Lights, Camera, Action!

Hey guys, welcome back! Today I’m celebrating my best friend’s wedding in beautiful Vancouver (congrats Mel & Elliot, love you both!) but wanted to quickly share some exciting news!

For the next 6 weeks, I’m partnering up with Wayfair to bring you 6 Youtube videos featuring my teeny tiny apartment in West Palm Beach. From mixing patterns to bedding to fall floral arrangements, I’m sharing my insider tips on what to do, where to get some of my favorite home décor items and what’s trending…

Full disclosure: When I first started my blog, I made it very clear that I would never do Youtube videos because I’m so shy in front of the camera. When Wayfair reached out with the idea, I almost said no because I was terrified speaking in front of the camera! Instead of running away from my fears, I decided to put on my big-girl pants, muster up a little confidence and go for it! My first video is shaky but as I move on throughout the videos, you’ll see I become more and more comfortable in front of the camera.

So, without further ado, here’s Video #1! I hope you enjoy…

Check back next Saturday for the next video on pattern mixing! And big thank you to my amazing photographer, Chelsae Anne, for pushing me to do this and coaching me along the way! I’m off to my best friend’s wedding!

Xo, Stephanie

Stylishly Jet Set

Barrington Gifts - The Style Bungalow

Barrington Gifts - The Style Bungalow

Barrington Gifts - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

TOP: (c/o) Pretty Little Thing/JEANS: Paige Denim/HEELS: Here/LIPSTICK: (c/o) Kevyn Aucoin

September is known to be one of the biggest months of the year for the fashion industry. It’s fashion month! Designers, brands, houses… all display their latest collections to buyers, media and editors. The most prominent cities receiving the most coverage are New York, London, Milan and Paris. This is known as the “Big Four.”

Around this time of year, the most fashionable jet set hit road – making their luggage one of their most important accessories. Whether carrying a traditional suitcase, or an oversized duffle bag, a roomy tote or a monogrammed laptop case, their luggage needs to accommodate like a millions pairs of shoes and let’s be real – suit their stylish needs.

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While I’m not doing the “Big Four” this year, I’m definitely traveling just as much. As you read this, I’m en-route to Vancouver. And it feels like I’ve been living out of my suitcase… a stylish one that! Because…

I was recently introduced to Barrington Gifts for luggage and have to say, love this company! They combine craftsmanship, luxury materials, good design and personalization on every piece of luggage they make. Fear not, you fashionable jet setters – Barrington bags are reasonably priced (consider their luxury quality)! Get excited.

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CABIN BAG, TOTE and LAPTOP CASE: (c/o) Barrington Gifts

I went with a khaki, brown leather, pink combination. I think it’s classic and suits my personality. However, there are countless options to choose from – especially from their fall collection!

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Shop today’s story below! Next stop -> Vancouver!

Xo, Stephanie

Break out the Leather!

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

LEATHER JACKET: (c/o) Bernardo Outerwear/TURTLENECK: (c/o) Storets/SKIRT: (c/o) Storets/SANDALS: Here/TOTE: (c/o) Marshalls/SUNNIES: Here/LIPS: (c/o) Kevyn Aucoin

It’s that time of year. It’s time to break out the leather. Leather is perfect for fall. It’s also the international symbol of cool. No. Joke.

Growing up, I watched my favorite Spice Girls fashionista’s rock leather jackets. I associated leather jackets with rebels, rock stars and the cool kids. I wanted to be the same way! [So much in fact, I have a Glamour Shot wearing a leather jacket. When the photographer asked what props I wanted for my photo, I said – “the leather jacket. No bows. Please. And thank you.” Little did he know, this was the start of my blogging career. At like 7 years old.]

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

As I grew older, I would see some of my favorite street style bloggers swing leather jackets over one shoulder or over both shoulders. I thought it was so chic. “The ultimate blogger staple,” I thought. And I needed one.

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Today, you’ll find chunky sweaters, blazers, jackets, trench coats in my closet but believe it not, no leather jacket. It’s taken me forever to find one that I love. Between the fit, the style, the color, and the cost (because let’s be real, they can get costly), I’ve never pulled the trigger! Until recently…

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

This beautiful, buttery brown leather jacket from Bernardo Outerwear made it’s way into my wardrobe and it’s never leaving. It fits me just right yet comfortable enough to move freely and wear layers underneath. And the leather! The leather is supple and soft. It’s luxe and definitely high quality. And definitely worth every penny.

