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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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When all you have is Target….

I get it! Life is busy and there seems to be very little time to focus on your upcoming fall wardrobe. I mean, seriously….school is about to begin, the kids have to look Properly Stylish, the ease of summer is going away and the hustle of a strict routine is creeping in. Yoga pants, a t-shirt and a messy bun may be all you can muster.  The struggle is real! But, I can help you pull together a great fall wardrobe. The best part of all….you don’t have to run to a mall or boutique. We are going to shop where you are already shopping for your kids school supplies and grabbing a few things for dinner….Target!

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Let’s chat the “No Fuss” staple, the t-shirt. A comfy t-shirt paired with skinny jeans can be easily dressed up or down. I love this cutie from Target! Metallics are always included in the top Fall/Winter fashion trends and this one is worth every bit of the $14.99 you will spend on it! You can dress it up or down with jeans, dressier pants, a pencil skirt or full skirt. The possibilities are endless.

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Here’s another comfy and sleek t-shirt in a dusty rose. It looks high end but without the the high end price tag. It’s a knit jersey blend which is great for these southern seasons where it really doesn’t start to cool off until late October. Allow it to stand alone with great statement jewelry or add a timeless jean or leather jacket.

Speaking of a great jacket….look at these beauties! They are faux leather and will run you about $39.99. You can wear with jeans and a t-shirt or over a maxi dress. You can snag the black one here and the tan here.

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The top designers have spoken and both Power RED and LACE are huge trends for fall 2017. How much do you love this Who What Wear Red lace tee? For the love of lace and snake print! I love this!! That skirt is amazing. It’s sweetness with a bit of edge.

I love a great romper and this one has so many great details. It’s modern, sleek and just the right amount of sass. The top portion is blouse like and the ruching on the leg is a great added detail. The pant suit seems to always make the fashion trends list. You can add a suit jacket to this romper and be on trend. Add these block heeled sandals  and you are set! I have those sandals in Robins Egg Blue and I adore them! This outfit will definitely be in my closet!

Ankle boots and mules are IN! These are a few of my favorites! Can we talk about the faux Pony Hair Mules??? I love them. I’m having a flash back to the 90’s.

So many floral prints flooded the runways. I love this little wrap dress paired with olive booties!! Wrap dresses are perfect for every body shape!

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I am ready for fall!! Summer has been great and I hate to see it slip away but, I have always been a huge fan of fall fashion! Hopefully, this post will help you add a few Properly Stylish pieces to your red Target cart! I would love to see your finds!

XO,

Wendy

 

 

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

 

Fall-in Love….

I am not sure about you guys, but I am ready to say goodbye  to 90 degree weather and hello to crisp air, layered clothing, pumpkin everything and football!! Our summer has been so wonderful! However, I can’t help but long for the holiday season!!

So, let’s look forward to some of my favorite wearable Fall Trends…..

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Pumpkin Spice

Ahhhhhhh Pumpkin Spice! Just give me pumpkin everything!!! Don’t you adore this color? The fact that it’s an actual fall trend and not just the yummiest hot beverage you can order at Starbucks, gets my juices flowing!!

This muted color was seen all over the runways. It’s a very flattering color and goes well with most skin tones!

Bohemian Chic

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Boho-Chic is the way to go this fall! I love an “all you can eat” dress! What a multi-purpose garment! These dresses leave you feeling chic, comfy and allow you to eat as much chocolate has your little heart desires! Asos.com has some of the best maxi dresses at really affordable prices. The white beauty is gorgeous and she is a steal at $78!

Style Tip…..Add a chunky sweater or a faux leather jacket and your fave fall boots!

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Not just Denim….Reconstructed Denim

Dust off those distressed jeans of the 90’s because they are making a comeback! It’s no surprise that denim was seen all over the runways for fall. Everyone loves denim!

Plaid and Suiting

I’m kind of in love with this trend! We finally have permission from the fashion gods to pile on the plaid. I love pairing a simple plaid with a bold plaid. Yassssssss!

CAPES!! Give me all of the CAPES!!!!!!

This is my favorite trend! You can wear a cape with just about any outfit and it increases the glamour factor dramatically.

Okay, are you ready to shop? I know I am!

A word of caution….Don’t feel overwhelmed! Anyone can sport these fashion trends! You don’t have to have a large clothing budget to look like you have a large clothing budget! 🙂 My favorite places to shop are thrift stores and discount stores such as Marshalls and TJ Maxx.

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Did you know you can shop TJ Maxx online? Just found these beauties for $49! I have the perfect spot in my closet for them! 🙂

I hope you are feeling inspired and ready for fall!!

XOXO,

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