Circle Skirt

a woman in black strapless swimsuit,  a printed circle skirt with a mini Chloe saddle bag and Dr Scholl's purple sandalsa woman in black strapless swimsuit,  a printed circle skirt with a mini Chloe saddle bag and Dr Scholl's purple sandals
a woman in black strapless swimsuit,  a printed circle skirt with a mini Chloe saddle bag and Dr Scholl's purple sandals
a woman in black strapless swimsuit,  a printed circle skirt with a mini Chloe saddle bag and Dr Scholl's purple sandals
a woman in black strapless swimsuit,  a printed circle skirt with a mini Chloe saddle bag and Dr Scholl's purple sandals

Not new, but more and more becoming a go-to, must have, wear all the time, combo for me? A strapless swim (and this black one is my GO TO, I wear it with everything!) and a circle skirt. Chic. Easy. Cool- especially temp wise! This outfit combination is so classic, and yet, endlessly adaptable. Do I love it with my Dr Scholl’s? Absolutely. Would this outfit look just as amazing with heels or wedges? Yes. Love this crossbody? Yes. Pair with a tote or clutch. Truly, there are so many ways to look chic in this outfit formula.

You could even swap the swimsuit as bodysuit for a tee, or a crop top. A blouse. A vest. Almost anything you like. In the summer I am partial to skirts with some movement and some drape (pencil skirts are fantastic and I love them but when it’s 105 out anything that touches me too tightly can feel like too much!). Circle skirts in particular just feel fun, swinging and a bit like the season.

Loves! I do hate to jump the gun but I can’t wait to tell you and show you a project that me and my seamstress are working on– making this skirt! Yes, we will probably make it in more than one fabric and I can’t wait to wear them with everything!

I know it’s the season of shorts. And capris. Sundresses. But I can’t tell you how often I reach for a skirt in the summer. Go to’s. Go with everything. Go chicly.

What are your go-to outfits and outfit formulas in the summer? What makes you feel the most cool (temp wise) and chic? I would love to hear all about it!

Some of these exact pieces and similar ones are linked for you below. And if you’re in the market for a circle skirt I do have to let you know that there are ton of amazing vintage options- I would look at Etsy and one of my fave ways to shop vintage is on the GEM app. Happy circle skirting!
XO RA

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Family Emergency

Investment Piece: Fashion Travels

I had big plans about what to talk about today. I recently got on my first plane since COVID. Thoughts about packing (is there such a thing as too many shoes?! Of course not!) And how travel size of your fave cosmetics from sunscreen to lipstick are a great investment.

Then. Life. This weekend my mother got sick and after an ER visit yesterday my mom needed emergency surgery. Ironically I wore a jumpsuit I wanted to talk about- but fashion and posts haven’t been something I have been able to get to.

Mom is doing ok- and now that we are past the emergency I am hoping for a recovery that’s easy! We will chat all kinds of travel- including do you care what you wear to the hospital? In the meantime I’m off to rest- see ya here Fri?

Thank you for your patience!

Xox RA

Mom’s Style

I’ve been posting this on my mom’s birthday for a few years now- it’s become tradition. While my mom’s birthday is on Thursday this year it’s a big week of her birthday, my birthday, family in, Mother’s Day and prepping for some fun shoots, a deep house clean and a big work trip. My mom and I are close, and yet different. However, as I get older I realize I’m more like her than I think, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Especially now, as some of us are apart from our families, I think about how the women in my life shaped me. I spent the past few years isolating with my mom- it wasn’t always easy, but I’m so grateful we did! Even though we spent the better part of the years not getting dressed up- I still learned about style from her over this past year. And yes, we’re getting dressed today! Hope whatever your relationship with moms are, this season lands easy. Xo RA

InvestmentPiece: Mom's Style

Loves! It’s my Momma’s birthday! (on Tuesday!) If you haven’t caught on, my mom and I are close, and I can’t begin to describe how much I love her, and how appreciative I am for all she does for me. Mom is a CPA and teaches accounting, she’s our CFO, and while that’s completely different from her creative daughter who thinks shoes are a necessity (I mean I need shoes, I occasionally want to eat); Mom’s style has influenced me and helped me become the fashionista I am today. So, what did I learn from Mom’s style? Glad you asked!

