Made for TV Jeans

The Balancing Act - The Style Bungalow

The Balancing Act - The Style Bungalow

The Balancing Act - The Style Bungalow

CLASSIC SHIRT: similar here/JEANS, TRUCKER JACKET: (c/o) Levis/HEELS: here

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

With just a couple weeks left in the year, I decided to put my resolutions into action and start fresh – now. Before the clock strikes 12 on January 1st. You can read all about it here.

One of my resolutions was to do something that scared me. Think jumping out of a plane, embracing overalls, going on TV…

Little did I know that would happen. Like, five seconds after publishing that post.

The Balancing Act - The Style Bungalow

When the producer for the TV show, The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television asked me to style a segment on jeans for the holidays, I hesitated – like big time. I haaaaate public speaking (I’m so shy, guys) and the thought of putting myself out there – on national television – is not exactly the most comforting thought to someone who would rather sit behind a computer screen and hash out their feelings on Levi’s 711 skinny fit jeans (which are great, by the way) for the world to see. I’m a blogger. I like to write. That’s what I do and love!

And then I remembered my resolutions. [face palm] I took a deep breath and said, “yes.” EK! And it was so much fun! Check out some of the behind-the-scenes moments…

The Balancing Act - The Style Bungalow

The Balancing Act - The Style Bungalow

The Balancing Act - The Style Bungalow

The Balancing Act - The Style Bungalow

The Balancing Act - The Style Bungalow

The Balancing Act - The Style Bungalow

Teddy’s wearing the Levi’s 502 regular taper fit jean in black with a sweater and sneakers. When guys ask me what to wear on the weekends, I always suggest black jeans. Why? Because they look like dress pants and are super comfortable. Just roll up the ankle, throw on some sneakers (a taper fit is best for showing off shoes. It’s also a flattering style on guys) and a sweater.

The Balancing Act - The Style Bungalow

I kept it classic with Brittany’s look. She’s wearing my favorite Levi’s style – the 711 skinny fit jean. It’s designed to conform to the shape of your body and looks great on everyone. Super versatile. Throw on a flannel with minimal accessories and heels for a holiday look.

The Balancing Act - The Style Bungalow

Sophie wore a customized trucker jacket from Levi’s! A great gift for the holidays. Customizing trucker jackets is something you can do with the entire family. It helps your loved ones express their personal style. And ensures a gift they will love and wear all year!

The Balancing Act - The Style Bungalow

Here’s my custom trucker jacket with host, Amber from The Balancing Act!

The Balancing Act - The Style Bungalow

The Balancing Act - The Style Bungalow

You see, waiting to start something at the start of the new year means you lose out on valuable time to conquer your icky irrational fears and manifest the life you want. Think of how much time you have between now and the end of the year. A lot can happen! Like going on national TV to do something that you love doing everyday – talking about fashion.

The Balancing Act - The Style Bungalow

(And for those of you wondering, I’m wearing a crisp button down with the 711 Levi’s fit jeans. My heels are from Nine West and my customized jacket, from Levis!)

The Balancing Act - The Style Bungalow

Catch the full episode on The Balancing Act tomorrow morning at 7:30AM ET/PT on Lifetime TV! If you miss it, catch the rerun on Dec. 12 at 7:30AM ET/PT.

As always, thank you for stopping by…

Xo, Stephanie

Go Slouchy  

Slouchy look - The Style Bungalow

Slouchy look - The Style Bungalow

Slouchy look - The Style Bungalow

Slouchy look - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

TOP similar, PANTS, BAG, HEELS: (c/o) Neiman Marcus

Let’s get right to it. I LOVE today’s look. One of my favorites. It’s slouchy yet undeniably elevated at the same time. There are days where all I want to wear is loose, oversized clothing and today is one of them.

Slouchy look - The Style Bungalow

So “how” might you ask, did I pull this look off being 5’2 and super petite? Simple.

