Sunday Chronicles: Fear

Investment Piece: Sunday Chronicles: Fear

Loves, it’s tough out there right now. There’s a good chance that you, or someone you know, are scared and worried about the COVID-19 virus and its impacts on our lives. I’m a fashion blogger and this not a medical blog. Please trust the medical professionals, take precautions, wash your hands, be kind, and let’s take care of the most vulnerable in our herds.

That being said, when we’re scared it can be hard, fear makes us do crazy things. People are stocking up on things like soap and hand sanitizer. Companies asking employees to work from home. Huge events are being canceled. For the record, I’m a fan of us all being cautious. I would rather events be put on hold and people be safe rather than events happen and people get sick. I’m a fan of protecting the herd. But I also know that caution can be fear driven and not fact driven.

So, what do we do?

Loves, I’m not sure. Again, I push us all to heed caution and take the health officials recommendations seriously. To balance living our lives (which we should! Dress fabulously! Shop! Hang out safely! Tip well! Order in Chinese Food!) and taking this pandemic as seriously as we should (don’t go out unnecessarily, wash those hands! Avoid crowds! Stay home and binge watch!).And I don’t have the answers.

What am I doing? Trying to support the people I can- calling my elderly friends, checking in on family. I’m also attempting to shop from local and indie stores. Everytime you shop here I appreciate it, as a small business owner. I’m attempting to pay that forward, shopping small, local, being aware that not only our health but people’s livelihood might be on the line. Then I’m avoiding gatherings that aren’t 100% needed. Staying in, resting, taking care all sound good right now, so I’m leaning into that. I’m also assessing and reassessing with every new release of information, etc. I’m trying to balance it all, and like us all, doing my best not to let my fears dictate anything.

What I truly believe this is a time to be kind to each other. We need each other- to help, to keep each other safe, to work together. Let’s do that. Let’s be kind, offer the best of us. We may all be scared, but let’s act like our best selves. We may all be a little (or a lot) anxious (I am), but being kind may be the perfect rememdy to the fear we have right now.

Wishing us all a week of fearless kindness and amazing shoes!
Xo RA

Sunday Chronicles: International Women’s Day

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Here at Investment Piece we’re feminists (it’s not a dirty word). We truly believe that women and men are equal and should be treated as such. That being said, women are special. I’m sure that there are women in your life who’ve helped you, lifted you up, taken care of you, paved the way, and more. We love featuring other women entrepreneurs on this site, wearing women designers, and in general celebrating all the things that being a woman means.

Loves, let’s be honest there are times when being a woman is hard. (Just thinking about expounding on that makes me tired) So. Today, because it’s a day to celebrate us, instead of focusing on how hard it is, or how far we need to go, we want to hear about what’s great! What women in your life really helped you? Is amazing? Should be recognized? What do you love about the great women that you know? What are you doing to spread your greatness?

Today, I’m volunteering with a group of women who inspire me with their passion to make change and then having dinner with my mom (a real Shero).

I hope you get celebrated a bit today. I hope you celebrate women today. Here’s to us all!
Wishing us a week of equality and amazing shoes!
Xo RA

Sunday Chronicles: Reset

Investment Piece: Reset

Happy March my loves! We are 2 months into the new year. It’s the end of one season and the start of another. Mercury in retrograde, Lent, all the things. And, like me, you may be taking a look at your goals or what you’d like to achieve this year. And, maybe like me, you’re ready for a little reset.

It’s not that January or February were bad months by any means, but they weren’t exactly easy. Some months are like that! But as the spring starts, I really wanted to take a step back and really look at my goals. Am I doing what’s best for me to achieve what I want? Do I need to go about things a different way? Adjust habits? Be more clear and intentional about what I do?

May be so. This week I’ll be looking at my goals and my days and really thinking about a reset. A new season means a new start, right? So, I’ve been thinking: how do we reset? Do we take some time off and then start anew? Begin all over with new goals and habits? Maybe a little bit of it all?

I’m not totally sure, but I know that I’m committed to a great month and feeling like I’m making progress on my goals. This is what I’m doing:
-I’m giving up wine for lent. I’m not Catholic, and was not raised in a home that practiced lent. And I still love wine–and can’t wait to have it again! But as I was thinking about my habits, I realized I (and those around me) had just gotten in the habit of opening a bottle whenever! And so much of Blog culture was about drinking wine (all the time!). I love wine, but want to be intentional about my drinking. So, I’m taking a break, and am a bit excited about it!
-I’m reassing other habits. I know my goals and I know my habits. I also know my faults. I can procrastinate. Get shy. Over feel and over think. This month I’ll be looking at goals and numbers and all the things. I’ll be very clear about where I want to get and trying different things to get there.
-I’m taking time off. Not from here! But I’ve found the in the past 2 months there was not a whole day I had off. I’m tired. And I can’t be my best when I’m spent. So, I’m giving myself a day off a week–and yes, that will look different each week. But as much as I love all the things, I need to recoup too!
-I’m open to ideas, and I’m excited. Maybe my biggest reset is I’m determined to get to a place where all of the things are fun. Even the failures! Sounds crazy, I know, but if we’re failing we’re trying and with the right attitude it just means we’re learning. That’s what I’m telling myself, and I’m a little curious to see if I’m right. So same goals, new ways? We’ll see.

