The Friday Five

You guys are the absolute sweetest!! You made my week with all your kind birthday comments and well-wishes. And I’m thrilled to hear I’m not the only one obsessed with the kitten-cardi! 😉 From the sound of it, many of you have a full-blown collection of them!

In typical Texas-style, earlier this week we were enjoying 70-degree days, and last night it was 21!! That is serious and legit cold weather…I don’t care where you live! We’ll certainly warm up again, but there’s no more straddling the line between seasons anymore…it’s sweater time!

1) I’ve seen a lot of sweater dresses this season, and I love them paired with a vest and tall boots. And cozy scarf #duh. It’s a really pulled together look, but is still comfortable and casual. Do you have any sweater dresses? The color-blocking is fun on this one, and the price is right on.

Fall Sweater Dress

2) This arctic blast kind of caught us off-guard, and when we went to pull out last year’s Winter gear, we discovered it no longer fit! Darn kids and their constant growing!! Of course I immediately hopped online and pulled up Nordstrom’s Cold Weather Shop, then clicked over to the ‘sales’ tab. My daughter found a coat that’s ‘not too poofy’, and a cute hat and gloves set that she actually agreed to wear. Then she spotted hot pink Hunter wellies, and I totally caved and got them for her. Have I completely lost my mind?! #dontanswerthat Please tell me these boots are worth it!!

Cold Weater Kid

3) We actually had several snow and ice days last year, and none of knew what to wear…especially on our feet! I spotted lots of cute options to help keep our little people warm. Aren’t the bright colors so fun?

Hi Sugarplum | Kids Cold Weather Gear

{Shop Kid’s Winter Gear}

4) Along with your seriously nice birthday wishes on Wednesday’s post, I got a lot of questions about my lipstick color and hair. The lipstick is Mac ‘Insanely It.’  I’m usually a drugstore make-up girl, but I couldn’t resist this color, and I’ve had the same tube for years! As for my hair…it’s a hot-mess right now and long overdue for a cut, but if I can get my act together, I’m planning a tutorial for how I style it on Monday. So get your curling irons and hairspray ready!

5) I had so much doing last week’s Save vs. Splurge, I thought I’d find another for you…and it didn’t take long! While browsing sweater dresses for the moodboard, I fell for this one…but couldn’t even believe the ridiculous price (no offense if you own a $500 sweater dress!). But truthfully, I prefer the Save version much better…the shape is more flattering by hiding all the lady-lumps. It also comes in red and pink.

Hi Sugarplum | Splurge vs Save Sweater Dress

We’ll be celebrating this weekend, and trying to stay warm! Thank you, friends, for such an amazing week…and don’t forget to enter the sweet giveaway! Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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  1. Jenny wrote:

    That color block sweater dress is adorable!

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  2. That grey sweater dress is awesome! I'm thinking with black tights, cognac boots, and a black rayne necklace. Yes. I need it.

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  3. Jillian wrote:

    i love your lip color too! thanks for sharing the name. xo jillian – cornflake dreams

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  4. I've never thought to pair my sweater dresses with a cute vest and scarf – thanks for the inspiration! Looking forward to your hair tutorial, too. Have a great weekend!

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  5. riley wrote:

    Do you style your hair differently on Mondays than you do on other days of the week?

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  6. joen wrote:

    Just bought a pair of Hunter Rain boots for my daughter for Christmas (she's 21) black shiny and the grey sweater liners to go along with that gift. Thinking I should have got myself a pair!LOL We are having the same crazy weather in NJ Monday and Tuesday almost 70 and last night SNOW!!!

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  7. Yay! So excited for your hair tutorial! Happy weekend! 🙂

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  8. Leslie wrote:

    I adore that first sweater dress! I think you just cost me $60! 🙂

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  9. Megan Ball wrote:

    You have not lost your mind! I thought I may have when I ordered Hunters for my daughter (while I'm still lusting for a pair for myself) but she has more than gotten my money worth out of them! She absolutely loves them and wears them ALL the time. Plus, they hold up SO well. Money well spent in my book! Or maybe that's just my way of rationalizing my craziness. 🙂

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  10. Anonymous wrote:

    Love the save, and wasn't surprised when I clicked on it and saw that it was Eliza J. I've bought three dresses by this designer this year.

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    • Ooooh! Good to know it's a well-liked brand! The price point is great!

