#dressedup

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Who says the holidays are the only times you have occasion to dress up? I contend that at any time of the year you may need to be dressed up and you should be prepared! I love this MacGraw dress–it’s deceptively simple, and the lace detail keeps it fresh. The mock neck and full skirt are details I adore–and while it is a dress, you could also get away with wearing flats!

Happy Friday! XO RA

Details:
Dress:MacGraw, coming soon to Moda Operandi

Shoes: Paul Andrew

#trendtotry

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I hesitate to call this a trend to try–the style of tying a scarf around your neck has been around for ever (give or take). And Internet Friends–I love it, I’ve worn it before here, and cannot think of an easier way to upgrade an outfit (from a sweatshirt to a buttondown to a dress), to look expensive, or to keep your neck warm. I, personally, am a fan of silk or cotton scarves (the square ones lend themselves to this style easily, but larger ones work as well!), but use what you got! I use scarves to add a pop of color, dress up anything, or make me feel a little more pulled together. I’d love to know–what are your thoughts? Do you rock the neck scarf?

Happy Thursday! XO RA

Where to buy:
Equipment
Rockins

Fur Days

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It’s finally beginning to feel like winter and that can only mean one thing–it’s time for fur! I love fur–and while I understand those who don’t, wearing vintage fur is how I navigate the subject! There’s also a great selection of faux fur out there–meaning you can get the look in more than one way! I think fur looks great not only dressed up, but also thrown over jeans. See below for some of my current faves and shop below some of the best places to find vintage jackets!

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And I love the stoles! Over sweaters or with dresses!

Hope you’re staying warm out there! XO RA

Best places for Vintage Fur:
Esty
Recess LA
Garment Modern
And if you’re lucky-Grandma’s closet!

I’ve found great faux fur at:
Zara
BCBG
Shopbop

Leather pants:Jcrew
Ballet Flats: Jcrew
Mules: Paul Andrew

#itbag

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The first week of the New Year: holidays are done, decorations done, resolutions started (maybe), and the perfect time to dream about the beach and spring fashion. Right? Right.

One thing I’m dreaming of-this Mansur Gavriel Circle Bag, which just may be the #itbag of the season. I absolutely love the vintage feel, the unique shape, and the colors (several are not pictured here, I have my eye on a tobacco one!). You may know Mansur Gavriel from their “it” bag of last season,the bucket, which sold out many places, but for being an “it” favorite these aren’t outrageously priced, and the quality is superb! While not expected in stores till late Feb/March you can preorder one at Moda Operandi

So,what are your thoughts? Do you love it like I do? Are we ordering together?

Happy Tuesday! XO RA

New Year Sparkles

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It’s the first week of the new year–you’re probably back at work or your routine, the holidays put away, and starting in on your resolutions. However, that doesn’t mean that your outfits have to be any less sparkle-ly. That’s why I love this Jcrew blazer–the sequins are subtle, meaning that it’s work appropriate but can also be used for a night out (with any sort of pants/skirt/jeans). And it’s just a little way to hang onto the holidays!

Happy Monday! XO RA

Details:
Jacket: Jcrew and on sale! Also love these matching pants
Pants: Zara, old, similar here
Shoes: Louboutin

#NewYearSparkles

Sunday Chronicles: Looking Back/Planning Forward

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Internet Friends!! We made it through another year! I hope it was full of joy and love, friends and family, that the bad things led to the best things and that you’re excited for the new, blank year in front of us! And we have a new year! I’m one for lists and goals and planning so I love this time of year–the time to sit and think about what we want to build and create in the new year, and to look back (with gratitude I hope) on what we’ve been through.

This past year was a big year for me- I started this blog–and I could not be more grateful for you. Thank you for letting me into your lives–and have fun while doing so! And I started going back and forth between LA and TX to be there for family. It was a year full of transitions and yet I could not be more excited about what’s to come! Because I will ask you a few of my goals for the year:

Expand the site! We have some youtube work coming your way, as well as trying to deliver the best possible content to you!

Personally, still iron out the back and forth issue, travel, some art–and I have some side projects that simply excite me!

Also–I’m working on being better at the business (401Ks, etc) side. Being in the creative field I have not always paid close attention to the “math” side, but I’m determined that this is the year I conquer that!

I’d love to know–what are you planning? How can we keep each other on track?

Again, thank you for letting me share this journey with you. I am so excited for 2016, and a large part of that is you!

Happy New Year! Let’s kick some ass! XO RA

Here are some of my fave pics from the last year–I look forward to sharing many more!
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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year! I hope your night was festive and safe and that today is the beginning of a wonderful year! It’s tradition at my house to eat black-eyed peas (and cornbread) for good luck so we’re brunching and watching football. One of my dearest friends comes in this evening and I plan on catching up with her (with more champagne) before we head to our alma mater’s bowl game on Saturday. (TCU and the Alamo Bowl if you want to cheer us on!) I hope you spend the day doing what makes you happy, and that this last bit of holiday weekend is good to you!

