For The Dreamers

Idalia Baudo Collection - The Style Bungalow

Idalia Baudo Collection - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

DRESS: (c/o) Chicwish/CUFF, BRACELET (here and here), STATEMENT RING, EARRINGS: (c/o) Idalia Baudo Jewelry/HEELS: more options here/BAG: (c/o) Neiman Marcus

Ditching the corporate life to run a small business is no cake walk. And it’s most certainly not as sexy as people think it is. You invest an incredible amount of time, hard work, money and passion into your dream with the hope of it taking off one day. You struggle with work/life balance. Have trouble turning “it” off at night. And feel like you’re running a marathon – more like the Iron Man. Not a sprint.

Before I get into tonight’s post, I just want to say that I feel unbelievably blessed to do what I do. While I don’t have a small business, I’m very familiar with the emotions of pursuing a dream. Starting a blog has been an incredible journey for me. And I think it’s exactly where I’m meant to be. But it wasn’t easy getting here!

Anyways, I’m often surprised when people I talk to interested in pursuing their dreams say, “I wish” or “someday I’ll do it… it’s just not the right time.”

Idalia Baudo Collection - The Style Bungalow

Meet: Idalia Baudo. Local jewelry designer. Miracle worker. Dreamer. Mompreneur. And a dear friend of mine who decided to go after her dreams and make it happen after her father passed away from lung cancer.

Since launching her line, Idalia has taken off – fast. And having a family has never slowed her down. She’s made a name for herself in Palm Beach as a leading designer and frequently works with bloggers (like yours truly – click here to see last year’s post wearing her jewelry!) and other trendy boutiques on a regular basis.

She’s also very humble. And shy to talk about herself and her vast achievements. So, I’m going to take it over from here – and talk about her jewelry tonight. Because I think it’s fantastic. And glamourous. And I think you guys will feel the same after seeing more…

Idalia Baudo Collection - The Style Bungalow

Everything is handcrafted in Italy using silver and gold mesh (it’s super lightweight), sterling silver and/or 21k gold vermeil. Her price points range from $65 to $320, meaning both you, your bestie, mom, sister, whomever – can wear this line. It’s also classic, timeless and exquisitely made.

One of my faaavorite pieces from her collection is this sparkly Fiora Mesh Cocktail Ring. I’ve worn it with everything from dresses to jeans to swimsuits. Click here for more rings!

Idalia Baudo Collection - The Style Bungalow

Idalia Baudo Collection - The Style Bungalow

I’m also wearing a stack of bracelets that include the Allegra Gold Mesh Bracelet, the Stella Gold Mesh Cuff (another favorite) and the Muse Gold Cuff from her newest collection. All bracelets are daring enough to wear alone, or dainty enough to wear stacked on top of one another.

Idalia Baudo Collection - The Style Bungalow

Idalia, who is originally from Krakow (yes, #AmericanDream), says she is who she is because of her father. A creative force whose giving nature and kind personality taught her to realize life wasn’t always perfect. A spirit that lives on in everything she does as a wife, mom, business owner, friend and dreamer.

I think there’s something to be said about following your dreams. Inevitably, you’ll face challenges. It won’t be perfect. You might second guess yourself because you have a family. Responsibilities like a job. Or be scared.

But thinking you need to have the perfect timing, the perfect moment, the perfect idea will act as a road block. And distance you from your dream. Because there’s no such thing as the “perfect timing.”

Take it from Idalia who took a leap of faith and went for it. Look where she is today…

Idalia Baudo Collection - The Style Bungalow

For more information about Idalia’s jewelry, click here or scroll up and click the pink links above. And as always, thank you for stopping by!

Xo, Stephanie

COVET or LOVE IT

Neiman Marcus Last Call Sale - The Style Bungalow

Neiman Marcus Last Call Sale - The Style Bungalow

Neiman Marcus Last Call Sale - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photographer]

COVET -> SWEATER, BUTTON DOWN BLOUSE, MULES, BAG: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/SKIRT – similar here, here and here

You see it. Want it. Need it. Have to have it like ASAP. One problem. The price tag.