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  11. Allison wrote:

    I love the gray sweater dress, the save version! Would be cute with tights, boots and maybe a strand of pearls. I noticed that pretty shade of lipstick you had on. Very flattering on you Cassie! Glad you had a good birthday and enjoy more celebrating this weekend!

    Posted 11.15.14 Reply
  12. Yes Yes Yes! PLEASE post your hair tutorial on Monday!!

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  13. Happy belated birthday! We've been in NYC, where it was warmer than Dallas! I may have to splurge on some Hunters for my girls, as well- their feet were chilly here, and it looks like we're in for another crazy cold winter.

    Posted 11.16.14 Reply
  14. Love the sweater dress! Definitely a must-have for winter! I need to get some more!

    Posted 11.17.14 Reply
  15. Wearing my kittie cardie as I write this! Love it and want to wear it everyday!

    Posted 11.20.14 Reply

The Friday Five

Happy Valentine’s Day, my sweets! We don’t make much of a fuss over this holiday, so we don’t have big plans, other than to spend it together. This is my one chance to choose a chick-flick, so I might jump at that. The Notebook, anyone?!

1) Pink and red is a favorite color combo all-year, but especially today. I created this outfit to show how easy it is to pair the two colors without looking too sweet.

Pink & Red
2) Brittany made this gorgeous DIY Zebra Rug. Yes, made. You won’t even believe what she used. I’m dying over the gorgeous metallic sheen!
Faux Zebra Rug DIY | brittanyMakes

3) You guys were crazy about this maxi dress I posted yesterday. I thought about getting it, but was worried it’d be too long for my vertical limitations. (Code: I’m a shortie.) So I found this cute one with fun metallic neckline, in a Petite size, for those under 5’4″….which hopefully means I could wear it without needing stripper heels. I’ve never worn a maxi dress, but Caycee always looks so cute in hers, that I’m considering them!

Eliza J Metallic Neckline Sleeveless Maxi Dress (Regular & Petite)
Metallic Neckline Sleeveless Maxi
4) There’s no question the way to my heart is chocolate…and a funny joke. If the Mister figured a way to bring this Chocolate & Strawberry Jam Tart to me, while making me laugh, let’s just say I’d make it worth his while. Can you even stand all that oozing yumminess?! This might be the only instance using the word ‘oozing’ is acceptable.

5) Speaking of Mr. Sugarplum…want to get the story behind this picture? It involves 50,000 screaming Canadians and the one-and-only-time I’ve been speechless. Beth included me in her fun Valentine series, so hop over here to read all about how Mr. SP and I met, the proposal, the wedding, and more!


How’d your sweetie propose? Or are you hoping he will tonight?! However you’re spending the evening, I hope it’s a sweet one! Happy weekend, lovebugs!

Pssst…don’t forget about the trip to NYC + $5,000 cash that Kleenex is giving away!

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  1. First, such a crazy and fun way to meet Mr. Right, second, that proposal would have caused me to faint. Literally faint. Third, loved your wedding pictures! And fourth, that picture of you two taken this year makes me hate your guts. You are so stinkin' tiny! I'm not sure we can be friends any more…

    Happy Valentine's Day! XOXO

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  2. cute maxi dress! have a happy valentines day! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

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  3. Aw, I'm a complete sap when it comes to proposals. Yours is precious!

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  4. What a beautiful love story and what a blessing to be married to someone you love and like so much! Have a wonderful Valentine's Day! PS. "The Notebook" is the bomb!

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  5. Cherish wrote:

    Those earrings and maxi are stunning! I wish I could wear them but have to stick to studs. I can't wait to check out your proposal story, happy Valentine's Day!

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  6. I usually don't wear pink, but I like the combo with red! Thanks for opening my eyes up to it! And that phone case will be mine! 🙂

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  7. That article was absolutely adorable! And your proposal…holy pee in your pants moment!

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  8. Vel Criste wrote:

    That maxi is super cute too Cassie!

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  9. Simply LKJ wrote:

    What a sweet story!!!! Happy Valentine's Day.

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  10. Maxi's are life changing and that pink/red combo is divine! I love your story and that he's the person who makes you laugh most. I would have peed myself too 😉

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  11. That maxi dress is gorgeous! I absolutely love it!

