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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Dressing Room Diaries

Cheers to the almost-weekend! Thanks for all your great tips and feedback on my packing posts this week! After some reeeeally late nights, we got everything done at home, and made it to the airport with minimal bags in tow this morning. I was so torn between packing light, and packing every darling outfit I own....because, hello pictures!!?? #priorities

We arrive Barcelona early tomorrow morning (hopefully we won't have any 'incidents' like before!!), and will have some time to explore before embarking on the ship Saturday afternoon. I'm sure I'll be over-sharing on Instagram and Snapchat, so follow me there if you want to follow along (@cassiesugarplum).

Today it's time for the next installment of Dressing Room Diaries, where I hunt down some of the cutest new arrivals from my favorite retailers, and review them for you. And between looking for new things for the trip, and my usual stops, it's a doozy of a post!

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.

Sidenote: Everything fits true-to-size unless I indicate otherwise. And fyi, I'm 5'4"-ish, 115 pounds-ish, with a slight pear shape.

I love fun, flirty tops, especially for girl's night or date night...throw them on with jeans and heels, and you're perfectly sassy. This one is a gorgeous color, and has fun touches like a keyhole back and ruffle.

Fit Tip: I wear this bra with tops like these.

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Prepare yourself for off-the-shoulder overload in this post...the style is everywhere! This chambray dress was a great weight and thickness, and the price can't be beat. I also liked the slightly longer length, which keeps it modest, considering you're exposing so much up top.

Fit Tip: It runs really big...this XS was overwhelming my frame.

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I've been saving this pic for the past two Dressing Room posts, just waiting for the top to show up online. Alas, I still can't find it, so maybe it's an in-store only...but I still wanted to share with you because the embroidered top is just too cute. If you spot it, let me know so I can update the post.

This chambray off-the-shoulder is super soft and lightweight, but not so thin you'd see the outline of a strapless bra. I loved the pretty scallop hem, and it's just as cute pulled up on the shoulders.

Fit Tip: It runs a little big, I'm wearing an XS.

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Why are pineapples so cute?! It's one of the few graphics I'll wear...something about them is more chic than juvenile. This tank is super soft, and would be so cute with shorts, or knotted with a skirt. Look for it along the Mediterranean next week! ;)

Fit Tip: I'm wearing an XS, but hoping it doesn't shrink when laundered!

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Pineapple Tee (on sale for $20!) | Ankle JeansSneakers

Speaking of chic, is there anything that screams French more than a good striped boatneck tee?! I love red and blue combo, and the thick cotton of this tee, but it's definitely more ivory than white...which makes it darling with dark jeans, but a tad off when paired with white.

Fit Tip: I'm wearing an XS.

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Striped Tee (on sale for $22) | Ankle Jeans | Sneakers

Another dress that will be strolling the streets of Italy with's fully lined and embroidered, which was completely unexpected given the price. The linen blend makes it so airy and soft, but hopefully it doesn't wrinkle like crazy. 

Fit Tip: It runs a little big, I'm wearing a 0.

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This flounce top is a fun twist on the off-the-shoulder trend, and has three ways to wear pockets!! It's a good thick chambray material, and hits at a flattering spot on the waist, making it cute untucked with pants or shorts, or tucked in a skirt.

Fit Tip: I sized up to a 2 for a slightly more relaxed fit. My usual size was too fitted through the body.

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I'm having a moment with pull-on, elastic-waist skirts this season...something so classic, but casual, about them. And hello, so comfortable!! This one is a great length, fully-lined, and the tassels make it so fun. The top is too loose for it, but all I had with me in the dressing room. Can't you see it paired with a fitted white tank?!

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I loved this very grown-up romper, with the flattering wrap-waist, and pockets. It's a good, sturdy material, too.

Fit Tip: I have a long torso, so this petite 0 was too short in the stride for me, but I liked the length.

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Another darling romper, this one with drawstring waist and flutter sleeve for a very feminine fit. It'd be easy to dress up with jewels and wedges, or keep it casual with flat sandals or espadrilles.

