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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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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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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a great weekend!!!

    Posted 4.3.15 Reply
  3. I agree, quite the cute floozy! ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy your girl time!!

    Posted 4.3.15 Reply
  4. Please put a rush on your spring transition post! I need one ASAP ๐Ÿ™‚

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    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
  13. My new favorite jeans are by Level 99. They are the softest jeans I've ever owned, feel like my old pair of beat up Levis from back in the day. They are deliciously stretchy and fit like a glove (I wear a 6). I got my first pair at 40% off and loved them so much I ponied up the money to buy a second pair at full price. I have the Rita and the Lilly, both are skinny jeans.

    Posted 2.14.15 Reply
    • Thanks for the tip, Carole!! I'll have to check those out!

      Posted 2.16.15 Reply
  14. Anonymous wrote:

    I just tried chatbooks today and am loving the simplicity and price. They do all of the work and you get your Instagram feed in an adorable book. Feel free to use this freebie book code 42X7XYV3

    Posted 2.14.15 Reply

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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  1. Oh my goodness! I was not expecting that! I was about to comment on how ridiculously excited I am about your new house and then bam, you get me all emotional with such sweet sentiments about my family. Thank you Cassie. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

    Posted 1.23.15 Reply
    • Love you, sweet friend! You are so inspiring!! xo

      Posted 1.23.15 Reply
  2. Now I'm going to cry about you leaving your old house and about Ashby! Chris will tell you I did have a bit of a breakdown when our old house was empty. But the sadness is fleeting! I can't wait to see how you put your spin on your new house!!!!

    Posted 1.23.15 Reply
    • I have a feeling the ugly-cry will be involved.

      Posted 1.23.15 Reply
  3. Jillian wrote:

    ohh i love those pendant lights! looks like you have a lot of great options. xo jillian – cornflake dreams

    Posted 1.23.15 Reply
  4. Funny story…
    I ordered the elephant bag charm because, well, I LOVE IT! I went to track the package because I couldn't wait to get it. Come to find out, Furbish Studio is in Raleigh and, shock, I am in Raleigh, too! So even though I paid shipping from one side of town to the other, I now know that I can go to the actual studio whenever I want. Nice surprise!

    Posted 1.23.15 Reply
  5. Cassie, I haven't read the "water challenge" post and it could very well address this issue … as an estimating method to determine how much water an individual needs I've heard take your weight / 2 = # of ounces per day. A gallon has 128 ounces which would be in the range for a 256 lb person, which isn't you. Just as drinking too little water can cause health issues so can consuming too much water; dilution of electrolytes is one concern. And time duration factors in there too; a couple of days may not be that much impact but 30 days … don't know. You're a smart cookie and I know you'll listen to what your body tells ya' if it becomes too much but I know if I drank that much water I'd never have a moment outside the bathroom so no one would ever be able to notice any facial changes! If its not one thing, its another ๐Ÿ˜‰ Take good care.

    Posted 1.23.15 Reply
    • ali9570 wrote:

      Agreed with Robin!! I was just going to say the same thing. My Mom is 80 years old and very healthy. The doctor told her if she's going to drink just water, which is her main beverage besides one cup of coffee in the morning, he said for her to drink Smart Water or add a Nuun tablet because her electrolytes have been way down.

      Posted 1.23.15 Reply
  6. Since the original cognac tote never seemed to arrive in the right shade, I think I am going to finally order the one you show above. Lots of good reviews, so it can't hurt to give it a try ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Love those light fixtures! We actually hung an outdoor porch light over our dining room table. I couldn't find what I wanted anywhere else. I love it! Reading the story of the Shull family and the adoption of Ashby has been amazing! Nothing but love for that family and I have never met them! lol! And I think I need to give that water challenge a try! Thanks for sharing Cassie!

    Posted 1.23.15 Reply
  7. Your World Market lighting is perfect. Don't you just love finding a good deal? And I've learned a lot following along with Shay's adoption process. I would love to adopt one day so following along with her story is really fun! Happy weekend, hope you get lots done! xoxo

    Posted 1.23.15 Reply
  8. Such a great roundup!! Thanks for the shout-out and thank you for being a part of the post! xoxo, Claire

    Posted 1.23.15 Reply
  9. For real…all this dang eye cream I've been using and all I need to do is drink more water?!! I'm a terrible water drinker but this is pretty darn convincing. And oh my goodness…I have shopped West Elm for my bedding but have such a hard time choosing rugs…but today…I think I found the perfect one!!!

    Posted 1.23.15 Reply
  10. joen wrote:

    I guess I really should start drinking more water!!

    Posted 1.23.15 Reply
  11. after reading this i grabbed the largest bottle of water I could find. Water challenge, here I come!

    Posted 1.23.15 Reply
  12. Allison wrote:

    Shay's little girl is adorable!! Such a heart warming story and I am so happy for their family and for their precious new little girl. I like your new pendant lights Cassie! Can't wait to see them in their new space. OK, I drink a ton of water….guess I better increase it to a couple tons!! Have a happy weekend!

    Posted 1.24.15 Reply
  13. Moja B wrote:

    I saw this same water photo a couple of weeks ago. I jumped on the water wagon too! Hoping for a dramatic transformation as well!!!
    http://fourandknowmore.blogspot.com

    Posted 1.24.15 Reply
  14. Anonymous wrote:

    I love the lights your found for your kitchen! I may need to go check those out for my kitchen too! Thanks for sharing!!!
    Lynn T.

    Posted 1.24.15 Reply
  15. I'm with your kids…who could pass up on a bedroom makeover? (Also) I wish all the best for Shay and her family-what an exciting time in their lives! Happy Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚
    http://www.lovecompassionatelee.com

    Posted 1.25.15 Reply
  16. Julia wrote:

    Que bonito post, me he paseado por tu bloc y me ha encantado.
    Te animo a hacer una ojeada en el post de esta semana y seguro que veras algunas ideas realmente interesantes.Deseo que te guste y si es asรญ me alegraria que te hicieras seguidora. gracias por visitarme.
    Elracodeldetall.blogspot.com

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  17. Kelly wrote:

    I just bought a jug at Big Lots that is 64 ounces and it has markings for every 8 ounces that you drink. It was 1.80 and I love it! Also, a gallon of water is way too much to drink, 64 ounces is the recommended amount, people make themselves sick drinking too much water.

    Posted 1.25.15 Reply
  18. I saw that water story a few weeks ago. It is inspiring! I try and remember to always take water with me in the car, I tend to drink more of it in there. Love that lamp, you really got a deal! I'll have to check out your friend's adoption blog, I'm sure tears will be flowing! Happy ones of course!

    Posted 1.27.15 Reply

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}


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  1. I feel like I could write a paragraph of comments after every one of your posts! I'll try to keep it short–love that black dress, need some hot pink boots like that, your home tour was amazing, will order some Insta Canvases today (needed grandparent gifts), and great gift guide. A selfie wand? I'm learning to embrace the selfie and this might help ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted 12.12.14 Reply
  2. YES to that black dress. Maybe I should go ahead and start planning my wardrobe for our event in April. What do you think?!? ๐Ÿ™‚ hehe, just kidding, kind of……

    Posted 12.12.14 Reply
  3. I need those socks but they are unavailable! Story of my life. That book is already on my wish list! I don't know if I'll get it in time. Take a few deep breaths, you can knock out your shopping in no time and be back to tree gazing!

    Posted 12.12.14 Reply
  4. Simply LKJ wrote:

    Great outfits Cassie. Love the black dress. Great gifts picks too. Headed your way Monday (flying through to get Katie).

    Posted 12.12.14 Reply
  5. Some fabulous ideas as always! I am having trouble finding a holiday outfit that is cute and fits this preggo bump. Wish me luck! Also…don't worry I feel so behind! Less than two weeks you say? Eeek!

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  6. lili88 wrote:

    Good thing we don't live in the same town (or state) because I am copy catting so many of your outfits and ideas it isn't even funny! That being said, I just headed over to Target to check out your "rainboots for less" and they are on SALE for $27.99. I *may* have just ordered myself some…

    Posted 12.12.14 Reply
    • Girl, move here and we'll pal around looking like twinkies!!! I'm thrilled you're inspired by my posts!!! xoxox

      Posted 12.12.14 Reply

The Friday Five

Hall-le-freaking-luiah…it’s Friday. This fourth quarter is trying to kill me! Thank goodness I have this happy place to escape to and talk about cute Fall fashion and pretty spaces with you guys!

1) I’ve shared this fleece wrap cardi a few times, but hadn’t bit the bullet myself until this week (even though it has almost 2k perfect reviews!). And now I’ve officially drunk the Kool-Aid!! Holy wow, this is one crazy cozy, soft, comfortable piece that is so fun to wear with jeans or leggings. Seriously, it’s like being wrapped in kittens…that have been declawed. You can wear it open like a drapey cardi, or button it for a different look. I’ll show you next week. It’s crazy to be so comfy, while still looking pulled together!

This is the exact one I have (in XS regular), but I’m already scheming which one to get next while they are still on sale! And since Nordstrom is having a big clearance sale, I created this entire outfit with all sale pieces. #bam!

Cozy Weekend

2) Speaking of the big sale…earlier this week I showed you a great collection of coats under $200, then a friend alerted me to Nordstrom’s amazing coats under $100 tab!!! I love when they break items down by price point…anyone can find a nice coat for $500, but finding a great coat for $68 takes a bit more perseverance! These are the styles I think every wardrobe could benefit from, and my favorites of each. Between the sale and Nordstrom’s fair prices, they are all great deals.

Hi Sugarplum | Fall Coats under $200
Pea Coats: one // two // three
Trench Coats: one // two // three
Puffers: one // two // three
Just for Fun: one // two // three
So great, right?! And remember this cute plaid jacket…it’s on sale for $34! #hello!

