Thursday, September 28, 2017

Storytime: I'm a Wizard?!

Hey cupcakes! I wanted to do a fun post today, so I thought I would share this pretty funny story with you all that happened to me recently. Let's get started!

Okay so I am already SO busy with school.... I have six exams the first week of October, plenty of homework to do, and at least 3 group projects going each week. :/

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Last weekend I wanted to have an uber productive day on Saturday because I didn't have anything else going on. I started my day studying in my dorm at 9 AM until lunch, and then I decided to change it up and venture to a library across campus. It was like nine hundred degrees, so by the time I made it there I was sweating a LOT.

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After five hours at this library, I ate dinner and went to the business school building where most of my classes are (cuz I'm a business major haha). I then stayed there until 10 PM.

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Fun, right? So by this time I am feeling pretty decent about getting all my work done, but I am so tired and basically brain dead. As I'm going to leave the business school (and mind you there was like NO ONE THERE ANYMORE), I see this other guy coming down the hallway to leave as well.

I didn't really think anything of it, until I hear, "Did you know that this school is the new Hogwarts they had to build after Voldemort destroyed the other one?"

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I must have looked super confused/given him a crazy look because then he continued to point out how the lights look like candles and how they had to modernize the school of the next generation of wizarding students....

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I basically was like "Okay, cool bye" and real quick walked the other direction to take the longer route home just so I didn't have to talk to him anymore.

This is honestly the weirdest conversation I've ever had with anyone during my years in college, so I thought I would share it with you all! :P Maybe my school is actually the new Hogwarts haha....

What is the weirdest conversation you have had with someone? Comment down below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss any of my amazing stories!  ;)

Love,
Jenna the Business/Wizard Student

Monday, September 25, 2017

How To Style: Rain Boots

Hey cupcakes! I was totally inspired to do this post because it rained here yesterday, and I noticed that so many people incorporated rain boots into their outfits! It was uber cute, so I wanted to share some of this inspiration with you all. :)


Outfit #1 - Ankle Rain Boots: I found a pair of these at Target over the summer, and I love them! They are easily styled like any kind of boot, but they keep your toes nice and dry when you step in any puddles :P My favorite way to style them is my classic look: jeans, graphic tee, and some sort of jacket. So chic!

Outfit #2 - Knee High Rain Boots: If you are feeling daring, I suggest making your rain boots the focus of your whole look! I paired these bright yellow boots with a Little Black Dress and thought a flannel shirt would look adorable as a faux jacket :) Don't be afraid to make a statement on a rainy day!

Outfit #3 - Rubber Boots: If you don't want to buy specifically rain boots, a lot of boots have rubber bottoms. If you want to be casual on a gross day outside, throw on some leggings and an oversized sweater... Perfect and effortlessly cute!

How do you style rain boot? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :D

Love,
Jenna

Friday, September 22, 2017

Recipe: Easy Apple Crisp!

Hey cupcakes! Fall is officially here... Kind of haha. The leaves have been changing on my college campus, but it has been like 80 degrees for the past couple of days! I am just waiting for the cool weather to set in so that I can go to an apple orchard and eat pumpkin chocolate chip cookies while I study ;) I wanted to share with you all my favorite apple crisp recipe today, because what says fall better than some apple desserts?

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Find orignial recipe here

Ingredients:
-2 1/2 cups of apples (peeled and sliced)
-1 cup flour
-1 cup sugar
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1/4 tsp salt
-1/2 cup butter (softened)

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Spray a 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange sliced apples evenly in the pan.

3. In a bowl, mix together flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt.

4. Cut in the butter (in the bowl) using 2 knives until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Sprinkle over the apples!

5. Bake until the top is golden brown (about 45 minutes). Eat warm or serve cold :)

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

Love,
Jenna the Baker

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Review: Maple Holistics Argan Oil

Hey cupcakes! Today I wanted to do a very special post about something I just started to try: Argan Oil! I have heard from various sources (such as Pinterest haha) that Argan Oil is great for your hair, so I wanted to try it out before the cool weather kicks in and my hair starts to get really dry.

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Buy this oil here

I found this Argan Oil on a website called Maple Holistics. As well as their website, this company also sells through Amazon, and I was attracted to the product because it is 100% pure Argan Oil (so no added anything!). The product was shipped super fast, and it arrived at my dorm in less than a week! :)

The bottle was bubble wrapped to perfection, and the bottle itself had a really great plastic seal on it - there was definitely no chance of oil spilling during shipping! The bottle comes with a stopper attached to the lid, so it is so easy to use!

After receiving my product, I did a bit more research and learned that Argan Oil can actually be used for so many things (these are my fave uses):

-Keeping hair healthy
-Nourishing dry skin
-Fighting acne
-Strengthening nails!

