Dressing Room Diaries

Cheers to almost-Friday, friends! Y’all absolutely blew me away with your response to our One Room Challenge reveal yesterday! I knew we loved the room like crazy, but it’s always a little nerve-racking putting yourself out there…especially when your aesthetic isn’t exactly mainstream!

I’ve read every single comment and email on both the blog and social media, and haven’t stopped grinning since. So thank you! Thank you for your kind words and sharing our enthusiasm. I only wish I could have you all over for dinner in our new Dining Room! Takeout tacos, of course. πŸ˜‰

Mr. SP has a business trip today, and I sweet-talked him into letting me tag along since it’s my birthday this weekend, so I thought I’d put my next installment of Dressing Room Diaries up a day early.

Dressing Room Diaries is where I hunt down some of the cutest new arrivals from my favorite retailers, and review them for you. You know the drill…the shots aren’t good, the lighting is bad (especially now with the time change!), 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.

Fit Note: I’m 5’4″-ish, 120 pounds-ish, with a slight pear shape. My usual size is an XS/0. 

Might as well start with one of my favorite finds…this sweater had me at pink ruffles. But somehow, it’s just the right amount of sweet, without it looking like I stole my daughter’s clothes. I especially love it paired with these plumy/cranberry booties! In fact, I’m so smitten with both, I’m doing a whole post around them soon!

Fit Tip: Topshop is a European company and runs a tad small, so I always size up to a US4. The booties are true to size, and crazy comfy thanks to the wedge heel.


To quote my mother-in-law, ‘I’m really into those tops that cover you whole bum!’ Yes ma’am, so am I! This tunic is super soft, not too heavy, and just enough length to for leggings, but not so long that it doesn’t work with jeans, too. (See it fully-styled here.) These are my favorite leggings, too (wide waistband that doesn’t roll down and extra opaque fabric so no skin shows through), but I nabbed them in navy to mix things up a bit. I think I’m digging the color!
Fit Tip: Sweater is a generous fit, I’m wearing an XS. Leggings are true, and I’m wearing XS.
This was my favorite dress all Summer (see it fully-styled here), so when it was restocked in fun Fall colors (and on sale for only $25!!), I couldn’t help but try it in this plum shade. I’ll throw on a jean or utility jacket to keep me warm…but it’s also available in a long-sleeved version here.
Fit Tip: True to size for me, and I’m wearing an XS.
How fun is the texture and color of this tunic sweater? It looks great with blue, black and gray denim, and of course my new plum booties. It’s also long enough for leggings.
Fit Tip: Generous fit, so I sized down to XS petite. The regular XS fits the same, but it a bit longer.
The upside of trying things on at home, is I get to pair them with different shoes and accessories to see how they’d really fit in with my wardrobe. (And free returns means no risk!) An ivory sweater is one of the most versatile pieces you can have, and this one is extra soft with cute front pockets and a mock neck. Plus it looks darling with literally every scarf in my closet.
Fit Tip: Sweater runs true, and I’m wearing an XS. The scarf is very airy, so a great plaid option for those of you who don’t care for wool.
Sweater dresses are typically too figure-hugging for my liking, or hang there like a potato sack…this one is neither! It’s got just enough stretch to hug, but not so much that I felt exposed. Plus the ribbing on the side and notched hemline makes it so flattering. I’d add tights as the weather cooled even more.
Fit Tip: The dress runs large, so I wanted to show you the different fits. On the left I sized down to an XXS, and the right is my usual XS. I think I prefer the ivory color, but in the XXS fit on me. (And because I know my mom will ask me, yes you can totally wear this! And to work!) πŸ™‚
I must be planning on hibernating all season, because all I want to wear are long, cozy cardigans! And the softer the better! This one is crazy-soft, in a flattering pink hue…and the circle hem keeps it from overwhelming my frame. (Please note the plum booties again…who knew they’d be so neutral!!??)
Fit Tip: Cardigan is a generous fit, but I’m still wearing an XS.
I’ve had a utility vest for several years, and love the extra layer it adds to my outfits. This one has a cute hood, and drawstring waist to create more shape. The color is off in my photos, as it’s closer to a traditional army green. My obsession with shades of plum are a little ridiculous right now!
Fit Tip: Vest is slightly oversized, but I’m still in an XS. Adjust the drawstring for a better fit. Also, the striped tee is true (I’m wearing an XS), but the dress runs small (I’m wearing a small). The dress in my usual XS fits more like a tunic, and super cute with these navy leggings.
The only like I love more than plum right now? Plum paired with pink!! #swoon Wouldn’t this preppy argyle be so cute paired with this pleated leather mini and tights?!
Fit Tip: Sweater is true, I’m wearing an XS. If you plan on layering it over a shirt though, I’d size up.
I don’t usually love shirts that fake a layer, but there was something about this color combo and cuffed sleeves I loved. 
Fit Tip: Considering I wouldn’t layer this top over an actual shirt, I’d recommend sizing down one for a closer fit.
This dressing room pic doesn’t do this lace peplum top justice, but it’s really pretty and comes in several great colors. It’d be beautiful paired with these bootcut jeans and leopard heels for a more casual holiday party look.
Fit Tip: My usual size wasn’t available, so I’m wearing a 00, but I’d prefer a 0. 
Soft pink is so unexpected this time of year, which is probably why I love it so much. This pullover is a nice weight, and soft, stretchy material makes it perfect for wearing alone, or layered.
Fit Tip: Go with your regular size to pair with jeans (I’m wearing an XS), or size up to wear with leggings. #coveryourladybitsladies
I featured a fun bird-print blouse earlier this week, that unfortunately sold out quickly. This is another pretty option, and I love the dark background. It’d be perfect with slacks or a pencil skirt, or dressed down with bootcut jeans and heels.
Fit Tip: The blouse runs large…this XS was swimming on me a little.
I featured this sweater last year in this {1 Outfit | 3 Ways} post, and it’s still my favorite affordable cashmere option. While I love the bright colors, this tan is so chic and classic, and would be darling layered over most plaids. And I couldn’t resist adding another peacoat to my collection (I’m up to 3 if you’re keeping count), but at only $38, it really can’t be beat!