Happy 2016! XO RA

NYE: Champagne Cocktails!

Happy New Years Eve! I hope tonight is a blast–even if it’s just you in your jammies watching football! I hope that if you do go out you’re safe (make sure to get a DD!). And that most of all you spend the evening doing something that makes you happy with people you love! As a special treat we have a guest post! One of my dearest friends, Jason Ruth: food and drink specialist, is here to share some amazing champagne cocktails with us! His site My Glass Kitchen will be launching later in January and for now you can find him on Instagram @JasonCRuth –I hope you enjoy his recipes as much as I do!
Happy 2016! XO RA

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How will you be ringing in 2016? Quietly at home, possibly at a small party with friends, or perhaps you will be at a large, formal party. Whatever way you are ringing in the New Year, I bet you will be doing so with a glass of the bubbly. Sparkling wine or Champagne has become the tradition for ringing in the New Year. Instead of just ringing in the New Year with a glass of Champagne, let’s dress it up a little and make a champagne cocktail.

Before we get into champagne cocktails, let’s first discuss what Champagne is and how to buy it. Champagne is a sparkling wine that is fermented once outside the bottle and then fermented a second time inside the same bottle that you purchase. All Champagne must come from the Champagne region of France in order to be considered Champagne. This often helps drive the price of Champagne up. Luckily, there are alternatives that are a bit cheaper.:Cava from Spain, or Franciacorta from Italy are often cheaper buys that are created in the same method as Champagne. There are also excellent versions from America, just look on the bottle for “method champenoise”. This means that the sparkling wine was created in the same method as in Champagne, France.

Traditionally, the champagne cocktail is a simple drink and should only be made with a Brut Champagne (dry). These cocktails typically consist of a sugar cube, 3 dashes of bitters and Champagne. Another common champagne cocktail is a scoop of sorbet and champagne. However, you can also add other liquors to champagne to create depth to your cocktail. Here are 3 tried and true favorites:

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Red Velvet

4 oz. chilled Champagne
½ oz. Chambord
2 oz. Pomegranate juice
2 dashes Raspberry Bitters
2 raspberries
1 rosemary sprig

In a flute glass, add Chambord and Pomegranate juice and stir. Fill the glass with Champagne and add 2 dashes of bitters. Garnish with 2 raspberries poked with the rosemary sprig.

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The Celebration

1 oz. St. Germain Liqueur
1 oz. Cointreau
1 sugar cube
3 dashes of Peach Bitters
Champagne
Cinnamon sugar

Take your flute glass and moisten the edge of the glass. Dip the rim in cinnamon sugar. In the flute, add your sugar cube, Cointreau and St. Germain then stir. Top off with Champagne and add 3 dashes of bitters.

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The Irish Welcoming

1 oz. Irish Whiskey
¼ oz. Chartreuse
½ oz. simple syrup
Chilled Champagne
1 lemon twist

In a flute glass, add in Irish Whiskey, Chartreuse and simple syrup. Fill the flute with Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.

Enjoy! Jason

#Sequined

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This skirt. It makes me believe in love. And if there is ever a time to wear a skirt like this–it’s tomorrow night. (Although I completely plan on wearing it with a white tshirt all through the spring). It needs nothing else (I think you could wear it barefoot and still have it look amazing)–I just did grey to match the tone. While it’s sold out, a Jcrew specialist may be able to find one for you–and I will cross my fingers for you! Everyone deserves one!

Hope you’re out shining! XO RA
Details:
Skirt: Jcrew, call a specialist!
Sweater: Equipment
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

#NYE Outfits

I’m going to be VERY honest –I’m assuming that if you have a very important event this Thursday night you might already have an outfit! If not, no worries–there’s still time! I have a few suggestions to help! For pops to a dress or jeans to ideas for an more intimate evening I have any ideas for all #NYE outfits!

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Statement Heels–which quite frankly can be worn with anything. I love these Sophia Webster pumps, bootie version on sale here but any shoe that makes you feel amazing –I’m in! Jeans or dresses, skirts or pants-they can dress up anything. These are perfect for any kind of party!
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A smaller, more intimate party? A Statement jean with a white top is my go -to! You’re relaxed yet look amazing! Pictured here: Jbrand: old, but I love these
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For any party–hair embellishments. From a black dress with a veil a la Beyonce, to studded clips anything from a party dress to jeans and tshirt can be embellished. It’s also a simple way to add pop!
Especially love these star bobby pins
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And let us not forget the power of jewelry! Got something for the holidays? Perfect time to show it off! The more simple the outfit the bigger the necklace/earrings/etc I think you can get away with–but if there were ever a night for going all out, this is it!
Especially love this necklace

No matter how you celebrate I hope you look fabulous and stay comfy! And I’d love to know–what are you wearing?
XO RA