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. πŸ˜‰ 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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23 Comments

  1. YES! THAT MAXI IS DARLING! And your new Barrington Bag is perfection.

    Posted 5.15.15 Reply
  2. I voted (again!). Have fun in the big Apple….it should be perfect weather… none of that wet Texas stuff. πŸ˜‰ I'll wave to you from PA!

    Posted 5.15.15 Reply
  3. I don't know why I never thought of wearing a maxi dress for travel. We have a plane ride coming up in a few months and you've just given me the inspiration to wear a maxi for uber-comfort. Perfect!
    Have a great weekend!
    "The Busy Brunette"
    http://thebusybrunette.blogspot.com/

    Posted 5.15.15 Reply
  4. i love that blue maxi dress! have a great trip πŸ™‚ xo jillian – cornflake dreams

    Posted 5.15.15 Reply
  5. Kelly wrote:

    Just voted! Good luck!

    Posted 5.15.15 Reply
  6. Mary B wrote:

    Cassie, I found you through the one room challenge and you are quickly becoming one of my favorite bloggers – much to my husband's dismay as I've spent much more money since following you! Our styles are so similar and now you do the legwork for me πŸ™‚ Enjoy the bachelorette party and keep the fantastic posts coming! I'm off to contemplate that retro cooler…

    Posted 5.15.15 Reply
  7. Christina wrote:

    I will vote for you every day, but, as most of us are – im so busy! I will not remember on my own, be shameless- put a reminder at the top of each post for us? We love you, it wont be annoying. Promise!

    Posted 5.15.15 Reply
  8. joen wrote:

    Love the stripped canvas bag! I'm a sucker for a great tote. Maxi dress is a great way to go for airplane travel – I agree on airplane ac!! P.S. I did cast my vote over at Redbook for you as I love your style!

    Posted 5.15.15 Reply
  9. Just voted! Hope you win!

    Posted 5.15.15 Reply
  10. Anonymous wrote:

    Of course I just voted! Just wondering…the cute black and white swimsuit seems to link to a different suit when you click on it? I'd love to know where you got it. Thanks!

    Posted 5.15.15 Reply
    • Anonymous wrote:

      Yes, I am wondering the same thing! Love that swimsuit and need a new one for an upcoming trip. Please share the info with us Cassie!

      Posted 5.19.15 Reply
    • I found it!!! http://bit.ly/1Pvhd0l

      Posted 5.19.15 Reply
  11. Leigh wrote:

    I've been voting for you! I love your style. I also own those leopard havianas and adore them! Have a great time in NYC.

    Posted 5.15.15 Reply
  12. Hi, Cassie. I completely freaked out this morning when I saw my laundry room on your blog! Thank you so much for sharing the room, and I'll be seeing you on the cover of the September Redbook, no doubt! (It's still raining in Dallas, sigh…)

    Posted 5.15.15 Reply
  13. Have a great trip!!! And yes…. This rain has got to go. I don't know what to do with myself. Thanks for including me! Xoxo

    Posted 5.15.15 Reply
  14. Pam A. wrote:

    Just voted, fingers crossed!!!

    Posted 5.15.15 Reply
  15. Mallory wrote:

    Hey mama! Thanks for the shout…all of my favs too! Voting for your cute self and crossing fingers! Hope that you're having fun in the big apple…xoxo

    Posted 5.17.15 Reply
  16. You travel more than anyone I know. I'm a bit jealous of that. Love your picks…..on everything. Have a fun weekend.

    Posted 5.17.15 Reply
  17. Thanks so much for the shout-out sweet lady! Hope you had an awesome time in NYC!!

    Posted 5.18.15 Reply
  18. mwimp wrote:

    so cute – on the flip flops – do they run true to size? and does the plastic straps ever seem to bother the inside of your toes? the ones I've had before do but I've only bot cheap ones so wondering if that is the cause.

    Posted 5.18.15 Reply
  19. Just voted! I'm pulling for you!

