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Friday, April 29, 2016

Blogger Conference: What I Wore

Cheers to Friday, friends! We've got more rain ahead (if that's even possible at this point!), and I'm kind of happy about that. I love a good excuse to lay low and be a couch potato with the family. And I'm sure I'll find something else I can wash! (Check out yesterday's Laundry Room update to see why I'm fawning over laundry!)

A few weekends ago, I packed up and headed to Dallas with some of my favorite blogger-buds. Technically (as far as Mr. SP is concerned anyway) it was for a blogger conference. And sure I picked up a few bloggy tips, but it was mostly an excuse for a girl's weekend and excessive taco-consumption.

Watch out, Dallas, mama got a sitter!!

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I kid...We were mostly excited to catch-up on girl talk and sleep, so we left da clubs to the single ladies! And because I made a legit effort to get fully dressed everyday, I thought I'd share what I wore all weekend. It was a combination of classroom sessions, luncheons, and cocktail parties.

Hi Sugarplum | What I Wore blogger conference

What does it say about us that we don't hesitate to selfie, or get embarrassed about it?! But how else are we going to over-share on the internet if we don't document it?! ;) I jumped at the chance to try Rent the Runway again, and hit another home run with this dress. It was perfect for the pool-side cocktail party. (Read all about my experience with Rent the Runway here.)

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I adore all these girls, and loved the chance to recharge and reconnect. If you aren't following their blogs, you're definitely missing out on great style inspiration!

Hi Sugarplum | What I Wore blogger conference

Hi Sugarplum | What I Wore blogger conference

Hi Sugarplum | What I Wore blogger conference

Hi Sugarplum | What I Wore blogger conference

Hi Sugarplum | What I Wore blogger conference

Hi Sugarplum | What I Wore blogger conference

Hi Sugarplum | What I Wore blogger conference

Hi Sugarplum | What I Wore blogger conference

Hi Sugarplum | What I Wore blogger conference

Hi Sugarplum | What I Wore blogger conference

Ya'll have gone bananas over this dress...and I wish I could find it for you, but I bought it on super clearance at a local boutique. Hence why I refrained from showing you the adorable open back...figured no sense in rubbing your nose in it! ;) (Update: a reader found this one on eBay!)

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I have lots of favorite items in my closet, but the one thing I reach for time and again, the one piece that makes me feel confident no matter the situation, and most like myself...is this floral skirt. I've paired it with everything from stripes and solids, to dots and gingham...and I know I'll shed a tear when it finally bites the dust. 

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I found this old pic from the very same conference two years ago! I even wore the skirt to the BHG Stylemaker Event last Fall! Do you have that one piece in your closet that makes you feel like a Superwoman/Girl Boss every time you wear it?! You should! 

Style Tip: Even if you repeat-wear items around the same people...I promise no one will notice! And if they do, oh well! It's more important to feel good and confident, than it is to sport some new outfit everyone will forget the next day! #preach #soapbox

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For the final night's party, I broke out of my fit-and-flare comfort zone, and wore the dress ya'll chose in this post. I'll admit, I felt a bit more on display than I'm usually comfortable with, but it was also kind of empowering to put my body out there. Does that make sense? (I mean tastefully, Mom, don't panic!)

Hi Sugarplum | What I Wore blogger conference

Full disclosure, I did leave the jacket on all night! #securityblanket #bigtalker #biggerwimp

Hi Sugarplum | What I Wore blogger conference


I think I've been in ponytails every day since...but it was so fun to put extra effort into my daily style, and make time for myself and my girlfriends. In fact, I'm ready to go again!! When's the last time you made time for yourself? And what's your #girlboss item of clothing? I'd love to hear! Happy weekend, lovebugs!


{Weekend sales worth checking out}
Nordstrom // Tons of mid-season markdowns, including 50% off Kendra Scott!
GAP // Extra 40% off everything with code SHINE
Old Navy // Extra 30% off with code THANKYOU
Anthropologie // Extra 25% off sale items!
Pottery Barn // Up to 30% off outdoor collections
Loft // 40% off Spring & 60% off sale!
J.Crew // Extra 40% sale items & 30% off everything else with code SCORE (love all the gingham!)
J.Crew Factory // Extra 40-50% off warm weather styles

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Laundry Room Progress

Okay, so when I posted the plans to our Laundry Room Makeover a few weeks ago...I knew I was excited about the project, but had no idea just how excited all ya'll would be about it, too! (If you don't speak Texan, 'all y'all' is just an exaggerated version of y'all.)  

So clearly Laundry Rooms and their corresponding makeovers are favorite topics for many of us. Which makes sense, considering the amount of time we spend in them. I've always had a dungeon closet of a Laundry Room, but lucked out with a larger, brighter space in this house, and plan to make the most of it! (See the design board here.)

So let's get to the goodies, shall we?! Here's the makeover progress...

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So far, the floors make the biggest impact...and I'm pretty much obsessed with them! It's a basic matte hex-tile, but I picked-out both black and white, and had them laid in a stripe pattern. A lot of bang for minimal buck! This room is also right next to the Kitchen, so they coordinate well with the graphic backsplash.

