Hey y’all! I hope you’re having a great week and HAPPY APRIL!!! This week for my Fab Five, I’m featuring an outfit that would be a versatile day to night look! Click the highlighted links or the pictures below each caption to shop!

Let’s start with the Crop Culotte Jumpsuit from Hollister. The sweetheart neckline and fitted bodice create a sleek sillouette against the wide leg cropped culottes. The straps are also adjustable, and the smocked stretchy backing makes an easy and comfortable piece. It’s a perfect option for the office with a cardigan or blazer and pumps, and then for night, amp up your accessories and ditch the layers! BOOM- happy hour ready! It’s right under $50, and also comes in a really cute denim light blue and white stripe!

Next, let’s talk about the Garbriela Fringe Drops from Baublebar. If you haven’t noticed, I’m a sucker for statement earrings. I have acquired quite a selection over time, and I just ordered these in yellow. I styled this look with the turquoise ones, and absolutely LOVE the fun layers of fringe. They are also available in coral, hot pink, and red. They’re $38 and add a whimsy, bold pop of color to an ensemble.

Up next is this fabulous floral stud crossbody bag from Topshop. Embroidery has been an ongoing trend since last summer, and it is here to stay. This bag is so pretty with the turquoise, red, and blush flower pattern, and yet has a bit of an edge with the studded detail. It also comes in this beautiful white floral pattern that absolutely screams spring! (I linked both below!) They’re both $48 each.

The Baublebar Stud Cuff is next up and I love the girly minimalist simplicity of this cuff. It’s a strong piece, and yet the pearls soften the look. This is a statement piece that you could throw on with just about anything and would even be cute with a casual tee, jean cutoffs, and espadrilles. It retails for $32.

Lastly, are the Isabel Wraparound Sandals from Steve Madden. These are the ultimate comfy heels for summer. The block heel is supportive, and the lace-ups create visual detail at your feet. A lace-up shoe is perfect for this look because the beautiful wrap-around straps can be fully showcased with the crop culotte hem. I also linked a taller heel AND an espadrille version (MY FAVE) all under $50!

Hope you enjoyed this edition of Fab Five under $50, and I’ll be back later this week with details on a few of my favorite hair and skin products. Also, I just received my first FabFitFun box, and will give my FULL REVIEW on that *hopefully* next week! Have a great week!

Hey y’all! Hope you’re having a lovely week so far! I seriously can’t believe that this is the last week of March!?! Where did this month go? Even though it flew by, I’m really glad that Mother Nature is finally playing nice and temperatures are warming up! This time of year, I usually make the transition in my closet from winter to spring. With that being said, this is also the time of year that I stock up on a few new things for rotation! Retailers are busting at the seams with spring merchandise! By the way, if you’re looking to shop around for some Spring wardrobe essentials, make sure to check out the SPRING tab on my main menu! In this drop down menu, there are four categories of Spring goodies that are on-trend right now, yet versatile enough to take you well into the summer months! I’ve separated items into Dresses, Accessories, Tops & Bottoms, and Beach/Pool. Definitely make sure to check it out for some fresh swag! This post is about a few things that I’ve been crushing on that I recently ordered! I always try to be budget-friendly with my purchases and everything posted here is under $50!

So, let’s start with this bag. I was eyeing the Rebecca Minkoff Vanity Saddle Bag ,since it was on sale from $325 to $210. I’ve been searching for a while now for a grey bag to add to my accessory essentials. I didn’t really want to drop $200 on a bag, so I tried to find a bag that resembled the shape and size of it, without pissing off my husband the price tag. I found this BP Foldover Crossbody at Nordstrom, and fell in love. It’s the perfect size (13″x9″) and I love the grey color with the tassel detail. Plus, it’s only $39! It also comes in cognac and black, so all your neutrals are covered. This bag will definitely be on repeat, and the grey will be a useful, universal summer bag color! It’s linked below and I also linked the splurge bag, too…cause it is a suchhhh a good deal and who doesn’t love Rebecca Minkoff.

Next, how cute is this one shoulder striped top?!?!? This top is also from BP at Nordstrom. If you haven’t noticed, BP is one of my favorite budget-friendly brands out there. AND Nordstrom ships for free and has the best return policy ever, so that’s always so nice, too! They make it easy for me to be a shopaholic…too easy. HA! Okay, so ruffles and shoulder details are ON FIRE this season. I just love how Spring brings out such feminine styles and I can’t get enough of this one! I’ll be wearing this top with white denim, or jean cutoffs. It’s an easy one to transition from day to night, also. It would be adorable even tucked in with a skirt for a dressier look! Best part is, it’s only $35. Sizes are selling out really fast though, so make sure to grab yours while you still can!

