Fashion Stories: Raiding Mom’s Closet

This post was originially just an outfit post. But even then, I knew that this vintage piece, from my mom’s closet was a story. And what’s that I’m always saying? Fashion is just a way to tell our stories. My mom wore this in her 20s. It was in my sister’s and my “dress up box” growing up. My sister and I have both worn it-to parties, as business wear, even as a costume. To me it tells the story of my mom’s hope and dreams, and how my sister and I carry that on. I am so fascinated by what we keep in our closets. And in this case, what we keep, use, and keep going back to. What’s in your closet?

Investment Piece: Raiding Momo's Closet
Investment Piece: Raiding Mom's Closet
Investment Piece: Raiding Mom's Closet
Investment Piece: Raiding Mom's Closet
Investment Piece: Raiding Mom's Closet
Investment Piece: Raiding Mom's Closet

As someone who loves vintage clothes, there’s a special place I love to go for vintage: Mom’s Closet. I don’t always get the chance to raid mom’s closet, but when I do, I think it’s magical. This dress/jacket set is from my mom’s wedding, it was her going away outfit. I love that she saved it, that she lets my sister and I wear it, and that it’s a vintage piece that lends itself to modern style. Everything about this vintage dress is great–the button detail, the drop waist (though I couldn’t resist belting it with this stunner), and the flair.

Here’s part of what I think is magical about fashion: it can transform itself and you. While this dress holds special meaning for my family, it’s easy to make this a “new” look”. The belt is a way to dress it up, and socks with shoes are one of my fave things ever. ( See here, here, and here for some examples). The look feels fresh, yet it’s an homage to my past. Raiding my Mom’s closet is one of my favorite things. I’d love to know: who’s closet do you love to raid? And how do you do your vintage?

The dress/jacket are from my mom’s closet
The socks are Gucci, the shoes Brian Atwood
The belt is vintage from RecessLa. Pics are by the amazing Megan Weaver!
I’ve picked some similar picks for you below!
XO RA

Mad Men Audition

Investment Piece: Mad Men Audtion
Investment Piece: Mad Men Audtion
Investment Piece: Mad Men Audtion
Investment Piece: Mad Men Audtion

As an actress, and a fashion lover, there was no show I loved like “Mad Men”. From iconic scenes like Peggy leaving the company smoking to Betty shooting birds, to everything Don Draper did–I LOVED it. I still love it. “Mad Men” was gorgeous and dramatic, everything I wanted to be and nothing I wanted.

There are many, many essays on “Mad Men” and its fashion, so I won’t bore you with my own yearnings for a waredrobe like that. But I can recommend this article on the evolution of Mad Men’s style, The Secret Behind All Your Favorite Mad Men Looks, and How Mad Men Changed Fashion” as jumping off points for your “Mad Men” fashion research.

This look? Let’s take it as my audition to be in “Mad Men”. (I can dream, even if the show is off the air, right?)

The combo made me want to vacuum with a martini, have the pool boy scrub while I watched, and drink coffee for lunch. In short, it had the feel of everything great about “Mad Men” costumes.

Investment Piece: Mad Men Audition
Investment Piece: Mad Men Audtion
My “Mad Men” audition? Part of my summer collab with Amberleaf, the mother/daughter chic company that I just can’t get enough of! Yes, this white blazer (worn as a top here–so sexy and chic, and one of my favorite styling tricks) is Amberleaf. Would it look great with jeans or pants? Yes. Over a shift dress? Yes. With a pencil skirt in a power meeting? Yes. Blazers can be anything you need them to be (even my “Mad Men” fantasy), and you won’t find better options than Amberleaf. You can shop them here. Tell them RachelAdelicia sent you!

The rest of my look? A full skirt and my favorite mules. Shop options with a screenshot via LiketoKnowit here.

I’ve also linked options below.

What are you story (audition) are you telling today?
Xo RA

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More Sales

One of my most favorite sayings is :”Wanna make God laugh? Tell Him your plans”. Not because I don’t think we should have plans, but because so very often our plans don’t always go exactly the way that we thought that they would. (I’m a big believer that if the world would just let me hand out scripts and we could all learn our lines that things could run oh-so-smoothly)

I had plans this week. And it’s laughable how few went through the way I thought that they would. Not that it was a bad week-but a relapse of a bad sinus infection has had me a tad bit laid up, pushing back a lot. Good news? Plan B. The Nordstrom Sale is still going strong, and every day I find more things that I need!

So, since I’m on the couch with swollen eyes and not able to shoot, let’s shop!

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Beauty
From what one editor told me was a “miracle lotion” to Vitamin C for brightness, these are my beauty must haves:

Sunglasses
I wear sunglasses ALOT. And it’s just been in the past few years that I’ve been very picky about what I bought. I love these sunnies, and with the sale, they’re musts!

Dresses
We know I’m a fan of all types of dresses. These are my current favorites in the Nordstrom Sale

Jeans
I sincerely believe that a great pair of jeans are like a good suit. You need some. These are some of the jeans that I love at the Nordstrom Sale.

