Sunday, July 30, 2017

Storytime: Armpit Shaving Revelation

Okay cupcakes, so a minor confession:


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My world was literally so shook last week when I saw a random razor ad (one that I am sure I have seen like ten billion of in my existence) with a girl shaving her armpit:

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Instead of shaving downwards (like the girl in the ad), I have always shaved my armpits upwards... And I literally don't know why.

I have dark hair, so my hair (unfortunately) grows back dark. I shave my armpits every night in the shower, but by the afternoon the next day there was always a noticeable amount of dark hair already.

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After my revelation, I tried shaving the RIGHT way.... And OMG, the difference is huge!!!! I must actually get a closer shave with this method because the noticeable hair before my next shower is very little to none....

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I am low-key angry and ashamed that I was shaving my armpits wrong, but I thought I would write this quick post to help out anyone else who hasn't been enlightened to the proper way of hair removal.

What is something stupid you haven't done correctly? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!

Jenna the Enlighted

Friday, July 28, 2017

How to Style ft. Jean Jackets

Hey cupcakes! I have owned a jean jacket for around 5 years now, and I never wore it until this summer (*GASP*)... I don't know why I never styled it, but I have been loving it recently! This inspired me to make a lookbook featuring the same jean jacket, so that all of you lovely followers can see what I normally pair with my jean jacket. Let's get started!

Outfit #1 - This is my absolute favorite way to wear my jean jacket... I don't think wearing jean on jean looks good, so I prefer to either wear black denim or black leggings. Now all you have to do is pair it with a favorite necklace, either a blouse or tank top, and some Keds for the perfect casual look! If you are also into the enamel pin trend, you can pin on a few of them to make this outfit super unique.

Outfit #2 - If you are going somewhere that requires you to dress up a bit (such as church), this look is for you! All you need to do is throw on your favorite summer dress and the jacket for an easy yet super chic outfit.

Outfit #3 - As well as the jean and black, I am a big fan of pairing a jean jacket with either army green pants, leggings, or a skirt. I think this look requires a neutral top and some cute sandals to look trendy and cute.

How do you style your jean jacket? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :D I love you all so much!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

My Summer Music Playlist

Hey cupcakes! About a year ago I made a post about my go-to songs for the summertime (read that post here), so I thought I would make a new playlist for my current favorite summer hits! :) Let's get into some great music!

1. "HandClap" by Fitz and the Tantrums

This song is my jam right now lol! Even though I think about one of the Despicable Me 3 trailers every time I heard it, I think it is such a fun, catchy song. :)

2. "Clay" by Grace VanderWaal

This song is just a great empowerment tune to carry you through a rough summer day. I loved Grace ever since I saw her on America's Got Talent, so I am so happy she continued to make awesome music.

3. "Believer" by Imagine Dragons

It took me a couple of listens to really get into this song, but it is a great jam for the hot months! Perfect for long car rides :)

4. "Take Me" by Aly & AJ

I was totally shooketh when Aly & AJ released a new song (like seriously their songs were my jam when I was younger!!!!), and I would recommend you all give it a listen!

5. "That's What I Like" by Bruno Mars

I don't normally like mainstream music, but this song is just such a fun tune to listen to! ;)

6. "How Does A Moment Last Forever" by Celine Dion

Lol - this is quite the random choice, but I am obsessed with this song (from the new Beauty and the Beast movie). It gives me goosebumps every time!!!!!!

7. "Another Day of Sun" by the Cast of La La Land

Yupp - I am still obsessed with the music from La La Land! :D This song is so great to pump me up for a summer day!

What are your favorite summer songs? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!

Jenna <3

Monday, July 24, 2017

Random Food Taste Testing!

Hey cupcakes! I wanted to do another taste testing post for you all, so I have been trying to find unique foods to eat! As someone who loves to eat anyway, I think these posts are a great way to explore new products :) Let's get started!

1. Quaker Blueberry Banana & Vanilla Bliss Overnight Oats

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I have a habit of looking at Pinterest recipes whenever I am bored, and I have been seeing a lot of "overnight oat" recipes lately. I was in Target the other day and randomly found this product, so I thought I would try it out! To make the oats, I just had to add milk to the container before I went to bed and pop it in the fridge. In the morning, the oats had sucked up all the liquid (such a quick and easy breakfast for those in a rush)... It was pretty good! It was the consistency of oatmeal, but it had a lot more nutritious things in it. I don't think I would go out of my way to purchase this exact kind again, but I might try out the recipes I have found on Pinterest!
Rating: 6/10

