Designer Spotlight: Rita Ghanime: Made with Love Kimonos

Investment Piece: Rita Ghanime, MAde with Love Kimonos

Have I mentioned it’s kimono week here on Investment Piece? Have I mentioned that I don’t always go with a theme, but that I love this one?

And the big news? Have I mentioned that I am just in LOVE with Rita Ghanime and her Made With Love Kimonos?

Investment Piece: #Cheetah
It’s Kimono Week on Investment Piece! First up: #Cheetah!

Also: maybe this title is a bit too long? But I had to get all the things that I love in there. I want you to know all about them all!

So here’s the thing, I will often recommend designers and brands to you, I know that. My promise is never to recommend something I don’t (or wouldn’t) wear myself, or a designer I don’t believe in. It goes against everything I am working to build here at Investment Piece. Why I love Rita? I met her at a pop-up in LA. (If you’re looking for one of the best barre based workouts, try LA Barre Belle) Rita had her kimonos for sale, and between the styling, the colors, the textures, and the pictures Rita brought with her, I knew that these kimonos were something that I was into.

Investment Piece: Designer Spotlight: Rita Ghanime, Made with Love Kimonos,

With Rita, there is more than one type of kimono: short, long, jacket, wrap. There are sleeves of all kinds. There are all sorts of textures: velvet, silk, sequins. And all sorts of patterns: cheetah, solid color, stripe, these sequins that change color. But the most amazing thing about these kimonos? The woman who makes them, and the love and intention she puts into every single one.

Yes, these kimonos are all hand made. Yes, love and intention are put into each and every one. However, I may not be the best person to tell you all about it. Let Rita Ghanime from Made with Love Kimonos tell you.

Investment Piece: Designer Spotlight: Rita Ghanime Made with Love Kimonos

Sewing Intentions into Garments: The Essence behind ‘Made w/ Love’
An important element of my daily practice includes Kundalini yoga- a form of meditation that integrates mantras, and chanting, and breath-work with movements to raise our vibrations and consciousness. I personally design and sew each custom order myself. I approach this work as an extension of my spiritual practice as I weave intention and love with each stitch.

For Women, my intentions are to empower and raise her inner-awareness of the Goddess within to unfold like a flower when she slips the robe on for the very first time. I want her to feel the energy and love sewn into this piece. To empower her with Grace and elegance that will help her navigate and flow through her life with mindfulness.

For Men, I believe they have a hard time nurturing themselves, and view it as something more feminine or frivolous. The gift of gifting yourself with something luxurious and beautiful is part of this nurturing. Part of my intention that I sew into their Kimono is that the man feels nurtured by himself and doesn’t need to look externally for this love- rather that he cultivates it within himself.

Most know Lebanese-Canadian (Montreal native) Rita Ghanime as a Los Angeles based fashion designer, stylist and trend innovator. But she is so much more than what she does or what her many titles depict. She is a mother, and in turn- a student of her son’s many teachings (he is 8).She is a closet-poet, free-spirit, playful, untamed lover of living truthfully and fully. She loves her California-yoga-smoothie drinking-Runyon Canyon hiking, daily dancing in her pajamas to The Doors and electronic music-loving-lifestyle- which has been the most direct path to mindfulness, clear communication and self-love and joy. Her cup is always half full, and her heart, ever-expanding and open.

“I am not in the fashion life-cycle industry simply to create beautiful things and make a profit. I need purpose, consciousness and philanthropy to be a big part of it otherwise it is not fulfilling on a soul-level. Fast-fashion is going to change. It has to. Consumers are much more aware than the large corporate giants give them credit for. Domestic production and supporting local artists is already causing a shift in the fashion algorhythm and things can no longer continue the way they are… This is how indie designers and artists are able to hold space. People are waking up and the indie artist community is emerging stronger than ever and their support is heart-felt and sincere.

Creating for Love
Rita is constantly playing with fashion. Her process is organic- she usually begins by designing something for herself… and wears her it for pleasure. A few photos on social media later- friends become clients and request her to make the same thing for them. This is also how her former unisex kids clothing brand, ‘Jules’ unisex kids was launched. She started making clothes for her son, Julien (drop-crotch pants and infinity scarves, etc). Soon after, other stylish parents were asking her for clothes for their kids.

