Dressing Room Diaries

Happy Friday, friends, and cheers to the holiday weekend! I’m particularly excited because our son surprised us with a last-minute visit over the break! Apparently he ‘needs a few things,’ but I think he was craving a night in his own bed! And maybe a few hugs!

Hopefully goodbyes aren’t too hard after these mini-visits…I don’t think my heart is ready for that emotion again! But I miss his sweet face so much, it’s worth it just to see him. Exquisite pain. Devastating joy. This transitioning to college experience has been chock-full of oxymorons!

Thanks so much for the love on this week’s posts! In case you missed it, I shared some fun Summer styles perfect for Labor Day, along with an incredible deal on the perfect student laptop/tablet. And of course I loved having Mr. SP on the blog sharing his go-to hair care essentials. I appreciate you stopping by to say hi, and always appreciate your feedback!

Today I’m excited to share a new Dressing Room Diaries with Mama Sugarplum, and it’s a GOOD one. New seasonal pieces are really rolling in now, and the retailers are bringing their A-games! Plus, thanks to the holiday, there’s also a lot on sale. (See the end of this post for my sale round-up.) I looked for pieces suitable for the transitional season ahead.

You know the drill with Dressing Room Diaries…I hunt down some of the cutest items from my favorite retailers, and review them for you. As usual, the shots aren’t good, the lighting is bad, and I’m in desperate need of a hairbrush. 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. So let’s get started!

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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 XS/0. Mama Sugarplum is 5’1″, with an hourglass figure, and her usual size is XS/2p.



Mama Sugarplum and I both walked immediately to this fun tank…the embroidery and poms were calling our name! It’s soft cotton with a slightly a-line shape and longer length.

Oh, and you’ll likely notice I’m wearing the same jeans in virtually every picture…I’m obsessed! They are soft and super stretchy with a mid-rise, no distressing, and the cutest little kick at the hem. They’re perfect for sandals and flats for transitional season. And they’re on sale…find them here!! I’m wearing a regular 2, and they’re a little loose.

Mama SP is wearing her fave dark wash high rise jeans in every pic, too. She’s wearing a 2.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Embellished Cotton Tank | Cropped Jeans | Sandals | Earrings (20% off!)

Fit Tip: Mom wearing a small 

Embellished Cotton Tank | Cropped Jeans | Sandals | Earrings | High-Rise Dark Wash Jeans | Wedge Sneakers


I love a good graphic tee for wearing by itself and especially layered under blazers. But I’m very picky about them…they can’t be cheesy or too busy, and must have the perfect fit. And I hit the jackpot with them this month! This was my fave, not only do I love the saying, but I love how it’s discreetly tucked on the pocket. The tee is crazy soft and stretchy, too.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

‘Be a Nice Human’ Tee | White Jeans | Sandals


Two more fun tees, these a little thinner, but not sheer. Both are super soft with a slim fit.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS in both.

‘Brunch’ Tee | ‘Fri-Yay’ Tee | Cropped Jeans | Earrings

Fit Tip: Mama SP wearing a small.

‘Brunch’ Tee | ‘Fri-Yay’ Tee | Cropped Jeans | Sandals | Earrings | High-Rise Dark Wash Jeans | Wedge Sneakers


This softer-than-soft pullover top is in my Top Faves of all time, and I’m thrilled to see they brought it back! It feels like your favorite loungewear, but has a relaxed sexy style about it. It’s a brushed fleece with good drape, and a medium weight. The curved hem makes it cute worn out or tucked.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS and it’s oversized.

Softest V-Neck Pullover | White Jeans | Sandals | Earrings

I’m pretty sure Mama SP has it in every color!

Fit Tip: She’s wearing an XS

Softest V-Neck Pullover | White Jeans | Sandals | Earrings | High-Rise Dark Wash Jeans | Wedge Sneakers



My mom visibly swooned at these tops…she looooves a Peter Pan collar! I have to admit, it made me cringe as a kid, but I love them now. Especially paired with a graphic black and white. These are beautiful with trousers or pencil skirts, and darling peeking out from under a blazer.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Polka Dot Top | Fringe Trim Top | Black Jeans | Earrings

Fit Tip: Mama SP wearing a small

Polka Dot Top | Fringe Trim Top | Black Jeans | Earrings


Little Miss Preppy!! So cute in this gingham top with side button detail. She picked up this lightweight cotton cardigan for an extra layer over her sleeveless styles.

Fit Tip: She’s wearing a small in both pieces.

Gingham Top with Side Buttons | Cardigan | High-Rise Dark Wash Jeans


This top is a lightweight sweater knit, with a cute layered look. The hem is a silky stripe, and the back is open to show more of the pattern. It’s the classic Loft top that they do so well! And it’s 50% off with code LONGWEEKEND

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS.

