Black Out

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As the saying goes: “I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker color”. Now, I’m a fan of color–but when I need to feel chic and pulled together (no matter what) black can’t be beat. I love the button detail of the jeans–love the neck scarf–and this shoes are some of my favorite (a little bit of ballerina, a little bit of rock and roll), they also add that hint of color. All of the pieces look great apart too–so everyone wins!

Happy Friday! XO RA

Details:
Jeans: Mother
Sweater: Gap
Shoes:Jimmy Choo

#sales

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It’s the first holiday weekend of the new year! Which means that even though we just received hopefully everything we wanted- we now have sales to shop! Ironically I plan to spend the weekend cleaning out my closet but don’t know if I will be able to resist some of the deals! I will be checking out :
Shopbop
Net a Porter
Asos
Jcrew

and let’s not forget department store sales!

I’d love to know–are you shopping this weekend? Where? Show us what you get!!
XO RA

Fringed

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The question of the day: do amazing boots cancel out messy hair? Let’s hope so. I cannot tell you how much I love these boots-the fringe, the color, the way they make me feel as if I’m back on my high school drill team–and the fact that they’re a statement. They go great with jeans, skirts, and make me feel special–what else do you need? And I also love these 3×1 jeans–the inseam makes everyone look longer and leaner–and who doesn’t want that!

Happy Wednesday! XO RA

Details:
Sweater: Gap (also I love the men’s sweaters at Gap, sounds weird I know, but they are super comfy!)
Jeans: 3×1
Boots: Sam Edelman

Golden Globes Fashion

It’s Awards Season! And this past weekend’s Golden Globes gave us so many gorgeous gowns to drool over, and some beauty tips to try! See below for some of my favorites, and tips to incorporate the red-carpet style into your wardrobe!

Sequins
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Of all the nights to show some sparkle an awards show is it! Brie Larson’s gold gown was one of my favorite dresses–and I loved that she kept her hair simple. While sequins aren’t thought of as “everyday” dressing, I actually love a sequined tee with jeans, or a a t-shirt with a sequined skirt.
Some of my picks:
Tees: Asos
JC Penny
Skirts:
H&M
Asos

Old Hollywood Glamour
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There will never come a time when old-school Hollywood is not in vogue. I love the necklines of each of these dresses–just enough skin,and I love the long, straight skirt. This feel can easily be replicated with an off the shoulder top and pencil skirt or pants–instant glamour.
My fave off the shoulder tops:
Shopbop
Shopbop

Show Some Skin
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While the front of this dress is so lovely–I loved the back! It was just so subtly sexy! There are a ton of ways to incorporate some skin–a blackless dress or top, but this dress made me excited for Tibi dress that should hit stores in a month or so!

Color of the Season
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Not only did Cate look beautiful–the color of her gown was spot on. Blush, or rose quartz, will be everywhere this year–and it looks great on everyone!
Some of my picks:
Blaque Label
Bec&Bridge

Beauty
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I have a confession–doing my own hair is not my forte–but I loved this braid and faux bob from the red carpet! I’m convinced I can do the braid (one high ponytail, one low, braid together), but the faux bob intimidates me–although I’m desperate to try it!
I’ve found this, this, and this tutorial that promises that I can do it myself–we will see!

I’d love to know–which were your faves? XO RA

1940s Jacket

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Sometimes you find a vintage piece that just changes your day–that’s the story of this absolutely stunning 1940s Jacket. The beading is so intricate and the fit is superb-I cannot rave enough about it. It looks great with jeans–but would also go great with a skirt or over a dress. I couldn’t decide if I liked the heels or the flats better–so I wore both! Every time I put this jacket on it makes me feel special–and it’s helping me get through this Monday!

Hope your Monday is just as special! XO RA

Details:
Jacket: Vintage, Garment Modern
Jeans: Jcrew
Flats: Elizabeth and James, old, similar here (and on sale!)
Heels: Sergio Rossi, old, similar here

Sunday. Chronicles: Detox

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Relax my internet loves: this is not where I tell you that we’re only drinking juice (although I am a fan of the green juice and have been trying to include a few more in my routine).  But they seem to be everywhere, and in all forms, right? It’s the season of cleanses, closet-cleaning, clutter- fixers, new diets, and in general detoxing. And I’m not mad at it- of course to your own level and need, I like the ideas of stripping things down and only adding back to your life the things that you truly want and need.  Again, I’m not just talking about juice.

I am drinking more juice- I try to eat moderately and clean throughout the year but after the holidays, it’s nice to reset my diet. I’m cleaning out my closets- eliminating things that I don’t love or wear, making space for things I will. But more than that, I’m trying to sit still some- to look at my life, stripped down and making sure that the things I add into it are only the things that I love or need. You can call it mindful or focused, use the word detox, but I’m making a  conscious effort to take this time of “stripping down” and making sure that the building back up results in a life I’m in love with.

No form of detox is easy- there are scary questions  like: what do I want my life to look like? Where do I want to be? What do I need to do to get there? The answers aren’t always easy- but they aren’t always awful. Like that green juice, I’m taking this time to enjoy doing things that are good for me.

I’d love to know: are you detoxing (in any form)? What are you letting go of?

Wishing us all a week of easy letting go and amazing shoes!! XO RA

#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