Sweet and Simple BFF Valentine Treats!

BFF VALENTINE TREATS – SWEEEET!

VALENTINE’S DAY is right around the corner, and our Sugar Lulu team rounded up our TOP 5 SWEET & SIMPLE BFF VALENTINE TREATS… any excuse to show our BESTIES how much we LOVE them!  Also try these ideas to cheer up a friend or for RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS DAY on February 17th. It’s ALWAYS in style to BE KIND!

RING POP “GEM OF A FRIEND” GIFT

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Remind your friends that they are GEMS with this super-easy, SUPER SWEET RING POP GIFT. For easy directions and free printable cards, click here: http://bloomdesignsonline.com/2016/05/gem-of-a-friend.html

TOE-TALLY AWESOME POLISH GIFT

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We are LOVING this FABULOUSLY COOL idea for Valentine’s Day. The “You are toe-tally awesome” tag takes a simple nail polish gift to a whole other level of FUN and KIND! For free card printables, click here: https://oldsaltfarm.com/toe-tally-awesome-valentine#_a5y_p=3302344

DONUT MISS THIS VALENTINE GIFT!

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We can just see the SMILES when this DONUT gift is delivered! With tags like “I donut what I’d do without you” and “Sprinkled with love”, this SWEET SURPRISE is sure to be a HIT! Wrap up donuts from your fave shop or bake your own. For free printable tags, click here: https://eighteen25.com/valentine-donut-printables

“YOU’RE THE BALM” GIFT

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How FUN is this gift?! Eos lip balm + these ADORABLE “You’re the Balm” tags = SWEETEST. VALENTINE. EVER. For free printable tags, click here: https://www.overstuffedlife.com/2016/02/youre-balm-valentines-day-card-printable.html?m=1

CANDY HEART BFF BOUQUET

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CUTENESS (and SWEETNESS) OVERLOAD with this candy heart bouquet – great for friends or for Valentine party decor. The flowers are actually in water… check out the easy directions by clicking here: https://www.smartschoolhouse.com/diy-crafts/candy-heart-valentine-bouquet

Have fun surprising your besties! All of us at Sugar Lulu wish you a SUPER SWEET Valentine’s Day… keep SPRINKLING KINDNESS wherever you go!

 

All the RAGE in Holiday Fashion: Animal Print Hair Accessories!

All of us at Sugar Lulu are just WILD about ANIMAL PRINTS… they are SO ON-TREND & ALL THE RAGE this holiday season. One way to add a little GLAMOUR to any outfit is to MIX UP your HAIR OPTIONS. We had a BLAST putting together our STYLE PICKS for ANIMAL PRINT HAIR ACCESSORIES. So many HAIR OPTIONS, so LITTLE TIME… which feels most like YOU?! Enjoy the HAIR INSPIRATION – and the HOLIDAYS!

SCARF & BOW SCRUNCHIES

We’re seeing this fun trend all over & our Sugar Lulu team is LOVING it. A combo of an animal print SCARF plus a built-in SCRUNCHIE = DOUBLE the fun! Try this style with your hair pulled back in a ponytail or half-up, half-down… EPIC!

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This is such a COOL look – an animal print scrunchie with a bow attached… takes your HAIR GAME to a NEW LEVEL, right? SO CUTE! images: jcrew.com

SCRUNCHIE MADNESS

The SCRUNCHIE TREND is STRONGER than ever. Keep an eye out for super-cool LEOPARDSNAKE (& even GIRAFFE!) PRINT scrunchies… talk about HAIR GONE WILD!

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BARRETTES

Ok so TORTOISE SHELL totally has an ANIMAL PRINT VIBE. We’re WILD about mixing and matching barrettes & especially LOVE the DOUBLE-BARRETTE CIRCLE BARRETTE looks … why not give them a whirl?! We say go ahead… make a HAIR FASHION STATEMENT!

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HEADBANDS

Animal print headbands are just ADORBS. Plus you can wear them so many FUN ways, casual or out on the town. CUTENESS OVERLOAD!

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Have fun thinking about some new hair styles & accessories this holiday season or ANYTIME… it’s always SWEET to MIX IT UP & add a little PIZZAZZ to your FASHION VIBE. And… it’s always in style to BE YOURSELF!

Sneaker Fashion – Glam it up!

