Happy FRIDAYYYYY! Woohoo! I am so pumped for this long holiday weekend! We are heading on vacation today and staying through Wednesday in North Myrtle Beach. I can’t wait for 5 days straight of sun and fun! Since we’ll be beachin it up over the next few days, it made me think about my favorite beach essentials. Besides magazines for reading (Vogue, In Style, and the Food Network magazine are a few of my faves…fashion and food! YAAAS!), I thought I’d share these products with you because they are AMAZING. Each special in their own little way! I hope you discover some new brands and products in this post that you might add to your must-have list as well!

Let’s start from the top with hair and work our way down! My first beach beauty essential is Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray.  First of all, all the ingredients are organic…we’re talking Atlantic sea salt, aloe, sea kelp extract, and rose geranium essential oil just to name a few- which makes it smell amazeballs btw. I love a good salt spray in the summer. After a swim, just spray this on your damp locks and you’re left with perfect tousled waves. This product is key for that effortless beach wave look. It doesn’t leave your hair crunchy and gives it just the right amount of texture. Who doesn’t want mermaid hair?!? It comes in two sizes starting at only $14. Buy it here: Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray

Next is the Soothing Eye Concentrate from Juice Beauty. This product is also organic and blended with fatty acids, vitamins, grape juice, and aloe to sooth, smooth, and firm the eye area. So far in my 30s, the area around my eyes is the one place that was beginning to show my age a bit. It’s super important to me to use organic and natural ingredients, especially on such a sensitive area, so I was thrilled when I discovered this product. It’s also fragrance free which is fab because nobody wants weird smelling stuff around their eyes…ICK! This may sound weird, but you can almost FEEL it working as soon as you apply. Perfect for days in the sun when your skin is extra thirsty. It’s almost as if your skin drinks it up and immediately puts those ingredients to work. (Basically like Chick Fil A breakfast does for a hangover! Lol! You know it’s true!) You can buy it here: Juice Beauty Soothing Eye Concentrate

Next are two things that I not only use massive amounts of in the summertime, but also carry in my bag year round. Burt’s Bees Hand Salve and Burt’s Bees Moisturizing Lip Balm in Coconut and Pear are absolutely necessary for smooth lips and hands! The hand salve is soooo hydrating- I also use it on my elbows and other rough areas sometimes for a quick touch up. It’s one of those things that you just always need to have on hand. (Literally!) Another product I’m obsessed with is Burt’s Bees Lip Balm. I always get 1,000 of them in my stocking at Christmas and keep one in my purse, car, bathroom, kitchen, office…you get it, one in every room. You can never be too prepared. Can someone be addicted to lip balm? Is that a thing?
Hand Salve: here
Lip Balm: here


Next, we move on to nails. I just tried the NCLA So Rich Cuticle Oil for the first time a few weeks ago and I am beyond obsessed now. It’s infused with Vitamin E and leaves your cuticles so nourished. I love the dropper style applicator and a little bit goes a LONG way. It will last forever! I always paint my nails (my two favorite polish colors are the next products) and then use the cuticle oil as a finishing touch. It’s also perfect for touch ups for that fresh mani look. Find it here in Mermaid Tears here: NCLA So Rich Cuticle Oil AND it also comes in Pumpkin Spice (what what?!?!): NCLA So Rich Cuticle Oil in Pumpkin Spice

If you haven’t tried Deborah Lippmann nail polish, you haven’t lived! (So dramatic right?!?) But seriously, once you use it, you’ll never go back. The polish is never streaky and it dries faster than any polish I’ve ever used! No exaggeration there. For a Momma that doesn’t have much time to paint her nails, I need a quick drying polish! Not only that, but it lasts longer than regular polish. I am the queen of chipping polish and this miraculously outlasts the elements! A super cute little detail is that all of the polish names are musically inspired! Fun right? My two favorites featured in the picture are Like A Virgin (the white) and Shape of My Heart (light pink). I usually paint two coats of the Like A Virgin and then one coat of the Shape of My Heart. It’s my favorite beach color combo because your nails look bright and fresh!! I’m going to warn you though- it’s available in a million different colors- slippery slope! Shop all of her colors here: Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish

Alright, so I saved my secret summer skin weapon for last. This one isn’t pictured with the others, but I had to add it and share with you because it is the BEST. The Cera V. SA Renewing Lotion is the most amazing lotion in the universe. My skin gets super dry in the summer and this lotion helps my after-sun skin to feel hydrated and renewed. I’ll use it on my face (although there is a face lotion also) and my entire body. I feel like it heals and repairs really dry skin. The salicylic acid works to penetrate to the deep layers of the skin where dryness begins and keeps your skin feeling smooth and glowy. It’s also enriched with antioxidant vitamin D! Do your skin a favor and stock up! You won’t regret it! You can shop it here: Cera V. SA Renewing Lotion

Also, you can shop my palm waterproof pouch from the first picture here: Aloha Collections Palm Pouch

I hope you enjoyed my must-have summer beach beauty essentials! If you have questions about any of these, feel free to comment or contact me! Have a wonderful weekend!

Hey y’all! Hope you’re having a great week! If you’ve followed me for a while, you know that we moved to a new city (well, new/old city…we moved back to our hometown) a few months ago for my husband’s new job. Our move seemed like the perfect time to redecorate, de-clutter, and spruce up our home decor! In our old living room, we had a chocolate brown sectional and it was a pretty dark space overall…with our new space, my goal was to brighten things up! As the months passed, we have slowly turned our house into a home and I thought I’d share a few items that I’ve recently added to the mix in our living room. Disclaimer: I am in no way a home decor expert… I just enjoy decorating! Also, it’s probably far from being completely finished because I have been blessed with the rearranging type of OCD… BUT, I’d say this is a pretty good rough draft! Also a few weeks ago, I talked about our home office reveal…well, since then I’ve changed a few things around in that room (SEE? OCD STRIKES AGAIN!) Soooo that may need to be saved for another day, another blog post! This one is already a doozy… how much can I pack into one blog post…hmmm let’s see!?!
So here is some background info: our living room is a really long room and larger than the one at our old house. I have really enjoyed revamping because we spend the bulk of our time in here playing, reading, Netflix and gummy bear binging, yaaaas you know the deal!

A New Favorite

We recently added this drum table as a little coffee table to give this space just a little more functionality. If you were sitting on the right side of the couch, you had no place to sit anything except for the floor (first world probs)…but this little table solved that issue. I wanted something small and lightweight that could be moved easily and wouldn’t get in the way of my son’s play space. I found this hammered brass round drum table at Target and knew that was it! (Side note: this post is not sponsored by Target, although most of everything you’ll see is from there…what can I say? I’m a Target girl!) You may be able to find this particular one in your area…maybe in stores?!? It says it’s currently unavailable online, but if you’d like the product information you can click here.  It was a steal for about $140 total after shipping costs. And my son had a blast with the giant box it came in! Win win!

Shop a few of my favorite round gold coffee tables here:

Overview and Details




Shop my furniture and rugs here:

I linked the sofa and loveseat, but we have the oversized chair and ottoman. You can find the chair here and ottoman here.

Art

Nothing makes a space feel more personalized and tell a story than art. I recently added pictures to the gallery wall behind the couch to pay homage to our time in Charleston. I started with the round mirror and two coral pictures and eventually wanted to gather the three prints I had of Charleston and place them in a spot where we would enjoy them more often. The bottom right picture is a vibrant, fun print I recently purchased from Mac & Murphy in downtown Charleston on Canon Street. This is an exclusive print from a collaboration from local artist Dorothy Shain. They are sold out at the moment, so I was so happy that I snagged one! I love the bold, bright colors…it was the perfect addition to add more color to the living room.

