Once upon a time I became friendly with a clothing boutique owner, Tonya, in Connecticut, close to where I grew up. Heading off to college in Miami, FL, shortly after, I would routinely visit her shop on holiday breaks. There was no other place like it (so I thought) and I would return to school with a new semester wardrobe that no one else could replicate. After completing my sophomore year, I changed my major to Fashion Merchandising, but there was one problem… FIU did not have a merchandising major.
After a lot of research and contemplation, I decided to transfer to LSU, in Baton Rouge, LA where there was an accredited fashion program. Carrying on with my life in CT the summer before I started, I visited Tonya to share my news. What are the chances that her sister owned a similar store in Baton Rouge close to the university?! I was in complete shock, but really excited at the same time. Tonya introduced me to her sister, Shanna, upon my arrival to LSU, and we were friends ever since.
I worked as a sales associate in Shanna’s store, Rode’o Boutique, for two years before becoming the manager. It was there that I became comfortable styling looks for others and where my passion for fashion truly took off. But more importantly, I formed a network of friends and “family” for myself in a place where I did not know a soul. My husband and I always joke that when we left Baton Rouge for San Francisco, I knew more people in the city than he did, and he was born and raised in Louisiana!
It is with great pleasure to introduce you to Rode’o Boutique online! I have been waiting for this day since relocating to California – no exaggeration. Rode’o is not only your destination for the chicest clothing, but it is also a fabulous gift shop. From daytime wear, evening wear, swimwear, lingerie, shoes, jewelry, to home goods, when something is hot, Rode’o Boutique is the spot. I had the pleasure of styling a few outfits during my trip to Louisiana, and today I am sharing with “y’all” two ways to wear this boho romper.
To begin, I styled this playful onesie with a butterfly crown, and gold espadrille flatforms. It is amazing what a difference a headpiece can make. HELLO festival style! For version number two, I took off the crown, and accessorized with gold earrings, a chunky stone bracelet and yellow fringe purse. Mixing up your accessories is one of the easiest ways to transform your ensemble. Version two is a little more practical for everyday wear, although you would still be the best dressed gal at the festival. Which option do you prefer? To purchase these looks, visit Rodeo Boutique or shop online here. Follow @kelseykaplanfashion on Instagram to keep up with the Rode’o showcase.