The #Blazer

Investment Piece: The #Blazer

Not a trend, because it’s a classic, but a must have for spring is the blazer. From suits to pairing it with everything from jeans to skirts to shorts to over dresses, blazers are an item that can pull you together and make an outfit.

Investment Piece: The Blazer
Investment Piece: The Blazer
Formal outfits? Get cold at the drop of a hat (I do!)? A blazer is the perfect solution. (My tip: buy a white one or a tux inspired one and it makes the outfit even more special.)

Investment Piece: The #Blazer
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Make your own suit by pairing a blazer with pants or skirts or over a dress.

Investment Piece: Crazy for Blazers
Investment Piece: The #Blazer
And Blazers look just as great with a more casual outfit.

All cuts, colors, fabrics, and fits: there’s a blazer that’s will perfectly meet your needs. I’m partial to an Amberleaf blazer, but I’ve also linked some Blazers that I love below. And some are up to 25% off at the ShopBop Spring Event!

I would love to know: how do you rock your Blazers?
Xo RA

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Investment Piece: The Blazer

ShopBop Spring Event

Loves, at this time of the month you usually see my Armarium picks. I love their site, business, closet, and rental program. I believe that female owned business and sustainable fashion are our future (and you can’t get more sustainable than renting). However, it is with a heavy heart that I let you know that Armarium is closing its closet. A note from their CEO:

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We will miss Armarium here at Investment Piece!

In the meantime, there’s a sale at ShopBop, the Spring Event, that you shouldn’t miss. Yes, onward. The Spring Event is one of the Spend More Save More sales, where your savings go up the more you spend. Depending on what you buy, you could get up to 25% off full priced items! Sales like this are a great time to stock up, spurlge on something special, or a combination of all of the above. Here are some things that I’m shopping:

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Basics:

Spring Sandals:

SwimWear for the Summer:

You can shop more picks here.

The event goes till 3/8 at 12a! I’ll be adding more picks till then over on ShopStyleCollective and the LiketoKnowIt app! What are you shopping for?

Xo RA

Pieces or Whole?

Investment Piece: Pieces or Whole
Investment Piece: Pieces or Whole
Investment Piece: Pieces or Whole
Investment Piece: pieces or whole
Investment Piece: pieces or whole
Investment Piece: Pieces or Whole
Do you think in pieces or in whole (big picture)?
In high school, the only B I got was in Geometry. The proofs killed me. You know when you were supposed to detail step by step to get to the answer? I always knew the answer, big picture, theorem, but the steps? No clue. Ever. It was so bad my teacher thought I was cheating and had to have a conference with my mom (a fact I recently learned. I’m just a little offended he thought I would massively cheat for a B. Why not go all the way?). And while I’m still not a fan of geometry, I’ve come to believe that it teaches us how we think. And I’m a big picture, whole thinker.

To-do lists? I have to be detailed (and it kills me) because otherwise I won’t do everything. Where I want to go and the end results I want I can see so clearly, but the steps to get there? Half the time I don’t even know.

Same goes for my closet. I know when I love pieces. What I want the over all feel, purpose, etc. And with outfits, I can sometimes know the overall effect. But it takes me time to get the pieces. I can even get lost in the pieces- when I shop I fall in love with a piece, but it may not always fit the over all big picture. Or maybe I have the big picture and don’t have all the pieces.

I’m working on it. There are a lot of lists. A lot of mapping out where I want to be (and wear) and how to get there. But. As I’m getting better there are times when the magic happens. I have the big picture (whole) and the pieces. They work, and they look and feel good.

And yes, I recommend double denim, jean jackets, and yoked jeans. Not to mention vintage clogs!

Let’s chat! How do you see your outfits? Your closet? In pieces? Or whole?
XoRA

I’ve linked pieces for your shopping pleasure below. These are affiliate links. While that does not affect the price for you, I may earn commission from them. Thank you for your support!

Investment Piece: Pieces or Whole

ReDux (OR How to Redo an Outfit)

I’m currently on the couch nursing some sort of cold – no longer really sick, but a little too sick to work. So. Today we flash back. I do re-wear so much of my closet, and it’s so interesting (for me) to think about new ways to redo my outfits. I hope you enjoy this take! I’m layering on sweatshirts and vitamin C and you can expect all sorts of new starting Sunday! Xo RA

Investment Piece: Redux
Investment Piece: Redux
Investment Piece: Redux

Last week we chatted about revisiting an outfit. Today, without meaning to, I’m at it again. There are just things that I seem to think go together: Gucci shoes and floral patterns. I thought that this outfit was new and fresh (I added stripes!), but it turns out that this is a pairing I’ve been drawn to before; see Gucci+Floral here. Maybe my real pattern is that I’ve mastered how to redo an outfit?

