{Top Ten} May

Friday, May 31, 2013

Somehow, without me even realizing it, May has completely whizzed by! How is tomorrow already June 1st?! I hope the Summer doesn't fly by as quickly as the first half of the year...I want to savor every last second of it! I can't wait to show you some exciting projects in June, but in case you dozed off, here's a recap of the Top Ten posts for May.

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I can't believe it's been a month since we came home from Italy. I'm ready to go back! I last shared the charming island of Burano, and hopefully soon I'll get my act together and finish the {Trip Reports} for Florence, Cinque Terre and Milan! You won't want to miss them.

I dressed up a plain mason jar with an Etched Monogram. It was the perfect Teacher Appreciation gift.

Summer means houseguests...here's how I prepare.


Hi Sugarplum | Top 10 May

I'm obsessed with all the uses for these caddies...including as a Teacher's Essentials Gift!

I paired Spots & Stripes, and showed you real-life behind the camera of my {Outfit Inspiration} posts.


Hi Sugarplum | Top 10 May

We're serious about our coffee, and keeping it stylishly organized.

I DIYed a monogrammed doormat and revived the sad door hardware for a quickie Front Porch Makeover.


Hi Sugarplum | Top 10 May 

We're turning our organization to the garage, starting with the Spraypaint.

Things got a little saucy with Hot Pink & Leopard.
 

Hi Sugarplum | Pink Walls & Red Ceiling Dining Room

And my favorite project of the month, is hands-down the pink walls and red ceiling in the Dining Room!

What was your favorite project? Are you tackling any new ones? Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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Spruced Up Porch

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I'm still slowly working my way through the To-Do Lists in the house (Living, Dining, and Family Rooms), but with the weather so nice, I'm turning my attention outside, too. The front porch has been neglected for several months, so it was time for a spruce-up this weekend! After a few simple DIY projects, we are ready to welcome guests again.

 Hi Sugarplum | Spruced Up Front Porch

I'm still crazy about this monogrammed coir mat (from Ballard), but after a full year outside in the elements, it was really faded and tired.

Hi Sugarplum | Spruced Up Front Porch

Instead of investing in a new one, I followed Freckles Chick's lead, and painted it! Using black Patio Paint (found at craft stores), I brushed and dabbed it over the existing letter and border.

Keep reading to see the mat makeover, and how to rejuvenate tired old door hardware.



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Easy Teacher Gift: Essentials Kit

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Hi friends! I hope you enjoyed the long weekend as much as we did! The kids are literally counting down the days until Summer Break...and thanks to Memorial Day, there is only one more Monday! I wish I were a teacher and had the Summers off, but truth is, there is no way I would keep my cool working with a bunch of kids every day. I think teachers have a direct path to Heaven, and I'm so grateful to those who teach.

As excited as they are for the break, my kids are really going to miss the amazing teachers they had this year. Since many teachers dip into their own pockets for supplies, I thought a little kit of classroom/desk essentials would be a helpful Teacher Gift.

Hi Sugarplum | Teacher Essentials: Easy Gift

Since making this Earring Caddy, I've been obsessed with all the uses for these type of organizers. And this one, intended for beads, is only $2 at Michaels!

Hi Sugarplum | Teacher Essentials: Easy Gift

As an added accent, I first looped a ribbon around the lid, securing it in place with glue dots.



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Super Sales

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Happy Memorial Day weekend, friends! This is the time we pay our respect to those who fight for our freedom, but the retail stores celebrate by having gigantic sales! In case you're taking a break from the sun, and spending a little time with your laptop...I thought I'd share some of the amazing sales with you. Yay for holiday shopping weekends!

C.Wonder is offering 25% off your full-price order of $100, no code needed. Also, take an extra 50% off sale items with code SALE50. I love this Starfish Stacked Ring and Striped Boatneck Tee.

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The Half-Yearly sale for Women and Kids is going on at Nordstrom. Does anyone even come close to their customer service and easy return policy?! Seriously, they are the best. Those yellow wedge sandals I posted about here are included!

Click here for the full listing of sales.... 

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The Friday Five

Friday, May 24, 2013

How about a Hoody-Hoo for the long weekend!? I've got cook-outs, pool time and Summer dresses on the brain this Friday.

1) I pinned this dress from Forever 21 last week, then immediately had to order it. It appeared to be the perfect Summer dress...bright colors, light fabric, easily dressed up or down...and cheap! Unfortunately, it's not so cute in person. Unbelted it looks like a mumu, and belting it didn't help much either. Not to mention, the armholes are so big you can see all the lady bits up top. Total bummer, but back to the store it goes.