2. Lotte Koala March Cookies

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I am low-key obsessed with Japanese sweets (because they are all so tasty and adorable!), and I used to eat the Hello Panda cookies you can buy at Target all the time in middle school. I was in Five Below one night, and I saw the Hello Panda cookies out of the corner of my eye... And these Koala cookies were right next to them. I decided to try the Koala cookies since I have never had them, and I LOVED them! They tasted very similar to the Hello Pando chocolate filled cookies, but I think they actually taste a bit better. Plus, each cookie has a Koala doing something totally random (ex. baking, sailing on a boat, playing basketball, etc.)... It is so cute! I'm pretty sure I took photos of each cookie for my Instagram story. Definitely will be repurchasing a lot of these in the near future! :D
Rating: 10/10

3. Marzipan

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I was in a foreign market and found this interesting German candy! I had heard of marzipan but had never tried it, so I thought I would give it a shot! :) This is was super tasty; the actual marzipan was really soft (I would say the same texture as the inside of a 3 Muskateer) and it tasted like almond paste (which I love!!!). It wasn't a super strong flavor, and I could eat the whole thing without getting sick of it. I would definitely recommend trying this marzipan (or any other brand)! 
Rating: 11/10 (haha yes I can do that)

4. Popcorners Caramel Chips

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I have never really been a fan of popcorn, but I saw these chips on sale and just had to try them. I thought they were really tasty! They tasted a lot like Quaker's Popped Caramel Rice Crisps, but I liked these a lot better because the caramel isn't very sweet (it even had a salty note at times). It doesn't taste like popcorn at all, so I would really compare it to a flufflier potato chip (haha - if that makes any sense at all). There are only 7 ingredients in these chips, so I think they are actually a pretty nutritious snack. I will definitely be buying these again if I see them! 
Rating: 10/10

What random foods have you tried lately? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake so that you will never miss a post!

Jenna the Foodie <3

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Expiration Dates of Makeup Products!

Hey cupcakes! I was going through my clothes, jewelry, and makeup the other day for some summer cleaning and realized that I haven't bought all new makeup in quite some time...

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I did some research and found out that makeup actually does have an expiration date (you learn something new everyday :P )! It is actually really disgusting how nasty makeup can get with bacteria and such in a short period of time, so I wanted to write a quick post today telling you all when you should replace your makeup products. Let's get started!

Eye Products

1. Mascara - 2 to 3 months (which shouldn't be that hard if you use it every day!)

2. Eyeliner (pencil) - 2 years

3. Eyeliner (liquid/gel) - 6 months to 1 year

4. Eyebrow gel - 1 year

5. Powder eyeshadow - 2 years

Face Products

1. Face masks - 2 months

2. Foundation - 6 months (can last up to a year but I would recommend repurchasing earlier since there is a lot of bacteria on your face!)

3. Concealer - 6 months

4. Powder blush - 2 years

Lip Products

1. Lipgloss - 1 year

2. Lipstick - 2 years

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If you are searching for expiration dates of other products, I would recommend looking on Pinterest because there are a lot of great guides on there! All in all, I suggest replacing your most used products (foundation, mascara, etc.) every 6 months to prevent the spread of nasty bacteria.

When do you replace your makeup? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!

Bacteria Free Jenna <3

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Recipe: Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Balls

Hey cupcakes, I feel like I haven't done a recipe post in quite some time, so I am going to change that today! ;) I was baking some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies a few days ago (see the recipe I used here) and had some left over pumpkin... After looking through Pinterest, I came across a recipe for some easy energy balls. They were actually super tasty, so I thought I would share the recipe with you all! :D

Quick healthy pumpkin oatmeal energy bites that taste like cookies but are good for you!
See original recipe here

What You Need

-1 1/2 cups dry, uncooked oatmeal
-1/2 cup peanut butter
-1/2 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling!)
-1/4 cup chia seeds
-1/4 cup honey
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips

What To Do

1. In a medium sized bowl stir together oats, peanut butter, pumpkin, chia seeds, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon.

2. If mixture is too sticky, you may need to add a haf cup more oats (you want to be able to roll it into a ball without a lot sticking to your hands).

3. Add chocolate chips and stir to combine.

4. Scoop a spoonful into your hand and roll into balls. Repeat until dough is gone.

5. Pop in the fridge until cold (these last in the fridge for up to a week).

6. Enjoy! :)

These were really great because the pumpkin wasn't overpowering (if anything, they mostly tasted like peanut butter!). It was a great snack whenever I was searching for something sweet, so I would definitely recommend trying them out!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites are going to be your go-to healthy snack all fall long.

