Inspired by :Fosse/Verdon

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A recent obession of mine? Fosse/Verdon. So much so, that I can’t help but let my fashion by inspired by it.
In one scene, Gwen Verdon (played by the incomparable Michelle Williams) wears the most perfect pantsuit. This is my version of that.
Investment Piece: Fosse Verdon
Investment Piece: Fosse/Verdon
Investment Piece: Inspired by Fosse/Verdon
Investment Piece: Inspired by Fosse/Verdon
We’re all story tellers. I’m a big believer that fashion is just another way we can tell our stories.
Don’t believe me?
What’s your favorite movie? Play?
Can you picture your favorite character? Does it matter what they wear?

(Hint: yes. Yes it does)

This is by no means the first time that I’ve been fascinated by a TV show’s costume department (see here And here), and not the first time I’ve let you know I think fashion is a story telling medium. As an actress and a fashion blogger when things like stories I love (Fosse/Verdon) and fashion collide, I simply can’t contain myself. We can’t jump in the story, but we can jump in the fashion, and that’s almost just as good!

Investment Piece: Inspired by Fosse/Verden
Side Note: Fosse/Verdon (which is on Tuesday nights on FX) is a must watch. We could chat about what we give and give up in relationships. What we sacrifice and kill for creativity. How when we don’t heal ourselves we hurt others. What men take from women. How Michelle Williams is gonna win an Emmy. How I’m constantly amazed at the creative output of Lin-Manuel Miranda (he’s an executive producer). We won’t. But we could. For days. My only advice?
Watch Fosse/Verdon.

Maybe twice.

Investment Piece: Inspired by Fosse/Verdon

What I can chat about today? The pantsuit. A novel thing in the 70/80s. Still a statement. The stories you can tell in a pantsuit are endless. The powerful CEO. The up and comer. The woman leaving. The one arriving. (And yes, in recent years the pantsuit has had some political meaning. Embrace that)

Even more interesting in your pant suit story? You can make one with seperates in your closet. These pants? Elaine Kim (use code RACHEL4EK for 15%off your first order at Elaine Kim). Blazer? I’ve had it for years (I think I got it on eBay). Shoes? Old Jeffrey Campbell, I can never seem to get rid of them as they might be the perfect wedge. And of course, a scarf and a belt. (If we’re channeling early 80s we have to be accessorized). But really, any blazer, any pants, any scarf will do.

Even if you’re not confronting your genius/hurtful husband.

I’ve linked similar items for you below. Want more content that combines my acting and fashion worlds? Let me know! Want more inspired by content? Let me know! Just in general- let me know.

I’ll be over here in my leotard!
Xo RA

Investment Piece: Inspired by Fosse Verdon
FOSSE VERDON — Pictured: (l-r) Michelle Williams as Gwen Verdon, Sam Rockwell as Bob Fosse. CR: Pari Dukovic/FX

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Investment Piece: Inspired by Fosse/Verdon

Fancy Dress

Investment Piece: Fancy Dress
Investment Piece: Fancy Dress
Investment Piece: Fancy dress
Investment Piece: Fancy Dress
Investment Piece: Fancy Dress

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I won’t even address the fact that I’m in polka dots. Again. I can’t help it! And if they didn’t want me to wear dots, they would quit making them. Facts.
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And now that we got that out of the way:

Loves. This dress. It made me feel like a princess (but the self rescuing kind). And yet, I could also see it with flats and at bbqs. (This kind of princess loves drinking on patios and won’t apologize for it. I think this dress would look great doing that, too!)

Without prompting, I can speak for hours about what I love about fashion, and the power that I think fashion has. I’m a firm believer that everyone needs a party dress, a fancy dress if you will, to celebrate moments (big and small) in their lives. Birthdays? No exception.

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I fell in love with this Zimmermann dress the first time I saw it. And knew that I wanted to wear it on my birthday. (And also to walk in Paris, to summer soriees, and anything else my life could come up with) The thing about fancy dresses is that we tend to put them in a box. We think they can only be used for that party or that event or that soiree.

At that point we have two choices:
Yes. Buy the dress and wear it once
OR
Rent it and wear it once.

(Actually there are three choices, buy it and wear it wherever you want!)

