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What’s In My Beach Bag… and Win a Gift Card!

12 Jul

As I was doing my Friday morning ritual of cleaning out and re-packing my beach bag in preparation for a weekend of chasing my kiddo around the pool, I was laughing at the amount of things that I feel are “necessities” for our activities. Most of these “must-haves” can be found at Rapunzel’s Closet. This exercise inspired me to do the blogger’s “obligatory:” What’s In My Beach Bag Post.
blogSadly, this is only a portion of what I carry to the pool with us each weekend. The bag is still filled with tennis clothes, extra swim suits, rash guards, an additional outfit for both myself and my little, and clean Hanky Panky undies of course! I never forget my US Weekly Magazine either – it’s my mini-vacay while my little naps.
blogLiterally, the first purchase that I made after my son was born and we had “officially” announced his name, was my L.L Bean Boat and Tote Bag with his monogram. I truly believe that I cannot survive my summer without it. It seems to be bottomless and yet I can always find what I need. Of course you’ll see how many other bags I carry within it which makes it easier for me to find things. I also carry RCR’s Jesse Walker lunch bag. I love this insulated bag because I can fit all of his snacks and an ice pack fits perfectly in the inner pocket. It smushes easily to fit in my bag, yet doesn’t totally crush his snacks. I wish we sold these at Lil Rapunzel’s – I’d buy one for each day of the week. Another staple in my weekend life is my white waffle makeup case. It’s lined in plastic and holds my “pool” makeup in case we decide to stay for drinks or dinner. Unfortunately we no longer carry these in store, but there are plenty of places that offer a white monogrammed makeup case! I also happen to be a little obsessed with monograms in case you hadn’t noticed.
blogI have a blonde hair, blue eyed child so I plow through sunscreen like it’s my job. I love the BabyGanics Sunscreen Spray because it doesn’t have bad chemicals. Something about the label and the big NO just makes me feel good about using this line. What I love about the spray is that I can cover a large amount of area before my tot starts running towards the pool. This isn’t an aerosol can so it’s not emitting fumes of any sort either!
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Sunscreen Bag ~ $25 (more colors available)
Anchor Bikini Bag ~ $30

The newest additions to my beach bag this summer are my Hayden Reis Sailcloth Bags. I was carrying my Sunscreen around in a Ziploc, (apparently a big no-no) but now I have it in this super cute “sunscreen specific” bag. As an added bonus – the bright orange color makes it easy to find! I also love the Anchor Bikini Bag. While you won’t find me sporting a bikini while I’m chasing around a 2-year old, it’s great for getting all of our wet clothes home after a day at the pool. These bags are made of super durable and lightweight sailcloth and they are way more chic than a plastic bag!

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Snapping Turtle Kids Toddler Navy Swim Trunk ~ $52

My son goes through no less than 4 bathing suits per weekend. I love this Snapping Turtle Kids simple navy swim trunk because I know that it will match whatever rashguard I have in my bag. These suits aren’t lined so they don’t leave marks on my toddler’s chunky thighs. Baby swim designers always forget that these little guys wear swim diapers for a while so they don’t need a liner. Snapping Turtle Kids really understands how to make a swim trunk for a little swimmer!

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TKEES in bunches of colors all available at Rapunzel’s Closet ~ $50

When I got to the bottom of my bag I noticed that I had THREE different pairs of TKEES in the bag.  My collection seems to have migrated from my closet to the beach bag. I have probably thrown a different pair in every weekend for the last month and never actually cleaned any out. Knowing me – I’d probably wear three different pairs in one day anyway. Totally normal, right?

So there you have it – a long-winded tour of my personal beach bag. Now it’s your turn to tell us what favorite item from Rapunzel’s Closet is in your beach bag! Leave a comment below or post a picture on our @shoprapunzels Instagram Feed and #rapunzelsbeachbag  and you will be entered to win a $50 Gift Card to Rapunzel’s Closet or Lil Rapunzel’s! Be sure to tag @ShopRapunzels too! We’ll pick a winner next Friday!

