’s a great look at how I actually dress day to day, my thought process- and the spontaneous shoot was as fun and I love the looks. Maybe spontaneous looks good?

a woman in black leggings, gold wedge boots, and a grey pinstripe blazer

Some spontaneous thoughts:
-I am so glad it’s finally cold enough to wear blazers like this! I still want to cross it and belt it- but now I know to get a bigger belt!
-Anything over leggings is great- and I’m such a fan of any outfit that feels great, even if the building blocks are “simple”
-Great shoes are truly a great investment. I got stopped by so many people at the grocery store who asked about these! That always makes my day!
-Even the best plans go awry, and while we can’t always plan on it- spontaneous sometimes being the winner.

What are some of your best spontaneous outfits or work events? I would love to hear about them! I’ve linked this exact blazer and I did find some of these exact shoes for you!
XO RA

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a woman in black leggings, gold wedge boots, and a grey pinstripe blazer

Modern Musing

 a woman in a black mini Dress over black cropped pants with asymmetrical black and tan heels
 a woman in a black mini Dress over black cropped pants with asymmetrical black and tan heels
 a woman in a black mini Dress over black cropped pants with asymmetrical black and tan heels
 a woman in a black mini Dress over black cropped pants with asymmetrical black and tan heels
 a woman in a black mini Dress over black cropped pants with asymmetrical black and tan heels

Ever have an outfit that you’re just trying out but all of the sudden feels as if it’s a sign of good things to come? Or an outfit that makes you feel as if you’re moving forward? Perhaps became it’s a bit fashion forward- or at least out of your comfort zone- or perhaps because it’s layered in ways you wouldn’t have thought of?

I think of myself as fashionable and on top of trends and fashion movements, and willing to try new things. Ironically, I’ve layered this exact mini dress over these exact pants before (and I liked that outfit too) but there was something about this outfit- maybe that it is a mini dress over cropped pants. (A great way to wear a mini if you’re worried about minis or if you’re cold or if you’re into a bit of modern dressing!) Or perhaps the shoes- these are AWAKE Mode (you can buy them here – not an affiliate link!) and I just love the asymmetrical design! (Also, they are one of my fave UK/fashion forward brands!) Or perhaps all my modern musing is due to the fact that it feels as if it’s a time to move forward.

I know, I know. Fall is not thought of the time of forward movement. And fall leads to winter- and we think of winter as a time to go inward. Yet- someone I know recently said that fall/winter are times of growth and forward movement- it’s just that it’s the roots that are growing, it is inward growth but that’s still movement. As you know, I recently redid my closet- and am still in the process of a deep cleaning/redoing of the house. Which is movement. And while the past few years have felt heavy- both personally and collectively (and this is not me discarding all the awful that’s out there) it finally feels that maybe we are going forward together.

Or maybe that’s just hope. Or a fantastic outfit. But there’s a bit of hope lately. And I’m hoping it stays.

On a fashion note- I feel as if there is often a fear about fashion forward. That it might be too “out there” or too “much”. When to me- fashion forward is just anything thought of in a different way. Aka – wear a mini over something. Mismatched as matched. And when those things feel AMAZING maybe we wear them more?

Really, perhaps the best modern musing is thinking about what we want to be or do- now or in the future- and creating it for ourselves. What do we want to be, do, and wear? I believe in us enough to get there- and I might wear these shoes!

I’ve linked similar items below. Here’s to all of our futures- what are you musing about?
XO RA

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a woman in black mini dress over cropped black pants and asymmetrical shoes

Fashion Halloween: T-Rex

a woman in a cocktail dress with a tree mask on
a woman in a cocktail dresss and a T-Rex mask
a woman in a cocktail dress and a T-Rex mask
a woman in a cocktail dress and a TRex mask
a woman in a cocktail dress and a TRex mask

You may have caught on that I love dinosaurs. Like, little kid love dinosaurs. So, it should come as no surprise that I would want to be one for Halloween. In the past few years, as the inflatable costumes have become popular, I’ve thought about getting one and living out my T-Rex fantasies. The issue? How do I make that fashion (because,yes, it’s me and I would want to wear heels with it!)? How do you get around in such a big costume? And would the inflatable T-Rex let me move about?

