Ruffles

Investment Piece: Ruffles
Investment Piece: Ruffles
Investment Piece: Ruffles
Investment Piece: Ruffles
Investment Piece: Ruffles
Investment Piece: Ruffles

This post is a part of my recent collaboration with Amberleaf. All opinions, and skirts, are my own. However, as women, friends, and some of the best Blazers I’ve ever worn I can’t recommend them enough. You can shop the full Amberleaf collection here.

Normally, I’m not a big ruffle gal. They bring to mind sugary sweet little girls, and when Shirely Temple was dressed WAY too young for her real age for WAY too long. However, Ruffles done right? Ruffles balanced? Ruffles with an edge? Those are Ruffles I can get behind.

This blazer: simple. Chic. I love the zipper. The color. That it would be perfect with both a suit and with jeans. It has just a slight edge, and I love everything with an edge.

This skirt: the heaviest thing I own. (Seriously) It’s from one of H&M’s very first collabs (Eddy Anemian), and I’ve been in love with it ever since. Yes, it’s Ruffles, but it’s not sweet. It looks great with t-shirts, fancy tops, sweaters, and Blazers (clearly). I’ve worn with heels and sneakers and flip flops. It’s feminine, but not a push over.

(Note: though the collab is years old, I’ve found an exact match for someone! I’ve also linked picks from H&M’s current collection. I’ve found so many amazing pieces over the years at H&M and I hope you have the same luck!)

The combo: We know I love a great Juxatipositon. The blazer edges up the skirt, making it workwear that would be perfect at an evening event. I say things like this all the time, but the point I’m really trying to make is that I believe in pieces that go together in unexpected ways. That can let you show up in your life for every facet. Interesting by themselves and super interesting together. For me, both this blazer and this skirt embody that.

And again, I’m a big fan of Amberleaf. Their pieces are expertly made, classic, and well worth your investment.

As mentioned, there are so many picks for you below!

What are your thoughts on Ruffles?
Xo RA

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HM Skirts (Someone lucky can have this EXACT one):

The new HM Conscious Collection:

Investment Piece: Ruffles

Fall Mood. Fall Trends

It’s abou that time, my loves. Fall is going to officially be here next week, and I’m excited to dive into all the fall trends that are on deck for us. But more than trends, I’m thinking about my fall moods. A bit about how I approach fall moods, and what trends I’m looking forward to:

Investment Piece: Fall Mood. Fall trends

In short? I’m excited about fall. The trends, the feeling, the change. As I mentioned in my video, while I’m thinking about trends (my favorites are suiting, leather, and the classic/bougie pieces), I’m planning on moods. I love the ideas of mixing bright colors with classic pieces. Being slightly rock and roll one day, and very preppy the next. I tend to collect images-some part Wishlist, some outfit inspiration, some just a mood I’d like to play with. The trends for this fall are fun to play with, and full of investment pieces. Above are some moods I’m thinking about for fall, from pieces I want to have to airs I want to give off. I’ll be adding to this list, and of course buying, and seeing where the season takes us.

What fall trends are you excited about? What mood are you going for?

Below I’ve linked some fall trend pieces that I love- mainly suiting and leather! Of course, what I buy for fall will be updated too! Shop my picks and let me know what your fall fashion thoughts are!

Xo
RA

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Suiting
Yes, a trend, but also a classic. Don’t hesitate to invest here!

Plaid
A fall staple, but these new talked on the pattern are too amazing to ignore!

Leather
I’m dreaming of one of these leather dresses!

Classy and Sassy

Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy
Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy
Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy
Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy

There is something about a classic dress. One to wear to work, after work, and any where else you need to go. A simple fit. Maybe some pockets (this one has you covered). With a simple, but great shoe, what more do you need?

Well.

Maybe some sass?
Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy
Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy
Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy
Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy

Personally, I’ve never been one to shy away from sassy. Or the dramatic. Even without trying, my sass can come flying right out of my mouth! So, it only seems fair to wear things a little on the sassy side and let people know what they’re in for.

See. Sassy.

(If something like this isn’t quite as sassy as you feel comfortable with, this neckline also looks amazing layered over another top, turtleneck, etc).

I think this balances the perfect edge of business and fun. Classy and sassy. The long sleeves, the cut, the neckline. It says everything for you, so you don’t have to worry about a thing!

Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy

I would love to know:
How sassy do you dare?
Or do you steer more classy?

This dress is over a season old, but I’ve linked similar ones below!
Xo RA

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Everybody’s Doing It

Investment Piece: Everybody's Doing It
Investment Piece: Everybody's Doing It
Investment Piece: Everybody's Doing it

It seems as if every season there’s something that everyone gets. A dress. A bag. A belt. We all get them and we all wear them.

I usually avoid those things.

Not that I sometimes don’t love them, want them, or buy a different version of them (looking at you, Gucci Belt). BUT, one of the things that I love about fashion is that we can all use it to look different. And yes, we can all wear the same thing differently, but you know.

