Time to Experiment!

Lulus - The Style Bungalow

Lulus - The Style Bungalow

Lulus - The Style Bungalow

Lulus - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

SUEDE JACKET, BODYCON DRESS, BOOTIES, CLUTCH, CHOKER: (c/o) Lulus

Happy Election Day everyone! I hope you voted!

Yesterday I talked about why you should invest in a classic wardrobe. Today I’m talking about experimenting with style. Fashion is fun. There are endless possibilities. The key is to identify what suits you.

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What’s your style?

It’s taken me awhile to figure this out. I’ve tried it all. Boho-chic, eclectic, colorful and bold, modern and minimalistic, classic and so on. Looking back at my outfits, I cringe a little but don’t have any regrets. Why? Because style can be changed. And experimenting with it is OK. Even if you have a fashion blog.

Finding (and refining) personal style is not easy. But the one thing that has always remained important to me is my mood. If I’m feeling girly, I’ll throw on my favorite dress. If I’m feeling lazy, I’ll throw on a baggy button-down. If I’m feeling sexy, I’ll throw on a LBD (“little black dress” for those of you living under a cave). If I’m in a big city, I’ll wear dark colors. If I’ve landed a big opportunity, I put on a blazer. You get the point.

Regardless of what life throws at me, you can more or less tell how I’m feeling with what I’m wearing. My mood tends to match my clothing… almost 99% of the time. And I think that it’s important to adapt your style while still being true to yourself. Don’t focus on what everyone else is wearing, that will only hinder your creativity. Continue to experiment with different shapes, fabrics, accessories and shoes. It all boils down to how it makes you feel. If it makes you feel confident, own it.

Lulus - The Style Bungalow

Lulus - The Style Bungalow

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Lulus - The Style Bungalow

Shop the classics:

In my opinion, the perfect wardrobe has a foundation of classics. Think: white button-down, great pants, the perfect skinny jean, classic bag, neutral heels, etc. Those pieces reflect your personality (and mood) the most and also, match your lifestyle. Let’s say, for an example, you’re interviewing for a job. Think about adding a sharp button-down to your wardrobe. Work in a casual environment? Consider a baggy button-down.

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Then, experiment:

Once you’ve built a foundation + figured out what mood you’re in, you can experiment by adding more on-trend pieces (just don’t spend too much) to play around with. Take for example, today’s look…

As you can see, I’m feeling edgy lately. I don’t normally wear tight clothing but wanted to experiment so I went with this look from Lulus (great site for those of you looking to experiment with trends). Everything I’m wearing is super affordable. Enough for me to buy, try and play around with for the fall/winter season.

My dress cost $42. Can you believe it? My jacket is under $100. And my leather booties are so fun. So far, I’ve taken each item and worn them separately with many other items. It’s been fun to channel a vampy vibe!

Lulus - The Style Bungalow

Lulus - The Style Bungalow

In sum:

Fashion is fun. There are so many possibilities. By staying true to yourself + building a wardrobe foundation (every now and then, experimenting with different trends), you will express who you truly are! And that, my fashionable friends, never goes out of style.

To shop today’s vampy look from Lulu’s, scroll to the top of this post and click on the links!

Xo, Stephanie

New Necessities

Classic Pants by A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz - The Style Bungalow

Classic Pants by A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz - The Style Bungalow

Classic Pants by A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz - The Style Bungalow

Classic Pants by A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

TOP, PANTS: (c/o) A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz/BAG, HEELS: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/CHOKER: (c/o) Bauble Bar

Growing up, I can confidently say that there may have been one (or two, or three, or fifteen… ok, more like fifty) instances where I spent a substantial amount of my paycheck on clothes. I mean, who hasn’t?! We’ve all done it. And if you haven’t? Mad props to you.

Around the time my disposable income grew (i.e. I got a better job), I stopped buying a ton of things from fast-fashion stores every weekend and instead, invested in a few pieces that I knew would last me a long time. I would choose one item a month on which I would spend slightly more… like classic pinstripe pants or a timeless bag or a great top or a killer piece of jewelry.

I would also ask myself questions like, “am I buying this just because it’s on sale?” or “does this go with my current wardrobe?” or “do I have to rationalize this purchase?” when I shopped. Which helped. I learned that frivolously buying clothing (especially when you’re in your twenties) was always a bad idea. [Ladies, if this is you – just put those items back on the rack. You know who you are. Trust me, I feel your pain. But you’ll get through this. You will.]