Stay True to Your Style

No matter the trend or what “you’re supposed” to do, sticking to what you love and what works for you is something to be admired–and makes you look stunning! Mom is a big fan of navy. She is known for her love of navy suits, shoes, and bags. There are years when navy is “in” and years when we’ve had to search for navy for Mom. That doesn’t matter to Mom, even when the styles she loves aren’t in she sticks to them. There’s a classic-ness in that, a commitment. That’s not to say Mom doesn’t try new things, but I’ve learned that you don’t need to be a slave to trends, that sticking to things you love is something to be commended, and when you find something that fits you–hang onto it!

Proper Undergarments Matter

Mom and I have had a lot of events recently and at everyone Mom has mentioned that she thinks I might need a slip. (Side note: I have slips, I’m not great at wearing them) Here’s the thing though: Mom may have a point. Lining, slips, proper garments: our clothes fit better when we make sure these things are taken care of. Proper fit is important (Mom is big on that too) and to ensure that the fit flows, proper undergarments help. (And let’s be honest, no one likes the look of lines!)

Invest in Your Suit
Something Mom and I agree about whole heartedly? Your suit, be it an actual suit, jeans or yoga pants, is something to invest in. Mom, being an accountant, is a fan of actual suits and made it a point to invest in good ones each year. Now that she’s in a place where she’s good on suits, Mom is having fun filling her closet with tanks, tops and blouses (both classic and trendy) to wear with her suits. However, she’s always adamant that her suits are high quality, she checks seams and linings, that it’s where she spends her money. And loves, I agree–what you wear the most should be where you invest your money.

Don’t be Afraid to Accessorize

Mom is a more conservative dresser than I am, yes. However, Mom is not too conservative for a great accessory! I can’t remember a time when Mom didn’t leave the house without a scarf, jewelry, pins, or gloves. We do a high tea occasionally, and Mom is always on point with her hats (and gloves!). The lesson? You can always be playful, and the details are always a place to have fun!

While Mom and I may have different opinions about certain fashions, but my Mom has some amazing style, and I’m so grateful she taught me all she knows!

Have some champagne to celebrate!

XO RA

Guess Who’s Back?

a woman in a navy peplum long sleeve top, distressed jeans, Metallica kitten heels and a painted clutch

What’s the VERY true saying? Everything comes back. (Part of what makes cleaning our closets out so hard!) Well. Now- guess who’s back?!? The peplum! What once was everywhere and on almost every top is now back- and while this specific peplum is seasons old (actually from one of our first posts! Can you believe we have been here this long?) it feels brand new– thanks to things being back!

a woman in a navy peplum top and distressed jeans with metallic heels and a painted clutch
a woman in a navy peplum top and distressed jeans with metallic heels and a painted clutch
a woman in a navy peplum top and distressed jeans with metallic heels and a painted clutch

Know what else is back? These are some of the first pictures I (my mom) took for the blog! Isn’t it funny that when a style comes back all the things around that style comes back? Ironically I still have this peplum top. And love it. But. If all things come back- and all of the memories as well- how do we stop ourselves from just repeating the same things or getting caught in the past? Being back shouldn’t mean stuck-right?

My tips for the new but back peplums?

-While I do love this outfit (and it still feels on trend) I think the best balance for a wider top-aka a peplum- is a slimmer bottom. This can be a slim jean. A pencil skirt. A straight leg pant.But balance is the key
– I love a monochrome or contrasting color. AKA – I know navy and denim aren’t EXACTLY the same but they go. Black and white? A classic. Those kind of pairings (note-these are by no means the only color combos. My main point is either same, similar or classic contrasting seems to work best!)
-A peplum can be both edgy and classic- it’s up to you to play. As with any style there’s always a bit that’s your personal take, throwing away all the advice and making a peplum your own

a woman in a navy peplum top and distressed jeans with metallic heels and a painted clutch

They are things are absolutely classics- investment pieces if you will- and I think us styling them in all the ways is fantastic. And then there are pieces that always come back-perhaps the styling changes but things always comes back (my advice is that keeping onto classics is always best and any trend buy in classic colors! Not at all hard and fast rules because I am a “if you LOVE it buy it” but very GENERAL guidelines. Give it away – in any way- if you no longer love it or think you’ll never wear it again). I think this is where I wax poetic about trends and what we buy and clean out. Those are SO big (I truly wrap my head around them every day) but those are a different (probably many different) post(s).