This year? I put my fears of wearing the SAME THING as everyone else aside, and let myself fall in love with this WhoWhatWear set from Target. Have you seen it everywhere on everyone? Yes. Do I have a hundred different ways I want to wear each piece and the set? Yes. Do I care that other people might wear it too? No.

Everybody’s doing it. Maybe they’re right.

Investment Piece: Everybody's Doing It
Investment Piece: Everybody's Doing It
Investment Piece: Everybody's Doing It

Here’s what I’m learning about doing the things that everybody’s doing: it’s fun. I wanted to resist this set, but knew that it was perfect for fall. And it’s comfy. And there are pockets. Again, maybe everybody knows what they’re talking about! Here I paired the set together with some of my fave kicks, but I can’t wait to wear it with boots, heels, sweaters, and seperated. The pattern is great, but is till classic enough to mix and last.

Also, not to sound basic, but I can’t say enough great things about Target and their collections lately. My current favorite dress? Target. Where I’m buying all the things? Target. My fall inspiration? Target. Just go and let them tell you what you need!

And speaking of what you need: I’ve linked this set below, yes, be my twin. However, I’m also including links to my picks from the Target 20 Years of Design for All Collection that drops tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow. It’s a chance to get your hands on things you may have missed out on from MissonixTarget to the iconic plaid dress we’ll all be wearing next. If I were you I’d bookmark your choices and then get up early tomorrow to shop!

Xo RA

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This look:

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And the Target Design items I love:

Monkey Suit

Note: this post is part of my summer/early fall collaboration with Amberleaf though all opinions are my own. I do think that you need a blazer or a dress from them! Xo RA

Investment Piece: Monkey Suit
Investment Piece: Monkey Suit
Investment Piece: Monkey Suit

Who said that work wear had to be boring? I’m a fan of all things that have a sense of humor, especially if that involves a monkey suit. (No monkeys were harmed in this shoot, and while not a traditional monkey suit, might I suggest a pattern to spice up all of your suits?)

What else I recommend? A great blazer. And in that case, Amberleaf has you covered. Blazers are a must for any and all work wear, but also can be worn over any thing your heart desires, from “going-out” outfits to more traditional wear. And here? They balance out a skirt with a little attitude (like me!),and shoes that I’m sure were on no one’s work wear list.

Want to see how else I’ve styled this skirt? See here.

Investment Piece: Monkey Suit
Investment Piece: Monkey Suit
Investment Piece: Monkey Suit

Want to spice up your work wear? Pair a patterned skirt with a blazer. Anything else is gravy, though I’m personally a fan of any fun shoes. This top? Faux leather tank, which I think is a must for fall. And still, it balances out the skirt and shoes. Do you need to put all these pieces together? Of course not, they work well on their own and will match great with anything you pair them with. But, they also go well together. And isn’t it nice to know that you can pair personality with classics and have them all mesh/stand out?

You can get the blazer, in more than one color, at Amberleaf. And while this skirt, and shoes, are both from seasons ago I’ve found you similar items. And linked them below.

Happy shopping!
XO RA

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Vintage and Pops

Investment Piece: Vintage and Pops
Investment Piece: Vintage and Pops
Investment Piece: Vintage and Pops

Ever had something keep popping up till you had to pay attention? For me, lately, that was a Diane Freis dress. A staple in the 1980s, I can clearly remember my mom wearing one, these dresses mix patterns and have simple shapes. (Yes, there are sizes but it’s all basically one size. Most waists are smocked and stretchable, they are all made to fit a wide range of sizes).

While I had stumbled across a few of these dresses before (and loved them), it was within the past month that almost EVERY vintage shop I love had a Diane Freis in stock. See FeatherStoneVintage and Miriti Vintage, and everyone in between. (And of course, etsy is a great place for all vintage).

I rember thinking how chic my mom looked in her Diane Freis dress. And when these dresses started popping up, I couldn’t help but think how chic they are now. Patterned mixed perfectly. Smocked. Silhouettes that seem both classic and vintage. And a way to get an “all in one” dressing done.

Investment Piece: Vintage and Pops
Investment Piece: Vintage and Pops
Investment Piece: Vintage and Pops
Investment Piece: Vintage and Pops

Usually one of my favorite things to do with vintage is to pair it with modern pieces. There’s nothing like a great juxtaposition. Take it from me. However, this time my pops weren’t quite so jarring. The shoes and bag I choose to orginally wear with my Diane Freis were not quite modern (though since I’ve worn this dress with both flip flops and sneakers), but they weren’t quite vintage. I’m a fan of resale sites. And shopping. These shoes are Miu Miu and from a few seasons ago, when I couldn’t quite afford them. Shopping resale I was able to get the shoes I loved at a price that I could stomach. Same for this clutch. I have this theory that we never have to pay full price.

And that, even if the juxtapositions aren’t jarring, they’re important.

So, if something keeps popping up should you buy it? Why not?

