Here are a few of our wedding photos (like I promised!), and I am absolutely in love with them!!!






























All photos were taken by Ashley McCormick of Ashley McCormick Photography.

Venue: Marina Del Rey at Mission Inn Resort 

Photography: Ashley McCormick Photography

Day-Of Coordination: Emily Shackelford of Savor the Moment Events

Chairs: A Chair Affair

Rentals, Catering: Mission Inn Resort

Cakes: Yum Yum Cupcake Truck

Ceremony & Reception Design, Graphic Design: Lauren Kilpatrick

Dress: White by Vera Wang at David’s Bridal


British Invasion

The British are coming officially HERE in Durham!!!  I had the honor of hosting a shopping event at Nordstrom Southpoint last night in Durham, North Carolina (just a short ride from Raleigh), and I am LOVING the new Topshop section there.  It’s quite large, and the variety within the section is truly remarkable- they have everything from Blair Eadie-esque crop tops to overalls to kimonos and pearl-embellished knits!  I tried TONS of pieces on, and I have to say that for once it was truly difficult to decide which ones to get (which is a GREAT problem to have, right?).  They all fit really well, and I even picked up a basic grey tank top that is, in my opinion, the queen of all tank tops.  Be sure to check it out and attend the grand opening of Topshop at Nordstrom Southpoint this Saturday from 1-5 pm!  It’s sure to be a blast.

Though I didn’t take my Nikon along with me, I snapped some pictures with my phone of the setup and some favorite pieces that are at Nordstrom Southpoint (get ‘em while they last!):


 Our setup for the night :)



 My heart be still – how Audrey Hepburn of you, Topshop!


 So you can live every day like it’s Coachella.



 I couldn’t stop looking at this sequined top ALL NIGHT.  It is absolutely stunning!





Yes, Topshop does love Bull City!  Thank you Nordstrom for bringing us Southerners the beauty, quality, and adorable variety that is Topshop.


Coffee Date






>< Top: Forever 21 >< Shorts: Polo Ralph Lauren >< Handbag: Halogen >< Shoes: Target >< Sunnies: LC Lauren Conrad >< Watch: Nixon ><

There’s nothing like a date to brighten your day, and my husband and I spent our date day getting fabulous coffee at Jubala Coffee in Raleigh.  I kept my attire casual with a touch of sparkle (and a whole lot of energy as you can tell from the photos haha).

BIG NEWS: Tomorrow I’m hosting an event at Nordstrom Southpoint to celebrate the launch of Topshop at Nordstrom Southpoint!!! I’m ridiculously excited, and if you’re in the area tomorrow between 5 and 7 pm, you should definitely come check it out.  Details are below :)



Topshop loves Southpoint


BIG NEWS: Topshop is coming to Nordstrom at Southpoint Mall TODAY!!! To celebrate, Nordstrom Southpoint has asked Triangle bloggers to host events throughout the week, and Wednesday is our day! I’ll be hosting Wednesday from 5 to 7 pm everyone is invited! Come check it out!


Tribal Wanderlust





>< Tribal Romper c/o Bluetique Cheap Chic >< Shoes: Target >< Hat: Nixon (super old) >< Handbag: Kate Landry >< Belt: Calvin Klein ><

I am absolutely in love with this romper from Bluetique Cheap Chic – seriously, it’s soooo cute.  At first I wasn’t too sure about wearing an all-over print, but this romper far exceeded my expectations.  In typical Sugar & Shine fashion, I mixed neutrals to complement, but not overwhelm, my romper and I think it added some interest (not that the romper lacked any!).

Now, here’s some great news for all my Raleigh readers (and even Chapel Hill readers!): Bluetique Cheap Chic has storefronts in both Raleigh AND Chapel Hill, and believe me, this romper is just a small taste of the adorable clothes they offer.  They have everything from kimonos to palazzo pants to chevron dresses- something for everyone.  And the best part? They’re always filling their shelves with adorable new items.  Take a little time to pop into a Bluetique Cheap Chic store – you won’t regret it :)

Here are some of my favorite pieces they have on their website right now:

Starburst Maxi Dress

>< Starburst Maxi Dress ><

>< Pineapple Express Top ><

>< Royal Blues Top ><


* All opinions are my own

Romp Romp





20140408-112906.jpg>< Romper: Sans Souci via TJ Maxx >< Shoes: Target >< Head Scarf: Adrienne Vittadini >< Watch: Nixon >< Bag: Loeffler Randall >< Necklace: Isabel Marant for H&M ><

