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[Chelsae Anne | Photographer]

WEARING -> BLOUSE, JEANS, SANDALS – more options here, BAG, RING, EARRINGS – more options here: (c/o) I.N.C. International Concepts

Oh spring! How I love thee…

If you haven’t already, it’s time to usher in a whole new wardrobe. No more jackets, coats, sweaters, long sleeve tops. THINK: lightweight blouses, flirty dresses, florals, etc.

No but really. Have you cleaned out your closet? There’s no time like springtime (ha!) to get started on a new wardrobe.

I say this because a couple weeks ago my closet was on the brink of collapsing. Seriously. A studio apartment is not conducive to a fashion blogger’s life. So, I set aside one full day to comb through my entire closet. I took everything out to carefully assess each piece, noting what needed to be replaced (i.e. white blouses) or invested in (i.e. new shoes) for the season ahead and what needed to be donated.

Yes. In case you’re wondering. I dealt with serious separation anxiety getting rid of items that once served me well (but also knew it was time to let go). Getting rid of clothes is NOT easy for me. But knowing I have so much more room in my closet – let’s say for new OTS tops and dresses – makes me feel so much better and excited. Felt like a fresh start.

But when you make room in your life for what you truly want, it happens. (Currently manifesting Birkin collection.)

So here were some of the takeaways:

Time for new denim silhouettes, like boyfriend jeans (love these!). I need more gold accessories, like these earrings from I.N.C. International Concepts. I need to hop on board the pink train this season. Swap out pumps for (flat) sandals. And invest in flirty blouses.

Soooo… I guess that means it’s time to go shopping!

Check out I.N.C. International Concept for more spring finds.

Xo, Stephanie

[Thank you I.N.C. International Concepts for sponsoring this post!]

Gingham Dress

Blogger wearing Ann Taylor

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[Chelsae Anne | Photographer]

DRESS: Ann Taylor/SANDALS: Steve Madden/TOTE: (c/o) Ann Taylor/SUNNIES: here/WATCH: (c/o) Larsson & Jennings 

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Let’s get to it – I adore this dress by Ann Taylor. Absolutely adore it. It’s so fresh! I love the dark blue and white gingham check and the self-tie belt that defines your waist. It’s so sophisticated and timeless! Wear it with gladiator sandals, a mini tote and a sunhat (currently love this one) or with platform sandals.

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Ann Taylor is running their second largest promotion of the year aside from Cyber Monday tonight and tomorrow! So be sure to take advantage of it – everything is 50% with free shipping! Use code: CYBER50 at checkout.

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Blogger wearing Ann Taylor

Keeping it short and sweet.

As always…

Xo, Stephanie

Spring in the Sunshine State

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JEAN TOP: (c/o) MiH Jeans via Neiman Marcus/SKIRT: (c/o) – similar/BAG: (c/o) Chloé via Neiman Marcus/HEELS: Stuart Weitzman/SUNNIES: Ray Ban via Neiman Marcus

Spring is officially here in West Palm Beach, Florida. Flowers are in bloom. Days are warmer and getting longer. There’s a slight breeze at night. It’s definitely one of my favorite seasons!

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Spring is also the time to break out floral prints, ruffles, embellished baubles jeans and skirts.

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Like this jean top! How adorable is it?! I knew the second I spotted it at Neiman Marcus, I had to style it. It’s by MiH Jeans, a brand known for it’s effortlessly cool denim pieces…. Wear yours tucked into a frayed jean mini skirt (as pictured) or with white jeans and sandals on the weekend.

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I accessorized this look with this ahh-mazing Chloé ‘Hudson’ crossbody and a couple shark tooth bracelets from House of Lavande in Palm Beach.

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But back to this bag – I love the studded details on the front, the whipstitched leather trim and the tassel! While it looks small, it’s actually quite roomy inside with two compartments. It’s also perfect. And one of my favorites this season.

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I hope everyone had a great weekend! I spent mine in Dallas attending the RewardStyle conference. I had a great time – laughing, learning, hanging – and can’t wait to see what’s in store this year on the blog… Stay tuned!

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The Style Bungalow, Chloe handbag

Thanks for stopping by! Click the links at the top of this post for outfit details.

