Where to Shop: autark

Investment Piece: Autark

Last year, at Austin Fashion Week, I had the great pleasure of meeting and falling in love with autark, and it’s designer/owner Sophia McMahon. From puff sleeve dresses and tops, to the ethical and slow approach, the pieces in each collection of Autark are just dreamy, and make me feel sophisticated and the little girl in me LOVES twirling in them! Sophia is charming, and we both love our cats and “Law and Order”, and I knew that I wanted to share my love of Sophia’s autark with you!

Investment Piece: Autark
Investment Piece: Where to Shop Autark

I got the chance to sit with Sophia and learn a bit about her brand, her story, and where she wants to take us with her fashion:

IP: What drew you to fashion design? How did you get started?

I was always interested in design, but a lot more academically focussed while I was at school. After I finished school and went to university, I worked for a couple of years in a completely different career – I enjoyed it but didn’t feel challenged. After taking some time to consider my career direction, I decided to take a leap and pursue the interest I’d always had, but felt a little to afraid to chase after. I enrolled at TAFE here in South Australia, and started autark straight after graduating in 2016.

How would you describe Autark’s mission? Who do you design for?

My mission is quite lofty – it’s to change the way that consumers think about their clothing. Firstly, I want people to think differently about the clothes they buy – what clothes they purchase and how often, how they care for the clothes that they own, and what they do with them at the end of the life of the clothing. My wish for customers is that they don’t feel the pressure of purchasing more often, that they buy well made, beautiful pieces that they can wear much more frequently, but that last for a long time.

Secondly, I want people to know that slow fashion can be fun, light and fashion forward! The aim for my pieces is that they are versatile and classic, yet with a design perspective or point of interest.

I design for women of all ages, who are interested in fashion and design, ethics, and who know their own mind. I absolutely adore seeing customers in autark pieces – it really gives me a buzz like nothing else.

Investment Piece: Autark

I know that your line is Eco-friendly. What processes do you use to get your line that way?

I am so proud of our progress in the way that we approach limiting our impact in as many different areas of our process as possible.

All of our pieces are still made here in Adelaide, Australia, which is wonderful – it’s fantastic being able to build relationships with our manufacturers and see their beautiful work in real time. We are also really excited that our next collection will be made entirely from deadstock fabric, which is fabric that was not utilised by its previous owner. And of course, all fabric continues to be 100% natural fibres.

For the future we are focussing on further refining our processes particularly in regards to the sustainability of our practices, and will be exploring different ways of processing our fabric offcuts, as well as the kinds of finishings we use for our pieces. It’s something that we work to improve on a continuous basis.

Take us through the Autark process-design, manufacturing, etc.

We are currently producing one collection per year, so throughout the year I collate inspiration and design ideas. I’ll then start sourcing fabrics and try to match fabric and design ideas together. Next comes the sampling, to see how the fabrics work with the designs, which then flows on to production.

There is a lot of problem solving at every step of the way, but it keeps me on my toes!

Investment Piece: Autark

If someone was to buy just one piece from your line, what would you recommend? What would you say is your signature piece?

That’s a really tricky one to answer! Can I say an outfit? Probably the Puff Sleeve Bodice and High Waisted Pant. I just adore this outfit – to me it epitomises what I am trying to achieve with the label. Two classic pieces that can be put together as one statement outfit, which can then be broken apart to be dressed up or down. I love this outfit with heels, or sneakers, the pant with a t-shirt, and the bodice with jeans. The possibilities are practically endless!

I know the fashion community in Australia is supportive and welcoming. Is there anything you’d love people to know about it?

I’m so proud of our local industry here in Adelaide, and as a greater whole in Australia. There is so much talent here, and in my opinion a really unique, fresh and easy design perspective. The Adelaide community in particular is creative, proactive and energetic, and I feel privileged to be a part of it.

Investment Piece: where to shop Autark

My favorite pieces from Autark are also the puff sleeve pieces! (You can shop the dress and top) I urge to explore all the collections at autark. The collections are so beautiful, classic, and charming! Sophia, autark, and Australia are things I love, and this month a portion of proceeds from Autark will be donated to the wildfire relief in Australia, so we can all feel great about shopping!

I hope that you love Sophia and autark as much as I do, happy shopping!
Xo RA

Long Weekend Sales

Holidays in January are both a relief (the month can seem so overwhelming after the holidays and with all the new goals) and a bit jarring (we’ve just gotten into a new routine!). What January holidays are amazing for? Sales. The first (big) ones since the holidays. A time to get what you wanted last year, and a time to define some of your looks for the coming seasons. These sales are always a favorite of mine, I get to stock up on winter basics, and I get to get new things for spring. A little bit of all of that is on sale, and I’ve linked some of my favorites for your shopping pleasure below. Of course, you can always follow me on social media, as well as ShopStyleCollective and LiketoKnowit to stay up to the minute on all my shopping picks!

