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Friday, October 28, 2016

Sugarplum Style, Vol. 34

Cheers to Friday! I'm so excited to see this week come to an's been Red Ribbon Week at school, and even though I'm thrilled the focus has been on drug awareness, coming up with daily themed outfits for each kid is no joke!

And don't get me started on Halloween costumes! Little Miss and I have been going round-and-round trying to agree on an 'appropriate' costume for a 10-year-old girl! #sigh My son always tells her, 'Modest is the hottest!'...don't you love that?!

Okay, mom-rant over! Today it's your monthly dose of Sugarplum Style...snapshots of my everyday outfits I post to Instagram and Facebook, created by mixing-and-matching items in my closet. We've had a few teases of Fall, so some cozier looks are finally making their way in the bunch.

If you've been reading this blog for more than a minute, then you've heard me sing the praises of this fleece cardi wrap. It's been dubbed, 'the kitten cardi' because it truly feels like being cuddled by newborn kittens. Correction: declawed kittens. It's the kind of thing you put on Friday night, and don't take off until Monday morning...I pretty much wear it with my pajamas, then with jeans or leggings the next day. It's a little disgusting, actually.

I don't know if it's the relaxed silhouette, or having my bum covered...but I'm obsessed with longer cardis this season. I like that they add a light extra layer, but not enough to make me overheat. Plus, they just look cute!

If I'm not wearing a long cardi, chances are I'm wearing this utility jacket. It's perfect with jeans and casual dresses, and adds a touch of edge to all my outfits. This one is my favorite, but definitely size down. (I'm wearing an XXS.)

I used to wear black jeans all. the. time. And then my favorite pair wore out, and I stopped wearing black jeans. That all changed when I found these (only $35!). They look great for a night out with booties or heels, or with virtually any shirt or sweater for day. I wear them as I would regular denim, but they make everything a little more chic. (These fit true, and I wear a 26.)

We got a real taste of Fall on our quickie trip to New Mexico (full recap coming next week!), and I took advantage of the scarf weather.

Scarf opportunity #2. I love the southwestern pattern, and silky soft material of this one. Plus, the colors coordinate perfectly with most Fall hues. (And again with the black jeans!)

I have this habit of lurking in doorways when we travel. And for those of you who asked about white sneakers in Fall...yes ma'am, I still wear them.

This is how we Fall in Texas...sleeveless and scarves. I've had this lightweight scarf awhile, and it looks great with everything! I just got this heavier, infinity version too...and it's goooood!

Another go with the kitten's super cute worn open, or closed with the single button. I usually wear it with a basic tank, or a striped top and tassel necklace when I want to feel more 'dressed.'

Made this little knit dress Fall-ready by adding my trusty utility jacket. Should I be embarrassed by how often I wear that thing?! Or are you impressed by how versatile it is?! Yes, let's go with impressed.

I miiiiiight have picked this outfit up off the closet floor, and maaaaaybe wore it two days in a row. Am I alone in doing that?!

I think this was my favorite outfit from last month. As evidenced by the repeat appearance in this post.

I can't wait to share more of this stunning area with you...but for now, how cute is this cowlneck pullover!? I've worn it with both my go-to activewear pants, and jeans...and it's always comfy and cute.

I'm all of a sudden having a moment with cranberry and plum hues. They are just as versatile as black and gray, so they easily integrate into my wardrobe. 

Third time's a charm for this combo!

We ate our way through the State Fair of Texas in this pullover and sneakers.

This post was actually a Dressing Room Diaries, but it got such a big response on social media, I thought you might want to see it, too. And that gorgeous floral top is now on #cometomama

Speaking of can find all of Mama Sugarplum's picks in this post

On Mama SP: Sweater | Scarf | Dark Jeans | Booties

I hope these posts inspire you to create new combinations from your closet! The key isn't to have more clothes, but to mix up what you do have in new and different ways. Except this jacket and this $25 scarf, you need those. And if we're being honest, these black jeans, too. #trustme #enabler

You can catch up with past installments of Sugarplum Style here, or follow my everyday-style outfits on InstaGram. Make sure you're following my Facebook page, too...that's where I post deals, steals, sales and goodies! Happy Halloween weekend, lovebugs!

P.S. You can shop my outfits anytime by clicking that 'Shop My Feed' widget in the sidebar. A box will pop up with thumbnail images of everything I'm wearing in that post...just click the pics & it will take you directly to that item! No sign-ups or logging-in necessary! #whatwilltheythinkofnext

{Great Weekend Sales}
Nordstrom // Fall sales start now...including this roll-tab sleeve tunic & these popular booties.
Loft // 50% off select Fall pieces
GAP // 35% off with code THURSDAY (I'd buy this cozy sweater.)
Old Navy // 30% off when you spend $75 (this vest has my name all over it!)
J.Crew // 30% off outerwear & 30% off sale
J.Crew Factory // Up to 60% off everything, including my restocked sleeveless turtleneck!
Anthropologie // Extra 40% off sale
Pottery Barn // 20% off entire order with code DELIGHT
World Market // 25% off all furniture, including my re-stocked Everett Foyer Table!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Better Homes & Gardens Stylemaker Event

Thank you guys so much for your enthusiasm yesterday! I'm thrilled you're fawning all over the wallpaper and art as much as me. Now please send me all the rug-choosing-mojo you've got...this decision is turning out to be a tricky one! And decisions aren't typically my strong suit. #ruhroh

But I'll worry about that later, today it's girlfriend time! I recently had the privilege of attending Better Homes & Gardens' annual Stylemaker Event, held in New York City. It's an exciting day-long workshop that brings together home, food, fashion, and lifestyle bloggers from around the country, to share with each other, and learn from the BH&G editors and top stylists. (See last year's recap here.)

It was a whirlwind day, with loads of helpful information and creative ideas flying. I love these blogger events (this one was especially top-notch), but for me, they are a mix of being motivated, and also feeling overwhelmed. There are so many things pertaining to blogging and social media that I don't know, and certainly don't do!

So instead of concentrating on the mind-boggling number of things I'm doing wrong, I focus on the fun and fellowship of spending time with such creative, inspiring, like-minded women! I blog because I want to...because I love it. I do this because I'm passionate about creating, writing, inspiring, and connecting with people. And events like these are icing on the cake!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

(One Room Challenge) Wallpaper Swooning

Welcome back to Week 4 (four already?!?!?!) of the {One Room Challenge}! Before we dive in, I was glad to hear you're on the puffer vest bandwagon with me...especially since you'll likely be seeing a lot of them around here in the coming months!

Now...back to the Dining Room. Let's recap for those popping in for the first time, we chose the Dining Room for our third round of the ORC (see our Master Bedroom here and Living Room here), which happens to be the first room you see when walking in the house...and is positioned directly across from our little jewel box of a Living Room.

Week 1 I shared how the room looked when we bought it, along with the floor and paint updates, Week 2 was all about the design, plans and project list, and last week we talked wallpaper, drapes and tying the open floorplan together.

Okay, now that we're all on the same page...let's get after Week Four, and check out the swoon worthy progress!

The wallpaper went up...and it's even better than I'd hoped!! I mean, it's take-your-breath-away good in person! It honestly looks hand-painted...down to the brushstrokes.

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