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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

{5 Ways} White Jeans After Labor Day

Just because today is October 1st, well past Labor Day, it doesn't mean we have to pack away our beloved white jeans for another year. No ma'am....we can rock those white jeans all year long! But before you get nervous about rules and etiquette, I've got another installment of {5 Ways} for you.

Hi Sugarplum | White Jeans After Labor Day

My same simple formula for transitioning your wardrobe to Fall, applies to wearing your white jeans in the colder months. As long as your pants aren't made of a seasonal fabric like linen or eyelet, then you're good to go! I took a poll on my Facebook page about this type of post, and you overwhelmingly voted to see the outfits both laid out on the bed, and on me. And I'm nothing if not a people-pleaser...so here you go!

Hi Sugarplum | White Jeans After Labor Day
Booties (similar) | Watch | Gold Hoops | Aviators


Hi Sugarplum | White Jeans After Labor Day

My favorite combination for Winter is layering on the winter-whites and camel tones....bright and fresh, but still season appropriate.

Hi Sugarplum | White Jeans After Labor Day
Distressed White Jeans | Winter White Sweater (similar // similar) | Booties | Belt
Watch | Bracelet | Cognac Bag (similar // similar)


Hi Sugarplum | White Jeans After Labor Day


Hi Sugarplum | White Jeans After Labor Day


Hi Sugarplum | White Jeans After Labor Day


Hi Sugarplum | White Jeans After Labor Day

My military vest has already seen a lot of action this season...mostly paired with white jeans!

Hi Sugarplum | White Jeans After Labor Day
Booties (similar // similar) | Bag (similar)


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Hi Sugarplum | White Jeans After Labor 
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And don't forget you can still dress them up for nights on the town.

Hi Sugarplum | White Jeans After Labor Day
Nude Sandals (similar) | Leopard Clutch (similar) | Ring| | Sunglasses


Hi Sugarplum | White Jeans After Labor Day

And because I'm feeling giddy over our bathroom progress, I've got a bonus 6th outfit for you. But I was sweating too much after the first five to actually model it for you. (Texas doesn't know it's Fall yet.)

Hi Sugarplum | White Jeans After Labor Day


But I will leave you with this outtake. I have no idea what's happening here, but my photographer is fired! Good free help is hard to find!

Hi Sugarplum | White Jeans After Labor Day

Have I convinced you to pull your white jeans out again? Or do you already mock 'the rules' and wear them year-round? Happy hump day, lovebugs! (See more {5 Ways} posts here.)

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*This post is sponsored by Nordstrom. But all outfits and unflattering poses are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

{Big Box Bathroom} Day 1

Things are moving along quickly with the Big Box Bathroom remodel...so far, my rockstar-contractor has done most of the actual work, while I squeal and take pictures. It's not every day we remodel a bathroom, so I'm trying to document the work by day, so you can follow along with the steps and progress. Today is all about Day One...the demolition!

It's funny how once I stripped the little guest/kids bath of any accessories, it looked like it was beat with the homely stick. Seriously, shield your eyes because these pictures might burn your retina. #exaggerator

 Hi Sugarplum | Big Box Bathroom makeover Day 1

Since we're planking part of the walls (see the design board here), I painted over most of the stripes so the color wouldn't show through the cracks between boards.

Hi Sugarplum | Big Box Bathroom makeover Day 1

That is one bad-looking floor, right?! You thought I was kidding about the whole Brittany Spears/gas station/barefoot thing! But awful Before shots, make for dramatic Afters...so enjoy!

Hi Sugarplum | Big Box Bathroom makeover Day 1

Hi Sugarplum | Big Box Bathroom makeover Day 1

When we pulled the toilet out, we discovered why it never sat level with the floor...the opening was about an inch taller than the tile! #doh

Hi Sugarplum | Big Box Bathroom makeover Day 1

Once we had the room prepped, my rockstar-contractor came in and ripped out the floors, shower tile, vanity, and mirror. No turning back now!

Hi Sugarplum | Big Box Bathroom makeover Day 1

Hi Sugarplum | Big Box Bathroom makeover Day 1

In order for the new toilet to sit properly, he had to jackhammer the concrete so the base could be lower. This was the first of many times to come I was grateful we admitted our DIY limitations for this project!

Hi Sugarplum | Big Box Bathroom makeover Day 1

Next they pulled out the wet board from around the shower. The previous tile hadn't been installed properly, so there was some water damage. The tub is the only thing we salvaged, so it's covered for protection from flying concrete and tile.

Hi Sugarplum | Big Box Bathroom makeover Day 1

The hot and cold water knobs in the shower didn't work properly, and continually leaked, so we decided to convert them to a single valve. Reason #2 I'm grateful for professional help....blow torches!

Hi Sugarplum | Big Box Bathroom remodel Day 1

Finally, we sketched out the vanity and mirror location so we'd know where the sconces needed to be wired. Normally you can wait for this step until the vanity is in place, but because of the planking, we had to make the cuts in the sheetrock first. Hopefully that doesn't come back to bite me in the butt.

Hi Sugarplum | Big Box Bathroom makeover Day 1

I think my favorite part of Day 1 was discovering this old wallpaper behind the toilet. It makes me wonder who lived here before us, and what their stories and lives were like. I can almost picture a woman excitedly watching this paper go up, and being grateful for her new home. It's funny to think one day a future homeowner will be laughing at our design choices.


I'd say Day 1 was productive!! And the next best thing to having the rockstar-contractor do all that hard work, was having him haul the debris away! That's certainly something to think about when planning a remodel...trips to the dump! You can follow along for more real-time updates on InstaGram. And rest assured Day 2 gets prettier!


*** For those of you asking about my rockstar-contractor, I can't recommend Classic Kitchens & Baths (214-349-5999) enough (for the DFW area)! But be patient, affordable greatness like theirs books up fast! ***

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