Spring 2015 @ Saks!

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Every season, I’m tempted to buy new clothing to stay up to date with the trends and to refresh my wardrobe. Since splurging on clothing isn’t exactly what’s best for my piggy bank, I tend to invest in key pieces that can seamlessly blend into my wardrobe. That way the less expensive pieces (like jeans from H&M or a top from Forever 21) look more expensive.

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I recently collaborated with Saks Fifth Avenue in Boca Raton for their Contemporary, “What’s Next” event, highlighting three spring trends – Fantasy Fabrics, 70’s Revival and Athleisure (their new workout collection!).

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I had an amazing blow-out and manicure at the Saks Fifth Avenue Salon & Spa (nestled on the second floor by their lingerie department), followed by a makeup application courtesy of their event beauty partner, Trish McEvoy. I learned how to conceal, contour and blend with the help of their “Power of Makeup Planner,” a kit curated to my skin tone and type. (Their “Instant Eye Lift concealer” is my new secret weapon. Check it out here.)

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This fun two-piece Alice + Olivia outfit can be worn separately with a simple skirt from H&M, or paired together for a completely different look.

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I also look out for pieces that can be worn throughout multiple seasons. This top from The Kooples would look great with a simple tennis skirt or with a pair of muted jeans and boots during the fall.

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This funky tweed blazer can be worn with jeans and fun heels or with a simple black tank and black pencil skirt.

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Although bold, this puffy skirt can transition from spring to summer, and the silhouette is one you’ll be able to wear time and time again.

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In May, Saks Fifth Avenue, in partnership with Boca Raton Museum of Art’s “Helena Rubinstein: Beauty is Power” exhibit, will host designer, Sophia Webster for a cocktail party and collection showcase at the museum. The designer will be at Saks on May 8th & 9th for a personal appearance and trunk show.

One lucky fashion design student will win a pair of Sophia Webster shoes for their design illustration inspired by the theme, “Beauty is Power” and her colorful collections. For more info., contact Dana at: Dana_Filetti@s5a.com!

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Shop all my outfits above by clicking on the respective links or below!

Happy shopping!

Xo, Stephanie

Weekend Wear

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Top: Express – SIMILAR here/Pants: Revolve Clothing/Heels: (c/o) Dolce Vita via Marshalls – SIMILAR here/Hat: Marshalls – SIMILAR here

What you wear on the weekend should be built around comfort and ease, with lightweight fabrics and chic silhouettes that allow you to move freely, go to the beach or grab lunch with friends.

No matter what you have planned this weekend, whether it’s with your best buds or catching up on rest, these pants from Revolve Clothing are the perfect addition to your weekend wardrobe.

Find all the details below…

Happy Saturday!

Xo, Stephanie

Fresh & Floral

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Jean Jacket: H&M/Dress: (c/o) American Eagle/Heels: Target Style/Purse: T.J. Maxx/Rings: Rocksbox

Floral dresses are a staple every fashionista needs in their wardrobe this spring. This one, by American Eagle, feels fresh and girly, and swishes gently as you walk… or dance!

Shop brands/online stores like American Eagle, ASOS and Free People and Revolve Clothing for the latest in floral dresses. Once you find something you like, plan to wear it with strappy sandals during the day, or wedges and heels at night. You can also toss on an oversized bib necklace in a contrasting color or a straw hat to take your getup to the next level.

Not sure if you want dainty daisies or blooming peonies on your dress? Remember – it’s important to choose the right print for your body type. Big and bold prints tend to suit taller gals, whereas smaller prints look good on just about everyone…

Have a great Tuesday!

Xo, Stephanie

Spring into Action!

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Jacket: (c/o) T.J. Maxx/Sports Bra: (c/o) Marshalls/Leggings: (c/o) Marshalls/ Shoes: (c/o) T.J. Maxx/Aviators: (old) – similar here

I went from pursuing a career in ballet to working for a PR firm in matter of three years.

Dance was a way for me to express myself through movement. It was extremely demanding on my body, and forced me to stay physically fit at all times. Often times requiring me to cross train by swimming, practicing Pilates or doing yoga on a regular basis. To land a job in a ballet company was (and still is) very hard and extremely competitive. So when I lost my job dancing for a small ballet company here in West Palm Beach, I had to make a tough decision and reconsider career paths. That’s when I decided to go back to school and eventually, work my way into a local PR firm.

To go from being physically active everyday to sitting at a desk was really hard for me. Although I always knew I would pursue a different career path at some point in my life, I struggled with transitioning into a job that kept nailed me to my desk.

