Airport Chic

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Can we be honest? Airport outfits in the summer can be tricky. You want to arrive looking impossibly fresh–but it’s freezing on the plane, it may be super hot and your arrival, and your flight may be at 5a, making sweatpants a tempting option. There is a way to master this though–our friend from winter, layers. I found a cashmere sweater thrown on over nice shorts and a t-shirt got me from point A to point B with minimal effort. I threw a wrap and socks in my carry on for the flight. Hair in a bun for ease, glasses because contacts don’t happen at 3a. Comfy slides, snacks, reading material and a jacket just in case–and I’m ready. The real work horses here are my Pixi crayon combo–I use the highlighter on brow bone and eye corners, then use the “brighten” side in my crease and underneath my eye–that and plenty of mascara lead people to believe I’m awake. Chanel illuminating powder bronzer and Caudalie elixir (I spray it multiple times during flights, it has a great citrus scent, keeps me hydrated and tightens my pores). And even though the lighting in airports is terrible I don’t feel horrible about how I look!  And was able to get off the plane and straight to lunch!

I’d love to know–what outfits do you wear to the airport? What are your travel secrets?

Happy Wednesday! XO RA

Details:

Shorts: Jcrew Top: Jcrew Sweater: Equipment Shoes:Kate Spade Backpack:sold out similar here Crayon:Target Bronzer: Chanel Elixir:Caudalie
Other travel tips:
I use this mask/scrub and this hydrating mask to keep my skin looking great when I’m on the go!

Date Night

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You may have noticed Internet Friends, but I love to dress up–and really I will use any excuse to! So when a neighbor suggested that we “dress up” and have a “friend date” (aka drink wine on the back patio) I couldn’t resist putting on this flirty little number! I had been saving it for a night out–but a date, even a friend date, is a date! It was so comfy–yet the drama of the cape made me feel special, even barefoot. And there is no reason to prevent yourself from feeling special!

Happy Monday! I hope that it involves whatever makes you happy! XO RA

Details:

Dress: Zara

Sunday Chronicles: Letting Go

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A wise friend once said to me,” We do things until we can’t do them anymore”. She was referring to me beating myself up about not being able to make a choice- but on many levels she’s right. Every one of us hangs on to different things : ideas, people, things- and we hang on till we simply can’t anymore. There are so many different situations and so many different breaking points- but can we agree that the human truth is that is hard to let go of some things? Ideas, feelings, dreams, people, sweaters from 7th grade- any and all of these can be held onto for years.

And I’m the worst. Call it stubborn, call it loyal- but I can have a hard time letting go of things I love. Maybe it’s that the devil you know is better, fear of the unknown (are those the same? ), fear of loss, fear that nothing better will come along- there are times when we can all hold too strong and too long to things because of these and a host of other reasons. I have no answers for ideas, people, dreams- but clothes I can help with!

Here’s the thing about holding onto things for to long- and let’s be specific things you should let go of, there are tons of things you should hold onto forever, but that’s another post-if you hold onto the wrong things for too long, you’re not making space for new, better things. True in life, true in your closet. Is letting go easy? Not always, but some times you have to ask yourself – do I need this sweater from 7th grade? Or do I want new and exciting things?

I clean out my closet regularly but have found myself hanging onto things for that one day, or if I ever need whatever. I’m probably one of the only fashion bloggers to tell you that hanging on to some things out of nostalgia is aok (really), but some times you have to to let go. So this time -I did. All those things I’ve been on the fence on, the things I never wear- I’m getting rid of them. I got to the point where I coudn’t hang on anymore, and I’m finally ready to make room for new things (like fall Valentino boots!). And can I tell you? It feels fabulous!

I’d love to know: what’s your method for letting go of thing?

Wishing us all a week of making space for the good things to come, and of course amazing shoes! XO RA

And so much of my closet will be placed on Tradesy this week for sale. If you’ve ever wanted a piece of my closet this is your chance, my user name is rachelamorris, and things are priced to sell! I hope you find something you love- happy shopping!

