Meet Val, DKW Styling’s Lead Stylist #Val

By |2017-09-20T04:36:51+00:00September 6th, 2017|Val’s|58 Comments

Hey Guys!

I’m Val. If you read Danielle’s post last Friday, you know that I’ll be adding content here every Wednesday.

I wish I could narrow down what you could expect from me here, but I am kind of a spaz, and all over the place, so that is a realistic frame of what you’ll see from me; a little bit of everything.

Food, kid activities, home décor, treasure hunting (aka flea market and thrift store finds), my crazy plant lady stories, drink recipes (I don’t mean to brag, but I’m an amazing bartender, and an even more amazing taste tester), hair, maybe I’ll share some fashion, and who knows what else?!

Whatever I’m feeling at the moment, is what I’ll be sharing.

Warning, I’m inappropriate at times (ehh most of the time) with my humor, so I’ll just apologize in advance for that. I’m gonna try to class up my act here a smidge, but when shit goes sideways, remember: I warned you. Also, I am no expert in any of the above mentioned categories, so go easy on the comments when I do something “wrong”…I’m just figuring out shit as I go, so keep your sense of humor with me here, K?

So I feel like I have to share about myself since most of you don’t know who I am. And rightfully so, I’m nobody. I’m pretty private actually, and tend to ask the questions, without sharing on my end. So here goes….

Name: Val Plunk (full name Valerie but I feel like I’m in trouble when I hear that, because my mom is literally the only person who still calls me that)

Age: 33 (If you thought I was younger, I love and thank you, and we can be on our fast track journey to becoming bff’s)

Married: Yep! To Ryan, who I will always refer to as Big Ryno, it’s been my nickname for him since highschool.

He is annoyingly perfect, and everyone loves him. It works out well for me though, because he helps balance out my awkward and shy personality when I’m forced to be social in crowds. We’ve been married for 9 years and making out since I was 16. TMI? Sorry.

Kids: 2 little nuggets. The oldest is a girl named Sawyer who is 7, and my youngest son Lennox just turned 4. I haven’t decided if I will share their cute little faces on here or not. But you’ll see the back of them at least from a distance, and get to see fun activities I do with them.

It’s hard being a working mom, so I try to do creative things with them when I can. I also like to take pictures of said things so I can show them later “Seeeee, I was fun three weeks ago, what are you complaining about?!”

Job: Lead Stylist and NBR Trainer at DKW Styling Salon. It’s been a wild ride to say the least! I went to cosmetology school straight out of highschool and have been working ever since. (14 years in the bizzzz, damn I’m sounding old).

I joined DKW Styling almost 2 years ago. Danielle is an inspiration to so many women in our industry and I am forever grateful she took a chance on this stranger from IG, and let me join her salon.

We make a pretty great team, if I do say so myself. We laugh a ton, are both crazy artisitic, but have a drive in us that Gets. Shit. Done. Couldn’t be more proud or honored to work alongside her everyday.

Life Passion: Totally kidding. OH MY GOD, are you still here reading?! I’m so bored of myself, I can’t believe you haven’t checked out already. You’re free to go!

My goal in this, is to share bits of my real life, and hope you’ll share yours too. We can laugh at me (I’m totally OK with being the butt of the joke), vent about the crazies in our family, and swap life coping mechanisms (ie drink recipes!)  So please, introduce yourself, leave comments, suggest ideas of what you’d like to see, and just interact. I don’t do well with a one way broadcast…don’t leave me hanging here, guys!

Oh and PS I didn’t want to show up here on my first post with nothing to share, so HERE is a quick, delish appetizer. Bring it to your football party you’re going to on Sunday. I feel like it’s a crowd pleaser. And I’m pretty sure it’s healthy…



  • 16 ounces sour cream (See how healthy this is starting off? You’re welcome.)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (you guys, our bikini bodies just got better!)
  • 1/2 cup ham, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped
  • Few dashes of hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1, 16 ounce loaf of French bread (oh thank god, carbs, I was afraid I was going to be eating air)

These are exact measurements that the recipes calls for.  I personally eyeball everything because I hate measuring, and quite frankly, I don’t like to be told what to do. Let me live my life, wild and free. The point is, you can’t jack this dip up, so don’t stress about “dash” and “teaspoon”


Preheat oven to 350

Cut about a 1” thick oval in the top of your French loaf, leave out about a 2” perimeter (that’s your lid, set him aside for now)

Remove the rest of the soft bread on the inside. Keep in mind that you’ll be using that bread for dipping later, so make it decent sized chunks. No one wants to hand dip tiny crumbs into hot dip, fresh outta the oven.

