How to Relax After Work

[Chelsae Anne | Photographer]


Last year, feeling tense and worn out all the time because all too common for me. I never gave myself the me time I needed. So this year, I put me at the top of my list and made sure to carve out small moments in my day to take a break and relax. Which is why I was inspired to share today’s post.

I brought on friend and fellow yogi, Kate McCabe, to help share some quick pick-me-ups that anyone can do at home. Kate’s a yoga teacher in West Palm Beach, nutritionist, holistic life blogger behind Solful Health and super busy, just like mwa.

The FIRST thing you want to do is change into comfy clothing. Swap out that pencil skirt for some leggings, like this pair from Crane + Lion (they’re also high waisted and make your legs/tummy/tush look amaze) then throw on a sports bra + easy tee. Do this so you can move freely.

Tree Pose

First and foremost. Stop thinking. You can’t balance on one leg if you’re thinking about your to-do list.

Keep your breathing slow and steady. Shift your weight to one leg. Bring the opposite leg to your ankle, calf or inner thigh (avoid your knees) and place your hands heart center. Hold for 5 breathes. Switch.

Toe Pose

As a former ballerina, I love doing this pose! I hold so much tension in my feet. Especially since I’m usually running around in heels. This one’s a must for me.

But did you know an imbalance can travel all the way up to your back and shoulders? Yep. That’s why this one’s a good one.

Kneel. Tuck your toes under your tush. Keep all 10 toes on the ground (that’s the hard part) and breathe deeply. Stay for about 10-15 breathes. Then when you’re done, place your hands out in front of you to shake out the tops of your feet. 

Forward Fold

Have lower back pain? Do a forward fold. They’re great for taking pressure off your lower back + reducing tension in your neck and shoulders.

With both legs straight, reach down and grab your calves, ankles or toes. Whatever is easier for you. Feel free to bend your knees if you’re hamstrings are tight.

Breathe deeply for a few minutes. And feel that physical and emotional stress melt away.

Child’s Pose

This one’s my favorite. It helps stretch your hips, ankles and shoulders. You can place both knees underneath you (beginner) or separate your knees for a deeper hip stretch (advanced). Place your forehead on the ground. Stretch your arms out. And hangout for a couple minutes. Ahhhhh….


By far, the hardest part of relaxing is meditating. Being a former hyperactive child + professional dancer, I have LOTS of energy. But doing so helps calm my mind, wind down and relax. So you should too!

Throw on some soothing music if need be. Find a comfy spot (can be outside or near the end of your bed). Sit up nice and tall. Rest your palms (I have my palms up to help ground me). Soften your shoulders. Close your eyes. And take slow, long deep breathes in. Stay for 1-10 mins. Every time your mind wanders, bring it back to your breath.

There you go! Those are some of my favorite poses to do after a long day at work.

AND definitely check out Crane + Lion for activewear. Everything pictured in this post was from their newest collection. Talk about great prices and outstanding (yes, outstanding) quality.

Xo, Stephanie

Hey Fancy Pants

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]


Finding pants is always quite the adventure for me. I’ll try on hundreds. Yes, hundreds! Looking for the perfect pair. Searching for answers. Solutions. Anything! To fit my petite frame because I adore wearing pants. Like everyone else. Preferably, no-alternations-needed pants.

Fun fact: (important) Most brands use fit models to base their measurements. Those fit models tend to represent the largest number of consumers. So if you’re like me (or 90% of the population that tends to fall outside the range of “average fit”) you won’t be able to buy something “straight off the rack” in a XS, S, M or L and have it fit perfectly. You’ll need a good tailor. And while I’m a huge proponent for getting things tailored, sometimes it’s nice to buy pants that fit.

I first discovered this when I met a fit model from Vancouver at my best friend’s wedding. She had a beautiful body! 5’7. Healthy. Long legs. Strong yet lean. She represented the “small” category.

Wait what? Sometimes I wear small! And I’m like 5’2 (after a good yoga class).

Insert Ann Taylor.

Here’s what I love about Ann Taylor pants. They have a TON of cuts and sizes to choose from. Meaning, just about anyone shopping for pants – like yours truly – can walk in and more or less, find a pair of pants that fit. Like really well.

Some quick tips (because I hear Ann Taylor’s offering 50% off everything + free shipping!):

Look for pants that create the illusion of a higher (more perky) tush. You’ll also want pants that have a lower knee break because this tends to elongate your legs.

Petite? Wear heels (like this red pair!). Have a long torso? Avoid low rise pants. Love stripes? Great. Vertical stripes will make your legs look longer and slimmer. Not sure? Don’t worry. I recommend ordering two or three styles, trying them on and returning the ones that don’t fit. (Or keep them all!)