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Couple tips for those considering buying a leather jacket…

I suggest leather. Vegan won’t last long and wear the same way. With leather, you’ll have it in your closet forever (therefore, justifying the cost-per-wear).

Think about color. For me, this color blends in well into my wardrobe. For some, black is better. Or a colored jacket like burgundy for those looking to make a statement.

Consider the weight of the jacket. A light jacket is causal. A heavier jacket, with interesting hardware like zippers, studs and bets, is way cooler. It also lends well to cooler temps.

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Fit and quality are super important too when shopping for a leather jacket! Try it on or contact your local tailor for more information on what to look for.

All in all, there’s something so special about the way a leather jacket feels. And I’m so happy with this one! Be prepared to see it A LOT this season.

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

Shop it below or click here for more details…

Xo, Stephanie

Those Details Though

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Those Details Though - The Style Bungalow

Those Details Though - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

TOP, SHORTS, HEELS, BAG: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/SCARF: (c/o) Donni Charm

Between Portugal, Houston, NYC, Florida and now… Vancouver (throw in a flat tire, filming 4 Youtube videos and countless outfits), I’ve barely had time to think! Let alone put a ton of thought into what I feature on the blog this month. I normally take great care in what I post (because you guys deserve nothing but the best content) but lately, that’s been hard. Not. Gunna. Lie.

I recently went to Neiman Marcus Boca Raton to do a little damage and came across this cute Frank & Eileen top. I took it home with me thinking I would pair it with a jean midi skirt but, ran late for a shoot so I just threw it together with a pair of shorts. I quickly grabbed this mini scarf, my go-to Chloe (#swoon) bag and some nude sandals (because everything goes with nude) and prayed it would work.

Sometimes my favorite outfits are the ones I just throw together. The ones I don’t put much thought into. Where I just listen to my gut, grab em’, steam em’ and dash out the door for a shoot, hoping it all comes together in the photos.

Trust me, finding that happy medium between looking chic and polish and looking like you’re trying WAY to hard is not easy, especially if your untucked shirt could look sloppy or your scarf is a tad wrinkled from wrapping it around your purse handle the day before.

But I have to say, I love this look. It’s so easy and so effortless. And in my book, that’s key. So how do I do it? Well, it’s actually quite easy. Because it’s all in the details.

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Sometimes the simple addition of an accessory, like this killer bag and scarf can make all the difference. As if you effortlessly threw this outfit together. Other details like these cute, chunky sandals (a take on your traditional nude heel) and this dotted button-down aid in the, “oh this outfit? I just threw it together!” look you’re going for.

Those Details Though - The Style Bungalow

Those Details Though - The Style Bungalow

If you’re busy, like me, or just plain lazy (totally ok) – my best piece of advice is to invest, invest, INVEST in your accessories. Or, when shopping – look for pieces that stand out to you. Maybe the button down has little polka dots or stripes? Maybe that blazer has cool stitching? Or maybe that clutch is made out of straw?

What are some of the ways you avoid trying to hard while looking great?

Xo, Stephanie

Slice of Europe

Sole Society - The Style Bungalow

Sole Society - The Style Bungalow

Sole Society - The Style Bungalow

Sole Society - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

TOP: Similar here, here, here and here/SHORTS: (c/o) Vici Dolls – similar here/SHOES, MINI TOTE, BOATER HAT(c/o) Sole Society

Hola! Welcome back… Hope your weekend was restful and fun! Yesterday, I wrapped up my fifth Youtube video (yes, my fifth!) for a very exciting project – soon to be announced this Saturday! Stay tuned for more details! I can’t wait to hear your feedback…

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Sole Society - The Style Bungalow

I also shot this look! Chelsea Anne (@chelsaeanne) and I stumbled upon this courtyard in an apartment building on Palm Beach and immediately thought it looked and felt like Europe. We had to shoot here. Isn’t it so cool?!

Sole Society - The Style Bungalow

Sole Society - The Style Bungalow

With fall right around the corner (literally, days away – I can’t believe it!), I figured I’d start introducing some fall items into my wardrobe, like this felt boater hat and these faux suede flats from Sole Society. I love them both! My hat can be worn with browns and blacks, making it super practical for fall.

