That sizzle? It’s summer. And loves, summer is coming. Every summer takes on a different personality, there was the summer of travel, of wine, of sets. What is constant for me in summer are the basics I love to wear; I find no matter what personality the summer takes on, or what outfits I end up loving, there are a few things I go back to time and time again.
In the spirit of sharing, and indulging together, here are a few of the things that will be on rotation for my summer wardrobe. I would love to know: what do you wear over and over again in the summer?
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Not just in the water. I tend to wear swimsuits as bodysuits, tops, with just about everything. See here, here, and here for starters. Some swimsuits I’m currently loving?
Basic? They don’t have to be, and what else are you going to keep cool in? From more formal a la here to more casual a la here, there’s not a sundress I don’t like. Here are some I’m liking this summer:
I was raised to believe that white pants and the like had a very specific fashion window. Today I’m a little more forgiving about wearing all white year around; but, each summer I still find myself stocking up on all white outfits to tide me over. Is it really summer if you’re not romping around in all white? I’ve done it here and here. The hardest thing about an all white outfit to find (IMO) are the pants. Here are some I’m loving:
Your turn! Let me know what basics you think are a must for summer. And what do you think this summer’s personality will be?
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Puff Sleeves. You can file this under things that aren’t quite a trend (even some of my picks are vintage, and puff sleeves are a very 1930s thing), but are having a moment. Loves, I am a big believer if that something we love is having a moment we join in. So, puff sleeves.
While I was making my summer Wishlist (a never ending process TBH), puff sleeves kept catching my eye. From tops to dresses, it seems that they are everywhere. And with good reason!
-A statement sleeve is an easy way to make any outfit pop
-They look good on everyone
-With so many options, there is a puff sleeve for every look and budget
I personally like my puff sleeves a little bold, but there are subtle puff sleeves. You can get them on tops, maxi dresses, mini dresses, sweaters, and even jackets. Puff sleeves can be perfect for parties and bbqs and all the summer things, as well as on a t-shirt running to Target.
In all my searching, I couldn’t find a puff sleeve that I didn’t like. I think the only question is: where are you wearing your puff sleeves?
It’s the Monday of a long weekend (Happy Memorial Day! Let’s remember those who gave so we could shop, amongst other things!) and I’m still shopping. There are sales still going strong, so if you’re so inclined, this is what I’m looking at!
Revolve has everything you might need for the summer, and everything starts at $30!
Loves! It’s here! In my ultimate attempt to become Carrie Bradshaw, and satisfy my friends’ need to hear my awful dating stories (and sadly, there are a lot), we give you: Ex Files, dating horror stories. Yes, these stories really happened, yes, names/dates/places have been changed to protect those involved, and yes, if you wanted to be remembered well, behave better.
Enjoy! XO RA
The One Who Asked For His Money Back
I met Rick through friends, which is allegedly the best way to met people. On paper it made sense: I like sports, he was a sports writer, his bff was dating my bff; and if we could all just fall in love and live side by side, it would be the stuff that sitcoms dream of, in a word, perfect. Also, he was great with a witty text. (Side note: I may put too much stock in a witty text.) Nevertheless, when Rick asked me to dinner I said yes. I was even reasonably excited about the date, in the way that sarcastic women who secretly believe in fairy tales can be. A proper gentleman, Rick had called days before and we had made a plan: dinner and drinks on Thursday at 7, he was going to pick me up.
Thursday came. I was ready, early, just like my Mimi taught me. 7 came. 7:15 came. I got a text from Rick letting me know that he would be late–and I mean, we all know traffic is crazy, right? 7:30 came. As did 7:45 and another text-I should go ahead and eat, because Rick was super late. So me in my super amazing dress, and stunning shoes (like I have another kind) heated up a Trader Joes meal. Great date so far. 8. 8:30. Finally, 9 and Rick was waiting for me outside, and while the sarcastic gal in me wanted to rip into Rick (look, that kind of late is rude, period), I didn’t –I was betting on great drinks. And the drinks were great, we went to a martini bar, Rick apologized profusely, and I sat with my drink and prepared to learn more about this guy. Things, sadly, went downhill from there.
As it turns out, Rick had always wanted to play baseball as a kid. A normal goal, and maybe one that would have been in reach-you know, if he ever played. Yes, that’s right, Rick never played baseball. Not little league, not middle school, not high school, other than playing catch with his dad and friends, Rick had never picked up a bat. However, this didn’t stop him from trying out for his college team. (Takes guts, which I do applaud) To no one’s surprise, after years of not playing baseball, when Rick tried out for his college baseball team, he didn’t make it. Did that push him to train, try hard, and try again? Nope. Rick took it as a sign that his college coach was not a good coach, spent 4 years thinking about baseball, not playing, but decided to try out for the Minor Leagues. Spoiler alert: that didn’t end well either. I got to hear about this for hours, all while my acting skills were on full display, as I tried to pretend that this was normal date conversation. But don’t worry! Rick also insulted my sports teams, demanded to know if I thought he would be good at baseball, and let me know how trivial he thought my career was. The martinis were good, and I earned those suckers.
