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I have a new found love for ThredUP. Have you ever heard of it? It’s amazing. Online consignment store extraordinaire! This website was created so that consumers like you and me can buy and sell pre-loved clothing and accessories. ThredUP offers over 25,000 brands  for women, children and teens at over 90% off of retail.

I know what you’re thinking…..Do they really have the brands I love? How’s the quality? What about higher end labels, do they offer them? The answers to those questions are… Yes, they have your fave brands, the standard of quality is exceptional, they disclose any imperfections up front and they carry labels like Target, Tory Burch and everything in-between. ThredUP makes shopping fun and easy. You can even shop on your phone using their app. It’s simple, easy and fun!

I recently found some great pieces for myself and my littles! And guess what? This mommy didn’t break the bank! You can see our fabulous finds in the video above.

I adore a great chunky sweater and skirt combo! So festive and cozy.  Shopping for your kids is even fun. No long lines, no fussy babies to juggle, no traffic….you can literally sit in your pjs while the kids play and shop! You can find dresses like Stella’s and add all the accessories your little heart desires. I love buying Ralph Lauren for Liam and you can find some great pieces like the ones he is wearing at really fantastic prices. Let’s be honest, no one wants to pay full pricing for clothing their kids will outgrow in a few short months!

Click on the links to begin shopping!

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One of my absolute favorite designers is Rachel Zoe! I literally want every single piece in her clothing line. Guess who scored this cute little number by her fave designer? I did!!! I did a simple search for Rachel Zoe on the ThredUP app. Much to my surprise, there were several items available. I decided on this dress and it went from shopping cart to my closet. I could not wait for it to arrive! You guys, I landed the first item of my Rachel Zoe collection. I adore a little black dress. I mean, who doesn’t? This dress is begging me to wear it to a holiday party!!

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If shopping consignment has you feeling a bit overwhelmed check out my tips below!

The thrill of the hunt, the anticipation of what could be, my favorite designer labels at prices I can actually afford and the opportunity to allow my creative fashion juices to flow freely! Thrifting can be the most exhilarating roller coaster ride of emotions!

Here are my top 10 thrifting tips:

1. The closet audit. It’s important to know exactly whats in that beautiful abyss of space in which your fave threads live! Otherwise, you will continue to buy the same comfy tee but, in 11 different versions. I keep an ongoing list of items I want and items I need. This helps to keep your impulse buys at bay. The natural response to those amazing prices is to fill up your cart with items you may not need. Just because “it’s a great deal” does not mean it’s a great deal for YOU. Is it really a great deal if you don’t need it, probably will never wear it and already have similar items in your closet? Focus! We are on a mission to save money, upgrade and diversify your wardrobe.

2. Hunt for quality brands and fabrics. Keep a mental list of your favorite designers and keep a lookout for those labels. For example, if I am shopping on my thredUP app I will search for items from my must have designers and cross every possible body part that I will find the perfect items. When thrifting, higher end labels and fabrics will stand the test of time. Natural fabrics will look and wear better over time. Seek out cotton, cotton blends, linens and leather. I always prefer quality over quantity.

3. Shop according to trends. Check out the runways for seasonal trends and inspiration.

4. DIY Up Do. If an item you have your sights set on is a must have but, has seen better days determine if you can repair or give it new life. I love a good DIY challenge. If clothing has pilling there is a simple fix. Use a clean razor and with a gentle hand draw the razor down in the direction of the fabric’s weave for easy removal. Holes are an easy fix with a needle and thread. If embellishments look warn you may either remove them completely or use your creative ideas to add to them! The key is to think outside of the box!

5. Get a great tailor! Whether clothes are new or pre-loved the fit of the item is everything. Chances are second hand clothes are not going to fit like a glove. Sometimes, it’s hard to pass up a designer deal because the hem is a little long. No biggie! Snag that amazing find and use some of the money you saved on the item to have it tailor made to fit your body. If you’re really adventurous grab a needle and thread, watch a youtube video on how to hem a dress and learn some valuable new tricks. Don’t be afraid of a little hemming. Collars can be removed, pants can become shorts and a waist can be cinched with a belt.