While we’re on the topic of tops, hehe, this red off-the-shoulder top is also from BP at Nordstrom. It gets so so so hot here in South Carolina, that walking around naked a flowy, lightweight top is absolutely mandatory from here on out. This top is super cute and flirty, and much like the characteristics of the one I mentioned above, it is extremely versatile for day and night looks. It’s available in four colors: red, black, white, and black floral. It also has a really playful strappy criss cross in the back, which adds a really fun detail!

 

Next, are the “IT” earrings of the season: the Crispin Drops from Baublebar.  They are a perfect statement earring to add some fun flare to your looks. I love the threaded detail and they are the perfect size.  I’ve been trying to get my hands one the white ones for a while now, and as soon as they were back in stock, I ordered. I’m sad to report though, that they are already out of stock (again!) BUT, they are available in about 100 other colors and patterns, so make sure to check them out! I’ve linked a few of the available styles below and if you click on them, it will bring up the main page with the variety of available colors!

Lastly, are these fun, embellished Kay Slide Sandals from Target. I was back on forth on this style and then the Abby Sandal from (none other than) BP at Nordstrom. I finally decided on the ones from Target, because I liked the extra splash of color. This is a sandal that you can throw on with basics to complete your look and add some vibrant texture with a boho, cool vibe. I linked both below!

 

I definitely can’t wait to get these babies in and style them! I’ll be anxiously refreshing my UPS tracking until they’re here! (spoken like a true shopaholic!) Don’t forget to check out my SPRING SHOP drop down menu for other fun Spring picks! I hope you have a great week!

Hey y’all! I hope you had a fantastic weekend! We had serious quality family time, and it was wonderful! My son had his last soccer practice Saturday, which was adorable! They finally played a scrimmage against the other three and four year old team, and to say it was entertaining would be an understatement. My cheeks still hurt from smiling and laughing so much! Then last night, I saw Beauty and the Beast with a friend of mine! It was Disney perfection. Total magic…no lie. It was my favorite Disney movie growing up, so I knew going in that I’d love it! It far exceeded my expectations and Emma Watson was THE perfect Belle (girl crush!) I’ve been talking about it non-stop on social media, because I seriously can’t control my excitement. I’m going to attempt to scale back to finish this post though, so here we go. I’ve actually been trying to get this post up for a few weeks, but I’ve been writing and sharing other posts, (slack!) After two weeks of neglect, I FINALLY want to dish some of my March Beauty faves. Some of these are old school must-haves from my makeup bag, and some are new additions. Regardless of when they joined the pack, these are my favorite beauty baes in rotation at the moment!


1. iT Cosmetics Sunshine in a Compact: This has been my jam for about 100 years now. Or maybe just 3, but this bronzer is my absolute favorite. The shade I use is Warmth (it’s the universal color) and it gives such a perfect sun-kissed color. It’s a talc-free matte formula that treats your skin with anti-aging peptides, collagen, and antioxidants. I use it on my cheeks, forehead, and around my jawline…sometimes even down my neck to blend. Some bronzers can seem cakey and heavy…not this one. It is lightweight and so silky smooth.

2. iT Cosmetics Brow Power: So, I was a 90s kid… therefore I overplucked my eyebrows. The two went hand-in-hand. If I had only known then that they would NEVER grow back properly, I would have banished my tweezers forever. BUT, that wasn’t the case, and now I’m stuck filling them in every single day. I discovered this Brow Power in an ipsy bag a while back and since then, I haven’t used or even LOOKED for any other brow pencil. The color is called “universal” and it is the best. Everyone is always so surprised when I tell them I have to fill my brows! I attempt to make them appear as natural as possible, given their sad circumstance.

