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!

Hey y’all! This will be a quick post of mainly pics, but if you have followed me for a while, you know that we recently moved from Charleston back to our hometown about two hours away. I miss Charleston SO SO SO MUCH! You have no idea. I do love being close to our family, but nothing compares to Charleston! I visited last weekend and had the chance to hang out with two of my very best friends. They’re the kind of friends that are in a higher category that aligns with the love you feel for your family. Basically, the sisters I never had. I had some amazing girl time with my college bestie on Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant at Tavern & Table for dinner Friday night. Then Saturday, we had fun shopping adventures in downtown Charleston. We had lunch at The Rarebit (one of our faves) and dinner at Poe’s on Sullivan’s Island. Sunday, I spent time with my dancing homegirl and fellow momma friend. We brunched and lunched at Triangle Char & Bar (design your Bloody Mary for the win!)…then went back to her house to hang with her two *adorable* daughters. I miss their little faces! (And for reference, her oldest daughter is my son’s girlfriend. So basically when they get married we WILL be family! Haha!) It was such a refreshing weekend and it felt great to recharge!

These are just a random assortment of pictures from the weekend. I love photographing Charleston now more than I ever did when I lived there…I will never take its beauty for granted again! There is truly something special and magical about this city and I hope you enjoy! Have a great Thursday and look out for my post tomorrow about my faves from the MAJOR sale happening right now at Nordstrom!

The next few pics are of my new favorite place in Charleston- it’s called Skinny Dip: Charleston Edition. It’s located on King Street, right smack dab in the midst of the shopping district between Calhoun and Wentworth Street. It’s THE cutest boutique…full of surprises. The first floor has adorable merchandise (can you say…wall of clutches?!?) and also items that are locally endorsed and manufactured. SHOP LOCAL! Then, you head upstairs to the bar…I have one word for you: FROSÉ. Not rosé, but frosé. It consists of rosé, grapefruit juice, and a secret ingredient. Whatever it is, it’s DELISH! Upstairs you’ll find more merchandise and a beautiful flower wall (perfect for frosé selfies!) As if it couldn’t get any better, there’s an adorable outdoor patio area with tables, benches and a swing. Definitely check it out if you’re in town! Here’s there website if you want to see more: Skinny Dip Charleston

Now, more of King Street and parts of Broad Street. 

 

Basically my life motto: 

Hope you enjoyed some of my pictures and I’ll be back tomorrow with Nordstrom Sale faves and a heads up about Memorial Day sales! 

Hey y’all! I hope you have had a fantastic week so far! I thought I would do a little catch up sesh on my life lately, since it has been about 3 weeks since I’ve blogged. UGH I SUCK! Hopefully you’ve been keeping up with me on Instagram because I post on there almost everyday! My username on there is @styledsugarplum!  We have been super busy over here and this week especially, since I’ve been on a break from school. I’ve had some time to spend quality time with friends, family, and tie up some house projects. My hubby and I also had a MUCH needed date night. I feel like we take the time to go out to eat as a family quite often because we usually have a nice lunch out every Sunday after church, but we deff need to make more of an effort for dates on the reg. Here’s our ghetto car selfie from date night last Saturday because that was really the best we could do at the time …haha! We kinda suck at taking pictures together because I’m usually the one always behind the lens…regardless, isn’t he just the cutest?

We are coming up on our FIVE year wedding anniversary next month and I am so excited. We’re trying to figure out what to do!?! At first we were thinking NYC, then we thought maybe Universal Studios in Florida (the Harry Potter nerd in me NEEDS to visit The Wizarding World of HP), then we even thought “YOLO, lets go it Italy”… we just can’t make up our minds!?! Any fun destinations you’ve traveled that would be good for couples sans kids?

This week I’ve also been stepping up my fitness game. Since we moved, I have continued to workout, but not as regularly as I’d like. My knees are shotty, but this week I FINALLY feel back on track and I’ve been interval running and pumping out workout videos like it’s my job. I absolutely love walking/jogging outdoors. There is just something so magical about the fresh air and sun. It’s good for the soul! I also love working out to DVDs for sculpting and ab work along with cardio from running outside. Anyone use workout DVDs? What are some of your faves? I enjoy PiYo, the set from the 21 Day Fix, and Turbo Jam (that’s old school but I love it.) The Turbo Sculpt and Ab Jam from that set are my absolute favorites! If you have any suggestions on videos you enjoy, please send them my way! We have a smart TV, so if there are any available on YouTube or wherever- let me know! I’d love to hear your recommendations!

Now that I’ve caught you up on some life happenings, today I want to share a look with you that I am SO excited to rock in a few weeks when I go visit a few of my besties in Charleston in two weeks. I can’t wait to get back to that salt air and see two of my favorite friends in the world. I will be documenting that weekend and I’ll share with you because we are heading to a few new places that I have never been! Back to the look, it’ll be perfect for a day to night transition because all you need to do is switch your shoes to wedges or a block heel sandal! Such an effortless transition!

 

So first things first, I have been on the hunt FOREVER for the perfect raw hem white denim shorts. You’d think it would be easy….pshhh white shorts in the summer. BUT NOPE. After searching for about a month, I have finally zeroed in on some that meet all the criteria: stretchy denim, not too long/ not too short, and budget friendly. They’re the STS BLUE Raw Hem Denim shorts from Nordstrom. All hail Nordstrom. I wanted to share them with you because they also come in a few other shades of denim…so if you’re also on the hunt for a great pair of denim shorts of any color, I highly recommend this brand. I’m picky about my shorts because 1) I’m 32 and don’t need my ass hanging out, 2) they gotta be stretchy and move with me aka no muffin top, and 3) must be an affordable price point (these are $39 and it’s free shipping.) They also run true to size. Check them out below!