This time, I choose to rent–and yet, I still got to wear it more than once. Birthday dinner. The ballet for Mother’s Day, and this shoot. I absolutely love renting with Armarium and I think you will too (see here). Like this option? Use code RADELICIA for 20% off your first rental.

Want to own this beauty for yourself?
I found options here

(A quick sizing note: I’m a size 0/2 and went with the bigger size here. In retrospect, I wish I had gone with the smaller size–it was a little hard to keep up! Armarium has stylists on call, so if you ever have a question like that, reach out to them!)

There’s no bad option. And there’s no bad fancy dress. Where do you wear yours?
Xo RA

Where to Shop: Elaine Kim

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Loves, I take my duty to share with you amazing brands and places to shop seriously. So seriously, in fact, that when a brand/store gets on my radar that I am in love with, I get giddy about telling you. And Elaine Kim is not only a brand you should know, a store you should shop at, but if you’re lucky enough to meet Elaine-she’s a person you will love!

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This brand is an amazing blend of cool and classic. They have amazing pieces (I’ve worn their leather sleeves this way) that can be worn edgy or more traditional. Think classic pieces: trenches, dresses, pants, with amazing details and fabric: linen, leather, leather lining, step hems. Every piece in the collection flows together, and yet it all fits into your waredrobe seamlessly!

Investment Piece: Elaine Kim
Investment Piece: Elaine Kim

Elaine takes a hands on approach, if you visit the 3rd St brick and mortar you may find her there. She is amazingly creative and kind, as is all her staff. Everyone is the store cares about your taste, feedback, and is willing to help with anything you need. From putting together outfits to picking accessories, Elaine and her staff work with you to find the perfect fit!

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You’ve seen me in a lot of Elaine Kim. And there’s more to come. This season I’m loving this coat, which I’ve worn as a dress. There’s a vest that I’m wearing every which way you can imagine. All kinds of pants. But what I’m most excited to share with you is that Elaine and I have chosen to partner. Shopping at Elaine Kim, both in LA and at her pops ups (which happen all over), has become such a joy for me that I want to share it with you. You can use the code RACHEL4EK to get 15% off your first order. Yes, both online and at her LA store. There are so many great things that deserve your attention, and perhaps a place in your closet. You’ll see more and more of them here, and I hope you’d take a sec to shop her!

Investment Piece: Elaine Kim
Investment Piece: Elaine Kim

The even better news? Great clothes aren’t the only things to find at Elaine Kim, they also have amazing shoes and accessories! I actually fell in love with Elaine Kim from a pair of boots that I bought 4 years ago (and I still get compliments on them!) The shoes and jewelry are just as high quality and seamless as the clothes’ from pieces that can be worn edgy to classics that will carry you through seasons, these offerings are just as exciting! (Another thing I love: Elaine features and gives space to other artists, creators and women run businesses, it’s win-win!)

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So, how can you get your hands on Elaine Kim? You can visit their website Elaine Kim, follow them on Instagram @elainekimstudio, or visit the store on W 3rd St in LA. I know you’ll love them like I do!!

Happy Shopping!

XO RA

It’s All Fun and Games

Investment Piece: It's All Fun and Games
Investment Piece: It's All Fun and Games
Investment Piece: It's all fun and games
Investment Piece: It's all fun and games

It’s all fun and games….till the fashion gets involved. Or, if you’re doing it right, it’s all fun and games when the fashion gets involved. Because, loves, fashion is supposed to be fun. The games are up to you!

There are times when I get these ideas in my head that I can’t shake. Outfits. Shoot ideas. Pieces I must have. Sometimes the solution is simple: buy the shoes. Sometimes, the outfits or the shoots take more planning. This outfit? Easy. I fell in love with this Marni top (found at Recess LA) that is both metallic glory, and somehow reminds me of a bowling shirt. There are so many ways to wear it: jeans, skirts, over a bathing suit, over a dress. But I love them with these tux pants.

It’s fun. It’s perfect for playing games in. And yes, that is a shower cap worn as a hat. And some of my fave sandals.

All fun and games.

Investment Piece: It's all fun and games
Investment Piece: It's all fun and games
Investment Piece: it's all fun and games
Investment Piece: It's all fun and games
Investment Piece: It's all fun and games

We’ve covered the fun, now for the games.