Fit Tip: The sweater runs true (I’m wearing an XS), but the coat is small and requires sizing up one or two. I’m wearing a Med in this pic.
This stretchy textured-knit pullover is soft and relaxed, and comes in a whole slew of great Fall colors.

Fit Tip: Oversized fit, I’m wearing an XS.

I discovered this long cardigan last month, and have the urge to grab it in every single color! The fit is great, I love the pockets, and you can’t beat the price!! And while I love a striped top layered under, I didn’t love this tee. The neck was too wide and the fabric too flimsy.
Fit tip: Size down, I’m wearing an XXS.
Another long cardi, but this one with a shawl collar and unique bubble sleeve. It’s one of those you’d reach for two, sometimes three, days in a row!
Fit Tip: Runs large so I’d recommend sizing down…I’m wearing an XS.
Can you even stand how adorable this hoodie pullover is?! The hood lays normally in the back, but has a cute shawl-collar front, and I love the pouch pocket. I just wish it were a tad softer on the inside…it’s not scratchy or anything, but it could be perfection if it were lined with fleece.
Fit Tip: Runs true, I’m wearing an XS.
With holidays around the corner, several of you are asking for party dress ideas…well, you don’t have to twist my arm! I love dresses, especially party dresses. This lace option is a gorgeous deep green, and I adore the little sleeve, and flattering fit-and-flare shape. The length makes it appropriate for a range of events from work parties to weddings.
Fit Tip: I typically wear a 2 in this brand, but I think I’d prefer sizing down for a better fit through the torso.
Another lace option, but this one fits like a trapeze dress…aka, room for the dessert buffet! The length provides more coverage, but the deep-v makes it subtly-sexy.
Fit Tip: Dress runs large, so I’d recommend sizing down if you’re not gifted with ‘girls’. I’m wearing an XS.
Clearly I have a thing for lace this holiday season, and this fit-and-flare is another good option…but the lace isn’t as nice as the other green one.
Fit Tip: This dress fits more like a junior sizing, so it runs small and a little short. I’m wearing a small.
I have this jacket in pink (remember this 3 Ways with it?), so I was thrilled to see they brought it back  in more Fall-friendly colors. This one is actually more khaki than baby-poop, and a great neutral.
Fit Tip: Jacket runs large, so size down if possible. I’m wearing an XS.
Once Winter arrives, my favorite sweaters are slouchy turtlenecks, and good ivory ones aren’t easy to come by…but this one is pretty much perfection.
Fit Tip: It’s a slouchy fit, so it runs large. I’m wearing an XS.
This is just a snap of what I wore to the mall this day…I have this blouse in a few colors, but in different sizes for different fits. This is an XXS petite and works great for tucking in pants and skirts, but I also have a regular XS and wear that as a tunic with leggings.
Never mind how dark this pic is (thanks time change!), but this is the same long pocket cardi shown above, but in black. #iheartthiscardi Of course I love it paired with stripes, and this tee is super soft option.
Fit Tip: Cardigan runs large, so sized down one. I’m wearing an XXS.

Same sweater but with my favorite crewneck tee, and an infinity scarf in a great leopard print.
This mock neck pullover sweater has been one of the most popular this season…for both it’s easy-fit, and great price. It also comes in great Fall colors.
Fit Tip: I sized down to a XXS for a closer fit.
This pullover has a silky feel, and a relaxed turtleneck.
I love dresses paired with jackets and booties for Fall, but this one was a tad thin and short for my liking. You could size down and wear it as a tunic with leggings and a scarf though.
Fit Tip: Dress runs small, so I sized up in this pic.
This swing dress is thicker with a ribbed texture, but I’m undecided on the pockets. I’m not one to turn down a pocket, but these have a slouchy, pouch-like look to them.
Fit Tip: Dress runs true, I’m wearing an XS.

I think I already reviewed everything in this pic, but I loved this combo…and my photobomber…to much not to share. Both this sweater and scarf are so versatile. And you can’t beat the price of this little crossbody…definitely a great size for travel, too.

Mr. SP accompanied me to the mall for ‘a quick return’…but of course a few things caught my eye. πŸ˜‰ This plaid would be cute for holidays, and the cotton flannel is super soft.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small in this pic for a relaxed fit, but my usual size works, too.

