Spring Wishlist

Each new season there seems to be a new Wishlist I make. Items to freshen up my wardrobe, make things feel new, and celebrate the season. I happen to live in places where spring quickly bleeds into summer, but it’s still one of my favorite seasons. Spring seems to always be that perfect moment where it’s not too hot, but the layers begin to shed. So, what am I shopping for this season?

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Investment Piece: Spring Wishlist
White
Little white sandals to go with all sorts of dresses and jeans. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect white pant for year (shop some of the ones I’m considering here). White is just one of the colors that screams spring to me, and it’s all over my spring Wishlist.

Investment Piece: spring Wishlist
Linen Pants
I especially love these leopard ones! (If you love these exact ones, you can sign up for them here.) Linen is a go-to spring fabric for me (pro-tip, if it’s 100% linen it will wrinkle uncontrollably. A cotton/linen blend is always best!), and I love the selection we have this year!

Investment Piece: Spring Wishlist
Snakeskin
Yes, I loved snakeskin in the winter, and I’m still loving it in the spring. Especially with sandals like
these, what’s not to put on your spring Wishlist?

Investment Piece: Spring Wishlist
New Jeans
Every season, I want a new pair of jeans, and spring is no exception. Wide-leg, high waisted, cropped. There are so many jeans I want this spring!

Investment Piece: Spring Wishlist
Platform Sandals
Perfect for showing off spring dresses and skirts. And this spring Wishlist item will take you right through summer!

All of these spring Wishlist items are below for your shopping pleasure. I’d love to know: what’s on your spring Wishlist?
Xo
RA

Who Says You Can’t Go Home?

Investment Piece: Who Says You Can't Go Home?
Investment Piece: who says you can't go home?
Investment Piece: who says you can't go home?
Investment Piece: who says you can't go home?
Investment Piece: Who Says You Can't Go Home?
Investment Piece: Who Says You Can't go Home?

There’s a saying in vintage fashion circle. “What’s meant to be yours will always find you”. I’ve found it to be a very true statement. From the perfect vintage piece, to the one that seemed to stay around just so you could buy it, I find that we usually all get the right pieces. This doesn’t just apply to vintage.

In all shopping, I have a theory that what’s meant to be ours seems to find a way. With new arrivals this process can seem a bit easier, so while I will stand by it, I know it’s incredibly true for vintage and resale finds. What’s meant to be yours will find you; yes, with shopping you can go home.

And this is a story about going home.

It’s not that I don’t shop a lot (I do), but there are times when I save up and buy myself something special. Those shopping trips, and those items, are incredibly precious to me. The above shoes are such an item. Originally, I bought these shoes as a birthday present to myself, and I loved them. But then, tragedy struck and they were lost (fire). Knowing that they were important to me (and become very important to replace), I began searching for these shoes again.

(Some notes on resale shopping. This is one of my most favorite kinds of shopping as you can find AMAZING things; but it’s also the BEST way to get items you need to replace, or may have missed out on. If you do have something specific you’re looking for you can find it. Most things you want will pop up at some point, you just have to keep your eyes open. Local consignment shops are a great start-make sure the staff know what you’re looking for. I keep alerts on all the big sites: eBay, The RealReal, Vestiaire Collective, Tradesy, and Poshmar. Of course, there are a ton more sites! Just be consistent, use all keywords you can think of in your search, and of course, when you find something, buy it!

Investment Piece: Who Says You Can't Go Home?

I searched high and low to replace these beloved shoes. From onsite to in stores, I had my eyes peeled, and my sale alerts on. And then one day, out of the blue, these shoes appeared, and I was able to get them. Exactly the same, and just as beloved. You can go home, and what is meant to be yours can find you.

(Also, this dress is from one of those scary Instagram ads you get–but I love it!)

What fashion piece have you found that was special, or meant to be yours?
I’ve linked similar pieces to these above–hope some of those tickle your fancy!
Xo RA

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Ex-files: the break-up text

Investment Piece: Ex Files: The BreakUp Text

It’s ex-files, where we stop chatting fashion for just a minute and talk dating horror stories. An attempt to be like Carrie Bradshaw? Sure. But let’s be honest, dating horror stories are both horrifying and funny. Names may have been changed to protect identities, some details moved about. Hungry for more? Try: Tinder on an Airplane, Jumping to Conclusions, and The One Who Asked for his Money Back. There are quite a few more when you search “ex files” in the search tab!”

