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

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

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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

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)!

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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

Memorial Day Sweet Treats!!

Do it up totally SWEET this Memorial Day!! We’re loving these completely cute, super-easy red, white & blue treats… quick, simple & you’ll be the hit of the party!! Have a SWEET long weekend, everyone!!!Yummm!!! Grab a fun bucket, a styrofoam ball, and at least 40 lollipops and voila  – you’ve got the cutest gift to bring to the party!!  (Idea by Gluesticks blog)

Hop over to Party City to do it up Sugar Lulu style with a super-sweet candy buffet!!

I mean, how cute is this flag fruit plate?! A total WOW that will take you minutes to assemble… SWEET!! (Recipe from “Passion for Savings”)

Can you guess why we have lollipops on our mind 24/7?! We’re obsessed with our new Sweet Treat  collection & this adorable Sugar Lulu girl (@jaejae_dancing_diva)  CLICK HERE to see the entire Sweet Treat collection! 

 

Top Tips to Shoot a Video Haul

Hey girlies! One of the most fun parts about shopping is sharing what you’ve just scored. No wonder video hauls are one of our most favorite videos to watch. Want to get in on the action but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you with this post about the top tips to shoot a video haul.

One of the most important of the top tips to shoot a video haul includes keeping the video to  about 10 minutes long. It’s not necessary to be any longer because you might lose viewers‘ attention. BUT that doesn’t mean you have to worry about that while filming. Since we are sure you are super vid savvy, you can edit, cut, speed up, add graphics etc. later. So just keep rolling and worry about the timing after.

Show your package

The first top tip to shoot a video haul is to show off the package. Whether it’s a delivery on your doorstep or the most bomb “I’m def going to use this to hold my lunch tomorrow,” shopping bag, viewers want to see it. Tell them where your haul is from as you are displaying the packaging.

Set up staging spot

You are going to need space to spread out and either a full length mirror (for fashion) or a vanity mirror for makeup and hair.

Open your box

Keep the suspense up but not for too long. Make sure you’ve got the right materials–like a scissor or box cutter to open and unwrap. You can also take any tissue wrapped goods out of your bags at this point. All the while discuss why you like the brand or their products. Not only does this give viewers more info, but it might get you on the brand’s radar.

The Big Reveal

With a little dramatic effect–like music or close ups to your excited face–take out the first item to share. Lay it out, hold it up, try it on and take a spin around in it. For beauty or hair, show the package, the label, the tool (like the cute pink rollers here), or a dollop of squeeze of the product itself.

Continue with remaining items

Continue step 4 with remaining items, but since this is a post about the top tips to make a video haul, remember people are tuned in for a reason. They want the specifics of what you got, what  inspired you, what it looks like, how it works and more. So while showing off, sound off with all the info.

Share a code if you have

Mention any promo codes you know of and how long each is supposed to last. When you get enough followers, brands might even give you a code of your own to share!).

Come up with a catchy sign off

Can be short and sweet but be sure to tell peeps to follow you and then give them a hint at what’s to come next. That’s the best top tip to shoot a video haul–keep them coming back for more!

Pastels From the Runway

Spring is almost here and with that comes so much besides just the clocks changing. There’s warmer weather, countdown to summer and looks we can take from the spring runway. And this year there were super sweet candy-colored pastels from the runway. And we loved them.

Sure you’re likely not going to be dipping into a wardrobe of Preen, Hermes, Chanel and Victoria Beckham that came down the catwalks. But you can use them to inspire what you will be wearing–from clothes to shoes to what you do with your hair and makeup. Check out what we are talking about.

Pastel Pieces

Look for on-trend pastel jeans like some of the pastels from the runway. But don’t think you need to go head to toe in these pretty light hues. One of our fashion bibles, Teen Vogue, suggests pairing them with a metallic or neutral top.

So you don’t run the risk of looking like the Easter bunny with the pastels from the runway, just accessorize in pastels. Think of  sunglasses, a fabulous scarf or even a pair of light pink, baby blue or mint green sneaks.

Any pastel top from a crop top to a light sweater, pairs perfectly with capri jeans or a jean skirt. Match the outfit with silver toed ballet flats or a the ubiquitous pair of cool white tennis shoes.