I get it.

Neiman Marcus Last Call Sale - The Style Bungalow

That’s why today’s post is for you. I’m showing you how you can get today’s look from Neiman Marcus, with similar items for slightly less thanks to their Last Call sale (that ends Friday, by the way. Yes, to be safe – keep your credit card next to you from this point on.)

Neiman Marcus Last Call Sale - The Style Bungalow

I’m a big fan of the color red. It’s a color that transitions from winter to spring. My oversized sweater is from Vince. I paired it with a silk button down from Equipment. In my opinion, both items (ok, more like this entire look) are worth the splurge but if you’re looking for something less pricey – consider these pieces on sale.

LOVE IT…

Tory Burch and Palm Beach go together like coffee and donuts. Like tacos and Tuesdays. Like me and shopping. I personally love her brand. Always have. These embroidered mules from her latest collection have flower-stitched leather and are punctuated with colorful pom-poms and tassels. How fun! They are lightly padded for comfort and have a high block heel that’s surprisingly super easy to wear.

Neiman Marcus Last Call Sale - The Style Bungalow

Neiman Marcus Last Call Sale - The Style Bungalow

Neiman Marcus Last Call Sale - The Style Bungalow

Like traveling light? So do I. This cross body, also by Tory Burch, is light, provides easy access to belongings. It strikes the perfect balance of style and utility.

Ok, so these pieces are definitely full-price but if you like them, you might also like these:

Neiman Marcus Last Call Sale - The Style Bungalow

I styled my sweater with a leather skirt (that was purchased a million years, ironically on sale). Here are a couple options that are similar (and way cuter!):

So there you have it! Definitely take advantage of Neiman’s Last Call sale because it’s ending soon and there are SO many great designer pieces on sale right now.

Neiman Marcus Last Call Sale - The Style Bungalow

Xo, Stephanie

Shop today’s look below!

Just Get a Gigi

Gigi New York - The Style Bungalow

Gigi New York - The Style Bungalow

Gigi New York - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photographer]

CLUTCH + CROSSBODY: (c/o) Gigi New York

Handbags are a necessity. Not just an accessory. #snapsnap

Every woman needs a good one. A bag that’s fashionable. Durable. Stylish. Convenient. And big enough to tote around a little bit of everything wherever they go – phones, keys, wallets, makeup, sunglasses, extra pair of heels, entire kitchen sink. Or if you’re like me, hold the bare minimum.

Gigi New York - The Style Bungalow

But with so many brands out there, how do you narrow it down to a good one?

Last year while working with a client on a new wardrobe, I suggested she check out Gigi New York for handbags. I didn’t own a Gigi bag at the time. But I knew the quality was great from blogger friends who were obsessed with them so I felt comfortable enough suggesting it to her. She glanced at the site. Fell in love with a couple options. And next thing you know, another diehard fan. 

Gigi New York - The Style Bungalow

Gigi’s leather comes from some of the best suppliers in the world. Their bags and accessories are timeless. Their colors are fresh and vibrant. And their price points are affordable (low to mid hundreds) considering the quality is on par with luxury bags that have price tags with commas in them. Seriously. You can find everything from streamlined shoulder bags to leather hobos to one-of-a-kind natural haircalf clutches within their line. There’s bound to be a dream bag in there for you somewhere! (Mine happens to be this rose python crossbody!)

Gigi New York - The Style Bungalow

But that’s not all Gigi New York handbags are good for – they’re also super easy to style. One of the brands most popular designs is the “All In One” clutch – an elegant bag offered in so many different colors that can easily transition from day-to-night. Today (yes, today!) they released their latest line, resort. And this multicolored Havana clutch is from the new collection. I mean, isn’t it totes cute?! Check out more options here.

Gigi New York - The Style Bungalow

Gigi New York - The Style Bungalow

Having said all of this, let’s shift our attention back to – finding a good brand. One surefire way to find a good bag is to start with the quality of the materials. You’ll also want to find good construction and a versatile design – something that can be worn season to season. I also look for color. A pop of color is more versatile than a neutral like, black or tan. Color can be worn with all colors. Whereas black should be worn with black. Tan with tan. Etc.

