Midi, the Right Way

How to wear a midi skirt

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

TOP: (c/o) Marshalls – Similar here/MIDI SKIRT: H&M – Shop styles here/HEELS: (c/o) Express/BAG: (c/o) Ann Taylor

Raise your hand (or comment below) if you feel like a lady when you wear a midi skirt! I know I do! With a plain t-shirt tucked in. With a silk blouse. With a leather jacket. With a bikini and oversized hat. With like… everything in my closet!

Midi skirts are perfect for spring and summertime. It’s one the few styles you can pull off wearing a revealing crop top with while still looking conservative. It’s also very flattering! A cinched in waist and full skirt can do wonders when hiding areas like hips and thighs.

Styling a midi, however, can be a different story. It’s easy to mess up. Trust me! I’ve definitely done it.

So before you whip out that CC and buy a totes adorbs midi skirt (which is from H&M by the way), check out these five midi rules:

  1. Choose a high waisted midi

If you know me, you know I like a high waist. Why? Because it helps to draw the eye up and elongate my look. This one, from H&M, sits right above my belly button. Teamed with an eyelet shirt, like this top from Marshalls, it looks super chic for the summer.

How to wear a midi skirt

Unfortunately, this one is not online. Click here to browse more midi styles from H&M.

  1. For height, wear a heel

Personally, I think you should wear heels ALL the time but that’s me! I’m also 5’2. Honestly though – considering the length of a midi skirt is longer than usual, I think it’s best to wear heels with it. Doing so will give you a nice long, lean look!

How to wear a midi skirt

  1. Find one made out of a cool fabric

Inject some personality into your wardrobe with a midi in a funky print or with one that’s made out of a cool fabric, like denim! #lovethe90s

How to wear a midi skirt

  1. Be flirty

For a sexy, but put together look this summer, try wearing a crop top with a leather jacket instead of tucking in a silk blouse.

How to wear a midi skirt

  1. Details matter!

Tie it all together with cool accents like aviator sunnies or a structured bag!

How to wear a midi skirt

Ok, noooow you can whip out your credit card! To shop today’s outfit, scroll up to the top and click on the links or look below!

Xo, Stephanie

P.S. – You guys, this is a super special post because it’s my official entry for the “Blogger of the Year” contest by Bloglovin’ and H&M! For bloggers who haven’t heard about it, totes check it out (click here for more)! 5 lucky finalists will get a mentorship session with Leandra Medine of Man Repeller, a free trip, lot’s of awesome stuff from H&M and not to mention – a nomination for “Breakthrough Fashion Blogger of the Year” at the Bloglovin’ Awards in September! #goals

Flash Sale Tuesday!

Flash Sale Goodnight Macaroon

Flash Sale Goodnight Macaroon

Flash Sale Goodnight Macaroon

Flash Sale Goodnight Macaroon

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

Hello! Welcome back! I’m super pumped to be sharing not one – but three – looks on the blog today from online boutique, Goodnight Macaroon.

Let’s start with my favorite look!

Flash Sale Goodnight Macaroon

Flash Sale Goodnight Macaroon

Photo May 18, 1 16 22 AM

CHAMBRAY TOP: (c/o) Goodnight Macaroon/PANTS: Click here to Save, Spend or Splurge

I paired this chambray off-the-shoulder top with my favorite pair of wide legged pants form Parker NY (currently sold out). This look is a must for the summer! I love how my pants drape and how fluid the fabric is. They’re so classic.

Photo May 24, 2 42 26 PM

Flash Sale Goodnight Macaroon

Flash Sale Goodnight Macaroon

To buy a similar pair of pants, click here to save, spend or splurge!

Flash Sale Goodnight Macaroon

Flash Sale Goodnight Macaroon

For my next look, I took a polka dot chiffon dress and paired it with a chunky block heel from Steve Madden. I threw in my go-to crossbody bag and kept the rest of my accessories to a minimum to keep the focus on my dress. How adorbs is it?!

Flash Sale Goodnight Macaroon

Flash Sale Goodnight Macaroon

Flash Sale Goodnight Macaroon

POLKA DOT DRESS: (c/o) Goodnight Macaroon/HEELS: Steve Madden/BAG: Similar

Flash Sale Goodnight Macaroon

Red is one of my favorite colors to wear, especially over the summer! Since Memorial Day is right around the corner (can’t believe it – where does time go?!), I figured this look would be the perfect one to conclude with. I took a red off-the-shoulder top from Goodnight Macaroon and wore it with a pair of Lovers + Friends jeans from Marshalls. It goes so well with classic blue jeans! My hat is from J.Crew (in case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been wearing it a ton!) and my slides are Franco Sarto, also from Marshalls.

