Insta Kind of Cool

[Chelsae Anne | Photographer]

LEATHER JACKET: (c/o) Bernardo/TEE, DISTRESSED JEANS, HEELSSCRUNCHIE, MINI SATCHEL: (c/o) Shopbop

You try on an amazing leather jacket. You fall in love. You think, “this is everything.” Then you look at the price tag. Your heart skips a beat. “Do I buy it?” Heart beats faster. Takes deep breath. You slowly… very slowly… place the jacket back on the rack. Tear rolls down cheek. You walk away. Giving that beautiful leather jacket a little #sideeye while you wipe tear. You drive back home contemplating life. Go to sleep. Jacket in dreams. Go back to store. Repeat.

Raise your hand if this is you. Every weekend.

Waves both hands in air.

I get it. Leather jackets aren’t cheap. But every girl, deep down inside, wants one. No matter what their style is. They add instant cool. The kind of cool you see on Insta fashionistas.

Which is why today I’m wearing what could possibly be one of my favorite leather jackets I’ve ever owned (from Bernardo – you can shop it here via Nordstrom). And guess what?! It’s super affordable considering it’s 100% genuine leather. #stopit

I first discovered Bernardo last September (click here to see post) and have since, worn that beautiful tan leather jacket so much. When I travel. To dinner when it cools down in South Florida. Draped over a floral maxi dress. You name it. I’ve worn it. Having been such a fan of that jacket, I needed another one. But in black. Hence today’s look.

So if you’re willing to invest in one, I promise you won’t regret it. It’s a justifiable purchase. Leather jackets last forever. (Pretty sure my mom has one in her closet from the early 90s) You’ll wear it a ton. Think: causal t-shirts. With ladylike dresses. All white. With stripes. A bow in your hair (yes, scrunchies are making a comeback this year). Pretty much anything you can think of that needs a cool layering piece.

It’s a staple. And truly timeless.

And totally send a subliminal message to others that you’re super cool.

Shop today’s look from Bernardo by clicking the pink links above or below (for more leather jacket options from Bernardo)! Happy FriYAY everyone.

Xo, Stephanie

P.S. Thank you everyone for your feedback yesterday! Happy to hear so many people are on the same page when it comes to creating intentional content and the future of blogging! <3

[Thank you Bernardo Outwear for sponsoring this post!]

The future is?

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

TOP: Zara – more options here/MIDI SKIRT: Acne Studios (c/o) The Webster – more options here/SANDLES: (c/o) Vici Collection – more options here/TOTE: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/WATCH: more options here/BRACELET, EARRINGS: (c/o) BaubleBar

I’m back.

And it feels SO good! Between shoots, friends and Valentine’s Day madness, I barely found the time to breathe last week much less sit down at my computer and do what I truly love to do… blog! I missed it so much.

I used to get mad at myself for not blogging at least three times a week. Now I fully embrace these brief breaks. I take it as an opportunity to re-shift my focus onto other things like seeing friends, talking to you guys and dreaming up new concepts for the blog. (Stay tuned for some killer outfits in the coming weeks!)

Anyways. While hanging out with a techie friend last week (you know who you are!), I started thinking. What’s the future of blogging? Seriously, guys. What will happen to fashion bloggers a couple years from now? Having worked so hard to get to where I am today, I frequently think about this. And truth be told, fear that it will be gone in a couple years. Yes, #realtalk today. If you’re a blogger reading this, you know you’ve thought the same thing.

But for me, having a blog has always been something so much more than just sharing my daily outfits. It’s morphed into an online diary (sort of). I like to pride myself in writing a lot more than most fashion bloggers. Bringing up topics like life and love and fashion as a way to set myself apart from others. And well, because it feels natural to me. For like 10 years, I’ve been writing in a journal and as I’ve grown, have started to replace some of those journal entries with blog entries. But does that even matter anymore?

