Sugarplum Style | Doors of the Mediterranean Edition

Cheers to Friday! I think we’ve found a bit of a rhythm with the kids this week…although it helped that they had VBS everyday from 9 to noon! It definitely feels like Summer now, and I’m all too aware just how fast it’s going to fly by. How do you balance work life with home life during the Summer months? I’d love to hear your tips for getting work done, but still finding extra hours to enjoy the kids while they’re home. But don’t tell me to wake up at 5am…that’s no-can-do, compadre! 😉

Today I’m excited to share a special Doors of the Mediterranean edition of Sugarplum Style. It’s still daily outfits, but they were all created by mixing and matching items from my suitcase. Don’t worry, I’ll still recap each port, plus have a dedicated packing post that will include everything I took!

I’ve always had a thing for doors when we travel…especially in European and Latin countries. The character, bright colors, aged hardware, and quant number tiles just draw me in. Not to mention, the mystery of what lies beyond those big, heavy doors! Every time one opens, I find myself trying to catch a glimpse inside, and always wonder what life is like for the occupants.  #andImnosy

It all started with this bold cobalt and white door across the alley from our hotel in Sitges, Spain…and next thing I knew, I was lurking and posing in doors all over the Mediterranean!

This flutter top can be worn three ways…so I took full advantage and wore it three times on the trip. I call that an efficient travel top!

This green number served as both dress and swimsuit cover-up. I love it so much I think I need to order the blue one!
Fit Tip: I sized up for a relaxed, less body-con fit.
Typically when I travel, outfits are dictated solely by the weather. But as soon as I found this cotton wrap dress, I knew it would be perfect for both Portofino and Positano. It’s proven to be perfect for steamy Texas summers, too!
Fit Tip: It’s true-to-size, but I bought it in petite for a slightly shorter length, so I sized up one.
This breezy skirt was perfect for warm days, plus the elastic made it pasta-friendly! Depending on the port and activities planned, I carried either this hold-everything striped tote, or this compact cross body.
Our day in France was the coolest, but it worked perfectly because I got to wear stripes. I added my jean jacket for an extra layer in the morning. Also, I’ve never not worn socks with sneakers…but these are actually more comfortable without them! I wore them all over and never had any problems with rubbing or discomfort.
Fit Tip: Make sure you size down in the sneakers a half-size! #trustme
I reached for the tassel-trim skirt on the hottest days…it was even more comfortable than shorts, but I looked more pulled together for wherever we might end up.
Fit Tip: The slide sandals were a comfortable option, too, and the touch of leopard so chic. I sized down half-size in them, as well.

My plan was to only pack one of these racerback dresses, but they fold up so small (not to mention, never wrinkle!), so I ended up throwing in a couple. They worked for both dinners on the ship, and warm days walking in town.

Fit Tip: The armholes are a little low in some colors of the dress, so I wear this genius bra with it. And some of you have asked me to show how I wear the bra…all I have to say is, have you lost your mind?!? I’m not showing a bra tutorial on the internets!! 😉 (Just follow the pics on the product page!) 

I wore this skirt several times, as well, but this was the only door appearance. I paired it with long-sleeve chambray on this day, and a tank for a warmer day in Barcelona. (More on that soon!)
It pained me to crop the top of this door off…but some alleyways are so narrow you can’t get back far enough to capture the entire frame. Let’s just focus on the amazing herringbone and my cute tassel bracelets. 😉
I loved this tiny little door…the top is that line right at my head. I wonder how many times the man of the house has knocked his head on it? And even though it looks like culottes in this pic, it’s actually a darling midi skirt. I’ve worn it so many times in the last few months, I’ve got a fun {5 Ways} style post coming up with it.
This last door is my fave…or maybe it’s just because of the guy lurking in it! Look at all the detail in the door and surrounding stone! 

Which door is your favorite? Do you prefer the brightly painted ones, or the natural wood? I’ve got lots more to share, but this gives you a pretty good idea of what I packed for daytime!

