Friday Fashion

Hey there, friends, and happy Friday! Thank you so much for all your feedback and enthusiasm over our Kitchen renovation this week…your excitement and confidence is fueling me to keep pushing forward to create a space perfect for us. Julia nailed it when she commented, “I’d rather be someone’s shot of whiskey, than everyone’s cup of tea!” And that girl has mad style and taste, so I think I’ll adopt her motto!

Between work and home life, this week has been full of paint swatches, tile orders, home inspections, lost title policies, and an endless list of house loose-ends. I’m ready to take a break from all that, and have a little fun with fashion.

I haven’t given my outfit selection much attention this month (and never mind that my hair’s been in a ponytail for three straight weeks), so I thought I’d create a few using items in my closet, in hopes of kick-starting my desire.

I can’t get enough fair isle, so I jumped at this sweater dress when it was marked down 50%. It’s super cute, but a tad long on me (I’m just under 5’4″). I always get asked about my crossbody bag when we travel…I’ve had mine for ages, but this one is perfection, and the price can’t be beat.

For the love of Fair Isle

I’ve been wearing my puffer vests non-stop with jeans (as evidenced in my Sugarplum Style posts), but love the idea of pairing it with a casual dress and boots, too.

Stripes + Puffer

One of my favorite things about Winter style, is how a structured coat can transform even the most basic and casual outfit. My favorite is a swing shape with a good collar…it’s both flattering and fun. These are such classic pieces that can elevate any outfit…and all of them are on super sale! Well, except the leopard heels, but I couldn’t deny them.

sexy jeans

It may be intervention time…my kitten cardi-wrap count now stands at three. I started with the striped one (see the outfit here), and loved it with all my heart, so decided to add a solid. But the problem is, choosing a color is like trying to pick a favorite kid…it’s virtually impossible most days. If you’re new around here, the cardi-wrap gets it’s nickname because it feels like being snuggled by kittens. Declawed kittens. Serious.

Cozy Cardi Wrap

Do you have a kitten-cardi yet?! You know you’re going to cave and get one eventually…2500 people can’t be wrong…so you might as well do yourself a favor, and cave while it’s still cold out. If you wait to give in to it’s snuggly power in March, you’ll only be kicking yourself for lost time you could have been wearing it. Just sayin.’

Okay, my fashion break is over…back to the construction zone. Follow me on InstaGram and Facebook if you want to see reno updates. And wish us luck…there may or may not be a closing in our future this afternoon. But I’m not allowed to speak of it yet, for fear of The Jinx. Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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  1. I love your fashion posts, your style is so fun! If it were a little cooler here in Florida I'd buy everything you post but alas, with above average highs this year I am missing out on all the fun! Keep doing what you do because I look forward to your posts every single day!!!!!

    Posted 1.16.15 Reply
    • Thank you so much, kellyann!!! You could always lose one of the layers for your warmer climate…I don't want you to miss out on everything! 🙂

      Posted 1.16.15 Reply
  2. Liz wrote:

    Absolutely loving the outfit combos! Animal print certainly is a neutral! The kitchens are so glam too! So thrilled for this project you are embarking on!

    Posted 1.16.15 Reply
  3. Super fun and comfy picks!

    Jennifer Jayne xx

    Posted 1.16.15 Reply
  4. ohh i love that fair isle sweater dress! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

    Posted 1.16.15 Reply
  5. Patricia wrote:

    Always enjoy Fashion Friday. Lucky you (and smart) getting the kitchen reno done before you move it! We cooked and ate in the basement workshop during ours. Let's just say paper plates were very popular!
    I loved your cross body bag (you're not kidding about great price!). I'm on the hunt for a cross body bag in black with built in wallet. I'd like to find a good quality one that will last me for years (I only change out bags seasonally or for travel). I'm trying to buy better quality once rather than several cheap ones. #tryingtochange.

    Posted 1.16.15 Reply
    • We still have a fully operational kitchen, but sadly, we're already doing a lot of the paper plate thing!! As busy as we've been, there's a lot of take out happening. :/ Good luck on the bag hunt! xo

      Posted 1.16.15 Reply
  6. I do have a cardi-wrap and it is a winter favorite!!

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  7. Anonymous wrote:

    The cardi-wrap….I'm about the same height. Did you get a regular or petite size?

    Posted 1.16.15 Reply
    • I've tried both on and didn't see much difference. I have monkey arms, so I went with the regular so I'd have enough length. 🙂 xo

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  8. Rebecca wrote:

    I need to know more about that reversible tote! I've got bigger arms, so sometimes straps drive me crazy. Is there anyone out there with the same problem that can give me an idea of how the straps work? Thanks!

    Posted 1.16.15 Reply
    • Sometimes the description will say how long the straps are, so you can measure on yourself. Or check out the pic of the model holding it…that will give you an idea of how long the drop is on the strap. xo

      Posted 1.16.15 Reply
  9. Yes yes yes to vests over dresses. I want to try that look too. Love your posts and good luck with the reno this weekend!