This brand is out of my price range, but I still swoon over their preppy patterns. This fair isle is just perfect for the holiday season!
Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small in this pic. The XS fit, as well, but I prefer a little more shoulder room in my heavier sweaters.
I pretty much live in this cardi when I’m at home, but these darling pajamas caught my eye…so fun for Christmas morning!
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS…the bottoms were a tad snug, but the tee too big to size up. Too bad they aren’t sold separately!
And finally, I had to try the long-sleeved version of my favorite cowlneck swing dress, and it did not disappoint! The ribbed fabric gives it a heftier feel (and camouflages lumps & bumps), and the length not-too-short. I loved both the black and plum shades, but there are several great Fall colors.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS, so it’s true…but if you’re in-between sizes, I’d recommend going up one.

I never intend for these posts to be so long, but once I get started, I have a hard time narrowing down which pieces to share with y’all! What’s your favorite from this round of Dressing Room Diaries? You may want to check out the previous installment because many of the items featured are now on sale, and check the codes below for additional percentage off!

Happy weekend, lovebugs, and follow on Instagram to see where we’re headed!

{Great Weekend Sales}
Nordstrom // Huge Fall clearance sale, including tons of boots & booties!
Loft // 40% off everything!
GAP // 40% off with code MORETIME
Old Navy // 50% off sweaters & outwear, and 30% off everything else with code WARM
J.Crew // 25% off total purchase
J.Crew Factory // Up to 25% off with code CHOOSESALE
Anthropologie // Extra 25% off sale

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10 Comments

  1. SO MUCH GOOD STUFF, but the ribbed sweater dress on you is definitely my favorite!!!! It fits you perfectly! I also loved that first lace dress on you!

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  2. Sandy wrote:

    Cassie, this is one of my favorite lists to date. You make everything look good! So many items I would have passed over just seeing them on a website, but you SELL them. πŸ™‚ I've bought several of the pieces you've modeling like the the Wit & Wisdom stretch jeans (BEST jeans ever!) & the rug in your living room. Are the cute Lucky booties you're wearing the 'beet suede' color? Cause…errr…I gotta get those!

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
    • Thanks so much, Sandy! Yes, my wedge booties are the beet color. I'm crazy about these boots!! They are so comfy, but give me some added height, too! I just told Mr. SP I wanted another color for my bday! #oops πŸ™‚

      Posted 11.11.16 Reply
    • Sandy wrote:

      It's your bday…therefore, you are allowed! Mine is next week so I think I'll join you in this. Never would have thought much of this color until I saw them on you. Glad to hear they are comfy too – very importante!!

      Posted 11.15.16 Reply
  3. So much cute things and you look terrific in them all. I adore that pink ruffle sweater!! Enjoy your birthday weekend. I have a November birthday too. Great time of year!

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  4. I need to get some plum booties! Have fun on your trip!

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  5. So many great finds, but I LOVE those PJs!!

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  6. Joanne wrote:

    I think Mr. SP was your dressing room photo bomber. Too funny!
    Have a fun trip! It's so nice to get a break, however short. And, an early Happy Birthday wish.πŸŽ‚

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  7. Miss Cross-Paws is adorable. More doggy photo bombs, please!!

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  8. This is always my most favorite post to see. Your certainly make all the clothes look good. Now if I could just borrow your body πŸ™ Wish more items were on sale though. Thanks and enjoy your get-away.

    Posted 11.11.16 Reply

Dressing Room Diaries

Cheers to Friday, friends! Thanks so much for your enthusiasm over the ORC update…I’m glad to hear you’re as anxious as me to see that wallpaper installed! I have a few more big decisions to make as soon as it goes up, so I’ll have to kick it into another gear soon!

Today it’s time for the next installment of Dressing Room Diaries, where I hunt down some of the cutest new arrivals from my favorite retailers, and review them for you. You know the drill…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 this time I brought my darling Mama Sugarplum with me! She’s a little smaller than the last time you saw her (thanks to strict doctor’s orders!), but it’s still fun to see how she translates the outfits for her petite frame and age.

Fit Note: I’m 5’4″-ish, 120 pounds-ish, with a slight pear shape. My usual size is an XS/0. Mama Sugarplum is 5’1″, with an hourglass figure. Her usual size is S/4.

Our game plan this time was to walk the store together, and see what we each gravitated towards. And funny enough, we seemed to like all the same stuff, and usually in the same color! Starting with this cowlneck pullover. The website refers to it as a sweater, but the thick knit makes it more of a heavy shirt…and oh so soft!! We both kind of hugged ourselves with glee when we pulled it on. I also love the curved hem and longer back.

Fit Tip: Size up one if you want to wear it with leggings…I’m in an XS & mom in a S.


We’re both suckers for the kitten cardi, so of course we had to try this new version with a peplum back and drape front. It’s just as soft as the button version, but has a little more shape thanks to the back darts.
Fit Tip: True to size, I’m in an XS and mom in a S.

I don’t know where these jeans have been all my life, but in the span of a week, I hit the jean-jackpot three times! And all are under $40!?! #saywhat I first stumbled on these dark ones, and could hardly believe how comfy and flattering they were. So I quickly tried the light wash, and loved them even more! And I’ll show you the black ones later in this post.
Fit Tip: The tricky part is the fit…these dark wash run 1-2 sizes big #trustme and the light wash run one size big. 

If you follow my #SugarplumStyle on Instagram, you know this is a regular uniform for me…and just look how darling it is on my mom! She’s pretty much head-to-toe in my must-haves…favorite striped tee, utility jacket, and newfound jeans.

