This & That

Happy Monday, friends! How was your weekend? Mine was about as uneventful as weekends can get, which I suppose is exactly what I’m supposed to be doing these days. We finally got a break from the heat, and I guarantee the weather is all everyone in Dallas will be talking about this week!

But after 50+ days of over 100-degree days, I think we’ve earned the right to go on (and on!) about finally having temps in the 80s! How’s the weather going in your area? Is it feeling like fall for anyone yet?

Let’s get to today’s post… I’ve got a hodgepodge of life lately, so here’s this month’s This & That…

Back To School & Football Frenzy //

The kids started back to school recently… both in their senior years! I can’t believe they’ll be graduating from high school and college next May! I think that calls for an epic trip, don’t you?!

I’m all too familiar with this ‘year of lasts’, but I’m trying to stay focused on all the fun and excitement of her senior year, rather than being anxious about what’s to follow. #emptynest

I’m just so proud of them, and beyond grateful to see them both happy and thriving!

Mr. College was in town for Labor Day… and it was extra fun to kick off OU football season with him! His darling girlfriend lives near us, so fingers crossed we’ll be seeing more of them this year! I’ll be watching the season from home this year, so I scooped up these fun things to make it more festive.

My Tee | My Shorts | Lake House Sources HERE

Pinkie //

In other not-so-fun news from the last month, I *thought* I sprained my ankle on a nasty fall… but after a week of walking on it, turns out it’s broken. (I slipped on some stairs whilst wearing banana leaf slippers… that were, not-so-surprisingly, super slippery!) If I have to wear a cast, I figured I’d keep it on brand though! Meet Pinkie…

Wide Legs For The Win //

I’ve spent most of the last two weeks in Vuori shorts (these to be exact), but when I do get dressed, I’m extra grateful for wide leg pants! They easily slide over Pinkie, and help me feel a little more like myself.

In other exciting news… one of my all-time favorite Jean Jackets is finally back in stock! I love the feminine fit and shoulder detail, especially paired with skirts and dresses. It’s the perfect transition-to-fall piece! I’m in an XS and code CASSIE15 will save you 15%

Palazzo Pants (Small) | Ribbed Tank (Khaki, Small) | Jean Jacket (code CASSIE15) | Pendant Necklace (code SUGARPLUM10)

Giddy For Greens //

I’m three months in with my daily AG1, and I’m completely hooked!! I love starting my day with it, and knowing I’m getting a full dose of 75 vitamins and minerals, plus probiotics and prebiotics! It’s done wonders for my gut health, and I crave the overall feeling of wellness when I drink it. It’s also chock full of good stuff to aid in my recovery!

I don’t have a code, but my link will get you a year’s supply of Vitamin D drops, plus five free travel packs HERE. The travel packs have come with me on every trip this summer.


I Love These Pants //

The pants I can’t stop reaching for… this Amazon find has gone viral! Super soft and comfy with an elastic band in the back, I love the wide leg and flowy fit. Dress them up for work or date night, or throw on a t-shirt and sneakers for a stylish weekend look, they are super versatile!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a size Small-Short pants.

Wide Leg Pants (Small, Beige Short)
LeftButton Down Shirt | Braided Slide Sandals (TTS, Apricot) | Headband
Middle: Ribbed Tank (Small, White) | Leather Slide SandalsSimilar Belt
Right: Strapless Tube Top (Small, Apricot) | Woven Headband | Layered Initial Necklace | Stretch Chain Bracelet | Small Hoop Earrings

What I’ve Read Lately //

I recently finished Beach Read by Emily Henry, and it was the perfect end-of-summer read! It’s about two authors dealing with writer’s block, and they challenge the other to write a book in each other’s genre… a gritty fiction for her, and chick-lit for him.

Similar to the author’s other hit, Book Lovers, the characters are easy to love and the banter between them is charming and laugh-out-loud witty.

I just started The Seven Year Slip by Ashley Poston, and it’s a quirky one… too soon to know how much I’ll enjoy it.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Mad For Merit //

I discovered Merit products last year, and it wasn’t long before they took over half my makeup drawer! (The Blush Balm instantly became a Sugarplum Favorite Thing!). With each new product I try, I fall more in love with the brand… the colors are so beautiful, and the products glide on like butter and blend seamlessly.

If you’re looking for a fast and easy 5-minute face, I shared a fun video HERE with all my favorite Merit products. It’s just a beautiful, make-up free look.

Charged & Ready //

A recent travel (and at-home!) must have… this compact charging pad allows you to charge your iPhone, watch, and AirPods all at once with a single cord! No more cluttered nightstand and tangle of charging cords. Plus, it folds to a compact square for easy packing.

Charging Pad | Apple Watch | Apple AirPods Pro

Apple Watch At A Steal //

I’ve never been an Apple Watch girl… until I started taking my fitness more seriously again last month. I grabbed this one to help me track and stay motivated to keep moving, but turns out, I use it for so much more! Especially now that I’m not getting around, I can still call, text, and email if my phone isn’t within reach. #praise

The cool thing, is not only does it have cellular capabilities, but you can connect multiple watches to a single phone (perfect for kids that don’t have phones yet!). Oh yeah, and did I mention it’s $200 off?! Grab it HERE.

Apple Watch

All Decked Out //

Did you see we released the best-selling GLxHSP Decked Out Day Dress in colors and prints?!

The swing shape is both flattering and forgiving, with the cutest ruffle neck, puffed shoulder, and smocked cuffs for wearing the sleeves long or pushed up. It falls to the knee and pairs perfectly with everything from sandals to heels to booties, making it perfect for just about every occasion from now through Fall. Dress it up or down, you’ll be reaching for it on repeat!

