Do it All

Investment Piece: do it all
Investment Piece: Do it all
Investment Piece: do it all
Investment Piece: do it all

Did you like “know it all’s” in school? You know that kid that always had the answer and was a little “too much”? Not many people liked them. And that’s valid. This is not a post about know-it-all’s However, now that we’re older I’m a fan of a “do it all”. To me that means a piece in my closet that can do it all. Lounge. Work. Outings. Even if they’re too much, or just the right amount of enough, if something can take me from bed throughout my day, in every conceivable situation, I want it!

Especially at a time like this, I’m looking for pieces that are comfy from bed to online meetings to my virtual social times, and even to the grocery store.

Investment Piece: do it all
This dress? This dress is a do it all. From sleeping (yes, naps count!) to errands to everything in between, this dress is perfect. It feels pulled together and yet comfy. At this time, my outtings in this dress have been limited to errands and hot spots in my house (let me recommend a virtual happy hour, they’re the best!), but when we are out and about again, I’m confident that this dress will go great with heels and all the events! The best part? It’s under $50!

I’ve linked this exact dress and look here:
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And now that you know I’m a fan of do it all’s, and we know I’m a fan of PJ dressing, I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you about Sleeper. They make fantastic nightgowns, that double as dresses. In fact, they look a lot like the above dress! They’re perfect for lounging and look great on the town. I’ve linked some of my favorite for you:

Lounge. Do all the things in your house. All the things online. And later, you can do all the things outside your house. Do it all!

Xo RA

Basic Invite

Investment Piece; Basic Invite
While this is a collab with Basic Invite, all opinions below are my own!xo RA

Loves, a lot has changed in the past few weeks. For now, the best way for us to be together is to be apart; however, there’s a way to touch each other through the distance. Mail. A handwritten note. A mailed announcement. A party (even a virtual one) invitation. My grandma was a big believer in the handwritten word, I got a letter or card EVERY day when I was in college, and when I think about it, it still touches me.

Right now, the best way I can think of for us to touch each each is a note. To share big news? One of my favorite ways is to use Basic Invite. From custom stationary to photo cards to wedding and graduation cards, Basic Invite is one of the few websites to allow unlimited color options, with instant online previews. There are over 180 colors to choose from, and the site is so easy to use you can ensure that you’ll get the perfect stationary for your needs! (And if you want it, Basic Invite allows you to order a printed sample before you complete your final order!)

There are so many occasions to celebrate and so many cards with which to send love, but I wanted to showcase the stunning Graduation collection. This is normally the time to send out your graduation announcements and start planning parties. Due to our ununusual times, I know that many of these celebrations are delayed, changing to virtual, or on-hold. However, I still believe it’s important to acknowledge the accomplishments of those you love, and this collection from Basic Invite is a great way to keep your loved ones informed!

Investment Piece: Basic Invite

Graduation Invitation Template

Announcing your big graduation? Inviting people to celebrate your accomplishments? Basic Invite has 100’s of templates to share your news and celebrate with your loved ones. Use your picture or use of their designs, and make the custom Graduation Invitation your hard work deserves.

Investment Piece: Basic Invite

Graduation Party Invitation

Inviting people to a virtual or real-life party? Use one of Basic Invite’s party invitation templates to let your loved ones know when and where to celebrate you!

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Graduation Thank You Card

Don’t forget to send a thank you! Use Basic Invite to customize the perfect thank-you for all your graduation presents!

Of course, there are also 100s of Wedding, Baby, Event, Business Cards, and more stationary templates for all of your needs at Basic Invite.

More things I love? You can choose from 40 colors to match the envelope to your invitation, this also includes 3 foil color options (both flat and raised), making sure that your stationary stands out. Basic Invite also provides social media links for you to request your loved ones addresses, stores the addresses, and prints the addresses on the envelopes free of charge! All you have to do is send out the mail.

At times like these, even when we’re apart, it’s important to be together. My favorite way to stay in touch is the mail, and I hope that you love Basic Invite for all of your needs, Graduation, and beyond to send your love. Use code 15FF51 for 15%off!

