It’s been a while….

Wow…..It has been a while and a lot has happened since my last post! I have had some amazing growth in my career, bought a home and added a beautiful son to our little family! We have been busy!!

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Meet Liam Isaac! Ahhhh….pure joy, warm snuggles, and sweet kisses perfectly designed in the tiniest little boy package. He has been the sweetest gift from God…..besides our little Stella. 🙂

Seeing Liam and Stella together melts my heart! So many people told us to expect Stella to act out and have struggles adjusting to having a sibling…..boy were they wrong! The love she has for her little brother is amazing! We made it a top priority to include her in every aspect of the pregnancy and delivery. She learned how to check my blood pressure, use the doppler heartbeat monitor, and apply bandaids whenever I had finger pricks. Needless to say, everyone at my doctor’s office looked forward to seeing Stella! I can not tell you how many videos we watched on the Discovery youtube channel. Life in the womb and (non scary) deliveries were among her favorites! Stella was truly captivated! When my labor began, Stella was right by my side reminding me to breathe. We allowed her in the delivery room until things started to get real……and by real, I mean out of this world painful! Haha! She stepped back in right after Liam was born and began her big sister duties. The nurses at Northside Hospital were amazing. They allowed Stella to give Liam his first bath!  The nurses walked her through every step of his post delivery care. I remember her shouting, “Mom!! I am going to be a baby doctor when I grow up!”  Those were moments I will never forget!!

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When asked what her favorite part of being a big sister is, Stella’s response is simple and sweet….”Snuggling with Liam!” Sighhhhhh!!! She truly is so loving towards him! She prays for him when he cries, dances to make him laugh and reminds him constantly how much he is loved and protected! I am pretty sure she has the spirit of 90 year old woman! How did I ever get so lucky to have the privilege of sharing this life with these precious, little souls?

This new season in my life has brought about many wonderful changes in our little family! Which means that there are tons of new topics to talk about….and you know how much I love to talk!  I love chatting about parenthood, fashion, DIY projects, recipes and general life happenings! So, here’s to walking through this crazy, blessed life and all it has to offer with the Proper Style!

Sick Day Fashion….

The crazy weather here in Atlanta has rendered our little family sick….ughhhhh! My sweet Stella was up all night with a high fever and coughing. 😦 Nothings worse than seeing your baby sick…..all of you parents out there can relate! So, we were off to see the doctor first thing this morning……looking PROPERLY STYLISH, of course!

I know what you’re thinking…..”who has time to look stylish when your sick?” The answer is …..Everyone!

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My ensemble today consisted of flared leg denim jeans, my husband’s comfy shirt (always a sexy little touch, especially for the hubby), cute wedges, and great accessories! All of which you have in your closet! This ensemble is your basic tee shirt and jeans with a kick! 🙂

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This was such an easy look to pull together……it was quick, comfy and Properly Stylish! It’s amazing how much better you feel when you look great on the outside. Funny how fashion can sometimes be great medicine for the inside. 😉

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My little star was also Properly Stylish for her doc visit….gold leggings, comfy cotton tunic, leopard print uggs and funky glasses! 🙂

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Between us, I think she likes going to the doctor just so she can have a sucker. 🙂 Not to worry, she got a bill of clean health. No infections….just a yucky cold.

A simple, but stylish look doesn’t have to take hours to pull together. Pull out those basics and give them a boost with great accessories…..and look PROPERLY STYLISH even on the worst of days!

B. Blessed,

Wendy

My Faves from the 2013 Grammy’s…

g1I was pleasantly surprised by the fashion ensembles walking the 2013 Grammy’s Red Carpet! The Grammy Red Carpet is usually filled with wild wardrobe choices by our beloved celebs. Last night, it seems as if they celebs played it safe and classy….for the most part! 🙂

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Rihanna looked stunning in an Azzadine Alaia gown. Thank you Rihanna for showing us your softer side! This was one of my favorites of the night. Just the right amount of sexy with a little peek-a-boo chiffon and the hair and make-up were perfection.