Mix the rest of the ingredients together, until it is smooth and creamy.

Put the mixture into your hollowed out bread bowl

Remember that lid from earlier? You can put him on the top now.

Wrap the whole loaf in foil, and bake for an hour.

Take out, unwrap, and enjoy that sinful dip.

Also, you *might* wanna keep an eye on your cholesterol intake for the remainder of the week after eating this. Just saying…

Remember how I said I was a spaz earlier? Well, once I started making this dip, I got distracted by a craving for a semi lighter snack, so I whipped this guy up with ingredients I already had in our house.

So I’ll share this too.

Its just ricotta cheese, peaches, tomatoes, fresh basil, and balsamic glaze, ontop of a toasted french baguette, or bagel chips. Or anything really, I won’t put limitations on you like that. Just pick your fav carb and top it with the above ingredients.

So easy, and SO delish!


  1. Luann September 6, 2017 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    Hi Val, Love your blog and I’m gonna try this recipe!

    • Val Plunk September 7, 2017 at 9:32 pm - Reply

      Luann!! Thanks for following along. Let me know what you think of the recipes. The peach bruschetta is addicting, I just thought I’d warn you!

  2. Amy September 6, 2017 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Hey Val! This is one of my favorite dips. YUM! I’m super excited to check out what you are sharing every week!

    • Val Plunk September 7, 2017 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      Maybe I should share your caramel popcorn recipe we used to make and eat every other day! Ahhh the good ol days.

  3. Marlo September 6, 2017 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Val! Love this. I totally look forward to checking in on Wednesdays to see what’s new!

    • Val Plunk September 7, 2017 at 9:29 pm - Reply

      I mean, if we can’t live in the same state, we can keep in touch through blogs, right? Thank you for your endless support and encouragement. You’re my person, and I’m forever grateful for you!

  4. Negin September 6, 2017 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Good job 👏 I thought you were younger 😍

    • Val Plunk September 7, 2017 at 9:24 pm - Reply

      Okay it’s official. Best friends. Is it too soon for matching necklaces?

  5. Stacy September 6, 2017 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    Love! Can’t wait for Wednesday’s 😁👍🏽

    • Val Plunk September 7, 2017 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      Thanks Stacy, I love seeing familiar names and faces around here. All the feels!

  6. Ani September 6, 2017 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    So when are you hosting a party? I don’t cook but I like to eat and I know how to buy tequila 😂

    • Val Plunk September 7, 2017 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      Who makes all 36 meals for you, that you eat daily if you don’t cook?

  7. Megan September 6, 2017 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to read your weekly posts! You’re my favorite.

    • Val Plunk September 7, 2017 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      I hope you’re not driving and commenting…

  8. Heidi Dametz September 6, 2017 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    Great post Val! Loved it!!!!

    • Val Plunk September 7, 2017 at 9:21 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Heidi!

  9. Kendall September 6, 2017 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! Show me your closet! 😻

    • Val Plunk September 7, 2017 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      Ha! My closest is a disaster, no one should have to see that mess!

  10. Jamie September 6, 2017 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    Love it!!!

    • Val Plunk September 7, 2017 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      I feel like we’ve probably eaten this dip together at some point!

  11. Teresa September 6, 2017 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    Yum!! Thanks for sharing

    • Val Plunk September 7, 2017 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      Yum is right haha. Happy to share with you 🙂

  12. Heather September 6, 2017 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Love the blog! So trying this yummy recipe! Thanks 😘 Excited to see what else you have to share with us

    • Val Plunk September 7, 2017 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      Yay! I’m excited to hear who actually makes these recipes AND if you like them. Keep me updated! And seriously thanks for joining me here!

  13. Amie September 6, 2017 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    I read this whole thing with your actually voice so that counts as hanging out right?! Your my favorite.

    • Val Plunk September 7, 2017 at 9:16 pm - Reply

      Umm we totally just hung out if you read it, duh.

