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Monday, December 22, 2014

That Weekend I Sold Everything on Craigslist

Happy Christmas week! We had a weekend jam-packed with family and celebrations, and the Santa-frenzy is reaching it's peak. But we aren't just sitting back, sipping eggnog (not that I drink that nasty stuff anyway), things got real, and real crazy over here.

Remember back in MARCH when I posted the Before shots of our bedroom? That's typically an indicator that a makeover is in the works...especially given that it was top of my Home Goals list for 2014...but true to form, the makeover stalled. So with the year's end looming, I'm determined to finally give our room the same attention the rest of the house has received. And following up on this year's motto, instead of my typical fretting and mulling, I'm just going to start somewhere!

I told Mr. SP our Christmas gift to each other would be a new bed. Just what every guy wants, right?! Of course he got all technical and wanted to know what we were going to do with our old bed. #details So I did what any deranged sane person would do before determining the direction of a room, I listed it all on Craigslist! And ooops if it didn't all sell in a day! But by golly, it's started now!

Hi Sugarplum | Master Bedrooom Makeover

Yep...the bed, hope chest, and dressing table are all gone, and the dresser has been moved to another room (see the Before shots here). What's in their place, you ask? Nothing. What are you going to do, you're asking? I don't know.

Hi Sugarplum | Master Bedrooom Makeover

Hi Sugarplum | Master Bedrooom Makeover

I do know our mattresses are on the floor, and clothes are piling up. And obviously, if you're sleeping on the floor, there's really no reason to make the bed. How about these for inspiring pictures?!

Hi Sugarplum | Master Bedrooom Makeover

Our bedroom had become the resting place of all the random furniture that had no home...here's the hodge-podge layout before.


Now it's nothing but a mattress on the floor, and two side tables. And while the vision isn't clear yet, I do have a plan.

*The side tables will be replaced with dressers, so they play double-duty of clothes storage and night stands.
*The tall tv cabinet moves to the wall previously occupied by the dresser, therefore opening up the view through the windows.
*Create a sitting area.
*The hope chest and dressing table had no use, so they are gone.
*The dark wood king-sized bed will be replaced by a softer, upholstered bed.


Hi Sugarplum | Master Bedroom Floorplan


I've got a few design ideas, but of course I'm having a difficult time deciding...I'll show you guys tomorrow and get your feedback. Do you think we're crazy for starting this makeover Christmas week? My marriage is the most important part of my life, so I can't think of a better use of my week off than to create a sanctuary for us! And after selling virtually everything in the room, I'd say we're off to a good start.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Sugarplum Style, Vol. 7

Happy, happy Friday! It's less than a week until Christmas...are you ready?! I hope to finish up this weekend so I can savor next week, and time off with the family. And unfortunately for my jeans, most of my family has demanded requested I bring Crack Bark to all our gatherings. Thank goodness for lycra.

Jeans have pretty much taken over my wardrobe lately...along with lots of layers...as you'll see in this latest round of Sugarplum Style.

Vests have become my go-to layering piece this season...I love how they add to an outfit, but don't add hot-flashes like a full-blown jacket can.



Dark sweaters look so fresh when paired with white jeans. See more options in Five Ways to Wear White After Labor Day.



I found this J.Crew look-a-like herringbone vest on Groop Dealz about a month ago, and I've worn it at least twice a week since. It always sells out, but I post it on my Facebook page whenever it becomes available. And PS, use HISUGARPLUM15 for 15% off when you shop!

Striped Turtleneck | Herringbone Vest (similar) | Distressed Jeans | Booties | Watch | Bag (similar)


First with stripes, and the next day I wore it with plaid and spots.

Polka Dot Sweater | Plaid Popover Top | Herringbone Vest (similar) | Skinny Jeans
Booties | Watch | Bag (similar) | Crystal Necklace (similar)


Stripes + Plaid never lets me down...or gets old, apparently. This top has a fun zipper back that makes it more interesting.



I've never been so happy about rainy days as I am now that I have rain boots!



I don't know why more retailers don't make dog sweaters.

  Military Vest | Dog Sweater (similar) | Pink Gingham Shirt (similar)
White Jeans | Booties | Watch


Tip: For shirts that are a little short, or tend to ride up, layer a longer tank underneath. That's what I do for this one to make it appear longer.

Striped Tee | Distressed Jeans | Watercolor Scarf (similar) | Booties | Watch | Bag (similar)


Blanket scarves are a lot of material around your face, so I usually reserve them for dirty hair ponytail days.



This Fall was all about the plaid...but I think fair isle is taking over for Winter. And don't get me started about plaid paired with fair isle! Expect to see that combo on me next.

Fair Isle Sweater | Chambray Shirt | Flap-pocket Jeans | Knee Boots (similar) | Watch





You're likely starting to recognize many of the pieces I wear since they show up time, and time again...the key isn't to have more clothes, but to mix up what you do have in new and different ways. I hope these posts inspire new combinations from your closet!

You can catch up with past installments of Sugarplum Style here, or follow my everyday-style outfits on InstaGram. Make sure you're following my Facebook page, too...that's where I post deals, steals, sales and goodies! Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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