I hope that if you got the day off it was exactly what you needed, be it a day of relaxation or a trip or a day with friends. And I hope that if you’re shopping you’re getting amazing deals!

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JCREW
At Jcrew both new arrivals and sale are on sale!
Investment Piece: Long Weekend Sales
Use code LONGWKND for 30% off new arrivals! Shop my picks here

Investment Piece: Long Weekend Sales
And use the same code, LONGWKND for an extra 40% off sale, shop my picks here

Equipment
There is nothing more chic than a silk blouse. My favorites are from Equipment, the silk is so soft and the cuts are so classic. And this weekend you can get an extra 40% off sale shirt with code EXTRA40. These are my favorites!
Investment Piece: Long Weekend Sales
Shop them here

Mango
The Mango sale is the gift that keeps giving.
Investment Piece: Long Weekend Sales
Elevated basics start at $5 and everything is so chic! These are my picks

Madewell
Investment Piece: Long weekend Sales
Some of the best jeans and more up to 70%? These are my picks from Madewell

Happy Shopping!
XO RA

New Year, New Me

Investment Piece: New Year, New Me

New Year, New Me. I bet money I don’t have that you’re seeing that phrase all over social media and your emails this week. New Year, New Me. What does that really mean? Is it supposed to encourage us to set new goals and go after them? Are we supposed to wake up on January 1st completely new? What if we don’t? My theory: people fall into two categories, those who believe in “new year, new me” and those who think that nothing really changes.

What if both of those categories of people are right?

If you didn’t hear, the beginning of 2020 got off to a slightly slower start than I thought it would.
You can see all about it:

But, the slow start has given me time to really consider my goals, and how I want to get to where I want to go. I’m great at big picture, but can struggle with small picture and action steps, and I’m thinking about how to conquer that. I’m thinking about what I really want and what’s really important to me. And, I’m using this guide from Groom+Style to evaluate my goal-setting techniques.

New year, New me? Let’s do it.

Investment Piece: New Year, New Me

Let’s get real with each other? Along with this being the month of “new year, new me”, this month is essentially one long hangover recovery. Maybe that’s because of all the champagne on NYE, or maybe it’s just the holiday hangover that makes getting back to work and your routine a little harder. After a week of so of a little more freedom, this stretch of cold and what seems like endless work is difficult to jump into. Here at Investment Piece: we’re taking it slow, easing into “new year, new me”, if you will. From here on out you can expect new posts, but we’re working back into our routine and trying to make the first week of the new year feel as easy as possible.

Investment Piece: New Year, New Me

We covered new year, what about new me? I love to think about this blog as a dialog between us. I hope that you get out of it what I love to put in. This year I’m looking to pick up some of my favorite series where we left off: Fashion Stories and What We’re Wearing. More videos. More exciting pictures And of course, my goal is to bring you exciting outfit inspiration. What about you? Is there something you love? A series you would cut? Is there constructive input you have on what we offer? What are your thoughts? I want this space to reflect you, as well as me, so I’m all ears!

In this year I hope we carry forward the best parts of us from 2019. I hope that we start amazing things, and become even more fantastic. And that there are amazing shoes for all of us!

Xo RA

I’ve linked the shopping for each of these looks here:

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Childhood Dreams

Investment Piece: Childhood
Investment Piece: Childhood Dreams
Investment Piece: Childhood Dreams

This outfit is the stuff that my childhood dreams are made of! I was a kid in the 1980s, and a bit awkward and chubby, but I longed to be glamorous and fashionable and one of the “cool girls”. I idolized some of my babysitters and actresses and some of the 80s fashion. Yes, there was 80s fashion that was BAD, but the good fashion from the 80s? It’s still good. And it’s back! See pleated jeans.

(Side note, I’ve written a little bit about 1980s fashion here, here, and here)

In the 1980s I would have LOVED to wear an outfit like this. True story, when I was 8 I desperately wanted a pair of jeans like these. The stripe. The pleats. The trouser fit. They were everything that I felt like that the glamorous, older girls would wear. In fact, one time when I was younger, I found a pair of jeans like these, but they didn’t fit. It was a tragedy. Finding these were such a gift! I still love the stripes, and the fit, and while I admit that I had reservations about the pleats (I had some bad experiences with pleats in college). But, as it turns out I love them. (They were fun and flattering!)The best of the 80s and fulfilling a childhood dream? What can’t these pants do?