What is your favorite pumpkin recipe? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Style Inspiration ft. Hogwarts

Hey cupcakes! I was looking through some of my super duper old posts the other day, and I found a fashion collage that was inspired by the Hogwarts houses from Harry Potter (see the original post here!). I wanted to re-do this collage with a more recent spin, so let's get started! :D

What Hogwart's house are you in? Comment below your favorite look and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :D

Jenna <3

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Recent Book Reads and Reviews!

Hey cupcakes, I have finally been able to do some reading recently! :D My job directing a summer camp allows me to be home around 5 PM every night, so I have been loving the free time to just sit outside and read for hours. I thought I would review some of the books I have read, so let's get started!

1. How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg

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This book I didn't really choose to read, and it was assigned as summer reading for one of my upcoming business classes in the fall (I thought I was past summer reading now that I am in college but I guess not haha). I personally didn't really find it that interesting.... The book was written by previous Google CEOs, so it was basically just a slew of tips and tricks for managing a successful business. If I were actually a manager of a company or something like that this book might have been better, but it was just not organized in a manner that made it an easy read. Each paragraph was just a random tip, so I didn't think the book flowed together.

Rating: 4/10

2. Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall by Kjerstin Gruys

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Whenever I go to the library, I love to just wander around until a random book catches my eye. This book stood out to me because I remember hearing about the woman who stopped looking in mirrors for a whole year - and this is the book she wrote after that experiment! This book was super interesting; it got a little too analytical at times (sometimes I think Kjerstin overanalyzed beauty and mirrors and such) but was just sooooo interesting to hear about a year without mirrors. I personally don't think I have ever overanalyzed my body because of mirrors, but I can see how body image is affected by all of the mirrors in the world (and I totally am amazed and give her credit for not looking at herself for a year!!). I would definitely recommend reading this!

Rating: 8/10

3. The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert

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I am usually not one for romance novels, but this book caught my eye as I was browsing the new arrivals at my library. It was a decent length (about 300 pages), and I finished in in about 2.5 hours. I thought the plot was really sweet, and it wasn't super cheesy like a lot of romantic books. The setting of a family run apple orchard really made the story about the love of family versus the trials and tribulations of just one couple. Being a business major, I also loved the small business aspects of the book, and I think Amy did a great job of adding just enough plot twists into the story. If you are looking for a feel-good read for the summer, I would totally recommend!

Rating: 9/10

What books have you read lately? Comment below your suggestions and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :)

Jenna the Bookworm <3

Friday, July 14, 2017

My Tips and Tricks for Managing Anxiety

Hey cupcakes! Newsflash: I suffer from anxiety. I don't think my anxiety was that bad until I was in an abusive relationship in high school (read about it here), but I definitely notice it a lot more now that college (and life in general) is much more stressful. I wanted to give you all my tips and tricks for dealing with it because so many people suffer from minor to severe anxiety. I hope this can help at least one person, so please share it with your friends, family, and anyone else who might be able to benefit from it!

1. Don't psych yourself out before a big event - I normally get a lot of anxiety when there is a big event coming up in my life (a test, interview, work event, etc.). Over time, it has helped me to not dwell on the major event. Instead of thinking, "There are X amount of days until this final that is worth X% of my grade," I have learned that it is so much better to think, "I need to study for this class before I can go on summer break."

2. Learn what helps you cope with your anxiety - Test out different foods, exercises, etc. that can help you lessen your anxiety! If I feel myself getting really anxious, it is super duper helpful for me to either take a break and eat some of my favorite foods (mac n' cheese and tacos are great options) or text either my family or my boyfriend to distract me from my mind. I have heard really great things about meditation and yoga for anxiety, so if that helps you I would totally recommend it!

3. Let your body react to your anxiety - It is totally normal for your body to have responses to anxiety, and it is honestly better to just let your body deal. I know I always get an upset stomach and have to use the bathroom whenever I get anxious, so just set aside some extra time to let your body cope.

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4. Find a support network - As I said before, my family and boyfriend are really great to talk to if I am getting anxious. It is so helpful to have some sort of support network in place for those really bad days! Some excellent choices include your closest friends, roommates, and even a therapist!

5. Know you aren't alone - So many people suffer from anxiety, so you aren't alone! It can sometimes feel like you are this outsider, but keep reminding yourself that it is totally normal to have anxiety <3

6. Listen to your body! - I cannot express how important it is to figure out why things are causing you anxiety!!!! If a relationship causes more anxiety than happiness, end it (this goes for any activity/relationship you are in). Your health is the utmost important!!!!

What are your tips for dealing with anxiety? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :)

Jenna <3

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Product Review: PopSocket

Hey cupcakes! In my latest haul, I told you all that I bought myself a PopSocket (read that post here). I have been seeing SO many people with PopSockets on their phone, so I thought I would write a quick post telling you all what I think of the product.

