Resolution Girl

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The Style Bungalow

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[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

DRESS, HEELS, BAG: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/SUNNIES: (c/o) Vici

October is almost gone (thank God, bye Felicia!). November is right around the corner and 2017 is a mere 9 weeks away. Can you believe that? 9 weeks! It feels like yesterday I was just at Starbucks drinking a chai latte writing down my goals for 2016.

A friend of mine recently asked me if I was a “resolution girl” of which, I answered in a very stern tone, “YAAAS.” [snap, snap] I love lists. I make one everyday. If I don’t have a list, I don’t know what to do with my life. True story. “But why do you have to start at the beginning of the year,” he asked, “why not start your resolutions now?” He had a point. Which got me thinking…

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With the start of every dreaded New Year, I write down a list (big and small) of things I wish to accomplish come December. (Click here to read my resolutions for 2015 and 2016). “Get Healthy,” “Read more,” “Buy investment bag” (CHECK!), blah, blah. It seems petty, but whatever it keeps me focused and since I’m quite competitive at heart, gives me a goal to work towards. I like goals. And if I set a goal, by God I want to achieve it. (That’s the dancer in me talking.) [Disclaimer: I think goals are great. But once you reach your goal, what’s next? I think the value in setting a goal is the experience you get from it. The end result is awesome and totally worth it, but the journey is so much better.]

So, with the turn of October and the start of 2017 rapidly approaching, I’m doing something different. Instead of waiting until January to set big goals, I’m going to challenge myself to do it now. Here they are:

  • Do something that really, like really, scares me and makes me feel uncomfortable. Whether that’s jumping out of a plane, going on TV, dancing hip hop, moving to a different city or embracing overalls, I want to push myself to take risks. Every time I’ve taken risks in my life, I’ve grown tremendously from it. Some call it irresponsible. I think it’s necessary to grow. Stagnancy is a killer.
  • Travel. I would love to visit someplace new before the end of the year!
  • Continue to build a wardrobe of classic staples. The best thing about having a blog is being able to wear awesome clothing; you learn to appreciate the quality behind them. Trust me guys, quality pieces are worth the splurge. I want my closet to last the test of time (like this dress!).
  • Refine style. My personal style is always evolving; I’m like a style chameleon. So many things dictate my style – where I’m at in life, what music I’m listening to, where I’m traveling next, etc. For the next two months, I would like to embrace “my style” – me, truly me – and refine it, not fight it. If that means ditching flats (because sometimes I hate feeling so short), then so be it. GIVE ME HEELS. If that means toting around great bags, GIVE ME A CHLOE (or this YSL crossbody – either one will do.). If that means owning like five leather jackets by the end of the year, WHATEVER. Life’s too short. [snap, snap]

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  • Which leads me to my next resolution. I would like to feel at ease with my decisions. All too often, I second-guess myself. Sometimes it’s good. It helps me decide whether or not I should look before I leap. “New Chloe? New Fendi? New Gucci?” And sometimes it distracts me from things that matter. Like listening to my gut.
  • And last but not least, stay real and continue to fearlessly blog.

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So there you have it! My resolutions for the next two months. I’m sure I’ll come up with another list of crazy resolutions in January but until then, I’m sticking to these!

With two months left in the year, what would you like to accomplish?

Click the links above to shop today’s look or click the images below.

Xo, Stephanie

P.S.: Palm Beach has been under a wind advisory the past week. Hence the wind blown hair!



My Beautiful Bookcase!

Hey guys! Happy almost-Halloween!

In this week’s video with Wayfair, I’m showing you how I’ve transformed my entryway bookcase into a showstopping focal point in my studio apartment using knick-knacks from my travels, magazines, books and more!

Just wanted to say thank you SO much to everyone who tuned in these past six weeks. It’s been such a pleasure and so much fun to share my apartment with you guys. Adding video content to my blog was so scary for me (because I absolutely dread speaking in front of the camera) but when all said and done, 100% worth it. I feel like I’ve grown so much since my first video and can’t wait to do more!

Anyways, I hope you’ve enjoyed this partnership with Wayfair (big thank you to the Wayfair team for choosing me to be apart of such an amazing group of Youtubers). You can subscribe here for more videos on home decor. And as always, please feel free to share your feedback in the comment section (like, what videos you would like to see next) below! Have a safe weekend!