Sneakers are all the RAGE this fall, and we LOVE how you can wear them with just about ANYTHING from leggings to skirts, day or night, casual or out on the town! We’re all about expressing your OWN STYLE at Sugar Lulu. So we’ve pulled together 6 FUN WAYS you can take an ordinary pair of sneakers and make them EXTRAORDINARY.  Which style feels most like YOU? Have a blast taking your SNEAKER FASHION to a new level!

 

 

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We just can’t get enough of OMBRÉ! We’re LOVING the idea of turning plain white sneakers into your fave color ombré sneakers! We especially love the look of a chunky heel, but you can “ombré” any white sneakers – there is no limit to your imagination… think of the fashion possibilities! Click here to learn the technique: https://vansgirls.tumblr.com/post/144173420944/from-head-to-toe-were-all-about-ombr%C3%A9-these/amp

 

SPARKLE is always in STYLE! We’re OBSESSED with these DIY GOLD GLITTER SNEAKERS. What a way to GLAM UP any outfit and stand out from the crowd – LOVE these! We can also picture silver, pink, aqua or other color glittered sneaker possibilities. Check out this video for the how-to: https://youtu.be/sHpVCryY34Y

 

 

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TIE-DYE is SO “in” right now and we ADORE these super-cute sneakers to spice up any outfit.  Grab your fave color sharpies and create your very own custom sneakers with a tie-dye look. FABULOUS! Click for instructions: https://www.thecraftpatchblog.com/sharpie-tie-dye-sneakers/

 

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These DIY PATCH SNEAKERS make us so happy! And we love that you can tailor this look to your own style and your sneakers can shout out “This is me – this is what I love!” It’s also fun to change up your shoelaces to create a completely new look. Click here to learn how to create the patch style on any sneakers: http://www.awwsam.com/2016/03/diy-patch-sneakers-with-hipstapatch.html#.VtWWj_krLBQ

 

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We LOVE FRINGES, and we think they are ALWAYS in style! How COOL is this look?! Check out this easy and quick way to embellish your sneakers with this awesome fringe look: https://www.brit.co/fringe-sneakers/

 

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There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home… these RED SPARKLE SNEAKERS make us think of the Wizard of Oz – in a glammed up kind of way!  Of course, you can create these FABULOUSLY SPARKLY sneakers in ANY COLOR and pair them with any of your FALL FASHION FAVORITES. Click here for detailed instructions: http://www.home-everyday.com/2015/06/diy-glitter-converse-all-stars-or.html

Have the best time GLAMMING up your sneakers in your OWN STYLE – you are ONE OF A KIND and perfect JUST THE WAY YOU ARE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHAKE it up SWEET this Labor Day Weekend!

Who is ready for a completely SWEET Labor Day weekend? It’s time to SHAKE things up! Here at Sugar Lulu we’re OBSESSED with deliciously awesome “crazy” milkshakes. A great end-of summer treat & MAJOR photo opp potential!

Are you a chocolate lover or more of a sour belt kinda girl? We got you covered! Skip the lines… we’ve pulled together our picks for the best at-home, over-the-top milkshake recipes. Grab your BFF’s & SHAKE it up SWEET! Then put on your fave Sugar Lulu outfit, snap some photos showing off your SWEET SHAKE creations & tag @sugarlulu13 on Instagram. You could be featured as a Sugar Lulu model!

4 CRAZY SHAKE RECIPES 4 U!

Will you choose the insanely sweet STRAWBERRY SHAKE

…the deliciously delectable COTTON CANDY SHAKE

…the chocolate lover’s dream DONUT SHAKE

…or the scrumptious BIRTHDAY CAKE SHAKE?

Our vote: try all 4!!! Click here for the recipes: http://www.awwsam.com/2016/01/4-crazy-awesome-milkshake-recipes24.html#.VtS9yowrKYW

Craving some more ways to SHAKE IT UP? How cute are these?!

Click here for the MERMAID FREAKSHAKE recipe: http://thesoccermomblog.com/mermaid-freakshake/

Click here for the S’MORES SHAKE recipe (s’more please!): https://hellolittlehome.com/smores-freakshake-recipe/

Click here for this dreamy UNICORNS & RAINBOWS FREAKSHAKE recipe – and 38 other EPIC milkshake how-to’s: https://youshouldgrow.com/crazy-milkshake-recipes/

We can’t wait to see how our Sugar Lulu girls SHAKE IT UP… have a SWEET & FUN long weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

https://youtu.be/AhPcnJUEBTU

SWEET Heart Bracelet

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!!

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3-Minute Scarf Braid | 4th of July Hairstyles

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

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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! 

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Talk about WOW (and so easy)!

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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

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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!