6. Challenge yourself. If you see a pattern or texture that catches your attention, don’t prejudge it. Let your creativity take flight and imagine all of the possibilities within. Maybe you really love a dress but would rather it be a skirt. Not a problem! Add a tee over the dress, tie a little knot on the side and bam! Your dress/skirt challenge is solved with a little imagination and a comfy tee.

7. Stock up on jewelry and accessories. These items have been gently loved but usually have so much life left to live. Jewelry usually shows very little wear. It’s also the easiest way to take an outfit from day to night or from casual to fancy. Never underestimate the power of a pre-loved strand of pearls. I mean, have you seen what an amazing set of pearls can do for a silky top and pajama pants? Two words….Carrie Bradshaw!

8. Location, location, location. Cruising on line makes thrifting easy but, if you’re out and about make sure you are hitting up the best spots. Affluent areas of town always make for great finds. When traveling you definitely need to find thrift and antique stores as you cruise through those quant little towns.

9. Put on your detective hat. Check to see if you are indeed getting a deal. If possible, search for the item in question on line to see what others are paying. It’s easy for our feelings to take the thrifting wheel and steer us in the wrong directions.

10. Leave with what you LOVE! You know what I’m talking about. The can’t wait to get to the register with your find so, you power walk like an 80’s work out video…kind of LOVE. The change in the car while at a red light because you can not live through another moment without it on your body….kind of LOVE. The same LOVE that has you walking down the street as if you are in slow motion with a wind machine blowing your hair and breezing through the layers of your perfectly drapey, gently pre-loved floral dress.

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Consigning with ThredUP is easy. Simply order a kit, this cute bag will show up to your door step, fill it up and send it back!

This is a great way to declutter and upgrade your closet!

Teaming up with ThredUP has been so much fun! We are excited to offer you guys 50% off your first-time order up to $50. The offer is valid until the end of the year. Simply use the promo code PROPERSTYLE!

Happy Shopping!

Wendy

 

 

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Thank You For Your Service…

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Thank You For Your Service

This film tells the story of an amazing soldier and hero named Adam Schumann who bravely served our country. His story, like many others is one of bravery, heart break, sacrifice, loyalty and resilience…which EVERYONE needs to hear and see. TYFYS is based on the best selling book by American Journalist David Finkel who spent countless days with Adam and his family. Writer and director Jason Hall gives us a very real sense of what our soldiers experience while serving our country and the struggles of integrating back into family and civilian life. He does not shy away from the real issues our service members and their families experience. Jason takes you into the intimate moments shared between Adam and the men he served alongside. We get a glimpse into their experiences and memories of war, how they struggle to leave the war behind and the challenges they face as they integrate back into their civilian roles as husband, father, son, and friend. Moments like these are not easily talked about or shared with the general public. Our eyes are opened to PTSD and the very real challenges our service members and their families face in getting the medical assistance they need.

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As a family of story tellers, we were really drawn to this script. We audition for things all of the time but this story was different….special and necessary. Stella began the auditioning process when she was four. I remember her auditions vividly. Of course I was a proud mom but, this opportunity felt different. My husband and I have family who were and are service members and have many friends who’s have walked similar journey’s. I will never forget when our agent called with the exciting news that our little family had prayed for! When I heard the words, “Stella was chosen to play Zoe,” it felt like my heart stopped for a moment. I was overcome with gratitude. Not because Stella had received a big booking….although that is exciting….but, because I knew Adam’s story and this film would change so many lives. We want everyone we know to see this film.

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Thank You For Your Service opened on October 27th and we have already seen first hand the impact it has had on so many. I have received messages from military wives and service members who have shared their heart breaking stories that are very similar to Adam Schumann’s. War has a very real and at times devastating impact on our military and the families who support them. My hope is that you will see this film, your eyes will be opened to the challenges our service members face and that you will feel a call to action. The systems set in place to “care” for our military are flawed. Many service members do not receive the care and help they need. BUT, we can change this….we have to change this. It will take some time for our government to repair this flawed system but, David Finkel, Jason Hall and Adam Schumann have already began that uphill battle by bringing these issues to light.  What you can do in the mean time is show immense, true and heart felt gratitude to the men and women who serve our country.  Offer your friends and family who have served a safe place to land, open the door to conversations and offer them unconditional love and support.

