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Friday, May 22, 2015

Dressing Room Diaries

Happy, happy Friday! It was a flurried week of work, kids, school, unpacking, laundry...and now we're packing up again to leave for our Alaskan cruise tomorrow! #eeek #pinchme  No question it's a crazy season for us, but I love every second of it. I'd travel for a living if I could find a way!

The only downside is leaving the kids again...but our next trip is right around the corner, and it's a family affair. Like I said, I hope you like packing and travel recap posts...because we've got a lot in the coming weeks!

Today I'm excited to share a new series with you...Dressing Room Diaries. You guys seem to like the occasional dressing room snaps of cute finds I post on InstaGram using #HSPDressingRoomDiaries, so I thought it'd be fun to expand it for the blog.

The shots aren't good, the lighting is bad, my hair is usually past it's expiration, and many of the items aren't a good fit for me...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.

Hi Sugarplum | Dressing Room Diaries


For this mall trip, I drug Mr. SP with me for company and laughs. It was Mother's Day weekend, so he had to do what I wanted anyway. This is the romper I told you about last week...it feels so good, and is a flattering length for those of us over 25. It's darling with flat sandals, or dolled up with heels.

Hi Sugarplum | Dressing Room Diaries
Romper  \\  Sandals | Watch | Necklace (similar)

This dress was a little outside my comfort zone, but the Mr. insisted I get it. Turns out he was right because it was perfect for New York last weekend (see it here)...I wore it with both flat sandals and cage heels. The fabric is thick and stretchy to hold you in, and the racer top super flattering. The slightly longer length keeps it sexy-chic instead of sexy-skank. If you're busty though, I'd consider this one to avoid a wardrobe malfunction.

Hi Sugarplum | Dressing Room Diaries

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

{Kitchen} The Last Bit of Renovation

I can't even thank you guys enough for your outpouring of kindness in yesterday's post! I am so overwhelmed and humbled by your comments...I was seriously reading them all with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. I honestly love creating for this blog so much, and am just thrilled that you find inspiration here, too!

I was also thrilled to hear that you love the mix of topics...which is good...because I am certainly a mixed bag! You could call it Blogger ADD, but it's my blog, so whatever. ;) I know you've been waiting for the final Kitchen reveal, but between life and the {One Room Challenge}, it took awhile to finish up the last of the renovation details.

But halleluiah, when my contractor was over helping Mr. SP hang the drapes in the Master Bedroom, he also installed the final piece of the puzzle....the faucet!

Hi Sugarplum | Final Kitchen Renovations

There was nothing wrong with the previous faucet, per say, but the style and finish didn't really jive with the new space, not to mention, the little filtered water spicket thingie didn't work.

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Renovation

I knew I wanted a bridge-style faucet, but prefer a single handle in the Kitchen since I'm usually using an elbow to turn it on. I also wanted it shiny chrome to match the bling of the other hardware. Oh, and a sprayer is non-negotiable. Those criteria narrowed my options down to only a few...and most were uber-pricey. #awesome

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Renovation

Even though the faucet is so visible in the room, I still couldn't bring myself to spend a ton on a it...so I was thrilled to find this one on Overstock. I danced a jig when it arrived...as it was so gorgeous, and I patted myself on the back for finding such a great Look-for-Less. My contractor was less than impressed by the quality, but I waved that off. After all, the faucet's only job is to turn the water off and on, right?!

Yeah, um, wrong. From the beginning, the water pressure was about half...and then a few days later, it sounded like a pig being drug behind a pick-up every time we turned it on. Make that a drove of pigs, because you could hear it all the way upstairs.

Sidenote: For the record, I've never actually heard a pig being drug behind a truck, but I'd imagine it sounds similar to my cheap faucet.

Side note to the Sidenote: I actually had to Google the name of a group of pigs, and if you're curious, it's drove, sounder or litter. So there you have it. #asyouwere

Hi Sugarplum | Final Kitchen Renovations

There are a lot of places to save during renovations (like tile and hardware), but turns out, faucets aren't necessarily one of them. Maybe I happened to get a lemon...that might normally be a perfectly functional faucet...but we bit the bullet and ordered the real deal the second time around.

And truthfully, it doesn't look a whole lot different than the cheaper option, but the way it feels, operates, and more importantly, doesn't sound, helped me realize you get what you pay for with these things. And I am over-the-moon happy with all it's tall, shiny, classic regalness!

Hi Sugarplum | Final Kitchen Renovations

Hi Sugarplum | Final Kitchen Renovations

Hi Sugarplum | Final Kitchen Renovations

The next thing the Kitchen needed was a long runner in front of the stove area. I wanted something with a genuine vintage look, without a vintage price tag. #goodluckwiththat

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Renovation Progress

It's hard to judge scale in pictures, but the length of the floor on that side of the Kitchen is 13 feet. Every time I found one I liked, that was both affordable and long enough, the pattern was too busy for the backsplash.

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Renovation Progress

Finally, eCarpet Gallery had a 50% off sale, and I nabbed one similar to these, and Hello, Pretty! It's perfect, and old-looking, but not old-smelling, with a bit of color, but not an overwhelming pattern. I'm back to patting myself on the back.

Hi Sugarplum | Final Kitchen Renovations

Hi Sugarplum | Final Kitchen Renovations

Hi Sugarplum | Final Kitchen Renovations

So that leaves us with one last detail before we can officially call this renovation complete....the switchplates! All 14 of them! I hate that they interrupt the flow of the backsplash pattern, but pulling off this genius trick isn't really an option either. I've got it down to three contenders:

Hi Sugarplum | Final Kitchen Renovations
Ivory  |  Black  |  Light Gray

I think of the three, I prefer the black...but don't like the glossy finish. One other option would be to spraypaint them the same matte dark charcoal of the backsplash. What do you think? Thanks for hanging with me on this room...once I get those switch plates on, it's reveal time!!


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{SALE ALERT!}
We interrupt this home decor post to update you on one of the year's best sales...
the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale! #40%off #whoamama

A few things I've spotted already include:

My favorite jeans...in all my favorite styles...flap pocket, distressed, and skinny
Adorable pink cross-body bag and white with fun buckles. Amazing prices for these brands!
Kendra Scott stud and drop earrings
Don't get me started on the shoes, including these wedges.
This dress and another kitten-cardi (only $20!) are on the way to me, and I'd surely scoop up this one if it was available in my size. 
Happy shopping, lovebugs...let me know what you find!

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