Jacket // Hoodie (similar) // Distressed Jeans // Booties (similar) // Bag (similar)

3) If you want some eye candy like you’ve never seen, check out the latest reveals from the One Room Challenge. I don’t know how these gals bring thunder like this in just six weeks, but it is so inspiring!

via Waiting on Martha

4) We’ve been making some changes to the front of our house…increasing the curb appeal a bit, so I was especially smitten with A Beautiful Mess‘s project of modern house numbers. And how fun is that door color? I wonder what our neighbors would say about that!?

5) Okay, obviously I spent a fair amount of time browsing the Nordstrom sale this week…and discovered the ridiculous similarities of these two dresses…but with drastically different price tags. Granted, the Valentino is going to be higher quality, but come on!! I don’t think I could ever spend that for a piece of clothing, no matter how much money I had!! But I sure did scoop up the $40 version! But if you have money burning a hole in your pocket, and insist on buying a Valentino dress with it…please get this one. It’s divine. And on sale. #bargain #butnotreally

Hi Sugarplum | Save vs Splurge lace dress

Now I’m dying to know what’s the most expensive item in your closet! Seriously, share in the comments…we won’t judge! I’ll go through my closet this weekend and report back. Happy weekend, lovebugs!

{Shop Coats Under $100}

{Shop Coats Under $200}





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  1. I love the coats. Love them! Happy Friday friend!! XO

    Posted 11.7.14 Reply
  2. My Frye boots that I splurged on this year are the most expensive item in my closet. AND I LOVE THEM. Worth EVERY. SINGLE. PENNY.
    p.s. "wrapped in kittens…that have been de-clawed"…..that's comedy gold right there.
    #andi'dknow

    Posted 11.7.14 Reply
  3. i love those black dresses! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

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  4. mwimp wrote:

    i've been eyeballing those coats, but I just don't want to go to the store and try them on. #admittingtomylaziness didn't you have a brand of boots that were for bigger calves? I've been eyeballing me a pr of those too!

    Posted 11.7.14 Reply
  5. Natasha wrote:

    loving all these sale goodies!!! such good and classic inspiration for fall outfit planning..thanks friend!

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  6. I think I love all of those coats! And that bargain black dress is super cute!
    Most expensive thing in my closet? I splurged on my hunter wellies earlier this year and it was a great investment! I have a bebe leather coat that was pretty pricey, and I don't get to wear it enough ๐Ÿ™ Other than that I have my seatbelt bag by Harvey's. I have had it for a good 7 years and still carry it almost every day! Love it! http://www.seatbeltbags.com/

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  7. Ok I just bought the kitten fleece but in the darker stripe so we won't be too much like twinsies! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I participated in the 6 week challenge. Pop in if you would like to see what I did with our 30 year old Fort Worth fixer upper.

    Posted 11.7.14 Reply
    • Let's be twins!!! Your room makeover is amazing…thank you so much for sharing with me!

      Posted 11.8.14 Reply
  8. Erin wrote:

    Does a wedding dress count as the most expensive?? LOL! and I still bought a bargain dress at $600! I would say my most expensive after that is my Hunter Boots or Coach purse. I'm a big bargain shopper so I don't spend a lot on clothes….but I sure do have enough!

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  9. Sarah wrote:

    The Bobeau wrap cardi is, hands down, the single greatest investment I've made at Nordstrom. And dewclawed kitties is a great way to describe it!

    Posted 11.7.14 Reply
  10. T. Cashion wrote:

    Thanks for the tip on the fleece cardigans. I have purchased two and love them. The label says to hand wash and dry flat, but I usually ignore the washing directions and put everything in the dryer. Have your ever dried yours in the dryer? If so, did it shrink?

    Posted 11.7.14 Reply
    • I haven't dried mine yet…but I'd be devastated if it shrank!!!

      Posted 11.8.14 Reply
  11. I seriously ordered like 6 of those darn cardis because I couldn't decide on the color….now I have Christmas gifts for some friends too!

    Posted 11.7.14 Reply
    • Assuming you can decide which to keep and which to give! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Posted 11.8.14 Reply
  12. Aww, thanks for mentioning the challenge! Um, now I think I need to go buy a coat…under 100?!

    Posted 11.7.14 Reply
  13. Anonymous wrote:

    The most expensive thing in my closet is the the dress I wore this past weekend for my son's wedding! And yup, I got it at Nordstrom, and yup it was affordable at $180.00 buckaroos, and yup I looked fabulous… and the shoes! Got those at DSW and they were only $50.00 ( not expensive at all, just had to mention the shoes) they are equally fabulous!
    Rosanne
    P.S. Love your fashion sense, i am always thinking what would Cassie do with this!

    Posted 11.7.14 Reply
    • Thanks Roseanne!!! I'm so happy that you're inspired and shopping your closet in new ways!!

      Posted 11.8.14 Reply
  14. JenW wrote:

    Oh…I bet a $50 pair of slacks are my most expensive item. I should invest in some higher quality pieces occassionally. ๐Ÿ™‚

    P.S. I'm so happy to see you turned on Anonymous commenting. I don't have any of those accounts that enable commenting otherwise. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted 11.7.14 Reply
    • So far so good with it!!! Hopefully I don't get over run with penis ads again! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Posted 11.8.14 Reply
  15. Oh my goodness…..that black dress was delivered to me today and it is so stinkin precious! We have a wedding tomorrow so the timing was perfect!!

    Posted 11.8.14 Reply
  16. Mego wrote:

    Cassie! Dying to know whether the small
    Or extra small fit best?!

    Posted 11.8.14 Reply
  17. Not sure if this will count, but the most expensive item I have in my closet is an Ellen Tracy crepe wool dress that retailed at Dillards for $900 (this was back in 1987). I was able to get it on sale for $75! My wedding dress didn't even cost $900! This dress is still a classic style and I could still wear it today. Sadly, I shell out a lot of $$ for my clothes and shoes, so I have some very expensive pieces in closet (but I haven't paid over $200 for any one piece of clothing).

    Posted 11.10.14 Reply
  18. Andrea wrote:

    Cassie – Does the fleece cardi cover your tooshie when you wear leggings????? My closet – most expensive items are Dooney handbags (gifts), my Prairie Underground hoodie (WANT WANT the Long Cloak for Christmas) and Maui Jim sunglasses….

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  19. Mego wrote:

    Cassie, curious what you thought of the lace dress? The $40 one from Nordstrom juniors departmentโ€ฆ Did either of the sizes fit you well, are you keeping it, and if so, what shoes are you wearing with itโ€ฆ?

    Posted 11.29.14 Reply
    • Hi girlie!! I kept the XS, but could probably have worn the S as well. The small would have given me a little more breathing room, but the XS works.

      Posted 11.30.14 Reply

The Friday Five

Hey friends, and happy Friday! I’m super excited about today…we’re surprising the kids by taking them out of school early, and going to the State Fair of Texas! We never miss the Fair, but rarely do they miss school, so I can’t wait to see their faces when they realize what we’re doing.

1) A ‘cool front’ blew in last night, so I’ll be wearing my Fall uniform…striped tee, scarf, and boots.

cozy fall

2) I met Caitlin of Desert Domicile at Haven this Summer, and she was the absolute sweetest. She recently revealed her stunning focal wall in her new Living Room. I love how her decor just pops off it. How gorgeous is her styling, too?!

Caitlin also just relaunched her Etsy shop of gorgeous agate coasters. The girl clearly has talent!!

3) I haven’t done much in the way of Fall decor. Okay, I haven’t done any. But I tend to get excited about Halloween in October, then Fall in November. We love Halloween around here (see past projects here)! World Market has the best decor for it…they actually make the holiday stylish. We’re having a little party soon, so I’m stoked they just unveiled their Halloween Shop.

I rounded up a few things I plan to use for our little get-together.

Hi Sugarplum | World Market Halloween
4) Ya’ll know my adoration of Kristin runs deep. I’m constantly amazed by her talent and style…and somehow we got lucky enough to get her help with our Big Box Bathroom renovation! She’s been texting me progress shots of her Living Room for weeks, so I’m thrilled she finally revealed the full space. I love every single detail of the room, and love watching her on video even more! #givethatgirlherownshow

5) You guys seemed to really like the {5 Ways} White Jeans After Labor Day post…so I couldn’t help but pull together another look for you. You may have noticed the jeans I was wearing in the post fit higher on the waist. I tried a new (to me) brand called NYDJ (Not Your Daughter’s Jeans)...they have a bit more stretch to hold everything in, and are higher to avoid muffin top.

It took me a few wears to get used to them since I’m so accustomed to low-rise, but I must admit, it’s nice to not worry about body parts falling out! (Tip: they ran big for me, so I sized down.) I can’t wait to duplicate this outfit for myself!

White Jeans After Labor Day
Reversible Tote Bag (reverses to cognac!) | Watch | Ring

I’m off to gorge on corn dogs and fried Oreos…happy weekend, lovebugs!

{Shop the Post} 

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  1. Your fall uniform is perfection! And your new outfit board for the white jeans? LOVE it. I put that shirt in my cart earlier this week. It's sitting their with a pair of cognac booties just begging to come live with me!!!!

    Posted 10.3.14 Reply
  2. OMG I'm so obsessed with Sugar Skull!!!!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away Blog
    http://www.askawayblog.com

    Posted 10.3.14 Reply
  3. caitlin is amazing! i love her HD project, too!

    Posted 10.3.14 Reply
  4. Thanks for sharing your heart.
    I have been inspired to share my journey with Huntingtons Disease.
    I would be honored if you would follow.
    http://Www.livingwithpassion90.blogspot.com

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  5. You just made me feel so much better about my fall decorating….the boxes are down from the attic but the most I've done is burn a pumpkin spice candle! Have a great time at the fair! Hoping to take my kids for the first time this year!