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This is the one I purchased! :)

If you don't know what a PopSocket is, the brand describes it as "an expanding piece of magic for your phone". The device sticks onto your phone or phone case and can then be used as a phone grip, media stand, cord wrap, etc.

Read more about what it is on the PopSocket website
I absolutely LOVE my PopSocket!! My hand would always hurt if I would be holding my phone for too long, so the PopSocket makes it wayyyyy more easier. Instead of having to grip both side of the phone with your hand, you can just hold the PopSocket between your fingers. :D 

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I also really like using the PopSocket to stand my phone up when I am driving and need directions. Instead of having to look at my phone lying flat, I easily can just glance over and make sure I am still on my designated route. It totally makes driving much more safer! 

The PopSocket is super easy to remove and put on a different phone case as well. The gel-like substance that allows the product to stick doesn't dry out if it is stuck on something, so you really only need one PopSocket for however many cases you have! I personally haven't ever "unstuck" mine, but I have heard from close friends that it works super easily.

Lastly, you really can't go wrong with how affordable they are. The website has hundreds and hundreds of different colors, and they are all only $10! I have seen them in other stores around my mall, and they are always $10 as well. If for some reason you can't find a color/design that you like, you can actually design your own PopSocket for only $15!!!! I think I am honestly going to create my own really soon. :)

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Look at all those chickens - lol

Overall, after having my PopSocket for only a couple of months, I would definitely recommend it to anyone!!! It is truly amazing, and I am so happy I bought it! 

What do you think of the PopSocket? Comment below your thoughts and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! 

Jenna <3

Monday, July 10, 2017

New Classic Sunglasses ft. Warby Parker

Hey cupcakes! With summer comes lots of sun, so it is essential to have a good pair of sunglasses on hand whenever you are out and about. I stumbled upon a new line of 1950s inspired glasses from the brand Warby Parker, and I wanted to write a quick post about this stylish line. Let's get started!

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Check out all the sunglasses from Warby Parker HERE!!!

First of all, I absolutely love the concept of bringing back trendy items from the past to "modernize" them to be stylish in today's world. With the sunglasses in this line, you can totally tell they are inspired by the 50s, and I LOVE that.

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Just look at that cat eye frame, and you almost automatically think of poodle skirts. Am I right?!

Second, these sunglasses would go perfect with a lot of so called "in-style" outfits. 1990s style has been coming back (think jean jackets, tie dye, basically anything from Forever 21 haha), and I am all for some inspiration from the 50s now. I loved the collared dresses from the time, and high waisted pants, skirts, shorts, etc. were super trendy (as they are now). If you have a pair of high waisted shorts or a high waisted bikini, these sunglasses would work so perfectly with the look!

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Lastly, Warby Parker donates a pair of glasses or sunglasses whenever a pair is purchased. Even if you aren't into how trendy the sunglasses are, this aspect of the company makes it totally unique. :)

What do you think about Warby Parker's new classics line of sunglasses? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake for more awesome posts!

Jenna <3

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Storytime: Multiple Mansplainings

Hey cupcakes! I haven't done a storytime post in quite some time, so I thought I would write a fun post about an experience I had with mansplaining last semester in college.... (lol can "fun" and "mansplaining" be in the same sentence?)

For those of you who are unfamiliar with what mansplaining is, the dictionary defines it as: "when a man explains (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing".

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Aka basically this :P

This story takes place in my 8:30 AM Wednesday class and features Mister Sick Boy (the star of my Team Project from Hell post). Now, if you have read that post (which you totally should if you haven't!!!!) you will know that this guy did not handle team work very well... Plus, he is just a super obnoxious person in general, so I try to avoid him at all costs. However, he was in this same class with me, so I had to see him three times a week.

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On this particular day, my professor showed up to class a few minutes late. While he was getting everything set up on the computer and projector, he asked the class if anyone had a joke they wanted to share (to pass the time). Mister Sick Boy, of course, decided his joke just needed to be shared, so he proceeded to tell it:

"What do you get when you blow up a French kitchen?"
The class was silent.
"Linoleum Blownapart"

Literally no one laughed (probably because it isn't that good of a joke), and one poor poor student said, "I don't get it."

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Instead of trying to explain the historical context of the joke (like explaining that Linoleum Blownapart sounds like Napoleon Bonaparte), this boy proceeds to mansplain to this poor student what linoleum is.

"Linoleum is, like, that stuff you always put on kitchen floors."

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Class then started, but (no worries!) Mister Sick Boy makes another great appearance later.
After class got out, I packed up all my stuff and started walking back to my dorm. From behind me I hear,

"Your backpack is paisley."