Find Basic Invite on your favorite social media platforms:
@basicinvite on Facebook, Pintrest, Instagram, and Twitter.

Send your loved ones your Graduation Invites, Your Wedding Announcements, and all your love with Basic Invite! And don’t forget your discount with code 15FF51!
Xo RA

Power

Investment Piece: Power
Investment Piece: Power
Investment Piece: power
Investment Piece: power

I planned this outfit before the “Stay at Home” order started. I was supposed to shoot it in a different local. We were going to chat about how much I love suiting, creative work wear, and styling yourself after editorial pictures.

A lot has changed.

I know most of us are no longer heading out to work, workwear is now whatever top looks best in Zoom, and most of editorial inspiration is lounge wear. I’m a fan of us staying in (let’s flatten the curve!) and we all know my soft spots for lounge wear of all kinds. I almost scraped this look and post.

Investment Piece: Power

But. I went ahead and put it on. And loves, I felt powerful. It was a little more than the feelings I shared last week about how getting dressed and using fashion made me feel. This was power. There is so much right now that feels big, and scary, and out of control. We can only do our part, yes, but this suit? It reminded me that I do have power. And it felt good.

Maybe you’re not putting on suits right now. I can tell you tying a scarf like this across your top is chic and will make a statement on all your online meetings. That now, or later, using your shoe buckles, ties, or the like over your pants made these basic black pants feel brand new. That even though these pieces were things I have had for years, I suddenly felt like I was a boss in some editorial picture. That anything you wear that reminds you of how amazingly powerful you are is a great choice.

This is not a post to convince you to forgo your lounge wear. Most of the time, I’m in mine too. However, if there are times when you are feeling overwhelmed or sad or angry or powerless, or any of the feelings that are coming up right now, remember that we are power. And don’t be afraid to dress like it.

Xo RA

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Investment Piece: Power

Fashion from a Distance

We’ve talked dressing gowns and pjs. And each time I’ve wondered: what are you wearing right now? As someone who normally works from home I can say this isn’t “business as usual”. And I can truthfully say that there have been days when I’ve just stayed in my pjs. But.

Last weekend I participated in two “challenges” with online friends. #formalfriday and #fashionbutmakeitdistance, both being an excuse to really get dressed, even for just a few minutes. And loves, it felt good. I’ve said that fashion is both a stress reliever and fun for me, and I meant it. When I’m sad I’m known to go put on amazing shoes, or plan outfits that I may never wear. It makes me happy. At the beginning of this week, I was a little down. It’s odd, I’m not worried about the blog (though let’s be honest, we’re all worried about work and money), but it felt so sad and I was worried about the people I love. What made me feel better? A walk where I planned outfits in my head. And I realized that there is a lot I can’t control right now, a lot that we all have to play by ear, a lot that’s wait and see. One of the things I can control? My fashion.

Yes, there are days when it feels good to stay in pjs. And there are days when it feels good to get dressed. I made a little promise to myself to get dressed this week, to play in my closet, to see where it takes me. Even if I only am dressed for a pic, even if it’s just a nice shirt with leggings, even if it’s just fancy pjs. Fashion makes me happy, and I can choose to be happy!

This is what I wore this week (you can catch today’s OOTD over on Instagram!)

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Monday
Jeans. Yes, putting on jeans felt like a big win. And yes, I spent more than a few minutes debating what shirt to wear (this is vintage Albert Nippon and I love the neck and the sleeves). Did I get a lot done? Yes. I also felt in charge, which was a nice change! These jeans are Madewell and I’m loving the fit!
Investment Piece: Fashion from a Distance
Shop this look: here

Tuesday
Leggings. But many looks. I shot a few videos, putting on a fancy top for each. I did chores and writing in a tank top as a top. And sports bra for barre and dance class. But my fave? This JAWS shirt. It always makes me feel like summer, the shirt has pockets!
Investment Piece: Fashion from a Distance
Shop this look here

