Iconic BackGround

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There’s a shot of LA that’s in a ton of commercials lately– the LACMA light installation. I could not think of a better place to show you some of the most amazing shoes I own (and that’s saying a lot). The early morning light filters in slowly here–but it can still capture the shoes–even the security guards loved them.

It’s Monday–hope you have spectacular shoes to get you through the day!

XO RA

Shoes: Miu Miu, sold out, similar here

Dress: HM, sold out, similar here

Sunday Chronicles: Now and Then

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It’s Mother’s Day (and my birthday!!)!! And really-I wouldn’t be where I am without my mother. When I was a baby we lived in Spain for a while–and my mother would dress me in various outfits all day and take pictures. Clearly something clicked and I like to think that we’re all better off for it! Above is an outfit of hers that I still love to play dress up in, and below is my mommy and me! I hope today you take a moment to tell your mother, or mother-figure, how much you love her! And have some champagne–it’s my birthday and I say so!

Wishing us all an amazing week and even better shoes! xo RA

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Golden Hour

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There is something magical about the early morning–and really the early evening–but in LA the city is still sleepy till about 9a, the light is somehow purer and everything seems to be possible. So for me it was the perfect time to wear one of the most amazing skirts I’ve owned. It added a touch of gold to the whole day.

Happy Friday! xo RA

Skirt: Toga, last seen here

Top: Joie, old, similar here

Shoes: Gucci, old, similar here

The Best 3 Spring Flats Under $150

I love shoes. The only thing I think you need more of then heels? Flats. I’ll be honest–it has taken me a while to warm up to flats, nine times out of ten I will still pick a heel. However, as the years have passed there are times that nothing beats a good flat. My criteria? The flats must be stylish, comfortable, and able to be worn with a variety of outfits. I’d love to know–what are your fave flats?

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First up these amazing HM sneakers. They’re comfy and have been my go-to from everything from leggings to t-shirt dresses to jeans and t-shirts. I also may or may not have bought an extra pair for football season.

 

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Next: these Cole Haan Drivers. All the cool kids in my Jr High had Cole Haan loafers–but let me tell you that they weren’t this cool-these are the cool big sister of those loafers, done in suede and able to add a polish to just about anything. I’ve been wearing mine with jeans, shorts, and t-shirt dresses.

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Lastly these expensive looking Halogen T-Straps. I saw a girlfriend wearing them at the gym and went home and ordered them. From black pants, black dresses, jeans, sweats–there hasn’t been an outfit I haven’t loved them with yet!

 

Happy Wednesday! xo RA

Pop of Color

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Is there anything more classic than a white button down and jeans? No. It can go anywhere–be dressed up or down. And here’s the great thing? You can have fun with it! I found this amazing little pink satin turban at one of my favorite stores in LA, Recess, and knew it would be amazing with anything–even jeans.

Hope you have an amazing Monday–with a little bit of fun! xo RA

Jeans:  Jcrew Point Sur

Top: Target (yep, their Merona line)

Turban: Vintage

Shoes Manolos old but similar here

Denim For Days

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True Story–when I was little I refused to wear jeans. I would only wear my “princess dress” and all things that looked that ball gowns. While I still stand behind that attitude–and still love a good gown– it’s possible that I wasn’t aware that jeans could look like this; and that denim in general is one of the most amazing things ever. This is one of those effortless outfits–with effortless pieces that look amazing with anything. And can we talk about how easy they go together?!

Genetic Jean Jacket

 

Citizens of Humanites Jeans

Sunday Chronicles: Why is Change so Hard?

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Can we be honest? Change is hard. Even the change that you want can be hard (ask my hair dresser, I freak out almost every time). And yet–none of us want to stay in the same place forever, right? I would say most of us want to be better versions of ourselves, to have amazing things happen to us, to reach for things, but getting out of our comfort zones can be difficult. Or maybe that’s just me. Say it’s not just me.

Spring is know as the beginning season. Flowers bloom, things start again, and we change. I know that I am changing right now–and some are great and some are scary. I have absolutely no answers but I can tell you 3 things that are helping me get through all the change.

1. Things are going to be okay.

They are. They most likely won’t look like how we think they might, but things have a way of working out for the best. I think our job is just to trust; as my grandma would say a positive attitude makes up for a lot.

2. Be okay with not knowing.

Internet friends this one is a struggle for me daily. I want to know things–all the things. But sometimes, when we’re going through things, we don’t. I’m trying to get comfortable not having an answer in mind, in seeing what happens, in not knowing. Some days are easier than others, but the more I can tell myself it’s okay not to know–it becomes okay not to know.

3. Be compassionate and kind–to yourself

Change is hard. I don’t think being mean to yourself or beating yourself up helps in any way. Just like a friend going through something needs your support, you need your support. So be kind to you–take care of you. If you need a night with friends, a glass of wine, or even new shoes, try to treat yourself like you would a friend.

Hopefully this spring brings for us a summer of changes that were worth it. And if we don’t like it, hey, we can always change again, right?

Wishing you a week of self kindness and amazing shoes! xo RA

Is sheer a thing we’re doing?

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It’s a thing we’re doing.

The past few runways have given us ample options of sheer clothing, it pops up on red carpets (Jamie King just donned a sheer dress while pregnant), and the stores are full of sheer items. While not appropriate for every situation I will admit I love it! I really like the juxtaposition of being covered and showing some skin at the same time. And here’s the great news! Sheer is up to you! Yes, the clothing may be sold or shown with little to nothing underneath, but what you wear underneath is your choice; like every trend ultimately you are in control. If you don’t want to bare all but like the sheer wear slips and shirts, etc underneath. If you are comfortable, body suits work completely–just make sure it’s appropriate, I take no responsibility for  work place blunders!

 

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Outfits:

One: Dress and bodysuit Reformation Dress underneath : DKNY Shoes: Sergio Rossi

Two: Skirt: Cynthia Rowley Hot pants: Asos, Shorts: Zara Sweater: Jcrew Shoes: Paul Andrew

Three: Top Elizabeth and James (worn with and without camisole), Skirt: Zara, Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

Sunglasses: Raybans