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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.

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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!


53 comments:

  1. I love Dressing Room Diaries! Keep 'em coming friend!!!! And Mr. SP is CRACKING ME UP in the dress pic. Hysterical!!!!

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  2. Love Mr. SP in the background! How much would it feel like water boarding ti him to have him in all the Dressing Room Diaries? That jumper and that maxi that comes in petite, oh and those striped shorts, very cute! Is the maxi tight in The chest though? Do they not have petite in stores?

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    1. He's always a good time, so I'd love if he came with me. He might not agree. ;) The maxi is not tight through the chest, it's gathered a bit bc of the halter neckline, so there's extra fabric to fill out if you need it. My Nordstroms don't have many petites in store, so I always order from home. Usually I order multiple sizes bc I'm not always sure with petite sizing...then return the ones that don't work out. xo

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    2. I might have to try it out. Thank you for doing most of the work for me! It's good to have an inside look.

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  3. So fun! Keep these posts coming!

    As far as Seattle goes, definitely go down to Pike Place Market while you're there. Such a tourist trap, but it's right on the water and a fun place to comb through (and take pictures). Get a Lobster Roll from Pike Place Chowder while you're there and go to Beecher's Handmade Cheese for another snack. Both places are TO DIE FOR GOOD. You probably won't have time to take the ferry to Bainbridge Island, but if you do for some reason, it's a pretty ride on a nice day and Bainbridge itself is really cute. And then for dinner, I recommend either Westward & Little Gull (right on a marina and great sunset views) OR The Walrus and the Carpenter (if you like oysters as much as I do). Can't go wrong either way, but Westward & Little Gull is probably a better date type spot. We just had drinks there, but it was super cute. The food at The Walrus and the Carpenter was arguably the best we had on our entire 10-day tour of the Pacific Northwest. So there's that. Have a fabulous time!

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  4. I love dressing room pics! And your husband is hilarious in the background! Have a fun trip!

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    1. Love it!! Mr SP is too funny in the background!! You look gorgeous in everything ;)

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  5. Alaska was our first assignment with the AF (Anchorage). Moose's Tooth pizza is fantastic!

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  6. I miss the home/diy/decorating, seems like everyone's moving toward fashion. Cute outfits though. Alaska is beautiful from the air - try a helicopter or float plane!

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    1. Thanks for the tip, TC! I've always mixed it up...a little bit of everything. Yesterday was a home update if you need a fix. :) I love fashion as much as decor, and truthfully, there's no way to crank out home projects every single day...they are time extensive, and I usually need to save up for them! xo

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  7. Going to order the white gap dress--I love that you said it would be great for someone with broad shoulders and large bust (check and check). Your husband is a good sport. I enjoyed the diaries and would like to see it again!

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    1. Let me know how you like it...it really was cute. A great crisp cotton, too!

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  8. I love seeing the Dressing Room Diaries! I have to admit though, I am super jealous of your tiny frame, and small hips/flat stomach! Everything looks great on you!!

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    1. Thank you, Lori...don't worry, my butt and thighs make up for it! I've just learned out to dress my figure (usually) :) xo

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  9. Love this post! So fun to see what you try on when shopping!

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  10. You always keep it classy, and age appropriate! Just voted ;-)

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  11. You are too cute! I love your style and personality!

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  12. Hi Cassie! Love the Dressing Room Diaries! Fun! What size of the old navy jumpsuit are you wearing? I ordered a petite small and wore last weekend. The fit is much looser and sort of flowy. I wonder If mine actually too large. Cute, nonetheless.

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    1. I think I was wearing an XS...tight in the butt and calves, but a little too blousy in the chest. I thought about ordering a petite small, but ON petite is usually a little short-limbed for me. I think you'd rather err on the side of flowy than tight with those. If you got compliments, then chances are it's great!! xo

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  13. Fun to see some shots from the dressing rooms and pretty dresses that we don't typically get to wear in Seattle. #toocasualandcold Seattle ... of course, stop in at the Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack flagship stores. Also, I second the reco for Westward. Miir's brand new flagship store/coffee/pub is just down the street from Westward.It's a very sleek spot and all the rage in our neighborhood.

