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Friday, September 4, 2015

Dressing Room Diaries

Cheers to Friday, friends! Today I'm excited to share the next installment of  Dressing Room Diaries. You guys seem to like the occasional dressing room snaps I post on InstaGram and Facebook 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. There's also a few ridiculous Mr. SP (and his sidekick, Little Miss) photobombs!


Sidenote: The shoes and jewelry I'm wearing in these pics just happen to be what I had on that day, not necessarily what I'd pair with the outfits. 

Side note to the sidenote: Everything fits true-to-size unless I indicate otherwise.

This striped cardigan was hands-down, my favorite find. And from the response on social media, it was a favorite for most of you! It's the same brand as my beloved kitten-cardi, but a completely different weight and feel. It's thin and a bit stretchy, with no front closure, and longer in the back. It comes in a few color options, but stripes are my weakness.

Hi Sugarplum | Dressing Room Diaries


You may remember this dress from yesterday's {Trip Report}...I couldn't wait to get this baby to the beach. But instead of putting it away when we got back, I paired it with a jean jacket for work (see that look here). I wear it braless, but you could convert your bra to backless with this strap, or pasties if you need some coverage.

Fit Tip: I ordered up one size, my usual size made breathing difficult.

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Spotted Dress (on sale!) Leopard Sandals | Necklace | Earrings | Watch

I love a feminine plaid, and this one is spot-on. The material is crisp, yet soft, and the color is so flattering.

Fit Tip: These are my go-to brand of jeans...some styles suggest sizing down, but I stick with my same size for each. Some do run a little bigger, but I just reach for those on my bloated days. #justsayin

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I loved the pattern of this dress, but I'm not a fan of mock turtlenecks, or turtlenecks with sleeveless tops. For me, if it's warm enough for sleeveless, then I certainly don't want to be wearing a turtleneck! #hotflash But the thin, stretchy knit makes up for the hot factor, so you might love it.

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This dress has a similar shape, minus the turtleneck. It's also lined, making it more suitable for wearing {Day to Night}. Note too, the shape of the straps...it's so flattering when they cut in showing more of your shoulder. This dress also has a good work-appropriate length, and would transition easily to Fall with a cardi and booties.

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This flirty number screams {Date Night Style} to me, and I really wanted to take it home, but am on the fence if the color is good for me or not. I let the mock-turtleneck pass since it's for the fun tie in the back.

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I really wanted this dress to work, but I think the pattern is a little overwhelming for my frame. I'm also wearing the wrong size in these pics (it runs true-to-size, they just didn't have my size in-store). I did love the sleeves, front pleat, and length...so I'm hoping one of the solid colors will work better.

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Floral DressLeopard Sandals | Necklace | Earrings | Watch

I love a good shirtdress, and I'm having a love affair with this olive color lately. This dress is a good sturdy material, and would be cute belted, and worn with low booties. 

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This pull-on skirt has a fun stripe, and handkerchief hem...and is on super sale.

Fit Tip: It was a tad tight around the wide waistband, but not enough to size up. Now that I think of it, I'd just had tacos for lunch. Yes, it must have been the tacos.

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Striped Skirt | TankLeopard Sandals | Necklace | Earrings | Watch

Cute chambray shirtdress, with conservative length and cinched waist, but runs a little big.

Fit Tip: If I were to buy this, I'd go with their Petite sizing online.

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Shirtdress (on sale!)Leopard Sandals | Necklace | Earrings | Watch

The picture doesn't do this skirt justice...it's the perfect a-line shape, and the sturdy material means you can wear it into the Winter with tights, as well. The sleeves of this tee are a flattering longer length, and has the cutest zipper in the back for a touch of edge.

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Striped Top | Black SkirtLeopard Sandals | Necklace | Earrings | Watch

If I didn't already have a utility jacket I loved more than my luggage, I'd scoop this one up! It is a bit thicker than mine, so it could serve as both a cute layer, and an actual jacket. Seriously, it's a good one! And trust me, you'll wear it constantly...I've got a {5 Ways} coming up with one.

Fit Tip: If you prefer yours fitted, size down. I'm wearing an XS in the pics.

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Utility Jacket Striped Top | Black Skirt | Necklace | Earrings | Watch

Here I am, reaching for this olive color again...it's just too good for Fall, and pairs well with every other color. These roll-tab sleeves are my favorite part of this blouse, and the shape and drape is subtly sexy. And who doesn't want to look subtly sexy?? (Pssst, it's also 50% off!)

Fit Tip: Size down or go with Petite sizing

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Roll Sleeve Blouse | Straight Leg Grown-Up Jeans
Leopard Sandals | Necklace | Earrings | Watch

My old standby combo...stripes and floral. Both of these pieces are soft against the skin, and would mix and match with a large percentage of your closet.

And let's focus on the jeans in this pic (and the one above)...many of you ask for denim options outside the Juniors dept, and I'd highly recommend these! They are straight-leg, so you don't feel like you're being squeezed into pipe cleaners, the rise is a bit higher, so no muffin-top, and they are a soft denim with just enough stretch. Flattering and grown-up, but not a 'mom jean.' #winnerwinnerchickendinner

Fit Tip: I sized down, and went with petite sizing so I wouldn't have to hem. (I'm 5'4"ish)

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Striped Tee | Floral Infinity Scarf | Straight Leg Jeans
Leopard Sandals | Necklace | Earrings | Watch

I wasn't real impressed with the new offerings at Old Navy, but I found a few keepers...starting with this striped cross body bag. Talk about a {Look for Less}...check out the similarities to this pricier one! And this knit sheath dress would be an easy work staple.

Fit Tip: Size up one in the dress if you don't want a body-conscience fit (I'm wearing a Small).

