The SWEETEST Friendship Bracelets for Friendship Day!

August 5th is National Friendship Day!

Looking for a way to show your besties just how FAB they are? Here at Sugar Lulu, we’re OBSESSED  with friendship bracelets – they’re ALWAYS  in style & a simple way to add a splash of color & fun to any outfit. Ready to WOW your friends?  Our Sugar Lulu team pulled together our picks for out-of-the-ordinary, easy & fabulously fun friendship bracelets… which is your fave?

Show us Your Bracelet #sweetstyle!

We can’t wait to see what you make! Post photos of you (and your friends if you want) on Instagram and tag @sugarlulu13. Extra bonus if you are wearing your friendship bracelet AND your Sugar Lulu apparel… post & tag @sugarlulu13 us for a chance to be a Sugar Lulu featured model!

Have a SWEET Friendship Day… hope you and your BFF’s enjoy accessorizing in your own #sweetstyle!

SWEET Watermelon Bracelet

Credit: kaijumaddy.com

Click here for a video on how to make this deliciously SWEET watermelon friendship bracelet – ADORBS!

https://youtu.be/AhPcnJUEBTU

SWEET Heart Bracelet

Credit: theneonteaparty.com

Click here for a video on how to make these heart pattern bracelets – OMG, we are in LOVE with these!

https://youtu.be/pfjfikSEVM8

SWEET Pastel Bracelet Mix

Credit: kimspireddiy.com

How cute are these sweet & summery bracelets?! Learn how to make them here:

https://kimspireddiy.com/easy-diy-friendship-bracelets-you-can-make-today/

See video here: https://youtu.be/FLv2xQK7Lxk

SWEET Candy Twist Bracelets

Credit: https://kimspireddiy.com

We’re LOVING both types of these multi-colored bracelets… click here for step by step instructions:

https://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-make-a-friendship-bracelet-1/

SWEET Sorbet Bracelets

Credit: claireabellemakes.com

This Chevron Pastel friendship bracelet reminds us of summertime, sorbet & SWEET treats! Click here for instructions (switch up the colors to express your own style!):

http://claireabellemakes.com/2012/08/04/diy-chevron-pastel-friendship-bracelet/

SWEET “My Way” Bracelets

Credit: purlsoho.com

Narrow or wide, diamonds or simple twists, check out how to make these fun bracelets:

https://www.purlsoho.com/create/2011/07/10/mollys-sketchbook-friendship-bracelets/

Have fun & Happy Friendship Day!

 

 

 

 

 

Show off your sweetstyle this July 4th!!!

Who is ready for fireworks, barbecues and a whole lot of red, white and blue?! There is just SO much to love about the 4th of July… and it’s a chance to show off your own SWEET style!! Here at Sugar Lulu, we rounded up some of the coolest (and easiest) patriotic hair fashion ideas to help you get in the spirit. Braids, buns & ponytails… stars & stripes, fireworks… which is your fave?! We included links here for instructions – have fun trying these out! 

TRY THIS 3 MINUTE SCARF BRAID! It’s so easy and so cute!!

Credit: cutegirlhairstyles.com – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Asv9pEniP8&feature=youtu.be

3-Minute Scarf Braid | 4th of July Hairstyles

THIS RIBBON BRAID IS SO COOL! I mean, how SWEET is this?! 

 Credit: agirlandagluegun.com

https://www.agirlandagluegun.com/2015/06/fourth-of-july-hair.html

TRY THIS STAR BRAID! ADORBS!

Star braid here – https://www.agirlandagluegun.com/2014/06/fourth-of-july-star-hair.html 

FIREWORKS BUN AND PONYTAILS – made out of old t-shirts! 

Credit: infarrantlycreative.com https://www.infarrantlycreative.net/make-hair-bows-out-of-old-t-shirts/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=350644280_11028552_248493

Credit: infarrantlycreative.com

Talk about WOW (and so easy)!

Credit: cutegirlshairstyles.com

4th of July Star/Bun Combo – how fun is this?! 

Check it out here: https://youtu.be/p2HoawYpmmk

Happy, happy 4th of July, everyone… enjoy the festivities, food, fireworks, family time… and the FASHION – be YOU – you are FABULOUS!! 

xo SUGAR LULU

Top Tips for Bullet Journals

You are such a busy girl–keeping up with schoolwork, activities, friends, boys and more! And you want to keep track of it all. But doing so takes time, something you don’t have tons to spare. That’s why bullet journaling makes so much sense! “Bu-joing” is quick, easy, super fun and totally  on-trend. Don’t know what exactly it is or how to get started? No worries, we’ve got some of the most amazing top tips for bullet journals so read on!