What we do know for sure? Things come back. You should make things your own. From trends down to classics you should buy what you love. And maybe that things comes back is thing to look forward to- instead of run from!

Below I’ve linked some of my current fave peplum tops. I hope what comes back this season makes us all smile- and that maybe we have some of those come backs in our closets!
XO RA

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a woman in a navy peplum blouse and distressed jeans and metallic heels

Sunday Chronicles: Fangirling Tracee Ellis Ross

An upside and the downside of living in LA is that celebrities are everywhere! (They are just like us!)

And even though they become common place, there are just a few celebrities that I can’t help but Fangirling over. Tracee Ellis Ross is one of them. One of the best stories I have? Meeting Tracee in a SoulCycle bathroom and chatting about red lipstick. (I’m not sure of the exact science, but red lipstick does help. Everything.)

Investment Piece: Fan Girling Tracee Ellis Ross

At this point, you may be asking: why Fangirl over Tracee? I mean yes, she’s stunning, talented, an advocate for causes she believes in, does amazing things like lift other artists up:

Investment Piece: Fangirling Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee was the emcee of the AMAs and made a commitment to wearing designers of color and letting them have a platform.

Tracee’s Instagram is a glimpse into amazingly glam and couture moments and behind the scenes slices of life. There’s so much to love, and if you haven’t seen her TED talk yet, you need to get on that:

And I love this speech about having kids and the worth of being a woman:
Tracee Ellis Ross is the life coach we need.
She’s an endless inspiration for outfits and how to show up in life.

There are many, many reasons to be Fangirling over Tracee Ellis Ross. But, why do I?

Investment Piece: Fangirling Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross is a woman who is comfortable in her skin, and this alone makes her radiant. We give a lot of lip service to self care and self love, even I have written about it (here, here, and here). As we know, self love isn’t just face masks and a hashtag on Sunday’s. It can also mean saying no to things, saying yes to things, and choosing to treat yourself like someone with worth.

To me, Tracee shows how to do all that. Yes, a part of it is the glam fashion and the support of amazing causes. I don’t personally know her, and there could be an argument that any time we follow someone from afar that we’re only getting a curated view of their lives. Valid points. Yet, if this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Tracee Ellis Ross’s life, I’m still a Fangirl. She’s the kind of woman I’d love to be: self assured, giving, funny, and real.

I also wouldn’t say no to this Gucci cape:
Investment Piece: Fangirling Tracee Ellis Ross
Just saying.

In the meantime, I’ll just work on being comfortable in my skin.

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

Investment Piece: Fangirling  Tracee Ellis Ross

Tweed Season

a woman in a black catsuit and a tweed cape with black mules
a woman in a black catsuit with a tweed cape and black mules
a woman in a black catsuit with a tweed cape and black mules

While I have a thing for party looks and leather and all the things- this is usually how you’ll find me from day to day. I’m in a workout onesie?** And then I put some sort of layer- in this case an incredibly chic, versatile tweed cape. It’s so incredibly ladylike. It’s incredibly seasonal. It’s incredibly tweed.
*** Catsuit? Bodysuit? I can still be unsure of the correct term but know that they are chic and comfy. And take you from a workout to being the chicest layering piece (truly, from jackets to skirts to shirts, there’s a TON of outfits that this piece has been the base of!)

a woman in. black onesie and a tweed cape and black mules
I can’t say enough about this cape- the ways to style it are endless. You’ve seen the arms snapped and it tied. There’s also open. There’s wearing the tie as a scarf! Arms open. Full tied. You could pair with a bigger belt. Over almost anything- from leggings and sweats to dresses, skirts and pants. The versatility of styling not only allows you to have endless outfits, but allows you to adjust to temps (I’ve worn this in both 50s and 70s- and yes, that was one day!).

a woman in a black catsuit with a tweed cape, and black mules

This tweed cape is special to me for oh so many reasons. The tweed- it’s made from dead stock Chanel tweed. The styling options. The classic look, the ladylike feel. But this tweed is the most special to me as it’s my first (but not last) piece from one of my new favorite brands Landed in Zurich. I have gotten to know the designer, Julia, over IG- and to own one of these pieces is such an honor.

