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! 

 

It’s a New School Year–Try Some New After School Activities Too

New (School) Year, New You…Well, it’s a new school year. That means new classes, new teachers, new classrooms and maybe some new friends too. So fun! While you’ve got all these new things happening this new school year, we say add one more! Test out never-before-tried activities that make you move add a balance to days filled with math and English.

Maybe there is something you want to get involved with but are hesitant because you were the lone chica. Or it’s that you don’t think you will be good at it. Or perhaps you had no idea what an activity truly entailed. No need to fret—we have the 411 on two of the most popular post-school pursuits so you can try to determine this new school year if any makes you feel like you want to try. Plus once you know just what you want, we bet others follow you. With this new determination, you’ll start out solo and meet a new bestie there in no time.

Dance

Even if all of your friends are big-time dance girls, you don’t know the difference between a ball change and thunder clap. Still, you want to dance this new school year? That’s super cool—it’s a great workout, mood lifter and so fun to move to the music. Then there are the cute clothes made just for flexibility. What’s more, there are a range of dance styles and classes to take, from jazz, to lyrical, ballet to hip hop, tap and more. Classes can be once a week or sometimes more and typically there is a recital at year end to show off all you know in a spectacular display of talent.

For girls who ultimately pursue dance big-time, there are dance companies—multiple classes at more advanced levels—to try out for and competition teams as well. But to start, sign up for just one style if you like—and give it a try.

Yoga

This meditative activity is good for your mind and bod. It is a fabulous low key workout, stengthener and toner. The equipment (mats and outfits) are oh-so-cute and yoga is a perfect way to chill after a day of school or a stressful exchange with siblings or hormonal friends. Plus yoga has a language, moves and poses all it’s own—think downward dog, tree, frog, warrior, half moon and more—so every pose or mantra you master will make you feel majorly successful. Another benefit: Many yoga spots have healthy juice and smoothie bars on site or nearby. Yum.

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.

Friend Top 10

We love to celebrate everything—especially our friends. And we like to do it just a little more when international Friendship Day hits the calendar this month. And why not? Our friends are our go-tos for everything from secrets to sleepovers, giggles, shopping and more! Here, the top ten reasons to prove you are besties!

  1. You tell each other everything Including the same story, over and over again.
  2. Mi Casa su Casa. You are just as comfortable hanging out at her house with her family (and super cute older brother) as you are at/with yours.
  3. You think alike. You name it: clothes, movies, friends, boys—you are always on the same wavelength. And when you’re not, you appreciate what the other one thinks.
  4. You both are really happy for the other one’s success. There’s no weird jealousy between the two of you. You love how happy she gets when she gets good grades and she is your biggest cheerleader when you score big at dance competitions.
  5. She is the BEST gift giver. She just gets you
  6. Her lips are sealed. You can trust her with your deepest secrets and she knows she can trust you.
  7. She can always make you laugh. Even when you are having a yuck day, she can get a giggle from you—and you like to make her smile too.
  8. You can count on each other. Need help studying or doing an annoying chore? You are there for each other no matter what.
  9. You trust her opinion. Sometimes parents and siblings just don’t get it. But she does and you value what she has to say a lot.

It’s official. You’ve got the friendship bracelet to prove it—and they’re matching, of course, because you love the same things

Yoga 101

We think yoga rocks! For starters we love how good it is for us—mind, body and spirit. Doing yoga helps build strength, stamina, mindfulness and makes us super focus, which is good not only for school but all of our activities too. Plus we live for the clothes that come with it. The cutest and comfiest leggings are de rigueur so not only do you look super stylish but you also feel so good. They’re also so inspiring to go into a downward dog and chant a mantra. Never done yoga (only wear the clothes?)—we gotchu. Here, a super quick 101 to bring you up to speed so now you can look and play the part.

  1. Create a cool space to set the mood. Even if you don’t have a dedicated room, find a space in your home, like a little nook by a window with a view of a tree that makes you feel calm, and set up there.
  2. Get geared up. A yoga mat defines your space and don’t need to be pricey. Keep a water bottle nearby to hydrate and wear comfy, stretchy and cute clothes to feel inspired.
  3. Choose a mantra. The word mantra actually comes from the Sanskrit language that translates to “instrument of sound.” It is a word, sound or phrase that makes you happy or content and helps to focus during yoga or mediation. Some suggestions? Sweet, sweet life, yuuuum, friends are for life to name a few!
  4. Know basic poses. Even if you’re not one of our Sugar Lulu dance girls, that doesn’t mean you can’t strike a fabulous yoga pose. To familiarize yourself with some of the basic poses and techniques there are tons of books out there or just simply search on line. Some of the key terms to check out: Child’s Pose, Mountain Pose, Downward Dog, Warrior, Tree Pose, Bridge Pose (think back bend with no hands!), Triangle Pose, Seated Twist and Cobra.

Namaste.

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.

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!