My immediate reaction was to say,

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and turn around because I thought I hadn't heard right. But little did I know, Mister Sick Boy was walking behind me and just thought he would state the blatant fact that my backpack was indeed paisley print. I thought that that was the end of the conversation but nooooooooo.

"The print on your backpack is called paisley. I guess I just know things other people don't know."

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After being mansplained about my own backpack I just said a quick "Okay" and took off in the other direction.

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There you have it; not one but TWO doses of mansplaining in the span of only a couple of hours! I hope you enjoyed this story, let me know if you want more stories about my random experiences in college! :)

When did you ever encounter mansplaining? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :D

Love (the girl who actually does know her prints),
Jenna <3

Thursday, July 6, 2017

How to Style ft. Beach Day!

Hey cupcakes! It has been in the 90's recently (which is sooooo hot!), so I have been wanting to go to the beach... I thought I would share my favorite ways to style your outfits as you head to the ocean, lake, river, etc. Enjoy!

Outfit #1: Kimono goddess- This is honestly my favorite way to style a beach outfit. All you gotta do is slip on some jean shorts over your bikini bottoms, throw on some sandals, and put on your fav kimono! :) I love wearing kimonos on the beach because they cover up my bare skin but are still super breathable in the hot sun.

Outfit #2: Casual beach babe - If you enjoy wearing one piece swimsuits, style it like you would any other bodysuit! For this look, I chose to pair the swimsuit with some really cute shorts and an off the shoulder top.

Outfit #3: Beach please - This outfit is pretty similar to Outfit #1... Except a skirt/wrap instead of shorts! If you have just gone swimming, this look is probably for you (as it can be hard to get your wet swimsuit over jeans! :P ).

How do you style your outfit when you head to the beach? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake (help me get to 750 followers!!!).


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Four Easy Snacks for the Fourth of July

Hey cupcakes, HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! I hope everyone has some fun plans and gets to spend time with their family and friends. I know that a lot of people have barbeques, so I wanted to make a quick post with some tasty snack ideas (full of everything red, white, & blue!). Let's get started!

1. Fruit Flag - Nothing screams Independence Day like some fresh fruit in the shape of a flag! All you need are some strawberries (and/or other red fruits), blueberries, and some sort of white snack (like yogurt covered pretzels). Such a tasty treat!

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2. Chocolate Covered Pretzels - YUM! Dip some pretzel rods in white chocolate and decorate with blue and red chocolate (you can even add some sprinkles!).

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3. Patriotic Chex Mix - All you need is Chex Mix, some white chocolate to drizzle on top, and some red, white, & blue M&Ms. So cute! 

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4. American Rice Krispie Treats - To make these, you can make normal Rice Krispie Treats and then dip them in colored chocolate and sprinkles! Quick but delicious!

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What is your favorite Fourth of July snack? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :)

Jenna <3

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Cutest Rings for the Summer!

Hey cupcakes! I have been kind of obsessed with rings recently, which is super weird because I never have actually ever been into wearing them. Maybe it stems from the fact that I've been dropping hints to my boyfriend that I want a promise ring (:P) or maybe its just that on a really hot day I'd much rather put on a few rings as my accessories instead of a necklace. But, I think dainty rings are such a chic look for the summer months, so I thought I would make a list of some of my favorite rings to rock in the summer. Enjoy! :D

1. Crown rings - I think crown rings are SO cute! Maybe it is because I am totally a Disney Princess at heart, but I think these rings are so fun to wear.

14k White Gold and CZ Delicate Crown Ring //$26
Find this one for only $17 HERE

2. Moon rings - I used to wear the same moon and star necklace basically every day in middle school.... I still love moon jewelry, so this ring is awesome to wear!

Montana Moon Ring
Buy it HERE
3. Simple & geo rings - Rings that are basic lines and geo shapes are some of the easiest rings to wear in the summer! Plus, you can buy a whole pack of them for really cheap!

Geo Ring Set
Buy these at Forever21 HERE
4. Cute & fun rings - Remember all of those hours spent shopping at Claire's? Embrace some of that inner child/teen and wear some chic rings with emojis, heart, etc. on them! They are the perfect way to add some fun to your outfit of the day!

Buy these at Charlotte Russe HERE
5. Flower & fruit rings - The summertime is full of florals and fruits.... Wear them on a ring! You can always find so many cute flower/leaf rings, and I love this pineapple ring right now. :)

Buy this on Etsy HERE
What rings do you like to wear in the summer? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake so that you won't miss any of my posts! :D <3

Jenna <3
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