The Friday Five

Happy Friday from 30k feet! I’m wrapping up this post en route to a bachelorette weekend to celebrate my sister’s wedding next month. #aintechnologygrand Pop over to InstaGram or Facebook to see where we landed if you want. Here’s a random roundup for this Friday Five.

1) I’m wearing this uber-comfy, but still pulled-together, outfit for traveling. I swear this dress feels like pajamas…it’s lightweight so I don’t overheat waiting for the captain to turn on the air, but stay covered when he decides to turn it on arctic blast. Honestly, are there only two temperatures on an airplane?!

I managed to pack four days worth of stylish outfits in a single carry-on (see my tips here and here)…I’ll post some on InstaGram in the next few days, but will share here soon, too.

travel uniform

2) You know that I participated in the {One Room Challenge} with 19 other bloggers every Wednesday (see the complete list here), but did you know almost 150 other talented bloggers linked up with Linda on Thursdays? I’m only about half way through the list of pure eye-candy, but here are some of my favorites so far…

3) North Texas has gone from drought to drowning in the last month…seriously, I’m checking Pinterest on how to DIY an ark. We started out thinking it was great and saying things like, ‘Oh yes, we really needed this rain!’ Now I’m just over it, and ready for hot, dry Summer! World Market’s new outdoor collection isn’t making it any easier…I’m ready for picnics and backyard decorating! Just click each pic for item link…fancy, right?!

4) So of course all that Summer wishful thinking got me dreaming of swimsuits, cover-ups, and cute pool/beach bags. I prefer to have a cover-up that passes for street clothes so you can transition easily without being totally exposed. I have these exact flip-flops, and the brand is hands-down my very favorite…so squishy!

ready for summer

Same goes for the guys…Mr. SP wears board shorts that look like regular clothes when paired with a shirt. I’ve got him hooked on Havianas, too. He’s had one pair for 5 years…those suckers last forever! I think I may snag this cap for myself.

Men's swim

5) Okay, so I started out pretty casual about this whole ‘Top 25 Finalist’ thing in Redbook’s Real Women Style Awards…just shocked flattered to be included. But in the last few days, a couple of the other nominees have launched some kind of intense campaign, and they are waaaay ahead of me!

So now my competitive nature has kicked in, and I want it!! Or at least I want to know I gave it a good Texas-try. My mom’s daily vote isn’t getting it done. 😉 So if you’re a fan of my style and inspired by the style posts, then please, please, please hop over and vote for me. #Illbeyourbestfriend It’s super simple…just scroll down and click my pic. Once it opens, click the little gray heart in the bottom right corner…and done!

Thank you so, so much, and happy weekend, lovebugs!

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The Friday Five

I can’t thank you enough for the excitement and encouragement you expressed over the One Room Challenge! You really helped pump me up, and I’m eager to show you more progress. So far I haven’t hit any major roadblocks, but I’m sure that’ll change.

Thanks to a too-good-to-be-true airfare special, I surprised my daughter with a quick trip to Nashville for the long weekend, so we’re having some girl time with our best friends here. And of course I’ll get my hair done too, since my friend happens to be a stylist-extraordinaire! After a year of Mr. SP doing my color (oh yes he does), she’s got her work cut out. #oops

Here’s the latest ramblings for today’s Friday Five…

1) I was pretty smitten with the latest finds in my Look for Less, and realized they came together to make a darn cute outfit. I thought it’d be fun to see them, and their total prices, side-by-side.

Hi Sugarplum | The Look for Less
High:  Dress  |  Clutch  |  Sandals  |  Earrings
Low:  Dress  |  Clutch  |  Sandals  |  Earrings

2) The darling and talented Shannon of Burlap & Lace just returned from an amazing trek through Europe, and I was honored to be part of her Take Five Series while they were gone. Hop over and check out my celebrity crush, favorite artists, and childhood style. While you’re there, make sure to see the amazing gallery wall disguising her TV!

TAKE FIVE WITH HI SUGARPLUM

3) Heather at The Decor Fix has a great series, The Quick Fix, where bloggers weigh in on their go-to tips for easily sprucing up a space, and share a little Q & A. I’ve picked up so many new ideas, and was honored to add my two-cents, as well. While you’re there, make sure to check out Heather’s must-read, How to Style Bookcases.

Hi Sugarplum | Quick Fix

4) Apparently I’ve been quite the floozy lately, because I also appeared in the pages of Victoria, of A Subtle Revelry’s, new book, Materially Crafted: A DIY Primer for the Design-Obsessed. It’s a great book, chock full of fun and clever DIYs, and I was honored to have her feature our daughter’s Cheery Highboy and Herringbone Basket projects. #lookmaIminabook!!! I love seeing bloggers thrive and reach their dreams and goals, so I’m especially thrilled for Victoria!

Hi Sugarplum | Materially Crafted book

5) Remember my ‘How to Transition to Fall’ post, featuring my simple formula for transitioning to the cooler temperatures? I’m working on a similar one with tips on how to easily adapt your wardrobe for Spring…this is pretty much my uniform this time of year. And these sandals are surprisingly chic and comfy!