One girl at the Create + Cultivate conference in Ft. Lauderdale asked a question during my panel. She said, “I want to start a blog but I don’t know what to talk about? What do I share?” Of which, I replied “just do you.” Do you. Be you. And share that. Why? Because everyone else is doing the same thing. Blogging used to mean sharing one’s unique perspective on fashion covering things like clothing, accessories, beauty tips… AND one’s take on the world. But lately, it feels like it’s all about your followers. And trends. And sponsored posts. (Which, I get. That’s how I make a living. BUT I’m also VERY careful about who I work with and whether the brand feels like a natural fit for me. I turn down opportunities all the time. I like to keep it real on here.)

So I ask, are blogs losing their power? Does anyone out there still invest time and good ole’ hard work in creating intentional content?

I would like to think that blogs are not losing their power. That they’re still very much a powerful vessel for brands to share their products and have evolved into amazing #GirlBoss things like digital magazines (Manrepeller), capsule collections (The Blonde Salad, Shop Sincerely Jules), books (Song of Style), full on businesses with teams of 5 or 6 people (Chrisellelim) and so much more.

But at some point, will this change? Will being a fashion blogger mean something so much more than publishing a post three times a week?

I’m open to your thoughts! I’m ready to pick your brains. For some, you read my blog as soon as a post is published and you rock. For others, this may be your first time visiting my blog. Either way, I’m curious because I’m interested in expanding The Style Bungalow into something bigger. It’s something that’s been on mind a lot lately. But… before I do, I want your input. What do you expect from fashion bloggers, today? What’s your take fashion? Is it changing – perhaps, too quickly? And where do you see fashion bloggers 5 years from now?

Better yet, what do you want from me?

Ah, another rant. Another entry. I invite all feedback. The good, bad and ugly. Give it to me! And as always, thank you for reading. And supporting this. And being awesome. I could not do this without you. And I wake up every day thanking God for that.

(Oh! And today’s look is linked above. Just click the pink links!)

Ciao ciao my friends…

Xo, Stephanie

Soft N’ Slouchy

[Chelsae Anne | Photographer]

SWEATER, LEGGINGS, SANDALS, BAG, CHOKER, EARRINGS, RING: (c/o) I.N.C. International Concepts

Monday through Friday, I stare down my closet in search of the perfect outfit for blog shoots, meetings, outing, dates, etc. It’s fun but sometimes it can be SO exhausting. By the time the weekend rolls around, I like to give myself a little break and wear comfortable clothing. Do you blame me?!

As I’ve mentioned, I recently made a big commitment to myself to spend time doing things that bring me joy (outside of blogging) like taking yoga or dance classes. I think it’s important to have balance in your life – both personally, professionally and well, with your style too! So…

A typical Saturday for me starts with something active. Lately, it’s been ballet class. After class, I’ll swing by the Green Market in downtown West Palm Beach to pick up a smoothie, fresh fruits and veggies (buy local!) and to scope out the flower situation (you guys know how much I adore fresh flowers at home). I spend the rest of my day at home cleaning my apartment or doing some serious couch time reading a new book. At night, I’ll grab dinner and drinks with friends. Pretty normal, right?!

But here’s the thing about being a fashion blogger (in a small town, mind you). I can’t just turn off the impulse to look “put together.” I can’t. I just can’t. Too many times, I’ve run into a friend or local business owner or cute guy wearing boring gym clothes. And it’s usually not good. Don’t even get me started on my poor mailman who gets the pleasure of seeing me in my PJs from like, high school, on days where I work from home 9-5PM.

So, that’s why I’m sharing today’s look from I.N.C. International Concepts! It’s the kind of outfit I would wear on a Saturday. The kind of look you can lounge around at home in or dress up with sleek black sandals for early drinks with friends. It’s a great lazy-fashion-girl-meets-weekend option.

During the day, I would wear this look with white sneakers. (Just roll up the bottoms a bit) And nix the choker to keep it day-time appropriate. At night, heels, pearl earringsa choker and a statement ring to spice things up!

