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Friday, February 19, 2016

Dressing Room Diaries

Cheers to Friday! Thanks so much for all your kind comments this week with our Miami Beach {Trip Report} and the House Updates! I'm already feeling like I was a bit ambitious with the spaces I hope to tackle this year, but maybe that will just be a motivator! I'm still playing a little catch-up from being out of town, so we're looking forward to being home this weekend...and Little Miss's first soccer game! What's on your weekend agenda?

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.


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


I used to be a hard-core Loft fan, but ventured away from them for awhile as it didn't seem to fit my style anymore. But in the last year, I've found myself gravitating back, and always find at least one or two things I'd love to wear every time I go in. They are good classic clothes that are stylish, comfortable, and always appropriate. Like this open cardi...love the longer length, and looks great thrown over most any top, but especially a striped one!

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I don't know if it's here to stay, but Spring came early to Texas this year. This cute boatneck sweater is a great transition piece, and I love the added details of the buttons.

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There are several upsides to taking pics of your outfits...you can get a more objective look at how things fit, and go together, and better see if something is flattering. Another is a big-picture overview of your style. and in my case, I've noticed I almost always look the same. Which in some ways is good...my style is pretty defined, and I know what I like and what fits my body. 

But I also don't branch out and try new shapes and styles very often, so I'm consciously looking outside my norm now...and that's how I stumbled on this cute top! It's not my usual aesthetic, but I was surprised by how much I liked it. So even if you aren't a selfie-obsessed blogger, I encourage you to snap shots of your outfits...you may be surprised by what you see and discover!

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I love Anthropologie for their home goods (and sale room!), but honestly don't look at their clothes too often...mostly because of the price tag. But this wouldn't be a very helpful series if I stuck to only my favorite retailers month after month...so at your request, I've added a few new spots this go-round, and scoped out some fun pieces...like this colorful infinity scarf. You had me at pink + tassels.

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This embroidered top has a lot of fun details, but it looks cuter on the model than me. I think it'd fit better if I sized up for a fuller fit.

Size Tip: I'm wearing an XS in the pic, but a Small would be better.

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Of course I couldn't resist the sale room while there, and found this lace dress....which I think has a lot of potential for you taller girls. I don't see it online right now, but here are a bunch of other sale dresses.

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This is actually what I was wearing that day, but I snapped it to show you how something as simple as a striped top can make a basic outfit more fun. (See more ways I jazz up a sweater and jeans here.)

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And you know I'm obsessed with this $28 peacoat...so much so, I grabbed it in black. I snapped this to show how the coat + scarf give my casual outfit a more pulled together look.

Fit Tip: Size up one in the coat, it runs small! 

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In keeping with the 'looking outside my norm' mantra, I tried a completely different top from my usual style, and thought it was pretty fun! The sweater portion is fairly thin, so you may feel more comfortable with a tank. The lace makes it long enough to pair with leggings, too.

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Lace-Hem Sweater | Camo Jeans (similar) | Booties

I always gravitate to black and white stripes, so I had to try this one. I think it'd be cuter sized up one or two, and worn as a tunic with skinny jeans or leggings. 

Fit Tip: I'm wearing an XS, which fits, but I would prefer a Small so I could wear it tunic-style.

Sidenote: How much do you love my new phone case? It's from my latest artist crush, Carolyn Joe, and I've been obsessing over her pieces on her site and Instagram. I couldn't be more thrilled for all the successes of my favorite Dallas artists!!

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Striped TunicCamo Jeans (similar) | Booties

This striped fit-and-flare dress fits great, and is a steal! The back is darling, too. My utility vest is in heavy rotation during transition months, but they are hard to come by, so I was excited to find this one for you. It's a little more green than olive, but would be cute with jeans.

Fit Tip: Size up one in the vest.

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Fit and Flare Dress | Utility Vest

Popovers are my favorite style of collared shirt because they work so well either tucked or untucked...and throw in chambray, and you've got a near-perfect shirt. 

Fit Tip: Size up one in the shirt.

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Chambray Popover ShirtCamo Jeans (similar) | Booties

I'm a clutch junkie. Amendment: a cheap clutch junkie! And I'd add either (or both!) of these to my collection in a heartbeat! Colorblocking + tassel??? #cometomama

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Color blocked Clutch with Tassel

I was surprised to find one of my favorite shoe brands now makes a line for Target, and these are definitely on my radar for Summer!

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Espadrille Wedge Sandal

I think every wardrobe needs a well-fitting white oxford...the crisper, the better. I wear them alone or layered under sweaters and blazers, with collar almost always popped. #duh This one has been my go-to for the last several years.

