Sense of Style

Timeless Style - The Style Bungalow

Timeless Style - The Style Bungalow

Timeless Style - The Style Bungalow

Timeless Style - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

TOP: (c/o) Vici more styles here/JEANS: (c/o) Levis/HEELS: (c/o) Shopbop – more options here/BAG: (c/o) Sole Society/EARRINGS: J.Crew/SCARF: Madewell/LIP COLOR: Marc Jacobs “Cora Cora”

There are women, like the French or Audrey Hepburn or Natalie Portman or Amal Clooney for example, who have mastered the art of timeless style. The kind of style that can work in any era. The kind of style that’s timeless yet en vogue. The kind of style that works for any woman – no matter what age. So how do they do it?

Timeless Style - The Style Bungalow

In my years of blogging, writing about fashion and experimenting with different brands and outfits, I’ve narrowed it down to a couple things. A couple staples that will make your wardrobe timeless.

But before I do, let’s talk a little bit about individuality and sense of style. Because mine’s changed so much over the years. And it’s important to note.

Before I started a blog, I used to save pictures of my favorite outfits (from bloggers and magazines). I would go to the mall, pictures in hand, and try to replicate those looks… many times succeeding in buying exact (if not similar) items. As soon as I would get home, I would put on the exact looks from my pictures and well… get frustrated.

Every. Single. Time. Because it never worked.

Not because I didn’t like the clothing. Or because I didn’t like the outfit on me. It just wasn’t me. So I would reinvent the look to fit my personality.

Timeless Style - The Style Bungalow

Have you ever heard the saying, “fashion is about what you buy, but style is what you do with it?” Anyone can replicate a look or buy the exact outfit from a blogger, but it’s what you ultimately do with it at home in front of the mirror that makes you unique. And if there’s one thing a timeless woman rocks at – it’s this. She adds – something, I don’t know what… maybe an accessory or lipstick or a little bit of attitude – that sets her apart and makes her stand out.

So, before I talk about staples, the point here is to be yourself. Just because I’m telling you to buy something or wear something a certain way, doesn’t mean you have to do it exactly the same way. Besides, that’s so un-creative. Ick. Just be you.

Timeless Style - The Style Bungalow

Ok, here we go:

Pay attention to craftsmanship, simplicity and versatility. A beautiful camel coat (with a red bandana around your neck, or a black dress or a pair of OTK boots or boyfriend jeans) looks ahh-mazing with everything.

More coat options here!  

Timeless Style - The Style Bungalow

Your accessories can make or break an outfit. Look for pieces that naturally draw you in. That reflect your age. There are no pieces that are necessarily “meant” for older or younger women, just how you style them. Think: ballet flats vs. pumps; a simple gold necklace with the word “Love” on it vs. a chunky gold necklace your mom would wear. An IT bag vs. a classic Chanel. Choose one or two pieces (that’s it) that speak to you.

Shop more jewelry here!

Timeless Style - The Style Bungalow

Avoid wacky prints. Prints and patterns are super fun, I experiment with them all the time. But if you’re going for a timeless look, stick to the classics – like stripes or dots. Or, wear one print (think: leopard) and that’s it.

Shop more striped tops here!

Timeless Style - The Style Bungalow

Have a happy holiday everyone! Comment if you have any questions about today’s post and as always, scroll up to the top to shop today’s look (click pink links)!

Happy holidays everyone <3

Xo, Stephanie

In the Trenches

Leema Embroidered Poplin Shirt - The Style Bungalow

Leema Embroidered Poplin Shirt - The Style Bungalow

Leema Embroidered Poplin Shirt - The Style Bungalow

Leema Embroidered Poplin Shirt - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

TRENCH: (c/o) Vicimore options here/SHIRT: here/SKIRT: (c/o) Chicwishmore skirt options here/HEELS: Nine Westmore options here/BAG: (c/o) Neiman Marcus

I’m a sucker for outerwear. I just wish I had more of an excuse to wear it! This trench coat is from Vici and since getting it in the mail last week, I have wanted to toss it over my shoulders with just about every outfit I’ve put together – it’s so chic.

