Blue Velvet

Investment Piece: Blue Velvet

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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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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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CyberSales

Maybe your holiday and Black Friday didn’t get you all the shopping you wanted. Maybe you’re just attempting to make this Monday back from a holiday pass a little more easily. No matter what your maybe is, I’ve got a sale for that. It is the holiday season after all!

Below find my picks from the CyberSales happening today!
Happy Shopping!!

Xo RA

Investment Piece: CyberMonday Sales

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Nordstrom
Up to 60% off on select styles!
Also, receive a $50 gift card for every $250 spent to use in January!

Amazon Fashion
Don’t sleep on Amazon! Their selection of clothes and shoes is top notch, and let’s not get mad at how quickly the deliver!

Madewell
Recieve up to 30% off your entire purchase with the code SHOPALLDAY

Banana Republic
Take 50% off of everything. This should get a lot of shopping in!

And of course, if you need help navigating your holiday shopping, CyberSales, or any shopping, remember my personal shopping services are open!

I’d love to know: what did you get this year at the CyberSales?
Xo RA

Black Friday Sales

It’s the day! Well, maybe you’ve been getting sale emails all week, BUT, it’s finally the day! It’s Black Friday and the official start of holiday shopping. It’s a great day to get deals for you, and for all of the presents you’re going to be giving! I’ve picked out some of my favorite things that just happen to be on sale-perfect for us and perfect for others!

Happy shopping!

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MOTHER
Some of the best jeans I own, and up to 70% off

JCREW
Everything is 40% off (yes, including sales) with the code TOGETHER

Net-A-Porter
This Black Friday Sale has a little bit of everything! Desginer Steals, Basics under $100, just making my picks was difficult. We can buy it all, right?

ShopBop
Not only Black Friday, but a buy more, save more sale!
Investment Piece: Black Friday Sales

I’d love to know: where are you shopping this Black Friday?
Xo RA

And loves: a note about posting! It is that time of year: gift guides and sales will be filling up all of your feeds. And we will have our fair share. You’ll get my take on what to buy this year, for both presents and on sale, mixed with our outfit posts and Sunday Chronicles. The best way to stay in the loop? Sign up for our newsletter (get everything right in your inbox!). On every look and shopping option, there is a chance for you to save it for later (the little heart), that way you can know if there is a second discount, etc. My personal shopping services are still open if you need help managing this time of year. Let’s get to shopping!

What to Wear: Holidays

What are you wearing? I ask myself this question multiple times a day. And, if we have plans, I’ll ask you what you’re wearing, too.
Especially during the holiday season.
Tis the season of plans, from grand parties to little get togethers, and tis also the season of looking merry at work. The eternal question being: what to wear?

I’ve had years that have been full of holiday plans almost every night of the season. Then there have been years that are light on plans, but I still wanted to look like I was celebrating, or at least in the mood to celebrate.

I’ve given it some thought, and I’ve come up with a Holiday What to Wear Guide. From party outfits, to pieces that make the work day bearable, this is what I’m going to wear. What about you?

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Suits
Investment Piece: What to Wear: Holiday
From solid to sparkly, any cut, any fit, a great suit is a holiday must. They bring a sophistication to your look, can be worn as seperates, and make the question what to wear a simple one. HM has some great ones in their holiday collection, and they only get better from there. Here are a few of my faves:

Velvet
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From dresses and skirts to shirts and accents. Velvet says holiday season. (It can also keep you warm!) Another plus- it’s office friendly, but takes you into any celebration! Here are some of my velvet picks:

Sequins
Investment Piece: How to Sparkle
If there were ever a time for sequins, this is it. Pants (even sweatpants), tops, skirts, anything that can sparkle-you should let it. Here are some of my sequin picks:

Metallics
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Like Sequins, but a bit more neutral (yes, gold is a neutral). Here are are some of my picks:

Holiday Colors
Investment Piece: How to Holdiay Red and Sparkle
Reds, Greens, Plaids, Blues. Anything goes, and anything can be festive! That being said, I have a thing for plaids and reds, they just feel good to me when I do holiday wear. Here are some of my faves:

Now that we covered what to wear this holiday season, I’d love to know: what are your picks?
Xo RA

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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