Getting in the Water

Investment Piece: Getting in the Water
Investment Piece: Getting in the Water
Investment Piece: Getting in the Water
Investment Piece: Getting in the Water
Investment Piece: Getting in the Water

Loves, in a moment of vulnerability, I have to admit, this was a hard week. I know, we’re all having hard weeks. It’s just a hard time. And what do I do when it gets tough? Buy shoes! Well, yes. But other than that, a thing I do is get in the water. There’s something about water-surfing, paddle boarding, just sitting by it, that calms me down and makes me happy. Getting in the water is one of my favorite coping mechanisms. And getting in the water in fashion? I LOVE it!!

And loves, this is why I love this job. I love the creativity of it, the thinking out of the box on how to present my fave fashion to you, and the people I work with. This dress is Clover Canyon, and as an Ocean Baby I can’t recommend them enough; their clothes are made of neoprene (always water ready) and the patterns are to die for! I love that my photographer, Katy Shayne, was nonplussed when I said I wanted to shoot this dress on a board and that I would figure it out! And so we figured it out, I got on a paddle board and we were able to get great looks from the dock (the dress is water ready, cameras not so much). Bonus-I got to be on the water and got a session in after we were done!

Another moment of vulnerability: this shoot is from over a year ago. Yet, I’ve updated it. And it rings true. This week, in August 2020 has been tough. My reaction? Get in the water. I found my self putting together a closet, stressed about what to shoot, and needing to be in the water. So, here we are. I went to the water, and I wore this dress (yet again) and things are looking up. Isn’t it funny how things can come full circle?

I’ve updated my shopping picks and hope that however your week has gone, you’re getting in the water!
XO RA

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Nap Dress: Summer Outtings

Investment Piece: Summer Outtings
Investment Piece: summer Outtings
Investment Piece: summer Outtings
Investment Piece: summer Outtings
Investment Piece: summer Outtings
Investment Piece: summer Outtings

If we can define a nap dress as the cross between a nightgown and a day dress (see here) and agree that there are nap dresses that lend themselves to sleep (see here), wouldn’t it make sense that there are nap dresses for summer Outtings?

I bought this dress on the same day that I bought the nap dress from Monday, and on the same day that I read this article about nap dresses. I loved the eyelet detail on the sleeves. The pockets! The tent like way it hung. Not quite a night gown (though I have a nightgown that is ALMOST AN EXACT MATCH. The main difference is the pockets) and not quite a dress. The irony?

While I feel the urge to sleep in the nap dress from Monday, with this nap dress, I feel the urge to go out. It’s become my “dressy” nap dress. (Yes, that’s where we are). For errands or socially distanced happy hours or what is now nights out (walks or zooms or anything I can now convince myself is an “event”), this is now my go-to.

And people love it.

Does it feel like a nightgown? Yes.

Does it wear like a dress? Yes.

Is it the perfect nap dress? Yes.

If nap dresses are both for bed and for Outtings, shouldn’t it stand that you have nice nap dresses? Ones that you only wear out? (The good news is that they would be just as chic at home and in bed. That’s the magic of the genre!)

This is my “nice” nap dress. The one I reserve for “special” things.
And if it feels and looks like a nightgown that’s between me and me. 😉

I’ve linked options for you below. What kind of nap dresses are you wearing?
Xo RA

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What is a Nap Dress?

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It’s Nap Dress week here at Investment Piece. We’ve chatted the allure of nap dresses, sleep issues, and some of my nap dresses. One, kinda odd, thing that we haven’t really discussed?

What is a nap dress?

Investment Piece: what is a nap dress

Is a nap dress simply a nightgown you can wear outside? An updated version of a vintage nightgown or dressing gown? A vintage night gown? Any dress that is comfy enough to lounge in?

I think the answer is yes, to all of the above. While there is an “official” nap dress (see here), a take on vintage nightgowns, maybe the real answer is a nap dress is any dress that lets you relax.

I’m sure that we could define the nap dress a bit more clearly, make the definition include the juxtaposition these dresses have of innocence and appeal, the nods to nightgowns of yore. But that would leave out so many dresses that would be great to nap in- from acutal vintage dressing gowns to slip dresses. I also have sundresses that I’ve worn to bed recently, are they not nap dresses?

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Since the publishing of this article about nap dresses, I have seen more and more people refer to nap dresses. And while I’ve always been a fan of PJ dressing and the Sleeper dresses (I’ve linked some for you below, they are also part nightgown-part dress!), I think this overload of nap dresses is a comment on where we are.