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I'm a sucker for gingham and buffalo check, and should be embarrassed by the rainbow of colors I have in my closet. But I'm not. I own several brands, including this one, and love them paired with jeans, skirts, solids, and florals. #ginghamismysignaturecolor

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I ordered this poncho when it went on clearance...I thought it a little long on me, but the color was a nice change. It's now sold out, but here are more options on sale.

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Remember that show, "What Not to Wear" with Clinton Kelly? They always put the women in dark, floor-skimming, bootcut jeans. Reason being, they are always flattering...no matter your size or shape, it's the most universally-flattering fit. I know not all of you are in to skinny jeans, so I tried on several boot cuts to share, and these were hands-down the best.

They aren't the cheapest, but the fit was spot-on...slightly higher waist, enough room for a butt and thighs, nice dark rinse, and just enough bootcut flare. They were long on me, so you petite girls would need a quick hem. (Mom, you need to try these!)

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Between the frozen tundra of NYC and our upcoming ski trip, I've been on the lookout for a parka. This one was warm, but still stylish, but a little too small for me. Fortunately, there are tons on clearance this time of year!

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You saw the pink version of this sweater in last week's One Outfit | Three Ways post...I was torn between the pink and black. With the sale price though, I'm tempted by both!

Fit Tip: I sized up to a Small in this pic because I prefer a more relaxed fit, but it's not necessary. And actually, I probably wouldn't because it did stretch out a bit.

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Want to jazz-up any evening outfit...just add leopard coat!

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I discovered this brand thanks to my funny friend, and I'm a hard-core fan of this wrap...so I tried this circle cardi that's more suited for wearing in public. It's made of the same insanely-soft fabric, so of course I wanted to wear it to bed out of the store!

Fit Tip: This one had a little static issue...not sure if it was from people trying it on and the carpet, or what. But just a little fyi.

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This cowl neck tunic is from my other favorite brand for cozy tops you want to live in. This one has a fun contrasting color, and a fitted hem. And now on super sale!

Fit Tip: I'd probably size up one if you have a fuller behind like me.

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I adore pullover ponchos on others, but don't usually wear them myself...mostly because I'm not sure what to do with my arms! They feel pinned to my side for some reason. But if I get over that, this would be the poncho I'd live in...I can't even tell you how freaking soft. I thought it was more flattering to have a bit of skin showing, so I layered a tank under and pulled it off the shoulder.

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This is the v-neck sister to the previous crew neck...you really can't beat the price for a cashmere sweater! You'll see more of this one in an upcoming post.

Fit Tip: I sized up to a Small for a relaxed fit, hence why I had to layer a tank. If you order your usual size, the vneck won't be too low.

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V-Neck Sweater (on sale!) | Jeans | Boots

And finally...is there anything better than a good striped tee? I love them paired with floral or plaid scarves. And apologies to the ladies in our surrounding dressing rooms...I should have known better than to bring my aspiring gymnast and her friend! #thegigglesisters

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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 many of the items featured are on sale!

Also, did you notice I got a new pair of jeans? I didn't realize how often I'd been wearing them, but I love having a non-distressed option that fit so well! Happy weekend, lovebugs!


{Great Weekend Sales}
NORDSTROM // Huge selection of Winter Clearance items, including up to 30% off Uggs
LOFT // 40% off new Warm Weather styles & 60% off sweaters & sale
OLD NAVY // take 30% off total purchase with code SHOPNDROP
GAP // take 40% off total purchase with code SWEET
J.CREW // 30% off sale with code SHOPNOW
J.CREW Factory // Up to 50% off everything
WORLD MARKET // 50% off rugs

41 comments:

  1. All of the stripes make me happy. And your hair...I just love your hair. xo

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  2. Thank you for these! I've lost 70 pounds over the past year and have to completely rebuild my wardrobe! You are such a big help :). And a side note... Thank you for posting so early in the morning. It makes 5:30am wake up calls that much easier ;).

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  3. SO. MANY. GOOD. THINGS. Your "funny friend". Hahahahahaha! And I tried on that split back LOFT top as well and loved it! And your new Anthro scarf is DARLING.

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  4. Loved all the options in this post. I'm always on the search for a classic white shirt. I've been wanting to check out the new J.Crew Mercantile store near Northpark...I'll be on the hunt for a shirt now!

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    1. Oh yes, I forgot they opened that! I'd be interested in what you think of it!!

