Escape

Investment Piece: Escape
Investment Piece: Escape
Investment Piece: Escape
Investment Piece: Escape
Investment Piece: Escape
Investment Piece: Escape

Escape.
She was bored. Even with the impending holidays, she needed a little excitement. A little adventure. She needed an escape. It was nothing personal, and nothing to fear; it’s just that sometimes we all need to be a little wild, a little different than we are, a little escape.
So, she got herself just that.
In the country, in the quiet, she was able to let loose. Never one to blend in, she let the escape be her canvas. From vistas to leopard sightings, what she really found in little moments of escape was herself again.
And don’t worry, she brought the clothes home with her. Just in case she needs a little city escape.

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Have I mentioned how much I love Amberleaf? And the coat selections they have for you this season are just…..I can’t imagine you needing anything else. From cashmere to classic cuts to every color you could want. They are worth escaping in!
(Remember to use the code RACHELADELICIA when you shop!)

Just because it’s coat season doesn’t mean that you have to resign yourself to bland winter fashion. Mix colors (how great are these gloves?). Wear print (well, leopard is a neutral, but there are so many prints out there to embrace). Your coat can be the star of your outfit, or a stunning topper. Realistically, you might not need an escape. BUT your outfit can be an escape from the ordinary, and I see nothing wrong with being ready just in case there’s a last minute get away.

This coat is Amberleaf and avaible on their site. I’ve linked pants and gloves for your escaping pleasure.
Xo RA
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Investment Piece Gift Guide

Loves!
I’m going to be honest- I have mixed feelings about gift guides. I love shopping, and love gifts, but often feel that gift guides are a bit impersonal. The best gifts (to me) are the ones that are so personal and thoughtful- and it can be hard for a gift guide to know everyone’s taste (said from someone who has put together many gift guides). Added to all of that, this year is this year- budgets, holiday plans, everything has changed. Maybe you’re not doing big gift exchanges this year (my family isn’t) or maybe you need suggestions for everyone you know (gift cards are also great for that!)

If you follow me on the LikeotKnowit or ShopStyle apps, you know that I’ve been posting gift suggestions for weeks (the looks are also shoppable in the site menu here!), but instead of posting a ton of gift guides on site this year I’ve decided to do just this big one. A mix of things I have and have made my life better during 2020, things on my personal Wishlist, and things loved ones of mine like (which means maybe you or someone you know may love/want them too!). I’ve done my best to include small businesses, ones I love and work with and ones I’m learning about.

I hope that this list includes things that will make wonderful gifts for you or someone in your life! I hope that this inspires you or reminds you of something personal to gift. I hope that you don’t forget yourself when you’re gift giving (even if that gift is simply a day off!)

And with all of that, here are some of the things I’m loving and gifting!

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1. Velvet PJs
Investment Piece: Gift Guide
This year we’re staying in more, and this time of year always makes me long for things cozy. But who says cozy can’t be chic? I’m longing for more pairs of velvet pjs (note you could also wear them out!) Here are some of my faves!

2. Mrs. Emily Circle Bag
Investment Piece: Gift Guide
We know that I love a Mrs. Emily skirt (see here). This season, she introduced her first bag- a circle belt bag that’s as chic as it is functional! Shop it here

3. Beauty Sets
Investment Piece: Gift Guide
I say this every holiday, but I love a good beauty set. Makeup. Skincare. It’s a way to try things out, and give the gift of self care. Shop some of my favorite sets here

4. Sweet Laurel CookBook
Investment Piece: Gift Guide
I’ve been gluten free for years, and this cookbook is one of the few I can use to make goodies for me- and the members of my family who love gluten love these treats too (and can’t tell they’re GF!). We had some of their pumpkin blondies this am for breakfast!
Buy the cookbook here

5. Vintage
The list of vintage shops I love is long (and I’ll be shouting out as many as I can on IG today so make sure to follow me-@racheladelicia- so that you can see what’s new in their shops!), but I know that shopping vintage for gifts can be daunting. My tips? If you’re buying for others make sure that you know what they want and their measurements! When in doubt give a gift card! However, there are so many options- from scarves to belts to bags to costume jewelry (vintage costume jewelry is so good!) that you may be able to find great gifts (or a gift for you!) with ease.

