Dressing Room Diaries

Happy Monday, loves! Did you have a fabulous weekend? Our weekend highlight was celebrating Mama Sugarplum’s birthday! She lives about an hour away, so it’s always a treat when we get together.

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a shopping day, but don’t worry, we scheduled our biggest day of the year…shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! The catalog was released last week, and while I spotted several promising pieces, I’ve got the inside scoop on so much more!

Thanks to my Gibson x Hi Sugarplum Collection sold exclusively at Nordstrom, I’ve been able to view tons of new Fall pieces that will be available 40% off. The Anniversary Sale starts July 12 for cardholders, and July 20 to the public, so stay tuned for my top picks and best sale finds!

Today I’ve got a new Dressing Room Diaries for you…and you know the drill, I hunt down some of the cutest new arrivals from my favorite retailers, and review them for you. The shots aren’t good, the lighting is bad, my hair is usually past it’s expiration, and many of the items aren’t a good fit for me…but it’s real life, real girl, real clothes…and hopefully helpful for you to see them this way, instead of perfectly styled on a model.

And because of the holiday, most everything is on sale! I’ve indicated the sale and necessary code in each description.

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Fit Note: I’m 5’4″-ish, 120 pounds-ish (depending on the week’s taco count), with a slight pear shape. My usual size is an XS/0. 

Let’s kick it off with my favorite closet category….dresses! This knit dress is both casual and striking…the bold stripe and gorgeous blue make it such a head-turner. It’s thick cotton knit with a slight off-the-shoulder neckline and flattering fit and flare shape. The real highlight is the back though! (Sale: 40% off with code HBDUSA)

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a regular XS.

Striped Knit Dress | Sandals

White eyelet is a summer favorite for sure, and I can never resist a good fit and flare dress. This one is made of a sturdy cotton, with a fun eyelet overlay. The tie and flounce hem make it extra feminine, and easily dresses up or down. I’d wear it with wedges or flat sandals for a casual day, or add strappy heels and a colorful clutch for dressier occasions. (Sale: 40% off with code ALLSTAR)

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a regular 0, but petite sizing is available for shorter length. 

Eyelet Fit and Flare Dress | Sandals

I was a little iffy on this dress when I spotted it online, but it looked too fun not to try….and hello, darling!! I immediately started twirling and my whole family gave it two thumbs up! It’s a thick blend with adjustable steps and optional tie at the waist. The ric rac trim is adorable and so festive for Summer, and the ruffle hem gives it a feminine spin. It dresses up or down depending on your shoes, and is perfect for vacation!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a regular 0. It’s intended to be a midi dress, but it fits closer to a maxi on me (but doesn’t drag the floor, bonus!)

Embroidered Maxi Dress

Summer parties and weddings? This sassy dress is a perfect option! I’d even wear it with flat sandals for a fun day look. The one-shoulder gives a peek of skin, but the knee-length keeps it appropriate for most occasions. It’s fully-lined with a fun, asymmetrical flounce hem, and drapes beautifully away from the body. Plus, how darling is that tropical print?!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a regular 0

One-Shoulder Tropical Dress

I love so much about this dress, but I think it’s best reserved for those with ‘younger’ boobs. It doesn’t allow for an sort of bra, nor does the front provide much support, so it wasn’t a flattering fit for this 2-time mama. 😉 I am, however, obsessed with the chambray stripe, ruffle shoulder, and racerback! Please buy this and let me live vicariously through your perky chest!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS.

Smocked Midi Dress

This little sundress is summer perfection…so lightweight and flattering…and under $50! The top is fitted smocking, with a full skirt of poplin cotton. It’s fully-lined, but still light and breezy. The straps are adjustable and it falls below the knee.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS.

Smocked Sundress | Wedges

This jersey knit dress is the one you’ll grab for every day running around, or even over your swimsuit. It’s crazy soft and comfortable, and so cute with sandals or sneakers. You’ll feel like you’re wearing pajamas, but look infinitely cuter!

Fit Tip: It’s a generous fit, I’m wearing an XS

Racerback Knit Dress

This dress screams vacation…the shades of blue and green are so lovely, with a fun watercolor pattern. It has adjustable straps, breezy-soft material, and partially lined to the thighs.

Fit Tip: It’s true to size, I’m wearing an XS. This regular length is too long for me, but petite sizing is available for no hemming!

Abstract Midi Dress

This sheath dress is amazingly flattering with a showstopper bow back. The t-back style is so flattering on the shoulders, and the material thick enough to hug your body (while concealing lumps and bumps). I love that it looks classic from the front, with the unexpected dash of sass on the back. It comes in this punchy pink and two other gorgeous colors. (Sale: 40% off!)

Fit Tip: I sized up to a 2 for a less body-con fit across my hips and bum.

Bow Back Sheath Dress

I feel like I’ve been ‘Out of Office’ since returning from Hawaii! I’m having a hard time balancing summer with the kids home and my work responsibilities….anyone else dealing with this? This tee is not only fun for the season, but crazy soft.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Graphic Tee | White Jeans | Sandals

I love a good camisole top for an easy night-out style, and this one has the cutest scallop trim, adjustable straps, and comes in a slew of colors. It’s also lined across the chest for extra coverage. Pair it with jeans or a skirt and wedges, and you’re ready for a Summer date or girls night. (Sale: 50% off, plus extra 15% off!)