The book

Pick any notebook or pad to start your bullet journal. Shop in stores, online or make your own. One top tip for bullet journals we saw on seventeen.com is to print dotted grid paper double-sided, fold into a book with a card stock cover, make holes in the spine and tie with twine.

Organize

Another of the key top tips for bullet journals is to make sure you have categories that make sense for you. Turn each page or spread (two facing pages) into a space for each by labeling at top. Include to-do list, daily log, weekly log, monthly log, future log (your calendars), events, homework, friends, goals and more.

Page numbers

When you start, one of the top tips for bullet journals is to number each page. You can start with the first few and number as you move on. This is important as it goes back to the index (that’s where you’ll add the page numbers to categories; see below). It’s how you will be able to find stuff easily in your bu-jo. Therefore, it’s a step you don’t want to skip.

Index

You will need to start with an Index so that you can easily find what you are looking for. Mark all your categories there. As you add entries to your bullet journal you can add in the page number to the index. So when creating the index, leave plenty of room for future add-ins.

Symbols

What’s different about bu-joing than regular journaling or keeping a diary is the symbols next to the bulleted lists. These  make notes, tasks, events instantly and easily recognizable. An “o” bullet is used for events. Use a traditional bullet for tasks. A less than sign means that a task is scheduled. A greater than sign means a task needs to be migrated or moved forward to the next day, week or month. A dash is used for notes, which are facts, ideas, and observations. Even more fun? There are signifiers to further identify your lists, like an asterisk for priority. An exclamation point or inspiration. An eye symbol to explore more. Or make up your own! Just be sure to log all into a key on your front or back page so you know what you are looking at!

Accessories

Last of our top tips for bullet journals? Having a stash of pretty pens and other pieces like stickers makes the process even more inspired.

Would love to see what your bullet journal looks like–post them and tag us!

 

Galentine’s Day

Rebel Chic Small Glam Bag

St. Valentine’s Day is all about love, right? Well, who do you love more than your best friends? Instead of only thinking about boys this year, why not spend some time focusing on your girls and make this the best Galentine’s Day yet!

We’ve got some super sweet ideas that will show your friends just how much you care. And like always, planning, prepping and giving can be more fun than getting. Below we give you a bunch of fun ways to celebrate your Galentine’s Day and just how to make them happen.

Girls only party

Invite your bffs over for a super fun girls-only night, starting with a little something to eat and ending with a good old-fashioned slumber party. Do breakfast for dinner with heart shaped pancakes (use cookie cutters to “cut” out the shapes). And add festively red toppings like strawberries or colored sugar. Download an classic chick flick like High School Musical, one of the Pitch Perfect films or 13 Going on 30. Serve pink frosted cupcakes, pink lemonade and some mini chocolate hearts. Then cozy up in your favorite sleeping bags at bedtime. Perfect girls’ night in.

DIY gifts

Give your gal pals a little something to celebrate the day. The best–and least expensive way–is when you make the gifts yourself. It’s so fun and easy to do. We like heart or lip shaped soaps that are easy to make with just a few ingredients, bath balms or facials, friendship bracelets or eye masks you’ve dolled up yourself.

A few words

Sometimes the best gift of all is just a note to let your bffs know how much they mean to you. Take a pretty pieces of stationery or decorate a plain piece of paper yourself and either write a note straight from your heart or with some fun, festive and meaningful phrases sprinkled all over the page. We are thinking of phrases like girl time, best friends, love you, secrets, laughing, shopping, sleepovers, sweet times, all-nighters, sharing, caring…and more!

Just remember, no matter what you plan or do, that your Galentine’s Day can be the sweetest day of the year!

xo

Tips to Take the Perfect Picture

You superstar instagramers probably don’t need us to give you tips to take the perfect picture for your feed…but maybe your mom or bff who you make take so many of  your shots could use a little schooling on the subject. We are happy to help. Here, some info and dos and don’ts on how, when and where to snap a shot. Use these tips to take the perfect picture this holiday season and beyond!

Use the right camera is the most fundamental of tips to take the perfect picture

Don’t take photos in Instagram app. Use the camera on your phone or a digital camera

Shoot in natural light

Do, when possible, shoot in natural light, meaning outdoors rather than indoors or by a door or window.

Wait for the best time

Do try to wait for the “best light” times of day—early morning and late afternoon—to avoid shadows and sunny overexposure. Overcast days are very good days to shoot as well.

Make shots horizontal

Do take horizontal pictures for easy editing later.

Don’t shoot in square

Don’t take shots in square mode because it limits editing capabilities.

