Long Weekend Sales

Whether or not you have today off from work, sometimes the best things about a long weekend are all the sales that accompany it! It’s a great time to buy on sale, we still have a little bit of winter left and my picks are perfect for both keeping warm and transitioning into spring. Sweaters, dresses, and more–most under $100! Ready to shop? Me too!

These are some of my favorite sales, and you can find even more by following me on the LiketoKnowIt app and ShopStyleCollective.
If you’re shopping for now or later I hope that you get a great deal on what you’re shopping for!
XO RA

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Great Jeans
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A staple! And with 7 for all Mankind’s warehouse sale you can get on trend jeans up to 70% off!
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Dresses and More
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Get an extra 50% off all sale at Anthropologie, and I’ve picked great dresses for you!
Shop them here

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I love these dresses and seperates from Kate Spade, and you get up to 60% off with code LONGWKND
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Nordstrom’s End of Winter sale is full of pieces that are fantastic for the weather transitions!
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Athletic Wear
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From gym to errands to more, I wear my workout leggings everywhere! At Carbon38 you can get an extra 30% off with code SALE30
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Love Lessons

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This isn’t a relationship blog and I’m no love expert. Though, I do believe in love, have loved and been loved. I’ve been heartbroken and broken hearts. Lost and gained both friends and boyfriends, and tried to really get to know and love myself. It’s all a process. And a lot. I can rant against Valentine’s Day, but not because I don’t love love, and not because I don’t want to celebrate love. There’s just something about Valentine’s that always feels a little forced to me–if you love me I want to be told any day, don’t want to have an over priced meal, and get anxious with all the “you should/have to/it needs to be a great night” energy.

On the other hand, there’s not a party, and more importantly a party dress that I don’t love. So, this year, instead of not “caring” about Valentine’s Day I’m celebrating. In my own way of course! Which means I’m wearing things I love (shoe love is true love!). I’m spending time with people I love (family and friends and alone time!). And I’m sharing some of the love lessons I’ve learned with you (and fashion, fashion may be my true love!). Love in any form can be learning and growing and accepting. It can be romantic or platonic or with your family, yourself, or your shoes.

These are some of the love lessons I’ve learned. Got any to share? I’m all ears!

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Flowers Are Always a Good Idea
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But I love them the most when I get flowers for no reason.
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Love is Always Love
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So many types of love in our life,and in other’s lives. All of them deserve to be celebrated.
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Being Able to Laugh at Ourselves is a Must
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Life is funny. We’re funny. Love is funny. You can take something seriously but not take yourself too seriously. And laughing at ourselves is so sexy!
Investment Piece: Shark love or how to dress for Valentine's with a sense of humor
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Forgiveness
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Ourselves. Others. Being able to forgive is a sign of strength, and we are all worthy of grace. Sometimes there is work in relationships, and it’s on us to do the work. Not shy away from it.

Balance
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You both have to give and take. There’s compromise and things you shouldn’t compromise on. For me, one of the most important things in love is feeling safe- to be myself, to say what I need, to do all the things. And I’ve found your people will love all those things about you!
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Buy the Shoes
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Or whatever it is that makes you happy! Sometimes we get second chances, and what’s meant for you is meant for you, but if you love it-buy it! Life is too short to regret!
Shop my fave spring sandals here

Thank you for sharing your love with me! I’m so happy you’re a part of this community, you are so loved and so valued! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Xo RA

Date Night

It’s a week when a lot of us have dates on our minds. I’m always hestitant to talk up Valentine’s and date nights. There are so many different kinds-from big nights out with your SO to movie nights on the couch. Dates with your BFFs and dates with your family. (One of my best dates was a time when my SO and I watched college game day over coffee. Not glamorous, I was in sweats, but it was so stunning to laugh and share with someone I care about it—but definitely not an instagram outfit!)
So many different kinds of dates that there isn’t just one kind of outfit to wear. In fact, if you press me on what I think you should wear for date night you have to give me all sorts of details, or else I will describe an entire waredrobe, not an outfit. But. It is a weekend when you might need an outfit for a date (of any kind). And it’s my job to suggest some. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite date night outfits, from the going out to the staying in. I hope that they provide you inspiration for Valentine’s and beyond!

