The Friday Five

I’m not going to lie, this week kicked my bootie a bit. Between the fourth quarter crunch at work, and Mr. Sugarplum working late nights (and obsessed with playoff baseball #gogiants!), I’m feeling stretched a little thin. It wasn’t my best mom-week, that’s for sure. But everyone ate three meals a day, had clean clothes, and completed homework, so I wasn’t a complete bust. So hooray for Friday, which means I have the whole weekend to recharge and spend time with them! Let’s perk things up with my random Friday Five.

1) I posted this outfit on InstaGram last weekend, and the jacket caused a bit of a stir and excitement. Normally I’d wait for the next installment of Sugarplum Style, but I thought I’d better share now in case it sells out.

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

The adorable jacket is a combination of preppy cable-knit sleeves, with an outdoorsy buffalo plaid body. I think it’s pure perfection with jeans, or dressed up with a black skirt, or over a dress. I layered a hoodie under it in the picture above for a more sporty look. The jacket is fully lined, and runs true to size. I’m wearing an XS which felt a tad tight through the upper arms when I first put it on, but the knit stretched fairly quickly. I think if I went up a size it would look too bulky. If you want a more neutral color, check out this one and this one.

And a note about the striped top…it’s a great staple for layering, but if you plan to wear it with leggings, order up a few sizes so it’s long enough to cover your lady-bits. If wearing it alone, you’ll probably want to layer a tank under it due to the sheerness. #mytwocents #coveryourbits

Hi Sugarplum | Plaid Jacket

2) Stefanie of Brooklyn Limestone is the undisputed Queen of Halloween, and I look forward to seeing her creations every year. This time, she decorated her stunning Brooklyn home with the Ghostbuster theme! How much fun to be her neighbor!! I hope she stocks up on candy, because she’s sure to have throngs of trick-or-treaters! You have to go see all the details, and while you’re there, check out her crazy-clever Hidden Jewelry Organizer.

3) Chelsea at Two Twenty One had a darling baby boy, and hosted a Preggo Mom series during her maternity leave. She somehow talked a whole slew of bloggers in to sharing pictures and stories about their pregnancies. I can’t believe I let this one out of the lockbox. I mean, bless my poor shirt…it’s working overtime, and still not getting it done! Go congratulate Chelsea on her sweet baby!

Babygirl was born the day after this picture was taken!

4) Y’all were so sweet about our Date Night Style post this week, and I showed all your comments to Mr. SP…mostly in hopes that he’d keep doing them with me! #ulteriormotive He’s pretty particular about his clothes, but I’ve slowly been able to inject what I like in to his wardrobe. He prefers jeans most of the time, so I like to find fun ways to dress them up, while still being comfortable. Several people have asked me about outfits for family pictures…I think both of these would be great looks for your guy.

Hi Sugarplum | Mens Fashion

5) I love the striped jacket, but Mr. SP would give me the ole raised eyebrow if I brought it home for him. He prefers jackets like this one, and paired with a bright shirt, it presents a sportier feel. As long as he’s wearing a good-fitting pair of jeans, I’m happy with whatever!

Hi Sugarplum | Mens Fashion

What style do you prefer for your man? Does he live in jeans, too? I’ve got a Science Fair project and painting trim planned…what’s on your agenda? Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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***The Men’s Fashion portion of this post was written in collaboration with Nordstrom. All opinions, outfit selections, and husband-manipulating is my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!***

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  1. My two cents…cover your bits. Haaaaahheeeehoooo. Love it. Stealin' it. Happy Friday!

    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  2. Ahhhh! Look how cute you are all preggers! And I love, love, love that first outfit pic! Happy Friday friend!!

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  3. YES!!!!! GroupDealz code!! love that site!! thanks!!!

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  4. Jillian wrote:

    i love the halloween decorations! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

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  5. You looked beautiful all preggers! Fun stuff this week! Get some TLC this weekend.

    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  6. Simply LKJ wrote:

    Such a cute pic of you preggo!