I love rompers.  In fact, I think I have an unhealthy obsession with them, but who can blame me??? This season, stores are filled with rompers in a variety of colors, patterns, and even styles (I like to think that the overall trend is tied in with the plethora of rompers), and they are just begging to be worn.  Now, some of you might be thinking “Hey, that’s just a onesie with a fancy name,” and honestly, you’re right – but who ever complained about wearing something comfortable, versatile, AND cute out in public and have it be completely socially acceptable?  Exactly.

I bought this basic black romper at TJ Maxx last week ($16.99!!!) and I am completely in love with it.  I love oversized, cozy rompers that you could wear all day and all night without thinking twice about them. Pair it with some cute wedges and cluttered jewelry and you have a match made in heaven!



Drop Off the Grid





>< Top: ASOS >< Skinnies: ASOS >< Flats: Sam & Libby for Target >< Sunnies: Amazon, similar here ><

If you haven’t noticed yet, I love creating black and white outfits that mix femininity and masculinity.  Here, I paired a drop-waist ASOS tank with basic black skinnies and textured d’orsay flats.  The feminine design of the tank and the androgynous grid pattern are balanced by the simplicity of the rest of the outfit.  I kept my jewelry simple and mixed rose gold, silver and gold pieces.  Looks like this are perfect for city life and the black skinnies + textured flat combo is extremely versatile on a daily basis.  You can throw on a blouse and be office-chic for your day job, and later swap the blouse for a night-ready top and be ready to grab dinner with your friends at that hot new bistro everyone’s been talking about.


Fringe Benefits





>< Kimono: Rumors via TJ Maxx >< Blouse: Cotton On >< Shorts: Quiksilver Womens >< Hat: Nixon >< Watch: The Cannon in Rose Gold by Nixon >< Bag: BCBGeneration >< Necklace: Lucky Brand ><

Spring has finally arrived in Raleigh, and warmer weather calls for some music festival inspiration.  I have loved fringe since I was a kid, but never took the plunge to try and rock it until now.  I love music festival fashion so much, and I’m trying to incorporate elements of it into my daily outfits, which is totally appropriate for summer.

Speaking of summer, I’ve teamed up with a local Raleigh surf shop, Whalebone Urban Surf Shop, to start a series of swimwear reviews and informational videos.  I’ll cover a variety of brands like L*Space, Vix, Vitamin A, etc. and new styles from those brands to help you guys out with your swimwear shopping!  I’m so excited to take this on, and keep an eye out for the first video of the series- a thorough rundown of swimsuit care and maintenance.  Gah, so exciting!






Currently Craving…

S&S Currently Coveting march 27


>< 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 ><


Modcloth x Wanelo

I’ve always loved Modcloth’s retro-inspired clothing, but never found something I completely loved – until now.  I was contacted by Modcloth a few days ago to participate in their Uniquely You campaign and I jumped at the opportunity to learn more!  They provide a piece of clothing or an accessory every week, and you build an outfit around it using items found on Modcloth via Wanelo.  First off, their pick for this week is ADORABLE:

Modcloth black dress

Seriously, it’s like Audrey Hepburn and a 50′s prom had a baby.  Love, love, LOVE!  Anyway, I got to exploring their site and found some truly amazing items – I want them all.  For real though, I want to buy everything I used to make the outfit PLUS about 30 other items.  You can check out my outfit on Wanelo here, or sneak a peak below:

Sugar Shine Wanelo Entry

My Inspiration for my Modcloth x Wanelo Outfit: “Keep It Classy For Date Night: I designed this outfit for a date night that is both elegant and fun. I tried to break the mold a little bit with some quirky, yet fun pieces. I am absolutely in love with Modcloth’s High Rise Holiday Necklace and their adorable XO earrings. One of my favorite features of this necklace is that you can wear it so it looks like an embellished neckline on the dress – it’s a modern twist on the classic style of Audrey Hepburn.”

All the links to the items I used in my outfit can be found via my Wanelo board at http://wanelo.com/s/1137493 .

One more thing to love about this dress: IT COMES IN SUPER CUTE COLORS!!!



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