6. Little Gifts
Investment Piece: Gift Guide
From fashion playing cards to jade rollers to candles and more. As a stocking stuffer or as the gift, these little gifts pack a big punch!

7. La Luer Facial Device
Investment Piece: Gift Guide
My Nu Face gave out a few months ago and I’ve been looking for a replacement! I think I’m in love with the La Luer-it combines 4 different treatments, and the before and after pics are just stunning. Try this with me here.

8. Fitness Gifts
Investment Piece: Gift Guide
We know I love my fitness, and while there a ton of BIG gifts to give the fitness lover in your life (and I have ideas for those, too!), these are small things that the person you love who loves to work out will appreciate. Shop for them (or you) here
Note: a subscription to their fave online class is also great. I love to spin so the Peleton or the Variis app is a hit- but if they love barre my fave is MBody Online

9. Hair Turban
Investment Piece: Gift Guide
Anything that lets me lounge, look chic, and keeps my hair frizz free is a thing I love. From out of the shower to trips out, these hair turbans are on my list!

And beloveds, there is so much more. Gift cards. Homemade gifts. Date night. I’m still posting ideas for things to buy, and I’m here if you want to talk out ideas. I love to shop, and I think that our shopping is powerful, here’s to us all using that to give great gifts!

Xo RA

Mad for Plaid

Investment Piece: Mad for Plaid

I know there are plaids for all different seasons–and in comes in all sorts of colors. However, to me plaid is the season of Decemeber. Maybe it was all the matching Christmas outfits, maybe it’s all the Hallmark movies, maybe it’s the scarves? I’m not sure, but all I know is that during this month I reach for plaid over and over. I think every plaid that comes across my feed is amazing and I dream of plaid pants and dresses and more.

The rest of the year? I don’t shun plaid but I’m not mad for plaid like I am in December. So, this month, when we all need a little joy,I’m leaning into all of the things that make me happy. Yes, including plaid.

From plaid pants:
Investment Piece: Mad for Plaid
Investment Piece: Mad for Plaid

To plaid dresses:
Investment Piece: Mad for plaid

To everything in between:
Investment Piece: Mad for Plaid
Investment Piece: A Merry Little Christmas

I’m wearing my plaid pjs on repeat and adding all the plaid things to my cart. What pattern do you associate with December? Are you leaning into it?

I’ve linked some of favorite current plaid offerings from all over below!
Xo RA

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Investment Piece: A Merry Little Christmas

Sunday Chronicles: Holiday Traditions!

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I recently looked over this list of holiday traditions that I wrote about. Other than the events (Which from parties to the ballet are virtual this year), my list remains largely unchanged. And I’m happy! From eating to pjs to wishing for snow, I love my traditions and I can’t wait to dive right into them. What I’m adding this year? The tradition of grace- there’s so much changing, and we’re adapting. There are good days and bad. I’m not productive then I am. Grace is the thing I bet we all need most this year. And the faith that whatever we get done (or don’t), it’s enough. It’s something I’m adding to my list of things to do this year!

Traditions. They seem to be something that we cling to (maybe), enjoy, and are prominent at this time of year. If you think about what you enjoy at this time of year, most likely it can be traced back to a tradition. Me? I love traditions, especially holiday traditions. There’s something comforting about them, and if we let them, I’ve found that we can let them grow with us. There are things that I did as a child that I still love to do, and there are traditions that started a few years ago, and I love adding them to my list. No matter what or how you celebrate this is a season of tradition and family- and one of my favorites!
A few of my favorite traditions include:
1. Wishing for snow and collecting snow globes. Living between two places not known for their snow I’m obsessed. I love the fake snow that abounds and my goal is to one day see a ton of snow.
2. Decorations – I love all the holiday lights, trees, fake snow- all of it!
3. My sister, mom, and I get matching pjs for a gift on Christmas Eve- even though we’re no longer young it still makes waking up on Christmas special.
4. Traditional meals- not just the holiday meal but my mom’s Wassal (hot drink), her beef stroganoff on Christmas Eve, cookies, my Grandma’s Dr Pepper meatballs- it’s a season of eating.
5. Events like the Nutcracker. I love the ballet and as many times as I’ve seen it I just love the costumes, and dances. Related- this season I will watch “Miracle on 34th Street” about 1000 times.