Kid’s Korner ~ Children’s Club

7 Mar

lilrapunzelNext week we’ll be attending the ENK Children’s Club Show and we can’t wait to see all of our favorite vendors. We’ll be back up and running with our Kid’s Korner posts starting next week. We’re giddy anticipating all of the cute kid’s clothing we’re going to see from our favorite vendors like Jannuzzi, Splendid Littles, Ella Moss Girl and more! We promise to take lots of pictures!

DON’T FORGET TO ENTER INTO OUR GIVEAWAY CONTEST – WE’RE PICKING A WINNER TOMORROW!

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1. Leave a comment on this blog post and tell us how this scarf will update your Spring Wardrobe.
2. Like our Facebook Page and become our friend.
3. Show The Julie Collection some Facebook love too!

We’ll be picking a winner this Friday, March 8th!

Kid’s Korner ~ Meet Fabby Gabby

31 Jan

blog Just in time for Valentine’s Day we’re loving our newest line of frilly FabbyGabby® tutus and Froo Froo Aprons™
They are 100% handmade in the USA.

In 1978 Barbara Moll was searching for a monogramming source. The search turned up empty and a new company was formed!  For 13 years she owned and operated an embroidery business in Pennsylvania making children’s clothing with embellished embroidery. After a short break Barbara relocated to Florida and returned to her original business FabbyGabby®, and developed her new line of Froo Froo Aprons™ and  Tutus.

blog Cute FabbyGabby® pink petal tutu on a Jellycat Bashful Hippo – 2 gifts in one and a fun presentation for your little Valentine!

blogNew FabbyGabby® Hot Pink and Hearts Tutu

blogNew FabbyGabby® Froo Froo Heart Apron™~ a big winner with our customers! We can’t seem to keep these in stock.

blogWe’re ready for Valentine’s Day at Rapunzel’s Closet with our tutus, candy hearts and scarves from Love Quotes and Fig & Bella. We have something for all of your sweethearts this year!

FabbyGabby® Tutu Sets (with leotard) start at $79 for Toddler and Child sizes
FabbyGabby® Tutus (no leotard) start at $54 for Toddler and Child sizes
FabbyGabby® Froo Froo Aprons™ for Toddler~$35 and Child~$42
Jellycat Medium Bashful Hippo~$20
Alexandra Ferguson “Love” Pillow~$58
Scarves from Love Quotes and Fig & Bella start at $88

For more cute pix check out our Facebook Page!

Line We Love ~ Letarte

29 Jan

We admit that it’s hard to not love all things beachy when you live and work in a resort town. Recently our obsesession with Letarte has multiplied by volumes. Not only are the designs fabulous but the fit is amazing too! We love the little details like beading or sequins that adorn the garments. The colors and body styles dance the fine line that bridges bohemian and chic. We pair this line with our favorite bathing suits or throw on one of the tunics over crisp white jeans for a finished look! As an added bonus – they design for our little ones too.
Island chic never looked so cute!
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Letarte Sheer Lace Neck Tunic in Pink and White $229
Available at Rapunzel’s Closet

New: Palm Beach Lately Friendship Arrow Collection

13 Dec

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We’re very excited to be the only boutique store in Palm Beach carrying the Palm Beach Lately Friendship Arrow Collection! This collaboration between sisters Beth Beattie and Danielle Norcross of the Palm Beach Lately blog and their brother Gregory James  an Island jeweler, is classic and timeless – the epitome of Palm Beach!

“We wanted a modern take on the traditional best friend necklace and thought the arrow was the perfect symbol to show your friend, sister or special someone what they mean to you.”
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Two crossed arrows are a Native American symbol of friendship and loyalty.
Keep one for yourself and share one with your bestie.