    Posted 10.3.14 Reply
  6. Um, love this look! Love, love, love! Happy Friday!! XO

    Posted 10.3.14 Reply
  7. Katy Byrne wrote:

    So jealous you're going to the fair! Have fun! Love the fall inspired outfit

    http://www.designsbykaty.com

    Posted 10.3.14 Reply
  8. Simply LKJ wrote:

    Great Friday Five!!

    Posted 10.3.14 Reply
  9. Ahhh, you're so sweet! Thank you so much for sharing our loft updates and my Etsy store! Also, your fall uniform is so cute! I need some fashion advice from you ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted 10.3.14 Reply
  10. Lori wrote:

    I love my white jeans. Only problem…they are boot cut. Skinny boot cut, but still boot cut. Just wondering….what kind of shoes? Any suggestions? Love your blog and endless inspiration!

    Posted 10.3.14 Reply
    • Hey Lori! I have some bootcut, too (so flattering!)…the skinny bootcuts I can usually wrap around my ankle and put a sock over so I can still tuck the jeans in knee boots. For the shorter boots, I think you need a heel and clean lines, then just wear them under your jeans. I also love pumps under bootcut jeans…but keep the toe more on the pointed, or rounded point, side…so they poke out from under your jeans. The really rounded toe pumps can get lost under the fabric, then you look peg leg. ๐Ÿ˜‰ xo

      Posted 10.6.14 Reply
    • Lori wrote:

      Thanks! I'll try it.

      Posted 10.6.14 Reply
  11. A great way to wrap up Friday! I love those coasters!!

    Posted 10.3.14 Reply
  12. Allison wrote:

    You will be the cutest dressed at the state fair! I love fairs. Brings back memories of entering cakes, sewing projects, cookies and I did win several blue ribbons! Hope you had a great day today and indulged in all the fun fair food.

    Posted 10.4.14 Reply
  13. I loved Kristin's video… and what a fun room!

    So happy for the cold front… it was a nice 65 degree morning at soccer! Did you guys get any of the crazy storms? A friend just posted a pic of the FW stockyards.. yikes.

    Posted 10.4.14 Reply
  14. mwimp wrote:

    the weekend was amazing wasn't it? we could actually enjoy our football game Saturday morning and I had a blanket on! question – have you seen the ring in pix#5 in person? I've been eyeballing it and just wasn't sure. want to make sure it looks good in person – but hey with free returns…..(see I'm good at talking oneself into things!)

    Posted 10.6.14 Reply
    • I haven't seen it…but for the price and free shipping/returns, I think it's worth the risk! ๐Ÿ˜‰ #enabler

      Posted 10.6.14 Reply
  15. Andrea wrote:

    Oh shoot! I must not have posted right the first time. I am sure you were SOOO cute at the fair. I hope you post about it. We always go to our State Fair in late August. We are in MN, so it is the nationals largest/busiest State Fair. I strive to look cute, but COMFORTABLE shoes are a must.. and your darling booties (or wedges in the summer heat) wouldn't make it far at our Fair, and the bag would get knocked about in the heavy traffic and crowds. I REALLY want to see what your state fair is like. I always wonder about other states! Take Care!!!

    Posted 10.7.14 Reply
    • Hi Andrea — we must be on the same wave length, because I posted about our day at the fair today! Along with what we wore! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Posted 10.8.14 Reply
  16. KismeTKate wrote:

    I love the outfits you put together but would like to respectfully ask for fewer items from the Juniors section. Their XL only goes to size 12, and I need a little bigger. Bums me out when I click your links only to find I won't fit. ๐Ÿ™ Thanks in advance for your consideration.

    Posted 10.8.14 Reply
    • You've got it!! I usually link to those things because they are so much cheaper, and I always shop on a budget! But I'll be more aware about finding additional sizes and options, too! xoxo

      Posted 10.8.14 Reply
  17. KismeTKate wrote:

    Thank you! I love to save the dolla' bills as much as the next person, so i hear ya!

    Posted 10.10.14 Reply

The Friday Five

Hey there, Friday! I have mixed emotions about the weekend…I’m thrilled for the days off, but neck-cricking labor awaits me in the Big Box Bathroom makeover. I have the task of painting the ceiling tonight, which is second only to scrubbing toilets in the fun department. But I know the result will be well worth it, so picture me with a flip-top head this weekend. As usual, my Friday Five is full of random.

1) InstaGram peeps went bananas over this #SugarplumStyle post. I mean, like twice as many ‘likes’ as any other post in my feed ever. Obviously we are all ready for Fall fashion. Please note my formula for transitioning to Fall is in full force…

My exact scarf is sold out except for the black one, but because we’re mad for plaid, I rounded-up a few more for you. I’m absolutely crazy for the buffalo check, and love all the colors in this cozy version. That’s the great thing about plaid…with so many colors in the pattern, it goes with half your closet!
Hi Sugarplum | Plaid Scarves
1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7

2) Supermodel blogger, Shannon of Burlap and Lace, (seriously, she and her husband are straight out of a Ralph Lauren ad) threw the most beautiful baby shower. I’m helping out with my step-sister’s baby shower tomorrow, so I couldn’t help but be inspired by all the perfect details. 

And while you’re over there, be sure to check out her DIY Wall of Shelves with top-notch styling!

3) By now, everyone has heard the news about Young House Love’s hiatus, and I know I already feel their absence. Jamie of I Suwannee wrote a really great (perhaps somewhat controversial) post about what a lucky job blogging is. While my blog does make a little money, most of it goes right back in to creating content. I still work full-time, but if given the chance to create, then share it online for a living…I’d jump in with both feet and heels clicking. I think Jamie nailed what blogging is for me, and what it’s really about.

4) I’m still cuckoo over my monogrammed pillow, and now PB Teen is tempting me with this chic new monogrammed lattice pillow. They are such a great source for finding affordable decor accessories, and they do a quality job of embroidering. Oh, and right now, all pillows ship free. Quick…slap your name on a pillow and consider yourself officially Southern.

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What are you up to this weekend? Besides the bathroom projects (Day 1 Report coming soon!), we’ll be celebrating the birth of Mr. Sugarplum! Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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  1. Happy Friday friend!! I hope you have the BEST weekend!

    Posted 9.26.14 Reply
  2. i am off to read that article jamie wrote- i have had a tough week and am feeling very meh about it all- i think i need to read it!

    Posted 9.26.14 Reply
  3. i love that scarf! i hope they restock it soon. xo jillian – cornflake dreams

    Posted 9.26.14 Reply
  4. joen wrote:

    Love the plaid scarf! I have a piece of soft plaid fabric that I've been saving for the perfect project and an infinity scarf may be just the thing!

    Posted 9.26.14 Reply
  5. Zelle B. wrote:

    Love all of this! Perfect scarf for fall, too — just picked up a similar one from Zara! Going to check out that post now. Have a great weekend!
    xo Southern Style

    Posted 9.26.14 Reply
  6. Love that scarf. I can see why everyone went crazy for that outfit. It's perfection. And those DIY shelves. Swoon.

    Posted 9.26.14 Reply
  7. Shannon wrote:

    First of all, I was literally scrolling through the photos, thinking what a rockin' bod you have, and read what you said! You are the SWEETEST. Seriously. Sweet as pie. ๐Ÿ™‚ I absolutely agree with you (and Jamie). I think her post was spot on. Now, I think you've convinced me to pull the trigger on the Zara blanket scarf I've been eyeing!

    Posted 9.26.14 Reply
  8. Love that "scarf outfit", too! I copied it today. ๐Ÿ™‚ It's so relatable to how I live — probably many other HSP friends, too — soccer mom, work from home, even jury duty this week! Not to mention it's typical for a Seattlelite, too! Thanks for all you do!

    Posted 9.26.14 Reply
  9. That scarf picture is FAB. You should wear that exact outfit every day this fall.

    Posted 9.27.14 Reply
  10. Why did I not know you had another job?! What do you do, lady? You must be superwoman!

    Posted 9.27.14 Reply
  11. Cassie, I rounded up some info and fun pics about buffalo plaid for a blog post here. (No offense taken if you delete this comment, I realize it's a little bit self-promotional, but even if you delete I think you'll like the post) http://bit.ly/buffalo-plaid

    Posted 9.27.14 Reply
  12. I so need a plaid scarf! I am definitely going to get that one from Nordstrom!!!

    Posted 10.16.14 Reply

The Friday Five

It’s Friday, the sun is shining, and my toes are in the sand….it’s a good day! I hope your day and weekend is beyond glorious, too. Here’s my overly-excited, random Friday Five for the week.

1) You guys loved the striped dress I featured a few weeks ago (I did too, the dress now belongs to me and I’m working on a 1 Dress 5 Ways post with it!), so I thought I’d share this adorable striped skirt I just fell in love with. It’s got a full shape, so it might not be for everyone…but it couldn’t be any cuter with a chambray top and cage sandals! Funny how a few years ago, I’d never pair blue, black and brown…and now I can’t get enough. (Update: the skirt just went on sale!)

Stripes + Chambray

Tote Purse (on sale!) | Polka Dot Wallet (also on sale!) | iPad Case

2) Even though our birthday parties have become simpler (turns out teenagers don’t want favors and craft stations), I’m still a sucker for a fabulous children’s party. The talented Kelli Trontel (who took our family pictures while visiting Texas last year), lives a picturesque life, with her darling family, in Montana. They recently celebrated their son with a Little Explorer party. The details, and her photos, are almost more than I can handle.

3) Bet you can’t guess where this rug is from? And even more shocking, it’s under $100!

4) Are you kidding me?!? I’m dying over these DIY Otomi Bean Bags!! Shelley at Crazy Wonderful made them. Like, with her own two hands. I can never get enough of otomi, and it’s genius to stencil it on a drop cloth! Consider this copied, Shelley!