Take multiple shots

Do use bursts or rapid fire snapping to capture the best expression/moment.

Shoot multiple angles

Do take shots from different angles to get the right one.

Consider the background

Do choose your background wisely. Shoot against a white or solid background. Shoot against a carefully chosen graphic background. Blur the background in a crowd, against buildings, in nature etc (or do after the fact in editing app).

Edit your pics

Do go beyond Instagram filters to edit photos, like VSCO, Snapseed, TouchRetouch and AfterFocus.

Know that blue pics get more likes

Do adjust temperature when editing If the lighting is yellow, to be a bit more blue.

Hone in

Don’t be scared to focus on a point of interest, whether you, an accessory, a product etc.

Make shots balanced

Do use symmetry in your shots to establish focal point.

Focus on subject

Don’t forget to tap on frame to lock focus and exposure—iPhones tend to overexpose shots so this way it won’t blow out color that you cannot fix in editing

Master the selfie

Don’t mess up selfies. If taking one, always hold camera with the same hand as your “good” side!

Go beyond the selfie

Do take self-portraits or portraits rather than selfies only. If no one is around to snap your picture, use a tripod and a timer and be your own creative director!

Plan your shot

Do think about composition. Think of your photo in thirds—“separate” it into three vertical areas. This will help know what’s in the frame and how the focus can either be center, right or left

Fashion from the top

Do consider shooting from a birds-eye view to bring outfit into view while highlighting accessories

DIY Fall Face Masks

With fall in full swing, there are changes in wardrobes, sports teams and our skin. As a result it’s the perfect time for DIY fall face masks. Especially since we’re more worried now about little dry flakes from cool breezes and chapped lips and have to adjust how we treat our skin accordingly.

So you can DIY a fall face mask. It’s perfect for fighting the weather and you’ll find most ingredients right in the refrigerator or your pantry. In addition making and applying them is a perfect way to spend some quality girl time with your bffs! Our only advice is to tell your mom or dad if you’re taking the last scoop of something in case it’s needed for dinner prep tonight!

DIY Fall Face Mask: Green Tea and Yogurt Mask

The green tea in this recipe calms, the yogurt tones and the cornstarch is fab to tighten. As a result, this combination is perf for fall skin.

1 tablespoon green tea, brewed

1 tablespoon plain yogurt

1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

  1. Mix all of the ingredients together, setting aside the extra Green Tea for you to drink later–it’s the best antioxidant ever!
  2. Because a chill alone will instantly wake up tired skin, chill the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes to get it nice and cool.
  3. Wash your face and pat dry.
  4. Apply mixture and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse.

DIY Fall Face Mask: Oatmeal, Mint, Cucumber Mask

When your face starts to get super dry, this moisturizing mask will get it feeling dewy and glowing again pronto. Plus it smells ah-mazing!

1/4 cup cooked organic oatmeal

2 fresh organic mint leaves

2 tablespoons peeled, seeded and chopped organic cucumber

  1. Combine ingredients using a food processor. Then wash your face and pat dry.
  2. Apply mask and let sit on skin for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse.

 

DIY Fall Face Mask: Orange Juice/Brown Sugar Mask

Fall skin often equals dry skin. Consequently, the brown sugar in this mask gently exfoliates and brightens your skin to get you looking so sweet and so good.

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 tablespoon fresh squeezed orange juice

1 teaspoon orange zest, grated

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon cornstarch

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Then, wash face and pat dry.
  2. Apply mask to clean skin, making upward gentle circular motions as you apply to exfoliate and enhance collagen production. Let sit for 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse and enjoy your tight, fresh and dewy complexion. Repeat once a week for a month to get maximum results!

Halloween Party Planning 101

When everybody is planning their candy scoring route, you’re knee-deep in Halloween party planning 101. You are all about bringing the joys of trick-or-treating indoors for a festive celebration with your bffs.

Halloween Party Planning 101 Decor

Let’s start with décor. You must set out a jack-o-lantern or two on your front steps. That not only sets the tone, but tells guests they are in the right place. Take the time to carve them—look for tools and designs at your local pumpkin patch or market where you’ve purchased these orange orbs. Or check online for decorating ideas to make the most fabulous designs. Then get busy hanging any kind of skeletons or ghosts—you can make a boo-tastic one yourself with a pillow case and an oversized rubber band—and suspend them from clear fishing wire. And there’s so much more. Your style can also be part of the decor with Halloween inspired leggings and tops that get you in the spirit!