I’m crazy about these new styles… two classic solids and two fun graphic prints. They’re adorable styled with sandals or wedges now, and booties later. Throw it on with your favorite sneakers for a fun, casual combo, too! And code SUGARPLUM10 saves you 10%!

Fit Tip: I’m exactly between a size XXS and XS, so chose the XXS for a closer fit through the chest and for a shorter length. If you’re tall or busty, I’d stick with your usual size.

Decked Out Day Dress (code SUGARPLUM10)
Left: Similar Panama Hat | Square Sunglasses | Gold Hoop Earrings
Middle: Notch Collar Blazer (XS) | Woven Clutch (Nat1) | Chain Coin Necklace (code SUGARPLUM10) | Chunky Hoop Earrings
Right: Square Sunglasses | Gold Flower Earrings (Similar HERE) | Similar Clutch

Crushing on Neutral Sets //

What’s better than a chic, easy-to-wear set? How about a chic, easy-to-wear set that’s also incredibly comfortable!! Clearly I’m having a moment with neutral sets, and each of these is as comfy as they are cute!!

Left: Tan Muscle Tank (Small) | Tan Crop Pants (Small) (code SUGARPLUM10 for both) | Leather Slide Sandals | Chain Coin Necklace (code SUGARPLUM10)
Middle: Cloud Fleece Quarter Zip (Small) | Cloud Fleece Pant (Small) (code SUGARPLUM10 for both) | Sneakers
Middle: Designer-Inspired Long Set (White, Small) | Braided Slide Sandals (Apricot, TTS) | Layered Initial Necklace
Right: Ribbed Sweater (XS) | Ribbed Lounge Pants (XS) (both code SUGARPLUM10) | Leather Slide Sandals | Pendant Necklace (code SUGARPLUM10) | Orange Crossbody Bag (code CASSIE15) | Bracelet Set

Happy Feet //

Clearly I’m the last person on the planet to try Bombas socks… and now that I have, I can’t believe I’ve gone my whole life without them!? They are so comfy, with an incredible performance fit. I got this Starter Pack, with four different styles and fits, and I’m crazy about them all. I even got a code for us!! SUGARPLUM saves you 20% HERE.

Bombas Starter Pack (code SUGARPLUM for 20% off!)

Crazy For Cryo Mask //

This new Clarins Cryo Cream Mask is everywhere right now, so of course I had to try it for myself! And yep, it lives up to the hype! Slather on a thick layer, and within minutes your face feels super cool and refreshed (perfect in this summer heat!). After just 10 minutes, wipe it off with a little toner or a cotton pad, and your face will feel hydrated and smooth, with a glassy finish and noticeably smaller pores! It even has a little de-puffing magic in it!

Clarins Cryo Cream Mask

DRD Jackpot //

My latest Dressing Room Diaries was hands-down my biggest style jackpot in months! Retailers are really bringing the cute styles, and for the first time, I actually kept more than I returned! #oops Find it all HERE

Amazing Amazon //

Amazon Hauls continue to be the most popular posts each month, and my latest was no exception! But hello… look how cute all these styles are!! See my latest finds HERE

Monday Mail Day //

Speaking of popular series, Monday Mail Day is the repeating request on Instagram Stories! I’m thrilled you like my random, QVC-style finds I share each week! Here’s a peek of what arrived the last few weeks… 

Insulated Plastic Tumblers | Academic Calendar | Argan Oil Hair Mask | Designer-Inspired Sandals | Holiday Garland

Collapsible Packing Bags | Tabletop Fly Swatters | Faux Succulents | Bliss  Throw Blanket | Slide Sandals

Mother/Daughter Journal | Petal Drop Earrings | Acne Nose Patches | Wooden Pants Hangers | Luggage Rack

Fall Is On The Way! //

We’ve got our first 80-degree day coming this week, which is practically Fall, which means Christmas is around the corner! Just kidding… we’ll enjoy Fall for awhile when it comes, but it does mean pumpkins! I’ve already got my friend Porch Pumpkins lined up to give us a festive porch, and I can’t wait!

Sweater | Similar White Jeans | Similar Ankle Booties (TTS) | Panama Hat

30 Transitional Fall Styles //

And in case you missed it, I shared 30 outfits to help you get dressed in this transitional season HERE.

How’s that for a random round-up? But that’s the This & That of life around here lately! Happy Monday, lovebugs!

Leave a Comment


  1. Sandy wrote:

    These weather patterns-disturbing.
    On a high note… So many good ideas to make our lives better here! Excuse me while I am still looking. : ) xo.

    Posted 9.11.23 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thank you so much for still following along, Sandy! xoxo, C

      Posted 9.11.23 Reply
  2. Stephanie wrote:

    I hope your ankle is better soon. Thanks for writing about it and showing what you are wearing. I know several women in similar situations and it can be hard to get dressed with a cast or boot on. Thank goodness for the wide-leg pants trend.

    Posted 9.11.23 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Exactly!!! Wide leg pants for the win right now for sure. Thank you for still following along with me! xo, C

      Posted 9.11.23 Reply
  3. Laura Mann wrote:

    Is it possible to repost the link for the tumblers? It doesn’t seem to be working and they look exactly like what I’ve been looking for.

    Posted 9.12.23 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Hi Laura! That’s so weird, I just checked the post and they link is working fine for me. I’ll drop it here too though!

      Snap-lid tumblers:

      Posted 9.12.23 Reply