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>< Top: Hollister >< Shorts: American Eagle >< Hat: Kendall & Kylie >< Shoes: Dr. Scholls >< Bag: BCBGeneration >< Sunnies: Cole Haan (not available anymore, but these are great!) >< And a Horchata Mexican Popsicle! ><

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So far, Southern California has been an absolute BLAST! I’m loving the people, food, fashion, and sub-cultures like crazy, and it honestly reminds me a lot of Miami, so I feel right at home.  I snagged these sandals and sunnies today at the local TJ Maxx (I know, I can’t help myself!) and sat down with my hubs to enjoy a Mexican popsicle or, as I like to call them, Mexipops!

I know this outfit is quite similar to my last post, but what can I say – I’ve seriously been digging stripes lately and can’t resist a good festival short!  I mixed things up by switching out my headscarf for a felt hat in a nice color and swapped my t-strap sandals for some super comfy slides.




#WIW 4.26.15

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I have to say that this semester has been a crazy one, but all my projects are finally finished and turned in and I only have two finals to go!  If you know me, you know that I love (and I mean LOVE) some swimwear, so summer shopping is always my favorite. Here are some of my current cravings – be prepared for a ton more!



#WIWW 2.11.14

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Prepping for our trip to San Diego has given me summer fever, and I just can’t wait to escape the frosty Raleigh weather!  This week’s #WIWW is absolutely California-inspired, with everything from 70s sandals to high waisted shorts and a little exotic bling.  To me, nothing says California more than a brightly colored crop top, and this intricately decorated tote would be perfect for traveling or even just for a day at the beach.  As much as I want to shop for new things pre-trip, I’m stoked to save some money and pick up a few things while I’m out there.  Nothing beats some California shopping, right?!






>< Tribal Crop Top from The Impeccable Pig >< J Crew Cutoff Shorts >< American Eagle Sandals >< Coach Crossbody ><

Today I’m mixing it up 70s style.  Nothing says summer quite like a throwback to the 70s, and I decided to channel my recent viewing of Lords of Dogtown into a retro meets modern look.  There’s nothing like mixing braids, bright tribal patterns, and cutoffs to say “welcome to 1975”.


Black and Tan




>< Black Chiffon Target Top >< Abercrombie & Fitch Shorts >< Franco Sarto Sandals via TJ Maxx >< Bauble Bar Trillion Necklace (not available anymore, but this is a great option!) >< Louis Vuitton Handbag ><  Pura Vida Bracelets ><

I’m trying my hand at another black clothing option during the summer!  Here I’m wearing a black chiffon top, so it breathes beautifully in the humid Raleigh climate.  I have been spending a TON of time in the sun lately – I took a surf trip last week AND I’m taking one tomorrow – and a summertime tan is perfect with black.  Honestly, I think I feel tanner while wearing black than when I wear lighter clothing!

Ocean Pano

Here’s a little piece of summery inspiration for you guys – go hit the beach!


Summery Inspiration

When I first started Sugar & Shine I clung to the fact that it was strictly a fashion blog.  I thought that having a blog that was STRICTLY fashion and outfits somehow meant that I was a serious fashion blogger, but recently I have learned to appreciate the freedom that comes with a fashion and lifestyle blog.  I’ve been inspired by many of the blogs I read daily to expand my horizons (but trust me, there will still be PLENTY of outfit posts and fashion bits!).  I’m excited to mix in some non-fashion tidbits every now then, starting with some of the most reposted images from my other blog, The Chill Life.  I absolutely love the ocean, surfing, skating, and the lifestyle that is formed around those things and I’m excited to break free a little bit more with you, my readers.  I hope you enjoy these pictures and I hope they inspire you to really live up this summer while it’s still hot out!




*Images were taken from The Chill Life where image sources are preserved via link on The Chill Life


Currently Craving

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>< Modern Blackfish in Green Tint >< Maaji Herm Majesty Bikini >< Quick Humps Sex Wax >< Sticky Bumps Surf Wax >< Creatures Split Trac Pad >< Dokos Beaded Necklace ><

It’s been a while, but there has been a TON that has happened!!!  My husband and I recently moved (a process that ended up taking about a week) and we have been settling in and trying to figure out how to lay out our new place.  I’ve also been work work working a bunch and finalized my application to NC State’s Masters in Textiles program, and guess what – I GOT IN! So exciting.  This summer is definitely going to be ridiculously fun with a few beach trips coming up – more like surf trips.  I can’t wait to get back in the water after a year or so!  It will definitely be a repeat learning experience, but I can’t wait for it.  Stay on the lookout for outfit posts coming up this week!


