Happy Friday, friends, and cheers to the weekend! Do you have fun holiday plans? I can hardly believe Christmas is just 16 days away! How is time flying so fast?! If you’re still shopping, you can find my Gift Guides at every price HERE, and Men and Teen ideas are HERE.
Today I’ve got a hodgepodge of new finds and latest happenings to share, so let’s get to this month’s This & That…
Talk to Me, Goose //
It’s been a few weeks since Halloween, but this year’s costumes needed a place here on the blog! The party theme was ‘Pairs,’ so we went as Maverick and Goose… I think I looked more like Santa’s Elf than Goose, but we had a blast anyway, ha!
Kiss & Tell //
Calling all Colleen fans… did you see she launched this yummy Lip Trio Set?! A sugar scrub and lip mask in the yummiest brown sugar scent, plus a Vitamin E moisturizer tube. It comes with a beautiful velvet travel pouch, and is packaged perfectly for wrapping and gifting.
Oh, and did I mention it’s $110 value, but only $49 today (no code needed)! Find it HERE.
Colleen Rothschild Lip Care Trio ($49, no code needed!)
Family, Football, Fun //
Little Miss and I drove north for the night to see Mr. College, and had a fun weekend of football and family time. He showed her around OU, and I think it quickly became one of her frontrunners!
Speaking of college football…. how ’bout them Horned Frogs?!?!
Brows & Lashes //
Part of my job is to not only find cute new styles, but new products, too. And I’m always on the hunt for affordable options to fit all budgets. You know I’m a longtime fan of NeuLash (a growth serum for eyelashes), but it is pricey!
I started using the Dime Beauty lash serum several months ago, and have been so impressed! Not only is it clean beauty, but it’s a fraction of the price… especially after applying my 20% off code! It takes 4-6 weeks to kick in, but then BAM! Lashes for days!
my favorites HERE
Add a few coats of this mascara, and people will swear you have lash extensions! I love this stuff so much I named it a Sugarplum Favorite Thing this year! (Find my list for 2022 HERE.)
tartelette tubing mascara (code CASSIE15)
On Repeat //
I’ve worn these leggings and this top three times since they arrived last week… clearly I’m smitten! The leggings feel EXACTLY like lululemon Align leggings, with the peachy/airbrush finish, and stay put on the waist without slipping!
Another style on repeat… I’ve reached for this sweater more than any other this month.
Making a House a Home //
It took over three months, but I finally hung art and mirrors around the house (I didn’t want to put holes until I was sure!)… and it’s made the biggest difference in making the house feel like home. The walls and spaces are so different in this house, so it’s been fun (and a little challenging) figuring out the best spots for things.
But that’s what I loved so much about our last house… it slowly evolved over eight years!
Pillow Party //
A girl can never have too many throw pillows… no matter what her husband says, ha! Walmart continues to win the style and decor game, this time with their darling holiday pillows!
50th Fiesta Fun //
If turning 50 means being surrounded by the people you love most, and having the chance to show your love right back, then sign me up! I was so resistant to having a party, and hated the idea of being the center of attention, but my friends and family persisted and I AM SO HAPPY THEY DID!
Having all my people not only in the same state, but the same room was the greatest gift! Plus, we raised over $9,000 for Promise House Dallas! So listen to this wise old lady… have the party, take the trip, eat the cake… life is short and we aren’t guaranteed old age. Grab hold with both hands and live, love, and allow yourself to BE LOVED!
Necessary Deal //
I discovered the Nécessaire line of body washes and lotions last year, and was hooked after the first use. It’s like skincare for your body, and truly makes such a big difference! This new Holiday Essential Edit is a five product bundle that includes all their best-sellers in a limited edition set (lowest price per product all year!).
Right now, all orders over $75 automatically get 20% off! No code needed. It’s a limited time only and would make the best gift!
Our Place Obsessed //
No question I’m a fan of the Our Place Always Pan, but the new Oven Pan has become the most-used in our kitchen! I use it for everything from cookies and roasted veggies in the oven, to eggs and bacon on the stovetop.
It’s a baking dish, cookie sheet, and griddle pan in one, and I’m obsessed!
What I’m Reading Lately //
I’ve read quite a few books in the last month, but The Good Sister is what stood out most. It’s my first Sally Hepworth read, and it was a great mix of twisted and sweet. One of the characters has sensory issues, and I loved reading from her perspective to better understand the struggle.
Sephora Haul //
My Sephora Haul from last month was full of new finds, and several have become instant faves! The Olaplex No. 4C Clarifying Shampoo is incredible for clearing out product build-up and giving the scalp a fresh start, and I almost didn’t recognize my own hair after just one application of the Living Proof Triple Bond Complex!
