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Friday, August 12, 2016


Cheers to Friday!! I hope you have a fun, relaxing weekend ahead. We've spent the week lazing around the beach, eating too many fried grouper sandwiches, and dolphin-spotting. Have you updated your Instagram app? If so, you can follow along on my Instagram Story. I'd only recently joined Snap Chat, so I've pretty much abandoned that in favor of Instagram's version. What about you? Do you have a preference between the two?

But as for today's post, you get my monthly brain dump of the ramblings currently going through my head, and latest happenings around here.

ONE // I always feel so bad when I feature some darling new piece, only for it to sell out quickly. I try to keep an eye out for y'all, and am happy to report some of the more popular pieces of late are now restocked! Starting with the off-the-shoulder top and cute scalloped shorts from a recent Date Night Style post.

Fit Tip: The top is true-to-size, but I did size up one in the shorts for more drape. I'm wearing an XS and small, respectively.

As is this cowlneck's no longer on sale, but still a good deal at $38.

Fit Tip: It runs true-to-size for me, and I'm wearing an XS.

Same goes for these booties featured in last week's Now & Later post.

When I shared 3 Ways Black & White Work Wear, the patterned version of this skirt was already sold out, but it looks to be back, and fully stocked. It's such a flattering fit, and sturdy enough to pair with tights in Winter months, too.

I don't wear a lot of maxi dresses, mostly because I don't want the hassle of having them hemmed for my vertically-challenged frame, and the few that come in petite sizing always seem to sell out immediately. This gorgeous floral number fit me like a glove, and is now fully restocked in petite sizes! (And this geo-print version is 40% off!)

Fit Tip: I'm wearing a 2P.

And finally, I've had these strappy wedge sandals for several years, and they look good with just about everything...and now back-in-stock in the flattering nude shade. (And you already know this is my go-to dress...especially considering I have it in three colors.) 

TWO // My jaw is still on the ground that Real Simple featured me as their spotlight blogger in last month's issue, and called me 'the best friend you always wanted.' I'm pretty sure that's the nicest thing anyone has ever said about me.

THREE // As if it weren't cool enough to work with Target to create a study space for Little Miss, they featured it on their Bullseye Blog, as did Good Housekeeping and Emily Henderson!! #saywhat? The features were thrilling, but even better, was the chance to do it with two of my favorite blogger friends, Kristin Jackson and Emily Clark. You'll definitely want to check out their reveals, too!

FOUR // I've made a conscious effort to stay off my phone and computer most evenings this Summer, which shockingly, leaves lots of time to read! It's been so long since I allowed myself the luxury of getting lost in a good book, and fell in love with reading all over again.

Of course my books of choice aren't particularly strenuous...especially in the Summer! #givemeallthechiclit Elin Hildebrand is one of my favorite Summer authors, and her books always give me Nantucket-wanderlust...I've cranked these three out recently.

The Blue Bistro 
This story grabbed me from the first page, and kept me glued throughout. It's set in a magical little dinner spot, on the beach of Nantucket, and I loved the intricacies of the restaurant business, along with the food and romances behind-the-scenes.

I prefer focusing on a few key characters in stories, so when they hop between several, it takes me awhile to get hooked. This book was a slow start for me, but once the background was finally laid on everyone, I really enjoyed it.

The Matchmaker 
I adored the quirky lead character and desperate love story in this book, but it took a shocking turn that left me really sad in the end.

FIVE // We might still be at the beach, but I've been busy filling out all the necessary forms, and shopping for supplies in order for the kids to return to school. I love to create a small gift for Little Miss's teachers the first week, but this year I'm making it easier on myself, and ordering from this darling little Etsy shop, Blush & Bashful.

The owner is a former teacher, so I know everything she makes is teacher-approved...and its all monogrammed, so hello, perfect! I haven't decided if I'll order one of these inexpensive monogrammed decals to create the gift myself (like a monogrammed notebook or coffee mug), or let her do all the work with a full custom gift. Either way, I know it will be darling, and so appreciated! You can find some of my DIY Gift Ideas here.