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Friendship Arrow Bracelet

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Friendship Arrow Ring

All 3 Pieces are solid brass and retail for $78.

Available for purchase at Rapunzel’s Closet!
326 S. County Road
Palm Beach, FL
561.659.5300

 

 

Sneak Peek: Lindsey Berns Spring/Summer 2013

11 Dec

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Ric Rac Tunic

One of our newer lines comes to us from Chicago Native Lindsey Berns. What we love about Lindsey’s designs is that they are completely original and different from everything else that we carry in the store. We were lucky enough to be the first store to receive her Spring/Summer 2013 line. It’s available now at Lil Rapunzel’s and it’s selling really fast, so make sure to stop in and check it out!

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Flower Peasant Blouse

“Lindsey Berns is a luxury children’s clothier reminiscent of the past with a modern and fresh perspective. Inspired by a perfectly broken-in pair of vintage blue jeans and a soft white tee, Lindsey’s designs reflect a classic sensibility, an effortless style, and an artistic and imaginative spirit.
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Swiss Eyelet Blouse

Standout designs include ric rac tunics elaborately hand-appliqued with colorful ric rac trim, Swiss eyelet ruffle blouses, and her signature ultra suede flower peasant tops. All the little details–colorful beads, suede fringe & french grosgrain ribbon–makeup a look that is youthful, cheerful, unique, and just plain fun.”

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Ric Rac Blouse

For more information about Lil Rapunzel’s and Lindsey Berns check out our Facebook Page!

Trade In Your Heels For Slippers!

10 Oct

blogAs a Buyer who lives in NYC, I’m constantly stalking people on the street to find out what they are wearing. As I rode the subway downtown a couple weeks, I found myself staring at a girl standing across from me. I wanted her outfit from head to toe – and mainly the toe part. She was wearing the Del Toro Smoking Slippers that I had been dying over for months. I’m sure the girl was relieved when I finally stopped staring and asked her if she was in fact wearing the Del Toro Smoking Slippers. Silly me – I didn’t notice the signature grosgrain ribbon at the back heel.
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When I got back to the office and did some more research on my new obsession, I was pleased to find out that the Co-Founder and Creative Director Matthew Chevallard spent part of his childhood in Palm Beach, FL. What a perfect match for our stores! We love “local” talent on our fashion floor! Needless to say – our first shipment of Del Toro Smoking Slippers has arrived and they are already a hit!
blogThese shoes embody the term “feminine menswear.” They are a great alternative to the ballet flat you’ve been wearing for years and they are perfectly tailored to go with your favorite skinny jeans, pencil skirts and little dresses. Trade in your heels for a pair of these slippers, you won’t be disappointed! (I’m not!)

We have the Classic Black Velvet, Nude Patent and Black Velvet Skulls in stock now! Call us at 561.659.5300 for more details or to purchase!

Coterie: We Can’t Wait to Spring Forward!

26 Sep

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Spring Coterie is by far our favorite show of the year! It’s when we do the bulk of our buying for our busy season. This year’s show didn’t disappoint. We saw our favorite pastels, pops of neon for you color addicts, lace accents and floral prints prints. The most fitting new trend for a store located in Palm Beach, FL – palm fronds – who woulda thought these would be so chic?

Keep checking back for more behind the scenes pictures and recaps from our trip to the Spring Coterie show in NYC!

The Calm Before the Coterie Storm

17 Sep

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As the Buyer for Rapunzel’s Closet and Lil Rapunzel’s you don’t often get to see as much of me “personally” in and around the stores.  However you do see a whole lot of my style and my “voice” on our selling floor. As I prepare for Spring Coterie our biggest and busiest show of our selling year, I decided to give you a sneak peek into how I get ready for the shows.

Today is what I like to call the “Calm Before the Coterie Storm.” It’s the day that I spend cleaning out files and cleaning off my desk in preparation for all of the line sheets, look books and order forms that will be covering every surface of office space in the next two days. Prior to this day I’ve been pouring over selling reports, researching fashion week trends and talking to our selling staff about what did and did not work last Spring.