I also can’t lie: I repeat that dress and these stunning shoes a lot.

But let’s chat about this outfit! Real talk? I get a little nervous wearing a short skirt with heels. Not that I don’t trust my legs, but I worry about showing too much skin. (Is that a thing?) Here I couldn’t resist. I may have mentioned this: I love these Gucci platforms. I love them paired with florals; there’s just something about the stripes and the flowers that just flow for me. And if you can resist an off the shoulder striped top, you’re a better person than me. There’s just something about this redux that’s flirty and a little classic. It’s a nod to the outfit before, and yet it’s own perfect thing. That’s how you redo an outfit.
Investment Piece: Redux
Investment Piece: Redux
Investment Piece: Redux

Now that we redux well, should we address the elephant in the room? Or, more succinctly, why are there patterns and outfit formulas that we keep going back to? What makes us want to redo an outfit?

I don’t know that I have all the answers.

Some patterns are just classic. There are reasons why certain combos and styles are never “out”. Or maybe it’s just comfort. If there’s an outfit or a combo that makes you feel good, that you know you look great in, that you get compliments on why wouldn’t you redo that outfit over and over again? What if reduxes aren’t something to hide or laugh at, but something to celebrate? Let’s not worry about why we go back to certain outfits. It’s not a bad thing to want to wear outfits that look great. Instead, let’s focus on making more outfits that make us feel stunning.

Maybe the answer is that we replace the word outfit with anything that’s great for us and makes us feel good. How’s that for a redux?

I’ve linked similar items to this outfit below. And yes, it will be one that I redo regularly.

XO RA

And one of my favorite places to get pre-owned Gucci at affordable prices:

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Investment Piece: Redux

GO BIG!

Investment Piece: GO BIG
Investment Piece: GO BIG
Investment Piece: GO BIG

I’ve been thinking a lot about minimalism and maximalism and what we wear to make ourselves feel seen. There is a time a place for a waredrobe that’s self contained, with clean lines, and very minimalistic. Sometimes when you’re leaving the house you should take a look at yourself and remove an accessory.
But.
There are times when statement pieces are needed. And when more is best. At those times, why shouldn’t we go big? In fact, at those times, why isn’t going big a way to deal with things?

I’ve found, recently, that there are days when the only thing that fits, the only thing that makes me feel like myself, the only thing that makes me feel good is maximalism. It jars me out of my boxes and moods, and is just fun. More than one statement piece? Yes. Mixing patterns? Yes. Big pieces and even bigger attitudes? Yes. There are times to go big, and there’s no reason to be small about it.

Investment Piece: GO BIG
Investment Piece: GO BIG
Investment Piece: GO BIG

All of the pieces of this outfit are things I love, statements, and perfect on their own. Yet, together they were so fun, and even more perfect (if that’s a thing). I’ll admit, I got a bit nervous pairing more than one statement piece together- big skirt, floral boots, gold belt, tasseled scarf. Any one could stand out, and I was worried I wouldn’t make a statement, I would just be LOUD. But. It worked. And made me feel seen, and like every piece could be seen. The pieces went together, I felt great, and it was a hit at brunch (though it could also be that I showed up with champagne).

Those things that we can get nervous to wear? To pair together? Maybe the point is that we should wear them, that we should pair them. As much as minimalism is great, maybe maximalism lets us really be ourselves. GO BIG, in fashion, in life, at brunch. Maybe that’s the secret?

What big outfit could you wear that really lets you be who you are? What if being big and loud is our thing, and it’s amazing?