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My flats, by Sole Society, help elongate my look because they are pointy toed and anything pointy toed will do that! (Take note my short friends)

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I took a vintage scarf from my mom and wrapped it around the handle of my mini tote bag, also from Sole Society (can you tell I’m on a roll here?), to jazz it up. Scarves are a great way to update a bag and to personalize your look. I’m a huge fan of them! If you’re looking to invest in one, I suggest buying a Twilly scarf from Hermes. It’s pricey but definitely worth it! You can also visit a consignment store for more options. (Side note, if you’re ever in Palm Beach – definitely add, “consignment shopping” to your to-do list! To this day, I have yet to find a town that has better consignment shopping than Palm Beach!)

Sole Society - The Style Bungalow

Sole Society - The Style Bungalow

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ANYWAYS! I’m keeping today’s post short and sweet! Sorry it isn’t as substantive as some of my others but I have a huge suitcase to pack and an early morning ahead of me! I’m headed to Vancouver for a wedding this week and can’t wait! Would love your recommendations!

Sweet dreams! <3

Xo, Stephanie


Work Elegantly

Work Attire - The Style Bungalow

Work Attire - The Style Bungalow

Work Attire - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography] 

TOP: Equipment (c/o) Neiman Marcus/PANTS: N Nicholas (c/o) Neiman Marcus – similar here and here/HEELS: Similar here/BAG: Chloe (c/o) Neiman Marcus

About a year ago, I did a blog post on work attire featuring Theory pants. If you didn’t see it, click here. I’m still getting comments and notifications from it! The response was outstanding! I quickly learned that you guys love it when I feature work looks… hence today’s look (ironically posted on a Friday).

I left my 9-5 two years ago. While my daily fashion choices have since changed, I definitely remember how it felt waking up in the morning struggling with what to wear. My goal? To look good. Not bleh. And by bleh, I mean boring i.e. white button down shirt with pants.

People would say, “Stephanie, you’re not working at Vogue! Who cares what you look like?!” I, on the other hand, felt differently. While I wasn’t working at Vogue (I worked at a small PR firm with a cramped desk and no windows), I needed to feel good everyday. If I liked my outfit, I did a good job at work. If I hated my outfit, I would think about it all day and next thing you know – it’s impacting my productivity. Perhaps this is why I’m now a fashion blogger. But that’s not the point.

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When you look like you have your act together, people will assume you do. Above all, dressing well impacts your mood and happiness. And sometimes, a cute outfit might be just the confidence boost you need to walk into your boss’s office to demand a raise or SLAY that meeting in front of that one awful coworker who always puts you down in front of everyone else. #justsaying Or, look cute in the elevator for that special someone on the 12th floor.

Work Attire - The Style Bungalow

As for that white button down? Note: it doesn’t have to boring. Maybe it’s made out of silk, like this one from Equipment via Neiman Marcus Boca Raton, so you can transition it from work to weekends. Or your pants have a fun slit on the side of the leg so they move when you walk. Or maybe you add great accessories. Whatever! Why limit your work attire to something boring and bland? Have fun with it.

Work Attire - The Style Bungalow

Work Attire - The Style Bungalow

Work Attire - The Style Bungalow

Now, this look, isn’t exactly work appropriate. BUT separately, each piece could easily work for work.

Work Attire - The Style Bungalow

Click the links above to shop today’s look! Comment below if you have any questions about sizing.
Have a great weekend!

Xo, Stephanie

P.S.: I’m off to Vancouver next week! Would love your recommendations for Insta-worthy spots! <3

Back in Florida…

Sole Society - The Style Bungalow

Sole Society - The Style Bungalow

Sole Society - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

TOP: (old) – similar here/JEANS: (c/o) Missguided/SANDALS, CLUTH & SUNNIES: (c/o) Sole Society

Phew.

Finally blogging live from Florida. The past couple of days (and weeks, really) have been a whirlwind. Between running around the city (in heels, mind you), switching up outfits, visiting showrooms, attending meetings and so many amazing shows and presentations, it’s been nonstop go, go, GO!

Sole Society - The Style Bungalow

I feel so incredibly blessed to attend NYFW but let’s just say that I’m happy to be back in Florida (for one week, at least) where I can finally sleep in my own bed, catch up on Real Housewives of NYC and shoot a couple looks. I love Fashion Week and the energy of the City, but man… it can really take it out of you! More on that later…

Sole Society - The Style Bungalow

Sole Society - The Style Bungalow

Sole Society - The Style Bungalow

Today’s look is pretty casual. If you’ve been following on Instagram, you know how much I love these boyfriend jeans from Missguided! I wore them on Monday to a couple shows in NYC and in one of my blog posts (scroll down to “Totally Missguided”). I paired them with an old crop top from Topshop and…

Sole Society - The Style Bungalow

… these suede mules from Sole Society! Let me start off by saying that they are the MOST comfortable heels I own right now. I wore them to the airport the other day and switched in and out of them during Fashion Week. I suggest the navy blue pair (for versatility), but if you’re daring and love a good statement shoe, opt for the patterned ones (assuming they’re still left in your size).