Gigi New York - The Style Bungalow

Gigi New York - The Style Bungalow

Whatever your handbag intentions may be, definitely check out Gigi New York’s selection. It’s a brand that meets all of my bag requirements! Ay… and besides, a woman can never have too many bags. Right?! #duh

Xo, Stephanie

New Year Drill!

Marshalls - Activewear - The Style Bungalow

Marshalls - Activewear - The Style Bungalow

Marshalls - Activewear - The Style Bungalow

Marshalls - Activewear - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

DESIGNER JACKET, TEE, SPORTS BRA, LEGGINGS, SNEAKERS, YOGA MAT, KETTLE BALL: (c/o) Marshalls

You know the drill. Every new year you make a promise to get back in shape. If you’re eager to succeed this year, keep reading today’s post!

I’m no personal trainer but I’m definitely a fitness geek. I love being active. I have a ton of energy! I use exercising as a way to calm myself down and clear my mind. My motivation to workout is not to look a certain way. I do it because I need to! #formerhyperactivechild

Marshalls - Activewear - The Style Bungalow

My motto has always been, do something active once a day. Whether that’s a long walk, working out at the gym, taking dance or yoga classes, I aim to get up, get out and push my body at least once a day. If I can’t, I try to workout at least 4-5 times a week.

Marshalls - Activewear - The Style Bungalow

Marshalls - Activewear - The Style Bungalow

I start my workouts with a light stretch. If I overdo it, my muscles will feel too loose and wonky. So I just focus on arms, legs and a light back stretch. That’s it.

Marshalls - Activewear - The Style Bungalow

Marshalls - Activewear - The Style Bungalow

Marshalls - Activewear - The Style Bungalow

Then I run. I run 20 minutes to get my heart pumping and to warm my body up (you can also warm your body up by wearing layers the first couple minutes of your workout, like this designer jacket from Marshalls). I listen to gangsta rap (yes, that’s right) to help tune out my thoughts. Everyone seems to laugh when they discover this about me. Whatever, who cares! I know people who listen to classical music when they workout. I recommend listening to music that motivates you! Don’t worry about what others think.

Marshalls - Activewear - The Style Bungalow

After I run, I’m ready to lift weights. When I say lift weights, I mean do a “cardio circuit.” It’s a great boredom buster, especially for me. It’s also what works best with my body. As a former professional dancer, I’ve tried every workout under the sun. This approach is my favorite. Consult with a professional trainer to determine what’s right for you.

Marshalls - Activewear - The Style Bungalow

Marshalls - Activewear - The Style Bungalow

I focus on one area – legs, arms, back and stomach. Or do a full-body workout if I’m feeling super energized that day. I choose three moves with weights (usually between 10 to 25 pounds) and perform each move for 40 seconds. In between each move, I rest for 20 seconds. Here’s an example of one circuit:

.40 seconds of squats

.40 seconds of kettle ball swings

.40 seconds of jump squats

I repeat this circuit three times. Then, I do two more circuits. Like this:

.40 seconds of single-leg raises

.40 seconds of wide leg squats (or what I like call, grande plies)

.40 seconds of jumping lunges

Repeat three times.

.40 seconds of single leg jumps

.40 seconds of full kick-ups

.40 seconds of burpees

Repeat three times.

Marshalls - Activewear - The Style Bungalow

After doing this for about 30 minutes, I’m spent. To calm myself down, I do 7 minutes of something – can be biking, walking uphill or jogging.

Marshalls - Activewear - The Style Bungalow

Then, I stretch for a LONG time. To me, this is the most important part of my workout. Since I’m quite petite and prefer a long, lean look – I stretch for 10-20 minutes. I wear comfortable clothing, like these designer leggings from Marshalls, so that I can move freely while I stretch.

Marshalls - Activewear - The Style Bungalow

And there you have it! That’s my workout plan.

