Fashion Stories: Holiday Traditions

We, as a society, tend to wear red and green for Christmas. Sequins for New Years. There are traditions that have come and gone–like holiday sweaters. I would love to know: what are your fashion holiday traditions? Have they changed over the years? Let’s chat about it!

Below, I’ve linked some holiday dresses, and holiday sweaters for your shopping pleasure!
Xo RA

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Some lovely holiday dressing options:

Holiday Sweaters:

Holiday Layering

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Investment Piece: Holiday Layering
Investment Piece: Holiday Layering
Investment Piece: Holiday Layering
Investment Piece: Holiday Layering
Investment Piece: Holiday Layering

How many times during the holiday season have you lamented that you have nothing to wear? I get it. Me too. From dinners to holiday parties to cocktails to work pot-lucks to events to lunches, there is so much to do. What do we wear to them?

Me? I like a little surprise. A little sass. And a little layering.

Some fashion notes:
-A strapless dress is a classic. And while classic, it lends itself to all sorts of possibilities. Put shirts or sweaters under it. Wear blazers or cardigans over it. Pair with boots or heels. This one is vintage- the boning and the structure give me curves that aren’t mine. And I’m grateful for them!

-Invest in a cashmere sweater. That’s it. That’s the advice. You can layer it, wear it, from the holiday season onward.

-Jewerly. Tis the season to be a bit bold. With your layering, and with your bling. And that can be one in the same.

-Holiday dressing and layering is supposed to be fun. Don’t think too hard. I love sweaters underneath dresses and big necklaces. Is this the only way to holiday layer? Not at all. Everything in your closet (yes,maybe. ) can be used to holiday layer. The most important things? Do you love it? Do you feel comfortable? Is your holiday layering saying what you want to say?

Holiday layering not only answers the question: “what should you wear?” , it lets you show off all the things about your holiday closet that you love. It can help with the temperture issues.

This is one of the staple outfits I reach for in the holiday season. I feel fancy in it, yet it’s a snap to adjust for any of my holiday events. How do you holiday layer?

I’ve linked similar items below for your shopping pleasure!
Xo RA

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Sunday Chronicles: Hostess Gifts

Loves! It’s another Sunday, and another Gift Guide. Within the next week, some of us will begin traveling for Thanksgiving, or maybe having a Friendsgiving, or in general, hosting or being hosted somewhere. I’m a big fan of the hostess gift. It not only lets people know that you’re appreciative of the invite, and willing to help as needed, I think it’s the one gift that can immediately acknowledge someone. And acknowledged people are happy people. (I’m 99% sure that’s science!)

Hostess gifts can also be as broad or as personal as you want them to be. You can’t go wrong with wine, or a little tea towel. You can also get the hostess something they, or their family, have been really wanting. One time a friend gave her hostess a gift card for a maid service after the holidays–tis a gift that you can be creative with!

That all being said, I’ve rounded up some things I think are perfect for hostess gifts. From things for the holiday table, to little holiday trinkets, and even some party poppers!

What do you love to give and get for hostess gifts?

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Little and big things for the holiday table. No judgement if you want these things for you!

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I’m a fan of gratitude. It really does make everything better. These little gifts will have you saying “Thank You”, and make the table a bit more festive!

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Pilgrim poppers, candles, wreaths, and more.

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I’m a huge fan of an Advent Calendar and these special and unique ones are the perfect way to help your hosts count down the season!

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Not just for hostess gifts, these things for the home are perfecting for gifting!

I hope that these ideas help you give a hostess gift they’ll love!

Xo RA

So, You Gave Up

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There’s an infamous quote:
“So, you gave up, and put on some sweat pants”.

Well. I haven’t given up. But, I have put on some sweatpants. Can you blame me when they’re this cute? The grey is just perfect, the stripes keep them bright, and they are the perfect amount of warm.

Here, I couldn’t resist adding striped socks and heels. Just because they are comfy and cozy, doesn’t mean that sweat pants aren’t a going out pant. I love the Juxatipositon of pairing a set like this with heels. In fact, break it up! Wear the sweatshirt with a skirt or nice pants. Pair the sweat pants with a button down or blouse. Wear with heels! But, I have also worn this set with sneakers. And slippers. And to bed. In fact, this set is so comfy and wears so well, when I got it I couldn’t help but wear it for almost a day straight. It’s that versitaile and that good.

I also wore a trench because I wear a trench with everything. Tis the season.

