Sunday Chronicles: The Busiest Month of the Year

Investment Piece: Sunday Chronicles: Blog Birthday

People will tell you that the holiday season, aka Novemeber-January, is the busiest time of year. These people are wrong. The busiest month of the year? May. For me at least.

May is full of birthdays. My birthday, my mom’s birthday, cousins, uncles, aunts, friends. I can go through this month day by day and list someone who has a birthday. Some days have 2-3 people I know who have birthdays.

And then there’s graduations.

And Mother’s Day.

End of the school year, beginning of wedding season, and that’s just the top of the list.

May feels like one of those months that keeps going and going and going and going.
The question isn’t “will we be busy”? The question is “What are we going to do about being so busy?”

These commitments aren’t things I can back out of, or most of them aren’t. So, I’ve learned to be very intentional with my time during May. Yes, there are a ton of things I HAVE to do in May. But there are things I don’t. I say no to the events that will push me over the edge, and I don’t let myself feel guilty about it.

Each week, I make sure that one of my “plans” is a night home for me. I’ve learned that I’m an introvert, and I can’t go all the time. I need time alone, doing nothing to recharge. That is a gift I give to me, and you, so that I can keep doing all the things that I do.

I try not to stack events. Yes, it happens sometimes, but being booked from early in the morning till late at night isn’t the best for anyone. So, I spread my busy out. I try to say yes to the events that are the most fun for me, and with the people that I really care about seeing. Does this strategy always work? Nope. But it helps.

Most importantly, when I’m this busy, I try to keep the big picture in mind. These events are happening because I’m lucky enough to have people in my life that are worth celebrating. A month of crazy is a small price to pay for all of them.

What do you do when your schedule is overwhelming? I’d love to hear all the tips you got!

Here’s to a week of schedules and amazing shoes!
XO RA

Sunday Chronicles: Do-Overs

Lately, I’ve been thinking about do-overs. I have so many pictures and outfits from when I first started Investment Piece and it was just me and my iPhone and a remote. Occasionally, I revisit them and think about sharing some of them. Or reshooting some of them. But, what would necessitate a do-over of something?

Both in fashion and in life, sometimes we need second chances. Or maybe there are times when the story isn’t finished. We all have favorite pieces or outfits, I know I re-wear things. Is that a kind of do-over?

I don’t think that do-overs are bad. And I don’t think that rebelling a story, or using favorites to tell a new story is bad either. But I am fascinated by the do-overs we do, the ones we pass on, and the process of making that decision. I don’t know that I have any answers, or even hard and fast rules about what I do-over. Do you?

In the meantime, what should I do with all these pictures? Do you want to see them?

And if you love what I’m wearing in the video (it’s a denim trench worn as a dress), I’ve linked similar items below for your shopping pleasure!

Wishing us all a week of as many do-overs as we need and amazing shoes!
xo RA

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Sunday Chronicles: Happy Spring!

Investment Piece: When in Texas

Yes, loves, it’s “officially” been spring for a while, but we had one of those “last winters” and it hasn’t always felt like spring. Now, it does. So, let me be one of the first to wish you: “Happy Spring!” Spring is a short season in the places I live; summer comes very quickly. Yet, I love spring. I love the warm but not burning temps, the sense of beginnings, and the way we ease into things. Though it may be short, I’ve listed my favorite things to do during spring, from flowers to closet cleaning. However you celebrate I wish you all the joy that a spring can bring!

Xo RA

Wildflower Day
From pictures to just taking in the beauty, I think that a day spent in blooms is a day well spent. Make a day of it and do a picnic, or maybe a hike? Whatever you do, make sure that you enjoy the wild flowers before summer!

Closet CleanOut
I know, spring cleaning is cliche. But, it works. Spring is a great time to do a sweep of your closet, get rid of anything that no longer serves you, and move spring items to the front of your closet. It’s also a great time to make a trip to the cleaner or tailor and make sure that all the things you love for spring are ready!

Make a Spring Wishlist
Along with making sure your spring closet is clean, spring is a great time to make a spring Wishlist. Shocking, I know, that I would support shopping. But someone has to get all those great new spring things. It may as well be you! A Wishlist lets you make a note of what you need, find items you love, and stay within a budget!

Dine al Fresco
Before it gets too hot, spring is a great time to make use of the patios in your life. From dinners in the backyard to happy hours on a patio, I love being outside during this time of year!

