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Friday, September 19, 2014

{Fashion Friday} How to Transition to Fall

We had a little taste of Fall weather last weekend, and I did what I do every time the season changes....stood in my closet dumbfounded about what to wear! It's like I have a senior moment, and literally forget how to dress for the new season. Before I had a total closet meltdown (you know those...when you're running late and have NO idea what to wear, and you start to panic a little #firstworldproblems), I took a deep breath and remembered my three Fall basics...jacket, scarf, boots.

Yep, it's that simple. By adding any combination of those three items, you can transition almost any outfit from Summer to Fall. I'll give you some examples.

Add a military or denim vest to your white jeans, and swap wedges for boots....BAM, pumpkin spice latte time! I ordered both this vest and this one because I couldn't decide which I liked better. Thank you, Nordstrom, for free shipping and returns! I'll let you know which vest I settle on when both arrive.

Military chic


Fall chic


Same goes for dresses...add a light jacket and feminine booties, and you're ready to frolic in the leaves. Once Winter hits, you'll need to be more concerned about the fabric of the dress, but for now, most everything works.

Fall Chic



Here we let the cozy scarf and knee-high wedge boots (both are so crazy comfortable!) work their pinecone magic.

boots and checks


I love jeans and a white tee year-round...but with a flannel plaid scarf, booties, and a cognac bag...I'm ready to pick apples! Can you even stand how perfectly-Fall this plaid scarf is?! And only $20! #didsomeonesayChristmasgift

scarf and tee


Now that I know what to wear again, I'm ready to welcome cooler temperatures. How do you transition your wardrobe for Fall? What's your favorite Fall outfit? Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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*This post is written in collaboration with Nordstrom, but as always, all styles and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

{DIY} Pom Pom Pillow

When the producers of the blogging video (I shared it with you guys here) informed me I'd actually be creating a project on-camera, I knew it needed to be something simple, quick, and wouldn't require me to get sweaty or curse. (I can't promise I didn't swear, so thank goodness for editing.)

I've loved this pillow from Amber Interiors Shoppe for awhile, but wanted to recreate it myself, and for a lot cheaper. There are no shortage of pom pom tutorials online (including this one from my talented friend Kristin of Hunted Interior), but I ended up combining a few methods for one that worked best for me. It turned out to be perfect for the video, and one of my favorite projects! Plus, it's fun to say Pom Pom Pillow.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Pom Pom Pillow


{What You Need}

Pillow Cover
(This David Hicks 'La Florentina' look-a-like is $10 at Hobby Lobby! #score)
Yarn
Scissors
Embroidery Needle

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Pom Pom Pillow

{What You Do}

Hold the end of the yarn, then start wrapping it around your fingers. If you want larger poms, use a bigger surface like a piece of cardboard, and likewise for smaller poms.

Tip: Don't wrap too tightly, you want to be able to slip it off your hand easily.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Pom Pom Pillow

Continue wrapping the yarn until you have a big bundle. I wrapped mine about 60 times.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Pom Pom Pillow

Gently slide the ball off your fingers, and place it on a 10-inch long strand of cut yarn. #twss

Tip: Cut the longer strand before wrapping the yarn on your hand, so it's ready for this step.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Pom Pom Pillow

Tie the yarn tightly around the middle of the bundle, flip over, and tie again.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Pom Pom Pillow

Slide the scissors through the loops and cut.

Tip: Careful not to cut the two long strands tied around the middle.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Pom Pom Pillow

Once all the loops are cut, you're left with a shaggy pom pom.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Pom Pom Pillow

Trim the ends to even them out and make the pom look thicker.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Pom Pom Pillow

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Pom Pom Pillow

Use an embroidery needle to thread the long piece of yarn through the corner of the pillow, tie in place, and trim the excess ends.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Pom Pom Pillow

Hello, adorable!!

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Pom Pom Pillow

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Pom Pom Pillow

I can't get enough of these cute pom poms, and even tied one to my new bag!


Remember my {DIY} Tassel Pillow? Is there anything not made cuter by the addition of pom poms or tassels?!  #nope 

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