Halloween Party Planning 101 Activities

For activities, we’re fans of mini pumpkin decorating (so your friends can take theirs home), baking stations for coconut ghost macaroons, even good old-fashioned bobbing for apples. Just make sure you plan a few stations to keep your guests entertained. And make sure you’ve got the lights dimmed, some battery operated candles lit, monster mash music playing and, potentially, a movie like Transylvania or the Wizard of Oz projected on a wall.

Halloween Party Planning 101 Food

You can also get super creative with the food and drink you serve…anybody up for a little spaghetti and red sauce? Somehow it takes on a bit more gore and drama on this night. Or freeze blueberries in an ice tray with red and yellow food coloring, then serve them in a punch bowl for major googley eyes. Why serve any old hot dog in a bun? Slice out a sliver of the outer skin on the top of one side and make a few slices across the length of the hot dog—pour on a little ketchup in a bun to make it look like a bloody hot dog finger. It’s so yuck it’s yum!

Halloween Party Planning 101 The Candy!

The for the piece de resistance? The candy, of course. Take a hint from our favorite candy bars—varying heights and width of containers can hold everything from M&Ms and licorice bites (okay to have unwrapped candy at your house; just provide small plastic bags and scoopers) to the sought after traditional wrapped mini candy bars that friends would have had to walk the neighborhood for. Set it out but cover it with a piece of black velvet and do the final reveal at the end of the night.

Customize Your School Supplies in Fabulous DIY Style

One of the best parts about going back to school is shopping for the rad new school supplies that you get to use in class, put up in your locker and carry around as swag in your backpack. Only problem? Typically others have been to the local spot for school supplies too or hit up the same online store you did so they’ve got the same stuff. No worries. You can personalize  your school supplies so they reflect you and your inner design star. Not only do you get to strut your style by customizing your school supplies but ultimately you can also identify what’s yours from those pesky people who love to “borrow” but not return.

Pens and Pencils

For starters, wrap pens and pencils in ribbons and top them with a character eraser or a faux fur pom-pom. Maybe consider color coordinating the ribbon with the accoutrement on top. Or use metal stamps to hammer designs into wood pencils or even “write your name.” Another idea? Download these pencil wraps in four different prints that fit perfectly on standard number 2 pencils. Just cut out and affix with a swipe of modge podge.

Books

Cover textbooks to make the perfect palette for favorite quotes, a poem, pics of friends or a sketch/drawing. Measure a piece of heavy duty paper—we especially like white and kraft color—that’s one inch longer and wider all around than your book when it’s open with both covers splayed out. Fold in sides of paper so that it is aligned on top and bottom of book. Fold over the covers of both books and tape to secure. You can also create fun book marks to keep track of your where you are in reading assignments. These downloadable ones that you add a decorative ribbon to work well on both textbooks and English class novels.

Folders

In addition, personalize your folders by marking up with strips of washi tape that comes in tons of fun colors and designs. Or go a more organized route with specialized printable labels that mark your subject front and center.

Back 2 School DIY


Pencil Wraps | Folder Labels | Bookmarks



pencil wrapsPencil Wraps

Supplies Needed:
No. 2 Pencils (as many as you want to cover), printed pencil wrap sheet, Modge Podge, scissors

Directions:
1. Print out pencil wrap paper sheet.
2. Cut out along dotted line.
3. Use a small paint brush to apply Modge Podge to back of paper.
4. Lay pencil on paper lenghtwise and roll paper around pencil, let dry.
5. Take a paintbrush and apply more Modge Podge to top of paper and let dry.

Printable Patterns with Instructions:
Pencil Wraps_Assorted
Pencil Wraps_Secret Garden
Pencil Wraps_Glam rock
Pencil Wraps_Macaroon
Pencil Wraps_Rebel Chic


Folder LabelsFolder Labels

Supplies Needed:
Folders, 8 1/2″ x 11″ label paper, scissors, markers or colored pencils

Directions:
1. Print out Folder Labels sheet.
2. Write the name of your school subjects on the labels with a marker or colored pencils.
3. Cut out labels along dotted line.
4. Peel off label backing and stick to your folders

Printable Folder Labels with Instructions:
Folder Labels-Assorted
Folder Labels-Glam Rock
Folder Labels-Macaroon
Folder Labels-Rebel Chic
Folder Labels-Secret Garden


bookmarksBookmarks

Supplies Needed:
Card Stock(81/2″x 11″), hole punch, yarn or ribbon, scissors

Directions:
1. Print out the bookmarks sheet on card stock.
2. Cut out bookmarks along dotted line.
3. Punch hole at top.
4. Tie ribbon or yarn through hole.

Printable Bookmarks sheet with Instructions:
Bookmarks