Lots of love today!

Xo, Stephanie

What Carrie Taught Me

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[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

DRESS, BAG, HEELS: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/SUNNIES: (c/o) Vici/TEE: Similar here

Fact: I’ve never worked in the fashion industry.

I mean, I’ve assisted a stylist but that’s about it. I never attended school for fashion. I never worked at a magazine. I never worked at a fashion PR firm. Now that I think of it, I don’t really have a formal background in fashion. [scratches head]

Fact: So when I sit down at my computer to write about fashion, sometimes I hesitate. Not because I don’t love fashion – I do, I’m obsessed (that’s why I have a blog) – it’s just not always my specialty. I love styling. I know I have a good eye. I’m good at improvising with what I have in my closet. But, truth be told, I’m better at writing about real life.

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You know those nights where you’re wearing mismatched pajamas lying on the sofa with a face mask on watching reruns of “Sex and The City” stuffing your face with ice cream at 1AM thinking to yourself, “I love Carrie. She’s so authentic. How can I be like her?” [takes deep breath, stuffs face again] I recently had one of those nights.

Carrie, if you think about it, was a blogging pioneer. And, interestingly enough, never really wrote about fashion. She wrote about love, her feelings and her trials and tribulations with dating. She wrote whatever the hell she wanted to write. And when she wrote, she was vulnerable. Women could relate to her stories. She was successful because of that. Not because of fashion. Funny, right? Because as far as I’m concerned she was a fashion icon during her heydays. And so so fabulous, right?!

She was also honest when she wrote. She was uncensored. Her words came from the deepest parts of herself. She was willing to go out there and discover things (many times, those same life experiences inspiring her stories) and take risks – in dating, in life, with her clothing, in everything she did. And every time she did that, magic happened.

I get it, not everyone loves, “Sex and The City.” It’s slightly unrealistic (i.e. her apartment in NYC, her closet (#goals), her salary, those shoes, etc. – whatever, I don’t care). I get it. But I can’t help but take a life lesson or two from her character…

I recently sat down with a friend who used to work in the fashion industry. (When I say “work” she was a beauty and fashion writer at a major publication for many years so yes, she’s a big deal.) We talked about fashion and what it means today. Something that’s been running through my mind ever since. “What does it mean to me… my blog,” I’ve thought… [scratches head again]

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Anyone with decent taste in fashion can make a blog or a career in the fashion industry and peg themselves as “experts.” I’ve never claimed to be that person. When I think of my blog and where it’s headed, I envision a closet full of Manolo’s, much like Carrie a la “Sex and The City” the movie, and well, something more than a place where I talk about fashion as if that’s the only thing that’s important in my life. I’m more than that and so are you because we’re all a product of our experiences, like Carrie.

To me, Carrie included, fashion is about self-expression. It’s an attitude. It’s a preview into a person’s life. It’s about telling a story. It’s about being passionate about something. It’s inspiring. It’s about taking risks. It’s about making a statement. It’s about bringing people together. And so is life. And my blog. And Carrie Bradshaw.

If you haven’t caught on by now, I’ve been interested in pursuing more open writing on here for a while. So starting today, The Style Bungalow will be just that. It will be “me.” A place where I’ll share my stories (be it fashion, life, dating, relationships, struggles, etc.) in hopes that it will connect with you guys on a deeper level…

“In life we do things. Some we wish we had never done. Some we wish we could replay a million times in our heads. But they all make us who we are. And in the end they shape every detail about us. If we were to reverse any of them we wouldn’t be the person we are. So just live, make mistakes, have wonderful memories. But never ever second guess who you are, where you have been and most importantly where it is you’re going.” – Carrie Bradshaw

Xo, Stephanie

P.S. If you’re a fashion blogger reading this, I would love to hear your thoughts on what your blog means to you!

P.S.S. Yes, my bag is on sale.

Romantic Dinner at Home

In this week’s video with Wayfair, I’m showing you how to set the table and mood for a romantic dinner at home! We all know dining can get old and expensive fast. It’s fun but let’s be real – there’s nothing quite like surprising your friend or significant other with a romantic dinner at home. All you need is a simple centerpiece, plenty of candles, cloth napkins and a set of dinnerware… Check out more below, subscribe to Wayfair’s Youtube channel and as always, leave your feedback in the comment section! <3

Happy Saturday!

