20s Fringe

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While this post is a flashback, it makes me think of my quarantine style. A little of this, a little of that. Very fancy and very casual mixed. I’ve been known to wear sweatshirts with fancy skirts, or nice tops with my yoga pants. But this? This is the ultimate high/low dressing. And I may just have to wear it again today!
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Investment Piece, fashion blogger, high fashion, vintage, 1902s, fringe, CA, TX
Investment Piece, fashion blogger, high fashion, vintage, 1920s, fringe, CA, TX
Investment Piece: 20s Fringe
Investment Piece: 20s Fringe

When I saw this 1920s fringe skirt at Recess LA, I knew I had to have it. Can it be dressed up? The sequins, the detail, the way it would look over a gown–yes! But I love the idea of this fringe skirt over jeans. It’s just simple. Enough. It would look great with a tee and converse, but I love it with a leotard and heels. It’s a show stopper without you having to say a word. And the way this moves…loves. I’ve always loved the idea of a skirt over pants, but this is next level. And while you may not have a fringe skirt in your closet, I think this look could be recreated with any skirt with movement!

XO

Skirt: Vintage
And I’ve had this leotard since I was in high school (and wear it almost every week!)
BUT I did find you similar (and yes that means the 1920s skirt too!) Shop below!
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Fashion Stories: Dior

My loves! I wanted to update this: Dior has put their exhibit (with a guided tour) online for free.
See it:

And

My thoughts remain below! Every Friday in quarantine, I’ve been “getting dressed up” and “going to a museum” (aka looking at collections online!). This week I plan on revising this exhibit, and I just might wear Dior to do it! What to join?

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I recently had the chance to see the Dior exhibit, “From Paris to the World”, at the Dallas Museum of Art. It’s a must see for any fashion lover, art lover, human lover. The exhibit has been extended to October 27, and you can get more information about the museum and buy tickets here.

Loves, I have to admit that this exhibit awed me. The amount of art (yes. Fashion is art. Couture is one our last artisan art forms.) The clothes. The beauty.

I took so many, many pictures, thinking I would make us a little video. But then I found these and they tell the story so well:

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What I would love to share are my take-aways from this art and fashion heaven:

Fashion is Art
Not that I haven’t said this before, but it’s still true. The craft, the workmanship, the art. In fact, DMA showed Dior next to Monets, and Van Goughs.

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And while I’ve always been a believer that fashion was art, what this Dior exhibit reminded me of was that it’s ok, more than ok, to see the bigger picture of your clothes. To not just have things to run errands in (also super important), but to have pieces that make you gasp, fill with joy, that are beyond the everyday. That we should enjoy our clothes, and be inspired by them. Both sides of fashion are amazing.

Fashion Tells a Story
Again, not a new thought. Fashion Telling a Story is one of my core beliefs. However, Dior sent that message home for me. Christian Dior was a man who saw women and fashion in a new way, and his vision changed what people wore. We can think of luxury houses as these big brands, but they all started with a story. They all still tell a story. From Christian to Galliano, each creative designer of a house puts their own take on a line, while carrying the story the house was founded on.
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And that doesn’t even touch on the stories told in the clothes (like Jennifer Lawrence falling at the Oscars).

This exhibit made me not only want to know the stories of Dior, and wear the clothes, but find our more about the women who wore these stories. From the classics
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To the not-so-classic:
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I want it all, and I want to tell all the stories.

What about you?
I’d love to hear if you’ve seen the exhibit, your thoughts, and what things you’ve done in Dior!
Xo RA

I’ve linked to some of the books and films about Dior that I’ve either loved or am longing to love!
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Pretending to be in Paris

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Investment Piece: Pretending to be in Paris
Investment Piece: Pretending to be in Paris
Investment Piece: Pretending to be in Paris

