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Friday, October 2, 2015

NYC Street Style + Guide

I don't know what's gotten in to ya'll this week, but I'm floating on a blogger-high from all your crazy-kind comments! Thank you, and don't ever stop! #kiddingnotkidding 

What do you have planned for the weekend? From the looks of things, some of you will be hunkering down to stay out of the rain. I'm hoping to tackle some closet organizing. And eat tacos. But I have a feeling I know which one will actually happen. 

It's hard to wrap my head around, but I've had the privilege of traveling to New York City three times this year! Once for my sister's bachelorette party, another for the Redbook photoshoot, and most recently, for the BHG Stylemaker Event

I adore visiting, and soaking up the vibrancy of the city, but I don't think I could actually live there. My younger, single self would have loved every second of NYC life...but practical, carpool-driving me can't imagine it. 

But that's part of New York's magic...for a few days, I get to pretend I'm living the 'Sex and the City' life (minus the sex part, seeing as how Mr. SP stayed home), with late-night dinners, tipsy cab-rides, and anything-goes street style. 

Hi Sugarplum | NYC Street Style

I still keep my outfits casual and comfy, but pulled together enough so I can pop in most anywhere. Jeans were my go-to on this recent trip...silly me thought, 'September in New York City...that will be crisp and Fall!' was hot! Fortunately I'd packed my usual layers and was able to stay comfortable.

Hi Sugarplum | NYC Street Style
Hat | Tank (similar) | Scarf (similar) | Bag (similar)

Hi Sugarplum | NYC Street Style
Hat | Tank (similar) | Scarf (similar) | Bag (similar)

Hi Sugarplum | NYC Street Style 

Hi Sugarplum | NYC Street Style

Hi Sugarplum | NYC Street Style
Favorite Travel Dress | Jean Jacket | Crossbody Bag (similar

Hi Sugarplum | Packing for a NYC weekend
Favorite Travel Dress | Jean Jacket | Crossbody Bag (similar

I'm planning a more comprehensive {Trip Report} of what we've done and liked in the Big Apple, but wanted to give you the basics in case you have a trip planned this season.

{Where We've Stayed}

// London Hotel //
The top-floor apartment was perfect for our large bachelorette party, as there was plenty of room for everyone to lounge, sleep and get ready. The staff and lobby bar were very nice, and the location superb. This hotel is the epitome of city cool, but you'll pay for it.

// Dream Hotel Midtown //
This trendy little spot has fairly large double rooms by New York standards, and a great location.

// The Hudson Hotel //
Chic boutique hotel with beautiful rooftop views, courtyard bar & restaurant, and tons of InstaGram-worthy nooks throughout...but the world's smallest rooms. Seriously, like postage stamp sized.

Hi Sugarplum | NYC Street Style

{Favorite Eats}

// Minetta Tavern //
Easily the best hamburger of my life. And the restaurant just feels like New York.

// The Polo Bar //
One of the hardest spots to get in, but it's not a night you'll soon forget. It's like being inside a Ralph Lauren catalog, with handsome servers, delicious food and celebrities.

// Otto // 
Bustling, casual, delicious. Order the cheese sampler with apricot & cherries, and you'll die happy.

Travel tip: The sidewalk carts serve some pretty tasty street food, but be sure to only stop at the very busy ones!

Hi Sugarplum | NYC Street Style
Clutch (similar) | Watch 

Hi Sugarplum | NYC Street Style

Hi Sugarplum | NYC Street Style

Travel tip: Skip the pricey ticket (and crowds!) to Top of the Rock, and instead have a drink on the free Rooftop Garden & Cafe at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hi Sugarplum | NYC Street Style
Tank (similar) | Scarf (similar) | Bag (similar)
Distressed Jeans | Booties | Watch | Sunglasses | Earrings

Hi Sugarplum | NYC Street Style
Hat | Tank (similar) | Bag (similar) | Distressed Jeans | Booties | Watch

Favorite Experience: A walking food tour of Mario Batali's restaurants in Greenwich Village. #icanteven It's history and charm, food and wine, like you've never experienced it. Trust me. And ask for Simona. 