    Posted 1.16.15 Reply
  10. Laurie S wrote:

    Hi Cassie. I love the fair isle sweater dress but it's unavailable – boo. It would have been great for a party in Feb for me – I get cold so easily! I will continue my search for a warm dressy dress. Have a great weekend!

    Posted 1.16.15 Reply
    • It's sold out a few times, but keeps coming back…so keep an eye on it!! xo

      Posted 1.16.15 Reply
  11. Christine F. wrote:

    oh Cassie, I tried so hard to love the kitten cardi-wrap…but it made my boobs look like a heavyset prison matron's. Soooooo sad b/c it was amazingly soft. So I returned it (my mom gave it to me for Christmas) and I got this from Nordstrom – loooove it: 🙂

    Posted 1.16.15 Reply
    • Hey girl — I found another option that may be perfect…check out today's Friday Five!!

      Posted 1.23.15 Reply
  12. Allison wrote:

    All super cute outfits Cassie! You have such a fun and colorful style. I'm liking that coral color in the wrap. Pretty for spring and summer. I may have to treat myself to one more!

    Posted 1.17.15 Reply

Friday Fashion

Whoop-whoop, it’s Friday! I know I’m ready for a time-out this weekend…how about you? I had other plans for today’s post, but when I caught word that Nordstrom was having their Half-Yearly Sale for Women and Children, I had to abort mission and check it out. This really is the mother of all good sales…the only thing that tops it is their Anniversary Sale later this Summer.

I scoured everything, and picked out my favorites…actual things that I’d buy and wear. And because I can’t help myself, I made some fashion moodboards….every last item in this post is on sale!! If that doesn’t make it a good Friday, then I don’t know what does! The downside is, everything sells out fast! I had items in my shopping cart last night, that are already sold out this morning. So don’t dilly-dally.

Chevron Tie Dress
Stripes & Hot Pink
weekend cool

And here are a few other items worth checking out because of their extreme discount…

And since the sale is Women and Kids….let’s not forget them. I shop everywhere for my kids, but I’ve found over the years, that Nordstrom sale prices are as good as Target and Gap…but the quality is better, and the clothes don’t wear out before they outgrow them. Now’s the time when I’ll shop for next year’s sizes, too…especially shoes!

playful girl

Summer Boy

See anything you like? Don’t forget they have free shipping and returns (why don’t all the retailers do that?!?!). And if you haven’t yet, make sure you’ve entered to win the Swag Bag from my Style Blogger Conference. Unless you can’t be bothered with $1200 worth of awesome. Happy long weekend, lovebugs!

Click the arrows to scroll through and shop more options:

This post sponsored by Nordstrom, but all selections, opinions, and dent in my credit card, are mine! Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!

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  1. Amy B. wrote:

    I love my little boy in a gingham shirt like nothing else, but OH MY LANDS I need a girl so I can put her in that ruffle wrap dress! Great finds. Happy weekend!

    Posted 5.23.14 Reply
    • Right?!?!? I almost died when I saw it…wonder how big it comes and if I can squeeze my arse in it?! 😉

      Posted 5.24.14 Reply
  2. great finds! i need to head over to nordstrom this weekend! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

    Posted 5.23.14 Reply
  3. Hi Cassie- Okay, how do you put these boards together! I am obsessed with this!!! laura

    Posted 5.23.14 Reply
    • Hey Laura — I use Polyvore…such a time-sucker…but so addicting! I can't stop creating moodboards!!!

      Posted 5.24.14 Reply
  4. The zebra toms are adorbs! Have a great weekend cutie!

    Posted 5.23.14 Reply
  5. Looks like I'm going shopping this weekend!

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  6. That second set is just darling Cass! Love a bold stripe for summer- very Hepburn-esque! Have a supaFAB weekend love!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

    Posted 5.23.14 Reply
  7. Love the first dress! And all of the jewelry!! Thanks for sharing your finds. 🙂

    Posted 5.24.14 Reply
  8. kat sees wrote:

    the first and the second one look so good!!
    I just found your blog and I really enjoy it so far 🙂 keep up the good work!
    you're a great inspiration for beginners like me!

    Posted 5.26.14 Reply
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Friday Fashion

FRIDAY!!! Hoodie-Hoo! Let’s talk fashion and Mother’s Day gifts today, shall we?

1) I found this beyond cute dress online a few weeks ago, and had to try it for myself. I’m a sucker for a flirty, fit & flare dress (fitted on top, flared below the waist), and the $50 price tag can’t be beat. I’ve got some blog conferences and parties coming up, and hoped this would be a good option. Since the shipping and returns are free, I ordered both white and black. But now I can’t choose which to keep!

