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Friday, October 31, 2014

The Friday Five

How fun is it to have Halloween fall on a Friday this year?! It's going to be so nice to not have to drag in to work with a sugar hangover tomorrow! I'm not as excited about changing the clocks though...I much prefer Daylight Savings Time. How about you?

1) I few weeks ago, I shared this darling plaid tunic that I so cleverly discovered in the sleepwear department. I don't wear leggings a lot, but only because I don't have many tops long enough conceal all the lady I was excited to find one that might work!

Plaid + Leggings
Cognac Slouchy Tote (I saw this in-store and loved it!) | Watch

Mine arrived this week, so I thought I'd report back on it! You know it's soft and comfortable, because it's meant to be a nightie...and the length is great for covering all the lady bits. But even though it feels like you're wearing your pjs, you don't want it to look like you choose your pattern accordingly! And for sizing reference, I'm in an XS. If I were to sleep in it, I'd go for a small...but I sized down to avoid looking sloppy. Oh, and the scarf is so soft and cozy it feels like pajamas, too!

Hi Sugarplum | Plaid tunic + leggings

2) Are you familiar with Lindsay Letters and her beautiful calligraphy shop? She has the loveliest collection of meaningful art and stationary, along with fun gifts that feature her talent for penmanship. To celebrate the release of her holiday collection, she's offering any downloadable print for FREE! Use OCTDOWNLOAD, but don't dawdle because it's only good for today. I love this fall printable...perfect for our Thanksgiving table.

3) This video makes me laugh so hard. Every single time. Could Jimmy and Bradley be any cuter?!

4) Once November rolls around (which is tomorrow, by the way!), it's officially the start of holiday season. Which means holiday parties....hello! And of course I immediately wonder what in the world I'm going to wear!

Hi Sugarplum | Holiday Party Style

My first stop is always Nordstrom...not only because of their free shipping and amazing return policy, but they carry a broad range of sizes and price points. I've had my eye on this dress for over a's an easy-to-wear, flattering shape, but has some pizzazz with the lace top and deep-v front. I'd pair it with some sexy pumps, some sparkle on my wrist, and a clutch with a little edge, just to toughen it up a bit. Here are a few more lovely dresses that caught my eye...I love the lace or sparkle for this time of year!

Hi Sugarplum | Holiday Party Style
1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9

5) Finally, it's worth noting that the cognac bag I've been carrying for a few months is finally back in stock (and at a great price)! I'm asked about it every time I post a #SugarplumStyle on InstaGram or Facebook, and hated to always give you a similar bag as an option. So if you've had your eye on it, now's the time to go for it!

What are your plans for Halloween night? Have you started thinking about the holidays?! I have plans for some gift guides to hopefully help us all out! Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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**The holiday dresses portion of this post is created in collaboration with Nordstrom. But the selection, outfits, and champagne dreams are all mine. Thanks for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!**

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fall Outdoor Entertaining with Nate

Oh hey...I dropped something, could you pick it up for me? Yes I did just name-drop...but when it comes to Nate Berkus, wouldn't you?! He (as in Nate Berkus) recently challenged me create a fall look using the new pieces from his Nate Berkus for Target line. So basically, he invited himself over. I was totally on board with that. Again, wouldn't you?! (Did I mention it was Nate Berkus?)

Since our weather is still so pleasant, I thought I'd cozy up our refreshed patio for fall, and host a gathering out there. By bringing indoor decor elements jute rugs, warm throws, and fuzzy pillows...the space was quickly transformed in to an inviting outdoor room. I tossed plaid scarves over the backs of chairs, and used poufs and sheepskins as extra seating.

Hi Sugarplum | Fall Outdoor Entertaining

Hi Sugarplum | Fall Outdoor Entertaining

In the past, I didn't entertain much because of the work I perceived went into it. But now I realize hosting friends doesn't have to be an elaborate venture. I know I certainly don't expect one when I visit friends! We took advantage of being outside, and fired up the chiminea for s'mores. And while Nate and I have a love of gold in common, we don't roast our marshmallows the same.
"Hershey's milk chocolate is my favorite so the traditional combo is my go to. And I like my marshmallows CHARRED!" ~N.B.

Hi Sugarplum | Fall Outdoor Entertaining

Hi Sugarplum | Fall Outdoor Entertaining

You don't need a full bar cart to create a drink station...I simply topped a side table with a rustic tray and let guests help themselves to wine and water.

Hi Sugarplum | Fall Outdoor Entertaining

I'm all about short-cuts when goal is to keep it simple so I can enjoy the gathering, too. I asked Nate what shortcuts he takes...
"Lists! You have to be organized...I also keep lots of extra supplies on hand, like straws, ice, wine. That way, I'm always prepared. That and I have some great takeout places in my neighborhood on speed dial. I don't cook so that's really important."~N.B.

Hi Sugarplum | Fall Outdoor Entertaining

Using unexpected items as serving pieces, like this metal wing bowl and feather box, adds instant chicness to any soiree. And don't underestimate the power of a few grocery-store bouquets!

Hi Sugarplum | Fall Outdoor Entertaining

Hi Sugarplum | Fall Outdoor Entertaining

Hostess gifts certainly aren't expected, but I prefer to not arrive at parties empty-handed, and usually bring a bottle of wine. A friend of mine once brought a bag of mini-bagels and honey butter, with a note that read, 'Thanks for dinner, enjoy breakfast on us!' I thought that was the most clever and thoughtful idea! I asked Nate about his go-to host gift...
"I think this year it's going to be my elephant place card holders! They are so chic & fun, and can be used for so many things. Otherwise I love giving framed photos of a special moment the host & I can never go wrong with that." ~N.B.

Hi Sugarplum | Fall Outdoor Entertaining

Hi Sugarplum | Fall Outdoor Entertaining

Hi Sugarplum | Fall Outdoor Entertaining

Hi Sugarplum | Fall Outdoor Entertaining

Thanks to Nate's stylish new pieces, throwing together this chic gathering was virtually effortless, and we enjoyed a perfect night with friends. What are your go-to tips for outdoor entertaining in the Fall? Do you have a favorite piece from the Nate Berkus collection? But more importantly, how do you like your marshmallows roasted?!? I prefer mine perfectly browned with just a touch of crispness. It's an art form, really.

{Shop the Nate Berkus for Target Collection before it's gone!}

For more Fall entertaining tips and ideas, check out what my girl, 
Courtney, created with her Nate collection!

** This post was created in collaboration with Nate Berkus and Target. And while some of the product shown was provided to me, all ideas and delusions of having Nate in my house, are mine. **

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