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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

Color(s) of Choice

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

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

¡Hola!

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.

<3

Xo, Stephanie

Remain a Classic

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

BLAZER, SWEATER, BLOUSE, JEANS, TOTE: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/HEELS: (c/o) Shopbop

Elegant. Super chic. Uniform. That’s what came to mind when putting together today’s look. It’s polished, a little undone and just works – for like, so many occasions. Work. Date night. Happy hour. Weekends away. It’s very me.

A friend of mine recently brought up the topic of personal style. And how much mine’s changed through the years. We laughed thinking about it and breathed a sigh of relief knowing some of those “questionable” outfits were buried deep in the blog. “Phew. Glad it’s changed,” she said.

As soon as I dropped her off, I went home and browsed through those looks (circa 2014) to see what she was talking about. “Yeah,” I thought. “She’s right. So not me. Cute (kinda). But not me.” Then again, those days I didn’t have much. I was forced to work with what I had. Fresh out of college and a couple months into my very, very, very entry-level job and blog.

A fashion blogger rarely starts a blog wearing top designers. It takes time to get there. And much like personal style, lots of trial and error to nail down what makes your style unique.

I remember following so many successful bloggers (back in 2014, now I just follow people who inspire me including regular folk, industry creatives, photographers, designers) and thinking to myself, “if I kind of, sort of replicate this look, I’ll grow! Then, I’ll be able to blog full-time. Then, I’ll be able to show people who I truly am as a blogger. Then, I’ll be content!” Eh. Wrong. Didn’t work.

Last year, I started craving more… me. Classic (in nature) with a twist. That’s my style. Since I was 11 years old dressing up as “Posh Spice” for Halloween. Since wearing simple pumps and button-downs to high school (yes, I was that girl). Since college. Since forever. When I trust my gut and stay authentic to who I am, I feel cool. Not everyone agrees. And that’s ok. I own my style.

Interestingly enough, that’s when I started to grow the most too.

Coco Chanel once said, “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”

To shop today’s look from Neiman Marcus, scroll up to the top of this post and click the pink links for outfit details!

Xo, Stephanie

P.S. – Thank you to those who submitted resumes for the intern position over the weekend! You guys are all so incredibly talented and passionate about fashion. Seriously. Please bear with me as I continue to review them 🙂 I should be in touch soon! <3 x a million.

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.

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

Go Slouchy  

Slouchy look - The Style Bungalow

Slouchy look - The Style Bungalow

Slouchy look - The Style Bungalow

Slouchy look - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

TOP similar, PANTS, BAG, HEELS: (c/o) Neiman Marcus

Let’s get right to it. I LOVE today’s look. One of my favorites. It’s slouchy yet undeniably elevated at the same time. There are days where all I want to wear is loose, oversized clothing and today is one of them.

Slouchy look - The Style Bungalow

So “how” might you ask, did I pull this look off being 5’2 and super petite? Simple.

Slouchy look - The Style Bungalow

  1. Tailoring. Going oversized means clothing should fit perfectly. See a tailor to ensure your baggy pieces don’t drown your figure.
  2. A little sex appeal. By showing a hint of skin + adding a dramatic lip and sky high heels, you offset the baggy factor.
  3. Good quality. Look for pieces that create shapes and give you good lines. Like this pair of cropped culottes by Vince from Neiman Marcus. Seriously, you can never have too many pairs.

Slouchy look - The Style Bungalow

Slouchy look - The Style Bungalow

Slouchy look - The Style Bungalow

Slouchy look - The Style Bungalow

I’ll be in Miami all week for Art Basel. I CAN’T wait to catch up with girlfriends, have a little fun, enjoy the weather and meet new people from all over the world. It’s the best time to be in Miami! Follow along on Instagram Stories!

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!



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.

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!