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Investment Piece: Date Night
From dresses to skirts, and a few jumpsuits I love these date night pieces.

Investment Piece: Date Night
One of my fave outfit combos? Great jeans and a silky tank. And yes, it’s perfect for date night.

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staying in? Spa night with the girls? I love these silky pjs!

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Date night must? Mini Dress. These are some of my faves. (And don’t worry Mom, they aren’t that short!)

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Not a date night formula, but I love these semi-vintage pieces from Reformation. Wear them on any kind of date.

If your date night this week is a fancy dinner out, drinks with friends, or time alone, I hope that you feel loved and that your outfit is a show-stopper!
Xo RA

Modern Romance

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How do you dress “romantic”? What comes to your mind? I always think of big, sweeping, voluminous dresses and skirts. I have mental images of being on rooftops, or running towards each other on beaches, in airports, or getting off trains for someone. Old Hollywood, grand gestures, and OUTFITS.

However, not all moments in my romances have been like that. Has romance changed?
What does modern romance look like?

Investment Piece: Modern Romance
Investment Piece: Modern Romance
Investment Piece: Modern Romance

To me, modern romance means details. (See these mink cuffs on this vintage number). It means going with the flow. (I choose to wear jeans under the dress instead of the slip that comes with it. This way I can run around). Romance means the unexpected (these shoes) and the comfortable (the bun). It’s still a look, but just a bit updated.

Investment Piece: Modern Romance
Investment Piece: Modern Romance
Investment Piece: Modern Romance
Investment Piece: Modern Romance

Old fashioned or modern, one of the most romantic things (I think) is paying attention. Doing what your partner loves. And some things I love? Fashion and art. And yes, I think fashion is art. Take me to a museum, take me to a fashion show, let me see all the things. Recently, I got the best gift and date when my mom, sister and I got a chance to tour the Fashion Nirvana exhibit at the McNay Muesem in San Antonio. It was the perfect selection of 1990s fashion, music, statements, and art. I was in heaven!

I’m sharing a few of my favorite moments here:

(I actually can’t wait to see the exhibit again and tell you more about it!)

For my modern romantic date (yes, spending time with anyone you love is a date!) I couldn’t help but do my take on modern romance. Vintage and jeans. Makeup that’s retro and casual hair. Details that are both a juxtatiposition and match. And paying attention to everything.

How do you do modern romance?

I’ve linked similar items to what I’m wearing for your shopping pleasure below. Happy shopping!
Xo RA

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Investment Piece: Modern Romance

#popofcolor

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Investment Piece: #popofcolor
Investment Piece: #popofcolor
Investment Piece: #popofcolor
Investment Piece: #popofcolor

We’re at that point of winter when it all feels gray. The holidays are behind us. There’s a huge possibility that you’ve broken resolutions. Spring feels far away. How are we supposed to deal with it all?

A pop of color. I can’t promise it will make spring come any faster, resolutions any easier to keep, or the gray go away. But. It just might make your day brighter.
Yes, I believe if you build it, it will come-that means spring and joy and color.
None of us know what’s coming our way, but we can dress in a way that brings us a bit of sunshine. Which can spread a bit of sunshine.
Food for thought on a gray day!

Note: this dress is vintage. I love that it’s basically a robe (I never met a PJ that I didn’t want to wear as outerwear). Pink isn’t usually my go-to, but here I love the way that it brightens EVERYTHING. And lucky you- I found you modern equivalents! (The links are affiliate links. While that does not affect the price for you, I may earn commission from them. Thank you for your support!)

Xo RA

 

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February Armarium Picks

Note: this post is a part of my collaboration with Armarium. While all the opinions and suggestions are my own, I may earn discounts from your rentals. And you get something too! Use code RADELICA to get 15% off your first rental!

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Tis the month of love.
Ok, it’s the month of SO much more than love. Black History Month. We get an extra day this month for Leap Year. It’s Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday, the last full force of Winter and so much more! And for me, all of these things involve love.
So, this month, I’m focusing on dressing for love, or rather in dresses that I love, and make me feel like love. Not just on Valentine’s Day, but every event I have this month.