Fit Tip: This is a regular XS, which fit my torso better, but was a little big overall. So I'd recommend sizing down in regular sizes, or sizing up in petite.

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Ruffle Drawstring Romper (on sale for $39!) | Watch

Loft makes great shorts, especially for those of you who don't love yourself in shorts. (Did that make sense?!) They are really thick and sturdy, and come in more modest lengths. These are the 4-inch inseam, and run true-to-size. The tee is really soft with a fun open tulip hem in the back.

Fit Tip: The top is an xs, and shorts size 0.

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I don't usually gravitate to drop-waist dresses, but am always pulled to stripes. This dress is a soft, stretchy knit, making it super comfortable, and the horizontal stripe helps define the waist for a more flattering fit.

Fit Tip: It runs big and long, this is a petite XS.

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The way racer back tops curve around the shape of the shoulder make them the most flattering fit for tanks, and this is a good one! Thick material, soft with just enough stretch, and available in tons of colors. And the shorts...darling stripe and tie-waist, plus fully lined! They have a nice drape to them, too, so they don't cling to your thighs.

Fit Tip: Tank is xs, and shorts 0.

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Usually I'd try a top like this without a bra (I'm not generally prepared with the proper undergarments for these mall trips!), but this one was much to sheer for that! The yellow embroidery was cute, but the fit a little boxy in my opinion.

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This is just a snap of what I wore that day.

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Remember this dress from my Five Under $50? I just had to try it for myself...and it's definitely a winner...especially for the price! So cute with wedges and a long pendant, or jean jacket and flat sandals.

Fit Tip: This brand runs a little small, so I sized up to a size small.

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More romper love...this one with a fun scalloped hem and sash at the neck. The waist is elastic, so it's comfortable and can be adjusted to fall where you like it. It's not lined, however, and the material a slightly thin crepe.

Fit Tip: This is the same brand as the floral swing dress, so I sized up to a small.

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Stripes + $23...of course I was going to try it on! The bell shape is a fun twist on a standard striped tee, but I'd keep it paired with skinny jeans or fitted shorts.

Fit Tip: Runs large, I'm wearing an XS.

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I had high-hopes for this dress, but also pretty doubtful considering the brand is called Cheap Monday. Turns out it's aptly named...while the pattern and shape is fun, the cotton was scratchy and thin.

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I've tried this side-slit tank before and liked it, but I think the brighter and darker colors are best...this ivory is just too sheer, and layering a cami under would disrupt the side-slits.

Fit Tip: Runs large, I'm wearing an XS.

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If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you've seen this palm print dress a few times already. Palm print is everywhere right now, but this one has a fun twist with the pink. It feels sexy with the v-neck and strappy back, but the length keeps it from being too exposed. It comes in this cute jungle print, and several solids, too.

Fit Tip: It's definitely low-cut on top, so probably not a good option for the busty girls. I'm wearing a UK4 (fits like a US 0/2). I probably could have sized down one for the top, but it would have pulled around my bum.

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Mr. SP really liked this dress, and I think after a good steam, I'd like it a lot more, too. The tie allows you to customize the fit to your chest, and it's fully-lined.

Fit Tip: Runs true-to-size, I'm wearing an xs.

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With the long flights, I was looking for a super comfortable dress that would allow me stretch out, but still keep me covered. This racerback fit the bill, but I didn't love the figure-hugging shape, combined with the midi-length, on me. For you taller girls, scoop it up now!! It's available in lots of great colors and stripes.

Fit Tip: I'm wearing an XS, but now that I think about it, I probably would love this sized up to a small, for a more forgiving fit. #agirlsgottaeat

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Racerback Midi Dress (some colors on sale for 50% off!)

Next I tried this racerback dress, in a more flattering length, and forgiving drawstring waist. It's a little thicker cotton, but still soft...but I thought the solid gray looked a bit like pajamas. Which is what I want it to feel like, just not look like.

Fit Tip: I'm wearing a petite XS, and it's a tad shorter than a traditional maxi dress.

