Play it Again

Investment Piece: Play it AGain
Investment Piece: Play it again
Investment Piece: Play it again

We’ve chatted about do-overs and re-wears. You may know that I’m all about you telling a fashion story as many times as you need to (fancy way of saying repeat an outfit), or switching up an outfit you love. In my world, there’s only one thing to do when something you love is finished playing.

Play it again.

Investment Piece: Nights in LA

I first shot this dress two summers ago (where does the time go?!) and have loved it ever since. It’s the perfect combination of simple (black dress) and statement (those sleeves). Over the years, I’ve worn it to parties and dinners, and have tried to make it feel new each time. (Not necessary when you’re rewearing something, there’s nothing wrong with the comfort of a perfect outfit. But there’s also nothing wrong with trying something new with someone you love!)

Investment Piece: Play it again
Investment Piece: play it again
Investment Piece: Play it again
Investment Piece: Play it again

My new favorite take on this outfit? A belt to help emphasize the waist, and help keep the cut outs from gaping too much. (Another helper is fashion tape). Add matching (ish) shoes and you’re old hollywood meets sexy. Perfect for parties, dinners, the ballet.

Love something? Play it again. In any new or old way that makes you happy.

What outfit do you rewear over and over again? Do you switch it up or do you always wear it the same way? I’d love to hear about it!

I’ve linked similar dresses to this one below for your shopping pleasure!

Xo RA

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Investment Piece: Play it Again

Sunday Chronicles: Do-Overs

Lately, I’ve been thinking about do-overs. I have so many pictures and outfits from when I first started Investment Piece and it was just me and my iPhone and a remote. Occasionally, I revisit them and think about sharing some of them. Or reshooting some of them. But, what would necessitate a do-over of something?

Both in fashion and in life, sometimes we need second chances. Or maybe there are times when the story isn’t finished. We all have favorite pieces or outfits, I know I re-wear things. Is that a kind of do-over?

I don’t think that do-overs are bad. And I don’t think that rebelling a story, or using favorites to tell a new story is bad either. But I am fascinated by the do-overs we do, the ones we pass on, and the process of making that decision. I don’t know that I have any answers, or even hard and fast rules about what I do-over. Do you?

In the meantime, what should I do with all these pictures? Do you want to see them?

And if you love what I’m wearing in the video (it’s a denim trench worn as a dress), I’ve linked similar items below for your shopping pleasure!

Wishing us all a week of as many do-overs as we need and amazing shoes!
xo RA

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Inspired By

Investment Piece: Inspired By
Investment Piece: Inspired By
Investment Piece: Inspired By
Investment Piece: Inspired By
Investment Piece: Inspired by
Investment piece: inspired by

I was lucky enough to recently make friends with a costume designer who inspired me. We met for happy hour the other week, and she told me story after story about one of her favorite outfits when she was younger: overalls, a silk shirt with great sleeves, heels, and her hair big. Inspired as I was, I couldn’t help but be inspired by that outfit. This is my take on it.

Overalls? Little girl? Maybe, but I think that when fitted properly, they can be chic. Heels? Always. And a great top with great sleeves? Done.
You’ve seen these pieces before: overalls and top. I loved them seperately. Together? I adore them. The sleeves make the overalls pop, and the way that necklace is obscured by the bib of the overall.

Most of all? I love my inspiration. The best part of style (I think) is that you can take inspiration from anywhere and really make it your own. My costume designer? I don’t think that her top was like this; but her stories made me remember how much I love overalls. It also made me think of how pairing things together can change the vibe of any outfit. Inspiration can come from anywhere, and our individual takes on outfits can make any combination special.

Who inspired your outfit today?
If the answer is no one, may I suggest this take on overalls? Pair them with any top you love and great heels, from teas to cocktails, you’ll inspire others!

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

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Armarium

Note: this post is part of my partnership with Armarium. All opinions are my own! By using code RADELICIA you get 10% off of all of your rentals from Armarium. I do not recieve compensation, but do get rewarded. I only partner with companies I love, truly adore these picks, and hope that you love Armarium as much as I do!

Investment Piece: Armarium

If you’re like me, and I bet you are, a struggle you may have is how to get all the fashion you want, store it, and yet support efforts for us all to cut down. When said all together like that, it can feel overwhelming. The great news? There is a solution! Armarium is my new go-to for renting designer looks for all my events.

Why rent? I can get a new piece for EVERYTHING I have to attend, I don’t have to worry about closet space, and it helps me spread my budget out. (Also, if you fall in love with something you have the option to buy it!) The process is seamless, and let’s me explore all the sides of my fashion personality, from suits to gowns to bags. This upcoming month I have a high tea for the Ballet, a cocktail engagement party, 2 birthday parties, and an investor meeting. Below are looks I love that are available for rent at Armarium. You can look though their collection here, and use code RADELICIA for 10% off!

Cocktail Parties
Investment Piece: Armarium
A classic dress for all my champagne needs!
Investment Piece: Armarium
I love how fun this fringe jumpsuit is!
Investment Piece: Armarium
Fun and Flirty and perfect for a night of dancing!