What have you bought and loved from the Nordstrom sale? Picks, pictures, prices, I wanna know it all!

Here’s to overcoming allergies and shopping!
Xo RA

#OOTD RoundUp

Loves. It’s hot. So hot. Like I wore a swimsuit yesterday and I still sweated through it hot. What do we wear in this? (Really, I want to know) Below I’ve rounded up outfits that I’ve loved wearing recently. (And of course all my #OOTDs are on LiketoKnowit Or Shopstyle) I’d love to know: what are you wearing to survive the heat?
Xo RA

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Investment Piece: OOTD RoundUp
A Throw back, but I’ve worn this dress more than once as it creates a breeze. I found someone this exact one. Shop it and similar ones here

Investment Piece: OOTD Round Up
I get asked about this bag every time I carry it. And it’s now on sale for you. Shop it here

Investment Piece: OOTD RoundUp
There are days when the only thing I can do is throw on a chic top with my workout leggings. But it works? Shop it
here

Investment Piece: OOTD Round Up
Date night called for all white chic. Get yours here

Investment Piece: OOTD Round Up
Me? Dramatic? Not at all. Get similar dresses to this vintage stunner here

Investment Piece: OOTD RoundUp
I’m LIVING in this Outdoor Voices Exercise Dress. Match me here

Investment Piece: OOTD Round Up
I also can’t stop wearing this padded headband (it’s a cure all for all the hair days) And it’s under $15!
Get one here

Investment Piece: OOTD RoundUP
Why should the heat be the only thing in red? I love this style, get it here

Investment Piece: OOTD ROundUp
This is one of my most fave dresses, it also works in the fall, but keeps me cool now. Get yours here

For real, loves, what are you wearing?
Xo RA

Nordstrom Sale

It’s here! It’s here! We have a week of sales, huh? To wrap it up, today is the official launch of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, open to ALL and restocked. I’ll be updating picks throughout the day-the best place to find me is on Instagram (@racheladelicia) and Facebook (Investment Piece). However, I do have some sale picks that I can’t wait to share with you!

Happy Shopping!
XO
RA

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Make it Your Own

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Investment Piece: Make it Your Own
Investment Piece: Make it Your Own
Investment Piece: Make it Your Own
Investment Piece: Make it Your Own

This story has two parts.

Every summer there comes a time when I only wear swimsuits and dresses. It’s not that I don’t love jeans and tees. Not that I don’t want to look chic and elegant in pants (a la Eleanor in Crazy Rich Asians). But it’s hot. Too hot. Yesterday, it was over 100, and I drove by a woman who was wearing jeans and boots getting gas. My only thought was how hot she must be. I just can’t do it.

I’m a fan of summer dresses, both casual and formal. They can be anything you need them to be, are effortlessly chic, and most importantly : they’re cool. And keep you cool. From t-shirt dresses to hatters to off the shoulder, there are so many different types of summer dresses and stories to tell in them. What’s yours?

You can shop some of the ones I’m thinking of adding to my collection here.

And of course, now that I’ve taken a stand, life will find a way to have me in pants for the rest of the summer. (You can’t see me but I’m laughing about that now!)

Investment Piece: Make it your Own
This is also a story about making it your own. I loved this denim/colored dress when I first saw it at Target. The issue? It was in the kids department. And didn’t fit quite right:

Investment Piece: Make it Your Own
As you can see, the top was a little too high for me

But. I don’t let a little thing like that stop me. Some snips (I cut the straps off in the back), some fray check (sew without sewing and seal fabric), some tying around my neck and viola:
Investment Piece: Make it Your Own
This is not a call for us to all wear children clothes. They aren’t made for our bodies, and women’s bodies-all sizes and curves–should be celebrated. And in clothes that make them feel amazing. I am very flat chested, and thought the XXL would work for me, so I wanted to see if I could alter this dress. To me, part of the fun of fashion is making it your own. And that means altering what doesn’t work for you. I have a dress that started as a skirt, pants I’ve changed. Alterations are a great way to take the clothes offered to you, and make them your own.

I have a feeling we’ll be talking more about alterations. In the meantime, I would love to know: what’s something that you’ve made your own?

Below I’ve linked this exacted dress, and some other Target picks I love (as well as Fray Check if you need it!)

Xo RA

Investment Piece: Make it Your Own

Amazon Prime Day

Loves! It’s another wild week of shopping and sales, and we kick it off with Amazon Prime day! Below are my picks, what I love buying from Amazon, and of course, as the deals come in throughout the day I’ll be posting picks on my social media! (There’s also this this list of things I love from Amazon Fashion).

