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Monday, August 3, 2015

{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.

In-N-Out 'secret sauce' recipe...need I say more?!



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



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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}

Friday, July 31, 2015

Dressing Room Diaries | The Keepers

Okay ya'll...it's the final weekend of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! That means Monday it's full price for all these darling Fall (and some Summer) pieces! And ain't nobody got time for full price! Now is your chance to scoop up wardrobe staples for the upcoming seasons...while it's still up to 40% off!

The last two Fashion Fridays have been Texas-sized Dressing Room Diaries, showing you the cutest stuff I loved most! The shots aren't good, the lighting is bad, my hair is usually past it's expiration,...but it's real life, real girl, real clothes...and hopefully helpful for you to see them this way, instead of perfectly styled on a model. 

Today I thought I'd share what I'll likely keep, and what I would keep if only I had a money tree. Or a sugar daddy. Either would work just fine.




These scoop neck tees are the best I've found in awhile...flattering neckline and arms, loose enough to be comfy, but not so wide you look schleppy. I already had a couple of striped ones, so at $15 I added solid white and black to my collection. 

I love the slightly higher waist of these jeans (it gives the illusion of longer legs!), the minimal distressing, no weird whiskering in the crotch and hip areas (who wants to call attention to their crotch?!), and dark rinse.

And the boots. #huminahumina The leather is soft, the footbed comfy, and the color perfection. I think they are a great Look-for-Less of these much pricier boots, too!

Fit note: I wear an XS in the tee, and 3 in the jeans. The boots are true-to-size, with plenty of room for my 'athletic' calves, but wide-calf is also available.


Hi Sugarplum | Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2015


Here's the same tee in black, with a hit of color with the necklace (also on sale!). This is the other pair of jeans coming to live with me...dark rinse, slightly higher in the back (no gap or muffin top!), and just enough stretch to keep the jiggly bits tucked in. There's also no distressing or whiskering so you could easily use these tips to wear them for dressier occasions.

So the only place I'm still undecided is the booties...I'm having a hard time narrowing down my favorites. These are by far the comfiest, with a nice cushy insole, and just enough heel height.

Fit note: I wear my usual size 26 in these jeans. I could probably size down one, but I prefer eating room for tacos. And the boots are true-to-size.

Hi Sugarplum | Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2015


This pullover v-neck sweater is lightweight and a little stretchy...lots of fun colors to choose from, too. I'm wearing with the same distressed jeans as above, and another bootie contender...fringe ankle boots.

Fit note: I sized up one in the sweater for a more relaxed fit, and to allow room to layer over a shirt when the weather cools down. The boots are true-to-size with thin ankle socks.

Hi Sugarplum | Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2015


Another great staple...this washed shirt is light, flattering, and laid-back. I'm wearing it with the same dark-rinse jeans as above, and the fringe booties in gray.

Fit note: I sized up one for a more relaxed fit in the shirt, but my regular size worked, too.

Hi Sugarplum | Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2015


Here's the same shirt and jeans, but with the putty colored fringe booties...which I love from the size, but not sure about the front view.

Hi Sugarplum | Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


This wrap sold out quickly, and now I understand why. It's seriously become like my security blanket!! I'm not even kidding...I change in to it with my pjs the second I get home, and my whole body relaxes. I know when the weather cools I'll be wearing it out of the house, as well. (It's fully stocked in the non-sale colors, fyi.)

Fit note: I didn't care for the fit and length of the striped version. The small fits great in the solid, and would work for anyone usually an XS-Medium.

Hi Sugarplum | Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


Okay, I cheated a bit...this dress isn't actually part of the Anniversary Sale, per say, but I couldn't resist a new color in my favorite dress. (See it styled multiple ways here, here, here, here, and here. Do you see why I added another color to my collection...it's clearly my go-to!)

And I was surprised by how much I love these low-ankle booties...love that they show a bit of skin when worn with jeans, and are a nice streamlined silhouette when wearing with skirts and dresses.

Fit note: I wear an XS in the dress...a Small does give a bit more length, but the armholes too long and the body too wide. You want it to drape, not hang like a sack. The booties are true-to-size.

Hi Sugarplum | Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2015


I don't really need this dress, but it's so darn comfy and chic, not to mention, a great price. It will be great to throw on for a pulled-together look during the day, or heels at night...and with booties in the Fall.

Fit note: Go with your usual size for a body-con fit, or size up (like I did here) for a slightly more relaxed look.

Hi Sugarplum | Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


I kept this romper. And the creeper.

Hi Sugarplum | Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2015


Ugh, I can't believe I'm showing you these pics...but I love these pants too much not to share. I'm embarrassed to say they are my only workout pants...I'm hoping since they are so cute and comfy, I'll want to wear them. And work out in them. That's the hope anyway. But they really are great, just check out the reviews!

Fit note: I'm wearing an XS. The wide waistband keeps them in place without rolling down, and there's even a handy pocket. For what, I'm not sure. What do people tuck in the waistband of their pants when working out?

Hi Sugarplum | Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2015


Okay, now a few things that I would keep if I didn't have kids to feed and a mortgage payment to think about.

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Hi Sugarplum | Dressing Room Diaries Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


Now back to the booties...clearly I can't keep alllll of them...but they are all so cute and create such different looks! Which is your favorite? I tend to go with camel and taupey shades because they go with everything...but the gray is fun, too.

Hi Sugarplum | Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2015
a. Fringe Bootie in 'Gray' ~ the fringe adds a fun touch, & gray is different
b. Low Ankle Bootie in 'Taupe' ~ low profile is great for jeans & skirts/dresses
c. Chunky Bootie in 'Brindle' ~ most comfortable of the group
d. Fringe Bootie in 'Putty' ~ fun fringe in a goes-with-everything color


As fun as it's been scouring the sale for the best goodies, it's also exhausting figuring out what I want to keep! #victim #sarcasm And I'm sick to death of seeing my mug in these mirror selfies...it's time to move on! (Note to self: clean mirror, wash hair) I hope you've enjoyed the series, and you found it helpful in making your own selections.

So tell me...which booties are your favorites...and what are your best scores from the sale?! Happy weekend...and final shopping...lovebugs!

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