Fresh Start

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There’s something about the change of season that feels like a new start. People usually talk about this feeling in fall- and yes- but there’s something about summer too; the days are longer, it’s sunny, and even if you’re out of school there’s a playful air about the season. It’s a time to change yourself- this week I got my hair done and found these amazing new shoes on sale. And that’s a fresh start I will take any day!

Happy Friday!! XO RA

Details:

Shirt: Jcrew
Skirt:
Jcrew
Shoes:
Alexander Wang

Swimsuit Season

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It’s summer (officially). It’s hot. I hope that your days are being spent by a pool, or a beach, or in front of AC. And while I am a fan of throwing on a swimsuit and cut-offs, or overalls, or a caftan, or one of those specialty cover-up dresses–sometimes that doesn’t cut it. Sometimes you (I mean me) forget that you have a meeting or a dinner right after the beach. Sometimes the water source is a ways away and there are meetings on the way. And sometimes the swimsuit is just so special it deserves more than cutoffs. I can’t tell you how much I love swimsuits with midi skirts, with jeans, with shorts–sometimes the outfit is so good if you don’t make it to the water it’s ok. I’d love to know–how do you feel about wearing a swimsuit as a big part of the outfit?

Happy Wednesday! XO RA

Featured :
Jcrew and Zimmerman swim, found at Anthropologie and Net A Porter
White skirt: Asos
Mules: Jcrew on sale!
Shorts: Jcrew
Sandals: Kate Spade
Jeans: Madewell
Espadrilles: Soludos

Jcrew and Anthropologie are my fave places to buy swimwear!

Minimalist

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Over night it’s summer. It’s hot. It’s sunny. Which aren’t necessarily bad things. It’s just that sometimes you’re hot, and running late–and the thought of putting on make-up and thinking out an outfit seem too much. The only thing to do? Keep easy basics like these on hand; the outfit requires zero effort and delivers maximum impact–all while keeping the chic minimalist vibe.

Hope you’re staying cool and your summer is off to a chic start! xo RA

Details:

Sleeveless Jacket:Zara on sale! I’ve been wearing it with everything–jeans, sundresses-it’s great!
Jeans: Zara, old, similar here
Top: Camisole from Target
Shoes: Emerson Fry

Star Power

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Every post I tell you I’m in love with some thing–but internet friends, it’s true. This dress. Can I tell you how long I’ve wanted this dress? It’s DVF, a season old and I’ve been in love with it from afar for what feels like forever. We’ve all been there–something comes out and it’s either too expensive at the time or our size sells out–for whatever reason it cannot be ours at the time. There are solutions though! I’m a vintage shopper so I have no qualms about “recycled” clothes–and lately I can’t tell you how much I’ve been loving sites like Tradesy and The Real Real. It’s consignment shopping–so people are reselling their design wear, it has to be up to the site standards, but it’s a way to find steals from seasons past–often you can find items with price tags still on.  Both of these sites have return policies so if you do buy something and you don’t love it, you can return it. I can’t tell you the deals I’ve found on both of these sites–I can’t recommend them enough.

What are your thoughts on consignment shopping?

Happy Friday! Wishing you great deals and great shoes! xo RA

Dress at Tradesy

Shoes: Brian Atwood, old, similar here

Also the crown braid I’ve been rocking all week? It’s thanks to Nicolette at Drybar Beverly Hills–she’s amazing. Her Instagram is @NICOLETTEJK_ if you want hair inspiration!

Are Monograms a Thing We’re Doing?

Yes, it’s a thing we’re doing.

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I’m a Southern woman–there is no answer, but of course they’re a thing we’re doing! I know some people don’t care for them –but I love a good monogram. I think it can personalize any item; and there are so many options out there you can find elegant and classy items–and literally put your name on them. I’m from a place where we monogram towels and pillow cases (yes, I have both) and love anything with my initials on it–as a child I was obsessed with the show “Laverne and Shirley”, and am still searching for the perfect monogram sweater!  Above are some of my recent fave monogrammed items. Let me know what you think! Do you like monograms?

