Stylish eats to make with your littles…(Video at the Bottom)

I’m always up for some fun in the kitchen with my favorite girl, Stella! Cooking together is one of our favorite things to do!  I asked her to pick two of her favorite things. She quickly responded with chocolate and sprinkles! Well now, who doesn’t love chocolate and sprinkles?

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After brainstorming about all of the ways you could use chocolate and sprinkles, we settled on a fun and delicious treat! We decided to combine them and make edible ice cream bowls! Yum!

Items you will need:

1. Sprinkles – The sky is the limit! We chose traditional sprinkles and tuxedo sprinkles        (aka….crushed Oreos)

2. Melting Chocolate

3. Balloons

Directions:

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper; set aside.

2. Clean and dry your balloons. Then blow them up to your desired bowl size.

3. Place a large, heatproof bowl over a barely simmering pot of water and melt your chocolate.

4. Once your chocolate is melted and you have carefully removed the bowl from the simmering water, begin to dip your balloon bottom into the chocolate and tilt and rotate to create the “bowl” shape. Don’t worry about perfection at this stage. The chocolate imperfections give these yummy bowls character. Besides, you are going to devour it quickly!

**CAUTION** The Balloons will pop if the chocolate is too warm. OOOOPS!!!

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5. Remove any excess chocolate off of the balloon by gently tapping or shaking. Then, immediately place the dipped balloon  into your topping. Coat the chocolate by pressing, lifting, and repeating. Do not swirl or twist the balloon into the toppings as this will cause a smeared mess…..still delicious, just not as stylish!

6. Place the finished balloons onto your baking sheet and place in the fridge for about 30 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened.

7. To remove the balloons, simply cut a small hole near the top and allow the balloon to slowly deflate. You can then easily and gently remove the balloon from your delicious chocolate bowl!

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8. Fill those yummy and Properly Stylish bowls with your fave ice cream and enjoy!

Tadaaaaaahhhhhh!!!

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These Properly Stylish Ice Cream Bowls get a thumbs up from Stella.

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We had the best time with this Properly Stylish, DIY treat! It’s an easy and fun way to get the kiddos involved in the kitchen!

You can watch all of the fun we had together while creating our ice cream dream bowls below!

XOXO,

Wendy

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

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???!!!

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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