Most of us, especially in the States, are staying home and dressing for not going out is becoming, at least for me, a challenge. I love my clothes, I love the stories they tell, I have no qualms about dressing up for myself. But, when you don’t have to get dressed for months at a time, do you?

Nap dresses let you stay in your pjs all day, but feel like you got dressed. It’s an accomplishment that leaves you looking chic. Right now, I will take feeling accomplished and looking chic any way I can.

What is your definition of a nap dress? Are you wearing them? In fact, what are you wearing now?

One of my fave nap dresses are Sleeper dresses, and I’ve linked some for you below!
Xo RA

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Nap Dress: Summer Sleep

Investment Piece: summer sleep
Investment Piece: Summer Sleep
Investment Piece: Summer Sleep
Investment Piece: Summer sleep
Investment Piece: summer sleep

Can a dress help you sleep better? I’m game to find out!

Ironically enough, the morning that I read The Allure of the Nap Dress by Rachel Syme, I had already spent some time looking at Sleeper (the nightgown dress) dresses on sale. After reading the article, I was a little more obessed with finding my own nap dress. I can struggle with sleep, and if fashion is the answer I’m excited about it.

I found this number at Target and I had to have it. Yes, it reminded me of a Sleeper dress, and yes with nap dresses at the front of my mind, I was looking for something just like it.

And loves, it’s great- I love the off-the-shoulder and it hangs well, and has just enough personality (the color, the dots, the little flounce)!

It’s become my go-to (yes, you’ve seen it all over my IG feed. I throw it on, yes, sometimes every day, when I need to feel dressed, but not constrained. It’s comfy enough to lounge in, but looks polished for the few errands I run, or taking out the trash. (And yes, when we can all get together it will look great at all those parties!) It makes me feel good without any effort.

The one thing I haven’t done in it? Sleep.

So, is it a nap dress? Is it helping me sleep this summer?

If a nap dress is something in between a nightgown and a dress, this fits the bill. If a nap dress is something to lounge in, then this is it. I’ve slept well on days that I’ve worn it. And there are days when I can’t seem to sleep, no matter what I’m wearing. This dress does look chic- and maybe focusing on that is the way to a good night’s sleep? Or maybe I go all the way and sleep in this number.

I’m open to all ideas. As for now, how I’m “napping” is wearing this and relaxing in the afternoon. And it’s going chicly!

I’ve linked this exact outfit for you below!
What are you napping in?
Xo RA

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Time and Place

Investment Piece: Time and Place
Investment Piece: Time and Place
Investment Piece: time and place

There is a time and a place for everything.

I fell in love with this dress back in February (March?). The cut, the option to belt or not, it went with my boots, I knew it would go with sandals and heels. I spent a good 30 mins in the dressing room (and days after) imagining all the ways an all the places I could wear it and how it would wow.

And as much as I could picture all the places, the timing wasn’t right. It was just out of my budget. (Yes, I believe in getting everything you want and not blowing up your budget. It’s the only way!)

Then, about a month ago, I was randomly going through sales and lo and behold- this dress. The one I had dreamed of, that had been on my Wishlist for months. It was over half off. And I had to have it.

So I did.

But now that I have the time down, what about the place?

Investment Piece: time and place
Investment Piece: Time and place
Investment Piece: Time and Place

Some real talk?
I could go on and on about all the ways and places that I want(ed) to wear this dress.
But.
Place right now is hard. I know, I’m supposed to tell you that I’m wearing this number around the house–and I am! Unbelted it’s a great caftan, I’ve cooked and run errands in it! It makes me feel so special when I put it on.
But.
There are days when I don’t. I’m currently writing this post on a late afternoon in bike shorts that I can’t be bothered to change out of. I could be wearing the dress, making my own events, but I’m not. Because sometimes days are hard.

I’m , at heart, an optimist, so I believe in all the places I could wear this eventually, and that there will be days I wear it (again) around the house). I believe in all the events I can create at home for it.

The timing came together, and I trust that the place will.
Time and place. They don’t always work how we think they will, but they do always work out.

I’ve linked this dress and some shoe options for you below. Are you wearing your clothes? I would love to hear about it!

Xo RA

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Easing into It

Investment Piece: Easing into It
Investment Piece: Easing Into It
Investment Piece: Easing into It
Investment Piece: Easing into It
Investment Piece: Easing into It

Have Monday’s felt a bit more Monday-ish lately? Just me? How are you dealing with it?