Slouchy look - The Style Bungalow

  1. Tailoring. Going oversized means clothing should fit perfectly. See a tailor to ensure your baggy pieces don’t drown your figure.
  2. A little sex appeal. By showing a hint of skin + adding a dramatic lip and sky high heels, you offset the baggy factor.
  3. Good quality. Look for pieces that create shapes and give you good lines. Like this pair of cropped culottes by Vince from Neiman Marcus. Seriously, you can never have too many pairs.

Slouchy look - The Style Bungalow

Slouchy look - The Style Bungalow

Slouchy look - The Style Bungalow

Slouchy look - The Style Bungalow

I’ll be in Miami all week for Art Basel. I CAN’T wait to catch up with girlfriends, have a little fun, enjoy the weather and meet new people from all over the world. It’s the best time to be in Miami! Follow along on Instagram Stories!

Xo, Stephanie

Unconventional Girl

Unconventional Girl - The Style Bungalow

Unconventional Girl - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

TOP: (c/o) Storets/SKIRT: Similar here/BOOTS: (c/o) Cole Haan/BAG: (c/o) Neiman Marcus

At 15, I left high school at 1PM every day to take ballet classes (yes, it was approved). At 17, I got accepted into my dream school – dream scholarship included. Weeks before moving into my dorm room, I told my parents I wasn’t going to college. Instead, I wanted to be a professional dancer (even though I was told it was impossible to do). At 19, I did it. I accepted a job with a small ballet company and moved to West Palm Beach. At 21, I got burnt out, quit dancing, traveled and went back to school. At 24, I got a job in public relations. Hated it. At 25, I started a blog – petrified at the thought of putting myself out there on a daily basis (I’m quite shy at heart). At 26, I left my PR job. Freelanced. Made some mistakes. At 27, I declared I would make “The Style Bungalow” my full-time job by the end of the year. Which I did… in April.

Yes, this is what I do now. It’s not a steady 9-5 job. So what? I’m unconventional.

Unconventional Girl - The Style Bungalow

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had to justify what I do to others. I get it. My choices haven’t exactly been “safe.” I put college on hold to be a starving artist. I haven’t bought a house yet. I don’t have a five-year plan. And I have absolutely no clue what the future holds.

I’m not interested in taking the conventional route. Whatever that means. I guess I’m not that kind of girl. I have a mind of my own. I’m not a follower. And I hold myself to a different set of standards. The kind of standards that do not include conventional things like “stable job, cute house, dog, pool boy, etc.” Those things are nice, don’t get me wrong (especially the pool boy dog part). Just not for me… right now, at least. I like to push boundaries. My boundaries. And when someone tells me I can’t do something (which was the case with dancing professionally, PR, blogging), I like to tell them watch me.

Unconventional Girl - The Style Bungalow

I’ll credit my dad who growing up always questioned my decisions. In dating, work, life, you name it. He put bugs in my ear. And gave me the confidence to take risks and embrace uncertainty. Which allowed me to pursue dance, fail, start over, fail some more, blog, fail again and lots more. I can’t say it’s been easy. Truth be told, I like plans. Who doesn’t? But through the years, I’ve learned to be OK with not knowing what tomorrow will bring. Why? Because as you can see every plan I’ve had, has dramatically changed. Some of the most beautiful parts of my life were… unplanned.

I think it’s okay to not have it all figured out. At 17… at 21… at 26.

Unconventional Girl - The Style Bungalow

But if there’s one thing I know, it’s that I’m passionate about life. The arts, learning, writing, fashion… the list goes on and on. And I never lost sight of that.

Sure, there are things I wish I had right now. But I don’t regret a thing. Taking an unconventional route has shaped me to become the person I am today. And despite the many wrong turns, heartbreaks, tough lessons I’ve endured throughout my “twenties,” I’m grateful for them all.

Unconventional Girl - The Style Bungalow

Unconventional Girl - The Style Bungalow

So with that said, I’ll leave you with this small tidbit of advice tonight: be who you want, not who everyone else wants you to be. Because you never know where it will lead you…

Share your journey in the comment section. Thanks for stopping by!