Xo, Stephanie

Years of Ballet

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Romper

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Romper

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Romper

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

ROMPER, SANDALS, BAG: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/EARRINGS: (c/o) Louise et Eie/SUNNIES: Similar here

Lately, it’s been ice cream, Netflix and face masks. I’ve needed a change…

So earlier this week, I walked into my first dance class after almost three years of no ballet, no contemporary, no hip-hop, no movement, no nothing. Having taken dance classes my entire life (I was very passionate about it), I’ve come to wonder why I ever stopped in the first place. Not only was it so much fun (awkward at first) but such a release. I left class feeling sweaty and energized – with a bounce in my step. I felt like me again.

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Romper

Although dancing added stress to my life (referring to the period when I danced professionally), it also somehow was an escape for me. I would concentrate so deeply on what I was doing that I would literally lose myself in movement and forget about my worries. I remember feeling the urge to dance whenever life would get difficult. After I stopped dancing, I tried replacing that urge with working out at the gym but it wasn’t the same. You can’t compare running on a treadmill to that adrenaline rush you get from dancing in front of your peers or on stage.

Yes, I know… exercising does amazing things for your body and your mind. I’m not discounting that at all. I exercise on a regular basis. But dancing is different. Dancing gave me confidence. Why? Because I felt like I could express myself everyday through my movement. I felt like I was honing my craft. I felt connected with the music. I felt proud of what I was doing. I also learned how to overcome challenges like picking up choreography under pressure, learning to accept my body and its limitations and working with big personalities. Overcoming those challenges led to more confidence, a healthy dose of humbleness and understanding my quirks better. It also instilled grit, perseverance and discipline.

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Romper

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Romper

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Romper

As a young girl, I loved taking dance classes. It wasn’t until I was sixteen where I started taking my classes seriously and training to become a professional. That’s late. Most dancers start training to become a professional when they’re twelve. Not sixteen. So, I guess you could say I was a bit of an unlikely ballerina. The odds were stacked against me. I was short, didn’t have a lot of turnout (rotation of your hips) and experience. Not a lot of teachers believed in me (a few did, not many). But I was determined to make it… and I did (although a short lived career, I managed to somehow make it despite my many limitations) and take so many life lessons from it.

Dance is hard. Even if you’re born with the most amazing body and natural ability, it’s still hard AF. Dancers have to sacrifice years of their youth to make it. It’s blood, sweat and tears until you reach your ultimate goal of dancing in a professional company. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from dancing, it’s that life is so great when you’re truly passionate about something. Having a passion keeps you going when times get tough. Whether that be your art, relationship, job or hobby, it’s important to pursue what you love.

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Romper

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Romper

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Romper

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Romper

I wasn’t exactly ready to take dance classes again this week. Truth be told, I was nervous as hell to walk back into a studio again. I didn’t know what to expect. I also wasn’t prepared to deal with the past couple of weeks. However, I have to say, the greatest moments in life are the ones that force you to grow beyond your comfort zone and push yourself, whether you’re ready for it or not…

Xo, Stephanie

P.S. – Scroll to the top of this post for outfit details or shop it below!

It’s Spa-Tober!

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JACKET: (c/o) Citizen’s Mark/SHORTS: (c/o) BKNR/HEELS, BAG: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/SUNNIES: (c/o) Vici Collection

When you’re busy, it can be difficult to take care of yourself. Trust me, I know this well. I’m like an all in or all out kind of girl. There’s no halfway for me. I really suck at balancing my life. Being committed to my goals, blog and personal relationships takes a lot of hard work. And many times, I’m the one that suffers. I’m exhausted, drained and am hard on myself when I can’t do it all.