Since my skin has been acting up, I decided to test the oil out on my hair and my face.... And I have LOVED the results! :D

For my hair, I squeeze out 4-6 drops of the oil into my palm and rub it into my hair after I shower. I have noticed that my hair feels a lot smoother to the touch, which is super great! It also intensifies the effect of my natural curls, so it saves me time in the morning when I am getting ready for class. I have only been using it for a little over a week now, so I hope to notice less split ends and healthier hair as I continue this treatement.

For my skin, I like to dampen my face with warm water and then rub on the oil (only about 1-2 drops for my T-zone). Because it is oil (and oil usually causes acne), I was a bit concerned that my sensitive skin would break out even more.... But the opposite seems to be happening! The zits that were on my face when I started went away faster than usual, and my skin is easier to cover up with makeup because the skin around the pimples aren't as dry as usual. The oil goes on really easily, and I hope it will eventually heal my skin for good. :)


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Overall, I am currently obsessed with this product!!!!! I still have a lot left in the bottle, but I am definitely going to repurchase this when I run out. I also may check out other products by Maple Holistics because I was just so impressed this time. :) Maple Holistics currently offers this really cool Free Sample Program where you can receive free products just by reviewing them! Awesome right?! Make sure you check out this oil and brand too!

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

Love,
Jenna the Argan Oil Lover

Saturday, September 16, 2017

My Go-To Study Playlist

Hey cupcakes! Now that the school year has begun, I (unfortunately) have to do homework and study. But, studying comes with a perk: good tunes! I thought I would share my favorite study music with you all, to inspire you whenever you study. Enjoy! :)

So as a quick note, I like to study to music without words (just because the words distract me or I'll sing along). If you haven't tried this out, I would totally recommend! :)

1. The Princess Bride soundtrack - The soundtrack to The Princess Bride is amazing and so calming when I am studying! It is one of my favorite movies, so it of course is one of my fav soundtracks to study to. ;)

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A Happy Ending is my fave!

2. Swan Lake music - Aside from movie soundtracks, ballet music is so much fun to listen to while I study. It allows me to enjoy some great classical music as I learn.

3. La La Land soundtrack - Some of the songs on this soundtrack are a little too upbeat for me, but I love Mia and Sebastian's theme and the Planetarium song :D So peaceful and pretty!

4. John Williams music - John Williams has some amazing music under his belt!!!!! I don't think I have ever listened to a song composed by him that I haven't liked, so I would recommend checking out some of his greatest hits (I especially love the music from Star Wars and Jurassic Park)!

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5. How To Train Your Dragon soundtrack - This might seem random, but the film score for this movie is so so SO relaxing!

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Spotify definitely has some great music to listen to while studying, so I would recommend checking it out whenever you get the chance! :)

What music do you listen to while studying? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!

Love,
Jenna

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The 5 Benefits of Drinking Water

Hey cupcakes! As I write this post, I am feeling really really sick (which totally sucks). Normally my immune system is awesome, but I haven't been drinking my normal amounts of water... I thought it would be fun to write a quick post about the benefits of drinking water. Let's get started! :)

1. Increases energy - Even though I am in college, I drink water instead of coffee. I find that water allows me to keep my energy up during the day (because you are basically fueling your insides with what it is made of).

2. Keeps your body healthy/boosts immune system - (Haha how ironic!) By drinking lots of water, you are able to flush out toxins and bad things in your system, keeping you healthy!

3. Keeps skin clear - I used to get bad acne in middle school, but I found that drinking a lot of water during the day helped alleviate the larger zits!

4. Allows you to be in a positive mood! - If your skin is clear, energy is high, and body isn't sick, what isn't there to be happy about???? Water is a great indirect way to get rid of negativitiy.

5. Saves money - Instead of buying soda, coffee, tea, etc. water saves me a lot of money! It is basically free everywhere you go, so enjoy it!

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See how much water you should be drinking! 

How much water do you drink? Comment down below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!

Love,
Jenna

Sunday, September 10, 2017

New School Year ft. Updates!

Hey cupcakes! As many of you know, the school year has officially started (whether you think that is a good or bad thing is totally up to you)!!!! :O I am currently attending my junior year of college, so I am quite the busy beaver....

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LOL - wrong kind of beaver ;)

I have 16 credits of class, a part-time job, AND am going through recruiting BUT, never fear; I will still be writing posts on The Chic Cupcake!

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(Plug plug plug make sure you follow me so that you never miss any content!)

In order to make life easier, I will be switching back to posting every third day after this post. Posting every other day has been AWESOME this summer, so I will definitely try as hard as I can to switch back whenever I get less busy. :) I think I will be able to write better content for my blog if I allow more time to get posts up, so I hope you all are okay with it. <3

On that note, if you have some suggestions on posts you would like to see, posts that you would like to see more of, etc. please don't be afraid to comment them down below! I can't wait to see how amazing The Chic Cupcake will become during this year! 

Any suggestions? Comment them down below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! I love you all so so sooooo much! :)

Hugs and kisses,
Jenna <3

Friday, September 8, 2017

How to Style ft. Choker Necklaces

Hey cupcakes! Choker necklaces are still super trendy, so I wanted to make a fun lookbook on how to style your favorite choker! :) Let's get started!