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I completed today’s look with a clutch from Sole Society (on sale, check it out!) and some aviator sunglasses (also on sale!).

Sole Society - The Style Bungalow

Signing off! I have yet to unpack my bags and considering my suitcase weighed approximately 48 pounds (can I get an Amen for making it!), it’s going to take some time…

Sweet dreams…

Xo, Stephanie

Match Made in Heaven

Alexis - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

TOP: Alexis (c/o) Neiman Marcus/SHORTS: Alexis (c/o) Neiman Marcus/SANDALS: Vince (c/o) Neiman Marcus/EARRINGS: Similar

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Miami based designer, Alexis Barbara, brings a whole new meaning to the color tangerine with this beautiful two-piece set from Neiman Marcus Boca Raton. It’s making me fall in love with color all over again… I mean, how can you not feel the same?

Between the intricate lace detail and the fit of both pieces, this set is definitely a match made in heaven!

If you’re daring and love embracing color, you can totally wear this top and shorts combo together to make a bold statement. It’s pretty high-impact! So just be sure to pair back your accessories to keep the focus on the garments. And well… to keep all eyes on you!

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For those less daring, try wearing this top separately with white skinny jeans. You can also wear these tangerine lace shorts with a white crop top or with a silk sleeveless blouse. Either way you spin it, this bright look is bound to turn heads!

The Style Bungalow - Alexis

Side note, I’m currently in Lisbon, Portugal for the rest of the week! My boyfriend and I are beyond excited to be here – mainly because we desperately need a vacation. (The both of us work pretty hard…) If you have any recommendations on what to do, see, eat or where to visit in Portugal, please let me know! Our week is wide open. As of right now, the only thing on our agenda is surf lessons on Thursday and lots of eating and drinking around the city!

Xo, Stephanie

City to Beach Trip!

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TOP: Joie (c/o) Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton/SHORTS: old – similar/HAT: Zara – similar here/WEDGES: click here/CLUTCH: (c/o) Vici Dolls

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Two weeks ago, my mom and I stayed in Miami for five days to celebrate her birthday! Miami has tons of amazing hotel properties to choose from so it wasn’t difficult to find two for our stay. We wanted a city to beach experience so we went with J.W. Marriott Marquis Hotel, an upscale 5-star hotel located in downtown Miami, and AC Hotel Miami Beach, a European inspired boutique hotel located across the street from the beach.

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The first part of our trip was to J.W. Marriott Marquis Hotel. From the second we walked in, the attention to guests was truly superb.

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Dinner at db Bistro Moderne (a restaurant by Chef Daniel Boulud, who coincidentally also has a restaurant in Palm Beach called Café Boulud. It’s one of my favorites!) was out of this world. For starters, go with the Florida Tomato Salad or the octopus salad. My mom ordered the Swordfish Skewer, which was amazing (one of their best dishes) and I had the Arugula Cavatelli with tomatoes, peas and ricotta cheese. We concluded dinner with Arroz con Leche (and birthday candles) with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream and fresh madeleines (favorite in Palm Beach, as well). It was just amazing…

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TOP: Prose & Poetry/JEANS: old – similar/SCARF: old – similar/SUNNIES: here

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The next day, both my mom and I visited the Enliven Spa & Salon. We both had the Enliven Signature Massage, a 80 minute full body massage complete with a foot scrub and scalp massage. It was pure #heaven.

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BAG: (c/o) C.J. Laing/BATHING SUIT: (c/o) Morning Lavender

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Other notable spots in the hotel include the indoor basketball court (which apparently is a favorite with the Miami Heat players), indoor bowling alley, the rooftop pool and… hello, the views!

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DRESS: Ramy Brook (c/o) Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton/HAT: (c/o) Morning Lavender/WEDGESclick here

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But above all, the SERVICE. That’s what stood out to me the most. My mom (who went to school for hospitality management) and I were blown away with the attention to detail and outstanding service. We didn’t want to leave!