The top left is a foil pressed print of the different neighborhoods on the Charleston peninsula that I purchased from Celedon Home. I loved the simplicity of the design and the different patterns for each neighborhood. They currently don’t carry it, but I found it for you here: 42pressed.  

42Pressed carries these for a ton of major cities…I thought about getting NYC too because it’s my favorite to visit! Make sure to check out their site!

Another area that I love is this console chest that houses our ridiculously large collection of DVDs. The chest was my grandmother’s and it’s perfect storage. If you open the two doors, there may or may not be an avalanche of movies… BUT with the doors closed, it at least appears to be nice and neat! I have a few of my favorite books stacked on top and one of my favorite pieces of art showcased over that. This piece is called Surf City and it’s by local artist and friend Morgan Walker. Definitely follow her on Instagram: bymelving AND check out her work from her site here: Melvin G. (Make sure to check out the faces!) She is insanely talented and I love how this piece brings more of the blue over to the front of the room. Blue is my favorite color (hence the overall color palette in this space), so I love admiring all the beautiful shades swirling in this particular piece. It reminds me of the beach, which is why I added visual texture over the framed art with the spiky wall urchins.




Also on this side of the room is a secretary that has been handed down in my family and also a nook with our bar cart!
I love mixing trendy modern pieces with the legit nice mahogany furniture that has been handed down in my family. The only thing I can’t decide about in this space is curtains…to add or not to add? I’m on the fence about it!

Warning: at this point, my son is up from his nap and real life has set in…pillows astray and toys being thrown all over the place!

Lastly, we have kiddie corner over on the opposite side of the room. We don’t have a formal “playroom” so besides his room, kiddie corner in our living room serves as the spot for a ton of our son’s play stuff! Anddddd I just noticed that the top picture right there is crooked. HAHAHA! I never said my house was perfect! Lol!


Disregard the kid show on the TV! Lol… another real life pic for ya! But this gives you a different perspective of the space…I couldn’t quite fit all of it in one frame…like I said, it’s a long room!

Shop these accents and similar pieces here:

Shop all round wall mirrors on the Target site here:
here.

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse inside our home! I promise to reveal our office next week! I also have a post I’m working on for Friday of July 4th inspired looks! Make sure to follow me on Instagram for daily posts…I neglect Facebook (sorry!) ALSO the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is coming up! Early access starts on July 13!!! Definitely mark your calendar because that is my ABSOLUTE favorite sale of the year. I’ll be hyping it up until then because it’s just THAT good! Hope you have an awesome Wednesday and get over that hump! Who is heading out for vacay for the 4th holiday!?! The countdown is on! See y’all later this week! Stay styled, sugarplum!

Hey y’all! Happy Tuesday! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! This post includes a few things I’m loving lately and obsessing over right now. Everything you’ll see is under $50 and almost all are available with free shipping! I also included a few pictures below my wish list of an adorable top and earrings I wore with my bestie for a girl’s date yesterday! If you follow me on Instagram, you already got a sneak peek! Behold my latest wish list:

So clothing first…I love the boho vibe from the gorgeous indigo tie dye maxi dress from One Nation. The cut is universally flattering and the pattern is absolutely gorgeous!  It’s such an easy breezy dress to throw on at the beach, to run errands, or just grab lunch with your girlfriends! Same with the baby blue off-the-shoulder shift dress …the ties on the sleeve are an adorable detail and this dress also comes in blush and ivory. I’m all about that simple summer dress life. I can’t forget about my love for rompers though! The featured Everly striped romper from Nordstrom also comes in the cutest mustard yellow print. I love the deep V neckline and tie detail on the hip. It’s a versatile piece that can easily take you from day to night. Wear with sandals during the day and to amp it up, add statement jewelry and espadrille wedges and heels for night. Lastly, this BP. eyelet off-the-shoulder top is definitely a must-have. I own this one and have received so many compliments when I wear it! Shop them by clicking the highlighted links or below.