Hi Sugarplum | Spring Chic


This tee/scarf/lightweight jacket outfit formula is already in heavy rotation…it’d be cute with this fun scarf and my favorite jean jacket, too. Oh, last thing…I have an upcoming occasion that calls for a festive and dressy-dress…this one has been on my wish list for years, what do you think? It’s more than I usually spend, so I wonder if it’s worth it. Happy Easter weekend, lovebugs!


Pssst…we’re celebrating Easter at my sister-in-law’s this year, so I didn’t set a table or do any crafts, but you can check my Holidays tab for past year’s projects if you’re looking for ideas!

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8 Comments

  1. Already excited about a transition to spring post! I've been struggling with it!

    Posted 4.3.15 Reply
  2. Shannon wrote:

    You are the cutest floozy in all of Texas! 😉 Have a great weekend!!!

    Posted 4.3.15 Reply
  3. I agree, quite the cute floozy! 🙂 Enjoy your girl time!!

    Posted 4.3.15 Reply
  4. Please put a rush on your spring transition post! I need one ASAP 🙂

    Posted 4.3.15 Reply
  5. Allison wrote:

    Hope you and your daughter are having a fun girls's weekend! I think you should absolutely go for that gorgeous maxi dress. I've been eyeing that as well. Such a fun dress and would look amazing on you Cassie.

    Posted 4.3.15 Reply
  6. Enjoy Nashville!! I'm crazy jealous of you! We won't be there until the end of June!

    Posted 4.4.15 Reply
  7. mwimp wrote:

    absolutely GET THAT DRESS! I don't have a special occasion but if I did and could fit into it I would absolutely get it!

    Posted 4.6.15 Reply
  8. Great post and I actually like the "for less" one better! Xo

    Posted 4.7.15 Reply

The Friday Five

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!

boho chic

Blouse | Distressed Jeans | Fringe Crossbody Bag
Riding Boots | Tassel Bracelet | Emerald Drop Earrings

2) Being a blogger, you’d think I’d always have my camera with me…but it’s usually my phone that documents our life. In fact, most of my favorite pictures are on InstaGram. My sister sent me the cutest set of little square magnets for Christmas from Sticky9, each with photos of us from her account. They look adorable on the side of our fridge, and make me happy each time I catch a glimpse. I just ordered a set of square prints to keep on the coffee table, and am thinking of making a tablet cover, too. What do you do with your InstaGram pics?

Hi Sugarplum | Sticky9 Prints

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?

Hi Sugarplum | Look for Less Chandeliers

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

Hi Sugarplum | Favorite Jeans
a // Striped Cardi Wrap Boot Socks | Rainboots (similar) | Watch
b //  Cardi (similar) | Plaid Scarf (similar)
c // Gray Tee (similar) | Plaid Infinity Scarf Booties (similar) | Watch | Bracelet
f // Striped Hoodie Pullover | Plaid Shirt (similar)
{Shop More Jeans Under $100}

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!

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The Friday Five

It’s Friday…Holla!! Another week has flown by! I just realized we move exactly two weeks from today (ready or not!)…the pangs are starting to hit me, and I get a lump in my throat when I think about leaving this place. It’s easy to be distracted from the emotionality of it all when I’m focused on the tasks behind the move, but the tears are inevitable. Let’s change topic before I start blubbering on my keyboard!

1) We had a kooky week that started with sunny, warm days, and ended with freezing rain and snow flurries. I like to counter the dreariness with bright colors…who says pinks and corals are for Spring and Summer only?! I just balance them with Winter basics like boots, jeans, and leather bags to make them more season appropriate.

I usually create these boards with items similar to what I own, to give myself more outfit ideas. I was going to layer the tee and scarf with my favorite kitten-cardi in ‘coral spice’, but this one caught my eye instead. It’s similar to the wrap cardi, but less material gathered across the front…so the booby girls may prefer it. And you can’t beat the $25 price tag! I’ve been saving this scarf for Spring, but styling it like this means I don’t have to wait! Oh, and you know I layer a striped tee with just about any outfit…I want this one in all the colors!

Comfy Cool

2) One of the things on our Kitchen Reno list is to add pendant lighting over the breakfast bar…to define the space, and add some visual bang to the room. I’ve long been a fan of the pendant lantern…but always considered the Ballard and Restoration Hardware versions too overpriced. #cheapskate Imagine my glee when I found this one at World Market for $99! And if you use code MEMBERPASS, they are an additional 15% off, for a whopping $75!! Now that’s a good Look-for-Less! Mine arrived this week and I’m chomping at the bit to get them hung!

Hi Sugarplum | Look for Less Lantern Pendants

3) My friend Shay has been in the adoption process for almost two years, and this month she and her family were finally united with their little girl. Shay’s been blogging the journey of their trip to China to bring her home, including seeing their daughter for the first time, giving her the first bath of her life, and watching her other two kids fall in love with their new sister. I’ve been hanging on every word, and am so happy for them, and this precious girl. Watching this family come together is heart-warming, and so worth the read…make sure you start with Day 1!