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I found the best of both worlds with the striped version of the same dress! Super comfy, fully covered, and also easy to style for cute street-wear. #traveluniformnailed

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This denim shirtdress has real potential, but the fit was a little tight on me, and the material thinner than I liked. The pockets are fun, but also positioned right at the hip...likely a good iron would fix all that though.

Fit Tip: My regular size was a tad tight across the bum and shoulders, so I'd size up one, or even two, for a more traditional laid-back shirtdress fit. This is a size small.

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This shirtdress is in a thicker, more traditional chambray fabric, and I loved the color and chest pockets. 

Fit Tip: My usual size was a bit tent-like and added bulk around the hips, so I'd size down one. Unless you're going for that tent/mumu look. I'm wearing an xs.

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Are you sick of off-the-shoulder yet? I just couldn't help but try many cute options right now! Including this lace version which fit comfortably on the arms, and stayed put. The body is fully-lined, so regular undergarments work great, and I love the delicate trim around the sleeve.

Fit Tip: I sized up to a small for a fit that drapes straight, rather than hugs my body.

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Okay, I seriously had no idea I'd tried so many of these tops on this month!! But this one had me at yellow, and the thick elastic made it a comfy fit. Pretend I'm wearing it with jeans or shorts...that's just the skirt I had on that day. Now that I see this pic, I'm wishing I'd brought this crisp top home.

Fit Tip: I'm wearing a regular 0.

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Another great pull-on skirt...which I love for travel. They are just as comfy as shorts, but more pulled-together. This one is so cute with a fitted tank (or maybe the pineapple tee!?), or button-down shirt tied at the waist. I'll wear it with wedges, flat sandals, and sneakers.

Fit Tip: I prefer these type of skirts to fit at my natural waist (belly-button), so I size down. This is a 00.

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We're coming to the end...stay with me!!! I'm obsessed with this tee...superbly soft, with just enough scoop to the neck. Also available in tons of great colors and stripes. These jean shorts fit really well, too, with no butt cheeks hanging out the back.

Fit Tip: I sized up one on the shorts and tee in this pic, and am wearing a 27 and small, respectively.

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And finally, I have this linen popover in white, and wore it to death last year...with jeans, shorts, skirts, and even as a swimsuit coverup. I love the popover style, and roll sleeves.

Fit Tip: It runs true-to-size, but it also meant to be a relaxed fit...this is an xs.

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Whew! I told you this was a doozy! I hope you found this post helpful, and maybe discovered some new goodies. What's your favorite from this round of Dressing Room Diaries? You may want to check out the previous installment because many of the items featured are on sale! Happy long weekend, lovebugs...I'll see you back here Monday for a full week of style inspiration!

{Big Holiday Sales}
(These are as of Wednesday night, so check each site's home pages for updates!)
Nordstrom // Half-Yearly Clearance sale now in progress! Sizes going fast!
Loft // Extra 50% off sale items.
GAP // 25% off with code EXTRA
Old Navy // 50% off all tees, tanks, shorts & swim
J.Crew // 50% sale items with code SALESTYLES
J.Crew Factory // 50% off everything!
Anthropologie // Free shipping with code FS100
Sole Society // 50% off tons of styles (starts tomorrow)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Pack It | What's In My Travel Beauty Bag

Oh thank you, thank you for your feedback on the dresses! I loved hearing what you thought of each of them, and I can't wait to get dolled-up on the ship. You know I'll make ask Mr. SP to take pictures so I can share the winning dress (or shall I say, dresses??) with y'all when I get back! #oversharer

So now that I've got most of my wardrobe worked out, it's time to focus on packing my hair and beauty essentials.

Hi Sugarplum | In My Travel Beauty Bag

I've got a pretty basic routine at home, but it's even more simplified when I travel...especially if I'm traveling with Mr. SP. He actually prefers me au natural. (Except the lips...I've always got my lips on!)   