Flash Sale Goodnight Macaroon

Flash Sale Goodnight Macaroon

Flash Sale Goodnight Macaroon

Flash Sale Goodnight Macaroon

RED TOP: (c/o) Goodnight Macaroon/JEANS: (c/o) Lovers + Friends via Marshalls/HAT: (c/o) J.Crew/SLIDES: (c/o) Marshalls – Similar

Flash Sale Goodnight Macaroon

For the next 48 hours (Tuesday, May 24 – Wednesday, May 25) Goodnight Macaroon is having a flash sale! Select items are 50% off! So hurry! Take advantage of it while you can…

Shop today’s looks below… Have a great Tuesday everyone!

Xo, Stephanie

Little Black Dress

Little Black Dress from Express

Little Black Dress from Express

Little Black Dress from Express

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

DRESS, HEELS, CLUTCH, CUFF, SUNNIES: (c/o) Express

From graduations to nighttime weddings to bachelorette parties to backyard barbeques, this little black dress from Express is perfect for just about any occasion this summer. It’s effortless. It’s chic and sophisticated. It makes you feel sexy and confident. It’s a stylish go-to…

Little Black Dress from Express

Little Black Dress from Express

Really… no matter what venue or time of day, you can’t go wrong with this little number. While wearing a bright color may seem appropriate this summer, I think there’s something very elegant about wearing black…

Little Black Dress from Express

Black is favored by fashion bloggers, editors, buyers and models because it’s chic. It never goes out of style and is always in season!

Little Black Dress from Express

I love how this mini dress flows and sways in the wind. It skims my body in all the right places…

Little Black Dress from Express

Little Black Dress from Express

Little Black Dress from Express

It’s also made out of cotton – making it lightweight and easy to style casually. Just take a denim jacket and tie it around your waist with sneakers. Or, wear it with a black leather jacket, gladiator sandals and a ton of gold bracelets this summer.

Little Black Dress from Express

To make my legs look a mile long, I wore it with brown chunky heels. But you can opt for nude pumps to achieve the same effect.

Little Black Dress from Express

A gorgeous gold cuff, oversized sunglasses and studded clutch – all from Express – completed the look.

Little Black Dress from Express

Little Black Dress from Express

Little Black Dress from Express

To shop it, click below!

Have a great Sunday night everyone…

Xo, Stephanie

At that moment…

Blogger wearing Veronica Beard

Photo May 10, 9 25 22 PM

Blogger wearing Veronica Beard

Blogger wearing Chloe bag

Blogger wearing Veronica Beard

Blogger wearing Veronica Beard

Blogger wearing Veronica Beard

Blogger wearing Chloe bag

Photo May 10, 9 23 43 PM

Blogger wearing Veronica Beard

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

BLOUSE, SHORTS, SANDALS, CHLOE BAG: (c/o) Neiman Marcus

I recently read a quote from Isabel Marant in Porter Magazine that “fashion is not important…” that you have to “get dressed in what you love.” She went on to say that “your style will evolve” and that even when you find your “uniform… it will change.”

Murant, best known for her relaxed, cool and effortless designs, has always been a favorite of mine. But reading her say, “fashion doesn’t matter” made me fall in love with her even more. Looking back at my outfits – some good and some really bad – I can’t help but think that during those points in my life, I remained true to myself and made my outfits my own. I never really approached an outfit from, “this is trendy… I have to wear it.” It was always from a place of, “this is how I feel right now…” or “this is what I love.” Perhaps, that’s why my style has changed so much over the past two years since starting my blog!

Like Murant, I agree fashion is not about being trendy. It’s about comfort, ease and how you feel that that moment. It’s an instinct. Sometimes I wear boyfriend jeans and a t-shirt all day. Sometimes I throw on a dress and heels to feel pretty. And sometimes I just want to be comfortable and wear sandals to walk around town and go to the beach…

Isabel Marant did not design this outfit. It’s actually by Veronica Beard (another favorite) and Chloe, but it evokes just that – exactly how I felt that day. I wanted to wear something breathable and easy yet chic and classic enough for Palm Beach. I figured this is the kind of outfit you can throw in your suitcase and travel the world with. And lately, that’s been my gig – easy going looks that can be worn anywhere. Will it last forever? Who knows? Is it super trendy? I guess… maybe? But that’s the beauty of fashion. You can make it your own… Whether cool or easy going and free-spirited, fashion helps you tell that story – at that point in your life.

