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Monday, March 21, 2016

Dressing Room Diaries

So how was your weekend? I hope it was grand! Ours was full of soccer games, movie dates, school projects, and lots of fun family time. Have you seen 'Zootopia' yet? We loved it...so hilarious, and sweet.

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 now I expand it for the blog once a month.

The shots aren't good, the lighting is bad, my hair is 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. You may want to grab a drink and a cookie...this one is a doozy!



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


I'm a sucker for hats and scarves, and was immediately drawn to these. I've yet to find the scarf online, but spotted several I love as much...like this one, this one, and particularly this colorful option. And the cute hat has me ready for pool season. #exceptthebathingsuitpart #wewontspeakofthose

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Loved the same combo with white jeans...so fresh for Spring and Summer. These jeans are the white version of my favorite dark rinse jegging-jeans (they are real crowd-pleasers...even my mom's a fan!). They cut down on the muffin-top with the a mid-rise, and the ankle length make them perfect for booties and wedges. It was still pretty chilly on this day (hence the booties), but can't you just see the outfit with wedges like these or these?!

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My military jacket gets more wear than anything in my closet during Spring and Fall, and this one is a total winner. I love that it nips in at the waist, and has a little popped collar.

Fit Tip: It runs a tad big, but not enough to size down. I'm wearing an XS.

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The navy version had me all swoony, too. It'd be darling with lighter-rinse jeans, white jeans, and most any color skirt or dress. It's the same fit and shape as the previously shown one, but the navy hue makes it a bit more feminine. I'd pair this outfit with this necklace and these wedges.

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I never met a gingham I didn't love, including this preppy shirtdress. And hello, pockets!

Fit Tip: This is a 2R, but I'd opt for a 2P for a little sassier length. It'd still be appropriate, but less June Cleaver.

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I love the contrasting trim and racerback arms of this fit-and-flare dress...all such flattering features. And the color combo is really fresh, too. I felt like it was a tad young for me, but still darling.

Fit Tip: This dress runs a little small, I'm wearing my usual XS and couldn't (comfortably) zip it all the way. #ormaybeitwastacos

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They didn't have my size in store, but I liked this dress enough to try it anyway. Hard to tell since it's too big (I'm standing on my tippy-toes), but I think it has real potential. It works with a strapless bra, too.

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I've been coveting this dress for three years, and now that it comes in pink (and petite!!), I may have to pull the trigger. The green and navy is gorgeous, too. And check out all the perfect reviews!

Fit Tip: I'm wearing a 2R...but the petite is 7-inches shorter, so should be perfect with wedges.

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I thought this pattern might overwhelm me, but surprisingly, I liked it. I think because it sticks to just three colors, it's not overly loud. The sleeve is a nice length for those of you who prefer to cover more arm, and the thick, stretchy jersey material skims over the lumps and bumps. As opposed to clinging to said lumps and bumps. 

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This is one of those throw-and-go outfits...dress and accessories all in one. (And now it's 40% off!) You know those days when you don't have the time/energy/attitude to put an outfit together? This dress has you covered. Although, I thought the bust darts looked a little nipply on me?! #nowyourestaringatmyboobs

Fit Tip: I sized up one for a straight sheath fit. This is a 4R, but again, I'd prefer a petite for shorter length.

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When I grow 2 or 3 more inches, I'm totally getting this romper! Do you think it's possible I'm not done growing yet?! Clearly you can't wear a bra, so you busty girls might want to skip it. But if you're tall and lanky, please get this and send me a pic!

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You may recall my Tips for Transitioning to Spring...this swingy tank pairs perfectly with jeans, and boots or wedges, for the change of seasons. The keyhole back and side split elevates it from a basic tank, so you could easily dress it up a bit. It comes in lots of fun colors, too.

Fit Tip: Top runs large, but is also intended to have a fuller shape. 

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This cute striped tee is by the maker of my beloved kitten-cardi...and clearly they've mastered soft and cozy fabrics. I'd throw this on with white jeans, shorts, or even tuck into a pencil skirt. The all-stripe version is super cute, too.

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I can practically hear my mom swooning over this top. She's always loved sweet stuff like this on me...which horrified me as a teenager, but now I can't get enough. I love a crisp white top in the Spring and Summer, and the little flutter sleeve on this one is perfect. So cute tucked into a skirt too, don't you think?

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You'd think someone challenged me to find every gingham shirt, and add it to my closet. #challengeaccepted #namethatshow No one does gingham better than J.Crew...thankfully for us budget-minded folk, J.Crew Factory carries it too.

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Spring in Texas could easily mean 80-degrees, in which case, even a cotton sweater is too heavy. But on those wonky days when it turns 50 again, I'd pull this darling boatneck out. And who says blondes can't wear yellow!?

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Popovers are my favorite style of button-up...in fact, if I had my way, all button-ups (or is it button-downs??), would be popovers. They just lay better (or is it lie better??) when tucked in, or left out. I give this pinstripe one, with the roll-sleeves, two thumbs way up.

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The first-cousin to my beloved military jacket, is the the military vest. (See it in action on me here.) It's the perfect layer when a jacket is just too heavy...plus it puts the sleeves of your cute shirt on display. This is another good option, too, with more colors.

Fit Tip: This one runs a little large, but I have a feeling it would shrink in the dryer. It's almost too long on me though, so you extra-petite girls might want to skip it.

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Whoa Nellie...I thought the navy military jacket was cute...how about in pink?!? Cutest thing ever. 

Fit Tip: Jacket runs a bit large, too...I'm wearing an XS.

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Enough of the military #obsessedmuch, let's move back to something more girlie...like this cute scallop lace dress. It's a great shift shape, and sturdy material...yet looks delicate.