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You know I'm pretty firm with sticking to a single (preferably carry-on sized) bag, so I pare down my daily makeup, skincare, and hair products to fit in one toiletry bag. You may recognize several of them from my Favorite Beauty Products post.

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I discovered this product last year, and it's hands-down my can't-live-without makeup. It doubles as my foundation and little pump color-corrects and brightens (dare I say, illuminates!) my entire face. I even skip concealer on vacation, and add a little more of this under my eyes. 

It's a 10 Miracle Styling Serum
I don't wash my hair daily, but it does take a lot of abuse from styling tools (see my hair tutorial here), so I keep the product I use on it to a minimal. I add a few pumps of this to damp hair, and it works as a mild de-tangler and heat protector, then another pump seals the ends once my hair is dry and styled. I also pack a sample size of my favorite hairspray, but I forgot to include it in the pic!

Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara
I'm a drugstore mascara junkie, but I keep going back to this one. I've even had friends ask if I have lash extensions when I'm wearing it (I don't). But if you follow me on Snapchat (cassiesugarplum), then you saw me getting my lashes dyed last week. It's my favorite Summer beauty indulgence because it allows me to skip eyeliner and mascara, which is great for days at the pool or beach. Or even just waking up next to your Sugarplum!

Lash Curler
No particular brand preference, I just always use one!

Nars Blush in 'Amour'
The makeup artist used this color on me for the Redbook photoshoot, so I've stuck with it ever since. It looks like a natural flush, and lasts all day.

Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in 'Charcoal'
Another drugstore favorite, mostly because it's cheap and stays on all day. I skip eyeshadow
when I travel, and just use more eyeliner for a nighttime smoky eye.

Nars Satin Lip Pencil in 'Yu'
Another one from the Redbook photoshoot and it's the perfect bright pink...not too blue or yellow, and softer than a red. If I'm going to be wearing sunglasses all day, I'll just stick with the CC Cream, and use this on my cheeks and lips.

Hi Sugarplum | In My Travel Beauty Bag

One thing I don't change when I travel, is my skincare routine. Flying, sleep disruptions, and overindulging are hard enough on my skin, so I don't want to add to it by changing cleanser and moisturizer, too.

I was introduced to this product last year (by Colleen herself, who happens to be a Dallas-girl!), and quickly fell for the amazing smell, and how silky it made my skin feel. At first, I was apprehensive about an oil (because aren't we trying to avoid oily skin??!!), but it's very light, and absorbs quickly. And actually retrains your skin to not over-produce it's own oil!

Even Mr. SP, the moisturizer-phobe, reaches for it now. I use it in the morning under the CC Cream, and it makes a flawless base. It's also great for travel, because it multi-purposes as my cuticle oil, chapstick, and even calms frizzy hair.

Tip: I think I wasted half of my first bottle because I was squirting it on my fingertips, and it would run down my hands and require several pumps to cover my entire face. When actually, a single pump in the palm of your hand is all it takes! #blonde

I have crazy dry skin, so I need serious moisturizer. I coat my face with this every night, and when I fly. Sometimes I'll double-down and add a squirt of the Face Oil No. 9 to it, too, for a serious moisturizing cocktail.

Once I fell in love with the Face Oil, I started trying more and more of Colleen's products, until now they make up most of my skincare routine. This cleansing balm is like nothing I've used rub in on your face dry, then wipe it clean with a damp cloth. My skin is left makeup-free and completely clean, but not feeling tight. I had my first facial in over a year this past weekend, and the aesthetician actually commented on how clear my skin was! #thatsneverhappened

All these products, plus my toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, hair ties, and mini bottles of shampoo and conditioner, pack away in my single cosmetic case. (You're not really surprised it's monogrammed, are you?!) This compact case packs easily in my suitcase, and helps keep the bathroom tidy...which is key for small European or ship bathrooms!

Sugarplum Tip: To be safe, I put liquid products and serums (like the face oil, samples of perfume, etc) in individual small ziploc bags within the cosmetic case. That way if one leaks or explodes, it's contained and not destroying everything, including my cute bag.