3. Too Faced- Better Than Sex Mascara: I also discovered this mascara in an ipsy bag a while back and it quickly became one of my all time favorite mascaras. The formula is collagen-fueled and leaves my lashes plump and well, va-va-voom. I have always been a sucker for a good mascara, and I have tried hundreds. This one ranks up in the top 3 for sure. The shape of the brush grips my lashes and leaves them full bodied and lengthened. I highly recommend! So along with this one…I also use L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar Mascara. I’m obsessed with this primer. This mascara is double sided, so one side is primer, and the other mascara. I like to use this mascara to separate any clumpy lashes. It’s also great for applying on the top side of your lashes, since the brush head is more streamlined than the Too Faced one I also use. When these forces combine, it’s pure mascara magic! *TIP: It suggests to apply the mascara while the primer is still wet, but I don’t really follow that. I usually let it dry for a hot second, because I feel the mascara adheres to the lashes better and builds more body. Both are listed below.

4. Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten in Apricot Berry: This is a new addition to my routine. So, for my face, I use my foundation, iT cosmetics bronzer, Marc Jacobs Beauty Blush, AND THEN this product on my cheekbones, down the ramp of my nose, and around the frame of my face. This is basically the cherry on top of my face makeup routine. It adds both a really pretty berry color and a highlighting sheen. It has an incredibly silky consistency, is paraben free, and also contains anti-oxident ingredients. I love all of her products, I’ve never had any issues with quality or satisfaction. You could use this as a blush alone, or as a final touch like I do!

5.NARS Audacious Lipstick- ANNA: I raved about this lipstick a while back in a blog post that I wrote about a few of my favorite things. Well, it’s still at the top of my list one year later. This color is absolutely gorgeous. It’s one of my favorites to wear on a daily basis, and is always in my purse. It’s gives your lips just the right amount of rosy color.  The formula is so smooth and creamy, it’s like velvet on your lips. AND it’s available in 35 colors! It is a bit more than what I would normally spend on lipstick, but I guarantee that it’s worth it!

6. NYX Cream Highlight & Contour Palette: This is a new addition to my routine, and I have to admit…I’m still trying to master the art of contouring. The first time I tried it, tbh, I looked like I rolled around in mud…so so bad. I wanted to try a contour palette, but didn’t want to break the bank. I searched online for highly rated palettes, but then I stumbled across this one at Target and really like this brand. I gave it a shot, and although I’m still mastering the skill…the palette itself was surprisingly high quality considering the price (only $15!) I really like the 3 shades and they compliment each other so beautifully. There’s a really pretty shimmer to the highlighter, and the cream formula is lightweight. It’s a great long lasting formula, too! I think this is a great starter palette if you’re looking to expand to the world of contouring! That same day, I purchased this e.l.f Contouring Brush (which is a steal for only $6!) Like I mentioned, I’m still mastering the actual application process, BUT this brush is awesome! The shape of the bristles helps you control and blend. I need to watch about a hundred more YouTube contouring videos, but I’m determined to get this, y’all! Stay tuned! Shop both below.

7. Heavenly Skin Bye Bye Pores Powder Brush: This may seem like a TON to spend on a brush. It’s $58. I totally get it. BUT, it’s a skincare infused brush. (Ummm…what does that mean?) So, the patent-pending hair bristles are infused with anti-aging collagen, silk, peptides, niacin, and antioxidents. The makes application seem as flawless as the fairy godmother’s magic wand. Not kidding. It’s my favorite brush ever. I use it for bronzer, although it can be used for loose or pressed powders. This brush was developed by plastic surgeons and dermatologists, so it’s the real deal y’all! The experts have spoken! It also has some weight to it, so it’s really easy to control for perfect, flawless application every time. It’s like the Rolls-Royce of brushes.

8. iT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush #7: Last but not least, my other favorite brush on the planet. I love that it’s dual sided, because I feel like I’m getting more bang for my buck. It’s another rather pricey one, but well worth it for the airbrush application effect. The details suggest to use it for foundation and concealer…I use the larger side for my blush (like the Laura Geller baked blush I mentioned above), and the smaller side for the base color for my eyeshadow. This brush is so versatile though, that I’m sure you could use it with a ton of different products, and it would give you amazing results no matter what. I also love that the brush is 100% cruelty free and has vegan bristles.

I hope you enjoyed my rundown of my current makeup faves! This week I’m bringing you a fashion post on some items in my shopping cart. Or more accurately, in transit in a box at the UPS processing center…haha! I hope you have a great week!