I was convinced that I should shoot this outfit in a bowling alley. The shirt, the hat (which also looks amazing worn with all your hair up), the pants. It was to be editorial and fun and kitchy and high end, all at the same time. Here’s the thing about shooting in a bowling alley: you have to have one where you can shoot. Not that there aren’t bowling alleys, but issues like persmission, lighting, fees, and timing kept getting in the way. In the meantime, I wore this outfit to drinks. I wore the pieces seperately in various ways. The shhhower cap became a necessity when I needed to rinse off ad not get my hair wet.

And yet, I couldn’t get the idea of shooting this as a bowling outfit out of my head.

There’s a chance I watched Grease 2 too much as child. That’s most likely a subject for a different sort of therapy session. We’re focusing on the fun, games, and fashion.

But this outfit needed games, right?

We’re always given what we need. I should trust that by now, but sometimes I don’t. When I met my photographer for this shoot I knew that we might get to use an outdoor space, and that there might be some lawn bowling equipment. We lucked into someone having a hula hoop (and letting us use it). Then, by chance, we went by a restuarant that allowed us to shoot on their game deck and ping pong table. Some outfits just seem to find what they need.

It’s all fun and games, right?

This top is vintage Marni, and these pants are Jcrew from several seasons ago. However, I’ve linked similar items (and these shoes!) below for your fun and games!

XO RA

Don’t forget to shade yourself when you’re out having fun:

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Investment Piece: It's all fun and games
It’s all fun and games…

And Thank you to KYN Photo for playing games with me!

Birthday Wishlist

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It’s my birthday! (Cue all sorts of champagne bottles popping!) However, I’m a giver, and this means that we can all celebrate. Every year on my birthday I make a little Wishlist. Sometimes I save up and get it all, sometimes it’s a jumping off point for what I want my summer wardrobe to be. Sometimes I use it as inspiration to find vintage or other picks that have that feeling. My birthday Wishlist can be a lot.

This year, I had a little bit of trouble deciding “what” I wanted. The past few years, I’ve had big items in mind, and after saving and shopping, I got those. I’ve also been feeling a little uninspired with some fashion choices, so it was a little hard to figure out what to pick. Below are things I love, or things I might like in other forms. The great thing about this Wishlist is that it’s not set in stone, but it gives me some things to keep in mind as I’m making fashion choices. And, of course, it’s a Wishlist, and my birthday, so it’s great to shop from!

I would love to know: what’s on your Wishlist? What’s inspiring you for your summer wardrobe? Where are you currently drawing fashion inspiration? I would love to hear about it!

Remember it’s my birthday-I give you permission to treat yourself!
Xo RA

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The “It” shoe of the summer? A barely there sandal. You have a ton of options, I keep coming back to this one. A sign we should buy it?
Get it here

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A white dress is fresh for the summer, and I love this one. This is one of those pieces that I might just draw inspiration from (so many similar vintage pieces!), but I really do love the shape of this one!
Get it here

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Same with this little plaid number. I love it, I love the feel of it, and who knows where shopping for summer plaid might take us?
Get this one here

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Have you heard about my quest for the perfect white crop Jean? What if these are them?
Get yourself a pair! here

Worried that my Wishlist isn’t very big? I’m still shopping and looking around, what about you?

Mom’s Style

I’ve been posting this on my mom’s birthday for a few years now. And while her big day is technically tomorrow, I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate it. My mom and I are close, and yet different. However, as I get older I realize I’m more like her than I think, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Today is also a great day to call your mom (and get her a Mother’s Day gift! Xo RA

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Loves! It’s my Momma’s birthday! If you haven’t caught on, my mom and I are close, and I can’t begin to describe how much I love her, and how appreciative I am for all she does for me. Mom is a CPA and teaches accounting, she’s our CFO, and while that’s completely different from her creative daughter who thinks shoes are a necessity (I mean I need shoes, I occasionally want to eat); Mom’s style has influenced me and helped me become the fashionista I am today. So, what did I learn from Mom’s style? Glad you asked!