What are your weekend essentials? A soft n’ slouchy sweater? A pair of stretchy leggings? Sneakers? Shop mine from I.N.C. International Concepts by scrolling up to the top and clicking the pink links!

Xo, Stephanie

[Thank you I.N.C. International Concepts for sponsoring this post!]

Cluse To My Heart

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

BLOUSE: Maje – similar/SKORT: Maje – similar here and here/BLAZER: H&M/HEELS: (c/o) Shopbop – more options here/TOTE: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/EARRINGS: (c/o) BaubleBar/WATCH: (c/o) Cluse

As women, we’re programmed to take care of others. Whether that be your significant other, a sick family member, your bestie who’s going through, like, the world’s WORST breakup, your startup, whatever – we don’t concentrate enough on ourselves. Then we do stupid things like seek validation in others for the love we don’t have.

Listen. You and I both know that deep down inside, we can’t fully love someone else until we love ourselves first. Not to be super emotional or anything but many women (including me) know what it’s like to not put “love myself” on my to-do list and instead run around like a crazy person ticking everything off that list until they ultimately crash and burn. No bueno.

Along my path to learn more about myself and work on being a better person, I discovered the importance of this. Not because Oprah told me to. Or my mom. But because I literally crashed and burned from working way too much. To the point where I knew something had to change.

I know I’ve talked about this – and continue – to talk about this SO much because it’s a topic close to my heart…

So now, I do something everyday that’s solely for me. Lately, that means taking dance classes. Or buying myself something special, like a beautiful new watch.

To you, this might look like getting a massage. Or soaking in a hot bubble bath while reading a new book. Or practice saying no. Or asking your best friend to list 10 things they love about you…

If you’re aspiring to do something big one day – chances are, you’re super busy and want to do it. I get it. Been there. Still there. Just don’t crash and burn. Especially on a day that celebrates love, Valentine’s Day! Take time for yourself. Do something extra special. Buy the watch. (Side note, I adore the one I’m wearing in today’s look! It’s from Cluse and it’s PINK!)

And above all, remember that the love you want is already inside of you. You just need to embrace it. <3

Xo, Stephanie

[Thank you Cluse for sponsoring this post!]

Petites-Only

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

TRENCH, MILITARY SHIRT, JEANS: (c/o) Express/HEELS: similar here/SCARF: similar here/TOTE: love this one too!

Good morning! I’m happy (more so than usual) for two reasons. First, I started my morning with a cappuccino from one of my favorite French bakeries in West Palm Beach, Paneterie. And two, because Express has finally launched a petite line! Yes, yes, YAS!

When people ask how tall I am on Instagram, I usually say “5’3 + some” when really I’m like barely 5’2 after a good yoga class. In pictures, I look tall (#angles guys) but in real-life, I’m small. Really small. Like bite-sized. I blame it on dancing my entire life because my dad (who, by the way is celebrating a birthday today!) is 6’2. My brother is 6’3. My sister is 5’6. WHAT HAPPENED.

Two weeks ago, while shopping for a new outfit for a conference in Ft. Lauderdale (which, for those of you wondering, it went amazing! Totally got over my fear of public speaking.) the store associate asked me what size I was. I told her, “the smallest you have.” She proceeded to pull a couple options. And without trying them on, I already knew. “They won’t fit,” I said. “I know which designers run big and small and those unfortunately, won’t fit my frame.” #sadface

Anyways, you would think this would make my life somewhat easier because “technically” I can fit into anything. But nope. It’s not. Shopping is next to impossible for me. Either I end up altering everything I buy or shop at stores that carry petite sizing.

Express is one of those stores you always visit when you go to the mall. Because it’s trendy. It’s affordable. They carry pieces you can wear again and again. For as long as I can remember, I’ve shopped there. BUT with limited options to choose from. Today that changes! Anyone 5’4 and under (like moi) will finally be able to purchase trousers that don’t need alterations. #amen

To celebrate, I’m sharing a few of my favorites, courtesy of their new Petite Collection.