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Our next location was to AC Hotel Miami Beach, a hotel that blends contemporary style with cosmopolitan sophistication. It’s steps away from the beach and minutes away from Lincoln Road and South Beach’s Ocean Drive.

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TOP: Parker New York/SHORTS: old – similar here and here/WEDGES: (c/o) Topshop/HAT: old – similar here

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We spent our final days of the trip at the beach and rooftop pool deck, lounging around and soaking in the Miami Beach scene (which my mom loves visiting). We were treated to complimentary WiFi and European breakfast (which was inspired by Spain) and refreshing beverages in our room.

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Each night, we dined at AC Lounge, a tapas style lounge that has everything from local craft beers, wines on top to yummy cocktails and curated tapas. Our server was great at explaining each dish and recommending his favorites. Definitely try the Avocado Toast (SO good!) or any of the salads! Oh, and the fresh macaroons of course!

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ROMPER: Nightcap (c/o) Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton/WEDGES: (c/o) Topshop

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All in all, we had a great time visiting both properties! Comment below if you have any questions and be sure to consider either one when planning your next vacation to Miami!

Xo, Stephanie

P.S.: Speaking of travel, I’m off to Lisbon tomorrow! Would love your recommendations… <3

Totally Missguided

Missguided - The Style Bungalow

Missguided - The Style Bungalow

Missguided - The Style Bungalow

Missguided - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

BARDOT TOP, PANTS, SANDALS, CLUTCH, SUNNIES: (c/o) Missguided

Good afternoon everyone! Today I’m featuring not one – but two – new outfits from Missguided, a women’s fashion online store from the UK.

A couple months ago, I was introduced to Missguided after ordering a pair of wide legged pants from their petite section. (Again, with the wide legged pants – you can never have enough!) I fully expected to take them to a tailor (because I’m so petite) but was pleasantly surprised to see that they fit me perfectly – right out of the package! Then I started thinking, “surely everything else has to fit this way too?” And I got really, really excited because this never happens! 9/10 I have to take something to the tailor or fix it myself.

Well. I was right. After placing my second order, I found that everything from their petite section fit me perfectly! “Hallelujah,” I thought, “I finally found a store that works for my body!”

What’s great about Missguided is that they carry a lot of the same product in both regular sizing and petite sizing. That’s pretty rare. I won’t name names but many stores don’t do this. They carry a limited section of petite items. [NOTE: Not petite? Not to worry. They also have a tall line. So to all my leggy ladies out there, definitely check them out!]

Missguided’s price points are super reasonable, too. Almost everything on the site is under $100. Sure, don’t get me wrong, I love splurging on investment pieces that I’ll have forever (like a designer handbag or designer shoes or sunglasses) but it’s nice to shop from a great selection of fashion forward clothing that don’t cost an arm and a leg, too. Thus, allowing me (or you!) to try trendy items without feeling guilty years from now.

Missguided - The Style Bungalow

Missguided - The Style Bungalow

Which leads me to today’s first outfit…

Missguided - The Style Bungalow

If you’re into the crop top trend, like me, then you definitely need to consider this one. It’s made out of a crisp, clean white fabric that looks great with a flowy midi skirt and sandals or with high waisted cigarette pants for a sweet evening look. [NOTE: it’s short!] Definitely planning to bring it with me to New York Fashion Week!

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I’m LOVING these white hot sandals too. Teamed with this outfit or with distressed jeans (see below for more) they are SO fierce contrasted against tanned summer skin.

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TEE, JEANS, BOMBER JACKET, SANDALS, CLUTCH, SUNNIES: (c/o) Missguided

Missguided - The Style Bungalow

Missguided - The Style Bungalow

For my next look, I paired a white tee with jeans. I wanted a cool girl vibe so I threw in a lightweight bomber jacket and aviator sunglasses.

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Even though it’s scorching hot in South Florida, this bomber jacket (for $24) is quickly becoming a favorite. It’s soft to the touch and has a killer fit. Throw on with jeans and a tee or with slouchy pants.

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And wrapped around your waist…

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Missguided - The Style Bungalow

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Everything featured in today’s post is a size 00-0P or 0. Be sure to comment below if you have any questions about fit or quality and I’ll try to answer them ASAP!

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Thanks for stopping by…

Xo, Stephanie

Mega P.S.: Guys get ready for a crazy month. I’m in Portugal this weekend. Then New York Fashion Week. And finally to Vancouver for my best friend’s wedding. I’m anxious yet excited to travel all month! Comment below with your recommendations!