About 4 weeks ago I started making our appointments. I’m a creature of habit and I tend to like to see the same vendors at the same times of the day. After 5 years of going to these shows I’ve learned the best and the worst times to see each vendor. I love to start Day 1 with Splendid and Ella Moss. These booths get crazy as the day progresses so getting them checked off the list first thing is key. Next, I try to tackle the denim vendors. I always like to hit up the Citizens of Humanity booth during lunch time. They have the BEST boxed lunch and the cookies are yummy! The rest of the day is spent visiting Joie, Vince, Minnie Rose and Michael Stars and tons more vendors we currently carry. Day 2 is the day that is spent walking around and checking out new talent for the store. I don’t schedule too many appointments this day because I really want to devote time to learning about new vendors.

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While I’d like to tell you that I spend hours planning what fashionable ensemble I’m going to wear to the show, sadly it’s really more of a game time decision. I follow the 3 C’s of show dressing – comfort, cold and chic. Comfort because it’s a long day walking around from booth to booth. (I leave my 6″ heels at home) Cold because ineveitably one side of the show floor is always freezing so I need a layering piece. Chic because I still have to look chic!  Afterall – this is the fashion business! I always try to wear clothing that represents Rapunzel’s Closet which isn’t hard seeing as my personal closet could be called Rapunzel’s Closet.

My favorite part of the day is when we get to sit down and recap the show. I like to hear what my colleagues think about what we picked for the store and what the peak and the pit of the day was for them. This part of the day usually revolves around some fabulous dinner out in NYC with Rapunzel (Randi) and the girls who are visiting from the store.

It’s true that I have a very fun job, but it’s also a lot of hard work. To be a successful buyer you have to be organized, take good notes, listen to the customers and the selling staff and most important – when the storm hits don’t take yourself too seriously!

Nifty Gifty

11 Sep

blog Every year we head to the gift show and eagerly anticipate our favorite booth – the EGG booth. What do they do with all of these egg crates? Who sells them? What are they used for? These are the same questions we ask ourselves each year. But we digress – we don’t come to the gift show to shop for egg crates we come for more important things like ballerina tutus, socks and stuffed animals!

Our first stop at the show was the Chewbeads booth.
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If you are a mom and you have a teether you will love Chewbeads. The colorful beaded necklaces and bangles are both stimulating and soothing for your teething tots. Completely BPA free and child safe, this is the perfect gift for any new mom. The on trend color palatte and the fashion forward designs make these necklaces and bracelets a “must have” for all the IT Girls too! (No teething baby necessary!)blog

After Chewbeads we headed over to the Trumpette Socks booth. blog
No trip to the gift show would be complete without placing an order for socks that are designed to look like shoes! Our personal favorites are the ballet shoes for the ballerinas and the checkerboard skaters for the cool lil dudes.

We capped off our day with a visit to the JellyCat booth. blog
Although it appears that Esther is standing in the zoo, she is actually checking out the new additions to the JellyCat family.

 We didn’t just spend time in the Kid’s section of the show – we visited our personal fav Jonathan Adler who has a line of candles and soaps called “Palm Beach” (fab!)

We also started our collection of fancy coffee table books which you will see featured and for sale at Rapunzel’s Closet this holiday season. We’re obsessed with gorgeous books and we know some of you are too!

We hit the fancy food aisle for our mid-day snack – the big winner here was the caramel and pretzel corn. (We went back twice to this booth!)

What we wore:

Randi: David Lerner Leggings, Joie Sweater
Hallie: Joie Shorts, Vince Tank, Joie Boyfriend Sweater
Esther: 7 For All Mankind Jeans, Joie Sweater

Clearly a big day for Joie!

Want to see more pictures from our trip to the gift show?
Check out our Facebook Page!

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