I’ve always passed on that sort of T-Rex costume because I couldn’t figure out the answer to those questions. But, I did want to be a dinosaur for Halloween. And, because of who I am as a person thought the idea of juxtaposing my love of Dinos and my love of fashion would be fun. It was the perfect fit when I then found this T-Rex mask (though it does have the tail and little arms!). It makes the most fashionable T-Rex paired with a cocktail dress and heels, though of course would make a great T-rex paired with anything from sweats to leggings to jeans and a t-shirt (I love that it being a mask lets you have so much freedom!). And if Dinos aren’t your thing, the same idea could work with any mask you love!

Part of why I love Halloween is that it lets us be all that we want- let our imaginations go wild. And I’m so so so excited this year to be able to be a T-Rex- and a fashionable one at that!

Below I’ve linked similar T-Rex costumes, as well as some inflatables (if you go that route I would love to hear about it!). I got this exact mask at Target, but can’t seem to find it online for you! If I happen upon it, I will update shopping options asap- because a good T-Rex is hard to find!

What are you dying to be for Halloween? And how are you making it your own? This T-Rex in heels wants to know!
XO RA

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a woman in a cocktail dress and a TRex mask

Statement vs Neutral

a woman in a blue silk halter top and a grey felt circle skirt with light grey polka dots and houndstooth printed wedges
a woman in a blue silk halter top and a grey felt circle skirt with light grey polka dots and houndstooth printed wedges
a woman in a blue silk halter top and a grey felt circle skirt with light grey polka dots and houndstooth printed wedges
a woman in a blue silk halter top and a grey felt circle skirt with light grey polka dots and houndstooth printed wedges

When we chat about statement pieces, there’s a tendency to think of them as these big, beautiful, unique pieces. And sometimes they are! Sometimes statement pieces are these one of a kind outfit makers that should be and are the focal point of your outfit. This skirt? Could absolutely be a statement. It could be the the center of so many great outfits- pair it with a grey sweater or a white button down, grey or black boots or heels- this skirt would be a star. (really, it is!) Pairing down every other aspect of the outfit would really make this skirt the statement.

Yet. The same things that make this skirt such a chic statement? The pattern, the tonal colors, the swing, the felt- all the aspects of the skirt that make it special and a statement? They also make this skirt a neutral.

a woman in a blue silk halter top with a grey felt circle skirt with grey polka dots on it and houndstooth printed wedges
a woman in a blue silk halter top with a grey felt circle skirt with grey polka dots on it and houndstooth printed wedges
a woman in a blue silk halter top with a grey felt circle skirt with grey polka dots on it and houndstooth printed wedges

Clearly, nothing could make this skirt not amazing. BUT by switching up the styling just a bit, you can take it from a statement to a neutral. I loved the idea of pairing this skirt with a brightly colored silk halter top (it’s also a way to ease into sweater weather as it’s not QUITE cool enough to wear all sweaters and knits yet!);I felt that it complimented the skirt and also was eye catching on its own. The shoes were perhaps a risk, a bit of pattern mixing with the dots and the houndstooth. However, the blue from the top went with the blue in the shoes, and I love that the patterns (while not matching) flowed together. Truly, any part of this outfit could be made a statement piece. Pairing them together, ensuring that they complimented each other, meshed, etc- it turned the statements into more neutrals.

There are more ways to make a statement a neutral. You could mix patterns, pair with like colors, use a statement as the counter to another statement. The possibilities are endless. Perhaps it’s not about if a piece is a statement or a neutral- but how you’re styling it.

a woman in a blue silk halter top with a grey felt circle skirt with grey polka dots on it and houndstooth printed wedges

When I first saw this skirt, I knew that I had to have it. The colors and patterns are some of my fave. A great circle skirt is such a fantastic piece to have in your wardrobe (they’re flattering and go with so much!), and the felt made it feel a bit more special. I plan on making it both a statement and a neutral throughout the season- and I’ve linked the exact skirt for you below!
XO RA

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a woman in a blue silk halter top and a grey polka dot skirt with houndstooth wedges

Fashion Stories: Changing to Stay the Same

a woman in a maxi denim dress with a gold belt and gold glitter and black booties
a woman in a denim maxi dress and leopard sneakers

They say that everything comes back in style (which may also be a reason to never throw anything away!). And as someone who is slowly beginning to see styles that she remembers from her childhood back “on trend” I can only say- I didn’t think things would change so quickly to stay the same for me.
Perhaps another way to say that, is that as much as things change, they stay back. Or come back to themselves. Or whatever they say.

