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[Chelsae Anne Photography]

Chambray shirt: H&M $24.95/Skirt: Forever 21 $17.80/Booties: (c/o) Guess via Marshalls $49.99/Bag: (c/o) Marshalls $24.99/Necklace: Bloomingdales (old)/Earrings: Francesca’s Collection $14

When building a wardrobe, it’s important to focus on purchasing key pieces that will last for the season ahead or for many more to come. While trends are great, it’s the staples pieces that you have in your wardrobe that will help speak to your personal style so be sure to invest in ones that will last the test of time.

Some of you have already seen these booties on my blog before from Marshalls, and I apologize in advance for showing them again but I can’t help it. I’ve already worn them so many times since buying them and know they will come in handy this season and next year, too. Worn with just about anything from a camisole top, faded skinny jeans and a black floppy hat with friends, to this plaid skirt from Forever 21 and a denim chambray shirt in the city, they have become such a versatile accessory in my wardrobe.

The same can be said about this handbag. Crafted with supple faux leather and expandable sides for greater capacity, it’s the perfect tote to accompany your fall and winter looks. Fringe, once an outdated trend, is now front and center and chic on just about anything from bags to jackets to jewelry. I’m thinking it will stick around for a while because it’s not over the top, works on nearly everything and is a great way to instantly refresh your wardrobe and give it a new-season twist.

Also, in my wardrobe are a variety of chambray shirts. This one is cut to fit closer to the body, yet is super comfortable because it’s made with soft, flexible fabric. Tie it around your waist when wearing a pencil skirt or layer it over a semi-sheer blouse – either way, you’ll have it and wear it for a long time. Trust me!

Love it? Shop it below.

Xo, Stephanie

Project Fab

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 [Chelsae Anne Photography]

Jacket: TJ Maxx $39.99/Sports Bra: (c/o) Marshalls $12.99 (normally $18)/Leggings: (c/o) Marshalls $16.99 (normally $24)/Tennis shoes: (c/o) New Balance via Marshalls $39.99 (normally $65)/Tote: (c/o) Living Pattern

My favorite workout, other than a dance class, is yoga because it’s the perfect blend of strengthening and stretching. Not only does it push my body and muscles, but it makes me feel good, too!

While yoga isn’t exactly black and white, I do try to abide by some dos and don’t when it comes to my yoga gear. First and foremost, I like to be comfortable and wear fitted clothes so I can focus on my poses and meditate instead of futzing with my outfit in the middle of class. I usually wear fitted leggings, like this pair from Marshalls, a sports bra (depending on what type of yoga I’m attending), tank top and some sort of jacket to layer up with just in case it’s a little chilly before class. I also try to wear clothing that is both made out of a breathable fabric (like a stretch cotton, jersey or spandex) and sweat resistant (especially for Bikram yoga classes).

Ready to buy new workout gear?

Head over to your local Marshalls between Oct. 23-30, share your #fabfound’s with me by commenting below or by uploading it to Instagram tagging, @thestylebungalow, and you could win a $25 gift card!

Peace!

Xo, Stephanie

Project Fab

Off-duty Style

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[Chelsae Anne Photography]

Pullover: (c/o) Reebok via Marshalls $24.99 (normally $40)/Neon top: (c/o) Reebok via Marshalls $12.99 (normally $18)/Leggings: Nike (old) – similar/Sneakers: (c/o) New Balance via Marshalls $39.99 (normally $65)/Tote: (c/o) Living Pattern/Yoga mat: Lululemon $58

I don’t know about you, but sometimes all I want to do is throw on a comfy sports bra, leggings and sneakers instead of slipping into tight jeans, especially if it’s after a long week at work. Sure, wearing that old beat up t-shirt from college is comforting, tempting and familiar to some, but considering fashionable workout gear like printed leggings and ¼ pullovers are steadily on the rise and pretty much everyone here in South Florida looks impeccable at all times, even at the gym… it’s time to reconsider workout gear.