Custom Monogram Decals (only $1.50!)

SIX // My supermodel friend (and mama-to-be!), Gwen of The Makerista, revealed her Kitchen renovation and it is straight out of the pages of Architectural Digest! I love a good white kitchen as much as the next person, but love the drama of painted cabinets and graphic tile even more. You won't believe the look she created on a budget, using big-box store products!

SEVEN // We have Olympic Fever bad, and can't seem to pry ourselves away from the TV this week! Which is okay considering we've been in the middle of some crazy tropical storms for days! #hurryupsun But ohemgee...can you even believe that Simone Biles?!

EIGHT // As the season comes to an end (even though we'll have Summer weather for another 2-3 months!), the sales will start rolling in. These are a few of my key pieces, now heavily discounted.

My white Converse sneakers have been on constant repeat, and now they are on sale in gray and black. Some of you have expressed concern about keeping the white ones clean, so you may prefer the darker colors.

Fit Tip: The Shoreline Converse run half-size big, so size down.

This striped swing top is not only back-in-stock in several colors, but on sale for $23!

Fit Tip: I sized up one to a Small for more length on my long torso.

I've had this knit maxi for years, and now it's available in 24 colors and patterns, and on sale!

And lastly, this color-blocked clutch isn't actually on sale, but for $25, it might as well be!! It's definitely my favorite purchase of late.

What's rambling through your head this Friday? Have you found any great deals or read a good book lately? What are your thoughts on Snapchat vs. Instagram Stories? (I'm @cassiesugarplum on both) I'd love to hear what's going on in your world! Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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*This post is created in collaboration with Nordstrom, but all ideas, opinions and product-stalking are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*


  1. I was one of the people concerned about the white converse, but I bought them and just wore them for 10 days in NYC and they are still looking great! A miracle if you ask me?!

    1. I haven't had any problems with mine either! Thrilled to hear it's not just me!! And 10 in NYC...#dreamy xoxo

  2. I love most of Elin Hilderbrand's books, Blue Bistro is my all-time favorite of hers. Definitely perfect summer reads!

  3. I grabbed the converse in grey since they are at a great price. They come today! I prefer Instagram. I find snapchat so confusing. 🙈

  4. The monogram stickers are so cute!!

  5. Congrats on the features! So fun an so deserved. I am reading an Elin book, Nantucket Nights, and have been so irritated. I loved the Rumor so I'm kind of disappointed. Enjoy the rest of your beautiful vacation!

  6. I think Real Simple magazine nailed it Cassie....I feel like I actually know you :)

  7. Could you posted an entry about fall photo shoot outfits that contains popular fall trends and colors? Once I pick out my outfit I can then match the rest of my family. Thanks in advance! ~Ashley (St. Charles, MO)

    PS- love your blog especially dressing room diaries.

    1. Thanks Ashley!! As soon as it cools down a little, I'll start bringing some Fall styles to the blog. Right now I'd have a heat stroke trying to photograph them!! ;) But for now, you can search 'fall style' on my blog and find looks from last season! xo

  8. I recently read two Elin Hildebrand books and loved the Nantucket setting..both perfect for summer reads. I will have to check out the three you mentioned now too. YASS to Olympic Fever around here too. Love all those monograms from the shop!

  9. Dude. How awesome abut those features!!! So well deserved!

  10. Thanks for sharing, and congrats on the features, friend! ;)

  11. Converse shoes are washable if they get dirty. Cold water and not too much soap and then let them dry. Do not put them in the dryer.

  12. Blush and Bashful monograms! She was just the nicest person. Totally getting my kelly green chucks "Eagles" ready.

    PS. Was forced to buy cream shorelines. #noselfcontrol

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    1. Yay!! Thrilled you had a great experience with her, too! xo


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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