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    1. Thanks for the tips, Molly...I've jotted them all down!!

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  14. Love this new series and a cameo by Mr SP is always adorable!! I found some things I want to check out for my upcoming trip to Aruba. You're like my personal shopper except everything looks better on you! Have fun in Seattle and Alaska! Lucky lady!! My mom is doing the exact same cruise in June.

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    1. I'm pretty sure I could squeeze myself in your bag for Aruba. Sound okay?

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  15. LOVE THIS!!!
    And I think Mr. Suga should be a reoccurring role.

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    1. Ha!! Maybe I should start referring to him at Suga-Night! ;) I told him he has to take me shopping now bc he's been requested. I got a 'look.';) xo

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  16. i luv them! of course voted on both my phone and laptop

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  17. omg your husbands face in the second photo!! priceless :) off to check out that romper... it looks nursing friendly? so im sold. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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    1. YES!! It's blousy up top, and unbuttons to the waist, so you could easily slip it out! ;)

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  18. Love the dressing room diaries so fun. Seattle is my fave city you must eat at a Tom Douglas restaurant,mother last time I was at the Dahlia Lounge they had a tuna appetizer that I still dream about😀. Have a great cruise

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  19. Love this! And you crack me up...sexy-skank is going into my dictionary! Have a super fun time alone with the hubby. Can't wait to hear all about it and follow along on IG.

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  20. Hi Cassie,
    The dressing room posts are great. More please!
    While in Seattle, breakfast at Portage Bay Cafe and ice cream at Mollie Moon's are must-dos!

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  21. Voted again! You're just the cutest. I'm in love with those J Crew shorts and pink shirt on you. Perfect! Love this new series, and I hope you have so much fun on your cruise!

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  22. This is a super fun post! And thanks for the sale alert on the statement necklace...I've been holding off, but $11 is frugal enough for me. :) Have THE BEST time on your cruise! Seattle is beautiful, and wherever you go - it'll be great!

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    1. You will DEF get your $11 out of it!!!

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  23. Mr. SP is so hilarious....I just love seeing how much fun you guys have together! Love this series! Also, just voted again...I really think you deserve to win!! -Jenny from VA

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    1. From your lips to Redbook's ears! ;) Thanks Jenny!!! xoxox

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  24. Love these types of posts! I have that ON eyelet dress coming to me in navy (I'm thinking wedding attending appropriate) and pretty excited about it!

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  25. Love this series! Since I don't go to the mall much anymore it's nice to see you try all these cute outfits and just order online! So helpful! :)

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  26. Love this series a lot! Safe travels :)

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  27. Love this series! And Mr SP is such a good guy to come along with you. Thanks for being real. Have a great trip! Can't wait to hear about it and see your pics!

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  28. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this series! So original and fun. Your hubby is adorable and such a good sport! Enjoy your cruise. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. We've never done a cruise because we don't think we are "cruise" people, so can't wait to hear your take!

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  29. Oh no, he did not have your shoe in his mouth! That's all I can think about right now, LOL
    I like the series, of course!

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  30. Oh no, he did not have your shoe in his mouth! That's all I can think about right now, LOL
    I like the series, of course!

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  31. I'm loving the old navy dress!!! I think I'm gonna get one you look fabulous in all !!! Have fun on your cruise !

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  32. You certainly wear clothes well. I am 5'4" also, am average size, but my waist is a little thick. If I try on 10 things, I'm lucky to walk away with one! I enjoyed this post. Hope you are having a wonderful time cruisin'.

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  33. This such a great idea! I love seeing clothes on real people and detest the catalogs that just show pics of the clothes on no one!
    Thanks for the endless ideas.

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  34. Loving this series! I like how you are honest with yourself about what works on your body and what doesn't. I'm learning to do that more and more so I'll quit wasting money on what I WANT to work.

    -Bradley

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  35. You are just too adorable in all of these cute outfits! I'm really loving this series! And love Mr. SJIP's poses in the background. lol

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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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