I would love to know: where are you on your goals? Are you headed for a reset? Did you give up anything for Lent? Tell me all about it!

Wishing us a week of easy resets and amazing shoes!
Xo RA

Sunday Chronicles: Perfection

Ever have one of those weeks? When things aren’t great and life is a little tougher than it feels like it should be? And everyone rubs you the wrong way? Yep. That was me. Somehow this week in the middle of February felt both like the year was way too long already. What do you do when you feel down? I’ve been know to bubble bath, cry, wine about it, and dress up. In attempting to cheer myself up I stumbled across advice I gave to myself. I think it holds up, but would still love to know how you handle things!

Loves, things haven’t been great lately. It’s not that they’ve been bad, but I’ve been feeling off. Could you tell? I haven’t loved some of the ways I’ve looked, the outfits, the settings. Things haven’t been perfect and I’m a little embarrassed about how much that has affected me. How am I dealing with it? The only way I know how, fashion.

From thinking about the perfect outfit to trying to find joy in the process, these are my thoughts!

Wishing us all a week of perfect outfits and amazing shoes!
Xo RA

Sunday Chronicles: Ways to Say “I Love You!”

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Happy Valentine’s Month Lovers! I hope you’re being showered with love and affection and treats.

I have something to confess my loves: I am not a big fan of this day. No, it’s not a big “single movement” or “galentines ” (although I like that idea). I just don’t like the idea that someone is professing their love or pampering me because they “have to”. I’m not anti-love. I’m anti having to express it in a certain manner. Let me be clear: if you care about me and want to tell me, please do! Treat me! But please don’t do it because this is the day that you’re supposed to. I was a little bit scared to admit that–there’s nothing worse than being the woman who’s anti-Valentine’s day, but a friend of mine wrote this piece on not liking the holiday–and it made me bold. (I loved a lot of what she had to say!)

Here’s the thing lovers–I love love. I really do. I am for affection, and treats, and letting people know that you love them. I think there is so much love in our lives to be grateful for–from our friends to our families to the baristas who remember our names and exactly how we like our coffees. All of that is love –and should be celebrated. In fact, sometimes I think we forget how much love is in our lives. We concentrate on romantic love–which is amazing–and the big, grand gestures that can accompany it are fantastic. But the simple gestures that friends, family and sometimes strangers can show us are just as great. When I found this list of ways to say “I love you”, it hit me–because these non-grand gestures of love are often what make up our lives. And they are fantastic. And should be celebrated–not because a holiday says so, but because we are so lucky to have people in our lives who care how our days go.

If you love to celebrate Valentine’s–great! There’s nothing wrong with that. And if you’re not–great! There’s nothing wrong with that. I hope in whatever way, on whatever day you chose, you can take a minute to see the love in your life–and maybe let those people know you love them too. And not to get on my soapbox–but this is my soapbox–I hope you let yourself know that you love you too. I saw an essay about being the love of your own life (regardless of any other relationship) and of all the things I love, I love that. Ourselves will be with us forever–we will spend the most time with ourselves, we will grow old together, we will be forever tied together. Loving yourself isn’t always easy (that’s another therapy trip), but it is important and rewarding. So while we’re celebrating love–maybe let’s learn to love ourselves, develop a great relationship with ourselves, treat ourselves like we’re the loves of our lives, be the loves of our own lives. And if that involves treating ourselves to new shoes to pamper us? Well, everyone wins 🙂

I wish us all an abundance of love and amazing shoes this week! 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.
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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

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Sunday Chronicles: New Year, New Me?

Loves, this year isn’t going to plan. I’ve been sick. I’m behind. I was so excited for all of the momentum of the new year, and it just hasn’t come to anything yet. So, I’ve stepped back and thought about a lot. What I want to accomplish this year. How important I think our stories and our fashions are.

For me, I think this year is about holding more than one truth in my pocket, and balancing. This week I plan on resting, and really setting my new year’s intentions. This year I plan on telling our stories, doing all the fashion things, and working towards the world I want to live in. What about you?

Wishing us all a week of hope and amazing shoes! XO RA

Sunday Chronicles: Back At It

Investment Piece: Back at It

Loves!! How was your holiday? Did you get what you wanted? Was there family and friends and a fantastic time? What did you do for NYE? Wild, out and about, or in bed early?