 

 

Happy blogiversary to me!!! Friday marked the one year anniversary that I launched Styled Sugarplum!! Yay!!! Over the past few months, I shifted my focus on the blog from strictly fashion and beauty to more of a lifestyle blog, including food tips with my plant-based journey and sharing tidbits of my life. I want to continue with this because Styled Sugarplum has evolved just as I have in my personal life. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for riding along on this blogging journey with me and I can’t wait to see where it take us over the next year! I’m so grateful for all the wonderful blogger friends and people I’ve met along the way and the opportunities that have knocked at my door. Blogging has really opened a world that I never knew existed and it gives me so much joy. It’s a great outlet for me, which is why I want to continue to share more of my life as I grow with it.  To celebrate my one year blogiversary, I thought I would tell you a little more about ME with ten random facts! One of my goals for the next year of blogging is to let down my walls a bit more and share more of what makes me, well… me! I also hope to get to know you more over the course of the next year!

Here goes nothin’ ⬇️

1️⃣My world revolves around my hubs and babylove. I don’t talk about them much on my here, but I would be lost without them. My hubby (Brandon) and I have been together for 14 years and will celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary in June. Our son Lawson was born in 2013 and completes us!
2️⃣ I danced ballet for over 20 years of my life. My favorite role was the Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker- this was the inspiration for my blog name. My mom purchased my custom made tutu as a gift to me so I’d always have it. (If I could only fit in it now!!! #dreamworld Haha!) I taught dance for 7 years after I stopped dancing and loved every minute of it. I miss it and it’s definitely something I want to get back into soon. At the moment, I’m back in school to get my teaching degree. I’m thinking of specializing in speech pathology, although I’m not 100% on it yet! I love working with children, so teaching is definitely where my heart is!
3️⃣I love rap and hip hop music- it all started with discovering the Life After Death album from Biggie in the 7th grade. People are always so surprised by this because I’m a little prim and proper[ish] southern mama, but I LOVE it. I’m not too crazy about some of the current stuff, but late 90s to 2010ish was the jam. I still know every word to basically anything and everything during that time frame.
4️⃣I’m an organizational junkie to a fault and will spend forever getting something juuuuust right. I love to help friends and family organize their homes, closets, you name it. I thought about creating a side business (which I may still do) because I enjoy it so much.
5️⃣I didn’t enjoy cooking until about 4 months ago and now I’m a self proclaimed master chef. Well, idk about master chef status, but watching all those cooking shows sure is paying off! 👩‍🍳Watch out Gordon Ramsey! I’m still working on my kitchen creativity, but it’s definitely come a long way!
6️⃣ If I could live off eating only cheese, I would. 🐭🧀 That’s one thing I miss dearly from living a plant-based life. During cheat days- it’s ON. Cheese dip at the Mexican restaurant doesn’t stand a chance. (Neither do the margaritas!)
7️⃣I have flown a plane. I took flying lessons after my high school graduation. Coolest gift ever. Like EVER. I’m fearless when it comes to heights and on that note: I’m a total roller coaster junkie. I will seriously ride any kind of roller coaster out there. ANYTHING. I did bungee jump once, but I haven’t gone skydiving. My hubby is the complete opposite- total fear of heights. We always go to theme parks in a group because he won’t ride them. We are thinking of doing a kid-free trip to Universal for our 5 year anniversary and he will have to ride with me. Maybe he’ll overcome his fear this year?

8️⃣ I lived in Charleston, SC for nine years and that chapter is a huge part of my life. We recently relocated back to our hometown (about two hours away from Chas) because my hubby got a new job. Charleston holds so many dear memories to me. I got married there and had my son. I transitioned from my 20s to my 30s there and really found myself. I have some amazing friends there that I miss every single day and I loved the city as if it were a person. Charleston will always have a chunk of my heart and I can’t wait to visit again soon!

9️⃣ I am deathly afraid of spiders. Everyone knows this about me because I will FREAK if I see one. If it’s larger than a quarter, you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll probably cry. I’m not kidding. I hate them. I once had a jumping spider in my car and I jumped out at a stoplight at one of the busiest intersections in Charleston. 🙈 Homie don’t play dat! It was beyond traumatic for me when the light turned green and I had to get back in and drive knowing IT was in there. Obviously I survived to tell the tale.
🔟 It took me 6 months to grow a pair and actually launch Styled Sugarplum and I’m so glad I did because it has been such a wonderful experience! Thank you again for following along and I look forward to many more years of blogging bliss!!

Have a great week and stay styled, sugarplum!!