Happy Wednesday! xo RA

Details:

Shirt: Dresshirt I’m completely in love with mine and have worn it with everything.
Skirt:L’Agence old
Night Shirt and Hat: Mark and Graham
Jewelry: Vintage pin, Max and Chloe
Other initial jewelry I love LuluFrost

Hidden Gem

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I really don’t think the pics here do it justice–but ya’ll this dress. I wore it the other day to an event at Saks and got literally 100s of compliments–even salespeople wanted to know where I got it, if it was Chloe and some even if they could grab a pic of it. Flattered? Of course. And the best part–this is an H&M dress. Yes, the embroidery is beautiful, it’s a soft cotton, and it flows amazing–and it was less than $100 at H&M. There are hidden gems to be found at every “fast” fashion store. The secret to finding them? You have to look thoroughly–be it in person (not just the front of the store) or online (not just the front page). You have to pay attention to material, cotton count, etc. And you have to be consistent–most of the “fast” stores don’t have set days for new clothes and the inventory can change every week–so you may have to glimpse through more occasionally (and that’s only if you’re shopping regularly, don’t need something don’t look–just don’t cross it off your list to peruse!) . Does this sound like work? I guess so–but the pay off is you can get lucky and find hidden gems like this one!

I’d love to know–what are your “fast fashion” secrets and big steals?

Wishing us all a Happy Monday! xo RA

Dress: sold out online, was told it might be in some stores still.

I do love this one and this one
Shoes: Rag&Bone

Sunday Chronicles: Taking up Space

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Sometimes topics come and hit you over the head, forcing you to pay attention to them. This week I was minding my own business, cruising the internet, when out of no where this article and this article kept popping up, on repeat. A sign? Maybe, maybe not; but when articles appear, I read them.

A note–I am one of those who have a hard time asking for the space I need (unless we are driving an then just try to sway into my lane–you have a horn coming). I believe in courtesy, compassion, and sharing-but a long line of waiting for others to recognize that I may need leg room/arm room/a seat has taught me that you have to take your space–others won’t give it to you. And yes, there are societal and gender issues at play; there are different types of space and different issues that surround each of them. I could write about them all but want you to not be reading till Monday! So, for today, let’s talk physical space–we can deal with other issues another day.

So space. We all need it– be it on a subway, an arm rest, on an airplane. So why do some of us have such a hard time asking for it? There are those who don’t–and yes, as a member of the former group I can be in awe, envy, and sometimes hate those who seem to take up all the space they need (and sometimes more) without a thought or care. Are those people inherently bad or selfish? I like to think not (yes, I could write about those who probably are). Some people just naturally take up space. I, personally, don’t–and it’s not that I don’t need it. I’m tall, I like to spread out as much as the next person, and know I deserve the sidewalk or public space as much as the next person. And it’s not that I don’t take space–it’s just that if others are taking up space (manspreaders, etc) or if the space is in debate (shared armrests), I tend to defer-not ask for space, let the other person have it.

So why? If I know I have a right to the space, why do I, and others like me, have a hard time asking for it? Maybe we expect people to notice what we need and give it to us–which has never worked for me. Maybe it’s years of training to be nice and not demand things–I’m a Southern woman, I know this. Maybe it’s a combination, maybe other issues come into play.  I don’t know.

I do know that I believe every single one of us deserves to take up all the space we need. And if people aren’t going to give it to us, we’re going to have to take it. Is this hard for me? Yes, but the good news is we can do hard things. So this week I’ve gone out of my way to take up the space I need. A guy at the movies had his legs spread wide, I willed myself to say “Excuse me” (not “I’m sorry”, another issue), and even though I had to say it twice, he moved. At the gym I stood my ground and held my space at the mirror while getting ready. Moon-landing accomplishments? No. But a start. This doesn’t mean my voice doesn’t shake sometimes, or I find it easy; but if other people are asking for the space they deserve, why shouldn’t I?

Here’s the secret guys, there is enough space for all of us. And if you aren’t getting what you need, you are going to have to ask for it. I’d love to know–is this something you struggle with? How do you deal with it?

Wishing us all a week of space and amazing shoes! XO RA