Dressing Room Diaries

Happy Friday, friends, and cheers to the weekend! Mr. SP has been backpacking from Mammoth to Yosemite for the last week, and I can’t wait for him to get home tonight! Wonder just how grizzly he’ll be after a week of sleeping on the ground and burying your own poo? (I’m not even kidding…why do you think I didn’t go?!)

It’s funny you don’t realize just how much your spouse does around the house until he’s gone! I was struggling to keep up without him this week…but don’t tell him I said that, ha!

Today I’ve got a new Dressing Room Diaries, full of fun new arrivals for late summer and early fall! It’s a mix of retailers from J.Crew to Walmart…but I don’t want you to judge the book by it’s label, so they’re all mixed in! My job is to find the cutest things, regardless of the brand, and I think you’ll be surprised by these.

You know the drill with Dressing Room Diaries… 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 (or at least I was pre-quarantine!), with a slight pear shape. My usual size is XS/0. 


Tops & Tees //

This top had me at details! The color, the embroidery, the ruffles…I love it all! Made of a crisp cotton, it’s light and breathable, and looks darling tucked or out.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Ruffle-Sleeve Cotton Top (25% off!) | White Jeans (only $12!)| Guitar String Bracelets (code SUGARPLUM30 for 30% off!) | Sandals


Another fun statement top, you’ll rock your Zooms with this spotted leopard print. I love the ruffle neck and flutter sleeve, and it easily dresses up with trousers.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Flutter-Sleeve Top (25% off!) | White Jeans (only $12!)| Guitar String Bracelets (code SUGARPLUM30 for 30% off!) | Sandals


I can always count on Gibson to deliver the softest, most comfy pieces…and this top will be a new go-to. Made of a cool jersey knit, it’s lightweight and crazy soft. It has a drop shoulder and cute twist front that gives it a half-tuck style. Wear it with jeans, shorts, or the coordinating jogger.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XXS (size down!)

Twist Front Tee (Use code SUGARPLUM20 for 20% off!) | White Jeans (only $12!) | Colorful Bracelet Stack | Sandals


Clearly I have this thing with flutter sleeves! I just love how they skim the arm, creating a slimmer silhouette. This one is comfy jersey tee material, with a cute textured swiss dot.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS, but would go up one if in-between.

Flutter-Sleeve Jersey Tee (25% off!) | White Jeans (only $12) | Sandals | Guitar String Bracelets (save 30% with code SUGARPLUM30) | Star Necklace


A closet staple, this striped tee is preppy perfection. Made of a soft, washable cotton, with 3/4 sleeves and slight boat neck. Super cute with a basic jean or short, and even cuter when paired with a floral skirt. Layer it under a jacket for a fun pattern peek, too.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small, but it runs large, I’d prefer an XS

Boat-Neck Striped 3/4-Sleeve Tee (only $12!) | White Jeans | Sandals | Guitar String Bracelets (save 30% with code SUGARPLUM30)


My infatuation with elbow sleeve tops continues, and this one is a cross between a t-shirt and sweater. Soft and lightweight, it comes in fall’s best colors. Wear it casual, or tuck it in to a skirt or trousers for dressed up workwear.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Puff-Sleeve Top (25% off) | White Jeans | Sandals | Guitar String Bracelets (code SUGARPLUM30 to save!) | Star Necklace


Henleys are the best basics for wearing with everything from jeans to joggers, and the price on this 2-pack can’t be beat! Made of a soft, waffle knit, it’s lightweight and comes in a great solids and fun patterns.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small

Thermal Henley T-Shirt (2 for $13!) | White Jeans | Sneakers | Guitar String Bracelets (30% off with code SUGARPLUM30) | Star Necklace


I never met a popover top I didn’t love, especially when it’s chambray! A great transitional piece, this top is a sturdy chambray with a petite color and flattering v-neck. The sleeves are long, but I prefer them pushed up. It has a side slit for wearing out or tucked.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS, but would prefer a more relaxed fit across the hips, so would size up.

