High Drama

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I keep saying that layering is the secret of life–and internet friends, it’s true. While this silk skirt is just as great with a t-shirt, sweater, or button down–and this strapless tunic looks amazing over everything from a pencil skirt to jeans–layered together they created a perfect high impact outfit for a friend’s pre-holiday party. And the shoes–while old (and basic black pumps or sandals would also look great!) I love the drama that the petal in the back adds!

Happy Wednesday! XO RA

Details:

Skirt:Lee Matthews
Top:C/Meo Collective
Shoes: old, similar here

Brand to know: ASOS

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I hate to call Asos a brand, it is an online store, but it does carry it’s own brand—and for as great a find as it is, I’m always surprised at how many people don’t know about it! Asos is based in the UK, and I think they can best be described as a mix of Zara/HM/Anthropologie/Depeartment Store. As previously stated they do have an Asos brand, but also carry other UK/US brands, both low and high price points. They have a great, on-trend, collection of clothes, shoes, swimwear, sleepwear, and make-up–and some of my posts have been full of their offerings!

Great Things:
– They offer both free shipping and free returns
– Have a wide selection of on-trend items, but everything is very well made!
– Because they carry so many brands at so many prices you can find almost anything there!

Not-so Great Things:
-Sizing can run a little small (I find this to be true at many UK/Australian brands) so make sure that you check the measurement guide!

Tips:
-New inventory is added all the time so if you’re looking for something particular make sure you check Asos!
-They also restock, so if an item you love is out of stock make sure that you check back
-The site doesn’t offer a true wishlist, but you can “save” items for 30 days
-I absolutely adore their dresses and can’t recommend them enough!

I’d love to know–do you shop there? What are your “things to know” about Asos?

Happy Tuesday! xo RA

Posts from Asos:
Ladylike
Devil’s In The Details

My Picks:
I may need to buy this dress
Love this jumpsuit
I think this skirt is perfect for winter
and love these shoes

Fall Grey

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While I think grey is a year-round color, I am loving these fall offerings of the shade! Wool that’s easy, cropped and soft pairs well with a heather sweatshirt that’s dressy enough for the pant. And the heels on those shoes! They’re enough to get you through Monday, or whatever comes your way!

Happy Monday! XO RA

Details:

Pant:Jcrew
Top:Jcrew
Shoes:Zara

Power Pink

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Amazing trousers are always a great investment–dressed down, up, classic or fun, they can truly be a workhorse in your wardrobe. And these pink wool ones are making my Friday. Classically cut but in a pop of color it’s the perfect pant for fall.

Hope you’re having an amazing Friday! XO RA

Details:

Pants:Jcrew
Shirt: Equipment
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell, old, similar here

LadyLike

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There’s something about a full skirt that just makes you feel like a lady–or more specifically a certain kind of lady. What I love about this ladylike number is that it is so classic, but the cutout gives it an edge. Because who doesn’t want to be a lady with an edge?

Happy Wednesday! XO RA

Details:

Dress: Asos also in black
Shoes: Anthropologie, old, similar here

 

Shopping Tip: Collabs

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Even if you didn’t shop the collection the shopping frenzy that was the H&M x Balmain was impossible to miss. With collabs such as this becoming a regular occurrence–both H&M and Jcrew do them often–I began to wonder, how can you shop them sanely, and most importantly, get what you want? Of course, the more publicized and high end the collaboration is the more you can expect craziness- BUT hopefully these tips help you navigate the crazy, and end up with a shopping coup!

  1. Game Plan – Through publicity, social media, etc usually these collabs are usually promoted for months, meaning you should know (or be able to find) the launch date and pics of all the pieces offered. Here’s your chance to really do some homework. Go through the collection and see what you like, what you have to have, and what you don’t care for. You may not have a chance to ever try on or the collection before the launch–but this is when you decide what you want. A flawed system, maybe, but I usually try to make a list of my top 3 things that I want, so I can concentrate on them!
  2. Set your Watch–Besides the actual pieces, before the launch the actual timing information should be released-launch date, launch time, restrictions (if any), etc. Make sure that you note when the collection launches online–as that might be a better option for you. Know that if it is a huge, promoted, collab such as the Balmain there will be lines at stores, and those need to be planned for as well. Personally, I don’t love long lines and craziness at sales (although that is an experience) I usually op to shop online. Know this about shopping online–the site may crash, you will have to refresh your browser maybe once, but the good news is that often the timing of online launch can work to your advantage- for example if the pieces will go live at 12Am–you just have to make sure that you’re up! But chose how you will shop it, and set that time aside.
  3. Shop it–This is the crazy step. It may get insane. It may sell out. It may be low key and none of these steps may be necessary, I’ve seen both. Some collections are more in demand and sell out in a frenzy. Some are more low key–and lines and setting time aside may not be an issue at all.
  4. You didn’t get what you wanted, now what? Of course, the first question is, how badly do you want it? If there’s something that you have to have just because it sold out doesn’t mean all hope is gone. While we’ve all read the stories of how prices on eBay on collabs can be insane, eBay (and other resell sites) can be your friend here. It is completely up to you on how much you will spend–and while prices on resell sites can be over the top, some are auctions (and you can set a limit). Also, what works here is time. As time goes on and people move on prices on eBay, etc, lower–and more pieces become available. Ebay and other sites often have a feature where you can follow a search and they will email you new listings–this option is a God-send and can help you get that piece you’re looking for!

I’d love to know–did you shop the collab? Have you ever? What did you buy and what are your strategies?

Happy Shopping! XO RA

New Fave

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There’s nothing like a new favorite outfit to get you through Monday. While it’s no secret that I love a good jumpsuit (who doesn’t!), this one goes above and beyond. It’s just loose enough to be forgiving, the self-tie belt gives a couple different tying options and the pattern makes sure it is anything but boring. I’ve dressed it up, worn it with flats, and it’s official –we’re in love.

Hope you have something fab to get you through Monday too! XO RA

 

Details:

Jumpsuit: MIH Jeans
Shoes: Jessica Buurman

Fall Basics

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There’s something so comforting about fall basics: a great trench, rain boots, paper thin turtle necks. This week the air has turned just a bit crisp and it’s finally beginning to feel like fall! There seemed no better time to pull out the basics–made just a little bit special with the addition of overalls–and go exploring. Hope you have a fabulous weekend!! XO RA

Details:

Trench:Zara
Overalls: Zara
Boots: Target
Turtleneck: Target

Lust List

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Ever since I’ve seen them I can’t help but dream about these Gucci boots. The fur, the heel, the patent–what’s not to love? The Zara boots below come a close second, but I can’t help but think about these! They may go on my “save-up for list”. What’s on yours?

 

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Happy Thursday! XO RA

Details:

Spurgle: Gucci
Save: Zara

Hint of Drama

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One of my favorite outfit tips is to take something basic–like all black–and make it pop. And tops like this Solace London one make it easy. Even though it’s a crop–high waisted pants keep it classy, and these Sophia Webster shoes just make everything better! These pieces also go great separately, and add the same amount of drama. You may never look at black the same way again!

Happy Wednesday! XO RA

Details:

Top:Solace London (hint: they can run a little small, you might want to size up)
Pants: Zara, old, similar here
Shoes: Sophia Webster