My holidays were great- a mix of family and friends and fun, with a hefty dose of relaxation. A lot of champagne was had on NYE, and yet, I was still in bed by 10! It was the best of both worlds.

And now? I’ll be upfront- I’m easing into 2020 much slower than I thought I would be, wanted to, and planned on. I caught whatever it is that’s been going around, and since about NY have been trying my best to get well. The goals/plans/pics I wanted to get a jump start on? I’ll get to them, it’s just not happened yet. So today, I’m holding space. I know that this new year is full of exciting things for us, but know I don’t do anyone any good by rushing into them sick. I’m resting and planning, getting my goals down today. Tomorrow? We get all new content.

Thank you for holding space, the looks and sales I’ve been shopping are available on the LiketoKnowit or ShopStyleCollective apps (or over on the menu!). See you tomorrow?

Wishing us all a week of wellness and amazing shoes!
Xo RA

Dirty hair, Do care

Investment Piece, Fashionblogger, kimono, Levi's, CA, TX
InvestmentPiece, fashion blogger, Levi's, kimono, CA, TX
Investment Piece, fashion blogger, kimono, Levi's, CA, TX

These pictures are actually from a few years ago. I wanted to showcase that you don’t have to be all done up (hair/make-up/nails/etc) to show up. Because, there are times when I do really care, but my hair isn’t clean, or I don’t have make-up on, (yes, those things happen a lot), or in some way, shape or form I’m not together, but I show up. Sometimes because I have to, sometimes because I want to. But because I’m not perfect, I needed to make the point that perfection isn’t a needed ingredient to show up.

And yes, I was making the point for me.

Yesterday, I wrote how about nice it would be if we could all get our holiday to-do list done, then we could spend the holiday season relaxing and being with the ones we love. In the time between yesterday am and today, my to-do list has exploded. I went from feeling like I knew what was happening to being behind on emails/posts/pictures, looking at a week when both work/day jobs/volunteering all have high demands on my time. It’s Monday and I’m feeling overwhelmed.

So, there will be a lot of buns this week. And imperfections. But I’ll show up and do my best. And when I can’t, I’ll work on forgiving myself for that. What else can we do?

InvesmentPiece, fashion blogger, kimono, dirty hair, care, Levi's, CA, TX
Investment Piece, Fashionblogger, CA, TX, kimono, Levi's, loafers

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Loves, we’re headed into a few months that are all about party dresses, celebration outfits, and holiday plans. You’ll get some of that here, I promise. But even within these coming months, there are times when we’re not at our party best-our hair is dirty, maybe we’re wearing sweats (I do it), but that doesn’t mean we don’t care. Errands, last minute plans, days of shopping and holiday planning; what do you do when you have dirty hair, but you do care? My solution: distract people with your outfit! This amazing vintage kimono jacket from Reformation is reversible, meaning the outfits are endless (pants, skirts, over a dress) but I love it with vintage Levi’s and loafers. Simple, but pulled together. Comfy, but look great. You care, but it doesn’t take effort. I also recommend a messy bun and red lips–smoke and mirrors!

What do you do when you have dirty hair but do care? I’d love to hear all your tips!
Happy Monday! XO

Both this jacket and jeans are vintage (though I’ve found similar for you!)

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Sunday Chronicles: Holidays

Investment Piece: Happy Holidays

Loves, Halloween was just Thursday and yet it feels like we’re in the middle of the holiday season. I have mixed feelings about this time of year.

Personally, I’m not one to rush ahead. I know that the Christmas season is BIG, but I still think that we should take the time to enjoy Thanksgiving (being grateful is cool and there’s no need to skip a day devoted to eating!). Also, as much as there is to do at this time of year-parties, gifts, traveling, all the things- that I want to tell us (or me) to slow down. To enjoy time with friends and family and not worry about all the things. To take time for tradition. To simply relax into the season.

Yet.

Part of my job is helping you prepare for the season. I’m sure you’ve noticed in my postings on LikeToKnowIt and ShopStlye (all shoppable in the links to the side), that I’ve already started making gift guides. Do I kinda hate that? Yes. But on the other hand, I kinda love the thought that we could all get our shopping done and out of the way and then relax. And I would rather help you prepare than ignore the season.

So. For the next month or so you’re going to be seeing a lot of gift guides. (Know I think that the best guides are personal and if there is ever any gift you need help with I’m always available for personal shopping. You can reach me at racheladelicia@investmentpiece.com) I’ll be doing a round-up each Sunday of the week’s gift guides on Sunday Chronicles (though you can still expect a few thoughts from me!). We’ll be active through the holiday season, posting outfits, our series, and more. Then we’ll make sure to keep you updated on Holiday sales from Black Friday to Green Monday to Boxing Day.

Maybe we can shop and relax and enjoy the season at the same time? That’s my goal for us, here’s to making it a reality!

Wishing us all a week of holiday fun and amazing shoes! Xo RA