Sometimes the only reasonable response to a week is to pretend to be in Paris. To find a place that gives you the feel of the city of light. A cafe with great espresso and red umbrellas. High end art and velvet couches. A dress that’s classic and red lipstick. Loves, I have a confession to make: I’ve never been to Paris. It’s on my lists, and has been at the top of my Vision Board for years, but it hasn’t happened-yet. And with all the things in the world, it may be a while till I get to go. So, while I’m determined to make Paris a reality for me, in the meantime, I spend some time making Paris a reality for me, here. This may be the part where you tell me I can’t know what Paris is like, and that might be right, but I get to create what I want, and isn’t that amazing? My Paris? Chic, fun, and has amazing wine. I get to wear amazing dresses and act like the art I love. Will the real Paris live up to mine? Well, there’s only one way to find out, and I’m willing to take one for the team, and try it out!

Loves, how can you not feel like you’re some place magical in this dress? I love the black and white, the stripe, the silk. It’s timeless and classic, and lends itself to any situation,and any magic. We may not be in Paris, but here’s hoping your Friday is full of magic–and that you get to wear something like this!

XO RA

The dress is Valentino, I got it on Vestaire Collective for less than $300 and I’ve found you similar! Shop my similar and Paris inspired picks below!

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Sunday Chronicles: Birthday

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It’s a big weekend here at my house. My mom’s birthday. Mother’s Day (which can be a hard day for so many. If you’re hurting, if this day is painful, I’m wishing you peace). And today is my birthday! Things are a bit different this year. No big parties, which I’m very ok with. A little more introspection. But still a lot of champagne. While I can’t be with everyone I love today, I’m so grateful for all of my friends, family, and you!

This week I’m wishing us all peace, love, and amazing shoes! Xo RA

Mom’s Style

I’ve been posting this on my mom’s birthday for a few years now. And while her big day is technically tomorrow, I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate it. My mom and I are close, and yet different. However, as I get older I realize I’m more like her than I think, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Especially now, as some of us are apart from our families, I think about how the women in my life shaped me. I’m isolating with my mom, and I won’t say that everyday has been easy-peasy, I’m learning a lot from my mom, growing closer. And while there are days when we’re both dressing WAY more casually than normal, I’m still stealing style tips from her! Xo RA

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Loves! It’s my Momma’s birthday! If you haven’t caught on, my mom and I are close, and I can’t begin to describe how much I love her, and how appreciative I am for all she does for me. Mom is a CPA and teaches accounting, she’s our CFO, and while that’s completely different from her creative daughter who thinks shoes are a necessity (I mean I need shoes, I occasionally want to eat); Mom’s style has influenced me and helped me become the fashionista I am today. So, what did I learn from Mom’s style? Glad you asked!

Stay True to Your Style

No matter the trend or what “you’re supposed” to do, sticking to what you love and what works for you is something to be admired–and makes you look stunning! Mom is a big fan of navy. She is known for her love of navy suits, shoes, and bags. There are years when navy is “in” and years when we’ve had to search for navy for Mom. That doesn’t matter to Mom, even when the styles she loves aren’t in she sticks to them. There’s a classic-ness in that, a commitment. That’s not to say Mom doesn’t try new things, but I’ve learned that you don’t need to be a slave to trends, that sticking to things you love is something to be commended, and when you find something that fits you–hang onto it!

Proper Undergarments Matter

Mom and I have had a lot of events recently and at everyone Mom has mentioned that she thinks I might need a slip. (Side note: I have slips, I’m not great at wearing them) Here’s the thing though: Mom may have a point. Lining, slips, proper garments: our clothes fit better when we make sure these things are taken care of. Proper fit is important (Mom is big on that too) and to ensure that the fit flows, proper undergarments help. (And let’s be honest, no one likes the look of lines!)

Invest in Your Suit
Something Mom and I agree about whole heartedly? Your suit, be it an actual suit, jeans or yoga pants, is something to invest in. Mom, being an accountant, is a fan of actual suits and made it a point to invest in good ones each year. Now that she’s in a place where she’s good on suits, Mom is having fun filling her closet with tanks, tops and blouses (both classic and trendy) to wear with her suits. However, she’s always adamant that her suits are high quality, she checks seams and linings, that it’s where she spends her money. And loves, I agree–what you wear the most should be where you invest your money.