Her intuitive sense of style is what keeps her inspired and maintains a fresh outlook on not only fashion, but life. Having styled everything and everyone from ‘indie’ bands and DJs, musicians, models and actors to Fortune 500 executives to uniforms for Hollywood’s hottest nightlife spots and even boutique hotels in Zurich (Switzerland).

Investment Piece: Designer Spotlight Rita Ghanime Made With Love Kimonos

Rita has more than one pre-made kimono for you to buy today; and if there is something specific you have in mind Rita is more than willing to work with you.
Check her out at RGKimono

I hope that you love her as much as I do!

Kimono Week: #Cheetah

Investment Piece: #Cheetah
It’s Kimono Week on Investment Piece! First up: #Cheetah!

I don’t know that I do themes. One of the things that I love about fashion is that you don’t have to stick to a theme- you get to take what we’re given and make it your own. But, this week? There’s a theme (though I like to think I make it my own). It’s kimono week! I’m no stranger to the kimono (see here), but I recently got an opprotunity to fall in love with Rita Ghanime, the owner and designer at RGKimono “Made with Love”. (I promise, promise there’s so much more on her to come). The great news? There’s more than one kimono, there’s more than one way to wear it, and there’s a whole week for us to explore all of it!

Investment Piece: #cheetah
Investment Piece: #Cheetah
Investment Piece: #Cheetah

Have I mentioned that there are so many various types of kimonos? My fave for today? This cheetah print, that reads more wrap dress than traditional kimono. Could you wear it open over anything: jeans, pants, your swim suit, a slip dress? Of course. It would look amazing.

However, I love this on its own. The cheetah print is subtle, yet on trend (Has anyone ever told you that leopard is a neutral? Cheetah is ALMOMST the same thing. It counts. I promise.) It’s the perfect wrap dress for just about anything. Dress it up (these stirrup tights maybe some of my new favorites) with heels. Dress this cheetah down with flats, sandals, or go bare foot. Take this cheetah out to dinner, or lounge by the pool or go the grocery store. Is there a wrong way to cheetah? Or kimono?

I don’t think so.

Investment Piece: #cheetah

Have I mentioned that there’s so much more to come about these kimonos, and Rita, and Made with Love? There is, and I’ve never lied to you. About that theme — this week you’re going to see more than one kimono. There will be more than one way to wear it, and I hope that some are new to you. What I love most about all of these kimonos, and this brand is general? Nothing is traditional. I have nothing against tradition, or traditional kimonos, you’ve seen more than one on my #ootds. However, I love that these kimonos (which really are made with love) are anything you need them to be: tops, jackets, dresses, etc), and you can wear them however you need. We have so much to cover, maybe theme weeks are a good thing?

If you’d like your own Made With Love Kimono you can check Rita out here. I’ve linked some similar pieces below (tights, shoes, and some cheetah!)

How do you Cheetah?

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Investment Piece: #cheetah


Investment Piece: #Revisited
Investment Piece: #Revisited
Investment Piece: #Revisited

One of the questions I get asked the most is “Do you re-wear the outfits you shoot?” The answer is of course!

Ok, there are some exceptions, but those are very far and few between.

What I wear on site is 99% my closet. What I wear. What I love. These outfits are favorites that I love, or new ideas for us all to play with. Yes, I re-wear clothes. I also revisit outfit ideas.

Investment Piece: #revisited
Investment Piece: #revisited

We chat outfit formulas a lot. There are just some combinations that we can’t help but revisit.
For me? This outfit was one of them (and very randomly, I LOVE the first set of pictures. Why? They are just some that I keep going back to!) Here I love the combo of “dress pants” with a sweatshirt. It looks pulled together (the monochromatic helps), and yet I know I have a sweatshirt on (and isn’t that what counts?)

I have a thing for the color grey (or gray, as you will). I have a thing for wearing one color. And, believe it or not, I have a thing for going back to outfits that work for me. Including this one.

(I also have a thing for putting together new outfits but that’s another post. We’re revisiting today.)