Hi Sugarplum | In My Travel Beauty Bag

In order to save even more precious suitcase space, I ordered Colleen's Discovery Collection set...the small sizes are perfect for travel, but also a great introduction to her best-selling products (that's how I found and fell in love with the detox mask I featured in my latest Five Under $50). 

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We should have been packing, but instead Mr. SP and I decided to have a little spa night. Or rather, I decided, and made him do it, too. But I wanted to prep our skin for the long flights ahead, so we started with the Detox Mask, then a cocktail of the Extreme Recovery Cream and Face Oil No. 9.  You can bet I'll have the cream with me on the plane, too!

So that's pretty much it for my travel beauty routine...very few products, many playing double-duty...but all I need for any length trip. What are must-haves in your beauty bag when traveling? Have you tried Colleen Rothschild's products before?

She saw my post last week, and graciously offered 20% off for Hi Sugarplum readers until June 23! #luckyducks Just use code HISUGAR20 at check-out for 20% off your total order (plus free shipping!). Just check out all the stellar reviews of her products. I can't decide which to try next.

{What's in My Travel Beauty Bag}

*This post is created in collaboration with Colleen Rothschild, but all products, opinions & packing tips are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*

Monday, May 23, 2016

Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Maxi

Oh Monday, you beast! Aren't weekends supposed to rejuvenate our souls, and motivate us to tackle a new week?! It always seems to be the opposite for me...the more fabulous the weekend, the harder it is to return to work! All weekends do is make me wish I were a lady of leisure, then everyday would be Saturday! #callingallsugardaddies  ;)

And this weekend was certainly fabulous, with two full days of uninterrupted time, just the four of us.  Minus the backseat bickering at mile marker 217, the road trip was a successful one. I'll share our adventure to The Woodlands Resort with you soon, but for now, it's full-steam ahead prepping for our trip to the Mediterranean. I'm trying not to panic, but we leave Thursday! As in, three days away!!

Ask me what I've done to prepare. Um, nothing! Am I packed? No! Do I have the kids schedules organized, end-of-year teacher gifts bought, or even laundry done? No, nope, and not even close.

But what I have done, is order a whole slew of dresses for evenings on the ship!! #priorities It's not really necessary to go all-out, as even a sundress would be suitable for Formal Night, but I'm never one to pass up the opportunity to dress up.

Problem is, I love, love, love all three dresses I ordered...but my bank account says to choose I'm hoping y'all can help!

ONE // Obviously I'm continually drawn to this dress, as this is the second time I've tried it on. But never in this gorgeous pink and navy combo. The high-waist band makes me look taller, and the back has a gorgeous sash at the neck.

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TWO //  I actually squealed when I put this one on, then proceeded to twirl and swish the skirt...but it was an immediate 'NO' from my kids. I think there's something very elegant and classy about the pleats, and the gold chain at the neck makes it modern.

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THREE // Are you surprised all three are pink? Of course not, it's mah signachuh cullah! #namethatmovie This one has the same fit and open-back as the first dress, but a softer floral pattern. It also comes with a pink sash for the waist, but I think I prefer it without. And since all three dresses are petite, no alterations needed!

Fit Tip: I'm wearing a 2P in all three dresses. The length is perfect for heels, and I have plenty of breathing/eating room.

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FOUR // This lace midi is completely different, but fun, so I thought I'd throw it in for another option.

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As for what else I'm packing, of course my go-to, wear-everywhere accompanies me on every single trip. Also, this striped maxi dressmy favorite tees and white jeansthis wrap dress (if the new size comes in time), and the world's most perfect romper.

I've been wearing these shoes around for about a month, and they're super comfy, so I think those, along with these sandals, will be my day shoes for exploring. I've also got a few maybe' this palm dress, and this scarf print dress. Yeah, I'm a little embarrassed by the amount of shopping I've done, but come's two weeks in the Mediterranean!!! ;)

I've got a monster-sized Dressing Room Diaries coming up later this week, but I needed your opinion on these dresses first, so I can pack. So cast your vote...which one should I take on the cruise?

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