Fit Tip: Size down in all three…she’s wearing an XXS jacket, XS tee, and 26 jeans.

Many floral prints overwhelm my frame, but this one was both lovely and striking. I’m crazy for the ruffle neck, and it’s perfect paired with jeans for a night out, or with a pencil skirt or slacks for work. And these are the black jeans I was referring to earlier…I love the mid-rise, dark rinse, and no distressing. The booties are pretty much perfect, too, and comfy thanks to the block-heel.
Fit Tip: The blouse runs large…this is the XS, and the armholes are a little too big for me (nothing a cami can’t fix!). The black jeans are true to size, I’m wearing a 26.

You know the bootcut jeans that make me look tall and leggy (worn here & here)…yeah well, mom joined the bootcut bandwagon, too! I insisted she size down one, which she of course fought me on…but guess who was right in the end?! #thisgirl She fell in love with them, and ordered the 2P for a perfect fit. #mmmmhmmm

Fit Tip: Mom has a larger chest than me, so the blouse was a good fit for her. And like I said, size down in the jeans! I wear a reg 0, and mom a 2P.

I never met a ruffle I didn’t love, including this little top. I liked the sweetness of the top paired with rugged jeans and boots, but it’d be darling with a skirt, too. 
Fit Tip: Top runs a little small through the arms, so I’d recommend sizing up one. I’m wearing an XS in the pics, and my circulation was in danger.

On Mama SP: Ruffle-Trim Blouse | Dark Jeans | Booties
I already own this oversized sweater in wheat, and love the soft weave and longer length. I think I love the colors even more…especially with a classic plaid scarf.
Fit Tip: Sweater runs large, both mom and I are wearing XXS. You can see even with sizing down, it’s still legging-length. #coveryourladybitsladies 
On Mama SP: Sweater | Scarf | Dark Jeans | Booties
Then we both decided we liked the other’s sweater better…so we swapped colors!
On Mama SP: Sweater | Scarf | Dark Jeans | Booties
My mom’s work environment is more corporate than mine, so she likes to find pieces that fit both work and weekend vibes. She loved this sweater and pencil skirt combo…I’d pair the look on the left with these block-heeled pumps for work, then add the drapey jacket and booties for a night out. 
Fit Tip: The skirt runs large & long…she’s wearing a 2P (I wore a 0P), and the sweater a tad small, but not enough to size up. The jacket has a stretchy-knit back, so it hugs the torso for a flattering fit. She’s in a small in both the sweater and jacket.
We both loved this lace blouse with the sweet scalloped collar, and the booties give the pants a bit of an edge. I had her turn her head for those of you always asking about her hair! πŸ˜‰
Fit Tip: Blouse runs true, she’s wearing a S.
I lived in this lightweight cowlneck tunic last year, so was excited to see they brought it back in new colors. It’s great for leggings, but looks darling with skinny jeans and low-ankle booties, as well.
Fit Tip: It’s a tad big, but not enough to be shapeless. I’m wearing a regular XS.
I knew mom would love it too (can you tell by her smile on the left?!), and wanted to see the difference between the regular and petite sizing on her.
Fit Tip: She’s wearing an XS in both…but the left is regular, and the right a petite.
Of course we had to pose together with our favorite Fall bags! (Use code SUGARPLUM10 for 10% off!)
I’ve tried this twist-front blouse several times, but my lack of chest makes it a poor fit for me. Obviously it’s darling if you are blessed with ‘girls.’ 
Fit Tip: Top runs large, mom is wearing an XS with a cami layered under. 
I think I’ve converted her to a stripe addict…she ended up wearing this exact outfit (except with red converse) to a family reunion the next day. The cardi is really lightweight, so it doesn’t add any bulk or overheat you on these warm early-Fall days.
Fit Tip: She’s wearing a S sweater and XS tee.
I loved the bell-sleeve and flared hem of this sheath dress, but this size ran a little big through the chest for me.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 2, so I’d recommend sizing down one. This is black & deep mulberry.
Once the weather really gets cold, I love nothing more than a chunky turtleneck. This one has a great fit, and wasn’t super itchy.
Fit Tip: Sweater is true to size, I’m in an XS and mom a S.
On Mama SP: Bubble Sweater | Dark Jeans | Booties
This dress would be fun with open-toe booties and a moto jacket, or pretty with block-heels. 
Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small in this pic, which is a little large on me…so I’d say stick with your usual size for this one.
This classic t-shirt dress is nice and thick, with just enough stretch to give it shape. And look how cute she is pairing it with booties!! Update: I goofed this graphic…the dress on the left is actually different…more of a swing shape.

Fit Tip: The swing dress runs large, mom is wearing an XS, and the striped boatneck is true to size, she’s wearing a S.
In fact, she looked so cute I had to try the swing dress for myself in black! 
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS and mom a Small.
I couldn’t resist trying these pjs…the pink trim was just too cute! They are a silky knit that is so soft, and not overheating.
Fit Tip: They run large, I’m wearing an XS.
I think she’s getting the hang of this posing business! This classic shift dress was a great work option, and the bell-sleeve gives it a little flare.
Fit Tip: Petite is definitely the better fit for her with dresses, she’s wearing a 6P.