Investment Piece: #revisited
Investment Piece: #revisited
The great thing about revisited outfits? You don’t have to follow them EXCATLY. This time I switched up my shoes–added some sequins (because who couldn’t use some sequins?). This outfit lends itself to more than one type of shoe (most do) and when you have a great base, it’s a bit fun to go back and tweak.

Side note: clear heels are in this season, and there’s a pair for everyone. Love the look of sequin socks? You can always get yourself a pair of sequin socks (yes, they sell those) and wear them with your favorite shoes.

The even better thing about revisiting? You don’t have to tweak. You can rock the original.

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I’d love to know: what outfits do you keep revisiting?

I’ve linked similar items (and some of those shoes) below!

Sequin Dress

Investment Piece: #revisited

Valentine’s Gift Guide

Investment Piece: Valentine's Gift Guide

I have a confession to make, and this may not be the post to do it. But, I’m a rebel, so here we go. Truth?

I’m not the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day.

Do I love love? Yes. I think you should give affection and love and all those things to everyone you love regularly (and that includes you). What I don’t like? That Valentine’s seems to be a little forced. Really want to wow me? Show up with flowers on a random day and take to a nice dinner. Want to win me over make those flowers Gucci shoes. (I jest. Kind of).

However, there is something about a holiday and about presents and I would not be doing my job if I didn’t help you shop for it. Maybe I’m on the fence about Valentine’s Day, but I believe in shopping. And presents.

So without further ado, I’ve made some picks for the special someone in your life (and yes, you qualify). I’ve included all ranges of ideas from that purse someone wants to just a little something to say “You make me smile”. There’s a chance that this day is a little forced, but if there is someone in your life that means something to you, I’m all about you telling them. And hopefully these gifts help!

For Her

There is no “typical” woman and there is no “typical” thing a woman wants. Some want romantic, some practical, but all want you to pay attention to us. So, if someone’s been hinting about something, or you know that someone LOVES a certain type of thing, that’s a great place to start. Still need ideas?
Here are mine:

Flowers, fine jewelry, and reservations work too!

For Him
Real talk? The men in your life are harder to shop for on Valentine’s. Society doesn’t push chocolates, sleepwear, or flowers for them. (Though if you’re a man and that’s what you want, you go!) So what do you get the man you love? Again, I’m a fan of you paying attention to them and going in that direction. But if you’re stuck, I’ve consulted some of the men in my life.

Here’s what they suggested for Valentine’s gifts:

I would also try a card and reservations.

No matter how you feel about Valentine’s Day, I hope that you do something that makes you feel adored. And I hope that if you’re gifting you get something that makes you smile (even if it’s from you).

This rebel girl just adores you and you make my day!

Sequins Can Cheer You Up!

Investment Piece: Sequins Can Cheer You Up!
Investment Piece: Sequins Can Cheer You up!
Investment Piece: Sequins Can Cheer You Up!

Seasonal depression is a real thing. This is the time of year when it feels like winter will never end. It’s cold, work seems endless, and you may feel like there’s nothing to look forward to.

Good news for you! I have a scientific answer for you!

Sequins can cheer you up!

It’s a fact! It’s proven! And it’s a way to break the seasonal depression!
Investment Piece: Sequins Can Cheer You Up!
Investment Piece: Sequins Can Cheer You Up!
Investment Piece: Sequins Can Cheer you up
Investment Piece: Sequins Can Cheer You Up

I know I’ve read that what you wear can affect your mood. Do I remember where? Nope. But would I lie to you? Nope. And way beyond science, I have my personal belief- your fashion can e a magical thing. What we wear can affect our mood, walk, day, and seasonal depression. So can sequins cheer you up?


Here’s the great thing about sequins. You can use them in more than one way to cheer you up. Option A: Just wear them. Wear a sequin skirt or top or shoes just because. Wear a sequin dress, and see wear your day takes you. Option B: Plan something to look forward to and wear sequins to it. (There’s more science about how having something to look forward to increases your happiness. I think it’s the same with sequins. And shoes.)

I think that the moral of the story is that no matter how gray it is outside, no matter how cold it is: when you have sequins on (or have something to wear sequins to), your mood lifts. Maybe it’s the anticipation or the juxatipositon, but sequins can cheer you up.

Why should we stop them?