The Break Up Text

There is an infamous Sex and the City episode where Carrie is dumped by Burger via post-it-note. Which is horrifying. Have I ever been dumped via post-it? No. But I have been dumped via text message. And loves, I get that there may be times when a breakup text is warranted. Maybe it’s unsafe to do it in person. Maybe you’ve only been out once and it’s a quick “this isn’t a match for me” text. However, much out of those contexts, is a break up text ever ok?

Steve and I had been seeing each other reguarly for over a month. Long afternoon dates that stretched into evening, all day long text conversations, future plans had been made. In fact, the day of the breakup text, I saw Steve at a mutual friend’s lunch. We had just had a date two days before, it went great! We had plans for that very evening. So, I was a little taken back when Steve was a little cold when I saw him at the lunch with friends. Like, weirdly cold. But, not one to take everything super personally, I thought not TOO much of it, and continued to prepare for our date that evening.

Then I got it. A text letting me know that he no longer wanted to see me, that he wasn’t attending our planned event that evening, but that he wanted to be my friend.

As you can imagine, I was shocked, angry, and stunned by his timing. When called out for his poor timing (like really, you couldn’t make it through the night?!?) and his method (we had LITERALLY just been face to face), he got horrifically defensive and called me crazy.

(BTW one of the most amusing things to do is Google “Crazy Men Women Gaslighting” and let it tell you that your ex is a psycho path)

Needless to say, I don’t have a lot of respect for the breakup text. And I still think Steve was a coward for doing it. But???

I’d love to know your thoughts on the breakup text!

Wishing us all a week of non-awful texts and amazing shoes!! Xo RA

#OOTD Roundup

I have something to admit. There are days when I don’t get dressed. It’s not that I necessarily stay in my pjs all day (no judgement though); it’s just that sometimes my #ootd is a version of yoga pants and a tee. Simple. And I like to think, at times, still somewhat stylish. But all of the sudden, your view point on your daily outfits can change drastically when you start taking pictures of them for work.

I’m so grateful for my job, and I’m so grateful for fashion. There are times when making myself get a “real” #ootd on, and shoes I love, makes me more productive. (I think it’s the curse of working predominately from home that work can bleed into internet on the couch. The right outfit helps.) Also, there’s more than one day that I can get in my head and get a little anxious about things. (All the things) Call me crazy, but putting on an outfit that I love helps.

So, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite #ootds from recent weeks. You may have seen some of these on my Instagram (@racheladelicia), but some you may not have.

I’d love to know: what’s your go-to #ootd?
Xo RA

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Shop the look below via the link, or with your screenshot on the LiketoKnow.it App!

Investment Piece: #OOTD Roundup
Jean Jackets

Investment Piece: #OOTD RoundUp
Layering

Investment Piece: #ootd Roundup
Tough yet Sweet

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blue florals

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Just adore this vintage coat/dress

Investment Piece: OOTd Round Up
This sheer dress was also one of my first posts: Is Sheer a Thing We’re Doing?. I’m still doing it!

Investment Piece: OOTD Roundup
I love fashion. And Dino’s. Shop here. (This is one of my fave shirts and these shoes I hunted down for years!!)

The best way to stay up to date with all the things I wear every day? Instagram (@racheladelicia). Will there be some yoga pants? Maybe. But maybe also great finds!

Xo RA

Fashion Stories: Lexie and Spell Collective

Fashion makes for the best friends. I met Lexie at a lingerie party at Bloomers and Frocks. It was love at first try on. Then, as we got to know each other, Lexie shared with me her love of the brand Spell & the Gypsy Collective, how Facebook groups trading that brand influenced her style, and her love of vintage. I’m so fascinated by her story and I hope you are too!

I love telling your stories–what you collect, what you can’t get rid of, what you wear. But most of all, I love how fashion brings us together.

Xo RA

Some notes on Spell Collective! It is an Australian brand! You can buy it on their website (they do have an US option and they ship. Some thoughts: the Australian dollar is a better deal, and all shipping over $150 is free). However, the brand is also stocked in the states at various stores–Free People especially. And, maybe if you’re lucky, Lexie will let you in a Facebook Group for it!

I’ve linked some pieces of the brand I love below!