I’ve linked similar items to all of these pictures below. I’d love to hear about all your Diane Freis stories. And resale stories. And mixing stories. What are you buying right now?
XO RA

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Investment Piece: Vintage and Pops

September Armarium Picks

Loves, this is a part of my partnership with Armarium. All opinions and picks are my own! You can use code RADELICIA for 20% off your first rental xo RA

It’s September and I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of kicking off this month. From the start of school seasons, ballet seasons, class seasons, and football seasons; it seems that with summer ending, a lot is beginning. What does that mean for me? Opening parties, tailgates, fundraisers and galas. Which means I have a lot to wear.

I’ve picked things for all these kick off parties. Some can be dressed up or dressed down. Some are gowns. All are amazing (I think). These are what I’m renting this month:

Investment Piece: September Armarium Picks
Not your average gown, I love this Hip Pad Dress and can’t wait to wear it to a gala!

Investment Piece: September Armarium Picks
Together or Seperate, perfect for start of season meetings. Get this Suit and show them who’s boss.

Investment Piece: September Armarium Picks
I just love this silhouette. It’s classy and a little risqué all at the same time!

Investment Piece: September Armarium Picks
Yes, this is technically a gown. But it would also look great with sandals or flats. Cocktail party? Rent it here

Investment Piece: September Armarium Picks
I can’t get over how beautiful this dress is. And how great w all would look in it.

What do you have going on this month? Might I suggest anything at Armarium? Remember to use code RADELICIA for 20% off your first rental!
Xo RA

Labor Day Sales

The way I see it, we can either be sad about today marking the unofficial end of summer (though it will still be hot!) or we can be excited about all the sales we get to shop today!

I’m going with the latter. I hope this long weekend has been full of end-of-summer fun, love, and that these sales excite you as much as they do me!

Xo RA

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ShopBop
A little of this, a little of that

Jcrew
Your entire order is 40% off with code Sunset!

InterMix
Up to 30% off of sale styles!

Free People
From staples to stand outs!

I’d love to know: what did you do this weekend? What are you shopping?

Happy Labor Day!

Summer’s Greatest Hits

It’s Labor Day weekend and it feels like something is ending. I talk a lot about the seasonal transition from summer to fall, and while it’s partially due to how big a change that is, it’s also because these are two of my favorite seasons and there it is both bittersweet to have one end,and exciting for a new one to start. But it does feel like summer is over, right? Even those of us who aren’t tied to the school year system. Fall isn’t offical till September 23, but starting Monday there will be urges for us to put away our whites and get sweater ready.

What are we to do?

First, I’m not giving into sweaters (love them, though I do) while it’s still 100 degrees out. And I’m not letting go just yet. Knowing me, I’ll find a way to let summer influence my transitional dressing (see here and here). I’m also looking back and enjoying my Summer’s greatest hits one more time!

I hope that you have a safe and fun Labor Day Weekend. There will be thoughts up on wearing white on Sunday, and my sales picks on Monday!
Xo RA

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I really have lived in this Outdoor Voices Dress. And worn my hair like this at least twice a week.
Shop it here

Investment Piece: Summer's Greatest Hits
Nothing says summer like a mini dress. And I love this one.
Shop it here

Investment Piece: Wild Wild Wrap Dress
Dresses for days! Shop this one here

Investment Piece: Momma Said Stand Up Straight
I’ll be wearing white all weekend, what about you?
Get this look here

I also spent my summer in Elaine Kim:
Investment Piece: Summer's Greatest Hits
You can use code RACHELADELICA for 15% off your first order!

There have also been countless days in swimsuits, cutoffs, sundresses. I feel like every season has a theme for me. This was the summer of ease, I feel like no outfit was so out there, and I repeated a lot. What about you? What can we take with us into fall?
Xo RA

Ruffles and Stripes

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Investment Piece: Ruffles and StripesInvestment Piece: Ruffles and Stripes
Investment Piece: Ruffles and Stripes
Investment Piece: Ruffles and STripes
Investment Piece: Ruffles and Stripes

I’m not one for things that are too sweet; that includes desserts and fashion. Bows don’t do much for me, embellishments have to be just right, and I usually am picky about ruffles. However, some times things come along that are the perfect combination of sweet, classic, and fun, and I can’t resist them. Like this dress! I love the ombré blue stripes. I love the ruffles that aren’t too sweet. I adore the neckline and how low the arm hole is, I even love the bows (or knots) on the shoulder. Perfect for a bbq, wear it with heals for a night out, this dress screams fun and summer. This is the type of sweet I can’t resist.

Ruffles and stripes are such a classic combo, but I love how this dress feels fresh! I couldn’t help pair the white and blue with a pop of red, but it would look just as great with tonal accersories. And if you’re a little shy on top, I think this dress layered with a white tee or tank top would be on point! Don’t forget your straw bag (this one is my mom’s from the 1970s, moral of that story is don’t give anything away), add a hat, and you’re set for the last few weeks of summer!

Shop my picks below! XO RA

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Want this exact dress? You’re in luck! Free People just released it and you can find it here (it’s on sale!).
Other striped dresses I love:

Shoes and bags I love:


Investment Piece: Ruffles and Stripes