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  7. That baby belly!! Love it so much!!

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  8. Oh my goodness…that belly is adorable!

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  9. mwimp wrote:

    new pants and decent camo for hubby and I'm happy. he prefers the worn out ratty (not in a good way ratty) pants (babe they are so soft!) and camo that doesn't look 10 yrs old faded (again interject babe – its worn in). little mr. is the same way except the camos don't have to match (mom – camo is camo, to which I say no baby it aint just like black is not black is not black). but I raised my white flag and we're having family pix done this weekend in – guess what??- CAMO! yep, I had a shire special made with a pink doe complete with glitter crown and AB jewels for earings and a necklace and bought some blingy camo flip flops!

    and that baby belly – so sweet!!

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  10. Loved your post for the Preggo Mom series!! You are so funny, but you looked so adorable with your belly! I already have swollen up everywhere…I can only imagine what I'll look like in five months. yikes! hah

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  11. Gooooo GIANTS! So happy! πŸ˜‰

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  12. Thanks for the shout out! Loved having you! Enjoy your weekend!

    Posted 10.18.14 Reply
  13. You were DARLING pregnant. But I expected nothing less! That buffalo check jacket is greatness, and I would LOVE to see Chris all styled up in that jeans and grey sweater outfit. You hold him down and I dress him, deal?

    Posted 10.18.14 Reply
  14. t wrote:

    Love your jacket! It's really cute!

    xo T.

    Posted 10.18.14 Reply
  15. Cute jacket! You were so cute preggers!

    Posted 10.20.14 Reply
  16. Kristen J wrote:

    I lovveee that jacket! And the entire outfit really! But I just bought my long time boyfriend a nice outfit (because he does so much for me). My favorite thing is when he wears jeans. So I took him shopping and splurged for something that he could wear with jeans. We found a jacket at Banana Republic (that I told him he would have to be buried in for the price), but it looked so good on him, I had to get it. For men, I love when they wear flannel with jeans and a really nice jacket (the one I bought for my boyfriend was navy).

    Posted 10.21.14 Reply

The Friday Five

Hello, my friends…and welcome, sweet Friday! Some weeks I consider changing this feature to The Friday Fifteen because there always seems to be so many little nuggets I want to pass on! But alas, ain’t nobody got patience time for 15 of the random thoughts in my head, so we’ll stick with the top five.

1) It’s been over a year since I created our Gift Wrap Station, and I still get quite a few emails about it. Most people are confused about which components are needed, and I always reply with a bunch of links, which is likely even more confusing. Well, now they’ve gone and simplified it for us! This link shows you all the components you’ll need, plus I added this shallow basket for more storage…and my finish is this one. I love this system more than chocolate dipped cones…so if you’ve been considering it, now is the time because it’s the annual 30% Off  Sale!

hi sugarplum gift wrap station

2) Are you sick of Winter and your Winter coat yet? I’m sure not…coats and scarves are my favorite part of this season. My coat is getting a little ragged around the edges, so I’ve been scoping out this Coat Sale. You may be over them now, but next year you’d sure be glad you picked up a cute new one for up to 50% off.

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

3) Showing just how random my thoughts are, I’m going straight from coats to sandals. But these Maya Studded Rubber Sandals have me so intrigued! My friend, Chassity, turned me on to them, and she’s one of the most stylish people I know. I’d wear rubber flip-flops every day if I could, but many outfits call for something with a little more ‘oomph.’ These are like the best of both worlds…comfy rubber + cute oomph…and for only $28!

Hi Sugarplum | Summer Sanda;

4) My adorable friend, Michelle of Ten June, put together a fun Blogger Panel, and asked us, ‘What’s Hot in Interior Design for 2014′? Of course I’m no designer, so I just made up a bunch of stuff that sounded good to me. The other girls, however, had some really great insight, so definitely go check it out. And while you’re there, you’ll want to read about Michelle’s latest shocker!

