Sunday, September 27, 2015

Best Scents for the Fall Time

Best Scents for the Fall Time
Hey cupcakes! Fall is here! :D The leaves are going to start changing soon, and you know what that means...... A change to a new season in fashion and beauty! It is time to replace those summer scents with perfumes, lotions, etc. suitable for the cooler weather :) This fall, I personally have been loving pumpkin and apple scented things! I think these scents make everyone think of fall time, from picking apples with your family to drinking that delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte ;) This is a quick collage of some awesome scents for the fall! 

What scents do you love in the fall? Comment below and don't forget to follow! :D

Friday, September 25, 2015

My 7 Must Have Dorm Foods!

Hey cupcakes! I have been living in my dorm room for quite some time now.... and I LOVE it! :) However, I occasionally get hungry. Today I have compiled a list of the perfect dorm foods that should be in every college student's room! I hope you enjoy! <3

1. Water - Water is essential to good health and hydration, so you should have a reusable water bottle or plastic water bottles in your mini fridge or just in your room somewhere. Make sure you drink a lot of water!!!!

2. Oatmeal - Oatmeal is super easy to make in a dorm. Just heat up some water in the microwave and add the packet! It is also pretty filling, so it keeps you full for awhile. YUM

3. Ramen - Ramen is another super easy thing to make in the microwave :) Just don't eat it too much or you will intake wayyyyy too much salt!

4. Mac n' Cheese - I found these awesome mac n' cheese cups that I can make in the micro. Super awesome to have around if you miss a meal or need a late night snack <3

5. Soup - Believe it or not, cans of soup are awesome to cook in a microwave! All you have to do is heat it up, and it tastes just like soup from home.

6. Granola bars - You NEED granola bars! Throw some in your backpack, purse, etc. so you won't lose energy if you are out and about. They are great quick snacks between meals!
7. Snacks - Lastly, make sure you have some snacky type foods like Goldfish, chips, cookies, etc. Don't gain the Freshmen 15 by eating them all the time, but they are good to have in your dorm if you are starving or have guests over.
Don't be like her... eat balanced nutritious meals!

I hope you all enjoyed this post! Would you like to see more college related posts? Comment below your suggestions! Have a great day <3 :D

Monday, September 21, 2015

Taste Testing Random Food Part 3

Hey cupcakes! I have another taste testing post for you all today! :) If you haven't seen the first parts of this series of posts, check them out here and here! Enjoy! <3

1. Burstin' BBQ Goldfish
I loveeee Goldfish crackers! I also love barbecue chips and Pringles, so when I saw these at the store I just had to get them! :) Like other Flavor Blasted Goldfish, the BBQ flavoring is added to the outside of a regular Goldfish cracker (which gets your fingers a bit messy :P). The BBQ flavor on these tastes more smokey than other BBQ flavored things I have tried, but they were really tasty! You can taste the classic Goldfish flavor with the BBQ too which results in a really interesting flavor. There is no barbecue aftertaste, and you are left feeling like you just ate a regular Goldfish cracker..... I totally recommend these! Super yummy! :D

2. Baconator Fries from Wendy's
When I first saw the commercials for Baconator Fries at Wendy's, I thought they looked super gross... But I wanted to try them anyway for this post! ;) The fries are just normal Wendy's fries with nacho like cheese and bacon on top. They look kind of nasty when you get them, but they weren't that bad... They pretty much just taste like fries covered with nacho cheese and once in a while you will taste a bit of bacon. I didn't finish the whole thing of fries, and I probably won't repurchase them... But they weren't the most awful thing to eat. :P

3. Dark Chocolate Shake from Steak n' Shake
I never had actually been to a Steak n' Shake before, so I just had to go and try one of their shakes! I decided to get the Dark Chocolate one, and the price was around $4.... It was served with whipped cream, chocolate chips, and a cherry on top, and it looked super yummy! The actual shake really just tasted like a regular chocolate shake (not really dark chocolate), and it was creamy and delicious! I would have to say it was wayyyy better than a McDonald's Chocolate Shake :) Definitely will get this again!!!!! <3

What crazy foods would you like me to try next? Comment below and don't forget to follow!!!!!! :D 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

How To Style a Chambray Shirt

Hey cupcakes! Today I will be showing you some outfit ideas with a chambray shirt :) These shirts are so versatile and can be worn so many different ways! I picked out my three favorite ways to rock a chambray shirt....
Outfit #1: For this look, I paired the comfy chambray shirt with some classic black leggings. With a pair of knee high boots, you will look trendy and adorable! :)

Outfit #2: This second look is all about the layers! Wear your chambray shirt under your favorite sweater for a look that is super chic <3 Pair with some black skinny jeans and some boots for a perfect fall outfit.

Outfit #3: Dress up your chambray shirt by tucking it into a patterned skirt. Paired with some heels, you will look absolutely stunning!