You can catch up with past installments of Sugarplum Style here, or follow my everyday-style outfits on InstaGram. Make sure you’re following my Facebook page, too…that’s where I post deals, steals, sales and goodies! Happy weekend, lovebugs!

{Weekend sales worth checking out}
Nordstrom // Tons of mid-season markdowns, including this striped boatneck.
GAP // 35% off your total purchase with code STYLE
Old Navy // 40% off clearance with code JACKPOT
Loft // 40% off everything with code JUICY, including Tassel Trim Skirt
J.Crew // Extra 50% off all sale styles with code FRIDAY
J.Crew Factory // My embroidered dress is back in stock & on sale
Anthropologie // Up to 50% off sale items
World Market // Up to 50% off Outdoor, including my new patio chairs!

P.S. Did you know you don’t have to wait for these posts to get my outfit details? Just click that ‘Shop My Feed’ widget in the sidebar, and it takes you directly to each pic with links to what I’m wearing. #whatwilltheythinkofnext The site has been having some issues, however, so you may need to sign back in on a desktop if you haven’t been receiving emails.


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  1. Colleen wrote:

    Love your photos, Cassie! That is so funny because I have a "thing" for doors as well! My husband and I have lived and travelled a lot in Asia and I have pictures of some beautiful ancient doors as well. North America could take a few pointers, I think. Love all of your outfits against the colourful door backdrops!

    Posted 6.24.16 Reply
  2. I'm obsessed with doors too, especially in Europe! You captured some great ones!

    Posted 6.24.16 Reply
  3. You should frame all these and put on your wall:)

    Posted 6.24.16 Reply
  4. Christina wrote:

    I love all of the door pictures! So pretty. Those leopard slides are so comfortable, aren't they?!

    Posted 6.24.16 Reply
  5. Such a fun post with beautiful pics and darling outfits!!! And now I hate my door. Sheaffer 🙂

    Posted 6.24.16 Reply
  6. Great pictures and what a fun way to photograph a vacation. When we went to Morocco, I took so many pictures of doors and tiles and some of those are my favorite pics from our trip. I've even blown a few of them up and used them as art in our bedroom.

    Posted 6.24.16 Reply
  7. I don't know what I love more the doors or your outfits! I too have a door obsession and loved looking at the photos you took!

    Posted 6.24.16 Reply
  8. Samantha wrote:

    After a long time following you, I finally bought the racerback dress in black for my first trip to NYC a couple weeks ago. I was more than a little excited after seeing all the ways you work this dress into the circuit, and it does not disappoint! So flattering, so easy to dress up or dress down and so helpful in hiding the effects of all the delicious NYC meals. Side note: I also followed your packing tips and fit everything in a carry-on for the FIRST TIME EVER. Love the doors and love all the fun outfit combos! Thanks as always for the fab inspiration 🙂

    Posted 6.24.16 Reply
  9. Anonymous wrote:

    What color Racer back dress do you have on? I have the black and love it!

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  10. I love doors too…..I wish I could attach a pic of doors my son took in NYC and had them framed for me for Xmas

    Posted 6.24.16 Reply
  11. Lisa wrote:

    Oh my goodness Cassie…even while watching your trip on insta I didn't realize just how many GORGEOUS doors there were. Absolutely AMAZING!!! (And your outfits were cute too😉😉)

    Posted 6.25.16 Reply
  12. Emily wrote:

    This was awesome Cassie—-super clever and cute!

    Posted 6.26.16 Reply
  13. Momma wrote:

    I work from home and have the same struggle as you! I typically work in 1 hour increments then take a 2-3 hour break to hang out with the kiddos. So work 1 hour, play 2-3 hours, work 1 hour, play…you get the idea! I also slightly reduce my work load during the summer months and eliminate any time sucks…like surfing my favorite blogs and pinterest 🙁 Hence, my late commenting to this post! Hope you guys have a great summer!

    Posted 7.1.16 Reply