Don’t be Afraid to Accessorize

Mom is a more conservative dresser than I am, yes. However, Mom is not too conservative for a great accessory! I can’t remember a time when Mom didn’t leave the house without a scarf, jewelry, pins, or gloves. We do a high tea occasionally, and Mom is always on point with her hats (and gloves!). The lesson? You can always be playful, and the details are always a place to have fun!

While Mom and I may have different opinions about certain fashions, but my Mom has some amazing style, and I’m so grateful she taught me all she knows!

Have some champagne to celebrate!

XO RA

Swim (at Home)

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I have forever been a fan of swimwear as out wear. Paired with jeans, skirts, shorts, etc, swim wear can be worn as the best kind of bodysuit/crop top.

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You can see how I have promoted swimwear in the wild here.

There is no getting around that the wild looks different right now. And vacations, and swimming for that matter, look different too.

As someone who loves the beach and the water and the pool, I’m sad. As someone who wants us all to be safe, I understand. I’m also someone who believes in finding the silver linings. And my solution? Swim (at home).

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If our swim looks great out and about, it will also look good at home. Bonus? If you don’t want to cover up at home you don’t have to! It’s a win-win! (Of course it will still look amazing with all of your other spring and summer looks, from shorts on!)

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Swim as the new lounge wear? Maybe it’s not so farfetched! When I was a kid, I remember endless summer days in my swimsuit. We would go to the pool, but before (and sometimes after) I would relax in my swimsuit, read in it, eat in in. In fact, I was more likely to be in my swimsuit than not. Bringing that back might be fun.

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And if you are lucky enough to have a backyard, green space, wearing your swim at home means you’re always a step away from the water. Lately, I’ve been having a happy hour in my backyard every night. It makes the time break up, gets me some sun, and feels like a “special” place. This summer I’m hoping to add an inflatable pool to my space (see some I’m looking at here). I’ll let you know how that goes!

In the mean time, I’ll be breaking out my swim suits! And while I won’t be wearing them in the wild, I will be doing swim at home. What about you?

Xo RA

I’ve linked some of my current fave swim suits that would go great alone or paired here:

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First Monday in May

In “normal” times today would be the #MetGala. It’s a favorite event of mine for so many reasons: the Art, the fashion, the themes, the looks that aren’t translatable to real life, the big swings, and the misses. The first Monday in May is not only an “event”, it’s a great documentary, a grand time, and usually leads to memorable moments. This first Monday is different, and there is nothing I could post that could make it the “same”. However, there is still something about this first Monday that’s special. If you’re following the hashtag #MetGalaChallenge on Instagram, you’ll see so many people recreating looks from past galas (I almost posted my faves here, but didn’t want to post other’s work without permission, but encourage you to search, I’ll be re-posting things I love on IG today!). Here, I’d love to showcase looks I love that might be a bit much, or could be styled to be a bit much. And yes, there is a more than good chance that today I’ll dress up, be extra, and let myself enjoy this first Monday in May. What about you?

Looks that could be used for Met Gala:

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This Jacket
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Vintage Gowns
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Bold Prints
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Who can go wrong with a cape?
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Sheer with jeans
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Fringe
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More gowns, I can never resist them!

My favorite show stopper.

I have so many favorite pieces: part dresses, gowns, vintage, and so on. From my child hood I have loved being bold in my choices, and dressing up. The first Monday in May is a time to celebrate that. And while we can’t be together, and the Met Gala isn’t happening, today I’m choosing to love the side of myself that very well may be in a BIG look today. Any of these pieces, mixed, matched, might do! Be sure to follow me on Instagram – @racheladelicia- for #MetGalaChallenge looks. How are you celebrating today?
Xo RA

Sunday Chronicles: Me Time

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How crazy has it been for you? How are you feeling?

