Top Ten | July

Happy, happy August, friends! Or second week of August, I should say. I hope you had a fabulous weekend, and aren’t dragging too much today. I don’t know about you, but July was a whirlwind, don’t you think?! This Summer break has just flown by, and it’s hard to believe we only have a few short weeks before the return of the dreaded packed lunch! #Iloathepackinglunches

Some weeks days it seems I’m doing nothing but chasing a To Do List, or playing catch-up, so it’s nice to take a moment each month and look back at the projects and content I managed to create. Hopefully we’re all spending a little less time online this Summer, so here’s a quick catch-up of the top posts from July.

I’ve worn this white midi skirt so many times, I decided to share a {3 Ways} around it.
Even I was shocked by how many style options it has!
The port of call recaps from our Mediterranean cruise continued, with the charming 
coastal town of Sitges, Spain.
Formal Nights are always my favorite on the cruise ship, and this floral maxi was 
a stunner. I didn’t want to take it off!
The kids and I had a Popsicle Challenge, each making any flavor we could
dream up…Peach Cobbler was the family favorite.
Mr. SP & I had a casual Date Night, featuring some darling shorts styles. But really the ridiculous outtakes of our jumping was the highlight.

I sang the virtues of peep-toe booties, by styling them for Now & Later.

We had the chance to partner with PillowFort for Target, and Little Miss
got a darling new Study & Lounging Nook. With this area complete, we’re thisclose
to finishing her room makeover!

Last month also had another round of Sugarplum Style, and everyone’s favorite, Dressing Room Diaries…this time, featuring both my darling mom and daughter. I’m thrilled y’all loved seeing the clothes on different body styles and ages, and hope to bring Mama SP back in the future!

I also threw in a couple of quick Five Under $50 and Easy Summer Styles, featuring fun new things I’ve got my eye on.

(Sidenote: I also updated my Sugarplum Picks to reflect what I’m loving and wearing these days. You can check it out anytime using the shopping bag graphic in the sidebar.)
August is sure to be another fun one, with a family vacation, back-to-school, and some new home projects to consider! Thank you so much for stopping by when you do…your support and comments mean the world to me!
If you’re new around here, or just playing catch-up, here are some good places to start:

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  1. Dang! July was busy!!!! Lots of great stuff!

    Posted 8.8.16 Reply
  2. Kathy Lang wrote:

    Made the peach cobbler popsicle recipe and LOVED it!

    Posted 8.8.16 Reply
  3. Unknown wrote:

    You're a busy, hard working mom. Why not pass the lunch packing duty to your kids? I used to have my kids pretty much do for themselves anything they were capable of, just to instill responsibility. I still did plenty, of course! Just a thought.

    Posted 8.8.16 Reply
    • You're totally right…I should put it on them. But what usually ends up happening is they buy their lunch instead, don't eat much of it, and come home starving! Maybe we'll start a new routine this year and I'll supervise them making their own lunches the night before!!?? xo

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  4. Momma wrote:

    I loathe packing lunches too! At least you still have a few weeks. My kids start back this Friday!

    Posted 8.8.16 Reply
  5. Samantha wrote:

    Those peach cobbler popsicles were delicious! My kids loved them and I felt like supermom for making our own. Thanks for a great recipe 🙂

    Posted 8.10.16 Reply

{Top Ten} July

The fact that it’s already August makes me feel a little anxious and panicky. Summer break will be over soon, which means early mornings and busy schedules will crank back in. I just really wish I could slow down time…I’m all of a sudden acutely aware that we only have four short years left with our son at home! Can someone pass me a paper bag, I’m starting to hyperventilate.

Well, he is on week two of away-camp, so maybe the anxiety just comes from missing him. Or the PMS. Now that I think about it, I’m sure it’s the PMS. 😉

Enough ramblings…today’s post is actually not about my monthly cycle, but a recap of the comings and goings, happenings and events at Sugarplum Casa in July.

