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?
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
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
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
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?
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.
Who says that black has to be left to the winter months? Yes, you have to watch material choice. Yes, you have to make it summer-y with your shoes. But black? I can’t find a time where it doesn’t work. And this romper is no exception–it moves and breathes well, and yet made me feel pulled together. So summer black? Yes, please.
Summer isn’t coming easy in LA. We have days full of June Gloom (overcast), days where it tries to rain, and days where it’s already unbearably hot. Sometimes these days happen within the same 24hr period. The only thing that’s getting me through? Having fun combining these patterns. The coat is perfect for Spring/Summer–and gives such a great option to a jean jacket–it also is almost a neutral. I love the subtle bug pattern on the shirt, it’s just fun. And together–I have outfits for days. Even when the day involves crazy temps!
If you follow me on Instagram (@racheladelicia), you might remember this dress from a week or so ago. I wore it to an art class, and since then I’ve worn it to an impromptu cocktail party, a brunch, and a shower for a friend. Anytime I find something that can be so versatile (heels, sandals, wedges) and be worn to so many events, I can’t help but give it a prime spot in my closet rotation! I was a little worried that the pattern would make it stand out–but it’s managed to get compliments each time, and still feel like a fresh outfit. Until my next purchase, it’s my new fave!
Hope you’re having a great Monday! xo RA
Dress: sold out, similar and on sale here
Shoes: Cynthia Vincent, old, similar here
Things that aren’t good ideas : leaving me alone in a shoe store with no limits on a credit card, and leaving me alone in a bookstore with no limits on a credit card. I love reading, love books, love the worlds I get to visit and be a part of, ever so briefly. I grew up in a reading household, my mom read to us at night till I was 12 or so, and that was on top of the books my sister and I read alone. I was rewarded with books, taught to love reading, and to respect books. So it should come as no surprise that my apartment is full of shoes and books. I sometimes read more than one novel, or work of non-fiction, at time (I’ve been known to be reading one book in bed and have another for the kitchen or couch), and cycle through genres. While I think that fashion is empowering as it can make you into anyone you want to be, or let you be who you are; I think reading is magical as it lets you travel and live lives and understand so much more than you are.
Right now I’m reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I’m only a small way in, but am completely charmed by the portrait of Paris in the 1930s. I know this book is on reading lists nationally so I’d love to know–are you reading it? Have you read it? What are you reading?
Wishing us all a week of magic and great shoes! xo RA
I couldn’t help but fall in love with this Mara Hoffman dress. It is so ladylike–but the cutouts give it just a little edge! The linen is perfect for summer and even on a hot day kept its shape! I added one of my grandma’s vintage hats, and a steal of a pair of shoes!