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Friday, May 22, 2015

Dressing Room Diaries

Happy, happy Friday! It was a flurried week of work, kids, school, unpacking, laundry...and now we're packing up again to leave for our Alaskan cruise tomorrow! #eeek #pinchme  No question it's a crazy season for us, but I love every second of it. I'd travel for a living if I could find a way!

The only downside is leaving the kids again...but our next trip is right around the corner, and it's a family affair. Like I said, I hope you like packing and travel recap posts...because we've got a lot in the coming weeks!

Today I'm excited to share a new series with you...Dressing Room Diaries. You guys seem to like the occasional dressing room snaps of cute finds I post on InstaGram using #HSPDressingRoomDiaries, so I thought it'd be fun to expand it for the blog.

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.

Hi Sugarplum | Dressing Room Diaries


For this mall trip, I drug Mr. SP with me for company and laughs. It was Mother's Day weekend, so he had to do what I wanted anyway. This is the romper I told you about last week...it feels so good, and is a flattering length for those of us over 25. It's darling with flat sandals, or dolled up with heels.

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Romper  \\  Sandals | Watch | Necklace (similar)

This dress was a little outside my comfort zone, but the Mr. insisted I get it. Turns out he was right because it was perfect for New York last weekend (see it here)...I wore it with both flat sandals and cage heels. The fabric is thick and stretchy to hold you in, and the racer top super flattering. The slightly longer length keeps it sexy-chic instead of sexy-skank. If you're busty though, I'd consider this one to avoid a wardrobe malfunction.

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Dress

This flattering dress is easy to wear, with a super cute back. I bought it in this print for 40% off. 

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Dress

I adored this dress, but sadly it's not available in petite sizing, and I think hemming it would hijack the pattern. For your reference, I'm 5'4", and wearing heels in this pic. 

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Maxi Dress

The colors, pattern, and necklace-halter sold me on this one, and I was thrilled to find it in petite online. It's coming on the cruise with me, so I'll share pics soon. 

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Stripes, fit and flare, AND pockets?! Done. I have a long torso, so the petite sizing was too short-waisted for me...this regular size was a good office-appropriate length, too. (See it styled here.)

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This is one of those dresses that fits well on most every body type...the modest cut makes it office/church appropriate, but it's also flirty enough to not look school-marmy.  

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Floral Dress  \\  Red Dress  | Sandals

I really wanted to like this one, but it was just too much fabric for my frame. I think it would be darling if you're taller, with broad shoulders and a nice rack. #canIsaythat? But popping the collar is a must!

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Shirtdress  \\  Sandals | Striped Bag

If you're blessed with killer legs, this outfit would be a fun evening alternative to a dress (both pieces 40% off!)

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Tie Top  \\  Striped Shorts

No question the statement necklace (now only $11!) I happened to be wearing makes this dress (minus the shoes), but it's a great staple piece at a fantastic price (it's even lined). The styling options for a white dress in this silhouette are endless! (See one here.)

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Eyelet Dress  \\  Necklace | Sandals | Striped Bag | Bag Charm

Can you even believe this dress is under $30 (plus an additional 25% off right now!)? My usual size is a little tight across the shoulders, but I drowned in the next size up.

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Palm Dress  \\  Hat | Sandals | Striped Bag | Watch

I was sad to walk away from this fun jumpsuit, but it was too snug around my "athletic" calves and butt, and the next size up was too big in the chest. But it will be too cute for words for some of you.

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Jumpsuit  \\  Strappy Sandals | Watch

Super cute cover-up. Yes I'm wearing shoes with it...I refuse to take them off in most dressing rooms. I'd probably size up one in this for a flowier fit over your swimsuit.

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Swim Cover-Up  \\  Strappy Sandals

Love J.Crew Factory shorts...nice and thick, and hold their shape well.

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This is more of a dressing room selfie since it's what I was wearing that day. I'm pretty cuckoo over the citrine skirt...now 40% off. 

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So what do you think of this new Dressing Room Diaries series? Is it helpful to see the pieces in 'real life'? And for the record, I don't buy everything...I just enjoy sharing with you.

We fly out early tomorrow for Alaska, and I'll be sharing the adventure on InstaGram, so follow along if you'd like. First stop...Seattle! What should we see and eat in our short 24-hours there?!


And finally, I can't thank you enough for your support in this crazy Redbook Real Women Style Awards. I know it's annoying to keep hearing about it, and a total pain to click over...but if you enjoy, and are inspired by, my style posts, I'd reeeeealllly appreciate your vote

Today is the very last day, and every vote counts. It's gotten a little crazy with some of the girls accusing each other of cheating, but if each one of you voted once, we'd seal this up and none of that would even matter! #letsdothis Happy long weekend, lovebugs!