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No Set. Match

Investment Piece: No Set. Match
Investment Piece: No Set. Match
Investment Piece: No Set. Match
Investment Piece: No set. Match

Sets are popular this season. And, beyond the fact that I love them, I get why. Having pieces that can go not only with each other but with other things in your wardrobe opens up endless outfit opprotunities.
But what about when you have no set?
Match.
Upside of having pieces that didn’t come as a set? You can make your own. The above skirt and top weren’t sold together. I didn’t buy them in the same season. Yet, even with no set, they match. Yes, my loves, it is worth it to stock your wardrobe with stunning pieces that can be worn in a mutlitude of ways. Then, when needed, you can pair some together and viola! You’ve got a set!

(We might also be able to make the case that having great black pieces in your closet is key–just make sure that your blacks match. Blue-based blacks and red-based blacks are different, and a glance in the sun will confirm that! Though I also love making sets with white, red, and other pieces that go together!)

Investment Piece: no set. Match
Investment Piece: No set. Match

My tips for making your own set:

Keep it somewhat simple
I’m all about a statement –those sleeves–but statement piece with a statement piece with a statement piece can be hard to pull off. It can also leave you with no tying factor. The play? Sets match, and when making your own I find it easiest to pick one color or pattern and match those together!

But have fun
So you’re putting together a skirt and top. Or pants with a jacket. Basic, right? Above I cautioned against loading your set with statement pieces. But having a bit of fun? That I whole heartedly support. Be it sleeves, shapes, shoes, or just the feel of the set in general, sets are meant to be boring. Even the ones you make yourself.

Side note: if you want to be a bit forward this summer, try making sets with a crop top. Technically this top is a crop, it’s just a bit longer and the skirt is high waisted!

What are your thoughts on sets? Especially the ones you put together yourself?

I linked pieces similar to the ones shown here! Happy shopping!
Xo RA

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Investment Piece: No Set. Match

Sunday Chronicles: Introverts, Communications, and Hangovers

Investment Piece: Sunday Chronicles
Introverts, Communication, and Hangovers

There’s a great chance, by now, that you’re aware (or have a theory) on whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert. And maybe you have an understanding of how that affects your communication, and how introverts can get hangovers from too much interaction. I’m a fan of deeper understanding, and being aware of how you’re wired, and the best ways to communicate for you. We all have a love language (trendy doesn’t mean it’s not true), and there are ways for each of us to be our best selves.

This is not a post to promote any sort of label, push you to fully embrace your “vert-ness” (I may have just made that word up), or help you demand to be surrounded by people who only speak your love language. Also, this is not a post to disagree with your vert-ness, argue we should all get all communication, and that all this is bunk. This is a post about a week in which I was reminded that these labels about our “vert-ness” are not finite, we’re all on a spectrum, all communicate differently, and that introvert hangovers are a real thing. And all of that is aok.

I’m an introvert. I need time alone, and after being around people a lot I need to recharge. The twist? I’m a performer; I can be “on” with the best of them, give a good show, and I like that part of me. Also? For an introvert, I’m extroverted. Yes, I need time alone, not a fan of too much peopling, but I can chat people up and network. It’s a spectrum, and there is no right or wrong way to be an introvert. We all get that.

What I forgot this week? That when I forget to balance the different sides of my introvert personality the people hangovers are real. I spent too much time go-go-going and being with people the past few weeks, and had to give myself a lot of down time to recover. What also hit me? When I (or anyone) chats about their need for alone time (or space) it’s not always the way that someone else communicates. What does all that mean? I (and you?) have to be clear about what we need, take care of ourselves, and nurse a hangover that comes from interaction the same way we would a “real” hangover. We may also have to be active listeners when people tell us about their needs.

And the thing? That’s all ok. If everything is a spectrum, then even taking care of ourselves is a process that isn’t always a finite thing. Right? So, this week, I’m focused on letting myself be “on” and letting myself be “down”, telling people clearly what I need, avoiding hangovers, and really trying to hear people when they tell me their needs. What about you?

Wishing us all a week of no-hangovers and amazing shoes! XO RA

Overthinking (Jeans and a Tee)

Investment Piece: Jeans and a Tee
Investment Piece: Overthinking

I don’t post a lot of outfits that are just jeans and a tee. Part because there has never been a party dress I didn’t love (true since I was a tot). Part because I can overthink jeans and a tee. Talent? Weirdness?

