Sunday Chronicles: Back At It

Investment Piece: Back at It

Loves!! How was your holiday? Did you get what you wanted? Was there family and friends and a fantastic time? What did you do for NYE? Wild, out and about, or in bed early?

My holidays were great- a mix of family and friends and fun, with a hefty dose of relaxation. A lot of champagne was had on NYE, and yet, I was still in bed by 10! It was the best of both worlds.

And now? I’ll be upfront- I’m easing into 2020 much slower than I thought I would be, wanted to, and planned on. I caught whatever it is that’s been going around, and since about NY have been trying my best to get well. The goals/plans/pics I wanted to get a jump start on? I’ll get to them, it’s just not happened yet. So today, I’m holding space. I know that this new year is full of exciting things for us, but know I don’t do anyone any good by rushing into them sick. I’m resting and planning, getting my goals down today. Tomorrow? We get all new content.

Thank you for holding space, the looks and sales I’ve been shopping are available on the LiketoKnowit or ShopStyleCollective apps (or over on the menu!). See you tomorrow?

Wishing us all a week of wellness and amazing shoes!
Xo RA

A Look Back: 2019

Looking back is both a great exercise and absolute torture. It can offer such clarity and so much is still cloudy. Part of me is just in awe of how much we’ve grown, all these great outfits, and am so excited for what we want this site to be. There is the other part of me that can only see what we didn’t do, the mistakes we made, and where we can improve. That’s a year, right?

Perhaps both can be accurate: I know what I want to improve and the vision I want to present to you in the coming year. I’m so passionate and excited about the videos and series we’ve started, and I would love to add a few more editorial elements and photos. There are outfits I’d love to put together, and outfits I would rewear in a heart beat. I’ll be working on being a bit more vulnerable (that’s a struggle for me) and working on balancing my life and work.

2019 was a year, both good and bad. I’m grateful for it all, and I am so excited about what’s to come.

There’s sales all over my Instagram and LiketoKnowIt profile. Maybe we can shop our way into the new year?

Xo RA

More Sales!

It’s almost 2020! (And yes, I expect to be invited to ALL the Gatsby parties. Through the whole new decade. I have all sorts of dresses!) It’s around that time in the holiday season where you might not be 100% sure of the day, or the time. Maybe you’re needing a break, or maybe you’re enjoying not having to be in the real world. Whatever you’re feelings, I hope you’re still enjoying it! Most importantly, if you’re wanting to head into the new decade with new, I have more sale picks for you! From dresses to boots to picks for every budget, I have you covered. So, while we enjoy our holidays, let’s shop more sales!

Here are my current picks. As a loving reminder, social (especially Pintrest) and the LiketoKnowit and ShopStyle apps!

Note: this post does contain affiliate links. While that does not affect the cost for you, I may earn commission from them. Thank you for your support!

Dresses
Dresses for under $100? Right this way:

Shoes
I have never met a shoe sale I didn’t like.

Winter Basics
You can’t start the new year without new sweaters and coats!

Classic Clothes
You can’t go wrong with any of these!

WorkOut
Look chic at all your workouts

Happy Shopping!
Xo RA

Post Christmas Sales

Loves! I hope that your holiday involved all the joy, laughter, and family that you wanted! My holiday was relaxing and I’m still taking my time away from the business of life. But…..I have been shopping for us. Maybe you’re not a big post-holiday shopper and I get that. We’ve just gotten, and there may be no need for anything. Maybe you love the sale shopping: from getting what you want at a discount, to stocking up for the doldrums of winter, I get that too! I’m somewhere in the middle, but I’ve found a few things I love, and I hope you love them too!

Below are some of my sale picks. Feel free to continue to holiday and shop these from your couch!

Xo RA

Note: this post does contain affiliate links. While that does not affect the cost for you, I may earn commission from them. Thank you for your support!

Beauty
We know I love a good beauty set. And the only thing better than a good set is a set on sale. Here are my picks:

Jeans
My favorite jean brand, Mother, is having an end of season sale that is simply amazing!