What does fashion mean to you?

Xo, Stephanie

Raw Edge

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Photo Apr 23, 5 56 18 AM

Photo Apr 23, 5 56 58 AM

Photo Apr 23, 5 59 06 AM

Photo Apr 23, 5 56 10 AM

Nicholas Top from Neiman Marcus

Photo May 16, 4 47 43 PM

Nicholas Top from Neiman Marcus

Photo Apr 23, 5 58 30 AM

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

TOP: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/SKIRT: Similar/SCARF: Here/HEELS: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/BAG: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/SUNNIES: (c/o) Neiman Marcus

Last night my best friend asked me when Memorial Day weekend was. She couldn’t believe it was less than two weeks away. To be honest, neither could I. It seems like yesterday I was writing down my New Year’s resolutions on a cold December night, getting ready to launch my personal styling venture and crossing my fingers that things to fall into place for 2016. I can’t believe how quickly time has flown and how much has changed since then. This weekend I hit 50k followers on Instagram and am so grateful for all the amazing support you guys have provided along the way… Stay tuned for so much more this summer!

As far as today’s outfit goes, I’m wearing a sleeveless raw-edge denim top from one of my favorite Aussie labels, Nicholas. It’s split in the back – making it so cool. You can wear it with a mini skirt or with distressed jeans and sandals. Either way, it will definitely become one of your favorite off-duty pieces this summer!

Check out some of my favorite Nicholas pieces from Neiman Marcus below…

Xo, Stephanie

Hello Stripes!

J.Crew Striped Bikini

The Brazilian Court Hotel

The Brazilian Court Hotel

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

ROMPER: C.J. Laing/BATHING SUIT: (c/o) J.Crew/SANDALS: (c/o) J.Crew/HAT: (c/o) J.Crew/TOTE, BAG CHARM, EARRINGS and BRACELETS: C.J. Laing/SUNSCREEN: (c/o) First Aid Beauty

The Brazilian Court Hotel

J.Crew Sandals

J.Crew Striped Bikini

There’s nothing more refreshing than waking up early on a hot spring day and taking a morning dip in the pool at one of your favorite hotels on the island, The Brazilian Court Hotel. Throw in a tropical smoothie, a copy of The New York Times and I’m in heaven.

The Brazilian Court Hotel

The Brazilian Court Hotel

The Style Bungalow

The Brazilian Court Hotel is a historic luxury hotel located in the heart of Palm Beach, Florida. Equally rich in history and architecture, the hotel has been restored from bungalows to what it is today – an elegant retreat with discreet accommodations and a beautiful pool surrounded by lush landscaped courtyards.

The Brazilian Court Hotel

C.J. Laing Beach Bag

J.Crew Striped Bikini

I recently went shopping for bathing suits and immediately gravitated towards this striped bikini by J.Crew. I love J.Crew bathing suits because of their craftsmanship. They use durable fabrics and offer a wide selection of fits and styles to choose from. I also love this bathing suit because… I mean, hello! Stripes! Totes adorbs.

J.Crew Striped Bikini

This bikini top fits me a lot like my favorite push-up bra does. It gives me extra lift and helps to add curves to my petite frame. I recommend this top for those who need a little oomph (like me) or for those who need extra support.

J.Crew Striped Bikini

The Brazilian Court Hotel

Every now and then it’s nice to cover up. I love this boy short bottom because it offers slightly more coverage than your typical string bikini bottom or Brazilian cut bottom.

J.Crew Striped Bikini

Speaking of covering up, I wore a cute romper from local Palm Beach boutique, C.J. Laing over my bikini. I love how it ties in the center and shows a hint of skin. It’s one of those pieces you can throw in your suitcase when heading to a tropical location.

C.J. Laing Romper

The Brazilian Court Hotel

In case you haven’t noticed on my Instagram account, these sandals are quickly becoming my favorites. I’ve worn them so many times and love how chic they are.