Denim Popover Shirt | White Jeans | Sandals | Guitar String Bracelets (30% off with code SUGARPLUM30)


Plaid flannel season will be here before we know it, and this black and white is the perfect transition. Made of a soft, brushed cotton, it has a close fit through the shoulders and petite collar to keep it feminine. Wear it fitted or size up for a relaxed style with leggings.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small

Plaid Flannel Shirt (extra 30% off!) | White Jeans | Chain Slides | Guitar String Bracelets (save with code SUGARPLUM30) | Star Necklace


Sweatshirts & Sweaters //

Stripes plus an embroidered heart?! How could I NOT love this sweatshirt?! Super soft in a classic sweatshirt material, this one is the perfect fall weight.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small.

Striped Sweatshirt with Heart (under $20!) | White Jeans | Guitar String Bracelets (30% off with code SUGARPLUM30) | Sneakers


A fun twist on the usual leopard, this blue print is so fun for fall. It’s a relaxed fit, but I’d layer it over a tee for more softness.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Crewneck Leopard Sweater | White Jeans | Chain Slides | Guitar Sting Bracelets


The best part of early fall? Cardigans, of course! This one is the cutest combo of colors and stripes, in a super-soft, lightweight cotton. Layer it with cut-offs now, and jeans later. Definitely one of my fave finds of the month!!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small. This is 861-pink (the picture looks like wool, but mine is def cotton!)

Color Block Cardigan (861-pink) | Scoopneck Tee | White Jeans | Chain Slides | Star NecklaceGuitar String Bracelets (30% off with code SUGARPLUM30)


Another incredible option if you prefer lightweight cardigans…this one is just long enough to cover the bum, but not overwhelm your frame. Made of a soft cotton-blend, it has an open front and pockets. It comes in a slew of great colors, too!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small

Open-Front Cardigan (under $15!) | Scoopneck Tee | White Jeans | Chain Slides | Star NecklaceGuitar String Bracelets


If you prefer a chunkier option, this cardigan is one of my long-time faves. It now comes in this fresh new color, and the cutest stripes!

These booties are my favorite from the NSale, and literally have me excited for fall! They are the perfect neutral for every color in my closet (including black!), and the side cut-out is flattering on the ankle, but still room for socks!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS sweater and booties are TTS

Long Cardigan | Scoopneck Tee | White Jeans | Booties | Star NecklaceGuitar String Bracelets


Dresses & Jumpsuits //

Surprise! Our popular Laguna Ruffle Racerback Dress is BACK in the best pre-fall colors!! Made of literally the world’s softest knit, you’ll never want to take it off! Pair it with sandals or sneakers, or just for lounging around the house. This is one of the hottest selling styles from our Gibson x Hi Sugarplum Collections!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Ruffle-Back Dress (save 20% off with code SUGARPLUM20!) | Sandals | Guitar String Bracelets


I love the deep blue of this handkerchief dress, along with the flowy fit and shape. It’s a fully-lined woven material, with elastic smocking at the waist and wrists, and an asymmetrical hem.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small, but need an XS, so it’s TTS

Long Sleeve Handkerchief Dress (comes in yellow, too) | Strappy Heels | Star NecklaceGuitar String Bracelets


I feel like the red dress dancing emoji in this stunner! Made of a thick, stretchy crepe, it hugs and smooths your frame with a slight a-line shape. It’s hard to tell by the photo, but it comes up on the neckline a bit, giving it a super-chic style, with a flattering deep v-neck.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 2

V-Neck Sleeveless Dress | Guitar String Bracelets | Strappy HeelsStar Necklace


Okay, look past the fact this isn’t my correct size…but how cute is this jumpsuit! Made of a thick, stretchy crepe, it has exaggerated flutter sleeves and a wide cropped pant. Such a fun pieces for day or night, and comes in this fun kelly green and bold red.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 2-petite, but need a regular 2.

Ruffle Sleeve Jumpsuit | Strappy Heels | Guitar String Bracelets | Star Necklace


Loungewear & Pajamas //

Okay, now for my favorite category of late…give me all the loungewear! #elasticismyfriend This is the same twist-front top I shared earlier, but so cozy with a jogger pant. Save an extra 20% off both with code SUGARPLUM20!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XXS top and XS joggers.