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Natalie is a genius at flushing out the good stuff from Forever 21, so I ordered this one too, after she posted it. It looks pretty high-end in person, and the details are impressive for the price. The Love 21 line is cut more for women (as opposed to juniors), so I tried both an XS and S. One fits great on top, but the other is better on bottom TWSS. What do you think, is it a keeper? Which size looks best?

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2) Now that we're spending more time outdoors, I'm excited to pull this DIY Fedora back out! Are you a hat person?

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3) My parents are moving soon, and gifting us with their super-duper, mac-daddy grill (their down-sizing means new stuff for us!). I'm not a good griller, but I'm determined to master Martha's BBQ Chicken this weekend. I think I'll add Shay's Corn Salad, or Sheaffer's Black Bean Salad to the menu. Or better yet, I'll invite them over and they can bring both!

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4) I'll provide the rafts and a cute Patriotic Table like this one from last year. That sounds fair, don't you think?

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5) Occasionally I get asked if I help design spaces for other people. I'm much too chicken for that, and who in their right mind would want their house to look like mine a box of Crayolas?! The one place that much color and pattern is universally accepted, is in Kid's Rooms. Those are my absolute favorite to create, too. Kirsten has partnered with Land of Nod for this fabulous series, and I've been devouring every post. I know my kids will want some changes to their rooms as they get older, so I'm gathering all these great ideas.  



What's on the agenda for you? Have you found any great Summer dresses? What about grilling tips? Happy long weekend, lovebugs!

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{Outfit Inspiration} Hot Pink & Leopard

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Thank you so much for your comments on our new Dining Room colors! I know they are bold, and certainly not everyone's cup-of-tea, but they make us happy. And isn't that what's most important when designing your home...creating a space that reflects you, and makes you feel comfortable and happy? As cliche as it sounds, I want our home to be a haven for us.

Today's {Outfit Inspiration} takes a break from pattern mixing, but is no less bold. Home and closet...I just can't help myself! I'm drawn to vibrant colors and patterns!

Hi Sugarplum | {Outfit Inspiration} Hot Pink & Leopard

I have a small waist, but fuller hips and bootay, so virtually all my skirts and dresses are an A-line silhouette. The rare exception is when I find a pencil skirt with enough stretch to fit curves, and is thick enough to not pull and pucker. (These are my favorites.)

Hi Sugarplum | {Outfit Inspiration} Hot Pink & Leopard
Someone get that girl some self-tanner! And a comb.

The pink top is so vibrant, the skirt actually becomes a neutral in this outfit. That's one of my favorite things about leopard...it goes with virtually every color. (See my take with with kelly green here.)

Hi Sugarplum | {Outfit Inspiration} Hot Pink & Leopard

Hi Sugarplum | {Outfit Inspiration} Hot Pink & Leopard

I piled on a few necklaces to get a chunkier look. The leather wrap bracelet is from my sweet friend, Courtney.

Hi Sugarplum | {Outfit Inspiration} Hot Pink & Leopard

Hi Sugarplum | {Outfit Inspiration} Hot Pink & Leopard

What's your favorite color to pair with leopard? Have you let your legs out for the Summer yet?

{Outfit Details}
I link to the actual item whenever possible, but I've had most of my clothes for ages.
In those cases, I try to link something similar.*

Top: J.Crew | Cardigan: Target Merona | Leopard Skirt: J.Crew Factory (similar) | Shoes: Joan & David | Necklaces: J.Crew & Forever 21 (similar) | Pearl Bracelet: J.Crew (similar) | Wrap Bracelet: Francescas

*Some links contain affiliates.


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The Best Part of Waking Up

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Recently, Folgers asked me to talk about my morning routine, and I realized that on a perfect day, it revolves around coffee and music. I'm not exactly what you'd call a morning person. I'm not a grouch or anything, but I need a little time before the family can start with the rapid-fire questions and requests. 
For a weekday morning, that means I hole myself up in the bathroom while I get ready, with only the radio to keep me company. That usually lasts a few short minutes before a little person barges in. Then it's a mad dash to feed the kids, drop them at school, and get to work on time. Coffee doesn't even come into the picture until I've been up for a few hours...and even then, it's office coffee. Not exactly a relaxing or leisurely morning routine!

But once the weekend rolls around, I'm singing a different tune in the morning. Mr. Sugarplum is pretty serious about his coffee, and I'm pretty serious about cute trays...so we keep all the morning coffee essentials corralled on a cute Ikea tray.