Shoes
From both the Coach and the Nordstrom Sale, I have a thing for boots:

Clothes for Queens
I love these picks from here, there, and everywhere! From going out dresses to jackets, you’ll look great in these:

I’m spending the weekend relaxing, I have a party to go to, and shopping more sales. You can keep up on social media or in the LiketoKnowIt app! Hope that you continue to have a great holiday!
Xo RA

Merry Christmas!

Investment Piece: Happy Holidays

Whatever you celebrate this week, we here at Investment Piece are wishing you the happiest of holidays! We are so grateful that we are a part of your lives. We’re taking some time to be with our families and our shoes, but we will be back with sales picks on 12/27 (and on social media before then!). We wish you rest, peace, abundance, and amazing shoes this holiday season!

XO RA and team!

Last Minute Gift Guide

Loves, the countdown is on. There’s a great chance that you’ve already finished your shopping, and I hope, are getting some time to relax and enjoy the season! If not, you’re not alone. In my family it was legend that my grandfather wait till the last minute to get gifts. He was known to rush through the mall on Christmas Eve–hopefully you don’t have to do the same. There are still many stores that will let you rush shipping today to get your gifts in time. And while there are reasons to get your shopping done early, I like to think waiting till the last minute gives you the chance to be really creative in what you give!

These are some of my “last-minute” ideas. I like to think that they are still thoughtful, and still let you give your loved ones what they want!

Investment Piece: Last Minute Gift Guide
I found this on Facebook! And while I’m not concerned with the clutter, I love some of these ideas- they are close to my own!

The above list has incredibly thoughtful gifts, that are also very easy to give at the last minute. I have all sorts of thoughts and ideas for gifts like these that you can pick up at the last minute, but they tend to fall into two main categories!

Cash/Gift Cards
Who doesn’t want cash and who wasn’t raised to think that giving cash might be a little tacky? (Please don’t let me be the only one with my hand up!) Yes, cash can come off as an afterthought. However, as someone who’s Wishlist is often very expensive, when I’ve been given help towards the big items (yes, shoes, but we all have a thing) I’ve wanted, it’s always meant a lot and made me feel seen. And anything from coffee to spin classes (though a love note: DO NOT GIVE ANY SORT OF GYM MEMBERSHIPS TO SOMEONE WHO HASN’T ASKED FOR IT) are lovely ways to support what your loved ones love to do. Or help get them what they want.

Classes and Experiences
Gym. Art. Acting. We all have a thing we love or want to try, and a class is a great way to encourage that passion. I’m also a big lover of experiences. There are quite a few girlfriends with whom I don’t exchange gifts, we just meet for a nice dinner, girls trip, or day out. Presence is often the best present and anything from a day just spent together to lavish meals are a great way to show how you care.

What do you give at the last minute? I’d love to know!

And if you are counting on 2 day shipping I have a ton of ideas (check the LiketoKnowit App, the pictures in the menu, as well as here, here, and here).

Happy Gifting!

And a note about the holiday: tomorrow and Wednesday we will be off enjoying time with our family! We are so grateful to be a part of your life and hope that you have a wonderful holiday! We’ll be back Friday and active on IG (@racheladelicia) all week! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays!

Xo RA

Fashion Stories: NYE

If holiday dressing tells the story of tradition, joy, and family, what story does NYE dressing tell?

My guess is party! What may be best about dressing for NYE is that it truly is a make your own adventure, and an excuse to go BIG! Sequins, furs, anything and everything. Whether you’re out on the town or staying in, the story of NYE dressing can be excitement about the year to come, or saying “Ciao” to the year ending, or maybe it’s just letting your love of party dresses come out!Something else I love on NYE? (Or anytime) Tuxes. Yes, on women, or a great suit- it’s chic and a bit unexpected. Something else I love on NYE? (Or anytime) Tuxes. Yes, on women, or a great suit- it’s chic and a bit unexpected.

