I am neck-deep in photos of our Master Bedroom Reveal (the old one, not the new…duh!), and hope to have that post for you tomorrow…but I wanted to pop in and share a few things I’ve spied lately!
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Happy Friday the 13th! Are you superstitious about this day? I think it’s kind of fun when the calendar falls this way…unless I’m flying. I’d rather not fly on Friday the 13th!
I am beyond excited for the weekend…our first in ages when we weren’t painting, packing or moving. Of course we’re still totally covered up in boxes, but I’m having so much fun unpacking and finding new homes for everything. I can’t wait to just putter around enjoying the house.
We’ve all adapted to the new space pretty seamlessly…like the house was just waiting for us. Babygirl is the only one struggling a bit with the change…she doesn’t like sleeping upstairs away from us. We’ve resorted to bribery to get her to stay in bed all night! Any other tips?!
1) I dropped by Nordstrom this week, and audibly gasped when I spotted this fringed cross body bag. (A literal gasp is my indicator of how much I really want something…so of course I scooped it up.) It’s the right combination of boho and luxe, and the perfect size for stashing a full-size wallet, phone and glasses for traveling, and weekends. I also couldn’t resist the colors of this blouse…I don’t know anyone who doesn’t look good in blues. Nordstrom is also having a killer clearance sale…these earrings and boots are included!
3) I love to add a little pretty to my desktop, and the Fabulous Kelly always creates such stylish and chic options. She created these leopard patterns for Valentine’s day…get your free screensaver download here.
4) Remember my Look-for-Less Pendants we hung over the Breakfast Bar (see them in action here)? Well, I stumbled across another great option in one of my recent 87 trips to Home Depot! I’ve long been a fan of the Jonathan Adler ‘Ventana’ chandelier…but ain’t nobody got
time money for those! (Or I don’t, anyway.) West Elm has a similar version, but it’s pricey, too!
Anyway…I spotted one by Hampton Bay at Home Depot with very similar lines. It’s normally priced at $234, but for some reason, it was marked down to $120 in-store. And since only the floor model remained, I got greedy and asked for an additional discount (yes, I’m that person). So basically I scored that puppy for $106, and pre-assembled! I’m thinking a little black and gold spray paint will have it looking reeeeeeally similar to my Adler crush. And I won’t be $900 poorer. What do you think?
5) One of the most-asked questions in my #SugarplumStyle posts is about my jeans…because obviously, I’m a fan of them. My favorite brand of late has been Vigoss at Nordstrom, and I have several different styles. Some indicate you should size up or down, but I just order my normal size in them all, and appreciate the looser ones on some days (Taco Tuesday), and the tighter ones on others (date night). I have a small waist and ‘ample’ bootie, but they don’t create the dreaded waist gap. A few pair are a tad tight on my ‘ample’ calves, but stretch out after wear. I live in the distressed ones, and these new flap-pocket style.
I have a hard time coughing up more than $100 for jeans, so these fit that bill, too! What are your favorite jeans? Do you spend a lot? I only have one pair of ‘designer’ jeans, and I scored those at the Anniversary Sale! #cheapskate
I just added this lace tank to my cart (in both cream and black, oops!). The black will be so cute with white jeans and colorful pumps this Summer, and the cream will layer under most anything. Hello, $16!? This dress is too cute for words, too. Happy Valentine weekend, lovebugs, I hope it’s full of love and chocolate!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I know things have been a bit quiet around here, with no new content, but since time seems to
fly faster each year, it’s been fun to slow down and take a look back. In the world of endless To Do Lists, the things we accomplished are
easy to forget.
I struggle to write these Personal Highlight posts, because they always feel so ‘Hey! Hey! Look at Me!! Aren’t I Fab?!’ But I often have to remind myself that this blog is my happy place…my own personal scrapbook and life’s chronicle…of not only what we do to our home, but what happens to the people in our home.
That said, the majority of the amazing opportunities that come my way,
are because of you guys…and your support of this little blog. I can’t
thank you enough for popping in every day, week, month, or leap year…whenever it is, I’m thrilled you stopped by! Even the
lurkers…I know you’re there!
So this post is a combination of my own personal highlights from 2014,
as well as the projects you made popular…along with some geeky
by-the-numbers stuff. Basically all the good stuff that made 2014 grand
for our family, all in one spot! If we don’t share DNA, you might want
to skip it!
We loved the island so much, we went back in August for two weeks. Unfortunately, sadder circumstances sent us to Southern California for a long weekend, but I learned so much about forgiveness on that trip.
American Profile featured my DIY Pinecone Wreaths on our front doors.
I hosted a Home Depot Garden Party, and even got my face on a poster!
I filmed a video about my blogging experiences for one of my favorite blog networks. Funny enough, most of your comments were about my lack of accent! I was on my best behavior that day…the true Texas twang comes out after a glass (or two) of wine.
As did our backyard, with the latest Home Depot Patio Style Challenge.
Nate Berkus called (or his people did, if we’re splitting hairs), and I couldn’t say yes fast enough.
I’m fortunate to have a full-time job, so this blog can remain my pure
joy and hobby. I write for myself, but I love the interaction with you,
and comments are the best way (make sure you’re not a no-reply blogger!) Every
time I hit ‘publish’ on a post I wonder what you’ll think, and am
always surprised by your response. I can’t believe how much you had to
say about these posts…
Some posts take on a life of their own, and I really have no idea why
one project resonates more than another…but these posts received more views than any others in 2014.
It’s fun for me to see who you are, and where you’re coming from. According to Google Analytics, most Hi Sugarplum readers:
tablet/phone to read.
More than half of you are referred here from other sites…so thank you
to these amazing bloggers who so generously share my projects and
include me in their blogrolls. Without them and Pinterest, I’d likely be
writing to just my mom each day.
Last year also brought a breath of fresh air around here, with a new blog design.
I know this post was a lot of toot-tooting my own horn, but I’m just so
grateful for all the friends, opportunities, and most of all, you!!! God has blessed me more than I could have ever imagined, and I’m beyond humbled by your friendship, support and kind words.
Your encouragement makes me excited to share each
project, and continue doing what I love so much. Starting this blog was the best whim I’ve ever acted on, and I
can’t wait to see what’s next. This year has already started with a bang, and I’m excited to share all the ideas and projects with you. I pray 2015 is your best yet, lovebugs!