Over on Instagram, this week I chatted a little bit about cold weather outfits. This here? This is a perfect one.

Giving up? I’ve never heard of it. Keeping warm and chic? I plan to keep doing that in spades.

I would love to know: when is the last time you rocked a sweatsuit in public? Is it this chic?
Xo RA

I’ve linked this exact suit and similar accessories below!

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Trend to Try: Headbands

Update: so back in January, I thought we should try headbands. Now it’s the holiday season, and I’m letting you know that headbands are a must! From adding some piazza to your hair for all those holiday dos, to hiding the fact that maybe your hair is a bit dirty, headbands are the perfect season accessory. Here are some thoughts that still ring true. I’ve updated some shopping options that are more winter friendly (like the Velvet ones! I would love to know: are you headbanding it? XO RA

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I admit that a little bit ago when I got sent a “trend watch” email and it let me know that headbands were coming back, I didn’t believe it. Then I pulled out an old black one and began wearing it during the holiday season. Then I noticed other bloggers wearing one. Then Kate (you know, the Duchess) wore one. And finally, in my past President’s Day Holiday shopping headbands were everywhere.

And my loves, it’s time. I think headbands are a trend to try.

Here’s why I’m loving them:
*You don’t have to do your hair, but it looks like effort
*Hides that you may or may not need to get your roots done (just me?)
*Hides dirty hair
*Headbands are a way to punch up an outfit

I admit it, I’m drawn to the bigger, satin headbands that seem to be popping up in my life, though I’m not against a wrap around headband either. This is the headband that has me looking for anything satin, though this is the headband that started my little obession:
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Below are some headbands I’m loving and thinking of building outfits around:

(Styling tip: I’m personally avoiding bows and a ton of embellishments as I feel like that can read a little young on me. If those are your jam, by all means rock them. Headbands are accessories so my theory is we have free reign to have some fun with them!)

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New and winter-Ish options:
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Another note: while I love some of the designer headbands, this is a trend you can try at a reasonable price! In my selections there are picks from Target/Amazon/etc!

I would love to know: are you rocking a headband?
XO RA

Go West(ern)

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Western boots are in again this season, and no matter what we personally thing about them (it’s aok, I have mixed emotions too), if this is what they look like, and these are the kind of outfits we can make, I’m in.

If you follow me on Instagram (@racheladelicia), you know that last week I started a video series called “What We’re Wearing”, a space for us to chat about trends, our fashion thoughts, and what we’re wearing. (Not on Instagram? You won’t be left out, a new episode is going to drop every Tuesday, but I’ll be posting all the episodes for the month one Sunday. You can’t miss me!) This week we chatted western boots.

Believe it or not, these had the title “western boots” in them when I bought them. I love the pattern, the stitching. But western boots? I don’t know about that. What I do know is that they are insanely chic, and wearing them with all black felt almost rock and roll. (Note: these also look great with jeans and skirts, I love the heel, which makes it easy to pair these with so many lengths!)

It’s not that I don’t love color, but there is just something about wearing all black. Details like a strapless top and a fitted blazer edge it up and make it standout.

If we love the end result, does it matter what we call these boots? Or what direction we’re going?
I’m going with no, but I’m also going west!

I’ve linked similar items for you below. I’d love to know your thoughts on western boots, western outfits, and all the things!
Xo RA

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Gift Guide: Sephora Beauty Insiders

Loves!
We’re starting on our holiday shopping and we’re taking you with this. One of my favorite things to give and get? Beauty items. From big ticket tools (yes, I want all the facial, non-wrinkle things) to lipstick sets that can be broken up and used as stocking stuffers, there is a beauty gift for us all. And through tomorrow, it’s all on sale at Sephora. Simply joint Beauty Insiders (if you’re not already a member. It’s free and through out the year you get special deals and samples), then use code HOLIDAYSAVE for discounts.

I’ve grouped some of my favorite things below. Happy shopping!
Xo RA

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I love these lipstick and makeup sets. Shop my picks here

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Any sale is a great time to stock up on your beauty faves. These are some of mine.

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Holdiays are a time for the big guns, and sales are a great time to save on them. From facial devices to hair removal systems save on these are ones to consider at Sephora’s Beauty Insider Event.

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More sets. More savings. Shop here

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Did I mention I have a thing for Lipsticks?

Don’t forget to use code HOLIDAYSAVE for your savings!