Wednesday
I’ll be honest, loves, I almost didn’t participate in getting dressed today. Not that I didn’t get dressed, it was that I changed too much! We were getting our “stay at home” order on Wednesday night, so I needed to shoot a few places (more than one change), workouts (more than one change), and by the time I got home I wanted to put on sweats. But I had on makeup. And my hair was done. And we were having a “fancy” dinner. So I put on a dress. I’m glad I did, it made me feel good and made the day feel a bit brighter, rather than long!
Investment Piece: Fashion from a distance
Shop this look here

Thursday
Today was an all over the place day! Workouts, grocery store run for my family and a neighbor, then taking over what I bought, etc. Yes, this is an exercise skirt, but I think the top makes it fashion. It made an errand more fun!
Investment Piece: Fashion from a distance
Shop the look here

What I learned from getting dressed all week? What I wear affects my moods. Fashion brings me joy, and joy can be an act of resistance. I somehow don’t mind changing a few times a day (I always have been this way), and picking out even casual things that make me feel good helped to ground me. Does this mean I’ll get dressed every day? Probably not, there are days I’m sure I’ll stay in sweats or pjs or my workout clothes. But this was a nice reminder the power that fashion has, and what fun it can be! Times are a little crazy, I know there are days when I feel like we’re going to be ok, and then days when I’m so anxious/scared/sad. And many days when I’m all of the above. For me, these outfits were a way to ground myself, to have some joy, and to connect. As much as I can, I’ll be using fashion for that!

Curious about what I’m wearing today? Check out my Instagram (@racheladelicia)! I would love to know: what did you wear this week?
Xo RA

PJ Dressing: As PJs

I’ve always been a fan of pj dressing. And never been afraid to wear my pjs out:

Investment Piece: Trend to be Tie-Dyed
Investment Piece: Vintage NightGown
Investment Piece: PJ dressing

In every post on pj dressing, I emphasize how you can wear “inside” clothes as “outside” clothes. And I stand by those stylings. However, at this point, we may just want pjs to wear inside. Even in bed, lounging, etc, it can feel good to feel “pulled together” or chic, even if you’re in your pjs. Maybe I should have just told you that pjs are a great thing to invest in, and that the right ones can make you feel amazing? I stand by that, too.

Investment Piece: slip into something more comfortable
Investment Piece: In my Robe
Investment Piece: Cinderella

What are your go to pjs? When it’s cold, I love to wear sweats, or flannel pjs. One of the most luxe pjs I have are a silk set that are flannel lined. They’re gorgeous and make me feel like a star. We know I have a thing for dressing gowns, I also have a thing for nightgowns. Silk. Cotton. Simple, a bit sexy. I love them all. And yes, during this time I may have been known to put a slip on under a kimono and call it a day.

I’ll also be honest there are days when my pjs are yoga pants and a shirt.

All pjs are amazing, and at times like this, when we might be spending a lot of time in our pjs, maybe they’re something to invest in.

I’m really curious: what pjs are you into? No matter what they look like, I hope in them you’re staying healthy, and taking care of yourself (that means mentally, too!)
I’ve linked some of the pjs sets I’m loving right now below!
Xo RA

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Investment Piece: how to rock a pj suit, #suitup

Dressing Gown

Investment Piece: Packing

Most of us are about a week into working from home, maybe for the first time. I do a lot of work from home already, but even I will admit that this is a bit different. (That being said, it’s important! If you are able, please stay home! If you have a job that you have to go to, thank you for showing up for all of us. Let’s all be kind and wash our hands!) Even when I’ve worked from home, there have been appointments and places to be. Now, for the most part, I might be able to get away with wearing almost anything.

Investment Piece, high fashion, vintage, holiday Velvet, CA, TX

So, what should we do? Wear yoga pants all day? Get dressed?

I’m attempting to balance it. At least once a week I’m getting dressed, it makes me feel better (and outfits are a source of stress relief and fun for me!). I’m also being ok with the reality that there will be days when I stay in sweats or yoga pants.

And I’m leaning into vintage dressing gowns. They’re the best of both worlds-lounge friendly and they make you feel glamorous.