5) You guys were so sweet in indulging supporting me on my emotional post the other day. It felt so good to be honest with how I’m feeling this week, instead of glossing over it with a regular project post. It’s really hard to expose yourself to people on the internet, so I appreciate when others reveal their true self, too. My friend Freckles Chick spoke some truths about finding your mojo again after having a baby, and I loved it.

I was particularly drawn to her statement, ‘I want to show her that
it’s OK to want to wear pretty things so long as we understand that
they’re only accessories to our kind hearts & sharp minds.’ 

You know I’ve got no shame for staying in pajamas…in fact, I’ll have mine back on as soon as 5 o’clock rolls around. Happy weekend, lovebugs!

Pssst…don’t forget to enter for a free Honeywell Voice-Activated Wifi Thermostat!

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  1. Thanks for the shout out, friend! I absolutely love FC's quote, as well. So many talented, down-to-earth bloggers out there. Love y'all! xo

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  2. Ann wrote:

    That gift wrap station looks so cool
    and love the sandals.

    http://roomsofinspiration.blogspot.com/

    Posted 1.17.14 Reply
  3. haha i love that card πŸ™‚ xo jillian

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  4. I am going to have to purchase this gift wrapping station! I need to stop shoving that stuff in a random corner of my closet! Happy Friday!

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  5. My hubby got me that faux leather jacket for Christmas and I love it! It looks so real! And I of course love your gift wrapping station. I wish we had actual doors that opened in our house but alas, all we have are sliding doors….annoying. Happy Friday!

    Posted 1.17.14 Reply
  6. Love the gift wrapping station! My stuff could really use some organization!

    Posted 1.18.14 Reply
  7. That red coat with the popped collar? I'm dying. LOVE IT!!!!!! And that e-card? HILARIOUS!

    Posted 1.19.14 Reply
  8. Loved that sentence from FC too. EXACTLY what I want my little girls to understand! Hope you had a happy weekend πŸ™‚

    Posted 1.20.14 Reply
  9. You've made me do the ugly cry twice now in so many days, stop it!! #dontstop Thank you for including me & for your words of encouragement. You're cheaper than therapy (that doesn't sound right, you know what I mean). If there's any proof of finding that perfect style balance, it's you. Love you, friend!!!

    Posted 1.21.14 Reply
  10. I enjoyed reading the various opinions about what will be hot in interior design in 2014. I read a Q&A with an uppity, high-end designer recently and she hopes that people will stop DIYing in 2014. Um … that's all fine and good when you have a $1 million budget. It seemed really snotty the way it came out, but maybe she didn't mean it that way? Just that we who DIY are taking money out of designers' hands? Anyway, I agree with you that I hope people will continue to let their freak flags fly and really design for themselves, not just what will get a Pinterest like. πŸ™‚

    Posted 1.22.14 Reply

The Friday Five

I think it’s safe to say that warm temperatures are here to stay! This is my very favorite time of year in Texas, while it’s warm enough to enjoy the perpetual sunshine, but not so hot that you seek shelter in the air-conditioning. The impending Summer season is a big influence for today’s Friday Five.

1) My girl, Chassity, declares the Sam Edelman Gigi as the perfect sandal. I’ve seen them on countless celebrities, and I’ve heard they are super comfortable and hold up well season after season, so I’d have to agree. I’m cuckoo for the Zebra & Gold combination.

Hi Sugarplum | Sam Edelman gigi sandal

But Target just released a Sam & Libby version that looks reeeeeallly similar. They are only $25, so for the same price as one pair of Sam Edelman’s, I could get two pairs of these. Hmmmmm. They’re only available online, so I haven’t tried them on. Have you seen them in person?

Hi Sugarplum | Target Sam & Libby

2) How gorgeous is this banquette? Well done, World Market!

Pacific Madeline Banquette

3) I mentioned getting a Clarisonic Mia for Mother’s Day, and loved hearing how passionate so many of you are about yours! I’ve only been using it for a week, but I’m already totally obsessed hooked. I did a lot of research and shopped around before pulling the trigger, and am really happy with this one on Amazon for under $100.