I love a good shirtdress, and this was is extra-darling with the ruffle trim. And pockets! #swoon I liked the longer length, but I’d recommend going with a petite if you’re shorter than me.
Fit Tip: Dress runs large, I’m wearing a reg XS and it felt too big.
They call this the ‘perfect plaid shirt’, and I’d have to agree. It’s a stiff cotton with no give though, so it’s definitely more tailored than relaxed.
Fit Tip: Shirt runs small…I’m wearing a 2 and it’s a little tight in the shoulder.
Slouchy cardigans are kind of my obsession this season…maybe it’s the heat we’re still having, or the laid-back vibe of them paired with my favorite tee…but I can’t seem to stop reaching for them. It’s hard to see in this crap-ball pic, but this one is a pretty deep green. (It’s also under $50!)
Fit Tip: The sweater runs large, I’m wearing an XS, but plan on swapping it for the XXS.
I raved about this dress in yesterday’s Five Under $50, and I can hardly wait to take it for a spin this holiday season! Great length, flattering neckline, exposed back zipper, fully lined and under $50! #bamwhat
Fit Tip: Runs true to size, I’m in an XS…and the red has a definite pink undertone.
I wish this shirtdress had a true collar, but I do love the colors and plaid. And it’s a soft flannel material and has pockets!
Fit Tip: Size up to wear as a dress (I’m wearing a small in these pics), or go with your regular size to pair with leggings.
Another fun option for holiday parties, also available in several colors, but the sleeves run a bit long.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS…the color on the right is ‘tomato.’
I took Little Miss shopping for some longer tunic tees to wear with leggings, and ended trying this funnel-neck pullover for myself! I love layering them over collared shirts, too.
Fit Tip: I sized up one in the pullover for a relaxed fit.
Puffer vests are one of my Fall’s Essential Seven, and this classic black plaid would be a great addition to any wardrobe. The quilted one on the left is thinner and adds pattern, while the frost-free on the right is bulkier and adds warmth. I’ve got a fun post featuring one of these next week!
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS in both.

And finally, both Mama Sugarplum and I fell for the cozy softness of these v-neck sweaters…and of course both chose pink. #itsoursignaturecolor One of us liked it so much she also got blue, but I’m not pointing fingers. #mom

Woo-Wee, this post was a doozy! I do hope you found it helpful, and maybe discovered some new goodies. I know Mama Sugarplum and I had a great time…but being with her is always fun!

What’s your favorite from this round of Dressing Room Diaries? You may want to check out the previous installment because many of the items featured are on sale, and check the codes below for additional percentage off! Happy weekend, lovebugs!

{Great Weekend Sales}
Nordstrom // Huge Fall sale, including tons of boots & booties!
Loft // 40% off new arrivals & 60% off sale with code GAMEON
GAP // 40% off with code EXTRA
Old Navy // 30% off with code ENJOY
J.Crew // 30% off closet must-haves & sale with code STARTSHOPPING
J.Crew Factory // 50% off Fall favorites
Anthropologie // Extra 25% off sale
Colleen Rothschild // Several best-sellers on sale

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29 Comments

  1. Oh Cassie, I cannot get enough of your mama. xo

    Posted 10.21.16 Reply
  2. Beautiful ladies! You're definitely twinning with your gorgeous mom!

    Posted 10.21.16 Reply
  3. I love these posts and your mom is too cute!

    Posted 10.21.16 Reply
  4. SO FUN! Love both of you in that floral ruffle top, your mama is precious in that little lace number, and my favorite on you was that black top with the ruffle sleeves!

    Posted 10.21.16 Reply
  5. Meghan wrote:

    Oh my gosh your mom is the cutest! I love seeing how the outfits work on multiple generations! My mom is always worried things she likes on me will look too young on her (and I don't dress super young lol).

    Posted 10.21.16 Reply
  6. Christina wrote:

    You both look so cute! And your mom looked beautiful before but looks great at her new size! I have my eye on the BP tunic sweater but can't decide on color. Is the red more of a muted red or cheery red?

    Posted 10.21.16 Reply
    • Thank you! It's definitely muted…more of a burgundy red, than true red. The pic is a pretty good depiction of it. It'd be stunning with your dark hair! xo

      Posted 10.21.16 Reply
  7. MelissaG wrote:

    Great post!! Love the looks. You mentioned that all the jeans were under $40…I didn't see that when I clicked on the non skinny jeans.

    I do not understand why a doctor would tell your mom to lose weight. She's tiny!!

    Posted 10.21.16 Reply
    • MelissaG wrote:

      I hit the jean-jackpot three times! And all are under $40!?! #saywhat …copied and pasted from the blog.

      Posted 10.21.16 Reply
    • The three jeans I was referring to (all new to me this past month), are the BP dark, light and black jeans. The other jeans linked in the post (like the bootcut) I've had for awhile (but still under $100). And my mom hit her goal weight already…so she's not going to get any smaller. She was having glucose issues, but now she's on the right levels! xoxo

      Posted 10.21.16 Reply
    • MelissaG wrote:

      Ok. That was confusing on the jeans. And although "but still under $100" may sound good to you, I personally think that's expensive for a pair of jeans…unless you just own 1 or 2 pair.

      Posted 10.23.16 Reply
  8. Wow, your mom looks great!

    Posted 10.21.16 Reply
  9. Tammy wrote:

    Your mom and you are so cute and you look so much like her!!! I love dressing room diaries and all of the great ideas!