I’d love to know – what are some of your traditions? What are you looking forward to?

Wishing us all joy and amazing shoes! XO RA

Classics

Investment Piece: Classics
Investment Piece: Classics
Investment Piece: Classics
Investment Piece: Classics
Investment Piece: Classics
Investment Piece: Classics

About this time every year, I begin to run around. I think I need more. I think the outfits have to be big-sequins! Color! Plaids! It’s like it can’t be the holiday season without big! Statements!

And there’s a time and a place for statements. And sequins. And big!

But it doesn’t always have to be the time for all of that. For someone who will tell you that classics and investment pieces are a part of your closet to invest in (sorry, I couldn’t come up with another word!), it’s always amazing to me how this time of year that I flat out forget about classics.

The thing is: classics can be big. And a statement. The most important thing? While they always look good, they’re always easy. You don’t have to over think them. Just put them on and go–and wow!

Black and camel (especially coats) are always my go-to’s. No matter what, they look elevated, they match, and yet they will get you compliments.

Even just running to the grocery store, it’s an outfit you can feel good in!

This year has been a doozy, right? (I know, I keep saying that, but trying to write/think/wear outfits without recongnizing that this year is not what we’re used to feels like I’m trying to pull over on you. And it’s not to say that different can’t be great, it’s just that this year is different. And it’s also aok for the transitions and loses and grief that we’re all going through to be hard!) Part of what’s getting me through are outfits that make me feel good. Especially at this time of year.

And yes, even this year, I’ll go big. However, there will also be more than one day that I reach for my classics- the tried and true pieces that I know will make me look and feel good. Maybe there’s nothing wrong with being reminded that you don’t have to go big, you can wear classics.

I’m sure that you have similar (of not these exact) classics in your closet. But if you need a refresh, or new classics, I’ve linked pieces like the ones I’m wearing below.

Let’s go big. And let’s wear our classics!

Xo RA

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Holiday Expectations

Investment Piece: A Merry Little Christmas

We are officially in the holiday season. Are you tired of people telling you that this holiday season will be different? Between the pandemic, and shut downs, I think we all know that this year may not look like years past.

And that’s okay.

It’s also okay to miss things. I’ve been honest that I miss dressing up, parties, and other holiday traditions-like going to see the Nutcracker. I don’t see the harm in being sad about things.

But just because things are different,and we might miss things, doesn’t make this holiday season bad. Right? It all comes down to our holiday expectations.

Wasn’t it Shakespeare who said that “expectations are the roots of all heartache”? He might have been on to something. Even in a “normal” year, the holidays come with loads of expectations, traditions, and nostalgia that can be hard to compete with. My dad is one of those that wants every holiday to be “the best” and “perfect” and while that’s great, the older I get the more I know that what makes something “the best” can often be little things, and perfect isn’t a thing.
Also, getting caught up in trying to recreate how things were (even sometimes outfits!) doesn’t always work out.

So, what are your holiday expectations?
I’m trying to focus on small moments-watching my favorite films, wearing things I love (even just to the living room), looking at Christmas lights, etc.
I’m making new traditions- setting up virtual parties, baking for my neighbors of having them over, and indulging myself however is safe.
I’m also changing things around here. Normally this is a time where we would do a lot of holiday gift guides, and while you can still find those (and so much shopping inspiration) over at LiketoKnowit and Shopsyle, I’ll be doing one gift guide here (really focusing on shopping small!). I’ll be sharing outfits-with not an eye towards big parties but things that are luxe and that you can lounge in! And I’ll be sharing holiday traditions – from movies to what I’m baking to all the little things that will make this holiday for me.

This year will be different. And what if instead of tensing around that, we let our expectations be high? That we get excited about what could be the perfect and best holiday?

What are your holiday expectations? And plans? Even if it’s different, how are you handling this season, and what are you doing to get excited about it?

Tell me them all!
Xo RA

Cyber Monday Sales

Loves! If it was a holiday weekend, I hope you had a good one! If it was a regular weekend, I hope it was a good one! And of course, now we’re on to the sales. I’m sure, like me, you’ve gotten a ton of emails since last week from every brand that you’ve ever interacted with, letting you know about every sale. It’s overwhelming (or maybe that’s just me). It’s part of my job to let you know about great shopping opprotunities (the irony) so I did want to round up a few of my picks. Of course the best way to follow all my sales picks is to follow me over on LiketoKnowit or ShopStlye. I also have small business picks there and over on IG!

