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After many votes were counted via Facebook, Pinterest, and email, this Sophia Tolli dress is the “DRESS OF THE YEAR” for 2014!  Please do not forget to “Follow” the properplanner.com in order to receive the weekly picks for “Dress of the week!”  2015 is sure to bring some great dresses to THE PROPER PLANNER!!




Dress of the week – last dress until Dress of the year!!!



As you all know, I am a huge fan of BCBG.  In light of that, I thought I would choose this BCBG dress as my pick for “Dress of the Week.”  I had a bride use a dress similar to this for her bridesmaids, and I just fell in love with them.  The wedding was in September and the flowers were soft pink shades and creams with light greens to fill in.  They went perfectly with the champagne color of the dress.  Very romantic and definitely a dress the girls can wear again!

Mr. Bingle!

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Coming up on the heels of Christmas, all I’ve been hearing about are presents, presents, presents. I have a lot of friends with children, so I’m hearing about everything from American Girl Dolls to brand new cars (you know, the necessary things that children of all ages need to survive.) With all the talk of material things, I’ve been thinking about what Christmas is all about. I’m sure I’m supposed to say it is about Jesus and it certainly is, but what I think about most during this special time of year is family. And Mr. Bingle!

Mr. Bingle is a snowman that came to life thanks to the vision a window decorator employed by Maison Blanche department store (which was originally located on Canal Street in downtown New Orleans.) Since 1948, the miniature snowman’s popularity grew to reach more than just New Orleans, but eventually, the Maison Blanche chain closed leaving Mr. Bingle out of sight for a short period of time. The heavens blessed us when Dillard’s took over the familiar New Orleans icon and he now resides specifically with us, right where he belongs. Each year, Mr. Bingle’s presence on the side of the department store building was always a clear sign that Christmas was on its way, but in my house, Mr. Bingle was a clear sign that my Grandmother was around.

For as long as I can remember, my grandmother was employed by Maison Blanche so Mr. Bingle was a huge part of our childhood with her. We always had a Mr. Bingle stuffed animal in all of our houses at Christmas and we always read the story of Mr. Bingle (which is written below!) Since my grandmother’s passing 12 years ago (wow, that’s a long time,) you can find some kind of Mr. Bingle paraphernalia in each of her 8 grand children’s homes. As a matter of fact, I have a stuffed Mr. Bingle that stays out all year round; I even dress him up for Halloween!

The point of this is that the smallest things can take you back to a place and time when life was simpler and we could just worry about presents, presents, present like my niece and nephew will this year. But what this holiday is really all about is family and the memories we’ve made each holiday we get to spend with each other. This Christmas, grab a Mr. Bingle, read your children the story of the famous snowman, have yourself some beignets and make some memories. My favorite memories included this warm, lovable New Orleans favorite and I remember Mr. Bingle’s jingle way more than I remember what my grandmother gave me as a gift each year!

When Santa left his shop one day
He found a snowman near his sleigh.
“You’ll be my helper now,” he said,
And tapped the little fellow’s head.

The snowman found that he could talk–
“Look, Santa, I can even walk!”
And then he gave a little sigh…
“Oh, how I wish that I could fly!”

So, Santa gave him holly wings,
Then, looking through his Christmas things,
Found ornaments the very size
To make a pair of shining eyes.

Then Santa said, “You need a hat;
An ice cream cone’s just right for that.
And keep this candy cane with you,
You’ll see what magic it can do!”

The snowman laughed and sang a jingle,
So Santa named him “Mr. Bingle.”
That’s how it happened. Now he’s here
With us at Maison Blanche all year.


Dress of the Week – 2nd week of December



I chose this Hayley Paige dress as my pick for “Dress of the Week” because it is just so romantic and girlie.  This dress seems so sweet and flirty and I love the straps in the back. I feel like it is a versatile dress that could be perfect for a small outdoor wedding, but then it could also make a real statement for that bride having a large, candle light wedding in a fabulous venue in downtown New York!!


Dress of the week – 1st week of December

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This week’s pick for “Dress of the week” is a stunning Monique Lhuillier Dress.  I loved the silhouette and the unique detailing of the skirt from the moment that I saw it!  I did investigate further to see how it looked off the runway and on the wedding day.  I noticed a few brides added a sash to the dress, so I’ve posted an image to show you that option as well.  I think a very thin sash works well, but anything thicker really just takes away from the details of the dress itself!!!