Take for example the denim, skirt and dress, trends this fall. Maxi. Slit. Just a hint of a shirt dress. They remind me of dresses from the 1990s. And earlier. These denim pieces also remind me of my grandma (Mimi). I’ve written a lot about her influence on my fashion sense, see here, but let me tell you- my Mimi also loved a denim dress. Or skirt. She would pair denim on denim, pair belts with her denim dresses- and wear both with everything from sneakers to sandals.

Denim dresses are a huge trend. Yet, they also bring me back to my Mimi. Sometimes we change just to stay the same.

a woman in a denim dress with leopard sneakers
a woman in a maxi denim dress with a gold belt and gold and black booties

This is where you may be thinking that I style these new but same denim dresses much differently than my Mimi would have- but really, I don’t think I do. Perhaps I’m a bit more flashy. But my Mimi loved a great accessory. A gold belt? She’d love it. The glitter booties might be exactly up her alley, but I have a feeling she would have loved them. And leopard sneakers? My Mimi would have worn these herself! We, my Mimi and I, were different- but we were really the same.

And we both love(d) a denim moment.

a woman in a denim dress with a gold belt and gold and black booties
a woman in a denim maxi dress and leopard sneakers

This denim dress, and all of the 1000s and 1000s ways you could style it (truly a bit dressed up and with sneakers are barely scratching the surface of what is possible here!) is a trend- but isn’t it also the same? What I mean is that, at least in my case, denim like this was a staple in my childhood- I’ve spent my adulthood changing and finding my own style, and am now in the same thing it started in. Maybe that’s what all those saying mean. Just perhaps- all roads do lead home, we change and yet find ourselves the same. I just think we should wear fabulous shoes with it!

I’ve linked this exact dress (under $50!) and similar ones, as well as some fantastic shoe options. What is something that you’ve changed and then found out it was simply the same? I want to hear all about it.

XO RA

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a woman in a denim dress with a gold belt and gold and black booties

Fall Wishlist

a woman in a plaid suit and grey corset with platforms

One of my most favorite things about a new season is making a wishlist for it. Of course those wishlists are always dependent on what I need to refresh in my closet, the upcoming trends, and what I personally love. A juggling act, a bit of shifting at all times, and of course a bit of planning and wishing. This year: I’m still into suits, I want a bit of fun, I need to replace some leather pieces- and I’m excited for all the things to come!

I know that what I may want (now) and want later in the season may change; and I know that both of those things may be incredibly different from what I end up buying. For now, at the start of fall the below categories and lists are where I’m starting. I know that I may end up in different places, with a different closet- but this is where I’m starting. Over the next few weeks I’ll be refining this seasonal wishlist (and letting you know what I’ve bought!- those on my email list will be the first to know! Want in? Sign up!)

In the mean time here’s what I’m wishing about for fall- what are you looking for- new, or updates to your closet? I would love to hear about it all!

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Personality Pieces
We all have things that are just us- for me it can often me Dinosaurs, polka dots, statement pieces, and classics. My fall wishlist? Full of all of these things. I’m a fan of updates that look like me so I can’t help but fall in love with staples and statements that scream my name!

Leather Updates
I know faux leather is in- but all of mine have worn out. I’m looking to replace some of my faux leather pieces or perhaps replace them with vintage or new leather pieces. From skirts to blazers these are some pieces I’m loving!

Suting
Suits have been in (honestly I don’t know when they’ve ever been out!) but I just love them. Especially the trend of matching trousers, bustier and blazer! I have some that I love- but I keep seeing suits (and that combo!) everywhere. I may wait and see- but I’m upping my suit game this season!

Basics
This is the time of year when I go through my closet and see what I need to update. Sweaters. Layers. Coats. Bags. More. Yes, some of these I want in statements, but I also want some tried and true classics to come back to for YEARS!

Investment Piece: Color of the Season

On top of all of these- I’m looking to add some color. Add some laters. Buy some great trousers- and of course more! Again, I’ll be updating my list (sending it to my email subscribers in the next few weeks- I hope you’ll be one of them!) and of course letting you know here! If there is anything I can help you find for fall- or recommend -please don’t hesitate to reach out!

XO RA