I’d love to know: what do you love to do during spring? What’s on your spring bucket list?

wishing us all a week of new beginnings and amazing shoes! Xo RA

Sunday Chronicles: Introverts, Communications, and Hangovers

Investment Piece: Sunday Chronicles
Introverts, Communication, and Hangovers

There’s a great chance, by now, that you’re aware (or have a theory) on whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert. And maybe you have an understanding of how that affects your communication, and how introverts can get hangovers from too much interaction. I’m a fan of deeper understanding, and being aware of how you’re wired, and the best ways to communicate for you. We all have a love language (trendy doesn’t mean it’s not true), and there are ways for each of us to be our best selves.

This is not a post to promote any sort of label, push you to fully embrace your “vert-ness” (I may have just made that word up), or help you demand to be surrounded by people who only speak your love language. Also, this is not a post to disagree with your vert-ness, argue we should all get all communication, and that all this is bunk. This is a post about a week in which I was reminded that these labels about our “vert-ness” are not finite, we’re all on a spectrum, all communicate differently, and that introvert hangovers are a real thing. And all of that is aok.

I’m an introvert. I need time alone, and after being around people a lot I need to recharge. The twist? I’m a performer; I can be “on” with the best of them, give a good show, and I like that part of me. Also? For an introvert, I’m extroverted. Yes, I need time alone, not a fan of too much peopling, but I can chat people up and network. It’s a spectrum, and there is no right or wrong way to be an introvert. We all get that.

What I forgot this week? That when I forget to balance the different sides of my introvert personality the people hangovers are real. I spent too much time go-go-going and being with people the past few weeks, and had to give myself a lot of down time to recover. What also hit me? When I (or anyone) chats about their need for alone time (or space) it’s not always the way that someone else communicates. What does all that mean? I (and you?) have to be clear about what we need, take care of ourselves, and nurse a hangover that comes from interaction the same way we would a “real” hangover. We may also have to be active listeners when people tell us about their needs.

And the thing? That’s all ok. If everything is a spectrum, then even taking care of ourselves is a process that isn’t always a finite thing. Right? So, this week, I’m focused on letting myself be “on” and letting myself be “down”, telling people clearly what I need, avoiding hangovers, and really trying to hear people when they tell me their needs. What about you?

Wishing us all a week of no-hangovers and amazing shoes! XO RA

Sunday Chronicles: Blog Birthday!

Investment Piece: Sunday Chronicles: Blog Birthday

I started this little piece of the Internet about 3 years ago. Honestly, I had no clue what I was doing. My mom actually came up with the idea, having read about blogging in Texas Monthly. Since I was 2 and began to have opinions about what I wore (and learned the word “no”), I’ve loved all things fashion and had something to say about it. So, I took a course on WordPress and began shooting my looks. We’ve grown, I’ve found my niche (Fashion Stories), and I still love all things fashion and talking about it. I couldn’t be more grateful for you joining me! There are so many exciting things to come; however, today we’re taking a minute to celebrate our blog birthday! So, let’s sit back, pop some champagne and look back at some of our favorite posts!

Investment Piece: Cinderella Shoes

The post that started it all: Cinderella Shoes

Investment Piece: FBF: Gucci Top
I still love this Vintage Gucci top.

Investment Piece: Pop of Yellow
From my first shoot with Katy Shayne, Pop of Yellow

Investment Piece: Feature in Influential Magazine
To my first shoot with Megan Weaver YSL

Investment Piece: American Girl
KYN Photo American Girl

Investment Piece: Fashion Stories
To my first Fashion Stories

Everything in between and everything to come.

Thank you for being a part of Investment Piece!

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

Sunday Chronicles: Alterations

Loves, spring is coming (yes, even though it may be snowing where you are). The season of rebirth, renewal, and a great time to reassess our goals. It got me thinking about alterations. I’m such a firm believer that fashion can be how we tell our stories, and I love how alterations allow me to become a creator. From simple alterations, hems, rips, buttons, etc, to the ones where pieces get remade into something new, seperating a dress, making pieces into other things, etc; altering fashion allows you to really make something your own. Or ensure that a piece really fits you.

What can that teach us about our lives? I like to think that it means that, just like pants that don’t fit quite right, we should take our goals and plans and take in/let out/remake until they are a perfect fit and say what we want.

Fashion with a deeper meaning? I thought about it so much, I made us a little video:

I would love to know your thoughts about alterations. Both the fashion and the goal kind. What have you remade?