I’ve tried taking Monday off, which works and doesn’t; there have been many Monday’s when I feel like I’m not getting anything done but taking the day off can feel like I’m setting my week up to fail.

(Side note: if you have control over your schedule, take Friday’s off. It’s the best! You can quote me!)

So, my solution? I’m easing into things. I’ve been taking Monday as an easing day. The tasks I assign myself are basic, like admin work, and I let myself take my time with everything.

Another way I ease into it? Outfits like this: silk camis (yes, this is technically pjs but it’s oh-so-pretty that I can’t help but wear it out!) and shorts.

*Note I originally feel in love with these MotherDenim shorts BUT found these chino shorts in the men’s department at Target and was able to create the look for less!! The shorts, which ever you like, are great- comfy, go with everything, and manage to be tailored and lived in at the same time.

This is the type of outfit that you can ease in. Drink your coffee (on the porch or on the couch). Do what tasks you need to get done. Run your errands. Then stop the day early. Relax. Get ready to face the week. All while staying comfy and looking chic.

How do you ease into it?

I’ve had this top for years (but found you similar ones!) and I can’t say enough things about the shorts (I will add though that I think they’ll also look great with sweaters in the fall!)
Xo RA

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The Pants of Summer

Investment Piece: The Pants of Summer
My loves, this is a new and exciting partnership with Gia Texas. While I did get pants, th opinions and advice below is completely my own. Love these pants like I do? Use code INVESTMENTPIECE for a special discount!

Investment Piece: The Pants of Summer
Investment Piece: The Pants of Summer

Usually, at this time of the year, with the heat, I’m living in skirts. Swim suits. Pants are the last thing on my mind. Even the thought of them can seem too hot and overbearing. Really. Who wants to wear pants in the summer?

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As it turns out, me. But loves, these pants aren’t the traditional pants that I avoid at this time of year. These Gia pants are made from up-cycled saris, made from the softest silk, made ethically, fit everyone (smocked waist) and go WITH EVERYTHING. I’ve been wearing these pants non-stop since I got them- in every which way.

Investment Piece: The pants of summer
With my swim. You can get these wet (they’re machine washable, but use a mesh bag for safety!)- they’re the best cover-up, they move with every breeze, and as you can adjust how high you sit the waist, they can make any top look flattering!

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One of the best things about palazzo pants? (Which is essentially what these are) They are the best of both worlds- pants and skirts. Pair these with a more formal top (here I hid the smocking) and use them as a formal skirt. Even for backyard parties, these are so chic and easy. You can put them on and forget about them, they’re so comfy they make any look feel like you’re relaxing.

Investment Piece: The Pants of summer
Doing business? Throw on a blazer or a longer jacket and these pants are business. Casual or not.

Investment Piece: The Pants of Summer
And of course, these pants are the ultimate lounge look. Pair with your fave tee, tank, sweatshirt, or whatever makes you feel comfy!

Anytime I don’t know what to wear, I’ve reache for these pants. And yes, if you’ve visited the website or the Instagram (@gia-Texas) you may be thinking these pants lend themselves to more of a festival or causal look. And you’re right! But they can also be classic. Or formal. Or business. One of the great things about these pants is that they can be anything you need. Waist high or low. Easy or complicated.
And each one is so different! Because they are made from old saris, no two are alike. Different patterns, colors, and eras. You can pick a pair that’s completely you, and let it speak for you.

I have so much more to tell you about Gia Texas. Look forward to posts telling you all about the company, Sheryl (the owner), a trunkshow we have planned for you, and all the things. In the meantime use code INVESTMENTPIECE or this link for a discount on your own pair. Pick one that you love! Style how you see fit!

See how often you wear pants at the end of summer. I’m wearing mine non-stop!
Xo RA

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Keeping It Simple

Investment Piece: Keeping it Simple
Investment Piece: Keeping it Simple

When I go to shoot something for the blog,I can sometimes go overboard with my plan and the outfit. I tend to think big, and I can think REALLY big when it comes to outfits. One of the things I love about fashion is how it can make you anything you want to be.

Take this dress: part of what I loved about it was that it was simple, so you could make it anything you wanted. It fits great and the color is fantastic, shoes and accessories could change it into so many things.

When I went to shoot it, it could be so many things that I got a little overwhelmed. Should I pair it with flat sandals and show off how great it could be casually? Glam it up a bit with classic pumps or platforms? Be daring with a shoe that laces all up my leg?