5) Why am I just now trying these crackers?! I can’t believe all the years I’ve wasted eating mediocre crackers. I think the gluten-free label scared me off, and I assumed they’d taste like communion wafers. I was wrong. Do yourself a favor, use them to scoop Nutella. #faint

What snacks are you shoveling back these days? How do you feel about wearing black, brown and blue together? Oh, and if you like that striped skirt, you might want to check out this one and this one. Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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  1. nut crackers?! ummm that (and the nutella) sound amazing! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

    Posted 8.15.14 Reply
  2. Those crackers are amazing!! So glad you took the plunge! And I am loving the outfit you put together! So fun!

    Posted 8.15.14 Reply
  3. You're making me blush! Thank you, Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ That outfit is perfection. I want it, want it, want it!!! That rug is pure woven happiness. Makes me want more color in my home. And that party. Holy cow!!!! Mind. Blown. Adorable.

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  4. mwimp wrote:

    i luv pretzel thins, I have to say I luv the plain ones with red chili pepper hummus.

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  5. bree west wrote:

    i was right there with you on the blue/black/brown all together look. now i can't get enough of it!! and aren't those crackers amazing?! i keep a box at home and at my desk, so delicious! love this post!

    Posted 8.15.14 Reply
  6. Melanie wrote:

    Ohhh, thank you for the cracker shout out, I was thinking of getting those or the rice thins the other day, but then got distracted by my toddler and forgot about them! I have Celiac, and have had the hardest time finding good g-free crackers that don't cost like a million bajillion dollars ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted 8.15.14 Reply
  7. I'm obsessed with Nut Thins!! Once we open a box, it's hard not to eat the box in one sitting! We eat them with hummus or cheese or just by themselves. Mmmm…..

    Posted 8.18.14 Reply

The Friday Five

Happy Friday from Hot-lanta! I’m hanging at the Haven Conference with so many fun and amazing blogger friends, hopefully soaking up some of their creative genius. What do you have planned for this glorious July weekend? Here’s the randomness that is my Friday Five.

1) I’ve slowly ventured into the world of maxi dresses, but quickly realized I require petite sizing unless I want it to drag the ground like Princess Kate’s wedding gown. #shortgirlproblems This cute chevron maxi comes in regular and petite sizes, and has the right mix of sass, comfort and sexy. It would look great with the fringe Kendra Scott look-a-like pendant that’s only $18! And don’t even get me started on the striped tote. #swoon

summer stripes
Chevron Maxi (available in Petite too!) | Striped Tote (on sale)

2) Hello cute cover-up for $26.

3) I’ve been on a serious roasted okra kick lately, but love the idea of grilling it! I would guess you just brush them with olive oil first? Have you tried it?

via

4) Thank you for all the sweet comments on our Refreshed Patio! For more outdoor inspiration, check out all the Home Depot Style Challenge participants here, including Grace’s Porch with amazing DIY Beaded Chandelier!

5) Being in large crowds of women can be intimidating, so I’ve been reminding myself of this quote for the past few days.

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What are your thoughts on maxi dresses? Are you a fan of okra, or is it a Southern thing? Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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  1. I guess it is a southern thing because I could live on okra and sweet tea:)

    Posted 7.11.14 Reply
  2. Have fun at haven! Love the quote

    Posted 7.11.14 Reply
  3. Love, love that outfit and the quote! Have a great time at the conference, can't wait to hear all about it!

    Posted 7.11.14 Reply
  4. Jillian wrote:

    i love that maxi dress! I'm pretty short too so i only buy maxi dresses when i can try it on bc usually they draaag! have a great weekend! xo jillian – cornflake dreamsย 

    Posted 7.11.14 Reply
  5. Leslie wrote:

    I love maxi dresses, but I can't pull them off. I bet you look so cute in yours!

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  6. Jenny wrote:

    I love maxi dresses and I've never tried okra. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hadn't even heard about it until about 2 years ago. Is it spicy?

    Posted 7.11.14 Reply
  7. Simply LKJ wrote:

    Great finds. And, now you have me craving okra!! LOL

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  8. As a fellow "short girl" I thought for a long time that I couldn't pull off the cute maxi dress look. But, I fell in love last summer and I haven't looked back. Also, they are perfect if the weather is 100 degrees outside, but your workplace likes to keep the AC set to 65. Top it with a denim jacket or cardigan and you are warm at work and can change easily when you head outside.

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  9. Allison wrote:

    Love the maxi! That would be so cute on you Cassie! Great quote. Have fun at Haven! I hope to have a blog by next year and attend Haven.

    Posted 7.12.14 Reply
  10. I love the maxi dress! The designs are so vibrant and the view is so happy and cheerful.
    teenager-girls

    Posted 7.13.14 Reply

The Friday Five

We made it to Friday! Holla! This weekend I’m excited to have some girl time with my friends I’ve known since first grade. That is a loooooong time, but no one needs to do that math. It is so therapeutic to spend time with people who know your history, your mama, your heartaches, your triumphs, and about that time you did that thing with you-know-who at the neighborhood park. You know the kind of friends I’m talking about!! It’s safe to say we’ll get in to some debauchery. Or as much debauchery as 7 girls who likely won’t leave the house can get in to.

1) I ordered this adorable pink dress, and hope it arrives by the time I get home. I am a sucker for flirty dresses under $50!! The silhouette is flattering to all shapes, and the style is so versatile. You can easily dress it up for date nights, showers, parties, and nights on the town.

Pink & Blue

2) Or swap out the accessories for a more casual look, and the dress transitions for work, lunch on the patio, weekend shopping with the girls, and church. Don’t you love the color, and the exposed zipper? Look for it to appear in my Sugarplum Style series soon!

Saturday Fun

3) I love following along with bloggers who are building or remodeling their house…we get to enjoy all the outcomes, without the actual stresses! It was fun watching Shelley at Crazy Wonderful during their building process, and they recently moved into her gorgeous new home. She’s putting the finishing touches on the fabulous Kitchen, and I’m swooning! I wonder why I put espresso cabinets in my kitchen when white kitchens made me gasp?

4) I’m super excited to announce this little collaboration! During the month of June, I’ll be posting some of our Summer fun to my InstaGram and Twitter, as part of Staples’ #30SummerDays campaign. You can follow along with the hashtag, and post your own photo each day. Then, at the end of the month, I’ll be giving away one of these brand-new Samsung Galaxy Wi-Fi Cameras! It’s like a mini-tablet, with a kickin’ camera….basically perfect!

Hi Sugarplum | Samsung Galaxy Camera

5) My firstborn turns 13 next month!?! What the?! How the?! I can’t even deal…but he’s already scheming and planning his party. These huge gold balloons make such a great impact for parties….and guess where I found them for only $6?! Urban Outfitters…BAM! I just ordered the 1 & 3, so maybe the cool balloons will take the sting off my baby becoming a teenager. How cute if I got them to spell out his name, too?

Gray Malin sale via OKL

What are you scheming and planning these days? Happy debauchery-filled weekend, lovebugs!

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  1. Happy Happy Happy Friday Cassie!! Have the best weekend! XO

    Posted 6.6.14 Reply
  2. Have a great weekend with your gal pals! xoxo

    Posted 6.6.14 Reply
  3. Have a great girls weekend! Those are the best!

    Posted 6.6.14 Reply
  4. Have a great weekend!! That dress is super cute!!

    Posted 6.6.14 Reply
  5. Hope you have an extra special weekend Cass. My baby turns 13 next year. ๐Ÿ™ Where does the time go?

    Posted 6.6.14 Reply
  6. Simply LKJ wrote:

    Fabulous dress! Yes, 13 is a hard one to choke down. Goes by way to fast!!

    Posted 6.6.14 Reply
  7. i love those fun balloons!! i bet he'll like them too ๐Ÿ™‚
    also loving that pink dress! have a great weekend! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

    Posted 6.6.14 Reply
  8. Wait, what?!!! You're so sweet to include my kitchen in your 5 ๐Ÿ™‚ So…. I really could use that dress TONIGHT! I want a fedora because of you. I can't believe your boy is turning 13 – your going to need an extra drink tonight. And, have fun with your girlies!!!!!

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  9. Wow, 13 is a big deal…you'll officially have a teenager in the house! And I can't wait to check out Shelley's house…I am SO behind on reading blogs and just love her! Thanks for the heads up! xo

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  10. Have a great weekend!! The dress is super cute and the balloons are great!!

    xo, Taylor

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  11. lili88 wrote:

    OOOHH! Thanks for the baloon tips…off to order a 1 & 3 for my daughter's 13th blow out next month!

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  12. Patti Swan wrote:

    I Love the balloons! My grandson turned 13 last month! Would have loved to have bought him the balloons for his birthday. Love the dress too! Heading on over to check out Shelley's Kitchen. Hope you had an awesome weekend!

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  13. Lauren wrote:

    I was just wondering what size you ordered in the pink dress and how it fits. It would be great if you could do a post about how to style it for a wedding! I am attending a wedding in a few weeks and this adorable dress may be a contender!

    Posted 6.27.14 Reply

The Friday Five

Wah-whoa-we-wah, am I glad it’s Friday … it has been a doozy of a week. I’ve had one kid down with the croup, another with insane sinus problems…along with some other sadness/drama I’ve been trying to deny. Anyway, it’s catching up with me. Funny how life has a way of not letting you sweep it under the rug, huh? I think a weekend of family time will perk things up…okay, and maybe some retail therapy, too.