Next, let’s talk bags. It’s no groundbreaking news that straw bags in the summer are a hot trend, but I absolutely L O V E this one because of the slouchy, hobo shape and the cute tassel/pom combo detail. Shop it here: BP. slouchy straw tote  I also love this rainbow studded clutch! It’s a new spin on the rainbow detail trend of summer. I’ve mostly seen this trend in a pom-lined clutch, but the studs give it an edgier feel! Shop it here: BP. studded clutch ! I included these and several other styles to shop below!

Slides are raging this season and I love the crisscross design of these. The leopard print is a staple in my wardrobe and I love adding that pop of pattern with my accessories. I also love the metallic gold ones, which can be worn practically all day, every day, with everything! Shop both below along with a few other available colors and styles:

Lastly, bring on the baubles. The Gabriela ombre drops from Baublebar are too cute for words and are also available in blue. It’s hard to choose a favorite…reminds me of Sleeping Beauty when the fairies are fighting over which color to make Aurora’s dress… *Make it pink! Make it blue!* I’m also loving the design and beautifully rich colors in the Nazaria drops. The different colors of turquoise, green, and blue are stunning! Plus, the stone shapes are so unique. The Coral Reef Collar is a perfect summer statement necklace. In addition to the blush color, it’s also available in coral and turquoise. Shop these and a few other jewelry favorites below:

Yesterday, a bestie of mine came in town to visit and I wore this look below to our lunch date! The Suki top from Francesca’s combined several of my favorite things and trends: pink tassels, one-shoulder tops, ruffles, and embroidery. Best part is that t’s only $38! I couldn’t believe it. I paired it with the Clementine pink tassel earrings (only $18) because it incorporated the pink tones from the gorgeous embroidery on the ruffle. To finish off the look, I wore simple white skinny jeans from Old Navy (under $50) and gold double strap sandals. OH I can’t forget my aviator sunnies! They’re only $12 and come in seven colors! Shop my look below the pics!

Shop this look here:

I hope you enjoyed a few of the things I’m currently crushing and I’ll see you later this week with some home goodies and office reveal I promised from last week…forgive me pleeeeeease!

Howdy y’all!!! Hope you had a great weekend and your Monday is playing nice!!!

Soooo it has been quite a while since my last plant-based update on here. Like forever. I’m gonna get real honest right now.  I made a big deal about going plant-based because it was something really important to me. But I’m going to keep it real, living a full 100% plant-based life only lasted about two months. I started in February and then started integrating organic lean meats, cheese, and alcohol every now and then in April. I’m not saying living plant-based is any less important to me now (because it’s still something I constantly strive for and I still want to live as plant-based as possible), so let me explain further. This might sound like a lame excuse BUT it was incredibly difficult to sustain a plant-based life solo while cooking for my family. (Blame the family haha) My hubby and son would want something completelyyyy different, and I’d be in the kitchen for what seemed like an eternity every day prepping and cooking. That’s just not feasible for me on a day to day basis no matter how prepared and organized I was with my meals. I have NO idea how people do it 100%. I commend them, because I feel like I gave it a really valiant effort.

I will say this: I learned A TON about food in general from making that switch. From my research, the documentaries, and the recipes from the plant-based cookbooks (which are fantastic by the way: Clean Eating and Forks Over Knives), I have a better understanding of healthy fats and (for lack of a better way to say it) fatty fats, how to steer clear of most refined sugar, added steroids, chemicals, and preservatives in our foods, and how to prepare healthy meals in their raw form without excess oils. Keeping those few things out of our diet and still centering everything around fruits and vegetables is my plan now, and so far, it is definitely a better system for our family and daily routine. I’ve adopted several changes from the plant-based experience that I’m going to continue to use in everyday life. For example, I still cook with coconut oil instead of olive oil/butter, I use unsweetened almond milk and a drop of raw honey in my coffee instead of creamer, I opt for fresh instead of frozen products, and I’m really trying hard to be conscious of snacking on food with preservatives like chips and junky stuff and substitute for healthier alternatives like fruit, hummus, or granola. (Although the struggle is so real sometimes since Haribo gummy bears are my ultimate weakness!) Another example is that I make my own salad dressings now (kitchen mixologist status) instead of using store-bought dressing. Small changes like that really make a big difference in how you feel. This experience has truly changed the way I see food now and has given me a deeper understanding about food prep. I’d say I’m about 80% plant-based, and I’m at peace with that. I’ll still continue to share healthy recipes with you because I really do enjoy it! I may even starting posting one recipe a week…let me know if that’s something you’d be interested in! I also want to integrate more food and home decor/organizing posts in Styled Sugarplum, so be on the lookout! So, now that I have updated you about food life… here is one of my favorite salad recipes EVER!