Let the next time you say “Thank you for your service” be different. May it be said with a deeper knowledge of their sacrifices.

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This is Adam Schumann….Hero, Veteran, Husband, Father, Son, and Friend.

Thank You Adam Schumann for your bravery and sacrifice. Thank you for sharing your story in the most meaningful and honest way. Thank you to your wife Saskia and your children. Thank you….it will never seem like enough but, Thank You!

 While this subject matter is very serious, let me tell you that our time spent on set with these amazing people has forever changed us! Stella had the most fun with Jason, “Mr. Miles and Ms. Haley” (Miles Teller and Haley Bennett). We finally met Adam at the movie premiere. I still do not have adequate words to describe him. He is amazing and every synonym that goes along with that word. We also had the pleasure of meeting the men Adam served with. Trust me when I say….their stories are real and true. These people are extraordinary.

Making movies is all sorts of fun! Making a movie that changes lives is the reason we became actors.

A big thank you to TuTu Du Monde for dressing Stella. She felt like a star!

 

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We are beyond proud of this film. Make sure to see it! Click here to view the movie trailer.

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To all of our service men and women…..Thank You For Your Service.

 

Making time for self care….

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Can I be honest? Fitting in workouts has been the biggest challenge for me! I have a nasty habit of putting my needs on the back burner. Raise your hand if you can relate!! I run around making sure everyone else’s needs are met and allow myself to have the left overs. I recently saw a meme that said, “My kids look like they stepped out of a GAP ad and I look like I stepped out of an episode of the Walking Dead!” It’s funny and it was true!

You guys, I know better! Self care is a must. It’s important to take care of your soul, mind and body. Without getting too deep….I had to really look at how I viewed myself. Why do I insist on the best for my husband and kids but, not for myself? I felt the rumblings of change beginning to happen. You know the feeling, God starts stirring up things he wants to change in you. It hurts but, it’s necessary.  After some much needed time with my Creator and acknowledging deeply rooted “I am not enough” insecurities, I focused my attention on self care and self love.

I came up with 3 things I must do daily to care for myself.

That seems easy enough, right?

  1. Nurture my relationship with God through meditation, reading and prayer.
  2. Center my attention on Thankfulness.
  3. Care for my body through nutrition and exercise.

I have so much to say about all of these areas and I promise I will share more!

But…..

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Let’s chat fitness!

Your body needs to move! When you work out your body produces endorphins. The link between exercise and mood is pretty strong! I start to feel a shift in my mood fairly soon after I begin….it’s getting myself going that is the struggle.

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Never enough time! I am eyelash deep in babies, house cleaning, memorizing scripts and the countless other things that seem to creep in and takeover my day. I often feel like I don’t have time and the time that I do have I want to throw myself into a comfy bed and sleep. And, sometimes you need to indulge and do just that. But, I am in control of my day and if I want to see change I have to chisel out time. The first few days of my self care journey were filled with half attempts at failed workouts. I definitely try to be gentle with myself and extend grace. What I found that keeps me accountable is setting health goals and remembering why I need to be fit and healthy….my family! So, I fit my work outs into the nooks and crannies.

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My babies are always with me so, naturally I came up with ways to include them in my work out!  We make it fun and easy. I love that it introduces fitness to them at a young age. When they understand that I want to keep my body healthy and in shape, it motivates them to be healthy too!

When we work out together I do things that they love like kicking the ball and tag.  I also introduce a few exercises that their little bodies can handle. I am not going to lie, it’s pretty cute watching them attempt burpees. I am sure the added laughter increases the amount of calories burned, right?

Here are a few exercises we like to do together!