Sometimes we forget how important it is to take care of ourselves. We all want to believe that we’re capable and strong enough to do it all. But treating yourself to a day off can do wonders. As you guys know (see breakup post), it’s been a challenging couple of weeks for me. Lord knows I’ve needed a break. So when Discover the Palm Beaches reached out offering complimentary spa treatments in light of their “Spa & Wellness Month,” I immediately cleared my schedule and jumped on the opportunity. It was time for me to chill, unwind and unplug. #NoMoreAdultingPlease

Eau Palm Beach Resort - The Style Bungalow

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Having worked at a spa throughout college, I know a thing or two about spa treatments. (More on this later!) I also learned that a spa experience not only is healthy for you on the inside but also on the outside. Treatments can revive your skin and stimulate your metabolism. It can do wonders – so yes, it’s worth it because you’re investing in your health.

Last Thursday, I was whisked away to the Eau Spa inside the beautiful Eau Palm Beach Resort. The spa is one of only 48 spas in the world with the prestigious Five-Star rating from Forbes Travel Guide, and repeatedly lauded as “One of the 10 Most Luxurious and Best Designed Spas of the World.” Yes, guys – this place is insane.

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I had the “Sea Salt & Honey Pumpkin Polish and Mask” (includes light massage) and a pedicure. I had a private outdoor shower and access to their garden, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi (complete with rain shower). I was greeted with cupcakes and champagne all day. It was truly a magical experience.

The Style Bungalow at Eau Spa

Fortunately, going to the spa this month doesn’t have to be a luxurious extravagance. This month, you can indulge in spa treatments (including the “Polish and Mask” treatment mentioned above) all over Palm Beach County for a fraction of the price! Yep, spa treatments on SALE. Click hereseriously – to see how many spas are participating…

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[Here I am making a wish!]

I hope tonight’s post prompts you to book a treatment! And as always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section. Night everyone…

Xo, Stephanie

Mini DIY Flower Arrangements

If you follow me on Instagram, you know how much I love fresh flowers! They make me happy. They’re also a great way to spruce up your space! Whether you’re a pro or novice (like me), today I’m sharing a couple ways you can get your space ready for fall using mini DIY flower arrangements!

Want more fall decorating tips and tricks? Subscribe to Wayfair’s Youtube channel here. Stay tuned for next week’s video

Xo, Stephanie

New start…

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The Style Bungalow

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[Chelsae Anne | Photography] 

TOP: (c/o) Storets/SKIRT: (c/o) Missguided – similar here/HEELS: old – similar here/CLUTCH: (c/o) Sole Society/SUNNIES: here

We all have our moments. Mine seems to be the past couple of weeks. From delayed flights to hurricanes to breakups, things haven’t been going according to plan. Then again, when do they ever?

I’ve always kept a journal to document all the good, bad, ugly, wonderful things that have happened in my life the past ten years. Journaling lets me collect my thoughts and re-examine what I’ve written down to try and figure out what exactly I’m feeling. My blog, on the other hand, has been a place where I share my feelings towards fashion. I’ve never really blended the two. I don’t really talk about what I’m going through (personally) on my blog or what I’ve gone through because… well, that’s not easy. Being vulnerable and admitting that today sucks, for an example, takes an incredible amount of courage, especially when you have tens of thousands of people watching your every move. It’s one thing to talk about fashion; it’s another thing to share real life stuff. It’s easier to “appear” as if you have it together. Especially in fashion where – hello! It’s not cute to be a “Hot Mess Express” unless of course you’re Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” playing the cute, messy and eccentric role as Holly Golightly. Let’s be real, she was adorable!

Anyways, after writing my heart out the other night, I took a moment to read through some of my old entries and found this one (yep, I’m about to share it) that was written five years ago before my birthday and felt… fitting… given my recent circumstances.

“Dear self, In approximately one month and nine days you will be one year older. Before embarking on another year of happiness, mistakes and self-discovery, there are a few things you should work on. First, stop being so damn controlling. Let your hair down and simply let people get to know the “real” you. Second, you are more beautiful, more intelligent, strong and capable than you will ever know. You probably won’t realize this until it’s too late so I suggest you jump start this process and profit off your impressive gains now while you’re still in your twenties and you don’t need botox. Just throw out the anxiety this year; forgive and forget. Everything will be OK. Third, enjoy your life to the fullest because there will come a day where your grandkids will ask, “What were your twenties like?” and my hope is that after you tell them a story or two (or maybe fifty), they will think you’re absolutely amazing. Actually… let’s start this now so when your birthday rolls around in one month and nine days, you can make a new list… Love, Me”

I wrote that shortly after a breakup. At the time, I had a ton of negative energy swirling inside of me and needed to tell myself that everything was going to be OK and that I was good enough. And as hokey as it sounds, reading that little letter again the other day made me feel good and reminded me that feelings of self-doubt will eventually go away. And, well… that life is too short to dwell on negativity.