At some point, I decided to go back to the gym and get active again because I was feeling crummy, stressed and overworked. I made a vow to take better care of my health and regularly hit the gym. Not only did this slowly give me a greater sense of emotional wellbeing, but it also helped reduce stress during a tough time in my life.

I also left that job!

As a ballet dancer, you put your body under a tremendous amount of stress. You’re expected to be an athlete while looking “fit.” Many times, forcing you to adhere to strict diets. I don’t know if I was burnt out or dancing way too much, but I definitely wasn’t as healthy as I am today. Now, I nurture my body with care and take working out very seriously – it’s like therapy for me (well that… and shopping of course). 😉

It took me awhile to get to the place where I wanted to be, but I’m the healthiest and happiest I’ve been in a long time since “retiring” from dance. I’m also (surprisingly) much more stronger.

With all this working out, I’ve been in dire need of some cute clothes! Because after all, I can’t be a “fashion blogger” and look like a hot mess at the gym, right?

I shop at a lot of places for activewear, but especially love shopping at Marshalls because I can find so many of my favorite brands for half the price. But you guys already know that…

They’ve recently expanded their activewear departments in the following select cities:

Coral Ridge, FL/Bradenton, FL/Destin, FL/Altamonte Springs, FL/Sanford, FL/Vero Beach, FL/Sebring, FL/Orange Park, FL/Winter Garden, FL/Sarasota, FL/Ft. Myers, FL/South Dade, FL/Orlando, FL/Sunrise, FL/Hialeah, FL/Naples, FL/Tampa, FL/Orlando, FL/West Palm Beach, FL

(Expanded departments at Marshalls can be identified with this orange sign!)

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So hurry and hit those stores up! Be sure to share your favorite finds with hashtag, #fabfound!

 Phew… that was a long post. Okay, officially signing off now – thank you guys so much for reading! Seriously! Friday marked my one-year anniversary since sharing my first blog post on The Style Bungalow and I can’t thank everyone enough for being so incredibly supportive throughout this journey. I have absolutely NO idea where it’s headed, but I can’t wait share it with you!

P.S. – Comment below for a chance to score a $25 gift card to Marshalls! Winner will be picked at random.

Xo, Stephanie

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Dress: (c/o) Elie Tahari via Marshalls/Shoes: (c/o) Steve Madden via Marshalls/Clutch: Francesca’s Collection/Rings: Versona Accessories and Rocksbox

Looking for a dress that drapes beautifully down your body? One that gently poufs out beneath you when you dance’? Glides down your curves… (or in my case, adds them)? It’s all in the fabric.

Silk, a fabric that’s lightweight and surprisingly resilient will produce a completely different effect on your body compared to a fabric like, neoprene, that’s designed to cling to your body or satin that juts out. Other factors to consider when searching for a dress this spring include: fit, color and texture of the fabric and the style of it.

Confession. I’m not a fan of linen. Despite living in Florida where most people wear linen to work, I tend to think it looks messy and can’t stand that it wrinkles easily. It’s weird, I know. But there are so many other fabrics out there that look and feel the same way without wrinkling in like .2 seconds. Linen works for the beach or the Bahamas – not for everyday wear and most certainly, not for an event.

Hence, the reason why I love silk… and this beaut-i-ful, lightweight Theory dress from Marshalls.

It’s delicate, slightly sheer and soft. It appears expensive (even though it cost less than $100), can be worn to a wedding, to work with a white blazer or to an event on the beach with gladiator sandals, long gold necklace with a straw tote. Fabrics like silk, chiffon and a lightweight breathable cotton-blend, will promote movement when you move and help you stay cool on a hot day.

Need a jumpstart? Check out some of these picks for keeping it light this spring. <3

Xo, Stephanie

Spring Ready Pt. 2

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Top: H&M/Skirt: (c/o) Marshalls – similar here/Heels: ASOS/Bracelet: (old) Saks OFF 5th/Rings: Versona Accessories & Rocksbox/Sunnies: similar here

Keepin’ it retro… and a little sassy for today’s post! Black, white and red for a simple and straightforward outfit for spring that could take you from work to happy hour to date night with the help of a blazer and carryall, red lipstick, clutch and pair of killer heels.

Thanks to Marshalls, I bought this skirt for less than $20 [insert #fabfound], and styled it with a scuba-like peplum top, pair of high heels from ASOS and a iPad case turned clutch from French Connection (also from Marshalls) to complete this look.

By the way, I’m super pumped about this weekend’s shopping event at Saks in Boca! From 3-5 p.m., I’ll be available to help you select clothing, accessories and shoes – teach you what to wear and which styles flatter your shape (one of my biggies), how to create a mini-wardrobe with just a couple investment pieces and more importantly, teach you how to rock an outfit! There will be giveaways (including a special one via Instagram), gifts with purchase, a live DJ and so much more!