1) It’s finally safe to pull the shorts out here, but still cool enough to pair with long sleeve shirts. I recently nabbed these graphic shorts, and plan to wear this exact outfit all weekend. Oh, and every single item shown is on sale! I’ve included the code if needed for the discount…the other links are automatically marked down. Ain’t nobody got time for full price! And yes, I’m still putting that bag charm on everything.

bright and preppy

Graphic Shorts (use code GETMORE) | Chambray Shirt (use code TREAT) | Crossbody Bag | Elephant Bag Charm | Tassel Necklace | Wedge Sandals (use code BRSPLURGE) | Sunglasses | Bow Bracelet | Watch 

2) Let’s talk about those wedges, because they are so good they deserve their own post. I’ve been on the hunt for comfortable, neutral wedges for awhile, and almost settled on the Toms wedges, but they were a little tight across my fat toes. I hit the jackpot with these from Banana Republic…right height, comfy padded insole, stretchy straps for custom fit, and perfect neutral color to elongate the leg! I wore them all day during the conference last weekend, and apparently danced all night, and was so impressed by how comfortable they are. Use code BRSPLURGE for 30% off through this weekend. You’re welcome.

Hi Sugarplum | BR Wedge

3) Now that you’ve got the outfit and the wedges, let’s talk about how to roll your long sleeves for this transitional weather. Because a properly rolled sleeve, and a popped collar, definitely ups the style factor in your outfit. My stylish friend Carly at C.Style shows us the simple steps to achieve the perfect J.Crew-style rolled sleeve. I just used the word ‘style’ four times in two sentences. Clearly I mean business.

4) Did you see the clever Freckles Chick Mudroom Reveal this week?! Girl didn’t just make an existing space awesome…she completely converted the porch into a more usable (and awesome) space! It’s never occurred to me to look outside my house for more rooms!! I also need her little fox hook in my life.

5) Ya’ll know a good portion of my home decor comes from World Market…so this weekend is pretty much the Super Bowl for me. They are having their once-a-year Friends & Family Sale, where every single item, sale and full-priced, is 25% off (use code FNFSAVE)!!! I’ll let you marinate on that a second.

Here are the items I’m considering…or have already brought home!

Hi Sugarplum | World Market Sale

a. Tufted Ottoman / add so much color and style to a room
c. Embroidered Dress / perfect cover-up for pool season
d. Parrot Floral Curtain Panel / I just ordered these for our bedroom!
e. Gray Wingchair / timeless & classic, in a compact size
g. Metal Pendant / so good over a bar or island
i. Natural Fedora / add instant chic to your Summer outfit
n. Tassel Scarf / tassels + pink & orange! what else do you need?
p. Potting Bench / see mine in action here & here

See anything you like? Who’s rolling their sleeves and popping collars?! Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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  1. yep i usually turn to retail therapy too… not always the best thing but it works! i hope you feel better soon. loving those espadrilles! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

    Posted 5.2.14 Reply
  2. CLEARLY you mean business! HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And listen, I know another reason you have had a rough week is because you've been dealing with dirty bangs. #victim

    Posted 5.2.14 Reply
  3. Simply LKJ wrote:

    Hope the kiddos are on the mend. So not fun!! That mudroom is AMAZING. Hope you manage to get some retail therapy in.

    Posted 5.2.14 Reply
  4. Erica M. wrote:

    Thank you for sharing all of this goodness, especially all the sale items!

    Posted 5.2.14 Reply
  5. Fabulous Round up as usual my friend. The dance pictures made me laugh out loud…we might have to be breaking it down at Haven! I have also been debating on those gray wing back chairs for our dining room for quite a while. Now if I could get the Hubs on board! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

    Posted 5.2.14 Reply
  6. Oh I need to check out the WM sale! And I can't wait to see the mudroom…thanks for linking up! Have a wonderful weekend!!!

    Posted 5.2.14 Reply
  7. We're soul sisters. Just FYI. Soul. Sisters. #loveeverythinginthispost

    Posted 5.2.14 Reply
  8. Hugs for your tough week lady!!! Just had to check out that cuff rolling technique! Cool!

    Posted 5.2.14 Reply
  9. Yup, it's the dirty bangs. But it's nothing a good sleeve roll and a popped collar can't fix! Love you friend.

    Posted 5.2.14 Reply
  10. MJ wrote:

    Lovely "Friday five" inspiration as always! Hope the kids get better and your energy comes back soon! xoxo,
    MJ

    Posted 5.2.14 Reply
  11. Jess Fakes wrote:

    Thanks as always for the fashion advice! I just ordered those JCrew shorts!!!

    Posted 5.2.14 Reply
  12. Love love that tassel bag charm and necklace! Super cute and stylish weekend outfit! Happy Friday!

    xx Viv at JoieDeViv

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  13. lindley wrote:

    Thanks for all the smarts in this post!!! Did I miss item L. in the World Market goodies??

    Posted 5.3.14 Reply
  14. How come I always want to BUY ALL THE THINGS every Friday, thanks to you?!?

    Aw thanks for including my mudroom in your roundup, love!!! High praise coming from the details diva herself! I'm still sitting on my mudroom bench, waiting for you to swing by & share this wine with me. My sleeves are rolled accordingly.

    (Sidenote: I used to style windows for Abercrombie & Fitch straight out of college & this is how we were taught to roll sleeves on the mannequins! Straight up profesh right there.)

    I hope the kiddos get well soon & I hope you shake the drama soon. Cause ain't no one got time for that, amIrite, xoxo.

    Posted 5.3.14 Reply
  15. Hope that this weekend will allow you to rest, relax, and get the sunshine back in your corner of the world with healthy little ones and a little retail therapy, too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted 5.3.14 Reply
  16. Love, love, love those wedges, they look great! Hope you have a fabulous weekend.

    Posted 5.4.14 Reply
  17. I've got to get those wedges! My feet could really use a cute and comfy wedge!

    Posted 5.6.14 Reply
  18. I know where those World Market curtains are going! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted 5.7.14 Reply

The Friday Five

How excited for Friday are we?! I can hardly believe it’s April, and Easter is around the corner. I’m ignoring the cool temperatures that keep popping up, and am dressing for Spring. My weekend plan is to ruthlessly tackle my closet, and leave only my very favorite items behind. I already have my bags for ThredUp, and plan to stuff them full!

1) Last week I revealed my new favorite white jeans, and styled them for a casual outfit. I thought it’d be fun to show how I’d dress them up, too. This is pretty much my date-night uniform.

Dressed up white jeans


Perfect White Jeans  (on sale!) | Blouse | Sandals (use code SPRING for 50% off) | Crossbody Bag

2) I’m pretty smitten with those sandals…sexy, yet still low enough to be comfortable. And the color is the perfect nude tone (makes your legs look longer!). I couldn’t resist putting together another girly outfit around them.

Floral Garden Party

Floral Dress (great price!) | Nude Sandals (use code SPRING for 50% off)  Clutch | Wallet
Watch | Earrings (20% off!!)| Chain Bracelet

3) In preparation for Babygirl’s party last weekend (it was a blast…details coming soon!), I scoured the internet for inspiration. I fell in love with this sweet Market Party that Gwen at The Makerista shared. You won’t believe all the little touches and accents…so simple, but such an adorable impact.

4) My sweet friend, Courtney, invited me to share my fashion snapshot this week. I had to showcase my style, and describe it in three words….what do you think I said? Hop over to her glorious blog to see! Here’s a peek at that style translated into decor…


Sass & Class 2

5) I can hardly stand the excitement of our $1,000 Nordstrom Giveaway!! Is it poor manners for me to be jealous of the future winner? Because I totally am…I could do some DAMAGE with that gift card! And because of the huge response, we’ve decided to sweeten the pot and give you additional ways to enter! That’s right…hop back to the Giveaway Post, and check the rafflecopter for several new ways to win! The contest is open until Sunday night, and the winner will be announced Monday! Good luck!!! #eeeek

Hi Sugarplum | $1000 Nordstrom Giveaway

What are you up to? I hope it’s grand, and happy weekend, lovebugs!

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  1. That birthday party is adorable! So many great ideas! I can't wait to see what you did for your daughter's birthday. Have a great weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted 4.4.14 Reply
  2. love those paper flowers! so pretty! have a great weekend cassie! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

    Posted 4.4.14 Reply
  3. Jill B wrote:

    Love the white jeans! I dream of a day where I wear white clothes again. With three little boys under three, it won't be for a while. Have a great weekend!

    Posted 4.4.14 Reply
  4. Love the dress. Love that room you designed. Love it all! Happy Friday!

    Posted 4.4.14 Reply
  5. Woohoo! It's Friday!! Love doing giveaways with you friend!! XOXO

    Posted 4.4.14 Reply
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    Posted 4.8.14 Reply
  7. Thanks for sharing the party! I love the living room board!

    Posted 4.8.14 Reply

The Friday Five

It’s Friday…can I get a ‘hollaaaaaaa!’ Thanks so much for your comments and emails yesterday about our approaching trip…I added all your tips to the list!

1) Looking at beach pics has me dreaming of Spring outfits…does it get any Springier than pink + yellow? This is pretty much my weekend uniform as soon as the temps start to warm. I have these shorts in at least five colors (love them and the price!), and this jean jacket is a staple this time of year.

Pink Spring

2) I lived in these wedge booties all Fall and Winter, and loved how they were not only stylish, but super comfy. And I got used to having the extra height! I figured since Toms has the comfy wedge down to a science, I need to add a pair of their wedge sandals to my wardrobe this Summer. There are so many cute ones to choose from, and they all have almost perfect reviews. Which do you like?

Toms Summer Wedges

3) Don’t you love when talented designers have blogs, and share their tips and tricks with us regular folk?! My friend Grace, at A Storied Style, has amazing taste and ideas, and recently showcased her inexpensive version of Acrylic Drapery Rods. The real-deal can run upwards of $750 per rod! #nevergonnahappen But clever Grace DIYed them for $65. You can bet your boots you’ll be seeing this pop up in my house somewhere soon!