    Posted 10.21.16 Reply
  10. Stacey wrote:

    Love it when you and your mom work together. You are both gorgeous!

    Posted 10.21.16 Reply
  11. I always are this series- such great finds! And tell your sweet mamma she is looking fabulous!!

    Posted 10.21.16 Reply
  12. Anonymous wrote:

    Love your dressing room diaries – and you and your Mom are both lovely!

    Posted 10.21.16 Reply
  13. you and your mom are SO cute πŸ™‚ love this post. xo jillian – cornflake dreams

    Posted 10.21.16 Reply
  14. Such great pieces and you and your mama couldn't be any cuter!

    Posted 10.21.16 Reply
  15. Joanie wrote:

    Mom is looking gorgeous!

    Posted 10.21.16 Reply
  16. Y'all are just too stinkin' adorable!! Love these posts and all your choices. So excited to pull out some sweaters finally!

    Posted 10.21.16 Reply
  17. Cute as buttons the both of you and looks like you were having just a bit of fun :)!

    Posted 10.21.16 Reply
  18. Wow! Sugarplum mama is looking H. O. T. Keep up the good work, I know she also feels amazing πŸ™‚

    Posted 10.21.16 Reply
  19. Kristen wrote:

    Dressing Room Diaries with your Mom are my favorite! It's just so sweet to see you gals having fun together! There's nothing better than a shopping day with Mom.

    Posted 10.21.16 Reply
  20. Lenore wrote:

    Thanks so much! I appreciate all the work and fun that went into this post. I look fw to more!

    Posted 10.22.16 Reply
  21. Stacey wrote:

    Omg Cassie, this post was amazing! I want it all. πŸ™‚ Your mom is the cutest and so stylish! My age is between the two of you (52) and I love expressing myself through fashion. So many of the fashion bloggers are under 40 and it's really awesome to see your mom and you repping for the over 40 crowd! I love your realness, you're adorable.

    Posted 10.22.16 Reply
  22. Carrie wrote:

    Your mom is so cute! I love the matching outfits. I always wonder how long it takes you to try on all those clothes, but it must be a lot of fun! I just love everything and I am pinning those pink lined PJ's, may have to get them!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    Posted 10.22.16 Reply
  23. Anonymous wrote:

    Love this post and your mom looks great! What did she do to lose weight? I'm trying to shed a few pounds and would love to get some helpful tips.

    Posted 10.24.16 Reply
  24. You guys are both seriously too cute! What a fun way to spend mother/daughter time together!

    Posted 10.24.16 Reply
  25. I ordered the BP mid rise jeans in light wash, dark version is sold out. Can't wait to give them a try and see if they are keepers. Thanks for the recommendation. πŸ™‚

    Posted 10.27.16 Reply

Dressing Room Diaries

Cheers to almost-Friday, friends! I’m absolutely blown away by your thoughtful comments on yesterday’s Kitchen post!! I was hoping for a few ‘yes, go for it’ or ‘heck no, you’ve lost your mind’s…but you guys took it 10 steps further and suggested some really great ideas.

Adding more warm wood tones is definitely on the agenda…starting with bar stools and counter-top accessories. I loved your ideas of ceiling beams or open shelves, but I don’t know that our Kitchen has the space for either.

And funny enough, we considered painting the vent hood dark…and even did photoshop renderings in this post. What do you think? I still really love the idea of all tile on the back wall, but we’ll take it in baby steps. Thank you so much for taking the time to weigh in!! You know I’ll keep you in the loop with any changes.

Today it’s time for the next installment of Dressing Room Diaries, where I hunt down some of the cutest new arrivals from my favorite retailers, and review them for you. It’s been awhile since my last one, so this is a doozy! And be sure to check the end of the post for discounts on many of these items!

You know the drill…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.




Sidenote: Everything fits true-to-size unless I indicate otherwise. And fyi, I’m 5’4″-ish, 120 pounds-ish, with a slight pear shape. My usual size is an XS/0. 



I really wanted to love this layered top, and even though it’s intended to be a relaxed fit, it overwhelmed my frame a bit. It’s by one of my favorite brands for cozy wear, and the crisp cotton layer is a fun touch. Maybe cuffing the sleeves a few times would have helped.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS, so size down one…even if you prefer loose fit.

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Same was true for this top….I adored it, but the armholes were just too big. It’d be so cute tucked in a pencil skirt or slacks, or worn casually with jeans and boots, and comes in three great pattern combos.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS. It’s also fairly long.

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I like to try new and different styles out for you guys, so I gave this cold-shoulder top a whirl, and was surprised by how much I liked it. It’s as soft and easy to wear as a basic tee, but with fun details to make it different. 
Fit Tip: It runs big and is full through the body…I’m wearing an XS.

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Okay, plaid shirts are certainly in my comfort zone…and this one has a silky-cotton feel, with high-low hem. It comes in four great colors, and can be worn as a tunic with leggings.
Fit Tip: Size down to wear with jeans, or stick with your regular size for legging-appropriate length. I’m wearing an XXS, and the back is still below my bum.

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Shirt dresses are pretty much universally flattering, especially with a cinchable waist. This utility dress is a nice sturdy material, but still drapes well. And while I love the look of peep toe booties, these come up a little too high on the ankle for me. Boots should hit at either the small part of your ankle, or just below or above the knee. I think these particular booties are best for small calves or taller girls. I much prefer these for my height.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing a reg XS in the dress, but petite is available if you prefer shorter length.