Why not be bold in red?
Investment Piece: February Armarium Picks
Investment Piece: February Armarium Picks
Investment Piece: February Armarium Picks

Why not show my sweet and romantic side?
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Investment Piece: February Armarium Picks

Why not be a little sexy?
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Whatever I want to be, whatever side I want to show, whatever event I have Armarium has a look for it. This month I am more interested in looks that remind me of love. I have a big date, a ballet opening, and a cocktail party to attend. Anything red, anything sweet, anything that makes me feel sexy. What about you? Whatcha doing? What do you want to feel?

Armarium has these and so many more looks, and the code RADELICIA gets you 15% off your first rental.

Let me know what you’re dressing for and happy renting!
Xo RA

Bonded (or a Leather Dress)

Investment Piece: A Leather Dress
Investment Piece: A Leather Dress
Investment Piece: a Leather Dress
Investment Piece: A Leather Dress

There’s a lot to be said for:

-getting what you want. A leather dress was on my Wishlist all Fall/Winter. I finally picked one! The corset details and color- as well as the length and sleeves sold me. (Yes, technically this one is faux but I’m very impressed with the lining and quality! I was a little afraid to steam it too much, so I’m still waiting for the wrinkles to drop out!). Sometimes we wait so long to get what we want that we don’t want it anymore. I’ve been there. My take? If you really want something, get it. You can make it work. And sometimes waiting means that when you DO get it, it’s the perfect one.

-a trend that’s also a Classic. Leather was/is in. And yes, there’s a going to come a time when it’s less “trendy”. But. Great leather (or faux leather) pieces will always be “in”. Pick a classic color and cut, and the piece can last you forever. I loved the length and sleeves on this one. There were a ton of leather dresses I looked at, but this one felt both fresh and classic, and I couldn’t resist.

-Bonded. Something about this outfit made me feel like a Bond girl. Or villain. I usually don’t wear ankle boots with dresses (the lines) but the cut outs here I couldn’t resist. Together with the dress, I felt powerful. Ready to sweep into a room and win people to my side (or reveal my plan). It was also perfect for my winter lunch and meetings!

Investment Piece: a Leather Dress
Investment Piece: A Leather Dress
Investment Piece: a leather dress
Investment Piece: a leather dress

What’s something that you wanted from last season that you should still get? What’s something that makes you feel powerful? Are they the same thing?

While this exact dress is sold out, I’ve linked other options for you below! These are affiliate links, which don’t affect the price for you, though I may earn commission from them. Thank you for your support!

Xo RA

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*Not* Phoning It In

Investment Piece: Not Phoning It In

Investment Piece: Not Phoning It In

Investment Piece: Not Phoning It In

Investment Piece: Not Phoning It In

She was tired. After a month of being on, there was the temptation to hide away, to regain her strength in private. To simply phone in a month or two of her life. Would anyone notice? Could she get away with phoning it in? Would anyone miss her?

It was tempting. But then, she realized that while she was aok with a night or two in, phoning in her wardrobe was not something she could do. What would be the fun in that? And if she could let her clothes speak for her, what about you?

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Loves, I don’t know about you, but at this time of year I’m so tempted to phone it in. All of it. Would anyone really be hurt if I wore sweatpants everyday? (The answer is no). January can be such a grey month, a reset, most of us don’t have huge social obligations, and we could all probably get away with phoning it in a bit.In fact, this week was really hard, and it was very tempting to stay in pjs or sweats. But. More often than not, I showered and got dressed. Like really dressed. And it made me feel better.

My challenge to us all? Let’s not phone it in. Tomorros is a brand new slate, a new month, let’s not phone it in. Does that mean never wear sweat pants? No. But let’s not live in them, shall we? Even if it’s just to raise our spirits (it can get grey out there), let’s dress up from time to time. Dressing for yourself is an art we should all be called to. The opposite of phoning it in? Let’s do that.

**This golden number is a vintage Jean Varon. Jean Varon (real name John Bates) was a British designer in the 1960s/70s, who’s pieces were known for innovative colors/sleeves/cut-outs. Jean is credited with inventing the mini-skirt, and his works are often considered collectables (like Ossie Clark). You can find them in vintage shops, and online. Some are going to be pricey, but there are still deals to be found when you shop Jean Varon!

