Sweet & Sassy

Most women are complex, multi-layered spiritual beings, that wear a multitude of hats, and carry a list of labels. Wife, mother, nurturer, volunteer, cheerleader, team player, mentor, breadwinner, friend, listener, lunch-packer, vixen. #superwoman None of us is one-dimensional, and the roles we play and fill in our lives are vast.

In fact, Mr. Sugarplum says my air of mystery is what drew him to me when we first met. Not in a secretive, cryptic way, but as soon as he thought he had me figured out, I showed another side of myself. It kept him guessing and on his toes.

We all have layers, and can not be defined by a single role or label. Sweet or sassy? Nope, it’s more like sweet and sassy, because we can be both, all at the same time! Granted sometimes it’s a little uncomfortable showing sassier sides of our personalities, but what better time to remind your hubby (and yourself!) that you’re a bombshell, than Valentine’s Day?!

Lace Midi Dress | Nude Sandals | Leopard Clutch
Bracelet | Ring | Earrings | Lipstick in “132 Caprice”

True this dress isn’t exactly in my comfort-zone…my wheelhouse is closer to this outfit…but as soon as I slipped it on (with a little bit of tugging here and there), I felt a certain level of power come over me. Dare I say, girl power?!

Sure fashion is shallow and trivial, but there’s no denying the confidence and vigor that comes from feeling good in your outfit. Sometimes that’s the first step towards feeling good in your own skin, too.

Lace Midi Dress | Nude Sandals | Leopard Clutch
Bracelet | Ring | Earrings | Lipstick in “132 Caprice”

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS, and while it was a tad snug through the hips, the fabric has enough give to accommodate my shape. I’m wearing this bra to help fill out the top, and these undies for a seam-free look.

Lace Midi Dress | Leopard Clutch | Bracelet | Ring

Lace Midi Dress | Nude Sandals | Leopard Clutch
Bracelet | Ring | Earrings | Lipstick in “132 Caprice”

Even though it’s definitely a sexy silhouette, the sturdy material and longer length kept me from feeling too exposed. This is one of those illogical dresses you need to keep in your closet on stand-by…just in case! Trust me, your hubby will love it!

On the flip side, this casual and comfy outfit is just as befitting to who I am. Not to mention, adorable for anytime, but especially for celebrating Valentine week with your kids and girlfriends.

Striped Tee (similar) | Jeans | Sneakers | Red Bag
Sunglasses | Similar Earring (obsessed with these!) | Watch

These stretchy jeans and comfy sneakers are perfect for running around, and the bag and punchy earrings pull it all together and make it festive.

Fit Tip: The jeans run true to size and fit closer to a jegging (great for knee boots!), but size down one-half in the sneakers.

Striped Tee (similar) | Red Bag | Sunglasses
Similar Earring (obsessed with these!) | Watch

Linzer Cookie Recipe

I never met a striped tee I didn’t love, and the fringe gives this one a fun added detail.
Fit Tip: It runs true and I’m wearing an XS.

Striped Tee (similar) | Jeans | Sneakers | Red Bag
Sunglasses | Similar Earring (obsessed with these!) | Watch

I love that both outfits are perfectly suitable for Valentine’s Day, but since they aren’t thematic, they aren’t limited to just February. Have you taken any chances with your wardrobe lately? What do you think about the many, complicated layers of a woman?!

{Shop Sassy Styles}

{Shop Sweet Styles}


*Photos by the darling and talented Mary Summers

Leave a Comment


  1. Both outfits are adorable, and the last one is way more my comfort zone, especially here in the frigid northeast. But girl. You are rocking that red dress!!! I hope you get to wear that somewhere fun!

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
  2. Brittany wrote:

    You look amazing in this dress!! Love the back detail! And that bod is banging!! Love the second outfit too.. So perfect for casual dinner! 🙂

    Brittany 🙂

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
  3. Christina wrote:

    Both are so great! You can really pull off red! I have a red top (out of my comfort zone) ordered and higher hopes it fits! It is so true about having many layers! Us girls have a lot going on in a day.

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
  4. That dress makes me want to take you out on a Valentine’s Day date!!!!!!!!!