J.Crew Sandals

Signing off to enjoy the rest of my Sunday afternoon… As always, thanks for stopping by!

J.Crew Striped Bikini

Xo, Stephanie

P.S. J.Crew is donating a portion of the sale of every J.Crew swimsuit to benefit skin cancer prevention for the month of May! So get shopping – PLUS, this bathing suit is on sale today! Use code: SHOPNOW to get 25% off.

Shopping Rules

Blogger wearing Theory

Blogger wearing CJ Laing

Blogger Wearing Valentino

Blogger wearing Theory

Blogger wearing Valentino

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

TOP: (c/o) Theory via Neiman Marcus/SKIRT: (c/o) Theory via Neiman Marcus/HEELS: (c/o) Valentino via Neiman Marcus – similar here and here/NECKLACE: (c/o) C.J. Laing

When it comes to shopping for clothing, I take the following into consideration: fit, fabric and color.

I know what works well with my shape and what doesn’t. I keep a list of brands that fit me (without tailoring) and guarantee good craftsmanship (i.e. they last!) and shop from those stores. If clothing doesn’t fit, I take it to a tailor…

Fabric is also very important to me. No joke – it has to feel good when I touch it! My boyfriend and I joked around about this a couple weekends ago when we were shopping. I literally touched every single garment, grabbed the fabric and ever so lightly crunched it up to see if it wrinkled or felt scratchy. This is my test. Only after it has passed this test, I’ll try it on. If it doesn’t, I won’t even bother.

Blogger wearing Theory

That’s why I love these two pieces by Theory from Neiman Marcus so much. My skirt is made out of a high-quality suede fabric and fits me perfectly (Theory has Petite sizing). My top is silk and drapes nicely over my body…

Blogger wearing Theory

Blogger wearing Theory

Skin tone and hair color also play a major factor in my shopping. Certain colors like pink, green, light yellow, navy blue, white and cream compliment me. Colors like orange, black, tan, and bright yellow wash me out.

Since pink is a warm tone, it can be matched with other warm colors like green. It also looks nice against my skin (which is a warm tone) and with my hair color.

Blogger wearing Theory

Blogger wearing Theory

When it comes to shopping for clothing, what are some of the rules you follow? Share them by leaving a comment below!

Xo, Stephanie

Feelin’ Frilly

Blogger wearing white jeans

Blogger wearing white jeans

Blogger wearing Steve Madden

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

TOP: Similar here and here/JEANS: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/SANDALS: Steve Madden/BAG: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/SUNNIES: (c/o) Neiman Marcus

Blogger wearing white jeans

You come across so many fun street corners in Palm Beach. From striped awnings to colorful buildings, there’s no shortage of beautiful spots on the island.

Blogger wearing white jeans

Blogger wearing white jeans

When I think of Palm Beach, I think of off-the-shoulder tops, white jeans and pops of color! Which inspired today’s look…

Blogger wearing white jeans

How adorable is this top?!

Blogger wearing white jeans

I’m usually pretty picky when it comes to white jeans. It’s not easy to find jeans that fit my small frame. However, I recently spotted this 7 For All Mankind pair and knew within 20 seconds of trying them on that they were so perfect for me. They’re skinny, cropped and fit great (I’m wearing a size 24). I also love how they have a fringe lace hem at the bottom. You can wear them with heeled sandals (as pictured) or with gladiators.

Blogger wearing white jeans

Blogger wearing Steve Madden

Blogger wearing white jeans

Blogger wearing white jeans

I paired my jeans with a simple off-the-shoulder top. I know I’ve worn this style a million times but I can’t get enough of it! It feels so feminine! I love it!

Blogger wearing white jeans

This Chloé ‘Jane’ shoulder bag from Neiman Marcus is definitely a must-have. It’s also one of my favorites because it’s so luxe and looks great with everything in my closet!

Blogger wearing white jeans

Crafted from suede and leather with a super slim profile, it’s finished with gold rings and colorful tassels. Drape it over one shoulder with a breezy maxi dress and flats or wrap the strap around your hand.