CEO is my Fave Position

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Some truths: being a CEO is amazing. You get to fulfill your vision. You’re in charge. Schedule/timeline/duties/etc. They are all up to you. And it’s empowering. And fun.

And yet

Being a CEO is a lot. There are days when I wish someone else would make calls. Make the decisions. Cut the checks.

Bein in control is both a blessing and a curse.

But. You know what makes me love being a boss? (Well, one of the things). Looking like one. And a blazer dress doe that like no other dress I know.

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A blazer dress is both a classic and a little bit edgy, all at the same time. This one is vintage, and is the first time in a long time that I’ve left the shoulder pads in something. (I like it!) I was drawn to the buttons and the slight oversize (and yet the cinch waist).

Months ago, I was at a cocktail party and a friend showed up in a blazer dress. It was the perfect mix of office chic and sexy. Wearing this made me feel like a BOSS. You know, just one of those outfits that made me feel AMAZING. Blazer dresses are back in style, and I can’t recommend them enough.

I’ve linked similar dresses to this one below, I would love to hear about how boss you feel in yours!
Xo RA

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November Armarium Picks

Note: this post is a part of my ongoing relationship with Armarium. While I may recieve compensation in the form of rentals, all opinions expressed are my own. You can use code RADELICIA for 15% off your first rental. The holiday season is an exciting time to rent and I’m thrilled to be sharing my picks with you! Xo RA

It’s the holiday season! Dressing becomes more bold, more party, and more fun. What I love about this time of year is that anything goes. From now until NYE you get to make your own rules (if anyone has an issue with that, send them to me!) Wear a formal gown to Thanksgiving! Wear sequins to a party, or to work! Play with volume, texture, anything that makes you happy! Novemeber is just the start of party/holiday so you can also be classic! It’s whatever you want it to be. The great thing about renting is that you can be all of those things, and send them back whenever you need to change.

Below are my picks for November, I picked a mix of party ready and more subdued numbers. Remember, the code RADELICIA gets you 15% off your first rental, even if it’s not listed below.

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Love this Red Number

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This is perfect for a formal dinner.

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First party of the season? Wow them.

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Who wouldn’t feel like a princess (or Queen) in this?

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This is so classic and chic.

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Party but make it slinky in this

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Win Thanksgiving in this!

Happy renting! Xo RA

Dirty hair, Do care

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InvestmentPiece, fashion blogger, Levi's, kimono, CA, TX
Investment Piece, fashion blogger, kimono, Levi's, CA, TX

These pictures are actually from a few years ago. I wanted to showcase that you don’t have to be all done up (hair/make-up/nails/etc) to show up. Because, there are times when I do really care, but my hair isn’t clean, or I don’t have make-up on, (yes, those things happen a lot), or in some way, shape or form I’m not together, but I show up. Sometimes because I have to, sometimes because I want to. But because I’m not perfect, I needed to make the point that perfection isn’t a needed ingredient to show up.

And yes, I was making the point for me.

Yesterday, I wrote how about nice it would be if we could all get our holiday to-do list done, then we could spend the holiday season relaxing and being with the ones we love. In the time between yesterday am and today, my to-do list has exploded. I went from feeling like I knew what was happening to being behind on emails/posts/pictures, looking at a week when both work/day jobs/volunteering all have high demands on my time. It’s Monday and I’m feeling overwhelmed.

So, there will be a lot of buns this week. And imperfections. But I’ll show up and do my best. And when I can’t, I’ll work on forgiving myself for that. What else can we do?

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Investment Piece, Fashionblogger, CA, TX, kimono, Levi's, loafers

Here’s the original post and it’s not wrong:

Loves, we’re headed into a few months that are all about party dresses, celebration outfits, and holiday plans. You’ll get some of that here, I promise. But even within these coming months, there are times when we’re not at our party best-our hair is dirty, maybe we’re wearing sweats (I do it), but that doesn’t mean we don’t care. Errands, last minute plans, days of shopping and holiday planning; what do you do when you have dirty hair, but you do care? My solution: distract people with your outfit! This amazing vintage kimono jacket from Reformation is reversible, meaning the outfits are endless (pants, skirts, over a dress) but I love it with vintage Levi’s and loafers. Simple, but pulled together. Comfy, but look great. You care, but it doesn’t take effort. I also recommend a messy bun and red lips–smoke and mirrors!

What do you do when you have dirty hair but do care? I’d love to hear all your tips!
Happy Monday! XO

Both this jacket and jeans are vintage (though I’ve found similar for you!)

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Jackets: