Sunday Chronicles: Back At It

Investment Piece: Back at It

Loves!! How was your holiday? Did you get what you wanted? Was there family and friends and a fantastic time? What did you do for NYE? Wild, out and about, or in bed early?

My holidays were great- a mix of family and friends and fun, with a hefty dose of relaxation. A lot of champagne was had on NYE, and yet, I was still in bed by 10! It was the best of both worlds.

And now? I’ll be upfront- I’m easing into 2020 much slower than I thought I would be, wanted to, and planned on. I caught whatever it is that’s been going around, and since about NY have been trying my best to get well. The goals/plans/pics I wanted to get a jump start on? I’ll get to them, it’s just not happened yet. So today, I’m holding space. I know that this new year is full of exciting things for us, but know I don’t do anyone any good by rushing into them sick. I’m resting and planning, getting my goals down today. Tomorrow? We get all new content.

Thank you for holding space, the looks and sales I’ve been shopping are available on the LiketoKnowit or ShopStyleCollective apps (or over on the menu!). See you tomorrow?

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

Sunday Chronicles: Embracing the Suck

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I know. My image doesn’t really go with my title. The issue? I’ve had one of those weeks. Not a bad week- there was plenty of good- but one where I felt stuck, inspiration was non-existent, and nothing went according to plan and was 10x harder than it needed to be. Case in point? I ordered “The Year of Yes” (Shondra Rhimes) and “Big Magic” (Elizabeth Gilbert)- those books were supposed to be in the picture too, and I was going to tell you all I had learned or was exited to learn from them. They didn’t come in time. So- what do you do when a week like this happens? While this is an option:
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(And can help), it’s not always a solution.

I did make it to see “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” this week (see it!) and was reminded of some advice an old acting coach was fond of:
“Embrace the suck, it’s the only way to move forward”.

The character in the film and my old coach are right- sometimes things suck. They don’t go our way, everything is off, and we don’t know what to do. And most of the time the answer lies in simply embracing where you are and moving forward from there. Does that sound easy? I know sometimes it’s not. But sometimes inspiration comes when we go looking for it, things begin to go our way when we continue to put one foot in front of the other; and it’s been my experience that weeks like this are always balanced out.

So my plan for this coming week? Read, write, paint- photograph fashion that I like, and hope you do too. Embrace the suck and move forward- trusting that it can’t suck forever.

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

Sunday Chronicles: Ifund Women

Loves! We received some exciting news this week, our IFundWomen campaign has been extended. As of now, we are up and running on the IFundWomen site (you can find our project here) till Septemeber 30th.

If you’ve been coming here for a while I’m sure that you read about our campaign (for expample here), and know that we are so incredibly passionate about sharing our love of fashion and women owned businesses with you. Your support, your views, you liking and us and sharing us with your friends means so much to us. And me, personally. I don’t know how to live my life without loving shoes, putting together outfits, and sharing it with you. You letting me into your life and closets, your support, makes it a little easier to be me.

As our campaign is being extended, let’s chat a bit about what we’re going to use the IFundWomen money for; asking you to give is a big thing, and you deserve to know what your money will go towards. We, here at Investment Piece, love sharing our fashion sense, tips for shopping, and bits of our live with you. We will continue to do this, and use part of the IFundWomen money to upgrade our site and continue to do just that.

However, the thing that we are most excited about, and what the bulk of our goal money will go to, is developing a video department. We want to go into women’s closets and allow them to tell their stories through their clothes. To do so, we need backing. To meet our own high standards, and give you the best quality possible, we want to do this right: this means cameras and crews, and travel. We want this space to be for all of us, and for that to happen, we want to include all of our stories. To tell our stories we need help. And we want to tell our stories.

We would be so honored if you would give, share, and tell your friends about this project, and blog. Let’s grow together.

XO RA

Sunday Chronicles: Summer Bucket List Revisited

Investment Piece: Sunday Chronicles: Summer Bucket List

In June, I came up with a list of things I wanted to do this summer (you can find that here). It’s August. Almost half way through August. Which is exciting, and terrifying, and means that this may be our (my) last chance to get some things crossed off my list! So Let’s revisit, shall we?

Travel
I’ve had amazing trips to LA and CO, and have one more trip this month. That may be all I get, which means that there was a lot of travel that I didn’t get to. My solution? I may have to schedule a stay-cation and really see some of the sites here–as well as get to planning my fall/winter trips.

Try New Workouts
I have dropped the ball here. My solution? I’m going to try something new this week! Follow me on Instagram and we’ll see what I do/how I like it!

Read All the Books
Real Talk: this was hard for me. I’m an avid reader, but this summer I felt like I couldn’t get into anything. I have a few more weeks left, so I’m hoping that I can get a few more in this week.

Eat
I did eat a lot of gazpacho and drink some rose. There’s always room for more though! And there’s a prosciutto and melon platter that makes my mouth water!

Explore the City
This is one that I would love to devote more time to in the upcoming weeks. From events to museums, to new places to eat–I can’t wait to get out there and see what there is to be seen!

What was on your summer bucket list? And how’s your progress? I know it can be a little overwhelming, thinking that this is our “last chance” to get all the things we want to done. But what if we reworded that? Instead of thinking of these last few weeks of summer as our “last chance”, what if we thought about the last few weeks of summer as a gift to get some more summer fun in??

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

And Loves! It’s the last few days of our iFundWomen campaign. You can find it here. Any amount, any sharing, any support is deeply appreciated.

Sunday Chronicles: For Sale

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Loves! We made it to another Sunday! I hope that this week was great, that you were productive and you surprised yourself. I hope that you found some rest, some quiet and that this weekend brought some respite. I hope you got to sleep in and take your time over coffee. Or, if that’s not your thing, I hope that you were up with sun and running (in your own way). Me, I’m working on balance. There’s been work and workouts and charging ahead. There’s been rest and proper sleep ins and books that I’ve devoured. Coffee and bone broth, wine and snacks. And now, it’s Sunday. And we have a lot to get through!

First, this is the last week that my closet picks from my massive closet clean out are still for sale! This is your chance! See the original listing here. I have shoes, clothes, some accessories, all for sale! Please email me at racheladelicia@invetmentpiece.com if you’re interested. This week isn’t good for you? I will let you know when the sale hits other websites, and always feel free to email and ask!

(Side Note: Wondering what all is for sale on site? After every outfit post you can shop my picks of similar items below the post, my Instagram and other picks are for sale under the “Shop My Site” tab, and as of this week my Pins are shoppable! So if you follow me on Pintrest and are interested in a piece, the pin will let you know what is available for sale! Want to shop with me? Email me at racheladelicia@investmentpiece.com and we will chat!)

Second, I was made aware that last week’s Sunday Chronciles failed to load (there’s a bad joke in there some where). I don’t want you to miss out! So, if you like, you can check out that post here.

And third! It’s Oscar Sunday! As an actress I look forward to tonight, and yes, as a child I practiced my speech in my head all the time. We could get into all of the politics of the event, and I have opinions, but more fun? The fashion and the night! I will be posting my favorite looks from the red carpet and thoughts on the awards this evening! Make sure you follow me on Instagram (@racheladelicia) and on Twitter (@racheladelicia)!

I hope this week is good to all of is, and includes amazing shoes!

And don’t forget–my clothes are for sale! Shop them!

XO RA

Sunday Chronicles: Goals

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It’s that time of year! We turn the page, we start anew, we set our goals. There’s much ado about our resolutions and how to stick to them, jokes made about them, and the reality is that some of us let our goals go. My thoughts on goals? I love them! I think that they can act as a great catalyst or game plan to get us to that great live we want. However, I also think that we have to be smart about them, goals are powerful, and I truly believe that we can create anything we want–but how? Here are my tips for goal setting:

Decide What You Want
I mean really decide. Here’s the deal: General goals beget general results. This is your time to be incredibly specific. Want to lose weight? How much? How do you want your body to look? Want a great relationship? What exactly does that mean to you? The more specific, the more juicy detail you can add only helps you.

Believe You Are Worthy
Women, in particular, tend to talk ourselves out of our goals. “I’d love to be a but I’m . I’ve had acting coaches and athletic coaches alike tell me that the number one difference they see in those who achieve their goals and those who don’t is the belief that they are worthy of their goals. And loves, you are worthy of your best life. You are worthy of your best. When your goals are built on top of that, you are unstoppable.

You Change Your Daily Life 
Call it your habits, your system, your plan. Goals and results don’t fall from the sky (or if you have information on how they do–hook a sister up!). To get what we want we have to change what we do (yes, there’s more than one cliche about this). I’m the first to admit that I’m a big picture woman, I can see the big thing I’m after, and often the breaking the goal up into small steps is difficult for me. However, I’ve noticed the biggest changes in my life, the resolutions that stuck so to speak, were built on things that I changed about my routine. If your goal is to lose 10 lbs the reality is you’re going to have to change how you work out and what you eat. And every goal is like that!

It doesn’t have to be big
Here’s the good news about our daily changes: they don’t have to be big. Knowing that I can think big, I am aware that I can set myself up for failure by trying to do the impossible. The great news? The possible, small bits of possible, make up the impossible. Let’s stick with our weight loss example: 10 lbs isn’t coming off over night, and you won’t go from laying on the couch to running marathons. BUT you can move 20 mins more each day, you can make it to the gym one day, you can eat more veggies one day. Those little things add up, and can make big change.

The biggest trick of all? You just have to start. Loves, I don’t think that the beginning of the year is by any means the only time to set new goals. Any time you want to set a new goal, the world is your oyster. I think that visualizing and really believing in your goal are key (I love vision boards, I think our self talk can change our lives, I think we create the world we want by our thoughts and actions). I also believe that big impossible things can happen, but just in case we do little, possible things each day. And lastly:

Learn to be Grateful in the Hallway
When you’re waiting for a door to open, or a goal to be achieved, it can get frustrating in the meantime. It can get overwhelming and scary and seem like a great idea to give up. I don’t believe that you have to be a cheerleader all day every day. Yes, we become what we believe, but occasionally days suck. And it’s OK to admit that. Gratitude is something that we talk about, and can be trendy, I can say that it works. I have a spin teacher who I love who preaches that while you’re waiting on God to open your door, you have to learn to praise Him in the hallway. To say thank-you before you get what you want. Sound out there? Try it. I can personally testify that having an “attitude of gratitude” is life changing, and helps you get what you want faster–not to mention you enjoy the ride a little more. An acting coach I had once challenged us to keep a gratitude journal for a month-that each morning we were to write down 3 things we are grateful for; they could be small (coffee), big (family and friends) or that thing you want so much (your goal). We were challenged to see what our life was like at the beginning of a month, and then again at the end of the month of this task. I challenge you to try it!

So, how do you work on achieving your goals? Are you a resolution type? What do you think of my “methods”?

And if mine weren’t enough, I love these articles about goal-getting!
From Forbes
James Clear
And Inc

Wishing us all results and amazing shoes! XO RA

Sunday Chronicles: Making Merry

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It’s that time of year, loves. Parties, presents, events, church, love, peace–making merry. The lights and tree are up, everything is decorated, you may have cookies in the oven now. For some, making merry and getting in the spirit is easy; for others, making merry isn’t automatic. I love the holidays, but know that for many this time of year is difficult, for many reasons. And many of us have had a hard year. This time of year is fun, brillant and beautiful, but also comes with the pressure of being merry. We often feel as if we have to be happy, and in the spirit all the time. But what if you’re not? What if you find yourself the opposite of merry? I’m no expert but I do have some ideas:

-Don’t Force It
Loves, many of us have had a hard year. The holidays in general can be difficult for some, between family issues, and the added stresses to budget, time, and the expectation that we’re merry ALL THE TIME. So you’re not in the spirit? Don’t force yourself to be. This is not me telling you to not participate in the holidays (but loves, that is valid and you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to), but me saying if it’s not natural forcing yourself to go over the top with merry isn’t a solution. Accept where you are. Do what you like. Ask your family to understand. The season is not about the biggest presents, decorations, or parties attended. The season is about love and peace, and offering that to yourself is a great celebration of the season.

-Volunteer
A gentle reminder that if you woke up this morning, have clean water that comes in both hot and cold, and know that you will eat today, you are incredibly rich. In this season of giving, remembering those who are less fortunate is something that can get you in the spirit, and help someone else. A great way? Adopt a child or family through the Salvation Army. No matter your personal level of merry, let giving someone else a holiday miracle get you in the spirit! More information on giving to the Salvation Army can be found here<.

-Do What You Love
Love Christmas music? Blast it. Love movies? Watch them. Baking? Fill your kitchen with goodies. There is no “one” or “right” way to celebrate this season. We all have different traditions, views, and ways of getting through the end of the year. No matter what it is that you love, if it brings you joy at this time of year–do it. I am aware that you may not get out of doing things that you don’t love, but if you can focus on what you do, you can find some merry there.

I’d love to know–how do you make merry? What do you do when you aren’t in the spirit?

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

Sunday Chronicles: Red boots and Sass

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We change as we grow older, but in many ways we stay the same. I’ve always had my fair share of sass (ok, more than my fair share), and if you look at some of the graphic shirts I love, that hasn’t changed much. I’ve had a fashion sense, and loved outfit styling from a young age, something that has stayed constant. And I’ve always been adamant that I will wear what I want–no matter what. My mom loves to tell the story of how, as a 1.5 year old, in the middle of winter, I wanted to wear my purple leotard out. I did. And I made my mom carry the two back up outfits and coat for me. Again, in some ways I haven’t changed that much (though I tend to wear a bit more than a leotard now, I am a fan of back up outfits). I was, and can be, stubborn and sassy (in both amazing and perhaps not so amazing ways). But more than the leotard story, what has always been the image of my “sass” are my red boots.

I had many pairs of red boots as a kid, and I loved them! (Different story, I’m a firm believer that all women need red shoes, Dorothy taught us that, but let’s chat about that later!) Red boots made me feel powerful, fun, and I worked them with everything –skirts, shorts, jeans, even leotards. Without me saying a word, they let the world know that I was there, and not afraid to be seen. And if the world didn’t pay attention I was more than willing to stomp those red boots to get my point across. Part talisman, part statement, I loved the way the boots made me feel, and how they looked. They gave me permission to be myself, sass and all.

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While I currently don’t own red boots, I like to think that I wear what they gave me–confidence. They were a safe way to stand out and be heard. I love fashion, clearly always have, and while the way fashion looks can be breathtaking, the most important part of fashion is how it makes you feel. And we all deserve a piece that brings out our sass, in the best ways. Recently, I gave a little girl in my life a pair of red boots. Because they were darling and perfect. I hope she loves them–but more importantly I hope that she takes the red boots to heart, and isn’t afraid to hide her sass.

Wishing us all a week of sass and amazing shoes! XO

Sunday Chronicles: Halloween +Event

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Loves! It’s almost Halloween! I realize you may have celebrated last night (in which case may I recommend coconut water, charcoal, and a burger). My big plans? My all time favorite movie Hocus Pocus, and handing out candy with my sister! If you need costume ideas for your plans might I suggest this, this, this, this or this. I hope whatever you do, or don’t do, there’s candy and good times to be had!

If you follow me on Instagram (and I hope you do @racheladelicia) you know that I have an event coming up!
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If you’re in Austin on 11/10 I hope that you join me at Bloomers and Frocks! We will have wine, snacks, and great holiday styling tips (as well as some of the most amazing vintage! See my review of Bloomers and Frocks here)

Happy Halloween! And hope to see you soon!

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

Sunday Chronicles: Anti-List

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Loves, the thing is if you know me well, you know I’m not anti-list. I love lists! I make to-do lists, shopping lists, wish lists, shooting lists, lists about my schedule, wants, needs, gratitude. I use lists in all sorts of ways (and yes, get a strange satisfaction from crossing things off my list). So anti-list? Yes, loves, I am. Let me clarify. The list that I’m anti? The ones on Facebook, online, magazines that let you know what you MUST wear, what you HAVE to have, what you CAN’T wear (especially at a certain age), what your relationship MUST do/be/look like. Those lists I’m very anti.

Which may strike you as a little odd, after all I am a fashion blogger. I present ideas to you about what to wear and how to wear it. I have opinions about fashion. However, loves, my goal is never to come across as the fashion police. You don’t have to take my advice (or my two cents). I hope you do-I hope you like what we got going on here. But lists of what you CAN’T or HAVE to wear or do: that’s not my style. Here’s why: I think style is personal, and that there’s absolutely no age limit or have to with it. That’s part of the fun! Style is a way to express yourself, and I don’t believe in placing limits on expressing yourself.

Yes, your style is going to change over time. Yes, you may not like every trend (which I wrote about here), you may not feel comfortable in everything presented to you. That’s ok. Don’t wear what isn’t for you. However, don’t avoid any piece of style simply because a list tells you to–you are beautiful and strong and we get to wear whatever makes us feel great. No matter our age, no matter our size, no matter what a list says.

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And lastly the one list that I like: here
Wishing us all a week of self expression and amazing shoes! XO RA