How do you style a chambray shirt??? Comment below which outfit is your fav! :D

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

My Experience: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Hey cupcakes! As many of you guys know, I took a trip to Florida last month. I went to Disney World (of course!) and also both parks in Universal! I was fortunate enough to be able to go to both halves of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.... So I thought I would review my experience with you guys! :) I hope you enjoy!!!!!

Alright, so the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is split up into two parts: Hogwarts (and Hogsmeade) and Diagon Alley (the newer half!). The Hogwarts portion is located in the Islands of Adventure side of Universal, and Diagon Alley is located in the Universal Studios side.
See Harry Potter on the top!!!
Diagon Alley is located on the top right!
 There is the Hogwarts Express that takes you back and forth between each land... However, you either have to buy a park hopper pass or a two day pass to be able to go to both parks. I thought this was unfortunate because the tickets are pretty pricey. Some people might have to choose between the sides which I think would suck! To do this review, I will be splitting the whole Harry Potter section into three parts:

Hogwarts and Hogsmeade
This was the first section I went to, and I was thoroughly amazed! It looks like you literally jumped into the movies! It was so awesome!!!!!!!!!!! The castle of Hogwarts was so big and cool :D
You can go into the castle too and see some really cool parts of the movie (such as the greenhouse, the house points, Dumbledore's office, the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Fat Lady, etc.) if you wait in line for the Forbidden Journey ride... I went on the ride once, and I honestly didn't really like it. You are strapped into a chair (kind of like Soarin' in Epcot) and a whole bunch of screens and props take you on a pretty scary adventure. I would NOT recommend it for children. The screens made me pretty nauseous and you are taken upside down at one point...
The ride chairs!
However, you can still tour the castle and then skip the ride (which I did for my second time!) because the inside of the castle is a must see! Make sure you take your phone with you when you have to put your belongings into a locker because you will still want to take pictures!!!! The other ride in this section is the Flight of the Hippogriff ride which is a really easy roller coaster... I really loved it because it is perfect for kids! :)
There are NO drops on this ride! 
There is also a small stage located by the castle, and I was lucky enough to see the Toad Choir sing - that was pretty neat! The mechanical toads carried their own bass line! :P
Besides Hogwarts, the town of Hogsmeade is very cute! The stores are a bit small, but they are all exactly like the movie! Make sure you get some Butterbeer (at the Hog's Head!) and Pumpkin Juice too because they are both extremely tasty! :) Also, Moaning Myrtle talks in the bathrooms which I thought was a nice touch :P
Imagine these streets packed with hundreds of people!
The Hogwarts Express
First of all, the stations on both sides are really realistic and cool! The one on the Hogwarts side looks exactly like the movie, and the one on Diagon Alley side (which is located in London) looks exactly like a train station in London! :) The Hogwarts Express, again, was really realistic, and the compartments you sit in are literally identical to the films... Pretty neat! The windows are actually screens (because the tracks run through a back parking lot), and they have a nice little fake scenery movie playing on your voyage... Even though the voice of Hermione Granger was off a bit, it was very well done!

Diagon Alley
The main attraction in Diagon Alley is the Gringotts Bank ride.
This is what these chairs look like!
Again, you have to go through the bank in order to get to the ride. It was super awesome! The goblins look up at you and everything! Sadly, I did not ride this ride (because you can walk through and not ride like the Forbidden Journey!) because I didn't want to get nauseous. Again, make sure you take your phone and don't put it in a locker!
The rest of Diagon Alley was really great too! Exactly like the movie and really cool! There are also some shows in Diagon Alley, and the Celestina Warbeck show was really good :) As well as Diagon Alley there is Knockturn Alley, the Knight Bus, the house at 12 Grimmauld Place, and a red telephone booth!
Keep an eye out for the dragon to breath fire! Really cool!
Overall, the whole Harry Potter section was really awesome! It is a must see for all Potterheads around the world! <3 That being said, it is REALLY busy! I recommend getting there as soon as the park opens, so you can rush to the Harry Potter section. Or, you can stay until the park closes! I went early, did the rest of the park that wasn't Harry Potter during the day, and went back to Harry Potter at night. It worked out perfectly! :D If you go in the middle of the afternoon the waits are just terrible and there are TONS of people crowded in... It would totally take the fun out of the experience. Because the Harry Potter sections are also so popular, be prepared to pay a hefty sum if you want a souvenir.... Yikes!

I really recommend going to both halves of the Harry Potter world; it is a once in a lifetime experience!

What would you love to see in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter???? Comment below and don't hesitate to ask other questions about my experience :) I would love to help you out if you are planning to go!

Don't forget to follow me! :D <3 <3  Have a great day!


Friday, September 11, 2015

A Quick Tutorial on Using Polyvore

Hey cupcakes! I have received many questions on how I make the fashion collages on The Chic Cupcake. The answer is simple: Polyvore! I found this website when I just started blogging (which was so long ago!!!) and have been using it ever since. :) It is really a holy grail blogging tool for me! It is simple to use and allows me to express all of my ideas to my wonderful followers <3 Today, I wanted to give you guys a quick tutorial on how to create awesome collages on Polyvore too... Let's get started!