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Another fun twist on the tee…this one is a pullover, but has a tucked look. It’s silky soft, and surprisingly really cute!

Fit Tip: It runs a tad big if you look at how it fits me, versus the online model. But not enough to size down…I think it’s just a better fit for girls with boobs.

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Leather moto jackets are a darling addition to so many outfits, but feminine ones are hard to come by…especially affordable ones that look cute worn open or closed. I love the fit of this one, and would throw it on with everything from jeans to skirts.
Fit Tip: It’s true to size, and I’m wearing an XS.

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The deep coral of this faux-wrap romper makes it a great transition piece for Fall…especially for those of us who experience Summer temps well into Fall months. It’d be cute with wedges now, or a military jacket and ankle booties later.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS, which fit well everywhere, but was a little short in the bum.

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This halter top is subtly sexy for a night out, but still grown-up appropriate with a flattering fit and feminine neckline. 
Fit Tip: The XS was pulling at the chest a little on me, so if you have boobs, I’d recommend sizing up.
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These type of pullover tops are the easiest Fall outfit when paired with jeans and boots, and later, a scarf. The material is a thick stretchy knit, and has a fun high-low hem.
Fit Tip: I’d prefer a slouchier fit for this style top, therefore I’d recommend sizing up one.

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You know a top is good when you seriously consider buying it in both colors. I went back-and-forth, but ultimately took the ivory home…it will be so cute paired with both dark denim, and white jeans. The sleeveless fit makes it great for transitional weather, but you could easily carry it through Winter by adding a jacket. Bonus: it’s half off!

Fit Tip: The XS was perfectly relaxed, but consider sizing down if you like this style of sweater extra-fitted.

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Darling puppy on a pink sweater? It doesn’t get any cuter! I have the navy version of this sweater from several years ago, and still get asked about it every time I wear it (see it here). I love it layered over a chambray, gingham, or plaid shirt, too. And the fit of these jeans is pretty much perfection! I love that you can order your exact waist and inseam size, so I get the best ankle length.
Fit Tip: I’m wear an XS in the sweater, and 26×28 in the jeans. 

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Striped long sleeve tees are wardrobe staples…perfect paired with jeans and skirts, or layered under a jacket. I’ve slowly amassed almost every color in the rainbow, and I’m thrilled to finally add pink to the mix!
Fit Tip: I sized up to a small for a little more arm room, and to withstand the dryer.

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This dress made me wish I still worked in a traditional office everyday. Every thing about it is perfect…the color, feminine flutter sleeve, flattering a-line shape, and modest length. Oh, and pockets! #swoon

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a reg 0, but would prefer it a tad more fitted through the waist. It’s available in petites, but I’m usually just a tad too tall and/or long-torsoed for petite dresses or rompers.

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This poncho is so thick and heavy I almost had a heatstroke trying it on…but it’s too-cute-for-words, right!? I love that the sides tie, so you have the security of a sleeve (I’m not a fan of ponchos that fit like a bib), and I love nothing more than a chunky turtleneck in Winter.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing the XS/S in navy.
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Ruffles and flutter sleeves look to be everywhere this season, and I’m thrilled with the uber-feminine details. This darling top combined it with little ruffle peplum, for a doubled-dose of girly…so cute paired with slacks, a pencil skirt, or distressed jeans. 

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Flutter Sleeve Peplum TopTassel Bracelet Set | Watch | Wedges

This is actually what I wore to the mall that day…so clearly I’m on board with the girly top paired with rugged jeans.

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I was obsessed with sweaters in this soft pink hue last year, but they sold out before I could get my hands on one. Not this year though!! The soft peony is on it’s way to me now, thanks to a good sale! I love the unexpected soft color in the colder months.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a S on the left, and XS on the right…I went with XS. It’s fitted, but still enough room to layer over a shirt.

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Why yes, more ruffles and peplum…but how can a person be expected to resist when it’s paired with a sporty stripe?! It’s a good thing this shirt only comes in one color. #broke (See how I’ve already worn it here.)

Fit Tip: It’s true to size, I’m wearing an XS.

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Flutter Sleeve Peplum Top (on sale with code) | Jeans | Tassel Earrings

This leopard skirt was a tad big in the waist, but the tie allowed me to get a better fit. It’s a thick silky material, but still had some give to it. (See how I style my leopard skirt here.)

Fit Tip: The skirt and chambray shirt are true to size, I’m wearing a 0 and XS. But the ruffle blouse runs big, so I’d size down one. I’m wearing a 0, but it’s too low in both the chest and armholes.

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Silk Blouse | Chambray Shirt | Leopard Skirt (on sale with code)

I was most-excited to try these two tops, but both felt a little clown-like on me. I think they’d be darling on a taller girl. #luckyducks
Fit Tip: Both true to size, but a little boxy through the body.

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I already own this tee….since I’ve worn it almost exclusively for weeks already! But I wanted to try the next size up in-store, to be sure I had the right fit. 
Fit Tip: I’m wearing a S in the pics, but I went with the XS (see that here).

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Ruffle Sleeve Tee (on sale with code)

I already have this dress in green (see it here), but had to have the cobalt now that’s it’s on super sale. It’s so chic as a swimsuit coverup, or paired with wedges or sneakers.
Fit Tip: I sized up to a S for a more relaxed, less body-con, fit.