Layered Top  | Cropped Jeans | Sandals | Earrings


Leopard is absolutely everywhere this season, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s been my favorite neutral for years, and I love it in big or small doses for most any outfit. This leopard shell is silky with the perfect shades of brown and black, and sassy worn alone for date night, or classic with trousers or under a blazer for work. Definitely a classic piece you’ll wear for years!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Leopard Shell | Black Jeans | Wedge Booties | Earrings

Mama SP loved it as well, and added a little more edge with the moto jacket!

Fit Tip: She’s wearing an XS blouse and S jacket.

Leopard Shell | Black Jeans | Faux-Leather Jacket


Another classic blouse, this one with pretty lace detail on the shoulder. The quality is incredible, and comes in additional colors.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Lace Trim Blouse | White Jeans | Leopard Flats


More leopard, but this one with shades of black and gray. This shell is lightweight with a longer length, and completely bra-friendly. It comes in tons of colors and patterns, and is cute worn alone, or the perfect layer under blazers and jackets.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Black Leopard Shell | Cropped Jeans | Sandals | Earrings


I told you leopard was everywhere! So smitten with this long-sleeve version…it’s classic, yet sassy. A lightweight silky top with roll-tab sleeves, you can button it up for work, or let a little loose for a night out.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Leopard Blouse | White Jeans | Pumps



Lightweight cardigans and jackets are the perfect transitional pieces, and so easy to throw over our fave Summer tees and tops once the weather starts to cool. This cardigan has a relaxed boyfriend fit, and is super-soft and stretchy. It’s a shorter length, and would be cute with pencils skirts and trousers, too. It’s on sale, plus an extra 20% off!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Boyfriend Cardigan | Essential Tee | Cropped Jeans | Sandals


Okay, so this isn’t a blazer or cardigan, but it’s so thick and cozy, it’s more than a ‘Top.’ A classic sweatshirt material, that’s soft and so comfy, with cute varsity style lettering. It’s on sale + an extra 20% off, too.

Fit Tip: I sized up to a small for a relaxed fit.

‘Good Times’ Sweatshirt | Cropped Jeans | Sandals


This short-sleeve cardigan is lightweight enough to wear now! Super soft with a silky feel, drop shoulders and loose arms. The lighting in this Loft dressing room isn’t ideal, but the stripes are shades of gray, ivory and oatmeal. Take 40% off with code LONGWEEKEND

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Lightweight Short-Sleeve Cardigan | Cropped Jeans | Wedge Sneakers

Fit Tip: We’re both wearing XS

Lightweight Short-Sleeve Cardigan | Cropped Jeans | Wedge Sneakers | High-Rise Dark Wash Jeans | Wedge Booties


This blazer is hands-down my favorite! I adore the fit and notch collar, and since it’s a cotton knit, it’s also super comfortable. It’s really thick with a cute contrasting liner, that’s a fun peek of pattern if you cuff the sleeves. I have it in white and wear it non-stop. I want to add another color, but can’t choose between the gray or black!

Fit Tip: I size down for a shorter, shrunken fit…I’m wearing petite XS

Knit Blazer | ‘Fri-Yay’ Graphic Tee | Cropped Jeans | Sandals | Earrings

Fit Tip: Mom is wearing petite small

Knit Blazer | ‘Fri-Yay’ Graphic Tee | Cropped Jeans | Earrings | Sandals | ‘I Got This’ Graphic Tee | High-Rise Dark Wash Jeans | Wedge Sneakers



I put these sassy pants on the moment they arrived, and didn’t take them off all day! They’re crazy cute, and so comfy! A lightweight crepe material that moves and flows, with a belted waist and wide legs. They come in several fun colors and patterns, but these green leopard called to me.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a petite XS, but they’re almost too short in the stride.

Essential Tee | Leopard Pants | Pumps


I love a good denim skirt, but finding a good one is not easy! Most are too short, or too wide in the waist, so I was thrilled to find this one fit like a glove! There are darts on the back that allow for a better fit at the waist, and it falls just above the knee. The back pockets are perfectly-placed to avoid that ‘flat butt’ effect.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

‘Brunch’ Tee | Button-Front Jean SkirtSandals


These pants are another great option, but in a longer length, with a slightly wider leg. They’re made of a stretchy crepe, so they fit comfortably. The high waist creates a longer leg, too! I paired it with this fun floral and leopard halter top, that’s perfect for work to date night.