Need some inspiration to get moving? Stop by your local Marshalls to pick up new workout gear. From yoga mats to sporty tanks to comfy sneakers, they have everything you need to look super stylish at the gym this new year!

Xo, Stephanie

[Thank you Marshalls for sponsoring this post!]

Je Ne Sais Quoi

Je Ne Sais Quoi - The Style Bungalow

Je Ne Sais Quoi - The Style Bungalow

Je Ne Sais Quoi - The Style Bungalow

Je Ne Sais Quoi - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

BLOUSE, PANTS, BAG: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/HEELS: (c/o) Shopbop – more options here/EARRINGS: Here

A couple years ago, a friend of mine from Paris taught me the phrase, “je ne sais quoi” in French. I repeated it. He giggled (because my accent was terrible) and said I was cute for trying. “What does it mean,” I asked. “I don’t know what,” he said with a coy smile.

Confused, I did a quick Google search on my phone and found (according to the good ole’ internet) that it meant, “a pleasant quality that is hard to describe.” Vague, right? I asked him again. He said, “it meant something special. A woman with je ne sais quoi stands out. Not because of what she’s wearing or how pretty she is but because of her personality. Her presence. Her wit. Her confidence. Her style and sophistication.”

From then on whenever someone would ask if I knew how to speak French, I would shrug my shoulders and respond with “je ne sais quoi.” Smile. Wink. Awkward pause. It was the only phrase (aside from simple ballet terms) in French that I knew.

Recently, this happened again. A friend asked if I knew French. I said what I said. He paused. Looked down. Giggled. And said, “that’s you my dear.”

I went home that night and thought, I get that it means a special quality and blah, blah, blah, but it can also refer to anything… aside from the way a woman walks and talks, right? Not quite, according to my research.

Je Ne Sais Quoi - The Style Bungalow

Je Ne Sais Quoi - The Style Bungalow

Je Ne Sais Quoi - The Style Bungalow

Je Ne Sais Quoi - The Style Bungalow

Let’s flashback like eight years ago when I was dancing professionally for a small ballet company. At the time, there were 6 trainees (the equivalent of an apprentice) in the company. I was one of them. Every quarter we would have these stupid evaluations where they would pull in management and critique us – one by one. It was awful. We all dreaded these evaluations. Every time I would walk into mine, I would nearly pass out from anxiety. Why? Because only 2 trainees would be promoted at the end of the season. The rest – laid off.

Je Ne Sais Quoi - The Style Bungalow

I walked into my last critique knowing that this was it. This was the day I would find out what would happen next in my ballet career. (For those of you who are having a hard time following, just watch the movie Center Stage and this will all make sense.) Management said, (I’ll never forget it because it stung), “Stephanie. Your technique is… OK. Your body… still needs work. But you have something special. We can’t put our finger on it. There’s something special about you.”

I’ll spare you the details of what happened next because it’s painful. I’m happy to report that I did, in fact, get laid off. No contract for me. Which, in hindsight was a good thing. At the time, it sucked. Bad. Like really bad. SPECIAL?! I’m special?!!! Obviously not special enough to get a contract! as I cried myself to sleep for days not knowing what to do next. My life was over.

It took many years for me to fully understand what was said in that evaluation that day. I frequently look back at it. A turning point in my life. The end of my ballet career and the start of something incredible. In hindsight, a moment I’m forever grateful for because it taught me an important lesson.

Je Ne Sais Quoi - The Style Bungalow

You do not need to be perfect. Pretty. Have the best body. The best feet. Turnout. Extension. Hair. Or whatever you think you lack in order to stand out. You just need to be different. I don’t know… have a special trait about you that makes you unforgettable. A je ne sais quoi quality.

And that alone, will take you further in life.

Xo, Stephanie

Je Ne Sais Quoi - The Style Bungalow

Je Ne Sais Quoi - The Style Bungalow

P.S. I’m taking my first ballet class (it’s been years) this week. I’ve been taking hip hop to get back into dancing. But no ballet. This week, that’s changing. 🙂 Hello 2017.

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

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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.

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