Thankfully, even the worse night comes to a close, and after what only felt like an eternity (but was closer to 2 hours), Rick took me home. Freedom was so close I could taste it. We turned on my street, Rick asked where he should park (you know, so he could come up). The fact that I didn’t sputter or have a heart attack is a testament to my ability to stay cool in a crisis. But to think–Rick thought the night went well, so well, Rick thought he would be invited up. I came up with some excuse about an early morning, gave an awkward hug, a punch on the arm (to really send home the message) and sprinted out of the car. (Maybe there’s a track team I can try out for?)
I thought I was safe. A week went by and Rick was silent. And if this story ended here, this would simply be another bad date, not that memorable. Loves, it went downhill. (Maybe there’s a making it worse team Rick could try out for?) Just when I thought Rick would be someone I could run into and be ok with, he sent me an email asking me out, and letting me know how much he was into me. I could ignore it. I could suffer through his adult disappointments. But I’m an adult, and while it’s not always comfortable, I believe in being adult with people. I let Rick know that I wasn’t available for the night in question, and while I enjoyed his company (Acting classes do pay for themselves, dad!) that I thought we would be better friends. Again, days of silence. I thought that was it. Until, the next week. Rick emailed me to let me know that “when makes an investment, he expects a return. He made an investment in my drinks, got nothing out of it, and would like to be repaid for the drinks I had”.
First–so many issues with that. Second, let’s be clear, I was out of Rick’s league and if I charged for my time by the hour the martinis could have cost $100 each, and he would still owe me money. Mind you, this was a good 10 years ago, and while it horrifies me that more stories are coming out like this (people, be better), and while I was sassy and confident then, I had no idea of how to respond to this request. WTF is wrong with you didn’t seem like the best option to someone I would most likely have to see again. So, I waited a few days, and then sent an email (crafted meticously with more than one friend) letting Rick know that I was sorry he was so disappointed, that I too was disappointed we didn’t hit it off (loves, I deserve mad points for not letting him know that his baseball story was crazy), and offering to buy rounds when our friend group went out again. I never heard from Rick again.
I dodged a bullet, but now again I wonder about Rick (turns out he found a woman who loved his stories and they have 3 girls–karma is really the best payback) and how many women he tortured.
I grew up in a house with a mom who LOVED Doris Day. We just to sing “Que Sera” and put on her movies whenever on of us had a bad day. From Pillow Talk to Caprice, and everything in between, my family loved her acting, feel good movies, and “good girl” image.
Weirdly enough, I didn’t think about Doris Day’s fashion until her recent passing. Did I know she always looked amazing? Yes. In my opinion, Doris mastered the casual before it was chic, but could also rock a fur coat (both are goals). And then, when she passed, so many pictures of Doris Day were posted and I couldn’t help but think: I”d love to get in her closet.
Sadly, we can’t.
Luckily, I have a solution. My mom sent me the below video of Doris Day and her style. It fascinates me. And only makes me want to copy every single outfit.
We all have a fashion story! I hope you enjoy Doris Day’s as much as I did!
A recent obession of mine? Fosse/Verdon. So much so, that I can’t help but let my fashion by inspired by it.
In one scene, Gwen Verdon (played by the incomparable Michelle Williams) wears the most perfect pantsuit. This is my version of that.
We’re all story tellers. I’m a big believer that fashion is just another way we can tell our stories.
Don’t believe me?
What’s your favorite movie? Play?
Can you picture your favorite character? Does it matter what they wear?
(Hint: yes. Yes it does)
This is by no means the first time that I’ve been fascinated by a TV show’s costume department (see here And here), and not the first time I’ve let you know I think fashion is a story telling medium. As an actress and a fashion blogger when things like stories I love (Fosse/Verdon) and fashion collide, I simply can’t contain myself. We can’t jump in the story, but we can jump in the fashion, and that’s almost just as good!
Side Note: Fosse/Verdon (which is on Tuesday nights on FX) is a must watch. We could chat about what we give and give up in relationships. What we sacrifice and kill for creativity. How when we don’t heal ourselves we hurt others. What men take from women. How Michelle Williams is gonna win an Emmy. How I’m constantly amazed at the creative output of Lin-Manuel Miranda (he’s an executive producer). We won’t. But we could. For days. My only advice?
What I can chat about today? The pantsuit. A novel thing in the 70/80s. Still a statement. The stories you can tell in a pantsuit are endless. The powerful CEO. The up and comer. The woman leaving. The one arriving. (And yes, in recent years the pantsuit has had some political meaning. Embrace that)
Even more interesting in your pant suit story? You can make one with seperates in your closet. These pants? Elaine Kim (use code RACHEL4EK for 15%off your first order at Elaine Kim). Blazer? I’ve had it for years (I think I got it on eBay). Shoes? Old Jeffrey Campbell, I can never seem to get rid of them as they might be the perfect wedge. And of course, a scarf and a belt. (If we’re channeling early 80s we have to be accessorized). But really, any blazer, any pants, any scarf will do.
