Rapunzel’s Closet

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[Christina Kraus]

All outfits pictured above can be purchased at Rapunzel’s Closet.

Much like its neighbors on Worth Avenue, Rapunzel’s Closet has quickly amassed a stylish cult following with IT girls in Palm Beach since opening 13 years ago. It’s founder, a Florida native, opened the store to provide trendy girls with a place to buy edgy, fashion-forward clothing – after realizing there was a shortage of places to shop for contemporary brands like Joie, J Brand, Hudson and Parker New York and dozens of smaller lines like Goddis Knitwear, which were discovered through her innate sense of style and great taste.

So when they asked me to style a couple outfits for their blog and Instagram, I immediately said, “yes!” I’ve been a big fan of their boutique since moving here seven years ago, and knew I’d have such an eclectic mix of pieces to play around with. I mean, what girl doesn’t love playing dress up?!

It’s hard to pick which outfit I loved wearing the most. Between finding the most perfect pair of J Brand jeans to my super comfortable Joie buttondown and pair of Goddis Knit shorts to that amazing romper, I loved it all! And I hope you did too!

You can find most of the items pictured above at Rapunzel’s Closet (except for my nude Steve Madden heels – purchased via Marshalls – and my boyfriend jeans). Oh, and they ship too for all you out-of-towners in dire need of a spring wardrobe for your upcoming vaca. Just saying… 😉

Make it a good one!

Xo, Stephanie

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[Chelsae Anne Photography]

Crop top: (c/o) Torn by Ronny Kobo via Marshalls – love this one and this one/Skater skirt: H&M/Heels: (c/o) Theory via T.J. Maxx – identical here/Clutch: (c/o) T.J. Maxx (old)/Sunnies: Marshalls (old) – similar style here/Rings: (c/o) Wanderluster New York, Rocksbox (use code: StephanieXOXO5) and Versona Accessories

Guuuurl, I lurve me a good crop top [snap, snap]. I mean, who doesn’t?! What started as a cheesy trend in the 90’s where the entire stomach was exposed has since evolved into a way to show off your trim tummy in a more – tasteful way.

Paired with a high-waisted skirt or pair of chic trousers, this trendy look can elongate your look, accentuate your curves – or in my case, add them! And best of all, it’s flattering. Yes, it’s flattering! On just about any body type.

Try a long-sleeved tight top with a boyfriend blazer and pair of black booties when it gets chilly or a flowy, boxy one with a midi skirt, tight pencil, adorable pleated, asymmetric or A-line skirt when going for a modest look. Just be sure to select one that’s proportional to your body type. Also, don’t forget to take the choice of fabric into consideration. Lace and leather work well in cooler climates. Linen and cotton look great in the heat. But that’s just my opinion – rock whatever you feel comfortable in.

The one I’m wearing here by Ronny Kobo was given to me from the team at Marshalls, but there are a ton online and in pretty much every single store right now. So to help you out and get you started (if you haven’t already purchased like a million of them), I’ve complied a list of some of my favorite cop tops below from online stores like Asos, Nasty Gal and ShopBop.

Happy Tuesday loves!

Xo, Stephanie

Like a French Girl

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 [Chelsae Anne Photography]

Crop top: (c/o) Marshalls $16.99 – love this one and this one/Skirt: H&M (old) – identical one here and here/Heels: (c/o) Theory via T.J. Maxx $79.99 – love these/Flats: (c/o) Marshalls $19.99/Fedora: (old) – similar here/Clutch: H&M (old) – similar here and a fun one here/Sunnies: H&M (old) – love these!/Rings: Melanie Auld & Versona Accessories

To French girls, dating – and style – reflect their effortless, no-nonsense approach to life.

When it comes to their sense of style, they aren’t afraid to be imperfect, be spontaneous, keep it personal – and shop according to what looks good on their figure – not by what everyone else is wearing. They’re pretty classy and elegant, and aren’t obsessed with looking sexy, wearing tight clothes and ridiculously high heels* all the time.