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

Sunday Chronicles: Change

Investment Piece: Sunday Chronicles Change

There’s a saying, and I’m paraphrasing here, but the jist is that none of us are incredibly comfortable with change. Yet, all of us, if asked, wouldn’t want to be in the EXACT same place in 5 years. Meaning that we all want change, at least on some level.

And yes. I can’t think of anything that rings more true. We all want certain things: be it business, personal, or any combination thereof, most of us want to be moving forward and achieving something. Does that mean that change is easy, even when it’s something we really want? No. I’m stubborn. I admit it. I also am one of those people that have a hard time with sudden change, and change in general. (Loves, I promise I’m working on it.) So, this isn’t a post about how to deal with change, or all of my tips. That would be the blind leading the blind. In fact, if you have great tips about how to deal with change, I would love to hear them!!

What I can tell you about change is that it’s for the good. Even when it feels scary. And yes, I have to tell myself that almost daily. Change, be it fast or slow, is the natural order of things, takes us where we need to be, and if we can stop fighting it (again, talking to me), can be fun. This picture? From way back when I first started Investment Piece. I had no clue what I was doing, just that I knew I had a passion for fashion and storytelling and that there had to be a way to combine the two. Loves, we’re all grateful that things changed from that time. (Believe me)

Spring is coming. And we like to call it the season of renewal and rebirth, and while it is, those are other words for change. I know I have big goals, and want to be in a different place at end of the season. Which means I have to change. Don’t know if I’ve mentioned this, but change can be hard for me.

Here’s what I’m doing:
I’m reminding myself that change happens with or without my say so, so I might as well change in the way I want to grow.
To take things slow, there’s no need to 180 overnight.
And finally, be excited that change means that things get better. The proof? My old posts.

I would love to know your tips for dealing with change!

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

Sunday Chronicles: In Love with Potential

It’s the “season” of love. And I hope whatever Valentine’s means to you that you had a great day last week! I got to thinking about love: falling in it, rising in it, and all the times that we think we’re in love, but we really love their potential. It happens with clothes, too. There are things that we want, or that are in our closet, that we think will fit a certain way, go a certain way, will make us a certain kind of person. And sometimes, they do. But, there are times when the potential that we love is all that’s there. What do we do then?

I recently fell in love with a pair of shoes. I had outfits for days planned, knew that they would be chic, and that they would fit perfectly. They’re a bust. These shoes simply don’t fit me well at all–they make my feet look odd. And they don’t quite go with what I thought they would. Yet, I kept trying: to make them fit, to make them into what I wanted them to be. The potential was so good. And I’m not good at letting good potentional go. But, loves, sometimes we have to.

So, I made us a little video with some thoughts. Do I have the answers? No. Do I know how to resist falling in love with just potentional? No. But I’m working on it.

If you have solutions, I would love to hear them!
Also-I’ve linked similar items to the outfit in the video in the #ootd below, I can vouch that these pieces have much more than potentional! (To shop follow me on the liketoknow.it app and use the screenshot of the pic!)
Wishing us all a week of real love and amazing shoes! Xo RA

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Investment Piece: falling in love with potential

Sunday Chronicles: Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

There may be a rumor that I don’t like Valentine’s Day (see here, here, and here.) Let it be said that I am a great fan of love, and all the trappings that come with it, but a little wary of days where we “have to” anything. But, as long as it’s with a free heart, let’s tell each other we love each other and buy some gifts!

Be it for you, or for anyone you love, here are some of my picks for what to give this year for Valentine’s Day!

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!

Fountain Pen
Say what you will, but acknowleding all the hard work your honey does can do wonders for you both! And a great way to say “great job”? A great pen. (I grew up with a Mom who LOVES office supplies, so I have to say pen and office supply gifts are some of my fave.)
Some of my fave pens? Custom, personal Executive Nautical. (A friend makes them and they are just to die for!) My other picks for saying “thanks for working so hard!”:

Self Care
Spa days can not only be really romantic, they can be a much needed way to let your loved ones take care of themselves. Can’t make it to the spa? Here are my picks for self care at home:

Heart Shaped
Cliche? Yes. But still popular for a reason! Nothing says “I love you” like a heart! My picks:

Chocolate and Wine
Is there ever a bad time for chocolate and wine? I didn’t think so! And just in case you need something to add to those amazing gifts, here are my picks:

I would love to know: how do you celebrate Valentine’s Days? And what do you give as gifts?

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