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  5. I've been loving LOFT lately as well and have found so many great tops there! And for the record, I don't think one can ever have too many gingham shirts :)

    XO,
    Michele
    www.thejoyfulhomeblog.com

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  6. GReat variety this week, Cassie!! I've been back at the LOFT as well and my 22 year old daughter shops there for basics as well. Good quality, style, not too trendy, and absolutely the right price point. Thanks for sharing! have a great weekend ~ xo Heidi

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  7. Thank you for this post and for posting from a lesser expensive place (Target)!
    I love your hair, BTW!

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  8. Showcasing your blog at my Weekend Spotlight. I spent a 1/2 hour on your blog this morning! Since you share your sizes can I ask what size you buy the Nordstrom denim skinny wash jeans linked to today's blog post on the LOFT finds! xo xo laura {not a trophy wife}

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    1. Thanks so much for the blog love, Laura! I'm flattered to be included! All my jeans are a size 26. xo

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  9. it sounds like we're similar sizes -- can i ask what size you ordered in the joe's bootcut jeans? xoox

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    1. All my jeans are a 26. Happy Friday, Jillian! xo

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  10. Hi Cassie, another lovely post. My favourite pieces are the whole Antropologie outfit - love that store (especially the scarf) and the split back top from loft - I just love the detail on that. Do you actually buy all the clothes you photograph? You really have mastered taking a lovely mirror selfie - I seem to generally have more luck with my selfie stick - have you got one of those yet?

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    1. Thanks so much, I'm thrilled you like the finds. And no way do I buy all this stuff! Maybe one thing from each post. Although I usually wish it could be more, but I'd rather travel! :) xo

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  11. On point as always! Looks like I need to swing by Target.

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  12. Your outfits are just darling. How can you look SO cute in every single thing you try on?????

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    1. Pffishh! Thank you, Melanie...but there are more things that don't make the cut than do! ;) xo

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  13. I adored What Not to Wear (don't forget with Stacy, too!), and I have my dvr set to record it if they ever air reruns. No matter what jeans are the current "in" style, I will always love a dark wash bootcut with heels; it's the most flattering to me. Idk if you caught the Fuller House cast on Jimmy Fallon, but Lori Loughlin was wearing such a simple basic outfit of fitted sweater and dark bootcut jeans, and she looked the best out of all of them, imo!

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    1. Also, I love those DV wedges at Target, and I've seen several bloggers talk about them. Anyone who wants them better snatch them up, because I'm certain they'll sell out!

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    2. You convinced me!! I just ordered those wedges! xo

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  14. Funny I felt the same way about Loft but this fall/winter I picked up quite a few things and I've already ordered two t-shirts for spring. Love the black and white gingham shirt nice alternative to the black and white stripe long sleeve T that also was a winter Loft favorite. That Anthro scarf - FABULOUS!

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  15. hair ON FLEEK! also, can i ask what size you purchased the denim popover in? i'm 5'4" and small chested; usually am an XS top but sounds like it'd need a S. thanks!!

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    1. Thank you!! I'd actually just had it done one of the days I was trying on!! ;) The popover didn't come home with me...but I was wearing a small in the pic. I'm usually an XS too, but the Small was def a better fit. xo

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  16. Cute finds. However, Love Love Love your hair. Darling!!

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  17. Love your style Cassie! Love the combos, inspires me to try them out. Happy Friday!

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  18. Your stripe top doesn't look like the one you linked grom Loft.

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  19. Your stripe top doesn't look like the one you linked grom Loft.

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    1. My black and white striped top is Loft, but a little older...I linked the newer (in stock) version! xo

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  20. Is the red and white striped tee in the last photo from Loft or J Crew? I've had my eye on that J Crew one for a few weeks and am afraid they'll sell out in red.

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  21. FYI Got a super cute gingham button down in pink at JC Penny for a steal!!!!

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  22. Just had LOFT hold the black cardigan for me. I've needed a new black cardigan. My old one is so faded! Love the length. Thanks for all your great ideas and so great that you shop with your girls! My daughter and I enjoy shopping together.... especially shopping the sales!!

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  23. I just purchased that green Target utility vest. Love it over a striped black and white top!

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  24. DYING over the dv collaboration with Target. I MUST own several pairs.. thanks for the tip!

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  25. You sold me on it! I just bought the 3/4 inch ones! Thanks for sharing :-)

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  26. Love these finds! I just picked up a pair of the DV wedges from Target. So good!

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  27. What size do you wear in the JCrew gingham shirts? I am a short pear and have the hardest time finding button-downs that fit well - always too loose up top and too tight across the hips. I want to add a new gingham to my spring wardrobe. Popovers fit me better, but they don't come in as many color/print choices.

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    1. Each style fits a little different, but I usually stick with a regular XS (not petite), and they work great for me! Hope this helps...their patterns are so cute!

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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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