Xo RA

These pieces are from a few years ago, but I’ve linked similar ones AND I’ve found someone special these EXACT Valentino boots! Note: this 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: GO BIG

Business and Pleasure

Investment Piece: Business and Pleasure
Investment Piece: Business and Pleasure
Investment Piece: Business and Pleasure
Investment Piece: Business and Pleasure

Is there any fashion item or outfit that you can’t help but be attracted to, even if it doesn’t always fit your life?
We all know I love a good party dress, and have never been known to turn one down. But if there’s not a party, I just make one. So that doesn’t count! 🙂
Other than that? I love a good suit. The irony? I work from home, and 99% of the time I could get away with sweatpants if I wanted to. Yet, I can’t help but love suits-any kind. The tux kind (for parties), the traditional pant suit,the skirt suit, or any outfit I can make the least bit suit like. At some point I read an interview with Nigella Lawson, the chef, were she explained her love of a great suit, and how she buys herself one a year. The difference between Nigella and me? She ends up giving her suit away, recognizing it’s not a part of her life, I make excuses to wear all of mine.
Business meetings?
Happy hours?
Slightly formal affairs?
I can be willing to wear a suit.
Investment Piece: Business and Pleasure
Investment Piece: Business and Pleasure
Investment Piece: Business and Pleasure
This suit (all business) also happens to be a part of something that brings me pleasure (vintage). Vintage skirt, blazer, belt, and bag–paired with the first pair of Manolos I ever bought. The combo made me feel powerful and confident, and the unexpected twist of the corset over the blazer kept me from feeling anything near to boredom. I like to think it wowed at my business meeting (but I would hate to assume for them).
Suits make me feel empowered, more confident in my meetings, and a little bit more grown up. That kind of pleasure for me is worth it, even though I can get away with wearing what ever I want. Do I wear one every day? No, probably part of what makes them seem so special, but when I do, I love it. Maybe that’s the secret to business, getting pleasure from it?!

I would love to know, what’s one of your business pleasures? What do you wear?

This suit is made of vintage pieces, but I’ve linked similar items for you below!
Xo RA

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Investment Piece: Business and Pleasure

Long Weekend Sales

Whether or not you have today off from work, sometimes the best things about a long weekend are all the sales that accompany it! It’s a great time to buy on sale, we still have a little bit of winter left and my picks are perfect for both keeping warm and transitioning into spring. Sweaters, dresses, and more–most under $100! Ready to shop? Me too!

These are some of my favorite sales, and you can find even more by following me on the LiketoKnowIt app and ShopStyleCollective.
If you’re shopping for now or later I hope that you get a great deal on what you’re shopping for!
XO RA

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Great Jeans
Investment PiecE: Long Weekend Sales
A staple! And with 7 for all Mankind’s warehouse sale you can get on trend jeans up to 70% off!
Shop my picks here

Dresses and More
Investment Piece: Long WEekend Sales
Get an extra 50% off all sale at Anthropologie, and I’ve picked great dresses for you!
Shop them here

Investment Piece: Long Weekend Sales
I love these dresses and seperates from Kate Spade, and you get up to 60% off with code LONGWKND
Shop my picks here

Investment Piece: Long Weekend Sales
Nordstrom’s End of Winter sale is full of pieces that are fantastic for the weather transitions!
Shop my picks here

Athletic Wear
Investment Piece: Long Weekend Sales
From gym to errands to more, I wear my workout leggings everywhere! At Carbon38 you can get an extra 30% off with code SALE30
Shop my picks here

Love Lessons

Investment Piece: Love Lessons

This isn’t a relationship blog and I’m no love expert. Though, I do believe in love, have loved and been loved. I’ve been heartbroken and broken hearts. Lost and gained both friends and boyfriends, and tried to really get to know and love myself. It’s all a process. And a lot. I can rant against Valentine’s Day, but not because I don’t love love, and not because I don’t want to celebrate love. There’s just something about Valentine’s that always feels a little forced to me–if you love me I want to be told any day, don’t want to have an over priced meal, and get anxious with all the “you should/have to/it needs to be a great night” energy.

On the other hand, there’s not a party, and more importantly a party dress that I don’t love. So, this year, instead of not “caring” about Valentine’s Day I’m celebrating. In my own way of course! Which means I’m wearing things I love (shoe love is true love!). I’m spending time with people I love (family and friends and alone time!). And I’m sharing some of the love lessons I’ve learned with you (and fashion, fashion may be my true love!). Love in any form can be learning and growing and accepting. It can be romantic or platonic or with your family, yourself, or your shoes.

These are some of the love lessons I’ve learned. Got any to share? I’m all ears!

