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Monday, March 30, 2015

{Field Trip} Arhaus

Well that weekend just flew by! I feel like I need a weekend from my weekend...sports, piano, school carnival, birthday party...it was a full one. I hope you had a great few days, as well! I'm going to ease us in to Monday with some serious inspiration!

The kids and I spent the day at the Dallas Arboretum a few weeks ago, and driving home from the city, I couldn't resist a pit-stop at Northpark Mall. I'm not a big mall-shopper, but this is no ordinary mall! Pretty much any great store you can think of...it's at Northpark. Along with gorgeous fountains, art, sculptures, and cafes.

I've been hearing a lot about Arhaus lately, so I was curious to check it out for myself. And oh my wow, talk about serious eye candy! The Dallas store is 24,000 square feet of gorgeous, quality home furnishings and decor, along with stunning and creative displays...even the kids thought it was a treat. 

Hi Sugarplum | Field Trip: Arhaus

Hi Sugarplum | Field Trip: Arhaus

Hi Sugarplum | Field Trip: Arhaus

Hi Sugarplum | Field Trip: Arhaus

Hi Sugarplum | Field Trip: Arhaus

Hi Sugarplum | Field Trip: Arhaus

Hi Sugarplum | Field Trip: Arhaus

Hi Sugarplum | Field Trip: Arhaus

Hi Sugarplum | Field Trip: Arhaus

Hi Sugarplum | Field Trip: Arhaus

Hi Sugarplum | Field Trip: Arhaus

Hi Sugarplum | Field Trip: Arhaus

Literally every nook and cranny of the store was decorated and arranged so creatively...I came away totally inspired...and with a hefty wish list!

Hi Sugarplum | Field Trip: Arhaus

The Dallas store is divided in to several large areas...from dark and moody interior rooms, to bright atriums. My favorite was the space decorated to resemble the backyard garden of your dreams. We are lucky to have a pool in the new house, but with not one bit of backyard ambiance yet...so I couldn't help but drool over their outdoor collections.

Hi Sugarplum | Arhaus Outdoor
Sofa  //  Bird Feeder  //  Pedestal Bowl  //  Stone Tea Light  // Vase
Chaise  // Outdoor Moroccan Rug  //  Outdoor Lamp  // Pouf  // Side Table


That darling bird feeder has my mom's name all over it, and I think I need a pair of chaise. Or is it chaises? Mainly so I could be fancy enough to say chaise. Go ahead, try out the word. It rolls nice, doesn't it? Now you're all relaxed and dreaming of lounging on a chaise with an icy drink, aren't you? How's that for easing you in to Monday, friends?!



*Arhaus invited me to tour their store, but all pictures, opinions, and linguistics are my own.*

Friday, March 27, 2015

{Fashion Friday} The Power of One

Fri-Yay, indeed! We've got a weekend of sunshine ahead...along with our daughter's birthday party! I can't believe my little 'babygirl' is turning nine. #gulp Her birthday completely kind of snuck up on me, so the party will be more low-key than year's past, but I'll still be making her cake...so wish me luck!

The new Spring styles are coming out hot and fast, and I've 'added to cart' more than a few times, so I'll be sure to share the good stuff once it arrives. The start of a new season can be overwhelming...both in options, and to your wallet. The desire to scoop up all the fun new styles is tempting, but our house and travel budgets come first, so I have to be very selective.

But you don't need a whole new wardrobe to get a fresh new look...in fact, often times a single accessory can change the entire outfit. The right piece can take an outfit from basic to BAM! Here are some outfits created using wardrobe basics, but made fab with just a single accessory.

*Handbag*
I'm no stranger to a striped bag, and you've seen how many times it's elevated my outfit.

hi sugarplum | striped bag + chambray


*Necklace*
Jeans and a white tee are classic casual. But add a statement necklace, and you're just as comfy, but now you're turning heads. By the way, I had Mr. SP do a butt-check on these jeans (you know, 'honey, do these jeans make my butt look good?'), and he gave them two thumbs up. Along with a lewd gesture we won't mention...but basically, they're good. Real good.

hi sugarplum | ethnic chic


*Scarf*
Bring color and pattern to your neutral outfit with a single scarf. I like scarves with lots of colors, because they give me more mix-and-match options. For instance, swap the white tank for a mint one, skip the jacket, and you've got a totally new outfit!

hi sugarplum | maxi skirt


*Earrings*
Who doesn't have a black top, and white or black pants? Throw on these colorful little earrings (currently on big sale!!), and your outfit makes a big impact.

hi sugarplum | black and white


*Pattern*
These shorts aren't an accessory, but it's an example of how adding just one item of pattern can elevate a basic outfit.

hi sugarplum | patterned shorts


Of course, I'd combine several of these elements for my own outfit. But I'm greedy like that.

hi sugarplum | patterned shorts


I'm not saying basic is boring....every wardrobe needs good basic pieces like the ones I've shown...but you can get a lot more mileage out of them by mixing in fun accessories. Not to mention, save money by just adding a few inexpensive pieces every season.

Which of these outfits are you most drawn to? What's your favorite accessory for upping your outfit game? Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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