Oh, and for those who asked last week! This is indeed the same scarf I mentioned! And the same earrings. And the same bangle + rings! All from Ann Taylor!

Shop tonight’s look below! Before the sale ends!

Xo, Stephanie

Three years today…

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

WEARING: TEE, HEELS (similar), EARRINGS: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/JEANS: more options here/BAG: (c/o) Frances Valentine/HAIR TIE: more options here

It’s amazing how quickly time flies when you’re having fun. Yesterday as I was mindlessly shopping for groceries, it dawned on me. “OH. MY. GOODNESS. Today’s March 19. Tomorrow’s my blog anniversary!” I paused. Took a second to reflect. Smiled. And felt a tear roll down my cheek.

Realizing I was awkwardly gazing into a piece of raw chicken, I pulled myself together. Checked out and jumped into my car to see what was next on my to-do list. (Sunday’s are for errands.) One more task. Fax application, it read. I had to fax my application to register my blog as a new business in the state of Florida. Never thought I would be saying that.

For whatever reason, this anniversary seems more symbolic than the other two. I guess it’s because I started this blog from nothing (literally… nothing) in hopes of turning it into a small business that would allow me to do what I love every day. Write about fashion. Who knew this space I created online to share my ideas about style, life, inspiration, and advice would turn into something bigger than I could have ever imagined. And above all, push me in ways that three years ago felt really uncomfortable to me.

I’ll never forget the exact moment I told a trusted friend that I wanted to start a blog. At the time, I was going through one of the most difficult periods of my life. A time where I lacked confidence in my decisions and above all, in myself. I was lonely. Desperate for a change at 25. So the thought of putting myself out there + starting a blog felt terrifying. Actually, scratch that. It felt debilitating. I. Did. Not. Like. Being. Vulnerable.

“Cool. Go for it,” she said. Not putting much thought into her words. I said, “ok” and as scary as that sounded (out loud) something inside of me felt like it was the right move. I refused to continue feeling icky about my life. I wanted to change it. I wanted to get over my fears of being vulnerable. And knew this was the way to do it.

So I started The Style Bungalow…

And it took off.

I’m a firm believer that when things are meant to be, they happen. Doors open. No matter what. And that’s exactly what happened. Four months into blogging, I was asked to be the brand ambassador for T.J. Maxx throughout the month of July (which entailed an all-expense paid trip to NYC + massive shopping spree + professional photo shoot with uber cool photographer + fast growth on Instagram). Ten months into blogging, I was shooting an in-store ad campaign for Marshalls (that appeared in every store throughout the country). Then opportunities with household names like Express, Kate Spade, Madewell, Vince Camuto, Rebecca Minkoff, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, etc. My first fashion week. Vogue Mexico. 50k on Instagram. Styling. Making it my full-time job. Trips. Youtube. My first RAW and open post about life. Feature in Coastal Living magazine. An appearance on Lifetime TV. Public speaking. Being a business owner. Like, woah… hold up.

I can’t tell you this process has been easy. In fact, it’s been (personally) very challenging for me. Why? Because every time I opened one of those awesome emails, I felt paralyzed with fear. Fear of the unknown.

Whether you’re thinking about staring a blog or a business or simply going through a tough time right now. I get you. Been there. Trust me, I don’t want to go back. Here’s what I can tell you though…

The Style Bungalow changed my life. Not because of the opportunities. But because I’ve grown tremendously as a person. As a woman. Just writing this – openly sharing my experience with thousands of people – is scary for me. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that fear keeps you from enjoying life to the fullest. From achieving success. From pursuing your dreams. From living a courageous life. And from growing.

Today I’m prepared more than ever for new and unexpected changes that come my way. I’m comfortable with pushing my boundaries in the future. I know I’ll never look back. I feel like I’m just getting started. And if there’s one thing I can do with The Style Bungalow – ONE THING – it’s to inspire you to do something scary. To be brave. And tell yourself that no matter what happens, you are still you and everything will be ok.

I promise…

(with my best friend Jen in NYC)

(10 months later…)

(American Eagle)

(Another ad campaign in the making…)

(Always taking things in. #petiteprobs)

(Lol, when ADD takes over during shoots…)

(First NYC Fashion Week)


(Another all-time favorite)


(With Rebecca Taylor)

(Back to Boston…)

(With Rebecca Minkoff)

(First time offering styling to readers…)

(Loved this shoot too…)

(Another all-time favorite for Jonathan Simkhai)



(Kate Spade)

(One of my most liked photos!)

(Hanging in Miami…)

(Chelsea and I loved this shoot too!)

(First time styling a shoot for a client.)


(Loved this look…)

(Second NYC Fashion Week.)

(This look was featured in Vogue Mexico, Elle and Refinery 29)


(Coastal Living magazine)

(Lifetime TV)

(Sharing my story… ugh, I HATE public speaking!)