Stay True to Your Style

No matter the trend or what “you’re supposed” to do, sticking to what you love and what works for you is something to be admired–and makes you look stunning! Mom is a big fan of navy. She is known for her love of navy suits, shoes, and bags. There are years when navy is “in” and years when we’ve had to search for navy for Mom. That doesn’t matter to Mom, even when the styles she loves aren’t in she sticks to them. There’s a classic-ness in that, a commitment. That’s not to say Mom doesn’t try new things, but I’ve learned that you don’t need to be a slave to trends, that sticking to things you love is something to be commended, and when you find something that fits you–hang onto it!

Proper Undergarments Matter

Mom and I have had a lot of events recently and at everyone Mom has mentioned that she thinks I might need a slip. (Side note: I have slips, I’m not great at wearing them) Here’s the thing though: Mom may have a point. Lining, slips, proper garments: our clothes fit better when we make sure these things are taken care of. Proper fit is important (Mom is big on that too) and to ensure that the fit flows, proper undergarments help. (And let’s be honest, no one likes the look of lines!)

Invest in Your Suit
Something Mom and I agree about whole heartedly? Your suit, be it an actual suit, jeans or yoga pants, is something to invest in. Mom, being an accountant, is a fan of actual suits and made it a point to invest in good ones each year. Now that she’s in a place where she’s good on suits, Mom is having fun filling her closet with tanks, tops and blouses (both classic and trendy) to wear with her suits. However, she’s always adamant that her suits are high quality, she checks seams and linings, that it’s where she spends her money. And loves, I agree–what you wear the most should be where you invest your money.

Don’t be Afraid to Accessorize

Mom is a more conservative dresser than I am, yes. However, Mom is not too conservative for a great accessory! I can’t remember a time when Mom didn’t leave the house without a scarf, jewelry, pins, or gloves. We do a high tea occasionally, and Mom is always on point with her hats (and gloves!). The lesson? You can always be playful, and the details are always a place to have fun!

While Mom and I may have different opinions about certain fashions, but my Mom has some amazing style, and I’m so grateful she taught me all she knows!

Have some champagne to celebrate!

XO RA

Dots and Sets

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Investment Piece: Dots and Sets
Investment Piece: Dots and Sets
Investment Piece: Dots and Sets

Dots are a timeless pattern. I love them. You love them. They are everywhere. Here they get a little sass with a short set, you can’t quite tell but those sleeves are a little sheer, and some feathers. Perfectly vintage. Perfectly modern. The shorts would be perfect at the beach or a bbq, and with the skirt this is party ready.

Investment Piece: Dots and Sets
Investment Piece: Dots and Sets
Investment Piece: Dots and Sets
Investment Piece: Dots and Sets

Sets. They’re great to wear together, to wear seperately. Sets can take the work out of planning an outfit. The skirt part of this vintage one would be perfect over any white dress, or even jeans. The shorts can stand alone. Together, or alone, they can be as dressy or as casual as your day needs.

Sassy, feathers and the pop of leg. Classic, those dots. If there is a superhero in your closet, I bet it’s a set like this one.

Yes, it’s vintage- from one of my favorites, FeatherstoneVintage, but I’ve found some similar options for your shopping pleasure below! The shoes? PVC from Steve Madden, exact ones linked. I’ve worn them with everything-they make your legs look like they go on for days!

Dots and sets. It’s how I roll!

Xo RA

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May Armarium Picks

This post is a part of my partnership with Armarium. At Armarium you can rent the designer looks you love, at a price that’s within your budget. Use code RADELICIA for 20% off of your first order, and 10% off your orders following that!

Every month I share some of the rentable looks I love that match some of the events I have coming up! May is an incredibly busy month for me–there are so many birthdays, a gala, ballet, graduations, and quite a few parties! See below what I’m thinking of renting, and don’t forget to rent yourself something!

Birthdays
May is the biggest birthday month I have, from my own to my mothers, to 6 family members, and a ton of friends-I can list a birthday for everyday this month. Which means, many events, parties, and celebrations!
I’m thinking :

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This for some birthday dinners.
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This for some parties.
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And I just love this dress, and may need to find a place to wear it.

Graduations
May means graduations. And Mother’s Day Brunches and teas. What I love for these events?
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This lady like dress, and it’s by a designer I’ve been dying to try!
And
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This sunny number.