What drew me to Landed in Zurich was not only the fashion-forward designs (who doesn’t love fringe and cutouts that feel fresh and more?) but the commitment to sustainability, and the amazing dead stock fabrics that Julia manages to find. In her own words:

“Contrary to fast fashion and mass production Landed in Zurich brings an artisan approach and personal attitude to fashion. In constant search of new ideas I create signature details and techniques that make my garments unique. A Landed in Zurich dress is never just a dress, a blouse is never just a blouse. Each garment has a new idea, distinctive touch and often involves hours of hand work in order to produce an item which makes its wearer stand out of the crowd. I only use luxury deadstock materials from the biggest and most famous fashion houses. It’s my commitment to sustainability. In a world, where textiles are being produced and over produced on a large scale, I find it extremely important to create something totally new from already manufactured fabrics. Glass, real crystal beads and semi-precious stones are used for embroideries.”

a woman in a black catsuit with a tweed cape and black mules

I love this tweed cape so much, and know that it will become my go-to for the next few months. I also have a signature fringe top that I can’t wait to show you. But I truly LOVE this company and Julia- and I know you will too!

Some notes- the conversion rate is good! And shipping was fast! There’s some tweed items up on her site- as well as some fringe dresses and tops that are just to die for!

I chose to pair this look with some of my Chanel mules (I do love a theme) but this look would look great with boots or kicks or even flip flops! I’ve linked some of my favorite bodysuits for you below as well!
XO RA

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a woman in a black catsuit and tweed cape and mules

Hacked!

a woman in white and black shirt dress with yellow polka dot ruffles at sleeve and black Mary Jane heels

So. This happened again. To say I’m heartbroken is an understatement. I’m looking into all options- but for now we are waiting for WordPress to update the admin email to me (not the hacker!) and until then I can’t in good consciousness post new posts as they will be corrupted. I appreciate you staying. I appreciate your support. If you’re in IT and have experience beating these kind of hacks, I would love to buy an hour of your time!
My beloveds, WordPress was hacked this week and we were briefly affected. While our info and yours is secure (thanks GoDaddy!), we’re taking today and part of the weekend to ensure that everything is scrubbed, updated and secure. We’ll be back on Sunday- and next week with amazing new outfits! Let this be a reminder to update your passwords ALL THE TIME!

Wishing us all a weekend of online safety!
XO RA

Corseted

woman in black strapless top, pants, leopard corset in front of rock formationa woman in black strapless top, black pants and leopard corset in front of a rock formation
a woman in black strapless top, black pants and leopard corset in front of rock formations
a woman in black strapless top, black pants, leopard corset in front of rock formations
a woman in black strapless top, black pants, leopard corset in front of rock formations

This is part:
While I know that fashion month (or longer?) can often be full of designs that aren’t always practical in our day to day (and we shall be chatting about this more! However, I must say that that so many of the recent Paris shows were full of looks that I would wear any day- from skirts with blazers to silk tops and sleek pants!) that there are always elements from any runway that we can incorporate into our outfits. For me, this season were the corset details. The tie up (pro-tip it’s so much easier to get someone else to lace you up. If it fits properly, a corset won’t be painful, and if it’s for fashion, any corset can be adjusted for you, as long as you don’t care if there is a gap in the ties. I love that means that you can take what’s a fashion corset and wear it over anything (just adjust it!).
SO, this look is part what I love about fashion month.
Also part:
A bit retro. Not lacing the corset all the way, wearing it over more than one thing, gives it just a bit of a peplum-which feels both retro and modern. I love that it’s a bit playful, while being fashion. Also, this was fun. I felt fun in this outfit. I wanted to wear this outfit all day, and then to dinner and then to drinks, and then again in the morning.
And then part:
The shirt under the corset? Actually it’s a strapless bathing suit. I can’t overstate how much I truly believe that swimsuits make the best bodysuits! A must have foundation in your closet? A basic (if you’re comfortable strapless) black swimsuit to wear with everything. One (me) could argue you use a ton of swimsuits that could be used as bodysuits, but let’s start with black. This strapless one has served me so well- I wear it with almost everything from shorts to skirts to pants to under corsets. These pants? High waisted. Which is great for me, as I have a super high waist. But. Even if you’re not high waisted, a bit of a higher waist can: make crop tops a bit easier to style, add a bit of sophistication to any blouse, and make sitting super comfy. These heels? A spurge at the time, but my go-to black heels. The peep toe, the heel-a bit Barbie, a bit high end, a bit goes with everything.