Hi Sugarplum | Morning Coffee

Beans are stored in a sealable jar, and a tea canister brought back from this trip holds sweetener (it happens to have my initials). This little set-up makes me smile every time, and I love that it keeps the counters organized.

Hi Sugarplum | Morning Coffee

Then I escape to the new backyard patio, with my iTunes, newspaper, and favorite mug.

Hi Sugarplum | Morning Coffee

Hi Sugarplum | Morning Coffee

Mr. Sugarplum used to be a professional musician, and even though he doesn't do it for a living anymore, there is always music playing in our home. He even made up a song about coffee we sing as a joke.

Reheat my coffaaaay,
Pour me some love.
Add a pinch of sugar, baby,
and french vanill-uuuuh!

I should enter him in the Folgers Jingle Contest...then every morning could be a weekend. You know the person who wrote, "The best part of waking up, is Folgers in your cup!" retired on that jingle! #cha-ching (You're welcome for getting that stuck in your head all day.) 

You can listen to the Top 10 Finalists in Folgers' Jingle Contest, and vote on the best. Cast your vote once every day through June 19th, and you could win free Folgers Coffee, iTunes® gift cards, signed CDs from Gavin DeGraw (you know I love me some Gavin!!), and even a $10,000 Grand Prize!

What's your morning routine like? Does it involve coffee and music? Is the Folgers jingle now stuck in your head?! Do you think my Mister missed his calling as a jingle writer?!?

Official rules found here.


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neighbors

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The love and war between Texas and Oklahoma dates back to the early 1900s. It's a rivalry as old as College Football. And while there is no love lost between the two states during the annual Red River Rivalry, during times such as these, Oklahoma is undoubtedly, our beloved neighbor.

We've made the short trip across it's border countless times, to visit friends and explore. I wish we were with those friends now. My heart aches for the communities, neighborhoods, and families impacted by this devastating storm, and my thoughts and prayers are with them.

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{How to Help}

Make a donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund, or give blood at a local branch. 

Text "redcross" to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

Family pets and animals are also severely impacted. Donate to the Central Oklahoma Humane Society.

The Salvation Army and Oklahoma Disaster Relief are delivering food and disaster response to victims and are accepting financial help.

Text STORM to 80888 to contribute $10 to the Salvation Army’s relief efforts.


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{Dining Room} Pink! There It Is!

Monday, May 20, 2013

You guys didn't disappoint when I offered up our Dining Room wall color to your vote, and I can't thank you enough for your great feedback! After a family vote, and a Pinterest consultation, we went with my original plan, but gave it a kick in the pants!

Hi Sugarplum | Pink Walls & Red Ceiling Dining Room 

Oh yes, we did!! We painted the walls pink and the ceiling red! If you've read this blog for more than a week, then you know we are not afraid of color (hello, navy bathroom and green door!). And, in this instance, all we had to lose was the cost of two gallons of paint. The Dining Room had come a long way (see before shots here), but it lacked energy, and that little something-something special.

Hi Sugarplum | Dining Room Drapes

Now there's no putting this baby in a corner.



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The Friday Five

Friday, May 17, 2013

I think it's safe to say that warm temperatures are here to stay! This is my very favorite time of year in Texas, while it's warm enough to enjoy the perpetual sunshine, but not so hot that you seek shelter in the air-conditioning. The impending Summer season is a big influence for today's Friday Five.

1) My girl, Chassity, declares the Sam Edelman Gigi as the perfect sandal. I've seen them on countless celebrities, and I've heard they are super comfortable and hold up well season after season, so I'd have to agree. I'm cuckoo for the Zebra & Gold combination.

Hi Sugarplum | Sam Edelman gigi sandal


But Target just released a Sam & Libby version that looks reeeeeallly similar. They are only $25, so for the same price as one pair of Sam Edelman's, I could get two pairs of these. Hmmmmm. They're only available online, so I haven't tried them on. Have you seen them in person?

Hi Sugarplum | Target Sam & Libby


2) How gorgeous is this banquette? Well done, World Market!

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3) I mentioned getting a Clarisonic Mia for Mother's Day, and loved hearing how passionate so many of you are about yours! I've only been using it for a week, but I'm already totally obsessed hooked. I did a lot of research and shopped around before pulling the trigger, and am really happy with this one on Amazon for under $100.


