Common Threads

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[Chelsae Anne Photography]

Top: Ann Taylor LOFT $49.50 (before sale)/Shorts: H&M (old)/Sandals: JustFab $39.99/Clutch: Nine West $29.50/Earrings: H&M $9.95

Have a couple neutral threads hanging around your closet? If so, you’ve got the framework to construct a neutral ensemble. This look can be very fresh and summery, and also sophisticated if rocked the right way.

Don’t know where to start with this whole neutral thing? Start by choosing a color that looks good against your skin tone. If you’re fair, try wearing bright whites, grays and blacks. If you’re medium, pull it off with creams, khakis and browns and if you’re complexion is darker, select soft whites and navy blues.

Next, be sure to contrast your textures – for an example, I like how this linen eyelet top with embellished details works nicely against the lace pattern of my shorts. And when accessorizing, select one of two pieces and try to keep them neutral too, like white earrings or a clutch with a wooden detail.

Pull it all together by throwing in a pair of sandals to inject some fun and personality, making the combo perfect for a late, afternoon lunch – just whatever you do, don’t order a cosmo.

Xo, Stephanie

Print Play

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Tank: BCBG (old)/Pants: H&M $17.95/Sandals: Steve Madden (old)/Clutch: Francesca’s Collection $38/Necklace: Forever 21 $10.80/Earrings: Francesca’s Collection $4.98

 Summer is the time to go bright, play with prints and be casual and comfortable… especially when you’re dealing with soaring temps. A great go-to piece that’s classy enough for the office, but sassy enough for a night out are printed “pj” pants because they are super lightweight and airy, and magically create the illusion of supermodel legs thanks to an elastic high-waist. And if you already have long legs (lucky!), this style will only accentuate them even more.

I suggest pairing tapered pajama pants with a solid top and open-toe sandals to keep it chic and offset the whole pj-vibe thing. For this look, I threw in a studded clutch and dramatic jewelry to keep it edgy and fresh, but you can opt for pieces that are simpler, like a white tee, for minimal fuss. And if you still want something a little extra, try wearing a structured boyfriend blazer or leather jacket.

Stay tuned for more pajama pant styles – I have feeling I’ll be wearing them a lot more this summer. I mean, who doesn’t like a trend that’s ridiculously comfortable and stylish at the same time? I know I do! Happy Tuesday!

Xo, Stephanie

 

 

On the Rise

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[Chelsae Anne Photography]

Top: H&M $3.95/Trousers: Marshalls $29.99 (c/o)/Sandals: Steve Madden $79.95/Clutch: Nine West $29.50 (after sale)/Necklace: (old)/Earrings: Forever 21 $5.80

Raise your style standards with a pair of high-waisted trousers this summer. I can’t get enough of this trend because it makes me appear taller – and if you’re petite like me, you come to appreciate anything that gives the illusion of a couple added inches. While you may think you can breathe a sigh of relief, think again – this style can be tricky.

When pulling it off, be sure to wear a top that shows a hint of skin or is fitted to the body to define your waistline. Personally, I think this style demands a heel or a wedge – but if you’re not feeling it, be sure to wear flats with pants that have a slight break at the hem otherwise you’ll end up looking like MC Hammer or super short, and no one wants that. To polish it off, throw in a couple bold accessories – a beaded necklace, pair of statement earrings and summery clutch, like this one from Nine West.

Trust me, illusion is your friend and can do more for your shape than you know. Share your feedback in the comment section below!

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Xo, Stephanie

Kick-Start with Stylekick

 

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It’s easy to look fabulous all the time when you have an unlimited budget at your disposal. Unfortunately for most of us, spending thousands on clothing isn’t always realistic. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t be stylish – I’ve met plenty of people who look fabulous, regardless of their limited bank accounts because they have an amazing sense of personal style. They know what clothes to buy, what looks best on them and how to maximize their existing wardrobe – without breaking the bank.

 It’s okay if you’re having a hard time identifying your fashion persona. Much like your own personality, it takes years to cultivate. One of the best ways to foster and develop your own sense of style is to look for inspiration. For me, that involves observing what looks good on other people and taking note of what I like.

 But, there’s nothing worse than coming across an outfit and not knowing where it’s from. Fortunately, this problem was recently solved for me with a neat, new app. called Stylekick. You can flip through thousands of photos from style bloggers and pick the items that you like. The more choices you make, the better Stylekick will speak to your personal style. And the best part? You can shop the look directly from your phone! Done and done.

 Check out their app. and super cool blog… The Style Bungalow was featured on it yesterday!

 Happy Thursday!

 Xo, Stephanie

 

True Blues

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 Tank: H&M $5.95/Skirt: Forever 21 $17.80/Sandals: Steve Madden $79.95/Clutch: Francesca’s Collection $34/Necklace: Forever 21 $10.80/Earrings: Forever 21 $5.80

You can’t go wrong with a pencil skirt. They are ladylike, brilliantly positioned to accentuate the right areas and go with pretty much everything in your wardrobe. From the office to date night to zipping away with girlfriends for a shopping trip, this staple is a must-have – and this look, (one of my favorites) is not too overdone or fussy, which is why I love it.

If you’re donning a curve-clinging pencil skirt, try pairing it with a blousy top that shows off your shape but doesn’t reveal too much. Balance is key here. Accessorize with bold, colorful pieces to add a hint of glamour and femininity and tie it all in with strappy sandals for a low-key vibe.