Now when you first go to the Polyvore website, you will see some trending fashion items and collages.

In order to create your own fashion outfits, you will have to make a free account. Here is mine:
Even if you aren't into making your own outfits, you can explore so many things on this website! You can look at popular items in clothing, shoes, home, etc. and can even look at other people's awesome collages :) However, I really recommend you show the world your fashion style by making some cool looks!

To get started, hover over the Create button on the top bar. A drop down menu of Set, Collection, or Template will appear. Choose Set!
You should get a screen that looks like this:

Now comes the fun part! :D You can click on all the categories to find certain pieces you are looking for, or search for them in the search bar! When you want to add an item to your collage, click on Add to Set under the description of the item.
It will then be added to your collage! <3 You can flip the image around, change the background of it, clone it, remove it if you choose, change the size of it, and make it go behind or in front of other photos. Awesome right????!!!
When you collage is completed, all you have to do is click the blue Publish button on the top left of the collage! Ta-da! Your fashion collage is complete and shared with the world!!!!!!!!!

What I love about Polyvore is that you can also create collages with furniture, candles, home decor, text, backgrounds, and so many other things! The options are endless! What are you going to create?

Comment below your Polyvore accounts, so I can check out all the cool things you create! I hope this tutorial was helpful :D Have an awesome day! 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

DIY: Heart Jeans!

Hey cupcakes! Today I will be sharing a super easy DIY with you all today... HEART JEANS! :) You can go from a basic pair of jeans like this:

To an awesome pair of jeans like this!


Here is what you need:

1. Pair of jeans (check out a thrift store to find a cheap pair!!!)

2. Fabric paint of your choice

3. Heart stencil

4. Brush or sponge

5. Some type of paper plate

Directions:

- Take your pair of jeans and lay them out on a flat surface

- Pour out some fabric paint on a paper plate

- Place your heart stencil on the pair of jeans and start applying fabric paint using the brush!

- Continue doing this until the jeans are covered with cute hearts!

- Let dry for however long the directions of your fabric paint say :)

- Rock your new pair of jeans!!!!!! <3
You can even do this with colored jeans! <3

I hope you enjoyed this simple and quick DIY :D What other DIYs would you like me to do? Comment below!!!!!!

Monday, September 7, 2015

5 Easy Back to School Nails!

Hey cupcakes! School is finally here! This means new clothes, makeup, hairstyles, and of course nails! I personally love to express my style through my nails, so I scoured Google images to find some really awesome and unique nail designs that YOU can rock in the fall :) Enjoy!

P.s. If you haven't checked out my Watermelon Nails, go!

1. Strawberry nails - Believe it or not, I rocked this mani my first week of school freshmen year. A ton of people started talking to me by complimenting my nails... It was such an easy way to start a conversation with people I didn't know!

2. The Half Moon nails - Looks super trendy and chic! Very easy to do :)

3. Mustache nails - Um, my favorite! These are so simple and cute! I love how the mustache is small yet a prominent feature of the manicure :P
4. Colorful french manicure - This adds a twist on the classic white tip manicure... Use your favorite color!
5. Ombre nails - So cute! This is also super easy to do and the outcome is awesome! <3

Which nail design is your favorite? Comment below! :D

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Tips To Succeed in College

Hey cupcakes! Tomorrow is the big day: MOVE IN DAY! I am beyond excited to go off to college, but it is also bittersweet. However, I can't wait to begin this next section in my life :) In honor of this monumental event, I wanted to make a post on advice I have received that will help me, and many others, succeed in college. Enjoy!

  1. Stay organized!
  2. Use every resource available on campus
  3. Join some clubs :)
  4. Try new things!
  5. Do NOT over pack (haha I'm pretty sure I failed this one :P)
  6. Follow the rules - they are there for a reason
  7. Take advantage of internships and on campus jobs!
  8. Use your student ID everywhere (save money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
  9. Meet people in your dorm, every class and pretty much everywhere else you go ;)
  10. Stay true to yourself <3
  11. Don't give in to peer pressure (if you don't want to drink, don't!)
  12. Work HARD (especially in the beginning when classes are easier) and STUDY
  1. Go to every home football game
  2. For the first few days, leave your dorm room door open
  3. Explore the WHOLE campus (find some awesome places!)
  4. Take advantage of free events & free foodddddd
  1. Get creative :)
  2. Avoid the Freshmen 15 :P
  3. Stay active and workout!
  4. Stick to a budget, so you can save some money
  5. Don't overdo the caffeine! 
  6. Get to know your professors.... Go to office hours!
  7. Perfect your resume :)
  8. Go to career fairs
  9. Last but not least, HAVE FUN!
I hope these tips are helpful to some people other than myself ;) What advice do you have for someone going off to college? Comment below!
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