Investment Piece: Summer Verision

I’ve always loved a great robe, I’m a big fan of PJ dressing, and a dressing gown is a must have in my book! All of my dressing gowns are vintage, and what makes a vintage one so special is just how gorgeous they are. Yes, you can get a great modern robe. In the past they essentially made gowns to wear around the home, and they are perfect for the moment. You can find any from the velvet and silk ones above to quilted ones, long sleeved, tea length, there’s a dressing gown for any style.

I’m wearing my black one with a black silk turban, and my white one all alone. They’ve been complemented on virtual meetings, and I’ve slept in them. For my kimonos, I’ve worn them over everything, and used a belt to wear them alone. There’s no wrong way to wear a dressing gown, and every reason to invest in one (being glam at home will never go out of style!).

I’ve linked some of my favorite dressing gowns here (yes, that is an affiliate link. While that does not affect the price for you, I may earn commission from them. I really appreciate your support. That being said, it’s a great time to shop online at your local vintage store- they need your support too!)

I would love to know: what are you wearing while you’re at home?

Be kind. Wash your hands. Thank you for being here!
Xo RA

Smocking Hot

Loves, in this uncertain time it’s a little hard to know exactly what to write. We don’t want to be insensitive, but would love to offer a bit of respite while we’re all dealing with social distancing, quarantines, and life changes. We’ll try to balance the situation with our love for fashion and a love for sharing it with you, if there is any content in particular you would love to see please don’t hesitate to reach out at racheladelicia@investmentpiece.com. Also, we’ll be doing our best to feature outfits that are perfect for being glam at home, and then can be worn out later! Thank you for your support as we navigate this! XO RA

Investment Piece: Smocking Hot
Investment Piece: Smocking Hot
Investment Piece: Smocking Hot
Investment Piece: Smocking Hot

Smocking Hot. I’m a lover of a good smock, or Smocking detail (see here and here). My mom smocked many of my dresses growing up and it’s always been one of those details that’s felt like home to me. And now, Smocking is back. Part a throw back to vintage Laura Ashley (which I loved growing up!). Part of the prairie trend. Part fashion based on movies such as “Little Women” and “Emma”. All chic.

What I love about dresses like these is that, even though they’re modest, they’re subtly sexy, they’re flattering, and versatile. Dressing up? Pair it heels. More casual? Sandals. Lounging on the couch? It’s good as is. It’s sweet but not saccharin, and it can easily be made more edgy with accessories!

Investment Piece: Smocking hot
Investment Piece: Smocking Hot
Investment Piece: Smocking Hot

The most important thing about a dress like this? Comfort. I’m not lying about the lounging part. It’s almost like a nightgown in the best ways, and we should all take advantage of that! Though it’s both high necked and long sleeved I was fine on a hot spring day.

What’s your take on this trend?
I’ve linked dresses for a similar look and some vintage nightgowns for you below!
Xo RA

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This look can be shopped here
Love the idea of a vintage nightgown or vintage Laura Ashley? I love these:

Investment Piece: Smocking Hot

Trend to be Tie-Dyed

Investment Piece: Trend to be Tie-Dyed
Investment Piece: Trend to be Tie-Dyed
Investment Piece: Trend to be Tie-Dyed
Investment Piece: Trend to be Tie-Dyed
Investment Piece: Trend to be Tie-Dyed
Investment Piece: Trend to be Tie-Dyed

Tie-Dye.
As a process it’s been around since people have been dying fabric.
As a trend, it’s seen some things. The hippie movement. Then it was high fashion by the likes of Halston and Dior and on Picadilly. Then disco. The trend died for a bit, but was revived on hyper-color shirts (yes,I’m that old), and now Tie-Dye is back. There are tie-dye parties you can throw with your friends. And if you’re not the DYI type, you can buy chic versions of tie-dye in the form of anything from dresses to pjs.

Yep, these are pjs. I have a bad (or good) habit of wearing my pjs as street wear. You can see for yourselves here, here, here, here, here, and here. For starters. (I can’t help it!). And this tie-dye number? Yep. PJs. But with a trench and on-trend sandals, no one may be able to tell! (And if they do, it will be okay!)

(Note: these pieces would also be great as seperates. Wear the cami with jeans or a skirt. Pair the pants with a crop top. It’s tie-dye. It’s supposed to be fun).