Okay, next is this AH-DORABLE floral ruffle one shoulder top. It’s called the Annka One Shoulder Ruffle Tank from Free People and it comes in an ivory and black also. The one I bought is the peach and I just love the bright colors on the floral ruffle. I saw this on a fashion blogger I follow on Insta and knew I had to have it. You ever just fall in love with a piece and know it’s meant to be?? (Oh myyyy, spoken like a true shopaholic.) For size reference, I purchased the small (so pretty TTS.) Shop below!

Now we have my next favorite item in this flatlay…the Mia Woven Raffia Clutch from Mar Y Sol . This one also comes in a few colors: aqua, natural, navy and pink (the one I have.) It’s a small clutch, so don’t expect to fit much more than your cards, phone and lipstick. It is SUPER cute though, under $50, and I really like the mini-bag size, which is totally on-trend. To give you an idea, it’s about the size of a standard greeting card. Shop below!

I’ve bundled the last few items together for my accessories. My sunnies are from Velvet Eyewear and they’re the Khloe style. I’m obsessed with the round lens trend, so I knew these would be a perfect neutral accessory to rock all summer. Check out their website for more goodies. My earrings are from Target and I couldn’t find the exact pair to link for you, but I’ve linked a few other mint pieces below. I chose the mint color for my earrings because I wanted to pull some of the green from the floral ruffle in my top, but also keep it light enough that they would show up in my sea of long hair. (Which is long overdue for a trim, but I’m gonna call it my “summer mermaid hair” although we know it best as lazy girl hair.) Anyway, my sandals are the perfect splash of metallic and I love the simple two strap style. They’re from Old Navy and right now if you use your Old Navy card and the code THANKYOU, you can receive an extra 40% off. Oh gosh, don’t hate me but I just discovered that the metallic gold ones like mine are sold out. This style is still available in a few other colors online though. The gold may be available in stores, so if you really want them, check your local Old Navy. I’ll be on the lookout for some similar styles- so if you’re interested, email me! Shop the rest of my accessories below!

I hope you enjoyed deets on my new favorite outfit. I’ll be back this weekend with another plant-based diet update. It’s been a while, so I want to bring you up to speed and share a salad recipe that has been in constant rotation! Have a great rest of your week!

 

 

 

Hey y’all! Happy Wednesday! I hope your week is going well! I wanted to focus this week’s Fab Five on the HUGE Shopbop sale that’s happening right now! All of my picks are under $100, including the Fab Five this week. This is a fantastic time to pick up some designer duds on the DL. Down low PRICE, that is. Shopbop only has these sales a few times a year, and this one only lasts for three days. You can use the code *ENJOY17* to receive 20% off purchases under $500 and 25% off all purchases over $500! This offer ends April 14 at midnight AND the best part is that it includes sale items! WHAT WHAT…so get your shop on! Behold five of my favorites…gonna be honest, it was hard to narrow it down to just five. (And also…I may or may not be hoarding items in my online shopping cart.) Also, below my Fab Five picks,, you’ll find my complete Shopbop Sale SHOP! Say THAT five times fast!

First, HOW CUTE is this adorable Lioness Del Rio romper ?!? I love the off-the-shoulder neckline and the fun bell sleeves. This is definitely an effortless piece that you can wear with sandals OR dressed up with heels. It is an absolute steal for only $60 with the discount!

Next, I love this darling Moon River cold-shoulder dress. The lace details take this little white dress to the next level, and I love the cold shoulder and drop waist design. It is lined, which to me is a total WIN. The last thing you want is for everyone to see your goodies! Keepin it real! This dress is only $64 with the discount!

I’m obsessed with these Geo Metal Statement Earrings from Madewell. They are the perfect solid gold statement earring, and at 2.5″ long, they’re the perfect size, too. They’re also only $25.60 with the discount!

Next up, is the most AHHH-DORABLE sandal of all time. Really, though. The Dolce Vita Pedra Sandals have the absolute cutest details with the zig-zag design mixed with cheetah print. Add the lace-up detail around your ankle, and there you have it ladies and gentleman. The cutest sandal of all time. These are the priciest item on the list. They are right at $100 with the discount, BUT so worth it. Your feet deserve a little party every now and then! Treat yo’ feet!

Last but not least, are the Blank Denim Coated Skinny Jeans. The rosy color is right on trend with the blush crush, and the distressed knees only add to the style factor. I love that they cut right above the ankle because these would be perfect to show off a really cute sandal or heel. It’s also a stretch fabric, so I’m sure they’re super comfortable. They come in right at $70 with the discount and sizes are selling quickly!

That’s a wrap for the Fab Five this week, but below is my complete Shopbop Sale Shop. I hope you find some goodies! I certainly have found TOO many! Here’s a tip: If you find something you like, go ahead and put it in your shopping cart. Shopbop will reserve it for 30 minutes while you shop and decide. This sale is BIG and sizes/styles are selling out like crazy! Good luck and may the shopping odds be ever in your favor! Stay styled, sugarplum!