  1. Planks
  2. Squats
  3. Push-ups
  4. Lunges
  5. Burpees
  6. Leg raises
  7. High Knees

 

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And…..we run! My favorite Jogging Stroller is the Joovy Zoom 360. It’s lightweight, comfy and easy to maneuver. Seriously, this stroller has the most amazing ability to go over any terrain and make smooth turns. I actually prefer this stroller whenever we are cruising around town running errands! Thank you to Joovy for allowing me the ease of running with a great stroller!

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You can get your Joovy Zoom for under $220 here! Its Properly Stylish and affordable! Definitely a mommy must have!!

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To make sure my body is getting all of the nourishment it needs I follow a healthy diet and take Plexus’ plant based supplements. Don’t worry, I will fill you in on all of the details. I love veggies and Plexus! Both have changed my health game!

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Nothing motivates me more than my babies! If you need inspiration, look at the faces of your loved ones.

I hope my journey with self care will inspire you to take time for yourself. You are worth it! Both you and your family deserves to have the best version of “YOU.”

Be gentle and extend yourself a healthy serving of grace. Workouts don’t have to be perfect and you do not have to have a gym membership to exercise. Work with what you have, love on your family and get that body moving!

XO,

Wendy Wynne

 

White Out….

In honor of the mini snow day we have received in Atlanta, I thought we could chat about Winter White Fashion! I know what you’re thinking, “Wait, you can wear white in the winter?” Yes, my darling southern belles you absolutely can wear white during the winter! As a matter of fact, you can wear white any time of the year if your little heart desires! I realize it goes against everything your momma taught you, but trust me you are going to enjoy wearing all white!

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I absolutely love white….white everything! White is easy, clean and refreshing. It also makes a big statement without all of the fuss. You can grab the white pieces in your closet and start putting together the best ensembles! Do not be afraid to grab shades of cream, grey and light pastels!

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One thing to keep in mind when tackling the winter-white-out trend is that it’s All About the Fabric! Lighter textiles such as thin cottons, seersucker and linen will look out of place during the winter months. Reach for chunky sweaters, white wool, cashmere, flannel and leather!

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If you still want to spice things up a bit, adding colorful accessories such as shoes, handbags and statement jewelry pieces is the way to do it! Fun accessories are also an easy way to dress up an ensemble! For you bold babes out there, a red tinted lip color is perfectly appropriate.

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This trend is perfect for those moments when you do not want to think about matching your clothes or for those of you who are simply minimalists! Either way, this trend is effortless, chic and Properly Stylish!

B. Blessed,

Wendy

STYLE THAT BUMP…..Maternity Chic!

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Properly Stylish While Pregnant…..Absolutely!
Pregnancy is such an amazing experience. While it is amazing, you don’t always feel so amazing. Can I get an “Amen!!!” from all of the mama’s out there! 🙂 You are certainly not in control of most of the changes going on with your body. What you are in control of is how you Style That Bump!!!
Feeling stylish while pregnant can feel like a lot of work. Most momma’s do not want to splurge on a new maternity wardrobe…..and understand! But there are a few essentials plus accessories that can take you from work to play looking very Maternity Chic!
A great pair of maternity jeans are worth investing in.  You can pair them with jersey tops, then throw over a cardigan (doesn’t have to button up or be maternity wear).   Adding a necklace that makes a statement will dress up a more casual outfit.   A fabulous handbag and a pair of amazing ballet flats will finish your outfit.
Another great investment is a stylish jersey dress that will stretch as your baby grows.   You can dress it up with more glamorous jewels, or wear it around and about with fun accessories.  A cute pair of flat shoes or boots will keep you comfortable and still looking Properly Stylish.
Pregnancy is the time to indulge in pampering yourself! It is amazing how putting on a great ensemble will make you feel!
Put a Little Style in Everything You Do…..Especially While Pregnant!
B. Blessed!
Wendy

Red Herring Maternity maternity
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Dorothy Perkins maternity
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Maternity Basic Straight-leg Jean
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Asos maternity
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Tory burch flat
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LOVE is the Most Stylish Accessory….