    Posted 5.19.15 Reply
  20. Annie Cox wrote:

    Happy blog anniversary! I love seeing your posts highlighting what you wear. You have great style. Keep up the great work!

    Posted 5.19.15 Reply
  21. These are my favorite posts! I think I've read just about all of them and I just started following your blog a week, if not less than that, ago. The Friday Five give me a chance to see what you love in the moment. I don't have the time to read every post but I feel like these zoom in on what you're loving. Thank you so much for sharing all your talent and passion with us! And Happy Anniversary!!!

    Posted 5.19.15 Reply

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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  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! πŸ˜‰ Have a great weekend!!!

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

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

    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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  1. I love the magnets your sister sent! How thoughtful was that?! Happy Friday girl. I hope you have a special weekend with your loves :). XO

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  2. You know I have a deep and abiding love for Vigoss jeans. Everybody needs a pair!!!! Or 3. πŸ™‚

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  3. i love those leopard backgrounds! cute. xo jillian – cornflake dreams

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  4. Love those desktop backgrounds. And I hear ya on spending a lot of money on designer jeans. These days I am always in my Gap legging jeans. They have enough stretch and if anything happens I don't worry! That said, I am dying to buy some Rag & Bone eventually but am too cheap! Also, LOVE the chandelier option. $106 what a steal!

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  5. Yeah, that bag is darling and thanks for the cute screen saver link! Enjoy your weekend puttering!

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  6. Haley wrote:

    I don't pay more than $60 for jeans. When I went to London my luggage was temporarily lost and my Dad bought me a pair of uber expensive jeans and they barely lasted a year until they fell apart. My $30 pairs of jeans have lasted years. NY&Co is good for jeans, but I usually start at thrift stores. Just wish I could find a good pair of white jeans you can't see through.

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  7. oh man, i am flying on friday the 13th. but not today. what are the odds that there are 2 friday the 13ths in a row? should i be scared? adding to that, our other trip this year on a plane…september 11th. oy.
    b

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
    • I think since you're flying on both…the superstition cancels itself out! πŸ˜‰

      Posted 2.16.15 Reply
  8. Anonymous wrote:

    Thanks for this post. I am making my FIRST trip to Nordstrom on Monday (I am off work, kids have school so it's a ME day). I have always been too intimidated or thought it was too expensive for me, but thanks to you I am excited to see what all the hubub is about. Have you ever considered doing a post on how to shop at Nordstrom? Seems to me you might have some great insight for us rookies…

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
    • Have so much fun!! I typically shop online with Nordstrom, simply because the selection is larger, and easier to navigate (for me anyway). and with their free shipping and returns, I just order multiple sizes if I'm unsure.

      Posted 2.16.15 Reply
  9. Kayla wrote:

    I consider Friday the 13th to be my lucky day because way back when I got accepted to college, the acceptance notice arrived on Friday, December 13th! I remember it like it was yesterday πŸ™‚

    I absolutely LOVE those earrings!!!

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  10. Those magnets! What a sweet sister. I have been horrible about printing out any type of photos lately. You have inspired me. I need to print the IG photos stat. And don't get me started on how behind I am with albums.

    So fun to be taking your time putting away everything . . . I would just spend all day walking around the house. Hope sweet S feels comfy very soon.

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  11. Anonymous wrote:

    Video baby monitor with two way talk for your daughter!
    Coscto.com has a fairly reasonable one with two cameras (we got it for our infant but found using the second in the playroom very helpful for our 4yo who didn't want to play alone upstairs with out her big sister. Just a thought!!

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  12. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for posting things that are not crazy expensive! I love to splurge every now and then but I need my every day stuff to be affordable. We are heading on a little trip soon and I was looking for a fun new crossbody. Thanks to your post, I know have a purse and a couple of pairs of jeans headed my way for less than $150! Score! Keep the great stuff coming! Thanks!

    Posted 2.14.15 Reply
    • Yay — I hope they work out for you!

      Posted 2.16.15