4) Jimmy Fallon is the perfect combination of adorably cute + laugh-outloud-funny. I love the sketches where Jimmy, the Roots and a popular singer cram into a tiny room, and perform a hit song using children’s instruments. This ‘Let It Go’ with Idina Menzel is my new favorite. Girl can sing, dang!

5) Stefanie and Jennifer came up with a fantastic idea of a Favorite Things Exchange, and somehow I got invited to participate! They rounded up a group of home bloggers who just so happen to be
moms, too. Each of us got secretly paired up with another participant and
will spend the next few weeks thinking up what perfect “favorite thing” would make a great
surprise for her. Kind of like a Secret Santa but without the holiday
crush. Once the packages are opened, we’ll share the loot just in time
for everyone’s respective Mother’s Day shopping. I’m dying to know who has me, and would love your gift ideas to send my ‘secret mama’!

 

Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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  1. That rod is amazing and I'm intrigued to see how she made it! And, I do believe I too need a new pair of wedges. Have a great weekend, Cassie!

    Posted 3.7.14 Reply
  2. Simply LKJ wrote:

    Great roundup. Have a fantastic weekend.

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  3. LOVE all of the wedges! i cant wait for summer! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

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  4. Love that Jimmy Fallon video – my girls have been singing that song for weeks!!

    I have been dyyyying for those Toms pee toes forever and I'm totally getting some this year – we'll call it an early Mother's Day gift to me!

    Posted 3.7.14 Reply
  5. Do you have me, do you have me?? I'm so excited about this blogger exchange but the suspense is killing me! haha. Such a great idea to bring bloggers together.

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  6. Okay, call me crazy, but I haven't had a jean jacket in years, and I really think I need one now. I mean why haven't I had one?! It's perfect to throw on over a tank or maxi dress, and I think I should get one for our upcoming trip.

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  7. I've been trying to get those Tom's wedge booties for months now, always sold out of size 8. Finally got an alert from Nordstrom yesterday they were back in stock, but by the time I saw it 4 hours after they sent it they were sold out again! Think I better order the burlap version asap. And BTW, I took your advise and ordered the Vigoss jeans with the cute flap pockets and you are right, they look amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Meghan wrote:

    Idina Menzel is amazing and I love jimmy Fallon too so them together is perfect!

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  9. Those Jimmy Fallon singing skits also are my favorite! One of my other favorites is when they sing Blurred Lines with Robin Thicke. Jimmy Fallon always just looks like he is having a great time!

    Have a great weekend!
    Karly
    http://www.missinthemidwest.blogspot.com

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  10. I loved my Toms Booties all fall/winter too! I got the wedge platform in black and love them! Perfect for summer!

    Posted 3.7.14 Reply
  11. Friday Fives are awesome, but this one is especially awesome. PINK and Jimmy Fallon this close to each other always makes me smile! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Posted 3.7.14 Reply
  12. Awww Cassie, thanks so much for the shout out! I'm still loving my rods, and I will have an update on them soon! They have a new look at my house. ๐Ÿ˜‰ xoxo

    Posted 3.10.14 Reply
  13. Alexa wrote:

    That DIY amazing. $65!? And I"m totally 100% with you on Jimmy Fallon.

    Posted 3.10.14 Reply

The Friday Five

Woot, it’s Friday! We had an unexpected snow yesterday, which caused all kinds of excitement. It’s pretty much gone now, but ridiculously cold temperatures remain. And not just Texas-cold…we’re talking wind chills of 3 below! That’s cold even by Canadian standards, eh?! #harhar Needless to say, we Southerners are not dealing well with it. I’m hunkered down inside making friends with my laptop…here’s the Friday Five.


1) So I’ve had my eye on this Michael Kors tortoise watch for awhile. But the price tag kept me from pulling the trigger. Imagine my shock and glee when I found the exact watch for $150 less!! So I did a little sleuthing…and did you know that Fossil actual makes Michael Kors watches?! And Burberry? For real. And the online reviews for the Fossil watches are through the roof! Not to mention they come with an 11-year warranty. All of a sudden I’m feeling really good about the $100 Fossil version. I even found the same watch on Amazon for $73!


HI Sugarplum | fossil vs michael kors watches



That got me wondering just how many styles are available in both brands….turns out a lot! These were two of my favorites…


Hi Sugarplum | Michael Kors vs Fossil watches



Hi Sugarplum | Michael Kors vs Fossil watches







2) Sarah Dorsey made these Geometric Gold Lamps. You read that right…she MADE them! And for $11 each!? I think my head just exploded. From this point on, I can no longer say I DIYed anything.








3) A few weeks ago I posted this fun, flirty weekend outfit. I guess some of you liked it, because when I went back later to grab the adorable elbow-patch heart sweater, it was sold out!? So rude!


weekend cool







I’m relieved to announce that they’ve restocked a few red ones (for some reason these sizes are on sale), and plenty of them in mint and hot pink. Rest assured I ordered mine before sharing the good news. Here are a few more cute options…I’m crazy for those elbow patches! (P.S…the wedge booties have been restocked in all sizes, too. Run! Get them…trust me, you’ll love how cute and comfy they are!)


Hi Sugarplum | Heart Elbow Patch
1 | 2 | 3 







4) My friend Emily created a list of her Top 10 Go To Home Accessories. Her home is always perfectly styled, and she has great taste, so I was thrilled to find out I already own several things on her list!! I think that makes me stylish by association. 








5) I love the look of leggings and boots, but I struggle finding tops long enough to cover the lady bits, without drowning my entire frame in a mumu.  This cozy Cowlneck Tunic looks like it might be the magic key…covering the jiggly parts, while still looking pulled together. My leggings are black, so I’ll likely go with this speckled ivory/grey





How’s that for a big mosh-pit of random greatness today?! Stay warm and cozy, and happy weekend, lovebugs!

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  1. Stylish by association? You is crazy ๐Ÿ™‚ Great find on the watch. Thanks!

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  2. wow i love the fossil version of that first watch! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

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  3. I have the Fossil tortoise watch…it's so versatile and goes with everything!

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  4. Sarah's lamp is crazy town! I think my eyes popped out of my head when I saw it – she's amazing!

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  5. My daughter wanted to know what I wanted for my birthday next week and I didn't really know. But that first watch! I think you just found my gift. Thank you!

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    • Woot for the perfect bday present! And happy early birthday!

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  6. Simply LKJ wrote:

    I am actually wearing the MK tortoise shell watch today. Love it. It was a Christmas gift a couple years ago. Good to know about Fossil.

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  7. Marie wrote:

    I went to Loft this week and fell in love with the Lou & Grey stuff! I knew I should have tried on the sweater from #5. I bought the Lou & Grey Texture Stripe Sweater instead, and I love it!! I even paid full price (gasp!), which I don't think I've done (especially at Loft) in years! I just loved it too much to leave it behind.

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    • Great to know that collection is so good! I love that striped sweater, too!

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  8. Dub Fam wrote:

    I fell in love with that heart patch sweater too and was so bummed when it was sold out. So excited it's back, and in pink! And rest assured I ordered mine before I commented. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Ha — rest assured you're a smart cookie! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  9. Thanks SO much Cassie for including our lamps!! You're too sweet ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • You're too awesome! Thanks for sharing your awesome ideas with us!

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  10. Danielle wrote:

    I heart the elbow heart sweater too! But I've never ordered from ASOS and was hoping you could clue me in on the sizing. This sweater says it comes in 00 US, 1 US, 2 US,… I've never seen a 1 in US so I was confused. How does their stuff run, size-wise? Thanks!

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    • I haven't received my order yet, so I'm not sure either…but I ordered based on the fact that the model is wearing a 4! Free shipping and free returns, so we're safe either way! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  11. Danielle wrote:

    Oh, I think I see my answer. The one I was looking at was petite!

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  12. Morgan S. wrote:

    Isn't it ridiculous that the same mother company will sell practically the same watch for more than twice the price just by slapping a designer name on it? And in my opinion, the Fossil versions are much more appealing. I've always loved Fossil watches…great quality.

    http://www.styleoyster.blogspot.com

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    • I tried them both on, and the Michael Kors was gorgeous, but I actually preferred the lines of the Fossil better. It wasn't as raised on my arm…I don't need any more help banging it on stuff!

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  13. Good Friday 5 m'lady – I bought myself a Fossil watch waayyy back in fall of 2002 and I still wear it just about EVERY day. All I've ever done is replace the battery. I love their stuff! And now I now i love it even more – that tortoise one is so pretty!!

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  14. Ami wrote:

    I love those sweaters with the heart elbow patches, too. Seems to me that it would be pretty easy to add that touch to any sweater yourself. Especially the painted on heart. Super cute for a little girl's sweater! I know you're always saying "this girl doesn't sew" but with a little fabric glue or a simple stitch by hand you could customize your own sweaters. I think I'm going to get busy on that myself…

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  15. Sarah wrote:

    I have the tortoise Fossil watch and I LOVE it. I've had it for about 2 years and I wear it every single day and it still looks brand new.

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  16. Sara wrote:

    I love, love my Fossil watch. I've had it for two years and it looks mint.

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  17. I've known for years that Fossil makes MANY of the big name watches out there – which is why I refuse to pay double for a name! I have the pink-faced Fossil. It's so fun! My husband's friend works for Fossil corporate, so I was able to get it at her employee discount too! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  18. I love the tunic legging look. I actually found a similar grey cowl neck sweatshirt tunic at Target on clearance for $9. It might be worth a look.

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  19. Jodi wrote:

    I LOVE the heart elbow patches!

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  20. That lamp is awesomesauce! I can't believe she made that! Wow!