Much like a new pair of killer heels on a date, brand new workout gear gives me a dash of newfound energy to push myself at the gym because let’s face it – if I at least look good in my outfit, then I know whatever I’m doing will look good, too! The key is to wear the right pieces, like a supportive sports bra, a slimming pair of leggings or flattering top that doesn’t absorb sweat (because nobody wants to be that girl at the gym), all of which can be sported together or worn separately when running errands on the weekends.

From well-known brands like Nike to Reebok to New Balance, there’s quite the assortment of activewear at Marshalls that can take you from the street to the gym, and elevate your style – all at affordable prices. I recommend checking it out, especially between October 23-30… but more details to come about that later.

Ready to go shopping and get motivated? Good, me too! Run over to your local Marshalls today and share your #fabfound’s with me by commenting below or tagging ‘The Style Bungalow’ (@thestylebungalow) in your post on Instagram for the chance to score a $25 gift certificate!

Happy Thursday…

Xo, Stephanie

Project Fab

Twirl & Texture

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Wearing… Top: Marshalls $19.99/Skirt: Express $29.99 – get it now!/Heels: Steve Madden via Macy’s $63 (almost sold out here, find a similar pair here)/Clutch: J. Crew (old)/Necklace: (old)/Earrings: $14

Before I start…

This adorable white skirt from Express is tailored with a flattering high waist, has deep POCKETS (love), and a cute jacquard print – it’s on sale now (take an additional 30% off today), but almost out of stock (sizes 8 and 10 still available). You may have seen its partners, this houndstooth skirt, on my Instagram feed, a couple weeks ago or, this floral skirt that’s in stores now. All three of which, I absolutely adore and suggest you get before they run out of stock. Hurry!

Looking for something slightly longer? Consider this vintage-inspired midi with a striking zebra print from Express (on sale now, too… plus, take an additional 30% off!). Pair it with a cropped top for a night out with the ladies or a silk blouse and red heels for the office. Definitely a must-have!

Okay, now back to the good stuff…

I paired today’s look with a top from Marshalls and a red beaded necklace, and tied it all together with a pair of strappy heels and straw clutch from J. Crew. I’ve also worn this skirt with a simple tee, jean jacket and cute heels for a laid back look, too. Either way, it’s a super versatile piece that can be dressed up or down and one that won’t go out of style anytime soon. Plus, the A-line cut is super flattering on just about any body type and the banded waist helps give the impression of an itsy-bitsy waistline.

Love this skirt? Me too! Check out my favorite ones below.

Au revoir fashionistas! Make it a great week…

Xo, Stephanie

 

Project Fab

Fall Sense

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[Chelsae Anne Photography]

Jacket: Forever 21 $19.80 (sold out, similar here)/Top: Forever 21 $17.80/Skirt: Forever 21 $12.80/Heels: MIA via Macy’s $79 (sold out, similar here and super cute pair, here)/Clutch: TJ Maxx $19.99/Necklace: Aldo $14.98/Earrings: Francesca’s Collection $14

For many, fall means piling on chunky sweaters, lots of layers, cute scarves and darker colors to stay warm when the weather starts to turn. But what exactly is a South Florida fashionista supposed to do when it’s still so hot out? How do you embrace fall trends when you live in sub-tropics?

Good question. I’m a firm believer that you can still sport fall trends, but in a different way.

Start by selecting pieces that are fluid and lightweight, like this jacket and semi-sheer top from Forever 21, and pair it with a bottom that will maintain it’s shape throughout a hot day. This flirty skirt mimics the look and feel of neoprene (a fabric that’s commonly used for bathing suits), and is slightly structured, making it a great staple to have in your fall wardrobe.

Colors are important, too. Try to mix in a rich color with a neutral piece in your closet like a burgundy, navy or army green hue and voila!… your outfit will have new life for the autumn season.

Slip into a pair of ankle booties, sandals with cutouts or a stacked heel, to dress up your outfit. And opt for heavy accessories, like this necklace from Aldo and a detailed clutch.