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I wanted to love this dress so badly…and while I liked the fit, the pattern overwhelmed my frame a bit. 

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This top had huge potential on the hanger, but I felt like I was working the Clinique counter once I got it on. I think it’d be incredibly chic on a tall girl, when paired with ankle jeans and flats.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 0.

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This darling dress is a nice sturdy material, but still drapes well. It’s different than the usual off-the-shoulder dresses, in that it has a little more ruffle to the trim and arms…giving it an elevated look. And hello, pockets.
Fit Tip: It’s roomy…I’m wearing an XS.

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I was drawn to the fit and shape of this dress (and sale price!), but was surprised by how much I liked the orange, too. It’s a flattering fit, and easily dresses up or down.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 0.

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Halter Dress (on sale!)

When you really want to wear just pajamas, but you need to actually be dressed…this is your dress! Insanely soft and stretchy, but thick enough to not show bumps and lumps.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS.

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T-Shirt Dress (on sale for $31 with code) | Favorite Sneakers | Tassel Earrings

This plaid shirtdress is a soft flannel, with adjustable cinch waist…so basically super comfortable, yet totally pulled together.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing reg XS, but it’s available in both Tall and Petite.

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This blouse is wildly popular, and for good reason…it’s a great price (it’s actually on sale for $25 right now!) and comes in tons of colors…plus it’s the right amount of ‘dressed up’ to elevate your jeans outfits. It’s a bit low-cut for my comfort level, so I’d layer a cami, but it should be fine without for those of you with boobs. It comes in this longer tunic version too, perfect for leggings.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS, so I’d definitely recommend sizing down one.

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V-Neck Crepe Blouse (on sale for $25) | Jeans
I never met a gingham I didn’t need love…and this one has a fun texture and cute little french cuffs. The smaller collar makes it a little more delicate, too.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 6, but would prefer the fit of a 4 (European sizing).
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Easiest outfit for night’s out…throw on wedges or booties, add some bling and a clutch, and BAM, mama got a babysitter! Plus it’s comfy with just enough stretch, but doesn’t cling to the stuff you don’t  want clung to.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS, but size down for a body-con fit, or size up if you prefer oversized, the fitted sleeves will still give it shape.

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Another fun twist-front shirt, this one a little dressier, and comes in great Fall colors.
Fit Tip: It runs large, I’m wearing an XS and it’s too low in the front without a cami.

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I feel like Oprah right now because I want to yell, ‘IT’S ALMOST SCARF SEASON!!!!’ But really, aren’t scarves pretty much the best thing about Fall? This plaid has great colors and pairs beautifully with both solids and stripes.

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This dress isn’t one I’d typically try for myself, but thanks to this series and trying new things out for you guys, I loved it! The pattern is small, so it doesn’t overwhelm my frame, but not so small that it’s sweet. It’s cute now with booties, or later with tights.
Fit Tip: I sized up for a more relaxed a-line fit, and am wearing a S.
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Ask me how many times I chanted, ‘I do not need this dress. I do not need this dress.’ while in the dressing room. #probably20 But man do I want this dress! Please someone get married or throw a fabulous party so I can have an excuse to buy and wear it!!
Fit Tip: I’m wearing a reg 0, but it also comes in petite if you prefer shorter length.

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I was walking out of the store when I spotted this perfect military jacket. #myweakness This one fits like a shirt, but looks like a jacket. I love the length and shoulder flaps, too.
Fit Tip: Runs really big, I’m wearing an XXS.

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I shared this plaid top in my last Five Under $50, so I figured I’d show you the fit! It’s soft and a little flannely (I know that’s not a word, but you know what I’m talking about!), and has a feminine fit. Sometimes plaid shirts can go a little lumberjack. I’ve been looking for some light wash jeans, but these were a little too stiff.

Fit Tip: Shirt runs small, I sized up to a S and it’s still fitted.

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I’ve had a military vest for years, but have yet to find another worth sharing…until now. This one has just enough rugged touches, but the drawstring waist gives you some shape. 
Fit Tip: Runs really big, I’m wearing an XXS petite.

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Love the relaxed fit of this striped tee, and the soft, lightweight cotton. It’s also long enough to wear with leggings if you throw a long cardigan over it.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS.

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Whenever I say ‘pair it with a long cardigan’ this coming season, assume I mean this hooded one. It’s that good! 
Fit Tip: It runs large, I’m wearing an XXS.
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I hope you found this post helpful, and maybe discovered some new goodies. I certainly missed Mama Sugarplum shopping with me, but hopefully I can drag her along on the next one!

What’s your favorite from this round of Dressing Room Diaries? You may want to check out the previous installment because many of the items featured are on sale, and check the codes below for additional percentage off! Happy long weekend, lovebugs!

{Big Holiday Sales}
(These are as of Wednesday night, so check each site’s home pages for updates throughout the holiday weekend!)
Nordstrom // Clearance sale starts now…including this popular scalloped dress!
Loft // Extra 40% off sale
GAP // 35% off with code HAPPY
Old Navy // 30% off with code ENJOY
J.Crew // Up to 30% off with code SHOPMORE
J.Crew Factory // 50% off everything + extra 50% off clearance
Anthropologie // Extra 40% off sale
Sole Society // Up to 60% off tons of styles
Pottery Barn // Buy More, Save More Event

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