Multiple chokers: This is by far my fav way to wear choker necklaces; I think it looks so cute with other necklaces layered with it! The look seems more dressy to me for some reason, so I like to style it with a blouse, kimono (or cardigan), and either a skirt or black jeans. So cute and easy!

One choker: If you only want to wear the "typical 90's choker" (you all know which one I am talking about haha), I suggest styling it with graphic tee, jeans, and your fav sandals.

Statement choker: I have seen some awesome statement chokers, so I suggest wearing a really "bland" outfit to make the necklace pop! Show off your unique style with a choker that embodies you! :)

How do you style choker necklaces? Comment down below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!

Love,
Jenna

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

My Experience: Seeing Nyle DiMarco!

Hey cupcakes! I haven't done a "My Experience" post in quite some time, so I thought I would share my opinions on a talk I got to go to last year. If you don't know who Nyle DiMarco is, he is both the winner of America's Next Top Model and Dancing with the Stars!

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He also is deaf and is an amazing inspiration for the deaf community! I was really intrigued to see how his "talk" would work, because he only speaks in American Sign Language. During the event, he stood on the stage and signed, while his interpreter sat in the first row with a microphone translating for him. This was super awesome because it didn't take away from what he talking about.

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All in all, I loved his talk!!! He started with his life story (can you believe he wanted to be a math professor!), and he was just so down to earth and hilarious. He was asked to model over Instagram, and he decided to pursue modeling to bring awareness to the deaf community. It was amazing to see how he only chose that path to help other people! <3

Overall, I was so impressed by his presentation. If you ever have the opportunity to see him, I would totally recommend it! :D

Have you seen Nyle DiMarco's work? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!

Love,
Jenna

Monday, September 4, 2017

Recipe: Beef Stroganoff

Hey cupcakes! As I mentioned in another post, I absolutely LOVE The Pioneer Woman on Food Network (see that post here). I thought her recipe for Beef Stroganoff sounded really tasty, so I made it for my family before I left for college. It was quite easy, so I wanted to share it with you all!

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Find original recipe here

What You Need
-1 pound sirloin steak (cut into cubes)
-Salt and pepper to taste
-2 tbsp olive oil
-1/2 diced large onion
-2 diced whole carrots
-8 oz white button mushrooms (stemmed and halved)
-1/2 cup brandy
-2 1/4 cups beef stock
-2 tbsp cornstarch
-1/4 cup sour cream, room temp.
-1 tsp dijon mustard

Steps
1. Season the steak with salt and pepper. Heat half of the olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium high heat, add half the meat to the pan and brown it quickly (about 2 minutes).

2. Remove the first batch of meat to a bowl and cook the rest. Remove and set aside.

3. Add remaining olive oil to the pan and add onion, carrots, and mushrooms. Cool until mixture is golden brown (about 5 minutes).

4. Turn off heat and add the brandy and 2 cups beef stock. Stir, scrape the bottom of the pan, and turn the heat to medium-high. Cook to reduce the liquid by about a third (about 3 or 4 minutes).

5. In a small bowl, make a slurry by mixing 1/4 stock and cornstarch witha a fork. Pour into the skillet and cook until the sauce thickens (about 1 or 2 minutes).

6. Turn off the heat. Stir in sour cream and mustard.

7. Add the beef and stir over low heat until the mixture is nice and hot.

8. Serve over cooked noodles! :)

Do you like beef stroganoff? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!

Love,
Jenna

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Free Write #5: Fear of What!?

Hey cupcakes! As some of you may know (especially if you are a blogger yourself!), I usually tend to pre-write my posts so that I don't need to stress about writing a post on a certain day and time. I was trying to figure out what to write this post about a few days ago and realized that I haven't done a free write in sooooo long (check out the last one from March here!). I let this random generator pick a topic and wrote for ten minutes..... Today's topic:

Write about a phobia.

Okay, so I literally laughed out loud when this was randomly generated. I really have two big phobias, and it is funny because the second one is really really weird (we will get to that in a second). First, I am afraid of heights (correct phobia name: acrophobia). 

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This phobia started in middle school when my gym class was tasked with climbing a big giant rope that stretched to the ceiling... I had killer upper body strength back then (I really wish I still did!), so I made it about 3/4 of the way up before I made the terrible decision to look down. It was terrifiying! I was like
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and scurried back down and basically never climbed up any ropes again. I am fine with flying on planes and looking out from tall windows, but I can't deal with things like ferris wheels where I can literally plunge to my death.

Secondly, I am afraid of belly buttons (correct phobia name: omphalophobia).

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I know I know it is really bizarre, but I HATE the thought that my belly button was once a passageway into my insides. I'm not like super afraid of belly buttons, so I won't like die or freak out if I see one, but I can't deal with touching my belly button because part of me is certain that my finger will end up in my stomach. It is uber weird, but I just had to share with this prompt! ;)

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

Love,
Jenna
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