Investment Piece: Childhood Dreams
Investment Piece: Childhood Dreams
Investment Piece: Childhood Dreams

As a kid I would have most likely worn jeans like these with a shirt (and for the record, any blouse/sweater/sweatshirt would work!), but as an adult I loved pairing it with a “going out top”. (Not a childhood dream from the 80s, but I do love a good statement top) The illusion of a jumpsuit, the ease of jeans, and bits of both the past and today, it’s what you might call a perfect outfit.

I’ve grown a lot since my childhood days, while there are still days I feel awkward, I hope that I’ve finally grown into myself and that overall I’ve evolved a bit (including my fashion sense). Yet, things like this, that the little girl in me loved, still bring me such joy. Maybe the secret to our grown up style is to indulge our childhood dreams now and again.

What childhood dreams and fashion do you hang onto? And how do you dress for them?

These jeans are vintage, but I’ve found you similar and have linked tops!
Xo RA

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Shop the look here.

Investment Piece: Childhood Dreams

Long and Short of it

Investment Piece: Long and Short of it
Investment Piece: Long and Short of it
Investment Piece: Long and Short of it

Every piece we own has a story, and we can tell a story about everything. There’s usually a long version and a short version. I love stories, and I can tell you both versions of anything I own.

The short of it for this look? I challenged myself to think outside of the box for the holiday season (not everything has to be red), I found a designer I love (Johanna Ortiz) was doing a collab with H&M, and fell in love with this dress.

But, has anyone ever known me to leave a story at the short of it?

Investment Piece: Long and Short of it
Investment Piece: Long and Short of it
Investment Piece: Long and Short of it

The long of it:

I wouldn’t say that I hate it, but (as a blonde and someone who’s coloring is not prone to it) I have issues loving the color yellow. I can love it on other people, but not always on me. So when I find something I love that’s yellow, I’m always a little surprised. In Decemeber, I got to thinking about my holiday dress situation. I have a lot of them, and they are all loved. But. There was a recurring theme and them, and being who I am, I wanted different. Holidays can be anything we want them to be, so why not dress how we want?! I was determined to find a festive dress that wasn’t “traditional”.

Johanna Ortiz is from Colombia and when I heard that she was collabing with H&M, I got (maybe a little too) excited. Her pieces are vibrant and full of Ruffles and sometimes a bit out of my budget. This collab is a great chance to get a piece-the dresses are beautiful, the details are stunning, and you will inspire awe (there is more to come from this collab in March and I can’t wait!).

Festive as it was for the holidays (yes, I wore it to Christmas concerts), this print will serve me through spring and summer. A dress for all seasons? That’s a long and short of it I will take.

Investment Piece: long and short of it
Investment Piece: Long and short of it

I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out some of these details: the buttons, the ties, the slits. While I’ve only worn this dress to events like Holdiay concerts and shoots, I dream of the stories I’ll tell in it at dinners and parties,and the stories I’ll tell of it of those nights.

What long and short stories do you have to share?

Investment Piece: Long and Short of it

I’ve linked all shopping options and this exact dress here. Please note, that is an affiliate link, and while that does not affect pricing for you, I may earn commission from it! Thank you for your support!

Xo RA

#Mixed

Investment Piece: #mixed
Investment Piece: #mixed
Investment Piece: #mixed
Investment Piece: #mixed
Investment Piece: #mixed
Investment Piece: #mixed

Tired: mixing different prints
Wired: mixing the same print in different colors.

Snake two ways? Maybe it is groundbreaking. For me, they just went. (Also I can’t say enough about shirt dresses. Chic, flattering, and endlessly comfortable.) Animal prints aren’t going away any time soon, leopards and zebras and cheetahs and snakes are all over resort, spring, and summer look books. With so many options, why not mix them? Use them as a neutral and mix with almost anything in your closet. Mix them together like this pairing. Mixed.

This dress is from H&M and I’ve found the exact one for you. These boots are from last season, but I have options for you. I would love to know: what are you mixing your animal prints with?
Xo RA

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January Armarium Picks

Note: this post is a part of my collaboration with Armarium. While all the opinions and suggestions are my own, I may earn discounts from your rentals. And you get something too! Use code RADELICA to get 15% off your first rental!

Investment Piece: January Armarium Picks

It’s January. And January has this reputation of being boring in fashion. My loves, it’s not. If anything, January is a time to go wild and bold, try out all the fashion that you want–it’s a new year, after all. (I know, I’m right on the edge of being able to keep saying that! At some point it’s just the year, but let’s bask in its newness for just a bit longer)
This year do you want to be a woman who wears sassy suits? Carries statement bags? Try out gowns? January is the month for it. In fact, no matter what your fashion resolution, Armarium can help!
Want to save money? Rent clothes, don’t buy them. You can get more, save on designer items, and there are discounts! Your closet and your wallet will thank you.
Want to experiment with new styles? Rent. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to keep it, you don’t have to store it, and renting opens you up to more styles you could ever buy!
Want to clean out your closet and stop buying so much clutter? Rent. No storage, and no clutter.