4) I'm super excited to be participating in Pottery Barn's latest Mystery Box Challenge! It's a "friendly competition" (please, they have no idea how competitive I am!) between five bloggers to create a 'Summer Sips Cocktail Party'. I posted this image on InstaGram (@cassiesugarplum) this week to announce it, and I think some people thought I was going on a Pottery Barn shopping spree!

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The challenge is each of the five bloggers received the same mystery shipment, and Pottery Barn's Facebook fans will vote on who creates the best set-up with those items. We were also gifted with $50 for supplies. I'm so excited I can hardly wait tear open these boxes...the whole thing goes live next month, so I'll be sure to keep you in the loop. I'm not too proud to beg for your votes!

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5) I'm thrilled to welcome Design Your Dwelling as Hi Sugarplum's newest sponsor! Beth creates custom mood boards for any room in your house, each including furniture, color scheme, lighting, flooring, window treatments and accessories. Along with the Design Board, you'll receive a full shopping list and instructions for any DIY projects. That's serious bang for your buck! She also offers 'Quick Fixes' for your design questions and dilemmas for only $25. 

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Thanks to sponsors like Beth for providing us with some project funding! The DIYs would be pretty sparse around here without it. Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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Preparing for Houseguests

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Hey, hey, hey! We've been busy organizing the garage the last few weekends, but with Summer break just around the corner, we'll be welcoming house guests soon, so I spruced up our spare room, too. I can't really call it a Guest Room, since it's more of a dumping ground. You know the kind of room I mean...that one you keep the door closed and pretend it's not straight out of an episode of Hoarders. Please tell me you have one of those?!?

The peeps at Command gave me further incentive to clear a walking path in the room. They challenged me to use their new products to create a welcoming space for guests.

Hi Sugarplum | Prepping a Guest Room

After shoving everything in the closet cleaning up the clutter, I made an organized place for overnight guests to put their things. We want them to feel as comfortable in our home as they do their own

Hi Sugarplum | Prepping a Guest Room

Living out of a suitcase is no fun, and neither is forgetting your toothbrush! I stocked little pails with all the essentials, and hung them from Command Brand Terrace Hooks. Guests can grab the whole pail, or just what they need, and head to the bathroom.

Hi Sugarplum | Prepping a Guest Room



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Tickled Pink

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I knew you guys wouldn't disappoint when I asked for your input on what color to paint our Dining Room, and I loved all your responses! But what I didn't expect, was how many of you would choose Option B...red walls and pink ceiling! Either we share an addiction to color, or you know I'm not afraid to make a bold choice. Second place was Option A...pale pink walls and red ceiling. And to be fully transparent...just as many chose Option E...and thought I'd totally lost my marbles. But that's another post entirely.

I, too, love how the Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer illustrated the room with red walls. Like, really love it. And you know I'm not shy about color (you remember this room, don't you?). If the Dining Room were fully contained, I'd likely go for it. But with such an open floor plan, the room is basically an extension of the Living Room and Entrance Hall, and I fear the red would overpower everything and become the sole focal point. So I went back through my Pinterest board of ideas for our Dining Room...and there was a single repeating factor.

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{Field Trip} CB2

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

This isn't a real and true Field Trip, since I'm not actually touring the brick-and-mortar CB2. But that's only because there's not one in my area! If there were, I'd be field-tripping more than my wallet could handle! CB2 is the younger, hipper, (and most importantly) more affordable cousin of Crate & Barrel. I can always rely on them for cool lighting, furniture, and home accessories. Now they've sweetened the pot by partnering up with Robert and Cortney Novogratz...the husband-wife designer dream team...for a CB2 and Novogratz Collection.

    The fearless and colorful collection is inspired by the Novogratz's Brazilian home. (Total side note, but how cool are you to say, 'My house in Brazil.' Which not only indicates you have multiple houses, but that you're lucky enough to have one of them in Brazil!! Think they'd want to adopt a grown woman?!)

   


I could live in a house full of these pieces. How about you? The Dupla Credenza is my favorite, but the Figueira Swing Chair would be fun for the backyard.

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The Novogratz aren't likely to adopt me, but there is a chance me and 3 friends could win a one-week stay in their Brazilian vacation home! Or a $100 CB2 gift card!

   

Just enter the CB2 and Novogratz Brasil Sweepstakes before June 3rd for your chance!

Follow CB2 on their social media channels for more updates on this Brazil trip of a lifetime.
    Twitter: @CB2Tweets | Pinterest: CB2 | Facebook: CB2


    But if you win, you have to take me. What's your favorite piece from the new collection?


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