Investment Piece: Trend to Tie-Dye

As tie-dye has been making it’s come back (if we can call it that), I’ve been loving the tie-dye dresses and skirts that have been popping up all over my feeds. So why did I buy PJS? I love a good set (and everything that comes with, the endless chances for mixing and matching). I love PJS (seriously. They look chic out and you can sleep in them!! Go straight to bed (after skin care of course!). And this set was tie-dye without being over the top. I love the trend, but didn’t know if I was ready to for my tie-dye to be so bold. This was perfect for me. And while my mom could tell it was PJS, the people I met out and about couldn’t!

You can buy this set here:

And shop more of my tie-dye picks here.

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I would love to know is tie-dye a trend you’re trying? How are you wearing it?
Xo RA

Spring Wishlist

At the beginning of every new season, I can’t help but take a little stock. Of what I have. Of what I might want. Of what I need. This is sometimes a big undertaking, sometimes it’s simple, sometimes it’s a little of both.

I love to clean out and organize my closet in January and February. This gives me a sense of what I have, what I need to replace, and what my waredrobe is missing. Then I think about trends, what’s being offered, what I love and what I don’t, and a mix of what I need and want. There’s a shopping theory I hold dear, and explains a little bit about how I shop. I think there are 3 categories we buy in: what we need (work, basics, etc), what we love (more trendy), what fills the spaces we need (overall waredrobe building). All are valid, and we might do all each season.

This season, my spring Wishlist is a mix of all. I’m looking for pieces to fill a specific hole in my closet. There are some trends I’m just in love with, and I can never say no to basics. These are just a few pieces I’m shopping for–what about you?

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Puff Sleeve Dress
The statement sleeve has been “in” for a while and isn’t going anywhere. For spring, the trend has evolved into puff sleeve, and these are some of my favorites:

White Jeans
It feels like I’m forever on the hunt for the perfect white jeans. These are some that are in the running:

Belted Bathing Suit
I’m such a fun of the retro-inspired and ever so flattering belted swim wear on offer. We know I love to wear my swim wear out and about, and I can’t wait to see what these go with:

Strappy Sandals
There’s no such thing as too many shoes, no matter what anyone else says. To me, strappy sandals aren’t so much a trend but a spring staple-though this season I’m loving the square toe take on it! I love these:

And you can shop more sandal picks here and here.

I would love to know: what’s on your spring Wishlist?
Xo RA

Set Moments

Investment Piece: Set Moments
Investment Piece: Set Moments
Investment Piece: Set Moments

A part of the story is that I love sets. They together. They go seperately. There are endless options with mixing and matching, wearing the set as a one piece, changing up the accessories, that they are truly a great investment!I love the combination of both dots and stripes on this one. It’s both a bit professional and a bit playful. This set was part of a vintage closet that I was gifted at the beginning of the year by a family member. It’s been worn to business meetings and dates, and I love wearing all that history. While I could dress this down, I love that this set lends itself to being so polished and lady like.

Investment Piece: Set Moments
Investment Piece: Set Moments
Investment Piece: Set Moments
Investment Piece: Set Moments

A part of the story:
This set felt very Megan Markle to me. Polished. Pretty. Appropriate for tea, or an event. Styling it with a belt and heels was a perfect way to tie everything together, and it wowed at the lunch meeting I wore it to! When I was first gifted this set I knew that there were a ton of ways to wear it. But this is the way I most wanted to style it. There was just something about it that made me yearn to be more polished.

Don’t worry, I’ll rock it with flip-flops and sneakers, too!

Investment Piece: Set Moments
The moment that made me laugh!
Yes, the wind was strong this day and I had a Marilyn moment. Actually more than one! The moral of that story? We can’t plan for everything. You have to keep your sense of humor in fashion. That all sides of us are valid and show up, even when we don’t see them coming!
Ironically, this was one of my favorite moments of the shoot/day. Yes,I love this set ladylike. But I love to laugh, and this was such a true joyful moment. Most of all, I love a good set that I can enjoy all the moments in. Don’t you?

While this set is vintage, I have found similar items for you and have linked them below!
Xo RA

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