I typically roll up the bottoms of my jeans to show off my heels (and to quickly alter a long pair of jeans) but I’ve already worn these unrolled with sneakers. They’re cute and comfy. And make my derrière look amazing.

Made of extra soft material, this military shirt looks great with a scarf (as pictured) or layered over a vintage concert tee for a relaxed weekend look. I love how effortless it is.

And this trench. No alterations needed. It’s sleek and timeless and has a removable sash, all perfectly positioned for ladies 5’4 and under.

Click here to see more from their Petite Collection and as always, click the pink links to shop today’s look!

Au revoir!

Xo, Stephanie

[Thank you Express for sponsoring this post!]

Sunrise to Sunset  

[Chelsae Anne | Photographer]

Lately, my schedule has been filled with work at local coffee shops, fashion events and nights out in Palm Beach. I thought, just for fun, I’d share with you what I would wear to all three of these occasions. And how jewelry plays a big part in styling each look!

Go-to Off-Duty Work Look

TEE, BLAZER, JEANS, SANDALS: H&M/TOTE: Nordstrom/NECKLACE, BRACELETS: (c/o) BaubleBar

I love working from home but sometimes it’s nice to change things up, especially if you live in a studio apartment. So, once a week, I force myself to work out of a coffee shop where I’ll spend several hours answering emails, writing or researching trends. Not only does working out of a coffee shop help stimulate creativity and combat writer’s block (which I fall victim to every now and then), but it allows me to see friends and meet new people.

Trust me, I get it. For most, this isn’t considered a traditional “work” look. But for me, it is! As a blogger, it’s important to have killer personal style – at all times. Plus, I’m a firm believer that what a person wears can affect the way they feel and act. So, jeans, blazer and a t-shirt tend to be my go-to outfit.

I believe jewelry should always reflect your mood, just like clothing! Sometimes I love stacking on bracelets and rings, while other times I prefer a dainty necklace and studs. But since this look is pretty casual, I needed some extra oomph so I added the Ariadne Bib and the Quasar Bracelets from BaubleBar to elevate it. And voilà! Instantly, it goes from “bland” to “blogger-approved.”

One of the easiest ways to dress up a t-shirt is to throw on a big chunky necklace. And lately, I’m all about embracing silver metal. This one lends a vintage feel to it. How cool is the pendant?!

My stacked bracelets can be worn as shown or mixed with gold, like a gold watch or simple gold bangle. Trust me, mixing metals can look very polished if done correctly.

Aside from both pieces adding luxe to my look, I looove how versatile they are. Yes, statement jewelry can be versatile! They can be worn casually or together with a sleek black gown and heels. Both looks are just as stunning.

How I Dress to Impress at Local Fashion Events with Industry Insiders  

SWEATER: J.Crew/BLOUSE, DENIM SKIRT: H&M/SANDALS: (c/o) Moda Operandi/TOTE: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/EARRINGS, NECKLACE, BRACELET: (c/o) BaubleBar

For me, local fashion events are a great way to show others what my personal style is all about. I tell myself, less is more, when putting together an outfit. It took a long time for me to learn that I did not have to conform to the norm and dress outlandish to be memorable. I just needed to be me.

At heart, my style is pretty classic. I love trends, but I always go back to timeless pieces like a simple sweater or a denim skirt. As I mentioned, I try to accessorize in a way that compliments my outfit and doesn’t take away from – me! There’s nothing more distracting than a dangly bracelet or a tacky necklace.

A beautiful pair of earrings can enrich and enliven the most basic look. This pair, the Aleeza Drops, are a fun twist on an classic accent – pearls! Plus, they’re in direct line of vision of anyone I talk to, which I always consider before a big fashion event. To me, they feel elegant and sophisticated.  

The Syndown Bracelet and the Milkyway Necklace were the ideal partners for this classic look so I popped my collar and rolled up my sleeves to subtly show them off!  

