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Friday, August 28, 2015

Packing for a Girl's Weekend

Last month I had the opportunity to attend my third-annual Haven Conference, and am still grinning ear-to-ear from all the fun! I follow more blogs than I can keep up with, and am always so inspired and awed by the creativeness that comes from the entire blogging community, so it was a real treat to immerse myself amongst them for a few days.

Packing for events can be intimidating, but I treated this as more of a girl's weekend...since many of these bloggers have become some of my closest friends. And sure we learned tons of great tips from the talented speakers, but for me, it was mostly about meeting and spending time with girlfriends.

You guys seem to appreciate my packing and style posts, so I thought I'd share what I packed for this Home Blogger Conference, aka, Girl's Weekend, along with a few pics from the experience.

Hi Sugarplum | Packing for a Girls Weekend

I kept it casual for the flight, but still pulled together in case we didn't have time to change before the afternoon meet-up.

Hi Sugarplum | What to Pack for Girl's Weekend

Hi Sugarplum | What to Pack for Girl's Weekend

Hi Sugarplum | What to Pack for Girl's Weekend
My Roomies | Jen & Megan

The conference is casual, but I love any opportunity to dress up a bit, so I packed mostly dresses, and used my {Day to Night} formulas to make them work for the daytime sessions and evening events. Full disclosure, I packed a lot of fun outfits, but we ended up playing hooky a few times, so they didn't all get worn!

Hi Sugarplum | What to Pack for Girl's Weekend
White Dress | Chambray Shirt | Necklace (similar) | Wedges (similar)

Hi Sugarplum | What to Pack for Girl's Weekend
White DressChambray Shirt | Necklace (similar) | Wedges (similar)

Hi Sugarplum | What to Pack for Girl's Weekend

Hi Sugarplum | Girls Trip
Chatting with Home Decorators Collection in a re-creation of Kristin's Room!

Hi Sugarplum | What to Pack for Girl's Weekend

Hi Sugarplum | What to Pack for Girl's Weekend


Hi Sugarplum | What to Pack for Girl's Weekend
Striped Skirt | Pink Blouse (similar) | Black Cami Top 

Hi Sugarplum | Sugarplum Style

Hi Sugarplum | Girls Trip

Hi Sugarplum | What to Pack for Girl's Weekend

Hi Sugarplum | What to Pack for Girl's Weekend



One of the cool things about hanging with other bloggers is no one looks at you funny when you take selfies or stage photoshoots! See Megan's pics of my outfit in this {Day to Night} post.

Hi Sugarplum | What to Pack for Girl's Weekend

Hi Sugarplum | What to Pack for Girl's Weekend
(Use code SUGARPLUM for exclusive $20 beaded tassel bracelet set!)

Hi Sugarplum | What to Pack for Girl's Weekend

Hi Sugarplum | What to Pack for Girl's Weekend

Hi Sugarplum | What to Pack for Girl's Weekend

This outfit is from my recent {5 Ways} Floral Skirts post. Thanks for the fun pics, Megan!

Hi Sugarplum | One Skirt Five Ways

After several days of laughing, eating, encouraging, and girl talk....we flew home to our different corners of the country.

Hi Sugarplum | What to Pack for Girl's Weekend

I feel so lucky to be part of this generous blogger community, and especially blessed to have formed such lifelong friendships with these girls. And all thanks to the internet! Have you had any good girl-time lately? After a busy week back at school, this mama is ready for some! Happy weekend, lovebugs!

P.S....Thanks for your great response to yesterday's {1 Bed | 4 Ways} post! The link to the $300 Loom Decor giveaway had some technical difficulties in the morning, but it's up-and-running now...so head back over if you didn't get a chance to enter! 


Thursday, August 27, 2015

1 Bed | 4 Ways

Hey friends, thanks so much for your response to the latest Sugarplum Style! I'm thrilled you love those posts...and hope you scooped up the beaded bracelet trio while the Hi Sugarplum exclusive offer is still going!

Today I'm excited to share a little trick, a secret tip...a golden nugget, if you will...how to create multiple looks for your bed (or sofa!) using only a single set of pillows! I actually stumbled on this genius idea because of my chronic indecision, but looks like I got the last laugh on that one!