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  21. Love fossil watches! I got a rose gold one a couple years ago and it still looks fabulous. Sarah's lamps are unbelievable:)

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  22. Kirstin wrote:
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The Friday Five

Hey, hey, hey…happy Friday! It was rough, but we made it through our first full week back. As a reward, we get to spend the next two days in pajamas! Maybe not the whole time, because I’ve been bit by the January organizing bug, and the garage has a few spots in need. How about a Friday Five that’s short and sweet?

1) I’ve never really understood why stores start clearancing out all their Fall and Winter goods in January. I mean, it’s just now starting to get for-real cold here, and they want to talk about shorts? Fine by me though, because I can scoop stuff up on major sale, and get a good four months out of it before packing away. Boots are always on my radar, especially when they are up to 50% off…and include free shipping and returns! These are my faves right now (most are available in black, too)

 Hi Sugarplum | Nordstrom Boot Sale
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
5 | 6 | 7 | 8

2) I think Kristin Jackson of Hunted Interior is one of the biggest undiscovered design talents. I just know she’ll be in Domino or House Beautiful one day. Her work amazes me, and I love soaking in every detail of her projects. She just converted her Dining Room in to the most perfect space for her daughter’s new room. Feast your eyes.

3) I’m convinced I’d cook more if I had a set of these measuring cups (on sale!).

Hi Sugarplum | Anthro Measuring cups

4) I’m a sucker for January white sales. I have these big fantasies of ditching all my mis-matched sheets and towels, and starting over with the most perfect all white ones. Serena & Lily’s Half-Off White Sale pulled me in…but of course I ended up drooling over these colorful pillows. My sad sheets and towels will live to see another day.

5) I live for a good Before & After, so I loved Apartment Therapy’s round-up of ast year’s most dramatic transformations…you won’t even believe what this space used to be!

Is it time to put our pj’s on yet? Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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  1. cute boot picks!! have a great weekend! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

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  2. I got the measuring "gaggle" for Christmas and they are the cutest! I love having them out on my counter!
    ~Sarah @ 702 Park Project

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  3. House Envy wrote:

    I love when S&L has those pop up sales! I scored some things for our bedroom their last fall! And I could not agree more about Hunted Interior! Love her design work!!

    Laura

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  4. You are the sweetest. Thank you for being my friend… both on screen & off ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

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  5. Simply LKJ wrote:

    So agree…the bathing suits hit Target when it was -5 here the other day! If you needed a hat, scarf or gloves, best of luck to ya!!

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  6. Carrie wrote:

    Oohh, love that deal on the gloss red Hunter boots. I just got a red pair for Christmas, but it is the matte red.

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  7. I've been wanting those red Hunters for months! Thanks for tipping me off that they are on sale.

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  8. Love the red Hunter boots… and I could use them here in ATL since we are once again drowning in wintry rain! Enjoy the weekend, Cassie!
    xo Heidi

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  9. Great round up Cassie! You're so right about Kristin, she's so fabulous. And those measuring cups are the cutest. Happy weekend chica!

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  10. Love those boots! I really need a new pair, so I'm going to have to check out some of these sales!

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  11. LeeLee wrote:

    Those measuring cups are adorable.

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  12. I love winter sales and I really need a new pair of boots. All these look great!

    Carpet cleaners

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The Friday Five

Sweet baby Jesus, thank goodness it’s Friday! It’s been a hot-bed of bodily functions at our house all week, and I’m ready for everyone to be well! Just as Babygirl was feeling better from her bout of salmonella, we came home to discover Maggie had found the chocolate stash for our Advent Calendar! I posted my panic on Facebook, and everyone was so helpful! We called the vet and they recommended ‘inducing vomit.’ Let’s just say that’s not an experience I’ll soon forget.

So let’s leave all that behind and jump right in to this Friday Five, because I’ve got some goodies for you!

1) Holidays = Baking. But then there’s the question of how to package those goodies for friends and neighbors. One of my favorite Brits, Rachie at A Chi Chi Affair, found the cutest printables for packaging cookie gifts! I’ve already printed off several copies and can’t wait to get my bake on.

2) Speaking of Advent Calendars…one of our activities this week was ‘Write a Letter to Santa.’ Well it was a whole lot cuter thanks to this free printable from my adorable friend, Jen at I Heart Organizing. And if you take your letter to any Macy’s store and drop it in their Santa Box, they’ll donate $1 to Make-A-Wish Foundation! Pretty cool, right?

Elf on a shelf

3) Yesterday I posted a doozie of a Men’s Gift Guide, and this post had great stuff for you and the gals in your life. But what about all those other people on your list who are so dang hard to buy for?! You know who I’m talking about! Well, I recently discovered Uncommon Goods, the coolest online shop full of the most creative and affordable gifts. I know you could find something great for teachers, parents, kids, and your great-uncle Buck. 

Hi Sugarplum | Uncommon Goods Picks

4) I was lucky enough to participate in Hunted Interior’s round-up of fabulous ornaments this week. I don’t know what I liked better….the gorgeous ornaments, or Kristin’s amazing graphics! That girl has got serious skills. See for yourself here….
  

 

5) We’ve been having fun with Advent Calendars for years, but this is the first holiday season we added an Elf on the Shelf to the excitement. And I don’t know who loves it more…me or the kids! I’ve been showing Faith (our elf) and her hijinks on InstaGram this week.

Hi Sugarplum | Elf on a Shelf
Christmas wishes with the Alphabet Game
Passed out in the bag of chocolate chips. Moderation, please, Faith!
Chilling in the freezer with her pal, Frosty. #seewhatIdidthere?
Oops, stayed in the freezer too long and caught a cold. Of course leaving her used Kleenex all over?!
I love seeing what others are doing with their elves, so I started a hashtag link on InstaGram: #HiSugarplumElfFun It’s so much fun to scroll through all the creative ideas…not to mention really helpful when you realize late at night you haven’t moved your elf that day! Here’s just a few of my favorites this week.
 Elf on a Shelf fun
A new Keebler Elf!
Elf on a Shelf fun
A little switch-er-roo with the dog.
Elf on a Shelf fun
Kids seem to listen to the elves more than mommy.
Elf on a Shelf fun
Replaced all the family photos with himself.
Elf on a shelf
Thanks for the tip, Erin! This changes everything!

Do you have an Elf? I hope you’ll play along with our hashtag fun…I’m featuring some each Friday in December. Oh, and the winner of the Wreath Depot fresh greenery has been announced here…was it you?! Happy weekend, lovebugs! I hope it’s a healthy one for us all!

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  1. ha! i cant wait to have kids and get in on this elf on the shelf fun ๐Ÿ™‚ xo jillian – cornflake dreams

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  2. Aw, thanks for the feature, Cassie! Hope you're all feeling better soon!

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  3. Jodi wrote:

    Love the elf ideas!

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  4. those printables for cookies are such a good idea! i'm baking cookies this weekend with my mom and can't wait.
    — jackie @ jade and oak

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  5. Sounds like you had an exciting week. We're dealing with human vomit here and that's enough for me! (And, I think Santa might have sent us the least creative elf at the North Pole.)

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  6. Alexa wrote:

    Love those printables!

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  7. Carrie wrote:

    Love the elf ideas, I'll be sure to use your hash tag!

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  8. Haha! Love all the elf pictures! So cute!

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  9. Your poor baby girl – Salmonella is a beast!

    We are loving our Elf – I'm thinking we're getting close to having our kiddos be too old for the elf thing. What does your son think? He's older, right?

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  10. I bought that construction plate and utensils for my nephew a few years ago. He loves it!

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The Friday Five

Heeeey! Happy Friday, friends. Wow, am I ready for the weekend. Our busy week was topped off with three of us having colds, and the other one spraining his ankle. I’m ready to lay-low and get everyone well! And probably pick up a paintbrush, too. Here’s the Friday Five….

1) I can’t think of a better way to relax, than to cuddle up with my laptop and shop Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale! So many of the things I’ve been drooling over this season are on sale (like these boots and these jeans), and now might be the time to pull the trigger. I mean, my birthday and Christmas is around the corner! I put together this cozy Fall outfit using only sale items, most 40% off, and it sure is tempting!

Hi Sugarplum | Nordstrom half-yearly sale

2) I loved reading your suggestions on how you stay organized during the holidays. We certainly all have the love of list-making in common! No doubt Martha’s stuff is going to help me, but I’ve also downloaded the Santa’s Bag app that Sara of Total Basset Case suggested! It allows you to import recipients, set budgets, plan gifts, create wish and shopping lists, track your progress, and counts down the days. Oh, and it’s password protected to keep snooping eyes away.

 Santa's Bag

3) We’re totally cuckoo over our Pink Dining Room, but realize it’s certainly not for everyone. Kelli at Life at 818 thought it was for them, though! When she shared the transformation of her Dining Room from navy to pink, my jaw dropped. It looks so sophisticated and glamorous. You’ve got to see her red chairs, too.

4) Speaking of paint…this is the weekend to stock up! Sherwin-Williams is my go-to source when painting rooms…their Super Paint gets it done with one coat, and our red ceiling only needed two! Even if I don’t have any painting projects planned, I still buy a few gallons off the shelf. When you’re ready to paint, just take them back to the store for free tinting. They are also pros at color-matching, and have most every company’s color formulas. And they didn’t pay me to say all that. Unfortunately, Sherwin-Williams has no idea who I am.

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So what are you up this weekend? Are you hitting up the Nordstrom or Sherwin-Williams sales? If you’re starting your Christmas shopping, it’s worth noting that C.Wonder has 30% of all sale items, and J.Crew has 25% your total order of $100 or more. Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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  1. LOVE that gray buffet table! what a great piece. xo jillian – cornflake dreams

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  2. Thanks for sharing these sales! I have already hit up the Nordstrom sale this week, but I had no idea about Sherwin Williams. Perfect timing for us!! Let the painting begin! ๐Ÿ™‚
    ~Sarah @ 702 Park Project

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  3. Carrie wrote:

    Oooh! I am SO going to download that Santa's Bag app right now!! And, I was glad to see it is FREE!!