Xo, Stephanie

Cyber Monday Madness

Cyber Monday Sales - The Style Bungalow

Cyber Monday Sales - The Style Bungalow

Cyber Monday Sales - The Style Bungalow

Cyber Monday Sales - The Style Bungalow

Cyber Monday Sales - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

DENIM JACKET, BLOUSE: (c/o) Rebecca Taylor/LEATHER SKIRT: (c/o) Marshalls – more options here/HEELS: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/BAG: (c/o) Thacker – similar here

Run, don’t walk. Just kidding. You did that Friday. Pause. Pull it together. Take a deep breath. Tell your boss you’re “tied up” then fix yourself another cup of coffee. Lock the door behind you. And whip out that credit card, ladies. It’s the second best day of the year. It’s Cyber Monday. Which means everything on the internet is ON SALE – today.

Cyber Monday Sales - The Style Bungalow

To help a fellow shopaholic sista out, I compiled a list of the best sales. Get excited. Here they are:

Abercrombie & Fitch – entire store 50% off. Click here!

AG Jeans – 30% off statewide and in store. Click here for more.

American Eagle – 40% off everything. 50% off sweaters, shoes and cozy accessories. Click here.

Amazon – reduced prices on select products. Click here for more.

Anthropologie – 20% off full-priced items + free shipping $150+.  Click here!

ASOS – 30% off sitewide. Use code: THANKFUL30. Click here for more.

Avenue32 – 30% off sitewide. Click here.

Banana Republic – 50% off sitewide. Click here.

Barneys New York – 40% off sitewide. Click here for more!

BaubleBar – 35% off 2 items or more. Use code: SAVE35. Click here

Bergdorf Goodman – 40% sitewide. Click here.

Bloomingdale’s – Extra 25% off select items. Take $25 off $200. Click here for more.

BKNR – 25% off full-priced items. Use code: CYBER25. Extra 40% off sale items. Click here!

Century 21 – take extra 25% off one item + free shipping. Click here

Chicwish – 25% off sitewide! Click here for more…

Club Monaco – 25% off $150; 30% off $250; 35% off $400. Extra 30% off sale. Click here.

Express – 50% off everything sitewide + free shipping. Click here.

Forever 21 – 21% off everything sitewide. Click here for more…

Gap – 50% off everything. No exclusions. Use code: CYBMON. Click here!

Gorjana – Spend $100, save $25. Click here.

H&M – up to 30% off. Click here!

INTERMIX – 30% off select full-price items. Click here!

J.Crew – 40% off entire purchase. Click here for more…

Kate Spade – enjoy 30% off your purchase today. Click here.

Lilly Pulitzer – gifts with purchase. Click here!

Ann Taylor LOFT – 40% off sitewide. Use code: THANKS. Click here for more!

Luisaviaroma – extra 20% off sale. Click here for more…

Macy’s – 20% off sitewide. Use code: FEAST. Click here.

Madewell – 25% off entire purchase. Click here for more.

Moda Operandi – sale items up to 65% off. Use code: EXTRA30. Click here for more…

Mr. Porter – 30% off select brands. Click here.

Neiman Marcus – up to 40% off + free shipping. Click here!

Nordstrom – Take extra 20% off sale items. Click here for more…

Parker NY – 30% off sitewide. Use code: CHIC30. Click here.

Revolve – 65% off sitewide. Click here for more.

Rebecca Minkoff – spend $100 to get 25% off.  Click here for more!

Rebecca Taylor – take 25% off purchase. Use code: CELEBRATE. Click here.

Saks Fifth Avenue – up to 40% off. Click here!

SheIn – 40% off orders $55+; 45% off orders $105+. Click here.

Shopbop – Spend $200, get 15% off. Spend $500, get $20 off. Spend $800, get $25 off. Use code: GOBIG16. Click here for more!

Sole Society – 30% off sitewide! Click here.