Hi Sugarplum | {Top Ten} July
We spent a few days exploring Montana before my sister’s wedding…
it’s one of our country’s most beautiful areas.
Our backyard makeover continued with an updated Patio Dining Room.
Hi Sugarplum | {Top Ten} July
You guys went cuckoo for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, 
so I scoured the racks and shared tons of the best stuff 
in a series of Dressing Room Diaries.
Hi Sugarplum | {Top Ten} July

The {Trip Reports} of our Alaskan Cruise continued with Skagway
a picturesque town and majestic countryside. Mr. SP and I were also treated to a
The LPD….little pink dress….styled two ways for {Day to Night}.
Our house, in a 10-page BH&G Refresh Magazine spread. #Icanteven

Hi Sugarplum | {Top Ten} July

If I were a dress, I’d be this dress. It was certainly my favorite look from the cruise!
and we haven’t even started the decorating part!
I’m hosting a fun, back-to-school event at the Container Store, and I’d love if you came out!!
I also introduced a new {Sugarplum Picks} series and page…click this image in the sidebar anytime for a round-up of my favorite items and what’s in constant closet rotation!

And finally, we had another round of everyone’s favorite Sugarplum Style.


August is set to be a another doozy as we celebrate Summer with one last trip, continue with room makeovers, and I finally get to reveal the big secret that had me dashing to NYC in June! Happy Monday, lovebugs…I hope it goes easy on you! 
If you’re new around here, or playing catch-up, here are some good places to start:
{Top Ten}

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  1. Simply LKJ wrote:

    Great recap. I hear ya girlfriend. Some of the buses started rolling in our area today. My oldest had to report for pre-planning!! Too early in my opinion, but then again, they didn't ask me…or any parent for that matter!!! Hard to believe our baby starts grad school in two weeks. I may need to borrow that bag!!

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  2. Momma wrote:

    Ugh, I feel 'ya. I am dreading the back to school grind! Homework, car rider line, one kid going to football practice while another kid needs to get to dance class, etc…Blah.

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  3. Kristen wrote:

    July is my favorite month so I'm always bummed when it's over. We're going to whoop it up until summer is over!

    Posted 8.4.15 Reply
  4. Joannah wrote:

    I just found your blog this week, and it's just delightful. We are embarking on an Alaskan cruise in two weeks on Princess, and your posts about that just add to my excitement for all we'll see and experience.

    Posted 8.4.15 Reply
  5. I like all your outfits…. it looks good on you 🙂
    Click here for Alaska Fishing Trips packages

    Posted 8.8.15 Reply

{Top Ten} July

I’m a broken record, I know I am…but August?!?! Really? Already?! July was a fun and colorful month, and in case you missed anything, here are the Top Ten posts.

Hi Sugarplum | Top Ten July

Clearly I’m obsessed with black and white stripes, so I jumped at the chance to add them our backyard. Our Patio Makeover has been a hit this Summer.

Oh yes, you git in mah belly Fresh Peach Ice Cream!

I may look nonchalant posing on a busy urban street, but inside I’m dying. At least my {Outfit Inspiration} Hot Pink & Aqua is working.

Hi Sugarplum | Top Ten July

I attended the Haven Conference with some of my blogger-turned-real-life friends, and had a blast! Then I shared tips on what to pack for similar Girl’s Weekends.

Hi Sugarplum | Top Ten July

Have a tight spot that could use a little table for your drink? Grab two items from the garden department, and you have an adorable Patio Side Table!
Mr. SP and I ran off to Southern California for a long weekend…where we enjoyed the sites, and I opened my heart to forgiveness. (Warning: this post is mushy & emotional)
Ain’t nobody got time for $50 Pottery Barn towel racks…so I made my own Nautical Version for $10!

Hi Sugarplum | Top Ten July

I added some glam and function to the patio with a simple {DIY} Bar Cart.
I got a little carried away by the props and {Outfit Inspiration} Cobalt & Aqua.
Watermelon + Feta + Basil = Perfect Summer Side Dish
I also shared my latest striped dress obsession, and styled it two ways for you. And my darling first-born became a teenager. #gulp I’ve got big ideas for August, including a complete room makeover! Thank you so much for stopping by when you do…I really appreciate your thoughtful comments and emails!

If you’re still playing
catch-up, here are some good places to start.
{Top Ten}
January | February March | April | May | June  

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  1. Girl, you are just a bright spot out in blog world. I love everything about you and the HiSugarplum brand! Love your Top 10 each month!!

    Posted 8.5.14 Reply
  2. THAT. BALLOON. PICTURE. Slap it on a magazine cover. Now.

    Posted 8.5.14 Reply
  3. so many happy things!! 🙂 i cant believe it's already august! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

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  4. Seriously- everything you create is amazing! I love your craftiness! And all your color choices!

