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Monday, October 20, 2014

{Halloween DIY} Skull Bookends

Whew! That was a much-needed weekend! It felt so good to step away from work and responsibilities, and just have fun! This weekend was all about my son's Science Fair project (which involved dry ice and a fog machine!) and finally picking out costumes. Basically, whipping them up in a Halloween frenzy! I hope yours was equally fun and relaxing.

A few weeks ago, when I was picking up my $2 custom mats at Michaels, I spotted giant plaster skull heads...which of course got me thinking of project ideas. (That's totally normal behavior for a home blogger, Mom, no cause for concern.) I immediately thought of my elephant bookends, and wondered if I could do something similar.

So I texted Kristin to see if it would be too weird to cut a head in half. Because using a skull, and cutting a skull, are two different things. When she didn't accuse me of being Dexter, I proceeded.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Skull Bookends

Fortunately, my contractor was around that day (I know, I know, I owe you a Big Box Bathroom update!! It's coming tomorrow!), and he slapped that skull on his fancy-pants saw, and cut it right down the middle. This part did kind of creep me out a bit...watching the blade come down on the head, with his thumb stuck through the eye socket!! I might have turned away. And no, my rockstar-contractor didn't think I was strange. He's used to me and my ideas.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Skull Bookends

The plaster cut like butter (even a hand saw would do the trick), and I sanded down any uneven edges. I thought about spraying them...but decided I love the white just the way it is. Let the record show my rare use of restraint.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Skull Bookends

Unlike my animal bookends, these already sit flat, and have enough heft, so there is no need to mount them to a base. #TWSS

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Skull Bookends

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Skull Bookends

Consider me smitten! So much so, I can't even guarantee they'll come down after Halloween. How's the Halloween frenzy coming along at your house?

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Friday Five

I'm not going to lie, this week kicked my bootie a bit. Between the fourth quarter crunch at work, and Mr. Sugarplum working late nights (and obsessed with playoff baseball #gogiants!), I'm feeling stretched a little thin. It wasn't my best mom-week, that's for sure. But everyone ate three meals a day, had clean clothes, and completed homework, so I wasn't a complete bust. So hooray for Friday, which means I have the whole weekend to recharge and spend time with them! Let's perk things up with my random Friday Five.

1) I posted this outfit on InstaGram last weekend, and the jacket caused a bit of a stir and excitement. Normally I'd wait for the next installment of Sugarplum Style, but I thought I'd better share now in case it sells out.

Jacket // Hoodie (similar) // Distressed Jeans // Booties (similar) // Bag (similar)

The adorable jacket is a combination of preppy cable-knit sleeves, with an outdoorsy buffalo plaid body. I think it's pure perfection with jeans, or dressed up with a black skirt, or over a dress. I layered a hoodie under it in the picture above for a more sporty look. The jacket is fully lined, and runs true to size. I'm wearing an XS which felt a tad tight through the upper arms when I first put it on, but the knit stretched fairly quickly. I think if I went up a size it would look too bulky. If you want a more neutral color, check out this one and this one.

And a note about the striped's a great staple for layering, but if you plan to wear it with leggings, order up a few sizes so it's long enough to cover your lady-bits. If wearing it alone, you'll probably want to layer a tank under it due to the sheerness. #mytwocents #coveryourbits

Hi Sugarplum | Plaid Jacket

2) Stefanie of Brooklyn Limestone is the undisputed Queen of Halloween, and I look forward to seeing her creations every year. This time, she decorated her stunning Brooklyn home with the Ghostbuster theme! How much fun to be her neighbor!! I hope she stocks up on candy, because she's sure to have throngs of trick-or-treaters! You have to go see all the details, and while you're there, check out her crazy-clever Hidden Jewelry Organizer.

3) If you follow me on Facebook (You totally's where I post all the steals I find, like $50 booties!), then you know I have a thing for Groop Dealz. It's an online deals boutique that features new shops every day, mostly on-trend jewelry and fashion accessories, all at crazy-reduced prices. Like total steals. I like that it gives small business owners a larger audience, and me the opportunity to snag plaid infinity scarves and monogrammed make-up bags for $10! Anyway, I guess they saw how often I shopped there, and offered up a 10% off code (SUGARPLUM10) for all of us to enjoy until October 31st! #holla

4) Chelsea at Two Twenty One had a darling baby boy, and hosted a Preggo Mom series during her maternity leave. She somehow talked a whole slew of bloggers in to sharing pictures and stories about their pregnancies. I can't believe I let this one out of the lockbox. I mean, bless my poor's working overtime, and still not getting it done! Go congratulate Chelsea on her sweet baby!

Babygirl was born the day after this picture was taken!

5) Y'all were so sweet about our Date Night Style post this week, and I showed all your comments to Mr. SP...mostly in hopes that he'd keep doing them with me! #ulteriormotive He's pretty particular about his clothes, but I've slowly been able to inject what I like in to his wardrobe. He prefers jeans most of the time, so I like to find fun ways to dress them up, while still being comfortable. Several people have asked me about outfits for family pictures...I think both of these would be great looks for your guy.

Hi Sugarplum | Mens Fashion

I love the striped jacket, but Mr. SP would give me the ole raised eyebrow if I brought it home for him. He prefers jackets like this one, and paired with a bright shirt, it presents a sportier feel. As long as he's wearing a good-fitting pair of jeans, I'm happy with whatever!

Hi Sugarplum | Mens Fashion

What style do you prefer for your man? Does he live in jeans, too? I've got a Science Fair project and painting trim planned...what's on your agenda? Happy weekend, lovebugs!

{Shop the Men's Looks}

***The Men's Fashion portion of this post was written in collaboration with Nordstrom. All opinions, outfit selections, and husband-manipulating is my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!***

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