Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fall Shopping 101

Hello Lovlies!

Fall is here, which means NEW WARDROBE! SHOPPING! FABULOUS FALL FASHION! As exciting as it is, shopping can be a little daunting. While we would all love to have an unlimited budget, this is usually not the case. Here are some fall shopping tips that will help you make the most of what you have, the most of your spending money, and create the most looks!

1. Before you shop, assess your closet. We all go through the "I have nothing to wear" moods somedays, but it's important to honestly assess what you have. Pull every piece you own out, and try it on. Have a top you never wear because it doens't fit? Get rid of it! Try on all of your clothes to eliminate ones that don't fit. Have some fall appropriate clothing, but it feels old? When you're in the mood for something new, it's easy to feel the urge to shop. My advice is to take all of your pieces, and try to find at least 2 new ways to wear them. You may need a simple accessory to make somthing feel new, or you may find awesome new combos using things you have! Also, don't discriminate against your summer wardrobe! Maybe you can use some of the tops as layering pieces, and throw tights under your shorts so you don't freeze. Really make the most of what you've got.

2. Find your inspiration. After you have assessed your closet, decide on what you want and need to buy. Look on pintrest and in magazines for inspiration. It's better to get inspired and get an idea of what you're looking for, rather than just taking your money and heading out the door. Having an idea of what you want will eliminate impulse purchases and purchasing a bunch of things you don't totally love. Make a list of things you are looking for before heading out. It doesn't have to be a specific item from a specific store on your list, but write down the types of items you are looking for.

3. Make sure you have your bases covered. Before you start buying a bunch of quirky pieces that are difficult to match, make sure you have your basics. Some things I consider basics for fall are : dark wash, well fitting skinnies, leggings,  tights, comfortable/fairly practical boots, and a good jacket(i,e leather).

4. Shop around. My technique when I go out shopping is to browse shops, try on pieces that I like, and come back. I usually don't purchase the things I like in a store until I have browsed the store I want to that day. This is best because you may find similar pieces at other stores that are either a better deal, or you like more! Make a mental note of what you like at each place, then decide and go back to purchase.

5. Keep your reciepts, and be aware of return policies. I know, sounds obvious, but some of us figure we can return things with simply the tag, etc. While most retailers have similar policies, keep your reciepts, and familiarize yourself with each stores indiviual policy. I have known people who have purchased items without trying them on, and got them home to realize they didn't fit. To make matters worse, they couldn't return the item (sale items, etc). It's a good idea to try things on when you are there, or at least find out if it is returnable if you don't.

I hope you found these tips helpful! Do you have any tips that I missed?

X's and O's,

Monday, September 17, 2012

Snuggle Sundays!

Hello, hello!
I want to start a series called Snuggle Sundays, where I can just catch up with you guys and share my week and things that inspired me, etc. I would love to see posts about your weeks as well!

This week was such a good one! I had such a positive attitude all week, and things ran smoothly.

I know some of you may not believe, but I started listening to podcasts by Joel Osteen, and I was reinspired by religion. Growing up, My mom was Catholic and my father wasn't religious. Despite being Catholic, my mother never attended church, and I had no real idea of God. When my parents divorced, my siblings, mother and I all moved closer to her family, her very Catholic family. All of the sudden, I was made to go to church every Sunday, and pray before meals when we were at grandma's. I was young, and church bored me, as did the fact my mother FORCED church upon me. I ended up resenting the church a little bit, and questioned if there was a God. Catholic church has always  seemed so judgemental to me. Anyways, I ran across Joel Osteen, and he has made religion something enjoyable for me. He really speaks in a way that I understand, and that inspires me. Never did I think I would see the day where I would be praying and listening to religious podcasts! I think I like it because I found it and enjoy it on my terms. Even if you don't believe in God, you should still give it a listen! Joel covers basic morals and good ways to live everyday life1

I have also been inspired to "clean" out my life. I enjoy doing spring cleaning, but I also do a "fall cleaning" yearly. For the next 4 weeks, I am really going to concentrate on eating healthy, taking car of my body, my mind, and my apartment. My goals are to drink plenty of water, drink green tea to detox( as inspire by Elle Fowler), exercise regularly, deep clean and organize my apartment, develop an overall positive attitude/environment for myself, and taking care of myself in the beauty department. Four weeks is perfect, because My Birthday is in exactly a month! I know New Year's may be far away, but I think of birthdays sort of like new years, it's a chance to live another year of your life right!

This week, expect updates, and fall shopping 101, enjoying your job, and an introduction to my new blog! I hope everyone has an awesome week!!!!

X's and O's,

Friday, September 14, 2012


Hey Beauties,

I have been giving it quite a bit of thought lately, and I am very serious about starting my own youtube channel to go along with this blog. I depserately need your help, though!

I am not very good with technology, so I need a few recommendations for cameras and editing software. For a camera, I am looking for something that is easy to use, produces high quality, and has autofocus. I am not looking for the absolute most expensive camera out there, and any suggestions you have would be helpful! I want to choose a good camera from the begining so that I can provide my viewers with great quality from the first video!

As for an editing software, I am feeling a little lost. I have never used one, and wouldn't know where to begin. Again, I would like something that isn't too complicated to use, but allows me to really enhance my videos. I would appreciate any tips anyone has to offer! I would like to use voiceovers as well for some of my content, so some software that would let me do that easily!