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  5. Love it all… But the balloon picture is my fave!

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  6. Loved July's post!!!

    Posted 8.6.14 Reply

{Top Ten} July

Hey friends!! I hope your day is off to a great start, and Monday is treating you well. I’m dragging a bit after a jam-packed few days at Haven…it was an amazing time, I learned so much, and met so many amazing people. I’ll share all the details with you soon, but we have some new readers (hey ya’ll!), so I thought I’d round up the best posts from July.

Hi Sugarplum | July Top Ten
The Garage got a major Organization Overhaul…and cuted-up at the same time.
The kids and I road-tripped to Nashville, and I shared the Best Places to Eat in Town.
Hi Sugarplum | July Top Ten
I got my own makeover with a new Piecey Angled Bob haircut.
Liberace had his way with my Business Cards.
Strawberry-filled Butter Cake…oh yes, git in mah belly!
Hi Sugarplum | July Top Ten

I corralled the clutter on the Kitchen Counters.
We made a quick and easy Outdoor Light out of some simple materials.
It was a fun week of {20 Questions} with Amber, Natalie, Kristin, and Kate.
Hi Sugarplum | July Top Ten

I had some good luck with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and showed you my favorites. Today is the last day, so you’d better get shopping!
Our Mr. Coffee bit the dust, finally giving me an excuse to buy a Keurig. I love it more than my luggage.

Where did July go?! I’ve got a lot up my sleeve for August, and can’t wait to share with you guys!

 Catch up with these {Top Tens}

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  1. Elena wrote:

    I LOVE your blog!!!

    Posted 8.5.13 Reply
  2. mwimp wrote:

    ha! whenever we see something yummy we always say that! thanks for the glimpse!

    Posted 8.5.13 Reply
  3. I love it more than my luggage–i love a steel magnolias reference! I am in love with your new hair cut, might be just the nudge I need to chop mine as well 🙂

    Posted 8.5.13 Reply
  4. Vel Criste wrote:

    Haven't been able to comment a lot Cassie, but I do check out all your posts and of course, all of it are worthwhile to share with us! Keep up the great work on your blog dear!

    Posted 8.5.13 Reply
  5. Your waist still looks crazy skinny & is making me feel fat!

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  6. You are so busy! How do you do it all?

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  7. I can't wait to hear all about Haven! 🙂

    Posted 8.5.13 Reply

{Top Ten} July

It’s a been a busy month around here, and we have a bunch of new readers, so I thought I’d re-cap the Top Ten posts of July!
july 2
july 3
before and after den
Painting the Den Walls — Before & After
We’ll get back to it tomorrow…I’m excited to show you a new organization project! If you’re really behind around here, check out the projects from the first half of 2012, or browse it all in the Project Gallery.

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  1. Nancy wrote:

    Wonderful re cap, Cassie, and you are the cutest thing! Love your outfit inspirations, and your Den wall re-do!!!! LOVE. oh, and the floating shelves..
    Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

    Posted 8.2.12 Reply
  2. Busy bee- doesn't it feel good to see all you've done?!

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  3. LOVED the aqua and grey. Such a great color combo. Cheers from London!

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  4. Since I am new reader (and blogger) I wanted to weight in and let you know I really appreciate the recap! I wish all bloggers would do this. Still loving your blog 🙂

    Posted 8.2.12 Reply
  5. Impressive, my love. That living room transformation is one of my favorites.

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  6. Simply LKJ wrote:

    You amaze me girl!

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  7. I'm new here, so thank you so much for the re-cap! Cannot wait to read all about it, especially the floating shelves.

    Posted 8.2.12 Reply
  8. Totally loving your den/family room transformation. I just love those floating shelves!

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  9. Just now catching up on my blogs and loved the recap. Your chambray shirt looks amazing on you. I think you just sold me on getting one! Your outfits and you are adorbs:)

    Posted 8.2.12 Reply
  10. Can't believe the summer is almost over! You got a ton done this month lady! 🙂

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  11. Love the outfits – you look stunning!! xx

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  12. Anonymous wrote:

    Saw your under the sink organizing. How did you fasten the paper towel holder inside of the cabinet? Thanks.

    Posted 8.3.12 Reply
  13. Hi Anon — I used two Command strips on the back of the towel rod instead of the mounting hardware that came with it! Hope this helps!

    Posted 8.3.12 Reply