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  4. I love that you did your dining room pink and someone followed suit! I need to re-paint my dining room hutch, I love the grey!

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  5. Simply LKJ wrote:

    Heading out of town, hopefully will find time to hit up the sale online. I saw that wrap sweater on two of my girlfriends who I teach with and love it!!! Great price.

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  6. Love that sweater! Must have!

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  7. Can you say "OMGOMGOMG?" Thanks for sharing my dining room post! What a surprise to just start scrolling down, reading your Friday Five and see my dining room.. I seriously fell off my chair! haha! Thanks for the heads up on the sales too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  8. I need that app! And that outfit. And who knew pink could look so sophisticated? Great roundup Cassie.

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  9. Sarah wrote:

    That cardigan is on my Christmas list after seeing it on a few of my girlfriends. The real problem is narrowing down which color I want!

    Thanks for the shout out!!

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  10. Ooooh! I love that outfit you put together. I want the watch and the boots FO SHO!
    ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. that pink dining room is gorgeous! my hubby would NEVER go for it but it's beautiful!

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The Friday Five

It’s the most…wonderful day…of the week!! I have no idea why I’ve got Christmas melodies on the brain…but now you do, too. Ha! I think I’m just giddy it’s Friday. Here’s what else is running through my head.

1) With Fall finally coming to town, I’m on the hunt for the perfect boot. So when the adorable Freckles Chick posted this pic to her IG account this week (please tell me you follow her @freckleschic4???), I immediately needed to know details on her boots! Turns out they’re these, and they are under $100! Sheaffer swears by these and you know she’s never let us down, so I might need to try them. And my aunt texted me a pic of these from Target yesterday….they have real potential! (True to Target’s form, they look way better in person than in their lame-o website pics.) Have you found the perfect Fall boot yet?!

2) I feel like my status as a part-time “fashion” blogger would be revoked if I didn’t tell you about some great Columbus Day sales going on this weekend. (Yeah, I couldn’t say fashion blogger without laughing, either.) 

  • J.Crew Factory has 50% off everything. EVERY. THING.
  • Hop over to J.Crew for an extra 40% off all sale items. That means this cute striped dress is only $18!
  • Gap has 30% off your total order, so you can add a denim jacket to your wardrobe for $45. I’ve had my Gap denim jacket (worn here) for 12 years….kid you not.
  • ShopBop updated their Sales, and they are up to 70% off! Dang. Even this transport tote is on sale. 
  • C.Wonder is having their mack-daddy 50% all sale items. Come to mama, $4 salad set!
  • RugsUSA is offering 65% off a huge selection of rugs.
Hi Sugarplum | J.Crew Factory Sale Favorites

3) My friend Carmel is the new home editor at The Chic Site (she’s kind of a big deal), and one of her first orders of business was starting a cool new interview series. For some reason she chose me as the first subject, and she got all Barbara Walters on me. Head over to The Chic Site to read what drives my DIY, where I draw inspiration, and my attempt at defining my style.

https://hisugarplum.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Inspired-Design2.jpg

4) I get asked a lot about mood boards…do I create them, will I create them for others, what program do I use to create them. You get the idea. The answer has always been no, no, and I don’t. I’m not a designer, I just know what I like for my own home. And frankly, creating mood boards always seemed horribly intimidating. Until now.

Polyvore….you know them from all those great outfit boards…now has a Home tab. And it’s loaded with 1,000s of items, all just waiting for you to work your magic. And the kicker is, it’s insanely simple to use. I whipped up this fun bedroom in 5 minutes. No joke. I’m super psyched to be part of their Project Decorate team….more on that later!

Glam & Cozy Bedroom

5) A big phat WELCOME to our new sponsor, online stationary boutique, Rutherford Papers! They have
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weddings, bridal/baby showers, bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, sip and see parties, as
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And notice how I said OUR new sponsor….because without sponsors, we’d have no project fund! So thank you for supporting the sponsors that keep things flowing around here!

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We plan to get our spook on this weekend, and Halloweenie the house. What are you up to? Happy weekend, lovebugs!

Pssst…the winner of the $100 Amazon gift card was announced here. Was it you??? And there’s only a few days left for the HomeGoods gift card giveaway…so make sure you’ve entered!

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  1. Thank you part-time fashion blogger! Now I am SUCKED into the J Crew factory site. Love today's post- filled with so many great tips. Off to Polyvore next! What's that you say?? I am supposed to be working?? Hmm….

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  2. Simply LKJ wrote:

    Love the boots. My oldest bought a pair of booties similar to the lace up ones, but at Target. They are really cute and very comfy. Thinking on getting a pair myself.

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  3. Thanks fort the tip on rugs USA. I've been meaning to buy a rug and I'm glad I waited since now it's on sale!

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  4. I just saw those Toms booties yesterday on someone…. so adorable… I'm becoming obsessed with them….

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  5. Aww thanks for the link love, hot stuff!!!! Besides a mimosa, it was the best way to start my Friday! I tried on the TOMS booties & they're SUPER cute & comfy (Scheaffer knows where it's at). I teeter at any hint of a heel so I went with flats instead, but totally getting those TOMS when I grow up!

    Can't wait to read all about Carmel grilling you.

    xoxo

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  6. I got all Barbara Walters – hahahaha! Love it! Freckles makes everything look cute – seriously!
    Have a great weekend girlie!

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  7. That's right. I'm a bootie genius.
    ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  8. Mary wrote:

    Those Target booties are great! I bought the taupe and loved them so much, I got the black ones too!

    Posted 10.13.13 Reply
  9. I'm loving a bunch of Target's boots and booties lately! If only this government shut down would end so my husband can get paid and I can buy them!

    Posted 10.14.13 Reply
  10. Sarah wrote:

    How do I find those boots?! Love love. I need those in my wardrobe badly!!

    Posted 10.20.13 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oops! I see the link now!

      Posted 10.20.13 Reply

The Friday Five

It’s practically the weekend, and I’m totally psyched…so let’s jump right in to The Friday Five…

1) Ever since we painted the Dining Room pink (oh yes we did, see it here), the drapes in the Breakfast Room are no longer jiving with me. You can see them from the Dining Room, and the dark pink of the drapes clashes with the pink walls. And honestly, it’s a little too much pink. (Wha?! Who said that!?)

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Makeover

West Elm to the rescue with 30% off all curtain panels and hardware….these pretty ladies are on the way to me. I’ll be sure to show you once I’ve got them up. (Pssst…rugs and bedding are 30% off, too!)

Cotton Canvas Zigzag Curtain โ€“ Feather Gray

2) Several of you sweet people complimented my legs in the {Outfit Inspiration} post yesterday. First of all, thank you! But I must confess, it’s totally an optical illusion. The magic is in the wedges. I picked them up at the beginning of the Summer, and have worn them constantly. And every single time, someone compliments my shoes and legs. The neutral color and wedge heel lengthen (and thin!) the leg, and they are actually quite comfortable. So I’d say they were a good investment…especially since they’re affordable.

DV by Dolce Vita 'Jonee' Sandal (Nordstrom Exclusive)

3) But if you’ve already moved on to Boot Season, these are my all-time favorites. My Fall uniform is skinny jeans, tee, colorful scarf, and these boots. Easy, comfy and totally pulled together! I’ve had my pair for 2 years and they are still going strong. I’m a cheapskate when it comes to sandals, but I’ve learned the hard way it pays to spend a little more for good boots.

Steven by Steve Madden 'Intyce' Boot

4) The sweet Amanda of Serenity Now asked me to share my favorite Summer Projects….two months ago! And I’m such a jerk blonde chump, that I forgot to tell you guys!! So please help me right my wrong, and hop over to say ‘Hi’ to Amanda. And scope out my fun projects, too.

Serenity Now

5) I bit ole WELCOME to my returning sponsor, Design Your Dwelling! The talented Beth creates affordable Mood Boards, and my favorite…$25 Quick Fixes for when you need help with small things like finding art for a blank wall, or choosing a color for a piece of furniture. And you lucky ducks get to take 20% off any services with code SUGARPLUM. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that keep the projects flowing around here!

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So what’s your secret weapon for making your legs look long and lean? Do you have a favorite Fall boot? Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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  1. Love your picks today! Can't wait to see those curtains up!

    Posted 9.13.13 Reply
  2. Simply LKJ wrote:

    Love those drapes!! Hope you have a fantastic weekend.

    Posted 9.13.13 Reply
  3. Those drapes are going to be KILLER in there! I have basset hound legs, I should give those wedges a go ๐Ÿ˜€

    Posted 9.13.13 Reply
  4. Love those curtains! I just picked up a striped pair from West Elm today!

    Posted 9.13.13 Reply
  5. Thanks for including me in your post today!!

    Posted 9.13.13 Reply
  6. Excited to see those drapes in action! Can't wait for an update!

    Posted 9.13.13 Reply
  7. mwimp wrote:

    luv those boots! do the calves have room to adjust? I have huge calves and cant find tall boots to fit. i'm hoping so the buckle looks adjustable. luv em all

    Posted 9.14.13 Reply
  8. mwimp wrote:

    omgosh I just saw the red/pink paint (so glad u did that link back I somehow missed it) I luv luv luv it! please tell me you kept it as is!! its absolutely gorg!

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  9. Sarah wrote:

    Affordable? Really?

    Posted 9.15.13 Reply
    • Hi Sarah!! Well, they certainly aren't my usual $20 Target sandals, but considering they'll last at least 3 seasons, and I'll wear them 100s of times because the real leather makes them more comfy, they end up being a pretty good deal! ๐Ÿ™‚ The Target sandals barely make it through a Summer before I have to toss them!

      Posted 9.16.13 Reply