Swim Care

You know the feeling: You bought a super cute bikini and wear it everywhere, but as summer goes on, it fades and snags and ends up in your trash can by August.  This is the life of a bikini for most of us – it is short, sweet, and gradually fades… but it doesn’t have to.  It is safe to say that most women don’t know the basics of swimsuit care, which leads to one season swimsuits – something cheaply made and disposable.  There is nothing nicer than a beautifully made swimsuit and yes, you can have your bikini and keep it too (and for more than a season!).  Here are the basics of swimwear care that will help extend the life of your swimsuits (and give you a good excuse to purchase that pricier L SPACE suit you want 😉 )

Maaji Swimwear

1. Pre-treat Your Suit

This is one of the most important steps in swimsuit care: pre-treating your swimsuit.  You want to make sure you pre-treat your suit before you have worn it in the pool, ocean, or even shower.  Pre-treating helps lock in the color of your swimwear to prevent fading and bleeding, extending the life of your swimwear from the start.  There are various recipes for pre-treating all over the internet, but all have two ingredients: distilled white vinegar and water.  You can use anywhere from 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar to a 50/50 ratio of vinegar to water.  You’ll want to fill up a stopped up sink or bucket with the solution and soak your swimsuit in it for about 30 minutes, then rinse your suit out and let it air dry.

The Key: Make sure you only soak swimsuits that are similar colors together.  I recommend only doing one matching suit at a time because the excess dye will tint the color of the solution.  This way, you don’t end up dying your favorite new yellow suit an odd shade!

2. Rinse Your Suits After the Beach or Pool

The best offense is a good defense, so make sure you rinse your swimwear in cool water after taking a dip in the ocean or pool.  Chlorine will break down the fibers of your swimwear really quickly, and saltwater can have a similar effect over time.

The Key: Even if you aren’t changing out of your swimsuit for a while, use a pool-side or beach-side freshwater shower to rinse off the excess saltwater or chlorine.  This way, the harsh elements will be diluted and cause less damage to your swimwear.

3. Avoid the Washer/Dryer

Washing machines and dryers are unnecessarily harsh on clothing, and they wreak havoc on swimwear.  The motion of a washing machine breaks down the fibers of your swimsuit, and the intense heat of the dryer will break down the elasticity of your swimwear and will severely damage your suit over time.

The Key: Hand washing swimwear is your best bet for swimwear longevity, but be careful to avoid wringing your swimsuit out.  It is important to be gentle with your swimwear when washing it, use a gentle detergent like Woolite or hand soap (never use regular laundry detergent- it’s too harsh), always wash your suits in cool water, and line dry all your swimwear.

4. Hot Tubs + Nice Swimwear = 😦

If you’re like me, you don’t have the money to knowingly damage a nice swimsuit for the heck of it, which is why I have  swimsuit that I use specifically for hot tubs.  A hot tub is swimwear hell that combines super chlorinated water with intense heat – a deadly combination for a swimsuit.  Hot tubs generally have higher levels of chlorine than your average pool, so the damage to your suit will be exponentially higher.

The Key: Have one swimsuit that you use specifically for hot tubs and avoid using any other suit in a hot tub.


5. Avoid Velcro-Butt

We’ve all done it – you jump out of the pool really quickly, sit on the edge, and jump back in but later find out that your bottom looks like the fuzzy side of velcro.  Pool decks are meant to grip well to avoid slipping, which makes them great for walking but terrible for sitting.  This rough surface will catch on the fine fibers of your swimsuit and snag it all over, just like velcro.

The Key: Use a towel when sitting on a pool deck – it’s the only way to avoid velcro-butt.

6. Apply Carefully

I’m all for using sunscreen (seriously, PLEASE do!), but you need to be careful when applying sunscreen, lotion, perfume, makeup, etc. while wearing a swimsuit.  Sunscreen is known to stain swimwear, and it’s extremely difficult to get out, so be really careful when applying your sunscreen.

The Key: Apply sunscreen before you even put your swimsuit on.  Yes, that’s right.  Naked.  This way, you won’t stain the outer, visible fabric of your swimsuit, you will have ample time for it to soak in before sun exposure, and you are less likely to miss spots that will undoubtedly burn later.


Now, this list is not exhaustive and it doesn’t pretend to be, but doing these things will definitely extend the life of your swimwear.

 Are there any tricks you’ve learned to help preserve your swimwear?


Currently Craving…

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>< Bauble Bar Boho Drops in Malachite and Amber >< Mint Clothing Company’s Do The Twist Dress >< Forever 21’s Around the World Choker >< Steve Madden’s Flexi-P Sandal ><


Happy Monday!

Cropped Anorak: Roxy, Denim Sleeveless Button-down: thrifted, Grey Tank: Ambiance Apparel, Neon Tank: Target, Skinnies: Levi’s, Handbag: Loeffler Randall (perfect alternative here), Flats: Nine West (these Corso Como flats are darling, too!), Necklace: Isabel Marant for H&M, Arm party: Renegade bracelets and handcrafted bracelets (by me), Watch: La Mer Collections (similar)

Layers, layers, layers is the name of the game!  Layering is the perfect way to add some color to a winter ensemble.  Unfortunately winter lines tend to be devoid of bright color, but you can add some brights back in by using striking colored tanks and accessories.  Another way to add some color to an outfit: light colored denim elements.  Now, you need to be careful when combining denim (we don’t want a Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake denim fiasco, now).  If you plan on wearing two denim pieces in the same outfit, make sure they aren’t similar colors AND make sure there is a buffer zone between denims.  By this I mean make sure that you have at least one or two other fabrics/textures either over or under the denim pieces.  If you remember that, you’re golden!


BONUS: Here’s a little song inspiration for your winter layering!

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