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Comfy Chic

[Chelsae Anne | Photographer]

WEARING – BUTTON DOWN, CARGO PANTS, BLUSH TOTE: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/SANDALS: similar/SUNNIES: more options here

Let’s be honest for one second. When I think about my “outfit of the day, I tend to think about comfort. (Weekends don’t count.) I have way too much going on these days to worry about fussy clothing. AND the Florida heat can be brutal so wearing something breathable is super important. Extra points if it’s an outfit that exudes an effortlessly cool vibe. Which, as you all know, is my thang.

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Think Pink

[Chelsae Anne | Photographer] 

BLOUSE: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/JEANS: more options here/SLIDES, MINI TOTE: (c/o) Neiman Marcus

So much love for today’s look. A pink stripe top from Alexis (#fave) with pearl slides from Tory Burch. My favorite blush pink tote. Great jeans. Good hair day. Yes, yes, yes!

As you know, I’ve been making pink a part of so many of my looks lately. There’s something about the color, particularly pale pink, that pairs so well with neutrals, whites and light blues. It feels totally feminine and that’s totally my gig.

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T-Shirt Style

[Chelsae Anne | Photographer]

GRAPHIC TEE: more options here/SKIRT, SANDALS, YSL TOTE: (c/o) Neiman Marcus/SUNNIES: similar/EARRINGS, SILK SCARF: (c/o) Ann Taylor

I remember wearing graphic tees with popular logos (you know which ones I’m talking about) back in high school when they were all the rage. Not since then have I seen graphic tees reemerge back onto the fashion scene until recently. Now it seems everyone’s wearing + making their own iterations of “the expensive t-shirt.” Cue: Gucci, Chanel, Givenchy, Moschino, etc.

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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

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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.)

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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