We're Loving Sunshine State Style
The sisters behind Palm Beach Lately share their fashion picks and favorite ways to soak up the season.
A love of Palm Beach, Florida, is woven into Beth Aschenbach’s and Danielle Norcross’ DNA. The siblings, who now reside in Palm Beach Gardens, spent much of their childhood visiting their grandmother in the sunny city. “She documented everything and always had stylish pictures from her travels—and the stories to go with them,” says Aschenbach. It makes sense, then, that the fashion-focused duo has followed suit, sharing cheery looks, decorating tips, and fun local destinations on their Instagram feed (@palmbeachlately) and colorful blog (palmbeachlately.com). Here, they give us the scoop on their best ways to celebrate summer, from wearing breezy gingham skirts to savoring delicious gelato.
Danielle Norcross (left)
The Danielle Gingham 2 Piece Set, $150; elizabethwilsondesigns.com
Cream Packable Wide Bow Sunhat, $60; tnuck.com
Tall Wedge, $95; nordstrom.com
Deepa by Deepa Gurnani Belindana Earrings, $50; shopbop.com
Beth Aschenbach (right)
The Beth Bow Dress, $150; elizabethwilsondesigns.com
Raffia Basket, $40; zara.com
Zarita Sandals, $120; dolcevita.com
Our Fashion Inspirations
BA: We have always appreciated the classic Palm Beach look, so with Palm Beach Lately, we wanted to create a fresh spin on that. We love Jackie O’s style, and we respect Lilly Pulitzer’s free spirit and how creative she was. They were elegant, classy women.
DN: Two bloggers in particular stick out to us as being today’s answer to that timeless style: Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam (@juliahengel) does such an amazing job of blazing that path of being iconic and wholesome, and Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific
(@blaireadiebee) does the same thing. Both of these women are tasteful and super feminine. We not only adore their styles but also think they’re very genuine people.
How Motherhood Shaped Our Look
DN: I love white jeans, but truthfully, they’re not that practical right now, so I try to wear patterns and prints. They hide those accidental spills. That’s why Lilly Pulitzer created her print dresses when she had a juice stand. For a mom, it’s the same concept.
BA: We still like feeling put together and wearing beautiful outfits. Now, we especially appreciate well-made fabrics and quality pieces that we can keep in our closets for a long time.
Beth’s Favorite Quote
“Busy is not a badge of honor.”
Danielle’s Favorite Quote
“Show up, be real, love others, don’t quit.” —Alli Worthington
Fun Summer Activities
DN: We enjoy riding our bikes together as a family on the Lake Trail and getting scoops of gelato at Sant Ambroeus afterward. I wish we did it every week!
BA: I like having picnics with our family on nice summer nights, when it stays light outside so much later. Last year, we went crabbing for the first time. The kids loved it!
Hallowell Dress, $125; tnuck.com
White Floral Stud Earrings, $68; tnuck.com
Exclusive Blossom Sandal in White/Light Blue, $128; jackrogersusa.com
Fortaleza tote in Natural, $139; shopmarysol.com
Rossini Dress, $138; jcrew.com
Petite Cluster Earrings, $68; tnuck.com
Lauren Sandal in Cork/Gold, $128; jackrogersusa.com
Best Warm-Weather Accessories
DN: We like to carry straw bags and totes, whether we’re traveling, going to the beach, or using them every day with the kids. And, of course, straw hats are super important for blocking the sun. Amanda Lindroth carries adorable ones that you can have monogrammed.
BA: Danielle and I recently got Carrie Forbes sandals, and we’re obsessed with them! They’re so comfortable. I’m big on colorful sunglasses, too, so I can change them to match my different outfits. We also love Minnow swimsuits for children.
No. 1 Style Secret
DN: Know who you are, and dress accordingly!
BA: Statement earrings. They’re great because they go with just about everything. You can dress up an outfit with them or wear them with a ponytail.
Our Island Itinerary
Visit these six must-see Palm Beach spots.
1. The Breakers
2. The Colony Hotel
2. Pizza Al Fresco
2. Rapunzel’s Closet