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Justin Timberlake stepped out in Tom Ford looking very dapper. Giving a nod to the 1950’s with slick hair and bow tie…..JT can do no wrong!

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Taylor Swift graced the red carpet in a J. Mendel number….LOVE! Grecian goddess meets  architecture to form a perfect fashion “Yes Ma’am” moment!

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Kimbra and Gotye arrived wearing Jaime Lee Major and Jack London. Just the perfect amount of glam and spunk for me!g9

Beyonce kept it perfectly simple in a black and white Osman jumpsuit! Love the fact that she is in pants!

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….And Johnny Depp,

Thank you for making a surprise appearance in your perfectly unique Johnny Depp Way!

Ok kids……those are my faves! Overall, the celebs get a fashion “YES MA’AM” from me!

Put the Proper Style in Everything you do!

B. Blessed,

Wendy

Saturday Style Chic Must Haves Under $100

Feeling the need to add a few Chic items to your fashion collection without having buyers remorse? I’m always in the market for great pieces at great prices! Here are few of my faves!

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Hopefully you have made room in your jewelry box or better yet, invested in a bigger treasure chest for some amazing new pieces!

The Large Infinity Necklace from By Philippe is simplistic, sophisticated style at it’s best! It pairs perfectly with any ensemble and layers effortlessly with other jewels! Get it now at ByPhilippe.com!

http://www.byphilippe.com/collections/artisan-collection/products/large-infinity-necklace-n500lg

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The Tinley Road Snake Embossed Cuff is stunning…and the price is just right! Head over to Piperlime.com to snag this treasure!

http://piperlime.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=399047002&tid=plaff3550561&ap=2&siteID=plafcid105

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Add polish and sophistication to any ensemble with a tailored white blazer! I love, love, love white for every season! A blazer is such an important staple in your collection. Add it to everything from a tee shirt and jeans to the infamous little black dress! And, at $49.95 you can not pass up this blazer from H & M!

http://www.hm.com/us/product/07643?article=07643-A

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Oh, The Power Pump, how I have missed you! I am so thrilled you are back in my life! This sexy sling back with chain detail will surely make your tootsie’s happy! Order them from Zara.com for under $50……what???!!!

http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/us/en/zara-nam-S2013/358009/1047728/CHAIN%20COURT%20SHOE

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HOBO INTERNATIONAL puts a smile on my face with every piece in their collections! You can not live without the Eliza wallet! Normally priced at $118, it is a steal at SHOPPRIVATEGALLERY.COM for $70.80!

http://store.shopprivategallery.com/Eliza-Zip-Around-Print-Wallet-P4060.aspx

All this talk about my fashion faves gets me in the shopping mood! Ladies this is a great gift guide for you loved one! Send ’em over and make shopping for Valentine’s Day effortless and Properly Stylish! Happy Shopping!

Put the Proper Style in Everything You Do!

B. Blessed!

Wendy

Life In Black and White….

cr1It’s true…..the leaders in fashion design have given us permission to fill our closets with Black and White! If you’re are anything like me, you never really needed permission. 🙂 My closet is filled with everything from black and white dresses to blouses! The runways have been filled with head-to-toe black and white designs. I hold a sweet spot in my heart for Black and White fashion ensembles. The pairing is classic, timeless and simple to put together.

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From Alexander Wang to Michael Kors, these high contrast looks of black and white are anything but boring! This season’s trend gives you freedom to pair bold black and white prints. ….If prints tend to overwhelm you, not to worry, keeping the trend simplistic with clean lines is the way to go!

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It would be a magically fashionable world if we all rolled out of bed looking like we were plucked right off of Dior’s runway! The reality is we have families to care for, corporate ladders to climb, and a household budget we all wished was much larger! Let’s go over some ways you can rock this trend and look properly stylish!

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Style Tip 1: Keep it simple!

