Target Collections: Who What Wear

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I feel as if we are so spoiled by all of the great collaborations that happen that we can let some of them slip between our fingers. Don’t let this happen with this great Who What Wear Collection for Target. It’s a combination of work and casual separates–all on trend and amazingly priced. They even included great accessories ( I love the clutches and scarves)! It boils down to this: Make sure you take advantage of it! See below for some the pics I got and shop my choices below!

Happy Thursday! XO RA
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My picks:
Bow Blouse
Shirt Dress
Printed Pencil Skirt
Sueded Moto Jacket

Transitioning

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Can we talk for a minute about crazy weather? Or is it only here? One week it feels like winter, the next the temps are in the 80s. I went to an early spin class the other morning–when I went outside there was ice on my car. That afternoon it was 70 and sunny. There are many conversations we could have about this trend–this weird transitioning weather–but for our purposes let’s stick with the really important “What do you wear for transitioning weather?” My go-to’s? Amazing jeans, a light sweater, and open toe suede shoes. I can layer in the morning and be fine in the afternoon. I’d love to know–what are you wearing?

 

Happy Wednesday! XO RA

Details:
Sweater: Zara
Jeans: Madewell
Shoes: Zara

Navigating Vintage Fairs

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Lovers, we know I love Vintage clothes (and my growing collection is one of the things I am most proud of!)! So if there’s a chance to shop a ton of Vintage Shops at one time–I’m in. Here’s the but–it can be completely overwhelming, and if nothing else a long day.

PickWick and A Current Affair are the biggest vintage fairsI know of–but I know that there are others (and would love to hear about them!);every fair is different, every vendor is different so I don’t think that there are hard and fast rules as how to best navigate one.  I recently was able to attend the PickWick Show in LA, it was my first and I loved it! But there are things that I wish I had known before I went–see below for some of my tips to navigating vintage fairs!

  • Plan your time accordingly. There are tons of vendors and booths at these fairs–so it’s not reasonable to get in and out super quickly. Part of the fun is taking your time looking around and seeing what everyone has to offer! My advise: take a friend and make a day of it!
  • Try to see as many booths as possible. This is part of the “make a day of it” advice. Now doing a lap before you buy anything may be completely unrealistic-but may be worth a shot (just to see what’s there before you dig in). And if there are vendors you want to make sure you stop at I’d recommend going to them first–but the experience is about seeing various vendors–so take advantage!
  • Take a Friend–see above, firstly you can make a day of it. Also, I don’t know about you but being around beautiful clothes makes me want them all. Take someone who can be honest about what looks good on you, what you should pass on, and what you must have. Then, be that kind of friend to them!
  • Have some things in mind. I think part of the fun of vintage shopping is that you never know what you’ll find–that leaves the potential for treasures to be found! However, keeping in mind some key pieces you’re looking for (be it a Chanel Jacket or a kimono) will help you navigate the fair. Also, keeping in mind what your wardrobe needs (like a trench coat) or what it doesn’t (maybe the last thing you need is another black dress) helps in the “What do I buy?” dilemma.
  • Have a budget. Stick to it. This coming from the girl who doesn’t say no to good Vintage–but honestly, if you don’t you can end up spending way more than you planned. And there’s always more shopping to do down the road!
  • Be open! Again, there is no promise of what will be available–so get your hands dirty and shop. Try different vendors, be open to different things, and really have fun!

I hope these help! I was able to score some amazing pieces (including a Versace Skirt and couture Valentino–watch for them coming up on the blog!) so I wish you happy shopping! And would love to hear about your experiences with Vintage Fairs!

Happy Vintage! XO RA

Check below for the next LA events–NYC events can be found on the organizers websites and Instagrams!
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#BeachDay

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There’s a part of me that’s so sad about the fact that the lack of winter weather means that we’re all missing out on my amazing winter clothes. But y’all. How can you be mad at weather so great that you can go to the beach? Especially when you can go in the most amazing vintage polka dot suit? Secret? I got this outfit on Etsy for $20. I love the pleats, the dots, the jacket–and that I can mix and match (I’ve worn the top with jeans and paired the skirt with a sweater and booties). I cannot tell you how badly you need to shop for vintage there–and when it’s modern feeling and has polka dots? Buy it! Wear it to the beach! Make it liven up your Monday!

Hope your week is off to a great start! XO RA

Details:
Suit: Etsy You can search “vintage suits, cream suits, or polka dots” and find something similar!
Shoes: old, similar here

#winterwhite

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In the South there is a great debate about when to wear white. And yes, it mainly involves white pants and shoes–but can you look at this outfit and tell me this white is not made for winter? I love the crispness the white vest brings–and this vintage fur is to die for! Paired with classic black–it’s the perfect combo for errands, drinks, dinner. As for when you can wear white? Loves, wear what makes you happy!

Wishing you an amazing Friday! XO RA

Details:
Jeans: < ahref="http://www.lanecrawford.com/product/j-brand/-natasha-sky-high-high-waist-skinny-jeans/_/AQE644/product.lc?gclid=CK-ihZjgw8oCFZGMaQodHDAJ4w"target="_Blank">JBrand
Top: Shopbop
Vest: Zara, old, similar and on sale here
Shoes: Elizabeth and James, old, similar here

#newfavorite

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I know, I know–I say something is my new favorite all the time, but this dress. Y’all this dress. I’m in love. It makes me feel like a princess, it reminds me of the ocean, it’s simple and complicated–and it’s made of denim. (yes, those rows of ombre all denim with a sheer neck). It’s perfect. A friend asked where I was planning on wearing it–a more appropriate question is where won’t I wear it? Ask me to dinner and hang out–there’s a really great chance I will wear this and feel like a million bucks.

Hope your Wednesday is magical! XO RA

Details:
Dress: Coming soon to Moda Operandi link here
Shoes: Steve Madden

Striped

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I’m a fan of anything that can span seasons–and this sweet sweater dress fits the bill. I love the classic stripes, the material is just thin enough for spring, yet has some heft, and the sheer sleeves and hem make it flirty. A win all around–even if I do say so myself!

Happy February Loves! XO RA

Details:
Dress: Ann Taylor
Bag: Vintage
Shoes: Schultz, old, similar here

Brand to buy Vintage: Bottega Veneta

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Not that there is anything at all wrong with buying Bottega Veneta new (I love their current line), but if you’re looking for a brand that stands up amazingly over time, buying vintage Bottega Veneta is a decision you will not regret. The classic lines and textures, the colors,the quality–I have several pieces from the 70s and 80s, and yet get asked where I bought them all the time. So what to look for? Classic colors, the trademark Bottega Veneta weave, and quality. These items were made to last so make sure that you’re buying from someone who has taken care of their treasures–these shoes are over 30 yrs old–yet you would never know it!
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Some of my favorite places to score vintage Bottega Veneta: Etsy, eBay and your favorite consignment store!

Happy Hunting! XO RA

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Winter Lace

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Winter is no time to put away your lace–in fact there’s something unexpected about a lace top in the middle of the cold! My tips for winter lace–keep it long sleeved, make sure it’s paired with something a little on the warmer side (love these pants but jeans or a skirt work well too!) and don’t forget your coat!
Hope that if you’re on the East Coast you survived Jonas (and know I’m irrationally slightly jealous! This beach gal has never seen that much snow!)

Happy Monday! XO RA

Details:
Top: For Love and Lemons
Pants: Zara
Shoes: Jerome C Rousseau, old, similar here
Hair Clip: MadeWell