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I waffled over the grout color, since obviously I had to choose a single color for the entire floor, but in the end, opted for a dark grout since it's such a high-traffic area. 

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We swapped the sweet fluorescent box light with this quirky Ikea fixture...I've been itching to use this light somewhere for years, and love the impact it makes. However, I don't love the lack of actual light it provides. #wompwomp We'll just have to come up with a secondary light source! Any ideas where we could add it?

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The fixture doesn't pop much now, but imagine it against a brightly painted ceiling! #huminahumina

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The puny bar sink and miniature faucet that was here before was only good for washing hands. And tiny hands, at that. Now it's a fully-functioning utility sink...great for hosing down mud boots, buckets, and sweet pups.

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My contractor just cut a larger hole in the counter top, and plopped in an inexpensive plastic tub sink...then topped it off with an industrial-sized faucet.

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#saveme

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Hi Sugarplum | Laundry Room Makeover

Now let's talk about those black beauties...our new Samsung washer and dryer...in their new black stainless steel finish. Nebraska Furniture Mart delivered and installed them, and made sure I was happy with the placement and comfortable using them...even hauling away our old units.

And not a moment too soon, either! I knew the old dryer was on it's last leg, but literally the day before the new appliances arrived, I came home to discover the old dryer had been running for over 12 hours straight!

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Talk about an upgrade...apparently there have been a few advances in washer/dryer technology since we bought our last set 20 years ago!! I'll admit I was a tad intimidated at first, but the touch controls are pretty self-explanatory, and in no time I was washing everything in the house! And clearly, a lot more environmentally-friendly than before.

Seriously, not a sheet, towel, or sock hasn't been washed in the last week! My favorite is the super speed setting...it washes an entire load in 30-minutes. And the dryer even has multi-steam technology that removes wrinkles and odors from clothes!

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The tub is so big I have to stand on my tippy-toes to reach the bottom, but that also means I can wash large loads at a time...even duvets, pillows and blankets. And the spin cycle is so effective, the clothes are half-dry when I pull them out! I always thought it was normal for them to still be dripping a little?!

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One of the coolest features is this built-in sink with powerful water jet...it's great for pre-treating and spot treatment...then you just lift up the bowl, and the water falls into the tub.

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Hi Sugarplum | Laundry Room Makeover

Next on our project list for this room, is to turn this nook into a mini-mudroom (not unlike our last one, but with a few more bells and whistles). And who better to brainstorm ways to make the most efficient use of any space than my darling friend, Jen?!

We chatted-up tons of ideas when she was here visiting, and sketched out a plan that includes tons of storage for shoes, backpacks, musical instruments, trash, dog food, backyard essentials, and even a family command center! Oh, and laundry supplies, too!

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I also plan to paint the ceiling a punchy color, and now I think I might paint this lower cabinet black to streamline with the washer and dryer.

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We may also need to add a backsplash behind the sink, raise the upper cabinets to make more room for the washer lid, and add more lighting. All of a sudden, it doesn't feel like much progress...so let's just focus on these floors for now! #tileporn

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So what do you think of the progress so far? I know these look like black and white pics, and not exactly the Sugarplum color you're used to...but trust me, that will come! 

Sidenote: You know my favorite white jeans? The ones I've raved about how they hold you in, hide the muffin top, are thick enough to conceal lumps & bumps, and the pockets don't show?? Yeah, they're on sale for 40% off! (Size down one for a close fit, or order usual size for relaxed fit!) 








Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Five Under $50

Obviously I spend a obscene fair amount of time online, so new finds are always catching my eye. Especially the great deals! Here are five darling pieces I'm loving lately, and all under $50!

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one  //  I love the graphic brushstroke of this mock-neck top, and the 
countless ways to wear it...alone or under a jacket, untucked with jeans or tucked
in a skirt or slacks. And the pattern pairs so well with solids or floral. I already have the
polka dot print, and my mom has the floral and the pink! #itsagoodone

two  //  If you follow my #SugarplumStyle on Instagram, then you already recognize this necklace...it's been on regular repeats. It jazzes up just about any outfit, and the colors 
add so much punch! See for yourself in my One Jacket | Three Ways post.

three  //  It's officially outdoor patio season, in fact, our kids even got in the pool this
past weekend!! I watched from the porch. #brrr Which also reminded me
it's time to start sprucing it up. I started by ordering
two of these darling pink flamingo outdoor pillows.

four  //  This darling little tshirt dress is perfect with sandals and a jean jacket, or
even thrown over your swimsuit this Summer. And it comes in 8 great colors, plus a stripe.
Fit Tip: I'd size up one for a little extra length.

five  //  I never met a stripe I didn't love...and this tote works great for everyday, travel
and even a pool/beach bag. (This red and navy option is too cute for words, too!) 
I can't help but notice how cute the pink dress, tassel necklace, and striped bag look together! #outfitdone


I wanted to add this split-back blouse, but Six Under $50 doesn't have the same ring to it! What great deals have you found lately? For more posts like these, check out my Look for Less and I Spy series, as well as more Five Under $50.

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