Classic Pants by A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz - The Style Bungalow

Let me state, that I still have a strong window shopping addiction. And I still cave every now and then. Whatever. That’s why I have a blog. But now when I buy an investment piece, I wear it with pride knowing I made a wise decision. And that I shopped smart. Like a boss. Girl boss to be exact.

Classic Pants by A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz - The Style Bungalow

Classic Pants by A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz - The Style Bungalow

Classic Pants by A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz - The Style Bungalow

I’ve talked about this so many times on the blog! It’s important to build a classic wardrobe (first) then splurge on seasonal pieces after you’re feeling relatively comfortable financially (let’s say, by the time you’re in your late-twenties/early thirties). At this point, you’ll be able to have the freedom to buy whatever you want. And that’s totally ok. Trust me, taking this approach will save you from having buyer’s remorse. I promise.

Classic Pants by A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz - The Style Bungalow

Or, flip it around. Buy trendy items from fast fashion stores (more on this tomorrow) to experiment with. Splurge on classics. Like tonight’s look…

Classic Pants by A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz - The Style Bungalow

I’m wearing a classic pair of pants with an off-the-shoulder peplum top from A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz. Allen Schwartz, the designer behind this #smart look, creates clothing for women who love fashion, with quality fabrics, an attention to detail and with luxury design in mind. In sum, his clothing is worth it. His clothing is elegant. It’s classic yet contemporary. It’s season-less. It’s luxury on a budget. AKA it’s “Style Bungalow” approved without the super high-end price tag to match… #yasyasyas

To shop tonight’s look, click the links above! Or, browse more A.B.S. here.

Xo, Stephanie

Party Ready

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Dress

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Dress

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Dress

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

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

Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday! This morning I had a meeting to discuss a very exciting project (happening mid-November) so stay tuned for updates! It’s something that, to be honest, I never imagined doing! But I’m staying open to whatever life brings me and as I mentioned in my previous post, am doing things that take me out of my comfort zone to push me further in life. Ekk!

Side note, can you believe it’s November already? Time has flown by! And the holidays (gasp) are here. For those of you who love the holidays (like me), now is the best time to start planning your winter wardrobe. (In South Florida, “winter wardrobe” means long sleeves.) With a schedule stacked full of cocktail parties, charity functions, family gatherings, potential run-ins with ex-boyfriends friends you haven’t seen in years, you have to look great. Not sure where to start? Don’t fret! I’m here to guide you this season…

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Dress

To kick things off, I’ve decided to feature this dress by Alexis from Neiman Marcus. I love it because:

1.) It’s Alexis; she can do no wrong.

2.) It’s not a LBD.

3.) It’s party ready.

All you have to do is throw on some heels (option to add tights) to offset the shape of the dress, grab a cute bag and voila! That’s it. Bring on the champs!

Yes, I get it. The urge to accessorize over the holidays is strong. But trust me, especially in this instance, sometimes less is more. Take it from Coco Chanel, “before leaving the house, a lady should look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” You don’t want to look like you’re overdoing it. As long as your dress is quality, it will make a statement.

Take a closer look at this dress. It’s a rich color. It’s trimmed with white and blue velvet at the collar and bell sleeves. It ties in the back to create an effortless drape. It’s easy. It’s chic. And great on just about any figure.

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Dress

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Dress

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Dress

To shop today’s look, scroll up to the top of this post and click the links!

Talk soon!

Xo, Stephanie

Resolution Girl

The Style Bungalow

The Style Bungalow

The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Xo, Stephanie

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



My Beautiful Bookcase!

Hey guys! Happy almost-Halloween!

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

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

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

Lots of love today!

Xo, Stephanie

What Carrie Taught Me

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[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Xo, Stephanie

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

P.S.S. Yes, my bag is on sale.

Romantic Dinner at Home

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

Happy Saturday!

Xo, Stephanie

Years of Ballet

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Romper

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Romper

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Romper

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

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

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

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

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Romper

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

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

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Romper

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Romper

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Romper

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

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

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Romper

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Romper

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Romper

The Style Bungalow wearing Alexis Romper

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

Xo, Stephanie

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

It’s Spa-Tober!

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

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

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

Eau Palm Beach Resort - The Style Bungalow

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

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

Eau Spa - Garden

Eau Spa - Lounge

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

The Style Bungalow at Eau Spa

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

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[Here I am making a wish!]

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

Xo, Stephanie

Mini DIY Flower Arrangements

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

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

Xo, Stephanie