Hope to see you there!

Xo, Stephanie

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Jacket: (c/o) Free People via Marshalls/Crop top: ASOS/Shorts: ASOS/Heels: Theory via T.J. Maxx – SIMILAR here/Clutch: (c/o) T.J. Maxx (old)/Aviators: H&M – SIMILAR here

I recently read somewhere that a smart wardrobe is rooted in the classics, with clothing you can wear again and again, and that have the ability to make you feel and look good, despite changing your style. Today’s outfit, inspired by spring (and the rising temps here in Florida), is exactly that – unmistakably classic, yet modern, current and fresh at the same time.

Plus, if you’re not the kind of person who is super trendy and instead strives to stay true to what works on your body type or maintain continuity (like wear only neutral colors), then you might want to gravitate towards building a wardrobe with a couple basic staples.

On that note…

Tailored for a high-rise fit, these cotton-blend shorts give you a flattering waistline. They are easy to wear, comfortable and will look good season after season. Wear yours with a structured blazer, white t-shirt and gladiator sandals, or pair them with a simple crop top and foolproof blue denim jacket, like this one from Free People via Marshalls for a classic, yet oh-so-stylish look. Want it? Pretty sure your wardrobe needs it. Shop it now below!

This week I’m attending a special luncheon with some of my favorite local fashion bloggers at the Brazilian Court Hotel for designer, J. McLaughlin and am teaming up with Saks Fifth Avenue in Boca Raton for a special takeover so stay tuned for that! I’ll also be featuring Pt. 2 and 3 to my “Spring Ready” series from Marshalls on the blog later this week. So much in store…

Thanks for reading! And have a great Sunday night!

Xo, Stephanie


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Top: (c/o) Cynthia Rowley via Marshalls/Jeans: (c/o) American Eagle via Marshalls – similar here/Heels: Asos/Clutch: (c/o) French Connection via Marshalls/Bracelet: Saks OFF Fifth (old) – similar here/Rings: Versona Accessories and Rockbox – similar here/Sunnies: H&M (old)

With spring right around the corner and temps quickly rising here in Florida, now is the perfect time to assess what you need in your wardrobe for springtime. You can finally (unless you’re up north – sorry guys!) start shedding those chunky sweaters, blanket scarves, closed toe booties – store them away until next winter – and replace them with cute sundresses, printed blouses, lightweight t-shirts, white jeans and flirty midi-skirts. Much like a big event in my life, I tend to prepare in advance what I’ll be wearing. So this being said, I decided to kick start to my spring shopping a little early this year so you can see what I plan to wear!

I tend to think when shopping for seasonal essentials, it’s important to take into consideration what kind of color palate you’d like to wear and/or what colors are lacking in your wardrobe. For spring, I think colors like turquoise, purple, pink, canary yellow, mint green, white, etc. work well (note, dark colors can work too if they are paired with a bright one – I’ll discuss this more in depth in Pt. 2). This will also ensure that all your spring pieces team well with one another [slash] take the hassle out of your morning routine when pairing colors together. As a friendly reminder, your spring wardrobe should sync well with everything you already have in order to maximize it to the fullest.

This season is also especially big on floral motifs and fabulous prints, too. I mean, it’s Spring we’re talking about here. Whether you’re scared to rock them or not – prints can totally bring your wardrobe back to life [slash] make it interesting again – and not to mention, flatter your figure if you select the right ones.

This silk printed top works well with this pair of light, relaxed boyfriend jeans (which can easily transition into summer) for a casual look. I also think that both pieces paired together create a nice juxtaposition of causal and chic! And it’s totally achievable without paying a stiff price for them. [insert #fabfound]

Stay tuned for more!

Xo, Stephanie

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Being stylish doesn’t have to be hard – try wearing an easy shift dress for a night out on the town, and you’ll quickly see how effortless being chic can be [slash] turn heads in this fabulous little number. The second I spotted this one on Asos.com, I knew it would be the answer to my style prayers. It has a simple silhouette that’s flattering on just about any body type (especially if you’re petite), is short and sexy, and made in an ultra lightweight fabric that’s perfect for warmer nights out.

I think it looks perfect teamed with red hot heels (also purchased from Asos.com), but you can easily wear a pair of nude flip flops with an oversized tote and fedora hat with this dress to complete the look. It also looks great with an white oversized boyfriend blazer and wedges. I’m telling you – it’s such an easy look to replicate and SO affordable to do.

Check out some of the accessories I pulled from Asos.com and RevolveClothing.com to pair with this dress.

Until then!

Xo, Stephanie