You don’t need a ton of accessories to give your style personality. A beautiful earring, a dainty necklace and a simple gold bracelet work for this look. Subtle pieces that reflect who I am and act as an extension of my wardrobe…

Night out in Palm Beach!

DRESS: (c/o) Shopbop – more options here/SANDALS: (c/o) Shopbop – more options here/NECKLACE, EARRINGS, RING: (c/o) BaubleBar

The best time to visit Palm Beach is between October and March, also known as “season” here. The weather fluctuates between mid-60s and high 80s. During this time, Palm Beach is flooded with northerners. There are endless parties. Charity events. Functions. You name it. It’s sooo much fun!

With each event, I consider the vibe I’m going for. I wanted something flirty and playful since it’s still relatively warm outside so I went with a little red dress for this look. Doesn’t it remind you of Emma Stone’s character in La La Land?!

An open neckline is the perfect opportunity to highlight a glitzy accent, like this Alexandria Necklace. I styled it with striped Concordia Crispin Drops in black and white to work a little pop into my look. And the Crystal Mason Ring to add some pizzazz and sparkle!

It’s no secret that I love accessories. You guys know this! It’s an essential component of an outfit. Jewelry plays a big part in how I present myself every day. A statement necklace acts as an ideal accessory for a casual off-duty look. Beautiful earrings add sophistication to a classic outfit. And playful details, like a shimmery gold necklace and striped drop earrings, turn a simple red dress into a fresh look…  

Visit BaubleBar.com, one of my favorite destinations for jewelry, for more inspiration or to shop the accessories featuring in today’s looks!

Xo, Stephanie

[Thank you BaubleBar for sponsoring this post!]

Shop, Don’t Stop!


[Chelsae Anne | Photographer]

BLOUSE: (c/o) The Kooples via Sawgrass Mills – this one is cool, too!/JEANS: Love these!/BLAZER: (c/o) Citizen’s Mark/HAT, SATCHEL, BOOTIES: (c/o) Sole Society

Earlier this week, I met with a friend for coffee in Palm Beach. Our date was first thing in the morning so naturally, I rushed to get ready because I’m not a morning person. I figured afterwards I would stop by some of my favorite consignment stores to see what’s new. Side note, Palm Beach is known for having some of the BEST consignment stores in the country.

As I parked my car, I paused and assessed my outfit. “Hmm,” I thought “doesn’t feel 100% me.” You could clearly tell I rushed to get ready. Which, I get it, is A-OK in some situations. But not if you live in a small town like me. And you’re a “fashion” blogger. Every time I leave my apartment, I say hi to someone – whether it be my neighbor, friend, former client – you can’t hide in a small town like West Palm Beach.

Feeling a little embarrassed, I rushed back home after our coffee date and changed. And this what I put together! I liked it so much, I decided to shoot it (and, while I was at it, do some more shopping… yes, I’m a #shopaholic. Not sorry.)

I wore a silk blouse with distressed denim. My booties, hat and satchel are from Sole Society.

My suede booties are the kind of shoes you can wear every single day, no matter the occasion. My hat is the perfect thing to wear when you want to hide from girlfriends (which I’m sure you all do when you’ve found the perfect accessory on SALE, like this vintage Céline scarf, and you want the rest of the sale bin all to yourself). Don’t worry, Sole Society has a great selection of scarves too. Click here for more!

And my satchel? Well. It’s perfect. Classic and structured. Elegant; great for everyday wear. Did I mention how roomy it is? Yep. Just snap open the accordion sides to accommodate your impulse purchase of like, ten vintage scarves and you’re good to go. At least they were on sale!

The thought process behind this look? A group of must-have items (e.g. the perfect blazer, the coolest hat, the best-fitting pair of jeans you can’t live without, the comfiest booties) that give an off-duty look that’s super appropriate for shopping in Palm Beach and/or hiding running from into a friend. It’s fashion-forward without trying too hard.

Shop today’s fab-u-lous accessories from Sole Society below! Happy Saturday everyone!

Xo, Stephanie