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Friday, January 22, 2016

Dressing Room Diaries

Holla...Friday!! We've had a busy, cold, rainy week, so I can think of nothing more than sleeping late tomorrow and staying cozy all day! I may actually crack a book...any suggestions for a good Winter-read? Who am I kidding...I'm incapable of sitting still all day. I'll likely be working on the Office Closet project, which, by the way, thank you so much for your input yesterday! It's cleaned out and demoed, and I'll hopefully have Elfa install progress for you next week.

But, today it's time for the next installment of Dressing Room Diaries. Y'all seem to like the occasional dressing room snaps I post on InstaGram and Facebook (under #HSPDressingRoomDiaries), so I started expanding it for the blog once a month.

The shots aren't good, the lighting is bad, 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. And you'd think I'd bother to put on make-up and comb my hair before snapping these, but in most cases, you thought wrong. Real life, right? ;)


Sidenote: Everything fits true-to-size unless I indicate otherwise. And fyi, I'm 5'4", 115 pounds, with a slight pear shape.

I actually discovered this darling hoodie pullover tunic a month ago, but had to wait impatiently for it to hit the website before sharing! It's the perfect mix of relaxed, but not sloppy, and long enough for leggings. I have a thing for layering hoodies over collared shirts, so that will be my next combo.

Fit Tip: It's meant to be a relaxed fit, so size down if you don't want that look. I'm wearing an XS.





I think most every outfit is cuter with a military jacket, but great ones are hard to find! If I didn't already have one, I'd scoop this one up in a second...great fit, material and details.

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I just so happened to be wearing leggings the day Mr. SP and I stopped by the mall, which is funny because I hardly ever wear them. #sarcasm Anyway, I used that as an opportunity to search for mostly tunic-style tops to try on for you. This sweater has cute ribbing, and I loved the added detail of the side zipper, but it felt a little wide on my short frame. Sizing down would probably help that, yet still leave enough length for leggings.

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I tried my beloved kitten-cardi in a new color...not sure I love it on me, but would be gorgeous on you dark-haired beauties. When I do wear these cardis with leggings, I layer a long black tank underneath. #coveryourladybitsladies

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Pretend I'm wearing an actual shirt under this drapey cardigan, mmmmkay? It's silky soft cotton, with cute pocket details, but a tad long for the petite crowd. If you love it though, they offer it in petite sizing online, along with a whole slew of colors.

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This sweater doesn't actually work as a tunic (unless you size up), but I pulled it down to cover my lady bits. #yourwelcome I love the deep v-neck...flattering without being too low. It's a nice change from all the turtlenecks usually seen this time of year. It would be great layered over a blouse and paired with slacks, or tucked into a skirt, for work.

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This sweater feels like cotton candy and I wanted to love it so much...but the slight bat-wing was too much for my frame. The color is gorgeous and it's cozy enough to sleep in.

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Since I couldn't wait to wear this tunic, you saw it in the last Sugarplum Style post. I love the soft, lightweight material, and bright colors.

Fit Tip: Runs large, so size down if you want it to skim your frame a bit. I'm wearing an XXS.

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Cowneck Tunic | Jeans | Booties (on sale!)

Many things I spot online, but aren't available in my store...so my bedroom becomes the dressing room. #maggiephotobombs They call this a cocoon cardigan...which basically means it hugs your body around the bottom, instead of hanging straight. It's whisper light and soft, and a great outer layer for the hot-natured crowd. And it's on sale! #bonus

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Same get-up, but with a darling leopard scarf. I love that this is a year-round material and not bulky around the neck. It's a total wardrobe staple and will go with virtually any outfit. I have a feeling it won't last long, so grab it if you've been looking for a good leopard!

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I love tops with something extra...and not only is this one a cute stripe, but has a fun contrasting hem and cuff. It's super soft, but on the thin side, so I layered a nude tank under because of the white stripe. You wouldn't need the tank for the darker color options.

Fit Tip: Runs large, so size down if you want it more fitted. I'm wearing an XS.

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You've seen this shot already, but I snapped it in the dressing one day because I was getting so many questions about the peacoat. Which I'm now the proud owner of in black, too. Who am I to argue with that crazy price tag??

Fit Tip: Runs small, size up one.

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It's not easy to find a sweater that's relaxed, but doesn't fit like a potato sack. This is a good one because of the fitted crew neck and placement of the shoulder seams. The asymmetrical hem makes it fun.

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This pic is two-part...the first being the sweater. It's soft, flattering fit, and long enough for leggings. However, I didn't like it layered over a collared shirt (neckline too wide), so it limits your styling options. It would be darling with leggings or jeans, and a pendant necklace though.

Second, I figured if I were going to continue praising my favorite leggings, I should try some others for comparison. These fit nice on the waist, and I like the charcoal color, but were definitely thinner than the others I've grown accustomed to....they just left me feeling a little exposed. But when I see them in these pics, they look fine. So they are definitely a great lower-priced option!