Xo, Stephanie

Hispanic Heritage Month

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Wearing… Top: H&M (old)/Pants: H&M $34.95 (similar here)/Sandals: (c/o) Steve Madden via Macy’s $63 (similar here)/Necklace: Aldo $15.98

I had such a great time celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at Macy’s this past Saturday at the Dadeland Mall in Miami. Host, Christian Ramierez, leading fashion reporter for Un Nuevo Dia on Telemundo, emceed the intimate discussion with singer and songwriter, Jasmine V; Telemundo fashion and beauty expert, Kika Rocha; and Jules Sarinaña, the blogger behind one of the most epic fashion blogs ever, Sincerely Jules.

We heard all about how their heritage has influenced them in their careers and how it continues to inspire their work and fashion choices. Not only did we have the chance to gain valuable insight into the lives of such inspiring and talented Latinas, but we were also treated to a fashion show, yummy bites to nibble on from Goya and a concert by Jasmine V. It was truly an awesome event.

One of the perks to being a blogger is that you’re able to interview all sorts of amazing people, like these three lovely ladies, and ask them pretty much anything with respect to fashion and their backgrounds. Here’s how it went down…

Millions of girls around the world adore your personal style, including me! What makes it so unique?

Jules: I feel comfortable wearing sneakers and skirts, mixing expensive pieces with affordable ones. I think it’s important to stick to the basics, like a tee from Gap or H&M, and be relatable because that’s what people can afford and want to see. Style is all about evolving, and eventually mine will evolve into something else, but for now I’m comfortable with where I’m at with it.

What does it mean to be a Hispanic fashion blogger to you?

Jules: At times the fashion industry can be close-minded when it comes to accepting different types of cultures and people so for me it’s amazing that I’m able to represent Hispanics with my blog. I may have darker skin and be Mexican, but I can still do what you do and be in fashion.

Do you ever find that your heritage inspires your style?

Kika: Yes. When it comes to style, Hispanics know how to dress. They have a innate flare for fashion and tend to wear pieces that are classic… much like my personal style. 

Jules: There are a lot of bold prints and colors worn in the Hispanic community so I definitely think it influences the way I dress.

Have you ever had to overcome any hurdles because of your background?

Kika: When I first started working in fashion at People Español, the magazine wasn’t as relevant to all of the major PR firms and fashion houses, but once they realized how great our readership was, they changed and started to pay attention to us. Did you know hispanics sell more in fragrances and home décor than any other demographic?! The Hispanic market is huge, and we have a lot of rule now. 

You travel a lot! What’s your favorite destination to travel to get inspired?

Jules: I do, and I’m so incredibly fortunate to be able to travel so much. I’d have to say Barcelona because it reminds me so much of my hometown in Mexico. I’d also say Paris because it brings out the Parisian style in me, which I love.  

What do you pack?

Kika: I like to travel light! For me, it’s all about the essentials like a great pashmina throw, pair of flats or pants. I pack everything very, very neatly so I don’t like to bring a lot with me. [I’m shocked when Kika tells me this because not only does she look amazing, but she’s also a die-hard fashionista so I don’t know how she’s able to pull off such great style while traveling!]

What’s been the biggest reward?

Jules: That’s a tough one because there have been so many rewards to blogging. I think the biggest one is that I’m able to live my dream and do what I love everyday. I never thought that starting a blog would develop into what is now my career. I also love that I’m able to meet people face-to-face, and hear their stories on how I’ve inspired them with my blog. It’s always so humbling to hear.

I’ve also been able to develop my brand through blogging, Shop Sincerely Jules, which I think will be the next step for me and hopefully something that leads to a longstanding career in fashion.

Any advice?

Jules: No matter how big or small of a following you may have, it’s important to stay true to your style and who you are. Otherwise, your readers will walk away and follow someone else. People want to see something that’s authentic, not fake. My followers would totally know if I was trying to pull off something that wasn’t me.

Kika: Project your own sense of style, and understand what looks good on your body type. Don’t copy anyone else, just be true to yourself and more importantly, proud to be Latina.

[Shop my look below!]