Fit Tip: I sized up so it would hang a little straighter. Stick with your usual size if you like it to hug your figure.

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I had major buyer's regret for walking away from this pullover...it's all I could think about when packing for our Spring Break trip. Mr. SP was sweet enough to grab it for me, and it was the perfect top for travel...practically like pajamas!

Fit Tip: I sized up and am wearing a S in this pic, but much preferred my usual XS.

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There I go with sweet little white tops again. I guess Little Miss doesn't approve.

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White Eyelet Top | Distressed Jeans (on sale!) | Similar Booties

If we could, we'd all wear t-shirts everyday, right? Well this cute top feels like a tee, but the lace tricks people into thinking you made an effort. It'd be darling with shorts or a skirt, too.

Fit Tip: I'm wearing a S in the gray, and XS in the navy...both fit depending on the look you prefer.

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Gray Lace Tee | Striped Lace TeeDistressed Jeans (on sale!) | Similar Booties

I have this utility blouse in two colors already...such a great staple for your work wardrobe, or dressing up jeans. The coral is a fun new color for the season.

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Utility BlouseDistressed Jeans (on sale!) | Similar Booties | Phone Case

This is actually what I wore to the mall...proof of my military jacket/gingham obsession. And my sweet little soccer stud scored her first goal that day!!

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Similar Military Jacket | Gingham Shirt | Similar Crossbody Bag | Sunglasses

The perk of trying stuff on at home, is you can style it to get a better idea of how it will look and wear in your real life...outside the dressing room walls. This top wouldn't have translated had I tried it with my usual booties, but seeing it with sandals showed what a great evening look it'd be!

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I don't normally gravitate to body-conscious dresses (read my post about that here), but I try to look outside my comfort zone sometimes, too. This dress is actually very forgiving, and had a lot of give. The three-quarter sleeve kept me from feeling too exposed, and the longer length keeps it classy. This is easily one of those dresses you'd find yourself reaching for regularly...pair it with everything from a jean jacket and flip flops, to heels and a statement necklace.

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I prefer peplum tops with more structure and a thicker material, but if you like a good boho top, you might want to check this one out. It's sheer enough to require a cami though.

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This is another top that benefits from trying it at home...seeing it with my favorite pom-pom clutch totally sealed the deal for me! I can't wait to pair it with patterned shorts. 

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I've always been a Nike girl, and they typically last a year or two, depending on my dedication to walking. Usually I go for bright colors #shocking, but I'm actually digging these black ones. They look less like athletic shoes (for days when this becomes my outfit!), but still feel like my good ole walking shoes. Dare I say, almost chic?!

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I'm a proponent of selfies not just for blogging, but also as a good way to objectively see your outfit. Many times, I'm not feeling something in person, then see it in a pic and change my mind. And many more times, it's vise versa! Something else to look for in your selfie, is your body language and expression. If you feel good in something, it will show...like me in this striped number. #maggiesugarplumbomb

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Whew! I told you this 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 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! But size down two. Yes, two! #trust #sugarplumout #asyouwere

17 comments:

  1. Cassie-you make everything look so cute!! I'm loving that sweet white top with flutter sleeves!

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  2. 1. You wear hats so well! 2. I love the white swiss dot shirt! 3. I can't get enough of your low ponytail. Happy Monday!

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  3. Lots of cute options! I like the lace t-shirts and pink military jacket!

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  4. The striped tee and the popover are my favorites!

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  5. I love everything! I did some Spring shopping the other day and now it's chilly outside again here in Austin...buuut 80 tomorrow and then 70 the next! I'm sure you can relate in Dallas!

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  6. cute picks as always!! what size did you go with for the white skinny jeans?! im hoping the restock soon! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  7. I bought the white lace dress from Loft on Saturday! Planning to wear it for Easter. It looks great with a jean jacket as a more casual look. :)

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  8. You should get that body con dress if you haven't already! #hot I saw that dress you've been coveting for 3 years when we were prom dress shopping and I said (to myself of course) "Cassie's dress!". It's pretty in person! Loving all these spring looks and hoping it warms up for good around here soon (snowed last night). :(

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  9. Like the second outfit and the green playsuit :)
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    Maria V.

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  10. I think this is your best dressing room diaries to date! I loved all of the white tops! They just scream summer and I love pairing white with fun, bright prints.

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  11. This is like the best idea for a post EVER! I love it!! You've tried on some pretty adorable stuff and I think you look great is everything... and I wouldn't say it if I didn't mean it!! I especially like that fit and flare dress! Adorbable!!

    Xox Dana Ivy // www.iadorewhatlove.com {PS there's a giveaway on my blog!}

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  12. Gah! I've been dying for a green military vest but haven't seen anything I've loved yet. YOU DID IT! I jumped on that GAP vest so fast! (And thanks to a spring promo code, I get it in 2 days for free!)

    Also, ditto on the love for your low ponytail! I'd love to see a style post on that- mine always end up looking so sporty, and that's only acceptable if I'll actually be sweating :)

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  13. Love all white eyelet tops!
    I'm tall and lanky but that romper won't fit me. I'm long waist-ed (and long legged) and the banded waist won't line up on me. I have trouble with sheath dresses even where the hips cut in. Tankini tops cut me off at my widest point rather than being long enough to cover. See? Tall girl problems.

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  14. The Romper is to die for!!! So cute!

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  15. I've been looking for a military vest and that one from the Gap is 40% off right now. Yes! Thank you!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  16. That body con dress looks fantastic on you, rock it! Thank you for this post, I may or may not have added a couple of things to my Nordstrom cart...

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  17. I love these posts! You look so darn cute in everything. Thanks for taking us shopping with you and for the great ideas!

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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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