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 2, but I’d size up if you’re busty.

Scalloped Camisole | White Jeans | Sandals | Flower Earrings

I love this embroidered dress so much, I had to try it in shirt form…and fell hard for this navy and white combo. It’s a lightweight linen blend, but doesn’t wrinkle easily. It’s lightweight and breezy, with a slight bell shape. (Sale: 50% off, only $20!)

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 2.

Embroidered Linen Top | White Jeans | Sandals | Flower Earrings

Another fun embroidered option, this one in a crisp cotton poplin with seersucker print. It comes in three super-fun color combos (including a pink, orange and white option!), and is casual, yet chic. I love the longer length and sturdy cotton, too. (Sale: 60% off, only $25!)

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 2.

Embroidered Striped Top | White Jeans | Sandals | Flower Earrings

A girl’s closet can never have too much gingham! Over the years, I’ve collected almost every color in the rainbow. #sorrynotsorry They are perfect paired with florals, layered under stripes, and of course worn alone. It’s a classic pattern that never goes out of style, and this perfect pink shade is a hard one to find! It’s gauzy light, and so soft. (Sale: 30% off!)

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 2.

Pink Gingham Shirt | White Jeans | Sandals | Flower Earrings

Chambray is like white, in that it goes with literally everything! You know that skirt or pants that you only ever pair with white…try it with chambray. Correction, try it with this chambray! So cute with the flutter sleeves and flattering wrap shape. It’s a sturdy cotton and doesn’t wrinkle easily. (Sale: 40% off!)

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a size 2.

Chambray Wrap Shirt | White Jeans | Sandals | Flower Earrings

How cute is this popover top in crisp cotton? I adore the little collar, cuffed sleeve and deep olive hue. I’d wear it with jeans, shorts and even tucked into a skirt. (Sale: 30% off!)

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Poplin Popover Top | Jean Skirt | Sandals | Flower Earrings

Hello darling jumper in the cutest tropical print! Obviously you know this was a keeper for me since I wore it all over Hawaii! I love the print and soft, silky material…it’s light and comfy, too. (Sale: 40% off!)

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 2p…the petite is a great cropped length, but size up from your regular size.

Tropical Jumpsuit | Sandals

And finally, this last pic is twice as nice! First up, our favorite tank for Summer, the Bonita Ruffle Tank from the Gibson x Hi Sugarplum Collection, is restocked in most every color and size!! I’m living in mine and adore every single color!

And second, a fun alternative to cut-off shorts is this cute denim cut-off skirt. It’s a great shorter length, but not dangerously short, if you know what I mean. I’ve owned and loved my white jean skirt for several years, so I thought it was time to add one in classic denim. (Sale: Skirt is 30% off!)

Fit Tip: The tank is a relaxed fit, I’m wearing an XS. Size down if you prefer a closer fit. The skirt runs large in the waist, so size down from your usual jean size if you have a small waist (it stretches for hips). I’m wearing a 25. 

Ruffle Tank | Jean Skirt | Sandals

Okay, that’s it for today! I do hope you found it helpful, and maybe discovered some new goodies and styling ideas! And be sure to check previous Dressing Room Diaries because many of the items are now on sale!

What’s your favorite from this round of Dressing Room Diaries?

{Great Holiday Sales}
NORDSTROM // Big sales like 30% off these amazing sandals!
LOFT // 40% off everything with code HBDUSA
OLD NAVY // Up to 60% off everything (grab this jean jacket!!)
J.CREW // Up to 50% off Summer styles, including swim!
J.CREW FACTORY // 50% off everything, site wide
COLLEEN ROTHSCHILD // 20% off site wide with code SUGARPLUM20
BAUBLE BAR // Up to 75% off!
LANDS END // 50% off all swim & accessories
ACCESSORY CONCIERGE // 40% off site wide (including my fave tassel necklace!)

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  1. Sounds like you had an awesome weekend with the family, Cassie! Loving your outfits today! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Posted 7.2.18 Reply
  2. Sandy wrote:

    The one shoulder tropical dress. So beyond cute! And versatile.
    WOW-sa! on the bow back sheath dress! Right on Cassie!

    Posted 7.2.18 Reply
  3. Sevahn wrote:

    Yes definitely the one shoulder tropical dress, and the pink dress with that gorgeous bow in the back, followed by the white embroidered maxi dress!

    Posted 7.2.18 Reply
  4. Sharon wrote:

    I love each and every dress you tried one! Especially that Free People dress, it looks amazing on you. I cannot wait to see what goes on sale in just a couple days for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

    Posted 7.2.18 Reply
  5. Patty wrote:

    The bow back pink sheath dress is the most flattering dress I’ve seen on you.

    Posted 7.3.18 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      My goodness, thank you!! I think I’ll put it on now and never take it off!!! 😉

      Posted 7.9.18 Reply