    I love your story! that is so sweet! One of my favorite things about my husband is that he makes me laugh. It was actually in our vows that he is supposed to make me laugh everyday! 🙂

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  12. I do like that the colors of the outfit are very Valentine's and cute, but the outfit is a little sophisticated and casual. Great!

    Posted 2.16.14 Reply
  13. Oh my gosh I just read your love story – so so sweet! You all are the hottest couple!

    Posted 2.17.14 Reply
  14. Morgan S. wrote:

    So much to love about that outfit – the sweater, watch and the earrings are my fave!

    Posted 2.18.14 Reply

The Friday Five

Welcome Friday — so glad you’re here! We plan to spend the weekend spoiling Mr. Sugarplum…the best Baby Daddy I could have wished for….and snuggling on our son before he flies out-of-town. He leaves Wednesday for his annual two week visit with grandparents in Michigan.

To take my mind off him flying alone, I’ve got some fun things to share with you for today’s Friday Five.

1) I posted about the super-cute Sam Edelman sandals here, and also showed you Target’s version for less than half the price. Well, of course I went for the cheaper ones, and am so thrilled with the comfort and quality of them. I even tried the Sam Edelman’s on at Nordstrom last week, and they look almost identical…except Sam & Libby’s have a cushier bottom. TWSS Sandals don’t last more than a season or two for me, so I don’t like to spend much on them. If you keep yours longer, I’d probably go for these.

 Hi Sugarplum | Favorite Summer Sandals

I also scored this pair (you know, had to order two so I could get free shipping!), and can’t even believe how high-end they look! It’s hard to tell in the picture, but the toe and strap are shiny gold…perfect for giving an outfit a shot of class. The bone color is also a great neutral, and I much prefer it to white. These are definitely my two favorite Summer sandals, and will be in heavy rotation!

Hi Sugarplum | Favorite Summer Sandals

2) The sweet and uber-organized Jen of I Heart Organizing fame, asked all her contributors for tips on cleaning and organizing around the house. She posted the mega round-up, and it is seriously good. I’m taking notes, for sure!

3) West Elm just sent out a sneak peek of their New Arrivals…and they are killing it! I’ve got my eye on some drapes and that industrial light. And thanks to a few puppy ‘accidents’ when my parents stayed at our house, we’re in the market for a new Family Room rug. The dhurrie might have my name on it.

4) Speaking of rugs…I think I need to enter this contest! Flooring America and Flooring Canada are hosting a really cool contest, with the winner receiving $5000 in Tigressá Cherish Carpet—a luxuriously soft, durable and eco-friendly carpet. Hello…that’s some nice carpet!!

To enter, follow them on Pinterest, and build your “Dream Room” board featuring Tigressá Carpet, then go to Flooring America to fill out the entry form. You need to hurry though, the contest ends June 23. You could be the winner of new carpet by next week!


5) I teased this shot last week on InstaGram (@cassiesugarplum) about a little photo-shoot happening at my house. The Dallas Morning News is running a feature about wondrous washi tape…and had me create several projects with it. I just got the word that it’s scheduled for tomorrow’s Life & Style section, so if you’re local, check it out! I’ll share the fun projects with the rest of you next week.

Happy Father’s Day to my man, my best friend, my luvah! And a happy birthday to my crazy-talented aunt, who is my sanity-saving sidekick on all my big projects, and my sounding board for the rest of them.

Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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  1. What an exciting post!! How cool that they're doing that feature! Have a great weekend!

    Posted 6.14.13 Reply
  2. Simply LKJ wrote:

    I bought the same pair of Sam & LIbby sandals at Target, LOVE! Sounds like a lot of exciting things are happening around Casa Sugarplum. Enjoy your weekend.

    Posted 6.14.13 Reply
  3. Leslie wrote:

    I love West Elm's new arrivals! Have a lovely weekend. 🙂

    Posted 6.14.13 Reply
  4. Leigh wrote:

    I love me some West Elm! Congrats on your feature! Can't wait to read all the deets. Happy weekend!

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  5. Love the sandals! I just bought a pair at Target a few days ago too! So comfy!

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  6. Can't wait to see the article! GO YOU!

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  7. Cool sandals and it’s perfect for summer! Nice pick too! I bet they truly sexy and stunning on your feet. Wow, you make one swell team of bloggers! Great job everyone! It’s really nice to know that everyone is cooperating and sharing. It just simply makes everything easy and fun. Kudos to you all!

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    Posted 6.26.13 Reply