Steve Madden – 35% off + 30% off clearance. Use code: CYBER. Click here

TOPSHOP – up to 50% off select items. Click here for more…

Urban Outfitters – take $50 of $150 or $15 off $75. Click here.

Vici – Spend $100, get $20; $200, get $40; $300 get $60, etc. Click here.

Zimmerman – All summer swimwear 30-50% off. Click here for more!

Cyber Monday Sales - The Style Bungalow

Cyber Monday Sales - The Style Bungalow

Cyber Monday Sales - The Style Bungalow

Cyber Monday Sales - The Style Bungalow

Cyber Monday Sales - The Style Bungalow

Happy shopping!

Xo, Stephanie

Viva Mexico Pt. 2

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

Most people prefer to share travel experiences with a friend or partner. Personally, my most cherished memories were traveling solo. As I mentioned in “Viva Mexico Pt. 1,” traveling alone can be life-changing and just as rewarding. Imagine reading in a bungalow while it rains or watching the sunset from your balcony with a glass of wine or taking yourself out to a nice dinner without having to make conversation with someone. It’s nice. You can be introspective; bringing you face to face with your thoughts. You can revel in your selfishness. Save money and so much more… which is why I urge you to make at least one solo trip in your lifetime.

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Anyways, as part of Marriott’s “Solo Traveler Series,” my photographer and I visited two hotel properties in Cancun to document the “Solo Travel” experience. The first part of our trip was to CasaMagna Cancun Resort & Hotel. The second part was to JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Hotel

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Both properties were conveniently connected by a bridge and between the two, offered plenty of options for dining, outdoor activities and more. Our days consisted of early morning shoots (TIP: if you’re a blogger, aim to shoot in the morning that way you can beat the crowds), breakfast by the beach, beach and more beach, a couple Pina Coladas, beach, fabulous dinners and nights talking, laughing and reminiscing until the wee hours of the night. It was much needed.

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Both of our rooms had a shower and a bathtub as well as a beautiful balcony overlooking the pools and beach. Every night, I would open my balcony doors, sit outside and take it all in. This was especially beautiful on the night of the supermoon!

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Here are more highlights…

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

TOP: (c/o) Chicwish/MIDI SKIRT: (c/o) SheIn/EARRINGS: (c/o) Missguided/HEELS: (c/o) Vici – similar here

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

BIKINI TOP, BOTTOM: (c/o) more from Pilyq here

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

DRESS: (c/o) Chicwish/HEELS: (c/o) Missguided/EARRINGS: (c/o) BaubleBar

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

BIKINI: (c/o) Triangl

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

BLOUSE: (c/o) Rebecca Taylor – more here/SKIRT: (c/o) Storets/HEELS, CLUTCH: (c/o) Missguided

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

TOP: (c/o) Vici Collection/SKIRT: (c/o) Missguided/HEELS: (c/o) Marshalls/HAT: more options here

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

TOP: (c/o) SheIn/SHORTS: more options here/HAT: more options here/SANDALS: (c/o) Pilyq

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style BungalowMarriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

TOP: (c/o) Vici Collection/SHORTS: more options here/SCARF: Hermes

Marriott Solo Travel Series Pt. 2 - The Style Bungalow

It was an amazing trip! For more information on Marriott Latin & Caribbean Resorts, click here.

Xo, Stephanie

P.S. And yes, I think it’s safe to say – I’ve been bit by the travel bug. Expect to see so much more in the coming months 😉

[Thank you Marriott for sponsoring this trip.]

Behind-the-Scenes

Coastal Living - The Style Bungalow

Coastal Living - The Style Bungalow

Coastal Living - The Style Bungalow

As someone who used to spend hours staring at the computer screen, deleting then retyping over and over and over again the perfect “pitch” to editors and writers, I know how difficult it is to be recognized in a newspaper let alone in a major magazine. Since having that job in public relations, I’ve learned to treasure (and celebrate) each and every moment where my blog gets featured on a website, in a magazine or on TV (yes, TV. More on that later. [insert moment of shock here]).