4) Okay, now back to home decor. Of course the kids are using this new house business to get new room designs. Well, at first, my daughter wanted me to recreate her new room exactly like her old one…not one thing different. That’s since changed, and she and big brother have their sights set on makeovers.

We’re not exactly sure the direction, but we got some pretty good ideas after falling for some of these Urban Outfitter rugs…all currently 25% off! In fact, this rug became the jumping off point for his room. If you’re in the market for rugs…West Elm is also having 20% off, and be sure to check out this post for another favorite source.

Hi Sugarplum | Urban Outfitters Rug Sale
a.  //  b.  //  c.  //  d.  //  e.  //  f.  //  g.  //  h.

5) And finally, I don’t know if I should thank or curse my friend, Laura. Last week she posted about this woman’s water challenge, and her dramatic transformation by simply drinking a gallon of water every day for a month. I was so motivated, I’ve been guzzling water non-stop. I think even my eyeballs are floating, and I can’t venture far from a bathroom! But if I can lose my under-eye bags like her, then all those trips to the potty are worth it!

Have you heard of this water challenge? It hasn’t been too hard to actually drink that amount of water, but I do have a hard time remembering to drink it…or to take water with me when I’m out. I’m on Day 5, but since I forgot to take a Before pic, who knows if anything’s changed.

Last thing, darling Claire, of Claire Brody Designs, asked me to weigh in with my Blogging Tips for Beginners, and she wrote a really comprehensive post that new bloggers definitely need to check out.

And that concludes this random round-up…go forth in your cute cardigans and scarves, and drink lots of water! Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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The Friday Five

You guys!!! Not only is it Friday #holla, but it’s officially less than two weeks until Christmas! I somehow went from being on top of things, to horribly behind, all in the span of a week?! Last I remember, it was Thanksgiving weekend…and now it’s Christmas! What??

Okay, my panic-driven rant is over…it’s pep-talk time. There’s still 13 days…that’s two full weekends to git ‘er done. Online shopping has truly saved me this year…I mean seriously, ain’t nobody got time for mall crowds!

1) So last week I shared my Holiday Party Style, featuring a black lace dress. But you know I love to get several wears out of my pieces, so I started thinking how I could jazz up a more basic, everyday black dress, to make it party ready. Clearly this one is my favorite, since I styled it
3 Ways in black, and 5 Ways in pink!

Outfit #1 pairs the dress with a fun faux-fur jacket, and a pop of bling and color.

Holiday Party

Outfit #2 is pure chic, with a touch of leopard and bling. You could also swap out the black heels for a fun color like I did here.

Dressed Up LBD

2) Many of you noticed my rain boots in a recent #SugarplumStyle post on InstaGram, and wondered if they were my Look-for-Less combination. Well yes, ma’am, indeed they are…and I could not be happier!! The boots don’t come in half-sizes, so I sized down to a 7, and the socks are medium. The two fit together like peas and carrots, and you’d never know they weren’t meant for each other. To be fair, I’ve never tried on true Hunter boots, but I’m thrilled with my more affordable version! Oh, and they’re lined with black and white stripes! #swoon (Thanks, Mom!!)

3) I shared my Sugarplum Christmas earlier this week, as part of Chris’s Holiday Blog Hop, but I wanted to make sure you checked back at the end of my post….it’s updated with links to 25 of the most inspiring Christmas Home Tours in blogland! I mean, really….my Christmas board is about to be overflowing with ideas for next year.

4) I don’t know about you, but all our parents have requested for Christmas, is pictures of the grandkids! My friend had this giant canvas made at InstaCanvas, and it turned out amazing! I’m ordering some of the smaller ones while they are on sale. The company was kind enough to offer free shipping (by Christmas!) with code SUGARPLUM, so I’m all over it!

5) Okay, so we know Christmas is 13 days away, and it’s time to get serious about those you haven’t shopped for yet. So I did us all a favor, and created what may be, the best Gift Guide yet. Well, as Mr. SP would say, ‘the best in lower Bulgaria, maybe.’ #nooffensetobulgaria Whatever! I challenge you to find someone on your list who wouldn’t match up with one of these gifts! There is a little something for everyone, and they all ship free. You’re welcome. And for the record, I’m a good match for 10 of the 12. #justsayinsanta

Hi Sugarplum | The Perfect Gift

two | Statement Necklace (60% off!)
three | Cable Knit Reindeer Head (40% off!)
four | Dipped Bowls, only 16!
eleven | Selfie Wand
twelve | Lip Gloss Set

So that’s it for the randomness that is my Friday Five! What’s on your random list today? Are you still shopping? Are you going to any fun holiday parties? Happy weekend, lovebugs!

{A few more fun gift ideas}


**A small portion of this post was written in collaboration with Nordstrom, but all opinions, product selection, and Santa List Making is my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!**