Happy Shopping!
Xo RA

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Fashion

Shoes

Beauty

What I buy Reguarly
These are items I repeatedly buy from Amazon. So, of course, I’m loading up on Prime Day!
Rose Face Oil
Retro Clean Clothing Wash
Hair Clips
And this time I’m indulging in a Padded Headband

What are you shopping for?
Xo RA

Summer Fantasy

Note: the top featured in this post is part of my collab with Elaine Kim. All opinions are my own, and you can use code RACHEL4EK to get 15% off your first order at Elaine Kim. The post does contain affiliate links. While that does not affect the price for you, I may earn commission from them. Thank you for your support!

Investment Piece: Summer Fantasy
Investment Piece: Summer Fantasy
Investment Piece: Summer Fantasy
Investment Piece: Summer Fantasy

I’ve been thinking a lot about the summers when we were kids. Not that there’s a typical one. There were summers I had art camp (never sleep away), summers full of days at the pool, reading books, and indulging my imagination. Times when summer dinner was simply watermelon, and I can still taste the sno-cones we would sometimes get after the pool, still in our swim suits and in towels.

The continuing theme no matter the summer? A little summer fantasy. Yes, I know there are all sorts of theories on vacations and staycations, of letting yourself get way, even for a bit. And I agree. But what about the day to day? What about the random summer Tuesday? Doesn’t that deserve a dollop of fantasy?

Maybe we define fantasy differently, but to me, fantasy can mean anything fun, out-there, amazing, that stretches you, isn’t routine. There are summer days, full of water and laze, that can invite fantasy on their own. And of my favorite ways to add a little fantasy? Fashion. I’m 100% the type of woman to wear a ball skirt about, because you never know where it will lead you. To dress up, in whatever strikes my fancy, and let that be my vacation or fantasy for the day.

This ball skirt makes me want to lounge in a garden, or by the beach, have tea, or champagne, and whisk away. And with the heat of summer stretching before us, isn’t that a great fantasy?

Investment Piece: Summer Fantasy
Investment Piece: Summer Fantasy
Investment Piece: Summer Fantasy
Investment Piece: Summer Fantasy

A note about the top: faux leather, but it goes with everything. Shorts. Jeans. A great way to elevate anything. And, leather is a must for the fall. It will go with everything and you need it. I’m ready to pair mine with vintage Levis and kitten heels! You can find it here (the white is so chic!). And the code RACHEL4EK for 15% off your first order.

The skirt? Alice and Olivia. It makes me smile, and I love the pattern. I’ve linked you similar ones below!

What’s your summer fantasy?
Xo RA

Shop the skirt: here

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Preview

It’s a little bit like Christmas. So, the sale doesn’t start till 12:30pm EST. and we don’t know EXACTLY what’s going on sale. On top of that, today the preview starts, meaning that you have to have a Nordstrom card to shop. Don’t have a card? No worries, you don’t have to run out and apply. The “official” sale starts next Friday, and it will be restocked, with even more items on sale. So, what do I have for you today? My picks of what I HOPE goes on sale, from shoes to clothes to bags. Some of these picks are already on sale, and I’m hoping for a bigger discount. What will happen? I guess we’ll find out soon!

Here’s my shopping plan:
I’m going through and bookmarking what I like, then going back when the sale starts and seeing what prices dropped. You’re more than welcome to do the same, or these links will update with sale prices if you want to come back!

Also, as the sale starts, and throughout the week, I’ll be posting more and more sale picks on all my social media sites! (Instagram/Pintrest, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as on LiketoKnowit and ShopStyle!)

What are you hoping goes on sale?

Happy Shopping!
Xo RA

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Dresses and Jumpsuits

Shoes

Bags

Jeans and Tops

Beauty and Accessories

And of course, there are always the sales we chatted about Wednesday. I hope that you find what you’re looking for!
Happy Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!
Xo RA

More Sales

Yes. Loves, you were owed an OOTD today. And it was my intention to give it to you. Then, I got sick. Not super sick. But a summer cold that’s been affecting everything from my energy levels to my ability to stand up for a long time to my not wanting to puke all the time. I don’t get it either. My mom is sick too, the kind where she can’t stop sneezing and the cough sounds like it might break her. Invite us out. We’re fun.

So, there’s no outfit today. Though if I can get myself together there might be an OOTD on Instagram. And there will be an outfit on Sunday (at this point, if we’re throwing everything out, we might as well go crazy). But, here’s some good news! Sales means we can save, and I also have a preview of a lot the things that I’m pretty certain will go on sale at Nordstrom Friday. We all win! Wanna shop some sales?

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Nordstrom
These are a combo of things that are on sale. Things I hope go on sale. And just things I love.

Shop here

And shoes (like platforms that we all need for fall) here

And

Summer Dresses
It’s no secret that I’m looking to add to my summer dress stash.
Shop my picks: here

Net-a-Porter
This sale is the gift that keeps giving. Here’s what’s in my bag:

H&M
Believe it or not, HM is where I’ve gotten so many things that I just love (and last). Most importantly? My sales picks start at $2! Not a typo. Shop:

Thank you for sticking it out with me. I promise there are outfits coming and we will get back to normal. And there will be more sales that we love.
What are you shopping?

Xo RA