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What Should I buy…?

Lately, I’m all things pink. Pink accessories. Pink tops. Pink shoes. You name it. Gimme it all in PINK, please!

 But I need your help…

These six items are currently sitting in my shopping cart and I don’t know which ones I should buy?

  1. Pink Statement Earrings – more here
  2. Pink Graphic Tee – more here
  3. Pink Crop Top – more here
  4. Pink Slides – more here
  5. Pink Tote – more here
  6. Pink Vintage Sweater – more here

What’s your favorite item? Comment below!

And be sure to take advantage of Shopbop’s sale because almost everything (yes – sale included) is discounted until Friday! Use code: EVENT17. Click here for more

Xo, Stephanie

Surprise Shopbop Sale!

[Photography by Gen Street Style] 

TOP: (c/o) Shopbop – more options here/JEANS: more options here/SANDALS: (c/o) Shopbop – more options here/MINI TOTE: (c/o) Shopbop – more options here/EARRINGS: (c/0) Shopbop – more options here

File today’s post under: “Confessions of a Shopaholic”

I’m a pretty, PRETTY big fan of online sales and Shopbop just announced a really, REALLY good one. Whether you’re looking to inject some new pieces into your wardrobe or take advantage of the sale, I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to find something – between 20-25% off, depending on how much you spend.

Browse the sale here, and if you see something you love, SNAP it up and checkout – the sale ends Friday morning. #HURRY

Use code: EVENT17

Check back tomorrow to see what (PINK) items I’m eyeing from the sale…

Xo, Stephanie

I like Big Bows…

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

ROMPER – more options here (c/o) Shopbop/SANDALS – more options here (c/o) Shopbop/CROSS BODY  (c/o) Gigi New York/EARRINGS – more options here

When it’s as warm as it’s been here in Florida – upwards to 90 degrees (can you believe it?!) – it’s a small victory to look anything but a hot-mess-express by the end of the day. Seriously. The only way to combat the heat to is to wear a cute dress, shorts, a romper or to sit directly in front of an air conditioning unit with a cold face mask on (yes, in case you’re wondering, I do this often while sipping my morning coffee.)

This getup, by C/MEO Collective (#superfan), has the most adorable detailing. Bows in the back. A mini collar. And shorts! Yes, shorts. I slipped into these sandals by Frances Valentine (the original Kate Spade!) to match the bow motif and kept my accessories to a minimum – gold statement earrings (on serious repeat, lately), a couple rings and a mini pink cross body (recently spotted in last week’s blog post).

Click here to see more from C/MEO Collective. Here to browse through Frances Valentine’s latest collection!

AS MUCH AS I would love to sit here and write out a long, drawn out blog post about life lately, I don’t have the time! One of my resolutions goals for 2017 was to restore balance back in my life. Yes, insert intern here. (To those who applied, please hang tight!) This means doing things that make me happy like taking dance classes during the day, spending time with girlfriends at night or reading. It’s funny, when I step back and give priority to the activities that give me life, I’m inspired again and things just fall into place.

Anyways I’ve found that no matter how much you love to do what you do (raises hand), striking a balance between work and everything else in life is super essential. So to those of you who find yourself in the midst of a crazy period of work (like me!), take a step back and schedule that night out with your girlfriends. It’s worth it, trust me!

Side note, (sorry for jumping around so much) what do you guys enjoy reading the most on here? My posts about fashion? Posts about dating and relationships? Confidence? Work? Beauty? Travel? You tell me! I’m all ears.

Scroll up and click on the pink links to shop tonight’s look from Shopbop! I’m off to hip hop class!

Xo, Stephanie

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.