(More faves…)

(First blog shoot with Chels)

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to all who have been on this crazy journey with me. Whether you’ve been here since Day 1 or this is your first time reading my blog – you’ve helped make my dreams come true. You’ve helped me grow as a person. I’m beyond thankful for that.

With lots of love today…

Xo, Stephanie

Beautiful Dreams

[Chelsae Anne | Photographer]

WEARINGSWEATER: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/SKIRT: more options here/BAG: (c/o) Frances Valentine/BOOTS: (c/o) Cole Haan/SUNNIESmore options here

Hey what’s up hello!

Thanks for coming back! I hope you guys enjoyed reading last night’s post on my hair. If you haven’t had the chance to see it, scroll down and check it out! It’s a good one. #hairflip

One of my all-time favorite quotes is, “Believe in yourself. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face… You must do that which you think you cannot do… The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” by a wonderful woman named Eleanor Roosevelt. At the time (not to get all history lesson here) she was the first lady during the second World War and America’s Great Depression. She said those words to inspire Americans to get over their fears and feelings of hopelessness and do something great.

To pursue your dreams takes an incredible amount of courage. And strength. We’ve all been through tough times (don’t pretend you haven’t). But there’s a good chance those struggles made you stronger. So, I guess you should be grateful for them. I know I am.

And now… it feels like you can do anything. Right?! You conquered your stupid fears. (Once upon a time, I was terrified at the thought of starting a blog. #shy) And succeeded.

With that, I’ll leave you with this (because the majority of today was spent ideating something great and scary and exciting all at the same time)… your future will only belong to you if you set out to create it. You have no idea what it holds. No clue. But I guarantee you, if you pursue things that are super scary and amazing and big and awesome, the best is yet to come my friend.

So… go for it.

Happy Monday everyone!

(And yes, my boots are on sale. Like major sale.)

Xo, Stephanie

So You Cut Your Hair…

[Chelsae Anne | Photographer]

WEARING: TOP: more options here/JEANS: more options here/HEELS: more options here

If there’s one question you guys ask, it’s about my hair! So today we’re talkin’ hair. This time with the help of my trusted hair stylist, Celeste, from Anushka Spa & Salon in West Palm Beach. Because let’s face it, hair is a huge part of our lives. [insert hair flip]

One of my biggest transformations happened when I cut my hair short. At first, to my collarbone. Then to my shoulders. Then to my chin. And now with bangs. Definitely in phases. But one thing has always remained the same, I believe hair, much like style (and life really) should be effortless. Easy. It should make sense. Same with your hair color (more on that here).

Naturally, my hair is bone straight. If I sleep with wet hair, I’ll wake up with perfectly straight hair. Growing up, I hated it. I wished I had curly hair. Now, I’ve learned to embrace it and how to style it. AND how to fake a natural, tousled look.

Here’s how I do it…

Start with clean, straight, dry hair. If you have fine, thick, curly or coarse hair, you’ll need to blow your hair out before you begin. Add in dollop of mouse for volume (if you have fine hair), or your favorite serum/oil for a smoother blowout (if you have curly/coarse hair).

Grab a 1-inch curling iron, like this one. You can also use a wand. (In the past, I used an inexpensive wand from Remington. Click here for more.) The goal is to create a loose feeling without curling the ends of your hair…

To do so, pinch a 1-inch section and curl your hair without clamping down on the ends. (If you’re using a wand, simply wrap your hair around the barrel and hold the ends with your fingers. And be sure to wear a protective glove.)

Continue to curl all over. Allowing for the pieces of curled hair to cool down. Remember: it doesn’t have to look perfect.

Once your curls are cooled down, grab some texturizing spray or dry shampoo and spritz the roots of your hair. We’re using Oribe texture spray here.

You’ll want to go section by section spritzing the roots of your hair… Try to avoid spraying the ends. If your hair is dry, use a spray with oil. That way it’s nourishing.

For a somewhat polished look, take a piece of hair and pin it behind one ear.

Or, shake it off! Shake it off! Using your hands, gently massage your roots and scrunch up the hair to mess it up and to create an effortless look. You can also do this by finger combing (suggested for fine hair).

Smooth out your hair with a little bit of hairspray. And voila! That’s how you do it. If you have fine hair like me, don’t wash your hair tomorrow! Throw in some dry shampoo and wear it messy to get that “just rolled out of bed” look. (What I do for blog shoots.)

A good hairstyle depends on a good haircut so definitely visit your stylist (or Celeste at Anushka!) to figure out what works best with your hair texture and face shape.

Newbies to Anushka – text: BLOWDRY to (561) 820-0500 for a special surprise!

Comment below if you have any questions! Happy Sunday!

Xo, Stephanie

[Thank you Anushka Spa & Salon for sponsoring this post!]