It’s a lot. And if you’re not looking for sales right now, I get it. Wednesday we’ll be out of our holiday slump and back to our regularly scheduled programming.

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Investment Piece: Cyber Monday
Not the time or the place for the “are leggings pants debate” but Spanx has the entire site 20% off

Investment Piece: Cyber Monday
H&M has everything 30% sitewide, and another 10% off if you become a member (it’s free!)

Investment Piece: Cyber Monday
You can shop the Nordstrom Cyber Sale and get deals up to 70% off!

Investment Piece: Cyber Monday
Chic and classic and 30% off with code CYBER30 at Paige
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Investment Piece: Cyber Monday
At 7 for all Mankind get 40% off everything with code FAM40

Investment Piece: Cyber Monday

Hope you find deals and things you love! Happy Shopping!
Xo RA

Ex Files: Holiday Edition

Investment Piece: Sunday Chronicles

I’ve never had the pleasure (or horror) of having a break-up happen at the holidays. Being sad over an ex? Sure. But the actual breakup?

(This may not be a sign of anything other than the guys I’ve dated knew they wanted out way before there might have been holiday expectations!)

But, as we’re coming off a holiday weekend (happy thanksgiving, if you’re not stateside and this was just a weekend- happy weekend!) and we may all be in need of some entertainment. So, I’ve rounded up these holiday breakup stories! Let’s laugh, and be extra kind out there- you never know what someone is going through!

Holiday Breakups that are neither Merry nor Bright

I got dumped at Christmas

And

Ridculous Breakups

Maybe this holiday wasn’t what you wanted, maybe there was burnt food or not enough pie. Maybe your fave thing sold out at the Black Friday sales. But I bet you didn’t get dumped. So we have one thing to be thankful for (or maybe a great story to tell!)

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

Happy Thanksgiving!

Investment Piece: Hostess Gifts

Happy Thanksgiving! I know that this year has been a doozy, and perhaps your usual holiday plans have been waylaid. It’s hard. I keep reminding myself that having a roof over our heads, clean water, and the health of myself and loved ones means that we are rich beyond measure. I’m also so grateful for you, and this little corner of the internet that we share. No matter how you’re celebrating this week (and there is no right way), I hope that you’re feeling loved–and that there’s plenty of your favorite food!

Some “programming” notes. I’ll be posting sales picks (if that’s your thing) on my LiketoKnowit and ShopStyle accounts all through the weekend- follow me there for all sorts of shopping info! There’s a special holiday “ex files” headed your way Sunday, and Monday I’ll be rounding up sales you absolutely can’t miss! Then we’re off and running into the holiday season- making merry at home.

I’m so grateful for you, and for us.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Xo RA

Sale Round Up

This is traditionally a week where the holiday sales start, especially Friday through Monday. However, while this year has been hard in some respects, one of the good things is that sales are starting early. Way early. Below is a round up of some of my favorite current sales. Of course, as the week goes on this list will grow and if sale shopping is your thing the easiest way to stay on top of my sales picks is to follow my shopping picks here on site, or on the LiketoKnowit or ShopStyle apps!

While this holiday week is different, I hope that you’re safe and healthy and surrounded by love!

Happy Shopping!
Xo RA

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Investment Piece: Sale Round Up
Nordstrom has started Black Friday early and you can get deals on almost everything! You can shop my picks http://liketk.it/31Gtb>here

Investment Piece: Sales Round Up
Shop my picks form the designer sale at ShopBop here

Investment Piece: Sales Round Up
H&M started Black Friday with a pre-sale, where you can get up to 50% off style picks to last the whole season. Shop my picks here

Investment Piece: Sales Round Up
The Net-A-Porter sale has all the chic designers at affordable prices, shop my picks here

Investment Piece: Sales Round Up
Are you a Madewell Insider? Join today! It’s free! This week it gets you early access to their Black Friday Sales where you can get up to 50% off top picks. Shop my picks:

Investment Piece: Sales Round Up
Black Friday has also come early to Verishop and these are some of my favorite things!

Happy Shopping! Happy Eating! Happy Whatever it is you’re up to!
Xo RA