Front-Twist Tee | Joggers | Star Necklace


This sweatsuit is just waiting for chilly days…in a traditional sweatshirt material, it’s a medium weight and fleece lined for extra softness. It comes in a ton of patterns and colors, but I’m partial to this subtle camo.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small in both pieces for a relaxed fit.

Camo Crewneck Sweatshirt | Camo Joggers


How about this for a cute pajama set?! Soft cotton, it feels like your favorite tee and leggings, but in the cutest, preppy pattern.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small.

Henley Pajama Set | Star Necklace


And finally, I’m crazy for these leopard lounge pants, in a cute jogger style. They’re a medium weight cotton for spring to fall, and pass as lounge wear or pajamas.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small, but they run big, so an XS would be better

Scoopneck Tee | Pajama Joggers


One last thing…the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends this weekend, and prices on all the new fall arrivals will go up to their regular price. You can find all my coverage of this huge annual sale HERE, and shop the NSale HERE.

These are my personal top finds, and all are still in stock!

1.  Framed Beach Art
2.  Slip-On Platform Sneakers
3.  Long Cardigan
4.  Neulash Growth Serum
5.  Black Absolution Jeans
6.  Go-with-everything, super-comfy, ankle booties
7.  No-Wedgie comfy undies
8.  Camo utility jacket with pink hood
9.  World’s best strapless bra
10. Cozy Throw


Okay, that’s it for today, I hope you found some new goodies and enjoyed the post as much as I enjoyed creating it! 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? What can I help you find for next time? Let me know what you’re shopping for these days, plus any retailers you’d like to see included! Happy weekend, lovebugs!



Accessory Concierge // 30% off guitar string bracelet set with SUGARPLUM30
American Eagle // 25% off jeans. 30% off all sweatshirts & joggers
Anthropologie // Extra 50% off sale
BudhaGirl // 15% off, including my favorite all-weather bangles, with code HiSugarplum
Colleen Rothschild // Up to 50% off select items during Summer Flash Sale or  20% off your remaining purchase with code SUGARPLUM20
DSW // 50% off sandals with code SANDEALS
GibsonLook  // 20% off site-wide with code SUGARPLUM20
J.Crew // 25% off full-price styles with code SHOPNOW. Extra 60% off sale styles
J.Crew Factory // 50%-70% off everything
LOFT // Up to 80% off sale styles with code LOVE
Nordstrom // Anniversary Sale open to all! Up to 40% off new fall
Old Navy // Up to 50% off storewide
Serena & Lily // Free shipping on everything with code DISCOVER
Talbots //25% off your regular-priced purchase


Leave a Comment


  1. patricia wrote:

    Alas, nearly all my Nordstrom by mail purchases (finally arrived) are going back to the store. I do not do well trying to buy online. I bought pjs, booties, leopard print mules, and joggers; all are getting returned. The Neulash I’m keeping.

    Maybe a post on how you shop online? How you calculate fit? I know you buy and return a lot…

    Posted 8.28.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      That’s such a bummer your pieces weren’t a good fit! I do 90% of my shopping online (even prior to Covid!), and certainly have a lot of misses. That’s why I try to stick with retailers with free shipping and returns. The goal of my DRD posts is to find the best things and give you (hopefully) helpful tips on sizing for your own online orders.

      Posted 8.30.20 Reply
  2. Sandy wrote:

    Mammoth! You should have went along! Enough gorgeous scenery to bring tears to your eyes! I do understand tho-the roughing it part, ha, ha.
    And hubby’s need to know, how much work the house and yard are. You’re break is next.
    Cast my vote-white house w/a robin’s egg blue door. White is timeless. Fun, Cassie! : )

    Posted 8.28.20 Reply
  3. Jeri wrote:

    My daughter and I were just looking at that handkerchief dress at Wal-mart yesterday. Just as cute on as it looked on the hanger. Thanks for giving it a chance. There are a few more color choices in the store than online.

    Posted 8.28.20 Reply
  4. Kim wrote:

    I love your soft pink rug in these pics! Can you share info please?

    Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  5. Karen wrote:

    Can you do a hair tutorial on the way your hair is styled in these pictures? So cute!

    Posted 9.10.20 Reply