Xo, Stephanie

Posh & Polished

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Top: (c/o) Shabby Apple/Shorts: ASOS/Heels: Steve Madden/Hat: (old) – SIMILAR/Clutch: (old) – Save, Spend, Splurge/Bangles: (old) – SIMILAR

I’ve been a fan of Shabby Apple ever since I found them on Instagram. Everything they carry is so unique, classic and cute. I especially love this top because it’s so versatile and great for spring.

Wear it with:

– A pair of high waisted shorts, your favorite strappy sandals and a floppy hat

– With a cute a-line skirt and heels for work

– Over a pair of distressed skinny jeans with a statement necklace

Be sure to browse my ‘Shop’ tab for all my latest obsessions!

Keeping it short and sweet. <3

Xo, Stephanie

Fresh & Floral

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Jean Jacket: H&M/Dress: (c/o) American Eagle/Heels: Target Style/Purse: T.J. Maxx/Rings: Rocksbox

Floral dresses are a staple every fashionista needs in their wardrobe this spring. This one, by American Eagle, feels fresh and girly, and swishes gently as you walk… or dance!

Shop brands/online stores like American Eagle, ASOS and Free People and Revolve Clothing for the latest in floral dresses. Once you find something you like, plan to wear it with strappy sandals during the day, or wedges and heels at night. You can also toss on an oversized bib necklace in a contrasting color or a straw hat to take your getup to the next level.

Not sure if you want dainty daisies or blooming peonies on your dress? Remember – it’s important to choose the right print for your body type. Big and bold prints tend to suit taller gals, whereas smaller prints look good on just about everyone…

Have a great Tuesday!

Xo, Stephanie

Spring Ready Pt. 3

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Dress: (c/o) Elie Tahari via Marshalls/Shoes: (c/o) Steve Madden via Marshalls/Clutch: Francesca’s Collection/Rings: Versona Accessories and Rocksbox

Looking for a dress that drapes beautifully down your body? One that gently poufs out beneath you when you dance’? Glides down your curves… (or in my case, adds them)? It’s all in the fabric.

Silk, a fabric that’s lightweight and surprisingly resilient will produce a completely different effect on your body compared to a fabric like, neoprene, that’s designed to cling to your body or satin that juts out. Other factors to consider when searching for a dress this spring include: fit, color and texture of the fabric and the style of it.

Confession. I’m not a fan of linen. Despite living in Florida where most people wear linen to work, I tend to think it looks messy and can’t stand that it wrinkles easily. It’s weird, I know. But there are so many other fabrics out there that look and feel the same way without wrinkling in like .2 seconds. Linen works for the beach or the Bahamas – not for everyday wear and most certainly, not for an event.

Hence, the reason why I love silk… and this beaut-i-ful, lightweight Theory dress from Marshalls.

It’s delicate, slightly sheer and soft. It appears expensive (even though it cost less than $100), can be worn to a wedding, to work with a white blazer or to an event on the beach with gladiator sandals, long gold necklace with a straw tote. Fabrics like silk, chiffon and a lightweight breathable cotton-blend, will promote movement when you move and help you stay cool on a hot day.

Need a jumpstart? Check out some of these picks for keeping it light this spring. <3

Xo, Stephanie

Spring Ready Pt. 2

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Top: H&M/Skirt: (c/o) Marshalls – similar here/Heels: ASOS/Bracelet: (old) Saks OFF 5th/Rings: Versona Accessories & Rocksbox/Sunnies: similar here

Keepin’ it retro… and a little sassy for today’s post! Black, white and red for a simple and straightforward outfit for spring that could take you from work to happy hour to date night with the help of a blazer and carryall, red lipstick, clutch and pair of killer heels.

Thanks to Marshalls, I bought this skirt for less than $20 [insert #fabfound], and styled it with a scuba-like peplum top, pair of high heels from ASOS and a iPad case turned clutch from French Connection (also from Marshalls) to complete this look.

