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Blogger Spotlight: Stephanie Velez

Our hearts have been effortlessly stolen and pulled into a peaceful bliss by the graceful being of Stephanie Velez, a fashion blogger and content creator of the blog Rags and Grace. New York born and currently living in Florida, Velez (known as @stephivelez on her beautifully designed Instagram page) brings forth a combination of simple living and impacting style. In each of her blog posts, she not only shares her impeccable outfits that we’d all love to have, but her voice as well—a voice that holds an uplifting power towards anyone who is reading. Her inspiring soul and gift with words are refreshingly authentic, making everyone that comes across her instantly know that she truly means what she says and shows it. She is a constant reminder to us, and her loyal readers, that what matters most in life is what you make of it, how you live it, and what you believe in. Become enraptured by the sweet life and soul of Stephanie Velez and find your own grace along the way. 
Stephanie Velez6Cliché: What inspires you to create content on Rags and Grace?
Stephanie Velez: I would say inner beauty inspired me to begin writing. I’ve read countless blogs that aim to acquire beauty by standards society has held high. I grew bored of the day-to-day blog posts about clothing and what the “trend” was at the moment. I love fashion, but it is not everything. You can be beautiful by appearance, but once your mouth opens, that all disappears.
What do you believe is the key to feeling confident in what you’re wearing?
Identity. If you know who you are, you can walk confidently, no matter what you wear. Boldness comes from knowing who you are, and no one can tell you differently.
How would you describe your personal style?
Bold. I’ve been told my whole life that curvy girls can’t wear certain things. While I agree on certain aspects, I feel we should learn to love our canvas and be bold with it.
If you could give our readers one tip to channeling their personal style, what would it be?
Just because something is in style doesn’t mean it’s your style. Remain true to yourself.
Scenario time! You have a date tonight and want to look your best, but don’t want to come off as someone trying too hard. How do you keep your date night look effortless, yet still special?
Black on black! Black has such a chic boldness to it, but it doesn’t scream for attention. I’d wear black trousers with a black top or a simple black dress with a black leather jacket to tie it all together.
Stephanie Velez3Do you have any fashion idols?
I don’t have idols, but I admire anyone who remains consistent to their style. This is something women struggle with day to day, and anyone who is able to be themselves is worthy of admiration.
What are your go-to items in your wardrobe or makeup bag?
In my wardrobe, I would say classic pieces such as a leather jacket and basic tops. In my makeup bag, I would say my favorite lipstick by MAC called “Persistence” and Chanel’s Allure perfume.  
What are your favorite stores/online retailers where you find the best bargains?
To be honest, Urban Outfitters has such great deals in their sale section. I always find lovely pieces there! Be on the lookout for extra percentages off on their sale section.
Let’s face it: we all have that one lipstick, eyeliner, or bronzer we cannot live without. What’s yours and why?
Currently, I have been loving the lipstick “Persistence” by MAC! As far as bronzer goes, I’ve been loving Bobbi Brown’s foundation stick in the color “Chestnut.” I use this as a contour/bronzer. It is the best!
What do you hope to create and spread on Rags and Grace?
My ultimate goal with Rags and Grace is that women will find themselves and walk boldly, for them to see beauty in themselves not because of physical aspects, but the content of their heart.
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Blogger Spotlight: Stephanie Velez photographed by Jomy Leon-Rivera

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