I think the only question is: who do you want to be this month?

Investment Piece: January Armarium Picks
Investment Piece: January Armarium picks
Investment Piece: January Armarium Picks
Investment Piece: January Armarium picks
Investment Piece: January Armarium picks
Investment Piece: January Armarium Picks

What I’m into this month? Statement bags. Perfect with jeans and a tee, or with a ball gown. And sweater dresses that aren’t basic. Color, cut, I want them all.

Anything you want to be this month: from award show gowns to non-basic basics to accessories, you can get it all at Armarium. And with code RADELICIA you get 15% off your first rental!

Happy renting!
XO RA

into the wild

Investment Piece: into the wild
Investment Piece: into the wild
Investment Piece: into the wild

And we’re back. The holidays are over, work and real life have begun again, and it’s back to the grind. For me, the week that we “return” from the holidays is always bittersweet. When you’ve been on holiday for a while, and the winter holidays often feel like a while, coming back to work can be difficult. If you’re like me, you’re used to a more relaxed schedule, more treats, and more freedom. It’s hard to give that up. However, there’s also a joy. The new is thrilling and full of plans to be made and goals to crush. It’s full of possibility and hope. I love going into the office and feeling renewed about my purpose and work.

(Coming back also gives you a chance to show off the new clothes you got over the holidays. I got this Dino sweatshirt. Yes, it’s from the kid’s section. Yes, there are reversable sequins. Yes, it was my favorite gift from Santa.)

The vacation is good. The new year is good. Is there a way to combine the best of them both? Perhaps.
It’s into the wild, and we’re off.

Investment Piece: into the wild
Investment Piece: into the wild
Investment Piece: into the wild

But. What is the wild?
Is it some place ( or thing) we’ve never been (or done) before?
A place without rules?
Somewhere where the animals run free? (Yes, I’m a Dino lover, but I do think bringing them back would be a disaster)

For me, wild is a bit of it all. It’s the feeling of doing new things, making up rules as we go along, and running a bit free. It’s also the start of the new year: unformed, a little raw, and open to what comes. And for us? For fashion? Wild (to me) means trying new things, having fun, redefining our classics, making a wardrobe that works for us, and stories. Lots of stories.

Into the wild? Let’s go!
Xo RA

I’ve linked similar outfit options for your shopping pleasure below!
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You can shop this look here

Investment Piece: into the wild

More Sales!

It’s almost 2020! (And yes, I expect to be invited to ALL the Gatsby parties. Through the whole new decade. I have all sorts of dresses!) It’s around that time in the holiday season where you might not be 100% sure of the day, or the time. Maybe you’re needing a break, or maybe you’re enjoying not having to be in the real world. Whatever you’re feelings, I hope you’re still enjoying it! Most importantly, if you’re wanting to head into the new decade with new, I have more sale picks for you! From dresses to boots to picks for every budget, I have you covered. So, while we enjoy our holidays, let’s shop more sales!

Here are my current picks. As a loving reminder, social (especially Pintrest) and the LiketoKnowit and ShopStyle apps!

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Dresses
Dresses for under $100? Right this way:

Shoes
I have never met a shoe sale I didn’t like.

Winter Basics
You can’t start the new year without new sweaters and coats!

Classic Clothes
You can’t go wrong with any of these!

WorkOut
Look chic at all your workouts

Happy Shopping!
Xo RA

Post Christmas Sales

Loves! I hope that your holiday involved all the joy, laughter, and family that you wanted! My holiday was relaxing and I’m still taking my time away from the business of life. But…..I have been shopping for us. Maybe you’re not a big post-holiday shopper and I get that. We’ve just gotten, and there may be no need for anything. Maybe you love the sale shopping: from getting what you want at a discount, to stocking up for the doldrums of winter, I get that too! I’m somewhere in the middle, but I’ve found a few things I love, and I hope you love them too!

Below are some of my sale picks. Feel free to continue to holiday and shop these from your couch!

Xo RA

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Beauty
We know I love a good beauty set. And the only thing better than a good set is a set on sale. Here are my picks:

Jeans
My favorite jean brand, Mother, is having an end of season sale that is simply amazing!

Shoes
From both the Coach and the Nordstrom Sale, I have a thing for boots:

Clothes for Queens
I love these picks from here, there, and everywhere! From going out dresses to jackets, you’ll look great in these:

I’m spending the weekend relaxing, I have a party to go to, and shopping more sales. You can keep up on social media or in the LiketoKnowIt app! Hope that you continue to have a great holiday!
Xo RA