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
  5. Kathleen wrote:

    Both so fun but I end up going for comfy!!

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
  6. kathy wrote:

    Wow! You look amazing! Your husband must be a very happy man!

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  7. angi wrote:

    You have never looked more confident and sexy yet dignified and happy! Outstanding sugarplum! Come join me soon for a workout…even though it doesn’t like you need much help in that department! xo

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
  8. Patricia wrote:

    That red lace dress puts the VOOM in the va va voom!

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
  9. Nicole wrote:

    Where did you take these pics? Looking great!

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thank you! I love finding light and bright spots around town! These were taken at Arlington Hall, a gorgeous park area near Turtle Creek. xo

      Posted 2.7.17 Reply
  10. jennifer wrote:

    That doesn’t seem to be the same red bag you linked? Is yours sold out or no longer available?

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Mine is much older, from Mod Cloth, and I couldn’t find it on their site. I’ve seen the one I linked in person, and it’s very similar! xo

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  11. Jenny wrote:

    Wow! You are beautiful in both outfits! I totally agree with you about the many sides of a woman 🙂 My poor husband can never figure me out 😉 I also think I should get out of my comfort zone with my clothes a little…thanks for the kick in the pants! After 18 years of marriage it is easy to get into a rut. Love your blog!!

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Agreed! Mr. SP and I have been together for 22 years…so he’s seen it all! I like to remind him of my ‘good side’ on occasion! 😉

      Posted 2.8.17 Reply
  12. Rebecca Davis wrote:

    WOWZA!!! You are one blessed lady. Your husband ADORES you….that is evident! Hubba Hubba! Your love just smolders. I look forward to reading your blog daily so I can live vicariously through you. You really do have it all. I know we all struggle in areas, but your load sure seems light! Can you spread some good vibes our way? I would LOVE your life! The hardships you linked barely scratch my surface👀 Have you weathered difficult storms? I mean your momma looks like a sister! So lucky…sorry to ramble but WOW you are sooooo amazing! Can I have your life??? BTW your home is out of a magazine. Know wonder so many reach out to you! Cassie, a perfect figure, great kids, loving parents, hot husband…, you are my spirit animal!!!

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Oh honey, I have my hardships like everyone, I just choose not to air the majority of them on the internet! 😉 I try to keep this a place of joy and positive inspiration…there’s enough of the ugly stuff elsewhere. And honestly, yes, my life is blessed…but I think a huge part of that is because I choose gratitude everyday! There’s power in gratitude. xoxo

      Posted 2.8.17 Reply
  13. Andi C wrote:

    And she is incredible in the kitchen! Made from scratch Linzer cookies! Cassie…guide us with your ways. You are so blessed…you really must pinch yourself daily!

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Ha! These are from a local bakery, but the ones I make (and linked) are slice and bake…nothing fancy over here! 😉

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  14. Erin Sutch wrote:

    I LOVE that dress and love you in it! 🙂

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  15. Keisha wrote:

    You look absolutely incredible in that dress!! HOT momma!!!!

    Posted 2.8.17 Reply
  16. Lindsay Hall wrote:

    Yikes! I get a weird vibe from some of the over the top comments. Not sure why, but I do. I hope they aren’t mocking, but it feels strange. Keep doing you, Cassie!

    Posted 2.8.17 Reply
  17. Maura MacDaniel wrote:

    Exactly…glad someone else felt the same way.😞

    Posted 2.8.17 Reply
  18. Sandy Maples wrote:

    Gorgeous red all around! Including your lipstick. It looks striking with your coloring. Details in that dress are lovely, and I’d never have thought to put the leopard print bag with the red, but now I see how well it goes. Perfect example of the sassy side. Thanks for the tips and inspiration! Happy Valentine’s Day!! ❤

    Posted 2.12.17 Reply
  19. River Grace wrote:

    I super excited!!!! I just ordered the red bag from Nordstrom’s on sale for $17.00!!!!! If not the same similar!!!! Also I ordered the converse tennis shoes. So love all of your clothes!!! Thank you for the help and inspiration!!!

    Posted 2.19.17 Reply