My little secret? I’m a fan of at-home New Years. I love luxe pj dressing: a silky gown or kimono, maybe a fur, statement shoes of course. It allows me to be relaxed and dressy at the same time. However, as we are starting the roaring 20s this year, I’m very tempted to wear a 1920s dress and go out on the town. (Throughout the year I also expect all of you to invite me to your Gatsby parties!)

What story will we wear this NYE? I’ve linked some options for all us below. I’d love to know: what are you wearing for NYE?
XO RA

Note: this post does contain affiliate links. While that does not affect the price for you, I may earn commission from them. Thank you for your support!

She Wore Lace

Investment Piece: She Wore Lace
Investment Piece: She Wore Lace
Investment Piece: She Wore Lace
Investment Piece: She wore Lace

Who said that holiday dressing had to be all velvets and reds?

A little black lace. Grandma’s mink. A neckline. Unexpected and yet just perfect for the season. Isn’t that the magic of the holidays?

Investment Piece: She Wore Lace
Investment Piece: She Wore Lace

This was supposed to be a different look.
Here’s the thing about the holidays, we have expectations. We want things to go a certain way, see certain people, get certain gifts. We attempt to recreate magical moments from the past. And loves, sometimes it doesn’t work out. So, we go with the flow.
I had a dress I wore a few birthdays back all ready to shoot. It was perfect: black lace, one shoulder, vintage feel but new and on trend. The zipper wouldn’t work.
Lucky for us all, my closet is a magical place and I was able to style something similar I love (and have really worn! I managed to not even freak out about my dress-yet).
Investment Piece: She Wore Lace
We wanted to shoot at a place by my mom’s that does a Christmas light show every year. In the past they have left the lights up through New Years. The lights were down, in fact, we interrupted workers breaking everything down.
And I almost ate it more than once, this candy cane was almost the death of me!
Investment Piece: She Wore Lace
The lights and the focus on the camera fought, pictures wouldn’t transfer. The elegant, easy, extremely themed shoot I had in mind didn’t happen.
Investment Piece: She Wore Lace
Investment Piece: She Wore Lace
But. My mom and I had the best laughs. We got some good shots. I got called dapper by a stranger. And I loved the feel of being “holiday dressy” in something not your stereo typical holiday dress.
Maybe all that control that we want to have over our celebrations is the same? When we can let what we had planned go and enjoy what’s happening, maybe that’s where the magic of the holidays lives.

Classic or trendy, velvets or lace, reds or blacks, planned or improvised, I hope whatever you wear this season makes you feel joyful and magical, and all your plans end up better than your ideas!

Wishing you a happy holiday!
Xo RA

For your shopping pleasures, I’ve linked some black lace choices for you below:
Note: this post does contain affiliate links. While that does not affect the price for you, I may earn commission from them, thank you for your support!

Investment Piece: She Wore Lace

Fashion Stories: Holiday Dressing

Velvets. Plaids. Reds. These are the fashion choices we usually choose to tell our holiday stories. The ones of traditions and families, of decorations and parties. It’s odd to think of “holiday dressing” as a fashion story, but it is! I have a thing for red dresses, but whenever I see one I can’t help but think of this time of year. Even outliers like winter white tell a story (maybe you’re classic but not a conformer).

Thinking about the stories we’re telling with our holiday dressing is something that fascinates me. Looking at holiday cards, thinking about the ways people choose to dress themselves and their families, it’s striking that most of all we want to share joy at this time of year–and there’s a chance that merry plaids, reds, and velvets are the best way to do that.

What stories are you telling with your holiday dressing this year?
Me? I’m still thinking about it, but these pics above are some of my favorite past stories, and I’ve linked shopping options below for us!

Let’s share joy and magic this year! How’s that for holiday dressing?
Xo RA

Note: This post does contain affiliate links. While that does not affect the price for you, I may earn commission from them. Thank you for your support!

Shop winter whites here.

Some of my favorite plaids here.

And velvets and dresses here:

I would love to know what you’re wearing and shopping!