It’s funny, sometimes you have to push back (make a couple mistakes) in order to move forward in the right direction. That’s not failure, that’s learning. It wasn’t easy recovering from that breakup and I know this breakup won’t be any easier. They suck, they always do. Then again, I know this time alone will allow me to reflect and grow, experience new things again and become a stronger person – much like the last time. I plan to make positive changes in my life and take advice from my 23-year old self – be healthy, workout again, strengthen my friendships and tell myself that eventually, everything will be OK again and that you’re a lot stronger than you think.

Besides, with every storm there’s a blessing… <3

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I apologize for the rant today! If anyone is going through or has experienced similar feelings, I would love to hear your thoughts…

Xo, Stephanie

Sweet Dreams

Your bedroom is the one place in your home that’s all about you – the place you go to escape and recharge at the end of the day. Ready to refresh your space and create the bedroom of your dreams? Check out this week’s video with Wayfair for more!

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Happy Saturday!

Xo, Stephanie

Wardrobe Staples

Parker New York - The Style Bungalow

Parker New York - The Style Bungalow

Parker New York - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

DRESS, LEATHER JACKET: (c/o) Parker New York/HEELS: Click here/BAG – similar here, COCKTAIL RING: (c/o) Sole Society/SUNNIES: Click here

Believe it or not, investing in well-made pieces saves you money in the long run. For the price of one or two outfits from a fast fashion store, you could buy a dress you love and that will last you for years to come. I’m not suggesting you ditch fast fashion or shell out $500 for a plain white t-shirt, but I do think you should buy pieces you can always count on when you need to look chic (i.e. date night, holiday work party, girl’s getaway, etc.)

Parker New York - The Style Bungalow

Parker New York - The Style Bungalow

Parker New York - The Style Bungalow

For this reason, today’s look from Parker New York is one of my all-time favorites because this brand makes well-made pieces that are worth it (and at, accessible price points!) – items that never go out of style and that are easy to wear. Whether it’s a “little black (leather) dress,” a dress for the holidays, fur vest or classic leather pants, I guarantee you that each item from Parker, you’ll wear over and over again and with confidence.

Parker New York - The Style Bungalow

This dress (no tailoring needed) can be worn to cocktail parties, meetings (with a black blazer) and to holiday events. The second I slipped into it, I felt beautiful, composed and very chic. It felt right and the quality was outstanding.

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I styled it with high heels, a black satchel and an oversized cocktail ring for a look that’s both chic and subtlety sexy.

Parker New York - The Style Bungalow

Parker New York - The Style Bungalow

Parker New York - The Style Bungalow

Lately, I have a weak spot for leather jackets and this one… makes my heart skip a beat. Before you look at the price tag, hear me out (because it’s amazing and definitely an item that merits your hard earned cash!). A leather jacket can be worn with skirts, silks, stripes, black jeans, casual t-shirts, leather boots, sneakers, a “little (green) dress”… the list goes on and on. It’s WORTH it. They look good with everything no matter what kind of style you’re drawn to. They’re also seasonless, last forever, look good on everyone and travel well.

I’m normally a believer in brown or black, but this alternative color is gorgeous. Since it’s green, it acts as a neutral (in fall and winter) style staple because it can go with both brown and black.

It looks tough yet it’s made from the most supple, soft leather. And the detailing! Can we talk about those zippers, that belt, and the stitching? AMAZING! Scroll down for more…

Parker New York - The Style Bungalow

Parker New York - The Style Bungalow

Parker New York - The Style Bungalow

Parker New York - The Style Bungalow

Share your thoughts on tonight’s looks below! And as always, thanks for stopping by!

Xo, Stephanie

P.S.: Thank you everyone for your concerns regarding Hurricane Matthew! I’m safe and prepared! Please say a prayer for us tonight…