I’m ALL about that salad life in the summertime! This apple walnut one has been on constant repeat. It would be perfect to build in a mason jar for an on-the-go meal too! I originally found this on Pinterest and have made a few modifications. Sometimes I add grilled chicken or blackened shrimp, but it is delish solo sans meat as well! Recipe below!

*Quick side note…how cute are the Rex brothers? Best salt and pepper shakers EVER! I have a raging dinosaur obsession and when I saw these a while back in Target, I just had to have them. My son loves them, too (he obviously inherited my dino-mania gene!)

 

 

I hope you enjoy this salad as much as I do! (Which to be honest right now… is almost daily!)

I’ll be back later this week with a look into my home with my home office reveal! I’ll be talking about my tips for staying organized and maximizing your workspace! I’m also going to try to squeeze a Fab 5 fashion post in the mix! Make sure to subscribe to my blog and I post daily on Instagram, so if you aren’t following me there- holla at ya girl… @styledsugarplum

Hope you have a fantasmic week!

Hey y’all! Hope you had a great week and I’m pumped because it’s FINALLY Friday!!! Do you have any holiday weekend plans? We are heading to our family’s condos at North Myrtle Beach and I can’t wait for some beach time!!!🙌 But first, shopping. No better way to kick off the weekend than a Nordstrom sale! There are some killer sales going on right now for Memorial Day (my favorite retailers and sales are listed at the very end of the post) BUT my ultimate number one favorite of all time retailer, Nordstrom, is having their *half-yearly sale* until June 4 and SO many styles are marked at amazing discounts up to 50% off!!! Best part about ordering from Nordstrom is that they make the return process so easy…they include a return label and shipping is always free! I’ve picked some of my favorites from the sale under $50 and divided them into categories for ya! I also included a link below each category for you to shop all the products directly from the Nordstrom site if you’d rather experience the awesomeness of this sale first hand! Happy shopping!

 

Shop my favorites from the picture:

Dresses:

Shop all dresses here: DRESSES

Rompers and Tops:

Shop all tops here:TOPS

Bottoms:

Shop all bottoms here: PANTS, JEANS AND SHORTS

Bags:

Shop all bags here: BAGS

Shoes:

Shop all shoes here: SHOES

Jewelry:

Shop all jewelry here: JEWELRY

ANTHROPOLOGIE: Take an extra 40% off sale sitewide

ASOS: 20% off with code LIT20

AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS: Up to 60% off select styles// 50% off swim seperates

EXPRESS: Up to 50% off everything sitewide

LOFT: 40% off everything with code VACAY

NORDSTROM: Half yearly sale- up to 40% off select styles

NORDSTROM RACK: Take an additional 25% off clearance and free shipping on orders over $100

OLD NAVY: 50% off tees, tanks, shorts and swim //Take an additional 10% off- no code needed// Also earn Super Cash: $10 for every $25 spent

REBECCA MINKOFF: Up to 60%off sale styles sitewide

TARGET: Up to 30% off on patio, home and furniture //ALSO extra 15% off with promo code HERO

Hope you enjoyed all my sale picks and I hope you have a safe and fun holiday weekend!