Over here there are good days and bad days. Ups and downs. One thing I’m needing? A day off. We’re at home, yes, but between the news, work, family, and all the things it feels like I go non-stop. So today? I’m taking me time. Maybe I’ll pamper myself- I need to do my roots and nails. Or maybe I’ll sleep. Or watch movies. But I’m giving myself permission to take a day for me.

If  you need the same, here’s your permission. We’ll meet up and compare notes!

 

Wishing us all a week of needs met and amazing shoes! XO RA

Decisions

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Investment Piece: Decisions
Investment Piece: Decisions

How do you make decisions? Not just the big ones, everyone has a method for those. I mean the kind of decisions that seem small but can be so overwhelming when you’re hot, tired, or just done with decisions.
Like what to wear.
Or what to eat.
Those kind of decisions.

And let’s be honest, even though these seem *unconsequential*, aren’t you a little nicer when you like your outfit, or got your favorite thing to eat. All decisions matter. And sometimes, not making those decisions is the way to make decisions.

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Investment Piece: Decisions
Investment Piece: Decisions

Or maybe my decision is just to mix it all up?
Graphic tee? Check. Leopard? Check. Floral? Yep. Kicks with a skirt? Yes. High and low? Why not?

(You know that I have a thing for mixing patterns, gentle reminders here and here. )

It’s just too overwhelming  to make decisions, so this little outfit formula is what I’m clinging to in these times of social isolation . Wrap skirts are a chic way to beat the heat, and this leopard is on trend!
(alledgedly versions of this skirt are the current “it” skirt. This one I got on etsy (last seen here, and this number from Asos is similar and on sale!)

I can’t stay away from a graphic tee, especially when it’s Wonder Woman. It’s part of the decision to let me clothes talk for me. And wearing these kicks instead of any sandal or heel (both of which I love and would look great here) is just easy. And right now, I’m all about my decisions being easy.

So, how are you making decisions like this? Are you going for comfort? Style? Both? I’m all about decisions that make us feel good.

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And if the decisions involve chocolate I’m even more on board. (Dark Chocolate is a health food!)
This bag is perfect for throwing everything in, you can see my other picks for summer bags here.

If you’re at the point where you can’t make decisions (I feel ya), the good news is that I’ve linked similar items below. Happy shopping!
XO RA

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Fashion Stories: Expoloration

It’s tempting at this time not to get dressed. To be in sweats or yoga pants, to avoid the closet. I’m guilty of it. As much as I love my clothes, and believe in the power our stories have, and that fashion tells our stories, I haven’t been getting dressed lately. Between all the feelings and no where to go, it has been hard to get dressed.

Then. I shifted my perspective. I’ve been going to my closet thinking that it would make me feel better, that there’s some story there that would “solve” things. And yes, getting dressed always makes me feel better, I realized I was looking for the wrong thing. Yes, use this time to dress for comfort, if that means sweat pants or your favorite dress. Dress for the feelings you need, be it power suit or romance.

But maybe this is a great time to dress for exploration. Tell the stories about that. With no set place to be (for most of us) and loosening guidelines, maybe this is a time to dare to try things. Mix patterns that you wouldn’t before. Figure out what pants you really love and build endless combinations with them. Be daring. Pair a swimsuit with everything. Wear your tops in new ways. There’s no limit to what you could put together, and what stories you could tell. Exploration–and is there any better place to start exploring than your own closet?

Some of my suggestions:
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Mix formal with super casual

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Mix socks and hose and all the shoes!

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Play with sheer

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Layer everything. Or not!

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Play with your hair!

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Is lingerie only for the bedroom?

The possibilities are endless! So, I would love to know, what are you exploring? I have a few pieces that I love that I can’t seem to pair easily, I’m going to work on that. I’ll also spend some time cleaning out and making space for things that better fit. (If you’re cleaning out Ashley.rochestie@therealreal.com would love to help you make some money off your discards! Tell her I sent you!) Want some help exploring? Email me at racheladelicia@gmail.com and we will play together.

No matter what you’re wearing or what story you’re telling right now, I hope that you and yours are safe and healthy!
Xo RA