Today’s Post is simply about LOVE!

“LOVE is patient, LOVE is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrong. LOVE does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It ALWAYS protects, ALWAYS trusts, ALWAYS hopes, ALWAYS perseveres.”

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We all have had life experiences where LOVE has truly been tested. If we were all perfect, we would embody the above verse with ease…….just a reminder, we are human and often times struggle in this area. In some cases we are too overcome with our own pain to LOVE others in spite of what they may have done to us. I have struggled many, many times in my life when choosing to LOVE! But, I encourage you to LOVE and LOVE hard! There is so much hate and ugliness in the world. You can choose to take part in the hate and the ugly….in my experiences, it really only produces more hate and ugly. Or you can choose to Create LOVE, Give LOVE, and Be LOVE!

We all have so much to be thankful for! Even if our situations are unimaginable, there is always someone out there who’s situation is worse. I’m not trying to down play anyone’s circumstances, but I’m hoping to encourage you in the midst of your circumstances. We all need a good “ugly” cry….you know what I’m talking about! I say have a good cry and then pick yourself up, count your blessings and choose to LOVE! LOVE truly conquers all…..even the worst of all evils!

(Please insert any cheesy, cliche Love statement here)

Ok…..hope you are feeling the LOVE! Now get out there and

CREATE LOVE, BE LOVE, & GIVE LOVE…..It’s sooo Properly Stylish!

B. Blessed,

Wendy

Loving yourself…NAKED!

LOVING YOURSELF….NAKED!

Let me start this post by saying….I know this is a touchy subject, but we ALL  have different body image issues. There are areas on you’re body you love and a few parts you would like to trade in for a newer or different version. I have my own struggles with my body image, if I’m being transparent.  As an actress/model, I’m being interviewed (auditioning) daily for jobs and a large part of the process concerns my appearance. Am I pretty enough, Am I too pretty, Am I small enough, Are my breasts large enough, and the list goes on……..this is a constant for me! So, please believe me when I say, “I understand the struggles of a poor body image.”

Since having my little girl 19 months ago, I have made a huge effort to accept myself, lumpy thighs and all (I like to think those lumps add a little character, being perfect is sooooo boring :))! I do not want her to struggle with a poor body image. Therefore, I was forced to get my act together and love myself NAKED!

We are bombarded with media images of how we “should or should not” look. Men and women are constantly being scrutinized about their body’s. I say ENOUGH! Do not put your time and energy into these things. Instead let’s put our energies into positive things….Like LOVING ourselves for who we are!

Let’s start by loving yourself right where you are, at this moment. Check yourself out in the mirror…make a mental note of the things you love about yourself and also those things you would like to change. It’s so important to concentrate on the positives and not on the negatives…..focusing on negativity only produces more negativity! I say acknowledge those things you would like to change and create a game plan on how you are going to change them. Eat healthy, drink plenty of water, and exercise …give your body what it needs to great! Let’s be PROactive!

10 STEPS TO A POSITIVE BODY IMAGE:

1. Appreciate all that your body can do! The body is an amazing instrument!

2. Keep a top-10 list of things you like about yourself! Post them on your mirror and look at them daily.

3. Remind yourself that “True Beauty” is not simply skin deep…..Beauty is a state of mind, not a state of body.

4. Embrace yourself from the inside out!

5. Surround yourself with positive people and those who challenge you to achieve personal greatness!

6. Shut down those voices in your head that tell you your body is not “right” or that you are “not enough.” Replace those negative thoughts with positive ones!

7. Wear clothes that make you feel comfortable and that accentuate your features.

8. Block out negative social and media messages concerning body image.

9. Celebrate being YOU!!! No one can do You quite like YOU!

10. Use the time and energy that you might have spent worrying about food, calories, and your weight to do something to help others! This is good for the mind, body and soul!

Proper Style begins on the inside! Once we rewire the way you think and see yourself, then we can work on your personal style. I know….seems easier said than done. Message me and I’ll give you the name of a great therapist ;)!

So, let’s get to work….

B. Blessed!

Wendy