Coastal Living - The Style Bungalow

A couple months ago, I was contacted by Coastal Living to shoot some looks for an upcoming article featuring gifts from the best boutiques in Florida. I was excited, said “yes” and together with Chelsae Anne, rocked out a shoot. I was more than happy with the outcome from our shoot (mainly because the outfits were so cute!); it was SO hard for me to keep it a secret.

Anyways, since magazines typically feature only one or two photos from their shoots I decided to compile all of the outtakes and share a little behind-the-scenes action with you guys. You’ll see the same pose but in different outfits. Our adorable “props” for this shoot and more.

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Coastal Living - The Style Bungalow

TOP, SHORTS: (c/o) Saks Fifth Avenue/SANDALS: more options here/BAG: (c/o) CJ Laing more options here.

Coastal Living - The Style Bungalow

TOP (similar), SKIRT: (c/o) Chloe via Saks Fifth Avenue/HEELS: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/BAG: Here

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Coastal Living - The Style Bungalow

Coastal Living - The Style Bungalow

TOP: More options here/PANTS: (c/o) Alexis via Saks Fifth Avenue (more options here)/SANDALS: More options here

Coastal Living - The Style Bungalow

Coastal Living - The Style Bungalow

Coastal Living - The Style Bungalow

Coastal Living - The Style Bungalow

Coastal Living - The Style Bungalow

TOP: (c/o) Stella McCartney via Saks Fifth Avenue/PANTS: more options here/BAG: Here

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been featured a million times or once in a magazine, you still get excited to see your picture and name! Thank you Coastal Living for opportunity; be sure to pick up a copy of this issue at your local bookstore and as always, thanks for stopping by today!

Coastal Living - The Style Bungalow

Coastal Living - The Style Bungalow

Xo, Stephanie

Photographer: Chelsae Anne

Stylist: yours truly

Clothing provided by: Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton

Viva Mexico! Pt. 1

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

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MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

A couple weeks ago, my photographer and I said “yes” to a week-long trip to Cancun, Mexico. We didn’t really think about it, we just booked it. The idea? To travel solo.

While my trip wasn’t as courageous as it could have been (I didn’t exactly “travel solo,” I brought my photographer with me to help document the trip.), I had plenty of time by myself to reflect and just be.

As a full-time blogger (and former ballerina who used to travel all over the country for auditions ), I’ve taken a lot of trips on my own, and I’ve learned that it’s a lot easier than you think. Traveling alone (especially as a woman) can be life changing, empowering and rewarding. In fact, it’s pretty liberating if you ask me. When you travel alone, you get make your own schedule (too often, we hold back on what we really want to do because of who we are traveling with), you get in touch with yourself again, you make new friends (pushing yourself out of your comfort zone), you have zero distractions (from a friend or partner) so you can truly enjoy the location and gain a little confidence embarking on a journey to a new place all by yourself.

Because let’s be real. As much as you want your friends to come with you, sometimes it’s too hard. Between schedules and budgets, it’s difficult to nail down a trip that works for everyone.

Please note, I’m not encouraging you to book a random trip to some shady hostel in the middle of Europe a la the movie, “Taken.” You have to be smart about it and do your research.

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

Marriott Caribbean and Latin America Resorts just launched a “solo traveler series” with two packages catering to different types of solo travelers. For those looking for some alone time, the “All About Me” package (where you go to the spa, have private fitness classes and a private tour) is for you. For those yearning to make new friends or let loose, I recommend the “Solo & Social” package. (Think insider tips to the best hotspots, group excursions with others who are traveling solo, mixology and cooking classes.) Both packages include 3 nights in a king size room, wifi, transportation to and from the airport, a hotel contact (someone at the front desk checking in on you) and more. It’s pretty sweet.

Above all, traveling solo will help you answer big life questions. I mean it. Between daydreaming on the beach, reading in a private bungalow while it rains, having dinner by yourself, learning a new language and experiencing new adventures, you will discover things about yourself that you never knew. You might attempt to have a conversation in Spanish (i.e. me) because no-one (you know who you are) is around to critique your horrible accent, buy different things (like a cool accessory that you never imagined wearing), think about moving to a different city or take risks, like booking another trip (on a whim) to a new place.