Blogger wearing white jeans

I hope you’ve enjoyed following along lately! I’ve been shooting so many looks for you guys! Please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts on my outfits or post your questions below…

Xo, Stephanie

For the love of lace

Blogger Wearing Lace Skirt

Blogger Wearing Lace Skirt

Blogger Wearing Lace Skirt

Blogger Wearing Hiche Skirt

Blogger Wearing Lace Skirt

Blogger Wearing Lace Skirt

Blogger Wearing Lace Skirt

Blogger Wearing Lace Skirt

Blogger Wearing Lace Skirt

Blogger Wearing Lace Skirt

Blogger Wearing Lace Skirt

Blogger Wearing Lace Skirt

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

TOP: Similar/SKIRT: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/BAG: (c/o) Chloe via Neiman Marcus/SANDALS: Steve Madden/CUFF: (c/o) Kendra Scott/SUNNIES: (c/o) RayBan via Neiman Marcus

If you need one thing this spring (and summer) for your next vacation, it’s lace. It keeps you and your style – cool. Plus, it’s versatile and easy to wear to just about any occasion this season.

My pick? This lace skirt by Hiche from Neiman Marcus. It blends femininity with a laid-back, hippie vibe. It’s designed to sit at the slimmest part of your waist – which instantly gives you a flattering shape. You can wear it with an off-the-shoulder crop top and neutral accessories or with a chambray shirt, white bikini and oversized sunnies.

What’s your dream destination? Comment below!

Xo, Stephanie

Me Time

Kate Spade Pajamas

Kate Spade Pajamas

[Chelsae Anne | Photography] 

PAJAMAS: (c/o) Kate Spade/READING GLASSES: similar

Confession: I have a hard time balancing work-life. Anyone else feel the same?

Growing up, all my free time went to ballet. Many times, forgoing activities like parties and football games to train after school and on the weekends. After dancing professionally for two years and finishing college, I struggled balancing my work-life because of a new job. And after that, it was because I was building a business and blogging full-time.

Bottom line: prioritizing “me time” has never been important to me. I’ve always been an, “all or nothing” girl and very determined to reach my goals. I considered time off a luxury – never a necessity. Until…

December. When I was on the brink of burnout. I felt rundown and sick all the time. I lacked creativity and wasn’t happy with my schedule. I decided to take a month off to restore my energy and creativity levels back to normal. I spent time with family and my amazing boyfriend and enjoyed every minute of it. By the time February rolled around, I felt recharged! My creative juices were flowin’ again so I launched my personal styling business and took on more work… x10.

And fell right back into the same routine.

[insert burnout moment #2 here]

We all know “me” time is important, but why is it so hard to do sometimes? Why do we feel so guilty about taking a half-day off to watch a mini marathon of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Or read a good book? Or catch up with your best friend and laugh? Because there’s a never-ending list of things to do and accomplish before you’re 30. Right?

Kate Spade Pajamas

Nope. Wrong. Like super wrong.

Kate Spade Pajamas

In order to be successful (yes, successful) and reach your #GirlBoss goals, you have to rest and give yourself a break to binge on Netflix every now and then. Doing so, allows your mind to refocus and think clearly which in turn helps you be that much better at work the next day! And get rid of those dark circles.

Kate Spade Pajamas

Kate Spade Pajamas

Last week, I turned my phone to “airplane mode” for a mini digital detox (kind of), slipped into my new Kate Spade PJs, jumped in bed, made a bowl of steamy popcorn and a fresh cup of mint tea and watched like every episode of Real Housewives BH, NYC and Dallas. It. Was. Great.

Kate Spade Home Decor

SERVING BOWL: (c/o) Kate Spade

Kate Spade Home Decor

Kate Spade Home Decor

TEA KETTLE: (c/o) Kate Spade

Kate Spade Pajamas

SHEETS: (c/o) Kate Spade/EURO SHAMS: (c/o) Kate Spade

Kate Spade Pajamas

(Side note: how adorable are these cotton pajamas from Kate Spade?! I love the piping! And the witty one-liner “shhh!” on the pocket. They are TOO cute!)

Kate Spade Pajamas

Everyone has their own definition of work-life balance. For me, a night in once a week achieves just that…

Kate Spade Pajamas

How do you spend “me” time? Have any tips that have worked for you? Feel free to share them below! <3

Xo, Stephanie

P.S.: I can’t help but think of my selfless mother today who for many years drove me to dance everyday, listened to me cry, took me shopping behind my dad’s back and who would stay up late to clean up after us three crazy kids. Love you mama, Happy Mother’s Day! And to all the other selfless mothers out there who sacrifice their extra time to raise a family, I hope you took a day off today to watch some Real Housewives… <3