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Flowers Are Always a Good Idea
Investment Piece: Florals
But I love them the most when I get flowers for no reason.
You can shop this look here

Love is Always Love
Investment Piece Love Lessons
So many types of love in our life,and in other’s lives. All of them deserve to be celebrated.
Shop this look here

Being Able to Laugh at Ourselves is a Must
Investment Piece: Love Lessons
Life is funny. We’re funny. Love is funny. You can take something seriously but not take yourself too seriously. And laughing at ourselves is so sexy!
Investment Piece: Shark love or how to dress for Valentine's with a sense of humor
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Forgiveness
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Ourselves. Others. Being able to forgive is a sign of strength, and we are all worthy of grace. Sometimes there is work in relationships, and it’s on us to do the work. Not shy away from it.

Balance
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You both have to give and take. There’s compromise and things you shouldn’t compromise on. For me, one of the most important things in love is feeling safe- to be myself, to say what I need, to do all the things. And I’ve found your people will love all those things about you!
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Buy the Shoes
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Or whatever it is that makes you happy! Sometimes we get second chances, and what’s meant for you is meant for you, but if you love it-buy it! Life is too short to regret!
Shop my fave spring sandals here

Thank you for sharing your love with me! I’m so happy you’re a part of this community, you are so loved and so valued! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Xo RA

Date Night

It’s a week when a lot of us have dates on our minds. I’m always hestitant to talk up Valentine’s and date nights. There are so many different kinds-from big nights out with your SO to movie nights on the couch. Dates with your BFFs and dates with your family. (One of my best dates was a time when my SO and I watched college game day over coffee. Not glamorous, I was in sweats, but it was so stunning to laugh and share with someone I care about it—but definitely not an instagram outfit!)
So many different kinds of dates that there isn’t just one kind of outfit to wear. In fact, if you press me on what I think you should wear for date night you have to give me all sorts of details, or else I will describe an entire waredrobe, not an outfit. But. It is a weekend when you might need an outfit for a date (of any kind). And it’s my job to suggest some. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite date night outfits, from the going out to the staying in. I hope that they provide you inspiration for Valentine’s and beyond!

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Investment Piece: Date Night
From dresses to skirts, and a few jumpsuits I love these date night pieces.

Investment Piece: Date Night
One of my fave outfit combos? Great jeans and a silky tank. And yes, it’s perfect for date night.

Investment Piece: Date Night
staying in? Spa night with the girls? I love these silky pjs!

Investment Piece: Date Night
Date night must? Mini Dress. These are some of my faves. (And don’t worry Mom, they aren’t that short!)

Investment Piece: Date Night
Not a date night formula, but I love these semi-vintage pieces from Reformation. Wear them on any kind of date.

If your date night this week is a fancy dinner out, drinks with friends, or time alone, I hope that you feel loved and that your outfit is a show-stopper!
Xo RA

Modern Romance

Investment Piece: Modern

How do you dress “romantic”? What comes to your mind? I always think of big, sweeping, voluminous dresses and skirts. I have mental images of being on rooftops, or running towards each other on beaches, in airports, or getting off trains for someone. Old Hollywood, grand gestures, and OUTFITS.

However, not all moments in my romances have been like that. Has romance changed?
What does modern romance look like?

Investment Piece: Modern Romance
Investment Piece: Modern Romance
Investment Piece: Modern Romance

To me, modern romance means details. (See these mink cuffs on this vintage number). It means going with the flow. (I choose to wear jeans under the dress instead of the slip that comes with it. This way I can run around). Romance means the unexpected (these shoes) and the comfortable (the bun). It’s still a look, but just a bit updated.

Investment Piece: Modern Romance
Investment Piece: Modern Romance
Investment Piece: Modern Romance
Investment Piece: Modern Romance

Old fashioned or modern, one of the most romantic things (I think) is paying attention. Doing what your partner loves. And some things I love? Fashion and art. And yes, I think fashion is art. Take me to a museum, take me to a fashion show, let me see all the things. Recently, I got the best gift and date when my mom, sister and I got a chance to tour the Fashion Nirvana exhibit at the McNay Muesem in San Antonio. It was the perfect selection of 1990s fashion, music, statements, and art. I was in heaven!

I’m sharing a few of my favorite moments here:

(I actually can’t wait to see the exhibit again and tell you more about it!)

For my modern romantic date (yes, spending time with anyone you love is a date!) I couldn’t help but do my take on modern romance. Vintage and jeans. Makeup that’s retro and casual hair. Details that are both a juxtatiposition and match. And paying attention to everything.

How do you do modern romance?

I’ve linked similar items to what I’m wearing for your shopping pleasure below. Happy shopping!
Xo RA

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Investment Piece: Modern Romance