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

So, with that said, the first property we stayed at was CasaMagna Cancun Resort & Spa, a luxury resort with fantastic service, great amenities, restaurants and outstanding views of the ocean. My favorite part? Leaving my balcony doors opens to hear the waves crash at night.

Here are some of the highlights from our stay…

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

DRESS: (c/o) Chicwish – similar/SANDALS: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/EARRINGS: (c/o) VeryAllegra

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

ONE-PIECE SWIMSUIT: (c/o) Wala Swim/EARRINGS: (c/o) Bauble Bar

[Use code: TURKEY25 for 25% off]

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

BIKINI TOP, BOTTOM: (c/o) Marysia Swim via Everything But Water/EARRINGS: (c/o) Bauble Bar/LIP COLOR: here

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

TOP: (c/o) Shein/HAT: old – Zara/SHORTS: similar/SANDALS: (c/o) Pilyq/RINGS: (c/o) Kendra Scott

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

MagnaCasa Cancun Resort & Hotel - The Style Bungalow

Stay tuned for Part 2 featuring JW Marriott Cancun

Xo, Stephanie

[Thank you Marriott Resorts for sponsoring our trip.]

Be Like Baddie

Party wear with Missguided - The Style Bungalow

Party wear with Missguided - The Style Bungalow

Party wear with Missguided - The Style Bungalow

Party wear with Missguided - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography] 

DRESS, SANDALS, CLUTCH, EARRINGS (love this pair here), RING (similar here): (c/o) Missguided

Hola from Mexico! This past week, I’ve been hanging out in Cancun soaking up sunshine. From the beach to the food to the people, everything has been so wonderful. More on that later…

So, bear with me. Today’s post will seem strange (at first) but make sense in the end. I promise.

Party wear with Missguided - The Style Bungalow

Have you heard of Baddie Winkle? The 87-year old Instagram sensation who has like millions of followers for dressing in raver clothing? Drakes #1 fan? The flashy, sometimes controversial, provocative grandma who accompanied Miley to the VMAs? Most of you have seen her on Instagram. But if you haven’t, click here to learn more about her.

Baddie, whose real name is Helen Van Winkle, shot to social media stardom last year when she started posting pictures of her wild outfits. Today she’s huge. And major fashion brands, including Missguided, are working with her because – she’s cool and unique.

What you don’t know about her is that she started dressing adventurously after the death of her husband and son. She did it to reinvent herself. To reclaim her sense of self.

Party wear with Missguided - The Style Bungalow

Some days she wears floral dresses.  Other days she wears a sweatshirt with Miley on the front of it with an oversized gold chain and beanie. Seems strange, yes, but at least she’s owning it. She’s whatever she wants to be. She’s strong, assertive and comfortable with herself. And because of that, she’s a big deal. I think there’s something about seeing others who are authentic that just pulls you in. I guess (in a way) seeing a person do that gives you permission to do the same and express your own authenticity. Anyways…

Party wear with Missguided - The Style Bungalow

Party wear with Missguided - The Style Bungalow

I’ve talked about authenticity a couple times this past month. When I say “authentic” I mean honoring who you are at your very core so you can give your best to others (or, in my case, to you guys!). Especially in today’s world where it’s hard to find. And ESPECIALLY in fashion where it’s easy to conform and copy others. Being different is hard. It makes you a target. And you risk feeling rejected.

Yet, being who you want to be is the most gratifying feeling. It can change you, like Baddie. And have some amazing benefits on your life, like becoming an Instagram star. Think about it, would rather see the same fashion blogger wear something the same way everyone else has? One of the most important things to being a great blogger is to have genuine style. I have learned (and am still learning) that being real is where it’s at. Maybe who you are (right now) doesn’t jive with others, and that’s alright. Just be like Baddie and don’t worry about what others think.

