The Woman in The Hat

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It is trying so hard to be fall. We’ve been getting rain–the sun comes and goes quickly–as can be seen in today’s pics–and it will rain really hard and then be hot again 2 minutes later. It’s been making dressing for the day a little tough, but I’m using it as an excuse to embrace fall trends: flared jeans, tie-blouses, and hats. I didn’t think I was a hat woman but I’ve changed my mind. They pull things together–not to mention hide dirty hair! What about you? Do you hat?

Happy Wednesday! XO RA

Details:

Jeans: Stella McCartney, old, similar here
Blouse: Rag and Bone
Hat: Topshop

Laid Back Suiting

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Suiting isn’t all jackets and heels. I’m loving this casual take with dress pants, an over-sized men’s sweater with bralette ( which could easily be replaced with a t-shirt or camisole) and as my neighbor calls them “fancy sneakers”. It was perfect for a casual lunch meeting and then some football. And these “fancy sneakers”? I didn’t think I’d jump on the flatform bandwagon but I may be sold–super comfy and gave me just enough height to not feel as if I need heels. You may need to try them!

Hope Monday is passing painlessly! XO RA

Details:

Sweater: Old and from the Men’s Section of Gap. If you haven’t tried it for your sweatering needs I can’t recommend it enough

Pants:Banana Republic, old, similar here
Bra:Alexander Wang
Shoes: Finery London

Power Pink

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Just like I have been excited to see the moody florals that are showing for fall, I’m loving the pastels with edge that are helping to ease me into the season. Notice the skirt has ribbons of gold in it–it’s not your grandma’s knit skirt. And as Mother Nature hasn’t gotten the “fall” memo, pairing it with heels and an off-the-shoulder top leaves me cool, yet feeling pulled together!

Hope you have a great weekend! XO RA

Details:

Top: Tibi
Skirt: Jonathan Simkhai
Shoes: Gucci, old
Belt: old

Iced Lilac

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So it’s past Labor Day–but it’s still hot. The good part about that? I can still get away with this simply gorgeous dress by Self Portrait. If you’ve never bought a Self Portrait dress I cannot recommend them enough–sexy yet sophisticated, they fit like a dream, and the tailoring is out of this world. And this color?! I may be glad it’s not officially fall yet!

Hope your short week is going swimmingly! XO RA

Details:
Dress: Self Portrait
Shoes: Steve Madden

 

End of Summer Sales

If there’s one thing I love more than wearing clothes it’s buying new ones! Labor Day weekend brings the traditional end of summer–but it also brings some amazing sales. Check below to see some of my picks!
Happy Shopping!

Asos- 10% off purchase including sale!

Loving this dress and skirt! Shop Asos here.

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Shopbop Dog Days of Summer Sale

Find great deals on summer items for next year and transitional items to wear now. I’m eying this Mara Hoffman skirt and these cropped jeans!

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Shopbop
Jcrew-30% off order over $125

And as this applies to new fall arrivals you can’t go wrong. I think I need these flats and pink (for fall!) skirt!

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Also check out Tibi, Mara Hoffman, Net-A-Porter, and Kate Spade for great deals. What sales are you shopping this weekend?

xo RA

Striped

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It’s hot. Case in point: my top, even though it had been pressed, wrinkled just by my going outside–so it’s over stated, but yes, hot. And all I want to wear are things that are as cool as possible. This combination is so light the heat is almost bearable, but the classic stripes, and pop of red on the shoes make me feel pulled together–and hot in the non-weather way!

Hope you’re managing to stay cool these last few days of summer! XO RA

Details:

Skirt, BCBG, old, similar here
Top: HM, similar here
Shoes:Melissa
Purse: Vintage

Jumpsuit Love

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I think it’s no secret that I have a thing for jumpsuits–who doesn’t when they can be this effortless and chic? Even more difficult is resisting this Mara Hoffman number–it’s linen so you stay cool, yet the embroidered stripes keep it from being anything but simple. I think it’s safe to say it’s love!

Hope you have a great start to the week! XO RA

Details:

Jumpsuit:Mara Hoffman
Shoes: Schutz
Purse:Clare V.

Summer Swan Song

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I’ve been so focused on fall coming that I’ve completely ignored that summer is ending! Ok, not really-the heat is a big clue, but it’s been so easy to think about cooler weather and football (and is it me or does school start super early now?!?!?) that I’ve been pushing aside my sundresses in the hopes of fall wear. Not this weekend–I plan on enjoying the last of summer with swimsuits, sundresses, flip flops and shorts– in all their glory. What are you doing for the weekend?

Happy Friday! XO RA

Details:

Dress: H&M, old, similar here, here, here, and here
Worn with an old Ralph Lauren Bikini top and Mark and Graham hat

Fall Florals

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Not all florals are sweet, summery, and pastel. Just in time for fall dark, broody, romantic florals are showing up in stores–and I love them! They’re both sexy and feminine with a smidge¬† of mystery. Shop below for some of my favorite ones!

Happy Wednesday! XO RA

Details:

Dress: Clover Canyon, sold out,might be on eBay
Shoes: Louboutin

My Fave Fall Florals:
Adrianna Papell
Ted Baker
Zara
Asos
and I’d be remiss not to share:
this dreamy Valentino

Fashion Math

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It may come as no surprise to you that I love planning outfits-thinking what goes with what, keeping things for special occasions, planning days in advance. However–life happens, outfits don’t work, I get tired–and when that happens I like to have “go to”s that I know will work. Call them security blankets, call them safety nets–call them great outfits. Any jean, any button down, any shoe (seriously-heel, sandal, wedge)= magic. Any tee, any skirt, any heel= you will kill it. These combos save me and leave me feeling pulled together no matter what! I’d love to know–what are your “go to”s?

 

Happy Monday! XO RA

Details:

Tee: Clearly well loved vintage, also love this one
Pencil skirt: Zara
Shoes: Louboutin, old, similar here
Jeans: Jcrew
Shirt: Dresshirt
Shoes:Valentino