The easiest and most economical way to wear this trend is to use black and white staples you already own! Everyone should have options to choose from, so shop in your closet before heading to your favorite stores! Pair items like a white tee with a black pencil skirt or skinny pants and accessorize with statement jewelry and a pair of pumps.

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Style Tip 2: Experiment with Bold Prints

Feeling a little bold this season? Go wild pairing several black and white printed pieces in one look. …..Or you can select one printed piece for a more subtle approach. For instance, a printed pant with a black or white blouse.

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Style Tip 3: Play with Textures

Leather and Lace anyone? You get the idea! 🙂

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Style Tip 4: Try Something Color Blocked

If your a minimalist when it comes to style, then you are going to love all of the color blocked options!

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Pretty simple, right? Will you be wearing black and white this spring? I would love to hear your thoughts on this Spring 2013 Black and White Trend!

Put the Proper Style in Everything you do!

B. Blessed,

Wendy

New Year’s Eve Fashion Survival Guide

new year's eve 2013Happy New Year Everyone!!

I can’t believe we are about to put an end to 2012 and welcome in 2013! What a year it has been! Of course, we should all bring in the new year in a Properly Stylish ensemble. If you’re like me…..you may have put off picking out the perfect outfit until the very last minute! Not to worry, I have your New Year’s Eve Fashion Survival Guide!

1. The Ensemble…..

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Silver or Gold?? Why not both in this fancy little number! This Gold and Silver sequined dress is not only brilliant, but it is flattering and will keep you comfy while dancing the night away!

http://www.riverisland.com/women/sale/dresses/Gold-and-silver-sequin-dress-628760

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“Don’t let anyone dull your SPARKLE!” ….unknown

I have a mild obsession with things that Sparkle! Ok…..maybe it’s extreme. 🙂  I don’t need an event as an excuse to cover myself in all things shiny!! But, if you like your sparkle in doses try this dazzling dress. I absolutely love the dropped hem line….it refines the look!

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If you opt for a more laid back look….this is the way to go! A sequined harem pant, white tee, leather jacket, stiletto’s and fabulous jewels will have you looking effortlessly chic!

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….And don’t forget your accessories!!! This is a great opportunity to pull out your faux fur! Make sure to carry a clutch for the necessities…lipstick, phone, ID and $$$$.

2. The Makeup….

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I love a great smokey eye! Use neutral shades of golds and browns to make those peepers pop!

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 Here’s an easy little tutorial to help you achieve the smokey eye look! You’re Welcome! 😉

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Now…for your pout! If you are showcasing your eyes, keep the lips neutral. If you paint your pout a dramatic color, keep the eyes natural!

3. Locks of LOVE….

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The Side Chignon is the perfect little way to frame your beautiful face. It’s soft and beautiful with a touch of drama!

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….Or try soft curls.

There you go….a few survival tips to help you bring in the New Year with the Proper Style!

Happy New Year and May 2013 Be Your Best Year Yet!

B. Blessed,

Wendy

The Adult Woman’s TuTu….

 

There is something about a tulle skirt that gets me so excited! Maybe it’s the little girl in me!   Tulle skirts are so whimsical…..and they are not just for child’s play and dress up anymore!

I am going to show you how to work your tulle skirt….with the Proper Style!

Keep it classy and sophisticated by pairing the tulle skirt with a vintage inspired blouse and blazer. This look is perfect for lunch with the girls!

One of my favorite pairings….the tulle skirt and sweater! Comfy on top and sassy on the bottom! This look screams high fashion without looking forced. Add a little pizazz with amazing shoes!

You can also pair a tulle skirt with a great button-up to add a touch of sophistication!

This look is for my edgy ladies out there. Bring up the hem line, add a funky belt, distressed t-shirt and wedged rocker booties! Perfect for a night out on the town!

See how easy it is to bring a childhood favorite into your adulthood?

Simple, classy and OH, SO PROPERLY STYLISH!

B. Blessed!

Wendy