Party wear with Missguided - The Style Bungalow

Side note: (because I digressed and did not mention today’s look), Missguided is offering 30% OFF everything on their site (excluding sale) for a limited time only! So hurry – and buy those party dresses (i.e. this one, which is so cute by the way) before it’s too late! Use code: SONAUGHTY for the discount.

Party wear with Missguided - The Style Bungalow

As always, shop today’s look below!

Xo, Stephanie

Holiday Ready with Express

Holiday Ready with Express - The Style Bungalow

Holiday Ready with Express - The Style Bungalow

Holiday Ready with Express - The Style Bungalow

Holiday Ready with Express - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

ROMPER, BELT, HEELS, SUNNIES: (c/o) Express/BAG: (c/o) Neiman Marcus – similar here and here, love this one too!

Everyone has their specific “going out” routine. Mine happens to be:

Turns on “No Scrubs” by TLC. Grabs straightener. Sits in sink (yes, in SINK). Puts on lipstick. Grabs heels. Throws on sexy romper. Calls Uber. Walks in feeling energized. Clinks glass. Let the holiday festivities begin!

Holiday Ready with Express - The Style Bungalow

Holiday Ready with Express - The Style Bungalow

In today’s post, I’m breaking down my “routine” for getting ready… holiday style! Besides, it’s the process of getting ready where the most fun happens. I mean, who doesn’t love blasting music and singing out loud to 90’s R&B while putting doing makeup?!

Holiday Ready with Express - The Style Bungalow

Quick story:

Back in the day, my former roommate Melissa (shoutout to Melly!) would have to BEG and plead with me to go out. I always wanted to stay in, chill out and relax. So, to get me in the spirit, she would run into my room with a ton of energy (picture this: she’s 5’2 and a natural red head), pitch a strong case for on why we should go out and then BLAST music to get me in the spirit. Fortunately, our next door neighbors were bartenders so they never had a problem with us.

I would force myself to put on makeup and get ready. Looking back, every now and then, at my comfortable bed wishing I was snuggled up reading.

Holiday Ready with Express - The Style Bungalow

The second we walked outside, I would feel a surge of energy. It was like all of the sudden I wanted to go out (more specifically, to show off my outfit. Let’s be real.) and dance with Mel. It worked every time. She knew what she was doing.

I still love staying in with a good book, writing and relaxing on the weekends. Not much has changed. Lame, I know. Seems the older I get, the lamer I get. LOL. But with holiday parties happening like every weekend, I’ve been in need of some extra motivation.

Holiday Ready with Express - The Style Bungalow

So, without further ado, to get me you in the spirit:

The 12-Step Process:

Step 1: Put on music. Prefer TLC. Ashanti and JaRule, totally acceptable.

Step 2: Straighten hair (lately, I’ve been using this vibrating oscillating flat iron. Love it!)

Holiday Ready with Express - The Style Bungalow

Holiday Ready with Express - The Style Bungalow

Step 3: A little vampy lipstick never hurt nobody.

Holiday Ready with Express - The Style Bungalow

Step 4: Start with shoes. I always start with shoes when putting together an outfit! I love this pair from Express.

Holiday Ready with Express - The Style Bungalow

Step 5: Find outfit. LOVE this velvet romper, also from Express! (For my petite gals, it runs a tad big! I got mine tailored.)

Holiday Ready with Express - The Style Bungalow

Step 6: Shimmy into romper. I mean, it’s AMAZE!

Holiday Ready with Express - The Style Bungalow

Step 7: Lay all accessories out on bed. Let’s go with a YSL crossbody + leather belt.

Holiday Ready with Express - The Style Bungalow

Holiday Ready with Express - The Style Bungalow

Step 8: Put on perfume. Seductively tie belt for camera. #jk #notworking #juststop

Holiday Ready with Express - The Style Bungalow

Holiday Ready with Express - The Style Bungalow

Holiday Ready with Express - The Style Bungalow

Step 9: Call Uber.