4) I’m super excited to be participating in Pottery Barn’s latest Mystery Box Challenge! It’s a “friendly competition” (please, they have no idea how competitive I am!) between five bloggers to create a ‘Summer Sips Cocktail Party’. I posted this image on InstaGram (@cassiesugarplum) this week to announce it, and I think some people thought I was going on a Pottery Barn shopping spree!

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The challenge is each of the five bloggers received the same mystery shipment, and Pottery Barn’s Facebook fans will vote on who creates the best set-up with those items. We were also gifted with $50 for supplies. I’m so excited I can hardly wait tear open these boxes…the whole thing goes live next month, so I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop. I’m not too proud to beg for your votes!

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5) I’m thrilled to welcome Design Your Dwelling as Hi Sugarplum’s newest sponsor! Beth creates custom mood boards for any room in your house, each including furniture, color scheme, lighting, flooring, window treatments and accessories. Along with the Design Board, you’ll receive a full shopping list and instructions for any DIY projects. That’s serious bang for your buck! She also offers ‘Quick Fixes’ for your design questions and dilemmas for only $25. 

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Thanks to sponsors like Beth for providing us with some project funding! The DIYs would be pretty sparse around here without it. Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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  1. It's true it's true yo! I also have a pair of the Target ones πŸ™‚ Happy Friday Lover.

    Posted 5.17.13 Reply
  2. Now I have I ain't too proud to beg in my head – thanks for that πŸ˜‰ Can't wait to see your table set up and isn't the Clarisonic awesome?!

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  3. I have a friend that bought those sandals from Target and they are SO cute. And dangggg, World Market is doing something right. And so excited to see what you come up with for your challenge! And I am a great cocktail tester….if you need a guinea pig πŸ˜‰ Have a great weekend!

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  4. OOOH! That sounds like a super fun sponsored competition. Can't wait to see what you come up with! xo Kristin

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  5. Simply LKJ wrote:

    Yes, the Target version is almost identical!! Can't wait to see the challenge. Seems we got home just in time to avoid the crazy Texas storms. Glad you guys are okay!!

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  6. Thanks for including me in your post today! I really appreciate it! πŸ™‚ Have a super day!

    Posted 5.17.13 Reply
  7. Definitely going to have to check out the Mia! And those adorable sandals!

    Posted 5.17.13 Reply
  8. Jennifer Haag wrote:

    I bought the sandals from Target in a gold/silver and I LOVE them! They are a must have and will go with everything πŸ™‚

    Posted 5.17.13 Reply
  9. oooh, that's awesome about PB!!! Can't wait to see what you all do. And I would totally go for the Target version.

    Posted 5.17.13 Reply
  10. Your girl Chassity is correct! They are the BEST!

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  11. Can't wait to see what you do with the PB challenge! And I love what you can find at world market these day, I just made some super cute pillows out of cloth napkins!

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  12. Ooooh! This post is sooooo fun! Love those Sam Edelman's….think they might be worth the pricetag!!!!
    And YES YES YES to the clarisonic! Listen up ladies: BUT IT NOW! Your pores will thank you!!!

    Posted 5.17.13 Reply
  13. What a gorgeous love seat! Want something similar for my dining room.

    Posted 5.18.13 Reply
  14. Ha, I got a Mia for Mother's Day too! Also am completely obsessed, I don't think I will ever be able to wash my face without it again.

    Posted 5.20.13 Reply
  15. Sam Edelman has never let me down… I think I may need those sandals. They're adorable! And I can't wait to see what you do with the Pottery Barn challenge. so fun!

    Posted 5.22.13 Reply
  16. Kelly wrote:

    Wow, how awesome to get to be a part of that Pottery Barn competition! I LOVEE PB! I also love those Sam Edelman sandals.. I have a similar pair from Steve Madden that are a few years old and they are falling apart. I desperately need new ones.

    Posted 5.22.13 Reply