Leema Embroidered Poplin Shirt - The Style Bungalow

Leema Embroidered Poplin Shirt - The Style Bungalow

I paired this trench with a cute Parisian-inspired button down from Equipment. Take me to Paris, anyone?

Leema Embroidered Poplin Shirt - The Style Bungalow

And tucked it into a tweed skirt from Chicwish (more tweed skirt options here) to offset the volume of the trench.

Leema Embroidered Poplin Shirt - The Style Bungalow

My heels, in case you haven’t already seen me wear them like a million times, are from Nine West. Pretty sure they’re on sale too. (Looking for a nicer pair? Click here for more pump options). I love them because they give my looks a festive touch. Perfect for this time of year.

Leema Embroidered Poplin Shirt - The Style Bungalow

I adore this mini YSL crossbody from Neiman Marcus. Being petite, I tend to go for bags that are small. This one comes in a variety of colors – red, beige and black. It’s luxe and considering the brand, a somewhat decent price for the quality you pay for. Think: bag you’ll have forever. The kind of bag you’ll pass down to your daughters. The kind of bag that will go with everything in your closet.

Leema Embroidered Poplin Shirt - The Style Bungalow

Leema Embroidered Poplin Shirt - The Style Bungalow

Scroll up and click the pink links to shop today’s look! As always, thanks for stopping by! I hope everyone is having a great holiday week so far.

Xo, Stephanie

The Perfect Present

Vince Sweater - The Style Bungalow

Vince Sweater - The Style Bungalow

Vince Sweater - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

SWEATER, TANK, SUEDE SKIRT (similar style here), YSL BAG: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/HEELS: Nine West – more styles here/BOW: J.Crew – sold out/LIPSTICK: Marc Jacobs “Cora Cora”

Ah, the holidays. T-Minus 3 days until Christmas Eve. I’m home in Texas. It’s chilly. Most of my shopping is done. A few gifts need to be wrapped and placed under the tree. Tonight I’m seeing friends for a few drinks, followed by lazy days at home watching holiday movies with my parents and my mom’s new puppy (she’s adorable, by the way).

Vince Sweater - The Style Bungalow

This time of year has a special meaning to me. I get to see people I love, the ones who know me best, see my friends and rethink the coming new year. The older I get, the more I realize the holidays are about love. And the more I focus on this, the sweeter my time at home becomes.

Vince Sweater - The Style Bungalow

Vince Sweater - The Style Bungalow

I’ve learned to pay attention to small joys during the holidays, no matter the stress or challenges that may exist with being home and answering for the millionth time, “yes, I’m dating.” Things like debating politics with my dad (and letting him win). Ordering good ole’ Tex-Mex. Going grocery shopping with my mom because she wants company. Reuniting with friends from high school over drinks. Those are the treasures. Those are the simple moments that make the holidays special. Not what presents you get. Unless it’s a Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Baby Grain Leather Satchel in Blush.

Vince Sweater - The Style Bungalow

Vince Sweater - The Style Bungalow

It’s easy to lose sight of this. It’s easy to become consumed with unrealistic expectations of what the holidays should be. Instead of celebrating simple joys and being grateful for this year…

Vince Sweater - The Style Bungalow

Keeping tonight’s post short and sweet. To shop today’s outfit, scroll up and click the pink links above!

And lastly… what do the holidays mean to you?

Xo, Stephanie

Midnight Kiss

Self Portrait Dress at Bergdorf Goodman - The Style Bungalow

Self Portrait Dress at Bergdorf Goodman - The Style Bungalow

Self Portrait Dress at Bergdorf Goodman - The Style Bungalow

Self Portrait Dress at Bergdorf Goodman - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

DRESS: Bergdorf Goodman/HEELS: similar here/CLUTCH: similar here/EARRINGS: similar here/LIP COLOR: “Bloodroses” by Kevyn Aucoin

A couple months ago (can’t believe it’s been that long) I talked about one of my favorite trends, berry hues. You can see the post here. Think rich violets, gorgeous wines and blueberry blues – all striking and perfect for fall and winter!

Self Portrait Dress at Bergdorf Goodman - The Style Bungalow

Whether you decide to rock the trend head-to-toe or opt for a subtle pop of berry in your accessories, lipstick or shoes, one thing remains the same – these colors will make you look refined, polished and super sophisticated.

Self Portrait Dress at Bergdorf Goodman - The Style Bungalow

Self Portrait Dress at Bergdorf Goodman - The Style Bungalow

Self Portrait Dress at Bergdorf Goodman - The Style Bungalow

This holiday season, I’m rockin’ this dress by Self Portrait a la Bergdorf Goodman. I guess you could say it’s a twist on the trend (literally and figuratively) with a little side of romance that pairs oh-so-nicely with the thought of kissing someone mysterious at midnight.

Self Portrait Dress at Bergdorf Goodman - The Style Bungalow

Self Portrait Dress at Bergdorf Goodman - The Style Bungalow

Self Portrait Dress at Bergdorf Goodman - The Style Bungalow

Self Portrait Dress at Bergdorf Goodman - The Style Bungalow

Add a hint of bold gold and high shine into the mix with a stellar clutch, rings and earrings. Don’t be afraid to mix metals or add jewels into your look.

Self Portrait Dress at Bergdorf Goodman - The Style Bungalow

Or, go all out and wear a pair of adorned heels! Yes, adorned heels. Think studs, fringe, bows, pearls (swoon), sparkly beads, fun cutouts, gold wings… you name it! The bolder the better. Let your shoes do the talkin’.

I opted for black suede pumps since I wanted to focus to remain on this gorgeous dress. But you can definitely make both your dress and shoes stand out using both trends.

Self Portrait Dress at Bergdorf Goodman - The Style Bungalow

Self Portrait Dress at Bergdorf Goodman - The Style Bungalow

Need to cover up? Try a black velvet jacket. Love this one here!

So there you have it! This holiday season, continue to look for amazing berry hues, bold golds, adorned shoes… and a little velvet!

Shop today’s look from Bergdorf Goodman below!

Xo, Stephanie

[Thank you Bergdorf Goodman for sponsoring this post.]

Why I Love Balayage

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

SWEATER, HEELS (c/o) Vici Collection/JEANS: Levi’smore styles here

In college, I landed a job as a receptionist at Anushka Spa, Salon & Cosmedical Centre in West Palm Beach. At the time, I needed a job with flexible hours to accommodate my hectic college schedule. My primary duties were to greet guests and escort them to the spa, keeping a close eye on everyone who walked through those doors to make sure they would have a fantastic experience. As a work perk, I received discounted hair and beauty treatments (which, for a college student was a huge expense). Occasionally, I would try something new. Like a conditioning treatment for my hair, nail art or a skin peel. Let’s just say, I had it pretty good and I loved working there.

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

Little did I know that the takeaways from that job would prove to be invaluable in shaping my blog today. And, help sharpen my communication skills (which came in handy after college in my public relations job). So much of what I learned at Anushka – how to take care of your skin, the difference between good and bad hair color, the importance of self-care – has helped me navigate the beauty industry. Which is why I’ve decided to do a three-part series highlighting some of my favorite treatments (and pro’s) at Anushka!

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

To start, I’m sharing one of the most commonly asked questions I get all the time – hair color. Why? Because the right shade of color can enhance a woman’s face and hair texture without overpowering her. We all know that when hair color is good, it’s rich and gorgeous. When hair color is bad, it’s an absolute train wreck. So…

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

That’s why I’ve put my head in the hands of one of the most trusted colorists in Palm Beach, James Parlier, for years. Since I started working at Anushka!

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

James uses a special French coloring technique called balayage. It’s a freehand technique where the color is applied by hand rather than using foils or a cap. Yes, he hand paints my highlights.

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

The appeal of balayage is that you can achieve so many different styles from it. From soft, natural sun-kissed highlights (what I have) to an ombre look to something strong and dramatic. The entire process varies on the length of your hair and the desired result.

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

It’s also super low maintenance. You don’t have to go to the salon every couple of weeks to touch up your highlights – because you don’t have a demarcation line like you do with foils. Color is hand painted on so when your hair grows it, it looks natural – not harsh. (Fun fact: Last winter, I went a couple months without getting my color done and readers still commented on how rich it looked!)

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

Wondering if it’s best for you?

It works for me because my highlights are applied to my natural hair. I’ve never completely dyed my hair; I’ve only done highlights. For those of you who have completely dyed your hair, the balayage technique can be achieved. Just speak with James (or a balayage specialist) to see if it suits your hair type and desired color!

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

I personally think you can see my color best when my hair is in loose, beachy curls. Anything flowy! Shout out to my hair stylist, Celeste, for my cut and blow drys!

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

As always, with color you should be using salon professional shampoos and conditioners as well as get regular conditioning treatments to preserve the color. No matter what! I think color looks best when your hair is in great condition.

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

Why I Love Balayage - The Style Bungalow

First timer? Schedule a consultation with James. First timer to Anushka? Show the girls at the front desk (those wonderful receptionists) this card to get $25 off your next service of $75 or more! For online booking, use code: 25OFFNCBL

Anushka Spa, Salon & Cosmedical Centre

Next month, I’m talking skin care! Stay tuned… and as always, thanks for stopping by!

Xo, Stephanie

P.S.: I’ll be at Anushka tomorrow from 4-8PM with Air Optix Colored Contact Lenses and celebrity makeup artist, Allan Avendaño. Stop by to chat about blogging, beauty and more! It’s free! Details below.

 Air Optix Event - The Style Bungalow

Miami Holiday

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

Miami is one of the best places to visit in the wintertime, so it’s no surprise that there are plenty of amazing hotels to choose from. Since my photographer, Chelsae Anne, and I are always up for an adventure and a new location to shoot at, we decided to take a staycation to Miami and stay in a new hotel. Our choice? The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour.

From the second we arrived to the very last minute, we were spoiled, pampered and at home. The property, nestled on the corner of North Miami Beach has an incredible spa, a great restaurant and offers access to one of Miami’s most exclusive addresses, Bal Harbour. We spent lazy days taking in the pool from our very own private cabana (complete with a cute pool boy, bartender and private attendant) to enjoying the beach from our private terrace with breathtaking views. Here are more of the highlights…

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

BODYSUIT: Topshop/SHORTS: more options here/HAIR TIE: similar here/EARRINGSH&M

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

BIKINI TOP, BOTTOM: (c/o) Wala Swim (use code: stylebungalow for 20% off!), EARRINGS: (c/o) Missguided/HAT: more options here

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

TOP: similar here and here/SKIRT: (c/o) March.11/HEELS: Missguided/EARRINGS: (c/o) Very Allegra

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

BIKINI TOP, BOTTOM: (c/o) Wala Swim

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

JACKET, SHORTS: Topshop/BODYSUIT: Topshop/HEELS: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/CLUTCH: similar here

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

TOP: (c/o) SheIn/JEANS: more options here/HEELS: Missguided/BAG, EARRINGS: H&M

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour - The Style Bungalow

To me, it’s the small things that matter the most when staying at a hotel. It’s the glass of champagne when I walk in the entrance. The chocolates on my bed. The Vogue magazine (my favorite) on my dresser. The delicious fresh squeezed juice in the morning. The surprise facial at Exhale Spa. The rose petals in my bathtub. Everyone knowing my name. (True story. Everyone at the hotel knew my name!) Complimentary transportation to dinner in Bal Harbour. The late check-out. Often, it’s those small things that make an experience… spectacular for me. And every part of it was amazing.

When it comes to service, the Ritz-Carlton is always outstanding (this isn’t my first stay. I’ve stayed at many Ritz-Carlton locations!). It’s what sets it apart from other luxury hotels. Never over the top, just enough to make you feel comfortable and at home. Small tweaks and surprise additions to your stay to make your life easier. As if the staff is always one step ahead of you.

Thank you again, Ritz-Carlton for the stay! It’s my new favorite place to stay in Bal Harbour!

Xo, Stephanie

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