Either way, the fact remains that I can call this Tuesday:
Investment Piece: Holiday Gown

And at the same time worry about jeans and a tee. Shooting this look? I worried that it wasn’t “enough”.

It’s not that I don’t’ wear jeans often, or just throw things on, or any combination of all the things. Jeans and a tee may be my “relaxed” go-to’s (as well as sundresses), but they can have me overthinking like nothing else.

Investment Piece: Overthinking
Investment Piece: Overthinking

The irony? I truly believe that a great pair of jeans are an investment piece. There is nothing like a pair that make you feel good, look good, can be dressed up or down, and make you feel like you.

***I personally think high rise is best, I have a naturally super high waist, and that’s a hill I’m willing to die on. But, if you like a low rise I get it–there are jeans out there for you.

Tees (and basic sweatshirts like this one) are my go-to’s from sleeping to workouts to pairing with skirts and pants.

So, why does pairing jeans and a tee together make me overthink so? (And yes, maybe that’s a question for therapy.) Is it that I feel that each outfit needs to make a statement? That it’s boring? Or is it simply that if I’m showing off fashion, that I feel like the SHINEST things should take the spotlight?

I don’t know. Now that I’m aware of this habit and overthinking tendency though, I’m actively challenging myself to be both a party dress lady and a jeans and a tee lady. We can be noth, right?

But, forgive me if I stick to my party dress ways for a while. They’re just too good not to!

I have linked jeans and sweatshirts I love (and even Vans, as I love a good Van!)

What outfit makes you overthink?

XO RA

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Investment Piece: Overthinking

Spring Sales

I don’t get cabin fever. Or, at least, I don’t get the kind of cabin fever where I’m itchy to go outside. My kind of cabin fever? The itch for something new. And with the seasons changing, my cabin fever is really bad. I dream of sundresses and sandals, straw bags and linen pants. Even if the temperature isn’t quite there, in my head, it’s spring. What do you do when a cabin fever itch hits?

Scratch it.

Lucky for us all, some early spring sales are here to help us itch in a responsible way. These are the sales I’m shopping this week!

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Nordstorm Rack
This spring sale has dresses up to 70% off till 3/30. Surely we can get something for now and later?

Net-A-Porter
And speaking of new for spring, at Net-a-Porter, the entire site is 15% off with the code NEWSEASONREFRESH

YOOX
This is a spring sale super sized. At YOOX take 45% off site wide! (Till 3/26)

Sale Picks
In the mood for some general Spring Sale Picks? I have you covered!

Jcrew
I came upon this sale last minute, and have spent my morning shopping! Get 30% off your entire order at Jcrew with code NEWNEW –and yes, new spring arrivals are included.
My picks live here.

What are you shopping for spring?

Xo RA

Dots in Ungaro

Investment Piece: Dots in Ungaro
Investment Piece: Dots in Ungaro
Investment Piece: Dots in Ungaro
Investment Piece: Dots in Ungaro
Investment Piece: Dots in Ungaro
Investment Piece: Dots in Ungaro

There are dots that are classic, that are modern, and dots that just speak to you. I’ve never met a polka dot that I don’t love, especially a vintage one, and especially dots done as well as Ungaro did them.*** This number, with the belt, rouching, drape, and sleeve detail is both a modern marvel, and makes me feel as if I’m in a great 80s show.

Usually, when I have great vintage, I can’t help but wonder about the owner before me. Who she was, what she did, where she wore the piece. And I’m not saying I don’t here. But. These dots also urge me to look forward. Teas, cocktail parties, summer events, I can’t help but think of all the places I can wear this piece to–and all the ways to wear it!

With shoes that emphasize shape.
(On my Wishlist are also minimilist white heels, and I would love to pair those with this dress as well!)
The belt with a white tee and jeans.
When I want to feel classy and yet show a little back.
On days when I need cheering up (this pink!).
Cocktail parties in the summer.
And spring teas.

The owner before me must have had so many stories. I can’t wait to write some of my own in this dress.

****(Vintage Ungaro is a must have in my humble opinion. The drape, the details, the shapes, and the feel of modern and timelessness make them pieces you can wear at any time. Ungaro started designing in the 1960s, dressed celebs such as Princess Di, then retired in 2005, selling the company. With new ownership, Ungaro still produces fashion that’s divine!)

I’ve linked some of my favorite vintage Ungaro finds for your shopping pleasure below!
XO RA

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Investment Piece: Dots in Ungaro