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Cotton Knit Sheath Dress (not online yet!) | Striped CrossbodyLeopard Sandals
Necklace | Earrings | Watch

Another great {Look for Less}, and one I think will sell out fast, is this darling buffalo check vest! Expect to see it in heavy rotation around here. I mean, how cute would it be paired with the black skirt I showed above?

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Buffalo Check Vest | Chambray Shirt | Cuffed Jeans
Leopard Sandals | Necklace | Earrings | Watch

I love a cozy, easy-to-wear draped cardi, and this one fits the bill. I prefer to pair them with a low tank   so the collarbone and neck stays exposed. And according to Mr. SP's body language, my time is up!

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Shawl Collar Cardi | Relaxed Tank | Cuff Jeans
Leopard Sandals | Necklace | Earrings | Watch

Did you notice how good my black earrings looked with every single thing I tried on? I had no idea I wore them that often...but now I know why I reach for them all the time.

So what are your favorites from this installment of Dressing Room Diaries? See anything you want to try for yourself? And don't worry, Mr. SP, I don't buy all the clothes, I just enjoy sharing them! (I also return them all back to the racks...I remember what it's like to work retail!) Happy long weekend, love bugs!

P.S....It wouldn't be a holiday without major sales! Many of the items shown above are on sale, and here's a round-up of my favorite retailers, and their big blowout end-of-season sales!


{Labor Day Sale Round-Up}

Amazon  //  Additional 20% off already reduced clothes, shoes and more

Anthropologie // Take an additional 30% off sale items with code EXTRA30

Furbish Studio  //  Take 15% off your total order, full-price & sale items, with code LABORDAY

Gap  //  Everything 40% off

Hotels.com  //  Take $50 off when you spend $300 on September travel with code LABOR50

J.Crew Factory  //  Everything 50% off

Loft  //  New Fall arrivals 30% off, plus 50% off Summer styles

Nordstrom  //  Huge Summer clearance with up to 40% off

Old Navy  //  Up to 60% off everything

Pottery Barn  //  Buy More, Save More Event with code SAVEMORE

West Elm  //  Buy More, Save More Event with code SAVEMORE





26 comments:

  1. Love it all! These posts are the best! Happy Friday!!

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  2. Fabulous finds, Cassie!!! I just added, "Old Navy" to my to do list! That vest needs me!!!

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  3. I seriously tried on that same buffalo check with a chambray shirt. I really think I need to go back and grab the vest..loved the weight and the fit. Have a great weekend!

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    1. You seriously do....it's going to be a staple piece in my closet this Fall, I know! xo

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  4. I have the zipper back longer sleeve top from gap and love it! I'm loving olive right now and have my eye on the ON vest but in the olive color. Love these post. Keep 'em coming!!

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    1. I loved that top...but goodness knows I don't need another striped tee! Love the olive vest, too...so cute with denim! xo

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  5. Ok, question. I purchased that olive shirt dress you showed above. I really like it! You mentioned belting it. Have any suggestions? I always struggle in the belt department. -Amy

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    1. Hi cutie! I prefer a belt on the thinner side, so you're just accenting the waist, not shining a spotlight on it. Like 1-inch or so. And a good cognac leather would be great....then you could still pair the dress with gray/brown/black booties and bag. Does that help?? OH, you could also do a thin leopard belt!!! #calmdowncassie #itsjustabelt xoxoxo

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  6. This series always makes me want to go shopping; everything looks so great on you!

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    1. Oh honey....my phone is FULL of the things that didn't look so good! But if it's truly awful, I don't post...not bc I look bad, but because I think it will be bad for most people. These are the things that I feel would work for lots of different peeps. Glad you like the series!! xoxo

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  7. Ooo I like the Buffalo Plaid so much, I wish it came in green!! I'll just say my spouse and I are calling number 6 The Used Cupcake Liner Dress and leave it at that.

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    1. Haha...I can see that a little! And I'm okay with looking like a cupcake ;) xoxoxo

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  8. I saw that vest in Old Navy and passed it up. Now I feel like I need to go back. I bought the jeans you're wearing in that last pic. I not a fan of Old Navy jeans in general, but those fit me so well. I got to buy a size smaller than normal, so that was a plus!

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    1. Cheers to sizing down! If you find a pair of jeans that fit, grab 'em quick....seems those are so hard to come by! xo

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  9. great roundup! i love the striped tee :) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  10. That spotted dress, IS SO cute! I am just not sure where I'd wear it... but, I love it! I also love the red plaid vest and the b/w skirt with the white knotted tee! Now I need to go back and pin, pin, pin... Happy Friday!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. The spotted dress was perfect for summer parties and vacations...but I was surprised by how easily I could wear it in my everyday life by just adding a cardi or jean jacket! The pattern and shape is darling, it's just the back that limits it some. xoxo

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  11. what size are you wearing in that cute olive blouse from Loft?

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    1. I'm wearing a regular XS...which is the same as petite S...depending on whats in stock. :) xo

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  12. What size were you wearing in the chambray shirtdress from Gap? Love it and trying to decide if I should size down.

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    1. Hi Kathryn...I'm wearing a regular XS. If I were to get it, I'd likely order a Petite XS online. It runs a tad big, and even though it's a more relaxed fit, you still don't want to drown in fabric! #notacutelook ;) xo

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  13. I bought the striped cardi and buffalo check vest. Love both so so much!

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  14. Not sure what I enjoy more...seeing your clothing picks dressing room pictures or your occasional photo bombers. =)

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  15. What size did you get in the striped Loft tee? (In the pic with the floral
    Scarf? ) adorable together!

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    1. I'm wearing an XS...it's a roomy fit, so size down if you want it more fitted. xo

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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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