Fit Tip: The pants run small, I sized up one to a small. The top is true, I’m wearing XS

Leopard & Floral Top | High-Waist Wide Leg Pant | Pumps


I shared these camo pants during the NSale, but needed a different size. I was thrilled to scoop them up, and know I’ll wear them all Fall. I love camo with chambray, black, gray and pink…and of course graphic tees. I like the message of this one, don’t you? Oh, and the pants are 40% off!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a regular 2 in the pants (they are already cropped, so the petite were too short), and XS tee.

‘Be a Nice Human’ Graphic Tee | Camo Pants (40% off!) | Wedge Sneakers



Okay, clearly I’m having a leopard moment, too! I had no idea I’d selected so much until this post! The dress is thick and stretchy, and hugs the body without being too body-con. It’s less mustardy in person than this image depicts, and has an unexpected touch of pink in it. It would be so chic with a black blazer and pumps.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small.

Leopard Sheath Dress | Earrings | Sandals


If you’re looking for something a little sweeter, this polka dot fit-and-flare is a fun option. It has a cute grosgrain ribbon belt attached, and is fully-lined. And 40% off!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 0

Polka Dot Fit-and-Flare Dress | Pumps


I love the navy and green combo of this stretchy shift dress. Wear it with nude heels for work, or keep it casual with sandals. The dark colors make it great for transitional season, too.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 0, but would size up if in between.

Colorblocked Shift Dress | Sandals


A mock neck dress in the perfect colors for fall…I love the mod print and belted waist of this dress. Wear it now with sandals, and later with a cardigan.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small for a looser fit and more length.

Retro-Print Belted Dress | Sandals


And last but certainly not least…many of our Gibson x Hi Sugarplum Collection pieces are now on sale!! All your faves from both the Resort and Summer of Color Collections are up to 50% off! Including the reader fave Bonita Ruffle Tank and Mykonos Racerback Romper. Find them all here!


Okay, that’s it for today, I hope you found some new goodies! If you missed our last installment of Dressing Room Diaries, check it out here! And if you’re looking for Amazon finds, check out my August Fashion Faves here.

What’s your favorite from this round of Dressing Room Diaries? Happy holiday weekend, lovebugs!



Nordstrom // Huge Seasonal Sale with incredible markdowns
J.Crew // 40% off full price and extra 50% off sale items with code SUNSET
J.Crew Factory // 50% off everything!
Loft // 40% off site wide with code LONGWEEKEND
Old Navy // Everything on sale + extra 20% off
Accessory Concierge // 50% off the summer sale tab with code ABC123
Colleen Rothschild // 20% site wide with code WORK20
Evereve // Several new markdowns and free shipping over $50
Kendra Scott // 20% off site wide
Banana Republic // 40% off most everything and free 3-5 day shipping with code BRSHIP
Express // 40% off site wide and free shipping over $50
Gap // 40% off site wide with code DAYOFF and extra 50% off all markdowns
Macy’s // Up to 60% off with code WKND
Pottery Barn // 15%-30% off depending on your total with code SAVEMORE
Nordstrom Rack // Extra 25% off clearance


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  1. Dianne wrote:

    I always love your Dressing Room Diaries. Can you tell me what makeup cosmetics and skincare that Mama SP uses.


    Posted 8.30.19 Reply
  2. Casey wrote:

    You and your mom make me smile. Great clothing roundup! Please give details on Mama SP skincare and makeup.

    Posted 8.30.19 Reply
  3. Sarah wrote:

    This morning I opened up my email and said, “Sarah you are not going to buy anything, just look!” But I’ve been on a hunt for a blue or green blazer so of course I ordered that cute one in navy! Thanks as always! 🙂

    Posted 8.30.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      I hope you love it!!! It’s a great fit!

      Posted 8.31.19 Reply
  4. Rebecca wrote:

    So many cute things. I want all the leopard!!! And I send encouraging notes to co-workers each Friday and sign off with Happy Fri-YAY! so that tee is a must. Thanks for posting such fun finds for us middle aged mommas. And enjoy the hugs with your boy. And I’ll say the goodbyes do get easier. My Sooner came home 1-2 times every month last year to see his girlfriend. We would get one dinner with him and a few good hours of conversation and then he’d do his thing the rest of the time. That worked for all of us. #boomer

    Posted 8.30.19 Reply
  5. sharon wrote:

    Yeah!! Missed dressing room diaries!!!! Welcome back and Mama Sugarplum!!!

    Posted 8.30.19 Reply
  6. Laura wrote:

    Hi Cassie,

    I thought you might resonate with this mother’s piece about the ordinary sadnesses of parenthood.

    Posted 8.30.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thank you so much for sharing!!

      Posted 8.31.19 Reply
  7. Alyssa wrote:

    Cassie, can you share the link to the colorful bracelets in the good times sweatshirt?

    Posted 9.1.19 Reply