By the way, I’m super pumped about this weekend’s shopping event at Saks in Boca! From 3-5 p.m., I’ll be available to help you select clothing, accessories and shoes – teach you what to wear and which styles flatter your shape (one of my biggies), how to create a mini-wardrobe with just a couple investment pieces and more importantly, teach you how to rock an outfit! There will be giveaways (including a special one via Instagram), gifts with purchase, a live DJ and so much more!

Hope to see you there!

Xo, Stephanie

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Jacket: (c/o) Free People via Marshalls/Crop top: ASOS/Shorts: ASOS/Heels: Theory via T.J. Maxx – SIMILAR here/Clutch: (c/o) T.J. Maxx (old)/Aviators: H&M – SIMILAR here

I recently read somewhere that a smart wardrobe is rooted in the classics, with clothing you can wear again and again, and that have the ability to make you feel and look good, despite changing your style. Today’s outfit, inspired by spring (and the rising temps here in Florida), is exactly that – unmistakably classic, yet modern, current and fresh at the same time.

Plus, if you’re not the kind of person who is super trendy and instead strives to stay true to what works on your body type or maintain continuity (like wear only neutral colors), then you might want to gravitate towards building a wardrobe with a couple basic staples.

On that note…

Tailored for a high-rise fit, these cotton-blend shorts give you a flattering waistline. They are easy to wear, comfortable and will look good season after season. Wear yours with a structured blazer, white t-shirt and gladiator sandals, or pair them with a simple crop top and foolproof blue denim jacket, like this one from Free People via Marshalls for a classic, yet oh-so-stylish look. Want it? Pretty sure your wardrobe needs it. Shop it now below!

This week I’m attending a special luncheon with some of my favorite local fashion bloggers at the Brazilian Court Hotel for designer, J. McLaughlin and am teaming up with Saks Fifth Avenue in Boca Raton for a special takeover so stay tuned for that! I’ll also be featuring Pt. 2 and 3 to my “Spring Ready” series from Marshalls on the blog later this week. So much in store…

Thanks for reading! And have a great Sunday night!

Xo, Stephanie


Printed Pants

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Top: Marshalls $12.99 (c/o)/Pants: Nordstrom $58/Sandals: Steve Madden (old)/Clutch: Charming Charlie (old)/Earrings: Forever 21 $5.80

Since I’m digging bold prints this season, I couldn’t resist when I spotted these trendy pants – adorned with a modern graphic print, which surprisingly ended up being very flattering when I tried them on. Needless to say, they were purchased in .2 seconds.

These trousers are great because they are tailored with a slightly higher waistline and have a relaxed fit through the thigh – making them super comfortable and perfect for transitioning from a long day at work to happy hour. Not to mention the lightweight feel of the fabric, which keeps you cool when walking to lunch and warm enough inside the office or at a restaurant. Pulling it together is easy too – just select a top that’s simple as well as accessories that won’t compete against the bold print.

Whether you choose to wear an allover graphic print pant or top this summer, you’re guaranteed to exude style and confidence, and show off your bold side. Oh and speaking of summer, I’ll be featuring a boat load of fabulous finds from TJ Maxx and CAN’T WAIT to share them all in July. Stay tuned for more exciting details…

 Xo, Stephanie

Common Threads

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Top: Ann Taylor LOFT $49.50 (before sale)/Shorts: H&M (old)/Sandals: JustFab $39.99/Clutch: Nine West $29.50/Earrings: H&M $9.95

Have a couple neutral threads hanging around your closet? If so, you’ve got the framework to construct a neutral ensemble. This look can be very fresh and summery, and also sophisticated if rocked the right way.

Don’t know where to start with this whole neutral thing? Start by choosing a color that looks good against your skin tone. If you’re fair, try wearing bright whites, grays and blacks. If you’re medium, pull it off with creams, khakis and browns and if you’re complexion is darker, select soft whites and navy blues.

Next, be sure to contrast your textures – for an example, I like how this linen eyelet top with embellished details works nicely against the lace pattern of my shorts. And when accessorizing, select one of two pieces and try to keep them neutral too, like white earrings or a clutch with a wooden detail.

Pull it all together by throwing in a pair of sandals to inject some fun and personality, making the combo perfect for a late, afternoon lunch – just whatever you do, don’t order a cosmo.

Xo, Stephanie