Ballets and Galas
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Isn’t this the most perfect spring gala dress?
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And I love this one.
Investment Piece: May Armarium Picks
Over any LBD, with pants, or a skirt, I just want to wear this blazer.
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And finally, these pants are perfect for a matinee!

From gowns to purses, Armarium has everything I need for all my events. Use code RADELICIA to take 20% off your first rental,and 10% off after that!

Happy Renting!
Xo RA

Skirting the Season

Investment Piece: Skirting the Season
Investment Piece: Skirting the Season
Investment Piece: Skiritng the Season
Investment Piece: Skirting the Season
Investment Piece: Skirting the Season

Shorts?
It’s not that I don’t like them, but they can be tough.
Jeans? Pants?
Not when it gets too hot.
The way I get through?
Skirting the season.
From midis to maxis, there’s a skirt for everything you have this season. I wear mine with everything from graphic tees to “going out tops”. Sneakers to heels. There isn’t a thin you can’t be, or a story you can’t tell in a skirt.

Personally, I like mine with a bit of movement (and it also helps you keep cool). We know I love a great juxatipositon, so pops of color, contrasting patterns,and the like are right up my alley.

I would love to know: how do you skirt the season?
Xo RA

I’ve linked similar items below for your shopping pleasure! This skirt is from H&M. I know. But, I have to admit there are collections from H&M that I just love! Their Conscious Collections, some of their new items, it’s all worth your time. And this skirt? Amazing. It even has pockets! And it’s a poly blend, but feels great, and the movement is a dream. I’ve worn it with everything from my bikini top to Blazers. I might gush, but skirts? They’re my secret weapon!

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In Blue

Investment Piece: In Blue
Investment Piece: In Blue

There’s something about the color blue. I’ve always loved it, as it matches my eyes, but there’s something else about the shade. In art, blue was the most expensive shade, and could mean anything from holiness to royalty to mystery. And maybe that’s a part of the draw. There are a lot of us who love the shade, but that’s not the only reason why I love this dress.

This is in blue. And it comes in two parts:
In Blue. Part One:
I’ve always loved a great party dress. And the greatest things about that? Any dress is a party dress.

It’s true. Just depends on what kind of party. (This where someone could tell you that the most important people to have in your life are the kind that make going to the grocery store a party. You could also be that kind of person! :))

My favorite kind of dress to wear in the summertime? Sundresses. Especially halter maxi ones, like this one. They can be dressed up or down (just change your shoes accordingly), and show just enough skin to feel like the season. From the beach to a soriee, a dress like this one can get you through the summer (and it travels like a dream). I’m partial to the blue, and those details, but really, any great halter dress will do!

Investment Piece: In Blue
Investment Piece: In Blue
Investment Piece: In Blue

In Blue. Part Two

I have a thing for vintage. This dress is Radley London, vintage from the 1960s/70s. I also have a thing for Ossie Clark. See here, here, and here. Radley London? It has a connect to Ossie.

Radley was a British clothing manufacturing company of the 1960s through the 1980s and owned by Alfred Radley. The company is best known for its association with the Quorum Boutique, of which it acquired controlling interest in 1969.

The designers at Quorum, Ossie Clark, and Alice Pollock, also did garments under the Radley label and many Radley garments borrowed design elements from the popular Quorum designers. The garment would be sketched by Clark, then Radley’s in-house designer would use the ideas to produce a variety of designs for Radley.

Rose Bradford was the designer employed by the Radley firm in the late 1960s to adapt the original designs of Ossie Clark into affordable licensed pieces under the Radley label (once they had come to the financial rescue of Alice Pollock and Ossie’s boutique, Quorum). Bradford seems to have been an extremely talented designer in her own right, designing under her own name for both the Radley and Quorum labels in the 1970s, but was always overshadowed by the many other designers Radley employed over the years. She is also rumoured to have wholly designed some pieces which were sold as Ossie Clark garments, as an experiment to see if this could work without Clark’s involvement.

Do I know who actually designed this dress?
Nope.
And that doesn’t change how much I love it.
But a dress this great, with a connection like that, and with details that will make my entire summer a party? I’m sold.

I’ve linked similar dresses below for your shopping pleasure! And want to hear all about your parties!!
Xo RA

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One of my favorite places to shop Radley London is eBay. I found
this one for you, and there are a ton more!!