Fashion For Philanthropy

Calling all fashionistas! We’re excited to tell you about the fashion for philanthropy fashion show we will be a part of November 4th. We’re teaming with KidFash Magazine and other cool brands. Plus we are psyched the event is being hosted by recording artist and Musical.ly star Vivian Hicks and actress/singer Ruby Jay.

Models and Tickets

Congrats to all our Sugar Lulu models who are joining us on the runway. We are so proud of you all! It’s not too late to buy tickets to come to the show if you are in NYC (it’s in uber-trendy Brooklyn btw). If you’re not able to be there in person, no worries. You can check out all of our feeds to see pics and hear stories. It’s fashion for philanthropy, after all, so we are sure there will be lots to hear and see!

Runway Fashion

We are also be introducing some new pieces to our lines (think tops, skirts and more leggings). And styling them in such cute ways so you will get tons of ideas for yourselves. For instance: to wear to school, after school and for weekend plans with friends and family. And, of course, that will look oh-so-good to post to your instagram feed! We will make them available on our site right after the show.

Anti-Bullying Purpose

While we are having such a blast pulling all of this all together, we are also thrilled to be involved with a project that gives back. Especially when it’s to a cause that promotes one of our core ideals–being kind. A quarter of the proceeds from the KidsFash Anti-Bullying Fashion Show Tour are being shared with Bullies Reality.  Bullies Reality is an anti-bullying organization that helps kids and families affected by bullying and educates others.

So check them–and us—out! See you on the runway!

Top Closet Pieces to Mix and Match

Making the most of your wardrobe means top closet pieces to mix and match that can turn just a few outfits into tons. Even if you have already done your back-to-school shopping, maybe you’ve picked up some styles that can go with this and that. Then, for when your budget and parents allow… here are a few more ideas for top closet pieces to mix and match.

Sporty white sneaks

A pair from brands like Adidas or Puma are super popular and, as a result, can go with a lot from cropped jeans to a denim skirt.

Vintage tops

Check out new tees from old school designers like Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. Or hit thrift stores for authentic finds. In addition, look for old/new flannels and a jean jacket too!

Denim mini skirt

Pair this with almost anything like your favorite tee or frilly top. Also strap on lace-up sandals or a pair of the aforementioned sporty white sneaks.

Frayed jeans

Straight leg, cropped or even a pair of flared, make sure you’ve got one pair with free flowing hems. To fray them yourself, trim off sewn hem and pull out strings. Toss them in the dryer to give the hems a lived-in look.

Velvet anything

Whether you go for a pair of pants or more subtle with a headband, velvet is all the rage and because you can wear one piece with so many outfits it’s a perfect mix and match piece.

Patterned fabric

Make your leggings make a statement or just the sleeves of your shirt. Then mix and match them with any basic top or bottom that makes them work.

It bag

Your ultimate school accessory is either your bag or backpack—since you’ve got it for books and pens or to tote after-school gear. Go for a backpack or duffel in velvet, shiny patent leather, mesh  or canvas covered in pins. Carry on, girls!

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.

Birthday Gifts for Besties

Birthday party invites are super fun to get but attending with an original gift in hand can be super tricky to maneuver. Yep, we are sure that lots of your girlies will love a cute Brandy shirt as much as the next (we do!), but sometimes, especially for your besties, you want to kick it up a notch.

So, we say, instead of looking for that one perfect something, why don’t you get a few items that would make perfect sense together in a basket? Now, don’t worry, we’re not suggesting those few items are each at the top of your budget. Instead consider less pricey things that she would love and get her more of them. Then you can wrap them all together in a cute container or just in some colorful fabric or cellophane for an equally fabulous presentation.

If your soul sister is obsessed with spas, perfecto. Put together a package that will leave her spending hours pampering herself: get (or make) a yummy scented bath balm, some lotions, a mani/pedi set with some fun nail colors, some facial masks and of course a cute hair band to keep her locks off her face.

If fashion is her thing, go for accessories overload! Think of everything from hair ties, sunglasses, necklaces, bracelets, rings, tattoos and socks. If you want to add to it with a substantial item, think about a jewelry armoire or a decorative box in which she can hold some of the gear—and that can double as a spot to place the goods when you wrap them up.

For a beauty girl, shower her with makeup. Lip glosses, eye shadows and liners, mascara, blushes, bronzers, brushes and nail polishes. And don’t make them all full size—if there are some things you know she’s never used, look for them in trial containers so she can test out a few new treats. Put it all in a box or a basket that she can set out for display.

Or, if your bestie rocks a bunch of different desires, then get a basket that mixes it all up from art supplies to fashion bits, stuff to decorate her room and more!

Whatever you decide, don’t forget to include a card that comes straight from your heart.

Bag and Towel

For starters, take a good bag [link to product] that’s holds a lot but is also easy to clear of sand when you get home. Fill it with an oversized towel (one that’s round is super on-trend) that you can sit on in the sand and wrap yourself in after riding the waves.

Take Time to be Creative

Summer time typically means no school stress—even summer school tends to be less crazy than homework demands during the regular school year. Take some of that extra time and energy to be creative and inspired. Learn a new skill. Start focusing on a new hobby. Think about how you can make a difference.

Start by thinking about something you have always wanted to do but could not really spend enough time on. Or, look at an activity you have always admired someone else for taking part in. You certainly don’t have to master a skill—but that’s totally fab if you do!—just experiencing a part of it is an amazing start. Take dance for example: Just because your friends are at their studio 24/7, you can take one class over the summer or even teach yourself in your room by watching You Tube. Your efforts will feel oh-so good. Choreograph a dance…check!

Another feel good activity that really taps into your creative side is writing. If you are a journal keeper then you know what we mean. It’s fun to write about your day or your feelings. But take it one step further. Find a special notepad or notebook, just for this project. Try to turn your notes into a story. Come up with a title, develop your characters and if you want, share it with family and friends.

Then turn in your pencil and paper for a different kind of paper and markers [link to product] and draw something special. Start with doodles if you want, then move on to something more like landscapes, a portrait, your favorite accessory. The only mistake you can make is to think your pieces have to be perfect, because they don’t. That’s the beauty in art.