Also, lighting tips would be helpful. Does natural light suffice, should I purchase additional lighting? If so, which kind?

Thanks for your help!

With fall coming up, this blog will come alive more and more. You see, I am passionate about the fall and winter seasons, and I will have so much content to provide you with. I love the fashion, makeup, I have tons of fashion, recipies, DIYS, etc planned! Please stay tuned! Please leave requests for anything pertaining to these two seasons, and I will keep them in mind! I am going to be doing some Halloween tutorials, so let me know what you would like to see!

Thank you for your support, it means everything!

X's and O's,

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Want to Try: ELF's HD blush!

Hey beauties!

I have been hearing some big hype about how wonderful elf's new hd blush is! I am anxious to possibly give it a whirl! If any of you have tried this PLEASE let me know how you like it!

X's and O's


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

May We Never Forget

Hey everyone,

Today, it is with a heavy heart that myself, and my fellow Americans remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

I was a mere 4th grader at the time, and I remember my mom driving to the gas station before I started school that day. She came back to the car after hearing the radio inside of the gas station, and said" the towers in New York were attacked". I didn't really understand just what that meant, but I knew it sounded serious. When I got to school, the teachers had the tvs on, everyone was in shock. I understood how serious this was when I saw a clip of the towers being attacked on the television. I remember how united we all felt afterwards.

My country has never been the same since the attacks. It has brought us into war, and increased  security everywhere.

Today I heard a song tribute to 9/11. It was the song "Heaven" slowed, and a small girl was talking throughout the song to her father who had lost his life that day. She was telling him how she had started kindergarten, and how much she missed him, and asked if it was true that he wasn't coming home. Naturally, I bawled my eyes out. It is so heartbreaking to think that because of the creul actions of a group of people, so many people lost their loved ones.

I would like to thank all of the troops, police officers, firefighters, medics, and rescue animals for everything they do for my country.

I have America and all of those affected by these tragic events in my prayers today. May god be with all of us today.

I am so beyond proud to be an American. I know that other countries sympathize with us on this day.

Remember everyone: Tomorrow is never promised. I hope each and every one of you remember to live in the moment, not just today, but everyday. Be kind to people, make ammends, and live life to the fullest, because you're never garunteed the next five minutes, and neither are your loved ones.

May we never forget.


Manda Likes!

Hello, and happy Tuesday!!

First off, I hope everyone had a great week! I haven't done a Manda Likes post in forever, and I want to update everyone on my favorite things I have been obsessed with lately!!

Beauty Likes:

Benefit's Eyeshadow in Pink Fancy

This color is a beautiful base and highlight color. I have been wearing it almost daily! It feels very nice on the eyes, and doesn't crease easily. It gives your eyes the perfect touch of sweetness!!

Mask Of Magnaminty from Lush

This is by far one of the best masks I have used! It is so refreshing, and solves just about any skin problem you might encounter! It is somewhat pricey, but honestly, the small jar will last you forever. I have had the small jar since May, and I really think that it is going to last through this month! I use this mask about twice a week, too. I really reccomend picking this up!

NYX Eyeshadow Base in Skin Color

After running out of my other three eye primers, I wanted to try something new, and more on the affordable side.  When I was in Douglas, I was browsing the NYX section from some lip glosses when I ran across this product. I decided I would give it a whirl! It does come in white, and another color (blanking), but Skin Tone looks the most natural to me. This has really made a difference in the wear of my eyeshadows, and it was really affordable at just 6.95 Euros.

Food Likes:

Kinder Suprise Eggs

One thing I adore about living in Europe is the CHOCOLATE! American chocolate just cannot compare. We literally have some of the finest, most exquisite tasting chocolate here. Kinder is one of my favorite brands. It is so creamy, and melts in your mouth. Kinder makes these Ueberashung (suprise) eggs. It is a hollow chocolate egg with a small yellow capsule inside. Inside of the capsule is a little toy. I have eaten more eggs recently than I would like to admit.. hehe;)

Feta Cheese

I have always loved Feta cheese, but recently, I have been putting it with everything! It is a very different tasting, strong sort of cheese, so this isn't for everyone, but I lalaLOVE it! I put it on salad all the time!

Activia Yogurts

I have been eating Activia daily for a few weeks now, and I am hooked. I know I am consuming a healthy snack, and it tastes SO GOOD! My favorite flavors are cherry and vanilla. I like to add organic granola and shaved almonds for more crunch and flavor!

Random Likes:

The Game of Life app for Ipod

Literally the best 99 cents I have spent in a very long time! I play this game constantly. This app has wonderful graphics, you can play alone or with friends, and offer several different languages! If you like this classic game from Hasbro, I recommend downloading this for hours of fun!


I have been organizing the crap out of my life lately. I have been getting myself on track, and organizing has become a bit of an obsession :p

What are your current likes?

X's and O's,

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Interact with me, and showcase your blog!

Hello Beautiful Ones!!!

Just a brief post to let you know that you can all interact with me outside of Blogger!!

My Twitter :

Sugarfee Facebook Fan Page:!/pages/Sugarfee/519279681430943


Please be sure to like and follow! If you have any questions, requests, or if you have a blog you want me to check out, please feel free to tweet me, email, or write a message or comment on facebook!

Thank you to everyone who reads my blog, please let me know about yours so I can check them out!

Have a beautiful Saturday!
X's and O's,