A Cut Above

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I couldn’t help but fall in love with this Mara Hoffman dress. It is so ladylike–but the cutouts give it just a little edge! The linen is perfect for summer and even on a hot day kept its shape! I added one of my grandma’s vintage hats, and a steal of a pair of shoes!

Hope your weekend is amazing! xo RA

Details:

Dress: Mara Hoffman, also love this one
Shoes: H&M

DYI: Painted Jeans

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Everywhere you look recently there are painted and embellished jeans or cargos for your wearing pleasure. Jcrew has these , JBrand and Siwy had style for years, and I recently fell in love with these from Preserve. Then I looked at the price and realized that I could easily do this myself, for a fraction of the cost.

Fair Warning: I am not crafty, if you are and like to plan and test paint, etc, my method may drive you crazy. I’m more of a “decide to craft and wing it” person–and yes, this does mean there are unfinished projects here (sidebar, if anyone wants to finish the t-shirt quilt I started from old college shirts the project is all yours). But back to jeans. I know I’m not the most artistic, but looking at the pictures on Preserve I thought I could make due with pain splatters and “flowers”. I ordered Vintage Levis from Etsy, I already had paint and brushes, and this took about an hour of painting time and 8 hrs each side of drying time.image

I decided on a color palette (gold and navy) and just began to get paint on the jean. I knew kind of where I wanted my “Flowers” so I sketched out those, then just added as I went along. I added paint splatters, and once I liked the front I let it dry. I decided that I only wanted one big flower on the back–so that was easy.

 

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All in all I think the painting took less than an hour and the drying took about overnight for each side. I’ve loved wearing them–and have gotten so many compliments!

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Hope this inspires you to do a pair–we can wear them together! xo RA

Details:

Jeans: Etsy
Shoes: Brian Atwood, old, similar here
Shirt: Jcrew

Sexy Overalls

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I don’t think it’s any secret that I love overalls–they easily pull an outfit together, are super comfy, and if you find the right ones super flattering and sexy! I love the little flares on these-I’ve worn them with heels and flats and it looks great with both. They come up just high enough on the sides that I can get away with just wearing a bandeau underneath–but I’ve also worn a variety of tops and that looks amazing. Basically what I’m saying is that I haven’t worn these in a way yet that I don’t love–and I feel attractive in them, it’s a win-win!

Details:
Frame Overalls

Sunday Chronicles: A Sample Sale

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What do I love more than fashion? Fashion at a great price! Today, if you’re in LA, come see me at the Clare Vivier sample sale from 11-5!

Clare Vivier bags are some of my favorite! She’s well known for her clutches, especially the fold over ones (yes Beyoncé posted a pic of one yesterday on Instagram), but the line is more than clutches. Look for totes, satchels, shoulder bags, amazing fanny pacs (true I swear), and cross bodies- as well as wallets, key chains and duffle bags. The forms are exquisite, minilistic French in soft leather that ages like a dream. And the price point is incredibly reasonable for the quality.  Every bag I’ve had has only gotten better through the years.

So come! Have free wine! Get a discounted bag! Not in LA? Check out the merchandise on www.clarev.com!

Wishing us all an amazing week and amazing shoes!! XoRA

Something About the Kicks

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If pressed I would tell you I’m a ballet flats woman–not that I don’t love sneakers, but I find myself reaching for the ballet flats first. In developing that habit I may not have been aware of kicks like these. In all honesty I didn’t find them, a teenager I know did, but as they say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery–I can’t resist getting a pair for myself–and I’ve been living in them ever since. I’m also loving the combo of a semi-sexy dress with the sneakers! They seem to balance each other out and leave me with thousands of combinations!

Happy Friday! xo RA

Details:

Dress: old similar here and here

Shoes: Addias

JCrew x CFDA

Every year JCrew presents a collection from the CFDA Award Winners. This year JCrew chose 3 designers- Paul Andrew (shoes), Ryan Roche (amazing knits), and Eva Fehren (jewelry).  The collections don’t go live till next Wednesday, June 3rd, but are currently available for preorder and featured on the JCrew blog. From what I can tell the collections are amazing- and if they are anything like past collections will sell out quickly! I’m currently lusting after the Paul Andrew floral pumps and all of Eva Fehren’s collection. Below are some of my favorites- if you think you’d like on I recommend preordering or making sure you’re on the ball June 3rd!

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All collections and shopping can be found at Jcrew
Let me know your favorites or what you get! Happy Shopping! Xo RA

 

 

Not Your Average Shirtdress

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There is something absolutely classic about a good shirtdress– you can dress it up or wear it casually and they flatter everyone. So when I found this one in a bright pattern on Etsy I fell in love! I can shy away from big patterns and colors just as much as the next person, but this dress made it easy to get just a tad bit out of my comfort zone. It’s become a go-to in my closet and a great update!

Hope you’re having a great Memorial Day! XO RA

Details:

Dress: Etsy

Shoes: last season, similar here and here also love these

Sunday Chronicles : Happy Memorial Day

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Happy Memorial Day! I hope you’re off BBQ-ing/Picnicing/Being with people you love. And I hope you take a minute this weekend and think about those who sacrificed for us to do all that. I’m all about a good time- but let’s remember why we have the day off too!

 

Wishing us all a fantastic week and amazing shoes! Xo RA

Vintage Gucci

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I’ve never been into wearing a ton of labels–but sometimes I can’t resist. I found this amazing vintage Gucci at one of my favorite LA stores, RecessLA, and fell in love–I mean look at that detail. Modern denim culottes make it feel fresh–and those slides are so comfy!

Hope you have a great 3 day weekend! xo RA

Jeans:Madewell
Shoes: Jcrew
Top:Vintage

White Season

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Being from the South I’ve adhered to certain rules about white all my life–no white after Labor day for example. However, even among my Southern friends there are disagreements about when you can begin to wear white–I know die-hard Southerns who claim Easter, others who claim Memorial Day. Well, no matter where your line in the sand is- there’s good news! It’s Memorial Day! We can wear white! And this means one of my favorite things–the little white dress is back. Much like its sister, the little black dress,  there is a white dress for every occasion–casual, cocktail, formal. I love the clean sophistication that white brings, and love that it can have so many dimensions. This season is seeing some amazing lace whites, boho whites, and classics–so I promise there’s something for everyone!

I’d love to know your take on the great white debate and how you feel about white dresses!

Outfits:

One: Dolce Vita dress (old), similar here

Two: Asos, last season, this season here

Shoes:Steve Madden

Three: Frock LA
Also love this one and this one from Zara