 

Anyone else addicted to subscription boxes or is it just me? 🙈 There’s something so exciting about mystery mail. I’m not sure why I get so giddy about the anticipation of new products, but I am a self-proclaimed subscription junkie! I had to detox recently because things were getting out of control…so I researched to find one box that would fit all of my needs and feed the subscription box vices. I recently subscribed to the Pop Sugar must-have box because I really liked the wide range of items and variety they include in each month’s box. A little fashion, beauty, kid, kitchen, food, home…you get the picture! Every box has a general theme, which I think is really neat…March’s box was all about Spring Fever! I wouldn’t necessarily have picked these on my own, so I love discovering new products and brands! Just to give you an idea of price, it was $200 for a 6 month subscription and I used a promo code. In the scheme of things, that’s really not bad considering each box is valued at over $100. I believe that after the discount, it was basically like I received a box for free. Also, this is not a sponsored post…just my honest review!

I’m loving the pop of color in the vinyl bag from Stephanie Johnson. This is definitely not something I would have purchased for myself, but I really like the idea of using it for poolside and beach activities to ensure the contents stay dry. It’s also very structured, so I know the contents will be protected! This might even be a petfect camera bag! Vinyl is in, y’all! It retails at $45.
You can check out more of her line here: Stephanie Johnson I also really like how her website is categorized by bag shape and color…it’s very easy to find exactly what you need! I’m really impressed with the quality and always like to get a little funky with accessories. This is a win in my book!

Another item we will definitely be using on-the-go is the eco friendly lunch box from Sunny Life! They have a TON of cute products on their website from beach and pool necessities, hosting and entertaining accessories, candles, and kid-gear. They have some of the cutest games and toys for kids I’ve ever seen. I’m for real when I say this may be my new favorite company. They have such fun gift ideas, too! They even have pool floats and cool stuff for a BBQ. You have to check out their website and tell me what you think…for some reason it feels very nostalgic for me. Takes me back to the whimsy, bright colored memorabilia from being a kid. I know you’ll love it as much as I do! This lunch box is dishwasher safe and comes with a silicone band to hold it together. There’s also a flamingo version and one with a pineapple on it! Too cute! They retail at $18…Check it out here:Sunny Life

My little threenager is already eyeing the Smashmallows (shocker!) I won’t have too much mom guilt considering they’re organic and made with no artificial ingredients. They come in a ton of flavors, although this Cinnamon Churro one is BOMB. Talk about YUM! I tried it because I just had to and y’all. Seriously the best little treat on planet Earth. They’re only 80 calories per serving, so that’s not too bad either! A few of the other flavors are mint chocolate chip, toasted coconut pineapple, strawberries and cream, and espresso bean. They retail at $4 a bag…don’t say I didn’t warn you! Find more here:Smashmallows

Of course I love the Kate Spade photo album because I’m forever taking pictures. Seriously, I’ve always got my camera on me. Kate Spade can do no wrong, so I was really excited to see this album in my box. The neutral canvas and black polka dot design is so chic and cute. It will blend in a flow perfectly in any room. This is also a fantastic gift idea! Mother’s Day is coming up! This photo album holds 80 pictures and retails at $20. Find more here: Kate Spade

I first heard of Thrive Causemetics (yes, you read that correctly) from an ipsy bag a while back and absolutely love this company. That stand for women empowerment and with every purchase, they donate to women in need. The Brilliant Eye Brightener is a perfect addition to my summer makeup routine. I always tend to go with a bronze and neutral palette for my eyes and this will add just a little pop to brighten the corners and lower lashline. Find out more about this amazing company here: Thrive Causemetics

Before the Pop Sugar Box, I hadn’t heard of Velvet Eyewear. I was excited to get a $25 gift card though! I browsed their website and I’m really impressed with the variety of choices. They have three sections to their site: Trends, Optical, and Collection. The trends section features trendy glasses priced around $55, while the Collection page has more designer priced choices at around $170. I will definitely order a pair (because you can never have too many sunglasses, am I right?) and I’ll let you know my thoughts on my social media accounts! Shop their site here: Velvet Eyewear

Overall, I’m really impressed with this first box. I already received a “sneak peek” of next month’s box and I’m stoked! It contains a dipped bamboo cutting board from Morning Culture that can double as a serving platter. It is SO. CUTE. Can’t wait! If you’re interested in subscribing, check it out here: Pop Sugar Must Have Box

I’m also interested in doing the FabFitFun box so if you have any info or reviews on that one, let me know! Happy St Patrick’s day and have a great weekend! Stay styled, sugarplum!