I suppose the same attributes could be said about their approach to dating. French girls are elusive, fairly comfortable in their skin and interesting – and by all means, avoid meeting people in the most meticulously put together versions of themselves. They like to keep it real.

I’m not French and have never been to France, but I can tell you that this mantra – applied to both my style and dating life – is key. I think a lot of women tend to think that they need to be overtly sexy – all the time – to attract the right person. When in fact, it’s the exact opposite.

Sam Smith (who I love) recently said at this year’s Grammy awards, “Before I made this record I was doing everything to try and get my music heard. I tried to lose weight and I was making awful music. It was only until I started to be myself that the music started to flow and people started to listen.”

Sam Smith isn’t French, I think he’s British or something like that but there’s an important take away here – and one that will help set you apart from everyone else out there this Valentine’s Day weekend (hitched, in a relationship or single)…

Just be you.

Dress according to your body, and be comfortable with who you are. French girls aren’t worried about how perfect their hair looks on dates, what they say or how they appear to the other person (guilty, trust me). Instead, they have slightly messed up hair, wear little to no makeup, express themselves naturally and maintain a je ne sais quoi attitude towards life – which is why so many people (especially in the fashion world) think they are so cool.

So whether you’re going out with friends or having a cozy night in with that special someone, just be yourself this Valentine’s Day and the rest will follow suit.

(sorry for rambling!)

Xo, Stephanie

P.S. We made a video! I’m super camera shy when it comes to this kind of stuff so I hope you like it!

*with the exception of Yves Saint Laurent heels.

 

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[Chelsae Anne Photography]

Shirt: (c/o) Windsor Store – get it here!/Shorts: (c/o) Marshalls $19.99/Heels: Nine West (old) – find an identical pair here/Purse: (c/o) Rebecca Minkoff via T.J. Maxx $50/Necklace: (c/o) T.J. Maxx (old)/Rings: (c/o) Melanie Auld and Versona Accessories/Sunnies: H&M (old) – love this pair here

This season in Florida, Bermuda shorts are great – especially during cooler nights. This pair, found at Marshalls, has a hint of stretch for comfort and ease and can be worn just about anywhere in Palm Beach – with a crisp white tee and espadrilles to a casual dinner in heels.

If you’re petite, you’ll want to look for a pair with a slim silhouette, like the one’s I’m wearing here, or a pair with a shorter hem. (The key is to keep everything in proportion to your height.) It’s also a good idea to stray away from anything with a loud print on it. Check out this style here.

Opt for the opposite if you want to divert attention from problem areas. Throw in a fun heel or a cute wedge to add height and to give the illusion of long, lean legs (which happens to be my goal with every single outfit I wear… lol).

And if you’re tall (lucky you!), you can wear just about any style out there. Try buying a tailored pair in a nice fabric and pairing it with a blazer and heels for work this spring or in a funky print and with bright flats.

That’s it for today! Happy Sunday everyone…

Xo, Stephanie

P.S.: Happy birthday dad! You’ve inspired me and pushed me to reach for the stars each and every single day since I was born. I love you so much and hope you had an amazing day today! Sending lots of love your way…

Street Style

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[Chelsae Anne Photography]

Top: (c/o) Marshalls $16.99/Skirt: (c/o) Windsor Store – get it here/Heels: Just Fab $39.99obsessed with these!/Handbag: (c/o) Dolce Vita Handbags – get it here, on SALE!/Rings: (c/o) Melanie Auld, House of Harlow via Rocksbox (use code: stephaniexoxo5), Versona Accessories/Sunnies: H&M (old) – love these too!

I know its February and all, but don’t put your holiday gear away just yet! Try pairing a festive skirt, like this one from Windsor Store (almost sold out), with a neutral silk blouse (similar below) or a casual chambray button-down, like the one I wore in today’s #OOTD post on Insta. And just like that, you’re ready to tackle the day, look great and more importantly, effortlessly transition into happy hour with your fellow working gal-pals in this street style inspired look.

Love it? Shop a similar look below.

Happy Monday!

Xo, Stephanie