Hi Sugarplum | 1 Bed 4 Ways

I think people can be divided in to two camps....Colgate or Crest, mayonnaise or Miracle Whip, dijon or yellow mustard, toilet paper hanging over or under...you get where I'm going with this? Bed makers and sloppy pigs. Okay, maybe that's a little extreme...obviously I'm a bed-maker. (Not to be confused with bed-wetter.)

For as long as I can remember, I've been in the bed-maker's camp. It's the very first thing I do every morning, and makes me feel like I've accomplished something. Almost like if nothing else gets done all day, at least I made my bed! #smallvictories

Also, Mr. SP grumbles less about the number of throw pillows when he's not tripping over them!

Hi Sugarplum | 1 Bed 4 Ways

Now about this trick....when working on our Master Bedroom for the One Room Challenge, I couldn't decide if I wanted a trellis pattern or the malachite for the throw pillows, and pink or green for the shams. But thanks to Loom Decor's create-your-own pillow option, I didn't have to choose!

I simply opted for different, coordinating fabrics for the fronts and backs, and now I have the look of four pillows with only two! And I can flip and flop, mix and match, depending on my mood, and create new looks for my bed everyday. #mindblown

Hi Sugarplum | 1 Bed 4 Ways

{Look One}

Euro Sham in 'Linden Black Border'
King Size Simple Sham in 'Xu Garden Veridian'
Corded Throw Pillow in 'Malachite Amazon'
Lumbar in 'Orangerie'

Hi Sugarplum | 1 Bed 4 Ways

Hi Sugarplum | 1 Bed 4 Ways


{Look Two}

Euro Sham in 'Linden Black Border'
King Size Simple Sham in 'Xu Garden Orkid'
Corded Throw Pillow in 'Malachite Amazon'
Lumbar in 'Orangerie'

Hi Sugarplum | 1 Bed 4 Ways

Hi Sugarplum | 1 Bed 4 Ways


{Look Three}

Euro Sham in 'Linden Black Border'
King Size Simple Sham in 'Xu Garden Veridian'
Corded Throw Pillow in 'Entangled Black'
Lumbar in 'Orangerie'

Hi Sugarplum | 1 Bed 4 Ways

Hi Sugarplum | 1 Bed 4 Ways


{Look Four}

Euro Sham in 'Linden Black Border'
King Size Simple Sham in 'Xu Garden Orkid'
Corded Throw Pillow in 'Entangled Black'
Lumbar in 'Orangerie'

Hi Sugarplum | 1 Bed 4 Ways

Hi Sugarplum | 1 Bed 4 Ways

And how about two bonus looks?! Since I opted for different coordinating pillows for the adjacent chairs, I'm able to rotate them to the bed, as well. I'm telling you, bed-making is fun! #Ineedalife

{Look Five}

Euro Sham in 'Linden Black Border'
King Size Simple Sham in 'Xu Garden Orkid'
Throw Pillow in 'Orangerie'

Hi Sugarplum | 1 Bed 4 Ways


{Look Six}

Euro Sham in 'Linden Black Border'
King Size Simple Sham in 'Xu Garden Veridian'
Throw Pillow in 'Orangerie'

Hi Sugarplum | 1 Bed 4 Ways

Hi Sugarplum | 1 Bed 4 Ways

Not everyone thinks I have too many pillows. (Mr. SP, Maggie is definitely not on the bed!)

Hi Sugarplum | 1 Bed 4 Ways

And the fun just keeps coming...the generous folks at Loom Decor are giving a Hi Sugarplum reader $300 to create your very own custom pillows (or window treatments and poufs!)!! Just hop over here for your chance to win!

Update: There were technical difficulties with the link earlier, but it's working now! Good luck with the giveaway! 

Hi Sugarplum | Loom Decor giveaway

So which look is your favorite? And even more important...which bed-making camp are you in?! (Don't worry, we can still be friends if you never make your bed. I won't judge you. Much.) ;)

See the full Master Bedroom Tour here, and get the complete Source List here. And if you're really looking to kill time, read all six weeks of the One Room Challenge here.


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