That Off-The-Shoulder Craze

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]


I know. I know. Another off-the-shoulder top from me. But guys, ever since this trend was called out a couple years ago, I’ve been SO obsessed. It seems only natural for me to feature another one!

Since its debut, OTS tops have evolved into so many different forms. Some have stripes. Pompoms. Some have cool stitching, like this one from I.N.C. International Concepts. Some come in a variety of silhouettes that are really cool, like with asymmetrical sleeves or peek-a-boo shoulders. Either way, it’s no longer just about showing off your shoulders – it’s about showing off your sense of style.

This blousy oversized OTS top is a statement piece on its own, and I love how you can dress it up or dress it down. Since accessories play a significant part in all my outfits (plus, I wanted to set myself apart with this look – let’s say at an event with industry insiders or at a night out with friends), I threw on a simple black and gold statement necklace with classic sandals and a black clutch (this one has the cutest tassel!).

To dress it down, opt for a denim mini skirt and espadrilles. You can also wear this top with a pair of high waisted shorts! Just be sure to offset the volume of this top with a little height in your shoes. Doesn’t have to be much – just enough to add some oomph.

Besides, it’s March. Spring is almost here (ummm… where did time go?!?!). It’s time to bare those shoulders, because this season is all about that! Whether you pair your favorite OTS top with denim jeans, an A-line skirt or opt for a dress, I.N.C. International Concepts has you somewhat covered in that department! 😉

Scroll up and click on the pink links to shop today’s look or click here for more options from I.N.C. International Concepts!

Xo, Stephanie

[Thank you I.N.C. International Concepts for sponsoring today’s post.]

Color(s) of Choice

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

WEARING: CROP TOP, SKIRT, EARRINGS: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/SANDALS: more options here


This weekend was fun. I stayed in Friday night. Woke up early Saturday. Grabbed a fresh cup of coffee. Knocked out a couple blog shoots Saturday morning. And wrapped up the day with my best friend watching funny movies and drinking way too much wine while talking about all the awful guys we used to date. (Yes, we have nicknames for each one too.)

I spent the first half of my Sunday in South Beach. The second half in Wynwood. Overall, a successful (and much needed) fun weekend down south…

Spending this weekend with friends from all walks of life (bloggers, besties, new friends, old friends, etc.) I have to say… I’m so lucky to be a part of this booming blogging industry and do what I love. I’m humbled by it and grateful for all the amazing opportunities it’s brought my way. The fashion… the flexibility… the creative freedom. Everything. Though, not a big blogger, I’m blessed to make this my living. And don’t take it for granted!

Sorry for the gushy-ness. Had to throw that in there!

Today I’m finally getting a chance to share this look (shot a while ago) from Alexis via Neiman Marcus. If you didn’t already know, I adore lace. And am currently having a love affair with all things pink and red (and all variations in between). Because those colors are feminine and bold and unabashed. Those colors are me.

I mean… I “like” other colors (I frequently wear blues and greens). They just don’t make the cut like pinks and reds do because they don’t suit my skin tone/hair color/penchant for all things girly. Pink and red are joyful colors. On trend for SS17. And hard to ignore.

I also love designer Alexis Barabara, who’s synonymous with luxurious South Florida living. Her designs are influenced by the beach, her travels and an effortlessly chic lifestyle. Basically, all things Style Bungalow… Her brand is delicate yet sophisticated, fashion forward and unquestionably fresh. One of my favorites. A designer I’ve featured many, many times on here.

For this look, I slipped on a pair of sandals with statement earrings to make an impact. And well… to head out with a bang, rather than a whisper…

Scroll up + click the pink links to shop today’s look! And as always, thank you for stopping by.


Xo, Stephanie

Sézane Essentials

[Chelsae Anne | Photographer]

BLOUSE, BELT, LOAFERS: (c/o) Sézane/JEANS: more options here/BAG: (c/o) Thacker NYCmore options here/EARRINGS: vintage/SUNNIES: more options here

You know it. I’ve talked about it. I’m obsessed with everything françois. From interiors to fashion to the culture, I admit. I’m a wannabe Frenchie at heart.

Hence today’s look. I recently added a couple pieces from Sézane to add a dash of Parisian-inspired style into my wardrobe. Think: the perfect white blouse. (There’s no such thing as too many.) A classic pair of loafers. Braided belt. Minimal bag. Slightly faded jeans. (You can’t go wrong with a pair of worn-in jeans.) With a hint of je ne sais quoi.

Words like “effortless” and “undone” come to mind. Everything feels… tres jolie.

Keepin’ today’s post short and sweet… Click the pink links for more inspiration.

And for those of you who love Sézane – check back this Sunday, Mar. 5 at 10AM (Paris time) to discover their latest collection.

Xo, Stephanie