Investment Piece: sequins can cheer you up
Investment Piece: Sequins Can Cheer You Up

This sequin dress that cheered me up? Vintage and from one of my loves Recess LA. I love the color, the detail, and those sequins! I liked pairing with flats: unexpected and these flats cheer me up. Randomly? I’m dying to wear this dress open over a white tank and jeans; and between us, we’ll probably see that look at some point (my Insta is @racheladelicia).

Did this dress change my life? Nope. But it makes me happy, and cheers me on days when I need it. So I have no doubt that sequins can cheer you up!

While this dress is vintage, and these shoes are from a season or so ago, I’ve linked similar items below. Yes, it may be freezing, but let’s cheer up!

What other scientific knowledge do you have to cheer us up?

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Investment Piece: Sequins Can Cheer You Up!

MLK Day / Holiday Weekend

How do we feel about a holiday weekend barely half a month into the new year? Gift? Curse? I hope it finds you resting, enjoying loved ones, and settling in. I also hope this MLK Day you take a minute to think about love. What unites us is so much more powerful than what divides us. Love is something we all need, deserve, and strive for; and love is the only thing that can move us forward. Let’s choose love this weekend, and in the coming weeks.

Wishing us all a place at the table and amazing shoes! XO RA

From the Archives

Investment Piece: From the Archives
Investment Piece: From the Archives
Investment Piece: From the Archives
Investment Piece: From the archives
Investment Piece: From the Archives

Sometimes I shoot things and forget to share them. Not because I mean to, but because I get so wrapped up in sorts of things. This stunning Victor Costa dress is one of those things. I shot it, about a year ago, on my way on the door to a party. Its simple elegance, and the fact that it makes a statement while being super comfy, makes it a staple in my party rotation. The shoot was impromptu, and I always meant to re-shoot. I came across these photos while planning my January calendar, and realized that you deserve to see them (even as I think that they could be more “perfect”). So from the archives from me to you: here they are!

Investment Piece: From the Archives

And from the archives: let’s chat 1970s fashion. Of all the eras, the 70s get a bad rep. With the extreme bell bottoms and crazy patterns and colors, I get that, there are some things that should stay in the archives. However, some of the 70s fashion is amazing. Some flares are meant to be worn with tees, platforms, maxi dresses, and some patterns are vital parts of any modern closet (thank you, 1970s!). Yes, when the 70s were bad, they were bad; but when they were good, they were good. The same is true for polyester. The trick? Keeping the good, and letting the bad stay in the archives.

Victor Costa? He’s fantastic and should be brought out of the archives at any given opportunity. Victor loved to dress women in “special” dresses, was known for making affordable verisions of designer clothes (yes, knockoffs), and his designs were classic and on trend at the same time. I love the collar on this dress, that neckline, and the length. It falls just amazing, and is always a hit at every party I wear it to. I get it, this is the part where I’m supposed to tell you this dress could be made casual, and yes, you could throw on some adidas with it. However, when we pull amazing things from the archives, why can’t we let them be what they are?

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Not bad for being from the archives, right? It’s funny, every time I think about reshooting a look, and I mean a full look, not pieces of it, I always tell myself it’s because the look could be better. The pictures could be better. I could tell you abou the story better. What I’m learning is that fashion doesn’t have to be perfect to have an impact; and while I don’t know that I will ever be able to put aside my perfectionist tendencies completely, being a little imperfect isn’t always bad. Thank you for letting me share my archives with you!

I’ve picked some of my favorite 1970s inspired styles below, and if you ever come across a Victor Costa, I recommend you take it!


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Happy New Year!!

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Here’s to another trip around the sun! We are so excited about the things coming, and all the fashion and stories we have to share with you! Enjoy tonight, be safe, and we’ll meet back here Wednesday! Let’s toast to 2018!!


Holiday Gown

Investment Piece: Holiday Gown
Investment Piece: Holiday Gown

How to Holiday: Get yourself a holiday gown. Does this gown have to be in holiday colors? No. Do holiday gowns have to be worn only during the holiday season? I don’t think so. Tis the season, and while that does bring with it the holiday reds and greens and sparkle; I say you can be daring. Get a holiday gown that not only makes you feel like a holiday princess, but that works all year.
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