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 photography. Perfect landscape pics or some of your favorite peeps. Practice on a real camera or on your phone camera. You’d be surprised by all the likes and comments you’ll start getting!

And while we know it’s not time for school yet, enjoy a little free-form 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 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.

Beach Day

If you’re lucky enough to be spending any time by the beach this summer, it’s a fabulous opportunity to be fashion-forward and decked out with must-have gear.

Bag and Towel

For starters, take a good bag 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.

Goggles and Clothes

Pack a smaller bag to fit inside the beach bag

with items like goggles and a change of clothes that you can also put a wet bathing suit in after you change.

Stuff to do in the Sand

If you’re spending the day at the beach, pack some stuff to keep you busy. A good book and waterproof speakers are two good ideas. And if you’re going to spend your time just sitting in the sun, pack plenty of sunscreen, even for those hazy days.

Snacks and Sips

It’s important to keep yourself hydrated and nourished when out in the sun. Pack some snacks like fruits and nuts, energy bars, even PB&J sandwiches (cut them into shapes with cookie cutters to be super cute).

Making Memories

Make sure to take plenty of pictures in plenty of poses because beach pics get some of the highest likes on insta—and if you’re there for sunset, then that’s just bonus points!

Bikini Clad…and Beyond

With summer in full swing, we are rocking swimsuits almost every day. So ever the Sugar Lulu girl, you want to add what’s super on-trend for the beach or poolside to your already fabulous stash. In celebration of National Bikini Day on July 5th, we are sharing the must-have fashions for swimsuits this summer—and it’s not just bikinis that are on point. One piece suits in all sorts of styles, prints and colors are scoring some of the most perfect looks too! Read below to see what’s hot and don’t forget to pair them with your favorite flip flops, beach bag and chic sunnies!