Fit Tip: I would recommend sizing up one in the leggings.

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Darling tunic that feels like clouds. Enough said. I think side slits are a thing this season, too, since they appear to be on every other sweater I try on!

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I was so instantly smitten with this open cardigan that I stripped a poor mannequinn for it. It feels like pajamas, but thick and structured enough to make people think you got dressed.  It's got all the details of a great throw-on cardigan...shawl collar, pockets, cuffs, and brushed cotton.

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This two-in-one top isn't usually the sort of thing I'd go for, so I was surprised by how much I liked it. It's not long enough for leggings, but would be darling with jeans or straight-legged slacks. 

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Another fun open-cardigan option...this one runs a little larger, but the stripes are super cute.

Fit Tip: Size down if don't want it this roomy in the arms and shoulders. I'm wearing an XS.

Hi Sugarplum | Dressing Room Diaries

I actually wore this outfit to the mall, but wanted to show you how I layer a long black tank under tops that don't fully cover lady bits in the front or back. Also, I had my hair done that day...hence why it's clean and looks presentable. I've not been able to style it like this again, but thanks for the compliments on Instagram! ;)

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This is a classic crewneck sweater with a fun color block, and on super sale.

Fit Tip: Runs small, so size up. I'm wearing a S.

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Speaking of classic sweaters, it doesn't get anymore stylish and chic than a cable knit turtleneck, and this one is perfection. My stalking skills paid off when I finally scored this fun pink shade, but I want it in literally every single color.

Fit Tip: Runs true to size...I'm wearing an XS Reg, but a S Petite would work, too.

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This tie-wrap sweater looked super cute on the mannequin, but not so much on me. Maybe because it's too small and I tried it on over a sweater?!! Creeper in the back thought it had a sexy librarian feel, but what does he know?

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Pretend I'm wearing actual pants (because leggings aren't pants, right Sheaffer?!)...this sweater has the cutest fair isle print I've seen all year, but it was itchy! We're headed to the snow for Spring Break though, so I tried, and loved, the hat!

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I turned the camera on my photobomber, and caught him trying to wiggle his way into new pants. Nice to see the deep-squat isn't reserved for just us girls!

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Whew, that was a doozy! I hope you found this post helpful, and maybe discovered some new goodies. What's your favorite from this round of Dressing Room Diaries? You may want to check out the previous installment because virtually every single item I featured is on sale!

Also, it's now embarrassingly obvious I haven't been exaggerating my obsession with leggings lately! Maybe it's time I put real pants on. #nah Happy weekend, lovebugs!


{Great Weekend Sales}

NORDSTROM // Huge selection of sale items, including 20% off Uggs
LOFT // Buy one, get one half off
OLD NAVY // up to 50% off site wide + free shipping over $25
GAP // 35% off total purchase with code FRESH
J.CREW // 30% off winter essentials + up to 50% off final sale
ANTHROPOLOGIE // Extra 40% off sale items with code XTRA40
POTTERY BARN // Up to 60% off winter clearance
WORLD MARKET // Huge furniture sale

46 comments:

  1. Lol...I recently taught my dtrs about the power of the deep squat! As always, love your post! You know, the Fair Isle I got from Loft is incredibly itchy too! I love the J Crew turtleneck sweater. A little pricy for my budget though!

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    1. Agreed...the J.Crew sweater is high...I've scored both of mine on sale though. I stalk it daily for the color and price I want!! ;)

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  2. Great outfits! Where are your glasses from? Love them!

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    1. Thank you! My glasses are ridiculously old...both the frames and prescription, but I keep procrastinating getting checked again. They are Kate Spade brand and from just a local optometrist, so I'm sure they are sold everywhere. xo

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  3. Since you are an excellent shopper I need a recommendation. My son lives in Dallas and may or may not be looking for an engagement ring. If he was in the market what jewelry store would you suggest?

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    1. Congrats to you guys!! So I don't shop for 'real' jewelry, so I wouldn't have any idea! There is a big place I've seen from the Tollway called Robbins Bros, and it calls itself the 'engagement superstore.'Hope that helps!

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  4. The deep squat? What is that? I've never done that. I've also never almost pulled a muscle trying to stretch out my jeans in other manners. ;) So many good things in one post, and you're right m'am....#leggingsaren'tpants

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  5. Baaahahahaha!!! The deep squat :D The other day my go to jeans came out of the dryer feeling a wee bit more snug than usual #iblamecadbury and I looked like a yoga guru trying to make those puppies work.

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  6. Love your husbands poses and expressions in the background!!

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  7. Cassie! I need that pink cable sweater like I need air!! There was no pink in the link. Any other suggestions?? Gasp. Gasp gasping for air! Xoxo

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    1. I'm crazy for it, too! I stalked it, literally daily, until this color popped back up! When I first posted the sweater, it had 12 or more colors, so I'm hoping they'll restock it, or bring it back! I now have two colors, and would literally wear them all!

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  8. I really love the tunic sweaters! And Mr. SP is super distracting, in the best way. It's so obvious that man adores you!