I love this blue Ruffled dress, Black and White for under $100, this floral number, also under $100, and this checked number.

How are you NOT phoning it in this week?
Xo RA

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Investment Piece: Not Phoning It In

In Betweens

Investment Piece: In Betweens
Investment Piece: in Betweens
Investment Piece: In Betweens

I’m not great in-between. I’m a great girlfriend, but not amazing at dating. When I know boundaries and aims and all that stuff I’m such a great worker. When things are up in the air I can be very anxious and lazy. Great at putting together outfits, but excel in being either really together or super casual (meaning I can get dressed or be in workout clothes all day). The in Betweens get me. I’m never 100% sure exactly how to act, or what to say, or what to wear. I err on the side of extra (always), but know that in Betweens are unavoidable. I’m actively challenging myself to get better at them.

You can read about my past struggles with in between here, here, and here. It’s not a new struggle for me. Thanks for sticking about while I work it out. And this is what I try to remind myself of every time there’s an in between in my life. If I believe that in-betweens can be magical, does that mean an in between outfit can be magical too?

Maybe so.

Investment Piece: In Betweens
Investment Piece: In Betweens
Investment Piece: In Betweens

My days seem to have extremes as well. There are days when I have appointments and events and things that I need a “look” for; and days when I have gym and errands and chores at home and we’re lucky if my look involves anything presentable. In Betweens are hard for me. To get out of my rut, and issue with casual dressing, I’ve been drawn more and more to items like this exercise skirt. Part fitness and function, part fashion and fierceness. (And yes, super similar to my summer fave the exercise dress. This is a skirt version from Target. I’m loving the shorts underneath, the multiple pockets,and the length) It looks great with kicks, but also with flats, sandals, and heels. Your top can be make-your-own-adventure. I can be as active and move in all the ways that I need to, and yet look like a look.

Maybe the key to in-between is balance? Maybe it’s letting the extremes be extremes and working with the rest? Maybe I just don’t know?

What I do know is that looks like this work for my in Betweens. It feels like workout clothes, but let’s me dress it up if I need to. And if that helps me manage the in between I’m ok with it! How do you handle in Betweens? (Besides fashion I try journaling and physical activity and therapy) How do you dress for them? I’m open to any and all ideas!

I’m linking the whole look here. It is an affiliate link, and while that does not affect prices, I may earn commission from it. Thank you for your support!
Here’s to a week of magical in Betweens.
Xo
RA

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Lunar New Year

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Investment Piece: How to Copy

Tomorrow is the Lunar (or Chinese) New Year. A new year so close after NYE? I’m down! I don’t know about you, but we’re reaching the point in the new year when resolutions and goals are a little bit harder to stick to, and the malaise of winter is setting in. In other words, I’m glad for day to reset and renew my enthusiasm for the new year!

(Also, I love wearing red, which is good luck!)

Investment Piece: Lunar New Year
Investment Piece: Lunar New Year

2020 is the year of the Metal Rat, and is supposed to be a lucky year for money and new beginnings. I’m no expert on Lunar New Year, which is also the Chinese Spring Festival based on their lunisolar calendar. I do know that years are represented by animals and elements, representing yin or yang energy. I’m an earth sheep, which is supposed to mean that I’m tasteful, crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive,sensitive, and calm (I’ll take it). You can learn about the traditions and meanings of Lunar New Year here and here.

If you’re new to Chinese astrology, a firm believer, or just looking for an excuse to celebrate (again), we can use tomorrow as another blank slate to welcome in prosperous new beginnings! I’m all for any excuse to celebrate and start anew, so I’ll be wearing red and excited to welcome the Rat! What about you?

I’ve linked to some of my favorite Lunar New Year Offerings below–they’re mainly cosmetics, some great red lipsticks and incredibly indulgent powder from Givenchy (I have it and it’s well worth your time!)

Happy Chinese New Year!
Xo RA

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Shop my picks here and here.

Investment Piece: Lunar New Year