Caudalíe Dark Circle Correcting Eye Cream | Anastasia BH BrowFreeze Sculpting Wax | OleHenriksen Self-Tanning Face Primer | Olaplex No. 4C Clarifying Shampoo | Amika Extended Clean Dry Shampoo | IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation | Living Proof Triple Bond Complex
Bedroom Update //
Mr. College took most of his stuff to his new house this year, so we’ve been slowly creating his new room in this house. He’s home so rarely now, so it will mostly be used as a guest room, but we still want it to feel like his.
I found this rich-looking quilt, throw, and pillow at Walmart… even the art! I’m telling you, don’t sleep on Walmart finds!
(No) Surprise Top Seller //
I won’t say my birthday trip to Mexico was canceled (thanks to missing passports)… we’ll just say it was postponed! When new passports do arrive, I’ll be packed and ready since I’d already found fun new styles! This swimsuit was the surprise find, and even though it’s December, it’s been a top-seller!! It’s a good one, friends!
Top: Lounge Shorts Set (Size: Small, Color: Green) // Gauzy Shorts Set (Size: Small, Color: Apricot) | Crop Tank (Small)
Middle: Cut-Out Maxi Dress (Size: Small, Color: Viridis) | Miller Sandals // Halter Maxi Dress (Size: Small, Color: Teal)
Bottom: Multi-Stripe Swim Suit (Size 6, Color: Multi/Sunscape) | Button Cover-Up (Small) | Straw Hat (Color: Khaki) // Colorblock Swim Suit (Small) | Sarong
Birthday in Big Sur //
I may not have been sipping margaritas on a beach, but celebrating in Big Sur was just as dreamy! I shared our weekend HERE.
If You Can’t Tone It, Tan It //
Another new find in preparation for the trip we shall not mention… I’ve been hearing such great things about this tanner, I had to try it for myself. And y’all, it’s REALLY good!! The color is so natural and the smell is minimal!! I also love how quickly it dries, allowing you to dress soon after application. The mitt is an absolute must-have, regardless of your self-tanner though!
It gives you a great instant color, too! See the difference??
Thank You for Being a Friend //
Now that we’re all singing the Golden Girls theme song… the best part of celebrating 50 with a big party was friends from different seasons of my life and all over the country coming together. Two of my very closest friends from our years living in Nashville flew in as a compete surprise I will never forget!
Heather is like a sister to me, and is my son’s Godmother… but we’d let distance and the pandemic keep us apart for too many years. She and Mr. SP planned an epic surprise I’ve still not recovered from! Real, true friendships are rare, and so much harder to find once we become adults, so I won’t be letting this one slip again.
Our girls were born days apart and were the best of friends growing up… seeing them together again was so good for all our souls!
Lynn was my maid-of-honor when we got married almost 25 years ago… but can you believe we haven’t seen each other in 20 years?! How does that happen? She was my very first friend when we moved to Nashville, and is an absolute gem of a human.
Sweaters on Sale //
Two recent sweater finds are now on sale… both so cute for the season!
So Fresh & So Clean //
I can not rave enough about The Living Proof Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo formula! I don’t know how it works, but rather than adding a powdery product to absorb oil, it actually cleans the hair of oils… so instead of getting that build-up feeling, your hair simply feels clean. This is a ride-or-die for me now, and extends the days between washing to way too many to mention!
Lounge Love //
Tommy John has some new styles for lounge and sleep, and they are SO GOOD! Their material is absolute heaven, but doesn’t stretch out or lose its shape. Plus, they launder beautifully. I ordered sets for my stepdad, so they make an excellent gift! Plus, code SUGARPLUM30 saves you 30% site-wide and is the biggest discount they give all year!
Best Ever Bedding //
I’ve been raving about the Boll & Branch sheets and duvet insert for awhile… so I’m thrilled they gave me a code for 25% off!! CASSIE25 will save you site-wide, and is as good as Black Friday discounts!
My Bedding Essentials HERE
Healthy Hair //
I may have loved celebrating my birthday, but I don’t necessarily love what my ‘maturity’ is doing to my face and hair! I’ve noticed more shedding and thinner hair over the last couple of years, so I’ve decided to give Nutrafol a spin. I’ve heard nothing but amazing reviews, and I love that it’s drug-free and they have formulas for the different stages of a woman’s life.
If you want to try it out with me, you can save $50 HERE.
Save $50 on Nutrafol HERE
Victoria Emerson x HSP Holiday Gift Box //
The Victoria Emerson x Hi Sugarplum Holiday Gift Box launched this week, and I’m blown away by your excitement!
This fun box is like five gifts in one, and available in both gold and silver, but hurry – silver is almost sold out, and there are a few gold boxes left. We were also able to extend the (free!) shipping window to receive by Christmas, as long as you order this weekend.
How’s that for a random round-up? But that’s the This & That of life around here lately! Happy Friday, lovebugs… I hope it’s a festive one!
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