Bring your workout wear into spring and fashion with pastel patterns. Pastels with flowers, rainbows, unicorns, candy and more lighten and brighten any after school activity.

Pastel Tresses

One of the hottest hair trends is rainbow highlights and balayage. Do it with just a touch of one color or subtly work a few pieces in. You will definitely be feeling spring with these pastels from the runway in no time.

Pastel makeup

We don’t think you need anything to make yourself more beautiful, but if you’re going to wear makeup try some pastel shades. A swipe of baby blue shadow or barely there pink lipstick is subtle and super flattering.

 

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

Fabulous finds for the holidays

Water Bottle - Mermaid Off Duty

Just like so many of you, we LOVE to shop, especially fabulous finds for the holidays! We’ve been teaming with our Sugar Lulu Girls lately for great ideas. And doing it a lot lately with other brands and artists we are totally into!  Now, not only are we bringing you the ah-mazing stuff we design and create but we also stuff from them. We are going to bring you some of our favorites and fabulous finds for the holidays from other fabulous designers we know and have met along the way. Because over the past few months we have discovered tons of oh-so-cute items. Guess what? We are making them available to you, our uber-trendy girls.

Cool Brands

Heard of Logo Loops, Ooly, Semaki & Bird, Slant, Squishable and Sunnylife? We thought so and if not, now you can be in the know! Because you can find some of their sweetest-ever stuff on Sugar Lulu. From rockin’ school supplies (you always need to replenish) to squishy decorative pillows to mugs (mermaids, donuts and unicorns!) and water bottles. There are also bow and infiniti earrings and more! Any of these items are must-have for your holiday wish list! They are also perf for bday gifts or holiday gifts for your friends and family. But they are in limited supply and because we are now not producing them all, it’s better to play it safe than sorry and order soon because we are not in complete control of the restock process.

Find fabulous finds for the holiday here

So check out our site and make your wish list—we’ve got new Sugar Lulu products and favorites being restocked plus the slew of those fabulous finds for the holidays we just mentioned. Hope you have a blast—and please let us know what you love and would like to see more of!

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.

The cutest new way to spend time with friends

They’re here, they’re here–the cutest new way to spend time with friends! Sharing is caring. Even through you’re supes busy with school and activities you can still find time to spend with your besties. The new uber on-trend Earbuds from Sugar Lulu are tiny furry pups with two sets of retractable ear buds.  You can chill to music or watch videos with your bff! Only questions? What playlist goes on first or what video will be the most funny to watch? Then there’s the burning question—do you choose purple or blue?!!! Either one will be fab for the cutest new way to spend time with friends.

Cutest New Way to Spend Time with Friends

These Earbuds are the perfect way to be connected with your girlies and be super stylish and have tons of fun while doing it. They are the best way to get your homework done or run your dance routine through your head. All the while swooning to Ed Sheeran’s new single, learning all the words to DJ Khaled’s latest song and sitting shoulder to shoulder with your fave gal pals. They promise to be all the rage, a blast and ideal for tons of insta inspiration. And they are just being released now!

Did You Know?

It takes almost a year to make a new product–from the first DREAM TANK brainstorm meetings with our Sugar Lulu Girls. We sort through and take the best idea. Then we work with our designers to create concept sketches. Next they create manufacturing drawings to show the factory how to make it. After that we design and write the copy for the package. Next it’s time for a photo shoot with our Sugar Lulu Girls for the package image, (one of our fave parts of the process), then manufacture and safety test, and then test again with our girls to make sure the final product passes their inspection for glam and fun (check out this pic of @janai_olive_rose_johnson @sisimorris @matty_nev and @officialalectra testing them out during a break from a shoot in NYC! Once approved we manufacture it, get it out to our Sugar Lulu Ambassadors to get the word out plus get it to stores and to you!! It’s a LONG LONG process but so much FUN!

Earbuds Rocking Social Media

Another way to show sharing is caring is by checking out how all your favorite Sugar Lulu girls are using them and then commenting your fave ways. Check us out on instagram—and see how much fun it is to use them!

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!