Even though this outfit is casual, this pencil skirt definitely commands attention. Too much color for you? Consider choosing a skirt in one hue and pair it with a printed blouse. Or, keep both pieces neutral and slip into a pair of sandals for a polished look that’s 100% appropriate for work or play.

Xo, Stephanie

Colorblock


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[Chelsae Anne Photography]

Dress: Express $59.90 (on sale now)/Sandals: Nine West $39.99/Clutch: H&M $17.95/Earrings: Francesca’s Collection $14

 I’m pretty sure colorblocking is here to stay – and what’s great about this trend is that it’s super easy to assimilate into an existing wardrobe. Concerned you won’t have the experience or comfort level to pull it off? Don’t. This trend has popped up in stores in lots of creative ways, like this versatile sexy, single dress from Express, so don’t fret – it can easily be done. Here’s how:

 Mash up bold accessories with bright separates, or simply allow one piece to do all the talking – while the rest is simmered down in some sort of neutral tone, like an all white outfit with red sandals. You can also opt for wearing pieces that are similar in hue, like hot pink pants with a tangerine top while, keeping the accessories simple. Neon colors and patterns are also perfect partners for this trend – just pick a bottom with a graphic motif and add a solid colored top to polish it up.

What’s your favorite way to sport this trend? Feel free to share your ideas in the comment section!

Xo, Stephanie

Poolside Prints

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 Tank: H&M $5.95/Shorts: H&M $12.95/Bag: H&M $14.95/Hat: Charming Charlie $20/Necklace: Charming Charlie $15/Wedges: Nine West $39.99/Sunnies: Francesca’s Collection $19

Whether you’re spending the summer at the beach or the weekend by the pool, you’ll need a fabulous outfit that can transition from water to lunch. And, it’s got to be practical because the last thing you want is to do is repeat the same outfit weekend after weekend.

So skip the sarong and try covering up with a pair of cute, breathable shorts with a print, like these from H&M. Keep your tootsies from frying with a pair of wedges or flip flops and if you must, throw on a loud piece of functional jewelry to make a splash. Pump up your poolside style with a hat to protect your messy locks and skin from the sun. Oh and a good tote is a must, I suggest selecting one that goes with everything. Sunnies, in addition, make everything look way cooler – so don’t forget those too. *Sigh* TGIF. Mimosas anyone?

Xo, Stephanie

Express Lane

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[Chelsae Anne Photography]

Top: Express $15.90/Skirt: Express $20.99 (after sale)/Sandals: Steve Madden (old)/Clutch: H&M $17.95/Necklace: (old)/Earrings: Francesca’s Collection $14/Bangles: Forever 21 $10.80

With the sizzling heat of South Florida upon us, ‘tis the season to bare a bit of tummy and don a crop top. I know it can be a tad intimidating (trust me, I almost didn’t post this outfit), but it can also be very flattering if done right. The key is to wear the right proportions and highlight your best assets. Whether you’re petite or beautifully curvaceous, there’s a way it can be done. Here’s how:

Start off by determining what length you’d like to try – if you’re feeling fashionably daring, opt for a top that hits above the belly button or one that skims above your waistline to give a hint of sexiness. Pair it with a high waisted skirt or pair of trousers for the perfect exposure and more importantly, to give the illusion of long legs and a shorter torso (who doesn’t want that?). The last component? A dash of confidence of course – and trust me, you’ll turn some heads this trend. Happy Monday.

Xo, Stephanie

SunFest

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Tank: H&M $6.95 /Shorts: Marshalls $16.99 (c/o)/Purse: H&M $17.95/Wedges: Nine West $39.99/Earrings: Francesca’s Collection $14/Sunnies: H&M $8

 When you think “festival fashion,” SunFest is place to do it – apart from Coachella. With all of South Florida’s young hipsters, fashionistas and well… interesting people… decked out in their festival fashion best, it’s quite the show. As much as I wanted to go all out and do boho-chic a la a tribal-print maxi and cute accessories, I kept this look effortless and easy – simply because I didn’t want to ruin anything being outside in the hot sun all day. So, here’s my look from SunFest – can’t wait for next year!

Xo, Stephanie

 

Easy, Breezy

 

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[Chelsae Anne Photography]

Top: Forever 21 $22.80/Shorts: Marshalls $16.99 (c/o)/Hat: Charming Charlie $20/Sandals: Old Navy (old)/Necklace: Forever 21 $10.80/Earrings: Francesca’s Collection $14/Bracelets: Charming Charlie $15

Happy Friday readers! Is it as warm where you are as it is here in West Palm Beach? Today I’m taking a quick vaca from all the hustle and bustle of the week and sharing this quick, beachy glam ensemble that’s perfect for a mini-tropical getaway.

 I love it when beachwear is comfy and cute, and chic enough to transition from sunbathing to Sunday brunch cocktails to runnin’ around town. I started off with this boho-inspired top from Forever 21 and paired it with my acid-wash Levy’s from Marshalls. I try and protect my skin as best as I can – despite craving the sun all the time – with a fun hat and SPF. Luckily there are so many cute hats out right now that are sun-safe and stylish, like this floppy hat from Charming Charlie. Not only is it cute, but it also keeps your highlights fresh. To complete this look, I wore simple, leopard print sandals and lots of gleaming, gold accessories.

Stay tuned – this weekend I’m working on a ‘festival-inspired’ look from the streets of SunFest. Can’t wait!

Xo, Stephanie