Holiday Ready with Express - The Style Bungalow

(insert running 10 minutes late here. “No Scrubs” took over.)

Holiday Ready with Express - The Style Bungalow

Step 10: Lipstick check.

Holiday Ready with Express - The Style Bungalow

Holiday Ready with Express - The Style Bungalow

Step 11: Insta-stalk friends going to same holiday party to see what they are wearing.

Holiday Ready with Express - The Style Bungalow

Step 12: Then head out for a fantastic night out with everyone ready for holiday fun! (And give inner style goddess “high-five” for slaying it with this outfit!)

Don’t forget to capture the fun on your camera! And as always, shop today’s look with Express below…

 Xo, Stephanie

[Thank you Express for sponsoring this post.]

Time to Experiment!

Lulus - The Style Bungalow

Lulus - The Style Bungalow

Lulus - The Style Bungalow

Lulus - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

SUEDE JACKET, BODYCON DRESS, BOOTIES, CLUTCH, CHOKER: (c/o) Lulus

Happy Election Day everyone! I hope you voted!

Yesterday I talked about why you should invest in a classic wardrobe. Today I’m talking about experimenting with style. Fashion is fun. There are endless possibilities. The key is to identify what suits you.

Lulus - The Style Bungalow

What’s your style?

It’s taken me awhile to figure this out. I’ve tried it all. Boho-chic, eclectic, colorful and bold, modern and minimalistic, classic and so on. Looking back at my outfits, I cringe a little but don’t have any regrets. Why? Because style can be changed. And experimenting with it is OK. Even if you have a fashion blog.

Finding (and refining) personal style is not easy. But the one thing that has always remained important to me is my mood. If I’m feeling girly, I’ll throw on my favorite dress. If I’m feeling lazy, I’ll throw on a baggy button-down. If I’m feeling sexy, I’ll throw on a LBD (“little black dress” for those of you living under a cave). If I’m in a big city, I’ll wear dark colors. If I’ve landed a big opportunity, I put on a blazer. You get the point.

Regardless of what life throws at me, you can more or less tell how I’m feeling with what I’m wearing. My mood tends to match my clothing… almost 99% of the time. And I think that it’s important to adapt your style while still being true to yourself. Don’t focus on what everyone else is wearing, that will only hinder your creativity. Continue to experiment with different shapes, fabrics, accessories and shoes. It all boils down to how it makes you feel. If it makes you feel confident, own it.

Lulus - The Style Bungalow

Lulus - The Style Bungalow

Photo Nov 05-3

Lulus - The Style Bungalow

Shop the classics:

In my opinion, the perfect wardrobe has a foundation of classics. Think: white button-down, great pants, the perfect skinny jean, classic bag, neutral heels, etc. Those pieces reflect your personality (and mood) the most and also, match your lifestyle. Let’s say, for an example, you’re interviewing for a job. Think about adding a sharp button-down to your wardrobe. Work in a casual environment? Consider a baggy button-down.

Lulus - The Style Bungalow

Then, experiment:

Once you’ve built a foundation + figured out what mood you’re in, you can experiment by adding more on-trend pieces (just don’t spend too much) to play around with. Take for example, today’s look…

As you can see, I’m feeling edgy lately. I don’t normally wear tight clothing but wanted to experiment so I went with this look from Lulus (great site for those of you looking to experiment with trends). Everything I’m wearing is super affordable. Enough for me to buy, try and play around with for the fall/winter season.

My dress cost $42. Can you believe it? My jacket is under $100. And my leather booties are so fun. So far, I’ve taken each item and worn them separately with many other items. It’s been fun to channel a vampy vibe!

Lulus - The Style Bungalow

Lulus - The Style Bungalow

In sum:

Fashion is fun. There are so many possibilities. By staying true to yourself + building a wardrobe foundation (every now and then, experimenting with different trends), you will express who you truly are! And that, my fashionable friends, never goes out of style.

To shop today’s vampy look from Lulu’s, scroll to the top of this post and click on the links!

Xo, Stephanie