And totally: an outfit I’ll go to again and again, or wear the corset over everything from tops and pants like this to dresses to knits- and everything else. Inspired by the recent runways, but this corset was a piece I’ve had for years (I did find you similar below). Corseted? Yes. But only in the best ways.

I hope that the total of all your parts -inspired by whatever strikes your fancy- brings you so much joy this weekend. Again, I’ve linked options to recreate this runway inspired look below!
XO RA

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a woman in black strapless top and pants and a leopard corset in front of a rock formation

Ex Files: The One Who Stole a Dog

Investment Piece: The One Who Stole a Dog

It’s my monthly dating horror stories, my attempt at being Carrie Bradshaw, and hopefully a bit of cathartic release for us all. If you’re in the mood to really suffer I recommend My ex’s Friend, Dumped Before an Event, and The One Who Asked For His Money Back. You can also search Ex Files in the search bar. A friend of mine let me know that he spent a day reading all of these back to back- and that it was funny and horrifying! Of course, all names have been changed to protect the innocent and the not-so-innocent. Be careful out there!

Xo RA

The One Who Stole a Dog

Note: this happened to a friend of mine, it’s not my story. Turns out I’m a cat person! This is told with her permission but details changed to protect everyone involved (yes, he’s famous which makes it even funnier. I can’t tell you who it is, but I can tell you if he wanted a dog he could get a dog!)

Stephanie met Jeff online, and clicked right away. From hobbies to sense of humor they seemed to be meant for each other, at least for a few months. Slowly, things began to be not as shiny as they seemed. Stephanie was obessed with her dog, a mini terrier, and Jeff had begun to let it come out that he was not as big a dog fan as he originally let on. As it also turned out, Jeff was not as successful and liquid as he led Stephanie to believe. And while that wasn’t a “problem”, Stepahnie was beginning to resent being asked out to drinks and meals with his friends so that she could foot the bill.

Things came to a head when Stephanie asked Jeff to watch her beloved dog while she attended a work event. The plan was for Stephanie to leave her beloved dog at Jeff’s one afternoon, attend her work event, and return late at night. She would then spend the night with Jeff, and she and pup would go home in the morning. Of course things went perfectly till they didn’t. Stephanie’s event went late, she ended up getting a hotel room as the drive to Jeff’s was over an hour. Jeff got upset and threatened to break up via text for not “putting him first”. Stephanie asked to table things till the morning when she would come get her dog.

The next morning, when she arrived, Jeff told Stephanie that he didn’t have the dog- that Stephanie’s assistant had already picked up the dog. Yet, when Stephanie called her assistant, her assistant didn’t have the dog. Then Jeff wouldn’t let her back in his house. Then, Stephanie’s sister sent her a picture of Jeff on a dating app posed with Stephanie’s dog, claiming the dog as his own. The pictures were also on Facebook captioned “Look at my new dog!”

Stephanie banged on the door to no avail. Then she got her lawyer on the phone, put him on speaker and refused to leave Jeff’s property till she got her dog back. Which she finally did, after TWO HOURS!

Needless to say, the break up stuck and hopefully no one has trusted Jeff to watch their pets since!

Moral of the story? Don’t leave your pets without a contract?

Xo RA

A new year, new me?

Close up of a woman in a tan sweetheart neckline sweater and grey maxi skirt in front of a white background

I got a lot out of the holiday break – rest and more that I can’t wait to share with you. Perhaps it’s Mercury in Retrograde, or just luck, but the beginning of the year isn’t going my way. My at home spin bike (which to be fair, I went cheap on), bent (with me on it) sending me flying across a room and into a bookcase, screwing up my back (hopefully not for long!). Then on the first day of the new year our Internet went out, and getting it back was a process! The big news is that I’m aok and can’t wait to be in new fashion with you for the new year! Short term? The new year (for us) is being pushed back a bit! Meet me here on Friday for new outfits and posts. I want to hear all about your holiday and what you’re wearing for the new year!!

Xox
RA