  14. Crystal September 6, 2017 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Yay! You’re so cute! Looking forward to reading your weekely blog! Your style is my fave and I can’t wait to try that dip! 🙂

    • Val Plunk September 7, 2017 at 9:15 pm - Reply

      I’m flattered my style is your fav… when in doubt, chucks and free people, my fav go-to’s!

  15. Carolyn September 6, 2017 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    Hi Val, great post and love your blog so cute! I can’t wait to try your apt thanks for sharing

    • Val Plunk September 7, 2017 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      Thanks Carolyn! Let me know if you try it, and what you think! Thanks for joining along, see ya in the blogworld next week!

  16. K Dogg September 6, 2017 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Frickin LOVE YOU!!!!! Awesome post so fun to read can’t wait to see you. 😘🖤🖤🖤

    • Val Plunk September 7, 2017 at 9:12 pm - Reply

      Katie, I need more of you in my life! Counting down the days till I see you!

  17. Caroline September 6, 2017 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Aweosme post, excited to read every Wednesday Val! I laughed throughout and appreciated the spaziness haha, I can relate, also next time I’m in the salon I’ll be picking your brain for some recipes 🙂

    • Val Plunk September 7, 2017 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      Spazzes unite! OK deal, recipe talk at your next appointment!

  18. Angele September 6, 2017 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    I love everything about this Val! I feel like you are talking to me! 🤣😍 I’m definitely making this recipe for football Sunday! Xo

    • Val Plunk September 7, 2017 at 12:18 pm - Reply

      Let me know how it turns out and if you love it as much as I do!

  19. Colby September 6, 2017 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    Val you crack me up !! Keep killin it girl!!! Miss you and big ryno

    • Val Plunk September 7, 2017 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      Colby! We miss you too. Hope the salon life is treating you well 🙂

  20. Schultz1008 September 7, 2017 at 3:35 am - Reply

    Love following you on IG, Val and now on the blog! I love your style so I hope you decide to share some fashion, too!

    • Val Plunk September 7, 2017 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      Thanks for following along! I’ll post some fashion soon, although you might be a little underwhelmed 🙂

    • Val Plunk September 7, 2017 at 9:10 pm - Reply

      Thanks for following along on IG and now the blog. Does that make us official friends now? I think it does!

  21. Linda September 7, 2017 at 6:04 am - Reply

    So glad to know every time I say your name you think you’re in trouble 😂 Seriously, couldn’t be more proud of you ❤️

    • Val Plunk September 7, 2017 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      Haha, but I ALWAYS know who’s saying that name 😉

  22. Catie September 7, 2017 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Val you’re adorable and I loved everything about this! ❤️ Can’t wait to keep reading on Wednesday’s 😊

    • Val Plunk September 7, 2017 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      Katie, you’re the best! Thanks for that, and for reading along!

  23. Christy Tuverson September 7, 2017 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    I will gladly read all things Val!

    • Val Plunk September 7, 2017 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      Oh Christy, you know I lalalooove you!

  24. […]Be sure to check out my last blog post with Val. She shared some really yummy quick recipes with everyone. […]

  25. Barb September 8, 2017 at 11:44 am - Reply

    A friend of mine Katy (aka Harry) has been bragging about you since I met her 10+ years ago. Awesome to see how far you’ve come and your blog is rather refreshing as well 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

    • Danielle K. White September 12, 2017 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      ha ha thanks! love my job and excited to see where the next 5 years takes me!!

    • Val Plunk September 16, 2017 at 9:37 am - Reply

      Ahhh Barb! I’ve heard so much about you too from our girl Katy. and Thank you, refreshing is a compliment I will take! Thanks for saying hi!

  26. Amy September 9, 2017 at 8:06 am - Reply

    This is awesome Val!!! Congrats on the blog!!! 😘

    • Val Plunk September 16, 2017 at 9:35 am - Reply

      Thanks for reading along, Amy!

  27. Morgan September 12, 2017 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Hi Val, love your dress in this post! Where is it from?

    • Val Plunk September 16, 2017 at 9:34 am - Reply

      Thanks Morgan, Its from Free People 🙂

  28. Jena Kravitz September 13, 2017 at 12:50 am - Reply

    Val!! This is awesome!!

    • Val Plunk September 14, 2017 at 6:54 am - Reply

      Thanks, Jena 🙂

  29. Jim Kammert March 17, 2018 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Proud of you as well Val…learned today that you think youre in trouble if your full name is said. Lol. Love you tons, dad


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