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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

All Dressed Up

You guys!!! Your response to my 4-year blog anniversary & 1,000th post has completely overwhelmed me!! Your comments have made me laugh, and even tear up a few times. I can't say it enough....I'm so grateful to you and this community for all the love, support and friendship. Now I really wish I had a Swag Bag to gift everyone with....but unfortunately only one of you will be the lucky-duck who walks away with $1200 of amazing loot. Have you entered?!

None of us is one-dimensional....we have so many layers, interests and passions....so I was really thrilled to hear you guys love the variety of topics I bring to the blog. I was especially surprised to know you love the style (& travel) posts as much as I do. Which is a good thing, because this is my favorite time of year for clothes and outfits, so I'll keep them coming.

Today we're talking about outfitting the kids. Specifically, for dressy occasions like weddings. My kids have mixed emotions about dressing up....they like the idea of it, but don't like to be uncomfortable. And I don't like spending a mint for clothes they'll likely outgrow after wearing them twice!

Hi Sugarplum | Dressed Up Family

My step-sister got married last weekend, and we realized days before that both kids had outgrown their 'dressy outfit.' Sometimes I'll hit up the discount stores like TJ Maxx for dressy clothes, but that can be a crap-shoot, and I spend so much time weeding through everything and going to multiple stores.

Hi Sugarplum | Dressed Up Family

This time I headed straight to Nordstrom, and was so surprised at all the affordable options! Not to mention, I had them both outfitted....in clothes they loved...in under 30 minutes. #itsamiracle

Babygirl fell in love with this Mini Boden dress, and declared it 'not scratchy' and 'good for twirling.' I loved the $30 price tag, and age-appropriate style.

Hi Sugarplum | Dressed Up Family

My son found pants and a shirt just as easily and quickly. Fortunately we didn't need to hem the length, but if we had, Nordstrom does free alterations. I was prepared for a fight when it came to the shoes, but he loved these loafers. And again, I was surprised they were affordably priced at $40!

Hi Sugarplum | Dressed Up Family

Hi Sugarplum | Dressed Up Family

Hi Sugarplum | Dressed Up Family

Hi Sugarplum | Dressed Up Family

Hi Sugarplum | Dressed Up 
Family

Hi Sugarplum | Dressed Up Family

Hi Sugarplum | Dressed Up Family

Hi Sugarplum | Dressed Up Family

Getting ready for the wedding was a peaceful event, because they were actually excited to wear their clothes. So I was able to forgo my usual threatening! And no one complained all night about being uncomfortable or wanting to change. And lest you think my kids are always photo-ready and agreeable....here's what most of my pictures looked like.

Hi Sugarplum | Dressed Up Family

Hi Sugarplum | Dressed Up Family

Hi Sugarplum | Dressed Up Family

Yep, Mr. SP is one of the kids. Maybe if they see I posted these they'll be more compliant in the future! #muahahahaha I'm not really one to talk though, since I found this one. What's going on here...am I smelling him?!

Hi Sugarplum | Dressed Up 
Family

Do you have battles in your house when it comes time to dressing up? Do you have a favorite spot for finding affordable things quickly? I've got a very small window of time when it comes to shopping with these two cuties.

Hi Sugarplum | Dressed Up Family

{What We're Wearing}

Me:
Dress | Old J.Crew. Similar here, here & here (this one less than $50!)
Shoes | Old Navy. Similar here & here
Necklace | J.Crew Factory

Mr. SP:
Suit | Similar
Shirt | Similar
Tie | Similar

The Pre-Teen:
Jacket | Similar
Shirt | Nordstrom
Tie | Nordstrom
Pants | Nordstrom
Shoes | Nordstrom

Toothless Babygirl:
Dress | Mini Boden (on sale!)
Sandals | Nordstrom


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This post was sponsored by Nordstrom, but opinions and lovely evening spent with happy kids, are all mine. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!

14 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! Your kids. YOUR KIDS! So freaking adorable! And you and your hubby...eeks! Such a beautiful family!! Loved every single one of these pictures!

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  2. They are adorable! They are growing up way too fast!!!

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  3. When did J & S get so grown?!?!? I'm with you, I don't want to spend a fortune on clothes a kid outgrows in the blink of an eye...LOVE their outfits. And yours & the Mr.'s! I scrolled thru hoping beyond hope there was one of him in a suited-up lunge.

    Wondering if I can squeeze myself into an XL of that girl's chevron dress.....

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  4. I love your pink dress in this post! Such a fun color.

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  5. I love that your kids are "willing" to dress up when necessary! I have two boys and it becomes a challenge to find things they will wear, especially dress shoes.

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  6. "Am I smelling him?" Dying laughing!!

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  7. I love this!! I love that your kids are incorporated into your blog! Question: What camera do you use? All of your pictures are fantastic!!

    xo, Taylor

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  8. Okay, I've thought it a million times but never commented...your husband totally reminds me of Sarah Richardson's assistant, Tommy (physical attributes only, of course)! ;)

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  9. 'Good for twirling' is still one of my requirements in dresses ;)

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  10. Such a fun post! Dressing the family for a wedding can be so stressful! That Boden dress is to die for! S looked DARLING!!!!!

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  11. Ah! How is your family so adorable! These pictures are gorgeous!

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  12. All dressed up for Lindsay's wedding! Love! Everyone looked beautiful!!

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  13. LOVE the outfit ~ do you have a link for the cute clutch?

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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