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

Seeing Dots

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At one time I thought of polka dots as something for little girls. Not anymore. I can’t tell you how many pieces I have with dots–and each one is a little different. My current fave is this sexy Topshop dress–and these shoes! Ebay find–and I love them!

Happy Friday! xo RA

Dress: Topshop, sold out online-you can try in-store or I love this one and this hat

Shoes: Miu Miu, found on Ebay, Simliar here

Sunday Chronicles: Summer Eats

 

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imageSummer is coming – it hasn’t felt that way in LA this week (we’ve had unseasonably cool and rainy weather)- but it is. And that means summer eats are coming- I have memories of childhood summers that involve long days at the pool followed by snow cones. There were nights when my mom would serve watermelon as the star of the meal and we would eat outside. To this day both of those smells, watermelon and sugary sweet cones, put me in a summer frame of mind.

My tastes have changed ever so slightly as I’ve grown up. Now when it gets hot I want fresh berries, chips and guacamole, cerviche and Rose’ – and I don’t turn down watermelon. These things make me want to sit by the pool or beach, wear sandals and a sundress and relax. Over the years I’ve added another craving to summer- gazpacho. I love it and honestly end up making it once a week – I end up eating it by the carful, craving the tang, and it goes great with chips and Rose’ .

Above is the recipe I go off of- although I make a few changes. I don’t process the veggies- I just use a rough chop, aiming to get things about the same size. I’m not picky on tomato type – I just pick whatever looks good that day. I also sometimes add avocado and shrimp- separately or together. And if you’re entertaining a drop of tequila in each bowl spices things up! Mainly just make sure you’re seasoning to your liking- and that you let it sit for a few hours before eating.

I’d love to know- what foods are your summer go to?

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

May Gray

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May days in LA don’t start out sunny and warm. They tend to start gray–clouds, a little cool, and if you didn’t know better you might think it was going to rain. This breaks up–the sun comes out, and it feels like you think LA should. However–there’s just something I love about these gray mornings, especially if it gives me an excuse to wear my fave color.

Hope you have a fabulous Friday! xo RA

Jeans: Madewell

Top: Herve Leger, Bought at Recess my fave LA Consignment shop, similar here

Shoes: Halogen T-Straps

2 in 1

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There is a lie we tell ourselves while shopping–or maybe this is where you tell me you’re a better person than I am and you don’t lie to yourself. I do. I tell myself that I will wear whatever the item is in so many ways, in all seasons, with everything. Sometimes that is a lie–but sometimes I’m telling the truth. I fell in love with this Sass&Bide skirt–and have managed to wear it in more than one way, in more than one season–look at me telling the truth! In the winter I pinned the front panels together, making it more of true skirt; now that it’s warmer I’ve been letting the shorts show and wearing with sandals. And I love it each way!

Details:

Skirt Sass and Bide, old similar here

Sweater: BCBG, old, similar

Shoes: Kurt Geiger London, here

Off Should Top: Free People-sold out, crop version here

Sandals, Renvy here

Hope you find surprises and truth in your closet! Happy Wednesday! xoRA