VOTE HERE!


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

{Kitchen} The Last Bit of Renovation

I can't even thank you guys enough for your outpouring of kindness in yesterday's post! I am so overwhelmed and humbled by your comments...I was seriously reading them all with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. I honestly love creating for this blog so much, and am just thrilled that you find inspiration here, too!

I was also thrilled to hear that you love the mix of topics...which is good...because I am certainly a mixed bag! You could call it Blogger ADD, but it's my blog, so whatever. ;) I know you've been waiting for the final Kitchen reveal, but between life and the {One Room Challenge}, it took awhile to finish up the last of the renovation details.

But halleluiah, when my contractor was over helping Mr. SP hang the drapes in the Master Bedroom, he also installed the final piece of the puzzle....the faucet!

Hi Sugarplum | Final Kitchen Renovations

There was nothing wrong with the previous faucet, per say, but the style and finish didn't really jive with the new space, not to mention, the little filtered water spicket thingie didn't work.

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I knew I wanted a bridge-style faucet, but prefer a single handle in the Kitchen since I'm usually using an elbow to turn it on. I also wanted it shiny chrome to match the bling of the other hardware. Oh, and a sprayer is non-negotiable. Those criteria narrowed my options down to only a few...and most were uber-pricey. #awesome

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Renovation

Even though the faucet is so visible in the room, I still couldn't bring myself to spend a ton on a it...so I was thrilled to find this one on Overstock. I danced a jig when it arrived...as it was so gorgeous, and I patted myself on the back for finding such a great Look-for-Less. My contractor was less than impressed by the quality, but I waved that off. After all, the faucet's only job is to turn the water off and on, right?!

Yeah, um, wrong. From the beginning, the water pressure was about half...and then a few days later, it sounded like a pig being drug behind a pick-up every time we turned it on. Make that a drove of pigs, because you could hear it all the way upstairs.

Sidenote: For the record, I've never actually heard a pig being drug behind a truck, but I'd imagine it sounds similar to my cheap faucet.

Side note to the Sidenote: I actually had to Google the name of a group of pigs, and if you're curious, it's drove, sounder or litter. So there you have it. #asyouwere

Hi Sugarplum | Final Kitchen Renovations

There are a lot of places to save during renovations (like tile and hardware), but turns out, faucets aren't necessarily one of them. Maybe I happened to get a lemon...that might normally be a perfectly functional faucet...but we bit the bullet and ordered the real deal the second time around.

And truthfully, it doesn't look a whole lot different than the cheaper option, but the way it feels, operates, and more importantly, doesn't sound, helped me realize you get what you pay for with these things. And I am over-the-moon happy with all it's tall, shiny, classic regalness!

Hi Sugarplum | Final Kitchen Renovations

Hi Sugarplum | Final Kitchen Renovations

Hi Sugarplum | Final Kitchen Renovations

The next thing the Kitchen needed was a long runner in front of the stove area. I wanted something with a genuine vintage look, without a vintage price tag. #goodluckwiththat

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Renovation Progress

It's hard to judge scale in pictures, but the length of the floor on that side of the Kitchen is 13 feet. Every time I found one I liked, that was both affordable and long enough, the pattern was too busy for the backsplash.

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Finally, eCarpet Gallery had a 50% off sale, and I nabbed one similar to these, and Hello, Pretty! It's perfect, and old-looking, but not old-smelling, with a bit of color, but not an overwhelming pattern. I'm back to patting myself on the back.

Hi Sugarplum | Final Kitchen Renovations

Hi Sugarplum | Final Kitchen Renovations

Hi Sugarplum | Final Kitchen Renovations

So that leaves us with one last detail before we can officially call this renovation complete....the switchplates! All 14 of them! I hate that they interrupt the flow of the backsplash pattern, but pulling off this genius trick isn't really an option either. I've got it down to three contenders:

Hi Sugarplum | Final Kitchen Renovations
Ivory  |  Black  |  Light Gray

I think of the three, I prefer the black...but don't like the glossy finish. One other option would be to spraypaint them the same matte dark charcoal of the backsplash. What do you think? Thanks for hanging with me on this room...once I get those switch plates on, it's reveal time!!


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{SALE ALERT!}
We interrupt this home decor post to update you on one of the year's best sales...
the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale! #40%off #whoamama

A few things I've spotted already include:

My favorite jeans...in all my favorite styles...flap pocket, distressed, and skinny
Adorable pink cross-body bag and white with fun buckles. Amazing prices for these brands!
Kendra Scott stud and drop earrings
Don't get me started on the shoes, including these wedges.
This dress and another kitten-cardi (only $20!) are on the way to me, and I'd surely scoop up this one if it was available in my size. 
Happy shopping, lovebugs...let me know what you find!

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