Even if you’re not confronting your genius/hurtful husband.
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I’ll be over here in my leotard!
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More than once, I’ve been accused of packing (let’s say) generously. And yes. Maybe I do.
But is there anything wrong with that? What if there is method to my madness? What if packing isn’t something we should shame each other for, but something to commend each other for?
I had thoughts about packing and I walked us through them here:
And if you loved the outfits I made out of all that I packed, you’re in luck! 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!
Let’s not be ashamed of how we pack and what we make of what we pack! I’m getting so comfortable with that situation, and as I travel often, I feel like maybe I can speak for all us when I say: pack what you want. Let the fashion fall where it may!
Wiahing us all a week of generosity and amazing shoes!
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I won’t even address the fact that I’m in polka dots. Again. I can’t help it! And if they didn’t want me to wear dots, they would quit making them. Facts.
And now that we got that out of the way:
Loves. This dress. It made me feel like a princess (but the self rescuing kind). And yet, I could also see it with flats and at bbqs. (This kind of princess loves drinking on patios and won’t apologize for it. I think this dress would look great doing that, too!)
Without prompting, I can speak for hours about what I love about fashion, and the power that I think fashion has. I’m a firm believer that everyone needs a party dress, a fancy dress if you will, to celebrate moments (big and small) in their lives. Birthdays? No exception.
I fell in love with this Zimmermann dress the first time I saw it. And knew that I wanted to wear it on my birthday. (And also to walk in Paris, to summer soriees, and anything else my life could come up with) The thing about fancy dresses is that we tend to put them in a box. We think they can only be used for that party or that event or that soiree.
At that point we have two choices:
Yes. Buy the dress and wear it once
Rent it and wear it once.
(Actually there are three choices, buy it and wear it wherever you want!)
This time, I choose to rent–and yet, I still got to wear it more than once. Birthday dinner. The ballet for Mother’s Day, and this shoot. I absolutely love renting with Armarium and I think you will too (see here). Like this option? Use code RADELICIA for 20% off your first rental.
Want to own this beauty for yourself?
I found options here
(A quick sizing note: I’m a size 0/2 and went with the bigger size here. In retrospect, I wish I had gone with the smaller size–it was a little hard to keep up! Armarium has stylists on call, so if you ever have a question like that, reach out to them!)
There’s no bad option. And there’s no bad fancy dress. Where do you wear yours?
Loves, I take my duty to share with you amazing brands and places to shop seriously. So seriously, in fact, that when a brand/store gets on my radar that I am in love with, I get giddy about telling you. And Elaine Kim is not only a brand you should know, a store you should shop at, but if you’re lucky enough to meet Elaine-she’s a person you will love!
This brand is an amazing blend of cool and classic. They have amazing pieces (I’ve worn their leather sleeves this way) that can be worn edgy or more traditional. Think classic pieces: trenches, dresses, pants, with amazing details and fabric: linen, leather, leather lining, step hems. Every piece in the collection flows together, and yet it all fits into your waredrobe seamlessly!
Elaine takes a hands on approach, if you visit the 3rd St brick and mortar you may find her there. She is amazingly creative and kind, as is all her staff. Everyone is the store cares about your taste, feedback, and is willing to help with anything you need. From putting together outfits to picking accessories, Elaine and her staff work with you to find the perfect fit!
You’ve seen me in a lot of Elaine Kim. And there’s more to come. This season I’m loving this coat, which I’ve worn as a dress. There’s a vest that I’m wearing every which way you can imagine. All kinds of pants. But what I’m most excited to share with you is that Elaine and I have chosen to partner. Shopping at Elaine Kim, both in LA and at her pops ups (which happen all over), has become such a joy for me that I want to share it with you. You can use the code RACHEL4EK to get 15% off your first order. Yes, both online and at her LA store. There are so many great things that deserve your attention, and perhaps a place in your closet. You’ll see more and more of them here, and I hope you’d take a sec to shop her!
The even better news? Great clothes aren’t the only things to find at Elaine Kim, they also have amazing shoes and accessories! I actually fell in love with Elaine Kim from a pair of boots that I bought 4 years ago (and I still get compliments on them!) The shoes and jewelry are just as high quality and seamless as the clothes’ from pieces that can be worn edgy to classics that will carry you through seasons, these offerings are just as exciting! (Another thing I love: Elaine features and gives space to other artists, creators and women run businesses, it’s win-win!)
So, how can you get your hands on Elaine Kim? You can visit their website Elaine Kim, follow them on Instagram @elainekimstudio, or visit the store on W 3rd St in LA. I know you’ll love them like I do!!