Hi Sugarplum | NYC Street Style

Hi Sugarplum | NYC Street Style

Hi Sugarplum | NYC Street Style

Hi Sugarplum | NYC Street Style

Travel Tip: I use Uber and cabs for rides around the city (and only in a group), but I hire Premier Transportation for trips to and from any airport in the world. Yes, it costs more, but especially now that I'm flying alone more often, Mr. SP and I feel so much safer knowing I'm in the hands of background-checked, insured professionals! And I sure as heck don't want an Uber driver knowing where I live!

Hi Sugarplum | NYC Street Style

Hi Sugarplum | NYC Street Style

Hi Sugarplum | NYC Street Style
Hat | Tank (similar) | Bag (similar)

Are you the 'Live in New York' or 'Visit New York' type? What are some of your favorite eats and experiences? See more of our travels and tips here, and all my packing tips can be found here. Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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*This post was created in collaboration with Nordstrom, but all clothes, ideas, and fake-taxi-hailing are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*

Thursday, October 1, 2015

{Top Ten} September

If you even try to tell me today marks the beginning of October...I'll call you a big fat liar! There's just no way! Is there?! You're telling me Thanksgiving is next month, and Christmas is in 86 days?!? But we're still swimming in the pool, and I haven't seen Starbucks new Fall cups...let alone worn a plaid scarf! (By the way, I just got this one and this one, and oh yes ma'am...they are Fall-licious!)

Well, with time flying the way it is, it must mean we're having fun! September was certainly a good time. In case you spent the month locked-up at that Target that never seems to have cell service, here's the top posts of the month.

Hi Sugarplum | Top Ten September

'Babygirl' is officially 'Little Miss'. Turning 9 does that, apparently. So we're giving her a room worthy of her happy, colorful, quirky personality...starting with Before shots & the design plan.

The Rule of Three is a real thing, and it will help you effortlessly build a stylish outfit every time.

Hi Sugarplum | Top Ten September

We ushered in the new season with subtle touches of Fall around the house.

Booties. We love them, need them, have to have them. But who wants to wait for the temps to drop 30-degrees so we can wear them?! I shared some fun Now & Later looks with a cute new pair.

Sure you can transition to Fall by throwing on jeans, boots, and a scarf. Then promptly have a heat stroke. How about {5 Ways} to Transition to Early Fall. You know, when it's October, but still 90-degrees.

Hi Sugarplum | Top Ten September

Last month I shared the big Kitchen Remodel Reveal. Now it's all the Before & Afters, along with a breakdown of exactly what we did & budget sources for everything!

Hi Sugarplum | Top Ten September

We closed down Summer with a family trip to the quaintest, idyllic little island.

The island may be quant, but you still want to look chic! Here's my tips for staying, looking & easily dressing stylish on beach vacations. White-girl hops not included.

Hi Sugarplum | Top Ten September

Mr. SP and I are getting married! No wait, that's not our engagement shoot. We actually had a fun night out at one of our favorite Dallas Eats for the latest {Date Night Style}.

It was a stylish whirlwind of a recap of the BH&G Stylemaker Event in NYC.

We also had another round of Sugarplum Style, and everyone's favorites, Look for Less and Dressing Room Diaries. All of which now have nifty little graphics in the sidebar, so you can catch up on them anytime. Oh yeah, I'm also cruising the Carribean with HGTV and the Property can come, too!

October is lining up to be a busy one already, with a huge project starting (and almost concluding) in the same month! #sendwine I can't officially tell you yet, but it may rhyme with Pun Shroom Ballenge. Any guesses? What was your favorite post of the month? Happy almost Friday, lovebugs!

If you're new around here, or playing catch-up, here are some good places to start:

{Top Ten}

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Date Night Style

Thanks so much for your uber-kind comments on yesterday's Stylemaker post! I was blown away by your sweet sentiments, and am so thrilled you enjoy my little corner of the internets, and find inspiration here. #mycuprunnethover

We've had a lot to celebrate around here lately, between Mr. SP's birth and my Redbook we decided to get more dolled-up than usual, and hit the town last weekend. 

Most of you know Mr. SP shoots my style posts, and our son takes over when the pics include both of us. He'll usually snap them in our driveway as we're headed out, but this time I wanted to highlight one of our favorite Dallas areas...but didn't want our teenager along for the date! 

Hi Sugarplum | Date Night Style

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