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    1. Awe, thank you!! The feeling is pretty mutual...most the time. ;) xo

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  9. The deep squat, lol! Your photobomber cracks me up! If you do get the chance to cuddle up with a book this weekend, here is my recommendation. It is not just a military book, it is one of the best "human" stories you'll ever read.

    http://www.amazon.com/Hammerhead-Six-Unconventional-Against-Afghanistans/dp/0316341436/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1453478797&sr=8-1&keywords=hammerhead+six

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    1. Thank you for the book suggestion, I'll definitely check that out!

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  10. Oh my goodness! So many great options! What do you use to keep your Hunters so shiny? Mine have a white film over them, and I can't figure out what to do to make them shiny again! Thanks!

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    1. My black Hunters are only about 3 months old, so they are shiny mostly because they're new. I will buff the white scuffs with a dry cloth, and that helps. I've also heard Goo Gone works wonders! xo

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  11. Do you have any issues with your kitten cardi pilling? Mine is gross on the sides and under the arms, and I've only worn it twice. First, I thought my bag was the culprit, rubbing against the side, but now I can see its just the arm rubbing against the side. So frustrating!

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    1. Oh no...that's a bummer! I don't have any issues with piling, and I've had mine for several years. I'd definitely take it up with Nordstrom, they'll more than likely exchange it. xo

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  12. I tried to use the GAP code and it comes up invalid. They have a TGIF code but it doesn't work on jeans and that's what I was hoping to buy.

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    1. Oh bummer!! I'll update the codes in the post...they were current as of last night when I wrote it! Sorry for the confusion! xo

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    2. Gap almost always excludes jeans from promo codes. It's a bummer because I really like their jeans!

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  13. Aw man, I really wish I needed a military jacket because that one is fabulous!

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  14. Okay, Mr. SP was cracking me up this entire post!! I've never commented before, but love your blog, and just had to say that it made me laugh and I'm glad I'm not the only one whose husband does deep squats (mine does kicks too!) while trying on new pants. He did it in a SUIT the other day and I kind of died. Happy weekend! :)

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    1. A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do! It was a big holiday season of eating! ;) Thanks so much, Katie!! ox

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  15. I know you say to size up on the pea coat. How were the sleeves? I'm a shorty (5'1) and I'm afraid they'll be too long. I love your blog by the way!

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    1. I'm typically an XS, but am wearing a Medium in the coat...a Small fits me, as well. I decided to go with the med for more room with layers and sweaters. The Med is a tad long in the sleeves, which I don't like in a blazer, but I'm okay with in a coat. You know? Maybe order one and two sizes up and try both? Free shipping and returns makes it pretty easy. xo

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  16. Boo! The J Crew sweater sweater is sold out in that color and in every other color in a small. But I'm content laughing at Mr. SP photobombing nearly every pic--with new pants or just mugging for the camera.

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    1. Don't I know!! I stalk that sweater regularly! That's the only way I snagged the pink...kept checking on it!

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  17. I couldn't get the link to work for the military jacket. Very cute! What store?

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  18. I became obsessed with that leopard scarf when you showed it last week with the camel sweater. Well, I ordered the scarf plus you sent me on a hunt for a cute camel sweater (found on deep discount at Loft!!) And now I have to buy that black cocoon cardi because it looks so good with the leopard scarf. And that's not all! I also had to tract down a pink gingham blouse because of that same post last week ~ and that's not easy to do in January, but I did it :) Talk about a stalker :0

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    1. Well done, you! That is some serious hunting!! I hope you love everything, I'm thrilled you find inspiration here! xo

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  19. That pink cable knit is so perfect! Hope they restock. I hope you grabbed the hat....too adorable.

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  20. Love your style, Cassie! I've found so many great items lately because of your blog!! One question, what kind of long black tank do you have and what kind of nude camisole? I haven't been able to find something that doesn't shimmy up all throughout the day. So frustrating! Thanks for all the smiles you provide. :)

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    1. Thanks Jen! I like the Long and Lean tanks at Target...H&M makes a really long one, too. As for nude, I grab them from Old Navy when on super sale...they make a great under layer to smooth and hide! ;) xo

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  21. Great things! My fave is Asymmetrical Hem Sweater !

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  22. So many great pieces this week, Cassie! I just ordered the Lou & Grey tunic... can't wait to snuggle up in it!! Have a great Sunday...xo Heidi

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    1. Oh great, I'm thrilled you liked it! I hope the tunic works out for you, too! xo

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  23. Love these posts!! I love seeing everything you try on and your photo bombers are the best!

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  24. Thank goodness we don't run into you in person, since we all try to mimic your great style. #cassiestalkers

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    1. hahaha!! I'd love it!! We'd definitely have to take a twinning selfie!! ;) xo

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  25. Dressing Room Diaries must be scrolled through twice...every time! Once for the great fashion finds and a second time for the hilarious dressing room photobomber :) Thanks for all the great ideas and inspiration!

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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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