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!

 

 

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!

 

Hey y’all! Can you believe it’s MARCH already?!? I seriously can’t. Time is passing by SO fast and I need it to sloowwwww down so I can catch up! I’m really excited about this month’s Monthly Edit, but before I dive into that, I just want to catch you up on a few things! I’m going to try to stay on a better blog posting schedule and post every Wednesday. The blog is something that I’ve been slacking on lately and I miss it… *please forgive me!* If I can, I will post two times a week, but I’m going to stick to a schedule of every Wednesday for now. I’m actively posting almost daily on my Instagram account (find me here), so that’s also a great way to keep up with trends and styles I’m crushing on, along with different life happenings on the reg!

The biggest news from this week is that the LikeToKnowIt App launched. If you shop online quite a bit, then this is for you! If you’re unfamiliar with LikeToKnowIt or have never heard me talk about it, it’s the power and logistics behind how I link all of my products I share so that it’s shoppable for you. For example, if you follow me on Instagram and ‘like’ one of my pictures, if you’re signed up for LikeToKnowIt, you will automatically receive an email with direct product links so that you can shop what I’m wearing or any products I feature. Well, NOW you can download the app and it makes it WAY easier for you to shop because anytime you ‘like’ or even screenshot enabled pictures on Instagram (or Snapchat), it will automatically appear (within about 20 seconds) in the app for you to shop! It’s a faster process and you can keep all of your LTK likes and screenshots housed in one place. Basically, it’s the blogger mecca for online shoppers. I do 99% of my shopping online, so this was a TOTAL game changer for me. Plus, it’s fun to browse to get outfit inspo and discover new products! I highly recommend downloading it if this sounds like something up your alley! It’s available in the App Store on your phone! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the app or LTK in general!

Now, the Monthly Edit for March! Let’s start with two of the trends that I’m completely smitten with right now: embroidered jeans and slide-on mules. These two trends have blown UP over the last month and retailers have released so many style choices for us! Both trends really took the spotlight last summer and fall, but it was mostly in bomber jackets and peep toe block heeled mules. They have evolved for spring with the focus of embroidery on jeans (90s trend lives on) and the closed toe slide-on mule. Shop some of my favorites below!

Shop Jeans:

Shop Mules:

*My personal favorite: Blush Maddy Mule

Next, I’m loving ruffles and blush for Spring. Basically, this combo is the fashion world’s peanut butter and jelly. The Krissi cold-shoulder top from House of Fraser paired with the edgy embroidered jeans gives it a dressier and more romantic feel. It softens the entire look. Shop some of my faves below!

Shop Tops:

Up next, are statement earrings. Kate Spade and BaubleBar are slaying the game in accessories right now. The Kate Spade New York Taking Shapes Earring is bold with the dark enameled half moons, yet the pearls provide a dainty detail with each tier. Great mixture of edgy and sweet, much like the contrast of the embroidered jeans and ruffled top. There’s a method to the madness, y’all!
Shop Earrings:

Canteen/circle bags are such a fun accessory. The shape is unexpected with a vintage feel and it’s a twist on the saddle bag or hobo style crossbody. The Harper Crossbody by Aimee Kestenberg comes in four colors: yellow, cognac, white, and black. (The yellow is A-FREAKIN-DORABLE.) I really like the the tassel zipper and the woven chain detail.

Shop Bags:

Lastly, I’m leaving you with a fabulous pair of mirrored round sunnies. I absolutely love the BP brand from Nordstrom because they always have the cutest stuff for DIRT CHEAP. Yeah, I said it. BUT surprisingly, the quality is always fantastic! These sunnies are only $12 and available in two colors. (These are the Black/Pink) I’ve linked it below, but you can shop all the sunnies here: BP. Sunglasses Home Page

As always, you can find the permanent home for this post in the Monthly Edit Menu! Thanks for reading and I hope you have a lovely day! See you next Wednesday when I’ll be dishing my March Makeup Faves! There are several new products that I’ve integrated into my daily routine and I’m giving deets on some of my tried and true staples- stay tuned for that post and stay styled, sugarplum!