High Tea
Investment Piece: Armarium
Very British, perfect for tea.
Investment Piece: Armarium
You know I love juxatipositons, so when an event allows for it, I love playing with my accessories. This fringe bag is perfect for balancing out a tea!

Investor Meeting
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Take me seriously, but let me look fabulous! Suit Up!
Investment Piece: Armarium
I adore this set! (And yes, you rent it together!!) No meeting could go poorly while wearing this!

Investment Piece: Armarium
I have no place to wear this gown. But I love it. So I may need to find a place!

Stay tuned to see what I wear (posts/Instagram/all over). Every month, I’ll be sharing things I love from Armarium and what I’m renting! Don’t forget: code RADELICIA gets you 10% all rentals!

Happy renting!
XO RA

The Smock

Investment Piece: The Smock
Investment Piece: The Smock
Investment Piece: The Smock

The Smock.

A smock can be a few different things, from something an artist puts on, to a lightweight garment that men and women used to wear to stay cool. The smock story I’m most familiar with? My mom used to smock all sorts of clothes for my sister and I growing up. Yes, shocking also means the small pleats and embroidery.

This smock story? I saw this smock(Ed) dress below on Instagram (@desertvintage) and fell in love:
Investment Piece: The Smock
I thought of wearing it with heels, boots, and loving all the vintage of it. So imagine my surprise when I showed my mom, and she said she had made something similar in the 1970s.
Investment Piece: The Smock

If I thought I could love a smock when it was just fashion, imagine how much I love it when it’s from my mom!

Investment Piece: The Smock
Investment Piece: The Smock

Cool and yet chic, modest but high end. I want to wear this with wedges (yes, I had to play to the 70s vibe), flats, strappy heels, and boots. Especially these boots. From cocktail parties to days running errands, it’s the perfect dress for spring!

(There is so many pieces I have that are smocked. Keep your eyes peeled for a fashion story on the topic soon!)

The best part about the smock for me? I got to wear a little bit of family fashion history.

What’s your first thought when you think of a smock? Do you have any of your family fashion history?
I’ve linked some similar pieces for you below! (Also, check out Desert Vintage, I clearly love their taste!)
Xo RA

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Investment Piece: The Smock
Shop this look here

Sunday Chronicles: Happy Spring!

Investment Piece: When in Texas

Yes, loves, it’s “officially” been spring for a while, but we had one of those “last winters” and it hasn’t always felt like spring. Now, it does. So, let me be one of the first to wish you: “Happy Spring!” Spring is a short season in the places I live; summer comes very quickly. Yet, I love spring. I love the warm but not burning temps, the sense of beginnings, and the way we ease into things. Though it may be short, I’ve listed my favorite things to do during spring, from flowers to closet cleaning. However you celebrate I wish you all the joy that a spring can bring!

Xo RA

Wildflower Day
From pictures to just taking in the beauty, I think that a day spent in blooms is a day well spent. Make a day of it and do a picnic, or maybe a hike? Whatever you do, make sure that you enjoy the wild flowers before summer!

Closet CleanOut
I know, spring cleaning is cliche. But, it works. Spring is a great time to do a sweep of your closet, get rid of anything that no longer serves you, and move spring items to the front of your closet. It’s also a great time to make a trip to the cleaner or tailor and make sure that all the things you love for spring are ready!

Make a Spring Wishlist
Along with making sure your spring closet is clean, spring is a great time to make a spring Wishlist. Shocking, I know, that I would support shopping. But someone has to get all those great new spring things. It may as well be you! A Wishlist lets you make a note of what you need, find items you love, and stay within a budget!

Dine al Fresco
Before it gets too hot, spring is a great time to make use of the patios in your life. From dinners in the backyard to happy hours on a patio, I love being outside during this time of year!

I’d love to know: what do you love to do during spring? What’s on your spring bucket list?

wishing us all a week of new beginnings and amazing shoes! Xo RA

Dino’s in the Wild

Investment Piece: Dino's in the Wild
Investment Piece: Dino's in the Wild
Investment Piece: Dino's in the Wild
Investment piece: Dino's in the wild
Investment Piece: Dino's in the Wild
Investment Piece: Dino's in the Wild

I love Dino’s. Like, get excited similar to a 5yo, love Dino’s. I’m always down for any sort of rewatching of any of the Jurassic Parks, and when I find Dino’s on my fashion? Heaven.

Fashion is supposed to be fun. And let your loves and personality shine. So letting your Dino’s in the wild? Right up my alley.

This sweater was a must have for me once I saw these buttons. (The shoulder pads and deep v are just extras, and amazing.) I knew that it would look great (keeping the rest of the outfit all black and simple, let’s my Dino’s shine. It also keeps me from veering into the “too much” category.) And because these buttons are ever-so-subtle, people can be delightedly caught off guard by them. Did I recently say I wasn’t a jeans-and-tee kind of gal? (See here). It turns out that I don’t overthink jeans and a tee when it’s part of expressing something I really love.

Maybe that’s the secret to all fashion? Find something you love, or a piece that expresses something you really love, and wear it. Can it be that simple?

I’d love to know: what’s something that you just love? Are you able to express it with your fashion?
I’ve linked similar items below, including this EXACT sweater!
Xo RA

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Investment Piece: Dino's in the Wild

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