Hi Sugarplum | Nordstrom Dresses

Here’s an idea of how I’d style it….

White + Color

2) And now the same dress in black….

Hi Sugarplum | Nordstrom Dresses
The pose on the right is awkward…have you ever tried to take a selfie of your back in the mirror?! There are so many ways to style a little black dress, but of course I love to throw in some color. What say you…white, black, neither? Or both?! Ha!
little black dress

3) I created a moodboard around this floral number a few weeks ago (another $50 gem), so I added it to my shipment (free shipping and returns…holla!). I can’t decide if I’m horrified or if I love it. It’s a tad on the too-short side, but I’m crazy for the print. Never mind the shoes I’m wearing in the pics, and let’s pretend I brushed my hair. Yay or hay-ell no?

Hi Sugarplum | Nordstrom Dresses

And here it is all styled up….

Floral Fun
4) Clearly I love a good dress, but sometimes an extra layer is needed…for warmth and style. I scooped up this adorable cotton twill bomber jacket for only $23! Available in black, white and faded green. Cardigans are great for layering over dresses and skirts, but I like the bit of edge this jacket adds to an otherwise prissy outfit.
Hi Sugarplum | Nordstrom Dresses

5) Further proof this year is flying by….Mother’s Day is weeks away! I’ll pause while you panic and check your calendar. Yep, just around the corner. I usually get so busy scheming up what I want, that I almost forget my own sweet mom! She’s so easy and fun to shop for, but at the same time, I love to find her special and unique items that you can’t find just anywhere.
Uncommon Goods has become my go-to for creative and unique gifts…I can always find the best gift ideas for moms, dads and kids. They
carry thousands of cool gifts, from fun jewelry and accessories to
creative home decor and kitchen items. I love that they find and feature artists
and handmade items, and a portion of every order goes to your charity
of choice. My mom hates when I spend money on her, but I know she’ll love knowing her gift also did some good in the world. Here’s a few fun ideas for the special moms in your life
Hi Sugarplum | Uncommon Goods Mother's Day Gifts

Neat stuff, right? Have you started thinking about Mother’s Day? Help this mutha mother out and give me your feedback on the dresses! White, black, floral….what say you? Happy weekend, and Easter, lovebugs!

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  1. Look how smashing you are in those dresses?!?! I love them all!

    Posted 4.18.14 Reply
  2. Love that dress!! The white one really looks fab on you!!! xo Kristin

    Posted 4.18.14 Reply
    • Thanks so much, girlie! Thank goodness for self-tanner, right?! 😉

      Posted 4.21.14 Reply
  3. I say keep the white and the black. They both look great on you!

    Posted 4.18.14 Reply
  4. LOVE the white dress! so cute. xo jillian – cornflake dreams

    Posted 4.18.14 Reply
  5. You look great in everything! If you have to choose I like the white over the black but both are great so I'd keep them both if I were you. And I need that clutch – or maybe I need to try to diy one – sooooo in love with it!

    Posted 4.18.14 Reply
    • I totally thought DIY when I saw it too!!!

      Posted 4.21.14 Reply
  6. That dress looks fabulous on you! My vote would be to keep the black one – it's more versatile since you can wear it year round, and you never can go wrong with one or too many LBD's in your closet. Have a great weekend!

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  7. Adore the white. I have been loving white dresses lately. Try them on everywhere but haven't loved one yet. You scored.

    Posted 4.18.14 Reply
  8. I think you already know the answer to your question, but my favorite is the white dress. I like the black as well. The floral is a little too short. You look great.

    Posted 4.18.14 Reply
  9. Jude U wrote:

    I think they all look awesome! Yay you!!! This is the first time I'm writing you so I wanted to tell you how much I love your blog. It's so inspiring. I can't do the things you do because I'm a stroke survivor and just not able YET but still is awesome to be inspired by and I adore your bubbly personality! Thanks for being you! PS. Keep all three dresses!!! Jude. 🙂

    Posted 4.18.14 Reply
    • Thanks so much, Jude!! You are the inspiration…such a strong woman!! xo

      Posted 4.21.14 Reply
  10. The white dress looks great on you – then I saw the black one. Loev that one more.

    Posted 4.18.14 Reply
  11. Lori B wrote:

    Keep the white and black! They're so versatile. The floral is very pretty, but too short.

    Posted 4.18.14 Reply
  12. I love Uncommon Goods! Such fun stuff! I'd keep both dresses but if you have to pick one, go for the white! I finally got my denim jacket and panama hat..thanks for all of the great ideas and fashion inspiration!

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  13. Patricia wrote:

    Your stylings are spot on. Consider one an early Mother's Day present to yourself? The too cute possibly too short floral print; ever consider adding a hot pink (or favorite other color) lace band inside the dress along the hem. Looks deliberate and another flirty detail. And you look wonderful with flirty detaisl…

    Posted 4.18.14