Hey y’all! I hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day! We kept it low key this year…it was our 14th Valentine’s together and we don’t quite wine and dine like we used to for such occasions! I cooked cauliflower fried rice for me (recipe coming next week), and a honey BBQ chicken with rice and broccoli for the hubs (thank the Lord for crock pots.) We had quality family time with our boobear, tucked him in to bed, then watched The Bachelor and sipped champagne. YOLO!!! What a wild night! LOL- It was definitely my little slice of heaven and I’m not trying to call anyone out BUT…my hubby really enjoys The Bachelor, too! Shhhh- it’s our little secret!
So, lately here in South Carolina, the weather has hardly dipped below 60 degrees. I’m already channeling spring and thinking about how my wardrobe can transition from “winter”ish weather to warm spring and summer temps. Behold, the Monthly Edit for February. (Side note: You can shop these items by clicking the pictures below my descriptions!)

I absolutely love this shirtdress from Topshop.. I’m loving the flirty vibes with the off-the-shoulder trend, yet it is practical with the long sleeves (and great for the office with a cardigan or blazer.) The sky blue pinstripe gives it a classic, preppy vibe and I love the button details down the front. Topshop nailed elevating a traditional shirtdress with that FUN collar! Swoon! Can you tell I’m obsessed? This dress is only $90, which in my opinion, makes it a steal for a piece you can wear all spring and even into cooler summer nights.

Next, is this amazing Sam Edelman Sierra Straw Tote. I absolutely LOVE this bag. The pom fringe border is so summery and festive and I love the structured shape. The skinny scarf is actually detachable and definitely adds another element of chic to a rather traditional straw tote. The circle shaped handles are so on-trend and the shape/size is perfect to carry all of your everyday essentials. This bag is under $200, and well worth the investment. Treat yo’self!

I was searching for a minimal summer heel and stumbled upon these amazing triple strap block heel sandals from Old Navy. They are $37 and so versatile for spring and summer. You can wear with shorts, skinnies, skirts, and dresses. It doesn’t matter what style or color because these will literally go with EVERYTHING. They are available in four colors including, cognac (pictured), tan, black, and tan with a silver strap at the toes. All so cute and a STEAL! Right now, you can get 30% off with the code: ENJOY, which makes them ONLY $26! So, get them while they’re still in stock…I have a feeling these won’t be around for long!

Lastly, let’s talk about the accessories. I’ve hand-picked some really trendy, neutral pieces that are the cherry on top of this look. The Zarah Drops from Baublebar are a delicate touch, yet give you just enough sparkle near your face while still keeping it sleek and minimal.

I chose a triple strand choker that will highlight the unique neckline of this dress, while staying trendy with the 90s choker vibe. The choker trend is here to stay and because of that, I’ve noticed some really cool variations and styles lately. This style being no different: braids, jewels, and tassels, OH MY!

This beautiful Kate Spade Treasure Ring is on sale right now from $98 to just $61! It’s definitely a timeless statement piece and pairs well with the other accessories from this look.

I chose another Kate Spade item, the Luggage Metro Watch, to mirror the cognac color from the strappy heels. This is a piece that you could easily wear all year round.

I chose BP. Oversized Mirrored Sunnies from Nordstrom (available in three colors: black, tortoise shell, and nude) to finish this look. These neutral sunnies are dramatic with the oversized look, but practical in color. OH and did I mention they’re only $12?!?! AH!

This last piece is just a fun addition to your iPhone case collection. Calling all my fellow cat ladies! This Kate Spade Glitter Cat Phone Case mixes the best of both worlds. Cats and glitter. It really doesn’t get any better! It’s $45 and TOO CAAAAUTE!

I hope you enjoyed the Monthly Edit for February and as always you can find the permanent home for this post under the Monthly Edit Menu, then click the month of choice! Thanks for reading and stay styled, sugarplum!