The options seemed to be endless and could change everything about the outfit. I always want to showcase the absolute best outfits here, the ones that are most me at my best, and ones you can take as inspiration to be the best for you. I was completely overwhelmed. Then the answer came to me.

Investment Piece: Keeping it Simple
Investment Piece: Keeping It Simple
Investment Piece: Keeping It Simple

Keeping it Simple.
Yes, one of the reasons I loved this dress when I got it was that I could make it so many things. It would look great with any of those shoes: flats, pumps, platforms, even sneakers. This dress would look great in any way you wanted it to.

And when the time comes, I’m sure that I will wear it in all those ways.

But, right now, a majority of my time is simple. We’re at home. I’m working. I’m relaxing, I’m on the couch, I’m in the garden. And this dress is great simple, too. If a dress can do all of the things, and be stunning while simple, there’s a chance you’d love it as much as me. I realized I didn’t have to over do this dress. I could keep it simple.

And loves, that felt amazing.

I’ve linked this exact dress, as well as shoes I would wear with it. But. Let’s not be afraid of simple this week!
Xo RA


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Dressing Up to Stay Home

Investment Piece: Dressing up to Stay home
Investment piece: dressing up to stay home
Investment Piece: Dressing Up to Stay Home

Are there days that feel exactly the same to you? Here in the States we’re still staying home. And if you tell me you’ve thought about letting go of getting dressed up, I would have to admit that I’ve felt the same.
Some days are hard. Some days need yoga pants. Some days need pjs.

And then there are the days that I’m dressing up to stay home.

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I think this is where I’m supposed to tell you that dressing up will make you feel better. And it might. It usually does for me! Dressing up also gives you a chance to play (I mean, no one is going to see you!), so try out every wild thing you’ve ever come up with!

But.

Dressing up might not make you feel better. And loves, that’s ok too. I’m a firm believer in the power of fashion and of our stories and the connection between fashion and our stories.
But.
Things are crazy bananas-every day is like a roller coaster. There is no right way to feel. And fashion might not fix it.

Do I think you’ll regret dressing up? No. Dressing up brings me joy, I hope it brings you joy too, but it may not always work.

So, what can we do?

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I think we do what’s best for us, based on the day. Sometimes it’ll be yoga pants. Sometimes pjs. Sometimes it will be dressing up.

(And if you do dress up, might I recommend a caftan? It will look like $1MillION and feel like pjs! It’s the best of both worlds! I have written about caftans here, here, and here. It’s no secret that I think caftans are both a secret weapon and a must have!)

This caftan happens to be sold out but I’ve linked similar ones (as well as a necklace that’s an exact twin to this one!). This weekend? I may just dress up, see how it makes staying at stay feel.

Xo RA

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Old is New

Investment Piece: Old is New
Investment Piece: Old is New
Investment Piece: Old is New

We’ve been at home for a while now. Your routine might be beginning to feel stale, you may feel like you’ve run out of things to wear and do, and you may be yearning for something new.

To be fair, this yearning for new and feeling like you’re out of things to wear could have been happening before the pandemic. But I’m willing to be that staying home more often has made these feelings stronger. I have no idea where I think I could go but I have days when I’m so sick of all the clothes I have and I want all new things!

What are we to do?

Make the old new.

It’s just a way of taking the old we have and making it feel new. Wearing things in a new way, in a new combo, or simply looking at old things with new eyes.

Investment Piece: Old is New
Investment Piece: old is new
Investment Piece: Old is New
Same old, same old? Cutoffs and a t-shirt.
Old is new? Turning the collar and the button holes of your silk shirt in, crossing it in the front, using your belt bag as a tie to keep your shirt closed. Old is new.

All of a sudden, with this one little change, this combo felt new and chic.
(Side note: you could always use a little safety pin to help your shirt stay closed! Or wear a regular belt. There are endless options- once you start looking at things in a new way)

I have nothing against new clothes (in fact,I love them!), but I’m even a bigger fan of having endless ways to wear all my old and new things!

I bet that you have a ton of amazing things in your closet that could be feeling a little blah right now, how could you switch those things up and make them feel brand new?

This shirt is vintage and these shorts are old, but I’ve found you similar and I’ve linked them below for you (if you do find you need something new!). I’d love to see how you’re styling your old (and new) things!

Xo RA

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Investment Piece: Old is New